Today in celebrity gossip: Two handsome TV stars have lashed out at Justin Bieber, Anne Hathaway almost played Jennifer Lawrence's part in Silver Linings Playbook, and Prince Harry treated his girlfriend to a delicious hamburger.
That whole "Stars: They're just like us!" story angle is certainly one of the worst and most embarrassing things that tabloids regularly traffic in. Yes, I recognize the futility in questioning tabloids' behavior. It's like asking why a baboon screams at jungle spirits; even if there IS a good explanation it's not going to help you sleep at night. Anyway, the basic subtext of these Us Weekly-style blurbs is that celebrities are superior to normal people and their occasional willingness to do their own shopping or pump their own gas makes them somehow more human. Just like us! It's all very misanthropic and condescending and deserves to be swept to hell right alongside "makeup free" and "baby bump" stories. (Is it obvious that I scan too many gossip headlines every day?) THAT BEING SAID, for the first time in a while the "Stars: They're just like us!" banner actually feels appropriate and necessary. That's because recently a handful of famous people have proudly declared their disdain for Justin Bieber! Just like us! First Supernatural's Jared Padalecki chimed in about Bieber's roommate's recent arrest: "Hey @justinbieber, how much are you paying your friend for pretending that it was HIS cocaine, and taking the fall for you?" Nevermind that the drug ended up being MDMA, Padalecki's confrontational @-tagging positively drips with contempt! The tweet was uncharacteristically aggressive and negative for the affable hunk so it's doubly amazing that Padalecki hasn't yet deleted it even after Bieber fans have apparently started threatening to boycott Supernatural. But guess what? Jared Padalecki don't care. Deal with it, Beliebers. [E! Online][
Meanwhile the similarly hunky Joel McHale also had harsh words for Justin Bieber. During a recent appearance on Conan, the Community star worded his opinion of Bieber in very eloquent terms: "He's a f--king idiot." Uh oh, I hope nobody organizes a boycott against Community or it might never get that sixth season and a movie! Just kidding, Joel McHale don't care either. [E! Online]
This story may only be timely due to director David O. Russell and his film American Hustle's upcoming Oscar chances, but if you love behind-the-scenes Hollywood drama, then it's evergreen: Apparently Anne Hathaway was originally slated to play Jennifer Lawrence's role in Silver Linings Playbook but left the project after clashing with Russell! As producer Harvey Weinstein explained in a recent Howard Stern interview, "David and Anne had some creative differences...They didn't see eye-to-eye." Obviously Lawrence then stepped in and won an Oscar for her troubles (while Hathaway also won for Les Misérables), but one can't help but wonder what Hathaway and Russell disagreed about or how those arguments went down. But really, who cares, instead let's just all take a minute to revisit that legendary clip of Russell screaming at Lily Tomlin on the set of I <3 Huckabees, shall we? [Daily Mail]
Oh, Yeezy, no. There's a story going around that Kanye West is nursing some jealousy over the success of BEYONCÉ (by "artist unknown"). Not only has that album, in one month, eclipsed the total sales of West's 7-month-old Yeezus, Radar reports that West considers himself the inventor of the "visual album," but simply opted not to go through with it back when My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was released. In a rare moment of discretion, West has declined to officially accuse Beyoncé of stealing his idea, presumably for the simple reason that "he needs to stay on good terms with Jay Z." But don't feel too bad for Kanye West and his thwarted ambitions! Feeling newly emboldened by his lady-rival's smash success, he's apparently "working so hard to come up with something that will eclipse Beyoncé and put him back on top." And lest you think he doesn't have the support system to pull off such a feat, rest assured that "Kim Kardashian is reported to be behind him 100 percent." So get ready to cry yourself to sleep, Beyoncé: Kanye's coming for you. [Daily Mail]
Some quick background: Britain still allows a family of pale white people to call themselves royalty and apparently the citizens still care about their respective loves lives. Got it? Okay, so one of these royals, the one with red hair (Prince Harry) has been linked to a comely 24-year-old lass named Cressida Bonas. Yes, Cressida Bonas. Anyway, there had been question marks hovering over whether Prince Harry and Cressida Bonas were still an item, particularly in light of Prince Harry's recent return from Antarctica whereupon he had not been spending sufficient time with Cressida Bonas in the tabloids' opinions. But please be informed that Prince Harry has been spotted treating Cressida Bonas to a delicious hamburger dinner and THAT is all we need to know about the current state of their relationship. Maybe he slipped a royal jewel into her chips? (That's British French fries, Yanks.) Who even knows, I just made that up, but that's how these things work! So no, we don't yet know if Cressida Bonas' burger came with a combo meal that included a future royal wedding, but stay tuned. Stay tuned to see what happens between Prince Harry and Cressida Bonas and their presumably VERY greasy yet delicious-smelling fingers. [People]
The Liz and Dick of our times, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, have experienced a storied and complicated love affair ever since meeting on the set of Twilight. But their on-again-off-again romance seemed to turn into an off-forever romance when Stewart was caught doing sex with the director of Snow White and the Huntsman in his car. Like I even need to remind of you of that story, everybody knows that stuff! But bad news for those holding out hope for a possible Pattinson-Stewart reconciliation: Their shared 4,036-square foot Spanish Colonial Los Feliz mansion has been officially sold! According to TMZ, Pattinson has successfully unloaded this mansion of lurid memories for "a cool $6.35 MILLION," or about what he paid for it in 2011. If you're familiar with L.A. lore, you might be interested to know that located nearby is the Snowden House, the Lloyd Wright-designed home rumored to contain a secret room where the Black Dahlia was murdered. So the Pattinson home is just like that one, except instead of the Black Dahlia it was ROMANCE ITSELF that was murdered and left bisected in an empty field. Oh, this sad, scary, broken city. Best of luck, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart! [TMZ]
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