Miley Cyrus and former basketball star Dennis Rodman have been named two of the Least Influential Celebrities of 2013 by America's GQ magazine. Editors at the U.S publication have compiled a list of the 25 stars who they believe are uninspiring to the general public, noting that this year "has been a bad year for impotent megalomaniacs."
In the shameful number one spot on the list is the ex-basketball player, who has garnered attention for his controversial friendship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Editors call Rodman a "Q-list celebrity willing to commit borderline treason just to hang out with a dictator who himself aspires to be a Q-list celebrity."
Embattled U.S. chef Paula Deen comes in at number two following her racial slur controversy this summer (13), and American politician Anthony Weiner rounds out the top three thanks to his 'sexting' scandal.
Meanwhile, pop star Cyrus, who turned 21 years old on Saturday (23Nov13), ranks sixth on the list for her provocative and racy performances over the past few months.
The magazine states, "Miley spent the entire year foam-finger-blasting herself, licking sledgehammers, and basically trying every inane strategy she could think of to rile up America's few remaining pearl clutchers. What's sad is that it totally worked."
Also making the list are Will Smith and his family, Justin Bieber, Ryan Reynolds and U.S. President Barack Obama at number 17.
Beyond home movies and the melodramatic minds of film school students, comes a new renaissance in amateur movie making. Flip cameras have been quickly replaced by Apples iMovie app followed shortly by Instagram video and Vine — inspiring everyone and their mother to make quirky little clips, mostly involving cats. While we appreciate the vast quantity of cat films out there, new video making apps like Cameo are looking to empower users to rethink mobile video in terms more ambitious than six seconds.
Launched earlier this month, Cameo's goal is to share stories and "turn your life into a movie in real time." Cameo lets users shoot 720p HD videos on their phones or tablets to create two-minute videos, although with no shot being longer than six seconds. The six-second cap-out appeals to our ADD, and their tools that allow users to edit and reorder films, add title cards, soundtracks and other professional-grade effects provides a set of tools to get creative without a working knowledge of Final Cut or Avid.
While Vine and Instagram are all about the instantaneous social aspect, Cameo is about creative collaboration and intentional movie making. You can collaborate with up to three friends in real time and the real kicker: unlike Vine and iMovie, Cameo provides Cloud storage so your videos don't eat up space and renders them without draining away your battery life. What sets Cameo (and its new competitor JumpCam) apart from its predecessors like Viddy and Directr, is that it simplifies the mobile moviemaking process. It also doesn't cite Kim Kardashian as a promoter like the app Keek did. We ALL know what kinds of videos Kim K likes to make.
As for the future uses of these apps — naturally it's the marketers that latch on first. We've seen the collaborative capacity of Vine, when Airbnb asked its users to submit scripted shots from all over using Twitter to create the first short film shot on Vine, entitled Hollywood & Vines. As for Cameo, bands are creating music videos and its branded theme option opens up the medium to the possibility of mobile reporting. Will Cameo spark a new generation of filmmakers or will it be another platform for corporate flash mob clips?
Nowadays, a modest celeb is almost as rare as a narwhal, especially when they have so many outlets to tweet their greatness to us peons. Flaunting personalized dollar bills or talk about birthing goddesses is just another walk in the park for these big-headed celebs.
Money on my mind #pouritup http://t.co/GhSEC1R7Z6
— Rihanna (@rihanna) October 1, 2013
If you haven’t seen Rihanna’s new video for “Pour It Up,” you’re missing out on her dry humping her throne (not a euphemism, unfortunately) and throwing around money like it’s going out of style. Never mind the fact that it looks like she’s in a knockoff of Motel 6 in the pic she posted, Rihanna wants to remind us of her baller ways. What shutdown?!
Feeling big headed!!! LOL colettestore crfashionbook @karllagerfeld riccardotisci17
Breaking news: Kim Kardashian takes a true-to-life selfie!
The head is crowning. ARTPOP birthing pains #NoEpidural SPREAD 'EM Venus the goddess is coming!
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) October 1, 2013
Gaga tweeted this a few days before the cover of ARTPOP was released, and as usual, it left us scratching our heads as to wtf she was going on about. Birthing Venus? Gaga a goddess? Teach us your humble ways, Gaga. Of course, then we saw the cover and we were still left scratching our heads.
I Should Just Stop Tweeting, The Human Consciousness Must Raise Before I Speak My Juvenile Philosophy. Shouts Out To @TIME
— Jaden Smith (@officialjaden) October 5, 2013
I truly wish I could go back and do my undergrad again, just so I can major in Juvenile Philosophy and be advised by Professor Smith. On one hand, it’d be nice if Jaden took his own advice, but if he did, we wouldn’t have gems like this.
Heartbreaker goes out to Oprah Winfrey. Love u girl http://t.co/QkvjzYX5n0
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) October 7, 2013
Um, “girl”? How awesome is the visual of Bieber saying “Love u girl” to Oprah?! That’s like saying, “wurd homez @GOD.”
Since we first slipped on a pair of Vanderbilt jeans to the endless succession of bandage dresses of the Kardashian Kollection, we've all been well versed in the appeal of celebrity "fashion" lines. But for every mogul-in the making who ranks in millions such as Jessica Simpson who got rich off peep-toe shoes to Jay-Z's expansive streetwear brand, Rockawear – there are those whose designs either fly under the fashion radar or are an insult to design itself. Here are a number of celebs to add to your designer vocabulary.
If you're not a 13 year-old girl or are not the parent of one, chances are you've been living your life blissfully unaware of Avril Lavigne's career and her budding fashion line. This modest juniors brand, Abbey Dawn, first emerged in 2008, exclusively available at Kohl's featuring atypical "rock and roll" styles such as baby tees with safety pins and plaid skirts. Since then, the princess of pop punk has added accessories, menswear and three perfumes to her line and even showed at New York Fashion Week. Tees emblazoned with bow-adorned skulls and messages like "I F**king Love You B*tch," inside a heart are at the core of the brand. So the next time you're stuck at the beach without edgy enough flip-flops, Abbey Dawn has got you covered.
Perpetually enthusiastic and general beacon of light, Richard Simmons was never known for his sophisticated style. After all, the man makes his living wearing bedazzled tank tops and hot pants. So it should come as no surprise that his foray into fashion contains equal flash and inspirational messaging in the form of his jewelry line Sparkle, for Jewelry Television. Inspired by his greatest loves: fitness, fashion and animals, he has designed three niche collections for the retailer. There's "Pawmates," featuring "Cat Lover" necklaces, the "Signature Collection," as his ode to the rocking oldies with music notes and many more trinkets to choose from. Time to stick to the leg lifts, Richard.
Before Amanda Bynes' complete unraveling became schadenfreude material to the entire public, she was just the chipmunk-cheeked girl next door with her own teen fashion line. Back in the bygone days of 2007, she launched her line, "Dear" for the now since defunct Steve & Barry – featuring wholesome hoodies for pre-teens and lots of awkward layering. After the line and the retailer both fell victim to the recession and good taste, Bynes announced this year that she's gearing up for another line, post her psychiatric stint. Her archival tunic dresses and "walking shorts" are still available through Amazon for those devoted completists.
For a man who's better known for his lack of clothes, it seems an odd choice for Matthew McConaughey to come out with his own clothing line. His "Just Keep Living," line will feature basic sportswear pieces like: moisture-wicking tees so you don't have to strip off your shirt when paparazzi come round, and other "all-journey gear" whose description sounds like those zip-off cargo pants that are beloved by Dads everywhere. Shilling your brand aside, a portion of each purchase of the line will go towards McConaughey's charity of the same name. Until JKL hits Dilliards this fall, you'll just have to settle for those "Life is Good" t-shirts at the airport.
Given the Renaissance woman she is and all-around cool person, it seems the former Sonic Youth frontwoman can do no wrong in anyone's eyes. While her latest art exhibition gives us pause, her past clothing collaborations are certainly more approachable than most. Her X-Girl line in the early nineties was modeled by It-girls Chloe Sevigny and Sofia Coppola and later, she teamed up with Urban Outfitters for her capsule collection Mirror/Dash in 2009. Her slouch sweaters for the brand weren't much to shrug at, but then again she's never been one for flash. Gordon rounded out her fashion repertoire most recently with the cult-brand Surface to Air, featuring sleek stagewear and plenty of ankle boots – satisfying the hearts of many a fashion blogger.
While every day a new celebrity fashion line springs forth, there are simply too many to mention, but there are a few to keep your eye out for. For the Civil War reenactment enthusiasts and anyone who self describes themselves as bo-ho, John Mayer has the accessory for you! His continuing collaboration with leather maker Barrett Alley has yielded $190 bracelets featuring Civil War-era bone button closures and deerskin wallets called the Judas Pouch -- a subtle gift for that boyfriend who cheated on you. Also pinch those pennies for Sylvester Stallone's Rocky-inspired line, "Sly Inc," which will launch next year and include everything from jeans, shirts, outerwear, underwear, watches and probably free tickets to see the new Rocky musical.
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Kylie Jenner was surprised by rappers Drake and Big Sean on Saturday (17Aug13) night when they performed at the reality TV star's 16th birthday bash. The youngest of the Keeping Up with the Kardashians siblings celebrated her official sweet 16 a week ago (10Aug13) with an intimate dinner with family and friends, but Jenner pulled out all the stops for a second celebration on Saturday.
Held at the AT&T Center in Los Angeles, she hosted an Alice in Wonderland-themed party, complete with her extended family and famous friends, including rumoured boyfriend Jaden Smith, actress Hailee Steinfeld, Tyga and Naya Rivera.
Drake was a big surprise when he hit the stage to perform his single All Me with Big Sean. During his impromptu appearance, Drake put his gold chains around the birthday girl's neck.
Jenner took to Twitter.com to coo about her surprise guests, writing, "DRAKE & BIG SEAN what?! Thank you guys so much. Thank u to everyone who came to my party and making my night so special HAD THE BESTTT NIGHTTT."
Her mother, Kris Jenner, also took to the microblogging site to show her gratitude to the hip-hop superstars, suggesting her daughter Kim Kardashian's boyfriend, Kanye West, was the mastermind behind the big surprise.
She wrote, "Wow wow what an amazing night @kyliejenner I hope you had the most wonderful birthday. Thank you Drake AKA @champagnepapi @bigsean for the surprise performances!! Love you Kanye."
West and Kylie's big sister Kim missed the party as they were attending the funeral of the rapper's grandfather in Oklahoma.
"I love Kylie and I love Kendall. They're just really good friends... We all just kind of hang out because we live in the same neighbourhood and they're really cool girls. I love hanging out with them. They're just friends." Will Smith's actor son Jaden plays down reports he's dating Kim Kardashian's half-sister Kylie Jenner.
"A lot of girls like Sofia Richie or Kylie or Kendall (Jenner) or Ariana Grande, it's cool to hang out with them, but it is kinda like two magnifying glasses on us because it's two times the paparazzi." Teenage movie star Jaden Smith on the downside of living in the spotlight. He has been romantically linked to both Kim Kardashian's half-sisters.
Normally, we're not fans of making fun of children. But when you are 14 years old, best friends with Justin Bieber, and wear crazy harem pants that make your regular-sized legs look itsy-bitsy to a major international premiere of a movie in which you star, you are pretty much asking for it.
Jaden Smith, those pants make it look like you have baby legs.
Which is probably why his daddy Will Smith is laughing so hard in the above photo. He's all, "Haha, son, you're not going to like the way those pants look on the Internet."
A word of advice: When you have skinny legs — which, let's face it, most 14 year old boys do — a straight-legged trouser is your best friend.
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After building momentum with Natalie Portman and director David O. Russell in 2009, the adaptation of writer Seth Grahame-Smith's popular mash-up novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies slowly sunk back down into the grave. Over the past few years, the project has had a rotating ensemble of potential leads, from Scarlett Johansson to Mia Wasikowska to Anne Hathaway. The project looked as good as dead — that is until today, when Pride and Prejudice and Zombies with Mortal Instruments star Lily Collins joined the Jane Austen-inspired horror flick.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Collins is attached to star in the long-gestating hybrid under the direction of Burr Steers (17 Again, Charlie St. Cloud). With Walking Dead topping TV ratings charts and smaller genre movies like Warm Bodies making bank at the box office, zombies are still a hot topic in Hollywood. Pairing rising star Collins with the brain-eating beasts is a no brainer.
Seeing as the book cover of Pride and Prejudice and Zombiesis even more famous than the text inside, we had to wonder: does Collins have the right look for rotting flesh? Judge for yourself:
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Quvenzhane Wallis may have a new father... in Annie, that is. Jamie Foxx is reportedly in talks to star opposite Wallis in the Sony remake of Annie.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Django Unchained star received an offer and is negotiating out a contract to reportedly play a character named Benjamin Stacks, who is supposed to be a variation of Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks from the original Annie. In the 1982 movie, Warbucks — a billionaire businessman and Annie's adoptive father — was played by Albert Finney. As of now, there is no description of how this role will be reinvented for the new film.
There is still a lot more casting that needs to be done for the musical comedy, which is scheduled to be released on Dec. 25, 2014. As of now, Sony has secured Will Gluck to direct the film and recently had writers Emma Thompson and Aline Brosh McKenna revise the script. On top of that, Will Smith and Jay-Z are tied to the film as producers.
While Sony has yet to confirm if they are in fact in talks with Foxx, it seems a likely match as Foxx appears to be a favorite of Sony's. He's currently filming The Amazing Spider-Man 2 for the studio and stars in White House Down, which is scheduled to be released on June 28.
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