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The mayor of Hartford, Connecticut blasted Dave Chappelle over his performance walk-out last Thursday night, telling him to “quit whining” following a gig in Chicago, Illinois where he blasted the city. Some might say he got racist, and he also called for North Korea to nuke the city. (story)

Katy Perry’s video for her latest single, ‘Roar’, has arrived, and the song has also knocked Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” from the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. (story)

Naomi Watts stars as Princess Diana in the new movie biopic “Diana”, and she dazzled on the red carpet for the film’s London premiere. (story)

Unfortunately, British critics are blasting the movie, calling it as awful as the car crash that took her life in 1997. (story)

Nobody can seem to get their Lamar Odom facts straight. The NBA star reportedly checked into rehab on Wednesday, but that story wasn’t confirmed and he reportedly fell off the radar. Now they’re saying he spent a day in rehab and left already. He’s also suppopsedly gone on a crack binge. (story)

Gina Gershon will be playing fashion icon Donatella Versace in a new movie, and she looks exactly like her — well, without all the weathering. Naturally, since we’re talking about Gina Gershon, it’s a made-for-TV movie that will air on Lifetime (you didn’t seriously think she’d land a leading role for a big Hollywood production, did you?) (story)

Jack Osbourne’s wife has reportedly suffered a miscarriage. The reality star’s wife, Lisa Stelly, announced that the couple was ecpecting their second child last month, but things took a turn for the worse last week. (story)

Justin Bieber‘s hanging around with Chris Brown now. This should be good. (story)

Everyone’s talking about the recent casting for “Fifty Shades of Grey”. No one likes who producers picked for the lead roles of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. We came up with 10 stars who would be better in each role, both lists are based on who we’d want to see getting it on hardcore S&M style, of course:

Better Christian | Better Anastasia

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We’re The Millers, which hasn’t been embraced by critics (only 39% on Rotten Tomatoes) had a really strong first day, pulling in 6.8M to easily take first place. This figure does include some box office from the Tuesday night opening, but is still a strong opening. We’re The Millers has also received an A- cinemascore from audiences, which will help give it legs over the weekend.

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters also opened on Wednesday, and grabbed an impressive 5.4M. With only 33% positive on Rotten Tomatoes, the audiences have spoken again and declared that Percy is a B+. With the two stronger movies opening tomorrow, this is going to be a very crowded box office weekend. It is likely all four films will break 20M this weekend, but can they all break 30? Elysium and Planes open tomorrow.

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Photo Credits: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation; Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian has been rapidly losing weight in the four months following the birth of daughter North West, that fans have begun to question how she’s done it on Twitter.

“I’ve actually been doing the Atkins diet & luv it,” she wrote on Sunday.

Kim isn’t following the diet entirely though, she skipped the first two weeks, aka the “induction” phase, because she was nursing her baby. She also got the approval of her doctor to go on the diet.

“After she delivered her baby on June 15, she wanted an effective and balanced way to lose the baby weight, a spokeswoman with Atkins Nutritionals told New York’s Daily News. “She’d done Atkins before and knew it worked, so once she got the approval of her doctor, we connected her with our Vice President of Nutrition Colette Heimowitz, who counseled her directly.”

The diet focuses on a very low carbohydrate intake in favor of meat eggs dairy vegetables and fruit. By not eating carbs, which are converted to fat, the body burns stored fat instead.

Kim Kardashian

Spring Breakers German premiere

On the heels of the French premiere of “Spring Breakers,” the film’s leading ladies jetted to Germany for the Berlin opening of their upcoming movie

Ashley Benson glittered in a gold sequined gown, while Vanessa Hudgens wore a very colorful one-shouldered sequined dress with a slit up the leg.

Selena Gomez opted for sexy menswear, taking the plunge in a revealing low-cut jacket with gold accents. Partner in crime Rachel Korine was absent.

In the film, four college students find their Florida spring break taking an unexpectedly violent turn after falling in with a local gangster (James Franco).

Gomez recently warned parents not to take their tweens to see the film. She explained, “I’ve done my best to warn the parents and my younger fans. I’ll be 21 this year, so, for me, it’s been kind of refreshing and nice to step out of my comfort zone and do things that I didn’t think I could do as an actress…But 18 and older (fans), go see Spring Breakers!”

The film hits theaters on March 29.

Check out more photos from the premiere…

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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.

Ashton Kutcher

Ashton Kutcher, who stars as Apple founder Steve Jobs in the upcoming biopic jOBS, talks about his new film and the highs and lows of his acting career in the March issue of Esquire magazine.

“I know exactly what films I’ve done that f***ing suck donkey,” he says. “And I know the ones that are good, that people like. And I know it not because of the box office, because the box office is not going to tell you the truth.

“I know it because I have friends that don’t hold back. They don’t depend on me for money or employment. They’re just friends. Friends tell the truth,” he adds. “My big thing is, Fail fast. If you’re going to f**k up, get it over with.”

The 35-year-old Two And A Half Men star — one of his successes — also discusses the influence the late computer innovator had on his own life.

“Jobs was an extraordinary guy, but a very ordinary guy in many ways,” Kutcher says. “There was a speech that I found where he said, ‘So when you grow up, if you spend your life trying not to bounce into walls, just inheriting what you get, you gotta know your life can be a lot broader than that. Once you realize one simple thing: Everything around you that you call life was made by people who are no smarter than you. And you can change it. You can influence it. You can build your own things that other people can use.’

“And I heard that and I knew exactly what the niche for making that movie was, what the social need for making the movie was. For people seeking purpose. I remember growing up and looking at the world and going, Okay, how do I live in this? Instead of How do I create it? How do I build it? How do I make something? And the empowerment of these ideas, I think they make an important story.”/images/upload/article/aggregator/2013-02-15/Ashton-Kutcher-ABE-004625.jpg’ alt=’start slideshow’ alt=’start slideshow’ />

A Good Day to Die Hard

Bruce Willis is most famous for his role as John McClane in the Die Hard films. This week, the fifth film in the 25-year-old franchise hits theaters, and it combines his number one movie job with his number one real life job. Bruce Willis is also a father, and features John McClane teaming up with his son Jack (Jai Courtney).

It’s my favorite job, being a father,” Willis said. “I have four girls now. They’re a captive audience. They can’t really run away from you even if they don’t like your jokes. I just enjoy it. I love making my kids laugh and I still do the dumbest things in the world to make them laugh. I do that with my youngest daughter now to make her laugh.”

When comparing his two jobs, Willis knows which one is more important. “One is a job, it’s a film concept and the other is real life. You want to try to get them ready to get out in the world and grow up to be women that have good morals and good intentions that are nice people who are kind. I never knew until they got older that I was having any impact on them.”

See what kind of father John McClane is in A Good Day to Die Hard, out February 14.

Watch "A Good Day to Die Hard – Premiere Report"

Photo Credits: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Kate Upton

Although it was quite chilly in New York City on Monday night, the heat was on as the top 10 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit models visited the “Late Show with David Letterman.”

Cover girl Kate Upton (above) wore a sexy black one-sleeved mini dress as she braved the cold temps outside the studio. She was joined by the nine other stunning ladies, who showed off their figures in sexy, short and tight dresses (see all their pics on the following pages!)

The models listed the “Top Ten Questions on the Application to Become a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model.”

10. “How naked do you see yourself in five years?” (Emily DiDonato)

9. “Have you dated Charlie Sheen?” (Nina Agdal)

8. “Are you willing to kiss a tubby guy for a Super Bowl commercial?” (Ariel Meredith)

7. “Can you provide your own beach towel?” (Chrissy Teigen)

6. “Will you keep your mouth shut if we lose a couple of girls to shark attacks?” (Hannah Davis)

5. “Please list your three most recent employers’ measurements” (Alyssa Miller)

4. “Have you ever used pose-enhancing drugs?” (Julie Henderson)

3. “Are you willing to visit the elderly at his late night talk show?” (Genevieve Morton)

2. “How would Brent Musburger describe you?” (Katherine Webb)

1. “Where’s the strangest place you’ve found sand?” (Kate Upton)

Watch the video below on click on the following pages for photos of the swimsuit models…

CHECK OUT THE PICS OF THE TOP 10!

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Kimye

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West took in some sightseeing in Rio de Janeiro over the weekend, stopping at the iconic Christ The Redeemer statue on Corcovado Mountain to pose for photos.

The couple, traveling the world on their “babymoon,” were left alone for the most part and tried to blend into the crowd of tourists.

Kim (32)and Kanye (35) held their hands out in the same pose as Jesus in the statue and took plenty of their own photographs with Kanye’s solid gold cell phone.

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Last month Chris Brown compared himself to Jesus Christ with a painting he did, alluding to being crucified in the press over his many recent mishaps.

Kim, still technically married to NBA basketball player Kris Humphries, showed off her growing baby bump in a bright pink dress.

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The reality star recently asked the court to expedite their divorce case, claiming the stress could hurt her unborn child or cause other medical complications while she’s pregnant.

Humphries’s camp claims that she’s hiding something by trying to rush the proceedings, and they want to wait until the NBA season is over until moving forward.

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Judging by the pictures, it looks like their trip to South America has been anything but stressful.

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American Idol

So far this season has been essentially a typical one for ‘American Idol.’

Despite the promise of revolutionary and wholesale changes from the producers running into the season, we’ve essentially seen nothing new thus far except for the new judges. Yes, that could be considered a big change, but really it’s been the same nonsense as any previous season – the same type of auditions, the same bickering, and the only real difference being determining whether or not Keith Urban is actually a living human being or a tattoo practice mannequin with a bad wig.

Last night, we saw our first big wrinkle and I’m not sure it worked.

Group night used to be the most “reality” show evening of the entire ‘Idol’ run, a night where having to choose groups, rehearse and the drama inherent with watching a bunch of people who think they’re God’s gift to music actually try to work with a few other people took the show off its feel-good rails for a few hours and finally got down and dirty with the rest of the reality dreck.

In other words, it was just horrible and nasty fun.

Last night, not so much. A steamrolled 120-minutes that saw no ladies, just dudes paired together by the producers and ramrodded through a dozen or so performances before we even realized who had sung what, who got through and if anybody got into a fight backstage.

All that drama was cut for the most part while we focused on singing. None of it very compelling, a lot of it downright bad.

First, it was an a capella round for the individual boys. My favorite (the singing doctor) went out before he got a breath of screen time and a few fan favorites got through. It all happened so fast that I barely caught who was left standing. For a show notorious for stretching time as much as it possibly can, this was like Usain Bolt on bath salts – fast and delirious.

Once that confusion was settled, it seemed like the fighting and bickering about who would be in whose group was about to begin. But what’s this? Nigel Lythgoe is putting the groups together!? Well isn’t that…boring?

This seemed like a perfect opportunity to see the stuttering guy wandering around for a group to join. For the outcast kid to end up without a group. For diva-tastic Papa Peachez to proclaim he doesn’t need a group and attempt to go it alone before getting stuck with the stuttering guy and outcast kid and yelling at them the whole time.

Where was that moment? I wanted that moment! There’s really not much use to Hollywood week besides those moments. A bunch of overtired wannabes stumbling over lyrics to songs everybody’s heard 15,000 times while trying to choreograph a lame dance routine in a hotel lobby bathroom. That’s what we’re supposed to get out of this round.

Instead we just got a whole buncha singing. Endless singing. Performance after performance with little more than Seacrest’s introducing the groups in a quick breeze through fifteen seconds of their rehearsal and then…there they were. Performing. Like this was a singing competition and not a bizarre Thunderdome of emotional breakdowns that made this such a unique and compelling week for this show.

Sure, some of the performances were memorably bad, but not enough to undo the lack of the backstage squabbles that are supposed to define this stage of the just. The whole evening was just lacking without these, like a circle that doesn’t quite come fully rounded – just left feeling utterly incomplete.

I don’t know what other changes the producers have in store for us this season, but so far they 0-for-1.

What did everybody else think of Hollywood Week’s new look?

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