We've always viewed YouTube as a great web site for uploading silly movies or yourself or reminiscing over old music videos and commercials. These days, though, celebrities are on a mission, using the site as a marketing tool for spreading announcements to a mass audience.
First came actor Jason Beghe (of CSI, Numb3rs, and Cane) who posted a video declaring his utter disenchantment with Scientology, the religion he was a member of for 13 years. "Scientology is destructive and a rip-off," says Beghe. "It's very, very dangerous for your spiritual, psychological, mental, emotional health and evolution…It ain't delivering what it's promised."
In a more personal example, former actress and playwright Tricia Walsh-Smith has taken to the
divorce-by-YouTube method against husband Philip Smith, a big Broadway producer. As divorce lawyer Bonnie Rabin says, the video with over 150,000 hits "brings the concept of humiliation to a whole new level," as she trashes their sex life and goes
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- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Author Blog Posts – Wed, Apr 16, 2008 10:14 PM EDT
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I have never been so excited about a project than Woody Allen's upcoming collaboration with Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm creator Larry David. I consider myself a 75% non-religious, non-practicing Jew who grew up amongst hilarious Larry and Woody-adoring Yiddish-speakers. This could have something to do with my unwavering love for these two men. I don't see how anyone could not own every season of Seinfeld on DVD yet still watch them in syndication nightly or not be able to recite dialog from Manhattan, Deconstructing Harry, or my favorite Woody film, Annie Hall.Read More »from Woody Allen + Larry David = A Match Made in Heaven
I find myself alluding to scenarios from Curb Your Enthusiasm on a daily basis or even throwing out Larry's terms like "pop-in" or "stop and chat" in conversation when recognizing my mutual hatred for such occurrences. Some people might cringe at the prospect of close proximity to the intensely neurotic behaviors these self-deprecating egomaniacs exhibit, but I want to submerge and engulf myself in it. Sadly, there's not
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Author Blog Posts – Wed, Apr 16, 2008 6:42 AM EDT
Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesNo, the 70-year-old comedian won't be rapping about J-E-L-L-O. Bill Cosby's album, Cosby Narratives Vol. 1: State of Emergency, due out next month, will be a mix of hip-hop, pop and jazz and feature the rapping of others. "It really looks at the frustration and the anger that a young man may have." Hey, at least it's a CD with a purpose! [CTV]Read More »from Bill Cosby makes a Hip-Hop album, let the world rejoice
There have been a slew of celebs-gone-singer/musican in recent years (Paris Hilton, Jared Leto, Lindsay Lohan, Adam Brody) and we're sure there are more on the way (Scarlett Johansson). After the jump, a list of stars with albums that you may be surprised about.
Retired-Yankee fielder Bernie Williams
Actor Leonard Nimoy
Actor William Shatner
Model/actress Milla Jovovich
Actor David Hasselhoff
Actress/screenwriter Julie Delpy
Actor Vincent Gallo
Director John Carpenter
Actress/Family Ties alum Tina Yothers (Jaded)
Actress Juliette (Lewis) and the Licks.
Basketball star Shaquille O'Neal
Actor Keanu Reeves
These uptempo hits were responsible for creating dance moves, dance crazes, even a movie and a lawsuit. So bust out your dancin' shoes and lets visit some more memorable one-hit wonders.
1) Los del Rio - "The Macarena"
This dance-craze tune sat comfortably at the top of the charts for 14 weeks and sold over 4 million copies and then disappeared from whence it came.
2) Aqua - "Barbie Girl"
Mattel sued the band for tainting Barbie's rep, referring to her as a "blonde bimbo," but the case was dismissed. The should have realized this Euro-hit was a fluke that would go away on it's own.
3) Deee-lite - "Groove is in the Heart"
This might actually be one of the best songs ever. Apparently Deee-lite had six #1 dance songs, but they must have been way less memorable without the slide-whistle.
4) Van McCoy - "The Hustle"
This dude was a producer, songwriter and orchestra conductor, but that all paled in comparison to his disco smash.
5) Haddaway - "What Is Love"
While recorded in the
The term one-hit wonder was coined by the Guinness Book of Hit Singles from the 1970s, and originally was used to identify artists who landed "a number one hit, and then nothing else, ever." Sometimes artists will have another mini hit that is trumped so magnificently that we'll still lump them into this category. The reasons for such a significant-yet-crappy fate? Bands break up, people die (uh oh!), and more typically, the artists have only enough talent for one catchy single-ah, the dreaded sophomore curse!Read More »from One-hit Wonders, Part I: the 80s
We will be tracking our favorites one-hit wonders during upcoming days and we'd like to start out our journey with a decade you all know and love: The 80s. After the jump, some "me generation" tracks we just wouldn't be the same without.
1) Soft Cell - "Tainted Love"
Everyone loves this song! Rihanna even chose to sample it for her smash hit, "S.O.S." Go ahead-sing along, we know you know all the words! But try and name another Soft Cell tune, and, well… oh. Guess there aren't
Don't get us wrong, we've got love for both Hillary Clinton and Amy Winehouse, but these scenarios should never, ever happen again.
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Jezebel via Bauer Griffon
Who do you think looks more irresponsible?
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Author Blog Posts – Mon, Apr 14, 2008 9:13 PM EDT
This money should have went to UNICEF instead:Read More »from It came from beyond the graveâ€¦ Marilynâ€™s sextape!
There's a Marilyn Monroe sex tape from the 50s of her performing oral sex and it just sold for $1.5 million. [NY Post]
Least willing to trust the government:
Alicia Keys has many interesting conspiracy theories. [d-listed]
Girl-on-girl hate crime of the day:
Paris Hilton says Kim Kardashian's ass looks like "cottage cheese inside of a big trash bag." [Perez]
Most willing to pick a fight he can't win:
Noel Gallagher of Oasis says Jay-Z headlining this summer's Glastonbury festival is a mistake. [BBC]
We wish this was our childhood:
Fifteen-year-old millionaire Miley Cyrus and her BFF Mandy make their own music video to Madonna's "4 Minutes." [YouTube]
Worst grounding in history:
Britney's dad was supposed to have his eye on her, but she still managed to have a car accident. [Yahoo]
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Author Blog Posts – Mon, Apr 14, 2008 8:42 PM EDT
Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty ImagesLately it seems like when any young couple announces they're getting married rumors start swirling about if they're expecting. But when it comes to newly engaged Ashlee Simpson, 23, and Pete Wentz, 27, the gossip is true! "We are thrilled to confirm their engagement and congratulate this happy couple," a source confirmed to US Weekly. Papa Joe, a former minister, must want these two rushed down the alter quick! Ashlee's new album is due out this month and we're guessing promotions and touring will probably be out of the question. But after all, that's unimportant when there's a baby on the way, right?Read More »from Ashleeâ€™s shotgun engagement explained: Sheâ€™s pregnant!
With Jamie Lynn Spears (17), Jessica Alba (26) and many more young famous females getting knocked up, you'd think there was a lack of birth control in Hollywood. While the pregnancies may be planned, what type of example do you think this sets for the youth of America? [Us]
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Author Blog Posts – Mon, Apr 14, 2008 8:24 AM EDT
Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesParade magazine's annual "What People Earn" issue just came out and here are a few jarring facts we've discovered:Read More »from What Celebs Earn--here's a hint: it's a lot more than us
1) Just because people make fun of you a lot and your only skill is interviewing celebrities and other wannabe celebrities, it doesn't mean you can't make yourself rich and famous (Ryan Seacrest, $12 million).
2) The Olsen twins had better watch their backs-there's a new girl in town (Miley Cyrus, $18.2 million vs. Mary-Kate Olsen's 17 million).
3) Everything Oprah touches turns to gold, even annoying people who give bad advice (Dr. Phil, $90 million).
4) Some stars get a lot of press coverage, but their wallets are still reasonably slim (Scarlett Johansson, $6 million).
5) Even a dog can make millions. Seriously, what gives. (Leona Helmsley's pooch, $12 million).
Other big money makers:
Oprah Winfrey: $260 million Tiger Woods: $115 million Steven Spielberg: $110 million Dr. Phil McGraw: $90 million 50 Cent: $33 million Gisele Bundchen: $33 million Miley Cyrus:
Bryan Bedder/Getty ImagesFor someone whose name has become synonymous with "sex," the word sure has a way of making Sarah Jessica Parker blush. The Sex and the City star swung by Late Night with Conan O'Brien to promote her new movie, Smart People, and she squirmed uncomfortably talking about "things of the intimate nature."
The bedroom banter we're all too familiar with seeing come out her mouth is terribly embarrassing for her to deal with in real life. Part of us thinks, c'mon Bradshaw, lighten up, but the other half thinks, aww, cute! Someone in 2008 can still be modest.
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