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This Is It, the documentary created from footage of Michael Jackson's last rehearsals for what supposed to be a final 50-show run in London this summer, is not a Thriller by any means. But if you're a fan, you'll still love it.

The film, which premiered last night, felt like a trip down memory lane, a riveting live concert, and a behind-the-scenes documentary all rolled into one.

Whatever his private struggles and addictions may have done to him, they aren't evident here as Michael Jackson is vivid, smooth and polished at 50.

When Sony paid $60 million for the rights to 100 hours of rehearsal footage to pare down to two, we still wondered if that could make a decent film.

It did.

When you're working with an unparalleled music icon, that's a plus. A quarter-century later, we see Michael singing "Bad," "Billie Jean," "Wanna Be Starting Something" and other hits, moving just as fluidly as in his heyday.

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The music conjures back memories and breaks one's heart. The elaborate sets, 3-D graphics and dancers are also a sight to behold on the big screen.

It is perhaps the portrait of Michael Jackson himself that really makes This Is It worth seeing, however. A perfectionist with a sense of humor, deeply troubled but deeply caring, he was a man who his fans know was not easily put in a box.

The best, and most undeniable thing you can say about Jackson was that he was an artiste. This is obviously the best possible spin on his final days, but nevertheless an honest one. For two hours, it's all about Michael the musician.

No Dr. Conrad Murray, no paternity tests, no drugs, no legal problems.

It's a beautiful thing.

If nothing else, it's a great chance to pay tribute and gaze in amazement one last time at a singer, dancer, icon and entertainer who influenced so many.

This Is It is running only two weeks, though that may be extended depending on how it's received - in 99 countries as of today and 110 by this weekend.

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Retired tennis champion Andre Agassi, as respected a man as there is in the world of sports, has confessed that he dabbled in crystal meth during a slump.

Agassi reveals in his book Open: An Autobiography that he took the substance in 1997 when both his tennis and marriage to Brooke Shields were failing.

Jodie Sweetin’s memoir has nothing on this.

In the book, which is being serialized by the Times of London, he describes how an assistant known as Slim suggests that they get high on “gack.”

“As if they’re coming out of someone else’s mouth, I hear these words: Yeah, you know what? F**k it. Yeah. Let’s get high,” Andre Agassi recalls.

“Slim dumps a small pile of powder on the coffee table. He cuts it, snorts it. He cuts it again. I snort some. I consider the Rubicon I’ve just crossed.

“There is a moment of regret, followed by vast sadness."

Andre Agassi detailing his drug use is as candid as it is surprising.

"Then comes a tidal wave of euphoria that sweeps away every negative thought in my head. I’ve never felt so alive, so hopeful — and I’ve never felt such energy.

“I’m seized by a desperate desire to clean. I go tearing around my house, cleaning it top to bottom. I dust the furniture. I scour the tub. I then make the beds.”

The eight-time Grand Slam winner, who always secretly always hated or was at least ambivalent to the game - was busted in a drug test and lied to officials.

Facing a three month suspension, the superstar wrote the organization a letter explaining himself that was “filled with lies interwoven with bits of truth.”

“I say Slim, whom I’ve since fired, is a drug user, that he often spikes his sodas with meth - which is true. Then I come to the central lie of the letter."

"I say that recently I drank accidentally from one of Slim’s spiked sodas, unwittingly ingesting his drugs. I ask for leniency and hastily sign it: Sincerely. I feel ashamed, of course. I promise myself this lie is the end of it.”

The ATP accepted his version of events and threw out the suspension.

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It's all over, folks.

Due to poor magazine sales the pressure of the relationship, a leading supermarket tabloid has invented a new story that reports that Kristen Stewart has broken up with Robert Pattinson.

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“Rob was talking marriage,” said OK! Weekly's imaginary anonymous source, adding Stewart was unhappy with how little she was seeing of her friends and family. “She told him they need to take a break.”

How sad. It was just two issues weeks ago that this same publication pretended to have interviewed a supposedly happy Robsten inside their home, citing the couple itself as claiming it was essentially "married" already.

What could have gone wrong in the last few days? It's hard for OK! to make up believable quotes from non-existent people to say. But there is good news:

The magazine is already working on a cover story about aliens taking over Kristen's body Rob winning his true love back. Phew!

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The NFL's Kansas City Chiefs have barred star running back Larry Johnson from all team activities as the club and league look into comments he made Monday.

In telling reporters to get away from him, Johnson used a slur that referred to gays. He used the same slur on Twitter in an exchange with one of his followers.

A day later, he used a gay slur again as he brushed off reporters and told them he had no comment, according to the Kansas City Star, which recorded this.

He has also posted demeaning remarks about Coach Todd Haley, questioning his authority. Yeesh. Now that's a lot worse than any Bob Griese taco comment.

Larry Johnson eludes a tackler. And basic social decency.

In a statement released through his agent, Johnson apologized for his remarks, though in the list of people to whom he apologized, he did not mention gays.

Last season, Herman Edwards, who was the Chiefs’ coach, benched Larry Johnson for three games for a then-unspecified violation of the team's rules.

Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended him for a fourth game for violating the NFL player-conduct policy in connection with incidents involving women in bars.

Johnson, who has 358 yards on 132 rushes and no touchdowns in 2009, was sentenced to two years’ probation after pleading guilty todisturbing the peace.

We'll see if he takes the field anytime soon this year.

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Sorry if we got your hopes up there. Rated R refers to the title of Rihanna's new album. The headline was in no way meant as a commentary on our part.

In fact, if you want to be critical based on the hype, the cover itself is pretty PG-rated compared to most of the stuff the singer wears on a daily basis.

We admit we're just a little bit disappointed.

It's still hot, though. Not unlike Rihanna's new single, "Russian Roulette," which has been blowing up the Internets since it was turned loose last week.

Take a look at Rihanna's Rated R album cover, which bears some similarity to the just released Adam Lambert album cover for For Your Entertainment ...

Rihanna Rated R Album Cover

Rihanna is back on the music scene in R-Rated fashion.

At the very least, we hope this bad-ass signals a newer, more bad-ass Rihanna. Not someone who Tweets links to sappy YouTube videos. Sorry, Chris Brown.

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Yesterday, we gave readers a chance to listen to a trio of new singles by American Idol champion Kris Allen.

Today, it's time for Adam Lambert to shine!

We have no new information regarding his debut album, which hits stores on November 23. But we do have something beautiful for fans to look ati;

The album cover for "For Your Entertainment." It's classic Adam all around...

Adam Lambert Album Cover

Will you purchase this album?

 

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You'll rarely hear the THG staff take Kate Gosselin's side in anything, but when her own brother, Kevin Kreider, sells her out on CBS' Early Show, well ...

We're still not on Kate's side, per se. We're just saying what a d!ck move it is by Kevin Kreider and loser wife Jodi to procure 15 minutes at her expense.

The two have recently joined forces with Team Jon Gosselin (they officially are Team Jon Gosselin, as we can't imagine there are many other members).

Their mission: Free the Gosselin Eight!

Kevin and Jodi Kreider took to the morning show today to point out, as they have in the past, that they think the Jon and Kate Plus 8 should be canned.

No one asked for the their opinion on the matter, mind you, nor does Jon Gosselin give a $h!t about anyone but himself. But here we are, just the same.

They even brought Gloria Allred, famed lawyer and child welfare advocate who loves microphones and cameras even more than they do, along for fun.

The backstabbing Gosselin relatives promotly threw Kate under the bus pretending to care about their poor, exploited nieces and nephews. Mmm hmm.

Here's Kevin and Jodi on the Early Show ...

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Don't do it, Robert Pattinson!

You have so much going for you: the hair; the beautiful girlfriend; the adoring fan base; the successful film franchise.

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We beseech you not to press your luck and try what so many other actors have failed at: the studio album. In a new interview with Austrailia's The Daily Telegraph, Pattinson hints that a CD may be on the way.

"I’m not particularly interested in releasing it, but I’d like to do some gigs," he said. "I guess the only way to do that is to get an album out."

Would you purchase this CD?

 

Among other topics touched on in the interview: Pattinson's parents and his levels of fame. Here are a few excerpts:

On his parents: "They’re always saying I should be really proud of myself, but I say, 'It’s luck, everything is just luck.'"

On his unfamiliarity with the Twilight Saga: "I didn’t know anyone who’d read the book before the film came out. I was completely ignorant of the whole Twilight thing."

On celebrity gossip photographers: "The paparazzi pressure (is hard) because you have a bunch of people who want to see you do something stupid. Sometimes when you’ve done a 16-hour day, you just want to go and have dinner, but they’re waiting for you to make an idiot of yourself. It takes its toll eventually."

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ESPN college football analyst and NFL Hall of Famer Bob Griese was suspended one week by ESPN after an off-color remark about NASCAR driver Juan Pablo Montoya.

This is not the week to work at ESPN. First, an affair with a crazy production assistant got baseball analyst Steve Phillips fired. Now Bob Griese gets a temporary boot.

The comment in question? During Saturday’s Ohio State-Minnesota game, ESPN ran a NASCAR graphic and co-analyst Chris Spielman wondered where Montoya was.

As his name was not in the Top Five in points standings, Griese mused that Montoya was “out having a taco.” Mmm. Not how to reach out to a key demographic.

We don't expect Juan Pablo Montoya will be inviting Bob Griese over for tacos anytime soon. The guy may not even like tacos. And they both work on weekends.

He apologized twice during the broadcast and ESPN issued a release disapproving of his comment. We're guessing that the disapproval was not because Montoya is from Colombia, whereas tacos are generally considered to be Mexican.

Luckily for Bob, he got off with just a one-week slap on the wrist. Note to analysts: Jokes with an ethnic bent, regardless of your intent, don't generally play well.

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For whatever reason, the failed marriage of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie is up there with Jennifer Aniston dying alone and a Robert Pattinson-Kristen Stewart wedding on the list of scandalous gossip stories people are dying to read.

If you're a celebrity gossip magazine or an enterprising author, why let facts get in the way? So thought the creator of the December 1 tell-all, Brangelina Exposed.

Ian Halperin, an investigative journalist and author of July's bestseller Unmasked: The Final Years of Michael Jackson, Brangelina Exposed promises to explain how the seemingly perfect couple "successfully manipulated the public."

What have we been manipulated into, you ask? "Believing a glamorous fairytale that bears little resemblance to the reality of the pair's life together." Obviously.

Basically, the Brangelina marriage is an act. Stop us if you've heard this one.

First on Halperin's agenda: Pitt's marriage to Jennifer Aniston (who supposedly had a secret meeting with him lately) and the "real reason" for their huge split.

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ALL A SHAM: Or so books and tabloids would have you believe.

The heavily-sourced writer hones in on Jolie's "dark past," reporting "new details of her volatile relationship with and estrangement from her father Jon Voight.

Is that really news at this point? Does anyone care?

Angelina Jolie also battled suicidal impulses, heroin and sexual exploits on her way to becoming an Oscar-winning actress. Again, is this really book material?

Halperin will also introduce "the key figure behind the scenes who orchestrated her makeover into a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador." Anyone still awake?

At the present time, the author says Brangelina life is no fairy tale, and that a split may be coming - like, for real - before too long. Supposedly. Probably not.

"Jolie's personal lifestyle choices are not only affecting her growing family," a release says, "but causing serious and potentially irreparable tensions with Pitt."

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