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Thursday

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June 2016

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Is Grace VanderWaal the “Next Taylor Swift”?

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Though ‘America’s Got Talent’ is painfully packed with trite platitudes about how “miracles can happen,” and the disturbing exploitation of our country’s youth, every so often — there’s a gem I can’t ignore. Grace VanderWaal was  called “the next Taylor Swift” by Simon Cowell, and that’s probably an understatement. Her tone is exceptionally unique, and I think Ed Sheeran would represent a closer comparison. Watch below as she sings an original song. Try not to vomit when you hear Howie Mandel’s predictable schmaltz-fest.

Tuesday

7

June 2016

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James Corden’s #Carpool Karaoke Takes Broadway

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Jane Krakowski, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Audra McDonald and Lin-Manuel Miranda join James Corden for Carpool Karaoke on "The Late Late Show with James Corden," June 6, 2016 (12:37-1:37 AM, ET/PT) on The CBS Television Network. Photo: Timothy Kuratek/CBS ©2016 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Jane Krakowski, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Audra McDonald and Lin-Manuel Miranda join James Corden for Carpool Karaoke on “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” June 6, 2016 (12:37-1:37 AM, ET/PT) on The CBS Television Network. Photo: Timothy Kuratek/CBS ©2016 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The success of carpool Karaoke still astounds me, but perhaps James Corden’s extremely likeable temperament has something to do with it. The latest installment is a lead-up to the Emmy’s, and with an all-star cast, it does not disappoint. Watch as he joined by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Audra McDonald, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jane Krakowski.

Sunday

5

June 2016

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#Tabloid Gossip: Your Weekly #Celebrity Rundown

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Khloe Kardashian has a new love interest. RTW

Wilmer Valderrama and Demi Lovato ended their six year relationship. Radar Online

‘Glee’s’ Mark Salling was indicted for possessing child pornography. HR

Jason Derulo is single. TMZ

Curly Sue won ‘The Voice.’ Stuff

These ‘Real World‘ alums just welcomed their eighth baby. WP

Robin Thicke and his much-younger girlfriend are going strong. JJ

Mo’Nique owes a lot in taxes. Fishwrapper

Amber Heard claims Johnny Depp tried to suffocate her with a pillow. Telegraph

Michelle Collins is leaving The View. Variety

Thursday

2

June 2016

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Team Harris v. Team Swift: Let the Battle Begin

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Somewhere in the celebrity stratosphere is a team of tattlers that leak information to sustain the image of their precious money machines. And while Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris might have sung each other’s praises during their rather long courtship, the bad blood and disrespect was unfortunately bound to happen. If you would like to argue with me about whether their teams are behind the leaks, save your energy. From what I can gather, Harris started it. Here’s a list of leaks for your viewing pleasure.

TEAM HARRIS

“He didn’t feel like the relationship was leading anywhere.”

“Adam has been bored for a while and was hoping the spark would come back but it hasn’t

“Taylor is used to being treated a certain way.”

“Friends were even surprised it lasted this long because of the lack of chemistry.”

“It wasn’t an equal relationship. Their age difference might not be significant for many couples, but for them it was part of the problem too. Taylor somewhat lacks real-life experience. They will not be getting back together.”

“Taylor was starting to pressure Calvin into walking down the aisle and he just felt that he wasn’t ready yet.”

TEAM TAY TAY

“[Harris] said on multiple occasions that he was intimidated by Taylor, which is why he would not attend any events where she was being honored, or any award shows unless he was nominated.”

“The relationship wasn’t progressing the way she wanted it to. She felt like he wasn’t taking it seriously enough and wouldn’t come through for her when she needed him most.”

Thursday

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June 2016

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Let’s Cut Debra Messing Some Slack

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Working for some of the biggest companies in the entertainment industry has taught me a few, key things. First, celebrities cannot be trusted with their own PR. They’ve lived far too long in the crazy house to have any real-world perspective, and without a strict system of checks and balances, blunders are bound to happen. Ironically, that’s ever-the-more an issue with the rise of social media, because when someone messes up, the world is watching. So when Debra Messing was asked to post a “selfie” to promote Katie Couric’s controversial new documentary, ‘Under The Gun,’ she naturally assumed the horrific UCLA shootings provided the perfect opportunity to shine a light on the disaster. I need not explain that it’s inappropriate to use the word “selfie” while discussing a murder-suicide, and I also need not explain that any personal picture posted of oneself “watching news coverage” reeks of ridiculous narcissism. So why should we go easy on Debra? Because she simply got it wrong, and that’s okay.

Thursday

2

June 2016

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Tamar Braxton Cries Over ‘The Real’ Firing

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The_Real_Promo_posterAfter watching the clip below, a few things have come to mind. First, many people all over America have been fired from jobs without making a scene and bad-mouthing their co-workers. It’s unprofessional and childish, and perhaps no one told Tamar Braxton that it’s bad to burn a bridge. Second, this looks canned. I highly doubt this was the first moment her sister heard the news, so that might explain her less-than-stunned reaction. Third, people don’t just get fired out of nowhere. More often than not, there’s a reason. If your co-hosts don’t like you and production felt you were difficult, then where there’s smoke . . . She would have been far better off letting ‘The Real’ release their political statement and keeping her mouth shut for her next job. She could chalk it up to a learning experience and behave better the next time around.

Sunday

29

May 2016

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Did Michael Bay Insult Kate Beckinsale’s Looks?

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pearl harbor“I don’t think I fit the type of actress Michael Bay had met before. When we were promoting [Pearl Harbor], Michael was asked why he had chosen Ben [Affleck] and Josh [Hartnett], and he said, ‘I have worked with Ben before and I love him, and Josh is so manly and a wonderful actor. Then when he was asked about me, he’d say, ‘Kate wasn’t so attractive that she would alienate the female audience.’”

–The astoundingly beautiful Kate Beckinsale proving that Michael Bay has bad taste in movies AND women.

Sunday

29

May 2016

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Tabloid Gossip: Your Week of Links

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Mark Salling was indicted for child porn. Hollywood Reporter

Amber Heard alleged domestic violence against Johnny Depp. TMZ

Nick Jonas is proud of his ex-girlfriend, Miley Cyrus. EW

Khloe Kardashian is divorcing Lamar Odom again. Hollywood Life

Chris Brown and his baby mamma are brawling on Instagram. E! Online

Does Josh Wahler blame ‘The Hills‘ for his addiction? RTW

Donald Trump won’t debate Bernie Sanders. The Week

Jennifer Aniston’s mother passed away. Us Weekly

Bristol Palin is peacefully co-parenting. Daily Mail

Lindsay Lohan and her fiance are going strong. Just Jared

Kylie Jenner has a new boo. Jezebel

Friday

27

May 2016

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X-Men: Apocalypse — A Full Review

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Written by Guest Contributor: C. Dillon

The latest X-Men film, “X-Men: Apocalypse,” isn’t the best X-men movie, but neither is it the worst. It does many things right, but somehow the whole seems less than the sum of its parts, and leaves the viewer feeling as though they’ve been entertained, but not fully satisfied.

X-Men_Apocalypse_International_PosterDirector Bryan Singer introduced the world to the cinematic versions of Marvel’s mutant heroes back in 2000, with the critically and financially successful “X-Men.” He returned to direct the sequel “X2” in 2003, and again for “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” As these films are widely regarded as the best in the franchise, it was with great anticipation that fans awaited the appearance of the titular villain in Singer’s directorial hands. Unfortunately, the film – while visually striking and immense in scope – doesn’t fully deliver.

It doesn’t help that this is the third comic based movie this year to feature “good guys” fighting against one another – we’ve seen it in “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Captain America: Civil War” (will we ever see a comic movie without a colon in it again?), and we see it again here. In this case, characters who have been X-men in the comics (and even in earlier movies) fight against characters who are or will be X-men, in an “all X-men X-travaganza.” While this isn’t necessarily bad, it is become a tired trope already.

Which leads us to another problem – the film spends a great deal of time showing us how En Sabah Nur recruits his Horsemen (Storm, Angel, Psylocke, and Magneto), but then gives them all (save Magneto) very little to do. Aside from bit parts in the final fight, the three non-Magneto Horsemen do nothing besides stand behind Apocalypse and try to look menacing. It is a waste of time in the film, and a waste of opportunity in having these characters actively contribute to the plot.

This can be understood, to some extent, however, because there are simply so many characters. With the X-men franchise seeming to change timelines with each new outing, new characters are introduced, old characters are reintroduced, new versions of old characters are re-reintroduced, and so on. It is confusing for someone who grew up with the comics and has seen all the films – I can only imagine what a casual viewer must be thinking. While the impulse to include every fans favorite character is understandable, it reaches a point where it detracts from the film as a whole. Olivia Munn’s Psylocke in particular is criminally underused, considering how big a part she has played in the marketing of the film to date.

This is not to say that “X-men: Apocalypse” is a bad film. It isn’t. The effects are well done, the characters are generally well cast, the acting is as good as can be expected in a comic book blockbuster. There are some stand-out moments as well – Quicksilver’s main scene, Kodi Smit-McPhee’s portrayal of young Nightcrawler, and many of the inside jokes and Marvel references are all very well done.

Apocalypse himself checks all the right boxes as the “big bad” of the movie – vague plans for destroying humanity, undefined but seemingly overwhelming power, crazy costume and blue skin – but he seemed a bit generic for such a major player in the comics. I do not agree with the common complaint that he was “too easy” to defeat (to describe why would be too much of a spoiler), but I would have liked to have seen more character development than the “humans are bad, and I’m going to kill them all so I can rule the world” routine that we have seen from so many uber-villains before. It is a major pitfall of these types of franchises that each instalment must raise the stakes over the previous one, and it sometimes (as here) fails to make the appropriate impact. Marvel has proven that “smaller” superhero movies can succeed (see: “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” for a prime example), and it would be interesting to see the X-Men go in a similar direction, rather than seeing them face global annihilation over and over again.

In the end, I left the theater feeling that I had seen a good superhero movie, complete with massive action sequences, cool costumes, some good one-liners, and a few interesting characters that I would like to see again. I hope that Mr. Singer and the rest of the crew running the X-Men franchise stop and step back for a moment, reduce the amount of characters, and focus on telling a great story rather than a great spectacle.

Thursday

26

May 2016

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TLC Follows Jamie Lynn Spears in New Documentary

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With the Britney Spears machine easily within reach, it always baffled me that Jamie Lynn Spears did not have a bigger career. I assumed she turned down Hollywood in favor of a more peaceful life when she got pregnant at sixteen. Her new documentary on TLC will likely answer those questions, and perhaps give her the country career she’s now ready to pursue. Watch a preview below.

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