Category Archives: Celebrities

Feel Good With Brooke Simpson’s ‘Stone Cold’ Voice Audition

With the constant barrage of shit we’re faced with on a daily, constantly reminded how much people suck, it’s always great when we get a little content that just makes us feel good. This video, more of a surprise to me than I can say, happens to be one of those. From beginning to end, everything about this video made me smile.

Contestant, Brooke Simpson, took to the stage of The Voice to belt out Demi Lovato’s power ballad, ‘Stone Cold.’ Now, anyone who has seen Demi rock that performance knows that it’s no easy feat, and you need serious chops to do it justice. However, Brooke proved that she was up to the task and she did an amazing job.

So, not only were the song choice and performance incredible, so was the reaction and subsequent banter of the judges. Now, despite American Idol’s quality decline in more recent years, and The Voice’s steady ratings hold, here’s something that most people seem not to want to admit: The Voice has not produced a fraction of the stars that American Idol has… if any at all. It’s great when a previously unknown contestant goes on to win the finale, but how many have actually gone on to achieve solid success after their win? I’ll wait…

Nevertheless, where The Voice has American Idol beat is the charisma, banter and connection of the celebrity judges and this is as evident as ever in this video. It’s so great to see this household-name judges put their hearts into singing the praises of these unknown contestants because they genuinely see their talent.

Seriously, watch this video and smile!

ps, from now on, I’m gonna start walking around with a little notepad just so that I can toss it at someone in incredulity.

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Camila Cabello’s Sax Player Steals the Spotlight

Ok, so that headline may not be totally accurate. In all honesty, that was a hell of a performance by Camila Cabello who, after leaving Fifth Harmony, has achieved incredible solo success with the release of, quite frankly, pretty damn good music. This performance on Jimmy Fallon’s, The Tonight Show, is arguably one of Camila’s best live performances of her single, Havana, which currently sits at number 44 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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All of this said, I still couldn’t help my eyes from devouring roaming over to the background sax player throughout the performance. While Camila Sandiego was belting out her nostalgia of hopping on Cuban peen, there was only one X-Factor I was interested in. Despite starting out as a mini opening act, it soon became clear to me that he was the real star on that stage. In addition to his great saxophone-playing skills (which, in and of itself, is already a real south pole flooder), he drops some sick moves which just makes me wanna reach out with a Vaudeville Hook, fling those salsa dancers to the real Havana, and have him have the stage all to himself.

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Alexander Skarsgard Is A Sexy-As-All-Hell Tarzan

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Ah, Askars, we meet again! Not content to let his sexiness burn out in that god-awful True Blood finale, Alexander Skarsgard has found himself an excuse to bare even more skin for our delight. Well, maybe not more skin (NSFW), but skin sufficient.

The Legend of Tarzan, slated for a July 2016 release, has just released the first official stills and poster of the film, and it (naturally) features the delicious Askars in all his shirtless yumminess. Looking at the trailer, there’s potential for this movie to be amazing, but I can just as easily see it being a complete crapfest. When it comes to remakes, Hollywood seems to be on a hit or miss streak… leaning heavily towards miss, I’m afraid. Here’s hoping that this one doesn’t join that list.

Now, forgive me for nitpicking, but isn’t Tarzan most famous for only wearing a barely-there loin cloth? What the hell is this khaki pants bullshit about? I demand an immediate reshoot! Who’s with me?

The Spotlight’s on Michael B Jordan

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Kudos to Michael B Jordan and whatever personal psychic he’s got on his side advising him on which roles to take, because he is absolutely killing it right now. Creed, his latest endeavor, and the latest of the Rocky franchise, is undeniably a commercial and critical success, and he isn’t getting half as much buzz as he did in Fruitvale Station. That’s an amazing achievement for a twenty something year old black actor who admittedly came from nothing.

I currently have two magazines on which Jordan is the cover star: Men’s Fitness US and GQ South Africa. Both articles are quite good, with the Men’s Fitness one surprising me with the depth of its topics. As expected, the usual workout routine talk was forefront, but there was an astoundingly insightful edge on race relations and racial stereotyping. The GQ piece was arguably more personal and showed that this dude has quite the mouth of a sailor on him.

Either way, it’s great to see the spotlight on Michael, who isn’t only incredibly easy on the eyes, but also displays a calm authenticity that’s both professional and endearing.

More pics  after the jump

Helloooo, John Stamos!

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If you haven’t yet sent up a silent prayer of thanks for the existence of the internet, I would suggest that you do it now. DILF-type extraordinaire, John Stamos, did the world a collective solid when he dropped trou for Paper Magazine. Let’s remember that these are the same people who came up with this “Break the Internet” shit with Kim Kardashian, for which I’ve expressed my consternation multiple times, so the fact that they’ve given us John Stamos in all his naked glory now makes them forgiven.

Before I speak about the interview, can I just say DAMN! Who knew Uncle Jesse was hiding all that in them jeans? All our Anacondas definitely DO!

Back to the actual interview… it’s little more than a puff piece really. Praises him for being gorgeous with a strong fan base, without delving into any real issues, but that’s ok. It’s a fun and funny piece, and John Stamos comes off as charmingly as ever, if perhaps a tad grating with all his blatant humility.

“I’m a crappy singer”, my ass! He’s released his own album and is an award-winning Broadway actor! Regardless, he can spout all the rubbish modesty he’d like if it means he’s gonna accompany it with pics like that one.

Take a walk down memory lane with Daniel Radcliffe

This has been pretty much everywhere the past few days, so most of you should have seen it. For those of you who may not have, I am beyond pleased to be the one to bring it to your attention. It has been almost 15 years since Harry Potter & the Sorceror’s Stone first came out, and yet it remains the gift that keeps on giving!

A video of a young, pre sex-inducing Daniel Radcliffe doing a screen test as Harry has been making the rounds, and it is all kinds of adorable and nostalgic. While, from The Prisoner of Azkaban onwards, Daniel did a kickass job of making that role his bitch, I’d always thought he was just barely tolerable in the first two movies, in part due to his age. Surprisingly, though, he kills it in that screen test, even doing an incredible reading from The Prisoner of Azkaban, which didn’t come out until three years after.

Radcliffe, we all know, has done an amazing job of nurturing an impressive acting career, even when considering films which don’t do fantastically at the box office (including Victor Frankenstein, which I haven’t seen yet, but am dying to), but seeing him prepare for the role which made it all possible is – please forgive the corniness – absolutely magical!

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Covers Men’s Fitness

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Men's Fitness Cover

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who we all know as Jaime Lannister from Game of Thrones, covers June’s issue of Men’s Fitness. We may not remember it, seeing as the show has been so stingy having Nikolaj show any skin at all this season, but the guy has a great body beneath all that medieval garb, making him a perfect specimen for the fitness magazine.

The vast majority reads more like an ode to Game of Thrones than it does a highlight of Nikolaj’s workout routine, but it’s still an interesting enough read. Nikolaj, despite his huge role on the show, and the fact that he will forever retain cult icon status at fantasy conventions in the future, seems very opposed to reveling in the idea that he is, in fact, a celebrity.

What I have now is about the show and not about me. I’ve been working in this business for 20 years, and I’m very grateful for what I have, but it’s going to end sooner or later. Should I fall into a depression because I’m not going to have that kind of attention someday? I can’t allow that because it’s just stupid.

He also speaks about how uncomfortable he feels doing nude scenes – though he really hasn’t done any in a while, so…

Being butt naked is horrible because, well, you’re butt naked. As a guy, you have to wear things to cover your privates, and you feel like such an idiot because it looks stupid. And sex scenes when you’re completely naked? Oh, my god, it’s so uncomfortable. It’s just embarrassing on every level imaginable. I can’t ever look at the actress in the eyes again.

He’s funny, I definitely give him that. And quite charming. He speaks about how he never really blows a lot of money like other celebrities do, because the notion just seems ridiculous to him. I’d also quite forgotten that he will be starring in God’s of Egypt along Gerard Butler next year, but he speaks about getting in shape for that role and, lemme tell you, that movie had better make all kinds of money at the box office to be worth all that work.

The issue is out now. More pictures here after the jump