PopUps :: Scandals, Biopics & Pop Stars’ Bad Decisions
This week’s gossip seemed to center around the bad decisions of young pop stars and tell alls that will expose some of the biggest actors in the biz.
The folks over at Lifetime are going to be really busy this summer after announcing they’re about to turn out some programs that will most likely start a lot of drama. Lifetime officials revealed this week they plan to make "The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell," slated to air Labor Day Weekend.
This is going to make a lot of #90sKidz (including myself) very, very happy and very, very mad. Who dares to ruin the "Saved by the Bell" image? Lifetime, that’s who.
Remember when Dustin Diamond, aka Screech, re-emerged in the mid-2000s with that sex tape? And then went on a slew of reality shows, including "Celebrity Boxing 2" and "Celebrity Fit Club"? I hope you don’t remember because it was awful. But it’s only evidence that this "Saved by the Bell" tell all is going to amazing for all the wrong (or right) reasons. In Diamond’s own book, he revealed crazy stories of sex and drugs. According to BuzzFeed, the program will be based off a bunch of new interviews.
"The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell" story promises to expose the challenges of growing up under the public scrutiny while trying to maintain a squeaky clean image of their characters on- and off-screen," the Hollywood Reporter writes.
"The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell" will feature the stars from a number of current teen programs, like "Degrassi: The Next Generation, "Shameless" and "Supernatural." They’ll play the classic roles of Zack, Screech, Lisa, Slater, Kelly and Jessie.
In addition to what may be the greatest unofficial documentary of all time, Lifetime is set to produce a biopic about the late great R&B icon Aaliyah. It will star former Disney Channel sweetheart Zendaya Coleman, who put out one of the best R&B singles of 2013 "Replay."
The biopic is based off the book "Aalyiah: More Than a Woman" and is scheduled to air in the fall, Jezebel reports. But the Guardian notes Aalyiah’s family is not happy with the biopic and the R&B songstress’ uncle and former manager, Barry Hankerson, says the family was never contacted about the feature and that he will deny any request to use her music. He’s also allegedly hired lawyers to block the film’s release.
On top of that Lifetime has plans for a Whitney Houston biopic, directed by Angela Bassett, starring former "America’s Next Top Model" contestant Yaya DaCosta. It’s scheduled for a 2015 release. This may have Rihanna crying fowl. Back in 2012, she said she would give her "entire life" to play the late singer, MTV reported. Watch out Yaya, you don’t want Ri on your ass.
But Lifetime isn’t going to have all the tell all fun. Vanity Fair published an excerpt from "Poker Princess" Molly Bloom’s memoir, which details how she went from a 26-year-old cocktail waitress to the hostess of one of Hollywood’s most exclusive poker games and her interactions with A-Listers like "Leo," "Ben," and "Tobey." The excerpt is pretty gross -- "Tobey" asks Bloom to "bark like a seal who wants a fish" for her $1,000 tip -- but she refuses (thank God). You can read the full thing here.
Unlike Bloom, some young people have trouble saying "NO" to bad options. Enter Selena Gomez, who appears to be back with bad boy Justin Bieber. TMZ posted a short clip on June 17 of the on-again-off-again couple together, getting pretty close, at a friend’s birthday bash. Then, on Wednesday, the Daily Mail reported the pair decided to take a page out of Selena’s character in "Spring Breakers" and attend a Bible study with City Church Pastor Judah Smith. Witnesses say the two were openly affectionate.
"They were very lovey dovey and cute. They came and left together with a few friends," a source told US Weekly. "Justin and Selena sat next to each other and listened to [Pastor Judah Smith]’s sermon. They were smitten with each other."
Though the Biebs has been in the headlines for a lot of terrible stuff, the source says the "Boyfriend" singer is back on the right path.
"He looked so happy and at peace," the source said, adding Selena was just as happy.
But let’s not bet too much on the Selena-Justin horse. According to InTouch, Bieber allegedly knocked up two girls in the past four years. A source says he doesn’t have to give a shit about spreading his demon seed because he "expects his team to handle it."
If a woman comes forward and says she is carrying Bieber’s child (an oxymoron) his team is ordered to investigate the claim. If it turns out to be true, she gets some fresh Bieber cash and is told never to contact the racial-slur-using pop star again.
It does sounds farfetched but we can dream this sort of thing happens in the inner-workings of the Bieber Team.
Let’s move on to another train wreck pop star: Ms. Azealia Banks, who needs to be banned from Twitter. That’s right, Banks got into another tweet-war. This time her victim was rapper T.I. Billboard reports the fight started after the release of T.I.’s latest single that no one heard. The track is called "No Mediocre" and the 23-year-old rapper tweeted, then deleted: "U want no mediocre but...Have you seen your wife?"
T.I.’s wife Tiny Cottle is a singer-songwriter who helped pen TLC’s "No Scrubs." When’s the last time Azealia did anything? Girl, 2011 is long over and it’s time for you to put out something as good as "212." Anyway, T.I. and Tiny kept it classy and didn’t respond to the bratty rapper, which only served to piss her off more.
The nigga shouting bad bitches this bad bitches that, is almost always at home with some busted bumpkin. Rap is not real. These niggas are all frontiers. But your wife has meth face. And your wife can’t read. I saw you backstage at Kanye and you had nothing to say. I stood next to you ON PURPOSE. To see if you would say something. Come see me nigga. And come by yourself.
The tweets have been deleted, however. But shout out to whoever has the job at Billboard to screen cap Azealia’s Twitter every 15-minutes. The remarks finally got to T.I., who pulled an Azealia and posted, and deleted, a pic of her to his Instagram, calling her a "musty-mouthed-thot-bot-bad-body-syphilis-lipped-rectum-vomit-unimportant-uggggly-monstrosity-of-a-maggot-ass BIIIIIIIIIIITCCHHHHHH!!!!"
He’s just saying what we’re all thinking!
Unbelievably, the fight goes on and on and on: Azealia says T.I. will go back to jail, and when T.I. spoke to TMZ he said if someone disrespects his family he will "chew your throat off your neck."
After the e-fight, Azealia spoke with Out magazine about why it’s taken 100-Internet years to put out her debut album. Basically, she explained that she is the ultimate brat and hates her label Interscope so much, she’s willing to ruin her career by doing anything she can to postpone the LP from dropping, just to spite the label.
"I can’t talk about what I’ve been writing about because I’m just keeping stuff until I’m off this label," she said. "I can’t really risk them getting excited about me again. I kind of want them to think that I’m dead. I haven’t been leaking any songs that could potentially be hits. I haven’t been releasing anything that could potentially be phenomenal."
There’s quite a few people who want to think you’re dead. T.I. is probably one of them. Speaking of being dead, hey Lana Del Rey!
The always stunning sad-core singer made headlines last week after telling Guardian writer Tim Jonze that she glamorizes an early death and actually wishes she was dead. But apparently that’s not the case. Sorta. I’m not really sure.
Anyway, Lana went off on a Twitter rant Friday (of course the tweets are deleted), saying, "I regret trusting the guardian -- I didn’t want to do an interview but the journalist was persistent," MTV reports.
She goes on to say that "Alexis" "was masked as a fan but was hiding sinister ambitions and angles. Maybe he’s actually the boring one looking for something interesting to write about. His leading questions about death and persona were calculated."
First of all, Lana calls out the wrong writer: Tom Jonze interviewed her. Alexis Petridis reviewed her album "Ultraviolence" for the Guardian. Jonze responded by writing an essay for the British publication, refuting the singer’s claims. He also linked to the audio of Lana saying she wishes she was dead. Check that out here.
Bonus: Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino from the "Jersey Shore" was charged with simple assault this week after getting into a fight in a tanning salon that he co-owns with his brother, CNN reports. According to video footage captured by Splash News, the Sitch posted $500 bond Tuesday and his right eye was bruised and there were scratches on his neck.
The Situation, who is basically the black sheep of the MTV reality show, told a photographer that the fight started because his brother "was not running the store correctly, so I had to go in there and clean house, in more ways than one."
Police say the 31-year-old reality star is the only person charged in the fight.
I think this is the most Situation-y thing that’s happened post-"Shore."