Somehow I’ve made it until just now before hearing the song “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen. I know, it’s really quite amazing that I’ve managed to avoid the most catchy, popular, ear-defying song of the moment. I’d planned on avoiding it forever, but then this video, featuring a mysterious bikini-ed man, made it’s way into my inbox, and I was forced to hear it. Is Chatroulette still a thing? Because I guess people are still on there, which is weird. But either way, if I had to hear “Call Me, Maybe,” I’m glad it happened this way — with a dude in drag freaking out a bunch of teenage boys on the Internet. [YouTube]
Hannah Hooper of the band Grouplove has outed Christina Aguilera as a singer with the stinkiest reputation. “I have friends that lived in Pittsburgh and they grew up around Christina Aguilera and they swear to God that she smells like hot dogs,” she said. Hot dogs? That’s harsh. I guess Xtina needs to lay off the pork.
Hey, just because they’re famous, doesn’t mean their armpits don’t get funky just like the rest of us. Click through to see some more celebs who have been accused of being stink bombs. [Bossip]
You guys, look, it’s actually happening! This right here is photographic proof that the Spice Girls are hard at work rehearsing for their triumphant reunion performance at the Olympics closing ceremonies on Sunday. Titled “A Symphony of British Music,” the show will also include Adele, Muse, and members of The Who, The Kinks, and Pink Floyd. All the other acts are fine and good, but I mean, really, does it get any more British than Posh, Ginger, Scary, Sporty, and Baby rolling into the stadium on bedazzled cabs, flanked by dapper men in suits? Cheers! [Buzzfeed]
Saucy little minx Meryl Streep hit up “Watch What Happens Live” for a rousing game of Shun, Shag or Marry with her ex-costars. The options were Robert Redford, Jack Nicholson and Dustin Hoffman. Personally I would have chosen Redford to shag and that offer will remain open until he’s dead. [Bravo TV]
Remember back in That Time Before Kristen Stewart Took Over the Tabloids (TTBKSTOTT), when everyone was talking about Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith and how they were totally breaking up? It seems like there was a weeks-long period when every celebrity rag in publication was downright obsessed with their relationship, and the rumors went so far as to claim Jada had retained a high-powered divorce attorney, they had split up the kids … and that Will was getting jiggy with actor Duane Martin.
In the latest issue of Essence, Jada addressed the rumors head-on, and I have to admire her for being willing to talk about this crap. Because it has to suck, being asked for the millionth time whether or not your marriage is about to fall apart. Read more…
If you’ve ever seen the film adaptation of Peter Hedges’ novel What’s Eating Gilbert Grape you’ll remember Darlene Cates. She played the matriarch of the Grape clan, Bonnie Grape, a woman who’d ballooned to more than 500 pounds and relied on her kids to take care of her. Cates, who’d never appeared in films prior to “Grape,” has a compelling back story. She was spotted by “Grape” director Lasse Halstrom after she appeared on an episode of “The Sally Jessy Raphael Show,” about people who were homebound because of their weight.
In a recent interview with The Dallas Morning News Cates revealed that after the movie, her weight continued to be an issue. In 2011, she spent much of the year in the hospital, suffering from weight-related complications. But recently, Cates lost more than 240 pounds, and is down to 331 pounds. She’s looking forward to acting again, but refuses to take roles that lambast or ridicule overweight people. Cates still has trouble walking, but says that she no longer suffers from diabetes and has started doing physical therapy. Here’s hoping we see her on the big screen again soon. [Huffington Post]