I'm guilty of indulging in some reality television here or there. Most shows are like watching a circus version of humanity. The people have very little shame, and because there isn't really a plot you end up watching them do embarrassing things. Whether you like it or not, reality shows are killing television. Because a lot of people are tuning in and how cheap they are to make, they are taking over and almost ousting great scripted TV. Curious to see what crazy things these stars have done for ratings? Here are 13 moments that is contributing to the decline of TV.
1. Christina Milian getting her nipple pierced.
2. When the Kardashians made a home video that might as well have been an explicit music video.
3. That time a Real Housewife of New York took off her leg and threw it at her enemy...
4. All those times women have sugared up their kids to perform in beauty pageants on Toddlers & Tiaras.
5. TMI! TMI! TMI!
6. Nicole Richie breast feeding her pups.
7. That time we watched Paris Hilton "cleaning" on The Simple Life.
8. The time Kourtney decided to work out while wearing a sex toy.
9. When Phaedra from The Real Housewives of Atlanta decided to pay a stripper a compliment.
10. Honey Boo Boo going crazy with pads.
11. Duck Dynasty's Jase getting peed on by a frog he caught.
12. A teenager being the worst on her birthday on My Super Sweet 16.
13. Snooki getting arrested for public intoxication.
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Latino movie veteran Rita Moreno had to overlook her sex encounter with her first agent because she was too desperate for work to dump him. The West Side Story star reveals she lost her virginity to the movie fixer at his home after agreeing to accompany him to the circus and then had to work with the unnamed agent to establish her career in Hollywood.
The Oscar winner tells Access Hollywood Live, "I needed the work.
"I realise now I didn't have to do that and that's what makes me very sad about that story - I didn't have to do that, I felt that I did... because I felt like I was a very inferior little human being... That's how I was brought up; I was brought up to please people, not just men. That's the Latino thing at that time."
Richard Graydon, who served as a stuntman in multiple James Bond films, has died, aged 92. The British daredevil passed away on 22 December (14).
Graydon performed in 10 Bond films over the course of his nearly 40-year career, first appearing in 1963's From Russia With Love.
He was known for his death-defying tricks, including getting shot out of a cannon in Octopussy's circus, sliding down a chain over an abyss in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, and fighting villain Jaws on top of an aerial tram in Moonraker.
Graydon's other 007 credits include Goldfinger, Thunderball, A View to Kill, For Your Eyes Only, The Spy Who Loved Me, and You Only Live Twice.
Graydon either performed or co-ordinated stunts in a number of other notable films, including The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men, Batman, Raiders of the Lost Ark, International Velvet, Star Wars: Episode IV, The Man Who Fell to Earth, The Charge of the Light Brigade, and his final film credit - 1998's Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.
The Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon has helped PETA activists free a pair of black bears from a caged prison. The terminally ill animator, who has dedicated his life to helping animals, helped fund a PETA campaign to buy the bears from a roadside zoo and rehouse them at a Colorado sanctuary.
In moving video footage posted online by PETA bosses, the creatures are relocated from a prison-like cage with a concrete floor to a beautiful, spacious new home.
A PETA spokesperson tells WENN, "The two Himalayan black bears were cautious at first. But once their paws touched fresh mulch for the first time, they were romping like cubs. They also enjoyed feasting on fresh fruits and vegetables and bathing in tubs of water."
The big move went down last week (ends05Dec14) and now the bears are guests at The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado.
PETA President Ingrid Newkirk says, "Sam Simon's compassion and determination has given these bears a life and made it possible for them to enjoy a beautiful habitat that couldn't be further from their former barren concrete prison."
Earlier this year (14), Simon helped PETA activists in the U.S. close down one of the largest chinchilla fur farms in California and begin an adoption process to find the creatures new homes.
"It’s lessened a tremendous amount. I also know it’s not gonna be like this forever. There’s gonna be a day when it’s not there, and that will be its own adjustment." Actress Katie Holmes insists her daughter Suri's life isn't the paparazzi circus it used to be when she was married to Tom Cruise.
British boyband Take That's first album since becoming a three-piece has broken pre-order records on Amazon.co.uk. Bandmate Jason Orange quit the group in September (14) and the remaining members - Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald - will release their first disc as a trio, the aptly-titled III, on Monday (01Dec14).
It has now become the most pre-ordered album of all time on Amazon U.K., knocking Pink Floyd off the top spot after less than a month. The veteran rockers held the record ahead of the release of The Endless River on 10 November (14).
It is Take That's third album on the most pre-ordered chart - their 2008 disc The Circus sits at number 10 and 2010's Progress, the only reunion album featuring original member Robbie Williams, is in fifth place.
The boyband has withheld III from music-streaming service Spotify until January (15), favouring rival Google Play Music instead.
Aretha Franklin is threatening to take legal action against the author of a new unauthorized biography over allegations of defamation.
The music legend previously worked with David Ritz on her 1999 memoir From These Roots, but now she has lashed out at the writer for penning what she claims are falsities about her teenage years on the 1950s gospel scene - dubbed the Sex Circus - in his new tome, Respect.
Franklin tells the Detroit News, "There's a very trashy, trashy book on the street... It's lies, lies, lies and then more lies. "I'm talking to a criminal attorney. If this isn't defamation, I don't know what would be."
The book, published by Little, Brown and Company, also details Franklin's struggle as a teenage mother and how she bounced back after her abusive marriage to first husband Ted White. Ritz is standing by the stories told to him by Aretha's friends, family members and associates.
Defending his work, he tells the New York Post, "I spent 25 years researching Respect. I see my book as an homage to Aretha's artistic genius and an empathetic portrait of a woman who has survived and thrived in the complex culture of showbusiness."
Justin Bieber has given his on/off girlfriend Selena Gomez the thumbs up after hearing her raw and emotional new single, which details the media circus surrounding their romance. The Come and Get It singer debuted The Heart Wants What It Wants on Thursday (06Nov14) during an appearance on Los Angeles DJ Ryan Seacrest's breakfast show and told the host the song's lyrics offer up a private side of her love affair with Bieber.
She said, "Everybody wants to form their own opinions anyway. I think the biggest problem I had this year... is identity. I was trying to figure out what I'm doing, and that was the first time I was constantly being kicked down for doing that. When I didn't know, I just wanted to say, 'This is what I want, this is where I am in my professional life, things changed in my personal life, things changed in my heart - everything'.
"I made some decisions that weren't great as well, and so did he, and that's why we went through all that to only make us better."
Gomez revealed Bieber had already heard the song and approves: "He has (also) seen the video.. He thought it was beautiful."
The singer's best pal Taylor Swift also heard the new track early - and loved it: "She's very dramatic and I love her so much, so she came over to the house, and I played it. She had headphones in, and she watched the video, and then she just looked at me, then she looked back, and then played it three times over and over again. And I'm like, 'I want to know', and she was like, 'Oh my God. This is amazing. I'm so excited for you'."
American Horror Story is back for its fourth season and once again, changed the setting and characters to keep things fresh. One thing that has made this horror show unique is the fact that it has pulled from American history to create interesting and horrifying characters. We decided to look closer at the 7 storylines in American Horror Story that were inspired by history.
1. Marie Delphine LaLaurie
The Coven was so good and creepy not only because of the amazing casting of Kathy Bates, but because of the character she played. She played Marie Delphine LaLaurie, a woman who is now remembered for being a socialite who took pleasure in torturing and murdering her slaves. Her horrendous actions weren't brought to light until her home was set on fire. She then fleed the city after the public became outraged by her gruesome actions.
2. Jimmy Darling is based on Grady Stiles Jr.
This season Evan Peters takes on the character of Jimmy Darling, a man who is part of the freakshow due to having "lobster hands." The real person who this character is based off of is Grady Stiles Jr. He was born with a congenital disorder called ectrodactyly that gives the appearance of claws. He went on tour in the circus, but he was a dark man. He was reportedly an alcoholic and was convicted of third degree murder for murdering his eldest daughter's fiance, but only got 15 years probation.
3. The Black Dahlia
Going back to the first season it might be hard to sift through and remember each ghost. That season featured a crowded haunted house. But one of the most beautiful ghosts had to be The Black Dahlia played by Mena Suvari. The Black Dahlia, Elizabeth Short, was indeed a real woman whose death made news headlines everywhere. The waitress' dismantled body was found by a housewife. Each corner of her mouth was cut three inches that made her face appear to be smiling. Her killer was never brought to justice.
4. Stevie Nicks was rumored to be a witch in real life
Ever wondered why Misty Day (Lily Rabe) had a weird fascination with Stevie Nicks? Then, Stevie actually made an appearance on the show?! Well turns out back when she was popular there were rumors that she was in fact a witch...because people are idiots. Good thing that Stevie Nicks has a sense of humor and decided to play the part! It made a memorable episode.
5. Twisty The Clown is inspired by John Wayne Gacy
This season didn't add a clown just to torture people with a huge fear of them. This character was actually inspired by a serial killer named John Wayne Gacy, who killed 33 boys and young men. He was found guilty for these crimes in 1980 and executed by leathal injection.
6. The Axeman
Another character from The Coven that was based on a real person is The Axeman played by Danny Huston. The serial killer committed his crimes during 1918-9 in New Orleans. He usually would break into his victims houses through the back door and kill his victims using a razor or axe. It is known that he is a lover of jazz music since he wrote in his letter that he wouldn't harm people who played jazz music in their homes.
7. The world's smallest woman inspired her own character!
Chances are that you recognize Jyoti Amge due to her being the world's smallest woman weighing in to a total of 11 pounds and is 23 inches tall! She undoubtedly inspired her own character, Ma Petit on the show.
So which of these characters are your favorite? Tweet us using the twitter handles below and tell us!
Neil Patrick Harris and his new husband David Burtka have landed guest starring roles on the current season of TV series American Horror Story. The Gone Girl star will appear in the final two episodes of the circus-themed Freak Show, as a chameleon salesman, while Burtka will appear in the season finale opposite Jessica Lange, according to TVLine.com.
The casting comes months after Harris revealed he wrote a letter to AHS creator Ryan Murphy, asking to be cast in the latest instalment of the anthology series.
This isn't the first time Harris and Murphy have collaborated - Harris won an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series in 2010 for his role on Glee, another show Murphy created.