Here are this week's highlights from VH1, Celebuzz, Flavorwire, and Hollywood.com
Bare it like Beckham!Celebrate the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 12 with the only reason you started paying attention to soccer in the first place: shirtless David Beckham. Celebuzz has a gallery of all of Becks' best semi-dressed moments.
Your newest guilty pleasure TV show awaits... Once you've run through the new season of Orange is the New Black, you'll need something a little lighter and a lot campier to recover from your marathon, and ABC Family is just the place to take the edge off. Flavorwire runs down the hidden gems of the network, and the best shows you'll never admit to watching.
"My conductor don't want none unless you've got trombones, hon." Sure, Sir Mix A Lot's "Baby Got Back" is a one of the best songs of the '90s, but you know what would make it even better? A full symphony orchestra on backup. VH1 has video of the rapper pefroming the updated classic, along with other great covers you might have missed.
Queen Bey Vs. Kim K: Who Reigns Supreme? Is Beyonce's picture day ponytail cuter than Kim Kardashian's fancy white bow? Just in time for #ThrowbackThursday, Hollywood.com grades the biggest stars on Instagram to see who has the more fabulous flashback photos.
Ewan Mcgregor is teaming up with famed wildlife filmmaker Sir David Attenborough to shoot a documentary about his native Scotland. The Trainspotting actor will narrate Hebrides - Islands on the Edge, which looks at marine life off the Scottish coast.
The Fight Club star is using the prizes to boost funds for the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust (MWCT) in the hope that the organisation will receive a $50,000 (£30,700) grant from Mozilla Firefox web browser bosses, who have pledged to give the cash to the charity which raises the most money in a limited period of time.
The actor has already donated the signed chair back from his first movie Primal Fear, an original Fight Club poster personalised with the winner's favourite line from the film, and his signed Scoutmaster Handbook from the movie Moonrise Kingdom to the highest bidders.
The latest offering is the signed chair back from his movie Keeping The Faith, directed by Norton, and bidding closes at midnight on Wednesday (19Dec12).
Norton is also giving away a signed iPad mini and taking part in a personal iChat (face-to-face internet chat) with a randomly selected fan who has donated at least $29 (£18) by 11 January (13).
He writes, "The Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust is a fantastic organization that, to me, represents the cutting edge of the effort we need to all make to bring human needs and environmental sustainability into harmony with each other... and what I love about MWCT, and think makes it really important, is that they're showing that it doesn't have to be Nature vs People anymore."
The MWCT works to protect the legendary ecosystems and astounding wildlife of East Africa through conservation programmes that directly benefit local Maasai communities.
"If there's one language I speak fluently, it's canine." - Justin Silver
For the networks, the summer months are a no-holds-barred barrage of new reality shows, each one with a high concept twist that spins its familiar core premise into must watch television. The latest debut, tonight's Dogs in the City, is the perfect example. CBS knows what they have on their hands, another animal emergency show that helped birth cable channels like Animal Planet. But their curveball is Justin Silver, a fresh-faced personality who comes off like the Frankenstein's Monster of reality show hosts.
As evidenced from episode one, that's not a bad thing. With Silver pulling out all the stops, Dogs in the City sports a little something for every type of reality fan. Don't believe me? Sit! Here's the trick:
Mo'Nique, Sharon Osbourne and Ricki Lake of Charm School
There are plenty of wildlife hosts who may be better equated with the Dogs in the City, but right from the get go, Silver makes it clear that most dog-related problems come from the irresponsibility of their owners. Case in point: Elli Frank, who brings her dog to work everyday (a model agency she started) even though the dog attempts to bite all of her coworkers. When Silver suggests thinking of others (The models! Their faces!) instead of herself, it's like the sky opens up and stone tablets fall to her lap. Much like the trio of ladies who whipped their contestants into tip top etiquette shape on Charm School, Silver unleashes sass in order to help the ignorant see the light of day. Don't bring your aggressive dog into an office setting — who would have thought!?
Dr. Phil of Dr. Phil
Things get even more serious for Silver when he helps a couple divided by their dog come together through the act of training. Turns out, inviting their bulldog Beefy into bed every night hasn't done wonders for their sex life, so Silver sits down the newlywed couple down and gives them serious heart-to-hearts worthy of Dr. Phil. Or maybe Joey Greco on Cheaters? Point is, the couple reunites through proper turkey meat rewards — the key to any bulldog's heart — and avoids any messy "who is the father?" or other Phil McGraw-esque fiascos. And yet, my Grandma would still love the show!
Donald Trump of Celebrity Apprentice
Maybe he's the real deal or maybe it's an act, but the Manhattan setting for Dogs in the City gives Justin Silver the opportunity to lay on the Trump "New Yawk" accent nice and thick. "Roll over" may not have the same weight as "You're fired!," but then again, we're not dogs.
Howie Mandel of America's Got Talent
Fist bumps. Fist. bumps.
Alison Sweeney of The Biggest Loser
In segment three of the debut episode, Silver paints himself as not only as an expert in dog mood swings, but as a dietitian to the pups. Helping out a Bernese Mountain Dog with a penchant for chowing down on pedestrian ice cream cones, Silver astutely recommends to the father/daughter owners that maybe the dog should stick to dog food. Like his Biggest Loser counterpart, Silver maps out a regiment of healthy living for the 101 pound mammoth, albeit without the drill sergeant attitude.
Criss Angel of MindFreak
First and foremost, Silver is a helper. He's out to improve the lives of the dog owners he features on the show. But he also knows he's on TV, so everything's a trick — and the man's no old dog. He's got a bag of them, and with every magical move — whether he's miraculously making a puppy follow his walking commands or keeping a snappy schnauzer restrained through invisible forces — Silver plays up the "wow" factor. Criss Angel and Justin Silver may not shop at the same stores (unless he's hiding the wardrobe from his hair metal days for later in the season), but they have the same sensibilities.
Anthony Bourdain of The Layover, No Reservations
Silver strikes me as an heir to the Bourdain throne in two ways: he's a connoisseur of doggie meats and he likes to have a good time. The suave dog trainer knows that his skill set was custom made to win over ladies — when he walks into the modeling agency for the first time, he's overt: "Dogs and models, two things that I'm into." A strict palette and a love for fun loving times? Let's hope Dogs in the City gets a Vegas episode.
Cesar Millan of The Dog Whisperer
'Celebrity Apprentice': Who Came Out on Top?
A New 'Biggest Loser' Is Revealed!
Anthony Bourdain Leaves Travel for CNN: Will He Take His Edge With Him?
Last night was the season finale of The Bachelor, where Emily and Chantal met up with Brad and his family in Cape Town, South Africa. It was the episode meant to reward us for suffering through all the pool parties that were attended by more back tattoos and neon bikinis than actual people. But in all honesty, these episodes where the two remaining ladies or gentlemen meet the Bachelor or Bachelorette’s family are always pointless. How can Brad’s family be expected to have opinions on girls just met while they were drinking alcohol? It’s absurd. But even if Brad’s family did find something wrong with one of the girls, would they tell him? NO, because what matters to a parent or is if their kid is happy, even if it’s with the girl who always wears purple. It’s wrong for these final episodes to be billed as having such importance because Brad already proved he doesn’t care what anybody thinks, as evidenced by his choice go on a television show that not only has such a tremendously low success rate, but ONE THAT HAD FAILED HIM THE FIRST TIME HE WAS ON IT. So why on earth would Brad suddenly want advice from people he doesn’t even live with anymore? It just doesn’t make sense, especially since he spent the whole season making decisions on his own. The idea that his mom and brothers walk in and we’re all supposed to worry which girl they’re going to disapprove of is ridiculous because not only has that never happened in the history of this show, but the only person Brad has been listening to this whole season has been himself. And so it’s wrong for producers to try and suggest that Brad needs help in completing this process. BUT WHO DID HE PICK, RIGHT? We’ll I’ll tell you.
"We grabbed our wine and GO, you know?" –Chantal
After Brad cried in happiness at the sight of his brother and pushed wayyyyy too hard on the balcony AND WE LEARNED THAT BRAD’S TWIN BROTHER’S NAME IS CHAD, Chantal arrived and told everyone that she fell in love when she and Brad were in Costa Rica and it started raining. She told his family that she’d been married before, so when the weather ruined their picnic and forced them to grab their alcoholic beverages and trek back into the hotel room and just hang out, she knew Brad was the one for her. Brad’s family was quite taken with how outgoing and how Chantal was, which is truthfully one of her best qualities. But sometimes, she borders on being a pushy bitch when she says things like “he better marry me.” Then the Womacks met Emily, who they noticed was significantly more shy and withdrawn. But once Brad told his family of Emily’s daughter and how her fiancé had died in a plane crash, they were completely blown away by her strength and perseverance. Emily even made Brad’s mother cry when she told her that Brad was her angel.
"The wildlife is unbelievable. We’re just being ourselves." –Chantal
After Emily and Chantal met Brad’s parents, Brad took Chantal out on a boat where she continued to be the only one remarking about the wildlife. Brad told her they were going to go swimming with sharks, so she slipped into her wetsuit but maintained she would never swim with sharks for anyone else and that it was a testament to her love for Brad. This probably made Brad uneasy, because if there were no sharks around, how was Chantal going to prove his love for him? It would be impossible! Brad took that into consideration. So they got in a little cage that was filled with bloodied water from some cow carcass, and spent about two minutes underwater, since there’s nowhere that says in order to be able to say you have swam with sharks, it has to be for 10 minutes. Then they got back up onto the boat and drank champagne to reward themselves for successfully being surrounded by steel because there weren’t enough sharks for them to toast to being surrounded by sharks. It suddenly became clear that Brad is much more romantic with Emily, whereas he treats Chantal like his sister. This became even clearer when later that night, Chantal gave Brad a letter that explained how she loved him and how she wanted him to say it back to her. But Brad simply rolled it up and put it in his pocket and left. This clearly devastated Chantal, and it was obvious that she was uncomfortable with how she’d told him she loved him but he didn’t say it back.
"I know you say you want kids, but have you thought, like really really sat and thought, about that?" –Emily
The next day, Brad spent some time with Emily on the edge of a cliff and Emily didn’t realize that the particular spot they were sitting in probably wasn’t the best location to ask Brad how he felt about raising some other guy’s kid. To her credit, she was just looking out for her daughter and trying to figure out if Brad wanted something he’s truly not ready for. But it rubbed Brad completely the wrong way. That night, Brad tried harder to tell Emily that he was ready for glued fingers and tree sap in his mancave and fingers stuck in beer bottles, but Emily really wasn’t having it. He asked for the chance to love Emily and her daughter together, and Emily went right back to saying that a sick five-year-old totally blows, and shoving medicine down her throat is not going to be as fun as gluing pieces of macaroni onto doorknobs. This discouraged Brad tremendously because it didn’t seem like Emily understood that he really did want to be involved. Once she had officially shut him down and he began to sweat with what he identified in himself to be anger, he decided to leave.
"I have stronger feelings for someone else." –Brad
After watching everyone get ready and do their own makeup, Brad met Chantal in the middle of some pasture and told her that he had stronger feelings for Emily. To validate Chantal’s existence, he said he always felt a connection to her and particularly valued how she was so open with him the entire time about her feelings. However, she should have known this was coming, because she told Brad she loved him several times and he did NOT ONCE say it back to her – not even when she made a map of the world that chronicled where they had their first laugh, their first hug, their first kiss, and their first accidental insult. Chantal even told Brad’s family that she loved him, and Brad kind of just let it slide without asking any questions, much like you do when a cat likes to eat cardboard but never gets sick.
AND SO WHILE THIS WAS HAPPENING...
THIS WAS HAPPENING!!!
Hollywood has been deprived of a thespian of the most rarified breed. Bart the Bear ™ -- the 1,500 pound, 9 1/2 feet tall grizzly perhaps best-known for playing its kind in the 1997 survival flick "The Edge" with Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin -- died in Utah on May 10, it has been disclosed. He was 22.
Bart's other big-screen credits include "Legends of the Fall" and "The Bear," in which he played the bear.
Bart the Bear ™ was born in a stateside zoo on Jan. 19, 1978, and went to live with his adopted human family -- Doug and Lynne Seus -- shortly after.
His distinguished film career took his humans and him from the Austrian/Italian Alps to the wilderness of Alaska, and finally to a stage appearance on the 1998 Academy Awards.
Perhaps taking his cue for Hollywood activists such as Kim Basinger, Bart the Bear ™ was deeply involved in wildlife causes. He was the "spokesbear" for the Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University and also proudly served as the ambassador for an animal habitat preservation foundation.
Bart the Bear ™ is survived by his humans and his bear brother Tank.
No word yet from the Bart's camp on funeral arrangements.
Documentary that examines the toll that 20 years of civil war has taken on Uganda's wildlife. The program follows Uganda's wildlife veterinarians to the front lines to save what's left of Uganda's wildlife.