Posts from August 2014

KJ's Hollywood Dirt for 8/29/2014

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Got Married But Her Dad Wasn’t There


BRAD PITT and ANGELINA JOLIE pulled a fast one on the media and pretty much EVERYONE by getting married last Saturday in France.  Their rep made the announcement yesterday.



It's amazing that they were able to keep it under wraps . . . especially considering how obsessed the media is with their status . . . so now everyone is playing catch-up.  Here's what we know:



It happened at an estate Brad and Angelina own in Correns, France, which is probably the main reason they were able to keep it so secret.  And it was a short "nondenominational civil ceremony conducted by a California judge."



There were only about 22 friends and family members there . . . although Angelina's father JON VOIGHT was NOT there.  He gets to see the kids from time to time, but he's been trying to be a bigger part of Angelina's life.  Clearly that's not working out.



He only found out yesterday after the news hit the Internet.  He said, "It seems like it was very nice . . . and with all of the kids involved, it must have been a lot of fun and very beautiful.  I'm happy for them."



He told a British tabloid that he's on his way to Europe to spend time with Angelina, Brad and the kids.  As for missing the wedding, he chalked it up to a timing issue, since he had to be in the States for Monday's "Emmys".



Brad and Angelina read handwritten vows, and all six of their kids were involved in the ceremony.  Angelina walked down the aisle with  Maddox and Pax,  Zahara  and Vivienne threw flower petals, and Shiloh and Knox were the ring bearers.



Angelina wore a plain white floor-length antique lace and silk wedding dress with a veil . . . Brad wore a cream linen suit . . . the boys wore matching cream suits . . . and apparently the girls each had a dress made to match their individual style.



Brad and Angelina got engaged in 2012.  This is Brad's second marriage, obviously.  He married Jennifer Aniston in 2000, then dumped her in 2005 for Angelina.



This is Angelina's THIRD marriage.  She was married to Jonny Lee Miller from "Elementary" from 1996 to 1999 . . . and then to Billy Bob Thornton from 2000 to 2003.  So this is her first marriage to someone who only goes by two names.  



It doesn't sound like they'll enjoy much of a honeymoon . . . apparently they've gone right to work on "By the Sea", the movie they're doing together in Malta.




Britney Spears is Single Again . . . Did She Catch Her Boyfriend Cheating? 



BRITNEY SPEARS and her boyfriend David Lucado have broken up after a year and a half together.  Last night, Britney Tweeted, quote, "Ahhhh the single life!"



Sources say Britney dumped David after a video surfaced showing him dancing and making out with another woman in somebody's living room.  It was reportedly shot earlier this month.



David actually has a rep for some reason, and when he was contacted, he said, quote, "David is very, very in love with Britney.  This is unfortunate and he hopes that it all works out."



As for Britney, a source says, quote, "She is heartbroken.  But she will get through it.  She's a strong girl and he was never right for her."




Joan Rivers is in Critical Condition After She Stopped Breathing During Surgery on Her Vocal Cords


JOAN RIVERS is in critical but stable condition at a New York City hospital after she stopped breathing during surgery on her vocal cords, and went into cardiac arrest.



It happened at an outpatient clinic while doctors were putting a scope down her throat.  She was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital.



She was sedated at the time, and it's not clear what drugs were used.  Now she's been placed in a medically-induced coma, and they're going to take her out of it this weekend to assess the damage.



Her daughter MELISSA issued a statement saying, quote, "I want to thank everyone for the overwhelming love and support for my mother.  She is resting comfortably and is with our family.  We ask that you continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers."



Joan had just performed in New York the night before, and witnesses say she didn't show signs of any health problems . . . although she did joke about her age.



She said, quote, "I'm 81 . . . I could go at any moment.  I could fall over right here and you all could say, 'I was there!'"




Blake Lively Got Attacked by Bees the Day Before Her Birthday


BLAKE LIVELY turned 27 on Monday, and she celebrated by nursing MULTIPLE BEE STINGS.  Blake got SWARMED during a photo shoot on Sunday, and wrote about it on her website.



She said, quote, "I felt an electric shock of energy . . . was it excitement that I was about to turn another year older?  Was it nerves?  Why did it feel like agony?  [My butt] hurt like hell . . . then my neck, back, legs and forehead.



"And oh my hands!  They were shriveling.  It felt like I was being shot by dozens of tiny invisible darts.  I felt like the Wicked Witch, melting, melting, burning, melting."



"Now, I was a Monty Python sketch;  running at top speed in no particular direction, whipping my arms and hands around like I'd just discovered they were growing out of my shoulders without my previous knowledge . . .



"I was shaken.  I was swollen.  I had to stop what I was doing to recuperate and / or shrink."




New Movies: Pierce Brosnan's Spy Thriller "The November Man" is Up Against the Horror Flick "As Above So Below"


1.  "The November Man"  (R)  Trailer  (Opened Wednesday)



Pierce Brosnan plays a former spy who's lured out of retirement for a mission to protect Olga Kurylenko from a CIA hit squad.  That makes him the target of Australian actor Luke Bracey, a friend Brosnan trained before he left the agency.



Luke is the guy who got Keanu's role of Johnny Utah in the upcoming "Point Break" remake.  And Olga is a former Bond girl.  But not one of Brosnan's Bond girls . . . she was in the Daniel Craig movie "Quantum of Solace".




2.  "As Above So Below"  (R) 



A found-footage horror movie about a team of explorers who enter the catacombs under Paris on a quest for the Philosopher's Stone . . . but instead find the Gates of Hell, where each of them is forced to relive the sins of their past.



Perdita Weeks from "The Tudors" is the archeology student leading the expedition. Ben Feldman from "Drop Dead Diva" is her partner, and Edwin Hodge from "The Purge" is their cameraman.  You may also know Ben Feldman as Michael Ginsberg on "Mad Men".





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KJ's Hollywood Dirt for 8/28/2014

Mathew Knowles Says the Beyonce / Jay Z Divorce Rumors Were a "Jedi Mind Trick" to Drum Up Interest in Their Tour


Divorce rumors have been dogging BEYONCÉ and JAY Z for months now . . . but maybe that's EXACTLY WHAT THEY WANTED.



In a radio interview yesterday, Beyoncé's dad MATHEW KNOWLES said they CREATED those rumors to drum up interest in their tour.  And even Jay's elevator fight with SOLANGE was faked.



He said, quote, "I know [it was fake], because we've done this.  From experience, there's a tour going on.  So you sometimes have to ignite that tour.  It's called a Jedi mind trick.  The Jedi mind trick fools you a lot."



"Everyone's talking about it.  Ticket sales went up.  Solange's album sales went up 200%."



Do Queen Latifah and Her Girlfriend Want Lenny Kravitz to Father Their Child?


QUEEN LATIFAH and her girlfriend Eboni want to have a baby, and they have reportedly picked out a pretty cool dude to father the child.



"In Touch" magazine claims they want LENNY KRAVITZ to impregnate either a surrogate or Eboni herself.



A source says, quote, "Queen Latifah simply loves Lenny.  Not only is he handsome, but she likes his inner peace and what he stands for as a man."


Lenny hasn’t confirmed whether or not he’s interested.




Jennifer Aniston is Tired of Being Hounded About Having Kids


JENNIFER ANISTON might want to have kids someday but she definitely wants people to stop HOUNDING HER ABOUT IT.


Jen tells NBC that people pressure her to become a mother. "It's always such an issue of, 'Are you married yet? Do you have your babies yet?' It's constant. I don't know. I don't have this checklist of things that have to be done and if they're not checked I've failed some part of my feminism or being a woman or my value as a woman because I haven't birthed a child. I've birthed a lot of things and I feel I've mothered many things. I don't think it's fair to put that pressure on people."


So there. Leave Jen alone.




A “Friends” Inspired Coffee Shop is Opening Up…Finally


If you were a fan of the show “Friends” then you’re probably wondering why this didn’t happen like 10 years sooner…


Warner Bros. and the coffee company Eight O’Clock Coffee are opening a pop-up cafe modeled after Central Perk on 'Friends'. 

The New York coffee house will feature actual furniture from the show, including the orange sofa. A Central Perk blend will also be offered between September 17th and October 18th.



Tweet of the Day: Cee Lo Wants to See Your Soul, Not Your Behind


Are you tired of selfies?  So is CEE LO . . . as he explains in our Celebrity Tweet of the Day . . .


He says, quote, "Send me a selfie of your soul.  I've seen your ass already."


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KJ's Hollywood Dirt for 8/26/2014

Miley Cyrus Had a Homeless Guy Accept Her "VMA" Award Because of the Backlash She Got Last Year


MILEY CYRUS had a young homeless dude named Jesse accept her Video of the Year award at the "MTV Video Music Awards" on Sunday . . . at least partially because of the backlash she got after her performance with ROBIN THICKE at last year's show.



In a radio interview yesterday, Miley said, quote, "I just didn't realize my platform, I didn't realize my power.  I really realized it after the'VMAs' [last year] . . . no matter what I do, there's no winning or losing, it's just going to be talked about.



"So what do I want them to talk about? . . . Because I don't think what I was trying to say is what happened the year before.  The reason it was so important at the 'VMAs' is because it’s for young people.



"Jesse is my same age and that's what this show is for.  I think people need to see this . . . at least, I know I did after last year . . . to remember what matters."




Emmy Highlights and Memorable Moments


"Breaking Bad" went out in style last night, capturing six Emmys for its final season . . . but that wasn't enough to go out with the MOST Emmys of the night.  That honor went to"Sherlock".  I was surprised and super excited about this. I thought that it was just me, my husband and few other friends who we demanded watch this show that even knew about it! 


"Sherlock:  His Last Vow", snagged seven Emmys, including Best Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for BENEDICT CUMBERBATCHMARTIN FREEMAN, also snagged the Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie and Steven Moffat, for Best Writing for a Miniseries, Movie, or a Dramatic Special. The show also won a bunch of Creative Emmy awards that weren't announced on the show last night.


"Modern Family" won Outstanding Comedy Series for the fifth straight year, and TY BURRELL won for Supporting Actor in a Comedy for the second time since 2011.


JIM PARSONS won his fourth Emmy for Lead Actor in a Comedy for "The Big Bang Theory" . . . while JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS won the female equivalent for "Veep".


And JULIANNA MARGULIES won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama for "The Good Wife".  She also won it in 2010.


GWEN STEFANI announced a win for "The Colbert Report" as the Best Variety, Music, or Comedy Series.  But she mispronounced it "The Col-BOAR Report".  But it was nowhere near as bad as John Travolta's "Adele Dazeem" Oscar moment.



This Year's Emmy Winners


Here is a rundown of some of the other Emmy winners in the biggest categories:


Outstanding Drama Series:  "Breaking Bad"  (AMC)


Best Actor in a Drama:  Bryan Cranston,  "Breaking Bad"

Best Supporting Actor:  Aaron Paul,  "Breaking Bad"

Best Supporting Actress:  Anna Gunn"Breaking Bad"

Best Actress in a Drama:  Julianna Margulies,  "The Good Wife"  (CBS) 



Outstanding Comedy Series:  "Modern Family"  (ABC)


Best Actor in a Comedy:  Jim Parsons,  "The Big Bang Theory"  (CBS)Best Actress in a Comedy:  Julia Louis-Dreyfus,  "Veep"  (HBO)

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy:  Ty Burrell,  "Modern Family"  (ABC)

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy:  Allison Janney,  "Mom"  (CBS)


Best Variety Series:  "The Colbert Report"  (Comedy Central)


Best Reality-Competition Program:  "The Amazing Race"  (CBS)


Best Reality Host:  Jane Lynch for "Hollywood Game Night"  (NBC)


Live-Action Entertainment Program:  "Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis:  President Barack Obama"  (FunnyOrDie)


Outstanding Miniseries:  "Fargo"  (FX)


Best Actor in a Miniseries:  Benedict Cumberbatch for "Sherlock"  (PBS)

Best Supporting Actor:  Martin Freeman for "Sherlock"  (PBS)


Best Actress in a Miniseries:  Jessica Lange for "American Horror Story"  (FX)

Best Supporting Actress:  Kathy Bates for "American Horror Story"  (FX) 


Outstanding TV Movie:  "The Normal Heart"  (HBO)




Jennifer Lopez Got Skittles from Casper Smart at the "VMAs"


JENNIFER LOPEZ and CASPER SMART both attended the "VMAs" Sunday night, but the official word is they weren't together.  Casper was supposedly there to support NICKI MINAJ, because he did some choreography for her. 


But Casper WAS seated right in front of J-Lo, and at one point he even turned around to pour some SKITTLES into her hand. Sharing Skittles is a pretty big deal. That might point to a reconcilation. 




The Highest-Paid Male TV Actors


"Forbes" has put together their annual list of "The Highest-Paid Male TV Actors" . . . and for the THIRD year in a row, "Two and a Half Men" star ASHTON KUTCHER is #1.  He's raking in $26 million over the past year.



His co-star JON CRYER is second with $19 million . . . along with "NCIS" star MARK HARMON who made the same amount.  Interestingly enough, nine of the Top 15 actors are or were on CBS shows.



Here's the complete Top 15:



1.  Ashton Kutcher"Two and a Half Men", $26 million


2.  A tie between Jon Cryer of "Two and a Half Men" and Mark Harmon of "NCIS", with $19 million each.


4.  Neil Patrick Harris"How I Met Your Mother", $18 million


5.  A tie between Patrick Dempsey of "Grey's Anatomy" and Kevin Spacey of Netflix's "House of Cards", with $16 million each.


7.  Tim Allen"Last Man Standing", $15 million


8.  Simon Baker"The Mentalist", $13 million


9.  Jim Parsons"The Big Bang Theory", $12 million


10.  A tie between Jason Segel from "How I Met Your Mother" and Johnny Galecki of "The Big Bang Theory", with $11 million each.


12.  A THREE-WAY tie between Jon Hamm of "Mad Men"Charlie Sheen of "Anger Management", and Josh Radnor of "How I Met Your Mother", with $10 million apiece.


15.  Bryan Cranston"Breaking Bad", $8 million



The numbers were taken from June of last year up through this past June . . . so the big salary bumps for the "Big Bang Theory" stars were NOT included, which is why they're kind of low on the list.  Next year will be a different story.



As usual, not ALL of this money came from the actors' TV salaries.  It includes movie roles and endorsement deals as well.  So, Tim Allen's Vegas stand-up money is also a part of his overall take.




"The Walking Dead" and the Third Adam Sandler-Drew Barrymore Romantic Comedy Are Out on DVD


Here's what's new on DVD today:



• "Blended" . . . Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore are stuck together at an African safari vacation resort after having already been on a blind date where they decided they hate each other.



• "The Normal Heart" . . . HBO's movie about the AIDS epidemic in the '80s, as seen through the eyes of a gay writer played by Mark Ruffalo.  It also stars Julia Roberts as a doctor treating one of his friends.



• "The Love Punch" . . . Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson are a divorced couple who concoct a scheme to steal a diamond from the guy who stole their pension.



• "Legends of Oz:  Dorothy's Return" . . . Lea Michele is Dorothy, who returns to Oz to fight the brother of the Wicked Witch.



• "The Double" . . . Jesse Eisenberg plays a guy who meets his exact double and freaks out after the other guy starts to take over his life.  Mia Wasikowska is also in it.



• "Trust Me" . . . Clark Gregg plays a struggling Hollywood talent agent who specializes in child actors, and Amanda Peet is the neighbor he has
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KJ's Hollywood Dirt for 8/25/2014

The MTV VMAs . . . Highlights and Memorable Moments


For the second straight year, MILEY CYRUS tried to steal the show at the MTV Video Music Awards.  But it was for a VERY different reason this time. 


Miley's "Wrecking Ball" won Video of the Year, but instead of taking the stage, she sent up a young guy named Jesse, who revealed that he's HOMELESS.  


He accepted the award for the, quote, "1.6 million runaways and homeless youth in the United States who are starving, lost and scared for their lives right now."


He also directed people to Miley's Facebook page, where she's asking people to donate to My Friend's Place, a homeless center for young people in Hollywood. 


Meanwhile, on the total opposite end of the social consciousness spectrum, we have the Kardashians.  Specifically, KIM KARDASHIAN and KENDALL and KYLIE JENNER . . .



Who appeared to be TEXTING while COMMON was talking about Ferguson, Missouri and asking for a moment of silence.



Other than that, the show was pretty unremarkable.  A lot of people thought NICKI MINAJ was going to bring the raunch when she did"Anaconda", but aside from a little twerking, it wasn't that bad.  Especially compared to Miley's antics last year.



Nicki did have a wardrobe malfunction when she did a quick change and came back out to do her verse on "Bang Bang" with JESSIE J and ARIANA GRANDE



For some reason, the front of her outfit wouldn't stay closed, so she had to hold it together with her hands.



BEYONCÉ closed the show by accepting the Video Vanguard Award.  And she accepted it from JAY Z, who took the stage with their daughter BLUE IVY after Beyoncé did a 16-minute medley of songs from her latest album.



In a "we're-so-not-getting-divorced" show of support, Jay even called his wife, quote, "the greatest living entertainer."



Beyoncé also won Best Video with a Social Message for "Pretty Hurts", and Best Collaboration for "Drunk in Love" with her husband Jay-Z.  But those weren't announced during the broadcast.



Here are the rest of the big winners:


Video of the Year:  Miley Cyrus"Wrecking Ball"


Best Male Video:  Ed Sheeran"Sing"


Best Female Video:  Katy Perry"Dark Horse"


Best Hip-Hop Video:  Drake"Hold On (We're Going Home)"


Best Pop Video:  Ariana Grande"Problem"


Artist to Watch:  Fifth Harmony"Miss Movin' On"


Best Rock Video:  Lorde"Royals"


Best 'Lyric Video':  5 Seconds of Summer"Don't Stop"




The Emmy Awards Will Be Handed Out Tonight


The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by SETH MEYERS, will air NBC tonight at 8 p.m. ET. A highlight to tune in for: Veteran Emmy producer Don Mischer is planning a heartfelt but "fun" tribute to Robin Williams, led by pal Billy Crystal, as part of the awards show's traditional In Memoriam segment late in the broadcast.




Shia LaBeouf Calls 911 on a Stalker . . . While She's Standing Right There


SHIA LABEOUF called 911 to report a stalker at his house . . . while said stalker was RIGHT THERE.  The woman was at Shia's door, so close to him that he even had interrupt the call to say, "Don't touch me!"



The woman, 31-year-old Graciela Nahle, has been bugging Shia for a while.  She was arrested and pleaded no contest to trespassing.  She was sentenced to 45 days in jail, but was released after just four.




Gwyneth Paltrow is "Very Happy" for Chris Martin and Jennifer Lawrence


GWYNETH PALTROW isn't bitter or jealous that CHRIS MARTIN has hooked up with JENNIFER LAWRENCE.


A so-called "source" says, quote, "She's very happy for Chris, that he has moved on and found someone else.  Their split has been remarkably amiable and they both just want the best for one another."


Besides, Gwyneth has moved on herself.  She's reportedly nailing "Glee" co-creator BRAD FALCHUK.




"Sin City" Bombed . . . and "Guardians of the Galaxy" Took Back the #1 Spot


None of new movies made significant waves at the box office this weekend.  The best was that out-of-body teen drama "If I Stay", which made $16.4 million in 3rd place. 


The "Sin City" sequel bombed HARD, bringing in just $6.5 million in 8th place.  The original opened to nearly $30 million in 2005.


"Guardians of the Galaxy" reclaimed the #1 spot from "Ninja Turtles", though there was less than a million dollars separating the two.  Here are this week's Top 5 movies:



1.  "Guardians of the Galaxy", $17.6 million.  Up to $252 million in its 4th week.


2.  "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", $16.8 million.  Up to $146 million in its 3rd week.


3.  NEW:  "If I Stay", $16.4 million.


4.  "Let's Be Cops", $11 million.  Up to $45.2 million in its 2nd week.


5.  NEW:  "When the Game Stands Tall", $9 million.


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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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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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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:  RIHANNAKATY 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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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 CryerAshton 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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KJ's Hollywood Dirt for 8/18/2014

Christina Aguilera Had a Baby Girl


CHRISTINA AGUILERA is now a mother of two.  She gave birth to a daughter on Saturday.  She announced late last night that they named the new addition Summer Rain Rutler.



This is her first child with her fiancé Matt Rutler.  She also has a six-year-old son named Max from her previous marriage to Jordan Bratman.



A few days ago, Christina posted a photo on Instagram of her holding some headphones up to her giant belly . . . with the caption:  Quote, "Baby girl getting [a] first listen to what mama's been creating in the studio."




Neil Patrick Harris Is Denying That His Relationship Is in Trouble


NEIL PATRICK HARRIS is denying rumors that his relationship with his fiancé David Burtka is on the rocks.



Over the weekend, Neil posted a photo of David with their twins on Instagram . . . with the caption:  Quote, "I couldn't be more in love with my family.  Any reports to the contrary are woefully mistaken.  #Grateful."



The "National Enquirer" reported that Neil and David have ended their engagement after eight years together . . . but apparently, that's not the case. 




Justin Timberlake Called Madonna His "Ninja" . . . And Got Blasted on Twitter


JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE Tweeted a birthday message to MADONNA, where he called her, quote, "my mother chucking ninja" . . . and got BLASTED for it, because "ninja" is viewed as a replacement for the N-word.  He ended up taking it down.



Here are some of the comments he got . . . "Justin, you know better." . . . "Bruh.  You went too deep." . . . and "I knew Justin Timberlake was getting too close for comfort with black culture but now he is saying ninja."



A lot of posts mentioned the racial tensions in Ferguson, Missouri . . . like this one, quote, "Justin Timberlake chose *this* week to call Madonna 'my ninja'?  I just can't."



On a lighter note, an 8-year-old autistic boy named Julian wanted nothing more than to see Justin in concert.  But he DID get more.  He got Justin leading the entire arena in singing "Happy Birthday" to him.




"The Expendables 3" Didn't Crack the Top 3 at the Box Office


"The Expendables 3" bombed at the box office, bringing in just $16.2 million in 4th place.  That's the worst opening for any of the"Expendables" movies.  The first one made nearly $35 million in 2010 . . . and the sequel made $28.6 million in 2012.



"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" came in #1 for a second week, earning another $28.4 million.  "Let's Be Cops" debuted in 3rd place with $26.1 million . . . and "The Giver" made $12.8 million in 5th place. 



Here are this week's Top 5 movies:



1.  "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", $28.4 million.  Up to $118 million in its 2nd week.


2.  "Guardians of the Galaxy", $24.7 million.  Up to $222 million in its 3rd week.


3.  NEW:  "Let's Be Cops", $17.7 million.  Up to $26.1 million since Wednesday.


4.  NEW:  "The Expendables 3", $16.2 million.


5.  NEW:  "The Giver", $12.8 million.




Rob Schneider Thinks a Parkinson's Drug May Have Killed Robin Williams


Actor ROB SCHNEIDER thinks prescription medication may have led to ROBIN WILLIAMS' suicide.  He Tweeted, quote, "Now that we can talk about it #RobinWilliams was on a drug treating the symptoms of Parkinson's.  One of the side effects is suicide."


We don't know what drugs Robin was or wasn't taking for Parkinson's.  We don't know how Rob Schneider knows, either.



But a so-called "source" close to Robin had this to add . . . quote, "A lot of Robin’s friends are convinced that the cocktail of prescription pills he was on somehow contributed to his mental state deteriorating as quickly as it did.



"Robin had always suffered from depression and addiction but the diagnosis and treatment of his Parkinson's was new, as was the combination of drugs he was on."

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KJ's Hollywood Dirt for 8/15/2014

Katy Perry Wishes She Was Educated


Some entertainers will tell you that their education was a waste of time . . . but KATY PERRY isn't one of them.  She's basically admitting that she isn't as intelligent as she'd like to be. 


She tells Yahoo, quote, "I'm kind of bummed at this stage that I didn't have a great education because I could really use that these days."


Katy dropped out of high school during her freshman year . . . and before that, she went from school to school, because her parents were pastors and were always on the move.  On top of that, she wasn't always getting the best instruction.


She says, quote, "I was being pulled out of school, even in the middle of school . . . and sometimes being home-schooled.  Sometimes we were sent to these really half-Christian, half-education, I-don't-know-what-they-were schools."


So, she's trying to learn as much as she can as an adult.  She says, quote, "I've learned to educate myself at this stage and how to continue my education at any age.  I'm going on 30 and I'm still very thirsty for information."




Robin Williams Had Parkinson's Disease


ROBIN WILLIAMS was suffering from Parkinson's disease when he died earlier this week. 


His wife Susan issued a statement saying, quote, "Robin's sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson's Disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly.


"It is our hope in the wake of Robin's tragic passing, that others will find the strength to seek the care and support they need to treat whatever battles they are facing so they may feel less afraid."


Parkinson's is a progressive disorder of the nervous system.  MICHAEL J. FOX was diagnosed with it in 1991.



After he heard yesterday's news, Fox Tweeted, quote, "Stunned to learn Robin had PD.  Pretty sure his support for our [charitable foundation] predated his diagnosis.  A true friend;  I wish him peace."




People Everywhere Are Celebrating "Shark Week" By Eating Sharks Into Extinction


How are people celebrating Shark Week . . . aside from actually watching shark-related programming on the Discovery Channel?  Well, apparently a lot of people are participating by EATING SHARKS INTO EXTINCTION.



Or so says the Internet.



Restaurants are trying to sell as much shark meat as possible, and people are eating it like crazy.  A shark conservation expert says this is NOT good.  Quote, "It's opportunistic.  [Restaurants] are using the celebrity of 'sharkism' to sell more tacos than they normally would."



The most commonly-eaten shark in the U.S. is the Shortfin Mako, a species that's listed as "Vulnerable."  That's a step above "Endangered" . . . and puts them on par with polar bears.



A sarcastic shark activist jokes, quote, "But you wouldn't want to eat polar bear tacos." 




New In Theaters Today


1.  "The Expendables 3"  (PG-13) 



Sylvester StalloneJason StathamJet LiDolph LundgrenTerry CrewsRandy Couture, and Arnold Schwarzeneggerare all back from the last movie.  And there are a TON of new additions.



Wesley Snipes plays a founding member of the team that they have to bust out of prison . . . which is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the fact that Snipes couldn't participate in the first two movies, because he was locked up for his tax troubles.



Antonio Banderas adds comic relief as a commando who's always desperately wanted to join the team.  And Mel Gibson is Stallone's old partner . . . he cofounded the Expendables, but turned bad and became an arms dealer with a vendetta against him.



In order to deal with the new threat, Stallone recruits some young, fresh blood . . . including Kellan Lutz, MMA badass Ronda Rousey, and boxer Victor Ortiz.



And finally there's Kelsey Grammer as an old friend of Stallone's who helps recruit the new members . . . and Harrison Ford as the CIA handler behind their assignments.



Unfortunately Chuck Norris doesn't show up again, and Bruce Willis punked out when it came time to film . . . but it sounds like they added more than enough muscle to over-compensate.



2.  "Let's Be Cops"  (R) 



Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson from "The New Girl" dress up as police officers for a costume party . . . and are so convincing, they're mistaken for REAL cops by everyone in the neighborhood . . .



Including some corrupt cops and mobsters run by Andy Garcia.  The rest of the cast includes Nina Dobrev from the "Vampire Diaries""The Daily Show's" Rob Riggle, and Keegan-Michael Key from Comedy Central's "Key & Peele"




3.  "The Giver"  (PG-13)   


Brenton Thwaites lives in a "perfect" society where people can't see color or feel the full range of human emotions, because of an injection they get every morning.  



Jeff Bridges is the Giver, the one man who has the full memory of all of humanity's experiences.  And when Brenton is chosen to become the next "Receiver of Memory", he discovers love and starts skipping his daily injections.



Alexander Skarsgard and Katie Holmes play his parents . . . Israeli minx Odeya Rush is his love interest . . . and Meryl Streep is the villain, the Chief Elder of the community.  Taylor Swift is also in it.  She has a small role in it as The Giver's daughter.


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