Kelsea Stahler
Celebrity Editor Kelsea Stahler was born in a pile of dirt. Okay, she was actually born in an old Naval hospital in San Diego, which then became a pile of dirt and remained as such for a number of years before becoming a parking lot perfectly sized for circus tents, and finally a museum. She eventually left San Diego to attend New York University, where she studied Journalism and English literature — two less-than profitable liberal arts degrees about which guidance counselors warned her. Against all odds, she now resides in Brooklyn, where she fights the constant fear that the locals will soon discover she isn’t quite cool enough to live there, and makes a living writing absurd, pop culture features about Batman, zombies, vampires, funny people, and Ron Swanson.
  • '127 Hours' Hits Blu-ray and DVD in March
    By: Kelsea Stahler January 25, 2011 10:21am EST
    So maybe you weren't able to watch the scene from 127 Hours in which James Franco's character severs his own arm in order to survive without turning your head away, and if that's the case then today's you're lucky day. Danny Boyle's Oscar-nominated film and Franco's Oscar-nominated performance are slated to hit Blu-ray and DVD on March 1, so you'll finally have a chance to get a better look at that flinch-worthy scene, and if you've got a Blu-ray player, you'll see it in incredible high-definition! Awesome, right? The film follows the true story of Aron Ralston, an adventurer who gets trapped under a boulder in the Utah mountains when he ventures out by himself. Boyle follows his solitary journey as he endures the unthinkable situation in which Ralston finds himself. The DVD will offer up the usual commentary and deleted scenes, but the Blu-ray ups the ante a bit by including featurettes about the relationship between Franco and Boyle as they filmed 127 Hours and the actual events that aided Ralston's eventual rescue in Utah. From the looks of these special features, you can take a look at how closely Boyle was to the story that inspired his acclaimed film. Source: Coming Soon
  • WTF of the Day: Jennifer Love Hewitt Picks Out Her Own Wedding Ring
    By: Kelsea Stahler January 25, 2011 9:08am EST
    I don't know about you, but when a girl picks out her wedding ring before she's even engaged it tends to scare the menfolk right out of the water. Yes, it's true that Jennifer Love Hewitt has been in a relationship for 7 months with some dude who she brought to the Golden Globes to celebrate her nomination for realistically portraying a massage parlor hooker and to prove to the world and all her ex-boyfriends that she's no longer "Jennifer Love-Desperate" as Perez Hilton has dubbed her. Usually, I'm on the side of the celeb when Perez decides to give them some brutal nickname like that, but girl, you just went and made him look right. The subject came up on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, when Hewitt offered up her idea of "doing the guy a favor" by picking out three Tiffany's wedding rings for him to choose from. "If you chose one of these three, I'm going to be really excited. And if you go off on your own, we can have an awful, awkward moment. So, why would you want to do that?" she told Ellen. So basically, you're warning dudes out there that you're ungrateful, unromantic, and bratty? First of all, you're not doing anyone a favor yet because you're not engaged yet. Second of all, Tiffany's? Really? Could you be less original? Finally, is it kind of weird that you know what your engagement ring looks like before you even know what your future husband looks like? I mean, lots of girls plan their imaginary weddings and look at engagement rings in catalogs when they're young, but they don't circle their favorites and post the ripped out pages on their boyfriend's bulletin boards. Dudes, here's a little tip about girls, they're all a little crazy but not crazy like that girl on The Bachelor who punched herself in the face in her sleep because she felt rejected or the kind who gets her boyfriend's name tattooed on her ass after three weeks of dating or one who PICKS OUT AN ENGAGEMENT RING BEFORE SHE'S EVEN BEEN ASKED. Source: People
  • James Franco Eyes Role as a Pornographer
    By: Kelsea Stahler January 25, 2011 7:49am EST
    Apparently, being nominated for an Oscar this morning and making homemade, amateur sex tapes when he was 19 aren't enough for James Franco. Now he's considering taking a dive into the real life side of the pornography industry - well, for a legitimate film, anyway. Franco is in talks to star alongside Kate Hudson in a film about porn star Linda Lovelace and her husband and famous pornographer, Chuck Traynor. No, not that movie about Linda Lovelace that was supposed to star train-wreck LiLo, who has since been booted for someone who has her shit together: the lovely Malin Akerman. (Although...both projects are faltering when it comes to finding funding. Gee, I wonder why it's so hard to fund a movie about porn stars.) The film will be based off of the book, The Complete Linda Lovelace, and is said to focus on the relationship between Lovelace and Traynor who were together when Lovelace made the famous film, Deepthroat, back in 1972. When she later divorced the pornographer and tried to straighten out her life, she accused him of prostitution and of bullying her into the porn industry. At the helm will be Franco's fearless leaders from 2010's Howl, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, so we can be sure they'll handle this story with an acceptable level of taste. The only issue with Franco's involvement in the film at the moment is scheduling (and the fact that his costar would be Hudson, who can't seem to act her way out of a paper bag recently); with two directing projects on his calendar, hosting the Oscars and starring alongside Nicole Kidman on Broadway, he just may not have the time. If, however, he does manage to slate the role into his schedule, I think it would be an interesting and possibly rewarding choice for multi-tasking actor. Source: Deadline
  • New Season of 'Jersey Shore' Will Film In Italy
    By: Kelsea Stahler January 25, 2011 6:32am EST
    I think we can all admit that watching two 150 year old turtles getting it on at the zoo would be more interesting than this season of the Jersey Shore kids frolicking around on television doing all the same stuff they've always done, but the producers have an ingenious plan to fix it all. They're sending the guidos and guidettes to ITALY. Assuming this doesn't completely shatter the United States' international relations with the boot-shaped nation, this may actually be - dare I say it - entertaining and completely damaging to our brains. If we all have to be spoon-fed and receive sponge baths from live-in nurses after witnessing the next season of Pauly D and Snooki storming Italy, I wouldn't be that surprised. Word has it the producers are trying to get a hold of Vinny's long-lost Italian relatives so they can host a dinner party for the orange-hued, STD-infested (I'm assuming) bunch - and who could blame them after his Uncle Nino turned out to be the best part of their little stop in Miami? The specifics aren't really that important, the big news to take away from this is that the show is really sticking it to those Italian-American folks who've been protesting the show, saying it's devaluing their heritage. Nothing says "fuck you" like taking the whole defamatory gang to Italy. The show starts filming in May, and while I agree that this is horrible for Italy as a country, it would be a bold-faced lie to say that I won't be firmly planted in front my television every Thursday night at 10 p.m. to see what awful things these Ron-ron juice drinking, fist-pumping, hair-pulling, grenade-smushing kids are going to do to that poor country. Source: TV Line
  • Daily Shuffle: Bret Michaels Has Heart Surgery
    By: Kelsea Stahler January 25, 2011 5:21am EST
    Someone had a hole in his heart, and not in the annoying, hokey country song from the 90s sort of way; he had an actual, literal REAL hole in his heart. The rock of love himself, Bret Michaels, is the man in question and underwent heart surgery yesterday to repair the issue. As of now, Michaels is recovering just fine though this issue was on the tail end of a string of other heath problems that cropped up last May. Michaels miraculously survived all those health problems and went on to propose to his lady love with his new-found lease on life. Hold on. Did I just learn something about life from BRET MICHAELS? Where am I? What's my name? -PeopleOn the other side of the spectrum, former My Name is Earl star, Jamie Pressly's life keeps going in the other direction. Word has it that fresh off her DUI arrest, she and her husband, a LAWYER, have just split. Something tells me breaking up with a dude who knows the law a mere three weeks after some legal trouble isn't the best idea. -UsKristen Bell is the new face of Neutrogena. Great. The girl wasn't super adorable, spritely, and fresh faced enough already, now she's going to be bouncing around on TV making me feel bad for forgetting to use my makeup remover last night. THANKS for the guilt guys. -PopeaterAmerican Idol is serious about making your dreams come true, including helping you cut ties from the pesky day job. You know, the one that helps you pay your bills until you're lucky enough to make it to Hollywood for the big show? Apparently golden ticket winner, Devyn Rush, got sent to Hollywood, but came back to the Big Apple to find that her jobby job at Manhattan's famous singing waiter eatery, the Stardust Diner, was no more. It's okay Devyn, I'm sure your old boss was just jealous that you got to meet Steven Tyler. -TMZ
  • 'Blue Velvet's' Long-lost Deleted Scenes Found, Headed to Blu-ray
    By: Kelsea Stahler January 24, 2011 12:53pm EST
    If you're a major Blue Velvet fan, you've already got the special edition DVD from 2002 and you've already watched it with commentary and with the benefit of all its special features, so you probably know that the film originally had a runtime that amounted to four full length features. You probably also know that David Lynch's contract forced him to make some serious cuts in order to bring the film down to two hours, meaning entire scenes and subplots got the axe. When producer Dino De Laurentis sold off his company and its assets, the scenes were scattered to the wind, never to be seen again until now. Lynch recently gave an interview in which he explained that these long-lost scenes had miraculously been found "somewhere in Seattle." Lynch hopes to include some of these scenes in an upcoming Blu-ray edition of Blue Velvet, noting that some aren't worth reconstructing. The Blu-ray has no official release date, and with an unearthing of this level, I'm sure theres plenty of work to be done before it hits shelves. The good news is that we've practically witnessed a miracle here and if Lynch has his way, we'll all get the chance to see his vision that isn't gone forever after all. Source: Blu-ray News
  • Celeb Speak: James Franco Made a Sex Tape
    By: Kelsea Stahler January 24, 2011 10:02am EST
    I think it's safe to say that this story also serves as our "WTF of the Day" because seriously, WTF? James Franco took part in Newsweek's annual Oscar panel amongst Hollywood heavyweights like Natalie Portman, Colin Firth, Annette Benning, Michelle Williams, and Nicole Kidman and yet, in this, the classiest of settings, he decided to drop the sex bomb. Sorry, I couldn't resist, but the bottom line is James Franco made a sex tape. A tape of sex. The dude has literally touched on every aspect of entertainment at this point. While Kidman, Portman, and Williams waxed poetic on the craft and art of acting, Franco spilled this gem when asked how to give an onscreen kiss some real oomph. "Anybody who has made a home sex tape knows what feels best doesn’t always look best. I remember when I was 19 doing that, and then watching it back and thinking, 'Oh, that looks horrible.' So you have a lot of respect for those actors in pornography, because they are really not just doing it, they’re really selling it! It’s the same thing with a kiss. It’s not just the kiss that feels best, it’s an image. Something different is happening if it’s a good kiss." Did you catch that? "I remember when I was 19 doing that." That being MAKING A SEX TAPE. Well, no one has found said sex tape and there's no evidence that it even still exists, but how much do you want to bet Francophiles are scouring the internet as we speak hoping to find some evidence of its existence and origins? Let the sexcavation begin. Source: NY Mag, Newsweek
  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan Looks to Lead 'Magic City'
    By: Kelsea Stahler January 24, 2011 9:20am EST
    Remember Denny from Grey's Anatomy? Or Nancy Botwin's late Mr. Botwin on Weeds? In real life, he's known as Jeffrey Dean Morgan (or "doesn't that guy look like Javier Bardem?") and he's been making his way into more feature films like last year's The Losers and 2009's Watchmen. Now, he's looking at a chance to step away from all the ensemble action and step into the lead in an upcoming 10-episode drama, Magic City. The Starz show is set in the 1960s and carries a suave leading man as he helms Miami's first big hotel and the hotbed for collisions between mobsters, politicians and entertainers. Morgan would play the hotelier who gets caught up in all the madness as Fidel Castro's hold on Cuba shuts down the Havana gambling scene and pushes the crime scene into Miami. It looks like the show may being trying to piggy back off the success of Mad Men's historical and nostalgic, yet scathing look at the 60s in the U.S., but not obnoxiously so. The subject is distant enough that while they may gain interest because of the time period, we can be sure the Starz project will be its own thing. Magic City will begin filming in Miami shortly and plans are in the works to release the series in 2012. Source: Deadline
  • 'Mad Men' Creator Matthew Weiner Is Still Without a Contract
    By: Kelsea Stahler January 24, 2011 7:42am EST
    We were all happy to know that AMC had given the fifth season of Mad Men the green light - but how could they not? The show continues to defy television laws as it gets better and better with each season. I mean, really, who does that? Unfortunately, the show's fearless leader and creator, Matthew Weiner has yet to sign a contract to return for the show's fifth turn at the wheel. Weiner spoke to Entertainment Weekly on the red carpet at the Producer's Guild Awards on Saturday, telling them he doesn't have a deal yet, but that he's "not looking for a new job." The reason for all this uncertainty is that AMC is still negotiating with Weiner and the company that produces the show, Lionsgate. The show's creator also said that he doesn't know what AMC has in store for the show yet and that writing for the next season is at a standstill. "It's one of the perils of success - everyone wants a piece of it now and they are fighting over who is gonna get the biggest chunk. Then they will come to me because talent is last. It would be heartbreaking for me if they don't work it out, horrifying really. It would be a shame for fans to never get to see what great stuff we have planned for Don and company," Weiner told EW. All this uncertainty would make anyone a bit nervous, hence that last bit about the possibility of not continuing the Don Draper chronicles. Even so, it seems a bit dramatic. Weiner has led the show to incredible heights over four seasons and has consistently delivered story lines that keep die-hard fans coming back for more and pique the interests of potential new fans. This may be Weiner's way of publicly lighting a fire under AMC to get this show on the road and if it is I can't blame him; I'm chomping at the bit for the next season of Mad Men and the sooner we get Weiner back on board, the better. Source: Entertainment Weekly
  • UPDATE: HBO Greenlights Aaron Sorkin Pilot
    By: Kelsea Stahler January 24, 2011 6:44am EST
    Update: We knew it was only a matter of time before HBO gave the go-ahead for the drama about a cable news show from producers Scott Rudin and Aaron Sorkin. With news that Sorkin shadowed Chris Matthews and the recently ousted news commentator Keith Olbermann in order to pen his pilot, we knew the momentum from The Social Network would create a perfect storm of demand for the show. The green light has been lit and the project will begin filming later this year. Earlier: Aaron Sorkin, high off his seemingly endless acclaim and success thanks to his work on The Social Network, hasn't had much time for other projects in the last few months, but he's managed to have a few talks with HBO about bringing his next brainchild to fruition. Sorkin's top-notch workplace dramas and dramedies, Sports Night, The West Wing, and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip all offered behind-the-scenes views on the things we all watch day in and day out, television, sports and politics. Now Sorkin looks to continue that trend with a show about the inner workings of a nightly cable news show. Sorkin hasn't yet inked a deal with the premium channel, but let's be honest here; he wrote one the screenplay for one of the most talked about films this year. Who wouldn't hedge their bets on Sorkin at this point? According to Deadline, the project is "on track" to become a pilot for HBO. This could be good news for another Sorkin show; his last endeavor, Studio 60, was well-written (obviously) but didn't have the manpower behind it or the following it deserved, but with HBO pulling the strings, his latest television project may fare better this time. Source: Deadline