Betty White is on fire these days, and Smokey the Bear is adding fuel to the flames. At 88 years old, the television legend has been named an honorary forest ranger by the U.S. Forest Service. Reportedly the star dreamed of being a ranger as a little girl, but at that time the Forest Service didn’t allow women in its ranks.
Betty achieved her goal this afternoon at a ceremony outside Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where representatives of the service presented her with a ranger’s badge, hat, and a travel-sized Smokey companion. ”Wilderness is harder and harder to find these days on this beautiful planet, and we’re abusing our planet to the point of almost no return,” White said. “In my heart I’ve been a forest ranger all my life, but now I’m official.”
Look out, because we might have a good ol’ fashioned Disney Dad Throw-Down on our hands. Demi Lovato’s estranged father Patrick has not been shy with his opinions that the break-neck Hollywood lifestyle is to blame for his daughter’s emotional collapse. In fact, he’s been talking about it so much that he has received numerous death threats.
And you know what? All of Patrick’s talk about his daughter’s problems has rubbed Michael Lohan the wrong way. You remember Michael Lohan, right? He’s the guy who became famous for talking about his daughter’s problems in the press. Having regained his parental cred by being permitted to spend time with his institutionalized daughter Lindsay, Mike decided to offer some pearls of wisdom to another dad in a tough spot.
“There are two reasons why I have no respect for people who talk or comment about others,” Michael told Popeater. “First, it’s because, in most cases, those individuals are looking from the outside in, and they are passing judgment or commenting on people they know nothing about. The second reason is because they are too cowardly to say it to the person themselves.”
We’ll let that sink in for a moment. Michael Lohan went to the press and criticized Demi’s dad for talking to the press, despite the fact that Michael himself said he would stop talking to the press in an interview with the press OH MY GOD STOP THIS CRAZY THING!
Michael also issued a warning to Patrick, should he dare to compare Demi with Lindsay. “I ask Demi Lavato’s father to refrain from making asinine statements about my daughter, or say it to my face himself,” he said. “And if so, I will pay for the transportation and his hospital bills.”
We think that would be an incredible fight. There would be no winners, but two losers.
Glamour Magazine celebrated it’s 20th Annual Women of the Year gala last night at New York’s legendary Carnegie Hall. The awards honor both the megastars, as well as the not-so-famous women who have made a positive impact in the world. Queen of All Media Oprah was on hand, as was actual Queen Rania of Jordan (WTF!? a real queen!), but every woman was dressed like royalty as they made their way across the red carpet!
You couldn’t miss Miss Fergie who sizzled in a red dress with husband Josh Duhamel. Kate Hudson killed it in a platinum off-the-shoulder gown, and honoree Julia Roberts made us feel all warm and fuzzy in a dark demure outer wrap.
Some celebs went for a more off beat look. Kelly Osboune hit the town in a peacock-like sequined top and retro peg skirt. Our beloved Janelle Monae somehow rocked the all-black plus cape look without crossing into goth or Batman territory, while Hilary Swank had a less successful fashion statement with her ancient-Greek-chic tight gold bodice.
Check out more of the glitz and glam in the gallery below!
We’ll be honest. If we were on an airplane and we heard “Yo, this your n***a, Kanye,” coming from the cockpit intercom, we’d probably scramble for a parachute immediately. But this is exactly what travelers on a Delta flight from Minnesota to New York heard over the weekend. And nobody jumped, so we guess that just makes us wimps.
“I had to pass through First Class to get my seat in Economy, and I saw Kanye sitting there with a little drink in his hand,” a passenger told Hollywood Life. “I wouldn’t have even thought it was him, but he was sitting with a very PR-looking lady. Then he couldn’t decide if he wanted to do ‘The Good Life’ or ‘Gold Digger,’ so he was like, ‘I’ll just do a little bit of both.’ It was awesome… but I still have no idea how he got into the cockpit.”
Witnesses also say that the rapper did a very un-Kanye-like thing and waited to get off the plane like everyone else. Perhaps this is a newer, mellower, humbler Kanye. Or maybe he’s trying to out-nice his old nemesis (not) Taylor Swift, who pulled a similar stunt at JFK Airport a few weeks back. We said it then and we’ll say it now: pop stars on airplanes are the way of the future.
Check out the vid clip and see how his rhymes do at 30,000 feet. That has to be some kind of a record, yeah?
You would think an ex-boy bander and former reality show has-been would lead kind of a bummer life. But Nick Lachey has a new reason to make us all wish we were him, and her name is Vanessa Minnillo. The happy couple announced their engagement last week, and spent the weekend in the 98 degree (we’re guessing) heat of Mexico for a joint birthday bash. We bet even Nick high five’d himself when no one was looking.
Check out the gallery below for just twelve of the reasons why we think Nick Lachey has a pretty sweet life.
Miley met her main man while filming The Last Song in June 0f 2009, and the relationship has had its share of ups and downs ever since.Ã‚Â ”Their on-and off-again relationship is currently off,” a friend told People.com. “But you never know with Miley and Liam. They could be back on at some point.” Another insider chimmed in by saying that, “There was no drama. The relationship just ran its course. They were good friends first and remain friends.”
Hopefully he can help her through what must be a difficult time at home.
The British are coming, and they look fabulous. The Los Angeles chapter of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts held their annual awards gala last night at the Hyatt Regency hotel, and Ã‚Â some of England’s finest talent turned out. A surprisingly cheerful Carey Mulligan, Michael Sheen and his show-stopping mustache, and comedy legendÃ‚Â Stephen Fry all did Her Majesty proud as they strolled across the regal red carpet.Ã‚Â Marion Cotillard rep’ed the continent in a shimmering gray cocktail dress, and Irishman Cillian Murphy looked as cool as his icy blue eyes.
But America fought back with some of its own biggest stars, including Jeff Bridges, Dakota Fanning, Olivia Wilde, and Kevin Spacey, who showed off his new honorary Commander of the British Empire medal recently given to him by the Queen for services to drama! We don’t know what any of that means (he’s still American, right?), but we imagine if the Queen ever gives you anything at all, you take it. No questions asked.
And of course, it’s not a party until Betty White shows up. Check it out in the gallery below!
Kanye West is always good for livening up a Friday afternoon, but here’s a statement we never thought we’d write: Kanye is pissed that the media cut his dick off. *eyes begin to fill with tears of gratitude* Thank you Kanye…thank you.
The rapper went on New York’s Hot 97 radio station earlier this week and admitted that those nude picturesÃ‚Â (very NSFW) floating around the web are in fact the real thing. And he is damn proud of it! “Have you heard the first line of ‘Runaway?’” he asked DJ Funkmaster Flex. In case you haven’t heard, the line is, I sent this girl a picture of my dick. “I only rap reality. I went to the Internet. They had the link, I went to it. Man, you cannot imagine how disappointed I was that I got cut off.”
The full frontal picture was actually cut in two, with the top half showing Kanye in Mr. T-like gold chains, and the lower half showing his….errrr, “Phoenix,” if we may. Most sites only displayed the top half, for obvious reasons. While most of us would be thankful that naked pictures of ourselves aren’t flooding the media, Kanye feels offended! And as we all know, when Kanye gets offended, interview magic takes place.
“The media is scared, they’re scared of me,” he continued on Hot 97. “They’re scared of a black man with this taste level…So what they do in order to take that power away? They try to turn me into a demon. And it’s happened so many times throughout history. They knocked the nose off the Sphinx. They tried to tell you aliens built the pyramids… People need to understand, I’m not above the people. I’m of the people. I love the people.”
And there you have it. They censored Kanye’s privates for the same reason the nose fell off the Sphinx and aliens built the pyramids. But he loves the people. And he thinks they should be able to see his dick.
Usually when people say a movie made them vomit, it’s just a figure of speech. Sadly, for James Franco, these complaints seem scarily real. Apparently his latest film 127 Hours has been causing some audience members to become physically sick!
What on earth could have caused all the fuss? Well, 127 Hours tells the true story of rock-climber Aron Ralston, who was pinned beneath a bolder for five days in 2003. Eventually the climber was forced to amputate is own arm to survive. According to The Daily Mail, Franco’s performance as Ralston is graphic, to say the least. Reviewer Chris Tookey describes the scene in question as “the most harrowing bone-breaking and amputation scene in the history of cinema.” Move over, Requiem For A Dream.
The London Sun has reported that when the Danny Boyle directed feature closed the London Film Festival last week, medics had to be called to manage cases of nausea, fainting, and even seizures. “Boyle looked on as paramedics treated fans struggling to cope with the gruesome scenes.” Clearly this movie isn’t for the faint of heart.
127 Hours opens wide today. Will you go and see it? If you do, be on the safe side and bring a tarp.
Update: Kim Kardashian has tweeted that this song is, in fact, not hers! So ignore our gushing below and leave your guesses as to who is singing “Shake” in the comments. Is it J. Lo? A random nobody? Khloe Kardashian? (Er, same thing, right?) Who knows, maybe it really was Microsoft Speech.
No way, this is actually happening! When we heard a few days back that Kim Kardashian was in the studio recording songs for her debut album, we were undoubtably curious. Well it looks like the techo gods heard our prayers, because this afternoon we were treated to a small taste of what’s to come. Her first single “Shake” was leaked today, and we can’t help but feel it features the vocal stylings of the Microsoft speech program. But besides that, it’s pretty catchy and she does have a pretty good breathy voice.
Let’s see what Kim and producer-maestro The Dream cook up for us with the rest of the album! Let’s hope they don’t Ke$ha all over it with the autotuner.