Rapper Kanye West hit out at the paparazzi again in the early hours of Friday (27Sep13) after clashing with photographers camped outside his Los Angeles house. The Jesus Walks hitmaker was arriving home at around 4am local time when he was confronted by snappers eager to quiz him about his feud with U.S. late night host Jimmy Kimmel, who had poked fun at the star on TV earlier this week (begs23Sep13) by spoofing an hour-long interview he recently gave to BBC radio.
West, who had embarked on a Twitter.com rant about the comedy sketch on Thursday (26Sep13), was not in the mood to talk to the paparazzi and in video footage obtained by TMZ.com, he is seen blasting one shutter bug as "a blood sucking mosquito" and "bully", before lunging towards the camera.
However, West stopped himself before the argument became physical and is now reportedly seeking to press charges over the incident.
West is no stranger to run-ins with the paparazzi - he is facing charges of battery and attempted grand theft relating to an altercation in July (13), when he allegedly tried to grab the camera out of photographer Daniel Ramos' hand and wrestled him to the ground at Los Angeles International Airport.
The rapper has hit back at the claims in court, insisting he reacted after fearing "his safety was in immediate danger".
If convicted, West faces a maximum of one year behind bars.
The kids who loved the zany humor in Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, a digitally animated film version of a children’s book that mused on the hypothetical situation of clouds raining down prepared food on a small town, will probably love the even further heightened zaniness of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2. The adults who appreciated the cute romance between the clumsy inventor Flint Lockwood (voiced by Bill Hader) who created the surreal weather disturbances and the aspiring meteorologist Sam Sparks (Anna Faris), who fell for him, however, may feel a little dissatisfied.
In this sequel, Flint and Sam venture back home for a clean-up assignment. Joining them are some of the last film’s regulars, including Flint's fisherman father (James Caan), Flint's former bully turned pal Brent (Andy Samberg), Sam's steely Guatemalan cameraman Manny (Benjamin Bratt), Flint's "lab assistant" monkey Steve (Neil Patrick Harris), and the town's burly cop Earl (Terry Crews replacing Mr. T). Flint takes the job to impress his science idol Chester V (Will Forte), who is the celebrity CEO of a company called Live Corp that manufactures processed food bars and happens to have a vested interest in the leftovers.
A contrived if familiar front obscures the greed driving Chester's faux-hippy demeanor (he greets people with "Namaste"). Live Corp's headquarters are inspired by the play/work complex of Google and fueled by Steve Jobs-esque pep speeches from the company's leader, who mostly uses holograms of himself to connect socially. Of course something nefarious bubbles below the surface. It's a sly stab at Apple and its purported sweat shops in China that are used to manufacture the iPhones for which the West is so crazy.
However, the mission goes awry when Flint and the gang turn conservationists due to the irresistible cute factor of the food somehow turning into "foodimals" (tacodiles, mosquitoasts, and flamangos, among others). There is something lost without the romance at the heart of the first Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. But there are messages to be had, both overt (don't leave your friends behind while chasing your dreams!) and subtle (don't be distracted by smoke and mirrors into fanatical consumerism!). If it's delivered by a wide-eyed, smiling strawberry named Barry that "jams" itself when startled, so be it.
The film may sometimes feel uneven, as the characters have little room to develop after the first getting-to-know-each-other film, speaking primarily to explain their behavior. But for every shruggable, over-expository explanation of action among the characters, you get a moment in the background like Steve the Monkey struggling with a sparkling, self-lighting birthday candle. It's all about sight gags and puns. (Guess what foodimal inspires the exclamation "There’s a leek in my boat!")
Some might take issue with the replacement of Phil Lord and Chris Miller with upstarts Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn. And don't bother to untangle the writing credits, which pay tribute to the original authors, the first directors, and three other writers. And sure, despite the 3D theatrics, I would not argue that there's something flat about Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2. Maybe it's the overly simple design of the "foodimals" at the center of the story or a lack of character dynamic between the group of friends. But, ultimately, this kiddie movie is high-geared for cuteness that will delight those who liked the preposterousness of the first film and want to see the zaniness heightened a notch.
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Rihanna has become embroiled in a nasty online feud with rising singer Teyana Taylor. The two women began sniping at each other after Rihanna posted a video mocking the singer on her Instagram.com page.
Taylor recently uploaded a video of herself singing a cover of Anita Baker's Caught Up In The Rapture, and the Umbrella star countered by posting a clip of her male hairstylist, dressed in a wig, performing the same song badly.
The apparent jibe appeared to provoke Taylor, who subsequently sent Rihanna a barrage of angry messages via Twitter.com, writing, "Don't play wit (with) me Rihanna f**k all this industry s**t, you & I know each other very well. Throwing subs (hints) 4 wat (sic)? U (you) got my # (number), don't show off... Y'all could bully everybody else & get away wit (with) that s**t but that s**t ain't gone (sic) work ova (over) here... Petty is petty and shade is shade, b**ch knew what the f*ck she was doing."
Rihanna later changed her Twitter homepage to a shot of an article comparing her estimated $90 million (£60 million) fortune to Taylor's $500,000 (£333,333), and wrote, "I refuse to help your career... you will not get an @ (Twitter mention) from me! Not til you pay me. No more free promo. I refuse."
Both women later deleted their tweets and Rihanna changed her home screen page again. When a fan asked Taylor, "(Why) did you delete ur (your) tweets after cussing Rihanna out for deleting hers?" she replied, "Mom dukes (my mother) asked me to take em (sic) down, so I did. But I still mean every single word."
Glee star Max Adler has revealed he's engaged to longtime girlfriend Jennifer Bronstein a year after asking her to marry him in Rome, Italy. The actor, who played bully-turned-closeted gay sportsman Dave Karofsky on Glee, tells UsMagazine.com he bought the engagement ring during a shopping trip while his actress girlfriend was getting ready for a night out in the Italian capital.
But the couple is still undecided about when and where to exchange vows.
Adler says, "There are so many things we want to do. One day we say we want to get married in a winery in Malibu. Then it's a rooftop in New York. Vegas, elope to a chapel. London. We don't even know. When we figure it out, we'll plan it. But right now we're having a good time."
Latino superstar Ricky Martin admits he was homophobic as he struggled to deal with his own sexuality. The Livin' la Vida Loca star 'came out' as gay in 2010 after years of speculation. He has since become an outspoken advocate of gay rights around the world, but has revealed he would aim abuse at homosexuals while he tried to secretly deal with his feelings.
In an interview with Australian GQ, he says, "I was very angry, very rebellious. I used to look at gay men and think, 'I'm not like that, I don't want to be like that, that's not me.' I was ashamed.
"When you're told you're wrong by everyone, from society, from your faith - my self-esteem was crushed. I took my anger out on those around me.
"I look back now and realise I would bully people who I knew were gay. I had internalised homophobia. To realise that was confronting to me. I wanted to get away from that."
I never thought someone with a name like Walter Mitty could give me goosebumps... until now.
20th Century Fox, along with producer, director, and star Ben Stiller, brings us the magnificent first trailer for The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty. A remake of 1947's like-titled musical fantasy told by Danny Kale, the film follows the title character (played by Stiller) who escapes his mundane life by living vicariously through his daydreams. It's not until his job and the job of the co-worker he pines for (played by Kristen Wiig) are on the line that he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime.
Beautifully accompanied by Of Monsters And Men's "Dirty Paws," the trailer also features a ruggedly handsome Sean Penn and office bully Adam Scott. The cast is rounded out by the talented Shirley MacLaine, Kathryn Hahn, and Patton Oswalt.
Let's be honest: we already knew Stiller's blue steel pose was the epitome of perfection. But with no real history of directing a deep story under his belt (unless you count Robert Downey Jr.'s struggle for racial identity in Tropic Thunder), it was hard to believe he could create anything with a title that doesn't include the word "Fockers."
This isn't Night At The Museum, folks. Leave the presents under the tree and rush to the movies instead when The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty opens on Christmas Day.
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Singer Leann Rimes was once attacked at school by a bully wielding a knife. The Can't Fight the Moonlight star opened up about her horrifying childhood experiences in an interview to coincide with her performance at the Friend Movement's Anti-Bullying Benefit Concert in Los Angeles on Monday (01Jul13).
Speaking to U.S. TV show Entertainment Tonight, Rimes revealed she was tormented at school when she was an aspiring singer, and survived a violent encounter with a bully.
She says, "I used to perform around Dallas and Texas where I lived, a lot. My (school) principal would put something on the bulletin board if I was in the newspaper or something, and there was this clique of girls that did not like it. So, I had my locker egged, I had a girl bring a knife to school the last day of sixth grade and (she) tried to kill me!"
Rimes took to the stage to sing during the benefit gala at L.A.'s El Rey Theater and she urged the crowd not to let bullying get them down, shouting "S**ew them!" during her emotional performance.
Actress Tara Reid has branded Perez Hilton a "bully" after the gossip blogger claimed her teetotal boyfriend had been drinking. The American Pie star and her musician partner Erez Eisen were spotted partying in Las Vegas over the weekend (21-23Jun13), prompting Hilton to publish photographs of the pair on his website, alleging they were drunk.
However, Reid was offended by the allegations as Eisen does not drink alcohol, and she has taken aim at the blogger in a lengthy rant on her Twitter.com page.
In a series of posts, she writes, "My boyfriend doesn't even drink so stop saying things that are so untrue and mean. Why can't you just be happy 4 (for) me... u r (you are) a bully! Why do u (sic) keep on saying bad things about me?! Enough is enough why can't you just be happy for me? You are such a mean bad human. It's time for me to stop letting Perez Hilton bully me lie (sic) and hate!"
Legendary screen siren Ava Gardner has told all from beyond the grave in a explosive new autobiography detailing the sex, lies and booze which caused her so much heartache. The Hollywood beauty recruited British journalist Peter Evans to ghostwrite her memoirs in 1988 after she was left broke and alone following three failed marriages.
She poured her heart out to the writer during a series of candid chats, but changed her mind about publishing the tome - and only allowed Evans to release the stories after her death.
She died from pneumonia in 1990, aged 67, but Evans - who passed away last year (12) - waited until his final book, the new Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations, to compile the personal tales.
In the tome, Gardner revealed she was a virgin when she wed Mickey Rooney in 1942, aged 19, but insisted, "I caught on very quickly."
Their marriage fell apart within a year after she discovered that he had reportedly cheated on her in their marital bed while she was in hospital for an appendectomy: "He went through the ladies like a hot knife through fudge."
Gardner enjoyed another brief marriage to bandleader Artie Shaw, who she described as "another kind of bully", but it's her revelations about her time with Frank Sinatra, who became her third husband, that prove to be the most shocking.
Describing their first date - a drunken, late night drive through Palm Springs, California - the actress claimed Sinatra "shot out streetlights and store windows" with two .38 guns he kept in his glove compartment.
While they were courting, she embarked on an affair with married Robert Mitchum, but when he learned she was also dating the My Way hitmaker, he ended the romance, much to her disappointment: "I was crazy about him... He said, 'Get into a fight with him (Sinatra), and he won't stop until one of you is dead.' He didn't want to risk it being him."
Gardner went on to wed Sinatra in 1951, but their six-year union, during which she had two abortions, was not a happy one - she admitted it was filled with "fighting all the time, boozing and fighting".
The marriage was her last trip up the aisle.
The book is set to his stores on 3 July (13).
When exactly did we reach an era in which it was necessary to summarize the plot of The Karate Kid? I don’t remember aging beyond the statute of limitations on the 1984 classic’s relevance, but this week’s How I Met Your Mother seems to affirm: we live in a post-wax on era.
Oh, you’ll probably want some context: this week, we are handed the inevitable Bachelor Party Episode, the efforts of Barney to experience one last hurrah before succumbing to marital bliss. In a moreover interesting and enjoyable twist on the trope, the entire gang bands together to give Barney the worst night imaginable — the trick unbeknownst to the suited antihero and the audience alike, until at least halfway through the episode — as a contrast to the insuperably hedonistic means in which he lives his life ordinarily.
As such, Ted and Marshall organize a shoddy hotel room just outside of the Atlantic City limits, a birthday clown as entertainment, Barney's ex-fiancée Quinn as a stripper, and (worst of all) the wrong Karate Kid. See, Barney has this odd vantage point of the '84 underdog story, viewing Aryan bully Johnny Lawrence, played by William Zabka, as the true hero over Ralph Macchio's undermining villain. Knowing of Barney's devotion to this bizarre perspective, his friends rustled up Macchio to make an appearance, hoping to further Barney's descent into maddening frustration. Oh, and this is all supposed to be funny. They're trying to screw with him, because they think it's funny... I think. The mentality is nebulous at best.
Anyway, in the introduction of this element of the episode, Future Ted takes it upon himself to explain to his teenage children circa 2030 what The Karate Kid is. And while in context such an explanation does seem to make sense, understanding the summary as a piece of material infused not only for the in-universe characters but for the audience as well is kind of unnerving. The show doesn't always bother to infuse pop culture synopses into its voice over, so when it does, there is a suggestion of some meta involvement and education of the audience. Future Ted's Karate Kid summary was for the How I Met Your Mother viewers' benefit.
So when, exactly, did people stop knowing what The Karate Kid was?
When did the relevancy of the '84 film expire? When were we forced to abandon the assumption that everyone knew how Daniel Larusso an Mr. Miagi were? When did this happen, and why did we let it happen?
That's the primary takeaway from this episode of How I Met Your Mother, which eventually led Barney to the realization (after a series of catastrophes, leading to Marshall being "sold" to Chinese mobsters and Robin calling off the wedding) that his friends were messing with him... happily accepting the prank as legendary. The only other thought to spring from the episode comes along with the show's acute understanding of what its audience expects to happen on it. By now, HIMYM knows that people are surmising that Barney and Robin will break up before, or at, the wedding; as such, they're playing with our theories with turns like these. We might still see the two call things off, as many call-forward scenes have suggested, and the show seems to be having fun with that anticipation until then.
But seriously. You guys all know what The Karate Kid is, right? It's still relevant, right? Right?! I'm not that old, right?!?!?
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