Monthly Archives: December 2011
According to a BabyNames.com poll, Alicia Silverstone’s little boy is among the celebrity babies saddled with the worst names in Hollywood.
The L.A. Times reports that the poll, based on votes from 10,000 users, ranks Silverstone’s choice as the worst boy’s name of 2011. Her tot’s wacky moniker? Bear Blu Jarecki.
Alicia has said that her mother-in-law is behind the non-traditional name. “She suggested Bear or Blu,” the actress told Us Magazine. “I loved them both.”
But Silverstone wasn’t alone with her worst name award. Mariah Carey’s twins with husband Nick Cannon landed on both the best and worst names lists – her son Moroccan Scott tied Bear Blu for worst boy’s name.
Moroccan may have gotten worst boy’s name, but Mariah’s daughter Monroe made the list of best baby names. Monroe was named for Marilyn, naturally.
The worst girl’s name, by the way, went to Zuzu Audrey Peterson, daughter of former “Top Chef Just Desserts” contestant Tania Peterson.
Other parents who didn’t choose well include Kevin James, who named his son Kannon with a “K,” and Bryan Adams, who dubbed his daughter Mirabella Bunny.
As evidenced by the surging popularity of names like Mason and Isabella, Hollywood definitely has an influence on what parents name their new arrivals.
Would you choose any of the names from this year’s list?
Lady Gaga has been inescapable for 2011, so it makes sense that she’ll also be on hand to help us draw this year to a close.
The New Yorker will be back in town on New Year’s Eve as Mayor Bloomberg’s special guest, a spokesperson for the mayor tells CNN.
Although he’s never met the “Born This Way” singer, Bloomberg said at a press conference Wednesday that he’s seen Gaga in action and found her to be “a great entertainer,” the New York Daily News reports.
Gaga is expected to perform, but she’s also been tasked with another duty: Pushing the button to signal the ball drop in Times Square at 11:59 p.m. ET.
“I saw her once perform at the museum, the Metropolitan Museum, ” Bloomberg said. “I do not know her personally, and I’m looking forward to it.”
Is the California Gurl on her way to becoming a single one as well?
The rumor mill has been working in overdrive with speculation that things aren’t going as smoothly between Katy Perry and Russell Brand as we’ve been led to believe.
A source confirms to E! News that Katy and Russell have been having “problems” and that they’ve been spending “a lot of time apart,” including Christmas.
Sure enough, the “Teenage Dream” singer was spotted swimming sans her hubby in Hawaii over the holiday weekend while Russell was reportedly in England.
Our source adds that things began getting tense between the two in early December and that Katy has been “a mess” about it at times.
Here’s hoping the new year will be a better one for the entertaining couple.
“Avatar” and “Fast Five” don’t share similar accolades, but there’s one award both films hold, and that’s being among the most pirated movies.
“Avatar” took the top spot on TorrentFreak’s 2010 list of most heavily shared films, and this year “Fast Five” laid claim to the title.
According to the site, the film, which grossed $626 million worldwide, was downloaded 9.26 million times via BitTorrent. (“Avatar,” meanwhile, was shared 16 million times in 2010.)
Coming in second place is the summer blockbuster comedy “The Hangover: Part II,” which was downloaded 8.84 million times. “Thor” rounds out the top three, having been downloaded 8.3 million times.
The remainder of the top 10 includes “Source Code” (No. 4); “I Am Number Four” (No. 5); “Sucker Punch” (No. 6); “127 Hours” (No. 7); “Rango” (No. 8); “The King’s Speech” (No. 9); “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Pt. II” (No. 10).
A Pennsylvania man claims he’s the reason the Interwebs thought Jon Bon Jovi had died last week.
As Entertainment Weekly reports, musician Jeffrey Goho says in an interview with New Jersey’s Asbury Park Press that it was a tweet he sent from his friend’s account that launched the widespread Web concern that Bon Jovi had passed on.
(The interview doesn’t mention the blog item, which appears to have since been removed, that asserted details for the purported death of the 49-year-old rocker.)
Goho says he started the rumor because he was frustrated that Bon Jovi didn’t seem to be focusing his time on music.
“All I heard was ‘Bon Jovi this,’ ‘Bon Jovi’s starting a restaurant.’ What was the latest one? The Advil commercial? It was like, ‘Jeez, [Bon Jovi] was a household name due to music, not business,” Goho tells the Asbury Park Press.
Goho is in a band himself, and he says that he got so worked up during a conversation with fellow band members about the state of the music industry, he says, “I just kind of took the liberty and started [the rumor], because I was so irritated.”
The rumor spread widely on December 19, and Bon Jovi ended up providing photographic evidence that he was alive and well, joking with a handwritten sign that “Heaven looks a lot like New Jersey.”
“Ultimately,” Goho says, “I realized that his endeavors, his business endeavors, have actually made the tri-state area prosper, hence more musicians having more available places to go, more people to play to, and I was quite wrong.”
It seems he’s also experiencing some backlash from those who say he was seeking attention for his own band.
“It wasn’t initially the case. Now, I’m not going to lie, either, I’ve also gotten some fans out of this,” Goho says. “None of this was expected, so I’m not going to sit here and complain about it…but it wasn’t my initial intention. I never really thought it would get out of the state of Pennsylvania.”
Lady Gaga tops DoSomething.org’s list of the Top 20 Celebs Gone Good for the second year in a row, according to the site.
The list, compiled by the volunteer organization, ranks celebrities according to their charitable work and donations.
The “Born This Way” singer held on to her No. 1 spot thanks to her anti-bullying efforts, like her Born This Way Foundation. Gaga is followed by fellow pop star Justin Bieber.
Bieber, who sat at No. 10 on last year’s list, nabs second place in 2011. He launched the Believe Charity Drive, benefiting music education and children’s cancer, and also encouraged fans to participate in Pencils of Promise, which raises money for new schools.
George Clooney comes in third place, followed by Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Will and Jada also aren’t the only power couple who give back. Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore (despite splitting up in November) and Brangelina also made the list.
(Flying solo, Nick Cannon makes the list without wife Mariah Carey.)
For the full list, visit DoSomething.org.
Van Halen is going back out on the road with a familiar face.
The band has announced that they’re touring in 2012, with frontman David Lee Roth, guitarist Eddie Van Halen, drummer Alex Van Halen and bassist Wolfgang Van Halen along for the ride.
According to Entertainment Weekly, they were all last on the road in 2007, which was the first time Van Halen was back together with Roth since a brief reunion in 1996.
Tickets will go on sale starting January 10, although specific dates have yet to be released.
On top of the tour, the band is also getting ready to rock on a new album, Van Halen‘s first with Roth in about 28 years. The group’s last collaboration, “1984,” which was released on the last day of 1983, included hits like “Jump,” “Panama” and “Hot for Teacher.”
Adele and Bruno and Britney, oh my.
DJ Earworm fuses 2011’s most popular pop tunes in his annual year-end mashup, “United State of Pop 2011 (World Go Boom).”
The mashup was inspired by “songs of regret and anger, pride and perseverance, and lots of fire,” Earworm, whose real name is Jordan Roseman, writes on his website.
Earworm said he consulted the year’s weekly charts to ensure “late-breaking hits” – such as Rihanna’s “We Found Love” and LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It” – were included in the mashup this year.
Some other artists include Nicki Minaj, Foster the People, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Pitbull.
Watch the video below:
‘Tis the season to hear about plenty of couples getting engaged, and Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves are among them.
The 42-year-old actor popped the question to girlfriend Camila on Sunday, and then revealed the happy news on his WhoSay account.
“Just asked Camila to marry me, merry Christmas” he posted, along with a photo of the couple sharing a kiss.
The actor and Alves, 29, have two children together, and McConaughey hasn’t been shy about declaring his adoration for the Brazilian model and television personality. He told Esquire magazine in its April issue, “I found the woman…I wanna make a family with, hopefully live our life out together.”
Sunday looks to be a very Merry Christmas indeed for fans of Lady Gaga, as the 25-year-old artist has said she’ll release a new “Born This Way” track.
Gaga tweeted Thursday, “been racking my brain on what to get Little Monsters for Christmas!! I finally figured it out!! On Christmas Day I will leak to you an unreleased Song off Born This Way!”
And better yet, this will be “uncensored,” she promises. “It was recorded live, in one take, on the tour bus.”
In the meantime, Gaga’s riding a critical recognition high: In addition to being up for an album of the year Grammy for “Born This Way,” her duet with Elton John is on the short list for a best original song Oscar nomination.
“Just heard my duet ‘Hello, Hello’ with Elton is up for nomination at the Oscars! Gnomeo & Juliet is such a beautiful film,” Gaga tweeted. “I’m so happy!!”