Monthly Archives: November 2011
Scarlett Johansson has a knack for reviving old musical favorites, and her latest project is a holiday duet with Dean Martin.
The actress lends her voice to “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” which appears on the late Rat Pack singer’s new compilation My Kind of Christmas.
“Growing up in New York City, Christmas was never Christmas without Dino,” says Johansson in a press release. “Recording in the studio with Mr. Martin in my headphones felt as though he were standing right next to me, crooning with that mischievous gleam in his eye.”
She continues, “When I was asked to sing on this album, it was literally a childhood dream come true.”
Listen to the track below! Tell us what you think?
Miley Cyrus took to Twitter on Monday to thank Kelly Osbourne for clearing the air after a leaked video from her 19th birthday bash showed the singer jokingly calling herself a “stoner”, and saying she smokes “too much f***in’ weed.”
When blogs started to report that Cyrus openly admitted to being a “pothead,” Osbourne rushed to defend her friend by tweeting, “let me make something very clear after @MileyCyrus salvia incident we started calling her bob miley as a JOKE!… it makes me sick that @MileyCyrus so called ‘friends’ would sell her out and lead people 2 believe she is someone that she is not!”
While it’s not clear who leaked the video, some angry fans are apparently targeting Cyrus’ friends on Twitter.
Cyrus tried to put a stop to the hate today, tweeting, “Please stop bombarding my friends twitter pages with rude comments. NOTHING gives you the right to threaten people.”
She added, “I love u @MissKellyO :)”
Last year, Osbourne also stuck up for Cyrus when a tabloid ran a story that alleged she was a “bad influence” on the “Fashion Police” host.
A misunderstanding led to a Twitter war between Cher and Nicki Minaj fans.
It all started when one of Cher’s fans alerted her to a perceived insult in the lyrics to Minaj’s song “Did It On ‘Em.”
The line goes, “If you could turn back time, Cher/ You used to be here but now you gone, Nair.”
“@cher did you know that bitch @NICKIMINAJ dissed you in her song DID IT ON EM,” asked one angered fan of the Oscar winning musician-actress.
Cher retweeted the question with the comment, “Ive seen lots of people come & go! No biggie!”
Minaj’s online army, led by her friend and associate Scaff Beezy, then flooded Cher with outrage.
Beezy tweeted, “yo @cher listen to the words b4 you say dumb sh*t on twitter… do you know what a rap metaphor is??? TM is a cult you dont want it with!!”
Having realized that Minaj meant no ill with her lyrics, Cher quickly apologized and deleted her tweet, writing, “U R right! Someone said I was dissed..I’ve been dissed b4, but instead of finding out… I just got defensive! I should know better! Dumb.”
But her self-deprecatory mea culpa didn’t placate irate Minaj fans, including Beezy, who continued to slam Cher.
Eventually, Cher wrote, “Gimme a fkn break! Said i was dumb!”
Minaj, for her part, mostly stayed out of the fray, only tweeting, “@Cher #stopit5.”
Explains the native New Yorker (real name: Stefani Germanotta): “That’s a bit more difficult than a box of Milk Tray and Tesco flowers.”
Among the pop star’s other requirements: “Talent and perseverance and pushing the boundaries of love and acceptance.”
Ironically, the singer’s latest love, Vampire Diaries star Taylor Kinney, 30, didn’t attend Harvard. He studied studied business management at West Virginia University before deciding to become an actor.
The couple met on the set of Gaga’s “You and I” video in July and have been dating ever since. “Gaga can’t be too committed because she works 24/7,” an insider recently warned Us Weekly. “But she think’s he’s super cute!”
The tweet goes on!
On Thanksgiving, Moore took to the microblogging site — for the first time since the day she announced her split — to share a thoughtful tweet. “Why do we only have one day for giving thanks?” she asked. “Is that why so many people feel unappreciated? Make this 1 of 365 days of Thanksgiving!”
In a poll conducted earlier this month, 60 percent of voters suggested that Moore change her Twitter handle to “JustDemi,” while 30 percent liked “MsMoore,” 7 percent liked “SoOverAshton” and 3 percent recommended “GhostGirl.”
Kutcher, 33, broke his Twitter silence on Thanksgiving as well. “I’m thankful for family, friends, you and time to reach my potential,” the Two and a Half Men star wrote. “What are you thankful for?”
Although Moore was ready to return to the internet post-split, she wasn’t ready to step back into the spotlight just yet. On Saturday, she was noticeably absent at daughter Tallulah Willis’ society debut in Paris. The 17-year-old was introduced at Le ball des Debutantes, and her father Bruce Willis, 56, and sisters Rumer, 23, and Scout, 20, were in attendance.
Christian Bale has hung up his iconic Batman cape for good.
The actor has played Bruce Wayne and his superhero alter ego in all three films in Christopher Nolan‘s trilogy — the last of which, The Dark Knight Rises, recently wrapped shooting for a July 20 release.
“I wrapped a few days ago so that will be the last time I’m taking that cowl off,” Bale said in an interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer. “I believe the whole production wrapped yesterday, so it’s all done. Everything’s finished. It’s me and Chris – that will be the end of that Batman era.”
The Academy Award winning actor has played Bruce Wayne and his superhero alter-ego since 2005’s Batman Begins, which has earned more than $372 million worldwide. With its 2008 sequel, The Dark Knight, Warner Bros. pulled in more than $1 billion at the box office.
The Dark Knight rises features a few familiar faces — Michael Caine, Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman — as well as newcomers Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Bale sang the praises of each of his co-stars, but credits Hathaway with tackling the film’s toughest job.
“When Chris watched the screen test, he agreed that Anne did a wonderful job.
In many ways, she has the hardest job,” he said. “There are a number of people who feel that the Catwoman role has been defined previously. So, I always saw Anne’s role as being the toughest job of any of us.”
The Dark Knight Rises is slated for a July 20, 2012 release and is being made with a budget of $250 million — the highest of all three films.
If the acting thing ever falls to the wayside, maybe Angelina Jolie will reconsider a former goal: Becoming a funeral director.
The 36-year-old Oscar winner told CBS’ “60 Minutes” last Sunday that she had a plan in place if she couldn’t find her way in Hollywood.
“It sounds like this very strange, eccentric, dark thing to do but in fact I lost my grandfather and was very upset with the funeral,” she said in the interview. “This whole idea of how somebody passes and how family deals with this passing and what death is should be addressed in a different way. If this whole acting thing didn’t work out, that was going to be my path.”
But Jolie did find herself on a darker path, personally. Before she became known as Hollywood’s globe-trotting, Oscar-winning mom of six, it was her wild side that drew attention (blood vials and Billy Bob Thornton, anyone?).
The star says that’s now all in the past…unless her partner Brad Pitt‘s around.
“I went through heavier, darker times and I survived them. I didn’t die young. So I am very lucky,” she reveals. “There are other artists and people that didn’t survive certain things…people can imagine that I did the most dangerous, and I did the worst,” says Jolie. “For many reasons, I shouldn’t be here.”
These days, the actress is more likely to be found toting around tots – or stepping behind the camera for directorial work, as she did with December’s “In the Land of Blood and Honey” – than engaging her wild side.
But there’s still one person who gets to see it.
“I’m still a bad girl,” Jolie admits. “It’s just in its place now. It belongs to Brad. Or it belongs to our adventures.
Guy Ritchie and Madonna weren’t exactly on the best terms when their eight-year marriage ended in 2008 — but that’s all water under the bridge now.
“I enjoyed my first marriage. It’s definitely not something I regret. The experience was ultimately very positive,” Ritchie, 43, tells the December/January issue of Details. “I love the kids that came out of it, and I could see no other route to take.”
“But you move on, don’t you?” the Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows director adds. “You’re right, I stepped into a soap opera, and I lived in it for quite a long period of my life. I’ll probably be more eloquent on it 10 years from now.”
Ritchie — who has one biological child with Madonna, son Rocco, 11 — adds that “when you end up with a lot of the things you set out to chase and find that you’ve stumbled into all sorts of hollow victories, then you become deeply philosophical.”
“I’m quite happy that that experience was accelerated for me,” he explains. “I’m glad I made money, in other words. And I’m glad I got married.”
The British filmmaker also welcomed a baby boy with girlfriend Jacqui Ainsley in September 2011, though Ritchie says he’s not big on sharing parenting tips.
“I’m f-cking glad no one gave me too much advice. You’ve got to work it out for yourself,” he tells Details. “And I am anti people putting so much pressure on kids and robbing their childhood by giving them so much homework. I think if kids want to arse around, then they should.”
This year’s Soul Train Awards, taped in Atlanta on November 17, didn’t hold back with their tribute to late rapper Heavy D, who died on November 8 at the age of 44.
The ceremony, which aired on BET Sunday, showed a boisterous tribute that included the likes of Naughty by Nature, Doug E. Fresh, Kurtis Blow, Big Daddy Kane, and Goodie Mob. (Watch the clip at RapRadar.com.)
After rocking the crowd with a medley of Heavy D‘s greatest, the performers chanted along with the crowd, “We got nothin’ but love for you, Heavy.” The awards show also played a retrospective of Heav’s own Soul Train win in 1991, when he was part of Heavy D & the Boyz.
Kelly Osbourne threw the ultimate birthday bash for her celeb BFF Miley Cyrus on Tuesday.
A source tells reporters that Osbourne rented out Beacher’s Madhouse inside the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel to help the 19-year-old celebrate her special day.
“Her mom Tish went, and so did her boyfriend Liam [Hemsworth],” the source says of Cyrus. “The group was up until 3 a.m. just dancing up a storm and having fun.”
Cyrus seemed quite impressed with Osbourne’s planning skills, calling it “the best party ever” on Twitter. “Let’s just say there was a unicorn in the lobby!” (An onlooker tells E! News there was a horse with a horn attached to its head inside the soiree.)
Prior to Tuesday’s birthday blowout, Osbourne teased that it was “going to be the sickout thing [Miley has] ever seen in her life.”
“That was my mission for her, to make her birthday…the best day ever.”
Osbourne and Cyrus first became friends while shooting the comedy So Undercover. The film has yet to be released.