What do DUIs have to do with awkward celebrity interviews on the Oscars red carpet? They have so much to do with each other that it’s like a perfect cause and effect relationship. If you have been following the trainwreck that is the horrible questions asked of the Oscars attendees before and after the show, you’ll know that the celebrities would probably want to get drunk after going through the ordeal of all of those try-hard questions. It’s hard to think about questions but these interviewers just kept asking about what they were wearing and the after parties of the award ceremony. Somebody get the limousine ready and quickly!
Amanda Bynes was arrested on a DUI charge in September 2014 while she was driving in Sherman Oaks, California. California Highway Patrol officers saw her driving her white Mercedes Benz SUV when she stopped for a red light in the middle of an intersection. She then failed multiple field sobriety tests and was taken to the West Valley CHP office for evaluation by a drug recognition expert. Wow, they even called upon an expert for her! Be grateful, Bynes.
Reese Witherspoon looked pretty good in her mug shot. She had blonde hair when she was in the audience at the 2015 Oscars, having been nominated for her role in “Wild.” But in 2013 she had brown hair and looked sleepy in her DUI mug shot. “I think it was a moment where people realized that I wasn’t exactly what they thought I was. It was just one of those nights. We went out to dinner and had one to many glasses of wine,” she told ABC. At least they owned up to it.
Take the red or blue pill but don’t take the drink, Neo! In 1993, Keanu Reeves was arrested for drunk driving. He had his “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” long hair and was released after his confession. He was supposedly driving recklessly. The next year he was in the movie “Speed” where he starred in a big action film for the first time. In 2015, he will star in a movie called “Knock, Knock” where he is a married man who has two beautiful girls show up at his house.
Don’t laugh at Kevin Hart’s pain in his movie “Laugh At My Pain” because he got arrested on suspicion of DUI after he had a near-miss on a freeway in 2013. The California Highway Patrol said they he was driving erratically, going 90 MPH and almost collided with a gas tanker. He pleaded no contest to the charges after he was arrested for driving at twice the legal limit of alcohol. He got three years of probation and had to take three months of alcohol education classes.
Michelle Rodriguez was driving fast and furiously in the “Fast and Furious.” Then she pleaded guilty to DUI charges in 2006. The Kaneohe Disctrict Court in Oahu said she had to choose between 240 hours of community service or five days in jail. She chose jail time. Guess somebody doesn’t like to do community service! She also made up the excuse that she’d learned to drive only for a “racing movie.” Yeah right! If you can read a script, you can read the speed limit. Come on, Michelle, you knew better.
Jaime Pressly served three years of summary probation and was required to attend a six month alcohol education class after she pleaded no contest to drunk driving charges in 2011. Police said her blood alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit of .08. Pressly is in the clear nowadays but she is currently suing her former accountant for a gardening fiasco. She wants Daniel Rivero to pay up $900,000 and punitive damages.
Backstreet’s back in a documentary called “Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made of” that aired last month but Nick Carter was busted in Southern California for drunk driving. Looks like Nick was not at his brother Aaron’s house and was with friends at a restaurant in Huntington Beach. He was then stopped by police after he pulled out of a parking structure and went down Main Street. He allegedly failed a sobriety test. This is not the test you want to fail!
The one and only Natasha Lyonne is going to speak at Northwestern University as the Hillel’s winter speaker. What are you going to speak about, Natasha? The time when you were arrested for a DUI in 2001? All jokes aside, Lyonne was hilarious as the snarky inmate in “Orange is the New Black” and she will probably be a smash hit at the speaking event for all of the students. “We think they will be interested in hearing about how an individual like Natasha balanced her Jewish identity with also being a Hollywood celebrity,” said student Julia Rudansky.
Khloe was arrested in 2007 for driving under the influence and served only a couple of hours due to overcrowding in the jail. Tweets ranged from scathing to disapproving. “I am not sure which is the most ignorant: Khloe Kardashian using DUI photos or @peoplemag actually sharing this. I mean really?” tweeted RYDinky. Khloe did have to do some community service and look at injured people who were involved in drunk driving accidents!
Craig “I was Darryl from Dundler Mifflin” Robinson was charged with two felonies, possession of a controlled substance, and misdemeanor DUI in 2008. Officers from the Culver City Police Department found drugs in his car and said he was under the influence of amphetamines, cocaine, and cannabinoids. Robinson posted the $10,000 bail after his arrest and went to court. Does he miss his days from being on “The Office?” “I miss Darryl and everythin’ about playing him,” said Robinson.
He might see dead people in the movie “The Sixth Sense” but can he see a DUI arrest coming his way? Haley Joel Osment was charged with three misdemeanors including driving under the influence in 2006. His blood alcohol content was double the legal limit at .16 according to the DA Jane Robinson. He was driving a 1995 Saturn in Los Angeles and hit a mailbox on a brick base before flipping over. Poor guy broke a rib but made a full recovery.
The world watched as Chris Pine shed a single tear down his stone cut face at the 2015 Oscars after John Legend and Common performed “Glory.” Maybe he was feeling emotions that stemmed from his New Zealand drunken driving incident in 2014. He told police that he had four vodka drinks before they pulled him over and suspended his license. New Zealand has a legal limit of .08 and his level was .11 that night. He was fined $79 dollars too.
On 2006, Mel Gibson was arrested for driving under the influence on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. He launched an expletive-laden barrage of anti-Semitic remarks that got him into a whole lot of trouble. Gibson apologized for his despicable behavior, citing “a moment of insanity.” But there’s more to the story. Deputy James Mee said his record was spotless until he pulled Gibson over that unlucky night. Mee claimed that department managers blamed him for leaking details of Gibson’s arrest.
Jeffrey Donovan from “Burn Notice” was playing with metaphorical fire when he was swerving on the road near a cop car. After they pulled him over, he said he didn’t see the red light. He had some drinks at the Fontainebleau Hotel and it got to him. He was sentenced to six months probation and fined more than $1,000. Too bad he wasn’t Chris Pine who only got fined over $100!
Paris Hilton was charged with driving under the influence and driving with a blood-alcohol level of .08 or higher in 2006. She was driving a silver Mercedes-Benz SLR in Hollywood and was briefly handcuffed. She told Ryan Seacrest that she drank one margarita at an event and was on her way to a fast-food restaurant with Rod Stewart’s daughter. She then was ordered to go to a women’s jail in Lynwood and was not allowed any special privileges.
Dr. Oz: “I’m Very Concerned About the Corona Virus, Here’s Why”
While coronaviruses have been known to medical science since the 1960s, few have been anywhere near as dangerous as this new one from the market in Wuhan China.
A coronavirus is typified by its protective shell which resembles a crown or a halo under a microscope. That is where it gets its name. The average coronavirus does little more than cause the symptoms of the common cold, sniffles, cough, flu-like symptoms and so on. Part of the reason that these viruses are so hard to prevent from causing millions of colds each year is their protective shell. They can remain on a surface for hours, sometimes days, before they begin to lose structural integrity. But few trigger symptoms as severe as this one known as 2019-nCoV.
Dr. Oz had this to say about what has become known as the Wuhan Coronavirus, “It’s alarming, this is the big news today, the Chinese leadership is starting to say ‘this incubation period is a lot longer than we thought.’”
If this report is true, it means that many, many more people may be infected than have been reported- or even anticipated. It means that people could be walking around, infected, and not even know it- not taking precautions and spreading the virus everywhere they go. That means anyone who has recently returned from the area around the Wuhan market, where the outbreak started, could be carrying the disease.
At the time of this writing, the total enumerated infection count is over 1,800. The total deaths are approaching 200. Other researchers are suggesting that this virus has a rapid mutation rate. That is particularly terrifying because it is what made the HIV-AIDS virus so difficult to treat.
At present, the World Health Organization had laid down a series of suggestions to help people avoid infection.
They advise that anyone who may come into contact with the virus should:
- Wash their hands frequently
- Maintain good sanitation on and around all frequently used objects and surfaces
- Avoid centers of mass travel such as airports
- Sneeze and cough into the elbow or a tissue
- Take immunity-boosting supplements like vitamin C
The source of the infection is believed to have come from a specific market in Wuhan, where live animals were kept in stalls for sale and trade. Researchers believe the virus came from either a snake or a bat. The initial cases of illness were reported in December 2019 by employees of the Wuhan market. That market is now shut down for the foreseeable future.
As health officials struggle to understand the virus and contain its progress, other researchers are asking even more startling questions. The shell of this virus is similar to the shell of a virus created in a university research lab in 2015 at the University of North Carolina. What’s more, there is a known military biological weapons lab in Wuhan China.
If these reports are true, it could have serious implications, not only for global health- but for relations between the US and China.
Big Brother Contestants Make How Much on the Show?!?
Big Brother has been a wildly popular, dramatic reality TV game show since 2000. Audiences are captivated by the twists, the turns, the strange alliances, and the betrayals. The show is based on a Dutch program with the same premise which also became wildly popular in Spain and Germany before the reboot came to America.
As the US version grew in popularity, the producers eventually made it possible for fans to watch the contestants on a non-live streaming video feed available 24 hours a day seven days a week. Yes, the contestants on Big Brother are now on display to be viewed by anyone in the world at every waking moment. How they avoid getting caught in their all-togethers or during toilet breaks, we don’t know. Maybe they have certain camera-safe areas to which they can retreat.
Later on, the house the Big Brother contestants live in was stripped of all communication devices- depriving them of contact with the outside world. That is- except for the live feeds the public has unfettered access to. So, if one of them was being held hostage, we suppose they could let us know.
So the question came up of, how much do the contestants really earn? By playing the game they have the chance to make friends, or enemies, become Internet sensations, and to win half a million dollars. But, given everything they have to put up with; being ripped out of their lives, possibly losing jobs, experiencing the anguish of betrayal- all while being on public display- do they get anything else?
According to a report by Reality Blurred, a site that follows the happenings of reality TV stars, programs, and related matters- the contestants “[…] receive $750 per week that they’re in the house.”
Any pay they receive while in the jury house is harder to account for since nothing about it appears on the contract. However, it is believed that contestants receive consolation prizes during their time out of the main house. It also seems reasonable that the consolation prizes received in the jury house should be worth at least $500 since keeping them away from other gainful employment for less than that would be near to slavery. (We’re looking at you, jury duty.)
However, while the big prize on Big Brother is a cool half-million on top of what the contestants earn as their weekly salary, in reality- they have much more to gain in Internet stardom.
Many former Big Brother players have gone on to lucrative careers as influencers on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and other social media sites. While any gains from that are unlikely to be as exhilarating as half a million in fast cash- the best of them certainly earn more than that over the long term.
So, it would appear that our curiosity MacGuffins on Big Brother are at least doing as well as someone earning minimum wage- while essentially fooling around Truman Show style.
Single Mom Irina Shayk, Happy Single
Those in the public spotlight seem to be an open book. Their every move seems to is covered by gossip sites. Their whereabouts are nearly always and it seems as if we are updated on who’s dating who and what luxurious vacation they are on.
That’s why it is surprising that Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper kept their relationship under wraps for so long, dating all the way back to 2015. The couple was first spotted together after the actor and model were first seen in 2015. Cooper split from Suki Waterhouse and Shayk ended her five-year relationship with soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo.
The couple was first seen together at a Broadway show, then shortly thereafter, the White House Correspondents’ dinner. Things seemed to move quickly from there. Within months the couple moved in together, soon they announced they were expecting.
Work Gets in the Way:
Irina, who has been quiet about her relationship and breakup with Bradley Cooper, recently spoke up about their relationship.
The couple ended their relationship in 2019, on the heels of the release of the stars’ remake of a Star is Born. The on-screen chemistry between Bradley Cooper and his co-star, Stefani Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga, sent tongues wagging. Rumors were raging that the two co-stars were in a relationship based on their pationate adaption of the film.
Irina set the record straight in some recent interviews about the end of their relationship. According to Shayk, the couple hadn’t been getting along for quite some time. After the baby was born, Shayk was hoping that Cooper would put their family first and slow down his busy working schedule. She was secretly hoping that after A Star is Born was released and the promotional tour was over, he would spend more time at home. That was not the case.
Irina, 33, was ready to settle into family life. This included getting married and more children. But the marriage never happened, and Cooper’s work schedule was as busy as ever.
Irina felt that her expectations weren’t met and she didn’t have the commitment level she wanted from Cooper. Shortly after the Award season in June 2019, the news broke that the couple had split. Irina had taken baby Lea and moved out of the couples Los Angeles home.At first, the separation was thought to be temporary. Both partners have decided that they are better apart than together.
The couple continues to co-parent their daughter, but it seems like the couple are happty being apart. They both seem to be quite content focusing on their child and carreers.
Irina recently said that “life without Cooper” and being a single mom is “new ground.” She also said that just because two people are great on their own, they are not always good together.
Irina is a strong woman, and while she often feels overwhelmed being a single-mom, she’s ready for the challenge. Both parents are dedicated to doing what is best for their child and are curently working on a visitation schedule.