Aaron Paul on Toys ‘R Us pulling Breaking Bad dolls: ‘Barbies are worse’

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For about 5 minutes, Toys R Us had some Breaking Bad action figures of Walt and Jesse et. al with hazmat suits and accessories like little baggies of blue meth. I was just about to buy them as a Christmas present for an adult BB lover. They look very detailed and would make great gifts. Then, some random person who goes by “Florida Mom” started a Change.org petition calling for the removal of the characters. The petition read, in part, “[Selling] a Breaking Bad doll, complete with a detachable sack of cash and a bag of meth, alongside children’s toys is a dangerous deviation from… family-friendly values.”

Seriously, you live in Florida and you think an action figure of a fictional drug lord character is a bad influence on your kid? (#nodisrespecttofloridians) What about Walking Dead action figures? (Ooh they have zombie Merle!) Those have actual zombies and freaking guns. What about toy guns? There are so many other toys to complain about and these are marketed to adults, not children.

Anyway Toys ‘R Us caved and pulled the action figures. Aaron Paul (Jesse Pinkman) took to twitter to point out the hypocrisy. Bryan Cranston (Walter White) was a bit more humorous about it. Here are some tweets from Aaron and Bryan:

Ooh Aaron referencing video games makes me remember one of my favorite Breaking Bad scenes. Spoilers if you’re still waiting to watch this show. (Just watch it already.) One of my favorite scenes/episodes is when Jesse, Mike and Gus Fring annihilate their entire Mexican competition by poisoning them at a party. Jesse was depressed prior to this and was spending his time playing first person shooter video games. Then, when he was confronted with real gunmen he had lighting fast reflexes that mirrored the game. That’s just a small example of the many clever and subtle plot twists in this show.

I digress, Toys ‘R Us needs to start selling these action figures again because they will probably sell out and I need an easy gift idea. The petition that Aaron links calls for Toys ‘R Us to continue selling collectible characters that are aimed at adults, and points out that these toys are in a separate section of the store and are not alongside toys for children. At the very least, they should sell them online. Nevermind, you can buy them on Amazon of course. Yeah bitch.

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Renee Zellweger Face Transformation: Insecurities Abound, Insiders Say

A Monday night red carpet event that became a Renee Zellweger face transformation showcase still has the web talking and speculating three days later.

Renee Zellweger’s dramatically different appearance left fans and entertainment industry experts wondering how, and why, she looks like THIS now:

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Renee Zellweger in 2004 and 2014. Yes, that is actually the same person.

The 45-year-old Zellweger commenting that her new look is because she’s so happy only fueled the debate and puzzled more than a few people.

In a statement, Renee did not address the rumors of plastic surgery and simply stated her new look was a result of a healthier lifestyle and natural aging.

According to a close confidante of Zellweger, that drastically different appearance we’re seeing now is a clear sign of her insecurities, not happiness.

The insider, connected to Zellweger since the early days of her career, says the changes are hardly a big surprise, because “insecurities abound.”

“Hollywood gets to people more than one would like to think.”

So which is it, a new life, or old Hollywood pressures?

“Renee is obviously hyper-fixated on maintaining a youthful appearance,” says another insider, citing Hollywood’s undeniable focus on young females.

“The focus on youth and often unattainable perfection, like no wrinkles, certainly can [influence] those with a proclivity to engage in radical behavior.”

The pressure to stay young is a big issue all around.

“We the consumers are so obsessed with youth and so hateful to age, that affects everyone. Hollywood is just serving what we ordered,” says one psychologist.

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The queen of plastic surgery. It’s shocking how different Heidi Montag used to look and how badly this obsession turned out for her.

Zellweger hasn’t been seen out in public much since her last project four years ago, when she was still one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars.

Ironically, if she is image-obsessed and changed hers dramatically because she thinks she has to look younger, she may have hurt her future prospects.

“Renee Zellweger is a brand she has seriously damaged, or at least changed,” says a Harvard sociologist of the long-term impact of this transformation.

For better or worse, Renee Zellweger “has chosen a career that puts her in the public eye and for which she is judged based on her appearance.”

If Zellweger is no longer easily recognizable – for the innocence, the vibrancy and the vulnerability that made her a star – that could be a career killer.

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Minnie Driver criticizes showbiz parents: They’re ‘desperate and conflicted’

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Minnie Driver is promoting her new movie, Beyond the Lights. Her role is that of a “nasty Hollywood momager.” I wonder if she based her character upon Kris Jenner. That’s the only way Kris should ever be an inspiration to anyone. Minnie spoke to Us Weekly about how she doesn’t think that children should be allowed to act. That’s quite the sweeping statement because so many tv shows and movies include kid and teenage roles. Minnie even works with teenagers on About a Boy, which could make things awkward for Minnie. The parents of her tv son, Benjamin Stockham, may not appreciate the shade. Minnie has a point, so I’ll let her take it away:

On showbiz parents: “I’m not really for the whole kids in show business thing. It’s really difficult even when you meet lovely parents of children who are in show business. There is still the fact that they’re not having a childhood. They are out of their element, and in the element of an adult world which is not always appropriate. It seems to me there is always a certain level of desperation that makes a person put a child in that position.”

Her momager character: “That’s an interesting place to start for a character: Someone who’s desperate and conflicted. And if that’s overshadowing everything else, it doesn’t matter how nice or kind or empathetic they may be elsewhere. The overriding thing is quite fierce. You love them, of course you love them, but you want this other thing. It’s the realm of the hungry ghosts. That’s really interesting for an actor. You can’t be a villain. Villains aren’t interesting unless there is the un-villainous part of them. You really understand why she does what she does … You really get it. It’s not from a malicious point of view. She’s not a sociopath, she’s not evil. She just desperately did not want to go back to that poverty and she wanted something better for her kid.”

[From Us Weekly]

I guess we won’t be seeing Minnie’s own son, Henry (6), onscreen anytime soon. It will be interesting to see if Minnie keeps this perspective if Henry expresses interest in acting as he grows older. I see what she’s saying. We’ve seen so many showbiz kids get sucked into drugs and a party lifestyle. These kids turn into bratty divas and then fail to make the transition into adult acting. Minnie’s right. These kids should have a real childhood. They have the whole rest of their lives to work. Let kids be kids.

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Khloe Kardashian Dresses as Minnie Mouse: See the Cute Pic!

Khloe Kardashian likes to get dressed up.

Remember that photo of Khloe wearing a pig’s mask and standing near an inflatable donut? It’s a difficult image to forget.

The reality star’s latest costume, meanwhile, comes courtesy of sister Kourtney Kardashian, who recently returned from Disneyland on a mission.

“Trying to get make my family as Disney obsessed as I am. #itsWorking #disneyGifts,” Kourtney wrote as a caption to the following photograph.

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Viewers, meanwhile, will be seeing plenty more antics between Khloe and Kourtney on the upcoming E! series Kourtney & Khloe Take The Hamptons.

It premieres on Sunday, November 2 at 9/8c and you can – nay, you should! – check out a preview right here and now:

What sort of scripted shenanigans will take place on this spinoff? Expect to see a lot of French Montana, even though he and Khloe have now split.

And expect to see a lot of Kourtney fighting with Scott Disick because, well… Kourtney is always fighting with Scott Disick. The guy is sort of a huge douchebag.

For more fun with Khloe on Instagram, meanwhile, toggle through this gallery of photo:

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Kim Kardashian wore jorts for a matinee movie date with ‘Ye: awful, unflattering?

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Did Kim Kardashian borrow Benedict Cumberbatch’s unfortunate jorts? OMG. Here are some photos of Kim and Kanye West out and about in Calabasas yesterday (they went to a movie). Kim’s outfit is horrendous from the front, but the back view is particularly… unsettling. I’m guessing that Kanye dressed her, just because this seems like the kind of outfit he enjoys on his Real Doll. We’ve actually seen this braless top on Kim before, so she’s recycling it for this outing. The jorts are… well, I can’t remember a time when I’ve seen Kim in jorts. She should never do this again.

Kim turns 34 years old tomorrow. I always forget her age for some reason, although people made a big deal about it back when she turned 30. I personally think she only married Kris Humphries because she wanted to be engaged/married by her 30th birthday and that was literally the only reason she went with Humphries. For this year’s birthday, Kim is going to have a huge party at the Venetian’s TAO nightclub in Las Vegas. TAO is always paying Kardashians to host parties, so I would imagine Kim is picking up a nice paycheck to host her birthday event there.

After the movie, Kim and Kanye went through the drive-thru of Taco Bell. Ew!!! Something about that outfit and the thought of Mexican food… ew.

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Is Benedict Cumberbatch planning on proposing to girlfriend Sophie Hunter?

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Full disclosure: Not only am I totally OVER the speculation about Benedict Cumberbatch’s not-so-secret girlfriend Sophie Hunter, I have this weird mental block where I keep writing her name as “Sophie Turner,” as in Sansa Stark from Game of Thrones. Maybe I would care about this more if Benedict was dating Sophie Turner/Sansa. That would be very interesting. Turner’s pretty young though – too young for Benedict. As for Benedict’s actual relationship with Sophie Hunter, I think they’re really dating and I think they’re really trying to keep it mostly undercover. Probably because a small percentage of Benedict’s Cumberbitches have gone a little bit crazy/unhinged and it’s not pretty. So, to all of those unhinged Cumberbitches, all I have to say is: please sit down and take a deep breath. There’s a new rumor about Benedict and Sophie and you’re not going to like it.

Get ready for some bad news, ladies – Benedict Cumberbatch could soon be off the singles market. The handsome Sherlock star flew to Edinburgh last week to see the mother of his girlfriend Sophie Hunter, prompting speculation he is preparing to ask for her daughter’s hand in marriage.

Benedict and Sophie have gone to great lengths to avoid being seen together in public since they first met in 2009, but broke cover recently to appear arm-in-arm at the wedding of the actor’s old school pal, James Rhodes.

Sophie is said to be close to her mother Anna after her parents divorced when she was a child. While the couple were in Edinburgh, I hear they toured the Royal Botanic Garden.

[From The Daily Mail]

Do I believe that Benedict is about to settle down with Sophie? Eh. And that’s not my Cumberlunacy speaking. I’m judging him from his own interviews and what he says about his own priorities these days, priorities that seem more career-oriented than wife-oriented. Plus, he and Sophie might have known each other for years but their relationship is relatively new. They’ve maybe been dating, what? Six months?

Last thing – The Wrap published a Doctor Strange casting-rumor article which I’ve now mentioned in like four different posts. That’s because The Wrap threw every name ever into the mix, including Benedict Cumberbatch. According to The Wrap’s sources, Benedict is “still in the mix” when it comes to casting Doctor Strange:

Multiple agency sources have told TheWrap that Cumberbatch remains high on the studio’s list and they were surprised when the actor’s name was omitted from this week’s round of media reports. Marvel has long wanted to be in business with Cumberbatch, who is as hot as ever thanks to the awards buzz surrounding his performance in “The Imitation Game.” However, Cumberbatch’s schedule may prove too tricky to overcome, as he has to film the new season of “Sherlock” and plans to do a play next year. His agent did not immediately return TheWrap’s request for comment.

[From The Wrap]

Sources say that the “four frontrunners” are now Benedict, Joaquin Phoenix (he doesn’t want it, his publicist says), Colin Farrell and Keanu Reeves. While I think Benedict would be a great “company man” for Marvel and Benedict can play anything, I think the scheduling conflicts will mean Benedict can’t sign up. He’s booked solid for the next year, isn’t he? Still… otters are crafty. Maybe it will happen.

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People Mag’s latest Amal Clooney propaganda piece is spectacular, blatant

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Amal Clooney is back in London after her whirlwind trip to Greece earlier this week. You can see the photos of her in London here. Her travel-wear has greatly improved, right? I think she’s basing her newlywed look on one part Duchess Kate and one part Jackie Kennedy. Anyway, there are even more Amal stories, if you can believe it, so let’s get to it.

First of all, Amal was just named the “Most Influential Woman In London” by The Evening Standard, a reasonably conservative UK paper. Amal actually made #4 on the Most Influential list, but she’s the highest ranking woman, thus “most influential woman.” She’s more influential than Victoria Beckham AND Duchess Kate. Kate didn’t even make the list!

Next, a days-old story that I just never got around to writing about, but it is sort of interesting. Apparently, Amal got her new husband a very special wedding gift: expensive Murano cocktail glasses from Venice. George Clooney (Mr. Alamuddin, if you will) admired the Murano glasses that were used during their wedding celebrations, so Amal ordered him a set of 12 at a cost of $100 each. She also bought him a matching set of 12 silk napkins and napkin holders. Because what self-respecting heterosexual man doesn’t want napkin holders, amirite? Admit it, girl. You bought the napkin holders as a gift for yourself. You so fancy, Amal.

And finally, we have this absolutely spectacular piece of pro-Alamooney propaganda courtesy of People Magazine:

Amal Clooney is many things: a high-powered attorney, a budding fashion icon and George’s wife. But beyond the formidable intellect, impressive career and killer style, she is known among her inner circle for her warmth and wit.

“She has a devastating sense of humor,” a close family member tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue.

The younger daughter of Ramzi Alamuddin, a retired businessman, and Baria, an editor at Arabic-language newspaper Al-Hayat, she is also a loving aunt to her sister Tala’s children, including niece Mia, 12, and 6-year-old twin nephews Jad and Sari.

“She’s a doting, pampering aunt,” says the family member. “She has a loving heart.”

When it comes to her career, however, she is anything but soft.

“She’s supremely self-confident,” says William Schabas, a law professor at Middlesex University in London, who knows Amal professionally.

While she incites media mania in Greece, where she has been working on a case involving one of the world’s longest-standing cultural property disputes, those who know her say she will harness the spotlight to focus on issues that matter to her. The case, which centers on a collection of Greek masterpieces known as the Elgin Marbles or the Parthenon Marbles, “is very difficult and shows that she is not shying away from controversy,” a legal source says.

Adds a colleague: “She is picking up where the honeymoon temporarily left off. She is back with a vengeance.”

[From People]

Wow. What a blatant attempt to humanize Amal Clooney. Now that People Magazine’s readers (the Minivan Majority) know that she’s a top barrister with great hair AND she’s funny AND she’s a loving aunt, maybe now people will feel better about this hussy who stole America’s Bachelor ™? As for this whole “she doesn’t shy away from controversy” thing… um, I have mixed feelings. While the marble debate is a hot topic in Amal’s hometown (London), it’s a pretty artsy-fartsy #firstworldcontroversy. If she was really into controversy, she should have taken that UN job investigating war crimes between the Palestinians and Israelis. THAT would have been a hotbed of actual controversy. #NoDisrespectToTheNapkinHolders

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Benedict Cumberbatch covers Flaunt with no dragonflies in sight: hot or not?

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Benedict Cumberbatch got some high-profile magazine covers to promote The Imitation Game. In addition to his Out Magazine cover profile (we covered that yesterday), we’re still waiting on his Elle UK special edition, and they’ve already promised us an eight-page editorial plus an in-depth interview. Bendy also covers the new issue of Flaunt, and I’m kind of tired of waiting to see quotes from this piece, so that’s why I’m covering it now. Plus, some of you have already read the profile and claim it’s not all that.

So, enjoy these Flaunt photos, plus an extra Cumberp0rny video from Flaunt. Benedict talks about… something. I wasn’t really paying attention because of his hands and arms and the way he positions his body. And I thank the Cumberlord for allowing Benedict to do all of the TIG photoshoots while he still had his Cumbercurls. I would be super-depressed if I had to see tons of photos with Benedict’s terrible short hair.

PS… Tom Hiddleston did a Flaunt cover editorial a few years back which became rather infamous, mostly because of the dragonfly theme. That is when I started referring to the Hiddlestoners as Dragonflies. Will Benedict’s Flaunt editorial become that iconic? Probably not. But I still enjoyed it.

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Zosia Mamet ‘Girls’ Star On How To Handle Rejection In Glamour

'X-Men: Days Of Future Past' New York Premiere‘Girls’ star Zosia Mamet wrote a great column for the November issue of Glamour. She wrote about how to handle rejection. As an actress, that’s part of the business! RELATED: Zosia Mamet opens up to Glamour about her struggle with eating disorders.

Here’s some of her advice.

It’s what you think of you that’s most important:
“[After a bad audition] I called my father and told him what I could between sobs. His calm response: ‘Really, so what? Everybody’s got an opinion.’ This simple statement was revolutionary. It forced me to examine and realize that my rejection was not the truth about me as a person; it was merely someone’s commentary. This tiny perspective shift kept me from quitting; it helped me learn that it’s what you think of you that’s most important.”

Don’t let rejection define you:
“When I took my dad’s little gem and started applying it to my daily life, an amazing thing happened: The rejection didn’t hit as hard. I tried the strategy out with guys—plenty have rejected me in one way or another. (My favorite was an ex who, anytime I wanted to talk, told me that I was ‘too much’ for him.) If a guy kicked me to the curb, I thought: OK—that’s his opinion. It was so freeing. We all view life through different eyes. The way someone sees you isn’t a defined truth; it’s just their sunglasses.”

Don’t moan “but why?”:
“You never know what’s influencing someone’s opinion. I’ve been behind the scenes in casting offices—it’s wild what you find out. Maybe the casting director had indigestion, or you look too much like his ex-wife. Who knows? So don’t try to guess. Same goes with men and ‘Why didn’t he call?’ The scenarios we come up with (‘He’s CIA and had to go to Tokyo’), the hours we exhaust wondering…and for what?! Who cares? He didn’t call. Instead of trying to figure out why, move on. Find a guy who will call.”

Limit the wallowing:
“We’re all sensitive. But you can diminish the hurt of rejection. What works for me: (1) Giving myself a self-pity timeline. Could be three weeks or three hours. (2) Focusing, intensely, on something else. I go to Spin class (but if you don’t enjoy exercise, I wouldn’t recommend it because then you’ll be wallowing and sweaty). Try getting lost in a novel. Or (3) wearing something silly, like a massive sun hat. Just being ridiculous helps pull me out of my funk.”

Those are some great tips! You can read Zosia’s entire column online or in the November issue of Glamour (with Jessica Chastain on the cover), which hit newsstands YESTERDAY!

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Beyonce shows off her new itty-bitty bangs in Paris: cute or unflattering?

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Here are some photos of Beyonce, Jay-Z and Blue Ivy leaving Paris after a lengthy hiatus. I mean, they were working too, but it was mostly relaxation and sight-seeing. They left out of Gare du Nord and Beyonce debuted her new bangs for all of the weary travelers.

Sigh… of all of the different kinds of bangs to get, I find the itty-bitty baby bangs trauma (Bettie Page bangs) the most heinous. Unless you’re Bettie Page or you work that kind of consistent vintage vibe, these bangs are not for you. But… I’m not going to get too mad about Beyonce’s bangs, mostly because I’m not even sure that’s her real hair. A few years ago, a lot of girls were doing those clip-in bangs, and that’s what this fringe look like. Either that or she’s just wearing a full-on wig, because her hair in these photos looks very unnatural.

I have a personal bangs trauma story for all of you, especially the people who always yell at me about how some bangs are okay. Over the weekend, I was dyeing my hair and I didn’t have my contacts in, nor was I wearing my glasses, so I completely missed this spot of dye that got on my forehead, right by my left temple. Long story short, I gave myself a minor chemical burn and I’m sure the discoloration will only last a few days/a week, but in the meantime… I totally gave myself some bangs to cover the burn. Isn’t that a delicious turn of events, bangs-defenders? The #1 Bangs Enemy got bangs to cover something unsightly. By the way, I still hate them even though I am now one of you. As I was cutting, I was cursing them the entire time.

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