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.
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    By: Kelsea Stahler Dec 22, 2010
    It must be nice to have friends like Robert Downey Jr. For her role in this month’s Country Strong, Gwyneth Paltrow is doing a little more than playing an aging country star with an inspirational comeback like most of the trailers emphasize. Her character actually struggles with an intense drug problem that brings to light the ugly underbelly of the fame monster. But how did sweet Gwynny get into that dark place? She turned to a friend, her Iron Man costar for help. The man who turned it all around after letting drugs take him to rock bottom was a resource for the blonde star, who had only ever really understood her own rebellious addiction to cigarettes. She reached out to her former superhero pal to get some insight on an addiction that has people “wrecking other people's lives in your wake and just being so altered and so drunk or on pills that you embarrass yourself and you wreck people's lives and you cheat on people.” I hope she didn't open with that line; he may be ridiculously open about all this, but you still catch more flies with honey, darlin'. Downey sent her an email explaining his dark time and she had an artist’s epiphany that allowed her to tap into the dark place for the film. It must have been one hell of an email. But then again, RDJ is pretty much good at everything; I think he’s probably capable of writing a life-changing email too. Downey has famously been rather candid about his past, also helping his Tropic Thunder costar, Jack Black, find his drug-addicted character and even offering up unsolicited yet sage advice to troubled, aging star Charlie Sheen during an interview with David Letterman. I guess once you’ve been to hell and back again, you want to put that experience to as much good use as possible. Source: MTV
  • Pee Wee Gets His Own HBO Special
    By: Kelsea Stahler Dec 21, 2010
    It’s been a long time since we’ve seen Pee Wee Herman on any screen, but with the success of his Broadway revival comes an opportunity for actor Paul Reubens to treat us to more Pee Wee. HBO has picked up on the vintage triumph, scooping up the rights to turn it into content for the premium channel. Before you get too excited, hold your horses. HBO will be broadcasting The Pee Wee Herman Show as a special, recording a Broadway performance of the hit show and broadcasting it for their subscribers. Unfortunately, Pee Wee’s Playhouse will not be making a triumphant return to television any time soon. But it’s probably for the best guys; we don’t wanna get mixed up with a guy like him. He’s a loner…a rebel. Source: NY Times
  • WTF of The Day: Diddy Offers to Whip It Out
    By: Kelsea Stahler Dec 21, 2010
    I understand the urge to show up a little tipsy on Chelsea Handler’s late night show; she’s kind of a tough broad and it might make the experience a little easier if you have a little liquid courage. However, if you plan on making the girl wait for a “fucking hour” past the time you were scheduled to show up and waltz in drunk out of your mind, you’d have to expect her to be pretty damn snippy. That’s exactly what happened when Diddy-Dirty Money stopped by Chelsea Lately to promote their new album. The ladies were composed, but front man Diddy sloshed onto the set and fielded some heated commentary from Miss Handler. It was all drunken, awkward fun including what I think was a proposal for a date (?) with Chelsea until Diddy let the alcohol take the wheel and announced “I will pull out my schlong here right now and clear this thing up.” Take a look at the boozy antics for yourself.
  • Episodes of Sitcom Christmas Past
    By: Kelsea Stahler Dec 21, 2010
    Those weeks between mid-December and mid-January can hold lots of holiday joy, but they are a veritable wasteland of TV reruns (I know, I know…the dreaded r-word). We’ve got to wait until January 15 for most of our favorites to come back to the small screen with new material, but what about our TV rituals? I expect to settle in and watch my favorite sitcoms on Thursday nights; whatever am I to do? Well, thanks to the magic of Hulu, Netflix, and other video on demand services we can travel through past Christmases instantly when those reruns start to feel a little stale. Ludachristmas (30 Rock Season 2) There’s nothing like Christmas in New York and there’s nothing like a New York Christmas on 30 Rock. Travel back to Liz Lemon’s first Christmas-themed escapade (Season One’s was decidedly non-festive) which includes Tracy with a Lindsay Lohan style ankle bracelet to keep him from consuming Christmas spirits, a visit from Liz’s brother, who, thanks to a traumatic accident, is still stuck in 1985 and thinks he’s 17 when he’s actually 40, a plot by Jack’s mom to drive the “perfect” Lemon family insane and Kenneth’s attempt to teach the TGS staff by taking away their annual drunken Ludachristmas celebration and replacing it with bible study. Find it on: Netflix, Amazon Downloads or iTunes ($1.99), Hulu Plus Christmas Party (The Office Season 2) This is what started it all; it’s the reason we wait all year for mid-December when we can see yet another office party gone awry. It’s the first ever The Office Christmas Party. Back when Michael was the craziest one in the building he turned Secret Santa into Nasty Christmas and that special brand of face-palm awkwardness was our reward. We get our first glimpse at just how crazy Jim was about Pam (aww) and Meredith gave Michael a very unwanted Christmas present. Find it on: Netlfix, Amazon or iTunes ($1.99), Hulu Plus Christmastime in South Park (South Park, various seasons) It’s a smorgasbord of South Park Christmas “cheer.” The collection includes seven South Park Christmas specials including episodes that give us Santa double fisting machine guns, Kenny’s resurrection from Season 5, a murderous, yet cuddly cute Woodland Critter Christmas, and of course, adventures with Mr. Hanky the Christmas Poo. (Hiiiiiiiie-dee-ho!) Find it on: Netflix, Amazon Downloads (for a fee), South Park Studios Afternoon Delight (Arrested Development, Season 2) Ah, Arrested Development. If I could have one Christmas wish (okay, one TV related Christmas wish), I would wish for more Arrested Development. Since that’s not an option as far as I know (although those swirling AD movie rumors are always fun to believe), we must resort to a few classic episodes and, in this holiday season, there’s only one episode that captures that old-time holiday tradition: awkward encounters with your relatives. When George Michael ditches his dad and their Christmas tradition, Michael and Maeby spend the afternoon together and sing a duet that makes just about everyone feel like throwing up in their mouths a little bit. Find it on: Netflix, Amazon or iTunes ($1.99), Hulu Plus Undeck the Halls (Modern Family, Season 1) It was our first Christmas with Modern Family, and it’s totally representative of the show’s dynamic; the Dunphy's are threatening to take Christmas away from the kids, Manny and Gloria test Jay’s patience with the culture clash of including their Colombian traditions in Christmas and Cam gets a mall Santa fired. Merry Christmas, right? Find it on: Amazon or iTunes ($1.99), Hulu Plus Comparative Religion (Community, Season 1) Of course, it’s hard to top this year’s “Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas” episode, but in case you’ve already watched it 15 times and are looking for something more vintage, last year’s Christmas episode was pretty damn good too. We saw the potpourri of the study group’s religions reach a head, Jeff challenged a school bully and the whole thing ended with carols and friendship (but of course not without a massive bully smack-down in piles of fake snow). Try to remember that just because this year was AWESOME, it doesn’t refute previous season’s perfectly hilarious and lovely holiday episodes. Plus how can you not love 'Oh, Christmas Troy?' Find it on: Amazon or iTunes ($1.99), Hulu Plus MythBusters Christmas Special (Season 5, episode 1) It’s been long enough that you’ve probably had time to forget which way these Christmas and New Year’s Eve themed myths busted on this classic episode. Take a look back and figure out if reindeer could really hold Santa’s sleigh, how to keep the needles from falling off your Christmas Tree and how much you’d have to yodel to start an avalanche in some wintry wonderland. Ahh, science. Find it on: Amazon ($1.99) Saturday Night Live (Season 24, Episode 9, Host Alec Baldwin) Go back to that magical time when Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey teamed up on something other than 30 Rock (not to downplay the brilliance of their current alliance). Fey was head writer, Will Ferrell was still a cast member and the show produced a comedy classic in the NPR Delicious Dish segment that gave us Pete Schweddy’s Christmas balls. Mmm, balls. Find it on: Netflix, Hulu Plus (Just the Schweddy clip) A Very Special Family Guy Freakin’ Christmas (Family Guy Volume 2) Do you miss the old days of Family Guy? Back when it was really offensive? Take a trip down Quahog's memory lane and watch the episode that gave us Stewie taking an Exorcist-style picture with a mall Santa, KISS saving Christmas from pterodactyls, Brian burning down the Christmas tree (and the house) and Lois going Ho-ho-horrifically insane on all things filled with Christmas joy. Find it on: Netflix, Amazon Downloads ($0.99), Hulu Plus She of Little Faith (The Simpsons, Season 13) After the commercialization of the church scandalizes Lisa, she turns to Buddhism. She then suffers through a holiday season without being able to join her family in Christmas celebration because she’s no longer a Christian. Richard Gere makes the most tolerable guest appearance he’s ever made and convinces Lisa that she doesn’t have to renounce her family’s holiday traditions to be Buddhist. Ahh, remember back when The Simpsons actually shared wonderful little nuggets of wisdom like that? Find it on: Netflix (Hard Disc only)
  • 'Step Up 3D' Blu-ray Review
    By: Kelsea Stahler Dec 21, 2010
    If you’re picking up a copy of Step Up 3, you’re probably a fan of dance. If you’re not, you may want to put the movie down and back away slowly, because that’s pretty much the only reason you should be watching it. Director Jon Chu shot the entire film in 3D and worked with his choreographers and cinematographer to specifically cater the production to the 3D format. That being said, the film is truly a 3D spectacle, with a few slivers of your typical Step Up style romantic plot thrown in. Sometimes the 3D gimmicks go on a little too long – especially in a non-dance related slushie scene that pretty much denied the laws of physics – but overall the film makes use of the format. Beware if you’re watching on regular Blu-ray or DVD though, some of the shots made for 3D start to fall flat; but if you’re just hoping for is a few hours of some serious dancing, there’s still plenty of that to enjoy. Chu also makes use of his New York setting, and the sweeping shots of the city and its classic scenery are beautiful even without the advantage of 3D. The special features take us further into the dance world, dishing out further dance scenes that didn’t quite fit into the film; appropriately titled “Extra moves.” The DVD features also take you into the music of the film, giving you 8 music videos of songs featured in the movie along with a behind the scenes look at how the videos were made. If you upgrade to the Blu-ray, you can get a little more action from the main character, Luke, by watching the full documentary he makes in the film; Born From a Boombox: A Luke Katcher Film. It returns to the idea that the film explores in the first few minutes – the fact that dance is true expression – and there's not much to it, but fans of the original story will enjoy taking a deeper look into the world of dance. Step Up 3 is out on DVD and Blu-ray Tuesday, Dec. 21.
  • 'Step Up 3D' Director Jon Chu on 3D, Justin Bieber, and 'Sexy Dance'
    By: Kelsea Stahler Dec 21, 2010
    We chatted with Step Up 3D director Jon Chu about his views on 3D, shooting in New York, and a little something called “Sexy Dance.” He tells us about how working on the third installment of the Step Up series “was just a filmmakers’ dream.” The other two Step Up films were set in Maryland at the School of the Arts, and now for the third you’ve moved to New York, so what types of doors did that open in terms of dance and in terms of story? Oh so much, I mean, dance changes so much depending where you are in the world; every area has its own little dialect and New York is the center of it all and people come there to dance. So to be in that environment and to meet all the dancers and to see just the different underground culture there was really great for a movie. And it was a great setting; literally I could turn the camera anywhere and there were interesting people and beautiful scenery and to shoot that in 3D was awesome. So it was definitely stimulating, it changed our whole idea of what this movie could be in terms of how big you could get. We had 60 dancers in Step Up 2, in Step Up 3 we had over 250. There’s too many talented people; you’re like “I want that group, but oh I want that group,” we just went for it. Were there a lot of dancers from New York in the movie? Yeah, there were a lot of dancers in the movie from New York. There were a lot of dancers that I knew from the LXD that I do – we have like a web series, Legion of Extraordinary Dancers, it’s a lot of dancers that I met on Step Up 2. So it’s sort of a combination of all those together. It’s like a Justice League of dancers. We really got to pick the best. Tell me about the LXD. Well, it’s on Hulu. There is every week, we release an episode. We just did our second season and we danced a lot of our Step Up 3 dancers and it’s sort of a super hero story. Their super powers are their dance, so it’s on Hulu and you can check it out. Speaking of 3D, you actually shot this movie in 3D whereas many films are shooting in 2D and converting. How did filming in 3D from the get-go shape the film in terms of what kind of dance you could do? Did it change the process? Definitely; 3D changes everything in our story. It’s the reason why we made it. From the story, from every scene we conceived how it could be communicated in 3D better; how we could use the space to express emotion. And that changed the way we worked with our choreographers; because there wasn’t just choreography of motion, within the frame but of the frame itself. And that also changed the way we worked with our cinematographer, we got to sit with him and work with the choreographer and say how do we make these dance together so it feels like a duet between the audience and our dancers. And so every step of the way it took a lot of thought and a lot of figuring out how can we beautifully make it work for the medium. Because 3D isn’t for everything, but for our movie it fit right and we wanted to really show that. Speaking of the duet between the audience and the dancers and since not everything is meant for 3D, you also worked on the upcoming Justin Bieber documentary which was also in 3D which I thought was kind of interesting because I can’t think of many other documentaries that are shot in 3D. So tell us about that decision and what it brings to the film. We learned so much on Step Up 3D and I love the medium. Like I said 3D’s not for everything, but there is an opportunity that 3D can be used in other types of stories and I love experimenting with that. And one of the places was the Justin Bieber story where I felt there was such an opportunity; because there’s something about 3D where not only is it a big spectacle, but it can actually bring the audience intimately into a scene. And that’s sort of what we wanted in Never Say Never; it’s yes he’s been onstage, yes he’s a big crazy star, but you get an inside look into his real life, and he’s just a boy with a dream and he’s able to do this. It’s a really cool way to use 3D, and yes I don’t know that there’s been any – other than like nature docs – that have used 3D before , but we also I think use music in a crazy way in the documentary. We’re really integrating how music plays into the story and it’s the same way in Step Up 3D. It’s a lot of the same sort of techniques for figuring out when words aren’t enough, how do these other elements build into the emotion of our story, so it’s been a fun journey. I think we’re just at the beginning of what 3D can be used in for a film, so I can’t wait to see how other filmmakers do it. And I’m excited to see how people at home can experience it the same way with the Blu-ray 3D which is crazy, so that will be really fun to see. The other movies we know you for are more fiction and this definitely a switch to documentaries. Is this something you’re interested in doing more in the future? Was this along the lines of something you were already interested in? When I first started, I definitely had never done a documentary, but when I hear his story, it’s very much a cinematic story. He was shot since he was a little baby on these video cameras and you can really have footage from when he was learning how to play music from when he was learning how to play music. It’s like watching Michael Jackson audition for Barry Gordy or any of that. It’s amazing to watch this stuff. And it’s really all the same stuff, it’s all storytelling. With Step Up 3D we got to play with that with some of the documentary footage that Luke was shooting for the movie and that interplays with the key that you know what this medium can actually be really great and use all the things that I already know naturally. Which, I love fantastical storytelling and you can use both of those with this. And there’s honesty in being able to use technology that everyone has whether it was a flip camera or a Canon 5D that makes it really interesting for me. So is it something I’d like to do in the future? I think it was really fun, we’ll see what happens but I definitely had a really great time learning and figuring it all out. I think people will too. I noticed the one country where they changed the name of the Step Up series is in France, where they call it Sexy Dance. I was wondering if you had any insight as to why they changed that name. You know I have no idea; it was always Sexy Dance from the very beginning in France for some reason, but I remember when I found out first I was like, “I need those posters now, and I’m putting them up in my living room.” So I have Sexy Dance 2 and Sexy Dance 3D, or wait no, Sexy Dance: Le Batalle in my living room and it’s awesome. I have a few photos of those posters myself. That’s awesome. You know it was weird seeing those overseas trailers because it’s so crazy to hear like my friends’ voices voiced over with totally different languages. It’s pretty awesome. So while we’re on that same vein of dance movies, obviously a big one right now is Black Swan and it’s sort of shaking up, at least in my opinion, the world of dance movies, so do you think it’s maybe opening an opportunity for maybe wider audiences for dance movies? Oh I’m sure. I mean, I haven’t seen it yet, but I really want to see it. But I think again, I think it’s an example of how dance can be really, really powerful. When words aren’t enough dance can take over and it’s awesome to see how other filmmakers use dance and to see what do they find fascinating in the story? What do they use to express a character? And I don’t think we’ve seen the effects of Black Swan yet, I think we’re going to in the next couple of years though, so I’m excited. You really showed us what you’ve got in the dance arena, and it’s obvious that you’re very passionate about it. Is there another art form that you’d like to see expressed on film in the future? I love technology in general, so I think with 3D we’re just at the beginning of playing with these things so there’s music in storytelling, there’s dance in storytelling, there’s 3D in storytelling; I think there’s also the interactivity of the audience. You know the idea that when we Twitter and we Facebook and all this stuff, the story begins way before you actually watch the movie in a theater and it doesn’t actually end at the end of the movie, it continues on. I think that the idea that the story is everywhere, the narrative is everywhere; the narrative is in the actors that tweet about it while they’re shooting when they’re shooting, when they’re finished shooting, when the movie comes out and after the movie comes out. But the filmmakers are a part of that conversation as well. I think that’s the fascinating thing, that I don’t know exactly what that means for everybody but I think it changes the way we watch movies. And I think that’s something to look out for in the next three years of how that affects, well not just box office, but how it affects how you remember a movie when you look back at your childhood and remember those old movies. It will be interesting. Step Up 3D hits stores Tuesday, Dec. 21 on DVD, Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D.
  • WTF of the Day: Ashton's Accuser Sells 'His' Sweater on eBay
    By: Kelsea Stahler Dec 20, 2010
    Apparently, when people stop talking about your scandal (because it’s completely made up and a serious case of some extreme daddy issues), all you have to do is sell some stuff on eBay and say it belonged to the actor you’re attempting to take down. Now, none of us really know whether or not Ashton Kutcher cheated on Demi Moore with Brittany Jones, attention-hungry harlot, and taking advantage of that fact Jones is now selling a sweater on eBay that she claims Kutcher gave her after their alleged tryst. WTF. Right, so Ashton Kutcher cheated on his wife with you, then sued a company that attached his name to yours for your recent sex-tape (another reason you’re such a credible source), and he’s exhausted himself denying the accusations, but he was stupid enough to GIVE you his sweater? This is where I draw the line and call bullshit. I up the call to utter bullshit when I see that Jones started the bidding at $500 dollars with the description, “This sweater was given to me after spending the night with Ashton. I no longer have any attachment to this sweater and I am hoping someone else will enjoy it.” Are you serious? First she tries to sell a sex tape using Kutcher’s name and now she’s trying to make a little eBay cash on the side. Even if it is Ashton’s sweater – and we have no way of knowing short of some CSI stuff, and who really cares that much? – all this little episode is signaling to anyone who’s listening is that this is one D-E-S-P-E-R-A-T-E chick. If you did have sex with him, MOVE ON. And if you didn’t, accept that no one believes you* and SHUT UP. *Obviously some people believe her, because the bidding is already over $11,000. (Yes, as in multiple thousands of dollars. That's my year in rent spent on a sweater that may or may not have once belonged to Ashton Kutcher. Recession be damned, the people will have their unverified celeb memorabilia!) It looks like she isn’t the most desperate Ashton fan out there. Source: Radar Online, eBay
  • Jeff Bridges on 'SNL': The Skits You Missed
    By: Kelsea Stahler Dec 20, 2010
    When it comes to SNL, I think I’ve finally learned that lowering expectations for each episode is the way to go. Instead of watching every Saturday, hoping for a grand comedic revelation, why don’t we call it what it is, a chance for a few laughs and an opportunity to see some of our favorite actors make fun of themselves by goofing around in different skits. Perhaps it’s this new mindset I’ve adopted, or maybe the show is actually getting better, but this week’s Jeff Bridges-hosted episode was actually “pretty cool” as Vanessa Bayer’s Miley Cyrus would say. Bridges, who’s back for his second hosting gig (the first was back in the 80s), opened with a monologue about his most beloved character, The Dude, and gave us all a little taste of the White Russian slugging, rug loving character himself. He finished up with a Christmas song with Cookie Monster to spread a little holiday spirit and answer his bid to get on the comedy show. It set the tone for a pretty “cute” episode, which is alright because at least there were a few mild chuckles to be had. Of course, the bit you’re probably already hearing about at the water cooler is the digital short. It’s no “Dick in a Box,” but the Lonely Island’s “I Just Had Sex” features Akon and cameos from John McEnroe, Blake Lively, and Jessica Alba and fills that void we’ve been feeling since the last good Lonely Island video hit the small screen. Plus, it captures that wonderful post-coital rush that makes you feel like you could shout about your latest conquest from the rooftops – and that’s exactly what Samberg and crew do. We also got another installment of Bill Hader’s Julian Assange and his scene-hijacking hijinks, this time breaking in to rain all over Mark Zuckerberg’s “Person of the Year” parade. This skit should be getting old, but the writers seem to hit the nail on the head again and again with this timely spoof. In another welcome recurring skit, Vanessa Bayer treats us to another episode of The Miley Cyrus Show, taking on Miley’s recent drug “troubles.” This also gave us our first dose of Bridges as he did his best Nick Nolte. The whole point of the skit was to show the mild nature of Miley’s drug problem against the backdrop of Nolte’s severe issues, so I would have liked to see a little more from Bridges, but he did the best he could with the tiny bit of material they handed him. Bridges also lent his impression skills to a skit about Larry King’s anticlimactic last show, playing Dog the Bounty Hunter and proving to be the only interesting part of a bit about how boring Larry King is. Yawn. Weekend Update was particularly lackluster this time around, and even included a weather segment featuring a particularly awful impression of Brad Pitt from featured cast member, Taran Killam, who seemed to think he was imitating a Southern Keanu R?>eeves?> instead. I won’t bother sharing that clip, but instead share a clip of my favorite Weekend Update correspondent, Stefan, and he tries to insert his own lyrics into a Christmas song with SNL versions of Gov. David Patterson and Snooki. Bridges made only a few appearances in this last episode before Christmas, and while they weren’t all knee-slappers, they proved that he’s infinitely enjoyable to watch. He put his famous good nature to use, bringing back Punk’d his own way. Jeff’d treats Bridges’ friends to a few mild confusions, and he swoops in to tell them it’s all okay before they can even get upset. It was a chuckle worthy little skit that just makes me wish I lived next door to Bridges because he seems like such a cool guy. Remember those crazy faces Bridges made in his strange dreams in The Big Lebowski? Do you miss that wacky hilarity? Well, then the last sketch of the night should make you good and happy, because The Dude finally came out of his shell as a gay gift-wrapping pioneer in the Wild West. (Yes, you read that right.) That’s about as good of an explanation as I can give, so enjoy. Bridges also made a quick appearance as the Rabbi in the show’s Hanukkah version of It’s a Wonderful Life, but the sketch as a whole was pretty awful, relying on tired old stereotypes and using Nasim Pedrad as an incredibly annoying child…again. (Amy Poehler, I miss you.) ?>
  • 'Football Wives' Season Finale Recap: The End Zone
    By: Kelsea Stahler Dec 20, 2010
    S1:E8 Well pigskin wifey fans, we’ve made it. As of the end of last night’s episode, we’ve reached the end of the season. So what have we learned? Everything can be solved with Botox, right Amanda? We now know that someone will always find a reason to fight with Pilar and that the lightning rod of a woman apparently went all Benjamin Button and aged backwards (that’s right, she wasn’t lying about her age, she just became a storybook character, NBD). Okay, so we didn’t really learn anything, but we had fun right? A little fun? A few laughs? Okay, we sustained partial hearing loss and we’ve got some extra lines on our foreheads from all that judgmental and disappointed brow furrowing. The final episode didn’t improve on this season-long pattern, but they changed locations – woo! The ladies find themselves in New York (because they needed something to make the finale epic besides yet another Pilar showdown, which is so October). VH1 TV Shows | Music Videos | Celebrity Photos | News & Gossip The ladies are enjoying their first night and already Chanita is stirring it up. Everyone’s trying to play nice, being friendly with Pilar, who managed to show up for the New York trip but not for Dawn’s vow renewal last week. Pilar, who’s always trying to show how cosmopolitan she is, is falling asleep at the rooftop bar. (She’d better keep her game up though, with the rate that Chanita is chugging down those White Russians. Who does she think she is, The Dude?) Of course, Miss Drama Queen herself, Dawn, tells Chanita to check her anger and have fun – are you serious? STFU, Miss Hypocrite. The ladies get hooked up to go shopping in an exclusive, buyer-only showroom and it’s only a matter of time before the claws come out. Who’s being the bigger person now? Pilar buys a hideous silver mermaid dress that looks like something off a Destiny’s Child reject rack while the other ladies wait impatiently in the limo, and take the opportunity to bash Pilar for her lack of class – right because Amanda, Chanita and Dawn are just the epitome of style and grace. That night, Amanda decides to stay in because all that “New York City walking” is making her knee hurt – what walking? Didn’t we just see you all getting chauffeured around in a limo? I know you all weren’t schlepping around on the subway. Pilar decides she’s staying in too, of course this is what sets the ladies off – no one cares that Amanda has some BS excuse for staying in. They hop in their knee-busting limo and head out on the town with another football wifey whose ball player was shipped away from Dallas to play for the Jets. Of course, Dawn and Chanita are certain that Pilar has some sinister plan to go to a swanky party instead of hanging out with the rest of them. What happened to “this anger is poisoning your mind?” I guess that doesn’t matter when she gets to drinking. Their visiting football wife smoothes it all over with a suggestion that will only make everything worse: Patron shots! Oh geez. So why does Dawn care so much anyway? All night all she can talk about is how much more fun it is without her. If it’s fun without her than why the hell are you complaining that she’s gone? If she’s such a “bitch” shouldn’t you be happy she’s not around? (Because then there wouldn't be a show.) The next night, they head out for a swanky dinner of … sliders – really? You’re in the city of amazing food around every corner and that’s what you’re munching on? Pilar’s not there for the "fancy" meal, so of course Dawn has to point it out and go on and on about what a great night they had without her – hello, what about Amanda? She didn’t go either, are you trying to make her feel awful? Out of the blue, Chanita brings up the fact that Dawn’s son is autistic, so she gives everyone a symbol of the national charity. This little nice (and awkwardly out of place) moment only lasts for a second until Melani and Pilar have the audacity to show up for dinner – wait, what did they do wrong again? VH1 TV Shows | Music Videos | Celebrity Photos | News & Gossip The ladies decide they won’t stick around while Melani and Pilar finish their belated dinners, and of course this brings up the same old argument again. I just feel bad for the other people trying to eat in the restaurant at this poit. Chanita says Pilar always ruins everything – harsh much? So she didn’t come to some event – who cares? Like any normal person would in the face of that much hate, Pilar leaves with tears in her eyes. She may be cold and have her head in the clouds, but Chanita could have some freaking tact for once. Melani defends Pilar and this sets off Dawn who draws some crazy line between what Melani says and disrespect of her profession. Now everyone’s crying and standing in front of the restaurant like angsty 16 year olds. Melani apologizes for offending Dawn - what?! Of course once that apology gets wrapped up, Chanita starts yelling and saying she’s done with everyone. Even the other crazy ladies are over it, and now everyone’s making dramatic exits. No one is friends with anyone else anymore, and it doesn’t look like a resolution is anywhere in sight. What a way to end the season, huh? But how else would they do it? These ladies are like those girls in high school that spent every homecoming and Sadie Hawkins dance running around in packs stirring up rumors and drama instead of dancing with their dates in giant awkward friend circles like the rest of us. I wasn’t having it then, and I’m not having it now. Good riddance, Football Wives. We hardly knew ye (thank God).
  • Disney Sets Plans In Motion For 'The Museum of the Weird'
    By: Kelsea Stahler Dec 17, 2010
    Disney’s got some more magic a-brewing, and like Jon Favreau is doing for his upcoming Disney project, Magic Kingdom, the people at Disney are looking back in Magic Kingdom history for inspiration. This time, they’re looking at a project that lost ground back in the 60s – The Museum of the Weird. The project was an attraction for Disneyland designed by original imagineers Rolly Crump and Claude Coats; it was meant to attach to the haunted mansion and include “a parade of ghostly organists, magic carts, talking chairs” and a whole host of other creepy knick-knacks. While the museum never made it to fruition (and trust me, there’s a whole treasure trove of short-lived and unused imagineer visions for Disneyland throughout its 55 years of existence), a few of the planned trinkets made it into the Haunted Mansion attraction itself. Now the canned idea is getting its second chance at the hand of, believe it or not, Ahmet Zappa. I guess the prince of weird (his dad Frank Zappa was the King) is the best candidate to create a layout for The Museum of the Weird, but since when did Ahmet become a screenwriter? I thought he was too busy making strange music and recovering from his 90s popularity, but apparently his 1996 novel was scooped up by Disney for adaptation for the screen, and they were happy with his style so he’s since been tapped for this project and for the very mysterious Tikki Room-inspired feature. The Museum of the Weird is still a long way off, but it’s pretty exciting to see ideas that didn’t quite fit into Disneyland find a home on a Hollywood backlot. Source: LA Times