Chris Stokes in 2012
Jan 07

Phylicia Rashad Speaks Out On Bill Cosby Allegations

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Claire Huxtable aka Phylicia Rashad is standing firmly in Bill Cosby’s corner as three more women come forward making allegations against Cosby.

Showbiz 411 reported that Phylicia Rashad, who played Clair Huxtable on NBC’s “The Cosby Show,” told the outlet that she never saw any indication of the behavior that many women have attributed to the legendary comedian/actor.

Cosby has been repeatedly accused of harassing, drugging and sexually assaulting women. No formal charges have been filed against Cosby, and his attorneys have vehemently denied the allegations.

“Forget these women,” Rashad said. “What you’re seeing is the destruction of a legacy. And I think it’s orchestrated. I don’t know why or who’s doing it, but it’s the legacy. And it’s a legacy that is so important to the culture.”

More than 20 women have come forward with claims, and a defamation lawsuit has been filed against Cosby.

Cosby’s reputation has suffered greatly in the wake of all these allegations, including the cancellation of a planned television show and the suspension of the Cosby Chair for the Humanities at Spelman College in Atlanta, where he and his wife, Camille, have been longtime benefactors.

Three more accusers

Attorney Gloria Allred challenged Cosby last month to meet his accusers in court or set aside $100 million to settle their claims. She had this to say in regards to Rashad’s statements…

“Phylicia, you should be supporting these women rather than joining Cosby’s paid ‘attack dogs’ who are trying to undermine them in any way that they can,” Allred said.

Rashad also said, “Someone is determined to keep Bill Cosby off TV,” she said. “And it’s worked. All his contracts have been canceled.”

The actress said she loves Cosby and defended his wife, saying there was no way Camille Cosby would stand for such behavior from her husband of 50 years.

“This is a tough woman, a smart woman,” Showbiz 411’s Roger Friedman writes that Rashad told him. “She’s no pushover.”

She also spoke on the legacy of the beloved show that cemented her and Cosby as one of TV’s favorite couples.

“This show represented America to the outside world,” she said. “This was the American family. And now you’re seeing it being destroyed. Why?”

When asked why she believed Cosby hasn’t spoken up to defend himself, Rashad said she believes he has too much pride to do it.

“If he spoke now, what do you think the media would do with it?” she said.

Jan 02

United Airlines & Orbitz Sue 22 yr Old Computer Whiz

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22-year-old Aktarer Zaman has officially become public enemy #1 for the airline industry. He is the owner and creator of the popular website Skiplagged. The website was created a little over a year ago and grew in popularity very quickly. The site helps travelers find cheap flights by using a strategy called “hidden city” ticketing. The concept behind hidden ticketing involves a traveler buying a one way ticket to a destination with a layover. The catch is that the layover destination is the travelers actual destination. So in essence the traveler has now gotten over on the airline.

In the travel industry, one way tickets with layovers typically tend to be the cheapest way to travel on an airline. In the lawsuit, United and Orbitz call Skiplagged “unfair competition” and allege that it is promoting “strictly prohibited” travel. They want to recoup $75,000 in lost revenue from Zaman.

Although Zaman felt that an impending lawsuit would be coming his way, he says that there is nothing illegal about what his website does. He also said he has made no profit via the website and that all he’s done is help travelers get the best prices by exposing an “inefficiency” in airline prices that insiders have known about for decades.

If United & Orbitz are successuful in this lawsuit against Zaman and Skiplagged is shut down, we can be sure that there will be several other websites similar to Skiplagged that will pop up on the internet. That’s a scary thought for any airline.

Dec 30

Food Network Star Giada De Laurentiis Is Getting Divorced

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Celebrity Chef and Food Network Star Giada De Laurentiis took to her Facebook page today to announce that her marriage of 11 years to her fashion designer husband Todd Thompson is over.

“After an amicable separation since July, Todd and I have decided to end our marriage,” she writes.

“Although our decision to separate comes with a great deal of sadness, our focus on the future and overwhelming desire for our family’s happiness has given us the strength to move forward on separate, yet always connected paths.”

It was rumored that the couple had a few issues when it came to Giada’s career and fame. She was even quoted in an interview with Redbook back in 2011 that is can be hard for any man to be upstaged by his wife. She also stated that she always made a concerted effort to be a wife to her husband and a mother to her child, leaving her “celebrity” status at the door.

Unfortunate it doesn’t seem like that effort given by De Laurentiis was enough to save her marriage. De Laurentiis, 44, and Thompson have one daughter from their marriage who is 6.

Dec 29

Justin Bieber Takes A Huge Dive Off Of A Skateboard

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Justin Bieber has been spending his last few days in New York City. Today while hanging out with his friends Hailey Baldwin and Alfredo Flores, Bieber decided he wanted to make a quick skateboarding detour before lunch. Bieber with several onlookers attempted to land a trick a number of times. In his attempts, Bieber took a huge fall and fell down a few steps. However that didn’t discourage the pop star from trying. He finally nailed his trick and was super excited to do so!! It’s good to see Justin out having a good time!!

Dec 26

Chelsea Handler Shows Bare Breasts In Icy Pic

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Popular comedienne Chelsea Handler gave everyone an extra Christmas gift today on Handler’s Instagram. She posted a picture of herself on a snow mountain top all geared up and ready to go, but without her shirt and bra! Her “girls” are on full display while she looks off into the distance.

“I lost chunk on the mountain,” she writes, referencing her beloved dog. It looks like the 39-year-old is standing in front of a helicopter and her friends in the background seem to care very little about the fact that’s she got her boobs out, basically framed by her backpack.

This is the third time that a racy picture has popped up on Handler’s Instagram. The first image was of her shirtless on top of horse, imitating a photo of Vladimir Putin (Russia’s Prime Minister). In three separate occasions Instagram pulled that photo down. Handler attacked Instagram by saying that they were sexist and infringing on her First Amendment rights. The second time she imitated the famous Kim Kardashian Paper Magazine Cover that “broke” the internet. Instagram did not remove that picture. We’ll see what happens when the Instagram “powers that be” see this new one.

Dec 24

Sony Finds Online Partners To Premiere “The Interview” Christmas Day

Sony Entertainment has been the target of several hacks in the past weeks due to it’s release of “The Interview”, the comedy about two American talk show executives that get recruited by the CIA to go in to North Korea and assinate their leader Kim Jong-Un. Due to the films nature, several attacks to Sony’s email system have occurred and threats of 9/11 attacks on movie theaters that showed the movie have swirled around the industry for weeks. Last week Sony had decided to not release the film because of all of the threats. Since then though, it looks like Sony has had a change of heart saying that they will move forward with the Christmas Day release of the movie and for those that don’t want to go to the theater’s tomorrow, they have found an online partner to team up with for the film’s premiere. Three digital distributors were named by Sony this morning. YouTube, Google Play and Xbox. The film will be available for rent for $5.99 and a HD version will be for sale for $14.99 starting tomorrow.

Dec 15

Chris Hemsworth Talks Fame, Party Days and his little brother’s bad relationships in new GQ article

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The blue-eyed 31-year-old is featured on the January cover of GQ just weeks after being named the “Sexiest Man Alive” by People magazine.

The studly star opened up about starting over and when he turned into a family man.

“The fame, the parties, the women — I did that stuff back home,” the Australian actor told the mag.

“I got away with a lot more over there,” he continued. “Then I came here” — to film 2010’s ‘Ca$h’ — “and sort of started over.”

Chris Hemsworth said he ‘had no empathy’ for brother Liam Hemsworth ‘being in relationships he shouldn’t be in.’

Hemsworth is now married to Spanish actress Elsa Pataky and the two share three children together.

“Depends on how messy it is,” he said of how speedy he can be when changing their kids’ diapers. “Sometimes you gotta give ‘em a hose-down.”

The “Thor” star also dished to the glossy about his famous brother, Liam.

The younger Hemsworth, now 24, was previously engaged to Disney star turned wild child Miley Cyrus before the couple split up last year.

“I’ve watched Liam do things I did at his age, like being in relationships he shouldn’t be in, or being reckless just to prove a point. And I had no empathy. My mom had to remind me I was the same way,” Hemsworth said.

“Back when I was still on the soap, I became incredibly insecure and full of anxiety because I didn’t know if I was any good. I spent years being angsty, constantly telling people I wasn’t just part of a soap opera, that I was a real artist. And I remember Luke sort of snapping, telling me to shut up, that he was sick of hearing it,” he added of his older sibling.

Hemsworth went on to tell GQ that he gives fellow actor Matt Damon a lot of credit for how he manages life in the spotlight.

“We became friends around the time I started to work, and I’ve really benefited from watching how he handles himself,” he explained.

“Matt’s just a normal guy who has the movie-star thing figured out.”

Dec 05

Weekend Box Office

It looks like The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 will be the #1 movie in America for the third week in a row. The movie has already grossed over $500 Million worldwide and doesn’t seem to be slowing down just yet. If you haven’t seen it, I would definitely recommend checking it out this weekend. You can watch the trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 below.