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When we think of diss records, our minds immediately jump to hip-hop, a world often predicated on competition, one-upmanship, and clever lyrical jabs. We could spend hours listing favorites, debating the best and the most scathing--Jay-Z's "The Takeover," Nas' "Ether," 2Pac's "Hit Em Up," Common's "The Bitch In Yoo," KRS-One's "The Bridge Is Over," to name but a paltry, famous few.
Today, however, our attention turns away from rap to other genres that don't typically get attention for their use of diss songs (or, as is the case with several songs in this list, "response" songs inspired by a particular happening or person that don't necessarily attack anything or anyone directly). Rock, soul, pop, and even drum n' bass can, of course, prove just as witty, cutting, and vicious as any rap diss, often introducing a level of cleverness and obscurity uncommon to style of song usually best served by directness.
Buckle up and enjoy some of the finest examples of non-rap diss songs done right.
Justin Timberlake - "Cry Me A River"
Disses: Britney Spears
"Cry Me A River" is infectious proof of the old adage "success is the best revenge." As the second single from Justin Timberlake's debut solo album, "Cry Me A River" climbed to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, #3 on the Billboard US Pop Chart, and #2 on the UK Singles Chart, topping his first single "Like I Love You" and ultimately landing the singer a Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.
Written and recorded after an argument with ex-girlfriend Britney Spears, Justin hopped in the studio with producer Timbaland and exorcized his relationship demons with a massive, cutting chorus, "You told me you loved me/Why did you leave me, all alone?" The video added further insult to injury, depicting Timberlake exacting revenge on a Spears doppelgänger.
Twisted Individual - "Bandwagon Blues"
Disses: Distorted Minds
In 2003, a particular brand of dancefloor-ready drum and bass was gaining prominence, and, subsequently, being reworked by different producers. Twisted Individual had logged numerous releases on DJ SS' Formation Recordings, establishing his unique style and humor (along with a knack for imaginative, crude song titles). A new duo on the scene, Distorted Minds, had one of their first massive hits, "T-10," on the now-legendary Breakbeat Kaos imprint, and the heavyweight banger definitely bore resemblance to Twisted's style, from the energy-fueled bassline to the sound of the drums.
Drum & Bass, and much of EDM itself isn't really built on "beef" or diss tracks, mind you, so when Twisted decided to mock this tune with a track entitled "Bandwagon Blues," even mimicking the "t-minus" countdown from "T-10" (ending with the nasty "oh fuck this"), it set the online dnb community into a tizzy. It was sharp, humorous, and left no question who the darts were aimed at.
Gwen Stefani - "Hollaback Girl"
Disses: Courtney Love
As she worked to complete her first solo album, Gwen Stefani found herself in the studio with super producer Pharrell, discussing what the album lacked--there was no "attitude song." In searching for inspiration, Stefani turned to a quote from Courtney Love she recalled reading: "Being famous is just like being in high school. But I'm not interested in being the cheerleader. I'm not interested in being Gwen Stefani. She's the cheerleader, and I'm out in the smoker shed."
Stefani responded in a 2005 interview with NME: "Y'know someone one time called me a cheerleader, negatively, and I've never been a cheerleader. So I was, like, 'OK, fuck you. You want me to be a cheerleader? Well, I will be one then. And I'll rule the whole world, just you watch me.'"
The sound of saying fuck you to Courtney Love and marching to rule the whole world? "Hollaback Girl," which climbed all the way to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and cemented Stefani (at least for a time) as marquee solo act.
The Beatles - "Helter Skelter"
Disses: The Who
"Helter Skelter" isn't an out and out attack on a particular artist, but rather a sly thumbing of the nose. In Fall of 1967, Paul McCartney read a review for The Who's "I Can See For Miles," which described the song as a wailing apocalyptic force coming to devour unsuspecting rock listeners.
When Paul actually heard the record, he recalls being unimpressed: "I thought 'that's a pity. I would like to do something like that.' Then I heard it and it was nothing like it. It was straight and sophisticated. So we did ['Helter Skelter']. I like noise."
The resultant record--a hellish, clarion-call of a rock record, prefiguring some of metal's maximalism and heavy tuned-down tendencies--responded to critical perception of The Who, a sweltering bout of oneupsmanship that announced in typically shrewd Beatles fashion: Anything you can do, we can do better.
Morrissey - "Margaret on the Guillotine"
Disses: Margaret Thatcher
Morrissey begins the lilting, melancholy "Margaret on the Guillotine" with some harsh words for British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher: "The kind people/Have a wonderful dream/Margaret on the Guillotine."As if the message wasn't already clear enough, the famously outspoken former Smith's frontman repeats the charming refrain "When will you die?" six times to close out the song's first verse.
"Margaret on the Guillotine" (the closing track from Morrissey's appropriately titled Viva Hate) is a diss far darker and more globally-minded than many other's in rock's canon, calling for the queen's head as it starts and ending abruptly with what sounds like the slamming shut of a prison door or, for the more morbidly inclined, the thwack of the guillotine.
Queen - "Death on Two Legs"
Disses: Norman Sheffield (Queen's ex-manager)
Hell might have no fury like a woman scorned, but the ire of a rock singer in peak form can come pretty close. After years of alleged mistreatment at the hands of former manager Norman Sheffield, Queen sharped their knives and aimed them squarely at Sheffield, never referencing him by name, but leaving little room for interpretation as to the band's feelings: "You suck my blood like a leech/You break the law and you preach/Screw my brain till it hurts/You've taken all my money--and you want more."
Upon the song's release, an indignant Sheffield attempted to sue Queen for defamation, reportedly settling out of court with EMI (the owners of the publishing rights) before the album's release.
Though Queen never apologized, lead singer Freddie Mercury did note in a 1977 interview with Circus Magazine, "It's so vindictive that Brian [May] felt bad singing it. I don't like to explain what I was thinking when I wrote a song. I think that's awful, just awful."
Paul McCartney - "Too Many People"
Disses: John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Shortly after the dissolution of the Beatles, Paul McCartney released two solo albums, McCartney and Ram. The latter, released in 1971, contained the charged "Too Many People," which chastised John Lennon for being a bit of an empty moralizer, claiming, "too many people preaching practices/don't let 'em tell you what you want to be" in response to John getting a bit preachy in the Beatles' waning days.
McCartney also mocks Lennon's decision to ostensibly choose Yoko Ono over his former band, with the refrain "you took your lucky break and broke it in two" suggesting that Lennon traded his shot at greatness in a singular, successful unit for the sake of romance and, secondarily, experimentation as a musical duo.
Though brief jabs, these lines (and "3 Legs" and "Dear Boy," other songs on Ram that Lennon perceived as slights) would awaken the ire of McCartney's former songwriting partner.
Alanis Morissette - "You Oughta Know"
Disses: Dave Coulier (Full House actor)
In the pantheon of scornful songs about exes, "You Oughta Know" reigns supreme, an absolutely blistering four minutes that introduced Alanis Morissette to the wider world as the voice of jilted, empowered women in the 1990s. Unflinching, unabashedly sexual, and anything but kind, "You Oughta Know" sunk its teeth into a former lover with anthemic abandon.
A litany of celebrities and semi-stars have been rumored to be the object of Morissette's rage: comedian Bob Saget, pro hockey player Mike Peluso, actor Matt Leblanc, and musician/producer Leslie Howe (who produced Morissette's first two albums). The man in question? Full House's Dave Coulier, a seemingly unlikely target, considering no one is writing diss songs about other Full House stars (off the hook, there, Saget!).
Though Morissette has enjoyed a lengthy career, "You Oughta Know" remains the incisive, unforgettable cornerstone of her catalog.
Carly Simon - "You're So Vain" Disses (Allegedly): Warren Beatty, Dan Armstrong, Jim Hart
Carly Simon's "You're So Vain" is one of the great musical send offs to an ex-lover, a blistering take down of an arrogant former flame and reflection on youthful naivete. To be sure, it nails someone, but the identity of that someone has been subject to debate.
Once believed to be Mick Jagger, that rumor was shot down on a number of occasions by Simon (whose denial is possibly corroborated by Jagger's presence on the track as a backup vocalist).
The three prime suspects for Simon's ire are actor and 70s sex symbol Warren Beatty, guitarist, guitar-maker, and former Simon paramour Dan Armstrong, and ex-husband Jim Hart. Each of the three fits into the "letter clues" Simon has revealed over the years, the name of the man in question contains the letters A, E, and R (Armstrong's full name is Daniel Armstrong).
Regardless of the song's subject, "You're So Vain" remains a classic indictment of naive young lovers (Simon)
Foo Fighters - "I'll Stick Around"
Disses: Courtney Love
In the wake of Kurt Cobain's suicide, widow Courtney Love and former bandmates Dave Grohl and Krist Novaselic engaged in a contentious, often highly personal battle for royalties and song rights--a feud that, particularly between Love and Grohl, has persisted with serious vigor well beyond its initial stages in the dark days after Nirvana's untimely dissolution.
Though Love has fired a number of shots at Grohl in the media, the former Nirvana drummer and current Foo Fighters lead singer used the Foo's debut album to rip Courtney with scathing salvo "I'll Stick Around."
With its shouted chorus, "I don't owe you anything," Grohl made two things abundantly clear: one, he wanted nothing to do with Love, and two, he didn't feel any stake in Nirvana should be hers. Having told Cobain about Love, the Foo Fighters singer both lamented his introduction and chastised Love, singing "I should have known, you were better off alone" and questioning the widow's entire image: "I'm the only one who sees your rehearsed insanity."
The Sex Pistols - "New York"
Disses: New York Dolls
The Sex Pistols' scathing "New York" wastes very little time in assaulting its target, the New York Dolls:
"An imitation from New York
You're made in Japan from cheese and chalk
You're hippy tarts hero
Cos you put on a bad show
Oh don't it show"
As punk's primary rabble rousers and a band that perceived themselves originators of the sound and attitude, the Pistols looked at the Dolls as, well, "just a pile of shit." Unlike some of the songs on this list, "New York" lobs a viciously unsubtle and often vulgar series of barbs and insults the Dolls, impeaching the band's sound, style, tour locations, and even their drugs of choice. In typical Pistols fashion, "New York" pulls no punches.
Woody Guthrie - "This Land Is Your Land"
Disses: Irving Berlin
As one of the most enduring songs from one of America's great songwriters, Woody Guthrie, "This Land Is Your Land" is one of the most covered celebrated entries in the American songbook. In its most widely known form--showcased on first published version of the song in 1944 and taught to countless schoolchildren across the states--it reads largely as a celebration of America, its land and its culture.
The original version, written in 1940, reveals a far different reality, containing two subsequently omitted verses about private property, poverty, and hunger.
The pointed political observations of the 1940 version (which you can hear below) came as a response to Irving Berlin's jingoistic "God Bless America," which Guthrie considered a foolish vision of the United States. Written out of frustration with having to hear "God Bless America" on the radio, Guthrie penned "This Land Is Your Land" (originally titled "God Blessed America"), striking back at Berlin's unwavering patriotism with a vision both critical and celebratory.
Marvin Gaye - Here, My Dear
Dissing: His wife & Motown
In the history of the music industry there have been some spectacular middle finger's raised to exes, ex-bandmates, public figures, and labels alike. Rarely do any of these so completely wish to spite their targets as Marvin Gaye's sprawling double album Here, My Dear, a brilliant assault.
As Gaye's popularity crested inn 1976, two years before the release of Here, My Dear, his wife Anna Gordy Gaye (whose name might ring familiar: she is the sister of Berry Gordy, Motown founder and Gaye's boss at the time) served him with papers for a divorce. Though he was experiencing tremendous popular success, Gay had squandered most of his earnings on a lavish lifestyle (which included his steadily worsening cocaine habit), making alimony and child support payments an impossibility. Gaye's attorney provided a solution: split royalties from Marvin's next album with his wife.
Gaye jumped into the studio intent on making a dull album that would tank commercially. Somewhere along the way, he decided to transform it into a dazzlingly acerbic meditation on his ex, the process of divorce, and a number of mature and occasionally puzzling topics (such as on the demonstrably titled "A Funky Space Reincarnation").
As Gaye had hoped, the album landed in stores and critics' minds with an absolute thud, accomplishing the dual goal of limiting his alimony payments and sending deeply personal shots at his ex-wife.
In the time since its release, Here, My Dear has seen tremendous reevaluation from critics who came to praise its inventive, raw songwriting, complex composition, and overall ambition.
Lynyrd Skynyrd - "Sweet Home Alabama"
Disses: Neil Young
As the almost undisputed crown jewel in Lynyrd Skynyrd's cultural legacy (someone's always gonna shout "Freebird," after all), "Sweet Home Alabama" has been performed, covered, and karaoke'd to death. It is one of rock radio's towering pillars, a song we'll likely never get rid of. Over saturation, however, doesn't prevent "Sweet Home Alabama" from packing one of music's greatest disses, a dismissal as bitter and succinct as anything rap has to offer (a kindred spirite to the end of Jay-Z's "The Takeover": "And to y'all other cats throwin shots at Jigga/y'all only get half a bar/fuck y'all n*ggas").
On 1973's "Southern Man" and "Alabama," legendary rocker Neil Young delivered critical indictments of the culture of the American South that perpetuated the racist sentiments historically harbored in the region.
A year later, Lynyrd Skynyrd fired back with what has come to be rather incorrectly interpreted as an anthem of unabashed Southern pride, aiming a four-bar arrowhead straight at Young for painting Southerners with too broad a brush:
"Well I heard mister Young sing about her
Well, I heard ole Neil put her down
Well, I hope Neil Young will remember
A Southern man don't need him around anyhow"
As Ronnie Van Zant sings the first line of the four at around 55 seconds, producer Al Kooper can be heard quietly singing "Southern Man," imitating Neil Young and adding another layer to the jab. Though the war of words between Young and Skynyrd ultimately packed no personal venom (the artists declared mutual respect for one another), "Sweet Home Alabama" contains one of music's great, plainspoken responses, a lasting reminder that Lynyrd Skynyrd was a bit cleverer than the drunk guy belting "Lord I'm coming home to you!" at the end of the bar would have you believe.
John Lennon - "How Do You Sleep?"
Dissing: Paul McCartney
After Paul took a swipe at John and Yoko on "Too Many People" 1971, the typically peaceful Lennon awoke his sharp tongue and acerbic wit for the absolutely searing "How Do You Sleep." In a charged, orchestral five and a half minutes, Lennon accuses McCartney of being a washed up cuckold surrounded by yes men, cleverly incorporating lyrics and titles of Beatles and McCartney songs to to mock his former bandmate's abilities.
The most damning words may come in the third and final verse:
"A pretty face may last a year or two
But pretty soon they'll see what you can do
The sound you make is muzak to my ears
You must have learned something in all those years"
What began with McCartney critiquing Lennon for being too preachy ended with Lennon damning McCartney's music as soft, empty trifle, disposable and soon to be forgotten, the final line suggesting John (and, by extension, the experience of working with the Beatles) as teacher and McCartney as student.
"How Do You Sleep" assaults McCartney as a man and artist, aggrandizing Lennon by comparison, a bout of incisive braggadocio as biting as any in the hallowed halls of diss songs.
The recording was reportedly so harsh--with certain more vulgar sections being edited out for the final cut--that Ringo Starr told Lennon, "That's enough, John," during a visit to a session.
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Universal Sues Pornographers Over ’50 Shades’ Use
Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, the kinky protagonists of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy, will soon be leaping off the page and into your local Cineplex.
Not surprisingly, the adventurous duo are also slated to make appearances, reportedly in three XXX films–the basis for a lawsuit claiming copyright infringement and false advertising, among other offenses.
The suit was filed on November 27 in U.S. District Court in Central California by Fifty Shades Ltd. and Universal City Studios, which owns movie rights to EL James’s best-selling trilogy (which also includes “Fifty shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed”). In the complaint, the plaintiffs maintain that Smash Pictures, of Chatsworth, Calif., along with two other adult filmmakers and three other men, are producing and distributing unauthorized adult films and sex toys based on the best-selling salacious books.
According to the complaint, the films take “wholesale the dialogue, characters, and storyline” from the three books, which were originally released as e-books and print-on-demand paperbacks in Australia in May 2011, September 2011, and January 2012. In April, 2012, they were later published in the US by Vintage books. The books have sold 40 million copies worldwide.“By lifting exact dialogue, characters, events, story, and style from the Fifty Shades trilogy, Smash Pictures ensured that the first XXX adaptation was, in fact, as close as possible to the original works,” the complaint alleges.
According to the suit, Smash Pictures states quite clearly on its web site and on the back cover of the DVD box that it is “based upon the best selling series of books that has swept the world,” putting “the kinky fantasies that you only imagined into vivid color.” The suit also quotes an interview in LA Weekly in which Smash Pictures vice president Stuart Wall says that the first film is “very true to the book and its S&M themed-romance” with the script written “to be as close to the series” as the director can get.
The suit is seeking an injunction blocking the defendants from using the Fifty Shades trademarks to advertise or sell any goods or services, and from publishing, distributing, advertising or selling the alleged unauthorized material. The plaintiffs also request the defendants deliver all existing copies of the film to them “for destruction.” Universal and Fifty Shades Ltd. also seek any profits the defendants earned from the film, along with suit costs, lawyer’s fees and interest.
Smash Pictures did not return telephone calls from ABC News. A representative for Universal declined to comment, as did their attorney.
The producers of A Many Splintered Things are calling for the generous donations of movie-goers who would like to see films that are more original than your generic, blockbuster Hollywood film.
Chris Evans signed on as the lead for the self-proclaimed “anti-romantic comedy” also starring Aubrey Plaza, Michelle Monaghan, Giovanni Ribisi, Anthony Mackie, Topher Grace, Luke Wilson and more.
The filmmakers of the A Many Splintered Thing have launched a donation campaign to raise $50,000 by next year January 26 in order to fund the film. Individuals can donate any amount from $5 all the way up to $10,000. Every donation comes with a perk depending on how much you donate.
Awards for donations accumulate the more you donate and production for the film has already gone underway.
Not sure why they need donations? Seems a very small amount to be short of when films tend to cost millions... even some indie films.
And so the third — and arguably the best — season of Boardwalk Empire comes to a close. Below creator Terence Winter talks to EW about Sunday’s full gangster-style shoot-em’-up closer, reveals which characters survived the bloodbath, and gives plenty of teasers about what to expect in season four.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: More than any previous episode, tonight’s finale really had that Roaring ’20s mob-movie feel.
TERENCE WINTER: As the series progresses, we’re entering that territory, feeling more familiar — like those Warner Bros. gangster movies that you think of when you think of the ’20s. It seems like every decade doesn’t begin when it begins. Like the ’60s, for example, didn’t [feel like it began] until the Beatles got here in ’63. The ’20s, as we recognize them, didn’t really start until 1924 and we’re right around there. We haven’t even heard the Charleston yet.
What did the finale accomplish for you?
It brought us full circle. The full rehabilitation of Nucky’s (Steve Buscemi) rehabilitation with his brother. It brought a conclusion, of sorts, to the Nucky and Margaret’s (Kelly Macdonald) relationship — by conclusion I mean there’s no kidding each other now about who each other is and what has transpired between them. It really brought home to Nucky what being a gangster is, how ugly it can get, and how he needs to change if he’s going to survive. Even on the boardwalk at the end, the old Nucky is glad-handing and shaking hands. He’s not that guy anymore. He has to become a new person.
Did you consider keeping Gyp Rosetti (Bobby Cannavale) around for season 4? He was definitely entertaining.
We did. It’s always difficult when you have a character you love and an actor you love portraying that character. The tendency is to want to go through some writer gymnastics to see if there’s any way he gets away and comes back, even if it goes against the story logic. It became apparent that Gyp was just this monster who had to die. Even if we kept him alive into season four, he’d have to die very shortly into the new season anyway. We figured it would be a much more powerful way to end the season to have him killed in the finale.
Can you say if Gillian Darmody (Gretchen Mol), whose character was last seen following a heroin overdose, is dead?
And are we to presume Eddie (Anthony Laciura) will recover too?
Turns out that kid was actually a pretty good surgeon. Even with that limited operating room, he did a great job.
Earlier this season, was I supposed to be laughing when Van Alden (Michael Shannon) had his spectacular freak out? Because I lost it.
I don’t think I laughed at anything more that we’ve done on the show. When I first got the final edit of that sequence, I probably watched it 10 times in a row. Seeing somebody explode with rage with that Three Stooges violence always makes me laugh. And frankly, they all had it coming. They completely underestimated this guy. The last thing he should be doing is working as a salesman, he’s the antithesis of a salesman, and to watch him go bananas was fun.
We also had a similar payoff, with a very different tone, by finally unleashing Richard Harrow (Jack Huston) in the finale.
Yeah, that had a season-long buildup. He hadn’t done anything like this since the first episode this year — he’s had a domestic story, a love story. But you knew it’s building and building.
More than previous seasons, this season felt like the mob-crime drama storylines were more frequently front and center. Was that a conscious choice?
They did come to the surface more, but it wasn’t a conscious choice. I didn’t sit down and say, “We need more gangster stuff this season.” The circumstances in Nucky’s life, in the post-Jimmy world, lend themselves to more gangster activity. He really did cross that line into full gangsterism by killing Jimmy, so more of his day would be taken up by gangster activity.
So now that Nucky is back on top, can we expect that gangster focus to continue into season 4?
Yes, more than likely.
The boardwalk is such a big part of the show, but that ending hints that Nucky might not feel comfortable on the boardwalk in season 4. Is that an accurate interpretation?
It’s still his kingdom and his empire, but I think he’s going to be a lot less visible and a lot more insulated.
What year does season 4 begin? Is there another time jump?
About mid-1924, so about a year later.
And what can we expect in that time period?
In 1924, we’re really into the booming economy, with a really young culture. It’s the year Capone (Stephen Graham) came into his own. [Meyer] Lansky (Anatol Yusef) and Lucky [Luciano] (Vincent Piazza) really became the gangsters we now know them to be. And in our fictional part of the show, Nucky will create his own gang.
Can you elaborate a bit about Capone?
It’s no historical secret that in 1924 he took over the town of Cicero, Il., and made it his base of operations. The question is how do our fictional characters interact in that world. Now former agent Van Alden is in between those guys, and that will play out in a big way.
If the presumed fifth or sixth season comes along and you’re told by HBO that it’s the last one, is your goal to conclude the story at the end of Prohibition?
Ideally, that would be a great end point — or the stock market crash might be another logical end point. Given the nature of what we do, you have to be prepared to wrap things up when it’s time to end. I hope I have enough advance notice to bring the story to a conclusion I’m really happy with and I’m confident that I will.
Do you have a final scene in your head?
Yeah. A vague one, yeah. But, of course, I can’t tell you.
Star Trek Into Darkness teaser poster revealed
And the trailer's due soon...
Star Trek Into Darkness has unveiled some brand new teaser artwork, which you can see right here.
It's been a bit quiet on the Into Darkness front of late, with news of a nine-minute prologue playing in front of The Hobbit the biggest revelation we've had in months.
It's a relief to see the new poster, which puts Benedict Cumberbatch's villain at the centre of some very iconically shaped destruction. There's more than a hint of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy to this one.
Check it out now:
The poster also kicks off the countdown to the first trailer, which is set to arrive imminently.
And any lucky folk who are catching The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in IMAX, will get to see that nine-minute preview on a ginormous screen.
Director J.J. Abrams has played his cards extremely close to his chest when it comes to the sequel to the 2009 prequel/reboot that completely re-invigorated the franchise.
Plot details are sparse, but we do know from the official synopsis that the Enterprise crew will face "a one man weapon of mass destruction" before being propelled into "an epic chess game of life and death".
Newcomers Cumberbatch, Alice Eve and Noel Clarke join returning cast members Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg and Karl Urban. Star Trek Into Darkness opens in the UK on 17 May 2013.
Not sure if I like darker and edgier Trek...but I'm going to be non-judgmental as possibleuntil there's at least a trailer. Remember, Abrams and CO. are god-mode trolls.
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That Kid Rock, he’s a pretty laid-back dude.
The Romney-supporting Rebel Soul musician ran into President Barack Obama at last night’s Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C., where he says the two were able to put their campaign differences behind them and have a good time together.
“It was nice,” Rock told CNN. “I saw the president tonight. He said, ‘I’m still here.’ I said, ‘No hard feelings.’”
Throughout the presidential race, Obama’s Republican rival Mitt Romney used Rock’ s “Born Free” as his campaign theme song, which Rock says he “felt great” about. But now he’s ready to move on.
“You cross your fingers, you try to move forward, you hope for the best,” he said. “You respect the office of the president of the United States, and the great thing is in four years, we get to choose again.”
Katt Williams was arrested on Sunday following a bar fight in Seattle ... during which he allegedly threatened people with a pool cue, this according to Seattle police.
According to police, Williams "brandished a pool cue at a bar manager and refused to leave the business" and later followed a family outside of the bar where he threw a cigarette at a woman as she got into her car, hitting her in the eye.
Police say Williams also threw a rock at the car.
Williams was booked into King County Jail at 6:42 PM PT for investigation of harassment, assault and obstructing police. He was released early Monday morning.
The incident is the latest in a string of bizarre behavior from Williams ... who last week was caught on video in Sacramento slapping a Target employee in the face.
8:46 AM PT -- Katt has been bailed out of jail ... thanks to Suge Knight who foot the bill.
A rep for Suge tells TMZ ... Williams was bailed out early this morning. The rep tells us Suge is Katt's tour manager.
"Baywatch" stud David Hasselhoff, who's best known for saving lives on '90s TV show "Baywatch," was back on the beach Monday with a very different look. Instead of donning his famous red trunks and lifeguard gear, the now 60-year-old Hoff donned a Santa suit and drove a sleigh full of Christmas gifts and decorations along the shore of Southport, England. Hasselhoff's red-and-white costume was traditional aside from the red shorts, which were similar to those he wore in his "Baywatch" days.
Though it was less than 30 degrees outside, Hasselhoff still gave a big smile as he posed for the festive pics. The photo shoot followed a survey of Britons by Nikon Coolpix that named Hasselhoff the celebrity with whom people would most like to have their photo taken with instead of Santa, according to the U.K.'s The Daily Mail.
Adam Richman, famous for eating large quantities of food on TV shows like Man v Food and Amazing Eats, is a Tottenham Hotspur fan (thanks, in part, to FIFA 98 and YouTube). As evidenced by the video above, the Brooklyn native has a deep love for the club, but has somehow never stopped at Spurs' London home, White Hart Lane, during his many travels.
The idea of watching someone take a stadium tour probably doesn't sound too enthralling, but any time you have the chance to see a person really, REALLY enjoy something, you can't pass it up. And Richman really enjoys this. It's like a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory moment for him as all the things he had only seen on television before become real.
The best part, however, is when he comes through a tunnel up in the stands and sees the pitch right in front of him for the first time (about 1:40 into the video). As tries to fight back tears, he says, "It's stupid -- I never thought I'd see it."
Whether you're a Spurs fan or not, it's a nice reminder of all the little things aside from the action itself that are a part of our love for the game.
OP'S NOTE: Idris Elba may be five years older but he's looking a decade better -- don't drink heavily and smoke, kids!
Michael was there to support Idris as he DJ'd and rapped at Bucks Townhouse, and enjoyed a night off! Shortly he'll be playing Magneto again in the new X-Men movie, alongside his older counterpart, Sir Ian McKellen.
Not only was he supporting Idris this weekend, he was spotted giving Ryan Gosling a shoulder massage not so long ago.
Meanwhile, Idris is working on a third series of Luther. We can't wait to see them back on our screens soon! BS
Hilary at Babies first class with Luca November 28th
Taking a stroll with Luca in LA November 28th
Leaving the Jonas Brothers Concert in Los Angeles November 27th
At the Four Seasons Hotel with Luca November 29th
At the market with Mike and Luca in Los Angeles December 1st
Christmas shopping in Beverly Hills December 2nd
Shopping at XIV Karats with Luca in Beverly Hills December 3rd
Throwback Thursday with Hilary * Haylie
Luca is so damn adorable and lol at background people taking pics of her.
LAS VEGAS - Meet Marc Bouwer, the man behind Shania Twain's fashion look.
In other words, her costumes in Twain's new Sin City show Shania: Still The One launching at The Colosseum on Saturday at Caesars Palace for a two year run. In fact, you may already know the fashion designer who previously created such iconic music video outfits as the form-fitting head-to-toe leopard print number with hood the Canadian-born singer wore for That Don't Impress Me Much and the sexy top hat and tails for Man! I Feel Like A Woman!, the latter which led to her getting a Revlon commercial.
Their relationship dates back 15 years when they were introduced a stylist at the VH1 Divas show and Twain wore some of Bouwer's designs. Following that, she approached him to design an eastern-inspired clingy gold dress, with hood and train, for her clip for From This Moment On and the rest is history.
"That video created such a sensation and she looked so incredibly beautiful in that, that everyone was like, 'Marc's got to be your style guru,'" said the South African-born, New York-based Bouwer standing near his famous creations now under glass with each accompanying video on display at the entrance way to The Colosseum. "It was immediate and from that moment on everything that she did regarding video and film and appearances we pretty much did."
But it's quite another thing to create eight or so costumes for a long running Las Vegas show, especially given the anticipation factor. Twain has been on stage for almost a decade. She also lost her voice in a condition known as dysphonia following a devastating divorce from husband-producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange, with whom she has an 11-year-old son Eja. She has since remarried the ex-husband of the woman, Twain's former best friend, who Lange left her for.
The 90-minute, hits-laden Still The One show, tells a very personal story of her life and career according to what little is known so far. "I didn't want it to be a typical Las Vegas extravaganza because that's not who she is," said Bouwer, who worked with Halston earlier in his career before becoming known as a master draper and developing his "athletic glamour" aesthetic.
"But obviously this (4,300-seat) arena is huge and it's a Vegas audience and you have to amp it up and we have. We have taken her most iconic looks and taken them to another level. And then there's some new things too which are really fantastic and fun. But they're all very polished and they're not the glitz for the sake of glitz. Each scene tells a specific story. There's definitely a lot of sparkle but it's in a very modern way." Adding to the pressure for Bouwer - who has been working with his team on the costumes for the last six months in New York - was Hurricane Sandy.
"We didn't get water damage, (our office is on the top floor), but we have three skylights, so we were petrified the stuff would get damaged so we wrapped it all up in plastic and we locked it in a room. And fortunately there was no damage there at all but we were two weeks without power and I was supposed to have done a lot of work then. So it was nightmarish. And we sat in the windows in the sunlight and sewed by hand for almost two weeks. I've never been so stressed out about anything because I knew that they were relying on me for the costumes. There was nobody else on board, it was me for her costumes. But we perservered."
Where in the world is Lindsay Lohan's money? Friends and family members are asking after it was revealed that the Internal Revenue Service has frozen the troubled actress's accounts for nonpayment of federal taxes.
"Ask Dina [Lohan]," dad Michael Lohan tells The Huffington Post, referring to Lindsay's mom. Michael wonders where the $150,000 his daughter received for promoting an energy drink, along with the $1 million she earned from Playboy and the money she made from her recent Lifetime movie, all went.
Lindsay reportedly owes the IRS $234,000 in unpaid taxes from 2009 and 2010. She may also owe money for 2011.
"Her finances are in a mess," one insider tells me. "She lives very large, staying at the best hotels and traveling first-class. All the money she earns she spends, and then when it comes to taxes, she has nothing left. Right now, she is desperate to find a paying gig to just get this burden off her back."
Charlie Sheen recently gave Lindsay $100,000 to help pay off her debt, but friends say that was a one-off payment and she should not look for another handout from Charlie anytime soon.
It's not quite over for Bill and Brooke when we will see some more hot steamy kisses between these two. But not to worry Brad is not going down that road because a new man will come into Brooke's life which will lead into a new storyline for Brooke involving a medical twist.
Thomas's ego starts to get blown out of proportion until a new girl comes to town, hot and very sexy and he falls head over heels for her. Unfortunately for Thomas she could care less about him and has her sights set on someone else, and that someone else is all ready taken.
Ridge will be coming to town mid December and there's still no decision yet on whether or not we will see Tridge back together again.
Pam and Donna start going head to head for the chance at being the new Mrs. Eric Forrester, but someone from Eric's past may give them a run for their money.
There is a new character coming to town called Tyler, who is related to Leslie and may be a threat to Lily and Cane's relationship. He is reported to be a very confident guy, and very street smart. I hear he has been compared to Shemar Moore. His first airdate is 12/12.
Then we have Alex Chavez the new cop coming to town played by Ignacio Serricchio (ex-Diego on GH) who will be investigating a situation that involves Noah. Now the question is who else will be coming and who will be leaving?
Nikki and Chelsea have a chance meeting and talk about their similarities. When the talk turns to the fire on the ranch Nikki mentions she can't understand how someone can do that and destroy everything near and dear to her. Will Chelsea tell Nikki in a round about way that it was Sharon? Or will Nikki figure it out on her own? Ether way Nikki confronts Sharon and it's not gonna be pretty!
Nick grows suspicious of Summer's actions and confronts Summer knowing she hasn't been going to school.
Kristen and Brady give in to their attraction and make love and Marlena, thinking that John is in the hotel room with Kristen, walks in on Kristen and Brady in bed.
Will agrees to go along with Nick and Gabi's plan to wed and let everyone think the baby is Nick's. Gabi fears that Sonny will drop Will if he learns the truth. But Sonny has other concerns regarding Gabi when Chad shares Gabi's part in Melanie's kidnapping. Chad goes on to tell Kristen that he is planning his revenge against her.
Nicole finally starts to realize that Daniel is not going to be a part of her life.
Jennifer is concerned about Daniel and goes to see him at the Horton cabin, where she collapses in pain and is rushed to the hospital.
Now why would Days need their stunt coordinator, Terry James, on the set for Nick and Gabi's wedding?
Helena Cassadine is back and not a moment too soon when she reveals she knows the real Duke's whereabouts Will Port Charles ever be the same. Helena returns to Wyndemere thinking Nikolas has invited her, but comes across someone else. Helena has worked with Faison in the past so it should come as no surprise that she finds out about his latest plot, now the question is will she work along side of Faison or against him?
Where has John been these days? Looking for Jason possibly? Anna asks John to join the PCPD and of course he agrees. Robert asks John for help as well as Dante when he informs them what he has found out. Look for Robert's investigation to lead him to an old enemy. Now the question is, will Robert regret his actions?
Molly's manuscript goes missing and the poor child is beside herself. If you remember Connie was reading the book in Todd's office. Connie does the unthinkable, well not for Connie of course but she takes full credit for writing the book.
Those rumors of Jack Wagner coming to GH may have been just that, Wagner was at ABC Studios filming a new "Castle" episode. But interestingly when Robert made a phone call to someone he needed help from Frisco comes to mind.
What if Heather was still legally married to Edward and ELQ was her for the taking?
Metallica is launching its very own record label, Blackened Recordings, and has regained control of all its master tapes. The band apparently signed a sweetheart of a deal with the Warner Music Group back in 1994 wherein—effective Nov. 30, 2012—the group would own the rights to all its music and long-form videos. While that sounds totally reasonable (Why shouldn’t bands own their own songs, after all?), the vast majority of artists don't enjoy this privilege, making Metallica one of the luckiest groups around.
And because the band can’t just let WMG keep making money off their music, Metallica will eventually reissue all its recorded material—including videos “and anything else that suits them”—through Blackened. The first release will be Dec. 10’s Quebec Magnetic, a DVD of the band’s two World Magnetic live shows in Quebec in the fall of 2009, with a set list voted on by fans earlier this fall.
The famous duo treated fans to a steamy kiss.
The buxom blonde stepped out with her decades older husband to attend Muay Thai in America: In Honor of the King in Los Angeles on Saturday where her flashy attire literally stole the spotlight.
Courtney looked older than her 18 years in a form-fitting metallic gold gown that showed off her ample cleavage and left little else to the imagination; it was so artificial looking it almost worked as a space-age metallic Barbarella tribute but Stodden's tacky bra straps ruined the effect.
The shining dress had a slit going up the side that showed off her amazing long legs and those high caliber clear platform heels.
Courtney definitely loves the shoes - she also wore them to the Jayden-Suede event at SIX01 Studio in Downtown Los Angeles on November 11.
It was a good thing she had the arm of her 52-year-old husband to cling to as she tottered around the more recent event which took place at Raleigh Studios.
The platinum-haired starlet, who obviously borrowed her bombshell image from ultimate babe Pamela Anderson, wore crimson lipstick and a white fur stole that she couldn't help but caress.
Courtney seemed to have a wonderful time making a spectacle of herself, taking advantage of every photo op while displaying lots of public affection with Doug who was more casually dressed in dark suit and burgundy shirt.
At one point Courtney hopped onto a bed lavishly made up with dark red and gold coverlet and pillows and dragged Doug on it with her, preening all the while.
The teen was also seen lounging on a sofa flashing those long bare limbs in view of everyone.
Courtney later took to Twitter to share her experience, writing, 'Had a blast at the King of Thailand's 85th bday party here in Hollywood -- Happy birthday!! Xoxoxo.'
The aspiring country singer and actress, who grew up in Washington, met the Green Mile actor in an acting class he was teaching and was only 16 when they wed in Las Vegas, Nevada in May 2011.
The couple, who appeared as cast members on VH1's Couple's Theraphy, drew criticism due to the wide difference in their ages.
According to Hutchison his agent quit, his family disowned him and he received death threats.
She's clearly a star that's nabbed a lot of attention as of late and on Monday (December 3), Taylor Swift was honored with a Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award in New York City.
Stepping into the Marriott Marquis Hotel, the 22-year-old singer looked lovely in a classic knee length cream-colored dress with gold overlay while receiving recognition for her dedication to social change.
Others stars in attendance included Master of Ceremonies Alec Baldwin, Melanie Griffith, Antonio Banderas, Matthew Broderick, Mia Farrow, and Harry Belafonte.
ARRIVING AT HER HOTEL IN NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
Taylor with Harry Styles and fans last night outside a restaurant. Also apparently Taylor was seen walking into Harry's hotel today.
She performed Starlight at the event which was inspired by Robert and Ethel Kennedy.
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WTF @ Blair
Jon Bon Jovi breaks his silence following the November 14 heroin overdose that hospitalized his daughter Stephanie, 19, last month.
The legendary rocker, 50, says he’s “confident” his daughter will be okay, telling the Associated Press, “You surround them with the best help and love and move on, and that’s where we’re at with it.”
The incident occurred in Stephanie’s Hamilton College dorm room in Clinton, N.Y.
“It’s human,” Bon Jovi, 50. “What I do for a living seems glitzy and glamorous but if you don’t take it too seriously it’s a great way to make a living. And then life goes on. Things happen. This tragedy was something that I had to face too. So we’ll get through it.”
“I appreciate the outpouring of kindness in light of what happened in my household,” the father-of-four says. “I’m shocked as much as the next parent with this situation and had no idea.”
And it sounds like they’re all looking forward to a brighter future.
“But then you surround them with best help and love and move on, and that’s where we’re at with it,” he shares. “Steph is a great kid. Great GPA. Cool school, Hamilton College up in Clinton, N.Y. Everything about it is idyllic. She was doing great. Then a sudden and steep decline. Hopefully, we caught it when we did and that’s the end of it. But who knew? I’ve got three more to come.”
Jon and Dorothea are also parents to sons Jesse, 17, Jacob, 10, and Romeo, 8.