Posts By Sabrina Rojas Weiss

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Brett Ratner Was ‘Too Hard On Himself,’ Russell Simmons Says

Hours after Brett Ratner resigned his post as producer of the Academy Awards in the aftermath of his quote that “rehearsing is for f—s,” his buddy Russell Simmons stopped by Big Morning Buzz Live. After chatting about his book, Super Rich, and the passing of Heavy D, the hip-hop mogul came to the defense of the Tower Heist director, though not to the defense of his words.

“I understand how hurtful his words were, and I know Brett’s unfiltered and says sometimes horrible things,” Simmons began, insisting that Ratner didn’t mean his remark as a homophobic slur. “He didn’t mean gay people. I think that’s pretty clear. I’m sorry he said it and I’m sorry he lost his job. I think the punishment was a bit cruel.”
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People’s Choice Awards Nominations By The Numbers: Vampires, Wizards And Alien Katy Perry

The nominees for the 2012 People’s Choice Awards — the bane of all snooty critics — have been announced. And since you can go ahead and see all of the nominees when you go to vote (through December 6) for the show’s winners, to be announced in the January 11 ceremony, we thought we’d concentrate on some important numbers revealed on the list.

9: Nominations for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (including Favorite Movie, four of the five nods for Favorite Actor Under 25 and Favorite Book Adaptation)

Nominations for Deathly Hallows, Part 1, which came out last November and missed last year’s cut-off.

7: Nominations for Katy Perry, who, in addition to the expected music categories received nods for Favorite Animated Movie Voice (for Smurfs) and TV guest star (How I Met Your Mother).

7: Nominations for Glee, including two for TV comedy actress (Jane Lynch and Lea Michele), two for comedy actor (Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith), two for guest stars Gwyneth Paltrow and Kristin Chenoweth, and one for network TV comedy. We are holding out hope for a Heather Morris nod one of these days.

Nominations for vampires, that’s just from True Blood and The Vampire Diaries.

13: Last year’s nominations for vampires, because Eclipse came out in the summer. Reminding us just how long it’s been since we’ve had a Twilight movie!

3: Nominations for Water for Elephants/Robert Pattinson. The frustrated Twilight vote finds its outlet!

0: Nods for women in the Favorite Movie Icon category.

0: Nods for women in the Favorite Action Star category.

1: Nod for a woman in the Favorite Superhero category: Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique in X-Men: First Class.

Nomination for a Kardashian. Kim, for fave celebreality star. Sorry, rest of the family!

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George Clooney Details His First Orgasm In Rolling Stone – TMI?

George Clooney perpetuates his dual image as “Godlike Multi-talented Humanitarian” and “Regular Dude You Could Be Friends With” in the upcoming issue of Rolling Stone. On the one hand, he talks about how “the world is in trouble.” On the other, he admits that the word “Johnson” makes him laugh.

He also walks the line between revealing TMI and not nearly enough info (NNEI?). Examples:
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Mariah Carey Shows Off Her Post-Baby Body

Oh, celebrities, why must you insist on making the rest of us look bad? Just over six months after giving birth to cuter than cute twins Morocco and Monroe, Mariah Carey is flaunting a hotter than hot body on the cover of Us Weekly.

But OK, she’s not trying to make us look bad. She’s just doing her job as new spokesperson for Jenny (f.k.a. Jenny Craig), and presumably trying to inspire us follow her example.

During pregnancy, Mariah told USA Today, she had edema, a painful retention of fluid in the tissue. “My legs looked three times the size of what my legs do right now. I thought I would never be the same person again.”
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VV Brown, We Want This Outfit Very, Very Much: Style Seen

Gorgeous U.K. pop singer VV Brown mixes her sultry, ’60s-era voice with very current tracks to make a unique sound. So it’s not at all surprising that she takes the same approach with her style: vintage and modern blended for a look you won’t see on anyone else. When she stopped by last week to perform “Children” on Big Morning Buzz Live, we very much coveted her fur shrug and quilted dress ensemble. And those zebra-print loafers! Turns out, she knows people want to emulate her style, so she’s actually launching this winter, which she described to the San Francisco Examiner as an “online fashion store, a vintage boutique that features culture and art, and we also have a design agency where we promote young designers that come straight out of fashion college.” Take a closer look at her style after the jump.
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Heavy D Dead At 44

Heaven just got a little more new jack swing. Rapper/actor Heavy D died at a Los Angeles Hospital earlier today of a yet-undisclosed cause. According to TMZ, a 911 call reporting an unconscious male in the walkway of his Beverly Hills home was made at 11:25 a.m. He was conscious when paramedics arrived but died shortly after being transported to the hospital.

Heavy (born Dwight Arrington Myers) had lost a lot of weight later in his career, but we’re glad he kept the name. Like many rappers after him, he also had a lengthy acting résumé that included roles in the Eddie Murphy/Martin Lawrence flick Life, Boston Public, The Cider House Rules and most recently, Tower Heist.

For a look back at the considerable musical influence of Heavy D and the Boyz (“Now That We Found Love”) head over to VH1 Tuner. And check out his amazing fashion sense in the gallery below to put a smile back on your face.

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From Glee To Beverly Hills: TV’s Best Virginity Losses

According to, on tonight’s episode of Glee, “The First Time,” both Rachel and Finn, and Kurt and Blaine will have sex for the first time. Given the way the show has been hit-or-miss this season, we’re crossing our fingers the episode lives up to the buildup, kinda the way young couples cross their fingers about losing their V-cards. And as we wait for the big moment, we thought we’d bide our time by looking back at all the other great “losing it” moments in TV teen history.

Beverly Hills, 90210: Brenda loses it to Dylan in “Spring Dance” (Season 1)
“How many girls get to have sex for the first time with someone they love?” Brenda asks Dylan, before they do the deed in a hotel room while the dance is still going on. His smooth reply: “I don’t know. I’ve never really taken an opinion poll.”
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Courtney Stodden Is All Natural … From The Neck Down At Least

Courtney Stodden: 1, Doubters: 0. In case you missed it, Courtney allowed strangers to touch her boobs on national TV yesterday, in front of husband Doug Hutchison. Well, OK, it was a plastic surgeon and his ultrasound technician, and they were on Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers to prove once and for all how to solve the national debt crisis. Or the question of whether Courtney has breast implants.

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It looked a little dicey there for a second ( a circular shape seemed to indicate an implant), but in the end, the doctor said Courtney was telling the truth: no knife has touched those breasts. Which, yeah, lots of 17-year-olds have perfect bodies, so it makes sense. What we really wish is that she would go on a show and have someone surgically remove 95 percent of her makeup.
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Jonathan Lipnicki’s Hot Photos Make Us Feel Dirty

I can’t be the only one who opened a link yesterday, saw a bunch of photos of a shirtless guy flexing and posing at some gym, thought, “Hmm, he’s kinda hot,” realized, “OMG, that’s Jonathan Lipnicki,” and then vigorously tried to wash those thoughts out of my 8 lb head. But now I feel ambivalent about my reaction. I mean, he’s CLEARLY not just “that kid from Jerry Maguire.” He should be allowed to grow up and get a six-pack to rival the Situation, right? I wonder how this makes Renée Zellweger feel.

What’s amusing is that these photos were taken back in May, by professional photographer Ryan Caliendo. But Jonathan just started sharing them on his Facebook page this weekend. We wonder if it was in part an effort to promote Broken Roads, the movie he executive produced (and does not act in), which is releasing its trailer on Friday. The photos are certainly going viral and making everyone wonder what the 21-year-old is up to these days. Looks like he’s got too movies in post-production, Tag and For the Love of Money, and he was just an understudy in the L.A. production of The Lieutenant of Inishmore, a play about Irish terrorists. And also, he’s been at the gym a lot.

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[Photos: TriStar Pictures, Caliendo Photography]

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Should Justin Bieber Take A DNA Test? One Expert Weighs In

There are many different ways to approach a scandal, if you’re a public figure. You can “no comment” your way through it and hope people lose interest. Or you can deny, deny, deny. Justin Bieber and his team have chosen option B as the response to Mariah Yeater’s claims that he fathered her 3-month-old son. He told Today that he’d never even met Mariah, and he’s reportedly planning to take a DNA test to prove he’s not little Trystan’s father. We wondered why the Biebs would even deign to answer such claims, and we turned to Michael Fertik, founder and CEO of for his expert opinion on the matter.

“Between Wednesday and Thursday of last week, and again between Thursday and Friday of last week, you’ve had a doubling and another doubling of discussion about Justin Bieber on the Internet. A quadrupling in just four days,” Fertik explained. And that’s a good indication that the talk isn’t going to go away on its own. “The headlines are coming anyway. This topic is hot no matter what you say.”

By pledging to take a paternity test, Bieber is hoping that definitive evidence will finally shut the story down, Fertik says. “This test is a sign of confidence in his point of view. He says he never even met her. I think he’s like, let me just put this behind me and clearly indicate this is not who I am.”
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