If you give an 18-year-old guy more money than he can spend, what will he buy? Obviously sports cars are at the top of the list, but when you're Justin Bieber any old $100,000 car won't do. That's why the Bieb has tricked out his Fisker Karma, and why there's a good chance that he'll be getting a ticket.
Bieber's car is coated in reflective paint sure to annoy other drivers, but according to TMZ that's totally legal. Surprisingly, it's the little fuchsia lights under the front grill that are likely to get him in trouble. Law enforcement sources say that in California front-facing lights can only be white and amber. Plus, the paparazzi-deflecting tint on Bieber's windows is a bit too dark.
Amazingly, Bieber's chrome cruiser isn't the most ridiculous celebrity ride in L.A. Here are a few other stars who have him beat:
5. Chris Brown's Lamborghini Gallardo
The singer painted the outside of his car to look like the F-86 Sabre fighter jet. All he needs is a bumper sticker that reads: "Maverick and Iceman are my co-pilots."
4. (Four Way Tie) Nicki Minaj, Paris Hilton, Katy Perry, and Britney Spears' Pink Cars
In keeping with their owners' living Barbie doll image, each of these cars was painted bright pink: Nicki Minaj's Pink Bentley GT, Paris Hilton's Bentley Continental GT, and Katy Perry's Smart Car. Britney Spears deserves a special shout out for not only painting her Hummer H2 pink, but adding Louis Vuitton upholstery as well.
3. Diddy's Chevy Express 3500
Diddy dropped $350,000 to turn his Chevy Express 3500 into a mobile office fit for a hip-hop mogul. It looks fairly normal from the outside, but inside it features six plasma TVs, a $2,000 wine cellar with a monogrammed door, hand-built hardwood floors, and Edelman leather seats.
2. Jack Osbourne BMW X5
Jack Osbourne wanted his 2004 BMW X5 to look extra classy, so he had a portrait of his family as zombies airbrushed on the hood. For some reason Osbourne had this feature removed when he sold the car in 2005, but he kept the X-Box, mechanical skulls in the stereo, and painted skulls along the side panels.
1. Green Day's 1968 Mercury Monterey
This car, which was featured in Green Day's videos for "Holiday" and "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," doesn't look like much — but it has some extremely unusual features. The band has no need for a mobile wine cellar, but they did ask for a flamethrower, leopard skin seats, and a hood ornament designed to look like a hand holding a grenade. James Washburn, who designed the car for the band, says, “Their favorite thing to do is shoot off the flamethrowers while playing the theme to ‘Rocky’ on the horn while the fog machine is smoking out the street.”
[TMZ, GTSpirit, UrbanHustler, Luxist, Dub Magazine]
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The pilot episode of The Playboy Club gives us a glimpse into the first Playboy Club in Chicago, which opened in 1963. The swanky club features "bunnies," who serve privileged keyholders. Each girl on the show has her own secret and it looks like the show will unfold those secrets throughout the season. So what happens when the world's most famous bunny not named Bugs meets Mad Men? Hopefully something that does more than just cater to the teenage-horn-dog in us all.
We get a voiceover from Hugh Hefner himself, which attempts to set up the anything-can-happen vibe of the 60's-era show. We meet Maureen (Amber Heard) and besides her dancing skills and a great set of teeth (yes, I said teeth), she's pretty and the pilot does a great job showing us that through constant close-ups. However, this is all we get to learn about her in the pilot, as the show seems content with holding off on her backstory. She wants to be a star of the show, and she's got a ways to go. Of course she winds up with hunky club member, Nick Dalton (Eddie Cibrian), who’s also dating the aging queen bunny, Carol-Lynne (Laura Benanti).
So how much is skin does NBC show on a Monday night at 10 p.m.? Is it enough to warrant the NBC Salt Lake City affiliate from refusing to air the series? Is it enough to really upset feminist activist (and Christian Bale's step-mommy), Gloria Steinem, who once protested against the clubs by going undercover as a bunny and called for a boycott of the show? Surely there's more than enough gratuitous nudity to make the Parents Television Council demand NBC pull the show from its lineup? Sadly, for the naysayers, there's more skin shown during an autopsy on a procedural than on this series. Heck, Ashton Kutcher showed more skin in his first Two and a Half Men show than was seen on this series. It's just about a girl who wants to be the best sexpot she can be and that's all harmless fun.
Also roaming around the bunny-building is the aforementioned Carol-Lynne, who relishes using her acid tongue to cut people down to size. You can sense her lack of trust in people. As queen bunny, Carol-Lynne advises bunnies how to behave while working. No chewing gum, no leaving your post to dance. One can only assume someone will break the rules every few episode so that Benanti can get some snark in.
Another character running around is the club's manager, played by a very out of place David Krumholtz. Maybe the role will grow a bit as the series goes on, but the character seems badly miscast as Krumholtz is just not smarmy enough. Besides, his biggest moment in the pilot was answering a phone call from Hef.
It's easy to see why NBC picked the show up; it’s a period piece based around the glamorous and tumultuous sixties. Considering the time period has worked for Mad Men for four years now, the peacock is trying to deliver their own version of the decade, although Mad Men uses advertising for nostalgia's sake to reflect on current times works far better than using sex, which will always just be sex.
It's pretty hard to judge any series based on its first episode. The Playboy Club is no different. You have to introduce the main characters and the main story lines and a few characters like Naturi Naughton's Brenda seem primed for meaty, juicy story lines going forward. Chicago in the sixties is also known for an excess of organized crime, which is hinted at in the pilot. While it was a bit of a lackluster first episode, NBC could have a really good show on their hands if they can nurture it correctly, but as we all know, during the fast and furious fall premieres, that's easier said than done.
Magic Mike seems intent on ensuring that America gets to see every single actor and actress in Hollywood naked. Added to the gigantic cast of Steven Soderbergh's "coming of age"/"making ends meet" story (based on star Channing Tatum's real-life experiences) is Olivia Munn, who will play (wait for it...) a stripper.
Munn's character is Amber, who will be of romantic interest to Channing's Michael "Magic Mike" Martingano. The role had been formerly attributed to Jessica Biel, who now seems to have no attachment to the project. Those very much enthused by the idea of a stipper movie for purely aesthetic reasons will probably not be disappointed by the inclusion of Munn, even at the expense of Biel.
As it's inevitable that you've missed or forgotten at least a few of the cast members in this rapidly-growing project, here's a handful of those who have been mentioned: Alex Pettyfer as Magic Mike's protegee (with the moniker "The Kid"), Cody Horn as the sister to Pettyfer's character, Matthew McConaughey as a stripclub owner named Dallas, Matt Bomer as another stripper, Riley Keough, Gabriel Iglesias and Joe Manganiello.
The movie tagline sort of sums it up: "Four guys from the suburbs hit the road...and the road hits back." The four middle-aged friends who like to jump on their motorcylces and go riding around once a week are: Doug (Tim Allen) a dentist embarrassed by his job; Bobby (Martin Lawrence) a henpecked husband who wants to break away from being a plumber; Dudley (William H. Macy) a mild-mannered computer programmer and resident geek; and finally Woody (John Travolta) an entrepreneur with seemingly the most going for him. In actuality Woody is about to hit rock bottom but rather than be honest with his friends he convinces them all to hit the open road with him--to feel the wind in their hair so to speak. And as they go looking for adventure they soon find that they’ve embarked on a journey they will never forget. Uh-huh. Who would have thought these four actors would make a movie together? Casting Wild Hogs looked like the best part about making the movie as the producers probably sat around coming up with different variations (wonder who else they considered--Tom Hanks? Steve Carell?) Comedy veterans Allen and Lawrence have fun riffing on one another doing their shtick here and there while Travolta (the only real biker of the bunch) and Macy easily keep up with the antics. For the most part these guys click but I’m sure everyone did this purely for the money—and the Harleys. Ray Liotta gets to play the menacing villain once again as the leader of a motorcycle gang who has it out for our hapless quartet. Of course this time Liotta plays it for laughs and does a nice job with it. Even Marisa Tomei makes an appearance as a small town denizen who falls for Macy’s Dudley as the boys end up defending the town from Liotta and his thugs Magnificent Seven-style. You can see every plot point coming a mile away plus a few director Walt Becker probably didn’t even know were in there. But honestly from the guy who directed Van Wilder what did you expect? Becker is handy with a camera and totally knows where the film’s bread is buttered focusing all his energy and attention on his four stars. Unfortunately in doing so Wild Hogs mostly misses out on the poignancy of say a City Slickers even though it tries real hard to get us to connect with these middle-aged men trying to recapture youth--or whatever. But listen this isn’t supposed to change the world; Wild Hogs is just pure dumb fun about a group of guys wearing leather and riding hogs. Period.