Jennifer Lopez is a vision in white as she is reunited with ex-husband Marc Anthony at their twins' school

They divorced last year after eight years of marriage.


But amicable exes Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony briefly reunited for a meeting at their children's school in Los Angeles Wednesday.


The Golden Globe nominee, who turns 44 next month, opted to wear a revealing bandeau-topped frock with a bridal-style billowing skirt to discuss their five-year-old twins' welfare.

Reuniting for Emme and Max: Amicable exes Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony briefly reunited for a meeting at their children's school in Los Angeles WednesdayReuniting for Emme and Max: Amicable exes Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony briefly reunited for a meeting at their children's school in Los Angeles Wednesday

The former American Idol judge rocked minimal make-up and slicked her extension-free hair into a tight top-knot.


And while little Max was nowhere to be seen, Emme was spotted affectionately embracing her 44-year-old father's neck as she planted a kiss on his lips.

The girly girl wore a summery patterned dress, pink sandals, and a purple bow in her waist-length locks.


The two-time Grammy-winning salsa crooner wore a crisp white dress shirt, khaki trousers, and flip-flops.

Tiny top! The Golden Globe nominee, who turns 44 next month, opted to wear a revealing bandeau-topped frock with a bridal-style billowing skirt to discuss their five-year-old twins' welfareTiny top! The Golden Globe nominee, who turns 44 next month, opted to wear a revealing bandeau-topped frock with a bridal-style billowing skirt to discuss their five-year-old twins' welfare

Fuss-free...for J-Lo: The former American Idol judge rocked minimal make-up and slicked her extension-free hair into a tight top-knotFuss-free...for J-Lo: The former American Idol judge rocked minimal make-up and slicked her extension-free hair into a tight top-knotNot seen Wednesday was Jennifer's 26-year-old toyboy Casper Smart, whom she was last photographed with shopping in West Hollywood Sunday.


Meanwhile, the I Need to Know hitmaker has been single ever since dumping Topshop heiress Chloe Green last April after a two-month romance.


'The pair got serious very quickly and had the blessing of her parents, but it hasn't worked out,' a source told the Sun On Sunday. 'It seems to have been Marc's decision to end it.'


Last year, the Out of Sight star called her split with Marc 'the worst time' of her life and she felt like her 'whole world had fallen apart.'



Daddy's little girl: And while little Max was nowhere to be seen, Emme was spotted affectionately embracing her 44-year-old father's neck as she planted a kiss on his lipsDaddy's little girl: And while little Max was nowhere to be seen, Emme was spotted affectionately embracing her 44-year-old father's neck as she planted a kiss on his lips

Sticking close to Marc: The girly girl wore a summery patterned dress, pink sandals, and a purple bow in her waist-length locksSticking close to Marc: The girly girl wore a summery patterned dress, pink sandals, and a purple bow in her waist-length locks

Aside from their marriage and children, Lopez and Anthony once co-headlined a North American tour together.


In 2006, they co-starred as a married couple in the critically panned El cantante, based on the life story of Hector Lavoe who started the salsa movement in 1975.


The father-of-five also has a daughter Ariana from his relationship with former New York police officer Debbie Rosado and two sons with ex-wife former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres.


J-Lo recently revealed that it took her a 'whole year' working out with celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson to drop the 50 pounds she gained during her pregnancy.

Moved on: Last year, the Out of Sight star - seen here with toyboy Casper Smart - called her split with Marc 'the worst time' of her lifeMoved on: Last year, the Out of Sight star - seen here with toyboy Casper Smart - called her split with Marc 'the worst time' of her life'When I got pregnant, I remember watching my back, belly and butt grow and thinking, "I will never be the same again,"' she told the Telegraph.

'Then I remember right after the twins were born having that weird jiggly belly - and kind of loving that. Because I earned that jiggly belly.'


According to the Hollywood Reporter, the If You Had My Love singer will begin filming the Chilean miner film, The 33, this fall in Chile.



'It seems to have been Marc's decision': Meanwhile, the I Need to Know hitmaker has been single ever since dumping Topshop heiress Chloe Green last April after a two-month romance'It seems to have been Marc's decision': Meanwhile, the I Need to Know hitmaker has been single ever since dumping Topshop heiress Chloe Green last April after a two-month romanceAntonio Banderas, Martin Sheen, and Brazilian actor Rodrigo Santoro will also appear in the drama - based on the true story of the 33 miners who were rescued after being trapped for 69 days in 2010.


The Live It Up singer's 3D documentary, Jennifer Lopez: Dance Again, will hit theaters later this year.


Lopez is set to receive her very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at a glitzy ceremony this Thursday.
She's a star: Lopez, who just got cast in The 33 Chilean miner movie, is set to receive her very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at a glitzy ceremony this ThursdayShe's a star: Lopez, who just got cast in The 33 Chilean miner movie, is set to receive her very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at a glitzy ceremony this Thursday

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Pretend you didn't see that! Isla Fisher struggles to maintain her modesty in a grey mini dress as she takes part in Now You See Me promotion

At only five foot three she wouldn’t exactly be considered a leggy lady.

But Isla Fisher sure made the most of her pins on Wednesday as she promoted her new movie in London.

The actress showed off her limbs at a question and answer session for her film Now You See Me.
Legs 11: Isla Fisher was seen doing a Now You See Me Q&A in London on WednesdayLegs 11: Isla Fisher was seen doing a Now You See Me Q&A in London on Wednesday

The 37-year-old star donned a short fitted frock with long sleeves which covered up the rest of her body but emphasised her legs.

Isla teamed grey the item with red T-bar stilettos and left her long red locks out in a loose style.

But as she propped herself up on a chair at the Apple store on Regent Street, she appeared to be having some trouble maintaining her modesty.
Shhhh! The actress appeared at the Apple store on Regent StreetShhhh! The actress appeared at the Apple store on Regent Street

Dressed to impress: She wore a short fitted grey frock with thin black belt for the film promotionDressed to impress: She wore a short fitted grey frock with thin black belt for the film promotion

Enthusiastic: She made some rather animated hand gestures as she talked about the flickEnthusiastic: She made some rather animated hand gestures as she talked about the flick

She was spotted tugging away at her dress throughout the event and when she wasn’t animated using her hands to chat away, she placed them firmly over her bottom half.

It might have made the wife of funny man Sasha Baron Cohen cringe if he saw the mother of his children Olive, five, and Elula, two, in the predicament.

Isla was joined by Jesse Eisenberg to discuss the film which follows The Four Horsemen; a super-team of the world's greatest illusionists who pull off a series of daring heists against corrupt business leaders.
Relaxed tresses: Isla kept her long red locks out for the event Relaxed tresses: Isla kept her long red locks out for the event

Her co-star: She was joined by Jesse Eisenberg to chat about the the flick on the world's greatest illusionistsHer co-star: She was joined by Jesse Eisenberg to chat about the the flick on the world's greatest illusionistsThe Social Network star Jesse was branded a 'jerk' after an awkward interview with a blogger recently.

The 29-year-old created a rather tense atmosphere for a younger interviewer, mocking host Romina Puga while appearing on her Univision show, Say My Name With Romina.

And it might be put down to his dry sense of humour initially, Romina says she was left feeling 'humiliated' and felt her self-esteem had been 'butchered'.


Awkward: Jesse recently offended an interviewer while promoting his new movieAwkward: Jesse recently offended an interviewer while promoting his new movie
Now You See Me: Four magicians each answer a mysterious summons to an obscure address with secrets insideNow You See Me: Four magicians each answer a mysterious summons to an obscure address with secrets inside

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If coffee perks you up, you need to STOP drinking it: That pick-me-up shows you're hooked

Every morning, millions of people perform an essential daily ritual - having their first cup of tea or coffee. It concentrates the mind and acts as a pick-me-up.


Or does it? The latest research suggests that familiar buzz doesn't so much as give us a lift, but fights the caffeine withdrawal symptoms - fatigue, mental fogginess and a dull headache - that have kicked in since our last cup.


Indeed, experts suggest that this morning ritual is actually a sign of mass drug dependency.
Shaking the habitual: Many can't start the day without a cup of tea or coffee, but it's been proven that caffeine doesn't actually jump start your brainShaking the habitual: Many can't start the day without a cup of tea or coffee, but it's been proven that caffeine doesn't actually jump start your brain

'People who consume caffeine regularly will become dependent on it - if you take caffeine away from them, they will function below par,' says Peter Rogers, professor of biological psychology at Bristol University and a leading expert on caffeine.


'They just don't function normally without the drug on board. If it's your first tea or coffee of the day, it gets you back to normal, but beyond that you don't get much more of a kick.'


Professor Rogers has studied coffee and its effects for more than 20 years and, as a result, he and other members of his team have given up caffeine.


'On balance, caffeine is not particularly helpful. It triggers withdrawal and increases your blood pressure, which is not a good thing,' he says.

'I sometimes think one of the biggest effects of my research work has been on my department. Four or five colleagues have given up caffeine, and we're all on decaf.'


WHY COFFEE DOESN'T GIVE YOU A BOOST

The idea that caffeine doesn't perk up your brain might sound absurd, but that's what Professor Roger's research shows.


In one key study, around 300 volunteers - half had a moderate to high caffeine intake, the others had a low intake - were asked to stop drinking coffee for 16 hours before undergoing tests.


The volunteers were randomly split into two groups and given a placebo or coffee. The results, in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, were intriguing.


Though the regular coffee drinkers did have an increase in alertness following the coffee, this only made them as alert as non-coffee drinkers who had the placebo.


In other words, drinking coffee doesn't make us any more alert than non-coffee drinkers.


...BUT WHY YOU THINK IT DOES
Addiction: Experts say that the ubiquitous morning cup of coffee or tea is a sign of mass drug dependencyAddiction: Experts say that the ubiquitous morning cup of coffee or tea is a sign of mass drug dependency

Caffeine stops a brain chemical known as adenosine having an effect.


Normally, adenosine helps slow down reactions in the body. As caffeine effectively stops adenosine latching onto cells, it means that when we drink it our body is constantly on the accelerator, not the brake.


Then within a few hours of stopping drinking coffee, the withdrawal effects start to kick in. In some cases, they can even cause flu-like symptoms.


Our body experiences a flood of adenosine, leading to fatigue. Many will also experience a dull headache.


This is because caffeine narrows blood vessels in the brain, says Professor Rogers, so when we stop drinking it, there is an increase in blood flow, which triggers a headache.


'On the rare occasions I have drunk coffee for a few days, when I stop I start to feel under the weather and think I am coming down with a cold,' says Professor Rogers.


'But then I remember - this is what caffeine withdrawal feels like.'


IT WON'T IMPROVE CONCENTRATION

Another recent study by Professor Rogers involving 300 volunteers found coffee doesn't increase alertness, concentration or reaction time, but it will keep you awake.


'I have coffee when I'm driving across Europe, as I know it will keep me awake. But it wouldn't be helpful if I was trying to write a scientific paper late at night as it doesn't help focus or thinking.'


IS CAFFEINE GOOD OR BAD FOR THE HEART?

Aside from triggering a physical dependency, what other effects does caffeine have on our health?

One week we read a report showing caffeine is good for us; the next that it is bad. The experts are fiercely divided.


'It is a well-established and reliable fact that caffeine increases blood pressure,' says caffeine researcher Jack James, professor of psychology at Reykjavik University.


'The increase is modest, but likely to be clinically significant over the course of a lifetime of consuming caffeine.


'I'm confident that in time caffeine consumption will be regarded as a risk to cardiovascular health.'


One paper by Professor James, who is also editor of the Journal of Caffeine Research, suggests regular caffeine may account for 14  per cent of premature deaths due to coronary heart disease and 20 per cent of premature deaths due to stroke.


And in a study published just a few weeks ago, Australian researchers suggested a chemical in coffee called chlorogenic acid may increase the risk of diabetes and even lead to the body storing excess fat.


The study, published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, showed that when mice were given high amounts of this compound, the equivalent of drinking five or six cups a day, their bodies struggled to control blood sugar and they developed insulin resistance. They were also less likely to lose weight.

Buzzin': Coffee doesn't increase alertness, concentration, or reaction time, but it will keep you awakeBuzzin': Coffee doesn't increase alertness, concentration, or reaction time, but it will keep you awake

However, other research has shown that regular coffee and tea intake reduces the risk of stroke and heart disease, as well as neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's.


Indeed, one large study undertaken by Harvard researchers, and published last year in the journal Circulation, suggested that moderate coffee intake (four cups a day) reduced the risk of heart failure.
The team looked at research from five studies, involving more than 140,000 people.


'There is a growing body of research suggesting coffee is beneficial and this paper added to this,' says Dr Elizabeth Mostofsky, a post-doctoral research fellow and lead researcher of the paper.


Coffee consumption has also been linked to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes and some forms of cancer.


However, as with everything, moderation is best. Drinking more than ten cups a day 'may be harmful', says Dr Mostofsky.


She suggests that patients who are at risk of stroke and not regular coffee drinkers may want to consider avoiding it. Some of her earlier research suggests the peak in blood pressure immediately after having coffee may briefly increase stroke risk (the effect was not seen for tea).


But, overall, Dr Mostofsky believes the effects are positive. 'It's nice to know there may be health benefits from the number one drug consumed,' she says.


SHOULD YOU SWITCH TO DECAF?

So what are we to make of this wealth of apparently conflicting evidence?


Professor Rogers suggests that, in fact, the benefits of coffee and tea lie in the antioxidants that they contain - compounds that work to lower inflammation in the body.


Inflammation has been linked to a host of diseases such as stroke, cardiovascular disease and cancer, and so antioxidants consumed in tea and coffee may reduce the risk of these diseases.


This is why he still drinks decaffeinated tea and coffee (five cups of tea and one cup of coffee a day).


But he says the effect would not be seen with caffeine-filled energy drinks.


'Compounds in tea and coffee may be producing beneficial effects, but in other drinks, such as energy drinks, there aren't these naturally occurring compounds to balance out the effect of caffeine.'


And he believes that the rise in caffeine products will only fuel our dependency.


'I suspect caffeine intake will increase, and on balance that's not a good thing,' he adds.
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'Is he blind?' The cruel bullies taunting an overweight woman whose boyfriend is 'thin, fit and muscular'

The idea that couples should be
paired by body weight (thin with thin, and overweight with overweight),
has lead one Californian woman to stand up and face bullies that taunt
her everyday.


Gloria Shuri Nava, 25, from San Jose, is overweight. Her 22-year-old boyfriend of 18 months, Ali, who she met online, is 'fit and muscular'; and according to Miss Nave, many people can't comprehend why he would want to date her.

In a candid essay for Yahoo!, Miss Nava writes: 'When people say things out loud, their
comments range from cruel ("Is he blind?" "He's only with you to get a
green card") to awkward quips such as, "It's great he can see past your
looks," or "He's so nice for being with you."


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Odd pairing: Gloria Shuri Nava, 25, from San Jose, is overweight. Her 22-year-old boyfriend of 18 months, Ali, is 'fit and muscular'; and according to Miss Nave, many people can't comprehend why he would want to date her

Opposites attract: Gloria Shuri Nava, 25, from
San Jose, is overweight. Her 22-year-old boyfriend of 18 months, Ali, is
tall and lean; and according to Miss Nave, many people can't comprehend
why he would want to date her



 

And the remarks even extend to her friends.

'Now
and then, even people close to me
made unkind remarks,' Miss Nava, a prominent beauty blogger on YouTube
recalled. 'Once, when I confided to a friend, "I can't believe
he likes me!" he answered, "Yeah, I know!"




But some of the worst comments come from her own fans. Miss Nava's YouTube channel, Glowpinkstah, where she reviews beauty products and shares details about her life, has more than 250,000 subscribers.

'While most are supportive, there are a fair number of bullies,' she says.

Some of the more hurt questions she has received include: '"She has a boyfriend? What is wrong with the world?" and "These two had sex?! Oh god, why?"'





Paired up: But Miss Nava, who says she has been overweight her whole life, is trying to get past the comments and relish her relationship regardless of what society thinks

Paired up: But Miss Nava, who says she has been
overweight her whole life, is trying to get past the comments and relish
her relationship regardless of what society thinks








In love: The pair met online in 2009, after Ali, who currently lives in Glasgow Scotland and is moving to California this summer, saw one of Miss Nava's YouTube videos

In love: The pair met online in 2009, after Ali,
who currently lives in Glasgow Scotland and is moving to California
this summer, saw one of Miss Nava's YouTube videos


But Miss Nava, who says she has
been overweight her whole life, is trying to get past the comments and
relish her relationship regardless of what society thinks.


The pair met online in 2009, after Ali, who currently lives in Glasgow Scotland and is moving to California this summer to get his PhD in clinical psychology, saw one of Miss Nava's videos.

They
began instant messaging, and for two-and-a-half years, spent hours
talking online, developing a close bond from thousands of miles away -
and each knew exactly what the other looked like.


'I knew he was into big girls,' Miss Nava admits. 'His exes were chubby.

'Some think it's weird, but it's like having a thing for blondes: It's just a preference.'








Rock solid: Miss Nava, who has actually lost 40lbs since the couple first met a year ago, believes Ali is the 'best thing to have ever happened to me'

Rock solid: Miss Nava, who has actually lost
40lbs since the couple first met a year ago, believes Ali is the 'best
thing to have ever happened to me'







Finally
in December 2011, having still not meet in person, the couple admitted
their romantic feelings for each other and five months later Ali flew to
California to meet Miss Nava, and her family, for the first time.


'When Ali landed at San Francisco
airport. . . I turned around and saw him walking toward me with a huge
smile on his face,' she recalls.


'He gave me a hug, and kissed me on the lips. I thought to myself, He's my boyfriend, and he's here!'

Miss
Nava, who has actually lost 40lbs since the couple first met a year
ago, believes Ali is the 'best thing to have ever happened to me.'


'He's
been good for my health,' she explained. 'I was at my heaviest when we
met, and I've lost 40 pounds since. My goal is lose 80 pounds total, and
he's very supportive.






Lesson learning: Miss Nava explained that 'Beauty and relationships come in all shapes and sides: brown, yellow, short, tall, thin, fat - and one partner doesn't have to mirror the other'

Lesson learning: Miss Nava explained that
'Beauty and relationships come in all shapes and sides: brown, yellow,
short, tall, thin, fat - and one partner doesn't have to mirror the
other'


'Before Ali, I never showed any
skin whatsoever, but he makes me feel confident going out in a cute
little dress that doesn't cover me head-to-toe. I can wear a sleeveless
dress, shorts - things that typically people don't want to see me
wearing -and not care.'


Thanks to her boyfriend's support, Miss Nava has launched The Beauty Adjustment, which focuses on the message that 'there is no one "normal" way to look or love.'

'Beauty
and relationships come in all shapes and sides: brown, yellow, short,
tall, thin, fat - and one partner doesn't have to mirror the other. Love
is love. That's a lesson that Ali taught me, and now I want to teach it
to the rest of the world,' she said.


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'I wouldn't call it a brave choice': Cancer survivor Melissa Etheridge on Angelina Jolie's mastectomy

When Angelina Jolie underwent a preventative double mastectomy in February, many publicly heralded her bravery.

The 38-year-old Oscar winner possessed the BRCA-1 gene, which gave her an 87 percent chance of breast cancer.

But breast cancer survivor Melissa Etheridge, who also has the 'faulty' gene mutation, felt very differently.






'I wouldn't call it a brave choice': Breast cancer survivor Melissa Etheridge said Angelina Jolie's mastectomy was 'the most fearful choice you can make' facing cancer



'I wouldn't call it a brave choice': Breast cancer survivor Melissa Etheridge said Angelina Jolie's mastectomy was 'the most fearful choice you can make' facing cancer




'I wouldn't call it a brave choice': Breast
cancer survivor Melissa Etheridge said Angelina Jolie's mastectomy was
'the most fearful choice you can make' facing cancer

'I wouldn’t call it the brave choice.
I actually think it’s the most fearful choice you can make when
confronting anything with cancer,' the 52-year-old rocker
told The
Washington Blade
.


'That choice is way down the line on
the spectrum of what you can do and [considering] the advancements we’ve
made in things like nutrition and stress levels.'



The Oscar-winning singer, famed for her raspy vocals, successfully underwent five rounds of chemotherapy in 2005.







Survivor: The 52-year-old rocker said that mastectomies are 'way down the line on the spectrum of what you can do and [considering] the advancements we¿ve made in things like nutrition and stress levels'

Survivor: The 52-year-old rocker said that
mastectomies are 'way down the line on the spectrum of what you can do
and [considering] the advancements we’ve made in things like nutrition
and stress levels'








Happy with her choice: Angelina is back to 'business as usual' according to her fiancé Brad Pitt's Monday Good Morning America appearance

Happy with her choice: Angelina is back to
'business as usual' according to her fiancé Brad Pitt's Monday Good
Morning America appearance





'My belief is that cancer comes from
inside you and so much of it has to do with the environment of your
body,' Melissa told the gay publication.


'It’s the stress that will turn that
gene on or not. Plenty of people have the gene mutation and everything
but it never comes to cancer.'



Now that she's been cancer-free for nine years, Etheridge completely understands why she got cancer.





Playing through the pain: The Oscar-winning singer, famed for her raspy vocals, successfully underwent five rounds of chemotherapy in 2005

Playing through the pain: The Oscar-winning
singer, famed for her raspy vocals, successfully underwent five rounds
of chemotherapy in 2005








'Removing' the problem: The 38-year-old Oscar winner underwent a preventative double mastectomy in February, and soon plans to have her ovaries removed as another preventive surgery

'Removing' the problem: The 38-year-old Oscar
winner underwent a preventative double mastectomy in February, and soon
plans to have her ovaries removed as another preventive surgery




'There was so much acidity in
everything. I really encourage people to go a lot longer and further
before coming to [Jolie's] conclusion,' added the Only One crooner.



Meanwhile, Angelina is back to 'business as usual' according to her fiancé Brad Pitt's Monday Good Morning America appearance.


The Gia actress just lost her aunt
Debbie Martin to breast cancer and she also lost her mother Marcheline
Bertrand to ovarian cancer in 2007.






Rocking out: The two-time Grammy winner will next take her tour to Wolf Trap in Virginia on Tuesday night

Rocking out: The two-time Grammy winner will next take her tour to Wolf Trap in Virginia on Tuesday night




Jolie is also reportedly planning to
have her ovaries removed as another preventive surgery, intended to
drastically reduce her risk of ovarian cancer.



The Girl, Interrupted star doesn't have a film coming out until Disney's Maleficent, due out July 2 of next year.


She'll also reprise her voice-role as Tigress in Kung Fu Panda 3, due out December 23 in 2015.


And Melissa, who recently sang the praises of medicinal marijuana to CNN, will release a 25th anniversary box set in November.


The two-time Grammy winner will next take her tour to Wolf Trap in Virginia on Tuesday night.



Re-imagining Sleeping Beauty: The Girl, Interrupted star doesn't have a film coming out until Disney's Maleficent, due out July 2 of next year




Re-imagining Sleeping Beauty: The Girl,
Interrupted star doesn't have a film coming out until Disney's
Maleficent, due out July 2 of next year




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