Category: Daily Starbuzz

LINKS Justin Bieber shaved, Gina Kirschenheiter returns, Duchess Kate hypnobirths…

JEZEBELAfter months of uncertainty, our long international nightmare is over: Justin Bieber shaved off his mustache. Fans of the French-Canadian tickler need not worry, though; Bieber has already promised that the fuzz on his upper lip will be back in due time (presumably whenever his manager talks him out of another face tattoo)

REALITY TEASpeaking of departures and returns, RHOC star Gina Kirschenheiter has confirmed that she’s rejoining the cast and already begun filming the next season of the show

DLISTEDI had no idea that hypnobirthing was a thing, so Duchess Kate’s first-ever podcast interview was doubly earth-shaking for me

VOXIt seems a great many former ranking officials at the Department of Justice think that the current Attorney General should probably not have that job

THE BLASTDrew Carey’s ex-fiancée Dr. Amie Harwick died this weekend, just a few hours after being attacked in her home and apparently shoved off her third-story balcony. Police have arrested an ex-boyfriend of Harwick’s, against whom she had recently taken out a restraining order

THE ASHLEY’S REALITY ROUNDUPCaesar Mack from 90 Day Fiance will be on a episode of Naked and Afraid later this season, which is why he’s been posting so many social media updates from the gym lately

GO FUG YOURSELFHere’s Miley Cyrus, practicing the subtle art of the scarf-shirt

LAINEY GOSSIPIf James Marsden’s character in the Sonic the Hedgehog movie is anything like his character in Dead To Me, I think we know how he got the part. (The studio should do a mashup of those two things just for the parents who had to suffer through Sonic next to their kids)

CELEBITCHYAccording to Robert Pattinson, “no one realized that Twilight was an arthouse movie.” Hopefully he tries to make the same argument when doing promo for Batman in a couple years

THE BLEMISHA Russian BJJ competitor tried a move called the “flying ambar” in competition and accidentally broke his neck. And yes, if you’re feeling up to it, there is video

LINKS Robert Pattinson’s Batman, Hennessy Carolina twerks, Natalie Portman’s dress…

CELEBITCHYThe new Batman movie won’t be out for awhile, but director Matt Reeves gave us our first look at Robert Pattinson’s Batman by sharing Pattinson’s in-costume camera test on social media. I’m not opposed, but also full disclosure that my first thought upon seeing it was “How tall is Robert Pattinson, anyway?”

THE BLASTCardi B’s sister Hennessy Carolina is channeling a little of the stuff that put her big sister on the path to superstardom. Hennessy’s most recent twerking video is racking up views, likes, and general attention befitting a much bigger star — plus she’s got some legit skills

LAINEY GOSSIPNatalie Portman’s Oscars dress is still getting plenty of attention due to what some are calling Portman’s semi-hypocrisy when you compare the names of the female directors emblazoned upon it against those of the directors with whom Portman has actually worked. In other news, Natalie Portman’s next project will have a female director

THE BLEMISHSnoop is sorry he came on a little strong in his response to Gayle King bringing up Kobe Bryant’s 2003 rape case in her interview with Lisa Leslie last week. Lest you missed this story, by “came on a little strong” I mean “made thinly veiled threats against King’s life”

THE ASHLEY’S REALITY ROUNDUPMama June isn’t getting paid for the new season of From Not To Hot because she’s not “an active participant in the new season.” Based on interviews with other cast members & some of the production, it sounds like she’s going to be Josh Duggar during the first season of Counting On

GO FUG YOURSELFLela Rose basically created a pop-up flower shop to have the right venue for debuting her new clothes and good lord does it ever work

VOXWomen are known tampon horders; the unused tampon resale market is more lucrative than ever. No one disputes this

JEZEBEL“The 30 participants, all of whom seem to be very, very interested in the notion of finding their forever person and willing to do so on television, lock themselves in pods and speak to their prospective future life partner through a wall. After 10 days of interacting with strangers, the couples in question have to decide whether or not they want to get engaged”

DLISTEDCorey Feldman’s documentary (my) TRUTH: The Rape of 2 Coreys — a movie about alleged Hollywood pedophiles that Feldman crowdsourced to get made and that he’s been talking about making for nearly a decade — now has a trailer

REALITY TEAKenya Moore thinks NeNe Leakes “is not impactful at all” on RHOA and further says the network is phasing NeNe out entirely in favor of new blood

LINKS Below Deck Sailing Yacht cast, BAFTA fashion, R. Kelly fails again…

REALITY TEAHere’s the Below Deck Sailing Yacht cast, just in time for the spin-off’s premiere episode. Side note: Does anyone else think the title Below Deck Sailing Yacht sounds like a poor translation from English into another language and then back into English? Like if instead of Real Housewives, Bravo renamed the franchise Real Housewives Lady Tableflip

JEZEBELIf you need your fashion fix ahead of the Oscars this weekend, here’s a hefty roundup of all the best and worst looks from last weekend’s BAFTA ceremony. Shout-out to Zoe Kravitz, who pulled off the award statue look in this gold Yves Saint Laurent gown

GO FUG YOURSELFAnd don’t stop there: Here’s all the looks from the BAFTA afterparty (there was only one?). Immediate takeaways: Burberry is cutting costs; Saoirse Ronan is completely untouchable; Nicole Scherzinger somehow makes this work

CELEBITCHYOne more pre-Oscars look for your consideration — is Charlize Theron in purple Dior “her best look of the awards season”?

THE BLASTIn decidedly unglamorous news, it will probably come as no surprise to hear that R. Kelly’s request to skip his next court hearing was smacked down by the judge in his case. Both of Kelly’s lawyers said they had other things to do and couldn’t be there, so things are going especially well for him

VOXIn failure news of a different sort, we still don’t know who won the Iowa caucus

DLISTEDSpending any serious amount of time or money on a child’s first two birthdays is a pretty absurd thing to do, but then Kylie Jenner has money to burn and people to burn it for her

LAINEY GOSSIPEvidently this commercial for the Top Gun sequel aired during the ten minutes I was out of the room during the Super Bowl, because I completely missed it. Also, I am 100% on board with renaming the movie Maverick: Legend of the Skies, which sounds more like a Miyazaki film and is therefore correct

THE ASHLEY’S REALITY ROUNDUPLisa Vanderpump’s Business Partner Comments on New Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Filed by Former Employee of Vanderpump Dogs Foundation

THE BLEMISHIt’s a bit old (by gossip standards), but I hadn’t seen this delightful story about hatemonger Katie Hopkins getting tricked into traveling across a continent to accept a fake award with an appropriately insulting name

LINKS J-Lo and Shakira, Super Bowl commercials, Groundhog prediction…

CELEBITCHYSo J-Lo and Shakira put on an energetic and really fun Super Bowl halftime show that still somehow managed to ruffle a ton of feathers thanks to people still uncomfortable with grinding and pole dancing. (Surprisingly, J-Lo’s political undertones seemed to sneak right by almost everyone)

VOXThere was also the usual spate of celebrity- and pop culture reference-laden Super Bowl commercials, most of which were dull as hell. I actually really liked the HSN satire that Avocados From Mexico put together, because it’s always fun to see a mirror held up to an audience without the audience’s awareness. Facebook’s was garbage. What did you, the viewers at home, think?

DLISTEDOn a related note, Jason Momoa’s pre-Super Bowl Super Bowl commercial was even better than his Super Bowl commercial, which had people shrieking and covering their eyes in the living room where I watched

THE BLASTBack to the spectacle itself: Demi Lovato is getting rave reviews for both her rendition of the Star Spangled Banner and the all-white outfit she wore to perform it

THE BLEMISHOh right, a football game happened during all that as well. Kansas City won its first NFL championship in 50 years, but the wrong guy won the game’s MVP trophy

JEZEBELOh, and it was *also* Groundhog Day yesterday. (I forgot until after seeing Jeep’s commercial with Bill Murray.) Not-Punxsutawney-Phil did not see its shadow for the fifth year in a row, meaning winter is over and it’s okay to complain about how it’s so hot that you can’t wait for autumn to begin

REALITY TEAMeghan Edmonds does not need to express every thought

THE ASHLEY’S REALITY ROUNDUPBringing Up Bates Star Carlin Bates Stewart Welcomes First Child with Husband Evan; Best Friend Joy Duggar Forsyth Responds”

LAINEY GOSSIPWorth the click for this sentence alone: “If January is a graveyard for unwanted movies, then Super Bowl weekend is an abandoned house on a dead-end road with a mysterious locked room in the basement and a garage full of nothing but rope and cyanide.”

GO FUG YOURSELF“Zendaya Once Again Looks Good In Something Confusing”

LINKS Rihanna and A$AP Rocky, Coronaconfusion, 50 Cent Walk of Fame…

DLISTEDRihanna and A$AP Rocky are at least tabloid-dating, so we can assume that someone in one or both of their camps wants the gossip out there. Also, isn’t it delightful how often “dating” is literally a euphemism for “f*cking in hotel suites whenever they get the chance”

CELEBITCHYIt seems that a great many people believe somehow Corona (the beer) is related to or outright responsible for coronavirus (the new strain of nCOV responsible for 170 deaths and counting)

THE BLASTYesterday 50 Cent got himself a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and Eminem inducted him onto (into?) the walkway with a heartfelt speech full of memories, praise, and an unexpected Scrabble reference

JEZEBELPrivileged people have no idea how much health care costs (or the value of “a few grand” [or basic empathy])

VOXOn a related note, here’s an uplifting explainer of exactly how and why “America’s system of government is rigged against democracy”

LAINEY GOSSIPBack to gossip: Jessica Simpson’s memoir — appropriately titled Open Book — comes out next Tuesday, and she’s been dishing away on the promo tour. The latest viral story: what happened between Jessica and Justin Timberlake after she divorced Nick Lachey back in the mid-00s

GO FUG YOURSELFLowkey Headline of the Week: “The Actors Who Came Out for the Visual Effects Awards Brought It (Visually, Anyway)”

THE ASHLEY’S REALITY ROUNDUP“Snooki Says Angelina Pivarnick Still Isn’t Speaking to Her Female Jersey Shore Co-Stars Following Bridesmaids’ Speech Drama”

REALITY TEAVanderpump Rules cast member Ariana Madix is firing back at Tom Sandoval in the Stassi Schroeder text message drama

THE BLEMISHIt kind of looks like Tom Brady is walking back onto a football field in this cryptic pic he shared yesterday, which would suggest he’s not retiring? But then it also looks like he’s wearing a business suit or some other kind of formalwear, and so maybe he actually is? Or maybe the whole point was that he wanted all eyes back on him as we head into Super Bowl weekend

LINKS Soulja Boy pistol whipping, #PumpRules drama, 2020 Oscar preview…

THE BLASTIf you hadn’t heard about the (alleged) Soulja Boy pistol whipping yet, you’re about to get all the details and then some. The rapper is being sued for (allegedly) pistol whipping an occasional girlfriend, then having her tied up in his garage and held captive until she performed oral sex on a guard

REALITY TEAJax Taylor is not here for anything about his Vanderpump Rules co-star Ariana Madix. Taylor went after Ariana on Twitter during her WWHL appearance, and is still going after Tom Sandoval as well

GO FUG YOURSELFThe annual Oscars luncheon may have “felt underattended” thanks to plenty of the nominees being in Britain ahead of the BAFTAs this weekend, but there was still plenty of star power and intriguing fashion. Acclaimed costume designer Sandy Powell won the day with her intentional-or-not David Bowie impersonation

JEZEBELThe producers of The Biggest Loser reboot can “wrap [the show] in all the wellness language they want, but it’s the same old shit” — namely, a “cheerfully exploitative” depiction of fat people

VOX“Hollywood is replacing artists with AI. Its future is bleak: How big-budget moviemaking is veering into Black Mirror territory”

CELEBITCHYThis is the first time I’ve ever heard anyone say that going from two to three kids is a difficult transition, and I don’t know any rich people

DLISTEDOn a related note, the OctoMom’s octuplets are now eleven years old. So she has five more years to figure out how to shut down any and all questions about why they can’t all have their own cars

LAINEY GOSSIPOn the one hand, sure, LaKeith Stanfield would make for a way better Joker movie than the absolute nonsense up for eleven Academy Awards in a couple of weeks. And on the other, maybe his considerable talents would best be used in a movie about almost anything else you can imagine?

THE BLEMISHThe Blemish is *not* ripping into Justin Bieber’s new single or Bieber himself, what is happening in this strange abyss of a world

THE ASHLEY’S REALITY ROUNDUP“A Prison Release & Plenty of Parties: Jersey Shore Family Vacation to Return Next Month! See the First Trailer!”

LINKS Kobe Bryant’s legacy, Thomas Markle facepalm, Coronavirus explainer…

JEZEBELRight now, the shocking and tragic manner of Kobe Bryant’s death outweighs the complicated nature of Kobe Bryant’s legacy — a fact reinforced by the Washington Post‘s suspension of a respected reporter who pointed out that Kobe’s 2003 rape case was not as open-and-shut as folks might like to believe

THE BLASTIn other Kobe news, fans appear to be by and large upset by the National Transportation Safety Board’s decision to release a few new photos and some video footage of the helicopter crash site. Releases like this are standard for the NTSB, a public agency known for taking painstaking care and a very long time with its investigations

CELEBITCHYThomas Markle is threatening to give a new terrible interview every 30 days until Meghan picks up the phone, which is a pretty shit strategy considering every time Thomas opens his mouth he gives his daughter less reason to ever speak to him again

VOXHere’s the deal with coronavirus, which is for now at least no more and actually far less deadly than seasonal flu

LAINEY GOSSIPI think there’s been a trailer for The Gentlemen before every YouTube video I’ve watched in at least a month, so it’s nice to hear that the movie is in fact “a classic Guy Ritchie crime caper.” At the same time, it’s rather less nice to hear that TG is also “hideously racist and retrograde”

THE ASHLEY’S REALITY ROUNDUPMy favorite lede of at least this week: “If your Nana is single and ready to mingle (and a card-carrying member of AARP!) the producers of The Bachelor are looking to cast her in a seniors version of a Bachelor-style show!”

REALITY TEAMeghan Edmonds will not stop spilling her own delicious tea about her soon-to-be-ex-husband’s pettiness and I have to agree with Reality Tea here, if she’d been this interesting when she was on RHOC the show would have benefited enormously

DLISTEDCats won an award from PETA for not using any actual cats in the filming of the movie. Maybe they should have — if there’s one thing people like to watch footage of, it’s cats doing cat stuff

GO FUG YOURSELFJay-Z and Beyonce threw a Grammys pre-party and it somehow seemed to be pretty chill (when the coverage involves the word “frolicked,” you know it’s a relaxed atmosphere)

THE BLEMISHApparently Cameron Diaz has retired from acting? And she somehow managed to do it quietly, despite having millions of social media followers and not that long ago being about as big of an A-list movie star as one can be. This kind of open stealth is Murrayesque; respect, Cameron, and happy retirement

LINKS RIP Kobe, Grammys 2020, RHOC cast shakeup…

CELEBITCHYRIP Kobe: The Los Angeles Lakers and NBA legend died yesterday in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles. None of the nine people on board the helicopter survived the crash; among the eight other victims was Kobe’s thirteen-year-old daughter, Gianna

GO FUG YOURSELFThen, in one of the more surreal pop culture juxtapositions we’re likely to see in 2020, the Lakers’ home arena — better known as the Staples Center — hosted the 2020 Grammys. Plenty of celebrities were still visibly in shock and reeling from the news of Bryant’s death; that said, Billy Porter’s hat went a long way toward making pretty much everyone feel better

THE BLEMISHThe Grammys were also the venue for Demi Lovato’s first public performance in almost two years. She sang “Anyone,” a song she wrote literally the same week as her 2018 overdose, and was so overwhelmed that she had to stop partway through and begin again

DLISTEDTaylor Swift, on the other hand, did not perform at the Grammys, because of some behind-the-scenes drama that kind of got overshadowed

LAINEY GOSSIPOne person who did perform was Lil Nas X — he had the most-tweeted-about moment of the whole show by rolling up with BTS to perform “Seoul Town Road,” their remix of Nas’ “Old Town Road”

THE BLASTAlmost a year after his tragic death, Nipsey Hussle won two Grammy awards: One for Best Rap Performance and the other for Best Rap / Sung Performance. The Grammy categories will never, ever make sense, but congrats to Nipsey’s collaborators as well as his family

JEZEBEL“The Recording Academy, the organization responsible for the Grammys, says it’ll take steps to ensure diversity and inclusion, following a complaint filed by former Grammy chief Deborah Dugan accusing the Academy of being a “boys’ club” full of white men who contribute to a corrupt and rigged Grammys voting process.”

REALITY TEAFinally, in news not related to Kobe or the Grammys, Vicki Gunvalson has officially announced her departure from The Real Housewives of Orange County, along with long-time co-star Tamra Judge

THE ASHLEY’S REALITY ROUNDUPSister Wives Season 14 Episode 4 Recap: Hopeless House-Hocking & a Holiday Ambush”

VOXIn case you forgot, there’s still a presidential impeachment trial going on. The range of possibilities of what could happen this week is vast; on the one side is “The whole thing could be over” and on the other is “The shit could really start hitting the fan”