There's something to be said about the jealousy of dogs. If there is more than one dog in a household, there is most likely an aggressor, a leader of the pack. The dominant dog loves to be the center of his or her owner's attention and can't stand it when the other dogs invade on this territory. Well, Thursday night, Susan Sarandon thought it would be a grand idea to bring her two dogs, Rigby and Penny, to visit Jimmy Fallon — and in the middle of her interview, the two little pets went at it.
Sarandon was in the middle of a joke about Justin Bieber being subpar at ping pong (the conversation was sparked by the news that police invaded Bieber's tour bus in Sweden this week and discovered a small amount of drugs), when Fallon decided to offer the actress' dogs a few toys. When one dog brought a toy over to Sarandon, upon whose lap the other dog that had been sitting, the stage erupted in a canine freak out. After that, it became clear which pet is the more dominant animal.
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It's never easy to cope with the after effects of an embarrassing stunt that you pulled while drunk. Avoiding the topic and keeping to yourself is probably the best thing that you can do to let the heat of the mistake cool down — and that's exactly what it seems like Reese Witherspoon is trying to do now, following her arrest on Friday.
Witherspoon has been opting out of appearances following last week's bust. According to E!, Witherspoon — who was arrested for disorderly conduct after she allegedly got into a shouting match with a police officer — canceled her Good Morning America appearance. She was reportedly scheduled to film a segment for Wednesday's episode on Monday, but was a no show. Next, the "sorry" actress reportedly bailed on a Tuesday night appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Witherspoon was supposed to be promoting her new film Mud, but it seems like she is just too embarrassed by Friday's arrest, even after she has offered an apology for going off on the cop. For those of you who don't know what happened, Witherspoon's husband Jim Toth was pulled over for wreckless driving and Witherspoon reportedly hasseled the arresting officer. She reportedly said to him, 'Do you know my name? ... You’re about to find out who I am ... You are going to be on national news.'"
While Witherspoon did show up to the New York premiere for her film Sunday night, do you think the actress made the right decision to cancel these other appearances? Or should she have bucked up and shown how "deeply embarassed" she truly is?
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Joan Rivers narrowly avoided angry scenes at an awards ceremony in New York City on Monday (22Apr13) when union members protesting against her Fashion Police show reportedly gatecrashed the event. Members of the Writers Guild of America have backed a strike by workers on the funnywoman's hit TV series who claim they are owed wages and overtime payments, and a number of protesters targeted the Matrix Awards ceremony which Rivers was hosting.
Campaigners managed to get into the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel venue in Manhattan to hand out flyers before they were removed by security guards, according to the New York Post's gossip column Page Six.
Rivers went on to host the ceremony, which honours women in media, without further incident.
A representative for Rivers insists the star "supports the Fashion Police writers, and wants a fair agreement for them".
No matter how many jobs you're working, children you're raising, relationships you're juggling, or nations to which you're feigning allegiance in a grand effort to undermine the global economy, there's always time to add a new television show to your roster. Or, say, 30. Luckily for all the workaholics, doting parents, love-seekers, and double agents out there, E! has got a brand new slate of programs and specials on the way to distract you from your doubtlessly failing life expeditions.
Among the notable entries among E!'s six upcoming series, 10 upcoming specials, and 17 projects in developmental stages are a reality show about the band members of The Wanted, an in-depth look at the life of 50 Cent, and an expedition led by multihyphenate Nick Cannon to give his grandparents a home makeover.
Check out E!'s complete list of new and developing shows and specials below:
The Wanted Life — Sunday, June 2 at 10:30 PM ET/PT (moves to regular timeslot starting Sunday, June 9 at 10:00 PM ET/PT)This new half-hour series will chronicle the personal and professional lives of the edgy pop music powerhouse, The Wanted, who has already taken the world by storm. Viewers will see an unfiltered look inside the world of the chart-topping UK pop band as they head to sunny California to record their third album, gear up for their new US & Europe tour later in 2013 and solidify their top ranking on American pop music charts, along with their surprising dynamics and interpersonal relationships. Produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions, Scooter Braun Projects and Global Talent TV.
Total Divas — Sunday, July 28 at 10:00 PM ET/PTRevealing the real women behind the WWE Divas for the first time, this new one-hour series proves that the drama is even bigger when the sexy superstars step outside the ring. “Total Divas” goes inside the personal lives of these glitzy, glamorous celebrities who entertain sold-out crowds in arenas around the world and are adored by millions of fans. “Total Divas” is produced by WWE and Bunim-Murray Productions. Jon Murray, Gil Goldshein, Jeff Jenkins and Russell Jay are Executive Producers for Bunim-Murray Productions.
Pop Innovators — July 2013This new series showcases the most influential names in pop culture in their own words. We love them for what they bring to our world, and how they have helped define pop culture and captured the collective zeitgeist. These are the people who, as leaders in their respective fields, have taken their fame and gone in new directions to become influencers across a wide range of topics, and who inspire others to do the same. The first episode of “Pop Innovators” will offer an in-depth look at the life and career of Will.i.am from his point of view and will also feature interviews with other celebrities that he’s influenced most.
Love and Other Contact Sports: Eric and Jessie — Late summer 2013From Khloé & Lamar to Kendra & Hank, E! has followed the romantic celebrity relationships of popular athletes and their gorgeous companions for years. The new Love and Other Contact Sports franchise will take viewers inside the confines of even more celebrity/athlete romances starting with country/pop singer Jessie James and her fiancé, Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker whose wedding is quickly approaching. The series will chronicle the sexy young couple’s road to the altar as they juggle careers, relationships, family and more. Currently residing in their Denver dream home, they share an ambition to succeed, a charmingly fun and unfiltered outlook on life, and most of all, a red hot attraction for each other. Produced by Shed Media U.S.
Hello Ross (working title) — Fall 2013As the ultimate pop culture fan forum, this new interactive talk show is hosted by the super fan himself, Ross Mathews. Fans will have the unique opportunity to share their opinion on all the latest in pop culture, debate the most buzzworthy topics and come face to face with their favorite celebrities. From Borderline Amazing Productions.
The Trend — Fall 2013This news series will feature a team of experts and celebrity contributors discussing all things fashion, beauty and design.
Blinging Up Baby — Thursday, May 2 at 10:00 PM ET/PTThere is nothing more buzzworthy in Hollywood these days than celeb parents and their star tots who fill the pages of weekly magazines. In this one-hour special hosted by Melissa Rycroft, E! explores how the stars are heralding stork visits, from preparing luxurious nurseries, to exotic and ultra-pricey “babymoons,” to dazzling “push presents,” outrageous celebrity baby and toddler gifts, and more. If it is hot in the world of celebrity mommyhood, you’ll find out about it here. From Comcast Entertainment Studios.
Nick Cannon’s Big Surprise — Thursday, May 9 at 10:00 PM ET/PTSexy actor, singer and TV personality Nick Cannon has a big surprise. Grateful to his grandparents who helped raise him, Cannon shows his appreciation with a surprise home makeover. Through the process, the star will share childhood memories, photos and videos as the audience gets an intimate look back at his life. But will his highly opinionated grandmother, actually like what he does with her place? There’s only one way to find out. Produced by Entertainment One.
Holly Has A Baby — May 12 at 9:00 PM ET/PTHolly Madison just took on the biggest role of her life when she became a mommy to a baby girl she named Rainbow Aurora Rotella. In this one-hour Mother’s Day special, viewers will follow Holly to the hospital for the big event, and share in all she did to prepare for her new arrival with boyfriend Pasquale Rotella. Then, we’re invited home with the trio as they share with us exactly what the future holds for Holly and her new family, including the possibility of wedding bells. From Comcast Entertainment Studios.
The Untold Story: Jason Derulo — Tuesday, May 14 at 10:00 PM ET/PTSimon Cowell said he would be huge, Lady Gaga said he’s “a freakin’ superstar,” and Jordin Sparks calls him, boyfriend. He was well on his way to the top when an injury sidelined his career, and could have nearly ended his life. This half-hour special is a turbulent ride with Derulo as he battles his way back from injury. With never-before-seen footage and exclusive behind-the-scenes access, we’ll uncover the real man behind the persona of music royalty’s newest member. From Comcast Entertainment Studios.
Ryan Seacrest with The Wanted: An E! Special — Monday, May 27 at 10:30 PM ET/PTDays before the premiere of their highly anticipated new E! series, Seacrest is sitting down with the bad boys of pop, and no topic is off limits. Discussing their music, rock star lifestyles and their much-buzzed-about personal lives, The Wanted open up to Seacrest in this new one-hour special.
Bigger, Badder Celebrity Feuds — Tuesday, May 28 at 10:00 PMThe Hatfields and McCoys had nothing on some of Hollywood’s biggest and most explosive feuds, and this one-hour special pulls out all the stops to reveal the gritty details of what went down between Chris Brown and Frank Ocean, Halle Berry’s ex and her current squeeze, Kelsey and Camille, and many, many more. From Comcast Entertainment Studios.
E! Special: Brooke Burke — June 2013Giuliana Rancic is sitting down with the sexy actress and TV personality who has helped make Dancing With the Stars one of today’s biggest television sensations. Opening up about her career, family and personal life, Burke shares her ups, downs and everything in between with Giuliana from her home in Los Angeles.
Secret Societies of Hollywood — Late Summer 2013Beyond the red carpet and behind the security gates lies a forbidden Hollywood that only the rich and famous know about …until now. Secret Societies of Hollywood is a two-hour documentary that will expose the cults, cabals and underground clubs that exist in today’s entertainment industry. From Prometheus Entertainment.
50 Hours with 50 Cent — Fall 2013What is it like to be 50 Cent? One lucky super fan gets to find out. This special captures 50 hours with 50 Cent as one of his biggest fans gets to spend exactly that amount of time with him. Viewers will experience over two full days with this iconic rapper, entrepreneur and businessman as he enters global promotional mode leading up to the release of his newest album.
Inner Circle — Fall 2013A new experiment in storytelling from Executive Producer Ashley Tisdale, these specials will feature celebrities picking a member of their inner circle (a trusted friend, family member or close confidant) to tell their real story and to ask the questions. More conversation than interview, it’s an emotionally charged journey where the celebrities let their guards down, open up and have fun with someone from their “inner circle.” From Blondie Girl Productions and Relativity Television.
NEW UNSCRIPTED PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT (working titles):
Young SonomaThis series chronicles the personal and professional lives of premier families at the top of their game in world renowned wine country, Sonoma Valley. Featuring Envolve Winery’s Ben Flajnik (“The Bachelor”), Mike and Kate Benziger, Danny and Collette Fay, and B.R. Cohn Winery’s Vallerie and Tasha Cohn, the series goes inside the day-to-day drama that comes from living in a small town, working with friends and family, as well as being local and national celebrities. From Mandt Bros Productions.
Queens Are WildDocu-soap that goes inside the high-stakes world of gambling and follows four of the top female poker players as they live together, travel the world and compete to win millions. From Tollin Productions, Inc.
Palazzo RiggiThrough the eyes of the outrageous family who lives there and the staff that run it, this new docusoap takes viewers inside a unique, luxurious world filled with eccentric personalities and gives viewers a glimpse into a jaw dropping, elaborate 24,000-square-foot family estate in upstate New York that boasts an authentic English pub, Balinese wellness spa and perfectly heated lawn that is designed to keep the paws of the family’s 35 dogs warm year-round. From AEP Media and Machete.
FlashThis self-contained competition elimination series pits up-and-coming photographers against one another. In each episode, the photographers are given a real world challenge with real clients from the world of pop culture, who expect an amazing photo to sell their brand, talent or idea. Each week the winning photographer will get the exposure that could help launch their career. From Super Delicious.
Sex & Real EstateSet in Miami, this new docusoap follows the personal and professional lives of a group of hot, successful real estate agents at the top of their game as they juggle a world where business always mixes with pleasure. From FremantleMedia North America and Purveyors of Pop.
The Soup InvestigatesThe Soup Investigates is a new spin-off series of E!’s popular comedy franchise The Soup that will answer all the questions that pop culture fans never thought to ask, and then some. How DOES that rose get from the grower’s field to The Bachelor‘s hand just in time for the all important rose ceremony? What is life like inside the fascinating world of the Mother Duckers, the families who make their living creating duck callers who WEREN’T cast inDuck Dynasty? Host Joel McHale and our investigative reporters will be working around the clock to get to the truth, or at least a very plausible facsimile thereof.
NEW TOPICAL / COMEDY PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT (working titles):
James Davis ShowSketch comedy show parodying a wide range of pop culture subjects and personalities starring actor/comic/writer, James Davis. From Funny or Die Media, Inc.
White People Can’t DanceFrom Executive Producer Jack Osbourne and Vin Di Bona, this tongue-in-cheek format show features a team of experts who analyze some of the more outrageous stereotypes perpetuated by pop culture. Each episode our team will put multiple stereotypes to the test to determine which are fact and which are fiction. From FishBowl Worldwide Media and Schweet Entertainment.
Secrets & LiesSecrets & Lies is the game show, based on the classic parlor game three truths and a lie, that tests pop culture fans’ knowledge of their favorite celebrities while revealing shocking secrets about the stars we THINK we know and love. From Shine America’s format label Ardaban.
NEW SCRIPTED PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT (working titles):
Laurel CanyonIn this drama from executive producers Josh Schwartz (The O.C., Gossip Girl, Chuck) and Stephanie Savage (The O.C., Gossip Girl, Carrie Diaries) and executive producer/writer Karen Croner (Admission, One True Thing), a young woman returns to her dysfunctional, extended family in Laurel Canyon with her son after hearing her rock-star legend father has passed away. Based on Croner’s experience of growing up in the Hollywood Hills, the project is from Schwartz and Savage’s Fake Empire in association with Warner Horizon Television. Fake Empire head of television Len Goldstein (The Carrie Diaries) also serves as executive producer.
The Stand-InA darkly psychological re-telling of The Prince & the Pauper set behind the scenes of one of Hollywood’s most famous actresses, who, tired of the spotlight, runs away in search of a normal life. Desperate, her family secretly hires a look-a-like to step into the star’s glamorous world and high profile career — only to have the doppelganger slowly lose herself in the process of becoming someone else. From Executive Producers Ryan Seacrest, Nina Wass and Adam Sher, Ryan Seacrest Productions, Universal Cable Productions and writer Craig Chester.
SongbyrdFrom writer Krista Vernoff (Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Shameless), a young, prolific songwriter of some of the best love songs struggles to find love in her personal life after her inspiration is revealed to be a lie. Featuring the songs and experiences of Grammy winner Diane Warren, who Executive Produces with Craig Zadan & Neil Meron (The 2013 Academy Awards,Chicago, Smash) and Vernoff. From Universal Television and Universal Cable Productions.
ExpectationsFrom writer Ron Bass (Oscar winning writer of Rain Man, Sleeping with the Enemy), inspired by the classic Dickens work, a soap about a morally corrupt family in the diamond business set in New York City. Executive produced by Oscar winner Dan Jinks (American Beauty, Milk). From CBS Television Studios.
The ShorelineThe golden child of a small coastal town in South Carolina returns home to see that a major Hollywood prime time soap, The Shore Line Yacht Club, is the biggest employer in town. An enormous class divide separates the cast and producers from the townspeople, yet their lives are now continuously and irrevocably intertwined — for better or for worse. From writer Carolyn Ingber and executive produced by Becky Hartman Edwards (Switched at Birth, Parenthood). From Fox Television Studios.
Dirty/PrettyFrom Keith Eisner (The Good Wife, Law & Order), Jason Markarian and John Mirabella, a dark comedy centering on a blue collar guy from south Boston who gets scouted to be a model in Miami. Life gets turned upside down when his two best friends join him and see his new life as a way to expand their criminal activities. Gale Anne Hurd/Valhalla Entertainment will act as Executive Producer. From Universal Cable Productions.
Fortunate SonFramed for a drug deal by a friend from his hard-partying days, society golden boy Michael Baron becomes a criminal informant and is at the mercy of the police. He bounces between his privileged west side of Los Angeles existence and the case he is forced to work in the slums. But his dark past gives Michael some leverage over his fate, and he makes a dangerous deal that could clear his name. Or get him killed. From writer and Co-Executive Producer Joey Falco and Executive Producers Kevin Spacey, Michael DeLuca and Dana Brunetti. From Universal Cable Productions.
The RoyalsPart fairy tale, part cautionary tale, this contemporary family ensemble is steeped in all of the regal opulence of the British Monarchy and framed by Shakespeare’s Hamlet. It’s a tale of men and women corrupted by power, wealth and desire while looking at the nature of celebrity from a Royals’ point of view. Executive produced and written by Mark Schwahn (One Tree Hill) and executive produced by Brian Robbins and Joe Davola (One Tree Hill, Smallville). From Lionsgate
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This week has been a sh**ty one. There's no other way to say it. Our country has seen more loss and experienced more tears this week than it has in a long time. Between the tragic Boston Marathon bombings and the West, Tex. fertilizer plant explosion, the death toll has piled up.
But in the middle of all this terror, America has come together to fight against the pain that others are trying to inflict on us. With thoughts and prayers echoed around the country — and world — America will forever remember the victims of this week's tragic events.
Check out 10 touching tweets from this sad week.
1. Alec Baldwin: "The bravery and effectiveness of police is a blessing. Their presence is welcome, in times like these. Yet it highlights something."
The bravery and effectiveness of police is a blessing.Their presence is welcome, in times likethese. Yet it highlights something.
— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) April 19, 2013
2. Paula Pell: "Everyone who isn't in Boston or West Tx right now needs to say a big deep prayer for safety and healing to whomever or whatever you look to."
Everyone who isn't in Boston or West Tx right now needs to say a big deep prayer for safety and healing to whomever or whatever you look to.
— Paula Pell (@perlapell) April 19, 2013
3. Julia Louis-Dreyfus: "My thoughts and prayers for the people in Boston. Please donate if you can, http://RedCrossBlood.org/MA"
My thoughts and prayers for the people in Boston.Please donate if you can, RedCrossBlood.org/MA
— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) April 15, 2013
4. Barack Obama: "'We may be momentarily knocked off our feet, but we will pick ourselves up. We will keep going. We will finish the race.' —President Obama"
“We may be momentarily knocked off our feet, but we will pick ourselves up. We will keep going. We will finish the race.” —President Obama
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 18, 2013
5. Redbook magazine: "Everyone in Boston and the surrounding area, please stay safe. Our thoughts are with you."
Everyone in Boston and the surrounding area, please stay safe. Our thoughts are with you.
— REDBOOK (@redbookmag) April 19, 2013
6. Pope Francis: "Please join me in praying for the victims of the explosion in Texas and their families."
Please join me in praying for the victims of the explosion in Texas and their families.
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) April 18, 2013
7. Tim McGraw: "The courage and compassion of our first responders and bystanders who selflessly jumped in to help inspires us all."
The courage and compassion of our first responders and bystanders who selflessly jumped in to help inspires us all.
— Tim McGraw (@TheTimMcGraw) April 16, 2013
8. Texas Rangers: "Our thoughts are with our fellow Texans in the city of West tonight as they recover from tonight's explosion. #TexasLove #WestTx"
Our thoughts are with our fellow Texans in the city of West tonight as they recover from tonight's explosion. #TexasLove #WestTx
— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) April 18, 2013
9. Kevin Jonas: "West Texas you are in our prayers. This has been a tough week and we will keep praying"
West Texas you are in our prayers.This has been a tough week and we will keep praying
— kevin jonas (@kevinjonas) April 18, 2013
10. Eva Longoria: "Keeping the people of West, Texas in my thoughts and prayers. http://bit.ly/1011arp"
Keeping the people of West, Texas in my thoughts and prayers. bit.ly/1011arp
— Eva Longoria (@EvaLongoria) April 18, 2013
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Paramore singer Hayley Williams has praised lawmakers in the U.K. for introducing new legislation to protect goths and young punks from attacks. Police chiefs in Manchester, England announced earlier this month (Apr13) they will now treat any assaults on members of "alternative subcultures" as "hate crimes" akin to homophobia and racism.
The new rule was introduced following the shocking 2007 murder of 20-year-old Sophie Lancaster, who was beaten to death in a park by a gang of thugs because of her goth clothing.
Now Paramore frontwoman Williams has praised the new law for helping to combat prejudice.
She tells NME magazine, "To me, especially when I was a teenager, self-expression through music, fashion, and the world that I made up for myself as a young person, was all I had. I think that everyone has a right to represent themselves exactly the way they want, and I think it's great if that right is protected by law.
"People shouldn't be getting hurt over something that personal to them. Don't let anyone scare you out of being the person you are or the person you want to be."
Reality TV star Kelly Osbourne has learned to appreciate her health after suffering a terrifying seizure last month (Mar13), insisting the 60-second medical scare changed her life forever. The daughter of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne was hospitalised in Los Angeles after she collapsed on the set of her U.S. TV show Fashion Police.
Now Osbourne has opened up about the incident, admitting the health scare has made her feel grateful for her body and spurred her on to achieve her fitness goals, following her 70-pound (32-kilogram) weight loss since 2009.
She tells Self magazine, "I never want to take my good health for granted. The seizure was 60 seconds, but those 60 seconds will change my life for the better forever. I've worked hard to get in shape, and I'm going to continue. Not because being skinny is important, but because I want to feel good."
The 28 year old, who posed in a bikini for the publication's cover, now feels more "secure and content" than ever before.
She adds, "I don't compare myself to anybody else. It's OK to have a healthy envy and look up to somebody and set goals, but you have to realise that you're never going to be exactly that person. Wishing you were Angelina Jolie or J.Lo (Jennifer Lopez) isn't going to change the fact that you're not. Why not start working with what you do have instead of what you don't?"
Can you believe it was nine years ago this month that the world was introduced to Cady Heron, Regina George, and Glen Coco (you go, Glen Coco)? Yes, on April 30, 2004, Mean Girls hit theaters and immediately became a cultural touchstone for a whole generation who is still making GIFs of all the action nearly a decade later.
The movie was initially a star vehicle for Lindsay Lohan, whose career was on a rapidly upward trajectory, but a funny thing happened – Mean Girls not only brought her front and center but introduced the world to a crop of actresses who are still claiming the top spots in Hollywood as LiLo continues to crumble. Which of The Plastics now reigns supreme? We looked at the careers of seven women from the film to see who comes out on top. Who "won" Mean girls? It looks like writer Tina Fey.
Here they are in order of who is doing the best based on their subsequent roles, career, and ability to stay out (or in) the tabloids:
Tina Fey: Sure, she was the brains behind the whole operation, but when she wrote this movie, she was just some funny lady from SNL. She had yet to launch 30 Rock, win a slew of Emmys, and do one of the most famous impressions of the 21st century. Movie Roles: Admission, Megamind, Date Night, The Invention of Lying, Ponyo, Baby Mama Movies That Gross More Than $50 Million: Date Night, Baby Mama Flops: Admission TV Roles: 30 Rock, Sarah Palin on SNL TV Shows Produced: 1 Emmy Nominations: 20 Emmy Wins: 6 Arrests: 0 Break Ups: 0 Scandals: Only when Taylor Swift told her she was going to hell Assorted Pluses: Wrote a best-selling book and became a "thinking man's sex symbol." Did a bang-up job co-hosting the Golden Globes with bestie Amy Poehler. Is working on a Mean Girls musical with her husband. How awesome is that! Assorted Minuses: I can't think of one.
Rachel McAdams: 2004 made this Canadian a star when Mean Girls and a little thing called The Notebook launched her. She has more blockbusters than anyone on this list and hardly a flop. If she had the same awards recognition and was spread across as many platforms, she would have beaten Tina Fey. Turns out the nice girls do finish last. Movie Roles: The Vow, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Midnight in Paris, Morning Glory, Sherlock Holmes, Time Traveler's Wife, State of Play, The Lucky Ones, Married Life, The Family Stone, Red Eye, Wedding Crashers, The Notebook Movies That Gross More Than $50 Million: The Vow, Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows, Midnight in Paris, Time Traveler's Wife, The Family Stone, Red Eye, Wedding Crashers, The Notebook Flops: 0 TV Roles: Rachel McAdams does not do TV... yet. TV Shows Produced: 0 Emmy Nominations: 0 Emmy Wins: 0Arrests: 0 Break Ups: Ryan Gosling, Josh Lucas, Michael Sheen Scandals: 0 Assorted Pluses: Um, she dated Ryan Gosling! She's also great in both comedy, action, and dramatic roles. Assorted Minuses: She has a thing for dating co-stars.
Amanda Seyfried: One of the most sought-after starlets in Hollywood, unfortunately she has about as much smarts as her Mean Girls character when it comes to picking roles. Movie Roles: Lovelace, Les Miserables, Gone, In Time, Red Riding Hood, Letters to Juliet, Dear John, Chloe, Jennifer's Body, Mamma Mia!, Alpha Dog Movies That Gross More Than $50 Million: Les Miserables, Letters to Juliet, Dear John, Mamma Mia! Flops: Gone, In Time, Red Riding Hood, Jennifer's Body TV Roles: Big Love TV Shows Produced: 0 Emmy Nominations: 0 Emmy Wins: 0 Arrests: 0 Break Ups: Dominic Cooper, Ryan Phillippe, Josh Hartnett, some real estate guy Assorted Pluses: According to People she is the fourth most beautiful person in the world. She also has a taxidermy collection, which is cool. Assorted Minuses: Did you see the list of flops? Sadly the movies she stars in are high-profile duds where the ones where she is a supporting cast member do aces.
Amy Poehler: She was always Tina Fey's second fiddle until she got a show of her own that is just as successful. Now if only she could start reaping those awards in the same way.... Movie Roles: A.C.O.D, Monsters Vs. Aliens, Baby Mama, Horton Hears a Who!, Hamlet 2, Blades of Glory, The Ex, Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny Movies That Gross More Than $50 Million: Baby Mama, Monsters vs. Aliens, Horton Hears a Who, Blades of Glory Flops: Hamlet 2 TV Roles: Parks and Recreation TV Shows Produced: 1 Emmy Nominations: 9 Emmy Wins: 0 Arrests: 0 Break Ups: Will Arnett Scandals: Again, when Taylor Swift told her she was going to hell, and she had a snappy rejoinder. Assorted Pluses: This award show queen not only killed it at the Golden Globes with Tina Fey, but she orchestrated those Best Actress in a Comedy bits at the Emmys for all those years. Assorted Minuses: She's always funniest with someone else and while she's been in some hits, she has yet to have the big starring vehicle of her own.
Lizzy Caplan: You could barely recognize our gothy Janice Ian today. Not only did she grow up right, but she is one of the most well-respected funny ladies around. If only Hollywood could figure out what to do with the indie star. Movie Roles: 3,2,1...Frankie Go Boom, Bachelorette, Save the Date, 127 Hours, Hot Tub Time Machine, Cloverfield, My Best Friend's Girl Movies That Gross More Than $50 Million: Cloverfield, Hot Tub Time Machine Flops: 0 TV Roles: Masters of Sex, Party Down, True Blood, The Class TV Shows Produced: 0Emmy Nominations: 0 Emmy Wins: 0 Arrests: 0 Break Ups: 0 Scandals: That she's not a bigger star. Assorted Pluses: Between Party Down and Bachelorette she has a huge and devoted cult fan base and tons of street cred. Masters of Sex is getting tons of advance buzz. And she dates Matthew Perry, so that's cool. Let's not forget her killer guest stint on Season 1 of New Girl. Assorted Minuses: If everyone loves her, why can't she make any of her products stick? Also, she was in a Dane Cook movie.
Lindsay Lohan: America's reigning tabloid queen and walking punchline, Lohan has been on an almost decades-long spiral and still hasn't hit rock bottom. Movie Roles: Scary Movie 5, The Canyons, Machete, I Know Who Killed Me, Georgia Rule, Bobby, Just My Luck, Prairie Home Companion, Herbie Fully Loaded Movies That Gross More Than $50 Million: Herbie Fully Loaded Flops: I Know Who Killed Me, Just My Luck TV Roles: Liz & Dick, a guest stint on Ugly Betty that got cut short due to bad behavior, playing herself on Glee, a guest stint with her BFF Charlie Sheen on Anger Managment, and an arc on, of all things, Million Dollar DecoratorTV Shows Produced: 0 Emmy Nominations: 0 Emmy Wins: 0 Arrests: Between the DUIs, the jewelry theft, the probation violations, the court-appointed rehab, the stint working in the morgue, I can't keep any of this straight anymore, but I love her court outfits. Break Ups: Wilmer Valderama, Samantha Ronson Scandals: Do we need to ask? Assorted Pluses: There was a time with Lindsay actually had tons of talent, gold records, a line of leggings, a catchy single ("I'm just a little bossy"), and all the free clothes she could steal from photo shoots. Even now we're still fascinated by her. Still we look at her like a pair of wadded up panties in a gutter, trying to figure out just how they got there and who the heck is going to get them out. Assorted Minuses: If it's not the shopping addiction, bad plastic surgery, friendship with Charlie Sheen, bad Glee guest appearances, the cultural scourge of Liz & Dick, getting publicly fired from a consultancy with Ungaro, the Playboy nude spread, all the nip slips and upskirts, then it's, well, drugs, booze, and rehab. Lohan has blown it all.
Lacey Chabert: This was the Party of Five star's big comeback. It didn't quite work out. Movie Roles: Ghosts of Girlfriends PastMovies That Gross More Than $50 Million: 0 Flops: 0 TV Roles: Are we counting cartoon voiceovers, Christmas movies, and schlocky Lifetime specials, because she has a ton. No, seriously, she's been a voice on like every superhero cartoon you can name. That has to count for something. TV Shows Produced: 0 Emmy Nominations: 0 Emmy Wins: 0 Arrests: She couldn't get arrested in this town. ZING!Break Ups: 0 Scandals: No one is talking about her. Assorted Pluses: She was really good in Mean Girls, you guys. Assorted Minuses: Ugh, Christmas movies.
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Making a spoof movie ain't what it used to be.
Comparing his latest endeavor, writing and producing this week's Scary Movie V, to his vast body of comedy work, David Zucker admits that life was a bit easier in 1980 when he and his collaborators set off to shoot Airplane!. Widely considered the pinnacle of spoof cinema, Airplane! riffs on a select number of films. It's Zero Hour!, Airport '75, and few dashes of Saturday Night Fever and From Here to Eternity for good measure. The Scary franchise is a different beast.
Following in the footsteps of the Wayans' first two Scary Movie films, modern spoofing had a new demand for Zucker when he took over the franchise for Scary Movie 3. "This is the hardest thing to do, to weave together plots from different movies," he says. "You have to make your best guess. In all these movies, we end up reshooting. You have to put it in front of an audience. What happened in [Scary Movie V] is that we used Paranormal Activity, elements of all of them, and Black Swan, and Planet of the Apes. What we found out was, none of those movies had an actual monster. We didn't realize that until halfway through. Fortunately, Mama came along."
When Zucker describes the Scary Movie process, it sounds grueling, sporadic, challenging, and ultimately gratifying when a moment of clarity emerges from the chaos. As a true auteur of comedic filmmaking, Zucker has long lived by a listed mantra, 15 rules that help keep him on track as he makes a movie. The glossary earns laughs on its own (terms include "Gilding the Lily," taking a joke so far that it's no longer funny, and "Floocher Dialogue," filler lines recited by foreground characters to enable the audience to focus on a background joke), but they're important to Zucker's approach to making movies.
"The rules are just us trying to not repeat the same mistakes," says the producer. "You disobey these rules at your peril… One of the things is, movies have to be grounded in reality. It's something BASEketball didn't have and Top Secret didn't have. They didn't have character arcs."
That's why Mama helped reinvigorate Scary Movie V — but not in the scripting stage. "Much later into production we incorporated Mama and even Evil Dead," Zucker says. "We actually spoof the trailer [laughs]. I always say, 'Kids, don't try this at home.'" The producer admits that Scary Movie V began production without an antagonist, a no-no in the Zucker book of comedy. Including the ghastly villainess of that film gave the movie a new arc. "How well a job we did, I can't judge, because I'm right in the middle of it. But for sure, we just really knocked ourselves out trying to make it into a cohesive plot structure. That's what Mama gave us, because Jessica Chastain had such a good character."
Don't get him wrong: Zucker prefers a calmer, more structured filmmaking style. He doesn't like endless nights of rewriting and reshooting. In fact, Zucker wasn't even planning on returning to the Scary Movie franchise until two of Hollywood's most influential producers asked him to. "The Weinsteins asked us to do this. They had to make Scary Movie, so I did it," he says. "It's not something I planned on doing, but it's still what I love to do."
Working on Scary Movie V with Bob and Harvey Weinstein is a bit of thankless task, rounding up all the ideas that must be in the movie, and piecing them together into something watchable. When asked if it's anything like writing Kentucky Fried Movie, his wonderfully manic sketch comedy film from 1977, Zucker politely says, "Well, that's a theory."
"There were some instances where we were directed to throw some things at the screen that didn't fit in the story," Zucker says. "And that's not the right thing to do, so those things didn't work. But we cut them out. No matter how crazy and zany these spoof are, and they're pretty crazy, we still have to obey plot, structure, and character. It has to be coherent. If you take a side track, it won't work."
One thing Zucker had little to do with was Scary Movie V's stunt casting, which brings back Scary Movie vet Charlie Sheen, and enlists newbies Lindsay Lohan and Mob Wives star Big Ang. Zucker was happy to reunite with Sheen ("[He's] just a dream to work with. It's like driving a fancy car."). The others… well, he didn't know who Big Ang was, but he made it work. "The studio has this franchise and they know what they want to do with it," he says. "So they have very strong opinions on who they want to cast. And we accommodate that." Zucker laughs at an on-set title he's earned from keeping production on its toes. "They always joke about me because I come in in my scrubs and operate on the patient."
The reason Zucker believes he can work in this fashion is because he's well aware of what has and hasn't worked past. One thing that didn't work: his 2008, right-wing skewing An American Carol. "If I had to do it over again… I don't think I ever would have done it," he says. "Again, it has to be more entertainment than preachy. The talking points were too much out front. I just wanted to make it funny." Zucker recalls having an amazing experience making the critically-maligned Carol, which he co-wrote with his writing partner Lewis Friedman (who he points out is "a liberal New Yorker and a far left Democrat!"), and thought would play to all audiences. "We just wanted to make it as funny as we could while poking fun at the left, which nobody does," Zucker says. "People who know me know I'm not that serious about anything. I don't take the politics seriously. I don't think Republicans go to see movies, that's the other thing! It was a misguided thing."
With Scary Movie V in the can, Zucker is ready to get back to the movie he originally intended to make before the Weinsteins rang him up. He says it will take its cues from The Naked Gun. "The Naked Gun style is a sane way of doing a movie," he says. He hopes to direct his next script, which preys on popcorn movies in a method akin to his police spoof series (a Bourne-style update, anyone?). He also sees potential in reviving Naked Gun.
"You could do another Naked Gun, with a reboot. Like Star Trek," Zucker says. The immediate retort is, really, how could anyone live up to Leslie Nielsen? "There are people who can do that and they're not famous. You wouldn't know who they were. But I know actors who can do it. Again, I think Paramount has an international brand in Naked Gun and I think there's something you can do." For now, he hopes to revive the spirit of Naked Gun rather than the actual property. "There's room for a Naked Gun style. A bumbling guy in a position where he's respected. Leslie Nielsen played Lieutenant Frank Drebin and nobody seemed to have a clue that he's an idiot. I want to do the character, but not the specific [job]. Not Naked Gun."
Zucker thinks Scary Movie V survived the turbulent process of tinkering on the fly. He came to the movie prepared to break it, start over, reconfigure, and put it out into the world while looking forward. It's in the rules. "That's another glossary term we have: 'Apollo 13,'" he says. "When your spacecraft is in trouble and you have to get it back alive. So you use spare parts and do anything that you can to save it." So however Scary Movie V is received, he's ready to go back to the drawing board and make new movies. "One of the important things is not to blame other people for your failures (and that goes for regular life too). If a movie tanks, you have to look at what you did and figure out what happened."
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Kim Kardashian is opportunistic. Audacious. Shameless. The wee bit of Jane Austen in us all might even say she’s wanton. As the poster child for living without consequences — a reputation earned by the surge of popularity that followed her Ray J sextape — Kardashian's long been used as a symbol for the problems with American society. It’s largely because of her that some impressionable young people seem to think the “American Dream” is having your daily life featured on an E! reality show. Her populartity even soared after her sham of a marriage while her allegedly duped, soon-to-be ex-husband Kris Humphries was branded a “sad sap” or “sucker.” But now, it’s not Kardashian who’s the problem. It’s us.
Exboritant levels of criticism are being cast at Kardashian every time she dares to parade her pregnant belly before the paparazzi, and much of it is sneaking by under the guise of "fashion critique." But poor wardrobe or not, Kim's situation is proof that it’s far too normal for the fat pregnant woman discussion to gain traction. It’s gotten so bad for Kardashian that she’s swiftly gone from shameless to sympathetic in the eyes of those whose hearts are still shut to the practice of fat-shaming.
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As soon as she became pregnant with Kanye West’s child, the reality star became a punching bag for the most ruthless voices on the Internet and in the tabloids — even the ones who hide their criticisms behind claims about her poor style choices. And while her lifestyle and her wardobe may be abhorrent to some, the cavalier manner in which Kardashian has been shamed by some segments of the media and legions of fans is worse than anything she could have done in front of a camera (even that sex tape).
Tabloid headlines boast Karshashian’s status as “Pregnant and Alone!” while others estimate her weight at 200 (plus) pounds or claim she “can’t stop eating.” Rumors about West’s recent sexual disinterest in the star claim that she’s too rotund to be attractive. A quick turn on Twitter reveals attacks like “$20 Kim kardashian stays fat after her baby” and “Kim kardashian looks pretty damn fat! I think the worlds prayers have been answered.” Every interview she does for her upcoming role in Tyler Perry’s Temptation eventually dives into discussion of her pregnancy and a call for her to deny the amount of her weight gain. And as some sort of sinister pièce de résistance, TMZ recently posted a video titled “Who’s Fatter: Pregnant Kim Kardashian or Pregnant Jessica Simpson?” in which the narrator says pregnant women aren’t fat "they’re just glowing (with chicken grease)."
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Society loves to bash the Kardashians. They're easy targets, especially Kim. But justifiable disgust with Kardashian’s glamorous, frivolous lifestyle is only the excuse, and a flimsy one at that, for a torrent of bad behavior. The real issue is that the act of fat-shaming a pregnant starlet, whose only actual "crime" is bringing another life into this world, has become a normalized behavior.
We were shown the way with Jessica Simpson, who was already struggling with her weight and the antagonistic comments it inspired when she became pregnant in late 2011. She endured countless Photoshopped images of her body bloated far beyond its pregnant shape and had to verify that her “oversized” baby bump “Isn’t Twins!” Similarly, Hilary Duff was greeted with headlines about her "waddling" to yoga, claims that she was "still fat" after giving birth, and even one article pitting her in a race to the bigger belly with Simpson.
In November of 2012, Adele, who’s often praised for embracing her voluptuous figure in an industry that prizes slim frames, was greeted with despicable comments when she announced the secret birth of her son. Even famed comedian and Fashion Police host Joan Rivers (who, granted, isn't know for her tact) got in on the conversation, saying, "Congratulations to Adele on the birth of her 68 pound 8 ounces bouncing baby boy."
Still, some writers have tried to legitimize this discussion by shifting the focus to Kardashian’s questionable pregnancy wardrobe instead of just her shape. The most recent offender being the New York Post, whose Tuesday cover ran with the headline “What the Frock?” as a way of calling out Kardashian for attempting to hide her baby bump with a voluminous dress and high heels, the subtext being that she should embrace her pregnancy with comfortable clothes. While others have waged milder attacks — calling her looks “unflattering” or "too form fitting" and suggesting that she perhaps tone down the glam while she’s carrying around Baby Kimye in her belly — the criticisim as a whole reeks of disgust with Kardashian's body and not the clothes she decides to wrap it in.
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Simpson rode out her pregnancy in caftans, leggings, and Ugg boots, but that didn’t stop claims that she was so large that she was "unrecognizable." Adele went into hiding while she enjoyed her pregnancy in the privacy of her own home, and even she couldn’t escape the "So Adele was pregnant all along. I thought she was just ... fat" commentary. No ammount of "just embrace it" mentality spared these women, why would it spare Kardashian?
The truth is that the problem is not Kim’s attitude, her way of life, her boyfriend, and it’s definitely not her wardrobe. We — as a society of people ever-ready to give our two cents, no matter how crass or cruel, and to bring larger-than-life celebs down to our level at all costs — are the problem. No amount of sweatpants or ballerina flats (which she wore the other day, by the way) is going to stop the barrage of criticism, and every time we look for an excuse to bash Kardashian, we get further away from the real solution: a complete and total ceasefire on Kim and any other pregnant celeb who follows in her stilettoed footsteps.
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