Miley Cyrus goes topless for Cosmo

Ever since she cut her hair, Miley Cyrus has cut loose. The 20 year old appears semi-topless on the cover of Cosmopolitan’s March issue, with only an open white blazer and silver chain blocking her naughty bits.

The star has been in the process of shedding her Disney image for a while now, starting with the Salvia incident. Her Cosmo appearance is her latest stunt.  In the issue, Cyrus chats about her “hubby,” Liam Hemsworth, and drops the f-bomb multiple times.

“I’m gonna faint–the hottest guy of my life is in a steaming pool. This looks like a Playgirl shoot,” Cyrus said about her fiance. “I’ll literally look at him and be like ‘You are hot, dear god!’”

Cyrus continues to buck Disney in her description of her new album. Cyrus tells Cosmo, “I’ve never gotten to make a record like this because Disney’s always been on my back saying, ‘You’ve got to promote the TV show in two months, so make sure your record’s done … and when you promote your record, can you promote the show, the movie, and the ‘Hannah Montana’ record?’”

Cosmo compiled a Miley transformation, from the cloyingly sweet Hannah Montana days to the edgy present. It’s clear that Hannah Montanta is no longer, and Cyrus really can’t be tamed.
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Jonah Hill chats with Blast about his new movie, “Moneyball”

Funny guy Jonah Hill strayed from the comedic norm with his most recent film, “Moneyball,” a drama about the relationship between business and baseball.

The movie, also starring Brad Pitt and Philip Seymour Hoffman, is based on a book by Michael Lewis about baseball-player-turned-manager, Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) who struggles as the general manager of the Oakland A’s. Beane hires a nerdy Yale grad with a degree in economics, Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), to employ his innovative idea about player statistics and success. Surprisingly, the new method takes them far, but not too far.

“The movie is about underdogs to me and people who are undervalued,” said Hill.

Although Hill’s character is definitely the underdog, Billy Beane always seems to be the ultimate second best.

Beane just can’t win, despite some valiant efforts. Jonah Hill unknowingly touched on this subject in a 2007 interview when he said “It’s funny to see people struggle and you don’t buy that Brad Pitt is struggling. You know that guy could be the most skill-less guy in the world, but if you look like that you will be fine for the rest of your life.” So could it be believable that Pitt is a loser on the big screen?

When asked about this quote, Hill gave a sheepish smile and said, “I eat my idiotic words from when I was 20 and 21-years-old.”

“I just meant…it’s more identifiable to be someone going through shit. It’s a perfect example of why I was wrong,” Hill backtracked. “Brad, in this movie, plays a guy who’s just going through it, and his attractiveness has nothing to do with his character. He’s really just playing a guy you can identify with going through some shit. And it’s a really beautiful performance and its funny and raw. It’s cool.”

And Pitt’s performance is spectacular. Hill matches Pitt’s acting prowess, however, because he was able to make his debut role in a drama a huge success.

“There are funny moments in the movie…but it comes from a different type of character than I’ve ever done,” Hill explained. “I am no longer an underdog in the comedy world…with this film, I’m an underdog again.”

Hill said he did a lot of studying for the movie, which included reading the book it was based off of. He also drew inspiration for the character through his own life. He compared Peter Brand’s analysis of baseball players, which is largely centered on how much money and wins they will bring a team in the long run, to his own analysis of fellow actors.

“We look at a receipt and see how much you’re worth…this is how my friends and I analyze other actors…it’s all dollars.”

In spite of his recent success and major league collaborations, Hill remains humble and enthusiastic.

“I just want to make cool stuff, I want to make cool movies,” Hill said.


Judge Decides Bulger’s Defense

James “Whitey” Bulger arrived at Federal Court today via helicopter and motorcade to face two separate trials regarding case consolidation and defense appointment.

The court denied Bulgers’ motion to consolidate the 1994 and RICO cases and affirmed US District Attorney Carmen Ortiz’s motion to dismiss the 1994 charges.

Bulger was also deemed eligible for state appointed defense, and J.W. Carney was assigned the case.

Chief Judge Mark L. Wolf heard Bulger’s first trial of the day regarding the motion to consolidate. Chief Judge Wolf described his decision not to consolidate in length, explaining that the cases could not have been consolidated in 2000 when Bulger was originally supposed to appear in court due to the other defendants involved.

“Mr. Bulger was given his promised head start,” Chief Judge Wolf said about his decision.

The Judge and the prosecution agreed that trying the cases together would give Bulger an unfair advantage that he would not have had if he showed up to court when he was originally called upon.

The issue of forum shopping, or judge shopping, was also heavily discussed throughout the hearing.

Krupp alleged that the prosecutors were taking advantage of the random judge assignment system and waiting for their ideal judge to be assigned

“Mr. Bulger did not appear to object based on alleged judge shopping in 2000,” Chief Judge Wolf said with a dramatic pause afterward, however no official verdict was returned on this allegation.

During the hearing, Chief Judge Wolf also decided that he would unseal the affidavit the Bulger’s lawyer, Peter Krupp, filed to prevent evidence and quotes from Bulger leaking to the public.

The judge said he feels that the public had a right to know these details.

Bulger’s second trial today decided that J.W. Carney will represent him through his trials.

Magistrate Judge Marianne B. Bowler decided that Bulger is eligible for state appointed representation and scheduled Bulger’s arraignment for Wednesday, July 6th at 2 p.m.

Bulger Pleaded Not Guilty in Federal Court

Whitey Bulger pleaded not guilty to all charges in a 32-count indictment during his arraignment in South Boston this afternoon.

Families of alleged victims looked on as Bulger denied guilt in the slayings of their loved ones as a part of the RICO enterprise.

“The ball is starting to roll,” said Thomas Donahue, son of Bulger victim Michael Donahue.

Donahue expressed optimism that the case is underway, but remained solemn overall. Family members of victims Debra Davis and Michael Milano joined the Donahues at the arraignment.
The Milano family were the subjects of a second hearing simultaneous to Bulger’s arraignment, but in a different courtroom. The family asked the court for a piece of the $800,000 in cash found in Bulger’s apartment.

The court ruled that the Milanos must wait until the criminal case is over to get money.

Former State Police Col. Tom Foley also attended the trial. Col. Foley investigated the Bulger case for years.

“All of us feel a lot of satisfaction that we can finally bring him to justice after all these years,” Foley said to the press outside the courthouse.

Foley also said that FBI informants should be chosen “from the bottom up.”

“It’s not the way to handle informants…with top echelon informants, you don’t have murderers out on the street giving out people down below,” he said. “That’s the way an investigation should be conducted, not authorizing people or giving people in that position at the top the green light to go out and do whatever they have to do, and that’s what happened in this case.”

Bulger’s lawyer, J.W. Carney Jr. said that he has no idea how long the trial will take, but indicated that it may move slowly due to the sheer volume of the case.

Carney also said that he will receive help from Janice Bassil and the thirteen other lawyers in his firm.

“[Bassil] will be fully my co-counsel on the trial,” Carney said, despite a ruling that Bassil would not be officially appointed to the case.

Bulger’s next appearance in court is scheduled for September 14th for a status conference.

Although this is a slow start, it is a relief for many people.

“Seeing him walk in handcuffs, a broken man, was some sort of satisfaction for me,” Foley said.

-July 2011