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November 2015

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Quote of the Day: Angelina Jolie on Those Sony Hacks That Attacked Her

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  “There are certain things that bother me and certain things that don’t. Personal attacks on me? I think I’m just so used to it . . . . Honestly my first instinct was that I was worried about Amy [Pascal]. I had someone call her and ask if she was O.K. Not because I’m a saint, but because I think we have to look at the bigger picture. She’s got kids. I knew it was going to unravel for her.” Angelina Jolie on her reaction to the infamous Sony hack, and Producer Scott Rudin’s very vocal attacks on her via email. 

Tuesday

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November 2015

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‘Project Greenlight’ — Did ‘The Leisure Class’ Fall Flat?

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IMG_4664-0.jpgAfter intensely watching Jason Mann’s meticulous approach to his Project Greenlight movie,’The Leisure Class,’ I had high expectations of the final film. After watching the movie, I can’t help but wonder if Jason’s notorious attention to detail was misplaced, given that a film lives and dies by its script, and this one doesn’t survive. Furthermore, HBO’s truncated timeline and pressure to produce a revised script just days before production began is also at issue, because even the best of writers could blow it. To be fair, Jason’s inability to accept criticism and clearly uncomfortable reaction to his test screening indicates that he might not have listened to the additional notes he needed. Perhaps he would be better served directing another writer’s script, therefore eliminating the biased view of his own product.

The biggest issue with the script is that the conflict is introduced before we get to know the characters, making it far too early for a genuine interest in the result. For instance, without proof in Act One that William loves Fiona and their romance is real, why should it matter if his brother Leonard’s surprise entrance breaks them up? And is William actually interested in Fiona, because he seems a little low-energy for a man about to spend his life with someone. Do we even know what made William lie about his family’s true class? Isn’t some semblance of a backstory key? Additionally, does it make sense to accept such a disheveled, strange “best friend” into the family home without more of an explanation or argument? Without more story in Act One outside of the conflict, the interplay between the conflicting characters becomes exhausting. This dueling-duo formula can only work with the tightest of writing and the strongest of jokes and that doesn’t happen here. Moreover, when William’s true identity is revealed, the ensuing, Act Three events take a bizarre turn. The father’s excessive cursing and physical abuse of his co-star seems off character and strange, especially for his social status. The transition just isn’t believable without peppered hints in the previous acts.

It’s also worth noting that many of Jason’s complaints in the behind-the-scenes episodes leading up to this film were spot on. The location is not elevated enough to seem as expensive as it should, and the infamous car scene that didn’t quite land to Jason’s request ultimately didn’t serve its purpose for Act Two. If it’s a fender bender instead of an alarming, flip-car collision, then what exactly pushes Fiona’s revelation about their romance being an ill fit? And again, why is William so low-energy after being rejected by the woman he loves? That’s a director’s decision, and Jason should have dictated that William exhibit more light and shade to his approach. Jason was also correct about the creative value of shooting on film instead of digital, and the result is noticeably more beautiful. One might suggest an audience’s eye can’t tell the difference, but that’s a drink-the-juice adaptation to the changing market, and it’s simply untrue.

Despite all of the aforementioned notes, I must say that for his first feature film, Jason Mann likely has a great career ahead of him. We don’t all creatively land upon our first try, and this movie has enough impressive elements to learn from and use in the next. My only hope is that he begins to compromise and accept the view of others. There’s a notorious struggle between the big studios and their creative hires, and no director wants to take notes from the powers that be. But it’s inevitable. Lastly, I’d have pulled a ‘While You Were Sleeping’ and had the lead end up with the sister. But that’s just me.

OVERALL RATING: 2.5/5 DISHES

 

Monday

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November 2015

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Harry Hamlin’s Sid Vicious Swastika — Why It’s Wrong

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ImageThough I’m the first to pounce on our politically correct society, I’ll also espouse my outrage as I see fit, and Harry Hamlin’s Halloween costume deserves The Dishmaster’s wrath. The star stepped out as notorious Sex Pistols star Sid Vicious, with his wife, Lisa Rinna, posed as Nancy (the wife Vicious allegedly murdered before later dying of a heroine overdose).  The duo jointly apologized with a standard, “I didn’t intend to hurt anyone,” and there’s remaining debate about whether it’s actually offensive to don a sign of the Holocaust in an effort to be authentic. After all, Sid wore a swastika, so Harry simply had no choice. But if Prince Harry couldn’t get away with it, this Harry certainly can’t.

There’s a larger, shockingly obvious reason that Harry Hamlin’s costume causes controversy, and it’s sad I’ll have to map it out, since you’d think adults would act as such. There’s no humor associated with a symbol that represents one of the most painful times in our history. Yes someone else wore it and it’s simply a costume, but that doesn’t make it right. I realize Hamlin doesn’t advocate it’s intention, but that’s irrelevant. Wearing such a wretched image also keeps it in our consciousness, decensitizing society to its horror. I’d say the same about the use of the N word (in any context, no matter who speaks it) and to the use of black face. We should know better. And lastly, I am Jewish. That either makes me a biased observer or uniquely qualified to comment. You decide.

Sunday

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November 2015

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Tabloid Gossip: Your Week of Links

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Taylor Swift got groped and sued. Stuff

China ended its one-child policy. MTV

Ed Sheeren and his gf broke up. CM

Jason Mraz got married. Wonderwall

Kim Kardashian dressed as herself for Halloween. JSYK

‘RHOBH’ star Adrienne Maloof has a new man. Wet Paint

Heidi Klum had a crazy-good Halloween costume. DListed

Nicki Minaj reposted an offensive Halloween photo. Bossip

Rosie O’Donnell’s daughter continues to speak out. The Stir

Gigi Hadid became a Victoria Secret Angel. Hollywood Tuna

Khloe Kardashian is still seeing James Harden, despite helping Lamar Odom with his health issues. Hollywood Life

 

 

Sunday

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November 2015

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Adam Levine Bashes Record Labels Behind ‘The Voice’

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The VoiceAdam Levine visited Howard Stern and the Maroon 5 star slammed the record labels behind ‘The Voice,’ for their inability to produce an actual music star, unlike ‘American Idol,’ who has had massive success with Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and more. According to Levine, when the baton is passed post-Voice, the label flounders. He said that though he tries to help by using his own star power to promote his winners, the process is far too complicated to fix.  Per the Washington Post, “Depending on their genre, winners go on to a variety of Universal labels, from Republic Records (Tessanne Chin, Sawyer Fredericks) to Nashville’s Big Machine (Danielle Bradbery, Cassadee Pope).” He also added that ‘American Idol’ released new singles during the finale, followed by a very quick turnout of their debut album. ‘The Voice’ does not.

What’s interesting about Levine’s stance is that Simon Cowell’s true motivation behind ‘American Idol’ was always to produce a music star, not a television show. Cowell felt the labels weren’t doing their job of finding the next sensation, so he’d do it for them.  His planned worked, and he used ‘American Idol’ as a platform to push his find. ‘The Voice,’ is created by powerhouse reality producer Mark Burnett, whose musical expertise doesn’t hold a candle to Cowell. The man can make a show, but he can’t make a music star. Furthermore, the judging panel has zero A&R experience, and while it might be nice to see Gwen Stefani’s outfits atop a big red chair, she’s never found the next big thing. As for Adam Levine himself, my critique holds the same weight.

Hats off to Adam Levine for an honest Howard Stern interview. Hopefully the powers that be will attempt an intervention and take action. Otherwise, you’re just a bunch of big stars on big red chairs with big paychecks. It’s surely a pretty picture, but when the gloss begins to fade, so will the audience.

Saturday

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October 2015

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Leah Remini’s Scientology Interview: What We Learned

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leah reminiLeah Remini’s exit from Scientology has long been documented, with the actress actively speaking out in nearly every forum imaginable. And while it’s certainly interesting to see such an outspoken person out the religion, she has not revealed anything that interesting or objectionable . . . until now. Her 20/20 sit-down was shocking, and it shed serious light on just how she entered this world in the first place. See a list of her standout revelations below.

  • She was only invited to Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ wedding so she would bring Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, only to discover upon arrival that she was separated from her best friend for the entire event, which she presumes was an effort to convert the couple without Remini’s interference.
  • She inquired about the absence of the head of Scientology’s wife and filed a missing person’s report. Her behavior received a write-up from Katie Holmes herself, and Remini paid for it for months, with all-day hours inside the church that kept her from her family.
  • She participated in Sea Org as a child, doing manual labor and living in roach-infested lodgings.
  • She was removed from traditional schooling in eighth grade to attend Scientology school, with the sole focus on Scientology itself.
  • She has spent millions on the religion, having paid very high amounts to continue moving up each level.
  • Her entire family defected, including her mother, sister, and husband, because if they hadn’t, they would have been instructed to “disconnect” from the star, thereby extinguishing all contact.

Monday

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October 2015

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Quote of the Day: Howard Stern on Simon Cowell Trying to Steal His Job

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 “It’s like your best friend tries to steal your girl, but the truth is you were trying to unload her anyway.” Howard Stern on Simon Cowell’s attempts to steal his judging spot on ‘America’s Got Talent,’ which were revealed via leaked documents during the Sony Hack. Stern was already exiting the show, paving an easy path for Simon’s return. Simon strongly denies any such attempts, but Stern doesn’t buy it.

Sunday

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October 2015

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Tabloid Gossip: Your Week of Links

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Rosie O’Donnell settled her feud with her ex-wife. Radar Online

‘Saved by the Bell’s’ Lark Voorhies ended her marriage. Contact Music

Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom are staying together. MTV

Scott Disick went to rehab. The Stir

Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez are being sued. ICYDK

Raven-Symone and her girlfriend broke up. HUFFPO

Kaley Cuoco’s ex asked for spousal support. Wet Paint

Oscar Pistorius was released from prison. Digital Spy

Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale settled their divorce. Just Jared

Selena Gomez has a crush on Chris Evans. E! Online

‘American Idol’s’ Phillip Phillips got married. People

Eddie Murphy impersonated Bill Cosby. Variety

Famed and controversial photographer Terry Richardson is having a baby. DListed

Mick Jagger’s ex Jerry Hall is dating Rupert Murdoch. Wonderwall

A publicist admits to planting the Rihanna/Jay-Z rumors. Jezebel

Saturday

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October 2015

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TOP 10 Strangest Celebrity Couples

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10. JOHN MAYER & JENNER ANISTON

(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: (***EXCLUSIVE ACCESS SPECIAL RATES APPLY*** NO TV BROADCAST IN THE USA OR CANADA UNTIL FEBRUARY 26.) Musician John Mayer and actress Jennifer Aniston attends the 2009 Vanity Fair Oscar party hosted by Graydon Carter at the Sunset Tower Hotel on February 22, 2009 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/VF/WireImage for Vanity Fair)

Photo by Kevin Mazur/VF/WireImage for Vanity Fair

Jennifer Aniston didn’t take too kindly to the shock surrounding her John Mayer romance, insisting they adored each other and dismissing the eight year age difference. Mayer ran his mouth about their relationship, and the couple split shortly thereafter. He has since dated just about everyone in Hollywood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. DAVID COPPERFIELD AND CLAUDIA SCHIFFER

DCCSDavid Copperfield worked his magic on Claudia Schiffer after calling her on stage during one of his acts. Their quick collaboration turned into a 6 year engagement, which ended in 1999. They said their busy work schedules were to blame.

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. SANDRA BULLOCK & JESSE JAMES

sbjjWhen America’s sweetheart ended up with outspoken bad boy Jesse James, people were less than pleased, but the backlash died down when she vouched for their bond during many interviews and acceptance speeches. Their story ended sadly; however, when tabloids got wind of James’ affair and the odd couple called it quits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. LYLE LOVETT AND JULIA ROBERTS

JULIA LYLELyle Lovett and Julia Roberts’ love story ended just as quickly as it began, marrying merely three weeks after meeting and later divorcing in just under two years. The two remained friends and blamed their work schedules for the split.

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. CAMERON DIAZ AND BENJI MADDEN

cambenBenji Madden might seem like a strong departure from her previous picks, but perhaps Cameron Diaz went for the nice guy for once. The A-list actress is clearly smitten with her husband, given that she previously swore of marriage in every interview.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. DUDLEY MOORE & SUSAN ANTON

dudleyWhen Dudley Moore and Susan Anton stepped on the scene, much was made of their drastic height difference, with Anton nearly eight inches taller. Their romance was short-lived (no pun intended).

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. RYAN REYNOLDS & ALANIS MORISSETTE

ryan-reynolds-alanis-morissette-couple-15Ryan Reynolds has proposed three times to date, beginning with Alanis Morissette, whom he dated for five years before calling it quits in 2007. Less than a year later, Reynolds was engaged to Scarlett Johansson. He is now married to Blake Lively. Morissette admits that her album “Flavors of Entanglement,” is inspired by the grief associated with their breakup.

 

 

 

 

 

3. BRAD PITT & JULIETTE LEWIS

pitt lewisJuliette Lewis has spent a long time talking about her former boyfriend of four years in her teens, Brad Pitt. According to Lewis, she doesn’t quite understand the fascination.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. DREW BARRYMORE & TOM GREEN

DREWTOMDrew Barrymore and Tom Green’s whirlwind romance ended just months after they married. Though Green rarely discusses what went wrong, he admits that their issues surfaced while planning the wedding but they went through with it anyhow. They no longer keep in touch.

 

 

 

 

  1. ANGELINA JOLIE & BILLY BOB THORNTON

bob jolieAngelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton’s weird romance made some serious waves, most notably when the creepy couple wore vials of each other’s blood around their necks as an expression of love. Their public displays of affection also caused concern, with many suggesting that the red carpet might not be the best place for sloppy tongue kisses. The couple divorced soon after Angelina adopted her first child, and Thornton later admitted that her success stalled the relationship, as he simply couldn’t handle it. She removed the tattoo of his name, but the two still remain friends.

 

 

Friday

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October 2015

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Adele Releases New Song + Video. WATCH NOW

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Adele is back. The powerhouse songstress released her album’s drop date, along with a new song and video, and true to form, it’s fantastic. And judging by her song, “Hello,” this time SHE broke someone’s heart. According to Adele, ’25’ will be a “makeup record,” “Making up for lost time. Making up for everything [she] ever did and never did.” Listen below.

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