Former child star Alisan Porter has opened up about her addiction to alcohol. The actress, best known for her leading role in 1991's Curly Sue, has been sober for seven years but has finally decided to talk about her struggle with booze.
On Thursday (11Sep14), Porter, 33, took to her Lil' Mamas blog and penned a lengthy post about her addiction, writing, "Hi, I'm Ali, and I'm an alcoholic. Yup, bet you didn't see that one coming. Or, because you know that I'm a former child star, you totally did. Anyway, it's the truth. I've been sober since Oct 28th, 2007 and I haven't touched a drink or a drug since."
Porter went on to describe the moment she realised she needed to get sober: "I felt trapped, scared, and sad and I was ready to really go for broke or get better. So, I did what every good user does and I prayed to a god I had never believed in... and then called my mom.
"Days later I was off to treatment, just like that. For the next four years I went to meetings, worked the steps, got a sponsor, found a god of my own understanding, prayed, meditated and basically grew up. Growing pains were inevitable, I felt them often but I continued on the path because unlike my old ways, this way was working."
After becoming sober, Porter married her longtime boyfriend Brian Autenrieth in 2012 and they are parents to two children, Mason, two, and four month old Aria Sage.
She tells People magazine she decided to open up about her alcoholism in the hope of helping others, adding, "I've waited a long time to write about my sobriety: it's a touchy subject. Also, you never know when you're going to wake up and realize the disease won. I've been profoundly affected by so many losses of late and if I can help just one person, one former child actor or especially one mother, this will be worth it."
R&B bad boy Chris Brown's prison-release party was a lame, "boring" affair, according to porn star guest Bonnie Rotten. The singer's girlfriend Karrueche Tran was reportedly behind the get-out-of-jail bash in Las Vegas in early June (14), and Rotten, who appeared in one of Brown's videos, was asked to show up with a group of friends.
She obliged, expecting the night out to be a wild one, but left when it became clear that Brown and celebrity friends like T-Pain and Amber Rose just wanted to hang out.
The porn star, who is currently shooting an X-rated Boogie Nights spin-off in Germany, tells WENN, "There's a friend of his (Brown) that I'm friends with. He's like a celebrity babysitter. So he was like, 'Come to this party and bring some of your girls...' So I got some girlfriends and it totally got out of proportion. It was not like it seemed. Actually it was a very boring party.
"There was no weed, there was no party. We were just chilling. It was at a huge mansion in Vegas, and in every room everybody was just sitting there and sipping on their drinks. So me and my girls tried to get the party started by doing lots of shots. I was like, 'Let's get wasted'."
Tattooed Rotten insists Brown's bad boy reputation is not deserved. She adds, "He's not super gangster."
In chatting about the Kiss Kiss singer's freedom bash, Rotten accepts she might find herself in trouble - because all guests were asked not to reveal any details: "No one was allowed to tweet about it, no one was allowed to talk about it. It was just super-undercover."
The porn star's comments come hours after Brown was caught on camera stumbling out of a Los Angeles nightclub following his musical comeback at the BET Awards on Sunday night (29Jun14).
After the ceremony, Brown headed to the city's Playhouse nightclub to continue the party and he was caught on tape leaving the venue supported by two friends, who helped carry the star to a car driven by his girlfriend Tran.
Brown served two months in jail after he admitted breaking the terms of his probation relating to his 2009 assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna.
Congratulations are in order for Keke Palmer. The actress just landed a new gig that will put her on the map in a very big way. At 20 years old she is officially the youngest person ever to get her own talk show. BET is bringing us The Keke Palmer Project (working title), and while it is indeed exciting for Palmer, we have a few concerns about the show. First of all, is the youngest talk show host ever a bit too young for such a gig?
Palmer is only 20 years-old and that's pretty young for a talk show host. Oprah Winfrey, Bethenny Frankel — these are the kinds of women we're used to seeing in what will be Palmer's new position. At age 20, Palmer has to become a model figure; she has to inspire others and act as a knowledgable confidant of sorts. But BET also seems to have plans to keep it light and fun. Deadline reports that the show will cover fashion, pop culture, social issues, sex, and will feature celebrity interviews. Here are a few other ways we think BET can make The Keke Palmer Project a success.
Feature Guests for an Older Crowd
For those of us who aren't 20 years old, BET can use those celebrity guest interviews to reel us in. While Palmer may have some former Nickelodeon co-stars she'll want to bring on, it'd be nice to see some grown-ups too.
Get Kiki to Sing
Between this video and her Alicia Keys cover, we'd love to see more singing from Keke... a duet with Beyoncé would be nice too, but we don't want to push it. Solange, maybe?
Somehow, Involve Mara Brock Akil
This woman is responsible for one BET's greatest achievement in television: Being Mary Jane. Somehow, she needs to come on board and sprinkle her awesome, brilliant approach to good TV all over this.
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Comedian Katt Williams has helped to kickstart actor-turned-talk show host Arsenio Hall's crowdfunding campaign to raise $1 billion to buy the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team after donating $1,600 (£1,000) in cash. The sports team's owner, Donald Sterling, is facing having to sell the franchise after he was banned for life from the National Basketball Association (NBA) for making racist remarks that were caught on tape.
A number of celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey, rap moguls Sean 'Diddy' Combs and Dr. Dre, boxing champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and actress Whoopi Goldberg have all expressed an interest in buying the team, and now Hall has thrown his hat into the ring, too.
The Coming to America star announced his plans at the start of The Arsenio Hall Show on Thursday (01May14), when he unveiled a campaign video, in which he reveals it has been a dream of his to own a professional basketball team since he was a little boy.
In the promo, he says, "The Clippers deserve a better owner. They deserve an owner who will represent everybody. There's only one problem, I ain't got a billion dollars...! I want you to bet on me... You buy it, I'll run it. Let me put your money where my mouth is."
After the video, which appeared to be a spoof, aired, Hall insisted he was "serious about this", adding, "We're gonna do this together, that's why I'm starting the Help Arsenio Buy The Clippers (crowdfunding) campaign."
He brought the topic up during an interview with his guest Williams and brazenly asked for a donation.
Williams happily obliged, and proceeded to pull out a wad of $100 bills to hand over to his stunned pal.
The funnyman admitted he wanted to donate more, but couldn't afford to due to his ongoing tax problems, quipping, "My business partners at the IRS (U.S. tax authorities Internal Revenue Service) have authorised me to put $1,600 into whatever you plan on doing. (It's) not much... (but) we are in the Clipper business!"
Williams has been slowly paying off his tax debt after being hit with a $3.2 million (£2 million) bill stemming from 2008, as well as another $829,352 (£518,345) invoice from the following year (09).
Actress Keke Palmer is adding talk show host to her resume with the launch of The Keke Palmer Project. The TV star will discuss everything from fashion, pop culture and social issues on the daily programme, which will air on America's BET network for a four-week run beginning in July (14).
Queen Latifah's TV series Single Ladies has been saved from cancellation thanks to bosses at a new U.S. network aimed at black females. In March (14), executives at America's VH1 network decided not to order a fourth season of the programme, which the rapper, actress and talk show host executive produced via her Flavor Unit Entertainment company, but Latifah has struck a new deal with BET Network's new channel Centric, and the series will pick up where it left off.
The partnership will not only revive Single Ladies for a fourth season, but Latifah and her partners will produce new shows for the network, and episodes of her syndicated daytime talk show will also air on Centric.
Single Ladies, which launched in 2011, follows the love lives of three best friends, played by Charity Shea, Denise Vasi and LisaRaye McCoy.
Although many fans of HBO’s Game of Thrones were sad to hear the series would only last seven or eight seasons, those who read the original book series by George R. R. Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire, can tell you there’s plenty of material that didn’t make it into the show. For that reason — and because Game of Thrones is insanely popular — this might be one case in which a spin-off is warranted.
For those who have not struggled through Martin’s epic novels, there are a lot of background and historical stories that the TV show never delves in to. Briefly mentioned in the HBO series, for example, was Robert Baratheon’s rebellion in which he overthrew the Targaryen king of Westeros and took the Iron Throne (with help from Ned Stark). The story of the uprising is told in much greater detail throughout the books.
Many other major parts of Westeros’ history are touched upon in the book series, including the War for the Dawn, which was the original war against the White Walkers, as well as the story of Aegon the Conqueror, who was the Targaryen that united the seven kingdoms of the country under his rule.
While each of these stories could provide a few seasons of good television, if a Game of Thrones spin-off were in the works, an anthology series might be HBO’s best bet. The network is already testing the waters of an anthology show with True Detective, which had a well-received first season.
If they see more success, HBO could adapt the same structure for a Game of Thrones spin-off. Each season could deal with a different moment in the history of Westeros, as well as the other lands in the series. There’s plenty of source material, and it would also be a treat for fans who want the show to last longer than seven or eight years.
Of course, we'd also take a spin-off about all the Starks living happily ever after and dying of old age, but that seems less likely.
The Academy Awards are the biggest night in Hollywood, where the best films and performances of the years are celebrated in a ceremony that always drags on a half hour too long. If you're a host or a nominee, you're going to be the talk of the town in the weeks surrounding Oscar night, but in the end, it's never the moments that you expect that steal the show, because when you gather the biggest stars in the world and put them in one room, something insane is bound to happen. Sure, Ellen Degeneres had a finely-honed monologue, but the real highlights of the evening came from an unfortunate flub or a weird, rambling presentation.
We're celebrating the biggest party in Hollywood by pulling together the best, worst and weirdest celebrity moments from the 2014 Academy Awards, so that you can catch up on or relive all of the awkward and hilarious moments from the show. They might not have won an Oscar, but they managed to steal the show from Brad Pitt's pizza party, and in some ways, that's even more deserving of an award.
World's Quickest Presentation: Channing Tatum By now, you'd think that Channing Tatum would have no problem reading a pre-written speech from a teleprompter. After all, he's one of the biggest movie stars in the world. Surely he knows how to deliver his lines by now. Unfortunately, it seemed as if his nerves got the best of him last night, and Tatum raced through his spiel about the Oscars college program so quickly it took everyone at home a minute to process what had just happened. We're not sure if he was just nervous, if he had a bet going with Jonah Hill to see how long he could speak without breathing, or if someone threatened to hold him personally responsible if the ceremony ran long, but whatever the case, we're glad to see someone at the Oscars wants to help us all get to bed at a reasonable hour.
Most Charming Speech: Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez"Let it Go," the song that everyone and their baby cousin has been singing incessantly for months, took home the Best Original Song Oscar last night, and the film's composers, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez delivered the most adorable speech of the night. There were bits spoken in unison, long passages of rhymes, a quick song breakdown, and a tear-jerking message to their daughters watching at home. It was like a Disney movie itself: pure, heartwarming fluff that you will never admit actually made you cry into your ice cream.
Most McConaughey: Kim Novak It takes a great deal of skill and careful preparation to be more rambling and nonsensical than Matthew McConaughey, but Kim Novak managed to do just that when she presented the Animation Oscars alongside the man himself. It was almost impossible to tell which bits of their speech were written on the telepromtpter and which bits she decided to wing, but either way, she decided to take the moment to have a McConologue of her own, and managed to be weirder than a guy who routinely goes on tangents about Neptune, the forces of the universe, and being his own hero. Brava, Ms. Novak. You have officially out-McConaugheyed the master.
Best Depolyment of Awards Show Singing: Darlene Love Between Diane Keaton's weirdly terrifying tribute to Woody Allen at the Golden Globes and Rita Moreno's mini-concert as she accepted her SAG Lifetime Achievement Award, this season has included an uncomfortable amount of impromptu a capella singing. But Darlene Love blew both of them out of the water, and the roof off of the Dolby Theater, when she helped celebrate the Best Documentary Oscar for 20 Feet From Stardom by belting out "His Eye is on the Sparrow," and earned a standing ovation. So, future award winners, we beg you: before you decide to sing, ask yourself "Am I Darlene Love?" If the answer is no, just stick to speaking, lest Love herself show up to put you in your place with a powerhouse belt. (Sorry, Diane.)
Most Tone-Deaf Presentation: Goldie Hawn Remember way back at the Golden Globes, when 12 Years a Slave got an awkward introduction from Reese Witherspoon, presumably because she's Southern? Well, the Oscars continued the tradition of disjointed awards show introductions, as Goldie Hawn took to the stage to present clips from that film, as well as Philomena and Nebraska. Before you could attempt to come up with a reason as to why these three films were introduced together (they all... involve road trips?), Hawn decided to end her speech about 12 Years a Slave with a big grin and a cheery inflection to her voice, which was a jarring contrast to the serious, devastating subject matter of the film. Pro tip: try and save the smile for a film that doesn't involve slavery.
Best Homage to Chariots of Fire: Jamie Foxx Jamie Foxx has never met an awards show moment he couldn't spice up. So, when it came time for him to present the award for Best Score with Jessica Biel, he decided to ignore the stuffy introduction that the Oscars had prepared for him, and instead went off-script with a few improvised jokes, before performing an a capella version of the Chariots of Fire theme, complete with slow-motion running, while Biel attempted to read off the nominees. Because nobody lives up to the old adage "anything can happen on live television" quite like Jamie Foxx. Maybe he should host next year.
Most Meme-Inspiring: John Travolta and Adella Dazeem Look, reading things is hard. At least, that's what we're assuming John Travolta's defense is after delivering the biggest flub of the night, when instead of introducing Idina Menzel, the Tony Award winner who voiced Elsa in Frozen, he instead introduced Adella Dazeem. Before Menzel even finished her song, the Internet had already pulled together dozens of memes, and a parody Twitter account had already started gaining followers. It was a year filled with difficult-to-pronounce names, but the one that got messed up was relatively straightforward. Good job, Jorn Tramolto.
Most Touching Tribute: Bill Murray In what was probably the best presenter pairing of the night, Bill Murray and Amy Adams took to the stage to reveal the winner of the Best Cinematography Oscar. After taking the time to compliment Adams the way only he can ("Baby, you look like $146 million domestic"), Murray added one last nominee to list: Harold Ramis, for Caddyshack, Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day. It was only a quick moment, and yet that tiny bit of sincerity in the midst of Murray's trademark goofiness managed to be more touching that the entirety of the official In Memoriam segment. Somewhere in the audience, Bette Midler was probably furious that someone had stolen her thunder.
The Meryl Streep Golden Shimmy Award: Meryl Streep (Ft. Pharrell, Lupita Nyong'o, and Amy Adams)Pharrell's nominated song "Happy" is infuriatingly catchy. It's the kind of song that you love and hate in equal measure, but can't help but dance to when it comes on, no matter where you are or what you're doing. Lucikly for all of us, Meryl Streep feels the same way, and when Pharrell hopped off the stage and headed into the audience during his Oscars performance, she couldn't help but join him for a little shimmy. Sure, Lupita Nyong'o and Amy Adams may have had the more enthusiastic moves, but everyone knows you haven't truly made it until you can get the most nominated actress in Oscars history to bust a move with you.
Most Jim Carrey: Jim Carrey At some point in the course of Oscars preparations, the producers probably turned to each other in frustration. "We've got this whole montage about heroes, but I can't figure out how to introduce it," one of them said. "Why don't we just stick Jim Carrey up there, and let him just fill the time however he wants. He can stick a word or two in there about heroes, and everyone will laugh because it's Jim Carrey, and we can get back to ordering all of those inflatable lawn-ornament Oscars." And that, ladies and gentlemen, is exactly what happened.
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At only 14 years old, Hailee Steinfeld was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in her big screen debut True Grit. Since then, she's proven it wasn't a fluke by showcasing her talents in a wide variety of films — most recently, she saw both the period romance Romeo and Juliet and the sci-fi thriller Ender's Game open within weeks of each other, earning her plenty of new accolades. Her latest film is 3 Days to Kill, in which she plays Zoey, the teenage daughter of retired Secret Service agent Ethan (Kevin Costner), who is forced back into his former profession after he is diagnosed with cancer in order to try and steal some more time with his daughter.
We spoke with Steinfeld about 3 Days to Kill to talk about filming on location in France, what she learned about playing an assassin, and why the costumes were one of the most exciting aspects of the job for her.
The film is a lot of fun, and very exciting, but there’s also this strong emotional thread running through it with Ethan and Zoey. Was the combination of those things what drew you to the film, or was it working with Kevin Costner, or even just the chance to shoot in France?Everything you just said. When I read the script, first of all, I couldn’t believe that I had my hands on something that Luc Besson had written. That was a really exciting thing for me. I really love him and his work, and reading it and getting that heart pounding, action-thriller vibe was a really exciting thing. And then on top of that, you have this incredible father-daughter relationship that you see evolve throughout the film, and I loved everything about that. It was so much fun diving into it, and since playing a teenage girl was something I was able to identify with fairly easily, I had a really great time with it.
What was your relationship on-set with Kevin Costner like? Did you keep your distance so your characters would feel more estranged, or was it a lot more relaxed and casual?When we started the first few weeks of filming, we filmed the first few scenes of the movie that you see Ethan and Zoey in, where they’re sort of estranged and don’t necessarily know each other. And then by the end of the film, Kevin and I were really able to bond and get to know each other, and we had a really great relationship that I think really came through onscreen. So it happened very organically and in sync with the film in a way.
You’re actually playing an assassin yourself in your upcoming film Barely Lethal. Did you pick up any tips from Kevin when you were filming, or did he give you any advice for when it was your turn?He didn’t! I didn’t know that I was doing Barely Lethal when I was shooting 3 Days to Kill, but it was so interesting because I was watching a couple of movies and I was thinking – it’s so funny you said that because I definitely thought about it – and I was like, “I have had a dad that was one!” I was able to sort of think of that. He’s really good at playing the secret agent thing. It’s really, really good.
You’ve done films of many genres – romance, indie, westerns – but so many of your films are very action-oriented. Is there something about this genre in particular that keeps drawing you back? I think all of the films that I’ve done that have an action element comes after what I see as very character-driven and very heartwarming. The action or thrilling part is a bonus, in other words. With 3 Days to Kill, it’s extremely thrilling and very action-oriented, but you have that father-daughter relationship that I was really drawn to. I remember [the director] McG was showing me some of the film when I saw him a couple months ago. He was showing me the first few minutes, and he was like, “I bet you didn’t have any idea you were a part of this movie, did you?” And I didn’t because, you know, it’s so big and on such a large scale, the action, and then you have these incredible moments between Zoey and her father. So, there’s a lot going on and I think there are so many different things along with the action that sort of draw me to these movies.
So, when you watched the movie back, were there any scenes that you wished you could have been involved in or a part of? Because your character, Zoey, is pretty removed from all of the big fight scenes. Yeah. I think, me personally, I always wish I was involved in the craziness. But it's really amazing how it's all balanced out and how it makes perfect sense in the film, and how Kevin's character, Ethan, how his world, how his job completely works its way out and around her life. I think it was really interesting the way that was done.
You filmed on location in France. Was there any location or experience in particular that stands out to you when you think back on it? What kind of effect do you think working on location has on the film?We shot a scene under an arch that leads to an entrance of the Louvre. And it was so surreal, because here you are in Paris, and it’s playing such a big character in your film, and you’re using it to every degree. I always find it interesting when you work on a stage, and they build something up and it’s as close as you can get it, it feels amazing. But there’s nothing like being in the actual place where your script takes place. It’s the most amazing thing, I think for me as an actor — and for anybody, really — to just spend time there, it was a really, really beautiful experience.
As we’ve sort of talked about, your character is sort of the emotional heart of the film, but you also have a lot of comedic moments as well. Is comedy something you’re interested in doing more of in the future?Yeah, it’s fun. This film I did, Barely Lethal, I’d say it falls more into the category of comedy than anything else that I’ve done, and it was a lot of fun being able to to explore different scenarios and kind of improvise a little bit and say what you wanna say without even knowing you’re saying it. Just having that freedom is something that was really, really fun and turned into something really great, and I really enjoyed that. But I think doing a full comedy could be really fun one day.
Which would you say that you find more challenging: drama or comedy?I’d say it’s all challenging. I think comedy, though, don’t they say, “You can’t try and make something funny funny”? I don’t know, something like that, but it’s so true. You read it and it makes you laugh, but then you have to say it to make other people laugh, and it’s not as easy as it seems, so it’s definitely a challenge for me.
On a slightly shallower note, your costumes in this film are fantastic, and I wanted to wear every single one of them. Coming off of filming Romeo and Juliet, which is a period piece, and Ender’s Game, which is set on a spaceship, was it a nice change of pace to wear more casual clothing onscreen for a change or did you miss those more structured costumes?It was so amazing. I’m not even kidding. I remember having my first fitting [and] everyone around me was like, “Why is she freaking out?” I was so excited because I was like “Oh my god, I saw this the other day when I was shopping and I’m so excited I get to wear it,” whereas I was not saying that about the Romeo and Juliet costumes, you know what I mean? As beautiful as those were – and my god, they were so amazing – it’s very nice to bring your own style to a character and wear the clothes as you would wear them every day, as opposed to having to get used to your body language when you’re wearing a corset. It’s a completely different thing. It was very nice, and it made things a bit easier, I’d say.
Did you have any influence on Zoey’s costumes, or were you able to inject any of your own personal style into her wardrobe?A little bit. I mean, the idea of this teenage girl living in Paris, taking the metro with her friends, going to school, going out to parties, she’s going to be dressed. She’s going to dress to look great. For me? I just kind of throw on whatever and it is what it is, but with the character, she definitely thinks it all through, from the hair to the makeup to the clothes to the shoes and puts it all together, so it was a fun thing to explore and have a say in and be a part of.
I know that often, actors who are in period pieces say that the costumes help them get into character, did you have a similar experience with Zoey’s costumes in this film, or was it already relatively easy, since you’re both modern teenage girls?Yeah, absolutely. The fact that there are details that you might not pick up on from the layering of the scarf and the jackets and all of that, and it’s a lot [of help]. It’s a wardrobe and you put that on, you’re definitely able to feel like someone else.
Was there anything you wore in the film that you fell in love with and were tempted to take home with you?Oh yeah. For sure. There was a jacket that she wears, it’s a Maje, that one. I loved it, it was so great. There were a lot of great sweaters and a lot of great things – there’s always something I feel like, after you spend a certain amount of time in, it becomes you and you want to wear it and you want to keep it. I feel that way with a lot of things I do - which might not necessarily be a good thing.
As long as you don’t actually steal them, you’ll probably be okay.Right, right. Of course.
3 Days to Kill is in theaters now.
The much-hyped late shift finally happened this week when The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon debuted on Monday night. The people have spoken and the verdict was Jimmy Fallon's first week was a resounding succcess. Catch the highlights of Fallon's first week as host of The Tonight Show, as well as a few memorable moments from the rest of the late night shows down below.
Dough Stacks McGeePayday, as well as a walking caravan of celebrities, arrived a little early on Fallon's debut night. Thanks to an alleged bet made to "a buddy," Fallon made over $1,000 in just a few minutes. Oh, the perks of hosting The Tonight Show.
On Origin of Hip-HopWatch Will Smith and Fallon go through all the hip-hop dances throughout the years – and realize why the "cabbage patch" and "stanky leg" have gone the way of the dinosaur.
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The First Lady of the "Ew!"-S-AFirst Lady Michelle Obama paid a visit to the teenage show "Ew!" And although this is stating the obvious, Will Ferrell makes one ugly woman.
Anchor's DelightOnce again, Fallon spliced together clips of NBC newsman Brian Williams to sound like he's rapping and it's the best one yet.
The Luger Who Cried WolfJimmy Kimmel fooled everyone again, with a little bit of help from American luger Kate Hansen.
Go FigureWatching Will Ferrell skip and prance as a figure skater in black tights is something nobody can unsee. But it's still better than him dressed in drag.
The Hug CamBy slowing down sports footage, Jimmy Kimmel proves that most sports are just excuses for men to hug other men.
Rapping Up the WeekFallon saved Friday night for his unofficial guest host, Justin Timberlake, and they taught everyone a valuable history lesson on rap.