This Week in Pop Culture
I'm not sure if the moon is in Venus' third house or what, but there's been a pop culture explosion this week! Also, I'm happy to report that I have nothing to say about Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes…for now.
Bella and Edward are dunzo. Twilight fans had a whack attack this week when they learned that B Kristen Stewart cheated on their precious Robert Pattinson. I don’t know what it is about that gal that could draw a married (to a model) father of two into her clutches. Sure, she’s pretty, but I’m just gonna say it: She is severely awkward. Maybe guys love her weird factor? Or she’s a freak in the sheets? Who knows.
Here are the facts: On July 17, a cunning paparazzo caught Stewart (22) making out with her Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders (41) and neither one of them denied it, which is kind of shocking considering the lengths celebrities go to in order to hide their indiscretions these days (hello, Tiger Woods). The scandal hit amongst a slew of recent marriage rumors between Stewart and Pattinson. The pair has been dating for three years while Sanders and wife, model Liberty Ross (33), have been married for seven years (but together for fourteen) and have two children together, ages five and seven.
Both Stewart and Sanders wasted no time issuing their public apologies to People magazine:
Stewart: “I’m deeply sorry for the hurt and embarrassment I've caused to those close to me and everyone this has affected. This momentary indiscretion has jeopardized the most important thing in my life, the person I love and respect the most, Rob. I love him, I love him, I’m so sorry.”
Sanders: “I am utterly distraught about the pain I have caused my family. My beautiful wife and heavenly children are all I have in this world. I love them with all my heart. I am praying that we can get through this together.
In the meantime, it’s been reported that Pattinson has packed up shop at the home he shares with Stewart in Los Feliz, CA. Although the home is his, he doesn’t seem to be anywhere near it and is “in seclusion” until further notice, according to People.
Ross has yet to comment except for a short “wow” on her now disabled Twitter account after the scandal broke.
Here’s one Twi-Hard’s reaction to the demise of Robsten:
I think we will survive this breakup, guys.
The Dark Knight rises, indeed. Christian Bale arrived unannounced on Tuesday in Aurora, CO to visit victims of last week’s tragic shooting during a midnight showing of his new blockbuster The Dark Knight Rises. According to an assistant for Susan Fleishman, executive vice president for Warner Brothers corporate communications, “Mr. Bale is there as himself, not representing Warner Brothers,” which makes him a real B-A. I don’t see Anne Hathaway visiting anyone…am I right? (However, I should note that President Obama and players from the Denver Broncos have also taken their time to meet with victims).
Bale spent over two hours meeting with five people being treated at the Medical Center of Aurora and visited a nearby memorial during his trip.
Now that’s what you call a first class gent.
Butterfly’s on board for AI. It was announced on Monday that Mariah Carey will be showcasing her unique batch of crazy on the next season of American Idol premiering in January, and boy does she have big shoes to fill – let’s face it, Paula really set the bar high. Mimi’s deal is reportedly worth at least $17M, not including bonuses or special requests in her contract (remember Britney’s crazy rider for X-Factor including four pints of potato salad, twelve vases of fresh magnolia blossoms, etc.?). Right now, there’s still no word on who will replace Steven Tyler or if Randy Jackson will be returning. One thing’s for sure: Ryan Seacrest will be there. He’s always there…he’s everywhere. Like Chuck Norris.
Mo’ money, mo’ problems for the Jackson clan. Tensions are rising amongst the Jacksons these days. The family’s allegedly feuding over control of the late King of Pop’s estate, and now the guardianship of Jackson’s three children, Prince, Paris, and Blanket.
Since Michael Jackson’s death in 2009, his estate has generated more than one billion dollars. No family members besides Jackson's children and his mother Katherine were authorized to receive an allowance from the estate. Randy Jackson has gone on the record saying that his brother’s will is a fake and he wants what’s his; apparently Jermaine and Janet adamantly agree with Randy, which caused the most recent rift.
But it doesn’t end there.
Katherine went missing this week. Don’t worry, she’s alright. Her children sent her away to a relaxing 'spa vacation' in Arizona, allegedly because they wanted to get this whole will deal sorted out and get their greedy hands on Michael’s money. But not only that, Katherine has temporarily lost custody of Jackson’s kids. TJ Jackson (nephew to Michael, son of Tito) has been appointed the new guardian for the time being.
Most recently Paris had tweeted that she was happy to finally be reunited with her grandmother, while Prince aired the family drama with an iPhone screen grab of a group messaging conversation between his aunts and uncles.
It’s kind of crazy, and sad, that these orphaned children are being thrown into this hot mess of adults who can’t get their shit together. But hey, if they were normal, they wouldn’t be the Jacksons we know and love.
Holly Madison will get her baby if it’s the last thing she ever does. Okay, I don’t know how many of you watched The Girls Next Store on E! with Holly Madison, Bridget Marquardt, and Kendra Wilkinson, Hugh Hefner’s live-in girlfriends at the time…but let me just give you a quick run-down of Holly’s role as Hef’s main girlfriend: basically on every episode she would play with all the animals, be passive-aggressive towards Bridg and Kendra, call Hef ‘Puffin’, and beg him for a child, his child. Obviously we all know that that didn’t happen, so Holly has taken motherhood into her own hands and has started the adoption process in Vegas. What a lovely place to raise a child…congrats Holls!
Olympics. Just a quick reminder that the Olympic opening ceremonies entitled The Isles of Wonder will kick off at 9pm in London tonight (so 4pm here on the east coast), but will be airing delayed on your local NBC station at 7:30pm EST. Four swimming finals are set to take place on Saturday if anyone is interested in watching Ryan Lochte because I know I will be. View the full schedule here.
The games conclude on August 12.
Celebrity Quote of the Week: “He got out and walked to the curb and got in a powder blue Bentley. And I walked to the corner and got on the subway.” – Emmy-nominated Mad Men star Jon Hamm, recalling a pre-stardom elevator encounter with Jay-Z, to The A.V. Club.
Throwback Video of the Week: Baltimore cops V.S. skateboarder
“Are you from the county or something?...Obviously your parents don’t put a foot in your butt quite enough!”
Skip It: The Watch [R] and Step Up Revolution [PG-13] – It looks like everything The Watch has to offer is in the previews and I think this is the fourth Step Up movie, so that’s obviously a lost cause…unless you’re in need of some new dance moves.
Celebrity Birthdays This Week: Selena Gomez (20), Danny Glover (65), Don Henley (65), Alex Trebek (72), David Spade (48), Daniel Radcliffe (23), Slash (47), Woody Harrelson (51), Monica Lewinsky (39), Philip Seymour Hoffman (45), Jennifer Lopez (43), Anna Paquin (30), Barry Bonds (48), Kristin Chenoweth (44), Matt LeBlanc (45), Mick Jagger (69), Sandra Bullock (48), Kevin Spacey (53), Kate Beckinsale (39), Helen Mirren (67), Taylor Momsen (19), Jeremy Piven (47), A. Rod (37), Soulja Boy (22), Elizabeth Berkley (40).