Archive for June, 2008
Katie's got a new (old) look!
Here are a couple photos of Katie Holmes making her way out of a dance studio in LA, with little Suri Holmes-Cruise (in a matching top) cleaving to her bosom, where she has been taking dance classes in preparation for her upcoming stint on Broadway … take a look:
It looks like Katie got herself a new hairdo for her show as well. It is a definite nod to Speed Racer‘s girlfriend Trixie if I’ve ever seen one. Katie‘s new play All My Sons opens in September so she’s still got a couple months of rehearsals to get thru before her big debut. I just hope she keeps practicin’ … and keeps the new look, it kind works for her head shape :)
[Photo credit: X17]
... is a don't?
Ruh-Ro! La Diva Latina, Jennifer Lopez, got herself a new haircut which she unveiled in Barcelona, Spain yesterday at the launch event for her new lingerie line which was designed for Italian brand Yamamay. Is it just me or is the new ‘do a bit too OC soccer mom?
I dunno … I don’t like it. I guess that’s OK cuz I doubt the other parents at the PTA meetings are really gonna care for her low-cut dresses.
[Photo credit: INFdaily]
Posted under: Jennifer Lopez
The latest 007 movie, Quantum Of Solace, is nearly upon us and so to get us prepared for the return of Bond, James Bond, here is the first trailer for the film, due in theaters on November 7:
UH OH! This time around it looks like Bond has got himself in a lick of seemingly insurmountable trubs … however will he get himself out of the mess he’s gotten himself into? Well, as long as Daniel Craig manages to stay sexy, stay badass and stay as unclothed as possible, I am deffo up for seeing this movie. Craig‘s Bond is the only Bond that has ever held any fascination for me. I loved Casino Royale, this one looks pretty good, too.
'Vanity Fair' names the next wave of 'Bright Young Hollywood'
The young cast of Gossip Girl is featured in the August issue of Vanity Fair magazine wherein the mag pontificates on the state of Young Hollywood (as it is wont to do from time to time) and names the new members of the next wave of, what they call, Bright Young Hollywood (also on the list Johan Hill, Emma Stone, Josh Peck, the Jonas brothers and more). Here is the mag’s photo of the Gossip gang all decked in in their best designer finery, walking brazenly into the wind:
It’s been only five years since V.F. took a reading of Hollywood’s youthquake—featuring the likes of Lindsay Lohan, the Olsen twins, and Shia LaBeouf—but the celebrity terrain has gotten rougher … As for the class of 2008 pictured in these pages, they inhabit a far more predatory media-parasite environment, a Grand Theft Auto of “gotcha,” which so far they’re handling with aplomb. Easy to track, hard to trap, they belong to the iGeneration, for whom texting and Twittering are as natural as popping orange Tic Tacs, inhabiting and trailing invisible clouds of information wherever they go in the digital eco-system, where online and off-line, real life and Second Life, overlap. Boundaries dissolve everywhere they turn their pretty heads. It’s a short, sharp hop from the wholesome happy perk of Disney’s Hannah Montana, whose Miley Cyrus can’t show a little bare shoulder without the world flipping its bonnet, to the spite-laced hangovers of the CW’s Gossip Girl, where decadence is in full Baudelairean flower. There, every Coach bag contains wanton secrets. Treachery and bitchery gleam from every compact mirror. Youth and beauty have their privileges, among them being the ability and agility to roll out into the hazy dawn following the squalors of the night before and still possess the throwaway glamour of a Bryan Ferry song. A fan craze and a critical fetish, Gossip Girl has hit the sweet spot of the Zeitgeist, the X mark where sex appeal and pop sociology intersect and the story lines hold an illusion of seamlessness, as if they sprang full-blown from the brow of Entertainment Weekly.
Uh huh. Yeah, this article has a whole lot of big words which, I assume, is meant to take the topic of being young, rich and famous in Hollywood and elevate it to something akin to a post graduate thesis. Under normal circumstances, I’d be down … but I had a hard time getting thru this article (which you can read in full HERE) without kinda wanting to die a little bit. I mean, I get it … you write for Vanity Fair, you can mix and mingle big words with up-to-the-second pop culture references with the best of them. It all reads just a smidge too seriously for me but … whatevs, I get it.
But just to keep the Gossip Girl love going, here are a few photos of the Gossip guys all grouped together in a new photoshoot, styled to within an inch of their lives:
After the jump, more photos of Chace Crawford (who, according to VF mag prefers the iPhone over the Blackberry), Penn Badgley (iPhone) and Ed Westwick (BlackBerry) individually from this same photoshoot … More »
The TV Guide
Yesterday afternoon I got to spend some much needed time with Tracey and Zakiya for the first time in months. Poor Tracey has been laid up for the past 4 weeks after having gone thru shoulder surgery and she was really happy to have company. Princess Zakiya was just a complete doll … tho I am hugely disturbed by how fast she keeps growing. It wasn’t that long ago that she was barely crawling on the floor … these days, she’s barely riding Razor scooters — and she’s not even 3 years old yet! I’m telling you, my goddaughter is a GENIUS! Here are a few pics of Z playing with the Hulk Hands that I got for her:
I’m of the mind that there are no such things as boys toys and girls toys … and despite the fact that she has no idea who The Incredible Hulk is, I knew she’d love the Hulk Hands. We got to spend a few fun hours together … I’m really looking forward to Tracey’s full recovery … the poor woman has been cooped up for so long, I’m afraid she’s on the verge of turning into a crazy cat lady, minus the cats.
After my playdate with Tracey and Zakiya I met up with Sarah for a late night showing of Angelina Jolie‘s new movie Wanted:
Right off the bat, I have to stress that Russian director Timur Bekmambetov is a genius. He is so inventive and he has a really imaginative way of telling a story on screen. That being said, I didn’t really like Wanted as much as I loved his Russian films Night Watch and Day Watch. Wanted felt a bit like a watered down version of his vision and those of you who have seen his previous work prolly understand what I mean. That is not to say that Wanted is a bad or sub-standard film but having seen his previous work, Wanted left me wanting more. But what was presented as really effing cool. I’ve read a few reviews that liken the amazingness of the film to that of The Matrix when it first came out and I can totally see the connection … my response would be, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Trust me, if you liked Wanted, go out and pick up Night Watch and Day Watch and you will be blown away. All the cool stuff in Wanted shows up in these films but amped to the Nth degree. I wasn’t too thrilled with the ending but I did love the film. It’s visually very cool and the special effects are just impeccable. Action film fans will love it, I’m sure. I understand that Bekmambetov is working on the 3rd movie of the Night Watch trilogy, Twilight Watch … I really can’t wait to see that one. Sure, they’ll be a lot of subtitles to read but I’m telling you, his movies are mind-blowing.
Tonight, I’m meeting up with my friend Sherri and her childrens for a quick tete-a-tete before I head over to Sarah’s place for a little dinnerparty/sleep-over jamboree. Tara and Megan will be hanging out too … should be fun. It’s my last full day in Detroit, I fly back to LA tomorrow … I need some beach.
Posted under: 'Wanted'
George Carlin honored, eBay ordered to pay up, Heidi and God are BFFs
- Wall-E was the #1 movie at the box office this weekend pulling in $62.5 million; Wanted was #2 with $51 million.
- The guy who allegedly got socked in the face by Amy Winehouse at the Glastonbury Festival this weekend speaks.
- Click HERE to watch all 38 minutes of Jay-Z‘s performance at Glastonbury.
- George Carlin honored by his fellow comics.
- eBay ordered to play millions for allowing the sale of fake designer items on their auction site.
- Michael Lohan plans to take a DNA test to find out if he fathered an illegitimate child.
- Cuz there ain’t enough gaudy in Las Vegas already … Christian Audigier plans to open his own club there.
- “God knows the truth in all of [the Lauren Conrad sex tape rumors], and at the end of the day, that is the only thing that matters. Jesus was persecuted, and I’m going to get persecuted, ya know?” — Heidi Montag
- Arizona, John McCain’s home state, movies towards barring same-sex marriage in their state.
- Paris, France shows its Pride.
- Naomi Campbell takes a dip … but watch out, she’s got a cell phone in hand so be careful.
- Lisa Rinna hits the beach.
- Vicki B. and Kate Beckinsale take the kids ice skating in order to beat the heat.
- DMX busted again for the … uh … I lost count … time.
- Lizzy Caplan (Mean Girls, Cloverfield) is 26, Vincent D’Onofrio is 49 and Lena Horne is 91 years old today. Click HERE to see who else is celebrating a birthday today.
- American Gladiators welcomes its first openly gay contestant.
- Sigur Rós plays Iceland, features Björk on drums.
- Seth MacFarlane and Google team up for a new comedy project.
Preferably a Royal one
A new photo from Prince Harry‘s tour of duty in Afghanistan has come to light and has made its way to the InterWeb and I feel it is my sworn duty to share the goods with all y’all. As you may recall, Prince Harry embarked on a top secret mission to serve in active duty in war-torn Afghanistan at the end of last year/beginning of this year. His 10 week classified mission was cut short once the press got wind that he was serving in active wartime duty. In March, a few personal photos of Harry enjoying his downtime in Afghanistan were released to the media … but today a new photo has emerged … here is the new pic coupled with one of the earlier pics that has already been released:
Well now … this new pic is a nice one, yes? Dirty, sunburned and free ballin’ it … just the way nature intended. Perhaps there may be even more photos of Dirty Harry to come, perhaps not but I contend that this new photo goes along way to satisfy fans of His Royal Hotness.
The 'Galaxy', They Fall
For the second time since joining the ranks of the LA Galaxy, David Beckham and his Galaxy teammates traveled to Washington DC to battle DC United only to return home in defeat. While the score was much closer last year (DC 1, LA 0), the Galaxy were handily defeated this time around with a final score of 4-1. Overall, David Beckham did his best to try and pull out a win … he kicked some balls, he ran around the field, etc. but couldn’t quite pull it together. He did find the time to grab his biz and strip off his shirt at the end of the game, tho, so it wasn’t a total wash. Here are a couple pics of Becks‘s arrival in DC early this weekend:
An adoring fan gave Becks that lovely yellow rose in his hand and he was very kind enough to oblige various fans with photos and autographs. Here are a few pics of Becks in action on the field this weekend despite his team’s loss … I do love how “in action” included grabbin’ his junk:
Once again, D.C. United stole the spotlight from the Los Angeles Galaxy. Last year in RFK Stadium, United held on for a 1-0 win when David Beckham made his long-awaited Major League Soccer debut. This year, as part of a national broadcast doubleheader with the Euro 2008 final, the Galaxy wilted in the heat as United’s stars – Marcelo Gallardo, Luciano Emilio and Jaime Moreno – made the ABC showcase their own with a 4-1 win. For United’s Clyde Simms, the TV time was a means to an end for a team that has few league games next month. “It helps send a message to the other teams that we’re playing better soccer,” Simms said. Beckham and fellow Galaxy star Landon Donovan created good chances at times and combined on the game’s best sequence, with Donovan one-timing the ball in the net on an incisive near-post pass from Beckham. But in a clear sign that this day would not be the Galaxy’s, the goal was nullified on a close offside call. The crowd of 35,979 heckled Beckham and Donovan, saving the loudest roar of the game for the late appearance of Ben Olsen, the United captain who has been battling career-threatening ankle injuries. The Barra Brava supporters group held several banners in tribute to Olsen at kickoff. Both teams’ offenses have been much better than their defenses this year, and a defensive blunder helped United take an early lead. Galaxy defender Ante Jazic clumsily barged into former teammate Santino Quaranta from behind in the penalty box. Moreno, MLS’ all-time leading scorer, calmly slotted home the penalty kick. United continued to press the game. A few minutes later, goalkeeper Steve Cronin came up big as Emilio timed a run to perfection and had a clean shot at the Galaxy goal. Beckham objected to a Moreno foul early in the half, drawing profane chants from the D.C. supporter groups. He put several dangerous passes forward in search of Edson Buddle, but the United defense cleared the danger … As they did last year, D.C. United fans took advantage of the spotlight to rev up the enthusiasm for their own team. A couple of signs were playful jabs at Beckham, including a “Shouldn’t you be in Austria?” banner, referring to the Euro 2008 tournament for which England did not qualify. An English flag in the upper level had “D.C. United” written across the middle. On United’s bench was Quavas Kirk. Last year, when Kirk was with the Galaxy, he was the player Beckham replaced as the crowd erupted for the megastar’s MLS debut.
Whoa! Who knew that we had bona fide soccer hooligans here in the US? It’s about time that American soccer fans started taking the sport seriously … now if only Becks and the Galaxy boys would start taking the sport seriously as well, they’d be all set ;) After the jump, a few photos of shirtless Becks walking off the field in defeat … More »
While hotties like Hugh Jackman and Cristiano Ronaldo are gettin’ wet and wild in St. Tropez and Sardinia (respectively), Jesse Metcalfe is happy staying closer to home opting, instead, to enjoy the beaches of Southern California … Malibu, CA to be exact. Here are a few pics of the beefy Jesse rockin’ the ‘do rag at the beach this weekend:
Jesse has kept a pretty low profile for much of this year thus far … ever since he got dumped by his on-again-off-again girlfriend Nadine Coyle of Girls Aloud back in January, Jesse has stayed pretty much out of the spotlight. When last we heard from him he had just posted new photos to his official My Space profile showing off his hairy, manly chest (which he has apparently waxed since) and before that there was the nasty little incident where he got knocked the eff out by British rapper Mims back in February. HMMM … considering the year the lad’s had thus far, I guess I can understand his desire to lay low. He still looks reallly good, ‘do rag notwithstanding … I hope the second half of the year turns out much better for him.
[Photo credit: X17]
Posted under: Jesse Metcalfe
John Barrowman, the out and proud star of Torchwood (the closest thing we have right now to Buffy the Vampire Slayer), has been spending some time in Canada hanging out at Niagra Falls, working on a project called How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? and participating in the 2008 Toronto Pride Parade which took place yesterday … here are a couple pictures of John whooping it up on his float:
I love Torchwood and I love John Barrowman. Darion is the one who got me hooked on the amazing TV show and I can’t even tell you how much I love John‘s outspoken pride. I am not surprised in the least that he would choose to participate in Toronto’s Pride Parade whose theme this year was Unified! (possibly taking a cue from the Democrats here in the US?) Folks in LA might want to take note that John will be making a personal appearance at Book Soup on Sunset Blvd. to sign copies of his autobiography Anything Goes on July 23. Unfortch, I will not be able to attend (I’ll be traveling) but I know there are gads of Torchwood fans out there who might not want to miss this opportunity.
[Photo credit: Splash News]
In a show of unity and togetherness (or perhaps just because they were merely hungry) celeb couples and BFFs Jennifer Garner & Ben Affleck and Matt Damon & Luciana Barroso stepped out for a double date dinner at Nobu in Malibu, CA over the weekend. Last week, a new rumor started going around that Ben and Jen are having trubs in their marriage (sound familiar?) which the couple have already denied (100%) so maybe this public outing was a way of showing the world that they are still happily together cuz, you know, they like eating together. More likely, the couples got together for a little pre-anniversary celebration for Bennifer 2.0 — their 3 year wedding anniversary was yesterday. Here are a few pics of the happy couples making their way out of Nobu this past Saturday night:
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck met up with Matt Damon and his heavily pregnant wife, Luciana Barroso, at Nobu Malibu on Saturday night for a two-hour dinner on the patio that included cooked fish and sushi rolls. “Ben and Matt were entertaining the girls with stories, and they were all laughing a lot,” says an observer of the couples. When dessert came, the celebratory group toasted – after all, Garner and Affleck’s third wedding anniversary was the following day. “Jen and Ben were in a great mood, and they left Nobu hand in hand,” says the observer.
They’re fine, I’m convinced of it. No smoke, no fire — just some friends having a nice dinner out … and if some photogs happen to snap them all holding hands, well, all the better. Happy Anni, Bennifer 2.0.
[Photo credit: Splash News; Source]
Guy flies to be by Maddy's side
Amid rumors that his marriage to Madonna is about to come to a final end (yet again), Guy Ritchie was spotted making his way to London’s Heathrow airport supposedly bound for NYC where his wife Maddy (who is furiously working on rehearsals for her upcoming Sticky & Sweet Tour) and his their children have been staying for the past week or so. The Sun is reporting that Guy is winging his way to the States in order to make a last ditch effort to save his marriage … tho, it’s entirely plausible that these rumors are totally unfounded and he is merely making his way to NY to visit with his family (if he’s even headed to NY at all). Here are a few pics of Guy in London, supposedly making his way to the US:
GUY RITCHIE is flying to New York this weekend in a last-ditch bid to save his marriage to MADONNA. The couple hope to get their relationship back on track for the sake of their children. A source close to them said: “It is make or break time for Guy and Madonna. She is completely focused on rehearsals for her tour in America and can’t come back to London. They want to make the marriage work, but they are at a stalemate. Divorce is something they have thought about.” The Sun first revealed in March that the seven-year marriage was in trouble. The couple have not been photographed together since June 2 and had looked strained and ill-at-ease in each other’s company. Over the last six months both film director Guy, 39, and 49-year-old Madonna have consulted lawyers in case of a permanent split. The singer — referred to as Em by her close pals — has taken informal advice from top divorce lawyer Fiona Shackleton, who handled SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY’s divorce from HEATHER MILLS. The source added: “Em went to Fiona so that if they do split up, it will be easier to handle all the publicity if everything is in place legally. But at the moment they are both trying to rescue the situation. Em has shown a willingness to patch things up. But because almost all rehearsals for the tour are in New York rather than in London Guy thinks she’s not sacrificing much. He has now decided to fly out there this weekend to try to sort things out.” If the couple cannot patch up their differences, the split will NOT be a court circus like that of Macca and Mucca. The Ritchies are determined to remain civil. And, despite some reports, friends say they DO have a watertight pre-nuptial deal that will make any split more amicable. The key issue is Madonna’s desire to live in New York with her children Lourdes, 11, Rocco, seven, and adopted David, two. She has spent a fortune renovating her Manhattan apartment, installing a gym and a giant rehearsal room … Madonna’s world tour will not end until next year, while Guy is working on commercials and two movies.
Thus far, there hasn’t been any real substantive proof that the couple are breaking up … it’s more of the same — “the couple never look happy together”, “Guy doesn’t want more kids”, “Madonna wants to move to NY” — these are the same reports that have plagued their entire 7-year marriage. I really like Madonna and Guy together as a couple. I think they compliment each other very well and they have a really beautiful family. No matter what is going on in their personal lives, I hope they are able to successfully contend with the rumors and come out on top as a happy couple.
[Photo credit: Splash News; Source]
Posted under: Guy Ritchie
Or a spell checker, for that matter? Not Courtney Love
The luminous Courtney Love found herself in a bit of a pickle this weekend when she suffered an injury (a broken toe, apparently) over the weekend and had to be helped home by a friend. Fortunately for C. Love and her knight in shining armor, a nearby shopping cart was employed to aid in locomotion — the operative word being “loco”. Naturally, the first thing that Court did upon arriving home from her painful (yet off kilter) experience was try to explain her actions on her official My Space blog … which then turned into a meandering, rambling post about how all of her money has been (is being?) stolen from her by people who have access to her computer (and randomly, Ryan Adams gets a mention) … at least, I think that’s what she’s trying to say. Here are a few photos of Courtney being pushed around in her shopping cart and a portion of her latest My Space blog post which she posted last night at 11:58pm — all grammar and typos are her own:
i got Shopping Toe
i stubbed it at Theodores then Stu and me found a shopping cart and i was limping so fucking bad he just threw me in and bam bam bam razzi razzi razzi … why am i writing on MY SPACE? cos my fucking mac is soo corrupted i am never alone and have a VERY large shared community of assholes who tally every penny they spend of mine and fucking take any letter email from any “prominent” person and delete it same with Mcgee , ALAN tell teh Icarus Line Jor kid of COURSE ill do it- i wrote you back 8 days ago but nothing i send on aol or anything on this computer is going to go out due to brendan Melissa Mccourt and Barber that fucking disgutsing lizard are still all up in my shit and now i KNOW all the shit- ALL THE SHIT
aint no 72,000,000 embezzled!
its 380,000,000 embezzled and i can easily demonstrate it- its fucking disgusting.
Kurt even “Bought” or rather me and Frances bought a now 9.8 million dollar home in Beverly Hills in 2001, he
“lives” in 153 houses wich hes purchased in the last 5 /8 yerars and i hjave every single property record and Comerica “Dissapeared” eg Banker Sonja Cochran just liek she
“Dissapeared” Kim Cobains home -eg by using the address “123 Reves apt d bev hills 90210″ to put 330 ,000 dollars in Victoria Blakes Cancerous piehole, knowing fullwell that this would repossess that property within 18 months and my “Lawyer” being c eo of “Hole Incoroprated” FORMED in July 2006 when Perez, Steves got himself a 1.6 million dollar Loan from Cochran and then theres the matter of “Dissapearing” Frances ‘s 7.6 million dollars from Mestel, Weitzmans “Power of Attorney:” and the 198,000 dollar Franchise tax Board checks that were immediatly voided in “Dollhead incoproated” an Incoproation long sicne dissolved but noan account at Comerica amongst about i assume abnother 20 ms Coc hran doesnt feel the need to tell me due to the forged Powers Of Attorney , the obvious obstructions of justice,
she was supposed to have been removed from my account and has ANYONE EVER IN THIER FUCKING LIVES had a cde come to fruition and have thier BANKER pay down their Visa service for FRAUD charges? what fucking business is it of herss espaecillay as theres a very publically filed 2.4 million dollar police report.
bankers paying fraud charges on Visas?
Dollhead inc “owned” by a 109 year old Lester Knsipel ( hes really using the SSN system to all ya lalls advantage this creepy fuck is also a CPA in AZ the number one mortgage fraud state in the union and i SWEAR he put it there all by his lonesome and with Azoffs help in some obvious cases)
a 108 year old Irving Azoff who i barely even fucking KNOW
and my former counsel Howard Weitzman
what are these men doing together and why do they OWN HOLE INCOPRPORATED wich has no FEIN ( tax) number wich matches it?
why are there 129 email addresses on my fucking aol account? on my “shared” netwrok you creepy greedy old coots- you think that stealing from a CHILD a Widow and 3 dependents will not bite you in the ass?
they “Dissapeared” 1.8 million dollars in 72 hours in “wires” they”cant tell me” where the wires went and every email from Trudie Styler or Eric or Alan Mcgee ( this is how we know lizard barbers doing it too not only was an email of mine erased almost totally the other night by Mccourt or Brendan Vaughn but it was already printed out ANYWAY and you creeps in my file can eat me)
Barbers still OBSESSED with you Alan! he still thinks your his BUDDY, ugh go away- and anytime Ryan Adams wants to fucking discuss his insanely overpriced to make piece of kack record thats on MY amex im ready to either punch him in the face or listen to what he has to say but he needs to pay me back the little shit-= hey i like Ryan fine as an artist i guess he doesnt seem to want to be Ryan Adams but it appears he likes being “Compared to Dylan”
I LOVE that
But isnt that a LITTLE OLD?
fuck it id rather Gerard Way just play Frannies sweet 16 and thank you for yoru note GW i cant write you for a few more days til i get a real IT motherfucking hacker in here cos it wouldnt be fair to share your email address with these assholes.
But youve really made my kid happy with your politeness and sweetness and i shant forget it ever, and fuck it i want big shooting pyrotechnics! in fact i think ill get me some.
sorry of this excludes alot of you i have zero way of communicating important shit with people with this many cucaraches crawling over my Computer- and Steves
as for my toe its in a splint and i have lyrics to write enough of these poison dwarves in their hundreds.
Um. Yeah. It sounds like Courtney is really working thru something here. The middle portion, pertaining to her finances (or the pilfering of her finances, as it were) is intriguing … like, you can kinda see how her mind works by reading it. There are some hard facts (whether they be true or not) embedded in her rambling thought process (which seems really out of context, sandwiched between the news about her broken toe), she just appears to have difficulty explaining them properly … to whom is she explaining all of this to is a mystery. Courtney Love is insanely fascinating character … uh, with the operative word being “insanely”.
[Photo credit: X17; Source]
Posted under: Courtney Love
Sadly, it's prolly not exactly what you think
Here are a few photos of Manchester United soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo to start the day off right. Mr. Ronaldo continued his Sardinian holiday with friends this weekend and spent a bit of time washing off his mostly nekkid body in a public, poolside shower … take a look:
While the absence of a pair of certain neon orange swim trunks might’ve made these photos a wee bit more interesting, I ain’t complaining by any stretch of the imagination. Yeah, there ain’t really all that much that one can say about photos like these. Yummo! comes to mind, tho. I kinda love it when Cristiano Ronaldo goes on vacay … he should deffo do much more of it.
[Photo credit: Splash News]
Emile Hirsch goes Into the 'Wilde'
Emile Hirsch, star of Into the Wild and Speed Racer, is spending some time in Paris, France these days … clearly doing his best to channel his inner Oscar Wilde. Here are a couple pics of the dandy-looking Emile with a female friend as they made their way thru Place Vendome on Friday:
Now, I’m not sure if Emile is trying to “get into character” or if he’s just a really misguided dresser but this is not a good look for him. To tell the truth, I don’t even think Oscar Wilde could pull it off properly. Thank Gawd Emile opted out of wearing the matching satin cape cuz then, well, he would have to be killed. I suppose he deserves snaps for taking such a bold fashion risk. I think he missed the mark completely but good on him for giving it a go.
[Photo credit: Bauer-Griffin]
Posted under: Emile Hirsch
Or maybe, 'You've been SURved?'
Here are a few photos of Britney Spears making her exit from SUR restaurant in LA this past Friday night with only her personal assistant Brett and her bodyguard in tow:
Not only does Britters look damn good (tho possibly annoyed) in these pics but you’ll note that she’s out on the town without her father and conservator Jamie Spears to supervise. This is another good sign that Britney is getting her life back on track. I understand she had a difficult week regarding custody of her children Sean Preston and Jayden James. After she managed to win back overnight visits with her sons in court, she met up with ex-hubby Kevin Federline in private to try and hammer out an agreement where she would be able to enjoy more physical custody of her kids. I understand he won’t budge so they’re gonna have to fight the matter out in court later on this summer. Incidentally, K-Fed jetted off to Miami this weekend to party with his boys, leaving the kids at home with the nannies. It would’ve been really great if he would’ve left the kids with Britney but … ah well. I hope she’ll be able to spend more time with her kids again very soon, she’s worked hard getting her life back in order. More time with the kids would be a great reward for her.
[Photo credit: Bauer-Griffin]
The TV Guide
Last night was my first full night out on the town here in Detroit so I met up with Tara at Sarah and Mark’s place and we all made our way out to Royal Oak, MI for a sumptuous dinner at Little Tree. Because we all were ravenously hungry, we ordered a bit too much sushi for the table … and, strangely enough, that didn’t stop us from eating pretty much all of it. After we had fully supped on the delish treats at Little Tree, we made our way over to Fifth Avenue to celebrate with our friend Reggie for his birthday. In celebration, Reggie Smith and the After Party played a 3 set show upstairs at Fifth Avenue and had the place rockin’ out. Here are a few pics from last night’s fun:
You know, there may have been a whole lotta bad shoes in that place last night but everyone was having a blast. It was really nice hanging out with Sarah, Tara and Mark last night … it felt like the good ol’ days. Our night hit a bit of a snag when we returned to my parent’s Navigator and found the battery completely dead. Someone, who shall remain nameless, left the headlights on and killed the battery. So because Mark accidentally killed the car, we adeptly figured out (with his friend Joe) how to get it up and running again. There were cables and sparks and a bit of cursing but they got the job done in pretty good time.
This afternoon, I’m off to hang out with Tracey and Zakiya … not sure what we’re doing but maybe some shopping? Maybe a movie? The sky’s the limit ;) It’ll be great to see them both … it’s been far too long.
Jay-Z does Oasis, Ruben marries, Paris makes a promise
It is that joyous time of the week where we take the time to gawk and gander at the Hot Dude of the Week. This week, we get to enjoy a nice and beefy photo of Hot Dude Josh who is happily showin’ off that one doesn’t have to be an international soccer celebrity to fill out a pair of white undies very nicely:
See … not that I’ve been spending all that much time pontificating the proportions and various attributes of bulges (no matter what you *may* think after reading this next bit) but you will note that there is clear … definition … in the bulge seen in this photo of Josh rather than the bulge seen in, say, the David Beckham Armani Underwear photos. This, my good people, is an untouched or digitally manipulated bulge … one that needs to be physically touched — and hopefully by me. Ok, I’m just kidding … kinda … but I think it’s easy for one to appreciate the natural, un-enhanced majesty of a regular ol’ bulge on a regular ol’ hawt guy like Josh. And, at last, I think I’ve finally met my “bulge quota” for the rest of the year … that is, unless and until that promised 5th and final Becks pic ever surfaces. Enjoy!
[Photo credit: All American Guys]
Cyndi Lauper gets 'Colorful' in LA
Here are a few pics from Cyndi Lauper‘s headlining set at the True Colors Tour concert stop at the Greek Theater in LA last night:
I just love Cyndi … Kirsten, Darion and Josh attended last night’s show at the Greek and they sent me a really cute cameraphone photo of them at the show. I was supposed to attend last night’s show as well but I hadn’t anticipated my trip to Detroit being on the same weekend. A bunch of us attended the True Colors Concert last year (during it’s inaugural run) and we had a blast. Even tho I wasn’t able to attend last night, I still wanted to post some pics of the lovely Ms. Cyndi to show my love.
[Photo credit: Splash News]
As part of the 2008 Film Independant’s Los Angeles Film Festival, Hellboy II: The Golden Army (which was directed by movie genius Guillermo del Toro) had its Hollywood premiere at the Mann Village Westwood theater in Westwood, CA yesterday afternoon. Here are a few pics of the principal stars along with their amazing director on the red carpet at yesterday’s premiere:
I think it’s very safe to say that Guillermo del Toro is prolly one of, if not the, most talented and inventive movie directors on the scene right now (tho, Russian director Timur Bekmambetov who made the phenomenal movies Night Watch, Day Watch and the new Angelina Jolie movie Wanted [which opened in theaters this weekend] has to be high on that list as well) and has proven himself so fully to me that I will absolutely make time to see every movie he directs. I was very impressed with his direction in Hellboy but it was his Spanish-language film Pan’s Labyrinth that really sold me. To me, he is the Neil Gaiman (author of Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods and more) of movie-making … and by that I mean, an insanely talented artist who has yet to break into the mainstream (I’m not even saying that it is necessary that either of them break into the mainstream, I’m just saying that they are so good at what they do that I truly feel that once people catch wind of their talent they may blow up big time). I’m not a huge Hellboy fan but I just love seeing del Toro‘s imagination come alive on the big screen (and from what I’ve seen in the promos for Hellboy II, some of the influence of Pan’s Labyrinth looks like it made its way into the film). According to IMDB, he has also signed on to direct The Hobbit, which just thrills me to no end. Hellboy II doesn’t open in theaters until July 11 (the eve of my birthday) but I’m telling you … make plans to check it out. I’m sure it’ll be visually phenomenal … I’m totally willing to bank on that.
[Photo credit: Splash News, Bauer-Griffin]
Jennifer Aniston and John Mayer have been having themselves a nice little European vacay this week as the couple have been seen popping up in Amsterdam and London together. John has been playing shows in these cities and Jen, like a nice girlfriend/groupie, has been tagging along to lend moral support, cheer him on, take photos and (I suspect) give the guy some nookie along the way. Here are a couple pics of the happy (miserable?) couple clutching one another in the backseat of their car after having had dinner at La Famiglia in London last night:
Jennifer Aniston and John Mayer continued to keep their romance firmly off the radar Saturday. Slipping unnoticed into the musician’s backstage area at the Hard Rock Calling festival in London’s Hyde Park, Aniston stood quietly in the wings while the “Georgia Calling” singer ran through a 45-minute set in front of an audience of ten of thousands. But the actress wasn’t just there to lend moral support: wearing a black-and-white floral halter-neck top and faded flared jeans, Aniston busily snapped away with her camera to record Mayer’s on-stage performance. It was the second time in two days that Aniston had joined Mayer for one of his gigs. On Friday, she took a seat in the upper level of the gritty south London venue, the Brixton Academy, before leaving with Mayer at around 11:30 p.m. Earlier this week, the couple united in Amsterdam, where she was promoting the upcoming Marley and Me (with Owen Wilson) and Mayer was performing. In keeping with the low-key theme of her London visit, she never once ventured into the Hard Rock VIP area and quietly left the show without anyone noticing … Mayer is due to perform at the Glastonbury Festival on Sunday. His European tour then moves onto Copenhagen.
Well, they couldn’t have kept their movements entirely off the radar, how else would People be able to report their activities. I think it’s cute that Jen is turning into a Mayer superfan … this is the most active we’ve seen her with a fella in a very long time. I honestly still don’t get her complete and utter hatred for the public spotlight, especially after her many years working towards achieving TV fame. David and I spent a lot of time watching Friends reruns when I was with him in NYC this past week (man cannot live on Golden Girls reruns alone, I’m afraid) and I had almost forgotten how funny and outgoing Jennifer Aniston seemed back in her hey day. Since the show ended its run, Jen has really shunned much of the public’s attention towards her, which kinda reads as an “Eff You” to all the fans who made her such a wealthy person. But, even still, she deserves happiness again … especially after the whole Brangelina thing … it’s nice seeing her happy with John Mayer … at least, I think she’s happy with John Mayer. After all, she is deigning to be seen in public again … that’s really something.
[Photo credit: Bauer-Griffin; Source]
It must be Sunday!
Here are a few new photos of Aussie hottie Hugh Jackman frolicking, once again, at the beach at Club 55 in St. Tropez with his son Oscar this weekend:
For the past few weekends, we’ve been treated to new photos of an oftentimes half-nekkid and wet Hugh Jackman (tho, we’ve seen him fully dressed as well) enjoying the comforts of various posh beaches and quite parks in Europe and Australia with his family. So while he is hard at work on various projects, we see that he still makes a concerted effort to spend quality time with his wife and kids … which only magnifies his hotness tenfold. I’m not sure that this bounty of mancandy will last much longer (depending on whether or not he returns to Australia where winter is just getting underway) but I’m happily enjoying what we’ve been getting thus far.
She spits! She punches! She cusses folks out!
Amy Winehouse, who on Friday night successfully delivered a live performance for Nelson Mandela at his 90th birthday celebration in Hyde Park, London, manged to keep it together long enough to make her scheduled appearance at the Glastonbury Festival last night. Having heard some of her performance from Glastonbury last night, I don’t think she was in quite the same shape that she was for Mandela on Friday night … she slurred her way thru the lyrics and stumbled on and off the stage — which isn’t all that surprising — but the real fun came when she started getting boos from the crowd:
AMY WINEHOUSE made PETE DOHERTY look angelic last night after punching a fan, spitting chewing gum into the crowd and calling KANYE WEST a c*** on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury. Her obnoxious behaviour tainted what should have been a magical comeback set. The question on everybody’s lips was whether or not she would turn up sober and it was admittedly hard to tell if she was intoxicated, as her stage persona is to play up to her rebellion. But coming onstage with a beaming smile suggested she was over the moon to be in the spotlight again after her hospital spell last week. The songstress started with promise, looking radiant in a blue cocktail dress which squeezed her boobs into an impressive cleavage and detracted attention from her super slim limbs. She sang her heart out during classic tracks Tears Dry On Their Own, Wake Up Alone and Back To Black … But things turned sour when she spoke about hubby BLAKE coming out of jail and fans booed. Amy defended him, saying: “Don’t boo. I’ll find your phone and ring your mum and tell them about your bad manners. Manners cost you nothing.” She then rambled on about never having loved a white man before, adding: “When Blake came along he bashed me over the head with a cricket bat. Not literally.” The performance became more about her declarations of love than entertaining her supporters. Before launching into Hey Little Rich Girl, the precocious star went on a tirade about JAY-Z. She ordered the crowd to welcome him and told everyone to be grateful they weren’t getting Kanye West as he is a “c***”. Amy then played up to the cameras during finale track Rehab, jumping off stage, stumbling around and lapping up the attention from adoring fans. But the final straw came when the troubled star shockingly punched an audience member. Glasto boss MICHAEL EAVIS defended Amy saying: “The man deserved it. He grabbed Amy’s breasts as she went past him.” However another fan in the front row said it was actually a GIRL called Claire that was hit and she only tried to give the singer a high five.
After the jump, watch video of Amy‘s attack on whoever it was that she threw a punch at … More »
Or, vice versa
Well now … it would seem that Ryan Phillippe and Abbie Cornish are getting much more comfortable venturing out in public together these days. The happy couple were spotted lookin’ all happy and cozy together at a friend’s BBQ in LA yesterday, which I believe was the first time (that I know of) the couple stepped out publicly among friends as a couple. Of course they may have previously attended private events with friends together since they got together (it’s unclear exactly when that was … you may recall the couple were spotted canoodling in Texas by a Pink reader back when they were filming Stop-Loss together and while Ryan was still married to Reese) but I understand they have taken great pains to stay as much on the down-low as possible for a majority of their relationship thus far. It looks like those days are over … here are a few pics of Rabbie at yesterday’s BBQ party — where Abbie felt it entirely appropriate to show up wearing her pjs:
I say, good for them! While it is sad that the fairytale romance between Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe came to an end (pause to pour one out for Witherppe), it was only a matter of time before they both moved on. Ryan and Abbie appear to be very happy together (deciding to recently unveil their love publicly at an LA area CVS pharmacy) and, if the tabs are to be believed, Reese and Jake Gyllenhaal are shacking up together. Here’s hoping that Rabbie are able to find happiness and contentment with one another for years to come … unless there can be a reconciliation for Witherppe and then that would get my vote :)
[Photo credit: INFdaily]
Imagine if there had been blogging back in his day
The Daily Mail has published a slew of never-before-seen candid photos of Elvis Presley shot early on in his career by photographer Alfred Wertheimer (solely in black and white because his record company, RCA, didn’t want to waste color film on him) which are exactly the kind of pics that would’ve made their way around the blogs if there had been such a thing during Elvis‘s time. Here are a few of the candid and intimate pics of the King of Rock ‘N Roll, Elvis Presley:
Elvis Presley remains the most famous and most loved rock star of all time. But for almost all of his 21 years in the spotlight, until his death in 1977 at the age of 42, he remained a distant enigma to his fans. Surrounded by a mob of minders, he hardly ever gave interviews and virtually the only published photographs of him were those carefully selected by his manager, ‘Colonel’ Tom Parker, to show Elvis in a wholesome light. But at the very beginning of his career, when his first hit, Heartbreak Hotel, was bounding up the U.S. charts, things were different. Wanting all the publicity they could get for their new singer, Elvis’s record company, RCA, hired freelance photographer Alfred Wertheimer to spend a few weeks following the young star around. So, in March 1956, Wertheimer went to work. Meeting Elvis at a New York TV studio, he later hung around his hotel suite, observed him recording Don’t Be Cruel and Hound Dog, photographed him alone and unnoticed on the New York streets, and then went out on tour with him where the groupies were already beginning to line up. He shot almost 4,000 black-and-white, fly-on-the-wall frames of the singer on the very cusp of unimaginable fame, many of which have rarely been seen … It was the last time the private Elvis, the ‘real’ Elvis, who was even prepared to have the photographer follow him into his bathroom and bedroom, would be caught on camera in this way. By the early summer of 1956, a veil had fallen between Elvis and his fans. Parker had decided no one from the media would ever get this close to his star again. From that moment, Elvis entered a cocoon, locked out from the real world by his enormous fame and his manipulative manager. But why were all Wertheimer’s photographs in black and white? Didn’t he take any colour shots? The answer will surprise. No, he didn’t. “Don’t waste colour film on him,” Wertheimer was told by the RCA publicity department. Colour stock was expensive, and as the record bosses had decided Elvis was probably just a flash in the pan, it would be a needless extravagance.
Had there been blogs back in the day, I imagine they’d have much to say about Elvis in his bathing suit (ZOMG! Elvis looks so hawt in his shorty shorts!) or brandishing a gun (Elvis has gone all G-Unit with his new toy) or his argyle socks (The Big E would fit in perfectly on Gossip Girl). I’m not a big Elvis fan by any means but these are fascinating pics. I imagine there must be many more intimate photos of the man out there … somewhere. If these pics are just coming out, what else is waiting to be unveiled? I find it so interesting that there is still much that we can learn about an icon that has been loved and adored for decades. I wonder if there are any more half-nekkid pics comin’ our way?
Well, more like their 'Kabbalah On'
With rumors swirling at a fever pitch that Madonna‘s marriage to Guy Ritchie is (yet again) on the rocks, it makes sense that Maddy would want to regroup and center herself at her place of worship. Actually, Madonna makes it a habit of attending services at the Kabbalah Centre of whatever city she’s in on a weekly basis but maybe this weekend’s visit is especially necessary for her considering the reports going around about the alleged dissolution of her marriage. Here are a few pics of Madonna, her children Lourdes, Rocco & David Banda and her daughter’s father Carlos Leon making their way into the Kabbalah Centre in NYC last night:
With no wedding ring on her finger and no husband in sight, Madonna and her three children – and Carlos Leon, 11-year-old daughter Lourdes’s biological dad – visited Manhattan’s Kabbalah Centre Friday night for Sabbath services and returned again on Saturday. So where was Guy Ritchie, rumored to be splitting with Madonna? British tabloid reports had him in London, but headed to New York this weekend. Britain’s Sun has an unnamed source saying Ritchie seeks to keep the couple’s marriage going, although Madonna is focused on rehearsals for her upcoming world tour. On Thursday, it was reported in the London Times Madonna had consulted noted divorce British attorney Fiona Shackleton, who had represented Paul McCartney and Prince Charles in their bitter divorces from, respectively, Heather Mills and Princess Diana. On Friday night, Madonna’s group [arrived at the Kabbalah Centre] in three waves … The service had just about ended, with a dinner about to begin. Madonna stayed some 20 minutes before leaving with Rocco and David for her home on Central Park West, according to a source. On Saturday, Madonna and her three children returned to the center for services. Her presence didn’t create any kind of stir, as congregants gave her hardly any notice. With Lourdes at her side, Madonna sat in a front-row seat, wearing a black baseball cap and tight black T-shirt. David, in a white baseball cap and Rocco sporting a Yankees cap, spent much of the time playing quietly with some other children on the floor of the sanctuary. A bar mitzvah took place, and at its conclusion Rocco joined all the congregants in throwing Sunkist fruit gem candies at the bar mitzvah boy. At the service’s conclusion, Lourdes wrapped her arms around her mother’s neck and gave her a big, long hug.
People magazine also reports that Maddy is in NYC right now to prepare for her upcoming Sticky & Sweet World Tour, sticking to a regiment where she works out at home in the morning before heading out to a studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn to rehearse with her dancers for the tour. I don’t imagine that all the speculation about her marriage helps out with all of the stuff she’s got going on in her life these days but I’m not ready to jump aboard the divorce bandwagon just yet. Madge and Guy have been rumored to be heading for divorce for years so these latest reports just sound like more of the same. In any event, Madonna‘s got work to do and she’s gonna do it, no matter what difficulties come her way.
[Photo credit: Splash News, INFdaily, Source]
... and out of her top
While Amy Winehouse managed to successfully pull herself together enough to perform for Nelson Mandela at his 90th birthday celebration concert in Hyde Park, London last night, she was unsuccessful in keeping one of her nipples entirely tucked away inside her top … try not to be shocked, will you?
Granted her entire boob didn’t pop out of her dress but she still managed, in my estimation, to join the hallowed ranks of the esteemed celebrity members of the nip-slip club. After the jump, an uncensored picture of Amy‘s slip up … More »
Posted under: Amy Winehouse
The TV Guide
The good news is that I made it safe and sound to Detroit, MI last night … the bad news is that my 2 hour flight turned into a 6 hour nightmare. Remember all that weather I talked about missing when I was in NYC? Yeah, scratch that. Because of the weather and the insane ineptness of Northwest Airlines, my flight got delayed by 2 hours and then upon arrival, my journey was further delayed by a 35 minute wait on the tarmac and then another 35 minute wait for the luggage to be removed from the plane. I should’ve arrived in Detroit last night at 10pm … instead I didn’t get to my parents house until 1:30am.
Thankfully, I brought along David Sedaris‘s new book When You Are Engulfed in Flames and that was my saving grace. I read about 80% of the book thus far and it kept me in stitches the entire, miserable trip last night:
I haven’t read all of Sedaris‘s books but I deffo plan to. I kept laughing out loud all night long … let me tell you, this book kept me from wanting to die.
This evening, I’m meeting up with Sarah and Mark for dinner (there is talk of going to Little Tree) and then we’re prolly gonna head out to see Reggie’s band play later on … but not before I spend some time with my folks this afternoon. It’s nice to be home :)
Amy sings for Nelson, Kattan gettin' hitched, Brit to return to the VMAs?
A Baby, Some Anniversaries and A Soccer Win
Here is this week’s batch of photos sent in by Pink is the New Blog readers — Carrie sends in a pic of her newborn baby son Atticus (6 lbs. 13 oz. and 21 in. long) being weighed just after being born at home on March 3rd — Patricea sends in a pic with her husband Roberto celebrating their first anniversary with a traditional Balinese wedding blessing ceremony in Ubud, Indonesia … the couple were dressed in traditional outfits to look like a Balinese King and Queen — Kris and Jay, from Toronto, Canada, send in a pic from their 5 year anniversary trip to Amsterdam (the very same city where David and I met and fell in lurve) — Gayana who hails from Russia but is currently studying in Geneva, Switzerland sends in a pic from her celebration of Team Russia‘s win over Team Netherlands to advance to the EuroCup 08 Semi-Finals — Jillane sends in a pic of her awesome luggage tag from her recent 30th birthday party holiday vacation:
Much congrats and love to you all. Thank you for another batch of really amazing photos … congrats on the babies, birthdays, anniversaries and sports accomplishments … it looks like a lot of fun all around. Much love to you all for continuing to send in your amazingly awesome photos :) xoxoxox
Comes of age in Sin City
Gossip Girl star (and frontman of the band The Filthy Youth) Ed Westwick, who turned 21 years old yesterday, celebrated in style at TAO nightclub at the Venetian Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV last night … here are a few pics from his fancy shindig:
It doesn’t appear that any of Eddie‘s GG castmates trekked out to Sin City for his birthday party but I’m sure he had himself a great time nonetheless. 21 should be a good year for Mr. Westwick … he’s got himself a hit show, a band to front and prolly all the lurvin’ he can handle (tho, he denies handling any of that lurvin’ from his co-star and roommate Chace Crawford, unfortch). Happy Birthday, Ed … your time is now, enjoy it!
[Photo credit: Wireimage]
Gossip Girl isn’t the only TV show that is filming second season scenes for upcoming eps in NYC these days … production on the NBC show Lipstick Jungle (which I didn’t watch last season) has gotten underway on the streets of NYC (the East Village, to be exact) where scenes between Kim Raver (ex-Audrey Raines on 24) and co-star Robert Buckley (current Hottie McHotster) were shot on a public basketball court this week. Considering that Robert looks this good while shirtless, I think I’m gonna have to start watching the show from now on:
Oh yeah … I deffo see the appeal of watching a show like this. I don’t even care what is going on between the characters … as long as it keeps going on with as little clothing as possible. After the jump, a bunch more photos of just Robert Buckley playing basketball … alone … sweaty … and sans shirt … More »
The folks behind 'The Real World' in talks to take over production
Ok … try not to panic. Well … try not to panic too much. Variety is reporting that Bunim-Murray Productions (the folks who brought us The Real World & Road Rules for MTV and, more recently, Living Lohan for E!) is “close to signing on as producers” for the upcoming sixth season of Project Runway when it debuts on its new network (Lifetime) this November. This isn’t necessarily the most horrible news ever … but it is disheartening that such a drastic change may completely destroy the best competitive reality TV show to ever exist … which, come to think of it, would be the most horrible news ever:
Bunim-Murray is close to signing on as the new producers behind “Project Runway.” The “Real World” producer has been in talks with The Weinstein Co. for weeks about taking over the gig in time for the hit reality show’s sixth season – and first on Lifetime. Magical Elves, which originated the show for the Weinsteins (and their former Miramax label) at Bravo, recently sealed a production deal with NBC Universal (Daily Variety, May 5). Because of their commitment there, they won’t be making the move to Lifetime (where the show bows in November). Bunim-Murray is no stranger to Lifetime, having recently produced “America’s Psychic Challenge” for the cabler. Company’s other recent credits include E!’s “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and “Living Lohan.” It also produces “Bad Girls Club” for Oxygen. In choosing Bunim-Murray to take over the franchise, Weinstein Co. and Lifetime went with a company that knows the reality space well – having produced 21 seasons of “The Real World.” In the competition space, its credits include the music shows “Making the Band” and “Born to Diva” … Beyond the production company shift, “Project Runway” already promises to look dramatically different on Lifetime – which shelled out $150 to snag the show – as it’s shifting production from New York to Los Angeles. The faces aren’t changing, however: Host Heidi Klum, mentor Tim Gunn and judges Michael Kors and Nina Garcia are all signed to return … “Project Runway’s” fifth and final season on Bravo, set to air this summer, will be the last under the auspices of Magical Elves.
On the plus side, Bunim-Murry Productions are responsible for arguably the first reality TV show in existence (many people, me included, contend that the first season of The Real World heralded the birth of the genre) which proves they have much experience. Then again, that show has kinda lost its edge and has taken a turn for the worse in recent years (I think it started getting bad when the show went to Hawaii and went straight into the toilet when it went to Las Vegas — something that they’ve done twice already). If they put the designers in confessionals, I’m out. I swear, I’ll be done with the show. I’m trying to stay as positive as I can but the thought of so much change really has me worried. Pretty much everyone thinks that a new production company and a new network is going to kill the show. I hope and pray that those people are wrong … but my worry alert level has just been upped to HIGH.
Hillary Clinton is on Team Obama
Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama came together in a very public show of unity in the very small town of Unity, NH (where, during the primary season in New Hampshire, Clinton won 107 votes and Obama won 107 votes) yesterday to show the Democratic party and the country as a whole that they are now on the same team … the team that intends to win back the White House come November. Here are a few photos from yesterday’s unity rally in Unity, NH:
Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton came to this tiny town of Unity on Friday for their first public appearance after a bitter primary fight. Less certain was whether Unity would come to them. “We had a spirited dialogue,” acknowledged Mrs. Clinton, speaking first before a crowd of roughly 3,000, many laughing. She was referring to the presidential nomination campaign, not the extended time the former rivals spent together Friday en route to the premiere of what the Obama campaign hopes will be a long-running buddy movie, at least through November. “That was the nicest way I could think of phrasing it,” Mrs. Clinton added, to more laughter. Unity was both the venue and the watchword of the heavily choreographed event, held on the grounds of an old elementary school, adjoined by fields of wildflowers. Event organizers were hoping to evoke the feel of a latter-day Woodstock — only with better weather, more portable toilets and no skinny-dipping. It was left to the main acts, Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton, to supply the peace and love. “Unity is not only a beautiful place, as we can see, it’s a wonderful feeling, isn’t it?” Mrs. Clinton said while Mr. Obama sat on a stool, nodding in agreement. A few minutes later, Mr. Obama said of his vanquished rival, “I know firsthand how good she is, how tough she is, how passionate she is, how committed she is.” Woodstock or no, Unity at least provided the ultimate festival for students of political body language. Mr. Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee, and Mrs. Clinton appeared arm in arm, waving to a cheering crowd. U2′s “Beautiful Day” blared over loudspeakers, sputtering out for a few nervous seconds before recovering. Mr. Obama’s too-long blue tie went nicely with Mrs. Clinton’s blue pantsuit … The Unity spirit was every bit in keeping with that of recent days. Mrs. Clinton returned Tuesday to the Senate and spoke of her commitment to campaign for Mr. Obama. The two held a joint fund-raiser in Washington on Thursday night, and later in the evening, Mr. Obama’s ever-present “body man,” Reggie Love, was seen dining in Georgetown with his Clinton counterpart, Huma Abedin, and two other people. On Friday, Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Obama arrived simultaneously at an airport in Washington, where they exchanged a kiss and smiled as they stepped onto a chartered plane. They chatted through the 70-minute flight, sitting side by side, and continued the conversation during a 60-minute bus ride to Unity. As has been well chronicled, this remote town near the Vermont border was chosen not just for its Hollywood name, but also for the perfect split of votes cast in the New Hampshire primary — 107 for each candidate. “Divine intervention,” explained Jeanne Shaheen, a former New Hampshire governor and now a Democratic candidate for the United States Senate. Less well known is that the town of Unity was nearly torn asunder by a land dispute in the 18th century. Then called Buckingham, it was rechristened Unity in 1764 after the conflict was resolved. Democrats were seeking a similar rapprochement Friday, and both principals were very much with the program. “I hope you’ll work as hard for Senator Obama as many of you did for me,” Mrs. Clinton said, directing her remarks to her supporters, some of them with Hillary T-shirts and placards. Mr. Obama said, “Hillary and I may have started with separate goals in this campaign, but we made history together” … “We have to make it a priority in our lives to elect Barack Obama the next president of the United States,” Mrs. Clinton told her supporters, including many who came with their own checks for Mr. Obama’s campaign. “This was a hard-fought campaign,” she said. “That’s what made it so exciting and intense and why people’s passions ran so high on both sides. But we are a family, and we have an opportunity now to really demonstrate clearly we do know what’s at stake, and we will do whatever it takes to win back this White House.” Mr. Obama responded in a similar spirit. “For 16 months, Senator Clinton and I have shared the stage as rivals,” he said. “But, today, I couldn’t be happier and more honored and more moved that we’re sharing this stage as allies.” He largely stuck to his standard stump speech, sprinkled heavily with “Hillarys” and “Unitys.” “Thank you, Senator Hillary Clinton; thank you, New Hampshire,” he said, and the candidates rejoined at the podium for more synchronized waving. After a few seconds, Mrs. Clinton disappeared down some back steps, leaving Mr. Obama on stage by himself.
Finally … the day I’ve longed for has finally come at last. I make it no secret that I am rooting and will work for a Democratic Party win in November and altho I was on Team Hillary during the primary portion of the campaign, I am wholeheartedly on Team Obama. I feel it is imperative that the Democrats win back the Presidency in the coming election and I can’t even convey how THRILLED I am that we are on the verge of electing our first President of color. I honestly wasn’t sure I’d ever see such a possibility in my lifetime (I always hoped) but now we are on the verge of that reality. It’s a very exciting time for the United States … I look forward to bearing witness to history when Barack Obama becomes our next President in November :)
Spencer Pratt has issued a response to Mary-Kate Olsen‘s comments about him made last night on The Late Show with David Letterman. Earlier today, we learned that MK pretty much put Spencer on blast as she was being interviewed by Letterman while promoting her new movie The Wackness. In retaliation to MK‘s comments, Spencer gave his statement to US Weekly:
Hills star Spencer Pratt is flattered that Mary-Kate Olsen commented about his temper to David Letterman Thursday. “I don’t really get why she’d use my name to get press for her little indie film that no one’s going to see,” he told Usmagazine.com Friday. “She should probably focus more on not getting dressed in the dark than on me.” While promoting her indie film The Wackness, Olsen told Letterman that Pratt played soccer at her high school and “he does not have a good temper. He would walk off the field.” But Pratt told Us that Olsen went to Campbell Hall in North Hollywood while he attended Crossroads School in Santa Monica. “I know I’ve made it in Hollywood when a famous troll is talking about me on Letterman,” Pratt told Us. “I forgive her, though,” he added. “She’s had to go through life as the less cute twin, which must be tough.”
OUCH! Dissing her fashion sense is pretty easy to do (hello, who can’t see the girl dresses like a homeless person) but to call her a “troll” and the “less cute twin” seems to be inviting a feud. Is there a battle royale to be had? Who do you suppose is going to come out on top? Everyone’s favorite supervillain on The Hills or little Michelle Tanner? Bring it on, bitches! I wanna see a fight!!!!
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Are they workin' or just workin' it?
Alright … so we know that Blake Lively and Penn Badgley, co-stars on Gossip Girl, are romantically involved in real life (you may recall the couple were spotted canoodling while on vacay together in Mexico last month) and that their on-screen characters, Serena van der Woodsen and Dan Humphrey, used to be an item on the show … but the season finale left their romance in doubt. Here are a couple pics of Blake/Serena and Penn/Dan kissing pretty hardcore on the Tilden Beach set of Gossip Girl (currently filming here in NY this week) yesterday afternoon:
Is it fake kissing? Is it real kissing? Does it matter since Penn‘s shirt is wide open and he’s showing off his happy trail? HMMM … looks like a fun job, whatever is really going on.
[Photo credit: INFdaily]
Fancy a guess?
Can you guess which actor was proudly showing off his tushie outside an office building in LA yesterday afternoon? The fact that he is wearing a shirt should be a big clue:
Okay … so mebbe this dude isn’t really showing off his tush … it’s more like he’s just standing there while photogs shoot him from behind but it’s still a fun game anyways. After the jump, find out who it is … More »
Here we go again
Any chance there are some Real Housewives fans out there? Well, you’re in luck. After a few marginally successful seasons in Orange County, CA and a pretty sub par season in NYC, NY, the Bravo TV reality show will be goin’ down south to tell the tale of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. After the blog The Young, Black and Fabulous broke the news on June 9, Bravo has finally confirmed the news … releasing a promo pic of the ladies in addition:
Bravo finally confirmed today that, yes, there is a “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” coming to the cable network later this summer. Here’s how Bravo is spinning it in its press release:
Bravo is heading south for its newest installment, “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” The seven episode series will follow five women from Atlanta’s social elite – from NBA and NFL wives to sassy single moms – as they juggle their burgeoning careers and busy home lives with the whirl of the south’s hottest city.
Rumors have been floating around for months and the gossip Web site Young Black and Fabulous provided juicy details of four of the five women on June 9. This follows the original, trashy “The Real Housewives of the O.C.,” the offshoot “The Real Housewives of New York City” and soon “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.” Apparently, Bravo thinks it has its very own “CSI:” franchise. The first 30-minute preview special airs Wednesday, July 30 at midnight after a rebroadcast of “Project Runway.” A specific launch date for the series has not bee set yet.
Meh. Not a one of them looks at all like Blanche Devereaux so I’m not all that excited just yet. That being said, Blanche never portrayed herself as any sort of real housewife so … whatevs. I suppose we should applaud Bravo for finally allowing some color on the series … it seems way overdue IMHO. Actually, I’ll prolly watch … I’m just amazed that so many women would be so willing to allow a TV network to make them into jokes to be laughed at. Have they ever featured a woman of substance who can actually be admired? Maybe they found one in Atlanta. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
The TV Guide
I have to send out much love and a very Happy Anniversary to my good friends Kirsten and Darion who I had the extreme fortune to meet one year ago today. Kiki, D and I met at the LA Film Festival screening of Once More with Feeling: The Buffy the Vampire Slayer Musical episode in Westwood, CA and have been practically insuperable since. Here is the very first pic that the 3 of us took together one year ago today:
Look at how young Darion looks! He looks like a baby in this pic … and my fauxhawk looks harsh, I’m glad I retired it (thanks Josh). Kirsten and Darion have become two of my best LA friends and I love them dearly. They always come as a set and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Kiki and Darion are among the founding members of The GangTM (along with Mike and Paul) and I love them both very much. We’re planning a big anniversary dinner when I get back to LA.
Tonight I fly off to Detroit to see my family and friends … but things are all great for me. I think I lost my wallet on Wednesday night and am stressin’ out hardcore. All of my credit cards, my ID and one of my Liz Phair ticket stubs were in there (along with some cash) and I fear I’ll never get any of it back. There’s still a chance it’s here in David’s apartment but thus far, no luck. Blah. I will have to spend sometime pulling together funds for my travels so I won’t have time to get much more work done today :(
Anyways, I’ll be comin’ atcha for the rest of the weekend from Detroit rock city … have a great Friday!!
Posted under: Le Gang
A more relaxed, spontaneous second show for NYC
Last night Liz Phair played the second NYC show of her Exile In Guyville Redux Mini-Tour at the Hiro Ballroom in front of another sold out house. This time around, Liz seemed more relaxed and was deffo more spontaneous … she wasn’t quite as chatty as she was on Wednesday night but her encore performance more than made up for the lack of on-stage banter (tho, to be honest, she did banter quite a bit). Here are a few of my pictures from last night’s show:
I’m not sure if I preferred one show over the other but I really loved last night’s performance. Liz looked stunning in her hot pants ensemble and, as I mentioned, appeared much more relaxed than her show the previous night. After the jump, check out more photos from last night’s show, video from her encore performance (she performed Chopsticks, May Queen, Wild Thing and Polyester Bride — I recorded each song) and some of the stuff that she spoke to the crowd from the stage … More »
Shares her fond high school memories with David Letterman
Mary-Kate Olsen stopped by The Late Show with David Letterman last night to do some promo work for her new 90′s nostalgic movie The Wackness and talked about various things …. from her new movie (which involved kissing scenes with Ben Kingsley) to her advice for Young Hollywood to her former school friend Spencer Pratt — yes, the Spencer Pratt from The Hills. MK had some interesting things to say about the lad she claims she was not friends with (David Letterman asked her point blank if they were friends at the time and she replied “No”) and yet the couple were photographed partying together back in the day:
They were classmates at a posh L.A. high school – and Mary-Kate Olsen doesn’t have fond memories of Spencer Pratt. “He does not have a good temper,” Olsen, 22, told David Letterman, during an appearance to promote her film The Wackness … “He used to play on the soccer team … (and) he walked out of a few games. He would walk off the field.” When Letterman pressed her for more stories on The Hills’s 24-year-old villain (whom Letterman called “wormy” and “oily”), Olsen just giggled and said, “The Wackness is a great film!” As for the rest of young Hollywood, Olsen simply advised: “Wear underwear! Wear your panties.”
The interview is interesting to watch, Mary-Kate seems regretful that she even started talking about Spencer in a negative way in the first place because she remained mum on spilling any further deets the more that David Letterman pressed her. After the jump, check out video of MK‘s interview with Letterman … More »
Okay, on second thought go ahead and have just one
Prince Harry learned this week that his princely duties are never done as he paid a visit to The Royal Norfolk County Show in Norwich, UK this week to survey the agricultural showcases that were on display at this year’s event. See, being a prince isn’t only about playing army in Afghanistan or hanging out on the polo fields … there’s also this type of important work to be had as well:
The shrieks of excited girls shattered the peace and country quiet of the Royal Norfolk agricultural show today as Harry-mania hit Norwich. The young royal was mobbed by hoards of adoring fans as he toured the agricultural showground at Costessey, Norfolk. Groups of teenage girls, children and other members of the public, all wielding cameras, fought to get close to the Prince, shouting “Harry” and asking each other “Did you see him?” More than one young girl was heard to remark: “He’s so fit.” Harry arrived at the show in a black Range Rover to cheers and applause from the waiting crowd. He was at the event to mark the centenary of the granting of the Royal Charter to the show’s organiser, the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association. He was met this morning by dignitaries and supporters of the show, including this year’s president, head of the British Army Sir Richard Dannatt. It was Sir Richard who gave the go-ahead for Harry to deploy to Afghanistan earlier this year. The Prince’s first stop this morning was the cattle buildings where he stopped off to look at examples of the Holstein and Jersey breeds. He then made his way outside where he stopped to talk to 14-year-old Robert Crawford, who is showing his Ayrshire cattle. He introduced Harry to one of his prized specimens, Marshview Marie. Robert said: “He was asking me what they judge the cattle on and I told him they’re looking at the udders and the body.” Robert’s answer prompted the Prince to take a closer look at the cow’s udders before remarking: “It’s very clean.” Accompanied every step of the way by scores of excited fans, a cool-headed Harry remained fixed on the task in hand and, after stopping to talk to a couple more farmers, he headed into the food hall where jam-maker Essence Foods presented the Prince with a selection of jam which had been hand-made in Norfolk. At a tomato stall a reluctant Harry was convinced to taste a cherry tomato which he pronounced “good”. He seemed more keen on a fish dip offered to him at a stall named The Joy of Food, grinning as he tried it. Harry made his way through the throng of people, chatting to show chairman Sir Nicholas Bacon. In the woodland area the Prince tried his hand at lathe turning. He was shown how to pedal the machine and use a chisel to make a garden dibber for planting by toolmaker Lois Beakhouse, 40, from Malvern, Worcestershire. With everyone watching, the Prince was heard to comment: “I think they’re waiting for me to make a mistake.” Ms Beakhouse said: “He was very interested in it. He genuinely seemed to enjoy it.”
Aww … how cute. I’m fairly certain that Prince Harry wasn’t all that interested in the stuff going on at the county fair but like a good prince, he faithfully went thru the motions. See, lest you think that being a member of the Royal family is all fun and games, Harry shows us that there is some hard work involved as well. I bet it’s hell scraping the cow pies off the bottom of your patent leather wingtip shoes.
Yesterday we saw pics of Lourdes Ciconne Leon (first born child of Madonna) enjoying a nice afternoon in Central Park here in NYC with her little brothers Rocco and David Banda and today we get pics of Miss Lola lookin’ totes fabulous as she took to the streets of NYC earlier this week with her father Carlos Leon … behold:
While I can still see shades of Avril Lavigne‘s influence in this outfit, I gotta admit that the little girl does have decent taste in fashion. The knee-high socks are cute and that headband thing around her forehead is pretty popular these days (it’s just about to break into the mainstream I think, meaning that it’s almost over already). I seriously doubt that she has handlers helping her dress, especially at her age and deffo when she stays with her father. Mother Madge may offer some help with her dress when she’s at home (then again, Lola may not solicit help from even her mother) but I tend to believe that all the fashion choices we see in this little stylista are all her own. I imagine that Lourdes doesn’t want for anything fierce or fabulous to wear so it’s prolly easy for her to pull together a nice little ensemble … even still, she’s doing a pretty good job so far for being an 11 year old.
[Photo credit: Splash News]
How about their semi-famous lead singer?
Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick (who plays the luminous Chuck Bass, the baddest boy on the Upper East Side of Manhattan) apparently moonlights as a singer in a band called The Filthy Youth. In between shooting new scenes for the upcoming second season of GG, Ed and The Filthy Youth (band members include Benny Lewis, Jimmy Wright, Tom Bastiani and John Vooght) played a concert at Santos’ Party House here in NYC earlier this week … here are a few pics:
It appears that the band has been in existence for some time now and they have a Brit punk round sound (think The Libertines). You can hear some of the band’s music at their official My Space profile and you can click HERE to watch video of a live performance of the song The Confidence (which was filmed this past February). I kinda like their sound … it’s a bit raw and staccato sounding. I’m not always a fan of actors who front bands but I think Ed can pull it off. I’d be interested to see if anything of substance happens for The Filthy Youth … might we even seen an album someday? Well, if the whole Gossip Girl thing doesn’t work out it might not be a bad idea to have a Plan B.
Well, not really ... they're actually working but it doesn't look so rough
While many young folks are getting their summer vacations underway, the Gossip Girl gang are starting to get back to work. Last week, we saw pics of the kids on location in the Hamptons here in New York (mostly hanging out backstage on set) and today we get to see pics of the kids on location in Port Washington, NY and shooting scenes at a beach in Far Rockaway, NY … check ‘em out:
I really love the summer looks that the gang is wearing. Leighton Meester looks really great in her summery frock. Ed Westwick‘s ensemble is fab, as usual. I just love the styling on this show … they do a really good job of dressing the characters exactly the way you’d imagine they’d dress in real life. The gang haven’t been bizzy just filming their dramatic scenes in Port Washington … they’ve also been doing some work in Far Rockaway cuz everyone knows that the beach is the place to be come summertime. More pics after the jump … More »
Here are a few sickeningly adorable photos of mommy Maggie Gyllenhaal, daddy Peter Sarsgaard and their daughter Ramona out for a little stroll earlier this week in Venice, CA. Clearly, Ramona is having the time of her life as she rides atop her daddy’s shoulders:
Seriously, these are the cutest pics ever. Ramona, who will be 2 years old this October, has gotten so big! I’m just shocked at how fast these little celeb babies grow up. She looks relatively well-adjusted … well, for a 1 1/2 year old. Anyways, Maggie will be starring as Rachel Dawes in the upcoming Batman sequel The Dark Knight (taking over for Katie Holmes who originated the role in Batman Begins) so we can expect to see her on the promo circuit and on red carpets all over the place very soon. It’s nice that she’s able to spend this time with her family before the promo whirlwind kicks into gear. Oh, happy day!
[Photo credit: Bauer-Griffin]
Or is it 'Friendship For Show'?
Who says there’s any bad blood between The Hills co-stars Audrina Patridge and Lo Bosworth? Not I! For how can I ever doubt the bond of friendship that exists between these obvious BFFs after seeing these new photos of the pair shopping together (whilst filming scenes for the coming season of The Hills) at the Fred Segal boutique in West Hollywood, CA (the very same store were Britney Spears recently did some shoe shopping) this earlier this week:
HMMM … there may have been some bad blood between these ladies last season on The Hills but it looks like they’ve put all that negativity behind them. At last … it looks like all well in the land of The Hills. Meh … all this lovely dovey stuff’ll prolly only last an ep or two.
[Photo credit: Splash News]
Waitaminute ... wasn't Amy Winehouse *just* in the hospital?
It would seem that Amy Winehouse is feeling much better since being released from the hospital just a few days ago. Despite the fact that she is showing the symptoms that might lead to the development of emphysema and despite the fact that she had to be hospitalized for about a week after passing out on her doorstep, Amy Winehouse is back into the swing of her crazy life. Here are new pics of Amy checking out some magazines before picking up a few bottles of booze (to her credit, mini bottles of booze — Smirnoff vodka and two bottles of Jack Daniels whiskey) at a convenience store in London after visiting her husband Blake Civil-Fielder in jail (on charges that he attempted to pervert justice) earlier today:
Also to her credit, she looks pretty good … better than I’ve seen her in I don’t even know how long. I understand that Amy picked up her supplies on her way to Hyde Park for rehearsals ahead of Nelson Mandela‘s 90th birthday concert scheduled for tomorrow night. I’m sure the promoters were thrilled that she thought ahead to bring her own pocket-sized booze. HMMM … does anyone else think that Nelson Mandela deserves better?
[Photo credit: Splash News]
Posted under: Amy Winehouse
Can you guess who owns this sexy bod?
So … there’s been a lot of hawt beef on the blog today so let’s take the hawtness level down a notch (well, depending on your tastes, this might ratchet the hawtness level up a bit) … can you guess which A-List celeb was spotted sporting all this body on the set of his new movie which is currently filming in Hawaii?
If you’ve been paying attention over the past few days around here, you might have a pretty good idea who it is. After the jump, find out if you’re right by checking out a couple new photos of this shirtless wonder … More »
Doesn't need a speedo to bring the hawtness
Here’s a bit more hawtness to follow up on the new Becks bulge that we’ve been treated to already today … soccer, sorry, fútbol superstar Cristiano Ronaldo (who plays for Becks‘s old team Manchester United) was spied sunning it up in Sardinia, Italy this week and thus far I’ve been far from impressed with what I’ve been seeing … all his canoodling with his ladyfriend isn’t really all that interesting to me. I find these photos of the lad all by himself much more appealing:
You know, I’m never quite sure what goes well with short swim trunks … it’s good to know that a simple rosary adds just the right flair to the ensemble. WOOOO man, those bronzed muscles look great glistening in the sun … I have to make a note to get my ass to the beach as soon as I get back to LA. Sure, Cristiano won’t be walking around in SoCal but seeing these pictures of him has inspired me to take in the local sights available to me at home ;) When does this guy get his own underwear ad campaign? Someone needs to sign him up, like, NOW!
[Photo credit: INFdaily]
The TV Guide
Last night Liz Phair played the first of two sold out shows at the Hiro Ballroom here in NYC and I was fortunate enough to attend last night’s show. Because my ticket came thru at the last minute (thanks Tito!), I wasn’t able to secure a plus one ticket but there was no way I wanted to miss last night’s show. Liz Phair is doing a very short tour (only 3 cities) in support of the 15th anniversary redux version of her amazing debut album Exile In Guyville. On Monday she played San Francisco, CA, on Tuesday she played her hometown of Chicago, IL and last night/tonight she plays NYC. Here are a few of my pics from last night’s show:
Liz was in fine form last night. I’ve been lucky enough to see her a few times on tour (in Detroit, Toronto, Grand Rapids) but never in such an intimate setting as last night’s concert. The Hiro Ballroom is tiny and the stage was practically in the middle of the audience … pretty much everyone in the place was close enough to reach out and touch Liz on stage. I loved every second of her performance. She played all 18 of the songs on Exile in Guyville and an extra encore set of 3 extra songs, one of which was a new as-yet untitled song. After the jump, check out more pictures from last night’s show, the full set-list, some of Liz‘s quotes from the stage and a video of her new, untitled song … More »
The Verve Return, GyllenSpoon Move In Together, Jamie Lynn Needs Help
And a few posters, too!
Thanks to the industrious folks at the Dutch site Film Blog, who brought along their trusty cameras to the Cinema EXPO in Amsterdam this week, we now know that the new live-action GI Joe movie (which is set for release next year) will be titled GI Joe: Rise of Cobra. This title is prominently featured on a few new posters for the movie which were snapped at the Cinema EXPO event. Here is the poster which features Sargent Duke Hauser, played by Channing Tatum:
Woot! This poster looks great! It’s the perfect look for the live-action version of GI Joe. I’ve mentioned before my fears that a live-action movie version of the GI Joe cartoon might be disappointing but everything that I’ve seen thus far has waylaid those fears. I love the casting, I love the costuming and I love the title of the movie. After the jump, check out two more posters which feature Sienna Miller as The Baroness and Ray Park as Snake Eyes … More »
Rules that individuals, not States only, have rights to gun ownership
For the first time in our nation’s history, the US Supreme Court (the highest court in the land whose rulings can only be overruled by amendments to the US Constitution — which is the document that rules our body of government and law) has directly addressed the meaning of the Second Amendment to the US Constitution (“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”) and ruled that said amendment protects an individual’s right to bear arms (own guns). Previously, the Supreme Court has only taken on the issue and ruled on matters pertaining to the individual States’ rights to bear arms in order to maintain a militia but has remained silent on the rights of individuals. This silence has allowed individual states to enact various forms of gun control in order to limit (for the good of the people) individual rights of gun ownership. I realize that this sort of news isn’t usually the kind of fare that we enjoy around here but (since I am a student of political science, history and government) I find this ruling hugely important and worth discussion:
The Supreme Court declared for the first time on Thursday that the Constitution protects an individual’s right to have a gun, not just the right of the states to maintain militias. Justice Antonin Scalia, writing for the majority in the 5-to-4 decision, said the Constitution does not allow “the absolute prohibition of handguns held and used for self-defense in the home.” In so declaring, the majority found that a gun-control law in the nation’s capital went too far in making it nearly impossible to own a handgun. The decision upheld a federal appeals court ruling that the District of Columbia’s gun law, one of the strictest in the country, went beyond constitutional limits. Not only did the 1976 law make it practically impossible for an individual to legally possess a handgun in the District, but it spelled out rules for the storage of rifles and shotguns. But the long-awaited decision did not necessarily mean that gun laws from coast to coast, many of them far less restrictive than Washington’s, would be swept aside. Joining Justice Scalia were Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Clarence Thomas, Anthony M. Kennedy and Samuel A. Alito Jr. A dissent by Justice John Paul Stevens asserted that the majority “would have us believe that over 200 years ago, the framers made a choice to limit the tools available to elected officials wishing to regulate civilian uses of weapons.” Joining him were Justices David H. Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen G. Breyer. The high court’s ruling was the first since 1939 to deal with the scope of the Second Amendment, and the first ever to directly address the meaning of the amendment’s ambiguous, comma-laden text: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” The court concluded that the amendment protects an individual right to bear arms, but it also said that the right is not absolute, opening the door for more fights in the future. Lawmakers across the country may look to the decision as a blueprint for writing new legislation to satisfy the demands of constituents who say there is too much regulation of firearms now, or too little, depending on the sentiments in their regions.
Again, I have to stress how monumentally fascinating this is for me. I studied Constitutional Law in college (as my plan was to eventually go to law school) and I know how much of a big deal it is when the US Supreme Court makes a ruling like this. Altho the court qualified their ruling by stating that the individual’s right to bear arms “isn’t absolute”, it’s hugely significant that the court took on the specificity of how the Second Amendment applies to individual citizens. While I personally am for gun control (in that I don’t believe that any ol’ person should just be able to walk into a gun shop and purchase a weapon without some sort of screening process), I have to side with the Supreme Court on this ruling … I’ve always personally have been of the mind that the Second Amendment applies to individual citizens but prior to this ruling that was never made clear by the Supreme Court. I don’t always agree with the rulings of the court (I’m having a hard time swallowing their other recent ruling that the death penalty cannot be applied to cases of child rape because it is “cruel and usual punishment”) but I think they got this one right.
'In Touch' magazine has the proof
At long last we finally have photographic proof that Angelina Jolie is still pregs and has not given birth to the twin babies that she is expected to bring forth into the world in August. As you may recall, Entertainment Tonight erroneously reported (by way of a fake source) that Angelina gave birth to her babies a few weeks ago. Despite the fact that Brangelina reps officially denied the report was true, ET remained steadfast in their conviction that their story was true … maintaining that since Angelina has not been photographed since their report came out their report still has validity. Today, In Touch magazine provides photographic proof that Angelina Jolie is still very much pregnant. Here are new photos of Angelina snapped on June 22 on the veranda (some may call it a lainai) of the new Brangelina manse in the South of France:
There has been speculation in the world media that Angelina Jolie already had her babies, but just four days ago on June 22nd, In Touch Weekly’s photographer got a rare shot of Angelina still heavily pregnant, taking a break from bed rest. These photos capture the actress hanging out with children Shiloh and Zahara outside Chateau Miraval the home she, Brad and the kids are staying at in the South of France. While her official due date is in August, insiders tell In Touch that she will deliver around July 15.
And there you have it. I *knew* that ET didn’t have a leg to stand on as their bogus story fell apart all around them (once news of the fake Angelina assistant started going around, I was sure their story was totally wrong) but they maintained their story was true based on the fact that no photos exist of Angelina still pregs since their report came out. At this point, they’ll prolly maintain that either these photos were not taken on the date claimed by In Touch or that Angelina is still faking it (by wearing a fake baby bump, a la Katie Holmes) to make people think she’s still pregs.
After the jump, check out close-ups of Angelina and her baby bump … More »
He even gets to sleep with her and everything
Adoring wife Jennifer Lopez was front and center at hubby Marc Anthony‘s concert stop in Madrid, Spain last night looking pleased as punch thruout his performance. Here are a few pics of Marc doing his thing on stage and of J. Lo doting lovingly on her man:
Okay … so I do like giving Marc Anthony a hard time for looking, well, dead … but I can appreciate that he has truly made Jennifer Lopez a happy person. I don’t recall ever seeing J. Lo look this happy and contented with her life. Not only has Marc made her marriage dreams come true (after a couple of false starts with previous husbands) but he also gave her a set of beautiful twins, Emme and Max. Alright, so maybe he doesn’t deserve all the credit but he plays a major part in her happiness. I can respect the man for that … morbid pallor and thirst for human blood notwithstanding ;)
[Photo credit: INFdaily]
The fruit of Madonna‘s loins — Lourdes, Rocco and her newly adopted son David Banda — spent a lovely afternoon playing with one another in Central Park here in NYC earlier this week. With their nannies at the ready, Lola and Rocco frolicked near and in a fountain while little David kicked back and relaxed in his stroller. Here are a few pics:
Sure looks like a fun way to beat the heat. Madonna‘s kids are really enjoying all the fun things that NYC has to offer. Last weekend they enjoyed a baseball game at Yankee Stadium and this week they got to enjoy an afternoon in Central Park … like normal kids. I love it. It’s great seeing all the kids getting along so well … it looks like Madonna has got herself a very happy family.
[Photo credit: Splash News]
Despite the fact that she's 'tired of rumors starting'
There are new rumors going around messageboards and fansites regarding possible news about Lindsay Lohan‘s third album. Now, considering that this news is coming from totally anonymous sources and the information is unconfirmed, all of this info has to be taken with a grain of salt. That being said, the news is positive and very interesting so I feel it’s worth posting just in case any or all of it turns out to be true. According to these rumors, Lindsay‘s new album will be titled Spirit in the Dark:
Additionally, Spirit in the Dark (if that is the album’s real name) will feature tracks that were produced by Pharrell Williams (of N.E.R.D.), Akon, StarGate and Bloodshy & Avant (the gents who came up with Toxic for Britney Spears). Linds just released the single Bossy (which was written by Ne-Yo) but, according to these rumors, the lead track off the album will be a single called Playground which was produced by Pharrell (apparently the Bossy track was just a one-off meant to generate buzz for Lindsay‘s new music) and is scheduled for a radio release date in September. The album itself is due to hit stores on November 4th. Again, all of this is totally unsubstantiated but I understand that Akon did confirm to reporters at the recent ASCAP Awards that he has been working with Lindsay on new music … so … who knows. I just hope that some of this info turns out to be true. I’ve been a fan of L. Lo‘s music since the beginning (whatevs, it’s fun, poppy and catchy — check out Magnet if you don’t believe me) and it sounds like she’s ready to take her music up a notch. With producers like these, she’s bound to have a hit.
Also brings along the kiddies
Here’s a bit of the sizzling hawtness to get the day started off right. Hugh Jackman, everyone’s favorite living action figure (with “real hair”), packed up his kiddies Oscar and Ava (and presumably his wife Deborra-Lee Furness) and made his way to St. Tropez, France for a little vacation time with the fam. Here are a few pics of Hugh and the children frolicking in the water at the Club 55 beach:
OY! The man has such a sick body … I can’t even stand it. I love that his kids can use him as a jungle gym whenever they want to play. Since Matthew McConaughey has decided to start wearing more clothing more often (except on the weekends), I think Hugh has just become my #1 fave shirtless celeb … especially when you consider that Hugh is usually wet when he’s photographed shirtless. Le sigh.
[Photo credit: Bauer-Griffin, INFdaily]
As I expected, the movie is gonna kick all ass
Rolling Stone magazine movie critic Peter Travers has reviewed the new Batman sequel The Dark Knight, giving the film 3 1/2 out of 4 stars, and has posted it online for your reading pleasure. I will post only the introductory portion of the review for those of you who do not want to be spoiled:
Heads up: a thunderbolt is about to rip into the blanket of bland we call summer movies. The Dark Knight, director Christopher Nolan’s absolute stunner of a follow-up to 2005′s Batman Begins, is a potent provocation decked out as a comic-book movie. Feverish action? Check. Dazzling spectacle? Check. Devilish fun? Check. But Nolan is just warming up.
Sounds pretty positive thus far … if you want to read the rest of the extensive Rolling Stone review (chock full of plot spoilers) then read on … More »
Britney Spears style
After winning back over-night visitation of her young sons Sean Preston and Jayden James in LA Family Court yesterday, Britney Spears did what any person in a celebratory mood would do … she got her ass to shoe shopping. Here are a few pics of Brit Brit causing a ruckus as she made her exit out of the Fred Segal boutique in West Hollywood, CA yesterday afternoon:
Unfortch it looks like Britters is gonna hafta deal with the crush of on-lookers no matter how uncrazy she becomes but at least she’s getting followed around doing nice and normal things rather than insane and trashy things (remember the days of yore when Brit would make routine visits to various public restrooms barefoot?). I say, if Britney Spears wants to pick up some new shoes after winning in court than she should be allowed to do so! The woman deserves anything she wants now that she’s no longer a walking trainwreck. Enjoy your shoes, Brit, you’ve earned them.
[Photo credit: Bauer-Griffin]
Posted under: Fred Segal boutique
She <3s Matthew Just The Way He Is
Despite the unfortunate reports going around that tomcat Matthew McConaughey was fooling around on his pregs girlfriend Camilla Alves on his recent trip to Nicaragua, Matthew‘s older brother Rooster McConaughey (one of the stars of truTV‘s Black Gold) tells In Touch magazine that Camilla loves Matthew just the way he is. Having seen numerous photos of the younger McConaughey sans shirt, I can totally understand her feelings:
Despite recent reports that Matthew McConaughey has been flirting with women in Nicaragua while his pregnant girlfriend, Camila Alves, stews at home, his big brother insists that the couple is perfectly happy together. “Camila loves him for him. He’s a free spirit and she gets it,” Rooster McConaughey, who stars on the new truTV reality show Black Gold, tells In Touch. “She knows what it’s like being around a famous guy. She’s the salt of the earth. You ain’t gonna get better than that!” In fact, the mother-to-be, 25, was overheard gushing about Matthew, 38, and their child at LA’s Privé Salon on June 18. “Camila was saying how she and Matthew don’t know the baby’s sex yet because they want to be surprised,” an insider tells In Touch. “She looked heavily pregnant, but very excited and happy!” Matthew, voted In Touch’s biggest party animal in 2006, admits, “I earned that title.” Matthew has some odd habits: The actor brushed his teeth on a street in Malibu in 2006.
I imagine it’s not easy being the girlfriend of Matthew McConaughey … he strikes me as a bit of a wild child. But, to her credit (and our detriment), she manged to get him in the habit of wearing a shirt in public more often than not so I guess she knows what she’s doing. I just hope that they can stay happy together. With a new baby on the way, there can be some stressful and emotional things to endure. For her sake, I hope that Matthew is good with the follow-thru once the baby is born.
PS: Random fun fact — Rooster McConaughey named his son Miller Lyte … after his favorite beer. I can’t wait to hear that Camilla and Matthew named their child Bud Weiser if it’s a boy, Coors if it’s a girl.
[Photo credit: Splash News; Source]
Hockey + Vogue magazine = Sean Avery
It looks like someone else is lookin’ to give David Beckham a run for the title of most fashionable sports star. Sean Avery, Left Wing for the New York Rangers hockey team, has such a love of fashion that he thought it would be fun to take an internship at Vogue magazine. And, because he did such a great job as an intern, he was promoted to guest editor of mensvogue.com in just a few short weeks. Now, I’m not entirely sure what Avery‘s fashion pedigree is or what makes him qualified to take on such a lofty position at such an esteemed fashion magazine … but I love it nonetheless. Here are a few pics of Sean Avery hanging out in the closet (as it were) at the offices of Men’s Vogue magazine:
Looks like hockey star and Vogue intern Sean Avery is climbing the publishing ladder with remarkable agility, advancing from lowly intern to guest editor at mensvogue.com in just a few short weeks. In an online diary for the site, the New York Ranger gets shirtless in the Vogue fashion closet and dishes about his unlikely passion. “To me it’s simple: I like clothes. Always have,” he says. “I don’t watch sports. I don’t read about sports … Over breakfast in hotels when the Rangers are on the road, I read the Style section in The New York Times.” And Sean, who swapped his million-dollar Rangers salary for minimum wage (for the summer, at least), reveals that money’s not everything, waxing philosophical about the creative reward he experienced assisting on his first photo shoot. “As I watched the shoot progress,” he writes, “I had to wonder: Was the feeling this designer had — the pride of having his creations shot for the pages of Vogue — anything like the feeling I had after we beat the Devils in round one? … Was a young woman’s anticipation of a night on the town in her favorite new dress just a different version of a 12-year-old boy watching his favorite player No. 16 dominate New Jersey in five games? The world may never know — but that’s what I think.”
OMG … I love this guy. It sounds like this stint for Vogue magazine is the perfect job for a professional hockey player that neither watches nor reads about sports and pontificates about the connection between a woman’s anticipation of a night on the town and a young boy’s fascination with watching hockey. Seriously … he is my new favorite person ever. But wait … there are even more photos to be had of the stocky Left Wing New York Ranger “working” at the offices of Men’s Vogue … More »
Cut. It. Out.
Former Charlie’s Angels star Jaclyn Smith made a personal appearance on Military Island in Times Square here in NYC yesterday for a kick-off event in celebration of the second season of the Bravo competitive reality TV show Shear Genius. Here are a few pics of Jaclyn at yesterday’s event who not only talked up her new show on Bravo but also dished to Extra TV about the possibility of a real Charlie’s Angels reunion movie:
Shear Genius host Jaclyn Smith broke news to “Extra” about good friend Farrah Fawcett and about a possible Charlie’s Angels reunion. As for Fawcett, who’s been waging a war against cancer, Smith declared, “She’s doing great. She’s holding her own and she is strong and I’m proud of her. She is fighting …” Smith confirmed that ALL the original Angels are interested in revisiting the roles that made them 70′s sex symbols! “We’d like to do it if it’s right … If we have a script that is ‘today,’ it would be fun. I think to bring us back together for the right reason,” she said.
Woot! A Charlie’s Angels reunion like this would be awesome … as much as I liked the modern Charlie’s Angels movies that starred Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu, I would love to see the original Angels getting together again. It’s great to hear that Farrah is doing well. I just love her. Anyways … I’m also excited for the season 2 premiere of Shear Genius on Bravo tonight … as much as I don’t really care about “hair care”, I think that Shear Genius is a fun show that makes it seem interesting (in the same way that Top Chef makes cooking interesting as well). Besides, it’ll be a good show to tide me over until Project Runway returns on July 15th!
[Photo credit: Splash News]
The TV Guide
Yesterday afternoon was a pretty miserable day here in NYC … until a rainstorm broke out midday and washed away all of the gross humidity. It’s so funny … I’m usually very accustomed to seeing rain just fall out of the sky, randomly on any given day … but because there really isn’t any weather to speak of in SoCal (I don’t think it’s rained in months) it’s become a novelty to me. I kinda miss it … I really miss thunderstorms … but I’m getting off point. After the rain, the weather cooled off considerably so it didn’t feel quite so bad when we went out last night.
I met up with some folks from Elle magazine to chat for a bit last night because I wanted to meet and thank in person Erin for helping me with the Project Runway Finale Fashion Show I got to attend with Nina Garcia earlier this year. We had a nice time last night … just gabbing and getting to know one another.
After drinks, David and I grabbed some food from a great place called Aja and then we might’ve picked up some Tastee-D-Lite on the way home.
Tonight I’m heading out to see Liz Phair at the Hiro Ballroom where she will be doing the first of two shows in celebration of the release of her re-release of Exile on Guyville. I am very excited and will do my best to snap some fun pics to share tomorrow. Hope you’re beating the heat wherever you are!!!
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Matt Damon turns on the sexy in his new movie
Here is a new pic of Matt Damon on the Hawaiian set of his new movie The Informant showing off his sexy bod which is unable to be contained by his fabulously colorful shirt:
In the Steven Soderbergh directed movie, Damon plays a whistle-blower who clearly uses his sexual wiles to bring down his foes by whatever means necessary. It’s clear that Matty‘s new Dunkin’ Donut-filled body is ready for its close-up. Hot!!!
[Photo credit: Splash News]
Features in an odd photoshoot
Christian Bale, the star of the new Batman sequel The Dark Knight, is featured on the cover and in the pages of the newspaper supplement Parade magazine. In his coverstory, Christian talks about his role as a superhero, the infamously tight and uncomfortable Batsuit, his role in the latest Terminator movie and more. Here is Christian‘s coverphoto and a few (I feel incumbent to add odd-looking and seemingly totally out of place) outtakes from Parade.com:
In this week’s issue of PARADE, Christian Bale talks to Jeanne Wolf about parenting, privacy and “kindred spirit” Heath Ledger … Christian Bale has had the talent and the luck to play a wide range of characters, both lovable and unfathomably despicable. The Dark Knight, the follow-up to the hugely successful Batman Begins, is his first sequel, and he surprised himself when he felt such enthusiasm to reprise his role as Gotham’s protector … More »
BET took over the Shrine Auditorium in LA last night to throw their biggest party of the year … The BET Awards. Covering a range of categories — from music to athletics to comedy to acting — the BET Awards honors the folks who gave us the best performances over the last year … you know, just like pretty much everyone else (from MTV to TV Land) does. Here are a few pics of some of the lovely ladies who made their way down the red carpet last night:
For the most part, all of the ladies who showed up for the BET Awards were lookin’ pretty hot … only Lil’ Kim looked a little peeved at something. She was throwin’ dagger with her eyes all over the place … dunno what her deal was. Nonetheless, there was a whole lotta pretty on the red carpet. Only the guys wore the ridiculous outfits (Chris Brown shopping with Michael Jackson? T-Pain shopping with a blind assistant?). But the BET Awards aren’t only about the fashions … they also had a few awards to hand out to some deserving folks … More »
Posted under: Alicia Keys, Chris Brown, Ciara, Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks, Kanye West, Keyshia Cole, Kimberly Denise 'Lil' Kim' Jones, Queen Latifah, Quincy Jones, Rihanna
Just watch already
Trent Reznor has updated the official Nine Inch Nails website with the last of 3 rehearsal videos (click HERE to watch the video for 1,000,000 and click HERE to watch the video for Letting You) that were filmed recently and will be available on the bonus DVD that will come packaged with the retail version of their latest album The Slip, due out on July 22. Here is the rehearsal video for the song Echoplex:
Even tho The Slip is available for FREE DOWNLOAD I am very much interested in picking up the physical CD version of the album. Not only does it come with a bonus DVD of live material (there are at least 5 rehearsal videos on the DVD) but there is a rumor going around that there *may* be a “secret” bonus disc with extra material included as well. Amazon lists the album’s release as a 3-disc set — 1 CD, 1 DVD and another CD? At this point, nothing that Trent Reznor does would surprise me. Is it possible that he may throw in an extra disc of music for his loyal fans who choose to purchase an album he’s already giving away for free? Sure. Is it possible that this rumored bonus disc is merely the fabrication of overzealous fans? Absolutely. In any event, I feel that the release is deffo worth picking up … especially for completists.
Lastly, if you’re interested in tracking the NIN Lights In The Sky Tour via Google Earth, you can download a file HERE that will allow you to zoom in on each city the tour will be visiting and follow the band as they tour North America. Sounds fun. I think only geeks need apply but it’s a neat little option nonetheless.
Now … this is interesting … Kylie Minogue was spotted enjoying an intimate family meal with her ex-boyfriend Olivier Martinez in Paris, France yesterday afternoon a little over a year since the couple split up (back in February 2007). It was rumored (tho never confirmed) that Olivier had cheated on Kylie and that was the cause for the breakup. But it looks like any ill-will that may have existed after their split is long gone … Kylie invited Olivier to lunch with her, her parents Ron and Carol Minogue and her BFF/stylist William Baker — and the couple looked as close as ever:
For months, Kylie Minogue has denied rumours of a reconciliation with her former lover Olivier Martinez, insisting they’re simply friends who share a ‘special bond’. But if their affectionate hugs and loving looks over lunch in Paris yesterday are any indication, their romance is back in full swing. The pop princess looked happier than ever as she dined with the French actor, her parents Ron and Carol and stylist William Baker while on a break from her KylieX2008 tour. They split in February last year following rumours that he had been unfaithful. They dated for four years and Kylie had treatment for breast cancer in Paris rather than in Australia to be with him. Kylie described Olivier as ‘her rock’ and later said they would always remain friends following the tough times they shared. However the pair have been spotted keeping company in recent times – Olivier was even present in the audience at her opening show in Paris last month. A reconciliation has apparently been in the works for some time, with a source telling the Daily Mail in February: “A mutual Parisian friend passed a message on to Kylie that Ollie was pining for her and deeply regretted the break-up. Two weeks later, Ollie called her late one night when he was a bit drunk. That was their first conversation in almost a year. Since that time, they have been regularly calling, having intense conversations and texting incessantly. Ollie has told her he is ready to start a family, to marry her and to settle down.”
Now, just because a former couple is seen laughing and hugging one another doesn’t necessarily mean that the couple have rekindled their romance … it’s possible that they could’ve stayed good friends (especially after all they went thru when they were together). But it does seem curious that Kylie would invite Olivier to dine with her parents (a very intimate thing, I think) and I understand that Kylie and Olivier got together when she visited Los Angeles earlier this year to promote her latest album X (the couple were spotted dining together and then Olivier drove off with Kylie on his bicycle — she rode on the handlebars!) soooooo … who knows. Irregardless of what is going on, whether it be of a romantic nature or not, it’s really great to see Kylie looking so happy. Whatever it is that is happening here, I hope she’s truly happy. I also hope she’s enjoying her downtime from her KylieX2008 Tour cuz I’d like her all rested up and ready for the London show I’m planning to see next month.
Harlow gets the parents out of the house
Harlow Winter Madden must’ve been feelin’ the itch to get outside and take in the cool evening breeze cuz here are a few photos of Harlow draggin’ her parents, Nicole Richie and Joel Madden, out for a little late afternoon/early evening stroll yesterday in Glendale, CA:
Along the way, Harlow decided that she needed some new toys … so the parentals took the little darling to Zuza’s Euro Toys to pick up a few things for her. I imagine it is difficult (or downright impossible) to deny this beautiful little girl anything her heart desires. Yeah, she’s gonna basically run the show for the rest of her life. It’s gonna be fun watching Nic/Joel jump thru hoops to keep her happy ;)
[Photo credit: X17]
Shops it up at Louis Vuitton, Chanel and YSL along the way
Here are a couple pics of Justin Timberlake as he made his way out of the Louis Vuitton store on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, France yesterday morning:
JT is in town to launch a new male fragrance by Givenchy which he is the spokesmodel for … but managed to shop everywhere else except at Givenchy. Justin was spotted doing a bit of shopping at Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent. I’m sure the people of France are very appreciative that JT is doing his part to help out the French economy ;)
[Photo credit: INFdaily]
Aaron Eckhart, who stars as Harvey Dent (who eventually becomes supervillain Two Face) in next month’s Batman sequel The Dark Knight, is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new August issue of Men’s Health magazine … take a look:
Now see, Aaron Eckhart is one of those hot men that is classically handsome in that “guy next door” sort of way. He’s got a great smile which makes him look approachable and Hollywood good looks that will take him far in the biz. I am very happy that he has been cast in the new Batman franchise. Like Christian Bale in the lead role, I am very much looking forward to many years ahead of seeing Eckhart on the big screen in future Batman movies.
Laura Wasser does her job well
Earlier today Britney Spears, armed with her once-estranged lawyer Laura Wasser, faced off with Kevin Federline, armed with his lawyer Mark Vincent Kaplan, in family court seeking a change in visitation rights with her children. Spears showed up in court to ask Commissioner Gordon to grant her overnight visitation with her sons Sean Preston and and Jayden James … and she won! Altho, US Weekly (who managed to get a quote from Britney as she exited the courthouse) reports that Superior Court spokesman Allan Parachini was not “at liberty” to discuss the change, TMZ is reporting that Britney won her overnight visits:
Britney Spears was granted a change in her visitation schedule with her sons Sean Preston and Jayden James at a hearing Tuesday. “There was a change in visitation status that was ordered by Commissioner Gordon this morning,” Los Angeles Superior Court spokesperson Alan Parachini confirmed after the hearing, which both Kevin Federline and her father (and co-conservator) Jamie Spears attended. (Britney and Kevin did not address each other during the hearing.) The details of her visitation, however, are unclear. “I’m not at liberty to answer any questions about the nature of that change,” Parachini said … Asked by Us if she were happy with the court outcome, Spears (clutching an Ed Hardy purse) smiled and told Us, “Yes.” Next up: A status hearing set for July 15.
But according to TMZ: Sources tell us Brit Brit, who has been slowly gaining visitation back inch by inch, has made such progress the Commish agreed in court today she’s ready to have sons Jayden James and Sean Preston with her overnight. We hear Britney’s parenting coach Lisa Hacker was at the hearing today, and answered several questions from the Commish. Britney, who was all business in the courtroom, smiled as she left the courthouse.
Woot! Clearly, Laura Wasser is worth her weight in gold. She is an amazing attorney so this win for Britney is not a surprise to me. I’m happy that Brit has made such great strides in proving to the court that she is capable of caring for her children again. Her life is well back on track … it won’t be long until she’s 100% back to her good ol’ self again. Biggest comeback in history, it’s gonna happen.
[Photo credit: X17; Source, Source]
Posted under: Laura Wasser
Another invitation to watch
Trent Reznor has, once again, updated the official Nine Inch Nails website with another rehearsal video of the band performing the song Letting You … take a look:
This is the second of 3 rehearsal videos (you can watch the rehearsal video for 1,000,000 HERE) that were shot of the band performing songs off their latest release The Slip (which has been made available by Reznor as a free download … which you can get HERE) in preparation of their upcoming North American tour Lights In The Sky which kicks off in Vancouver, BC on July 25. These rehearsal videos are freakin’ awesome … they are a great way to for us to get amped for the upcoming tour. I suspect the third video will be released sometime tomorrow … stay tuned.
The TV Guide
Yesterday, David and I did everything that we could to stay out of the balmy NYC humidity … that is, until we had to venture out into the world to attend the opening night performance of a new off-Broadway musical called Bash’d. Actually, Bash’d is described as a “gay rap opera” … so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. In the end, it was exactly what you might guess a gay rap opera to be like — funny, clever, poignant and surprisingly serious in tone:
BASH’d! chronicles the tale of Jack and Dillon; two star-crossed lovers who must cope with the reality of hatred when one is brutally beaten. It is told entirely through rap, spoken word and poetry, turning the often-homophobic musical genre on its ear. Even though the topic is serious, the musical is high energy, irreverent, and provocative.
As the show got started and I realized that the entire show would be performed in verse, I feared that the writing might suffer and that I would lose interest in what was going on … nothing could’ve been further from the truth. The raps were totally non-stop and the actors, Chris Craddock and Nathan Cuckow, deftly delivered their lines with impressive speed and enunciation. I was sure that one or both of them would fumble a line somewhere along the way but neither one did … it was very, very impressive. The story starts out cute and humorous and then turns serious, sad and ends very powerfully. The performers did an excellent job of connecting with the audience … I know I was left with my mouth agape by the performance. Because the story deals with a gay bashing in Canada, the show ends with a litany of some of the gay victims who lost their lives due to violent assault. It was very sobering to hear how long the list of names was. I should also mention that Bash’d proudly supports the Anti-Violence Project, which is the largest LGBT community-based anti-violence program in the US and is the coordinator of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Projects. The show turned out not to be at all what I expected … I’m very glad that David and I got to see it. Much love goes out to Shane and The Zipper Factory (where the show is having its run) for taking such great care of us last night.
After the show, David and I grabbed a quick bit to eat at Alta and then called it a night. I think we’re lying low tonight as well … it’s nice just being able to spend time together :)
[Photo credit: David Morgan]
Posted under: 'Bash'd: The Musical'
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Britney wants joint-custody of her kids back
Now that Britney Spears is back on track getting her life in order she managed to woo power attorney Laura Wasser back to rejoin her legal team … and Wasser wasted no time hauling everyone back into court this morning to try and win back joint-custody of Sean Preston and Jayden James for Mama Britney. Both Britney and ex-hubby Kevin Federline (with his legal eagle Mark Vincent Kaplan) showed up for a court hearing this morning to revisit the child custody ruling that gave K-Fed full physical custody of the children:
Britney Spears and ex-husband Kevin Federline separately arrived at a Los Angeles court Tuesday for a custody hearing. Spears, 26, is apparently seeking a change in her visitation schedule, but details weren’t immediately known. At 8:40 a.m., a somber-looking Federline, wearing a beige suit, entered the courtroom along with his lawyer Mark Vincent Kaplan. Spears, also looking somber, entered shortly thereafter with her father. Her blonde hair was straight and long and she wore a white shirt, beige pants, and wedges. She took a seat in the right side of the courtroom, while Federline was seated on left side. Laura Wasser, Spears’s original divorce lawyer, is reportedly rejoining the singer’s legal team. Wasser was seen entering the courtroom along with a lawyer working for Spears’s conservatorship. The pop star currently has monitored visitation with her sons, Preston, 2, and Jayden, 1, three times a week. The ex-couple faces a custody trial in August if they’re unable to settle their case out of court. “Our goal is to settle what we can without a trial to achieve what’s in the best interest of the children,” Kaplan tells PEOPLE. “But whatever can’t be resolved with a private mediator will be brought to trial.”
Wow … Laura Wasser does not waste any time at all, does she? Something tells me that K-Fed and Kaplan were not expecting such a direct assault as this and prolly hadn’t anticipated that Wasser would come back to represent Britney in this custody battle. Don’t get me wrong, I honestly believe that it will be much tougher for Laura Wasser to convince the court that Britney Spears deserves joint physical custody of her sons (despite all the positive progress that Britney has been making in recent months) but Brit Brit‘s chances at success are much better with Wasser leading the charge. Britney (with help from her father/conservator Jamie Spears) is serious about getting her life in order. First she got herself under control and now she wants her kids back. Don’t be surprised if Laura Wasser helps Britney get what she wants.
And now we know why they broke up
Comedian Kathy Griffin paid a little visit to the New York offices of US Weekly to do a little interview with the mag and confessed that she and ex-boyfriend Steve Wozniak (the billionaire co-founder of Apple computers) never engaged in sexual relations thruout the course of their “romantic” relationship. Despite dating for some time, the couple never officially consummated their relationship and existed merely “as friends the whole time.”:
Kathy Griffin says she never went all the way with her ex, Apple co-founder billionaire Steve Wozniak. “We were dating, but were just friendly. I never f—-d him or anything!” she told Usmagazine.com during a visit to our NYC offices last Thursday. “The truth is,” she added, “we really were friends the whole time.” … She announced their split in April (they met in 2007 after he watched her perform). After they called it quits, she said “he met someone very quickly and then they [got] engaged.” No hard feelings, said Griffin, who plans to visit Wozniak (who appears on her Bravo reality show) in Saratoga, New York, on July 11. “I have had dinner with them, and she’s a thousand times more appropriate!” she said. “I hate to say it, but in the Bruce, Demi, Ashton [scheme of things], I’m the Bruce!”
Um, something tells me that whoever the lucky lady that The Woz got engaged to after splitting up with Kathy is giving up the goods. It’s interesting that she refers to her relationship with Steve Wozniak as “dating”. If they really were “just friends” as she says, why not say they were just hanging out together rather than dating? It’s kind of a shame that things worked out this way for Kathy and Steve … part of me really liked the idea that they might get married one day. The thought of Kathy Griffin marrying into billions of dollars was an intriguing one … a woman with that much wealth and her sense of humor would be totally unstoppable. She could’ve really become the real White Oprah … but with an acidic tongue that would’ve made things very interesting. Ah well … I guess we’ll just have to deal with the D-Listed Kathy Griffin that we already know and love.
[Photo credit: Wireimage; Source]
Accidentally confirms that Rihanna & Chris are in lurve?
Marc Malkin of E! News is reporting that Chris Brown‘s mother, Joyce Hawkins, may have inadvertently spilled the beans and confirmed that her son and his long-rumored paramour Rihanna are, in fact, romantically involved (despite countless denials from the couple, who maintain that they are “just friends”). Even tho there are many photos of Rihanna and Chris engaged in various romantic embraces and poses (like this photo of pair cuddling at VIP Club in Paris earlier this year), this is the first time that an intimate member of their inner circle has confirmed their relationship:
Rihanna’s got mom’s seal of approval. The hitmaking beauty made a trip to GBK Productions’ Fire & Ice gifting lounge for the BET Awards over the weekend with her boyfriend, fellow music hotshot Chris Brown and his mom, Joyce Hawkins. Hawkins, according to a source, was overheard cooing, “Rihanna is the sexiest and sweetest girl Chris has ever dated.” And for once, the superprivate lovebirds weren’t so private during their hour-or-so-long visit to the lounge. “They came through holding hands and kissing each other on the neck,” says the source.
Honestly, I don’t even know what the big deal is. It’s obvs to everyone that the couple are dating and all their refutations to the contrary are kinda … gross. Chris Brown told MTV News that he and Rihanna are “best friends” as close as “brother and sister” and that they have “the worst luck with pictures” — pictures that constantly show them kissing, hugging and nuzzling one another. Management for the couple prolly insist that they do not confirm their relationship so that each artist appears “available” to their fanbases. I’d be surprised if any of their fans really believed that they aren’t romantically involved. I think I’m gonna believe Chris‘s mama and go with the fact that they are dating. The end.
[Photo credit: Bauer-Griffin; Source]
Posted under: Joyce Hawkins
Madonna, her children Lourdes, Rocco and newly adopted David Banda along with her manager Guy Oseary were spotted at the New York Yankees vs. Cincinnati Reds game at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx here in NYC this past Sunday where the family (sans hubby Guy Ritchie) cheered the Yanks on to a 4-1 victory. Here are a few pics of the happy family (sans Guy Ritchie) enjoying the game from their front-and-center seats:
It’s curious that Guy Ritchie wasn’t present at this family outing but he rarely accompanies his wife and children to the US whenever she travels Stateside so … he must’ve been bizzy with work obligations or something. Anyways, these are really cute pics … it’s always great to see Maddy out with the kiddies. I’m not entirely sure but I believe that this was David Banda‘s first baseball game and it looks like he had a great time. You will note that Lola is not wearing the lip ring that she was sporting at a recent Avril Lavigne concert which prolly means it was a fake. Little Rocco is just as cute as can be. He is the perfect miniature version of his father so at least Guy Ritchie could be at the game in spirit. It looks like family fun was had by all!
[Photo credit: Splash News]
Despite not having any children to compare pets to
Paris Hilton has taken to the blogosphere to refute reports that she tried to buy a puppy to use in a photoshoot from a pet store on Melrose Ave. in LA last week (only to be denied by the pet store who believed the purchase was an “impulse buy”) and writes that no such incident ever occurred. Furthermore, Paris goes on to explain how much she cares for her numerous pets … and manages to throw in a plug for her new MTV competitive reality TV show I Wanna Be Paris’s New Best Friend!. Here is the full text of Paris Hilton‘s latest My Space blog:
Sick of Rumors
Current mood: annoyed
Hi guys, hope you all had a great weekend! I just shot the finale for my BFF show and I can’t wait for you all to see it … I’ll let you all know when it premieres, it’s going to be amazing and everyone did such an incredible job.
I wanted to let you know that I’ve been getting messages and reading stories about an incident that supposedly happened with me and a pet store: I was catching up on news last week only to read a story about me walking by some puppies for sale, and demanding that I be given a Yorkie puppy to be an accessory for a photo shoot. These stories have gotten out of control and I want to clear some things up-
I wasn’t looking for a new pet, I wasn’t even at a photo shoot that day, (I was down the street at Benji’s DCMA clothing store) and I actually have a Yorkie puppy. I love animals and the cruel things people say are not acceptable. Puppies are not accessories or toys and I love my own pets dearly — I treat them as if they were my children. Of course I support pet adoption from shelters, and I made sure that my BFF show involved a local one to spread the word about how these animals need loving owners. So it is sad that someone felt the need to invent a story about me throwing a fit for a dog that would “go with my outfit.”
I have no idea where people come up with these stories and they are spreading to so many news outlets that I just have to speak my mind and clear things up, especially with my fans. I love you all and appreciate your messages, as always.
Have a great week, and I will post again soon — after wrapping the BFF show, it’s on to more projects, travel and time with the people (and pets) that I love.
Well, I’m glad she straightened all of that up. On the real, I never really believed this piece of goss when it first came out last week. While I don’t necessarily disbelieve that employees at a pet store would deny Paris Hilton the purchase of a pooch, I find it highly unlikely that Paris would let any such denial keep her from procuring the pooch in question. Basically, Paris Hilton gets what Paris Hilton wants. That said, I am heartened that Paris would so publicly proclaim her penchant for serious puppy care (since she has so many of them) and would like to take her statements at face value. As I’ve mentioned previously, I’m impressed that Paris has cleaned up her act in recent months (after starting up her latest relationship with Benji Madden of Good Charlotte) and am willing to give her the benefit of the doubt. Call me crazy but I do believe that people can change. Paris may not have changed her ways after serving her jail sentence last summer but, thus far, it looks like Benji‘s lurve has been a good influence on her. I just hope she stays a good girl.
[Photo credit: INFdaily; Source]
Posted under: Paris Hilton
Is saving her story for 'OK!' magazine
Lynne Spears was spotted filling up her car at a gas station in Hammond, LA after dropping her son Bryan Spears off at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport this past Sunday afternoon. When pressed by the photogs for information on Lynne‘s newest grandchild, Maddie Briann (who was born to Lynne‘s youngest child Jamie Lynn Spears on June 19), Lynne stayed completely silent, not offering a single word in response:
Obvs Lynne Spears is not going to give away any of the details that she pre-sold to OK! magazine for $1 million bucks so I understand her silence. It is yet unclear just how long we will have to wait before that OK! issue with the first pics of Maddie Briann is released. If OK! was smart then they would’ve built a timeline into the agreement with Mama Lynne Spears (ie. the photos would have to be taken within weeks of the baby’s birth), if Mama Lynne was smarter than the deal was left open-ended and the photos wouldn’t have to be shot on anyone’s schedule other than Jamie Lynn‘s. Isn’t the business of selling your grandchildren’s photos a tricky one? In any event, I understand that the entire Spears family is planning on remaining totally mum on any news regarding JL or Maddie Briann until the coverstory is released … we shall see how well they are able to keep quiet in the meantime.
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Posted under: Lynne Spears
Still continues to smoke cigarettes despite doctor's warnings
Amy Winehouse was released from the hospital yesterday after spending nearly a week undergoing medical tests to find out the cause of her most recent fainting spell. After her father, Mitch Winehouse, revealed to The Sunday Mirror that his daughter was suffering from the early signs of emphysema (due to excessive smoking of “crack cocaine and cigarettes”), Amy was spotted upon release from the hospital with a cigarette in her mouth … natch. Additionally, Amy‘s spokespeople are trying to downplay the “emphysema” report, attempting to clarify that she is merely showing the signs of developing emphysema and does not yet have the disease (which is essentially what her father said in his interview):
Amy Winehouse was photographed smoking in London on Monday after her father Mitch revealed she is suffering from emphysema. “The doctors have told her if she goes back to smoking drugs it won’t just ruin her voice, it will kill her,” Mitch told UK newspaper the Daily Mail. Winehouse, 24, was taken to the hospital last week for tests after she fainted at home in London. “With smoking the crack cocaine and the cigarettes her lungs are all gunked up,” Mitch said. “There are nodules around the chest and dark marks. She’s got 70 percent lung capacity.” If she doesn’t get treatment, she could need an oxygen mask to breathe, Mitch told the Daily Mail.
Meanwhile: A publicist for Winehouse later said he had misspoken “out of his concern for her.” “She is not diagnosed with full-blown emphysema, but instead has early signs of what could lead to emphysema,” Tracey Miller, her U.S.-based representative, told The Associated Press on Monday. In an interview published Sunday by the Daily Mail of London, Mitch Winehouse said that his daughter’s crack and cigarette smoking had led to early-stage emphysema, and that the singer had an irregular heartbeat. He said she had been warned that she will have to wear an oxygen mask unless she stops smoking drugs … However, in an interview later with BBC Radio 1, he appeared to downplay his dire statements, and said: “Amy really hasn’t got emphysema, there’s traces of emphysema. Obviously, if she doesn’t quit smoking, it’s going to get worse, like everyone else … with patience her lungs will recover completely.” He added that she was covered in nicotine patches and is “flourishing” in response to treatments … She is still scheduled to sing at a concert in London on Friday celebrating the 90th birthday of Nelson Mandela and plans to take part in the Glastonbury music festival the following day. Mitch Winehouse said it would be good for his daughter to perform. “When she’s been inactive work-wise then that’s when the problems really start. The doctors have said that medically there isn’t any reason why she can’t do Glastonbury,” the paper quoted him as saying.
I’m just amazed. Amazed! I cannot for the life of me imagine a scenario where I was faced with the prospect of developing a disease that would hinder my BREATHING to the point where I couldn’t survive without an oxygen mask and still choose to engage in smoking cigarettes. It appears that nothing seems to phase Amy Winehouse in the least. She either will not or cannot put a stop to her dangerous vices in order to maintain her health. It’s so hard to feel sorry for a person who actively chooses to put her life in danger. It is very easy to feel sorry for the family that loves and still cares for her and want nothing more than for her to clean up her act. At what point will the story of Amy Winehouse end? I fear it won’t be a happy ending.
[Photo credit: Splash News; Source, Source]
Posted under: Amy Winehouse
Unleashes 'Fashion' upon the world
Heidi Montag has released her latest single, entitled Fashion, and US Weekly has our first listen of the track — click HERE to check it out:
Spencer Pratt tells US Weekly that this song is, “the greatest song of my life.”
In an interview with Extra TV (set to air tomorrow), Heidi reveals that she didn’t really take her music seriously when she released the single and video for Higher. Speidi also reveal that they are about to launch a social networking site that will be “bigger than My Space, bigger than Facebook“:
Reality TV queen Heidi Montag revealed to “Extra” that even SHE wasn’t a fan of the music video she and boyfriend Spencer Pratt made for her song, Higher. Montag admitted, “I didn’t really like the song. My boyfriend and I shot it in ten minutes [on the beach] as a joke and put it out, but now I’m really in a studio and I’m really doing my album and music.” Pratt told “Extra” that, “We’re about to launch our social website. It’s going be bigger than My Space, bigger than Facebook.” And, they plan to use Victoria and David Beckham as role models. Montag said, “They’re [Beckhams] great with their branding, but Speidi is going take it to another level. I mean, I definitely want to surpass both of them.” Although Montag and Pratt are the couple America loves to hate, they try to ignore the negativity. Montag commented, “I think there’s people who frown upon and hate on whatever you do, but I think you have to focus on the positive.”
I must admit, I like Fashion a lot more than I liked Higher (but I think I still like her song Body Language best of all — it has Spencer Pratt rapping on it, after all). I’m really curious to hear what a full album from Heidi will sound like … it sounds like she’s on the right track with this new song. Could Heidi Montag one day rule the charts? We may very well soon find out.
[Photo credit: Wireimage; Source, Source]
Can't pick a hair length
Hayden Panettiere may have chopped off her hair recently but that doesn’t mean that she’s finished rockin’ the fake hair weaves to make it seem as if she still has long hair. Last week, Hayden showed up at the Kira Plastinina Launch Party in LA with a full head of long (fake) hair just days after she was showing off her shorter bob haircut … and now she’s back to rockin’ the short hair again, which she did proudly at the Flex Rally 2008 charity soiree in downtown LA over the weekend. Here are a few pics of Hayden‘s hair both long and short:
Honestly, I like the shorter bob. I mean, she looks amazing with long hair but she also looks amazing with the bob — plus, it’s a different look for her. I like it. It’s prolly much easier for Hayden to wear wigs with her hair cut short … which brings us to our next set of photos … More »
That would be 'polo' to my fellow Americans
After celebrating his 26th birthday by pitching a tent with his girlfriend Kate Middleton on Saturday, Prince William joined his younger brother Prince Harry for a sporting game of polo at the Grand Prix England vs South Africa charity game yesterday at the Beaufort Park Polo Club … here are a few pics:
I must say … the Princes look quite fetching in their polo pants, riding atop those galloping horses as they wield their long polo mallets. Obvs, this is the sort of game that would never really catch fire here in the States but I wouldn’t mind checking out a game or two of polo if it were readily available. I’ve always had a stogy notion of the sport as a boring and lackluster game … but seeing the young Princes take part in the game does wonders for the reputation of the sport.
Additionally, here is a really cute pic taken over the weekend of Prince Wills enjoying a group hug with some friends on his birthday on Saturday:
Looks like fun … a Royale, with cheese :)
[Photo credit: Bauer-Griffin]
Ventures out in public sans Honor
Jessica Alba emerged at a grocery store in Beverly Hills, CA over the weekend for the first time since giving birth to her baby daughter Honor Marie on June 7 … here are a couple pics of the new mom out and about on her own, without hubby Cash Warren or daughter Honor:
To be honest, I wouldn’t expect Jessica to be taking her newborn daughter out in public anytime soon … she’ll prolly keep the little tyke on lock-down for some time to come. Jess looks good … it’s nice seeing her out and about and looking well. I know that many new mothers are able to get back into the swing of life very soon after giving birth but I would imagine it’d be nice to take a lot of time to relax after giving birth. Er, that is, if the always hungry, endlessly crying baby would allow it. HMMM … I guess I can also see why Jessica might be anxious to get out of the house sans baby as well ;)
[Photo credit: X17]
Posted under: Jessica Alba
... Brothers look
Reese Witherspoon was snapped doing her best John Belushi as she made her way thru LAX airport over the weekend. I suppose Reese was trying to go incognito so as not to arouse any attention but, clearly, her efforts were in vain. While this isn’t the best look I’ve ever seen on Reese, I must say I do like the Jake Gyllenhaal-lessness of her ensemble:
Incidentally and not really on point, while reading my book on my flight from LA to NYC yesterday, I tuned the TV in front of me to the Comedy Central airing of Reese‘s movie Legally Blonde. Despite seeing the musical version of the story a couple of times over the past year, it’s been ages since I watched the movie. I must admit, it really holds up over time and Reese did do a great job as the original Elle Woods. Sigh … those were the days that she was happily married to Ryan Phillippe and she wasn’t putting her grubby mitts all over Jakey poo. Ah well, c’est la vie … I still don’t believe they are in love so I’m happy wallowing in my denial.
[Photo credit: Bauer-Griffin]
Posted under: Reese Witherspoon
... and she don't care
Here is our first look at the single artwork for Norwegian electro-popstress Annie‘s first single, I Know UR Girlfriend Hates Me (due out July 7), which will lead off her sophomore album Don’t Stop (due out later this year):
I realize that not many of y’all know who Annie is but you really should. Check out her debut album Anniemal to get a feel for the kind of artist she is. Her music is brilliantly fun and about as infectious as aural narcotics. You can also hit up her official My Space profile to download the Get Shakes remix of her new Girlfriend single. For you passive folks, you can just click below to check out her music video … More »
Pink reader Natalie gave me the head’s up that the Washington Post published a great little write-up on Detroit, MI in yesterday’s Travel section of their newspaper. Rather than following the herd that seems to love bashing Detroit Rock City (many times without even bothering to pay the city a visit), the Washington Post instead writes up a charming little review of the town I love so, painting a picture of the city that is so dead-on that I can’t wait to share it with all y’all:
I saw it first by night. A metropolis unveiled in viewfinder snapshots through the smudged windows of an elevated train. Gothic towers crowded close, proud detail etched on gray stone. A beaming stadium full of red-capped baseball fans, its front side left open as if to console the devoted others it couldn’t quite hold. A neon neighborhood of revelers, trying their luck with the cards and with each other. A river that bounced fractured glints of the city back toward the heavens. It was beguilingly authentic — gritty and romantic — and it was decided: I would side with Mary. Mary, the smiling lady of the hotel lobby, not Alexandro, the cab driver who brought me to her. “Is this your first time in Detroit?” Mary inquired. “You’re going to love it! It’s just like Paris.” Minutes earlier Alexandro laughed incredulously when I told him what I’d come here to find. “Happiness?” he scoffed. “I can’t really see it. Everybody’s just so miserable.” Which is what Forbes magazine said, too; the Most Miserable City in America, it claimed in a report earlier this year. “Imagine living in a city with the country’s highest rate for violent crime and the second-highest unemployment rate,” the article proposes, by way of introduction. But after riding the looping downtown train — slickly named the People Mover — and stepping into the Greektown section of the city, where I was met by saxophones singing from opposite corners and a scene that looked like the quaint, Hollywood version of a 1940s gambling town, it was over … I could be happy here. I already was.
You simply must read the rest of Ellen McCarthy‘s 5-page piece on Detroit … she talks at length about the places she visited and the people she met while in Detroit. She really does Detroit very proud, which is a nice change of pace. It gets very frustrating when people continue to bash the city I love so much. Of course there are problems in Detroit but there are problems everywhere. Detroit is my home and I love it. And I love Ms. McCarthy for writing such a lovely piece on my city :)
I should also note that Pink reader Natalie also sends along the Washington Post piece on Hamburg, Germany — her home town — which is featured in the same Travel section of yesterday’s paper (she sent in both because she was born in Hamburg and her son was born in Detroit). After reading that piece, I’m reading to get my buns to Germany for a great vacay as well ;)
Posted under: 'The Washington Post'
The TV Guide
Blech! While it’s great to be back in the Big Apple, I’m totally not feeling all the miserable humidity they got goin’ on around here. Growing up in Michigan, I’m well used to dealing with uncomfortably muggy weather but my years in SoCal have erased all those horrible memories from my brain … and now I remember why. Fortunately, David likes to keep his apartment chilled to a nice 14 degree temperature so even tho I’m not all that thrilled to be wearing a hoodie in June, I prefer the cold AC to the gross humidity.
Anyways, yesterday’s flight from LA to NYC was pretty uneventful … tho I did find myself seated next to Alex Blagg, editor of the Best Week Ever blog, which was a nice surprise. I’m a fan of his work so it was nice meeting him. I spent the entire flight reading an advance copy of Girl Boy Girl: How I Became JT LeRoy by Savannah Knoop. I’m still processing the book … as a fan of “JT LeRoy‘s” work I was very interested to read this book and will write up a proper review soon. Overall, I liked the book and will have much to say about it.
I believe tonight David and I are going to his friend Shane’s new show … and I think that is all that is on the agenda. Hope things are well in your neck of the woods.
Timbaland Marries (Again), Janet Ready To Spawn, Hef Found Gay Sex 'Interesting'
Waves 'Ello actually
Celebrity baby girls don’t have a lock on all the cuteness these days, the celeb boys can also hold their own in the cute category. Here are a couple pics of a very pregs Gwen Stefani and her firstborn son Kingston James heading out of their London home over the weekend:
Sure, the kiddies are much cuter the younger they are but little Kingston is still very much a cutey. Gwen looks like she’s gettin’ close to birthin’ her next young’n … maybe that is why the fam has relocated to the UK for the time being. While Kingston was born at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles in 2006, maybe the plan is for baby #2 to be born in London since daddy Gavin Rossdale is a Brit. Wouldn’t that be the perfect way to round out the perfect family? Of course, it’d be even perfecter if the next child born of the Stefani-Rossdale loins were a girl. It won’t be long now ’til we find out just how perfect the perfect family can be.
[Photo credit: INFdaily]
Well, more like sit on her mommy's lap and look adorable
Harlow Winter Madden made a rare appearance this weekend surfacing with her proud mama Nicole Richie as they visited with friends over the weekend. Here are a couple superadorable pics of Nicole and Harlow … lookin’ as precious as can be:
Yeah, there ain’t no denying that Joel Madden is this little girl’s daddy. She looks exactly like him … there is just too much cuteness going on here. It’s hard to believe that this little girl has grown so much in the past few months … next thing you know she’s gonna be walking and talking … then singing with the Good Charlotte boys. It’ll happen sooner than you think.
[Photo credit: Ramey via Popsugar]
Invite fans to watch
Trent Reznor updated the official Nine Inch Nails website with a new video of the band doing a live rehearsal of the song 1,000,000:
Woot! The vid looks great! I love the spartan look of the rehearsal space and the guys sound amazing. The Lights in the Sky Tour is just about a month away from getting underway in Vancouver, BC and I couldn’t be more excited. I hope that Trent unveils more video like this to whet our appetites ahead of the tour kickoff on July 25. Enjoy the vid!
UPDATE: Via pitchfork.tv, this video is the first of 3 rehearsal vids that have been recorded and will be shared online. Love it!!
[Source, thanks Carrie]
Designer unimpressed with 'SaTC' movie
Anyone who has seen the Sex and the City Movie would prolly imagine that famed designer Vivienne Westwood is a fan of movie since she is heavily name-checked in a pivotal portion of the film. But, Westwood spoke to San Francisco Chronicle and revealed that not only is she not a fan of the whole Sex and the City fashion phenomenon but she was so dissatisfied with the movie that she left 10 minutes into the film’s premiere:
Legendary fashion designer Vivienne Westwood is not a fan of “Sex and the City: The Movie,” branding the film’s fashion styling uninspiring and “quite dull.” The designer, 67, is name-checked in the film and even created a dress worn by Sarah Jessica Parker’s fashionista character Carrie. But Westwood insists she was far from impressed with stylist Patricia Field’s work on the big-screen adaptation of the hit TV series. She says, “I thought ‘Sex and the City’ was supposed to be about cutting-edge fashion and there was nothing remotely memorable or interesting about what I saw. “I went to the premiere and left after 10 minutes.”
Yowch! I had no idea that Westwood felt this way about the movie. As I said, anyone who has seen the film (once or, say, thrice) was prolly under the impression that Westwood was a big fan of SaTC … especially considering the way her name and her fabulous dress was featured in the film. I can’t imagine that SaTC stylist Patricia Field is very happy to hear Vivianne Westwood dissing her work. Who knows what it was exactly that set Vivianne Westwood off … maybe it was the belt?
She may need a wheelchair in a month?
Mitch Winehouse, father of the troubled UK singer Amy Winehouse, revealed to the UK newspaper The Sunday Mirror over the weekend that his daughter is suffering from early stage emphysema due to her fondness for smoking “crack cocaine and cigarettes” and may be relegated to a wheelchair “within a month” if she does not heed the warnings of her doctors. This discovery was made after Amy finally succumbed to hospital treatment after collapsing in her home early last week. Here are pics of Mitch escorting Amy to one of her many visits to rehab before finally going to the hospital to undergo tests last Monday:
The troubled singer Amy Winehouse, right, has early stage emphysema as a result of smoking crack cocaine and cigarettes and may need an oxygen mask to breathe if she cannot stop, her father told a British newspaper, The Sunday Mirror, in an interview. Ms. Winehouse, 24, was taken to the hospital last Monday after a collapse and underwent tests last week. “The doctors have told her if she goes back to smoking drugs it won’t just ruin her voice, it will kill her,” her father, Mitch Winehouse, said. Mr. Winehouse, who said his daughter also had an irregular heartbeat, added that focusing on her work has sometimes helped her to stay away from drugs, and that had she not performed recently in Moscow and Portugal, “she could have been dead by now.” Ms. Winehouse is scheduled to sing on Friday at a London concert celebrating the 90th birthday of Nelson Mandela and also plans to take part in the Glastonbury music festival on Saturday.
Daddy Winehouse gave an exclusive interview with The Sunday Mirror this weekend where he opened up about his daughter’s health and his hopes that she will finally work towards taking her health seriously … More »
David Beckham and the family made the most of their time in San Francisco, CA this past week. Not only were Becks and the crew (Vicki B., Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz Beckham) in town for the unveiling of his massive new mural on the Macy’s department store in Union Square but they were also in town for a little rest and relaxation. Taking full advantage of their time in town, Becks took the fam for a day trip visit to Alcatraz prison … here are a couple of pics:
They’re used to luxury surrounds, but the Beckham children got a education in hard living during a visit to Alcatraz yesterday. Victoria and David took their sons Brooklyn, nine, Romeo, seven, and Cruz, three, to the notorious prison, which once housed crime boss Al Capone. Posh, as usual, was overdressed for the occasion, tottering around The Rock in towering wedges and a blue mini dress. She flew into San Francisco to join her husband after his launch of his new Armani underwear campaign.
Way to fuel those Wentworth Miller-inspired prison fantasies, eh? I gotta say … I just love it when Les Beckhams partake in very “touristy” outings like this. When they are home in LA, the family goes about their days just like regular Los Angelinos do … trips to Pink Taco at Century City, The Grove and T.G.I.Friday’s in Woodland Hills show that they enjoy the same things that regular folk do. When they visit other US cities, the family does tend to get into the tourist spirit of things. It’s cute. This is a side of the family that I love to see. The normal side.
[Photo credit: Splash News; Source]
1937 - 2008
Very sad news to report this morning … famed comedian George Carlin passed away yesterday at the age of 71 due to heart failure. According to his publicist, Carlin (who had just worked a Las Vegas show last weekend) complained of chest pains yesterday afternoon before going to a hospital in Santa Monica, CA … where he passed away:
From The New York Times: George Carlin, the Grammy-Award winning standup comedian and actor who was hailed for his irreverent social commentary, poignant observations of the absurdities of everyday life and language, and groundbreaking routines like “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television,” died in Santa Monica, Calif., on Sunday, according to his publicist, Jeff Abraham. He was 71. The cause of death was heart failure. Mr. Carlin, who had a history of heart problems, went into the hospital on Sunday afternoon after complaining of heart trouble. The comedian had worked last weekend at The Orleans in Las Vegas. Recently, Mr. Carlin was named the recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. He was to receive the award at the Kennedy Center in November. “In his lengthy career as a comedian, writer, and actor, George Carlin has not only made us laugh, but he makes us think,” said Stephen A. Schwarzman, the Kennedy Center chairman. “His influence on the next generation of comics has been far-reaching.” … Despite the longevity of his career and his problematic personal life, Mr. Carlin remained one of the most original and productive comedians in show business. “It’s his lifelong affection for language and passion for truth that continue to fuel his performances,” a critic observed of the comedian when he was in his mid-60s. And Chris Albrecht, an HBO executive, said, “He is as prolific a comedian as I have witnessed.” Mr. Carlin is survived by his wife, Sally Wade; daughter Kelly Carlin McCall; son-in-law, Bob McCall, brother, Patrick Carlin and sister-in-law, Marlene Carlin. His first wife, Brenda Hosbrook, died in 1997. Although some criticized parts of his later work as too contentious, Mr. Carlin defended the material, insisting that his comedy had always been driven by an intolerance for the shortcomings of humanity and society. “Scratch any cynic,” he said, “and you’ll find a disappointed idealist.” Still, when pushed to explain the pessimism and overt spleen that had crept into his act, he quickly reaffirmed the zeal that inspired his lists of complaints and grievances. “I don’t have pet peeves,” he said, correcting the interviewer. And with a mischievous glint in his eyes, he added, “I have major, psychotic hatreds.”
From CNN: Jeff Abraham says Carlin went into St. John’s Health Center on Sunday afternoon, complaining of chest pain. Carlin died at 5:55 p.m. PDT. He was 71. Carlin, who had a history of heart trouble, performed as recently as last weekend at the Orleans Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas. It was announced Tuesday that Carlin was being awarded the 11th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The dean of counterculture comedians, Carlin constantly pushed the envelop with his jokes, particularly with a routine called “The Seven Words You Can Never Say On TV.” When Carlin uttered all seven at a show in Milwaukee in 1972, he was arrested for disturbing the peace. And when they were played on a New York radio station, they resulted in a Supreme Court ruling in 1978 upholding the government’s authority to sanction stations for broadcasting offensive language.
Despite Carlin‘s bawdy humor, there was a poignancy in his manner. His personality really showed thru in his acting performances. I remember loving him in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and in Ben Affleck‘s Jersey Girl especially (he was really the best thing about that movie). Despite his age, Carlin was one of those people you’d imagine would live forever. I’m actually very shocked by his passing. George Carlin was one of those comedians that I may not have thought about on a daily basis but always counted on being there, popping up from time to time to give a great performance, make people laugh (while prolly offending a segment of the population) and be on his way. He will be missed … comedy lost a great man in George Carlin.
Posted under: George Carlin
Look Cute While Doing So
Here are a few adorable pics of Ben Affleck with his little daughter Violet as they stepped out together this weekend to grab some caffeinated beverages from their friendly local Starbucks … check ‘em out:
I love that Ben is getting little Violet all addicted to Starbucks already … she is well on her way to becoming a bona fide Hollywood “It” Girl. I must say, tho, that the sight of these two together is just too cute for words. Violet looks exactly like her mommy Jennifer Garner. I hope we get to see more pics of Ben and Violet on future excursions together … they make a great pair.
[Photo credit: Splash News]
... at least on the set of 'Heroes' he is
I must admit … the thought of Milo Ventimiglia wearing leather is an intriguing notion, one that might inspire interesting fantasies … that is, until you see the man actually wearing leather and those fantasies kinda fritter away. I dunno … there is something about this get-up that Milo is wearing on the set of Heroes that really doesn’t do it for me:
Unless Milo is doing a spoof on Will Smith in Hancock, I don’t really understand this ill-fitting leather jacket. You know the jacket has to be bad if it makes Milo look unsexy … therefore, it should be burned to ash and cast to the four winds never to be seen again. I’m all for Milo trying out other leather wear … maybe something in a thong?
[Photo credit: Bauer-Griffin]
The 'Transformers' Star Shows Up on Set
One of the major stars of last summer’s blockbuster movie Transformers was snapped on the set of the new sequel Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen which is currently shooting on the East Coast at the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA as well as The Smithsonian museum in Washington DC … here are a couple pics of break-out star Bumblebee (ie. 2010 Chevy Camaro Z28) snapped via spycam and posted to Jalopnik:
Last time we saw it from afar, but now we’ve got the first close-up shot of what we’re now told is a Corvette concept shot on the set of the new Transformers 2 movie, Revenge of the Fallen. The latest shot, posted to the Motown Muscle forum, comes with some degree of reliability given it comes with two new shots of the “Bumblebee” version of the 2010 Chevy Camaro Z28. That’s right, our e-mail tipster, who also posted the shots on the forum, claims not only that this is a 2010 (or 2012) Corvette concept, but also that this isn’t the “SS” Camaro, it’s the Z28. Whether this mean we’d not only get a “Super Sport” package, but also a “special performance package” via a Z28 check box remains to be seen.
UHHH … yeah, I dunno what any of that means. All I know is that the pretty yellow car will transform into a huge robot in the movie. I’m also not sure who or what the unpainted other car is. Could it be another Transformer? Could it just be an extra car shell for use in the movie? Do I have any idea what I’m talking about? Not really … but I do love Transformers so any news is good news, yes? I still wish they could’ve kept Bumblebee as a Volkswagen Beetle rather than change him into a Chevy Camaro but I guess I can’t complain. The first movie turned out great … I’m sure part 2 will be even better.
Yesterday was another one of my trademark “chill” days spent at my apartment taking care of last minute biz before I jet off to NYC this morning. I spent the day working and packing but managed to get out of the house long enough to meet up with Mike for a bite to eat at Chili’s. Seriously, Chili’s is one of my fave places to eat … but I can’t ever get anyone to go with me … which is why I <3 Mike so, he's my Chili’s buddy :) After dinner, I made a quick trip to visit Steph and Alek one last time before they leave for Europe for the rest of the summer :( We’re planning on meeting up in Paris in about a month but it’ll be very sad around here without them. They’re gonna have a fab time, tho … I can’t wait to see them again in Paris!
I am jetting off in a few hours so the rest of the week, I’ll be comin’ atcha from the East Coast. I’ll be in NYC for a few days and then Detroit for a few days .. Woot! I’m excited to see all my peoples but I’m not all that jazzed about the East Coast/Midwest humidity — OY!
Amy's Damage, McMahon Sued, Britney's New Musical Partners
It’s that time again … time to gawk and gander at the Hot Dude of the Week. Earlier this week we got an eyeful of David Beckham‘s bulge in the first two pics from the 2008 Armani Underwear Fall/Winter ad campaign but I’m of the mind that one can never have too much bulge in their life (so long as it’s the right kind of bulge … ie. in a hot man’s undies). And so, today we get to enjoy a photo of Hot Dude Jake proudly showing off a bulge of his own:
Okay … so he’s not David Beckham but you know what, that’s ok. Jake deffo has a hawtness of his own that may even rival that of our dear Becks. Even tho not all bulges are created equal, I think it’s perfectly fine to enjoy bulges of all shapes and sizes. It’s only when all bulges are treated with the same respect and afforded the same rights as any other that we can truly be free. I will continue to feature different bulges of all shapes and sizes in the fight for bulge-equality. It’s a tough job but someone has to do it.
[Photo credit: All American Guys]
Also makes him feel 'apoplectic'
New York magazine caught up with Project Runway co-host and fashion maven Tim Gunn recently at the Peabody Awards which were held at the Waldorf-Astoria earlier this week and learned, among other things, that Tim is so bizzy working he doesn’t have time to scratch his nose (he has a season of Project Runway [the last season in NYC] and a season of his own show Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style to film over the summer). New York mag also learned that Tim is feeling “panicky” at the thought of relocating to Los Angeles, CA when Project Runway moves to the Left Coast (and to Lifetime) later on in the Fall:
As Tim Gunn has discovered, there really is no time to rest when you’re trying to make the world a more stylish place … Gunn told us he won’t have a day off until September 22. “I have no vacation plans,” he said. “I’m traveling to the Project Runway set.” That would be the set of the last Project Runway to be shot in our fair city (and therefore possibly the last season of the show worth watching — ever.). Then it’s off to shoot Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style. But Gunn isn’t worried about his endless work schedule. What really freaks him out is the idea of moving to Los Angeles when Project Runway switches to Lifetime for season six. “Can I be honest with you?” he said. “I’m panicky about it, and the whole idea of moving to a place that has a big car culture has me apoplectic.” Gunn won’t be moving to Los Angeles permanently but will have to stay there for a whole five weeks while the season films. He says he’s not even sure he wants to get an apartment: “I may have a little lean-to inside the set, wherever it is, so I don’t have to worry about travel.” At least, unlike most New Yorkers, he knows how to drive. He just isn’t sure he knows how to drive in L.A. “I’m not a good highway person,” he said. “I’m much better at back roads. I’ll make it work.” And what of that ubiquitous catch phrase? Heidi Klum has indicated that the show might say “auf Wiedersehen” to a few old favorites like “Make it work.” Is it true? “What?! No,” Gunn said, aghast. “I couldn’t possibly. ‘Make it work’ comes with me. I’ve been saying it for decades.”
HMMM … more evidence that the first season of Project Runway to be made for Lifetime will permanently relocate to LA instead of NYC (as opposed to the bullshizz we were told when the news broke that Lifetime acquired the show which claimed the show would be shot in NYC and LA). This huge change does have me worried but I’m far from apoplectic about the matter (ap·o·plec·tic — of, relating to, or causing stroke). Personally, I’m sure that Tim Gunn will do well in LA — there are a lot of folks out here who love him and the show (the majority of those folks live in West Hollywood, CA). I just hope that producers don’t muck up the show to the point of complete and utter destruction of the brand. I don’t know that my frail little heart could take ruination of the show I lurve so much. Hearing Tim Gunn‘s concerns doesn’t do much to appease my fears. I guess we’ll have to watch what happens (sorry Bravo).
Leaves his shirt and his pregs lady behind
Woot! For the second weekend in a row, Matthew McConaughey stripped off his shirt and slipped on his board shorts and made his way to the beach to soak up some rays and catch some waves with his male friends. This is only the second shirtless outing that Matthew has embarked upon in MONTHS, so it is still just cause for celebration. Here are a few pics of Matthew loading up the pickup with beers, bros and surfboards as he and his friends made their way to the beach:
Ahhh … seeing the half-nekkid Matthew McConaughey sure is a sight for sore eyes. We don’t get nearly enough of it anymore. Anyways … upon arriving at the beach in Malibu, CA yesterday, Matthew got right down to biz and started catching some waves. Of course, the assembled paparazzi decided to take some photos of Matthew riding the waves … which, for some reason, angered a group of local surfers who took it upon themselves to confront the paps and stir up an altercation … More »
Posted under: Matthew McConaughey
I mean, who doesn't?
You know who doesn’t have a hard time procuring attention from the ladies? Yeah, that would be Chace Crawford. In fact, I don’t know that Chace would have much difficulty procuring attention from the gentlemen as well but that is a topic for another day. Here are a few pics of Chace on the Southampton, NY set of Gossip Girl going about his usual biz, not really paying attention to anything in particular backstage … when he stumbles upon a gaggle of bikini-clad young ladies clamoring for a photo. Being the swell guy that he is, Chace begrudgingly obliges and poses for the pic:
Isn’t it really nice of Chace to make these ladies happy by posing for a pic? You can tell he’s a giver … someone who really enjoys making folks happy. I don’t imagine it was any great struggle for Chace to give so freely of his time to his adoring fans but still, when it’s commonplace for some big name celebs to publicly shun the fans that made them famous, it’s refreshing to see young stars appreciate their fanbase. Tho, if Chace‘s star continues to rise, he may too one day shun his fans and stop paying attention to them … after all, he’s already begun to stay away from his #1 fan JC Chasez. Tsk Tsk.
[Photo credit: Splash News]
It ain't easy to pull off argyle
Filming continued on the set of The CW‘s Gossip Girl in Southampton, NY on Friday where Ed Westwick, who plays Chuck Bass, was spied on set doin’ his best “preppy sexy” … check it out:
See … argyle ain’t for everyone and yet, in the guise of Chuck Bass, it so works. Not just anyone can wear knee socks and a cardigan to the beach and make it work. Well done. After Ed finished filming his scenes, he stripped off the formal wear and donned a more causal outfit … making sure to show off the guns. I dunno if any of this showboating will help Ed with the ladies but you can’t fault the guy for trying.
[Photo credit: Startraks, Splash News]
It is his birthday, after all
Prince Wills, who turns 26 years old today, celebrated his birthday with his girlfriend Kate Middleton and his little brother Prince Harry at the Beaufort Polo Club at the Cotswolds in the UK today by pitching a tent … presumably for he and Kate to relax in and exchange … gifts? Here are a few pics:
Aww … it looks nice and cozy. I’m sure it’s a fine way to celebrate one’s birthday … out on the polo greens, just you and your girl … and your pesky little brother snickering behind your back. I just hope that tent comes with door you can zip close otherwise Wills may not be able to receive his special birthday present from Miss Middleton until a more private time later on ;) Happy Birthday, Your Highness!
[Photo credit: Bauer-Griffin]
Who's That Girl?
New papa Casey Aldridge has a lot to be thankful for this weekend since he and babymama Jamie Lynn Spears welcomed the birth of their new baby girl Maddie Briann on Thursday … but one thing he’s prolly not thankful for is a new batch of candid My Space photos of Casey lookin’ all cozy with a girl who isn’t Jamie Lynn Spears making their way around the InterWeb … behold:
Now, it’s entirely possible that these photos of Casey and this girl are years old … but if you consider that Jamie Lynn and Casey have been together as a couple for at least a few years, these pics would have to be really old for Casey not to be foolin’ around on JL. I gotta say, tho, Casey looks about the same in these pics as he’s looked in recent pics with Jamie Lynn soooo who knows. I’m sure that, whatever the case may be with this girl, Casey is fully committed to his new family with JL and Maddie … course, there’s yet to be a wedding to seal the deal … HMMM.
[Source, thanks Lily]
Posted under: Casey Aldridge
The TV Guide
Last night I met up with Steph and Alek for a quiet night at the movies (since it’s so darn hot around here we wanted to do something air conditioned) and we decided to see The Love Guru. Steph and I had such a good time watching You Don’t Mess with the Zohan on Thursday night that we were looking forward to enjoying more hilarity last night … unfortch, there was no hilarity to be had in The Love Guru:
As you can imagine, all of the funniest parts were shown in the trailers and TV commercials … there was nothing funny left for the actual movie. The jokes were extremely tired and overused. I can’t believe that Mike Meyers is still trying to make a career out of potty jokes. I’m not sure what I expected from this movie but I was disappointed that I came away from the theater totally empty-handed. There wasn’t a single strong comedic performance from anyone. Justin Timberlake was simply horrible. Not only was he not funny by any stretch of the imagination but his sad attempt at a French-Canadian accent was totally pitiful and laughable … not in a good way. Jessica Alba and Megan Good booth looked amazing … and the songs were kinda funny but the whole movie just sucks a fat one. I will say that the faux Bollywood scenes were cute but not nearly good enough to save this stupid movie. I haven’t been this disappointed in a comedy in a long time. I kept trying to laugh, kept trying to have a good time but it was just so bad … I’m sorry, I cannot recommend it to anyone. Go see Zohan instead, that movie has some actual funny parts in it.
After the movie, we were hungry for something palatable … so we went to Birds for a late dinner. After we had sufficiently feasted, we met up with Mike for a quick drink at the Cat and the Fiddle to finish out the night.
Today, I’ve got work and packing to take care of … then dinner plans with Mike later on tonight. I have an early flight to NYC tomorrow so I gots stuff to take care of. I’m sure I won’t mind staying out of the 100+ degree weather today ;) Stay cool, y’all!!
Posted under: 'The Love Guru'
Paula Gets Dumped For Work, Woody Sued, Amy Is TB-Free
Babies, Bachelorettes and BFFs
Here is this week’s batch of photos sent in by Pink is the new Blog readers — Loryn sends in a pic of her latest “pink” venture … fun new pink highlights in her hair — Nicole from Barcelona, Spain sends in a precious picture of her newborn twin babies Lola and Nicolas — Sarah sends in a pic from her glorious last day of school — Harriet and Serene send in a pic of the two of them after they got “trashed” (a time-honored tradition where you get soaked in water [and in this case, chocolate sauce] by all your mates) after finishing finals at Oxford University — McKenzie sends in a pic from her BFF Katie‘s Bachelorette Bash … pictured are Lane, Malancy, Brittany A, Brittany B, McKenzie, Ambrey, Rachel, Jennifer, Katie, Kelly and Ashley — Lia sends in a pic from her best friend Olivia‘s recent 21st birthday celebration at the Blue Martini in Raleigh, NC — The Kates send in a couple of cute pics from Provincetown, MA where they vacayed recently:
Much love and many thanks to you all for another amazing batch of fun pics! It is always a treat to see how all y’all like to have fun or to see your beautiful families … I cannot thank you all enough for all the love that comes my way on a weekly basis. Summer is heating up so I’m sure there will be many more fun times to be had … I look forward to sharing them all with you :)
The ladies are planning a 'Dream Wedding'
Ellen DeGeneres may have won the Daytime Emmy award for Best Talk Show Host last night but that wasn’t the only reason she was all smiles on the red carpet and inside the Kodak Theater. Ellen and her fiancé Portia de Rossi showed off Portia‘s new diamond engagement ring and the pair also revealed new deets on their upcoming nuptials to People magazine. Here is a pic of Ellen and Portia showing off the ring and a supercute pic of the ladies sharing a congratulatory smooch as Ellen was announced as the Best Talk Show Host winner:
Ellen DeGeneres gave Portia de Rossi a glittering ring with pink diamonds for their upcoming wedding that will air in part on DeGeneres’s talk show. “We have set a wedding date,” said DeGeneres, who walked the red carpet with de Rossi at Friday night’s 35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. De Rossi wore a green satin Lanvin gown and a Neil Lane ring on her wedding finger. The ring was a marquis cut diamond set with pink diamonds. DeGeneres … announced her plans to wed longtime girlfriend de Rossi, on her show back in May, shortly after California’s Supreme Court ruled the previous ban on gay marriages as unconstitutional. The two stars are in the midst of preparations for what DeGeneres calls “the dream wedding.” “Planning a wedding is very stressful,” says DeGeneres. “It is crazy. My gardener is now invited.” The comedienne remained tight-lipped on the major details of her upcoming nuptials to de Rossi, 35, only revealing that “incredible people” would be performing, and that she would air part of the ceremony on her show … “I can’t wait to be married. I feel like it is long overdue,” she said. “And I think someday people will look back on this like women not having the right to vote and segregation and anything else that seems ridiculous like we all don’t have the same rights.” The two stars began dating in December 2004.
Aww … I am so excited for these two. I’m sure they are going to pull out all the stops for their wedding and if I know Ellen, it’s gonna be a really fun affair. I can only imagine what the guest list looks like (anyone from Oprah Winfrey to David Beckham to Hillary Clinton to Madonna could be on it) and I cannot wait to watch it all go down on Ellen‘s show. Much congrats to the happy couple … I just hope *we* won’t have to wait *too* long to find out the wedding date ;)
[Photo credit: Bauer-Griffin, Wireimage; Source]
Hollywood and Highland was overrun by the brightest and best of Daytime television last night as the 35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards took center stage (in the sweltering heat) at the Kodak Theater here in Hollywood, CA. A plethora of Daytime stars took to the red carpet last night but, to be honest, I am only really interested in the folks who appear on my fave Daytime soaps The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful. Here are a few folks from both shows as they made their way down the red carpet last night:
Despite nominations in many of the major categories, only 2 folks from Y&R took home Daytime Emmys last night (Kristoff St. John for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and Jeanne Cooper for Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series) … but I suppose much congrats should go out to the other folks who did win awards, including Ellen DeGeneres and Tyra Banks among others … More »
Posted under: Ashley Jones, Ellen DeGeneres, Heather Tom, Jeanne Cooper, Jennifer Gareis, Kate Linder, Kristoff St. John, Melody Thomas Scott, Portia de Rossi, The Daytime Emmy Awards, Tracey Bregman, Tyra Banks
I believe the word you are looking for is "EEK!"
Quick, grab your crucifixes and check out these new photos of the scarier-than-usual Courtney Love as she stepped out on the town in Malibu, CA this week wearing a totally see-thru dress that looks like it came from her grandmother’s attic and reeks of moth balls and Preparation H:
Halloween may be months off, but Courtney Love did a good job of frightening onlookers with her ghoulish appearance in LA yesterday. The singer’s deathly pale skin drew gasps as she stepped out for a shopping trip in Malibu in a 1920s see-through lace dress, as did her painfully frame. Her once Rubenesque figure has been reduced to just skin and bone, sparking concerns over her health.
Yeesh … C. Love is lookin’ pretty scary these days … literally. Despite the fug dress, her skinny frame and pale complexion really is kinda frightening. In recent weeks, she has admitted to suffering with bouts of depression after the remains of her late husband, Kurt Cobain, were stolen from her home … whether or not her current ghastly state is a result is anyone’s guess. Courtney has always been one to seek out the attention of others … maybe this is but her latest cry for help. This new look of hers is really disturbing … the poor woman looks a wreck!
[Photo credit: INFdaily, X17; Source]
Posted under: Courtney Love
Casey-Lynn Take Maddie Briann Home from the Hospital
Britney Spears‘s quick trip home to Kentwood, LA to be with her little sister Jamie Lynn Spears for the birth of her baby has already come to an end. Britney arrived back in LA yesterday afternoon and was met by a horde of waiting paparazzi eager to photograph her every step. At one point, a scuffle broke out amongst the paps and fists began to fly … but, in the end, they managed to quit the squabbling, shake hands and make up — like good little paps ought to. Here are a few pics of Britney‘s arrival at LAX airport yesterday:
A day after her sister Jamie Lynn gave birth to a baby girl, a serious-looking Britney Spears returned to Los Angeles on Friday to a crush of rowdy paparazzi at the airport. After the group – consisting of Spears, assistant Brett, father Jamie and bodyguards – made their way down a terminal escalator, Jamie Spears pushed photographers out of the way. Britney, wearing sunglasses, was bumped several times. Hours earlier, the pop singer gave a tearful goodbye to family at the New Orleans airport after being on hand for the birth of her niece Maddie Briann. On the plane, Spears kept to herself in first class on the Delta flight, which also included celebrity passenger Amanda Bynes. “Britney didn’t seem happy and was mostly resting,” says a Meredth Wood, a fellow passenger. “She kept her sunglasses on for most of the flight.”
It’s unfortunate that Brit Brit couldn’t stay in Kentwood longer to bond with her new niece Maddie Briann but I’m sure that she’s got biz to take care of here in SoCal … not to mention her own young’ns to look after. There are rumors going around that Britney is planning to move back to Louisiana (at least according to Mama Lynne Spears) at some point in the future (maybe so that she can raise her sons Sean Preston and Jayden James with Jamie Lynn‘s new daughter) but I’m sure that won’t happen until her custodial issues are settled with former hubby Kevin Federline … so for the foreseeable future, she’s gonna be hangin’ around LA for a while. And speaking of Jamie Lynn‘s newborn daughter … More »
Former Lance Bass boyfriends hook up?
Well now, what have we here? You may recall that Lance Bass and his most recent boyfriend Benjamin Thigpen ended their relationship a couple of months ago … and that relationship came shortly after Lance ended his previous relationship with Brazilian model Pedro Andrade. It now appears that Ben and Pedro have started up a new relationship of their own … and, to my knowledge, Lance is still single. Here is a new photo of Ben and Pedro from Ben‘s Facebook profile (it’s his default profile pic) … which also states that Ben is “in a relationship”:
Now, I must stress that this is merely conjecture on my party … conjecture and good ol’ assumption. But if you consider that default profile pics say a lot about the person, especially in conjunction with a new “in a relationship” status (additionally, Ben‘s My Space profile has also been updated with this photo and relationship status) … well, it’s not that hard to put the pieces together. If this is actually true, I’m very happy for the new couple (tho, I’m not sure what Lance may think of it all) and I wish them all the happiness in the world … for as long as it lasts :)
TR & Mark have a chat
Here are a few pics of lovebirds T.R. Knight and his much younger beau Mark Cornelsen having a bit of a chat over coffee at Alcove in Los Feliz here in LA yesterday morning … let’s listen in and see if we can catch a bit of their convo:
Awww … they make a cute couple … I’m sure T.R. has nothing at all to worry about … I mean, it’s not like Becks is gonna walk out on Vicki B. and his 3 sons and run away with Mark to live happily ever after or anything like that. Nah, I’m sure Mark only has eyes for T.R. … well, and those David Beckham for Armani Underwear ads … after all, the boy is only human.
[Photo credit: Bauer-Griffin]
A closer look at Milo Ventimiglia's tush
Some of you may have missed out on seeing Milo Ventimiglia‘s last movie Pathology in movie theaters when it was released earlier this year … and so, just for you, I bring you a few NSFW screencaps of Milo baring his bum in a pretty hot sex scene from the movie:
Now, the DVD has not been released just yet so you’re gonna have to be contented with mere screencaps until it does get released … to see Milo‘s bare backside in all its glory, read on … More »
You ain't gonna believe this!
Yesterday was the joyous day that the world welcomed the birth of the newest member of the Spears family (born to 17-year old Jamie Lynn Spears) but just one day earlier, Time magazine published a news report on a shocking discovery at a Massachusetts high school in Glouchester. According to the Time report, a group of girls at Gloucester High School entered into a “pregnancy pact” in order to try and become more popular … that is, the girls did everything they could to get pregs in order to be “cool” and “loved”. Some are blaming this mad notion on the popularity of movies like Juno and on the attention that JL Spears has enjoyed since revealing that she got pregnant late last year, but it seems to me more a matter of lax sex education:
As summer vacation begins, 17 girls at Gloucester High School are expecting babies—more than four times the number of pregnancies the 1,200-student school had last year. Some adults dismissed the statistic as a blip. Others blamed hit movies like Juno and Knocked Up for glamorizing young unwed mothers. But principal Joseph Sullivan knows at least part of the reason there’s been such a spike in teen pregnancies in this Massachusetts fishing town. School officials started looking into the matter as early as October after an unusual number of girls began filing into the school clinic to find out if they were pregnant. By May, several students had returned multiple times to get pregnancy tests, and on hearing the results, “some girls seemed more upset when they weren’t pregnant than when they were,” Sullivan says. All it took was a few simple questions before nearly half the expecting students, none older than 16, confessed to making a pact to get pregnant and raise their babies together. Then the story got worse. “We found out one of the fathers is a 24-year-old homeless guy,” the principal says, shaking his head … “Families are broken,” says school superintendent Christopher Farmer. “Many of our young people are growing up directionless.” The girls who made the pregnancy pact—some of whom, according to Sullivan, reacted to the news that they were expecting with high fives and plans for baby showers—declined to be interviewed. So did their parents. But Amanda Ireland, who graduated from Gloucester High on June 8, thinks she knows why these girls wanted to get pregnant. Ireland, 18, gave birth her freshman year and says some of her now pregnant schoolmates regularly approached her in the hall, remarking how lucky she was to have a baby. “They’re so excited to finally have someone to love them unconditionally,” Ireland says. “I try to explain it’s hard to feel loved when an infant is screaming to be fed at 3 a.m.” The high school has done perhaps too good a job of embracing young mothers. Sex-ed classes end freshman year at Gloucester, where teen parents are encouraged to take their children to a free on-site day-care center. Strollers mingle seamlessly in school hallways among cheerleaders and junior ROTC. “We’re proud to help the mothers stay in school,” says Sue Todd, CEO of Pathways for Children, which runs the day-care center.
I have to say, I am totally shocked by this. It’s one thing to see this sort of thing in movies or to see it happen among wealthy celebrities but to consider that there are girls out there … groups of girls … who have been inspired by these sorts of things to get pregnant by any means necessary (a homeless man?!) just so that they can fit in … it is so sad. I mean, who or what is to blame? Can this sort of behavior really be blamed on extraneous influences or is it more a matter of class society? I cannot say that having babies is wrong but for children at such a young age to make this sort of decision on their own with only the support of their like-minded friends to encourage and support them seems entirely wrong … and extremely sad. Who knows if this sort of thing is happening in other parts of the country … and if so, what can be done to help educate these kids that what they are doing is wrong and very dangerous (ie. the unprotected sex with whoever just to get pregs). I’d be very interested to see if this sort of “pregnancy pact” phenomenon is more widespread … or just a localized thing. If anything, this proves that safe-sex education is of dire importance. Man … this is just so crazy.
[Photo credit: INFdaily; Source]
Posted under: Time Magazine
Singer Seal was spotted tooling around Beverly Hills, CA yesterday driving around in a new champagne colored Rolls Royce convertible … sans wife Heidi Klum and their numerous kids … here are a few pics:
So get this … yesterday, I was driving home from a meeting I had in Century City and I was talking to David on the phone and I had to pause because Seal was driving right alongside my car on Santa Monica Blvd. I mean, it’s kinda weird to be stopped at a red light and then look over and see Seal just a few feet away from you. He was either talking to himself or to someone on his bluetooth headset (I’m gonna guess the latter … maybe he was talking to Heidi) but he looked pretty good … and pretty happy in his new car. Yeah, that’s all I got … I figured I’d post the pics since I had my own kinda sorta encounter with the man on the street just yesterday afternoon.
[Photo credit: Splash News]
... re-releases her 'Good Girl Gone Bad' album
Rihanna has been showing up all over NYC this week to promote the re-release of her latest album Good Girl Gone Bad (which features 3 bonus tracks not available on the original version of the album). Just this week she made appearances on NBC‘s Today Show, CBS‘s The Early Show, BET‘s 106 & Park and MTV‘s TRL … she also made an appearance at the Empire State building for a lighting ceremony to celebrate the 3rd Annual LOVEDAY by Cartier. Additionally, cuz she had a free hour or two, she made an in-store appearance at the Virgin Megastore in Times Square this week to sign a few cds … here are a few pics from that appearance:
I don’t know how the girl has time to catch her breath these days … she goes from event to event to event without stopping. She even makes time for interviews … like THIS one for Extra TV where she talked a bit about the Love bracelet f