Archive for April, 2009

Jamie Foxx Mans Up And Apologizes To Miley Cyrus

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

Well ladies and gents, as expected, Jamie Foxx manned up last night on Leno and apologized to Miley Cyrus.

Did he sound sincere?

Yes. He even brought up his own daughter (and as a side note, I can only imagine how mortified I would’ve been if my father had gone on such a disgusting and public rant when I was 15, so, Foxx, I hope you’ve apologized to her, too).

Did he have some sort of “excuse”?

Naturally, and I get the whole “comedian” thing but, really Foxx, at some point you need to practice a little self control – comedian or not.

Is all forgiven?

No, all is not forgiven! I’m not that easy, haha, and I know a good part of the public isn’t, either. I’m still disgusted at his behavior (I don’t care about his “comedic license,” we’re talking about a raunchy, public attack on a teenager for crying out loud), and Jamie’s going to have to showcase some serious class for a while.

I don’t know if Cyrus has responded to the apology, but I’m interested in finding out what – if anything – she has to say. In the meantime, at least Foxx handled his business and seemed genuine about it.


Jamie Foxx, You Pretty Much Disgust Me Now

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009
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Of all the ways I could have started my Tuesday morning, I had to start it by listening to this garbage.

41-year-old actor, musician, and one of the stars of the upcoming movie The Soloist (remember, I actually praised him a few months ago) Jamie Foxx apparently thought it’d be a good idea to call 16-year-old Miley Cyrus a “b****,” engage his co-hosts and the caller in a ridiculous conversation about her mouth, and encourage Cyrus to “make a sex tape,” “do some heroin,” “get some crack in [her] pipe,” and “catch chlamydia” on his radio show.

Thanks to E! Online you can listen to the recording, but those quotes pretty much sum it up.

There’s not any one word that can wrap up how I feel about Foxx and his alarmingly poor sense of judgment and serious lack of character right now. Shocked? Appalled? Disgusted? None of them quite do the job.

I mean, we are talking about a 16-year-old girl. Sure, she might be a bit moody, obnoxious, and diva-like at times, but Miley Cyrus is a 16-year-old girl. Jamie Foxx is a grown man – with a teenage daughter of his own, no less – exerting the energy to weave together a string of insults worthy of no one.

Classy, Foxx. I can’t think of a better way to show support for all the young ladies – young people in general – experiencing the very same emotional highs and lows and growing pains as teenagers across the globe, including your own daughter.

Bet you wouldn’t be too pleased if someone attacked her with even half the vigor you afforded Cyrus, hmm?

Up until this point, I’ve been pretty excited about the upcoming release of The Soloist; it’s an amazing true story that I believe will help shed light on mental illness. Now, however, I just don’t think I can justify paying one cent for anything this guy’s involved with. I am so disappointed. Maybe my admiration for Robert Downey, Jr. will supersede how revolting I …


Agoraphobia Or Just Plain Rudeness, Billy Bob?

Monday, April 13th, 2009
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Back in January, Billy Bob Thornton told MTV he was “kind of an agoraphobic.”

I’m just wondering if that has anything to do with how…off he seemed during his interview with CBC radio’s Jian Ghomeshi.

The interview was supposed to be about Thornton’s band, the Boxmasters, but it was pretty much all around awkwardness from the start. Some of Thornton’s behavior seemed like he was…nervous? At this point, can someone as well known as Billy Bob Thornton still get nervous about things like radio interviews? I suppose so. I mean, he’s human. And if he really has agoraphobia, some of the behavior fits. The way he spoke about wanting to play baseball when he was a kid – the way he looked and the way his voice kind of shook when he responded to the question about almost becoming a professional baseball player – it seemed like he was nervous, and it was kind of sad.

After that, though, his answers really started drifting away from the actual questions. Some of them were very well-thought, articulate responses – but they had nothing to do with Ghomeshi’s questions. That’s before the answers just became kind of mean.

I felt a little sorry for Ghomeshi, but he handled it rather well. Who didn’t handle it very well, though, were Toronto concert goers apparently. As the Boxmasters opened for Willie Nelson last Thursday, the Canadian crowd booed the band in response to Thornton drawing similarities between Canadians and gravy-less mashed potatoes.

DailyStab.com is calling it “Joaquin Phoenix all over again,” but I don’t yet look for people to sling mental illness diagnoses at Thornton.


Teen Celebs: Moody, Impulsive, And…Losing Gray Matter

Thursday, April 9th, 2009
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I’ve read numerous blogs, “news” articles (though really, I have no idea how this falls into the category of “news”), and “tweets” focused on how mean, rude, snotty, and overall nasty certain young celebs are these days.

Miley Cyrus made fun of fellow Disney stars Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato (supposedly over a Jonas brother – so, pretty typical teenage stuff).

Hayden Panettiere supposedly screamed at reporters at a red carpet event for the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific Foundation claiming they all made her life miserable.

And let’s not forget March’s popular “kristen stewart seems really mean” search.

Like me, most of you probably chalk this behavior up to old-fashioned teenage hormones sprinkled with ego-inflating super stardom and went on about life. (And, with stuff like this being slung at them, I really don’t blame them sometimes. I’d be a bit vicious, too.)

However, according to the findings of Jay Giedd (National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland) and his team of researchers, hormones are going to have to start sharing the spotlight with the natural loss of gray matter:

This reduction trims unused neural connections that were overproduced in the childhood growth spurt, starting with the more basic sensory and motor areas of the brain.

But, that’s not the real clincher.


Lessons From Demi Moore's Reaction To Suicide Threat

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009
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Twitter is changing the celebrity world as we know it, my friends.

That probably sounds pretty dramatic, haha, but really – in what other reality would Matt Lewis tell me, a lowly blogger, about his involvement with Action for Children, Emma Watson ask me to explain Babel Fish, and Taylor Laurent actually follow me back? (Sure, he follows everyone back, but whatever.)

Oh, and let’s not forget: Twitter might have actually allowed Demi Moore to save a life.

Yep, that’s right – and if you’ve watched the news or spent any amount of time online since Friday, you’ve probably already heard. According to ABC News, one of Moore’s followers (by the name of “Sandieguy”) on Twitter told Moore via an “@ reply”:

“Getting a knife, a big one that is sharp. Going to cut my arm down the whole arm so it doesn’t waste time.”

And then followed up with:

“gbye … gonna kill myself now.”

I have no idea how Moore, who has over 400,000 followers, managed to catch that message, but her response (a simple “hope you are joking”) might have prompted a slew of other Twitter users to track down the original message and contact local authorities who got the suicidal Twitter user to safety. According to Jermaine Thomas, the San Jose Police Department Public Information Officer, the department received several calls about “Sandieguy” and they were able to locate the user and get him (or her?) to safety.

Moore’s husband, Ashton Kutcher, later attempted to soothe nerves when he posted:

“wifey reported a suicide attempt based on a at reply tweet she got and saved someones life. the woman is in the hospital now.”

(Twitter is also killing proper grammar as we know it.)

To be honest, I sat on this for a while, unsure of how to respond. Honestly, I was a little unsure of how exactly I felt about it.


Jet Li Appointed WHO Goodwill Ambassador

Monday, April 6th, 2009
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The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) recently named international film star and martial arts expert Jet Li Goodwill Ambassador.

You might not know it, but Jet Li isn’t just some famous face WHO is hoping will help boost their efforts; the guy’s pretty well rounded when it comes to working hands on with folks in need.

For example, after the 2004 South Asian tsunami, Jet Li (who is also a Red Cross Ambassador) set up the Red Cross Society of China Jet Li One Foundation Project (or, just the Jet Li One Foundation, and not to be confused with Bono’s ONE) and also works to “help young people to cope with psychosocial challenges and find a balance in life.”

Given his celebrity (hey, sometimes it’s a lot easier to spread a message when people know who you are) and his philanthropy work, it’s no surprise WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan is glad to have Li on board:

“I am very pleased to appoint Jet Li as a Goodwill Ambassador for WHO [...] Jet Li’s commitment to promoting community involvement and young people’s participation in social and health issues will be a great asset to WHO’s work. He has been personally involved in providing emergency response following natural disasters and has promoted mental health amongst youth. We are grateful that he is willing to use his energy and fame to promote health and well-being.” (www.who.int)

Li’s first order of business as WHO’s Goodwill Ambassador? He’s attending the World Health Day launch in Beijing tomorrow (April 7) to help spread the World Health Day message of making hospitals safe during emergencies.


What Brings You To Celebrity Psychings?

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

It is such an absolutely gorgeous day here in the Mountain State my friends, and I’ve had such a fantastic weekend, that I figured the best way to bring it to a close would be with a little eyebrow-raising stuff…

I always enjoy reading the keywords and phrases that bring visitors to Celebrity Psychings (please know that these search results are completely confidential – I have no idea who searches what). Usually, it’s pretty normal stuff (i.e. things I actually write about on a fairly regular basis). For example, I get a lot of “celebrities with mental health problems,” “celebrity alcohol and substance abuse,” and “celebrity stalkers” – things I write about every day.

Another few examples include “grey’s anatomy ptsd,” “owen hunt ptsd,” and “what is going to happen to izzie stevens” (I’ve covered Grey’s characters Owen Hunt and Izzie Stevens – so, pretty standard stuff).

However, sometimes some of the things I write about tend to get woven into search results that may or may not deal with what I write about here, but that are kind of questionable nonetheless.

In no particular order, below are my top three favorite searches – or, kinds of searches – from March:


Does Donald Hogan Have Grounds For Wrongful Death Suit?

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009
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Ah, drug addiction. Alcoholism. Substance abuse in general. Words cannot express how much I hate you. How I cringe at the very mention of your name. If there were one mental and physical health problem I could make tangible – maybe even human – for just one hour, it would be you, substance abuse. Only so I could wrap my hands around your neck and make you feel the same kind of pain you bestow upon your victims, their families and friends. Finally end the misery you bring into all these people’s lives.

Most everyone knows about the “combined drug intoxication” that surrounded Anna Nicole Smith’s death in early 2007, and some of you might even be keeping up with the recent felony charges Howard K. Stern – Smith’s former attorney and the executor of her will, if I’m not mistaken – and two of Smith’s former doctors have racked up for themselves for possible illegal drug prescriptions.

Now, it seems Smith’s father, Donald Hogan, is also looking to bring some legal heat in Stern’s direction in the form of a wrongful death suit.

As Smith’s father, I’m sure her death was painful beyond belief for Hogan. Now that it looks like there might be somewhere to point fingers regarding where Smith was getting her drugs, I’m sure he feels there’s some sort of justice to be served. And maybe there is – who knows? Maybe Stern really was involved with a “conspiracy to acquire drugs” and helping Smith get illegal prescriptions?

According to eonline.com, Smith’s father realizes no one forced his daughter to take drugs and isn’t looking to financially benefit from anything:

“I would urge Virgie also to think about this—this wrongful death,” Hogan, 61, says. “And personally, I don’t care if we get a dime out of it. Not one dime.”

“But I blame him totally for her death…Nobody put a gun to …


 
 

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