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Tuesday

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March 2016

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Charlize Theron Speaks Out About Sean Penn Breakup

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The kiss of death for most public relationships usually involves large declarations of love, followed by words like “soul mate,” “love of my life,” and “I’ve never felt this way before.” Such was the case with Charlize Theron and Sean Penn, the latter of which even went so far as to suggest that despite his decades-long marriage to Robin Wright Penn and their two children, his marriage to Charlize Theron would actually be his first. Their romance ended shortly after it began, and rumor has it their personal relationship went south while shooting ‘The Last Face,’ together in South Africa.

So what went wrong besides Penn’s prickly on-set demeanor as a Director, and is it true that Theron “ghosted” her then fiance instead of ending the relationship amicably? Theron is now speaking out, and her potty-mouth is in full form. During her interview with WSJ Magazine, she said, “We were in a relationship and then it didn’t work anymore. And we both decided to separate. That’s it.” She added, “When you leave a relationship there has to be some f–king crazy story or some crazy drama. And the f–king ghosting thing, like literally, I still don’t even know what it is. It’s just its own beast.” There you have it.

For more details on whether it’s true that Penn was set to adopt her young son, visit WSJ Magazine.

 

Saturday

26

March 2016

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JoJo Fletcher’s Ex Speaks Out — Dumped For the Bachelorette?

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Photo Credit: Getty Images

Though I initially rooted for JoJo Fletcher to be Ben Higgins final choice at the end of The Bachelor, her curiously cold reaction to seeing him on ‘After the Final Rose,’ just months after a devastating rejection seemed odd . . . to say the least. Need I also mention her brother’s very strange aversion to the reality dating show when he himself appeared on Eva Longoria’s show looking for love. OH Yeah — JoJo was there too. And case that’s not bad enough, ABC’s new bachelorette has an equally questionable ex who has sold her out to In Touch Magazine where he admits that they rekindled their romance immediately after the show ended, only to end things abruptly when she was picked to be the new Bachelorette. According to Chad, they “were sneaking around the whole time The Bachelor was airing because she wasn’t allowed to be seen with me.” Either JoJo has a desperate desire to be famous or she has a very bitter ex-boyfriend that also wants his fifteen minutes.

Monday

21

March 2016

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The Hulk Hogan Case — Everything You Need to Know

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Terry “Hulk Hogan” Bollea was awarded $115 million for emotional distress ($60 million) and economic damages ($55 million) in his case against Gawker Media, and he stands to gain even more when the jury decides on punitive damages. Punitive damages can total three times the award, which nets out at $345 million. Though unlikely, punitive means “punishment,” and if the jury wants to send a message, that’s where they’ll do it. According to the Los Angeles Times, Judge Pamela A.M. Campbell of the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court in Pinellas County advised the jury that the damages should not devastate the defendants, which include founder Nick Denton and Albert J. Daulerio, who was editor-in-chief of Gawker.com at the time the sex video was published. Denton is worth $121 million, and Gawker made nearly $50 million last year alone. As for Albert J. Daulerio, he’s insolvent. One thing is clear; however, and it’s that Daulerio deserves punishment.

While on trial, Daulerio was asked about whether he could imagine a situation in which a celebrity sex tape would not be “newsworthy,” and he said “if they were a child.” He then said that the only banned age would be “four.” He later back off his testimony insisting it was a joke, though the damage was likely done. It was also revealed during trial that he ignored desperate pleas from a college student to remove a video of her having drunken sex on the floor of a bathroom stall, claiming again that it was “newsworthy.” When asked whether he investigated the tape to determine if the sex was consensual, he admitted that he did not. In fact, he responded to the victim’s email plea by saying “Blah, blah, blah” followed by “advice” to “keep [her] head up.” In an interview with GQ Magazine, he admitted that the video in question might have in fact been a rape.

Because so many people misunderstand what “Freedom of Speech” means according to the First Amendment, this case provides the perfect opportunity to explain it. We’ve all heard “you can’t yell fire in a crowded theater” as a limitation on free speech, but what exactly does that mean, and how does it apply to the Hulk case? For starters, Hulk is suing for Invasion of Privacy, and Gawker’s entire defense revolves around the First Amendment. Our right to privacy means that one can not publicly disclose private information if it would offend a reasonable person, and if that information is not “NEWSWORTHY.” To sum this up in a nutshell in relation to Hogan, “the jury balanced privacy and press rights, and privacy won.” Because courts have traditionally upheld press rights, this case is monumental, and it will certainly send a message. As for Hogan, he’s aware, tweeting “Told ya I was gonna slam another giant” immediately after the verdict.

As a lawyer and a blogger that has long vowed to never post paparazzi pictures or invade the privacy of celebrities, this is especially interesting from a legal standpoint. Having said that, I’m getting more questions about the backstory of this sex tape than the lawsuit, so in an effort to satisfy that curiosity, here goes.

Hogan and Bubba “the Love Sponge” Clem were longtime friends, and the Sirius radio “shock jock” claimed to have helped Hogan heal from his tempestuous divorce with then-wife Linda. The pain of his divorce also came on the heels of his son’s arrest and some alleged financial issues. Needless to say, Hogan was not in the best place, and what does a good friend do when you’re grieving the loss of your family as you knew it? Well . . . he offers his wife, of course. Bubba told Hogan to have sex with his wife Heather, though their stories vary as to who initiated this idea. Bubba did not watch the act itself but seemed completely fine with sharing his wife. According to Hogan, he had no idea he was being filmed. When asked by Howard Stern what kind of marital arrangement they had, Bubba would not elaborate. Stern asked if Bubba suffered from some type of erectile disfunction, but Bubba remained coy. Clem and his wife later divorced. The sex tape in question was allegedly stolen by a former, disgruntled employee of Bubba’s, though he was not prosecuted for the theft. Gawker got wind of the tape and posted a minute long snippet. That was enough, and Hogan sued. The rest is history. Bubba and Hogan are no longer friends.

There are a lot of lessons to be learned from this case. First, if you are a blood-sucking maggot, you will get your due, and it’s nice to know a jury of our peers has a conscience. Second, though friends might let friends fu-k their wife, they certainly don’t tape it. Third, if your wife wants to f-ck other dudes and you’re not watching, she’s either selfish or your sex drive needs a serious evaluation. And lastly, don’t leave your secret sex tapes in your office for your employees to steal. If you do, label them “easy diet tricks.”

Monday

21

March 2016

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Tabloid Gossip: Your Week of Celebrity News

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Ben Affleck’s ugly back tattoo is fake. Mashable

Justin Bieber misses Selena Gomez. Radar Online

Thank goodness Charles is no longer in charge. Variety
 
Blackfish‘ tanked Sea World. LA Times

Olivia Wilde revealed Jason Sudeikis’ silly pick-up line. The Frisky

Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris had a steamy getaway. The Blemish

Prisoners don’t like pedophiles, as Jared Fogle learned. WGO

Demi Lovato is celebrating her sobriety. Refinery29

Mariah Carey’s team is imploding. NYP

Jersey Shore’s’ Sammi and Ronnie might have reunited. L&S Mag

Hilary Duff has an adorable family. Too Fab

Amy Schumer and her boyfriend are going strong. People

Chris Martin was depressed for a year following his divorce. Us Weekly

Thursday

17

March 2016

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Elton John’s Best Celebrity Insults

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Elton John’s stellar songwriting prowess is only surpassed by his sharp tongue, which would have likely been put to use on a judging panel of a music show, but since that format is dying, it’s only fair to compile his best barbs for your reading enjoyment. See below.

JANET JACKSON

“You know, [bleeping] music magazines writing a review of Janet Jackson saying, ‘This is the greatest show — four and a half stars. It’s [bleeping] lip-synced! Hello! That’s not a show! I’d rather go and see a drag queen.” Elton John, on Janet Jackson’s tour.

MADONNA

“Anyone who lip-synchs in public onstage when you pay 75 pounds ($134) to see them should be shot.” Elton John, in reference to Madonna’s Reinvention tour.

BILLY JOEL

“He’s going to hate me for this, but every time he goes to rehab they’ve been light. When I went to rehab, I had to clean the floors. He goes to rehab where they have TVs. I love you, Billy, and this is tough love. We’ve had so many cancelled tours because of illnesses and various other things, alcoholism.” Elton John on touring with Billy Joel and his advice about Joel’s substance abuse issues.

“At the end of the day, [Joel is] coasting. I always say, ‘Billy, can’t you write another song?’ It’s either fear or laziness. It upsets me.” Elton John, on his desire for Joel to write more original music, which Joel has not done in over two decades.

KEITH RICHARDS

“I’m glad I’ve given up drugs and alcohol. It would be awful to be like Keith Richards. He’s pathetic. It’s like a monkey with arthritis, trying to go on stage and look young. I have great respect for the Stones but they would have been better if they had thrown Keith out 15 years ago.” Elton John, in reply to Keith Richards taking aim at John’s songwriting.

GEORGE MICHAEL

“He’s quite happy just being at home all the time and I think that’s a waste of talent. There seems to be a deep-rooted unhappiness in his life and it shows on his latest album.” Elton John on George Michael

Sunday

13

March 2016

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Tabloid Gossip: Your Week of Celebrity News

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Ciara and Russell Wilson are engaged. Wonderwall

Kim Kardashian revealed another photo of son Saint West. E! Online

Tiger Woods’ ex-wife is back on with her billionaire boyfriend. Contact Music

John Stamos has a new lady love. Wet Paint

Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo have a baby on the way. Just Jared

Jillian Michaels is engaged. People

Alec Baldwin and his wife are expecting their third child together. Inquisitr

‘Mean Girls’ star Lacey Chabert is pregnant. RTW

Dancing With the Stars’ Kym Johnson and Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec are engaged. ET Online

Kylie Jenner’s boyfriend Tyga might be having financial problems. Hollywood Life

Kylie Minogue is marrying her much-younger boyfriend. Stuff

Tuesday

8

March 2016

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Mariah Carey v. Jennifer Lopez: Timeline of a Feud

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Despite my consistent digs at Mariah Carey, I’m a longtime fan, and I remember the original Mariah as a down-to-earth girl from New York that was in over her head in an unhealthy marriage, which simultaneously shackled her creativity. As soon as it ended, her real personality came through, and she became ever-the-more likable. Then . . . something changed. My guess is that the superstar could not adjust to the changing tide of social media, and she might also have thin skin. Her fashion choices stayed stagnant in over-the-top, glamorous gowns and her attempt to brush-off controversial questions resulted in an out-of-touch hand waves with excessive “Dah-Lings.” And for some time, that was Jennifer Lopez’s problem too. Anyone who has been in this business for over a decade is well aware of the drama that surrounded Lopez’s original team and their untouchable diva demands, which were often unknown by Lopez herself. She admits to making serious adjustments, and the impressive about-face was shockingly effective. After all, if her career can survive that Bennifer debacle, it can survive just about anything. So why did Lopez change and Mariah didn’t? Again, my guess is she cannot accept criticism, and in a recent on-the-street interview, she once again took aim at Lopez. As it turns out, Mariah might have reason to resent Lopez, but you’d never know it from her limited explanations, and as far as the public’s concerned, she just seems mean spirited. Here’s a timeline of their feud, and the reasons behind it.

2001: Jennifer Lopez allegedly stole Mariah Carey’s idea to sample Yellow Magic Orchestra’s “Firecracker” for JLO’s hit song “I’m Real.” Mariah had planned to use the song for “Loverboy,” but Lopez beat her to the punch. Rumor has it Carey’s ex-husband Tommy Mottola got wind of Mariah’s plan and orchestrated the theft for Lopez, who was his artist at the time.

 

2002: When asked about the stolen sample, Mariah said, “Let’s just say they did me a favor. And they know who they are. And thank you, sweetie. And your friend who did it with you!” Sources suggest that the “sweetie” in question is Jennifer Lopez, and the shady business gave Carey leverage to make an early exit from her Sony contract, which resulted in a huge new contract with EMI/Virgin.

2008: In an interview with a German television show, Mariah sang the praises of Beyonce, but when asked about Jennifer, she infamously said, “I don’t know her.”

2015: Mariah explains she was “just being honest,” and really doesn’t know Jennifer Lopez

2016: Mariah “Still doesn’t know Jennifer Lopez”

2016: Jennifer Lopez visits Watch What Happens Live and won’t take Andy Cohen’s bait. She continued to deny any ill-feelings toward Mariah.

Tuesday

8

March 2016

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Kim Kardashian Gets Slut-Shamed by Bette Midler?! Say It Ain’t So!

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  I’ve got a lot of issues with Kim Kardashian, and it mostly involves her hideous fashion choices that I can only assume are styled by Kanye. But her nudity? Not so much. Sure she has a gigantic ass that has been covered in paint, perched on a tree trunk, and spilled out of a white bathing suit, but our country is far too prude, and if you have ever been to France, you’d know it. In fact, if ‘Showgirls’ can get an NC-17 rating and ‘Passion of the Christ’ cannot, then it’s clear that we will always be far more outraged by nudity than violence, which is another fact for our covered-up friends.

In an effort to reveal her PRE-baby body for her sex-crazed fans, Kardashian showed her naked frame with her important lady parts partially covered. Naturally, the twitter-sphere erupted, and the ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ star found herself slut-shamed by Bette Midler, Chloe Moretz, Piers Morgan, and more. But Kardashian didn’t take it lying down (pun intended), and she wrote a series of prickly tweets in response.

Here’s the deal. Kardashian’s entire empire began from a sex tape, and though I have an issue with her denying the intentional “leak,” porn stars are just as free to make money as anyone else, and if the public wants to see her naked, so-the-f*ck what. No one is harder on women than women, and if her nude body makes other women hypnotized enough by their “role model” to respond in kind, then that’s just more naked pictures to go around, and everyone is happy. Get over it, girls. A one last thing — she has curves. At least this isn’t a hungry model that looks like a pre-pubescent boy assaulting my eyes with her frail frame. I like a big, buoyant, healthy ass on my ladies.

Monday

7

March 2016

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Erin Andrews Awarded $55 Million — You Go Girl!

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The next time you see naked images of A-listers are on the internet, think of Erin Andrews, who was just awarded $55 million in damages for a secret 2008 recording of the naked Sportscaster that was filmed at the Nashville Marriott by a peeping tom. And if that first sentence sparks your curiosity enough to actually google the video, think of Marriott Executive Neal Peskind, and how the invasive internet ironically worked in Andrews’ favor during trial, when a bartender allegedly witnessed the franchise owner of the Vanderbilt Marriott Hotel that Erin sued actually watching the video with pals at dinner while complaining about the cost of the trial. Perhaps a $55 million judgment will make him and everyone else think a little more seriously about the implications of such an offense. Andrews alleged that the Marriott revealed her room number to her stalker, and then booked him in the room beside her upon his request, which allowed for him to film her naked in a four minute video of the star undressing. It has since been viewed nearly 17 million times. Her stalker allegedly followed her to three different cities, and he had at least 17 other victims. It’s also worth noting that her stalker is responsible for 51% of the damages (which she will likely never receive), while the Nashville Marriott and West End Hotel Partners, the company that owns the hotel, are responsible for the remaining 49%.

It goes without saying that the Marriott should have settled. Andrews is proven to be extremely likable, and watching her tears on the stand is sure to generate serious dollars. On top of that, this is a serious security breach that could have been prevented, and although the awarded judgment seems excessive, it will send a message that could not be achieved any other way. Without her tearful testimony, there’s no face to these crimes, and this might heighten security restrictions at hotels. We are all safer today because of Erin Andrews.

Friday

4

March 2016

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Amy Adams Confirms David O’ Russell Was a Tyrant On Set

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adamsOnly in Hollywood would a major movie studio continue to employ a reprehensible, abusive director for their own financial gain. It is widely known via reports from George Clooney and a leaked video from a heated exchange with Lily Tomlin that David O’ Russell emotionally abuses both his costars and crew. In fact, Clooney candidly admitted in a Playboy interview that he once took the director by throat on the set of ‘The Three Kings’ in an attempt to choke him, saying he was “going to kill him.” The confrontation was sparked from a previous exchange in which Clooney warned Russell not to “push or humiliate people who aren’t allowed to defend themselves.” When Russell continued his bad behavior, Clooney lost it. The movie nearly shut down as a result. Though some have attempted to suggest that Russell is reformed, leaked Sony emails reveal otherwise.

In an email exchange between journalist to his brother in law, Sony Entertainment CEO and chair Michael Lynton, Atler detailed similar behavior on the set of ‘American Hustle,” claiming “He grabbed one guy by the collar, cursed out people repeatedly in front of others and so abused Amy Adams that Christian Bale got in his face and told him to stop acting like an a—hole.” And now — Adams confirmed the story in her own interview. According to Adams, she said she was “devastated” on set nearly every day, and she could not stand to watch others “treated badly.” Though Jennifer Lawrence has defended Russell, Adams says Lawrence is “teflon” and she is not.

While I do not condone hacking into the emails of others, there is great pleasure in holding Sony accountable for their abhorrent hiring practices at the expense of their employees. Some things are more important than money, and if your director is disrespecting your cast and crew, it’s your responsibility to step in. No actor should ever work with this man again — including Jennifer Lawrence.

 

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