Given the auspicious nature of this year’s Kids Choice Awards — its 25th year! — few were spared the threat of a green goo shower at Nickelodeon’s annual fete for kids, held live from the Galen Center in Los Angeles on Saturday.
“This year we are having the most slime ever,” promised host Will Smith, who opened the 90-minute show by leading Halle Smith to a front row target zone. As soon as the actress took her seat, she was doused from behind. Glee’s Chris Colfer got it right in the face (and mouth), and Taylor Lautner looked as if he was slimed by a cannon. And as usual, the ‘tweeners who filled the pit below the stage practically bathed in the icky (but non-toxic!) slop.
The show included performances by Katy Perry singing “Part of Me” and One Direction doing “What Makes You Beautiful,” while presenters (and potential slime victims) included Robert Downey Jr., Josh Hutcherson, Chris Rock, Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Kristen Stewart. The venue was crawling with Secret Service because First Lady Michelle Obama was on hand to present the Big Help award to Taylor Swift for her help with tornado and flood survivors.
As if the screams throughout the show weren’t enough to bring down the roof, Justin Bieber took the stage at the end to accept the orange blimp for best male singer. He and Smith were then hit by a tidal wave of slime.
More than 220 million votes were tabulated for this year’s awards — the most ever. And the winners are:
Favorite TV Show: Victorious
Favorite Reality Show: Wipeout
Favorite TV Actor : Jake Short (A.N.T. Farm)
Favorite TV Actress: Selena Gomez (Wizards of Waverly Place)
Funniest TV Sidekick: Jennette McCurdy (iCarly)
Favorite Cartoon: SpongeBob SquarePants
Favorite Male Athlete: Tim Tebow
Favorite Female Athlete: Danica Patrick
Favorite Movie Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
Favorite Movie Actor: Adam Sandler (Jack & Jill)
Favorite Movie Actress: Kristen Stewart (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1)
Favorite Animated Movie: Puss in Boots
Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie: Katy Perry (The Smurfs)
Favorite Music Group: Big Time Rush
Favorite Male Singer: Justin Bieber
Favorite Female Singer: Selena Gomez
Favorite Song: “Party Rock Anthem” (by LMFAO)
Favorite Book: Diary of a Wimpy Kid series
Favorite Videogame: Just Dance 3
Favorite Buttkicker Taylor Lautner
insidetv.ew.com by Lynette Rice
When the cast of “Community” tweets quotes and anecdotes asking “Pierce or Chevy?,” it’s not always easy to tell. Just like his “Community” alter ego, Pierce Hawthorne, star Chevy Chase doesn’t always know how or when to edit himself.
On the heels of Deadline’s report that Chase is in a feud with “Community” creator Dan Harmon — and the airing of a profanity-laden voicemail Chase left Harmon (warning: very NSFW) after Harmon reportedly called Chase out for storming off the set and then gave him an unfiltered roast at the show’s Season 3 wrap party — here’s some more insight into Chase’s attitude about the fan-favorite show.
The last time I was on set, right before they wrapped production for Season 3, Chase was even more fired up than usual, going as far as saying, “I have creative issues with this show. I always have,” before comparing elements of the show to “being relegated to hell and watching ‘Howdy Doody’ for the rest of your life.” He then added: “I can’t stand sitcoms,” and declared, “I probably won’t be around that much longer, frankly.”
With the NBC sitcom still waiting to hear about its fate, and a possible Season 4 pickup that would take it into syndication, Chase’s comments are oddly timed and certainly not indicative of how the rest of the “Community” cast and crew feels.
But they could also be the final straw with fans who’ve put up with Pierce’s nonsense, bigotry and flat-out obnoxious behavior for so long because it was a small price to pay for more of the “Community” characters we love. Yes, his anti-TV and anti-“Community” statements might just make every “Community” fan anti-Pierce. And Chevy Chase seems OK with that.
What are you all shooting today? We hear it’s another fun flashback episode.
I’m just doing the lines as best I can, doing whatever the director tells me. Apparently my flashback is so odd … I can’t really get a hold of it. On the other hand, if you look at the other actors in the same scene, I don’t think they can get a hold of it either.
Do you have more fun playing Pierce the asshole or Pierce the bumbling old guy?
I’ve never really come to grips with it … I don’t think that anybody has. [Laughs.] Viewers, the writers, me. I think, just by being older, I’m supposed to be more of a curmudgeon.
Would you hang out with Pierce?
No. No! [Laughs.] Why would I? Part of the challenge of being in this is to not be anything like myself. No … I’m funny. Pierce isn’t funny.
But you know guys like Pierce, don’t you?
No, I don’t. Not that still have their teeth. No. I don’t know guys like anybody in this sitcom, frankly. I think that the two white girls — the two pretty, young girls, Alison [Brie] and Gillian [Jacobs] — they’re probably more like people that we can all understand. There are narcissistic elements to Joel [McHale]’s character, which come easily to him. [Laughs.] I don’t think that there’s anything that’s unrealistic, but do I really know anybody like this? No.
I have creative issues with this show. I always have. With my character, with how far you can take [Joel McHale’s] character … just to give him a long speech about the world at the end of every episode is so reminiscent. It’s like being relegated to hell and watching “Howdy Doody” for the rest of your life. It’s not particularly necessary, but that’s the way they do these things. I think it belies the very pretenses that his character, Jeff, has, that he’s giving these talks. They’re supposed to, in some way, be a little lesson to people who watch sitcoms … to that degree, I can’t stand sitcoms.
But we all love this show because it’s not the typical sitcom.
I’m not really gonna buck you all up a lot and say that this is the one, the one that tells it innovatively. It is what it is. I would like to see it go further. I think, if you know me and my humor over the years, you know that this is certainly not my kind of thing. I probably won’t be around that much longer, frankly.
They can go farther, and maybe they will. It basically started off as what a community college might consist of. You might have a guy in his 60s and kids in their 20s — that’s the fact, and what can you do with them? There are many times when this doesn’t seem like a community college at all. Particularly this year … I think we’ve gone way south. And way north. It doesn’t even appear to have anything to do with college. It’s got its own secrets that reside in the creator of the show [Dan Harmon]. What does it mean, really? I think you could just as well take these people and put them in a bar every week, and have nothing to do with academics or anything else, and we’d still have the same basic interactions. The community college thing sort of went down the drain this year.
How would you change things, creatively?
I come from a much freer kind of performance thing, where I rely on my own improv and my own sense of humor. I would like to see every actor mine that vein and get in there and just go. And if they’re funny, you’ll see it — if they’re not, they shouldn’t be doing it. I’m saying that I believe that all of these kids that I’m working with have the ability to go somewhere. I’ve seen it. I’ve not seen it a lot on this show.
I would say Alison stands out as a comedienne that nobody has seen yet. She’s also just a great actress. I’ve given her my advice, which is, “Don’t stay in television doing sitcoms. You’re very pretty, you’re young and I think that film is where you should be and that you could become a big movie star.” Her response was, “I just did two movies.” I didn’t even know about it [laughs], but I was glad to hear that. I’m only talking as like a father figure. But I think that everybody at this table would agree that she seems to be more of an attraction you’d want to see in film, rather than just steadily in sitcoms until she just gets older and older.
What’s wrong with sitcoms? As fans, we like getting to spend time with these characters and actors every week.
If what you do in life is perform to open up eyes and minds, to make people laugh, then it better damn well be new! It shouldn’t be just a repetitious ‘Hey, I’m still here!’ For what purpose? You’re getting all this exposure — I’ve seen too much exposure of too many people who just stink. That’s not what it’s about. I don’t think I’ll be back on this show again, frankly, between you and me. Depends on what happens. We’ll see. I think I’ve already given away about as much as I can as this character. This is the only time I’ve ever had to act every week in the same clothes and as the same character, and I don’t find it particularly enlightening. It’s not teaching anybody anything. If I can sneak in and get a laugh here or there, I’ll do it, but for the most part, I’m sticking to the script, because that’s what I’ve been asked to do.
OK, so if Pierce is gonna go, how do you think he should be killed off?
I have no idea what’ll happen to Pierce. I may well be back next year as a teacher, or as a dean, or as a bum. I don’t know. I have no idea what’s going to happen to him, but if he were to die, I could think of many funny ways. One would be right in the middle of one of these [interviews].
Well it would’ve been easy to write Pierce out of the show at the end of last season when he quit the study group and stormed off …
[Last season], no one had any idea whether I would or wouldn’t come back, but who in God’s name in this country would care?
We would! We. Are. Fans!
At that point, Chase tried to recover a bit, ending the chat on a more sentimental note. Chase admitted that the show’s cast — almost all of whom he’d called out individually for their talents — has become like family to him. “That’s why I’m here, because of them,” he said. “They are my friends. They have become my family. I’m out here in this incredibly intellectual land of L.A., and thank God at least I have this family. I’m a New Yorker, and I live in the country. What this is is business. Thank God I have the right friends.”
Although we’re guessing after listening to that harsh voicemail that he’s not counting Harmon in his “family.”
From Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by Maggie Furlong
When Paul McCartney was a little boy, he always looked forward to New Year’s Eve — the biggest social event of the year in Liverpool.
“The family would all gather, my dad was the pianist, and … drinks would appear and people would start singing,” he tells Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross. “And apparently never stop until we all ran out for New Year’s.”
McCartney’s latest album, Kisses on the Bottom, is filled with songs he associates with his father and his father’s generation, including “Home” and “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter.”
“These songs are etched in my memory, and they’re very happy memories, so I wanted to do the songs for that reason,” he says. “I’ve always loved them, but when rock ‘n’ roll came along and I got into The Beatles, we just thought we were just doing another thing. It didn’t dismiss the other songs at all. In fact, they became the basic structure of a lot of what John [Lennon] and I wrote.”
McCartney says he used to analyze the melodic structure and various key changes in the songs from his childhood, and then used those musical tricks while writing songs for The Beatles, Wings and his solo albums. In the original song “My Valentine” from Kisses on the Bottom, for example, the song switches from a major key to a minor key.
“It’s just a little thing that most people wouldn’t notice it happening, but it just changes the mood,” he says. “Obviously, musicians would know exactly what was happening. … In “Here, There and Everywhere,” one of my songs with The Beatles, it does [the key change] after the middle. It’s a very simple trick, but quite effective.”
McCartney says that when he was writing original songs, he was also conscious of a desire to shake up the structure of music from his childhood.
“What happens is you listen to the old songs — and you’re brought up with the old songs, and you love them — but then there comes a time when you’re doing your thing and there doesn’t seem to be much sense in repeating what’s gone before,” he says. “So you then use the structure or the memory, almost, but you put your own spin on it and try to get away from any formula. And so you experiment with the structure for your own songs. We did that. … You’re conscious of the old songs, but you’re also conscious of forging a new way to write.”
McCartney points to The Beatles’ song “From Me to You” as one of the first songs where he felt like he was writing something entirely new.
“The song itself is in the key of C Major, but then it goes to a G Minor 7th for that middle, and that was kind of one of those ‘Ooh, yeah’ moments,” he says. “A lot of what we wrote, because we didn’t read or write music, was instinctive. So we’d try a chord and say, ‘Ooh, that’s nice.'”
On Singing Without An Instrument
“I have not practiced how to be a singer without an instrument. With an instrument — bass, guitar, piano — I know how to do that. I think that was one of the things that was exciting about Kisses on the Bottom. It was me as an alter ego. I was now the vocalist. In the studio, it didn’t matter too much what I did with my hands, because I was in a vocal booth, and we were just concentrating on the voice and getting the singing right.”
On What His Father Thought Of The Beatles
“My dad, bless him, was a musician. And his dad had thought that his music was rubbish. He used to call it ‘tin-can music.’ And my dad told me this. And I couldn’t fathom it. But I think what it was was that in his father’s era, the singers were more operatic. … My dad was born in 1902. Consequently, my dad was more tolerant. He’d gone through playing his tin-can music. So when we brought our tin-can music, he quite liked it. He realized that it was quite musical. … When John and I had just finished writing the song “She Loves You,” we were in the parlor of the little house we lived in in Liverpool, and John and I went next door to one of the rooms where my dad was. And we played it — ‘She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah’ — and he said, ‘Oh, that’s very good, son. But there’s just one thing. Couldn’t you sing, “She loves you, yes, yes, yes?”‘ He said, ‘There’s enough of these Americanisms around.’ And we said, ‘No, sorry Dad, it’s got to be “yeah, yeah, yeah.”‘
On His Record Collection
“When you’re a kid growing up in Liverpool — and I suspect anywhere ’round the world — you don’t necessarily get the record collection you want. Records just find their way to you. Someone might give you one. So I had a fairly wide-ranging record collection. I would have something like West Side Story and then Fats Waller and then maybe Bob Dylan and Elvis Presley. It was just music I liked. And I loved Fats Waller. I love his instrumental abilities, his vocal abilities and his sense of humor.”
“Looking back, I think I was always musical. My dad was very musical, and I think my mom was musical. He was the player in the family. I think I always had a musicality, and I think I could tell a good song from a bad song. And I would appreciate hearing something that was new to me. I had a cousin Betty who was older than me, who I idolized because she was pretty and five years older than me. And she turned me on to ‘My Funny Valentine,’ which I’d never heard, and I remember thinking, ‘Wow, that is an amazing song.’ I’d always loved that kind of thing growing up.”
On Hearing Rock ‘N’ Roll
“It was electrifying. You heard people saying, ‘I’ve never heard anything like that before, man.’ And it was that. You hear on the radio Elvis Presley’s ‘Heartbreak Hotel.’ It was like, ‘Oh my God, what is that?’ Now that we know it so well, you think, ‘Oh, it’s Elvis singing “Heartbreak Hotel.”‘ There will be listeners who can remember that moment when you heard that.”
Written by NPR Radio – npr.org – via huffingtonpost.com
I don’t know about you, but I dislike Kate Winslet a little bit more every time she opens her mouth. Unfortunately with the release of Titanic 3D we have had to endure her more than one would like lately. The pretentiousness in her voice is what bothers me the most. Perhaps it’s the ancient, and if it is, so be it, she’s still annoying.
With the release of Titanic she has obviously been asked questions relating to her experience with that movie. This was her response when asked about the title song, “My heart will go on.”’ “I feel] like throwing up [when I hear it]. No, I shouldn’t say that. No, actually, I do feel like throwing up. I wish I could say, ‘Oh listen, everybody! It’s the Celine Dion song!’ But I don’t. I just have to sit there, you know, kind of straight-faced with a massive internal eye roll.” Hey, I am sick of the Song as well, not because of the movie, more due to the fact the sound of Celine Dion’s voice gives me agonizing convulsions. Kate also has an opinion about being on boats. She says, “Honestly, I actually now get onto boats and say, ‘No jokes, okay? No jokes. Can we just move on from that? And if you have any jokes, let’s just get them out of the way right now. Thank you. Anyone? Jokes, jokes? Okay, moving on.” Now come on Kate, when are you on a boat with “common” folks? The only boat you are on is also known as a yacht and having to deal with Titanic jokes that aren’t in good fun, I highly doubt.
I think Kate has to realize that although Titanic was released many years ago, it is one of the most successful movies of all time. It will outlast her and me and more importantly, “made” her career and without it, she’d just be another actress looking for work and her big break.
Written by The Griper – E.Cowan
At the start of this month, we learned that popstar P!nk has begun work on a new album just a few months after she gave birth to her daughter Willow Sage. Today we get to read a letter written by P!nk for her fans that updates a bit on where she is in the songwriting process. According to her P!nkness, she is “cranking along” with the song composition and she is putting her heart and soul into ever song. Click below to read the full text of P!nk‘s letter to fans
A Letter To My Fans… People of The World!!!
How the hell are you? I trust you are all well…..
I AM CRANKING ALONG!!!!
Things are going swimmingly, in the studio, as a mommy. My goodness gracious, how life has changed!!!!!!
Studio sessions used to go well into the night… I can vaguely remember having keys confiscated, passing out on Butch Walker’s couch a couple of times using a packing blanket as a cover…… These days “bottle service” is more like “bottle warmer”….. but where I used to excel in my drinking capabilities, this time I’m excelling in productivity and vocals… and boobs. boobs boobs everywhere. That little girl can eat. TMI
I am soo soo soo excited for all of you to hear what we’ve been working on…
I think it’s good. I really do- but who cares what I think, right? What matters most is how you feel about it…..
I’m putting my heart and soul into every song and there’s a lot of that these days. This little girl has expanded me and what I am capable of feeling as a human. Let’s hope it shows:)
Really looking forward to seeing all of you again, dusting off the old dancing shoes and learning some new tricks 🙂
Thanks again for all the “I Miss You’s” and all the constant love. My heart is full. Thank you.
And I love that fan dork dance video. I’m gonna have to seriously step up my geek game- or putWillowto work….
all my lovin’ xxx
Aww … what a cute letter. It deffo paints a new side of P!nk that we never got to see before. Motherhood has really changed her, for the better I think. I also think these life changes that P!nk has experienced will be good for her music as well. I’m sure it’ll be quite some time before we get to hear any of this new music but I’m sure P!nk will share what she can, when she can. Stay tuned.
from Pink is the New Blog byTrent
Gabriel Aubry—Halle Berry’s baby daddy and former flame—is reportedly being grilled in court by her lawyer, Stephen Kolodny.
As previously reported, Halle planned to move to Paris with Nahla, her daughter with Gabriel. Why? Because she’s engaged to French native, actor Olivier Martinez, that’s why. If you could move to France with a hot French dude, wouldn’t you?
According to TMZ, Gabriel is totally against the move and is trying to fight it. The custody judge must approve Halle’s overseas move, and that’s what her lawyer is fighting with him in court over. Kolodny’s trying to get Gabriel to admit he has plenty of free time to travel back and forth to France to visit Nahla.
Oh, and not too long ago, Halle’s nanny claimed Gabriel put Nahla in danger. Gabriel allegedly pushed the nanny while she was carrying the toddler.
A source claimed: “The nanny went to pick Nahla up at school and she wasn’t there, so she went to Gabriel’s home. Gabriel and the nanny got into an argument because no one alerted her that Nahla didn’t go to school.”
And that’s when he allegedly got all Pushy McViolent on her, though there have been conflicting reports that Halle told the nanny to make these claims. So who knows? You’ll get more answers watching a ‘Jerry Springer’ rerun.
Kolodny is supposed to ask Gabriel about those allegations in court, too.
Last year, Halle took Gabriel to court, claiming that he violated their custody agreement. Kolodny also submitted a lengthy court document saying Gabriel has put Nahla at risk.
Sources say that Halle is concerned for Nahla’s safety when she’s in Gabriel’s care, but they wouldn’t be specific about the violations. They did say it has something to do with requirements that he was supposed to follow when Nahla is in his care.
Hollyscoop.com by Kristin Wong
Cissy Houston has talked about the death of her daughter Whitney. She told New Jersey‘s My9’s 10 O’Clock News: “I have my moments. I’m not there yet. I don’t think I’m any more courageous than anyone else. I am a true believer in God, if I could bring her back I would, but that’s not possible.” Thanks Cissy, but tell us how you really feel. Do you hold any guilt inside for not doing more over the past 10 years or so while you watched her get deep into her addictions? Her reply to the guilt question: “I know I did the best I could. I don’t blame myself. I know I did the best I could for everything.” I am sure you did, that’s what Michael Jackson’s family said, however both Whitney and Michael were obvious drug addicts and although both families should take no blame in the unfortunate outcomes, to say they did all they could, in my mind is a huge stretch. They could have gone to the press, made a lot of noise regardless of their family member’s objections. In both cases, the extent of their addictions were revealed after their passing.
In the case of Whitney Houston, one question still remains: For Whitney to be insured to perform in her new movie “Sparkle,” wouldn’t a physical be needed? Whitney apparently died from drowning caused by a heart attack. That heart attack allegedly was brought on by heart problems relating to chronic cocaine use. Wouldn’t that fact be uncovered by a doctor’s exam, and if so why was it kept quiet. Had that fact been spoken of, perhaps the outcome would have been different…..I guess we’ll never know.
Written by The Griper – E.Cowan
With many tragic bullying-related suicides spotlighted in the news in recent years, bullying couldn’t be more of a hot button topic today. Along comes the documentary Bully to shine a light on the issue only to see the publicity surrounding the film reaching epic proportions due the outrage of the Motion Picture Association of America give it an R-rating because of the six uses of the word “fuck” in the film.
The reality is, three of those fucks are used quickly in succession 11 minutes in to the film on a bus by an older boy to a younger student named Alex. And the audio is unclear enough that the filmmaker had to use subtitles to make sure it is heard correctly. Many PG-13 films are worse than that.
Controversy aside, the film is powerful enough from the point of view that it touches a very important social issue that has grown to the point where it’s also an educational one and well as a community one. From that stand-point alone, the film is important if only to spark discussion and bring about awareness.
Bully shows the impact of bullying on three teens — Alex, a boy who is being verbally and physically abused in middle school, a bullied young girl named Ja’Meya who fights back in a way that lands her in juvenile detention facility and Kelby, a star athlete who became a pariah overnight in her small town when she came out as a lesbian. It also shows two families who’ve each lost children due to suicide-induced bullying.
Thirty-nine-year-old filmmaker Lee Hirsch, himself a victim of bullying during middle school, chooses not to pepper the film with bullying statistics, or the use of charts and graphs to show how bad the problem is in America. Rather, he goes for less flash, simply following the five families in Sioux City, Iowa, and letting each of their stories speak for themselves. There are no experts, no psychologists touting long-term effects, just real people in real situations — the Long family, whose son was 17 when he killed himself, wants accountability from the school that did not help their son when he was being bullied; the Smalleys launch an anti-bullying organization to honor their 11-year-old son who killed himself; Ja’Meya meant to only scare her tormentors when she brought a gun on the school bus, but now she’s charged with multiple felony counts — one for each child that was on that bus; Alex — the focal point of the film — who is pushed to the point where he says: ‘I want to become the bully.’
Though it would have been interesting to see more point of views from the actual bullies, or the ineffective adults in authoritative positions, Hirsch did a decent job with the willing participants, all of whom were brave to put themselves out there. A big commendation must go out to the Sioux City school district to allow the cameras in to their school to film the cringe-worthy behavior. Bullying exists everywhere and different cities would have yielded different examples, but Hirsch managed to get diverse enough stories here.
(Unfortunately, he does not delve in to cyberbullying, which has grown to become its own devastating sub-category of bullying which have garnered numerous high profile media play in recent years.)
A big shout out also goes to the parents of the bullies, who, after seeing footage of their children’s ghastly behavior towards on a school bus, had to sign release forms allowing their children to be shown on camera. It’s nothing to be proud of, but important in the long run if society is to combat the problem. Only one face is blurred in that school bus scene.
What’s maddening is that bullying is so common and bystanders tend to do nothing, further empowering the bullies. Some of the bullying in Bully is so brazen, one is convinced it had to have been captured by a hidden camera because no child would ever willingly display such awful behavior for filming. Alas they do and they did. No cameras were secretly rigged. Hirsch was physically there, in full view, manning his own equipment. The bullies had simply gotten away with the behavior for so long without consequences that doing it out in the open didn’t phase them one bit. It was as if they felt entitled to do it.
The film also demonstrates the need for the community and the education system to create some sort of system to handle bullying. When Alex’s parents go to his school to meet with assistant principal Kim Lockwood to address what happened to him on the bus, Lockwood said she knews that bus, she’s ridden that bus route and “those kids are as good as gold.”
Clearly there are plenty of antiquated views on bullying that need to change. Bully is a great catalyst to spearhead that change.
From Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by Zorianna
I knew I had recently seen photos of Ben Affleck smoking, it was just a matter of finding them – back on March 7th, X17 got these shots of Ben smoking some cigarettes, just hanging out. He wasn’t working and he wasn’t with his kids. He just looked like a dude who was enjoying his cig. At the time I thought, “Huh, I guess he’s back to smoking. Just like Brad Pitt.” No matter how hard some people try, they always end up falling back into nicotine’s smoky embrace. It’s sad, but I understand how it happens. But The Enquirer says that Ben’s wife has put her foot down. Jennifer Garner is going to nag him until he quits. Which… isn’t really the most effective way you know.
Jennifer Garner is willing to put up with a little badboy behavior from hubby Ben Affleck, but she’s drawing the line at smoking cigarettes. Garner, who gave birth to son Samuel on Feb. 27, has ordered Affleck to kick the habit pronto! A former pack-and-a-half-a-day smoker, Ben quit through hypnotherapy treatment shortly before he and Jennifer welcomed their first daughter, Violet, in December 2005.
But friends say he’s had several relapses since then, including a year-long return to smoking after the birth of the couple’s second daughter, Seraphina.
Ben has also battled the bottle – doing a stint in rehab for alcohol abuse in 2001 – but he’s had more trouble giving up cigarettes than booze.
“Ben always says he’s his own worst enemy,” one friend revealed. “It’s strange that it’s when he’s had the most blessed events in his life – like the births of his children – that he turns to self-destructive behavior.”
Ben tried to hide his habit from Garner, but the pal says she caught him lighting up behind their home not long after bringing home baby Samuel.
“She was furious when she saw him huddled in a corner, puffing away… she told him, ‘You’re never going to see our children graduate college or get married if you keep this up!’”
Another source says Jennifer tries to be an understanding wife to the sometimes-troubled actor. She tolerates occasional drinking and his appetite for high-stakes poker – he’s been known to lose six figures in a single evening.
“Her friends ask her why she puts up with Ben’s bad habits, and she just says she loves him and has to let him be who he is… but she won’t tolerate smoking. She hates that he’s around the kids with his clothes smelling like smoke, but her greatest fear is that he’s headed for an early grave.”
Ben has apologized and promised that he’ll seek hypnotherapy treatment again. “At this point, Ben has no choice but to quit,” added the friend. “Jennifer has demanded it.”
[From The Enquirer, print edition]
“Ben always says he’s his own worst enemy… he turns to self-destructive behavior.” I’ve always said that about him! Some people are just like that – they get too much good stuff happening in their lives, and they compulsively self-defeat. I have a streak of that too, so I recognize it in others. Personally, if I’m Jennifer Garner, I would be more worried about the gambling though. Gambling would be my biggest concern, then alcohol, then cigarettes. Does that mean I have mixed up priorities? Or does Jennifer?
Oh, and In Touch Weekly claims that following the birth of Samuel (“which put a spark back in their marriage”), the Afflecks are going to renew their vows on their seven-year wedding anniversary. A source tells In Touch, “They want to renew their vows with their kids…It’ll be great!” Sure. Why not?
Last thing: how hot does Affleck look. I usually don’t like him with a beard, but something is definitely working here.
from Cele|bitchy by Kaiser
Kris Humphries really wants to know how much he and Kim Kardashian made during the course of their 72 day marriage. The NBA player has filed legal documents to get a judge to make Kim disclose how much they earned as a couple during their marriage.
Kris is also challenging Kim for giving away money that represents the dollar amount of the gifts that they received at their wedding. If you’ll recall, instead of giving back the wedding gifts, Kim made a donation for twice the value of the gifts to charity. So basically instead of doing the right thing, she did something that would benefit her. She’s getting a fat tax deduction for her donation to charity. Nice, right?
He is asking for a full accounting of the assets and liabilities accumulated during their short-lived marriage. His lawyer said in the documents, “A spouse may not make a gift of community personal property, or dispose of community personal property for less than fair and reasonable value, without the written consent of the other spouse.”
Oh snap, it’s on now!