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The Jackson family tried to stop Michael Jackson's addiction to prescription drugs by staging interventions, Janet Jackson said on Good Morning America today.

"Of course, that's what you do," the youngest member of the Jackson family said in an interview. "Those are the things that you do when you love someone."

"You can't just let them continue on that way. We tried that more than a few times," says Janet, who laments that ultimately, "We weren't very successful."

The singer says Michael Jackson responded in a measured way to his family's attempts to help. "He understood that it was out of love, out of caring."

She refutes critics' claims that the family was naive about Michael's problems or enabled the icon. Nevertheless, she admits, "People can be in denial."

Janet Jackson continues to speak out about her brother's death.

When ABC's Robin Roberts went to ask a follow-up question about Michael being in denial, she replies, "I wish he could answer this question. And not me."

Jackson said she is a "big believer in the power of prayer, but that's something you can't do for them ... it's something they have to do for themselves."

Growing up, Janet says of her eight siblings, she was closest to "Mike." The last time they spent time together was "a few days before my birthday," May 16.

"We had a lot of fun laughing. He was cracking up ... Laughing at me."

Michael Jackson tragically passed away June 25. Earlier this week, Janet said she believes Dr. Conrad Murray should be held responsible for his death.

On a personal note, Janet also put the kibosh on rumors that she's getting back together with Jermaine Dupri, though the two remain very close.

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You gotta hand it to Angelina Jolie.

Somehow, in between playing mind games with Jennifer Aniston and adopting a child on her own, the actress has managed to film a new movie.

Hitting theaters in July, it's titled Salt and focuses on the adventures of a rogue CIA operative named Evelyn A. Salt.

"She's a character you never know," said producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. "People who think they know the real her may or may not... She tells you her agenda, but are you supposed to believe it?"

The studio released the first poster for Salt this week. Will you go see it?

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Rebecca Meyer, the latest contestant voted off NBC's The Biggest Loser, lost over 100 pounds on the program, but gained something even more significant:

The love of fellow contestant Daniel Wright!

On The Jay Leno Show Tuesday, Rebecca revealed that the two are dating, and that she started falling for him when she first appeared on the hit show.

"Daniel was my best friend, and leaving the show we talked for like five, six-hour conversations and then, you know, he told me he had feelings," she said.

They certainly look like a cute couple ...

What sparked the connection between Rebecca Meyer and Daniel Wright?

"Daniel and I have gone through the same thing," she said. "I mean, he's gone through an even more intense version of it, and I fell in love with my best friend."

We wish these big losers the very best. Seriously, they lost a ton of weight on the program, and it's nice to see that with their renewed self-esteem came love.

The show has a history of playing matchmaker, as some fans may know. Now married, Matt and Suzy Hoover met as competitors on The Biggest Loser in 2005.

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On The Hills this week, Heidi worried about how Spencer doesn't want kids, while tension escalated between Jayde Nicole and Kristin Cavallari over Brody Jenner.

As always, The Hollywood Gossip editors look back at the major developments on Tuesday's episode of The Hills, awarding and deducting points as we see fit ...

Heidi Montag From the Side

Brody on Kristin's plan to meet Jayde Nicole: "You're out of your mind! She just tried to kill you." Plus 5, because that's literally true, but he says it so nonchalantly.

Heidi Montag's therapist tries to tell her that pulling the goalie on Spencer Pratt isn't the most sound idea. Minus 4 because Heidi needed a therapist to tell her this.

Brody's bro Taylor tells him he's more fun when he's around Kristin than he is around Jayde. Plus 3, because the lack of violent altercations does go a long way.

As if Kristin's actions weren't 100 percent scripted, Jayde rips her for being "in town for a month" and says she needs to "go back where she came from." Minus 6.

Kristin to Jayde: "Well, then you might want to keep his leash a little tighter, Jayde." Seconds later: "You're, like, such a bitch, Jayde." Burn and burn! Plus 7.

Brody Jenner ex-girlfriends Jayde Nicole and Kristin Cavallari square off.

Fake friendship/lunch date alert x2: Lo-Kristin and Audrina-Heidi! Minus 4.

Heidi outlines her plan to stop taking her birth control to Audrina, whose enormous forehead expands to even more epic proportions at this lunacy. Plus 3.

Man, Jayde is really unstable. So much so that Brody Jenner says he'll "jump off a building" if he has to argue with her one more time. Good sign. Minus 2.

Despite the fact that she appears more bipolar by the second, Brody decides he wants to stay with Jayde! Plus 6 for something we actually didn't see coming.

Kristin laments that she's always caught in the middle - first Audrina and Justin, now Brody and Jayde, when she's doing it all on freaking purpose! Minus 9.

Even Justin-Bobby's voicemail is garbled and undecipherable. Plus 2.

Umm, was that an actual normal dinner conversation and married couple moment from Speidi? Even, because we're too shocked to rate it one way or the other.

TOTAL: +1! SEASON TOTAL: +78! Mixed reviews this week, because the Speidi plot is getting old, and a meddling Kristin Cavallari can't expect us to care about her hurt feelings, even if Jayde is certifiably insane. Speaking of ...

Whose side are you on?

 

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While Robert Pattinson is very good looking, we erroneously reported yesterday that the actor was named People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive.

We were mistaken and THG regrets the error. (Although, in our defense, millions of teenage women still believe the Twilight hunk deserves the honor!)

Instead, People has awarded this distinction to Johnny Depp. It's the second time the actor has been cited for his extreme hotness. He joins Brad Pitt and George Clooney as the only two-time winners.

In the article praising Depp's prettiness, the publication writes:

At 46, the father of two still reigns as Hollywood's most irresistible iconoclast; as one-of-a-kind as his beloved 15-year-old boots and as smoldering as his favorite Cuban cigars.

Pattinson does at least get a shout-out in the issue, which hits newsstands on November 20. He receives honorable mention, as do other studs such as Ryan Reynolds and Nick Cannon.

Did Depp earn the title? Who do you think is the sexiest man in the whole wide world?

 

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On The City this week, Whitney went on a blind date, Roxy's expectations of her new guy are not met, and Olivia impresses at a Brooklyn Decker photo shoot.

Below, The Hollywood Gossip staff breaks down the events on last night's episode of The Hills spinoff, awarding and deducting points as we deem appropriate ...

A Brooklyn Decker Bikini Photo

Roxy Olin imparts sage advice: Never leave food on the counter. Plus 1.

Whitney Port is going on a "full-on blind date." How can it truly be a blind date if he has to sign a waiver beforehand? She knows exactly who it is. Minus 2.

Blind date Patrick on his job description: "Basically I convince people to buy expensive clothes." Plus 4 for honesty, but Minus 2 for lame fashion acronyms.

Roxy and Zac seem like they could be a cute couple. For now. Plus 3.

Patrick encourages Whitney to "join forces" on the bill. We were getting a douche vibe, and this confirmed it. Why not just ask MTV to cover it, Pat? Minus 6.

Olivia Palermo and Erin Kaplan's task for this week involves Brooklyn Decker pictures in Elle. Plus 5, because Brooklyn rules, and so does her husband A-Rodd.

Roxy to Whitney: "You have to come. I need you as my wing man." Poor Whitney. Always a wing man, never the It Girl. Not even on her own show. Minus 3.

Erin goes off on Olivia to Joe Zee about Olivia "expecting her hand to be held." It's almost as if she's calling out the network for giving Olivia the job. Plus 5.

Zac, despite being billed as "Roxy's date," rolls up in the club with a pack of hot girls. Kind of a d!ck move, but Minus 2 for Roxy unjustly berating him for it.

Plus 1 for the blatant Cobra Starship plug. 21st Century payola? Plus 2 more for the guy defending Olivia as "a babe" when Erin complains about her.

Roxy and Whitney annoyingly go on and on and on about their boring boy problems, but like last week, Kelly Cutrone berates their "quilting circle," so Even.

Man, Erin is gonna straight up murder Olivia soon. You can practically see the steam spilling out of her ears. Plus 2, because at least it'll be televised.

TOTAL: +8. SEASON TOTAL: +7. Annoying at times, but at least Kelly calls out Roxy and Whitney, and we can't wait to watch Erin absolutely snap.

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Seriously, America?!?

Was this season of Dancing with the Stars not boring enough already? You had to go out and vote off the most attractive remaining contestant, Joanna Krupa?!?

Is anyone actually excited for a threeway finale that features Mya (the clear favorite) against Donny Osmond (the ultimate panderer) and Kelly Osbourne (the... reality star)?

To Krupa's credit, she handled her elimination last night a lot better than our staff has. She said: "It's been such an amazing experience and I've grown as a person. Thank you to the judges. Thank you for giving me the opportunity. I had a great partner."

Joanna and Derek

Fortunately, we still have Krupa's naked Playboy pictures at which to stare. But we've never been less psyched for a DWTS finals in our time covering this show.

Not even exposed breasts and a bare crotch can offer us comfort. Let's hope the show learns from its mistakes next season, features fewer random stars and more actual entertainment.

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For the second time since Sarah Palin stepped into the national political spotlight, a photo of her on the cover of Newsweek is sparking controversy.

Palin herself blasted the "out-of-context" cover as "sexist" on Facebook.

Originally published in the August 2009 issue of Runners World, the photo of Palin features the former Alaska governor in short runner's shorts.

Palin took issue with Newsweek using a photo from an article about fitness to promote an analysis piece contemplating her relevance in politics.

"The cover photo choice for this week's issue of Newsweek is unfortunate. With Sarah Palin, this 'news' magazine has relished focusing on the irrelevant rather than the relevant," the Going Rogue author's spokeswoman wrote.

Newsweek Cover of Sarah Palin

"The out-of-context Newsweek approach is sexist and oh-so-expected. If anyone can learn anything from it: it shows you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, gender, or color of skin. The media will do anything to draw attention."

Newsweek editor Jon Meacham said the photo choice was simply the "most interesting image available" to "illustrate the theme of the cover."

The cover flap isn't the first for Newsweek and Sarah Palin pictures.

The October 13, 2008, issue featured an extreme close-up of her that she said was totally re-touching free and designed to highlight her flaws.

What do you think? Is Newsweek trying to sabotage her as a dope just because she's a conservative? Or is the cover a shrewd and accurate portrayal of just how far this particular politician is willing to travel on the road of self promotion?

Vote below: The Sarah Palin Newsweek cover is ...

 

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Think Shauna Sand would miss a chance to reclaim attention from someone younger, more attractive and more popular stealing her sex tape spotlight lend a hand?

With the Carrie Prejean sex tape leaked and a company lined up to sell it if she's willing, Shauna wants Carrie to get off (heh heh) her high horse and take the cash.

Shauna Sand, who really has nothing better to do anymore, fired off a letter to Prejean in an effort to convince the "biblically correct" beauty queen to roll with it.

Vivid Entertainment has offered $1 million for the Carrie Prejean sex tape. Shauna is also distributing her nasty sex video through Vivid, so she knows what's up.

Shauna Sand Side Boob

Everyone needs a mentor. Shauna Sand is offering to be Carrie Prejean's.

In the letter, Shauna draws from her own experiences - how she decided not to waste "thousands of dollars" trying to fight the release of her "leaked" sex tape.

Instead, she worked out a deal with Vivid so she could maximize the profit provided by her disgusting sex romp ... which Shauna will also be actively promoting.

Of course, Shauna clearly wanted the thing to get out the whole time and created the "lawsuit" story for some free publicity, while Carrie's surprised everyone.

It's clear that any hypocritical ditz who lies about her age on the tape and makes claims to imply that God loves fake boobs didn't want this kind of PR. But hey.

In other sex tape news, how about Hiroko Mima and Anya Ayoung-Chee!? Wowza, those Miss Universe Girls are into some crazy stuff, from what we've heard.

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Robert Pattinson is more than just a very pretty face and an incredible head of hair.

The Twilight Saga star spoke to Parade magazine this week and covered a number of topics inside. Did he admit that he's dating Kristen Stewart? Ha! Yeah, right.

But he did discuss his overall take on dating, along with stripping down to almost nothing in front of thousands of people. A series of excerpts are below...

On the message of the franchise: "What's interesting about this story is that it's supposed to be about this all-powerful immortal creature. But he's completely destroyed just by falling in love with this normal girl. He can't control anything afterwards. His entire life turns upside down. I guess love can be more lethal than a vampire bite."

On relationships: "Getting involved in Twilight has definitely changed my mind about how people are kind of fanatical about wanting to have the perfect relationship. I had no idea that people were so desperate and felt like it was so unobtainable. They want to put this idea of unconditional devotion just so high above everything else, which is why they can't get enough of this story."

Red Carpet Stud

On going shirtless: "I felt pretty goofy stepping out into the sunlight in front of 2,000 people in a town square, ripping my clothes off. I was essentially doing a striptease. But here's the irony, it was also one of the moments where I've really felt closest to people's emotional attachment to Edward.

"It was a moment where I've felt the whole weight of anticipation, and I guess responsibility as well, of being Edward, for all the people who were kind of so obsessed with the stories. It was quite uplifting and it was also very nerve-wracking."

On fame: "It's a scary situation to be in, in a lot of ways. You really have to question yourself a lot more. Before Twilight, I did any movie that I could and I tried to make the best of it afterwards. But now you're expected to come and provide, not only economic viability at the box office, but also a smashing performance as well.

"When no one's watching your movies and you get a part, you can do whatever the hell you want. I don't have that luxury anymore."

He can say that again! New Moon opens on Friday. The world might never be the same afterwards.

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