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"Shake It Off" Offends Rapper

It’s hard to imagine, but Taylor Swift’s new video, “Shake It Off,” has been officially deemed offensive.

Yes, the celebration by dance that says everyone can survive the naysayers is getting some naysay of its own by a giant of the music industry.

That’s right, folks, none other than rapper Earl Sweatshirt. Here’s what he had to say:
  He hasn’t watched it, and yet, he’s more than happy to weigh in on its offensive.

The man’s name is Earl Sweatshirt, folks.

You couldn’t make the name sound smart if you put Professor in front of it.
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KJ's Hollywood Dirt for 8/20/2014

The NFL Wants Musical Acts to Pay for the Privilege of Performing at the Super Bowl?

The NFL doesn't pay musical acts to perform on the Super Bowl halftime show . . . and now, they're reportedly trying to get musicians to pay THEM for the PRIVILEGE of taking the stage.

The "Wall Street Journal" says the league has narrowed their wish list for this year's game down to three acts: RIHANNA, KATY PERRY, and COLDPLAY.

According to sources, league reps have been checking around to see if anyone would PAY to play . . . and naturally, the people they've talked to have NOT been super receptive to that.

The NFL hasn't commented directly. A spokeswoman merely said their contracts with performers were confidential, and that their only goal was to, quote, "put on the best possible show."

The Super Bowl halftime show has become a prestige gig, but it's hard to believe anyone would pay the NFL to do it.

It's also hard to believe the NFL is apparently IGNORING THE PEOPLE . . . who obviously want to see WEIRD AL YANKOVIC get the gig. As of last night, the petition to see Weird Al perform was up to 126,000 supporters.

Casey Kasem's Family Says He Did NOT Want to be Buried in Norway

The NY Post claims Jean Kasem wants to bury Casey in Oslo because of her Norwegian roots. RADAR Online claims Casey's family wrote a letter to Norway that read:

"We just wanted to set the record straight, regarding our father Casey Kasem. As beautiful as your country is, our father has never spoken of any desire to be buried in Norway either to us or to his friends. In fact, it was the opposite. Casey wanted to be buried in his hometown of Los Angeles, California, his home for over 53 years We believe the representations made to you have been perpetuated by not only Jean, but her daughter Liberty because of the ongoing investigation from local authorities of criminal elder abuse."

The family is asking the country to decline Jean's request.

Ariana Grande is "Overwhelmed" by Fame

ARIANA GRANDE is one of the hottest artists around right now and she says she's still adjusting to the fame. She tells "People" that she is overwhelmed by her success.

She says, ''There is so much attention on me that there wasn't before. I've been so overwhelmed."

So what's her secret to keeping it all in perspective? THE BEACH. "I love going to the beach really late at night. That is how I make sure I don't explode.''

Eva Longoria is Returning to TV

EVA LONGORIA is joining the cast of Fox's Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

She'll play Sophia, a defense attorney who catches the eye of Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) while in court.

Are Drake and Rihanna Back Together?

DRAKE and RIHANNA were at a club together in New York City Monday night.

They didn't arrive or leave together, but they were inside the club at the same time for about two hours. And witnesses say that they were, quote, "deep in conversation, flirtatious and whispering in each other's ears."

There's no word, official or otherwise, on the status of their relationship.

Where Are They Now: American Idol's William Hung

The most famous rejected American Idol singer has wed. WILLIAM HUNG tied the knot in Alhambra, California.

William, by the way, is no longer pursuing his musical dream. He now works as an administrative assistant for the LA County Department of Public Health.

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Baby Summer Rain...?

Christina Aguilera welcomed her daughter to the world over the weekend, and shared her name with the Twitterverse shortly afterward…
  Summer Rain (not to be confused with a feminine freshness product) was delivered by C-section, so that might put Christina’s Playboy plans on hold.

In case you missed it, a number of sources (which admittedly could simply have been the repeat of one source, because it is the internet, after all ) last week reported – just before Christina went into labor – that she planned to get into shape after the baby was born and then pose for Playboy magazine.

More nude than the pregnancy pictures that were all over the place the week before that. And that’s hard to imagine, really.
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Barely Legal Pawn

Here’s a way to capture people’s attention. Put together a promo for the Emmys that reunites Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, and throw Julia Louis-Dreyfuss in for good measure.

Welcome to Barely Legal Pawn – featuring the Breaking Bad alums as pawn shop owners shooting a reality series. Julia walks in to pawn her Emmy, and things get a little wacky from there.

Check it out.

And check out the 66th Primetime Emmys next Monday night at 8PM EDT, live on NBC.

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David Letterman Tribute to an Old Friend

Some things just stand alone. Like David Letterman’s wonderful recollection of his 38-year friendship with the late Robin Williams.

It started at LA’s Comedy Store. “We wanted to make people laugh,” said Letterman. And then Robin shows up “like a hurricane,” and soon left the others in the dust.

The tribute ends with a collection of clips of Robin’s appearances on David’s shows.

Wonderful and funny snippets from two parallel lives. 

Exactly the way that Robin should be remembered. Thanks, Dave – and thanks, Robin.

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Pay to Play?

According to some reports, the National Football league has made its top three choices for halftime entertainment at the 2015 Super Bowl: Katy Perry, Rihanna and Coldplay.

And the league has reached out to each of them to ask if they’d be willing to pay for the privilege.

Typically, Super Bowl halftime performers don’t get paid, but the NFL picks up travel, accommodations and production charges.

This year, It appears that the NFL has run out of money – so they want the halftime entertainers to pony up some dinero.

Let’s see how far down the A-list they have to go before they find someone willing to pay.

Meanwhile, it’s making more and more sense to have someone like Weird Al Yankovic do the halftime entertainment. If the league’s going to be a joke, then why not the Super Bowl’s halftime show?
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French Montana's Got His Rea$on$

French Montana’s a rapper, a record producer and a companion to Khloe Kardashian.

He recently told Billboard magazine he wanted to “capitalize” on Khloe’s fame. But then he told Access Hollywood Live that he’s very mad that the remark was taken out of context.

He was trying to say that he thought Khloe’s name should be spelled with all the big letters – you now, capitalized. (Okay, that part I made up.)

In the interview, he also talks about surviving a gunshot wound to the head.

There is absolutely no correlation between that event and his current choice of girlfriend.

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KJ's Hollywood Dirt for 8/19/2014

Charlie Sheen's Amazing Ice Bucket Challenge

CHARLIE SHEEN did the "Ice Bucket Challenge" for ALS yesterday, and as you'd expect, he didn't do it like anybody else.

Instead, Charlie held a big pan over his head . . . and when he flipped it over, $10,000 IN CASH rained down on him. But he wasn't just being a jerk to mock the whole thing . . . he's actually donating all of it.

He explained, quote, "Because, let's face it, ice is going to melt, but this money is going to actually help people."

Then Charlie called out his "Two and a Half Men" buddies . . . Jon Cryer, Ashton Kutcher, and the show's creator Chuck Lorre . . . challenging them to, quote, "identically do what I just did."

He added, quote, "Come on guys, it's for a great cause."

"Saturday Night Live" Announcer Don Pardo Has Died

Legendary "Saturday Night Live" announcer DON PARDO died last night at his home in Tuscon, Arizona. He was 96. No other details of his death were released.

Pardo was with "SNL" from its debut in 1975. But he was already a 31-year veteran at NBC by then. He was also the announcer on the original versions of the game shows "Jeopardy!" and "The Price Is Right".

And he was one of the first people to inform America that PRESIDENT KENNEDY had been shot on November 22nd, 1963.

Pardo was replaced on "SNL" during the 1981 - '82 season, but only missed a handful of other shows due to illness. In 2004 he was given a lifetime contract with NBC. Apparently, he and BOB HOPE were the only two people with that honor.

Don's first name was actually Dominic. But when he got into radio and started going by "Dom" everyone messed it up and called him "Don" instead . . . so he said, "The heck with it; I'll be Don."

Don's wife passed away in 1995, but he's survived by three daughters, two sons, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Matthew McConaughey Says You Can Still Wear Fanny Packs . . . But You Have to Wear Them To the Side

The next time someone tells you your fanny pack is uncool, you've got a celebrity to back you up. MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY still wears a fanny pack. And he's PROUD of it.

McConaughey proudly wore his fanny pack to the Astros / Red Sox game on Sunday, and even sang its praises when a local TV station interviewed him. He said, quote, "I'm not afraid of the fanny pack."

But he did have one important piece of advice . . . quote, "You gotta kinda put it on the side to make it look a little not-as-nerdy, but still . . . I got so much gear in here that I don't want in my pockets, I'm not afraid of the fanny pack."

He added, quote, "They'll come back, they're on the way back. Some decade from now."

Val Kilmer Will Sell You a Piece of Sheet Metal with The Word "God" Painted On It . . . For the Low, Low Price of $1,000

You probably didn't know this, but VAL KILMER has a WEB STORE. And since you didn't know that, then you also don't know what you're missing. That's what I'm here for.

For instance, if you've always wanted a piece of sheet metal with the word "God" hand-painted on it, you can buy one at Val's web store. And it's ONLY $1,000.

If that's a little too pricey for you, you can get a BLOCK with "God" painted on ALL SIDES . . . for the low, low price of $500 to $750.

Val also sells groovy baseball caps and T-shirts with the letters V-A-L arranged like the L.A. Dodgers' logo. The shirts are $35 and the hats are $30. Val also sells blankets and poetry books.

I have no idea if Val actually makes any money doing this. I hope so.

Lindsay Lohan Will Write Her Memoir . . . As a Trilogy?

LINDSAY LOHAN has more life to write about than the average 28-year-old. But does she have enough for a THREE-VOLUME autobiography? She thinks so. Of course a lot of the content will be pictorial.

She says, quote, "I want to put a lot of photos and cool stuff, it will probably be like a trilogy, like 'Harry Potter' because there's so many."

Lindsay probably WON'T spend much time on that SEX LIST that leaked earlier this year.

She says, quote, "I would never write to violate someone else or objectify them, that's not my intention. I like to write because it's like therapy for me."

Lindsay says she wants her story to be an inspiration to young people who are going through troubles of their own . . . quote, "There's the excitement of the life that I have lived but I've seen a lot and if I can help anyone that might feel like its ok to screw up, it's OK to feel lonely, or ugly or to feel overweight or underweight."

"I've experienced all that, so if I could help a boy or a girl . . . I've been bullied in school from doing movies and going back to regular school. If I could help other kids with that . . . that's why I am doing the book."

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Madden NFL Raps into Season 15

It’s hard to fathom, but the Madden NFL video game – produced by EA Sports – enters its 15th season this year.

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is this year’s coverthlete (just trying to coin a word for  inclusion in next year’s Oxford Online Dictionary), and the game has been updated with some fun new bells and whistles, like Player Sense 2.0 that improves the players’ contextual awareness, head tracking and emotions.

If they managed to bottle Richard Sherman’s emotions, there will be a lot of video screens broken from the inside this year.

Check out the game’s new promotional rap video, featuring comedian Kevin Hart and actor Dave Franco getting a little, shall we say, intense about the game…

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Kim's New Book

Kim Kardashian revealed recently that she’ll be publishing a book next April.

Not to worry – she didn’t write anything. [Insert your own joke here.]

Instead, she’s releasing a book called “Selfish” that features 352 pages of selfies.

Right. Pictures of Kim, some taken by Kim, some taken of Kim, but all pictures of Kim.

Just $19.95. Unless of course you happen to have Instagram, like the rest of the world.

Looks like you can hang onto that cash after all…

And here’s my two cents worth: if she keeps posting pictures like this one from the other day, she’s going to have to change the name of the book to “What Is WRONG With This Girl?

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