Saturday, December 31, 2011
He's one of the hottest acts in the world, and Justin Bieber lent his star status to help bolster the lineup of performers gracing the stage as part of Saturday night's (December 31) "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2012".
With the show being co-hosted by Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest live from Times Square, the 17-year-old "Misteltoe" sensation teased his millions of followers by tweeting prior to showtime, "I got a special performance coming tonight. #NewYears"
As for the surprise effort, Bieber ended up taking the stage alongside guitar legend Carlos Santana with Justin saying, "New York City! How you guys feelin' tonight? I'm so happy to be here to ring in the New Year with you guys! New York, with all that you've been through your spirit's never been broken. We all do the best we can each year. Running from our past to do better in the future."
Bieber and Santana then proceeded to treat the crowd lining the Big Apple streets to a rendition of the Beatles classic "Let It Be" - with the performance available for viewing in the player above!
The ladies have been flossing their bikinis all Holiday. And Rihanna was back on the beach in Barbados yesterday in a cute printed orange and pink swimsuit playing in the ocean with her little brother and fans. Kimora Lee Simmons Hounsou also looked fab while parlaying in St. Barts with her daughters and her boo.
Rihanna flaunted her crazy bikini bod yesterday at sunset in Barbados. She kept it playful playing with her youngest brother Rajad and kicking it with fans:
The Barbadian beauty even spent some time with fans who surrounded her:
And looked beyond delighted to be home after her 6 month LOUD tour and new Talk That Talk album:
Meanwhile, elsewhere in the Caribbean, Kimora kicked it on the beaches of St. Barts in a teeny weeny purple and grey bikini:
And had some fun with daughter Ming.
And looked fab while doing so.
Clearly this 36-year-old mom of 3 has been working it out lately.
She put on her little beach dress and had some fun with her hot hubby Djimon Hounsou.
Not even mad at it. KiKi has been in St. Barts since before Christmas celebrating the Holidays with the girls and Kenzo, their father Russell, and his girlfriend Melissa George.
Pics via SPLASH/WENN
Man, I'm so irritated.
I just received four pets tags that I ordered for Bev and Mary Margaret (two for Brooklyn and two for LA) and they're all messed up. Not only did they leave off the "Margaret" on Mary Margaret's tags, but the text isn't centered correctly and runs off the right side on all four of them. (The last letter of the address is cut in half.) The tags themselves are also ugly. The edges aren't smoothed out... they look like someone just cut them from a piece of sheet metal and called it a day.
So anyway, I got them this morning on my way to Starbucks (yesterday's mail), so while I was there, I started drafting a strongly-worded letter in my head, like what I was going to say to these people when I sent them back.
And then I saw it.
In tiny print on the bottom of the invoice it said, "Our handicapped employees appreciate your order."
So now I can't send them back. If I did I'd be a total asshole.
I'm just going to order new ones from someplace else. Any recommendations?
UFC 141 "LESNAR VS. OVEREEM" PREVIEW: Penick's breakdown and fight picks for final UFC event of 2011
Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem (Heavyweight)
This is such a great heavyweight fight. There's no question about what either fighter wants to do in this bout; Overeem, despite a history of submission wins, wants to knock Brock Lesnar out, and wants to test what is seen as Lesnar's biggest weakness.
Lesnar wants to show that he's the superior fighter with his grappling game, and will be out to take Overeem to the ground. While it may not be in his best interest to strike with Overeem, Lesnar's power shouldn't be overlooked, either. Though his striking game isn't anywhere near as crisp or polished as the K-1 Champ, he can do a lot of damage if he does land.
But that's not where Lesnar's major strengths lie. He'll be looking to score takedowns, control Overeem's hips and land strikes on the ground. Overeem believes he can stop those takedowns and force Lesnar to strike with him, which again would be to his advantage. However, Lesnar has taken down every fighter he's fought in the UFC, with three of them being former collegiate and high level wrestlers.
Lesnar ran into trouble in the striking game against both Shane Carwin and Cain Velasquez because of their wrestling. Their ability to hold off Lesnar's takedowns, and get up from them when they were taken down, allowed them to get off more strikes and frustrate Lesnar in the early going. In Velasquez's case that was all he needed.
In this fight, Overeem may think he's going to stop Lesnar from taking him down, but he has simply never faced a wrestler like Lesnar before. Lesnar needs to avoid getting clipped and getting ahead of himself in the early going, and if he can score the takedown he'll be able to keep Overeem on the ground.
If that happens, Lesnar's ability to wear Overeem out with top control and ground and pound will be the big key to the fight. Overeem's cardio is simply not going to be on Lesnar's level in this fight. He may not gas in the first round, but if Lesnar gets him down, you can be sure the energy will be sapped by the second. Overeem is absolutely capable of blitzing Lesnar early on, but with a lot of his most dangerous work coming in the clinch, that would open him up to takedowns as well. There are simply too many ways Lesnar can bring the fight to where he wants to compete, and if he can implement his game plan, this is his fight to lose.
PREDICTION: Lesnar by TKO in the third round
Donald Cerrone vs. Nate Diaz (Lightweight)
Donald Cerrone turned a corner in his MMA career last September in his rematch with Jamie Varner. He had always been talented with his submission game, and had begun showing signs of improvement in his striking game as well through his WEC run, but in a three round decimation of Varner he added some solid offensive wrestling as well. His ability to implement his gameplan in a fight carried over into his next five fights, and he's been increasingly impressive in each outing.
Diaz has hopped from lightweight up to welterweight, and back down again after some very inconsistent performances. Much like his brother, he's immensely tough, and has a good striking game and good submissions as well. However, while he looked great against Takanori Gomi in his return to the lightweight division in his last outing, he hasn't shown an ability to put together those types of performances each time out.
Cerrone can press the pace, work that offensive wrestling game against the cage, strike with Diaz standing, and really control where and how the fight unfolds. Diaz isn't a fighter that gets stopped, and I don't see that changing here, but Cerrone should be able to do more than enough to win two rounds and keep his momentum going.
PREDICTION: Cerrone via unanimous decision
Jon Fitch vs. Johny Hendricks (Welterweight)
Fitch is returning from shoulder surgery, and this will be his first fight since a draw with B.J. Penn in February. Hendricks is the most decorated wrestler that Fitch has fought in the UFC, and he's probably the best in that front Fitch has faced since his loss to GSP in 2008.
Hendricks takes another step up in competition after scoring consecutive wins over T.J. Waldburger and Mike Pierce, but his loss to Rick Story last December stands out coming into this fight.
Hendricks is the better striker coming in, but Fitch has a very well rounded game that has kept him successful in the UFC and has held him atop the rest of the welterweight division not named GSP for some time.
Fitch is likely in for one of his toughest fights in the UFC here, as Hendricks hits hard and will be able to challenge anything he does on the ground. However, Fitch has not yet lost to anyone other than St-Pierre in the UFC, and he should be able to score points with his grappling and control to take two rounds from Hendricks.
PREDICTION: Fitch via unanimous decision
Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Alexander Gustafsson (Light Heavyweight)
This is the fight I'm most looking forward to outside of the top two fights on this card. It was originally scheduled for UFC 133 in August before Matyushenko came up injured, but it's still a fantastic matchup that serves as a huge test for the rising Gustafsson.
Matyushenko has gone 4-1 since returning to the UFC in September of 2009, and his sole loss in that stretch came against now-UFC Champ Jon Jones. He won two decisions prior to that, but has since knocked out two straight opponents in a combined two minutes and 40 seconds. His most recent performance saw him knock out Jason Brilz in just 20 seconds at UFC 129 in April.
Gustafsson has had a similar UFC run, but as a 24-year-old rising star, he's got a high ceiling in his career still. His sole UFC loss came by submission against undefeated Phil Davis, and his four UFC wins have all come by stoppage. On top of that, he's never left the second round in his career.
Matyushenko has the experience, skills, and power to stop Gustafsson in this fight. It's a very real possibility. But Gustafsson has shown an immensely exciting and fairly well-rounded game overall over his five UFC fights, and off a dominant win over Matt Hamill in August, Gustafsson is rightfully favored in this one.
PREDICTION: Gustafsson via TKO in the second round
Nam Phan vs. Jim Hettes (Featherweight)
Phan should be 2-1 in his UFC career, as he was robbed in his first fight against Leonard Garcia, but as it stands he's just 1-2. He avenged that "loss" to Garcia in his last fight, though he almost gave that fight away in the third round when he decided to trade punches with the wildly swinging Garcia.
Hettes moved his career record to a perfect 9-0 in his UFC debut in August, submitting Phan's fellow-TUF 12 competitor Alex "Bruce Leroy" Caceres in the second round. Hettes will try to bring this fight to the ground, as submissions are where his game is at.
However, Phan is a black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu, and is a much better striker than Hettes into this fight. Unless he finds a way to catch Phan, who by the way has never once been submitted in 26 fights, then Hettes is going to have a rough night.
PREDICTION: Phan via TKO in the second round
=====Preliminary Card Quick Picks=====
* Ross Pearson over Junior Assuncao via unanimous decision
* Anthony Njokuani over Danny Castillo via TKO in the second round
* Dong Hyun Kim over Sean Pierson via TKO in the second round
* Jacob Volkmann over Efrain Escudero via submission in the second round
* Matt Riddle over Luis Ramos via TKO in the third round
* Diego Nunes over Manny Gamburyan via unanimous decision
=====Confidence and Betting Contest Picks=====
11 - Cerrone - UD
10 - Lesnar - TKO RD 3
9 - Phan - TKO RD 2
8 - Fitch - UD
7 - Gustafsson - TKO RD 2
6- Volkmann - SUB RD 2
5 - Pearson - UD
4 - Njokuani - TKO RD 2
3 - Kim - TKO RD 2
2 - Nunes - UD
1 - Riddle - TKO RD 3
$400 on Lesnar
$250 on Volkmann
$150 on Njokuani
$200 parlay on Lesnar, Volkmann, Njokuani
Tracy Lee caught plenty of great images from Saturday's Strikeforce fights, including Cristiane Santos' dominance, Gilbert Melendez's win, and plenty of undercard action.
My good friend Caprice Crane's new book, With a Little Luck, is out today. Yay, Caprice!
It's gotten great reviews:
"Crane is one of the funniest writers of popular fiction around. The dialog (inner and outer) is laugh-out-loud, snort-inducing hilarious . . . Readers will want to cross their fingers and spit while throwing salt over their shoulders if it helps Berry reach her dreams. Highly recommended."
"Fans of Stacy Ballis and Cara Lockwood will appreciate Crane's effortlessly funny style, which is often attempted in popular fiction but is rarely this well executed...Lighthearted and charmingly honest."
"[A] satisfying romantic comedy...[with] real character growth."
And even better blurbs:
"Romantic, poignant and funny—this book is a lucky find for lit fans. Caprice Crane is a nimble and gifted storyteller."
—Diablo Cody, Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Juno
"A hilarious romp that oozes charm and giddy fun. Caprice Crane is a true talent."
—Molly Jong-Fast, author of The Social Climber's Handbook
"Witty, fast-paced, and sheer fun. Caprice Crane is a master of dialogue. Half the time I was reading this book I was smiling, which made me look like a crazy person on the subway."
—Jancee Dunn, author of Don’t You Forget About Me and Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo?
"Absolutely charming and hilarious."
—Missy Peregrym, star of the movie Stick It and ABC's Rookie Blue
"With a Little Luck scores in humor, head, and heart. In other words, it’s a perfect trifecta."
—Karyn Bosnak, author of 20 Times a Lady (soon to be the major motion picture What's Your Number?)
(Omg, who is that last fantastic blurber?) (I meant every word of it.)
And most importantly, she has the cutest dog ever (who likes to video chat with Bev):
Anyway, check it out, buy it—it's fantastic!
The fast-rising Swedish light heavyweight needed a little more than two minutes to scored a TKO victory over 41-year-old Matyushenko, a fighter 16 years his elder.
The fight was part of the pay-per-view main card of UFC 141 and followed prelims on Facebook and Spike TV.
Naturally the bright, shiny and exalted Oscar statuette is featured prominently, this year on the right [...]
Ryan Seacrest tweets he 'can't think of a better guy' for the pop star than fiancé Jason Trawick.
By Kara Klenk
Fans of the pop princess sent their love and congratulatory wishes online shortly after the story surfaced. Everyone loves a comeback, and Britney Spears' fans are no exception. After a rough period in 2007 that included losing custody of her children and an infamous public head-shaving, Spears has spent the past three years getting her life together, and fans have taken notice. Take a walk down memory lane with this timeline of Britney and Jason's relationship! Facebook user Rosanna Principessa Fabbro wrote, "So happy for her. She really nailed it, turned her life way around, and look — now with a good man :)" Other fans gushed, while Zakir Khan wrote simply on Facebook, "Best of luck." On Twitter, @Elina_BS made a Twitpic card for the singer wishing her and Jason well. Many of Britney's fans have been listening to her music for almost their entire lives, so news of her engagement felt especially personal for them. @mollypannell1 tweeted, "Is it weird how happy I am for @britneyspears? So cuuute. I still remember when her first video came out. I was 7!" Celebs also took to Twitter to send their love. Ryan Seacrest tweeted his approval of the union, "I used to work w/ Jason Trawick and can't think of a better guy and more perfect match for @BritneySpears. Congrats guys." Nick Cannon also tweeted "Congrats @BritneySpears is engaged" and included a link to a post from his website that included a family photo of Britney, Jason and her two sons. If nothing else, this milestone in Britney's personal life has renewed her fans' love. @Mae_tweet wrote, "You can't help liking @britneyspears! With Britney's infectious, resilience & strength. Born survivor. Credits to her X." Share your well-wishes for the newly engaged couple in the comments below!Related Videos
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But when that didn't happen, White said he wasn't surprised Lesnar decided to walk away from the sport.
Check out the embedded video to hear White's thoughts on Lesnar's decision, a potential Lesnar return to professional wrestling, as well as impressions of some of the night's other winners.
From 'Harry Potter' to 'Drive,' MTV News mourns — and praises — the year's best fictional deaths.
By Kevin P. Sullivan
It is traditional at the end of the year to look back on those we have lost in Hollywood. Usually this means a poignant montage of actors, actresses and crew members during the Academy Awards, but it should also be noted that plenty of fictional passings occurred in 2011 as well.
They may have been memorable, sad, thrilling or even funny, but each movie death meant something, and if we were to look back on the characters that passed away this year, these are the five that would get the biggest applause.
It should noted that this article contains nothing but spoilers.
Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon in "X-Men: First Class")
All it took was a coin through the skull to remind us why Kevin Bacon should be in more movies. His character, Sebastian Shaw, lived large and in style, choosing a submarine as his method of world travel and double-breasted suits as his villainous costume. When Magneto finally met up with him to serve up some revenge extra cold, Shaw ate it in one of the most memorable scenes of 2011.
Fred Weasley (James Phelps in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2")
Many characters didn't live to see the end of the Battle of Hogwarts, but none hurt as much as the demise of one-half of the ginger-haired duo. George may have lost an ear in Part 1, but he lost a twin brother during the series finale, and we were there with him. At the very least, we can all remember the fun times we had together and rest assured that there is still one genetically identical person walking Diagon Alley.
Beth Emhoff (Gwyneth Paltrow in "Contagion")
The look of terror on Paltrow's face from the trailer may rank among some of the year's most horrifying movie images. Beth Emhoff's death early in the film starts the chain reaction that sets the film's wheels in motion, but none of the millions of deaths caused by the virus are shown with as much intimacy. She may have been patient zero, but she'll always be #1 in our hearts.
Shannon (Bryan Cranston in "Drive")
Bryan Cranston's Shannon didn't have much time to accept his fate, and neither did we. Before we knew it, Bernie Rose (played by Albert Brooks) had declared it "over." Even the toughest of moviegoers had to flinch at the sight of the razor blade cutting through the neighborly mechanic's arm. Shannon added both comic relief and charm to a movie that benefitted so greatly because of it.
Planet Earth in "The Tree of Life" and "Melancholia"
The character we're all closest with bit the dust not once but twice this year at the movies. It's never an easy thing, watching the planet you've grown up on destroyed — just ask Princess Leia. But never has the destruction of our home world been shown with as much stunning cinematography as it was in mouth of these art house hits.
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The Nevada State Athletic Commission has preemptively released the disclosed payroll figures for tonight's UFC 141 event from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. With Alistair Overeem's earnings being revealed in a lawsuit by Golden Glory this week, the NSAC released the rest of the earnings for the event on Friday, and unsurprisingly Brock Lesnar will be the night's top earners. Here's what the fighters will make tonight (via MMAJunkie.com):
(Guaranteed money on the left, win bonuses on the right)
* Brock Lesnar: $400,000 show/no win bonus
* Alistair Overeem: $264,285.71/$121,428.57
* Donald Cerrone: $30,000/$30,000
* Nate Diaz: $37,000/$37,000
* Jon Fitch: $60,000/$60,000
* Johny Hendricks: $26,000/$26,000
* Alexander Gustafsson: $16,000/$16,000
* Vladimir Matyushenko: $40,000/$40,000
* Jim Hettes: $8,000/$8,000
* Nam Phan: $8,000/$8,000
* Junior Assuncao: $8,000/$8,000
* Ross Pearson: $20,000/$20,000
* Danny Castillo: $19,000/$19,000
* Anthony Njokuani: $12,000/$12,000
* Dong Hyun Kim: $41,000/$41,000
* Sean Pierson: $8,000/$8,000
* Efrain Escudero: $10,000/$10,000
* Jacob Volkmann: $16,000/$16,000
* Luis Ramos: $6,000/$6,000
* Matt Riddle: $15,000/$15,000
* Manny Gamburyan: $18,000/$18,000
* Diego Nunes: $12,000/$12,000
YBF EXCLUSIVE: SHOCKING REVEAL! "Love & Hip Hop" Star Kimbella CLAIMS Erica Mena Is A Former STRIPPER & Gave ORAL SEX For $200 Bucks!
"Love & Hip Hop" star Kimbella is speaking out against the hair-pulling chick Erica Mena. She made shocking allegations that Erica is just a fame-hungry former stripper from the Valley. In fact, Kimbella claims Erica was stripping and sexing folks for money before she landed on VH1! And she says Erica INDEED called the cops.
Our exclusive interview inside......
Kimbella Vanderhee, the controversial chick at the center of ALL the drama on "Love & Hip Hop," is telling her side of the story to TheYBF.com. Kimbella gave her thoughts on her fights with Chrissy and Erica Mena, and revealed some shocking details about Erica's--like alleged stripping and sexing for money, doing "Love & Hip Hop" for free, and more. Here's our chat....
YBF: Erica Mena has been popping off about your big fight this week. She seemed to start going in on you as soon as you opened you mouth and it was your first REAL time meeting?! She says a lot ended up on the cutting floor and the show was shaped to make her look like the bad guy. Do you agree? What's your side of the story?
Kimbella: I don’t agree. She is bi-polar. In fact, she is a crack whore and you will get to see it in the rest of the episodes brought to you by VH1! She is obviously embarrassed by her actions because she really got to see who “she” really is. She doesn’t know how to conduct herself as a lady and it showed. I basically I was attacked. I tried to stay classy but she tried my patience and crossed the line. It’s crazy to hear her blaming VH1 and not herself.Even the producers were dumbfounded when all this happened.
Did you know Erica before this?
No! What’s wrong with these women? What did I do to Chrissy or Erica for them to do this to me?
I don’t know her….and I haven’t heard anything great about her. The one thing I can tell you is that folks in the industry are saying before “Love & Hip Hop,” she was found stripping in the Valley and giving blow jobs for $200. So that is the career that me and VH1 are ruining?
So for the record--WHO WON THE FIGHT?
I’m not about that. We shouldn’t be fighting because we are both grown women. I’m not going to condone fighting.
Erica said she didn't call the cops. is this true? Were any police reports filed?
There is a police report filed. She did call the cops…and she was going to press charges (she didn’t). She called the cops because her face was cut. But wait, isn’t she from the Bronx but she's calling the po po!
There was a rumor that you and Erica and Kim were both--at the same time--sleeping with Emily B.'s baby's daddy, rapper Fabolous, back in the day. And that's supposedly why Erica has beef with you. She's denied it. Can you confirm or deny?
I have no idea what anybody is talking about. I dated Fab three years ago…if she dated him three years ago....that's fine.
Some people think she's just purposely causing drama to get a permanent slot on the show and make a name for herself. Do you agree?
Yes. And she wants to talk about me doing stuff for free? She’s not a cast member, so she’s not even getting paid to be on the shows!
Obviously, you're having a rough time getting along with the girls. You had a fight on your very first episode of this season with Chrissy. Why is that? And do you plan to do another season with these ladies?
I don’t know how to answer that. We had a lot of positive things go on but the producers chose to focus on the drama. I wish they would make it more even…a little bit of positive and a little drama. Why do they focus on the negativity?
They show one aspect of my life, which is the drama I go through with females that I don’t know. It’s always a problem!
You recently tweeted about pitching a LAHH spinoff to creator Mona Scott Young. What would the spinoff entail?
I can’t comment about that, but I’m always trying to venture out and do bigger things.
Watch "Love & Hip Hop" Mondays at 8pm on VH1.