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Monday

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July 2014

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Freddie Prinze Jr. Calls Kiefer Sutherland “Unprofessional”

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When an actor outs the bad behavior of another actor, you can be your bottom dollar there’s truth to the tale. Freddie Prinze Jr. recently confessed his hatred for Kiefer Sutherland on the set of ’24,’ saying “he’s the most unprofessional dude in the world,” and he just “wanted to quit the business” after working beside the star. Sutherland’s rep tried to squash the spat by saying, “This is the first he has heard of Freddie’s grievances,” and Sutherland “enjoyed working with [him] and wishes him the best.” FOX also came to Sutherland’s defense, insisting that he was “nothing but professional during the run of the show and is beloved by cast and crew.” They furthered that they “wouldn’t have done another ’24′ if Kiefer were anything like Freddie described.”

While it’s possible that this is a mere misunderstanding, it’s mighty suspicious. Oscar nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo is another former costar of Sutherland who has seconded the criticism, saying, “I’m afraid working with him proved to be hard. That young man was pretty angry.” As for Prinze, he won’t back down. He has since said that Sutherland suffers from a drinking problem, often showing up to set late and holding up production. If any of this is true, perhaps this revelation could cause change. As for the accolades from FOX, my experience behind-the-scenes in Hollywood has educated me on the extent of executives’ greed.  If you make them money, they’ll excuse just about anything. And for your viewing enjoyment, watch the clip below (sorry, Kiefer).

 

Sunday

27

July 2014

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Tabloid Gossip: Week-in-Review

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Susan Sarandon banged David Bowie. NYDN

Piper Parabo is married. People

Zoe Saldana is expecting twins. Refinery29

Adam Levine got married in Mexico. LAT

Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed are getting cozy. E! Online

Steven Bauer, 57, is dating an 18 year old. Radar Online

Pamela Anderson is back with Rick Solomon. Ok! Magazine

Kelsey Grammar had his sixth child. ICYDK

Michael Moore got divorced. Contact Music

George Takei still hates William Shatner. Uproxx

Nina Dobrev was spotted with Ben McKenzie. Just Jared

Thursday

24

July 2014

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Dolly Parton Visits Country Woman Magazine

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Dolly Parton visited Country Woman Magazine on the heels of her new album, ‘Blue Smoke,’ and she talked about her dreams, her future, and her past. Read some choice quotes below.

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Where she gets inspiration from her songs:

“My songs are the door to every dream I’ve had and every success I’ve ever achieved.”

On playing the guitar at age seven and what she used as a fake microphone:

“I used to put a tin can on a tobacco stick. And those were not chickens out there in the yard, they were my audience.”

What she would have done if she didn’t pursue her passion:

“If it hadn’t been for music, I’d have been a beautician. Or maybe I’d have been a missionary; but where would I get my hair done?”

How Dollywood got started:

“I just love [the mountain range] the Smokies. I bought the old home place years ago and fixed it up as a retreat.”

Her goals for Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort (opening next summer):

“With the resort, we want to inspire people to bring their families and connect again. In this high-tech world, everybody is off in his or her own little world and always on some smartphone or a computer or something, and we’re not connecting as a family. Everybody is living separately, together. We’re trying to encourage people to bond with family again…at least for a vacation.”

On being the book lady when it comes to her organization Imagination Library:

“We send a book once a month to kids from the time they’re born until they start school. Many of the kids don’t know I sing or write songs. To them, I’m the book lady.”

On fond family memories growing up in the country:

“In the country, it’s just too hot in your old house in the summertime to be inside. So everybody gathered on the front porch or the back porch, depending on where the shade was. That’s where we’d sit to gossip, to talk together and to sing and to play. The porch was a very special place for us.”

How her faith and country roots have kept her sane:

“Well, it’s all kept me sane. It’s kept me stable. A belief in God is essential. You have to believe in something bigger than yourself. We grew up believing that through God all things are possible. I think I believed that so much that I made it happen. I just live by that Scripture. The fact that I can write is very helpful, too. I can write about anything I feel. Also, family helps me stay grounded and humble. I know what it’s like to be without, and I know what it’s like to have things. And I appreciate both.”

What she’s working on now:

“Right now, I’m writing my life story as a musical for the stage. That’s really one of my big dreams, and it’s in the works.”

On landing a career among country music’s most honored performers:

“I think of myself as a working girl.”

Thursday

24

July 2014

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Rethink Homelessness — Cardboard Stories Goes Viral

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With a video that’s now gone viral, Rethink Homelessness has successfully changed our minds about those who need our help. Launched eight months ago, their mission is to find housing for those in need. The video below was filmed by a small team in downtown Orlando for about four hours, and it was originally conceived by a part-time employee at the Commission on Homelessness. With 1.3 million hits to date, it’s clear they got our attention. Now what are we going to do about it?

Thursday

24

July 2014

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Mary Poppins Quits — Kristen Bell on Funny or Die

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I continue to be mystified by the many talents of Kristen Bell, who has become a formidable force since ‘Frozen,’ along with an awe-inspiring crusade against the paparazzi, which has been a large success. Thanks to Bell and her husband, Dax Shepard, many of the most popular magazines have stopped publishing pictures of children, and I’m sure there’s more to come. Bell has now expanded her portfolio into parody, with a sketch on ‘Funny or Die,’ dedicated to the horrible state of minimum wage. WATCH BELOW.

Thursday

24

July 2014

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Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan Visit ‘The Today Show’ — Watch Now

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Much like Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson who were prematurely thrust into the spotlight before adjusting to the industry’s demands, Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan seem stunned by their new-found stardom. The twosome visited The Today Show for a giggly, awkward interview which made me wonder whether they actually watched their own film. Watch them stumble through questions below, and check out the hot-and-heavy Fifty Shades of Grey Trailer when you’re finished.

Tuesday

22

July 2014

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Roger Ebert’s ‘Life Itself’ Debuts — A Beautiful Masterpiece

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My father introduced me to Roger Ebert at a young age, and my fandom has since spanned decades. In fact, I fancied I’d emulate his career, which was the original aim of this blog. After watching ‘Life Itself,’ I feel more determined than ever.

My favorite Ebert reviews were for the films he frowned upon, because it always affirmed his resident-bad-ass status. For example, when Rob Schneider took out a full page ad in Daily Variety to attack the credentials of a film critic who bashed “Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo,” saying “He didn’t win a Pulitzer Prize because they haven’t invented a category for Best Third-Rate, Unfunny Pompous Reporter Who’s Never Been Acknowledged by His Peers,” Ebert boldly joined the battle, saying, “As chance would have it, I have won the Pulitzer Prize, and so I am qualified. Speaking in my official capacity as a Pulitzer Prize winner, Mr. Schneider, your movie sucks.” Another personal favorite involved Kick-Ass, with Roger Ebert’s negative review inspiring barbs about his age from the movie’s angry filmmakers. Ebert nutshelled his cutting response on twitter, simply saying, “Them: I was too old to get it. Me: My problem was that I got it.” And let’s not forget his infamous feud with Vincent Gallo, who called Ebert a “fat pig” in reaction to his negative take on ‘The Brown Bunny.” Ebert replied with a play on Winston Churchill, saying, “It is true that I am fat, but one day I shall be thin, and he will still be the director of ‘The Brown Bunny.’”

Though Roger Ebert allowed us into his life with movie reviews, blog posts, interviews, and his own television shows, ‘Life Itself,’ gives us a new look at the legend. Directed by Steve James, the film lets us in on the lighter side of Roger Ebert, with a beautiful glimpse at the love he shared with his wife, Chaz, who clearly kept him going during his more challenging days, which Ebert always met with joy. He poetically described her impact on his life, saying, “Her love was like a wing pushing me back from the grave.” We also get a window into his iconic partnership with Gene Siskel, with funny videos of their feud, which eventually transformed into a loving friendship.

There’s no doubt that Ebert’s life work is inspirational. But what’s more inspirational, is how he lived his life. He was happy in the face of great difficulty, he refused to let his illness define him, and even in the most physically challenging state, his family and his writing brought him joy. I feel grateful for this incredible glimpse into Roger Ebert’s life.

Watch the trailer below, and see the film on the big screen. That’s how Ebert would have wanted it.

Sunday

20

July 2014

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Your Week of Gossip — Tabloid Nutshell

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Adam Levine married Behati Prinsloo. Buzzfeed

Sofia Vergara is seeing Joe Manganiello. PopSugar

Jeff Goldblum is engaged to a much younger woman. Stuff

Nick Lachey is having a second child. Today

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard are having another baby. Just Jared

Zac Efron got cozy with Michelle Rodriguez. Us Magazine

Nikki Reed is dating Ian Somerhalder. Hollywood Take

Lea Michele found happiness with a new man. BWN

The Casey Kasem family drama continues. Radar Online

Friday

18

July 2014

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#HOMELAND Season Four Trailer — WATCH NOW

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How will Homeland fare with the demise of it’s key power player? From the looks of the new-season trailer, the producers hit the refresh button post Brody, with a bold new story-line that takes place abroad. There’s not many revelations in the nail-biting package, except that Saul returns, Carrie takes her meds, and Quinn plays a key role. Please ignore the very cheesy Mission Impossible editing, and watch below.

Friday

18

July 2014

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Maroon 5: Past and Present — Has the Band Sold Out?

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When Maroon 5 debuted ‘Songs About Jane’ in 2002, their success became immediately clear. They offered an original alternative to the homogenized music industry, and they looked the part. Fronted by Adam Levine, the album reached the top 10 of the Billboard 200, with five charting singles and 5 million records sold to date. The album was exclusively penned by keyboardist Jesse Carmichael and Adam Levine. Their sophomore release, ‘It Won’t Be Soon Before Long,’ also had mainstream success, with a chart-topping single and record-setting iTunes sales. The record was also exclusively penned by its band members, including Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael, and lead guitarist James Valentine. Everything changed on their third release, with the less than successful, ‘Hands All Over.’

Produced by the legendary Mutt Lange and penned primarily by its members, ‘Hands All Over’ failed to gain traction, and Levine himself expressed his disappointment, saying “It’s falling short in some ways, but you have to face that. You can’t pretend it doesn’t exist. But it’s doing well at the same time. When you become accustomed to a certain level of success, anything less becomes unsatisfying.” The failure changed their focus, and their follow-up album, ‘Overexposed,’ represented a dramatic shift for the band. The title itself puns Levine’s stand-alone status, given his stint on NBC’s ‘The Voice.’ The pop-driven record is packed with a plethora high-powered producers, including Max Martin, Ryan Tedder, Shellback, and Benny Blanco. It’s also met with a shocking amount of songwriters, with James Valentine’s paltry four credits marking his first back-seat in the penning process. Levine’s plan worked. The album debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200.

Despite the success of Maroon 5′s noteworthy new direction, loyal fans are less than pleased. The band is aware of the criticism, with James Valentine saying, “A lot of our fans would love to hear us make another ‘Songs About Jane’ type of record, and I think as some point we’ll go back in and make a record in that sort of way, but [our upcoming release] is not that type of record.” That fifth release, ‘V’ also attracted high-powered songwriters and producers, including Ryan Tedder, Sia, Benny Blanco, Max Martin, and more. The record welcomes the return of founding member Jesse Carmichael, who sat out for ‘Overexposed.’

The trajectory of Maroon 5 sparks a larger debate, with answers only my readers can decide. When a band brings on so many of today’s most talked-about songwriters to help with their record, are they really a band, or are they simply a group of pop-tarts who can play the music written by others? Plus, isn’t the industry homogenized enough without recycling the air from a very small sphere? Sure I listen to ‘Overexposed’ on repeat, but did Maroon 5 sell their soul for their success?

Listen to “Maps,” the first single off their new record, ‘V.’

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