This year marks the 45th anniversary of Sesame Street, folks! Back in ’69, it was the only programming targeted to target to urban kids of all races and nationalities, and it’s still one of the most inclusive, progressive shows on the air. Oh, and their celebrity guest spots rule. Where else could you see Tina Fey as a “Pirate of the Can-Be-Reading” — complete with a merry band of Bookaneers — growling a song about the awesomeness of books? Or how about that Usher spot that went viral last fall, where he sang his own silky, croon-y version of the Alphabet Song with Grover, Elmo and Abby Cadabby (so catchy, it could’ve been released as a single).
From Ricky Gervais to Charlize Theron, we’re addicted to these superstar Sesame Street skits.
When we check into hotels, the concierge yawns and slides us a key card that doesn’t work. No one cares. But when Kristen Stewart or Justin Bieber is staying at the Four Seasons, it’s only a matter of time before paparazzi rush the place (not to mention their zillions of rabid fans, all dying to know their favorite actor/singer/rapper’s room number and whether they prefer Pringles or Snickers from the snack bar). So, the more low-key, the better! Enter A-list aliases — or, the ridonkulous monikers that superstars use to check in at hotels and restaurants.
From “Mrs. Pilaf” to “Chandler Bing” (you’ll never guess who), we reveal some of the silliest secret superstar pseudonyms, ever. Shhh.
DILFS: Dads I’d Like To… well, you get the idea. Because all men are hotter when carrying a small child or basking in that paternal glow, we’re highlighting some of our personal favorites. How can we not? This summer has given us plenty of opportunities to appreciate those who become even more handsome with each purchase of diapers or baby formula.
Just last week, the new Mercedes Super Bowl ad was all about Kate Upton washing the swankin’ new car in slow motion. Of course, there was talk of it being pulled off the air because it was too sexy for audiences. Has that talk achieved its purpose? Because the extended cut of the advertisement — see it above — has been released and there’s a lot less Kate in it, and she’s also a lot more clothed! At the same time, we love this ad and you will too, even with Kate being in it for five seconds. Set to the soundtrack of Sympathy For The Devil by The Rolling Stones, the story’s about your regular, everyday Joe being tempted in the form of the always awesome Willem Dafoe, portraying Lucifer. Lucifer offers him everything — money, beautiful women (that’s where a Marilyn Monroe-esque Kate is featured,) fame (he parties and dances with Usher) and the fast life. Will average Joe take up the offer? That remains to be seen. Watch the video!
No wonder Usher agreed to an emotional sit-down with Oprah! He wanted America to remember what a handsome, sexy dad he is before (allegedly) taking a coach’s spot on The Voice! Smart man. According to Us Weekly, an inside source reports that the “Scream” singer and “Hips Don’t Lie” chanteuse are set to take over for Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera after the show’s third season this fall. As for how Shakira should prepare to join the ratings giant…nope, she doesn’t have to do a single thing to shimmy back in our hearts. She’s been there the entire time! Shakira, Shakira!
While the rumor is merely gossip at this point, we think it adds up. Cee Lo is currently developing a sitcom with NBC, while Christina has been vocal about the intensity of the show’s schedule, telling Ryan Seacrest just last week that she had initially thought the show would be “kind of like a side project.” As Xtina explained on Ryan’s KIIS-FM show, “[I thought], ‘It’ll keep me close to my son in L.A. I don’t have to travel. Then it kind of took off, and there goes my free time!” No word yet as to whether Adam Levine and Blake Shelton will stay put, but they probably will. We mean…they get to work alongside Shakira. What could they possibly have going on that’s more important?
Oprah may have thought the question everyone wanted to ask Usher was whether he makes love to his own music (answer: yes), but really what we all wanted to know was whether he really did cheat on Tameka Foster, with one of her own bridesmaids. On Oprah’s Next Chapter, his answer was a firm … not really.
“No. I was faithful at heart, but not faithful all the way,” Usher said. “Even having a conversation with another woman, period, about matters of your relationship or emotions is, in my opinion, not being faithful.”
And when Oprah tried to clarify the matter of whether he’d actually slept with another woman, he finally answered, “When we were separated, yes, I was. We were not divorced.”
Usher admitted to having doubts about the marriage right before their 2007 wedding, making many of us on the outside shake our heads along with O. At the same time, the singer did sort of make Tameka out to be the bad guy. “I did get a great sense of the insecurities that were there and the fact that she wasn’t coping well with being in this position, being married to Usher, and all that came with that,” he said, later adding, “She made us enemies in a way that I could never understood.”
Usher’s protracted divorce and custody battle with Tameka Foster finally came to an end last month, and we’re sure all involved parties are looking forward to a bit of privacy. But first! Usher agreed to one last probing interrogation, on this week’s Oprah’s Next Chapter.
“He said that he would talk to me and then he’s never gonna talk again,” Oprah says in a new promo for the episode. She asks him about “about his marriage … the fact that his mother didn’t come to the marriage … the fact that he’s gone through three years of a custody battle, now has primary custody of his own children … about breaking down on the stage in Berlin … what really made him cry on the witness stand. … He talks about everything, no holds barred. ”
If you think this video will give you a hint at his answers, you will be disappointed. This is a major tease that features only part of his response to that Berlin question: “I felt like I would never perform again.”
But O makes up for the lack of actual Usher quotes with her own enthusiasm for this interview, especially when she shifts into lustful lady interviewer mode to tell us, “And then I asked him the question I always wanted to know, maybe you do to: Does he make love to his own music?”
He grins his sexiest of grins and says, “I love that.” What we love even more is the face Oprah makes at the end of the clip, revealing a side of O we rarely see, and it is awesomely awkward. More, please.
We have some really horrible news to start this week with. Usher and his ex-wife Tameka Foster‘s 11-year old son, Kyle Glover, has been declared brain dead by doctors in an Atlanta hospital after being involved in a jet-ski accident yesterday. Apparently, Kyle was sitting in an inner tube on Lake Lanier when he was struck on the head with a jet ski. It sounds completely surreal and we’re trying to wrap our heads around how that even happened? An investigation is also also currently underway with the Department of Natural Resources trying to piece how something like this went down. Robin Hill, the department’s spokesperson, has told TMZ that their Critical Incident Response Team is going to re-create the accident on the lake and, with the help of technology, will try to determine how fast the boats were going when Kyle got hit. Once they’ve concluded the investigation, they’ll hand over their report to the D.A., which will state whether or not charges should be filed, since the rangers team have been in contact with the driver of the jet ski.
Sadly, Kyle has not registered any brain activity since being admitted into the hospital. Even though Usher and Tameka have been going through such a nasty divorce, the singer chartered a plane for her so she could rush back, as she was out of town over the weekend. Kyle is still on life support, and the decision to whether keep him on or switch it off has not been brought up yet. We’re sending our sincere prayers to the family. We can’t even imagine what they’re going through.
Ugh, is this going to be a thing now? Celebrity stalkers defending themselves on YouTube? We can’t even. We had thought that after the sob-inducing, food-hurling, bridesmaid-seducing mess that was Usher’s recent custody battle, the singer would be able to return to a semi-normal life. Instead Usher had to get a restraining order against alleged stalker Darshelle Jones-Rakestraw after the woman repeatedly came to his home, “pounded on his front door and demanded to be let in.” After cops were called to the scene, Jones-Rakestraw tried to claim she was Usher’s wife and had “simply misplaced her keys.” Fortunately the police officers read the same websites we do, and arrested her earlier this week.
As if that wasn’t already the worst, Darshelle allegedly posted a response video to the accusations online yesterday, which we’re sure is exactly what a lawyer would recommend someone was accused of stalking should do. In the clip Jones-Rakestaw shows off the documents detaining the restraining order against her, explaining in part, “Mr. Raymond has apparently trespassed me.” Oh boy. Concludes Darshelle, “He has officially slandered me and defamed my character.” Wow, who would have thought the fact the video sounds like it was recorded on an airport tarmac wouldn’t even make the top five weirdest things about it? Note: the fact it exists at all is number one.
Sometimes our jobs are very tough around here. We’re a little more than halfway through 2012, and as we very studiously looking back at all the year’s most newsworthy and RT-ready Twitpic’d, Instagram’d and Facebooked photos, we started to feel a little nostalgic. It seems that many famous people have stopped accidentally sharing naked photos of themselves this year. I mean, good for them for learning, but bad for us. Still, there was no shortage of controversial pics — many thanks to Rihanna, who doesn’t care what we think of that white powder or that possibly racist threat against Karrueche Tran. We had some headline-makers, like Miley Cyrus’ non-engagement ring and Leann Rimes’ “fun” shooting range photos. And there certainly were some steamy snaps — from Disney stars like Selena Gomez and Ashley Tisdale, usual suspects Coco and Kim Kardashian, and even newcomers to the scene like Paulina Gretzky. Not many guys got in on the action, but Usher is worth about a dozen regular men, right? Anyway, enough gabbing, let’s get on to the photos!