Ariana Grande ‘Talks on a Talk Show’ For The First Time

Ariana Grande is already surrounded by rumors that she’s a total diva who makes her bodyguards carry her around like a doll and frequently gets into shouting matches with anyone who dares disagree with her, but in her first televised interview since hitting it big, she actually seems pretty laid-back.

“I’m so nervous,” Grande tells Jimmy Fallon. “I don’t speak. This is my first time speaking in front of people … I’ve never talked on a talk show.”  Continue reading “Ariana Grande ‘Talks on a Talk Show’ For The First Time”

Jaden and Willow Smith are the Most New Agey Kids Ever

Willow and Jaden look like Will SmithYou know that one friend you have that’s all about good “energy, “being “connected” and forcing weird food into your mouth and bad thoughts in your head? The one that makes you feel like you’re gaining and losing brain cells at a rapid and weirdly equal rate with their conspiracies on cancer being secretly curable and GMO corn being responsible for 9/11.

Willow and Jaden Smith are those people, except that they’re 14 and 16, which makes it even weirder than it already is. In an interview with the New York Times promoting Jaden’s music, the Smiths don’t sound like the children of Scientologists, they sound like the children of pretentious, brainwashed hippies.

The only thing that could “explain” the  interview is the Jaden line, “I have a goal to be just the most craziest person of all time.”

It starts out like this, with the simple question “What have you been reading?”

WILLOW: Quantum physics. Osho.

JADEN: “The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life” and ancient texts; things that can’t be pre-dated.

And then it gets odder:

WILLOW: I mean, time for me, I can make it go slow or fast, however I please, and that’s how I know it doesn’t exist.

And odder:

JADEN: When you think about an apple, you also think about the opposite of an apple. It’s a tool for understanding mathematics and things with two separate realities. But for creativity: That comes from a place of oneness. That’s not a duality consciousness.

And BOOM, your head explodes like a watermelon in a movie adaptation of Fruit Ninja directed by Michael Bay:

JADEN: Honestly, we’re just trying to make music that we think is cool. We don’t think a lot of the music out there is that cool. So we make our own music. We don’t have any song that we like to listen to on the P.C.H. by any other artist, you know?

WILLOW: That’s what I do with novels. There’re no novels that I like to read so I write my own novels, and then I read them again, and it’s the best thing.

And then your internal organs splat onto everything. Intestines on the window pane, liver on the kitchen tile, kidneys wrapped around the faucet while Willow and Jaden laugh sadistically because they’re too cool for novels and music…  Continue reading “Jaden and Willow Smith are the Most New Agey Kids Ever”

WATCH Mike Tyson Call a Reporter a ‘Piece of Sh*t’ on Live Television

I know this is old news, but Mike Tyson semi recently “saved” a guy who crashed his motorcycle in Vegas, and I wanted to remind everyone with this Canadian interview from earlier this month that while Mike Tyson is totally entertaining, he’s also a psychopath.

The lone face-tatted ranger reportedly pulled over to help a man who suffered multiple severe injuries such as broken bones and nerve damage until paramedics arrived.  Continue reading “WATCH Mike Tyson Call a Reporter a ‘Piece of Sh*t’ on Live Television”

Interview: Soulful Singer/Songwriter Jen Miller

This month, brilliant indie vocalist, ukulele master and all-around musical badass Jen Miller – representing Columbus, Ohio – tolerates my line of questioning for the second time around.

She covers the recording process, Kickstarter, her favorite bands, The Red Wedding, her quirky but beloved fans, how she’s grown as an artist and more. Read on, dinosaurs…

It’s been two years since you released your first EP on iTunes, what do you think the major difference between your new album, Overgrown, and Forget the Dirty Hearts is?

I think the major difference between the EP and the album is that I really got my hands dirty here. For the first EP, it was my first time in the studio. We did it all in one weekend and the songs didn’t really have a chance to ripen in the studio…we just recorded them as quickly and as well as we could in one 48 hour weekend.

This time around, I worked with a producer, Derek Snowden, who really helped me push my sound. Some days I would come in the studio and be like “Derek, I wrote a song last night! Let’s see what we can make of it!”, and that’s what we would do for the night. It would come in as vocals and a ukulele and get transposed to electric and banjo by the end of the night. That’s just how it goes. So the sound is definitely more developed and the songwriting more solid.

Kickstarter and YouTube seem to have been your friends over the years… What projects have you backed on Kickstarter? 

Kickstarter burnt an imaginary hole in my pocket for a second there. I actually found it thanks to Julia Nunes…I am a massive fan of hers and she and Israel Kamakawiwo’ole are the combined reason I started teaching myself uke. She crowdfunded her first 2 albums which I (of course) backed obsessively.

Who are you into of these days musically? Anyone you fangirl over who readers might not have heard of?

I AM FANGIRL CENTRAL. A little less crazy than the One Direction fans though. I riot less.

Huge fan of Ohio natives Twenty One Pilots…Allen Stone, Kate Nash (swoon), Ed Sheeran’s new album, Nina Nesbitt, Passenger and Stu Larsen.  Continue reading “Interview: Soulful Singer/Songwriter Jen Miller”

Prince Oberyn Weighs in on that Shocking Trial-By-Combat

pedro pascal the mountain instagram ** Read no further unless you’re caught up on Game of Thrones or love spoilers! **

Pedro Pascal has talked in great lengths about the outcome of his character’s epic fight against the Mountain on Game of Thrones in the name of Tyrion Lannister and his dead sister, Elia Martell.

To Access Hollywood, on identifying and falling in love with Prince Oberyn “The Viper” Martell:

I found him very delicious. I also found him very, very honorable and very progressive and just an all-around badass, not because he’s a great fighter and because he likes to f*ck everything that moves, but because he has morals that I identify with. So it was always very hard for me to kind of like, detach myself from my own heartbreak that the character goes out the way that he goes out.

Pascal said in that same interview that he wouldn’t hesitate to star in a sort of Red Viper origin series or movie, as unlikely as that is.  Continue reading “Prince Oberyn Weighs in on that Shocking Trial-By-Combat”

Michael Sam to Become First Openly Gay Pro Football Player

Mizzou Football Media DayIf defensive end Michael Sam gets drafted by an NFL team in May, he will become the first currently playing professional football player to identify as gay.

Sam, who was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year for his work with the Missouri Tigers by the Associated Press, recently came out publicly in interviews with both the New York Times and ESPN.

In the sit-down with ESPN, he speaks of the hardships he endured as a child and young man. “Telling the world I’m gay is nothing compared to that,” he admitted. “That,” being multiple family traumas including witnessing the death of his older brother from a gunshot wound and having another brother go missing in 1998 while the other two sit in jail.

The NFL has released a message of support, saying they admire his “honesty and courage.”

“Michael is a football player,” the statement read. “Any player with ability and determination can succeed in the NFL. We look forward to welcoming and supporting Michael Sam in 2014.”  Continue reading “Michael Sam to Become First Openly Gay Pro Football Player”

Miley Cyrus is Blonde and Nearly Eyebrowless for W

Miley W eyebrowsMiley Cyrus fulfills the wishes of those of us who were sitting around wondering what she looks like with super Swedish blonde hair and eyebrows with her new W Magazine spread.

The Girl With The Really Bad Tattoos tells Ronan Farrow (son of Mia) that “guys try too hard” with her, explaining that she doesn’t need to go to fancy restaurants or vacations.

I mean, really, why go to Nobu or The Ivy when you could twerk on dwarves and balance malt liquor bottles on your ass in the Dollar Tree parking lot?

Here are just a few of the interview highlights and photos that made me throw up in my mouth a little…

On being an unconventional sex symbol: “I like that I’m associated with sexuality and the kind of punk-rock shit where we just don’t care. Like Madonna or Blondie or Joan Jett – Jett’s the one that I still get a little shaky around. She did what I did in such a crazier way. I mean, girls then weren’t supposed to wear leather pants and, like, fucking rock out. And she did.”  Continue reading “Miley Cyrus is Blonde and Nearly Eyebrowless for W”

Earth to Kanye West, A Genius Probably Wouldn’t Call Himself a Genius

Last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Kanye West touched on a plethora of unimportant subjects that related to nothing but him and his life because only God knows what’s bigger, his wife’s ass or his head.

During the lengthy interview that every news outlet ever is calling an epic “rant,” Kanye called himself a “genius,” a “messenger” and a “creative,” not realizing that self-applied terms like this consistently make him sound like an untrendy toolbox douchnozzle.

Do you even brain: I’m totally weird, and I’m totally honest, and I’m totally inappropriate sometimes. And the thing is, for me to say I wasn’t a genius, I would just be lying to you and to myself.”

Wow Kanye, you’re totally akin to Joan of Arc!: “I wouldn’t even say that I’m a rapper. I’d say I’m more of a messenger than a rapper.”  Continue reading “Earth to Kanye West, A Genius Probably Wouldn’t Call Himself a Genius”

Michelle Rodriguez ‘Intrigued’ by Both Men and Women

Michelle Rodriguez butchy rolesWith her signature snarl, glare, walk and moderately cliche but fun “strong woman” roles in movies like The Fast and the Furious, Resident Evil, Avatar and Girlfight, the public has long assumed that Michelle Rodriguez is a Suburu-driving clam slammer.

She addresses the age-old rumors in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, saying “I’ve never walked the carpet with anyone, so they wonder: What does she do with her vagina? Plus, I play a butchy girl all the time, so they assume I’m a lesbo.”

And then: Eh, they’re not too far off. I’ve gone both ways. I do as I please. I am too f*cking curios to sit here and not try when I can. Men are intriguing. So are chicks.”  Continue reading “Michelle Rodriguez ‘Intrigued’ by Both Men and Women”

Major Lazer and the Most Awkward Interview Ever

Diplo kennedy interview awkward lollapalooza 2013If you remember MTV back in the 90s, when the focus was more on music and less on slutty teenage girls who get pregnant and graduate to porn, you might remember the show Alternative Nation, with host Lisa Kennedy Montgomery (aka Kennedy). She’s now the host of LA’s 98.7FM morning show Music in the Mornings, so if you’re an LA resident you may also be familiar with her current status.

Apparently she also interviews artists at Lollapalooza, the annual Chicago-based music festival that took place this past weekend. A video of Kennedy’s interview with Major Lazer has surfaced, and it’s the most uncomfortable 6 minutes and 34 seconds of human interaction I’ve ever had to cringe my way through. Check it out here. I’ll break down the interview below:

0:03 – Wow, right off the bat this shit gets awkward. Kennedy moronically refers to Jillionaire and Walshy Fire as “the other two people who make up Major Lazer.” Alright, I know they’re living in the shadow of the almighty Diplo, but seriously, do your research. Jillionaire responds with “That used to be funny.” I applaud this response.  Continue reading “Major Lazer and the Most Awkward Interview Ever”

PRICELESS: Jennifer Lawrence Meets Jeff Bridges

Jennifer Lawrence Jeff BridgesEvery woman’s imaginary BFF Jennifer Lawrence met “The Dude” at Comic-Con and, like her encounters with Sarah Jessica Parker and Jack Nicholson, it was every bit as spectacular as you’d expect.

Lawrence spotted Bridges a short distance away from where she was talking to Extra about The Hunger Games and ran over to him, then ran away, then ran back to him and was handed the microphone by whoever was interviewing him about his new movie, R.I.P.D.

Lawrence could not stop smiling. Or apologizing. Skip the boring stuff until you hit 2:30 and WATCH…

“I’m such a huge fan, oh my god, I’m so sorry. Sorry good to see you I’m so sorry for interrupting. There are cameras everywhere… What was your favorite movie that you’ve ever done?” …Adorable.

Courtney Love on Howard Stern Highlights 5/30/13

Courtney Love Howard Stern 2013Regular Stern Show guest Courtney Love is one of Howard’s most fascinating interviews because she’s one of the last completely candid survivors of the grunge movement. She’s such an endless resource of drug and sex-related stories that transcribing nearly an hour of her comments on everything from money to her Sylvia Plath moment with Ted Nugent’s penis turkey neck didn’t bore me in the least.

The curse of the Nirvana money: “The Kurt money, the Nirvana money it’s like… the Nirvana money… and it’s being managed by other people and I just consider it cursed. So I prefer to make money that’s ‘the Courtney money.’

Krist and Dave’s share: “They own one half. The Nirvana LLC, which is t-shirts … Frances has 40% of the publishing money. Then I sold 25% and I had a really, really lousy lawyer. I don’t have to say his name so I don’t have to say ‘alleged.’ He was a f*ck. Lawyers tend to be f*cks, especially in L.A.”  Continue reading “Courtney Love on Howard Stern Highlights 5/30/13”

Emma Watson Watched ‘Pretty Wild’ ‘So Many Times’

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As a teenager I was obsessed with Sofia Coppola’s directorial debut, The Virgin Suicides, and then came the Harry Potter movies, and now, as an adult, I find myself voyeuristically fascinated by reality shows.

Obviously The Bling Ring, directed by Coppola, starring Emma Watson and based on Alexis Neiers from one of my favorite “bad” reality shows, Pretty Wild, is my kind of movie.

After reading various interviews with Watson about The Bling Ring, I started feeling like she was skirting the issue of who her character, Nicki, is actually supposed to be.
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Watson FINALLY spoke candidly about Pretty Wild when a 16-year-old Rookie Magazine interviewer mentioned Pretty Wild and asked if she had received any feedback from Neiers.  Continue reading “Emma Watson Watched ‘Pretty Wild’ ‘So Many Times’”

Chris Cuomo Didn’t Go ‘EZ’ on Amanda Knox

Amanda Knox CNNPoor Amanda Knox. She’s been through the ringer. Wrongly painted by the press as a drugged-out hussy with a fondness for Satanic orgies, Knox spent four years in Italian prison after she was convicted of stabbing her roommate to death because of incompetent police officers who had no evidence and did not follow proper (or legal) protocol.

Almost worse than being falsely told she was HIV positive in jail by pervs who wanted details about her sex life: the recent string of American interviews she’s subjected herself to.

The worst of ALL interviews was conducted by CNN’s Chris Cuomo, who didn’t ask, but TOLD Knox that she was “into some freaky sexual things.” (Because that’s relevant.)  Continue reading “Chris Cuomo Didn’t Go ‘EZ’ on Amanda Knox”

Craziest Crazytown Answers From Lindsay Lohan’s Crazy Piers Morgan Interview

Piers Morgan Lindsay LohanLindsay Lohan did a rare, non-televised interview with Piers Morgan for the Daily Mail in a “borrowed” townhouse in Manhattan. She was wearing “bright striped pyjamas” (British spelling), and talking about everything that ever happened in her life. Ever.

Her first drink: I was 17… I got really sick and Mom made me sleep with vomit still on me so I’d understand how it felt. I didn’t drink again throughout high school. I was too scared!

“So you’re an alcoholic?”: No … But when I was younger I was definitely going out too much and I was drinking too much. I was accused of everything, even stealing a necklace. I’d never steal a necklace.

Cocaine: Everyone thinks I’ve done it so many times. But I’ve only done it maybe four or five times.

Her drugs of choice: Pot, obviously. And ecstasy. I liked that better than the others (giggles). I didn’t drink on it, so I was just chilling. It’s something that a lot of people experience when they’re in college.

Rehab is “a joke:” I’ve been court-ordered to do it six times. I could write the book on rehab. Constantly sending me to rehab is pointless. The first few times I was court-ordered to rehab it was like a joke, like killing time.  CLICK for stuff about Michael Lohan, therapy and her sexuality…

Funny Video: Kardashians Interview Russell Brand

To top off Monday’s Kardashian takeover of Chelsea Lately (with round table guidance from Kris Jenner), Kim, Khloe and Kourtney discussed a milk and period-themed encounter with Russell Brand.

“Kourtney is lactating and Kim is pregnant … and I am just like, raging waters,” Khloe said in response to Brand being “Vulnerable to the concept of a KKK threesome.”  Continue reading “Funny Video: Kardashians Interview Russell Brand”

Chris Brown is a Self-Proclaimed ‘Great Artist,’ Along With ‘Baby Elvis’ Justin Bieber

Chris Brown Justin Bieber instagramWonderful role model-friend Chris Brown spoke out about Justin Bieber’s recent issues with loud parties, car accidents, tardiness and drug use in a radio interview with Power 105.1.

Chris says he just needs somebody close to him to say “Hey bro, you look whack right now:”

I pray for him, I pray for myself. I think we’re both great artists… he’s like a baby Elvis.

Yuck. I much preferred when Brown called his own music “gimmicky” on the red carpet at the Grammys, because that’s the only time I will ever agree with him.

The toot-your-own-horn-’til-your-lungs-die and “stay positive” method isn’t working for Brown or Bieber, so maybe it’s time to worship at the altar of humility? (Retirement preferable.)  Continue reading “Chris Brown is a Self-Proclaimed ‘Great Artist,’ Along With ‘Baby Elvis’ Justin Bieber”