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While his BFF continues to express disappointment in Barack Obama, Ben Affleck also stepped into the political arena this week, testifying before the House Africa, Global Health & Human Rights Subcommittee.

The actor, who founded the Eastern Congo Initiative, stated his case regarding the central African country, which is mired in violence, and why America must do more.

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“If we continue to place Congo on the back burner of U.S. policy, it will come back to haunt us," Affleck said. "The last time Congo collapsed, armies came in from across Africa and five million people died... We must learn from history."

The Oscar winner is asking Congress to protect Congolese civilians from ongoing attacks. He wants the U.S. to offer support in this November's elections and to appoint a representative to the Great Lakes region of central Africa.

"This is an ambitious agenda, but it can be accomplished," Affleck said. "The federal budget may be seen as a zero sum game but our morality, our sense of decency, our compassion for our fellow human beings, is not."

Cindy McCain, a member of Affleck's nonprofit organization, has joined the actor in his fight.

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The day after former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr was found dead in his home, we may have a better idea of what led to this tragedy.

While autopsy results have not been revealed, Starr's roommate tells TMZ his friend was "mixing" methadone and anxiety medication hours before he died. He had reportedly been using the former in an effort to get sober, while downing the latter to deal stress from his arrest last month.

Says the roommate: "Mike was a beautiful person who was fighting to stay sober... I am going to miss him greatly."

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The top 13 on American Idol take to the stage for the first time as a group tonight.

Will Pia Toscano deliver another memorable ballad? Will James Durbin earn a new set of hard rock fans? Will we be able to comprehend a word out of Steven Tyler's mouth?

Below, The Pulse previews this season's finalists and then we list the set of singles that will be covered by these aspiring artists tonight. (Remember to visit THG first thing tomorrow morning for a video rundown of the best performances!)

Lauren Alaina: "Any Man of Mine" by Shania Twain
Casey Abrams: "With a Little Help From My Friends" by Joe Cocker
Ashton Jones: "When You Tell Me That You Love Me" by Diana Ross
Paul McDonald: "Come Pick Me Up" by Ryan Adams
Pia Toscano: "All By Myself" by Celine Dion
James Durbin: "Maybe I'm Amazed" by Paul McCartney
Haley Reinhart: "Blue" by LeAnn Rimes
Jacob Lusk: "I Believe I Can Fly" by R. Kelly
Thia Megia: "Smile" by Michael Jackson
Stefano Langone: "Lately" by Stevie Wonder
Karen Rodriguez: "I Could Fall in Love" by Selena
Scotty McCreery: "The River" by Garth Brooks
Naima Adedapo: "Umbrella" by Rihanna

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Look out Natalie Kenly and Rachel Oberlin. A certain, promiscuous, trainwreck of a bisexual wants in on your man.

In an interview with Hollywood Life, Tila Tequila said she's been watching the Charlie Sheen meltdown unfold over the past couple weeks and has a suggestion: dump the zeroes, Chuck, and get with this shameless hero!

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“I could definitely do a better job than [Bree Olson and Natalie Kenly] can,” Tequila says. “He won’t need anyone else around. There’d only be one goddess. I could show Chucky a good time - but also help him out.”

During her time in the spotlight - which included the death of Casey Johnson and fake suicide attempts - Tila says she eventually learned that folks were laughing AT her, not with her.

"He’s a trending topic, [but] it really is for all the wrong reasons," Tila concludes. "I wish I would have known this while I was going through my public meltdown. Things would have been different. I wish Charlie knew that this publicity he’s feeding off of is all wrong."

That may be true, but when you're living on tiger blood, it all feels so right.

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When does the brother of a comedian, dryly reading lyrics from a newly-released track, actually sound better than the track itself?

When the artist of the single in question is Kim Kardashian.

On an episode of her E! talk show this week, Chelsea Handler took at aim an easy target and hit a humorous bulls-eye. She called out her brother to recite such gems from Kim's "Jam (Turn It Up)" as how the star is "feeling so good," and "feeling so right" and, of course, "feeling so great."

Could this be done with almost any top 40 pop song? Probably. But that doesn't make the clip any less funny...

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Charlie Sheen unleashed on Jon Cryer yesterday. But that was just the beginning of this mad man's rant against those he believes have wronged him.

In the fourth installment of Sheen's Korner, the actor takes aim at his enemies, most notably, of course, Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre. He tells viewers to "sit back and rejoice, for the Malibu Messiah" is before us.

"Hi ya Chuck-E-Cheese ball," Sheen says in the video below. "Where ya hiding silly clown? Behind your narcissism, your greed, your hatred of yourself or women?

"Think of me often loser during your most quiet moments... Can you smell your soul? Can you smell the rotting dog shit? The fermented puke that is your viscera? Can you smell your mother's tears from some distant memory as she scattered her pathetic creation asking all around her why this feeble abortion survived?"

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One of Barack Obama's most prominent supporters during the 2008 election, Matt Damon is now one of the President's most outspoken critics.

Days after the actor expressed disappointment in Obama to Piers Morgan, he gave an interview to Great Britian's The Independent in which he went into greater detail over what he considers missed opportunities on the commander-in-chief's part.

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"I think he's rolled over to Wall Street completely," Damon said. "The economy has huge problems. We still have all these banks that are too big to fail. They're bigger and making more money than ever. Unemployment at 10 percent? It's terrible."

Matt Damon believes the Democrats "squandered" a chance to "stand up for things."

So, will Damon vote Republican in 2012? No, he joked: "I just got a 3 percent tax cut!"

But then he turned serious again, expounding on one of Obama's more controversial compromises with conservatives:

"Do you think I'm going to start a small business with that money? You're out of your mind if you think so. I'm going to put it in the bank. So is every other guy that makes the kind of money I make. I don't think that's what's best for the country. I think a stronger middle class makes for a stronger country."

Ouch. In better news for the President, many people still like his wife a lot.

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Christina Aguilera has just been named a judge on The Voice, NBC's upcoming answer to American Idol. This should be a high time in the singer's career, right?

Wrong. As has been well-documented - from a lyric flub on the world's biggest stage to a recent arrest for public intoxication - Aguilera is suffering a Britney-like meltdown in front of our eyes.

In the latest issue of Star, a friend says Christina has "lost her confidence" since splitting from husband Jordan Bratman.

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“She gets terribly sad, and that’s when all the awful memories come flooding back and she ends up numbing herself with booze and food," says the source, who claims Aguilera has gained 40 pounds over the last few months.

Pals believe Aguilera's new boyfriend, Matthew Rutler, has served as an enabler to the troubled celebrity. How will this relationship play out? They are scared to consider the possibility.

"Everyone is worried sick," says this friend. "She needs to get help before something even more serious happens."

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Pity Amanda Bynes.

The actress retired from acting last June... then Tweeted that she was back... then released photos of a rhinestone-encrusted starfish... and has now realized the true meaning of Twitter for someone in desperate need of attention:

Sexy self-portraits!

Bynes has snapped a couple close-ups of herself, first in a bikini top and then rocking a set of pouty lips and dark sunglasses. We'll post them now as we prepare for the inevitable Amanda Bynes sex tape in a few weeks.

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Soon after the season six premiere of The Real Housewives of Orange County on Sunday night, cast member Tamra Barney made a startling announcement to Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live!.

Referring to the date rape drug Rohypnol, Barney said: "I got roofied."

Claiming Peggy Tanous was also a victim, Tamra has gone into detail about what she claims went down at a recent New York City party she attended for the show's press tour.

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"I know the guy that did it walked up with two drinks that were pink," Barney tells Radar Online. "He had sunglasses on and looked Middle Eastern. That's all I remember."

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