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By the time Thursdays roll around, you're probably exhausted from a long week and looking for something familiar and comforting to help you forget about everything that's stressing you out. If the Internet is any indication, the best cure for this kind of fatigue is nostalgia, and the warmer and fuzzier it makes you feel, the better. This week's Netflix Hand-Picked Flix recommendation for Throwback Thursday is Get Over It.
After Berke (Ben Foster) gets dumped by his girlfriend Allison (Melissa Sagemiller) for the obnoxiously charming Striker (played with a horrific “British” accent by Shane West), he decides to join the school play in order to win her back... even though he knows nothing about singing, acting or Shakespeare. Luckily, he’s got his best friends Felix and Dennis (Colin Hanks and Sisqo, respectively) and Felix’s little sister Kelly (Kirsten Dunst) to help bail him out of any uncomfortable situations. Get Over It is the quintessential early 2000s teen movie: it’s got annoyingly catchy musical numbers, actors you love in some of their first roles, actors you haven’t thought about in years, a vague basis in classic literature and a cameo by Coolio.
If Dunst and Foster’s onscreen chemistry isn’t enough to keep you entertained, the film also features a scenery-chewing Martin Short, who provides some of the funniest moments as Dr. Desmond Forest Oates, the play’s director and – in his mind, at least – an unappreciated musical genius. It’s unapologetically cheesy, incredibly silly, and at times downright dumb, but Get Over It will win you over with its ridiculousness and its surprising amount of heart. It’s the perfect treat after a long, stressful day, and you’ll be singing Dr. Oates’ wonderfully terrible score for weeks to come (or even years; that musical’s opening number is really catchy). Plus, it has Sisqo in it, and nothing says Throwback Thursday quite like Sisqo in a teen rom-com.
Get Over It is available to stream instantly on Netflix, and check back tomorrow for our Freaky Friday recommendation.
Rapper Big Boi has played down reports suggesting he is set to join the cast of British reality show Celebrity Big Brother, insisting he never gave producers an official answer. The Outkast star reportedly signed a $450,000 (£300,000) deal with network bosses at Channel 5 to appear in the fly-on-the-wall reality series, which will begin airing later this month (Aug13), but Big Boi claims the announcement he'll be a part of the show is premature.
In a statement issued to the Wall Street Journal, the hip-hop veteran explains: "They (Big Brother producers) reached out to my team a while back. I was on my way back from Canada, they started saying I was set to be on there... and it wasn't true."
However, Big Boi isn't ruling out the TV gig completely, adding: "I don't know. I've been on the road... They were talking to my team but I don't know what happened after that. I never said yes or no, ever."
If the rapper signs up for the show, he will join British celebrity contestants including Five singer Abz Love and model Sophie Anderton. Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown is also reportedly on board for the 12th season of the series.
Big Boi wouldn't be the first hip-hop star to take part in Celebrity Big Brother - Coolio and singer Sisqo have both previously featured on the U.K. programme.
Outkast rapper Big Boi is set to follow in the footsteps of fellow hip-hop stars Coolio and Sisqo after signing up to appear in the latest series of the U.K.'s Celebrity Big Brother. The star, real name Antwan Patton, has inked a $450,000 (£300,000) deal with bosses at Britain's Channel 5 network to join the fly-on-the wall reality TV show, which will begin airing later this month (Aug13).
A source tells Britain's the Sun, "Producers always like to mix things up with an American star and they hope Big Boi will do the business this year."
Big Boi will join other celebrity contestants including Five singer Abz Love and model Sophie Anderton. Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown is also reportedly on board for the 12th season of the show.
If you think about it, most of the season of The Real Wig Pullers of Lace Front Industries was spent with the women standing around in driveways fighting. That's really all they did. There was the fight in Porsha's driveway between her and Kenya and then another fight between them in the parking lot of a restaurant ("Bye Ashy!"). There was the infamous occasion where NeNe wouldn't let anyone into her house because they showed up three hours late and Kernya yelling at Kandi's assistant Don Juan in the driveway of Kandi's housewarming party. And finally, last night, we had Kernya Moo-ah hectoring Porsha in the driveway at her stupid "Iconic Female Icons of Blackness from Iconic Films or Films That Black Women Were In That Aren't Iconic or OK Maybe a TV Show Sponsored by Blackglamma" party. What a way to end a season! (Also, the best Housewives fight in a parking lot is the Melissa Gorga/Teresa Giudice throwdown from last season of Real Acid Tossers of Paramus Chemical, so they didn't even do it the best, they just did it a lot.
The whole thing started when Kernya Moo-ah met with four people to help plan the party. I believe one of the men, who remained silent and whose name was not put on screen, was the same party planner that Sheree Whitfield once asked who, exactly, was expected to check her, boo. I could be mistaken. This time around he had on glasses, like we wouldn't be able to tell Superman from Clark Kent. I think it was the same guy. Please, please be the same guy.
Oh, the one thing that had nothing to do with the party last night was Porsha's visit to Touchstone, which is where her psychiatrist lives. With a name like Touchstone you would think magicians lived there, and we are going to need a wizard to get any sense into Carvell, Porsha's husband who is a Cookie Puss come to life. He is also kinda awful. OK, he is entirely awful. And knowing that he filed for divorce just recently made this whole thing hurt more than getting a paper cut on your eyelid.
Carvell was really talking some nonsense. He wants Porsha to stay home and cook and clean for him and raise his children and not have a job. That is fine, if that is something Porsha wants too. It clearly is not. Then he says he wants her to have all that, but she hit the nail on the head saying, "You agree to it, but then you make it impossible to accomplish." I hate to say this, but maybe it's best that they got divorced. They never seemed like they were on the same team. The only time he came to her defense was at the fight when he got into a silly altercation with Kernya's main gay Brandon that made no sense and that was more because Brandon wasn't letting Carvell control the situation. He doesn't really defend her honor in any way, he just defends his honor in regards to how peopel are treating her. It's like Brandon was leaning on his car or something. The way Carvell treats her like a possession is gross. There's being protective and then there's carting something away like it's a statue that you bought at one of those stores in Manhattan that has been GOING OUT OF BUSINESS for the last 17 years. No one wants to live like that.
So, the party. Well, first, let's talk about everyone's outfits. Kernya Moo-ah absolutely killed it as Pam Grier. The wig, the body suit, even her face looked like a young Miss Greir. It was errrrrrrrrrrr-ything as the children would say. She might be awful on the inside, but there sure is some wonderful goodness on the outside (when she's not wearing too much foundation and her skin isn't broken out). Cynthia Bailey looked good as Diana Ross, but she should have gone with her shimmery caftan dress instead. We all know she has like seven Diana Ross wigs, so why she didn't wear one of them is beyond me. She looked like she could have tried harder. Her husband Peter looked great...if he was dressed as an asshole, because that's what he acted like all night.
NeNe Leakes got her gays to pull her together a Grace Jones look that would do any costume party proud but, I'm sorry, Grace is next to impossible to fully pull off and, well, she didn't quite. Kandi Burruss. Oh Kandi. You came and you gave without taking and we want to send you home to change, Oh Kandi. She looked like the the girl on the cover of the Tina Turner costume bag that you buy at Halloween Adventure where she looks like the celebrity she's supposed to be imitating, but everything is, well, just a little off and cheap. That wig looked like it used to be a homeless person's coat and it got so warn down someone combed it into a hairpiece. The rest of her costume was just, well. Not good. Phaedra Parks looked delightfully daffy as Eartha Kitt's Catwoman, but she was, you know, a TV character so it wasn't really applicable to the theme. That and some stun guns (I would like one of each of Phaedra's ridiculous products in a gift basket on Shop By Bravo Dot Come, please) were all Phaedra did last night.
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And then Porsha Stewart. Poor, poor Porsha. Now, Kernya wanted all the ladies to dress like iconic black women in film or iconic characters played by black women in film and then she was so bold as to tell each woman who she should come dressed as. Porsha's homework assignment was to come as Halle Berry from B.A.P.S., a movie that is not iconic and a role that is not iconic and, well, it was a way for Kernya to be mean to Porsha. Ms. Stewart, to her credit, tried on some B.A.P.S. looks at the hair salon and I think she actually looked really good. Like hoochie good, but still really good. Anyway her weave weaver convinced her that Kernya was trying to play a trick on her which, duh. Porsha was in a pickle. Go as Halle Berry according to plan and be a patsy or try something else? Well, the joke was on her no matter what.
Porsha shows up at the party dressed as Halle Berry not as B.A.P.S., but as Halle Berry as Dorothy Dandridge. So, basically she came as Dorothy Dandridge and you can cut out the Halle Berry part altogether. She looked good in a shimmery gold gown and a cute short 'do (maybe with all this divorce nonsense, she should change her hair and do this for real?). When Kernya saw her dressed as Dorothy Dandrige she flipped her afro wig and told Porsha to get out. She actually had security escort her out of the party because she wore the wrong costume. What sort of black souled beast is this woman? You know when you would leave the front door open as a child and your mother would say, "Were you raised in a barn?" What do you say to Kernya Moo-ah? "Were you raised in a Victorian orphanage where you were starved and beaten and all the love, decency, and manners driven from your heart?" Is that what you say? What can you say? You can say nothing. You can stand there and gape at her incredibly misconstrued sense of appropriateness. This was the grown up equivalent of packing up your toys and heading home.
Now Porsha might have handled it a little bit better. She smiled and smugly said, "I didn't want to do B.A.P.S. I did Dorothy Dandrige." She could have tried to play it off a bit more. "Oh, I wasn't comfortable doing that and Carvell gets made if I show off my Flying Saucers to everyone else in Cookie Puss Village," or maybe, "I tried to get B.A.P.S. together and I just couldn't find the right thing but I had this lying around so I just threw it together at the last minute." Something like that to show she tried.
Either way it wouldn't have made much of a difference. Kernya had laid the perfect trap. If Prosha would have been humiliated if she showed up as B.A.P.S. (You know how if you say something absurd long enough it starts to sound kinda surd and then the absurdity of that surdity makes you feel like your brain is meling into a pile of goo and their is a half-eaten sugar cone sticking out of it? That's how I feel about B.A.P.S. right now.) and if she didn't show up as B.A.P.S. then Kernya could humiliate her by throwing her out of the party. She even went so far as to pretend that she had some elaborate sketch planned for Porsha, but we all know that's a ruse. That's a scam. That's like that store in Manhattan that says it's been GOING OUT OF BUSINESS for 17 years.
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The rest of the Housewives did the right thing for a change and they all left the party together in protest. Cynthia, usually Kernya's only ally, even told her that she went too far. Kenya was being stupid. She was being as ridiculous as her afro wig was big. She was being as insincere was her peephole cutout was well placed. She was being as rational as her party theme was totally overdone and annoying. The whole thing was laughably stupid. She had no real argument at all. "OH, I had to cancle the program." Oh, shut up Kernya. You made that all up. (PS-This is also why the Housewives should never go to a costume party. The only thing worse than grown women fighting is grown women fighting while wearing ridiculous costumes. Remember Vicki at the Bunga Party last year on Real Citrus Rinds of Limefruit Jungle? It's sort of like getting a call that your mother died and having a Sisqo ringtone.)
But praise be to NeNe Leakse who showed up in a chariot drawn by two Nubian gods and she showed them all that, even though she is off in L.A., she is still the alpha female around here. People coaxed Porsha back in the party and NeNe told Kernya she better apologize or she was going to whip her to death in her Grace Jones costume. (However, NeNe shouldn't have gotten all up in that, "Never burn a bridge," line of reasoning when she and Kim had a falling out the way that they did.) Kernya did apologize and, while we all know it was a pile of iconic dung in film (probably from Weird Science) at least she did it and made it sound sincere.
And with that the party ended. The season ended, and we found out everything that happened to all of the housewives in those humorous little end cards that have become a staple of the series. They are all light and jovial and full of little digs. But not Porsha's. No. Hers just said. "Carvell filed for divorce." Period. Send. That is all it said. No pun, no sparkle in its eye, no hope for the future. Just a funeral procession driving across your screen. It was like a woman crying in her car in front of her lawyers office, just straggling out there along letting everyone see its mascara run down its face. Poor girl.
Yes, the party was over, all the guests were gone, the tears were dried, the animosity tamped deep down so that the finale party could go off without a hitch. The cameras were switched off. It was really over. The workmen were stacking up the chairs and taking down the "step and repeat" and Kernya Moo-ah decided it was finally time to take off her wig. She held it in her left fist by the knap as she ran her right hand through her real hair, mussing it around and trying to get rid of that strange painful feeling you get in your scalp when your hair has been immobilized for too long.
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She took a long walk over to the window and tried to look out at the night, but she just saw her reflection looking back at her, that gorgeous red dress and that hair that was crying bloody murder. Oh, how did she get here, she thought. What a year. All the fights and break ups and new friends and old wounds. All of this work and heartbreak and not anyone had seen it yet. "They're gonna love me," she thought about what was going to happen when the audience finally gets hold of this footage. "They are going to love me. They are going to do the Gone with the Wind fabulous twirl and they are going to buy my exercise video and they are going to be stealing my look and trying to be me. They're going to tell all the other women that they're wrong and they're gonna see, NeNe is gonna see, that the fans love me the most now. It's time for Kernya Moo-ah to arrive and she has, darling. Oh how she has. Just you wait. They're gonna adore me!"
She focused, not out on the stars and haggard trees beyond the pane but on her reflexion and, with her wig still in one hand, tried to shape the mess that was on her head. She got it to something she considered workable and then gave her best beauty pageant smile to the reflexion and turned around quickly on the balls of her feet. The dance floor was empty. There was no one to tell her if she was right or wrong, no one to tell her she looked good or a fright, just the parquet floor with a lone, green champagne bottle right in front of her feet. A workman rushed over and tried to pick it up, but Kernya said, "No, leave it." She kicked it slowly across the floor and followed behind it, kicking that empty bottle over and over again. She was soothed by its uneven rolling and bolstered by its little green glints sent off in every direction. But mostly she loved the sound it made while it rolled alone, completely hollow.
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The Usual Suspects star lost a public vote after lining up against Donald Trump's ex-wife Ivana and rapper Sisqo on Friday night (22Jan10).
Sisqo was evicted shortly after.
Speaking after leaving the house, born-again Christian Baldwin said, "I learned a lot about myself, I learned a lot about my faith through interacting with these people."
Stars still on the show include Trump, actor Vinnie Jones and actress Stephanie Beacham.
The 62-year-old actress is currently starring in British reality show Celebrity Big Brother, alongside Stephen Baldwin, Sisqo, Ivana Trump and former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss.
And when glamour model Nicola T told the group she thought the ex-brothel boss was "the most interesting person I think I've ever met in my life," Beacham was quick to reveal her own scandalous dealings.
She told her shocked housemates, "Highest I've ever been offered for a night is 40 grand."
But actor Baldwin misheard the 62 year old, naively enquiring, "Forty pound?"
To which a disgruntled Beacham insisted, "Forty thousand."
The TV veteran is reportedly receiving a $160,000 (£100,000) fee for her stint on the show.
The veteran TV actress stunned fans by agreeing to appear in the reality show, which sees her live in a camera-filled house with other well-known faces, including Sisqo, Stephen Baldwin and Ivana Trump.
But the 62 year old has a dark reason for needing the huge appearance fee - she has vowed to continue helping daughter Phoebe stay clear of drugs.
The 35 year old has battled cocaine addiction, and even slashed her wrists last year (09) after her drink was allegedly spiked.
She has cleaned up her act thanks to her mother's support - and insists she would be dead without the star.
Phoebe tells Britain's Sunday Mirror, "I owe her everything. My mother saved my life. If it wasn't for her, I wouldn't be here today. I owe her so much. I was a total wild child, but mum has always been there.
"She has spent literally thousands of pounds of her hard-earned money getting me out of all kinds of scrapes. I've been totally clean for a year and now the doctors have discovered the right medication, it has totally changed my life. I feel so well."
The former model, who was rumoured to have walked away with a $24 million (£15 million) settlement when she divorced the business tycoon in 1991, is the new surprise addition to Britain's Celebrity Big Brother.
Singer Sisqo was performing a magic show during a variety performance task, when he unveiled the socialite in place of his original assistant, British rapper Lady Sovereign.
The Thong Song hitmaker joked, "I meant to do that. You see, I really am a magician."
Trump, who famously said of her split from Donald, "Girls, don't get mad, get everything," is currently divorcing her fourth husband, 37-year-old Rossano Rubicondi.
She has joined a line-up of celebrities including Vinnie Jones, Stephen Baldwin and former Hollywood Madam Heidi Fleiss, who all entered the house last Sunday (03Jan10).
The soccer star-turned-actor is currently competing on U.K. series Celebrity Big Brother alongside other stars including Stephen Baldwin, Sisqo and former Hollywood Madam Heidi Fleiss.
And the Kill Bill filmmaker, who befriended Jones in 2007, has praised his pal for carving out a successful career in Hollywood since giving up life on the soccer pitch.
He says, "If the winner (of Celebrity Big Brother) is judged on personality and character, then Vinnie can be the only winner. He is one of the most charismatic guys in Hollywood and people who know him not only know that he is a fantastic person but that he has a heart of pure gold. I'm honoured to call him my friend.
"He might still be known as Vinnie Jones the soccer player in Britain but he is a real movie star now. He has starred in some of the most ground-breaking films of the last 15 years. He has worked with the best directors and starred alongside some of the world's most famous actors and he never once looked out of place."
And Tarantino is convinced Jones only entered the show because he wants to take his mind off his soldier son Aaron, who is currently serving in Afghanistan with the British army.
He adds, "People often put themselves forward for reality shows because they are broke or want to revive their career, but Vinnie is neither of those things. He is going to get some time away from worrying about his son Aaron. He is very proud of not only Aaron but all his family, but like any other father he worries - that is only natural. I don't know about the other contestants, but Vinnie Jones is a real superstar."
Prior to entering the house, Jones spoke out about his fears for his son, admitting the thought of him fighting in the war-torn country "turns your tummy."
Baldwin, who has starred in a string of U.S. reality shows in recent years, including I'm a Celebrity... Get Me out of Here! and Celebrity Apprentice, was first into the house on Sunday (03Jan10).
He was quickly joined by Dynasty legend Stephanie Beacham, British rapper Lady Sovereign, and Sisqo, who performed an impromptu rendition of hit track Thong Song before he began his stint under the watchful eye of the TV cameras.
Other stars, including former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss and Ronnie Wood's ex-girlfriend Ekaterina Ivanova, entered the house before Jones arrived.
Producers are obviously hoping for a stormy series - also starring in the show are British singer Dane Bowers and his ex Katie Price's new boyfriend Alex Reid, who were allegedly involved in a New Year's Eve (31Dec09) brawl at a party in Surrey, south east England.