Kevin Smith's "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" stumbled at the box office — it debuted with a meager $10 million — and thrust the writer/director into an emotional crisis of the why-am-I-on-this-planet variety, but the comedy did bestow one gift on its creator: marijuana.
And as Smith has stated on many occasions since, pot became the catalyst for a career second-wind. For that, he has "Zack and Miri" star Seth Rogen to thank.
"One of the most talented people I worked with in my life was Seth Rogen," Smith explained to MTV News during our live-stream interview on Tuesday. "I got so much from him. He re-energized me in a weird way. I became a stoner because of Seth Rogen."
Dancing With the Stars alum Aaron Carter has checked into rehab.
Carter, 23, brother of Backstreet Boy Nick Carter, was working on an album and a show in Florida but decided to take time "to heal some emotional and spiritual issues he was dealing with," his manager Johnny Wright said in a statement to E! Online.
"He has chosen to enter a facility where he feels he will get the guidance and cleansing he needs," says Wright. " Which in turn will help him on the music journey he's about to take."
Here's the deal on why Mark Wahlberg stopped smoking pot: He did it for his children.
Accepting the Indie Impact Award at the January 9 Palm Springs Film Festival, the star of "The Fighter" remarked that the trophy resembled a bong.
"But I don't use those anymore," he noted, according to Us Weekly. "I stopped smoking weed for my kids."
Thirty-nine-year-old Wahlberg, who has four children with wife Rhea Durham, added that it was one incident in particular that convinced him to give up the ganja.
Former talk show host Montel Williams was busted with drug paraphernalia at Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport, according to reports.
While passing through a security checkpoint at the airport on Tuesday, TSA officials found what they believed to be a pipe used for smoking pot. According to TMZ, there was no residue in the pipe.
Williams, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999, has been a vocal advocate for medical marijuana in recent years, claiming it has been the most effective treatment for his chronic pain associated with the disease.
Quentin Tarantino and Brad Pitt like their reefer -- but Tarantino swears neither was high while shooting "Inglourious Basterds." "Brad doesn't smoke while he's acting," Quentin told us at a Thursday lunch celebrating his film's Oscar nominations. "And I don't smoke while I'm directing."
However, he achieved his riotous masterwork, more than a few handicappers think the "Basterds" could ambush the Best Picture chances of "Avatar" and "Hurt Locker." (The flick's SAG win suggests Academy actors will compensate Tarantino for "Pulp Fiction" being robbed of its gold in '95.) Next up for Tarantino? "I'd like to do a Western. But rather than set it in Texas, have it in slavery times.
With that subject that everybody is afraid to deal with. Let's shine that light on ourselves. You could do a ponderous history lesson of slaves escaping on the Underground Railroad. Or, you could make a movie that would be exciting. Do it as an adventure. A spaghetti Western that takes place during that time. And I would call it 'A Southern.'"
Some celebrities are more forthcoming with their love of weed than others -- ahem, Willie Nelson -- but you might be surprised at a few that fight for the drug's legalization.
Richard Lee, left, owner of the Blue Sky Shop/dispensary, teaching Chris McCatheran about medical marijuana plants. Credit: Peter Dasilva/European Pressphoto Agency
The popularity of pot clubs in the Bay Area has led to a burgeoning crop of medical marijuana millionaires. Call them the ganja riche. Like many of their nouveaux predecessors, they are trying to figure out what to do with their cash.
Some are giving to charity, but you will not see any fanfare or buildings named in their honor. Medicinal marijuana remains a legal gray area, and nothing — even philanthropy — is simple when it comes to the proceeds. Oakland’s medical marijuana headquarters, Oaksterdam University, could not even sponsor a local food bank.
“They refused our sponsorship because of other money they get from the federal government,” said Richard Lee, founder of Oaksterdam.
While marijuana money and munchies might sound like the perfect fit, the food bank worried that such a partnership would have put the federal dollars it receives in jeopardy.
“We appreciated the offer from Oaksterdam and gave it due consideration,” said Brian Higgins, the food bank’s spokesman. “In the end, it was not worth the risk.”
The sense of legal uncertainty is created by the maze of laws surrounding medical marijuana. California voters approved it, but it remains a federal crime.
While plugging the annual Tribute to the Troops show during a radio appearance on The Opie & Anthony Show last week, RAW Superstar Montel Vontavious Porter (MVP) admitted his fondness for marijuana.
During the radio show appearance, he relayed a story from his recent trip to Iraq where one of the soldiers noted that a lot of marijuana is grown in Afghanistan. He then expressed his disappointment in WWE not going to Afghanistan this year.
After binge-drinking and casual sex, now Sally Bercow reveals she smoked cannabis while at public school
Speaker’s wife Sally Bercow has admitted taking drugs when she was a pupil at a top public school.
Labour-supporting Mrs Bercow, who last week revealed a drink-fuelled string of casual affairs, yesterday confessed to using cannabis at Marlborough College, where she studied with the wives of David Cameron and George Osborne.
But the mother of three strongly denied she had ever taken cocaine.
Mrs Bercow, 40, shocked the Commons last week by revealing her promiscuous, binge-drinking past before marrying John, 46, who sat as a Tory MP before becoming Speaker in June.
She said she had spoken out because she feared her colourful background would be dug up and used to wreck her dream of becoming a Labour MP.
Yet all it did was provoke more revelations by her former friends – and further disclosures by the Bercows.
Yesterday, she attempted to calm the controversy by saying she had put herself forward to appear in public health campaigns warning young women about binge-drinking.
Natalie Portman has revealed she smoked cannabis joints when she reached her 20s because she wanted to experiment.
The actress tried the herbal drug in her 20s because she missed out on the usual experimental teenage experiences because she was making movies from the age of 11.
She confessed: "OK, so I didn't really go to high school parties and, yeah, I didn't touch pot until I was in my 20s. I didn't get flat-out drunk until I went to college. But I think that's a good thing in many ways."
But Natalie, 28, has no regrets about starting work at such a young age, saying: "I was definitely working at a young age, but there's a whole growth in that."
Natalie – who made her film debut in the critically acclaimed 1994 assassin movie ‘Leon’ - admits her acting career gave her privileges that her high school peers never experienced.
The screen beauty – who stars in new war movie 'Brothers', alongside Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal – told Marie Claire magazine said: "I've always been the lucky one with the Cinderella-ness of getting to borrow something awesome.
"Like a little Armani strapless thing I wore to the ‘Star Wars’ premiere and my high school prom."
A video of Marilyn Monroe allegedly smoking marijuana has been made public some 50 years after it was filmed.
The film was recently bought for $275,000 (£166,000) by US collector Keya Morgan, who is making a documentary on the death of Monroe in August 1962.
He tracked it down to an attic in New Jersey - the person who filmed it said it was taken at an informal gathering in 1958 or 1959.
The film shows a personal side rarely seen in public since the actress achieved stardom.