Ryan Dunn‘s untimely death yesterday has come as a shock to many. He was involved in a fatal car crash, along with his passenger, after losing control of his Porsche 911. What everyone’s talking about now is how Ryan was drinking before the crash (reports conflict as to how much was alcohol was consumed). Dunn posed for pictures outside the bar he was drinking at with friends, and he did look quite flushed. Reports confirm that he had at least three beers and three shots while there. The autopsy’s currently underway to see whether booze had anything to do with crash or not, but either way, the internet’s already buzzing with both condolences and debate.
One controversy that’s brewing at the moment is due to a tweet by caustic critic Roger Ebert: “Friends don’t let jackasses drink and drive.” The backlash from the comment has been tremendous and none more so than from Dunn’s friend and co-star Bam Margera who tweeted in return, “I just lost my best friend, I have been crying hysterical for a full day and piece of s— roger ebert has the gall to put in his 2 cents”. Bam followed up with another tweet that raged, “About a jackass drunk driving and his is one, f— you! Millions of people are crying right now, shut your fat f—ing mouth!”
Ebert’s been silent since then tweeting about other subjects. The only time he touched upon the subject again was when PerezHilton went at him in a post, to which Ebert wrote back with, “Perez Hilton’s readers agree with me and not with Perez about my tweet on Ryan Dunn. He drank, he drove, 2 people died.” We aren’t fans of Ebert, FYI. We are completely against drinking and driving (and have lost friends because of it), but the fact is that there’s a time and a place to comment. Sounding like a “jackass” right after someone has passed away isn’t the way to go. R.I.P Ryan.
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This has been SO confusing! Penn Badgely might be Jeff Buckley. Penn Badgley is not Jeff Buckley. Now, as it turns out, Penn Badgley is Jeff Buckley in another film! When Hollywood jumps on a bandwagon you’d better believe multiple films will be the result. To clear this whole will he-won’t he biznezz, there are two Jeff Buckley films in the offing. The one Penn will star in is called Greetings from Tim Buckley, and will be directed by Dan Algrant.
This movie will explore the relationship between Jeff and his father — both musicians — and Penn has revealed, “To play a man who was singularly gifted as an artist, greatly misunderstood & mythologized as a human beingÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s something very special and sacred. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m going to give all I can to this project.” To further cement the casting news, Smuggler Films announced, “Smuggler Films announced today Penn Badgley will star in the much anticipated film Greetings from Tim Buckley. He will play Tim BuckleyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s son Jeff in the first film to be made about the musicians…”
Where all the confusion arose from is the other Jeff Buckley film, to be directed by Jake Scott and produced by the late singer’s mother. That one hasn’t even started the casting process as yet. Cool? But you do realize that this is good news, right? If there are two Buckley biopics, means that Robert Pattinson still has a shot at a lead role!
According to Us Magazine, the answer is yes. Although they’re keeping it quiet, the story is that Cy Waits and Paris Hilton have broken up. An insider reveals, “They are broken up…It’s sad, she cares about him a lot and thinks he’s a great guy but they really hit a rough patch. [Cy’s] found it difficult to live his life with her in the spotlight and that’s what caused their split. No drama, it’s amicable, but things didn’t work out.” Apparently they also hit a “rough patch” with Paris’ new reality show, as Cy didn’t want to be in the spotlight. Murmurings of a break up were being heard even then.
If this is true — Paris or her publicist have no comment as yet — then we’re actually feeling for them. Normally we don’t spare a thought for Paris’ various flings or boyfriends, but her relationship with Cy seemed different. While they really looked like the real deal, it was also packed with drama. Paris’s stalker tried to attack Cy outside a courtroom—the same guy who broke into Paris’ home carrying two knives earlier that year. And of course, when busted for cocaine, Paris and Cy stuck together again. That’s love. Work it out, you two!
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Gee, we figured the problem was two egomaniacs teaming up to work on material neither knew nor cared a thing about, but maybe we’re wrong. According to Julie Taymor, former director of Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, it was the audience—not its indifferent makers and their faulty cables—that are responsible for the musical fiasco. “Twitter and Facebook and blogging just trump you,” she said at a Theater Communications Group event this weekend. “It’s very hard to create. It’s incredibly difficult to be under a shot glass and a microscope like that.” You’d think a 2010 show that gave its first readings in 2007 and ran a record number of previews had plenty of time to gestate, but you wouldn’t be Ms. Taymor.
“It’s very scary if people are going more towards that, to have audiences tell you how to make a show,” she said, referring to the focus groups producers used when fixing their multi-million dollar musical about a superhero with songs by the guys from U2. “Shakespeare would have been appalled. Forget about it. It would be impossible to have these works come out because there’s always something that people don’t like.” She even referenced Norman Lear‘s All In The Family, whose racist lead Archie might not have survived in today’s climate. And to be fair, Archie and Arachne—whose number about spider goddesses buying shoes was cut from Turn Off The Dark—have a lot of the same letters in their name. But would Lear or Shakespeare have been making a Spider-Man musical in the first place? Maybe her decision to take on a high-profile gig based on a comic book is the blogosphere’s fault, too.
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To everything there is a season: a time for joy, a time for sorrow. A time to date the girl on your right, and a time to date the girl on your left…at least if you’re Hugh Hefner. The octagenarian has reportedly gotten over his split with fiancee Crystal Harris (pictured on the right) by spending time with Miss January 2011 Anna Sophia Berglund (pictured on his left). According to TMZ, Berglund now sleeps in his bed and spent a recent movie date smooching up a a storm with the elderly magnate. And we all wondered if he’d ever get over last week’s heartbreak!
Don’t expect Harris to be too bothered by this sudden recovery. “Crystal came by to see how I’ve been doing,” Hefner tweeted yesterday. “We remain close friends.” Meanwhile, Harris and Berglund are apparently planning a trip to Hershey, Pennsylvania. Gee, Harris breaks up with her elderly fiance, claiming she can’t handle his “Playboy lifestyle.” Now he’s smooching the young thing they posed with at events, and Harris seems dandy with both. One of these people just isn’t being straight with us…if any of them are.
Maybe she knew this would get bigger headlines than a good show? Amy Winehouse canceled several shows on her current European tour after Saturday’s opening concert in Belgrade consisted of 70 minutes of slurring, stumbling and shoe-tossing (she did however, hug a few fans up front). According to the Daily Mail, huge efforts were taken by her management to keep Amy nowhere near booze before the performance, but…well…yeah.
Scrapping dates in Istanbul and Athens, Winehouse won’t be back on stage until at least July 8th. “Despite feeling sure that she wanted to fulfill these commitments, she has agreed with management that she cannot perform to the best of her ability and will return home,” said her rep in a statement. “She would like to apologize to fans expecting to see her at the shows but feels that this is the right thing to do.” Winehouse has been in out of rehab for about as long as we’ve known her name, with her last stint less than a month ago.
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Ok, how do we even begin with this one. A certain plastic wannabe celebrity, hated so much that she’s beloved, was missing for too long from our pages. Too damn long. So ladies and gents, we present to you the trainwreck we all know as Heidi Montag! She emerged, clawing out of oblivion, hosting a pool party at Wet Republic in Las Vegas on Saturday, where she spent most of the time prancing around in a bikini. Which she apparently, really got her surgically enhanced body in shape for. Montag told Us Magazine, “I’ve been working out from, like, 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. for two months now. I’ve been working out really hard because I had this pool party and I was like, I have to be in shape…”
You heard correctly. Heidi alleged she had been working out 14 hours a day to shed those pounds. OH, Heidi! We just realized just how much we missed you! We also totally love the fact that Heidi was co-hosting with Crystal Harris. Who should’ve been walking down the aisle with Hugh Hefner this weekend, but as we all know, Crystal and Hugh are dunzo. She’s doing fine though, so don’t be shedding any tears here. Crystal told People, “I’m doing okay. I just had to get away. Today is the day and I just had to get away. I’m going back tonight so I just wanted to get away for the day.” But running away and spending the day with Heidi? How does that make any sense?
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The MuchMusic Video Awards went down last night in Toronto and we have to say that Selena Gomez is definitely the hostess with the mostess. Not only did she look super hot on stage, compering and performing, but she also got to hang with boyfriend Justin Bieber as he won “Ur Favorite Artist” and “International Video of the Year By A Canadian” (along with Drake). That’s really an award.
As we posted earlier, Lady Gaga‘s fake blue pubic fur may have been the show stopper, and she also emerged from an egg during the show as well. That’s a whole lot of “performance”, for which we’re certain Canada is most grateful for. Other than that, Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev arrived hand-in-hand finally confirming what we’ve known for ages — that they’re a couple! An unexpected guest, but a very welcome one, was Colin Farrell too. We don’t know how he had fallen off our radar, but he’s back on for good now! Snoop Dogg performing, Bruno Mars crooning, David Guetta scowling, Avril Lavigne posing — it’s all there in our gallery below so take a look.
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Remember how Charlie Sheen‘s ex-wife Brooke Mueller went back to rehab in April after she was spotted pawning jewelry in California? Well, Mueller and twins Bob and Max are on vacation in Maui this week, and TMZ has photos of Brooke wandering around alone in a cap and sweats, chatting outside of cars driven by skeevy young men, with a wad of cash in her hand. While it’s circumstantial evidence at best, if we’d just left rehab after a custody battle with a famous sitcom star, we’d probably avoid providing the paparazzi with photos that look a whole lot like a drug deal.
Sheen and Mueller just hashed out a joint custody agreement of the twins (who thankfully weren’t present for mommy’s cash transaction) this month, but if Brooke doesn’t come out with a good excuse for these photos, it seems likely Charlie might take another crack at gaining full custody of the kids. Sure, he’s got a storied history of drug abuse himself (not to mention a misdemeanor assault conviction following a fight with Mueller), but if he was doing public drug buys—or anything that could be construed as one—we’re pretty sure we’d hear about it. And hey,we’re sure Denise Richards would be happy to babysit!
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How awesome was Leonardo DiCaprio & Blake Lively‘s dalliance in Europe last month? According to In Touch Weekly, Leo bought Blake $70,000 in gifts, including jewelry, perfume and other fashion accessories. ““He bought her anything she wanted,” says their source. “Leo actually loves to shop and get gifts for family and friends…He later surprised her with other gifts as well.” Aww, just like Richard Gere in Pretty Woman. Not that we’re saying Blake is a ho or anything. Really, we’re not. Uh…Green Lantern! Now in theaters!
While it sounds like everyone had a lovely time in Europe, In Touch doesn’t sound too sure Blake & Leo’s relationship will even last as long as Leo’s run with Bar Refaeli did. “Blake can get really insecure out in public. It’s one of the main reasons she hates going out. [Leo] loves to be out at night, and tends to hit clubs and parties almost every night,” says their source. “Blake and [ex-boyfriend] Penn Badgely stayed in all the time. They watched movies and hung out in their pajamas all the time. Leo is definitely not going to be that guy.” Ah well, they’ll always have Europe…and she’ll always have those gifts.
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