Virgin Galactic Crashes in California Desert, Kills Co-Pilot

Virgin Galactic, the rocket ship owned by Richard Branson on which many celebrities had planned to blast off into space, crashed this afternoon in California’s Mojave Desert.

Reports indicate that one co-pilot died in the accident, while others were seriously injured and at least one individual airlifted to a local hospital.

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Reads a statement released by Virgin:

“Virgin Galactic’s partner Scaled Composites conducted a powered test flight of SpaceShipTwo earlier today. During the test, the vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of the vehicle.”

The names of those on board at the time of the accident have not been released.

Branson confirmed the tragedy on Twitter, writing:

“Thoughts with all @virgingalactic & Scaled, thanks for all your messages of support. I’m flying to Mojave immediately to be with the team.”

Virgin Galactic had planned for years to sell trips in which the vehicle transports passengers approximately 62 miles above Earth, allowing them to experience a few minutes of weightlessness before returning to ground.

In June of last year, Justin Bieber said that he and manager Scooter Braun had signed on to take one of the $250,000-a-person commercial suborbital flights, even claiming he would love to film a video in space.

Also, Lady Gaga had said she hoped to board a Virgin Galactic flight in 2015 and perform a song as part of the Zero G Colony music festival.

Weather does not appear to have been a factor in today’s crash, as the rocket had successfully separated from its carrier plane during all of its 34 previous flights.

Our thoughts go out to the victims on board.

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Parents Prank Son, Tell Loved One He Has Ebola

Ummm… gotcha?

In the following video, parents in Las Vegas have a bit of fun with their child by taking his temperature and then telling him he has contracted Ebola.

And how does the boy react to the news? See for yourself:

The footage was uploaded to the Instagram account of the boy’s uncle, who responded to critics that came down harshly on the prank by explaining its origin thusly… and angrily:

FOR YALL IGNORANT DUMB MFS TALKING SHIT ABOUT A 6SECOND VIDEO WE PRANKED MY LIL COUSON BECAUSE HE CAME UP TO HIS MOTHER AND TOLD HER HE HAD EBOLA SO SINCE HE THOUGHT IT WAS FUNNY WE PRANKED HIM TO MAKE HIM THINK HE HAD EBOLA SO HE WOULD STOP PLAYING AROUND.

Where does this stand when compared to other epic pranks, such as the person who faked being pregnant and or the killer clown prank that still gives us nightmares?

Click through a number of examples and decide now:

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French Montana and Khloe Kardashian: Back Together?!

Are Khloe Kardashian and French Montana back together, or in a place where that might happen soon? He alluded to that very possibility in a recent interview.

Outspoken host Wendy Williams cut right to the chase, immediately diving into his relationship with the reality star and asking if the two are still dating.

“Like every relationship you break up and you make up,” Montana said, alluding to a potential reconciliation with the Keeping up with the Kardashians star.

The rapper didn’t really offer any concrete answers, and certainly didn’t put a label on anything, but acknowledged, “Right now we’re on real good terms.”

“So you’re still boyfriend/girlfriend,” Williams asked.

“We’re in a real special zone right now,” he said.

“She’s gonna be my baby forever.”

You can see the two in full force on Kourtney and Khloe Take the Hamptons Season 1 Episode 1 this Sunday night, but they recently split after 10 months of dating.

Or did they?

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Really, Khloe Kardashian and French Montana?!? The couple poses here with a machine gun online.

The relationship began somewhat scandalously, though as Montana pointed out to Williams, Khloe is still married to Lamar Odom, while he’s divorced now.

French was also grilled on the publicity factor, with Williams noting that a lot of people had no idea who he is, and now after Khloe, everyone seems to.

Wendy asked if it was all a publicity stunt, and Montana was paid to be on the show. He said yes he was paid, but denied that he faked any feelings.

“I feel like when you meet somebody you really like, I don’t think you really worry about that stuff,” he said of his connection with the reality star.

As for French cheating on Trina with Khloe, the rapper denied that they were ever a couple or anything like that, which makes it hard to call it cheating.

Ouch, Trina.

He stopped short of calling Khloe is girlfriend (Williams said it, not him), but French had nothing but positive things to say about her, so who knows.

Of course, the best way to make people watch Kourtney and Khloe Take the Hamptons online is to keep ‘em guessing. It all makes so much sense now.

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Kim Kardashian & Kanye want North West to be ‘the next Emily Dickinson’

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Here are some photos of Kim Kardashian and her sisters dropping off cards and gifts for Bruce Jenner’s birthday earlier this week. I think these photos are from Wednesday. Kim’s ensemble is an eyesore and of course it’s much, much too tight. But it’s not even the worst thing she’s worn this month.

Given Kim’s unfortunate habit of exposing her body in weird ways AND given Kim’s recent obsession with “waist training,” can we say for sure that she’s not pregnant right now? Apparently we can’t say that, because there’s a rumor going around that Kim is knocked up again. The gist is that Kim did a video interview with Pixiwoo at some point in the last month and she was talking about maternity clothes. She said: “I wore my regular clothes and I would just buy a size up. I don’t know if I would necessarily do that this time around…Pregnancy style is hard.” Do you see what people are picking apart? “THIS time around.” God, I really hope this is true. I want her to be pregnancy twinsies with Duchess Kate again. PLEASE LORD LET IT HAPPEN. It’s probably not happening though – Kim’s rep told Page Six definitively that Kim is “not pregnant.” BOO!

Meanwhile, I’m sure this story is crap but it made me laugh so much. Probably because it sounds so possible and so Kanyeezington.

If you are Kanye and Kim, you expect much more than just success. You expect a worldwide takeover!

“What they’re hoping for as parents is that [North] will find something that she loves doing every single day and, by default, make money from it. Whether it’s being a writer, a composer, an artist, a teacher, an inventor of the next big idea, whatever — it will never be work for her because she’s privileged enough to only do things that she loves and enjoys,” a source close to Kimye explained to HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.

“[Kanye] wants her to live the life and become one of the greats like him, or Emily Dickinson, or [Albert] Einstein, or Chopin, or Rembrandt. This is the life they want her to have and she will.”

In an effort to get little North up to speed on the “legends,” Kanye spends a lot of his quality time enlightening her tiny brain with masterpieces.

“[Kanye] reads poems to her and plays all types of music for her including scores from the most renowned composers,” our source explained. “He loves it when she scribbles on the paper in her bedroom or when she speaks her own baby language. He lets her explore life to the fullest because he wants her mind to know no boundaries.”

[From Hollywood Life]

North West is the new Emily Dickinson! She is the second coming of Albert Einstein. Or Chopin, man. You do not understand the brilliance of North West. The whole world will revel in North West’s genius!!

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Khloe Kardashian Hits 14 Million Instagram Followers

khloe kardashian instagramThe Kardashian social media presence continues to grow! Last summer, Kim Kardashian celebrated getting 16 million Instagram followers. Yesterday, Khloe Kardashian got 14 million followers. She posted the above pic in celebration. RELATED: What’s Khloe Kardashian’s next move, since she can’t get Lamar Odom to sign the divorce papers?

Khloe captioned the pic with:

THOT Thursday #14Milli

Look at how she put all the focus on her body by blurring out the background. I don’t blame her: she looks amazing! Even if ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ ends, Khloe will still have a presence on social media.

I think the thing we’re going to start to learn, over time, is what all of these social media followers means, whether it’s Instagram or twitter or Facebook. Does it really matter? We’ll find out…

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Anna Cardwell from Honey Boo Boo cries in first tv interview discussing abuse

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Yesterday we covered a new interview that June Shannon, Mama June from the now-canceled Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, had conducted with paparazzi outside her home. It was the first interview that June had done since the news broke that she had rekindled a relationship with the man recently released from a 10 year prison sentence for sexually abusing her oldest daughter, Anna. June was spotted purchasing a car and house hunting with the perp, Mark McDaniel, although she has repeatedly denied seeing him. In the interview conducted by paparazzi, Shannon was extremely inappropriate given the gravity of the situation. She laughed, joked around and kept saying “it will all come out” when questioned as to why she would put her children at risk. June has three underaged daughters still at home: Alana (Honey Boo Boo), 9, Lauryn (Pumpkin), 14, and Jessica (Chubbs), 17. She is currently under investigation by Child Protective Services.

Right around the time that June was laughing in an interview, her oldest daughter, Anna, was trying to get the message out about the reality of the situation. Anna, 20, now married with a two year-old daughter, told People that her mother has never apologized to her for what she went through as an eight year old left in McDaniel’s care. She added that her mother has never told her once that she believed her. In fact her mother asked her “why would you do this to me?” when Anna revealed to her at the age of eight that she was being sexually abused.

Entertainment Tonight aired part one of their interview with Anna last night, and I was touched by how heartfelt and brave she was. Anna has consistently been upfront with the press about a very painful part of her childhood. Here’s some of what she said. Anna broke down when asked if she would like to say anything to McDaniel.

I feel betrayed and I feel very hurt. That’s the main thing. I feel very hurt that Mama let him come around.

It’s like, you know, she’s happy. She was smiling and laughing and giggling when he was around. It’s like ‘he’s a child molester mama. He did this to me. Why would you let him come around the girls knowing what he did?’

What she’d like to say to Alana
The only thing I have to say to Alana is don’t get too close, don’t get too attached. Don’t get all lovey dovey on him because you never know what will happen.

Asked if she’d like to say anything to him
[Cries] She let him get around Alana and Pumpkin, knowing that she’s going to get the kids taken away. Why let him? You should have told him to leave. You need to leave, Mark. Leave or I’m gonna call the cops because if that was me and I was there. I would tell him ‘you did to yourself, you’re not supposed to be around kids… either you leave or I call the cops and your ass will go back to jail…’ If that was me and people ask me ‘what would you do if Mark was in front of your face’ I would look at him in disgust, either spit in his face and say ‘you f’ing leave, or I’m going to call the cops.’ You’re not supposed to be here knowing what you did. Why would you be here, knowing you’re not supposed to be.

How she heals from this
I just go day by day. I just try to go day by day. It’s mama’s fault. It’s her fault. She has to live with it… she has brung the past back and now she can’t get the past away now.

[From Entertainment Tonight, aired 10-30-14]

Tomorrow on ET they’ll have an interview with Anna’s grandmother, Sandra Hale, who raised Anna and advocated for her after she was abused. (I believe Hale is June’s mother because they also said that she’s Honey Boo Boo’s grandmother, and Alana has a different dad. All the girls have different fathers.) You can see a clip of Hale’s interview below. She was very matter-of-fact and her interview was chilling. Hale said that she wanted to kill McDaniel after learning how he hurt Anna, and that she’s worried for Alana (Honey Boo Boo) because “that’s the same age he likes.” She also confirmed that CPS contacted her recently and that she asked them to “please look into this carefully and closely.

On ET they also showed paparazzi footage from June’s outing to Walmart with her ex husband, Sugar Bear, and their child Alana (Honey Boo Boo). The paparazzi asked June if she’d seen Anna’s interview (clips had been released online at that time) and June stayed silent. What is she going to do, laugh and say her daughter made it all up? She’s despicable. Radar has some insight as to June’s twisted thinking. A source tells them that June “insists that [McDaniel] only wanted to apologize for what happened with Anna. She felt bad for [McDaniel], and wanted to help him get back on his feet.” Until now, I’ve never heard of a mother “feeling sorry” for someone who molested their child.

I mentioned yesterday that McDaniel is technically allowed to be around children despite his past as a convicted pedophile. I was basing that on TMZ’s report that McDaniel is “doing nothing wrong” by being around June’s underaged daughters and that he “is allowed to mingle in society.” I did a little research and this is true. Georgia did have laws on the books prohibiting offenders from “living within 1,000 feet of a child-care facility, church, school or playground,” but that is dependent on when the crime was committed, and McDaniels’ crimes predate that. Plus Shannon’s home is a private residence, that statute wouldn’t protect her children.

Here’s part one of ET’s interview with Anna:




Here’s a preview of the interview with Anna’s grandmother:


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Frances McDormand: Botox & plastic surgery erase the ‘roadmap’ of life

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Frances McDormand is still promoting her Olive Kitteridge mini-series that co-stars the awesome Bill Murray. This is the first press tour Frances has done in 10 years, which I didn’t realize until now. Frances tells Katie Couric how she avoided promoting her work to protect her privacy. She’s been watching Hollywood from afar, and she doesn’t like what she sees.

The main topic of this interview is aging in Hollywood. This is a follow up to Frances’ recent admission of fear and rage over plastic surgery. She’s not simply rehashing the same quotes. This crusade is intentional. Frances said she decided to promote this project because it gives a platform to her “image” and “voice.” She wants to let younger actresses know that it’s okay to age naturally. Frances has been married to director Joel Cohen for 32 years, and she talks about him too:

Talking with Joel: “We have a lot of conversations about aging, and how difficult it is in our culture. I go on rants about it. I get a little too zealous about it, and he cautions me to remember that not everyone ages the same way. And I’ve been fortunate that I’m happy with the way that I look and how I age.”

Is the cultural obsession with aging a new phenomenon? “That’s one of the things I was talking about. I wonder what it was like. I feel nostalgic for a time I didn’t even have. You know, that time before we regarded ourselves with such criticism but also kind of a currency that looking a certain age had.”

The influence of actors: “I think we have a lot of responsibility because we place ourselves in a medium that reaches a lot of people. I know that I haven’t done press or publicity for ten years. I made a conscious choice not to. I started to not like the job of acting because it involved not only the promotion of what I’ve done but also myself. And I wasn’t interested in that part. Also it was just getting too close to my personal life. I couldn’t live the way that I wanted to live. A friend of mine said, ‘Women need you. Younger women need your image, and they need your voice, and it’s a very selfish thing you’re doing.’ That was about five years ago, so it took me about five years to really listen to her. But I believe that’s true.”

Embracing her age & seeing herself on screen: “Oh yeah. It’s not like I don’t look at myself and say, ‘Whoa. Wow. [Points to chin.] Look at that.’ But I also at the same time, ‘That.’ That one right there? [Points to laugh line.] That’s Pedro. That’s my son. 20 years of going ‘Hi! Wow! or ‘Oh my god!’ You know, this is the map. This is the roadmap.”

Why she gets angry when she sees plastic surgery: “Because it takes it away. It’s like, ‘I’m going to cut out, I’m going to erase 10 years, 15 years.’”

[From Yahoo!]

Frances’ words don’t stand alone. Winona Ryder was stoked about the “traffic” on her forehead once she hit age 40. I wish both of these women could influence the rest of Hollywood. A little bit of touchup work is standard in the business, but some women make themselves look like completely different people. There are extreme examples of this (Renee Zellweger) that magnify the issue. Frances has the skills to make an impact. I’ll pay close attention to what she says next.

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Amanda Bynes was just released from psychiatric facility: ruh-roh?

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Good lord, this is not going to end well. Earlier this week, media outlets announced that Amanda Bynes’ 5150 psych hold had been extended for one month, after the initial 72-hour hold had been extended for two weeks. The one month extension was just verified on Monday! Which was around the same time that Amanda’s parents were once again approved for another conservatorship over Amanda’s finances (and possibly her medical care too). Now TMZ reports that Amanda was let out of the psychiatric facility yesterday. WHAT?!

Amanda Bynes has been released from the psychiatric facility where she’s been held for more than 2 weeks and was roaming the Sunset Strip Thursday night … TMZ has learned.

Sources familiar with Amanda’s treatment tell TMZ … she went before a hearing officer at the psychiatric facility Thursday, asking to be released. Amanda has been on her meds and sounds lucid, even though doctor’s say she is seriously mentally ill.

The hearing officer felt Amanda was stable enough so she could NOT be held involuntarily, so he ended the 30-day hold that had been granted last week and Amanda walked out the front door.

Amanda walked down Sunset Blvd., searching for a place to stay. She then went to a diner where she ordered a ton of food which she devoured — fried chicken, salmon, caesar salad with guacamole, and a house salad with Italian and ranch. She was chit-chatting with the waiter and said she was shy because she had a procedure on her face which required a bandage.

She was alone in the diner and was talking to herself. We’re told Amanda has been looking for a hotel room but she had been turned down at several places.

[From TMZ]

This is one of the biggest problems of profound mental illness – a mentally ill person can be lucid and functional while on medication in a structured psychiatric environment, so the person gets released because they are not exhibiting any danger to themselves or others. Then as soon as they’re released, they go off their medication and the structure is gone and there is a significant “relapse.” It breaks my heart that this one guy decided that Amanda was “well enough” to be released, especially since it seems like her parents had gotten all of their legal ducks in a row to ensure Amanda was locked-down at this facility. Sh-t, man. Let’s see if someone can get her back into treatment.

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Benedict Cumberbatch knows what Sherlock would be like in bed & it’s magical

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Ha, I got some requests for MOAR Benedict Cumberbatch coverage! I love it when that happens. As we’ve been discussing all week, Benedict covers the special edition of ELLE UK and they’ve released the “full article” online – go here to read. It’s charming and liquor-soaked and Bendy seems like a good time, if your definition of a “good time” is being told off by a posh Englishman. During one of Benedict’s amazing rants/posh tell-offs, he goes off about Sherlock’s sexuality and how Sherlock would be amazing in bed if he actually prioritized sex. Here’s the basic gist, with some minor edits:

ELLE UK: A lot of women fancy Sherlock.

BC: Their problem, not mine.

ELLE UK: I do get it, he’s incredibly endearing, but…

BC: Will this tell me more about you than the answer will tell you about me?

ELLE UK: …I actually think he would be a terrible shag…I think he would be proficient, of course, but he would lack enthusiasm and he would find it distasteful.

BC: Ah, these are terrible stereotypes. And come on, he seduced Janine.

ELLE UK: But they didn’t have sex?

BC: Oh you’re right, very good, you spotted that.

ELLE UK: What do you think Sherlock would be like in bed? How would you play a love scene as Sherlock?

BC: Oooh… You know I’d get the, I’d probably test the latex, if it involved prophylactics, beforehand. I’d do a little experiment to do with durability, length, girth, and um, strength. And um, I would probably take a lot of vitamin supplements to make sure that I could perform, and had had my sleep, and probably not had many cigarettes. Or drink, for that matter. Not that he does drink.

ELLE UK: You see. Proficient, but lacking enthusiasm.

BC: Yeah, no wait for it. I would probably watch a lot of p0rn…I might have to shave, um, areas to fit in with a modern idea of bodily hair. And then I would be devastating. I’d know exactly how to please a woman, I’d know exactly where to put my fingers, where to put my tongue, where to put my – his I should say – his fingers, his tongue. Think about violinists, think about what they can do with their fingers. And I’d know exactly how to get that person into it, and get pleasure out of making that person feel pleasure to the point that I probably wouldn’t even have to enter…But when I did it would be explosive.

ELLE UK: But does he ever lose control?

BC: So in sex, would he lose control? I think to have really good sex he would probably have to.

ELLE UK: So he’d decide to lose control. He’d make a controlled decision?

BC: This is a very dark alley we’re going down. No pun intended. Um, Yeah. Yeah. If it was necessary yes, yes. Very much so.

ELLE UK: I’d quite like to watch that love scene now.

BC: You never will. It’s not that kind of a programme, is it?

[From Elle UK]

Oh my God. Just… OMG. This is right up there with Michael Fassbender taking about his inner sexual beast and destroying the sweetshop. Benedict talking about violin fingers and losing control and “dark alleys” and his tongue. The only thing that would take this next-level is if he mentioned his auburn dong muff again.

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T.I. on the Nicki Minaj vs Iggy Azalea feud: ‘Women can’t get along’

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T.I. is promoting his ninth album, Paperwork, so he’s been doing a few interviews. Before I get to his quotes, a brief refresher would help. T.I. mentors Iggy Azalea and often defends her in the press (with or without success). T.I.’s very loyal to Iggy when it comes to her art, but his attitude towards her interactions with other rap artists feels different.

Iggy has a few high-profile feuds under her “Fancy” belt this year. Nicki Minaj shaded Iggy not once but (possibly) twice. A few weeks ago, Snoop Dogg called Iggy foul names and made fun of her makeup-free pap shots. T.I. reportedly made a phone call to Snoop, who faux-apologized to Iggy.

T.I. spoke with Vibe Vixen for a #CRWN sitdown. Iggy’s feud with Nicki came up in conversation. T.I. also talked with MTV about the Snoop Dogg debacle. T.I. feels like the girlfight was very different than what happened with Snoop. How shocking:

On the Nicki vs. Iggy feud: “Women can’t get along.” He also added that Nicki was jealous because Iggy “took a lot of motherf—ers’ spots.”

On the Snoop vs. Iggy feud: “I didn’t make Snoop do anything. I stepped in when it became a public topic of discussion. When it stopped being between two people and it was being observed by the world, and it was almost like people were tuning in just to see what was happening next. Me and Snoop have a long-standing personal and professional relationship. I have a huge amount of admiration, love and respect for him and for what he’s done for the game — for people like me to be able to do what we do — and when I called him it was a very, very, very cordial, respectful [conversation]. He immediately said he knew what I was calling about and just assured me [that it was] nothing to even worry about. It’s over with. And we started talking about something else immediately.”

[From Vibe Vixen & MTV News]

T.I. believes that Nicki and Iggy couldn’t help but fight because “women can’t get along.” As if women have nothing better to do than roll around in a pit of mud and pull each other’s hair extensions. But Snoop? T.I. respects Snoop. That feud was nothing to worry about because dudes can work it out. What a gross attitude from T.I., but I’m not surprised.

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