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Alicia Lutes
Staff Writer Alicia Lutes is a corgi enthusiast from Connecticut living in Los Angeles. She loves Tina Fey, television, ugly things and really money cheese plates. Growing up, her grandfather frequently said, "you’re so god-damned good with words! You should do something with words with your life!" so she made it her quest to plaster her wordy witticisms across the Internet. She looks forward to retiring at the age of 80 and opening a fromagerie with a small army of wrinkly-faced and stumpy-legged dogs.
  • Chris Kelly, Half of 90s Rap Duo Kriss Kross, Dead at 34 — UPDATE
    By: Alicia Lutes May 01, 2013
    UPDATE: According to Cpl. Kay Lester of the Fulton County police, Kelly's death "may have been a possible drug overdose," Fox News reports. Kelly's mother, Donna Kelly Pratt, has released the following statement in regards to her son's death (via Buzzfeed): "It is with deep sadness that we announce that our beloved Chris Kelly has passed away on May 1. To millions of fans worldwide, he was the trendsetting, backwards pants-wearing one-half of Kris Kross who loved making music. But to us, he was just Chris — the kind, generous and fun-loving life of the party. Though he was only with us a short time, we feel blessed to have been able to share some incredible moments with him. His legacy will live on through his music, and we will forever love him." EARLIER: Chris Kelly, one half of the popular 90s rap duo Kriss Kross, has passed away. He was 34 years old. Hollywood.com confirmed the news with the Fulton County Medical Examiner's office, but an official comment was unavailable. According to a report from the Associated Press, Kelly was reportedly pronounced dead on the south campus of the Atlanta Medical Center at 5PM EST on Wednesday after being found unresponsive at his home. No further details were provided. Kelly performed in the popular group alongside his friend Chris Smith as a young child in the early 90s, even scoring a chart-topping hit, "Jump" from their 1992 debut album "Totally Krossed Out." Kelly was more commonly known as Mac Daddy, while Smith was Daddy Mac. The two were discovered by popular producer/artist Jermaine Dupri at a shopping mall in the group's hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. In their short career, the men (who were young children at the time) performed with Michael Jackson, and were featured in the music videos of popular groups Run D.M.C and TLC. The pair recently reunited for the So So Def (the record label started by Dupri) 20th Anniversary concert earlier in 2013. Developing... From Our Partners:Beyonce Flaunts Bikini Bod for H&M (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • 'Jane Got a Gun,' But it No Longer Has a Bradley Cooper
    By: Alicia Lutes May 01, 2013
    Usually it's finding the good guy to save the day that proves difficult, but for the Gavin O'Connor-directed western, Jane Got a Gun, finding a bad guy to go up against has been the most challenging part. And with the exit of its latest candidate, Bradley Cooper (who had agreed to replace Jude Law), it seems the trickiest adversary of all has been keeping someone in the role. And he'd only booked the job less than a month ago! Deadline reports that the troubled film, which lost its original director, Lynne Ramsay, the night before production was slated to begin, has already begun courting big names like Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Tom Hiddleston to play the film's bad guy alongside stars Natalie Portman and The Great Gatsby's Joel Edgerton, who had previously replaced Michael Fassbender. (We weren't kidding when we said this film had problems.) The film centers around Jane and Bill Hammond (played by Portman and Noah Emmerich, respectively), and the journey taken by Jane and her ex-lower (Edgerton) in order to keep her husband — who is definitely not one of the good guys — safe from the other outlaws intent on killing him. Cooper was set to play the main no-good baddie, but it is said that the delayed shooting of Cooper's current project (David O'Russell’s American Hustle) after the Boston bombing coupled with his obligations surrounding The Hangover Part 3 aided in this decision. There is, of course, a silver lining (stop groaning, it works!) to all of this: Cooper's former role isn't slated to begin shooting scenes until June — surely enough time to find a solid actor. Follow @AliciaLutes on Twitter More: Bradley Cooper is The New Jude LawThe Behind-The-Scenes Switcheroos of 'Jane's Got a Gun' Michael Fassbender May Be In for 'Jane's Got a Gun' From Our Partners:Beyonce Flaunts Bikini Bod for H&M (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • 'The Family Tools': A Show About Daddy Issues in Need of a Jiffy Fix
    By: Alicia Lutes May 01, 2013
    ABC's newest family comedy is a bit of a fixer-upper. Actually — I take it back. There's no way Family Tools could ever be fixed in a jiffy. This show might just be beyond repair. Take one part bumbling-ne'er-do-well son, one part dysfunctional family, two parts workplace drama, and mix it in a blender with your diversity-mandated stock characters and volia! You have the bare bones of Family Tools. Garnish with daddy issues, religion, or health problems of your choice. The show starts out simply enough: son Jack (Kyle Bornheimer) comes home from seminary school (just one of his many attempts at finding a career, apparently) following one of his father's numerous heart attacks to take over the family business, Mr. Jiffy Fix. For a show that's all about fixing stuff, it's a bit of a head-scratcher as to how and why they forget to fix the actual show before putting it on air. But as the saying goes: you can't put a square peg into a round hole. Real talk: Family Tools just isn't very good. Sorry! Not to be a negative Nancy about stuff, but it truly is warranted. Family Tools is missing one too many parts and has way too many screws loose. I mean, it's so not good, it has me talking in clichés! A word of advice: when attempting to create a family comedy (just like oh, every other show on ABC), it helps to have at least something that makes you interesting and engaging. That's not to say the people on the show are bad actors: far from it. Bornheimer is a delight, but seems to only ever be cast in middling drivel such as this. J.K. Simmons, who plays family patriarch Tony, is also a regularly reliable comedic talent. The problem lies at the heart: a sloppily-written show with a milquetoast premise that somebody, somewhere thought was zany.  But zany it is not, as the show's believability factor is surprisingly low for such a simple premise. I mean, to ask the audience to accept that actress Leah Remini could possibly pass as Bornheimer's aunt — the two actually have an age difference of only five years in real life — is straight-up odd, and feels far from organic. Was this right-place, right-time casting? Sure, OK, it's certainly feasible for there to be a 15 year age difference between siblings. It's been known to happen! But without a little context or explanation, the casting choice is a real head-scratcher. There are jokes about stripper moms, sexually aggressive coworkers (yes, always hilaaaarious when someone calls their sister a slut just for showing interest in a guy. Man! The a-hyucks just keep comin'), more than one reference to the cereal Fruit Loops as a euphemism for gay people, go-karts, yoga jokes, dudes in skirts, a FLUTE JAM SESSION, and even an appearance by Jo Koy, just to round out this mangled mess of a pilot. So, do you think I enjoyed Family Tools? No, shock of all shocks, I most definitely did not. My advice to ABC? Just let it die: it's probably what they're is hoping for, anyway. But in the end, it's up to you, viewers, to make or break this junked up van of a show. If you're into lowest-common-demoniator humor that appeals to the lamest of Middle America and will in turn be the downfall of society, be my guest. What did you think of Family Tools? Let us know in the comments. Follow @AliciaLutes on Twitter From Our Partners:Nina Dobrev, Julianne Hough Bikini in Miami (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Tatiana Maslany on 'Orphan Black' is Our New Obsession and Should Be Yours, Too
    By: Alicia Lutes May 01, 2013
      There's not even an attempt to be coy or unbiased here: I'm sort of obsessed with Tatiana Maslany, the actress from Orphan Black. The BBC America show took a little while to suck me in, but now I love it... and so much of that love stands on the shoulders of the actress who currently plays six of the show's very different characters. Maslany herself has even alluded to there being four more versions of her that we'll meet this season alone. And I'll be damned if she isn't wonderful — and more importantly, convincing — as each and every one. To put it simply, if you're not watching Orphan Black, you really should be. The story follows a young woman who witnesses the suicide of another young woman, steals her identity and tries to piece together a better life for her and her young daughter after a tough and tangled upbringing. The twist comes as you learn that Sarah Manning (one of Maslany's characters) is actually a clone — one of several that we've met so far. But they're not just players in some sort of hokey long-lost sibling trope: each girl is unique, with her own personality, style, place of origin, and life. They might carry identical DNA and a dubious creation story (that we have yet to learn), but that's it. So, if you do the math: my favorite gal — the 27-year-old Canadian-born Maslany — has the chops of a lot of damn good actresses rolled into one rising star. And the really crazy thing is, her career is only just beginning with Orphan Black. In 2010, the actress won a special jury prize at Sundance Film Festival for her breakout performance in the film Grown Up Movie Star: certainly not an accomplishment to sneeze at. Now, actors playing identical twins or long-lost relatives is nothing new to storytelling. But what is new is Maslany's ability to actually make it good and believeable, rather than a jumble of cheesy sight gags or awkward prosthetics. And it takes a real, solid talent coupled with a wealth of research, intensity, and sense of character to pull it off: things Maslany proves to have no short supply of.  Of course, the question begs: just who are these wildly diverse ladies? Well, there's Beth (the one we never really meet), whose life gets taken over by Sarah after Beth jumps in front of a train and dies. But becoming Beth came with some serious baggage, and now Sarah's left to put together the very weird, duplicated pieces. From there we meet the other clones: Alison, Helena, Cosmina, and Katja. Alison is a soccer mom with some serious control issues and a highly conservative streak who introduces Sarah to Cosima. The quirkiest of the bunch, Cosima is an American PhD student, who conveniently happens to be studying the handy science of experimental evolutionary biology. All three of the girls seemed to have very little contact with Katja, a sickly German we quickly learn was shot by Helena, a Russian fundamentalist who believes that she might just be the original clone, as suggested by the bloodied, self-made wing outlines/scars on her back and her obsession with the idea that she was "fearfully and wonderfully made." (Confused? Don't be. Better yet, just watch the damn thing already). Maslany embodies each of them in such a way that she truly gets lost within the characters. It's rare that you find yourself aware that she's even playing each character — that's how good she is. From acting to dialect (our current set of clones have been America, British, German, Russian, and Canadian) to personality, Maslany has a masterful understanding of each. But there's not just straight characters to play. I mean, that would just be too easy. Sometimes the clones pretend to be other clones, so Maslany has the unenviable but truly impressive task of playing characters undercover: Sarah pretending to be Beth, Sarah pretending to be Katja, Alison pretending to be Sarah, or Helena pretending to be Sarah pretending to be Beth. It all sounds confusing, but trust me when I tell you Maslany's screen interpretation leaves no room for that. You're constantly challenged by who to believe, who to trust, and what their motives are. And it's f**king brilliant the way she pulls it off.  The show itself deals with a myriad of issues — science, faith, humanity, and even the limits of nature versus nurture. Are we really in control of our own lives? The questions are deep, the morals ambiguous, and woven into the very heart of that is Maslany. Homegirl isn't (nor could she, really) phoning this s**t in. Quite the opposite: each character feels so uniquely defined, and not in a stereotypical way in the slightest. It feels clichéd to say it, but it's true: Maslany is a bold and honest performer, someone who manages to be vulnerable in ways that feel natural rather than forced. If nothing else, it's all just really, really cool. So, congratulations Tatiana Maslany: you're my new favorite girl-crush and Orphan Black is a new TV obsession. If they aren't yours yet, you should probably do a double take. Orphan Black airs Saturdays at 9PM on BBC America.  Follow @AliciaLutes on Twitter More:BBC America's Creepy Clone Drama Orphan Black is Worth a Double Take'Rectify' Gets a Second Season from Sundance After Two Episodes'Violet & Daisy' Are Not Your Typical Teen Assassins From Our Partners:Miley Goes Braless for Magazine Cover (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • 'Violet & Daisy': Alexis Bledel and Saoirse Ronan Are Violent, Whimsical Teen Assassins — TRAILER
    By: Alicia Lutes Apr 30, 2013
    If you often think to yourself "man, I wish my crime-thrillers had a bit more whimsy," then Geoffrey Fletcher's newest film, Violet & Daisy, might just be for you. Because Alexis Bledel and Saoirse Ronan don't seem to be f**king around in this entirely curious, but all together fascinating-looking film. A far cry from the one that won him Oscar gold, Precious, the trailer for Violet & Daisy shows a movie that's not at all what you would anticipate upon first glance. Seemingly part young adult novel, part crime drama, with a dash of whimsy thrown in for good measure, Fletcher has definitely not written another story about a can-her-life-get-more-depressing girl from 1980s Harlem. It's hard to know what Violet & Daisy will ultimately be about given its trailer, but it's safe to say that there's more going on beneath the surface than two teen assassins accepting a job that goes horribly awry. Upon further inspection, there seems to be a curious character-driven story hidden amongst the visual interest and symbolism of whatever it was we just saw. Also starring James Gandolfini as the girls' "target," Danny Trejo as their client Russ, and the insanely talented but criminally under-appreciated Tatiana Maslany (from BBC America's similarly-trippy Orphan Black) as April, Violet & Daisy looks like it could end up being one to watch in 2013. Don't believe us? Check out the trailer below and decide for yourself. Planning to see Violet & Daisy? Let us know in the comments! Follow @AliciaLutes on Twitter More:Alexis Bledel Nabs Killer New Role'Mad Men' Adulterers Alexis Bledel, Vincent Kartheiser Are EngagedSaorsie Ronan Ain't No Bella Swan From Our Partners:Miley Goes Braless for Magazine Cover (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • The Dos and Don'ts of Dating from 'The Mindy Project': When Chloë Sevigny is Your Ex-Wife
    By: Alicia Lutes Apr 30, 2013
    Remember earlier in the season when Morgan had the brilliant idea of mailing a years-old letter written by Danny to his ex-wife Christina? Well that decision came back to haunt Morgan and Danny on Tuesday night's episode of The Mindy Project. Turns out, Christina (played by the most manic of manic pixie dream girls, Big Love star Chloë Sevigny) may have still had a fleeting feeling or two — and that's putting it lightly — for our dear Dr. Castellano.  In the episode, titled "Triathlon," Danny's emotional pain put him on the warpath: on and off the course. First, he fired Morgan, then he spent the rest of the episode either stewing in his own anger and mixed emotions, or ignoring them through exercise. It all came to a head on the trick though, with an emotionally-fueled Charlie Horse forcing Danny to fall into the warm and gentle arms of Morgan (now an employee of the DesLauriers) in order to cross the finish line. All while he's rockin' a seriously tiny Speedo. America, if you missed Tuesday night's episode of Mindy, then you missed Chris Messina in a Speedo. And trust, everybody knows that a tiny Speedo is both hilarious and curiously alluring (but that's only when it involves Messina). So what sort of dating tips can you glean from such a calamity? Plenty! So read on, my friends, and learn all you need to know about love thanks to Mindy Kaling and The Mindy Project. It's good for your health. 1.) Do Not Defend Nazis On Your Dates: Or anytime, really, for that matter.2.) Do Be Honest About How You Feel: Honesty is always, always, always the best policy.3.) Do Not Surpress Your Emotional Pain: They're called feelings for a reason. You need to feel them, even when they hurt. It sucks, I know.4.) Do Not Mail Stuff That Isn't Yours: Especially if it contains the deeply emotional and personal feelings of a coworker. And definitely don't be surprised when it comes back to bite you in the butt. 5.) Do Respect Your Body: It's the only one you get so be nice to it.6.) Do Remember: Sometimes Bribery is OK: Hey, if pancake batter works for you, it works for us.7.) Do Not Casually Jump into a Triathlon Competition: They're really hard, you guys. Like, trying to finish Ulysses in one night because you have to write a paper about it tomorrow, hard.8.) Do Wear Padded Bras: You never know when someone might try to hurt your boob by throwing a water bottle at it.9.) Do Not Rip Up Personal Letters: there might be birthday money in there!10.) Do Not Convert Religions For a Dude: I mean seriously, you guys. Stop changing who you are and what you believe for some sweet, sweet pastoral lovemaking.11.) Do put Chris Messina in a Speedo: This is more of a life rule. Also because I'm confused whether I should be laughing or finding it oddly sensual. What did you think of this week's episode of The Mindy Project? Sound off in the comments! Follow @AliciaLutes on Twitter More:'The Mindy Project' Recap: Santa Fe'The Mindy Project' Recap: Pretty Man'The Mindy Project' Recap: My Cool Christian Boyfriend  From Our Partners:Miley Goes Braless for Magazine Cover (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • 'Dallas' Renewed for Season 3 on TNT
    By: Alicia Lutes Apr 30, 2013
    Things are often bigger in Texas, and in that spirit, TNT has decided to renew Dallas for a third season. It seems the Ewing family will continue to profit not just on the oil fields, but on the television screens as well. TNT's successful reboot of the classic '80s drama is actually more of a follow-up, continuing the track the Ewing family's trials and dramatic tribulations in modern times. The new series premiered in 2011 to successful numbers and was quickly renewed for a Season 2. The 15-episode third season will go forward without the series' most iconic character, J.R. Ewing, after Larry Hagman (the man who played J.R. in both series) passed away. The show is expected to launch its third season in early 2014.  "Although we said goodbye to Larry Hagman and his iconic character J.R. Ewing this year, Dallas has many more stories left to tell, and the Ewing clan will continue to honor J.R.’s memory by keeping its audience surprised and delighted,"  Michael Wright, TNT's head of programming, announced in a press release. "Dallas has built a passionately loyal following with its expertly woven storylines, clever twists and turns, and numerous outstanding performances by a cast that spans generations." Oil: it's good for business (even TV business)! Follow @AliciaLutes on Twitter More:Larry Hagman, 'Dallas' Star, Dead at 81Larry Hagman's 'Dallas' Tribute'Dallas' Plans Proper TV Funeral for Larry Hagman From Our Partners:Miley Goes Braless for Magazine Cover (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Catherine Zeta-Jones Enters Treatment for Bipolar Disorder
    By: Alicia Lutes Apr 29, 2013
    Oscar-winning actress Catherine Zeta-Jones has allegedly checked into a treatment facility on Monday, April 29th to deal with her bipolar disorder, TMZ is reporting. Zeta-Jones has been very open in the past about her battle with mental health issues. Following a similar stint at a Connecticut facility in 2011, Zeta-Jones went public with her story — though it hardly seemed voluntary. In 2012, Zeta-Jones confronted the issue head on during an interview with Good Morning America where she was markedly irritated by the line of questioning about her bipolar disorder. "You know what? I'm sick of talking about it because I never wanted to be the poster child for this," she asserted. "I never wanted this to come out publicly. It came out. I dealt with it in the best way I could and that was just saying that, 'Look, hey, I'm bipolar'. Everyone has things going on and we're doing the best we can. We can't jump from the rooftops shouting about, 'I have this, look at me, victim' - no. We all have issues in life and I'm really happy I have great friends, great support and that's all I can do." But don't fret for Zeta-Jones just yet, as it is reported that her latest stint at the facility is for maintenance and is not the result of some sort of dramatic fall off the rails. Hollywood.com has reached out to a rep for Zeta-Jones, but had not heard back at the time of publication. We certainly wish Zeta-Jones much luck as she tends to her personal health needs. Follow @AliciaLutes on Twitter More:Catherine Zeta-Jones Enters Treatment for Bipolar Disorder'Glee' Star Cory Monteith Checks Into RehabCatherine Zeta-Jones Joins Cast of 'Red 2' From Our Partners:Beyonce Flaunts Bikini Bod for H&M (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Can Somebody Make 98 Degrees Stop Embarrassing Themselves with New Music Already? — LISTEN
    By: Alicia Lutes Apr 29, 2013
    Secondhand embarrassment is a first-hand killer, so please proceed with caution before checking out the new 98 Degrees single, released today via the kind (?) folks at Billboard. The new tune, the oh-so cleverly titled "Girls Night Out," chronicles the men's libidinous love for all of the ladies in the world. It's not even 1997 anymore — why are we still doing this to ourselves, America? The nation's sixteenth-favorite boy band from the '90s has decided that if everyone else can cash in on that nostalgia cow, so can they. And they've got a new, tone-deaf (metaphorically speaking) tune to prove it. Only problem is: "Girls Night Out" is hardly an ode to partying and having fun, it's a creepy, pick-up artist ditty and has 'I'm a Dad Who ROCKS!' written all over it. Please, 98 Degrees: think of the children. Namely your own (who are all too young to yell "Da-AAAAAD!" at you all exasperated). Seriously, though: somebody in the world thought this song was both a good business AND creative decision. Somebody went into a recording studio and said to a bunch of guys pushing 40 (many of whom have children and wives), "Hey dudes, I think this is a totally hot track that will put you back in the forefront of music!" And somehow, these suburban soccer dads of pop listened in and said "Heck yes! This is so in-touch with the youths of America in 2013. Hot beatz and killer lyrics — this is destined to be a number one track on the Billboard charts! It is not at all weird that we are family men lusting after all da ladiez in da cluuuuuuuurb. Oh, and the kids say 'cluuuuuurb' instead of club, right?" Just check out some of these really choice, relevant, hip, trendy lyrics: "Look how she do that sexy dance / She got every single man up in here want to lose his mind / She got her girlfriends all around / Lookin' good and gettin' down, tonight." And that's before we even get to the chorus, which is a real lyrical walloper with prolific lines such as: "Girls night out / So many women / Lookin' good in the place right now / Makes my head spin round / 'Cuz each one is sexy / Help me, I want to love them all down tonight." Overt sexual objectification of ladies for financial gain past the age of 28 is really not a good life decision/career move, but it IS a surefire way to push your way out of that pesky "sex symbol" status to "creepy uncle" in mere nanoseconds. I mean, anyone who starts their comeback tour in a place called Uncasville (I'm from Connecticut so I'm allowed to make fun of it) is clearly in touch with what the kidz like. Lord, this is just the worst. What do you think of the new 98 Degrees tune? Are you embarrassed as we are? Do you know what it means to "love 'em all down" and if so, can you explain it to us? Let us know in the comments. Follow @AliciaLutes on Twitter More:Nostalgia Overload! 98 Degrees, B2M, NKOTB Are Touring Together98 Degrees Are ReunitingWho Would Win the Ultimate 90s Boy Band Battle? From Our Partners:Beyonce Flaunts Bikini Bod for H&M (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Surf's Up: The 20 Hottest Movie Beach Moments
    By: Alicia Lutes Apr 29, 2013
    Well, it's summertime, Internet. And my, oh my, is the livin' easy. And while fish might not be jumping, the beaches are warming up to welcome you, and your bathing suit is calling out for use. But before you step into the great outdoors, why not take a few more minutes behind your computer screen to look at pictures of other people enjoying the outside world? Summer romances are no stranger to cinematic adventures, and portraying them often results in some of the hotter romantical dalliances we've seen on film. Whether it's mackin' it on the sand, sneaking some afternoon delight behind the dunes, or the awakening of sexual appetites on a deserted island — people love to love in the summer. So we've compiled a list of the 20 hottest moments in beachy-movie history. But don't just take our word for it: load up on SPF 50, grab a fruity drink, and put on your shades because it's about to get hot in here: and we don't want to burn you. GALLERY — Surf's Up! The 20 Hottest Movie Beach Moments Follow @AliciaLutes on Twitter More:A Visual History of Real Sex in Movies20 Hot (and Horrifying) Movie Sex ScenesSpring Break Forever: 10 Celebrities in Bikinis   From Our Partners:Beyonce Flaunts Bikini Bod for H&M (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)