Oz on Earth: Where Celebs Go to Get Away From it All (PHOTOS)

Wouldn’t it be great to find your own “Oz on Earth?”

Celebrities who can afford the luxury have scoured the globe to create their own private Oz in some of the most breathtaking and exotic locales on the planet.

Whether it’s the Kardashian sisters living the good life in Miami, Florida, or Josh Duhamel and Fergie chilling out in St. Barths, the stars featured in today’s Celebuzz gallery have found the most exclusive, paparazzi-free (sometimes) places to spend their holidays with family and friends.

Necker Island in the Caribbean was purchased in the late 1990′s by British mogul Sir Richard Branson.  Since then, celebrities such as Steven Spielberg have rented out the entire island for their special getaways.  What the island lacks in size, it makes up for in exclusivity, which is why it has become such a sought after destination among Hollywood’s elite.

Where would you most like to go on your next vacation?  Sound off in the comments field below!

Oz on Earth: Where Celebs Go to Get Away From it All (PHOTOS)

Wouldn’t it be great to find your own “Oz on Earth?”

Celebrities who can afford the luxury have scoured the globe to create their own private Oz in some of the most breathtaking and exotic locales on the planet.

Whether it’s the Kardashian sisters living the good life in Miami, Florida, or Josh Duhamel and Fergie chilling out in St. Barths, the stars featured in today’s Celebuzz gallery have found the most exclusive, paparazzi-free (sometimes) places to spend their holidays with family and friends.

Necker Island in the Caribbean was purchased in the late 1990′s by British mogul Sir Richard Branson.  Since then, celebrities such as Steven Spielberg have rented out the entire island for their special getaways.  What the island lacks in size, it makes up for in exclusivity, which is why it has become such a sought after destination among Hollywood’s elite.

Where would you most like to go on your next vacation?  Sound off in the comments field below!

Beyonce, Miley Cyrus, Anne Hathaway and All the Biggest Celebrity Makeovers of 2012 (PHOTOS)

Another year, another round of dramatic celebrity transformations.

Bold haircuts were responsible for changing some of Hollywood’s most famous faces — and setting major trends — in 2012.

Between Anne Hathaway’s buzz cut for her role in Les Miserables to Miley Cyrus’ punk rock ‘do, dramatic haircuts became springboards for both beauties to experiment with more daring personal styles.

But hair wasn’t the only thing transforming some of Tinsletown’s brightest stars. Some of our favorite celebs went through some major weight ups and downs this year as well.

A few inches off the top of her head wasn’t all Hathaway lost for her Les Mis role this year — the Oscar hopeful turned to extreme dieting to lose 25 pounds to play the dying prostitute.

 

After giving birth to her first child, Jessica Simpson went with a more healthful approach to shed the baby weight, signing on as Weight Watchers’ newest spokesperson to help her shed the rumored 70-plus pounds she gained during her pregnancy. The new mom recently revealed her jaw-dropping weight loss before announcing her second pregnancy earlier this month.

Some stars, however, weren’t satisfied with just one transformation, shocking us with multiple makeovers in 2012.

Moneyball star Jonah Hill slimmed down in the later half of 2011, leaving fans shocked by this actor’s almost-gaunt appearance. But by mid-2012, Hill had filled out to almost his original weight from years prior.

No stranger to shocking looks, Ke$ha shocked critics and fans alike when she showed off a glam new look at the American Music Awards. But it wasn’t long before the edgy singer ditched her blonde waves and soft makeup for a goth-inspired hair and makeup.

Click through the gallery to check out this year’s most dramatic makeovers.

 

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Happy Birthday, LeBron James! See the King’s Most Memorable Moments On and Off the Court (PHOTOS)

All hail the king — King LeBron James, that is.

The basketball superstar turns 28 on Sunday, and with an incredibly successful year, he’s sure to be celebrating big time.

After a humbling loss to the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 NBA Finals, James and the Miami Heat came back hungry for a championship title — and that’s exactly what they got.  But not only can James flaunt his new ring after defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder, he also can brag about being named league MVP — for the third time — and NBA Finals MVP.

Talk about a triple threat.

From there, it was off to the London Olympics to compete on the international stage.  Helping the United States win its second straight gold medal, James became the second player ever to win an NBA championship, MVP award, and Olympic gold medal in the same year — no big deal (Michael Jordan also achieved the feat).

 

The cherry on top of it all? The eight-time NBA All-Star was named Sports Illustrated’s 2012 Sportsman of the Year, of course.

To celebrate the King’s big day, we’re looking back at James’ most memorable moments, on and off the court. Click our gallery to see them!

 

 

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Justin Timberlake and Hugh Jackman ‘Crack Jokes’ Over Dinner in Colorado (EXCLUSIVE DETAILS)

Big screen hunks Justin Timberlake and Hugh Jackman hit a high note together over a post-Christmas dinner… literally.

The actors, who’ve been known to sell out a crowd when they’ve taken over the microphone, were spotted having dinner at the ultra-exclusive Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Ski Resort and Spa in Avon, Colo. Dec. 27, an eyewitness told Celebuzz exclusively.

“They were out for dinner at the 8100 Mountainside Bar & Grill,” said the eyewitness.

“They were joking with a musician in the lobby. They were requesting songs and cracking jokes and seemed really friendly.”

Timberlake, 31, who’s long been a fan of Beaver Creek Ski Resort and whose wife Jessica Biel has signed on to star opposite Jackman as Viper in The Wolverine, joined the Aussie heartthrob, who just so happens to be staying at the swankiest hotel in the area for the holidays. And the stars went relatively unnoticed on their time off before award season kicks into high gear in the New Year.

“People stayed away for the most part,” added the eyewitness. “It’s a fancy but quiet restaurant.”

The 44-year-old star of stage and screen has a lot to sing about in 2012 with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for Les Miserables set to be handed out Jan. 13.

Do you think Justin Timberlake and Hugh Jackman would make a good on-screen duo? Tell us your thoughts below.

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Channing Tatum Kisses Pregnant Wife Jenna Dewan in St. Barts (PHOTOS)

Jenna Dewan-Tatum is debuting her growing baby bump and her hubby Channing Tatum is a doting dad-to-be.

While vacationing in exotic St. Barts for the holidays, Channing showed that he is so in love with his wife that he just couldn’t hide his affection on their trip for two.

As the happy couple — who announced just before Christmas that Jenna was expecting their first child — laid out in the sun, the 32-year-old Playboy Club actress showed off her growing belly in a colorful bikini and equally-stylish sarong, while Channing got her a cold beverage and a magazine.

Channing, 32, even channeled his adventurous side by taking to the sea for a bit of snorkeling — and came out with a special surprise for his wife. As Jenna watched from the beach, her heartthrob husband emerged with a conch shell that they shared with one of the kids playing in the sand. But not before the Magic Mike star sweetly kissed his wife on their first trip as parents-to-be.

“They are both ecstatic — it is the perfect Christmas gift and it will make this year’s holidays very special,” an insider previously told Celebuzz.

And whether the husband and wife will be buying blue or pink onesies still remains to be seen.

“Jenna and Tatum don’t know if it is a boy or a girl yet and they’re still getting used to her being pregnant,” added the source. “But they are totally excited and they do not care about the sex of the baby just as long as he or she is fit and healthy.”

The happy couple originally met in 2006 on the set of Step Up before Channing popped the question in September 2008 while on vacation in Hawaii. They sealed their love by getting married on the grounds of Church Estates Vineyards in California in July 2009.

What do you think about Channing’s sweet gestures to his wife Jenna? Tell us in the comments below.

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Lisa Lampanelli Buys $2.2 Million Seaside Home in Connecticut (PHOTOS)

Lisa Lampanelli isn’t just dropping the pounds.

The comedian recently dropped $2.2 million on a 3897 square foot seaside home (worth $2.4M) in the upscale community of Fairfield, CT, according to RealEstalker.

Built in 2002, the slender three-story home includes 3-4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms – and is so exquisite that it was featured in the November 2012 issue of Connecticut magazine

Located right next to the beach, the ocean-side property includes a kitchen, dining room, and family room that all look out on the water through floor-to-ceiling windows and French doors.

Special features include: a spiral staircase, single car garage, a private room for her hubby Jimmy Cannizzaro– plus plenty of room for guests.

Lampanelli has two guest bedrooms on the second floor of her estate, along with a den. Also on the second floor is a private sitting room, small balcony looking out on the coast, and bathroom with a fancy Jacuzzi style tub and glass-bricked shower.

But no need to be cooped up inside, as the bi-level deck is filled with sea grasses to cop a squat or enjoy a lovely picnic away from the sand.

The Queen of Mean also maintains a rental apartment near Lincoln Center in New York City and a condo-type bungalow in Tucson, AZ.

Click through the gallery above to see all the details inside Lampanelli’s seaside home, and watch the video below to find out more on her recent weight loss.

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‘Dancing With the Stars’ Apolo Ohno Buys Million Dollar Los Angeles Condo (PHOTOS)

A spot on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars has certainly paid off for Apolo Ohno.

The Olympic speed skater — who earned about $300,000 during the reality competitive dancing series this year — recently landed a Los Angeles condo for a steal of a price, dropping $990,000 on a pad that previously sold for $1.5 – $1.55 million between 2006 and 2008 — according to TMZ.

Encompassing 2500 square feet, the two bedroom, four bath home is located right near the upscale community of Beverly Hills. Featuring a large pool on the premise, there’s certainly a possibility of some major pool parties on the horizon.

Ohno, 30, has won multiple medals within his athletic career — two gold, two silver, four bronze — and was paired with Ukranian ballroom dancer Karina Smirnoff during Dancing With the Stars, but couldn’t escape the mid to low rankings on the leaderboard.

Click through the gallery above to see how Ohno is living post-DWTS, and watch the video below to see an exclusive Celebuzz interview with the star about DWTS.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Parties With Pals Jonah Hill, Kevin Connolly and Lucas Haas on a Yacht in Australia (PHOTOS)

Ships ahoy!

Leonardo DiCaprio is ringing in 2013 Down Under — and he’s decided to kick off the New Year’s festivities early with his BFFs Kevin Connolly, Lucas Haas, and Jonah Hill.

The hot Hollywood actors were surrounded by a bevy of beauties aboard a private yacht Dec. 29 while on a cruise around Sydney Harbor for some fun in the Australian summer sun. And even though DiCaprio is back in the land of Oz to re-shoot scenes for Baz Luhrmann’s epic The Great Gatsby, it looks like he and his boys definitely don’t have work on their minds.

While Hill, Haas and Connolly got in some much-needed guy time, 38-year-old DiCaprio — donning his signature baseball cap and shades — mingled with the VIP crowd — and was every bit the perfect host. The superstar capped off the end of the year by letting loose — taking goofy photos with friends, smoking cigars, sipping fruity cocktails, laughing, and we can’t forget — flirting with a very pretty mystery blonde.

The Django Unchained star is a single man once again after breaking up with Victoria’s Secret supermodel Erin Heatherton, 23, in November after dating nearly a year.

DiCaprio has been spending a lot of time over the last year in Australia where he set the gossip world all abuzz after being linked to not one, but two, Aussie beauties — Alyce Crawford, 21, a former contestant on the Australian version of America’s Next Top Model, and model Kendal Schuler, 20.

The Oscar-nominated actor does have a thing for catwalk pros. He dated Gisele Bundchen from 2001 to 2005 and Bar Refaeli from 2006 to early 2011.

What do you think of Leo’s new gal pal? Tell us below.

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Rihanna Posts Photos of Guns on Instagram: Has She Gone Too Far? (POLL)

Rihanna is known for pushing the envelope… but do her latest photos posted on Instagram go too far?

The “Diamonds” singer posted two images – one of her supermodel friend Cara Delevingne and one of an older woman – in which both are wielding guns.

The caption on one of the images reads “thug life,” an homage to rap legend Tupac, who was prominent in the gangster rap scene in the 1990s.

But irrespective of the reference, is this too much too soon?

The timing of these photos comes a few weeks after the Connecticut Sandy Hook elementary school massacre.

One upset commenter wrote underneath the photo of Delevingne: “All those children in Connecticut died cus [sp] of guns.”

“Think for once for God’s sake,” the fan went on to add.

Rihanna’s Twitter and Instagram aren’t new to controversy.

The on-and-off-and-on-again relationship between her and Chris Brown has been widely documented on both social media platforms.

Early in the fall, Rihanna posted a photo of herself hugging Brown and calling him “Baby” while backstage during one of his concerts on the Germany leg of his Carpe Diem tour.

Is Rihanna glorifying the use of weapons or not? Take our poll to weigh in.

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Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston Share a Pre-New Year’s Kiss in Mexico (PHOTOS)

Talk about a New Year’s kiss!

And what a year it was for Hollywood’s ‘It’ couple. After Justin Theroux and Jennifer Aniston met on the set of Wanderlust, traveled the world on romantic getaways, and got engaged in August, the future Mrs. Aniston decided to seal their incredible year with a kiss.

Theroux, 41, took a break from tanning his impeccable abs to steal a smooch with his leading lady — and wife-to-be — while the twosome lounged on their private terrace at an exclusive resort in Los Cabos, Mexico Dec. 28.

The lovebirds of over a year were joined in their tanning session by famous friends Emily Blunt, hubby John Krasinski, funnyman Jimmy Kimmel and his fiancée Molly McNearney for a week-long fun in the sun vacation south of the border.

Aniston, 43, has been showing off her tan – and her sexy beach style — all week long alongside her just as toned, tattooed main man. This time she flaunts her taut tummy in a coral-colored bandeau top and black bikini bottoms, while Blunt, 29, shows off her sleek shoulders in a red halter top bikini.

The happy couples have enjoyed every minute of their trip by soaking up the sun, snacking on Mexican cuisine and cocktails and catching up during these rare off-hours.

The former Friends star jet-sets to Mexico nearly every year during the holidays. Past party pals have included Chelsea Handler, Courteney Cox and even former beaus John Mayer and Gerard Butler.

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