Marston Hefner, Hugh Hefner’s 21-year-old son, pleaded no contest to corporal injury to a spouse or cohabitant in a Pasadena court yesterday, according to the Associated Press. He had been arrested in February for kicking and punching then-girlfriend Claire Sinclair, 2011′s Playboy Playmate of the Year. He is expected to be sentenced to a year of domestic violence counseling and to be ordered to stay away from Sinclair for three years, Assistant Pasadena City Prosecutor Chris Blankenhorn said.
“At the end of the three years, he can withdraw his plea, similar to an expungement. But it’s contingent upon him obeying all laws and court conditions,” Blankenhorn told the New York Daily News.
El DeBarge was picked up in a Los Angeles suburb on Monday afternoon and arrested for possession of narcotics for sale, E! Online reports. He is out on $30,000 bail and awaits an April 9 court date. It’s a big setback for the singer, who was sentenced to two years in prison in 2008 for possessing crack and drug paraphernalia and violating probation (from a previous drug bust) and had been arrested two other times since 2001. He scotched a comeback tour last year, checking into rehab instead. The saddest part of this story is how he talked about meeting with his friend Whitney Houston days before her death last month.
“She was telling me, ‘I miss you El’ and we started crying together,” DeBarge told The Boombox at the Grammys, where he was nominated for Best R&B Album. “She wanted to talk to me about her addiction, I could tell she did, and we just didn’t get our chance to.
“Drugs are a very strong, outside aggression,” he told the site. “That’s what it is. It attacks leadership and it just attacks things and it gives you a challenge that you really don’t want to have but you have to be strong and we all have the strength.”
Did the shock of Whitney’s death challenge DeBarge’s strength too much? We hope he regains it soon.
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As a Hunger Games fan since 2008, I have to admit that I was considerably nervous at the screening last night. I mean, all the interviews and teaser clips and trailers and images seemed to indicate that Gary Ross was getting things right, but I was still holding my breath. I’ve been burned before. So, yeah, the tension headache I had on my ride home was caused as much by that suspense as by anything Seneca Crane cooked up for the 74th annual games. But I’m here to tell you that my fears were unfounded. I mean, it wasn’t a flawless movie, of course, but it was exactly the right movie. If you want to be surprised by ALL the ways in which it is right, stop reading now. But if you want to alleviate your own tension headache, read on. This will not be too spoilery for anyone who’s read the books.
1. There is no overbearing orchestration. The trailers make it seem like all the dramatic scenes are accompanied by eerie oboes and such, but thankfully, no. There is some music, of course. But at several moments, particularly at the beginning, there is nothing but dialogue and the natural sounds of District 12. Thank you, Gary Ross, for trusting that your actors can act and your screenwriter can write and your audience can understand when to be sad or happy or scared.
2. There are moments of stark realism that will take your breath away. I’m not talking about tributes spearing each other. I’m talking about a grim morning in the Seam. Effie’s overly powdered face at the reaping. The screeching of her microphone. The hollow sound of President Snow’s voice as the Hunger Games propaganda movie is projected to the silent audience. And oh, god, the three-finger salute to Katniss.
3. Jennifer Lawrence. Katniss is not all fierce arrow-slinging badass. Mostly, she is a girl. Even though she’s had to grow up fast and take care of her family, she looks vulnerable and/or unsure of herself at all the right times.
If you thought we couldn’t work Donatello, Leonardo, Raphael and Michaelangelo into a post with Julia Roberts, you would be wrong. (That’s why we are professionals.) There is a very important reason to write about both of these things today: Some mean guys are intent on ruining our sacred memory of ’90s things that were kind of not that great to begin with.
First, there was Michael Bay’s announcement that his reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would change a key element of the Turtles’ backstory: They are now aliens instead of mutants. And there was outrage! Robbie Rist, the voice of Michaelangelo in the first movies, accused the director of “sodomizing” the franchise. Ouch.
“Fans need to take a breath, and chill,” Bay wrote on his own forum last night. “Our team is working closely with one of the original creators of Ninja Turtles to help expand and give a more complex back story. Relax, we are including everything that made you become fans in the first place. We are just building a richer world.”
When reality-TV star/SkinnyGirl maven/proud mamma Bethenny Frankel stopped by VH1 to appear on Big Morning Buzz Live, she revealed something shocking: “I’m just one who goes for looks; I don’t care about brands.” OK, maybe not that shocking, but pretty interesting coming from a former Real Housewife of New York. Still, she was able to tell us who was behind the casual-chic look she wore on the unusually warm, official last day of winter. All except the jeans, which she bought for $30 on South Beverly Drive. Check out the outfit and we’ll share the other details.
Here’s what sold me on reading Andrea J. Buchanan’s Gift, an enhanced ebook due out next week: It’s a ghost story that is itself haunted. As in, words and pictures appear on the page, sometimes moving on the page, upping the goosebump factor beyond the story’s actual events. What hooked me: When perfect-boy love interest Kevin sings to protagonist Daisy, we actually get to hear the song. And since I like to share, I’m presenting you readers with the exclusive premiere of that song, “Don’t Look Back,” written by Buchanan and the real-life absolutely swoonworthy Swedish Youtube fave FreddeGredde, along with a second song that appears in the book, “Is It All Right?” Listen now to get in the mood before I tell you more about the book.
OK, well, we assume Jay-Z and Beyonce get out for more romantical-type evenings than last night’s outing, but any night out counts as a date night for new parents, right? Bey wore a flattering, body-hugging blue Victoria Beckham dress with matching blue nails and shoes (it’s cheesy, but we love that she’s got a Blue Ivy theme going here) to attend a fundraiser held by Michelle Obama and co-hosted by Robert De Niro at his Greenwich Hotel on Monday night. Whoopi Goldberg, Ben Stiller, Angela Bassett, Alfre Woodard, Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman were the other big-name guests, per the New York Daily News along with Solange and Tina Knowles. Jay, Beyonce, Solange and Tina were later snapped leaving Tribeca sushi hotspot Nobu.
We can’t get over how skinny the new mamma looks already. Politics and Japanese cuisine sound like very manageable elements of a post-baby diet — much more than hiring a live-in trainer for twice-daily workouts.
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We have to admit, those ads featuring a goatee’d boy version of Richard Branson envisioning the future are pretty cute. Not “sign me up to give him $200,000 and put my life in his hands” cute, but maybe that’s just because we’re not rich. And kind of scared of space travel. Ashton Kutcher, on the other hand, is now free from family obligations and eager to expand his frontiers. So why not sign up to be astronaut #500 on Branson’s Virgin Galactic?
“Great news today news from our Astronaut Relations team at Virgin Galactic: our 500th future astronaut customer has just signed up! Even better news is that number 500 is Ashton Kutcher,” Branson wrote in a blog entry on Virgin.com. “I gave Ashton a quick call to congratulate and welcome him. He is as thrilled as we are at the prospect of being among the first to cross the final frontier (and back!) with us and to experience the magic of space for himself.”
That $200,000 will get Ashton a seat on the SpaceShipTwo, which will fly 100km above the earth for a trip lasting six hours, according to The Hollywood Reporter. So, no time for Martian romances just yet, but this is just the beginning.
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We all get how hard it must be for the stars of Harry Potter to find new and exciting roles after the end of their beloved franchise. And brava to Emma Watson for doing so in such a chic way two whole years ago. So it should be none too surprising that Daniel Radcliffe has finally changed up his ‘do. But it kinda is. We got so used to seeing Daniel’s straight hair with bangs — high off the ear, brushed down for Potter, brushed off his face to the side for real life — that it’s a shock to the system to see these photos of him on the set of Kill Your Darlings, in which he plays a young Allen Ginsberg. So much curly hair! Can it possibly be all his? He had a lot of 19th-century bangs and sideburn action for The Woman in Black, so it could be.
Here’s a little retrospective of DanRad’s hair for his various roles. Which is your fave?
And how happy are you that he’s playing Ginsberg in 1944, not the ’60s-era version of the poet most of us think of?
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We’re sometimes under the illusion that motherhood has a calming effect on celebrities, making them less interesting to gossips and paparazzi. And then we remember Britney Spears (and, like, our own mothers). Nope, moms are people too, and that means they are bound to make their kids want to disown them. And the children of celeb moms have it even worse than the rest of us. This weekend gave us so many examples of things that would have made us stomp into our rooms, put on the “Keep Out!” sign and write frantically in our diaries how we would be the first documented case of dying of embarrassment.
1. Jessica Simpson wore this denim, snakeskin-patterned, ruffled tent to her baby shower. And still insists she’s having only one little girl.
2. Kris Jenner posted a photo of herself naked and pregnant with Rob Kardashian on her blog to wish him a happy birthday on Saturday. “Happy 25th birthday to my wonderful, handsome son, Rob!! Rob, you are the best son a mother could ask for and you make me proud every day. I love you so much!!”