No, Macaulay Culkin Won’t Do the ‘Home Alone’ Face for You (Video)


It’s been 28 years since “Home Alone” was released, and Macaulay Culkin still won’t do “the face” for you when you ask him to.

“No,” he told Ellen DeGeneres when asked what he says when he’s asked to do the face. “I’ve already been there, done that. I’m 37 now, okay mom?”

“Everybody wants me to do it,” he added.

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During his interview with DeGeneres, Culkin also says it’s been a “curse and a blessing” to have been so famous at such a young age. He says he can get any reservation he wants but will be stared at during the entire duration of his meal. And around Thanksgiving and Christmas, when the “Home Alone” films get played over and over again on TV, he tends to go out less and less.

“It’s Macaulay season,” he jokes.

Culkin starred in the films “My Girl,” the “Home Alone” movies, “Richie Rich,” “The Good Son,” “The Pagemaster” and in 2003, “Party Monster.” He stopped working at 14 and didn’t see his money until the age of 18 when he realized that he had made enough money working as a kid that he could do the rest of the things he does these days as just “a hobby.”

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“I do nothing for my dinner nowadays,” the actor revealed.

He also told DeGeneres about his time on “Saturday Night Live” alongside Mike Myers in 1991. While everyone, still to this day, uses cue cards on the show, Culkin’s dad didn’t allow it.

“I had to do a whole episode without cue cards,” Culkin said. “My father was quite insistent.”

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When DeGeneres pointed out that everyone uses cue cards, he responded, “Not the 9-year-old, I guess!”

DeGeneres also showed the audience various photos of Culkin’s career, including a photo of him with Michael Jackson for the “Black or White” music video, and a picture of him with Will Smith and Steve Urkel.

“That is the most ’90s photo I’ve ever seen!” Culkin said.

Watch the two interviews above and below.

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‘Atlanta’ Shock: Donald Glover Plays Michael Jackson-Like Character in Whiteface


“Atlanta” is full of surprises, but Thursday’s episode delivered the biggest: Creator and star Donald Glover, in whiteface, played a character who bore an eerie resemblance to Michael Jackson.

Glover isn’t credited with playing the Jackson-like character, a sad, high-voiced musician named Teddy Perkins who lives in almost total isolation. In fact, Teddy is listed in the credits as playing himself.

But fans and critics quickly figured out what was going on. Vulture’s Matt Zoller Seitz said Perkins was “almost certainly played by Donald Glover in prosthetic whiteface,” and a New York Times recap said Perkins “seems to be Donald Glover beneath the unsettling prosthetic makeup and blue contact lenses.”

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It was probably the weirdest thing ever to happen on “Atlanta,” a show that once featured an invisible car. FX, which airs it, kept details of the episode secret ahead of time, and presented it without commercials.

During the episode, Teddy’s pale skin is speculated upon, but never explicitly explained. We see photos from the past that indicate he is African-American, though he now appears white. At one point he references “a rare skin condition.” (Jackson famously told Oprah Winfrey he had vitiligo, “a skin disorder that destroys the pigmentation of the skin. It’s something that I cannot help.”)

How to portray Jackson onscreen has been a dicey subject before: Last year, the British series “Urban Myths” bailed on plans for white actor Joseph Fiennes to play the King of Pop.

“Atlanta” made a point of  clarifying that Teddy Perkins wasn’t supposed to be Michael Jackson. At one point in the episode, he talks about his father and Jackson family patriarch Joe Jackson. That established for viewers that Perkins and Jackson exist in the same reality — but not the same family.

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But the parallels between Teddy Perkins and Michael Jackson are impossible to ignore: They resemble each other, down to their pale skin and chin clefts, share other specific similarities involving Dionne Warwich and ostriches.

There was no comment from FX, and a rep for Glover declined to comment.

The writer-actor-producer, who plays Lando Calrissian in next month’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” has done nothing to avoid attention lately. Last week, he posted a “Deadpool” script after FX scuttled a planned animated series about the Marvel Comics mercenary that he had been planning with his brother, “Atlanta” writer Stephen Glover.

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In the script, he had Deadpool wondering aloud if FX bailed on the project because of racism, and surmised that Jennifer Lawrence bit Beyonce at a party last year. (Lawrence and many others denied being the mystery actress whom Tiffany Haddish reported seeing bite Beyonce.)

Here are a few reactions to Teddy Perkins:

Who knew Donald Glover in whiteface could be so scary #AtlantaFx

— Meghan Woods (@Miss_MEW_) April 6, 2018

I did NOT expect whiteface Donald Glover when I went to the homepage today! AHHHHHH!!!!

— Jordan Crucchiola (@JorCru) April 6, 2018

Donald Glover out here looking like Cat in the Hat #AtlantaFX

— Moneybagg Dre (@Still_Dre536) April 6, 2018

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‘Atlanta’: 9 Teddy Perkins-Michael Jackson Parallels That Aren’t So Obvious


Teddy Perkins, the gently menacing presence at the center of the “Atlanta” episode that bears his name, is not Michael Jackson: The episode makes clear that Michael Jackson exists separately from Teddy in the “Atlanta” universe.

But it’s safe to say that Donald Glover and Co. know their Michael Jackson history very well, and incorporated it into what may be the greatest episode of FX’s “Atlanta.”

I appreciated their attention to detail because I covered Michael Jackson’s criminal trial, and learned lots about his singular life in the process. I’ve chatted with him, and once even went to his home, Neverland Ranch.

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Some of the parallels between Jackson and Teddy are so obvious they barely need mentioning: pale skin, high voice, and living in a large, isolated home. Others might not be so apparent. Here are nine Teddy-MJ parallels that might not be obvious on first viewing (spoilers abound):

Wine: When Perkins first welcomes Darius (Lakeith Stanfield), he offers him a glass of water that never arrives. But a goblet of what appears to be wine sits on the table between them. Jackson used to call wine “Jesus Juice,” and drank it out of Coke cans in an attempt to preserve a wholesome public image.

Dionne Warwick: The same recording device that Teddy uses to remind himself to get Darius some water also includes a note-to-self about Dionne Warwick. (I think it says, “Finish that hat for Dionne Warwick.”) As Dionne Warwick once told Don Lemon, Michael Jackson called her “mom.”

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Ostrich: In the same weird conversation, Teddy cracks an ostrich egg. Jackson’s Neverland Ranch in Los Olivos, about 130 miles northwest of Los Angeles, was located near another tourist draw, OstrichLand USA.

Jackson had his own pet ostrich, who inspired one of the characters in a 1980s line of toys called “Michael’s Pets.” The ostrich was named Jeannine. Jackson’s “Leave Me Alone” video also featured what appears to be an ostrich:

Skin condition: Teddy says his brother Benny “developed a rare skin condition.” Jackson famously told Oprah Winfrey he had vitiligo, “a skin disorder that destroys the pigmentation of the skin. It’s something that I cannot help.”

Chin cleft: This is a real testament to the “Atlanta” team’s attention to detail.  Jackson’s lighter skin and thinning nose were the most scrutinized aspects of his appearance as he aged, overshadowing another notable facial feature — the appearance of a prominent chin cleft he hadn’t had before. It’s a characteristic Teddy shares.

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“Gift shop”/”trophy room”: Teddy’s strange room looked an awful lot like some of the rooms I got to poke around in during a visit to Neverland Ranch. One room was packed with dolls and mannequins dressed as superheroes and film stars. Another had full of shelves of videos, including Disney favorites, that made it look like a Blockbuster franchise.

It should be said that Neverland looked a lot more fun than Teddy’s creepy old mansion: It had an arcade that blasted rap songs with the curse words bleeped out, a menagerie of exotic animals, a mini amusement park and two trains, among other delightful sights.

Abusive dad: Teddy says his and Benny’s father used to beat his children to teach them “to be good at life.” Teddy endorsed this technique, saying, “To make omelets you have to break a few eggs” — which may be a callback to the broken ostrich egg.

Joe Jackson also famously beat his children, and Michael Jackson explained, often, how much of his adulthood was an attempt to recapture a childhood he never had.

Okay, maybe that’s obvious. But the “omelets” scene is also important because it establishes that Teddy isn’t supposed to be Michael Jackson. Teddy lists his own father and Joe Jackson among the great show-business dads, which means their offspring co-existed in the same world.

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Blood on the floor: We see some by the end of the episode, and Jackson released a single titled “Blood on the Dance Floor.” Too much of a stretch? I don’t know.

Also, this: 

So did no one else catch that Michael Jackson’s first song was ‘Ben’ (read music lyrics) and Teddy Perkins brother name was Benny. #AtlantaFX

— Nakea Tyson (@FearlessKea) April 6, 2018

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Watch ‘Tomb Raider’ Star Alicia Vikander Win a Lip-Syncing Contest at Age 8 (Video)


“Tomb Raider” star Alicia Vikander is not only a talented actress, but a talent lip syncer as well. When she was eight, Vikander actually took first place at a talent show in Sweden for it.

During her appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” Vikander revealed that she didn’t always want to be an actress.

“I used to dance and I like to sing — I wanted to be a florist for a while — but then it was quite interesting, two years ago, during the Oscars, people tried to go back and find clips online, and someone had dug out a clip of a famous children’s show that had existed for 10 years while I was growing up,” she said.  “It was a lip sync battle — seven or eight years old.”

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While the other kids performed to Tina Turner and Michael Jackson hits, Vikander chose to sing a Swedish ballad, “Som” by Helen Sjöholm.

Vikander’s new film, “Tomb Raider,” will open on Friday. Directed by Roar Uthaug, the film also stars Walton Goggins, Dominic West and Daniel Wu.

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The film currently holds a Rotten Tomatoes score of 52 percent.

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Paris Jackson Asks Her Fans to Stop Changing Her Skin Tone


Paris Jackson has a message for her fans: She loves you, but some of you are getting under her skin a little bit.

In a tweet Tuesday, the daughter of deceased music legend Michael Jackson implored her followers to stop changing her skin tone in photo edits of her.

“I appreciate everything y’all make for me, I enjoy every single edit I see,” Jackson wrote. “But please stop lightening my skin to make me look more white. and please stop darkening my skin to make me look more mixed.”

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Jackson continued, “I am what I am. I’m aware of what I look like and I i[sic] finally happy with it.”

In a Rolling Stone cover story last year, Jackson addressed her racial identity, saying that she considers herself black.

Jackson added that her father, whose own skin tone varied throughout his life, “would look me in the eyes and he’d point his finger at me and he’d be like, ‘You’re black. Be proud of your roots.’ And I’d be like, ‘OK, he’s my dad, why would he lie to me?’ So I just believe what he told me. ‘Cause, to my knowledge, he’s never lied to me.”

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Read Jackson’s tweet below.

i appreciate everything y’all make for me, i enjoy every single edit i see. but please stop lightening my skin to make me look more white. and please stop darkening my skin to make me look more mixed. i am what i am. i’m aware of what i look like and i finally happy with it..

– Paris-Michael K. J. (@ParisJackson) March 7, 2018

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Quincy Jones Apologizes for ‘Silly’ Interview Comments After ‘Family Intervention’


Quincy Jones has issued an apology after recently giving interviews in which he trash-talked Taylor Swift and the Beatles, said he dated Ivanka Trump, and declared that Michael Jackson “stole a lot of songs.”

In a Twitter mea culpa published Thursday, the legendary producer said that “bad-mouthing is inexcusable,” and that he had “recently stopped drinking.”

Jones also said that his daughters held a “family intervention” a couple of weeks ago over the “silly things I’ve said.”

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“I have LEARNED MY LESSON! Let me tell you, I’m so grateful for my daughters because they aren’t scared to stand up to their daddy. I am an imperfect human & I’m not afraid to say it. And I’m sorry & I’m not afraid to say it,” Jones wrote.

“When you’ve been fortunate enough to have lived such a long & crazy life (& you’ve recently stopped drinking — three years ago!), certain details about specific events (which do NOT give the full picture of my intentions nor experiences) certain details about specific events come flooding back all at once, & even at 85, it’s apparent that ‘word-vomit’ & bad-mouthing is inexcusable,” the producer continued. “One of the hardest things about this situation is that, this bad-mouthing has contradicted the very real messages I tried to relay about racism, inequality, homophobia, poverty … you name it. And of course I don’t want that. I have already reached out to my friends privately, but when you live a public life, you have a responsibility to be an example, & since I do lead a public life, I wanted to make a public apology.”

In an interview with GQ published in late January, Jones disparaged “Reputation” singer Taylor Swift, declaring, “We need more songs, man. F—ing songs, not hooks.”

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A subsequent interview with Vulture found the producer trash-talking the Beatles, opining that they were “the worst musicians in the world” and writing them off as “no-playing motherf—ers.”

Read Jones’ full apology below.

– Quincy Jones (@QuincyDJones) February 22, 2018

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Quincy Jones took to Twitter on Thursday to apologize for recent headline-making comments he made about a number of Hollywood’s elite, including Michael Jackson, Marlon Brando, Richard Pryor, and the Beatles. In interviews with GQ and Vulture earlier this year, Jones’ claims included that he knew who killed JFK; that Jackson stole many of his […]