Jan 242017
2017 Women's March in Los Angeles

2017 Women’s March in Los Angeles

US Celebrity Blog would be amiss if it didn’t acknowledge celebrities who have shown their true colors during the recent Women’s Marches in Washington D.C. and throughout the United States.

We all know that it takes a lot to become recognized as an artist, but the rewards of this recognition can come with both, fame and fortune. Not every artist – or a celebrity – uses fame well. (Some turn it into notoriety.) But there is a huge group of entertainment industry’s rich and famous that has made us proud to be their fans during the Women’s Marches in the United States on Saturday January 21st 2017. All of them deserve to be acknowledged and thanked for supporting what’s right for us, our Country and its future.

There is no way to list all of the participating celebrities so excuse us please if we didn’t give you proper credit. Among the celebrities who stood up for American values are:

Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Blake Lively, Alicia Keys, Vanessa Hudgens, Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, Mandy Moore, Jane Fonda, Chrissy Teigen, John Legend, Emma Watson, Drew Barrymore, Amy Schumer, Ashley Judd, Felicity Huffman, Idina Menzel, Zendaya, Gillian Anderson, Helen Mirren, America Ferrera, Katy Perry, Scarlett Johansson, Cher, Jessica Chastain, Katie Holmes, Rihanna, Jamie Lee Curtis, Whoopi Goldberg, Yoko Ono, Cynthia Nixon, Rosie Perez, Mindy Kaling, Bella Thorne, Uzo Aduba, Emily Ratajkowski, Elizabeth Gillies, Amber Tamblyn, Janet Mock, Lena Dunham, Melissa Harris-Perry, Diane Guerrero, David Beckman, Charlie Brotman, Suki Waterhouse, Sir Ian McKellan, Rita Ora and others. (That’s not counting Chelsea Handler, Maria Bello and Charlize Theron who led a march in Sundance, Utah.)

There are some celebrities who have done their part in advance (think Meryl Streep!) and some who couldn’t participate due to other commitments but have nevertheless expressed their support (i.e. Bruce Springsteen and Kim Kardashian).

In addition to the entertainment industry’s celebrities there were real-life legends standing up for what’s right. Some of them were: Angela Davis, Gloria Steinem and Michael Moore. All of them made us proud to be American!

US Celebrity Blog thanks each and every celebrity who publicly took a stand for our values: women rights, human rights, social justice, immigrant rights, affordable healthcare, LGBT and transgender rights and many other issues dear to us which are threatened by the new administration.

We, the Americans who understand what’s at stake sincerely appreciate your support. The rest of us – I’m referring to the prodigal children, of course! – will thank you too: sooner or later.



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Mar 142014

Strapped for CashThe American economy isn’t the best it’s ever been and therefore more and more people are falling on tough times both in their personal lives and businesses. The number of Americans filing for bankruptcy has been limited only by the fact that many are too poor to even afford it, with the average bankruptcy cost being around $1,500.

Celebrities are a small section of society that many of us believe will never come across tough times and will never have to declare themselves bankrupt. However, it’s actually easier to lose money when you have a lot of it to lose. The spending of the rich – such as celebrities – tends to be more extravagant and excessive. Celebrities who have skyrocketed to stardom often find themselves with bundles of cash and go overboard. Financial planners, business advisors, etc. attracted by the celebrity of their clients don’t always have their clients’ best financial interests at heart. This results in a number of celebrities filing for bankruptcy.

A few celebrities who’ve filed for a divorce in recent years include millionaire Donald Trump, ex-boxer Mike Tyson and actor Burt Reynolds. Trump has declared his businesses bankrupt no fewer than four times, however, sensibly, he kept his personal assets separate from his work, meaning there was no huge personal financial loss. Tyson, on the other hand, squandered his millions through personal spending and racked up a considerable amount of debt which he couldn’t afford. The athlete is a prime example of how fame, fortune and being surrounded by the wrong people can influence you and land you in a financial hot water. Famous movie star Burt Reynolds was sued after it was claimed he missed over a million dollars in mortgage payments on his Florida estate.

Perhaps money management should be included as a part of high school curriculum…

(Article contributed by Lisa Bonet)

May 242012

The Mystique Of Johnny Depp: learn about Johnny Depp, Johnny Depp’s career, watch Johnny Depp Video.

Without a doubt, the appeal of Johnny Depp is first and foremost his originality as an artist. He is not afraid of a challenge, just the opposite when it comes to his choice of roles, especially since 1990, Johnny Depp is fierce. His personal life perpetuates the mystique of Johnny Depp even further.

Johnny Depp was born on June 9, 1963 in Owensboro, Kentucky and was raised in Florida. (He is the youngest of four children.) His parents divorced when he was 15. The divorce affected the whole family deeply. Johnny dropped out of school about the time of his parents’ divorce to follow his dream of becoming a rock star. Music was his first love and in spite of his successful acting career Johnny’s affair with music continues. “There’s nothing – you know – nothing else like music. Nothing that touches us on that, uh, that deep level. Music can open up so many emotions that we didn’t know we had. It’s the magical thing about musicals, you know, on the stage or on film or whatever. Love songs. They work so well because music touches us, emotionally, where words alone can’t.”

His acting career came about quite accidentally when – during a visit to L.A. – Johnny Depp’s wife at the time, Lori Anne Allison (Lori A. Depp), introduced him to Nicolas Cage; the rest – as they say – is history.

Johnny Depp’s first role was in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). His big break came in 1987 when he replaced Jeff Yagher in the TV series “21 Jump Street”. In 1990 he met the director, Tim Burton which was the beginning of their friendship and artistic collaboration which started with Johnny portraying the title character in Edward Scissorhands and continues till today. (Johnny is the godfather of Tim Burton’s son and has written the foreword to Mark Salisbury’s biography of Tim Burton, “Burton on Burton”.) Tim Burton and Johnny Depp on The Early Show:

The film (“Edward Scissorhands”) has been very successful and helped Depp develop the image of a serious dramatic actor not afraid of creative challenges.

He was able to sustain this image by earning critical acclaim for his performances in several feature films that followed. In 1994 he’s gotten together with Burton for a lead in Ed Wood. 1997 brought him recognition for his role in Donnie Brasco, opposite Al Pacino. Many other roles followed, in such films as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas; The Astronaut’s Wife and his memorable portrayal of Ichabod Crane in Burton’s Sleepy Hollow in 1999.
Many of Depp’s roles have gained critical praise. Looking back, it was probably his magical interpretation of Capt. Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) with a cast featuring Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, and Geoffrey Rush that has cemented his position as one of Hollywood’s most valued actors. (The role earned him an Academy Award nomination as well.)

In 2005 Johnny’s starred as Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. (An ironic fact: Depp was allergic to chocolate as a child…) He appeared as the lead in the film Secret Window based on a Stephen King novel. Played the novelist James Barrie in Finding Neverland (2004), costarring with Kate Winslet. Then came, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street; Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson; The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and Public Enemies. In 2010 Johnny played in When You’re Strange and The Rum Diary. His latest film scheduled to be released soon is The Tourist directed by a German director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck co-starring Angelina Jolie.
“The characters I’ve played, that I’ve responded to, there has been a lost-soul quality to them.” said Johnny Depp.

As much as Johnny Depp’s acting career has been successful nearly from the beginning, his life off-screen was quite stormy.
Johnny has been married once in the early 80s (to Lori Anne Allison) but the marriage lasted mere 2 years. His love life, on the other hand, was rich. He’s been romantically linked to a number of celebrities and engaged several times: to Sherilyn Fenn, Jennifer Grey, Winona Ryder and Kate Moss.
A fair share of legal trouble is also a part of his history. There was his alleged involvement in drug dealing in The Viper Room; an arrest that followed an act of vandalism (he virtually trashed a New York hotel suite); and another arrest for fighting with a photographer in London. (Johnny himself admitted that as a youth he experimented with drugs and alcohol.)

A lot is known about Johnny Depp so why does he remain so interesting? Perhaps because unlike many other actors and celebrities, he doesn’t pursue the limelight. Johnny Depp values privacy. “I’m shy, paranoid, whatever word you want to use. I hate fame. I’ve done everything I can to avoid it.” Johnny found privacy in France where he created the home life he longed for with his long-time lady-love Vanessa Paradis (French singer, songwriter and actress) with whom he has two children: a daughter Lily-Rose Melody (born in 1999) and a son called Jack (born in 2002), both named after the lead characters of his 1985 film “Legend”. The family splits its time between France, United States and Johnny Depp’s private island in the Bahamas. (It seems that the loss of his beloved grandfather, the divorce of his parents, and his own not always successful pursuit of happiness have taught Johnny the value of having a family.) Speaking of Vanessa he said:
“I pretty much fell in love with Vanessa the moment I set eyes on her. As a person, I was pretty much a lost cause at that time in my life. She turned all that around for me with her incredible tenderness and understanding.”
Speaking of their life together, Johnny says: “I love our house in the country. I can walk to the nearby village and have a coffee and no one pays any notice. I’m just another dad with my daughter on my knee. The time I’ve spent in France with her has solidified my belief that I can keep a major distance from Hollywood and still keep in the game. Acting is my living, but I don’t want to live it. Living in France is the first time I can honestly say I feel at home.”

His thoughts on parenthood? “Having kids was a huge change for me. Becoming a father. But I think more than changing, I feel like I’ve been revealed to myself, I kind of found out who I was. When you meet your child for the first time and you’re looking at this angel, you start realizing what an idiot you’ve been for so many years and how much time you’ve wasted. As far as being feet-on-the-ground, once again my kids and Vanessa have given me a proper foundation. A sense of home that I never had in my life, a real sense of a place to be.”

He’s created a family of his own; separates his personal life from his work; and protects his personal life from media intrusion. It appears also that the French way of life serves him well. Different sources mention that he cultivates grapes and produces his own wine. While living in France Johnny and his family enjoy relative anonymity which allows the Depp clan to live a normal life at a European pace. In his own words: “France and the whole of Europe have a great culture and an amazing history. Most important thing, though, is that people there know how to live! In America they’ve forgotten all about it. I’m afraid that the American culture is a disaster.” Some of his statements in which he expressed his appreciation for Europe and its values have been misconstrued and some media outlets attempted to portray Johnny as a traitor of American values. Not so, any transplant to Europe will tell you that unlike Americans who live to work, Europeans work to live. No wonder Johnny Depp – like so many others – was bowled over by the contrast.

Johnny Depp resents the media’s intrusiveness. As he’s stated on several occasions a lot of the information published about him is inaccurate. He firmly believes that his contribution to fans is his work and public appearances and believes that once he completes a project he is entitled to keep his private life private. He is right; on the other hand, he’s also well-read. Throughout history, the public was fascinated by high profile individuals and whether it comes to Cesar and Cleopatra, Benjamin Franklin, Picasso, or Greta Garbo we know not only of their public pursuits but their private lives as well. I believe that no one has the right to violate the stars’ privacy, but let’s be honest: we want to know the people we admire and the only way to know and / or understand a person is in the context of his or her private life. Because the private lives shape who they become, define their work, and often inspire others …

Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie Interview about their film “The Tourist”

May 242012

The Enigma of Lady Gaga, Wisdom of Lady Gaga, Lady Gaga Bad Romance Video…

The Enigma of Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga

Who is the “real” person behind the enigmatic artist we know as Lady GaGa?

Lady GaGa was born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta to Internet entrepreneur parents on March 28th 1986 in New York City. (She’s of Italian descent.) She was a child protégée, learning to play the piano by ear at the ripe age of four. GaGa begun composing her own music by the time she was 13 and started performing at open mic nights at the age of 14.
She attended a private Catholic school in New York City alongside with Paris and Nicky Hilton. While working with a vocal coach and studying classical piano, Lady GaGa performed in her high school’s rock band.

Her artistic accomplishments earned her a rare, early admission to the New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts from which she’s dropped out at 19 to pursue music career full time. She’s worked as a waitress, danced in clubs and sung in bars at night designing her stage costumes during the day.

Her first record deal with Island Def Jam fell through, but still Lady GaGa managed to land a contract with Interscope by her 20th birthday. Her first single “Just Dance” landed her at the number one spot of Billboard’s Hot 100 list.
But she’s first and foremost a consummate artist that consistently “produces” hits. A string of three number one hits (“Just Dance”, “Poker Face”, and “LoveGame”) on her debut album, made her a phenomenon of sorts and only the third artist in history to boast of such an achievement.
At the 2010 Grammy’s GaGa scored an award for best dance recording and an award for best electronic dance recording. Shortly after the Grammy’s another of her songs “Bad Romance” reached the top of the charts, her 5th number one hit.
At the MTV Video Music Awards in September 2010 GaGa received an astonishing EIGHT awards, which included the Video of the Year Award for “Bad Romance”.
All the while, her eccentric costumes generate nearly as much attention as her music and performances…..

There is no doubt that Lady GaGa is a talented and prolific artist but what’s equally impressive is her hard work. On her latest tour she’s performed 138 shows…… (Oh yes, and somewhere in between – in the early stages of her career – she’s penned several songs for Brittney Spears whom she holds in high regard.) The Enigma of Lady GaGa is her stage persona. In reality, the story of Lady GaGa isn’t that of Cinderalla made by a prince or a lucky coincidence, but of a powerful artist who’s made her own way to the top.
Wisdom of Lady Gaga

With the “Enigma” of Lady Gaga explored above, her own words paint an interesting picture of her.

“I love Dolce & Gabbana. I love Versace. I love the crazy, more eccentric stuff. I can’t pay my rent, but I’m f—ing gorgeous.” (She sounds like a committed “fashionista”…)

“I dropped out of NYU, moved out of my parent’s house, got my own place, and survived on my own. I made music and worked my way from the bottom up. I didn’t know somebody, who knew somebody, who knew somebody. If I have any advice to anybody, it’s to just do it yourself, and don’t waste time trying to get a favor.” (That’s an advice we respect, admire and know to be correct based on our own experiences.)

“Writing a record is like dating a few men at once. You take them to the same restaurants to see if they measure up, and at some point you decide who you like best. When you make music or write or create, it’s really your job to have mind-blowing, irresponsible, condomless sex with whatever idea it is you’re writing about at the time.” (True, deep and insightful description of the creative process.)

“You must never ever let a guy know how much you like him, because then he’ll run in the other direction … Well, I just sign that when you don’t play hard to get, if you’re too easy or you come off too eager, they run away so you gotta keep your pokerface on.” (We wonder whether Lady Gaga is a poker player. If so, she must be a good one!)

Lady Gaga Bad Romance Video

May 242012

Taylor Swift RulesLearn about Taylor Swift, 2011 AMA Artist of the Year. Taylor Swift’s life and career. Feature contributed to US Celebrity Blog by Oscar Kesh.

Taylor Swift was visibly moved and genuinely surprised as she won the prestigious AMA Artist of the Year for the 2nd time. Since 2007, Taylor has accumulated over 140 award nominations, and has won 90 awards, and she’s only 21! She dominated this year’s AMA’s by winning 3 awards: Artist of the Year, Favorite Country Album, and Favorite Country Female Artist. Taylor came from humble beginnings. She grew up in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, on a Christmas tree farm. She began writing songs at the young age of 5. When Taylor was in 4th grade, her 3 page poem, “Monster in My Closet” won a national poetry competition. Her parents, Scott and Andrea, recognized her talent early. When Taylor was only 11 years old – on her insistence – Taylor and her mom visited Nashville. Taylor dropped off her demo tape at nearly every record label in the area. She was understandably disappointed when the trip failed to produce any offers. But Taylor didn’t give up. At the age of 13, she was signed by RCA records. The following year, she’s made the decision to leave because the studio didn’t approve of her singing her own songs. Taylor preferred to sing her own material and maintains the same commitment today.

Taylor Swift would eventually move to Nashville at the age of 14. After seeing Taylor perform at the Bluebird Café in Nashville, Scott Borchetta, a veteran of the music industry, convinced Taylor to sign under his new record label, Big Machine Records.
In 2006, Swift released her debut single named Tim McGraw who was a big childhood influence and an inspiration to Taylor. (She wrote the song in her 9th grade math class.)
Her self-titled debut album launched her into stardom at the age of 16. By her next album, called Fearless, she was a household name. At the 2009 VMAs, even though Kanye West stormed the stage and at least attempted to ruin the biggest night in Taylor’s life, she acted with maturity quite rare at her age.

Taylor is among the most successful musicians in all genres for the past 5 years. She sold over 20 million albums (more than anyone else), and 25 million digital songs (most for any country singer), during this time.
And she is just getting started. Her 3rd, and most recent album, released in 2010, called Speak Now, is a huge success too, and it is Certified Platinum. Taylor Swift rules!

Taylor’s talent, determination and work ethics are impressive. She’s managed to stir clear of the temptations of early fame and fortune which led many others astray. (Quite a few young stars, like Britney Spears, Amy Winehouse, or Lindsey Lohan, to name just a few jeopardized their careers and image by overindulging.) Clearly, Taylor Swift is different and has not only a beautiful face, but a fine head on her shoulders. She’s a good role model for her fans and aspiring young artists. Taylor Swift rules: may she rule for many years to come!

“Taylor Swift Rules” article was contributed by Oscar Kesh

Taylor Swift Rules


May 242012

Stylish Gwen Stefani: about the artist and fashion designer Gwen Stefani. Gwen Stefani video and interview on US Celebrity Blog.

Gwen Stefani is a Libra, which explains her creativity, love of performing and unique sense of style. She was born on October 3, 1969 in Fullerton, CA. Her father is Italian and her mom is of Scottish / Irish descent. Gwen has three siblings.
Gwen’s brother Eric created the band No Doubt, she was only a teenager at the time and a backup singer. When the band’s original lead singer John Spence took his own life, Gwen became the lead singer of the band.

No Doubt with Gwen at the helm produced a number of memorable hits: Don’t Speak (1996); Just a Girl (1995); Hey Baby (2001) and Hella Good (2002) . (While with the band Gwen dated the band’s guitarist Tony Kanal for seven years.) Eventually, Gwen became ready to embark on a solo career. (She has also met – and fell in love with – English rocker, actor and composer Gavin Rossdale whom she has married in London in 2002).  Reminiscing of her announcement to the band – about her wish to go solo – Gwen said: “They are my best friends, so when I told them that I wanted to try something solo they responded in the way that best friends do. It was a matter of timing. We’ve all been growing up and our priorities have changed. Then I went and got married and my priorities certainly changed.” (The mutually-supportive relationship with the band continues and produces occasional collaborations.)

Her 2004 debut solo album Love.Angel.Music.Baby. (L.A.M.B) confirmed Gwen’s star power. Her rare ability to blend seemingly unrelated styles of music (from pop, hip hop, New Wave, electro and Broadway’s musical) into harmonious compositions was embraced by her fans.
“Hollaback Girl” reached number one in the US and Australia. (Her “Rich Girl” has also gained remarkable popularity.) Gwen was nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 2005 Grammy Awards and in 2006 she received five nominations including Album of the Year.
Her second solo album The Sweet Escape – collaborations with Tony Kanal from No Doubt, the Neptunes and featuring Akon – was released in late 2006.  It didn’t quite measure up to the success of her debut album but the title track has made its way into the charts.

Gwen Stefani’s artistic accomplishments include two Grammy Awards for “Best Pop Performance By Duo Or Group With Vocal” in 2002 (“Hey Baby”) and 2003 (“Underneath It All”) which she’s earned as a part of No Doubt. As a solo artists, Gwen won two MTV Video Music Awards in 2005: for Best Choreography for “Hollaback Girl” and for Best Art Direction for “What You Waiting For?” Stefani won all four nominations that she received at the Teen Choice Awards, among them: Choice Breakout, Best Female Video, and Choice Collaboration for “Rich Girl”. In 2005 Gwen Stefanie was named the World’s Best New Female Artist at the World Music Awards back in 2005. Last but not least, she received six Grammy Awards nominations as a solo artist.

As if her musical success wasn’t enough, Gwen Stefani – considered a fashion icon for her ability to combine thrift store finds with designers’ duds into memorable outfits – launched her own clothing line, naming it after her first solo album, the L.A.M.B. Her line became an instant hit with celebrities; to make her fashions more affordable to her fans Gwen followed it with a second line Harajuku Lovers – focused on lower priced accessories – shortly thereafter.
Gwen tried her hand at acting as well making her film debut in Martin Scorcese’s biography of Howard Hughes, The Aviator; she was cast as Jean Harlow.
Beautiful, famous and successful, Gwen has been listed among “102 Sexiest Women in the World” by Stuff magazine (2002) and voted one of People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People (2004), to name just two of the distinctions.

Gwen Stefani and her husband Gavin Rossdale share their time between residences in London and in California. They have two children. Gwen’s said once: “I have a dream about spending time in my house with my kids. Being a mom was all I ever dreamed about. Now that it’s come true it makes me feel like my life has come together. Nothing else matters.”
For a while it seemed that she was taking time to live this dream however just days ago Tom Dumont of New Doubt announced that the group and Gwen Stefani are currently recording their first album together in 10 years which will feature 10 brand new songs………

Gwen Stefani, a prolific artist, an interesting person, a beautiful woman,  wife and a mom is  going strong and sure to surprise us with her versatile musical style and always changing image, again. To your continuing success Gwen!

Gwen Stefani – Cool

Gwen Stefani Interview with Vogue


May 232012

Obsession with The Kardashians: Kim Kardashian Video and Kardashians Video. Khloe, Kourtney and Kim Kardashian phenomenon explored on US Celebrity Blog.

The three Kardashian sisters: Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney have become an obsession for many. They have a successful reality TV show, grace the covers of magazines, are treated as the cream of society, set trends (and undoubtedly, some standards as well) plus run a business empire worth millions. What’s behind our obsession with the Kardashians? What makes them so fascinating?………. Take a look at the Kardashians videos below and let’s draw conclusions once you’ve got your “dose” of the Kardashians.

Kardashian Video: Kim’s Fashion Spin

Kardashians Video: Kourtney and Khloe: Ladies Night

Kardashian Video: Kim’s Bikini Body

Kardashians Video: Kardashian Sisters on Family and Fights

Kardashian Video: Kim’s Carl’s Jr. TV commercial

Kardashians Video: Chelsea Lately: The Kardashians

So, let’s draw some conclusions about the obsession with Kardashians. What’s so extra-ordinary about the Kardashian sisters? Are they pretty? Yes. Sexy? Definitely. Well-connected? Absolutely. But what are we fascinated by? It obviously can’t be their intellect, talent, or work.  (Incidentally, I researched definitions of celebrity well, most of them cite  talent or accomplishment as a prerequisite for celebrity or fame.)
When it comes to the Kardashians, I’m left amazed at their business acumen, it must have taken a brilliant mind (or brilliant minds) to turn one sexcapade into a claim to fame and a multimillion dollar enterprise. (Pretty much the Paris Hilton method.)
What do you think?……….

Read Kardashian Facts and Gossip

May 232012

Memorable Moments from 2011 Oscars: David Seidler’s Oscar acceptance speech and Melissa Leo’s tribute to Kirk Douglas.

Millions and millions of people from all over the world were watching the Academy Awards’ Gala. Each of the viewers having their own subjective experience. For the Editor of US Celebrity Blog these were the memorable moments of 2011 Oscars.

David Seidler’s Oscar Acceptance Speech

David Seidler at the 83rd Academy Awards

Upon the receipt of the coveted golden Oscar statue for Original Screenplay for work done on “The King’s Speech”, David Seidler said:

“The writer’s speech, this is terrifying. My father always said to me, I would be a late bloomer. I believe I am the oldest person to win this particular award. I hope that record is broken quickly and often. I’d like to thank my daughter, Maya, my son, Mark, for having faith in their dad as I have faith in you. And I would like to thank my producers, my director, my cast, there’s so many people and they are saying “wrap up now.” I’m sorry. I would like to thank her Majesty, the Queen, for not putting me in the Tower of London for using the Melissa Leo “f” word. And I accept this on behalf of all the stutterers throughout the world. We have a voice, we have been heard, thanks to you the Academy.”

David Seidler is 73. His defiant “My father always said to me, I would be a late bloomer. I believe I am the oldest person to win this particular award. I hope that this record is broken quickly and often.” left an indelible impression on me.

Kirk Douglas, Hollywood Star From the Golden Era

The other memorable moment for me was the appearance of Kirk Douglas. Say what you will, but Hollywood is about legends, dreams and memories. As much as I found Anne Hathaway irresistible and James Franco charming in his own way, Kirk Douglas represents Hollywood from the years past. He is a legend from the Golden Era of Hollywood. In spite of his age, Kirk Douglas’ charm, sense of humor, acting talent and timing remain intact……..
When he announced that Melissa Leo, won an Oscar for Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for her role in “The Fighter”, she was quite surprised.

Kirk Douglas and Melissa Leo

Melissa Leo with her Oscar and Kirk Douglas. Photo credit: Richard Harbaugh / ©A.M.P.A.S.

We’ll never know – after all she’s an Academy Award winner! – whether she’s planned the curtsy in front of Kirk Douglas or it was a spontaneous gesture. To me personally, for a split second it appeared to be a tribute. True, they both covered up the moment with humor. Still, whether the scene was improvised or deliberate,  it was an Oscar-worthy moment to behold. Since the Oscars are about peers honoring peers the curtsy couldn’t have been more poignant…….  (Way more memorable than her snafu during the acceptance speech.)

May 232012

15 year old Oscar Kesh shares his thoughts on Justin Bieber and his accuser Mariah Yeater. Justin Bieber and Usher on US Celebrity Blog.

Millions of teenage girls can breathe a sigh of relief now that it seems that the Bieber’s baby scandal was nothing more than a false accusation. Mariah Yeater, a 20 year old woman from California, filed a lawsuit claiming that Justin Bieber is the father of her 4 month old son. Yeater went on to say that she was impregnated by Bieber during an encounter they had backstage, after his Oct. 25, 2010 concert at the Staples Center, in L.A. Bieber and his legal team have denied all the claims made by Yeater and, reportedly, Justin took a DNA test on Friday (11/18/2011), to prove Yeater’s accusations wrong. In what pretty much wraps this up, Yeater seems to be avoiding a DNA test for her baby. Also, she dropped her lawsuit. Bieber stated that he is going to sue Yeater for her false claims.

Justin Bieber was born in Stratford, Canada, to a single teen-mother. As a child, Bieber taught himself to play several instruments and sing. At the age of 12, Bieber entered a local talent competition called the Stratford Idol. He went in just to have fun, and left having won 2nd place. To share his performances in the talent show with his friends and family, he uploaded the videos to YouTube. The videos became popular and eventually attracted the attention of a talent agent, Scooter Braun. He flew the 13 year old Bieber to Atlanta to meet with Usher. The first words between the two future business partners were, as Bieber remembered, “Hey Usher, I love your songs, do you want me to sing you one?” Usher then said, “No little buddy, just come inside, it’s cold out.” In 2009, Bieber’s debut album, My World, was a major success, and is now Certified Platinum. He followed it up with his even more successful, 2x Platinum, album My World 2.0. And he’s just getting started. So far, it seems that Bieber has a very promising future.

Every young star growing up in the unforgiving limelight of Hollywood is exposed to potential scandals and controversies. This is Justin’s first one, and hopefully the last. It seems like Bieber’s career easily survived its first test, and it appears that his relationship with his fans, business partners, and his girlfriend, Selena Gomez, will survive it unscathed as well.
Personally, I think that it was a really dirty thing for Yeater, basically an adult at 20 years old, to lie about her sexual encounter with the 17 year old Bieber. It could have destroyed his reputation, career, and future. I strongly support Justin Bieber’s plan to sue Mariah Yeater because I believe that it would discourage other opportunists from trying to besmear his name and sabotage his career. It must have taken not only talent, but hard work and strong character to achieve stardom and to have it all jeopardized by an imposter is simply disgusting. Just saying.

As a 15 year old, and also in the music / entertainment business, I can relate to what Bieber is going through. Having a lie threaten to wipe all my efforts away, would be really hard to deal with. I found that Usher’s word of advice to Bieber sums up exactly what I would tell him: “Stay strong. And know that all of this comes with the territory.”

Oscar Kesh

"Justin Bieber Baby Scandal" article was contributed by Oscar Kesh

May 232012

Jon Bon Jovi Humanizes Celebrity.Jon Bon Jovi Humanizes Celebrity

According to BBC, Bon Jovi’s “The Circle” show was the highest-earning tour of 2010 and took in $201.1 million in sales worldwide.

Top-earning tours of 2010 in earning order:
#1 Bon Jovi grossed $201.1 million (80 shows)
#2 Australian rock band AC/DC totaled $177 million in sales (40 shows)
#3 U2 totaled $160.9 million in sales (32 shows)
#4 Lady Gaga earned $133.6 million in sales (138 shows)
with Metallica, Michael Buble, Walking with Dinosaurs, Paul McCartney, Eagles and Roger Waters grossing slightly less.

Bon Jovi rockers are going strong for twenty years and clearly can still rock the house like no other rock band:

Jon Bon Jovi Humanizes Celebrity

Jon Bon Jovi’s record company, Island Records enjoys publicizing statistics of his career: Jon has given 2,500 performances in front of more than 32 million people, in more than 50 countries, and – last, but not least – sold over a 100 million albums. No one’s life however can be described in numbers alone and neither can be the life of Jon Bon Jovi.

Born to a couple of ex-marines, John Bongiovi was committed to becoming a rock star since the ripe age of 13. He didn’t stop at wishful thinking and started performing at local bars at 16, singing on stage with Bruce Springsteen.

Jon Bon Jovi’s first hit (created in 1980) was “Runaway” which became better known in 1983. He followed it with a single “She Don’t Know Me”. By April 1985 Bon Jovi (with its current lineup of musicians) released the album 7800 Fahrenheit which featured “Only Lonely” and “Silent Night”. Still, it was just the beginning. Bon Jovi had yet to vow a fan base and performing as opening act at tours of established bands such as Scorpions, Kiss and Judas Priest certainly helped Bon Jovi connect with the audience.

The big breakthrough came with “Slippery When Wet”, the band’s third album. Thanks to songs like “Livin’ on a Prayer” and “Wanted Dead or Alive”, the album broke records within six weeks of its release selling seven million copies by April 1987. Bon Jovi has “suddenly” become hot and has been honored by People’s Choice Awards as Band Of The Year. They won also American Music Award and MTV’s Best Performance Award for the video “Livin’ on a Prayer”.
Bon Jovi’s next album “New Jersey” delivered five top-ten singles. An exhausting 18 months long tour followed which ended in a massive burnout which resulted in a two-year hiatus……….

The career of the band and its lead singer was not all smooth sailing, still both have proven themselves survivors with a staying power. There  was Jon’s hit “Blaze of Glory”, his stints as a film and TV actor, and perhaps most surprising “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” that made Jon and Bon Jovi the first rock band in history to hit number one on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs’ chart.

Memorable hits like Born To Be My Baby, Lay Your Hands On Me, Dry County, Bad Medicine, Blood On Blood, Never Say Goodbye and Shot Through The Heart cemented Jon’s and Bon Jovi’s position not only on the American but the international music scene. The passionate “It’s My Life” is a statement that reverberates with any audience.

From his blue-collar beginnings to the top of the world, Jon Bon Jovi managed to stay true to his convictions: he’s married for over two decades to his high school sweetheart (and a father of three); is known for supporting Democrats and contributing to worthwhile causes. (Jon Bon Jovi maintains a long-standing relationship with Habitat for Humanity; contributed a cool one million dollars to New Orleans’ reconstruction, and most recently rehabilitated 15 homes in Philadelphia, using his position to establish Philadelphia Soul Charitable Foundation.) Talented rocker? Absolutely. Just as importantly however a notable human being.

May 232012

Can it be called Justice for Michael Jackson? Read what’s the fair punishment for Michael Jackson’s killer OUGHT TO be!

On November 28 2011, Judge Michael Pastor handed Dr. Murray the harshest sentence allowed by law: 4 years in prison and the loss of his medical license.
In the process of announcing his decision Judge Pastor spoke passionately of Dr. Murray’s failings as a physician and a human being;  calling him “a danger to the community” and a “disgrace to medicine”. (Many have found his words as or even more satisfying than his decision itself.)

In reality, Dr. Murray won’t be serving 4 years in prison. Under the new California’s Realignment Act, the sentence will be automatically reduced to 2 years and he gets credit for the time he’s already spent behind bars. He won’t be going to a prison, either. Dr. Murray is likely to spend the next 2 years (actually about 22 months or even LESS!) in a one-person cell in L.A. County Jail, sheltered from the general jail’s population. (Is it really “justice for Michael Jackson”?)

Michael Jackson’s family summed up the sentence in the following statement:
“Michael Jackson’s death was a huge loss to his children, his family, and his fans worldwide. A jury determined Michael’s untimely passing was caused by Conrad Murray. Dr. Murray in pre-trial statements and in a post-trial documentary expressed no remorse or responsibility for Mr. Jackson’s death. The Estate of Michael Jackson believes that the sentence imposed on Conrad Murray by Judge Pastor was appropriate and called for. The egregious conduct of Dr. Murray when “treating” Michael Jackson was bad enough but when coupled with his outrageous lies in trying to cover up his wrongdoing after Michael was dying and/or had died only served to magnify his criminal actions. Michael Jackson was the one of the greatest entertainers that ever lived and he will be missed by millions.”

Is Dr. Murray’s Sentence Just? Is this the justice for Michael Jackson we’ve been waiting for? It’s the law that put the maximum sentence for involuntary manslaughter at 4 years, even the judge in this case didn’t have the authority to impose a higher sentence. Many would have felt better were Dr. Murray given a lifetime behind bars, but it wasn’t an option to begin with.

How do I personally feel about the outcome? Is it the much anticipated justice for Michael Jackson? Like many of you I have mixed feelings. The turning point to me isn’t the time Dr. Murray will spend in prison, I understand that law has its limits. My biggest interest is in his medical license. It’s been said that he lost it. Knowing how the law treats doctors, I’m wondering what it means. Did he lose the right to practice medicine in California or everywhere? Did he lose it permanently or for a specific period of time?
You see, no matter how we may feel about Dr. Murray he didn’t literally murder Michael Jackson, he is basically guilty of outrageous malpractice; in the words of Judge Pastor “criminal negligence” and “horrific violation of trust”.
Having him spend a lifetime in prison wouldn’t be the appropriate punishment and certainly no justice for Michael Jackson. Having him lose his medical license FOREVER, with no right to practice medicine ANYWHERE, now that would be JUSTICE!

Doctors in general are well paid. Doctor Murray was paid $150,000 a month (if I’m not mistaken) by Michael Jackson alone. Shouldn’t he learn in the real world, in today’s economy, how to live on let’s say $2,000 a month? Such an experience would have a significant impact on him and dare I say, would be more dramatic than spending time alone catching up on his reading in a jail. Anybody can find a way of comforting himself and killing time while alone; dealing with hardships of reality on a limited budget would remind Dr. Murray not only of what he’s lost but why….

Is Dr. Murray’s Sentence Just? At the moment, I don’t feel that it is. To have a person who violated medical profession’s ethics and medical standards of care PERMANENTLY BANNED from practicing medicine would be a true moral victory and a vindication for Michael Jackson, his children, family and fans around the world. (MJ’s posthumous role in protecting others from an incompetent and dangerous doctor would even further contribute to his legend.)

May 232012

George Clooney Charm and Substance: dashing, intelligent and with a cause George Clooney. George Clooney Videos and quotes.

Everybody knows George Clooney. Everybody’s seen his movies. Everybody feasts on rumors of his actual – and alleged – relationships. There is little new that we could contribute to satisfy your curiosity. On a second thought, there is something….

George Clooney arrives at the 84th Academy Awards

George Clooney arrives at the 84th Academy Awards

When George Clooney’s career first begun he was best known for his famous relatives: his aunt, the legendary singer / actress Rosemary Clooney and his actor / TV newscaster father, Nick Clooney. At the next stage of his career we’ve begun noticing his charm, his looks and his sense of humor.
So did the media. George amassed a number of glitzy titles. He was featured among “50 Most Beautiful People in the World” by People magazine in 1996. Just a year later – the same magazine – declared him the “Sexiest Man Alive”. He was named “Best Dressed Male Television Star” and listed – once again by the People magazine – as one of “Top 50 Bachelors”.
For a while it appeared that George Clooney is just another movie star: a talented pretty boy.

George Clooney Chooses Martini Video

That he is. But that’s not all he is. He takes on a variety of roles. Among his top ten achievements as an actor are performances in such films as “From Dusk Til Dawn” (1996); “Out of Sight” (1998); “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” (2000); “Solaris” (2002); “Intolerable Cruelty” (2003); The “Oceans” trilogy (2001-2007); “Syriana” (2005) for which he’s won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar; “Michael Clayton” (2007); “Burn After Reading” (2008) and “Up in the Air” (2009). (There are rumors that George Clooney will have a starring role in Steven Soderbergh upcoming project based on the 1960s Cold War spy show “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”)

His involvement with independent cinema and film production are a little less know. He and his partner Steven Soderbergh (with whom George Clooney worked on such successful projects as “Out of Sight,” “The Good German,” “Solaris” and the “Ocean’s Eleven” trilogy) have produced together several independent films which have earned critical praise. (George has been honored with the first “Spirit of Independence Award” of the Los Angeles Film Festival and Find Independent (FIND).)

In a crowd of Paris Hiltons and Kim Kardashians, celebrities for no good reason, George Clooney – and several other notable individuals – stands out. Fame and fortune tend to corrupt people. We often hear stories of senseless debauchery: substance abuse, vandalism, and scandal for scandal’s sake. George survived with his intellect and humanity intact.

Here is a bit of George Clooney in his own words, judge for yourself:
“Directing is really exciting. In the end, it’s more fun to be the painter than the paint.”

Here is another, in response to the question what makes a man stylish, George replied:
“For me, a sense of humor is number one. It’s certainly what’s most attractive. It’s not the first thing you notice at 21, but it’s the first thing you notice now. If celebrity is a credit card, I’m using my credit. My job is to try and find ways of talking about issues that move us forward. I don’t make policy, but I can shine a light on faulty or good policy. The Not On Our Watch launch reached more than 9 million people. We need to focus global attention on the plight of the 2.5 million civilians who have fled their homes. Rather than talk about who I’m dating, let’s talk about saving lives.”

His passion for the cause of Darfur, caused many to wonder whether political career might be his next step. George Clooney famously dispelled the rumors by saying:
“Run for office? No. I’ve slept with too many women, I’ve done too many drugs, and I’ve been to too many parties.”

George Clooney won’t become a “professional” politician but as a movie star he’s earned considerable influence and uses it in support of causes he believes in. He participated in rebuilding of Louisiana, and was the driving force behind several successful fundraising efforts: America A Tribute To Heroes; Tsunami Aid A Concert of Hope and Hope for Haiti Now.
The acceptance speech he’s given after being awarded the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award at 2010 Emmys is the quintessential George Clooney.

George Clooney earned his influence and uses it wisely. Right now he’s focused on preventing an impending political upheaval in Sudan and working with the world’s top scientists, in pursuit of immediate safety measures. In the past he’s appealed to Chinese and Egyptian officials and addressed the United Nations Security Council for support for Darfur.

George Clooney Uses His Star Power To Help Sudan

Who he is with? How long has it been already? Is he going to get married? These are trivial questions compared with what we know for a fact: that he values true friends and stands for causes he believes in: fights to help disaster victims and to prevent man-made (political) disasters before they happen. All these fine qualities sprinkled with wisdom and humor in the exquisite “packaging” of a world renowned movie star…. That’s why we call our thoughts on him “George Clooney Charm and Substance”. To quote George once again:

“I don’t believe in happy endings, but I do believe in happy travels, because ultimately… you die at a very young age, or you live long enough to watch your friends die. It’s a mean thing, life.”

Live long George, we need someone to remind us what celebrity can be!

May 232012

Read about Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher and the Tiger Blood disease on US Celebrity Blog.

Another Hollywood divorce, this time of a notable marriage which appeared to be strong in spite of some controversy which surrounded it from the start.
Since the two stars married, the public’s focus was on the age difference between Demi and Ashton. Much less was said about the difference in their professional achievements at the time they entered into the union. In the end, it wasn’t either one of the factors that put an end to the marriage.

Demi Moore started her acting career at 19 by joining the cast of the TV show “General Hospital”. She quickly became a member of the high-living, boozing and hell-raising original “brat pack” of the 80s. Her acting out may have been her belated reaction to the traumas of her childhood. (Her mother was abandoned by her father even before Demi was born. Her stepfather was a violent drunk who repeatedly uprooted and abused the family until he committed suicide.) Sure enough, the wild lifestyle and substance abuse caught up with her and threatened her career. Like many before and after her, Demi found herself on crossroads: she’s gotten fired from a job on St. Elmo’s Fire for reporting to work “high”. Unlike anyone I can think of, Demi sought help; spent one week in treatment and swore off drugs and alcohol FOREVER.
Soon after she took action to re-invent herself. She married Bruce Willis and started family. To establish herself as an actress who can be taken seriously, she used a mix of smart publicity stunts, her naturally stunning looks and genuine talent. She succeeded at every level.
She stripped on David Letterman’s show and posed nude while pregnant for Vanity Fair.
She starred in films that cemented her position in Hollywood. Some of them are:
Ghost (1990)
Nothing But Trouble (1991)
Mortal Thoughts (1991)
The Butcher’s Wife (1991)
A Few Good Men (1992)
Disclosure (1994)
The Scarlet Letter (1995)
Now and Then (1995)
The Juror (1996)
Striptease (1996)
G.I. Jane (1997)
Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003)
Her marriage to Bruce Willis – they divorced and maintain a good relationship – produced three extra-ordinary girls. (A singly mother after the divorce she moved away from Hollywood and dedicated herself entirely to raising her children.) Her return to Hollywood was triumphant with her role in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.
Throughout her life Demi has asserted and proven time after time her sound judgment, strong character and her commitment to values she holds dear.

Ashton Kutcher is a rural Iowa native who as a University student was discovered by a talent scout for a modeling job. Few years later he made his acting debut on The 70s Show. In 2003 Kutcher created the MTV show “Punk’d”.
His repeated attempts at breaking into movies – so far – remain unsuccessful. Among his many unremarkable movies are: Down To You; Dude, Where’s My Car?; Texas Rangers; Just Married; My Boss’s Daughter; Cheaper by the Dozen; The Butterfly Effect; Guess Who; A Lot Like Love; The Guardian; Bobby; What Happens in Vegas…; Spread; Valentine’s Day and most recently: Killers.
Ashton Kutcher is well known for his involvement with President Obama’s foreign policy efforts and for his huge Twitter following which may – or may not – remain huge much longer due to Ashton’s recent defense of Penn State football coach Joe Paterno who was fired for his role in a child sex abuse scandal. (Ashton was not aware of the reason for Joe Paterno firing at the time of posting the unfortunate tweet.)

It appears that the highlight of Ashton’s acting career is his current stint as a the replacement for Charlie Sheen on TV’s Two and Half Men.

Demi and Ashton shared a lot together: a family (he became a stepfather to her 3 daughters); religion (Kabala); performances (i.e. on Saturday Night Live); public appearances and some beliefs (in 2010, as a couple they established “The Demi and Ashton Foundation” – DNA – to eliminate child sex slavery worldwide.)

This is how the divorce was announced.

Demi Moore stated:
“As a woman, a mother and a wife there are certain values and vows that I hold sacred, and it is in this spirit that I have chosen to move forward with my life.”

Ashton Kutcher tweeted:
“Marriage is one of the most difficult things in the world and unfortunately sometimes they fail.”

One of the statements expresses personal values; the other dwells on the institution of marriage. The first statement required intellect, soul-searching and courage; the second… a publicist.
Lesson for all of us?
1/ “Tiger blood” is clearly a contagious disease.
2/ Substance should marry substance.