We’re well into the holiday season now, so it was about time someone kicked off the flood of Christmakwanzakah engagement announcements. This year, the honor goes to Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden, who have been dating for a whopping seven months and are now set to wed.
Us Weekly broke the news on Friday that the pair are so smitten with each other they want to make their relationship semi-permanent. Though it seems like a crazy whirlwind romance, props go to Madden for keeping it a bit traditional. While the couple was vacationing with the Other Woman actress’s family in Florida, the Good Charlotte rocker asked Diaz’s mother for her daughter’s hand in marriage.
“It happened a few nights ago,” an insider tells People. “All of Benji’s friends are aware and happy for him.”
This will be the first marriage for both. Before meeting Madden, 35, through Nicole Richie (who’s married to Benji’s brother/bandmate Joel Madden), Diaz, 42, famously dated Justin Timberlake and Alex Rodriguez.Full Story
After more than a decade of tolerating one another, Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter are calling it quits. Reps for the pair tell Us Weekly the couple “separated amicably earlier this year and have continued to be friends and co-parent their children. We would ask that you respect their privacy and that of their children during this time.”
The exes first met when Burton, 56, directed Carter, 48, in 2001’s Planet of the Apes. They never married but have two kids together — son Billy, 11, and daughter Nell, 7. Though their relationship is a failure, their projects have been pretty successful. (See: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Alice in Wonderland and Dark Shadows.)Full Story
A merry Christmas, indeed.
Sony says The Interview will be shown in select theaters on Christmas Day. The Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy will appear in independent theaters, and Sony plans to continue to roll it out slowly.
"We have never given up on releasing The Interview," said Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton. "While we hope this is only the first step of the film's release, we are proud to make it available to the public and to have stood up to those who attempted to suppress free speech."
"The people have spoken! Freedom has prevailed! Sony didn't give up!" said Rogen on Twitter.
"VICTORY!!!!!!!" said Franco. "The PEOPLE and THE PRESIDENT have spoken."
North Korea suffered Internet outages in an apparent attack Monday after President Barack Obama vowed to respond to North Korea's "cyber vandalism" of Sony, the Associated Press reports.
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Christmas just came early for 'Super Troopers’ fans.
The rumors started in 2012, sending a frenzied wave of anticipation across the land. And now, here we are, three years later, delivering the stellar news that a Super Troopers sequel is, in fact, happening.
Steve Lemme, who played MacIntyre 'Mac’ Womack in the 2001 Broken Lizard comedy, confirmed to Us Weekly that Fox has picked up the announced production.
“The fans have been asking for it for a while, but we were finally able to package everything together,” Lemme said, adding that they have most of the $27 million they need to make it happen, but they’re counting on us for the rest. “Fox is going to distribute the film,” he said, “but we needed to raise the money for it. We’re close. There may be a Kickstarter launched to raise the last little bit.”
If Dr. Who fans can raise $90,000 to send a Tardis into space, we don’t think the Broken Lizard gang should have any problem with their campaign.
While rumblings in 2006 made it sound like a prequel would see the light of day before a sequel, Lemme, 45, has confirmed that this film will pick up where the last one left off. …Full Story
Elton John’s wedding has got nothing on Lance Bass’s wedding.
On Saturday, the former ’NSync member wed his longtime love, artist Michael Turchin, and you’re all invited! How does that work, you ask? Not via time travel, but via the E! special Lance Loves Michael: The Lance Bass Wedding, which is a real thing that airs on Feb. 8.
To make sure you get your DVR space’s worth, Bass and Turchin called upon Kimye wedding planner extraordinaire Sharon Sacks to engineer the event. The ceremony went down in front of 300 guests (the list originally included 750 people) at the Legendary Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.
“We wanted it to have a royal vibe, and everything about the place is over the top and gorgeous,” Bass tells People magazine. “It was exactly the backdrop we needed.”
Guests who made the cut: Lisa Vanderpump, Cheryl Burke and ’NSync bandmates JC Chasez, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick. Justin Timberlake was on tour and couldn’t make it. Lame. …Full Story
She’s here! And she has a … unique name, just like her older sister. Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard welcomed their second baby girl on Friday, and they tweeted all about it. No photos, though, of course.
“Delta Bell Shepard is here,” the proud dad and Parenthood actor wrote. “She doesn’t look like either @IMKristenBell or me, but we’re gonna keep her anyway. #christmascameearly.”
Frozen star Bell also tweeted, “The estrogen has now hit critical mass! Good luck, @daxshepard1. And welcome to the world DELTA BELL SHEPARD :)”
My, they almost seem as endearing as those Samsung commercials would have us believe they are.Full Story
Madonna has pulled a Beyonce — an incomplete, forced Beyonce.
The singer surprised fans by releasing six songs from her new album on Saturday. After several incomplete demos were leaked, Madge decided to go ahead and release the tracks on iTunes and other streaming services, saying, “I would prefer my fans to hear completed versions of some of the songs instead of the incomplete tracks that are circulating. Please consider these six songs as an early Christmas gift.”
An early Christmas gift she really didn’t want to give, that is.
“I was hoping to release my new single Living For Love on Valentine’s Day with the rest of the album coming in the spring,” she told the Associated Press. More songs will be released on Feb. 9; the full album, in March.Full Story
Entertainer Elton John and longtime mate David Furnish officially married Sunday on the ninth anniversary of the day they entered into a civil partnership.
The couple converted their civil bond under new laws implemented in England earlier this year that allow same-sex marriages.
On Sunday the couple posted an Instagram picture of themselves preparing to sign official documents.
“That’s the legal bit done. Now on to the ceremony!” they wrote.
John and Furnish planned a celebration at their estate near Windsor Castle west of London. An A-list crowd was expected — even if the festivities were likely to be much more sedate than the parties in John’s hell-raising rock 'n’ roll days.
The singer — known for an impressive string of hits dating back decades — promised to post pictures of the festivities to fans around the world.
The nuptials came as no surprise: John had tweeted about his plans earlier in the week, and earlier in the year had praised England for embracing same-sex marriage. He said there had been a remarkable change in a country where homosexual acts had long been deemed criminal offenses. …Full Story
It was a banner year for Kim Kardashian, and for her keister. Big Kim married her ego equal in hip-hop artist Kanye West while Lil Kim, the celebrity’s Rubenesque rump, graced the cover of Paper magazine. In one photo, the dexterous derrière balances a champagne glass in the re-creation of a famous photo. We raise a toast to that, Lil Kim.
The stockings are hung, the Festivus pole installed, and this year’s embodiment of all that is wrong with celebrity culture has been crowned. To be named The Juice* Person of the Year, one need not be the most famous celebrity, and certainly not the most talented. In fact, the winner isn't necessarily the most controversial, either. All one must do is serve as the face of indignity.
Therefore, Kim Kardashian at long last has been elected into the Juice* Hall of Shame.
In this, our eighth glorious and ignominious year in review, we can no longer deny Kim K. her 15 minutes in the spotlight of disrepute. Let’s face it, 2014 was a big year for Kim, mainly because 2014 was All About That Bass. Nicki Minaj blew up Twitter with her twerktastic VMAs performance. Iggy Azalea shook her comparable Booty alongside Jennifer Lopez. Rihanna wore that naked dress, and Miley Cyrus stormed Tampa Bay with a bruised beach-bum Instagram that will forever be burned into our brains. …Full Story
These two don’t mess around!
Ashlee Simpson Ross and new husband Evan Ross are expecting their first child together, People reports.
The 30-year-old singer and her Hunger Games actor beau started dating in the summer of 2013, got married earlier this year, and now they’re giving Diana Ross her third grandchild. It all sounds exhausting, but the news should come as no surprise.
“I would love to [have kids],” Evan, 26, told Us Weekly last month at the premiere for The Hunger Games Mockingjay — Part 1. “As many as possible.”
He already has a year of practice under his belt, stepping up as step-dad to 6-year-old Bronx, Ashlee’s son with her first husband, Fall Out Boy rocker Pete Wentz.Full Story
After 23 years of captivity, Bruce Jenner has escaped. The Olympic gold medalist has finalized his divorce from momager of the Kardashian empire, Kris Jenner.
A Los Angeles judge on Tuesday signed off on the couple’s divorce judgment, the Associated Press reports. The agreement says Kris Jenner must pay her estranged husband $2.5 million. Bonus!
The couple had been married since 1991 and have two daughters together. You know the ones.Full Story
“This is artistic rape!! These are early leaked demo’s half of which wont even make it on my album the other half have changed and evolved. This is a form of terrorism. Wtf!!!! Why do people want to destroy artistic process??? Why steal? Why not give me the opportunity to finish and give you my very best?”
That's what Madonna wrote in response to a version of her yet-to-be-announced 2015 album being leaked online. The 56-year-old singer called the songs “unfinished demos stolen long ago,” writing in an Instagram post on Wednesday that the music is “not ready to be presented to the world.” She then thanked her loyal fans for not listening, though we’d guess they were the first to do so.Full Story
That’s how much a British man named Jordan James Parke paid plastic surgeons to make him look like Kim Kardashian. Some of what he had done: chin filler, Botox and eyebrow tattooing. Parke also had his lips filled over 50 times, and it shows.
“I absolutely love everything about Kim Kardashian. I think she’s everyone’s guilty pleasure,” the 23-year-old makeup artist recently told The Sun newspaper. “For me, she is the most gorgeous woman ever. Her skin is perfect, her hair is perfect — everything about her is perfect. There’s no one I’d rather look like.”
Well, we think the facial technicians did a pretty good job, considering how artificial this guy looks.Full Story
Something glorious happened in the wake of Sony Pictures canceling the Christmas Day release of The Interview, after hackers threatened a 9/11-style attack: Theaters across the U.S. decided to screen the 2004 North Korea-themed comedy Team America: World Police instead.
Take that, censorship!
But don’t get too excited. Just as the good news began to circulate, the terrorists, once again, ruined all the fun. Or, you know, Paramount Pictures did.
The studio decided it too had zero desire to be held responsible for any potentially violent blacklash, so it contacted theaters planning to screen the film and told them to pull the plug.
Says the Twitter account of the Plaza Theater in Atlanta: “Team America: World Police pulled from all theatres as per Paramount Pictures.”
Several other theaters made similar announcements throughout the day on Thursday.
Sony said in a statement Wednesday that does not plan to release The Interview in the future, either in theaters or via on-demand.
Team America: World Laughingstock.Full Story
Not only will a petition to cancel 19 Kids and Counting fail, according to the reality show’s patriarch Jim Bob Duggar, but it has given the family even more exposure.
The change.org petition, which urges TLC to cancel the show over the political views of the Duggar family, particularly their comments against LGBT rights, currently has more than 180,000 signatures. But Jim Bob isn’t worried, mainly because a Defend the Duggars petition on LifeSiteNews was approaching 210,000 signatures Wednesday night.
According to E! Online, Duggar said during a speech at Hannibal-LaGrange University last month, “Our show is the No. 1 show on TLC. We love everybody. It’s a small group creating this fuss. All it has done is give us more exposure. We’ve gained 50,000 Facebook fans last week.” He added, “God is expanding our borders through the national media.”
The hubbub started back in August when Michelle Duggar recorded a robocall campaigning against an anti-discrimination ordinance in Arkansas. The call said the measure would allow “males with past child predator convictions that claim they are female to have a legal right to enter private areas that are reserved for women and girls.” …Full Story