I can’t quite tell you why, but I was pretty darn addicted to MTV’s “Laguna Beach” and “The Hills,” and, to a lesser degree, “The City.” Nothing ever actually happened on these shows and the conversations and “characters” were basically the opposite of fascinating, but maybe it was their incredible blandness that made it hard to turn away. I think I am going overboard trying to justify this particular habit — I just like TV that temporarily lobotomizes me. Artist Karin Bubas is probably on my wavelength, because she’s created these portraits of “The Hills” stars at their most, um, poignant. I kind of dig the soft focus glow of them — they remind me of the ’80s Sweet Valley High book covers. I’m not saying I’m planning on buying one, but if someone gave me the drawing of Lauren with the single mascara-tainted tear stain on her cheek, I would make a space on my wall for it. [Karin Bubas via Buzzfeed]
“At that point, we were pulling our last cards. We felt the hot-air balloon losing its gas. And at that stage, our income would be selling the photo that would go along with the divorce. … What we learned is: You can be too famous … We were all getting paid to be people we weren’t for so long that you stop—there’s no line. The gauge is gone. The gray area is gone … What real job—what political world—would want Spencer Pratt, with the stigma I’ve attached to my name?”
—Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag talk to The Daily Beast about life now that their 15 minutes of fame have fully elapsed. In the piece, Spencer fully admits that he and Heidi made themselves into villains on “The Hills” and that they faked their breakup just to get a little press. And yet, he seems to have some remorse about the whole thing. Which makes me almost feel sorry for him.
Until I read the quote after the jump. Keep reading »
So, Heidi Montag, Jake Pavelka, and Danielle Staub walk into a bar. No, sadly, this is not a joke. Apparently, this is a new reality TV show. The three were in Los Angeles filming the series today and were photographed around a lunch table together. We have no idea what exactly the show will be, especially considering that the only thing uniting these three is that fact that they were controversy lightening rods on “The Hills,” “The Bachelor,” and “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” respectively. Maybe they’ll team up to fight crime? Or perhaps this is a new-fangled “Three’s Company”? Or a porno? Your guess is as good as mine. But, gulp, we will be watching. [Hollywood Hiccups, Daily Mail] Keep reading »
Splash identified this long-haired fella as Justin Bobby Brescia, the filthy-hot douchebag who romanced Audrina Patridge on “The Hills.” And I downloaded it, planning on posting a quick pic about him and his new girlfriend. But I was duped! This is not Justin Bobby. (The inset is the real Justin Bobby.) Were I not so comatose today, I would have used my noggin and thought, Wait, that can’t be Justin Bobby — he cut his hair and there’s no way its grown out already. This is just some lesser filthy-hot Justin Bobby. A rich man’s Justin Bobby, if you will. Splash, I demand my money back. Keep reading »
The internet is abuzz with some news about “Teen Moms” Maci Bookout, Farrah Abraham, Amber Portwood, and Catelynn Lowell. A figure has gotten out on how much MTV pays them for participating in the series. And considering that all of them struggle financially on the show—Farrah gets a job as a waitress, Maci worries about paying bills, and Catelynn is freaked about the price of community college—they actually make pretty good money, a reported $60K to $65K per season or about $5,000 per episode. [Huffington Post]
Now, that is a lot of money, especially considering that 75 percent of teen moms who aren’t on MTV end up on welfare within five years. It’s enough money that it should alter the making-ends-meet theme of the show, and it is more than many professionals make in a year. But instead of berating these teens, I’d like to put their paychecks in the context of what other reality TV stars make. And let’s just say that compared to the $1.25 million dollars Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt made in 2008 for their insane on-camera antics, this is pocket change. Keep reading »