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It’s been two decades since the white Bronco carrying O.J. Simpson in a strangely serene, low-speed police chase burned itself into our collective psyche.
The NFL Hall of Famer — armed with a gun, his passport and a fake beard — was threatening suicide after authorities decided to arrest him on suspicion of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson, 35, and her waiter friend Ronald Goldman, 25.
Simpson’s friend Al Cowlings piloted the ghostly SUV from one freeway to another as an estimated 95 million television viewers looked on.
The shocking slayings took place June 12, 1994, just steps from the Brentwood, Calif., condo where the young Simpson children, Sydney and Justin, slept upstairs.
Cops eventually found two blood-soaked leather gloves and a trail of bloody Bruno Magli shoeprints — evidence that would factor prominently in the televised soap opera that was the People vs. Orenthal James Simpson.
The voyeuristic circus dubbed the “Trial of the Century” ended Oct. 3, 1995, when a jury of nine blacks, two whites and one Latino found the Heisman Trophy winner not guilty.
The racially charged courtroom drama introduced a memorable cast of characters including Simpson’s legal Dream Team, his house guest Kato Kaelin and embattled Los Angeles Police Detective Mark Fuhrman.
Two decades later, the Daily News checks in on the key players who captivated America:
O.J. Simpson, 66, has spent the last five years at Lovelock prison in Nevada on an armed robbery and kidnapping conviction. He’s serving up to 33 years for leading a group of men in a Las Vegas casino confrontation with two memorabilia dealers. He won’t be eligible for parole until 2017, but he filed a new appeal Wednesday.
“He’s depressed,” his manager Norman Prado recently told The News. Prado said he regularly corresponds with the former Buffalo Bills star and last spoke to him a couple of months ago. He said one popular topic is Glen Rogers, a serial killer on Death Row who claims he carried out the murders.
“(Simpson) wants to know more (about Rogers), but he told me, ‘Norman, a guy could run up with a knife dripping with Nicole’s blood, and they’ll tell him to stop covering for O.J.,’” Prado said.
Simpson lost his Florida house to foreclosure last year and still owes a $33.5 million civil judgment to the estates of his ex-wife and Goldman.
Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were savagely knifed to death June 12, 1994.
Fred Goldman, 73, is the grieving father and Simpson nemesis whose relentless pursuit of the athlete-turned-actor led to the megabucks civil judgment.
“We went after him whenever we saw an opportunity to take something away, so there’s a level of satisfaction knowing our efforts all those previous years might have been part of the reason he ended up committing armed robbery. We made him constantly worry about keeping his memorabilia away from us,” said the dad who moved to Arizona with his wife, Patti, after the civil trial.
“Hopefully he’ll die in jail. It’s the next best thing to seeing him found guilty of double murder and being put to death,” Goldman said.
Marcia Clark, 60, was the co-lead prosecutor in the criminal trial and quit the L.A. County District Attorney’s office after the acquittal. She earned a reported $4.2 million for her Simpson book “Without a Doubt” and has worked as a legal commentator for “Entertainment Tonight,” CNN, ABC and NBC covering high-profile cases including the George Zimmerman murder trial in Florida.
Robert Kardashian was a longtime Simpson friend who read The Juice’s apparent suicide letter on live TV the day of the Bronco chase. He sat beside Simpson throughout the trial but expressed doubts about the “Naked Gun” star’s innocence before dying in 2003 from esophageal cancer at age 59. His daughter Kim Kardashian later catapulted to superstardom with a sex tape that helped the family snag its famous E! reality show, “Keeping Up With The Kardashians.”
THE GETAWAY VEHICLE
The white Bronco is privately owned by a collector who snapped it up for a reported $75,000 after the civil trial.
“It’s well taken care of. It’s not on the street,” owner Michael Pulwer told The News, declining to name the SUV’s exact storage location.
He said he gets about five to 10 requests a year from people or organizations wanting to rent the world-famous wheels for exhibition.
It was transported to Connecticut two years ago to serve as a prop for a party hosted by The Brant Foundation Art Study Center in Greenwich. That same year it was on display at the Luxor hotel in Vegas.
“I think someday, somebody will want to have it in a museum of famous or infamous cars,” Pulwer said. “But on this anniversary, I think we should care more about the people who were killed than the white Bronco.”
THE COP AS ‘VILLAIN’
Mark Fuhrman, 62, found the bloody glove at Simpson’s house but later became the trial’s unexpected villain when recordings revealed he repeatedly used the N-word while consulting on dialogue for a screenplay. The recordings contradicted the LAPD detective’s claim he hadn’t used the hateful slur in a decade and led to a felony perjury conviction that ended his police career.
Simpson’s team accused Fuhrman of planting the glove in a racially motivated plot to frame the former gridiron great.
“This was the simplest case in the history of murder in Los Angeles, but it turned into a giant car wreck,” Fuhrman told The News. “The truth wasn’t important. All they cared about was the sensationalism of a guy who could play a child’s game and become a celebrity.”
Fuhrman, who lives in Idaho and has written several books, works as a pundit for Fox News. He said Simpson is “getting what he deserved” as a Nevada inmate.
“I know I sound bitter and angry, but I’ve wasted 20 years of my life on something that took 20 minutes (of detective work),” said the retired cop who many blame for turning the tide of the criminal trial.
“I wasn’t even on call that night, but my boss wanted me to handle it. Everything was fine until 1:05 a.m. on June 13, 1994. If I could go back, I wouldn’t answer that call. It wasn’t worth it.”
Asked if he had any regrets, Fuhrman said, “You can’t go back.”
“You don’t get a do-over when you screw up like that. I wasn’t privileged. I didn’t have a father growing up. If I could change all that, maybe I wouldn’t have been a policeman,” he said.
He said his recorded racist statements were taken out of context.
“We were writing a screenplay,” he tried to explain. “Some people say, ‘Well, you had to think those things to say them.’ Okay, I did. But I could absorb a lot of personalities and regurgitate them.”
He called the case “the Great Wall of China speed bump” of his life.
“You watch people in the news talk about drug addicts and abusers who get convicted and do their time. They say, ‘He paid his price, time to move on.’ Well, I would like that same consideration.”
FAMOUS HOUSE GUEST
Kato Kaelin, 55, was the breakout star of the criminal trial with his long, surfer-style blond locks and colorful, often conflicting, testimony. He was Simpson’s houseguest in 1994 and told jurors the football star had no obvious cuts or injuries shortly after the murders.
The would-be actor parlayed his trial fame into spots on “The Weakest Link” and the reality shows “Celebrity Boot Camp,” and “Gimme My Reality Show!” His newest endeavor is a loungewear line for couch potatoes, aptly called Kato Potato.
“By no doing of my own, I was thrust into an intense spotlight. Never had a man done so little to be recognized by so many,” Kaelin, who still lives in Los Angeles, told The News. “I didn’t ask for any of it.”
He said his Kato Potato line has been in the works for years and will launch this summer with a followup kids’ line called Kater Tots. It features special pockets for TV remote controls and bags of potato chips.
The self-professed “slacker” — who has long maintained Simpson was probably guilty of the double murder — said his sister lost a son to an IED explosion in Afghanistan in 2004. He said the family tragedy gave him a deeper understanding of the complexities of life and loss.
“I can’t imagine the pain of losing a child. I can only see it through my sister’s eyes,” he said, adding that he’s not hawking a clothing line to cash in on anyone’s grief.
JUDGE & RINGMASTER
Lance Ito, 63, is the Los Angeles Superior Court judge who allowed cameras in the courtroom for Simpson’s trial and thereby sealed his fate as the unofficial godfather of reality TV.
The bearded and bespectacled jurist caused a stir last year when he walked two blocks to the civil court building to watch part of Katherine Jackson’s trial against Michael Jackson’s concert promoter AEG Live. His term is up next January, and he didn’t run for reelection, setting the stage for his retirement.
Faye Resnick, 56, was a friend who spent considerable time at Nicole Brown Simpson’s condo until leaving for rehab just days before the double murder. The Dream Team floated the theory that Nicole’s true killer was a cocaine dealer targeting Resnick. Her steamy tell-all memoir “Nicole Brown Simpson: the Private Diary of a Life Interrupted” hit bookstores during jury selection in the criminal trial. She posed nude for Playboy in 1997 and later appeared in multiple episodes of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”
HIS GAL PAL
Paula Barbieri, 47, was the beautiful and dutiful girlfriend who was with O.J. Simpson just hours before the double murder. She visited Simpson in jail but dumped him soon after his acquittal. She posed for Playboy in late 1994 but later sought salvation as a born-again Christian. She’s now married to a Florida judge and has a daughter.
IF IT DOESN’T FIT, YOU MUST ACQUIT
Johnnie Cochran Jr. was the Dream Team’s master showman. He delivered the crowning blow, “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.” He reportedly got $2.5 million for his book “Journey for Justice” about the case. He did a brief stint as co-anchor on Court TV’s short-lived “Cochran & Grace” with Nancy Grace and represented the families of NYPD misconduct victims Abner Louima and Alberta Spruill.
Cochran scored a 2001 acquittal for Sean (Diddy) Combs in the Manhattan weapons case stemming from a December 1999 nightclub shooting that nearly landed his then-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez on the witness stand.
Cochran died in 2005 from an inoperable brain tumor at 67. Simpson attended his funeral.
Iggy Azalea spends a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX, and remains at No. 2 as a guest on Ariana Grande's "Problem," which soars with top Streaming and Airplay Gainer honors. Meanwhile, two songs reach the top 10: MAGIC!'s "Rude" and Calvin Harris'"Summer."
As we do each Wednesday, let's run down all the action in the Hot 100's top 10 and more.
Azalea continues her record-tying run at the chart's top two spots: last week, when "Fancy" and "Problem" rose 2-1 and 3-2, respectively, she joined the Beatles as the only acts to rank at Nos. 1 and 2 simultaneously with their first two Hot 100 entries; On the Feb. 22, 1964, chart, the Fab Four's "I Want to Hold Your Hand" held at No. 1 and "She Loves You" pushed 3-2.
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Azalea also becomes just the second woman to rank at Nos. 1 and 2 concurrently for multiple weeks, following Ashanti, who doubled up for five frames in 2002. (One other female soloist has claimed the top two ranks for one week: Mariah Carey [who enters this week's Billboard 200 at No. 3] on Sept. 10, 2005.)
(And, as noted last week, Azalea will celebrate her birthday with the No. 1 song in the U.S.: the Australian rapper turns 24 this coming Saturday, June 7.)
"Fancy" maintains is Hot 100 command despite dips in sales and streaming. The track jumps 5-3 on the Radio Songs chart with a 16 percent gain to 121 million all-format audience impressions, according to Nielsen BDS. As previously reported, it lands its first perches atop airplay charts, as it rises 2-1 on both Rhythmic Songs and Rap Airplay; it also charges 4-2 on Pop Songs and jumps 36-28 in its second week on R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay.
"Fancy" crowns Digital Songs for a second week but decreases by 14 percent to 289,000 downloads sold in the tracking week ending on June 1, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It racks a third week at No. 1 on Streaming Songs, down by 3 percent to 13.5 million U.S. streams. (The song had soared last week by 44 and 66 percent in sales and streaming, respectively, after Azalea and Charli XCX performed it on the Billboard Music Awards on May 18).
Still, "Fancy" holds off "Problem" for the Hot 100's top rank, although the latter song surges following the premiere of its official video, boasting top Streaming and Airplay Gainer kudos. "Problem" returns to its No. 2 peak on Streaming Songs, up 25 by percent to 13 million after its official clip arrived on May 30. (It, thus, misses the top spot on Streaming Songs by approximately 500,000 streams.) On Radio Songs, "Problem" pounces 10-7 (94 million, up 29 percent.)
"Problem" ranks at No. 2 on Digital Songs for a second week, after spending its first three weeks at No. 1, down by 15 percent to 243,000. Grande likewise sang the song on the Billboard Music Awards, with Azalea.
With "Fancy" down by 5 percent in overall Hot 100 points and "Problem" up by 6 percent, the former claims 15 percent more chart points than the latter. "Problem" nearly halves its deficit, however: last week, "Fancy" won by a 28 percent margin.
"Fancy" additionally leads the sales/airplay/streaming-based Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts for a second and seventh week, respectively.
John Legend's "All of Me" places at No. 3 on the Hot 100 for a second week after logging three weeks at No. 1. Still, it tallies a sixth week at No. 1 on Radio Songs (158 million, down 2 percent). It rebounds 5-4 on Streaming Songs (6.6 million, down 8 percent) and drops 4-7 on Digital Songs (123,000, down 16 percent); Legend also performed "All" on the BBMAs.
Rounding out the Hot 100's top five, DJ Snake and Lil Jon's "Turn Down for What" (5-4) swaps spots with Pharrell Williams' former 10-week No. 1 "Happy" (4-5). "What" tops the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart for a 10th week, becoming just the third song to reign for 10 weeks or more since the list's launch last year; Avicii's "Wake Me Up!" ruled for a record 26 weeks and Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," featuring Williams, led for 13.
Norwegian pop duo Nico & Vinz pushes 8-6 with its first Hot 100 hit, "Am I Wrong." The track holds at No. 3 on Digital Songs (149,000, down 5 percent), rises 16-14 on Streaming Songs (3.3 million, up 5 percent) and bounds 20-14 on Radio Songs with a hefty 30 percent blast to 68 million. Pop radio is championing "Wrong," which jumps 15-12 on Pop Songs and 16-11 as the Greatest Gainer on Adult Pop Songs.
Katy Perry's former four-week Hot 100 No. 1 "Dark Horse," featuring Juicy J, dips 6-7. The song continues Perry's longest top 10 run, as it spends a 22nd frame in the top tier. Last week, it passed "E.T.," featuring Kanye West, which logged 20 weeks in the top 10 in 2011. (Notably, both songs represent Perry's more experimental, trap-leaning forays; meanwhile, current single "Birthday," which showcases her more core pure-pop sound, holds at its No. 17 highpoint.)
Below Perry, two titles freshen the Hot 100's top 10. Canadian pop/reggae quartet MAGIC! climbs 15-8 with its debut entry "Rude." The song wins top Digital Gainer honors as it grows by 25 percent to 141,000 and rises 9-4 on Digital Songs. It also rockets into the Streaming Songs top 10 (23-10; 4.1 million, up 49 percent) and lifts 25-18 on Radio Songs (57 million, up 32 percent).
While "Rude" marks MAGIC!'s first Hot 100 top 10 (after reaching No. 6 on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 last month), it's the fourth top 10 as a writer for frontman Nasri Atweh. He previously reached the region as a writer on Justin Bieber's "Never Say Never," featuring Jaden Smith (No. 8, 2011); Bieber's "As Long as You Love Me," featuring Big Sean (No. 6, 2012); and Pitbull's "Feel This Moment," featuring Christina Aguilera (No. 8, 2013).
Calvin Harris'"Summer" likewise enters the Hot 100's top 10, coasting 12-9. It makes an identical 12-9 advance on Radio Songs (81 million, up 16 percent), enters the Streaming Songs top 10 (15-9; 4.2 million, up 13 percent) and pushes 13-11 on Digital Songs (97,000, up 13 percent). Harris claims his third Hot 100 top 10, following his guest turn on Rihanna's 10-week 2011-12 No. 1 "We Found Love" (which he wrote and produced) and his own "Sweet Nothing," featuring Florence Welch (No. 10, 2013).
Speaking of summer, this week brings the return of Billboard's Songs of the Summer chart. Stay tuned for the first ranking, and an analysis of this summer's top hits so far, on Billboard.com tomorrow. (The 10-position Songs of the Summer running tally tracks the most popular titles based on cumulative performance on the weekly Hot 100 from Memorial Day through Labor Day. At the end of the season, the top song of summer 2014 will be crowned.)
Wrapping the Hot 100's top 10, Jason Derulo's "Wiggle," featuring Snoop Dogg, bullets for a second week at No. 10. The song (which Derulo sang as part of a medley with previous single "Talk Dirty" on the BBMAs, with Snoop Dogg and 2 Chainz) rises 7-6 on Digital Songs (133,000, up 14 percent) and 8-7 on Streaming Songs (5.9 million, up 11 percent), while approaching Radio Songs (26 million, up 35 percent).
Two songs depart the Hot 100's top 10: Derulo's No. 3-peaking "Talk Dirty" (7-13) and Justin Timberlake's No. 8 hit "Not a Bad Thing" (9-11); still, the latter holds at No. 2 on Radio Songs with 126 million (up 2 percent). As previously reported, "Thing" climbs 2-1 on the Adult Pop Songs radio airplay chart while spending a second week at No. 1 on Pop Songs.
What is your Summer playlist ONTD?
Joe Dante’s Gremlins is one of the many camp classics celebrating a 30th anniversary this year. And because everything old is instantly new again in Hollywood, the industry’s trying to find some way to reboot it.
Original Gremlins star Zach Galligan isn’t trying to fight the inevitable. In fact, if he plays his cards right, he’d like to somehow participate.
The actor was speaking with Moviefone on behalf of Gremlins turning 30 years old. He shared a number of fun and interesting stories from Joe Dante’s set, talking about the influence Steven Spielberg had on the movie, and reminiscing about his audition. He doesn’t want to audition for the planned remake. He already knows what part he’d like to play. Said Galligan:
"What I can tell you is that they are in the process of rebooting it. I know that the process is going reasonably well. I know that they are writing something, right now, as we speak. I would obviously never have any idea or presume to have any idea about my cooperation with a reboot until they approach me or sent me some kind of script.
You would have to figure one of three possibilities would be apparent: 1. I would have no involvement in it; 2. I have a small, cameo-type involvement in it; or 3. and hopefully the Warner Bros people are listening to this, would let me play the new Billy Peltzer's teacher, or play the dad, or play the cop. Just move up and play another part."
The finale was outstanding! Hopefully we'll get to see a second season.
"We grabbed each other and we touched. We did everything you can do while driving..."
A second transgender model has opened up about her alleged sexual encounter with Casper Smart before his break-up with Jennifer Lopez was announced. Xristina Marie, 25, reportedly 'fooled around' with the dancer after meeting him in a Miami nightclub. She told The Sun on Sunday newspaper: 'I said: 'You know what kind of girl I am?' And he said: 'I'm not stupid. My name is Smart'. Xristina claimed she and the 28-year-old locked eyes in the Florida night spot weeks ago. She said: 'I was in a club and Casper was smiling and being flirty.
'Everyone in Miami knows who I am. I think someone would have told him [I'm transgender]. 'Then a few days after that I got a friend request from him on Instagram. 'He started messaging me. We started talking and he met me in his car and we went for a little ride around Miami. 'We started fooling around in the car and being touchy. We had a kiss and did a little more.' The brunette beauty claims he also begged her to send him sexy photographs and when she sent him one of her in a thong, he replied: 'Not good enuff,' before asking her to strip for him during a video chat.
Xristina also sent him a snap of her bottom and she claims the pair met again for a sexy session in his car in Los Angeles. She said: 'We played around -- a little more than the first time. We grabbed each other and we touched. We did everything you can do while driving.' Talking about her transformation, Xristina said: 'I've had three nose jobs, my Adam's apple done and my breasts done four times.'
Casper has also been accused of exchanging messages and sexy photos with transsexual Sofie Vissa, 23, who claims the snaps 'showed everything.'Those close to J-Lo, who has six-year-old twins Max and Emme with ex-husband Marc Anthony, said she and Casper split about two months ago and his meetings with models were 'as a single guy.' Casper and Jennifer were last seen together on May 20 heading to Craig's restaurant in West Hollywood after she taped American Idol.
TheDirty.com broke the story of his cheating with the first transsexual model Sofie Vissa last week and followed it with word of Xristina . The website reported: 'Xristina Marie also had inappropriate relations with Casper Smart. According to our source the couple met in Miami and Casper Smart was 100% aware that Xristina is a transsexual.' Nik promised 'more details to come.'
Along with the post, there is a link to several messages between Xristina and a person who claims to be Casper. After liking her photo, he asks for revealing snaps of her, adding, 'I need somethin good.' When she asks, 'But what am I getting back?' he replies, 'Surprise me.' He also reveals he is 'White and Mexican.'
One week ago an anonymous reader maintained her friend Sofie had been getting close to Lopez's partner. 'Nik, sooo my homegirl has been talking and linking up with Casper Smart for a week now… they met online and I guess they Both follow each other,' the person wrote. 'She texted me saying they exchanged pictures XXX’s… and what not… I’m liked shocked… didn’t know he was down for Us beautiful Transexual WOMEN.'
There were also screen grabs of their alleged messages where Smart told the beauty - who slightly resembles the My Love Don't Cost A Thing singer - 'I wanna see more what else ya got.'
The unidentified pal added: 'I myself didn’t believe it…. I’m like Casper Smart? JLo’s MAN!!!!!!! Guess he likes beautiful women and the best of both worlds… crazy what a simple hello and simple talking and flirting can end up to…. 'My girl said she seen him a few times and he picked her up in his big truck…. I didn’t believe it so I asked for screen-shot and here they are. I guess my friend Sofie is f***ing Casper Smart.. I’m asking for more screenshots she has them ALL.'
Richie - whose real name is Hooman Karamian - claimed that Vissa has naked images of Casper. She allegedly took the photos on May 19 and is 'shopping them to the highest bidder,' according to Nik. No photos have since surfaced. 'I can confirm she has naked images of Casper Smart and Casper has nude images of (Vissa),' Richie has said.
'Someone must be posing as Casper, he is not a part of this thing with Sofie, it's absurd,' a source told MailOnline. 'There are no pictures of him.' On Tuesday, Casper responded to Richie via Instagram. Richie posted three messages to Nik where he seemed to deny the cheating claims. 'Negativity,' he wrote, then added, 'Lucky you didn’t waste your money. There are none. I just did a huge charity event yesterday and have to come home to this bs…sad what the media does to people.'
He then wrote, 'along with this nasty story. Thanks. Could you imagine it people came at you your wife your kids daily?' Richie then wrote, 'Trust me I get it. People bash me 24-7. I just want to make sure you are being honest with me bro. That’s all. The transgender has solid evidence saying otherwise. Like really solid.' Smart only wrote back, 'Got it.' On Saturday Vissa was spotted smiling with friends in Los Angeles.
Jill Duggar is set to marry Derick Dillard this month, and the two are preparing for their wedding in the way many engaged couples are: registering for gifts. That registry has been released to the public and is in line with how down-to-earth the couple truly is.
According to Radar Online, the couple has registered for gifts ranging in price from $1.98 (a pot-luck container) to $149.97. Other items include a Bissell vacuum ($47.84), suitcase ($19.00), ironing board ($60) and pillows ($8 per pillow). The couple is registered at a Wal-Mart in Arkansas, but anyone can search for the registry and purchase a gift for the two.
Dillard and Duggar are set to wed on June 21, which doesn't leave much time for wedding planning. However, Duggar and her larger-than-life family are sure to be pitching out to make the ceremony extra special with plenty of homemade touches.
The family all participated in eldest son Josh's wedding to wife Anna and shared in the joy and ceremony of their wedding.
What would you wish for in your wedding registry?
Authors can be a reclusive bunch when it comes to social media. For every Neil Gaiman (who blows up the @PasteBooks twitter feed on a daily basis), there are a dozen high-profile writers who intentionally skip out on the Twitterverse. For years, fans have clamored for A Song of Ice and Fire series author George R.R. Martin to join the Twitter ranks. But the man stood firm, reveling in a low-tech lifestyle—complete with a love for his clunky DOS machine. That is, until today.
Folks, Martin has officially joined Twitter, and he even nailed the use of the hashtag on his first tweet:
I don't tweet all that much, please check out my live journal page. ;) #myfirstTweet— George RR Martin (@GRRMspeaking) June 9, 2014
Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire publisher confirmed that @grrmspeaking is indeed the author’s real Twitter account (they’re currently working on getting him one of those snazzy, verified checkmarks from the Twitter higher-ups).
As of press time, Martin follows 15 accounts, which mainly belong to Game of Thrones stars. He’s also garnering a significant following; Paste watched him gain 400 new followers in the span of 10 minutes. Will you be one of them?
what intern at RCA edited this video? what intern at RCA used that Brazzers screencap? How sad...
Some people say that becoming a mother means wearing fupa jeans and shopping in that older section of Bloomindales where it permanently smells like cats covered up with Estée Lauder perfume and where Michael Kors sweaters go to die. But we're here to tell those people to shut the fuck up. Well we say those people are either lazy, fat, or just have no will to live be chic. In honor of Mother's Day coming up (don't worry we'll have a gift guide for you soon, you won't actually have to do any work this year), here are celebs who have kids and still dress like 10s.
(1) Lauren Santo Domingo is basically the real life #whitegirlproblems. Daughter to the CEO of Perrier, and raised in Greenwich, Connecticut, she received her education at the USC and began her career at Vogue, where she is now a Contributing Editor. Hailed as one of the most influential women in New York, LSD serves as co-chair of the Met Gala, which Moda Operandi was honored to sponsor in 2013. She lives in New York with her husband, Andres Santo Domingo, heir to the Coca-Cola fortune and their two children.
The Santo Domingos’ January 2008 wedding was attended by the young Barbara Bush and Vogue editor Anna Wintour; bridesmaids included socialite Tinsley Mortimer, and Vogue featured the nuptials in a 10-page spread.
(2) Ever since Beyonce had Blue Ivy she's become even more powerful and revered by everyone including like, bestie Barack. I mean, she's literally the most googled person in the world making her the most googled mom in the world making her the most googled fashionable mom therefore you should really try to be like Beyonce every day. Minus photoshopping your pics. Don't do that.
(3) The amount pressure and scrutiny this betch is under every day you'd think she'd look just a little bit less chic. God forbid she holds her son incorrectly or spills royal soup on her white Alaia! But no, Duchess Kate pulls off the whole princess mom act with class and vogue. Ugh she's like too chic to function in Alexander McQueen.
(4) Even though I'm not sprinting to buy Jessica Alba's "work" on DVD... do people still buy things on DVD?... she still remains to kill it in the fashion department. Anytime she steps out of her house she looks amazing but unlike Kate Middleton, it's the kind of amazing you can totally achieve.
(5) Kourtney Kardashian
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Kim Kardashian and Leonardo DiCaprio are among the stars who have visited in the past, but yesterday, French authorities had to close the famous bridge Pont des Arts, after part of the railing collapsed due to the weight of the 'locks of the love' that couples had attached to it.
The famous bridge is located in Paris, and sees loved up couples visit the site in order to lock a padlock to the footbridge, thus forever memorialising their love... at least in theory.
Kourtney Kardashian visited the bridge with husband Scott Disick in November 2012, taking part in the age old tradition. Kourtney wrote 'Kourtney and Scott' on the padlock, before the pair locked it to the bridge and threw the key into the river.
Kourtney's sister Kim Kardashian also visited the bridge while pregnant in May - but added a padlock to the bridge with her mother, Kris Jenner, and not her husband Kanye West.
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio has taken part in the tradition, too. In June last year, he paid a visit to the locks with his friends, including Lukas Haas and his mother Irmelin. Although he took photos on the bridge, it seems that the famous bachelor chose not to attach a padlock to the bridge - taking a picture of the view instead.
The Pont des Arts has also been immortalised in film and television, as characters Leslie and Ben visited the site in popular television show Parks and Recreation, and it was also featured in 2013 movie Now You See Me.
However, now it seems that the bridge could be in trouble - a 2.4 meter section of the railing collapsed, due to the weight of the padlocks. Local police told theAgency France-Presse: "The bridge was immediately evacuated and closed."
Activists have been fighting for the padlock practice to stop since it began, worried about a total collapse happening. So far Anne Hidalgo, the city's mayor, has not taken action but the railing collapse could change that.
A spokesman for the City Hall said: "If the tradition continues to grow in popularity and causes too much damage to the city's monuments, solutions will be considered in a bid to address the problem."
PARIS (USA TODAY) — The thousands of locks that cling like barnacles to the Pont des Arts in Paris have become a symbol of danger, rather than love, after a chunk of fencing fell off under their weight.
The fencing tumbled late Sunday on the pedestrian bridge, which crosses the Seine. Thousands of couples have latched padlocks to the bridge and thrown their keys into the river as symbols of lasting love, resulting in what some decry as an eyesore. The locks are periodically removed by the city, but spring up ever faster.
Deputy mayor Bruno Julliard said the city was already soliciting suggestions from artists on what to do to the locks when the fencing collapsed. Officials are hoping to persuade visiting lovers to show their undying affection in less disruptive ways.
Julliard told BFM television on Monday possible alternatives included ribbons and — if lovers insist upon the padlocks — a dedicated sculpture.
"Then there were some radically different ideas. Why not use new technology so that couples could write each other messages that could be projected somewhere in Paris?" he said.
No one was hurt when the approximately two-meter (6.5 feet) stretch of fencing came down on the Pont des Arts. But Julliard said there are real safety concerns, as the Seine is heavily traveled by tour boats and barges.
Locks also increasingly adorn a bridge near Notre Dame Cathedral and some have even cropped up on the Eiffel Tower.
"We don't lack for ideas, but now it's rather urgent for reasons of aesthetics and security. We have to find an alternative to these padlocks of love," Julliard said.
I put this on my bucket list after I saw the show. I wonder how many people did the same.
Is the infrastructure shotty in Paris? Would people not have thought this through lol
Joaquin Phoenix brings subtlety, insight and power to his roles in films like Her and Walk the Line.
He will be teaming up with Be More Heroic and the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding to produce CAMP: The Documentary – a film that will follow twenty diverse teens as they journey to California to attend a leadership summer camp next month.
The project looks great — 20 teens (including one trans boy and some other gay teens) all working through some intense personal dynamics, coming together to share their stories and document their growth.
GLADD reports: [Camp MORE’s] purpose is to work with teens in an intimate setting and inspire societal change and progress by starting with the youth. Viewers will watch as the campers participate in experiential workshops, resolve conflicts, overcome personal challenges, form friendships, build confidence and ultimately become compassionate leaders and heroes.
The camp’s director promises, “learning, conflict resolution, emotional intelligence and healthier communication skills which change behavior, thinking and action.”
Here’s the preview:
James Franco has written a short story for Vice called “Bungalow 89,” inspired by the time Lindsay Lohan allegedly refused to leave him alone while both stars were at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles.
The piece alternates between Franco ruminating on everything from Gus Van Sant and his own Gucci ad campaign to memories of late-night (sexless) hours with Lohan at his bungalow.
Franco reads J.D. Salinger selections to Lohan and listens as she opens up about her drug use and escapades.
The line between reality and fiction is often blurred, and the whole thing is kind of… weird.
Here is a passage from Franco’s story:
There was a Hollywood girl staying at Chateau Marmont. She had gotten a key to my room from the manager. I heard her put the key into my front door and turn it, but I had slid the dead bolt and that thing—I don’t know what you call it; it’s like a chain but made of two bars—that kept the door from opening.
She said, ‘James, open the door.’
Across the room was a picture of a boy dressed as a sailor with a red sailor cap, and except for his blondish hair (closer to my brother’s color) he looked like me.
She said, ‘Open the door, you bookworm punk blogger f*ggot.’
She knocked on the door. She was in her pajamas. She had bare feet.
Once upon a time a guy, a Hollywood guy, read some Salinger to a young woman who hadn’t read him before. Let’s call this girl Lindsay. She was a Hollywood girl, but a damaged one. I knew that she would like Salinger, because most young women do. I read her two of the Nine Stories, ‘A Perfect Day for Bananafish’ and ‘For Esmé—with Love and Squalor.’ ‘Bananafish’ was great because it has a nagging mother on the other end of the phone line, nothing like Lindsay’s real mother, but still, the mother-daughter thing was good for her to hear.
And there’s the little girl in the story, Sibyl, and the pale suicide, Seymour, who kisses her foot and talks about bananafish with her, those fantastic phallic fish who stick their heads in holes and gorge themselves—it should be called ‘A Perfect Day for Dickfish’—and then, bam, he shoots himself.
Then I read ‘For Esmé,”’which is basically the same story as ‘A Perfect Day for Dickfish.’ A man goes to war. He is traumatized. Then he is saved by the innocence of a young girl. The structure of this story is very nice. Yes, stories, stories, stories, stories. S-t-o-r-i-e-s.
And a final excerpt:
I ran my fingers through her hair and thought about this girl sleeping on my chest, our fictional Hollywood girl, Lindsay. What will she do? I hope she gets better. You see, she is famous. She was famous because she was a talented child actress, and now she’s famous because she gets into trouble. She is damaged. For a while, after her high hellion days, she couldn’t get work because she couldn’t get insured. They thought she would run off the sets to party. Her career suffered, and she started getting arrested (stealing, DUIs, car accidents, other things). But the arrests, even as they added up, were never going to be an emotional bottom for her, because she got just as much attention for them as she used to get for her film performances. She would get money offers for her jailhouse memoirs, crazy offers. So how would she ever stop the craziness when the response to her work and the response to her life had converged into one? Two kinds of performance, in film and in life, had melted into one.
But I suppose a tabloid-performance run is limited for anyone. After a while it’s just an out-of-control vehicle running on fumes.
Who is going to be the focal point of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII? Some reports suggest a meaty role for Harrison Ford’s outlaw, Han Solo. Others think that the baton is getting passed to the younger generation… possibly the children of either Luke Skywalker, or Han and Leia. And now we’re hearing a new candidate for potential story "lead," and it’s none other than Attack the Block standout John Boyega.
The actor’s name was highlighted on a bullet-point list of "things we believe to be true" published by Latino-Review pertaining to Star Wars: Episode VII. From what the site has confirmed (though anonymous sources), Boyega is the character who "has the story arc that brings him into Star Wars’ greater universe" in a narrative that "has echoes of Luke’s arc in A New Hope." The site goes on to say that John Boyega’s character isn’t a Jedi OR a Padawan at the start of the movie, but that likely could change if Mark Hamill – as the older, wiser Luke – mentors this powerful man in the way that Yoda took Luke under his felt-puppet wing.
The information about John Boyega isn’t the only update shared on the site. The moles at L-R believe that Star Wars: Episode VII is going to have a female villain, and they are pretty confident that she will be a Sith. Given the recent spate of female hirings on J.J. Abrams’ sequel, this means that 12 Years a Slave Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o or Game of Thrones co-star Gwendoline Christie could be drifting to the Dark Side of The Force.
The other points are political, and set the stage for the still-untitled Star Wars: Episode VII. Apparently, even though the story takes place 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, there is no New Republic in play in the storyline. And there was mention that the Boba Fett armor is "around," but there has been no confirmation as to whom might be wearing it. In fact, if you looked closely at the leaked images that showed up on TMZ, you could see the Boba Fett helmet in clear view.
J.J. Abrams helped his case by hiring exquisite talents like John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson and Max von Sydow to work alongside the original Star Wars cast members. Who will be the focal point? It matters… but it isn’t a deal breaker. I’m starting to get to the point where I am comfortable saying, "Trust in J.J." Mystery Box be damned.
Dominic Cooper has played genius inventor Howard Stark — father to high-flying Tony — in both Captain America: The First Avenger and Marvel One Shot: Agent Carter, but a recent interview with Hayley Atwell, who reprises her role as the titular S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in ABC’s new series, Marvel’s Agent Carter, has many fans wondering if Cooper will be reprising his role on the series as well. “He’s incredibly naughty,” Atwell told The Telegraph of her former co-star, adding, “I’m going to start the pranks as early as I can. He will come up with some very good ones, too.” The U.K. publication took Atwell’s comment to mean that she and Cooper would be reuniting, once again, for the Agent Carter series, which is scheduled to premiere on ABC in 2015.
While both Marvel and ABC had no official comment, BuzzFeed has learned that, at this time, Dominic Cooper is not currently signed on to play Howard Stark on an episodic basis. In fact, no actors aside from Atwell are officially contracted for Agent Carter, as production on the series hasn’t actually begun. Furthermore, there have been no scripts written for the series to date, nor has a pilot been shot.
Agent Carter is set in 1946 and follows Atwell’s Agent Peggy Carter as she balances administrative work and secret missions for Howard Stark, all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America after losing the love of her life, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), aka Captain America.
Given the integral role that Stark’s company clearly plays in Marvel’s Agent Carter — and the character’s potential, which hasn’t yet been fully tapped within the films — it stands to reason that Cooper could appear on the show in some capacity moving forward. But whether that participation would be as a series regular (like Clark Gregg, who plays Agent Coulson, on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) or via cameos (like Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders, who reprised their movie roles on S.H.I.E.L.D.) remains to be seen.
Howard's probably a lock, but starting my petition now for Dum-Dum
Law enforcement sources tell us ... Tylor Scott and Naomi Charles were armed with a handgun when they jumped Miley's fence and made it inside her home.
We're told when the two were arrested last week -- cops seized the firearm ... which appears to have been stolen in another burglary.
We're also told Miley's stolen items were all recovered ... jewelry, purses, and clothes.
Tylor and Naomi have both been charged with multiple counts of burglary and theft -- and Tylor got an additional charge of Grand Theft Firearm for the stolen gun.
Cosmos host Neil deGrasse Tyson has been opening viewers' eyes to the mysteries of the universe each week (Sundays at 9 p.m. on Fox), attempting to explain quantum physics, the origins of life, and the methodologies of science and scientific research... and the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive.
"It's a very warm feeling that people are feeling warm from it, for sure," deGrasse Tyson told Yahoo TV. "It's a delight to see people have a geek core within them awakened. Either the flame had been extinguished long ago or had never been ignited, maybe it was just a dim ember waiting to be fanned, but in any of these cases, people have sort of risen up and embraced science in general and the universe in particular. It's an endorsement, I think, of what it was to make Cosmos again, and a recognition that there was value to it."
His favorite geeky fan reaction says it all: "My favorite tweet of them all — because I was monitoring what people were saying — was just before the 9 o'clock hour when it was about to air, someone tweeted: "Shhhh! It's almost 9 p.m. Cosmos is ready to air. Neil Tyson is going to crack a knowledge egg on your a--." Now that is in vernacular! That's somebody who not only was excited for themselves — for what they were learning and what they were seeing — but they wanted other people to shut up and listen. I was very impressed by that enthusiasm, and that energy and candor. I didn't retweet it, but just search 'knowledge egg a--.' [Laughs.] it's got to be the only tweet ever to have those three words in it."
We asked the scientist, ever-enthusiastic himself, to crack another kind of knowledge egg: A pop culture knowledge egg, answering some very serious unanswered questions. "I'm not a pop culture nut — I'm a pop culture observer," deGrasse Tyson clarified. "A nut would be eagerly seeking it out and participating in it. I view it more the way an anthropologist views a tribe." Here are his anthropological findings...
How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?
Oh, I remember that commercial. I remember when they said they were going to come up with an answer, and I said, "Well some people's tongues are wetter than others. [Laughs.] There cannot be one answer for this!" I knew that even when I was young when I first saw the commercial — I was like, "This is bogus," right off the top. If you lick it with a dry tongue, nothing's happening. [Laughs.] It requires that you salivate. Heavily. But I would say around 1,000.
And where is the beef?
Oh the little old lady, "Where is the beef?" [Laughs.] It's there, it's just vastly less than she expected.
What do you think was inside that glowing briefcase in Pulp Fiction?
It just had to be radioactive plutonium.
Yeah, yeah, of course. But that would mean that the people holding it are sterile, but we don't wait long enough to see if they make babies to verify.
Who was the boss on Who's the Boss?
That's the one with whatshisface in it. You know, I didn't really watch that show — what's the guy's name? Tony Danza! [Laughs.] Who's the Boss? Yeah... I think I've seen one episode of it, but I would say that, in general, the person who's the boss is the one who reacts most violently for not being obeyed. That's the boss. That's the one you have to pay attention to. That's a general truth, I think.
Were you a Sopranos fan?
Up until two weeks ago, when I changed my package, I never had premium TV, so I never watched HBO. But I know that it exists — try me! Ask me something!
Do you think Tony Soprano lived or died when it cut to black at the end of the series?
Oh yeah, I think he died.
OK, this just took a dark turn.
[Laughs.] Well I think drama, for it to be effective, has to intermittently disturb you and make you sad, based on the other half of the two drama faces: one smiles, one is sad. If all endings were happy, then we wouldn't even know how to judge that they were happy because we wouldn't have the reference of sad to compare it with.
So were they dead the whole time on Lost?
Oh... Lost... I think that the secrets of the universe are more tractable than what the hell was going on on Lost. [Laughs.] I'm sticking to cosmology! Every time I watched Lost, my head tipped to the side, like a dog hearing a high-pitched whistle. "Huh? Wha? Huh?" So I said, "This is too complicated. I don't understand what the hell is going on. Big bang cosmology quantum physics is easier to figure out than this."
Less complex, but where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?
[Laughs.] Carmen Sandiego, I am quite sure, has access to higher dimensions to basically mess with you. While you're looking for her, if you can't find her, it's because she's not there... [laughs] she's having a cup of coffee in another dimension. That's the only way I can explain it.
I love it. So back to Cosmos...
No, there's one more question I want you to ask me...
Who let the dogs out?
Dammit, now that's going to be stuck in my head all day.
I know, and I'm sorry, but I think the wolves let the dogs out.
Did you say the wolves?
Yes. They want to repatriate them into the society of wolves. Because, to a wolf, a dog is a complete embarrassment. Dogs are derived from wolves, selectively choosing one feature or another and neglecting the rest, and the one thing that's neglected in every dog is the capacity of the wolf to rip the master's throat out. So I think the wolves let the dogs out.
Well there you have it, mystery solved. So Cosmos, the biggest question of all: It's yet to be renewed, so will there be a Season 2? Season 10? How much longer do you see this series going?
Well there's enough of the universe to do this forever. How many seasons are we up to of Law & Order? 18 or something? Whatever that number is, we ought to be able to have at least that many seasons of the universe. [Laughs.] I'm just thinking.
However, I also want these 13 episodes to breathe. We want people to reflect on them and think about them and explore what they mean. If another season comes up right on its tail, then this season doesn't have a place to live within you, because you're rapidly swapping out your memories with new shows that fly in. Cosmos should not be consumed that way. Cosmos is not fast food — it's slow food. So we're not kicking you out of the restaurant now that you've just finished your meal. You can sit there and digest it. And the meal, I think, was so tasty you want to savor it and not run back the next day and say, "Let's do it all over again!" No, that's not how we savor delectable offerings to our senses. So if there's another season, sure, but not just yet.
"MasterChef" promised one of its biggest ever challenged in Season 5 and, in cooking for the military, they certainly delivered. The home cooks were divided into two teams to cook a meal for 500 soldiers.
It's an important challenge for the cooks and certainly not one where they was to disappoint the judged. After winning the elimination challenge in episode 2, Frances B. is named red team captain and allowed to pick out those who will work with him. He smartly builds a group of the season's best home cooks to cover all his bases.
Of the 10 left, Daniel is named de facto blue team captain. Right away, Leslie is complaining when the blue team decides to make chicken. He says there's too much room for error. Funnily enough, he was right as the blue team ended up with raw chicken at one point. "This chicken is more dangerous than the enemy." Oh Gordon, what a way with words you have. The raw chicken was Stephani's fault.
Meanwhile, the red team went with pork chops, with bacon macaroni and cheese on the side. They fall behind in their cooking early on and it looks like they may be out of the game before it even starts. The macaroni and cheese proves to be more problematic than it's worth, so it gets dumped in favor of coleslaw.
In the end, even though they weren't able to serve everyone due to some raw pork, the red team takes the challenge victory by a large margin and it safe from elimination.
Back in the "MasterChef" kitchen, the red team has to cook for their lives. Team captain Daniel is allowed to save some team members from having to take part in the challenge. Willing to go down with the ship, he doesn't save himself. When he sees that he has to make a blueberry pie, he realizes the mistake he's made.
While most of Daniel's pie is a disaster, the filling hits the spot for the judges, so he's safe. The bottom two were Stephani, who was responsible for the raw chicken, and Elise. It's funny for Elise, as she made two pies during the first round. She's embarrassed and should be. As for Stephanie, she loaded her blueberry pie up with pecans for no reason other than wanting to be different.
It's a bad decision that costs her the show, as she's the one going home this week. Between the chicken debacle and the bad pie, this elimination should come as no surprise. Elise is lucky this is how it shook out. For someone who prides herself on baking to crumble like that would normally be a one-way ticket out of the kitchen.
Episode 3 HERE!
Fionna and Cake are back! On June 26, Cartoon Network’s hit fantasy romp Adventure Time will once again feature gender-swapped versions of main characters Finn and Jake. Madeleine Martin and Roz Ryan are set to reprise their alterna-universe lead roles as girl-with-cool-hat Fionna and stretchy-cat Cake on June 26.
The episode focuses on Lumpy Space Prince, the mustached, XY-chromosomed version of Lumpy Space Princess. EW is excited to exclusively share the first clip of the episode, complete with an impressive new voice for everyone’s favorite purple ball of fluff.
Can you guess the guest-star behind Lumpy Space Prince? Hint: He’s British. Double hint: He’s been in British things.
That’s Peter Serafinowicz, comedian and voiceover-guy extraordinaire! Things you’ve seen/heard him do recently: play Lord Covington on Parks & Recreation; say the funny line in the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer; voice a character in Dark Souls II. (If you think about it, Adventure Time is sort of like Dark Souls, except the complete opposite.)
The third Fionna and Cake episode airs on June 26, which coincidentally is the same date that people will start asking for a fourth Fionna and Cake episode.