Category: Olympics

'Superman' actor Henry Cavill engaged to Ellen Whitaker

Henry Cavill of "Superman" engaged to Ellen Whitaker "Superman" hunk Henry Cavill is engaged, after popping the question Tuesday to his equestrian girlfriend Ellen Whitaker.

Cavill, 27, who will star in Zack Snyder's upcoming "Superman" project, proposed during a trip to Hollywood, the Belfast Telegraph reports.

"I couldn't believe it when he asked me to marry him," she said. "I thought we were there to celebrate his birthday. It was such a surprise and I am so happy."

Whitaker, 24, is a show jumper training for a bid to the 2012 Olympic team for Britain and hails from the famous Whitaker show-jumping family. She and Cavill first met at the 2009 Olympia International Horse Show and have been dating for more than a year.

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Cavill is said to have called her father Stephen Whitaker, the famous Briton who helps train the Whitaker show-jumping family, hours before to ask permission before proposing. Cue the swoons.

The actor, whose Lois Lane will be played by Amy Adams, made a name for himself in the Showtime drama "The Tudors" alongside Jonathan Rhys Meyers. He is set to star in the thriller "The Cold Day of Light" with Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver. He'll also be going Greek as Theseus in the epic drama "Immortals," which also stars Freida Pinto, Mickey Rourke and Kellan Lutz. Both films are due out later this year.


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Photo: Henry Cavill at Zack Snyder's "Sucker Punch" premiere. Credit: Emma Peios / Getty Images

'Prom' movie premiere: Rebecca Black hits the red carpet with stars Aimee Teegarden, Thomas McDonell

Aimee Teegarden at the "Prom" movie premiere

A constellation of rising stars joined cast members of Walt Disney's "Prom" at the movie's red-carpet premiere Thursday. The teen flick's leading lady, Aimee Teegarden of "Friday Night Lights" fame, sparkled in silver on the arm of costar Thomas McDonell at the screening in Hollywood.

"Prom" chronicles a group of high-schoolers on the cusp of adulthood as they prepare for the most important night in their lives.

Rebecca Black at the premiere of the movie "Prom." Cast members Yin Chang ("Gossip Girl"), Danielle Campbell, Jonathan Keltz and Jared Kusnitz dolled up for the El Capitan premiere, and the film's director Joe Nussbaum and screenwriter Katie Wech beamed from the red carpet.

A slew of young celebs rocked dresses that could have twirled in movie proms of yore. "Modern Family" actress Ariel Winter and Joey King, the pint-sized star of "Ramona and Beezus," were both pretty in pink. Chelsie Hightower ("Entertainment Tonight," "Dancing With the Stars") and Aimee-Lynn Chadwick wore black-and-white stripes. Click the pics to see more pictures.

Rebecca Black, the singer of the YouTube hit "Friday," defied death threats to strut her stuff for the cameras in a white, balloon-skirt dress. "Spy Kids" star Daryl Sabara looked snappy in a gray suit. Kendall and Kylie Jenner ("Keeping Up With the Kardashians") hammed it up for the cameras.

Olympic gold medalist Tara Lipinski made an appearance, as did Rachel Smith, Zachary Gordon, Nathan Kress, Jake T. Austin, Francia Raisa, Nolan Sotillo and Debby Ryan, to name a few.

The event was followed by an after-party at the aptly chosen Hollywood High School, where pop/rock band Allstar Weekend -- which rose to popularity after competing in "Disney's Next Big Thing" --  performed for the young stars.

"Prom" opens in theaters April 29.


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Top photo: Aimee Teegarden signs an autograph for a young fan at the premiere. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press.

Left photo: "Friday" singer Rebecca Black enjoys the "Prom" spotlight. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images

Evan Lysacek toasts his Olympic gold medal and new 'DWTS' gig

EvanWe are officially replacing the age-old Hollywood cliche "everyone wants to direct" with the soon-to-be-if-it-isn't-already Hollywood cliche, "everyone wants to be on 'Dancing with the Stars.'"

You think winning an Olympic gold medal should get the paparazzi running? You think being an astronaut is cool? You think proposing to someone on TV after half a dozen dates proves your sanity?

Well, you're right, you're right and not so much.

And yet all roads lead to the 10th season of "DWTS," which starts March 22 and stars Evan Lysacek, Buzz Aldrin and the latest "Bachelor," Jake Pavelka, among several lithe others.

Lysacek and Aldrin partied Saturday night at a rooftop fete celebrating the figure skater's gold medal win at last month's Winter Olympics. The party was thrown by budding screenwriters Laura Sandler and Amanda Harlib, who became friends with Lysacek shortly after he landed in Los Angeles seven years ago.

"They wanted to be writers and I wanted to be an Olympian, and we've accomplished our goals and it's kind of cool," Lysacek said.

Of course, now that Hollywood is paying attention, people know him as "the dancing guy."

People like his new BFF, Melissa Rivers, who was gliding through the party at West Hollywood's Petit Ermitage, drink aloft.

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Stephen Colbert skates onto a Sports Illustrated cover

ColbertApparently not satisfied with that NASA treadmill, the devoted fans in Colbert Nation set their sights on something larger (albeit not higher) than exercise equipment in space: complete and total ownership of the wonderfully fit human beings who make up the U.S. speedskating team.

Their gift with purchase? The cover of Sports Illustrated for Stephen Colbert -- in a skating uniform and tie.

Ah, yes, we jest. It's sponsorship, not ownership. Silly us. But the other was so much more dramatic, no?

It started back in November, when mock-pundit Colbert announced that Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" would sponsor the team, which was left in a $300,000 hole when its financial-industry partner declared bankruptcy and waved goodbye.

"We must ensure that it is America's 38-inch thighs on that medal platform!" he said at the time.

So far, according to USA Speedskating, about 8,500 people have responded to raise about $250,000.

The comedian most recently featured on the SI cover? It was Chris Rock, supporting any number of teams back in December 2000.

And who graced the cover the week before Rock did?

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