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KJ's Hollywood Dirt for 8/22/2014

Nick Cannon Confirms That He and Mariah Carey are Separated

NICK CANNON admitted yesterday that he and MARIAH CAREY are separated. He said, quote, "There is trouble in paradise. We have been living in separate houses for a few months."

He didn't say WHY they split. He just added, quote, "My main focus is my kids." Mariah's rep refused to comment, saying her focus is, quote, "on her children and her upcoming tour."

There's still plenty of speculation, of course. One source claims the beginning of the end came when Nick admitted on a radio show that he had once hooked up with KIM KARDASHIAN. Mariah did NOT appreciate him making that public . . . and she got even MORE upset when Nick revealed that she didn't give it up to him until they were married.

She also hates that he takes every gig that comes his way, even though they don't need the money. Sources say he likes to work so people won't think he's living off Mariah's money. And that Nick is reportedly fed up with Mariah's, quote, "diva antics."

Meanwhile . . . Nick took the Ice Bucket Challenge in nothing but a towel. And it reminded us of the ENORMOUS "Mariah" tattoo he has across his back. It's gonna suck getting that lasered off.

Jennifer Aniston Says She Stays Home to Avoid Being "Bullied on the Internet"

JENNIFER ANISTON doesn't want to be chased down by the paparazzi and ridiculed online for something she says or does . . . so to avoid that, she and her fiancé JUSTIN THEROUX stay holed-up in their house.

She tells Britain's "Express" newspaper, quote, "You do the best you can, but it feels like it's getting worse and very nasty because of bullying on the Internet. Even movie critics don't just comment on the film, they tear people apart on a human level.

"I don't know why that is happening but it is . . . [so] we just stay home so there really isn't anything to report.

Pamela Anderson Won't Do the Ice Bucket Challenge . . . Because She Says the ALS Association Does Animal Testing

If you've dared PAMELA ANDERSON to take the Ice Bucket Challenge, I have bad news for you: She's not doing it. And it's because she claims the ALS Association supports ANIMAL TESTING.

In a note on her Facebook page she said, quote, "Sorry, I can't bring myself to do your Ice bucket challenge . . . I thought instead I'd challenge ALS to stop animal testing.

"Recent experiments funded by the ALS Association, mice had holes drilled into their skulls, were inflicted with crippling illnesses, and were forced to run on an inclined treadmill until they collapsed from exhaustion.

"Monkeys had chemicals injected into their brains and backs and were later killed and dissected."

Then she listed statistics that supposedly prove animal testing really doesn't work, and urged fans to, quote, "find and support charities that never harm animals and which pour their time and resources into advanced, promising, human-relevant cures."

Meanwhile, PINK'S husband CAREY HART also refused to take the challenge, but not really on moral grounds. He donated to ALS instead. But he did call out the whole concept.

He Tweeted, quote, "It's extremely creepy and annoying how obsessed people are with this ice bucket challenge. The purposes is to raise money for an awful disease.

"If you are that into seeing people dump buckets of ice water over their heads, go find a wet t shirt contest. Time to find a hobby, people."

New Movies Opening Today

Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (Rated R) ... Starring: Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Powers Boothe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Eva Green, Dennis Haysbert, Jeremy Piven, Ray Liotta, Christopher Lloyd, Stacy Keach. Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring Miller's visually stunning "Sin City" graphic novels back to the screen in "Sin City: A Day to Kill For." Weaving together two of Miller's classic stories with new tales, the town's most hard boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more notorious inhabitants.

If I Stay (Rated PG-13) ... Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz. Mia Hall (Chloë Grace Moretz) thought the hardest decision she would ever face would be whether to pursue her musical dreams at Juilliard or follow a different path to be with the love of her life, Adam (Jamie Blackley). But what should have been a carefree family drive changes everything in an instant, and now her own life hangs in the balance. Caught between life and death for one revealing day, Mia has only one decision left, which will not only decide her future but her ultimate fate. "If I Stay" is based on the best-selling novel of the same name

When the Game Stands Tall (Rated PG) ... Starring: Jim Caviezel, Laura Dern, Michael Chiklis. Inspired by a true story, "When the Game Stands Tall" tells the remarkable journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel), who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport.

A New Survey Says Carrie Underwood Is the Best Female Role Model in Music, and Pharrell Is the "Chillest Man"

A recent survey asked people who's the "best female role model in music" . . . and as you'd expect, Miley Cyrus was NOT #1.

Instead, Carrie Underwood led the way with 36% of the vote. Taylor Swift was next at 17.2%, followed by: Adele (14%), Alicia Keys (10.8%), Beyoncé (10.6%), Katy Perry (8.5%) and Lorde (3.1%).

The survey also asked for the "chillest" man in music . . . whatever that means . . . and Pharrell came out on top with 23.2% of the vote. John Legend was second with 22.3%, followed by: Kenny Chesney (19%), Zac Brown (13.1%), Jack Johnson (11.3%), and Jason Mraz (11.1%).

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Amazing Agility

It’s hard to tell how old this video is – looks like it was posted to Facebook a couple of weeks ago.

Check out this limber and loose athlete as he tears up the treadmill.

When it first starts, you expect it to be an America’s Funniest Videos selection ending up with a faceplant or his being rocketed off into a wall.

Not so. What’s truly amazing is that no one around him seems to notice what’s going on.

Seriously – I’d have trouble making those moves on a surface that wasn’t moving!
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Ice Bucket Challenge in Three Parts!

Sarah Jessica Parker wrapped herself in a towel and stepped out onto a balcony in Houston, Texas yesterday to accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. She did it on Instagram, so it had to be in three parts.

The first part was accepting the challenge.


The second part featured her nominees for getting iced – Joan Rivers, Kim Kardashian and Billy Eichner.


And the third part was the dousing – but whoever tossed the water on her didn’t do such a good job. Check that out too.

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Wet Blankets on Ice Bucket Challenge

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been phenomenally successful, both in raising awareness about the disease and raising funds for continued research to combat and defeat it.

But of course, there have to be party poopers.

First up, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati officially discouraged Catholics from participating, because some of the money donated to the ALS Association funds embryonic stem cell research, and that goes against the church’s teaching.

Then, the US State Department weighed in, banning ambassadors and high-profile foreign service workers from participating, as the charitable fundraising caused “concerns about preference and favoritism.”

Someone needs to throw buckets of ice water on the people imposing these bans.

That’s something I’d donate to see.
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Taylor & The Biebs Bad for Biz

Cosmetic giant Elizabeth Arden announced some dismal financial news this week concerning its fiscal fourth quarter results. Net sales are down 30 percent, resulting in a staggering loss of close to $150 million.

And here’s part of the explanation, directly from their report to shareholders:
“While the Company had expected weaker sales comparisons due to the lower level of fragrance launch activity in fiscal 2014 versus fiscal 2013, the decline in sales of celebrity fragrances, particularly the Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift fragrances, was steeper than anticipated.”

In other words, The Biebs and Taylor stink – at least, for Elizabeth Arden.

And they’ve got to be pretty bad to be singled out, especially since the company also carries other celebrity fragrances from Britney Spears, Jennifer Aniston and Mariah Carey.

Check out this commercial for Justin’s fragrance, Girlfriend. I think I see the problem…

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Jimmy Fallon's Barber College

Oscar winner Jared Leto is a trusting soul. During a visit to The Tonight Show on Wednesday, Jimmy Fallon offered Jared some style advice: take the beard down a notch.

The beard’s been growing since Jared’s Oscar win, so he’s a little attached to it. But, admitting that he’d “been asked to do some resurrections lately,” Jared said maybe it was time for a trim.

Luckily, Jimmy had the tools handy, and he was able to take some length and bulk off Jared’s face.

Nice job too – good to know if things don’t work out behind the desk, Jimmy could land a gig in NBC’s makeup department.

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Does "Automata" Translate to "I, Robot"?

Antonio Banderas’ new movie, Automata, opens in October, but a teaser trailer was released this week. Here’s the synopsis from IMDb:

“Jacq Vaucan, an insurance agent of ROC robotics corporation, routinely investigates the case of manipulating a robot. What he discovers will have profound consequences for the future of humanity.”

Excuse me for asking, but isn’t that just about the same story told in Will Smith’s 2004 film, I, Robot? Here’s that movies synopsis from IMDb:

“In 2035 a technophobic cop investigates a crime that may have been perpetrated by a robot, which leads to a larger threat to humanity.”

I’m sorry, they’re different. Antonio’s an insurance agent. Will was a cop. Plus, Automata is set in 2044.

What was I thinking? Check out the trailers for both films – see what you think…

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KJ's Hollywood Dirt for 8/21/2014

Is It Over Between Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey?

MARIAH CAREY and NICK CANNON may be heading in the divorce direction.

The "New York Post" claims Nick is currently living out of HOTELS because they're fighting all the time. One of their issues is that Mariah doesn't TRUST him.

Sources say she has suspected him of cheating in the past, and when he hosted a series of pool parties in Vegas earlier this year, she sent a security guard with him to KEEP THE LADIES AWAY.

Another source says Nick is fed up with Mariah's, quote, "diva demands", and can't stand her anymore . . . quote, "Nick loathes that Mariah treats him like her servant. She gives him a chore list and barks orders at him."

The source says Nick is waiting for Mariah to file for divorce, and when she does, he's going to gun for a chunk of her estimated $500 million fortune.

Nick and Mariah have 3-year-old twins named Moroccan and Monroe. She's 44, he's 33.

Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp Have Broken Up

MEG RYAN and JOHN MELLENCAMP have broken up, after three years together. A sourse says, quote, "It was the distance. She lives in New York and he resides in Indiana. It was the long distance that ultimately was the cause."

Mellencamp recently told "Rolling Stone" he was too "sensitive" to live in New York . . . quote, "I can't see poor people. I can't see the suffering. I can't see the trash on the streets . . . I'm not leaving Indiana. I'm going to die here."

Is Gwyneth Paltrow Counseling Beyonce Through Her "Split" with Jay Z?

We still don't know if rumors of a BEYONCÉ / JAY Z split are true, but if they are, then there's no reason THIS can't be true as well . . .

"Us Weekly" says Beyoncé is getting advice on how to CONSCIOUSLY UNCOUPLE by the woman who started it all, GWYNETH PALTROW. Because she wants her breakup to appear as amicable as Gwyneth's split from CHRIS MARTIN.

A source says, quote, "The day after the announcement, Bey and Jay will be spotted together. The two will be all lovey-dovey."

Zac Efron and Michelle Rodriguez Broke Up After a Huge Fight

ZAC EFRON and MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ are through . . . supposedly after having a big fight in Ibiza, Spain.

We don't know what the fight was about, but a source says, quote, "Michelle is going to do her own thing. Zac knew this about her when he got with her. He's very into her though, and perhaps more than she's into him."

Zac reportedly still wants to be with Michelle, and hasn't given up on her.

Is Whoopi Goldberg So Fed Up with "The View" That She Wants to Quit?

The "National Enquirer" claims WHOOPI GOLDBERG is so fed-up with "The View" that she WANTS OUT.

Sources say Whoopi just signed a four-year contract extension to remain on the show . . . but she's frustrated with all the recent changes. Supposedly, she's quote, "sick of all the drama."

One unnamed person says, quote, "[She] regrets roping herself in like that, and is trying to figure a way out." Whoopi hasn't commented.

The "Guardians of the Galaxy" Soundtrack Is #1 for a Second Week

The "Guardians of the Galaxy" soundtrack sold another 93,000 copies to easily hold onto the #1 spot on the Billboard albums chart for a second week. Two new albums debuted in the Top 10: THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM'S "Get Hurt" debuted at #4 with 33,000 copies . . . and an EP from 19-year-old YouTube singer TROYE SIVAN hit #5 with only three days of sales.

Here are this week's Top 5 albums . . .

1. The soundtrack to "Guardians of the Galaxy" . . . 93,000 copies

2. "Now That's What I Call Music 51" . . . 52,000 copies

3. The "Frozen" soundtrack . . . 43,000 copies

4. New: "Get Hurt", The Gaslight Anthem . . . 33,000 copies

5. New: "TRXYE", Troye Sivan . . . 30,000 copies

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Ice Bucket Challenge #43

The 43rd president of the United States – some know him as George W. Bush, others simply as W – took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. First, he tried to write a check, as getting a bucket of ice water dumped on one’s head isn’t very “presidential.”

Thank goodness his wife was on hand. Great job, former First Lady! And lucky for her the Secret Service was taking a coffee break.

To W’s credit, he challenged his predecessor – Bill Clinton, aka #42 – to take the challenge. W noted that August 19 was Bill’s birthday, and “my gift to Bill is a bucket of cold water.”

Well played indeed.

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Missouri Mall Goes Viral

The marketing folks at the East Hills Mall in Saint Joseph, Missouri might have created what Reddit.com called the “Terrible Mall Commercial” and made it terrible on purpose.

The idea: have folks from the various shops selling back-to-school items sing about their wares to a bit of a hip-hop beat. With an old-style microphone in front of them.

“Singing” is a generous term. Some of the presentations are hideous. But, they’re so bad, they’re good.

And because of that, the video has gone viral. It was posted on August 17 – last Sunday – and as of last night, it had over 1.5 million hits on YouTube.

Check it out for yourself. Add to the hit count, and see what you think…

Marketing genius, or a lightning strike?

Oh, and by the way, “boots and pants and boots and pants!”

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