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.
  • Oprah Wants to Know Why The Kardashians are Famous — VIDEO
    By: Alicia Lutes Jun 18, 2012
    The Oprah Winfrey Network recently unveiled part one of a two-part sit-down/tell-all/what-now? with America's most over-exposed family, The Kardashians. The gang was all there: Kim, Khloe, Kris, Kourtney, Kylie and Kendall. The pet kougars Kooper, Kadillac, and Kwinton. The krokodiles Kooper and Kody. The kool kats Konstantine and Kruger. Everyone! And oh, what a merry and joyous occasion it was, too. They even let the non-K kritters like Scott Disick, Lamar Odom, and Bruce Jenner (though they're saving all of the non-Kardashians for part two. Relegated to the end of the ranks. The back of the squadron) out of their pens to play for a bit. All in the name of Oprah's Next Chapter, a.k.a Oprah's attempt to bring better ratings to her struggling network. (I know, I don't like to speak about anything Oprah does as not being instantly insanely successful, either.) It was a family affair to talk about: their family and their rise to seeming superstardom; the kind of superstardom that comes from being famous for... what, exactly? That was the burning question of the evening. So much so, our dear Queen Oprah had to ask it three separate times: once to Rob, Kourtney, Khloe, and Kim ("because we're on a TV show"), once to mom Kris ("the TV show"), and then once to Kim in their one-on-one gabfest (you guessed it: "because of the TV show"). Have you heard of this show? It's called Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Though, let's be real: we all know that is not why this family is famous. It's because of Kim that this family became famous in the first place. Yes, sure, under a certain light they are fascinating people (but under a certain light isn't everyone?), but they did not score a TV show until after Kim's sex tape was out; until they were worth gawking at... or something. So really, they should probably thank Ray J for having some sort of celebrity under his belt when he slept with their sister, because that is why they're famous. They may have kept their fame because people find their family dynamic interesting, horrifying, endearing, or perhaps some combination of the three — but it is not why they have it. They put on a good hustle with their little empire; that much is undeniable, and we will let them have that. Kim seems to be reluctantly aware of the fact, too. During her one-on-one, Oprah made sure to ask the question everyone was sidestepping: Do you think you're famous because of the sex tape? Kim chose her words very carefully, saying, "You know, I think that's how I was definitely [introduced to] the world, I am... not naive to that fact," but that "it was a negative way [to be discovered], so I feel like I had to work 10 times harder for people to see the real me." She goes on to explain her regrets about the tape, explaining, "I felt humiliated," and that she would "have to live with it for the rest of my life and explain it to my children one day. Can you imagine that conversation?" ('Um, nope; definitely not.) So, yeah, that is certainly not an ideal position to be in, and in that context, you do feel bad for Kim a bit. She went on to say, "If I had the information and knew better, I would've done better. But I didn't." The dipping of toes into the celebrity tide pool does not come with an instruction manual. That much is certain. The good news is that for the most part they all seem to have some semblance of self-awareness of how they've kept their social status. At one point when discussing their fame, Khloe was very frank: She admitted that the family's collective attractiveness "didn't hurt" their getting a TV show, as well as their antics. But Oprah pushed further, saying later to Kim that the show "feels self-centered and selfish; do you get that that's what's being presented?" Kim managed to avoid the question and say nothing in such a political way that maybe she should run for mayor of Glendale: "As time goes on, people will definitely see different sides of all of us. The show does do a good job; [the fans] really get our personalities." At another point, Kourtney says the show is "honest" because they don't know how to act any other way. So, do they understand that the show comes across as self-centered and that they all come across, at times, as very selfish people (at least to Oprah and a few other people)? I guess the world may never know (or we'll all have to tune in next week to find out! Cliffhangers)! To ruminate on this idea for a minute, it seems that people who are adored for simply existing (or being apart of the "trainwreck TV" subset of reality programming) — especially in the digital age — only ever see themselves as being "honest." And maybe they are, in a way. To an extent. But it's a very edited version of honest — filtered through so many lenses that it's oftentimes hard to find the honesty in a series of marketable sound bytes polished up all shiny to look like "real life." Life cannot be boiled down to a 22-minute version of reality and still be considered real because ultimately, it leaves out so much. An entertaining take on situations and events? Maybe, sure, we can call it that. But honest doesn't really seem fair. Because the cutting room floor exists. Because their situation exists. Because their fame exists. Because there are still 1,418 other minutes in a day. It makes everything just a little bit more complicated than simply running around your parents' very nice house and calling it "honest." If you are seven seasons into your career as a cultural juggernaut, don't you know the game by now? It might feel normal at this stage, but it just doesn't seem possible that a group of people who are so well-groomed and have been well-trained by the reality machine (and their network and their momager) aren't affected or at least sub-consciously trained to know what and how good TV is created when an interesting situation presents itself. Because these people have to do publicity to promote their shows, and their products — and if you're doing publicity, you have to know what you're doing and what to say to keep people both interested and not offended so as to continue to buy your things and watch your shows. When it's taken off the line, though, that knowledge doesn't disappear, because now you've learned it — you've seen in action how it all works. This is not Season 1 or 2, it's Season 7. So ultimately there is the slight puffing of the chest; the knowledge in the back of your head that people will give you attention if you say something stupid, outlandish, offensive, different. People will laugh and maybe even buy your product MORE if you do these things. By now, if they're aware of everything else, they are aware of how they are typecast within their own reality. And to get the most screen time, the bigger laughs, the better ratings, you have to keep doing that, and doing it bigger, better, or funnier. Otherwise it gets boring and shows get canceled. So, they may not recognize how this has affected them, but there is no way that it couldn't have, really. Which is fine, because who wouldn't be affected by it all? We're all just a sack of water held together with sinew and bone and muscle and skin. Human, they call it. Synapses that shoot off in varying directions make us all different, but also the same at the core: this would affect you. You are a human. The Kardashian-level of fame is unparalleled in this country and there is nothing about it that is normal. It is a job just like any other, but a bit more multi-tentacled and weird. You can't only tread the water and expect to be promoted. The show also included a segment with matriarch/manager Kris Jenner that was generally so-so, but did have a few interesting takeaways. She believes that the root of the family's success lies in her children's ability to share their feelings: "The kids love and fight really hard," going on to call it "a perfect storm." She later admitted that the show was originally a way to drive traffic to their chain of Dash Boutiques, and modeled after The Osbournes. There was also discussion of O.J. Simpson and his infamous trial (Kris' ex-husband Rob Kardashian Sr. was apart of the legal team), mentioning that everyone in the family (the Simpsons and the Kardashians were at a time quite close) had their doubts about O.J.'s innocence. Which isn't groundbreaking considering probably 75 percent of the country also has their, um, "doubts" about the situation. (The man wrote a book about what would've happened if he hypothetically did kill his wife, so "doubts" is probably putting it lightly.) The interview also included talk of the so-not-talked-about-enough 72-day marriage of Kim to basket-baller Kris Humphries, and how she still hopes to have her fairytale life of cupcakes, babies, and happily ever afters. There was some discussion about personal growth, maturity, and learning from life experiences. There were no details beyond, "It was small things or little things" — Kim wasn't so keen when Oprah said, "People don't just leave for little things though, Kim!" Touchy, touchy! Sidenote: Do you guys think if Kim and Kanye West get married, he'll just change his last name to Kardashian so he doesn't get relegated to the kritter pen like Scott and Lamar? He might want to konsider it. Part two of Oprah's interview airs Sunday June 25th at 8PM on OWN. [Photo Credit: E!] Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutes More:Kim Kardashian Calls Her Wedding a 'Bad Business Decision'Lifetime Makes Kim Kardashian a Relationship Expert — VIDEOJon Hamm Calls Kim Kardashian 'Idiot': Hollywood's Favorite Punching Bag?
  • Jack Osbourne Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis
    By: Alicia Lutes Jun 17, 2012
    It is reported that Jack Osbourne has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. The sad news comes on the heels of the birth of Osbourne's first child--a daughter named Pearl Clementine--as he was diagnosed just two weeks after his daughter was born. "I was just angry and frustrated and kept thinking, 'Why now?' " Jack told People Magazine. "I've got a family and that's what's supposed to be the most important thing." Osbourne is engaged to the mother of his child, Lisa Stelly. Multiple sclerosis is an incurable disease that affects the central nervous system, causing problems with muscle control, strength, vision, balance, feeling, and thinking to varying degrees. Disease onset/diagnosis typically occurs in young adults (Osbourne is 26) and is different from person to person: cases can range from minimal symptoms to severely disabled. Needless to say, our thoughts are with Osbourne and his family during this time. [People] [Image Credit: WENN] Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutes More: 'Nervous' Dad Jack Osbourne Welcomes Baby Pearl! Osbourne recovering from appendix surgery Sharon Osbourne cried at granddaughter's birth
  • 'Django Unchained' International Trailer: Bigger & Bloodier! -- TRAILER
    By: Alicia Lutes Jun 17, 2012
    If you thought Quentin Tarantino was going soft in his later years with the lack of blood and gore in the US trailer for Django Unchained trailer, think again. The recently released international trailer got the Internet fanatic treatment, and a user named "mrbryce" at Reddit noticed one big, bloody difference: namely that. In a side-by-side comparison of the two trailers, there is noticeably more blood falling against the cotton. In the age of Red Band Trailers being fairly commonplace, is the amount of blood in the trailer offensive, or just true to the Tarantino style of directing? Is it safe to say that most Americans know what they're bargaining for with a Tarantino film, or is this sort of toned-down take appreciated? Would the amount of blood (and as you will see below, there is a very noticeable difference) in a trailer put off the American public? It's a bigger discussion that goes beyond this film, but worth mentioning in the context. Is it possible that this is a case of the MPAA stepping in to restrict, or perhaps just different aesthetics of different editors? Judge for yourself and compare the trailers (and the blood) below: International Trailer: US Trailer: What do you prefer? The typical Quentin bloody fare, or do you think it's good to have a little less gore in the trailer? Let us know in the comments. Django Unchained comes out December 25, 2012. [Huffington Post] [Image Credit: Sony Entertainment; Reddit/mrbryce] Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutes More: Why Will Smith Said No to 'Django Unchained' 'Django Unchained' Trailer: How to Sell a Tarantino Movie Jonah Hill Signs Up for Quentin Tarantino 'Django Unchained'
  • Lindsay Lohan Not The Only Exhausted One on 'Liz & Dick'
    By: Alicia Lutes Jun 17, 2012
    Looks like Lindsay Lohan isn't the only one suffering from exhaustion on the set of Liz & Dick. As reported on Friday, Lindsay suffered a bout of exhaustion after working a series of long days on the film in Marina Del Ray, CA. According to Deadline, two production members from the hair department have now also gone to the hospital for "severe dehydration and exhaustion" yesterday. It is alleged that the entire crew has been working 20+ hours a day. For those unfamiliar with the ongoing saga, Lohan is starring as Elizabeth Taylor in a film for Lifetime chronicling her relationship with Richard Burton (played by Grant Bowler). Many say Lohan's comeback rides on her success in this film, and she took to Twitter to clarify her own exhaustion story Friday, tweeting "Note to self… After working 85hours in 4days, and being up all night shooting, be very aware that you might pass out from exhaustion & 7 paramedics MIGHT show up @ your door." And yes, apparently that is exactly what will happen! The question remains: why are people dropping like flies on this set? Seems like the pressure isn't only on Lohan for this film to be a success. Do you think Lifetime-helmed film is working its crew too hard? [Deadline] [Image Credit: Lifetime] Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutes More: Lindsay Lohan Found Unconscious, Treated For 'Exhaustion' Lindsay Lohan Actually Pulls Off Liz Taylor — PICS Lindsay Lohan Tweets About Being Found Unconsciou
  • Why Will Smith Said No to 'Django Unchained'
    By: Alicia Lutes Jun 15, 2012
    Can you imagine the Fresh Prince of Bel Air going up against Leonardo DiCaprio in a bloody Tarantino flick? Well, it almost happened, according to Mr. Will Smith himself. In an interview with Empire, Smith explained that Director Quentin Tarantino wrote the title role from Django Unchained for him, and was offered the part (informally) last spring. Turns out, it was the black suit and Noisy Cricket that kept him away from the role, as Men in Black 3 was filming at the same time. "I came really close, it was one of the most amazing screenplays I had ever ever seen," Smith explained (making us all the more excited: Can you imagine how many people hound that man with scripts on a second-by-second basis?). "I was in the middle of Men In Black 3 and [Tarantino] was ready to go, and I just couldn't sit with him and get through the issues, so I didn't want to hold him up. That thing's going to be ridiculous. It is a genius screenplay." Now, a few things. First of all, we're totally bummed that this couldn't work out because it would have been really, really great to see Smith take such a departure from his usual roles. (We are torn though, because Jamie Foxx looks fantastic in the trailer.) Secondly, what "issues" could Smith have had with a screenplay that he called "genius"? Was there no place for a Jazzy Jeff and Smith-penned theme song? Regardless, it's a shame that Smith couldn't take the chance, but it doesn't make us any less excited for what looks to be a supremely fantastic Tarantino film. [Huffington Post] [Image Credit: Columbia Pictures] Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutes More: Will Smith Talks 'Men in Black 3' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO Django Unchained' Trailer: How to Sell a Tarantino Movie 'Django Unchained': DiCaprio & Foxx, Badasses of the Old West — PICS
  • Adam Levine: From 'The Voice' To The Big Screen?
    By: Alicia Lutes Jun 14, 2012
    Adam Levine fancies himself a multi-hyphenate these days! The singer/judge is really pushing hard to add "/actor" to his title, and now that he's landed a lead role in a feature film, it's safe to say he's well on his way.The film is titled Can A Song Save Your Life and comes from director John Carney, who directed the film Once (which they of course went ahead and turned into the mega-Tony Award-winning musical on Broadway) Levine is keeping fairly decent company in the flick, which has Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo and Hailee Steinfeld already locked in for the other lead roles. Oh and did we mention Judd Apatow is executive producing? Well, he is, so get ready for this one to be pretty substantial when it nears release. The film centers around Knightley's character--a woman who moves in with her boyfriend (that would be Levine) in New York to pursue music careers. Levine eventually dumps her (because that's how these things work) after landing a recording contract of his own. Sounds like he ends up being the one left in the dust though at the end, as Knightley's character ends up getting discovered by a ho-hum, down-and-out record producer type (Ruffalo). Between this and the announcement of his casting in American Horror Story, we can't help but wonder how Levine's acting chops will stand up. Perhaps a stroll down memory lane will help us decide? Payphone: If his upcoming character ever does any extensive eyeglasses work, he's set. Misery: He's pretty good at getting beaten up by girls? Wake Up Call: I mean, the camera loves him? OK so maybe we'll have to wait for this movie or American Horror Story to judge, huh? What do you think about Levine's transition from music to acting? [Deadline] [Image Credit: NBCUniversal] Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutes More: Adam Levine Loves Attention Shocker: Adam Levine To Be Cast in 'American Horror Story' Jennifer Love Hewitt Wants Adam Levine to Be Boyfriend No. 4,438 Adam Levine, movie star
  • 'True Blood': The Vampires Are Upset, Jailed -- VIDEO
    By: Alicia Lutes Jun 14, 2012
    True Blood fans waited very patiently for this new season of the HBO show, so it is important that they are rewarded regularly for their patience and devotion to the sexy southern-fried vampire show. Lucky for you, it seems as though HBO agrees with these sentiments and has put out two new clips from this upcoming new episode for you to sink your teeth into (oh, vampire puns). The first one shows some some of the vamps--including those highly-attractive fellows Bill and Eric (aka Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgård)--getting put on some serious lockdown. The Authority this Guardian Roman has, eh? The second clip shows newly-vampired Tara (also known as Rutina Wesley) looking well...agitated. Get out the Tru Blood! Lafayette's stink eye is one for the books. What do you think about the new clips below; are you excited for Sunday's new episode? True Blood airs Sundays at 9pm on HBO. [Image Credit: HBO] Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutes More: 'True Blood' Season Premiere Recap: Turnin' and Burnin' 'True Blood' Character Overload: How To Tidy Up the Plot 'True Blood' vs. 'Vampire Diaries': Eight Reasons We See Double
  • Rob Lowe May Play Liberace's Plastic Surgeon
    By: Alicia Lutes Jun 14, 2012
    It looks like Chris Traeger is literally... ready for anything. The Parks and Recreation star also known as Rob Lowe is reportedly in talks to play Liberace’s plastic surgeon in the film Behind The Candelabra, according to Deadline. (Side note: The set design budget for this movie must be outrageous. Have you SEEN all of the many, shiny, glittery, gilded THINGS Liberace owned? Holy cats.) For those unaware of the significance the role Liberace's plastic surgeon took in his life, let's school you in man's the weird and whimsical wiles. Liberace was so into himself that he made his lover/companion/limo driver/general plaything Scott Thorson get plastic surgery to look more like him. This included a nose job, the raising of his cheek bones, and a chin implant, all so Liberace could look at (and make out with) himself. To say nothing of Liberace's personal aesthetic enhancements. Yikes! Steven Soderbergh is directing the film for HBO, which stars Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as his aforementioned live-in lover. It is said the movie is to discuss the tempestuous hush-hush relationship between the two men. Dan Aykroyd and Debbie Reynolds are also starring in the flick. First Magic Mike, now this, Soderbergh? You're killing us, man. We have reached out for comment, but have yet to hear back. [Photo Credit: Getty] Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutes More: Rob Lowe: From Drew Peterson to Casey Anthony. What Else is in His Lifetime Future? Michael Douglas and Matt Damon to Star in a Liberace Biopic for HBO Exclusive: Rob Lowe and Jeremy Piven on Popping Pills and Getting Naked in ‘I Melt With You’
  • Bristol Palin's New Show Portrays Life as a Tripp — VIDEO
    By: Alicia Lutes Jun 14, 2012
    Bristol Palin wants you to know that her life is a Tripp, which also happens to be the punny name of her new Lifetime reality television program: Life's a Tripp. You get it? Her son's name is Tripp and she's taking a trip (one p) to California and it's such a trip (one p again) that someone put this family back on television again. Regardless on your thoughts of the family, single motherhood is certainly no easy task, nor is moving to a new town, far away from your family, so that certainly sounds like a, well, trip? The show chronicles both situations in the 21-year-old's life, and in the clip below, we already see there are plenty of tears in store for Ms. Palin. Since the Palins seem to hate the media so much, it's only a matter of time before each member of the clan gets their own ten-episode arc somewhere: to show who they really are as a retaliation against how they are portrayed, of course. So let us be a bit servicey for a minute and offer up some title suggestions for the family's no-doubt-forthcoming shows (and no, mom's first one doesn't count): - Palin' Around with Todd - I Willow Without You: The Willow Palin Experience - The Pied Piper of Wasilla - Riggin' and Triggin' - Que Sarah, Sarah! Life's a Tripp premieres June 19th on Lifetime. [Photo Credit: Lifetime] Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutes More: Bristol Palin Gets a TV Show Bristol Palin Discusses Virginity and Chin Surgery on 'Good Morning America' Howard Stern, Bristol Palin & More Criticize Obama's Support For Gay Marriage
  • Jeanne Tripplehorn has a 'Criminal Mind'
    By: Alicia Lutes Jun 13, 2012
    After a brief stint on FOX's New Girl, it seems that Jeanne Tripplehorn has found herself a permanent home on TV, which is good news for fans of good actors. Tripplehorn (who was fabulous on HBO's Big Love) has taken on a series regular role on the CBS hit show Criminal Minds, where she will reportedly play a profiler. This comes after last season's departure from show veteran Paget Brewster. “We’re thrilled to have Jeanne Tripplehorn join our team as a profiler,” said showrunner Erica Messer. It is said that Tripplehorn’s character will be introduced in the season eight premiere this fall. She has signed on for a full year with the show with the option for a second season. Tripplehorn's talents are many, and her acting is both subtle and powerful (She was nominated for an Emmy for playing Jackie O in HBO's take on Grey Gardens) and will no doubt be a welcome addition to the show. What do you think of the casting choice? [Deadline] [Image via HBO] Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutes More: Paget Brewster Announces She's Leaving 'Criminal Minds' Sevigny dreams of Big Love life like co-star Tripplehorn's Mormons Concerned Over Bill Paxton Polygamy Drama