Archive for July, 2008

All Dressed Up And Nowhere To Go

Um, what?

Okay … so I know that Jonathan Rhys Meyers was prolly dressed in costume on his way to film scenes as Henry VIII for his Showtime series The Tudors … but these two pics of the lad in his golden finery immediately had me thinking about a few other possible reasons for his being dressed in this way:

1.) He was late for his shift at Medieval Times
2.) He wanted to see if one could really make an outfit out of an old comforter
3.) He forgot to pick up his dry cleaning; had to wear the only clean thing in his closet

Any other ideas?

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Lauren ‘LC’ Conrad Does ‘Entertainment Weekly’

Oooooh, you just know that Heidi Montag is seething right now

To promote the upcoming 4th season of The Hills on MTV, Lauren LC Conrad is featured on the cover and in the pages of this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly … a feat that neither Heidi Montag or Spencer Pratt have achieved yet. HMMM. Here is LC‘s cover, a couple of photos from inside the mag and a portion of the coverstory:

The phenomenon of The Hills — which returns for season 4 on Aug. 18 at 10 p.m. — has gone beyond the weekly tabloid covers (mostly chronicling Lauren’s feud with her former BFF Heidi Montag), the endless spoofs (see Mila Kunis and James Franco’s dead-on Audrina/ Justin Bobby on FunnyOrDie.com), or even its place in the current presidential campaign. (After Heidi endorsed John McCain, he joked that he never ”misses an episode of The Hills”; Barack Obama promised David Letterman, ”My first act as president will be to stop the fighting between Lauren and Heidi.”) The series has also transformed an ordinary California girl into a West Coast reincarnation of Carrie Bradshaw (if Carrie were a millionaire), while giving MTV its biggest success in years. Season 3 averaged 3.9 million viewers, making it MTV’s highest-rated show since 2004′s Real World: San Diego, and its May 12 finale topped even the broadcast networks in the 12-to-34 demographic. ”I would go out on a limb and say this is probably the biggest show we’ve ever had,” says MTV Networks’ president of entertainment, Brian Graden. ”With Lauren Conrad, a whole generation of women see themselves in her.” Says Tony DiSanto, MTV’s exec VP of series programming and development, ”It’s almost becoming like a novel at this point, like this generation’s A Tale of Two Cities or Oliver Twist.” Whether or not you equate drunken nights at Hyde and Les Deux to the classic literary works of Dickens, the show’s success is undeniable. And no one has reaped more benefits than Lauren. While she has yet to graduate from L.A.’s Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, where she majors in product development, she’s already launched her own eponymous clothing line (in partnership with MTV), which is sold in 500 boutiques across the country. Forbes estimated her 2007–08 income to be $1.5 million — and Lauren says she used her own money to purchase the reported $2.3 million home she lives in on The Hills. ”I see her as a global brand,” says Max Stubblefield, Lauren’s agent at UTA. ”Fashion and beauty are the drivers, but we’ve had a lot of interest from a lot of different categories.” Since The Hills premiered in 2006, Lauren has landed endorsement deals with Mark cosmetics and AT&T, has a book proposal in the works, and wants to launch her own television and film production company. ”It’s about empowering girls,” says Lauren, when asked to describe what she represents as a brand. ”You’re gonna have bad boyfriends and best friends-turned-enemies. You need to be yourself, you need to work hard, and you’ll get there.” And if you can get someone to give you a reality show along the way, it can’t hurt.

EW is totally right, The Hills — whether you love it or pretend to hate it — has become something almost otherworldly (the bit about Dickens, well, c’mon … that’s a bit much). Almost everyone attached to the show has exploded to astronomical proportions … whether folks wanna admit it or not, it’s true. The Hills has infiltrated the presidential campaign … it’s nuts! As much as I love the show, I just can’t buy the whole “empowering young girls” mantra that folks associated with the show keep trying to sell. In the end, they are selling a show, selling their products and selling their personas … if there is empowerment in there somewhere, I can’t see it … unless we’re talking about empowering the characters on the show to make more money and achieve more fame, that is. I love it, I can’t get enough of it so I am not hatin’ at all. August 18th can’t get here fast enough for me!

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Intimately Britney

Up close and personal with Miss Spears on holiday

Here are a few pics of Britney Spears that appear to have been taken by a personal friend of hers while she was on holiday in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico last week … the pics are rumored to have been taken by her bodyguard, a guy named Lee who was formerly a member of the Israeli army, and is the same guy she was seen dancing with poolside at their hotel last week:

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It seems fishy that these pics, reportedly snapped by her protector, would end up on the Internet so quickly after they were taken. In any event, she looks really happy … it’s a very nice image of our dear Britney, don’t you think?

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David Beckham & Heidi Klum Visit ‘Sesame Street’

Can you tell me how to get, how to get there?

Soccer star David Beckham and fashionista Heidi Klum are among the latest celebs to pay a visit to the beloved children’s show Sesame Street to help the program kick off its 39th season this Fall. Here is a pic of Becks posing with Elmo:


And here is a pic of Ms. Heidi with Elmo:


David Beckham has acquired a few new friends during his year in LA including Tom Cruise and Will Smith, and now he’s got another high profile pal to add to the list. The football star has teamed up with Elmo for a guest appearance on the hugely popular children’s programme Sesame Street. The LA Galaxy star was invited to appear on the first episode of its 39th season alongside a host of other celebrities including Heidi Klum, Jenny McCarthy, Jack Black and Jessica Alba. He he introduced the word “persistent” to Elmo and viewers on the show’s Word on the Street segment. A source said: “David has always been a huge fan of the show. When he was a kid he watched it, like a lot of people, and knew all the characters. He was more than happy to go on.”

Aww … I love Sesame Street … and I love that Becks and Heidi are among the celebs to pay a visit this season to that famous “street”. So long as Tom Cruise leaves his Scientology pamphlets at home on the day he visits, I’m cool with him being on the show as well … after all, everyone should be allowed to spend some times with the gang on Sesame Street. I have no idea when new eps of the show air (only that they air on PBS) so I’m gonna have to keep an eye out for it … I wonder who else Sesame Street will have visit next … any ideas?

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A Real American Hero

Barack Obama comes to save the day

Earlier this week the McCain campaign released a campaign commercial which likened his Democratic rival for the Presidency of the United States of the America, Senator Barack Obama, to celebrities like Paris Hilton and Britney Spears … but it turns out that Sen. Obama is more like Superman or Batman, especially when you consider that the man has made into a sorta superhero in his own comic book:

It’s a year of superheroes in Hollywood, with the big-budget epics of Batman, Iron Man and the Hulk, but a big-budget production out of Washington, D.C., is carving a niche in the animation trend. Presumptive nominees John McCain and Barack Obama will star this fall in their own comic books put out by IDW Publishing, a San Diego-based publisher better known for telling the stories of robots (The Transformers) and vampires (30 Days of Night). Don’t expect Captain America-versus-Superman hijinks or super-villains threatening the electoral process. Trading sound bites for word balloons, the books purport to tell McCain and Obama’s life stories, independently researched and illustrated by a veteran team of writers and artists. “We’re not doing anything that is sensational here,” said IDW special projects editor Scott Dunbier, adding that neither campaign was involved in the development of the books. “We’re sticking to the facts.” On Oct. 8, the books will be released in comic book shops and go on sale online and for reading on cell phones. Comic book biographies have been written before — Marvel Comics had a best-seller in 1982 with a biography of Pope John Paul II. But Dunbier said the company is breaking new ground getting out fully researched comics on two candidates before Election Day. Dunbier said the nontraditional style of storytelling and visuals in comics may reach some voters more effectively than other types of media can. “We’re not in the business of doing textbooks, but I think comic books really do have the great potential to inform and teach and do more than just standard superhero comics,” he said.

I think this is a pretty cool idea … and I suppose it’s very democratic of the comic book company to create comics for both Obama and McCain. The US really could use a hero like Barack Obama :)

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Blue, Cheese!

The TV Guide

Whooo! It is hot here in Paris this week, y’all. I know that folks think that SoCal gets hot but without humidity it’s not really all that bad at all … it’s hot and humid here this week and it’s kicking our collective butts but we are having a blast nonetheless. Yesterday, we spent the first part of the day shopping around town … paid a visit to the Champs-Elysses and the Lafayette Galleries and did our best to stay as cool as possible … here are a few pics:

But my favorite part of the day (possibly the trip over all) happened last night after the sun went down. After the jump, check out a bunch of pics from our midnight champagne picnic at the Eiffel Tower, which is lit up with blue lights all this month in celebration of France’s presidency of the European Union this yearMore »

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Les News, 073108

Michelle Williams moves on, Brit remains conservatored, JL to wed?
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‘Project Runway’ And The City

ATTENTION: 'PROJECT RUNWAY' SPOILER ALERT WARNING

Despite the fact that I am all the way in Paris, France I was still able to watch last night’s episode of Project Runway since David’s DVR/cable box is properly hooked up to the Slingbox which allows us to stream things recorded on his box online. The challenge in last night’s ep took the designers out of the sewing workroom and onto the streets of New York City in search of inspiration:

Some of the contestants rose to the challenge, some of them failed miserably and Suede annoyed the HELL out of me, yet again. After the jump, find out who was in & who was out … More »

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‘Tales Of Beedle The Bard’ To Be Published For Muggles

JK Rowling's birthday gift to the world

Today is Harry Potter author JK Rowling‘s birthday and in celebration it has been announced that her previously unavailable handwritten tome of short fairytales (written by Rowling after she penned the 7th and final Harry Potter book) will be published for sale to regular folk like us. The original handwritten copies of the book were given away to personal friends of Rowling and the 7th was sold at auction for almost $4 million bucks to Amazon.com … and now, the book will be published in a special edition version (for $100) and a standard paperback edition (for $8) — the Collector’s Edition will be sold exclusively on Amazon.com:

Wizard news, Harry Potter fans: A book of fairy tales written and illustrated by J.K. Rowling is to be published for charity. A British charity said Thursday it hopes to raise $8 million through sales of “The Tales of Beedle the Bard.” Rowling co-founded The Children’s High Level Group charity, which supports institutionalized children. She has signed over her royalties. The book is a collection of five wizarding tales referred to in Rowling’s Potter saga. It was initially produced in an edition of seven handwritten copies. Six were given away by Rowling as gifts, and one was bought by retailer Amazon at an auction in December for almost $4 million. Rowling said the new edition would include her illustrations and introduction, the stories themselves and commentaries ostensibly by Albus Dumbledore, headmaster of the fictional Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, “which appear by generous permission of the Hogwarts Headmasters’ Archive.” The book will be published Dec. 4 by Bloomsbury in Britain and Scholastic in the United States. Amazon also plans a leather-bound collectors’ edition priced at $100 … She has described “The Tales of Beedle the Bard” as a distillation of the themes found in the Harry Potter books, calling it her goodbye to a world she lived in for 17 years.

Hot damn! This is great news! I was hoping that Tales of Beedle the Bard would be published one day despite the fact that we were told that the book would never be published (henceforth making the sole auctioned copy of the book so valuable). It makes sense that Amazon will be the exclusive seller of the Collector’s Edition since they ponied up the $4 million bucks for the auctioned copy of the book. I already placed my pre-order for both the Collector’s Edition (which you can pre-order HERE) and the standard edition (which you can pre-order HERE). This is absolutely amazing news for Potter fans. It may be JK‘s birthday but I feel like we all have cause to celebrate today :)

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Whoopee! Whoopi Joins ‘Xanadu’ On Broadway

Her six week engagement is now underway

Whoopi Goldberg laced up her rollerskates, slipped on her legwarmers and joined the Broadway cast of Xanadu this week to begin a 6-week limited engagement with the musical as the evil Muse sister Calliope. Here is a pic of Whoopi taking her first bows this past Tuesday night (with regular castmember Andre Ward) at the Helen Hayes theater, a screencap of the musical’s official website announcement of her short tenure with the show and a report from Broadway World on her stint with the show:

Whoopi Goldberg joined the cast of the hit Broadway musical “Xanadu” on Tuesday, July 29th for a special six week engagement through Sunday, September 7th. Ms. Goldberg is playing the role of Caliope. Jackie Hoffman, who created the role, will be releasing her new cd “Jackie Hoffman Live from Joe’s Pub” and will return to the production on September 9th. In a statement, Ms. Goldberg said “What better way to stick my toe back on to the Broadway stage than to join the amazing cast of “Xanadu”. It’s such a fun show and is definitely my sensibility, as written by the divine Douglas Carter Beane. For me, it’s going to be unbelievable”. Producer Ahrens wholeheartedly agrees by saying “On behalf of the entire “Xanadu” family, we are overwhelmed and appreciative that Whoopi has chosen to return to her turf of Broadway with our musical. We are thrilled!”

Hello! I *am* thrilled! I am really hoping to get to see the show (for the third time, mind you) with Whoopi in it during my super short stopover in NYC at the end of this weekend … I’m flying back to LA on Tuesday so I think Sunday is my only chance to see it. In any event, if any of y’all are considering seeing the show — go now! What better way to see this really fun show than with Whoopi Goldberg playing one of the funniest characters. Get your tickets now, she’s only there until September 7th!

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