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Hilary Duff sets the bar for the video #selfie (yes, it will be a thing)
Juice factor: 8/10
If our lack of interest in Beyonce’s ongoing Instagram assault of sexed up images meant to indirectly sell her vegan diet to fans (we gave you the 411 on this last week) means anything, it’s that the #selfie just doesn’t do it for us any more. We’ve seen too many celebrity sex tapes to be hypnotized by barely there clothes and forced bedroom eyes. That’s why we love that former chart topper Hilary Duff — in her struggling effort to promote her new “Breathe In, Breathe Out” — isn’t just using her bod to get our attention, though we appreciate the skin-tight, extra short short-shorts she wore on Good Morning America this week.
Hilary took to Instagram to remind us that she has a hidden talent: gymnastics. Holy eff, can the girl flip. It’s actually insanely impressive. And you can check out her curves, too, from two different angles (here’s one, and two), since she posted two separate “backyard shenanigans” videos. Now THAT’S how to flaunt your bod on social media: the highest level of skills in the slowest of motion. All you need is a iPhone tripod and some kind of physical quirk or talent. Beats the selfie. Top that, Beyonce. And, side note, are you as thrilled as we are to see single Hil back out on the attention-seeking scene? She’s a tad rusty (which makes her more lovable), and you know she’ll heat things up fast. We predict a Hilary Duff pop culture frenzy in 6 to 8 months.
Blind Item: Toronto TV personality in the closet?
Juice factor: 10/10
This TV land personality has romanced some of the city’s more prominent local female celebs, and he’s certainly striking enough to be eye-candy for the rest of we women and gay men on the media scene. That’s why it was a surprise to find out that a recent object of affection was not another regionally-famous woman but a well-known up-and-coming industry male — inviting him over for a party that turned out to be him alone… naked… in bed.
Radar Online VS Kesha: Putting the “Ass” in Character Assassination
Juice Factor: 8/10
Radar Online only needed a couple sentences (and a zoom lens) to stir up controversy. After Kesha hit the stage for Pride Week in LA, Radar posted “before and after” style photos with a close-up of Kesha’s backside today in their pop culture round-up with the caption: “Pop star Kesha performed to adoring fans at the Los Angeles Pride Concert on Sunday, June 16, but distracted many with her noticeably larger backside. Did she get butt implants?” Where do we even start with this? Ok, first, Radar — duuuuudes — no one in Hollywood gets butt implants anymore; they get Brazilian butt lifts, aka fat grafting. It’s like lypo and implants in one with the benefit of not having foreign objects surgerically placed inside the body. Bonus points: celebs can sincerely answer the question “Have you had implants?” with a firm “no” and not be lying because technically it’s all organic material (i.e. fat removed from another part of the body and used to round out the butt) and not silicone.
Kesha, for instance, has already made fun of the Radar accusations on Instagram: “OMG FAVORITE HEADLINE EVER! Haaaaaaaaaa yes I implanted rainbows in my ass.” Also, given that singer is open about her struggles with an eating disorder in 2014 after media scrutiny, perhaps Radar should wait until they have firm evidence of cosmetic enhancements by celebs instead of setting rumours on fire with a simple but ultimately dangerous question pulled out of, well, their ass. Kesha, who went to rehab to deal with her issues, has openly discussed how hateful comments hurt her self-image. And, on that note, we should remind Radar, that Kesha doesn’t just take to Twitter with her side of the story; she’s not afraid to go to court. The “Tik Tok” songstress filed a sexual assault civil suit against music producer Dr. Luke in October 2014 in LA, claiming he drugged her, forced himself on her, made threats to take away her publishing rights, and insulted her appearance, which factored into her to bulimia.
Blind item: Fashion world hard-partier now sober
Juice factor: 9/10
This Canadian fashion industry face may have needed his father’s name to get into the industry, especially since he’s been prominent on the party circuit and has been known to throw ragers at his own home where booze and coke are free-flowing until well after the sun comes up. If his trust fund seemed to give him the freedom to be reckless and still have a job, even after showing up to presentations high as a kite, he finally found the motivation to get sober. We don’t know if Daddy (and the future of his career) had anything to do with it, but it’s definitely an unexpected turn for the better. He seems to be killing it professionally these days — and not just by dropping the “Do you know who I am?” mantra.
Kit Harington did NOT foreshadow Game of Thrones death with haircut
Juice factor: 8/10
Game of Thrones fans do the unthinkable: they bridge the usually opposing worlds of Reddit and Us Weekly thanks to George RR Martin’s storylines and the atypical-for-Hollywood but still insanely sexy and badass cast. We’ve even partied with a handful of the cast members and can assure you that they’re as kickass in person (though surprisingly small in stature), and drink beer out of the bottle and chain smoke even when champagne, served in flutes, is free-flowing. What must suck for their staff parties is what sucks for viewers at home: characters get killed off all the time, making the head count ever changing. This season, beloved bastard babe Jon Snow gets the cane before final curtain, and gossip columns and legitimate news sources alike are reporting his haircut in January should have given this away, since not lobbing off his character’s signature long hair was written into Kit Harington’s contract.
Even TIME Magazine’s headline from earlier in the week was cray melodramatic: “Kit Harington Gave Away a Major Game of Thrones Spoiler Back in January.” Jeez. Um, we’re just gonna throw it out there, but his hair isn’t that much shorter, and he was always allowed to cut it moderately in between seasons. Check out the video below. All that said, Jon Snow is still dead. But check out his long hair, which still lives, and happened to be on Jimmy Kimmel last week.
Kanye West shamed by a Disney princess
Juice factor: 7/10
Well, technically she’s a snow queen. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian brought their firstborn North West to Disneyland to celebrate their daughter’s second birthday on June 15, and Kanye West grabbed the opportunity to catch up on some sleep during a 25-minute stage production of Frozen. Frozen is fittingly one of North’s favourite movies (check out this adorable video of jetset North sporting her Daddy’s Yeezus Tour jacket and riding her Frozen suitcase like a magic carpet). Unfortunately, when you’re famous, you can’t even nap in inappropriate places (right, James Franco?) without being called out as rude. Kanye got shamed on Twitter allegedly by Queen Elsa herself: “When you perform for the Kardashian fam for North’s birthday.. And Kanye sleeps through the whole show,” said the tweet from @AbbyRossi (which has since been deleted). Well, he named his daughter North, so clearly he loves everything subzero, and this isn’t the first birthday he has napped at (he took a standing T/O at Kim’s 33rd birthday festivities at TAO in Vegas), so perhaps Elsa didn’t live up to King Kanye’s expectations. Check it out for yourself — we found this clip of @AbbyRossi doing a 6-second cover of Tori Kelly’s “All in My Head.” Verdict: ¨Better than average at karaoke, not quite Broadway. We side with Kanye.
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