Posts by Leslie Gornstein
- Leslie Gornstein at omg!9 days ago
Q: Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher have finally divorced after two years of separation. What took so long?
A: That may seem like a long span in regular-people years, but these aren't regular people.
"Two years is not a long time for a celebrity divorce," family law attorney Steve Mindel tells omg!. Consider: Kimora Lee Simmons took two years just to file for divorce after initially announcing her separation from music mogul Russell in 2006. Kim Kardashian's divorce from Kris Humphries took a year and a half. Heather Mills and Paul McCartney's divorce took about two years to work out; ditto with Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger.
As for what could have kept Moore and Kutcher from splitting more quickly, Mindel says we're likely looking at two factors: money and just generally being pissed off.
Q: If Kim Kardashian plans to take Kanye West’s last name after marriage and go by Kim Kardashian West, how much could that change cost her, in marketing and brand value, and even Internet searches?
A: Kim Kardashian is rich. She's also famous. Put those two elements together and you get a person who automatically pays less — or nothing — for stuff that you and I have to shell out for daily: travel, clothes, makeup, diamond engagement rings, food.
According to marketing and SEO experts, that principle will likely extend to Kardashian's — sorry, Kardashian West's — online dominion and probably even her fashion and perfume empires, unless she makes one or two incredibly stupid decisions.
Q: Sly Stallone recently charged $445 for a photo op with fans at New York Comic-Con. Is that what stars demand for a few seconds with the little people these days?
A: Plenty of celebrities pose with fans for free, but it's usually during some public outing involving a red carpet and beady-eyed reporters on the lookout for nasty behavior. Matt Damon, for example, posed gratis with admirers earlier this month in Burbank, but he was there to receive an honor from the Environmental Media Awards.
As for Stallone, h, because he's Stallone, and he could.
"It was a very limited signing, and he doesn't do events or signings typically," says Kim Mueller, director of content and talent for ReedPOP, which puts on the New York Comic-Con.
However, most stars know better than to pull that kind of japery and hope to get away with it.
How did Kanye West keep his elaborate and showy engagement plan secret, given that the paparazzi often know the Kardashian family’s every move? And can he sue over the leak of his engagement video?
There's no real magic behind a bunch of reality stars, or the rappers who love them, traveling, or even throwing a stadium party, on the down-low ... especially if you know who actually helped West plan the big shebang. But let's break the proposal down into its various parts and see how hard it really is to keep earthshattering news like this under wraps.
Part 1: The Flight We're not looking at alchemy, here. West may be full of hot air, but he still travels via your standard private jet, not a limited-edition Fendi blimp. Ditto with the Kardashians.
In fact, luxury travel expert Lyndsey Green of Worldview Travel Beverly Hills tells me, "The Kardashians and Kanye only use one specific jet company."
[RELATED: How Much Did Engagement Cost Kanye?]
An ambitious woman once said that you're not really anybody in America unless you're on TV.
She was an idiot. In America, you're not really anybody unless you're on TV and you make your own wine.
"The Real Housewives of New York" star Ramona Singer and "Mob Wives" blowup doll Big Ang both offer their own wine brands. Drew Barrymore makes a pinot grigio, and in Italy, no less. Brangelina's inaugural batch of wine from their French estate sold out in a matter of hours.
"Dancing With the Stars" contender Christina Milian has a line of moscatos all ready for da clubs. And Fergie has a signature bottle called — of course — Fergalicious.
Football legends and South African golfers and jam bands — they all have wines now. Even entertainment brands are launching their own vintages. The TV franchise "Top Chef" has seven different varieties under its Quickfire label. And earlier this month, E.L. James, that doyenne of hausfrau erotica, introduced Fifty Shades of Grey wine — one red, one white.
- Leslie Gornstein at omg!1 mth ago
This is definitely a big week for Big Ang.
On Thursday, the pneumatic Mob Wife and star of her own reality show will launch her first line of wine. It makes sense, and not just because she's a celebrity. Though celebrities are making a lot of wine lately, we're talking about the owner of the Drunken Monkey bar in Staten Island, New York.
We got an exclusive interview with Big Ang earlier this month. She explains why she chose the wines she did ... and how you should drink them. Got any cream soda handy?
Why get into your own wine brand? Because I am a bartender I always liked wine. I am always in restaurants ordering wine.
Why debut with a cabernet, a prosecco, and chard? I like a prosecco. It's nice because I'm always having brunch or doing some daytime event in my house. And I wanted a cab because I like my red wine and cream soda. I've been drinking that since I was like 12. It's my drink. And a good white wine because I have a lot of fish dinners, so ... Cabernet and cream soda? How do you mix that? Half and half. It's good in a nice, tall glass.
How much did Kanye West spend for his over-the-top betrothal to Kim Kardashian, all expenses considered?
First let's get one thing straight: Celebrities don't pay market rates for most aspects of their day-to-day luxuries — catered food, designer clothes, five-star hotels, private travel. That's what managers, studios, publicists, corporate sponsors, producers and promoters are for, silly.
And stars certainly don't pay full price when they want to get engaged, either. Jewelers usually give deep discounts to famous people.
Paying the sticker price for stadiums and solitaries and private jets? That's just for schlubs like us.
[RELATED: Inside Kanye's 9-Year Courtship of Kim]
But just for fun, let's take a look at those MSRPs, just in case you, too, would like to spend one night as your own personal Yeezus.
Ryan Gosling, Justin Bieber — why are people getting plastic surgery to look exactly like celebrities? And why are plastic surgeons getting away with this?
It's a good question, especially considering that, $100,000 and five years later, poor Toby Sheldon doesn't really look like Bieber at all. (Even worse, Sheldon used to kind of look like Matt Damon. Tragedy upon tragedy.)
As for Nicholas Ryan, the actor who got $5,000 worth of filler injections in hopes of turning into Ryan Gosling, his efforts yielded a face that is just fine, but also looks nothing like 32-year-old "Drive" star who makes all the girls swoon.
Let's get to the second question first. All doctors are supposed to go through ethics training ... theoretically. But, as I've learned, that's not always the case.
Q: A post-production company called HOAX just revealed that it digitally slimmed Britney Spears for her "Work Bitch" video. Is she the only one?
A: Hell no, not by a long shot. Put it this way: I guarantee — guarantee — that you have no idea just how altered the average star is in a piece of film or video.
But the tricks don't end with her, or her slimmed-down bod in "Work Bitch."
The digital enhancement of stars is a huge, huge part of the entertainment business. It doesn't matter if it's a movie, a music video, even a weekly TV show. If you're looking at a celebrity moving around on a screen — particularly if that footage is expensive, like, say, a big-budget movie or slick video — chances are high that the star has had digital work done. Think waist. Thighs. Arms. Thigh jiggle. Nose, in at least one case.
Yes, we all know how much retouching goes on for magazine photos and movie posters. But it turns out the practice is just as prevalent on the video side of the business.
Kanye West is angry that girlfriend Kim Kardashian isn't getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Why is she being frozen out?
Because every reality star is being frozen out.
The Hollywood Walk of Fame — that iconic stretch that attracts thousands of gawping tourists and drooling homeless yearly — honors celebrities who have a long track record in one of five categories: radio, theater, motion pictures, music, and TV. To qualify for Walk of Fame consideration, a celebrity must also have won some other awards, such as Grammys or Oscars, and have a history of charitable giving.
Yes, Kim Kardashian entertains us via TV. And she gives to charity. But according to Ana Martinez, spokeswoman for the Walk and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce that runs it, that's not enough to throw a Kardashian her own chunk of sidewalk brass.