Posts By Halle Kiefer

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James Cameron Blasts RiRi’s Battleship


For a man who personally wrote and directed a blue alien version of Pocahontas, James Cameron rips into Battleship awfully hard. “We have a story crisis. Now they want to make the Battleship game into a film. This is pure desperation,” Cameron complained to German news site Spiegel. Rihanna is signed onto Battleship as her first acting gig, playing the role of Reikes alongside Liam Neeson, Alexander Skarsgard and Brooklyn Decker. Don’t worry, James, there are still plenty of board games left to turn into hastily-written, mediocre family comedies. Oh wait, you meant good stories. Yeah, we’re screwed.

Following in the footsteps of McG’s Ouija Board movie, we don’t blame the Titantic director for thinking studio execs are just raiding their kid’s playroom for inspiration. “Everyone in Hollywood knows how important it is that a film is a brand before it hit theaters. If a brand has been around, Harry Potter for example, or Spider-Man, you are light years ahead. And there lies the problem. Because unfortunately these franchises are become more ridiculous. Battleship. This degrades the cinema,” Cameron ranted. We have to agree with James on this one, unless the movie ends the way an actual game of Battleship always ends: with your little brother flipping over the board while throwing a tantrum, and everyone deciding to watch TV instead.

[Photo: Splash News Online]

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Mila Kunis Was Blind In One Eye For Years


As if we weren’t already blown away by her Critics’ Choice Movie Award-nominated turn in Black Swan, now it’s revealed that Mila Kunis was blind in one eye the whole time. “I was blind in one eye for many years, and nobody knew,” the actress reveals. Kunis was diagnosed with chronic iritis, an inflammation of the iris that can potentially lead to permanent vision impairment. No word yet on whether Mila was still afflicted when she read the script for her new rom-com Friends With Benefits with Justin Timberlake, but based on the trailer, that’s a real possibility.

Luckily treatment was available, and Kunis has since regained her sight. “I’m not blind anymore. I had surgery a couple of months ago. They cut it open and dropped a new lens in there,” Mila explained. Guess that explains why Kunis’s break-up from Macaulay Culkin came when it did. We’re just kidding! We mean, she had her other eye the whole time. As for what she wants in a new man, Mila has got her sights (pun intentional) on a man with swagger. “Confidence, not cockiness,” Mila explains. “Looks go; they fade. I don’t think looks matter.” Wait, has she walked by a mirror since she had her eyes fixed?. Don’t sell yourself short, Mila, before you witness the true hotness you have achieved.

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Chely Wright Received Death Threats After Coming Out In People


One day soon every gay and lesbian celebrity is going to be able to freely date whoever they want, and man, are we going to blog about their love lives then! Until that time, however, we have to worry about horrible things like Chely Wright receiving death threats for being a lesbian. The country singer-song writer announced her sexual orientation of People last May after much nail-biting across America about which famous person was about to come bursting out of the closet. Since then, however, Wright tells the lesbian news site Autostraddle, “My life has been threatened. I get nasty letters every day, ‘I’m through with you Chely Wright, you’re going to hell,'” she reveals. How do people have the time on their hands to write hate-mail to random country singers? Does being crazy add a few extra hours to your day?

Not only does Wright, also starring in a new documentary about her life titled Wish Me Away, have to throw a lot of her mail directly into the shredder, she is also feeling the financial repercussions of being honest about her sexuality. “It’s a big stretch from those new [gay] fans to make up for the fans I lost. It didn’t help my career. My record sales went directly in half,” Chely admits. Considering that Wright has written tunes for Brad Paisley, Indigo Girls and Clay Walker, that is probably no small chunk of change to lose. Still, Wright is confident that she made the right choice. “In coming out I had a feeling that it would diminish my wage earning, and that feeling was correct. And, I am fine with that,” Chely explains. Good luck to Wright, and here’s hoping her haters pick up crocheting or scrapbooking. Anything to keep their hands away from the stamp drawer.

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Rachel Zoe Is Having A Terribly Fashionable Little Boy!

We’re very interested to see how Rachel Zoe having a baby boy will affect the reality star’s parenting style—we doubt any of the other moms are going to wear Alexander McQueen’s Armadillo shoes to t-ball practice. While chatting with Women’s Wear Daily, Zoe hinted at the sex of her unborn offspring, saying. “It all depends on his arrival.” Following Rachel’s slip-up, husband Roger Berman confirmed, “It’s a little boy.” Despite denying the pregnancy in October only to confirm it via Twitter a month later, Zoe is well into her seventh month, a fact she’s not letting slow down her hummingbird-on-5-hour-energy-shots pace. “I’ve been asked to slow down. But to be totally honest, it’s kind of next to impossible when you’re planning your show and launching your collection, and in the middle of award season,” Rachel confirmed, before restyling the interviewer’s scarf, pinning a broach to Rodger’s wallet and flying around the room on a gust of her own manic energy.

In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Berman confirms their son will be fashionable from the minute he gets pushed from the womb, whether he likes it or not. “Look at me! I have no predisposition to fashion, but thanks to Rachel I can’t leave the house without worrying about whether or not my clothes match,” Berman joked. Watching Rachel Zoe try to handle a sugar-crazed seven-year-old or a petulant teen driver while draped in vintage Chanel makes us hope their reality show keeps going forever. Or at least until the kid starts potty-training.

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Owen Wilson Is Going To Be A Super Laidback Dad!

Sorry ladies, but it looks like the Butterscotch Stallion has finally been tamed. According to US Magazine, Owen Wilson and girlfriend Jade Buell are having a baby. “Owen Wilson and Jade Duell are happy to be expecting a baby,” Wilson’s rep confirms. Not only is Buell pregnant, but she’s “due any day!” Hmm, if Owen Wilson can keep his baby away from the paps for 9 months, you’d think Lindsay Lohan could do…well, anything, without the paparazzi watching. Really makes you think…

The source says the Wedding Crashers papa-to-be is “very excited and involved with the pregnancy.” Buell is currently in Hawaii where she plans to give birth, for which the pair “want to do everything as natural as possible.” In the meantime Owen “has been been doing research and learning as much as he can. He’s super into it and asks a lot of questions to make sure he knows what’s going on every step of the way.” We’d have thought starring in the Little Fockers would put someone off kids for eternity, but that’s just based on the trailer. Either way, congrats to Wilson and the fam! Hopefully they won’t wait 9 months before they send out the birth announcement either,

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Kanye WANTED His Album Cover Banned, Artist Claims

Oh Kanye, you mad genius. Yeezy might occasionally pout that no one understands him, but according to artist George Condo, Kanye West wanted his album art banned, a play for publicity that we understand all to well. As Condo reveals in a recent interview with The New Yorker, West approached him to create the cover art, meeting with Condo and listened to My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy for five hours. Kanye told Condo he wanted a controversial image, “something that will be banned.” The artist eventually produced five paintings, one depicting a nude female phoenix that Kanye chose for the cover. And if there’s anything Middle America is squeamish about, it’s naked mythological beasts.

After the release of the cover art, Kanye claimed Wal-Mart wouldn’t carry his album with the suggestive cover. He hit Twitter to complain: “In the 70s album covers had actual nudity… It’s so funny that people forget that… Everything has been so commercialized now,” and “I wanna sell albums but not at the expense of my true creativity.” Sure you don’t, Kanye. We can’t tell if this is a ultimate douchebag move or a brilliant marketing maneuver. Guess it depends on how many people bought the album. Either way we cannot wait to see the Tweet-mageddon that will hit once West realizes Condo ratted him out. All the couches and all the phoenixes in the world won’t help him chill out.

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Lily Allen, Elizabeth Hurley Busted For Twitter Shout-Outs

We get spoiled with famous people like Kanye West who seem to have Twitter connected directly to their brains. Turns out some British celebs have tweets sent directly from their wallets. Authorities are now targeting stars like Lily Allen and Elizabeth Hurley for using Twitter to advertise products without their fans knowing about it. The Office of Fair Trading in the U.K. are calling these pay-for-tweet partnerships “deceptive” to the celebs’ many followers. So, what’s the likelihood Courtney Love has just been selling extra-strength crazy pills this whole time?

Apparently current consumer protection laws require spokespeople to identify which of their tweets are product-placement versus those that are personal. “People shouldn’t be misled. If someone has been paid to advertise a product they should declare it. It’s not specific to celebrities,” the OFT explains. Violating the law can mean a hefty fine. Hurley tweeted just last week about products by Estee Lauder, for which she is a long-time spokeperson. “If your skin is dry from too much central heating, try Estee Lauder’s Hydrationist serum. Just used for first time & it’s divine,” the actress wrote, while Allen has given shout-outs to Grey Goose vodka. We can believe how devious this is! We’re going to unfollow all celebrities just as soon as we finish putting on this moisturizer and drinking this martini. Wait a minute…

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Marion Cotillard Has A French Bun In The Oven!


Or as they say in France, she has a croissant in her beret. Actress Marion Cotillard is pregnant with a bébé due this spring, reports US Magazine. Cotillard’s rep has confirmed the Nine star and her equally good-looking mate French director Guillaume Canet are expecting their first. That baby is going to be reading continental philosophy and sneering at tourists in no time!

Cotillard most recently appeared in the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards-nominated Inception along side Leo Dicaprio, and memorably won the Oscar for Best Actress in 2007 for her portrayal of Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose. Cotillard and Canet met while working the French romantic thriller Love Me If You Dare in 2003, meaning that Marion’s life is now exactly the life we fantasized for ourselves when we were 16. Congratulations to the happy Gallic couple!

[Photo: Getty Images]

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Demi Lovato Thanks Her Fans, Is Spotted Out And About In Illinois

Despite the fact that she’s still in rehab, Demi Lovato’s career is doing better than most people’s, a success the singer credits to her support from fans. After winning at the People’s Choice Awards last week for Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam and a guest spot on Grey’s Anatomy, Lovato thanked her fans via Facebook.  “I wish to thank all the friends and fans who voted for me for the People’s Choice Awards and the Hot Hits Hottest Teen Stars of 2010. I want to make sure my fans know how thankful I am for all their love, support and prayers during this difficult time. Thank you for standing beside me through it all,” Lovato wrote. That is so sweet for Demi to write a thank-you message, though to be fair we imagine she has a lot of time on her hands right now.

Not that it’s all group therapy and no play for Lovato in rehab, as rumors that Demi has been spotted out in Illinois suggest the singer is able to take good behavior trips as her treatment continues. “Yea just was at target and Demi Levato was there… We asked to take pics but she said no…,” a surprised fan tweeted last Friday. No word yet on whether Lovato will be released to shoot Sunny With A Chance Of, which begins filming the week of January 30. “Everybody is really excited that Demi is still resting, taking time to relax, so I applaud her in that regard. When we start filming again, I’m sure everything will be back to normal,” says Sunny castmate Brandon Mychal Smith. Given that Demi went into rehab and actually stayed there (unlike many celebs we know), we have no doubt it will.

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Ryan And Sandra Are Sneaking Trips Out Of Town, And Scarlett Is Not Pleased


We still cannot wrap our minds around Scarlett Johannson as the jealous ex, no matter how much we think about it. Which is all the time. New rumors claim Scarlett is hurting over Ryan Reynold and Sandra Bullock’s public friendship, given what a private couple she and Reynolds were during their relationship. “Scarlett is a deeply private person, who during her entire marriage was only ever seen and photographed with her husband a handful of times. Now, less than a month after they split that fool has gone and got himself photographed with [Bullock] on New Year’s Eve of all days. Of course she is devastated,” a friend of Johannson told PopEater. Well, one photo of Ryan and Scarlett doesn’t not a secret romance make. Or at least if we were Scarlett’s friends, that’s what we’d be telling her as she downed appletinis and sobbed on our shoulder.

Unfortunately if Scar is peeved at how Ryan rang in the new year, she’s going to be even more irate when she finds out Reynolds has been visiting Bullock’s home in Wyoming. “Ryan has made at least two trips to Jackson Hole during the holidays, and her friends expect more to come,” a source claimed to RadarOnline. “Sandy and Ryan are just enjoying spending time together. They have known each other for years and they have a built-in familiarity.” Who knows if that familiarity has already blossomed into a smooch-fest? Either way we hope Scarlett can heal and move on…to the 3 billion other men who would gladly take her out.

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