19 Wild Secrets Behind The Culkin Family

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From 1990 to 1994, Macaulay Culkin was the biggest child star in Hollywood. Home Alone turned a profit the first weekend of its release, and remains the highest grossing live-action comedy of all time. But Mack wasn’t the only talent in his family. Patriarch Christopher “Kit” Culkin had failed to make it as a professional actor and was determined to make up for it with one or more of his 7 children: Shane (born 1976), Dakota (born 1979), Macaulay (born 1980), Kieran (born 1982), Quinn (born 1984), Christian (born 1987), and Rory (born 1989). Kit started with Shane, but brought 4-year-old Macaulay along to auditions. Mack’s precociousness eclipsed his brother and by age 14, he was the highest paid child actor of all time.

Soon, Kit was booking jobs for his younger children as well. But money doesn’t buy a happy home life. Mack should have been laying the foundation for a lifelong acting career. Instead, he was watching his parents struggle. Kit’s partner, Patricia Brentrup, said the money was a curse. “We were happier living hand-to-mouth, and that’s what’s so hard. We don’t get to enjoy what the whole family worked for together.”

We’ll tell you all about what went wrong in 19 Secrets Behind The Culkin Family.

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10 Stars Who Kept Their Baby Daddies Secret (And 6 Who Tried But Failed)

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It’s not easy being a single mother. And it’s arguably harder still to be a famous single mother. Of course, it’s not just Hollywood that shares the mentality that pregnant women and babies are fair game for public scrutiny.

It’s no wonder that some celebrities want to keep the public out of their family affairs. In 2018, the nuclear family is a myth. A baby doesn’t need one parent of each gender to have a happy, healthy upbringing. But that doesn’t stop inquiring minds from prying. When a romantically unattached star announces they are pregnant, the people must know who else was involved. And sometimes, these mothers-to-be quite rightly don’t feel like sharing.

The women (and 2 men) on this list made a choice to keep the particulars of their conception private. Some of them were successful in their attempts. Others were legally forced to spill the beans or it came out after a romantic reconciliation. In some cases, paternity is all but public record. A few women just got tired of fending off the question. Whatever the case, even celebrities have a right to raise their children however they see fit.

Here are 10 Celebrities Who Kept Their Baby Daddies Secret (And 6 Who Tried But Failed).

Read the list at Screenrant!

Film Review: Sammy Davis, Jr.: I Gotta Be Me

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“Even if you win, you don’t win.”

That’s the lesson Sammy learned the day he got jumped by a racist fellow infantryman and won the fight. Nursing his well-deserved wounds, the man told Davis that he was “still a [n word].” That was the moment that Davis decided fighting wasn’t getting him anywhere. If he was going to change the hearts of white America, he had to try another tactic.

Samuel D. Pollard’s documentary about the career of Sammy Davis, Jr. is more than just a Hollywood biography. At a time when race relations have returned to the forefront of America’s consciousness, Sammy’s struggle rings true to a shameful degree. Despite his innumerable talents, he still faced plenty of discrimination on account of his skin color and later, his Jewish faith. But his unflappable spirit was also a beacon of hope for other marginalized people. As one interviewee puts it, his success, “made [African Americans] feel special and for a time feel equal”.

Read the rest at Hammer to Nail!

15 Celebrities Who Died In Freak Accidents

brandon-lee-the-crow-aaliyah-queen-of-the-damnedThe death of a beloved celebrity will always grip the hearts of fans, and send a ripple of despair across Facebook. But if these popular performers were getting on in years or were known to make precarious life choices, their passing is not necessarily a surprise.

What we are never prepared for are the freak accidents. One minute, they seem perfectly fine, and then suddenly, they’re just gone. Often times, they just got profoundly unlucky. Occasionally, they were being uncharacteristically reckless. Sometimes, there’s a bit of mystery surrounding the events and it’s entirely likely we will never know the whole story.

It’s a bittersweet easement of the pain for mourners to have someone to blame in these cases. But the guilty parties are not always clear-cut or even possible to identify. As awful as it is to think about, sometimes it’s just pure happenstance that prematurely ends the lives and careers of our adored entertainers.

Whatever series of unfortunate events that led to the shocking demise of these 15 celebrities, they all have one thing in common: their stars were snuffed out far too soon and they are sorely missed. Be careful out there, friends.

Read the list at Screenrant!