It’s a rough couple of days for Wes Bentley. The Hunger Games actor has reportedly been denied entry to Canada due to a four-year-old drug bust. As a result he will be unable to attend the Toronto Film Festival and promote his latest film, The Time Being. Bentley’s life took a wrong turn following his career making performance in the classic American Beauty, and by the mid 2000s he was addicted to drugs and alcohol and eventually filed for bankruptcy to dig himself out of a six-figure credit card debt. He was even homeless for a period, and hit low when arrested for possession of heroin back in 2008.
He has since recieved treatment and gotten clean of drugs, but his past caught up with him when trying to gain access to Canada.”Wes really wanted to go to the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of his movie and had his team contact the head of TIFF to try and pull some strings with the government,” an insider told RadarOnline. “There was nothing anyone could do. Wes was really upset and felt awful about not being able to partake in the promotion of the film.” Sorry about that, Wes. Here’s a video of a plastic bag blowing in the breeze that should cheer you up!
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Guys, we’re pretty sure we’re not coming up with this idea all on our own: There are people, actually sometimes large groups of people, whose job it is to drive you around when you can’t/shouldn’t/don’t wanna do it yourself. You don’t even need to employ one all on your own. You can maybe even call one at the very last minute when you realize that your flu medication and that one beer you had shouldn’t have been mixed. Sally Struthers, Michael Madsen, Joe Simpson, Amanda Bynes, these people would be really happy to serve you.
Struthers became the latest in an increasingly disturbing list of celebrities to be arrested for DUI when she was pulled over this morning in Maine. The 65-year-old All in the Family star was actually just charged with misdemeanor “operating under the influence” and was released on $160 bail, People reports. So she wasn’t Randy Travis-raving level, which makes us feel a little better.
Kill Bill star Michael Madsen, meanwhile, wasn’t drunk but was recovering from the flu when he was pulled over for erratic driving last night, sources told TMZ. OK, sources, maybe you should be better friends and drive him where he needed to go rather than letting a sick man get behind the wheel of a hot rod. He was actually treated for flu-like symptoms at the hospital last night, so that’s kind of believable … but police say he also blew a .20 on the Breathalyzer.
And then there’s good old Joe Simpson, who was arrested at a checkpoint last month and tested .12 on the Breathalyzer. Today he pleaded not guilty to DUI and is due back in court in October, TMZ says. The gossip site speculated that he had been at daughter Jessica’s favorite Mexican joint Casa Vega, which is near where he was stopped. We bet it’s also a place where taxis might pick you up.
We’re not picking on you, guys, especially since you haven’t been convicted yet. We’d just like the streets, and our favorite celebrities, to be safe out there!
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Since Ryan Lochte is planning to launch his own fashion line soon, it makes sense that he’s all over the runway shows of New York Fashion Week. But now we’re kind of wondering how much he’s actually studying the fashion and how much he’s studying the ladies near him in the front row. But that’s his job too now, right? His antics with Prince Harry practically proved he’s ready to be American royalty, and thus we are obsessed with matching him up. How fitting, then, that the latest object of his attention appears to be Miss USA herself, Olivia Culpo. The pair were first spotted together last week, at a show for Evening Sherri Hill, and later that night at 1Oak. “We just met last week, so I can’t say anything for that, but he’s a good guy,” she told reporters.
But Ryan was even more effusive about the beauty queen when E! caught up with him yesterday, when he was again snapped in the front row with Olivia. “She is beautiful. I love hanging out with her. She has a great sense of humor, she makes me laugh, she’s just a good girl to hang out with,” he said. “She was telling me yesterday that she had never done a pageant until like a year ago, and now she’s Miss USA. She’s got something.”
Wow, those were a lot of words coming from the notoriously brief interviewee, which means either he’s getting better at this, or he’s in loooove.
And in other news, he made some great faces with Tyra Banks…
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Chris Brown raised a lot of eyebrows in the last few days after showing off a new tattoo that looks suspiciously like a portrait of his beaten up ex-girlfriend Rihanna. But now the tattoo artist who did the inking is weighing in, and frankly he’s pretty bummed that our minds went there. Celebrity tat guru Peter Koskela opened up to E! News and firmly denied that the image depicts the abused pop singer. “It was really a blow to me to think that people would think so little of a person that I would actually put a picture of a beaten woman on his neck,” he said. “That was crazy to me, that he would come to me and say, ‘Hey, I want Rihanna’s face on me.’”
Chris’ reps have tried to shead a little light on what the image is actually supposed to represent. “His tattoo is a sugar skull (associated with the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead) and a M.A.C cosmetics design he saw,” they explain. “It is not Rihanna or an abused woman as erroneously reported. It is peeling right now.” According to Koskela, the image is looking a little roughed up because his skin hasn’t totally recovered yet. “People thought it was a beat-up face, but it takes two weeks to heal because the neck is constantly moving.”
The artist feels genuinely horrible about the whole media sh-tstorm his work has unleashed. “I would never promote any kind of domestic violence like that,” he insists. “Even if he asked me to do it, I would have bounced right there. I don’t do racist tattoos, I don’t do gang-related tattoos and I don’t do anything hurtful. That is just the motto I live by. The other tattoo artists might, but I just don’t.” Next time maybe Chris should just go with a butterfly.
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On Tuesday, three days after Amanda Bynes had been pulled over for not having her headlights as she was driving with a suspended license, the actress was snapped by paparazzi during yet another vehicular adventure. In photos obtained by TMZ, we can follow along on Bynes’ reported three-hour tour around Los Angeles, which was as seemingly aimless as it was oddly fascinating — due to the fact that she stopped more than once to smoke out of a pipe designed to look like a car lighter. Here are just some of the many questions that popped up in our minds while looking at these photos. (We think we answered our first question — Is that really Amanda Bynes? — by finding the above recent photo of her with brown hair.)
1. Is there no one around to drive Amanda to the store these days? Don’t all her friends/family/employees realize she has a suspended license?
2. Why do Californians eat at Baja Fresh when there are so many amazing food trucks and authentic Mexican restaurants around?
3. Does Amanda have a prescription for marijuana? (Alternate question: Is that marijuana?)
4. If so, could she maybe just smoke it at home?
5. If you’re going to smoke openly — and leave buds all over your car — why bother with a pipe disguised as a lighter (the concept of which kind of blows our sober minds)? Why not use one of those pretty glass ones? Read more…
We’re sure there’s a sequel to The Bodyguard in here somewhere. Model and former Victoria’s Secret Angel Heidi Klum admitted today on Katie that she is in fact hooking up with her bodyguard Martin Kristen. OK, technically she said that they were “seeing” each other, but potato po-tah-to right? Whatever the case, it’s still very early days for the couple. “I don’t know if I can call it [a relationship],” she told host Katie Couric. “It just started. I don’t know.”
This news is probably is sending shock-waves of rage through her ex-husband Seal. As the divorce between the couple/costume enthusiasts heats up, Seal has been making claims that Heidi cheated on him with this same bodyguard during their marriage. He even told TMZ that he wishes that she’d “waited until we separated before deciding to fornicate with the help.” That’s harsh! He later apologized for the comment, but he’s still obviously not happy with the whole thing. “He’s upset,” a friend of the couple told People. “What really bothers Seal was this guy was a dear friend. They called each other ‘brother.’ He feels betrayed.”
But Heidi denies these accusations, saying that she “never looked at another man” over the course of their seven year marriage. But lately she has been seen out and about with Martin quite a bit, even getting photographed together on vacation in Sardinia, Italy. She opened up about the new man in her life today on Katie. “I trust him with my children’s life,” she said. “He’s a great man and, recently, we just got to know each other from a completely different side.”
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We’re just saying, wouldn’t it be an amazing plot twist if Jesse St. James returned to Glee, only to start dating Zachary Quinto? First of all, Rachel would be super pissed (though, let’s face it, not entirely surprised). Second of all, Kurt’s head would explode off his shoulders and fly around the room like a fabulous, shocked balloon. While we won’t hold our collective breath on any Zachary Quinto cameos this season (or that balloon thing, because come on), the Star Trek actor did confirm that he is dating Glee star Jonathan Groff. “I’m incredibly happy, I’m incredibly lucky,” he told Out Magazine about his relationship. Jonathan’s no Wade Adams, but he’ll do. He’ll do just fine.
The American Horror Story actor also opened up about his decision to come out last October. “One of the defining conversations that I had with myself was that absolutely no good can come from me staying quiet about [my sexuality]. Literally, no good can come from it. But if I take the step to make the acknowledgment and be honest, so much good could potentially come from it,” Quinto explained. We’re just glad we live in a time where we can get equally squeal-y about adorable gay couples as we can about straight ones. We’re so excited, we could break out in a choreographed song-and-dance number! If that was a thing that happened in real life!
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Since that other vampire baby is currently dealing with her parents’ de facto trial separation (ohhhhh, can that be the plot of the fifth Twilight book? Which we assume will be called Around Brunch Time? That would certainly be a twist, wouldn’t it?), let’s all dedicate our supernatural squeeing to Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer‘s brand-new baby twins! “We can confirm that Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer recently welcomed their twins into the world,” the reps for the True Blood costars told Us Magazine this afternoon. “The babies were born a few weeks early, but are in good health and both Mom and Dad are overjoyed.” No word as to whether Anna Paquin had to be turned into one of the undead in order to avoid an untimely death during vampire childbirth, but hey, we all know how it works. It’s just undead science!
The no-doubt adorable vamp-babies are Paquin’s first children, while Moyer has two kids from previous relationships. Though the world has known about the incoming Paquin-Moyers since April, the names and sexes of the newborns have yet to be announced. Fortunately for Anna and Stephen, Sookie is technically a unisex name. Bill, not so much…
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Someone get Amanda Bynes and Lindsay Lohan a pen, a piece of paper and someone to take notes for them, because they both have to go lie down for a little while! As has been made clear from recent events/arrests, these ladies need to learn the best way to leave a party. Fortunately for them, Tara Reid is teaching and school is in session. TMZ has video of the American Pie star drunkenly tumbling over a parked motorcycle in St. Tropez, taking down herself and a friend before sheepishly wobbling back to a yacht. On one hand, the video goes from funny to uncomfortable to sad in a microsecond. On the other hand, hey, Tara’s not in a car! And if she was walking to a car when she ran into a motorcycle, at least she never got there!
As delightful as it is to see any celebrity stumble into a pile of bike parts and waving limbs, the whole thing takes on a more sober meaning when you remember that Reid went to rehab less than three years ago. On a related note, is it us or is Tara’s life nearly identical to that of 30 Rock‘s Jenna Maroney? Yacht parties aside, remember when Tara got married to Zack Kehayov in 2011…only to reveal later that the marriage wasn’t technically legal? Or the fact that she’s constantly hanging out with Jedward? Just don’t let that woman near Mickey Rourke. Or any more motorcycles.
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It’s hard to type when you just want to face-palm all day, so we’ll keep this brief: Chris Brown showed off a new tattoo on his neck that depicts what appears to be a woman with either weird face tattoos (if you’re being generous) or with bruises and scars on her face (if you’re not so Team Breezy). Probably not the best choice for a guy convicted of domestic assault. Maybe he should have gone with an eagle or a peace sign or something like that. But wait, it gets worse (maybe). Many people believe that the new ink bears a striking resemblance to his former girlfriend Rihanna. Yeah, you probably see where we’re going with this.
Despite all of this creepiness, Team Breezy insists that it’s all just a coincidence. Sources close to the singer told TMZ that “it’s a random woman.” And they’re definitely insisting that the apparent bruises and stitches are just the woman’s tattoos and elaborate makeup. Whatever the truth, it’s still an interesting choice to say the least. Even if there is an innocent explanation behind the marking, you’d think someone in his camp would have sounded the alarm that the tat could easily be misinterpreted.