Ludacris Says Paul Walker Jokes During Justin Bieber Roast ‘Weren’t Appropriate’

Ludacris said he had a blast at Justin Bieber's Comedy Central roast, but added in a HuffPost Live interview Friday that he thinks some the jokes went too far. Specifically those gags concerning his former "Fast & Furious" series co-star and close friend, the late Paul Walker.

"There were some Paul Walker jokes that I didn't feel like were appropriate," Ludacris told host Alyona Minkovski. "I was told and promised that they would edit those out. Some of those were over the line."

The network confirmed to Variety on March 16 that the jokes would not appear on the show, which airs Monday.

Ludacris didn't name any names, Variety named Jeff Ross and Pete Davidson as culprits. A sample of their jokes:

“‘Move bitch, get out of the way!’ is what Paul Walker should’ve told that tree,” roast veteran Jeff Ross said during his set, referencing Ludacris’ hit song “Move Bitch.” “Too soon? Too fast? Too furious?”

“Just this past year, Justin got arrested for drag racing,” said “Saturday Night Live” star and roaster Pete Davidson. “Unfortunately, it wasn’t with Paul Walker. What? He’s doing great! He’s got a movie coming out!”

The rapper seemed to be in good spirits about the event as a whole, however, as he and Bieber have a long history. Ludacris was featured on Bieber's first hit, "Baby" all the way back in 2010, and said Friday that he thinks Bieber has grown up a lot in recent months.

"I think he went through adolescence," he said. "You can't judge but so much when we're looking at it from an adult perspective and we're watching him literally grow up, so you have to expect him to go through some things ... We all make mistakes."

Ludacris has been a busy man of late, with "Furious 7" hitting theaters April 3 and his latest album, "Ludaversal," hitting iTunes and store shelves March 31.

Watch the full HuffPost Live conversation here.

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Christina Ricci Talks ‘Buffalo ’66’ And ‘Raving Lunatic’ Vincent Gallo

The tale of a recently released prisoner who kidnaps a young girl and passes her off as his wife, Vincent Gallo's 1998 film "Buffalo '66" is still regarded as one of the greatest independent films ever made. But making it was quite the challenge, star Christina Ricci told HuffPost Live on Thursday.

When host Ricky Camilleri asked about "Buffalo '66" and described Gallo as "exacting," "precise" and "demanding," Ricci made what was clearly a conscious decision to play nice. "Those are positive spins to put on it," she said. "That's a nice way to put it."

Gallo has made it clear in the past there was no love lost between he and Ricci. Two years after the film's release, he described the actress as "an ungrateful c--t" who was "basically a puppet. I told her what to do, and she did it."

Ricci told HuffPost Live the entire experience of shooting the movie was a challenge, from Gallo's on-set conduct to the nature of the production itself. She explained:

That was very confusing because it was my first movie away from home, or without my mother. [Gallo] didn't want my mom to come. He wanted me to be up there by myself. I was 17 and I had never worked with anyone like this and I had never worked on a movie that was that low-budget before. I'd always worked on things where the more money, the more structure, the more protections in place, all this stuff. But I spent most of that movie trapped in a car with a raving lunatic.

That time in a car was particularly rough. Ricci didn't know how to drive a stick shift, and she remembers Gallo's displeasure well. "Every take, right before they called cut, the car would stall out and he would scream at me," she said. Still, despite those personality clashes, Ricci said she had fun making the film.

"It's an experience, and I had friends on the job, and I was young enough, really, to also just step back and be like, 'This is crazy, guys. This is really nuts. I don't know what's happening, but I'm just gonna keep going,'" Ricci said.

Seventeen years later, Ricci appreciates the final product of "Buffalo '66" and considers Gallo "a real talent" despite her negative experiences with him.

"It's unfortunate because I think people have definitely shied away from seeing those movies because of the way he's presented himself in the press and stuff," Ricci said. "But I've worked with tons of people who have all kinds of different behavior, and you really have to look, at the of the day, at: What did I create? What was I a part of? And I think that's what's going to last and be really important."

Ricci stars in the new miniseries "The Lizzie Borden Chronicles," which premieres April 5 on Lifetime.

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Drea de Matteo’s Home Burns In New York City Fire

Drea de Matteo, known mostly for her roles in "The Sopranos" and "Sons of Anarchy," posted on Instagram that she lived in one of the New York City buildings destroyed in Thursday's fire. "NYC's finest trying to put out the flames to mine n many others apartments," she wrote.

NYC's finest trying to put out the flames to mine n many others apartments Speechless... for those that are hurt

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Not long after, she posted that the building she lived in for 22 years had collapsed.

A hole where my NYC home of the last 22 years once stood... RIP 123 2nd Avenue

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Her building was one of four affected by the explosion, and the New York Times reports that at least two people were unaccounted for as of Friday morning.
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‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Is The Name Of That ‘Walking Dead’ Spinoff

Just in from "The Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman: the show's spinoff series will be called "Fear The Walking Dead."

According to reports, the first "Fear The Walking Dead" trailer will air after this Sunday's "Walking Dead" finale, during "Talking Dead."

"Fear The Walking Dead," which will star Cliff Curtis (“Missing"), Kim Dickens ("Gone Girl," "House of Cards"), Frank Dillane ("Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince") and Alycia Debnam Carey ("Into the Storm"), will air its first batch of episodes later this summer. A 13-episode second season will debut in 2016.

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Pregnant Ashlee Simpson Is Positively Glowing

Ashlee Simpson is a glowing goddess in Evan Ross' recent Instagram photo.

On Wednesday, the actor shared a snap of his pregnant wife dressed in a floral dress with a crown of flowers atop her braided hair. Simpson, who is expecting a baby girl, cradled in her belly while basking in the sunshine.

My beautiful wife @ashleesimpsonross and our baby girl in that belly... Life is better is amazing !

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Ross gushed about Simpson during an interview about his music career.

"It’s unbelievable how talented Ashlee is, and her writing is amazing," he told PopCrush earlier this month. "She just has such an ear, and I know she’s working on music now and she’s going to be deciding how she wants to put it out, but yeah, she’s incredible."
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Katie Holmes Shares Sweet Photo With Daughter Suri

Like mother, like daughter.

Katie Holmes shared an adorable photo on Instagram Thursday of her and daughter Suri, 8, applying makeup together in front of a mirror. She captioned the snapshot with the hashtag "#girltime."


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As the global brand ambassador of Olay and former face of Bobbi Brown, the actress knows a thing or two about beauty products, even if she doesn't apply that much makeup.

"I don't wear that much makeup but I use the tips makeup artists have taught me and I try to look my best," Holmes told British Vogue in October. "Mostly if I do nothing else I put some blush on. It wakes you up and makes you look well-rested and alive."
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In ‘Time’ Video, Steve Grand Cozies Up To Model Daniel Williams, But It’s Far From A Perfect Love

Singer-songwriter Steve Grand finds -- and loses -- love in snowy Chicago in his latest video, "Time."

The out star, 25, gets cozy with hunky model Daniel Williams in the clip for the piano-driven pop ballad, which is a cut from his debut album, "All-American Boy," released March 23.

The video explores the entire course of a relationship -- from the couple's first meeting on an empty train station platform to a fiery breakup, with a playful snowball fight in between -- in just over five minutes. Still, there's a surprise twist at the end.

"My lyric style is definitely very story-driven," Grand, who has cited Billy Joel, Lady Gaga and Bruce Springsteen as musical influences, told HuffPost Live earlier this year. "I try to tell stories from my life, whether it's one single moment in time or something that's been recurring in my life."

The album, he said, "is an arc, and every song is a plot point on that arc."
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Dierks Bentley Weighs In On The ‘Girl Crush’ Country Radio Controversy

Radio Stations are reportedly pulling Little Big Town's new hit "Girl Crush" due to complaints that the song's lyrics promote a "gay agenda," even though the song is not about lesbian romance. Written by Lori McKenna, Hillary Lindsey and Liz Rose, "Girl Crush" actually tells the story of a woman who is jealous of her ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend.

"I will speak out against my own industry right now and say this is a bunch of crap," country radio host Bobby Bones said about the controversy during a recent interview with Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman. "It shouldn't even matter if it's a lesbian song!"

"There's so many problems with that whole issue," Fairchild added. "The fact that country music is built on heartache songs and jealousy songs, this is like a modern day version of 'Jolene,' and people just need to listen to it."

But Fairchild and Bones aren't the only prominent members of the country music community to take issue with the apparent boycott. Speaking to The Huffington Post in an interview on Friday, singer Dierks Bentley echoed their sentiments.

"When I heard that song, I never even thought about it being about a girl crush or a lesbian [romance]. And when I thought about it that way, I liked it even more," Bentley said. "It’s just so silly, but, it’s always been that way. Look at Miranda Lambert’s career: She’s always cutting songs that are a little edgier, like 'Gunpowder & Lead,' about shooting down this guy who’s getting out of jail for beating you up, you know? You keep pushing down that wall and eventually the fans will demand it and push for those changes."

"I have so much respect for Little Big Town and [producer] Jay Joyce ... to take chances like that and keep the genre going and moving, it requires bold artists. The song being pulled is probably one of the best things that could happen to them," he added. "Like when Garth Brooks' "The Thunder Rolls" got banned from CMT for being too edgy. It just makes fans want to hear it more and go out there and find it."

To that end, Bentley cited Chase Rice's "Ride" as a perfect example of the power of pushing the envelope.

"I don’t know if that can get played on country radio, it’s over the top as far as the sex factor, but it’s selling 20,000 singles a week on iTunes," Bentley said. "A little controversy is always good for music, so I think it worked out for the best. There’s always going to be great country artists and great country songs and I think “Girl Crush” is a really well-written, great idea for a song."

"Girl Crush" is currently No. 17 on the Billboard country music chart and is the No. 1 downloaded country song on iTunes.
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Ryan Reynolds Spoofs Burt Reynolds In First ‘Deadpool’ Photo

The first photo of Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool costume has arrived, courtesy of Reynolds himself:

If the pose recalls Burt Reynolds' iconic Cosmopolitan centerfold from 1972, that's intentional. Reynolds later tweeted a photo of Reynolds:

While the official "Deadpool" Twitter referenced Reynolds by name:

"We can't believe that somebody cut a check to let us make this movie. Although they cut a very small check because it doesn't have the catering budget of most 'X-Men' movies, but it's still cool," Reynolds told HuffPost Entertainment in a recent interview. "It's been a long time coming, but it doesn't come with that kind of attitude. A core group of people have been developing this for the last five years and we're all just very giddy at this point."

"Deadpool" is due out on Feb. 12, 2016.
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Jimmy Fallon’s #HowIQuit Tweets Are The Perfect Workday Inspiration

Disgruntled workers, this one is for you.

In honor of Zayn Malik quitting One Direction, Jimmy Fallon made this week's "Hashtag" #HowIQuit. From the response, it's clear some people really know how to stick it to the man on their way out of a job.

Fallon was a little under the weather in the segment, but these tweets perked him right up:

Check out the rest in the video for some inspiration of your own.

"The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.
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