The Backstreet Boys were MAJOR in the ’90s. You were either a Backstreet Boys girl or an N*Sync girl (I was neither, but if I had to choose, I’d go with the latter) and stanning was LIFE. Teen girls all over the world were building Angelfire and Geocities shrines to these bros despite the fact that they were, for the most part, only minimally talented and wore weird clothes (silk blouses with oversized jeans? No, thanks).
Anyhoo, the BSB are riding the wave of nostalgia that seems to be hitting women now in their late 20s and early 30s and trying to make a few last bucks off their boy band days with the release of their new documentary, entitled Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of. Well, that’s a bit of a mouthful.
Well, it’s finally happened. We ‘Muricans have let the terrorists win! After the Sony hackers – a group which calls themselves the Guardians of Peace – threatened to go 9/11 on every theatre who went ahead with showing the stupid Seth Rogen and James Franco “comedy” (it’s all relative, guys) The Interview, Sony has decided to scrap the film’s scheduled Christmas Day release altogether.
Here’s Sony’s full statement on the matter:
In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release. We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers.
Sony Pictures has been the victim of an unprecedented criminal assault against our employees, our customers, and our business. Those who attacked us stole our intellectual property, private emails, and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought to destroy our spirit and our morale – all apparently to thwart the release of a movie they did not like. We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public. We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome.
In a way, I guess I sorta understand why they made this decision. The individual theatres were pulling out of showing the movie, so frankly they didn’t have much choice. They can still make a ton of money by releasing it VOD or whatever – after all, nothing makes people more interested in something than not being able to have it.
Then again, it’s all getting a bit ridiculous. Since when did we bow to bullshit threats like that? Steve Carell’s apparently had a similar movie scheduled to come out and that’s been cancelled now, too, and he called it a really sad day for creative expression, and I kind of agree. Franco and Rogen have even pulled out of all remaining press for the movie because I guess they’re shitting their pants about being assassinated or whatever. I don’t know, I just think this whole thing is fascinating, and a bit of a mess.
I suppose I owe you all an apology, as I know you’re going to have this image burned into your retinas for all eternity. This 23-year-old old British man, whose name is Jordan James Parke, apparently spent upwards of $150,000 to look more like Kim Kardashian. The resemblance is uncanny, don’t you think?
“I love everything about Kim,” he told The Sun. “She’s the most gorgeous woman ever. Her skin is perfect, her hair, everything about her.”
Apparently he’s had “lip and cheek fillers, laser hair removal, Botox, eyebrow tattoos and veneers”. God help us all. This is such a sad state of affairs on so many levels. I hope this guy spends his next $150k on some professional mental health counseling.
Also, shame on plastic surgeons who are so money hungry and unprofessional that they willingly cater to people like this, who are clearly not mentally stable. This goes above and beyond helping someone feel more confident. This is just ridiculous.
If your answer is “Hell yes!”, then today is your lucky day. I mean, you won’t actually get to spend New Year’s Eve with Jennifer Lopez in any real, meaningful way, but you can at least watch her televised concert special, Dance Again, which will air on HBO on the night of December 31st. Talk about exciting!
The special follows Jennifer on tour, of course, and shows plenty of live concert footage, but it also promises to cover the “dizzying heights and the lo’s” (nevermind the fact that it’s completely incorrect grammar – get it? Lo’s?) of her behind-the-scenes life. Sounds… boring. But okay!
Taylor Swift, we can logically say, has had a damn good year. Her latest album, 1989, has turned even the most ardent haters into reluctant… well, toleraters, at the very least. It’s a great album, and Taylor Swift makes a great pop star and those two things combined have made her star soar pretty much out of sight. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that TSwift is on the cover of pretty much every magazine going, including The Hollywood Reporter, which is more traditionally reserved for stars of screen, stage and TV. But you see the headline – Taylor Swift is a “rule breaker”!
I suppose I’m a bit confused by the concept. Which rule(s) has Taylor Swift broken, exactly? She’s an upper-class white girl living the perfect popstar dream, colouring within the lines, playing by all the rules… or so it seems. I can buy her as a lot of things: America’s sweetheart, the darling of pop, a talented, independent woman, a feminist… but a rule breaker? Eh, sorry, no.
I suppose the implication here is that because Taylor decided to do some straight pop – which anyone who ever listened to Red would have seen coming anyway – she broke the rules of country music. Uh, I guess? Here’s her explanation:
“The biggest challenge this year actually was convincing members of my own team that this was a good call. I’d get called in front of a group of people who have known me and worked with me for years who’d say, ‘Are you sure that you want call the album 1989? We think it’s a weird title. Are you sure you want to put an album cover out that has less than half of your face on it? Are you positive that you want to take a genre that you’ve cemented yourself in and completely switch to a new one that you are a newcomer to?’”
Pretty small potatoes to fry when you’re already on top of the world, to be honest, so I’m not all that moved by this. Who knows, maybe it was a risk? But either way, it looks like one that’s paid off in myriad ways.
It was just another day on The Talk on Tuesday when all of a sudden, things got REAL and Sharon Osbourne‘s tooth fell off mid-broadcast. Oops!
Sharon said it was an implant that she paid a lot of money for it, so she was pretty mad that the damn thing didn’t stay in her mouth. Also, she was asking her co-hosts if they had any glue and she decided to give everyone a gapped grin because isn’t she just so cheeky? Whatever, slow news day.
Stephen Collins has been keeping a pretty low profile in recent months, ever since it was revealed that, you know, he’s a habitual child molester that abused underage girls for decades. Now he’s breaking his silence to say, “Oops, sorry about that!” and he swears that he hasn’t done it again since the ’70s. If you believe that, you were probably born yesterday, but let’s read his bullshit statement to People anyway, shall we?
“Forty years ago, I did something terribly wrong that I deeply regret. I have been working to atone for it ever since. I’ve decided to address these issues publicly because two months ago, various news organizations published a recording made by my then-wife, Faye Grant, during a confidential marriage therapy session in January, 2012. This session was recorded without the therapist’s or my knowledge or consent.”
“On the recording, I described events that took place 20, 32, and 40 years ago,” Collins continues. “The publication of the recording has resulted in assumptions and innuendos about what I did that go far beyond what actually occurred. As difficult as this is, I want people to know the truth.”
He also did a sit-down interview with Katie Couric that will be on Friday (gotta make that $$$ somehow) during which he was asked whether he ever apologized to his victims, to which he replied:
“I did have an opportunity to do so with one of the women, 15 years later. I apologized and she was extraordinarily gracious,” said Collins, who remains in a protracted divorce battle with Grant. “But after I learned in the course of my treatment that my being direct about such matters could actually make things worse for them by opening old wounds, I have not approached the other two women, one of whom is now in her 50s and the other in her 30s.”
Uhh… so I love that this dude’s so inconsistent that it starts out with it having been 40 years ago, but then his most recent abuse (at least that he’s admitted to) was actually 20 years ago. I don’t think so, bro. I also love that he clearly thinks putting out this statement is going to somehow clear his name and make him look better because the press “exaggerated” his abuse. So what, he only sorta, vaguely molested these girls? Fuck off.