Thursday, Mar. 06, 2014 5:13PM EST
You haven’t heard hip-hop music until you’ve heard it Game of Thrones-style.
As reported by Zap2it, HBO has teamed with 10 different rappers to create a mixtape to hype the upcoming fourth season of the medieval-themed fantasy series while simultaneously promoting the show with African-American and Latino viewers.More »
Thursday, Mar. 06, 2014 2:38PM EST
Get out the confetti and rice: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have finally set a date for their wedding. The celebrity nuptials are slated to take place May 24 at an undisclosed venue in Paris. The date and location were confirmed this week by Kardashian during an interview with Ryan Seacrest on his syndicated radio program. “We’re having a super, super small intimate wedding,” insisted Kardashian. “As we go along, we’re realizing we want it to be smaller and more intimate than people are imagining and thinking.” Kardashian also said that her rapper beau is involved in planning the event, up to a point. “There’s certain things where I’m like, ‘I know you’re going to hate the seating chart, so I’ll take care of this,’” she said.More »
Thursday, Mar. 06, 2014 9:10AM EST
Call it serendipity or basic Canadian inventiveness, but the concept of binge-viewing and the Trailer Park Boys have finally come together.
CBC News reports that Julian, Ricky, Bubbles and all the other low-rent denizens of Sunnyvale Trailer Park will relocate to Netflix later this year. Launched in 2001, Trailer Park Boys has become the low-budget success story of Canadian television. Whereas America takes inordinate pride in NASCAR-loving rednecks, we have these guys.More »
Wednesday, Mar. 05, 2014 4:44PM EST
Just when you thought the most horrifying thing to come of this year’s Oscars was John Travolta’s name-bending 30 seconds on stage, along comes a brief exchange between actress-comedian Mindy Kaling and an E! reporter on the Vanity Fair red carpet, which brings with it an entirely new category of cringe-worthy I didn’t think possible.More »
Wednesday, Mar. 05, 2014 2:37PM EST
Lindsay Lohan is back – and as expected her road to sobriety is not going smoothly.
Entertainment Weekly reports that the first advance trailer for Lohan’s much-anticipated new reality series has surfaced and shows the infamous party girl butting heads with Oprah Winfrey herself in the very first episode.More »
Wednesday, Mar. 05, 2014 1:54PM EST
Lena Dunham knows how to write about life in New York and the perils of navigating relationships, but can she pen meaningful dialogue for Archie and Jughead? The Girls creator and star has been commissioned to create a four-part series of Archie Comics. Dunham’s storyline will follow Archie Andrews and his eternal-teen pals as they get involved with a new reality show filming in their fictional hometown of Riverdale. And nobody had to twist Dunham’s arm to take the job. “I was an avid Archie collector as a kid – conventions, first editions that I kept in plastic sleeves, the whole shebang,” Dunham said in a statement. “It has so much cultural significance but also so much personal significance.” The Dunham issues are slated to go on sale in mid-2015.More »
Wednesday, Mar. 05, 2014 10:38AM EST
According to John Travolta, nobody feels worse about mangling the pronunciation of Idina Menzel’s name on last weekend’s Oscars broadcast than John Travolta.
Travolta has issued a public apology to Menzel and has been “beating myself up” over the on-air gaffe.
To recap, on last Sunday night’s Oscars show, Travolta took the stage to introduce the Tony-winning Menzel, who was booked to sing the song Let It Go from the animated movie Frozen.More »
Tuesday, Mar. 04, 2014 3:12PM EST
Not all Hollywood stories have happy endings, but take heart that the pizza-delivery man who fed the stars on Sunday night’s Oscar broadcast finally received his tip.
As reported by Today, the delivery man, a soft-spoken Russian known simply as Edgar, turned up on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to talk about his unusual brush with movie-star royalty.More »
Tuesday, Mar. 04, 2014 3:09PM EST
Tuesday, Mar. 04, 2014 1:33PM EST
THE BIG HAT
It took several weeks, but Arby’s has finally landed Pharrell Williams’ great big hat. The fast-food chain is the new owner of the singer’s oversized chapeau, which they purchased for the not-unreasonable sum of $44,100 (U.S.). Williams made the Vivian Westwood hat fashionable by wearing it to perform on the Grammy Awards in late January, which prompted the Georgia-based chain Arby’s (which features a cowboy hat in its logo) to issue a tweet asking: “Hey Pharrell, can we have our hat back?” Williams recently put the hat on eBay at a starting bid of $10,000 with all proceeds going to the non-profit charity From One Hand to Another, which assists disadvantaged children. The auction period ended on Sunday and the Arby’s offer was the highest of the 131 bids received. Source: MashableMore »
Tuesday, Mar. 04, 2014 8:12AM EST
Take heed, Ellen DeGeneres: If you have any further plans for that adorable selfie you snapped while hosting the Oscars on Sunday night, you had better clear them first with the photograph’s real owner – Bradley Cooper.
TMZ helpfully points out that DeGeneres is not the official owner of the now-famous picture that “broke Twitter” (or at least broke the record for most retweets) and that unless he signed the rights away, Cooper is the rightful owner of the photo.More »
Monday, Mar. 03, 2014 5:13PM EST
Was a singer named “Adele Dazeem” actually supposed to perform on last night’s Oscars broadcast or is John Travolta simply too vain to wear his glasses?
Everyone’s having fun with the apparent brain freeze suffered by Travolta in his introduction to the Oscar-nominated song Let It Go at Sunday night’s awards.More »
Monday, Mar. 03, 2014 4:57PM EST
Leonardo DiCaprio may have been denied – again – an Oscar statuette, but his reaction to losing the prize is still making waves on social media. The Wolf of Wall Street star lost out in the Best Actor category last night to Matthew McConaughey of The Dallas Buyer’s Club. Within minutes, the hashtage “#PoorLeo” was trending on Twitter as users alternated between sympathizing with the actor or poking fun at his bad luck. DiCaprio, 39, has been nominated on four occasions for an Oscar, starting with his 1993 supporting actor nod in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?, followed by nominations for The Aviator and Blood Diamond.More »
Monday, Mar. 03, 2014 9:17AM EST
The Cleveland Indians must now be wishing that pitcher John Axford can do to batters what he did to his Oscar predictions.
The Canadian-born reliever, who was raised in Port Dover, Ont., went a perfect 18 and 0 with his Oscar predictions.
“When I was finally 16 for 16 I think I just assumed that I already had it locked because I was pretty sure that McConaughey and 12 Years a Slave were going to win,” Axford told reporters on Monday.More »
Monday, Mar. 03, 2014 8:59AM EST
Did Ellen DeGeneres knock it out of the park with her second Oscar-hosting appearance or did she have people going to bed early?
The answer depends largely on whose Twitter accounts you follow.
No question the daytime talk host has generated good publicity for social media: Her retweeted selfie photo in which she appears with Bradley Cooper, Meryl Streep, Kevin Spacey and other A-listers has already broken the record for retweets with more than two million.More »
Monday, Mar. 03, 2014 2:11AM EST
Oscar made Twitter history Sunday night thanks to a selfie. Specifically, host Ellen DeGeneres made Twitter history with a selfie.
About halfway through the broadcast, DeGeneres went into the audience to grab a photo with best actress nominee Meryl Streep, who holds the record for most Oscar nominations. It wasn’t long before other celebs were being welcomed in to the selfie, including Bradley Cooper, Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong’o, Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts. The photo, posted on DeGeneres’s Twitter account at 10:06 p.m. ET (complete with Kevin Spacey photobomb), appeared to literally break Twitter for a few minutes, because so many people were retweeting it.More »
Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 1:41PM EST
Lisa Kudrow will have to dig deep to pay money owed to her former manager.
BBC News reports that a Los Angeles court has ordered the former Friends star to pay Scott Howard $1.6-million (U.S.) owed to him from earnings received from syndication residuals.
To the current generation of TV viewers, Kudrow is best known for playing the character of Phoebe Buffay on Friends, which ran 10 seasons on NBC from 1994 to 2004.More »
Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 11:41AM EST
Robin Thicke is attempting to reconcile with his estranged wife the only way he knows how: with a song. The Blurred Lines singer dedicated a song to his actress spouse Paula Patton at a concert in Fairfax, Va., on Thursday night. Speaking to the crowd, Thicke said, “For y’all that don’t know, me and my wife separated, but I’m trying to get my girl back. She’s a good woman.” At which point Thicke launched into his 2007 hit Lost Without U. Thicke and Patton announced their separation earlier this week following nine years of marriage.More »
Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 8:55AM EST
Step aside, Brangelina: Hollywood’s next uber-couple has arrived with the news that Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis have gotten engaged.
People magazine reports that the celebrity couple, who first got to know each other playing teen lovebirds Kelso and Jackie on That ’70s Show, are planning to become husband and wife.More »
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 2:14PM EST
Spike Lee has never held back his passion for New York – as evidenced in films such as Do The Right Thing and Crooklyn – but don’t get him started on the gentrification of the Big Apple.
The Oscar-nominated director is drawing notice for his expletive-laden rant against the steady restoration of New York’s previously destitute neighbourhoods by white, middle-class “hipsters.”More »
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 1:31PM EST
THE BIG SPLIT
Don’t expect any more romantic duets from Katy Perry and John Mayer. The superstar music couple have reportedly broken up for the second time in recent years. Perry and Mayer went public with their relationship in early 2012 and except for a short break that fall, they’ve been together ever since. Last December, the pair even recorded and released a romantic love song, Who You Love, and appeared together in the accompanying video. According to anonymous sources, the split is largely due to Perry’s upcoming exhaustive world tour. “She’s stressed out about the tour, they’ve been fighting,” the source said. “But for now, they are done.”More »
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 9:21AM EST
Call it one small victory in the continuing battle against paparazzi by celebrity parents.
On the heels of Entertainment Tonight’s announcement that it would cease publishing unauthorized photographs of famous people’s children, People magazine and the website Just Jared have agreed to do likewise, Jezebel reports.More »
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 2:50PM EST
Whether she intended to or not, Katy Perry has many Muslims in an uproar with her newest music video.
So far, more than 50,000 Muslims from all over the world have signed the petition demanding the song be removed because of a scene in which a man wearing an Islamic necklace inscribed with the word “Allah” (the Islamic word for God) is scorched by lightning shooting from Perry’s fingertips.More »
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 1:56PM EST
Live from New York, it’s Lena Dunham! The Girls creator and star will host Saturday Night Live for the first time in her career. NBC has announced that the 27-year-old Dunham will host the March 8 edition of the venerable sketch-comedy series, with indie rock band The National slated as musical guests. Shortly after the announcement, Dunham tweeted, “Thank you for the SNL love. Dream come true. Can’t wait to debut my character ‘girl who googled serial killers all night & has lots to say!’”More »
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 9:00AM EST
While Justin Bieber went a whole day without getting into trouble, a few people who work for him weren’t so lucky.
TMZ reports that a member of the Canadian pop star’s security team and a driver have been arrested in Atlanta for stealing a photographer’s camera.
What went down: Apparently Bieber rented out an entire amusement park in suburban Atlanta on Tuesday afternoon . While the Biebs was inside, perhaps playing Whac-a-Mole and Skee-ball, a herd of paparazzi huddled outside, naturally.More »
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 2:08PM EST
Former CNN host Piers Morgan is firing back against claims he abused staff members of his recently cancelled talk show.
The veteran British journalist has taken to Twitter to respond to an article in Tuesday’s New York Daily News suggesting he was dismissive and disrespectful to staffers working on Piers Morgan Live.More »
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 1:10PM EST
Wait, Justin Bieber still makes music? The Canadian pop star has released his first track since his high-profile arrest in Miami Beach last month on charges of driving under the influence. Bieber recently tweeted a link to a mix tape site that featured the new hip-hop song titled Broken. Running three minutes in length and featuring the vocal participation of rapper Blake Kelly, the song has Bieber crooning defiant lyrics such as, “I guess they want a reaction/I ain’t gonna give it to ‘em/I cannot be broken/Like I know you were hoping.”More »
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 9:10AM EST
Now that CNN has pulled the plug on Piers Morgan, who can the all-news network call upon to interview politicians and pop stars in prime time?
How about the guy who Morgan replaced?
That’s right: Larry King is still alive and well at 81 and get this: He’s interested in the gig.
If you recall, the news anchor had 25 years helming Larry King Live under his suspenders before he was removed from the post in 2010.More »
Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 1:57PM EST
Alec Baldwin is mad as hell and can’t take life in New York any more.
Baldwin, 55, appears on the cover of the Feb. 24 issue of New York magazine looking very serious beside the cover line “I Give Up, by Alec Baldwin.”More »
Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 12:58PM EST
TAKING A BREAK?
Is Jennifer Lawrence really going to take a year-long break from acting? According to veteran producer Harvey Weinstein, the 23-year-old Hunger Games actor is planning an extended hiatus from the big screen. “She’s going to have a long break for a year where she won’t do anything,” said Weinstein in an interview with the U.K. newspaper The Sun on Sunday. “She deserves a rest.” Weinstein worked with Lawrence on the film Silver Linings Playbook, which earned her the Best Actress Oscar last year.More »
Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 8:58AM EST
Did the prospect of random drug testing cause Justin Bieber to reject a plea deal in his Miami Beach DUI case?
TMZ reports that prosecutors have offered the Canadian pop star the standard sentencing deal usually meted out to first-time offenders charged with driving under the influence in relation to his arrest on Jan. 23.More »
Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 1:14PM EST
Remember that enormous cowboy hat worn by Pharrell Williams at last month’s Grammys? Now it can be yours. The singer/producer has put the big brown chapeau up for auction on eBay, with the proceeds going to From One Hand to Another, the charity started by the musician to assist disadvantaged youth. But the hat won’t come cheap: The top offer has already reached $10,500 (U.S.) with bidding scheduled to continue to March 2. Williams himself launched the auction by tweeting: “Hey Arbys, you want my hat? Now’s your chance,” referring to the fast-food chain’s tweet on Grammy night asking the star for its hat back.More »
Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 10:16AM EST
The longstanding feud between David Letterman and Jay Leno could soon be resolved, and all for the cause of ratings.
The New York Daily News reports that the 66-year-old Letterman is working behind the scenes to pull off what would be a remarkable late-night coup: Booking Leno – only three weeks removed from his post on The Tonight Show – as a guest on the Late Show with David Letterman.More »
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 2:51PM EST
Why is Shia LaBeouf acting so strangely in recent weeks? James Franco believes he has the answer.
In an essay published in The New York Times, Franco mounts an impassioned defence of LaBeouf’s recent off-screen activity that has many people questioning his mental state.
Best known for his continuing role in the Transformers film franchise, LaBeouf caused a stir at the Berlin Film Festival in early February when he showed up in a dishevelled state for the Nymphomaniac press conference, from which he departed after one question.More »
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 1:00PM EST
Kate Upton literally defies gravity in her photo shoot for Sports Illustrated’s 50th anniversary swimsuit issue. Wearing only a tiny gold bikini, the 21-year-old supermodel swings upside down and poses in multiple angles during her photo layout that took place aboard a zero gravity plane at the Space Coast Regional Airport at Cape Canaveral in Florida. The photos and video follows last year’s SI Swimsuit issue stunt in which Upton braved the frigid climes of Antarctica wearing only a bikini. “The Zero-G experience was really exhilarating for everyone involved,” said MJ Day, editor of the Sports Illustrated issue. “Once again, Kate surprised us all with how she handled modelling in weightlessness.”More »
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 10:15AM EST
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 10:10AM EST
Jimmy Fallon is still in his first week hosting The Tonight Show but he’s already accomplished the impossible: He made Brian Williams look cool.
Fallon and his writing staff are getting late-night street cred for assembling the video of the NBC News anchor performing the hip-hop standard Rapper’s Delight, which aired on Wednesday night’s edition of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.More »
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 3:21PM EST
Lego’s total cultural domination just became irrefutable. But it’s just a children’s toy, you say? Hardly. The Lego Movie has been crushing all box-office competitors. It’s owned the No. 1 spot and has pulled in more than $142-million (U.S.) since it’s Feb. 7 release. Last month, Lego lit the Internet on fire when it announced it will release a new Simpsons set in May.More »
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 2:53PM EST
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 2:42PM EST
Ask any octogenarian: The great thing – maybe the only great thing – about reaching your eighth decade is the right to say whatever you want, wherever you want, and be damned the consequences.
Case in point: Broadway veteran and TV star Elaine Stritch, who turned 89 two weeks ago, is not the least bit concerned by the fact that she blurted the F-word on the Today show on Tuesday morning.More »
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 1:05PM EST
HE’S A HIT
Jimmy Fallon’s debut on The Tonight Show has been declared a ratings hit. Monday night’s premiere episode drew 11.31-million U.S. viewers according to the Nielsen ratings. The huge viewership is the second-largest audience for The Tonight Show since May 2009, finishing second only to outgoing host Jay Leno’s sendoff episode on February 6 (14.64 million) and the 11.90-million Americans who watched in May 2009 when Conan O’Brien began his four-month stint hosting the late-night talk franchise.More »
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 9:11AM EST
We always knew that Homer Simpson was a blockhead, but who could have guessed he was really made of Lego?
Mashable reports on the new Simpsons Lego set that was recently unveiled at the International Toy Fair in New York.
Arriving in stores this week, the brightly coloured Lego house is a virtual replicate of the beloved cartoon clan’s abode and just like The Lego Movie that continues to dominate the North American box office (last weekend it steamrolled over RoboCop!), the set is exacting in detail.More »
Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 2:48PM EST
You’ve heard of a pre-nuptial agreement? Get ready to take part in a pre-cup agreement the next time you order a double-double.
The rumours are true: Tim Hortons has revised the rules of its popular Roll Up the Rim to Win contest, which kicks off this week and runs to April 25.
More specifically, the Canadian coffee outlet is looking to avoid any confusion in regard to the millions of prizes that customers could potentially win in the contest.More »
Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 2:31PM EST
SHOCK AND AWE
Miley Cyrus may be running out of ways to shock the world, but that doesn’t mean she’s going to stop trying. Following much-publicized behaviour that includes twerking and appearing naked in a music video, the 21-year-old pop star was performing at a concert in Tacoma, Wash., on the weekend (after kicking off her tour in Vancouver) when an overzealous fan threw a pair of underwear on-stage. A pair of red thong underwear, to be precise. Instead of stepping over the fan offering or throwing it back, Ms. Miley simply picked up the knickers and stuffed them into her mouth. No word on whether the thong was returned to its owner after the show.More »
Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 8:45AM EST
NBC Sports is standing behind reporter Christin Cooper following her controversial interview with Olympic skier Bode Miller at the Sochi Winter Games.
Following viewer backlash, the peacock network has released a statement of support for Cooper, whose interview with the U.S. downhiller caused him to break down in tears.More »
Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 2:52PM EST
Piers Morgan was recently grilled by British investigators in connection to a continuing police inquiry into phone hacking. The CNN host revealed Friday that he was interviewed while visiting his homeland in December by officers looking into claims journalists routinely hacked into people’s voice mails in order to obtain stories. The police investigation is known as Operation Weeting. In a prepared statement, Morgan admitted: “In early November I was asked to attend an interview by officers from Operation Weeting when I was in the U.K. This was further to a full witness statement I had already freely provided. I attended that interview as requested on December 6, 2013.” Morgan previously served as editor of the British newspapers News of the World and The Daily Mirror.More »
Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 12:32PM EST
What a difference a day makes: Drake has issued an extensive apology one day after voicing his extreme displeasure at Rolling Stone replacing him on the cover of their latest issue with the recently deceased actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.More »
Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 11:47AM EST
The next time a grownup tells some young upstart to pull up their pants, don’t be surprised if the kid counters with, “But that’s how Henrik Harlaut wears them.”
The Daily Mail reports on the Swedish skier whose performance in Thursday’s slopestyle event at the Sochi Winter Games ended up with him losing both his skis and his pants.More »
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 1:36PM EST
ZITS AND ALL
Teen singer Lorde is keeping it real by sharing a decidedly unglamorous picture of herself with fans. On Monday, the 17-year-old Royals singer posted an Instagram picture showing her with no makeup. The caption: “in bed in paris with my acne cream on.” In the photo, the Grammy-winning singer has her hair pulled back in a bun and blemish-treatment cream is clearly visible on her chin and cheeks. Last month, there was speculation that the New Zealand-born pop star really wasn’t 17, but rather a grown-up pretending to be a teenager. When Vanity Fair asked Lorde about the rumours last month, she quipped, “Hi, I’m Ella and I’m actually 45.”More »
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 12:51PM EST
Drake is not the least bit happy with Rolling Stone bumping him off the cover in favour of the recently deceased actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.
The Toronto-born rapper took to Twitter on Thursday to inform his 14-million followers that his new interview in the venerable music magazine included statements about fellow rapper Kanye West that he never made.More »