You guys, did you hear the news? Young Gerard Butler (some people somewhere also call him Chris Bukowski) is here to stay (for at least another ten minutes) as a contestant on Bachelor Pad. You know the show Bachelor Pad, don't you? It's the assisted living facility where fallen Bachelor/Bachelorette contestants have the chance to rise again: for cash, for fame, for gratuitous hooking up and all the other trashtastic things they swore they were not/would not do while on the original. Which...of course they would do all these things! They are on a reality show to win love. And they also all lost (in one way or another). So! You know...of course they are here, with their beach bods (because only people like them would call them that) and their not-here-to-make-friends attitudes. Of course.
But our young Chris, who recently had his heart broken by Princess Emily, house of Maynard from Charlotte, North Carolina, has the drive to succeed! Why, do you ask? What sets him apart from all the other lads and lasses that will pied pipe their way to mediocrity? Well, he was very, very recently spurned--as in, on last night's episode-spurned--and throughout his journey, Chris has showcased certain traits that will no doubt make him Top Banana on the show. So let's take a look at what makes Chris, well, Chris--and why that makes him the perfect Bachelor Pad contestant.
Remember when Chris got into a fight with Doug because he thought Doug was too nice or too perfect or whatever? Yeah, only a total agro dude could get that upset over someone else being...nice. Chris' anger issues will make him an intimidating contender for the race for the big bucks. No doubt that's got to count for something.
No one could forget Chris' awkward outburst during episode seven's rose ceremony, right? Chris, seconds away from hearing who was going to receive the final rose of the evening...totally bugs out and begs Emily to talk to him before she announces who it is--which means he must've been convinced it was him. He has always been very vocal about his level of affection for Emily but this just brought it up to defcon twelve. He basically begged her to keep him in the competition. He is so convinced that Emily is the perfect woman for him that he'd go so far as to embarrass himself on national television in such a manner! But that sort of no-shame attitude is exactly the sort of thing that is perfect for Bachelor Pad. Just so long as Chris truly believes he deserves to win it all. Which I'm sure he does believe, given how spurned he was by Emily's rejection.
He's SUPER-Emotional and Kind of Bratty About It
Prague. Hoo boy! That was a rough one for our YGB, wasn't it? Homeboy was SO convinced that he deserved the one-on-one date over every other dude there, that when he was relegated to the group date, he acted like a straight-up petulant child throughout the entire evening. They were in a castle! He still was able to have some alone time with Emily! But what did he do? Squander it talking about how upset he was that he didn't get a one-on-one date. This will ultimately probably hurt Chris in the competition, but I'll be damned if it doesn't make for hilarious television. Which brings us to...
Nothing works better on television than a contestant who so blindly believes they are better and more deserving than everyone else. Chris is just that. Chris believes that anything he wants, he deserves more than anyone else. And if Chris is on this show, it's because he believes he can win and he deserves it. So, need we say more here?
The ladies on the show are going to go bonkers for Chris--who was actually voted "Class Hottie" (high schools are very interesting breeding grounds for exemplary academic and intellectual behavior, aren't they?) back in the day. And we all know that Emily found him to be an uber-hunk. So just imagine him with his shirt off, hanging out around a bunch of sex-crazed reality tartlets. He's going to have them all wrapped around his finger in no time. Thus, we believe that he'll do well to partner up with any (and as many) of the ladies as possible. He should definitely sleep with a few of them to build a harem of allegiance (and also because I'm fairly sure they'll all contractually obligated to sleep with each other. What who said that?) to keep his spot secure. Also because it will just be really entertaining to see a bunch of grown women ripping each other's hair out over some dude they met twenty-seven seconds ago.
Because of this, we think it would be smart to start an allegiance with Kalon (also from his season). Because Kalon is not to be trusted, but Kalon is also smart (except for when he says really dumb sh*t like "your child is baggage") and will probably use his weasel-like ways to make it pretty far in the competition.
BONUS: He CANNOT Dance
OK so this probably will hurt Chris and completely takes away from the argument, but his inability to do a simple two-step is so mesmerizing, it could force his competitors into submission just by blindsiding them (and then taking everything).
Do you think Chris will go far on Bachelor Pad? Did we miss any of his strengths or weaknesses? Sound off below!
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The Lost Boys star passed away in Los Angeles last Wednesday (10Mar10). He was found unresponsive at his mother's house and later pronounced dead in hospital after suffering a suspected overdose.
Haim, 38, was open about his long battle with his addictions, but was believed to have sobered up over the last few years.
Now TV producer Jim Katz has revealed he worked with the late star on a reality TV show a year ago called Lost Boy Found, chronicling Haim's efforts to kick drugs.
He tells E! Online, "Corey was doing drugs, and everyone knows that. This project wasn't about exploiting him or showing him stoned. This was about his decision to clean himself up."
The show, which was never broadcast, also documented Haim's dream of pursuing a career in music - and his plans to hit the road with his musician pal Gerard 'G Tom Mac' McMahon, who worked on the Lost Boys soundtrack.
Katz adds, "What people don't know is that Corey actually had an amazing singing voice.
"He was a charming little kid. I call him a little kid, because he was like a sweet little kid with so much love."
Troubled rapper Eminem pleaded no contest Monday to two gun-related charges stemming from an incident last year involving the Insane Clown Posse's road manager.
Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Mathers III, was charged with carrying a concealed firearm and brandishing a weapon during an argument with road manager of the rival band Insane Clown Posse outside a Royal Oak, Mich., stereo store in 2000.
The plead comes less than two weeks after Eminem received two years probation on a separate charge of carrying a concealed weapon during a brawl outside a Detroit-area nightclub. He also allegedly pistol-whipped a man he saw kissing his then wife, Kimberly Mathers. They are now divorcing.
Sentencing was schedule for Tuesday, June 5. He faced up to five years in prison, but he will now receive probation for pleading no contest.
VH1 moving beyond the music
VH1, known for its music videos, seems to be replacing the music with more original programming--comedies and dramas, to be exact.
The cable network has announced plans for a full slate of series, reality shows and feature-length films.
"We tried really hard to make sure that all our new shows are fundamentally about music," Lauren Zalanick, VH1's head of original programming, told The Associated Press.
Among some of the new programs is the drama Pulling the Strings, starring James Brolin as an entertainment mogul on the verge of a nervous breakdown. His wife, Barbra Streisand, will co-produce.
VH1 also plans to develop TV movies about MC Hammer and heavy metal rockers Def Leppard.
Looking for Bond
Little-known Scottish actor Gerald Butler may enjoy a license to kill as and when Pierce Brosnan hangs up his Walther PPK.
Several actors have been considered as the new James Bond, including British pop star Robbie Williams, but Butler may be the one to become the sixth actor to portray 007, as reported by Scotland's Daily Record newspaper.
Series producer Barbara Broccoli would like to cast a Scottish actor. The most famous Bond remains Sean Connery, a Scot.
"Gerard is one of the two people Barbara has appointments with," a source told the paper. "They are meeting to discuss replacing Pierce after his final movie."
Brosnan's contract expires after his fourth installment, which will go into production in January 2002.
Butler, who took up acting after earning a law degree from Glasgow University, was seen in last year's Wes Craven's Dracula 2000.
Braxton goes to the chapel
R&B singer Toni Braxton married her love of four years, Keri Lewis, the keyboardist for the group Mint Condition, on Saturday during a private outdoor ceremony.
Former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young officiated the ceremony, as Braxton, 32, and Lewis, 28, exchanged vows in front of 250 guests at the 60-acre Dean Gardens estate in Atlanta.
Guests included singer Monica, rapper Mack 10, Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas of the R&B group TLC.
The bride wore an ivory satin gown with a notched and beaded bodice, and a beaded train and matching veil designed by Vera Wang. She also wore diamond-crusted gems designed by Stephen Russell, as reported by The Associated Press.
Colombian soap opera saying adios
Wildly popular Colombian soap opera Betty La Fea is winding down after a 1 ½-year run. The show revolves around an accountant, Betty, who wears braces, glasses, has a snorting laugh and facial hair. In a country that prides itself on its beautiful women and beauty contests, the show's success was phenomenal.
After more than 300 episodes, the writers and actors are extremely exhausted and glad to have a break, but fans are worried.
"I'm going to miss it, because it's been a lot of fun," Elkin Tovar, a 35-year-old chauffeur told The Associated Press. "But it will also be a bit of a break, because watching the show so often has become a form of slavery."
The show claimed 80 million viewers worldwide across Latin America and as far away as Hungary and Israel. Betty almost single-handedly rescued the Colombian TV network RCN from financial ruin, even as the country's unemployment is at an all-time low and violence is ripping through the nation.
Robin Hood lives on
USA Network is nearing production on a new reality series, based on super spies, which would bring a modern-day Robin Hood to television.
The series, tentatively called Break-In!, will feature two teams in a race to recover stolen artwork or government secrets and return them to their proper owners. The first to do so wins. The prize is yet to be determined.
The show takes its inspiration from such films as The Pink Panther or Mission: Impossible, during which protagonists execute elaborate plans to retrieve stolen items, Chris Sloan, USA Network's senior VP of reality programming, told Variety.
But the show won't show people how to pull off a crime, he said.
"That's why we're doing the fairly fantastical type of things-we're not breaking into someone's house. You're not going to hear us saying here's how you break in to steal the Oscars."
XFL's painful journey
The fate of the XFL has yet to be determined, but NBC Sports and the World Wrestling Federation are treating the low-rated series as a bad skin blemish they are trying to hide.
The XFL should make it to the 2002 season because "Vince [McMahon, chief of World Wrestling Federation] has the leverage to keep the weekly games on UPN Sunday night and TNN Sunday afternoon," David Carter, a principal in the Los Angeles-based Sports Business Group, told Variety.
The leverage is the Thursday-night WWF Smackdown, which is UPN's highest-rated series by far, and the Monday night Raw Is War on TNN, which is killing the competition on basic cable.
On NBC, the XFL averaged a 3.3 rating, 27% below the network's guarantees to advertisers.
NBC may stay on as an investor, but any idea that the network would switch the XFL Saturday night games to its sister network, CNBC, is just not going to happen.
"CNBC's demographic is the upscale white male executive in his 50s." Carter said. "The only two people in that category who watch XFL games are Vince McMahon and Dick Ebersol," chairman of NBC Sports.
Whatever the series has to do to make it, its going to have to prove it can generate revenues: it lost $40 million during its 2001 season, according to industry estimates.
WGA: Waiting to the last minute
With only nine days left before their contract expires, the Writers Guild of America and the Producers Alliance have yet to reach an agreement. Many insiders are saying the serious negotiations will happen in this final week before the contract expires.
Writers and many others are anxious about a strike because the talks, which resumed April 16, did not extend over the weekend. Companies are preparing to stop taking work from writers beginning next week.
There is a chance that the contract expiration may be extended to coincide with the Screen Actors Guild contract, which expires June 30. Although neither side will comment, other scenarios include the contract being extended only a few days-and only if the negotiations are moving forward in a significant way.
The agreement still boils down to around $100 million over three years, including WGA demands for boosted residuals in cable, video/DVD and foreign TV.
"Dances With Wolves" again
Pacifica Film Development has acquired the motion picture and television rights to Michael Blake's novel Holy Road, his sequel to the 1990 Dances With Wolves. Blake also will pen the screenplay, as he did with Wolves.
Holy Road continues the story of Lt. John Dunbar, now known as Dances With Wolves, who has, after 10 years, become a tribal warrior. When the white man invades once again, abducting his wife and youngest child, he embarks on a daring mission to rescue them.
No word on director or casting, but the novel is scheduled for a Sept. 15 publication. The screenplay should be finished by the end of the summer, depending on the potential strikes.
"Trap" continues on
Those pesky, adorable twins from The Parent Trap are back for more mischief.
Writers Derek Guiley and David Schneiderman will pen the Walt Disney Co.'s straight-to-video sequel to the hit film The Parent Trap, originally released in 1961 and remade in 1998.
This time around, the matchmaking girls have to deal with the perils of high school.