Amid the panicked phone calls to cops, topless pictures and alarming tweets, it’s easy to forget that Amanda Bynes’ troubles started with a series of arrests for reckless driving last fall.
The 27-year-old finally pleaded no contest to driving on a suspended license. Bynes was absent from the L.A. court proceedings, but her lawyer, Richard Hutton, entered her plea for her, TMZ reported.
Bynes received a three-year probation sentence, during which not one of her pretty little toes can step out of line. Given her current state of mind, this may prove to be a challenge. She must also pay a $300 fine, and was warned not to drive without a valid license again.
Charges were filed against the actress after she was pulled over in Burbank in September, driving despite her license being suspended two weeks earlier because of two outstanding hit-and-run charges.
Though this plea puts her most recent legal troubles to rest, let’s not forget that DUI charge still pending.
Safe to say, Bynes should stay away from moving vehicles for a while.
Amanda Bynes has had a nose job. How do we know? Why, how do we know anything about Amanda Bynes? Through Twitter, of course.
The retired actress tweeted the news out on Saturday:
“Intouch used a photo from years ago on their cover and I hate it! The reason I’ve asked all magazines and blogs to stop using old photos of me is I don’t look like that anymore! I had a nose job to remove skin that was like a webbing in between my eyes. I wasn’t going to tell anyone, but I look so much prettier in my new photos that I don’t want old photos used anymore! I’m so sick of magazines and blogs using old photos! When will they stop? I will never look like that again! Having surgery was the most amazing thing for my confidence!”
The troubled star has posted regularly about her appearance in the last few weeks, discussing her (alarming) wish to lose weight, recent hair troubles, and trips to the gym — along with a topless picture, or two.
About to put on makeup! I weigh 135, I’ve gained weight! I need to be 100 lbs! twitpic.com/cn7gtxampmdash; Amanda Bynes (@AmandaBynes) April 30, 2013
At the gym! Rawr!twitpic.com/cmqvtlampmdash; Amanda Bynes (@AmandaBynes) April 29, 2013
Celebrities being the arbiters of good taste when it comes to good deeds and causes, they were out in hordes on the Twitter-sphere to remind us to reduce, recycle, and be better people on this 43rd annual Earth Day.
Happy #EarthDay! What are your plans? How are you going to give back to Mother Nature? xoPampmdash; The Real Paula Abdul (@PaulaAbdul) April 22, 2012
Fast on her way to becoming a kind of Jewish Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Bynes has attracted her fair share of attention lately with some pretty odd tweets.
Her latest one threatens to sue all the tabloids, blogs, magazines and news sources that have criticized her:
I’m suing every blog, every magazine, every news source that’s saying I’m doing anything wrong “erratic behavior”… twitpl.us/t/cfTampmdash; Amanda Bynes (@AmandaBynes) April 10, 2013
Cut short by Twitter’s 140 character limit, Bynes used TwitPlus to continue her rant, adding:
“I’m suing In Touch, Us Weekly, Perez Hilton for hiring paparazzi who follow me then take the worst photos with the worst angles. I’d like to put up their worst photos on my twitter until they only start putting up my twitter photos when writing a story when there is NO story, just an awful photo posted with instead of a caption, they say I have erratic behavior when I do NOTHING wrong. There’s NOTHING with my life, other than you putting up awful candid photo after photo. I’m working out, it’s hard getting in shape with an eating disorder. Please follow me on twitter then look forward to be sued if you if say I have erratic behavior or am living my life wrong in anyway.”
A lesson in how not to tweet.
Roger Ebert, America’s most famous film critic, died yesterday at the age of 70. Every celebrity he had ever lauded with praise or declared inapt — cough Rob Schneider —rushed to give his life a thumbs up. Ebert, an avid tweeter himself, would have been proud.
Saddened to hear of the passing of Roger Ebert. My thoughts are with his family.ampmdash; William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) April 4, 2013
Roger Ebert’s wonderful, generous review of “Liberal Arts” meant so much to me. Wish I could have thanked him personally.ampmdash; Josh Radnor (@JoshRadnor) April 4, 2013
For the first time ever, Joan Rivers wasn’t snarky:
Just heard about the death of Roger Ebert. He was a nice, nice man. I truly liked him - I’m very sad.ampmdash; Joan Rivers (@Joan_Rivers) April 4, 2013
Now that you’ve somehow managed to digest all that Seder matzo, it’s time to re-live it all through the eyes of the rich and famous.
Some were early:
With Passover about to start abroad I want to wish all of you celebrating a happy and healthy Pesach!ampmdash; William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) March 24, 2013
Signing off for the first days of Passover. I’ll be back on the grid Wednesday night. A sweet feast of redemption to all celebrating!ampmdash; Mayim Bialik (@missmayim) March 26, 2013
Jerry Seinfeld is a master comedic craftsman still keeping his standup game in top form.
That’s the takeaway from this weekend’s New York Times magazine profile in which Seinfeld shares his writing process (including his notes) and talks spirituality with the Times’s Jonah Weiner.
Seinfeld describes growing up on Long Island in a “pretty Jewish” family that went to temple and kept kosher. Despite forays into Zen Buddhism, Scientology and transcendental meditation, Seinfeld told the Times he still identifies as Jewish.
“I was very flattered recently to hear about a Nazi rally in Florida where they took DVDs of (my) show, sprayed swastikas on them and threw them through the windows of a synagogue,” he said. “That was nice.”
“Maude Apatow is addicted to technology, even though she knows it is destroying her,” pronounces the Twitter bio of Maude Apatow.
Remember her? She played Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann (her actual mother)’s daughter in ‘Knocked Up.’ Maude and her little sister were the two giggly blonde girls who teased Seth Rogen, the clueless Daddy-to-be.
Well, she’s sort of grown up — past the pajama party stage at least — and on to nail art, Doc Martins and dissecting the dynamics of girl friendships. At 14, she’s gotten famous enough to snag a New York Times profile last weekend (which compared her favorably to Larry David) and 62,000 followers on Twitter.
With deadpan tweets like, “I think I might get into a fistfight at this bar mitzvah,” the precocious 14-year-old has taken after her funnyman father, Judd Apatow.
And her fan base reaches well beyond her peers. Maude has earned respect from author Judy Blume, who said she felt similar angst and ennui as an adolescent — as well as Zooey Deschanel and the HelloGiggles team, where Maude publishes essays and interviews — “I don’t remember the first time I met Paul Rudd, but I do remember seeing him make my sister cry…”
Mr. Apatow said he hopes his daughter’s success will encourage her to write more. The pair spent this summer filming a sequel to ‘Knocked Up’ called ‘This is 40.’
The new Etta James is… 13 years old?
Well, according to Justin Bieber she is. With a few flicks of his fingers last week, the teen heartthrob changed the life of Madison Beer — a 13 year old Jewish singer-songwriter. The twitter correspondence went a little something like this:
Justin: “wow. 13 years old! She can sing. Great job. #futurestar”
Madison: “OMG. I CANT BREATHE. IM GONNA PUKE! IS THIS HAPPENING!?!?!?”
If you’ve lost sleep over the “feud” between Howard Stern and Judd Apatow, rest easy. The Jewish comedy behemoths have buried the hatchet after a vicious Twitter smackdown supposedly sparked by Apatow’s criticism of Stern’s “America’s Got Talent” gig.
Last Tuesday, Apatow tweeted, “I hate to say it but I don’t have much interest in discussions about america’s got talent [sic]. I tried. It is just too much synergy. @sternshow,” the Los Angeles Times reported.
It’s like one of those catchphrase competitions, but for Israel-haters. The new craze on Twitter: #israelhates.
According to reports at one point this week the hashtag accounted for 0.15% of all Twitter traffic, which doesn’t sound like a lot, but when you think about the scale of Twitter’s usage, is quite remarkable.
LeBron James does not — we repeat, does not — think Jews “suck” at basketball.
The Shmooze can report this happy piece of news after the NBA star’s latest difficult episode in Cleveland, where his jersey was burned last year following his highly publicized defection from the local Cavaliers to the Miami Heat.
An Akron native, James played basketball last week at his Cleveland’s Mandel Jewish Community Center (of all places!) after a spot opened up on his friends’ basketball team. Initial reports suggested the JCC game went well for the 26-year-old, whose team won by 10 points. “So funny but good run,” James later tweeted.
The execution by lethal injection late last night of Troy Davis, a Georgia death row inmate convicted of the killing off-duty police officer Mark MacPhail in 1989, gained the attention of many in the U.S. and throughout the world. Among those protesting the impending execution earlier this week were a number of celebrities, including Jewish comedian, singer and actress Sandra Bernhard.
During the countdown to the execution, Bernhard furiously tweeted to her followers to take action by calling the President and the Georgia parole board (for which she provided phone numbers).
It seems that some Katy Perry fans have proven they can turn “Hot N Cold” at the mere posting of a tweet. While some were getting hot under the collar, others were now giving their once-favorite singer the cold shoulder.
Why? Because, as conservative writer, columnist and Fox News contributor Michelle Malkin wrote on her blog today, Perry offered a sympathetic response Monday to a fan in Israel who asked her by Twitter to pray for Israel (presumably because it was under a missile attack from Gaza at the time). “I am! My prayers are for you guys tonight, SHALOM!!!…@katyperry #prayforisrael please pray with us.”
Coming soon to hashtags everywhere: Pope Benedict XVI has taken a new role within the Catholic Church.
The pontiff’s jurisdiction now evidently extends to micro-blogging. In his very first tweet, he proclaimed the launch of the Vatican’s new website — and praised Jesus in the bargain. It is unclear as to whether or not his holiness, who is currently in command of over a billion real life adherents, intends to surpass Lady Gaga as the world’s most followed Twitter user. However, the Pope (and his iPad) may soon become a major presence in the digital world.
Watch the Pope Tweet:
Phone-throwing Oscar winner Russell Crowe has come out swinging against circumcision — specifically the Jewish kind — in a Twitter rant he subsequently retracted (sort of).
Calling the ritual “barbaric and stupid,” Crowe said he “love[s] my Jewish friends,” but that ” if u feel it is yr right 2 cut things off yr babies please unfollow and f**k off, I’ll take attentive parenting over barbarism.”
The punctuation-impaired actor explained that “I will always stand for the perfection of babies, i will always believe in God, not man’s interpretation of what God requires,” asking, “Is it real that GOD requires a donation of foreskin?”
The “Gladiator” star directed one of the posts at Jewish director Eli Roth, with whom he worked on the upcoming “The Man With the Iron Fists.” Roth responded via a tweet of his own, “You didn’t seem to be complaining when I was recutting you this afternoon…”
We all know that Israelis spend more time than the rest of us on certain things, like defending their country, starting cool hi-tech start-ups, and eating really good hummus. What we might not have guessed is that they also spend more time on social networking websites than we do.
According to a global survey conducted and released earlier this week by comScore, Inc., a source of digital market intelligence, Israel ranked highest in time spent per visitor on social networking sites, averaging 10.7 hours per person for the month of April. The average Israeli apparently socializes online far more than his American or Canadian counterpart, who logs only 5.2 and 6.4 hours per month, respectively. Russia came in second with 10.3 hours of social networking per visitor, followed by Argentina with 8.4 hours, Philippines with 7.9 hours and Turkey with 7.8 hours.
It was painful to watch.
After Rep. Anthony Weiner became the latest politician to fall prey to the allures of the wicked Internet, the congressman held a press conference on Monday afternoon to address the scandal.
“I have made terrible mistakes that have hurt the people I care for the most,” Weiner told the world, referring to the inappropriate photos of him (in one case, shirtless) that are now circulating around the web.
During the conference, in which Weiner apologized for a about half hour straight (We told you it was painful to watch), he revealed that he communicated with about six women through social media outlets such as Twitter and Facebook, as well as via emails sent from his Blackberry.
He also said that the now-famous Twitter underwear photo transmission was actually a mistake on his part. Apparently he meant to send it directly to someone, and instead posted it on his account.
It looks like Anthony Weiner is headed for serious trouble. We’re hearing that more photos of the congressman have surfaced, this time at least one of which is much more explicit than the now-infamous Twitter underwear photo. Weiner is expected to hold a press conference in a few minutes to address the situation. Stay tuned.
The most-tagged topics on Twitter generally involve Justin Bieber and other celebrities, but at least for one day, the Jewish Publication Society hopes to elevate Torah into the top 10.
In honor of Shavuot, the Philadelphia-based JPS is introducing a new tool that breaks up blocks of text into Tweet-size chunks, then posts them with a #Torah hashtag. The publisher is asking supporters to post favorite chapters or verses on Twitter on June 7, just before the start of Shavuot, when Jews celebrate receiving the Torah at Sinai.
To help #Torah’s prospects, JPS is offering free e-book versions of its 1917 Tanakh to those who sign up on its Web site.
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