‘The Hills’ Cast: Where Are They Now?

by (@TaylorFerber)

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We all hated saying goodbye to The Hills when the MTV reality series ended in 2010. Even if the whole thing was fake (still crying), we long for the nights at Les Deux and those epic mascara tears. Laguna Beach alums Lauren Conrad and Kristin Cavallari are obviously killing it, but you’d be surprised to know which cast members are giving them a run for their money in 2015.

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Nicki Minaj’s Jeweler on Designing for the Stars and How to Spot Fake Bling on the Red Carpet

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What is the craziest thing you have had to do for a celebrity last minute?
A few weeks ago Chris Brown called me at four in the morning East Coast time and was like, “I need you to come out here before Christmas.” He wanted to buy a ring as a gift for his girl. So that was random. I had pre-made stuff so I brought bunch of rings and he picked one. Every day is like that. I can’t plan stuff because I might get a phone call today and have to fly out tonight or tomorrow.

How do you meet your clients?
I meet people in random places. I met this girl in Brooklyn who was a manager of a club, and she introduced me to Safaree, Nicki Minaj’s ex-boyfriend. I developed a close relationship with him, he introduced me to Nicki, and then Nicki just started dealing with me.

Who are some of your other big clients?
I deal with Future, Ciara, Yung Thug, Rich Homie Quan, French Montana. I’ve pretty much dealt with a lot of artists at least once.

How long does it take to make your jewelry?
My turnaround is quick, and everything is done in house. It always depends, but usually 10 business days.

What was the most expensive piece of jewelry you have ever made?
Probably $250,000 for one piece for Birdman. He bought a Cuban with a matching bracelet.

What is your favorite piece of jewelry you have made for a celeb?
Future’s new piece. When I first met him he wasn’t really into jewelry so I made him his logo in a round medallion in yellow gold. Last year I made him an upgraded version in white gold, just a lot bigger, with bigger diamonds and the Freebandz logo. It was one of the nicest pieces out last year.

Which celebs do you still want to work with?
Jay Z is definitely on the top of the list.

How do you spot fake jewelry?
A lot of celebs wear fake jewelry. I can tell because my eye is already trained for that. Just the size of their stuff or if it’s worth more than they’re actually worth, that’s what gives it away. If the colors start fading, or if it doesn’t fit properly on their necks. I don’’t wanna put anybody on the spot, but people know… Rick Ross.

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Budweiser’s New Super Bowl Ad Proves Dogs Rule and Cats Drool

by (@TaylorFerber)

Budweiser has made it a tradition to create emotional Super Bowl ads. But this year, the brand’s “Lost Puppy” commercial is enough to make a grown man cry. And you thought you were a cat lover. Ha ha ha.

This adorable puppy has officially dethroned famous cats, including those belonging to Taylor Swift, from ruling the Internet. The hot owner doesn’t hurt this dog’s cause, but the cuddly cutie is a star in his own right (and already has a Twitter account to prove it). If you suddenly feel the urge to stop by Petco and make a beer run, you have been officially been hit by effective advertising. Welcome to the club:

Sorry cats, but you can’t win ‘em all.

Check out this year’s ad made even more incredible when set to Ginuwine‘s “Pony.” (Everything’s better when tied back to Channing Tatum, right?) You’re welcome.

 

Ranking the 15 Most Iconic ‘Saturday Night Live’ Characters

by (@t_akino)

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Over the past 40 years, Saturday Night Live has introduced some of the most memorable and hilarious characters to ever grace a television set, some of which VH1 Classic will begin revisiting today with its “SNL Rewind: 2015-1975 Mega Marathon.” From Chris Kattan‘s Mango to Kenan Thompson‘s DeAndre “What’s Up With That?” Cole, simply narrowing down a list of favorites is not an easy task.

However, there are some characters who are so unforgettable that anyone who hears their name will immediately reminisce on their favorite sketch. Out of all of the sketch show’s major players, these are the 15 most iconic Saturday Night Live characters. Get ready for a crazy nostalgia trip.

Don’t agree with our ranking? Play our #SNLClassic Best Character Ever Tournament now and determine who should take the top spot.

Speaking of iconic, watch SNL‘s youngest host ever, Drew Barrymore, return to the stage decades later with musical guest Lily Allen:

In Defense of Justin Timberlake’s Acting Career

by (@chrisrosa92)

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We all know Justin Timberlake can sing and dance, but his acting abilities have been up for debate ever since he appeared in the Disney Channel train wreck/legendary supernova masterpiece Model Behavior.

That was in 2000, and the former *NSYNCer has gone on to star in films ranging from romantic comedy froth (Friends With Benefits) to dramatic Oscar season fare (The Social Network). Oh, let’s also not forget classics like The Love Guru and Bad Teacher. Yes, Timberlake is hot and charming as hell, but we’re still left with a burning question: Can he act?

In our opinion, the answer is a resounding yes. He’s had some missteps (i.e.: 2013′s Runner Runner), but what actor hasn’t? Timberlake has done enough good films that we feel confident in our verdict. Don’t believe us? Check out these seven films that show Timberlake in peak form.

Alpha Dog (2006)

Timberlake plays Frankie, a 19-year-old drug dealer who kidnaps his friend Jake’s 15-year-old brother after he doesn’t pay back a debt. Alpha Dog only has a 55 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but Timberlake emerges as the violent film’s saving grace. In a positive review, film critic Richard Roeper wrote, “Justin Timberlake has what it takes to be a genuine movie star.” And we have to agree. Alpha Dog is the first film where Timberlake proves to be a powerful on-screen force.

Black Snake Moan (2006)

Samuel L. Jackson and Christina Ricci also star in this movie about a religious blues musician, Lazarus Woods, who tries to “save” the town sex addict, Rae, after he finds her beaten on the side of a road. Timberlake gives a bravura performance as Rae’s controlling boyfriend Ronnie.

Shrek the Third (2007)

While not as critically lauded as the first two films, Shrek the Third is a perfectly harmless and enjoyable animated feature. Timberlake is both enthusiastic and charming as Artie, Princess Fiona’s cousin who the gang wants as the new king of Far Far Away. We challenge you to watch this film without smiling or giggling. (You won’t be able to.)

The Social Network (2010) 

This gripping Oscar-winning film, which centers on Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg, showcases Timberlake’s best performance to date. In The Social Network, Timberlake plays Napster co-founder Sean Parker, who convinces Zuckerberg to let him get in on the Facebook game. As a result, Zuckerberg finds himself at odds with one of Facebook’s original founders Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield). Timberlake excels in this slimy, conniving, and nuanced role, and even got his own catchphrase

Friends With Benefits (2011) 

This formulaic romantic comedy is saved by the electric chemistry between Timberlake and Mila Kunis, platonic friends who complicate their relationship by starting a no-strings-attached sexual affair. It’s very funny, and Timberlake has never been more natural on screen. With a 70 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s clear the critics loved it, too.

Bad Teacher (2011)

In Bad Teacher, Cameron Diaz plays Elizabeth Halsey, a no-fucks-given teacher who just wants to find a rich man to take care of her. Timberlake is comedic gold as the bumbling, virginal — but filthy rich— substitute teacher who becomes the target of Elizabeth’s advances. While the film received tepid reviews at best, Bad Teacher is worth watching for a few hearty, genuine laughs plus that glorious dry-humping scene between Timberlake and Diaz (who used to date). You’ll never look at blue jeans the same way again.

Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

This 2013 breakout film about a struggling ’60s folk singer trying to make it in the Greenwich Village music scene shows Timberlake in his most mature role to date. As singer Jim Berkley, Timberlake delivers a reserved performance as well as more than one memorable musical number. With a 94 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it looks like Timberlake was on pitch.

Do you think JT can act? Let us know in the comments below.

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Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden Show Post-Wedding PDA, Snooki Wants to Look Like Kylie Jenner + More of Today’s First Dibs

by (@TaylorFerber)

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Newlyweds Benji Madden and Cameron Diaz are spotted in their first public smooch, Snooki wants to look like the Kardashians, Lindsay Lohan‘s Super Bowl ad makes fun of her DUI arrests, and more celebrity news.

  • Benji Madden was spotted giving his new bride Cameron Diaz a court-side smooch at the L.A. Lakers game yesterday. [US Weekly]
  • Snooki admits she is “obsessed” with Kylie Jenner’s lips and Kim Kardashian‘s style. [E!]
  • Lindsay Lohan is the next star to poke fun of herself in a Super Bowl ad. [@LindsayLohan]
  • Michelle Obama got major backlash for not wearing a headscarf or veil in Saudi Arabia. [Washington Post]
  • Liam Hemsworth was offered the lead role in the Independence Day sequel ID Forever. [Vulture]
  • Jimmy Fallon is the life of the party on and off screen. Watch the show host in a boozy “Summer Nights” singalong at an NYC bar. [Uproxx]
  • Kris Jenner wears crazy see-through pants. Because she’s Kris Jenner and she can. [Life & Style]
  • Larry Wilmore and his panel discuss the necessity of vaccines on The Nightly Show.

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Bruce Jenner Was Famous Long Before Reality TV

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There’s no question that the Kardashian-Jenner clan is working hard. Kim wrote posed for a book of selfies and memorized lines for a Super Bowl commercial, while Kendall is modeling all over the world. But Bruce Jenner is easily the hardest working in the bunch — he won a gold medal in the men’s decathlon, lest you forget — and was famous long before reality TV, plastic surgery, and rumors about an alleged sex change.

Believe it or not but there was a time when media focused on Bruce’s accomplishments, and he didn’t have to answer questions about his daughters’ butts.

His wife’s fitness regimen, however, was fair game given this amazing homemade workout video:

Let’s take a break from the typical Kardashian news cycle and go back in time with these throwback photos.

Hair extension lines and Iphone apps are nice, but Bruce is easily the most accomplished out of the extended clan. Has Khloe gotten her own Wheaties box yet? Didn’t think so.

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Nick Jonas Joins ‘Scream Queens,’ Chris Pratt Could Be the Next Indiana Jones + More in Today’s Last Lap

by (@TaylorFerber)

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Nick Jonas joins Lea Michele in Ryan Murphy‘s Scream Queens, Chris Pratt is in talks to join a reboot of another classic, Kendall Jenner shows her boobs again, and more celebrity news.

  • Kendall Jenner goes braless for Chanel during Paris Fashion Week. [E!]
  • This Kris and Bruce Jenner workout video from the vault will make your life complete. [MTV]
  • Tyrese wants to be the next Green Lantern. Like really badly. [EW]
  • Louis CK‘s new comedy special is released today. [Business Insider]
  • Miss Beverly Hills suffered a nip slip during the Miss California USA pageant. [TMZ]
  • If you need a recap of The Hobbit franchise, the cast can help you out with that.

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