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 May 02, 2013
    When I turned on American Idol Wednesday night, I fully expected to tune in and instantly worry that perhaps for the first time ever, the show was slipping and showing us a word unbeknownst to Idol purists: a re-run. And that’s because after last week’s big “twist” it was revealed that the Top 4 contestants would come back to the stage and get something of a mulligan for last week’s missteps. That meant somewhat of a rehashing of last week's events and that bottom two contestants Candice Glover and Amber Holcomb were definitely safe for another week, and with Candice it was a huge relief. How she got there is still a mystery. With Amber, as talented as she is, the placement in the bottom two was less of a surprise. And that’s why her incredible performance this week was so remarkable: In the eleventh hour, Amber finally showed us why she’s here. For all the hat tricks Idol pulled this week, what with Harry Connick, Jr. palling around with and mentoring the ladies to the weird Disneyland at Dark sideshow performance at the end of the episode, Amber’s sudden redemption was the most dramatic moment of the night. And be honest, folks, who doesn’t like an underdog story? One in which the girl who couldn’t get a vote suddenly arrested all of our attention? No one. No one doesn’t like to see that. Could it change Amber’s shot at the competition? The chances are slim considering how set in their opinions voters tend to be at this point in the competition, but who knows? Maybe this twist will shake up the votes after all. Amber certainly deserves that little sliver of hope. After her first performance of “Just Give Me a Reason” by Pink, fitting of the “Songs from 2013” theme, it was almost certain that Amber was through. She took the gift of a theme that would force her into a current-sounding box and with her pipes, it had to be a slam dunk. But she wasn’t connected to the song, she was in her own head, and the song was a flop. Even Randy agreed. It didn’t work. But when she took on the “Standards” theme with a reprisal of “My Funny Valentine,” she pulled out her game-changer. Despite not knowing the meaning of the song (something Connick took some time to help her understand), Amber eventually learned what the lyrics meant and brought all of that heart, emotion, and her inner being to the performance. Where her personality had been stifled and lacking for weeks, it shined in this performance, and while watching her dad get teary made us get all weepy, it was Amber’s tears that worked their emotional magic on Nicki Minaj. Both women teared up, Nicki seemed to think it had something to go with the fact that Amber thinks she’s the next girl to get cut. The sad truth is that despite this comeback, Amber could very well be correct in her fears and both hers and Nicki’s tears may make a second appearance Thursday night. Then there was Candice, who had a few hiccups with her choices last week, but still remains an absolutely amazing singer and absolutely, one hundred percent herself. For her first song, she chose to get a little risky and sing “If I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars without changing the lyrics to work for her own gender. Connick was a little wary, but seemed to think she could pull it off, and she absolutely did. It became clear (as if it wasn’t clear enough already) that Candice can sing absolutely anything and make it feel like the greatest, most Candice-esque song in the world. It didn’t even matter that she is a woman, she’s got the gift of carrying every word of that song like gospel. And it only got better when she sang her standard, “You’ve Changed.” This was the point of the show when I started echoing Mariah Carey and Nicki. There are simply no words for the wonderful moments of television, music, and performance exhibited by Candice during her song. It was absolute perfection. It stirred my heart. And if voters elect to put her the bottom two again, my wrath will be unmeasurable. Candice isn’t in it to win it, she’s just the best singer in the competition. It’s unfortunate then, that the Internet seems to think that Angie Miller has already won the competition because the judges love her so much. While the judges love Angie, they love Candice more. If we were going to look back through critiques, I guarantee Angie has had worse judging weeks than Candice. So why then, is Angie the frontrunner? She’s cute, she’s sweet, she's a good singer. Alright. What else? Her strange bossa nova version of “Diamonds” by Rihanna was great in theory, but in practice it doesn’t really work. It’s flat, it’s not dynamic the way the original is, and there’s no one moment of emotional clarity. It simply lies there, lifeless, and Angie seems wildly out of place without an emotional anchor to tie herself to. But it didn’t get much better when Angie picked her standard, “Someone to Watch Over Me.” The song is incredible and if you haven’t listened to Etta James’ version in your lifetime, get it together and do it already. Angie attempts to make it her own; she plays with the tempo and worst of all, she brings along a band with big, sweeping music that washes over the beautiful simplicity and intimacy of the song. It was cheesy (borderline second-hand embarrassing). It was too much. And worst of all: it wasn’t the Angie we bought into. She may hate hearing it, but we like the Angie who plays incredibly heart-wrenching songs on her piano. We’re not about some PBS special diva in a silky dress. Still, she’s not the one in the worst shape this week. My beloved Kree Harrison fell down a few more pegs. First, she performed Carrie Underwood’s “See You Again,” which was sweet enough and showed off her vocal ability. She still had that uncomfortable twinge she’s been accused of in recent weeks, but perhaps that was because she was sitting on a stool with Cute Idol Guitarist Man instead of being able to move around like usual. But that performance wasn’t really the problem. Her second song, “Stormy Weather,” was not only a poor performance, it actually seemed to start a riot among the judges (and Connick). After an extensive mentoring session in which Connick tried to convince Kree not to use runs and vocal embellishments, Kree almost seemed to rebel against his advice. Suddenly, she’s doing runs on every phrase, and perhaps Mariah, Keith, and myself were all swayed by Connick’s critiques, but her clear rebellion was as noticeable as her ridiculously high heels. And it simply didn’t work. Despite his spat with Randy on the subject, this time, Connick was right. Kree should have just sung the song straight (or Kree’s natural version of “straight”), without all these fabricated runs that don’t show off her voice or her natural ability. At a most crucial moment, Kree just took about three steps back while Candice and Amber took two giant leaps forward. Who do you think is going home? Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler More:'American Idol' Recap: Angie Miller Rises to the TopNew 'Idol' Judges Already? Ratings Are Low, But Don't Blame Mariah'American Idol' Made Me Love Keith Urban From Our Partners:Miley Goes Braless for Magazine Cover (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • 5 Reasons Why Alec Baldwin's Daughter Ireland Is Your New Role Model
    By: Kelsea Stahler May 01, 2013
    People are terrible. Somehow, this gorgeous young lady, who just so happens to be the offspring of Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger, has endured harsh criticisms about her weight. Ireland Baldwin, age 18, was recently signed as a model and has already started putting her startlingly good looks to use and, apparently, brought the worst out of a few horrible people. But Ms. Baldwin isn't about to stand for it, as she explains in an open letter posted on her Tumblr.  Not only are her comments incredibly heartfelt and touching, she seems to be a pretty smart cookie. Baldwin doesn't come back at her detractors with fire or Alec Baldwin-esque rage. She's clear, straightforward, thoughtful, and completely on the money. This is the sort of woman girls should look up to. Reason 1: She gets it. She really gets it. "Of course I get those comments about how I am too fat to model, how I am not model material, how I am an unattractive girl, how I am too tall, etc. I understand. I don’t look as glamourous as Rosie Huntington Whitely when leaving the gym. I’m actually really sweaty. Like really sweaty. I understand that I am not a size .008. What I don’t fully understand, is what is the good in commenting on a photo of a 17 year old girl and calling her fat, ugly, etc? Is that helping you in some way? I’m confused." Exactly. We're confused too, what exactly do people get out of tweeting or commenting or communicating by carrier pigeon that they believe anyone is "too fat" for his or her job? Spoiler alert: Baldwin is still going to be a model whether or not you tweet something nasty about it. Reason 2: She knows real beauty is everywhere. "If you don’t have a complimentary thing to say about someone, keep it to yourself. I am not just talking about comments on photos of myself. I see hateful comments everywhere. It’s bad energy being put out there! Personally, I try to see the beauty in everyone. It’s there. Every girl out there has a beautiful feature. I even see the beauty in the people who send me hateful replies!" Way to go, girl. Kill those hateful folks with kindness. And while I wish the pleas of a celebrity's model daughter were enough to inspire the commenters of the world to take a chill pill, alas, it's just a dream. If only society could be what Ms. Baldwin willed it to be. Reason 3: You can't judge a teen by her parents. In fact, why are we judging teens at this tough stage anyway?"I also get compared to my Mom quite a bit and this is where I bridge into the point of this whole post. I AM NOT MY PARENTS. My mom is one of the most beautiful woman in the world. She is 5’9, I am 6’2. She is petite and fragile, and I am fit and…. more to love tehe. I have a booty, she has a thigh gap. As she emerged from her teen years, she developed an angular face and striking cheekbones. I am still a teen making my way out of my awkward phase. I am still trying to figure this whole thing out." Not only is Baldwin giving us the immediate "I'm not my mother" treatment, but she's getting into deeper territory: teen girls judging other teen girls before they've had the chance to mature into the women they are meant to be. Baldwin calls herself "more to love" and embraces the fact that she's got a "booty," proving that despite her young age, she's got the ability to accept and love her own shape. But she takes it a step further: as a teen, judgment is useless. The teen years are when girls are still figuring themselves and their bodies out. What good does it do to comment on that process wtih such negativity?  Reason 4: She's forgiven her dad, why can't everyone else?"Just like almost all of you, my Dad has made some mistakes in the past. He has spoken out of place, he has let his temper get the best of him, and he has reacted towards things in ways he shouldn’t have. I get hateful replies and threats regarding mistakes of my Dad’s past. This isn’t fair. I had nothing to do with anything that happened back then, so I don’t fully understand why I am being targeted." Somehow, the anger over Alec Baldwin's infamous voicemail in which he called Ireland a "pig" has transferred from the father to his innocent daughter. But Ireland's not angry. She's not calling anyone names. She calmly tells us that this is a personal moment in her past and that it has nothing to do with her or who she is as a young adult. Reason 5: She's independent, ambitious, and incredibly self-aware."I am not seeking fame by association. I do not want to be simply know as a model. I am proud to be my parent’s [sic] daughter, but I don’t want to forever be known as 'that rude thoughtless little pig' or 'Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger’s kid.' I have passions and interests of my own that I want to soon give life to. I want to be known for helping others and being a healthy role model. That is what matters most to me overall. Before sending hateful replies and emails, consider all of this. Talk to me! I am friendly. I do not think I am better than anyone." Are we sure this girl is really an 18-year-old daughter of two famous celebrities? She's so grounded and so aware of how the world around her works. She's not afraid of being the girl who received the "thoughtless little pig" voicemail. That's a part of her past, and it's real. But now, she wants to be her own woman, and she wants to be a positive influence on the parts of the world she touches.  This is what a young lady should be like. I'm so delighted by Baldwin, I'm not even going to harp on the handful of grammatical errors she made. She is still a teenager, after all.  Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler More:Lindsey Lohan May Blog About Rehab, But She Shouldn't'Teen Mom' Star Sells Porn Video For MillionsMiley Cyrus' Racy Photo Shoot Says 'F**k It,' Proves Her Image Isn't An Act  From Our Partners:Beyonce Flaunts Bikini Bod for H&M (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Miley Cyrus' Racy Photo Shoot Says 'F**k It,' Proves Her Vixen Image Is Not an Act
    By: Kelsea Stahler May 01, 2013
    Honestly, New Miley kind of rules. Before you get too up in arms, Miley Cyrus did tell us she Can't Be Tamed back in 2010 and clearly, we should have listened. This "rebel" was there all along. In her new photo spread and interview for V Magazine, Cyrus lets loose — all the way loose — with racy images of her provactively pulling on her waistband and wearing shorts that are doing a terrible job of being shorts (see: butt cheeks on parade) as well as a crop top with a penchant for showing under-boob (images below, pervs). And while we've been referring to her antics as "acting out" — something we've been doing since she first started trying to shed her Disney image — she looks so at home in these scandalous poses, we're starting to believe that this is the real Miley. What's more, in her accompanying interview, which pairs Miley with her unreleased album's producer Pharrell Williams (whom she calls "P"), Cyrus talks about why she cut off all her hair and started dressing like a punk rock vixen. "In my mind I’m Gucci Mane, but on paper I’m a pop artist," Cyrus tells V in the May issue. She adds that this image has always been her thing, but now pop culture is catching up. "Now I’m like, F**k it. It’s not about the girly-girl s**t anymore, the pop s**t. Times are changing, music is changing, fashion is changing. It’s all changing," she says. And before you shake your head and revert back to her old catchphrase (she's just being Miley), know that Williams actually agrees. Referring to the time she fired back at Tyler, the Creator when he made fun of her short, blonde haircut on Twitter, Williams says, "'Yes, I will nuke you. I’m not afraid. But I like your music.' That’s the real s**t. That was a very proud moment for me. Name another pop artist under 21 who would have responded like that. Because on paper she’s a pop artist. If you cut her open, she’s many things." The man's got a point.  Alright, Miley-haters. Are you on-board yet?  Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler More:In Defense of Miley Cyrus: Stop the Slut-ShamingOops! Snoop Lion May Have Confirmed the Miley-Liam SplitThe Yoga Sutra of Miley Cyrus  From Our Partners:Beyonce Flaunts Bikini Bod for H&M (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Chris Brown Whines 'I Can't Win' In New Song, Pretends It's Not About Rihanna
    By: Kelsea Stahler May 01, 2013
    Does Chris Brown finally get it? Has he gone from a myopic fool hell-bent on making the world see things through his eyes to a self-aware artist, painfully cognizant of the way much of the public sees him? Is he finally going to join the conversation instead of rebel against it? Let's be real. Of course not. The new song he released, aptly titled "I Can't Win," is about a journey of emotional struggle. He's not saying it's his emotional struggle, but we kind of think it is.  I hate to admit it, but "I Can't Win" is a bit of a jam. And the bits about this phantom girl hating him because "the only thing you love is the bottle" can only be questionably linked to his relationship with Rihanna. But when he gets to the chorus, the song gets a little self-serving. "She ain't bluffing, she gon' do it/ I think it's time for me to face the music" followed by "Girl, if you love me, better prove it/I can't win/I can't win." Basically, this girl is a mess (probably an alcoholic) and it's her fault their relationship isn't working. Brown's character is just the poor schmuck who endlessly loves her to no avail. Now, it's not a one-for-one transferral for his real situation with Rihanna, but based on Brown's behavior in the past and his mission to convince us that he's better now, is it beyond the realm of possibility that he'd feel he can't win with us, the celeb-news-obsessed-public? Wouldn't he seek a cathartic outlet to declare to the universe that, for fault completely not his own (that part's a bit of a fantasy), he's simply doomed?  Let's add to that the way in which he presented the song, which won't be on his upcoming album. Brown simply tweeted the link to the Vimeo video stating "Some s**t I felt like writing that's not on the album." So, it's not for the album, but the emotions in it are so pressing that he just had to put them into music and share it with the world somehow? The song may not be specifically about his relationship with Rihanna, but I'll be damned if we're to believe his real emotions as a result of that past love aren't in play on this track.  Listen for yourself and be the judge: Some shit I felt like writing that's not on the album — Chris Brown(@chrisbrown) April 30, 2013 Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler More:Did and Chris Brown Steal a Song?Chris Brown Campaigns for ForgivenessChris Brown on His Relationship With Rihanna: 'I Lay Down The Pipe'  From Our Partners:Beyonce Flaunts Bikini Bod for H&M (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Yummo: 8 Tantalizing Dishes From the Best Restaurant in the World
    By: Kelsea Stahler Apr 30, 2013
    "Uh-yummm." "(Drooling sounds)." "Me want fooooood." These are warranted reactions to the following images, as they contain maximum levels of deliciousness. Meet the newest celebrity of the foodie world: El Celler de Can Rosa in Girona, Spain. The restaurant was just knocked out Denmark's Noma to be named the Best Restaurant in the World on the 50 Best Restaurants in the World list sponsored by S. Pelligrino (that's fizzy mineral water, to those of you whose offices aren't located above a fancy grocery store).  Since we don't all have the luxury of hopping on private jets to Spain or parading our famous faces in front of the Maitre d' in order to snag a spot on the reservation list, which has undoubtedly grown in the few hours since the restaurant earned its new title, we're bringing the glamour and impossibly delcious-looking delicacies to you. We happened upon GastronomyBlog's trip to the now-famous restaurant back in 2010, and from the looks of things, El Cellar de Can Rosa deserves every last accolade. Warning: This post contains elements that will produce embarassing expressions. Use caution when viewing these images.  It's kind of like this: Source Steak Tartare with Mustard Ice Cream Pumpkin, Rock Mussels, and Mandarin Orange Charcoal Grilled Prawns Sole, Olive Oil, and Mediterranean Flavors Red Mullet with Susquet (Catalan Seafood Stew) and Lard Lamb, Peas, and Mint Rose Souffle Carrot Compote Filled With Egg Yolk Ice Cream and Apricot Eau-de-vie I mean, seriously.  Source Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler More:Pop Culture Pot Luck! Holiday Dishes Inspired By Movies and TV - GALLERYOver-The-Top Celebrity EndorsementsNasa Accidentally Sketches a Penis on Mars From Our Partners:Beyonce Flaunts Bikini Bod for H&M (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • If You Think 'Inside Amy Schumer' Is Just Lady Comedy, You're Sexist (And You're Missing Out)
    By: Kelsea Stahler Apr 30, 2013
    Amy Schumer's new Comedy Central show is crass. It's downright dirty. At times the second-hand embarrassment is almost unbearable. But most of all, it's absolutely hilarious. It's easy to pigeonhole Inside Amy Schumer as a sketch comedy show about how "real ladies really do it" – a sort of knee-jerk response to the success of the real girls' experience presented by Lena Dunham's Girls and letting it stew in the wasteland that is "comedy aimed at ladies." But that's just plain wrong. And wasteful. And not to mention sexist and ignorant, but we'll play nice... for now. If anything, Schumer's show is the de facto Liz Lemon of Comedy Central's dude-laden schedule. It's informed by Schumer's experience as a woman, because – duh – comedy is a result of a comedian's experience, but it's not geared at women or geared at men who love jokes at the expense of women. It's just geared at people who like to laugh at things, otherwise known as everyone.  Tina Fey's Ms. Lemon, while being lauded as heroines for women in comedy, are loved because the 30 Rock actress entered the realm of comedy as a funny person. That's it. Not a funny person with lady parts and the insight into what ladies might find funny (fun fact: there's no such subset of comedy). Schumer's show is clearly in that vein, taking her brand of crass humor (which is admittedly, not for everyone) to a gender-aware, but not gender-targetted zone where laughter is a gift for all.  The true test of Schumer's new series is in its ability to tread well-worn TV territory and make it a hilarious experience. From staging the pitch meeting for a "viral marketing video" not unlike "2 Girls 1 Cup," to a side-by-side comparison of a hopeful young woman and her conquest's day following a one night stand, Schumer takes the seemingly obvious to a ridiculous place swathed in the muted coolness of her delivery. The result is something not often seen on Comedy Central: a subtle presentation of typically unsubtle content. Are there jokes about jerking off? Yep. Come shots? Uh-huh. What about scrotum sexts? Oh, you betcha.  But these TV-MA jokes aren't thrown at you like Tosh.0 referencing the fact that Uranus sounds like a rectum (hyuck, hyuck, yuck). Schumer turns toilet humor into an art form because when she does it, it's smart, fresh, but most importantly, legitimately funny.  Inside Amy Schumer premieres on Tuesday, April 30 at 10:30 PM ET.  Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler More:Comedy Central Star Ben Hoffman on How to Spice Up 'Mad Men'Louis C.K. Hates His Own Stand-up Special TrailerWhat Was the Last Great Moment of Slapstick Comedy?  From Our Partners:Miley Goes Braless for Magazine Cover (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Lindsay Lohan May Glorify the Rehab Experience in New Blog, But She Shouldn't
    By: Kelsea Stahler Apr 30, 2013
    If Kourtney Kardashian can blog about being a mom on the foundation that she's popped out a couple of kids, Gwyneth Paltrow can instruct us on the ways of healthy living and whatever else is about on account of the fact that she's Gwyneth Paltrow, and Heidi Klum can spout off weird knowledge of tooth-shaped pillows and diet pizzas based on her apparent prowess in staying skinny and talking about weird things, then Lindsay Lohan can certainly act as an expert on going to rehab and never learning anything at all. After three stints in rehab, it's almost surprising she hasn't written a book about her experience, but now she just may be starting to blog about it, according to The New York Post. But while she can, Lohan most certainly shouldn't be writing about rehab as long as she's still experiencing rehab. There's a reason the Seafield Center in Westhampton Beach, where Lohan will reportedly begin her program on May 2, has strict rules about visitors to the facility and about respecting the confidentiality of its patients. The first rule being to protect some patients who, like Lohan, may be in the public eye, but the second is because a serious journey to rehabilitation requires a committment to changing one's behaviors, and that's a very personal process. The center offers such strict measures as "social setting detox" in order to ween patients off of the other, non-physical cues that trigger addiction. For Lohan, dipping back into the celeb news circuit by telling her story of rehab as it happens seems to be the opposite of removing herself from the world causing all the problems. Instead, she's just buying right into it. It's not uncommon for celebs to talk about rehab after they've come through it all to see the light at the end of the tunnel: Robert Downey, Jr. opened up to Rolling Stone about his time in prison and rehab following his raging drug addiction in the '90s. Demi Lovato went on Katie to talk about how rehab felt like "prison" and how she struggled with being kept from her usual creature comforts and habits. But that's the point. They both shared their experiences after they got well. At that point, sharing the story is a way of acknowledging the changes they've made in their life.  But writing knee-jerk, glorified feelings journals for the entire Internet to consume like a pack of ravenous, judgmental hyenas is not healthy for the hyenas or for Lohan. Rehab needs to be a place of zero judgement, a sequestered glen in which the patients can remove the stressors that drove them to their addiction in the first place. Keeping that channel of communication between herself and the fire-breathing dragon of celebrity gossip culture open is only going to hurt her chances at actually making the fourth rehab stint the charm.  And that's not even taking into account the entertainment factor for readers. How fascinating can Lindsay's new schedule of acupuncture, spirituality workshops, and candlelit ceremonies be? We've heard the "I want to be better" speech from LiLo time after time... after time... after t-i-m-e. Is reading it again in real time going to make it any more believable? No. It won't.  You know what will make it believable? Lohan going to rehab without the watchful eye of the Internet, completing her treatment without sharing her thoughts on the spread at Taco Tuesday, and emerging from the process a more centered, thoughtful, careful human being who doesn't turn around immediately and go back to her old booze-guzzling (among other things) ways. Drop the blog, LiLo. Treat yo self (literally).  Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler More:Lindsay Lohan, Your Hoodie Looks Like a Condom'Scary Movie 5' Review: Was Lindsay Lohan Funny?LiLo on 'Anger Management': No Cocaine Joke Was Left Untold  From Our Partners:Beyonce Flaunts Bikini Bod for H&M (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Why Brad Pitt's 'World War Z' Scrapped the Entire Ending and More Dramatic Details
    By: Kelsea Stahler Apr 30, 2013
    How hard is it to build an entire global civilization ravaged by zombies and still allow Brad Pitt to stand at the center as the blockbuster-worthy shining beacon of heroism at the end? Pretty hard. Go figure. It's no surprise that World War Z has had a long road leading up to its June 2013 release. The adaptation itself, from a novel that reads more like a scientific report of a worldwide zombie outbreak than the plot of some shiny summer movie, was a huge undertaking at the start. But add to that the other unplanned problems — like a government seizure in Budapest when a shipment of prop guns that were supposed to be disabled were found to be functional — and it's starting to feel like a miracle that we'll see this movie in theaters this June at all.  Now, with new details straight from the mouths of one-time hired re-writer Damon Lindelof, director Marc Forster, and Paramount execs Marc Evans and Adam Goodman in June's issue of Vanity Fair, it's clear we didn't even know the half of it. Lindelof, who was originally brought in to help repair the first cut's climactic issues, says he saw two very difficult ways of fixing the film that Pitt told him "'didn’t turn out the way we wanted it to.'" Epic Roadblock #1: The Movie's Ending Was Awful Lindelof told the magazine that the ending of the movie was "incoherent," something Evans knew the moment he saw the first cut. "It was, like, Wow. The ending of our movie doesn’t work. I believed in that moment we needed to reshoot the movie," he says. And with that realization came a world of pain, including numerous rewrites, with the final one going through Lindelof's Lost writing partner Drew Goddard after Lindelof became too busy.  Even More Epic Roadblock #2: The Extensive Re-Shoot But before any decisions were made as to how to fix the terrible ending, Lindelof gave the producers two options: the easy road, and the long, expensive, complicated road. Take a wild guess as to which one they chose. "I said to them, There are two roads to go down here ... Is there material that can be written to make that stuff work better? To have it make sense? To have it have emotional stakes? And plot logic and all that? And Road Two, which I think is the long-shot road, is that everything changes after Brad leaves Israel," says Lindelof. The second option meant throwing out the ending of the film and reshooting about 40 minutes of the movie, and despite the improbability of that option, it's the one the film's producers went with. "Are You Serious Right Now?" Roadblock #3: The Mysteriously-Inflating Budget It seems even more impossible that the zombie epic went into such extensive reshoots considering just how far over budget it was already. According to Evans, there was an "unthinkable" budget snafu after the crew shot in Malta, and the penalty was millions of unbudgetted dollars swirling down the drain. They found missing cast and crew purchase orders stuffed in a drawer and just like that, the budget swelled. "It was literally insane. Adam [Goodman, president of the Paramount Film Group] and I believed we’d gotten out of Malta good, and I found out we weren’t. That is a nightmare," says Evans. It wasn't long before the zombie epic, which started out with a budget of a whopping $125 million, shot up to a bloated $200 million.  So please, go see this film, if not for the serious take on a zombie epidemic or for Brad Pitt's Robert Langdon-esque 'do, for the sheer fact that despite every possible roadblock, it's hitting theaters this summer. It's a miracle there's even a version that's being release for our viewing pleasure, aren't you the least bit curious what all the fuss (and muss and – okay, I'll say it – clusterf**k) was about? Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler More:'World War Z': What Went Wrong and What's Going RightBrad Pitt's 'World War Z': Zombie Movie With Heart? - TRAILER'World War Z' Super Bowl Ad: NFL Fans Love the Apocalypse  From Our Partners:Beyonce Flaunts Bikini Bod for H&M (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • (Half) Naked Celebs, Ahoy! The 20 Best Movie Swimsuits Ever – Photos
    By: Kelsea Stahler Apr 30, 2013
    The days are getting longer. The temperature is getting hotter (or it will whenever Spring decides to stop pretending it's winter, the jerk). It's time to get in the swing of sunny things. What better way to get ready for Summer, than with the best, most enticing swimsuit scenes from all our favorite movies? From Phoebe Cates' classic poolside jaunt in Fast Times at Ridgemont High to Daniel Craig's leisurely beach stroll in Casino Royale (we're equal opportunity around here), we've got all the best – and in some cases, tiniest – bathing beauties and hunks from the big screen.  You could take a few minutes to thank us for this invaluable public service, or you could just head on over to the gallery and enjoy.  20 Sexiest Movie Swimsuits – GALLERY More:What 31 Child Stars Look Like NowSexiest Beach Moments in MoviesSpring Break Forever: 10 Celebs in Bikinis  From Our Partners:Beyonce Flaunts Bikini Bod for H&M (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • 'True Blood' Season 6 Teaser: Blood, War, and Stephen Moyer's Creepy Voice
    By: Kelsea Stahler Apr 29, 2013
    The war is on. With Tru Blood shortages escalating, Billith's (Stephen Moyer) rampage on all humans in full force, Jason's (Ryan Kwanten) anti-fanger hate reaching a boiling point, and the growing divide between humans and vampires as a result, Season 6 of True Blood is shaping up to be bloodier than the last five, if that's even possible. And we're starting to believe it just might be. Still, the circumstances don't seem to have shifted too much from our last trip to Bon Temps. HBO released the teaser trailer for the new season, which will pick back up right in the middle the war Billith escalated in the final moments of Season 5. Sadly, our only indication of the ferocity of this oncoming conflict is a muddle of voices, including Bill, Jason, Sookie, and a few nameless newscasters. We do, however, get to become a little more acquainted with that increasingly precious Tru Blood bottle. Am I the only one who didn't realize the logo involved Chinese characters?  (A Google excavation reveals, anticlimactically, that they translate to "True Blood." Riveting.) True Blood returns Sunday, June 16 at 9 PM on HBO. Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler More:'True Blood' Season 6 Trailer: Is That Warlow?'True Blood' Season 5 Finale Recap: I'm Melting!'Vampire Diaries' Vs. 'True Blood': Who Stole From Who?  From Our Partners:Miley Goes Braless for Magazine Cover (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)