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One Direction's Zayn and Louis allegedly caught smoking pot

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Here’s one midnight memory the One Direction boys would like to fade by morning: Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson were “caught” on video allegedly smoking a joint while in a car in Peru. The clip, shot by Tomlinson, was obtained by The Daily Mail and since removed from their site.

According to the Telegraph, Tomlinson jokes on the five-minute tape: “So here we are, leaving Peru. Joint lit. Happy days!” As he speaks, he and Malik laugh and pass some kind of cigarette back and forth. A spokesman for the band told the Guardian that he has no further comment on the video, adding, “This matter is in the hands of our lawyers.” (A rep for the band didn’t immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.) READ FULL STORY

Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman: Who should play the drug kingpin in a movie? -- POLL

On Saturday, drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán was captured in a near-seamless operation (reports say not a single shot was fired during the bust) in the Mexican resort city of Mazatlán, where the 59-year-old wanted man was allegedly enjoying some fun in the sun.

Guzman — one of the world’s richest outlaws and the head of a drug cartel responsible for a reported 25 percent of all illegal drugs brought into the United States via Mexico — had evaded capture for years. That is, unless you count a brief imprisonment in 2001, which ended when El Chapo — translated, the nickname means “Shorty” — escaped from Mexico’s maximum-security Puente Grande prison in a laundry cart or simply by walking out dressed as a policeman (depending on whether you believe Mexico’s official report; we’ll let you decide). El Chapo has lived a life full of crime, drugs, and sex (his wife is 20-something beauty queen Emma Coronel), and making a movie based on his life is the stuff screenwriters and action directors dream of.

And why not? El Chapo’s rags-to-riches story would be the perfect Oscar-bait movie (or Univision novela: The top-rated Spanish network announced in January it had ordered a 60-episode miniseries based on the drug lord). The 56-year-old — whom Forbes estimates is worth a whopping $1 billion — is the eldest of seven children born into a poor family in the rural town of La Tuna. The kingpin’s entry into the drug business began at age 15, when he began to grow his own marijuana for distribution. Now, the man known as “Public Enemy No. 1″ by Chicago authorities — a title that until now, was only used for Al Capone — may be close to a final chapter fit for the big screen, which begs the question: What would a movie based on his life look like? Beginning, of course, with a leading man worthy of El Chapo’s luxuriously thick handlebar mustache. READ FULL STORY

Russell Brand on Philip Seymour Hoffman: Our culture 'does not know how to treat its addicts'

Reformed substance abuser Russell Brand — who’s been clean and sober for over a decade — has spent years crusading on behalf of addicts. In 2011, when his friend Amy Winehouse died of accidental alcohol poisoning, he wrote a long tribute to her, taking pains to specify that addiction is a disease: “We need to review the way society treats addicts,” he wrote, “not as criminals but as sick people in need of care.” The following year, he testified before his home country’s Parliament to advocate decriminalizing drug addiction, saying again that those suffering from the disease should be treated with compassion.

And now Brand has weighed in on the recent passing of Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died of an apparent heroin overdose early last Sunday.

The comedian begins his Guardian column in an unusual way: by declaring that the demise of, say, a wild young star like Miley Cyrus or Justin Bieber would not be particularly shocking. The death of Hoffman, however — “a middle-aged man, a credible and decorated actor, the industrious and unglamorous artisan of Broadway and serious cinema” — strikes us as particularly tragic. In Brand’s eyes, however, it shouldn’t; “the man was a drug addict and his death inevitable.”

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What we can learn from Cory Monteith: The Internet weighs in

The news was tragic, but unfortunately not surprising: The coroner’s office announced Tuesday that Glee star Cory Monteith died of a “mixed drug toxicity, involving heroin and alcohol.” The actor had checked into rehab and completed a 30-day stint in April and had talked openly about battling addiction as a teenager. In the wake of his death, the Internet took a break from getting itself outraged about that Rolling Stone cover and instead is using this as an opportunity to educate people about addiction and how all-encompassing and devastating the illness can be.

Comedian Rob Delaney — who himself got sober 11 years ago — shared some thoughts on his Tumblr, highlighting how addiction is a lifelong battle but that no one is beyond help or destined to die from their demons. “One of the hallmarks of alcoholism and addiction is multiple attempts to curb your use/abuse of drugs and alcohol. I’m only writing this because I sensed a fatalism in some of the replies I received from people, suggesting they believe that some folks are destined to OD and die. F— that. F— you if you think that. Addiction is a brutal, cunning, shapeshifting enemy, but I’ve seen people from every walk of life kick it in the f—ing mouth. But if you want to beat it, you must ACKNOWLEDGE ITS STRENGTH.”
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Sharon Osbourne sets the record straight about Ozzy: 'We're not getting divorced' -- VIDEO

Sharon Osbourne used her spot as a cohost on The Talk today to speak out about her husband Ozzy Osbourne’s addiction issues and the rumors that the longtime couple are on the verge of divorce.

“Everything that was printed in the tabloids has been distorted. There’s always a little seed of truth to everything that gets reported, but then it gets very distorted,” Osbourne said. “We’re dealing with it. We’re not getting divorced. However, am I happy? No. Am I upset? Yes, I am. I’m devastated right now.”

Osbourne went on to admit that while she knew Ozzy had been drinking again, she did not know the extent of it or that he’d also been using prescription drugs.

“It’s a disease that not only hurts the person that has the disease but it hurts the family. It hurts people that love you and we’re dealing with it,” she continued. “We’ve dealt with worse and we will deal with it and this too shall pass. Otherwise my husband will be taken to the hospital to get my foot removed from his ass.”

Check out her entire statement from this morning’s The Talk below.

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Justin Bieber snapped smoking a mysterious cigarette

All he needs is a beauty and a… blunt?

TMZ has obtained photos of the world’s favorite pint-sized pop star, Justin Bieber, holding what appears to be marijuana. (Or “salvia,” as Miley Cyrus might say.) According to the site, the pictures were taken on January 2, one day after a paparazzo was killed while trying to photograph the star.

And while we can’t verify that the joint-in-hand is, in fact, marijuana — Bieber’s rep hasn’t answered EW’s request for comment at this time — if it is, we’re betting the Biebs crushed some serious amounts of fondue after the fact. READ FULL STORY

Crashing and burning in 'Flight' -- no airplane required

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Flight is not always an easy movie to watch. To start with, if you have just a teensy little bit of flying phobia, prepare to sit through a most harrowing and horrifying plane crash. Denzel Washington, playing pilot Whip Whitaker (one of the greatest character names in some time, don’t you think?), must control a commercial airliner in mechanical failure and get it to the ground as safely as possible under impossible conditions. Whip stays cool and collected while everyone around him — from flight attendants to co-pilot to passengers — quite rightly falls apart, and he manages to pull off a mind-boggling feat of flying. Of course, the fact that we know that he did these heroic actions while drunk and high out of his mind makes things a lot more complicated. READ FULL STORY

Lance Armstrong's seven Tour de France titles? Poof. Gone.

Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life by cycling’s governing body Monday following a report from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that accused him of leading a massive doping program on his teams.

UCI President Pat McQuaid announced that the federation accepted the USADA’s report on Armstrong and would not appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

“Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling and he deserves to be forgotten in cycling,” McQuaid said at a news conference. “This is a landmark day for cycling.”

The decision clears the way for Tour de France organizers to officially remove Armstrong’s name from the record books, erasing his consecutive victories from 1999-2005. READ FULL STORY

Shia LaBeouf will drop acid and drink moonshine, as long as it's for a role

Move over, Daniel Day-Lewis: Shia LaBeouf is taking method acting (and imposing hair growth) to a whole new level.

First, the former Disney Channel star told MTV that he may actually have sex on camera for his role in Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac: “There’s a disclaimer at the top of the script that basically says, ‘We’re doing it for real,'” LaBeouf said. “Anything that is ‘illegal’ will be shot in blurred images. But other than that, everything is happening… It’s going to be a wild movie, man. It’s going to be a wild movie.”

Now the actor says he also went all the way — in a sense — while making both Mob story The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman and bootlegging saga Lawless. LaBeouf told USA Today that he actually got drunk on moonshine while filming Lawless scenes in which his character did the same. Similarly, LaBeouf claims he really dropped acid to prepare for a Necessary Death scene in which his character trips.

“There’s a way to do an acid trip like Harold & Kumar, and there’s a way to be on acid,” the Disturbia star explained. “What I know of acting, Sean Penn actually strapped up to that [electric] chair in Dead Man Walking. These are the guys that I look up to.” He neglected to mention that Penn wasn’t really electrocuted.

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