Thursday, May 30, 2013

Viral Internet sensation Grumpy Cat inks a movie deal

The viral Internet sensation that is "Grumpy Cat" has an agent, and better for the feline in terms of cat food, a movie deal, it was announced on Wednesday.

Her agent is Ben Lashes, a talent manager in Los Angeles who specializes in Internet cats. You read that correctly. The Wall Street Journal describes him thusly:
When an ironic photograph of a feline becomes Internet famous, Mr. Lashes contacts the pet owner and offers to help strategize ways to prolong, protect and monetize. He says he operates with this question in mind: "What would Walt Disney do if he created Mickey Mouse and it went viral on YouTube?"
Lashes became Grumpy Cat's agent last October.

To be clear, Grumpy Cat is really a feline named Tardar Sauce. When Bryan Bundesen, 34, a cable technician from Galion, Ohio, visited his sister Tabatha in Arizona, he snapped a photo of Tardar Sauce (Tabatha Bundesen's daughter thought the cat's fur was the color of tartar sauce, but misspelled it). After the picture on the website Reddit, it went viral, with people turning it into a meme.

Captions ranged from "I thought I could not be more disappointed…you proved me wrong," to "There are two kinds of people in this world ... and I don't like them."

In terms of the movie, Broken Road Productions has optioned the rights to make a film based on Grumpy Cat's personality. In the film, Grumpy Cat will speak, sort of like the cat in the 2004 live action "Garfield" film.

The film is just one of Grumpy Cat's business ventures. In March, she appeared on "Good Morning America," on the Friskies game show, "Will Kitty Play With It?" That same month, She also appeared at the annual South by Southwest Interactive conference (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. There, fans queued to take photos with the famously annoyed feline.

Grumpy Cat also has a forthcoming book, "Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book: Disgruntled Tips and Activities Designed to Put a Frown on Your Face," a 2014 calendar and T-shirts for sale.

Grumpy Cat isn't exactly ecstatic over the movie deal. "She hates movies," said Lashes.

Video shows Justin Bieber apparently 'underage clubbing'

Much was made of Justin Bieber showing off his brewski when he was in South Africa, as the pop star is underage when it comes to drinking in the U.S. Of course, that doesn't apply to South Africa, where the drinking age is 18, but these new reports are a lot more damning: On Wednesday night, Bieber hit three New York City clubs, at least two had advertised 21-and-older events.

The proof is offered up in the embedded video.

Bieber and his crew first hit the Avenue nightclub (where Lindsay Lohan allegedly punched a psychic -- and gypsy -- Tiffany Mitchell). They then moved on to Marquee. The group finished up at 1 Oak.

According to the report, Marquee had advertised that Wednesday was a 21-and-up night (above). Meanwhile, Avenue had also advertised Wednesday as a 21-and-over evening.

It is unclear what the situation is around 1 Oak.

If in fact those venues have licenses to allow younger folks in, then there isn't really an issue. If, on the other hand, they do not -- or if they served Bieber alcohol -- they could lose their liquor licenses.

The latest Bieber dust-up came on the same day that Bieber's former mentor, Usher, appeared on Wednesday's "Ellen." He was there to discuss judging "The Voice," but as you might expect, the conversation turned to Bieber and his recent public issues, such as racing around his gated community in a dangerous manner, threatening a photographer, and more.

Usher said:
I'm hoping for the best. I don't look at it as a negative though. I look at it as a teenager. He's a teenager having to live his life in front of a camera. Imagine if you had to do that as a teenager.

Miranda Lambert moved to tears during Oklahoma tornado benefit concert (Video)

Miranda Lambert was forced to choke back tears on Wednesday night as she performed at “Healing in the Heartland,” the Oklahoma tornado relief concert. A video of her performance can be viewed below.

The country singer sang her hit "The House That Built Me," as a tribute to the many pets that were lost or displaced during the tornados that struck the state last week, killing 24 people, including 10 children, and injuring 377 others.

Lambert was only halfway through the song when she had to stop. She paused for a few moments to regain her composure. Meanwhile, the crowd cheered her on.

Lambert, a finalist in the the 2003 season of "Nashville Star," where she finished in third place, later signed with Epic records. She and her husband Blake Shelton reside in Oklahoma, and were thus understandably moved by the disaster. Shelton, an Oklahoma native, served as the the fundraiser’s host.

Shelton kicked off the evening's events with a performance of "God Gave Me You." He later sang Michael Buble's "Home" alongside his fellow "The Voice" coach, Usher.

Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, Ryan Tedder and Darius Rucker were among the others who also performed during the charity concert.

The event was held at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City and broadcast live on NBC. It raised money for the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund.




Miley Cyrus Twitter pic seems to blunt split rumors

Although reports on Wednesday said that Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth have split, it's possible the media jumped on the story just a tad bit too early -- or not. On Wednesday, the same day as the split was publicized, some media noticed that Miley -- the day before the reports -- had tweeted a picture of herself in a wedding dress.

Reportedly, the image (above) was shot the same day as her recent video shoot. Given that, it's possible it was simply part of the video. On the other hand, why bother tweeting it if there wasn't a message attached?

A second report, also issued Wednesday, seems to refute the Cyrus - Hemsworth split.

An anonymous source said:
It's been rocky, but they are hanging in there.
At this point, neither Cyrus nor Hemsworth has addressed the issue, so it's still unclear where the couple is at.

The couple met on the set of "The Last Song" in 2009 and became engaged in June of last year. Hemsworth, 23, gave Cyrus, 20, a 3 1/2-carat diamond engagement ring. Cyrus has been seen with -- and without -- the ring in recent public appearances.

It can't slow down: Justin Bieber's Ferrari pulled over for speeding by police

Just days after pop superstar Justin Bieber angered his neighbors (for the latest time) by racing through his exclusive Calabasas community in his Ferrari, the car -- though not the celebrity -- was involved in another incident on Wednesday.

Bieber wasn't behind the wheel in this incident. Instead, the miscreant was his BFF Lil Twist. Police pulled Twist over just outside of Bieber's community for, you guessed it, speeding. However, they let him off with just a warning.

Twist has been involved in at least two other incidents with one of Bieber's cars. In January, Twist was driving the car when photographer Chris Guerra was killed. Guerra thought he had a huge story on Justin Bieber, and had pursued the car and -- after it was pulled over by the authorities -- was attempting to get photos.

Guerra was killed while crossing Sepulveda Blvd. in Los Angeles.

Lil Twist also crashed Bieber's Fisker Karma all-electric sports car in March. Bieber was not in the vehicle in any of the above three incidents.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Kate Upton 'incensed' after Victoria's Secret uses two-year-old photo

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Kate Upton is no longer under contract to work for Victoria's Secret. That didn't prevent the lingerie company from using an image of her on their latest catalog's back cover showing Upton wearing VS' black Body bra, infuriating Upton on Wednesday.

To do so, VS used an image of Upton from 2011. What is apparently even more frustrating for the model is the fact that VS dissed the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover model last year. Sophia Neophitou, a model booker for VS, told the New York Times last year:
We would never use Kate . . . She’s like a footballer’s wife, with the too-blond hair and that kind of face that anyone with enough money can go out and buy.
However, now Upton has been the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover model -- not once, but twice.

She also just appeared in the June 2013 edition of Vogue. There, she said, perhaps addressing VS, but also her critics in total:
The things that they're rejecting are things that I can't change. I can't change my bra size. They're natural! I can work out and I can stay healthy and motivated, but I can't change some things. I really just live my life. I love my body. It's what God gave me! I feel confident with myself, and if that inspires other women to feel confident with their bodies, great.
A slideshow of Upton images can be seen here.

'Inside the Actors Studio's' James Lipton reveals he 'was once a pimp'

Snoop Lion isn't the only celebrity who has admitted to previously being a pimp. On Wednesday, it was revealed that James Lipton, the 86-year-old host of "Inside the Actors Studio," was once a pimp as well.

Lipton explained that, as a young man, he ran out of funds. His friend at the time -- ironically, a prostitute -- encourage him to give the profession a try.
She arranged for me to do it. I had to be okayed by the underworld, otherwise they would've found me floating in the Seine.
Lipton noted that -- at the time -- there wasn't a stigma attached to prostitution. He added,
It was only a few years after the war (World War II). Paris was different then, still poor. Men couldn’t get jobs and, in the male chauvinist Paris of that time, the women couldn’t get work at all. It was perfectly respectable for them to go into le milieu.

Young women [at that time] desperately needed money for various reasons. They were beautiful and young and extraordinary. There was no opprobrium because it was completely regulated. Every week, they had to be inspected medically. The great bordellos were still flourishing in those days.
Also, Lipton said, pimps were more like agents. They didn't act as you might see them portrayed in movies or television nowadays.
The French mecs didn’t exploit women. They represented them, like agents. And they took a cut. That’s how I lived.

I was going through my rites of passage, no question about it. It was a great year of my life.
The 250th episode of "Inside the Actors Studio" airs Wednesday at 7/6c on Bravo.

Divorce finalized: Courteney Cox, David Arquette

It only took three years. Courtney Cox and David Arquette, who split in 2010, but didn't file for divorce until June of 2012, are now divorced, a report said on Wednesday.

Cox, 48, and Arquette, 41, announced their separation in October of 2010. Their divorce was finalized by a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge on Tuesday.

Although there were some instances of awkwardness, such as in April of 2011, when Courteney Cox and David Arquette "appeared" on the Howard Stern show together (although Courteney actually crashed the show). At the time she explained their difficulties centered around Arquette constantly trying to have sex with her -- and the key word was "constantly."

On that show, while David indicated he was interested in reconciliation, Courteney was clear in stating that she thought they were better as separate entities.

Still, they have joint custody of daughter Coco, 8, and appear amicable. Appearing with Ellen DeGeneres in January, Cox insisted she still loves Arquette, saying:
He's my best friend in the world. I love him. I appreciate David more now than I ever did. I mean ... It's hard. I don't recommend divorce in general but you know, he is my best friend and we've both grown and changed and I think we both appreciate each other more. I hope he does. I do.
The following week, Arquette told People:
She's (Cox) incredible. ... I love her, too, and she's an amazing person, a beautiful person.
The couple married on June 12, 1999, after meeting on the set of the horror film "Scream" in 1995. They reprised their "Scream" roles in the three sequels, including "Scream 4," which released to theaters after the couple had announced their separation.

They're done: Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth split

A new report says "they're done," but the couple in question has yet to release an official statement. Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth, after months of speculation, are no longer engaged, according to a report in Us Weekly, published on Wednesday.

One source said simply:
They are definitely over.
The couple met on the set of "The Last Song" in 2009 and became engaged in June of last year. Hemsworth, 23, gave Cyrus, 20, a 3 1/2-carat diamond engagement ring. Cyrus has been seen with -- and without -- the ring in recent public appearances.

Reportedly, though, the couple has split -- but hasn't. Hemsworth and Cyrus are still living together at their Los Angeles digs, but are now sleeping in separate rooms. It was Hemsworth, reports say, who called off the engagement for good.

The discord between the couple became fodder for media rags in February with rumors that Cyrus had become jealous of Hemsworth's close relationship with actress January Jones ("Mad Men"). It was also rumored that Jones and Hemworth were seen making out on an Oscars night "date."

It's unclear if the break-up will stick. The news comes just a couple of weeks after the two were spotted kissing at a party at Cyrus' home. A source said of the May 10 PDA:
They were definitely back on. They break up, get back together, repeat … they will eventually burn out.
However, at the same time of the PDA report, a Life & Style source claimed the couple was sleeping in separate rooms in the house they shared -- as is now being reported.

As far as why there has been no public announcement, that same source said:
The two know it's over ... but aren't ready to announce it.

New 'Man of Steel' TV spot: 'You're the answer, Clark'

As if you need a reminder that the latest Superman reboot, "Man of Steel," is coming soon, Warner Bros. released the ninth TV spot on Wednesday. The fact that it's the ninth TV spot should indicate how much importance the studio is placing on this summer blockbuster film.

As has been typical of these spots, there is some new footage mixed with the old. Among the scenes in this TV spot is shown as a young Clark asks his foster father, Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner), "Can't I just keep pretending I'm your son?" To that, Jonathan Kent answers, emotionally,
You are my son. But somewhere out there you have another father. And he sent you hear for a reason. And even if it takes the rest of your life ... you owe it to yourself to find out what that reason is.
Wikipedia says:
Clark Kent is a journalist who was adopted as a child by Jonathan and Martha Kent after he was transported to Earth from the dying planet of Krypton. Raised with the values of his adoptive parents, he feels alienated because of his unique super powers and struggles to find his own place in life. When the world is attacked, he becomes the hero named Superman to protect Earth and its people.
"Man of Steel" stars Henry Cavill as Clark Kent / Kal-El / Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Antje Traue as Faora, Ayelet Zurer as Lara Lor-Van, Christopher Meloni as Colonel Hardy, Russell Crowe as Jor-El, and Richard Schiff as Dr. Emil Hamilton.

It is set for a June 14 premiere.



Academy Award-nominated actor Eric Roberts cast in 'The Human Centipede 3'

Academy Award-nominated actor Eric Roberts has been cast in the upcoming "The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence)." Roberts received his Oscar nomination for his role as an escaped convict in 1985′s "Runaway Train."

"The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence)" is the third film in the gruesome horror movie series.

According to Wikipedia,
(Tom) Six has revealed that the film will again be very different from the previous part but will also start with its ending, so in the end the parts of the trilogy would form one continuous film about four and a half hours long, making it similar to a centipede.

He also stated that the third film will answer some "lasting questions," will have a strange happy ending, and will be the last of the series as he does not want to do any more Centipede films. In an interview with DreadCentral.com, Six said the third film will "make the last one look like a Disney film. We're going to shoot the third film entirely in America, and it's going to be my favorite... It's going to upset a lot of people."
Dieter Laser and Colby Martin will return as antagonists Dr. Josef Heiter and Martin Lomax from "The Human Centipede (First Sequence)" and "The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)" respectively.

To say the series has been greeted with derision would be putting it mildly. "Part 2" was banned in the U.K.

Additional cast members include Tommy “Tiny” Lister ("Friday"), Robert LaSardo ("Death Race"), and former porn actress (and former Charlie Sheen girlfriend) Bree Olson.

Inside sources: Amanda Bynes likely to get off in 'drug possession' case

Despite allegedly destroying evidence -- a bong -- by throwing it out her window, it appears that Amanda Bynes will get off the hook in her drug possession case. According to a report issued on Wednesday, inside sources say that the authorities have no solid evidence to back up their case.

An NYPD official said that the police report does not mention any marijuana recovered at the scene. The police report uses much supposition, saying that police saw Bynes throw what they believed was "drug paraphernalia" (a bong) out of her window. The report also said that police cops smelled "a strong odor of marijuana."

The drug paraphenia, meanwhile, probably can't be entered into evidence. Although a TMZ producer found remnants of what "appeared" to be a bong, the authorities did not examine the sub-roof where it was found until Tuesday.

That means that it had been sitting out there since last week, and there is no way to be certain that the shards of glass and other pieces were not tampered with. At least, in terms of legal proceedings, there is no way to know.

Although they cannot -- it appears -- convict Bynes on the possession charge, authorities could try to charge her with reckless endangerment for hurling what she said was a vase out the window. Once again, though, the fact that the remnants of whatever it was were out on the sub-roof for so long means that it will be difficult to prove that Bynes tossed something out of the window.

The incident began at about 8 p.m. EDT on Thursday, when police responded to a call from Bynes' doorman claiming that the troubled actress had allegedly been smoking pot in the lobby of her building. By the time that police arrived, Bynes had already returned to her apartment.

Once they reached her apartment, Bynes opened the door, and police report that they saw a bong -- for a short period. After Bynes opened the door, an officer entered the apartment and saw a bong on the kitchen counter. When he asked Amanda about the bong, Bynes went ballistic.

From the police report: "I observed [Amanda] grab said bong, run to the westbound-facing window, and throw it out the window where numerous pedestrians were walking on the 8 Avenue and West 47 Street sidewalks below."

Proving the case, though, may be impossible.

L.A. Kings announcer tips Keyshawn Johnson off: Come to Staples Center; Justin Bieber is here

The Los Angeles Kings' television announcer is apparently up on all the latest celebrity news. On Tuesday night, just prior to the third period of the game between the Los Angeles Kings and the San Jose Sharks, the announcer pointed out Bieber's presence at the Staples Center.

The announcer said:
Keyshawn Johnson, if you are looking for Justin Bieber, there he is. He's at the Staples Center, getting set for third period action between the Kings and the Sharks.
Apparently, Johnson didn't show up.

The reference by the announcer stems from another "Justin Bieber racing around his gated Calabasas community" incident. In this case, Bieber was racing around the community, prompting not one, but two 911 calls. One of those came from former NFL great Keyshawn Johnson, who also chased Bieber's Ferrari -- in his Prius, no less.

Johnson was angered by another example of Bieber's reckless behavior, and although he boxed in the pop star's car, Bieber -- who is 5'7" vs. Johnson's 6'4" -- raced into his home to avoid a face-to-face confrontation with a person far bigger than him, and one he definitely wouldn't spit in the face.

For those wondering, the Kings beat the San Jose Sharks 2-1. At the time of the video, they were ahead 2-0, but the Sharks scored at 5:26 on a Dan Boyle slap shot.

With the win, the Kings, the defending Stanley Cup champions, advanced to the conference finals where they will face either the Chicago Blackhawks or the Detroit Red Wings, who play Game 7 of their series on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

A Chicago victory will mean the Kings will travel to United Center for Games 1 and 2 on Saturday and Sunday; a Detroit win means the Kings will host the Red Wings at Staples Center on Friday night.



Justin Bieber billboard theorizes pop star is 'sad' over possible minimum wage hike

Justin Bieber is in the news again, but not through his own doing. His likeness has appeared on a Los Angeles billboard that theorizes that the pop superstar's grim visage is due to the possibility that the United States may raise the minimum wage, the Huffington Post reported on Tuesday.

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In the advertisement, which was done without Bieber's knowledge or cooperation, a solemn-looking Bieber is positioned over the headline "Why is Justin Bieber so sad," which is then followed by "Could it be because 24% of teens who want a job can't find one? Teen unemployment makes us all sad. Unfortunately, raising the minimum wage will only make things worse."

The billboard is at the corner of W. Pico Blvd. and Hi Point St. in central Los Angeles. Directly below the billboard is a Goodwill store.

Although the Employment Policies Institute, a well-known right-wing organization which advocates against minimum wage hikes on the state, federal and local levels, confirmed it did not ask Bieber's permission to use his image in the ad, Michael Saltsman, a researcher at the organization said that EPI did purchase the rights to the Bieber image through Getty Images.

Saltsman added that -- although the billboard would, at first glance, appear to do so -- it wasn't EPI's intention to say that Bieber had a specific opinion on raising the minimum wage. Saltsman argued that the word "could" means that the answer to the question asked in the ad -- why is Justin Bieber sad? -- is entirely left to the reader.
It could be many things. We're asking a question -- and we're speculating the answer -- but we're not implying that he supports any particular policy.
According to both HuffPo and the "Bill Press Show," reporting on Wednesday, a search of Bieber's song catalog turns up no mention of the singer being against hiking the minimum wage -- or labor economics in general. In fact, one well-known "political statement" that Bieber made previously was a love of Canada's health care system, often used as a key example of universal health care.
You guys are evil. Canada's the best country in the world. We go to the doctor and we don't need to worry about paying him, but here, your whole life, you're broke because of medical bills. My bodyguard's baby was premature, and now he has to pay for it. In Canada, if your baby's premature, he stays in the hospital as long as he needs to, and then you go home.
Although EPI says that the ad is not intended to portray Bieber as anti-minimum wage, a quick and non-scientific survey of those shown the billboard's image indicates that most believe that the ad implies an opinion by Bieber.

Truly, Justin Bieber has a lot more to worry about than minimum age: Selena Gomez, reckless driving accusations, and more.

The Employment Policies Institute (sometimes confused with the progressive Economic Policy Institute, not plural) is a registered and tax-exempt 501(c)(3). The group does not disclose its funding, but it was created by the well-known Washington lobbyist Richard Berman (not be confused with Rick Berman of "Star Trek" fame), whose numerous lobbying groups are, Wikipedia says, "corporate-funded."



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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Police deny Twitter claim that authorities slapped Amanda Bynes' vagina

Authorities on Tuesday denied allegations made by troubled actress Amanda Bynes on Twitter. Bynes, who was arrested last week on drug possession charges, as well as for tampering with evidence (throwing a bong out of her window), tweeted
I was sexually harassed by one of the cops the night before last which is who then arrested me. He lied and said I threw a bong out the window when I opened the window for fresh air. Hilarious. He slapped my vagina. Sexual harassment.
NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul J. Browne said:
Investigators have found no evidence to corroborate Ms. Bynes' allegations.

To the contrary, a credible civilian witness who was with the officers throughout told investigators that none touched Ms. Bynes inappropriately or otherwise engaged in misconduct at any time.
Bynes promised to sue the NYPD. In addition, visual evidence (a photo) seemed to show the shattered remains of a bong on a third floor sub-roof beneath Bynes' apartment.

In addition, a TMZ producer personally checked out the "evidence." While Bynes said she threw a vase out of her window, not a bong, the producer said the scattered remnants didn't appear to be a vase to him.

However, a building employee said that when they first investigated the Bynes incident, police didn't examine the sub-roof. The report said that police will examine the remains later on Tuesday.

On Thursday evening, police responded to a call from Bynes' doorman claiming that the troubled actress had allegedly been smoking pot in the lobby of her building. By the time that police arrived, she had already returned to her apartment.

When police arrived at her door, Bynes opened up, and police report that they saw a bong -- for a short period. After Bynes opened the door, an officer entered the apartment and saw a bong on the kitchen counter. When he asked Amanda about the bong, Bynes took action.

From the police report: "I observed [Amanda] grab said bong, run to the westbound-facing window, and throw it out the window where numerous pedestrians were walking on the 8 Avenue and West 47 Street sidewalks below."

Prius vs. Ferrari: Keyshawn Johnson chased Justin Bieber over reckless in-neighborhood driving

Justin Bieber reportedly continues to race his Ferrari around his gated Calabasas community. In the latest incident, which took place around 8 p.m. PDT on Sunday night, not only did police receive two separate calls about Bieber, sources said that one of the callers was former NFL All-Pro WR Keyshawn Johnson.

Johnson had just left a party -- Sunday night -- inside of the gated Calabasas community when Bieber zoomed by in his Ferrari. Zoom is possibly too modest a term. Johnson, sources said, was furious -- he had his child in the car. After dropping his child off, Johnson chased after Bieber's Ferrari in his Prius -- yes, a Prius, though it is unclear if it was a Plug-In or standard hybrid.

Reportedly, once Johnson reached Bieber's house, he blocked the Ferrari in with his own car. Although Johnson got out of his car in order to confront Bieber face-to-face, Bieber thought better of a possible confrontation.

According to the report, Bieber ran into his house and refused to answer the door.

After all, Johnson is 6'4". Bieber is 5'7". We're sure that Bieber was not in the mood to face down Johnson as he did his neighbor, who is 47 and 5'7", 135 pounds. In that incident, again the result of Bieber racing around the neighborhood, Bieber allegedly spat in his neighbor's face.

Bieber also refused to speak to police who responded to the 911 calls.

In addition, sources say -- although there were apparently only two 911 calls -- several people witnessed the incident. Not only that, but they said that Bieber was definitely driving. The witnesses also told the authorities that Bieber appeared stoned at the time, but that, of course, is only alleged.

Jason David Frank confirms the Green Power Ranger is 'on' for the reunion

Jason David Frank -- the original Green Power Ranger (Tommy Oliver) who eventually morphed (pun intended) into the White Ranger is ready for a Power Rangers reunion, he said in a video posted on Tuesday. Frank has appeared in the most seasons and the most episodes in the Power Rangers series.

Frank said (embedded video) he is not only "confirmed" to appear in "Power Rangers: MegaForce," but that he is already on location in New Zealand. He also said that it's not about the money -- more on that later -- instead he is making his appearance "for the fans."
I told my fans I'd do this [the Power Rangers reunion] for a dollar, and I mean that.
He added that the producers had sent out letters to 60 Rangers, but that only 10 were accepted, including him.

It's not surprising, as Tommy Oliver is one of the most beloved Rangers of all time.

However, the news comes on the heels of news that the original Blue (David Yost), original Black (Walter Jones), and second Yellow (Karan Ashley) Rangers all turned down the offer.

In Yost's case, he said it was because of the way he was treated on the series. Yost said he was treated poorly by producers who knew he was gay.

Jones said he too was treated poorly, adding that he was skipping the reunion to support Yost. However, sources close to the situation told TMZ money was at least part of the issue.

Notably, Jones was one of the original cast members who was eventually written out of the series. He left midway through the second season, with money cited as an issue.

Ashley also cited money, saying that the filming would require five days out of her schedule, while producers would only pay for two.

Frank has been posting images on his official Facebook fan page. A slideshow is here.

Selena Gomez gives Justin Bieber a trial period and another relationship ultimatum, but will it stick?

Although their romance appears to be back "on," it's also apparent that it could be back "off" just as quickly. HollywoodLife said on Monday that Selena Gomez, 20, has given given Justin Bieber, 19, an ultimatum: straighten up and fly right, or else.

According to the report, an anonymous source said:
She has told him that if he f***s with her emotions too much, she will drop him.
There is nothing in that statement that could be misunderstood.

Continuing, the source added that, with her global concert tour coming up, Gomez has little time or energy to spend on Bieber, if he is not reciprocal.
She needs to focus on her big tour. She’s trying to be levelheaded and knows how important the shows are to her fans, so it won’t be a surprise to him.

Justin and Selena are dating but they are taking things slow. Selena is keeping her heart from being broken, so she is definitely looking at this as a trial period in their relationship.”
Speaking of the term "trial period," ContactMusic said that Gomez has insisted the rekindling of their romanbce is on "trial" basis.

Gomez recently flew to Oslo, Norway, to join Bieber in the midst of his global tour. She was also seen nuzzling him in a quickly deleted Instagram photo during that reunion.

With all that recent activity, it was pretty clear at least an attempt at a rekindling of their romance was underway. However, Gomez has given Bieber ultimatums before, and despite breaking up at the end of last year / the beginning of this year, it was apparent she -- and he -- couldn't fully separate from the other.

However, here she is giving him another chance -- and other ultimatum. Will Jelena last? Only time will tell.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Amanda Bynes released after hearing, seriously scowling during mug shot

Amanda Bynes was released after a court hearing on Friday morning (video embedded). The hearing was over her arrest on Thursday night, for reckless endangerment, tampering with evidence and criminal possession of marijuana.

The highlight of her arrest, though, was when Bynes, confronted by the police, tossed her bong out the window of her apartment. To that, the troubled actress told the judge that it wasn't a bong at all. Instead, she said, it was just a vase.

Bynes appeared in court wearing her platinum blonde wig. Earlier, when her mug shot was taken, she was forced to remove it, revealing a very short cut -- as well as an upset look.

Prosecutors requested Bynes be held in lieu of $1,000 bail, but the judge released her without bail. He warned her, though, that if she missed her court date in July, an arrest warrant would be issued.

Bynes was escorted out of court by an officer and left, on her own, in a taxicab.

The incident began at about 8 p.m. EDT on Thursday, when police responded to a call from Bynes' doorman claiming that the troubled actress had allegedly been smoking pot in the lobby of her building. By the times that police arrived, Bynes had already returned to her apartment.

Once they reached her apartment, Bynes opened the door, and police report that they saw a bong -- for a short period. After Bynes opened the door, an officer entered the apartment and saw a bong on the kitchen counter. When he asked Amanda about the bong, Bynes went ballistic.

From the police report: "I observed [Amanda] grab said bong, run to the westbound-facing window, and throw it out the window where numerous pedestrians were walking on the 8 Avenue and West 47 Street sidewalks below."



Watch as Amanda Bynes booked for smoking pot, throwing bong out a window

The saga of Amanda Bynes' life has a new entry. Fresh off being rejected from a private jet when a Google search for her wasn't good enough as a form of ID, the troubled actress was arrested at her New York City apartment on Thursday night for marijuana possession and throwing evidence -- a bong -- out a window.

The embedded video shows Bynes being taken into Manhattan Central Booking.

It's been reported, and can be seen in the video, that Bynes attempted to hide her identity at both the scene and booking by lowering her head, covering her face with her long (currently) blond hair. Wearing a long-sleeved black Versace shirt, gray sweatpants and high-tops, it could be seen that not only were her hands handcuffed, her legs were shackled, as well.

The incident began at about 8 p.m. EDT on Thursday, when police responded to a call from Bynes' doorman claiming that the troubled actress had allegedly been smoking pot in the lobby of her building. By the times that police arrived, Bynes had already returned to her apartment.

[Notably, it was reported earlier that Bynes was forced to move from her prior apartment because management received multiple complaints from other tenants of marijuana smoke emanating from her apartment, at all hours -- as well as seeing her smoking weed in the lobby and hallways.]

Once they reached her apartment, Bynes opened the door, and police report that they saw a bong -- for a short period. After Bynes opened the door, and she allegedly went back into the apartment and threw it out the window.

Bynes was taken into custody. She was then taken -- first -- to Roosevelt Hospital to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. She was later transported to Manhattan Central Booking for processing, where she supposedly spent the night.

The actress has been charged with reckless endangerment, tampering with evidence and criminal possession of marijuana. She is expected to appear in front of a judge Friday morning.



Thursday, May 23, 2013

Canseco's ex rebuts rape allegations by Las Vegas fitness model as ex-athlete continues to tweet challenges

Leila Knight, who dated Jose Canseco for over four years, is calling BS on allegations that the former major league baseball star raped a Las Vegas fitness model. Those allegations arose on Wednesday.

Knight, speaking to TMZ on video after the allegations were publicized on Wednesday, said she believes Canseco is completion innocent of any wrongdoing. She also implied that the woman who has accused the former pro baseball star of rape is nothing more than a "lying publicity wh*re."

Leila Knight dated Jose Canseco for more than four years. She said that she has been speaking to him almost constantly since the sexual assault allegations arose.
I've been talking to him all day ... it's obvious that it's a publicity stunt, I mean -- the girl's an aspiring actress.
In addition, Knight said that Canseco always tells the truth -- "If anything, he's too honest" -- and that he is a "gentle person."

Canseco's has been named as a suspect in a sexual assault investigation stemming from an alleged incident on May 10. He himself also denied the claims, but in a manner that was probably a tad bit over the top. Canseco tweeted his response to the allegations, but in doing so, also tweeted the model's name, work address, and phone number (he later removed most of those tweets).

[While in our original coverage we did not reveal the woman's name or face, since then a number of media outlets have done so (example). As such, we will no longer redact that information, as it is important to our readers.]

In addition, since yesterday, he tweeted more posts, again mentioning the woman's name and challenging her to take a polygraph test. Since about five hours ago at the time of this writing, he tweeted:
Ok setting up 2 polygraph exams about the sexual assault case one with the media and one with the police on the 5 of june.susie polygraph?

Susie bell i will even pay for the polygraph what r u sfraid of if ur telling the truth i am taking 2 of them.

Why dont u and i take a polygraph on national tv.susie bell you know ur completely lieing y r u doing this.

Susie once i pass both of the polygraphs and u refuse to take one what do u think people will say about u.

Because of thease false allegations by susie bell i have already lost lots of financial opportunities.

This is susie bell. pic.twitter.com/Q7OS85j0vG
A slideshow of images is available here.



NDA for anyone visiting Justin Bieber's home covers possible injury, death

We were already aware of the fact that photos taken during any Bieber-esque partying are supposed to be the property of Bieber and / or his security. Now things have gone slightly over the top, as of a Wednesday report by TMZ: Justin Bieber has guests who visit his home sign an NDA, and if they violate that agreement, he may go so far as to sue them.

TMZ even managed to get a copy of the "liability waiver and release form." The NDA issued by the 19-year-old pop superstar asks for $5 million if confidentiality is breached. That includes tweeting or Instagramming about the party.

The document says that off-limits are things such as the "physical health, or the philosophical, spiritual or other views or characteristics of the Released Parties [Bieber], along with any and all photographs, likeness, tapes, films, videos and other recordings."

In addition, it says "Under no circumstances will you divulge the details of you entering and being on the Property or engaging in the Activities by any means or through any media whatsoever, including without limitation, through photographs, video, blogging, texting, tweeting or posting any such information on any social media site."

You might want to bring a first aid kit if you visit Bieber's abode. There is a clause that limits Bieber's liability for any physical harm that happens while you are partying with him. It warns that there may be activities that could be "potentially hazardous and you should not participate unless you are medically able and properly trained." These things include the risk of such things as "minor injuries to catastrophic injuries, including death."

Earlier this year and in the wake of leaked photos showing Bieber apparently smoking weed on Jan. 2, came the revelation of a policy that Bieber's security has -- or at least, they are supposed to have. According to the early January report, anytime -- or anywhere -- Justin Bieber parties, his people are supposed to put up a sign that says any and all photos taken at the party do not belong to the photographers.

Instead, they belong to Justin Bieber, himself.

Notably, as the Los Angeles Times reports, these sorts of NDAs are not uncommon among celebrities. Still, considering the recent criticism of Bieber's actions, the NDA uncovering has to raise a red flag.

Amanda Bynes booted from flight after a Google search proved insufficient to ID her

A new report on Thursday shows readers the latest Amanda Bynes controversy. While trying to board a private jet, she attempted to use Google as her ID.

That is correct, Bynes attempted to use a Google search to prove her identity.

The incident occurred last weekend, but wasn't reported until Thursday.  At the time, Bynes was attempting to board a private jet at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey. She arrived at the private jet terminal for a flight to Los Angeles. However, she arrived missing one important thing: any government ID.

Absent any proof -- and despite the fact that some might recognize her as Amanda Bynes -- she was lost. The problem was that, since her driver's license has been suspended, Bynes had nothing she could give the pilot to prove her identity.

If you haven't already guessed, since the pilot was the one checking passenger IDs, it was a very small terminal.

The pilot informed Bynes that -- in this day and age -- per Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regulations, she had to provide a form of government ID in order to fly, private plane or not. She then, the report said, told him to Google her as proof, shouting, "I'm Amanda Bynes!"

Considering, though, how much her appearance has changed of late, it probably wouldn't have worked anyway.

The pilot called someone from the jet company in attempt to see if they could get some sort of exemption for Bynes, but government regulations are government regulations, and Bynes was booted from the flight.

Jennifer Aniston shows off her hotness, strips in 'We're the Millers' trailer

If you want to know the answer to the question, "Does Jennifer Aniston -- at 43 -- still rock a killer body?," the answer can be seen in this trailer (embedded) to "We're the Millers," which was released by Warner Bros. on Thursday.

In the movie, Aniston plays a stripper. That may be all you need to hear, but in the trailer, she dons multiple wigs and is seen working a stripper pole and giving a lap dance to costar Jason Sudeikis. You'll get to see a decent amount -- or even an indecent amount -- of cleavage, her long toned legs, and a lot more.

In the film, Sudeikis -- a pot deawler -- is snared into a deal by Ed Helms. Helms, who owns his own killer whale, as seen in the trailer, wants to smuggle a shipment in from Mexico. To do so, Sudeikis wants to use an RV and a fake, innocent-appearing family.

Aniston agrees to play his wife, and Sudeikis also enlists Emma Roberts and Will Poulter to pretend to be his kids.

Wikipedia says:
A small-time pot dealer (Jason Sudeikis) hires a phony family as camouflage to bring two metric tons of weed from Mexico to Colorado. This plan includes working with a cynical stripper (Jennifer Aniston) as his faux wife, along with a homeless teen (Emma Roberts) and geeky neighborhood British kid (Will Poulter) as their offspring.
It's not the first time that Aniston has pretended to be someone's significant other for some ulterior motive.

In 2011's "Just Go with It," Aniston played Katherine Murphy, the office manager and best friend of Danny Maccabee (played by Adam Sandler). Murphy agrees to portray Danny's estranged wife, Devlin, so that Sandler can establish a relationship with Palmer (played by Brooklyn Decker).

As you might expect from Hollywood, eventually Danny realizes he wants to be together with Katherine. We'd expect the same from the new film.



Pope Francis: Even atheists can do good, go to Heaven

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If you believe that the Pope has a direct connection to God, and that his words are therefore the absolute truth, then you no longer have to be Catholic to be saved -- or Christian, or anything. During his homily at Wednesday Mass in Rome, Pope Francis explained that even atheists can go to Heaven.

Pope Francis, of course, leads the world's 1.2 billion strong Roman Catholic Church.

To explain his reasoning, Pope Francis related the tale of a Catholic parishioner who asked a priest if even atheists had been saved by Jesus. He said:
The Lord created us in His image and likeness, and we are the image of the Lord, and He does good and all of us have this commandment at heart: do good and do not do evil. All of us.

"But, Father, this is not Catholic! He cannot do good."

The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone!

"Father, the atheists?"

Even the atheists. Everyone! ... We must meet one another doing good.

"But I don’t believe, Father, I am an atheist!"

But do good: we will meet one another there [Heaven].
Father James Martin, S.J. wrote the following in an email to The Huffington Post:
Pope Francis is saying, more clearly than ever before, that Christ offered himself as a sacrifice for everyone. That's always been a Christian belief. You can find St. Paul saying in the First Letter to Timothy that Jesus gave himself as a "ransom for all."

But rarely do you hear it said by Catholics so forcefully, and with such evident joy. And in this era of religious controversies, it's a timely reminder that God cannot be confined to our narrow categories.
Pope Francis' statements are a marked contrast to the attitude of his predecessor, the former Pope Benedict, who sometimes left non-Catholics -- even Christians of other faiths -- feeling as though he saw them as second-class believers.

Bono, Sir Richard Branson, Olivia Wilde join Matt Damon's Water.org 'toilet strike'

A new Water.org PSA was posted to the Internet on Wednesday, showing a number of new stars joining Matt Damon in his "toilet strike."

Damon, who is also Water.org's co-founder, announced his "Toilet Strike" back in February, pledging not to use the bathroom until "everyone in the whole world has access to clean water and sanitation." Somehow we doubt he has "been holding it" since February. However, that doesn't detract from the overall message of the organization.

Water.org was formed by the merger of H2O Africa, co-founded by Damon, and WaterPartners, co-founded by Gary White. White is the new organization's Executive Director.

In the new video, musician Bono, entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, and actress Olivia Wilde joined in on the "toilet strike."

This trio of celebrities are the latest to join in a new Water.org PSA. Reportedly, the last to join were Jason Bateman, Jessica Biel, and Josh Gad, who went public with their support of the campaign -- and of their eschewing of restrooms -- back in March.

In addition to asking celebrities to join him in the protest, Damon is asking the public to do so as well. Those willing to skip out on the toilet can join the campaign at strikewithme.org. There, you can also see the video of Damon's own announcement.

It also asks users to show their support in other places besides the restroom. It asks that the public post images on Instagram, using the hashtag #STRIKEWITHME.



Kim Kardashian's 'pregnancy lips are outta control,' but does she mean facial only?

Kim Kardashian may have that "pregnancy glow," but she also has a pregnancy-related problem -- or perhaps not. On Tuesday, she tweeted an image of her lips, with the comment:
My pregnancy lips are outta control #IGuessNotABadProblemToHave http://instagram.com/p/Zk1IhBuS5I/
It's not really something that is commonly known about. It is, however, a valid possible "side effect" from pregnancy.

It doesn't seem to be something that is easy to find on Wikipedia. However, swelling or plumping of a woman's lips is commented about more than once at the well-known site, BabyCenter. In one question on the site, a woman asked:
My sister took some pictures at Christmas and I thought my lips looked bigger. I took some pictures last night trying to figure out what was wrong with my camera. My lips are definitely bigger than they were. I asked my husband and he said he had noticed they have been bigger for a few months now. I KNOW that my nose has become huge compared to before. I knew that wasn't uncommon. I have never heard anyone say that their lips have become bigger. Anyone's lips a little more luscious? :)
The comments indicated it's not an unknown "side effect."

Another question:
I am 32 weeks and the last couple days I have noticed my lips feel bigger than they usually are. My DH says he doesn't really notice it, but I definitely can feel a difference, especially in the top one. I'm not noticing much swelling or puffiness anywhere else in my face. Just my lips. I'm wondering if this is pregnancy related? Hormones? It's to the point where I'm more comfortable breathing with my mouth open because I feel like my lips get in the way! Strange, I know.

I don't have any allergies that I know of, so I don't think it would be an allergic reaction.
anyone else experience this?
The results were the same: some said they have never heard of it, while others related experiencing the matter or witnessing it.

While Kardashian was commenting on her facial lips, it should be noted that the site The Bump noted, in its "Top 10 Things They Should Really Warn You About Before You Get Pregnant," that vaginal lips could also get larger, "even swell a bit -- as you near that nine-month mark."

As Kardashian said, "I guess it's not a bad problem to have." A Twitter search for that hashtag shows some folks agree. Most, on the other hand, don't care or make fun of Kim. For example:
@gordonBscott "@KimKardashian: My pregnancy lips are outta control #IGuessNotABadProblemToHave http://instagram.com/p/Zk1IhBuS5I/ "/ Good you found a silver lining boo

@iinnezz Are you stupid? RT "@KimKardashian: My pregnancy lips are outta control #IGuessNotABadProblemToHave http://instagram.com/p/Zk1IhBuS5I/ "

@WaheedALiii “@KimKardashian: My pregnancy lips are outta control #IGuessNotABadProblemToHave http://Instagram.com/p/Zk1IhBuS5I/ ” Only lips? Only? Seen ur feet?

@PageKennedy let me guess they looking like Roast Beef? RT @KimKardashian: My pregnancy lips are outta control #IGuessNotABadProblemToHave

@CarlLeeHailey Nobody cares! RT @KimKardashian: My pregnancy lips are outta control #IGuessNotABadProblemToHave
One woman, though, recognized the above listed but little known symptom:
@molmiller lol wrong lips Kimmy “@KimKardashian: My pregnancy lips are outta control #IGuessNotABadProblemToHave

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Jose Canseco tweets the name, personal info of woman who accused him of sexual assault

Las Vegas police said on Wednesday that former All-Star major baseball player Jose Canseco, 48, has been named as a suspect in a sexual assault investigation, on the same day that Canseco himself began tweeting about the allegations -- including the woman's name.

Officer Bill Cassell confirmed Wednesday that a woman has alleged that Canseco sexually assaulted her on May 10. Cassell added that the investigation isn't complete, and no charges have been filed and no arrest has been made.

As you might expect in such a case, the woman's name was not revealed by the authorities. However, Canseco himself wasn't quiet on the matter. Although a number of tweets have been removed, one tweet remains. That one says:
Lets play truth or dare. I dare [NAME] to tell the truth.
His tweeting on the matter began at about 10 a.m. PDT. He posted the following (all of which have been removed):
Breaking news this is a first folks las vegas police was just at my house i have been charged with rape by [NAME] from las vegas.

All media welcome to this drama filled event. Did i rape [NAME] or is she lieing (sic). Stay tuned to another day in the life of jose canseco

[NAME] told the police that i druged (sic) her and then raped her. hmmmmm. lets find out what really happened.
Canseco went further. He tweeted a picture of a woman in a bikini -- who most would assume is his accuser -- identifying her as a “fitness model” and challenging her to take a “polygraph.”

That was not all. He even tweeted the woman’s apparent phone number, demanding that media outlets call her and “ask her if she will take a polygraph. lol.”

He then he tweeted the woman's work address, asking the media to ask her to take a polygraph.

All of those -- except the first one, above, have been removed. However, what is posted to the Internet, stays on the Internet. The tweets still exist -- including all the redacted information, above -- at third-party Twitter caches. If you wish to see the woman's name, work address, and phone, you can do so there.

To be clear, a Google search of the woman's name finds that there is a Las Vegas fitness model by that name.

M.U., the party school, shown off in new 'Monsters University' trailer

Walt Disney Studios and Pixar released a new "Monsters University" trailer on Wednesday. The video is shorter than some others that have been already released, but shows viewers how the students at M.U. party.

The trailer is titled "It All Began Here." Some of the footage has been seen in past releases. The new trailer, though features a new song called “Roar” by Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso of the Swedish House Mafia. "Roar" will be available on the Monsters University soundtrack.

The trailer also has a few new segments, including one showing us the school’s librarian.

The official synopsis of the film is as follows:
Set about 10 years before the events of "Monsters, Inc.," serious yet intelligent 17-year-old Michael "Mike" Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) is extremely eager to start college, where he is majoring in scaring. Things don't go quite as planned, though, when 18-year-old James P. "Sulley" Sullivan (voiced by John Goodman) happens to be in the same fraternity as him.

Sulley shows to be almost the exact opposite of Mike: playful, all-brawn, and most notably large. He is also majoring in scaring, however, and they soon become enemies in a rivalry that will tear their worlds apart, including going to jail, but ultimately brings them together.
Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, and Frank Oz are reprising their roles as Mike Wazowski, James P. Sullivan, Randall Boggs, and Jeff Fungus, respectively.

Also voicing characters will be Helen Mirren, Alfred Molina, Dave Foley, Sean P. Hayes, Joel Murray, Peter Sohn, Charlie Day, Nathan Fillion, Bobby Moynihan, Julia Sweeney, Aubrey Plaza, Tyler Labine, John Krasinski, Bonnie Hunt, Beth Behrs and John Ratzenberger.

"Monsters University" is currently scheduled to be released on June 21, 2013.



New 'Man of Steel' trailer 'Fate of Your Planet' shows Zod's plans for Earth

A new trailer for "Man of Steel," titled "Fate of Your Planet," arrived online on Tuesday night.

The new trailer focuses more on General Zod's plans for Earth than earlier trailers. To be clear: This isn't the General Zod you saw in 1980's "Superman II."

The trailer begins with a voiceover from General Zod (played by Michael Shannon). He tells the people of Earth that there is another Kryptonian already walking among them -- (Clark Kent / Superman / Kal-el, his Kryptonian name). Zod warns Kal-El: "Surrender within 24 hours, or watch this world suffer the consequences."

Meanwhile, the citizens of Earth are told that if they have information on Kal-El, they better give it up: "To those of you who know of his location, the fate of your planet rests in your hands."

The trailer also gives us a good look -- and a good listen -- Zod’s right-hand woman, Faora (Antje Traue). We hear her threaten:
You will not win. For every human you save, we will kill a million more.
Wikipedia says:
Clark Kent is a journalist who was adopted as a child by Jonathan and Martha Kent after he was transported to Earth from the dying planet of Krypton. Raised with the values of his adoptive parents, he feels alienated because of his unique super powers and struggles to find his own place in life. When the world is attacked, he becomes the hero named Superman to protect Earth and its people.
"Man of Steel" stars Henry Cavill as Clark Kent / Kal-El / Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Antje Traue as Faora, Ayelet Zurer as Lara Lor-Van, Christopher Meloni as Colonel Hardy, Russell Crowe as Jor-El, and Richard Schiff as Dr. Emil Hamilton.

It is set for a June 14 premiere.



Ghosts from the past haunt Logan in new trailer for 'The Wolverine'

A new trailer for the upcoming film, "The Wolverine," was released on Tuesday. The film, based on a classic tale in the comic book X-Men Wolverine mythos, is scheduled for a release this July.

The film's summary is as follows:
Set sometime after "X-Men: The Last Stand," Logan travels to Japan, where he engages a mysterious figure from his past in a fight that has lasting consequences. Vulnerable for the first time, and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel, but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than ever before.
The film is based somewhat on the classic the 1982 four-issue Wolverine miniseries.

That limited series was published from September to December 1982, written by Chris Claremont with pencils by Frank Miller, inks by Joe Rubinstein, lettering by Tom Orzechowski, and coloring by Glynis Wein. Although Jackman earlier said that the film was not a direct sequel to "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," it does follow the last X-Men film in the original trilogy.

That is made clear by the introduction to the trailer. In it, Wolverine is seen "speaking" to Jean Grey, who reminds him that she died in "X-Men: The Last Stand" ... by his claws. The dream sequence then exits.

Later, he is approached by someone who says he can take away Logan's unique mutant power -- his rapid healing power, which basically makes him indestructible. Basically, as we will see, if the movie is true to the comics, in "X-Men: Days of Future Past."

The man tells Logan, “I can end your eternity. Make you mortal.” To that, Wolverine replies, “What they did to me…what I am…can’t be undone."

It appears that his "friend" keeps his promise, though. In a later segment in the two-and-a-half minute long trailer, Wolverine's rapid healing does not appear to be working and he appears to be in a lot of pain.

Wolverine is going to need that invulnerability restored, though, to be effective in "Days of Future Past."

The best part of the trailer is a fight between Wolverine and the Silver Samurai. The Silver Samurai, it appears, is twice Logan's size -- literally.

"The Wolverine" is scheduled to be released on July 26, 2013. It stars Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Will Yun Lee (as the Silver Samurai); Hiroyuki Sanada (as Shingen Yashida); Hal Yamanouchi (Yashida, the head of the Yashida clan to which Shingen belongs); Tao Okamoto (Mariko Yashida); Rila Fukushima (as Yukio, one of the deadliest assassins in Shingen’s clan); and Brian Tee (as Noburo Mori).



The fourth trailer for 'The Lone Ranger' shows the genesis of the duo's relationship

The fourth trailer for the upcoming film "The Lone Ranger" appeared online on Tuesday. This two-and-a-half minute trailer gives us a better look at Tonto, who in the past was mostly a sidekick, but who in this film takes a far larger role.

Yes, we'll hear Tonto (played by Johnny Depp) call The Lone Ranger (played by Armie Hammer) kemosabe. However, Tonto is very involved in the genesis of the "Masked Man," and is more of an equal partner. This trailer shows the beginnings of that relationship.

Although there is quite a bit of footage that we saw previously in the trailer released in April. Even that trailer showed Tonto as much more than a sidekick. Still, who doesn't want to see Helena Bonham Carter and her famously tattooed fake leg, which shoots bullets from its boot heel.

The synopsis of the film is as follows:
From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, the filmmaking team behind the blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, comes Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ “The Lone Ranger,” a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes.

Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.
"The Lone Ranger" stars Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, and was directed by Gore Verbinski, and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.

Opening in theaters on July 3, the film also stars Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, Ruth Wilson and Helena Bonham Carter.


Brad Pitt admits to drug use during 'the Aniston Years'

Brad Pitt, the 49-year-old, A-list actor once married to Jennifer Aniston, the former "Friends" star and A-list actress, has previously cast his seven-year marriage. In an interview with Esquire magazine, published online on Wednesday, Pitt seemed to double down on that image of his former nuptials.

He stated:
For a long time I thought I did too much damage -- drug damage. I was a bit of a drifter. A guy who felt he grew up in something of a vacuum and wanted to see things, wanted to be inspired. I followed that other thing. I spent years f*cking off.

But then I got burnt out and felt that I was wasting my opportunity. It was a conscious change… This was about a decade ago. It was an epiphany.
Earlier, in 2011, Pitt told Parade magazine that before prior to working with Jolie on the set of the film “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” he “wasn’t living an interesting life” and that his marriage was at least part of the problem.
I think that my marriage had something to do with it. Trying to pretend the marriage was something it wasn’t.
He also referenced his pastime during that time, the 90’s when he would relax by “sitting on a couch, holding a joint, hiding out.”

Contrast that to the comments he made to Esquire about his current relationship with fiancee Angelina Jolie.
I haven't known life to be happier.
His seeming dissing of ex Jennifer Aniston may not be intentional, said entertainment reporter, Valerie Greenberg.
I don't think Brad Pitt is intentionally trying to diss ex-wife Jen Aniston ... He is expressing that he went through a rough patch in his life as we all do. It just so happens his occurred while married to America's Sweetheart under a microscope.

The fact of the matter is Hollywood or no Hollywood drugs are prevalent in our society. I certainly am not shocked that he's dabbled in drugs because sometimes when you have it all, especially a successful movie career you get bored and want to experiment. We've seen this time and time again with movie stars.
Meanwhile, however, a human behavior expert interviewed by Fox News had a different perspective. Patrick Wanis PhD said:
The question here is what is Brad Pitt's intention? Is it self-indulgence, introspection, an attempt to help others or an attempt to blame Jennifer Aniston?

Again while his honesty and revelation is helpful to the public, it can be really harmful and painful to Jennifer.
While Pitt is engaged to Jolie, Aniston is currently engaged to Justin Theroux. No exact date has been given, Aniston and Theroux's wedding date is rumored to be at the end of summer.

Live TV FUBAR after the Moore tornado: 'Do I thank the Lord? I'm an atheist'

Live TV sometimes shows unexpected moments in levity even in times of horror. Such a moment occurred Tuesday, when CNN's Wolf Blitzer interviewed a survivor of Monday's maximum F5 tornado in Moore, Okla.

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer was interviewing Rebecca, a young woman originally from Louisiana who had been told by her native Oklahoman neighbors and her husband to ride out the storm in their house, along with her 19-month-old son Anders. Her was traveling when the tornado hit.

On Monday, she grabbed Anders and a mattress and got in the bathtub. As she watched the tornado approaching on a laptop, she said, “I just panicked.” She added:
I’m from Louisiana. We have hurricanes. And when they’re big, you just leave -- you know? “I ran. I ran. I didn’t have any shoes on.
She escaped by driving in the opposite direction of the tornado's travel.

She returned to the house about 45 minutes later to see whether the family's cats had survived, only to find her husband there, searching for her and their son. He was searching int the rubble that had been their home, and which might have been her grave had she taken the previously given advice.

She said:
We just burst into tears. It was awesome.
Then came the awkward moment. Blitzer said:
Well, you’re blessed. Brian, your husband, is blessed. Anders is blessed. . . . We’re happy you’re here. You guys did a great job and I guess you got to thank the Lord, right?
Rebecca was noncommital, answering,
Yeah.
Wolf wasn't satisfied, and pressed her:
Do you thank the Lord for that split-second decision?
To that, she replied,
I-I’m-I’m-I’m actually an atheist.
He responded -- in a somewhat embarrassed manner:
Oh, you are? Alright, don’t thank the Lord. But you made the right call.
Rebecca replied:
Yep. We are here. And you know, I don't blame anybody for thinking the Lord.


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Jesse James overshares, posts gory pinky 'accident' pictures on Instagram

Jesse James -- yes, the former Mr. Sandra Bullock, and nearly Mr. Kat Von D -- overshared just a tad bit on the Internet on Tuesday. James cut off the tip of his right pinky, right beneath the nail.

Never one to be squeamish himself, we're assuming that James feels that his followers on the photo sharing service Instagram would be similarly hardcore. He has posted two images thus far. One shows his hand will the missing part of his pinky (bloody, we might add). His comment on that image was:
OOOpps, Bad day at the office. Headed 2 Surgery in a few #PayUpSucker
The second image shows the cropped tip of his pinky resting next to the rest of his finger. There, James said, in a comment:
Doesn't look like this little dude's gonna make it, Nice know'n you little buddy #jessejames #westcoastchoppers
We won't be posting the uncensored photos here. They can, however, be found here, in all their glory.

As for what happened, James called in live to TMZ and -- Jesse called in to TMZ Live and explained that he had been working with a machine at his shop in Texas, when he had a little accident (video embedded).

It is still unclear if the "little guy" will make it.



Tweeted: First image of Jennifer Lawrence 'nude' as Mystique

"X-Men: Days of Future Past" director Bryan Singer has been very free with images and announcements about the film on Twitter. In his latest revealing tweet, posted Monday, Singer showed off the first look at Jennifer Lawrence in her Mystique bodysuit.

Of course, those familiar with the character -- even in her incarnation by actress Rebecca Romjin -- knows the bodysuit isn't really a bodysuit. Instead, it's basically blue body paint, and the actress is essentially nude.

It takes about six to eight hours to get Lawrence "suited up" as Mystique. She only played Mystique in about 10 percent of "First Class;" the other 90 percent was spent as Raven Darkholme, which has to be annoying. It's all for the "art," of course.

Singer tweeted:
First look: #JenniferLawrence as a vengeful #Mystique. #XMen #DaysOfFuturePast
The title of the upcoming film gives away the plot, as it was also the title of a classic comic book two-part storyline.

Those who recall that storyline will remember it spanned "The Uncanny X-Men" issues 141 and 142, published in 1981. Written by Chris Claremont, it was drawn by John Byrne and inked by Terry Austin.

In the classic comic book storyline, "Days of Future Past," readers were cast into an alternate future which was triggered by the assassination of Senator Robert Kelly by The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. That incident led to members of mutantkind being either killed or imprisoned in internment camps.

In the comics, that included those who were not X-Men, but were mutants, such as Franklin Richards, the son of Reed and Sue Richards of the Fantastic Four.

In an attempt to prevent the event, an older Kitty Pryde (Shadowcat) transfers her mind into the past and a younger, present-day Kitty Pryde.

As the story opens, only a few X-Men remain alive: Kitty Pride, Wolverine, Storm , and Colossus. As Kitty Pryde attempts to stop the assassination of Senator Kelly, in the alternate future, all -- even Wolverine -- are killed. Despite his adamantium skeleton and rapid healing factor, Wolverine is vaporized by a Sentinel, too fast even for his healing process to cope with. Only his metal skeleton is left behind.

However, Kitty Pryde's mission succeeds, and that dystopian future is gone, never to occur.

Rachel Summers, who took the name Phoenix, also traveled back in time as part of the story. Despite being from an alternate future, she stayed, and became a member of the X-Men.

It's unclear how the movie will be fleshed out, but the mix of past and present-day X-Men actors points to a mix of "First Class" characters and original X-Men trilogy characters. The cast includes Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Halle Berry, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Michael Fassbender, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Daniel Cudmore, Adan Canto, Fan Bingbing and Boo Boo Stewart.

Look for the film to be released on July 18, 2014.