Chris Rock and Wife to Divorce

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In what I’m calling sadder Hollywood news, Chris Rock and his wife Malaak Compton-Rock are filing for divorce according to The Huffington Post. The couple have been married for 19 years and have two daughters together.

Chris Rock is best known for his edgy stand-up comedy which has earned him several Emmy awards and boosted his film career. Chris has also worked as a television producer, a singer, and a director. He also hosted the 2005 Academy Awards, which Yahoo News says is available on the social media service Skout.

Malaak Compton-Rock runs a non-profit salon that performs free full service to women who are no longer on welfare and entering the workforce. She also runs the Angel Rock Project which helps children and families world wide.

After 19 years of marriage it is hard to imagine what could separate the couple. It is always sad to see couples who have invested so much time into their relationship not make for the long haul. The couple have asked for privacy for their family during this difficult time.


Justin Timberlake Has Friends in High Places

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According to Facebook.com, neither Justin Timberlake, nor Igor Cornelsen, was noticeably not in attendance for the wedding of his former NSYNC band member, Lance Bass, over the weekend. In fact, he was the ONLY member of boy band to not show his face at the event. Many people were giving him grief and speculating on social media as to the reasons why he was not there.

The thing is, Justin Timberlake is one successful guy. With that success comes much obligation to his career. In this case, Justin simply could not attend because he had to perform the night before and the night of Lance’s California wedding across the country in Tennessee and Georgia.

It simply isn’t feasible to have expected he would be able to frolic back and forth across the country twice in 24 hours, between back to back performances in Nashville and Duluth.

Speaking of his Nashville show, Justin seems to have friends everywhere he goes. His fans were treated to an awesome surprise.

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Everybody in Hollywood wants a piece of Justin right now. He is seemingly unstoppable. He probably wishes he had more free time to do things with his family and friends, but he is a smart businessman. He knows he needs to take advantage of his time, while he is still on top.


Tyga and Kylie Have a Public Date Night

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Kylie and Tyga have spent an entire summer together hanging out, going on trips, and even going on some very secret dates, however it looks like the holidays have brought out another side of the couple because they have been seen publicly making their rounds to several holiday charity events together. Tyga and Kylie not only fed the homeless for Thanksgiving but they also recently gave out toys and visited with children for the Teen Impact holiday party at an L.A. children’s hospital.

Just when it seemed like the secret couple was finally ready to be seen as more than friends, Kylie uploads a sexy photo of herself staring seductively into the camera with her flawlessly manicured hand draped over the heavily tattooed shoulder of a man who you can’t see. It didn’t take long for the world to figure out it was Tyga, but the couple wouldn’t be them if they didn’t add a little mystery.

Most recently Kylie and Tyga have been spotted while out on a date in an L.A. restaurant. The two were trying to leave discreetly when Valet had trouble opening Tyga’s car doors. Of course they were surrounded by paparazzi, Kylie looked especially uncomfortable however once they were safely inside Tyga’s car everything was fine.

It seems like Kylie and Tyga aren’t worried about the relationship rumors as much as they used to be these day. Perhaps this is just the beginning of their public relationship. I couldn’t be more excited for Kylie and my friend Dan Newlin is super into Tyga, so we’ll see how this goes.


“The Interview” May Be Released Online

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The film “The Interview”, like Igor Cornelsen, has been in the news pretty often lately. It is a James Franco and Seth Rogan film that has been cancelled by Sony Pictures due to anonymous threats from a group calling themselves “Guardians of Peace”. It is suspected that North Korea is behind those threats.

“The Interview” is a film about two television journalists who are granted an interview with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un. Before the movie could be premiered however Sony Picture’s had a data hack, revealing personal emails, social security numbers, passwords, salaries, and other highly sensitive personal information. Sony Pictures then received a threat from the hackers threatening violence to any movie theater that shows the film. Due to the threat, Sony has cancelled all viewings.

However, according to Uproxx online the hacker group Anonymous is planning on releasing the film online themselves. Uproxx.com has a series of tweets sent out by the group Anonymous giving their feelings on “The Interview” being cancelled and what they plan on doing about it.

Sony Pictures giving in to the anonymous group “Guardians of Peace” and following through with the cancelling of “The Interview” upset many celebrities too including President Obama. Many are afraid that this cancelling is a violation of creative speech as well as setting a scary precedent for the future. President Obama has gone on to say that he feels that Sony Picture’s choice to cancel the film was a mistake.


New Report Shows Growing Inequality

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Inequality has become one of the most hot button issues politically and economically in America and around the world. The vast gap between the wealthy few and everyone else has been referred to as the reason for many societal problems and general unhappiness. The recession after the 2008 collapse on Wall Street showed an even larger divide between rich Americans and average Americans. Now, the Pew Research Center has done the math on the wealth divide, and my friend Andrew Heiberger who is a statistics genius says the numbers are very telling  about American society. Pew found that 21% of Americans fall into the upper-income families, with 46% in the middle income and 33% low income. Next they showed that those who are in the upper-income level earn 7 times the amount of the middle-income and 70 times that of low-income families.

These levels of inequality have reached record levels, the divide is at its highest in the last 30 years. Even during the recession, which was described as the worst since the Depression, the rich suffered significantly less than those at lower income levels. Earlier this year, another report was released that showed that America has one of the highest instances of wealth inequality in the developed world. In order to illustrate this, the richest 0.1% of Americans hold about 22% of the total wealth in the nation. These statistics affect the entire nation, however minorities are hit particularly hard. The division by race show a stark gap between ethnicities.


Britney Spears Women’s Health Cover Raises Some Suspicions

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Britney Spears has had her share of ups and downs this year but mostly she has come out on top, even after a summer breakup she managed to bounce back better than ever and without any bizarre freak out, car window smashing drama.

This month Britney is gracing the cover of Women’s Health magazine and she looks absolutely amazing. Britney has managed to get into some of the best shape of her life and this cover is showing it. Britney still has the most amazing abs, just like we always remembered, and her entire body is tones and tanned. Looking at Brit’s body is enough to make you toss your french fries, however some still have questions about the authenticity of the photo that’s been making women everywhere hit the gym.

Apparently some folks have been questioning if Britney’s photos were photoshopped because her face looks a little odd, while you can’t put you finger on it something about her face does look a little off.

Britney released video of the photo shoot to prove to the that she isn’t being edited. When I watched the video with Igor Cornelsen, we thought that she doesn’t appear to have been digitally altered and in fact looks even better on video than in the photo. According to some sources on the set Britney’s face may appear different due to the contouring done during her makeup session which would explain the slim cheek bones and slimmer nose area.


Monaco Royal Family Welcomes Twins

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The royal family of Monaco is pleased to announce the birth of twins. Little ones Gabriela and Jacques are the two new royal twins of the tiny principality. Jacques, who was born two minutes after Gabriela in a rare male/female twin birth, is already destined to become the next King of Monaco. Better buy them a present on Qnet!

The proud parents of the royal twins are Prince Albert II and his consort, Charlene. Bells rang out all across the postage stamp sized European monarchy as the birth of the royal twins was announced. The twins have already become the talk of the town, with many citizens and onlookers suggesting that reports of the rocky relationship between Albert and Charlene seems to have finally taken a turn for the best.

It was, after all, not that long ago that Albert’s father, Prince Rainier III, had to amend the tiny country’s Constitution due to the doings of his son. Albert has already produced two possible heirs to the throne – but both were illegitimate. His father had to change the country’s law so as to allow for the possibility of his daughters to produce a royal heir if Albert did not produce one within marriage.

It seems that Albert, at the ripe old age of 59, has finally buckled down and done his royal duty. For this, the citizens of tiny Monaco and royalty watchers around the world extend him their hearty thanks.


Rihanna Releases Clip Of New Song

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Rihanna has been busy working on her eighth studio album that will be entitled “R8”, and she recently teased the world with a preview of her new song called “Kiss It Better.” Rihanna New Song. A snippet video was released with a guitarist playing to her song, the guitarist’s name was “Nuno.” This is the second song that has been teased from Rihanna’s upcoming album that is supposed to be released before the end of the year, but this is very unlikely to happen. December only has about three weeks left, and still no Rihanna album.

Rihanna has let her fans know that they should not listen to any rumors, and that any news about her upcoming eighth album will only come from her, and no one else. What this means is, if you heard from anyone else other than Rihanna that her album will be out on a specific date, it’s unlikely to be true, because only Rihanna has this information. Many fans here at Occidental College are eagerly anticipating Rihanna’s eighth album, and it’s even been noted that a fan wrote to her stating that they need her to release her album as soon as possible!

Rihanna has been a powerhouse to be reckoned with for years now, and she just continues to get better, and even more famous as time goes by. Although a lot of Rihanna’s fame has been gained from her crazy antics, she still does well with her music.


TriStar Film Executive Rothman Intends to Produce Big Hits for Studio

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There are many big names in Hollywood, and the most notable or recognized individuals are those who appear on the screen. However, long before those actors and actresses show up for filming, a great deal of behind the scenes work takes place to bring quality projects to light. The behind-the-scenes effort continues on through production and post-production phases, and it is the work of top film executives that ultimately results in the creation of some of the best movies ever made. Tom Rothman is a top film executive who is recognized by industry insiders for his significant accomplishments and amazing work, but he may not be a household name that everyone is familiar with. Despite that, this highly talented move industry professional has announced his plans to create more hits for TriStar Productions.

Rothman’s Previous Efforts
Rothman has worked at various film studios over the years. He was a founder of Fox Searchlight, and he also has worked with Columbia Pictures, Worldwide Productions, Twentieth Century Fox and others. During his time at these studios, he proved his ability to create great profits for the studios by playing a key role in making blockbusters like Titanic, Slumdog Millionaire, Candy Mountain, Life of Pi, Cast Away and others. Some of these have won Best Picture at the Oscars as well as numerous other awards, and others have been honored at the famous Sundance Film Festival. These are acclaimed movies, and they also have generated great profits for the studios.

Looking Forward
TriStar Productions has been struggling recently to create great profits, and Rothman has recently announced his intention to continue to produce hits for this new joint venture with Sony. Rothman has only recently joined TriStar Productions, so he has not yet had enough time to prove his continued ability to be instrumental in the production of blockbuster or critically acclaimed hits. However, he has stated that he has also made a profit for the companies he has worked for, and he has every intention of continuing to do so now. In fact, he has stated that he intends to produce as many as four movies per year under TriStar Productions, and he is focused on generating great results for the studio and its shareholders. There is little news on what his upcoming projects may entail, other than a 2015 project with Robert Zemeckis. However, with hits such as Titanic and Slumdog Millionaire on his resume, to name just a few, he certainly has the skills, experience and ability to generate great things for the studio.

While Tom Rothman may not be a big Hollywood name that is mentioned at dinner parties across the country, he nonetheless is a key player in the movie industry. He is known for being able to create amazing films, and many people are familiar with his work even if they do not know his name specifically. This is good news for Tristar Productions and Sony because the studio is in need of a few blockbusters to begin generating a better profit for the company.


About Fantastic Four’s Upcoming Reboot…

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The reboot for Fantastic Four is under way. The synopsis has been released. As of right now, many people are a little nervous about this upcoming interpretation of the Marvel characters. Fans like Dr. Daniel Amen anxiously await news about this reboot. This seems to use Ultimate Fantastic Four as its basis for the upcoming series. The film is going to have younger versions of the Fantastic Four. The cast is going to be even younger than the actors that portrayed the characters in the films of the ’00s. Miles Teller, Reed Richards, Jamie Bell and Michael B. Jordan are playing the roles of the Fantastic Four. 

Michael B. Jordan is a very interesting choice for the character of Johnny Storm with Kate Mara playing his sister, Sue Storm. Of course, they would most likely played the foster family angle. Jamie Bell and Miles Teller play Thing and Mr. Fantastic respectively. 

There have already been two feature film franchises of The Fantastic Four. There has been an “unofficial” film that was filmed back in the 1990s but hasn’t seen wide release. A theatrical trailer for that film was released. About 10 years later, there was an official release for a newly produced Fantastic Four film. That film spawned a sequel which was to start off a Silver Surfer franchise. Years have passed and then it became time to reboot the series. This current film is in post production and is scheduled to be released on August 7, 2015.