Archives for the month of: March, 2014

Hurrah! The best site to make you feel absolutely horrible about yourself turns five today. The online newsletter, which prides itself on “Make, Go, Get, Do, Be See” and curated by Gwyneth Paltrow is the envy of Blake Livelys the world over, and hated/loved by millions of women like myself.

Many have tried to outdo GOOP, but none have succeeded at rubbing our noses in living like the 1%.

My favorite journal entry was one about air travel. Paltrow called on magazine editor Donna Hay and talent manager Seth Friedman to give readers tips on the best ways to travel.

“Air New Zealand has an amazing looking new feature in economy class on their new 777 service called Sky Couch,” Hay wrote. “You purchase an entire row for just slightly more than two seats would cost.”

With that said, please enjoy our gallery of 10 items to celebrate GOOP’s anniversary.

Celebrity Blabbermouth: Lamar Odom's Dad

Lamar Odom may be on to something with his “seeing the snakes” Twitter rant.

While the NBA star is supposedly off on a crack binge somewhere and defending his in-laws against his own father, Joe Odom has still not learned his lesson when it comes to talking to the press.

We actually just got off the phone with the elder Odom who gives new meaning to the phrase “money talks.”

The 59-year-old will actually only apologize to the Kardashians for comments like “they don’t give a fuck about my son” and “they brought him down” without naming his price.

Here are some of our favorite quotes:

“Get some money together and we’ll talk,” Joe told Celebuzz.

“Let’s stop the bullshit. We can talk when you get some dollars together.”

And the digging for dollars didn’t stop there…

“We can talk later, I ain’t got time for this bullshit” or “you want to talk to me, baby, you know where I live.”

Funny enough, Joe once insisted to us that he comes from a good place (even though he did admit his son didn’t want him blabbing to the press): “I told him I want him to resume his basketball career and that this s**t is not good, it’s a bad look,” he previously told CB! “I love my son.”

In fact, he was brimming over with so much “love” that on Wednesday he made headlines with: “I wish he had never got married to Khloe to be honest. She’s controlling. Those Kardashian women all are. You get married they think they wear the pants. You just bring them your whole paycheck, that’s how it works.”

Well then, they’ve got something in common.

That a movie about a gel-haired, Camaro-driving Jerseyite with a porn addiction and a dysfunctional Italian Catholic family doesn’t come off as a parody is an accomplishment in and of itself. It’s a toss-up whether Don Jon owes its sincerity most to Joseph Gordon-Levitt the actor, Joseph Gordon-Levitt the writer or Joseph Gordon-Levitt the director, as he serves all three roles admirably in this film. During the movie Gordon-Levitt’s Jon eats Sunday family meals in just his undershirt, talks about “smashing” with his boys outside a pizza point, actually smashes a myriad of anonymous leggy women and, oh yeah, watches pornography with reckless abandon, but it never feels disingenuous. Don Jon is the most earnest movie about pornography you’ll see this year.

Okay, Don Jon is not really about pornography. Instead, it’s about the way media we spend so much of our lived immersed in – or, rather, immersing ourselves in – affects our perceptions and expectations. If that sounds lofty and academic, the film itself manages to also be immensely entertaining and funny.

In Don Jon, Goron-Levitt plays the titular Jon Martello, a part-time bartender and full-time stud in his suburban New Jersey town. Meeting Barbara (Scarlett Johansson) puts a halt to his meaningless flings with anonymous women and to his more committed relationship with anonymous women he watches have sex on the internet. But like any addict, he can’t stay away for long. Jon is no intellectual and lacks even an ounce of self-awareness and Gordon-Levitt is great in a role that’s completely against type for him.

As Jon and Barbara’s relationship progresses, both prove themselves to be not quite fit for commitment as each has developed unrealistic expectations for the other: Jon through the uninhibited women in porn he’s constantly watching and Barbara through the perfect, selfless men of the romantic comedies she so enjoys. Those who criticize Johansson for being good but never great should meet Barbara Sugarman, a wicked maneater disguised behind an array of curve-hugging outfits and over-the-top accessories, Hackensack’s siren. Johansson deserves praise for her performance, her Barbara is so fully realized you can almost taste her sticky lip gloss through the screen.

Gordon-Levitt’s direction is at its strongest as he compares Jon’s porn habit to Barbara’s devotion to rom-coms. Their eyes glaze over and faces go slack, as Gordon-Levitt’s camera compares two people sucked into a fantasy they just know they both deserve in real life. The film is full of clever stylistic flourishes. The routine of Jon’s life is shot with a sort of dramatic monotony, his own personal GTL regime of gym, church, family. It’s self-regulation he’s confused with self-actualization. Gordon-Levitt’s passion project is also brilliantly subversive of Catholicism, Jon’s weekly trips to mass are less out of faith than they are out of habit and his confession is less cathartic than it is ritualistic. His eventual disenchantment comes as the same time as his eventual awakening.

That awakening comes courtesy of Julianne Moore, who is, as always, an absolute delight. Moore plays a darkly funny, deeply sad woman Jon meets at the night school course Barbara has forced him to take. Moore here gets a chance to exercise her two biggest muscles as an actor: deadpan comedy and emotional devastation. As Esther, she packs a deadly one-two punch.

The film’s major hiccup comes via a dramatic tonal shift in its third act. And while it’s a bit jarring, the film doesn’t lose its appeal. Joseph Gordon-Levitt here has proven himself to be a filmmaker with interesting things to say. Here’s hoping he’ll keep saying them.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Both Fox and NBC have announced plans for a comic book television show, after ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premiered to huge ratings this week. Twelve million people tuned in to see ABC’s big super hero series, now other networks want in on the action.

Fox won a bidding war for Gotham, an origin story series about Batman’s Police Commissioner James Gordon. The show will chronicle Gordon’s days as a rookie police officer with the Gotham City Police Department. While the show reportedly will feature some famous Batman villains, it will not feature the caped crusader himself, whom Gordon did not meet until late in his career. It’s created by Bruno Heller, the showrunner for The Mentalist.

NBC, too, has announced it’s working on a super hero series, this one about Constantine. A part of the DC Comics universe, Constantine is a cynical supernatural detective, he was previously played by Keanu Reeves. The pilot’s script is being written by David S. Goyer and Daniel Cerone, currently an executive producer at The Mentalist, and Heller’s co-worker.

It’s your move now, CBS.

Last night, Kim Kardashian took advantage of the light California breeze while stopping by 9021Pho in Beverly Hills. There, she cued the heavens to send forth gale-force winds strong enough to simulate a photoshoot, letting her hair take the shape of an octopus, its protein tentacles reaching hither and thither.

Hours later, Kardashian and Kanye West would attempt to make a covert trip to the airport (reportedly to Paris), only to be greeted at 4am by waiting paparazzi.

According to video obtained by TMZ, West was not thrilled to see cameras flashing outside his house. Photographers antagonized the rapper, asking him why he was so upset about having his picture taken.

On Monday, West gave an interview to BBC Radio 1 s Zane Lowe, and explained his plan to make a profit from paparazzi photos of himself.

“I’m going to tell my daughter, by the time she understands what it was, ‘Man, me and your mother were in a completely different situation than you’re in,’ ” West said. “People could take pictures, people could climb over your fence, and you wouldn’t even get paid for it. You see all these checks that you getting at age 6 because people are taking your picture? … I made that happen, Nori. That’s what I’m going to tell her.”

The mid-season premiere of Keeping Up With The Kardashians returns this Sunday on E!

Goodbye, New York. Ryan Serhant‘s moving Across the Pond. But don’t worry Celebuzz fans, it’s just temporary… with the help of a little internet time travel magic.

Newlywed Keira Knightley has listed her East London townhouse for 3 million British pounds (mathematical translation: about $4.8 million) to find a new love nest for her and hubby James Righton.

Knightley’s four-story Georgian mansion was recently renovated to reflect her famously chic style and passion for French d cor that would make Karl Lagerfeld proud.

The charming 3,200 square foot four-bedroom abode was built in the 1800s and is filled with tons of quaint character in every nook and cranny – from the colorful walls and elegant bath tub in the master bedroom to the fireplace in the kitchen and table for two in the garden.

Take a trip with Ryan to London to check out Keira’s townhome in the Realty Byte video above.

“Yes, this is what a young person would wear,” Jill Zarin nodded to herself in the mirror.

So who do you think inspired Jill’s look? Drew Barrymore in Never Been Kissed or Amber in Clueless?

The US trailer and art for Diana were released this week (the film opens stateside November 1st), but Americans aren’t necessarily pre-purchasing tickets to the cinema (when in Rome).

Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a 3% rating after it opened in the UK September 5th, which critics more or less supported in their reviews:

“The Queen of Hearts has been recast as a sad-sack singleton that even Bridget Jones would cross the street to avoid.” – David Edwards, Daily Mirror

“Watts employs a number of iconic head tilts, hairdos and stick-on noses, but fights a losing battle against a film which has neither backbone nor teeth, swerving drearily between hagiography (‘I just want to help people!’) and hapless cod romance, interspersed with hokey landmine photo-ops and scenic cultural detours through Lahore.” -Mark Kermode, The Guardian

“It never succeeds in being moving, or even involving. It’s not even enjoyably bad.” – Christopher Tookey, Daily Mail

“A special class of awul.” -Tim Robey, Telegraph

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Sandra Bullock and George Clooney – now that would be a fantastic Hollywood power couple, right?

No thanks, says Bullock.

On Friday, the 49-year-old actress dropped by The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to promote her new film Gravity. The topic of romance and Clooney, her longtime friend and Gravity co-star, came up, naturally.

“We’ve known each other for a while . . . I think we’re probably the only two that haven’t dated in the business,” she told Jay Leno.

“I think it’s probably because we’re a little too similar, in all the disturbing ways.”

Gravity opens in theaters Oct. 4. Check out the rest of Bullock’s chat with Leno, below.

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