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Zac Efron went to rehab for cocaine addiction

Hollywood heartthrob quietly receives treatment after addiction interferes with work

Zac Efron, former Disney star and current heartthrob, has slowly but surely been breaking out of his “Disney” shell. Zac Efron has been taking on edgier, more adult roles for the past few years, but it seems he’s also made the unfortunate pitfall that most former child-stars do: A trip to rehab.

Zac Efron quietly entered rehab five months ago and completed treatment. Surprisingly, the story did not break at the time of Zac Efron’s treatment, but now that it has, there are conflicting reports as to why he checked himself into rehab. Originally it was reported that Zac Efron had issues with alcohol, but now, it’s being reported that the real reason is much more startling and that Efron had become addicted to “Molly” and cocaine.

Apparently his addiction came to a head during the filming of “Neighbors” with Seth Rogen. Zac Efron’s drug use got so bad that he missed several days of shooting because he never showed up to the set.

“It was common knowledge he was struggling with cocaine,” a source told TMZ.

Zac Efron rose to fame starring in Disney’s “High School Musical” series, followed by a number of high-profile roles alongside Hollywood heavyweights. While the films might not have been box office gold, he has slowly made a name for himself as a sought-after actor with legitimate talent.

Most recently, Zac Efron attended the Toronto International Film Festival to promote his latest film, “Parkland.” Zac Efron told red carpet reporters that he was feeling “good, real good.” Neither Efron, nor his publicist could be reached for comment.

For Zac Efron’s sake, let’s hope first time’s the charm for his rendezvous with rehab. No one wants a fate like Lohan or Corey Monteith’s to befall him.

Day très of Lollapalooza

The final notes of the grandest fest

The Mowgli’s played on the BMI stage, which is the smallest venue at Lollapalooza. With the audience mixed in amongst the tress, their set had an intimate feel. The band out of southern California kicked it off with “Waiting for the Dawn,” fueling the electricity and excitement in the crowd. The eight-piece crew also played their new song “Love is Easy,” which was proceed by a “world record setting” group hug. They closed with their jam “San Francisco,” which reached 13 on Billboard’s alternative chart.

Tegan and Sara, with their powerful harmonies and sound reminiscent of Joan Jett and the Cranberries, drew a crowd nearly as large as any of the weekend headliner. Their tune “I was a Fool” truly showcased their virtuosity as musicians. Though, what really took us off guard with the range of both of their vocals. It was easy to forget that such power was coming out of the two tiny women on stage. Their music and lyrics are proof that they are old souls, channeling emotions that are deep and meaningful.

New York rockers Vampire Weekend helped show everyone what Lolla is really about-listening to amazing music and getting drunk with good people. It’s been a year since the band has set foot in Chicago, and making a return in the beautiful Grant Park, showcasing their new album “Modern Vampires of the City” seems like a brilliant return. Beyond the artists performing on the Perry Stage, there were few other bands that actually got the half intoxicated crowd dancing like Vampire Weekend did.

With the sun setting on the three-day fest, The Cure helped cap off the night with classics like “Just Like Heaven,” “In Between Days” and “Lovesong.”  

So Lolla, we will miss you. The next year seems like a long time to wait, but we know that you’ll have some big performance in store for us. But just to remind you, don’t go cheating on Chicago with another city.

Here are a few bands that we are bummed we missed:

Art Department
The Blisters

Day dos of Lollapalooza

The rock gods have finally smiled and given us sun

With clear weather and a roster that made those who only had single day passes for another day envious, the second round of Lollapalooza in our opinion hosted the finest set of artists.

 The husband and wife duo of Shovels & Rope, helped get the day started with their folky alternative sounds.  With a repertoire including “O’ Be Joyful,” “The Thread” and “Gasoline,” they seemed to be the perfect remedy to help rejuvenate the crowd that was still hanging from the previous days performance.

Planet Hemp, out of Brazil, was a band that we didn’t mean to catch, but are incredibly glad we did. Their rap rock styling makes you want to throw your fist in the air and jump around. Lead singer BNegão’s voice is eerily reminiscent of Zack de la Rocha, which makes on miss Rage Against the Machine. So while there is no more Rage, we are just find with letting Planet Hemp take their place.

There was one artist of the day though that proved no matter how much soul you think you have, he has that and more in his little finger. Charles Bradley, who started his career as a James Brown impersonator, was unlike any other artist of the three-day fest. His stage presence and voice are larger than life. With lyrics drawn from his own struggles in life, Bradley pours himself into every word he sings.

The highlight of the night though was Mumford & Sons. Their high-energetic fueled folk rock, filled the field in front of the Red Bull stage like no band yet.  Their hit “I Will Wait” had every guy and gal in overalls moving.

Artists we’re sad we missed:

Brooke Wagner
The Dunwells
Bad Things
Ralph’s World

Day uno of Lollapalooza

Dreary with a chance of brilliance

In typical Lolla fashion, the kickstarter of the three-day fest was doomed with a downpour, but it didn’t stop ardent music fans in the slightest. Lollapalooza the brainchild of Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell made its debut back in 1991, and now over 20 yeas later is a staple of the libations and inhibitions that go along summer and good ol’ fashion rock n’ roll.

With an eclectic grouping of artists from nearly every genre imaginable, on nine stages, the sonic brilliance that emerged was the best this side of the Mississippi.

The Las Vegas based Imagine Dragons brought their airy and melodic sound to the Lake Shore stage. Their music, inspired through emotional highs and lows, resonated deeply with the crowd. When the first notes of “Radioactive” rang out, nearly every concert go began signing along.

And of course, Queens of the Stone Age, took the Bud Light stage by storm. Always the showmen, their set was flawless. Hearing them play any tune off “Songs for the Death” is a memorable event equivalent to the birth of one’s first child. Throughout the entire performance Joushua Homme didn’t miss a beat and kept the energy levels high.

Closing out the first night of Lollapalooza were Nine Inch Nails, Lana Del Rey and The Killers, with the acts like this it became quite the conundrum for deciding, which one to catch. If you were anything like us, it was a mad dash running between stages to at least catch a bit of each, which was quite a feat given that NIN and The Killers were at opposite ends of Grant Park.

Artists we’re sad we missed:

The Neighbourhood
Twenty One Pilots
Hey Marsellies

Josh Hutcherson's nude photos hit the web

Hunger Games star easily identified by anchor tattoo

Josh Hutcherson, star of mega-franchise “The Hunger Games” has found himself embroiled in a nude photo and video scandal. Josh Hutcherson, 20, signed himself up for an online dating website under the name “Connor” and began sharing explicit photos and videos with women.

Josh Hutcherson, apparently identifiable by the tattoo on his hip (which can clearly be seen in the photos and videos), sent the racy material shortly before “The Hunger Games” made him world-famous. Regardless, one would think that he’d have used common sense and not gotten all porntastic as there was no doubt that “The Hunger Games” was going to be a box office success.

Josh Hutcherson is no stranger to the fallout and backlash of a nude photo scandal. He dated “High School Musical” star Vanessa Hudgens shortly after her infamous and totally illegal nude photo scandal (Hudgens was underage at the time that she sent the photos to then boyfriend and co-star Zac Efron) that left a blemish on Disney’s child-friendly reputation. Hutcherson obviously didn’t learn any lessons from that experience and decided to plow full-speed ahead into his own scandal.

When Hutcherson’s reps were contacted to verify the legitimacy of the photos, reporters were threatened with legal action. The unnamed woman who was on the receiving end up the heartthrob’s lurid images has already released one photo and intends to release the videos (if the price is right, of course).  “Catching Fire” is due to hit theaters in November, and while it’s already guaranteed to be a box office smash, this scandal will no doubt incite a fan-girl frenzy to see the beloved Peeta in such a compromising position.

So far neither Josh Hutcherson nor his reps have released an official statement.

Summerfest: This weekend’s lineup

Old School artists close fest

Summerfest 2012 kicked off June 27 in Milwaukee, marking the 45th year. Summerfest began back in 1968 and has become the world’s largest music fest.

This year’s lineup didn’t take a back seat either, featuring Rascal Flatts, Steve Miller Band, the Foo Fighters, Tran and Kelly Clarkson, Lady Antebellum with Darius Rucker.

While most of the bands that headlined earlier in the week, were relatively young. Summerfest plans on closing this weekend with Big Time Rush and Rachel Crow Friday night, Aerosmith and Cheap Trick Saturday night, and the one and only Neil Diamond Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

Check out the list of some of the bands that graced the stages of Summerfest this year.

  • Lady Antebellum
  • Foo Fighters
  • ZZ Top
  • Chicago
  • The Roots
  • David Gray
  • 311
  • Young the Giant
  • The Heartless Bastards
  • The Hives
  • Kool and the Gang
  • Ben Folds Five
  • Paul Oakenfold
  • Thievery Corporation
  • Burton Cummings
  • O.A.R.
  • Phantom
  • Rocker and Slick
  • Fountains of Wayne
  • Darius Rucker
  • Neil Diamond
  • Zac Brown Band
  • The Avett Brothers
  • Steve Miller Band
  • Common
  • Cake
  • Scorpions
  • Lupe Fiasco
  • Head and the Heart
  • Robyn
  • Eric Benet
  • Phil Vassar
  • Joss Stone
  • Awolnation
  • Brantley Gilbert
  • Tito Rojas
  • Gavin Degraw
  • Atmosphere
  • Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
  • Halestorm
  • Fitz & The Tantrums
  • The Joy Formidable
  • Anthony Hamilton
  • Art of Dying
  • B-52s
  • Chevelle
  • Cowboy Mouth
  • Devotchka
  • Gov’t Mule
  • Hanson
  • Hollywood Undead
  • Jimmy Cliff
  • Joe Walsh
  • Kellie Pickler
  • Mayer Hawthorne
  • Motion City Soundtrack
  • Squeeze
  • Sublime
  • The BoDeans
  • The Walkmen
  • We Came As Romans
  • Ziggy Marley

Summerfest lineup is locked for 2012- Foo Fighters tonight

Milwaukee’s grandest music festival boosts impressive artists.

The wait is over for Summerfest in Milwaukee, so concert can rejoice with Wisconsin’s largest festival, securing a killer lineup.

However, with the Foo Fighters headlining the Marcus Amphitheater at 7:30 p.m., other musical acts in the same time slot might as well just pack up their equipment and load it all back on to the tour bus.

The Foo Fighters have been hailed as this generations answer to Tom Petty, given their ability to continually pump out hit after hit. The band has garnered an impressive 11 Grammy Awards since its creation back in 1994

Summerfest will host Train and Kelly Clarkson Friday night. Country greats, Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker will be Saturday night’s headlining acts. The Beach Boys will also be taking the Marcus stage Sunday for their 50th anniversary tour. Monday night Joe Walsh, former guitarist for The Eagles, will take the Miller Lite Oasis stage Monday at 10:00 p.m.  For all the metal heads and die-hard 80s fans Iron Maiden and Alice Copper will headline Wednesday night at Summerfest.

Other artists performing at this years Summer fest include: the Zac Brown Band, Ziggy Marley, Death Cab for Cutie, O.A.R., AWOLNATION, Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, Cake, Common, Neil Diamond, Sublime with Rome, Hanson and Bush.

For more information on Summerfest, check out their official site

Thursday night’s full Summerfest Lineup.

Marcus Amphiteater
7:30 p.m. – Foo Fighters with special guest Silversun Pickups

Miller Lite Oasis
Noon – Fatboy Run
2 p.m. – The Heroes
4 p.m. – Rocket Club
6:30 p.m. – Josh Thompson (Country Throwdown Tour)
8 p.m. – Rodney Atkins (Country Throwdown Tour)
10 p.m. – Gary Allan (Country Throwdown Tour)

Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard
Noon – Common Man
2:30 p.m. – Freddie Lee Band
5 p.m. – Midnight Groove
7:30 p.m. – Christopher’s Project
9:30 p.m. – Eric Benet

Harley-Davidson Roadhouse
Noon – The Form
2:30 p.m. – The Lucas Cates Band
5 p.m. – Leroy Airmaster with Junior Brantley
7:30 p.m. – Ryan Powers
10 p.m. – The Promise Ring

Summerfest Rock Stage
1 p.m. – Lovanova
2:30 p.m. – Maple Road Blues Band
4 p.m. – Charm City Devils
5:30 p.m. – Like A Storm
7 p.m. – Peter Mac and the Fighting Fish
8:30 p.m. – Ryan Shaw
10 p.m. – Gary Clark Jr.

Potawatomi Bingo Casino Stage
Noon – Nora Collins
1 p.m. – Channing Wilson, Carly Pearce, Rose Falcon
2:30 p.m. – Maggie Rose
4 p.m. – Florida Georgia Line
5:30 p.m. – Eric Paslay
7 p.m. – Sunny Sweeny (Country Throwdown Tour)
9 p.m. – Pat McCurdy

JoJo’s Martini Lounge
Noon – Pre-recorded music
4 p.m. – Pinstripe
8 p.m. – Oil Can Harry

BMO Harris Pavilion
1 p.m. – Dr. Woo
2:30 p.m. – Piles of Rhythm
5 p.m. – Johnny Wad
8 p.m. – Robert Francis
9:45 p.m. – Ben Folds Five

U.S. Cellular Connection Stage
12:30 p.m. – TBA
3 p.m. – Sandman Viper Command
4:15 p.m. – Aly Jados
5:30 p.m. – The Balconies
6:45 p.m. – CHAPPO
8 p.m. – The Features
10 p.m. – Sleeper Agent

Uline Sportszone
1 p.m. – Milwaukee Bucks basketball clinic
2 p.m. – YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee
4 p.m. – Milwaukee Admirals hockey
5 p.m. – Wheelchair sports
6 p.m. – Milwaukee Wave soccer
7 p.m. – Cops 4 Kidz & Community
8 p.m. – Division BMX Stunt Team

Cascio Interstate Music Groove Stage
1:30 p.m. – Matt Haeffel
3 p.m. – Ian & The Dream
4:30 p.m. – Civil Servant
6 p.m. – Midnight Reruns
7:30 p.m. – Vic and Gab
9 p.m. – Boy Blue

Northwestern Mutual Children’s Theater
Noon – Paul Merklein Draws Great Big Faces
12:45 p.m. – Wayne & Wingnut – Red Hot Chilli Puppets
1:30 p.m. – Laura Ernst – Juggler, Acrobat and Aerialist
2:15 p.m. – MYSO Calypso Steel Drum Band
3:15 p.m. – Matthew Magic Morgan and Liliana
4 p.m. – Marc The Zani
4:45 p.m. – MYSO Calypso Steel Drum Band
5:30 p.m. – Laura Ernst – Juggler, Acrobat and Aerialist
6:30 p.m. – Matthew Magic Morgan and Liliana
7:30 p.m. – Wayne & Wingnut – Red Hot Chilli Puppets

Kate Upton sizzles the cover of July’s GQ and teaches Jimmy Fallon how to dance

Cover girl shakes it on “Late Night”

Kate Upton, 2012’s SI cover girl, stopped by Jimmy Fallon’s Late Night in a short black and white polka dot dress to teach everyone’s favorite funnyman the Cat Daddy and to talk about her recent GQ photo shoot. Kate Upton will appear on July’s issue of Gentlemen’s Quarterly wearing little but a smile.

During the interview on Late Night, Fallon asked Upton if she could teach him her infamous Cat Daddy dance. Kate Upton, earlier in the year, gained a lot of attention with a short video of her dancing the Cat Daddy in a tiny red bikini for famed celeb photographer Terry Richardson. The video garnered such attention and controversy that it was flagged by YouTube for content violation and removed- but was later replaced.

Upton taught Fallon to buckle his seatbelt and to push his wheel chair, but it was quickly clear that he has nowhere the rhythm of the blonde, 20-year-old bombshell.

During his attempt Jimmy stated, “Ok you’re much better at this than I am!”

Playing off his awkwardness he added, “So I’m like, gonna do this in the club- be like ‘Hey man turn it up!’”

For the GQ photo shoot, Richards again lent his skills with a camera to capture Kate Upton’s beauty, wearing a number of revealing bikinis.

Two photos in particular has gained much fanfare, one with Kate Upton lying topless on the grass and covering her bare breasts with her hands. The other is of the voluptuous beauty pulling herself out of a pool in a wet shirt where her nipple can be seen.

Kate Upton, born in Michigan, first gained attention when she posted a video of her self on YouTube dancing the Dougie at a Los Angeles Clippers game.

Her fame has also been heightened with the controversy, given her decisions to adorn. In the next Farrlley Brothers’ movie, The Three Stooges, Kate Upton sports what’s been called a “nun-kini.” The costume was so risqué that the Catholic League declared it offensive.

“I can see why the Catholic Church would be upset with me,” Kate Upton said. “But it was just for fun, and I try not to take it more seriously than that.”

During the GQ interview, she was asked about her reasoning to flaunt her stunning body in such a manner, responding, “I grew up in Florida riding horses, so for the majority of my life I was either in boots and jeans or a bathing suit. I understand why my male followers like me.”

But, have a look at Kate dancing the Cat Daddy first.


Kate Upton turns the summer heat up with July’s “GQ” cover

Model bares it all … almost

Kate Upton, this years Sport Illustrated: swimsuit edition cover girl, will grace the cover of GQ’s July issue.  Famed celebrity photographer Terry Richardson hopped behind the camera for the photo shoot to capture the stunning blonde in all her glory.

In the upcoming issue, Kate Upton sports a number of tiny bikinis poolside. In one of the photos where Upton is pulling herself up out a pool a faint out line of her nipple is visible.

However, the one that seems to be garnering the most of notoriety is one where Kate Upton is lying topless on a spread of grass with her hands covering her breasts.

Kate Upton, the 20-year-old, Michigan-born model, first found fame when she uploaded a video to YouTube of herself dancing the Dougie at a Los Angeles Clippers game.

Earlier in the year, Upton and Richardson teamed up to shoot a video to TerryTV, featuring the blonde dancing the Cat Daddy is the same tiny, red bikini that she wore on the cover of the SI cover. The video gained so much controversy that YouTube removed it.

Kate Upton’s fame has also been helped fueled with the controversy that has surrounded her since the beginning of her career, given her decisions to sports little next to nothing. In the upcoming The Three Stooges, by the Farrlley brothers, Upton adorned what has been called a “nun-kini.” The costume was so risqué that the Catholic League declared it offensive.

“I can see why the Catholic Church would be upset with me,” Kate Upton said. “But it was just for fun, and I try not to take it more seriously than that.”

During the interview with GQ she was asked about her decision to showcase her nearly perfect body the way she does, responding, “I grew up in Florida riding horses, so for the majority of my life I was either in boots and jeans or a bathing suit. I understand why my male followers like me.”

Kate Upton has posed for Dooney & Bourke, Garage and was the face of Guess.

Want to see the GQ photo shoot for yourself? Check it out here.

But, have a look at Kate dancing the Cat Daddy first.


Kate Upton makes summer a little hotter with her recent GQ photo shoot

Blonde bombshell graces July’s cover

Kate Upton, everyone’s favorite SI cover model and red bikini dancer, has now landed on the cover of GQ’s July issue.  Terry Richardson, who previous recorded Kate Upton dancing the Cat Daddy in an itsy-bitsy red bikini previously in the year, lent his talent behind the lens to the photo shoot.

In the July issue, Kate Upton is featured in numerous bikinis poolside with one revealing a faint glance of her nipple under a wet white shirt.

The one that seems to be receiving the most attention is one of the voluptuous Kate Upton lying topless in green grass, using her hands to cover her ample breasts.

The 20-year-old, Michigan born model, first gained notoriety when she posted a video of her self performing the Dougie at a Los Angeles Clippers game.

Upton has been the center of much controversy throughout most of her career, given her affinity to adorning barely anything- and often, nothing at all. In the Farrelly brothers’ The Three Stooges, Upton wore what has been dubbed a “nun-kini” with rosary beads around her neck. The outfit was so racy that even the Catholic League spoke out against the costume.

“I can see why the Catholic Church would be upset with me,” Kate Upton said. “But it was just for fun, and I try not to take it more seriously than that.”

When asked by GQ about her choice to flaunt what could be called a perfect body, Kate Upton responded, “I grew up in Florida riding horses, so for the majority of my life I was either in boots and jeans or a bathing suit. I understand why my male followers like me.”

Upton has modeled for Garage, Dooney & Bourke and was the face of Guess.

Want to see more of Kate Upton than you have before? Have a look at the GQ photo shoot here.

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