Archive for August, 2008

John Mayer Gets Back To Work

Jen who?

Here are a few pics of John Mayer playing a show at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater at Encore Park in Alpharetta, GA on Friday night wearing an awesome Purple Rain t-shirt and showin’ the world that life goes on for the media-friendly musician after a failed relationship with Jennifer Aniston:


Oh yeah, he really looks into it … I guess he has to work out his sexual frustration somehow now, right? After the jump, check out a couple more pics of John going apeshizz on his guitar for a portion of his live performance … More »

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Shannen Doherty Steps Out Alone

Lovin\' all the attention

The resurrected 90′s “It” Girl Shannen Doherty (who is trying to reclaim her fame from days of yore by appearing in the much-anticipated Beverly Hills, 90210 spin-off set to debut on The CW Tuesday night) stepped out on the town in Malibu, CA again this weekend in the only pair of cut-off jeans shorts the girl apparently owns. Here are pics of Shannen as she made her way into and then out of one of her favorite eateries this weekend:


Shannen is also featured on the cover of the current issue of US Weekly magazine where she talks to the mag about Tori Spelling‘s lies … and not much else:

Fourteen years after leaving her career-defining role of Brenda Walsh on Beverly Hills, 90210, Shannen Doherty is finally sharing her side of the story to refute the “bad girl” label and set the record straight in the latest issue of Us Weekly, available now. Among the revelations: Doherty, who will reprise her character in four episodes of the CW’s 90210 revamp, denies a claim by Tori Spelling that she once got into a fistfight with Jennie Garth. “We never did,” Doherty, 37, tells Us. “I think I would remember Jennie’s fist connecting with a part of my body or a part of my face. It just goes to show you how people will lie,” she says of Spelling’s account in her autobiography.

I managed to peruse his issue of US Weekly at the bookstore this weekend and I read the entirety of Shannen‘s interview … she got real pissy with the interviewer when asked if she would ever write a tell-all memoir and then was she was asked about any romance that she witnessed on the BH, 90210 set. Apparently, Shannen is no snitch and she’ll cut you if you ask her to spill. OOOOH man, I want Tori Spelling to join the new 90210 so bad now … I’m sure Shannen would like us to believe that she’s all grown up and mature now but I bet you any money if she came face to face with Tori Spelling something AWESOME would happen. I hope we get to find out.

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Bad Photoshopping With The Stars

Here come some cheesy-ass 'DWTS' promo pics, ya'll

Yahoo! has unleashed a whole slew of new promo pics of the contestants of the 7th season of Dancing with the Stars … I’m not sure who exactly is responsible for this cheesy nonsense (ABC? Yahoo? Satan?) but the pics are so RIDIC I can’t hardly stand it:


Even tho these pics are sooooo bad (seriously, so bad!) I’m glad to see that both Cloris Leachman and Toni Braxton are bringin’ the fierceness. I dunno how the hell Lance Bass got talked into wearing his outfit — I thought for sure his days of being bullied into wearing horrible outfits to entertain the public were over … guess not. And can I just say that Ted McGinley who has been a TV hottie since the early 70′s still looks pretty damn good. Geeze, that man must have a deal with the devil … how is it that he can still look hawt after ALL THESE YEARS. Pact with the devil, I’m convinced. I’m not a big fan of this show but they managed to cull together a pretty interesting cast this season. I’m not sure who’s gonna pull out the win in the end … but I do know that Susan Lucci won’t be going home with the trophy (I’m sure it was an honor just being nominated … er, asked to be on the show). I might have to actually watch this season … despite these horribly bad promo pics.

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The Lake House

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Yesterday afternoon I accompanied Sarah and Mark to Sarah’s uncle’s lake house in Commerce Township, MI for a little pre-Labor Day fête where I got to hang out with Sarah’s amazing family. We spent part of the afternoon catching up with one another (while the boys lamented the outcome of the U of M football game) and supped on some of the best BBQ I’ve had in a long while. As the twilight set upon Lake Sherwood, Sarah’s uncle David took us all out for a boat ride around the lake:


It was just the perfect day, the perfect afternoon. I also have to send out some anniversary love to Lisa and Pat (Sarah’s aunt and uncle) who were celebratin’ their wedding anni yesterday (they’re the cute couple at the end of the pics above) I really love hanging out with Sarah’s family … I’ve been going to their family functions for years and it’s always so nice to feel so included.

This afternoon, almost everyone we know here in Michigan is coming out for a pre-Birthday party for Sarah’s birthday (which is next week). Sarah planned the party to be early so that I could attend (since I won’t be here for her actual birthday). It promises to be a pretty fun shindig. Party prep has already begun so I gots ta get finished and get to celebratin’. Hope y’all are having an equally amazing Labor Day weekend :)

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Gandolfini got hitched, Diddy puts McCain on blast, Doherty calls Spelling a liar
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Hot Dude Of The Week: Greg

Weekend Hotness

Oh yeah, bitches … it is time for our weekly does of man meat … it’s time for the Hot Dude of the Week, y’all. Since I’m back home in Michigan and the weather has been absolutely perfect all week long, I’ve been able to enjoy all the natural beauty that Michigan has to offer … that is why this particular photo of Hot Dude Greg caught my eye:


Those of you not familiar with the natural beauty of Michigan are really missing out … we’ve got lush greenery, calm lakes and rivers and our fair share of hawt dudes … and this pic of Greg seems to represent all of those elements very nicely, don’t you think? There is something comforting about being able to enjoy the things about Michigan that I took for granted when I lived here … I’m seeing my home with new eyes and I like what I see. I’m gonna be bummed to leave for home tomorrow.

Oh and don’t cha love how I managed to turn a sweet little post on the beauty of nature by throwing in a hot half-nekkid dude? Skills, y’all. Mad skills :) Enjoy!!!

[Photo credit: All American Guys]

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Trent Reznor Gets Hairy

And I kinda love it

This past Friday, the official Nine Inch Nails website was updated with a new photo of NIN frontman Trent Reznor pausing backstage on his way to the stage at their tour stop in Philadelphia, PA … check it out:


Hot damn, now this is an awesome picture … whether you’re a NIN fan or not ;) Sarah and I noted that Trent was letting his facial hair grow back when we saw NIN play Toledo, OH last Monday and it looks like he’s been letting it grow since then — oh yes, me likey. Hopefully he’ll have himself a full-on beard by the time I get to see NIN again in Inglewood, CA next weekend.

In other NIN-related news, Pink reader Kent gave me the heads up that Billboard.com has posted a very cool article on the band called 20 Years of Nine Inch Nails in their ongoing Music Milestones feature. I guess I never really realized that since Pretty Hate Machine, NIN‘s debut album, was released in 1988 that this year is the band’s 20th anniversary. Wow. In any event, I think all y’all should read the Billboard feature on NIN HERE … I’m pretty sure that even the most hardcore fans will learn (or be reminded of) a few things about this amazing band.

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Kiefer Sutherland Gets Wet & Wild

Jack Bauer saves the world at the beach

24 star Kiefer Sutherland was spotted enjoying a day of sun and surf in Malibu, CA this weekend with only a pair of swimtrunks and a pair of flippers … behold:


I love the Kief … I think I love him more when he’s half-nekkid and soaking wet … Woot! I’m not sure if the flippers are really all that necessary but who am I to argue with the amazingly resourceful Jack Bauer? Oh yeah, I am so excited for new eps of 24 but we are still so far away from the debut of the new season (even the 2 hour TV movie 24: Exile is over 2 months away) but I think I can make do with Kiefer sightings like this until then :) So whadda y’all think? Thumbs up, yes?

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Levi Alves Attends His First College Football Game

Unfortch for him, it was a Texas game

The almost 2 month old Levi Alves McConaughey, first child of Camila Alves and Matthew McConaughey, attended his first NCAA college football game yesterday in Austin, TX … daddy Matty took his newborn son and babymama to the University of Texas (his alma mater) to watch his team take on Florida Atlantic University. Here are a few pics of the happy family on the field at Texas Memorial Stadium yesterday afternoon:


Awww … I think it’s so precious that Matthew would want to take his son to the very first Texas homegame of the first season after his birth … it’s really cute seeing the little guy in his little UT headwrap. I’m sure Matthew is going to be a bit miffed when his first born son realizes that the University of Oklahoma is really the better school in both academics and athletics and decides to go there instead. So precious. All in all, tho, it looks like the family had a great day … UT beat FAU by a score of 52-10 and Matthew looked as pleased as punch. Camila looked bored to tears (and a bit confused by that finger gesture that Matthew was making her do) and I doubt Levi even woke up once … but still, they do paint a very cute family picture, don’t you think?

BTW, WTF? is up with the fact that college football has already begun this year?! Seriously, the summer *just* started and now we’re already into the Fall college football season … how depressing is that? Much congrats and love goes out to the University of Oklahoma Sooners for their defeat of Chattanooga by a score of 57-2. Sadness for the University of Michigan and Michigan State University for each losing their games yesterday :(

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Meet Halle Berry’s Daughter, Nahla Ariela

Finally!

Even tho Halle Berry gave birth to her first child back in March, a girl she named Nahla Ariela (that she had with her babydaddy Gabriel Aubry), she took great pains to keep the little darling hidden from sight, opting NOT to show off her newborn child in any magazine publication at all. But, at long last, Halle decided it was finally time to bring little Nahla out of hiding and show her off to the world. Here are pics of mother and child enjoying a sunny afternoon at the LA Zoo yesterday afternoon:


O.M.G. Nahla is just the cutest little doll EVER! Look at those eyes … and that smile! She deffo managed to get all the most beautiful parts from both her mommy and her hawt model daddy. She is going to be a stunner when she grows up. I can absolutely respect that Halle wanted to keep Nahla out of the limelight for the first 5 months of her life but I’m glad that she finally decided to bring her out to introduce her to all of us. She’s just way too cute to keep hidden away. Welcome to the world, Nahla.

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Mandy Moore: Just A Girl & Her Guitar

Who needs a man?

This past Monday we saw pics of Mandy Moore making her way thru LAX Airport with a mysterious new fellow in tow (who some readers recognized from the movie Super Troopers) and I speculated that she might’ve found a replacement for her most recent ex-boyfriend Ryan Adams. Today we get new pics of Mandy upon arrival back at LAX without any guy in tow … just her and her guitar:


I wasn’t aware that Mandy knew how to play guitar … perhaps she picked up this new habit from Ryan Adams? Perhaps they once made beautiful music together and now she’s taken to channeling her pain of a love lost thru her instrument? Might we expect a mournful new album of plaintive songs lamenting what could’ve been between R-Andy M-Adams? Am I asking too many questions?

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Sienna Miller Looks Crabby

Is she just pissy or missing her boo?

Sienna Miller was snapped making her way thru parts of West London yesterday afternoon lookin’ like someone peed in her cornflakes. Missy pissy even was so kind as to wave hello to the photogs who were snapping pictures of her:


Could she possibly be totally fed up and upset with all the intense (and sometimes over-the-top) attention her recent antics with the still-married Balthazar Getty have brought down upon her … or might she have just been having a bad day … whadda y’all think?

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Brody Jenner Turns 25 In Cabo San Lucas

With a little help from his friends

Brody Jenner and some of his friends/Hills cohorts trekked on down to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico last weekend to celebrate his 25th birthday at the LG Villa Cabo (his actual birthday was August 21). Here are pics of Brody with his BFFs Frankie Delgado, Lauren LC Conrad and Audrina Patridge soaking up the sun (and very prominently displaying the LG Villa logo) on their little vacay together:


Brody Jenner enjoyed an extended 25th birthday celebration in Cabo San Lucas over the weekend with his Hills castmates in tow. Jenner, along with Lauren Conrad and Audrina Patridge, reveled in all-night partying and daily beach lounging at the LG Villa, a private mansion in the Mexican resort town. The trio, as well as Jenner’s buds Frankie Delgado and Doug Reinhardt, arrived Thurs., Aug. 21—Brody’s actual birthday—and got down to some serious fun. “They went bananas,” a source tells E! News. “They partied until about 3 a.m.—cocktails, birthday cake, in and out of the pool.” The next day was spent surfing and tanning, and then as the sun set, the reality stars headed into downtown Cabo, where they drank with locals before heading back to the estate for another party. “Friday night was crazier—they were up until 8 a.m., beer and margaritas all night,” the spy says. Each of the guys had his own accommodations at the seven-bedroom estate, but Lauren and Audrina opted to share the Honeymoon Suite together. And where was Lo Bosworth in the mix? “Nowhere to be found,” the source said. “Lo doesn’t really know him. It was Brody’s trip, just his close friends,” says the spy.

No word on what, if anything, these folks got paid for this little holiday but if the Hills pay scale trend continues, then we know that poor Frankie didn’t get a dime. After the jump, check out a few of Audrina‘s personal pics from Brody‘s birthday weekend in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico which she posted on her official blogMore »

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Happy Birthday, Moms

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Yesterday afternoon I spent some time hanging out with my parents in celebration of my mom’s upcoming birthday on September 11. Since I won’t be here then, I wanted us to have some alone-time while I am home this visit. I got her a great Coach purse that I think she loved … the poor woman ain’t all about the accessories (like I am) so I wanted to hook her up with something really simple but cute. Hahahaha … this is why it’s great to have a gay son, I think ;)

I hung out afterwards with Sarah and Mark at their place (where I’m staying this visit) and we ordered amazingly delish Jet’s pizza and breadsticks. We ended up watching a horribly edited version of A Nightmare on Elm Street for a while before we decided to call it a day.

This afternoon, we are going out to Sarah’s uncle’s lake house for a pre-Labor Day BBQ with her family … I am very much looking forward to that. My time in Detroit is going way too fast … but I’m loving it.

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Oprah goes for the gold, Amy cancels a gig, Gunn thinks Aniston is 'desperate' looking
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A soldier, the Great Wall and Neil Diamond fans

Here is this week’s batch of photos sent in by Pink is the new Blog readers — Ann sends in a very sweet pic with her boyfriend Mike who has just been deployed to Iraq posing together during his pre-deployment leave — BFFs Megan and Danielle send in a pic from their recent trip to Beijing, China to attend the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, the ladies sent in a great pic from the Great Wall of ChinaCharisse from Vancouver, British Columbia sends in a pic her recent trip to Disneyland to celebrate her sister Charlene‘s 21st birthday — Maddy, my Detroit homegirl, sends in a pic from her cousin Olivia‘s Flirty Thirty birthday weekend in Las Vegas, NV — Susan sends in a pic with her friends Britt and Laura at the recent Neil Diamond concert at Fenway Park in Boston, MA — Andrea, who I recently met in Jackson Hole, WY, sends in her pic from our chance meeting in the town square:


Thank you all, as always, for taking the time to send in your fun and amazing pictures. All of our thoughts, I’m sure, will be with Mike and Ann while he is overseas in Iraq and much love to all y’all for sending in your pics. Keep ‘em comin’, I love them all so much. xoxox

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Les Beckhams And Their ‘Signature’ Style Advert

Hopefully it smells as good as it looks

Yesterday we saw a few pics from Vicki B‘s in-store appearance in Manchester, UK for the release of her new fragrance Signature (we also got an eyeful of her earful of unspecified grossness) and today we get to check out the first TV advert for the fragrance … which features both VB and David Beckham in the ad:


MMMMMM. Looks good. That man is just sex in a suit. Seriously, Becks can sell me anything … you put that man in an ad and I’m buying … lock, stock and barrel, I’m sold :)

After the jump, check out the “making of” video of this TV commercial for SignatureMore »

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Mackenzie Phillips Released From Jail On Bond

Her sad story continues

Fallen star Mackenzie Phillips was released from police custody this past Thursday after her arrest for drug possession at LAX Airport earlier in the week. Mac had to be bailed out by her little sister Bijou Phillips (who, apparently, tried to bail out her older sister on Wednesday but Mac refused to let her, preferring to stay in jail). Here are pics of Mackenzie hiding her head in shame as she left police custody and a few of the really sad deets of her arrest:


TMZ has obtained a copy of the police report written after Mackenzie Phillips’ arrest. The sad headline … when Phillips was strip-searched, an officer noticed track marks on both her arms and asked if she was a diabetic. According to the report, Phillips responded, “No, I am healthy except for my drug problem.” The doc details what TMZ reported earlier today. When Phillips was stopped at the screening station at LAX, she “was continually moving” as TSA employees searched around her pelvic area. Phillips then sat down as the search continued, and, according to the report, “a plastic bag containing an [unknown] white substance later identified and tested…positive for cocaine fell down her right pant leg.” Cops then found heroin and other paraphernalia, when “Phillips then spontaneously said “I’m holding” — slang for saying she has drugs.

This is so incredibly sad … but deffo goes to show that messing around with drugs isn’t cool, nor is it any sort of laughing matter. Just say no, y’all. It’s really disheartening to know that a human being can live in this way. Once you succumb to the temptations and iron grip of drug addiction you basically lose your life, your soul. If anything, mebbe we can learn from mistakes like this … I know that I would never want to live my life like this. Here’s hoping Mackenzie Phillips will be able to get the help she desperately needs. Addicts are never cured but hopefully she’ll be able to better handle her demons, whether she is eventually incarcerated or not. So sad.

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Michael Phelps Goes to Disney World

A homecoming parade in his honor

14-time Olympic Gold Medalist, US swimmer Michael Phelps, was treated to a hero’s welcome at the Magic Kingdom at the Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL during a parade thrown in his honor yesterday afternoon. Here are a few pics of Phelpsie and the 2 most famous mice in the world at yesterday’s event:


Direct from the Beijing Games where he won a record eight Gold Medals, world champion swimmer Michael Phelps celebrated his unprecedented achievement with an all-American homecoming parade in his honor at Walt Disney World Resort. In a star-spangled salute amidst confetti and thousands of flag-waving fans in the Magic Kingdom, Phelps was honored for his record-setting wins and for the spirit in which he captivated the world in his quest for Gold. The 23-year-old from Baltimore beamed as he rode through the park alongside Mickey Mouse, waving to fans who chanted his name. Magic Kingdom guests joined in “America’s Homecoming Parade” for the swimmer who broke records in each event he entered in Beijing. For Phelps, who also was honored in Disney parades at both Walt Disney World in Florida and Disneyland Park in California following the 2004 Summer Games, it was a sweet homecoming to the United States and to see fans who supported him in his quest for Gold in Beijing. “I am so happy to celebrate here and see some of the fans who supported me,” said Phelps. “It’s great to feel so much excitement around the sport of swimming in the U.S. and around the world. To top it all off with a parade at Disney World is just incredible.” During his celebration in the Magic Kingdom, Phelps also took time to meet a group of local swimmers from the central Florida area. The aspiring young swimmers had the chance to talk with Phelps, ask about his record-breaking experiences and see the Gold Medals he won in Beijing. Phelps’ celebration at Walt Disney World is planned to be the next feature on his wildly popular Facebook.com page. Phelps, one of the most popular public figures on the social networking site, has nearly 1.5 million Facebook “fans” who have subscribed to receive his latest news and updates. Phelps said he plans to offer photographs and video of his Walt Disney World visit on his Facebook.com site. Phelps, who has announced he will train for the 2012 Games, now owns the record for most Gold Medals in a single event (8) and for a career (14).

Aww, this is so cute! It’s great to see an athlete of his caliber work so hard for so long and then be able to enjoy the spoils of victory afterward. He really has become a hero to so many folks, both young and old, here in the US and being honored by Disney in this way is truly a unique feat. Congrats! After the jump, check out a short video released by Disney from Phelps‘s Disney Parade yesterday … More »

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40+ Million Watched Barack Obama’s Convention Speech

More watched Obama than the Olympic Opening Ceremonies or the 'American Idol' finale

At last, it would seem that folks here in the US have gotten their priorities straight for once. The New York Times is reporting that at least 40 million folks here in the US tuned in to watch Senator Barack Obama give his nomination acceptance speech at Invesco Field in Denver, CO (which was packed with 80,000 people) on Thursday night to close out the 4-day Democratic National Convention (which means a total 40,800,000 people watched Barack Obama‘s speech in person or on TV alone). In a time where frivolities like American Idol and The Hills seems to rule supreme, more Americans tuned in to watch Obama‘s convention speech than did to even watch the Opening Ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics:


At least 40 million Americans watched Senator Barack Obama accept the Democratic nomination for president Thursday night, a record for convention viewership that exceeded even the expectations of his aides. The historic speech by the first African-American presidential nominee of a major political party reached 38.4 million viewers on 10 broadcast and cable networks, Nielsen Media Research said Friday. PBS estimated that an additional 3.5 million had watched its prime-time coverage. The ratings dwarfed the audience for the Summer Olympics and the season finale of “American Idol” in May, and added to what was already a sense of buoyancy within the Obama campaign that the night had gone better than planned. Despite Republicans’ advance ridicule of the enormous venue, Invesco Field, and the set, an elaborate, columned backdrop, Democrats went to bed having heard terrific reviews of the final night of their convention. Indeed, the backdrop, initially derided as resembling a Greek temple — playing into the Republican line of attack that Mr. Obama’s supporters had deified him — turned out to be something of a hit; television reviewers and commentators praised the overall staging. “The stagecraft was so phenomenal,” Andrea Mitchell said on MSNBC, adding, “I don’t know how they could have done it any better.” The four-night convention was the most-watched since 1960, when Nielsen began measuring the events. The 10 p.m. hour, Eastern time, from Monday to Thursday was viewed by an average of 22.4 million households, Nielsen said, surpassing by half a million the Republican convention of 1976, previously top-rated. The comparisons with prior conventions come with a number of caveats: convention coverage is shown on more channels now, and the coverage is shorter, at least on the broadcast networks. Regardless, Thursday night’s record was surely impressive. The television audience for Mr. Obama’s speech was half again as large as the viewership for the acceptance speeches by President Bush and Senator John Kerry in 2004. “Obama had an opportunity to get his message across to a record-breaking crowd of millions of American voters, and he used it effectively,” said Bill Burton, a spokesman for the campaign. Demonstrating the gradual shift in the political news audience from broadcast to cable, CNN attracted more viewers than any of the broadcast networks during the 10 p.m. hour on Wednesday and Thursday. (Fox News Channel defeated the broadcasters during the Republican convention in 2004.) Mr. Obama’s speech, which he gave in that hour, reached 8.1 million viewers on CNN, 6.6 million on ABC, 6.1 million on NBC, 4.7 million on CBS, 4.2 million on Fox News, and 4.1 million on MSNBC. Other viewers watched on additional channels … online the speech had been viewed more than 300,000 times on YouTube by Friday evening.

I cannot tell you how encouraged by this news I am. I am really comforted by the fact that so many folks here in the US are actually paying attention to this presidential election. I spent the lion’s share of yesterday evening watching various news programs about Obama‘s convention speech and McCain’s VP selection and even Obama‘s detractors had to concede that he gave an amazingly stirring speech. I must add, tho, that in all the coverage I watched about the new Republican nominee for Vice President, Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska, I was very alarmed to learn that prior to McCain picking Palin to be his #2 he had only MET HER IN PERSON ONCE … and that was just earlier THIS YEAR! Oh yes, I learned a lot about the new Republican VP nominee which only solidified my support for my candidate. In any event, again, I’m very encouraged that folks are paying attention to this election and it is my sincere hope that people will continue to educate themselves on the candidates who are campaigning to lead this country.

Click HERE to read the full transcript of Barack Obama‘s DNC nomination acceptance speech. After the jump, watch the You Tube video of his speech in full … More »

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The New ‘Kath & Kim’ Emulates The Old ‘Kath & Kim’

A step in the right direction

NBC has released a new promo pic of Molly Shannon and Selma Blair, in their respective roles as Kathleen ‘Kath’ Darleen Day Knight and Kimberly ‘Kim’ Day Craig, sitting side-by-side in their backyard porch/deck area seeming to emulate the regular closing scene of each ep of the original Aussie version of Kath & Kim … which I think is a very good step in the right direction:


Those familiar with the original Australian version of Kath & Kim know that each ep ends with mother and daughter engaging in a little banter on the back patio (or lanai, if you will) at the close of each episode. It appears that the new US version of the series will be doing the same. This is a good sign, I think. You may recall that we recently got to see new video promos for the show and new pics from filming of the series. All this new Kath & Kim stuff just keeps adding to the anticipation for me. I can’t wait to see this new incarnation of the show … for better or worse, I’m curious as hell. Still no word if the character of Sharon Karen Strzelecki will make it in the new US version … that should determine if NBC has made a fatal error or not.

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Zac Efron Poses For New Promo Pics

Say cheese!

Here are a whole slew of new promo pics of Hollywood “It” Girl Person Zac Efron showing off his ability to ooze charisma for the camera, which you can see HERE.

Smile wit yo eyes, Zac. Do we approve?

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Not All Superheroes Are Created Equal

Some, unfortch, get the short end of the costume stick

The CW has released a few new promo images for the upcoming 8th season of Smallville and I found two particular photos of interest. Here are pics of Justin Hartley as Green Arrow (formerly Aquaman) and Alan Ritchson as Aquaman in their superhero costume finery:


See, this is proof positive that poor costume design can really undo a person’s hotness. Green Arrow doesn’t look too terrible but Aquaman, OY, looks just horrrrible! Tho, on the plus side we can plainly see where Aquaman keeps his trident ;) Granted Aquaman (and other Z-list heroes like hiim) is difficult to make cool and/or sexy but … man, couldn’t they have tried harder. Look at Alan‘s face — even he looks disappointed. I mean, why does Aquaman need sneakers? Hahahaha … I hope these guys are being paid well for this gig. Poor things.

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Gerard Butler Bears His Midriff

Altho inadvertently, still Woot!

Here are a couple pics of Hottie McHotster Gerard Butler walking the streets of SoHo in NYC yesterday afternoon givin’ the world a peek of his fuzzy belly:


Yeah, that’s all I got … he’s a big hunk of sexy man. Ain’t it wonderful what a small gust of wind can do for one’s disposition? Er, I’m talking about my happy disposition, not Gerard‘s seemingly grumpy one. Yummo!

[Photo credit: Bauer-Griffin]

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Xtina’s ‘Inspire’d Fragrance Commercial

She finally gets it right!

Last week we got our first look at the new ad campaign for Xtina Aguilera‘s new perfume which she is calling Inspire and I recall being less than impressed by what I saw. Today we have our first look at the new commercial for the fragrance and altho the bubble theme is still intact, I must say that the look of the ad campaign has been upgraded significantly:


After the jump, check out Xtina‘s new Inspire commercial in full … More »

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Hunter Parrish Joins ‘Spring Awakening’ On Broadway

The Great White Way gets white hawtter!

Hunter Parrish, of Showtime‘s hit series Weeds fame, has officially begun his stint on Broadway as Melchior Gabor in the wildly successful show Spring Awakening. Here are a few pics of Hunter in his turn-of-the-century Melchior duds doin’ his thing:


Hunter Parrish, who was raised in the conservative Texas town of Plano, has played a pot dealer on TV and now has sex on stage. Well, not quite: It’s simulated. But the scene is one of the most talked about in the Tony Award-winning rock musical “Spring Awakening.” “It’s weird to, like, fake sex and put your parts up against someone else’s,” the 21-year-old actor says. “But I figured, ‘You know what? I’m going to be naked every night in New York, I might as well get used to it.’” His role in “Spring Awakening” certainly isn’t the first time Parrish has bared his bottom. In the acclaimed Showtime series “Weeds,” Parrish not only deals drugs and smokes, but also steals and drops trou as Mary-Louise Parker’s oldest son. In real life, though, he’s never inhaled. “I know that if I ever smoked pot I would probably become, like, a total pothead because I think I would like that,” he says. “I have, like, a chill personality, so that’s why I’m never going to start, because I don’t like to be dependent on anything. I don’t even drink coffee.” Never say never — to coffee, at least. Taking the stage eight days a week might wear him down. He could find himself addicted to a good French roast, like any other sleep-deprived Broadway actor in need of a caffeine fix. Parrish stifles a yawn during an interview with The Associated Press at a tapas restaurant in downtown Manhattan. It comes out of nowhere, though, since the rest of the time he’s a verbal dynamo, leaping animatedly into such eclectic topics as his celebrity crush (actress Amanda Seyfried), aversion to organized religion (he says it’s too hypocritical) and decision to wear a black rocker T-shirt instead of a “pretty-boy sweater” to lunch. The night before, he had officially stepped into his role as rebellious schoolboy Melchior Gabor in “Spring Awakening,” an adaptation of Frank Wedekind’s classic German drama about sexually repressed teens. It’s a career-defining move for Parrish, a loving son and liberal Christian, who has a surprisingly potent set of pipes. Again, he’s playing against his wholesome upbringing … Parrish possesses undeniable stage presence, and his angelic features — turquoise-colored eyes, high cheekbones, shaggy blond hair, choirboy smile — pop under bright lights. His singing voice is a rich tenor, gliding easily into falsetto in the ballad “Left Behind.” Producers sneaked him on stage — unofficially — several days ahead of his debut, however, and Parrish was more than a little nervous. “I was petrified! It was petrifying,” he says, but by the second performance, he adds, “I was like, ‘All right man, I’m ready!’ I was eager. That was great, because I just sort of was fueled, you know?” Parrish says Parker, his TV mom, sat in the audience Aug. 18 and ended up in tears. “She came up to my dressing room and she was crying and she was like, ‘I’m so proud of you. I can’t believe that you’re doing this. This is Broadway. You belong here,’” he recalls.

You know, I wasn’t too keen on Spring Awakening when I saw it with the original cast still intact, before it won all of those Tony Awards. For some reason, the show just didn’t grab me … but I can deffo see how Hunter Parrish would fit in perfectly with the cast for this show. Now, I have no idea what his singing sounds like but he deffo has the look to pull off the character. I might be amenable to seeing the show again to give it another go. I must confess, my wanting to see the show again might have more to do with that “butt” scene than anything else but … hey, whatever works, right? Hahahaha!

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Happy Birthday, VLB

The TV Guide

Last night VLB , Tracey, Megan, Sarah and I got together for a belated birthday celebration at The Living Room in Berkley, MI for a fun dinner of pizza and the best martinis in the greater Metro Detroit area. Here are a few of our pics from last night’s fun:


The ladies and I supped on delish pizza and AMAZING maritinis … I swear, The Living Room is one of my fave places in Detroit. It was great catching up with VLB and Megan, who I haven’t seen in ages. We had a great time.

That was pretty much it tho … Sarah and I came back to her place to call it a night. This evening I’m taking my mom out for a birthday dinner and then I’m planning on having another quiet night in. Sarah and Mark are going to a concert so I’m gonna chill on my own, get some reading done and then hang out with them after they get home. The weekend is upon us … it’s gonna be a good one. Woot!

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Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel Can’t Hide Their Lurve For One Another

Takin' it to the streets

Here are a few pics of lurvers Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel making a very public show of affection towards one another (ie. suckin’ face) in front of Bisazza furniture store in LA yesterday afternoon after they spent quite a bit of time shopping inside together:


Look at that … so in lurve, so happy to show how in lurve they are. It’s precious! I find it interesting that the pair were shopping for new furniture together … perhaps because they are planning to move in together … perhaps because they may be planning a wedding sometime soon as I recently speculated they might? Whatevs, I like these two together … Jessica makes a great match for JT. I think she softens him up a bit. He’s been walking around like he’s got a huge stick up his butt for far too long … I think Jessica Biel is very good for him.

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M.I.A. Will Make Music Again

Hallelujah!

In mid-June, the amazing artist M.I.A. played one of her usual stunning shows at Day 2 of the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, TN and announced from the stage that that performance was her “last show” ever, implying that she was forever quitting the music biz. In a new interview, M.I.A. confirms that she did intend to stop making music after her Bonnaroo performance but has since changed her mind:


MIA has spoken out about her comments onstage at Bonnaroo in June, when she told the audience that the slot was her last gig ever. The Brooklyn-based Sri Lankan said “It was my last ever show. And it still is. I stopped touring after that and I didn’t want to make music again. I was quite happy to just leave it all behind. I was happy with what I had achieved.” As previously reported, the rapper cancelled her summer tour of the UK, and while onstage at Bonnaroo said “This is my last show, and I’m glad I’m spending it with all my hippies.” But it seems she’s finding it hard to stay away from music, and is currently planning her new record after enjoying massive success with her song ‘Paper Planes’ in the US. “With the success of ‘Paper Planes’, there’s pull for me to make another record. Even my mum believes in me more” she told Entertainment Weekly. “It’s a nice encouragement. But I was planning my life as a fishing woman on the outskirts of Cambodia. That’s a joke.” She also says if she had permanently quit the music business, that a foray into the film world was likely to have been her next step. “I think I would have gone and made a film. As an artist you want to play around with mediums and see if you can get the point across in a different way. I wanted to stay an outsider and prolong the process of getting accepted.”

Praise sweet baby Jebus, this is great news. M.I.A. is one of those artists who is far too creative to stop making her art. She is just so talented, it would’ve been a damn shame if she had decided to stop making music altogether. This is really great news, I’m glad to hear that we can expect to hear more from her in the future (that being said, I hope she does make a foray into film in addition to making more music, I think she’d do well in that arena as well). I suppose a movie like Pineapple Express (which used her brilliant song Paper Planes to promote the movie and shoot the track into the public consciousness) does have its merits. Wee!

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Daddy Duff Busted!

Another Hollywood "It" Girl father arrested; now with mugshot!

First it was Alan Panettiere, father of Hollywood “It” Girl Hayden Panettiere, who was arrested earlier this month (for alleged spousal assault) and now Robert Duff, father of Hollywood “It” Girl Hilary Duff, who has gotten himself arrested. What gives?


A judge in Texas has ordered the father of actress and singer Hilary Duff to spend 10 days in jail for contempt of court. Bob Duff was led away in handcuffs Wednesday during a court hearing after Judge Thomas Stansbury in Houston determined he violated an injunction against selling assets without court approval. The Houston Chronicle reported in its online edition that Bob Duff must pay into a court repository $367,537 he earned from selling stocks last month. Bob Duff’s attorney Robert Piro said his client would post bond and file an appeal. Bob and Susan Duff are in the midst of a bitter divorce. Stansbury determined Bob Duff should pay Susan $12,500 for Hilary’s birthday party, which was the subject of the hearing. Her mother wanted $25,000 to pay for a present and party.

Ew, I really hope this isn’t a new trend in Hollywood. And I suppose we shouldn’t forget that Michael Lohan, father of Hollywood “It” Girl Lindsay Lohan, was the first Hollywood dad to get busted and thrown into jail for crimes and misdemeanors. Who’d a thunk that it’d be the dads and not the wild children getting busted all over the place?

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Vicki B. Releases Her ‘Signature’ Scent

Forgets to clean her ears

Vicki B was on hand at Harvey Nichols in Manchester, UK yesterday to make an in-store appearance for the launch of her newest fragrance called Signature. VB was an angelic vision in white as she stepped out in front of the cameras for yesterday’s in-store event …


… but upon closer inspection, it was discovered that VB (presumably in her haste to make sure that her outfit, make-up and hair were perfectly styled) seems to have overlooked one teeny little detail in her personal cleaning process. Homegirl totally forgot to scrape the gross crud in her ear before she stepped out in front of the cameras … I must warn y’all … it’s gross. After the jump, check out just how gross her ear looked … More »

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Governor Sarah Palin For Vice President?

The 'New York Times' reports McCain has chosen a female running mate

The New York Times is reporting that Senator John McCain will choose Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate, making her only the second woman to be nominated for Vice President of the United States of America (Democrat Walter Mondale chose Geraldine Ferraro to be his running mate back in 1984, she was the first):


Senator John McCain chose Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska as his running mate on Friday, shaking up the political world with a surprise pick at a time when his campaign has been trying to attract women, especially disaffected supporters of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. In choosing Ms. Palin — a 44-year-old conservative Christian and self-described “hockey mom” who has been governor for less than two years — the McCain campaign reached far outside the Beltway in an election where the Democratic nominee, Senator Barack Obama, is running on a platform of change. The pick, confirmed by Republicans familiar with the decision, amounted to a roll of the dice, a gamble that an infusion of new leadership — and the novelty of the Republican party’s first female candidate for vice president — would more than compensate for the risk that Ms. Palin could undercut one of the McCain campaign’s central arguments, their claim that Mr. Obama is too inexperienced to be president. But Ms. Palin ran as a change agent when she was elected as governor of Alaska in 2006, and in a move that might have appealed to Mr. McCain, she took political heat from members of her own party for turning the spotlight on the failures of Alaska Republicans, some of whom had been beset by corruption scandals. She opposes abortion rights, which could help pacify social conservatives who were wary as rumors swirled that Mr. McCain might pick a running mate who supports them. But she differs with Mr. McCain on a controversial environment issue that centers on her home state: she supports drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve. Mr. McCain’s opposition to drilling — even after he changed positions and began advocating for off-shore oil drilling — has upset many Republicans. The choice of Ms. Palin was a closely guarded secret, and she flew under the political radar for months as Mr. McCain conducted his search for a running mate. Much of the public discussion in recent days had focused on Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and Mr. McCain’s one-time rival for the Republican nomination; Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota; Tom Ridge, the former Homeland Security secretary, and Senator Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut, the Democrat-turned-independent who was Al Gore’s running mate in 2000.

I gotta say, this choice was well-played by McCain. It’s a risky move, especially considering that he and she don’t have much in common. I was sure that McCain was going to pick either the turncoat Joseph Lieberman or the extremely scary Mitt Romney. I guess McCain felt that he needed to choose a running mate with a gimmick to try and bolster support for his campaign — a Pro-Life soccer mom who supports oil drilling in Alaska (one of our nation’s most valued natural resources), who won her governorship (an office she has held for LESS than 2 years) by denouncing her fellow Republicans (who, in her defense, were corrupt), was nicknamed “Sarah Barracuda” in high school and was first runner-up in the Miss Alaska Beauty Pageant back in 1984, when Geraldine Ferraro was the Vice Presidential nominee for the Democratic Party. Yeah, good luck with that :) This race for the White House just got a wee bit more interesting.

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Barack Obama Formally Accepts The Nomination

'America, we are better than these last eight years.'

It’s official. Senator Barack Obama, from the State of Illinois, has formally accepted the nomination by the Democratic Party as candidate for President of the United States of America. On the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr‘s I Have A Dream speech, Obama delivered a thundering speech (wherein he formally accepted his party’s nomination and explained to the crowd,the country as a whole and the world how he plans to bring change to the US) at Invesco Field in Denver, CO to close out the Democratic National Convention last night. Here are a few pics of Obama delivering his speech and a pic of Obama with his wife Michelle and his running mate Joe Biden (with his wife Jill) as they stepped forward together, into history, on the way to the campaign trail:


Barack Obama accepted the Democratic Party presidential nomination on Thursday, declaring that the “American promise has been threatened” by eight years under President Bush and that John McCain represented a continuation of policies that undermined the nation’s economy and imperiled its standing around the world. The speech by Senator Obama, in front of an audience of nearly 80,000 people on a warm night in a football stadium refashioned into a vast political stage for television viewers, left little doubt how he intended to press his campaign against Mr. McCain this fall. In cutting language, and to cheers that echoed across the stadium, he linked Mr. McCain to what he described as the “failed presidency of George W. Bush” and — reflecting what has been a central theme of his campaign since he entered the race — “the broken politics in Washington.” “America, we are better than these last eight years,” he said. “We are a better country than this.” But Mr. Obama went beyond attacking Mr. McCain by linking him to Mr. Bush and his policies. In the course of a 42-minute speech that ended with a booming display of fireworks and a shower of confetti, he offered searing and far-reaching attacks on his presumptive Republican opponent, repeatedly portraying him as the face of the old way of politics and failed Republican policies. He said Mr. McCain was out of touch with the problems of everyday Americans. “It’s not because John McCain doesn’t care,” he said. “It’s because John McCain doesn’t get it.” And he went so far as to attack the presumed strength of Mr. McCain’s campaign, national security. “You know, John McCain likes to say that he’ll follow bin Laden to the gates of hell, but he won’t even follow him to the cave where he lives,” he said. The speech loomed as arguably Mr. Obama’s most important of the campaign to date. It was an opportunity to present himself to Americans just now beginning to tune in on this campaign, to make the case against Mr. McCain and to offer what many Democrats say he has failed to offer to date: an idea of what he stands for, beyond a promise of change. To that end, he emphasized what he described as concrete steps he would take to address the anxieties of working-class Americans, promising tax cuts for the middle class and pledging to wean the country from dependence on Middle East oil within 10 years to address high fuel prices. With the speech, Mr. Obama closed out his party’s convention here and prepared for a quick shift of public attention to the Republicans as Mr. McCain moved to name his running mate and his party got ready for its convention in St. Paul on Monday. He delivered it in a most unconventional setting, becoming the third nominee of a major party in the nation’s history to leave the site of his convention to give his acceptance speech at a stadium. In this case, it was Invesco Field, set against the Rockies and about a mile from the arena where he had been nominated the night before. His aides chose the stadium to signal a break from typical politics and to permit thousands of his supporters from across the country to hear him speak. And it came on a night that offered — by the coincidence of scheduling — a reminder of the historic nature of the Obama candidacy: 45 years to the day after the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech on the Mall in Washington. Mr. Obama is the first African-American to be nominated for the White House by a major party, a fact that, for all its significance, has been barely mentioned over the course of this four-day gathering. Even in invoking the anniversary of the King speech, Mr. Obama only alluded to race. But he quoted a famous phrase from Dr. King’s address to reinforce a central theme of his own speech. “America, we cannot turn back,” Mr. Obama said. “Not with so much work to be done.”

Wow. I must admit, hearing Obama‘s speech gave me chills … and it had a strong significance for me. When Dr. King spoke of his Dream 45 years ago, it occurred to me that he was speaking of just this moment in time … when our country can finally realize that all men are created equal. I don’t know about y’all but I can deffo feel the winds of change blowin’ … and it’s about time. I remember when Governor Bill Clinton accepted his nomination for President of the United States back in 1992 … I could feel it then that he was going to win the presidency and put our country back on course. I got that same feelin’ this time, y’all … and it’s an amazing feeling … it’s called Hope.

After the jump, watch the entirety of Barack Obama‘s acceptance speech in case you missed it last night or want to hear it again … More »

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Kate Moss: Golden Girl

Literally

Remember THIS statue of Kate Moss? Well, I guess it was time for an upgrade:


She’s been immortalized in bronze, painted in oils and photographed all over the world. Now Kate Moss – fashion icon, mother and long time paparazzi favourite – has been paid the kind of compliment normally reserved for Egyptian queens and mythological goddesses. She has been sculpted in gold. A new statue of the controversial model is to unveiled at the British museum for an exhibition in October. The 34-year-old will join some of the nation’s other great treasures, including a centuries old statue of a naked Aphrodite, on loan from the Queen. This is the first teasing glimpse of the £1.5million likeness of Kate, one of a series by Marc Quinn, the artist responsible for the ‘Alison Lapper Pregnant’ sculpture that adorned the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square for 20 months. The museum released only a detail of the Kate Moss work in the hope that the full image could remain private until its unveiling. The statue, entitled ‘Siren’, depicts her in a yoga contortion. If it follows the theme of his previous Kate Moss works, it will place her feet somewhere near her ears and leave various other bits of her leotard-clad body inelegantly exposed to public gaze. The statue is said to be the largest of its kind since ancient Egyptian times. It is fashioned from solid gold. But because the statue is hollow, it weighs only 50 kilograms (110 lb) – possibly a little more than the waif-like subject on which it is modeled.

Um … why Kate Moss? Why not, say, Bea Arthur? Seriously. Anyone?

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‘The Hills’ Does ‘TV Guide’

Team LC vs. Team Heidi -- Go, Team, Go!

Team LCLauren LC Conrad, Lo Bosworth, Audrina Patridge — suit up! Team HeidiHeidi Montag and Spencer Pratt — get on the field! All ya’ll are featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of TV Guide magazine, behold:


Hills, Hills, Hills — they’re everywhere! You gotta admit, tho, this photoshoot is way cute. We’ve been hearing about Team LC and Team Heidi for years … this is the first time they posed for a pic like this, I think it’s brills. Right? Even the haters have to recognize this is a fun magazine spread.

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Playtime With The Joker

Collector fanboys, take note

Here are a few pics of the new Joker action figure from Batman: The Dark Knight, created by Hot Toys, which is about to hit the market … I’m just amazed at how much this little figure looks exactly like Heath Ledger. I mean, I know that action figures are supposed to look like the actors who play their characters but that isn’t always the case … in this instance, the likeness is uncanny:


Hot Toys is releasing a 1/6th scale figure of The Joker in “Bank Robber” mode. The figure stands 12-inches tall, features 32-points of articulation, and comes with a choice of two removable heads, one with a huge grin, the other with the slicked back hair. Accessories include a removable clown mask, handgun, a bigger gun, duffle bag, smoke and fragmentation grenades, playing cards, gotham city money and more.

Click HERE to see more photos of this action figure, it’s really very remarkably made. I have a pretty good feeling that Heath would’ve gotten a real kick out of this action figure had he been able to see while he still lived. I think it’s a pretty cool tribute to the chilling character that he portrayed in The Dark Knight. Well done.

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‘Kath & Kim’ Film New Scenes

It's a mall world

Molly Shannon and Selma Blair, stars of the new US version of the outrageously hilarious Aussie comedy Kath & Kim, were spied shooting new scenes for the first season of their new series. The gals were snapped filming a scene (with the actor who plays Kel) on an escalator at a SoCal shopping mall (the Burbank Town Center?) yesterday afternoon … take a look:


You may recall that I recently posted a few promo vid clips of the new US version of Kath & Kim which give us a good feel for what’s in store with this new incarnation of the show. It’s really hard to judge comedy from just pics like these so I am still reserving judgment on the show until it debuts on NBC this October. I dunno tho … there seems to be an awful lot of American Apparel being used in this new series. I don’t know if that is a good thing or a bad thing.

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Michael Phelps Does CBS’s ‘Early Show’

America's golden boy makes the media rounds

14-time Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps, fresh from his stunning performance at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China, paid a visit to the CBS Early Show this morning to talk about his amazing achievements and to fill us in on what he’s been doing since he won 8 Gold Medals at the Olympic Games just weeks ago. Here are a few pics from Phelpsie‘s appearance this morning:


Michael Phelps is enjoying some downtime after his historic performance at the Summer Olympics in Beijing. The champion swimmer won more gold medals at one Olympics, eight, than anyone ever had, surpassing the mark of seven set by fellow American swimmer Mark Spitz. Phelps also set seven world records in Beijing, and has 16 Olympic medals in all, 14 of them gold. Phelps just got back to the United States, and says the attention he’s getting, while expected, is still surprising. “It’s kind of strange,” he told co-anchor Maggie Rodriguez on The Early Show plaza Thursday — as soon as we walked off of the plane, people were doing double-takes. It’s kind of fun to watch people’s reactions. But I’m enjoying every minute along the way, and I’m just having fun.” Phelps says he’s “just trying to take it all in and remember every experience I’ve had.” He says in his blog that he couldn’t wait to be on the plane home from overseas and just relax. And, he told Rodriguez, he’s had “a little R&R here and there, but I think, over the next month-and-a-half, I’ll be able to settle down a little bit more and hopefully get settled in my new place and have some downtime.” And that includes no workouts for awhile. Phelps already has his sights set on the Games in London in four years, but says he won’t be training “for the next few months. Just taking some time off. Actually, I haven’t exercised at all since my last day of competition (over a week ago). But I think I need to start doing something. I’m getting kind of antsy just sitting around!” Phelps says all that’s happened hasn’t really hit him yet: “In Beijing, I had to really focus on one event at a time. And once that event was done, I had to put it behind me. That’s just sort of where my mind frame was during the meet. And once it was over, I don’t think everything has really set in, but I think, over the next few months and years, I think it really will set in, and I’m proud of everything that I’ve done and I’m happy I had this opportunity” … Phelps was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated with all eight of his gold medals around his neck, in a shot reminiscent of the one of Mark Spitz on the cover of the same magazine after Spitz’ Olympic wins. And Phelps says of the shot, “The medals are a little crooked, but it’s a cool shot. When I first was taking it, I had never had them all on at once, and I never realized how heavy it was. But it was a fun picture, and I’m glad I was able to take it like that. It looks pretty cool, I think” … Phelps wouldn’t tell Rodriguez whether he’s seeing anyone at the moment, saying he wants to keep that part of his life private.

Awww, there is something really endearing in Phelps‘s geeky, awkwardness. That boy is all teeth and ears … oh, and Gold Medals. And don’t you just love that he’s keepin’ mum on his private life? Clearly he doesn’t want to fuel the flames of goss that has been going on since THESE photos came out. He is such a tease. Additionally, it has been announced that Michael Phelps will be the host of the season premiere of Saturday Night Live:

Michael Phelps is continuing his dominance out of the water — he’ll host the season premiere of Saturday Night Live on September 13, NBC announced Wednesday. Rapper Lil Wayne will join the Olympic swimmer — who won eight gold medals in Beijing — as musical guest. Phelps, 23, will also be a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Monday. Last week, Phelps landed a book deal for his memoir, titled Built to Succeed.

Even in his downtime, Phelpsie is still keepin’ bizzy. He’s great. I can’t wait to see him on SNL. Do we think he’ll manage to pull it off?

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W.A.B.

The TV Guide

Last night I met up with Erik and Steve at their place for a little hanging out session … we decided to head on out to the Woodward Aveue Brewery for drinks an conversation. It was a short visit but we did manage to get all caught up on what is going on in all our lives. It’s been ages since I’ve been to the WAB (we used to go there after kickball games back in the day and I even had a birthday party there once) so it was nice to go back. I really like what they’ve done with the place:


I’ve always been impressed with the graffiti in the WAB restroom :) They also added a b&w photobooth … I’m gonna have to get Sarah there so we can take some fun new pics.

So … yeah, that was my day. It rained here last night … which was actually nice. I’m really enjoying my time here in D-Town. Tonight, a whole bunch of us are meeting up for drinks and such to celebrate VLB’s belated birthday … should be fun. I may have to pass thru Somerset Mall as well … to uh, shop for gifts … yeah, that’s it ;)

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This Episode Of ‘Project Runway’ Sponsored By Saturn

ATTENTION: 'PROJECT RUNWAY' SPOILER ALERT WARNING

Last night’s ep of Project Runway, which challenged the designers to fashion a garment out of some very unlikely materials, was pretty entertaining despite all the product placement. While the ep was VERY CLEARLY a thinly-veiled advertisement for PR sponsor Saturn Automotive, it did provide the contestants with a pretty difficult, IMHO, challenge:


Last night’s ep also featured a very special guest judge (which was a very nice surprise, I might add) in addition to the regularly scheduled guest judge for this particular challenge. After the jump, find out who was in, who was out and who managed to find the drive to step up and shine in the episode titled Fashion That Drives YouMore »

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Nina Garcia Releases ‘The One Hundred’

Her new 'Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own'

Elle magazine Editor at Large, soon-to-be Fashion Director for Marie Clare magazine and Project Runway judge, Nina Garcia was on hand at Saks Fifth Avenue in NYC last night for an in-store book signing/release party for her new book The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own. Here are a few pics from Nina‘s in-store appearance last night:


Aww, Nina looks great … I’m so glad to hear that she is keeping herself bizzy in between gigs at Elle magazine and Marie Claire magazine in addition to her work on Project Runway. I’m also very excited about this new book especially since Miss Nina very graciously gave both Pink is the new Blog and Jossip shout-outs as 2 of her fave websites …


… quite an honor, indeed. I’ve yet to read The One Hundred but I deffo plan to … her first book, The Little Black Book of Style, was a really great, informative read. Nina Garcia rules, y’all … and she’s got great taste :)

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First Listen: Jessica Simpson’s ‘Do You Know’

Come on over

It looks like Jessica Simpson‘s transition from Pop star to Country star is nearly complete. In the past few weeks, Jess has been on the road playing to new fans at various country and state fairs and, for some reason, casinos as well. Here are a few pics of Jessica‘s performance at Niagara Falls Fallsview Casino last night:


If you are lucky enough to live in the greater Niagra Falls area, you can catch Jessica‘s second show at Fallsview Casino tonight. It was very nice of Jessica‘s aunt Myrtle to lend her this lovely dress for her casino performance. Incidentally, Jessica will be gracing the Detroit area next month by performing a show at Caesar’s Palace Casino in Windsor, Canada … get your tix while you can! After the jump, get your first listen to Jessica‘s new album Do You KnowMore »

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Who Is This Unmasked Man?

A peek at what could've been

Okay, no hints … can you guess who this man is?


If you take a good look at the man’s facial features, I think you can deduce who it is. After the jump, find out if you’re correct … More »

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Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth Do ‘Entertainment Weekly’

Back to School

Former on and off-screen friends/rivals/enemies Shannen Doherty and Jennie Garth have, apparently, buried the hatchet and grown into maturity … at least, that’s the way it seems to have turned out now that the ladies are working together again, co-starring on the new Beverly Hills, 90210 spin-off series that will debut on The CW next Tuesday, 09.02. Shannen and Jennie are both featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine … here is their cover photo and some excerpts from their joint interview with the mag:


EW: Did you ever think the two of you would be sitting here talking about playing Brenda Walsh and Kelly Tay­lor again?

Jennie Garth and Shannen Doherty: [In uni­son] No.

Garth: I thought [Beverly Hills, 90210] had a beginning, middle, and an end. It was very neatly in its coffin and it was done. When they told me they were do­ing it, I thought: No! Like something sort of sacred was being disrupted. Some part of who I was and a piece of my history was being messed with. It took me a while to settle into that idea.

Doherty: Early on, my publicist got a call asking her “Would she do it?” I was kind of like, Why would I play Brenda Walsh again? There was an “I Hate Brenda” newsletter. Why would I pos­sibly get myself back into that? I think it was too scary for me. I didn’t want to go back to people hating me. It just wasn’t something that I considered for a good chunk of time. At some point it hit me that this is what the fans want­ed. They put a roof over my head. They allow me to eat and to feed my dogs. The only reason I survive is because of them. If there’s one way to possibly say thank you, it is to go back and play a character that you never even liked yourself.

EW: You didn’t like Brenda?

Doherty: There were parts of Brenda I loved. They just took her in a really odd direction that I didn’t necessarily agree with at the time. I still kind of look back and think, Eh, it’s not what I would have done, but I understand. Every show has to have that character full of teenage angst and drama. I think she was driven by insecurity that was at the root of everything.

EW: The other day you had your first scene together in 14 years. When did you last see each other before the scene and what was it like shooting together again?

Doherty: [Laughs] Oh, God. When was it? Ten years ago? I don’t know. A long time. I can only speak for myself, but being with someone I knew made it easier for me my first day on set. At least for me there was an appreciation that we’d been through the first 90210 together and now we’re going through it again, but in such a different way be­cause we’re both adults now. The only weird thing was while we were trying to catch up everyone was watching us. Every single eyeball was on us. I don’t know what they were expecting. I was more interested in talking to her about Dancing With the Stars. I thought she did an amazing job.

Garth: There had been so much buildup. Everyone was asking me before what it was going to be like. I was like, “I don’t know. I haven’t talked to her in 10 or 15 years.” I had that tension and I started to let it get to me. Is she going to be nice? Is it going to be a bad envi­ronment? But when I saw her every­thing was fine. [To Shannen] I was go­ing to call you and tell you this—I got your number from Gabe but I never called. I felt a certain comfort too in having you there and I did not think I would feel that way. It was at some point around 2 a.m., and I felt like it’s so nice to have someone here who is a partner, someone who knew where we’d been and what it was like with the real show.

Doherty: I think when you’re 18, your per­sonalities conflict, and then you meet up 10 or 15 years later and the playing ground is totally different and you’re fine. Like Jennie said, of course there were nerves going in. But half of it was the buildup everyone else put on it. When I was driving to the set I was get­ting phone calls, and I finally turned my phone off because I thought, I have to go in there with a completely fresh attitude and start over and give everybody a chance and everybody has to give me a chance. Once I was able to turn all of that off, the first moment I saw her it was like, Okay, this is going to be good. It was like, “Hey.” Then a hug. It’s like going to a war together. You’ve already been in the trenches together. You learned so much from that first war. That second war, you know what you need to do to make the set the most peaceful environ­ment you can possibly have.

EW: Okay, but back to the fistfight: fact or fiction?

Garth: I don’t think we ever hit each other.

Doherty: We had our moments.

Garth: I just remember being outside and the boys having to try to settle us down.

Doherty: No, we never punched each other.

Garth: Scratching? I’m not going to deny that.

OMG! Love.It! I think it’s neat that the girls are all chummy-chummy again … and I love that they are finally talking about the drama from the old days (something they never did publicly back in the day) before new drama has a chance to spring up (scratching?! love it love it love it). There may have not been any punches thrown last time but who knows what might happen if the girls start misbehaving again. After the jump, find out what Shannen thought about her portrayal in Tori Spelling‘s book sTORI Telling and check out a few photos (and video) from Shannen and Jennie‘s EW photoshoot … More »

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Lindsay Lohan, Samantha Ronson Fire Back At Michael Lohan

Take it to the blogosphere

Michael Lohan is at it again. As the estranged father of Lindsay Lohan, Daddy Lohan has started talking to the press again in order to try and whip up some media attention for himself. Michael decided to go to the media with his latest grievance — he believes that Samantha Ronson, Lindsay‘s constant companion, is planning to write a tell-all book to cash in on her relationship with Lindsay. In response, both Lindsay and Samantha both refute his claim and have fired back responses to Daddy Lohan each on their official My Space profiles, natch:


Looks like the reconciliation has officially ended. Lindsay Lohan is lashing out at her often-estranged dad, Michael, who has been openly critical of her relationship with Samantha Ronson … Lingering tensions came to head this week, when Michael Lohan dissed Ronson in the media. “Samantha is using my daughter,” he told E! News, as reports swirled that Ronson was planning a tell-all memoir. “People never even knew who Samantha Ronson was until she met Lindsay. She was just some Los Angeles DJ. And now she’s writing a book?”

Oh yeah, this didn’t sit well with either Linds or Sam who, apparently, weren’t interested in letting Daddy Lohan have the final word. After the jump, read both of their My Space responses to Michael Lohan‘s claim/sad cry for media attention … More »

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Heidi Montag Releases ‘Overdosin’ … Take Two

The fixed, final version of her new music video

After a false start earlier this week, Heidi Montag‘s new music video for her latest single Overdosin’ finally appears ready for public consumption. As you may recall, Heidi unleashed her Overdosin’ music video on her official website on Tuesday (after she announced it would be released on Monday) … but unfortch, the syncing was way off and the video was practically unwatchable. Late in the day, Heidi issued an apology for the poor quality of that video. Today, it seems that the probs with the vid have been fixed, here is the final version of her new music video for Overdosin’:


Yep, the music and the video are now properly synced, this is the way the music video was always meant to look … do y’all think it’s an improvement?

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Robert Buckley Takes A Stroll In NYC

Just plain hot

Here are a few pics of Lipstick Jungle hottie Robert Buckley taking a leisurely stroll thru the SoHo district of NYC this week … behold:


Fully clothed, the man is still smokin’. I think he absolutely deserves a Woot! Woot!

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Guess Who Has A High Opinion Of Himself

No surprise here

Pink reader Heather gave me the head’s up on this one … can you guess which new reality TV “star” has launched his own website which features a very humble bio in the About Me section of his site. Here is the full text of this person’s bio with only his name and the name of his reality TV series removed:

Strikingly handsome, athletic, and intelligent, _____________ is a gentleman with a strong drive for success in all aspects of his life. His sense of humor is contagious and his charm is breathtaking. ____ has always had strong morals and set his goals early in life.

____ started playing organized baseball at 4 years old. Throughout his high school years, he gained an enormous respect for the sport. ____’s passion for baseball ultimately leads him to turn down a baseball scholarship with USC to sign with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as their 8th pick. His experience with the Angels has been extremely positive and has further inspired him to pursue his life-long goal to continue his career as a Professional Baseball Player. In 2007, ____ signed with the Baltimore Orioles, where he played for the season.

Currently, ____ is recovering from a knee injury while attending Pepperdine University. Pursuing his academic goals is just as important as professional baseball. ____ will also be featured as a new cast member in ________.

Additionally, ____ diligently works to promote the success of the business he developed called Fun Facter. ____ serves as Chief Executive Officer of FUGEN Mobile, LLC and Fun Facter, LLC. ____ focuses on the core strategy of FUGEN Mobile and its ability to offer a complete mobile solution. In his role as CEO of Fun Facter he manages the deployment of new products and services and direct to consumer advertising strategies. Fun Facter creates, publishes and distributes across the US a broad range of premium mobile content, including SMS alerts, music, graphics, games and mobile community services. Founded in November 2005 Fun Facter, LLC is emerging as a leading mobile phone entertainment provider.

Furthermore, ____ works with Entrepreneurial Properties Corporation where he is involved in multi-family real estate investments. ____ conducts extensive research and analysis of various metropolitan areas in the Midwest and Southwest to determine their investment potential.

After the jump, find out who it is … More »

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Former ‘Top Chef’ Contestant Busted!

Marcel cooks up some trubs

More DUI Busted! news from TMZ this afternoon … Top Chef season 2 runner up Marcel Vigneron got his ass arrested for alleged drunk driving this past weekend in SoCal. If memory serves, Marcel wasn’t very well liked by his Top Chef cohorts … somewhere Ilan (season 2 winner) is laughing his ass off while judge Tom Colicchio is prolly shaking his head in disappointment:


The most-hated bad boy in the history of reality cooking shows just spent some time in the cooler for allegedly consuming a little too much of the good stuff. Marcel Vigneron — the runner-up in “Top Chef” season two — was pinched early Saturday morning on suspicion of DUI off the PCH in Laguna Beach. Marcel was initially stopped for speeding, but after showing signs of intoxication he was given a blood test and was taken into custody. Bail was set at $2,500.

Apparently, the OC Register was the one who first reported this arrest. You know, Marcel was a bit of a jerk during his season of Top Chef but he was pretty good at his craft. Ah well, I guess we know what he’s been up to since his days on the show. I say, throw the book at him!

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A New Britney Spears ‘Tell-All’ Book Is On The Way

Trying to steal Mama Lynne Spears's thunder?

Mama Lynne Spears ain’t the only person releasing a new book that is seeking to try and capitalize on the Britney Spears craze (or should I say, the once-crazed Britney Spears) … In Touch Weekly has the inside scoop on a new “tell-all” book titled Stalking Britney: Britney Under Siege which was written by an author/journalist named Ian Halperin who followed Britney undercover for 18-months as a photographer. HMMM. I wonder what Mama Lynne, who was snapped making her way out of STK restaurant in LA last night with an entourage of her own, thinks about this new book:


Looking healthier and acting more rationally than she has in years, Britney Spears seems well on the road to recovery, but a new book Stalking Britney: Britney Under Siege by author Ian Halperin cautions that the 26-year-old may not be out of the woods yet. “She’s on a high right now, but her life goes in circles,” investigative journalist Ian Halperin says in an interview with In Touch. “It’s like a roller coaster ride. She’s a person who is highly sensitive, and just one little thing could set her off.” In his explosive upcoming tell-all book, Stalking Britney: Britney Under Siege, the New York Times bestselling author explores the secret pain that he alleges drove Britney to attempt suicide four times following her split from ex-husband Kevin Federline. Halperin researched this sensational book during 18 months undercover as a photographer. The pressures of her career — which began at 12 as one of the youngest cast members on The New Mickey Mouse Club — led to her deep insecurities. “At 15, she had a huge breakdown and had to return home to Louisiana,” he reveals. “She was very insecure and felt like she wasn’t pretty.” But rather than get help, Britney focused on her outward appearance: “She went on a huge diet.” Today, Britney is on medication, but Halperin believes she’s far from recovered. “There’s no doubt, based on the last two years, that she is a highly unstable person,” he observes. “She’s on a temporary high right now, but she’s never really dealt with all the problems she had. I don’t think it’s possible to turn over a new leaf just like that.” Yet as far as Halperin is concerned, Britney deserves to get better — and to lead a happy life. She’s a “good mother, and a good person,” he says. “In fact, she’s nicer than most of the stars I’ve met. But as Britney once told me herself, her life has always been two steps forward, followed by one step back.”

Sensationalistic, much? I think I’ll hold out for Lynne Spears‘s book Through the Storm: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World which is due out in a few weeks. Junk like this comes out every day, it’s not often that moms of celebs sell them out for a quick buck ;)

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Where A Kid Can Be A Kid

The TV Guide

Yesterday afternoon I got to spend some time with Tracey and my goddaughter Zakiya for the first time since I arrived home here in Detroit. I had a bunch of really fun little gifts for Z from London, Paris and Jackson Hole, WY … I think she liked her cowgirl leather vest the best, she kept saying to anyone who would listen, “I’m a cowgirl! Yee haw!” Seriously, it was adorable:


We took Princess Z to Chuck E. Cheese’s for a little birthday part of her own and she had a blast. She spent all of her tokens on rides galore, she was in heaven. I was a bit dismayed to see that Chuck E. Cheese has really become a diluted version of its former self. I remember when the first Chuck E. Cheese opened in Detroit when I was a wee child (actually, if memory serves, Showbiz Pizza Place came out first … or at least, I preferred Showbiz over Chuck E‘s but the big Cheese ended up winning the battle for supremacy) … it was a much more elaborate experience. The show was better, the prizes were better … but, in defense of the new Chuck E. Cheese franchise, all games and rides cost one token. In an age where video games cost $1 or even $2, this was a nice surprise. I also enjoyed the Monkey Ninja cartoons that they played — they were actually very funny (check them out HERE). But I’m way digressing … Tracey, Z and I had a blast last night. Zakiya also got a whole bunch of really cute clothes so I’m looking forward to seeing really cute pics of my growing little girl very soon.

That was pretty much my day … tonight I’m meeting up with Erik for food and hanging out. I also decided to stay in Detroit for one extra day so I can really enjoy the weekend here in the D to its fullest.

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MTV wants Jacko, NBC wins the gold, Ryan Adams: author
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All 4 ‘American Idol’ Judges Smile For The Cameras

What, us worry?

The judges of American Idol, including the newest 4th judge Kara DioGuardi who was announced as the show’s newest addition this past Monday, were all on hand in NYC yesterday for contestant auditions for the upcoming 8th season. Naturally, everyone was all smiles for the cameras with each of the previous judges offering assurances that all is well on AI and that everyone is happy/excited/thrilled/elated/etc. to welcome Kara as the newest judge:


Newly selected American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi may have met America’s most famous judges a few days ago but her colleagues say she is already part of the family. “It’s already a big happy family,” Abdul said Tuesday at the American Idol season 8 auditions held in New York. “We are so happy to have her.” In fact, DioGuardi has already had quality bonding time with all three judges, says Simon Cowell. “We had a picnic last night. I wore jammies and the girls wore negligees and we kind of broke the ice,” Cowell joked. “We had cake until two in the morning.” Joking aside, DioGuardi says the judges have welcomed her with open arms–yes, even Simon. “You were nice to me,” DioGuardi said to Cowell on the red carpet about their initial meeting. “You were actually OK.” However, DioGuardi admits it was initially intimidating to join the judges’ panel, especially due to Cowell’s notorious reputation for being Idol’s resident meanie. “I was a little bit,” DioGuardi confessed, “but I’m going to hold my own” … “We can try to gang up against the guys,” said Abdul. “I know Kara well and she speaks her mind.” In fact the pop singer knows DioGuardi very well–the two were once roommates in the late ’90s. “She quit her job and moved out to L.A. and she lived with me for a while,” Abdul told PEOPLE of her old friend. “We had a great time. She’s a great girl.”

Yeah, I still don’t get it … as I said, I’m sure this Kara chick is very talented but her addition does NOTHING to inspire me to tune in to start watching the show … in the least. Tho … I’m worried for Paula Abdul. She better watch her back.

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Mackenzie Phillips Busted!

One Day at a Time

Now this is really sad news … Mackenzie Phillips, former One Day at a Time star and daughter of Mamas and the Papas singer John Phillips, was arrested at LAX Airport this morning for drug possession. According to TMZ, Phillips was allegedly nabbed with heroin and cocaine on her person:


Mackenzie Phillips has been busted at LAX for allegedly possessing heroin and cocaine. She’s in custody right now. At 10:00 AM, officers responded to Terminal 4, where 48-year-old Phillips was being screened by TSA. During the screening process, some baggies and balloons believed to contain heroin and cocaine were recovered.

I know that a great many of you may not even remember Mackenzie Phillips from her hey day in the early 80′s but I do and know that she has since dealt with major drug issues over the years which, it would seem, she is still struggling with today. Hopefully this arrest will finally help Mackenzie come to grips with her demons. Sad, sad news.

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‘Burn After Reading’ Premieres In Venice

Brad claims, 'I'll have two more [kids] by next year'

Brad Pitt (who was spotted in Venice, Italy yesterday with his two oldest sons), George Clooney, Tilda Swinton and the Coen brothers were all on hand for a photocall/premiere event at the Venice Film Festival earlier today to promote their new movie Burn After Reading. Here are a few pics from the event red carpet:


Burn After Reading looks like a pretty good film … I mean, the Coens are pretty amazing filmmakers and the cast is really superb (mainly, I’m most excited about Tilda Swinton and Frances McDormand). It’s been ages since we’ve seen Brad Pitt in any kind of humorous film … I hope it’s as good as it appears from the trailer.

Speaking of Mr. Pitt, he and Mr. Clooney had themselves a little fun with the personal questions that were lobbed at them left and right at a press conference:

Reporters at a Burn After Reading press conference Wednesday in Venice, Italy, didn’t seem to care too much about the new comedy. Instead, they wanted to talk babies and marriage with the film’s stars Brad Pitt and George Clooney. Is it better to win an Oscar or fall in love with a beautiful woman, one reporter asked Pitt. “Brad, don’t answer that,” Clooney quipped. When a Hong Kong TV channel reporter asked Pitt if his twins look more like him or Angelina Jolie, Clooney stepped in again. “The twins are fine,” he said, according to Reuters. Does Clooney have any plans to settle down and have kids himself, another journalist asked. “I am so surprised to hear that question. That is honestly the first time I’ve been asked that question,” he joked. “I am getting married and having children today. Brad?” Replied Pitt, “And until then I’ll be sharing mine with him. I’ll have two more by next year.” Pitt made his first public post-twin appearance with Clooney Tuesday night at a Not On Our Watch fundraiser at Venice’s Giudecca island.

Yeah, you think Brad is kidding? I wouldn’t blink an eye if the Brangelina brood did, in fact, expand next year. It’s about time the fam got back to adoptin’ orphans, right?

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Barron Hilton, II Steps Out On The Scene

Attempt at Hollywood 'It' Girldom?

Earlier this year Barron Hilton, II (Paris Hilton‘s younger brother) followed his big sister’s footsteps by getting himself arrested for DUI (he ended up managing to plea his way out of serious prosecution and punishment for this crime) and now it looks like phase II of his transition into the world of Hollywood “It” Girldom is now underway. Here are pics of Barron and his Avril Lavigne-like girlfriend making their way out of Coco DeVille nightclub in LA last night:


I’m sure it shant be long before we see much more of wee Barron making the rounds in Hollywood. The Hilton tradition must be carried on now that Paris Hilton is practically married to Benji Madden these days … the show must go on.

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Buffy The ‘Animated’ Slayer Lives?

Buffy Summers returns from the dead ... again?

Earlier this month I stumbled upon a 3-minute video on You Tube that showed us what the failed Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Animated Series looked like and I lamented the loss of such a cute idea for such a fun-looking series. Today, there is new hope that Buffy: The Animated Series might not be totally dead after all … apparently, that little You Tube video sparked a fire underneath fans of the animated Buffy and there is new talk that the series might actually make it to air:


“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” has been many things — so much so that creator Joss Whedon jokes, “I got to make a comic book out of the TV show out of the movie out of the T-shirt out of the opera of the song of the bumper sticker of the shoe line that I love.” One of the things he left out in the absurdly long list is an animated series — which was actually in the pipeline once upon a time, and looks to find new life once again. Back in 2002, Whedon and Jeph Loeb came up with the idea of doing an animated version of Buffy that would take place somewhere in season one. “We liked to call it episode seven-and-a-half,” Loeb joked. “It was a much simpler time. Angel had been introduced, but he was not yet Angelus. We could retrofit Dawn as a ten-year-old, so you can really play the older sister gag. Their mom is alive.” And because it was animated, “no one has to grow up.” “Buffy the Animated Series” was meant for a more general audience than just regular Buffy fans — you didn’t need to follow the show religiously to get what was going on. “It was a very simple entry point,” Loeb said. “There is a girl in high school who has been chosen to fight evil, and there’s a great deal of it in her town. Here are her friends, and here is her watcher.” With special effects costs no longer a concern, they were able to do in the animated series what they couldn’t on the regular TV show (and what they do now in the comics). “We could have thousands of vampires,” Loeb said. “They could fight an army of the undead. In the pilot, the vampires raised a dragon, a 120-foot wingspan dragon, and Buffy ends up riding it across Sunnydale, and as it’s shooting fire, she looks down and says, ‘Hey, I can see my house from here!’” With many original cast members such as Alyson Hannigan, Nicholas Brendan, and Anthony Stewart Head aboard to do voiceovers, and Eric Wight aboard to do the animation, you might have thought this would be an easy sell. “We had an opportunity to do something about how animation changes and affects how things look,” Loeb said. “For me, ‘Batman the Animated Series’ drew a line where everything that came after would be compared to this particular show. ‘Buffy’ would have been the next generation of that.” But despite taking it to “every outlet in television” — including MTV — Loeb said, they had little luck. “We’d take to one network, and they’d say, ‘How can we make this more mature?’ Well, do you want more violence? To have the language like it is in the show? To have the actors do the voices so it sounds like the show? We had all that. We would say, ‘This is what we have: big piles of money and gold, and it’s sitting in the street and you can come out and take it.’ They would ask, ‘But you do have copper pans?’ No, we have money, and gold! But they would want copper pans.” Eventually, Fox Family signed on to air the show on Fox Kids — but when that collapsed in a Disney buyout, the show went nowhere. And yet, for some inexplicable reason, a three-minute version of the pilot just leaked to YouTube earlier this month. An online petition just started to get it on the air. Somehow, there’s fresh hope that this project may find a home after all — just as Buffy has found new success as a comic book series. “The best Buffy stories are ones of resurrection,” Joeb said. “Everything still exists — the designs, the scripts. It’s such a ‘no-duh’ project, so why the hell not? All you need is to draw it. Eight years ago, there was no fascination with ‘Family Guy’ or ‘Robot Chicken,’ but there’s an audience now that could drive to it. You can’t stand in the way of pop culture.”

Yes! I love the whole vibe of this new animated series. It’s meant to be cute, it’s meant to be fun … it will allow us to see the Scoobies in a different, more innocent light. I FULLY SUPPORT this new series and I really hope that it will eventually make it on air. After the jump, check out the *very cute* 3-minute You Tube vid (in case you missed it the first time or want to give it a second look) that managed to reignite interest in reviving this animated series … More »

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Lance Bass Rehearses For ‘Dancing With The Stars’

Dancing with the Star

Lance Bass, who has just been announced as one of the celebrity contestants in the upcoming new season of ABC‘s Dancing with the Stars, has updated his official My Space profile with the first pics of him rehearsing for the show with his “professional” dance partner Lacey Schwimmer (who joins the DWTS family this season, you may recall Lacey was a finale finalist on the third season of So You Think You Can Dance which, apparently, makes her a “professional”) … check ‘em out:


While I really wish that DWTS would’ve had the balls to pair my boy Lance up with a male professional dancer (mebbe that cute Travis guy from SYTYCD) but I totally get that middle America (ie. target audience) ain’t really ready for something like that. I’m not a big DWTS fan but I will deffo be rooting for Lance … tho, I think I may have to split my lurve between Lance and another of this upcoming season’s celeb contestants. After the jump, find out who else I’ll be cheering on this season … More »

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Nicollette Sheridan & Michael Bolton Are Dunzo!

Over and Out!

Sad news this AM … People magazine is reporting that the presumed happily engaged couple made up of Desperate HousewivesNicollette Sheridan and Light Rock crooner Michael Bolton have decided to amicably call off their engagement and end their seemingly endless relationship (the couple got the party started back in 1992) … they’re dunzo, y’all:


Nicollette Sheridan and Michael Bolton are again going their separate ways, a rep for the actress tells PEOPLE exclusively. “Nicollette Sheridan and Michael Bolton have amicably ended their engagement,” said Nicole Perna. “They appreciate your respect for their privacy in this matter.” The couple’s relationship originally started in 1992, and lasted for five years. The musician, now 55, and the Desperate Housewives star, 44, then resumed seeing one another in 2005 – and in March 2006 had announced their wedding engagement.

This is a bummer … not that I really thought about Sheridan and Bolton much as a couple (if at all) but when I did see them together, I thought they made a pretty great couple … but I guess no longer. Well, the couple managed to patch things up after their last break-up so it’s possible that they may find their way to one another again … I guess we’ll see. Sad, tho.

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Watch The First 5 Minutes Of ‘Gossip Girl’ Season 2

You know you love me

Earlier this week various castmembers (not including Blake Lively or the trio of hawtness Chace Crawford, Ed Westwick and Penn Badgley) of the hit CW series Gossip Girl came out for a season 2 premiere event (to celebrate the show and costume designer Eric Daman specifically) at Henri Bendel boutique in NYC. Here are a few pics from the red carpet arrivals:


On the plus side, Leighton Meester was lookin’ very glam, very sexy … on the not so plus side, Taylor Momsen was trying to pull off an edgier look without much success. The new season of GG is nearly upon us … I know that excitement for new eps has hit a fever pitch among eager Upper East Siders. After the jump, you can watch the first 5 minutes of the season 2 premiere of Gossip Girl (and find out which of the show’s hotties starts things off this season with an older woman on top of him) which will debut on The CW next Monday September 1 … More »

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Heidi Montag Apologizes For Her ‘Overdosin’ Video

Technical difficulties stymied her music video premiere

Heidi Montag has issued an apology to her fans for the sub par quality of her new music video for her new single Overdosin’. Earlier today I posted her new music video and noted that the music and the video seemed to be out of sync, rendering the music video almost unwatchable. It turns out that there was a technical problem with the vid as it was uploaded to her official website which caused the mis-syncing … a problem she is hoping to remedy immediately:


Heidi Montag debuted her new music video for “Overdosin’” on Monday but later apologized to fans for technical difficulties. “Dear fans,” she wrote in a statement. “I apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced when trying to view or download my “Overdosin’” video. We have experienced an error and are working to correct it as soon as possible. Thanks again everyone’s support. I hope you enjoy the video!

Do you accept her apology? I know that I, for one, am anxious to see the corrected version of the video … which is bound to provide a more entertaining viewing experience than the one that was released earlier today:


Stay tuned … you know you want to see the final corrected product, right?

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Kelly Osbourne’s Curious Contusion

WTF?

Kelly Osbourne was spotted out and about in Londontown sporting a pretty henious shiner over her left eye. Her official story is that something fell off the wall as she reached into the cupboard for a glass and smashed her in the face … leaving her looking like this:


Kelly Osbourne cut a miserable figure as she left her London home yesterday sporting a heavily bruised face. The 23-year-old singer-turned-radio DJ had a black eye and a bandaged temple as she left her flat to visit her doctor. While Kelly may have looked like she had been in a fight, her spokesman said the reality TV star had fallen prey to some bad DIY when the contents of a cupboard fell on top of her. Kelly had a low-key bank holiday weekend at home after suffering from a tummy bug. Her illness was made even worse when she reached to get a glass from a cupboard in her kitchen and the whole piece of furniture fell off the wall on on top of her, cutting her temple and hitting her in the left eye. Her spokesman Gary Farrow said: “She was suffering from a stomach upset all weekend, which meant she couldn’t go out anywhere, and then this happened. She is fine now, though.”

HMMMMM … this sounds very convoluted to me … is anyone else buying this tall tale?

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Heidi Montag & Spencer Pratt Fight!!!

... in a new video game called 'Facebreaker'

Have you ever wanted to beat the living daylights out of Heidi Montag? Have you ever wanted to punch Spencer Pratt in the face? Well … now is your chance … here are a few screencaps from a new boxing video game called Facebreaker wherein you can play as either Heidi Montag or Spencer Pratt (among other characters) and beat the hell out of your opponent … sound fun?


The hottest couple on “The Hills” can now face off in a video game boxing ring. Spotting a previously unknown overlap between fans of “The Hills” and fans of boxing video games, publisher Electronic Arts is letting a virtual Heidi Montag lace on some gloves and beat up Spencer Pratt. Or vice versa. The cartoonish, celebrity near-death match is just one possible matchup in “Facebreaker,” an Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 boxing game that’s been designed for laughs. No, it’s not a serious boxing game, despite earlier reports that one of the other boxers in the game is none other than Kim Kardashian. Limbs contort. Faces stretch. And opponents go flying across the ring … There’s Heidi, Spencer and Kim boxing. There’s Fergie, Avril Lavigne and 10 other stars competitively canoeing and flying jet planes in EA’s Wii-only fall release “Celebrity Sports Showdown.” The “Facebreaker” games have a feature that allows any famous person to face off. Non-famous people can compete too. The games support camera attachments for the Xbox 360 and PS3 that can be used to capture a face and put it on an in-game boxer. So Heidi doesn’t have to beat up Spencer. She could beat up … you.

LOL! This actually sounds fun. After the jump, check out a short video that shows Heidi vs. Spencer in the boxing ring … More »

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Brad, Maddox, Pax Jolie-Pitt Do Venice, Italy

Why so blue, Maddox?

Brad Pitt and his eldest sons, Maddox and Pax, have made their way to Venice, Italy for the Venice Film Festival where Brad will be on hand to help promote his new movie Burn After Reading (which also stars Brad‘s BFF George Clooney). Here are pics of thePitt boys making their way thru the streets/canals of Venice earlier today:


Maddox was proudly showing off his new blue ‘do. That mohawk is his staple, he looks intent on rockin’ it hardcore. There’s no word yet if Angelina Jolie, the girls (Zahara and Shiloh) or the twins (Vivienne Marcheline and Knox Léon) have also made their way to Venice but if so, I’m sure they’ll show up sooner or later. I’m not sure how I feel about the blue hair, to be honest. Should kids that young be dying their hair already? Does it matter?

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New Album, New Book For Juliana Hatfield

Don't call it a comeback

I’ve been meaning to do a little write-up on another of my fave artists, Juliana Hatfield, that I have been a fan of since the very early ’90s. I have followed her career over the years, have seen her in concert many times and have thoroughly enjoyed her music from the onset. I was very happy to learn that she is about to release her first book (a memoir) titled When I Grow Up and was thrilled to learn that she just released a new album titled How To Walk Away last week:


Her publisher sent me a preview copy of her book a couple of months ago but I just got around to finishing it this week. I’ve been reading a few books at the same time and this one was one that I simply had to finish. After reading this memoir, Juliana Hatfield makes so much more sense to me know. In her songs she always appeared very happy-go-lucky but in person she always seemed … well, not happy at all. In her bare bones tome, she explains why that is so. She is totally open to exposing all of her flaws, unabashedly writing about her feelings and insecurities despite the fact that she is an insecure person. She finds power in her pen, in her words and writes about how that power has kept her going all these years, even after her fame has diminished over time (many of you may not even know who she is at this point, which is a shame because she is a brilliant musician … I urge you to check her out). In her memoir, she talks specifically about 2 shows that I was at … litterally, I’m reading her words going “OMG, I was there!” It’s pretty neat.


Two of these photos are from the shows that she described in the book (Cleveland, OH and St. Louis, MO) and the other is from a show she did in Ann Arbor, MI. I can’t stress enough how much I really enjoy Juliana‘s work … she was selling her own music online way before Radiohead or NIN did (doing so by way of an honor system, trusting that fans would pay for songs they downloaded). She used some of that money to fund her newest album, How To Walk Away (which was just released last Tuesday).

Juliana enjoyed a pretty good run of success (appearing on My So-Called Life, on soundtracks to major motion pictures and having her videos labeled “buzz clips” on MTV back when MTV played videos often) and writes openly about how difficult it is to maintain a music career when that fame fades. I now have even more respect for the woman and her art. I really hope that those of you who are/were fans of hers will check out her new stuff … you’ll be happy to know she hasn’t lost a thing. If you’re not familiar with her work, check her out … you’ll be impressed, I promise.

There is something to be said about real talent and real dedication to one’s art. Juliana Hatfield deserves much for continuing to grace the world with her talents. I for one am very appreciative of her efforts.

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‘Lights In The Sky’ Over Toledo, OH

The TV Guide

Last night Sarah and I hightailed it down South to drive into Ohio to see Nine Inch Nails play the SeaGate Convention Center. Now, I new beforehand that the venue would be a small one but it was really pretty effing small. It wasn’t until Trent Reznor announced from the stage that the venue was too small to accommodate all of the stage equipment that I even knew we weren’t getting the “full show” (reading a few reviews on Echoing the Sound further alerted me to the fact that the Toledo show was “amended” a bit to accommodate the smaller venue) … to be honest, I thought the show was amazing so I didn’t miss a thing. That said, I’m very glad that I’m going to the Inglewood, CA show (the last of the US tour) next week cuz now I want to know what I missed last night.

Again, the show was pretty stunning nonetheless … here are a few of the pics that I snapped last night:


After about the 3rd song or so, Trent announced from the stage, “We’re happy to be playing the homecoming dance” referring to the tiny size of the venue. Man, it was just really great being able to see NIN in such an intimate space. After the jump, see the full show setlist, check out a short video that I shot of Trent Reznor talking to the crowd and a funny-ass video that I stumbled upon this morning that features Trent Reznor, has nothing at all to do with last night’s show but is simply NOT TO BE MISSED … More »

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Brad Pitt shoots, Denise gets canceled, Charlie Sheen spawns
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‘The Hills’: Birthday Bashed

ATTENTION: 'THE HILLS' SPOILER ALERT WARNING

Oh lord … here comes the drama … again. Last night, in the second ep of the new season of The Hills, we got a heaping helping of D-R-A-M-A that altho felt a wee bit staged managed to still inspire all those feelings of Oh No She Didn’t! that tend to come in growing doses on this series:


Stephanie Pratt (the She-Spencer) hosted a little birthday soiree and managed to concoct a little fireworks show of her own … we got to see some new faces, some old faces and a particularly scary face that doesn’t look like it’s going away anytime soon. After the jump, find out what happens when LC and Speidi come face to face in the ep titled Drama Follows ThemMore »

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Hayden Panettiere & Her Birthday Suit

Wet, wild and WHOOPS!

Hayden Panettiere celebrated her 19th birthday on August 21st but she only got around to enjoying a proper birthday celebration this past Sunday. Hayden spent a lovely afternoon in the company of family, friends and her pooch at an impromptu pool party where she proudly donned a festive party hat:


Unfortch, in Hayden‘s overzealous birthday fun it looks like she inadvertently kinda slipped out of her bikini top and, well, suffered her very own wardrobe malfunction. After the jump, check out what sort of possible NSFWness accidentally slipped out … More »

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Justin Timberlake & Jessica Biel <3 Radiohead, <3 Each Other

Attend Radiohead concert at the Hollywood Bowl

Things appear to be going nicely for Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake these days as the couple were spied trying to sneak their way unnoticed into the Hollywood Bowl last night to attend the second LA Radiohead concert … there were unsuccessful in their sneakiness, here are a few pics of Justica at last night’s show:


I have to admit, I’m kinda surprised that these two are still happily attached, still going strong. I’m not sure that I really believed that JT and Jessica would stay together for long and yet, here they are after all these months. Perhaps JT really is ready to settle down? Mebbe there may be nuptials in the near future for Justica? I realize that attending a Radiohead concert does not equal marriage but … stranger things have happened. Will they marry, you think?

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Britney Spears Shops Pottery Barn

Candles, silk flowers and more!

Now that speculation concerning whether or not Britney Spears will perform at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards (after Brit‘s manager Larry Rudolph has killed all hope that she would be performing) we can move on to other Britney Spears matters … like her redecorating habits. Brit Brit was snapped doing a bit of shopping yesterday at the Pottery Barn in Beverly Hills, CA. She apparently was in the market for fake flowers and scented candles, behold:


Capris aside (yeesh!), Britney really does look great. And while I’m extremely bummed that she won’t be performing at the VMAs, I trust that she’s got big plans up her sleeves. In retrospect, I guess I can understand why Brit may not have wanted to perform this time around. Last year, her song Gimme More was BLOWING THE EFF UP on the radio right before the VMAs took place, it made sense for her to try and capitalize on that momentum. This year, she has no such single on the radio (tho, I contend that she could perform her song Piece of Me, which is nominated for the Video of the Year award [among other awards] at this year’s VMAs) and an album that is still months away from completion … so, instead of preparing for a killer on stage performance, she’s happy to shop for aromatherapy candles at Pottery Barn. In the end, as long as she’s happy and healthy that’s all that matters. I even support her love of capri pants … such is my lurve for our dear Britney :)

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Whitney Port Finds Love In NYC … Possibly

Is it real or is it Memorex?

Here are a few photos of Hills star Whitney Port lookin’ awfully cozy with a very hairy gentleman on the streets of NYC this week … could this be a possible new love interest for Miss Whit?


Well now … not too shabby, Whitney. Sure this new guy has got a whole lotta hair but he looks like a cutie. I wonder if we’ll be seeing more of this gent on future eps of The Hills? After the jump, find out what’s really going on in these pics … More »

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Kim Vo Lies, In Theory

Is someone a bit too desperate for attention?

Yesterday we learned the sad news straight from Britney Spears‘s manager Larry Rudolph that Britney will NOT be performing at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards this yearLarry was denying a report that came from E! News last week that quoted celebrity hairstylist Kim Vo who claimed that he was designing a hairstyle for Britney to wear for her MTV VMAs performance. He was clear to insist that she would be performing and seemed eager to take credit for “breaking the news” which E! News was happy to run with. In light of Larry‘s denial, E! News went back and asked Kim Vo for comment, which he did:


Last week, we told you all about a special hairstyle Britney’s mane man Kim Vo was preparing for an epic VMA comeback performance. Unfortunately, it turns out he was only speaking theoretically. Brit’s manager Larry Rudolph released this official statement today: “Contrary to media reports, Britney was never slated to perform on this year’s VMAs. She’s in the middle of recording her next album, which is going amazingly well, and her focus remains on the studio.” Of course, we went back to check with Vo if this was accurate and not some cover for a surprise performance, but he confirmed: “Any ideas that we have about her hair are always theoretical. And we always have to be prepared. But she is not performing and so we don’t have to worry about that.”

What a loser. Clearly, he was spouting off information that was blatantly untrue in the hopes of getting some press … which is totally lame, especially since his lie was totally shot down almost immediately after he opened his mouth. I guess the lesson here is that we should never believe or even listen to Kim Vo whenever he tries to “spill the beans” about his hairstylist secrets. I think he just ruined Shear Genius for me :(

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Heidi Montag Releases A Music Video For ‘Overdosin’

Let's Get Physical, y'all

Heidi Montag has released a new 80′s/jazzercise/Olivia Newton-John Let’s Get Physical-inspired music video for her newest single titled Overdosin’ … here are a few screencaps from her just-released new music vid:


After the jump, check out the actual music video in full for your viewing pleasure … More »

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First Look: The US Version Of ‘Kath & Kim’

Here we go

NBC.com has unleashed a whole bunch of short video promos for their US version of Kath & Kim ahead of the series premiere in October … let’s take a look at the promo titled My Room!


HMMM. After the jump, check out a few more Kath & Kim promos and see what y’all think about those … More »

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Shia LaBeouf <3s Cheerios

The breakfast of champion

Everyone knows that a growing boy needs to eat three square meals a day so that he can grow big and strong … we also know that breakfast is regarded as the most important meal of the day … which is why I’m very pleased to know that Shia LaBeouf is taking his nutrition seriously and is eating properly. Here are a couple pics of Shia making his way out of corner grocery store in Hollywood this weekend with a couple boxes of healthy cereal:


You see, Shia isn’t interested in eating overly sugar-coated junk cereal like Lucky Charms (like I am) and he’s not interested in cereals that come packaged with toy surprises (like I am, sometimes throwing away entire boxes of cereal just for a crappy plastic toy) so we can rest assured that he is well on his way to growing up to be a big strapping man … some day. You da man, Shia, you da man.

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Blake Lively Turns 21 Years Old Today

On the Manhattan set of 'Gossip Girl'

New Hollywood “It” Girl and Gossip Girl star Blake Lively turns 21 years old today … and the poor thing had to go to work anyways. At least she knows how to enter full, legal adulthood with style … check out these amazing photos of Blake lookin’ utterly faboo backstage on the NYC set of Gossip Girl today, on her 21st birthday:


I’m sure there are many things that one would rather be doing on their birthday other than having to work but when you are one of the principal stars of one of the nation’s hot new teen dramas, well, I guess you really have no choice. Happy 21st Birthday, Blake! Now get back to work.

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A ‘Morgan Family’ Affair

Onscreen siblings on 'Dexter' still happily dating

Dexter co-stars Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter, who play brother and sister Dexter and Deb Morgan on screen, appear to still be very much an item as the two were spotted out and about enjoying an intimate afternoon of grocery shopping … take a look:


The first time that we saw these two out in public together (ie. together together) was late last year when the couple were first spied out on a date together. While I *still* find it creepy that these on-screen sibs are dating in real life (because I have a problem separating reality from TV) I think they look good together. I understand, by way of a little bird in the know, that they are very happy together and I guess that is all that matters. New eps of Dexter premiere on Showtime on September 28 … so, woot!

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Has Mandy Moore Got A New Man?

Has she moved on from Ryan Adams already?

Mandy Moore was snapped making her way thru LAX Airport yesterday afternoon and she was spotted in the company of a mysterious new dude … which of course leads to speculation about whether or not the two are dating. You may recall that Mandy Moore and her rocker ex-boyfriend Ryan Adams broke up in early July … you may also recall that Ryan posted a mysterious message on his official website a couple of weeks ago that seemed to be meant for Mandy. Could it be possible that Mandy has moved on and found a new dude to keep her company these days?


Now, of course this new friend could just be a new friend who happened to be traveling with Miss Moore but he’s a cutie … I can see how she might go for a dude like this. Irregardless of what is really doing on with these two, I hope that Mandy is truly happy. She’s a doll, she deserves to beeee happy!

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Detroit, Sweet, Detroit

The TV Guide

Well Detroit, I’m home again. I arrived very last last night without any travel delays to really speak of and my dear BFF Sarah was there to pick me up from the airport. I got to spend some time with my folks this morning (we lunched together) and I already feel at home again. Tonight Sarah and I are making our way to Toledo, OH for the NIN show and the rest of the week is already booked up. I’ve got dates with Tracey & Zakiya, Erik, Sarah & Mark and hopefully a few more folks … bizzy, bizzy, bizzy.

It’s great to be home again, I’m very much looking forward to a great week ahead :)

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Brangelina eligible for child support, Poehler is 'so' pregs, Mayer no longer of interest
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Zuma Nesta Rock Goes Home With His Parents

Presumably

Here are a couple pictures of new parents (for the second time) Gwen Stefani & Gavin Rossdale (and presumably newborn baby boy Zuma Nesta Rock) making their escape from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center yesterday afternoon just 3 days after Gwen gave birth to her second child:


By the looks of the proud new parents, they both seem to be doing fine and appear very happy to be bringing their newborn son home with them. It’s unclear if little Kingston James was formally introduced to his baby brother at the hospital but he’s bound to have met the little whipper-snapper by now. Let’s see how long it takes before his happy little family expands again … something tells me that Gwen ain’t gonna quit birthin’ babies until she has a little Harajuku Girl of her own.

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Nine Inch Nails Do Detroit

Rock the Palace of Auburn Hills

Nine Inch Nails played a show at The Palace of Auburn Hills here in the suburbs of Detroit, MI on Saturday night and posted a few photos from the show online on their official website … here are a few of those pics:


While I’m marginally bummed that I wasn’t able to get home to Detroit in time to see NIN live at The Palace, I am very much looking forward to seeing the band play at the SeaGate Convention Center in Toledo, OH tonight. Toledo is about 50 mins. south of where my parents live so Sarah and I will be trekking down I-75 this evening to see the guys perform. The SeaGate Center isn’t much bigger than a high school gymnasium so I am very much looking forward to the intimate nature of the show. At last … I will finally be able to see Nine Inch Nails on their current Lights in the Sky Tour of North America … any Michigander/Ohioans gonna meet me in Toledo ce soir?

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Which Celeb Couple Wears The Same Jeans

Who wears the pants in the family? They both do.

Can you guess which celebrity married couple, who spend 98% of their time joined at the hip, have now taken to wearing the exact same kind of blue jeans when going out together:


Same style, same color, same wash (not the same length tho, unfortch for him) … they’d prolly wear the same pair of pants at the same time time if, you know, it didn’t appear too crazy (this couple is working hard to bring their crazy level down a bit these days). After the jump, find out who the matchy-matchy lovebirds are … More »

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Xtina Aguilera Seizes The Stage

Or did she seize on stage?

Here are a few pics of everyone’s favorite runner-up to Britney Spears, Xtina Aguilera singing her little heart out (and possibly busting a few blood vessels) on stage for a special celebratory performance for Trump Tower Dubai at a private residence in Bel Air, CA over the weekend. As usual, Xtina was rockin’ her too red lipstick (and a lovely Julien MacDonald dress, I might add) and was overdoing it a bit much up on that stage:


OK, don’t get me wrong … I honestly believe that Xtina is an insanely talented performer but I don’t know that I will ever get used to her overdramatic performance style. She, quite literally, looks like she is writhing in pain … or possibly giving birth … every time she performs. Her wild gesticulating always seems so forced and disingenuous … like she wants you to really believe she is giving the best performance you’ve ever seen and if she needs to look like she’s having a seizure to make you believe it, then so be it. I may be in the minority but I vastly prefer hearing Xtina perform over watching her perform.

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Britney Spears Will NOT Perform At The 2008 MTV VMAs

So says Larry Rudolph

Boo. Very sad Britney Spears news coming out of LA this AM. Ryan Seacrest has just announced live on his morning radio show On Air with Ryan Seacrest on KIIS FM in SoCal that Britney Spears WILL NOT be performing at this year’s 2008 MTV Video Music Awards:


Britney Spears Will Not Perform at MTV VMAs

After a week of a rumored return to the VMA stage, Ryan Seacrest exclusively revealed on his radio show Monday morning that she will not be performing at the awards show. Recently, promotional spots leaked online featuring Spears and show host Russell Brand further fueling the rumors of an on-stage performance. In the spots, Spears and Brand were alone in a large studio only accompanied by a 9,000 lb. elephant.

Ryan essentially reports that he spoke with Britney‘s “general in charge of all things Britney Larry Rudolph (via email) about a report that came from E! News that claimed that Britney would be performing at this years’ VMAs. Ryan says that Larry told him that the report is “just wrong”, saying:

“Britney Spears will not be performing at the VMAs this year … I’m telling you officially and unequivocally that BS will not be there.”

Again, I say Boo! I am assuming that Larry Rudolph is referring to the E! report that quoted celebrity hairstylist Kim Vo who claimed he was designing hairstyles for Britney‘s VMAs night — one for red carpet, one for the show and one for her PERFORMANCE. Sadly, I’d believe Larry Rudolph over pretty much anyone else … so unless this is a major cover-up to try and pull off a surprise, I guess Britters really won’t be performing this year. I gotta say, I think it’s a mistake for her not to. She is in a much better position to perform this year and, as I’ve said before, she can really undo the damage she did at last year’s VMAs with one amazing performance. I think it’s a bad idea for her not to perform. The end.

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‘American Idol’ Adds A 4th Judge

Brilliant move or desperate ploy?

American Idol producers have decided that the show needs a little something extra for their upcoming 8th season — a 4th judge. Now, with a show as popular as American Idol (arguably the most popular show in the US) you might imagine that this plum 4th spot might go to someone of stellar importance and fame but, in fact, the producers decided to go with someone with zero name recognition … and way more Paula Abdulness (at least in looks) than I would’ve guessed. Here is a pic of Paula Abdul making her way thru LAX airport this weekend bound for NYC and a pic of the new 4th AI judge, Kara DioGuardi, who is lookin’ to start wearin’ Paula‘s hat:


American Idol is adding a fourth judge: Grammy-nominated songwriter Kara DioGuardi. DioGuardi will appear at the judges’ table with Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson on the eighth season of the hit show, which premieres in January. “We are turning the heat up on Idol this year and are thrilled to welcome Kara to the judges’ table,” show creator and executive producer Simon Fuller said in a statement. DioGuardi’s songs have appeared on more than 100 million records by the likes of Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, Celine Dion, Faith Hill, Pink, Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers, Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey … “She is a smart, sassy lady, and one of America’s most successful songwriters. We know she will bring a new level of energy and excitement to the show,” Fuller added. American Idol was originally slated to have four judges, executive producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz said in the statement announcing the news. “We’ve seen from our international series that having a fourth judge creates a dynamic that benefits both the contestants and the viewers,” she explained.

To be totally honest, this move to add a 4th judge feels really forced … like the producers felt like they needed to do something to jazz up the show which will be entering its 8th season in January. On the one hand, going with an “unknown” person as the 4th judge means that she will not take away too much from the already established judges on the panel. On the other hand, this new judge looks a lot like Paula Abdul … and the fact that she has written Grammy Award nominated songs for so many performers gives her a pedigree that Paula doesn’t have — should she be worried? I am actually very surprised that AI didn’t go for someone with more starpower to be the 4th judge … no offense to the obvs talented Ms. DioGuardi but she doesn’t really inspire any more desire to watch the show for me. In the end, I believe that AI will still be as popular as it would’ve been even if they didn’t add a new judge to the mix … I find it hard to believe that ratings will go up merely because of the addition of this new judge. I guess we’ll see come January.

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David Beckham Has Olympic Dreams

Plans to be at the London 2012 Olympic Summer Games

David Beckham, who was joined by Brits Leona Lewis and Jimmy Page, made an appearance at the Closing Ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China yesterday where all he had to do was look purdy and kick a soccer ball … but it turns out that Becks may have more Olympic dreams than that up his sleeve. Altho there is really no way that Becks could feasibly participate in the 2012 Olympic Games as an athlete, he is still hoping that he will be able to participate in the Games — as coach of the UK soccer team:


SUPERSTAR David Beckham kicked off the countdown to the London Olympics — and revealed he could be a COACH for Team GB in 2012. Becks sent 91,000 spectators into a frenzy at Beijing’s National Stadium when he appeared from within a red London bus at yesterday’s closing ceremony. Nine-year-old London schoolgirl Tayyiba Dudhwala handed him a football, and a deafening roar erupted as the smiling England ace kicked the ball into a crowd of Olympic athletes below him. The appearance by Beckham — a global sporting icon born just down the road from our Olympic site in the East End — was the highlight of London’s performance celebrating the official handover from Beijing. The eight-minute showcase for Britain also featured X Factor winner Leona Lewis, in a stunning gold dress, performing Whole Lotta Love with Led Zeppelin rock legend Jimmy Page. Afterwards, Beckham revealed he could coach an all-star GB footie team at the 2012 games, with his old Man United boss Sir Alex Ferguson as manager. Britain has been barred from Olympic football because England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland compete separately in international matches. But Mr Brown is determined to resolve the issue and has held talks with footie’s governing body FIFA. LA Galaxy midfielder Becks said: “We deserve to have a football Team GB at the Olympics and I hope it gets sorted.” Becks will be 37 in 2012 and says it is unlikely he will play. But asked if he would take a key role, he said: “I think it’s possible.”

2012 is still a long way off so it may be too early to know for sure exactly what, if any, role Becks may play in the London Games but I will not be surprised if Becks is able to realize his Olympic dreams.

Here are a few photos of the British Ambassadors as they posed backstage in Beijing after the Closing Ceremonies were completed:


I imagine London and all of Great Britain is looking forward to the 2012 Summer Games … here’s hoping they’ll be able to pull off a stunning Olympic Games … they’ve got a hard act to follow in the Beijing Games.

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Ellen DeGeneres & Portia de Rossi Share Their Special Day

An inside look at the newlyweds' nuptials

Ellen DeGeneres has decided to generously share inside, intimate photos from her wedding ceremony, to her now wife Portia de Rossi, on her official website:


After the jump, check out a few photos of Ellen and Portia laughing, cuddling, sharing their wedding cake and enjoying a dance together … More »

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Shia LaBeouf Gets ‘Bruised’ & Baked

Workin' hard on 'Transformers 2'

This past Friday we saw pics of Shia LaBeouf along with his hawt stunt double on the SoCal set of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and I noted then that Shia, IMHO, didn’t hold a candle to his hotter (and older) stunt double … but today we have new pics of Shia only wearing half of his clothes, with only make-up to cover his nekkid upper body flesh:


I suppose it turns out that Shia can hold his own, I guess. That make-up looks pretty nasty, I suspect his Transformers character Sam Witwicky is gonna be hurtin’ something awful in the upcoming sequel. After the jump, check out a couple more photos of Shia showing off his “battle scars” on set … More »

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A Dramedy Of Errors

The TV Guide

Yesterday afternoon I got to meet up with my friend Adriana for dinner at Prizzi’s Piazza for a sumptuous Italian meal before we made our way to the Meta Theatre on Melrose Ave. to see a play titled Suffer the Long Night here in LA last night. Our friend and actor Eric Porzadek, who is newly relocated to LA from Detroit, is one of the show’s players (a show, I might add, which was written by the writers of Meet the Parents) and we were thrilled to be able to see him up on the stage:


The show was riotously funny and Erik did an amazing job, as did the rest of the cast. I might’ve bristled with a bit of pride to see my hometown homie following his dreams on that theater stage. Adriana and I had an amazingly fun time.

After the show, my plans to hang out with Darion fell thru so I got my buns home to start packing for my trip to Detroit. I fly out back to the Motor City in a couple of hours … which is where I’ll be comin’ atcha from for the next week. I’ve got a bizzy schedule when I get back home but I’m anxious to see all my Detroit homies again :)

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Amanda gets in an accident, Ashlee has designs, Mel B wants another wedding
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Hot Dude Of The Week: Phillip

Weekend Hotness

Wee! It’s time for the Hot Dude of the Week again! This time around, the featured Hot Dude is a faceless Hot Bod belonging to a dude named Phillip, let’s just do away with the pleasantries and get to the nitty gritty, shall we?


Oh yeah, this is a hot ass pic. Sometimes you don’t need props, sexy poses or even a pretty face to convey the image of hawtness … sometimes all it takes is a simple close-up pic like this one of Phillip. Enjoy :)

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Britney Spears Makes A ‘Sticky & Sweet’ Cameo

So does Kanye West

Here are a few more pics from the opening night show of Madonna‘s Sticky & Sweet World Tour which took place at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, UK last night … as you can see, Britney Spears was featured during a portion of the show (Kanye West was featured during a different portion of the show) in a video that she shot here in SoCal a few weeks ago specifically for Maddy‘s tour:


In an effort to keep some of the tour secrets unspoiled for those of you who wish to remain unspoiled, further deets about Britney‘s cameo can be found behind the cut. After the jump, read more deets about Brit Brit‘s cameo (including which song Brit‘s video was featured in) and watch video of the actual cameo itself … More »

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Da Brat Gets Sentenced To 3 Years In Prison

Shawntae Harris will pay for bashing a waitress in the head with a bottle

Things aren’t so great for Shawntae Harris, better known to the world as Da Brat. You may recall that Brat was arrested late last year for allegedly assaulting a waitress in a nightclub by bashing her head in with a bottle. Brat has since plead guilty for this crime and was, this Friday, sentenced to serve 3 years in prison (she will also serve seven years on probation and will have to fulfill 200 hours of community service):


Da Brat was sentenced Friday to three years in prison for hitting a hostess in the head with a rum bottle during an altercation at a suburban Atlanta nightclub last fall. The 34-year-old rapper, whose given name is Shawntae Harris, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in DeKalb County. Superior Court Judge Gail Flake sentenced her to three years behind bars and seven on probation, plus 200 hours of community service and completion of substance abuse treatment, mental evaluation and anger management classes. Harris was at a private Halloween party at Studio 72, a club in Tucker, when she struck then-Atlanta Falcons cheerleader Shayla Stevens, who was working part-time as a hostess. A police report indicated Harris and Stevens got into a squabble after they bumped into each other. Stevens walked away and moments later was hit in the face with the bottle. She sustained a deep cut to the cheek and some swelling on the forehead, and has a permanent scar on her face as a result, officials said.

Yeah, Da Brat is headed for Da Big House … and rightfully so, I think. I am just shocked that someone would have the gall to assault someone by bashing them in the face with a bottle — for just bumping into them! It’s disgusting behavior and it should be punished. I’m not sure that Brat realized that she’d be serving a 3 year sentence for pleading guilty to this crime (tho, she’ll prolly get out a lot sooner than that if I know my justice system) but I think she kinda deserves every minute she serves.

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’90210’ Premieres In Malibu, CA

A toast to the much-anticipated 'Beverly Hills, 90210' spin-off

Beverly Hills, 90210 alums Shannen Doherty and Jennie Garth joined the new crop of 90210 kids at a premiere event in Malibu, CA for the new CW spin-off which is set to debut on 09.02. It’s almost time y’all … we’re just days away from finding out if the new 90210 can live up to the hype and expectation of the stunning success of its predecessor … but for now, it’s just time to party. Here are a few pics from the event’s red carpet event last night:


Shannen Doherty and Jennie Garth joined the cast of CW’s 90210 spin-off Saturday at a beachside bash to celebrate the show. The party took place on the Malibu shore – about 20 miles away from the Beverly Hills zip code, the AP reports. Doherty and Garth, who will reprise their roles as Brenda Walsh and Kelly Taylor in the new show, arrived separately. Joe E. Tata, who played Peach Pit owner Nat, also attended. Party guests expecting to get a glimpse of the show’s first episode were out of luck: The premiere was not screened. (The CW recently announced pre-broadcast copies of the series would not be distributed to TV reviewers and reporters as a “strategic marketing decision.”) Meanwhile, Garth recently said reuniting with Doherty (with whom she once got into a fistfight) wasn’t “as bad as I thought it would be. We’re both grown women, both professionals,” she told TV Guide. “Once we were working, it felt like a good fit.”

Tori Spelling, who continues to get the shaft from the new 90210 was, obvs, not in attendance at last night’s affair. Again, I’m excited at the prospect of the new show but I fear that expectations may be too high. I understand why the show’s producers are keeping the first ep under wraps until the series premieres next week but … I dunno, can it really live up to the hype? There are a lot of fond memories about the original show … I dunno if anything can really measure up.

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The 2008 Summer Olympic Games Come To A Close

Beijing literally passes the torch on to London

The amazing 2008 Summer Olympic Games have already come to a close in Beijing, China today where it is well past the finish of the Closing Ceremonies. All of the medals have been handed out, a few World and Olympic Records have been broken and reset and Beijing bid farewell to the World … our thanks for their amazing job hosting these Olympic Games. Here are a few pics from a portion of today’s Closing Ceremonies (which will be broadcast tonight here in the US on NBC):


BEIJING handed the Olympic flag to London today in a spectacular closing ceremony. Rock legend Jimmy Page and singer Leona Lewis starred in the eight-minute slot for London, while footballer David Beckham was also involved. London mayor Boris Johnson received the Olympic flag in the handover ceremony, which featured a red London double decker bus driving around the Bird’s Nest stadium being pursued by Team GB cyclists Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton and Shanaze Reade. Jacques Rogge, the International Olympic Committee president, told the 91,000 people inside the Bird’s Nest stadium: “Tonight, we come to the end of 16 glorious days which we will cherish forever. Thank you to the people of China.” PM Gordon Brown, who spoke yesterday of his hope that a UK football team could compete in the next Olympics, also attended the closing event. Beckham, who kicked a football into the crowd during the ceremony said he believed the London Olympics in 2012 would be even better than the spectacular events this year. The England footballer said Team GB’s astonishing medal haul will spark a wave of interest in taking part in sport. Beckham said: “I’m an East End boy and I’m proud that it’s happening in London. I was very proud to be involved in the first place bringing it back to England and to London. It’s going to generate so much interest in sport and kids are already getting excited about it. We have seen what the Chinese have done here and I’m sure we will better that, without a doubt.” Team GB won three more medals yesterday with boxer James DeGale leading the way by winning the men’s middleweight title. The 22-year-old Londoner came out on top in a hard-fought contest with Cuban Emilio Correa at the Workers’ Stadium. The boxer’s gold medal followed other success for British athletes on the penultimate day … Team GB has had its most successful Olympics for a century. Britain currently lies in fourth place in the medal table behind China, USA and Russia, after notching up 19 gold medals, 13 silver and 15 bronze to make a total of 47 medals. The Queen today congratulated British and Commonwealth athletes for their success at the Beijing Olympics and said she was looking forward to the London Games in 2012.

After the jump, check out more photos from the Closing Ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games including pics of David Beckham and his contribution to the spectacle and the extinguishing of the Olympic FlameMore »

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Who Is Making The Most Money On ‘The Hills’

Drama comes at a high price ... but not equally

The site Popcrunch has published some interesting information about the current cast of MTV‘s hit reality drama The Hills. They claim to know the salaries paid out to the season four castmembers (information gleaned from In Touch Weekly, I might add) and I think you’ll find these numbers very interesting … you’re never gonna guess how much it costs for us to get our weekly fill of Hills drama, y’all:


How much does MTV pay the stars of its smash unscripted series The Hills? Lauren Conrad earns $75,000 per episode-and that’s a fact that has left some of her series co-stars seething, a new In Touch Weekly scoop claims. “The only reason LC gets paid more than anyone else is because she demanded in her original contract that no one could ever get paid more than her.” “The salaries are based on who people care about watching more,” says a mole. “If you bring drama, you’ll get more money.” Fashion forward LC is expected to earn $1.4 million for the complete fourth season of The Hills. Let’s see how much her castmates earn.

Heidi Montag: $65,000 per episode ($1.25 million per year)
Spencer Pratt: $65,000 per episode ($1.25 million per year)
Audrina: $35,000 per episode ($665,000 annually)
Whitney: $20,000 per episode ($380,000 per season)
Brody: $10,000 per episode ($190,000 a year)
Lauren “Lo”: $10,000 per episode ($190,00 for The Hills Season 4)
Stephanie: $8,000 per episode ($152,00 for Season 4)
Frankie: $0

HMMM … the numbers make sense, as does the idea that castmembers that bring the drama get paid better, after all — it’s all about the ratings, baby. While I don’t necessarily believe that these numbers are totally correct (these sorts of leaks are never exactly right), I do believe that the numbers are proportionally correct. That said … poor Frankie. Why does the Latinoid have to be the one to get screwed? What do y’all think, are these folks worth this money?

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‘Sticky & Sweet’ World Tour Officially Underway

It's on now, y'all

It is well past showtime at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, UK where Madonna‘s Sticky & Sweet World Tour got underway a few hours ago … here are a few pics from Madonna‘s first couple of numbers at tonight’s tour premiere show:


It looks like she decided to hang on to the M throne that she debuted at the Roseland Ballroom (during a short promo concert she gave to celebrate the release of her new album Hard Candy) earlier this year. She looks great … I am very excited to see more, hopefully live — with my own eyes — very soon :)

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The Seether’s Louise

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OMG … last night was the funnest night ever. I spent most of the day preparing for my upcoming trip to Detroit but I met up with my friend Michael for dinner before heading off to see Veruca Salt at The Viper Room in Hollywood. Michael and I planned on going out to dinner but because he lives within walking distance of The Viper Room he invited me over for a BBQ dinner that he cooked :) We had a very nice chat and were able to catch up about various developments going on in each other’s lives. Michael is a fan of Veruca Salt so he was happy to head over to see the show with me … we met up with my dear friend Irene and planted ourselves front and center at the venue. Before the Salts took to the stage, I was able to meet (finally) in person Kay Hanley (who used to front Letters to Cleo and now makes her own solo records which she sells online on her official website). She and I had exchanged a few emails before, so it was really amazing getting to meet her finally :) It was just a great night all around. Here are a few pics of Veruca Salt live in concert last night:


After the jump, check out the full setlist, a few amazing videos from last night’s show and some exciting news from Louise Post herself … More »

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Les News, 082308

Christina is 'fully recovering', Jason Lee a father again, Mimi to appear on 'CanIdol'
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PITNB Readers, 082308

A bean, a set of twins and an American living in Beijing, China

Here is this week’s batch of photos sent in by Pink is the new Blog readers — Christine sends in a scan of a PITNB-inspired ultrasound photo of her friend’s baby that has been nicknamed The Bean (which, incidentally, is what Kurt Cobain nicknamed his only daughter Frances … and ended up becoming her middle name) — Ashley and her hubby Stephen from Texas send in a pic of their BEAUTIFUL newborn twin girls who were born on July 10th … Ava was 6 lbs. 7 oz. and Cambrie was 5 lbs. 13 oz. and, natch, wore pink home from the hospital — Roberto, a 23 year old American living in China, sends in a pic after orchestrating an interview with the Today Show‘s Al Roker in Beijing — Amanda and Mandy, rockin’ their stylish shades, send in a pic of the two of them preparing for a fun night of karaoke — sisters Nadhirah and Nasihah from Singapore send in a pic from their mini viewing party of the season 4 premiere of The Hills this week complete with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream specially themed for the premiere:


Much love and thanks to you all. Congrats on the newborn babies (and the soon-to-be newborn baby) and lots and lots of lurve to you all for continuing to send in your fun PITNB-inspired photos. This week is a very fun batch and I look forward to seeing more fun pics in the weeks to come :) Again, thank you all so much for taking the time to include a little Pink is the new Blog in your fun celebrations … xoxoxox!

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Pete Wentz Takes Up Tennis

Love, all

While Snoop Dogg was bizzy playing baseball with the LA Dodgers this week, Pete Wentz was doing a bit of sporty stuff of his own. Here are pics of Pete Wentz working on his tennis game during a tennis lesson here in SoCal earlier this week:


HMMM … could it be that the emo kid is now more interested in becoming a jock? I get that Pete takes all new endeavors very seriously but, c’mon, is the he sweatband really all that necessary? I mean, really. But anyways, as far as sports go, I guess tennis is about the best one that Pete could’ve picked … he looks like the kinda guy who might not do well with contact sports like football or rugby. Good for him for taking up a new hobby like this, mebbe we’ll be seeing him at the US Open next year … it’s possible, right?

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Snoop Is A Dodger Dogg

LA Dodgers in da hizzie

Snoop Doggie Dogg was on hand at Dodgers Stadium this past Thursday to throw out the ceremonial first pitch ahead of the Dodgers vs. Colorado Rockies baseball game. Here are a few pics of Snoop on the field doing a bit of warming up before throwing out the first pitch:


The last pic shows Snoop posing with Dodger first baseman James Loney, who caught Snoop‘s first pitch Thursday night. Methinks that Snoop may have provided a bit of extra luck as well, the Dodgers went on to defeat the Rockies by a score of 3 to 1. Snoop Dogg is a longtime LA sports fan so it’s always great seeing him all dolled up in the colors of various LA sports teams. As far as Dodger Doggs go, Snoop is the shizzle.

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Gavin Rossdale Shows Off New Plastic Bling

Gives tiny update on Gwen Stefani's post-baby condition

New daddy Gavin Rossdale was snapped making his way out of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center last night just one day after his wife Gwen Stefani gave birth to their second child, another boy, named Zuma Nesta Rock. Gavin was proudly showing off his plastic hospital bracelet as he made his way to his car last night:


Aww … you know, sometimes the most precious things in life aren’t made of gold or silver … I really like Gavin‘s plastic bracelet. As Gav was making his way to his car, he revealed to the assembled photogs that “Mom is doing well”. I suspect that we should be hearing something more substantial from the couple about both mother and child very soon … but for now, let them rest. Congrats to the happy family again!!!

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Madonna Kicks Off Her ‘Sticky & Sweet’ World Tour

And away she goes ...

Madonna, the uncontested Queen of Pop, kicks off her new Sticky & Sweet World Tour in Cardiff, Great Britain tonight at the Millennium Stadium and the world waits with bated breath to hear (or, if you’re lucky enough to be attending this first show, see) what Maddy has got up her sleeve for this latest tour. But, ahead of tonight’s first show we have a couple of preview pics of Madonna on stage from her full dress rehearsal performance which took place last night. Here are pics of Madge in her “old school” tour costume last night:


There are quite a few more pictures out there from the final dress rehearsal performance last night but in an effort to keep as many secrets about the tour unspoiled until the tour actually starts, I’ll not be posting them. That said, I do plan to post a few pics of the opening night show in Cardiff (which takes place tonight) tomorrow in a post about the show.

Madonna.com has announced the opening of the official tour store where souvenirs from the Sticky & Sweet World Tour can be purchased online, including t-shirts, posters and the tourbook:


After the jump, check out a few pictures from the tourbook, some stats about the show that have been released by Madonna‘s people and a short video of Madonna talking to her fans from backstage at last night’s dress rehearsal … More »

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Barack Obama Chooses Joe Biden As His Running Mate

That's the ticket!

With just days to go before the Democratic National Party convenes in Denver, CO for the 2008 Democratic National Convention (where the party will formally select its candidate for President of the United States of America) the presumptive nominee, Senator Barack Obama, has announced that he has chosen Senator Joseph Biden to be his Vice Presidential nominee. For weeks now, there has been speculation that Biden (known and respected for his foreign relations expertise) might be Obama‘s choice and late yesterday we learned that that speculation was correct. For the Dems, it’s gonna be Obama/Biden in the 2008 Presidential election come November:


Senator Barack Obama introduced Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. as his running mate on Saturday, a choice that strengthens the Democratic ticket’s credentials on foreign policy heading into the general election against Senator John McCain. In Mr. Biden, Mr. Obama selected a six-term senator best known for his expertise on foreign affairs — Mr. Biden spent last weekend in Georgia as that nation engaged in a tense confrontation with Russia — and his skills at political combat. Mr. Obama passed over other candidates, including Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana and Gov. Tim Kaine of Virginia, who might have brought him a state or reinforced the message of change that has been central to his candidacy. He also bypassed Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, his main challenger in the primaries. It was perhaps the most critical decision Mr. Obama has made as his party’s presumptive nominee … Mr. Biden is the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and is familiar with foreign leaders and diplomats around the world. Although he initially voted to authorize the war in Iraq — Mr. Obama opposed it from the start — Mr. Biden became a persistent critic of President Bush’s policies in Iraq. Mr. Obama’s acquaintance with Mr. Biden is in no small part a result of the fact that the two serve together on that committee, aides said. Mr. Biden, who sought the Democratic presidential nomination himself this year before pulling out after performing poorly in the first contest, in Iowa, has shown himself to be a tough political brawler, a characteristic that many Democrats say Mr. Obama has not displayed against Mr. McCain. That is something that presidential candidates typically look for in a running mate. Mr. Biden seems likely to fill in other gaps in Mr. Obama’s political appeal that became increasingly clear during the primary season and going into the fall. He is a Roman Catholic, a group with which Mr. Obama had trouble during the Democratic primaries; he has a blue-collar background, potentially giving him appeal among working-class voters, another bloc in which Mr. Obama ran poorly in the primaries; and he was born in Pennsylvania, a battleground state that could be vital to both parties. Mr. Obama announced his choice in text and e-mail messages that began streaming out of his Chicago headquarters at 3 a.m., hours after news of his decision began leaking out. “Barack has chosen Senator Joe Biden to be our VP nominee,” read the text message. “Watch the first Obama-Biden rally live at 3pm ET on www.BarackObama.com. Spread the word!” His e-mail announcement began: “Friend — I have some important news that I want to make official. I’ve chosen Joe Biden to be my running mate.”


With this choice, Obama chooses a running mate who is well seasoned and who brings to the ticket sort of knowledge and expertise that will help Barack Obama lead our country forward in a new direction away from the failures of the current administration. This is a very exciting time for the Democrats, the campaign is getting more solidified and very soon, things can be full steam ahead into November. I’m really looking forward to the upcoming Democratic National Convention … and I’m very much looking forward to watching the Obama/Biden ticket bring much needed change to the good o’l U S of A.

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Miley Cyrus Is Gonna Have A Gay Ol’ Birthday

The best Super Sweet 16 Ever?

Miley Cyrus has decided to celebrate her Super Sweet 16th birthday party at the Happiest Place on EarthDisneyland! Miley will be be hosting her Disneyland birthday on October 5th, the very same day that Disneyland Gay Days will be in full swing. A coincidence? I think not:


The world’s most popular teenager, Miley Cyrus, will celebrate her 16th birthday at the Disneyland resort in Anaheim, Calif., on October 5, the same time Gay Days takes place. The 11th annual Gay Days event, which attracted 30,000 gays and lesbians to the park last year, actually takes place October 3-5. Gay Days describes itself as a “mix-in with straight parkgoers,” where the LGBT crowd wears red shirts. Gay Days is not Disney-sponsored, so park operators will not have official regulation over the event. Cyrus will celebrate her birthday with 5,000 fans, including volunteers from Youth Service America on October 5. “I only turn 16 once, so it’s going to be an awesome party with my favorite rides, hanging out with friends, fireworks, and more,” she said in a press release on Thursday. “I’ll even get to sing a couple songs.” Cyrus’s event promises fireworks, music, and a celebration for the youth volunteers.

HMMM … I wonder if Billy Ray Cyrus knows about this.

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Shia LaBeof’s Doppelgänger Does All The Dirty Work

Cheers for the unknown stuntman

Shia LaBeouf is hard at work on the set of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen these days but he’s not working as hard as you may have previously thought. Here are a few pics of Shia and his stunt double (who is a serious hottie) on set with the upgraded Transformer Bumblebee (2010 Chevrolet Camaro) each doing their thing:


Apparently, Shia‘s thing is to just mess around on set, smiling for the camera every now and then and his stunt double has to do all the dangerous stuff, lookin’ hawt all the while. It’s pretty amazing how much the double looks like Shia … but more grown up and less kid-ish. I think I vastly prefer the double over the real thing … how ’bout y’all?

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Usher Gets Political In Detroit

Shares his thoughts on the importance of voting and barbershops in the community

Here is a great vid of Usher paying a visit to the Campaign for Change Headquarters in Detroit, MI:


I think Usher makes a great point about the importance of voting and how integral community barbershops are to helping spread the word about politics in neighborhoods, especially in areas like Detroit. It’s a great vid.

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Rachel McAdams & Ryan Gosling Go Public

OMG, they're really back again!

Woooooot! Woooooot! Check out these amazing new photos of Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling happily and openly showing their lurve for one another again … seriously, I’m dying right now. There has been rumor, conjecture and a few reports that McGosling have gotten back together but it wasn’t until I came upon these AWESOME photos of the pair kissing, so lovingly together, at an eatery in Toronto, Canada (near her home) yesterday afternoon that I really, honestly believed the reports:


For a couple who broke up more than a year ago, Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams are spending an awful lot of time together. The Canadian-born pair went to dinner Monday with a couple of friends in Toronto at Grace restaurant. Gosling, 27, and McAdams, 31, began dating shortly after wrapping the romantic 2004 film The Notebook. They split in mid-2007. While reps are staying tight-lipped on the state of Gosling and McAdams’s relationship, the couple reportedly held hands during the meal, according to a Canadian gossip Web site. The pair started hanging out again in July when McAdams turned up to watch Gosling make his DJ debut at Hollywood hotspot Green Door lounge. “They talked when he was away from the deejay stand,” says a friend. “They really looked like good pals. He seemed happy to see her.”

These pics were taken one day after this People magazine report (the report came out Wed. these pics were taken Thurs.) … I guess they’re ready to show the world that they are, indeed, in love and back together. Seeing Rachel and Ryan together again makes me so happy … and I don’t even know why exactly. They just seem so right for one another. This is deffo the best news ever!

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‘Bunny’ Tale

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I planned on making a point of seeing The House Bunny on opening day today but since a Veruca Salt show was announced for tonight at the last minute (and I really want to see VS live again), Darion suggested that we go to a midnight showing of the flick last night … and that is exactly what we did. D and I met up for a late night dinner and then were met by his friend Loy at the Arc Light in Sherman Oaks, CA to see The House Bunny:


Okay, seriously, the movie was very cute and very funny … if you enjoyed the movie trailers for this flick then you’ll prolly enjoy the movie very much. As you might expect, there is a lot of dumb humor … the jokes are easy ones but Anna Faris manages to use her charm to make the lame jokes funnier then they prolly should be. I must confess, tho, that I was so not impressed with Anna‘s romantic interest in the movie played by Colin Hanks. For the life of me, I cannot understand why he was cast as the lead “hottie” in this film. He looks exactly like his father Tom Hanks who is nowhere near hottie material (plus he looks about 40 years older than he really is). Tyson Ritter, lead singer for All American Rejects, plays Emma Stone‘s character’s love interest and does, I think, a better job. I wasn’t particularly impressed with Rumer Willis either but mebbe I was just looking for things to not like about her. Overall, tho, the story is a sweet one … but not really all that substantial. It’s deffo a fun movie if you’re up for a no-brainer. I will tell you this, Darion, Loy and I were cracking up the entire time:


Then again, it doesn’t really take much to keep us entertained ;)

Tonight, I’m meeting up with my friend Michael for dinner and then the late night rock show with Veruca Salt. Mebbe I’ll see you there?

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Les News, 082208

Phelps to write a book, Celine becomes a 'Dr.', Katie can't sell tickets
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Veruca Salt Play The Viper Room Tonight

Be there or be elsewhere

Calling all Veruca Salt fans in the SoCal area (I know there are a few of y’all still out there) … Louise Post just sent out a last minute blast announcing that VS will be playing a show (their first in about 6 months) tonight at the Viper Room here in Hollywood, CA:


I am deffo planning on being there tonight to see the Salts in action, I understand they may be performing some new stuff so I am very excited. The show will rock balls, come on out and see :)

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Tori Amos Turns 45 Years Old Today

Birthday lurve for the Goddess

Much, much birthday lurve goes out to the amazing Tori Amos who is celebrating her 45th birthday today. Many of y’all know how much I <3 this woman and her music and I know a great many of you share this love for her:


Even in her most … colorful and adventurous state (like this fairly ostentatious outfit that Tori wore to the 2008 San Diego Comic Con earlier this summer) … Tori Amos is truly an amazing woman, musician, artist, mother — the list goes on and on. I’ve been a very rabid Tori fan since the early 90′s and am thrilled to know that she is happy to continue making music on her own terms. Earlier this year, Tori announced that she was leaving Epic Records to begin distributing and selling her future albums all on her own (perhaps much in the same way that Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails are) which is a very exciting thing for all Tori Amos fans. And so, today, on her 45th birthday, I want to send out a big shout-out and all my love to our dear Tori. Happy Birthday, T!!!

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Who’s Not A Fan Of TMZ

Boy, this is a toughie

Can you guess which newly married member of Young Hollywood was spotted driving around the streets of SoCal this week in a dirty ride that was showin’ no lurve to the gossip site TMZ?


It’s prolly not the young celeb you might be thinking … it’s actually a guy. After the jump, find out who it is … More »

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‘Gossip’ Boys Still Workin’ Hard

It ain't easy being this sexy

While many folks (including me) are buzzing about the debut of the much-talked about Beverly Hills, 90210 spin-off for The CW (especially all the Shannen Doherty shizz) which is set to premiere on 09.02, it should be noted that the Gossip Girl gang are still hard at work doing their own thang as they continue to film scenes for their second season all around NYC. Here are a few pics of Gossip boys Chace Crawford, Penn Badgley and Ed Westwick on the GG set at Columbia University earlier this week:


After the lads did their thing at Columbia, they hightailed it down to Brooklyn, NY to film scenes on the campus of Brooklyn Collage. After the jump, check out a couple pics of Chace Crawford and Ed Westwick enjoying a little tête-à-tête together on a grassy knoll on set … More »

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Gwen Stefani’s Wacky Baby Name … What Gives?

Why Zima Nestea The Rock Rossdale?

So … we now know that Gwen Stefani finally gave birth to her second child yesterday here in SoCal, that she birthed another son and decided to name him Zuma Nesta Rock … and now, the speculation as to the “why” begins, at least, until either Gwen or hubby Gavin Rossdale decide to enlighten us. At first, I assumed that Zuma meant that she gave birth to a baby girl. Pink reader Sajel sent me a link that confirms Zuma is, traditionally, considered a female name … but what about the rest of the newborn baby’s name … what gives?


What’s in a name? For Gwen Stefani’s newborn, Zuma Nesta Rock – plenty. Take the unique first name: Computer game aficionados may remember Zuma, a popular 2004 video game from PopCap Games. Zuma required players to remove balls rolling around the computer screen by firing a colored ball at them before they filled up the screen. A more likely name inspiration? Malibu’s famous Zuma Beach, a favorite destination for parents Gwen Stefani, Gavin Rossdale and big brother Kingston. The beach, famous for its surfable waves, was the inspiration for Neil Young’s album Zuma, making the locale a bona-fide musical landmark. And then there’s Nesta, Zuma’s middle name. Gwen and Gavin, avid Bob Marley fans, probably took a cue from the late singer’s middle name, which was also Nesta. Marley’s home base of Kingston, Jamaica, was an inspiration for big brother Kingston Rossdale’s name, so it seems Marley themes are popular in the Stefani-Rossdale household. Zuma’s second middle name, Rock, might be a nod to Rock Steady, the third studio album from Stefani’s band No Doubt. Rock Steady was primarily recorded in Jamaica and featured a reggae-heavy sound, rounding out the Bob Marley love for the musical clan.

Lord. Well, as far as baby names go, Zuma Nesta Rock‘s isn’t the strangest … I think that distinction still belongs to actor Jason Lee‘s son Pilot Inspektor Riesgraf. It’s not even the most absurd baby name that I’ve heard of lately … I would have to say that Matthew McConaughey‘s older brother Rooster McConaughey (who has wacky name of his own, but doesn’t really count since it’s a nickname) naming his son Miller Lyte wins that contest. Even still, I can’t help but think that little Zima … sorry, Zuma is gonna have a lifetime of razzing coming his way. I just hope the kid learns how to defend himself early on … something tells me that his fair older brother, Kingston James McGregor, might not be that great of a protector. So … what do y’all think about this baby name?

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John Mayer Has Got The Blues, Brother

Bros before woes

Here are a few pics of John Mayer out for a seemingly sad dinner with one of his brothers lookin’ like he is two seconds away from bursting into tears. John and his bro stepped out for dinner at Nobu in NYC, just two days after his most recent ex-girlfriend Jennifer Aniston dined there (you may recall that she was lookin’ as happy as can be, beaming from ear to ear, that night):


Johnny really does look a bit sad … I honestly believe that his break-up with Jen wasn’t something that he wanted to to, it was something that he had to do. You may recall that John gave an impromptu interview on the streets of NYC this past weekend and he explained that his relationship with Jen had to end because, essentially, their schedules wouldn’t allow them to be together properly. Jen, since the break-up, looks as if she’s handling things well … John, well, that’s a different story. Who knows … maybe, if scheduling allows, Mayerston can reunite and get things back on track at some point in the future (after all, McGosling seem to be back on the reconciliation track after a year or two of dunzoness). Until then, tho, I hope John Mayer cheers up a bit … seeing him look all weepy is a total bummer.

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‘Sporty’ Melanie Chisholm Is Pregs

Will join the 'Spice Moms' group

Either Melanie Chisholm (aka Mel C, aka Sporty Spice) was feelin’ left out as being the only Spice Girl to not give birth or mebbe she is trying to pull a Ricky Martin but in any case, she has announced that she has gotten herself knocked up and will be having a baby of her own:


Singer Melanie Chisholm says she is expecting a baby which will make her the last of the former Spice Girls to become a mother. The 34-year-old Mel C announced the news Friday on her Web site. The father is Thomas Starr, her partner for six years. Among the other Spice Girls, Victoria Beckham has three sons, Melanie “Mel B” Brown has two daughters, Geri Halliwell has one daughter and Emma Bunton has a son.

Here is the full text of Mel C‘s announcement from her official website:

A message from Melanie
22 Aug 08

Hi Everyone
Some Happy News!
Well, I can now announce that Tom adn I are expecting a baby and we are very happy.
As I’m sure you’ll understand we needed time to wait for results and tell our families. Thank you all for your kindness, good wishes and support (even if it was based on speculation!).
You all know how much I value my privacy so I’m sure I can rely on you to respect that, particularly at this time.
I will be taking it easy but am also excited to start writing for the fifth album. I’ll need some time off to be a mum but, before you know it, we’ll be back.
Also, check back on the site over the next week or so … Uncles Paul, Greg, Nick, Scott, Vinnie (and me) are planning a UK gig somewhere ‘up north’ for a great cause (rocking out is not easy at the moment so it’ll be a full band acoustic gig).
Love
Melanie xx

Uhhhh, I had no idea that she had a partner, let alone that they have been together for 6 years. That’s pretty cool. I think it’s safe to say that many folks have had their opinions on Mel C‘s love life, me included, so this is a bit surprising but happy news. At last, all of the Spice Girls will now be Spice Moms. Much congrats and love to Ms. Sporty Spice!

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No Duet For Britney Spears & Justin Timberlake

At least, none 'scheduled' at this point

Yesterday morning I posted some information provided by the New York Post that claimed that Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake would be teaming up to record a duet for her new album, due in a few shorts months. Today, it pains me to update the sitch with a newer report from Access Hollywood that claims that no duet is “scheduled” to take place between Brit and JT, according to his rep:


Britney and Justin – together again? Unfortunately for fans of the former pop couple, it’s not to be, as Access Hollywood has learned that the pair will not be recording a duet for Brit’s upcoming album, contrary to reports. Justin “is not scheduled to be in the recording studio with Britney,” a rep for the “SexyBack” singer told Access. The pop stars haven’t sung together publicly since they shared a stage with Aerosmith, Nelly and Mary J. Blige at the 2001 Superbowl, during Justin’s N*Sync days.

Even tho this news is a major bummer, there is still a chance that a duet could still be feasible. You will note that JT‘s rep was careful to say that Justin “is not scheduled” to record a duet with her … but that could change at any second. Now, that doesn’t mean that it’s going to happen but it may mean that this careful denial could be a way to keep the option open should JT decide to do the duet. Personally, I would love to see them do a duet together (a proper duet … JT wrote a song for Brit on her Britney album, What It’s Like To Be Me, and only provided beatbox vocalizations behind her vocals, it wasn’t a real duet) and I believe that it’s possible that they may duet together. I’m keeping my fingers crossed, all hope is not lost … not by a long shot.

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Gwen Stefani Gives Birth To Her Second Child

E! News makes the call, 'People' magazine confirms

E! News is reporting that Gwen Stefani has given birth … but is very light on the deets. In fact, the details they do provide are still unconfirmed (they’re not even sure of the baby’s gender). But, I’ve been hearing, too, that Gwen gave birth today but have been waiting for official confirmation before making the call. This report seems about as likely as any other:


E! News has confirmed Gwen Stefani gave birth this morning. We still don’t know whether it’s a boy or girl, but sources say the baby’s name is Zuma. More details to come as we get them!

Zuma sounds like a girl’s name to me … if, in fact, that is the baby’s name. Much love and congrats goes out to Gwen and Gavin Rossdale. Stay tuned for more deets and, hopefully, an official statement from the couple.

UPDATE: People magazine has official confirmation that A.) Gwen gave birth and B.) Zuma is a boy:

It’s a rock band in the making: Gwen Stefani and her rocker husband Gavin Rossdale welcomed their second child, a son, on Thursday in Los Angeles, PEOPLE has learned. The couple named the boy Zuma Nesta Rock Rossdale, a rep for Stefani says. Zuma joins the couple’s other son Kingston, who turned 2 in May.

Yay! Much congrats!!! Oh and sorry ’bout that Zuma sounds like a girl thing … but, it kinda does :)

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Victoria Beckham Can Laugh

I simply have no words

I … uh … am shocked, y’all. I never thought … I didn’t know it was possible … I … here is a picture of Vicki B. not only looking happy at a soccer match this week at Wembley Stadium in the UK (a match that David Beckam was playing) … but open-mouth laughing out loud and cheering with ecstatic glee with her children:


DAVID BECKHAM might have notched up a whopping 103 England caps in his career, but wife VICTORIA clearly still enjoys watching her man in action. The former Spice Girl was snapped cheering on the team with sons BROOKLYN, ROMEO and CRUZ, David’s sister JOANNE and mum SANDRA from a box at Wembley. Becks was substituted with 10 minutes left to play – but proud Sandra remained loyal and stayed to watch her son emerge onto the pitch at the end to swap shirts and wave his thanks to the crowd.

How is this possible? The only thing that makes sense is that Vicki B. recently got a tune-up to make her appear more … human. Technology just amazes me sometimes. She looks great, no?

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Britney Spears TO PERFORM At The 2008 MTV VMAs

So spills her hairstylist, Kim Vo

Woot! It’s really beginning to sound like my suspicions that Britney Spears will, in fact, be performing at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards next month are correct. E! News is reporting that celebrity hairstylist (and judge on Bravo‘s Shear Genius) Kim Vo has spilled the news that he is designing 3 different hairstyles for Britters for VMAs night — one for red carpet, one for the show and one for her live performance:

[C]hatty hairdresser … Kim Vo … told E! News exclusively that he just may be creating three VMA looks for the “E-mail My Heart” singer. What could Britney possibly need three different hairstyles for? … The first look would obviously be for the red carpet. Vo says he and Brit are still “feeling out” ideas about how that will look. The second style would be for the show itself, probably something “more chic, like a side ponytail.” And look No. 3 would be for her PERFORMANCE! That’s right, we said performance. For such an event, Vo and Brit want something “more quintessential Britney.” “Performance” and “quintessential Britney” said together could only mean our girl is definitely coming back to us.

See, the only thing that gives me pause right now is the bit about the “side ponytail”. Vo saying something like that makes me think that he may be kidding … but that still doesn’t mean that she won’t be performing, my gut still tells me that she will.

And since we’re on the Britney Spears tip, here are a couple of supercute pics of Britney enjoying a lovely afternoon (this past Tuesday) with her son Jayden James (presumably Sean Preston was there, too) and a little friend of his … who just so happens to be Kingston James Stefani-Rossdale:


How cute are these pics … and I love that Gwen is cool with letting Britney watch her baby boy. Mebbe once Gwen finally births her baby, Britney will be asked to do some more babysitting in the future?

Also this week, Brit Brit was seen making her way out of Conway Studios here in LA lookin’ as smiley as can be …


… it’s unclear if she was working on her new album or if she was, perhaps, rehearsing for her rumored VMAs performance. In any event, she looks great and life seems to be going really well for our dear Britney right now. I hope the best is yet to come … we shall soon see.

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Jamie Lynn Spears Goes Home To Mama

Leaves babydaddy Casey Aldridge behind?

Jamie Lynn Spears was spotted carrying her newborn baby girl Maddie Briann on a shopping trip in Kentwood, LA with her mother Lynne Spears days after Kelli Dawson tells In Touch Weekly that she was having an affair with JL‘s babydaddy Casey Aldridge while she was still pregs. Now, these pics could merely show that JL and Maddie were in town to visit grammy Lynne Spears but the Daily Mail seems to think that JL has packed up her bags and her baby and has left her home (and her babydaddy Casey) in Mississippi to live back home:


Britney Spears’ little sister Jamie Lynn cut a sad figure yesterday as she ventured out in public for the first time following allegations her fiancé had cheated on her. The 17-year-old actress’s relationship was been rocked by claims that Casey Aldridge, 19, had been having an affair with Kelli Dawson, 28. After the revelations last week, the Zoey 101 star and her two-month-old daughter Maddie Briann have fled the couple’s home in Mississippi to stay with her mother Lynne 30 miles away in Louisiana. Pictured for the first time since the reports, Jamie Lynn looked miserable as she joined mother Lynne and baby Maddie to buy a new mobile phone in a store in her hometown of Kentwood. Dressed for the hot weather in a denim mini skirt and white vest, Jamie Lynn was still wearing the engagement ring she accepted from Casey in March – just three months before their daughter was born. The couple, who have been dating for two years, were expecting to wed later this year, but their marriage plans have been thrown into jeopardy following the recent reports. Kelli told America’s InTouch Weekly magazine she had been dating Casey since November 2006 and had still been seeing him when Jamie Lynn was six months pregnant with Maddie – the same month he proposed.

I dunno … I think it’s far too early to assume that JL has moved out on Casey but it doesn’t sound totally unreasonable that a 17-year old girl might want to seek refuge and security at home after learning of suspected cheating on her boyfriend’s part. Baby or not, JL is still a young girl … it makes sense. It’s sad but I predict that this is only the beginning of Casey-Lynn‘s trubs. They’re just kids … and nothing that I’ve seen from either of them shows that they are ready to be self-sustaining parents. Whether or not there was cheating going on, I don’t think it’s a terrible idea for JL to get some help with her life right now. It might prove to be the best thing for her and her new family in the long run.

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Who Is The Shy Pink Ghost

Guess Who Boo!

Can you guess which normally unshy Hollywood “It” Girl was spotted trying to make a clandestine exit from Crown Bar last night while one of her BFFs tried to drive her away from the nightclub?


It shouldn’t be all that difficult to venture the correct identity of our coy friend. After the jump, find out who it is … More »

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Katie Holmes’s ‘Sons’ About To Shine

I guess this 'Broadway Thing' is actually gonna happen

The poster artwork for the new Broadway production of Arthur Millers‘s All My Sons has been put on display outside the Schoenfeld Theatre in NYC. As you may know, All My Sons will feature Katie Holmes in her Broadway debut, alongside co-stars Dianne Wiest, John Lithgow and Patrick Wilson. Here are a few pics of the new poster artwork for the show:


Katie Holmes’s Broadway premiere is just around the corner, and her play bill image is ready to go. The poster for the revival of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons simply highlights the actress, along with costars John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest and Patrick Wilson. The family drama premieres Oct. 16, with previews beginning Sept. 18.

I find it curious that Tom Cruise made it a point of contention that now that Katie is married to him that she would no longer be referred to professionally as Katie but instead as Kate Holmes. But this new poster, for her Broadway debut, clearly credits her as “Katie Holmes“. In any event, I’m not sure if the world is ready for Katie to take on Broadway but … here she comes anyways. Do any of y’all think she can handle it?

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G’s Spot

The TV Guide

Last night I got to hang out with my dear friend Gillian for a fun little pizza and drink date, which was long overdue. Because of our crazy schedules, Gillian and I haven’t had the time to get together as much as would’ve liked but at last we got our shizz straight and made a plan … after all, we had some celebratin’ to do. Gillian used to be the head honch-ess at TMZ up until this week when she moved on from the company to a bigger and IMHO better position elsewhere. I met up with G in Eagle Rock for a pizza dinner before we made our way to her favorite Pasadena watering hole, Magnolia, to finish out the night:


G introduced me to her friends and Magnolia owners Kerri and Brian and the bunch of us just had a great time getting to know one another and hanging out. It thrills me to no end that Gillian will now be working on more of a stable schedule so I can mebbe see her more than twice a year. We had a blast. Oh and if you’re ever in Pasadena, CA and you’re lookin’ for a great place to drink and snack — get to Magnolia (try the bread pudding and you’ll be thanking me).

Tonight, I’m planning to hang out with Darion for … whatevs. Life is good.

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Les News, 082108

Matt Damon a dad again, Jen Garner comes clean, the IOC finally wakes up
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‘Project Runway’: All Hail The Queens

ATTENTION: 'PROJECT RUNWAY' SPOILER ALERT WARNING

Ok … so at long last Project Runway finally decided to bust out the drag queen challenge and have the designers create over-the-top looks for some of NYC’s most fabulously fierce drag queens:


It’s about damn time that PR decided to pay homage to drag queens, this is a challenge that should’ve happened ages ago … but at long last, they finally wizened up. After the jump, find out who was in, who was out and who wasn’t designer enough to work up a fierce-ass outfit in the ep titled Good Queen FunMore »

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Sienna Miller’s Home Gets Vandalized

This ain't Bansky, y'all

Dang … someone out in Londontown does not have a very good opinion of Miss Sienna Miller. Pretty much everyone on Earth is well aware of her most recent high-profile romantic relationship with the still-married Balthazar Getty and y’all may recall that she had been spending time with him here in SoCal for the past couple of weeks, only recently flying back home to London. Well, it looks like Sienna was met with a nasty surprise when she returned to her North London home earlier this week. I have censored the photo which is kinda NSFW, you can see the uncensored pic after the cut:


An exterior wall of Sienna’s home in North London was daubed, in capitals, with the word ‘SLUT’. The black spray-painted graffiti also included an unsettling circular symbol – which looks like an attempt to recreate the sign for Satan. The actress has attracted controversy for her relationship with married man BALTHAZAR GETTY. However Sienna maintains that he split from his wife before they got together. The clumsily written graffiti materialised despite the apparent presence of security lights and a burglar alarm system on the outside of the building.

Wow. This seems very extreme and totally over-the-top. After the jump, check out the semi-NSFW uncensored photo … More »

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TR Knight, Mark Cornelsen Bring The Extreme Cuteness

Y'all can't handle this much adorableness

Okay … here is some cute shizz, y’all. After Elton published a blogpost of news briefs and they used the CUTEST.PICTURE.EVER. of boyfriends TR Knight and Mark Cornelsen cuddlin’ all up on each other (well, I guess TR is doing more of the cuddlin’) and lookin’, well, cute as hell:


Seriously, I’m dying from too much adorableness. This pic of The Mark-Knight needs to be featured on CuteOverload.com poste haste, it’s just … too, too much. This is what love looks like, y’all … ain’t it a beautiful sight?

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Gwen Stefani To Give Birth Today

So says 'In Touch Weekly' magazine

In Touch Weekly magazine is reporting that Gwen Stefani is going to give birth today. The mag reports that she was spotted making her way into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (where her first child Kingston James was born in 2006) and is planning to deliver by way of c-section this morning. Here is a pic of Gwen making her way into the hospital for a check-up last week:


It’s D-Day — as in Delivery Day — for Gwen Stefani! The singer checked into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and is scheduled to give birth via C-section at 10 a.m. PT. This will be the second child for Gwen, 38, and her husband Gavin Rossdale—and it’s in the same hospital where she gave birth to son Kingston, 2. “Gwen’s so excited to have this baby because she gained a lot of weight during this pregnancy,” her pal reveals to In Touch. “She is ready to meet her new baby and get her body back.”

The 10AM delivery time seems awfully specific but I suppose it’s totally feasible … even if she doesn’t give birth right at 10AM there is still a good chance that she’ll deliver sometime today — she seems way overdue to me. And, let’s not forget, that In Touch Weekly was the first magazine to report that Angelina Jolie gave birth to her twins on July 12th … which gives their report a bit more credence, I think. I just hope it’s true … Gwen needs to have that baby (those babies?) already. Watching her baby bump get so big is wearing me out ;)

UPDATE: Pink reader AJ gives me the head’s up that there is a strong possibility that Gwen did, indeed, give birth today but that she checked into the hospital last night … I guess at this point, all we have to do is wait for confirmation.

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Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake To Make Beautiful Music Together

Halle-effin-lujah!

OMG! OMG! OMG! The day that longtime, diehard Britney Spears fans have been dreaming about for years (and prolly never thought would ever come to pass) may actually be closer than was previously believed. The New York Post is reporting today that the much-desired duet between our dear Britney and Justin Timberlake may become a reality … rumor has it there is talk that a duet between the two, if ever recorded that is, may show up on Brit‘s new album:


THE long-awaited duet between Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake may finally be recorded. Spies said Spears will team up with her ex-love for a song on her next album due at the end of the year. The two were supposed to team up for her last album, but Spears – under the influence of friends including Osama Lutfi and Adnan Ghalib – missed her recording session with Timbaland at the legendary producer’s Virginia Beach studio last August. “She just didn’t show up,” our spies said at the time.

Now, I want to be a bit conservative with my elation right now because I’m not sure my frail little heart can stand the disappointment of this duet not happening … again. But this is encouraging to hear. I absolutely recall when rumors started last year that Brit Brit and JT were gonna record a duet with Timbaland and was bummed when it never happened … and I agree, Sam Lutfi was absolutely behind the duet not taking place. This duet has a real chance of actually happening … at least as far as Britney is concerned. She’s much healthier and now has the right people in her life to help steer her in the right direction. But, we should remember, this is just a Page Six rumor. Even still … I’m hopeful that Britney and Justin will reunite again, at least professionally … and then they can fall in love and live happily ever after!!!

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Shannen Doherty Is An Icon

New '90210' promos featuring Doherty are out!

The CW has just released two short promo vids for their new series 90210 and they each feature Shannen Doherty … well, at least a tiny bit. Here is the first promo vid entitled simply Icon:


After the jump, check out the other 90210 promo vid which features a bit more Shannen than the first one … More »

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Ricky Martin Fathers A Set Of Twins

Livin' La Vida In Vitro

Ricky Martin just can’t let a big celeb trend pass him by, let alone two celeb trends … Martin has just revealed that not only is he a new celebrity parent but he is the celebrity parent of twin babies that were born by way of a surrogate mother. Like Clay Aiken before him (who fathered his own child after deciding to have a baby via artificial insemination with his much older friend Jaymes Foster), Ricky is now a new dad of twin baby boys:


Ricky Martin has become a father. The Latin heartthrob welcomed twin boys via a surrogate, his rep confirmed to Access Hollywood. “The children, delivered via gestational surrogacy, are healthy and already under Ricky’s full-time care,” a statement from Martin’s rep read. Martin is thrilled about the births and is stepping back from his duties as a bon-bon shaking celebrity to be a dad. “Ricky is elated to begin this new chapter in his life as a parent and will be spending the remainder of the year out of the public spotlight in order to spend time with his children,” the statement also noted. Martin is not expected to return to the studio until sometime next year, his rep told Access.

Well, now this is … odd … but happy news, I suppose. I seem to remember hearing that Ricky (who has been out of the spotlight for ages now, at least here in the US) had a girlfriend or was purporting to have a girlfriend/fiancée or something like that … yeah, whatever happened to her and why did he decide to have a child via surrogate. I suppose I can understand that he may have wanted to have children without the bother of having their natural mother to contend with in order to raise them on his own but … yeah, it’s odd, right? Surely this news will do nothing to cool down those rumors about his private life. In any event, congratulations goes out to Daddy Martin on the birth of his twin boys … I wish them all much happiness together.

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Jessica Simpson Wants You To Drink

The more beer you ingest, the better she sounds?

Earlier today I posted a newslink regarding Jessica Simpson‘s new gig as a beer spokesperson … and now we have our first look at the new ad campaign for Stampede Light Plus beer:


Jessica Simpson is now selling beer. The singer and actress has signed on as spokeswoman for Stampede Light Plus, made by Dallas’ Stampede Brewing Co. Simpson will appear in ads in stores for the beer and is taking a 15% stake in the brewer. The Dallas Morning News says terms were not disclosed. Lawrence Schwartz, Stampede’s president and chief executive, says Simpson is the now face of the brand. Simpson said in a statement that as an entrepreneur she’s “always looking for ways to diversify my portfolio with good ideas and good people.” Stampede Light bills itself as a beer for active people.

UHHH … is it just me or does anyone else think this is a horrrrrrible idea. I get that Jessica is trying to break into the Country Music market but does that mean she has to become a beer spokesperson? Trust me, I like beer but … I dunno … something about shilling for booze seems a bit … trashy. Olympic athletes score campaigns for healthy breakfast foods and poor Jess is trying to get people to drink “beer for active people”. This whole thing just smells like a Papa Joe Simpson idea … to me, it just fees like a really bad idea. Thoughts?

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Jewel Kilcher Got Naughty In A Photo Booth

An oldie but a goodie

Okay … y’all will have to indulge me for a sec … I realize that this photo is about 5 years old now but Pink reader Faith recently stumbled upon it and reminded me of how awesome it really is. After all, some of you may have missed it the first time … so without further ado … Here is a pic of Jewel Kilcher and a guy, who may or may not be her new husband Ty Murray (it does look like it could be him), flashing Jewel‘s right breast inside the famed photo booth at MTV studios in Times Square back in 2003. Guests of TRL used to pop into (and pop out, apparently) the photo booth to take photos for the network and may or may not have been aware that a video camera was also inside the booth to videotape the guests:


After the jump, check out the racy and fun NSFW uncensored photo … More »

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Breaking News: Jennifer Aniston Smiles

You have to see it to believe it

Anyone with merely a passing knowledge of celebritydom knows that Jennifer Aniston is not a fan of being photographed by the paparazzi. She, very famously, bragged about how she owns multiple pieces of the same outfits so that she can wear the same thing day after day to try and discourage the paps from taking photos of her that all look the same. Someone who would go to these lengths does not expend a lot of energy smiling for pap shots either … especially when pretty much everyone is all abuzz about her recent breakup with John Mayer. This is why I was pretty surprised to see these new photos of Jen making her way out of a dinner with friends at Nobu in NYC lookin’ rosy-cheeked and doing the seemingly impossible … she was actually smiling:


Unlucky-in-love Jennifer Aniston is probably feeling hurt after her latest break-up, with rocker John Mayer. But the 39-year-old certainly didn’t show it as she left an exclusive New York eatery with a big smile on her face after dining with friends. The former Friends star and the musician split over his lack of commitment according to sources. He blamed their “different chemistry”.

You know what, good for her. I sometimes give Jen grief but I do feel a bit bad things don’t seem to work out for her romantically. I actually liked her with John Mayer but … well … sometimes you have to just pick up and move on … and that’s what she looks like she’s doing. Any of y’all have any thoughts on who would make a nice new guy for Ms. Aniston?

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Michael Phelps On The ‘Corn Flakes’ Cereal Box

He's Gr-r-r-eight!

Sorry Wheaties, Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes and Corn Flakes beat you to the punch … 14-time Olympic Gold Medalist (8-time Gold Medalist at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games alone) Michael Phelps will appear on new boxes of Corn Flakes and Frosted Flakes (this news comes one day after Sports Illustrated revealed the cover of their new issue which features Phelps and his 8 Gold Medals) this Fall … here is our first look his Corn Flakes box and a portion of the Kellogg’s press release:


He’s already taken his place in history alongside the legends, but now Michael Phelps can add one more milestone to the list. After earning eight gold medals in the 2008 Olympic Games, Michael Phelps has earned a place of honor on the front of specially-marked Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes® and Kellogg’s Corn Flakes® cereal boxes. The gold medal winning Olympic champion from Baltimore, Maryland will be featured on Kellogg’s Corn Flakes and Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes cereal packages that are expected to hit grocery store shelves across the U.S. in mid-September. The boxes will feature images of Phelps during what were some of the most memorable moments of this summer’s Olympic Games. “As an Official Sponsor of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team and a proud sponsor of Phelps, it is only fitting that Kellogg Company feature this world-class athlete on its iconic boxes of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes and Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes cereals,” said Marta Cyhan, Vice President, Global Promotions, Kellogg Company. “Michael embodies the values behind our Frosted Flakes Earn Your Stripes(TM) program. He knows that winning is not just about the glory that comes with gold medals, but about good sportsmanship, working hard and being your best.”

I wouldn’t be surprised if Phelps does also end up on a Wheaties boxes, too (Wheaties very famously puts sports heroes, including many Olympians, on their boxes). Or, mebbe gymnast(s) Nastia Luiken and/or Shawn Johnson will be the ones to score the Wheaties box. In any event, I would think it’d be a great honor to be put on any cereal box … right?

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‘Moon’ Struck

The TV Guide

Sadly, David had to fly back to NYC yesterday after his quick trip out West for Sashie and Will’s wedding … because he’s got, like, a million things to take care of in NYC he couldn’t stay longer. It’s gonna be a little while until I’ll get to see him again … I have a week trip in Detroit coming up and then a couple weeks back here in LA before I jet off to NY again for his birthday next month.

Anyways, I was able to finally finish Book 2 of the Twilight series, New Moon, last night and again found that I enjoyed the book very much:


I liked the way the story shifted in this second book … introducing the werewolves was a very smart move and I liked the author’s allusions to the Romeo and Juliet story (likening the protagonist’s feelings for Edward and Jacob to Juliet‘s feelings towards Romeo and Paris, respectively). My one complaint with the series, thus far, is the weakness of the main character Bella. She is always hurting herself and causing accidents that put her in harm’s way … she is always overdramatically pining for Edward, sometimes to the point of nausea. I mean, I get that young girls may eat this stuff up but I think making the character a little stronger, a little less reliant on the boys in the story would make her more interesting. I have a hard time feeling sympathy for a girl who cries profusely at the sight of the beautiful boy she’s in desperate love of … and then hates herself for crying so much that her tears keep her from being able to look at him (this actually happens at the end of New Moon). That being said, tho, the story is compelling … once you get into it, you don’t want to put down the books. I’m looking forward to starting Book 3, Eclipse, later on today.

I have a dinner date later on with my good friends Gillian and Tim, who I haven’t seen in a couple of months … we’re long overdue for hanging out so I’m really looking forward to seeing them tonight. So yeah, reading and hanging … keeping things pretty quiet these days :)

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Jason Statham Does ‘GQ’ Magazine

Lookin' F-I-N-E while doing so

Jason Statham, who is all kinds of manly man hot, is featured in the new issue of GQ magazine modeling suits and accessories that show GQ readers how to be the Best Dressed Man at the Office. Uh hun, whatevs … you put Jason Statham in a suit and I’ll stand up and take notice, behold:


Jason Statham’s voice marks him immediately not so much as an alpha male, but as an alpha bloke. It’s gravelly but melodic in that working-class-Brit way, and it’s on good display in this month’s Death Race, a sort of amped-up remake of the Stallone-Carradine film from 1975. This time out, a prison warden played by Joan Allen forces her cons to compete in a deadly NASCAR game. “The cars are a bit ‘ard to drive,” explains Statham, “because dey got aull dese guns mounted on ‘em.” It’s no surprise that Statham scored his first acting job — in 1998′s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels — by doing an impression of a street vendor for director Guy Ritchie. It helped that his day job at the time was what Londoners call fly pitching. “It’s street-corner sales, on the fly,” Statham says. “You open up your case, and when the police come you close up. It’s kind of illegal. That’s why you work with lookouts and several stooges wiffin the crowd.” Two modest Ritchie parts were enough to convince Luc Besson that this man could carry The Transporter in 2002. With his brand of athleticism in short supply, he’s worked steadily ever since (like in this year’s surprisingly good hit The Bank Job). The hardest part of staying in action-hero shape? “Booze is difficult to give up if you’re from the UK,” Statham says. Though his work is in L.A., the 36-year-old actor holds on to a place in London. “When I get sick of one, I go to the other,” he says. “Hollywood’s a desperate town; people are obsessed with the industry, and there&