Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Tori Spelling Really Wants to Keep Her Name in the Spotlight

There's no reason to read Tori Spelling's new book at this point because Us Weekly is doing great at giving us all of the details. Which is fine by me because I had (and still have) zero intentions of reading it.

Anyway, Us Weekly spilled some more details from Tori Spelling's latest memoir, in which she admits that she didn't eat healthy to lose the baby weight after having baby Finn...she just didn't eat. And her publicist told her to say that she dieted in a healthy way because her fans wouldn't be into supporting someone's anorexia. Understandably!

Anyway, it looks like all bets are off now that Tori's looking for cash in any way she can get. It recently hit the news that she and hubby Dean McDermott can't afford to get him a vasectomy...then they can...then it's a maybe. So whatever the truth is, their monetary struggle isn't a secret. So Tori's willing to spill every secret in order to keep her name in the spotlight and money in her pocket.

Hopefully things will get better for Tori soon because this flip flopping and monetary madness isn't looking great for her - they're about as appealing as learning that a celebrity tried the anorexia diet and it worked. Awesome. (Sarcasm.)

Monday, October 28, 2013

Kelly Osbourne Continues To Hate on Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga appeared with Sharon Osbourne on the X Factor UK, and it went well - until Gaga got word that it was Kelly Osbourne's birthday and she presented Sharon with a cake for her.

Kelly Osbourne DID NOT like that. She tweeted lots of very rude things in response to this gesture and slammed Gaga for her fakeness. She suggested that if Stefani Germanotta really meant to make peace between the pair, she'd have sent Kelly a cake directly, not give it to her mom who's halfway around the world.

Let's be real here - Kelly has a point. Gaga's actions were nice for Sharon, but not particularly nice for Kelly, who wouldn't get to enjoy the cake. That being said, I do think Gaga was trying to extend the olive branch and make peace, not trying to be vindictive. I saw a picture of the cake, and it's not that great...it fits well with Gaga's defense that she'd just heard that it was Kelly's birthday and didn't have time to send one across the globe to her.

I think what Gaga did may have been a mix of genuine peacemaking and negative curiosity...not that I'm explaining that right. What I mean is, she may have been sort of trying to make peace, but with the fact in mind that Kelly may freak out and make herself look bad. So who looks good? Gaga. Who looks bad? Kelly. Even though technically Gaga instigated the situation. So, if that's the case, I guess it worked! Either way, Gaga kind of won. Well played, Gaga, well played.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Jon Cryer's Wife Wants BANK - $88,000 a Month in Child Support

Jon Cryer's ex-wife went from 4% physical custody of their son to 50%...and she wants a raise to go with it. One that would make her child support go from $8,000 a month to $88,969 a month...which, even though Jon Cryer makes a lot of money, is completely ridiculous.

Sarah Trigger claims this is all for her son, and because Jon Cryer makes $2 million a month, he should pay up. You know, even though he still has his 13 year old Charlie half the time. Per TMZ:
Sarah says life is awful.  She says her son Charlie can't afford the ritzy summer camps his friends attend.  She says Charlie's friends go on "exotic vacations in the summer and winter like Europe and Thailand."  He can't go.

It gets worse. Sarah says Charlie's friends at The Buckley School have "huge birthday parties at expensive places like Sky High Sports and they invite the entire grade."  And worst of all ... the Bar Mitzvahs. Sarah says, "Last year there were multiple Bar Mitzvahs and Bat Mitzvahs all with custom invitations, a dress code and huge private receptions afterward."
EOnline has even better info, in which Ms. Trigger defends her choice of asking for money because she's unemployed and can't provide like the Two and a Half Men star can...so clearly, the solution is that Jon hands her money so she can look good in front of her son.
"Currently, Charlie experiences two different lifestyles depending on which parent he is with," Trigger, who shares custody with Cryer 50-50, says. "Fifty percent of the time Charlie is able to compete with his peers on a level playing field and the other fifty percent of the time Charlie is not able to compete on a level playing field."

Here's a hint: maybe don't send him to a zillion dollar a year private school. Send him to a normal school and that $8,000 monthly paycheck will be more than many kids' parents see in several months.

I read earlier that Sarah is an actress whose career never got off the ground. This sounds like an attempt to get her name in the spotlight now that her son's a teenager. Maybe she wants to try acting again and think this is the way to get her name out there.

Also, I'm not sure that Jon Cryer should be trying to give any money to Ms. Trigger, who reportedly choked their son a few years back and wanted to have Jon Cryer killed. (It seems the second part may not be true but the first part was...and even after that, Jon had to pay $8,000 a month for her to watch their kid 4 percent of the time!)

Something is very, very wrong here.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Scrubbing In: Can't Even Watch It

I tried watching MTV's new show Scrubbing In and I couldn't even do it. Like, I watched part of the episode and then gave up. There are a few reasons for this:

- I realize reality shows are fake, but because I understand some aspects of travel nursing, the fakeness level is evident to me. For example, you have to apply for travel nursing jobs and get placed. They aren't going to just pick you and your whole group of best friends and take you all together.

- Per my friend who works as a travel nurse, they wouldn't just take a bunch of young, new travel nurses (not to mention that you need to do some time before you even qualify to travel) and put them in a house together. The experiences my friend had didn't even provide housing - they gave her a housing stipend.

- It seems unlikely that they'd let someone move to another state and start a nursing job without his or her license for that state. Those checks and balances are taken care of before someone begins to travel.

- The drama is over the top. The episode practically opened by announcing that hospitals are crazy and doctors and nurses are doing each other all over the place. While this isn't necessarily untrue, it's painting a pretty bad picture of people who do a lot of work to save people in need.

- The sequencing is disjointed and hard to follow, and the most notable thing to me is that most of the women (with the exception of one person in flats) were wearing really tall heels.

I will not be watching this show. It's not painting a pretty picture of some of the strongest people in this country.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Mama Lohan Blames the Paparazzi For Her DWI

Dina Lohan pleaded not guilty to a DWI last month despite blowing over the legal limit on a breathalyzer. And now she's back in court with a pretty weak defense.

According to PerezHilton.com, Dina's defense is that the paparazzi is at fault for her bad behavior. Mark Heller, who represents her (and also represented daughter Lindsay Lohan), stated that the stress of the paparazzi, the media and tabloids talking about her are having a negative impact on her.

So...he's saying that the stress of being in the public eye made Dina drive drunk. Okay, I totally understand Dina being stressed because of her life, but I don't think that gives her the right to drink and drive.

Mark went on to say that he hopes the courts will take Dina's lifestyle into consideration when prosecuting the case. He probably should say that he hopes that the courts DON'T take Dina's lifestyle into consideration! I mean, Dina's made some pretty bad decisions in the name of fame, as have her ex-husband and kids. She's hardly a lifestyle role model.

At the end of the day, the judge will make the ultimate decision...and hopefully we'll find out if Dina's fame affects her positively or negatively.
Dina's defense attorney Mark Heller, a hand-me-up from daughter Lindsay Lohan we guess, decided the buck would stop… somewhere else! He read from a court report, saying:
"The circumstances leading to Dina's arrest were largely impacted by ongoing daily stresses caused by you folks, the paparazzi, media attention and distorted tabloid character profiles."
Wow. We know tabloids can make things up, but we're pretty sure they can't MAKE you blow twice the legal limit on a breathalyzer. Mark continued:
- See more at: http://perezhilton.com/2013-10-23-dina-lohan-dwi-court-paparazzi-blame-media#sthash.g5gi5hka.dpuf
"The circumstances leading to Dina's arrest were largely impacted by ongoing daily stresses caused by you folks, the paparazzi, media attention and distorted tabloid character profiles." - See more at: http://perezhilton.com/2013-10-23-dina-lohan-dwi-court-paparazzi-blame-media#sthash.g5gi5hka.dpuf
"The circumstances leading to Dina's arrest were largely impacted by ongoing daily stresses caused by you folks, the paparazzi, media attention and distorted tabloid character profiles." - See more at: http://perezhilton.com/2013-10-23-dina-lohan-dwi-court-paparazzi-blame-media#sthash.g5gi5hka.dpuf
"The circumstances leading to Dina's arrest were largely impacted by ongoing daily stresses caused by you folks, the paparazzi, media attention and distorted tabloid character profiles." - See more at: http://perezhilton.com/2013-10-23-dina-lohan-dwi-court-paparazzi-blame-media#sthash.g5gi5hka.dpuf

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Pauly D is a D-A-D

Pauly DelVecchio is the father to a little girl, and he's got pretty much no relationship with the mom. Apparently the pair had a one night stand that led to a child. Fortunately, Pauly's happy with the outcome and is ready to be a dad.

He plans to build a relationship with his child's mom, which is cool...and probably a good thing because he'll be co-parenting with the woman who's practically a stranger to him.

I'll give the mom of this child a lot of credit - this seemed to just become news after the paternity test was completed and the court papers for paternity filed. She could have cashed in a few months back at her child's expense, but she didn't - she kept her child out of the spotlight. And she's continuing to do so - it seems that her name and the child's aren't common knowledge.

We wish Pauly D all the best with his new instant family and hope he and his baby's mother are able to build a strong relationship.

Update: Turns out the pair actually hates each other...the news broke after this was written. Pauly thinks his baby mama, Amanda, is a famewhore who tried for Rob Kardashian before going for Pauly. And she's a single mom to two kids. Plus, she named the baby Amabella (what?) and posted a pic of the baby with money all around her. This is going to get messy!!!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Catfish Season Finale - 10/15/13 - Mike and Caroline

The one who called Catfish: Mike. He lives in Pensacola, Florida.

The Catfish: Caroline. Battling colon cancer. Likes to leave creepy notes. Also lives in Pensacola but always cancels when Mike wants to meet. Her camera is always broken. Claims she's got self esteem issues.

Mike and Caroline met on Plenty of Fish, and their personalities meshed well. They've talked on the phone but haven't video chatted. They've planned to meet but Caroline always backs out due to anxiety. At some point, she just disappeared and blamed it on her cancer treatment. Warning signs? I'd say yes.

Initially, Caroline said her name is Caroline Rhodes, but he found a public Facebook profile for Caroline Olivia Ledford. He reached out to Caroline Ledford but she never got back to her. However, Caroline had a story - she said Rhodes is her mom's maiden name and Ledford is her dad's name.

Caroline found out she had cancer eight months before filming. Mike connected with Caroline because his mom had the same type of cancer. Mike is now unable to socialize properly with other women because he's so invested in Caroline. And Caroline does creepy things - she had a friend drive by Mike's house and leave a note saying she can't wait to meet him. And she's taken pictures of Mike's place of employment. Creeeeepy!

When asked why he isn't giving up on this creepy and mysterious person, Mike said he's too invested.

Max and Nev checked out the two Caroline profiles. They decided to reach out to Caroline Ledford, as well as her friend Lauren. Nev and Max geotagged some of Caroline's photos - and they were uploaded in Pensacola.

Lauren gave Nev a call. Lauren said that her friend Caroline is from North Carolina and has never mentioned a Mike from Florida. Caroline Ledford also contacted Nev and Max, and she video chatted with the guys. She said she doesn't know a guy from Pensacola, Florida. She recorded a message for Mike letting him know that his Caroline isn't the real one.

Mike was devastated by the deception. Next, Nev and Max showed Mike where the picture was geotagged from, and it matched the address that Mike had for Caroline. He then admitted that he'd been outside her house and she refused to come out.

Nev and Max called Caroline. When Caroline answered the phone, she seemed shocked to hear from Nev and Max. When they asked her to video chat to prove who they are, she declined. They pressed for the truth and Caroline declined to disclose information. Caroline sounded shocked that Mike had seen the real Caroline, and Caroline on the phone started to cry and panic. She admitted she's scared to meet Mike. Nev and Max convinced her, and she said she'd meet them in a public place.

Nev and Max think that Mike and "Caroline" know each other, so she can't disclose his name, or she'd know who he is.

As Mike and the Catfish team waited in the park, Mike seemed to not entirely believe that Caroline would show up, based on past experience. However, a car did pull up - and a girl who is not Caroline got out. Mike knew her - her name is Heather. She'd pretended to be someone else on Plenty of Fish and Mike had called her out on it.

She broke down, cried and apologized. She said she and her friend made the fake profile to see if her friend's husband was cheating on her. Mike messaged the fake profile, and Heather confessed to the situation. She said Mike was really mean about it, so she made Heather's profile as revenge. But then she started to really like Mike. And the cancer thing? That was a scam because she felt Mike pulling away. She was afraid to confess the truth because she was really into Mike and wanted to keep him in her life.

Heather and Mike met to talk honestly. Heather admitted that her lie about cancer is awful, especially given that she's had family members who died from cancer. Heather explained that she doesn't let people in, and she was afraid to lose Mike because she'd opened up to him. She offered a genuine apology. Mike told Heather that she needs help for her issues. She didn't seem opposed to the idea. And with that, she left and cried in her car.

Nev and Max later told Mike to close his eyes and sat him in front of a computer screen. When he opened his eyes, the real Caroline was on the screen. The pair really hit it off! They agreed to be friends on Facebook.

In the end of episode catch-up, Heather admitted that she's taking care of herself - eating better, writing a blog and considering seeing a therapist. Mike said he's over the fake Caroline situation, but from it, he learned to be more cautious. He's been texting the real Caroline.

As much as many Catfish viewers probably hate Heather, I can't hate her. She seems so lost. She really does need help and friendship. And while she lied about terrible, awful things, she genuinely apologized and probably did the only thing she thought she could to not lose Mike. While I can never condone catfishing, I can give Heather credit for owning up to the truth and apologizing to Mike. It's just too bad she didn't do it much sooner.

Side note: Condolences to the family of Catfish participant Mike Fortunato, who passed away on October 12th from a pulmonary embolism.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Is Lorde Racist? I Don't Think So.

Sixteen year old Lorde, singer of the hit song Royals, has come under fire for being racist. But honestly, I think people are being a little overdramatic.

Per CNN.com:

In a post on the prominent feminist blog feministing.com, writer Veronica Bayetti Flores took issue with the song's lyrics, in which Yelich-O'Connor sings that "every song" is about gold teeth and Maybach luxury cars -- both fixtures of hip-hop music videos -- before concluding "we don't care, we're driving Cadillacs in our dreams."

"While I love a good critique of wealth accumulation and inequity, this song is not one; in fact, it is deeply racist," wrote Bayetti Flores. "Because we all know who she's thinking when we're talking gold teeth, Cristal (champagne) and Maybachs. So why s--- on black folks? Why s--- on rappers?"

Okay, so I can understand Ms. Flores' point of view, but it's nothing that came to mind until she said it. And I still don't agree with it. Time.com made a good point on the matter - they let us know that Lorde's fans defended her, stating that Ms. Flores' point of view is American, and we shouldn't place American cultural norms on those who aren't even American. (Lorde is from New Zealand.) Does Ms. Flores even know what's popular with what cultural group in New Zealand?

Even if there are some items in the song that are primarily popular in rap / hip hop culture, that doesn't necessarily make them racist. And really, Lorde isn't saying anything negative about them, anyway. She's pointing out some possible aspects of culture for those with loads of money, and really, I don't think anyone would really mind having enough money for diamonds and frequent island visits.

There are plenty of songs out there with racist undertones, and some that are blatantly racist. Why not leave the sixteen year old who's trying to show that she's just not into money alone, and talk about those who are truly spreading a negative message?

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Catfish: 10/8/13 - Is She Really Dating Rapper Bow Wow?

Keyonnah is in an online relationship with rapper Bow Wow (theoretically). She found his Facebook account and messaged him, and that led to texting and more...but no video chatting because because something's always broken on his end. On the flip side, he sent her $10,000...so that says something!

The next bit was pretty mundane, aside from a part where Nev, Max and Keyonnah discuss the pronunciation of the word "aunt".

Bow Wow...for real.
Keyonnah said Bow Wow said he could help her out and would send her money via his assistant Larry Brown. To Keyonnah's credit, she offered to return the money, and when (theoretical) Bow Wow refused, she helped her family out and saved some of the cash.

A problem came up - Keyonnah said the page she'd originally contacted Bow Wow on had been deleted...a different Facebook page for Bow Wow is now active and Keyonnah has no contact with him on there.

A second problem came up - Bow Wow Skypes with his daughter. And he can't Skype with her. Oh, and the phone number Renee has for Bow Wow is from North Carolina...and could belong to a woman named Renee or her son named Maurice.

Nev and Max used their MTV connections to talk to MTV's Media Relations group. They found out that Bow Wow's assistant's name is Ant, not Larry.

"Bow Wow" didn't answer a call from the group, but did text Nev back asking who he is. They texted back and forth, and "Bow Wow" said he is, in fact, not Bow Wow, but then identified himself by his real name - Shad Moss. Still, no answers on whether this "Bow Wow" is real.

Nev got a text the next morning. It was "Bow Wow" saying he'd be in Atlanta the next morning and wanted to meet Keyonnah.

The group pulled up to the address they were given to meet Bow Wow. A small boy stepped out of the house. Wait...wait...this kid said he's 23? Wait again...it's a GIRL? Okay, I think I just went through some kind of mental turnaround here. Okay, here's the deal - I thought a young boy opened the door. It turned out to be a 23 year old girl. Wow. Okay, then.

It turns out Dee, which is the person's stage name, was sorry for lying but still wants to be there for Keyonnah at least as a friend. She made up the Bow Wow page to meet girls, although I guess she didn't think through that girls who were attracted to Bow Wow may not be attracted to her.

So, this girl says she's called Dee Pimpin in her music career and makes a lot of money from it...but there's nothing searchable on her. And Dee said her cousin was the voice Keyonnah communicated with. And Dee said something about putting a dildo in her pants so girls think she's a guy...yeah, weird.

This episode got really, really strange!

Next, we met Fred, Dee's cousin. Keyonnah told Fred that his actions were pretty messed up. Fred said he was 'just a man online' and he was being there for his cousin. He apologized for hurting Keyonnah, which is a start.

Then, Dee opened up about how Keyonnah showed her how to have feelings, and it seems that she thought things would work out because she sent Keyonnah money. Dee maintained that she makes her money from music, and she doesn't want to put her music online in case anyone steals it. (What?)

Then the truth came out...DEE BORROWED MONEY FROM PEOPLE TO GIVE MONEY TO KEYONNAH. She said they were okay with because they knew she'd pay it back. But she hasn't paid them back. And they thought they were supporting her career, and Dee maintains that she'll pay them all back when music makes her rich. WHHHHAAATTTT????

End of story: Keyonnah said she doesn't want to be friends with Dee right now BECAUSE SHE'S A LIAR but decided to think about it and see her actions in the future.

In the end notes of the show, Dee says she's trying to pay her friends back and wants to be friends with Keyonnah. Keyonna's just trying to recover.

Note: There's a lot of buzz on Twitter about this episode being really, really fake. And I don't necessarily disagree. Why?
- Because Bow Wow could stand to gain some publicity from this. And he plans to live tweet after the show. So he is gaining publicity from it.
- It was noted that Keyonnah didn't react strongly enough to meeting Dee, so it didn't look that real.
- Do people really lend others enough money to get to $10,000?
- So...one person was the talker and one was the texter? Dee and her cousin were that good at coordination?
- Bow Wow had a video ready to release as soon as the episode aired: Click here. In this message, Bow Wow thanks the Catfisher / Catfishee for the publicity and asks them to come on 106 and Park. Yeaaah.


Bruce Jenner and Kris Jenner Have Split Up!

Bruce Jenner and Kris Jenner have split up...if you believe EOnline, anyway.

The pair is reportedly living apart, and although separated, remain best friends and supporters of their family.

They released a statement letting us know that they are, in fact, living apart, and are happier that way. Which is a pretty classy way to say it, honestly, and surprising given the low level of class often displayed in the Kardashian / Jenner empire.

We wish them, and their family, all the best. That being said, with Bruce out of the way, does anyone else think Kris will try to land herself a dating show or something? I wouldn't be surprised to see a show called "Who Wants to Date Kris Jenner?"

Advertising campaign that inspired The Hangover

Most of you have seen the movie The Hangover and of course, the sequel, and you know that it has been inspired by Las Vegas. But more importantly, it has actually been inspired by the advertising campaign that was launched back in 2003, the advertising campaign that came out with the tagline "What Happens Here, Stays Here."

The campaign was supposed to launch with the ad "Mistress in Disguise" during Super Bowl in 2003, but it was banned by NFL. However, instead of just being banned and forgot about, the rejection gave the campaign millions worth of free media publicity and became known as the "ad that NFL doesn't want you to see."

It has now driven millions of new people to Sin City, inspiring number of parodies (including at least one by Saturday Night Live), an Usher song and of course the trilogy of Hangover movies and also the Cameron Diaz movie "What Happens in Vegas."

This year it's the campaign's 10 year anniversary and Las Vegas has come out with new commercials to celebrate it. The new commercials aren't a review of things that have been, but come with an original story that encourages visitors not to share the shenanigans of their friends with the world.
The new campaign starts with "History of Friendship" which is a story of two friends of whom one is a so said Vegas Enabler who is experiencing hysterical incidents throughout their friendship. The new campaign will be airing through May 2014.

Even though the campaign is not all about TV commercials and features a multitude of platforms, Sara Gorgon, an account supervisor at R&R Partners, says that "The heart of the campaign is the video." R&R Partners is the agency of record for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA).

You can check out the clips and other information at www.lasvegas.com.

Disclosure: This post was requested by an advertiser.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Is This The End For Toddlers and Tiaras?!?

First, France moved to ban child beauty pageants. Then, we found out that Toddlers and Tiaras is coming to an end. Is the kids' beauty pageant reign of terror over?

The show that brought us Honey Boo Boo, Eden Wood and a young girl dressed like the prostitute from Pretty Woman is ending its reign.

While TLC won't actually tell you that the show is over, it will tell you that it's not currently casting...which to those of us who understand how reality TV works, means that it's over.

I don't disagree with the network's decision to end Toddlers and Tiaras. I used to watch the show, but got pretty burnt out after the controversial Sterling family and the unfair parenting of Braxton and Alaska. And while the show used to be novel, now every episode is pretty much like watching a re-run of a previous one, while switching out the name of the pageant and the names of some of the kids.

I'm sure some people will miss the show, and some parents are cursing the network for not featuring their kids before the show's demise, but I think we can do a little bit better with whatever fills the show's TV spot...maybe something with a tiny bit of educational value, perhaps?

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Mindy Kaling is a Rockin' Role Model

Mindy Kaling rocks. The actress / writer / producer / comedian / star of The Mindy Project breaks through all the barriers - and with a birth year of 1979, she did it all when she was really young, too.

(And if you believe what Wikipedia has to say, she's named after Mork & Mindy!)

Anyway, Mindy Kaling is a great role model. Why because Mindy likes Mindy. If you watch The Mindy Project and have seen Kaling in other areas of life, she makes fun of herself - but in a confident way. It's not self deprecating, which is a trap so many of us fall into - it's done from a positive place. She's strong, she's tough, she's not afraid of her success, and she's happy to be who she is. She views herself as a role model, not just for young Indian girls, but in an all around sense.

And best of all, Mindy speaks out. Per Mindy via EOnline:

"I always get asked, ‘Where do you get your confidence?' I think people are well meaning, but it's pretty insulting," the Office vet admits. "Because what it means to me is, ‘You, Mindy Kaling, have all the trappings of a very marginalized person. You're not skinny, you're not white, you're a woman. Why on earth would you feel like you're worth anything?'"

Mindy's got a great point. We're told we have to fit a particular mold to be confident. We need to fit a particular appearance, have a certain amount of body fat, etc., and if we don't, we should lack confidence until we get there.

Per a Bustle article:

Famous women who aren't model-thin or beautiful by conventional Hollywood norms are given an extra third degree by the press, relentlessly questioned over "the reason" for of their confidence or "the development" of their self-worth. Women like Kaling and Lena Dunham, a fellow talented female who happens to be a few dress sizes bigger than most TV actors, get asked more frequently about their body weight than their accomplishments.
So, Mindy, you may have to explain yourself and why you can be awesome even outside of Hollywood's cookie cutter image, but you're making it so future people don't have to. And you acknowledge that as a public figure, you're a role model and should set a positive example. So, Mindy Kaling, you rock!