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Exclusive: EJ Johnson Talks Weight Loss Surgery + Cookie & Magic Chime In

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EJ Johnson and his family are more than thrilled that he is now living a healthier lifestyle.

Magic’s 22-year-old son recently underwent gastric sleeve surgery and has since lost 50 pounds. During Saturday night’s Carousel of Hope Ball, HipHollywood caught up with the Johnson family, including EJ to talk about about the big change.

“It’s a huge deal and it’s a huge change for me,” EJ explained. “I really just wanted to transform myself and get a jump on a new life and take control of how I’ve taken care of myself. It was just the right thing to do for that. And so I’ve very excited for everything and for myself right now. It’s going to be a journey.”

The Rich Kids of Beverly Hills Star’s parents, Cookie and Magic also chimed in. “I wanted him to live a long healthy life. We wanted to get him on the right track,” Cookie said. “I think it was really smart to do it while he was still young. That way you work out, you eat right and you can recover a lot quicker. It was before any of the bad things happened. It was before diabetes. Before high blood pressure and all that. Now he’s on a right track and he’s feeling good about himself.”

Magic, who was the night’s honoree, receiving the Brass Ring Award, shared with us that EJ is now taking “ownership” of his health. “His mother did an outstanding job of researching and I’m so proud of her. And now, EJ is going to the gym five days a week, that didn’t happen before. It’s really helped him to say ‘okay, I like the way I feel and look. Now let me continue.'”

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  1. MuffinGirl

    October 12, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    I have read many times that this boy is loud and extremely obnoxious. He seems to constantly need and demand attention. His parents contend that they are so proud of him, but why? Every time I see the boy I can;t help be reminded of that old adage ” a child only a mother could love” pew!

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What ‘Geostorm’s’ Gerard Butler & Abbie Cornish Wish They Could Control Via Satellite

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One of the many taglines for the new drama, Geostorm, is simply: “Some things weren’t meant to be controlled.”

The film follows a team comprised of world leaders that have one goal in mind: to save the world from natural disasters with the creation of Dutch Boy, a series of satellite grids that control weather and natural disasters around the world.

And while the movie is flooded with action and stellar performances, the film ironically rivals recent natural disasters and crises around the world, and welcomes a bigger conversation. “That’s the genus behind the movie,” the film’s star, Gerard Butler, told HipHollywood. “But nobody knew how acutely it was going to be happening when the movie came out.”

He added, “It’s fun, it’s epic, it’s exciting, but at its core, it’s like, listen, ‘We gotta be careful. We gotta be really careful.”

Co-star Jim Sturgess added. “There is this sort of backbone, a message about climate change, and you kind of hope that audience members leave with that somewhere in the consciousness.”

With the idea, however, that a large unit could control the world’s natural weather patterns, imagine if the same could apply for people’s personal lives.

So when HipHollywood sat down with the cast of the film, we asked: If you could have a grid of satellites over your personal life, what would it control?

For Abbie Cornish, she “wouldn’t mind a satellite that could bring all the local organic seasonal fruits and vegetables to my house ” or “a satellite to drop down fresh flowers.” Jim Sturgess suggested he would love help with “being late for things.”

But it was Butler who suggested “integration.”

He explained, “As opposed to having different satellites and saying, ‘Here’s one for my personal life, here’s one for my relationships, here’s one for my career; I’d rather just have one big satellite, combine them all together, and just shine a whole bunch of positive inspirational light on me as a whole.”

Geostorm hits theaters on Friday, October 20.

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