This one was just too crazytown to ignore: According to the National Enquirer, via Radar, a private investigator claims to have evidence that Whitney Houston’s death in February was not just an accidental drowning but murder. By drug dealers. To whom she owed $1.5 million.
It’s that time of year again, when all sorts of engagement and wedding news starts coming in as celebrities escape to warm, romantic getaways. The latest is the engagement of Boy Meets World alum Rider Strong to his longtime girlfriend Alexandra Barreto. According to E! Online, Rider proposed with a ring he created himself.
Strong and Barreto met on the short-lived 2006 WB comedy Pepper Dennis, in which he played a cameraman and she played the weather girl and nemesis of star Rebecca Romijn. They also had a super-cute bit together in this 2008 Web ad for Barack Obama.
We’ve all been waiting for a different kind of news from Rider — that he’d be joining the cast of Girl Meets World, the Disney Channel spinoff of the beloved ’90s show — but as of November, he said he had no “official” involvement in it. Hey, Alexandra, is there anything you can do to convince him otherwise?
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We know second and third marriages often go down without fanfare, but we’re still a bit surprised that Kate Winslet didn’t tell us all about her plans to marry her spectacularly named boyfriend Ned Rocknroll this month. According to E! Online, the Oscar winner’s rep confirmed that the couple wed in New York earlier this month in front of “her two children and a very few friends and family” after getting engaged over the summer. Actually, we shouldn’t take it personally that she forgot to invite us — according to The Sun, even their dads didn’t know the wedding had taken place. Or that’s what they told the tab, anyway. The U.K. paper also reported that Kate’s Titanic co-star Leonardo DiCaprio gave her away.
Winslet and Rocknroll (born Abel Smith) have been dating for a little over a year, ever since they both escaped that dramatic fire at Ned’s Uncle Richard Branson’s private island estate. Yes, it was that time when Kate reportedly carried Branson’s 90-year-old mother, Eve, out of the burning building. Those kind of heroics could win any man’s heart, right? (Though, oops, Kate was there with another guy at the time!)
This is Winslet’s third marriage, after Jim Threapleton and Sam Mendes. Rocknroll works for his uncle’s Virgin Galactic, but no word yet on whether they’ll honeymoon in space.
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There are things we loved about 2012, there are things we hated about 2012 and there are things we were ready to hate about 2012, but later came to realize were actually awesome. There’s nothing like being pleasantly surprised by something in pop culture, so we thought we’d give credit where credit is due. Here is our Best of 2012 ..that we were totally prepared to be the worst.
Have you ever heard of the Baader-Meinhof effect? Basically it’s a cognitive illusion in which, once you become aware of something, you notice it everywhere. For us, 2012 meant a year of noticing wigs in every single aspect of our lives. From TV shows like Vampire Diaries to movies like Liz & Dick to meat space like celebrities’ heads, we couldn’t blink without seeing yet another wig. Nor did we want to.
For example, did anyone else see The Hobbit? Critics turned up their nose at the film’s length, but no one breathed a word about all the magnificent dwarf wigs. (It’s better this way. It was a delightful surprise.) While we try to figure out how to obtain a braided-beard-attached-to-a-toupee wig like ol’ Bombur, check out the best of the best of 2012′s wigs. Lindsay Lohan…you did us proud. Did we miss any winners? Please tell us. We genuinely want to know!
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If you’re surprised by the fact Taylor Swift was named #1 on DoSomething.org‘s top 20 Celebs Gone Good 2012, then clearly you have only been reading our Harry Styles-related TSwift posts. She didn’t get an award from both Michelle Obama and the Kennedys this year for nothing! In between dating every hot guy in the United States and Britain and gasping in comical shock at her own success, Taylor has managed to squeeze in quite a number of impressive charitable acts this year, the sweetest of which have helped…
While some of us might have rejoiced in the announcement of a Chad Johnson sex tape the way Ralphie rejoiced at getting a Red Ryder air rifle, Ochocinco himself was busy calling the Federal Bureau of Investigation to find out who leaked it. You know, because it’s illegal to steal and release someone’s sex tape without their permission? The wide receiver acknowledged yesterday that the leaked footage does feature him and two lady friends in a Florida hotel room, but says that the video is approximately three years old. Oh lord, yesterday was Christmas! Imagine your dad having to step away from the family party to call the FBI about his leaked sex tape. We hope Chad’s kids got the gift of zero Internet access this week…
While only segments of the sex tape have appeared online, Johnson’s lawyer is allegedly drafting a cease-and-desist letter to have the clips yanked off the web. Johnson believes the tape was stolen from his phone, which hopefully means the FBI will be able to track down his hacker just like they tracked down Christopher Chaney, the hacker who received ten years in prison for stealing nudes of Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera and several other celebs. May the Johnson kids ring in the New Year by not having kids at school tease them about their dad’s sex tape, and to all a good night!
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Jessica Simpson confirmed the pregnancy we pretty much all knew about already with a tweet yesterday that read, “Merry Christmas from my family to yours!” accompanying a deadly cute photo of 7-month-old daughter Maxwell Drew in front of the words “Big Sis” written in the sand. It by far surpasses Simpson’s “Mummy” tweet from last Halloween, and also makes us really wish she’d been able to break this news herself, rather than some “friend” who sold the story to Us weeks ago.
UPDATE: Weight Watchers also let Jessica announce her new pregnancy in a 30-second ad, released today. “Being healthy has become a part of who I am, which is great timing, because I’m having another baby,” she says. (WW made sure to add a printed message on the ad that says, “Pregnant women are not eligible to join Weight Watchers. Jessica has stopped following the plan and intends to return after she gives birth.”)
The announcement made us think back to all the other varied ways in which celebrity moms announced their big news to the world in 2012. Here are some of our favorites:
Snooki’s “OMG! I’m Pregnant!” Us Weekly Headline: This is another one we pretty much already knew about before the story was published, but the fact that we could totally hear Snooki’s voice as we read that headline made it more unique than your typical pregnancy story sold to a tabloid.
Amber Rose Follows Beyonce’s Example: Following a couple of weeks of speculation, Amber accompanied Wiz Khalifa to the MTV VMAs this year in a lacy skintight gown and caressed her little bump on the red carpet, leaving no more doubt about their big news. Months later, it looked like Jenna Dewan-Tatum was doing the same red-carpet reveal in her flowy princess gown at VH1 DIVAS, but she and Channing Tatum decided to let us guess for a few more hours before going the typical publicist-to-magazine route.
After a confusing couple of weeks in which Chris Brown, Rihanna and Karrueche Tran sent all sorts of mixed messages about who was dating whom — really, you could have told us Rihanna and Karrueche were together and we would have believed it — RiRi and CB took their relationship to that favorite of celebrity PDA venues, a Lakers game. The singers reportedly arrived in the same car at the Lakers-Knicks game on Tuesday, entered separately, but then put their relationship on display in their courtside seats. Something about their expressions as the cameras snapped away still has us scratching our head, though. They appear to be laughing in that super fake way models do in catalog photo shoots, as if they’re doing it just for the sake of the cameras. Is this all part of their continuing effort to mess with our heads/show us how little they care what we think? Or maybe they really do amuse each other to the point of tilting their heads back and heartily “AHAHAHA”-ing. Take a look at the pics and tell us what you think.
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Celebrities — they’re just like us, right? By which we mean, our stars arrive as a mixed bag: We have our American sweethearts, the class clowns and, of course, the bad seeds. Even if it’s normal for a former Disney teenage star to flash her crotch in public these days, Santa does not approve. And yet other A-listers used their stardom in 2012 to rise above the fray, display their philanthropic ways, and prove there are menches in Hollywood. Their hard work does not go unnoticed, and we know those little elves (a.k.a., their agents) are stuffing some A-list gifts in their stockings. Because we all know that Justin Bieber really needs another hoodie. And maybe we need the Lindsay Lohans out there to make us appreciate the Matt Damons even more. Here we’ve broken down our list of our naughty n’ nice celebrities of 2012.
1. Chris Brown – I don’t even know where to begin with this one. Brown brawled with Drake in a club, rekindled a romance with the woman he abused and tattooed an image of a battered woman on his neck. Ah, Chris Brown. You never fail to prove you are the biggest douchebag there ever was. Not only will Santa be skipping your house this year, but I can assure you, Dancer, Prancer, and Rudolph will send you a stocking filled with their droppings.
2. Amanda Bynes – The former child star who rose to fame with All That and The Amanda Show is now giving audiences a different kind of Amanda show — one filled with hit and runs and DUIs. Santa may not think you’re all that this year, but hopefully you can take that as a sign to get it together for 2013. Put down the booze, get some help, and nab a supporting role in an indie comedy to reboot your career. Or, if you’re really retiring from acting, take a break from making headlines too. We’re rooting for you, Amanda.
3. Nicki Minaj – Nicki needs to learn to respect her elders … and the divas around town. She and Mariah Carey have been at it since auditions of American Idol this year, and we’re placing blame on the rap star who allegedly threatened to “shoot” Mariah in an argument. There’s no need for that kind of drama in the search for America’s next pop star, is there? Coal for you, Ms. Minaj.