All posts for the month May, 2013

Justin Bieber — Murderer’s Chilling Phone Call Details Castration Plot

Published May 31, 2013 by gossipzoo

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A convicted murderer’s terrifying phone call to a hit man — in which he describes a plot to murder and castrate Justin Bieber and his bodyguard — has been released.

The phone call — obtained by KOAT 7 News in Albuquerque, NM — was placed from a Las Cruces prison last November by Dana Martin, who’s currently serving two life sentences for raping and killing a 15-year-old girl.


Martin — reportedly obsessed with Justin Bieber — is the first voice on the tape. The person he’s calling is Tanner Ruane, the man who’s accused of conspiring to carry out the Bieber castration since Martin was behind bars.

Ruane is the nephew of a former Las Cruces inmate named Mark Staake, whom Martin had also allegedly recruited to help carry out the murder following Staake’s release last fall.

In the clips released by KOAT, Martin tells Ruane … “[Mark’s] going to kill the pit bulls and you’re going to castrate them.”


According to police, “pit bulls” was the code word for Bieber and his bodyguard.

In the call, Ruane mentions the “hedge clippers” he was planning to use to carry out the deed.

Martin also describes how to perform the murders using his signature paisley tie — “Tie it really really tight. Knot it in the front once, really tight, put it in a knot. That cuts off the oxygen, and then tie it in the back again, really tight. That seals the deal.”

As we reported, the murders were supposed to go down in New York City soon after this telephone call took place … while Bieber was in town performing at MSG. Ruane and Staake were subsequently intercepted by police before anything happened.

Jason London Pleads Not Guilty in Bar Fight … Sharting Allegations Linger

Published May 31, 2013 by gossipzoo



Jason London — the guy who allegedly sharted himself in the back of a cop car after a bar fight in AZ — has pled NOT GUILTY to disorderly conduct and assault … TMZ has learned. 

We broke the story … London was arrested on Jan. 27 outside of a bar in Scottsdale, AZ … after cops say he was a drunken mess … who fought a bouncer and got violent with emergency responders.

According to police, the “Dazed and Confused” star intentionally sharted himself in the back of the cop car on the way to the police station … and told cops, “I told you I’m happy as s**t.”

Cops also say London berated them during the ride to the station …. saying things like, “Guess what fa**ot?  I f**king love this.  I f**king own you guys so hard.”

But, Jason claims he was the real victim in the melee — and was brutally assaulted by the bar’s security staff for no reason at all. And then the next thing he remembers was getting arrested.

Following the incident Jason says he was left pretty beat up — with an orbital fracture, sinus fracture, multiple contusions and a concussion — and has since undergone multiple surgeries.

A pre-trial date is set for April 11.

Jenni Rivera’s Memoir To Be Published This Summer

Published May 30, 2013 by gossipzoo

Jenni Rivera

Jenni Rivera‘s memoir is to be published posthumously following the Latin star’s death in a plane crash last year.

The 43-year-old singer perished when her plane went down over Mexico in December, and it has now emerged she was working on a book project at the time of her death.

Publishers at Atria Books have confirmed Rivera finished writing the autobiography, titled Unbreakable, and they will release the book in July.

Rivera’s sister Rosie Rivera insists the family is supporting the release and they hope it will bring comfort to fans.

She says, “I miss my sister every moment, but on days that I want to feel her close, I open her book written in her own words, and feel her right next to me.”

Unbreakable will be released in both English and Spanish.

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Bethenny Frankel’s Skinnygirl Drink Recipes Perfect For Your Oscars Viewing Party

Published May 30, 2013 by gossipzoo


Who doesn’t need a little help party planning, especially when it’s for one of the biggest nights in entertainment? Let Skinnygirl take care of the drinks as you sip away and watch the studded red carpet. Yes, that’s right. We have your guide to the best tasting Oscars viewing party around with cocktails like The Showstopper, The Starlet, and The Bombshell. Skinnygirl is also offering an Awards Season Party Toolkit which has all the glitz & glam you need to entertain like a leading lady. From award badges and recipes to printable ballots and bottle labels, they have you covered – down to a red carpet backdrop so your guests can strut their stuff & strike a pose.

And the coolest part? Proving that red is truly a power color, Skinnygirl Cocktails will donate $2,500 to Dress for Success for every red dress on the Oscars Red Carpet.

The Showstopper

2 parts Skinnygirl Tangerine Vodka

Squirt of fresh lime

Squirt of fresh lemon

Squirt of fresh orange

Splash of Lemon-lime soda

Orange slice to garnish

To prepare: Shake vodka, lime, lemon and orange juices with ice and strain into martini glass. Top off with a splash of lemon-lime soda and garnish with an orange slice.

The Starlet

1 parts Skinnygirl Cucumber Vodka

2 parts club soda

Splash of no sugar added cranberry juice

Lime wedge or cucumber slice to garnish

To prepare: Pour over ice and garnish with a lime wedge or cucumber slice!

The Bombshell

2 parts Skinnygirl Bare Naked Vodka

Splash of dry vermouth

Fresh olives to garnish

To prepare: Shake with ice, pour into a martini glass and garnish with fresh olives

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Take A Peek Inside Pamela Anderson’s Gorgeous Malibu Mansion

Published May 28, 2013 by gossipzoo

Pamela Anderson has is bidding adieu to the beaches of Los Angeles.

The Baywatch star has officially listed her Malibu mansion, located in the prestigious Malibu Colony gated community, for $7.75 million dollars, according to Trulia.

The 45-year-old was forced to list the home after being plagued with numerous financial issues over the last year. Between unpaid taxes and another property being under major remodeling, the actress and animal activist has been trying to downsize exponentially.

Anderson originally bought the beachside home for $1.8 million dollars back in 2000. After years of remodeling, additions and extensive renovations, she’s listing the property for a cool $6 million dollar profit.

The 2,752-square-foot home comes complete with five bedrooms, three bathrooms, a private gated entrance and is located within steps of the Pacific Ocean.

The master bedroom has teak walls and floors, and a floor-to-ceiling window that opens up for fresh sea air and an unobstructed view of the waves.

While this isn’t Anderson’s only home, this property was where she raised her two sons with rocker Tommy Lee, and also where she has resided over the past decade.

Click on the gallery above to check out the rest of Anderson’s custom Malibu mansion.

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Taylor on Adrienne: She’s Not My Kid’s Godmother…Anymore

Published May 28, 2013 by gossipzoo

Taylor Armstrong is taking back a title she once bestowed upon co-star and former best friend Adrienne Maloof.

On Monday night, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star responded to a tweet asking if she still called Maloof her daughter Kennedy’s godmother. Her simple reply: “Abso-fing-lutely NOT!”

The harsh words didn’t end there. Armstrong accused Maloof of being a bad friend since day one:

“@judymarie90: @taylorarmstrong you turned on AdrienneMaloof real quick!” She has betrayed me since season 1! You think that’s quick?

– Taylor Armstrong (@TaylorArmstrong) February 19, 2013

Armstrong, who has been conspicuously out of the limelight for the last few months, went on to explain her reason for laying low on the show and her need to take time off.

No @hannahhunt63 taking a few months to rest and have some fun w kennedy. Back in action in BH next month. Worked too hard for that zip! – Taylor Armstrong (@TaylorArmstrong) February 19, 2013

The sudden end of the ladies’ friendship comes after years of fans watching them bond throughout the show’s three seasons. During Season 2 in 2011, Armstrong looked to her co-stars, including Maloof and her then-husband Paul, for support after the devastating loss of her husband Russell.

Maloof tweeted at the time: “My heart goes out to Taylor and Kennedy, you will be in my thoughts and prayers.”

But just months after Russell’s passing, Maloof began a bitter battle of words with Armstrong’s close pal Brandi Glanville. The fracas forced Armstrong to stick up for her friend and eventually damaged her relationship with Maloof.

Are you shocked that Armstrong no longer considers Maloof her daughter’s godmother? Let us know your thoughts, below.

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28 Classic Movie Scenes Involving Stairs

Published May 27, 2013 by gossipzoo


Welcome to SpeciaLists, a new weekly feature here at WhatCulture. SpeciaLists differ from our regular articles in the fact that they’re extremely specific and take a far more intimate approach to niche topics. This week, we take a look at classic scenes involving those immortal distance-bridging devices we couldn’t live without: stairs.

February is the month of love. It is a time for heart-shaped cards, over-priced flowers, cheeky one-night stays in cheap hotels, and lung cancer. That’s right: every February, after all the loveliness of Valentine’s Day, the next thing on our minds should be lung cancer, because February is also the month of “Hustle Up The Hancock,” a charity endurance event to raise funds for cancer research.

Details of the event can be found here, but essentially, the last Sunday of every February is when over 4,000 people climb 94 floors (nearly all 1,632 steps) of the John Hancock Tower in Chicago, Illinois for this great cause. So in honour of this generous effort – and in the true spirit of this month and its unusual number of days – I give you 28 classic film scenes featuring stairs…

28. “I’m Up Here” – Home Alone (1990)

There are three brilliant moments featuring stairs in this Christmas classic. The first is Marv (Daniel Stern) slipping on an icy exterior stone decline; the second involves tar, bare feet and a nail (ouch!). But the third (and potentially most memorable) moment sees Harry (Joe Pesci) and Marv getting a face full of paint cans.

It is a very ordinary joke that would, when compared to some of the other cracking ‘hits’ of the film, normally just raise a slight chuckle. But Pesci and Stern sell the moment so perfectly, that when they systematically get smacked right in the mug, you really feel their pain, and it inspires mirth of Santa chuckling proportions. John Williams’ playful score adds an element of cheeky playfulness to the moment, and Columbus’ steady direction helps put us right in the middle of the twang.

Home Alone is a film littered with outstanding physical comedy, and some of the best moments of ’90s family cinema. But that scene, and those moments must have inspired some highly dangerous and massively humorous copycats in homes around the world. Climbing the stairs was a very dangerous endeavour after 1990.

The film is considered as a National symbol of importance at Christmas time in Poland, and no Christmas Eve is complete in my household without an annual viewing. The paint scene remains a highlight of the film, and is a great example to get this list started.

Were the stairs a necessary addition to the scene? You damn right they were.

27. “Not Tonight” – Gone With The Wind (1939)

The scene begins with Scarlett O’Hara (Vivien Leigh) trailing down the huge red stairwell from the darkness of above, and ends with her relenting in the arms of her drunken husband Rhett (Clark Gable); they ascend to make love. Frankly my dears, it’s one of the most iconic sequences in film history.

Despite the rapey undertones of the moments prior – “I will smash your skull like a walnut” – this key sequence from the epic Gone With The Wind still (goodness knows how) carries an element of romanticism. But what makes it so is not the dialogue or even the score, but the grandiose fairytale staircase that frames and bookends the scene like a glamorous curtain on the stage of their lives.

That whole “kiss me now, or lose me forever” fell is heightened by the rugged “hero” swooping his distant wife up in his arms and whisking her off into the darkness above; their endeavours therein are a private matter.

If one were to be so bold as to read metaphors within the use of such a staircase; it might be suggested that Scarlett is descending from her lofty abode, to dwell in the depths of jealousy and despair with the man she has driven to breaking point. After their heated dialogue and bickering, she attempts to abandon him once more, but he is stronger now.

He lifts her up, taking away her control of the situation, and they ascend the stairs; thus elevating their relationship. The colour red, synonymous with passion, runs through the visual palette as though almost no other colour exists. Erotic stuff.

On a side note, it boggles the mind how Gable was able to complete the scene without putting his back out, or indeed dropping Leigh down the entire staircase. She must have weighed all of 5 stone. It is a steamy scene that has inspired generations of filmmakers and films, from Blade Runner to Titanic.

26. “Are You A God?” – Ghostbusters (1984)

“Are you a God?” asks Gozer (Slavitza Jovan). We all now where it goes from there, and Ernie Hudson (not Bill Murray, for once) gets one of the best lines in the film. In a double whammy of stair usage, Ghostbusters shows us the suspect physicality of the fearsome four ascending countless floors of the Ivo Shandor building, and then coming face-to-face with the androgynous monster atop a substantially smaller flight of stairs, on the roof.

Gozer’s elevation atop a pyramid of steps, and sandwiched between the devil-dog forms of Dana (Sigourney Weaver) and Louis (Rick Moranis) add to her mysterious presence. Ray’s (Dan Aykroyd) gradual movements toward her denote a sense of bravery within the character that mirror’s the film’s opening sequence of “get her!” Whether it was intentional or not, what director Ivan Reitman does here is use the steps to great effect in literally ‘raising’ the stakes for the Ghostbusters, and shows a development of competence and confidence within the team.

According to IMDB, in reality, the apartment building used for the film is only 20 stories high and is located at 55 Central Park West in New York City. The use of matte paintings added a much-needed level of elevation to the building. And for the architects among you, the fictional top of the building is modelled on the Continental Life Building in St. Louis, Missouri. So any time you are in Missouri, why not pop up to the roof and utter the famous words: “When someone asks if you are a God, you say yes!”

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