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12 of the Craziest Celebrity Homes of All Time

Because celebrities are not "just like us."

If there's one thing that celebrity magazines have taught us, it's that "celebrities are just like us."

They use their mouths to eat food, and they occasionally use their legs to walk outdoors. Sometimes they don't even look like a team of makeup artists and fashion designers have sculpted every facet of their look! So normal.

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Its always emotionally devastating when one of your favorite characters dies in a movie.

But if that favorite character is a dog? Shut off the movie, crawl in bed, and don't get up for a few days. Our real life furry friends mean the world to us, and consequently, it's easy to get very attached to big screen good boys, too. Whether it's a movie about dogs or one that just happens to feature a talented canine actor, here are our favorite movie scenes starring dogs.


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Did Cliff Booth Really Kill His Wife in "Once Upon a Time In Hollywood?"

Did Cliff Booth actually kill his wife or was it just a rumor spreading around the Hollywood backlots?

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Cliff Booth, the ex-stuntman and current gofer played by Brad Pitt in Once Upon a Time In Hollywood, is one of the most complex movie characters in recent memory.

Keeping in line with Quentin Tarantino's nostalgia-drenched period piece, Cliff represents a breed of male lead we haven't seen on-screen in over a decade. He's a man's man oozing with machismo, ever-composed. He's affable and good-natured with an edge of arrogance, casually racist but somehow still likeable. And yet, there's something cold and dangerous just beneath the surface, a willingness to engage in violence at a moment's notice without ever breaking a sweat. Cliff doesn't come off like a killer, but one gets the sense that he could easily kill.

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Partway through the movie, we find out that Cliff might have gotten away with killing his ex-wife—or at least that's the rumor spreading around the Hollywood backlots. While the truth of this rumor is largely irrelevant to the plot, its thematic import might shed light on some of the more dubious elements of Tarantino's vision.

The details of the supposed murder play out through the following context:

While Cliff's best friend/boss Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) works on a Western, Cliff is stuck at Rick's house working on the roof. A little bummed out, Cliff reminisces about the last time he booked a gig. Flashback to Rick pleading with a stunt coordinator to give Cliff a shot. The coordinator refuses, citing the fact that he doesn't want to work with a guy who killed his wife. Flashback again (yes, a flashback within a flashback):

Cliff is on a boat with his wife holding a harpoon gun. She's nagging him incessantly, insulting everything about him. That's it. We never see what happens next.

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The movie leaves it up to debate whether or not this is even Cliff's memory of what actually happened or the stunt coordinator's reflection of the rumor. The truth is obfuscated even further: As the main flashback continues, Cliff proceeds to best a cartoonish Bruce Lee in a fight. This scene in particular is incredibly problematic for a lot of reasons, but even within the bounds of the narrative, it's hard to say whether or not Cliff's memory is a reliable interpretation of events as they really happened.

Both potential readings make sense. If Cliff really did kill his wife, that fits in line with his character. Even though the story of the murder comes off as a bit of a shock when we first hear about it, Cliff proves his capacity for extreme violence again and again throughout the movie—first when he beats the Manson Family guy who popped his tire and again during the movie's ultra-violent finale. If anything, knowing Cliff killed his wife works as a setup for his violence later on in the movie. Then again, if Cliff killed his wife and everyone knows about it, how did he get away with it scot-free?

Alternatively, if Cliff didn't actually kill his wife, the fact that he still lost his ability to continue getting stunt work speaks to the nature of rumors in Hollywood. Cliff is shown time and time again to be a talented stuntman who can parkour jump onto roofs and take blows with ease. But Hollywood is also an industry notoriously subject to the whims of perception. The idea that a talented person might be unable to get work due to a false story seems culturally prescient, albeit problematic.

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Ultimately, both interpretations point to questionable morals at the movie's core. If Cliff didn't kill his wife, Once Upon a Time In Hollywood centers around a talented, capable guy whose career was ruined by a lie involving a woman. That's not exactly the best look considering the current landscape of Hollywood, especially when Tarantino arguably covered for Harvey Weinstein in the past and defended Roman Polanski's rape of a minor. Polanski gets a very kind depiction in this movie, too, all things considered.

But if Cliff did kill his wife, Once Upon a Time In Hollywood suggests that maybe, just maybe, that's kind of okay. After all, Cliff's capability for brutal violence ultimately saves his friends and Sharon Tate from the whims of the Manson Family. Every other instance of Cliff's violence is righteous and, at least within the moral framework of the film, "good." So if Cliff killed his wife, she probably deserved it—at least that's what Once Upon a Time In Hollywood seems to say.

In the end, it's impossible to know whether or not Cliff actually killed his wife, so it's probably best to pick the interpretation with the least troubling implications for you. Then again, which is the lesser of two evils?

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Tarantino's "Once Upon a Time In Hollywood" Looks Incredible

See the first images from Tarantino's newest feature.

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Say what you want about Quentin Tarantino as a person, but the guy has never made a bad movie.

Some Tarantino films are better than others. Everyone has their favorites and least favorites, and we could probably argue for hours about the merits of each. But the fact remains: every Tarantino movie is very good and very original and wholly his.

He's also always had a knack for bringing together ridiculously talented people and getting the absolute best out of them all. Be it John Travolta's career-resurrecting turn as Vincent Vega in Pulp Fiction or then-unknown Christoph Waltz's Academy Award-winning performance as Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds, Tarantino knows how to direct actors.

Today Vanity Fair revealed some early preview images from the set of Tarantino's newest upcoming film, Once Upon a Time...In Hollywood, and holy shit, they look great.

Photograph by Andrew Cooper/©2019 Sony Pictures Entertainment.

There's Leonardo DiCaprio as a faded TV Western star.

Photograph by Andrew Cooper/©2019 Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Brad Pitt as his stunt double.

Photograph by Andrew Cooper/©2019 Sony Pictures Entertainment.

And Margot Robbie as legendary actress Sharon Tate.

This movie is an interesting turn for Tarantino, because unlike his previous three films which essentially created alternate historical realities, this one is centered around the actual Manson Murders.

Once Upon a Time...In Hollywood is set to come out in theaters on July, 26th.


Dan Kahan is a writer & screenwriter from Brooklyn, usually rocking a man bun. Find more at dankahanwriter.com


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In Popdust's column, Box Office Breakdown, we aim to inform you of the top flicks to check out every weekend depending on what you're in the mood to enjoy. Looking to laugh? What about having your pants scared off? Maybe you just need a little love? Whatever the case may be, we have you covered. Take a peek at our top picks for this week…

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Today, May 23rd is the eleventh anniversary of one of the most cringeworthy embarrassing celebrity moments EVER.

Back in 2005, Tom Cruise appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show to talk about, among other things, his love for his then girlfriend Katie Holmes.

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Usually the most private of private celebrities when it comes to his fiercely guarded personal life, Tom stunned Oprah and the rest of the world when he attempted to convince us all how happy and in love he was, by jumping on Oprah's couch.

The footage went viral and made a laughing stock of Cruise and changed the public's perception of him for ever. It was awkward, fake, creepy and embarrassing. The devout Scientologist's film career may have survived, but his public image shifted from beloved, good looking celebrity to creepy, intense weirdo.

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You've gotta watch the whole glorious clip to fully appreciate just how nauseating this was...

But hey, Tom's not the only celebrity to embarrass themselves in front of the world.  Check out our top 5 cringeworthy embarrassing celebrity moments.

John Travolta mispronounces Idina Menzel

At the 2014 Oscars, John Travolta was introducing Idina Menzel, the Glee actress, for her performance of what turned out to be the aptly named Let It Go from Frozen. He mispronounced her name to everyone's open mouthed horror,  "Adele Dazeem",  producing an onslaught of parodies and memes.   It actually did Menzel a favor as it raised her profile considerably and gave her a spot on the stage the following year for a little follow up funny.

Travolta really is a gift that keeps on giving though, as the skit at the 2015 ceremony was equally as awkward when he held her very tightly and then grabbed/stroked her chin while proving he could pronounce her name after all. Ick.

Fergie wets herself onstage

Clearly they don't schedule in enough bathroom breaks during the Black Eyed Peas shows. During a 2005 gig, an embarrassingly obvious wet patch appeared in singer Fergie's crotch area.  She quickly doused herself with champagne to try to cover it up but was forced to admit that she had in fact, wet herself.

There really was no doubt whatsoever that Fergie had peed her pants.

Christina Aguilera's 'leak'

Every woman knows what it's like to get caught short at the wrong time of the month.  Or maybe Christina Aguilera is one of those 'free-bleeders'.  Who knows, but what we do know is that the red dribbles eeking down Xtina's legs during her performance at the funeral of Etta James was a horribly embarrassing experience for her.  The singer's team claimed it was some runny spray-on tan, bless them.

Christina pays tribute to Etta James—but was a little distracted by the dribble.

Justin Bieber hurls onstage

Biebs blamed it on too much milk and we so want to believe him!  Whatever the cause, during his Believe tour in 2012 some of the fast moving dance moves obviously got it all churning up inside Justin, as he had to stop and puke all over the stage.  He ran off and his back up dancers and singers had to finish the song, whilst trying to avoid slipping on the sick puddle he'd left. Mind you, the video does reveal that he was actually lip syncing anyway so he wasn't really needed.

50 Cent's first pitch

This is one you just wanna watch over and over again.  The bravado of Mr-Big-Shot-Rapper 50 Cent who was invited to throw the first pitch at a Mets v Pirates is extinguished as he crashes and burns. Fiddy is in great shape so you'd think he'd be able to throw a ball right?  Wrong!  It's priceless.

That's our top 5 embarrassing celebrity moments.  Just missing the cut were Katy Perry slipping on cake, Ashlee Simpson's epic lip-sync fail and the time Beyonce got her hair caught in a fan during a live show but heroically got through the song while she was being freed.

Which do you reckon was the MOST embarrassing?