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Golden Globes

THE PARTIES, GOWNS

& WHO WILL CONTROL

RICKY GERVAIS

THE NEW

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From le: Dick Glover, Chris Henchy,

Will Ferrell and Adam McKay with Cody


THE INCREDIBLE

SHRINKING MAN

It’s more than a New Year’s resolution: Guys finally are getting with

the program that women have been following forever By Merle Ginsberg

THE SCENE: E. BALDI RESTAURANT

in Beverly Hills. Overheard during

the course of a meal: “I’ll have the

sole, no meuniere sauce, no butter,

very little salt please; steamed veggies

on the side; just a green salad,

no dressing, just lemon. And a Pellegrino with

lime. … Can you take the breadbasket and butter

away, please? … I’ll have a very skinny latte. … I’ve

gotta drop at least 20 by the end of the month. I

need to get down two waist sizes by the Oscars.”

A toothpick-sized Hollywood wife in leggings?

A would-be actress itching to borrow size-4 Dolce?

A female movie producer detoxing from too much

cra services?

Guess again. It’s a male executive in a suit, at a

business meeting with an agent who’s also watching

his post-holiday waist. A similar scene played

out last year at the Natural Resources Defense

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FITNESS 2012

Council benet at the Malibu beach house of Ron

and Kelly Meyer, where 48-year-old record producer

and Columbia Records co-chairman Rick Rubin

queried waiters about the ingredients in every

sauce. He’d lost more than 130 pounds in less than

a year and a half on a sh-, egg white- and protein

shake-heavy diet.

Men in the industry are boarding the body-conscious

bandwagon, perhaps a gut reaction to all of

the actors — Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen and Jerry Ferrara

most prominent among them — who seem to have

lost half their body weight. Obsessive conversations

about diets are no longer strictly the domain

of the best actress in a mini category.

The 5-foot-10 Seth MacFarlane wasn’t fat — but he

did weigh 205 pounds, says his trainer Bobby Strom.

“A year and a half ago,” says Strom, “Ryan Reynolds,

who I’ve worked with for nine years, did an episode

of Family Guy. When Seth saw him, he said, ‘Hey,

man, who’s your trainer?’ Now Seth weighs 170,

works out seven days a week and eats things like egg

whites and Greek yogurt; but then, Seth had Vikki

Krasinsky, a healthy chef who’s cooked for many

celebs. Mostly, I make my male clients get home

food delivery so they have some discipline. Not just

actors come to me: I have entertainment attorneys,

concert promoters, executives at Interscope.”

Brett Davidson, a 40-year-old executive producer

of Truth About Kerry (out in March) and a key-art

graphic designer, lost 40 pounds in four months

recently aer getting to 195 on his 5-foot-8 frame.

He did it with fat-burning drinks in the morning

(with appetite-suppressing cactus-ower extract),

followed by egg whites, then a lunch of lettuce with

tuna and tomato with balsamic vinegar. Dinner

is a grilled chicken breast, steamed broccoli and

brown rice. “I made sure never to allow myself to

get hungry,” he explains. “Eating throughout the

day keeps your metabolism high. I lost my love

handles, gut — I feel more comfortable walking

into pitch meetings with folks I don’t know.”

Dieting has become a manly pursuit. Hence

Weight Watchers’ new ad campaign: “Lose Like a

Man.” To kick it o, who manlier than NBA Hall

of Famer Charles Barkley? He joined because, as

he says, “I don’t want to be a fat old man taking

lots of pills. Men don’t like to diet — they like to

eat. But I’ve already lost almost 50 pounds.” He

also might lose the nickname he earned in college:

The Round Mound of Rebound.”

Dropping 30 pounds allowed blowsy sidekick

Rogen to go leading man in The Green Hornet and

Entourage’s Ferrara to get cast in the upcoming

Screen Gems sex comedy Think Like a Man.

“Dieting in general is always important in the

Hollywood scene,” says nutritionist Carrie Latt

Wiatt of Diet Designs, who works with James Franco

and Christian Bale. “But new pressure is coming

from the abundance of tabloids and TMZ-type

media.” But then, says Simon Doonan, author of

Gay Men Don’t Get Fat, a new tome that promotes

a “gay diet” of lighter food as opposed to “straight”

heavier food, “L.A. men have always been the most

self-critical in the world. They would sell their soul

to get back down to birth weight. Most straight

men will still get laid even if they look like Shrek,

but no Hollywood dude wants to end up on the

‘Worst Beach Bodies’ list. No actor wants to have

that conversation with his agent.”

How did these male stars do it so fast? Hill, who

has said that when he eats something unhealthy

now, “I kind of feel a little weird, and my body

hurts,” worked with a nutritionist and trainer.

BEFORE AFTER BEFORE AFTER

Fans of Moneyball and Superbad might be startled

by Hill’s dramatic transformation.

The Best Luxury Boot Camps

From a stylish fitness retreat center in Malibu to a redone

Golden Door, where the industry goes to tone for its sins

SOMETIMES YOU JUST NEED TO GET

away from it all to break bad habits

and get back in shape. But why not do

it in style and enjoy a few indulgences

between bone-crushing workouts?

In the L.A. area, it used to be that

the height of gulag-getaway chic

was Calabasas’ THE ASHRAM (2025

McKain St.), a hard-core and notably

spartan eight-room retreat and boot

camp favored by A-listers from

Shirley MacLaine to Ashley Judd. But

a more posh, if just as serious, retreat

has opened its doors in Malibu. Tucked

in the wilderness beyond and above

Zuma Beach on the former estate of

Hopalong Cassidy star William Boyd,

the 16-month-old RANCH AT LIVE OAK

(12220 Cotharin Road) lures guests with

rustic cottages offering French limestone

bathrooms and handmade Italian

linen bedding, meals sourced from

the Santa Monica Farmers Market and

onsite gardens. It then pummels them

during weeklong minimum stays with

a strict “no options” policy of 5:30 a.m.

wakeup calls, five-hour morning hikes,

grueling afternoon fitness sessions

and yoga galore — punctuated by

massages. Women average six to eight

pounds of weight loss; men, nine to 12.

(Cost: $5,600 per person.)

Three well-known retreats north

of San Diego have received recent

facelifts. At the 377-acre GOLDEN

DOOR SPA RESORT near Escondido

(777 Deer Springs Road) — offering a

selection of 40 classes, gourmet meals

A room at the

Ranch at Live Oak.

and daily in-room massages — all

40 of the Japanese-style guestrooms

were renovated in 2011. For a change of

pace, Dancing With the Stars’ Karina

Smirnoff will lead a dance-focused

week ($7,750) from Feb. 5 to 12.

Rubin, who slimmed down by more than 130 pounds in less than

a year, would be unrecognizable if not for his trademark beard.

A few miles away in Vista, CAL-A-VIE

(29402 Spa Havens Way), popular with

the likes of Tom Ford, Shailene Woodley

and Tyra Banks, added a block of eight

Mediterranean-style suites in 2011,

bringing the intimate property’s total

number of accommodations to 32. Upon

arrival, guests meet with a wellness

consultant upon arrival who designs a

customized fitness program for them.

Carlsbad’s four-star Spanish Missionstyle

LA COSTA RESORT AND SPA (2100

Costa Del Mar Road), which houses the

CHOPRA CENTER FOR WELLBEING,

recently underwent a $50 million stemto-stern

makeover that included all

474 rooms and suites and the addition

of an adults-only pool. The six-day

Perfect Health program at the center

($3,775) features daily Ayurvedic

massage, detox therapies, meditation

instruction, a medical consultation,

Rogen has claimed he dropped 30 pounds by “just

eating cheeseburgers. I have no regimen. I did

have a trainer [Harley Pasternak], but I’ve since

set him free. I don’t know if I can keep the weight

o. I want my food, and I have a lot of tantrums.

Yet so far, so good.” We have to believe Rogen

had his cheeseburgers without the bread. As for

Pasternak, he proudly proclaims of Rogen, “I

took him from a doughy stoner to a handsome, t

superhero.” Pasternak advises his clients to eat

three light meals and two snacks a day of low-fat

protein and whole-grain rice.

Seems these versatile funnymen don’t want to

be pushed into a comedy fat-man corner like predecessors

Chris Farley and John Candy, who never

slimmed down (and died young). Farley feared he

wouldn’t be funny if he lost weight.

When The Zone Diet took center stage around

1995, guys who needed to drop pounds fast consumed

quantities of steaks, cheese and eggs. That

seemed a more masculine way to shed pounds —

but utterly unhealthy and possibly dangerous to

one’s heart. Diets such as Atkins, Ornish and South

Beach followed. These days, all the rage is what’s

known as the Paleo or Hunter-Gatherer Diet,

which restricts food to what early man ate thousands

of years ago: meat, seafood, vegetables, fruit,

yoga and more. (Hotel stay, $169 a night

for Chopra clients, not included.)

Just south of the border in Tecate

(about a three-hour drive from Los

Angeles without traffic jams), the tony

RANCHO LA PUERTA resort (476 Tecate

Road) recently partnered with The Bar

Method on a comprehensive seven-day

mind-body program. The workout

sculpts bodies with a combination of

isometric exercises, dance conditioning,

physical therapy and interval training.

Actress Annabeth Gish (Texas Killing

Fields) is a recent participant. “I will go

back as often as I can because not one

minute felt indulgent,” she says. “There

seeds and nuts — forbidding dairy, grains (even

quinoa), potatoes, processed sugar and beans. You

have to admit, our forefathers didn’t suer from

hypertension, diabetes and arthritis very much —

and they certainly were macho.

Experts caution against fad diets and that

overall calorie count is what matters. A new study,

out Jan. 3 from the Journal of the American Medical

Association, shows that a high-protein diet isn’t

more likely to lead to weight loss than any other

diet. “So many fad diets claim that if you eat more

protein, you will lose weight faster because protein

doesn’t turn to fat very easily,” says NBC4 L.A.

chief medical editor Bruce Hensel. “That’s not the

whole story. The truth is that a gram of fat has nine

calories, while a gram of protein has four calories.

So if you eat a lot of protein, you may think that it’s

the protein that’s doing that to your metabolism.

It’s really that you are just eating fewer calories.”

With expense accounts shrinking these days,

it is easier for men in the industry to forgo big

lunches and dinners. “In restaurants, men need

to stay away from the bread bowl,” advises Wiatt.

“Fill up on a salad or a non-cream-based soup

before the main meal. Choose a dish of six ounces

of lean protein and lots of vegetables. And most

importantly, men need to be portion-savvy.

Restaurant portions are huge! Women know this

and usually order appetizers and no entrees.”

Of course, there are downsides to downsizing.

The already-svelte Michael Fassbender went on a

600-calorie-a-day diet during a 10-week period to

play IRA member Bobby Sands, who went on a

hunger strike, in 2008’s Hunger. “People thought

I had cancer,” Fassbender has admitted. “And

my libido disappeared for about six weeks. It felt

very liberating. You don’t realize how distracting

all that stu can be. Your body streamlines and

focuses on what’s important. I suppose that’s why

monks and religious people do it.”

Seems a lot of men are starting to realize what

women learned long ago: Compliments are more

fullling than food. The Kate Moss adage “Nothing

tastes as good as skinny feels” seems to have

crossed the sex barrier. Finally, Mick Jagger and

Steven Tyler have some company.

were physical fitness options at every

hour, but also fitness of the mind and

heart, too.” (About $3,500 per person,

double occupancy.)

Not new, but an under-the-radar

discovery, is SOMA GET FIT, a

customizable single- or multiday excursion

in Santa Barbara for one to

six people. One recent jampacked

program included — in a single day! —

5:30 a.m. yoga, followed by an organic

breakfast, farmers market visit, canyon

hike, meditation at Montecito’s Vedanta

Temple, core work on the beach,

lobster-taco lunch, biking, paddle

surfing, more yoga, more biking, a

healthy cooking class and dinner. The

day ended with a body treatment and

facial at a local spa. (From $799 per

person, $599 for two or more; accommodations

not included.) — GARY BAUM

BOOT CAMPS, FROM LEFT: COURTESY OF THE RANCH AT LIVE OAK; COURTESY OF RANCHO LA PUERTA; THOMAS HART SHELBY/COURTESY OF GOLDEN DOOR SPA.

FROM LEFT: KRISTIAN DOWLING/GETTY IMAGES; JASON MERRITT/GETTY IMAGES; MILAN RYBA/LANDOV; CRAIG BARRITT/GETTY IMAGES. ILLUSTRATIONS BY Leif Parsons

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Stars and execs are flocking to these workouts of the moment,

including the latest in sweat-drenching spinning

PAIN & PLEASURE AT THE

NEW DAVID BARTON GYMS

Bodybuilding impresario David

Barton — known for his stylish

NYC and Miami gyms (members

include Marc Jacobs and Sean

Combs) — is coming to Los

Angeles with two gyms opening

in February. Among his

most popular classes is Pain

& Pleasure, 45-minute group

workout that focuses just on

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building muscles. Multiple sets

target three muscle groups. His

35,000-square-foot Westside

location (12100 W. Olympic

Blvd.) will feature live DJs, while

a 22,000-square-foot spot

will open in Century City (1950

Century Park East). Membership

rates aren’t finalized.

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When she isn’t on call 24/7 as Ben

Stiller’s on-set trainer, Jenna

Phillips leads packs of aspiring

actors through Runyon Canyon

and groups of Palisades moms

up and down the Santa Monica

stairs in her 50-minute training

sessions. The workouts include

running, lunging, hiking, sprinting

and resistance bands. “I like that

it’s outdoors,” says Maureen

Kenny, senior director for A&R

at Columbia. Phillips is a walking

advertisement for her regimen —

she was diagnosed with type

1 diabetes in 2000 but now says

she is almost insulin-free. ($25 a

session, jennaphillips.com)

REV CYCLING

Thanks to its location in the same

building as WME Entertainment,

the members-only Sports Club/

LA is a top destination for execs

and celebrities; group classes

kick off at 6 a.m. to accommodate

agents who want to squeeze

in a workout before their first

morning meeting. The newest

pulse-pumping class is REV

Cycling, which features Schwinn

A.C. Performance bikes with a

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speed, distance, heart

The simple-looking ViPR

rate and calories

tube forms the basis

burned. Sessions are

of a full-body work-

50 minutes. Katie

out at Equinox West

Holmes, who attends Holmes Hollywood that’s drawn

REV three days a week,

the likes of Bradley Cooper.

often brings along her stylist The hollow rubber tube, which

Jeanne Yang (also her partner has cutouts in the center that

in fashion brand Holmes & Yang) function as handles, can be held

to talk shop. After that morning over the head, to the side or in

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— CAROL McC0LGIN

BOLDFACED NAMES INCREASINGLY

are sweating without sweating

the paparazzi waiting outside or a

camera-phone-enabled jock on the next

treadmill.

For years, West Hollywood’s trainer-only

THE GYM ON NEMO (9041 Nemo St.) has

been a go-to choice, with owner Fedele De

Santis welcoming the likes of Cameron

Diaz and Charlize Theron to his

discreet storefront for Pilates and

boxing alike. Over on La Brea, the

no-nonsense ULTRA BODY FITNESS

(828 N. La Brea Ave.) lures such

stars as Shia LaBeouf and Chris Pine.

More exclusive rivals are cropping

up. Gunnar Peterson — who has rocked the

bodies of Jennifer Lopez and Hugh Jackman

— quietly has run an unlisted-number

space (9975 S. Santa Monica Blvd.) for the

past three years above the Sonya Dakar

spa in Beverly Hills, where valet parking

and protein bars are complimentary.

Another big-time trainer with his own gym

is Jason Walsh, who has worked with Justin

Timberlake and WME’s Patrick Whitesell.

“My facility is very private — it’s good for

people that need an inviting

and calm environment,” he

says of his RISE MOVEMENT in

WeHo (8906 Melrose Ave.).

Opened in mid-2010, LEAF

WELLNESS STUDIO (1617

Broadway St., Santa Monica)

handles just 12 clients at

any time and insists on a

three-month commitment

($3,600 for 24 classes). Leaf,

whose clients include Rock

of Ages up-and-comer Diego

Boneta and XXX writer Rich

Wilkes, also runs a Lifestyle

Transformation program

with nutrition counseling and

personal coaching.

Even more cloistered:

Trainer Danny Musico (Ron

Fair, Doug Ellin) has created

a gym at the chichi Crescent

Hotel (403 N. Crescent

Drive) in Beverly Hills,

where he keeps a furnished

HUSH-HUSH

GYMS

Boutique trainer-only workout sanctums lure the

industry with perks and, more important, privacy

Whitesell

three-bedroom penthouse at his disposal

for those who want to focus round-theclock

on sculpting their physique. (Call

it the lats of luxury.) It’s a steep fee for

clients to bulk up or slim down while living

there, but Musico believes it’s worth it. “If

a production company wants the star of

their movie to look his or her best, $25,000

per month is not that much money,”

says Musico. “The suite is a training

camp; I can police them there.”

The hottest gym in town at the

moment, however, might be the

nearby referral-only BUNKER (465

N. Roxbury Drive). The aptly named

windowless basement space, reachable

via a secure parking garage, is hidden down

an alley. Owner Adam Ernster, a Peterson

protege, allows only up to three trainers

and their clients inside at a time — the

extreme exclusivity is a draw for the likes of

Nicole Scherzinger and ICM’s Carol Goll.

But not all trainers believe that intimate

gyms are best. “Gyms with people around

really inspire people to work hard,” says celebrity

trainer Ashley Borden. “I like the energy

there.” — GARY BAUM AND LINDSAY FLANS

ON-SET

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IN MAY, WILL SMITH TRUCKED A SHINY 55-FOOT STAND-ALONE

gym trailer to Men in Black III’s Manhattan filming that was the talk of

Soho for several days. Smith is said to own the mobile workout unit himself.

However, for the past few years, trainers have outfitted equipment-packed

trucks that are rented to productions, and the recession hasn’t killed

demand for them. One of the more coveted is the mobile unit offered by

trainer Ramona Braganza (Jessica Alba, Halle Berry). “Hugh Jackman

trained in there to become Wolverine for the first X-Men,” says Braganza.

“On The A-Team, everybody from Jessica Biel and Liam Neeson to Bradley

Cooper trained in the trailer. It makes it easy.” (Cost: $2,500-$3,000 a

week.) Another roving ab lab is The Muscle Truck ($1,800-$2,000 a week,

themuscletruck.com), run by Valerie Waters (Cindy Crawford, Benicio

Del Toro). The 18-wheeler — designed for on-location use by Jim Carrey

— boasts soft lighting and $50,000 worth of equipment. It’s often a boon

to the rest of the cast and crew. “In my experience,” says Waters, “my

clients have allowed other actors or people on the production to use the

trailer as well.” — G.B.

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