Archive for July, 2013

Paula Deen Fires Her Legal Team

Paula Deen Parts Ways With Legal Team

First she lost her endorsements, then her longtime agent Barry Weiner. Now, Paula Deen is saying adios to her attorneys. Only this time, they didn’t ditch her.

In court docs obtained by Celebuzz, the Savannah, Georgia law firm of Oliver Maner has stepped down as the former Food Network star’s legal representative and been replaced by Grace E. Speights, a partner in Morgan Lewis’s labor and employment firm in Washington. The legal switcharoo comes “at the request” of Deen, per the paperwork filed July 11 (a.k.a. she fired them.)

This is the latest development in the aftermath that has focused on a recorded deposition in which the 66-year-old fallen celeb chef admits to telling racist jokes, using the N-word, and planning a slavery-themed wedding.

Maner and his associates had been defending Deen against her former restaurant manager, Lisa Jackson, who filed a $1.2 million civil lawsuit against the butter-loving cook and her brother Bubba Hiers claiming the silver-haired TV star used the N-word at work and that Hiers sexually harassed her.

According to PEOPLE magazine: “She and her team decided the previous attorneys were out of their depth,” quotes the mag.

Top entertainment lawyer Patricia Glaser and Savannah, Ga.-based attorney Harvey Weitz will reportedly round out her new team of legal eagles.

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Justin Bieber’s Mom Weighs In On His Recent Antics: My Son Is Not Perfect

Mother knows best. And in the case of Justin Bieber‘s mom, Pattie Mallette, she knows her son’s recent behavior hasn’t been the best.

Just hours after footage of Bieber peeing into a restaurant’s mop bucket leaked online, the matriarch took to Andy Cohen‘s Bravo show, Watch What Happens Live, to defend her son.

“I definitely think he’s getting a bad rap, but I’m also not naive to think that my child is perfect and making all the best decisions of his life,” she said. “He knows what I disagree with, and he knows all the things that I’m really proud of him for, too. I mean, people don’t talk about all the great things he does every day.”

Though Mallette didn’t get into specifics, most can probably guess that she was referring to her son urinating in the back of a nightclub’s kitchen before spraying cleaning fluid at a portrait of Bill Clinton while swearing. Bieber has since apologized for the latter incident.

Mallette also took to ABC’s The View Wednesday morning weigh in on the”Baby” singer’s antics. According to Mallette, her eldest son had asked her to give him some breathing room on his 18th birthday, requesting that she stops travelling with him everywhere.

“When he turned 18, he wanted some space … I think that all parents worry about their kids. I don’t necessarily agree with everything that he does. He knows the things – we talk. We talk about things,” she said. “I’m also super proud of him, a lot of things he does that don’t make the headlines everyday.”

“Some of the things we talk about, obviously I have to keep between him and I … I try to encourage him to stay true to who he is and stay grounded and humble. I just always encourage him and say, ‘You’ve always had to learn the hard way, but you’ll get there and I believe in you.’ And I have to keep believing that he’ll come out on top.”

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Mariah Carey Gets Released From The Hospital In The Most Diva-Like Fashion

Oh, she’s just being Mimi.

After dislocating her shoulder while filming the remix music video to “#Beautiful,” Mariah Carey was released from the hospital Thursday. And it true diva-like fashion, the “We Belong Together” crooner did it in style.

Carey had her exit filmed for YouTube. While being rolled out to her awaiting car in a wheelchair, the sling-sporting songstress joked, “That was fun.”

As someone offscreen told her to “be careful,” Carey explained to the camera that she was returning to her video shoot because, “you know the people we see on TV? They’re professionals.” The singer gave two air kisses to her attending nurse before getting into her limo.

Despite the injury, Carey insisted she will be performing with the New York Philharmonic on Central Park’s Great Lawn this Saturday for the 2013 MLB All-Star Charity Concert to benefit victims of Superstorm Sandy.

She tweeted:

In a sling, but will do my best to make it look good w/ the ensemble Sat w/ the NY philharmonic, an amazing honor for such a great cause.

– Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) July 11, 2013

Thanks all for the well wishes

– Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) July 11, 2013

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Bikini-Clad Alexis Bellino Rubs Her Good Life In Your Face

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I…here’s Alexis Bellino showing off her calf muscles and Jesus Jugs on a Southern California beach.

The bedazzled bible was unavailable for the photo op (you know, prayers and whatnot), but the good Lord was there to make sure the sun shone bright on Bellino and her chandelier earrings.

Miraculously, Bellino has been able to avoid playing the victim card this season on The Real Housewives Of Orange County. Bravo swapped her out for Lauri Peterson, whose new game is “Let’s Throw Vicki Under The Bus By Slinging Sexual Accusations Her Way.”

Everybody wins!

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Kate Middleton’s Old Piano Teacher Pens ‘First Breath’ For Baby Cambridge

Once upon a time in Bucklebury, Daniel Nicholls gave the future Queen of England piano lessons. In fact, he taught not only HRH, but Pippa, James and Carole Middleton as well.

Nicholls, who penned a song especially for the royal wedding, is back at his piano with a song ready for William and Catherine’s new baby.

“I have written them a song as a present when the baby is born,” Nicholls told Celebuzz.

A “Congratulations,” if you will.

“It’s a song about being born from the baby’s point of view – from being in the womb to coming out into the world and what it’s like to be a part of the world,” he explained. “You’re born in the womb and wrapped in love and then born into the world and wrapped in a blanket. Then you have the real love of the parents and others.”


The royal wedding song was performed by a choir a month before the wedding, with proceeds from the concert going to Macmillan Cancer Support.

At the time, Nicholls made sure to notify both the Middletons and the palace that he had put something together for the royal couple.

“I got a letter from the palace saying ‘Thank you for your kind thoughts,’ and they hoped the performance in Bucklebury goes well.”

This next song, however, won’t go public.

It’s called “First Breath,” which Nicholls describes as a “gentle pop ballad.”

“My son and daughter are singing and I’m playing the piano.

“I will keep it private because it’s a personal present, but it’s already recorded and when the baby is born I will send them the CD.”

Nicholls and his wife teach music lessons from their house, near the Bladebone Pub in Catherine’s hometown.

-With reporting by Andrea Simpson.

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Then & Now: See What Anna Kendrick And The Cast Of ‘Camp’ Look Like 10 Years Later

Camp 10 Years Later Then And Now Anna Kendrick

In honor of Anna Kendrick breaking onto the music scene this week, I thought it was only appropriate to look back at where it all began.

If you aren’t familiar with the cult classic Camp, I suggest you rent it on iTunes immediately.

Nearly ten years ago, the movie opened in limited release and introduced the world to a musical loving subculture. It also showed us that it was ok to be on the fringe of society. Think Glee before Glee was a thing.

Kendrick is barely in the movie, but still manages to steal every scene she’s in. That includes one vomit inducing performance of ‘The Ladies Who Lunch’ from the musical Company. Trust me, you’ve got to check it out.

In the meantime, check out the gallery above featuring a ‘then and now’ look at all of the main cast members. You might be surprised who you find, especially if you’re a fan of The Voice.

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10 Songs That Definitely Don’t Mean What You Thought

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If you’re like me, you probably find poetry to be confusing. The verse style of writing and the rhythm of language required to write a good poem force the author to use words that they may not have used in any other situation, leading us readers to puzzle out the meaning behind those words. Music can be even more misleading; often, the melody or the tempo of the song can lead us to believe that the song is more up-or-down-beat than the songwriter intended. Adding to that confusion is the fact that we don’t really listen to all the lyrics of even our most favorite songs. As a result, we take sections of lyric, usually the chorus, out of context. We then go on to construe a meaning for the song that never entered the songwriter’s mind.

Another element that adds to our mistakes over song meanings is the fact that the best songwriters know how we listen to music. Therefore, said composers will sometimes hide secret meanings behind cryptic lyrics or a deceptive chorus and sit back and laugh as their fans try to puzzle out the lyrics, or, even funnier, run around proclaiming their totally-wrong interpretations of lyric as if they were set in stone. Usually, however, such mistaken lyrics are unintentional, causing the lyricists to come forth with definitive statements meant to stifle all debate forever. However, like Stephen King once wrote, facts are never enough to kill a good story, so these wrong interpretations generally live on.

This article will look at ten songs that are misinterpreted almost all the time and attempt to reveal the true meanings that lie behind the lyrics. If you come to the article and discover that we’ve left out one of your favorites, let us know about it in the comments below.

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