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Alec Baldwin

New York state senator Malcolm Smith is calling on Hollywood producers to blacklist Alec Baldwin if the alleged racist comments he made to a New York Post photographer on Sunday are true.

Baldwin was approached by a Post reporter and photographer while walking his dogs outside his apartment in New York City Sunday morning and was asked to comment on a recent injury lawsuit filed against his wife, Hilaria; a yoga instructor.

Post reporter Tara Palmeri told police that Bladwin grabbed her arm and told her, “I want you to choke to death.”

Baldwin then turned to photographer G.N. Miller and reportedly called him a “coon” and a “drug dealer.”

According to the Post, Palmeri played a tape recording of the incident when she filed her claim.

Miller, a retired NYPD officer showed Baldwin his ID, which the actor called “fake.”

Baldwin also filed a complaint, later tweeting about the incident and referring to Miller with the name “Ralston”; calling him an “ex-crackhead ‘photographer.'” The posts were taken down from Baldwin’s twitter shortly after.

Now Senator Smith has asked movie and TV producers to not hire Baldwin until he seeks help for anger management.

“If these allegations are true, then no television network or film studio should hire the veteran actor until he seeks help,” Smith said in a statement on Monday. “In today’s modern age it’s a disgrace that people still use remarks that provide hatred to others based on race or origin.”

A rep for Baldwin calls the allegations “completely false.”

Victoria Justice birthday

Happy Birthday:

Actress Victoria Justice (1993)

Playboy Playmate Jayde Nicole (1986)

Norwegian singer Maria Mena (1986)

Actress Arielle Kebbel (1985)

The Gossip singer Beth Ditto (1981)

British model David Gandy (1980)

Actress Haylie Duff (1980)

Rapper Immortal Technique (1978)

Actress Bellamy Young (1970)

Actor Benicio Del Toro (1967)

Actress Justine Bateman (1966)

British singer Seal (1963)

Actress Jessica Tuck (1963)

British actor Ray Winstone (1957)

Late Austrian singer Falco (1957; d. 1998)

Actor Jeff Daniels (1955)

Actor Stephen Nichols (1951)

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi (1948)

R&B singer Smokey Robinson (1940)

Director John Frankenheimer (1930; d. 2002)

Actor Lee Marvin (1924; d. 1987)

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Lena Dunham

Girls creator and star Lena Dunham has opened up about her battle with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and anxiety.

The actress, who was diagnosed with OCD as a young girl, reveals she came up with strange rituals after becoming obsessed with the number eight.

She tells Rolling Stone magazine, “I’d count eight times… I’d look on both sides of me eight times, I’d make sure nobody was following me down the street, I touched different parts of my bed before I went to sleep, I’d imagine a murder, and I’d imagine that murder eight times.”

Dunham now takes anti-anxiety medications to help with her condition, but she admits the anti-depressants she took as a teen often had unpleasant side effects.

She says, “(I felt) drugged like a big horse. I was so exhausted all the time, night sweats. I was pretty fat in high school if I look at it, because it just slows down your metabolism. My mom would always be like, ‘I think you’re having a lot of side effects.’ And I’d be like, ‘You’re such a b**ch; you just want me to be skinny!'”

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The late 1990s, beginning with Kevin Williamson’s Scream, were populated by movies that were about young people taking horror movies too seriously or urban legends too seriously; these movies offered insight into young America by studying its consumption of media and commenting on its consumption of America, either arguing for or against the media’s influence on violent behavior. The CW’s new series, Cult, which premieres tonight at 9PM, is about people who take a TV show way too seriously. Cult stars Matt Davis, who got his start in the sequel to Urban Legend where he portrayed twin brothers, as Jeff, an ex-Washington Post reporter, who gets caught up in the mystery of the show-within-the-show, which is also named Cult, after his brother disappears following a freak-out in a public setting about the show coming after him. Jeff didn’t believe his younger brother, Nate, but he can’t ignore the fact that something weird happened.

Creator Rockne S. O’Bannon seems acutely aware of what he’s doing with Cult. A lot of Cult is a Meta/critical commentary on the audience watching, about its behavior and reaction towards a show, and where fandom becomes fanaticism. The show-within-the-show airs on The CW. The show-within-the-show uses the same design and music for its opening credits as the actual show we’re watching. In fact, the “Pilot” begins with a tense scene in which a cop is trying to track down the leader of the cult, only for the dramatic ending to be revealed as the end of the episode-within-the-episode. Horror movies were the focus in Scream. Urban legends were the focus in Urban Legend. Fan groups are the focus of Cult. Fan groups have gotten more press in the last decade, especially whenever a fan group sends goodies to a network in hopes the goodies will convince the executives not to cancel their favorite shows, or when Everwood fans rented a Ferris Wheel, or whenever a show launches online content for fans to consume and they spend hours figuring out what’s going on and how it’s related and get so pissed when it’s only tangential to the series. O’Bannon’s thesis about fan groups’ and the shows they love isn’t unclear, as unclear as the series’ signature line “Well, hey, these things just snap right off.” One character remarks that shows don’t go to air with executives, creators, etc., hoping for it to be a cult show because cult shows only become that after cancellation. Another character working for the show-within-the-show, Skye, is increasingly disturbed by the more intense fan sites she finds. Her producer ignores her concerns, so she takes to Jeff when he visits the set looking for answers about his brother. They become a team investigating Cult.

Cult captures the late 90s genre tone really well. Jeff spends plenty of time walking around his brother’s apartment, watching episodes of Cult to find clues about what happened to his brother. Jeff watches the show for the first time as he fills up his car’s gas tank. Billy Grimm, the fictional leader of the show, portrayed by Robert Knepper, talks directly to the viewer. Jeff shakes his head initially, but what he found superfluous and silly, what he dismissed as his brother’s needless obsession, becomes much more as he seeks to find meaning in Billy’s words about what happened to Nate. It’s like the characters in Scream or Urban Legend using movies and the legends to anticipate a killer. Early scenes between Jeff and Nate seem like a homage to 1998’s Disturbing Behavior, specifically the scene the night before Gavin’s changed, when he’s freaking out, and the next morning he’s dressed like a prep boy. Jeff finds a picture of Nate dressed like Billy and furrows his brow. There are mysteries begetting more mysteries, all starting with Nate. The deeper Jeff gets into it all, the more bizarre, and yet believable, it becomes.

What’s really going on in the show is only hinted at. “You’re Next” is the pilot, after all. Pilots are designed to hook its potential audience to come back and become the audience. Cult has a few hookable elements. First, there’s a mysterious executive producer who is the man behind the curtain, a mystery in the show that’s probably an actual mystery, a place where fanatics of the show meet and share messages, an absolutely jaw-dropping Lucy Hale look-alike who just looks absolutely dynamite in a mini-skirt and she also looks menacingly at people when they’re not looking at her while serving food and beverage at the fan place, an executive producer portrayed by Tom Amandes that may or may not be clueless, and so on. People can’t be trusted, because of the show. Jeff suddenly views everyone in his town much differently. Cult’s basically Disturbing Behavior-meets-Scream.

Perhaps there’s a reason the show feels so similar to movies made over a decade ago. O’Bannon’s pitch for Cult got rejected by The WB nearly seven years ago. O’Bannon probably had the idea in his head for over a decade. Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are executive producers on the show. The duo are responsible for The Carrie Diaries and Gossip Girl on The CW. Schwartz made a name for himself with The O.C. Chuck was never highly rated but it was critically adored and beloved by fans. Schwartz and Savage could get a show that just shows leaves falling off trees for 41 minutes onto The CW’s primetime lineup.

Cult’s not going to blow your mind. Cult should appeal to a specific kind of fan base, the kind of fans weaned on late 90s horrors and thrillers, the kind of fans who’ve gotten obsessed with genre shows, or fans that really like The CW’s existing genre shows. Matt Davis is solid in any role he’s given. Davis grounds his characters, meaning they don’t get too high or low, and so he grounds the show in a way. What’s going on in Cult is complete nonsense. The CW is apparently so popular that gas stations put the channel on for customers to watch during the minute it takes for the gas tanks to fill. Its shows are so watched that half of a town is fanatical about it. Again, though, Cult can be fun for a certain type of fan, one predisposed to this kind of entertainment.

Other Thoughts:

-The CW is running promos for the show. The network’s twitter handle created hash tags for the show. The tag line for the show is: “Don’t watch this.” Only a small segment of the North American population watches The CW. The marketing department shouldn’t have told people not to watch the show. People see an ad for The CW and probably make a mental note not to watch it. The tag line may get some people to tune in that otherwise wouldn’t, but, still, it’s a bad idea.

-Tom Amandes plays Gary Carter, one of the producers of Cult. He’s listed as a guest star. I’d like for him to appear in as many episodes as possible. Amandes played the terrific Harold Abbott on TheWB’s Everwood. I’m surprised he’s not gotten more work since. Treat Williams is EVERYWHERE on TV these days. Where’s the love for Tom? Better yet: Lenkov needs to hire Amandes, keep Williams around, and have them solve a crime in 5-0. Okay, I’m done.

-I remember Robert Knepper from his arc on Heroes. I feel like he’s playing the same character on Cult. I’m also going to guess Billy Grimm is Steven Rae.

Successfully breaking out of the typecasting trap that so often plagues child stars, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have morphed into style icons over the last decade.

Amassing a fashion powerhouse, the Olsens – – who rank No. 7 on Celebuzz’s Hollywood Power Index – have launched multiple lines like Olsenboye for JCPenney, Elizabeth and James, StyleMint and the high-end label The Row, which counts A-list fans like First Lady Michelle Obama.

At 26, the famous sisters have built a billion-dollar empire and found grown-up respectability in the world of high-fashion. In the past year alone, the duo has scored major accolades as designers, including a spot on Forbes’ list of the 30 most influential fashion moguls.

“Running a fashion company, it’s just as important to understand numbers as it is to have a design point of view,” Mary-Kate recently told Newsweek.

The twins empire continues to expand in new directions. Last month, the sisters forayed into the world of art by teaming up with renowned pop artist Damien Hirst to create a $55,000 limited edition crocodile handbag studded with prescription pills for the gallery-boutique Just One Eye.

Next up?

The Olsen’s will expand their retail empire with the debut of a new fragrance collaboration under their Elizabeth and James brand.

So, what do our top experts have to say about the Olsen’s continuing rise to power? Check out the video above to find out.

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Online multiplayer – one could argue – is a fantastic step in bringing players from round the world to enjoy an experience as one big happy family. On the other hand, it’s a needless, forced attempt by developers to create a half-arsed campaign, where prepubescent teenagers won’t shut their bloody traps and having your race and/or sexuality questioned is the norm.

Online multiplayer nowadays seems like an outdated expression like saying “bootleg” for a pirate DVD. I say this because multiplayer as I know it has virtually disappeared. Gone are the days of screen watching and being able to slap your opponent across the gums when they kill you – now it’s replaced with connection problems and huge amounts of racism. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been playing online and have had some little git scream things down the mic like some overweight American from the Bible belt.

This is one of the issues I have with online multiplayer because it gives people complete anonymity to say whatever they want – and even though I’m all for freedom of speech, it doesn’t mean everyone else wants to hear you screaming abuse out of your mouth because you believe using “big boy” language means you’re ‘ard as bloody nails.

Which brings me to my next problem I have with gamers online: how they shift the blame of their own cack-handedness to lag, or their controllers broken, or their teammates are ‘noobs’, or there’s a whale sitting in front of the television. They can never just tip their hat to an opponent who has bested them in that encounter, dust themselves off and try again.

It’s always: “3hhh lag, my controllers buttons aren’t working, OMG my teammatez R n00bsz”. Why they feel complaining through their high pitched voice will make any other player give a rat’s arse about their current situation makes my head unhappy. Another statement I loathe is: “OMG u haz n0 lif3, that’z y u kill3d me” completely unaware that they’ve been playing for ten hours straight. Oh, sorry darling, I forgot that ten hours is an acceptable play length, but anything over that means you have no life.

Also, like a gentleman with broken knees, I cannot stand people who leave their mic on constantly throughout the match like they’re providing a running commentary in case we all got confused and start baking pies instead of shooting the hell out of each other. The developers have provided an on-off button; we don’t have to listen to every cough, every snivel and every other noise that leaks out your body like a cracked boiler.

Lastly, receiving messages from gamers in a match you’re participating in, which, are normally nothing more than a lame insult, or making doubly sure that you understand that the only reason you killed them is lag or and other reason I’ve said above. What honestly makes me depressed is the fact that all this technology is being used to be a complete douche towards your fellow man (or women).

What it boils down to is the fact that most gamers aren’t mature enough to use this equipment they buy, but unfortunately there’s nothing we can do about that. Unless I rise to power and instigate an incredibly unforgiving law in which all participants who wish to enjoy an online experience must pass some form of test like balancing a plate on their head or something….

I know I have spent the last three paragraphs bashing gamers like baby seals, but you are to blame. However, I do place more blame on the developers who would rather spend their time and money creating something that will never be as popular as the COD franchise. I almost feel sorry for them… they see the overwhelming successes of titles like MW3, Battlefield, Halo etc. and only want that for their titles. This is why you can’t blink without seeing some FPS shooter boasting about creating the next step in online gaming.

Using words like ‘innovative’ and ‘future’ which is great because I didn’t know the future was in the here and now; I thought this was the present, silly old me. As soon as developers start and push their multiplayer feature, there has to be some give somewhere else and – unfortunately – that usually affects the campaign. Take the hugely successful MW3 which I mentioned above. The plot seems to be written by a paranoid gun crazy bloke with the stars and stripes in one hand and a massive moustache in the other. MW3 cleverly explains the complexities and political complications of war by just blaming a guy with an ethnic sounding name.

This is why I think with Black Ops 2, Treyarch and created an amazingly bizarre scene where you take control of Raul Menendez (the bad guy) in an attempt to try and attach some identity and despondency towards him: I supposed it would have worked if the scene wasn’t him blaring at the top of his lungs wielding a massive machete and cutting everyone in sight without any consequence.

However, the reason COD sells like delicious crack isn’t the terrible underwhelming plot, but the incredibly addictive multiplayer; and I understand that. But,don’t argue with me and say no-one buys COD for the story and not expect me to have a hissy fit over the forty pound price. If COD is merely an online multiplayer, I’d expect a price that reflects that.

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At last year’s Grammy Awards Rihanna was photographed and seated with close friend Katy Perry – this year was a totally different story.

If her songs “We Found Love,” “Birthday Cake” (the remix featuring Chris Brown) and “Nobody’s Business” wasn’t enough of an indicator of Rihanna and Chris Brown’s (Chrihanna) relationship status – telling photos taken at this year’s Grammy’s confirmed the two had rekindled their relationship.

According to US Weekly Katy Perry, “doesn’t approve” of Rihanna’s decision to get back together with Chris Brown and believes she is“making a huge mistake and doesn’t want to be part of it,” their friendship suffering as a result of it.

We are well aware that Rihanna does not like to publicly discuss her relationship with Brown and she has been known to walk out on interviews with the media when they broach the subject. The problem is, her reunion with Brown generates such strong opinions among individuals – those unforgettable graphic photos from four years ago revealing her physical abuse inflicted by Chris Brown, shocked the world.

Rihanna however doesn’t appear to care about public opinion on her personal life as she tells Rolling Stone:

“I wasn’t going to let anybody’s opinion get in the way of that. Even if it’s a mistake, it’s my mistake. After being tormented for so many years, being angry and dark, I’d rather just live my truth and take the backlash. I can handle it.”

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Chris Brown and Adele Fighting?

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The above photo appeared to show Adele reprimanding Chris Brown because he didn’t stand up to applaud Frank Ocean on his win of the Urban/Contemporary Award of which Brown was also nominated.

His choice to do this only reflected badly on Brown who only weeks ago got into a brawl with Ocean in the recording studio allegedly after Frank called Rihanna a ‘ho.’

Despite the speculation and context the blogs gave to the photo it turned out to be misinterpreted completely as Adele cleared up the rumour by tweeting:

“Chris Brown and I were complimenting each other in that photo actually.”

I think I prefer the blogs version of events…

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DuJour magazine was lucky enough to snag Kim Kardashian for her first post-pregnancy announcement photo shoot!

Though the bump wasn’t yet visible when the photos were taken, this spread is still the first to feature professional shots of the little Kimbryo!

These pics should be framed and hung all over the place!

Lensed by Bruce Weber, the shots feature Kim frolicking in the pool in a Karla Colletto bra, banging on bongos in a print Cia Maritima skirt, playing with bead necklaces in a Donna Karan plunge dress, and lounging about swaddled in fluffy Hermes beach towels.

Like Nicola Formichetti, the stylist for this particular shoot also had a difficult time procuring designer goodies for Kimmy.

Co-editor Keith Pollack explained:

“I think there’s some hesitation to work with Kim just because she doesn’t necessarily fit with most luxury brands’ visions. Luckily with Bruce, we didn’t try to create a fashion shoot. Formichetti was really trying to position her as a fashion force but we went the opposite way. It was about showing her in more a natural way. We went really minimal with makeup. There are very few fashion credits. In one shot she’s wearing towels. And despite the hesitation from these brands-she’s still wearing Gucci and Chanel and Lanvin even if they’re not lending it to her. She can buy them. So we thought, “Let’s not make this a fashion story.”

If the lack of designer support bothered the Kim, though, it certainly didn’t come up during the interview.

Instead, the 32-year-old talks candidly about her personal style and dressing for her body type, telling the mag:

“I think because I have big boobs it could make me look heavier if I don’t, like, show off my waist or something, so I just have kind of learned to dress one way only. Khlo can wear flowy, pretty things because she’s really tall. Kourtney is, like, really little. I’m just kind of in between, so it doesn’t really work.”

And when her manicurist steps out for a minute, Kim takes on the duties herself, saying:

“I used to have to do this myself all the time, manicures and whatnot. I actually like it. It’s sort of like meditation.”

Forced to do her own nails and she actually enjoys it?! We’re impressed!

Check out the full spread of Kim and her Kimbryo in the gallery (below)!

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Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick are already teaching baby Penelope about designers!

The couple took their daughter out for a day of shopping at Tom Ford in Beverly Hills on Monday where they showed her all the wonders of a little retail therapy.

Kourt was wearing a flowing white top and black leggings while LD wore a blue flannel shirt and bright blue kicks.

After an exhausting day of buying designer goods, the family was seen leaving the store with a cluster of handlers holding several shopping bags.

What a fab way to spend President’s Day.

Check out the rest of their shopping excursion (below).

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