October 19, 2018

A-Listed: Are Justin Bieber & Hailey Baldwin Buying Demi Lovato’s Old House?

Welcome to A-Listed, where we take you inside the mansions, shacks, apartments and houses (remember that elementary school game, MASH?) of Hollywood's elite. Okay, fine, so there are probably not going to be too many shacks in the mix. What there will be, however, are hefty price tags, eccentric decor, insane swimming pools, and occasionally, some tabloid-worthy gossip about your favorite celebs.

Perhaps you too have observed that there's a lot going on right now in celeb-land. With both Hollywood newbies and household names trying to one-up each other in everything from baby-having to relationship-ending, it's no surprise the multi-million dollar real estate market is also lighting up. For example: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are apparently looking to invest in some prime L.A. property, while Bruce Willis and Rosie O'Donnell are selling theirs off. And in Miami, DJ Khaled is takin' over... a sick $25 million mansion, that is.

Demi Lovato's $9 Million Former Home, As Seen By Justin & Hailey

In the wake of the dissolution of Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande's relationship, Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin seem primed to take up the mantle of The Internet's Favorite Couple. Perhaps this is why they allowed paparazzi to shoot them checking out Demi Lovato's former mansion in Los Angeles this week. According to People, the lovebirds are considering purchasing the 5,564-square-foot property, which is located "on a quiet road above the Chateau Marmont."

Photo: James Devaney/GC Images.

After overdosing in July and subsequently entering rehab, Lovato chose to put the four-bedroom, six-bathroom mansion up for sale. According to Zillow, the place has an infinity pool, chef's kitchen, bar, walk-in closets, a movie theatre, a terrace, and a gazebo. All of which sounds rather fitting for our now-reigning It Couple.


The yard also, apparently, contains a makeshift tipi. How very... Coachella.


Rosie O'Donnell's $6 Million New Jersey Mansion

Rosie O'Donnell owns a lot of homes, and this year, she's been in the process of selling most of them off, at least according to the New York Post. This particular property was purchased by the comedian in 2013 for $6.375 million, meaning she's likely to take a loss on it.

Photo: Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic.

The home sits on six acres of land and contains six bedrooms and a whopping nine bathrooms, so if you live there, you can totally have eight people over and all pee at the same time, or something. There's also a theatre, guest house, basketball court, art studio, and an ultra-formal dining room.


The decor is surprisingly opulent, especially given O'Donnell's down-to-earth, occasionally brash public persona. Who knew gold accents, chandeliers, and fancy dining rooms were her thing?


Bruce Willis's Woodsy $5.5 Million Idaho Estate

Some hot-dad types have rustic cabins in the woods; Bruce Willis has a 20-acre estate in Idaho. Same diff, really. Except that he recently sold the place to an unnamed buyer for $5.5 million, way down from $15 million he tried to get for it in 2011, and even the $6.5 million he asked in 2016, according to People. Nevertheless, the sale is still the single biggest residential real estate deal the immediate area has ever seen. So there's that.

Photo: Michael Tran/FilmMagic.

We're not sure why Willis wanted rid of this picturesque, tree-filled property, with a main house that spanned over 8,400 square feet and featured six bedrooms and six and a half baths. I mean, sure, it's not Rosie's nine bathrooms, but that's still a lot of people who can pee at once!

If seeing the interior of Rosie O'Donnell's house was surprising, I'd argue this the exact opposite. Like, is this not exactly where you image Bruce Willis spending his time?

Mariska Hargitay's Colorful, $11 Million New York Townhouse

As cozy as Willis's fancy cabin is, the townhouse Mariska Hargitay shares with husband Peter Hermann is the property on this list we most covet. The 7,000 square foot, six story home is a true gem of NYC real estate and is filled with natural light, great art, and pops of color. If we had $10.75 million, we'd totally buy it.

Photo: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images.

We're not sure how to replicate this sumptuous blue staircase in our own lives, but we're very much open to ideas.


More art! More blue! More enviable light fixtures!


DJ Khaled's New $25 Million Miami Mansion

Musician and burgeoning lifestyle influencer DJ Khaled just invested in s0me seriously swanky Miami real estate. Who, you may be wondering, did he buy it from? It was not a fellow celeb or a tech entrepreneur, but Michael Lerner, the dude who popularized the "Baby on Board" signs. Sure, those things are popular (sigh), but do you know how many $3 signs a person would have to sell to afford a place like this? So many! So many Baby on Board signs.

(Eloy Carmenate and Mick Duchon of Douglas Elliman and buyer’s agent Orli Rudolph of NextHome Realty Professionals declined to comment on the sale.)

Photo: John Parra/Getty Images.

The 12,750 square foot estate has five bedrooms, an elevator, a safe room, a two-level gazebo, a home theater, an 80-foot-long swimming pool and a four-bedroom guesthouse. Yeah, that's right, DJ Khaled's guest house sleeps more people than your home. What of it? Also of note: The property contains 10.5 (!!!) bathrooms, putting everyone else on this list to shame.

Look how lovely this room is. Now imagine what it'll look when Khaled gets his Goldition furniture collection in there.

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Rihanna Reportedly Turned Down The Super Bowl In Support Of Colin Kaepernick

Rihanna just proved once again that she's an artist worth stanning. According to Entertainment Tonight, the singer turned down the opportunity to perform at the Super Bowl Halftime show in support of Colin Kaepernick. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback made headlines back in 2016 when he knelt during the national anthem in protest of racial inequality and police brutality in America. In response, the NFL said they would begin fining players who knelt, but then suspended the policy in July, leaving it up to individual teams.

A source told the outlet that “Rihanna was the front-runner for next year’s super bowl halftime show. CBS and the NFL reached out to Rihanna first, who after thinking about the offer, decided to pass due to the NFL and the situation regarding players kneeling."

While no formal announcement has been made regarding the February 3, 2019 show, it is believed that Maroon 5 has signed on to perform. However, the Rihanna news has prompted some to call for the band to take similar action.

"Posted by my friend @yamaneika wouldn’t it be so cool if @adamlevine and @maroon5 stepped down too?" Amy Schumer wrote on Instagram. "What do you guys think?"

Reps for Rihanna and Maroon 5 did not immediately return Refinery29's requests for comment.

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Making A Murderer Season 2, Episode 3 Recap: Brendan Dassey, Breaking Free

The first really emotional episode of Making A Murderer feels a little bit like its treading water, biding time until the real meaty legalese starts to unfurl. After episode 1 brought us up to speed, and episode 2 gave us a deeper look at potential new evidence, episode 3 delves into the personal lives of those affected by this murder trial: the Halbachs, as much as they’re willing to talk, the Dasseys, who are devoted to Brendan, and Steven’s girlfriend. Mostly, though, this episode is about the Dasseys and the trauma caused by his uphill battle. It leads into one of the better parts of the season: when Brendan’s case was first overturned, the first time this case saw a little bit of hope. (We all know now that the case was eventually dismissed, but let’s not dwell on it!)

The Halbach camp isn’t happy from what we see of them (most declined to participate in the docuseries). Chris Nerat, Teresa’s college friend and the one Teresa-related person willing to talk to the filmmakers for this season, is upset about the case. He’s irked that Zellner is using Twitter to update fans of Steven’s progress. He is, essentially, mad that the case is now famous, which is something that comes up a lot this season. Steven Avery is effectively a celebrity, and that changes what happens to him. Some people involved in his case will fight back against his celebrity. Others, like Zellner with her Twittering, will bolster it. Some will utilize it for their own good.

Before the pathos, though, the episode reckons with the legal system. Once again, a fascinating look into what's happened to our constitution. In regards to Brendan's case, Nirider and Drizin argue that recent legislation has hindered his ability to claim habeas corpus.

Nirider and Drizin are far better at explaining all of this, but let me try for the sake of enjoying some new legal info: In 1996, U.S. congress signed AEDPA (the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act), an anti-terrorist piece of legislation that changed habeas corpus procedure, into law. In blunt terms, AEDPA made it harder to use your legal right to habeas corpus. It was a response to the Oklahoma City bomber, and a violent one at that: It served to ensure that people given the death penalty met a swift end. But the bill itself, per an impassioned speech from former North Carolina representative Mel Watt, wasn’t limited to terrorism or death penalty cases. Thus, it restricted the rights of everyone, and this is why Brendan’s case is so difficult to appeal. A federal habeas appeal, Drizin says, is nearly impossible to pull off. This is all to say, Brendan’s case is a real knotty one, and that Brendan even got his verdict overturned is huge. It's as if the show wants us to know that, even if he lost his appeal, getting Brendan this close to release was impressive legal tightrope-walking.

Elsewhere, Zellner is still chatting up experts. Her big task in this episode is the fire in which Teresa’s body allegedly burned. She consults Dr. John DeHaan, a leading fire expert, who informs her that the prosecution’s info was wrong. A body can’t burn in a shallow pit without a lot of fuel. Based on evidence, the fire didn’t have enough fuel to burn a body fully. Plus, a burned body would leave behind a brown goo, which would have stained the ground.

“So this couldn’t have been a primary burn site,” Zellner concludes. Zellner's a bit of a performer, which puts her in harsh relief against the other people in this show. Most of the people featured in Making a Murderer mostly want to get out of the frame. The Averys clearly like the filmmakers, but they have little to no desire to connect with the camera. Zellner is the opposite. Her job is a performance, a layered magic trick that requires nothing but the utmost showmanship from her. She makes declarations of fact just so we, the audience, can hear them. She's our modern Elle Woods, striding through Manitowoc County in a variety of pearl necklaces and leather jackets.

All of this is operating slightly ironically, as fans of the show will know that Zellner has yet to be successful. Her research is deep and her drive forceful, but viewers have no choice but to feel despondent. Hearing Steven wax happy about his eventual release hurts this time around — the show has the implicit suggestion that this might be useless.

“I figure we all leave Wisconsin, we’ll be alright,” he says over the phone. He promises to take care of his family and pledges to build a big house. As if to turn the knife, this episode rolls out a series of photos of Steven throughout his life, from his childhood to present. The photos serve as a reminder of how much of his life Steven’s spent dealing with the legal system.

We needed that reminder of the tragedy of the series. Because, without the villains of the first season, the show has lost some potency. This season doesn’t carry the implication that Manitowoc County framed Steven so much as it wants to convince us that it bungled the case. This isn't about motive anymore.

“The thing that compels me or keeps me going is when I believe that other people have just gotten it totally wrong,” Zellner says, smiling slightly. That’s the new way of thinking: Manitowoc County got it “wrong.” There aren’t enough photos of the burn site. Not enough people were investigation. Put simply, the people involved in this trial clocked out early, content to convict the nearest guy. (The banality of evil strikes again.) However, without the villainy of Manitowoc County driving the narrative, the series has plunged into sadness. In one particularly affecting moment, Steven weeps over the phone to Zellner, concerned that his mother Dolores won’t be alive when he is released. What if?

Nevertheless, Zellner is confident, and she’s on the path of the fire. Now, she’s focusing on the discovery of Teresa’s bones with the help of her teenage-looking law clerks. The bones, she thinks, may have been planted on Avery's property. Or maybe someone else moved them. Whatever it is, the bones being discovered on Steven's property isn't enough information for Zellner, and she's going to train her sights on more bones-related information.

The real question at the bottom of this story is: If Steven didn’t do it, who did? This episode points to Josh Radandt, the owner of the quarry. According to Zellner, Radandt was the first to suggest that Steven committed the crime. He owns the quarry that Zellner keeps mentioning, and he had the opportunity to plant Teresa Halbach's bones — but that’s all this episode has to offer.

The action of pointing to the next killer isn’t all that fruitful, especially because this case is so late in the game. There are too many suspects and too little time. What is intriguing is the possibility that Brendan will get out. This episode entertains that slightly, playing audio of Brendan discussing his first meal home with his mother. (She suggests chili. He wants a burger.) For a brief moment, the case looked like it could unravel. And that would then unravel of the rest of it. Without Brendan’s confession, Steven’s case is considerably looser.

Meanwhile, in Halbach-land, there’s a 5k going on, an effort to raise awareness for Teresa Halbach and her family. This is the show's reminder that, for all the focus on Steven, there are others who suffered. Manitowoc County as a whole is suffering. Some people there are furious at Steven. Others are anxious to see him out of prison. Some just want the news crews out of their town. Kim Ducat, Steven’s cousin, puts it nicely: “I don’t think Manitowoc County is ever going to heal from this.”

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Elle King Works Out All Her Demons On Shake The Spirit

When critics talk about women being the future of rock music, they’re usually referring to indie rock. But women’s voices and feminine influences are also making a huge impact on alternative rock, the radio format, as we know it; see the latest releases from St. Vincent, Alice Merton, CHVRCHES, Lorde, and now, the newest entry from Elle King. What makes King unique? She’s taking many of her cues from the blues.

King began writing her sophomore album, Shake the Spirit, in the midst of her marriage falling apart (she said “I do” three weeks after meeting her ex , on Valentine’s Day). She kept writing right through their divorce, and as a result, several of the songs here reflect a cynicism about relationships. King picks up the mantle laid down by acts like the Black Keys and Jack White, favoring distortion-heavy guitars and bass line-forward tracks to create a sound that’s an updated rock take on lifting the soul of the blues. Her decidedly female gaze on the song’s subjects, however, put a twist on it that the genre hasn’t gotten nearly enough of since the ‘40s.

“Good Thing Gone,” ”Told You So,“ and “Runaway” all delve into a sense of disappointment after love gone wrong. In the album’s lead single, “Shame” plus “Baby Outlaw” and “Talk of the Town” explore another prevailing theme: being trouble, an outsider who lives outside the norms of femininity. “It Girl” really goes for an old blues trick, using double entendres as lyrics for a “clean dirty” song (“To be a hit / It’s all in the wrist / You could be the it girl / If you use a little spit girl”). It’s the sort of song Ma Rainey or Memphis Minnie would appreciate and deliver with a little more veracity — King keeps her distance from the track, saving her waling and commitment for other tracks on the album, “Sober” being a particular standout.

The album is virtually floating in musical references from a myriad of eras, from the growling delivery of Janis Joplin on “Little Bit of Lovin’” (the most brutal song about marriage) to the Beatles psychedelic phase explored in “Ram Jam.” One of the more interesting and layered tracks is “Naturally Pretty Girls.” It’s a co-write with Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie (an unexpected pairing in any context) as well as the first song King has ever produced on her own. Gibbard’s fingerprints can be felt in the vocal arrangement as well as the snare drum plus bass guitar driven melody, a classic Death Cab orchestration. But in it King explores issues relating to her own body image and sense of self-worth, comparing herself to so-called “naturally pretty girls” ("It's rewarding to be beautiful / Nature wasn't kind to me"). It’s a jam with few but biting lyrics.

King works out her demons all over this album, invoking a fire and spirit that many of her contemporaries seem a little afraid to tap into. She’s not always on the right side of the message, pitting herself against other women, but she always reveals something of herself while she’s doing it. King seems hell-bent on saying that this is literally how women rock.

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