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1. "Jockey would like to offer our support for Jon Hamm in the form of a lifetime supply of Jockey underwear," a rep for the company says in a statement to E! News.
2. Jon Hamm: "They’re literally pointing at pictures of my penis in my pants–and underwear, by the way. I wear underwear every day of my life. I’ve never not worn underwear.”
3. Jon Hamm Is Being Treated Like an Actress, and He Hates It.
1. Jon Hamm Crotch Brouhaha: Jockey Offers Free Underwear to Mad Men Star
Jon Hamm is getting quite the, um, support, amid all the needling fixation on his family jewels.
Undies staple Jockey has made the Mad Men star a rather generous proposition after unsubstantiated reports surfaced that the actor had supposedly been asked to put on some skivvies after purportedly going commando while wearing the show's body-skimming '60s-era outfits.
And the underwear company wants to make sure that the 42-year-old actor will be amply covered for a long time to come.
Jon Hamm on the pop-culture obsession with his crotch: "They're called 'privates' for a reason"
"Jockey would like to offer our support for Jon Hamm in the form of a lifetime supply of Jockey underwear," a rep for the company says in a statement to E! News.
Hamm, for his part, has been anything but amused by the constant chatter over his junk: In the latest issue of Rolling Stone, the star cops to being peeved by the invasive scrutiny.
"Most of it's tongue-in-cheek, but it is a little rude," he said, adding, "They're called 'privates' for a reason. I'm wearing pants, for f--k's sake. Lay off."
In other words, peeps: Deep-six all that willy-nilly obsession with Mr. Hamm's willy.
2. Jon Hamm: “I wear underwear every day of my life”
The "Mad Men" actor speaks out against the Internet meme inspired by his anatomy
On Wednesday’s Nerdist podcast, “You Made it Weird with Pete Holmes,” during which Holmes gets actors to share their “secret weirdness,” “Mad Men” actor Jon Hamm addressed his not-so-secret weirdness: his “Internet Penis Sensation,” as Holmes put it.
Of the attention that the press has given Hamm’s unusually large genitalia, Hamm said:
“I have friends with five year old boys who don’t pay as much attention to their penises as much as the Internet has all of a sudden decided to pay to mine. And it’s juvenile and it’s ridiculous, but it’s the perfect storm of prurience and titillation and page-clicks and this that and the other.”
But Hamm squashed rumors that he routinely goes commando, saying, ”And it’s not like I’m running around with my dick out. They’re literally pointing at pictures of my penis in my pants–and underwear, by the way. I wear underwear every day of my life. I’ve never not worn underwear.”
And lo, Jon Hamm’s penis just got another headline.
3. Jon Hamm Is Being Treated Like an Actress, and He Hates It.
Jon Hamm has a great job playing repressed advertising executive Don Draper on Mad Men, what appears to be a terrific long-standing life partnership with actress and director Jennifer Westfeldt, and a great deal of critical respect for his work. He’s also got a large … problem. Just as actresses have been plagued by paparazzi shots up their skirts and with flashes that can, at times, expose their nipples, Hamm's become perturbed by the proliferation of photos of and gossip about his penis, whether he's caught at an unflattering angle on the street or asked to wear underwear on the Mad Men set so he's not exposed by tighter-fitting suits.
"They're called privates for a reason. I'm wearing pants, for fuck's sake," he grumbled to Rolling Stone. "When people feel the freedom to create Tumblr accounts about my cock, I feel like that wasn't part of the deal."
For an earlier generation of actors, it wouldn't have been. But for actresses, having your anatomy scrutinized has long been part of the celebrity, er, package. The questions that Hamm faces, from whether he should just invest in some Calvins to whether he should be flattered by the attention, are ones actresses have fielded forever. It's a framing that acts as if the problem were the kind of underwear starlets and their stylists were picking out, rather than the photographers who zoom telephoto lenses in on their crotches. It says that if people get a glimpse of your body once, they're entitled to speculate about it forever, and you're a prude for reminding people that you're more than the sum of your junk.
What makes Hamm different from, say, Anne Hathaway, who had to weather discussion about the appearance of her nipples in her Academy Awards dress, is that Hamm isn't used to being objectified. He has outrage left to burn, rather than being exhausted by endless appearance-based prying and insane body standards. It might be easy for men to brush off how women are treated when they're unaffected. But when they're subject to the same standards, men often discover quickly how difficult to endure they really are.
On March 28, 1973, Led Zeppelin released their fifth and arguably most wide-ranging album, ‘Houses of the Holy.’
After releasing their first four records in just under three years, Zeppelin were finally afforded just a bit of breathing room with which to create ‘Houses of the Holy.’ The album came out 16 months after their landmark (and technically untitled) ‘Led Zeppelin IV.’ They responded by delivering some of their most complex, nuanced work ever, and by exploring new genres on tracks such as the reggae-influenced ‘D’yer Mak’er' and the James Brown funk-inspired ‘The Crunge.'
“Although everyone was clamoring for another ‘Led Zeppelin IV,’ it’s very dangerous to try and duplicate yourself,” guitarist Jimmy Page explains in the book ‘Light & Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page.’ “I won’t name any names, but I’m sure you’ve heard bands that endlessly repeat themselves. After four or five albums, they just burn up. With us, you never knew what was coming next.”
“Got ‘Houses of the Holy’ on the box / I got it all cranked up, cause yeah, that s— rocks!”
- Chickenfoot, ‘Big Foot‘
Highlights of the LP include the dynamic, folk- and rock-mashing ‘Over the Hills and Far Away,' the beautifully intricate ballad ‘The Rain Song' and the moody, keyboard-heavy John Paul Jones showcase ‘No Quarter.' The album closes with a Robert Plant-penned love song to the band’s fans, ‘The Ocean,’ which features one of the most famous count-ins of all time courtesy of drummer John Bonham: “We’ve done four already but now we’re steady…”
In order to keep things down to single-vinyl length, the band reportedly left future classic songs such as ‘The Rover,’ ‘Black Country Woman' and most famously, ‘Houses of the Holy‘ either unfinished or unreleased following the recording sessions.
When asked why the intended title track never made the album, Plant refused to lie to ‘Get the Led Out‘ author Danny Somach, instead declaring, “Being silly, isn’t it? I mean, I could go into some great profound reasoning, but… I can’t even remember why. I think we thought, ‘Well, we’ll hold onto that and we’ll do something (with it).’ It was just having a laugh.”
Led Zeppelin underwent a massive tour in support of ‘Houses of the Holy,’ which found the band glitzing up their stage show with lasers, mirror balls, pyrotechnics, fancier outfits and the like. Naturally they broke just about every box office record known to mankind.
Despite traveling around the world in a swanky, custom-painted jumbo jet, the trek (and no doubt, the cumulative effect of their previous several years) left the band exhausted. It would be 18 months before they toured again, and nearly two years before they released their next record, 1975′s double-album masterpiece ‘Physical Graffiti.’
In Not Fade Away, we take a look at the legacy of some of the greatest albums of the past few decades – some iconic, some lesser known – as they celebrate significant anniversaries. Here, we take a look at Led Zeppelin‘s 1973 classic “Houses Of The Holy,” which turns 40 today (March 28).
The “everything but the kitchen sink” approach to recording albums can be a dangerous one for rock bands. On one hand, it leaves many possibilities open. On the other, it can result in albums that sound haphazard and unfocused. In 1972 and 1973, Led Zeppelin was one of the most powerful forces popular music had ever known. At the peak of their artistic and commercial powers, they were looking to expand their horizons. After exploring the spectrum of the blues, from the dirt floor acoustic sounds of the Delta to the rave-up electric sound of the Chicago (notably artists from the Chess label, namely Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Buddy Guy), they began looking elsewhere for inspiration while keeping one foot firmly entrenched in blues.
Opening with the rocker “The Song Remains The Same,” Robert Plant sang, “Anything I wanted to know, any place I needed to go,” would become something of a mantra for the singer, who to this day still explores new genres from bluegrass to Egyptian music. The song’s title, which would also end up as the name of their 1976 concert film and live album, set the tone for the album. Although they would try different styles on the album, it was still identifiably Zeppelin.
Rolling Stone revisited the album in 2003, giving it a belated five-star review. In the review, writer Gavin Edwards noted that “The Rain Song” was inspired by George Harrison, who lamented to John Bonham that Zeppelin didn’t have any ballads (apparently he missed “Thank You,” “That’s The Way” “Tangerine” and “Going To California”). Instead of locking Harrison in a room with Zeppelin’s II, III and their untitled fourth album, they locked down and created one of their most tender moments: “The Rain Song.” The song really showed the band’s growth, and Jimmy Page took a quantum leap forward as a producer. Instead of using layers of guitars to create something fearsome (a la “Whole Lotta Love”), this time he created something of beauty and sadness, and one that still feels fresh today. A lot of the credit for that also goes to Robert Plant, who restrained some of his machismo on the song. The “golden god” wasn’t always the easiest singer to relate to and he didn’t attempt to be, but when he sings “Upon us all, a little rain must fall,” he was. It has one of his finest performances ever.
On “The Rain Song,” and on Houses – and really, throughout Zeppelin’s career – John Paul Jones was the secret weapon. Never one to participate in the band’s infamous Hammer Of The Gods-type debauchery, Jones kept a low profile. On Houses, he expanded beyond bass guitar, organ and piano. If you’re wondering what he added to the band, listen to “The Rain Song” and try to imagine it without his mellotron-created sting section.
Later in the album, Zeppelin sailed into alien territory with “The Crunge,” a tribute to James Brown. The Godfather of Soul often shouted instructions to his band members while recording a song; in “Sex Machine,” he asked band members if he should “take it to the bridge.” In a rare on-album display of humor, Plant ends the song with a wink and tongue planted firmly in cheek, ending the song by asking “where’s the confounded bridge?”. The song actually has no bridge.
“D’yer Mak’er,” meanwhile, was their take on reggae, but “Over The Hills And Far Away,” “Dancing Days” and “No Quarter” were more familiar-sounding instant Zeppelin classics. “No Quarter” would go on to influence progressive rock and metal bands for generations, covered by Tool – the gold standard of prog-metal bands – in 2000.
After the experimentation of the album, they wrapped it up with a rocker (albeit one that incorporated the ’50s doo-wop sounds that Plant loved) that featured one of Page’s greatest riffs, “The Ocean.” Even that takes an unexpected turn: Plant ends with, “Now I’m singing all my songs to the girl who won my heart…” And before you spend too much time wondering who could tame the sex god in his prime, he closes the album by revealing his domestic side: “She is only three years old and it’s a real fine way to start.”
Houses Of The Holy topped the Billboard 200 album chart and has gone on to sell over 11 million copies in the US. Rolling Stone named it one of the top 500 albums of all time while Pitchfork named it one of the best albums of the ’70s. It was a rare case of a band growing personally and artistically while being rewarded for it commercially. Even while trying on funk, reggae, string sections and (gasp!) fatherhood, the song, in fact, remained the same.
From Jimmy Page's website:
ON THIS DAY… 28 MAR 1973
‘HOUSES OF THE HOLY’ BY LED ZEPPELIN WAS RELEASED
My original idea for the opening tracks of ‘Houses of the Holy’ was that ‘The Song Remains the Same’ (originally called ‘The Overture’) would be a rousing instrumental introduction with layered electric guitars that would then segue into the next one, later to be titled ‘The Rain Song’.
Again there would be a contrasting acoustic instrumental movement that led to the first vocal of the album and the first verse of the song. During the routining of ‘The Song Remains the Same’, (then titled ‘The Plumpton and Worcester Races’), the half time vocal section was born and ‘The Overture’ shaped into a song. These rehearsals were done in Puddletown, on the River Piddle in Dorset.
When we came to record this on 18th May 1972 on The Rolling Stones’ mobile truck at Stargroves, the backing track of ‘The Song Remains the Same’ was played on a Fender electric 12-string, with Les Paul overdubs and standard tuning. ‘The Rain Song’ was in an unorthodox tuning on the six-string. On live shows it became a workout feature for the double neck.
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Yeah, we know, offer stories are kind of the worst in some ways, but considering that Christopher Nolan keeps everything inside a vault inside his own mind (see what we did there?) any morsel regarding his projects is one we'll take a bite of, so here we are. And here you are, too. Onward...
Deadline reports that according to their intel, Matthew McConaughey has been offered the lead role in Christopher Nolan's upcoming "Interstellar."Well, all right all right all right. The part is for a character named Cooper and that's all the details there are, because that's how Nolan rolls. But what we do know thus far is that the project originated from an old script from his longtime collaborator and brother Jonathan Nolan and it will deal with time travel and alternate dimensions, telling the story of a group of explorers who go through a wormhole. Nolan is using that old script, combining it with an original idea of his own, and giving it a rewrite, so basically it should fry our brain.
If McConaughey signs on (and lord, that would be awesome) it will continue his recent run of work with various auteurs including Steven Soderbergh, William Friedkin, Richard Linklater, Jeff Nichols and more. While it used to be that the actor was best known for taking his shirt off, it now seems that quality helmers are becoming this trademark. And we have no problem with that. So we'll see how this goes.
Like all moms, Gwyneth Paltrow wants the best for her children. Although her family adheres to a strict low-carb, gluten-free diet, the It's All Good cookbook author reveals she lets her children cheat on occasion.
"I tried to start them off with all of the right foods, but as they got older, the lure of Oreos and cotton candy outweighed the lure of carrots with hummus. And that's all a part of childhood and I love Oreos too, so I completely understand," the 40-year-old Oscar winner wrote in her March 28 Goop newsletter. "I try to make sure that what is on their plate at home is nutritious and tasty, and then I loosen way up on the reigns when we are out."
Paltrow continued, "They love a brown rice stir-fry, but they also love their 'Coke of the week'. My daughter gravitates toward fresh fruit and raw nuts but will inhale a bag of hot Cheetos at the airport. It's all about balance."
The Contagion star -- wed to Coldplay frontman Chris Martin since 2003 -- said she often cooks with daughter Apple, 8, and son Moses, 6, because it gives them a firsthand look at how easy and enjoyable healthy eating can be. "I always saw the kitchen as a place to acquire a vast practical knowledge," she explained. "My son, in particular, is extremely into it."
"I've included my kids in the kitchen from almost the time they were born. They were always strapped to my back when I was cooking or nearby in a highchair watching and banging spoons. From very early on, I encouraged them to participate and let them do 'dangerous' tasks such as cracking an egg or stirring something carefully over heat, and they always felt proud," Paltrow recalled. "Later we started doing math with measuring cups and ounces."
The actress -- who described herself as "an insanely busy working mother" -- added that if someone in her family wants to eat something that's on the "restricted food or allergy list," she loves to find a healthier alternative: "I'm all about finding my way around an obstacle."
Best fan sign at last night's Taylor Swift show in Newark, New Jersey: "I Newark Were Trouble." Second best: "Don't Listen to Poehler & Fay [sic], You're Great in Every Way!" Bonus points to the two girls shaking booty outside the venue, hoping for tickets, waving giant cardboard 2's (because they're feelin' 22) and wearing homemade "Not a Lot Going On at the Moment" T-shirts, dancing around the parking lot to a boombox blasting Red. I hope they got in. Because what a massively excellent show.
Seeing Taylor Swift live in 2013 is seeing a maestro at the top of her or anyone's game. No other pop auteur can touch her right now for emotional excess or musical reach – her punk is so punk, her disco is so disco. The red sequins on her guitar match the ones on her microphone, her shoes and 80 percent of the crowd. Her set is mostly new songs from Red, the slickest, smartest and just plain best mega-pop statement of our time. She's a master of every rock-star move, except the one about dialing it down a notch. But who would ever want that? (Besides the whiny exes she keeps writing songs about?) "Hi, I'm Taylor," she said by way of an introduction. "I write songs about my feelings. I'm told I have a lot of feelings." You are told this accurately, Taylor.
Nobody can touch her for fan hysteria, either – when Taylor announced, "Thirteen thousand of you opted into hearing about my feelings for the next two hours!," she set off the loudest screaming I've heard since the last time I saw her, at the end of her 2011 tour, reaching ungodly levels of girl-shriek saturation. The audience is part of the show, with their homemade red costumes, placards, Lite Brite codes and more glowsticks than an Inspiral Carpets reunion. For most of them, Taylor is the first girl they've seen play a guitar, a signifier that cannot be denied. When she said, "I look into this audience and I see a lot of creativity," it got one of the loudest cheers of the night. She also explained to the younger fans what a 12-string guitar is. "It has twice as many strings as a regular guitar. So that's your math for the night." Educational!
On her last tour, she took the stage to Tom Petty's "American Girl"; this time it was Lenny Kravitz's version of "American Woman," a neat contrast. Right before she went on, her mom was escorted down the aisle near my section, causing a major fan commotion. (I haven't seen so much love for a rock parent since Springsteen brought his mama onstage for "Dancing in the Dark.") But the coolest pre-show moment was seeing the crowd go ballistic for Icona Pop's hipster-disco club hit "I Love It." If you wondered how it would sound to hear several thousand tweens chant "You're from the Seventies, but I'm a Nineties bitch," now you know. Nineties bitches, consider yourselves warned.
Once the lights went out, the screaming never flagged, and neither did the star. Taylor came out belting "State of Grace" in the same kind of black hat the Edge wore on the Joshua Tree tour (which makes sense, since Bono also had a red guitar). For "Holy Ground" she banged the drum solo on a giant glowing cylinder ("She's rocking out!" the little kid behind me informed her mom. "She's rocking ooouuut!") "Mean" began with a rustic interlude, just Tay plucking her banjo center stage, and Ed Sheeran held his own in "Everything Has Changed," while "22" got a breakdance and a snippet of the "Paid in Full" beat until everyone felt so 22 it hurt.
But the best moment was the double-shot of "I Knew You Were Trouble" into "All Too Well." She turned "Trouble" into a blast of razzle-dazzle choreography in fancy-dress masquerade-ball mode. Then she sat alone to play "All Too Well," her most majestic ballad, just a girl and her piano and several thousand other girls singing along. It was the highlight of a show that was nothing but highlights.
Seeing Taylor onstage now is just like seeing Morrissey in 1992– that same level of total commitment, total fan fervor, total connection between audience and performer. I've compared Taylor to Morrissey many times, but no other performer really hits that same pitch of happy/free/confused/lonely hormonal anguish with so much wit and empathy. Moz sang "the sun shines out of our behinds," Tay sings "people throw rocks at things that shine," but they're coming from the same place. (People said lovin' you was red, and they were half right.) They share the conviction that their moods are the universe and
expressing them is the reason the universe exists. This is a useful conviction for a singer to have, even if it's more dangerous for the rest of us. But Taylor wears it like a true arena-rock goddess at an amazing peak.
"State of Grace"
"You Belong With Me"
"The Lucky One"
"Stay Stay Stay"
"Everything Has Changed" (feat. Ed Sheeran)
"I Knew You Were Trouble"
"All Too Well"
"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"
"I like the new you," Donnie Wahlberg croons on "Remix I Like The", the first single from New Kids on the Block's, 10.
He could very well be talking about his group's latest record. 10 feels unequivocally and undeniably "new". It's not the work of a pop juggernaut reaching for past glories; it's the epic vision of five musicians whose feet are firmly planted in the future and are still leading the pack. That's the most magical and marvelous thing about 10. It's New Kids On The Block's best album to date and a 21st century pop milestone.
"We Own Tonight" builds elegantly from orchestral production into a swooping refrain. It's an a propos opener to the epic to follow. Then, there's "Remix I Like The", which stands proudly alongside the Boston quintet's hottest hits. Joey McIntyre exudes effusive swagger as he delivers each note with the bombast and brilliance of a legend. He and Wahlberg volley back and forth seamlessly as the beat pulsates beneath them. The harmonies on "Take My Breath Away" simply shimmer as Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight, and Danny Wood all showcase their impressive pipes. These boys are the original pop super group, and they wear that badge proudly.
"Fighting Gravity" floats into spacey soul territory, while "Miss You More" replaces distance with a warm hook and a slick melody. Their delicate balance of R&B, pop, and rock has never felt so tempered and tight. It's as if the New Kids machine has ultimately benefitted from over two decades, gaining steam instead of slowing down.
Then, there's "Now Or Never". It's sunny propulsive pop that's got all kinds of cinematic potential. Everything culminates on the final ballad "Survive You". There's a doo-wop undercurrent that bristles just beneath the big, bombastic hook.
Everything is as "new" as it as ever was with New Kids On The Block.
It’s past midnight and Priyanka Chopra is trying on a hat fitted with a visor. The inveterate star steps forward to fix the camera with her gaze.
We’re in Mumbai’s Film City studios to catch Chopra just as she returns from a day trip to Los Angeles. There are still a few more shots to go, and Chopra has her game face on. She could easily decide to call it a day; instead she goes that extra mile, slips into a couple more dresses, experiments with her hair.
It’s easy to understand why she claims, “Sundays are still a luxury.” Everyone wants her on their team now, from Sanjay Leela Bhansali who has her chiselling herself to play Mary Kom in his biopic of the Indian boxer, to Apoorva Lakhia who has cast her as the female lead in his remake of the 1973 classic, Zanjeer.
The camera loves her. But she’s quite a dynamo off it as well, breaking as she does into an impromptu jig between shots, laughter rolling easy around her. “If I stopped to care about what people are saying about me, I’d never be able to get out of bed,” she grins.
The haters “could be anywhere -- on Twitter, at a shoot, at a party,” but she remains seriously, shockingly unflappable.
This is just how we find her at the cusp of a new career in music: brimming with moxie. It has meant several of these day trips to Los Angeles (yes, she proves it can be done), hours of vocal training, more time in the recording studio and co-writing songs.
The plunge has paid off.
Within two days of releasing the video of her single ‘In My City’ featuring Will.I.Am, in January, it crossed more than 2,70,000 hits on YouTube.
Her track hit triple platinum in the first week. Now, in the midst of the hysteria that swirls around her, she looks back on some of her milestones through a new lens, songs which have defined moments that changed her life.
‘Mere Khawabon Mein Jo Aaye’ from Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
It was the tune that had her dancing before the mirror as a teenager. “I loved that song! When I was in school, some people told me I looked like Kajol. My hair was kind of like hers back then. Every day, before I’d leave for school, I’d steal a few minutes to play her in front of the mirror.”
‘Hypnotize’ by Notorious B.I.G.
“Let me put it this way, my teenage anthems were all pretty gangster [laughs]. When I was in Boston, I was hooked to hip-hop and went through this phase of listening to Biggie and Tupac, especially ‘Hypnotize’. I used to make my own mixtapes, recorded straight from the radio.”
‘I'm On Fire’ by Bruce Springsteen
“I won’t say who it was, but this person introduced me to the Bruce Springsteen song,” she confides, adding that it will always remind her of that someone special.
For Priyanka Chopra's complete playlist get the March issue of Vogue India, on stands now. Buy here.
mods: lol third time lucky?
Mathew Knowles is demanding a retraction from and threatening to sue U.K. publication The Sun, according to AllHipHop.com. In an article published earlier this week, The Sun offered quotes from an "exclusive interview" with Knowles, a.k.a. Beyoncé's dad.
In the quotes used, Knowles made no specific mention of his son-in-law, Jay-Z or his granddaughter, Blue Ivy; however, the headline and subheadings certainly did: "I always did my best for Beyoncé... fans can decide if she’s better off now with Jay-Z — Former manager talks about family rift for first time — Mathew Knowles has reportedly not yet met Blue Ivy."
A statement from a rep for Knowles revealed that the patriarch made no mention of Jay and Blue at all during the entire interview, and took issue with the language used in the final article.
"Mr. Knowles did not mention Jay-Z’s name in the interview at any point. He did not state that any ‘bitter rift’ exists between him and his daughter, Beyoncé or that he has been pushed or cut out of her life. He also never stated that he has not met his granddaughter Blue Ivy. When in fact, it has been well documented that he has met his granddaughter, a fact that was made clear on Beyoncé’s HBO documentary, seen around the world with him holding his granddaughter."
The rep further details how Knowles was mislead in participating in the interview.
"The British Sun and the reporter were notified in advance that Mathew would not discuss personal family topics or information. The reporter told Mathew that the interview was a feature on him, his career and what he is doing now. However, no information about his career was even included in the article released."
On the site, The Sun has noted intentions to publish the interview in full this Sunday (Mar. 31).
Knowles’ rep said his camp also has the "complete, unedited recording ... and the full article that was supposed to published, which discredits and proves the slanderous manipulation of lies and inaccurate quotes reported by The British Sun."
Similarly, Bobby Brown filed suit this week against a stateside publication, The National Enquirer.
Reportedly, the "Don’t Be Cruel" singer is seeking $1 million in damages for a story that ran March 2012.
The article claimed that he was cheating on his then fiancee Alicia Etheredge with his famed ex-wife, Whitney Houston, and that he and Houston were planning to re-marry.
This was just weeks after Houston’s shocking death. Brown married Etheredge the following June.
The 25-year-old actor stars in the comedy alongside Rose Byrne, Seth Rogen, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Dave Franco.
Once Upon a Time's ratings have been less than magical lately — it hit a series low after Sunday's Season 2, Episode 18: “Selfless, Brave and True.” While the ratings are still better than many shows on air, it's always discouraging to see such an intense sophomore slump.
What could the show change next season — assuming it gets renewed, which it almost certainly still will — to (hopefully) help boost the ratings back up? Obviously we love OUAT — that's why we devote endless hours of our life to it — but we do have a few thoughts about why this season is losing viewer interest, and what the writers could do to improve the situation next year.
1. Cut back on the number of characters. This show has too many characters, and we're not even talking about one-episode guest characters. It's fine by us if the writers want to stick to the Fairy Tale of the Week formula some of the time. But this season devoted too much time to multi-episode guest stars and recurring characters. Mulan and Aurora. Cora. Hook. Nealfire. Tamara and Greg. And that's on top of the large cast we already loved from Season 1! We like each of those characters individually, but added together they've become overwhelming, and it often feels like there's not enough time to do each character justice.
2. Slow down the pace. In a similar vein, this season has also been overflowing with more major plotlines than we can count. The aftermath of the curse breaking and the introduction of magic in Storybrooke. Snow and Emma in Fairytale Land. Cora and Hook's vendettas. Rumple seeking Bae. Whatever the heck is going on with Tamara and Greg. Again, we have nothing against any of these individual storylines. They're all good ideas, but they could have been spread out over two or even three seasons. That would have allowed space for each plot to breathe, and would also leave room for...
3. More character and relationship moments. One of our main problems with the breakneck pacing this season is that it feels like important character beats have been skipped. Emma and David have hardly said hello, let alone had a real father-daughter moment. How does Neal feel about the fact that Emma had to give Henry up for adoption and he ended up being raised by the Evil Queen? We wouldn’t know because we missed that little conversation. Does Regina mind that her son's biological father is back in the picture? Does she know that's who Neal is? (And if she doesn't, why has she not once asked?) Again, that hasn't even been addressed. The list could go on. This show is rife with complex, unique character dynamics, especially amongst the core cast of characters, but lately it feels like many of the complicated emotions are being glossed over in favor of flashy plots.
4. Fix the scheduling. Obviously, this one's on ABC, not the writers. But Once Upon a Time's schedule has been wacky this year, even by network TV standards. We doubt its on-again, off-again disappearing act has helped any.
What changes would you like to see to Once Upon a Time — or do you think it's perfect as is?
Catch the next episode of Once Upon a Time on Sunday, April 21 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
Once upon a time, Annie Leibovitz made Robert Pattinson pose with an alligator:
Years later a girl is at a gator farm called Insta-Gator and spies a posted copy of the Vanity Fair cover with a note that the gator, named "Hollywood", was from the farm and you could see him.
...Anyway, finally found the guide, who we had nicknamed Marshmallow Man, because he fed the gators marshmallows and because he was hot, and he acted like he didn't know what I was talking about, all braun, no brains, I guess. He told us to go ask the short, red-headed guy. So I did, and do you know what he told me? He said,"Hollywood's not here anymore. Rob paid to have him released back into the wild. It's the only time we've ever done that."
And sure enough, video shows that they did indeed release the gator:
Nice that he did it. Even nicer that he didn't say a word about it, IMHO.
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American Idol drops to the lowest rating in its history.
Newly Aired Thursday:
2013 NCAA Basketball Tournament
The Vampire Diaries
Beauty & the Beast
On FOX, American Idol scored a 2.7, down two tenths from last week's 2.9 adults 18-49 rating. This is the lowest Adults 18-49 rating ever for any Idol, any night. Two half hour episodes of Raising Hope earned a 1.4 at 9PM and a 1.2 at 9:30PM. Both are down from its last original's 1.5, which aired a month ago.
On ABC, Wife Swap garnered a 1.4, down three tenths from last week's 1.7 adults 18-49 rating. Grey's Anatomy earned a 2.8, down two tenths from last week's 3.0 adults 18-49 rating. Scandal earned a 2.6, down a single tenth from last week's 2.7 adults 18-49 rating.
On CBS, the NCAA Tournament earned a preliminary 2.3 adults 18-49 rating from 8-11PM, but as noted are likely to be adjusted in the final ratings, and only cover the primetime portion of the telecasts.
On NBC, two episodes of 1600 Penn scored a series lows 0.7 at both 8:30 and 9:30, both down from last week's 0.9 adults 18-49 rating.
On The CW, The Vampire Diaries earned a 1.2, down a single tenth from last week's 1.3 adults 18-49 rating. Beauty And The Beast was even with last week's 0.6 adults 18-49 rating.
March 29, 2013, 12:12 p.m.
Reid Flair, the 25-year-old son of WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair, died Friday, wrestlingobserver.com is reporting. Details surrounding his death are unknown at this time.
Flair's agent, Melinda Morris Zanoni, released the following statement:"We are heartbroken to confirm that Ric's son, Reid, has passed away today March 29, 2013 in Charlotte, NC. The investigation into the cause of death is ongoing. Reid was an incredible son, brother, friend, and professional wrestler. No words can describe the grief that Ric and his family are experiencing and they do request privacy during this devastating time."
According to wcnc.com, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police received a call around 10:30 a.m. ET that a man was unresponsive in a hotel room. Police identified the man as Reid Flair. Foul play is not suspected at this time.
Reid Flair had been wrestling in Japan occasionally for the last year to improve his skills in the ring. He was in the U.S. and scheduled to tour with his father this weekend.
He was expected to be signed by WWE at some point in the future, as his father has recently rejoined the company.
Reaction by the pro wrestling community on Twitter was immediate.
We will have more on this story as it develops throughout the day.
* Mods he was actually a pro wrestler and his dad is a two time hall of famer and well respected in the industry *
TVF: Let’s talk “Nameless.” How would you describe the episode?
RL: This is their take on Rumpelstiltskin. The crime happens at a video gaming company and [the crime] happened in such a way that [the killer] is involved in one of the games that you play online. So we have to try to figure it out and he spurts out all these puzzles at us and I actually am the one to say, ‘Hey I love puzzles’ because what else does Wu do? [laughs] Nothing but puzzles in his life, apparently. And so I end up really kind of spearheading this investigation into solving the crime. And eventually you’ll see how it turns out and how we kind of solve it. But it’s kind of like the game within the game.
TVF: So we find out Sergeant Wu is into gaming and he hear about his cat.
RL: Last year I mentioned my cat, Samson, and we were only introduced in my apartment to this kitty condo. That’s all you saw. You never say Samson but now they reference him quite a bit. And, yeah, Wu is a gamer. This character is one of those characters that’s kind of the wild card of the show. You can kind of take him in any direction and put him in any direction. But in one respect that excites me but in another respect it scares the crap out of me because they can do anything with me.
TVF: Wu still doesn’t quite know what’s going on around him with the Grimm stuff and Renard but any chance is he going to clue into any of that before this season is over?
RL: You might see a little bit of it. I just got the last script, so I haven’t read that yet. He gets a little bit of a hint but I’m hoping. I mean, me as Reggie, I’m hoping. But for the writers I know that with these particular characters, as you can see even with Renard, it was a slow burn. But we’ve got great some great fan support and we’re hoping to go another season. It looks good. So, you know, I think for them to burn it off, I wouldn’t be surprised if they did not do it in this last episode only because I feel like they’re saving it.
A lot of the tweets that I have gotten have been ‘When is Wu going to find out because we really want to see that!’ They want to see his reaction. I think NBC is privy to that and I think they know that it will be a pretty big story point and they’re so focused on the mythology right now.
TVF: After all this time, have they still never said what Wu’s first name is?
RL: We did not pick a name at all. It’s interesting because I was like ‘Wu? I should be Lou.’
TVF: Lou Wu. [laughs]
RL: There was a rumor that NBC wanted to do a contest to try to figure out what Wu’s first name would be. And I don’t know if that’s going to happen. I’ve heard through the rumor mill that it’s going to be an upcoming story point. But, no, you have not missed a thing.
TVF: You’ve done so many things in your career along with Grimm. What would fans be surprised to know about you?
RL: I started on Broadway doing musical theater but before that, I actually was aspiring to be a professional tennis player. In fact, I still play tennis with Silas and with Sasha when we’ve got the little off time that we have. That was actually what I wanted to do. But, Jim, I did not grow beyond five eight and a half so that would never have worked in this day and age. Although Michael Chang did it quite well, but right now it wouldn’t work. But, yeah, tennis is a big passion. That and food and dessert but you probably already know about that. That’s all I tweet about is food and dessert.
Jim Halterman is the West Coast Editor of TV Fanatic and the owner of JimHalterman.com. Follow him on Twitter.
In this Friday’s Grimm (NBC, 9/8c), a dastardly Wesen targets a video game company. As if it’s not enough that the monster is killing at will, the cryptic messages he leaves behind demand that his pursuers guess his name.
Nick and Hank wind up on the trail of this online Rumplestiltskin — and with this exclusive page from the Grimm’s library, you can be, too.
This post brought to by the newly knighted Jedi Nick's badass grin
Jeremy Renner is tackling his most challenging -- and most rewarding! -- role yet: fatherhood! The two-time Academy Award nominee and his ex-girlfriend welcomed a baby girl on Thursday, March 28, two sources confirm exclusively to Us Weekly.
The Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters actor told Eva Longoria about his baby news at the Golden Globes on Jan. 13, as exclusively reported in the Jan. 28 issue of Us Weekly. Renner, 42, was overheard saying, "'I'm going to fly in when her water breaks,'" two witnesses revealed. "Then Eva said, 'I'm so blown away.'"
The Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol star put his ex-girlfriend up in his L.A. home as they awaited the arrival of their firstborn. "They used to date but it wasn't serious," an insider explained, adding that Renner was "being ultra-secretive about it, but she has been going on about her life and not hiding it."
Says a pal, "Jeremy will make a great dad!"
Edit: Confirmed by People Magazine. Ava Berlin Renner is her name.
Robbie Williams has continued his rant against Britpop stars, this time saying his nan could take Alex James' place in Blur.
Recording the first of his Radio Rudebox podcasts, the Take That singer said James "hadn't been very nice" to him when they've met in the Nineties, adding: "Alex is the bassist in Blur — my nan could do that. All she needs is a new haircut."
Williams explained he first met Blur during a TV show appearance in Manchester with Take That when he was 16. He said: "From what I now know, looking back, they were suffering from a little bit of middle-class angst. I did feel like I was part of the shit beneath their shoes for being in a boyband."
He did, however, praise Damon Albarn for being a "majestic songwriter", said he loves Graham Coxon's solo albums and believes drummer Dave Rowntree would make a "great politician". Williams also revealed intimate moments he shared with a who's who of Britpop, including taking heroin with Elastica and reading poems to Jarvis Cocker at Glastonbury.
Earlier this month, Williams wrote a blog post criticising Britpop bands including Suede, Kula Shaker, The Bluetones, Echobelly and Northern Uproar, and went some way to apologising for it on his podcast, which you can hear here, particularly to Shed Seven's Rick Witter, who contacted Williams on Twitter, saying: "We've had good chats in the past. What went horribly wrong?"
Robbie said: "I don’t want to upset him, he's a nice guy. I’ve met you three times, Rick, we have chatted and we’re on a level. I’m sorry that I slagged your band off." He then insisted his “misguided blog” was just defending pop, saying: “There is a lot of snobbery towards pop music, to me and pop in general — it’s kind of a despised art form. There’s a lot of ‘Check out that fat c***, he’d be nothing without Guy Chambers'. I'm coming from a place of, ‘Hang on, I’m being picked on here, I don’t like it'."
first suede, now this? smh
EVA Mendes is on a mission!
The actress is said to be so jealous of Jessica Chastain’s success, she’s ordered her high-powered agent to go after the same roles.
“Eva’s been almost obsessed with Jessica since she played the part of Maya in Zero Dark Thirty, a role Eva wanted for herself,” a source said.
Jessica won an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe for the role, and now sources say Eva wants to pursue more serious parts instead of just banking on her sex appeal.
Eva, 39, is taking advice from boyfriend Ryan Gosling, who’s convinced her to chase prestigious parts that can bring her an Oscar.
“I think he is very controlling and tells her he thinks she can do better,” said the friend. “It is as if Eva lives to please Ryan and is desperate to impress him.
Eva listened to Ryan and signed on with super-agent Hylda Queally – who also represents her rival Jessica.
“It’s no coincidence that she’s now with Hylda… aside from Jessica, Hylda looks after Cate Blanchett and Marion Cotillard, so she knows her stuff. Eva told Hylda to send her to whatever auditions Jessica attends.
“She’s tired of being typecast as the love interest and wants to be a leading lady. But Eva’s problem is she’s just too sexy. She’s got a real mountain to climb to really get away from bombshell roles.”
Can we blame her, everyone should be jealous of Jessica's talent.
Foo Fighters have been confirmed to induct veteran rockers Rush into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame at this year's ceremony next month.
Frontman Dave Grohl and drummer Taylor Hawkins will honour singer Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer Neil Peart at the event at LA's Nokia Theatre on April 18. Organiser Joel Peresman said the pair may also perform with Rush.
He told Rolling Stone: "Dave and Taylor were one of the first people we thought about to induct Rush. They said 'yes' in about two seconds. I'm hopeful [they will perform]. More than a few times in the past, people have got caught in the moment and decide to perform. That’s what happened last year with Green Day - they were just there to present an award to Guns N' Roses, and after hanging around rehearsals, they decided to play. You have Dave around, Don Henley there – who knows what will happen? We have some very interesting people."
It has also also been confirmed that Don Henley of the Eagles will induct Randy Newman while John Fogerty and Jackson Browne will perform with him. Pearl Jam's Mike McCready and Alice In Chains' Jerry Cantrell will appear with veteran girl rockers Heart, who will also be inducted by Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell. Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson will also perform in honor of the late Donna Summer.
Melissa is stepping up the competition of Real Housewives book covers! The star revealed to Us Weekly the cover of her book, Love Italian Style: The Secrets of My Hot and Happy Marriage.
Gorga, 34, poses on the tome's cover on a marble staircase in a black leather skirt, white sleeveless blouse and black pumps. Married to Joe Gorga for eight years and mother of their three children, Gorga previously told Us that her book gives readers "practical strategies on how to strengthen their marriage, amp up the passion, and the secrets that make my marriage as sexy and hot as it is warm and loving."
"There's always people who look at where you shine and want to bring you down. So I feel that Joe and I shine. But, it comes with the territory and it's made Joe and I stronger," she explained to Us.
"We love each other more than ever . . . We've shown everyone how great it is and I think everyone can see that."
Which is exactly why she wrote her book! "I can't tell you how many times Joe and I are approached by fans asking how they can have a marriage like ours," she told Us. "A great marriage doesn't just happen. It's a job."
Love Italian Style: The Secrets of My Hot and Happy Marriage is set to hit stores on Sept. 17, 2013, but fans can pre-order it now.
With cast shakeups happening for The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned that producers want Lisa Rinna to join the cast to bring on the fights!
Producers have been having trouble finding women who they think are the right caliber for the 90210 based show, and the former Days of Our Lives star has been in talks to become a new housewife, with credentials that definitely fit the show.
“Lisa is married to a super hunky actor, she’s rich and she isn’t afraid to stand up for herself or call anyone out,” our source says.
Currently starring on Donald Trump’s All-Star Celebrity Apprentice, Lisa’s relationship with the network definitely is a plus for her.
“Lisa already knows people at Bravo and they really like her. She’s funny but she’s got a great sense of humor so she can send zingers.”
With Adrienne Maloof gone, producers are looking for somebody to bring the drama and they think Lisa would be perfect for that “role.”
“Lisa would be brought on to the show to stir up shit, especially with Brandi and that’s exactly the new life that the show needs!”
The insider says Lisa isn’t afraid of the Housewives “marriage curse” either, as she and Harry Hamlin have been married for 16 years.
“She and Harry have a really strong relationship. They aren’t worried at all about the strain the show puts on them, they wouldn’t do it if there were problems, and there definitely aren’t any!”
No, really, what is going on with Melly?