50 Cent Pops 20 Champagne Bottles & More Celebrity News
See what the stars are sipping and snacking on
See where 50 Cent popped 20 bottles of champagne and more!
When you are a celebrity, the world is your proverbial oyster. And if you're a celebrity shooting movies or giving magazine interviews, you’re likely getting some time to eat at your favorite restaurants and stop by the hottest clubs. We took a peek around the Web to see what your favorite celebrities are snacking on these days. Check out what we found!
Sofia Vergara professed her undying love via photo for cotton candy.
Former Beach Boy Brian Wilson and guitarist Jeff Beck were caught chowing down at New York City's Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse. The two announced their tour together in August of 2013.
50 Cent made the crowd crazy at new New York City Meatpacking District venue VIP Room. The rap star doesn’t drink, but that didn’t stop him from popping more than 20 bottles of champagne for guests and fans.
Jimmy Fallon was spotted close to midnight at the iconic Old Homestead Steakhouse in New York City's Meatpacking District at what looked like a business meeting held over steaks and Opus One wine.
P.Diddy treated girlfriend Cassie to a great date night at Hakkasan in Beverly Hills, Cali.
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Francis Ford Coppola
Famous for directing The Godfather and Apocalypse Now, Coppola has also built an empire in the wine industry. His eponymous brand produces more than three million cases annually. In 1975, he took control of the historic Inglenook estate that yields classic Napa Cabernets.
Inglenook 2016 Rubicon Cabernet Sauvignon (Rutherford) $210, 95 points. From the esteemed producer’s gorgeous estate, including 3% Merlot, this is impressive and structured—a leathery, viscous and concentrated expression of a great site in an intense vintage. Gunpowder, oak and black-cherry compote form around brightly captured acidity and a lasting fistful of baking spice that lingers and softens the finish. Editors’ Choice.–Virginie Boone
Willem Dafoe and Sam Neill in The Hunter (2011) / Photo by Matt Nettheim, courtesy of Magnolia Pictures
This recipe was ready in 10 minutes, and all I had to do was toss all of the ingredients into a pot and let them simmer.
I loved the flavor of this mulled wine. It wasn't spicy at all, and although the sweetness of the honey and cider came through, it wasn't overwhelming.
The simple orange-peel garnish also meant I wasn't nearly swallowing whole spices with each sip.
Despite the simplicity of the recipe, the flavor was still strong and warming, balancing sweetness and spiciness.
So many mulled recipes require a ton of spices and flourishes, but in this case, less really was more.
The Year of Champagnes You’ve Never Heard Of
Shopping for wine often requires plunging into the unknown. That is especially true this year for Champagne, because a new wave of small grower-producers on the shelves can mystify even the seasoned wine lover: Éric Rodez, Guillaume Sergent, Suenen, Bourgeois-Diaz, for a start. Who are these guys?
If you love Champagne, you will want to get to know these small producers, some of whom I’ve encountered for the first time.
Once, in another universe maybe 25 years ago, shopping for Champagne was not complicated. You simply had to familiarize yourself with a few of a couple of dozen big houses.
These grandes marques, or great brands, all professed to have a house style, which they adhered to year after year by blending wines from different terroirs within the Champagne region and from different vintages. Whereas fine wine from almost every other region in the world sought to express the particularities of place and vintage, Champagne prided itself on a mingled consistency year after year.
But that easy world began to change in the 1990s with a trickle of grower-producers, small farmers who grew their own grapes and made their own wines, into the international market.
Without the vast blending capacity of the big houses, these grower-produced Champagnes, like other wines, displayed the singular qualities of terroir and often differed from vintage to vintage. They offered a stark contrast to the too-often-bland consistency of the big houses.
With time, as they became more familiar, they began to challenge the notion of what Champagne was. No longer could the big houses coast on their well-marketed definition of Champagne as a celebratory beverage of the cellar. No, the success of the grower-producers redefined Champagne as a wine and forced the entire region to raise its game.
It also greatly increased demand for these smaller producers, even if they still account for only a small percentage of sales. In 2014, almost a million bottles of grower Champagne were shipped to the United States, up from about 273,000 in 2000, according to the Comité Champagne, a trade association. While this accounted for only 5 percent of the Champagne shipped in 2014, that percentage had more than tripled from the 1.4 percent shipped in 2000.
Some in the initial wave of grower-producers have become almost ubiquitous in New York. This is especially so in the domains of inexperienced sommeliers who, in the same manner as those who turned their backs on Bordeaux a few years ago, insist on stocking only grower-producers, out of a misplaced conviction that the big houses are unfashionable.
Excellent grower-producers like Pierre Peters, Pierre Gimonnet, Larmandier-Bernier and Egly-Ouriet are no longer rarities. A second wave of producers like Raphaël Bérêche, Cédric Bouchard and Ulysse Collin are now highly sought, and some, like Jacques Selosse and Jérôme Prévost, have become cult figures.
All of which leaves American importers thirsting for new grower-producers, and accounts for the flood of unfamiliar Champagnes I’m seeing on the shelves this season. Some of these names are definitely worth getting to know, like Éric Rodez, whose wines I’ve come to love.
Rodez is not a new producer. The family has been making Champagne for generations, but I’ve only just begun to see the wines in the New York market.
Rodez is centered in Ambonnay, which is known as pinot noir country, but the producer makes an unusual, superb blanc de blancs ($65) from Ambonnay chardonnay. It is richer and fuller than the blanc de blancs you might find from, say, Vertus, but pure and beautifully balanced with great finesse and minerality. Rodez also makes a more conventional blend of chardonnay and pinot noir, Cuvée des Crayères ($58), that is voluminous yet graceful, lively and absolutely delicious.
Unlike Rodez, Guillaume Sergent is new, not having created his own brand until 2011. But Les Prés Dieu ($48), Sergent’s extra brut blanc de blancs, will get your attention. Though it was bottled very young (Sergent doesn’t have the resources to age the wines properly) it’s unusually graceful and elegant, with creamy mineral flavors.
I also loved an extra brut blanc de blancs ($60) from another young producer, Suenen, which showed finesse and precision along with savory, chalky flavors. Yet another delightful blanc de blancs, Conversation ($46), from J. L. Vergnon, a producer who has been available off and on in the United States, was rich, creamy and mineral-laden.
I had heard of Veuve Fourny & Fils before, but somehow had never encountered the Champagne in New York. My loss. This small producer makes wonderfully interesting wines, like its entry-level Grande Réserve ($44), a beautifully detailed blend of 80 percent chardonnay and 20 percent pinot noir with great balance, finesse and tension.
What to Cook This Weekend
Sam Sifton has menu suggestions for the weekend. There are thousands of ideas for what to cook waiting for you on New York Times Cooking.
- Gabrielle Hamilton’s ranchero sauce is great for huevos rancheros, or poach shrimp or cubed swordfish in it.
- If you’re planning to grill, consider grilled chicken skewers with tarragon and yogurt. Also this grilled eggplant salad.
- Or how about a simple hot-dog party, with toppings and condiments galore?
- These are good days to make a simple strawberry tart, the blueberry cobbler from Chez Panisse, or apricot bread pudding.
- If you have some morels, try this shockingly good pan-roasted chicken in cream sauce from the chef Angie Mar.
By contrast, the Champagnes of Bourgeois-Diaz are entirely different. A Bourgeois-Diaz brut ($46), a blend of pinot meunier, pinot noir and chardonnay, was rustic and loosely knit rather than elegant, but fresh, balanced and full of vibrant life.
Not surprisingly, these Champagnes will be available in only a few markets around the United States. For one thing, most grower-producers don’t make enough wine to be distributed nationally. It’s entirely possible that consumers in, say, Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta and Portland, Ore., will find different sets of grower-producers.
For another, dealing with the complicated three-tier system for distributing wine in the United States — in which producers must often deal with different distributors (and laws) in each state to reach retailers — can be far more confusing and time-consuming for small producers than following the simpler rules of the European Union.
“The U.S. is getting more attention because the economy is good, but the three-tier system is discouraging,” said Sam Heitner, director of the U.S. Champagne Bureau, a marketing arm of the Champagne trade. “But if the E.U. picks up, they may go elsewhere, where they don’t have to deal with multiple distributors.”
By the way, Champagne lovers have long been taught that the easy way to tell the grower-producers from the bigger houses is to read the fine print on the label, where a tiny code distinguishes among NM for négociant-manipulants, or merchant-producers (including grandes marques) RM for récoltant-manipulants, or grower-producers and CM for coopérative-manipulants, or co-ops along with a few less important categories.
But the strict definition for each category can complicate matters. Say, for example, that a family grower-producer is passed from the parents to their three children. Under French law, the estate will have to be equally divided among the siblings. Perhaps one will own the production facilities and the others the vineyards. The producer will then have to buy the grapes from the two vineyard owners, transforming what had been an RM into an NM. Same estate, just organized differently.
Or a small family estate may buy a few well-chosen lots of grapes to supplement its own vineyard. This, too, renders it an NM, even though it possesses an RM point of view.
As always in wine, know the producer above all else.
Here are a few small Champagne producers well worth seeking out.
Éric Rodez Exceptional Champagnes from the Ambonnay area. (AP Wine Imports, New York)
Guillaume Sergent A new producer with lovely, elegant Champagnes. (A Daniel Johnnes Selection/Skurnik Wines, New York)
Suenen Another new producer making savory, sleek Champagnes. (A Transatlantic Bubbles Selection/Classic Wines, Stamford, Conn.)
J. L. Vergnon Creamy, rich Champagnes that are balanced and elegant. (Weygandt-Metzler, Unionville, Pa.)
Veuve Fourny & Fils Beautifully detailed Champagnes of great finesse. (Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, Berkeley, Calif.)
AS LONG AS YOU’RE THINKING ABOUT HIM, HIS JOB IS DONE HERE.
BY LAURA SCHREFFLER
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2020 WAS ALWAYS GOING TO GO DOWN IN HISTORY FOR CURTIS CENT” JACKSON, COVID-19 ASIDE. AFTER ALL, THIS WAS the year his career was finally acknowledged in the way he knew it could and should be – with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Surrounded by a crowd of his friends and family, mentors and peers, including Eminem and Dr. Dre, on Jan. 30, who could blame the guy for getting emotional during his acceptance speech? It was seemingly a moment of rare vulnerability from the tough-as-nails rapper, with ensuing headlines proclaiming how he “choked up” and “broke down,” showing off his “vulnerable side” during such an “emotional moment.”
Except, well… it actually wasn’t.
“Look, start of the year, I get the star,” he admits. “I’m not excited about it until I get there. I didn’t prepare a speech. I decided to go ahead and wing it. It feels like, ‘Oh shit, maybe I should have written something down.’ Once I got there, I got a call from Mary J. Blige to congratulate me, and I [told her], ‘I’m nervous, and I’m never nervous!’ She said, ‘Just get it, man, it’ll be cool.’ So I figured it out. I took a piece of paper and said, ‘I know what I’m going to do.’ I folded it up, and put it in my suit jacket and said to myself, ‘If I start feeling like I don’t know what to say, I’m going to [pretend to cry to buy myself some time]. They’ll say I’m getting emotional.’”
Like so many strategic gambles he’s taken throughout his career, this paid off in spades. So he may have crafted the moment out of smoke and mirrors, but what else is new? 50’s particular brand of showmanship has been driving his career since he first came on the scene like a hurricane in 2003 with his Grammy-nominated album, Get Rich or Die Tryin’, propelling him from a felon to the award-winning success story he is today.
Now, over Zoom, the rapper-turned-entrepreneur reenacts his ceremonial crocodile tears with a wink and a smile. He’s a modern-day P.T. Barnum in a New York Mets cap with considerably less flair, but twice as much charm. His over-the-top blubbering elicits a definite laugh, which was his intention. He is a man who lives to entertain, after all. He makes provocative statements, causes controversy with his lyrics and creates beef sometimes seemingly without reason, making sure it’s a rare week when someone isn’t talking about 50 Cent. Which, in his opinion, is the way it should always be. To him, there’s nothing worse than indifference.
“Love me or hate me, care enough to feel some sort of way,” he declares. “If there’s no [feeling at all], I’m not entertaining you.”
50 Cent will hardly have to worry about that: The number of projects attached to his name in the last six months – and in the year to come – is mind-boggling. He truly has earned the right to call himself a hustler., Aside from his Walk of Fame star, In the first half of 2020 he also has won the NAACP Image Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series award for his directorial debut (on Power) released the New York Times best-selling self-help book Hustle Harder, Hustle Smarter and most recently, joined forces with Roddy Rich on their late collaborator Pop Smoke’s “The Woo” music video.
Within the next year, he plans to release new music, appear in the sequel to 2018’s heist thriller, Den of Thieves, and produce a whopping eight shows through his G Unit Film & Television company. These include the just-renewed ABC legal series, For Life, and — as part of his extended Starz/Lionsgate deal — the drama Black Family Mafia, A Moment in Time, a scripted docu-series chronicling moments that shaped global pop culture, multiple extensions of the Power universe starting with Power Book II: Ghost, which drops this September, animated superhero series Trill League at Quibi, and multiple yet-to-be-announced projects at Starz, Netflix and CBS All Access.
But first and foremost, there’s 50 Cent’s rapidly expanding Power universe. The crime drama, which premiered in 2014 and wrapped its sixth season earlier this year, revolved around James “Ghost” St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick), a smart and savvy drug dealer yearning to leave his life of crime behind to run a legitimate nightlife business (and if this sounds familiar, it should: The show is loosely based on 50’s own experiences in that arena). The series was such an overwhelming success — becoming the most-watched original series on Starz and fourth-most-watched scripted series on TV full-stop — that it has now prompted four spin-offs: Power Book II: Ghost, which follows Tariq St. Patrick (Michael Rainey Jr.) just days after the Power series finale as he navigates his new life and tries to shed his father’s legacy Power Book III: Raising Kanan, a prequel focusing on 50’s character, drug-dealer Kanan Stark Power Book IV: Influence, Rashad Tate’s (Larenz Tate) pursuit of political power, and Power Book V: Force, a look at Tommy Egan’s (Joseph Sikora) life when he bids farewell to the Big Apple.
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While many fans are excited for the Sept. 6 premiere of Power Book II: Ghost — which will see Mary J. Blige and Cliff “Method Man” Smith joining the substantial cast — there are some who wonder why Ghost’s son was deemed the focus of the first reincarnation.
“I thought we [should do] Force first,” confides 50, who not only stars but also executive produces the series. “I’m the source where she gets the authenticity, but Courtney [Kemp] is the [creator and] writer and I’m fine with it being the next one, because no one understands Power more than her.”
To the creators, choosing who among the sizeable cast should have his or her own spin-off was pre-determined, even if the selected characters weren’t all the most obvious choices. “There were whole shows in the characters,” 50 explains. “Like with Raising Kanan, [we’re doing it] because people really like the character on the show. He is the person who turned Ghost and Tommy on to [a life of crime] in the beginning, so to show him from the instance of who he was to seeing the worst part of him, that will happen. You’ll also see Ghost and Tommy in the very beginning, when they’re afraid to [murder] still, but they’re with someone who’s damaged enough, who does it in front of them and not only likes it, but gets away with it. If they didn’t see it go wrong so often, they wouldn’t be so conscious of the repercussions of their actions.”
While it remains to be seen how many of the spin-offs 50 will actually appear in — Raising Kanan is meant to be a look at his character’s life as a youth — the 15-time Grammy nominee confirms he’ll be producing the theme songs for all his upcoming shows. “Making sure the theme songs are musically good is important to me,” he boasts. “Power’s [“Big Rich Town”] was one of the best theme songs I’ve ever heard. Of course, I didn’t get nominated for it, but it sold a million copies. Show me another theme song that people actually want to buy. My career has been that way. [There’s a discrepancy between my] achievements and the accolades connected to them. I got to achieve what I wanted to achieve, but I didn’t get the trophies to go with it, and they’re not giving me trophies because then kids would actually want to be 50 Cent.” (His Best New Artist loss to Evanescence at the 2003 Grammys is still a sore spot: “Where the f**k is Evanescence now?”)
Still, his success has guaranteed he now has the power, so to speak, to do whatever the heck he wants, and so he does it all. His portfolio is vast and diverse, a venerable cornucopia of interests including artist and talent management, video games, mobile apps, clothing, health drinks, electronics, fragrances, headphones, apparel, footwear and boxing promotion. It’s like he wakes up each day and thinks, ‘Hm, I’d like to try this today’… and then starts a company to immerse himself in his interest du jour, which isn’t actually far from the truth. Currently, he’s responsible for G-Unit Records, G-Unit Brands, G-Unit Clothing Company, G-Unity Foundations Inc., SMS Promotions, Power hand sanitizer, and, his current baby, Sire Spirits, named in honor of his youngest son, 7-year-old Sire.
50 is the sole owner of Sire Spirits, which currently offers Le Chemin du Roi (“The King’s Path”) champagne and Branson cognac. To create these brands, made several trips to France to source champagne and cognac to his high standards. Once his French supply deals were in place, he personally designed the distinctive look and style of each and every bottle. For Le Chemin du Roi, he created all signature custom gold, rose gold and silver chess-inspired pieces. To set each apart, he painted the $160 Brut bottle silver, left the $325 Rose clear and kept the $1,000 Blanc de Blancs in its traditional green form. The next cuvée’s release is still six years away, but 50 isn’t sitting back and resting on his victory laurels. He’s currently designing a custom champagne bottle that will first become available in 2027.
With respect to Branson, his unique, genie-like bottle design was the result of months of sketches, renderings and hand-blown glass samples. Once a final prototype was available, he found a manufacturer in Italy to produce the bottles to his standards. A clear bottle hosts his $69 Grand Champagne V.S.O.P., red displays the $59 Branson V.S.O.P. Royal and the $49 Branson Phantom V.S. is showcased in black. The $249 Branson X.O. has a more intricate, circular presentation.
Of all that he’s created, Sire Spirits is the most important. This is what he plans on leaving behind for the brand’s namesake. This is to be his legacy.
“I intend to keep that company for my son,” says 50. “I’ll be giving it to him when he’s old enough. You have to start thinking of these things in advance. I don’t know if I’ll always be around, so this information needs to be passed to him now.” Laughing, he adds: “He needs to know what’s going on from the very beginning and be all like, ‘I’ve been running this company since I was six!’”
It sounds like little Sire is a chip off the old block. “I accepted early on that I was a hustler,” 50 admits. “It’s like saying, ‘I’m fit.’ You commit to doing it and you do it, and in the process, you learn that you actually like hurting yourself, because you’re hurting yourself for your muscles to grow again. By accepting hustling, it means that I’m continuously trying something new and going after something,” he explains, noting, “I find the biggest personal pleasure in it. I’m already billions away from where I come from. So it’s like, ‘What are you chasing? A marker? A specific dollar amount?’ Even if I cleared a billion dollars, I’d go, ‘OK, I think I’m going to invest in this.’ It’s putting the money back into something else that I think was cool. For me, it’s the whistle while you work concept: I don’t involve myself in things that I’m not really passionate about. Plus, I have an end goal I’m trying to achieve generational wealth for my little guy.”
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ON JULY 6, JAMIRA “CUBAN LINK” HAINES MYSTERIOUSLY TOLD 50 CENT TO PUT ON ALL BLACK AND GET IN THE CAR. HE WAS n baffled, but intrigued, by his girlfriend of a year’s request. “I was like, ‘Where the f**k are we going?,” he recalls. “We were in some industrial area [in Brooklyn]. It still wasn’t registering to me that we were going to a party until I walked in and it was like, ‘Boom! Surprise!’”
It turns out that even the unflappable 50 Cent still can be rendered speechless. At 45, in the midst of a pandemic, the rapper-turned-entrepreneur was the recipient of his first-ever surprise party (where, obviously, there was a lot of “Go shorty, it’s your birthday” going on).
“Everybody [who matters to me] was there,” he admits. “My close relationships are pretty limited. I have no interest in having [superficial] friendships. I have a lot of associates, not a lot of really close friends, so I was really excited to have so many family and friends there instead of so many associates. It was really cool. I enjoyed myself for once.”
Despite the times, it may have been his best birthday to date, too. Given that his birthday typically falls over July 4th weekend, he’d usually be hopping from one city to another, one club to the next, all hot spots, all interchangeable. And he’d smile and he’d hang, but inside, he’d be bored as hell.
“There are always a bunch of different parties for me to go to, but it always feels like work after the first. That’s just the way it’s been,” he laments, noting that this year was a refreshing change. “This time, because of Covid, there was no reason for me to draw people out. They came to me.”
Believe it or not, for someone so very much in the public eye, 50 claims he doesn’t really enjoy it. “I’m a homebody,” he acknowledges. “ So if I could, I would skip all this s**t, all these events, if I didn’t have to f**king go. I’m like, ‘Whatever.’ I’d much rather stay home.”
These days, he’s getting his wish. Life has come to a virtual standstill outside the walls of his luxury townhouse, thanks to the ever-evolving Covid-19 situation. It allows him time to reflect on more than just his career and personal happiness, but all that’s happening in the world around him. “After being at home for almost three months during [the New York Covid quarantine], I sat there wondering if the cure for corona was racism and police brutality, because I saw everybody going outside to march,” he says. “Seas of people out there, and I’m going, ‘Yo. If everybody got sick in a couple of weeks, this s**t wasn’t even real to me. It feels crazy, like what are we even going outside for?’ But this has been happening in America all along, and the only reason why we’re seeing it so much now is that people are recording it. Nothing has changed.”
He himself is a different story.
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“My life has definitely changed [in the last year] just in that I’m in the house so much, but I can’t complain,” he continues. “This is the first time I’ve been in one place since I was a child, but I don’t mind. I’m not in a hurry to run out of the house right now. I’m already programmed to be on the move all the time, so it doesn’t sway me away from being able to get work. Here, I’m never really tired. It’s a lot less work getting things done from the house versus going out. I don’t know if I want to go back to the way it was before.”
50 swears he’s not slowing down. He’s hustling just as hard as before, and maybe even harder. He’s just doing it with all of his creature comforts around. Making what he refers to as “quarantine adjustments,” he turned his garage into a private home gym with every bell and whistle imaginable(including a boxing corner, a favored way to let off steam since he was a kid). He has a custom-made Branson Cognac slushie machine that makes piña coladas and strawberry daiquiris. He also has a sauna. Really, there’s no incentive to leave.
“I like my spaces to be as lavish as possible, because I think the most expensive thing we spend is time,” he explains. “If you’re going to be in that space, then that should be what you actually invest in, because it’s going to reflect back on you and help you with your energy.”
While he loves expensive things, he also maintains he doesn’t need them. “Money can’t buy happiness,” he notes. “It can create comfort, and it can buy you freedom, but it doesn’t cost money for you to be happy. When there’s no money around, you can still have so many joyful moments.”
His life always has been a happy mix of good and bad, high and low, black and white. There never seems to be a grey area. He says what he means, means what he says, and stands by it all, even if his truth is unpopular. Unprompted, he starts to speak about a comment he made while appearing as a guest on Lil Wayne’s Weezy’s Young Money radio show, and used the phrase “angry black women.” He explains, “What I said exactly was… ‘When the person is from somewhere other than what you’ve experienced, the communication is a little different because they come from different walks of life.’ And when I said that, [there was a lot of anger and women saying], ‘You don’t think black girls are exotic.’ And I said, ‘They be angry when they see a black man with someone else other than African-American women in general.’”
50 doesn’t regret making the comment, or any others, for that matter. There isn’t that much that can phase a man who had to fend for himself early in life in the working class neighborhood of Jamaica, Queens who started selling drugs at 12 who received a jail sentence by 20 and who almost died by 25 after he was shot nine times at point-blank range. But everything he is, everything he stands for, is the ability to change his situation and turn it around on a dime… or, rather, on a 50 cent piece, ‘50 cent’ being a metaphor for change.
“I have feelings like everybody else, and I go through those feelings,” he maintains. “But it doesn’t make me feel like I can’t do what I want to do. Everyone’s pain is tailor fit. Our culture, hip-hop culture, loves things that are damaged. They like people who come from a background, whose experiences have been so rough that they can’t help but be who they are. Some people are suffering from PTSD. Me, I’m more about PTG – post-traumatic growth.
“I was in a pitch for a television show and heard the term for the first time then, and it rings so much like my experience,” he explains. “It’s an actual clinical term: Growth from traumatic experiences.” [We looked it up: this time, no theatrics — he’s right.]
He acknowledges that, even at his age, he’s still having growing pains. Sometimes that means he’s saying the wrong thing, or making the wrong judgment call. But that’s who he is, and he owns it. He certainly won’t apologize for being who he is.
“A lot of the guys I grew up with are gone,” he shares. “They’ve already passed away. They don’t have a life expectancy of 45. So regardless of what happens in my life, I’m content with where I’m at, with the things I’ve already accomplished.” He pauses to think , but not for too long — it’s not his style — then adds, “But being who I am, I’ll always be after something… and I’ll always be competing with people, too. You don’t have to notify them that they’re in competition: It helps me identify with qualities in other people I have to see that the other person is good to make them the opponent. When I get in competitive situations when I’m exhausted, I find energy. It puts me back in the [zone] where I go after what I need to go after.”
Even when no one is aware, 50 Cent is pulling the strings, bending situations to his will, creating the conflict and chaos he needs to get ahead. But no one ever made a difference by being like everyone else, right ringmaster?
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Beyoncé Supposedly Poured a $20,000 Bottle of Wine Into a Hot Tub—and the Internet Is Feeling Some Type of Way About It
Oh, must be nice to be a celebrity, right?
Fans have been talking about Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé's "Feeling Myself" music video since it dropped yesterday (exclusively on Tidal, then leaked on YouTube, then taken off YouTube. ), and now, the Twitterverse is highlighting one specific moment from the entertaining clip that has them feeling some type of way.
At one point, Queen B is seen chillin' in the hot tub while pouring out a bottle of sparkling wine. First thought: Why would you waste wine like that? Second thought: That is not your usual Two-Buck Chuck.
In fact, the price tag on just one of those bottles is probably the same amount of money you owe for your student loans—as one Twitter user wonderfully illustrated.
Yes, that's some Armand de Brignac (otherwise known as Ace of Spades), and the price for one bottle ranges from $300 to hundreds of thousands of dollars. The exact price of that bottle in her hands, however, is unknown.
But let's be real. It's not the first time a celeb has flaunted their wealth in such a way, and realistically speaking, Bey probably didn't have to pay a cent for those bottles and were sent a bunch from the company because voila! We're all talking about it now. Not to mention her hubby, Jay Z, bought the company, because of course he did.
Regardless, the whole act still made people a little bothered.
Do you think Bey was being rude? Sound off in the comments!
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Have a New Champagne House in France—Open for Visits Soon!
Brad Pitt has a new property in the small village of Mesnil-sur-Oger in Champagne, France. But it’s not just any house—it’s a champagne house for his new Fleur de Miraval champagne, a business venture with his ex-wife (Yep!) Angelina Jolie. And People just gave us a sneak peek inside.
These exclusive photos come just days before the actor will release the first bottles of his new “world-class” rosé champagne on Thursday (Oct. 15). Fleur de Miraval is created through a special method called saignée, which boldens the wine by allowing the pressed grape juice to “bleed” away from the mash. "For me, champagne conjures up feelings of celebration, quality, prestige, and luxury," Pitt told People. "But rosé champagne is still relatively unknown. Backed by our success with Miraval in Provence, I wanted to try to create the defining brand of rosé Champagne, focusing all our efforts on just this one color."
To achieve this color, Pitt has spent the last five years (several experimenting and three more to age the wine) developing the bubbly with his winemaking partners, the Peters and Perrin families. The time and effort put into this champagne are proving to be worth it. 2007 World’s Best Sommelier Andreas Larsson raved about his early tasting of Fleur de Miraval in an Instagram post, where he gave it a 95/100 score.
And the price of the bottle reflects its unique fermentation and aging processes. At $390 a pop, Fleur de Miraval champagne joins the ranks of other high-end celebrity champagnes, like Jay Z and Beyoncé’s Armand de Brignac and 50 Cent’s Chemin du Roi in partnership with Castelnau.
But this isn’t Pitt’s first stint with rosé—his Miraval rosé is currently in its sixth year of production. And in 2019, Pitt introduced two new premium rosés, one of which he personally shared with guests at a screening party for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood at Cannes.
Pitt and Jolie discovered Miraval in 2008 before purchasing in 2012. Despite the ex-couple’s 2016 split, sources told People that they’re keeping the property “as an investment for their children.” Set on 1,200 acres, the champagne’s new home is a large yet somewhat discrete building located close to the center of the village in France. Inside the house, you’ll find 5,000-liter barrels made of French oak that are used to age the champagne, as opposed to the commonly used stainless steel vats. The oak barrels give the wine a much more distinct, luxurious flavor. And get this: eventually the Fleur de Miraval house will be open to the public for tours by prior appointment. So picture sipping bubbly rosé perfected by Brad Pitt in a quaint and quiet French village—we know we are.
Pitt isn’t exactly new to working with an ex. Just last month, Pitt joined Jennifer Anniston for a charity table read of the 1982 film Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Their virtual reenactment of the steamy scene between their characters, Linda and Brad, quickly went viral, causing us to ship these two once again.
So we’d like to toast Brad on his new champagne and his impressive ability to work with his exes! Cheers!
COCA‐COLA TRYING A PLASTIC BOTTLE
The Coca‐Cola Company introduced here yesterday a 32‐ounce plastic bottle and Munediately became embroiled with Pepsico, Inc., over whose bottle is the best.
Coca‐Cola USA, the domestic division of Coca‐Cola, the nation's largest soft‐drink company, displayed its new 32 ounce “Easy‐Goer” plastic bot tie. Company officials said it was being formally introduced yesterday in the Providence R.I., marketing area after undergoing various tests since 1970.
The makers of Pepsi‐Cola announced that they had completed “the largest and most extensive tests of a plastic bottle ever conducted by the softdrink industry.”
Pepsi, the No. 2 soft‐drink company, insisted that its polyester bottles were better than the acrylonitrile bottles of Coke. Pepsi's are manufactured by E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. and Coke's by the Monsanto Company.
Pepsi said it would introduce its new plastic bottles “early in 1976.”
While Coca‐Cola was showing its “Easy‐Goer” bottle at the St. Regis Hotel, Pepsi‐Cola held a party at the opposite end of the second floor to introduce a champagne from the Soviet Union.
Donald R. Keough, president of Coca‐Cola USA, said that major benefits of the new bottle were its light weight, toughness and environmental advantages. He pointed out that an empty plastic bottle weighs “only 2 ounces against 19 ounces for an empty glass bottle” and that, when filled, it weighs “25 per cent less than a filled one‐way glass bottle of the same size.”
Mr. Keough said the new bottle was harder to break than a glass bottle. If one does break, be said, it “usually breaks safely intd a few large pieces which would not be likely to cut.”
He also asserted that governmental and other studies prove that plastic bottle manufacture and use required slightly less energy than non‐refillable glass bottles and cans.
Mr. Keough also said that the “Easy‐Goer” was “highly resistant to biodegradation and exposure to water and sunlight, which makes the package more valuable in protecting the product it contains and permits recycling.”
He reported that Monsanto planned to establish recycling centers to redeem the used bottles at $250 a ton, or 12½ cents a pound. Later, in answer to a question, he said that the recycling centers would be getting 1.8 cents for a plastic bottle against 0.6 cent for aluminum containers and that “the aluminum industry is getting anywhere from 25 to 50 per cent returns now.”
Replying to another question, Coca‐Cola executives said that work was progressing on other sizes‐10‐, 16‐ and 48‐ounce containers—and on the familiar Coke bottle. They also said that other soft drinks, including Tab and Fresca, would be offered in plastic bottles as demand warranted.
They said that the cost to bottlers would be “essentially the same as glass” but that savings would be realized in shipping with the lighter weight because more containers could be sent inthe same size vehicle.
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