Posts by Leslie Gornstein

  • Here's How Much Real Housewife Teresa Giudice Could Profit From Prison Sentence

    Leslie Gornstein at Yahoo Celebrity 4 mths ago

    However, you can bet that Giudice stands to make a heck of a lot of cash once she gets out.

    For those of you unfamiliar with Giudice's gelato-and-bellini-fueled reality empire: The star of The Real Housewives of New Jersey has reported to a minimum-security jail to serve a 15-month term for fraud. Once she gets out — and many expect she'll get sprung early — she's easily looking at seven figures worth of earnings.

    Related: Real Housewife Teresa Giudice Heads to Prison

    Let's start with paid interviews. The couple already has sat down with Bravo's Andy Cohen to discuss their sentencing — a chat that may have earned them five, even six, figures. But even if that interview was unpaid, there will likely be a second sit-down once Giudice goes free. And that payday will likely bring in quite a lot.

  • Burning Question: Do Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton Own Their Hacked Images?

    Leslie Gornstein at Yahoo Celebrity 8 mths ago

    Who owns the rights to a hacked celebrity photo? If J. Law or Kate Upton didn't take the photos themselves, will that complicate their effort to scrub them from the Internet?  

    Let's be very clear: Whoever took the photos owns the rights to the photos. And by "took" I mean clicked the little button on the phone while their — girlfriends? — were posing.  

    So. If the people who took the photos want to be lowlifes about this whole business, then, yes, they could make life very unnecessarily painful for the women who appear in them. Theoretically, the owners could even contact the sites that are hosting the photos and say, in effect, "I own those rights! I don't care! Display away! Go to town!"  

    And, legally, I am told, Lawrence and Upton and others like Mary Elizabeth Winstead — who also had her intimate photos stolen and leaked — would have little to no power to quash that display.  

    [Related: What You Need to Know About the Celebrity Nude Photo Hacking Scandal]

  • Burning Question: How Hard Is It to Become an A-List Star in Hollywood?

    Leslie Gornstein at Yahoo Celebrity 10 mths ago

    J.Law? Please. She would’ve conquered the biz in any era. She could’ve shown up in the 3rd century BC proto-Hollywood, driving a herd of Hannibal-style war elephants, and the people living here would probably have invented Beverly Hills, Dior, and cameras just for her. All that said, the olden days of studio-made stars discovered at soda fountains — if such legends ever really existed — are definitely gone. In fact, after interviewing scads of casting directors, agents, publicists, entertainment attorneys, and actors, my conclusion is painfully clear: In 2014, it’s harder than ever to become a star — that is, if you’ve haven’t been in the acting game since you were a fetus. Today, managers tell me, the folks with the best shot at the A-list start off young. Younger than the traditional legions of 20somethings who show up in Los Angeles hoping to wait tables and get discovered. Perhaps even younger than, say, Julia Roberts was when she landed her first roles, at age 20, or Brad Pitt or Clint Eastwood, both of whom got their first solid gigs at age 24. In fact, nowadays, when it comes to becoming the next J.Law or Mila Kunis or Kristen Stewart, we’re usually talking about people who have played the showbiz game for a good decade before they were even able to legally drive. Jennifer Lawrence? She was shopping for agents by the time she was 14 and was a pro by 17. Mila Kunis? Landed That '70s Show while she was in high school. And Kristen Stewart? Put it this way. She’s been a bona-fide megastar for seven years. And she’s currently 24. Do the math.

  • All Your Burning Questions About Jessica Simpson's Wedding Answered

    Leslie Gornstein at Yahoo Celebrity 10 mths ago

    After a three-year-plus engagement, Jessica Simpson is expected to marry former pro football tight end Eric Johnson over the upcoming Fourth of July weekend. You can expect a lavish second go-around; this is a woman who has made tens of millions of dollars on clothing lines alone, including her popular shoe collection. We here at Yahoo! Celebrity have no idea which shoe she’ll be wearing this weekend — these, we hope— but we do have some intel, including the likely reason for the holiday weekend date; why her expected wedding venue is a risky choice; and the superstitions she'll likely avoid when it comes time to swap rings.

    [Related: Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson's Family Album (Photos)]

    "A lot of celebrities have married there," Qalton says. "It's very, very rustic California chic, very on trend."

    That's a lot of shoe sales, in case you're wondering.

  • Kim Kardashian, Kristen Bell, Natalie Portman — Why Aren't Celebrity Brides Selling Their Wedding Pics?

    Leslie Gornstein at Yahoo Celebrity 11 mths ago

    Yes.

    "It does seem like couples are leaning that way in their decisions," celebrity wedding planner Harmony Walton of the Bridal Bar tells me. "Whether it be to release their own wedding image or images via their social media streams or to keep the special day that much more special and private."

    And unlike some other trends pioneered by the Kardashian clan, this one is actually pretty refreshing.

    Don’t get me wrong; this family never misses a publicity op, and this latest event is no exception. E! Online, whose parent, of course, broadcasts Keeping Up With the Kardashians , already has published images from the Florentine spectacle. We also know that the couple Instagrammed a photo from the affair, because Kanye West has complained — loudly — about how tedious it was to edit said photo. And, while E! has announced no solid plans for a wedding special, some breathless reports insist otherwise.

     

     

  • Leonardo DiCaprio Wants to Save 'Our Ocean' — So How About That Yacht?

    Leslie Gornstein at Yahoo Celebrity 11 mths ago

    Giant yachts — in this case, a luxury ship tied for the title of fifth-largest private-pleasure vessel on the planet — are no friends of the Earth. Ever.

    "There is no such thing as a green super-yacht," confirms Mark Robinson, managing director of Yacht Carbon Offset, which helps mega-boat owners minimize their carbon footprint by supporting green energy initiatives.

    That said, let's not jump all over Leo just yet. If you look at the facts, DiCaprio likely hasn't done anything un-green.

    Yes, the actor and noted environmentalist did in fact deliver a speech today in Washington, D.C. And the theme was — yep — saving our oceans from pollution. He even announced that his own charity foundation will pledge $7 million to support ocean conservation.

    But if you're hoping for a gotcha story here, you may be out of luck. DiCaprio is well known for buying his own carbon emission offsets.

    Hardly a million-liter trip around the world.

     

  • Burning Question: Why Won't Jennifer Lopez Stop Referencing Her Grammy Dress?

    Leslie Gornstein at Yahoo Celebrity 11 mths ago

    Because here I am, writing an article about J. Lo's concert style. And because here you are, reading it. And here we all are, keeping Jennifer Lopez in the news.

    Wardrobe, concert, and red carpet stylists I spoke with all agree on a single theory about Lopez's recent on-stage sartorial selections: The woman knows what she's referencing. And it's working.

    "The look makes you remember what she's all about," says Darius Baptist, who is dressing Austin Mahone for his upcoming summer tour. "What you remember about Jennifer Lopez, aside from talent, is that dress."

    [Related: Is Jennifer Lopez Dating Maksim Chmerkovskiy?]

    That dress indeed. In case you were a fetus or Cub Scout or something during the 2000 Grammy awards, a reminder: the front of Lopez's Versace dress was so low cut that we could see all the way from her clavicle in the north to her belly button in the south, not to mention a generous swath of décolletage sweeping from east to west.

  • Why Timing Is Everything When It Comes to Announcing a Celebrity Breakup

    Leslie Gornstein at Yahoo Celebrity 11 mths ago

    Not now . Now is too vague. No, we're hearing about these heartbreakers on a Friday. That's the significant detail here. Since time immemorial, corporations, celebrities, and their handlers have waited until the eve of a weekend or a holiday to announce bad news, hoping that our ant-like brains will forget all about the juicy gossip by the time Monday rolls around. The worse the news is on a Friday, the more memory-fogging beer they hope we'll drink on the following Saturday or Sunday. Or so the philosophy goes.

    [Related: J.Lo and Casper Smart Call It Quits]

    That's why, back in 2005, Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey timed their breakup announcement to hit right before Thanksgiving. The tryptophans, you see, from the turkey — they're supposed to make you sleepy. Docile. And, if the publicists are lucky, forgetful, I guess.

    "If you want to sweep something under the rug," Cutaia explains, "Friday is the way to go."

     

  • Jonah, Bieber, Pharrell: The Evolution of the Celebrity Apology

    Leslie Gornstein at Yahoo Celebrity 11 mths ago

    With three major celebrity mea culpas in as many days this week, are stars finally owning all their misdeeds? Is there a new playbook for Hollywood trangsgressors?

    Put it this way: Jonah Hill is either truly sorry for that gay slur, or he is an even better actor than we've given him credit for.

    The miserable-looking Wolf of Wall Street actor called his use of the word "f----t" directed at a paparazzo "disgusting" on Howard Stern's radio show before continuing his apology tour on The Tonight Show , telling Jimmy Fallon, "The word I chose was grotesque, and no one deserves to say or hear words like that. I'm sorry, and I don't deserve or expect your forgiveness."

    No, what's notable in this most recent spate of apologia — refreshing, even — is the content. So humble. So complete. So seemingly self-aware.

    Goodness. In Hollywood, that's the verbal equivalent of a medieval hair shirt dipped in a sack of fleas, at least, compared with the manner of flimsy mea culpas we were getting just a few years ago.

     

  • How Hollywood Is Fighting Back Against Brad Pitt Prankster

    Leslie Gornstein at Yahoo Celebrity 11 mths ago

    About the man who allegedly slugged Brad Pitt in Hollywood:He's also targeted Will Smith, America Ferrera, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Adele. Is there anything celebs can do to stop him? Could he face anything worse legally than misdemeanor?

    This pseudo-funny-person is named Vitalii Sediuk. He's called his creepy physical attacks "pranks," which might make sense if they, you know, made a point.

    But let's take comfort in the small things. Yes, both Hollywood and law enforcement are onto this narcissistic excuse for a member of the social commentariat. Yahoo has learned that Pitt has filed a temporary restraining order against Sediuk, who remains locked up in county jail on $20,000 bail. The Los Angeles City Attorney's Office confirms that the 25-year-old will be charged with four counts — assault, battery, unlawful activity, and interference at a theatrical event.