Joe Giudice is known these days less as Juicy Joe and more like Inmate “Don’t I Know Him From Somewhere?“, and Teresa Giudice might be over that whole attentive wife BS. UsWeekly seems to think Teresa is so over Joe, she’s thinking of flipping the table on their marriage (ie. calling it quits).
A source tells UsWeekly that once Joe was in the clink, Teresa was all about keeping her kids busy and fuggheddingabouthim while he was away.
“Teresa keeps them busy so they’re distracted. They have adjusted to life without Dad in the house.”
Teresa and the kids have adjusted so much that they’ve only visited Juicy J a couple of times since it became his turn in the husband-wife prison relay. Teresa wrapped up an 11-month stint in jail in December 2015.
Anyone who watches Real Housewive of New Jersey has limited hearing because that litter has a particular high-pitched screech than the general housewife populace. They also know Teresa’s main plot is being the subservient wife who occasionally dabbles in furniture flipping. But ever since doing hard time, she’s realized she don’t need no man! She has her hand! I don’t actually know if she recognized the second part. But, her mom passed away recently, and Teresa made it through that sans Joe, and it apparently has her mind working:
“Teresa’s still standing. She’s learned she doesn’t need Joe.”
She’s also taken Melissa Gorga’s sprinkle cookies off her eyes and maybe actually watched some of the playback of her own show. It’s pretty clear Joe’s peen has conquered Italy in ways Caesar only dreamed of. Teresa has followed her man around for years like a Pomeranian (and yapping like one, too), believing him each time he said that he would never leave their onyx and marble palace for some pedestrian Jersey Turnpike twat. If you’ve ever watched Joe stumble around their kitchen like a lobotomized elephant trying to make its way through a maze, you’d probably believe him, too! Only now, Teresa thinks one of his lady friend is more like a lady tramp:
“‘He’s always said this particular person was just a friend,” says the source, “but now Teresa thinks there’s more to the relationship.”
I dunno what’s in the Federal penitentiary’s water, but this bitch is suddenly enlightened like she just had a good chat with the Oracle at Delphi. Joe’s done with his sentence sometime in 2019, but he could then get deported back to Italy. Teresa probably looks at that and is done with his trifling shit. That’s a long time to go without putting a creamy cannoli in your mouth, even if it does find its way to other bakeries from time to time.
After being MIA in the past several Avengers films, Gwyneth Paltrow is back on set for Avengers: Infinity War. You know Pepper Pots will totally encourag Tony Stark to switch out the electromagnet in the Iron Man suit with a much more powerful and mystical $ 90 jade vagina egg – Lainey Gossip
Lindsay Lohan is in a bikini and sunglasses, which is also what I imagine Lindsay Lohan looks like when she’s hiding out from someone she owes money from – Drunken Stepfather
“But enough about me, let’s talk about how Vanity Fair is the wooooorst” is something that might be said at Angelina Jolie’s upcoming conversation event at TIFF – Celebitchy
Naomi Campbell calls out British Vogue’s lack of staff diversity (no need to duck and cover, she did it on social media) – Pajiba
Here’s some news I’m sure someone will be able to use: Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright from Vanderpump Rules are still together – Reality Tea
I hope Louise Linton was as dedicated at keeping track of her receipts as she was at shamelessly tagging designers on Instagram – Towleroad
Annalynne McCord is still around and she’s posing for her life for a lingerie company I’ve never heard of – Hollywood Tuna
Meanwhile, her old 90210 costar Jessica Lowndes is giving about 50% while posing in her bikini on Instagram – Popoholic
“Sorry, not interested” (slams front door) – OMG Blog
Hillary Clinton describes Donald Trump as acting like a “creep” during one of their debates. “Oh, just during the debate?” replied everyone – Boy Culture
Get into Mandy Moore’s terrible wig in the Season 2 trailer for This Is Us – Popsugar
Rod Stewart re-recorded Do Ya Think I’m Sexy with DNCE, which is great news for people who have ever listened to Do Ya Think I’m Sexy and thought “Wow, I wish this was terrible!” – Just Jared
Jwoww, Snooki, and Drita D’Avanzo from Mob Wives got a VH1 reality show called Celebrity Shore, because there’s clearly a broken clock out there with the minute hand stuck on 14 – Starcasm
Congratulations are in order for Laura Prepon and Ben Foster — they are officially parents! According to Us Weekly, the Orange Is the New Black star recently gave birth to a baby girl. While no other details have been released at the time, news of Laura’s pregnancy first broke in January after she debuted her baby bump at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT. This is the first child for both Laura and Ben, who got engaged back in October 2016.
Colorado was relevant for the first time in forever last season, as they rattled off their first 10-win season since 2001. Will the good vibes carry over to this season? No idea, but our College Girl of the Day, Bree, studies there so hopefully! Go give her a follow on IG.
Last week, filming was halted on Mission Impossible 6, the latest installment in one of modern cinema’s most surprisingly enduring franchises, after its leading man Tom Cruise suffered a broken ankle during filming. The actor, who has become renowned for doing much of his own stunts in recent blockbuster efforts, was shooting a scene where he leaped between two buildings while strapped into a harness. He collided with the second building and then pulled himself to safety. Variety’s report on the incident suggests Cruise may have also suffered some hip injury as a consequence of the stunt. The filming, the report also notes, could be delayed for up to three months to allow Cruise sufficient recovery time, which presents a number of scheduling problems for the cast, as well as Cruise’s own future involvement in the sequel to Top Gun. However, there is no indication that the film’s release date will be moved back.
Injuries happen a lot in stunt-work, and as we saw recently with the filming of the sequel to Deadpool, the results can be tragic. With CGI moving into the realm of photo-realism near indistinguishable from reality, there has been much talk of replacing practical stunt-work with special effects, much to the opposition of various groups within the industry. All of this makes Tom Cruise’s continuing dedication to being the real-life action man of this cinematic generation, three decades after he made his debut, so much more fascinating, particularly over the past decade. His recent injury is a mere reminder that he is indeed human, which betrays the cinematic image he has carefully crafted for the past ten years: Tom Cruise isn’t just the hero now — he’s bloody invincible. They just don’t make heroes like him anymore.
The A-List mould of stardom that Cruise inhabits is in a constant state of flux, now more so than ever as the internet, social media and international recognition become key parts in this play for power. This is the generation where teenagers care more about Zoella and Jake Paul than Jennifer Lawrence or any actor named Chris. Even Sophie Turner, a star on the biggest show on TV, admitted that her clout in the industry was bolstered by her Instagram followers over perceived box office potential. Hollywood has less interest in crafting major action stars now that it has franchises at the heart of its operation. Actors like Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron have carved out fascinating niches as headlining action stars, but their respective projects cost a fraction of the average Cruise vehicle. Why invest so much cash into making a star when the IP sells more tickets? There have been recent attempts to stick to the old model, such as casting Scarlett Johansson in the lead role of Ghost in the Shell with the justification that her name was big enough to sell more tickets worldwide, but that flopped spectacularly. She’ll always have Black Widow to fall back on, at least, although the Avengers movies are hardly Scarlett Johansson Movies.
Cruise, in turn, is the headliner in two franchises, one of which has been around for close to 20 years. The Mission: Impossible series started as a big-screen remake of a classic TV show, something that was big in the 1990s with further TV-to-Film adaptations like The Addams Family and The Beverly Hillbillies. By this point in time, Cruise was the biggest star in the world. Top Gun was the decade prior, and in the meantime he’d landed himself an Oscar nomination, headlined successful films directed by auteurs like Scorsese and Stone, and he was one half of the most beloved couples in the land of celebrity. The same year as Mission: Impossible would see the release of Jerry Maguire, which would net him his second of three Oscar nominations.
This was a big investment for Cruise. He was a fan of the show and chose it to be the first project of his new production company. With Paramount footing a $ 70m budget — typically big for the era and comparable to the other blockbusters of 1996 — Cruise tapped Sydney Pollack to work on the script, which didn’t work out, then brought on Brian De Palma to direct. Even from the first film, Cruise was doing much of his own stunt-work, including the set-piece with the exploding fish tanks, which was Cruise’s idea, and the climactic showdown on the moving train. Reviews weren’t wild, but it took in over $ 450m worldwide, making it the third highest grossing film of the year, and sealing Cruise’s status as the biggest star at a time when that meant something in Hollywood.
Looking at the rest of the top 10 of 1996 is a curiosity: Cruise takes two spots with this and Jerry Maguire; Michael Bay’s making a name for himself with The Rock, Disney’s animation renaissance continued its domination with The Hunchback of Notre Dame as well as its live-action remake of 101 Dalmatians; Schwarzenneger’s still got drawing power, as do Mel Gibson and Eddie Murphy. Yet the biggest film of that year was headlined by an African-American 27 year old best known for rapping and a goofy comedy show. Independence Day cost about the same as Mission: Impossible but made over $ 817m. Nowadays, Will Smith’s hurricane of charm and personality hasn’t quite carried over into box office revenue, but Cruise is still playing Ethan Hunt 20 years later and the results are just getting better with each effort: Profits have increased and the average Rotten Tomatoes ratings for each has gone up to the point where the most recent two entries sit solidly in the 90% range. Those films are Tom Cruise Movies, not just a sturdy franchise.
The modern Cruise strategy is pinpoint precise tailored to fit that franchise: Ethan Hunt is basically impossible to kill at this point and that’s the fun of it. There’s not much to his character beyond that — the token tragic backstory is serviceable and he’s snarky enough to deliver a good exasperated one-liner — so the liminal space between Cruise and his characters is ever vaguer. He doesn’t even really need to play characters. Nowadays, he’s not stretching himself with his choices of roles, and there’s little chance of seeing him return to the exceptional form he demonstrated in projects like Magnolia or Born on the Fourth of July.
The beginning of the past ten years saw him experiment with his own public image through some fascinating choices: Ten years ago, he played a hawkish Senator in Robert Redford’s political drama Lions For Lambs, released through his production company, but that failed to excite audiences; His cameo as a grotesque nut-busting studio executive in Tropic Thunder was a hilarious burst of fury that allowed him to be in on the joke; and he turned his All-American Hero persona on its head by playing a Nazi officer who plots to kill Hitler in Bryan Singer’s Valkyrie. He doesn’t even try a German accent, and underneath the Nazi uniform and eye-patch, with a hand missing, he’s still very much Tom Cruise. Even in Rock of Ages, a film too embarrassing to recount, Cruise is still Cruise, albeit in hopped up Rockstar mode (he’s easily one of the best things in it too, but couldn’t stop it from flopping hard).
In between these movies, Cruise went back to what he did best, and that role of action man developed further layers. He lent his clout to original or little-known sci-fi properties like Oblivion and did some solid work as Jack Reacher despite being completely miscast. The pinnacle of Invincible Cruise came in 2014 with Edge of Tomorrow, an adaptation of a Japanese novel wherein Cruise’s character finds himself in a time loop repeating the same day where he dies in battle. The muddled advertising campaign muddled how imaginative and funny the film itself is: Try Groundhog Day with Starship Troopers. Cruise’s character Bill Cage is somewhat Invincible — death just sends him back to the beginning — but this high-concept sets up a glorious payoff that delighted those smart enough to seek out the film: Invincible Cruise gets wailed on for two hours by Emily Blunt, and it is amazing. What could have been exceedingly tedious is instead an ambitiously crafted story that has an inherent understanding of its own ridiculousness while never letting the stakes drop. It’s highly satisfying, and that’s in large part thanks to Cruise and his commitment to this dope of a character who’s still heroic enough to root for as audiences cackle at his increasing death count. This is prime Cruise the Invincible in a way that comes closest to the magic of the Mission: Impossible franchise. It’s sadly not something he managed to replicate in The Mummy.
Where most franchises find the A-List mould unnecessary due to the value of the material at hand, Universal’s increasingly exhausting attempt to turn its golden age of horror films into an expanded universe, known as the Dark Universe, has taken the opposite route, hiring bankable names like Cruise, Javier Bardem, and unfortunately Johnny Depp, all in an attempt to attract audiences to their saga. This is nothing new for Universal, and their last try at this, Dracula Untold, sank without a trace. With The Mummy, the hope was that A Tom Cruise Movie, which still holds a lot of sway with the overseas market, would bolster the foundations of this franchise enough to get their planned multi-film series off the ground.
It would be easy to call The Mummy ‘weird’, but that would imply it’s in any way interesting. It’s like reading a hastily written guide on how to make a Tom Cruise movie that got lost in some pages for a movie called The Mummy. Everything about it is painfully generic, and even the patented Invincible Cruise stunt moment with the falling plane lacks any impact because it was used so frequently in the adverts (including a hilarious IMAX trailer with some unfortunate sound issues). This breed of Cruise is an inherently ill fit for such a project. He’s a blank slate billed as the chosen one and his spasms of confusion and Cruise-style running feel out of place whenever the story tries to play dark or mystical. The film also tries to overlook the elephant in the room of Cruise’s age, which became more distracting than ever.
Part of the appeal of Invincible Cruise is that notion of being trapped in a different era of hero. Ethan Hunt has withstood two decades of change with little to show it beyond a new haircut now and then. At 55, he’s still got it, with the muscled form to match and he’s determined to keep going and remain ahead of the modern heroes half his age. In a manner, that’s inspiring, and it would be amazing to see that carried over to our heroines, but the problem with this agelessness when tied to this decade of Cruise is that we can no longer suspend our disbelief. There’s a moment in The Mummy where Dr. Jekyll, played by Russell Crowe, refers to Cruise’s character as being a ‘young man’: Russell Crowe is one year younger than Tom Cruise. He certainly doesn’t look his age, but when awkwardly paired off romantically with co-star Annabelle Wallis, a woman over 20 years his junior, the whole operation becomes more baffling to watch. It would have been much more striking to have Cruise play a man of his age, still very much capable but in aware of how ageism impacts his life.
Really, The Mummy has no business being A Tom Cruise Movie. It could have starred anyone, and feels like a waste of what makes a Cruise vehicle worth the ride (Cruise allegedly wielded a lot of creative control over the production). It also feels so utterly unnecessary from Cruise’s point-of-view: He already has his headlining franchise so why would he need this? The appeal of Tom Cruise lies in that classic mould of action hero — Apple Pie Americanism with just a hint of goofball. He flexes, he runs, he saves the day, but he’s always aware of the weirdness of it all. You can’t help but embrace the dorkiness of Cruise, even at his most invincible, because he runs like that. It’s controlled masculinity, aspirational but not untouchable, even at its most powerful. If it were, Cruise would be smiling a lot less.
It’s hard to discuss this era of Cruise without talking about the events that predated it. In 2005, he began dating Katie Holmes, which he infamously declared to the world via the couch jump heard around the world on Oprah. The whirlwind of TomKat publicity was an inescapable chasm of celebrity adoration and confusion in a way that doesn’t exist in the social media age now that the tabloids have lost much of their power. This wasn’t just love; this was Movie Love, about a step away from being directed by Baz Luhrmann, and it made Cruise seem a little unusual. It didn’t help that his public support of Scientology and vehement opposition to psychiatry and anti-depressants got in the way of his usual movie-star spiel. All that nice American boy glitz and relatability suddenly felt much more intense and aloof now that the issue of his religion became impossible to ignore.
Invincible Cruise feels like a natural extension of what we know of Scientology. Former Scientology sources suggest Cruise has reached the highest Operating Thetan level in the organisation, putting him on the same level as L. Ron Hubbard and current leader David Miscavige, who Cruise is close to. Given that the group claims reaching a certain level will allow true believers to heal themselves of injuries, a broken ankle makes Invincible Cruise seem all the more human.
Nowadays, Cruise is less publicly intense and has noticeably dialled back from that brief spell of ‘crazy’. His interviews are charming and fluffy, he does the expected Jimmy Fallon children’s party game routines, and he strictly avoids talking about his private life. No more florid declarations of passionate love, no more rallying against the psychiatric establishment, no more battles with Matt Lauer: Invincible Cruise remains so because his shields are up at all times. It’s hard to see whether that persona is sticking with viewers, especially now that we know so much about the darker and exploitative side of Scientology, something Cruise is alleged to have greatly benefitted from. He may be highly litigious but Leah Remini is still talking and people are listening.
Up next for Cruise is American Made, a biographical action-drama inspired by the life of pilot turned drug smuggler Barry Seal. The trailers suggest another big exciting Tom Cruise Movie. Guy Lodge from Variety echoes this, calling the film ‘a showcase for the dateless elasticity of Cruise’s star power. It feels, for better or worse, like a film he could have made at almost any point in the last 30 years.’ He doesn’t look much like the real Barry Seal either, but nobody expects him to look like anyone but himself now. It just wouldn’t work otherwise. The film may be set in the 1980s, but Cruise remains timeless, ageless and unstoppable, regardless of whether the occasion calls for it.
Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich enjoyed a sweet date night on Tuesday when they supported their friend Nina Dobrev at her Harper’s BAZAAR event in LA. The newlyweds, who tied the knot in a stunning ceremony in Idaho in July, looked picture-perfect during their first appearance as a married couple. Julianne rocked a polka-dot dress as she flaunted her stunning engagement and wedding rings while holding a «Universal Love» clutch. Aside from showing PDA with a kiss, the Dancing With the Starsjudge couldn’t help but gush about married life.
While she admitted that she’s ready to get back into the swing of things after taking some time off to get married and go on their honeymoon, she is still soaking up the little things. «It definitely feels different being married,» she said. «People have always said that, and I didn’t understand, it but now I feel more whole.» In fact, her favorite part about being married is simply calling Brooks her husband. «It was actually when we got our marriage certificate,» she added. «It was like ‘How are you doing, husband?’ It was fun.» See more of their adorable outing below.
Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath on A&E at 8:55pm ET. This episode is called «The Ultimate Failure of Scientology» and man, don’t we all hope.
Suits on USA at 9:00pm ET.
Vanderpump Rules Jax & Brittany Take Kentucky on Bravo at 9:00pm ET. Series premiere. I’m sure there’s a more unappealing combination of words out there, but as far as ways to ensure that I’ll never watch your TV show, these work pretty well. I still can’t believe that «Vanderpump» is an actual last name. The fact that people with that last name wanted to be reality show stars somehow makes a lot of sense, though.
We all know that Mel B has been going through all of capital-I it lately. Her marriage finally ended and it was revealed that her husband, Stephen Belafonte, was a real piece of (allegedly violent) work. Then she was ordered to fork over a ton of cash to keep Stephen in the moocher lifestyle he had grown accustomed to. We also know that Mel B is close with her fellow America’s Got Talent judge Simon Cowell. Simon decided to make a joke about Mel B’s marriage last night on America’s Got Talent. That’s not Mel B showering Simon with a cup full of kisses.
TMZ says that Mel B got out of her seat and tossed her cup of water at Simon as he made this crack to a contestant:
“I kind of imagine this would be like Mel B’s wedding night: lots of anticipation, not much promise on delivery.”
That sounds more like a burn on Stephen Belafonte to me. Regardless of intention, Mel B left and went backstage. TMZ says that, despite Mel B smiling at first, she wasn’t feeling the joke and had to be coaxed back onstage.
E! News caught up with the judges after the show. Howie Mandel said that it was actually vodka in Mel B’s cup. That was obviously a joke, since no one in their right mind would waste a good cup of vodka like that. Mel B explained her reaction. One act earlier in the night reminded Mel B of her father, who passed away from cancer earlier this year. So her emotions were already running high.
She ends the interview by scoffing at the notion of getting set up with anyone, saying “Ugh god, I’m single and I’m raising my kids.” This is the second time Mel B has claimed that no one is making her holler in the bedroom. She just won’t comment on that rumor that she’s dating a Beverly Hills cop. In Touch thinks there’s a reason for that, and it’s because her Beverly Hills cop is married. A friend close to Mel B says:
“He’s married. He’s a cop with the Beverly Hills Police Department. He’s also younger than her.”
Mel has been assuring everyone that “he was unhappily married for a while. He had planned to separate from his wife prior to meeting Mel.”
The source adds that Mel B’s divorce hasn’t been finalized, and that Stephen could absolutely use her new relationship against her in court. He could. But he probably won’t. There’s a chance Mel B could throw a beverage at Stephen, which would mean he might have to get his divorce court suit dry cleaned. And he already barely has enough spousal support for extravagances like that, what with his $ 750 a month cellphone plan.
Here’s more of Mel B at AGT last night. Also included is Tyra Banks, who tried her hardest, but just couldn’t outshine Mel B in the bonkers red carpet look department.
It’s not been a major topic of conversation in most circles outside of the movie industry, but right now, studios and movie theaters are involved in a huge struggle over Premium Video on Demand, i.e., the window between when a movie is released in theaters and when it is available for home viewers.
Revenue from theaters has basically flatlined in recent years, and it’s only been able to maintain that because of rising ticket prices, 3D and IMAX surcharges. Meanwhile, DVD sales are in the toilet. However, revenue from digital downloads is way up — in fact, overall, studios earn about twice as much from electronic home video as they do from movie theaters.
Still, movie theaters are a crucial part of the mix, and exhibitors are trying to keep pace with expensive upgrades and remodels — comfy chairs, reserved seating, better food, alcohol, etc. Obviously, movie theaters — who are putting a lot of money into these upgrades — don’t want to be undercut by digital distribution, so they’re resisting efforts by some of the major studios — namely Warner Brothers and Universal — to shrink the release window.
What many of the movie studios want to do is offer their movies for home viewing at a premium price two weeks after a movie is released. They’re currently in negotiations with Apple and Comcast to make those movies available for around $ 30 or $ 50 ($ 50 two weeks after release; $ 30 four-to-six weeks after release).
The question is: Who is going to pay $ 30 or $ 50 to watch a movie at home two weeks after it’s released? Wealthy people with big home entertainment systems, perhaps, and maybe families, who would be spending roughly the same amount to watch the movie as they would for ticket prices (this, however, fails to take into account the movie theater experience, which for a lot of parents (including me), is the biggest draw. We’ll either see it in theaters or wait and spend $ 4 to rent it when it’s available three months after its release).
It’s probably a moot point anyway, because PVOD is unlikely to come to fruition. Movie theaters will object by boycotting certain studios’ films, and the theatrical run still makes up 50 percent of a movie’s revenue. Right now, most insiders see this as posturing, a negotiation tactic by the studios over a long-term agreement over revenue splits.
In the midst of all this, of course, Amazon and Netflix are continuing to produce their own movies, which they can release into theaters and onto their own platforms soon thereafter (Amazon’s The Big Sick, for instance, will be available on September 5th, about six weeks after it went wide in theaters). Netflix has been making its movies available day and date, although I haven’t seen much evidence that Netflix has been very successful on the movie side — Brad Pitt’s War Machine didn’t make much of a splash, but the release of Will Smith’s Bright may tell us more. Disney, meanwhile, is staying the hell out of this, because with Pixar, Star Wars, and Marvel and other huge franchises, the studio obviously relies heavily on movie theaters to turn a profit. Plus, they’re in the early stages of launching their own streaming platform (and subsequently removing Disney titles from Netflix).
What is clear, however, is that consumers are coming out on top, as studios, movie theaters, and streaming services all compete to make us happy with better theaters, quicker availability to movies, and a plethora of choices.
Suffice it to say, no one’s capping off the month of August quite like future Mrs. Austin Dillon, Whitney Ward. Last Saturday, she celebrated her 27th birthday with a monster lip-shaped cake that she dubbed the “best cake ever”:
Looks fun! Even more so when you consider that the big bday coincided with her bridal shower, which took place at Childress Vineyards in North Carolina:
We know what you’re thinking… “There can’t possibly be much more fun here, right?” Wrong! Because Whitney and her hot Monster Energy/cheerleading girlfriends then jetted off to Mexico for her bachelorette party — bottles were most definitely popped on the flight over:
Check out the gallery above for more Whitney and her pals tearing up Mexico.