Q: What do you do if you are a floundering rock star and you want to be immortalized into an icon?
Elvis Presley had shot to fame in the late fifties with hit songs like “Hound Dog” and “All Shook Up,” which sent teenage girls howling at the pelvis-shaking wonder and made him the third-bestselling recording artist of all time. But twenty years later his star was fading — as fast as his dependency on painkillers, uppers, and depressants was rising. And then, in 1977, his fiancée Ginger Alden found the 44-year-old King of Rock ‘n’ Roll lying in a pool of his own vomit on the bathroom floor of his Memphis mansion, Graceland. He died of heart failure, thought to be related to drug use.
A former member of his backup band recalled how bad off the King had become shortly before his death: “He walked onstage [at a concert] and held on to the mike for the first thirty minutes like it was a post. Everybody was scared.”
It’s conceivable that Elvis could have made a comeback, but his shocking sudden death — followed by conspiracy theories and Elvis “sightings” that continue to this day — helped to secure his position as one of rock’s immortal icons.
Before the early 1970s, pornography was a strictly underground taboo, but the revolutionary adult film Deep Throat broke the mold, sending erotica from “smut” to “porno chic” almost overnight.
In 1972, the World Adult Theater in New York’s Times Square premiered the monumental film, which tells the story of a sexually frustrated woman, played by Linda Lovelace, who goes to the doctor only to learn that her clitoris is located in the back of her throat. Thankfully there is a very simple remedy, which the doctor and a variety of other men happily demonstrate. Director Gerard Damiano set his film apart from other pornos by including an actual storyline, superior cinematography, and witty dialogue–like a recipient of oral sex asking, “Do you mind if I smoke while you eat?” The movie even garnered a favorable review in Variety.
An NYC judge ruled that the film was “indisputably obscene by any measure,” and Deep Throat was banned in 23 states. After a lengthy, costly legal battle, lead actor Harry Reems and 11 others involved in the film were convicted of conspiracy to distribute obscenity across state lines. (In the years to follow, Reems’s career hit the rocks and he fell into alcohol and drug abuse.)
But the government proved to be Deep Throat‘s best publicist. The controversy surrounding the flick pushed its worldwide gross into the stratosphere, with some estimates reaching $600 million.
Don Imus took his controversial, boundary-pushing shock jock routine too far when he used the term “nappy headed ho’s” to describe the African-American players on the Rutgers University Women’s Basketball Team. Imus met with the team and apologized, saying it was “some idiot comment meant to be amusing.” But no one was amused.
Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama, Reverend Jesse Jackson and Snoop Dogg all spoke out about the remark. Jackson even led a protest outside Chicago’s NBC Tower, giving the network an ultimatum: “NBC must choose between Imus and the rest of us!” he proclaimed, referring to Imus’s MSNBC talk show. And so Imus lost the TV gig — along with 1.6 million loyal listeners to his CBS radio show Imus in the Morning, which was also cancelled.
A mere nine months after the scandal, however, Imus made a five-year deal with RFD-TV and was back on the air. In April 2008, Reverend Jackson was a guest on Imus’s new show, and it appeared the healing process was complete. Until, two months later, Imus again uttered racially insensitive rhetoric when discussing NFL player Adam “Pacman” Jones, who has been arrested six times. Imus asked, “What color is he?” When told he was African-American, Imus replied: “Well there you go, now we know.”
Miley, Miley, Miley…have you still not learned? After the sexy shower photos, green bra shots, and Vanity Fairphotoshoot, you would think Hannah Montana would put the IPhone away. But no, the hacker known as TrainReq has released more photos of a scantily clad Miley and did a radio interview dishing on how he broke into the teen queen’s accounts.
Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline Jolie-Pitt just barely left the womb and already they are raking in big bucks for the Brangelina baby farm. Brad and Angelina will reportedly receive $10 to $15 million from People magazine for the first photos of Brangelina Bunch children numbers 5 and 6. The babies make their debut in next week’s issue of People and a photo from the issue will be revealed on People.com on Sunday.
Could there be some sibling rivalry in the Jolie-Pitt house already? Big sister Shiloh‘s first baby photos only fetched a reported $4.1 million from People. Apparently two baby Brangelinas are better (and cost more) than one. Either way, the youngest Jolie-Pitts are quite the moneymakers already. Knox, Vivienne, and Shiloh have already brought in about $19.1 million in just over 2 years. We probably won’t see them setting up a lemonade stand anytime soon.
Jessica Simpson gussied up, threw on some cowboy boots, and chilled on June Carter’s piano to dish about her rocky love life, John Mayer, and down home country lovin’ with Dallas Cowboy Tony Romo. The reality star turned country singer talked to Elle for their September 2008 issue …
On Tony Romo: “Most of the guys I dated were captivated by my heart but they had different ways of trying to get to me. Tony understands me. He appreciates my talent. He’s the first person I’ve spiritually connected with. I’m a girl that loves to be in love. I love love!”
“It’s the cutest thing,” Simpson says of Romo. “He’ll say, ‘Jessica, 75% of the comments about your new single are favorable.’”
On her relationship with John Mayer: “John believed in the Jessica Simpson that’s within. He cherished our love. He helped make me the woman I am today. John is going to be an amazing man for someone, but I know that I was supposed to be with someone else.”
John Edwards‘ alleged mistress and mother of his love child is getting $15,000 per month to keep her mouth shut, according to a report in the National Enquirer. The money is being given to Rielle Hunter through Edwards’ pal Andrew Young, who attempted to take the heat off the ex-presidential hopeful by claiming the baby was his. According to the Enquirer:
“A super-rich pal – who was closely involved with the campaign finances – is helping John. It’s likely this man doesn’t know all the dirty details of John’s extramarital affair, but is acting out of loyalty and is not asking a lot of questions – only writing the checks.”
Rielle, 44, is a videographer. The hard-partying cocaine-loving character Alison Poole in Story of My Life by Jay McInerney is based on her. Edwards is allegedly getting total silence from the babymama for his $15,000. That may not last as long as other things dirty money can buy, such as, say, a ski palace in Alaska. Allegedly, babymama is discussing a tell all with a major network.
Reese Witherspoon‘s kids Ava,8, and Deacon,4, are no spoiled uneducated celebrity offspring. The children of the Legally Blonde mama and ex-husband Ryan Phillippe are reportedly quite savvy and artistically prolific. A source told Scandalist, that when at the Tate Modern museum in London earlier this month, “Ava and Deacon were very knowledgeable about art. Ava was pointing out specific artists and even dates.”
Reportedly Reese’s boyfriend Jake Gyllenhaal’s sister Maggie gave Deacon a copy of the script from The Dark Knight. Is the little Batman fan an early reader?
It’s no wonder these tykes are so intelligent: Mama Reese attended Stanford University for one year before dropping out to pursue an acting career, and according to a waiter at Allard’s restaurant in Paris, Reese spoke, “great French” while dining with beau Jake.
Model Sabina Johansson has been posing by day and pimping by night, The Daily News reports. Johansson was busted for promoting prostitution at Big Daddy Lou’s Hot Lap Dance Club in New York City, according to court records. Cops busted the stunning Swedish model for allegedly working as the “house mom” at a high-end midtown brothel they say was run by a prominent lawyer.
Sabina has denied being aware of the prostitution activities in the club. Sabina is not your typical madam. Just 23, she moved to the United States from Sweden at age 11 and according to her MySpace page, is “…still trying to get
acquainted with everything.”
Unfortunately for the aspiring model, Sabina became very well acquainted with the NYPD when undercover vice cops posed as patrons and Sabina allegedly “…told [the undercover officer] that she was aware prostitution activity was going on at the club in its private rooms,” and suggested that more than lap dances were available for a price.
Sabina lists her favorite movies as “White Chicks” and “The Cat in The Hat” and explains that she is, “…working towards my dreams of becoming a big model and actress and I am doing very well.”