Associated Press (1997)
O.J. Simpson with daughter Sydney in 1997.
O.J. Simpson's daughter had been living a quiet life in St. Petersburg, blending in with neighbors and going about her business like any normal, private individual might. That is until TMZ caught up with her, and now she's being photographed by strangers, which we're sure is a true pleasure.
And by "true pleasure" we mean we're sure it brings back haunting memories of the paps following Sydney around after her mother was nearly decapitated more than two decades ago. See the photo below, in which Gloria Allred ushers her out of the Beauty and the Beast musical at New York's Shubert Theatre on Take Our Daughters to Work Day in 1995.
She wanted to be a dancer when she grew up.
Getty Images (1995)
Sydney, now 30 years old, can blame the newfound interest on the buzz surrounding the FX crime drama The People v. O.J. Simpson, which premiered on Tuesday night. According to our Times/tbt* archives, Sydney Simpson attended and graduated from Miami's Gulliver Prep School in the early 2000s, so she's been in Florida for a while.
Sydney was 8, and her brother, Justin, was just 5 years old when Nicole Brown Simpson was murdered.Full Story
It has been confirmed: Rose let Jack freeze to death at the end of Titanic because she was selfish and terrible.
“I think he could have actually fitted on that bit of door," Kate Winslet said on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday.
Whether Leonardo DiCaprio’s character could have floated alongside Winslet’s has been a topic of debate since the 1997 tear-jerker hit theaters.
In 2012, Mythbusters took on the controversy, proving that both Rose and Jack could have fit on the door in a number of arrangements. Director James Cameron argued that it was all about whether or not the door would float with both of them atop, but Mythbusters countered that it could have if Rose had placed her life jacket underneath the door.
That same year, Cameron told the Guardian that the real reason Jack didn’t climb up on the door is so he would die dramatically and quickly.
“Wait a minute,” he said, “I’m going to call up William Shakespeare and ask why Romeo and Juliet had to die.”
The debate became quite the rabbit hole until Winslet put it to bed on Monday, agreeing with fans who said that the co-star of the third highest-grossing film of all time died for no good reason — except, you know, all the Oscars.Full Story
Remember that time Lady Gaga belted out a Sound of Music tribute medley at the Oscars and it was basically the greatest thing that ever happened?
Well, prepare yourselves, fans of music, art and fashion, because Mother Monster is set to honor the late, great David Bowie during the Grammy Awards later this month.
The Grammys announced Tuesday that Gaga will perform a “multisensory tribute” on Feb. 15, and while we don’t quite know what senses aside from sight and sound will be treated, we’re on pins and needles. What’s more: Nile Rodgers, who worked with Bowie on 1983's Let’s Dance, will be the musical director for Gaga’s tribute, according to the Associated Press.
“We had already booked Lady Gaga on this year’s show, but when David passed - almost in a single moment - we knew we had to change direction,” said executive producer of the Grammy Awards Ken Ehrlich. “We immediately spoke and agreed that she should be the one to honor David. She’s perfect for it. So I reached out to Nile and, before long, we were on our way to creating what we believe will not only make a great Grammy moment, but one befitting of David.” …Full Story
Let’s all take a moment to cry a river for O.J. Simpson, whose lawyer says he is none too pleased with the ads and interviews promoting the 10-part series The People vs. O.J. Simpson.
To clarify, the former football star isn’t upset about how he’s being depicted. He’s aggro about the supposed unfair portrayal of his former defense lawyer, Johnnie Cochran, whom attorney Malcolm LaVergne told the Associated Press Simpson greatly admired.
Not that any of this really matters; Simpson isn’t allowed to watch the FX series because he’s being held on a 2008 kidnapping and armed robbery conviction, and the Nevada prison he calls home doesn’t carry the cable network.
Simpson might be able to check it out next year, though, when he’ll be eligible for parole.Full Story
Suddenly we feel the urge to sing because we just found out that talk show host James Corden (a.k.a. the baker in Into the Woods) was just announced as the host of this year’s Tony Awards.
Fun fact: The Late Late Show host — who is having an incredible year, by the way — won a Tony in 2012 for best leading actor in a play for One Man, Two Guvnors, so go him.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to be hosting the Tony Awards,” Corden said in a statement. “Both times I’ve worked on Broadway have been amongst the happiest times of my professional life. I consider it a huge honor to be asked to host such an incredible night. It’s gonna be fun, I can’t wait to dust off my tap shoes!”
The show will air on CBS on June 12, but before that, Corden is slated to star in a special segment immediately following the Super Bowl this Sunday. He’s also featuring the Big Game’s halftime performer, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, on his next Carpool Karaoke segment.
“The road to the Super Bowl Halftime is paved with karaoke,” the preview teases.
Make way for Mr. Big Time!Full Story
If you follow B.o.B. on Twitter, we’re sorry. Also, you were one of the lucky ones to have been treated Monday to a slew of nonsensical tweets backing up the rapper’s claim that our planet is flat.
Yes, flat Earth truthers: They’re out there.
Neil deGrasse Tyson spoke for the rest of us when he shut down B.o.B. with actual scientific data, but we’ll get to that later.
First, let’s revel in B.o.B.’s tweets:
“The cities in the background are approx. 16miles apart... where is the curve ? please explain this,” the rapper tweeted along with a photo of himself on an icy landscape.
“A lot of people are turned off by the phrase 'flat earth’ ... but there’s no way u can see all the evidence and not know... grow up,” he continued.
“No matter how high in elevation you are... the horizon is always eye level ... sorry cadets... I didn’t wanna believe it either.”
The Airplanes rapper went on to post photos, memes and excerpts from random texts to back up his claim.
“Time-lapse photos of stars form perfect circles... how is this possible ?”
“Btw... Go Pros have curved lenses.” …Full Story
She's so in love, you guys.
Take notes, men with bazillions of dollars to throw away.
35 carats. That's how much diamond is currently weighing down Mariah Carey’s left ring finger. To put things in perspective, that’s larger than Beyonce and Kim Kardashian’s engagement rings combined.
Now back to Carey. The still-married diva of legend got engaged Thursday night to the fourth-richest man in Australia, TMZ reports. Carey’s billionaire beau, 48-year-old James Packer, is still married, too, but that didn’t stop him from gathering the 45-year-old Honey singer’s nearest and dearest for a private dinner at Eleven Madison Park in New York City where he got down on one knee and popped the question.
The pair started dating in June 2015.
Carey’s divorce from second husband Nick Cannon, the father of her two children, is finally starting to move along after the 35-year-old America’s Got Talent host allegedly dragged his feet, reportedly to leverage for more money. James Packer’s divorce from Erica Packer, who happens to be dating Seal, might take more time because new laws in Australia have slowed the process. …Full Story
Love of my life.
Oh, don’t mind me. I was just booking my April 2017 flight to NYC because Bette Midler, goddess among talentless mortals, announced that she’s going to star as Dolly Gallagher Levi in a revival of the 1964 musical sensation Hello, Dolly!, and now I have the vapors.
Midler — whom I was fortunate enough to see live at Amalie Arena last year on one of the greatest nights of my life — issued this statement:
“I am looking forward to portraying one of the most beloved characters in all of American Musical Comedy, Dolly Levi, born Gallagher, in Hello, Dolly! I know I’m going to have the time of my life, and I am so glad to be under the wings of Scott Rudin as Producer and Jerry Zaks as Director. See you next year!”
Zaks is a four-time Tony winner, and the revival will be choreographed by fellow Tony winner Warren Carlyle, according to Playbill. …Full Story
There’s a new Oscars controversy that isn’t getting much attention.
Turns out Lady Gaga maybe shouldn’t have been nominated for her song Til It Happens to You, from the college campus sexual assault documentary The Hunting Ground.
The 4 Non Blondes singer tweeted on Monday that Gaga didn’t pen the tune and only performed the song credited to Diane Warren and Mother Monster. Perry said she has the demo by Warren and that only one line had changed.
Warren said the song is a “special collaboration” between herself and Gaga. Academy rules say only the principle songwriters can be nominated, the Associated Press reports.Full Story
Sometimes you work tirelessly into the night for years on end, scribbling away at your precious manuscript that never will be recognized but instead carelessly scattered onto the muddy streets of New York.
And sometimes you’re Caitlyn Jenner and you’re handed a book deal because dollar signs.
Grand Central Publishing announced Tuesday that it will unleash upon the literary world a 2017 memoir by Jenner about her transition. The book will be co-written (read: written) by Friday Night Lights author Buzz Bissinger, who penned the famed Vanity Fair piece about the former Olympian.
Jenner said in a statement through the publisher that with life “moving so quickly,” she is excited to “slow things down a bit and take the proper time to reflect on this journey.”
That we can get behind, at least.Full Story
Jamie Foxx is a man of many talents. He can act. He can sing. He can allegedly date Katie Holmes.
He also can pull a man out of an overturned, burning vehicle.
Foxx was hanging out at his house around 8:30 p.m. Monday when a car skidded, hit a ditch and flipped upside-down in front of the Django Unchained actor’s Hidden Valley home just north of Los Angeles.
Witnesses told TMZ that Foxx told authorities that he heard the accident, called 911 and ran outside to help. When he saw the driver buckled up in the flaming vehicle, Foxx unfastened him and dragged him 30 feet from the car that he feared would explode — just like in the movies.
The victim suffered major injuries, including burns.Full Story
Whooaaookay. Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth.
You may remember our spreading the rumor recently that the once-engaged pair are back together, as evidenced by their hanging out with the Hemsworth fam and packing on PDA in the actor’s native Land Down Under.
Well, things seem to be moving at warp speed because word is MiLiam have moved in together and may be engaged.
TMZ reports, so we know it’s true, that the 23-year-old Wrecking Ball singer has been wearing the engagement ring that Hemsworth, 26, gave her back in 2012. Cyrus isn’t trying to hide it — at all. She was seen wearing the ring at LAX and shoved the sparkler in everyone’s faces on Instagram. It definitely appears to be the same 3.5-carat Neil Lane bauble she claimed to have misplaced after the pair broke up in 2013. If you dig into her Instagram rabbit hole, you can see she’s been wearing it for at least a week.
What’s more: An insider told TMZ that friends helped Cyrus move into Hemsworth’s Malibu home over the past week. Indeed, photos that we’ve seen but don’t have the funds to obtain for you show the singer unloading a U-Haul with pals at Hemsworth’s place. …Full Story
Monroe County Sheriff's Office via AP
Good to see he's turned his life around.
Former Florida man Nick Carter, the one Backstreet Boy most might be able to pick out of a lineup, was arrested on a charge of battery Wednesday night at the famous Hog’s Breath Saloon in Key West.
According to NBC News, a bartender deemed the 35-year-old and a man named Michael Papayans too drunk to be served. Carter and Papayans were “heavily intoxicated,” according to an incident report from the Key West Police Department, and when the bartender repeatedly asked them to leave, they became “aggressive” — to the tune of Papayans allegedly head-butting an employee and Carter allegedly grabbing a bouncer by the throat — always a fun time.
The whole thing was caught on video, and the cops arrested the Dancing With the Stars alum around 7 p.m., pretty early in the evening, though we suppose it’s always island (read: drinking) time down there.
Carter was booked for misdemeanor battery and was being held at the Monroe County jail early Thursday.
The singer and his wife, fitness expert Lauren Kitt, are expecting their first child together, news the couple revealed on DWTS in November because hey, the guy needed to garner votes somehow.
We hope the babymoon is less eventful.Full Story
You may have heard on Tuesday that Olivia Munn and equally good-looking NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers are engaged. Much to our dismay, that rumor is false, but at least it has borne comic relief in the form of Munn’s handling of the situation via her Instagram account.
The actress — and one and only reason to endure an entire episode of The Newsroom — posted a text exchange with her adorable Asian mom. We’ll let them take it from here:
“Oh man you engagement??” her mom’s text said. “You know we love Aaron. I pray say thanks for him all the times. I bet [your dog] Chance happy. Hey why don’t you tell me first?”
Munn’s reply: “Oh my gosh Mom no. You know you shouldn’t believe gossip on the Internet. If I was engaged, I promise you’d be like the 8th person to know. Maybe 9th. But definitely way before the Internet.” …Full Story
There was no doubt after the CW canceled America’s Next Top Model that Tyra Banks’ signature smize would live on in our hearts and selfies until the end of time. But now it looks like the show itself will go on as well.
According to the New York Daily News, the reality competition that ran for 22 seasons is getting a second chance on VH1.
No word yet on whether Banks or her fellow judges will be back, but since her new FAB Life show was a total flop, we hear she’s available. It’s just a question of money at this point.
“The CW canceled (ANTM) even though it was their most downloaded show,” an insider told Confidenti@l, “but the speculation was that it’s because Tyra’s salary is so high. It’s an expensive show to make because she gets a s---load of money.”
Banks tweeted back in October that the end was near, writing, “Thinking #ANTM22 should be our last cycle. I truly believe it’s time.”
Until it’s time to get back on the money train.Full Story