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Know Your Celebrity: Jackson Rathbone Edition

For week two of Celebstalk’s Know Your Celebrity Friday, we have picked a face that many of you may be familiar with: Jackson Rathbone.

Most of our Celebstalkers probably have at least heard of Jackson Rathbone in one way or another. As one of Tinseltown’s hottest up and coming stars, you are sure to see a whole lot more of him really soon.

Here are some of the things we’ll bet you already knew about Jackson:

1.) He has starred as Jasper Hale in the Twilight Saga movies (Twilight, New Moon and Eclipse), Edward Cullen’s gifted adopted brother who has the ability to control the emotions of the people around him.

2.) He also starred in the movie The Last Airbender as Sokka.

3.) Before his Twilight success, he had guest spots on popular teen shows such as The O.C.

4.)He is super freaking hot!

A few of the things that you may not know about the eccentric young star…

1.) Is musically inclined. In addition to his band, 100 Monkeys, he also plays the harmonica and the guitar. He enjoys bluesy types of music and also writes, sings and produces.

2.) Was born in Singapore and raised in Midland, Texas. Remember that sexy southern draw in Eclipse? That was the real deal, ladies. Everyone loves a guy with an accent and a southern gentleman is always sexy!

3.) He has a background in the theater. Just a few of his theatrical credits include leading roles in plays like “A Midsummers Night Dream”, “Macbeth”, “Grease”, “Jesus Christ Superstar”, “Les Misrables” and “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe”.

4.) He enrolled at Interlochen Arts Academy as a high school theater major where he excelled at Shakespearean roles.

5.) Originally when Jackson auditioned for the movie Twilight, he went for the role of Edward Cullen and nearly won the role until the super sexy Robert Pattinson came in to audition. After Rob won the role, they offered the part of Jasper to Jackson.

So are you ready to see lots more of Jackson? We are too! Lucky for us, Jackson has a few new projects in the works. You can see him in the movie Girlfriend which is coming out sometime this year and he is also signed on for three more films, two of which are Twilight Saga’s Breaking Dawn 1 and 2, which are slated to release in 2011 and 2012, where he will return as Jasper Hale.

If you don’t want to wait that long, you can always share some alone time with Jackson and watch him in Twilight and New Moon, or you can head to your local theater where two of his films, The Last Airbender and Eclipse are still showing! And as always, you can always check back at Celebstalk!


Could Chris Tucker Get Locked the F**k Up?

Chris Tucker, who has starred in roles on movies Friday, The Fifth Element and Rush Hour, is again having trouble with the IRS. With his back taxes adding up to over $11 million, the star has quite a hefty tab.

This isn’t the first time that Chris has had problems paying his taxes. Back in June, California filed a tax lien against him in the mind boggling amount of $3.5 million.

As of now, there has been no talks of the Tucker facing any jail time over the incident, and let’s face it, with the exception of Wesley Snipes, failure to pay taxes rarely lands a celeb in the slammer.

Other stars are apparently having some trouble paying their taxes, too. Comedian Sinbad reportedly owes over $8 million and the IRS has also put liens on Pamela Anderson in the amount of $1.7 million as well as $252,360 from the state of California.

In 2007, Marc Antony (crooner and hubby of Jennifer Lopez) agreed to pay $2.5 million in back taxes.

Most recently, Nicolas Cage reportedly owes $14 million and has blamed his financial advisor but promised to pay up.

While many stars do not handle their own taxes, we are not sure about Tucker. The star has yet to comment on the situation.

So why do you think these seemingly wealthy stars are having such a hard time paying their taxes??


Mark Wahlberg Gets Star on Walk of Fame

Marky Mark is finally feelin’ Hollywood’s good vibrations! Today he will be receiving an honor that not every celebrity gets in their career, his own star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, making him the 2,414th star to be honored.

In honor of this achievement, Celebstalk would like to take a walk down memory lane with you, because we all know that Mougy-Mark didn’t just wake up famous.

Born in 1971 in Boston, Mark’s first taste of fame came in the early 90’s when with the help of his big brother, Donnie Wahlberg (New Kids on the Block then, actor in movies like The Sixth Sense with Bruce Willis and Righteous Kill with Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino now), he got started as the lead member of the group Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. Almost immediately, the hit single “Good Vibrations” went to the top of the charts and managed to stay up there just long enough to certify platinum.

His break out acting role came in 1997’s Boogie Nights, where he starred alongside original moug Burt Reynolds and a stellar cast as porn star Dirk Diggler. Mark also was the face (and the sexy ass!) of Calvin Klein when he appeared on billboards everywhere in nothing but his skivvy’s.

He has gone on to much bigger things, like Oscar winning roles in movies like The Departed (Leonardo DiCaprio). Other films he has starred in include Date Night (with Steve Carrell and Tina Fey), Three Kings, Invincible, The Italian Job (Charlize Theron), The Basketball Diaries, Fear (Opposite Reese Witherspoon), The Lovely Bones, The Perfect Storm(with mega-moug George Clooney) and the upcoming comedy, The Other Guys (with funnyman Will Ferrell).

In addition to that impressive resume, Mark is also the executive producer on Entourage as well as shows like In Treatment, How to Make It In America and Boardwalk Empire.

So, Mark, Celebstalk congratulates you on this stellar achievement! You’ve come a long way, buddy…Calvin should be proud.

So, Celebstalkers…whats your favorite project from Mark??


Brittany Murphy’s Mother Disputes Mold Reports

Recent claims made by the coroner’s office in regard to the tragic deaths of Brittany Murphy last year and her husband, Simon Monjack, just six months later, state that toxic mold in their home may have been the cause of their deaths.

Sharon Murphy, Brittany’s mother, is disputing this stating that the reports made to and by the press were false.

“I have never been personally asked by the coroner or anyone from the Health Department to come and inspect my home for mold. In the last eight months, I have been through the most unimaginable events, which no one could ever fathom.” she says.

She went on to add, “I have and will continue to be very cooperative and fully comply with such request. It’s absurd that this kind of misinformation is being reported by the media.”

Recently, the spokesperson for Murphy’s family claimed that the home had already been inspected for mold last year.

The rep claims “Due to the inferior products used by the builder and sub contractors, the Murphy home had a persistent leak problem. Simon Monjack (hired) an attorney and filed a lawsuit against (them).”

“In October 2009, to ensure the home was safe to occupy, the attorney hired a well respected company to conduct a full inspection of the home which would include…checking for possible mold.”

According to reports, the official cause of the couples deaths was pneumonia and anemia.


Has George Clooney’s Girlfriend Been Part of a Shocking Drug Scandal? Not on HIS Watch!

 

According to a breaking report on radaronline.com Elisabetta Canalis “has just been implicated in a cocaine scandal that led to the arrest of five people.” It didn’t take long for this report to spread over the internet like wildfire. Some news outlets report that Elisabetta Canalis was involved in not just a coke scandal, but that it involved sex too! (Not Sex Too!!!) aaahhhh!!!!!!!

This of course prompted us here at CelebStalk to try to take a closer look at the facts as they are available now and see if our favorite man-cougar George Clooney has something to be worried about or whether it’s just a bunch of hyperbole baloney. Here we go…

The Source and Allegations:

The claims that George Clooney’s girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis has been implicated in a cocaine scandal originated from a story in an Italian newspaper, Corriere della Sera. The paper has based the allegations on the reported testimony of Karima a French model who lived in Milan and claims to have used cocaine with Elisabetta Canalis at a nightclub.

The Background:

According to radaronline and Corriere della Sera, an investigation into illicit activities at two popular Italian nightclubs began in 2008. Police suspected that prostitution and drug selling and use were being practiced at the clubs. The MO was apparently to give free cocaine to celebrity clients in order to gain their patronage and up the club’s status with the jet-set crowd. Seems like things at those clubs were pretty shady CelebStalkers! Shady enough to get them shut down as of two days ago.

So…was George Clooney’s girlfriend involved in a drug scandal??

The Verdict:

From the “evidence” all that can be said is that French model, drug-user, and possible prostitute Karima says so. Hardly enough to warrant all of the blaring headlines online today, eh?

 There is no real proof that Elisabetta Canalis did cocaine at any of these shady Italian nightclubs, just like there’s no proof that she didn’t.

We’ve read all of these news articles and NOT ONE can actually even claim that Elisabetta Canalis did anything more than maybe or maybe not use cocaine while at a club.

We’re not advocating drug usage but we do want to point out the vast difference between what Karima really said and what many of these “news” sources are trying to make it sound like Elisabetta Canalis was involved in.

Insinuating that the Italian model and current girlfriend of George Clooney was in any way involved in selling sex or drugs is just irresponsible and stupid at this point.

Even if she did use cocaine in 2008 with French model Karima, it was before she began dating George Clooney.

So what do YOU think CelebStalkers?

Are you sick of silly news sources trying to twist facts to get attention?

Could this now mean trouble in the paradise that is George Clooney’s swank Italian Villa?

If George Clooney decides to dump Elisabetta Canalis, who do you think he should date next?

Have you subscribed to CelebStalk yet so you can get the straight facts the first time?


Kristen Stewart Signs Up to Go ‘On the Road’

Twilight star Kristen Stewart has announced her next big project in the works. Jumping from one book based film to the other, Kristen will play the lead role of Marylou in the film adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s On The Road.

The project has been in talks for years, but until recently, had always been put on Hollywood’s back burner for one reason or another.

In a recent interview where Kristen appeared on Live with Regis and Kelly to promote Eclipse, the third installment of The Twilight Saga in which she returns to costar with Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, she spoke about her newest project with the hosts.

“People have been trying to make that movie (On The Road) for thirty years,” she says. “I’m so excited; I can’t even tell you. It was my first favorite book. I found this paper that I wrote in eighth grade. Not very smart, but you can tell that I loved it. You can really tell that I really loved it.”

“And here you are making that film.” Regis Philbin said.

“I know; it’s insane.” Kristen agreed.

First published in 1957, On the Road is now considered a cult classic that has inspired the likes of Bob Dylan and the makers of films like Easy Rider and Thelma and Louise. The autobiographical story tells the tales of Kerouac’s travels across the United States and Mexico after World War II in his search for self enlightenment.

Other stars set to appear in the adaptation include Kirsten Dunst, Garrett Hedlund and Sam Riley.

Filming begins in August and we can anticipate a 2011 release.

So are any of our celebstalkers fans of the classic?


Are Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom Expecting?

Though it has been speculated upon in the past, recent reports made by US Weekly say that according to their source, newlyweds Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom may be expecting.

Of course the couples reps have not confirmed this, so who knows, but according to the source, who is supposedly close with Kerr, says “She’s definitely pregnant… Miranda’s thrilled.” The source went on to say, “She’s telling all her friends, mostly other models, about it. She poses in lingerie. It will be obvious soon enough.”

The couple dated for three years prior to announcing their engagement in June and then tying the knot in a super secret ceremony just weeks ago.

Bloom is most well known for his roles in Lord of the Rings and Disney’s Pirate’s of the Caribbean first three films alongside Johnny Depp. While he will not appear in the fourth installment of the POTC franchise, On Stranger Tides, he is signed on for the upcoming film, The Three Musketeers with Milla Jovovich.

Like we said, nothing has been confirmed about a new bundle of joy for the couple, but if it happens, Celebstalk will report it here first!

Got anything to say? Don’t forget to comment, Celebstalkers!


Is Gwyneth Paltrow “Country Strong”?

When you hear the name Gwyneth Paltrow, chances are you think of a few things, her amazing acting, her mother Blythe Danner, her husband, Chris Martin of Coldplay, her role as Pepper Potts on Iron Man 2, something along those lines, right? But you wouldn’t think “country singer” would top that list, would you?

Well, that old saying ‘you can’t judge a book by it’s cover’ rings true with Paltrow as the star not only signs on to play lead in country music film Country Strong alongside Time McGraw, but she has also opted to do all of her own singing. That’s right! As a matter of fact, the first single by Gwyneth will be hitting radio stations nationwide today.

Appropriately titled “Country Strong”, Paltrow’s voice will pleasantly surprise you in her music debut. She is able to pull off the entire song very convincingly and the buzz has already started with her fans.

Whether you love country music or not, you should definitely check out the song and see what all the hype is about. While we won’t say it’s a masterpiece, we will say that we are impressed with this hidden talent that the actress has kept under wraps for so long.

She did do a cover of the song “Cruisin'” with Huey Lewis back in 2000 for her role on Duets, so this little revelation may not shock everyone. No news yet of whether or not she plans to release more music or even if she will have more tracks on the Country Strong soundtrack.

The movie Country Strong features Paltrow as washed up country singer, Kelly Canter, who is trying desperately to make a comeback with the help of her husband/manager played by the very sexy country mougar, Tim McGraw.

The film is set to release on December 22 nationwide and you can look for the soundtrack in stores in October.

So what do you Celebstalkers think about the Gwyneth coming out with this new song? Make sure you comment here and let us know!!


This is Not the Greatest Mullet in the World, This is Only a Tribute….

Hey CelebStalkers!

It’s Monday again and you know what that means…time for another edition of…

Mullet Mondays!

This week we’re honoring that hairdo of devotion, that cut of commitment, that style that signifies allegiance like no other hairstyle can…

The Tribute Mullet!

While the tribute mullet is a staple of the 1970-1980’s rock and roll biopic, not all Celebs approach the donning of this legendary look with equal reverence and dedication.

Standing out in a crowd of half-hearted hairstyle-imitators are two Tribute Mullets that we at CelebStalk feel shine as superior examples of unwavering loyalty to the truth, the power, the ultimate sacrifice that is….the Tribute Mullet….

  1. The Kristen Stewart Joan Jett Tribute Mullet

It’s natty, it’s ratty, and it’s 100% the real deal…It’s the Kstew Joan Jett Tribute Mullet!

In the summer of 2009, Kristen Stewart went Full Monty foregoing a mullet wig and chopping off her beauteous Bella locks to portray bad-girl rocker Joan Jett in the film The Runaways.  Kristen Stewart braved the rapid insults of celebrity bloggers and the heckling of Robert Pattinson fans, and condemned Bella Swan to bad hair in Eclipse, all as part of her unshakable commitment to play Joan Jett as she truly was—mullet and all…

It’s this kind of fierce dedication to the Business Up Front, Party in the Back lifestyle that earns Kristen Stewart her spot in the Mullet Tribute Hall of Fame. Bravo Kristen Stewart, and if there really is a Valhalla for Mullet Warriors, we’re sure you’ve earned your place in paradise.

2.     The Jonathan Rhys Ziggy Stardust Tribute Mullet

In 1998’s daring look into the world of Glam-Rock, Velvet Goldmine, actor Jonathan Rhys forever left the pack of apathetic tribute mullet wearers in the (Ziggy Star-) dust with a glittery, androgynous, based-on-David-Bowie Tribute Mullet.  In the film, Jonathan Rhys plays Brian Slade, a character that was based on an amalgamation of three-fourths David Bowie and one-fourth Marc Bolen. His on-screen love interest, played by Ewan McGregor, was loosely based on Iggy Pop, leaving audiences to forever wonder if“Ziggy-Iggy Love” really did exist… (David Bowie himself disliked the script so much that his songs don’t appear in the film).

Fearlessly facing the frowns of glam-rock and gay-love naysayers alike, Jonathan Rhys forged a new frontier for the biopic and the tribute mullets alike. While not going quite Full Monty on the length of the Ziggy-inspired mullet, Jonathan Rhys still gives us one of the most courageous Tribute Mullets of all time that definitely earns him a place in the Tribute Mullet Hall of Fame.

Now that you know the facts and have seen the evidence of these two tenaciously true to life Tribute Mullets it’s time to cast your vote!

Which Tribute Mullet rocked it all the way up to 11 best in your opinion?


Rachelle LeFevre Lands Lead Character in New TV Role

Rachelle Lefevre, made famous for playing the role of vengeful vampire Victoria in the first two installments of The Twilight Saga (Twilight and New Moon) has landed a lead role in a new show.

Lefevre will play a “hippy doctor” named Eva on Shonda Rimes’ (creator of Grey’s Anatomy) newest medical drama, Off the Map. The new show will air on the ABC network beginning in 2011.

The show will also feature Caroline Dhavernas from the new Jennifer Aniston/Jason Bateman collaboration The Switch, Mamie Gummer (daughter of Meryl Streep) and Enrique Murciano (C.S.I. and Without a Trace). Sorry ladies! No McDreamy on this one!

This will not be Rachelle’s small screen debut. Before she hit it big in the Twilight films by tormenting Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and the rest of the Cullens, she had recurring roles on Boston Legal and Swingtown and has had guest spots on shows such as CSI and How I Met Your Mother.

You can also see Rachelle in her upcoming films, thriller The Caller, in which she costars with Stephen Moyer and Luiz Guzman, and the comedy Barney’s Version, in which she appears in an all star cast including Dustin Hoffman, Paul Giamatti and Minnie Driver.

Are any of you Celebstalker’s looking forward to seeing Rachelle in any of these projects? Tell us which one you are most excited about!!