Plenty of people engage in some extra curricular activities where drugs are concerned. It's become a social acceptance to smoke a little weed, snort a little coke. There are designer drugs made available everywhere we turn and the celebrities have their fair share of opportunity to partake of such mind blowing entertainment. We're sure they are under a great deal of stress and need relief from the pressures of stardom. After all, once an actor or singer is in the public limelight, no move goes unnoticed, nothing is secret. There's someone following their every move, listening to every statement. Is it any wonder that many of them resort to the numbing that only drugs can offer. E! Online devotes an entire episode into Hollywood's underground drug culture, where the stars pay big for getting hooked. Take a hard look at Ben Affleck, Robert Downey, Jr., and Matthew Perry. Watch them succumb to the lure of easily obtained drugs. See them head down that winding path of destruction and watch the reactions from the fans when the truth is revealed. Kelsey Grammer and Andy Dick explain how near-fatal experiences helped them turn away from addiction, while Three Dog Night singer Chuck Negron walks us through a 20-year battle with drugs that found him on L.A.'s Skid Row. >From alcoholism to cocaine to heroin, there is nothing more sensational than reading or hearing about celebrities whose money buys them that fake happiness drugs promise. Rehab centeres cater to the rich and famous. On any given day, the news is highlighted with yet another famous name entering what they think is a private hospital. Yet again, there is no privacy and the news leaks out. Imagine the flavour of the month night club, all shiny and welcoming. The paparrazzi stands outside, hoping for a glimpse of their favourite actor or singer. And, as the stretch limo pulls up to the front door, there's always a somewhat slimy youth standing off to the side, waiting for the prey. The famous actor or actress or singer, followed by the groupie entourage, spots the dealer and heads to a back corner of the club where the deal is made, the wares are sold. Less than an hour passes and everyone is high, stumbling around. Always caught on camera, for cameras are in plentitude, the star finds a picture in the tabloids--a not-so-flattering picture and is now forever branded as a druggie. t's not hard to find the drug scene in Hollywood. Start with the club listings in either of the town's alternative newspapers. Most of these places have the name of a drug in them. Some have the nicknames for certain drugs or rhyme with the names of drugs. Celebrities gather at these clubs to find, buy and use drugs on a regular basis. Some stars hit the same places every week, while others flit from spot to spot. Clubs along the Sunset Strip typically have a dark quiet area, a place for VIPs to schmooze and not be seen. That's where the deals get made to make movies or land sitcoms--and it's where the deals get made to ruin careers with drugs. Peer pressure takes its toll among celebs, from the famous to the almost-famous. One young actor, whose successes include three upcoming films and recent appearances on Xena, Warrior Princess and Veronica's Closet, says he almost died from using crystal meth following a recent "slip" after two years of sobriety. While there are no national studies suggesting celebrities are more or less prone to addiction, celebrities live in the spotlight and mere allegations make headlines. The private battle can become a public fall from grace. Some stars like Natalie Cole and Charlie Sheen have rebounded from their struggles. Others are not so fortunate. John Belushi succumbed to the deadly mixture of easily-gotten drugs. Robert Downey, Jr. and Kelsey Grammar seem to hit the headlines more often than anyone else. Their nightmares are so much in the public eye and the rehab centers they frequent seem to have revolving doors, with permanent welcome mats reserved just for them. We ask ourselves why. Why would Oscar winning, Emmy winning actors with talent, charma and looks go back again and again to to drugs? No one, including the stars, seem to have an adequate answer. Baseball slugger, Daryl Strawberry blew a comeback chance earlier when he left a court-ordered rehab center and went on a cocaine binge. "I'm an addict and I go out and use drugs. I figure drugs may kill me," says Strawberry. To other addicts, Strawberry's relapses are perfectly understandable. To us, the fans, we are dazed and confused as to why anyone would throw away the lifestyle and opportunities presented to the talented, the good looking, the chosen ones. "These guys don't have the choice anymore: It calls them, and they go no matter what," says Chuck Negron, former lead singer for the group Three Dog Night. Negron battled heroin addiction for two decades. "After 90 million records I was homeless. The addict in me figured out how to do that--lose all that money," he says. With all that disposable income, there are no limits to what drugs money can buy. The toadies who follow stars are more than willing to become suppliers. E!Online explores the seedier side of addiction and the ever-growing problem facing the up and coming and already established kings and queens of Hollywood. Take a long hard look into the lives of the rich and famous. Find out who is hooked on what when you download what we have to offer. Know that not all is rosy in the world of the wealthy, those gorgeous faces on the silver screen, as they rake in the dough and spend it on drugs, alcohol. Celebrities who have made headlines for their addiction include Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen, Drew Barrymore, Christian Slater, Kiefer Sutherland, Carrie Fisher and Chevy Chase, to name only a few. Such actors as John Belushi, River Phoenix and Chris Farley have paid for their addictions with their lives. Find out why they seem to welcome the destruction of their lives. It's a high price to pay for these celebrities. And you get to watch it all! Commercial free and easily downloaded to you, the fans who deserve to know!
Nothing makes a catchier headline than a celebrity bust. Nothing, of course, except an A-list drug bust. Or one involving sex! Or murder! And, no one reports it better than the E! Online True Hollywood series. Do the stars really believe they are above the law? We wonder what Winona Ryder was thinking when she shoplifted all that delicious merchandise from Sak's Fifth Avenue. Did she really think no one would notice? This is a two time Oscar nominee. AND a sticky-finger artist! As if Winona doesn't have enough money, she was caught, red-handed with more than $6000 worth of goodies...expensive goodies that she could well afford. The charges included felony grand theft, commercial burglary and vandalism. Never mind the presence of oxycodone, a powerful prescription pain killer, found later in her purse. Did we mention she did not have a prescription for it? That charge was dropped; but, the facts are the facts. Of course, we all know that stars get treated differently than the commoners. The royalty of the silver screen seem to get off or get lighter sentences. No one could forget Pee Wee Herman's arrest for masturbating in a public theatre. Paul Reuben's career went down the proverbial toilet after that, his star unceremoniously taken off the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and his wax likeness melted down for the sake of moral purity. Oh, how the mighty do fall when they fall. Way back in the day, Lenny Bruce, one of the most righteous, irreverent comics of his time, was arrested for impersonating a priest. Kobe Bryant was accused and later declared innocent of rape charges. We all know the Mike Tyson story and he did serve time in jail for that sexual escapade. Snoop Doggy Dogg was arrested for manslaughter as an accomplice after the fact. With Johnny Cochran as his lawyer, he was acquitted. Did the headlines help or hurt? We don't think so; more likely, the news just contributed to the porn rapper's reputation, like a notch in his belt. British movie star who received a blowjob in a parked automobile from hooker Divine Brown in exchange for $45. The LAPD swooped in on the pair during the course of the oral copulation and arrested them both. He was ultimately fined $1,180 and placed on probation for two years. Sid was allegedly the bassist for the Sex Pistols, though he was never recorded in the studio and was usually unplugged when playing on stage. His favorite things included his best friend Johnny Rotten until their band broke up, his girl Nancy until he stabbed her to death with a hunting knife, and heroin until his tragi-comic overdose at the age of 21. Keanu Reeves was arrested for drunk driving. We're betting that the police stations around the country are a veritable who's who of celebrities and their mug shots! Let's not forget the very very famous murder trial of OJ Simpson, who, as we all know, got off. Did he or didn't he? We all have our opinions; but, we can all agree it was the trial of our century as far as sensationalised crime goes. The viewing audience was in the millions as gory detail after gory detail was examined on international television. He's a guy whose name is very well known now and it's pretty much a guarantee that he'll never work again in any capacity on television or theater or movie. Michael Jackson. Well, he's yet another fascination for the fans. So talented and oh so twisted is Michael. From what we understand, he's almost broke. Being accused of being a predator is not exactly a shining addition to one's credits, now is it? Whether it's publicly lewd sex, murder, or drugs, E! Online covers every inviting detail and now you get to see the entire story, without interruption. You won't want to miss the downfall of the stars, the arrests, the trials, the sheer stupidity of getting caught!
Gay or straight? Does it matter? Of course it does. Hollywood--where blockbusters, prime-time television and PG ratings drive the business--is a hard place to be different. And nobody knows this better than those who've had to hide in the closet to become a big-screen leading man or America's sweetheart. And even now, as mainstream media goes through a phase in which gayness and gay issues are trendy, the reality isn't all laugh tracks and high ratings. Like many fans of movies and television, we assume that Hollywood people have it all. Many would disagree with that, especially those 'outed' or 'self-outed'. Think about Ellen Degeneres. The former sitcom star told the Los Angeles Timesthat since she "came out" she and her girlfriend, actress Anne Heche, have been treated "unfairly" and "disrespectfully" by "major studios." She claims they are "shut out" of Hollywood, which they maintain is intolerant of homosexuality. "Everything I ever feared happened to me," she told the paper. "I lost my show. Išve been attacked like hell. I went from making a lot of money on a sitcom to making no money." Not that her show 'Ellen would have made it, especially after she 'came out of the closet'. True, Ellen was a terribly unfunny, unfocused, conflicted show that would have been cancelled eventually anyway. In an effort to save it, the comic orchestrated, or allowed her advisors to orchestrate, a slow self-outing of a star whose lesbianism was, at best, an open secret anyway. And indeed the show was slightly more popular for a time, with major stars attempting to establish their solidarity with liberal tolerance by making cameos on the program. But all the attention led to
cancellation. Which DeGeneres now seems to be blaming on homophobia. If so, DeGeneresšs publicity hijinks only served to confirm the core belief of Hollywood gays, which is that to be open about onešs sexuality is to court career suicide. Let's take a look at the hit television series, 'Queer Eye for the Straight Guy'. One would surmise that being gay has become so mainstream as to launch a successful series about the quintessential quintet teaching straight guys how to be stylish. But we certainly cannot gauge their fabulousness by the size of their paychecks. From what we've learned, they don't make much: a measly $3000 per episode; and, by Hollywood standards, that ain't much. In 1989, Rupert Everett openly declared his own homosexuality -- an announcement that could have mortally wounded his film career. Instead, over time, it seems to have had the opposite effect. In making his landmark decision to "come out," Rupert becomes a living testament disproving the theory that a truly talented and successful romantic leading man cannot survive the career-killing stigma of being openly gay. What about the stars who remain in the closet? Who are afraid of what the homophobic world might think? More importanly, the possibility of shrinking roles offered and decreased revenues might make some think more than once about declaring Gay Pride!
We've got the names and the stories about the gayness that pervades Hollywood. All in one place for you to download and see for yourself who is and who pretends not to be. It's all here. Download. Enjoy. Share.
And, what happens when the downtrodden, starving actor becomes fabulously wealthy, in what seems to be the blink of an eye? Actors don't necessarily pass Economics 101. While many learn to invest for a rainy day, others spend it faster than it comes in. As the dollars stack up, so do the bills from agents, managers, the posse and security. And all those decisions to make! Do you buy a house--or the whole block? Should you get out of the Planet Hollywood restaurant deal before it goes bust? Go bust, it did. Twice. The once high-flying restaurant company, which counted Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Demi Moore and Sylvester Stallone as celebrity backers, is now struggling to emerge from bankruptcy for a second time in two years. Show business is, after all, a business. The stars make money, lose money, go bankrupt, and get fabulously, outlandishly, filthy rich. >From Jim Carrey's $20 million paydays to MC Hammer's spectacular bust, we crunch Hollywood's biggest, wildest numbers to bring you a harrowing picture of celebrity wealth. See how those who make $200 million a year spend it, keep it or lose it.
Hammer, TLC and countless others gone bust. Shannen Doherty owing $14,000 in rent. A financial advisor ripping off millions from Ben Stiller and Leonardo DiCaprio and more. We expose, too, the worst investments a star can make: love. As Gene Simmons tells us, it's cheaper to buy a woman a house than marry her. What do Burt Reynolds and Thomas Jefferson have in common? How about Kim Basinger and Gary Coleman? What about MC Hammer and
well I think that name tells you where this is going. They are all famous filers of bankruptcy and members of a long line of celebrity debtors. We look forward to their tales of woe on the last five minutes of the eleven o'clock news. We marvel at the details of each financial fiasco. One can't help but wonder how could such fortune turn into such debt? If you ask Kim Basinger, she might tell you it was her weakness for the town of Braselton, Georgia. Basinger bought the town for $20 million around the time she dropped out of the movie Boxing Helena. While this might have been a wise career decision, the financial fallout was severe. After being sued for breach of contract, Basinger filed for bankruptcy and had to sell the town. Mike Tyson might point his finger at his pet tigers. They were among the boxer's many outrageous purchases and accounted for over $8,000 of his debt. Of course, these innocent, caged beasts represented only a fraction of Tyson's lifestyle which demands $400,000 a month to maintain. For Debbie Reynolds, bankruptcy stemmed from her hotel. The opening of the Las Vegas property, named none other than the Debbie Reynolds Hotel and Casino, made the perfect home for her extraordinary collection of movie memorabilia. However, her finances fell into bankruptcy when the casino flopped and Cleopatra's Headdress retired to storage. Famous spending sprees are also to blame. Michael Jackson has been reported at various times to be in financial crisis. He's also famous for outrageous spending. He purchased ten artificial intelligence Sony AIBO dog robots at $5,000 each, and it takes over $200,000 a month just to maintain and run his home. The King of Pop dazzled the American populace when he shopped away $6 million within a matter of hours on the TV documentary "Living with Michael Jackson." Incredibly, we look at the stars and wonder why they didn't adhere to the rule of money. Put some away for when you're old, or dried up, or tired, or any number of reasons that mean no work, no income. It's easy to get caught up in having seemingly unlimited funds. Many actors come from poor backgrounds and when their careers launch, it's like winning the lottery. The bank account bulges, offering opportunities to buy, buy, buy. With all of the insecurities that plague the stars, it's not unusual to see them give money away to buy happiness and friends. What this documentary shows is the bare, naked truth about celebrities and how they handle their money when they have it and what they do when it goes away. This is a must see for all of you!
Every one of us wants to know all about the stars, whose movies we pay to watch, whose songs we buy, whose television series we tune in to see. But, we always want to know what goes on behind the scenes, without the red carpet, without the glitter. We want and deserve to know how the stars spend money, how celebrities decide whether or not to get naked on film, what happens to careers after coming out of the closet and declaring gay-dom, who is addicted to what, and will there be jail time for when the star's break the law. See it all here, with E!Online's ground breaking documentary, completely uncensored and free of commercials. You'll be amazed at what you learn. Make sure you invite your friends over. This is the eye opener of the century! And, it's all in one place for you to download and keep!