Today in celebrity gossip: Hollywood's newest mystery involves a Kardashian, plus Frances Bean Cobain reaches out to Robin Williams' daughter, and Justin Bieber cuts a plea deal in Miami.
It was one of those classic Hollywood tales, nearly microscopic in its importance but epic for its cinematic camp value: Kendall Jenner skips out on a check, a waitress chases her down the street, and Jenner angrily throws a wad of twenties in her face. That's the story Page Six reported, anyway, and our collective schadenfreude toward all things Kardashian willed this story into a highly clickable/shareable item. And while pesky things called "details" usually deflate a story like this right away, the details in this story just made it even more amusing. Like how the waitress in question was a struggling actress named Blaine Morris (whose biggest credit was the disastrous MTV adaptation of Skins) and how she tweeted about the encounter only to delete it once the story broke and people questioned her about it. Or that the alleged reason Kendall Jenner skipped out on her check was because the waitress refused to serve booze to a 20-year-old. Actually, that detail doesn't seem to be in dispute, but Jenner's dinner friend has since denied that the twenties were thrown on the street or in the waitress' face, as they were rather thrown onto the table and "they thought everything was paid for. Kendall was polite and asked, 'Does this cover it?' They didn’t run." Meanwhile Jenner herself has finally broken her silence about Page Six's initial report:
these rumors r absolutely ridiculous! I would never throw money in anyone's face or act that disrespectfully. I was raised better than that— Kendall Jenner (@KendallJenner) August 12, 2014
Kendall Jenner was raised better than that, everybody. By Kris Jenner specifically. And Kris Jenner would never raise a child to behave improperly. Never ever. So there. Case closed. [Page Six]
I'm so sorry about this, but here are at least two notable items to add to the Robin Williams tragedy narrative. One: In Page Six's opinion, his fatal depression was only fueled by our nostalgic demands for a Mrs. Doubtfire 2. Here's "a friend close to the actor" explaining the situation:
He signed up to do them purely out of necessity. He wasn’t poor, but the money wasn’t rolling in anymore and life is expensive when you have to pay off two ex-wives and have a family to support.
Not to mention the toll that long shoots tended to take on his mental health, as Page Six theorizes: "Aside from finding the roles depleting, Williams had anxieties about leaving his family for long periods of time."
So, uh, yeah. There's nothing wrong with nostalgia per se, but maybe we should make sure the people who make the originals actually want to make more? Or maybe we should just cool it with nostalgia in general? It's a narcotic and it's addictive we should cut it out. Robin Williams has one of the most wonderful resumés in existence, but we had more reason to be excited about his new ventures than his rehashes. What if he had movies lined up he actually wanted to make? Yes this is all hindsight fretting, but isn't that what death makes us do? Introspect and maybe change?
Two, whenever any celebrity makes The Big Leap, it can provoke some confusing emotions in we the fans. Like, we're obviously crestfallen as we tend to form personal connections to entertainers who'd stirred more emotions in us over the years than even our closest friends, but celebrities have actual friends and families who are hurting in realer ways. What right do we have to feel personally involved in tragedies like this, particularly in how we interact with their actual family members. Williams' daughter Zelda Williams has now been openly harassed by internet strangers while even well-intentioned people aggressively looked to her for some kind of thoughtful (and immediate) eulogy about her own father that we could quickly share and disseminate as soon as possible. But again, what do we know about what Zelda Williams is feeling? Nothing. That's maybe why it's hard not to be moved and maybe even comforted that Frances Bean Cobain has reached out to her, perhaps because Cobain must have a slightly closer idea of what Williams may be experiencing on a personal level:
@zeldawilliams You have such an incredibly beautiful soul. I love you but you already knew that. Wherever, whenever u need me I'll be there💖— Frances Bean Cobain (@alka_seltzer666) August 12, 2014
For those of you following Justin Bieber's legal travails with the eagle-eyed attention to detail of an armchair Greta Van Susteren, please be advised that he has apparently neared an official plea deal with regard to his DUI arrest in Miami earlier this year. According to TMZ Bieber will avoid a drunk driving charge if he pleads guilty to the much lesser charge of "reckless driving" and agrees to anger management classes as well as a "$50,000 charitable donation." But no probation! Which means he's free to continue skirting the limits of the law without having to answer to a judge every few weeks. Godspeed, young prince. [TMZ]
After handsome millionaire DJ Calvin Harris and obscure singer Rita Ora impressed the world with their very chill breakup, it's sort of a bummer to see the aftermath descend into your typical tabloid-stoking mutual antipathy. A few days ago Ora appeared on Ryan Seacrest's radio show and claimed that she'd been set to perform her collaboration with Harris "I Will Never Let You Down" at Sunday's Teen Choice Awards but then he let her down by actively preventing her from taking the stage. Though she didn't provide any explanation for the slight other than explaining that he had the legal right to do what he did, it was enough for Harris to take to Twitter and cryptically defend himself:
But just know I had a damn good reason— Calvin Harris (@CalvinHarris) August 13, 2014
So what was Calvin Harris' "damn good reason" for not wanting to perform a love song with his ex-girlfriend on national television? We may never know. [Us Weekly]
It's the end of a very hard week and maybe you need a bit of a pick-me-up. So please just relax and take a good long gaze at this photo that Verne Troyer tweeted of himself wearing a child's shark costume. You deserve it.
This one's a few days old and Ansel Elgort fans are probably WELL-aware of this video, but here's the Fault in Our Stars star participating in the "Ice Bucket Challenge." The meme was designed to raise awareness for ALS while also allowing your hot friends to show off their late-summer gym bodies on your Facebook wall under the guise of a good cause. Nobody's mad!
Here's Justin Bieber doing his thing:
Serial new-best-friend haver Taylor Swift is still friends with Lorde! Here they are taking a cooking lesson:
Did you know that Teen Wolf's Tyler Posey played Jennifer Lopez's very young son in Maid in Manhattan? If you knew that, then that should make this recent reunion photo a liiiiittle weird:
Andy Cohen took a selfie with Kim Kardashian's hind quarters:
And finally, a pop quiz: Is this Kellan Lutz at a French premiere, or is it the wax figure of Kellan Lutz recently unveiled at Madame Tussaud's?
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