Oh No They Didn’t: Friday’s Review Rage


Adam Sandler and Kevin James: Bombing Theaters NowEvery week we round up selections from the funniest, most obscene and brutal film criticism out there so that you don’t waste your cash at the theaters and laugh a little at Hollywood’s expense. This week: I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry is just about as entertaining as it looks from the trailer. Which is to say, it’s like punching your face full of staples.

“FDNWHY? Laughless comedy isn’t a gay time.” — The New York Post

“[The] script that trots out every f*g joke — yes, even dropping the soap — and then tells us how wrong it is to laugh. No comedy this year can beat this dud for mealy-mouthed hypocrisy.” — Rolling Stone Read more…

Only the Strong Survive: ‘World Series of Pop Culture’ Recap


Twisted Misters Take Home the Glory

They came. They spouted trivia. They conquered. There could be only one winning team. And that team — the final finalists in the 2007 World Series of Pop Culture – was Twisted Misters. Congratulations! They beat Wocka Wocka to take home the title (and the $250,000) by correctly remembering more members of the principal cast of Little Miss Sunshine. Take that for what it is. For all the action you missed, check the in-depth recap at World of Pop. And if you’re still jonesing for pop culture quizzes, you better try out some of our games before you go into withdrawal.

Separated at Birth: Mariah and Schatar


Via +Str8OuttaNYC+, here’s an early print ad for Mariah Carey‘s upcoming fragrance:


Via Schatar’s official site, here’s a semi-famous publicity photo she posed for:


All Mariah’s missing is the dog and the basket. Schatar famously told New York on Flavor of Love that she’s been told she reminds people of Beyoncé — she’ll be thrilled to add Mariah to the list, no doubt.

Update: Word is that the Mariah ad is a fake. Somehow, that doesn’t make it any less funny or realistic, though.

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Blog Best-Of: R. Kelly’s Ridiculousness



- R. Kelly is transforming his “Trapped in the Closet” saga into a series of TV shows. Conversely, America is transforming its regard to Kelly into a series of groans. [Crunk + Disorderly]

- Courtney Love fires of an anti-Gwen Stefani missive on her MySpace blog. The only problem? It’s virtually incomprehensible. Oh well, she writes like she talks. [Dlisted]

- Rosario Dawson gaily poses with her tongue pointed at a pair of girlish bikini bottoms. It’s the Sapphic equivalent of training wheels. [CityRag]

- Ray J has reportedly dropped $20,000 on his supposed new love Lil’ Kim, and not a dollar of it went to plastic surgery. Awwww…he loves her just the way she’s altered. [Bossip]

- Tara Reid‘s breasts look completely lopsided. Whatever. They even out her face. [Egotastic!] [Photo: Getty]

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Exclusive: Zac Efron Inspired by Sisqo


Pretty-boy star of Hairspray Zac Efron wasn’t the only one to love Sisquo and his “Thong Song,” but he was one of the few to try to emulate it. In this exclusive video from VH1 News at the red carpet premiere in L.A., Efron told us how he was inspired to dye his hair silver. In 8th grade. It didn’t work, but it did lead him to enjoy hair-dye in the future. Unless, of course, his natural hair color includes chunky highlights. Just sayin’! Oy, what red carpet madness.

Christina: A Fighter for Britney’s Honor



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‘ rival-turned-baby-gift-giver Christina Aguilera is speaking out on Brit’s behalf. The probably pregnant belter says of her fellow former Mouseketeer:

“Britney is a good person and a good mom. She’s been under so much pressure since she was a child. I don’t think any of us should judge her or jump to conclusions.”

And so, Christina Aguilera takes her place in history as an anti-gossip crusader, one rehabbin’ Cheeto-chompin’, fast-food-scarfin‘, bra-and-panty bathin‘, Southern-twangin’, child-seat-forgoin‘, comeback-attemptin‘ pop tart at a time. Good luck with that, Chrissy! [MSNBC / Image credit: Getty]

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Flav Gets Roasted; We Blog Live


FlavIt takes an especially crazy pop icon to stand in the fire of a Comedy Central Roast – you’ve gotta have nerves of steel. Evidently our own Flavor Flav does. He’s the latest hero to suffer enjoy the wise-ass barbs of comedians and celebs at the channel’s next insult fest, which airs on August 12. We’ll give you an advanced taste of what the action will be like: this Sunday night we’ll blog live from the event’s taping in L.A.

The folks hurling the insults are pros. Patton Oswalt, Lisa Lampanelli, Jimmy Kimmel, Carrot Top, Jeffrey Ross, and Ron Jeremy are all sharpening their tongues as you read this. They’ll be scrutinizing everything from Flav’s taste in watches to his taste in women. Speaking of which, old flame Brigitte Nielsen is also on board. And hip-hop pals Snoop Dogg and Ice T will drop some science, too. Keep an eye out for a string of Charm School girls that includes Bootz, Buckeey, Like Dat, Hottie, Toastee, and Smiley.

So if you’re a Flav fan, come back Sunday night at 9:45 pm EST and get a sneak peek. We also want you to make some comments on our comments.

And by the way, what kind of a zinger would you rock about Flav if you were on the show? Throw some snaps and disses in the comments.

Only the Strong Survive: ‘World Series of Pop Culture’ Recap


It’s down to the wire, folks — tonight is the final episode of the 2007 World Series of Pop Culture. In last night’s competition, Wocka Wocka yukked Team Motherboy right out of the studio, while 3 Men and a Little Lazy proved to no match for Twisted Misters (pictured). Tonight at 9 p.m., tune into VH1 to catch the $250,000 madness as three teams — Twisted Misters, Wocka Wocka and Almost Perfect Strangers 2.0 — go head to head. And to catch all the action you’ve missed, go to World of Pop, where their blog recaps in meticulous detail all the trivia you missed. If you can’t wait until then, try out your skills on our own pop culture game here. It’s nerdy goodness.

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R.I.P. Fugees



The Fugees‘ reunion finally has been put out of its misery. The regrouping of hip-hop’s one-time most-loved collective has been sputtering with infrequent appearances and half-hearted promises of a new record since Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras kicked it off during the filming of Dave Chappelle‘s Block Party in September 2004. Pras has gone on record to officially slay the slow-moving and temperamental beast that the Fugees have become:

“We went in the studio and recorded a couple records that were incredible. But, to put it nicely, it’s dead. Me and Clef, we on the same page, but Lauryn is in her zone, and I’m fed up with that s***. Here she is, blessed with a gift, with the opportunity to rock and give and she’s running on some bulls***? I’m a fan of Lauryn’s but I can’t respect that.” [Billboard.com]

You might win some, but hip-hop just lost a big one.

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Meet Paula’s New Man


Paula Abdul and J.T. Torregiani

Paula Abdul‘s got a boyfriend and she doesn’t care who knows it! The part-time reality TV trainwreck has come clean about her relationship with restauranteur , whom she’s been rumored to be dating for almost a month. Paula brought J.T. to the New York premiere of Hairspray on Monday (pictured right), which led Matt Lauer to ask if T.J. was her dude on Wednesday’s Today. Her response? “Yeah, he’s a good guy.” She also told Matt that her love life is “looking upward.”It may be true, but she’s looking down at J.T. — upholding her cougar reputation, the 45-year-old Paula’s new man is a 32-year-old spring chicken.For more shots of Paula (and J.T.) at the Hairspray premiere, check out the pics below.

[New York Post / All images: Getty]