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!

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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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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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Sometimes Chuck Bass Goes Too Far

Pastel lavender should be reserved for grandmas and Easter eggs

Okay … I think I tend to cut Ed Weswick‘s Gossip Girl character Chuck Bass a helluva lotta slack when it comes to his fashion choices … but I dunno that I can really get on board with this latest look:


Purple is a hot color right now … but this lavender is just a touch too … no. I have a hard time believing those pants are even men’s pants … I mean, ugh, no. I’m pretty much on board with many of Chuckie‘s bold fashion statements but this one gets a resounding thumb’s down from me.

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Jennifer Garner Keeps Bumping Out

It just keeps grooooowing

Jennifer Garner was spotted on the construction site of the new home she is renovating with her hubby Ben Affleck this week and I couldn’t help but notice that her tummy continues to get bigger and bigger … clearly there is a baby in there, check it out:

So, now that we’re practically certain that she is incubating a new person inside her womb, we can now move on to the speculation about when that little person might be making their debut outside her womb. E! seems to think that she may be due in March of next year (they are basing their assumption on a piece of paper that she was seen holding with the date March 2 circled on it) and I suppose that’s as good as guess as any — but will she be having twins … that is the question.

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McGosling Back Together?

Curious behavior sets tongues wagging

Well, well, well … it’s been about a year and a few months since the AMAZING COUPLE made up of Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling (collectively known as McGosling) broke up and now it appears that the couple may be getting back together — well, okay, that might be a bit of a stretch to say but they are friendly and were hanging out very coupleylike this week. Ryan made his debut as a DJ in Hollywood and Rachel came out to support him … and possibly get back in his pants ;) Here is a pic of the couple as they exited the Green Door nightclub in Hollywood Tuesday night where DJ Ryan was spinning:

Ryan Gosling made his deejay debut Tuesday night at Green Door lounge in Hollywood, with a surprising guest in the crowd – his ex-girlfriend Rachel McAdams. Arriving at 9 p.m., the actor settled into what is said to be a weekly gig at the lounge’s Tuesday jazz night. McAdams arrived later “supporting Ryan,” says a Gosling pal. “They talked when he was away from the deejay stand,” says the friend. “They really looked like good pals. He seemed happy to see her.” For Gosling, deejaying is “a pretty new thing for him,” says the friend. “He’s been messing around. He’s really into music, and he’s a fan of the night – and here he is.” Spinning tunes from the ’40s and ’50s, Gosling, 27, was dressed from the era, sporting a white T, black pants and motorcycle jacket.

OMG, they are SO back together! Or, at least, they are SO doing it again! Hee hee … okay, it may be wishful thinking but I think it was really dope of Rachel to come out to support her ex-beau … perhaps in the hopes of making him her beau once again. I’m pulling for the reunification of McGosling … they made a great couple once, they can make a great couple again :)

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SJP & Matthew Broderick ‘Carrie’ On

Everything is A-OK

In an effort to show the world that everything is fine in their marriage (at least, that’s the way it looks to me) after a new claim was made by Star magazine that the couple are in trubs, Sarah Jessica Parker and her hubby Matthew Broderick were snapped out on a date together in NYC last night … something that they rarely if ever do. Here are a couple pics of the happy couple:

Sarah Jessica Parker and husband Matthew Broderick were photographed having a date night in New York on Wednesday following a report that the actor had an affair with a 25-year-old woman. The couple, who are rarely pictured together in public, emerged from a Midtown restaurant Wednesday night, Broderick’s arm wrapped around his wife as they smiled at photographers. It’s the first time the pair, who have been married for 11 years, have been seen together since Star magazine claimed he had a three-month relationship with another woman while Parker was filming the “Sex and the City” movie. Broderick and Parker’s reps never responded to FOXNews.com’s request for comment on the Star magazine report, and Broderick never commented on the matter.

Personally, I don’t necessarily believe the Star report that any infidelity occurred in their marriage but I totally get why the couple may have decided to step out together for this photo op. Just one date night can do much to undue some of the damage done by the report. In the end, tho, it’s impossible to really know what may or may not be going on in a couple’s marriage like this. Mebbe I just want to believe that everything is fine for these two cuz I like them both so much. I hope they’re doing ok and that this date night together was more genuine rather than more contrived.

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‘OK!’ Magazine Gives More Levi Alves

More cuteness headed your way

OK! magazine has posted a full gallery of photos of Levi Alves and his proud & happy parents Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves on their official site, some of which were not published in the magazine last week. Here are a few of those adorable pics:


Seriously, this baby is CUUUUUUTE! I love the pics of Levi with Matthew in the hospital just after his birth — that little cap is to die for (I realize that all newborn babies get that same little cap but Levi is just rockin’ it right). I can really see how father and son may be pretty much inseparable from here on out. Matthew looks pretty darn proud of his boy … and rightfully so, he’s just the cutest thing ever :)

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Nine Inch Nails Rock Edmonton, Canada

'Lights in the Sky' continue across North America

Pink reader Jess sends in a few pics from the Nine Inch Nails Lights in the Sky Tour concert stop at the Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta in Canada that she attended with her fiancée this week:

After the jump, check out a few photos of the performance and a portion of her report from the show … More »

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John Mayer Waves Hello

... only uses one finger to do so

HMMM … I wonder who peed in John Mayer‘s cornflakes to get him in such a pissy mood … here is a pic of the newly shorn musician making his way into his tour bus …

After the jump, check out John waving hello to all of his photog friends … More »

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Quand Vous Souhaitez Sur Une Étoile

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Yesterday was a very fun … very long day. Steph and I hopped a train and made our way to Disneyland Paris (which is celebrating it’s 15th year anniversary this year) for a half-day at Le Royaume Magique. Because David and Alek had a lot of work to do (and, more prolly cuz they didn’t wanna) they opted out of the Disney fun with us … nonetheless, we had a blast as these photos can attest:

Let me tell you … it was hot and humid but we still had a lot of fun. I was very impressed with the park itself … Disneyland Paris has a bunch of really great attractions and a Space Mountain ride that beats the hell out of the original in Anaheim, CA. Too much fun, let me tell you … we ended up staying a bit longer than we wanted to (the wait for Thunder Mountain was killer) but overall, it was a great success. Because we were pretty much wiped the eff out afterwards, we all made it an early night in. Steph cooked an amazing dinner to round out the night. So much fun!!

Today is shopping day, so I’m looking forward to that ;)

Oh, and because it is after all …



Enjoy this vid of our full ride of the It’s A Small World ride.

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'X'-Flops, Jerry Lewis busted, no Wham! reunion
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’90210’ Promo

Get to know your soon-to-be fave characters

As September 02 draws evernear (get it? 90210 premieres on 09.02 … well, 08 cuz 10 would take too long) the hype and anticipation for the new 90210 series on The CW also grows evermore … and to fan the flames of that anticipation just a bit, here are a whole slew of new promo pics of the principal cast of characters moving into Beverly Hills, 90210 this Fall:

After the jump, check out individual cast photos of the 90210 kids and 3 of the adults (tho, none of the “special guest star” Beverly Hills, 90210 alums) … More »

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Christian Bale & Fam Return Home, Sweet, Home

'TDK' world tour is over ... I think

Christian Bale and co. (made up of his wife Sibi and his daughter Emmeline) have returned home to SoCal after enduring a bit of a whirlwind tour of the world to promote The Dark Knight … here are a few pics of the somewhat haggard lookin’ fam making their way thru LAX airport this week:


I’m not entirely sure that Christian will have to jet off to far off places around the world anytime soon to do more promo work … I suspect he has to get back to the set of Terminator: Salvation in New Mexico to get back to work. I dunno when or if the man sleeps but I am glad to know that he is tirelessly working towards bringing us great movies to watch. Welcome home, Bales.

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‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ Gets A Trailer

Memories, misty water-colored memories ...

Attention Harry Potter fans … the first movie trailer for the sixth Harry Potter film, … And The Half-Blood Prince, is out:



Soooo … whadda we think?

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Shia LaBeouf Does ‘Details’ Magazine

Gets in a car accident to promote newsstand sales

Shia LaBeouf is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Details magazine … and gave the magazine a boon of a selling opportunity by getting himself involved in a car accident (which was initially reported as a DUI incident and has since been downgraded to the ruling that he wasn’t at fault at all) mere moments before the mag hit newsstands — thereby ensuring a few more folks may prolly be inspired to pick up the mag than they might’ve been before his little crash-up, especially when they catch wind that he talks a bit about his penchant for enjoying spirited alcoholic drinks. It’s the perfect coverstar at the perfect time talking about the perfect subject. Here is Shia‘s cover and a portion of his Details interview that was conducted and covers incidents before this week’s accident … and I threw in a bit about his luck with the ladies cuz I just can’t see Shia scoring with chicks except for the fact that he’s a movie star:


“We would drink together and smoke together,” LaBeouf says, “and it’s just a bad deal. It’s not something that is conducive to being a role model—no iconic actors that I know of have problems like that. And I don’t know how to do it like a gentleman. I don’t know how to have one drink.” If it sounds like an actor struggling to stay in character, it may be. “I mean, look, you get arrested, it’s out of control. There’s nothing ‘in control’ about the situation,” he says. “It’s not as though things happen to me and I don’t say, never again.” But LaBeouf concedes that sticking to the straight-and-narrow is easier said than done. “I can never say never, because of where I’m at in my life and the vices that I’ve let go of,” he says. “But even when I was drinking, I never missed call times, ever. So now it’s no more alcohol—just Parliament Lights. And women. LaBeouf deems his female situation “extraordinary,” though he refuses to discuss recent rumors tying him to Rihanna and the model Lauren Hastings. “I’m enjoying myself,” he says. “But I’m not great with women, dude. I’m not a closer. I can chat all night long, but I’m not the guy who goes, ‘Okay, back to my room.’ I’ve never been that way—it’s not my presence, I just can’t do it. But it’s not been a priority of mine for a while. That aspect of my life is always going to be there. This”—his self-described “meteoric rise”—”is not always going to be here.”

HMMM … no more alcohol, eh? We’ll see about that. Even tho he may not have been at fault for this latest car accident (by ruling, anyways), it doesn’t really mean that he did no wrong. The police took him into custody for “exhibiting outward signs of intoxication” and I suspect he may exhibit such behavior in the future as well. I kinda hope that he keeps his nose clean as best he can from here on out … all eyes are on him now. Honestly, he doesn’t strike me as the kind of dude who learns lessons easily. After the jump, check out one more photo of Shia in the new issue of Details magazine … More »

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Kanye West Slurps One Down

Risks brain freeze for refreshment

Here are a couple pics of Kanye West sippin’ on a purdy pink smoothie after he scarfed down lunch at Joan’s on Third in LA this week … check ‘em out:

I love that Kanye even color-coordinates his attire to match his beverages … the pastel purple top goes nicely with his pink drink. He is so fly.

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Nina Garcia Is ‘In’ At ‘Marie Claire’ Magazine

She's already moved into her new office

The lovely Ms. Nina Garcia, who is currently still one of the main judges on Project Runway, has reportedly started the initial moving in process into her new digs at her new magazine, Marie Claire. You may recall that back in April it was reported that Nina would be exiting her post at Elle magazine at some point this year and we now know that her official first day at Marie Claire will be September 2 … but that doesn’t mean she can’t get in a bit of prep work at her new place of employment before hand, right?

Though Nina Garcia serves as editor at large at Elle through season five of “Project Runway,” it seems she’s already getting a head start on her fashion director duties at Marie Claire. Her new gig officially begins Sept. 2, but sources close to the magazine say Garcia has already moved into her office, the former digs of Tracy Taylor, who was dismissed in May to make way for Garcia. The “Project Runway” judge also is said to be conducting “run-throughs” for fashion shoots for the January issue. Sources said Garcia’s requests for high-end designer wares to be featured in fashion spreads can at times be at odds with Marie Claire’s more mass-market sensibilities. A spokeswoman for Marie Claire said, “Nina is on contract with Elle that prohibits her from working for Marie Claire before Sept. 1. She has been in the office only to work out her travel schedule for the European fashion shows this fall.” Garcia’s move to Marie Claire happened before the “Project Runway” judge finalized her contract to appear on the show’s sixth edition, which will air on Lifetime instead of Bravo. On Friday, a Weinstein Co. spokeswoman confirmed Garcia has re-upped, meaning all of the principals — herself, Michael Kors, Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum — will move to Lifetime with the reality program. Does that mean Marie Claire has been confirmed as the official magazine partner? Sources close to the show say the deal has been done, but the Weinstein spokeswoman declined to confirm Friday.

Seriously, Nina Garcia is one of my fave parts of Project Runway so I’m glad to know that she will still be on board with the show even after it moves to Lifetime. I’m pretty confident that Nina will do well at Marie Claire … she strikes me as a very able magazine person and will prolly soon become a great asset to the mag. I wish her much luck on her new endeavor and look forward to watching her work her magic for Marie Claire.

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Kate Hudson & Lance Armstrong Are Dunzo!

Peace The Spork Out, HudStrong

And so … yet another celebrity fairytale romance comes to a crashing end. US Weekly is reporting that Kate Hudson and Lance Armstrong have decided to call it quits and terminate their roughly 3-month relationship. They’re dunzo, y’all:

Kate Hudson and Lance Armstrong called it quits this weekend after a three-month romance that went public when they were spotted in Austin, Texas in mid-May, Usmagazine.com exclusively reports. “There was no drama or ugliness – They just decided to end things,” a source close to the couple tells Us. “There is no hatred, just sadness.” The pair quickly became inseparable with sightings of them in Austin, New York and Los Angeles – though both dodged questions about their relationship. In the short time they were together, the 29-year-old actress was seen with the 36-year-old cyclist at many of his races and events, including his three-day Lance Armstrong Livestrong Summit in Columbus, Ohio this past weekend. It was at the conference that Hudson and Armstrong decided to go their separate ways, a source tells Us. Each had introduced the other to family. Hudson’s mom Goldie Hawn gave what seemed to be her approval at a July 1 lunch at The Ivy at the Shore. Also, Hudson’s four-year-old son Ryder went to a Father’s Day brunch with Armstrong — and dad Chris Robinson – in June. A rep for Armstrong had no comment while a rep for Hudson could not be reached.

To tell the truth, this particular hook-up lasted longer than I anticipated that it would. I’ve heard that Lance is a bit of a cad, so I’m sure he must’ve been really serious to spend 3 whole months with one chick. Kate, for her part, prolly ain’t hurtin’ for dates … she’s a major hottie who is sure to score a new dude if and when she’s ready. I gotta say, HudStrong did look very cute playing couples tennis together a few weeks ago. Ah well, I guess we’ll just have to pour one out for the late, great HudStrong and carry on as best we can.

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Whitney Houston Still Creepin’ Around With Ray J

It's not right, but it's okay

Here are a few kinda unsettling photos of Whitney Houston exiting Villa nightclub in LA earlier this week on the arm (er, the body) of the youngster named Ray J

… of course, when the couple got into the backseat of their vehicle she was off his bod and practically in his mouth. Eh, you know what … you go, Whitney! While we’re all still anxiously awaiting your long-rumored comeback, you keep hittin’ that young buck as much and as hard as you like. I may not, necessarily, want to always see it … but I can respect that you’re into it. Have at it gurl :)

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T.G.I.F The 13th

Chuh Chuh Chuh Chuh, Ahh Ahh Ahh Ahh

Here is the first teaser poster for the new remake of the classic slasher horror flick Friday the 13th which was created exclusively for Comic Con this past weekend … the movie is due to hit theaters next year, the 13th of February:

I mean, it looks good … what else could they have used but Jason‘s famous hockey mask? It’s simple, it’s effective … it’s a tease. I know I’m sufficiently teased … how about you?

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John Mayer Gets Shaved

So long 80's retro-type fluffy hair

Despite the fact that John Mayer confessed that he was attempting to emulate the hairstyle made famous by Michael J. Fox‘s character in Family Ties, one Alex P. KeatonJohn John got himself a hair cut … it’s basically all gone, check it out:


HMMM … I gotta say … it’s a nice look for Mr. Mayer. I think he looks more like a thug … me likey. After the jump, check out a couple photos from John‘s live concert performance in Irvine, CA earlier this week where homey debuted his new look on stage … More »

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‘Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants 2’ Premieres

The next gen of "It" Girls partay

The new movie Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (or, as I like to call it, Sisterhood of the Ugly Gilmore Gossip Girls, Too) had its NYC premiere last night at the Ziegfeld Theater and the principal stars were joined by some of their co-stars from their more popular TV shows. I highly doubt that the casting agents that cast the stars of Gossip Girl, Gilmore Girls and Ugly Betty (among the more popular shows of the day) anticipated that one day a sequel to the first SOTTP movie would be able to enjoy such a “it” premiere one day. Here are a few pics from the red carpet last night:

Just like with the first movie, I have ZERO idea what this movie is about … but I gather that there are these pants, see, and they travel amongst this sisterhood of friends — and mayhem/hilarity/drama/etc. ensues? Sounds like a good time. You know what else is a good time … little Mark Indelicato‘s swanky cardigan. He looks so excited to be, A.) invited to a movie premiere and B.) to be wearing his new sweater on the red carpet at said premiere, that I hate saying a disparaging word about it. I’ll just comment that the sweater looks like something that you would see laying on the couch of the Queens house on Ugly Bettyit prolly reads Guadalajara cross the back ;)

At any rate, I suspect that SOTTP 2 may do much better at the box office than it’s predecessor SOTTP 1 because of all the new starpower that the stars of the film currently enjoy. I doubt it’ll be doing as well as that other sequel that is in theaters these days breaking records left and right but it’ll prolly do better than the first Traveling Pants film. I won’t be there but I’m sure many others will go.

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Getting Into Paris

The TV Guide

Woo … I gotta say, I’m really glad that I missed that 5.4 earthquake that hit LA a little bit ago … being all the way in Paris, France I didn’t really feel it ;) but I did get a flurry of email alerts from family, friends and readers. I hope I get home and find everything in my apt. okay … I’m sure it’ll be fine. I would’ve freaked out tho … I’ve yet to endure an earthquake yet … luckily my streak continues.

David, Steph, Alek and I have been having a great time here in Paris thus far in the land of no earthquakes. We spent a lovely afternoon/evening paling around and keeping things fun … here are some of our fun pics from last night:

Alek (or was it Steph, I can’t remember) suggested that we go to a place called RAIDD for an after dinner drink and for a bit of entertainment. The entertainment in question involved a beefy French dude getting completely nude in a shower over the bar and, well, talking a shower. After the jump, check out a few of the NSFW pics of the soapy show we enjoyed last night … More »

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Condolences For Estelle Getty

Now you, too, can write up a tribute

EstelleGetty.com has reopened their guestbook so that fans and well-wishers are once again able to post their thoughts, feelings and condolences to the late Golden Girl Estelle Getty. The guestbook was taken offline at the time of her death last week but has since been reopened so that fans an post messages … here is the message that I posted last night:

Much love to Pink reader Kevin for giving me the head’s up about this … I am very happy to be able to post a message of remembrance and thanks for Estelle on her official website and I’m sure there are many folks out there who would like to do the same. Send your thoughts, send your thanks and, most of all, send your lurve.

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Naomi Watts & Her 1 1/2 Kids

She, Alexander and the bump go for a walk

Naomi Watts, who is beginning to show the burgeoning of her ever-growing baby bump, was snapped taking her first born child, Alexander Peter, out for a little stroll this week … check out these cute pics:

Yeesh … Hollywood is spawing like crazy these days … it’s not enough for celeb couples to have one kid, they have to go and get started on their next kid as soon as they can. Gwen Stefani is a happy spawner (she should be droppin’ her second load any day now) and we know that Angelina Jolie is a happy spawner (and adopter) … it appears that Naomi and Liev Schreiber are lookin’ to build a big family as well. Little Alexander looks exactly like his father … here’s hopin’ the next little bundle of joy looks like Ms. Naomi ;)

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Wyatt Steven Crow Says Hello

Hits the town with his mom

Here are a few adorable pictures of Sheryl Crow carrying around her supercute baby boy Wyatt Steven on the streets of NYC yesterday:

This is the first time that I’ve seen pics of the lad since Sheryl adopted him back in May ’07 (when he was 2 months old). He has gotten so big … and so cute! Look at that face … he looks like a little man. He’s a total doll … and possibly the cutest celeb baby boy around these days, yes?

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‘The Joker’ Busted!

Actually, it was just a dorky fan boy who got busted

The police force of Three Rivers, Michigan were able to do in one night what Batman hasn’t been able to do for his entire career … bust the Joker. Here’s a great story to make all the Michiganders out there be proud of their homestate … a tool named Spencer Taylor was busted in Three Rivers, MI for trying to steal posters and other Batman collectibles from a movie theater showing The Dark Knight. Aptly, the police officers who booked him made sure to get a mugshot of the dork in full Joker make-up:

Meet Spencer Taylor. The Michigan man, 20, was arrested early yesterday morning for allegedly trying to steal Batman posters and other collectibles from a theater showing “The Dark Knight.” As can be seen in the … mug shot, Taylor went to the Three Rivers Cinema multiplex in costume as the Joker. According to cops, he was charged with larceny and malicious destruction of property, and had to pose for booking photos in and out of character.

After the jump, check out the other mugshot of this criminal mastermind totally sans make-up … More »

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‘The Dark Knight’ Premieres In Japan

Worldwide domination continues

Christian Bale (with his beautiful wife Sibi by his side), Maggie Gyllenhaal, Aaron Eckhart and director Christopher Nolan were all on hand at the Tokyo International Forum in Tokyo yesterday for the Japanese premiere of Batman: The Dark Knight. Here are a few pics from the red carpet arrivals at yesterday’s premiere:

First, I think it’s amazing seeing Christian Bale smiling again. He looks so happy … even tho I’m sure that the memory of his recent embarrassing incident with his estranged family members is still fresh in his mind, he looks great — as if he’s already moved well beyond that dark incident. I think it’s pretty safe to say that The Dark Knight is pretty much on track to fully conquer the world. It’s already well on it’s way to becoming the most successful film in US box office history (it looks like the Titanic is going to sink again) and is also proving to be a big hit all around the world. I’m anxious to get back to the States to see it again … next time, on IMAX. And the TDK juggernaut rolls on …

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Amy Winehouse Hospitalized

Right on cue

Here’s a bit of news that should come as absolutely no surprise whatsoever to anyone who is even remotely familiar with Amy Winehouse … last night the troubled chanteuse was carted away by stretcher to the emergency room of the closest hospital while her poor father, Mitch Winehouse, looked on. Officially her people are saying she suffered a bad reaction to “medication” but they failed to specify what sort of “medication” caused the bad reaction … tho, I have a few guesses, myself:

Amy Winehouse was rushed to the emergency room of a London hospital Monday, her reps say. “Amy Winehouse suffered a reaction to medication at home this evening and was taken to the hospital. Doctors have advised that she will be kept under observation overnight and is likely to be released tomorrow,” the singer’s American rep says. The troubled 24-year-old star was taken by ambulance from her home to University College Hospital, her U.K. spokesman Chris Goodman confirms to PEOPLE. No other details were provided.

As of this morning, tho, Amy has already been released … free to terrorize the streets once again:

Amy Winehouse was discharged from hospital this morning after receiving emergency treatment for a adverse reaction to “medication”. A spokeswoman for University College Hospital, where the singer spent the night, said she was ushered out via a private exit shortly after 9.45am. She was said to be in good spirits after a “comfortable night”. The spokeswoman said: “Our doctors decided to keep her overnight for observation. She had a comfortable night and will be discharged today.” Her release comes less than 24 hours after she was stretchered out of her Camden home and rushed to A&E. The singer was seen being wheeled out of her north London home just after 8.40pm by paramedics, her beleaguered father Mitch Winehouse watching on. Paramedics had been called by Mitch after Winehouse reportedly collapse after suffering an episode of “fitting”. Her father blamed the scare on a mistake with her prescription pills, saying: “She’s fine, she just mixed up her medication.”

Uh, yeah … just what sort of medication did she get mixed up? Why is she even taking medication in the first place? How much of the stuff is she taking that A.) there are so many to mix up and B.) would cause such a severe reaction? Any of y’all wanna guess what sort of “medication” Amy swallowed down and caused this episode of “fitting”?

In other news, Amy Winehouse‘s wax statue doppelgänger is still alive and doing well.

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Mary Lynn Rajskub Gives Birth

It's a boy!

Felicitations! It is my extreme pleasure to report that Mary Lynn Rajskub, the amazing actress who plays dour-mouthed Chloe O’Brian on 24, brought forth the precious fruit from her loins last Thursday … which she immediately named Valentine Anthony. Please join me in a resounding Woot! in celebration of her newborn bundle of joy:

24 star Mary Lynn Rajskub gave birth to a baby boy, Valentine Anthony, Thursday – almost two weeks after her due date, her rep Courtney Knittel confirms exclusively to PEOPLE. “It was like an episode of 24 with the clock ticking,” jokes Rajskub. Valentine, who weighed in at 9lbs., 5oz., is the first child for Rajskub, 37, and her boyfriend Matthew Rolph, 28, a physical trainer. The couple, who met while Rajskub was performing a stand-up comedy gig, disagreed over whether or not to find out the baby’s gender. Rajskub won. “I wanted it to be a surprise,” she says, “and Matthew wanted to find out” … Rajskub, who will return to TV in January for 24′s eighth season, says pregnancy has been, “scary and exciting,” especially given all the advice pals volunteer. “The closer I get to having this child,” she told PEOPLE at her baby shower in June, “the more I’m letting advice go in one ear and out the other. Everyone has their own thing.”

I just absolutely adore Mary Lynn Rajskub and I couldn’t be happier for her and Matthew. I hope she is able to enjoy this time with her baby and can rest up properly … so she can, once again, get back to kickin’ ass on 24 next season ;) Many congrats and much, much love! Welcome to the world, Valentine Anthony!!!

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Speidi Brings The ‘Club’ To Kitson

Giving the fans what they want

Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt were on hand this past weekend to do an in-store appearance and signing at Kitson in West Hollywood, CA to promote Heidiwood for Anchor Blue‘s Club Collection fashion line. Here are a few pics of the illustrious Speidi at this weekend’s event:

Say what you will (and you will say what you will), this couple keeps on workin’ hard to keep their names in the press and their products flying off the shelves. While Lauren LC Conrad‘s fashions are languishing on the racks at Kitson (not even a Buy One Get On Free sale is able to move LC‘s stuff), I understand that Heidi‘s Heidiwood collection is selling very well. It’s all about promotion and Speidi sure know how to promote themselves. They are so well suited for one another … I fully expect they’ll be together forever … possibly, one day, ruling the world. Are you on Team Heidi? C’mon, there have to be some Hills fans out there who enjoy these two.

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Girlicious Debut Their Album Art

Project Runway's Blayne must be pissed

The new Pussycat Dolls wannabe group, Girlicious, have unveiled the cover artwork for their debut self-titled album … behold:

Color me unimpressed. I’m sure that Project Runway season 5 contestant, Blayne Walsh (who tries to use the world “girlicious” every 5 secs. he’s on the air) isn’t all that impressed either. I smell a cat fight.

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Daniel Craig Does German ‘Vogue’

Achtung!

Daniel Craig is featured on the cover of the new issue of Vogue magazine in Deutschland and is looking … well … harsh is the best word, I guess:

I am a big Daniel Craig fan … I think he’s really hot. This photo is not a good one, tho. The lighting and possibly the make-up make his face look too lined, too severe. His upper lip looks too monkey-like. Boo. I’m not a fan of this pic … if I were him, I’d sue.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Gets Lucky; As Do We

All That Tanning Must Be Paying Off

You know … as kinda gross as Cristiano Ronaldo‘s overtanning makes him look sometimes, there are other times that A.) he don’t look all that gross any more and B.) the boy is able to still get some action. Here are a couple pics of the crispy-fried soccer phenom enjoying the attention from a female admirer and a nice view of his wet bum as he got out of the pool:

Yeah … I think he looks much better when he’s in the sun (and wet) rather than inside under normal lighting conditions (and not wet) cuz his suntan works better in the daylight. OY! I still fear for the lad’s possible run-in with skin cancer down the line but … he’s lookin’ much nicer this time around.

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‘The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor’ Premieres

Mummy Dearest

Brendan Fraser, who looked like he was missing a few dozen hairplugs, was on hand with some of his co-stars and friends for the Hollywood premiere of his new movie The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor (aka The Mummy III) at the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal City, CA yesterday. Here are a few pics from the red carpet:

I ain’t gonna lie … I love the Mummy movies. All the hairplugs notwithstanding, I generally enjoy this movie franchise … well, except for that stupid Scorpion King movie starring The Rock. The actual Mummy movies are fun — and this one looks cute, too. I thought for sure the franchise was dead since all the Egyptian stuff had been done to death … but I think it’s brills that they moved the action to China. Hello, there are other Mummies out there. I’m totes on board for this new movie … I have to check it out.

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Au Revoir, London … ‘Ello, Paris

The TV Guide

So, yesterday was our last day in London, England and David and I did our best to try and fit in as much as possible with the little time he had left. Once we were ejected from our hotel, we hit the streets and did our best to take in as much of the city as possible … making sure to see as many of the landmarks as possible. We were able to see the Clock Tower that houses Big Ben and swing by the Queen’s place (Buckingham Palace) to say hey … unfortch, she wasn’t home … we had a nice day, nonetheless. Here are a few of our fun pics:

I was very surprised that we were able to see/do as much as we did … we spent some time in the park near the palace and got to lay in the grass and enjoy a short concert by a lovely brass band. We got to ride the Tube before making our way to the St. Pancras trainstation to catch the Eurostar train to Paris (which I blogged about last night).

I’m very excited to be here with Steph and Alek at their cute Parisian apartment. I’m looking out the window, as I type this, taking in the majesty of the CASTLE they have right across the street. Wee! It’s gonna be a fun week … I can’t wait to enjoy it :)

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Marc Jacobs Married?!

Shhh! Don't tell Jason Preston

Made in Brazil blog is reporting that Marc Jacobs was secretly wed to his new boyfriend of 15 mins. Lorenzo Martone in Jacobs‘s Parisian apartment over the weekend … here is the full blog report:

I am not sure, but my sources tell me that the designer and his Brazilian beau Lorenzo Martone did host a brunch yesterday at Mr. Jacobs’ Paris apartment to celebrate their union. Martone will remain living in New York, while Jacobs will keep on splitting his time between New York and Paris. They are supposedly off to Ibiza for a little vacation together.

I suppose a tentative Congrats! are in order just in case (you never know with these sorts of things). My French friends Steph and Alek tell me that they aren’t convinced that the nuptials are legal since neither Jacobs or Martone are French citizens … their domestic partnership may not be valid. But, in any event, they seem committed to one another … for now. In any event, Mazel Tov!

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Jessica Simpson’s Country Album Artwork Revealed

Do you care?

Jessica Simpson‘s official website has unveiled the cover artwork for her new Country music album Do You Know … behold:

Vapid stare — Check! Pouty lips — Check! Cowboy boots — Check!

Yep, looks like she hit all the marks required for a failed Pop star’s attempt at a Country crossover album cover. Do we like? Do we hate? Do we care?

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Happy 18th Birthday, Nick Hogan

You're a big boy now!

Nick Hogan, currently serving an 8 month jail sentence for almost killing his best friend John Graziano in a reckless car accident late last year, turned 18th years old yesterday … his father, Hulk Hogan, presented him with a birthday cake … his mother, Linda Hogan, presented him with a skateboard … his sister, Brooke Hogan, was a no-show and the state of Florida penal system presented him with an upgrade from a juvenile detention center to real, big boy jail. Happy Birthday, Nick:

Nick Bollea celebrated his 18th birthday today by being transferred into Pinellas County Jail’s Central Division — where he will reside in the direct supervision housing section which hold around 70 adults and one correctional officer. Hulk told us Nick was a “janitor.” We’re told Hulk Hogan, Linda Hogan, Bubba the Love Sponge and bunch of Nick’s friends sang “happy birthday” to him over a video monitor. After that, they were allowed to visit him two at a time. His sister Brooke was not there.

OUCH! I wonder why Brookie dear wasn’t interested in visiting her jailbird bro on this benchmark birthday. Meh, I guess it doesn’t matter … at least Hulk‘s friend and radio host Bubba and a handsome gentleman in a yellow t-shirt with the fetching shaved head mullet came out for the festivities — that’s got to count for something. Mama Linda Hogan also came out for Nick‘s birthday but she arrived separately from the Hulk group … she also brought along a birthday gift for her locked-up son:


What the eff Nick Hogan is supposed to do with a skateboard in jail, I’m sure I have no idea … but I guess it was a nice gesture nonetheless. Actually, it’s not even that Nick could enjoy or even handle his shiny new skateboard. I think it was more like, “Look at your gift! You can touch it after you get sprung from jail!”

Lord … it sounds like it was a fun party for everyone … except for Nick. After the party was dunzo, Hulk and Linda Hogan each gave interviews to the assembled media outside (watch TMZ‘s interview footage HERE) which is really the perfect way to round out a birthday party for one’s jailed son.

UPDATE: Brooke Hogan wants the world to know that she was in attendance at her brother Nick‘s jailtime birthday party, she blogs:

uhh…there’s such thing as a back door you jerks. In conclusion…That goes to show you that you can’t believe anything you watch on TV or read in magazines. Cause people will make up BS without even knowing the facts. Hey Media! Why don’t you gather facts, check them, and then give the public the truth? That might work. Oh no…I forgot. You make too much money telling LIES. Needless to say, I WAS there for my brother on his birthday because he is my best friend and NOTHING comes before family.

I suppose it’s possible she used the “back door” to go into the jail, where her parents happily paraded themselves in front of the cameras on their way in and out. But what I want to know is … did she get him a gift?

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Daddy Matty Embraces Fatherhood

Jockeying for Privé's 'Father of the Year' award?

Yesterday I posted a few pics of Matthew McConaughey taking his babymama Camila Alves and his newborn son Levi Alves to a beach in Malibu, CA with him for a little surfing outing … and today I have a few more of those pics but others of Matthew taking his son out for a little stroll, just the two of them and of Matthew going out for a jog — while wearing an annoying t-shirt … argh! First, the cuteness:

Aww … I really like the sight of Matthew pushing his son in a baby carriage. While I would enjoy the this sight a whole lot more if Matthew were wearing less clothing, I shant really complain this time …

… after all, there is more cause for complaint with these pics of Matthew jogging AND wearing too many clothes:


BOOO! I think we’ve really, finally lost the over-shirtless Matthew McConaughey forever. I’ve been saying it for weeks now but I didn’t really want to believe it. Blah!

This post is saved with these extra pics of Matthew, Camila and Levi at a beach in Malibu this weekend … you will note that Camila (who looks absolutely stunning mere weeks after giving birth) is carting around baby Levi in this baby sling (a point that a few Pink readers alerted me to) and that Matthew looks really, really, really good in his rubber wetsuit:


You know, whatevs … it may be too soon to bring a newborn infant to the beach but at least the family is doing things together. I’m pretty convinced that Matthew is going to heap so much lurve on that baby boy that it’s gonna be too cute to stand. Again, I’m sure it won’t be long til the two dudes are out trolling for beers, chicks, whatevs once Levi is old enough to walk. I just hope for Matthew‘s sake that the little boy turns out as “manly” as his father is … heaven forbid the opposite turn out to be the case. I dunno tho … what do you think … will Matthew be the kind of father to embrace a son who isn’t interested in the same kinds of things that he is (booze, girls, etc.)?

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So Dork The ‘Con’ Of Man

San Diego Comic Con is a wrap

And so … another San Diego Comic Con has come to pass … and as usual, I was out of the country and unable to attend — but there are a lot of fun pictures to check out that will kinda sorta make it feel like I’m part of the experience but, you know, without having to actually endure all the ridiculous costumery in person ;) Here are a few pics of some of the more zealous Comic Con attendees this year:


And here are a few pics of some of the principal stars of the NBC hit Heroes who attended the Con this year to promote the upcoming third season of the show:


Honestly, there are just too many things that were presented at this year’s Con that I can’t possibly post them all … but Entertainment Weekly was in the hiz taking photos of some of my fave sci-fi/comic booky things at this year’s convention to give a nice overview. After the jump, check out a few EW photos of some of my fave things that I would’ve checked out had I attended this year’s Comic ConMore »

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Tori Amos Does Comic Con

Dresses the part

Tori Amos, all dolled up in a creative and interesting-looking superhero-esque outfit (think Ferosha Couture goes to Comic Con), made an appearance at the San Diego Comic Con over the weekend to sign copies of the new book Comic Book Tattoo which is a collection of graphic comicbook stories based on her music an lyrics. Here are a few pics of Tori at this weekend’s event and a portion of a blogpost devoted to the Comic Book Tattoo convention panel with featued Tori and 6 of the book’s contributors:

The panel for Comic Book Tattoo was great. They had not just Tori Amos but 6 of the writers and artists who worked on the book, and most important of all, they kept it balanced. Too often when you have one high-profile guest, the panel ends up focusing entirely on that person. But everyone had a chance to talk about the process. One of the things that Tori emphasized was that she’d wanted the artists to have complete freedom, because she’d been on too many projects where someone stepped in and said something like, “Did you think about the demographic?” Rantz Hoseley expanded on that, pointing out that many of the artists kept asking him (or, more precisely, Tori, through him) whether they could do things like do a story without word balloons. They were accustomed to that kind of limitation working on other projects. Ted McKeever mentioned a Superman story he turned in that got rejected because he drew the wrong number of belt loops. And Rantz took great pleasure in telling them to go for it, whatever it was. At one point, Tori mentioned that when she read the stories, she didn’t hear the songs they were based on in her head — she heard new music, which she’s now working on. She and several of the artists talked about the cyclical nature of inspiration, with different kinds of arts all inspiring each other.

Because I’ve never attended a Comic Con in my life, I’m not all that familiar with the way the panel discussions work … it sounds pretty difficult to get into all the panel discussions that may interest you because the demand is so high. I’m thankful that this blogger was able to attend and give a report — it sounds like it was a great discussion. I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my Limited Edition version of Comic Book Tattoo so I can finally see what all the excitement is about. Tori Amos‘s music has touched me in such a way that I am curious to see how other folks have interpreted her music graphically and storywise. This is such a cool endeavor, I’m excited that so much work is going into the book’s promotion.

PS: For the record, I would prolly have many colorful things to say if any other person were caught wearing an outfit like this in public but for an artist like Tori Amos (or Björk) I am very willing to cut some slack (also consider, there are a lot of freaks at Comic Con … she was surely not the oddest looking person there). Tori is a Goddess and should be allowed to dress the part … even if sometimes it may look like she dressed the part in the dark and on drugs, I can’t really hate on her ;)

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Nine Inch Nails Officially Hit The Road

The 'Lights in the Sky' Tour gets underway

Nine Inch Nails officially kicked off their Lights in the Sky Tour at the Pemberton Festival in Vancouver, British Coloumbia this past Friday night (after they played a private fans only show in LA as a tour warm-up last week) and by all accounts managed to rock the house. NIN closed out Day 1 of the fest on the mainstage and gave the crowd a performance they won’t soon forget … natch. Here are a few pics from NIN‘s set on Friday night:

Check out the Much Music blog to see a couple more NIN pics as well. OMG OMG OMG … I am so excited for this tour! It’s been a very long time since I’ve been able to see NIN on a big stage like this (tho, I was lucky enough to be able to see them do a small club show in Barcelona, Spain last year) so I’m very much looking forward my upcoming Toledo, OH and LA, CA shows. So as not to spoil anything for those of you who want to remain unspoiled, I put the show’s set list under the cut. After the jump, check out the full setlist from this weekend’s show at the Pemberton FestivalMore »

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Britney Spears Takes A Holiday

Heads south of the border for some R+R

Our dear Britney Spears has decided to flee the country, at least for the weekend, and was spotted in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico bikini-clad and basking in the sun. She was also photographed enjoying an impromptu poolside dance with a handsome stranger … after the week she’s had (agreeing to settle her 2-year long custody battle with ex-hubby Kevin Federline) she was prolly in the mood for a little vacay:

With her custody drama with Kevin Federline finally over, Britney Spears is back in shape and ready for fun. The pop star escaped to Cabo San Lucas in Mexico for a sunshine holiday with a group of friends, including longtime pal George Maloof, who owns the Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. After slipping into a skimpy white bikini, the singer flirted up a storm with another male companion, giggling as the pair danced around the pool arm-in-arm. And for posterity … a female friend caught all the action on a video camera. The party later moved to the beach, where Britney frolicked on the foreshore before cooling her heels in the sea. The star is making the most of her free time after officially agreeing to give her ex husband Kevin Federline sole custody of the couple’s two sons, Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden, 1.

I, for one, think it’s a great idea for her to get away for a bit and to get in some relaxation time. I imagine it wasn’t very easy for her to decide to end the custody battle with K-Fed but, it is my contention, that her compliance is part of a bigger plan to one day win back physical custody of her children. Without going out into my guesswork again (click HERE if you’d like to revisit my theory), I’ll just say that Britney is finally seeing the bigger picture and is working for a lasting resolution that will hopefully work in her favor one day. In the meantime, she deserves a vacay holiday … and with a handsome gent, to boot. Good for her. I’m deffo in her corner.

Rumors continue to swirl concerning her possible appearance at the 2008 MTV VMAs in September … I pray she does make a triumphant return. If so, she will deffo do it right this time, I just know it :)

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Bienvenue À Paris

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Oh La La! Nous sommes arrivés en France! David and I were able to spend some time enjoying the last bits of London in what little time we had earlier today … but by evening, we boarded the Eurostar train and took the chunnel to make our way to Paris, France where we were met by Steph and Alek at the train station … French flag waving and all:

I cannot tell you how amazing it is to be here at their home in France. Seeing them jumping and waving the French flag as we arrived at the train station was the best welcome I could’ve wished for. We are going to have a great week together … I’m so excited. More tomorrow … right now, at 2:32AM local time — it’s time to dormir.

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'The Dark Knight' is at $300 mil and counting, L. Lo hit by biker, Ahhnold will be back?
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Hot Dude Of The Week: Jordon

Weekend Hotness

Even tho I wasn’t able to do a full day’s posts today there is no reason we can’t get in our weekly dose of hotness to round out the week properly … let’s say hello to the Hot Dude of the Week this week … meet Jordon:

Wee … the one thing that bummed me out the most when I realized that I didn’t have the time to get all of the day’s work done earlier today was that the Hot Dude of the Week was in danger of not getting posted. I kept thinking to myself, But how are people gonna get their bulge fix for the week? I knew that I had to make the time to squeeze in this bit of hawtness before the weekend was officially over. I think Jordon does the job nicely, yes? Enjoy!!

[Photo credit: All American Guys]

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Amy Winehouse On The Rampage Again

As messy as she wanna be

Amy Winehouse was on the loose on the streets of London, England again last night … here are a few pics of the crazed mess doing what she does best:

Yeah, I dunno what caused this latest freak-out … but does it really matter? I have to say, one of my great regrets of my visit to the UK was that I wasn’t able to witness Amy‘s antics with my own eyes. Trust me, we looked in a few of the messiest gutters and … no luck. Ah well, better luck next time. Until then, I’ll just have to make do with tragic photos like these.

[Photo credit: Splash News]

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Like Father, Like Son

Levi Alves McConaughey enjoys his first day of surfing ... kinda

I knew it! Yesterday I joked that it wouldn’t be long before Matthew McConaughey took out his newborn son, Levi Alves, for his first day of surfing … I mentioned that he might be strapping his son to the front of his surfboard very soon and I was almost totally right. Here are a few new pics of Matthew with babymama Camila Alves, 20-day old son Levi Alves and a bodyguard-type friend person on a family surfing outing on a beach in Malibu, CA this weekend:

I love it! And I just know that this little kid is going to be raised to be his father’s son … next thing you know, Matthew and Levi will be pickin’ up chicks together … er, you know, if this Camila Alves thing doesn’t work out, that is. I can just see it now … Matthew and his son, mackin’ in Freshmen girls at various high schools sayin’ shizz like, “That’s what I love about these high school girls, man. I get older, they stay the same age.”

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Shia LaBeouf Busted … Again!

This time it's DUI

OY! The one day that I am unable to be near my computer to blog Shia LaBeouf has to, not only, get busted … but get busted for DUI. AND, homie got nabbed with a flipped over truck and an injured hand that required surgery … and somehow managed to avoid felony charges — that’s a story!!! This time around, Shia‘s mugshot has not (or has yet) been released so here is his last mugshot from when he was arrested in Chicago last year for trespassing and the deets from his latest brush with the law which TMZ was the first to report:

Shia LaBeouf, in trouble again and this time it’s really serious. TMZ has learned he’s been arrested for suspicion of DUI. Law enforcement sources tell us LaBeouf was involved in a car accident at about 3:00 AM at the corner of La Brea and Fountain in Hollywood. We’re told Shia made a left turn in front of another car and the two collided, causing Shia’s car to roll. Paramedics were called to the scene and both parties were taken to a local hospital, but no major injuries were sustained. LaBeouf was placed under arrest on suspicion of felony DUI after we’re told he exhibited “outward signs” of intoxication at the scene. UPDATE: We now have more info. A law enforcement source tells TMZ deputies are at the hospital right now, checking on the injuries of the victim and Shia. If the victim’s injuries are serious, Shia will be booked on suspicion of felony DUI. If the injuries are minor, Shia will be cited and released on misdemeanor DUI.

And we know by now that Shia has evaded felony charges so the implication is that his injuries, altho requiring surgery, are minor enough for him to only be facing misdemeanor DUI charges. After the jump, check out photos of Shia‘s flipped truck from Celebrities.com and Extra TV, a pic of the lad on site after his bust last night and a blow-by-blow account of what went downMore »

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KylieX2008, 07.26.08

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Woot! Finally! Last night I was able to enjoy my first Kylie Minogue concert live and in person. After 20 years of being a fan and after seeing every concert she’s ever performed on DVD or, back in the day, bootlegged VHS (usually from Japan), last night was at long last my chance to see Kylie on stage with my own eyes. I was very surprised how good our seats were … I bought them online many months ago when they went on sale here in the UK and had forgotten that I managed to score center section floor seats — the show was pretty phenomenal … I am not comparing it to any other Kylie Concert that I’ve ever seen before on video because, after all, this was my first time — and one’s first time is always special ;)

Because today is a travel day (and because it’s Sunday), I won’t be able to work up a usual weekend day post. We have to leave our hotel in about an hour so I don’t have much time to post much this lovely AM. So … I am posting a bunch of my pics from last night’s KylieX2008 show and will do my best to try and post a bit more before the day is over. Irregardless, David and I will be in Paris, France by tomorrow morning so I will be back with a usual full day post.

Kylie Minogue played the first of her 7 (yes, 7) scheduled dates at the O2 Arena last night …

… and here is a taste of the show in pictures. After the jump, check out a few of the 500+ pics that I took last night and a full setlist of the night’s performance … More »

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Finally, Someone Gets It Right

A proper likeness of Amy Winehouse

Earlier this week we saw that Madam Tussaud’s Wax Museum in London immortalized the whacky Amy Winehouse with a wax statue that looked far too healthy to adequately represent the real-life person. But an industrious competitor at the Lambeth Country Show in South London finally got it right … here is a pic of one of the winning entries in the Vegetable Figure section of this year’s country fair in South London … and a pic of Miss Winehouse for comparison:

This model of Amy Winehouse is made from a potato and aubergine and was awarded first place by a team of judges from Lambeth Horticultural Society. The pallid color, the spotty skin — they surely deserve the blue ribbon. This is the closest representation of Amy Winehouse that I’ve yet to see (and still the potato looks healthier). Well done!

[Photo credit: Splash News, Big! Pictures]

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Mariah Carey Unleashes ‘Luscious Pink’

A new smell pour vous

Mariah Carey has announced that she is releasing a new fragrance for all your pretty smelling needs. Hot on the heels of her first perfume, M by Mariah Carey, Mimi is unleashing Luscious Pink upon the world. Here is a photo of the pink bottle and the full press release:


Introducing the Luscious New Fragrance from the Mariah Carey fragrance collection.

Ethereal. Magical. Feminine.

Introducing Mariah Carey’s Luscious Pink, a sparkling and intoxicating new fragrance that captures the pure radiance of Mariah Carey. Luminous and sensual, Luscious Pink embraces Mariah’s ever-captivating presence and playfully seductive personality, translating these qualities into an exquisite and effervescent fragrance that reflects Mariah’s aura of femininity. An ethereal harmony of sparkling Bellini accords, velvety pink peony and warm sun-kissed wood, the fragrance is a luscious blend of accords as enveloping as Mariah’s voice.

Mariah Carey’s Luscious Pink, the glowing new fragrance, is the next chapter in the Mariah Carey fragrance collection.

Available at fine department stores early August.

Check out an exclusive article in Women’s Wear Daily about Mariah Carey’s Luscious Pink.

A beautiful and luminous new visual of Mariah Carey will support the launch this luscious fragrance. Be the first to check it out on Mariah Carey’s official fan site in July.

After the jump, check out the first promo ad for Luscious Pink which features Mariah Carey in the photo … More »

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‘Gossip Girl’ Wants You To Watch

Teaser promo vids to whet your appetite

The folks at The CW have just unleashed a whole slew of short new promo vids to tease for the upcoming second season of Gossip Girl … here is the promo vid titled Mother Chucker:



After the jump, check out 4 more Gossip Girl promo vids for your viewing pleasure … More »

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‘These Are The Dreams …’

The TV Guide

Welp … London has been lovely, let me tell you but as I mentioned yesterday … David and I haven’t been able to see very much of it thus far. After we finished work yesterday, it was too late to catch an early dinner so we had to catch a late dinner. We found a great sushi place near our hotel and had a very nice meal. Afterwards, we did a bit of walking in the Theater district near Trafalgar Square and popped into a pub called The Bear & Staff for a couple of pints. We spent the rest of the late night just walking around, taking in bits of the city as we went along.

I’ve been working all morning and will be wrapping up soon, David is out strolling about town so — we’re doing our best to enjoy what we can. We leave for Paris tomorrow night so it looks like our English exposure will be very limited. Even still, we are very much looking forward to tonight … for the first time, at long last, I will finally be able to see Kylie Minogue live and in concert!!!

I can’t even express my excitement … I will do my best to give a full report, hopefully with loads of pics!!!

Not sure what the plan for tonight is … we may try and attend the last party at G-A-Y tonight but we fear it may be too much of a madhouse to get in. In any event, we’ll do our best to have the best time we can. I’m already planning my next trip to Londontown … this visit will be far too short to adequately be able to enjoy the city.

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The Two Coreys open up, Paris grows up, Pam was just kidding
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PITNB Readers, 072608

Birthdays, Babies & Baseball

Here is this week’s batch of photos sent in by Pink is the new Blog readers — Othsaney, who hails from Canada, sends in a pic of her son in all his regal glory as he prepares to celebrate his first birthday on August 2 — Emely sends in a pic from her recent 21st birthday celebration — Jackie, who celebrated her 30th birthday on 7/11, sends in a pic from her recent birthday celebration — Meg from Holland, MI sends in a pic of her beautiful daughter Isabelle‘s first visit to Lake MichiganAngela and her sister Melissa send in a couple pics from a recent Trenton Thunder baseball game (in Michigan) where the ladies brought along their cute pooches Rocky (with Angela) and Lexie (with Melissa):

Even tho I’m all the way in London, England this weekend I have to let y’all know that receiving and posting pictures from Pink readers really makes me feel like I’m at home. Thank you all so much for taking the time to submit and share your photos with all of us. Happy birthdays and much love to all y’all who sent in pics today :)

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Are SJP & Matthew Broderick Dunzo?

Star magazine seems to think so

Star magazine is reporting that Sarah Jessica Parker‘s hubby Matthew Broderick was caught cheating and has, as a result, endangered his marriage to SJP. Since this issue of the magazine hit the newsstands, StarMagazine.com has been offline and completely inaccessible. HMMM … could the magazine have gotten the story wrong and subsequently got themselves in a heap o’ trubs? In any event, here is the magazine cover making its bold claims and some deets from the Star magazine coverstory:

Sarah Jessica Parker’s 11 year marriage to Matthew Broderick has been hit by claims he had an affair with a 25-year-old youth worker. American magazine Star alleges the actor had a liaison with the unnamed woman from November to February while Sarah was shooting the big screen film, Sex And The City. Broderick’s spokesperson Simon Hall didn’t deny the allegations, telling the magazine instead: “There will be no comment.” The publication reports the pair met in a Manhattan bar last November and later he was allegedly seen heading to the woman’s apartment carrying wine and flowers. It claims Broderick, 46, told the brunette his relationship with Parker, 43, was “not good”. Parker, who has a five-year-old son, James Wilkie, with the star, has previously admitted that their marriage is tumultuous at times. In an April interview she said, “I’m really lucky that he is the father of my son, but that doesn’t mean that we always agree on everything. We’ve had some rather treacherous train rides. I’m happy to be with him regardless but I’m sure there are many times he wishes he wasn’t with me.”

I managed to sneak a peek at this issue of Star magazine and was surprised to find out that they were able to publish an actual photo of the alleged mistress that Matthew supposedly cheated with. After the jump, check out her photo … More »

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The First Batch Of 2008 MTV VMA Noms Have Been Announced

So far, Britney is up for 'Best Female Video'

MTV opened up a portion of the nomination process for the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards to the public this year and last night announced the first round of nominees for this year’s awards show. Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Rihanna and Chris Brown are among the folks nominated by the fans … here’s the report from MTVNews:

We asked for your help, and you did not disappoint. You voted in record numbers, whittling the list of Moonman hopefuls for Best Male Video and Best Female Video at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards down to the final five, as the nominees were revealed Friday (July 25). After thousands of votes on VMA.MTV.com (along with ballots from select industry insiders), two diverse battles are set. A pair of legendary pop icons will square off against two relative newcomers and one wily underdog in the fight for Best Female Video. Pop queen Britney Spears takes another step on the comeback trail as her “Piece of Me” grabs a nomination, while Mariah Carey will try to end her VMA dry spell with “Touch My Body.” “American Idol” champ Jordin Sparks scores a nomination for her Chris Brown collaboration “No Air,” and Rihanna is in the running as well with “Take a Bow.” Quirky long shot Katy Perry rounds out the Best Female race with her cheeky summer anthem “I Kissed a Girl.” Meanwhile, hip-hop’s hot streak continues in the Best Male Video category as two of the hottest MCs in the game face off against some of R&B’s leading men. Lil Wayne’s “Lollipop” exploded this year, so it’s no surprise that he’s in the running, along with T.I., whose “No Matter What” chronicles his struggles over the past year. Chris Brown and Usher made the list with “With You” and “Love in This Club” respectively, and Flo Rida is in the mix with “Low.” Of course, when one door closes, another opens, my friends — voting in two other categories is now officially open at VMA.MTV.com. Hundreds of hopefuls will now duke it out in the Best Hip-Hop Video and Best Pop Video categories! The nominees will be announced on next Friday’s installment of “FNMTV.” After that, two more rounds of voting remain to determine the nominees for Best Dancing in a Video, Best New Artist, Best Rock Video and the highly coveted Video of the Year. The 25th VMAs will take place at the legendary Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood on September 7. The Jonas Brothers are confirmed to perform, and British funnyman and “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” co-star Russell Brand was just announced as the show’s host.

Woot! This is great news for Britney Spears. She has a very good chance of racking up more nominations as the voting process continues. Slow and steady, this is the way she will properly pull off her comeback. I actually like this new brand of interactivity that allows the MTV viewers to chime in and have their say in the nomination process. In addition to Brit Brit, there are already a few artists that I <3 scoring noms for awards this year so it won't be an easy process rooting my faves, especially since some of them are already in direct competition. i'm very hopeful that Britney will perform at this year’s MTV VMAs … she is in a much better position to put on a stunning performance (in a good way) than she was last year (in a bad way). I guess we’ll find out on September 7th.

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Spederline Seal The Deal

Child custody has been officially settled ... for now

Earlier this month we learned that Britney Spears and Kevin Federline reached an agreement where the matter of child custody concerning their two young sons, Sean Preston and Jayden James, would be settled. Yesterday, in LA County court, the agreement was finalized … signed, sealed and delivered — the case is closed:

Britney Spears and Kevin Federline’s custody settlement was signed Friday by a judge, officially ending their nearly two-year custody battle. In the deal reached last week, Federline retained sole custody of Preston, 2 1/2, and Jayden, 1 1/2. Spears – who is currently allowed two visits and one overnight per week – will get an additional sleepover by year’s end, barring any setbacks. “She’s thrilled,” the pop star’s attorney Laura Wasser told PEOPLE. “To have more time with her kids has been her motivation to get well. In light of her outstanding conservatorship, she couldn’t have asked for anything more.” Spears also agreed to increase Federline’s child support to $20,000 a month (a $5,000 increase) and pay off his $250,000 legal tab. Documents show the child support increase went into effect on July 15, and that Spears’s father, who remains in legal control of her affairs until a July 31 hearing, approved of the settlement terms. “This has been a long ordeal [for Kevin] and for it to be over makes him very happy,” his lawyer Mark Vincent Kaplan previously said.

But wait … while this may seem like bad news for Britney, it may not necessarily be so, not in the long run — read on. After the jump, check out a couple of the official court documents from this settled case … More »

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The McConaughey Fam Takes A Stroll

Levi Alves' first spotting in the wild

Now that Levi Alves McConaughey made his official debut (reportedly to the tune of $3 million bucks) on the cover of this week’s issue of OK! magazine he is finally able to venture out into the world. Here are pictures of proud papa Matthew McConaughey and doting mother Camila Alves taking their little bundle of joy out for his very first stroll:

HMM … Levi was born on July 7th and this is the first time that he has been seen out in public since he was brought home from the hospital on July 10th. Something tells me that the parents were not allowed to take Levi out in public until after his OK! magazine debut hit the newsstands … which makes sense when the mag is paying so much moolah for the exclusive first photos of the baby. In any event, the deal has been done and now the family is free to go out in public as much as they please. After the jump, check out a couple photos of little Levi sleeping soundly inside his little stroller … More »

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London, At Last

The TV Guide

The good news is that we finally made it to London. As you might expect, we still had to deal with a 2 hour delay before take-off last night but we did arrive safe and sound. And, wonder of wonders, we were successfully reunited with our luggage so all was well:

But, because we were delayed we had to get straight to our hotel to begin work for the day … so, for the past hours that we’ve been in England, we’ve been holed up in our hotel room working. Unfortch, the Internet has started giving us problems so I won’t be able to do much more work for the rest of the day — instead, I’m treating today like a weekend day. I dunno what the Internet deal will be like in the morning but I plan on getting back on track as soon as possible. I need to get out and enjoy London, y’all. I’m gonna try and salvage some of this day.

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Guy says everything is fine, Lance for prez? Diddy's not engaged
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Third Time’s The Harm, ‘Dexter’ Returns

Good Bad Guy Gone Bad?

Here are a few promo pictures of the principal characters from the upcoming third season of the Showtime series Dexter, which premieres on Sunday September 28:

Wee!! I’m very excited that Dexter is coming back with new eps. This show has surpassed 24 as my favorite TV drama and I am very anxious to see where things will go in the next season — especially after watching the preview trailer for the new season which debuted at Comic Con in San Diego this weekend. After the jump, check out the trailer in full … More »

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Courtney Love Takes On Trent Reznor

Another engrossing My Space treatise from C. Love

Wee! Courtney Love posted a new blogpost on her official My Space profile and this time she levels her attack against Nine Inch Nails frontman, Trent Reznor, whom she reportedly bedded back in the day. As much as the thought of Trent Reznor copulating with Courtney Love sorta repulses me, I cannot deny that the deed was done because even Reznor himself has admitted (with chagrin) that the two rockers did, in fact, do the dirty (and, boy, I bet it was dirty). In any regard, C. Love seems intent on reminding us all of this incident and goes on to rant about all things Reznor and then random 80′s-90′s rock band stuff in her latest post … which you can read in full here (all spelling and grammatical errors are her own):

Thursday, July 24, 2008

fama
Current mood: relaxed

Hey! You were referencing Reznor. You know the guy who was a graphic design major? Heir to a massive fortune on Reznor heaters? The guy who came up with NIN logo, then the band name, then a band? Details once said we had a thing. That’s not news. It was what it was. I didn’t take it too much more seriously than him. I won’t give TMI, but the black terry cloth robes with the bands names embroidered in gold, the cat scratches on my door at night, the endless head holding her and secrets and horror stories, I have never repeated.

He was in his prime and well, fuck me he had that dammed song, “and yooooou can have it all, my empire of shit.” I don’t care. All the sports bar shit just melted for every girl in the house and me too. I admit it- that song was like watching Hamlet and boy did he know it. Girls crying with love for him in a rock star way, the groupies and cocaine usage, that I thought went out with hair bands.

We didn’t have groupies. We had competitive girls in OTHER BANDS. I had competition then. Now, I do not. I suppose because its not an economic or particularly social model that’s very easy to pull off; being class clown until the fucking record comes out. I could’ve put out a perfectly good, even great, record, but it wasn’t enough. I’m sorry. I’m aiming for the moon and the moon I shall have. Even if it sells one copy, I will know in my heart, I did the very, very best, to the best of my ability, to leave a legacy of greatness behind.

Anyway some journo at Details asks him a few months later after a strange parting, and the very emotional death of his beloved dog, but still this doesn’t excuse this comment, “So, Courtney Love, you two hooked up? Is it true she’s pregnant?” His response, “It would have to have been the immaculate conception.” The gross out factor was so huge. OH YEAH, BEEN HERE ! THE GIRL IN SCHOOL ALL THE BOYS WANNA SLEEP WITH, BUT THEN WON’T COP TO IT TO THEIR FRIENDS.

Despite the small amount of education I had, I was always in very social environments. The fact is, I was an outsider, but I was also enormously popular and that stays with you. I never ever picked on any scapegoat or outsider. I never thought I’d play scapegoat mostly because of who, in fact 99% because of who, I married. It was just alpha on alpha. It made all the sense in the world, but the world hadn’t taken on indie rock values and with that rendition of “Dr Feelgood” tonight- the inner Crue I thought someone had spiked my drink with god’s evil acid. I had my platinum and Kurt’s platinum records, arrived at the studio and was using them as shields to ward off the evil, but it went on for, oh, 15 minutes. Boys will be boys and fantasize about the rainbow and the Crue and shit like that. Not having lived with it, not having worked at Star strip without Axl buying me a boob job, pulling double shifts on days we didn’t rehearse, so we could have amps and rehearsal 5 days a week at the very least, eight hour ones, whether I’d done a full shift or not.

Three girls at Star Strip had pink Corvettes Axl bought them. And the Crue; Nikki is a smart guy and Tommy’s nice, but that doesn’t make them a band I can even deal with. It was horrific for a freaky girl in LA and her freaky band, but that became what made us rather huge; a great great, now retired, rock journalist. Arguably the very very best rock journos of all time, Lester Bangs, David Fricke, Crisxtagu and his body shape taste, which I respect and Robert Hilburn, who made me. I sent him the lyrics and he’s a lyric guy. Playing at 6:30 for 20 minutes at The Whiskey A Go Go, no bozo lame some pay to play bullshit with hair metal bands, many of whom contained later: “grungers,” “punkers,” etc.

Hilburn wrote a classic Hilburn massive calendar piece. So, the metal guys would be like, “Let’s go see that freak girl, and her band of freaks.” I love being a freak. As I said, I’ve always gotten along well with others and been pretty popular. So I had NO problem projecting Valkyrie Bitch Goddess. Why not me? I had the words for it. Not yet the drummer, and no offense to drummers past, who I have loved, but for once I have the drummer of them all and even he likes playing Doctor bloody Feelgood. Six, you win. Accckkkkkkk, I was literally rolling on the floor screaming “Make it stop!” Bad acid, I tells ya.

Anyway, in a Spin interview, I stated the truth. Frankly. he started it.

“Reznor blah blah?” “He shouldn’t call his band Nine Inch Nails when he has a three inch one.” Well that was THAT and the shit hit the fan. I was referencing his song Mr. Self Destruct. I NEVER had a feud with KURT. Christ, the guy was my best friend on his earth and worth every penny of the crucifixion(s).

I hope you’ve paid your money to see a cripple dance and now’s your chance, baby, now’s your chance, but as we all know this endless blogging and “FAMA,” the Latin derivative of “fame,” meaning gossip. Look up Virgil’s poem on Dido fucking Aetna (sic) in a cave. The word comes from “rumors.” Skip to Ovid now, after Christ ,and the word has changed into a quality, that does not involve great works or achievements or honor. It just involves getting as much as you can. It’s a dense, dense book; The Frenzy of Renown.” It is very academic, I am going to read it now.

That was, sort of , he sort of? He’s still pissed I called my band Hole. I never said size, shape, etc. I never said “cabbage rose hole” or “tea rose hole.” In any case vajayjay was only one connotation of that band’s name. It was truly from the Euripides’ Medea, but it got the job done. It was a chance and a risk to name the band that, as Babes in Toyland were going to go full throttle. We were gonna call ourselves “swampussy,” but what if, what if, what ifs kept coming. What if, what? There was no way that model of band was, as much as I love them, going to go mainstream. In any case, I had to take the chance with that name, but that’s not the point. The point is Reznor got PISSED. HEY, HE STARTED IT.

Having been pretty popular my whole life and not used to this class clown karma, that I’m chanting to mitigate, but seems to occur every bloody time I blog. I may as well just stop amusing anyone and stick to what I know; books, nature, eBay at 5 am. I do not like feuds, but money’s money, then feuds occur. Sex is sex and I suppose if you impugn my sexuality and the month of intensity and insane secrets we shared with each other, because you’re feeling I’m not “popular” or pretty enough for our “image” and you have a weakness, sorry I didn’t turn the other cheek. Not.

I never have told anyone one word of what he told me on those nights about his childhood, nor would I ever. So that was a semi feud with the Brit. He’s just too obsessed is what Neal Strauss says. I’m not at all obsessed, disturbed and freaked that I went there, but I don’t much think about it except when I hear news that he’s trying like hell to get BBC2 to fund, or they already have funded, the 6 part series of the Abbey which, as Straussey puts it, is just an “Obsession piece. You win. He loses.” When you put a not-at-all funny show on the air, just to take the piss out of me, and then go around my tertiary secondary or first circle of friends with your dark using energy, I will not go out of my way to hurt you, but I will protect the people I love. Make sense?

Okay, on with the rock.

So I wont be back for a while. I have a sign on my computer, “DO NOT BLOG. EMBARRASSES CHILD. LACK OF GRAMMATICAL CORRECTNESS AND SPELLING MAKES ONE LOOK ON DRUGS FOR SOME REASON. DON’T START THINKING “BUT… BUT… BURROUGHS.” IT’S A MYSPACE BLOG. DON’T DO IT!”

So, THAT SIGN goes up tonight. I’ll check in with y’all about music, but there’s nothing served by defensive blogging. I was shaken by the AMEX statements and where they met on the time line and that Ryan says he made that over a weekend? Is he nuts? I think it started June 19th. I have a first class series of about 6 musicians, and hangers on, tix on an AMEX, that was applied for online and paid down with money in accounts I could not access and had no idea was there. (Could not access due to forged powers of attorney) So, yes it has taken a long time to get to forensics and these guys still wanna come after me for slander, when I have them by the scrotum, with four refinances with phony signatures that they pocket, and Lexus’s for the wives, Mercedes for them, opening bank accounts and wire transferring all over the earth, etc. etc. ad nauseam

I won’t bore you with it. I just find it funny that they are so delusional. Let’s go, man, let’s go. Can of worms time. Let the snakes out. Yay! That’s all I can say. The worst is yet to come, but after that, its just smooth fucking sailing and me being very frugal and performing as much human revolution as I can, really mitigating and changing my karma.

I care more for my kid than anything or anyone. I just want her happy and well taken care of, and to make her proud.

Thanks
XOXO Courtney

Um … wha??? As confusing as this new blogpost is, I must confess that it very well may be the most coherent thing that Courtney Love has written, like, ever. I’m not sure what spurned C. Love to write this particular Reznor-inspired post (and spurned she seems, don’t you detect a note of sour grapes?) but I can totally appreciate her efforts. Mebbe she’s a bit miffed that Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails have enjoyed much success in the past few months are kicking off a new tour (entitled Lights in the Sky) while she is relegated to being stuck behind her computer, reading poems by Virgil all by her lonesome (yeah, that Virgil bit is a kinda hard to swallow but I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt). I sincerely hope that Courtney disregards that note she put on her computer to warn her off of blogging … I, very much, enjoy reading her My Space blogposts. Reznor and NIN will be bizzy touring (they kick off their first official show tonight in Vancouver, BC) so what else does she have to do? I want more!!!

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Mama Carter Busted!

Nick and Aaron Carter's mom arrested for missing court

Here’s a bit of sad news for popstars Nick and Aaron CarterTMZ is reporting that their mother Jane Carter-Holcomb-Schnek got herself arrested in Florida for failing to show up to court in order to answer some charges brought against her by the last husband she divorced from. Here is Mrs. Carter-Holcomb-Schnek‘s lovely mugshot:

Nick Carter’s mama was arrested this morning, allegedly over a really nasty divorce hearing … Jane Carter, aka Jane Holcomb, aka Jane Schnek, was divorced from a guy named John Holcomb. There are still some legal odds and ends to deal with, including an allegation that she trashed the house they once shared. John filed legal papers forcing Jane into court, but she didn’t appear … She was picked up today in Sumter County at a cemetery where the construction company she works for was doing a project.

And now she sits in jail. I somehow doubt that her famous and wealthy sons will be running to her aid to help bail her out — mother and sons have been estranged for some time now (you may recall that the Carter kids didn’t have very many nice things to say about their mother on their E! reality TV show House of Carters which aired in 2006). See folks, this is why you should always show up to court every time you divorce one hubby for another. Bench warrants can be a beyotch!

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Law & Special Order

Jude's got some stuff to sell

Jude Law is the new poster child for the British men’s clothier and accessories store Dunhill and is lookin’ 10 years younger (particularly in the hair department) in new ad campaign photos for the company … behold:

Additionally, Law is the new face of Dior Homme Sport cologne … also lookin’ fresh-faced and sporting a mostly full head of hair in promo ads for them as well — unfortch the reality doesn’t match the fantasy in these pics as it seems clear that his hairline was beefed up a smidge by way of digital manipulation:


Sometimes a chap needs a little help in the hair department. And sometimes, as Jude Law found out, rather a lot. In advertising campaigns for Dunhill and Dior, the actor’s receding hairline has been airbrushed into a luxuriant crop. The widow’s peak so starkly evident in more recent photos has been filled in. The style makes 35-year-old Law look a little more as he did when he first became famous in movies such as The Talented Mr Ripley. While women in the public eye often have imperfections airbrushed out, Law has had perfection brushed in – either through artful hairstyling or plain artistry. Airbrush expert Chris Bickmore said: “I wouldn’t say it was hairstyling as they can’t style hair that isn’t there. It’s definitely been retouched to bring hair into the gaps where he’s receding. It’s not really that difficult a procedure, no more than one and a half hours.”

To be totally honest, I don’t really mind Jude‘s disappearing hairline all that much … I mean, it’s not an ideal look for the man but it’s not that terrible. Something about him allows him to wear the receding hairline well. He’s still a hottie … as is evident in these new ad campaigns. So long as he still has a bit of hair on his head, I think he’ll do just fine.

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Chace Crawford Gets Back To School

'Gossip' is in session again

Chace Crawford was snapped filming new scenes for the upcoming season of Gossip Girl in Long Island City in Queens, NY this week and homie was all dolled up like he had places to go … like home room. Here are a few pics of pretty Chace on the Queens streets set of Gossip Girl:

You can always count on the specter of Back to Schoolness to rear its ugly head right around the end of July … that is when the stores start advertising all those Back to School sales, encouraging parents to drag their kids into their stores to buy new Fall clothes and school supplies. Seeing Chace all dressed up like school is already back in session doesn’t really help matters. It always seems like summer vacation is gone almost as soon as it begins — there is still a month left of summer vacay in the US and it kinda already feels like it’s September. Thanks a lot, Chace :(

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Siriano Deems ‘Girlicious’ Expired

Christian is not impressed

Project Runway season 4 winner Christian Siriano (who, incidentally, just this week debuted his first clothing collection on Bluefly.com) has a few choice things to say about Project Runway season 5 contestant Blayne Walsh‘s overuse of the word “girlicious” … essentially, he hates it. Which, I must confess, is pretty funny considering that Christian couldn’t go 3 mins. on his season of the show without saying the world “fierce”:


Christian Siriano, the man who perfected the reality show catch phrase, weighs in on one of “Project Runway’s” most controversial contestants this season, Blayne, and his overuse of the word “Girlicious.” Needless to say, he’s not a fan. But it’s not all bad news – although he doesn’t have such kind things to say about last night’s winning dress either – as Christian gushes about his new BlueFly.com collection, his designs for 2008 Fashion Week and of course, the biggest fashion muse of all, Victoria Beckham.

In a video interview with the New York Post, Christian calls Blayne‘s new attempt at a catchphrase “retarded” and “stupid” claiming that “it doesn’t really work” says that “it’s very forced” and that “it bothers” him. Um, what? Don’t get me wrong, I totally agree … the liciousness is annoyingly lame … but for Christian Siriano — the guy who used the word “fierce” so much that even he had to agree that it became “expired” — to dog on Blayne is too funny. If anything, Blayne is just trying to emulate Christian by mimicking him … it’s funny that Christian now finally sees how annoying this behavior is ;) After the jump, watch the entire New York Post video interview with Christian SirianoMore »

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Honor-able Mention

More 'OK!' magazine pics of the Alba-Warren darling

Last week OK! magazine published the first photos of Honor Marie, newborn daughter of Jessica Alba and Cash Warren, on the cover and in the pages of their magazine and this week they unveil a few outtake photos that weren’t published in the issue:

What a doll, what a pretty family. Methinks that Honor Marie is going to grow up to be a stunning beauty, much to her father’s chagrin (Cash confessed that he is worried that his daughter may turn out as beautiful as her mother saying, “I want her to look like me, because a daughter looking like Jessica, I’d kill myself!”).

So … do we think that Honor and Levi Alves (this week’s celebrity coverbaby for OK! magazine) might grow up and be destined for one another?

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Rupert Grint Grows Up

... gets bloody

Sweet and innocent Rupert Grint, known to the world as Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter movies, has taken on a new, more adult role in a new BBC production called Cherry Bomb. Like his Harry Potter co-star Daniel Radcliffe (who took on a West End role in Equus that required he be completely nude on stage), it seems that Rupert is looking to expand his acting horizons beyond the realm of kiddie flicks. Here is a pic of Rupert lookin’ all clean and nice like he normally does …

After the jump, check out a sorta graphic (prolly NSFW) photo of the lad bloodied and bruised … More »

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Bailey Hanks Is The New Elle Woods

Omigod, you guys!

Legally Blonde: The Musical has cast its new Elle Woods and her name is Bailey Hanks. After an 8-week season of the MTV competitive reality TV series Legally Blonde The Musical: The Search for Elle Woods Bailey beat out all the other contestants to win the lead role on Broadway. Here are a few pics of Bailey posing at The Palace Theater after it was announced that she was cast as the new Elle Woods:


And here are a few pics of Bailey taking her first night bows this past Wednesday night after successfully completing her premiere performance on Broadway:


Bailey Hanks won the MTV competition “The Search For The New Elle Woods” making her the new successor to Laura Bell Bundy in the role of Elle Woods. She and her Legally Blonde “co-star” Bruiser, hit Times Square to ‘Bend & Snap’ and meet the press! On Monday, June 2, 2008, MTV premiered the reality show “Legally Blonde The Musical: The Search for Elle Woods” to find a talented singer/actress/ dancer to take over for Broadway star and Tony Nominee Laura Bell Bundy. Thousands of talented young women came from across the country to make their dream a reality—as MTV and Legally Blonde The Musical teamed up to find Broadway’s new Elle Woods. After what might have been the toughest audition in Broadway history—comprising two months of workshops, training sessions, challenge after challenge and arduous eliminations—one remarkable rising star stood out from the crowd: Bailey Hanks, the 20-yr old Southern charmer with the complete package of extraordinary dancing, singing and acting skills. Not only was she cast in her dream role, she also recorded the hit single “So Much Better”, produced by Ghostlight, now available on iTunes.com and Amazon.com. On Wednesday, July 23, 2008, Bailey made her Broadway debut as “Elle Woods”, the role that made Reese Witherspoon and Laura Bell Bundy stars, at Broadway’s famed Palace Theatre, 1564 Broadway. A big fan of the movie, when Bailey learned about MTV’s auditions for “Legally Blonde The Musical: The Search for Elle Woods” she didn’t hesitate to drive from her hometown of Anderson, S.C., to Nashville, Tenn., to follow her dream of being on Broadway in her favorite musical. A genuine Southern Belle, this pastor’s daughter has been dancing and performing for 15 years and has starred in The Wizard of Oz, Seussical the Musical, A Year With Frog and Toad, Annie, Bye Bye Birdie, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, High Steppin’ Country and more. A former beauty pageant queen, Bailey won the Miss Liberty Teen pageant in 2006 and one of her most memorable performances to date has been singing the national anthem for President Bill Clinton in 2000 … Autumn, the first runner-up in the competition known for her curly red hair & dazzling singing voice, will understudy the role of Elle Woods on Broadway and will perform in the ensemble. Lauren, the youngest contestant on the reality show, will understudy Becky Gulsvig, who stars as Elle Woods on tour, and will be a member of the ensemble. Rhiannon, known for her enthusiasm and stage presence, will play the role of Margot, Elle’s best friend, on tour.

It’s pretty crazy to think that any person without any supposed previous experience can audition for a reality TV show and then end up with a starring role on Broadway … there really is no biz like show biz. Congrats goes out to Bailey for this very cool accomplishment. I hope she makes the most of her opportunity and reaches new heights of success.

I am still pretty bummed that Laura Bell Bundy, the original Elle Woods on Broadway, had to say goodbye to the show … I really love that girl. Here are a few pics of LBB‘s final bow on the night of her final performance as Elle Woods:


Click HERE to watch exclusive video from Broadway World of LBB‘s last night as Elle in Legally Blonde. She will be missed.

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Tyra Banks Gets Waxed … Again

This time NYC tries to immortalize her likeness

Earlier this month, the Washington DC branch of Madam Tussaud’s Wax Museum unveiled a new wax statue of model/talk show host Tyra Banks … and now it’s the NYC branch of the Madam Tussaud’s family to give it a go. Here are a couple pics of the new NYC wax statue of Tyra alongside a couple pics of the real deal for comparison:

Yeah, I think the DC branch got it more right … this statue ain’t lookin’ all that hot. Especially when you consider that the London branch of Madam Tussaud’s was able to make Amy Winehouse look nice and healthy with their statue … how could the NYC branch do this to poor Tyra. The pics on the right are just horrible … er, oh wait … those are the real pics … um, yeah scratch what I just said … it’s a very nice statue ;)

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David Beckham Shows Off His Gams

Whoo Hoo!

Here are a few pics of David Beckham training with his teammates on day 2 of practice for the MLS All-Star soccer game that is set to take place later on today … in a couple of the pics, Becks appears to be showing off his sexy legs to his soccer cohorts:

Woot! I realize that there are many photos that feature Sexy Becksy showing off a lot more than just this bit of leg but these pics are still very nice … or as my Aussie friend Kirsten likes to say, that’s noice. Yummo!!!

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Lifetime Remembers Estelle Getty

The Tributes keep comin'

Yesterday I reported that Lifetime TV is airing a 10-episode marathon of Sophia Petrillo-centric episodes of The Golden Girls tomorrow afternoon from 12PM – 5PM in honor of the passing of Estelle Getty but the network has added one more extra little tribute to her memory. Lifetime has been showing a brief memorial to Estelle at the end of each re-run episode of the show that they’ve been airing since her passing:

Yeah, it’s nothing fancy or elaborate but it’s a nice tribute to the amazing Estelle Getty, especially since the network airs eps of The Golden Girls 6 times per day (9, 9:30AM, 4, 4:30PM and 1, 1:30AM).

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London Calling: Take Two

The TV Guide

Okay … so without going into the outrageous and totally unacceptable deets, let me just say that I am still here in NYC after Delta Airlines repeatedly lied to the passengers on Flight 1 to London last night and when it was all said and done canceled our flight altogether. All indication was that our flight was On Time ready to leave for London, even after we boarded the plane and they closed the doors … THEN they told us that they were missing a pilot who was flying up to NYC from Washington DC. Cut to hours later, no pilot ever boarded a plane in DC, the flight was canceled and our luggage was kept from us without any guarantee that it would be forwarded to London.

We try to leave for London again in a few hours:

Not only did we lose a day in London, we lost hundreds of dollars for an unused hotel room AND we aren’t totally sure that our luggage will make it to London with us. I cannot stress this point enough — NEVER EVER FLY DELTA AIRLINES. Their customer service is insulting their employees are a joke (shrugging their shoulders at every turn telling us that there is nothing they can do) and their attempts to remedy situations where they are at fault are nonexistent. Once this trip is completed, I will never set foot on a Delta plane again, I will never EVER give them one penny more. I’m not at all surprised that the company is repeatedly sued by its passengers … any company that makes it a matter of policy to LIE to its customers, employee people who give answers to questions by shrugging their shoulders and who also confess that they don’t even fly Delta Airlines because of their shitty service. The reason this is all surprising to me is that I never flew them before … and I never will again. Head on over to the site DeltaReallySucks.com to keep abreast of what a terrible airline this company is. They absolutely deserve to go out of business.

I can only hope that we make it London successfully tonight/tomorrow morning with our luggage in hand … the rest of our travels are governed by Air France, an airline that offers impeccable customer service, as far as I’m concerned.

Wish us luck … hopefully I’ll be coming atcha from the other side of the pond tomorrow.

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Cristiano Is A Cripsy Critter

More Crisp-iano Ronaldo

Yesterday we got to see a few RIDICULOUS photos of Manchester United soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo showing off his fried chicken legs as he hobbled on crutches at the Ed Hardy boutique in West Hollywood, CA and today we get to check out a couple more photos of the Portuguese phenom doing what he seems to love best … frying his epidermis:


Football star Cristiano Ronaldo clearly enjoys sporting the bronzed look. But the Manchester United and Portuguese international appears to have taken his love of tanning too far as he turned a distinct shade of mahogany from his daily sunbathing sessions in Los Angeles. Ronaldo has spent his break since the premiere season’s end last month sunning himself. First on holiday with ex-girlfriend Nereida in Sardinia, and now in Los Angeles. But despite acquiring the desired bronzed look some weeks ago, the star footballer is still soaking up the sun on a daily basis. Ronaldo’s once sunkissed skin has now turned a decidedly much darker hue, but the 23-year-old appears to be addicted to the suns rays, lying out in the sun on a daily basis. Ronaldo is recuperating in Los Angeles after an operation on his ankle.

Yeah, methinks that Cristiano should really start to be concerned about all this suntanning. Absent the fact that he could contract a nasty case of skin cancer, his skin looks like it’s about 4 minutes away from turning into leather. It’s not a good look. The darker he becomes the more I think about the Season 5 Project Runway contestant Blayne and his insane love of suntanning — he must be seething with jealousy … dare I say, he’s “green” with envy?

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From ‘Runway’ To The Runway

Christian Siriano unveils his new line for Bluefly

While the new batch of wannabe designers are battling it out for winner of Project Runway season 5, last season’s winner (who was crowned just this past February) has already hit the ground running with his first official line of clothing. As part of his prize as Project Runway winner, Christian Siriano was given the opportunity to design and sell a line of clothing for Bluefly … and yesterday, the first pieces from his collection were unveiled to the world:

Bluefly, the leading online retailer for on-trend designer clothing at a great value, will be the first to offer Christian Siriano’s women’s collection on its site beginning today. The 22-year-old designer who skyrocketed to fame by winning season IV of the highly rated reality show, Project Runway, will debut his first collection of eight silhouettes in a range of colors exclusively through Bluefly. Each piece is signature Siriano: fierce and fashion forward. While clearly directional and undeniably edgy, the collection will offer customers a range from jackets to t-shirts and skinny pants to a red carpet worthy dress with items that will retail in price from $96.00 – $520.00. Since taking the top honor on the show, Siriano has caught the eye of several celebrities including fashion icons Victoria Beckham, Heidi Klum, Vanessa Williams, Kimberly Locke, Whoopi Goldberg and others. With his first collection, he stayed true to his avant-garde vision, creating pieces that his doting fans are sure to adore. The garments boast such details as puffed shoulders, exposed zippers, ruffles and incredible ruching. Christian Siriano said, “Working with Bluefly has been completely amazing. They have the fiercest customers and I am so excited to have the opportunity to sell my very first collection with them.” This collaboration is part of an ongoing partnership between Bluefly and Project Runway, which began with the first episode of Season IV and earned Bluefly the number-one rated television show brand integration of 2007, according to the IAG Research annual integration rankings. The relationship continues with Season V. Bluefly CEO, Melissa Payner said, “Christian Siriano is an extremely gifted young designer and we are thrilled to be the first retailer to offer his line to consumers. We worked closely with him to create this exclusive collection, maintaining all of the unique essence that people have come to expect from him while focusing on what we know will excite our customers to click and buy. And we are also excited to announce that we have created a series of behind-the-scenes videos that document the making of this collection with Christian. His endearing antics are what made him so loved by fans of Project Runway and we know Bluefly customers are anxiously waiting for more,” she added.

I gotta say … these pieces look pretty much like Christian Siriano designs. I’m not sure if he intentionally wanted to mimic pieces that he previously created (the hat, the ruffles, the skinny fit) but there’s no denying that these are Siriano originals. The design pieces have been given cute names like Posh, Dinner At 8 and London Guard — clearly inspired by the look and feel of the designs (and, very prolly, by Vicki B. herself). If you are interested in owning pieces from this collection you can order them online HERE. The shizz is pretty pricey (ranging from $290 to $590) but I expect that it’s bound to sell … right?

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‘Project Runway’ Shows It’s Not Easy Being ‘Green’

Attention: 'Project Runway' Spoiler Alert Warning

Bravo TV aired the second episode of the 5th season of Project Runway last night and for this ep they introduced a PR challenge first. Not only were the designers not allowed to shop for the materials they needed to use (that task was left up to their models) but they had to work with “green” eco-friendly materials for their entire design. This ep also featured a celebrity guest judge who is “green”-minded … someone I didn’t guess who appear on the show but, once she did reveal herself, made a perfect fit as guest judge … unfortch, her follow-thru and excitement level was severely lacking:


To be honest, I was very surprised at who got eliminated last night … and I was very impressed with a particular designer who is starting to get on my nerves (big time) but managed to pull off a very nice design in the end. After the jump, find out who was in, who was out and what went down on the ep entitled The Grass Is Always GreenerMore »

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Lauren Conrad Is Big In Japan

Domo arigato?

Pink readers Hitomi and Saori give me the head’s up that Lauren LC Conrad, star of MTV‘s The Hills, is featured on the cover of the new issue of the Japanese magazine called JJ. JJ is a fashion magazine targeted to 18-22 year old readers and seems to be under the impression that LC is, and I quote, “the No.1 Celebrity in USA”:

UHHHHH … yeah. I suppose if The New York Times can call Heidi Montag a “feminist hero” then it’s not too far a stretch for JJ magazine to label LC the “No.1 Celebrity in USA” — and by that I mean that both publications might’ve missed the mark just a touch. At least JJ magazine, as a foreign magazine, has an excuse for their … hyperbole? I don’t even know what to call this gross mischaracterization (and I sincerely hope they aren’t being serious). It’s kinda funny to think that the entire population of 18-22 years old girls in Japan are being led to believe that LC is the top celeb in the US when there are great numbers of folks right here in the US who have no idea who she is.

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Be Kanye!

Act Now! Order while supplies last!

Have you ever wished you were someone else? Have you ever wanted to just pop a pill and transform completely into a different person? Have you ever wanted to Be Kanye West? Well then, this pill is for you:

After the jump, find out if the Be Kanye pills are right for you … More »

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Winehouse Vs. Waxwork

Take your pick

Amy Winehouse emerged from seclusion on the streets of London last night a couple of days after her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, was sentenced to 27 months in prison for attempting to pervert justice and a day after Madam Tussaud’s unveiled a wax statue in her honor … sadly, as usual, Amy was lookin’ quite messy, disheveled and totally frightful:

Glassy-eyed, matted beehive, blackened fingernails and scabbed skin. This is the real Amy Winehouse not captured by Madame Tussauds in their wax-brushed image of the troubled star. In their version of the chart-topping singer, Amy is seen with bright eyes, glossy hair, and glowing skin. The artists at Madame Tussauds must be losing their touch. Their wax version of Amy Winehouse doesn’t look like she’d even know how to start burning the candle at both ends. The remarkably fresh-faced figure was unveiled at the London waxworks yesterday to the delight of Miss Winehouse’s family. No doubt they’d never seen the troubled singer looking so well. Seen leaving her home last night with a coterie of hangers on, and with what looked like a marijuana joint in her mouth, the Rehab singer looked sweaty and disheveled as she got into a car to take her to the studio. It was the first time that Amy has been seen in public since it was announced that husband Blake is to serve 27 months for perverting the course of justice … Madame Tussauds believes Miss Winehouse, who stands next to models of Kylie Minogue and Michael Jackson, will be one of its most popular attractions. The 24-year- old singer is far from starstruck at the idea. “I thought you had to be dead almost before they made a waxwork of you,” she scoffed last week. Because she refused to pose for the artists, a team of 20 worked from a collection of photographs. It took more than four months to build. Yesterday, her father Mitch, who arrived with Miss Winehouse’s mother Janis, said he was “stunned” by the model.

Additionally, <strong>Mitch Winehouse joked with reporters that he would like to trade in the real Amy for the waxwork Amy — and you can see why. Not only will the wax statue have a longer shelf life but it looks much healthier than the real-live Amy does, too. Yikes.

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‘The Dark Knight’ Premieres In Spain

Christian Bale attends with his wife by his side

Ever the consummate professional, Christian Bale attended the Spanish premiere of Batman: The Dark Knight at the Coliseum Cinema in Barcelona, Spain last night in the wake of the troubling family issues that came to light earlier this week in London. Joined by his loving and supportive wife Sibi Balzac (along with his TDK co-stars Maggie Gyllenhaal, Aaron Eckhart and his director Christopher Nolan) Christian took to the red carpet to pose for photos and also spent about 30 minutes signing autographs for the assembled fans … tho, he did opt out of giving any interviews. Here are a few pics of Christian with his wife Sibi at yesterday’s premiere:

A day after his arrest on assault allegations, Christian Bale turned out for the premiere of The Dark Knight in Spain on Wednesday, meeting fans but avoiding questions from reporters. Wearing a dark blue suit, Bale, 34, signed autographs and posed for photos with his wife Sibi and his Batman costars Maggie Gyllenhaal and Aaron Eckhart at the event in Madrid. Bale, released by police in London Tuesday afternoon, appeared calm and relaxed after arriving at the premiere in a 15-car motorcade, the Associated Press reports. He did not speak to reporters or say anything about his arrest, according to AP.

The Daily Mail has published more conjecture (by way of The Sun) concerning the alleged altercation that took place at the Dorchester Hotel this past Sunday night which resulted in Bale‘s arrest Tuesday. In addition to pleas for money, the paper also reports that Bale‘s estranged mother and/or sister said some insulting and disparaging things about his wife that added to the tense situation (which was later alleged to be assault):

Batman star Christian Bale argued with his sister after she asked him for £100,000 to help raise her children, it was alleged today. The 34-year-old Batman star is reported to have snubbed the plea and allegedly “pushed and shoved” Sharon and his mother Jenny, 61, during a row in his suite at the Dorchester Hotel on Monday. A source told The Sun: “Christian is a very wealthy man and was asked to help his sister out financially. He was asked to loan her £100,000 but he refused and it caused an almighty row.” Jenny Bale is also said to have made highly disparaging comments about the star’s glamorous wife of eight years, Sibi, 38, a former make-up artist and model.

Again, I totally believe that Christian Bale will be vindicated of these charges and I not only commend him for sticking to his commitments and attempting to carry on in a professional manner but I commend his loving wife for staying by his side thru all of this drama. I imagine it must be terribly painful to have to contend with family issues like this in the public eye but Christian seems to be soldiering on like a champ.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Gets Extra Fried, Crispy

Finger-lickin' good?

Portuguese soccer player and Manchester United phenom Cristiano Ronaldo continues to hobble his way around SoCal this week spending some time poolside and shopping with friends. Here are pics of the overly fried lad doing a bit of shopping at the Ed Hardy boutique in West Hollywood, CA yesterday afternoon:

ICK. His skin looks really unattractive in these pics (which is strange ‘cuz I like leather). It’s funny how hawt he looks when he’s all oiled up and lying in the sun and how totally EW he looks in these pics. The shorty shorts do nothing for his crispy brown chicken legs … I think he needs to rethink his whole ensemble. I am not a fan of this look … are you?

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Matthew McConaughey Keeps His Routine

Doesn't let fatherhood interfere with surfing schedule

Earlier today we got our first look at Camila Alves and Matthew McConaughey‘s newborn baby boy, Levi Alves, on the cover of the new issue of OK! magazine … and here are a few pics of Matty out for a bit of surfing yesterday afternoon in Malibu, CA:

Yes, unfortch Matthew isn’t anywhere near half-nekkid in these pics … he’s not even half half-nekkid … which is a shame but, eh, whadda ya gonna do? He’s a grown-up and responsible father now who, apparently, has sworn off walking around in public sans shirt. Ah well. Incidentally, Best Week Ever took another look at that OK! magazine cover which features little Levi Alves and they reveal that the McConaughey boy is already rockin’ some bitchin’ abs. I bet Matthew will have Levi out on a surfboard in just a few weeks.

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Jesse McCartney For Bongo Jeans

Becomes the first male spokesperson for the female jeans line

TV and pop music star Jesse McCartney has been made the first male spokesperson to appear in a Bongo jeans ad campaign and his advertisement has just been released … behold:

Iconix Brand Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: ICON) announced today that multi-platinum, award winning recording artist and actor, Jesse McCartney will appear in its BONGO® brand’s fall 2008 advertising campaign. McCartney is the first solo male spokesperson to appear in the brand’s advertising campaign. Past Bongo spokeswomen have included Kim Kardashian, Nicole Richie, Kristin Cavallari and Rachel Bilson. McCartney will be featured, along with the “Fab Five Fit” girls in Bongo’s multi-media advertising campaign debuting in September issues of fashion and lifestyle magazines as well as on the internet … Commenting on his Bongo campaign, Mr. McCartney stated, “There’s nothing better than a girl in a t-shirt and jeans so the Bongo shoot was a dream come true for me!” The campaign showcases the pop star surrounded by five gorgeous models wearing Bongo’s “Fab Five Fits” jeans, a basic five-pocket denim program with different fits that are sure to highlight every girl’s curves. The collection will be in-store this August and is playfully labeled Feisty, Fearless, Fabulous, Flirty and Fierce. The models are wearing Bongo footwear, sportswear, accessories and handbags in addition to the jeanswear. The campaign was shot by renowned rock-n-roll photographer Moshe Brakha at a private estate in New York … McCartney will make personal appearances on behalf of Bongo as well as participate in other events to celebrate his partnership with the brand. Bongo will promote Jesse McCartney when he goes on tour this August, co-headlining with Jordin Sparks.

I think it’s smart of Bongo to team up with Jesse to promote their jeans … I’m sure his fanbase will respond well to the campaign and will prolly snap up these jeans. Jesse is a brave manboy to appear in an ad campaign for women’s jeans. This collabo is quite a departure for the brand … the previous campaigns featuring Nicole Richie, Kristin Cavallari and Vanessa Minillio were very sexy — this one isn’t all that sexy. Jesse looks a bit out of his league with all those girls … and they look Photoshopped around him. Even still, this is a big campaign … I hope it works out for him.

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Rihanna & Chris Brown’s Rollercoaster Of Lurve

The "friends" spend the day at Kings Dominion

BFFs (and suspected lovers) Rihanna and Chris Brown were spied enjoying a lovely day together at the Kings Dominion amusement park in Richmond, VA yesterday … here are a few pics:

Awww … don’t they look so cute … all cuddled together as they ride the Anaconda rollercoaster together? Despite the fact that ChRihanna refuse to admit that they are bumpin’ uglies, I think they make one of the cutest celeb couples around. They tend to do a lot of fun things together … I suspect they’ll be an item for a long time.

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Peace The Spork Out, Tiger Stadium

Detroit says goodbye to a treasured landmark

Sad news out of Detroit, the demolition project to tear down the original Tiger Stadium has gotten underway. Despite the fact that a group is working feverishly to save a portion of the stadium, the bulldozers and wrecking balls have already started demolishing the famed park on the corner of Michigan Ave. and Trumball. Here are a few pics of the partially demolished stadium:

It’s a fight to the last out on whether a piece of Tiger Stadium will be saved. On Tuesday morning, as crews continued to demolish the north end of the ballpark, the board of the city’s Economic Development Corp. recommended that the entire stadium be torn down. Later in the day, the nonprofit Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy said it secured $200,000 for its preservation efforts, after The Detroit News broke the story online. The conservancy vowed to keep fighting, setting up a crucial vote at the Detroit City Council, which has final approval. The city’s EDC, a branch of the quasi-public Detroit Economic Growth Corp., is recommending to City Council that all of iconic stadium at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Trumbull Street be razed and sold for scrap. EDC officials say the conservancy group has failed to come up with a solid plan to raise between $12 million and $15 million to preserve the baseball diamond, 3,000 seats and build a museum that would house Hall of Fame Broadcaster Ernie Harwell’s collection of sports memorabilia, EDC officials stated Tuesday. “Unfortunately the Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy has not been able to demonstrate any commitments to funding for construction and operation or a feasible plan to obtain such commitments,” states an EDC letter sent to the City Council. The conservancy group has missed key financial deadlines during the past year, the letter points out. “There is no funding in place to take care of the building physically, or for operations,” said Scott Veldhuis, project manager of the DEGC. The conservancy also has failed to show the potential for raising money for operations at the preserved portion of the stadium, officials said. The hold-up is costing the city money, since it’s cheaper to demolish the entire stadium than to carefully dismantle it around a portion that must be retained, the letter to City Council says. The EDC wants the council to vote before its July 29 recess, which lasts until Sept. 8. “No, we don’t have the construction funding. No, we don’t have the operating budget. We are still working on that,” said S. Gary Spicer, Harwell’s attorney, and a board member of the conservancy group. But the group said it raised $200,000 from two foundations and a private donor on Tuesday after The News broke the story on the EDC recommendation to totally demolish the stadium. Harwell said the conservancy hopes to raise $400,000 in the next few days and prove that it has another $2 million secured for the first phase of the project. “It’s a sacred place and we’re going to do everything we can,” Harwell said Tuesday afternoon. But at least one council member is ready to approve the EDC’s recommendation. “Tear the thing down,” said Barbara-Rose Collins, chairwoman of the city’s planning and development committee. The hulking stadium is hurting future development in the area, she said. “There’s s no purpose you could use it for except a Dracula movie.”

This is very sad. I wasn’t aware that the demolition project had gotten underway last week … this is such sad news. I really hope that the group can raise the money to save a portion of the stadium … it’d be heartbreaking to lose it all.

[Source, Source, thanks Sarah]

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London Calling

The TV Guide

Woot! David and I are mere hours away from boarding our plane bound for London and I am SOOO excited! This trip has been in the planning stages for months … years, even. I have really been looking forward to hangin’ with the Brits and, finally, my time has arrived.

David and I hung out with is sister Eden last night in the Lower East side … we grabbed a few drinks at the Lakeside Lounge and then some food at The Smith — and managed to take photobooth pics together at both places :) Unfortch, I don’t have access to a flatbed scanner here at David’s apt. so I can’t share the pics … not just yet anyways.

And so … we’re just about off … I do plan on working daily, as usual, thruout our time in London and then in Paris. There may be a day or two where posting is a bit lighter than usual but I will do my best to work up the usual amount of content each and every day … including some info on our adventures ;) Cheerio, y’all!

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Lifetime TV To Pay Tribute To Estelle Getty

Network to air 10 episode tribute marathon this Friday afternoon

Pink reader Cindy gave me the head’s up that Lifetime TV, the network which currently owns the syndication rights to The Golden Girls, has announced that they are planning a 10 episode tribute marathon in memory of the late Estelle Getty. Starting at 12PM this Friday afternoon, Lifetime will air a series of 10 Sophia Petrillo-centric episodes in her memory … and they are asking that fans vote for the 10th ep to end the marathon tribute:

Friday, July 25, from 12 noon to 5 pm et/pt, see a special on-air tribute to Estelle Getty, who played the cantankerous Sophia Petrillo on “The Golden Girls.” Ms. Getty passed away on Tuesday, July 22, at age 84. We’ll air 10 episodes showcasing the actress’s character, Sophia, in all her blustering, sarcastic splendor. The final episode shown will be one picked by the fans, so vote for your favorite Sophia moment now.

Click HERE to cast your vote, my pick is for the episode entitled Old Friends … I think that ep would be the most poignant episode to end the marathon (additionally, Old Friends is on my Best Of list of Golden Girls eps). I’m actually surprised that NBC (the network that originated The Golden Girls) hasn’t offered any public tributes to Estelle, at least, none that I could find (not even a mention on their website). The Golden Girls formed the foundation of their Must See TV line-up in the mid-80′s and did much to help the network soar to success. I think it would’ve been nice if they offered some sort of tribute to her.

PS: I don’t know if this t-shirt by Glen Hanson is still available but HERE is info from his site about the shirt.

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Mariah Carey Does ‘TRL’

Premieres her new music video

A Nick Cannon-less Mariah Carey paid a little visit to the MTV studios in Times Square here in NYC yesterday to premiere her new music video I’ll Be Lovin’ U Long Time on TRL. Here are a couple pics of Mrs. Cannon at the MTV studios and a couple of her posing for pics on her way out of the studio afterward:

When asked about her new marriage to Nick Cannon, Mimi called it fantastic and different saying, “It is different in the best way that it could be different.” Mimi also teased a little bit about her as-yet-unscheduled concert tour saying, “[I'm] very excited to go back on tour but I haven’t officially announced the dates. We announced it but it’s in the beginning stages. I’m about to go home and have a meeting after this about it so yeah, excitement. Lots of ideas, nothing set in stone yet so just waiting to get that together.” I dunno now I feel about all that pastel that Mariah was rockin’ but she looks good … very fresh, very happy. I am really excited about this upcoming tour. I’ve never seen her live in concert before (mainly because I could never be arsed enough to compete with her legions of lambs for tickets) so I’m hoping to catch her on the road this time around. It’s strange seeing Mimi out and about without her new hubby attached to her hip … I wasn’t aware he was old enough to stay home alone.

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Bennifer 2.0 Shop For A New Home

Making room for baby?

Days after the rumor broke that Jennifer Garner is pregs with her second child and moments after we got our first glimpse at her possible baby bump, Jen and hubby Ben Affleck were snapped house-hunting together. Even tho the couple haven’t officially confirmed the news that they are pregs, it seems pretty likely that the couple are interested in a bigger home for their possibly expanding family. Curiously, Jen was wearing an over-sized sweatjacket in the blistering SoCal heat … a baby bump to hide, perhaps?

The couple were scoping out new homes in the Brentwood, CA area and seemed to take a particular liking to this one. All signs to point to a pregnancy … now all we have to do is wait for the official confirmation. I sincerely hope that Bennifer 2.0 aren’t planning on playing the coy game of denial … it’s gonna be a pretty brutal August in SoCal, wearing a sweatjacket is not advised.

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Amy Winehouse Immortalized In Wax

Ma & pa Winehouse attend unveiling of wax statue

Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum unveiled its new wax statue of troubled British pop star Amy Winehouse in London earlier today and her parents, Janis and Mitch Winehouse, were on hand for the official unveiling. Amy was a no-show for the event — which was prolly a good thing … I highly doubt she could’ve looked as good, as lifelike as her waxed doppelgänger:

Amy Winehouse’s wacky – and waxy – likeness has now been officially immortalized, along with her tattoos. The singer’s parents, Mitch and Janis, unveiled their daughter’s wax figure at Madame Tussauds London on Wednesday, with her father calling its likeness “perfection.” “This is the reward for her musical achievements and her talent,” he told reporters. The waxwork’s outfit replicates the one Winehouse wore to 2007′s Brit Awards – a bright yellow mini-dress with towering black heels. Microphone in hand, the figure stands in the museum’s “Music Zone” among such other chart-toppers as Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake and Kylie Minogue.

Speaking to GMTV, Mitch Winehouse joked that the wax figure looked so perfect that he’d be willing to swap out his real-life daughter for this fake one:

“Yeah, it’s great. We just said we’re going to take this one home with us and send the real one back.” Speaking about Amy’s improving condition, he added: “She’s doing OK. You know, she’s doing well, she’s getting a lot better, she’s getting a lot stronger, she’s putting on a lot of weight, she’s eating, and she’s concentrating on her new album now, so she’s doing pretty well. She’s obviously sad that Blake didn’t come out the other day, but we were prepared for it and she was prepared for it, because we knew that that could have happened, and it did happen, but now she knows he’ll be out in December so things will be ready for him then.” Mitch also claimed Amy is currently “clean” and commented on his daughter’s plans to have five kids with Blake as soon as he’s out of prison. “If Blake cleans up his act, as I’m sure he will do, they’ll have a wonderful life together and we can look forward to being, you know, a happy family.”

Lofty ambitions for a couple as messy as Amy and Blake. I suppose hope springs eternal and naturally Amy‘s father is going to wish the best for the two of them (the prospect of children, tho, makes me shudder). I’m not convinced that either of them are “clean” but, again, there is always a hope that they might be some day. I understand that Amy is planning to visit this exhibit at Madam Tussaud’s within the next two weeks … I’m curious to see how the real thing compares to the wax statue. My guess is that the statue will appear the more lifelike.

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Rue McClanahan Pays Tribute To Estelle Getty

The third 'Golden Girl' speaks

Rue McClanahan, who played the sexpot Blanche Devereaux, has released a statement about the passing of her Golden Girls co-star Estelle Getty (who played Sophia Petrillo) following released statements from both Bea Arthur and Betty White (who played Dorothy Zbornak and Rose Nylund respectively). You may sadly recall that Estelle passed away yesterday morning at the age of 84:


“Estelle always wanted to be an actress and she achieved that goal beyond her dreams. Don’t feel sad about her passing, she will always be with us in her crowning achievement.”

I understand where Rue‘s sentiments are coming from but it’s hard not to be sad … it kinda feels like losing a grandmother. At the same time, it’s easy to want to celebrate Estelle‘s life … she was a comedic giant. I plan on keeping the banner tribute to Estelle Getty at the top of my blog for at least a week’s time. She is sorely missed.

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Meet Susan Juliette Beatie

Daughter of the "pregnant man" makes her debut

Thomas Beatie, known the world over as the formerly “pregnant man”, and his wife Nancy show off the first pics of their newborn baby girl Susan Juliette in this week’s issue of People magazine. Good Morning America ran a short piece on the photos this morning detailing portions of the baby’s birth and providing deets on the home life of the new family:

It’s been three weeks since his blue-eyed baby debuted in this world, but Thomas Beatie – better known around the world as the Pregnant Man – can already say this about his daughter’s personality: “She’s easygoing and mellow and intelligent.” On June 29 at 8:55 p.m., Beatie, 34, a former female beauty pageant contestant, made cultural history as perhaps the first legally transgender male to give birth, bringing into the world a 9 lbs., 5 oz. baby girl named Susan Juliette. “She’s so precious, I just can’t stop staring at her,” Thomas tells PEOPLE in his first interview since he and wife Nancy returned with their bundle from Bend, Oregon’s St. Charles Medical Center. “Just holding her is the best feeling in the world.” Susan – named after Thomas’s mother and conceived through artificial insemination with donor sperm – arrived after 40 hours of labor, with Nancy at Thomas’s side acting as his coach. “When Susan finally came out, it was like in slow motion,” says Thomas. “I was full of wonder.” Echoes Nancy: “There were tears of joy.” Both father and daughter came through the birth in perfect health. “I weigh two pounds less than I did before I got pregnant,” adds Thomas. “And I don’t have a single stretch mark!” At home, the couple is adjusting to their new nightly schedule: Nancy breastfeeding (by induced lactation, a process using hormones and physical stimulation with a breast pump) and Thomas keeping company while watching TV. Crows Thomas, “Susan is a miracle! And we’re finally the family we’ve been dreaming of.”

Here is video of GMA showing off the People magazine photos on the air earlier this morning:


Already the family is referring to baby Susan as “Daddy’s Little Princess” (for obvs reasons). While Susan was named after Thomas‘s mother, her middle name Juliette was given after her mother Nancy‘s middle name. Susan was born via natural vaginal childbirth and father and daughter were able to leave the hospital 4 days after the baby was born. By all accounts, everyone is happy and healthy and I couldn’t wish more for the family. It is my sincere hope that the family is able to live out their lives in peace and quiet. I’m pretty astounded by the uproar that the Beaties have generated because of all of this. Thomas Beatie told Oprah Winfrey that it isn’t a woman or man’s desire to have children, it’s a human desire … and I couldn’t agree more. Best of luck and much happiness Beaties! Congrats on your beautiful baby girl.

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Meet Levi Alves McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey's son makes his debut

Camila Alves and Matthew McConaughey‘s newborn son Levi Alves makes his worldwide debut on the cover of OK! magazine this week. Born on July7th, this is our very first look at the baby boy borne of the beautiful Brazilian model and the crazy ex-party animal … meet Levi Alves:

For Matthew McConaughey and his longtime love Camila Alves, welcoming their first son Levi Alves McConaughey on July 7 was typical of the way the couple handles everything in their lives: easy-going and as a team. And now, in an exclusive interview and photoshoot, the 38-year-old actor opens up about becoming a father for the first time. “We found a great rhythm,” Matthew tells OK! about the delivery of baby Levi. “Contractions started kicking in. I sat there with her, right between her legs. We got tribal on it, we danced to it! I was DJ-ing this Brazilian music.” Levi was born at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and weighed a healthy 7 lbs., 4 oz., and Matthew tells OK! he kept a detailed diary of his and Camila’s hospital experience. “I have it all chronicled,” he explained. “Becoming a dad is something I’ve dreamed of doing since I was 10. Becoming a father felt very, very natural. We were jamming! She was sweating. No painkiller, let’s go. She just clicked into that gear that only a woman has at a time like this. We’d been up for 40-something hours, and we went from dead tired to a really steadfast, ‘Let’s handle this … let’s stay in the rhythm. Don’t let the contraction be more than you.’” Camila, 25, wanted a natural birth and chose not to have an epidural. But in the end, Matthew told OK! it came down to what was safest for both mom and baby. “We ended up having an epidural because, on the large contractions, the umbilical cord was being compressed. They went in and tried the vacuum. This is where I learned — and no one tells you this — but having a baby is a bloody, pukey, sweaty, primeval thing! And I mean that as a beautiful thing. It is wild. But the vacuum didn’t work, and the doctor said, ‘C-section.’” The Texas-born actor says he cut the umbilical cord in “one snip” and got to hold his son for the first 15 minutes while doctors worked on Camila. Both he and the Brazilian beauty — who waited to know the sex of their baby — say they were not surprised to find out they had a boy. “I said, ‘Come here, little man. I saw the pecker and screamed that we’d been right all along about him being a boy. Then I brought him over to her [Camila],’ Matthew said. “It was neat to find out what the sex was because we didn’t have the doctor tell us beforehand,” Camila agrees. So who does little Levi look more like? “Everybody thinks he looks like me because of the hair and skin tone,” Camila says. “I think he looks more like Matthew every day.” Matthew adds, “I’ve pulled out some baby pictures of myself, and the resemblance is amazing. This kid has a lot to learn from us. I want him to come out being a little wiser, a little cooler and a little happier than we are.”

Awww … it’s sweet the way that Matthew refers to his son’s sex organ as a “pecker”. It’s pretty remarkable how much and how quickly Matthew‘s whole persona changed once he found out he was going to be a father. It wasn’t that long ago that he was a womanizing horn dog, partying away the long nights. These days he’s about as straight-laced as they come. I had no idea that Camila was only 25 years old! To be honest, I never thought she looked that young — tho on this cover, she looks about 20. But in any event, I wish much happiness and congrats to the new family. They’ve got themselves a beautiful baby boy and I wish them much love and luck!

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Sophia Spirelli Petrillo-Weinstock Remembered

"Thanks for the Medicare"



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Christian Bale’s Trumped Up Charges?

What really went down with this alleged assault?

TMZ is reporting new deets in the arrest of and alleged assault by Christian Bale. According to them, there was physical contact between Bale and his estranged mother and sister … but there is a disagreement as to whether that contact was a “push” or a “brush”:

Sources directly connected to the Christian Bale case tell TMZ there was physical contact between Christian and his mom, but it amounted to next to nothing. We’re told Bale pushed his mom out of the way during the altercation. She was not hurt and did not fall down. There’s a division of opinion on whether the contact was a “push” or a “brush.”

There is other unsubstantiated information going around that Bale‘s mother and sister, Jenny (61) and Sharon (40), showed up uninvited at the Dorchester hotel (where he was staying) late Sunday night in an intoxicated state, looking for money (and trouble) and causing a scene. When Christian finally showed up at his hotel the incident ensued where he, apparently, tried to either get out of the hotel himself or get them ejected from the hotel — and that is when the physical contact occurred. Now, BE AWARE, this information is conjecture at best … only those involved with the police investigation (and those involved directly) know for sure what went down. I am quite comfortable believing that the truth will set Christian Bale free. I cannot for the life of me envision him purposely assaulting his mother and sister. These are people he may have been estranged from for many years but, even still, it doesn’t make sense that he would actively decide to assault anyone … especially when he is in the middle of a huge promo tour for a blockbuster movie. The idea that he assaulted these women doesn’t make sense … the scenario described above does make sense. Christian Bale is still clean in my eyes.

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Lindsay Lohan, LC & Co. Strip For Lifestyles Condoms

Harmless photobooth fun

Lindsay Lohan, Lauren LC Conrad, Audrina Patridge and Justin Bobby were among the celebs who hammed it up recently inside the LifeStyles Make-Out Booth which is currently at the DKNY Jeans Malibu Beach House all this summer … here are photostrips of Lindsay with an unnamed friend (who looks like her younger brother Michael‘s girlfriend) and of LC, Audrina and Justin Bobby:

I understand that the Lifestyles Make-Out Photobooth pops out a strip of condoms with each photostrip it prints — isn’t that convenient? Very coincidentally, David and I are planning our own little photobooth excursion here in NY and hopefully in London and Paris. I’m a huge fan of photobooths and we were just talking about adding new pics to my collection. I doubt any of the photobooths we encounter will pop out any condoms with our photos but I think we’ll be able to make due. Fun!

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Christian Siriano Teases For His New Fashion Line

Dishes to Bluefly about his latest collection

Christian Siriano, winner of Project Runway season 4, gave an exclusive interview to Bluefly about his new collection of designs that will be revealed to the world Wednesday July 23 at 6AM ET. Because the unveiling is being kept totally hush-hush until the appointed time of announcement, he wasn’t able to reveal all that much. But Flypaper (the official Bluefly blog) requested that I submit one question for Christian about his new collection … here is his response:



It’s a bit difficult to hear Christian‘s response because of all of the background noise but in the end, it will be his designs that will be doing all of the talking for him. I’m not sure what to expect … but I know the designs will be fiiiiierccccce!

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Tori Amos: ‘Tattoo’ Artist

Tori signs copies of 'Comic Book Tattoo' at Amoeba Records

Tori Amos made an in-store appearance at the Amoeba Records in Hollywood, CA last night to sign copies of the new book Comic Book Tattoo for the 200 lucky fans who managed to secure wristbands for the event. Here are a couple pics (snapped by one of the lucky attendees) of Tori at yesterday’s in-store signing and some deets about the book itself:

This July the ever-growing relationship between comics and music reaches new heights as Tori Amos and Image Comics release COMIC BOOK TATTOO, a 480-page, full color anthology adapting the themes and ideas behind her songs into a lush volume of sequential art.

“I have been surprised, excited and pleasantly shocked by these comics that are extensions of the songs that I have loved and therefore welcome these amazing stories of pictures and words because they are uncompromisingly inspiring,” says Tori. “It shows you thought is a powerful formidable essence and can have a breathtaking domino effect.”

To assemble COMIC BOOK TATTOO’s diverse roster of talent, Tori worked alongside editor Rantz Hoseley, co-creator behind the upcoming DISPLACED PERSONS and VIX. Together they formed a line up featuring Y: THE LAST MAN’s Pia Guerra, Leah Moore, John Reppion David Mack, Hope Larson, Ryan Kelly, Jonathan Hickman, Colleen Doran, Eric Canete, Ted McKeever, Jock, Anthony Johnston, Dame Darcy, Carla Speed McNeil, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Mark Buckingham, Ivan Brandon, C. B. Cebulski and many more, including an introduction by SANDMAN creator Neil Gaiman.

I admit, I’ve not been following the promotion and release of this book very closely but I am very intrigued by it nonetheless. Tori will also be appearing at the San Diego Comic Con this coming weekend to promote the book as well. I was able to place my order for the limited edition, slip-case version of the book (which you can order HERE as well, while supplies last) but the regular (and less expensive) version of the book can be ordered HERE. I am very anxious to see how these comic book artists were able to interpret Tori Amos‘s music and them turn them into stories … it’s an intriguing notion. I think it’s brills to marry the music of Tori Amos with the art of comic books. I imagine this enterprise may not appeal to everyone but I know there is a huge cross-section of fans out there who will eat this up.

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Bea Arthur & Betty White Mourn Estelle Getty

"Estelle's legacy will live on"

Bea Arthur and Betty White issued statements to US Weekly to pay tribute to and mourn the loss of their Golden Girls co-star and friend, Estelle Getty, who passed away at the age of 84 years old earlier this morning:

Bea Arthur has released a statement to Usmagazine.com after the death of her Golden Girls co-star Estelle Getty: “Our mother-daughter relationship was one of the greatest comic duos ever, and I will miss her” … Saddened by the news, Betty White (who played the naïve Rose) told Us, “The only comfort at this moment is that although Estelle has moved on, Sophia will always be with us.”

Again, this is very sad news … I imagine it is very difficult for those people who knew Estelle and were close to her but I know that legions of fans are feeling the loss today as well. It’s hard to imagine the feisty Sophia Petrillo succumbing to death … I think Betty White is absolutely right in her belief that Sophia will always be with us. Her legacy will truly live on … even still, this is just really sad news.

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Christian Bale Speaks, Denies Allegations

Batman issues an official statement

Christian Bale, who was arrested and released from police custody in London earlier today, has issued a statement regarding the allegations of assault brought against him by his mother and sister … here is the full text of Christian‘s statement that was just released by his attorney:

“Christian Bale attended a London police station today, on a voluntary basis, in order to assist with an allegation that had been made against him to the police by his mother and sister. Mr. Bale who denies the allegation, co-operated throughout, gave his account in full of the events in question, and has left the station without any charge being made against him by the police. At this time, there will be no further comment by Mr. Bale.”

Even tho we still do not know exactly what happened, I am a bit relieved that Christian Bale is denying these allegations. Let me be clear, I am not discounting the claims made by his mother and sister and I commend them for speaking up if, in fact, an assault was brought upon them … but I am well aware that there are two sides to every story. They say one thing, he says another. We may never really know what happened with this incident but I am willing to give the benefit of the doubt until we get further deets (if we get further deets). A man is innocent until proven guilty … I’m reserving judgment until all of this plays out.

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Prep Work

The TV Guide

Nothing real exciting to report on the personal front … David and I have been spending our time getting things ready for our trip to London. I’ve been reading books, he’s been booking tickets — your usual fare.

I think we’re gonna do a nice dinner here in NYC tonight to celebrate our trip … we fly out to London tomorrow night. All the sad news about Christian Bale and Estelle Getty has made today a bummer of a day … I’m hoping some good vibes come our way to get us on the rebound.

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Estelle Getty Passes Away At 84

Thank you for being a friend, Estelle

Very, very sad news to report … Estelle Getty, one of the stars of the hit TV series The Golden Girls, passed away this morning at the age of 84 years old:

This from her official website:

To all of Estelle’s Fans,

Sadly, today July 22, 2008 at 5:35 a.m. Pacific Time, we said our last good-byes to our little friend Estelle, who passed away and made her journey to the great beyond. Although it was a trip that she never wanted to take, she went gracefully, in the comfort of her own home, surrounded by her family and her very loving care-givers.

Estelle’s legacy will live on and on through the comedy and laughter she gave to us all, which will forever keep us laughing out loud.

For us here, who have known and cared for her for so many years, we’ve lost our dear little friend who always kept us entertained by filling our days with joyful laughter. Estelle’s fans across the globe have lost the feisty little lady known as Sophia Petrillo, whose quick wit, cutting remarks, and outrageous punch lines will forever be quoted and remembered.

Estelle was a fighter. She always stood up for the underdogs, fought for equality for all, and always pictured a world filled with “Love and Laughter” –her most favorite catch phrase.

Estelle, we love you and will miss you dearly. We pray that you are met at the Pearly Gate with open arms and a warm welcome by all who have passed before you. If there’s a stage over there, I know you’ll be on it. If there’s a thrift shop, I know you’ll be shopping, and if there’s a deli, I know you’ll be eating there holding court with Rhoda and Sylvia … and the laughter will be heard throughout the heavens.

Goodbye, dear friend. Thank you for all the talent and love that you’ve shared with us during your time here on Earth. You have touched my life, and the lives of so many others who will never forget you.

Until we meet again…

Sadly, Estelle had been suffering from Lewy Body Dementia in her final years and, as I understand it, had no recollection at all of her fame as Sophia Petrillo or of her co-stars on The Golden Girls. Even still, I am very, very saddened by this news. No lie, David and I were rewatching an episode of GGs (where Sophia accidentally steals the Pope’s ring which aired on Lifetime this morning) when we heard the news. I wish her eternal love and peace … she will be sorely missed :(

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George Takei Awards His Friend Nichelle Nichols

Presents her with the ACLU Liberty and Justice Award

George Takei was on hand at the Orpheaum Theatre in LA to present his friend and co-star Nichelle Nichols with an award last night at the Closing Night Gala of this year’s Outfest Film Festival. George presented Nichelle with the Liberty and Justice Award on behalf of the ACLU … here are a few pics of the Star Trek stars at last night’s affair:

Pioneering actress Nichelle Nichols, who played Lt. Uhura on the original “Star Trek” television series, will receive the Liberty and Justice Award from the ACLU of Southern California Foundation on the closing night of this year’s Outfest 2008: the 26th Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival on Monday, July 21, 2008. The award, in recognition of Ms. Nichols’ contributions to the fight for civil rights and social justice, will be presented at the closing night gala screening of “Tru Loved” at 8 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre, 842 South Broadway, in downtown Los Angeles. Ms. Nichols is one of the stars of the film. As Lt. Uhura, Ms. Nichols was the first African American actor to have a recurring, non-stereotypical role on a network television series. The series was broadcast from 1966 to 1969 and before that time, most black actors on television portrayed servants. Even though the role was groundbreaking, she felt it was not substantial and was tempted to quit the show. But Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. convinced her to stay with the series because Lt. Uhura was an important role model for black children. “Ms. Nichols’ trail-blazing role on ‘Star Trek’ allowed her to portray racial equality in our nation’s future, which brought us closer to full equality in our present,” said Ramona Ripston, executive director of the ACLU/SC, in announcing the award. “She also worked to expand opportunities for women at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).” After the series ended, Ms. Nichols worked as volunteer for NASA on a special project to recruit women and minorities to the space program. Among those recruited by that project were Dr. Sally Ride, the first American female astronaut, and U.S. Air Force Col. Guion Bluford Jr., the first African American astronaut. Dr. Mae Jemison, a former astronaut who is African American, said seeing Ms. Nichols on “Star Trek” inspired her to become a physician and astronaut.

I have always held Nichelle Nichols as one of the unsung heroes in Hollywood. She absolutely was a pioneer for helping fight racism just by being herself … for boldly going where no other African American actress went before. Lt. Uhura‘s skin color was never an issue on the show, which was significant because Star Trek aired during a time of particular racial unrest. I am very pleased to see that she is being recognized for her efforts … and by her good friend George Takei, who has done his part to help fight sexual orientation discrimination. Much congrats and love goes out to Nichelle Nichols, her Liberty & Justice Award is well deserved.

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‘The Hills’ Season 4 Trailer Is Out

A sneak peek at the upcoming drama

OMG … here it comes … the boy drama, the girlfriend drama, the Pratt drama — and another Montag?! Season 4 of The Hills looks chock full of a whole lotta awesomeness … check out the trailer:


LOOOOOVE IT! This new season of The Hills premieres on August 18 … Woot!

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‘The Dark Knight’ Premieres In The UK

Batman comes to Great Britain

Batman: The Dark Knight had its UK premiere at Odeon Leicester Square in London, England last night where the principal stars (including Christian Bale, who has been since arrested for alleged assault against his mother and sister) came out for the event. Here are a few pics from the red carpet arrivals last night:


It’s hard to not think about the allegations against Christian Bale right now, especially when looking at photos of the man. In any event, everyone looked great on the red carpet … Maggie Gyllenhaal especially looked great in her sexy black dress. Here are a few pics of some of the other celebs who came out for the premiere:


As always, it’s nice to see the McFly boys out and about and how about that Kelly Osbourne. The girl see-saws between lookin’ really tragic to lookin’ really good — she looks pretty amazing these days, I think. I’m not sure what Ne-Yo was doing at the premiere (it’s a pretty random sighting) but I’m sure a good time was had by all. I am very much looking forward to hearing what folks in the UK and Europe think about The Dark Knight. After setting 8 box office records here in the US last weekend, I’m curious to see how the rest of the world will receive the film.

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Miley Cyrus Admits Her Mistake

While promoting her new album

In an interview that was broadcast on Good Morning America this morning, while promoting the release of her new album Breakout and her latest Hannah Montana movie, Miley Cyrus addressed (again) the controversy that ensued after she appeared in the June issue of Vanity Fair magazine exposing her bare back. Miley admitted that the photo was a “mistake” and came about as a result of “trying to get things done, and maybe look for an older audience”:

Teen pop sensation Miley Cyrus is stepping back into the spotlight, promoting her new album “Breakout” and calling the provocative photos of her published in June’s Vanity Fair magazine a “mistake.” The revealing photos caused an uproar and threatened to tarnish the 15-year-old’s squeaky-clean image when they were released back in April. “I think I was just in a stage where I was just trying to get things done, and maybe look for an older audience. I was working with a big magazine just trying to go with what they were saying,” Cyrus told “Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts, speaking in an exclusive interview for the first time since the Vanity Fair photo shoot. Cyrus described the ensuing criticism that she faced as a “hard time,” and said she now “knows what it’s like to have people talk about you like you’re kind of iron. People need to remember that I am young and that I do have feelings, and I’ll do the same thing for them. Anyone who was 15 years old can’t say they haven’t made a mistake. So I think it’s just normal,” she said.

It’s interesting that she would bring up this issue again after it caused her so much pain and embarrassment a couple of months ago … but, when you’re promoting an album, well, I guess you do what you can to get the job done. My criticism of the whole thing wasn’t that Miley was a bad person or even that the photo was too risqué … I have a hard time with the fact that both of her parents were at the photoshoot with her (her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, even appeared in a photo with her), that they had no problem with the pose or the photo when it was shot and then immediately tried to place the blame solely on the magazine and photographer Annie Leibovitz once Miley‘s conservative fanbase became outraged. And now, the Miley Cyrus promo machine has no problem trudging up the controversy for their own promotion. See, the girl may be 15 and she may make mistakes as we all do but she’s also pretty savvy for the Entertainment biz — no publicity is bad publicity. At least she finally took on the blame for the VF photo fallout … it’s convenient that she is doing so now while she’s trying to sell albums, tho.

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Balthazar Getty Confirms Split With Wife

In case those nekkid pics with Sienna Miller weren't obvs enough

After being photographed repeatedly with a topless and very amorous Sienna Miller while on holiday in Italy last week and after Mrs. Getty revealed that she was publicly “humiliated” by those photos, Brothers & Sisters star Balthazar Getty (who has since returned to the “real world” from his extended vacay) is finally confirming that he is “in deed” separated from his wife, Rosetta … cuz, those pics prolly weren’t totes obvs:

Balthazar Getty, who has been photographed smooching actress Sienna Miller recently, has announced that he’s splitting from his wife Rosetta Getty, with whom he has four children. “The breakdown of a marriage is a very difficult and painful experience especially when children are involved,” he said in a statement released Monday. “In light of the fact that many pictures have surfaced in print and on the Internet which has caused myself and my family great embarrassment, I felt it necessary to at least acknowledge publicly that yes indeed my wife and I have separated and I will not be commenting any further.”

You will note that Getty is blaming the “surfacing” of “many pictures” for causing him and his family “great embarrassment” and appears to take on no responsibility for his actions. But that’s just fine because he “at least” is willing to “acknowledge publicly” that “yes indeed” he and his wife have separated. Ugh. He could at least step up like a man and take responsibility. Rosetta Getty may be humiliated now but I suspect that she will have the final word when this is all said and done.

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Christian Bale Busted … For Alleged Assault

Accused of attacking his mother and sister!!!

This has to be the most shocking, upsetting and unbelievable news ever — news that I pray turns out to be some sort of misunderstanding. It is being reported that charges of assault have been brought against Batman star Christian Bale (yes, the Christian Bale) by his mother and sister. It is being alleged that Bale “assaulted” his mother and sister in a hotel suite in London on Sunday night, that he wasn’t taken into custody yesterday so as not to interfere with the London premiere of The Dark Knight (which took place last night) and that he is undergoing questioning today by Scotland Yard. I first heard about this incident from The Sun late last night but immediately dismissed it as untrue … unfortch, it appears that the reports are true (AP, CNN, BBC). Christian Bale got busted:

Batman star Christian Bale has been arrested by detectives investigating claims he assaulted two family members. A Metropolitan Police spokesman said a 34-year-old man had been arrested in connection with an allegation of assault, and remained in custody. Mr Bale is alleged to have lashed out at his mother and sister in his suite at London’s Dorchester Hotel on Sunday … “A 34-year-old man attended a police station in central London by appointment and was arrested in connection with an allegation of assault – he currently remains in custody,” a police spokesman said. The Hollywood star attended the European premiere of The Dark Knight last night in London’s Leicester Square. He had been due to meet with radio journalists at the Dorchester Hotel to promote the film on Tuesday afternoon.

I am at a total loss for words. I just hope this whole thing turns out to be some gross misunderstanding but I fear that it won’t. We should be hearing more about this incident today one way or another. I don’t even know what to think … do you?

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Hugh Jackman And His Little Squirts

Cute overload

Here are a few adorable pics of Hugh Jackman playing around with his children Oscar and Ava Jackman in Sydney, Australia over the weekend. I’m totally dying at the cuteness here:


Being Hugh Jackman‘s kid looks like a helluva lotta fun. Not only would your dad look like a life-size action figure (hot!) but he’d also be involved enough to take time out of his insanely bizzy schedule to play with you. Hugh Jackman has to be one of the coolest and most dedicated dads in Hollywood. It’s impressive. Now … if only he’d take the kids back to the beach so that he can get wet and half-nekkid, I’d be even more impressed ;)

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Victoria Beckham Goes Mostly Nekkid

... well, kinda

Now, I’m not sure what in the world was going on with Vicki B. when she decided to go out in public lookin’ fresh and natural but … I must admit that I really like it. Not only did VB opt out of wearing make-up (the horror!) but she also decided to wear cut-off jean shorts and flip flops! I mean, seriously!

Victoria Beckham took herself off glamour duty during a family day at a Los Angeles hotel over the weekend, reclining poolside without her heels – or make-up. The former Spice Girl, who is rarely seen in public without a full face of foundation, let her guard down while relaxing with her mother Jackie and son Romeo … her au naturel look, complete with pinned back hair, revealed her problem skin, which revealed … she has to work hard to look red carpet-ready. She told Allure magazine: “As you can see, I’m a normal-looking girl, and I just make the best of what I have. I’m not out-of-the-ordinary-looking at all – I’m incredibly ordinary.” And without a hint of irony, she also claimed she doesn’t like being the centre of attention and that in fact, she’s actually uncomfortable in the spotlight. She insisted: “I’m not the kind of person that stands there and loves the attention. It might look that way, but it makes me very, very nervous.”

Hands down, this is the best I’ve ever seen Mrs. Victoria Beckham. She may look fierce and fabulous from time to time but this stripped bare look is so much more appealing. Hello, she looks human rather than robotic. I would love to see more of this kind of Vicki B. rather than the overly made-up, plastic-looking one we see all the time. There is something to be said for natural beauty … I’m glad that VB is finally comfortable enough to show us hers.

The jean shorts and flip-flops, tho? I’m still having a hard time processing. Wow.

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David Beckham ‘Ties’ One On

LA Galaxy 2 - NY Red Bulls 2

David Beckham and the LA Galaxy battled the NY Red Bulls at Giants Stadium this past Saturday and altho the match ended in a 2-2 draw, Becks did everything humanly possible to make sure that a great and entertaining time was had by all. Here are a few pics of Becks warming up and in action on Saturday afternoon:


Los Angeles Galaxy captain David Beckham was pleased with the resolve his Major League Soccer side showed in battling back to a 2-2 draw against the New York Red Bulls Saturday. Landon Donovan salvaged a point for the Galaxy at Giants Stadium, his cross in injury time floating over the heads of numerous players, including Galaxy teammate Edson Buddle’s, and into the far corner of the goal … Until then the Red Bulls appeared poised to steal the show from superstar Beckham and the Galaxy. The hosts had taken a 2-1 lead on a superb second-half goal from captain Juan Pablo Angel gave the home side a 2-1 lead. Beckham was pleased his team fought until the end, and were rewarded with the draw. “There were chances for both teams but we showed a lot of character,” Beckham said. “We were disappointed to go in 1-1 at halftime because they scored through our sloppy play. Then we came out second half, they got a goal but we kept on battling and we didn’t look as if we were going to get a goal but we did in the end. It showed the character in the team, especially when we’re not playing as well as we can, to come back. So overall, maybe a draw was fair tonight.” The match drew a MLS season-high 46,754 fans.

I love how soccer is one of the only major league sports where a tie is not only possible but can also be celebrated. It’s a nice thing when everyone is a winner! But, you know what else can be celebrated? The after-game entertainment. After the jump, check out a few fun pics of a shirtless David Beckham as he walked off the field at the game’s completion … More »

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Speidi Shoot Down Rumors

Claim they don't <3 guns but they do <3 McCain

Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt sat down with Extra TV to explain those photos that came out recently that showed the couple armed with guns at a shooting range. Additionally, the couple talk about Heidi‘s clothing line Heidiwood and their involvement with the McCain family. It’s all you’ve ever wanted to know about Speidi (or, mebbe not) in one fell swoop:

Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt on “Extra” reacting to controversy over a recent photo featuring the duo on a gun range. Pratt comments, “We went once, it’s not like we’re rolling around with guns … guns are not a toy. We don’t promote guns.” He continues, “We were under supervision of three trained professionals.” Montag, whose stepbrother was killed in the Iraq War, is planning a trip to perform for American troops stationed in the Middle East. She says, “My brother was an airborne ranger in Afghanistan and Iraq. It’s very important to me and important to Spencer to support the troops and go over there.” Montag reveals details about her budding friendship with presidential hopeful Senator John McCain’s daughter, Meghan, commenting, “She’s very sweet. We have a lot in common.” Pratt adds, “I think Meghan McCain is helping organize Heidi and our Iraq trip. Her dad definitely has some pull with the military. I think she’s going to put that together for us.” The reality television couple viewers love to hate spill details about their upcoming videogame, Pratt says, “We’re eventually going to have our videogame that UBI-Soft is going to design for us sold at Kitson … it’s top secret … get ready. All your wildest dreams are going to be in it.” Asked about her clothing line, Heidiwood, Montag declares, “It’s selling really well. It’s one of the #1 selling celebrity clothing lines.” Montag and Pratt are one of Hollywood’s only couples who admit they “love the paparazzi.” Pratt declares, “You know it’s a business, they are helping promote us … they are hard working.” Montag adds, “Everyone always complains about them. At the end of the day, why are you in the entertainment business if you don’t embrace that part of it?” Asked about rumors the couple plans to wed on the Season 4 finale of The Hills, Pratt jokes, “We’re not planning on having LC narrate our wedding.” In response to whether fellow Hills stars, Lauren and Audrina, are friends this week, Montag laughs, “I don’t really know … what are their names?”

Love them or hate them — Heidi and Spencer really know how to make a splash and make the most out of every opportunity available to them. They’re 100% right about having to deal with the paparazzi … of course it’s a business and, I totally agree, if you don’t like the attention from the photogs then you prolly shouldn’t be in the Entertainment field. While I don’t agree with their political associations, I do find them extremely entertaining. They push so many buttons … people get so riled up by the mere mention of their names — clearly, they are doing something right. I’m looking forward to this trip to Iraq that they mention … I can’t wait to see the pics that will follow. The video game and Christian album, I think I’ll pass on … but that’s the good thing about Speidi — if you don’t like one thing they’re associated with, wait for about 10 mins. and something else will come along.

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Laura Bell Bundy Is ‘Blonde’ No Longer

The 'Legally Blonde' star ends her 4-year involvement with the show

Laura Bell Bundy, star of Legally Blonde The Musical, brought the curtain down on her tenure as Elle Woods on Broadway. Last night was LBB‘s final show as Elle, ahead of tonight’s announcement regarding her replacement. As you know, MTV has been airing The Seach for Elle Woods for the past few weeks and tonight we find out who wins the role of Elle Woods on Broadway (will it be Autumn, Bailey or Rhiannon?) … but first, the show has to say goodbye to Laura Bell — Broadway’s original Elle Woods, who will always remain irreplaceable to me:


Tony-nominated actress Laura Bell Bundy will “bend and snap” one final time as Elle Woods in the Broadway production of Legally Blonde July 20. Bundy has been with Legally Blonde since its 2005 readings and earned a 2007 Best Actress Tony Award nomination for her turn as Legally Blonde’s pink-clad heroine. The musical is based on the 2001 MGM movie that starred Reese Witherspoon. Triple-threat Bundy made her Broadway debut in the 2002 original cast of Hairspray as Amber Von Tussle and is known for her turns in Wicked and Ruthless!, for which she earned Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk nominations as Tina Denmark. On screen Bundy has been seen in “Dreamgirls,” “Guiding Light,” “Jumanji,” “Life with Mikey,” “Adventures of Huck Finn,” “Home Improvement,” “Strangers with Candy” and “Curtis Court.” Bundy released her solo country debut recording “Longing for a Place Already Gone” last year. Representatives for the Tony-nominated actress state that Bundy is currently developing a television project and is at work on her next album. Bundy’s replacement will be named on the July 21 episode of the MTV reality competition “Legally Blonde The Musical: The Search for Elle Woods.” On July 23 at 8 PM, the next Elle Woods – who will be determined by a panel of Legally Blonde casting directors, production associates and director/choreography Jerry Mitchell – will take over in the lead role at the Palace Theatre on Broadway.

I imagine last night’s performance was a fun, yet difficult one for Laura Bell … it must be hard to exit a role that you originate on Broadway. I’ve been fortunate enough to see LBB as Elle in the show a couple of times and I know that the new girl has got some big shoes to fill. I am very much looking forward to hearing about LB‘s next project — but I hope she takes some time off to relax for a minute before plunging headlong into another big commitment. I wish nothing but the best for her and I’m sending her much congrats and all my love today.

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Look At Moy, Look At Moy, Look At Moy

The TV Guide

So … I flew out of SoCal yesterday to make it here to NYC and what was supposed to be a 5 hour endeavor turned into a 10 hour nightmare. It should come as no surprise that I had to deal with delays yesterday … but I wasn’t prepared for those delays to double my travel time. Of course it wasn’t fun but I did make it to NY safe and sound. I spent much of my flight catching up with some old friends … Kath & Kim:

I’ve been a fan of Kath & Kim, the Australian series, for about a year now but haven’t really been able to watch all of the eps available here in the US. Darion hooked me up with the first 3 seasons and I watched the entire first season on my flight to NY last night. OMG, seriously, it’s the funniest show eva! I don’t know how the US version of Kath & Kim is going to be able to top it since the original is already brills. The US version of the show is already having a few probs, the first ep wasn’t received well and the show is already undergoing retooling. I’m deffo gonna give the US version a try but I’d be happy with just enjoying the Aussie version :)

On my flight, I also got more than halfway thru Twilight so I got a lot accomplished. Tonight, I have a fun little adventure planned for me and David … but we’re gonna keep things chill over the coming days until we leave for London on Wednesday night.

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Honor Marie Does Spanish ‘OK!’ Magazine

Her parents tag along

Last week, OK! magazine here in the US debuted the first photo of Jessica Alba and Cash Warren‘s newborn baby daughter, Honor Marie, and today we get to see a few more pics of the precious little darling (along with her doting parents) in the Spanish issue of OK! magazine. Here is the coverphoto:

Unlike the US version of the mag, daddy Cash Warren gets to feature on the magazine cover with his pretty ladies. Head on over to JessicaAlba.net to check out the rest of the pics from the magazine. OMG! The pics are sooo freakin’ cute! People, I ain’t gonna lie, Hispanic babies are just the cutest ever. Little Honor Marie is an absolute princess … look at all that hair! I’m dying. Again, much congrats to the proud parents … they’ve got themselves a perfect little angel. She’s just precious :)

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Cristiano Ronaldo Soaks Up The Sun

... and how!

Soccer phenom Cristiano Ronaldo has been making the most of his time in LA this week and he isn’t letting the recuperation process from his recent ankle surgery keep him incapacitated. Cristiano has been hobbling his way around town going to award shows, hitting up various clubs (reportedly scamming on chicks) and generally enjoying the LA nightlife … but in the day, well, Cristiano spends most of his time lounging poolside, in the sun … tanning:

When it comes to sunshine, just like pretty ladies, Cristiano Ronaldo can’t seem to get enough. The Manchester United star spent yet another day reclining on a sun lounge at his luxury LA hotel, topping up a tan that has already reached a rather startling shade of orange. Ronaldo looked right at home in Hollywood as he smothered himself in baby oil for the latest baking session, regularly rotating to ensure an all-over colour. The injured star was recovering poolside from yet another night on the town, where he was again spotted trawling clubs for female companions. He hit popular celebrity haunt Villa on both Friday and Saturday night, where onlookers say he was busy “auditioning” girls. A fellow club-goer observed: ‘He scans the whole crowd and picks out his top three girls. “He’ll chat to one then if he doesn’t like her, he has one of his friends come sit down in between them, and will move on to the next girl.” Ronaldo has been on the rampage since splitting with Spanish model Nereida Gallardo at the beginning of this month.

I understand that suntanning is a way of life for the Portuguese footballer but I hope that he’s being smart about it … baking one’s skin in the sun isn’t always the best idea. Even still, I’m not really complaining … if Mr. Ronaldo wants to lie about half-nekkid all day long, who am I to protest?

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Nine Inch Nails Play Private Show In LA

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Much to my chagrin, Nine Inch Nails played a secret, private show at the LA Forum last night as a live dress rehearsal for a few very lucky fans. A few weeks ago, NIN uploaded a Google Earth feature on their tour site showing the cities that their Lights in the Sky Tour would be visiting … and then a few days ago, question marks started showing up around the LA area. It turns out that those question marks led people to places that where distributing free tickets for last night’s private rehearsal show. So, while I was flying away from LA last night, NIN was rocking out the Forum for the lucky fans who I now hate with a passion. Okay, not really but I am extremely jealous:


So as not to spoil anything for any of y’all who don’t want to know anything about the upcoming Lights in the Sky Tour, I’m putting the rest of this post behind the cut. After the jump, see some photos taken of last night’s show (including ticket stubs and the limited edition poster) as well as the reported full setlist … More »

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Blake Fielder-Civil Sentenced To 27 Months In Prison

Perverting justice is serious biz

Amy Wineshouse‘s hubby, Blake Fielder-Civil, who has been incarcerated for the last 9 months was sentenced today to serve a total of 27 months in prison for first assaulting a man and then attempting to pervert justice by trying to bribe the man to evade prosecution for his crime. I understand that Amy was not in the courthouse to lend her support today despite her constant pleas for her husband’s release. Here is Blake‘s mugshot, released today, and a rundown of his sentencing:

Amy Winehouse’s husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, has been jailed for 27 months for beating up a pub landlord and trying to bribe him to avoid court. Fielder-Civil, 26, pleaded guilty last month to assaulting James King with a friend, Michael Brown, and perverting the course of justice by attempting to bribe the victim. With Brown and two other men, Fielder-Civil tried to pay off Mr King in an attempt to have the trial abandoned. Judge David Radford told Fielder-Civil he had behaved in a “gratuitous, cowardly and disgraceful” way. Fielder-Civil has already served around nine months on remand so he could be free in four-and-a-half months if he behaves himself in prison. Winehouse herself was not in court to support her husband as he was sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court, in east London for trying to evade jail for attacking a pub landlord. Jocelyn Ledwood, prosecuting, had told the court that Brown was kicked out of the Macbeth pub in Hoxton, on June 20 2006 and returned with Fielder-Civil at closing time. Brown punched Mr King, 36, in the face, knocking him to the floor. She went on: “Mr Brown and Mr Fielder-Civil then proceeded to punch and kick him while he was on the ground trapped between the double doors of the pub.” The assault left Mr King with a broken nose and cheekbone and the pair were arrested and due to go on trial when Fielder-Civil received a text message saying: “What happened at court? We were thinking about getting Amy to pay (him) off.” The trial was delayed and Anthony Kelly, 26, and James Kennedy, 20, were engaged to broker the pay-off, the court heard. Kelly and Kennedy then tried to sell footage of the incident to a newspaper reporter who was told Mr King would be paid off with £200,000 and that “ultimately the money would come from Miss Winehouse”. Jeremy Dein QC, for Fielder-Civil, urged the judge to suspend his sentence or sentence him to the nine months he has already served. He said Fielder-Civil “was of exemplary good character”. He went on: “This has been a nightmare scenario, not just for him but for his wife and his family.” He was interrupted by Judge David Radford, who said: “No previous convictions rather than exemplary good character, if what I read about him and the use of drugs is true.”

LOL! Yeah, it sounds like the judge in this case wasn’t really interested in hearing any bullshizz from Blake’s attorney. Alas, it appears that poor Amy Winehouse will have to endure the coming months without her husband by her side. She’s managed to make it 9 months without him, I’m sure he’ll manage the rest of the way just fine.

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Ryan Phillippe Reunited With His Ducklings

Now that Reese Witherspoon and her children Ava and Deacon are back home from their little European jaunt with Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Phillippe has been reunited with his kiddies. Here are a couple cute pics of Ryan taking his kids out for a stroll at The Grove in LA yesterday afternoon:


Granted, these pics could be a might cuter if Ryan were paying more attention to his children rather than to his mobile phone but he does make a pretty good mother duck. I’m impressed with the way that Reese and Ryan handle custody of their children … they each seem to spend a lot of equal time with their kids, which may not be ideal but is better than nothing at all.

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Matthew McConaughey Catches A Few Waves

... takes a dip, partially strips

Matthew McConaughey, who has been keeping a relatively low profile since the birth of his son Levi Alves a few weeks ago, ventured out for an afternoon of surfing over the weekend. The last time we saw Matty out for a day at the beach, he was joined by a crew of his boys … this time, he was flyin’ solo. Here are a few X17 pics of Matthew riding (and not riding) the waves … and a couple of him stripping off his wetsuit:

MMM MMM MMM … the man sure does look good in a wetsuit, yes? As you can see in the last couple of photos, when Matthew was finished with his surfing session he began to stip off his skin-tight rubber suit. After the jump, check out a few photos of just how much Matthew stripped off … More »

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‘The Dark Knight’ Sets New Box Office Records

... 8 new box office records

After many, many, many months of anticipatory hype (going all the way back to May of 2007 when we got our very first look at Heath Ledger as the Joker), the sequel to Christopher Nolan‘s Batman Begins opened in theaters this weekend to incredible demand. The Dark Knight managed to not only enjoy the biggest opening weekend in box office history but it also set 7 other box office records as well. Spider-Man 3 previously owned the opening weekend box office record of $151.1 million until now … Batman: The Dark Knight generated $153.34 million this weekend, setting a new benchmark high:

A Warner Bros. executive says the Batman sequel “The Dark Knight” has taken in $155.34 million to top “Spider-Man 3″ for best opening weekend ever at the box office. The figures released Sunday show “The Dark Knight” more than $4 million ahead of the $151.1 million first weekend for “Spider-Man 3″ in May 2007. Studio distribution chief Dan Fellman says “The Dark Knight” also broke the “Spider-Man 3″ record for best debut in IMAX large-screen theaters with $6.2 million. “Spider-Man 3″ opened with $4.7 million in IMAX cinemas. Stoked by fan fever over the manic performance of the late Heath Ledger as the Joker, “The Dark Knight” also set a one-day box office record with $66.4 million on opening day, Fellman said Saturday. The movie’s Friday haul surpassed the previous record of $59.8 million set last year by “Spider-Man 3.” iReport.com: Did you see ‘Dark Knight’? “The Dark Knight” began with a record $18.5 million from midnight screenings, topping the previous high of $16.9 million for “Star Wars: Episode III — The Revenge of the Sith.” The opening day grosses for “The Dark Knight” far exceeded the full weekend haul of its predecessor, “Batman Begins,” which took in $48.7 million in its first three days in 2005. Reviews were excellent for director Christopher Nolan’s “Batman Begins,” but they were stellar for his “Dark Knight.” “We’ve really never seen anything like this,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers. “The death of a fine actor taken in his prime, a legendary performance and a movie that lives up to all the hype. That all combined to create these record-breaking numbers.” Buzz had been high for the Batman sequel well before Ledger died of an accidental prescription-drug overdose in January. Trailers last fall revealing Ledger’s demented Joker, with crooked clown makeup, turned up the heat even more. The critical acclaim over his performance that built from advance screenings left fans in a frenzy. “It’s a combination of things. Certainly, that’s a great part of it, but I think this movie’s gross was partly because of the reviews it received and the incredible buzz and word of mouth that preceded it with our early screenings,” Fellman said. “And the success and quality of the last one, ‘Batman Begins,’ delivered by Chris Nolan just set the tone for the opening of this movie” … The film spins an epic crime duel as Ledger’s Joker orchestrates a reign of terror on the city of Gotham aimed to spread chaos and break down the restraint that keeps Batman on the right side of the law. Although critics are taking the film seriously enough to suggest that Ledger could be in line for an Academy Award nomination, the action-packed movie also delivers as pure summer movie escapism.

Here is a list of all the box office records set by The Dark Knight in its opening weekend:

1 – LARGEST NUMBER OF OPENING THEATRES WITH 4,366 (MORE THAN THE 4,362 DEBUT THEATRES OF PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD’S END IN 2007).

2 – BIGGEST MIDNIGHT PREVIEW GROSS WITH $18.489 MILLION IN 3,040 THEATRES (BEATS STAR WARS EPISODE III: REVENGE OF THE SITH AND ITS $16.9 MILLION IN 2,915 THEATRES IN 2005).

3 – BIGGEST IMAX MIDNIGHT PREVIEWS SET AN NEW RECORD WITH $640,000 (INCLUDED IN THE $18.489 MILLION PREVIEW NUMBER).

4 – BIGGEST SINGLE-DAY GROSS IN BOX-OFFICE HISTORY WITH $67.850 MILLION (BESTS THE $59,841,919 SET BY SPIDER-MAN 3 IN 2007).

5 – BIGGEST OPENING WEEKEND GROSS IN BOX OFFICE HISTORY WITH $155.340 MILLION (BESTS THE $151,116 MILLION SET BY SPIDER-MAN 3 IN 2007).

6 – BIGGEST OPENING WEEKEND GROSS FOR AN IMAX RELEASE IN BOX OFFICE HISTORY WITH $6,214,061 MILLION IN 94 THEATRES WITH $66,107 PER THEATRE. (BESTS THE $4.7 MILLION SET BY SPIDER-MAN 3 IN 2007.) IMAX SHOWING AT FULL CAPACITY $1.9 MILLION ON SATURDAY ALONE.

7 – BIGGEST OPENING WEEKEND OF 2008 WITH $151.340 (BEATS INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL‘S $101.137 MILLION FROM MAY 23-25, 2008)

8 – BIGGEST JULY OPENING EVER (BEATS PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN’S CHEST‘S $135,634,554 ON JULY 7, 2006).

I, for one, am not at all surprised by this stellar performance at the box office. In fact, I would’ve been surprised had The Dark Knight not surpassed the previous opening weekend box office record. I contend that the film will go on to make gads of money in the coming weeks … there are still many people out there who have yet to see the film (primarily because the majority of this weekend’s showings were completely sold out). As a huge Batman fan, I’m thrilled. My wish is that TDK and Heath Leger, in particular, will go on to enjoy recognition from the Academy come awards season. It’s a long shot but stranger things have happened. If Juno can garner Academy Award noms, then so can The Dark Knight.

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Chace Crawford <3s Polo

At least, he pretends to

Gossip Girl hottie Chace Crawford was on hand at Two Trees Farm in Bridgehampton, NY for the opening day festivities for the 2008 Mercedes-Benz Polo Challenge lookin’ very much like a big polo fan … but I suspect the lad has no real prior experience with the sport and was just there to pretty up the event. Here are a few pics:

Aww … it really looks like they handed him that huge polo mallet and asked them to just pose with it as if he knew what he was doing. To tell the truth, I don’t even care. He can stand there and hold in his hands whatever he wants and I think I’d be okay with it. It’s too bad his GG co-stars Ed Westwick and Penn Badgley weren’t around to attend the event with him … I like it when the GG boys horse around together. OY! What that terrible? Yeah, mebbe just a touch.

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Things Get ‘Ugly’ For Ana Ortiz & Eddie Cibrian

Here are a few pics of Ugly Betty stars Ana Ortiz and Eddie Cibrian filming new scenes for the upcoming third season of the show on location in Queens, NY earlier this week:


Now, while these pics would be much more … enjoyable … if Eddie were shirtless (which is really what everyone is waiting for whenever he shows up on TV), I can make do with his bulging muscles showing thru his tight shirt. I’m so glad he joined the cast of the show last season … I look forward to many more scenes of him mackin’ on Ana‘s character Hilda … hopefully shirtless and hopefully often.

[Photo credit: Splash News]

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Trent Reznor Lets One ‘Slip’

Actually, lets 2 'Slip'

Trent Reznor updated the official Nine Inch Nails website with a couple photos of the physical copies of the new NIN album The Slip. As you should be well aware, The Slip is available for free download HERE (it will always be available for free download) but physical copies have been made for the rabid NIN fans (like me) who want to own a hard copy. The domestic version of the album will be released in numbered limited edition and Trent is showing off the first and last numbered copies of the album:

I can’t wait to get my copy. I’ve already received confirmation from Amazon that my copy of The Slip is on its way. I’m fairly certain I won’t be getting either of these two copies of the album but I’m geeked to be getting a limited edition version of the album (international copies of the disc will be unnumbered, non limited edition). NIN hit the road for their Lights in the Sky tour next month … and I can’t wait for that either! More NIN, Trent … gimme more!

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The Long Slumber

The TV Guide

Ack … my time in LA is running out really fast so I’m scrambling today (as I usually do on travel days) to get everything done before I have to jet off to NYC this afternoon. I didn’t really leave the house — I had tons of cleaning and packing to take care of, which is fine, cuz I was finally able to finish watching all 7 seasons of The Golden Girls on DVD:

Now, it’s gonna take me some time to work up my Best Of post but it’s coming … stay tuned.

In all of my travel preparations I had to make time to figure out what to do with my brand new VW Tiguan crossover (which I love, love love). The car is only 3 days old and I’m already leaving it parked in my apartment garage for just over 2 weeks! In order to play it safe, I did get a car cover for my baby and had to tuck it in for a long sleep:


Hee hee … I’ve been kicking around German names for my new baby, I think I’m going to call it Wülfgang Jürgen-Klaüs … that has a nice ring to it, I think. It’s hard leaving my car so soon after bringing it home but … it must be done.

And so … I’m off to NYC for a few days before David and I fly off to London and then Paris. It’s deffo looking like it’s gonna be a great birthday trip … we’ve got a few things in mind to do — we’ll be seeing Kylie Minogue live in concert next weekend — so I’m pretty geeked. No worries, I’ll be working on a daily basis, as usual, so things should be relatively normal along the way. Wee!

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Hot Dude Of The Week: John

Weekend Hotness

Woot! It’s that time of the week again … time for the Hot Dude of the Week … and since this week’s pic is way hawt, let’s just skip the formalities and get right to the goods … say hello to John:

Oh my lordy, lordy, lordy … what else is there to say. We’ve got a hot hunk of manbeef who is soaking wet … and he’s wearing white undies. There needs to be a stronger word than just Woot!, I think. This is Woot!10, this is Woot!imus Maximus :) See, it’s guys like John that make waking up on Sunday morning worthwhile … hee hee, it must be really nice for whoever gets to wake up with him on Sunday morning in person. If that person is out there … send us stories or, better yet, more pics. Yeah, that would be awesome. We’ll be waiting … and gawking. Enjoy!!

[Photo credit: All American Guys]

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Lance Bass Demands ‘Respect’ For GLSEN

Teams up with GLSEN to kick off the Respect Awards

Lance Bass hosted a kickoff event for the 4th Annual GLSEN Respect Awards which was held at Blu in Beverly Hills, CA this past Friday and he called on a bunch of his friends, including new boyfriend Sebastian Leal, to come out in support. Here are a few pics from the event:

First off, much props and love goes out to Lance for his continued involvement with the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network. They provide such an important service for schools across the country. I worked with them extensively when I was a teacher back in Michigan and they were integral in helping us get our Gay, Straight Alliance club off the ground in a very conservative community. Props also go out to Lance‘s friends for coming out in support of this event. I love that Lance brought along Sebastian to attend the soiree as well … things must be pretty serious if he’s bringing the guy along as his date to public events (tho, I could do without the macho posturing in the first pic of the LaBastian). I absolutely and fully support Lance in all of his GLSEN endeavors and it is my pleasure to help spread the word.

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The ‘90210’ Kids Come Out To Play

Make an appearance at the 2008 Summer TCA Tour

The entire principal cast of the new Beverly Hills, 90210 spin-off show for The CW came out and made an appearance at the 2008 Summer TCA Tour which was held at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Bev Hills, CA yesterday afternoon … here are a few pics of some of the new faces that will be showing up at West Beverly High this Fall:

Even tho the amazing CONFIRMATION that Shannen Doherty WILL BE coming back to 90210 came out earlier this week, none of the former castmembers of BH, 90210 were at yesterday’s event. As I’ve been saying, they are not the main focus of the new show. This new cast of characters will be the central focus of the story and the other “guest stars” will provide support, linking the original show to the new show. I can’t wait … at first, I was very lukewarm to the idea of a 90210 spin-off but the more I hear about it, the more I see — I’m totally on board now. I just hope that my expectations haven’t been raised too high. BH, 90210 was such a cultural phenomenon the first time around, I’m not sure if this new incarnation will have the same impact. It’s possible but … the jury’s still out. Here’s hoping the kids at West Beverly High can take the country by storm again — but just in case, we still have the Upper East Siders on Gossip Girl to fall back on if need be.

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Jessica Simpson: Country Star

Jess officially kicks off her career in Country music

Jessica Simpson played The Big Event (presented by Miller Lite beer) at the 16th Annual Country Thunder USA festival which took place yesterday on Shadow Hill Farm in Twin Lakes, WI and she brought along her boyfriend and Dallas Cowboy quarterback Tony Romo for support. Fortunately for her, Country music fans have been surprisingly receptive to Jess‘s attempt at a career in Country music (her first single, Come On Over, is being well received on Country radio) and yesterday’s performance was her big coming out party. Here are a few pics from her appearance and performance at The Big Event:


When Jessica Simpson announced plans to go country after her last pop album flopped, there was a collective eye roll in Nashville. To some skeptics, it appeared to be a calculated move to follow in the footsteps of other pop stars who have found success by crossing over to country radio. After lackluster album sales, acting disappointments and bad press over her high-profile romances, Simpson certainly needed a boost. But “Come On Over,” Simpson’s debut single from her upcoming country album, is not only winning over those same skeptics, it’s gaining ground on country radio. A flirtatious, steel guitar-laced slice of pop country, the song has cracked the top 30 on Billboard’s country singles chart. “The best way to sum this up is what program directors have been telling our promotions staff: ‘I really wanted to hate this record, and I don’t. I love this,” said Tom Baldrica, vice president of marketing for her label, Sony BMG Nashville. Despite her crossover potential, that’s not what the label or the Texas-born Simpson seem to have in mind with the single, which was co-produced by John Shanks, who’s also worked with Sheryl Crow, Michelle Branch and Melissa Etheridge. “If other folks want to play it, we’re not telling them not to,” Baldrica said, “but our focus is on country. We want to make sure she’s in this format because this is where she belongs.” John Hart, a Nashville-based marketing researcher, says the song appeals to young, active listeners who are more likely to call radio stations and attend concerts and events. It tested in the top five in his online sampling the past few weeks and also did well in random telephone surveys that reach country’s more traditional base. “I don’t think people were anticipating the song to be that good,” said John Paul, program director at KUPL in Portland, Ore. His station has been playing the song for two weeks in light rotation. “It’s a good song regardless of who sings it, but having her sing it — whether you like her or hate her, everybody knows who Jessica Simpson is,” he said. “And I think there’s a lot of credibility that she co-wrote the song … Simpson comes to country after her last pop album was a commercial and critical failure — it sold just 299,000 cop-ies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album “Do You Know” is expected to be released in September; The title track was written by Dolly Parton, who sings background vocals. For her part, Simpson is promoting the song pretty much the same as any new country singer. She courted fans at last month’s Country Music Association festival in Nashville and will perform at state fairs and visit radio stations. “She’s done what a lot of newcomers and established stars have done by putting out fun, uptempo, put-the-top-down and cruise type songs,” remarked David Scarlett, senior editor of Country Weekly magazine. “It’s a great way to introduce herself. I think country audiences will be receptive based on the music they hear. If they like what they hear, they’re going to embrace her. And so far, she’s done very well.”

I may tease Jessica Simpson (incessantly) but for once I’m on board with her career plans. Jessica should’ve been a Country singer from the beginning … her vain attempt (mostly on her father’s part) to become the “next Britney Spears” back when Britney Spears ruled the world was doomed for failure from the get-go (I contend that Xtina Aguilera, who is a much stronger singer than both Jessica and Britney, couldn’t even topple Britney in when she was in her prime so what chance did Jessica really have?). This Country thing might actually work out for her very well. Teaming up with Dolly Parton is brills! I’m not a big Country fan (by any means) but I have a small place for it in my heart (living in Oklahoma gave me an appreciation for the stuff, I can’t lie) … I think it would be great if Jess found success at long last. Tho, she does have some stiff competition out there … Carrie Underwood is a force to be reckoned with (and you know there’s no love lost between Jessica and Carrie — who was Tony Romo‘s last girlfriend) but, in the end, I guess I’m rooting for Jessica. Egads, I can’t even believe I’m saying this … but it’s true. Good luck, Jess, you may need it.

[Photo credit: Wireimage; Source]

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Jenny McCarthy & Jim Carrey To The ‘Rescue’

With Britney, bitch!

Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey played host at an event here in LA last night for Generation Rescue, a non-profit organization that was formed by parents of children who have been diagnosed with childhood neurological disorders (Autism, Asperger’s, ADHD, ADD, PDD-NOS and other learning disabilities). Jenny became involved with the organization after she discovered that her son Evan suffers from autism. Some of Jenny Mac‘s friends — including Britney Spears, the newly single Sarah Silverman and Rose McGowan — came out to lend their support for the organization. Here are a few pics from the red carpet arrivals:

First off, what a great organization to lend your support to. So much is not known about these sorts of neurological disorders … I think it’s amazing that like-minded mothers got together to take an active step in creating awareness. I believe this is the first “non-party” event that Britney Spears has attended in many months. As you may recall, she agreed to let her ex-husband Kevin Federline have permanent physical custody of her sons Sean Preston and Jayden James earlier this week … and here she is, lending her support to charity (and lookin’ pretty hawt, I might add). I’m going to assume she had no ulterior motives for coming out to this event. In fact, I really do believe that all the celebs who came out last night did so for the right reasons. Kudos to Jenny and Jim for using their high profile celebrity to aid this cause. Color me impressed.

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Courtney Love Accuses Ryan Adams Of Thievery

Another fun blog from C. Love

The always entertaining Courtney Love (who’s been pulling Amy Winehouse-like insanity for years before anyone even heard of Amy Winehouse) was inspired to compose another one of her famous blog posts on her official My Space profile page with her usual flair for the grammatical … but this time, she unleashes her colorfulness on indie rocker Ryan Adams, who she contends stole the sum of $858,000 from the trustfund of her daughter Frances Bean Love-Cobain. As always, it’s a totally unbalanced and very disjointed read but one deffo worth reading if only to marvel at her insane musings. As of this morning, tho, the original post that she wrote has been removed from her My Space profile page — fortunately, I managed to copy and paste the entire text of her blogpost … which