Brooke Mueller is telling friends ... the pictures TMZ posted showing her carrying what looked like a crack pipe are misleading ... because the only thing she was smoking was marijuana. Brooke is saying she doesn't use the pipe to smoke cocaine -- she claims it was only pot and it's perfectly legal, because she has a marijuana prescription for anxiety. But Mueller admits she's been on and off cocaine, telling friends, every few months she falls off the wagon and uses cocaine -- not crack -- but she also insists she hasn't been using for months. Brooke says when she binges it usually lasts only around 12 hours, and then she snaps back into reality -- sometimes with the help of a little rehab. And finally ... Brooke says there's no need for the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services to get involved in her life, because she's an involved parent and her kids are fine. … [Read more...] about Brooke Mueller: Pipe Down, It Was Only Pot!
Lou Reed’s the Blue Mask is a great record, and its genius is at once so simple and unusual that the only appropriate reaction is wonder. Who expected anything like this from Reed at this late stage of the game? Even though the Velvet Underground, as critic Lester Bangs once remarked, “invented the Seventies,” Reed had as much trouble as anyone else in trying to navigate the decade’s actuality. By its end, he seemed to have just about removed himself from rock & roll for good. Street Hassle, brave and brilliant as it was, had the melancholy and deadly feel of a testament. Its sequel, The Bells, while musically challenging and emotionally acute, was nevertheless the first Lou Reed album that sounded more cerebral than autobiographical. The artist seemed content to become an old master, admirable without being vital. Then Reed entered into a marriage that, by all appearances, has been a source of profound and genuine bliss — which, in his case, seems … [Read more...] about The Blue Mask
Her Sound: On the back of her rustic acoustic guitar playing and her immediately recognizable, sometimes-childlike-sometimes–antiquated vocals, Valerie June mixes rural blues, Southern soul, back porch country, old-time gospel and Appalachian folk into a sonic stew she cheekily calls “organic moonshine roots music.” “Being from Memphis, I truly love all of the different genres of music that were born and married there,” she tells Rolling Stone. “Blues, gospel, rockabilly, country, I love all of it.” But when June first started dishing out her bluesy concoction, audiences didn’t know what to do with the finished product, much less how to label it. “At first, they didn’t know what to call my music. So I knew I had to help people out,” she relates. “I wanted to call it something magical, and at the core of blues, gospel, folk, and rock & roll is roots music – so that’s what I ended up calling … [Read more...] about Valerie June: Memphis’ Messenger of Love-Born Blues
Prince Andrew is going to face questions about his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein for the first time in an exclusive interview to be broadcast by BBC Newsnight on Saturday. Presenter Emily Maitlis sat down with the Prince at Buckingham Palace on Thursday after weeks of front-page headlines about his involvement with convicted sex offender Epstein, who killed himself in prison in August while awaiting trial on fresh sex-trafficking and conspiracy charges. The interview will be shown in a special edition of Newsnight at 9PM GMT on Saturday. The BBC Two current affairs show does not normally broadcast at the weekend. Newsnight editor Esme Wren tweeted that the interview was “forensically conducted” by Maitlis, with the presenter adding that it was a “no holds barred interview – no questions vetted.” WORLD EXCLUSIVE: In a #Newsnight @BBCTwo interview recorded yesterday at Buckingham Palace, Emily Maitlis talks to Prince Andrew about his … [Read more...] about BBC Lands Prince Andrew’s First Interview After He Was Embroiled In The Jeffrey Epstein Scandal
Christian Bale won his first Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy Golden Globe award for his performance as Dick Cheney in "Vice" and thanked "Satan" for inspiring him to play the role of the former US vice president. Known for transforming himself physically to get under the skin of his characters, the actor gained over 40 pounds and bleached his eyebrows for Adam McKay's political satire.Bale, 44, thanked McKay for casting him to play someone who was "absolutely charisma-free and reviled by everybody". He joked that from here on out, he will be "cornering the market" on playing "charisma-free a**holes," adding, "What do you think, Mitch McConnell (politician) next?" "Thank you to Satan for giving me inspiration on how to play this role," he added. It was Bale's fourth Globe nomination. He has previously won Best Supporting Actor in 2011 for "The Fighter". The actor beat out Lin-Manuel Miranda for "Mary Poppins Returns", Viggo Mortensen for "Green Book", Robert Redford for "The Old Man … [Read more...] about Christian Bale Wins First Best Actor Golden Globe