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Child stars

I can't imagine what it'd be like to have excessive fame, money, and freedom at a young age — not when I wasn't even allowed to stay up late and watch "Family Guy." There's a reason why a lot of child stars end up faltering as they prepare to enter adulthood and instead end up kind of strange.

Enter Miley Cyrus, the face of wholesome Disney superstar Hannah Montana and daughter to one of the cheesiest celebrities of all time, Billy Ray Cyrus. Everyone is still buzzing about the performance she and Robin Thicke gave us (and not in a good way). Interestingly, The Onion predicted this is the road Miley would take five years ago (they even got the year right). While part of me understands she's just a 20-year-old girl trying to shed her Hannah Montana image and "find herself," the other part of me is all, "No. No thank you."

But Miley's transition isn't inevitable! So here are five child stars who turned out just fine.


6 Ways to Mentally Prepare to Meet Your Favorite Band

Backstreet Boys

On Friday, I'll be heading to Camden, New Jersey, to see the Backstreet Boys. It will be my 10th Backstreet Boys concert. (So the next time you wonder, "Is my life embarrassing?" just look at this post you will feel better.) I've actually been to all of their tours since "Into the Millenium," except for their "This Is Us" tour, and I am still mad about it. Let's not talk about it.

But this concert is extra special for two reasons. One, all five band members are back. Two, I kind of splurged on a meet and greet pass.

To be fair, meet and greet passes to a Backstreet Boys show include a decent amount of perks, like photos with the band, access to their sound check, and the ability to be part of a Q&A before the show. I decided just to go for it given the fact that I've been a fan of the band for 15 years of my life. That's kind of longer than a lot of marriages last. (I'm just saying.) So I'm trying to mentally prepare. Here are a few things I'm telling myself to remember before I meet my favorite band.


6 Reasons Why Celebrity Kickstarters Are the Worst

If you've ever heard of Kickstarter, then you already know it's a pretty cool platform for crowd-sourcing projects. The platform allows people to create "pitches" for their projects and tell the world why they think their project will be great. It often includes samples of their work, an explanation of what the final project might look like, and things called "backer tiers" — basically, incentives for those who are backing the project.

The creators only get the money for the project if they reach their allotted goal. Some projects are better than others, of course, but it's an especially great tool for independent artists to turn their projects from concepts into reality.

But celebrities are taking over and it's making me really, really cranky. Zach Braff, James Franco, Spike Lee, Zosia Mamet (Shoshanna from HBO's "Girls"), Eisley... they've all started Kickstarters (or, worse, IndieGoGo projects, which gives the creators the money regardless of whether they hit their goal — so say goodbye to that $100 you pledged, even if the project never pans out). It's not that I feel celebrities shouldn't be allowed to use Kickstarter, or that they don't have a right to try to fund their projects this way. Just that I don't like it. Here are a few reasons why celebrity Kickstarters are the worst.

1. Celebrities already have money.

Isn't it kind of obnoxious that Zach Braff, who has an estimated net worth of $22 million and who reportedly made $350,000 per "Scrubs" episode in the later seasons, is asking us to support his $2 million project? It's not that I think Zach Braff should just pony up the cash to support his own project. I don't even know what having $22 million as a "net worth" really means, so he may not even have anywhere near the liquid cash he'd need to get a movie created. But I think it's bold of celebrities that are already richer than any of us will ever be to ask us for money.


Seven possible names for Kim and Kanye's baby girl

Over the weekend, Beyonce posted a photo of herself drinking wine with Jay-Z, supposedly to prove that she's definitely not pregnant. While I'm kind of bummed, the good news is that Jay and Bey's celebrity couple BFFs Kim and Kanye announced the gender of their baby!

I don't know about you guys, but I have been on the edge of my seat for weeks — weeks I tell you! — wanting to know if Kim Kardashian and Kanye West will be having a baby girl or a baby boy. (Just kidding.) On last night's episode of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," Kim, Khloe, Kris, and Kourtney learned that Kim will definitely be having a baby girl! You know what this means, right? Blue Ivy will totally have a new BFF. Here's a list of names Kim and Kanye could potentially name their little girl:


Craziest artist riders, part two

Dressing room

Last time, Mike presented some of the craziest artist riders, which included Katy Perry, Iggy Pop, Van Halen, and the Foo Fighters.

While Katy Perry demanded "ABSOLUTELY NO CARNATIONS," the Foo Fighters took a lighter approach with odd and funny requests like "one bag of Pirate Booty (but not Johnny Depp's), 24 large bath towels (under threat of a wedgie), 75 pounds of ice, and vegetarian soup (lest there be flatulence among the road crew)."

Since it's public knowledge that some celebrities go a bit over-the-top when it comes to creating a list of requests, it should come as no surprise when I say here are five additional crazy artist riders, plus three of the most reasonable.


You know I love Beyonce. Given that she's kind of a big deal, I'd expect nothing more than extravagant requests for her tour. A few weeks back, the rider for Beyonce's Mrs. Carter Show World Tour supposedly leaked, and here are some of the items on it.

  • Freshly painted white walls
  • A new toilet seat
  • Hand-carved ice balls — AKA ice cubes
  • Red toilet paper
  • No junk food
  • 100% pure cotton clothes for her staff — obviously Queen Bey thinks of others
  • Titanium drinking straws — a cool $935 each

I don't even know if these are true, but what Beyonce wants, Beyonce gets.

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