Kim Kardashian's former stepmother has followed through on her threat to sue the socialite, her sisters and mother for defamation. Ellen Pearson, the former wife of the late Robert Kardashian, filed papers last month (Jul13) in a bid to convince a judge to allow her to countersue the Kardashian sisters and Kris Jenner for bringing an alleged bogus property rights suit against her, and now it appears she's determined to win the family battle.
The spat began when Kim and co. filed suit against Pearson after she went public with her husband's journals last year (12) - property the socialite siblings and their mother claimed belonged to them.
They insisted Robert Kardashian had bequeathed the "bulk of his personal tangible and intangible property" to his four children, and therefore his diaries were not Pearson's to sell to Bauer Publishing titles In Touch and Life & Style, who published extracts as part of stories about his ex-wife Kris Jenner's alleged infidelity and parenting skills.
In her new suit, obtained by editors at TMZ.com, Pearson claims Jenner, Kardashian siblings Kim, Khloe, Kourtney and Rob, and even the producers of their hit reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians attempted to ensnare her in a recent plot line on the show.
According to the lawsuit, a private investigator attempted to sell information he had on the Kardashian's to Pearson, in order to make her look like a villain - but she refused to take the bait.
She also claims the Kardashians have defamed her on their show, making up lies about her and accusing her of marrying Robert Kardashian for his money.
In her suit, Pearson calls her late husband's former wife, Kris, a "manipulative and devious mother and ex-wife who simply used and exploited her children".
There are several reasons I hate writing about the Real Housewives reunion specials. First of all, nothing happens. Well, things happen – apologies are made, hatchets are buried and then dug up again to plunge into someone else's back, Andy Cohen gets pushed by a raging Italian lunatic. Things happen, but it's all just them sitting there. There is so little to say. Also, there is so much screaming, so much nattering about who wrote what on who's blog and who Twittered what about someone's Facebook. I don't care about any of that. And none of these ladies have any proof about their allegations. We just want to know who won.
And we know that the second half of the RHOBH reunion is going to be boring. How? Well, it's only two parts, which is a death knell in these three-hour days. And there haven't been any exciting promos promising us that Andy Cohen is going to be attacked (by a human, bird, or other organism) so you know it's going to be tamer than Gretchen Rossi's hair after a Brazilian Blowout.
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So, yeah. Who won this season? Who gets to say that they are the champion? Well, here is my ranking of the women in order of who came out on top. The truth is, well, we all lose a little bit.
Yolanda Bananas Foster: I am as shocked as you are, but YBF won this season. How? It was a combination of a clear vision, a no-nonsense attitude, and an ability to hold people to account for what they said and did while still managing to seem like a sane, rational human being, something that is in short supply among these lizard creatures. Yes, she didn't spend a lot of time interacting with the women. Yes, her husband, noted clacking skeleton and woman bedder David Foster Wallace, is right up there on The Worst spectrum with Faye Resnick and malignant melanomas. But she came from behind at the end of the season and stood up to the whole rabid pack of hyenas at Adrienne's vodka party and then stood toe to toe with human foot fungas discoloration Faye Resnick at Lisa's housewarming. She's acquitted herself nicely at the reunion and will be a splendid addition to the cast. And did you see her fridge?
Brandi Glanville: This isn't so much a second place as it's a tie with YBF. I'm not quite sure how Brandi stays on top of the fray while being on the bottom of the dogpile for most of the season. I guess it's her authenticity, which shines like one of the stripper poles she rode down to everyone's delight. Yes, she handled some situations very wrong, but most of the animosity leveled at her because of her square-off with Adrienne was for her telling the truth. Everyone loves the truth (espeically when it's juicy). Then Brandi was chased by an awful rich woman and her screaming accomplices, which definitley got her some sympathy. She also formed some strong bonds on the show and was loyal to her friends. Even the Sisters Richards say they like her now, so that's headway. I think the thing that works best for Brandi though is that she's always playing defense. My father once told me the best offense is a good defense, and I had no idea what he was talking about until I watched this show.
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Lisa Vanderpump: Lisa's fight with Kyle was totally bogus and as dry as a piece of chewing gum stuck to the bottom of a table three days ago, but it was her refreshingly honest friendship with Brandi that carried the season. She was both sister and mother to our favorite blonde, standing by her side when the evil munitions marched against her, but then scolding her in private for her temper and crass language. They are quite the perfect balance. But better than anything, the two have a sense of humor with each other, something that all the other women seem to be lacking.
Kim Richards: It may look like she's in the middle of the pack, but she really made a big stride forward this year. Her storyline wasn't, "God, how messed up is Kim?" it was, "God, when is Kim gonna get messed up?" which is step in the right direction. She didn't attend every event, but she interacted more with everyone and played a central role in some of the bigger conflicts. But still, watching Kim is like staring at an open wound and marveling at how slowly the healing process takes. She and Kyle have a relationship as frayed as a rope cut with a spoon and she is so far from being whole that, well, maybe she shouldn't be on TV. If only I could stop watching her and thinking about her and formulating sad scenarios to test her will in my imagination. But she got her catch phrase, "I love turtles," and mixed some creepy chicken salad, so yay! Kim, for all her sad eccentricities, is joining the world of the living.
Kyle Richards: Kyle's biggest sin this season was picking the wrong side. Well, actually it was not picking a side at all. When the lines were drawn between Team Brandi and Team Maloof, she said she wasn't taking a side, but kept talking for Adrienne since she wasn't there to defend herself. So she didn't want to take a side, but then she took the wrong side. That and her whining that Kim just wouldn't get better the very second she left rehab didn't do her any favors. And remember, Kyle, no one likes someone who won't make a decision. That's why we all hate bisexuals.
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The Widow Armstrong: If she wasn't present at the Dana/Pam drunken lunch that appeared from heaven like a GIF gift from the reality TV gods, then she would have been completely worthless all season.
Adrienne Maloof: Oh boy did Adrienne, the Queen of the Maloofs (a race of mole people that live under the mountain) lose this season. She lost it spectacularly and in so many ways. First of all she went on the attack against Brandi, a fan favorite, which is never a good idea. Secondly, she proved to be the worst kind of rich person by using her money and her lawyers to intimidate Brandi. Then she lied about it and got caught in her lies but still wouldn't confess. There was all that drama about leaking stories to the press and all the hemming and hawing about her "secret" which wasn't very secretive at all an which no one really cared about. Let's not forget her disappearing act where the other women had to defend her or that she left brown self tanner stains on Lisa's couch and then didn't apologize for it (which is perhaps the greatest . She threw a horrible vodka party, she tarnished Brandi's name, and then she showed up at Lisa's party the day she got served her divorce papers and got mad at Lisa for not coming over the comfort her. It was wrong. It was all wrong.
But then the worst of all, as Andy Cohen pointed out last week, she opted not to come to the reunion. This shouldn't have been a reunion, this should have been a tribunal where this monster was made to answer for her war crimes. She should have been forced to tell the truth and give us some satisfaction, but she never would have given us the former and robbed us of the latter. This is how we will remember Adrienne, as conniving, cowardly, abusive, and just dead wrong. She loses, now and forever.
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Kim Kardashian and her reality star sisters have taken legal action in a bid to have their names removed from a $5 million (£3 million) lawsuit.
Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian serve as the celebrity spokesmodels for diet regimen QuickTrim, a range of products designed to detoxify the body and promote weight-loss.
Four angry customers, who reportedly purchased QuickTrim because of the trio's endorsement, filed legal papers against the Kardashians in New York in March (12), alleging the stars made bogus statements about the drug's effectiveness in advertisements for the products.
The stars have now lodged their own legal documents to have their names dismissed from the suit, insisting they are merely spokespeople for the product and are not responsible for any alleged false advertising, according to celebrity website TMZ.com.
The quote, wrongly attributed to the Hollywood actor, suggested the woman who pelted Kim Kardashian with flour last week (22Mar12) was arrested more quickly than the killer of slain Martin.
The fake tweet, accompanied by a picture of the Men in Black actor and the account name @RealWillSmith, reads, "We live in America where a girl that threw flour on Kim Kardashian was arrested on site. But the man who killed Trayvon Martin is still free."
However, Smith does not have a known Twitter account, nor has he been quoted in public before making the statement, while it is not the first fake Twitter celebrity drama linked to Martin.
A tweet believed to have been written by Will Ferrell in support of a bogus anti-racism charity set up to reportedly honour the murdered teenager was exposed as a fake.
The Twitter.com post, sent via @RealFerrellWill on Saturday (24Mar12), suggested the writer would offer up $1 (62 pence) for every retweet of the message "R.I.P. Trayvon Martin", but the message did not come from the real Will Ferrell.
Martin was shot dead last month (Feb12) by a Neighbourhood Watch volunteer, who thought the Florida teenager was acting suspiciously as he walked through a gated community. The teen was reportedly unarmed.
Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian currently serve as the celebrity spokesmodels for diet regimen QuickTrim, a range of products designed to detoxify the body and promote weight-loss.
However, four angry customers, who reportedly purchased QuickTrim because of the trio's endorsement, have now taken legal action against the Kardashians, alleging the stars make bogus statements about the drug's effectiveness in advertisements for the products.
A portion of the class-action complaint reads, "In reality, QuickTrim's main ingredient is a large dose of caffeine, which the FDA (Federal Drug Administration) has determined is not a safe or effective treatment for weight control."
The documents were filed in New York's Manhattan federal court on Thursday (01Mar12), according to the New York Post.
The comic turned up at the Academy Awards on Sunday (26Feb12) as Admiral Aladeen, the leader of fictional country Wadiya, flanked by two busty beret-wearing, flower-wielding female soldiers.
Dressed all in white and wearing sunglasses and a bushy beard, Cohen's alter-ego carried an urn containing what he claimed were the remains of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il as he chatted to the media, refusing to come out of character.
Talking about the contents of his gold jar, he joked, "It was his dream to come to the Oscars and to be sprinkled over the red carpet and over Halle Berry's chest."
Cohen caused a commotion just minutes after arriving, when he tipped the urn's ashes all over E!'s Live From The Red Carpet host Ryan Seacrest.
Bogus security guards pretended to escort him away as a bemused Seacrest told TV viewers, "Part of me thought he would be up to something... I had an idea something was coming."
Co-host Kelly Osbourne thought the moment was hilarious, stating, "Unbelievable... That was probably the most priceless moment on TV that I've shared with you ever."
Cohen, who was invited to the Oscars as part of the posse supporting Martin Scorsese's Hugo, had initially irked Oscars bosses when he announced his plans to promote his new film in character on the red carpet - but they agreed to let him continue with his plans after getting the lowdown on what he had in mind.
Basketball star Kris Humphries proposed to the TV beauty last month (May11), presenting her with a Lorraine Schwartz ring worth an estimated $2 million (£1.25 million), but the couple has been dogged by allegations the huge gem is just for show, and Leno decided to help Kardashian settle the matter once and for all when she appeared as a guest on The Tonight Show on Tuesday (14Jun11).
Leno explained that there was only one true test to tell whether a diamond is real or not - if the stone is bogus, the chemicals in the synthetic material used to make up the gem will cause it to catch fire.
A nervous Kardashian tentatively handed over the pricey piece of jewellery, laughing, "Wait, since I'm into contracts, will you sign a contract so that if something happens to it you will pay the insurance?"
Leno agreed, replying, "The nice thing is that if it's real, then nothing will happen, but if it's fake then obviously this Mr Humphries has some explaining to do."
The comedian then held a lit match up to the ring - and it became engulfed in flames, prompting the studio audience to gasp as Kardashian forced a smile.
But Leno quickly calmed the reality star's fears by revealing it had all been a big prank and that he had switched the ring for a cheap imitation.
Sean 'Diddy' Combs' publicist has confirmed the rap mogul has split from his longtime girlfriend, model Kim Porter, just days after he insisted the break-up reports were bogus.
Combs' spokeswoman, Keesha Johnson, announced the news on Tuesday, five days after the rapper/designer blasted rumors of a separation.
The latest news comes after a report in last week's New York Post, which claimed Porter, the mother of Combs' son Christian and newborn twin daughters D'Lila Star and Jessie James, had moved out of the New York City apartment she shared with the rap star.
Combs has recently been romantically linked to British actress Sienna Miller.
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In the last Friday movie the Jones family won the million-dollar lotto jackpot and left the 'hood for Beverly Hills. But the money has run out in Friday After Next and the clock ticks down once again on another Friday in the 'hood. Craig (Ice Cube) wakes up in the wee hours of Christmas Eve to find a scrawny Santa stealing the contents of his and his cousin Day-Day's (Mike Epps) apartment including Christmas presents and the rent money. "The ghetto " Craig commiserates "is the only place where you can get fried by Santa Claus on Christmas Eve." To avoid getting evicted--and possibly roughed up by the landlady's newly paroled son Damon (Terry Crews)--the two get jobs as security guards at a local strip mall where their uncle Elroy runs Bros. Bar-B-Q restaurant with the slogan "Tastes so good makes you wanna slap yo' mama." Day-Day's rent-a-cop antics eventually land the duo in some hot water resulting in yet another action-packed Friday. Friday After Next has some great lines but it's mediocre compared to its predecessors. Don't expect the staple marijuana humor here either; it has been replaced with raunchy R-rated dialogue instead.
The best thing about Friday After Next is the terrific character acting by the cast. Ice Cube's Craig is still the most reasonable Jones of the clan and his character's levelheadedness strikes a nice balance between him and Epps' motor mouth character Day-Day. Epps made his first appearance as Day-Day in Next Friday after Chris Tucker who starred as Craig's original sidekick Smokey in Friday left. Together Epps and Ice Cube who also collaborated together on All About the Benjamins fit neatly like a sort of urban Laurel and Hardy. A hilarious new edition to Friday After Next is Katt Williams in the role of Money Mike who runs the Pimp N' Ho's clothing store. Williams' diminutive size doesn't hamper the stand-up comedian-turned-actor's performance as he prances around the strip mall like he's a big man on campus. While the film has some new faces it also has familiar ones like the return of John Witherspoon in the role of Craig's father. This time around Witherspoon has made his character Mr. Jones much more crass.
While all three installments of the Friday series were scripted and produced by Ice Cube Friday After Next marks video director Marcus Raboy's feature film directorial debut. So while the films have some common thematic elements such as having to come up with cash in 24 hours (usually followed by an "or else") or being terrorized by a neighborhood bully they differ in look and style. Raboy's style here is similar to a music video; that is fast paced bordering on frenetic. And while he achieves the campy '70 look he was aiming for you may leave the theater thinking too much happened between Thursday and Saturday. Craig and Day-Day for example spend too much time chasing after the ghetto Santa or being chased by hooligans and not enough smoking weed. Ice Cube and Epps have such a great rapport on screen that it would have been nice to see them sit back and exchange witty dialogue. Their was also too much focus on the older cast members including Witherspoon and Don "DC" Curry who spend the entire film being repulsively raunchy--which is disturbing in a hearing-your-parents-talk-about-sex kind of way.