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Danica McKellar arriving for Dancing With the Stars rehearsals

Arriving for DWTS rehearsals in Hollywood – March 7, 2014

As if anyone needed any more proof that the young girl Danica McKellar portrayed on “The Wonder Years” (Winnie Cooper) is long gone and a beautiful woman has taken her place, I present these photos – the first one in particular – as yet more proof.  I don’t usually post comments like this, but Danica has a truly fine behind.  With that in mind, I can’t wait to see the outfits she wears once Dancing With the Stars upcoming season begins.   I keep thinking, “Sweet, sweet, sweet!”

And I still think that Erin Andrews is no substitute for the recently dismissed Brooke Burke.  That was a bad decision!

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Paula Deen claims she is like “that black football player” who announced he is gay

This story was prompted when I was in a supermarket this morning and saw the cover of this week’s People magazine, which features a picture of Paua Deen, with the legend “Paula’s life after scandal” and the added text, “I’ve learned a lot.”   This struck me as remarkable because I had already heard about the remarks I’m about to discuss.  (My first thought upon seeing the cover was, “Oh yeah?  Learned a lot?”)

Deen, 67, has been trying to mount a comeback, but she may want to hire a public relations firm, a speech writer and a sensitivity trainer after after her latest pronouncement, which may only have served to sabotage any such comeback. The disgraced celebrity chef likened her struggle to repair her damaged reputation – after admitting she used the n-word -  to NFL prospect Michael Sam’s fight to be seen simply as a football player — not the token gay football player.

Deen told People magazine that she is like “that black football player” who came out of the closet.  She said that she empathized with NFL prospect Michael Sam who recently came out publicly as gay. Just as Sam says he wants to be known as a football player, not a gay football player, Deen says that she just wants to be known as a chef, not a disgraced chef.

“I feel like ‘embattled’ or ‘disgraced’ will always follow my name. It’s like that black football player who recently came out,” Deen, 67, told People magazine. “He said, ‘I just want to be known as a football player. I don’t want to be known as a gay football player.’ I know exactly what he’s saying.”

Is that so?  I hope his career turns out to be longer than hers, and if there is any cosmic justice, so it will be.  It is perhaps ironic that this story hit the airwaves on the same day as my earlier post regarding Lupita Nyong’o – and we tumble from the graceful to the graceless, from a possible reason to hope that we’ve made progress in the social arena and the court of public opinio, to evidence that there are pockets of misguided thinking that reinforce the notion that we have much work to do.

I was looking for an appropriate photo to accompany this post, but then I thought, “Nah.”  It seems that Paula hasn’t learned so much after all.

Today’s daily tidbits

Robin Thicke and Paula Patton separating

I’m no fan of Robin Thicke, so this comes easy: Paula is all kinds of delicious. Just take a look at the dress she wore at this year’s Clive Davis pre-Grammy party. http://www.celebutopia.net/forums/showthread.php?t=165393&highlight=Paula+Patton
Wow! Conclusion: Robin must be a rather high-level idiot to throw that away.

Minnie Driver starring in the new NBC series “About a Boy”. In an interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer on The Today Show, she says that she has watched the movie literally hundreds of times. “It is on television constantly and I also own the DVD.” Let’s hope that kind of appreciation translates to success.

I’m rooting for Minnie. I always want to like her, strange ad that may sound. Sometimes she ‘a very photogenic, but sometimes she just does not photograph so well. Then again, can’t we say that about all of us?

Selena Gomez – the latest celebrity rehab tale

21-year-old Selena Gomez, who has had an on-again/off-again relationship with Justin Bieber, was admitted to Dawn at The Meadows Recovery Centre in Arizona on January 5, and spent two weeks at the facility, which treats people aged 18 to 26 years old who are “struggling with emotional trauma, addiction or dual diagnosis concerns.”

Getting a Slurpee in Los Angeles - February 11, 2014

Getting a Slurpee in Los Angeles – February 11, 2014

Her representative tells MailOnline, “Selena voluntarily spent time at Meadows but NOT for substance abuse.”

Although her reps have denied this, Star claims that the singer was “heavily into the drug Molly (which contain MDMA)’ and was using prescription drugs like Xanax and Ambien. The former Disney child star was urged to seek help by those close to her amid concerns her partying was getting out of control. Meanwhile, TMZ claimed that Selena blames her ex-boyfriend Justin for her “predicament.”

Another source has told Radar, “Her friends and family became increasingly worried that there might be a serious problem with Selena. Particularly, her parents. The partying was, at times, wild. They wanted to help her – and they very much encouraged her to go to rehab. Others very close to her also urged her to seek professional help.”

Selena – who reportedly “regularly” smoked marijuana with Justin – had been due to tour Australia this month but cancelled the tour. At the time of the cancellation, it was reported that Selena was suffering from Lupus disease, although this was not confirmed or denied by her reps. In a statement to her fans about cancelling her shows, Selena said she needed to “spend some time on myself in order to be the best person I can be.”

Performing at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit - November 26, 2013

Performing at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit – November 26, 2013

She added, “My fans are so important to me and I would never want to disappoint them. But it has become clear to me and those close to me that after many years of putting my work first, I need to spend some time on myself in order to be the best person I can be.”

At the time, a source close to the singer added that Gomez needed a break from her busy acting and touring schedule. “She’s been working nonstop since she was 15 and she wants to take a minute to herself,” the source said. She was said to be doing well. A source said, “Selena is now happy and very healthy and already getting back to work.”

As you may already have guessed, that’s not the end of the story.

Now it seems that she has tuned to alcohol after fleeing rehab just weeks ago. She apparently re-embraced alcohol by posting a happy hour selfie on Instagram. Selena’s photo of herself appears to show her drinking a cocktail amid addiction rumors.

It isn’t completely certain whether she was actually drinking alcohol or not, but the picture has caused some uproar, considering the fact that she so recently spent time in rehab. She quit after only two weeks into the 45-day program in order to go to Sundance and then said she was cured so she didn’t need to return. Her rep claims that she’s got no problems handling her alcohol.

It seems, however, as if she’s not paying much attention to the public conjecture and negative comments. “Extra whip cream please!” she posted alongside the photo with her drink. “Dessert before dinner. Duh.”

During a night out at Sketch in Mayfair, London  - February 17, 2014

During a night out at Sketch in Mayfair, London – February 17, 2014

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Instagram picture – any alcohol in that drink?

Unlike most other celebrities who undergo rehab “visits,” I’m actually hoping for the best for Selena. More often than not, when I’ve seen her interviewed, she has seemed like a pretty decent person – pretty much down to Earth, not full of herself, without the sort of over-inflated sense of self-worth that plagues so many celebrities – such as Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Jennifer Lopez, for example – so it’s somewhat disappointing to learn of her struggles. Normally I wouldn’t care very much, or have much sympathy for her situation, however self-inflicted it may be.  I’m hoping that there are people close to her who are concerned enough to try to ensure that she gets the kind of no-nonsense help she needs.

Jodi Sweetin clears up IRS tax problems

hollywood rush 2 200212Former “Full House” star Jodie Sweetin has paid off her IRS debts.  The 31-year-old was in trouble with the IRS after they discovered that she “neglected” to pay them $53,626.29 in income tax in 2009.  TMZ has learned that she finally paid her debt and is no longer in trouble with the government.  Sweetin’s last acting appearance was in the 2013 TV movie Defending Santa.

Susan Sarandon wasn’t exactly sober for “almost all” big Hollywood events

Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon has been been in movies since 1970 (the now-forgotten “Joe”) and has appeared on TV since 1971.  She won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role for “Dead Man Walking” in 1996.  She’s had four other Oscar nominations, eight Golden Globe nominations, and has a large number of other nominations and wins for various other awards both big and small, here and abroad.

"The Last of Robin Hood" premiere, 2013 Toronto International Film Festival

“The Last of Robin Hood” premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival

If you’ve watched enough awards shows, you know that many of them last a long time – sometimes more than three hours.  Have you ever wondered how celebrities pas the time at such glamorous events?

On a recent visit to the Bravo cable TV network’s show “Watch What Happens Live” with Andy Cohen, Sarandon admitted that the was high at more than a few of them.

In a section of the show called “Plead the Fifth,” in which guests are allowed to skip one of several personal questions, Cohen asked Sarandon to name an important

 

Hollywood event at which she “showed up to stoned.”

“Only one?” she laughed. “I would say almost all except the Oscars.”

That could mean that she has shown up stoned at quite a lot of events over the years.

This brings up a lot of questions.  How long ago did this start?  Who else among her family and friends knew about this?  Was she the only one or did she have any cohorts in these escapades?

When all is said and done, this is probably a mini-tempest in a teapot.  A lot of celebrities have done far worse things to embarrass themselves and hurt their careers.  At 67 she seems none the worse for all of this and to her credit, perhaps, she has shown herself to be socially and politically conscientious, so I’m strongly inclined to give her some slack.

Padma Lakshmi in a bikini in Miami, taking a stroll on the beach, nursing a hangover

December 8, 2013

Since I never pass up an excuse to post pictures of Padma Lakshmi in a bikini, I couldn’t pass up this ttory.  In Miami, Florida for the Art Basel event, the “Top Chef” star may have done a wee bit too much partying on Saturday night.  So, on Sunday, December 8, she went for a swim in the ocean.  She used the occasion to show off her incredible figure in an orange bikini and a purple sarong.  (To be honest, I’m pretty glad she didn’t wear the sarong the whole time.)   That sure seems like a fine day to me.

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Along with posting a photo on Twitter of herself at the beach, she tweeted, “Ouch my hangover hurts! #miami #artbasel.”

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You may be wondering, “How does a 43-yeqar-old mother of one get, and keep, a figure like that?”  Fair question.

As she told Fitness magazine, “I will put in the work at the gym so I can enjoy what I eat.” She continued, “I follow a clean diet: no meats, no sweets, no alcohol, no cheese, no fried food, no wheat,” she added. “And I work out five days a week, boxing three days, lifting weights the other two.”
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Hmmm… I never got a hangover from not having any alcohol…  Whatever really took place on Saturday night, she admitted that now and then her weaknesses win the battle with her discipline.  “I never say, ‘No, I can’t have any of that,’” she told Fitness. “I have it and enjoy it!”

Shia LaBeouf in another London bar fight, threatens, “I can get you killed”

An argument between “Transformers” star Shia LaBeouf and a man at a Convent Garden pub apparently went downhill when LaBeouf was overheard saying, “I can get you killed,” according to British tabloid The Sun.  LeBeouf reportedly upset a female fan who approached him at the restaurant, and then argued angrily with the woman’s boyfriend when he came to defend her.

“Shia went for this guy after he upset his girlfriend,” a source told The Sun.  “It was shocking. He looked out of control.”  After the heated exchange, LaBeouf was escorted out of the establishment by staff, according to The Sun.

This is the second bar-related fracas for the actor in recent months while in London.  In October he was reportedly punched in the face and kicked in the groin after trying to film a woman who was throwing up on a London street.  An unidentified passerby apparently attacked the actor after he wouldn’t stop filming the woman looking decidedly under the weather.

Jay-Z and Beyonce on 22-day vegan diet

It seems that big celebrities only do big things in big, important ways.  We seem to be able to forgive, or maybe even encourage, the celebrity sense of global importance because we are so starved for any shred of news about the stars.

Surely this must be why the fact that Jay-Z and his wife Beyonce are in the news because they decided to go on a 22-day began diet.  The pair pledged vowed to go vegan until Christmas, and Jay announced the news earlier this week.  “On December 3rd, one day before my 44th birthday I will embark on a 22 Days challenge to go completely vegan, or as I prefer to call it, plant-based!!” Jay wrote in a blog post on his Life + Times website. (That’s his spelling and grammar, not mine.)

I have several questions.  How did they decide on 22 days?  Why not 19 or 26?  Since the “challenge” will end on Christmas, will they be having a Christmas breakfast of steak and eggs as a treat?  What are they going to do after this “plant-based” routine is over – will it be back to lifestyle as usual?  Just how much of a change do they think they can make by changing their intake for only three weeks?

The latest little flap in this gripping story came on Thursday when Beyonce was spotted in Westwood, wearing suede shoes and a coat trimmed with real fur.  So what?  Does any really believe that all vegans wear no clothing made with animal-based products of any kind?  There are some people who do, but what’s the big deal if somebody who hasn’t made a serious, long-term commitment to following a particular regimen doesn’t follow that regimen in all aspects, to the fullest spirit?  Nope, sorry folks, that’s not going to happen.

Let’s not forget the concrete possibility that this molehill-created-mountain was a publicity exercise.  Cynical?  Sure, but why not?

Amanda Bynes to attend college

Yes, that’s right.  Amanda Bynes will soon be a college student.  After a myriad of well-documented incidents in the last few years – bizarre, often drug-induced public behavior, including a court appearances for which she wore blue hair – maybe she has finally gotten straightened out.

According to the New York Daily News, Bynes will be enrolled in the at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Irvine, California, some time after the New Year.

A source told The News, “She is excited to get a fresh start.” Bynes is now at home with her parents in Thousand Oaks, California after four months of treatment for schizophrenia.

The source said Bynes and her parents chose the school’s Orange County campus, which is about 85 miles from their Thousand Oaks residence, because the campus in downtown Los Angeles, although closer, was too high-profile.  “Orange County is quieter and not in the public eye as much,” the source said, confirming that Bynes will commute under the watchful eye of her parents.

I’m hoping that she has managed to turn her life around.  If she really has made the kind of life changes she so badly needed to make, and she is serious about moving on with her life – in a good direction – I wish her well.

Former South African President Nelson Mandela Dies

South African media is reporting that after a recent and prolonged battle with illness, Nelson Mandela has passed away at the age of 95.
Mandela will have a state funeral. Zuma ordered all flags in the nation to be flown at half-staff from Friday through that funeral.

“He is now resting. He is now at peace,” Zuma said. “Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father.”

The world has lost a great a man. Mandela last appeared in public during the 2010 World Cup hosted by South Africa. His absences from the limelight and frequent hospitalizations left the nation on edge, prompting Zuma to reassure citizens every time he fell sick. There will never be another like you.

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It’s finally final – Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher are now divorced

A Los Angeles County judge has finalized the divorce of the Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher.

The judgment was accepted by the court Tuesday, November 26th,  after Moore signed the agreement November 6th and Kutcher signed on November 14.   The terms of the split are confidential, but court papers obtained by the Daily News reveal that Moore relinquished her March request for spousal support.

Moore, 51, and Kutcher, 35, were married on September 24, 2005 with considerable public attention on their age difference.  Their relationship seemed blissful and steady for more than six years, but questions arose in September 2011 amid reports that that Kutcher cheated on Moore with a 23-year-old blonde named Sara Leal.  Leal later told Us Weekly that she and Kutcher had unprotected sex. She claimed that she slept with Kutcher on September 24th after a night of partying – including a naked hot tub session – in the actor’s Hard Rock hotel suite in San Diego. That would have been, of course, on his wedding anniversary.

A statement from Moore said, in part, “As a woman, a mother and a wife, there are certain values and vows that I hold sacred, and it is in this spirit that I have chosen to move forward with my life,”  She said the decision came with “great sadness and a heavy heart.”  Regarding the split, Kutcher said via Twitter, “I will forever cherish the time I spent with Demi,”  He added, “Marriage is one of the most difficult things in the world, and unfortunately sometimes they fail.”

Now that Kutcher is finally divorced from Moore, there is increasing speculation that he is making plans to propose to Mila Kunis, his former co-star on TV’s “That 70′s Show.”  A source close to Kutcher told People magazine,”Ashton and Mila have talked about getting engaged and married for quite a while.”

It is unknown, of course (except perhaps for Kutcher) when he will propose, but the happy couple is seemingly on their way toward taking the next step sooner rather than later.  The major hurdle was supposedly Kutcher’s ongoing divorce from Moore, which lasted nearly two years.

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Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore in happier times, in 2009

The above photo shows Demi and Ashton during happier times, at ‘The Beautiful Life’ CW Network party at Simyone Lounge in New York City on September 12, 2009.

With Ashton apparently not losing much time moving on with his life, let’s hope that Demi can move on, too.  Unfortunately, she’s had her problems in the last few years, but I have no real reason to wish her ill, so I’m hoping she can get on with her life, too, with a minimum of high-profile nonsense.

Jennifer Lawrence Cuts Beautiful Hair

I know this has been posted all over the Internet already but I feel I must voice my opinion.  I’ve heard everything from she looks amazing to she looks horrible.  Umm. Guys.  This is JENNIFER LAWRENCE!! Who gives a shit how she has her hair? Are you guys insane? She’s a wonder of beauty. PERIOD! How many of us would love to have a woman as gorgeous as she is as ours? Grow Up.  Be men, and women, and accept her for who she is.  Not the way she wears her hair.

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A new leading man for Eva Longoria

In case you were worried that Eva Longoria wouldn’t find true love again (I wasn’t too worried about it) – have no fear – she is dating someone new.  According to a report in People magazine, “He’s a wealthy, successful businessman from Mexico,”  the source told the magazine. “She’s very happy, and he’s crazy about her.”

Last week she was reported to have gotten back together with Eduardo Cruz, the younger brother of Penelope Cruz.  It turns out that this was not to be – the man was actually her new leading man.

These pictures really have nothing to do with the story, but I never miss an excuse to post pictures of Eva.  What can I say?

What the celebrities are wearing for Halloween

Kelly Brook - Casamigos Halloween party

Halloween is almost here, and some of the Hollywood parties have already
come and gone. Now, we see celebrities in red-carpet gowns, couture
fashions, bikinis and lingerie photoshoots all the time, but Halloween
opens up whole new worlds of possibilities.

Probably much more than the rest of us, celebrities go all out when it
comes to costumes.

Here are just a few examples of who masqueraded as
who – and who looked the best.

Kelly Brook (as Marie Antoinette) Stephanie Prattt (as a sexy genie)
Michelle Trachtenberg (as a spider, maybe?) and Vanessa Hudgens
(as an angel) attended the 2013 Casamigos Halloween Party at the
home of Mike Meldman on Friday (October 25) in Beverly Hills,
California.

Paris Hilton was dressed as Miley Cyrus for the Playboy Mansion
Halloween Party in Los Angeles, California on October 26, 2013.

For my money, Stephanie takes the prize – so far.
The annual Heidi Klum Halloween party has not happened yet,
and that one (including Heidi, of course) is always good for
some outstanding (and often, strange) outfits.

More fun in the spotlight for the Cyrus family

Well, Miley, it seems that another celebrity wannabe grabbed a few moments of well-earned notoriety of her own – and you do not have to look very far to find her.

A photographer spotted Noah Cyrus – the 13-year sister of Miley – behind the wheel of a Fiat 500 on October 24 in Los Angeles, with her father, Billy Ray, as a passenger.

Noah will not be of legal driving age in California for another 20 months, and her father has yet to respond to calls asking about this incident.

Authorities are not able to get involved regarding the incident; since no officer witnessed Noah driving the car, nothing can be done about it now.

The Cyrus family just cannot stop making headlines, eh?

Naya Rivera Stuns in White

Most of us had no clue who Naya Rivera was before she starred as the sexy, bitchy, cheerleading lesbian hottie on the hit television show Glee.  Now we just can’t get enough of her. Recently Ms. Rivera was engaged to her long time boyfriend Big Sean. You can tell that she is extremely happy and Big Sean is a very lucky man. Based on what I see in these pictures. A VERY lucky man. You better treat her right Big Sean. Don’t make her go all Lima Heights on your sorry ass..

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Lady Gaga discusses drug drama

gagaLike nearly every musician out there, Lady Gaga faced a drug addiction, one her father saved her from.

The “Poker Face” singer used to spend hours taking cocaine alone in her New York apartment, until her father Joseph Germanotta ordered her to get clean.

“My father is a really powerful man, a telecom guy. So he looked at me one day and said, ‘You’re fucking up, kid.’ And I looked at him and thought, ‘How does he know that I’m high right now?’” Lady Gaga, real name Stephanie Germanotta, said.

“And he never said a word about the drugs, not one word. But he said, ‘I just wanna tell you that anyone you meet while you’re like this, and any friend that you make in the future while you are with this thing, you will lose.’ And we never talked about it again.”

She began taking coke after she dropped out of New York University in 2005. The singer’s friends also became worried about her erratic behavior and begged her to leave her apartment and spend time with them.

“My cocaine soundtrack was The Cure. I loved all their music, but I listened to this one song on repeat while I did bags and bags of cocaine,” said Gaga. “I didn’t think there was anything wrong with me until my friends came over and said, ‘Are you doing this alone?’ ‘Um, yes. Me and my mirror.’But I was able to stop, because I was panicking more on the drugs than I was sober. So I’m fine now.”

She still likes to party, though, despite pleas from her record label to dial it back.

“I can drink, and I’m not going to say that I don’t party. But it’s not everyday, and it’s no longer a tool for my creativity,” she said. “The label gets mad at me for talking about it – they say, ‘We don’t want people to think that you’re not a pop star.’ But I am a pop star. I’m a pop star with a story!”

Ashlee Simpson-Wentz’s worrying mind

simpsonAshlee Simpson-Wentz is starting the worry early. The actress is already concerned about what type of women her toddler son, Bronx Mowgli, with Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz, may bring home.

“Pete is definitely overprotective, I know that. And I’m definitely going to be laying the boundaries down,” she said on “The Rachael Ray Show.”

“But it’s different for a girl than with a guy, so I think we’ll have to grow together and be able to lay the boundaries. But with Bronx, there will be a curfew and all that. I don’t want him to grow up in the middle of Hollywood.”

Simpson is set to star in the CW’s revamp of “Melrose Place” and has been trying to stay in shape, even throughout her pregnancy.

“I could do the splits when I was nine months pregnant. I could put my leg over my head still. I used to be a ballerina,” said the former back up dancer.

Simpson will play Violet Foster, a saucy temptress, and denies her husband is bothered by the scenes.

“He’s not a jealous person, and it’s work. It is what it is. And believe me, there’s some jaw droppers for Violet! But I’d rather be kissing my husband.”

Jon and Kate plus Hate?

57981223I guess an amicable divorce is off the table. Jon Gosselin told “Good Morning America” that he despises his estranged wife Kate, and believes she took his wedding ring.

The reality TV star said he set down his ring one day and it vanished. No one else could have taken it, according to Jon.

He also accused his soon-to-be ex of verbally abusing him and beating him down during their marriage, which anyone who watched “Jon and Kate Plus 8″ knows.

This was his first TV interview since divorce papers were filed in June. Kate, however, has had plenty to say during her interview appearances in recent weeks.

A longer version of Jon’s interview airs tonight on ABC’s “Primetime: Family Secrets” and I’m sure it’s full of even more dirt.