By Jayson Rodriguez
Perhaps inspired by Lil Wayne's new song about him, Kobe Bryant powered the Los Angeles Lakers to victory in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night.
Kobe once again led the way for Los Angeles, as his 29 points and 8 assists helped the Lakers top the Orlando Magic in overtime, 101-96. The win gave the Lakers a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
The veteran guard has played two of his best finals games ever since Wayne released a new pro-Kobe track last week titled, naturally enough, "Kobe Bryant."
Coincidence? Probably. It likely has more to do with his team taking a butt-whipping from the Celtics in the first two games of last year's championship.
Among the many stars spotted watching Bryant's performance yesterday were Diddy, Rihanna, Will.I.Am, Maroon 5's Adam Levine and "High School Musical" star Zac Efron. Longtime Laker fans Jack Nicholson, Andy Garcia, Penny Marshall and Denzel Washington were also in attendance.
Game 3 is set for Tuesday night in Orlando: Get ready paparazzi shots of high-profile Magic fans like Tiger Woods and ... er, that's really it. Maybe Rick Ross and Flo Rida can make the drive up from Miami to spice things up?
So it seems there are some people on the Internet that think that Zac Efron is engaged again. I have to say, this is getting a little bit silly — if anyone is going to know whether the "17 Again" star is engaged, it's me. Yeah, I know what you're thinking: "Doesn't she mean his girlfriend, Vanessa Hudgens?"
And some people might feel that way, but since I do not have a ring on my finger, I know for a fact he isn't engaged. And, according to his rep, he's not engaged to Vanessa Hudgens either.
So, there you have it: Zac is not engaged — to me or to Vanessa. Now, can we just move on already and talk about how dreamy he is again? Read More...
By Kathleen Newman-Bremang
This is a question you probably find yourself asking often: What happens when Brittany Snow, Vanessa Hudgens, Justin Long, Lance Bass, Brody Jenner, Carmen Electra, Queen Latifah, Joel Madden and Nicole Ritchie get together at Zac Efron's house for a pool party? We finally have the answer.
In new highly anticipated FunnyOrDie.com video, co-directed by "17 Again" producer Adam Shankman, Zac's obnoxious Uncle Hank (played by "Reno 911" star Thomas Lennon) and his pregnant hillbilly girlfriend Randi (Nicole Sullivan from "MADtv") crash his random-celebrity-filled party.
I don't want to give away too much, but if Brody Jenner picking up girls with his knowledge of Keynesian economics, Lance Bass joking about Googling himself and Queen Latifah yelling about scabies medicine isn't enough to make you want to watch this clip, I don't know what is.
By Emily Donahue
It's been done to Miley, it's been done to the Jonas Brothers — it was only a matter of time before Madame Tussaud got her waxy hands on Zac Efron.
The Disney star's wax figure was unveiled today at the Madame Tussauds in New York. The museum chose to portray "Wax" Efron in his role of basketball-playing Troy Bolton, complete with Spalding ball, red Wild Cat uniform and team sneakers. The figure also sports a brace on his left leg, which I don't remember from the "High School Musical" movies, but that might just be me.
Fans were on hand to pose with the team captain, who, by the way, did not lose any arm definition in the transformation. While it seems Zac's signature locks are beyond re-creation, his long-lashed blue eyes are nearly spot on. Check out more photos of the waxed Zac from the unveiling.
Is Zac Efron trying to tell us something? If he is, his message is definitely mixed. Zac, 21, seems to be spending his days talking to the press about very adult things and posing with naked women in very provocative ways, while still doing publicity for the family-friendly flick "17 Again."
First, Efron dished about how his mom bought him condoms for Christmas 'cause she knew he was having sex. Now he's posing for Interview magazine in a T-shirt while a naked woman (not Vanessa Hudgens) lies on top of him.
By Christina Garibaldi
The Golden Globes were back this year in a big way, and some of our favorite young stars joined their elder celebrity statesmen and -women for the festivities. From the Jonas Brothers to the "High School Musical" cast, the pop stars, small-screen beauties and blockbuster sweethearts were out in full force. So how did these fresh faces fare on the red carpet? Here is our opinion. (Click on the names for photos to refresh your memory.)
Blake Lively: Thumbs down. The "Gossip Girl" star is usually a hit on the red carpet, but this one was certainly a miss. The dress itself is beautiful, but it didn't seem to fit her and the color of the dress did not match her skin tone. Also, she could have done something with her hair. It seems this is the only style she is comfortable going for. Next time, take a risk, Blake!
The Jonas Brothers: Nick Jonas: Thumbs down. Velvet jacket, no tie — you should know better. It's the Golden Globes! Kevin Jonas: Thumbs up. Never can go wrong with a classic tux. Joe Jonas: Thumbs up. The red shirt underneath his suit was a good choice. Read More...
As we here in the newsroom are drowning in "High School Musical 3" hype, we'd like to look back to a quieter time, more precisely, to April 2002, when future heartthrob Zac Efron was just 14 years old. The Arroyo Grande, California, native hadn't even left middle school, but he was getting his first press, in the San Luis Obispo Tribune.