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- 12/27/13--11:18: Can You Be a “Decent” Person and Buy R. Kelly’s Music?
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- 12/27/13--11:38: ONTD Roundup
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- Miley Cyrus' Video for 'Adore You'
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- Selena Gomez tells a fan on Instagram, "You can gladly stop being a fan of me"
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- Beyonce Releasing New Fragrance In 2014
- Matt Smith Says Goodbye to Doctor Who
- Piece of Me Show Info Opens With Celebrities
- 'I Am Britney Jean' Only Grabs 700k Viewers
- Yesterday's ONTD Roundup
- 12/27/13--11:47: Could Lady Gaga Be A Future Razzie Winner?
- 12/27/13--12:10: Celebrity Picture Post
- 12/28/13--05:14: Justin Bieber's management team insist he is not retiring
- 12/28/13--07:48: Katy Perry -- Britney Spears Concert ... I'd Rather Watch Paint Dry
- 12/28/13--07:48: First PRO SHOT Footage from "Britney: Piece of Me" Leaks
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If you are not yet familiar with the striking Chinese supermodel Fei Fei Sun, you soon will be. Not only has the distinctive, bold-browed beauty walked for Chanel, Christopher Kane and Marc Jacobs, but in January this year, she made fashion history as the first Asian model to grace the cover of Vogue Italia solo, and to front an international campaign for the storied house of Valentino.
Born in Weifang, northern China, Sun, 24, first emerged on the international modeling scene in 2008, after winning the influential Elite Model Look competition while at university. Soon after, she scored the cover of Marie Claire China, before being whisked off to London where she made her fashion-week debut at Mulberry.
Capitalizing on her initial success, Sun chose to approach modeling with the same focus and discipline that she had applied to her education. “I needed to grow up, as a model and a businesswoman. I told myself: it’s a new school and you need to learn the rules,” she says. Picking up the pace and finessing her English skills were additional challenges she faced. “At first, I couldn’t adapt to the speed. You have to check your email constantly and they are all in English,” she adds.
Her tenacity paid off, when in 2009 Karl Lagerfeld chose her to walk in Chanel’s pre-fall show in Shanghai. But Sun’s landmark moment came in January 2011, when she appeared in a Vogue Italia shoot by Steven Meisel. Struck by her strong, feminine features, Meisel cast her in a glamorous eveningwear shoot with other supermodels including Arizona Muse and Freja Beha Erichsen. “Meisel’s photos make me feel like I’m in a dream – they are breathtaking,” Sun enthuses.
Further editorial work in US Vogue, V Magazine and i-D followed, as did contracts with Calvin Klein, Chanel and DKNY – not only securing her place as one of the industry’s most exciting talents, but also proving that the diversity of beauty represented in fashion is gradually expanding.(OP note: LOL I wish)
Sun’s global appeal was cemented with an exquisite Vogue Italia cover in January 2013, where she epitomized modern elegance in a tweed jacket and pearls by Chanel. The issue celebrated the multicultural facets of fashion. “Fei Fei embodies a timeless idea of an extremely chic woman. In this world, beauty is king and it brings people together with no racial limits,” explained the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Franca Sozzani. Styled by Lori Goldstein, as Sun is on these pages, and shot by Steven Meisel, the story was a seminal moment in fashion history. “I was honored to be selected,” says Sun. “It gave me self-confidence and I will never, ever forget it.”
A reluctant celebrity, Sun doesn’t court publicity and rarely gives interviews, preferring to spend her free time with her long-term beau in Shanghai, where she lives. Maintaining a suitable work/life balance is also of utmost importance. “At the end of the day, there is more to life than work,” Sun says. “Through it all, I just remember to be myself.” Here, one of the most influential faces in the fashion world talks exclusively to The Edit about fame, style and leading a model life…
What do you love about modeling?
“I feel very lucky to have a job that constantly inspires me. I work with talented people from all over the world, and I also get to wear beautiful clothes and jewelry.”
Tell us about your relationship with über-stylist Lori Goldstein.
“Working with Lori is always so inspiring. She is focused and has a strong sense of fashion history.”
Aside from Steven Meisel, which photographers do you most enjoy working with?
“David Sims lets me be strong in a pure way. And I miss the wonderful Deborah Turbeville [pioneering photographer who died in 2013], who I have beautiful memories of.”
Who has been the biggest support throughout your career?
“My mother. She gave me all that she has, and keeps giving.”
You enrolled in a fashion-design degree before modeling. Would you pursue that in the future?
“I studied fashion design and modeling at university in Shanghai before winning the Elite Model Look competition. It helped me to understand fashion, but modeling is definitely my main focus now.”
How do you feel about being in the public eye?
“I feel honored that people are interested in my journey.”
How do you stay in shape?
“I never diet, as I love food. But I pay attention to my health: I eat organic meals and drink a cup of manuka honey and hot water in the morning to calm my stomach.”
Describe your signature style…
“Simple, chic and comfortable. On a typical day off, I like to wear sneakers, jeans and a T-shirt.”
What’s next for Fei Fei Sun?
“It’s too early for me to predict where my career may lead. I try to live in the present. There is a Chinese saying: ‘People will find the right way when they reach the cross in the road’. Though I am interested in becoming an actress…”
Love this shoot but cringing at the quotes about the fashion industry being so ~diverse now.
Selena Gomez is putting her health first. The 21-year-old released a statement last week, vowing to “spend time” on herself and Popdust can exclusively report she has done so to deal with health issues related to Lupus.
Sources close to the singer tell Popdust that Selena was diagnosed with Lupus a couple of years ago and that she has suffered multiple “flares” recently, causing facial swelling, extreme fatigue, headaches and joint pain.
“Selena has been going full throttle the past few years and her Lupus is really catching up with her right now,” one source says. “She knows that she needs to take some time to address the disease and look after herself better if she wants to live a full and healthy life.
Lupus is an autoimmune disease, meaning the immune system attacks the body’s cells and tissues, causing inflammation and tissue damage. It commonly shows as a red rash on the face and causes joint pain, damage to organs and the nervous system, fatigue, fever, headaches and temporary loss of cognitive skills.
It’s more prevalent in African American, Hispanic, Native American and Asian women, age 15-35, and affects sufferers intermittently, with periods of illness alternating with remissions—Lupus sufferers often try to keep out of direct sunlight as sunshine can exacerbate the disease.It is incurable but treatable with 80-90 percent of sufferers expecting to live a normal lifespan.
Michael Jackson, Toni Braxton, Seal and Nick Cannon are amongst other celebrity sufferers.
Selena’s rep declined to comment despite multiple requests.
Relaxing a bit after the hassle of the holidays, Anne Hathaway took her dog Esmeralda for a walk on Thursday (December 26).
The "Le Miserable" beauty was cute and casual, sporting a white long-sleeved shirt and jeans, smiling as she went along with her lovely chocolate lab.
As she took Esmeralda for her sunny walk, the 31-year-old delivered a special gift to a hovering paprazzo; a gift given by both the lab and her.
Anne collected her pup's poop in a bag, and took it over to the paprazzo's car, placing it gingerly on the hood, and walking away as if nothing happened. Merry Christmas!
lmao I can't... good job, I guess?
Socialite Paris Hilton doing some shopping in Aspen, Colorado on December 26, 2013.
'Desperado' actor Antonio Banderas out doing some Christmas shopping in Aspen, Colorado on December 22, 2013.
Actress Lori Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli doing some shopping in Aspen, Colorado on December 26, 2013.
Model Elle Macpherson seen out for a stroll in Aspen, Colorado on December 22, 2013.
Actor Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn, her son Oliver Hudson and his wife Erinn Bartlett out doing some last minute Christmas shopping in Aspen, Colorado on December 24, 2013. While out shopping the family ran into Melanie Griffith who was also finishing up her Christmas shopping.
Mariah Carey takes a walk through Aspen, Colorado, with her husband Nick Cannon and their twin children, Moroccan and Monroe on December 23, 2013.
February issue of Empire Magazine will feature two covers for Marvel Studios' Captain America: The Winter Soldier.One of them features Chris Evans as our star-spangled hero in a stand-alone image, while the other adds The Winter Soldier and Black Widow. Check it out...
The new King Of Pop will probably represent Sweden @ Eurovision this year (with a different song). Here he's doing JT better than JT himself rn + he choreographed the whole thing himself so bow <3
"John and Katy's suite at the Carlyle Hotel in NYC during their stay was one of the nicest rooms at the hotel. It is around $5K a night," the insider added.
A remarkable behind-the-scenes look at the secretive world of female masking, where men transform themselves into dolls by squeezing into elaborate rubber second skins. Premieres Monday Jan 6 10pm channel 4
If you grew up in the ‘90s, you’ve probably belted out R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly” on more than one occasion. Or perhaps you remember blasting “Ignition (Remix)” in your friend’s car as a teenager. Whatever your relationship to R. Kelly and his music, it probably wasn’t all that complicated. But I’m willing to bet that this week’s explosive Village Voice Q&A exposing the singer’s decades of sexual violence against Black girls changed all that.
In the Voice story, longtime Chicago music writer Jim DeRogatis, who has spent the last 15 years reporting on the R&B singer’s heinous crimes for the Chicago Sun-Times, describes lawsuits filed against R. Kelly by legions of Chicago women detailing sexual predation and rape of girls as young as 13 or 14.
Much of DeRogatis’ reporting was published in the pre-Internet age, however, so many now-20-somethings who grew up listening to R. Kelly have never really known the extent of the singer’s crimes (though many of us remember that he married Aaliyah when she was just 15 years old, and that he was found not guilty on child porn charges in 2008). But now, with these revelations published in such accessible form, we finally have to face, head-on, the question many of us have been skating around for years: Is it OK to be a feminist and still enjoy R. Kelly’s music?
"The politic thing to say is that everybody has to make these decisions for themselves, they have to weigh their own ethical boundaries,” says feminist media critic Jennifer L. Pozner, author of “Reality Bites Back” and executive director of Women in Media & News. “But I’m not interested in being politic. I don’t believe you can be a feminist and pay for R. Kelly’s music. I think the broader question is, can you be a decent human being and buy R. Kelly’s music? And I think the answer to that is no.”
Pozner explains that by paying for R. Kelly’s music, and by lavishing him with praise, fans are contributing to a culture that emboldens the singer to continue raping with impunity and boasting about it–explicitly and implicitly–in his music (for example, the cover of R. Kelly’s most recent album, “Black Panties,” features a young Black woman clad only in underwear, curled up on the singer’s lap and being played with a bow). Says Pozner,
It’s not about whether or not you can enjoy the art of somebody who’s a bad boy. It’s about [whether] your money and your love and praise of an artist embolden and allow that artist to continue to evade justice for deeply violent, misogynistic, racist crimes.
Complicating the question of whether or not feminists should continue listening to R. Kelly’s music is the fact that the singer is not the first to abuse women and continue in his musical pursuits without punishment. “It’s important to remind people of the artists who are also guilty of this behavior who get a pass in American culture for a variety of reasons, but most notably due to race,” Andi Zeisler, co-founder of Bitch magazine, tells Ms. “John Lennon was abusive to women in his life … [But we ignore] the behavior of musical deities like Lennon by either never mentioning it or excusing it by saying, ‘He was young, it was forever ago,’ [which] not only smacks of racism, but perpetuates the idea that musical genius or artistry that conforms to what mainstream culture values can stand on its own, while genres like hip hop must take into account the artist’s behavior.”
So we can’t give a pass to any artist who would perpetuate violence against women. And what can a feminist do to stand up against such behavior? First, read everything you can and educate yourself about the situation. Then, says Pozner, write articles, blog posts or explain on Tumblr why you refuse to support artists who rape and abuse women. Other options include “printing out ‘This Man Is A Rapist,’ or ‘Don’t Make This Rapist Richer’ stickers and sticking them on albums,” Pozner offers. “Maybe for college-age feminists, it’s about making sure that their schools never bring him to campus to perform.”
In R. Kelly’s case, Pozner suggests starting a Change.org campaign to get his label to drop him. “That’s a call for the industry to stop being complicit with, and emboldening, a serial rapist. [It’s not about] censorship — nobody’s born with a record deal. A record deal is not a human right.”
Whatever you choose to do, buying R. Kelly’s music–and staying silent about his crimes–is no longer an option.
While we like celebrating the biggest comebacks, our favorite songs and albums and all the insanely awesome GIFs, sometimes things are just a flop. This year was filled with a number failures, whether it was albums (sorry, Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake), music videos (all Kanye) or reunions (98 Degrees had nothing on the competition). Unfortunately for these artists, things didn’t work out. Here are the biggest flops of 2013:
6. Britney Spears, Britney Jean
It’s too early to tell if the album is truly a flop but given the mediocre response, it’s certainly a disappointment. Presented as the deepest Britney record, it’s mainly just a shell of what the singer once was. Clearly fans took notice. Britney Jean was the lowest debut for the artist landing at number 4 with 107,000 copies in the first week. “Work Bitch,” her first single failed to connect with fans. Although the singer has a loyal fan base with gays, she still has to produce good music in order to get people to buy what she’s offering.
5. Azealia Banks
After blowing up on YouTube and building a rabid Internet fan base, Banks quickly became the one to watch. For nearly two years, fans and critics have been waiting for an album that never materialized. Then there was that homophobic Twitter feud with Perez Hilton and her last-minute cancellation of a headlining performance at Lollapalooza. Sorry Azealia, time’s up. In 2014, we’re banking on Angel Haze.
3. Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience Pt. II
Even though VH1 listed Justin Timberlake as the year’s biggest comeback, it doesn’t takeaway from the disappointment of his second album this year. Given the strength and success of The 20/20 Experience, it felt greedy (and unnecessary) to release a second album of original music that didn’t hold up to the first.
2. Lana Del Rey, Tropico Short Film
First question: Why? Second question: No, seriously, why? Given the success Lana Del Rey had this year (earning Original Song Oscar buzz for “Young & Beautiful” and scoring her first Top 10 hit with a remix of “Summertime Sadness”), it really makes no sense why she released a 30-minute short film featuring three old songs other than to hold onto people’s attention as she makes fans wait for her next album. If the video had been good, then no one would be bothered but it wasn’t. The film was a bloated, awkwardly literal version of three less-than-stellar tracks. Gaga she’s not and considering Gaga’s year, LDR might want to channel someone else in 2014.
1. Lady Gaga, Artpop
Perhaps in a decade from now, fans and critics alike will look back on this album as something special for the music it delivered. Until then, Artpop will just be regarded as a massive commercial failure focused squarely too much on stunts and not on the music. Given how much Gaga outdoes herself with each new album, it is no surprise that Artpop buckled under the pressure. However no one is feeling the pain more than her record label, which sank $25 million into making this spectacle profitable while Lorde, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus easily ran away with all the success and the attention.VH1
For Thursday, December 26, 2013:
The titles listed below are on the nomination ballot of the Razzies. This ballot has been sent out to the voting membership who will then vote to select 5 nominees per category. This year's final nominations will be announced in January. Last year's big "winner" was The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2.
The list offers up a very interesting perspective on the year's worst films. Box-office bombs like The Lone Ranger, R.I.P.D obviously find love. So does surprisingly Ben Stiller's The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty.
These nominations however also add fuel to the fire for those who don't consider Ben Affleck a good actor and a good choice for Batman. He has been long-listed for Runner Runner and is almost sure to get nominated again and perhaps even win. It would be his 9th overall nomination, he has been previously been nominated for his performances in Pearl Harbour, Daredevil, Gigli, Paycheck, Jersey Girl etc. as well as the worst actor of the decade (2000-2009). He had won the Worst Actor award in 2004 for his previous superhero outing - Daredevil.
Other prominent names listed include Robert DeNiro and Sly Stallone for Grudge Match, Arnold for Escape Plan and The Last Stand, Jennifer Lopez and Jason Statham for Parker and Keanu Reeves for 47 Ronin. Lindsay Lohan appears on the lists for Worst Actress and Worst Supporting Actress.
Worst Remake, Rip-off, or Sequel
A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD
BATTLE OF THE YEAR
G.I. JOE: RETALIATION
GROWN UPS 2
THE HANGOVER PART III
SCARY MOVIE 5
TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D
THE LONE RANGER
THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY
THE SMURFS 2
A MADEA CHRISTMAS
GROWN UPS 2
SCARY MOVIE 5
THE BIG WEDDING
THE LONE RANGER
THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY
Carl Rinsch -
John Moore - A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD
M. Night Shyamalan - AFTER EARTH
Courtney Solomon - GETAWAY
Dennis Dugan - GROWN UPS 2
Vince Offer - INAPPROPRIATE COMEDY
The 13 People Who Directed MOVIE 43 - MOVIE 43
Robert Luketic - PARANOIA
Malcolm D. Lee and David Zucker - SCARY MOVIE 5
Tyler Perry - TEMPTATION and A MADEA CHRISTMAS
Justin Zackham - THE BIG WEDDING
Andrew Niccol - THE HOST
Gore Verbinski - THE LONE RANGER
Ben Stiller - THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY
Worst Supporting Actress
Salma Hayak - GROWN UPS 2
Winona Ryder - HOMEFRONT
Kate Bosworth - HOMEFRONT and MOVIE 43
Lady Gaga - MACHETE KILLS
Sofia Vergara - MACHETE KILLS and ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH
Kate Winslet - MOVIE 43
Lindsay Lohan - SCARY MOVIE 5
Kim Kardashian - TEMPTATION
Katherine Heigl - THE BIG WEDDING
Diane Keaton - THE BIG WEDDING
Susan Sarandon - THE BIG WEDDING
Abigail Breslin - THE CALL
Helena Bonham Carter - THE LONE RANGER
Shirley MacLaine - THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY
Worst Supporting Actor
Larry the Cable Guy - A MADEA CHRISTMAS
Will Smith - AFTER EARTH
Chris Brown - BATTLE OF THE YEAR
Taylor Lautner - GROWN UPS 2
David Spade - GROWN UPS 2
Nick Swardson - GROWN UPS 2 and A HOUSE
James Franco - HOMEFRONT
Rob Schneider - INAPPROPRIATE COMEDY
Mel Gibson - MACHETE KILLS
Charlie Sheen - MACHETE KILLS and SCARY MOVIE 5
Harrison Ford - PARANOIA and ENDER'S GAME
Ben Affleck - RUNNER RUNNER
William Fichtner - THE LONE RANGER
Tom Wilkinson - THE LONE RANGER
Armie Hammer - THE LONE RANGER
Tyler Perry - A MADEA CHRISTMAS
Noomi Rapace - DEAD MAN DOWN and PASSION
Selena Gomez - GETAWAY
Lindsay Lohan - INAPPROPRIATE COMEDY AND THE CANYONS
Naomi Watts - MOVIE 43 and DIANA
Halle Berry - MOVIE 43 and THE CALL
Jennifer Lopez - PARKER
Gemma Arterton - RUNNER RUNNER and HANSEL and GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS
Jurnee Smollett-Bell - TEMPTATION
Michelle Pfeifer - THE FAMILY
Saorse Ronan - THE HOST
Jennifer Hudson - WINNIE MANDELLA
Keanu Reeves - 47 RONIN
Jaden Smith - AFTER EARTH
Arnold Schwarzenegger - ESCAPE PLAN and THE LAST STAND
Adam Sandler - GROWN UPS 2
Sylvester Stallone - GRUDGE MATCH, BULLET TO THE HEAD and ESCAPE PLAN
Robert DeNiro - GRUDGE MATCH, THE BIG WEDDING and THE FAMILY
Jason Statham - HOMEFRONT and PARKER
Adrien Brody - INAPPROPRIATE COMEDY
Ashton Kutcher - JOBS
Liam Hemsworth - PARANOIA and LOVE AND HONOR
Vince Vaughn - THE INTERNSHIP and DELIVERY MAN
Owen Wilson - THE INTERNSHIP and FREE BIRDS
Johnny Depp - THE LONE RANGER
Ben Stiller - THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY
A MADEA CHRISTMAS
GROWN UPS 2
SCARY MOVIE 5
THE BIG WEDDING
THE LONE RANGER
Gwen Stefani and Kingston in LA
Reese Witherspoon grabbing lunch at Le Pain Quotidien in West Hollywood
Vanessa Hudgens shopping at Maxwell Dog in Studio City
Dianna Agron at Amber Riley's holiday concert at The Roxy Theatre
Zoe Saldana and Marco Perego shopping at Barney's New York in Beverly Hills
Audrina Patridge vacationing in Wailea, Hawaii
Keanu Reeves arriving at the "Today" show
Miranda Kerr, Orlando Bloom and Flynn out in NYC
Naya Rivera in Beverly Hills
Jessica Alba in LA
Fergie and Josh Duhamel in Brentwood
Kate Bosworth going to the market in West Hollywood
Halle Berry in Malibu
Sarah Michelle Gellar taking Charlotte to ballet class in LA
Hiltons in NY and Aspen
Molly Simms in Malibu
Kirsten Dunst in LA
Jennifer Garner in LA
Sarah Harding in Vegas
Dita Von Teese and Benji Madden
Stephanie Seymour in St Barts
Teresa Palmer in LA
Alyson Hannigan in LA
Kaley Cuoco in LA
Amy Poehler in West Hollywood
Let me introduce myself. My name is Christina McDowell, formerly Christina Prousalis. I am the daughter of Tom Prousalis, a man the Washington Post described as "just some guy on trial for penny-stock fraud." (I had to change my name after my father stole my identity and then threatened to steal it again, but I'll get to that part later.) I was eighteen and a freshman in college when my father and his attorneys forced me to attend his trial at New York City's federal courthouse so that he "looked good" for the jury -- the consummate family man.
And you, Jordan Belfort, Wall Street's self-described Wolf: You remember my father, right? You were chosen to be the government's star witness in testifying against him. You had pleaded guilty to money laundering and securities fraud (it was the least you could do) and become a government witness in two dozen cases involving your former business associate, but my father's attorneys blocked your testimony because had you testified it would have revealed more than a half-dozen other corrupt stock offerings too. And, well, that would have been a disaster. It would have just been too many liars, and too many schemes for the jurors, attorneys or the judge to follow...
So Marty and Leo, while you glide through press junkets and look forward to awards season, let me tell you the truth -- what happened to my mother, my two sisters, and me.
The day my father had to surrender to prison, I drove him. My mother had locked herself in the bathroom crying and throwing up, becoming nothing short of a more beautiful version of Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine. Ironically enough, Marty, she looks like a cross between Sharon Stone and Michelle Pfeiffer. Totally your leading ingénue type. Anyhow, after my father successfully laundered money in my name, hiding what was left of our assets from the government in a Wells Fargo bank account, I arrived home to discover multiple phone calls from creditors and attorneys threatening to sue me. He'd left me in nearly $100,000 worth of debt. He left and never told me.
After all of that liquidated money was gone from the Wells Fargo bank account, things got pretty bad. My younger sister ran away at seventeen. My older sister struggled to finish school in Texas. I couch surfed for two years, sometimes dressing out of my car and stealing pieces of salami out of my boyfriends' refrigerators in the middle of the night, because I was so hungry and so ashamed that I couldn't feed myself. Tips at the restaurant weren't cutting it. It's a pretty confusing experience to go from flying private with Dad to an evening where he's begging you for a piece of your paycheck so he can buy food for dinner.
But, here's the real kicker --
I believed him.
I believed everything my father told me. I believed it was the government's fault he was going to prison and leaving his little princess, I believed it was your fault, Jordan Belfort. I believed that by taking out all those credit cards in my name, my father was attempting to save me. I believed him when he got out, and when he told me everything would be OK. I believed him until he tried to do the same thing all over again -- until I was at risk of being arrested myself (and I'm saving that story for the memoir).
So here's the deal. You people are dangerous. Your film is a reckless attempt at continuing to pretend that these sorts of schemes are entertaining, even as the country is reeling from yet another round of Wall Street scandals. We want to get lost in what? These phony financiers' fun sexcapades and coke binges? Come on, we know the truth. This kind of behavior brought America to its knees.
And yet you're glorifying it -- you who call yourselves liberals. You were honored for career excellence and for your cultural influence by The Kennedy Center, Marty. You drive a Honda hybrid, Leo. Did you think about the cultural message you'd be sending when you decided to make this film? You have successfully aligned yourself with an accomplished criminal, a guy who still hasn't made full restitution to his victims, exacerbating our national obsession with wealth and status and glorifying greed and psychopathic behavior. And don't even get me started on the incomprehensible way in which your film degrades women, the misogynistic, ass-backwards message you endorse to younger generations of men.
But hey, listen boys, I get it. I was conned too. By. My. Own. Dad! I drove a white Range Rover in high school, snorted half of Colombia, and got any guy I ever wanted because my father would take them flying in his King Air.
And then I unraveled the truth. The truth about my father and his behavior: that behind all of it was really just insidious soul-sucking shame masked by addiction, which we love to call ambition, which is really just greed. Greed and the desire for fame (exactly what you've successfully given self-appointed motivational speaker/financial guru Jordan Belfort, whose business opportunities will surely multiply thanks to this film).
But I refuse to give up.
Belfort's victims, my father's victims, don't have a chance at keeping up with the Joneses. They're left destitute, having lost their life savings at the age of 80. They can't pay their medical bills or help send their children off to college because of characters like the ones glorified in Terry Winters' screenplay.
Let me ask you guys something. What makes you think this man deserves to be the protagonist in this story? Do you think his victims are going to want to watch it? Did we forget about the damage that accompanied all those rollicking good times? Or are we sweeping it under the carpet for the sale of a movie ticket? And not just on any day, but on Christmas morning??
So here's what I'm going to do first. I'm going to hand you my shame. Right now, in this very moment. The shame that I've been carrying for far too long as a result of being collateral damage. Because each of you should feel ashamed. And then I'm going to go pre-order my tickets to August: Osage County in support of Julia and Meryl -- because at least, as screwed up as that family is, they talk about the truth.
I urge each and every human being in America NOT to support this film, because if you do, you're simply continuing to feed the Wolves of Wall Street.
PS. Quick update on Dad: He is now doing business with the Albanian government and, rumor has it, married to a 30-year-old Albanian translator -- they always, always land on their feet.
This is definitely long but I thought it was an interesting read. I haven't seen the movie yet so for those of you that have, what did you think?
Scooter Braun Projects deny that singer is quitting his music career
Earlier this week (December 25), the singer appeared to confirm that he was leaving his recording career behind via Twitter. Bieber, who had previously hinted that he was considering quitting the music industry, wrote:
My beloved beliebers I'm officially retiring
He went on to say that he would never leave his fans and wished them a happy Christmas, stating: "The media talks a lot about me.They make a up a lot of lies and want me to fail but I'm never leaving you, being a belieber is a lifestyle... Be kind loving to each other, forgive each other as god forgave us through Christ Merry Christmas IM HERE FOREVER".
However, according to the Wall Street Journal, the COO of Scooter Braun Projects, Scott Manson, has claimed that the singer is "100 percent" not retiring. Meanwhile, GM Allison Kaye added: "Justin is a hard working 19-year-old who would prefer that his recent fundraising work in the Philippines and the considerable amount raised for the cause be the media’s focus more than the recent reporting on him retiring.
"Regarding his recent tweeting about his 'retirement' Justin felt that this was the best way to respond to the latest in a long line of inaccurate or wildly exaggerated media reports about him. He chose to channel his frustration into playing along with this baseless rumor and even used 'beloved' to tip off his core fans that it wasn't real.
She added: "But within 20 minutes, Justin realized that fans were confused by the media reports and clarified that he was kidding. This wasn't a planned stunt, it was just another day in the life of living under the microscope. Justin loves his fans and understands that this scrutiny comes along with his success and the interest in him from fans and media."
Britney Spears blew everyone away during her Vegas debut last night ... everyone, but Katy Perry.
Katy was front and center for the "Piece of Me" show -- rubbing elbows with Miley Cyrus and Adam Lambert -- and while Miley danced her ass off, Katy couldn't seem less interested.
True enough ... Britney's no John Mayer, but come on Katy -- she's a much better dancer than him.
As they say ... you can please some of the people all of the time ...