Media mogul Oprah Winfrey was inspired to add truffle hunting to her bucket list after receiving a gift from Lisa Marie Presley. The Lee Daniels' The Butler star recently embarked on a trip to Italy and followed her nose to the country's finest truffle region after developing a love for the food item several years ago.
She tells U.S. talk show Live! with Kelly and Michael, "I love truffles and I have loved truffles since my cousin Lisa Marie Presley sent me a basket for Christmas and in that basket was something called truffle salt... and so I became fascinated by truffles.
"Every year I would get invited to do this truffle hunt... and I couldn't go for various reasons, but I finally went. You go out with the dogs... There's something (special) about a fresh truffle you hunted yourself."
The widower of tragic actress Lisa Robin Kelly has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against bosses at California rehab centre Pax House. The That '70s Show star, who had a history of addiction issues, died on 15 August, 2013, three days after she was admitted to the Altadena alcohol treatment facility. Coroners ruled her passing an accident, revealing the 43 year old had suffered from a multiple drug intoxication.
Her husband Robert Gilliam has now accused the rehab centre staff of incompetence, claiming the actress lay dead in her room for several hours before she was discovered, according to TMZ.com.
He is now seeking compensation for loss of love, affection, comfort and financial support.
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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Hello, 2002 Louisiana. It’s nice to finally get to know you. This episode of True Detective opens with a flashback to the fateful year, with a gradually balding Marty Hart getting ready to beat the s**t out of the two 18-year-olds who slept with his high school aged daughter. And beat the s**t out of him he does. Clearly, Marty has not changed much since 1995. Think back on what he did when Lisa, the first woman we saw him cheat on his wife with, took home another man. He beat down her door and threatened the man with violence. He’s "protecting his manhood" by way of tearing down the men who take what he sees as his women.
We follow Marty to The Fox and Hound pub, carrying tampons he bought presumably for his wife and daughters. Enter Beth (Lili Simmons), and our memories are stretched to the second episode when Marty and Rust Cohle visited the whorehouse that housed underaged girls. In 2002, Beth is legal and smoking hot to boot. And what does Marty do? He buys her drinks, goes to her house, and returns to his adulterous form.
While Marty is sleeping with a younger version of his wife, Rust continues his investigation into the Dora Lange case. Rust finds more cases of missing children along the coast, cases that weren’t seen as criminal. He pays a visit to the old revival tent preacher, Joel Theriot (Shea Whigham), and finds out the man quit the trade because he stumbled across child pornography in the church's possession. When Joel brought up the photos to local religious institution kingpin Billy Lee Tuttle (Jay O. Sanders), he sidestepped the issue and tried to blame the photos on the preacher.
Rust visits Kelly Rita (December Ensminger), the young woman he and Marty rescued from Reggie LeDoux’s drug compound when she was just a girl. She comes out of her catatonic state to scream about the face of the man who held her captive. Again in this episode we see a juxtaposition between the two detectives. On the one hand, Marty is sleeping with the girl who was a child prostitute — does anyone remember how disgusted he was by the child prostitution ring? On the other, the child Rust visits is weak and fragile, without the benefits of Beth's veneer of strength. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t both equally vulnerable and equally in need of some serious therapy.
Back to 2012: the present detectives bring in Maggie, now divorced from Marty. This is the first time we see the story from her perspective. In 2002, she finds a nearly naked photo of Beth in her husband's phone, and reacts quite interestingly. She calmly goes downstairs, watches her children with a look of pride as their obvious dislike of their father is apparent, and remains calm with him. The detectives ask her about Rust, and all she has are positive things to say about him.
Rust visits the famous Tuttle. He beats around the bush through their interview; at the end of their chat, Rust admits he’s working on a case about dead children and women, but earns no information. They part ways congenially, and it’s not until Rust returns to the station and is suspended without pay that we hear how unhappy Tuttle was about the interview.
We’ve now followed Maggie to a bar where she orders the same drink as Beth — a dirty vodka martini — and approach a younger man. But the next time we see Maggie, she's at Rust's front door, bottle of wine in hand. She lets herself in and says she knows Marty is cheating again, and asks Rust if he knew as well. He denies it, but we can't imagine that the master sleuth Rust really had no idea.
And then what we’ve been anticipating this entire season finally happens. But it isn’t some deep love affair between the two. Maggie seduces Rust, but the sex is almost impossible to watch. We know why, Rust knows why, and she admits why. Marty will never forgive her for sleeping with his partner. She needed this way out.
The show ends the way it began, with Marty fighting for his honor. He and Rust really go at it outside the station house, the fight ending with Rust quitting the job and terminating his partnership with Marty.
One last time, we return to 2012. Marty has finally walked out of the interview. If Rust is what the detectives are insinuating him to be, a cold-hearted killer, the newly stoic Marty won’t hear any of it, and won’t help them in their quest for the truth.
Sex, lies, fights, betrayal. We are finally seeing True Detective take form. We watch as everything begins to make sense, while there is still so much to learn. This episode closes with 2012 Marty driving away from the station house and a truck honking wildly behind him. He pulls to the side of the road and waits for his old partner Rust to approach the car, asking him to follow him to the bar for a long overdue conversation.
Dammit, this is going to be the longest week ever.
Actress Lisa Robin Kelly died from multiple drug intoxication, according to her autopsy report. The That '70s Show star's death has been ruled an accidental overdose by the Los Angeles County Coroner, according to TMZ.com.
Kelly passed away on 15 August (13) at an alcohol rehab facility in Los Angeles just days after she had been hospitalised with a blood alcohol level of .34.
Kelly's autopsy was performed at the time of her death, but the coroner had to wait for the results of a toxicology report to identify the exact cause of death.
The full autopsy report, which will list the drugs in her system, will be released within two weeks.
Kelly publicly struggled with addiction and was arrested four times in three years for a variety of charges, from DUI to assault.
Brandi starts the show less naked then last week, but still very sexy. Carlton and Brandi go shopping for lingerie. Carlton tries on a red corset number and we get a look at her bangin’ body that has somehow been hidden this entire season. Kim takes the girls to cirque school so they can bond, leave any and all drama outside, she begs! These are the Beverly Hills ladies though, so get real Kim, and step aside.
Last week Brandi was bullied by the paparazzi. Who, oddly enough call Brandi a bully for her behavior on last week’s episode. This is where the group splits. Lisa admits to flipping on sheets in the bedroom with her husband and Kyle only lets Carlton leap frog jump over her for fear of being stabbed with a stiletto. Not all the spinning on all the sheets in the world could clear up this problem. After Kim’s team building exercise the girls gather on a roof top bar where Brandi continues to dispel her anger and sadness over being called a bully by the paparazzi in front of her children.
Kyle claims that it was not her or her non-existent pr people that called her a bully, yet she refuses to tweet that she didn’t feel bullied by Brandi. Lisa then takes Brandi’s side, which leads to Joyce attempting to come to the aid of Kyle. Asking Lisa to leave the group so they can chat, she admits that not only her, but also Brandi AND Yolanda have been trash talking Lisa! The reason? Lisa waved away Joyce’s hair during a fix-my-weave party the girls had.
As if we couldn’t love Carlton anymore she tells Joyce (to her face!) that she is just being dramatic. Joyce doesn’t seem to know how to take this affront on her character, in the end chalking it up to PMS.
Kyle’s tweet never sent, Brandi continues bullying Kyle over sending the paparazzi after her and her children.
Carlton tries on a black corset-Brandi watches from a distance.
Kim and Joyce become best friends because they both think so much alike.
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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The season 4 premiere of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills opened with less of a bang and more of a pmmmfff, despite a half-naked teenager, the introduction of a witch and a floppy, dangling d**k.
So we saw a little more of the same, only with less drama and the introduction of two bland new characters: a mild mannered Brit and a Puerto Rican pageant queen.
The highlight came upon learning Carlton’s children’s names: Cross, Mystery and Destiny. Though Carlton’s naming choices may be shaky, she isn’t completely unlikable.
Meanwhile in the veteran’s corner, Kyle drifted into the boring shades of “I-don’t-care land” when her drama/life dilemma was joining the Chamber of Commerce and fighting the impulse to shop at her own store. Hold me down, I'm not sure I can take the thrills.
One could easily drift off during Kim’s boring and half-baked attempt to show the audience that her life is truly “normal” with her dog. When will people realize that if we wanted to see normal people's lives, we'd just eavesdrop under our neighbors' windows?
In more interesting news, Lisa’s fiery appeal is back – she's not moping around this season. Which is how we like to see her, on her feet and throwing passive aggressive digs at those that may have less honesty to share. Brandi was right there with her when she so politely asked Scheana “What is wrong with your tooth?” but really meant, “Go away you husband-f***king wh**e."
And finally, perfect Yolanda shows some imperfection as she struggles with Lyme Disease (nothing compared to Scheana’s oral surgery, we’re sure - unnecessary cameo). Who couldn’t root for Yolanda to get back on her perfect feet again? Surely there is no realer housewife than the one that cooks her husband dinner and serves it on the side of a cliff in her own back yard, who walks in stilettos, rides horses, designs her own home, eats green sludge for breakfast, maintains 0% body fat, works out religiously, raises 3 children and earned her living long before her man.
Stick with it: we’re sure the drama will return soon enough.
NBCElizabeth Berkley and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy produced arguably the greatest moment in Dancing With The Stars history this week when they recreated the unintentionally hilarious 'caffeine pill breakdown' scene from Saved By The Bell to kick-start their jive routine to The Pointer Sisters' "I'm So Excited." Now that the former Jessie Spano has made it through to the sixth week, here's a look at five other musical moments from the classic teen sitcom that she could also use as inspiration."Go For It!"Also featuring in the classic 'Jessie’s Song' episode, this brilliantly ridiculous set-up saw a spandex-wearing Jessie, Kelly and Lisa throw themselves into an aerobics workout while shooting the video to an insanely catchy slice of Tiffany-esque pop under the guise of Hot Sundae. As the faithful recreation above shows, nothing sums up the early '90s quite like it."Friends Forever"For some reason, Berkley was the only main cast member not to feature in arguably the greatest SBTB episode of all time, the Zack Attack mockumentary. A perfectly-choreographed routine to the cheesefest that is "Friends Forever," therefore, would be the perfect opportunity to make amends."How Am I Supposed To Live Without You?"However, Jessie did appear as a member of Zack Attack in one of season three's earlier episodes when she and Slater provided the musical backdrop to Zack & Kelly's break-up by belting out Michael Bolton's signature power ballad."Make My Day"Just minutes before all the emotional carnage of the above, Jessie also got the chance to take centre stage when dressed as Cleopatra, she fronted the California Dreams prototype, "Make My Day.""Don't Leave With Your Love"Performed by the fictional Bo Revere, "Don't Leave With Your Love" was the song which Zack planted subliminal messages into so that Kelly would go to the school dance with him instead of Slater. Perhaps Berkley could use the same trick on the viewing public to coast to victory.Follow @Hollywood_com
Anything can happen on live TV. A slip of the tongue can mean the difference between a F-bomb or a Freudian slip, but sometimes broadcast news can fail spectacularly in all sorts of ways. While some guffaws are fodder for blooper-reels, others are just bad journalism and not-so P.C friendly. While our insider knowledge of broadcast news is largely based on watching too many episodes of Newsroom —just remember these screw-ups got by an entire team of people.
Apparently CNBC Squawk Box Host Joe Kernen just could not contain his hilarious Indian joke, much to the horror or his fellow co-hosts. During the discussion about the value of rupees, Kernen adopted a fake Indian accent and mumbled something original about 7-Eleven. As Aziz Ansari would say, "I think it's so cool that some of you guys were able to travel back in time to 1995 for those Indian jokes you did."
As if that were enough, sometimes it's not just the anchors that play fast and loose with racial stereotypes. After the Asiana Airlines crash in San Francisco, Fox affiliate KTVU ran a list of fake pilot names that seemed dreamed up by Bart Simpson and not the largest Fox local station. Along with displaying the names, they were also read by the anchors on air after being fact checked by an intern. Proving what we knew all along — that interns are really running the show.
Sometimes we can blame the graphics department for many a mix-up. The tragic case of a missing teenager made viral history, after the new suspect was revealed to be hamster by WFSB in Hartford. The furry "mug shot" was also accompanied the rodent holding a film slate — at least it wasn't pictured in a crime-evading wheel.
We get it, it's hard to say pianist — we do it all the time. Our nicknames for naughty bits seem to have a knack for making it on broadcast more often than not. Reporting from the field, this one reporter slips up some friendly chitchat with a particularly busty-anchor back at the station and ends up congratulating her on her giant rack.
Ladies (and Gentleman) don't pretend to hold an object up near your mouth unless there is a microphone in it. Poor Canadian news anchor Lisa Dutton was excited to share her "mom-preneur" idea about using a vibrating toothbrush for teething newborns. The result is exactly what happens when you try to demonstrate anything vibrating on live television.