Interviews

by (@hallekiefer)

Whitney Houston 911 Call Released; Kevin Costner Discusses Helping Her

Filling in another piece of an increasingly tragic puzzle, TMZ has obtained Whitney Houston‘s 911 call, which you can hear here. In it, a member of the Beverly Hills Hotel security team reports a “46-year-old female found in the bathroom.” Interestingly, the person who alerted hotel security to the singer’s crisis is described as “irate”; allegedly the team “couldn’t get much out of her” as the unnamed woman kept hanging up the phone. Of course if we were in that situation, we have no idea how we would act either. Whitney Houston’s official cause of death was later determined to be accidental drowning, though the singer’s long-standing struggle with cocaine use is thought to have caused cardiac arrest prior to her death.

And if that wasn’t depressing enough, Kevin Costner reveals as part of an upcoming interview on Anderson that Houston’s family and friends had repeatedly reached out to him to intervene in the singer’s life. “There are some people that really love Whitney, and a couple times during the last seven, eight years, [they] asked me, would I write her a letter?” the Bodyguard actor explains as part of an episode that will air in May. “She would always be close to me, she would always be somebody I appreciated … I don’t know if those letters were ever read.” Costner memorably made us weep with a stirring memorial at Whitney’s funeral in February; this revelation is running a close second in the devastation category.

[Photo: Getty Images]

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Nicki Minaj Struggles To Contain Her Rage Over Lady Gaga Comparison

Nicki Minaj loves Lady Gaga. She respects her work, enjoys her style and generally wants her to succeed in all things. That being said, if one more person compares them to one another, Nicki is going to start ripping off Barbie heads with her teeth. “First of all, I’m a rapper,” the “Starships” singer groans when Mother Monster comes up during Minaj’s Nightline interview.“I’m from south Jamaica, Queens. What are the similarities?” We know what you’re thinking: sure, maybe Nicki Minaj and Lady Gaga aren’t exactly clones, but it’s not like we’re comparing Karmin to Kanye here. That being said, Nicki systematically swatted down any similarities interviewer Juju Chang offers up as evidence of her proximity to Gaga:

  • Fabulous wigs? “Wigs? Every female in this game wears wigs,” Nicki insists.
  • Over-the-top costumes “Ehh. Try again,” Minaj scoffs.
  • Their mutual love of snarling monster faces? The fact they’ve each given their fans an adorable pet name? The reality that half to two-thirds of Nicki’s music is just straight-up delicious pop  at this point? Okay, so maybe Juju Chang didn’t get a change to point out every parallel between the two. Next time, Juju!

Concludes Minaj, “In the beginning I was like, okay, it’s cool, hahaha, when they get to know me they’ll understand me. Gaga is a fantastic artist. She’s paved her way. She’s opened her own lane. But I feel like I have my own lane. And we never cross, ever!” Unless, of course, their lanes happen to take them in the lace front store on the same day. In which case Nicki and Gaga are going to be veering into each other’s lanes like this was The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift.

[Photo: Getty Images]

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Amanda Seyfried On Les Miz Critics: “If They Don’t Think I’m The Right Cosette, Eff ‘Em!”

The video above should really just be titled “The Moment I Fell In Love With Amanda Seyfried.” I caught up with the actress recently while out promoting her new, super-scary film Gone. Of course I had to ask about her upcoming role as Cosette in Les Miserables, because I, like every other human, first saw the musical when I was eight years old and then spent the next 20+ years listening to and crying over the soundtrack. (Did I sing “Castle On A Cloud” while auditioning for my fifth grade’s performance of Oliver only to be cast in the chorus? Oh yes. Yes I did.)

It should be noted that when I refer to the “theater geeks panting to see” Les Mis, I am obviously speaking about myself. I also meant that fans are excited for the film; but I clearly articulated myself poorly and it was interesting to hear Amanda’s response. Her passion for the project is evident in her face alone, and her dedication and conviction made me immediately excited to see her in the role.

As for the pressure already building around the project, the actress says, “you can’t really focus too much on what the fans want completely when you’re cast. If they don’t think I’m the right Cosette, eff em. Because, I’m an actor and I’m going to try my best to embody that character. That’s my focus…it means a lot to me to get Les Mis. And I’m going to honor that.”

by (@katespencer)

Amanda Seyfried Loves Scaring The Crap Out Of Us

A couple of weeks ago I attended a screening of Amanda Seyfried’s new film Gone. Well “attended,” is putting it nicely – I was curled up in a terrified ball chewing on my fingers alongside my more composed and cool peers. Gone is SCA-RY. Like, there is a murderer chasing you in the woods and tormenting you with psychological warfare and no one but your sister believes you and suddenly she’s gone missing, scary.

See why I was freaked out?

The movie even gave me nightmares, so when I got the chance to discuss it with Amanda I had to ask her if she takes any particular enjoyment from scaring the sh*t out of viewers. Turns out, she LOVES it.

SEYFRIEDDDDD! [shakes fist in both frustration and admiration.]

Check out our interview with the star above and catch Gone in theaters now.

by (@hallekiefer)

Portlandia’s Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein Reveal Their Portlandish Habits

Not everyone has the time or energy to run a feminist bookstore or accidentally join a polygamist cult whilst researching cruelty-free poultry, but that doesn’t mean Portlandia stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein haven’t picked up their fair share of Portlandish habits. “I eat at these food carts,” SNL’s Armisen said at the show’s second-season premiere party last night in Manhattan. “These carts that just serve food out on the street? I love it.” Unlike the citizens of the beautiful Pacific Northwest, however, Fred will gladly spend all day with you in exchange for cold hard cash. And that, dear reader, is pure New Yorkish…ness…ery. You get our point.

His co-star, Wild Flag guitarist Brownstein, adds, “I do ride my bicycle when I can. I’m kind of a fair-weather biker. I refuse to bike in the rain.” However, she admits, “I’m not very crafty. I don’t do pickling. I don’t sew … I don’t usually put birds on things.” Oh no, does that mean Carrie has to give back her Portland passport? We imagine it’s assembled out of cork and salvaged handlebar mustaches.

by (@katespencer)

Captain America Chris Evans Is A Fun Drunk

The Hairpin editor Edith Zimmerman profiled Chris Evans in the latest issue of GQ, and it’s our new favorite thing on the internet since that video of the boy Vogueing in 1991. As she tells it, she went out to LA and got drunk with Evans (an endearing flirt) a bunch of times while he professed a fear of looming fame and failure, referenced the greatest Boston radio station to ever live (JMN 94.5), and become her Facebook friend. Boom! So best.

Also he said stuff like this: “The point is that when I see a sunset or a waterfall or something, for a split second it’s so great, because for a little bit I’m out of my brain, and it’s got nothing to do with me. I’m not trying to figure it out, you know what I mean? And I wonder if I can somehow find a way to maintain that mind stillness.”

We also learn what publicists are for, finally: “‘My poor publicist,’ he said. ‘She knows I like to drink. She was like, ‘Please don’t drink too much, please just don’t drink too much—you’re gonna take this person out, and they’re going to ruin you.’”

Zimmerman doesn’t ruin him; rather she portrays his as a fun, flirtatious, slightly insecure dude with un-intimidating good lucks, lurking on the cusp of mega-fame. In other words, he’s our new crush. Welcome to the grind, Chris!

[Photo: GQ]

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Katy Perry Tells Vanity Fair: “I Didn’t Have A Childhood

If you had a spare afternoon, you could make a line graph mapping the exact one-to-one correlation between how religious an artist’s upbringing was, and how naked and/or outrageous their acts will be. Madonna, Marilyn Manson, you name it. Lady Gaga just went to a Catholic high school and now she’s in her underwear, growing horns out of her face. Given that her latest song has her “ready for abduction,” it’s not surprising to hear about her evangelical family in Katy Perry’s Vanity Fair article. “I didn’t have a childhood,” the singer says of her strict upbringing, during which her parents allegedly shunned everything secular, from pop music to books other than the Bible. Her mom refused to let Katy uses phrases that even hinted at a satanic origin, like “deviled eggs” or “Dirt Devil.” A childhood without deviled eggs? They’re lucky Perry’s Vanity Fair cover has her wearing clothes at all!

Despite Katy Perry’s parents stringent rules, the singer has come to terms with their worldview. “I think sometimes when children grow up, their parents grow up,…Mine grew up with me. We coexist. I don’t try to change them anymore, and I don’t think they try to change me. We agree to disagree.” At least until Katy Petty’s mom publishes her memoir, that is. Then if we all listen closely, we can probably hear can the sound of Perry’s chest-mounted chainsaws clicking into place.

[Photo: Splash News Online]

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Demi Lovato Lines Up Her First Post-Rehab Interview

Demi Lovato has been publicly battling her demons for a few months now, after going to rehab in December for “emotional and physical issues” that may have included an eating disorder and self-mutilation. Lovato willingly entered rehab after a fight with one of her backup dancers, Alex Welch. Since she was released, she has been remarkably private and vague about her future plans, despite the fact that her Disney Channel show Sonny With A Chance has been renamed and doesn’t include “Sonny,” her character, in the title anymore.

We can say for sure that one thing Lovato has committed to is her first interview since leaving rehab. It will be with Good Morning America‘s Robin Roberts, who tweeted the news earlier today, writing “I told you that you guys would be the first to know… Demi Lovato intv with air on GMA and 20/20 on Friday April 22. More details to come.” Careful, Robin Roberts! You don’t want to ask any overly provocative questions of Lovato, we wouldn’t want her to go all Chris Brown on the GMA studio. And hopefully we’ll get the real scoop on what’s been going on with the teen star.

[Photo: Getty Images]

by (@hallekiefer)

Rihanna Talks Chris Brown, Getting Tied Up In Rolling Stone Interview

The Rude Boy singer is letting it all hang out, and, no, we aren’t referring to the 97% butt cheek visibility on Rihanna’s Rolling Stone cover. It turns out, Rihanna’s S&M fetish extends  way beyond the confines of her songs. “I like to be spanked. Being tied up is fun. I like to keep it spontaneous,” the singer admits. “Sometimes whips and chains can be overly planned — you’ve got to stop and get the whip from the drawer downstairs. I’d rather have him use his hands.” The interview also explains why so many of Rihanna’s sexting photos have turned up on the web: “A picture lasts a long time. When you’re alone, and those horny moments come up, pictures can be very handy.” She admits, “I haven’t gotten a d— picture in a long time. I think people are a little afraid.” Now that’s TMI you can use. Get your camera phones on that, America!

Equally as scandalous as talk of boner shots, however, is hearing about Rihanna talk about the Chris Brown saga two years after the fact. Brown’s GMA meltdown aside, Rihanna doesn’t think his domestic abuse of her should be reason for people to boycott his music. “What he did to me was a personal thing. It had nothing to do with his career. Saying [he can't perform at awards show] definitely made it difficult for him,” Rihanna says, explaining why she agreed to relax her restraining order against him. “That’s my decision…it doesn’t mean we’re getting married tomorrow. It doesn’t mean we’re gonna be in a relationship, or make up, or even talk ever again. It just means I didn’t want to object to the judge.” Given how insanely hot Rihanna is right now, and how leery some people were about Chris Brown’s DWTS appearance, it seems like girl should keep following those instincts. Oh, and keep storing all those penis pics on an unsecured wireless network!

by (@hallekiefer)

‪Elizabeth Taylor Revealed James Dean Molestation Secret‬ Prior To Her Death

As we might have suspected, Elizabeth Taylor couldn’t even spill a secret without being a fabulous diva about it. In 1997, reporter Kevin Sessume interviewed Taylor for POZ Magazine about her HIV/AIDS advocacy work; Taylor in turn confessed to him that James Dean was molested as a child…before swearing her interviewer to secrecy for the rest of her life. “I loved Jimmy. I’m going to tell you something, but it’s off the record until I die. OK?,” Taylor reportedly said about her co-star from the 1956 film Giant. “When Jimmy was 11 and his mother passed away, he began to be molested by his minister. I think that haunted him the rest of his life. In fact, I know it did. We talked about it a lot. During Giant we’d stay up nights and talk and talk, and that was one of the things he confessed to me.” The actor later passed away in 1955, prior to the film’s release.

“I love trusting. I get hurt very easily. I am tough when I have to be. I can will myself to back away from an oncoming train. I can spin on a dime. I have led a very strange life,” Liz explained in the same interview. Apparently part of that strange life included entrusting a near-stranger with a tragic bomb-shell secret, which he then had to keep hushed up until the time of Taylor’s death. And that reporter did it too, since it’s Elizabeth Taylor we’re talking about.

[Photo: Getty Images]