Posts By Anthony Miccio

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Marky Turns 40: Happy Birthday, Mark Wahlberg!

It’s the highest compliment we can give Mark Wahlberg that we regularly forget he was once the shirtless dynamo Marky Mark. After two decades of quality film work in movies ranging from The Other Guys to Three Kings to Boogie Nights to The Departed—the last of which earning him an Oscar nomination—”Good Vibrations” is nowhere near the first thing that comes to mind when we think of him today. However, when we do think of “Good Vibrations,” we do remember that the successful actor was once the doofus brother of a New Kid On The Block, rapping about how vibrations are good like Sunkist with his pants around his ankles. And boy, do we laugh.

In honor of Wahlberg’s 40th birthday this Sunday, we’ve put together a a gallery chronicling the man’s twenties…an astounding decade where he managed to go from strutting naked at the Rock’n’Jock B-Ball Jam to winning respect at Cannes. Check out the gallery to see that remarkable evolution, as well as some priceless old school photo ops with other celebsremember, The Departed wasn’t the first time he worked with Leonardo DiCaprio!

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Report: “Uncle Charlie” May Leave Two And A Half Men For Paris

If you were among the proud who watched the few post-meltdown episodes of Two And A Half Men last season, you may remember that Charlie Sheen’s last scene involved him leaving for a plane to Paris. According to TMZ, while the producers didn’t plan to make his trip a key plot point, they’re happy to use it now that Sheen has been fired from the show and replaced by Ashton Kutcher. Apparently they didn’t cotton to Sheen’s “suicide” suggestion.

Dismissing any hope that Uncle Charlie’s flight would suffer a violent tragedy—sure Valerie Hogan and Maude Flanders were killed off on The Hogan Family and The Simpsons respectively, but the shows didn’t blow up entire planes to do it—show sources told TMZ that Charlie may simply decide to live in Paris with Melanie Lynskey‘s Rose, leaving the other Harper boys with a vacancy in their apartment perfect for a wacky young man like Ashton. Gee, you’d almost think they planned this—except the real Uncle Charlie might be outside the studio with a bullhorn and a machete when they start filming.

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The Dark Knight Rises Viral Teasers Could Not Be Creepier

We’re a long, long way from the days of “Holy Meatballs, Batman!” and “Art Carney as The Archer.” A series of bizarre, intense videos have been posted on Youtube under an account named TheFireRises, which happens to be the name of the Twitter account that released the photo of Thomas Hardy as Bane, the main villain in 2012′s Bat-sequel The Dark Knight Rises. The clip above is the most coherent, with grainy footage of Anthony Michael Hall (who played newscaster Mike Engel in The Dark Knight) reporting a breakout at Arkham Asylum. A link to a similarly titled Facebook page is seen briefly, suggesting that might be a good place to learn about the next creepy-ass teaser for the film, which isn’t due until July 2012.

Check out two more clips after the jump, if you’re in the mood for fuzzy, nightmarish images matched with ominous chanting.

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Justin Timberlake And Ashley Olsen: Friends With Benefits?

Justin Timberlake‘s rep may say he’s “not romantically involved with anyone,” but ain’t nobody said anything about romance. The gossip world’s been buzzing since Timberlake and Ashley Olsen caught a play a week ago, and a source for People‘s source—while admitting “they were hanging out as a group”—is happy to add fuel to the fire. “I’m not sure if Ashley is serious with Justin or not,” says the insider. “They aren’t dating but they have hooked up recently.” Hiyo! Do you mean “hook up” as in “swapped numbers to discuss a potential fashion line collaboration” or “hook up” as in “Justin gave Ashley a sneak preview of scenes from his upcoming summer comedy, Friends With Benefits“? Because there’s a huuuuge difference.

Considering Timberlake would rather sing praises of exes like Jessica Biel and Britney Spears than compile a running list of the famous ladies he’s brought sexy back to since reclaiming bachelorhood, it’s possible this dalliance with Ashley will fall into the “maybe they did, maybe they didn’t” vortex along those alleged escapades  Olivia Wilde and Olivia Munn. But that gabby People source isn’t so sure. “Ashley is a relationship person, much more than [her sister, Mary-Kate], so we’ll see.” Um, no offense to Ashley, but her commitment to this potential relationship isn’t what we’re questioning.

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Shia LaBeouf On Megan Fox Leaving Transformers: “Vibe Very Different”

Oh, Shia LaBeouf. We don’t think the actor meant to suggest that the “vibe” was better on Transformers: Dark Of The Moon because new co-star Rosie Huntington-Whiteley doesn’t mind being treated like a piece of meat, but that’s sure how he came off talking to the LA Times about Megan Fox. “Megan developed this Spice Girl strength, this woman-empowerment [thing] that made her feel awkward about her involvement with [director] Michael [Bay], who some people think is a very lascivious filmmaker, the way he films women,” he explained. “Mike films women in a way that appeals to a 16-year-old sexuality. It’s summer. It’s Michael’s style. And I think [Fox] never got comfortable with it…When Mike would ask her to do specific things, there was no time for fluffy talk. We’re on the run. And the one thing Mike lacks is tact. There’s no time [to gently say] ‘I would like you to just arch your back 70 degrees.’”

Thankfully for the busy men of the cast and crew, Rosie didn’t mind Michael Bay’s more “Hitler”-y way of getting that back arched. “Rosie comes with this Victoria’s Secret background, and she’s comfortable with it,” says Shia. “So she can get down with Mike’s way of working and it makes the whole set vibe very different.” Since Megan’s “Spice Girl strength” (oh, Shia) hasn’t kept her from posing in her underwear for Armani, it’s hard to believe she was that uncomfortable with being a sex object—unless Bay was putting the accent on object too much even for her. But thanks for at least trying to see this from Megan’s side, Shia. Now shut up and arch that back for the camera! The ladies want to see your LaBeouf!

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Ben Affleck Takes Black Eye, Family, To A Block Party In Brentwood

Oh, there is definitely a story here. Considering Jennifer Garner was wearing sunglasses as she left a block party in Brentwood, CA, yesterday, the only reason hubbie Ben Affleck wouldn’t do likewise is if he totally wanted to tell everyone in view about his black eye and how he got it. Was it a dad-time related mishap? A failed stunt on-set? Racquetball with another celeb? There’s just no reason this guy would be showing off that shiner unless he was a little proud of it. We almost wish he’d start a Twitter just to let us all know.

See photos of Ben, Jennifer, daugher Violet—and Ben’s bruise—in the gallery below.

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Michael Lohan Fights, Bonds With The Situation’s Dad Over Celebrity Boxing

Michael Lohan may be boxing talk radio host Jeremy Loper in Ft. Lauderdale this weekend, but it was Frank Sorrentino—the estranged father of The Situation—that he wrestled with at last night’s press conference in advance of the match. The dueling deadbeat dads, have been exchanging threats all week. “Hey Mike, let me send you a f—ing  message so you get this f—ing loud and clear, okay? You should be careful what you ask for because you may get it,” said the man who calls himself “The Confrontation” after Lohan allegedly challenged him to box, with Lohan responding “If I had to climb into the ring with him on crutches, after the way he spoke to me, I’d probably kick his ass anyways.”

Sorrentino, who’s refereeing the Lohan/Loper match, appeared to be in a much better mood last night, as did the subject of his many f-bombs. Maybe the two realized they have too much in common to complain about: Frank’s being sued by his famous son, Michael’s famous daughter Lindsay frequently wants nothing to do with him, neither would be remotely famous if not for their kids. Hey, anybody want to pay these guys to live in a house together? The Surreal Dads.

See photos of the press conference in the gallery below.

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Lifetime To Celebrate “Contemporary Women” With A Nude Heidi Klum

Could anything suggest how women have advanced over the years more than a naked Victoria’s Secret model? Not according to Nancy Dubuc, president of the Lifetime. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the network’s new honcho announced that Project Runway‘s ninth season would be promoted by a nude image of host Heidi Klum, which would be ironic even if Dubuc wasn’t using the campaign as an example of how Lifetime will reach out to modern women, who apparently see the network as old and stodgy—and would prefer their fellow ladies to be hot and nude.

Dubuc, speaking at Real Screen’s Factual Entertainment Forum yesterday, reportedly told the audience that she was moving Lifetime away from “women in peril” programming to focus on “brazen, strong, confident and sexy” examples of the “contemporary women.” And if such women happen to flesh-baring supermodels? Well, then everybody’s happy! “It’s Heidi F—in’ Klum,” said the network head. Maybe next season they can hawk the fashion design show with photos of Heidi Klum f—in’!

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Jane Lynch To Host The 2011 Emmys

If you thought the 2011 Emmy Awards might feature fewer Glee references than last year’s, you are sorely mistaken. Fox announced that comedienne Jane Lynch, best known for playing coach Sue Sylvester on the hit show, will host the ceremony this September. “Jane was my first—and only—choice as the host for this year’s Primetime Emmys, and I am glad she said ‘yes,’ said executive producer Mark Burnett in a statement. “I am tickled pink to be hosting,” said Lynch. “I’m looking forward to singing, dancing and sporting my finest tracksuit.” Yup, there ya go.

On top of performing with her Glee co-stars and host Jimmy Fallon as part of last year’s opening number, Lynch took home Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy (coincidentally, 2009 host Neil Patrick Harris won an Oustanding Guest Actor In A Comedy trophy last year for his Glee appearance). The nominations have yet to be announced, but we wouldn’t be shocked if she gets another shot at a trophy this year, too. Lynch is the first woman to host the show alone since Ellen DeGeneres last hosted in 2005, though Heidi Klum was one of the five hosts in 2008.

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Cops Visit Lindsay Lohan After Her Ankle Bracelet Goes Off

Lindsay Lohan: she only has to watch TV and the world goes on alert. Probation officials excitedly hopped over to her house Tuesday after Lindsay’s electronic monitoring device went off, only to discover the actress was busy posing for paparazzi on her roof patio, reading scripts and watching her 3D TV. Apparently, making a mockery of house detention isn’t a crime (posing on your roof patio? 3D TV?), and LiLo was allowed to return to business as usual. “They came as part of standard procedure to make sure the monitoring equipment was working properly,” said Lindsay’s rep.

Aside from this moment of confusion, Lindsay’s house arrest, now a week into its expected 35 days, has gone on with little excitement—unless you count the aforementioned paparazzi pics and the surprisingly rare tweet (all she said yesterday was “Happyy 85th birthdayy to mariyn monroe”).  But at least we know that the authorities will be hot on her trail if she actually does try to pull something.

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