Archives for the month of: August, 2014



TLC‘s former manager is LIVID over the new VH1 biopic about the 90s girl group — telling TMZ, she was wrongly portrayed as a shyster in the movie … and now she wants the network to make some serious retractions.

Perri “Pebbles” Reid tells us it has taken her more than a week to respond to the movie — which aired last Monday — because she was so shell-shocked by the damning lies in the film. She says, “This unprovoked attack has been extremely upsetting to me and my family.”

But the real issue — she tells us, “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story” contains “many false and defamatory statements and scenes about me.”

If you haven’t seen the movie yet, it’s not exactly kind toward Pebbles … portraying her as a shifty parasite who knowingly swindled millions from the group.

But the real Pebbles insists she has never cheated anyone — let alone the band she “discovered, managed, and mentored” — and plans to vigorously defend her honor. She says her attorney is already in the process of demanding retractions from VH1.

Calls to VH1 weren’t returned.



Justin Bieber‘s dad is living in a pretty badass Canadian home … along with his two kids … but TMZ has learned, JB is the one who sprung for the place.

Sources connected to the Bieber family tell us … Justin wants to make sure his half-brother and half-sister are living in a really nice home, so he shelled out a cool $850k in cash for a 5-bedroom cabin-style pad in Ontario, where they live with their dad.

We’re told … this isn’t a case of the family sponging off of Justin — it’s Justin who made the offer to the family.

The house is located way out in the Canadian wilderness in a small town of roughly 8,000 people.

But it’s not like the family is trying to get off the grid — the family name is plastered right on the mailbox.


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  • The first teaser for Lindsay Lohan‘s post-rehab interview on Oprah’s Next Chapter made it crystal clear that Oprah Winfrey came ready to ask the ruthless questions. Now in the new extended promo, we get a longer glimpse at just how deep those questions delve.

    O gets right to grilling Lohan: “Do you think you are addicted to chaos?” “What’s going to be different this time?” “When you get the first DUI, is that a wakeup call?” “What do you know about yourself now that you wish you’d known six rehabs ago?” And then there’s that doozy of a question we heard in the first sneak peek, when she asks Lohan how it feels to symbolize a “child star gone wrong.”

    Still, like the last, this teaser doesn’t offer any answers from Lohan, who just sits back looking a bit befuddled. But you can (hopefully) hear some actual words from her when the full Next Chapter interview airs Sunday, Aug. 18, on OWN.

    Though, don’t forget – OWN has also inked a deal to produce an eight-episode docu-series, debuting in 2014, following Lohan as she works to rebuild her post-rehab career. So really, Oprah can’t cut Lilo too down to size, now can she?

    George Lucas and his wife Mellody Hobson welcomed a baby daughter named Everest Hobson Lucas on Friday, Aug. 9, The Huffington Post reported exclusively Monday. It’s the first biological child for Lucas, who also has three adopted children, Amanda, 32; Katie, 25; and Jett, 20.

    Lucas married Hobson, 44, on June 22 at Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, California. They met at a business conference in 2006.

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    The gaming world seemed to stand still last week until the eagerly anticipated GTA V was released on Tuesday.

    One of the world’s biggest gaming series and 2013 s hottest game looks to be even bigger and better than we had expected; for a start, the map is absolutely huge, dwarfing the GTA IV map by comparison. GTA IV has to date sold over 25M copies, with its successor already set to smash that figure to pieces (the game made $800 million in 24 hours).

    The usual GTA thrills and spills combined with a gripping story and much improved game-play make GTA V a boss’ worst nightmare! I can only imagine the number of workers who called in sick on the day of its release so they could play the game!

    So, with that in mind, I have compiled a list of 9 other games that had everyone reaching for the phone and practicing their sick voice on the day of their release.

    9. Assassin’s Creed II

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    Personal Rating: 8/10

    The Assassin’s Creed games are not everyone’s cup of tea, but they are certainly different and hugely popular amongst their fans. The first game in the series, released by Ubisoft, successfully combined action and story, thus steering it away from the usual button bashing formula.

    The intricate detail of the plot sees Desmond Miles fight past evils as he relives his genetic memories in order to combat his modern day situation. It can be quite confusing at times and is certainly not a game for those who just want to “pick up and play”.

    After the first game had set the scene and tested the water with gamers, Assassins Creed II, released in November 2009, was built up to be a big hit. Although it will never appeal to the widest audience, the second game in this series, and my personal favourite, was definitely a reason to call in sick to work for die hard gamers!

    The post GTA V: 9 Other Games We Called In Sick To Play On Release Date appeared first on WhatCulture!.


    The Empire Strikes Back is the most beloved film in the Star Wars saga. It’s a masterpiece on several levels, and that’s all thanks to some much needed changes from the original scripts.

    The first draft was written by Leigh Brackett, who turned in her script to George Lucas just before dying of cancer in March 1978. Lucas didn’t like the direction of her treatment, wrote a new draft of his own, and then hired Lawrence Kasdan to finish the job. The original drafts for the film contain some pretty interesting bits of information, and would have drastically changed the course of the Star Wars universe.

    Though there are several great ideas present in the earlier treatments, there are a few puzzling ones as well. I’ve compiled a list of 5 things they thankfully changed, that would have drastically altered, and probably ruined, the final film…

    5. Vader Had Pet Gargoyles


    In the original script, Vader lived in a castle, complete with a lava moat, and would have had pet gargoyles. There’s nothing more to say about that, other than… “WHAT?”

    Luckily, this idea was quickly thrown away and instead, Vader resides mainly on the Super Star Destroyer called The Executor, his personal flagship.

    The post The Empire Strikes Back: 5 Things In The Original Script That Would Have Ruined The Movie appeared first on WhatCulture!.


    We’re in a world where sequels are both the best and worst thing in cinema. As the year moves towards summer audiences are quick to bemoan the high number of films based already existing successes, but mere months later they’re eagerly anticipating the latest Iron Man, Star Trek or X-Men. Talk about flippant.

    Even though we crave originality, a sequel is dependable and have in recent years proven to be as strong as the original; The Godfather: Part II and The Empire Strikes Back are no longer the only good sequels. And as time goes by, more money is put into the follow ups the the original and it’s really showing on screen.

    Well, in most cases. Sometimes the money won’t make it on screen and you’re left with a damp squib. Nowhere is this better shown than with the special effects. Typically here quality directly correlates to budget, but as with any rule it ends up broken. Here are ten follow ups that for some bizarre reason ended up with visual effects worse than the original.

    As you’ll see this isn’t just reserved to CGI. I’mtsha going to be looking at all sorts of effects across the past fifty years. There’s budget cuts and technology misuse galore in this article, as well as some very light spoilers.

    Honourable Mention – Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull


    The sequel that immediately comes to mind when you think of shocking special effects has to be the fourth Indiana Jones. Forsaking the original trilogy’s focus on traditional effects, this is CGI overkill in the worst possible manner; there’s painfully enough real sets to hint at a promise of a realistic film.

    The thing is, the effects in Raiders, Doom and Crusade were equally as outlandish and unbelievable; extravagant face melting and poor compositing are rife. But while the effects aren’t perfect, the film was just so interesting you didn’t care. The real crime of Crystal Skull was that it was so mundane all you could do was focus on the special effects. Which is much, much worse.

    The post 10 Sequels With Visual Effects Inexcusably Worse Than The Original appeared first on WhatCulture!.

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    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is stepping up his chase for Derby’s highly-rated midfielder Will Hughes, according to the Mirror.

    Rodgers sent his chief scout to watch the England U-21 international this week, and views him as the long-term successor to the legendary Steven Gerrard.

    Hughes, 18, limped out of Tuesday night’s Championship encounter at Bolton due to a hip injury, but had already impressed in front of watching scouts by providing an assist in the 2-2 draw.

    Liverpool have been tracking the teenager for some time now but will not make a formal offer until they feel the time – and price – is right.

    However, they may have to fend off interest from Merseyside rivals Everton, who also sent a two-man delegation to watch the starlet in action this week.

    Hughes is considered one of the game’s most promising up-and-coming stars and recently said he models his game on Barcelona midfielders Xavi and Andr s Iniesta.

    His main strengths are his passing and technical abilities while he has also become known as a “flair player” due to his usage of through balls and mazy runs to create space for teammates.

    Despite Everton’s interest, Liverpool are still understood to be favourites to land the precocious youngster, possibly in the January transfer window, but may have to act fast to avoid missing out.

    The post Liverpool Transfer News: Will Hughes Could Be Long-Term Successor To Steven Gerrard? appeared first on WhatCulture!.

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    The Empire. Queue the sweetest theme song in the galaxy, as millions of Stormtroopers, AT-AT Walkers, TIE Fighters, Star Destroyers, and Sith Lords come marching down from the skies to ruin your planet’s day. Don’t even try fighting back. Resistance is futile.

    Unless you happen to have a fighting squad of Force-sensitive teenagers lying around with names that begin with “L,” such as Luke, Leia, and, uh, Lando. In that case, strap in and get ready to fly down those Death Star trenches as you attempt to bring down the single most terrifying fascist regime ever witnessed by fictional history, with little more than luck on your side.

    Seriously, how could the Empire lose? As a kid, you watch Star Wars and just accept that Skywalker saves the day. At the end of Return of the Jedi, the second Death Star is blown up, the evil Emperor Palpatine is dead, and a redeemed Lord Vader is down and out. All is right in the galaxy again as the multitudes of still-functioning Star Destroyers facing the tiny Rebel Alliance just… go away? As you grow up, cinematic magic begins to sway for logic and you come to the realise that in reality, the Empire would never have been beaten.

    In fact, here are 10 incredibly simple ways they could have conquered the galaxy indefinitely…

    The post Star Wars: 10 Simple Ways The Empire Could Have Won appeared first on WhatCulture!.


    While the undead still rule the horror roost over the likes of sparkly vampires and CGI werewolves, it is inevitable that the zombie market is bound to soon hit a saturation point. With big budget offers like World War Z down to indie gems like Jeff Monahan’s Corpsing, zombies have reached a mainstream appeal that keeps our rotten bellies as full as we can stuff them.

    When AMC announced this week a spin-off series to The Walking Dead (arguably the standard bearer for the genre), the online response reached near “Bat-Fleck” proportions. Comic purists will likely drift even further away from the spin-off while those who still have the hunger for more are ready to sink their teeth into another piece of the Walking Dead universe.

    While spin-offs like Better Call Saul (a Breaking Bad spin-off for those who have been living under a giant rock) won’t affect the source material because the original show will be off the air, the Walking Dead spin-off risks the chance of sullying the brand if poorly executed. Despite the risks of media “over-zombification” and possible poor writing/acting, there are five things AMC can do to maximize their chances of success with this new series.

    5. Keep Rick’s Crew Away From It

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    Think of it this way: If George Clooney shows up for 20 seconds in a two hour independent film, the film becomes about that 20 seconds. Now you have an hour and a half of wondering if someone else from Oceans 11 might pop up.

    It would be unfair to the new characters if they bump into Glenn and Maggie while they are out on a supply run. At that point everyone would be focusing on the possible crossovers, future encounters, a movie version featuring both crews (a la Star Trek Generations) rather than the story at hand.

    Rick and company have plenty to contend with in their own little corner of paradise. Leave them to it.

    The post 5 Ways To Make The Walking Dead Spin-Off Series Work appeared first on WhatCulture!.

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