American culture is spreading throughout the world … spreading like herpes. Behold, a British version of “Jersey Shore” on MTV UK: “Geordie Shore” stars thickly accented lads and lasses Jay, Vicky, Gary, Charlotte-Letitia, James, Sophie, Greg and Holly — who says she is “fierce, flirty and I’ve got double Fs!” — in the northeastern city of Newcastle. It’ll air Tuesday, May 24 at 10 p.m. in the UK. British “Jersey Shore” proves the allure of fake tans, tube tops, and puking your guts out is indeed universal. But — serious question — do they fist pump?
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Is this military-themed Budweiser commercial, um, gay? I’m guessing you don’t ask and you don’t tell, either. With so many beer commercials opting for the “real men aren’t gay! GRR! Eat some raw meat!” tactic, I can help but wonder whether it means something when two men are portrayed lovingly. As the gay blog After Elton notes, “If you substituted a woman for [the potential boyfriend portrayed throughout the commercial], it would read pretty much exactly like a heterosexual relationship.” That’s a good point. Whether the commercial is meant to be read as “gay” or “gay-friendly,” though, it’s a sad comment on society when we’ve become accustomed to ads marketed towards men being bro-tastic. [After Elton] Keep reading »
I”m not a “Dancing with the Stars” fan — D-list celebs learning how to tango? No thanks! — and find everything else on the boob tube Tuesday nights to be totally boring. Until now. Last night, “The Voice,” an “American Idol”-inspired singing competition, debuted, and against my better judgment, I tuned in. So glad I did! For starters, “The Voice” doesn’t bother to show any of the crappy auditions — contestants having already been whittled down to just the best. After all, judges Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Cee-Lo Green, and Blake Shelton are way too busy with their own successful careers to waste time listening to a bunch of talentless losers warble.
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On Monday, after finding out that she’d been sentenced to 120 days in jail and 480 hours of community service, including a large chunk brandishing a broom at the Los Angeles County morgue, Lindsay Lohan rolled by “The Tonight Show” for an interview. The audience had been expecting Kristin Chenoweth, so when the much more scandaltastic LiLo appeared, they gave her a standing ovation. In the interview, which aired last night, Jay Leno asked her all about her recent woes. Lindsay said that her sentence was “shocking” and had “left me numb.”
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Gwyneth Paltrow apparently didn’t do any knitting with grandma. When she appeared on “Chelsea Lately” this week, she and Chelsea Handler talked about their respective German grandmas. Gwyneth apparently called her mom’s mom “Mutti” and not in a good way. “My grandmother was a real c**t,” she said. “She basically hated my guts. She tried to poison my mother against me, but it didn’t work because I have a great mother. She was just tough, just tough. You look back and you think she must not have been very happy and she must have had a lot of pain because she was mean as hell.” Wow, using the c-word on someone who’s dead? Harsh. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »