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Kendrick Lamar Closes Out ‘The Colbert Report’

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The Colbert Report recruited Kendrick Lamar for its final show, and his innovative new track burned the house down. The Compton rapper’s untitled song covers an array of thought-provoking topics in just over three minutes, including Intervention, proselytizing, and a generational divide. Lamar made it clear during his interview that he identifies more as a writer than a rapper, saying, “I pride myself on that. It’s more storytelling than putting rhyming words together.” WATCH BELOW

Wednesday

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THE VOICE finale: WATCH the Best Performances

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The Voice delivered some of its best performances to date, and they predictably came from its A-listers instead of its amateurs. Bruno Mars had a standout performance beside Mark Ronson with ‘Uptown Funk,’ and Meghan Trainor successfully transitioned from being “All About that Bass,” to “Lips are Movin’.” As for Hozier, it’s safe to say he took us far beyond the church with a chilling rendition of his massive hit single. Though it would be kind to mention the show’s finalists, I won’t. They simply are not good enough, and ‘The Voice’ has become a venue for powerful stars to peddle their projects, instead of a springboard for struggling artists. The only reason Craig Wayne Boyd stands a chance is because the country community is loyal, but that didn’t help Danielle Bradbery. That’s okay though. I very much enjoyed the finale. WATCH BELOW

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Sunday

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Saturday

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News Update: Your Weekly Brief

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Toni Garn are kaput. Just Jared

Lenny Kravitz really likes his ladies. Jezebel

Freida Pinto and Dev Patel are dunzo. Wet Paint

Billy Corgan recounted his torrid romance with Courtney Love. HUFFPO

Taylor Swift is secretly dating Matt Healy. Us Mag

Is Kourtney Kardashian single? Radar Online

Derek Hough is Kate Hudson’s new muse. E! Online

Miley Cyrus and Patrick [son of Arnold] are heating up. Rumor Fix

Ariana Grande might be a brat. Dlisted

Chris Brown apologized for insulting his ex on social media. NYDN

Cheryl Burke is leaving Dancing With the Stars. The Stir

Someone needs to stick a pin in the bloated Russell Brand. Contact Music

Hayden Panettiere and Wladimir Klitschko had a baby. Us Mag

Ryan Seacrest is single. Daily Mail

Keira Knightley is pregnant. Page Six

Surfer Lauren Scruggs tied the knot. E! News

Dianna Agron and her hot beau broke up. Hello Mag

Josh Charles is a first-time father. USA Today

AnnaLynne McCord and her Prison Break boyfriend broke up. Just Jared

Saturday

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Lisa Kudrow Calls Out Sony Executives

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Lisa Kudrow emphasized a point that’s now been publicly made ad nauseum, explaining that executives should be well aware that privacy is a myth. While that point is certainly worth mentioning, it misses a larger mark. The issue isn’t the private content, it’s that the content exists at all. I’d like to think that movie executives making millions per year are held to a higher standard both privately and publicly, and that higher standard includes minimal profanity, no racism, and an equitable distribution of company wealth. Amy Pascal runs a huge corporate monster, and she’s responsible for many jobs. Forgive me if I’d like to believe that she should show some respect, even in a private exchange. Watch Kudrow below.


 

 

Saturday

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Z100 Jingle Ball — Watch the Top Performances

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The year’s top singers jammed at the Z100 Jingle Ball, and the annual music event is worth watching. Enjoy some videos below, along with my take on each act. You can catch the full show on The CW Network Thursday, December 18, at 8 p.m. EST/PST.

IGGY AZALEA

From her hair-poof to her baseball jacket, to the jersey-wearing backup dancers, everything about Iggy Azalea’s aesthetic is dated. While she’s certainly a compelling act, it’s time to chuck her creative team in favor of folks with innovative ideas.

ONE REPUBLIC

Ryan Tedder could have spent his entire career writing hits for other artists, and he’s instead expanded his impressive resume with One Republic, where’s he equally compelling. Though he sounded slightly flat at the Jingle Ball, I’ll chalk it up to the overall sound of the venue, given that he’s always on his game.

ARIANA GRANDE & JESSIE J

Speaking of dated, can someone tell Ariana Grande that Mariah Carey circa 1999 is out of style? White pumps are not her friend. Plus, if those two tarts are going to perform beside each other, can’t they match their style scheme? To be fair, I prefer Jessie J.’s personality and Ariana Grande’s voice, so perhaps this is the perfect fit. Watch below.

SAM SMITH

Though my music manager friend calls Sam Smith boring, I’ll never get tired of his voice.

PHARRELL & GWEN STEFANI

Pharrell is the industry’s most consistent force, writing for every top name in the business, including Gwen Stefani who joined him onstage for an errrrrrr . . . interesting song. It was . . . colorful.

Saturday

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Barbara Walters Interview With Howard Stern: LISTEN NOW

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Two of entertainment’s greatest interview titans came together for a special moment in time, and the interview is below for your listening enjoyment. Enjoy as Howard Stern asks Barbara Walters about an affair with Fidel Castro, an attraction to Richard Nixon, and her legendary career. Tune in for Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014 on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

Friday

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iHeartRadio’s Jingle Ball to Stream Live on Yahoo

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Fans of iHeartRadio’s annual star-studded holiday concert, Z100’s Jingle Ball 2014, can stream the show on Yahoo Live or via iHeartMedia Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR) stations across the country. An exclusive 90 minute nationwide broadcast special will also air on The CW Network. This year’s event will feature performances by Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Ariana Grande, Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea, Pharrell, 5 Seconds of Summer, Calvin Harris, OneRepublic, Jessie J, Meghan Trainor, Charli XCX, Shawn Mendes, Rita Ora, and Rixton and Nick Jonas. Guest presenters include Chris Rock, Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis, Sarah Jessica Parker, Ansel Elgort, Emma Roberts, Ryan Seacrest, Seth Rogen, and more. Z100’s Jingle Ball will also capture the holiday spirit with its national iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour. Tune in to the video below on Friday, December 12, at 8 p.m. EST, to catch the action live.

Thursday

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The #SONY Leak: What We’ve Learned

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I’ve spent my entire life working for the corporate monster, and most of those corporate monsters are major networks and studios in the entertainment industry. While I won’t mention them by name, trust that what I’m about to write is from an insider’s perspective.

My first job in entertainment was as an underling at a major network working for two high-level executives who each pulled rank by pitting me against the other. This involved demanding I hang up the phone on my other boss, throwing papers at me, and a call to HR to have me fired. Thankfully HR was one step ahead, and they secretly called  to apologize while simultaneously begging me not to quit. You see — the network was about to tank — and they needed their staff to stick around to sort its ducks. And while I’m grateful for the boot camp education on crazy-town, it was no match for my next gig, which involved a major movie studio that, as I said, will go unnamed.

I was a lawyer now, but my loyalty to the support staff stuck with me. Unfortunately, patterns in this industry repeat themselves, and this studio was no exception. I worked with assistants that were publicly berated and executives that would leave early while their assistants did their work. Because the company frowned on overtime for budgetary reasons, they often didn’t get paid for it. To be fair, the executives were repeatedly told that their high salaries came with the obligation of extra hours, yet they still exited. Those are just a few stories among a mountain of alarming anecdotes that I’ll save for my book.

When the news of the Sony hack set fire to every social network, I sat on it. I could not decide whether it was immoral to repeat information obtained through hacking, and many lives have been unjustly impacted. It has always been my intention with The Dishmaster to stay above the social-media smut. But the time has come to report on the news, and I’ll do it with the most integrity possible. Below is a list of what we’ve learned.

EXECUTIVES HATE CELEBRITIES

Famed Producer and notorious malcontent Scott Rudin engaged in a heated email exchange with Sony co-chief Amy Pascal over Angelina Jolie, which resulted in Rudin calling Jolie a “spoiled brat.” It all started when Pascal asked Rudin to meet with Jolie  in an attempt to circumvent her from stealing David Fincher from directing ‘Jobs’ in favor of her film, ‘Cleopatra,’ which Rudin predicted would be an embarrassment for the studio and a waste of his time. The exchange between these two executives is both hilarious and sad. First, being a fly on the wall as a big-wig blasts a bloated celebrity is a dream come true, especially given our culture of treating fame like royalty. And as an aside, Scott Rudin is a brilliant writer, and he’s right. Jolie has a mediocre resume at best, and by sheer numbers alone, she is not deserving of her all-star status. Furthermore, when a creative executive’s judgment is clouded by A-list status, it results in poor decisions. I need not recite Sony’s Box Office roster to prove that point.

DAVID FINCHER IS A FUNNY MAN

Amidst the Angelina Jolie exhange, Pascal became alarmed by an article which quoted Fincher denying involvement in directing the ‘Jobs’ movie. The title of the article she forwarded Fincher along with a very classy “WTF,” read, “‘Girls’ star Adam Driver to Play ‘Star Wars’ Villain; David Fincher Eyed for Steve Jobs Movie.” In response, Fincher simply said, “Adam Driver is a terrible idea, I’m with you.” Pascal’s all-caps reply indicates she either doesn’t have a sense of humor or didn’t get the joke. Fortunately for Fincher, all of America gets the joke, and his wit is trending.

STUDIO EXECUTIVES ARE RACIST

Rudin and Pascal’s personal exchange about President Obama turned racist when Pascal asked Rudin what to ask our Commander in Chief during an upcoming event they were both set to attend. Both Pascal and Rudin barbed back and forth about black films they should see if he liked. They have since apologized, but call me crazy if I’d like someone being paid millions per year to have a little class, even in their private exchange.  Yes it’s a hack and yes I don’t approve, but I’m not racist, and though my personal texts might involve some sexy selfies sans head, they certainly don’t involve racist jokes. Given that exchange, it is no surprise that the high paid executives are “male, pale, and stale,” as one blogger so eloquently put it.

SONY EMPLOYEES ARE NOT HAPPY

As a former lemming in Hollywoodland, I know all about the in-house reviews each department asks for, and I’ve never been dumb enough to fill them out. Anonymity is a myth, and any hopes of a promotion means you have to drink the juice. Others were far braver than I, and wrote very damning disclosures about their desire for change in the corporation. Those disclosures included complaints about stale Adam Sandler movies, a lack of creativity, and a general unhappiness. My educated guess is that nothing has changed.

As previously stated, I do not condone hacking, and this post has been a struggle. But transparency sometimes facilitates change, and my hope for Sony is that they learn a thing or two from their exposed faults.

 

 

Thursday

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Olivia Munn on Letterman: Imitates Mother’s Asian Accent

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Olivia Munn landed on Letterman’s iconic stage with a high-slit skirt and some seriously funny stories about her family. Guests with pre-packed comedy are always welcome given that it’s less work for Letterman, who won’t have to do the heavy lifting. Hats off to Munn for an insanely awesome imitation of her family’s Chinese accent mixed with a southern drawl. She came to play. Watch below.

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