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Josh Hutcherson has spoken out to defend his Hunger Games co-star Jennifer Lawrence after she was involved in a recent nude photo leak scandal.
Naked shots of the actress were part of a haul of celebrity nudes nabbed by an anonymous Internet hacker and offered to top media outlets. Lawrence's representative confirmed the pictures were for real and threatened legal action against the person or persons responsible for the privacy breach.
Now her Hunger Games co-star Hutcherson, who was involved in his own nude photo scandal last year (13), has offered up his thoughts about the leak, insisting "it's not fair". The actor tells ET Canada, "I haven't talked to her but I just think all that stuff is so ridiculous. We're people too, man, we just want to live, we want to be normal people, it's not fair. "It's something you obviously don't want to happen to you and it's really unfortunate that it happens... I hate the way the world sort of views those sorts of issues. It's really, truly not fair."
He adds, "We are actors, we didn't get into this because we wanted scandal. We want to live our lives and be actors... People say, 'Well you chose to be an actor, you are going to have to deal with this kind of thing...' Well no, I started (acting) when I was nine years old, she started when she was, like, 12. We didn't choose to have public scandal, we chose to become artists of acting and I love making movies; this is what I can do, this is what I am good at."
Socialite Paris Hilton has settled a legal spat with her former business partners over her shoe line.
The hotel heiress sued bosses at Antebi Footwear Group in April (14) claiming they failed to pay her royalties for using her name to create a collection of high-end women's heels in 2007. They hit back by countersuing the star, alleging she broke her contract by signing with rival shoe firm Retouch last year (13).
However, the legal battle has now been "resolved amicably", according to Hilton's lawyer Michael Weinsten.
No further details about the settlement have been revealed, reports New York Post gossip column Page Six.
Socialite Paris Hilton is facing a legal showdown with her former business partners after she was slapped with a countersuit over her own-branded shoe line. The hotel heiress and fashion designer sued bosses at Antebi Footwear Group last month (Apr14) amid allegations they failed to pay her royalties in exchange for allowing them to use her name to create a collection of high-end women's heels in 2007.
She claims she has since received less than half of the $720,000 (£450,000) deal, and is now seeking more than $1 million (£625,000) in compensation.
However, Antebi executives are fighting back, insisting Hilton broke the terms of their contract first by reportedly taking their money and then signing with rival shoe firm Retouch last year (13) for a collection of footwear called Parisian Parc.
They claim she caused further offence by then taking to her Twitter.com blog and tweeting, "Obsessed with all my new shoe designs. Love how all the fabrics & colors go perfectly with my bags."
Antebi chiefs filed a breach of contract suit in Manhattan Federal Court in New York on Saturday (17May14), demanding $2 million (£1.25 million) to cover the return of royalties and additional damages.
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Lindsay Lohan has had multiple run-ins with the law but has served significant time only in rehab. Like Lohan, Paris Hilton walked in and out of prison. Directors Roman Polanski and Woody Allen have had questionable sex scandals and faced no jail time. Even O.J. Simpson was tried for murder and acquitted but then declared guilty in a civil trial. It’s unclear whether the court of justice gets interrupted by the court of public opinion, the legal system is not prepared to handle high profile inmates, or if justice can be effectively carried out with such high profile figures. So does the burden fall on Hollywood to police its own?
Shh! It’s a Secret
One challenge to Hollywood policing its celebrities is that they have high powered lawyers and are very litigious. How can journalists report on crimes if they are subject to high profile lawsuits? Also, if you’re rich enough you may have a built in network of alibis and accomplices. It’s easy to have "friends" (or paid-off bouncers) take the rap, or to have people in your employ sign non-disclosure agreements. But having inequitable legal protection does not allow celebrities to be above the law. Stars like Lindsay Lohan may not serve jail time, but judging from her reality show, the time incarcerated may have served her well. With so many celebrities dying of drug related deaths does this behavior not warrant some sort of action?
The NBA has banned Donald Sterling for life for inflammatory statements he made about minorities. Paula Deen was let go from The Food Network and lost many endorsements because of things she said. But what about the things actors and performers say that get out. During stand-up performances, Tracy Morgan said if his son was gay he would kill him, and Michael Richards used the N-word. Lest we forget the many inflammatory comments by Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin. And yet, no one is around to fine, ban, or police them.
Shonda Rhimes: Avenger
One of the few showbiz figures policing her stars seems to be Shonda Rhimes. Columbus Short, star of Scandal, has been let go by ABC amid allegations of spousal abuse. It’s sad to lose such a vital character on the show but there are some things you just can’t abide. He may be able to get away without having to do prison time but he shouldn’t appear on a national television show, with major notoriety, about a Washington power player that is a woman. It’s unclear whether it is Rhimes or ABC that removed Short, but Rhimes does have a long history of keeping her actors in line. When Grey's Anatomy star Isaiah Washington engaged in a major physical altercation, used a gay slur, and outed an actor derisively, he was let go from the show. Now this may also be a case of responding to a public outcry but it was a decision based on outrage by the cast, crew, and creators. Regardless of whether it is ABC or Rhimes making the order, letting these actors go sends a clear message: this behavior is not permissible. Look at a show like Two and a Half Men, which kept Charlie Sheen on until his public face became too much to handle. The show was a cash cow but could have afforded to let Sheen go earlier. Clearly, he has issues with drugs and his own hubris. He didn’t start out at rock bottom and had the show intervened earlier his career might have been saved.
No one is above the law but it seems like actors and Hollywood types will not realize until they lose everything. The one lesson from Lohan’s OWN show Lindsay is that you can get yourself ejected from Hollywood for bad behavior. The trip back is an uphill climb. There’s tons of talented actors and directors, beautiful models, and enjoyable comedians… but you only get a few chances.
Socialite and fashion designer Paris Hilton has filed a lawsuit over her name-branded shoe line amid allegations she was cheated out of royalties. The hotel heiress entered into a business agreement with bosses at the Antebi Footwear Group in 2007, granting them permission to use her name to create a collection of high-end women's heels in exchange for at least $720,000 (£450,000) in royalty payments.
However, Hilton claims she received less than half of the contracted amount, and now she is suing for more than $1 million (£625,000) in compensation, according to TMZ.com.
The shoe venture isn't Hilton's only fashion endeavour - she also has her own range of handbags and accessories, in addition to her line of fragrances.
Former child star Drake Bell has criticised the likes of Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber over allegations they fail to crack down on bad behaviour among their fans. The singer/actor is convinced high-profile artists have a responsibility to set a good example to their loyal devotees, and put them straight if they step out of line.
However, Bell fears many big stars are guilty of failing to discourage bullying among their fans.
He tells Buzzfeed.com, "With a lot of the pop stars, there's this idea of 'Are you in our clique?Are you a Direction-er (One Direction fan) or are you a Belieber? Oh, you're not in our gang? Then you're not cool and you need to go in a hole and die'. I don't understand it. And what's worse is artists like Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber don't come out and say, 'I love having you as my fans, but you shouldn't be acting this way.' They just eat it all up, and I think it's repulsive..."
Bell reserves particular criticism for Gaga, insisting the Poker Face star, who runs an anti-bullying charity, should do more to help.
He adds, "Lady Gaga, who says she's so anti-bullying, was on (Howard Stern's radio show) and Howard read all of these awful, awful tweets her fans had been sending him, (and he) asked how she responded to her fans doing the exact antithesis of what she stands for. She said, 'You have to understand, Howard, it comes from a place of love. They don't want to see me get hurt.'
"I couldn't believe she didn't take a second to address her fans and say how disgusted she was they'd do something like that. But none of them do that. Justin Bieber just tweets, 'Yeah, Beliebers, go hard' when they're attacking somebody. Ariana Grande's fans told (blogger) Perez Hilton that he and his son needed to die and get cancer, and she just fed it. It's disgusting."
Bell is adamant that other stars should follow his lead as he has found a simple way to keep his fans in line, explaining, "If I catch one of my fans saying something improper, a gay slur or any derogatory term, I instantly tweet directly at them and say, 'This isn't how we do it.'"
This year's Catching Fire press tour brought us the boon of copious promtions, and we all know now that Jennifer Lawrence is the most entertaining interview around. Add Josh Hutcherson into the mix, and you've got some pretty amazing chemistry – though not the kind you may think. But who cares about OTPs when you can have BrOTPs? Forget Everthorne and Everlark (or "Peenis," if you're feeling particularly crude): Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson have the best bromance ever. I platonically ship them hard, and here's why:
* They have no problem (and I mean no problem) discussing bodily functions with each other. That's what we all seek in a true friend, right? Right...?
TMI? Oh well.
*They seem to er ... regress around each other (Josh claims he can't even repeat aloud the most inappropriate thing Jennifer has ever said to him).
*Jennifer apparently knows everything about Josh, from his favorite TV show (Catdog) to his worst pet peeve (chewing straws – oh, and bonus; she even notes that he chews on Capri Sun straws, which everyone knows is tough work for your teeth).
* You gotta love their captions for the Catching Fire posters.
Now I can't unsee the fact that Cinna/Lenny Kravitz got distracted mid-photoshoot by a passing cat.
* Their sexual tension is (obviously) off the charts.
Bonus sexual tension:
* They freely admit that they act like an old married couple…
* …And quote lines from When Harry Met Sally at each other.
I mean, that's verbatim, isn't it? Well, let's add "hardcore Nora Ephron fans" to their growing list of positive attributes.
What are your favorite Josh and Jennifer moments? Let us know in the comments!
Lenny Kravitz was left cringing during a recent Kanye West concert in New York when the rapper poked fun at the rocker's fashion credentials. West had no clue that the Let Love Rule singer was in the audience at his Madison Square Garden show when he told fans about an encounter he had had with "the billionaires" who run Paris' top fashion houses - and namechecked his famous fan.
According to gossip blogger Perez Hilton, the rapper said, "I said, ‘Wait a second, I gotta dream of doing a clothing line’. You know what they told me while I was in Paris, you know what the billionaires told me, when I told them about my dreams? They said Lenny Kravitz wanted the same thing. Like it's a motherf**king joke; there wouldn’t be no Kanye West if it wasn’t for Lenny Kravitz.
"The only difference between me and Lenny Kravitz is I turn up on those n**gas, I don’t give a f**k about looking cool or being cool, and this is no disrespect to Lenny (but) nobody want to look like a fool."
"Sal's Pizza" opens with Peralta's favorite pizza place burning down. But when he and Boyle go to investigate the scene, suspecting arson, they find themselves in a turf war with with fire department. Unsurprisingly, Peralta and Fire Marhsall Boone (Patton Oswalt) can't stand each other. Once Peralta finds out that Boone suspects that Sal burnt down his own pizza place in order to get the insurance money, Peralta is determined to prove it was arson so that he can not only clear his favorite pizza guy's name, but also stick it to his mortal enemy. Meanwhile, the precinct has been hit by a computer virus after being hacked by a teenager who goes by the username "Savant" (Allen Evangelista), so Holt assigns Terry and Gina to hire a new I.T. Specialist, and Santiago finds out that Diaz was offered a captain's position in a small town in New Jersey, which of course, drives her crazy.
As always, Brooklyn Nine-Nine's ensemble shone in this episode, with most of the cast splitting off into pairs, which, on this show, always tends to produce comedy in unexpected ways. However, there were a few characters who consistently nailed every scene they were given, and so we've chosen to highlight and celebrate the MVPs of the ninth episode, "Sal's Pizza."
Charles Boyle - We're nine episodes in now. so we think it's time that we officially declare Boyle to be the most consistently hilarious character on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. There's something about the way Joe Lo Truglio plays him with the perfect combination of confidence and humiliation that makes every line land perfectly. - Boyle's foodie nature came to the forefront yet again, with the reveal that he is making desk yogurt and writes a weekly pizza email blast, ranking all of the pizza places in Brooklyn. Criteria include texture, crust, cheese, and mouth feel. - Peralta: "Mouth feel? What is that?" Boyle: "The inside of your cheeks are very sensitive. It's like the inside of your thighs, except with a tongue."- Boyle has a bib specifically for eating pizza. He also keeps a bib at his desk for when he can't run home and pick up his pizza bib. - Peralta: "Do you have to spit?" Boyle: "In a word, yes."- When trying to distract the firemen, Boyle constructs and elaborate backstory that includes an adopted son, who cried during T-Ball and is now nicknamed "Cryin' Brian".- Captain Holt reads Boyle's email blast because "it's the only one that measures mouth feel."
Sgt. Terry Jeffords and Gina - It's always wonderful when Gina and Terry get together because it forces Terry Crews to play the straight man, which allows Chelsea Peretti even more room to get weird. Although Crews is brilliant when he's shouting about anything and everything, his reactions to Gina's nonsense are even better, particularly when she punctuates them with phrases like "Ter Bear." - After Savant claims hacking into the precinct's system was "like taking candy from a baby," Terry responds with "Why are you giving candy to a baby in the first place? Don't give candy to a baby! They can't brush their teeth!" - Gina interrupts Terry's interviews with annoying questions ("Query. What's your favorite Jay Z song?"), scaring a candidate who was shaking with nerves, and flossing her teeth to take care of the "scooch of gingivitis" she has going on. - Gina advises Holt to hire Savant as the new I.T. consultant by telling him to "Turn your greatest weakness into your greatest strength, like Paris Hilton re: her sex tape."- After she reveals that her interview antics were designed to test the way people would fit in at the Nine-Nine, she finishes by declaring "If I had a mic right now, I'd drop it."- Terry threatens Savant using a magic 8-ball. "Hey, ball, if Savant were to do anything to harm this precinct, would I destroy him?" Then, after crushing the ball with his bare hands, reveals the result: "Answer uncertain. Ask again later."
Patton Oswalt - Patton Oswalt is always an exceptional guest star (just look at his filibustering speech on Parks and Recreation) and the confident weirdos that he tends to play fit in perfectly among all of the crazy people that work at the precinct. He does a brilliant job playing off of Andy Samberg in this episode, and their bickering and fist fighting gives "Sal's Pizza" some of its best moments. Hopefully he'll be back to antagonize Peralta in future episodes. - "It's too bad we all can't be as awesome as 'New York's Finest.' Which, by the way, sounds like my mother describing her dishware... and she's dead, so let's tread lightly on the response." - To Holt: "I'm a reasonable man, sir, so I'm just going to say this: fire Peralta immediately!"- Boone bursts into tears when Peralta explains that Sal's was so important to him because he used to get pizza there with his dad after Little League games before he left the family. - "First, let's hug like men!" The only thing funnier than Boone sobbing into Jake's shoulder was Holt's exasperation at being dragged into the hug, which he expressed through a perfectly timed "There, there. There, there... there."- Boone's therapist will be very proud of him for sharing with Peralta.
Sacha Baron Cohen has joined the ranks of George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon, not as a leading man, but as a practical joker. Taking the stage this past Saturday to receive the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award, Cohen appeared alongside the “oldest surviving actor to have worked with Chaplin in a silent movie.” Cohen fell, pushing the actress and stuntwoman into the crowd in a wheelchair. After dedicating his award to her, he hilariously said a few words to her family. "Do not try to sue me. If you decide to get the lawyers involved, I will take you down just like I did your granny."
One of the best public pranks to date, Cohen's stunt helped him reclaim publicity for his upcoming film The Lesbian. The risky joke landed, because he is a skilled comedian who knows how to take a joke the farthest without going over the edge. With a tradition of practical jokes in Hollywood, history has shown a code of conduct among celebrity pranksters. The secret to success is breaking the rules while following them.
Pick On Someone Your Own Size
Everyone loves hearing about Clooney, Pitt and Damon pranking each other because when everyone is crazy famous, no one gets hurt. There is no malice, just really successful attractive people having fun at work. They never go after someone that won't fight back. It's like sophomoric chess, where there are no victims, only participants. These type of pranks have proven to be Clooney's specialty, next to avoiding marriage.
Location Location Location
Cohen's prank was ingenious because it was physical comedy in the perfect context. He was accepting the Charlie Chaplin award, history's favorite physical comedian with a Hitler mustache. Such a stunt would not have worked as well in any other location. But many celebrity pranks are facilitated by the internet. Without and original time and place these pranks seems more contrived. On April 1st, nearly every celebrity claims to be pregnant and two celebrities have "hacked" into the website Funny or Die, Justin Bieber in 2010 and Charlize Theron 2012. Considering their computer skills, this was likely less of a prank and more of corporate move.
Just because something is offensive doesn't make it a prank. Celebrities should refrain from using any Nazi memorabilia and/or blackface, as should everyone. The line is hard to draw, as the best pranks get close to it without crossing. Like when Sarah Silverman pranked then-boyfriend Jimmy Kimmel with the 2008 song "I'm F*cking Matt Damon." Cohen similarly pushed the envelope (and woman), while maintaining a level of safety and shocking everyone into laughter. This precise prank raises the bar for celebrities and will likely increase the popularity of Cohen and older stuntwomen alike.