Celebrity Slam (414)

Wednesday, 05 June 2013 11:07

Celebrity Slam - June 5, 2013

Written by Allen Adams

Boy band brawl?

There's no doubt that there are a lot of people out there who would love to see a boy band brawl. As it turns out, you can count Max George, frontman of The Wanted, among them.

George and bandmate Jay McGuiness made some interesting comments to the NY Daily News recently. According to the duo, the band is totally on board with the idea of setting up some sort of 5-on-5 battle royale between themselves and fellow Brit-pop boybanders One Direction.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013 13:02

Celebrity Slam - May 29, 2013

Written by Allen Adams

Bynes in a bind

We have seen our share of spectacular celebrity meltdowns in this space over the years. While many of the missteps of the rich and famous are relatively isolated incidents, there are a few names that appear in this space over and over again the Sheens and Lohans and Kardashians of the world.

One celebrity who has been making a real push recently to ascend that particular Mount Olympus and join the Pantheon is Amanda Bynes. She's flashed a fair amount of erratic behavior over the past few months, but this last week might just have been enough to get her to the top of the mountain.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013 12:50

Celebrity Slam - May 22, 2013

Written by Allen Adams
Awards show mayhem

Awards shows would seem to be the perfect storm for celebrity idiocy. You put a bunch of them together into a confined space and essentially reward their outsized egos with trophies and whatnot. The asshat potential in sore winners and sore losers alone is incalculable.

But then you have a show like the recent Billboard Music Awards. This show offered a trio of moments that fit quite nicely within the confines of this space. You've got judgment and disdain from a drunken hillbilly, scorn and derision aimed at a fading teen idol and one of the best accidental wrestling moves you're ever likely to see. 

Wednesday, 15 May 2013 14:42

Celebrity Slam - May 15, 2013

Written by Allen Adams

Happy Mother's Day!

In honor of the recent celebration of Mother's Day, here's a story about a mother and child whose relationship has hit the rocks in a very public fashion.

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is currently embroiled in a dispute with his mother regarding an auction of some of Bryant's sporting memorabilia. Pamela Bryant recently put more than 100 collectibles spanning Kobe's career up for a June auction in New Jersey. She insists that Kobe gave her the items (which include a variety of jerseys, trophies and rings from throughout his basketball career) while also claiming that she has spent upwards of $90,000 on storage over the past five years.

Kobe denies all of this, saying that he intends to give the items to his children.

It has gotten ugly, with accusations flying from both sides each alleging that the other is lying. Kobe's father Joe has jumped into the mix, claiming that he and his wife asked Kobe to take some of the items to his California home a request he says Kobe declined.

As you might imagine, lawsuits have been filed.

It's bad enough that these sorts of family squabbles happen; unfortunately, this is the sort of situation where there can be no winner. While Kobe may well be totally in the right all of these items came from his accomplishments, after all there's no way to get into a p---ing match with your mother and not look like a complete nozzle. Sure, he might want to give this stuff to his kids, but the circumstances sure do make it seem like he's being a jerk.

Meanwhile, his parents look like complete gold diggers by trying to auction off his stuff. It isn't so much the initial attempt to auction the memorabilia they could very easily have thought it was theirs to do with what they liked. No, it's the continued insistence upon selling even after Kobe voiced his disapproval that makes them look like greedy opportunists.

It's sad that an issue like this can rise up and demolish a fragile family dynamic. Regardless of the eventual outcome, these relationships are irreparably damaged.

Happy (belated) Mother's Day everyone!

Best feud ever?

We've got a potential classic brewing right now. It's too soon to say if this particular feud has legs of if it will fizzle out; all we can do is cross our fingers and hope against hope that it gets worse before it gets better.

The two combatants? Zach Braff and Morgan Freeman.

I know I'm as surprised as you are.

Braff has been embroiled in a bit of a controversy lately; the actor took to the crowdfunding website Kickstarter to finance a new film project. There has been some backlash, with critics calling out Braff for taking advantage of a resource like Kickstarter rather than footing the bill himself. 

In the process of defending himself during a Q&A session, Braff (for some not-quite-clear reason) brought up Morgan Freeman's recent AMA on Reddit, referencing the belief by many of that site's users that Freeman's vanilla answers were in fact written by a publicist or another Freeman employee.

Freeman's response as captured by TMZ was, as you might expect, kind of perfect. When asked about Braff's calling him out, his response was a simple 'Not the best idea.' Freeman's tone managed to strike a wonderful balance. He made it clear that he knew Braff would wind up regretting his comments while still conveying an air of genuinely not giving a crap.

Look, I like Zach Braff. I think he's a funny, talented guy. But he had to know that the internet boo-birds were going to hit him hard; Kickstarter and sites like it are intended to help those with no other options bring their projects to life. You can't tell me that Braff is without options. But dragging Morgan Freeman into it for no reason other than to try and ingratiate himself to the online masses is dirty pool. It's a low blow against a guy who is the epitome of class.

It's a shame that the big meanies out there think you're a selfish tightwad. So sad that your feelings were hurt, but dragging someone completely unrelated to the situation into the crossfire in an attempt to shed some heat is weak sauce.

Seriously, Zach Braff no one wants you to be a tool, so please stop acting like one.

Wednesday, 08 May 2013 12:52

Celebrity Slam - May 8, 2013

Written by Allen Adams

Ain't no fortunate son

It's always a roll of the dice when it comes to the children of the hyper-famous. Sometimes, they manage to navigate the minefield of vast wealth and implied entitlement and still find a way to come out the other side as a reasonable, relatively decent human being. Other times, they turn out to be utterly self-superior nozzles.

Unfortunately, it seems that young Patrick Schwarzenegger is the latter.

The still-teenaged Patrick (he's 19) used someone else's ID to gain entrance to The Sayers Club, a Hollywood nightspot. Not the smartest move, but hey he's a kid. Kids pull dumb stuff sometimes. But if that was all, we wouldn't be talking about this right now.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013 12:52

Celebrity Slam - Apr. 24, 2013

Written by Allen Adams

Reese gets rowdy

There are few things more likely to land a celebrity in this space than a wildly overinflated sense of self-importance. The only thing funnier than a famous person saying or doing something stupid is someone saying or doing that something stupid whilst swept up in a maelstrom of delusion and self-involvement.

Booze helps too.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013 12:52

Celebrity Slam - Apr. 17, 2013

Written by Allen Adams

Another Bieber fail

In case you were wondering, Justin Bieber is still behaving like a self-absorbed delusional little twit.

The latest misstep by the Biebs came during a recent visit paid to the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. You would think that if anything could get Justin Bieber to behave respectfully and think about something other than Justin Bieber for a little while, this would be it.

You would be wrong.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013 11:00

Celebrity Slam - Apr. 10, 2013

Written by Allen Adams

Sex tape shenanigans

If you've been paying attention in recent years, you've noticed that MTV has seemingly gone out of their way to lower the bat when it comes to reality television. Shows like 'Jersey Shore' and the like have turned some unpleasant people into celebrities.

Farrah Abraham, a former star of the network's 'Teen Mom,' has been popping up in the news in recent weeks following some drunken club antics and a DUI arrest. But she's taken it to the next level a sex tape with XXX star James Deen.

Wednesday, 03 April 2013 11:51

Celebrity Slam - Apr. 3, 2013

Written by Allen Adams

Bieber's big week

Pop singer Justin Bieber remains for the moment one of the biggest stars in music. He is beloved by fans all over the world following his explosive trip to the top of the industry. In a mere five years, he has gone from one of the faceless millions on YouTube to a global icon.

But how much longer will he last?

Wednesday, 27 March 2013 12:38

Celebrity Slam - Mar. 27, 2013

Written by Allen Adams

Say it ain't so, Franco!

We think we know celebrities. We're constantly deluged with information about them, even outside their various film, television and music projects. All that data comes together and paints a picture of the famous that seems to be reliable in a general sense. We don't necessarily know specifics of their personal lives, but their professional ones seem relatively clear.

But then something happens that completely turns your worldview upside down. Such an event recently took place involving actor James Franco.

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