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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Shailene Woodley ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ Actress Is All Smiles In NYC

Shailene Woodley Steps Out In NYCNow here is one A-lister who manages to keep a pretty low profile! After starring in ‘Divergent’ and ‘The Fault in Our Stars,’ Shailene Woodley became one of Hollywood’s biggest actresses, but we don’t see much of her if she isn’t promoting a project. Paparazzi caught up with her as she was leaving her hotel in NYC yesterday. She’s a brunette again! RELATED: Shailene Woodley goes blonde: love it or hate it?

It was recently announced that ‘Insurgent,’ the sequel to ‘Divergent,’ will be in 3D. I’m still surprised ‘Divergent’ itself wasn’t in 3D! Despite that, the movie still grossed nearly $300 million worldwide. Imagine how much ‘Insurgent’ will make with the higher 3D ticket prices.

I’m curious to see how ‘Allegiant’ will do. Many people I know absolutely HATED the ending. I think the people who disliked it were the romance fans. They want their happily ever after, and when they don’t get it, they’re seriously ticked. The teens I know who are fans of the books cried at the ending but didn’t hate it like the adults I know who read it :).

I’ve got the trilogy in my TBR pile. Can’t wait to get a quiet weekend to curl up with some books…

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Farrah Abraham Sells Sex Toys While Dressed as Queen Elsa

It’s been a gross day for celebrity sex toy shenanigans. First, Dean McDermott stopped by a sex shop while his wife was in the hospital for a nervous breakdown.

Now, in an apparent attempt to one-up that act of nastiness, Farrah Abraham has started selling plastic molds of her vagina while dressed as a beloved Disney character.

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Yes, we already knew Farrah Abraham sells sex toys, but we didn’t know she hawks her wares while dressed as Queen Elsa from Frozen.

Is this the grossest thing Farrah has done in her brief career as a porn star/Christian parenting guru? Not by a long shot, but it’s still pretty gross. 

What’s really surprising is that she still feels the need to show up to this sort of event (this particular shindig took place at the Hustler store in LA). Last we heard, Farrah earns $544,000 a year from stripping

Yes, that’s over half a million a year all because she got knocked up as a teen and is now willing to take her clothes off for strangers.

We’ll wait while you dry your tears with your bachelor’s degree.

When you’re done weeping, watch Teen Mom online at TV Fanatic to see how it all began.

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Farrah Abraham dresses up like a vagina. You cannot make this stuff up.

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Blake Lively’s alleged cravings: ‘organic pumpkin ice cream & small-batch pickles’

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Here are some photos of Blake Lively out and about in NYC on Friday. She stopped by Giggle, which I guess is some sort of baby-accoutrement shop, and she signed up for their baby registry. Crap, we have to buy her baby stuff for her?! Damn it, Blake! She also checked out Boffi, a “high end bath and kitchen design store,” according to Fame/Flynet. She tried out a new bathtub. As for her shopping outfit… well, it’s not my jam but whatever she wants. That coat is really loud and her skirt is really short. While on the red carpet on Thursday night, Blake already joked: “I’m gonna amp up my style by wearing things that are stretchier.” Because she’s knocked up, get it? There’s also this funny (but probably not true) story about Blake’s cravings:

It seems those insatiable midnight cravings are getting the better of pregnant Blake Lively, who sends Ryan Reynolds out to get her PUMPKIN ice cream at midnight. The expectant actress has reportedly been keeping her hubby busy with endless requests for bizarre food.

They include hand-churned pumpkin-flavoured ice cream and pickles. Gross. A source told Heat magazine: “She sends Ryan out in the middle of the night for organic hand-churched pumpkin-flavoured ice cream and small-batch pickles. He barely has five hours’ sleep and even when he gets in bed, she asks for hour-long foot and neck massages.”

[From The Mirror]

If I found a dude willing to give hour-long neck massages, I would lock that sh-t down so fast it would make your head spin. It could be the grossest guy in the world, the dong situation could be completely tragic, but if there were hour-long neck rubs involved, I would force him into a marriage of convenience/neck-rubs. As for the organic, hand-churned pumpkin ice cream and “small batch pickles”… that sounds true but it probably isn’t. Who knows though? I could totally see Blake becoming one of those donut-shaming pregnant women. She seems like the type to side-eye anyone who would dare to eat Vlasic Pickles straight from the jar.

Meanwhile, CB sent me Blake’s latest word salad from Preserve. You can read it here and if you can explain what the hell Blake is talking about, God bless you. I think she’s trying to address the “Allure of Antebellum” situation. I think she’s trying to say that she knows she’s not perfect and she’s doing the best she can and that Preserve is about all of us so if we criticize her for being ignorant, we’re really criticizing ourselves. You know what I think is really interesting? Every time Blake sits down and writes one of her stupid word salads, more people lose respect for her. She used to be widely admired for brilliantly playing the Hollywood game. Now we’re like “Eh, she’s kind of dumb, right?”

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Star: Ben Affleck & Emily R ‘spent a lot of time together in their trailers’

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I finally had the chance to see Gone Girl last weekend. I agree with Kaiser that it was an entertaining, engrossing film that did justice to the book and that Affleck did a great job as Nick Dunne. So it looks like Ben’s leading man status is cemented again, considering that his film dominated the box office for two weekends. That also means that Affleck is tabloid fodder, as usual. This week Star Magazine is running the cover above, on the alleged state of Ben and Jennifer Garner’s marriage, with the title “The Fight To End All Fights.” It’s hard to keep track of how many times Garner and Affleck have covered Star, but I do know that their “Marriage Crisis” also covered the mag in May, right after Ben was busted counting cards in multiple casinos. According to the new issue of Star, Ben and Jennifer are fighting over his gambling as well as his seemingly close relationship to his onscreen mistress, Emily Ratajkowski. Star doesn’t outright accuse Ben of cheating, but they hint that there’s something going on. Here are some excerpts from their cover story:

It’s suspicious that they have been talking about each other
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have been gushing about each other in interviews lately… it seems especially out of character… insiders are whispering that their lovey-dovey talk is designed to hide their rel-life marital crisis. “They have a lot of pressure on their shoulders to publicize the heck out of these movies, and in doing so they need to appear to have a picture-perfect marriage,” one source explains. “But really, Jen is unhappy, and she doesn’t trust Ben.”

Jen is “devastated” over Ben’s relationship with Emily R
The trouble with Emily, 23, started shortly after Ben handpicked her to play his lover in the movie… “When Jen learned secondhand that Ben had picked a hot model for the role, she flipped… Ben tried to calm her down, but she was in tears. She’s still devastated…

Ben got “extremely close” to Emily
“They definitely got extremely close during filming. They were always flirting and laughing together, just like two kids… There wasn’t much to do in town, so Ben and Emily just spent a lot of time hanging out together in their trailers or at the hotel. Away from the Hollywood spotlight, they had a lot of privacy…

“If Jen found out that he and Emily did have an affair, she would definitely divorce him,” says the insider. “She’s put up with his crap for many years, so you’d better believe the divorce would be nasy.”

[From Star Magazine, print edition, October 27, 2014]

After that Star gets into Ben’s gambling issues and how Jennifer allegedly has a problem with his gambling. Ben has admitted to being “obsessive” over Blackjack but he’s tried to claim that he’s not addicted to it. As for whether he had an affair with Emily or not, I don’t think he did but it’s an easy narrative. She has definitely gushed about him in interviews. We know Ben cheated on J.Lo with Canadian strippers 10 years ago. There were rumors about Ben and Blake “Antebellum” Lively during filming for The Town, but those were somewhat circumstantial and weak. I want him to have changed! Plus I doubt that Jennifer is “devastated” or that she’s preparing to divorce Ben. She’s been game to pose for kissy pictures and talk him up in interviews. She’s not leaving anytime soon.

In more verifiable news, Affleck is confirmed to play Batman in yet a second film, The Justice League Part One, to be released in 2017. He’s still filming Batman v. Superman, which is out in 2016. I think he’ll actually do a decent job as Batman, but we’ll have to see.

Ben Affleck & Jennifer Garner Visit The Farmer's Market

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Dane Cook slept with ‘a few hundred’ groupies in his younger days of college tours

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Dane Cook and Candy Crowley (CNN journalist) were on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen last night. This is about Dane, even though Candy made some news on the show when she said it’s a very real possibility that Hillary Clinton won’t run for president. So, Dane played “Plead the Fifth” which is where Cohen asks his guests the really interesting personal questions. Here’s the video:

Dane Cook’s most overrated comedian: Gallagher.
His worst on—screen kiss: “Kate Hudson. I think she purposefully ate like a feast of onions before the scene.”
The dumbest thing Jessica Simpson ever said to him (while making Employee of the Month): “She said one day, ‘Are we making a movie?’ That was kind of dumb.”
How many groupies has he slept with? “In my younger days, I would say a few hundred.”

I get tired of Jessica Simpson’s exes bashing her, but I think Dane felt a little bit bad about saying that and honestly, that story is kind of Classic Jessica. The part I side-eyed was that Dane has slept with a few HUNDRED groupies. I’m sorry, but NO. That’s gross and I judge him. I’ve never been one of those “Dane Cook is the devil, he’s a terrible comedian” people… even though I’ve never cared for him, I just didn’t think he was all that important. But the idea of Dane sleeping his way through a tour of college campuses? Gross.

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Zach Galifianakis: ‘Being a celebrity is sh-t, it’s dumb & I’m not interested in it’

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First of all, look how slim Zach Galifianakis is these days!! Wow. He’s lost a lot of weight over the past year. I’m bad at determining the actual amount of weight loss for anyone, so I’ll just say my guesstimate is… maybe something like 50 lbs over the past year? He looks really good. These photos are from the New York Film Festival premiere of Birdman on Sunday. Zach is in it, as is Emma Stone, Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts and many more.

While doing press for Birdman on Sunday, Zach sort of went off about being a celebrity and how celebrities get treated differently in our society, I guess? Honestly, I think he seemed sort of bratty in the first part:

Hours before the New York Film Festival’s closing-night premiere, director Alejandro G. Inarritu and the cast of Birdman posed for photos and answered questions after a Saturday afternoon press screening, held at New York City’s AMC Lincoln Square — to the dismay of some of the actors.

“Being a celebrity is sh-t — it’s dumb and I’m not interested in it,” said Zach Galifianakis, noting that he’s not a fan of all the “picture-taking” and that the cast generally feels the same way. “I like to be an actor, and that’s it. The blurred lines are, I think manmade. I think celebrity is a manmade thing, it’s not innate in us, we have people telling us, ‘We should pay attention to these people,” for all the wrong reasons, their personal lives and whatnot. … I’d rather just do my work and go home and watch Lifetime.”

[From THR]

To be fair, he was asked specifically about where to draw the line between “actor” and “celebrity” and Zach was explaining that he likes being an actor but hates this idea of being a celebrity. While he does seem to practice what he preaches (when is the last time Zach got pap’d with a lady friend, you know?), it does seem like… there’s a trade-off. Zach gets to be a comedic leading man and people write down what he says in interviews and press conferences. It seems odd to complain about it while actively participating in the press for one’s film. Then on the NYFF red carpet, THR asked him for clarification and this is what he said:

“It’s confusing to me — all of this is confusing to me. They oversell it like we’re curing cancer, you know what I mean?” he told The Hollywood Reporter at the New York Film Festival’s closing-night premiere on Saturday, held at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. “I just think it can be gross sometimes, the way Hollywood congratulates itself all the time.”

“I agree with what this movie says. I read it, and I’m like, ‘Boy, he’s taking swipes at everybody, but he’s right.’ So the truth trumps everything else,” he said of the Alejandro G. Inarritu dramedy. “It’s gotten a little out of hand — there’s no culture in it. If people were writing about poets, mathematicians and all that, that would just move us forward quicker.”

[From THR]

I understand why someone within the Hollywood machinery would be like, “Whoa, this is crazy, this is way too much,” and I agree. In a perfect society, we would honor teachers not athletes, scientists not actors, doctors not musicians. And in a perfect society, vapid famewhores woudln’t be famous for being famous. So on that alone, I agree with Zach. But I do think perhaps this is the wrong messenger and the wrong time for this particular message. When in doubt, feign humility and just promote your film, you know?

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Amanda Bynes says she has a 19-year-old fiancé & they’re going to have babies

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Last week, Amanda Bynes got another DUI. As it turns out, her conservatorship ended in September and her parents thought she was “cured” from the marijuana, so Amanda left home and proceeded to try her damnedest to hit rock bottom yet again. She got her DUI in LA, and soon after her arrest and release, she flew to NYC, which is a bad sign. There were about a million stories last week about her relapse, but I didn’t cover much beyond noting her DUI. One of the strangest stories (in a week full of weirdness) was that Amanda had been kicked out of fashion school after she tried to pay another student to do her work.

My take is still that Amanda is struggling with some kind of (profound) mental illness. This kind of messiness is not JUST from smoking the reefer, although I doubt the reefer helps. Amanda is profoundly unwell. But here’s a question: what is the responsibility of the media during this moment of Amanda’s downward spiral? Do we just act as stenographers, reporting the cold hard facts of Amanda’s situation? I don’t know. But I do know that this In Touch Weekly exclusive interview with Amanda made me feel gross:

Where will Amanda Bynes be making her next trip? Down the aisle, she says! The 28-year-old told In Touch Weekly exclusively that she not only has a 19-year-old boyfriend named Caleb, but also that they’re engaged! Her claim comes days after her arrest on DUI charges in California and a return to the concerning behavior that caused her to spend months under medical care.

“I am very needy for friendship and I hate men. I want to f— them, but I can now say I’m engaged — get away from me,” she told an In Touch reporter yesterday, Oct. 5. “I want to be married and I want to be away from people.”

She claimed her 19-year-old fiancé lives in Costa Mesa, California, and works in a bait shop. She told In Touch she hopes they can settle down in New York because she “really [likes] walking and riding [her] bike, and in California, you need to drive.”

“I really do not enjoy driving,” she said. “I don’t like the way I look in a car. The lighting is very bad.”

After saying “I do,” she plans to start a family with her husband-to-be —and hopes to have lots of baby boys.

“I want boys, for sure. However many I can pop out,” she told In Touch. “I don’t want a gorgeous girl around. Then I [would] feel way jealous. Ew.”

While she has yet to set a date for her alleged nuptials, she told the mag she will be exchanging vows at the London hotel in LA. The former child star is an aspiring fashion designer, and even enrolled in classes at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in California, but she said she’s hoping to leave the dress design up to someone else.

“I honestly would rather not [design my dress], but I’m so particular about how I look that I cannot imagine not designing it,” Amanda told In Touch.

On Sept. 28, Amanda was arrested in California and charged with driving under the influence. Days later, a source spotted the actress talking to herself at Los Angeles International Airport before boarding a flight to NYC — where she was allegedly seen talking to trees with a Band-Aid on her face.

[From In Touch Weekly]

OH GOD. Do you understand why I asked about the media’s role in this situation? It’s obvious that Amanda really did give In Touch Weekly this interview and they didn’t editorialize about her situation too much. But if you were on the phone with Amanda Bynes, wouldn’t you want to say, “Hey, sweetheart. Let’s get you checked into a psych ward, okay?” Also: what’s the over/under on her “19-year-old fiancé” being real person and not just a figment of her imagination?

Here are some photos of Bynes walking around NYC yesterday, flashing a big diamond ring. Gurl…

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Kendra Wilkinson What’s The Hardest Thing She Had To Do Amid Hank Baskett Cheating Scandal?

Kendra Wilkinson Heads To A StudioAs the season premiere of ‘Kendra On Top’ draws near, Kendra Wilkinson is talking to the press some more. We already know what the season’s storyline is going to be: the fallout from the allegations that Hank Baskett cheated on Kendra with a transsexual model while Kendra was pregnant with their daughter. Hank hasn’t publicly denied these allegations. In this interview, Kendra discussed one of the hardest things she had to do when the scandal hit. RELATED: Kendra Wilkinson says her marriage is a “huge lie.”

Kendra told People:

When the news broke, I flipped on Hank and told him to get out of the house. But then I allowed him to come back and get Little Hank, because we knew there was going to be this s––– storm. I had to calm down and really just think logically and figure out what the right thing to do was.”

The right thing to do, Kendra decided, was for Hank to take Hank Jr. to visit with his grandparents (Hank’s parents) in New Mexico.

I was like, you need to take him and just hide out for a while. But what was so hard about it was that I felt I just gave my son away to the man who’d cheated on his family.
“It was so gross to me, but I knew in the back of my mind that he’s a great father, and is the only one who could protect his son. If he’d stayed here, he’d have been hounded. If I took him to preschool, to the movies, I would not feel safe. But giving Little Hank to Hank to go to New Mexico was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life.
“Hank never told me, ‘Oh, I’m coming back next week.’ So I was all alone with Alijah. I wanted my son back, but I didn’t want to do something to hurt Little Hank, like use him as a tug-of-war item. I had to just allow him to think he was just visiting grandma and grandpa. It was the right thing to do.”

Why on earth didn’t Kendra and Hank agree on how long Hank Jr. should visit with his grandparents? It shouldn’t have been something she wondered about. I can see where she had her hands full with the baby, though; Alijah was about five weeks old when the scandal broke.

I wonder if this means they kept Hank Jr. away from the filming of their reality TV show or at least the first few episodes, which are sure to be emotional? I can see where Kendra wouldn’t like it, but I do think sending him away was a smart move.

Do you plan to watch the new season of ‘Kendra On Top’?

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NYT apologizes for their ‘astonishingly tone-deaf’ Shonda Rhimes article

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After more than 72 hours of drama, the New York Times has finally offered an apology for Alessandra Stanley’s TV criticism/think-piece, which was published online last Friday. Stanley made several huge technical errors, which was bad enough, but the whole piece was patronizing, grossly offensive and flat-out racist. I covered the piece on Sunday, and wrote a follow-up yesterday. You can read the NYT’s full apology/explanation here. Here’s the basic gist:

The article on the television producer Shonda Rhimes hadn’t yet appeared in Sunday’s paper, but the virtual world was ablaze in protest over it on Friday after it was published online. Written by the longtime TV critic Alessandra Stanley, its first paragraph – with a reference to Ms. Rhimes as an “Angry Black Woman” – struck many readers as completely off-base. Many called it offensive. Some went further, saying it was racist. Another reference to the actress Viola Davis as “less classically beautiful” than lighter-skinned African American actresses immediately inspired a mocking hashtag.

There are some big questions here – about diversity, about editing procedures and about how The Times deals with stories about women and race. They are worth exploring in depth.

This is a preliminary post, and I’ll be adding to it later today, or posting again. But I’ll say this much: The readers and commentators are correct to protest this story. Intended to be in praise of Ms. Rhimes, it delivered that message in a condescending way that was – at best – astonishingly tone-deaf and out of touch.

[From The NYT]

The NY Times also included updates to that apology with quotes from their Culture Editor Danielle Mattoon and Alessandra Stanley.

Danielle Mattoon response: “There was never any intent to offend anyone and I deeply regret that it did. Alessandra used a rhetorical device to begin her essay, and because the piece was so largely positive, we as editors weren’t sensitive enough to the language being used.” Ms. Mattoon called the article “a serious piece of criticism,” adding, “I do think there were interesting and important ideas raised that are being swamped” by the protests. She told me that multiple editors — at least three — read the article in advance but that none of them raised any objections or questioned the elements of the article that have been criticized. “This is a signal to me that we have to constantly remind ourselves as editors of our blind spots, what we don’t know, and of how readers may react.”

Alessandra Stanley’s response: “In the review, I referenced a painful and insidious stereotype solely in order to praise Ms. Rhimes and her shows for traveling so far from it. If making that connection between the two offended people, I feel bad about that. But I think that a full reading allows for a different takeaway than the loudest critics took. The same applies to your question about “less than classically beautiful.” Viola Davis said it about herself in the NYT magazine, more bluntly. I commended Ms. Rhimes for casting an actress who doesn’t conform to television’s narrow standards of beauty; I have said the same thing about Helen Mirren in “Prime Suspect.” I didn’t think Times readers would take the opening sentence literally because I so often write arch, provocative ledes that are then undercut or mitigated by the paragraphs that follow.

[From The NY Times]

I feel like Alessandra Stanley thinks that barely anyone would have been offended if Twitter hadn’t blown up, and I feel like Stanley’s non-apology (she doesn’t clearly apologize for anything, re-read it) comes across as smug and condescending, just like her original article. Like, she blames the peasants for twisting her words into something racist and offensive. And here’s a note: if you’re going to reference Viola Davis’s description of herself, use quotes and a hyperlink. And even then, it’s still questionable. Viola Davis is allowed to say whatever she wants about herself and her struggles as a black woman in Hollywood – it’s a really awful idea for Alessandra Stanley to use Viola’s words out of context to throw shade on V.

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