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Archive for June, 2014


Bits Blog: After a Fast Start, a Fading Path Looks to Reinvent Itself, Again

Dave Morin’s start-up firm, Path, which first offered a photo-sharing app, now hopes ephemeral messaging will help it rise again.


Each generation will reap what the former generation has sown. …

Each generation will reap what the former generation has sown. Chinese Proverb


BNP Paribas to be 'punished heavily'

The boss of BNP Paribas writes to staff warning that the French banking giant will be fined heavily by US authorities.


The Week Ahead: U.S. Jobs Data and New-Car Sales for June Are Due

A busy holiday week in the United States will include June’s employment figures and auto sales; data for the euro zone economy and jobs is likely to be weak.


Liza Minnelli Rep Disses Shia LaBeouf?

Sometimes celebrities do really stupid things. And sometimes other celebrities call them on it and have a little fun at their expense.

First we reported today on Jay-Z and Beyonce poking a bit of fun at Justin Bieber over his arrests and mugshot, flashing his photo in concert among other great names, providing a juxtaposition that many are seeing as a straight up shade.

And now there is the case of Liza Minnelli and Shia LaBeouf.

Msr. LaBeouf, it seems, doesn’t know how to behave in a theatre. Not a cinema, where you can get up for popcorn, unwrap candy, and leave a mess when you leave. This was a real theatrical performance, to whit: Cabaret.

Cabaret is a musical play about a small club in Berlin in the World War II era. The characters sing about where they came from, the randy exploits in the club, and Nazism.

According to attendees and police reports, Shia LaBeouf was attending a performance of Cabaret at Studio 54, when he started yelling and cat-calling the female actresses. At one point, he allegedly stood up and smacked actor Alan Cumming, then onstage, on the behind.

This sort of thing is not tolerated in a theatre. Soon, a security guard asked LaBeouf to leave, but he refused to go. Police were called. LaBeouf resisted arrest. He began spitting at officers, so they cuffed him and put on a spit mask muzzle.

LeBeouf continued to scream at officers.

“F*ck you! This is f*cking bullshit. Do you know my life? Do you know who the F*ck I am? Do you know who I am?”

This dude is in 4th gear of self-destruction. #ShiaLeBouf

— MJ (@mjdalby) June 30, 2014

LaBeouf was taken to the station house. He continued to rant, calling an officer a “fag”. LaBeouf was charged with five misdemeanors, including trespassing, disorderly conduct and harassment.

The next day, the fun started.

Liza Minnelli was in Cabaret, the film version, back in 1972. A rep for Minnelli sent LaBeouf a DVD copy of that film.

“I figured he may want to find out how it ends,” joked Scott Gorenstein.

“What can I say? I just had to.”

LaBeouf has not responded about the bit of shade thrown his way. If Minnelli’s rep was acting on his own accord, there is no word about his catching any flack for it either.

I think im sitting next to Shia Labeouf. This guy keeps saying how he used to be famous but now nobody cares. Gg

— Nick (@AceVGx) June 30, 2014

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Kendall Jenner Explores And Parties In New York

Kendall Jenner is known for being stylish so of course she wouldn’t miss a chance to show off her style at her sister Khloe’s 30th birthday party. Khloe’s birthday party took place on Saturday on a Yacht.

All of the Kardashian and Jenner sisters were present at the party, as was their mother Kris. Each one used the celebration as a chance to show off their unique looks and each one look amazing as usual.

Kendall arrived at the party wear a white crop top that showed off her toned stomach and black bottoms. She shared photos of the night on her Instagram.

Before the party, Kendall went apartment hunting in New York. She wore a casual but cute denim corset and skinny jeans.

Kendall has a lot on her plate right now. Her modeling career is taking off, which is one of the reasons she is looking for a new apartment.

She and sister Kylie also recently released their first book, Rebels: City of Indra, which the sisters proudly promoted. The book has gotten mixed review and many people have even made accusation that neither of the sisters wrote the book or had any part it writing it and simply came up with the idea and hired a ghost writer to do all of the hard work.

While the sisters did hire a ghostwriter, author Maya Sloan, they still maintain that they did their part in writing the book. Sloan also claimed that the book was a collaborative work and said that she was equally as proud of it as the Jenner sisters.

Have you picked up your copy of #rebelsthebook by @KendallJenner & @KylieJenner yet?

— Rebels City of Indra (@RebelstheBook) June 21, 2014

What did you think of Kendall’s party outfit and have your read Rebels: City of Indra?

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Kellie Pickler Inspired by Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton–and Her Husband

Kellie Pickler, who turned 28 this weekend, draws her inspiration from country greats like Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton. A recent report says the former American Idol contestant was shaped by these women in country music.

“She is one of the reasons I fell in love with country music,” Pickler says of Tammy Wynette. “I have sat on my bus and YouTubed videos of her singing. I just close my eyes and I feel like she’s right there with me, singing. I’m hanging on to every word. And I love that she just stood there and sang her songs.”

“We did a show a few years ago with Loretta Lynn in Canada … She stood there, behind that microphone, and just sang hit after hit, and everyone was hanging on every note, every lyric,” Kellie adds. “She didn’t need people swinging from the rafters to get their attention. She had the power of a great country song.”

I’m 28. #birthdaygirl :)

— kellie pickler (@kelliepickler) June 29, 2014

Dolly Parton has long been an inspiration for Kellie Pickler and she got to meet her for the very first time just months after her elimination from American Idol. Dolly rounds out Kellie’s list of great country women, however she admits she gains inspiration from Hank Williams, too. She also cites the late Patsy Cline, fellow American Idol alumni Katharine McPhee and Mandisa, and her family as well. In fact she credits her family even more than these country legends.

“My husband Kyle changed my life,” she says. “He is my sanctuary and my safe place to come to. We write together and we work together some and he brings out the best in me … He makes me a better person and a better artist.”

Here’s an Instagram photo of Kellie and hubby Kyle Jacobs celebrating her birthday.

Kellie Pickler broke on to the music scene back in 2006 when she placed sixth on season 5 of American Idol. From there she signed a recording contract with 19 Recordings/BNA Records and the rest, as they say, is history.

Pickler has long been vocal about her faith, so it’s clear that although she cites these country greats as tops on her list of musical inspiration, and her family as even more important, everyone who knows anything about the country artist knows that she holds her Lord and savior highest of all. She has said many times that she’d be nowhere without her strong religious beliefs.

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Kendall Jenner: Underage Drinking at Khloe Kardashian’s Birthday Party?

Kendall Jenner was reportedly spotted sipping champagne at big sister Khloe Kardashian’s recent 30th birthday bash. This means the 18-year-old was underage and drinking aboard a yacht in New York City as she danced the night away on the top deck. Of course it’s quite unlikely that this will shock many people. Kendall is, after all, part of the Keeping Up With the Kardashians family–and they do what they want when they want–right? Fortunately younger sister Kylie Jenner, who is just 16, stuck to water as her beverage of choice for the celebration.

Mom Kris Kardashian was at the birthday bash for Khloe but that didn’t seem to alter what Kendall Jenner drank throughout the evening.

Kendall has been front and center in the news recently for two reasons. The first–her landing a photo shoot for the Givenchy fall fashion campaign was a huge boost for the model–and then the second newsworthy tidbit involves the likelihood of Kendall Jenner soon posing for a spread in Playboy magazine. Of course Kendall comes by this opportunity naturally. Both Kris Jenner and big sis Kim Kardashian have taken it all off for Playboy in past issues.

It would seem if Kendall could choose to pose nude for Playboy that she could certainly decide whether or not to consume alcohol at a party, however the law doesn’t quite work that way. And in New York–as with the other states in the country–the legal drinking age is 21.

There was absolutely no question at this party about Khloe Kardashian and French Montana being a bona fide couple. He could barely keep his hands off her all evening long. This is, of course, something all of Khloe’s sisters–including Kendall Jenner, with whom she is very close–have known for quite some time, despite the family’s refusal to acknowledge that Khloe was seriously involved with the rapper.

Oh, to be a Kardashian (or a Jenner, as the case may be) and to know that rules are made for everyone except those with certain last names. Unfortunately this isn’t teaching impressionable teens–like Kylie and Kendall Jenner–a great deal about real life. It’s high time Kris Jenner stepped up to the plate and worried more about being a mom and less about being the Keeping Up With the Kardashians matriarch.

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