Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Who is the Most Annoying Celebrity Alive?

Parade Magazine has published a poll, the results of which prove a point even more obvious than Casey Anthony's guilt:

Kim Kardashian is the world's most annoying celebrity.

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The former sex tape star and current red carpet poser took home 29 percent of the vote, with the publication writing of Kardashian: "Famous for being famous, Kim, in particular, has been inescapable, with her recent wedding and honeymoon reported just about everywhere."

Kim narrowly edged out Charlie Sheen (27 percent) in the voting, with Snooki finishing in third at 21 percent.

We've added a couple contenders below and will now pose the same question to readers: Who is the world's most annoying celebrity?


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Where Girls Rule in Math & Science

As part of our Education Nation coverage, we visit a school for girls in New York City with innovative classes designed to make girls see math and science are cool!


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"Toddlers and Tiaras" with Ashley Tisdale: Watch Now!

Showing off her comical side in a just-released video, Ashley Tisdale is featured in a new sketch produced by the always-entertaining crew at Funny or Die.

The piece is titled "Toddlers and Tiaras: Where Are They Now?," with Miss Tisdale playing a former child beauty pageant contestant named Makenzie while Leah Remini takes on the role of her mother.

In the ensuing hilarity, the clip goes on to catch up with Makenzie 22 years after her pageant days - finding out that she hasn't changed a bit.

Announcing the Funny or Die release earlier this week, Miss Tisdale told, ?When I hit 5 Million on Twitter, I told you all that I was going to do something really special for you. I?ve been thinking about it for a while, I know it?s late, I?m so sorry ? it?s not this video. But, one of the things I thought about was that I love making people laugh, I love doing comedy. I?m a comedic at heart.?

The 26-year-old added, ?I thought it would be really great if I could make my Twitter followers laugh, so I did a Funny or Die skit. I thought it was funny, I hope you think it?s funny."


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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

"The Ides of March" Premieres in Los Angeles

Inching closer to its big theatrical debut, the stars of "The Ides of March" stepped out for their film's premiere in Beverly Hills, California on Tuesday night (September 27).

Looking his usual dapper self, leading man George Clooney opted for a sleek black suit as he was joined at the AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater by his A-list co-stars Evan Rachel Wood, Marisa Tomei and Ryan Gosling.

Also on hand to support the upcoming picture's west coast debut screening was George's latest lady Stacey Keibler, as well as "127 Hours" actress Kate Mara.

While recently talking about his latest project, Clooney offered up his thoughts of why the film has earned such widespread appeal, telling press, "Everywhere it's played, they think it's got something to do with their politics."

He added, "When I had to pitch this movie, I would say, 'OK, here's why it's universal and not just an American film about delegate counts.' I pitched the idea of a morality tale."


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Michael Jackson Manslaughter Trial Begins

Jury sees previously unreleased image of Jackson on gurney during opening arguments.
By Gil Kaufman

Randy and Janet Jackson enter the Los Angeles Courthouse on Tuesday
Photo: Frederick M. Brown/ Getty Images

More than two years after Michael Jackson's death, the manslaughter trial of his personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, opened in a Los Angeles courtroom Tuesday (September 27).

In addition to laying out story lines the prosecution and defense teams will follow, the trial quickly provided a shocking opening chapter when prosecutor David Walgren kicked off the proceedings by showing a previously unseen, graphic image of the 50-year-old pop icon's body on a hospital gurney following his death.

According to TMZ, Walgren meticulously set out the people's case against Murray, a cardiologist who was hired by Jackson to be his personal physician in the lead-up to the "Thriller" singer's planned 50-show This Is It comeback attempt.

Walgren told the just-seated jury that Jackson put "misplaced trust" in Murray's medical skills and that the prosecution planned to show that Murray repeatedly acted with gross negligence and incompetence. He pinned the cause of death as an overdose of the powerful surgical anesthetic propofol, which he claimed was administered by Murray, who had made arrangements with a pharmacy to purchase very large quantities of the drug that chronic insomniac Jackson allegedly used to get to sleep.

In addition, Walgren said more than a month before Jackson's death, the doctor made a voice recording on his iPhone in which Jackson, heavily slurring his words, is clearly under the influence of "unknown agents," which he said proved Murray knew the star's state and what the drugs were doing to his client.

Jackson was described as cold, shivering and rambling in the weeks before his death, but Walgren said the doctor continued to give him propofol and, when Jackson was clearly struggling in his final moments, he said Murray instructed a bodyguard to hide evidence in a blue bag, including bottles of propofol. He also noted that Murray never told paramedics or doctors at UCLA hospital that he'd given Jackson propofol.

Murray, who was working on a $150,000 a month retainer, faces four years in prison and the loss of his medical license if found guilty.

Defense attorney Ed Chernoff countered by telling the jury that Jackson caused his own death by swallowing eight 2mg pills of the anti-anxiety drug Lorazepam, as well as injecting himself with a dose of propofol that instantly killed him. He said Jackson's struggles with prescription-drug abuse were so acute that no amount of determination or talent — and not even the biggest tour payday of his life — could help him mount the This Is It tour without some help.

"He died rapidly, so instantly he didn't even have time to close his eyes," Chernoff said of Jackson's quick demise from the alleged combination of tranquilizers and propofol taken without Murray's knowledge.

Chernoff also claimed that Jackson went "doctor shopping," promised to put some of Murray's former patients on the stand to show his skills and compassion as a physician (which caused Murray to tear up at one point) and said his client was not aware of how acute Jackson's issues were when he took the gig. In fact, Chernoff said, Jackson didn't have insomnia, but suffered from an "absolute, total and thorough inability to sleep."

After hiring him, Jackson allegedly told Murray he would use propofol with or without him, and in the two months that he administered the drug to the singer, Chernoff said Murray observed Jackson sleeping, waking up and living his life, which suggested to the cardiologist that it was not negligent to administer the drug to his patient.

The defense attorney also claimed Murray was trying to wean Jackson off the dangerous drug, a tactic that seemed to be working in the nights before June 25. But after an emergency meeting June 20, during which the show's promoter threatened to pull the plug on the tour if Jackson did not get his health in order, Jackson begged Murray to continue giving him the anesthetic so he could get much-needed sleep.

As he has claimed all along, Chernoff said Murray gave Jackson a small dose of propofol just before the pop star died, but not enough to kill him, suggesting that Jackson — who knew exactly how to administer the drug — shot himself up with the fatal dose. Murray pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

Testimony in the proceedings — which are being televised and webcast — was expected to begin later in the day with Jackson's choreographer and friend, Kenny Ortega. Among those attending the first day of the trial were Jackson's father and mother, Joseph and Katherine Jackson, as well as siblings Janet, Jermaine, Randy, Tito and LaToya.

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Leisha Hailey Kicked Off Southwest Flight for Kissing Girlfriend

Leisha Hailey Kicked Off Southwest Flight for Kissing Girlfriend

Lesbian actress and musician Leisha Hailey is accusing Southwest Airlines of "homophobic" behavior. The L Word star says the she was booted off a flight because she was kissing her girlfriend, Camila Grey.

"I have been discriminated against by @SouthwestAir. Flt. attendant said that it was a "family" airline and kissing was not ok," the actress shared on Twitter Monday afternoon.

According to her Twitter stream, the 40-year-old actress was in El Paso, Tex., visiting the family of her girlfriend, 32-year-old Grey (who is not only her romantic partner, but her fellow band member in the indie group Uh Huh Her).

"We were escorted off the plane for getting upset about the issue. @SouthwestAir endorses homophobic employees. No one made her accountable," Hailey twittered.

For their part, Southwest claims the couple was asked to tone down their PDA after other passengers complained.

"Initial reports indicate that we received several passenger complaints characterizing the behavior as excessive. Our crew, responsible for the comfort of all Customers on board, approached the passengers based solely on behavior and not gender," the airline said in a statement.

Regardless, Hailey is calling for a boycott: "Did I mention to @SouthwestAir that I have a lot of their actions recorded on audio and video? RT #boycottSouthwest #discrimination," she wrote her fans.

Of course, this isn't the first time the airline has found themselves in a celebrity controversy. Last year, director Kevin Smith was allegedly kicked off a Southwest flight for being overweight. So, is all publicity really good publicity?


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Anne Hathaway's Full Catwoman Costume Revealed

Latest photo of actress in 'Dark Knight Rises' gear shows lots of leather, dangerously high heels and a curious set of ears.
By Eric Ditzian

Anne Hathaway on the set of "Dark Knight Rises"
Photo: PhamousFotos/ Splash News

Where are Catwoman's ears? And what's up with her eyewear, perhaps more reminiscent of BluBlockers than something a Gotham City villain would rock?

Those were among our first questions in August when we checked out the first official photo of Anne Hathaway in character. Newly published paparazzi pics from the Los Angeles set of "The Dark Knight Rises," however, might deliver answers to both of those geeky queries. The new shots appear to suggest Catwoman's glasses flip up to create ear-like points above her head. Function and form!

For a full analysis of the new Catwoman costume, click here.

In a sense, then (and if this hypothesis is correct), Hathaway's full costume was on display back in August, just not in a recognizable or complete form. The glasses-into-ears theory appears to be a more logical one than another bit of superhero speculation out there: that Catwoman's mask, based on those hollow-looking ears and some similar design lines, is actually Batman's mask, artfully mangled. While Hathaway's character clearly does a bit of borrowing (or, more likely, stealing) from Bruce Wayne, as in the photo where she rides his Batpod, we're not sold on the similarity between each mask.

The rest of the costume, as revealed in the new photos, is largely what we've already seen: lots of tight leather and a pair of dangerously high-heel boots; we can understand why Hathaway has previously cracked that she is living on kale and dust, just so she can slip into the ensemble. According to Hathaway, the collective reaction to the first look at her Catwoman costume — including in some corners within the MTV Newsroom — was a resounding, "Meh." But the actress also promised us that we've only seen "about a tenth of what that suit can do."

Perhaps her transforming ears — if that's what they really are — represent a few more percentage points. With the rapid pace of photos coming from the "Dark Knight" set, we'll undoubtedly get even more soon.

Check out everything we've got on "The Dark Knight Rises."

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