That special time in young Justin Bieber’s sparkly life seems to have arrived, folks: the time when the superstar teen becomes a man, and proves it to us by publicly undergoing a series of traditional rites of passage. While the following steps must all be performed, the order is not as important as their completeness or the sheer volume of publicity they generate. They include: a breakup with a fellow teen star to be endlessly dissected by tabloids; reports of random bad behavior, also in said tabloids; sexy shirtless photos; a confessional breakup song that hints at the previously mentioned breakup; and a Saturday Night Live hosting gig.
In other words, the Sacred Steps of Timberlakian Transition. All of these are meant to say to the world: Hey, look, I am now done with puberty and legally allowed to do some things and soon legally allowed to do all things and am certainly old enough to stay up past 11 p.m. I am more than a Disney-friendly teen idol!
Bieber, now 18, has checked off all of these traditional stages of bringing his career into adulthood in the last six months. The process seems to be culminating this very week with the release of his Believe: Acoustic album, which includes a buzzy new breakup ballad, “Nothing Like Us,” and his Saturday Night Live stint this weekend. As Bieber checks off his steps to adulthood, it’s hard not to think about that other Justin: Ten years ago, Timberlake cemented his place as a respected musician with his Britney Spears kiss-off anthem “Cry Me a River” and surprised the world by showcasing his deft comedy skills on SNL. A decade later, the man has the world panting for his next album and playing his one new single, “Suit and Tie,” on repeat until then.
How close is Bieber to similar adult-world success, and what does he have to do to nail it? A few thoughts:
Court the tabs’ attention only by courting famous ladies. This isn’t the kind of advice one gives to just anyone, but surely there are a few other nice girls in Hollywood besides ex Selena Gomez who would be up for dating the Biebs. Timberlake surely hasn’t escaped tabloid-dom altogether, but most of his coverage has been because of his history with famous women — not egregious bad behavior. (Movie-star Cameron Diaz, in particular, really bumped up Timberlake’s showbiz stock. Not that we’re advocating using your dates just to get ahead, but …) It’s time to find your Cameron Diaz or Jessica Biel, Mr. Bieber.
Save your abs for some big, artsy, tastefully-buff photo shoot in a classy, major mag. In other words, you do not need to tweet yourself half-naked from the gym. That’s for creepy politicians, not future Timberlakes. A Rolling Stone cover is the traditional forum for this. Timberlake’s 2003 cover was smokin’. We’re a little surprised you didn’t do this for that cover story last year. (“Hot, Ready, Legal” as a coverline perhaps was pushing it far enough, though.) Vanity Fair might be a good alternative — you’re much more mature now than Miley was when she caused all that fuss there a few years back.
Oh, and one more thing: Be awesome. Yeah, this is the tricky part. Your music is definitely maturing, and no one has ever doubted your voice. But “Cry Me a River” was a sonic breakthrough in addition to being gossip fodder; it was an artistic vision solidified in Timberlake’s massive next album, FutureSex/LoveSounds. “Nothing Like Us,” while heartfelt, isn’t quite there yet. And Timberlake can rock Saturday Night Live so effortlessly that many of us still remember where we were when we first heard/saw his “Dick in a Box” sketch with Andy Samberg. No pressure or anything.
The good news: You do that last one, and all that other stuff won’t matter much. Good luck. We’re rooting for you.
Hollywood.com correspondent Jennifer Keishin Armstrong is the author of two forthcoming books, Sexy Feminism (due out in March) and Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted, a history of The Mary Tyler Moore Show (due out in May). For more information visit JenniferKArmstrong.com.
Follow Jennifer on Twitter @jmkarmstrong
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Hogan has ordered bosses at the website to take the video clip down, but they have yet to comply, and so on Tuesday (09Oct12) an attorney for the sportsman filed legal papers at the Clearwater Police Department, asking detectives to help track down the culprit who invaded the 59 year old's privacy and recorded him without permission.
Hogan, real name Terry Bollea, appeared on U.S. breakfast show Today on Tuesday to reflect on the incident, insisting the sex tape scandal has been traumatic for his family and new wife Jennifer McDaniel.
He said, "It's appalling. It's flipped my life totally upside down... Jennifer is rattled, to say the least. She's not part of this media life. It's something devastating to me, I've never been through anything on this level."
Twenty years ago, an independent film from an unknown director appeared on the scene and immediately launched a legend. The film was Reservoir Dogs, and the soon-to-be filmmaking prodigy was Quentin Tarantino. Flash forward to a more contemporary setting and the release of each new Tarantino film has become a celebrated event. The man is an auteur of the highest regard and much of his acclaim has been a byproduct of his ability to bring out the absolute best performances from the actors he painstakingly selects. Often times these actors are not those who would immediately jump to mind as being the apt choice. But one need only look at what he was able to do with John Travolta in Pulp Fiction to understand that Tarantino knows precisely what he’s doing.
This Christmas, we’ll see Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx (Ray) get his moment in the QT spotlight when he headlines Django Unchained. The film is the story of a slave, Django, taken on as an apprentice by a bounty hunter; promised his freedom if he can help track down a pair of ruthless outlaws. All the while, Django is also on the trail of his wife who was kidnapped by a sinister, eccentric plantation owner played by Leonardo DiCaprio.
Speaking to Foxx in a roundtable interview after Django Unchained’s wildly successful panel at San Diego Comic-Con, the actor had plenty to say about his role, his costar Kerry Washington, and his longtime-coming opportunity to work with Tarantino. The first question was possibly the most routine. So often actors are asked about their toughest scene to shoot. When the question was presented to Foxx, he humbly deferred to his costar.
“The most courageous person in this movie is Kerry Washington,” said Foxx. “You do something bad to guys, that’s sort of to be expected. But when Kerry had to take lashes, that was the toughest scene for me. Quentin played music in-between takes of this scene. So I asked him to play this song by gospel singer Fred Hammond.” At this point, Jamie began to briefly ply his trade as a singer as he vocalized the lyrics, “no weapon formed against me shall prosper.” If you ever suspected his silk-like voice was the product of studio magic, put that misconception to rest right now. “That song was playing on the speakers set up through the whole place. Some of the extras, one woman from New Orleans who had never been on a set before…she knew that song. She began to rock back and forth with her child. As Quentin was shooting, he was wiping away the water that had filled his eyepiece. It was very emotional.”
Transitioning from here to talking about his director, Foxx used a descriptor we wouldn’t have expected. “Quentin’s a hip-hop artist, I told him. People keep talking about seeing surprises in the various clips, and that’s because of Quentin’s hip-hop. A hip-hop artist will drop a single, then leak something over here, and drop something over there because he knows it’s hot. He’s on the spot with the way he does things. The way his dialogue works, it’s musical.”
Further perpetuating the hip-hop comparison, Foxx spoke highly of Tarantino’s wild improvisational skills on set (possible spoilers ahead). “On the spur of the moment, he rewrote the end of the movie. He blows up [a] house, and says ‘my ending doesn’t work.’ I said, ‘what are you going to do with it?’ He goes, ‘gimmie a second.’ And he’s walking on the rubble like this—(imitates some sort of aggravated beast). Then he goes, ‘I got it.’ He goes to his trailer and comes back with the end of the movie. It was dope. Nobody does that. When a writer writes a movie, he goes and gets a cabin. Usually he’s there for nine months and comes down like Moses with the tablets. This dude just went in his trailer. That’s the difference in his musical quality. He’s riffing, but he’s riffing as a genius like Mozart.”
A different ending is one thing, but Foxx is quick to mention that Tarantino is also up to the task of topping himself “Are you serious? I don’t want to cuss, but…crazy. There’s just no way to describe it. There are talented people and there are God-gifted people. He’s God-gifted. There was something that was troubling him, he went away, and when he got it, he came back like ‘I got this muthaf*****.’ When you see the ending, I don’t want to give it away, it’s classic. It ends up with myself and Samuel Jackson at the very end of the movie.”
Speaking of, what did Foxx think of working with Tarantino mainstay Samuel L. Jackson? “Jackson was housing the part. People wouldn’t go to sleep. I know Kerry will probably tell you, we wouldn’t go to sleep if we knew we had to act against Sammy Jackson in the morning. He was kicking everybody’s ass. So Quentin made the ending appropriate. ”
Foxx’s short musical refrain still lingering warmly in our ears, we wondered if he would get to do any singing in the movie. He disappointed us with his response. “I sung, but I sung badly…on purpose.” We wondered if pretending to be a bad singer, given Foxx’s abilities, was difficult. “Yeah, it was. I had to do it, but it was only a little bit so it was cool. It makes sense in the movie.”
Well, how about a song for the soundtrack, Jamie? “Yessir! I wouldn’t sing it, but I already wrote something. I ran into Rick Ross and told him he should come by the set. I know Quentin doesn’t do original stuff, but Django is hip-hop, it’s a different thing. So Rick Ross shows up, huge fan of Quentin. I told him, if you’re gonna write a song for Django Unchained, should say these words…” And Foxx proceeds to lay out the lyrics that will comprise what could be the first original song on a Quentin Tarantino soundtrack…
“I need a hundred black coffins
For a hundred bad men.
Dig a hundred black graves
So I can lay they ass in.”
Knowing Quentin’s propensity for paying reverence to his favorite exploitation and otherwise obscure films, we asked Foxx if there were any films he was assigned to watch in preparation for this role. “The original Django. It was amazing. And to actually have the original Django himself (Franco Nero) in the movie. I don’t know if you’ve ever met him, but he was the biggest star on that set. And for him to give his blessing…wow. And I think this film follows true to Django, and I think that’s what’s going to be the pleasant surprise for people. It’s a western, and it stays along the lines of a western that just happens be set against the backdrop of slavery. Slavery almost becomes secondary at a certain point. He starts as a slave, traditional slave story. But once he becomes a bounty hunter, now it’s about revenge and about getting his girl.”
One of the most compelling aspects of many westerns is the love story. We asked Foxx about reuniting with Washington (the two worked together in Ray) to create that love story. “Kerry’s a rider. She’s not a daffodil; she’s not weak. She’s in there with the big boys and giving a performance that makes the movie move. If it was just simply about revenge, you’d tire with it. But the fact that this man just wants his wife and the way she holds on for him, is just amazing.”
Foxx couldn’t help but close the conversation by praising his director. “All I can say is thank you to Quentin Tarantino. I told him that if he gets married, I’d sing at his wedding. I’ll deejay his bedroom if I need to. In this business, it really does come down to moments like this; moments that change your career. This movie is one of the ones, I think, will change the trajectory of where I was going. So thanks to him.”
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Well, Real Housewives fans, you can breathe easy(er) for now. Both Zarin and McCord released statements alleging that their contracts are not kaput, but that they are in limbo. Perhaps all this back and forth between "inside sources" claiming they're out and their reps claiming it's not so is part of a paycheck negotiation game a la Jennifer Lopez's little dance with American Idol. The "talent" wants more money and hesitates on inking a deal, so the "insiders" "leak" a story saying the "talent" was axed. Boom: publicity and a little bit of the fear necessary to keep these ladies from demanding more cash lest they lose it all. Or it could just be that the source was mistaken or misinformed or someone's angry secretary looking to stir the pot. Whatever the case, the point is that no one is axed yet.
The cast's fate is up in the air, but the series has yet to clean house -- and let's face it, they may get rid of one or two ladies, but slashing half the cast would be a misadvised move. So don't go out back and burn your copies of "Money Can't Buy You Class" just yet, okay?
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Kutcher took the lead from Jennifer Lopez, who subbed for comedian George Lopez in January (10), and hit the TV studio stage in Los Angeles at the beginning of Tuesday's show.
The energetic performance received a minute-long standing ovation from the stunned largely-Latin audience before declaring the show was called Kutcher Tonight! for his spot.
He started his monologue by poking fun at Arizona's controversial, proposed new immigration laws, which target non-whites. He joked, "It seems that George is not here; he had to go and talk to some people - apparently there were some folks from Arizona that stopped by. They wanted to talk to everybody here, except for me."
He also took aim at reality TV star Heidi Montag and embattled actress Lindsay Lohan, adding, "Last month, construction was up by 2.7 per cent. It gets better - that was just on Heidi Montag... She wants to be in the cast for Transformers 3; she'd be perfect for the role - all that transformation she's been going through. How are you gonna go from a girl to a drag queen?"
He continued, "Lindsay Lohan got her wisdom teeth removed. This is not a good idea; she needs all the wisdom she can get."
Kutcher also scored laughs at the expense of former Playboy Playmate Kendra Wilkinson, Joe Jonas, George W. Bush and moviemaker James Cameron. Kutcher also suggested well-hung porn star Ron Jeremy should be used to block the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico - with his manhood.
Alias star Jennifer Garner is furious with the media for announcing her
pregnancy--because she wanted to be the first to tell her friends the good
The brunette actress, who is expecting her first child with husband Ben Affleck
this winter, admits that while she's thrilled with the news, she's
annoyed her pals had to hear it from strangers.
She tells InStyle magazine, "It's so personal for me... The news of my
pregnancy got out when I was in the middle of my first trimester. I hadn't even
had a chance to tell my friends."
As a result of the press leak, Garner, 33, says she's grown
"hyper-protective" and that she's "uncomfortable with people reading too much"
about her romance or pregnancy.
She adds of her and Affleck's low-key June 29 wedding, "We were able to
have a beautiful, private wedding, and I couldn't be happier... [The ceremony
was] too sweet to read about or dissect or talk about."
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