Ashton Kutcher

15 ’90s Teen Heartthrobs Who’ve Resurfaced on TV

This Sunday, Showtime premieres Penny Dreadful, a new horror series that stars Josh Hartnett. Hartnett hasn’t completely fallen off the radar, but he’s definitely been in the spotlight less than he was when he started out in the late ’90s. Back then, Hartnett was a Heartthrob with a capital H, profiled in everything from J-14 to Bop, his picture adorning the walls of teen bedrooms and junior-high lockers across America. His return to the mainstream is exciting — but he’s not the only ’90s hottie on television right now. Here are 15 teen heartthrobs from the ’90s and the recent TV shows you can watch them on. … Read More

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Now That Publicists Control Interviews, Let’s Thank Twitter for Revealing Which Celebrities Are Secretly Terrible

Back in 1970, Esquire ran a remarkable Lee Marvin interview, conducted by Roger Ebert. Actually, “conducted” is a bit of a strong word; as was his style in those days, he merely sat back and observed, the piece less a Q&A and more a series of impressions of the man. Marvin, who was drunk when the session began, spends the afternoon drinking more beer, listening to records, groping his girlfriend, joking about his infidelities, and talking shit. It’s a great interview — and the kind of thing you can’t imagine any star doing today. “These days the publicists only want to present the soundbite opportunity,” Ebert said of the piece years later, and he was right. We seldom get the chance to observe actors being, it seems, anything close to their actual selves. Except on Twitter. And that brings us to Jason Biggs, who (in this and many other ways) is no Lee Marvin. … Read More

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10 Celebrity Philanthropists Whose Charities Landed Them in Hot Water

Surprise! Bono’s not as squeaky-clean as his humanitarian image suggests. The Irish rocker provided a strongly worded defense of his use of offshore accounts to the Observer yesterday, dismissing critics of his bald-faced tax evasion as “the cranky left.” In fact, Bono argues, his finances are in line with the Irish government’s longstanding goal of “tax competitiveness.” Bono’s flawless liberal credentials have also come under fire for exacerbating Africa’s reliance on foreign aid, bringing his image as one of the world’s most vocal humanitarians into question. But Bono’s far from the first famous philanthropist who’s failed to put his money where his mouth is. Here’s our list of celebrities whose charities haven’t done quite as much good as one would hope. … Read More

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The Ashton Kutcher ‘Jobs’ Biopic Looks Pretty Awful

Jobs, the Ashton Kutcher-fronted biopic of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, kinda dropped off the radar after a decidedly mixed reception… Read More

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10 Movie Stars We’re Ready to See Retire

A few weeks back, we took a moment to lament the absence of several stars who, for whatever reason, had opted to retire from the silver screen. But what of the inverse? Who are the stars we’d like to encourage to go ahead and enjoy a life of leisure, spending time with their families and their money, rather than continuing to flaunt their tired wares in the local multiplex? It’s a question that, for us, was brought on by this week’s release of The Expendables 2, wherein Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Norris, et. al. get into their Rascals and make yet another play for ’80s action movie nostalgia. After the jump, some thoughts on those fellows, and a few more film stars who are due to retire. … Read More

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Meet the TV Monkey Who Makes More Per Episode Than Mario Batali

In large, TV Guide Magazine‘s annual survey of television stars’ salaries is a soul killing, if rather predictable, reminder of how much more money you’d be making if only you’d decided that you wanted to be Ashton Kutcher when you grew up. Or Mark Harmon. Or Judy Judy. But there was one thing about the reported numbers that we found a bit surprising: Crystal the Monkey — a Hollywood vet who you might recognize from her previous roles in the Night at the Museum movies or The Hangover: Part II — will earn a whopping $12,000 per episode for her work on NBC’s new show Animal Practice. That’s a lot of money for one capuchin to spend. It’s also double what Mario Batali gets paid for his co-hosting gig on ABC’s daytime talk show, The Chew, a fact which has to make him want to hurl an orange clog at someone’s head. Click through to check out additional highlights from each category of the TV Guide survey; for the complete lists, you’ll need to pick up a copy of the mag. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Here’s your first look at the Greendale crew’s video game avatars from Thursday night’s 8-bit season finale of Community. It’s also worth noting that three new episodes of the show are airing that evening — at 8pm, 9pm, and 9:30pm. [via THR]

2. It’s official: Aaron Sorkin has signed on… Read More

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Hollywood’s Strangest Biopic Casting Decisions

Despite the fact that the news broke on April Fool’s Day, it appears that Ashton Kutcher really is set to play Apple guru Steve Jobs in an upcoming indie biopic to be directed by Swing Vote filmmaker Joshua Michael Stern. Needless to say, many are puzzled by this casting choice — which doesn’t mean the film will be awful. It just means that we’re having a hard time reconciling what we know about the actor with what we know about the man he’s supposed to portray. Of course, this isn’t the only weird biopic casting decision that’s come out of Hollywood since the turn of the millennium. We’ve rounded up the strangest picks in recent memory, after the jump. … Read More

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