Halle Berry was spied on the cold street set of her new movie Frankie and Alice last night which is currently filming in Vancouver, Canada … and she didn’t look dressed for the weather. While other celebs were playing dress-up last night (some in a fun way, some in a lame way) for Halloween purposes, Halle was playing dress-up for work purposes. Here are a few pics of Halle on set last night:
Set in the 1970′s, Frankie and Alice tells the tale of a young woman suffering from multiple personality disorder … which causes some strife for the African American woman because one of her personalities is racist. Um, while the premise does sound a bit comical, I’m sure the drama will be a serious effort rather than a comedic one. Halle looks pretty damn good in this skimpy little outfit, I gotta say. I’m diggin’ the hair … and the Foxy Brownness of her character overall. She looks hawt, y’all.
Heidi Klum was snapped on the streets of NYC scandalously and brazenly holding hands with Senator Barack Obama! Has the good Senator from Illinois given up on his bid for the White House in order to hang out with the Project Runway host instead?
Hee hee … actually, Heidi was actually walking the streets of NYC with her husband Seal underneath that Obama mask. As some of you are well aware, Heidi Klum very famously throws a huge masquerade ball each Halloween and it looks like Heidi and Seal were running around taking care of a few last minute things before the big to-do tonight. I can’t wait to see what these two will be dressed like tonight. That being said, Heidi and Barack make a hawt couple.
Lance Bass stepped out on the town last night showing off his idea of a cool Halloween costume. Homeboy wore a red graduation cap and gown …
… which, I gotta say, is prolly the most uninspired and lazy Halloween costume I think I’ve ever seen a celebrity wear. It’s not even timely nor does it really relate to anything. Boo. It’s a disappointing showing from my boy Lance … here’s hoping he comes up with something more inspired, more impressive for Halloween tonight.
03. Out From Under
04. Kill The Lights
05. Shattered Glass
06. If U Seek Amy
07. Unusual You
09. Mmm Papi
11. Lace and Leather
12. My Baby
Compared to the tracklist posted earlier today, only 4 of the songs match up (Womanizer, Circus, Kill the Lights and Mannequin). There are no writing/production credits listed with this official tracklist so we’re gonna have to wait on that info. I’m not sure how I feel about the album artwork. It deffo has that “circus” feel to it (ie. the old posters from the heyday of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Baily) and she does look pretty but … there’s no pizzazz for me. In all honesty, I’ve never been impressed with Britney‘s album artwork. I think my fave cover is the Britney cover (but only because I got the Japanese import that had glitter all over the cover). What do y’all think … is this a dope album cover or not?
OMG!!! There’s been a lot of buzz on the Internets about what Britney’s next single will be and we can reveal it will be…… CIRCUS!!!!!!!!!! We’re told the song is an up-tempo track and was produced by Dr. Luke and Benny Blanco. Britney’s up tempo tracks are my fave!
Kevin Federline was on hand today to pick up his children with Britney Spears, Sean Preston and Jayden James, from their preschool here in SoCal today — and the boys were already dressed and ready to get the Halloween fun underway. You may recall that Britney has been the one who was picking up the kids from school for the past couple of weeks but today’s Halloween pick-up fell to K-Fed. Here are a few pics of The Federline and his sons — dressed as adorable bees! — at their school earlier today:
Awww … they are so cute! I just love Britney‘s kids … they have grown into such adorable little boys. These bee costumes are TO DIE FOR! I gotta say, I really wish it was Britney who was the one to pick up the kids today but K-Fed looks kinda decent in these pics. We have no way of knowing what the Halloween plans for the Spederline kids look like but I hope they will be able to spend time with both of their parents tonight … wouldn’t that be a nice way for them to enjoy All Hallow’s Eve?
Last night David and I made our way to the Ahmanson Theater in downtown LA for the red carpet premiere of Spring Awakening, the hit Broadway musical that is currently on tour in this region of the country. Both David and I have seen the show in NYC with the original Broadway cast so we had high expectations for this touring production:
I feel I must preface my comments about the show we saw last night by saying the original Broadway production and cast managed to win 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical … that is tough to compete with. That said, this touring version of the show is good … just not great. Kyle Riabko, a pop singer who recently released his debut album (which features a duet with Liz Phair, BTW) and reminds me a bit of Jesse McCartney plays the male lead role of Melchoir and Christy Altomare plays the female lead Wendla. I’m sorry to say that, while each is very talented, I didn’t feel the passion that their roles require. I found them both apt singers but, again, there was no power to their voices to drive the emotionality home with the audience. I was very impressed with Blake Bashoff who plays Moritz and Sarah Hunt who plays Martha. They were each able to connect with their roles and offer the powerful performances to exude that emotional connection required of the story. There was a bit of “high school musical”ness to the performance but it could’ve been a result of opening night jitters. Also, the audience was an atrocious one for them to play to. The audience riotously laughed at the violent interplay between Melchoir and Wendla when he beats her (some in the audience thought it was “funny”) and, appallingly, someone let their phone ring for about 40 seconds without silencing it during a very quiet part of the performance. The gentleman who was sitting behind David and me was so obnoxiously loud that we really did not enjoy ourselves very much. I fear the rude audience may have had an effect on the players’ performances. In any event, I’m grateful for being able to see the show again. I’m sure diehard fans of Spring Awakening will be very pleased with this production. The show, itself, is spectacular. This time around I was able to really get into the story and found the whole experience much more enjoyable than the first time I saw it.
David and I were not able to stay for the VIP afterparty because we had to bolt for the airport to pick up his sister Eden who flew in for the weekend. We had to leave the theater as soon as we could. Much love and thanks goes out to Jason for inviting us out to the show, we had a great time!!
Tonight is Halloween … and I’m still not entirely sure what we’ve got planned. Steph and Alek are home so we will be seeing them for sure. Beyond that, I dunno … I do have a costume to wear tho … I’ll have pics tomorrow :)
Seriously, the man can make even a trashy tank-top like this look really sexy. I’m not sure if we’ll get to see any of the Beckham bunch dressed in their Halloween costumes but I’m sure Becks and VB have got fun plans for their kids tonight. I gotta say, I’m really gonna miss having Becks here in SoCal for the couple of months he’ll be away in Milan, Italy so I’m just gonna have to enjoy him while we still got him.
The hit Broadway musical Spring Awakening had its red carpet opening here in LA last night at the Ahmanson Theater. This touring version of the show, whose last stop was San Francisco, CA, has made its way to LA and premiered last night. Here are a few pics from some of the red carpet arrivals last night:
As you can see, some castmembers from The CW‘s 90210 came out for last night’s premiere. You may recall that the fictional kids at West Beverly High put on a performance of Spring Awakening at their school this season on the show. Interestingly enough, none of the 90210 actors who came out for last night’s premiere were actually involved with the fictional staging of the musical on 90210 (Jessica Lowndes‘s character Adrianna was supposed to play the lead but had to be replaced after she got cracked out on drugs … on the show). David and I were very lucky to attend last night’s premiere opening and I’ll have my review in my TV Guide post later in the day. While the group of celebs who came out for last night’s opening wasn’t necessarily stellar, there were a lot of fun people in the hiz to enjoy the fun last night. Spring Awakening will run at the Ahmanson Theater until December 7.
Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker reported for duty at the NYC Headquarters of the Obama/Biden campaign last night to man the phone banks for a few hours in order to make calls on Obama‘s behalf to undecided voters. Not content with just showing up for the glitzy Hollywood fundraisers, SJP rolled up her sleeves and got down in the trenches with other committed Obama campaign volunteers:
I think it’s very impressive for someone like SJP to put her money where her mouth is (in this case, literally) and actually work for a campaign like this. It is very easy for celebs to just show up at fundraisers, donate money and be on their way but you gotta respect the celebs who care enough to actually put in an modicum of effort to work on a political campaign like this. I’m happy to report that my BFF Sarah will be donating some of her time this Sunday to volunteer for the Obama/Biden campaign in her Dearborn, MI neighborhood. The presidential campaign is getting down to the wire and folks are really stepping up in the last days to try and make a difference and bring much needed CHANGE to this country. It’s not too late for YOU to get involved in your neighborhood:
Click HERE to find out how you can get involved in the Obama/Biden campaign in these few remaining days. Having worked on previous political campaigns for the Democrats, I can assure you … it’s an insanely rewarding experience. Can’t volunteer? Click HERE to make a donation to the Obama/Biden campaign and receive a One Voice can Change the World t-shirt! Get involved, make a difference :)
Here are a few more photos of Michael Jackson and his children — Prince Michael, Paris Michael and Prince Michael II — lookin’ their Halloween best with new masks as they made their way en masse to Borders bookstore in Westwood, CA last night:
You may recall that yesterday we saw that Jacko and the kiddies got a jump-start on their Halloween celebrations this year by doing a bit of trick-or-treating early. Personally, I like these masks much better than their previous masks. I mean, it’s all still very much WTF? but I guess the semi-daily sightings are making them seem more normal? It is Halloween, after all, so … what the hell.
Jermaine Jackson made headlines earlier this week, when he hinted that the original members of the Jackson 5 were ready for a comeback album and tour. Alas, Michael Jackson quickly debunked the reunion talk. “My brothers and sisters have my full love and support, and we’ve certainly shared many great experiences,” the King of Pop said in a statement released by his rep, identified as “Dr. Tohme.” “But at this time I have no plans to record or tour with them. I am now in the studio developing new and exciting projects that I look forward to sharing with my fans in concert soon,” he continued. Jackson has been “in L.A. working … and meeting with people like will.i.am,” confirmed one music source, adding, “From what I hear, it’s going really well.”
Of course, none of this surprises me in the least. It seems absolutely impossible for this group of unstable (to say the least) family members to coordinate in any real way that would make a reunion possible. Michael Jackson seems happily ensconced in his own little dream world, flitting about from book store to book store with his costumed children to care at all about working with his family again. We’ve been hearing about these “new projects” for months … years. I’d be shocked if any of the work he’s been reportedly doing with Will.i.am will actually get released. We’ve also heard that Las Vegas big wigs are trying to woo Jacko into undertaking his own Vegas show … I highly doubt that will ever come to be either. I’m sorry, I just have a real hard time believing that Michael Jackson is functionally capable of becoming a performer again. Nothing that I’ve seen or heard from him in the past 10+ years leads me to believe that he is able to reclaim his pretend title as the King of Pop. Altho a bit sad, IMHO, at least he seems happy in his new life with his children. At long last he has a group of kids who he can play with and no outside force can come in and ruin that relationship. Of course, his kids are growing up fast … he better enjoy the playtime while he still can.
Newishweds Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon played host at Marquee nightclub in NYC last night at the club’s annual Halloween party. Nick actually did double duty as he also DJed last night’s soiree … Mimi, on the other hand, was just there to look hot. Here are a couple pics of Mr. & Mrs. Cannon making their grand arrival at Marquee last night in their matching firemen costumes:
Mimi and Nick arrived on the back of an actual NYC firetruck to much fanfare … but the couple did not remain in these costumes for long. Once inside, they both changed into other matching (and IMHO, cuter) Halloween costumes. After the jump, check out pics of Mimi and Nick‘s second Halloween costumes of the night … More »
From Britney.com: Before y’all start freaking, this is NOT the Circus album cover, but it’s (almost) just as cool. It’s the first (of many) promotional items you’ll be seeing — in record stores, Best Buy, Circuit City, etc. I don’t know about you, but I got really excited when I saw it. The design is HOT.
We are still more than a month away from the album’s release so I’m sure there will be other promotional items coming our way. The tracklist for the album has NOT been officially released but Pink reader Mick sends in a rumored tracklist for the disc (with producing credits for each track) that sounds plausible but, again, is not confirmed. After the jump, check out the rumored tracklisting for Circus … More »
What started out as a rumor has now become a real deal — David Beckham has officially signed on to join the AC Milan fútbol club to play professional soccer for the Italian team. BUT, because Becks is well-under contract with the LA Galaxy here in the US, his contract with AC Milan is a temporary one. Becks will play in Italy for 2 months, during the MLS soccer off-season, and will return to play for the Galaxy once the MLS season starts up again in March. Here is the official announcement that was made on DavidBeckham.com and a report from the LA Times:
From DavidBeckham.com: David’s loan move to AC Milan is now official and the LA Galaxy captain will join the Italian club in January. Earlier, AC Milan and LA Galaxy released a joint statement, with the following: An agreement has been reached between the Los Angeles Galaxy and AC Milan for the loan of David Beckham effective in January, 2009. David Beckham remains under contract to the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer and will return to the club for training and the start of the 2009 MLS season. AC Milan and the Los Angeles Galaxy have additionally agreed to a technical partnership that will provide great benefit to the L.A. Galaxy.
From the LA Times: David Beckham’s move from the Galaxy to AC Milan was finalized Thursday, with the England national team midfielder set to join the Italian club on loan for January and February. The exact starting and ending dates of the loan were left unclear, however, as were most other pertinent details. For example, neither club would reveal who would pay Beckham’s $541,667-a-month salary during his absence from Los Angeles. Nor would they comment on the specifics of “a technical partnership” being formed between the Galaxy and AC Milan, or whether the Galaxy would financially benefit from lending its top player. “Terms of the agreement will remain confidential,” said a joint statement issued by the Major League Soccer and Serie A teams. According to AC Milan’s website: “The English player will be a Rossonero (red and black) from Jan. 7, 2009.” But the Associated Press reported that Beckham would undergo a physical in Milan on Dec. 20 — two weeks after he plays for the Galaxy in a friendly match in New Zealand — and would be introduced the next day, when his Italian jersey number would be unveiled. Bruce Arena, the Galaxy’s general manager and coach, was unable to shed much light on Beckham’s travels. “He’s going to be back in March, and we believe it’s right around March 1, and he will be available for our opening game,” Arena said. “I haven’t seen the exact details of the loan agreement yet . . . but we fully anticipate that this loan is for approximately two months. There’s a possibility he could go in December.” The Galaxy’s 2009 schedule has yet to be released because MLS will not decide until next month on whether to start the season earlier. A league spokesman said Thursday that it would start “sometime between March 14 and 28.” Beckham initiated the loan move because he wants to extend his England national team career, and England has a friendly game against Slovakia in London on March 28, three days before it plays a World Cup qualifier against Ukraine on April 1, also at Wembley. If called up by England Coach Fabio Capello, Beckham would thus be making at least three transatlantic trips within the first few weeks of the MLS season.
You know, this sounds about as good a compromise as any. It makes sense that Becks would want to stay in shape for the 2 months that the MLS soccer season is on hiatus. Personally, I think AC Milan is lucky to have him on their squad for any length of time. As long as Becks is back in the US to play for the Galaxy (who shelled out a lot of money for the privilege) then I don’t see why he shouldn’t be allowed to play for Italy. Becks also updated his official blog with a new post about his loan-out to AC Milan (the post was written before the deal was signed). After the jump, read the text of his latest post in full … More »
… and while this guy looks like he could be Brad I’m not entirely convinced. It’s possible that Brad has lost a bit of weight while working on the new Quentin Tarantino film Inglourious Basterds which is currently being filmed in Germany but … I dunno. What do y’all think … is this really Brad Pitt as is claimed by the photo agency? If so, are we feelin’ the porn’stache?
Good news, y’all … action man Jason Statham is back again in the third installment of The Transporter franchise. After achieving marginal success with The Transporter and The Transporter 2, Jason is back in movie theaters next month in, you guessed it, The Transporter 3. It should come as no surprise that I am a big fan of the man and (some of) his movies (Death Race notwithstanding, yeesh!) largely because his flicks tend to offer amazing action scenes … oh and there’s the other matter of the man’s insane hotness. Here is a still from the upcoming movie Transporter 3 where Jason is doing what he does best … lookin’ good:
While it can be argued that Jason‘s Transporter character Frank Martin is the hottest and best dressed dude who can kick your ass with both hands tied behind his back, I think there is something to be said for when Jason‘s character isn’t dressed on screen at all. The Transporter films take great pains to make sure that Frank Martin is dressed to the nines, lookin’ sharp as hell (even after a sweaty fight) at pretty much all times … but they also take the time to insert some gratuitous half-nekkidness as well to give the audience a bit more excitement. Trust me, I’m a fan. I am really lookin’ forward to seeing this movie when it opens on November 26 not only for the less-dressed portions of the film but also because these movies are really very fun popcorn movies. The action, while ridiculous, is always fun to watch and even tho it’s TOTALLY unbelievable it’s always a good time.
Earlier this week, Xtina Aguilera finally released the new music video for her new single Keeps Gettin’ Better to very little fanfare. After delaying the vid for some time after the single hit the airwaves, Xtina released (in my opinion) a pretty weak, unexciting vid. I was a bit bummed that the vid wasn’t very good, IMHO, especially since I quite like the song very much and have been diggin’ on some of the promo materials that she has been releasing in the past few weeks. Today we get a new batch of promo pics and, I have to say, these are the worst of the bunch. While I felt her previous promo pics were sexy and cute, I think these pics are neither of those two things:
Damn the red lipstick. It just makes her look cheap … I just don’t get it. The top B&W pic is the nicest of this batch but the slits in her top that expose parts of her breasts are just tacky as hell. These pics look more like the old Xtina that I’m not particularly fond of. I much prefer the less garish, more fun Xtina that we’ve been seeing around lately. I’m really not trying to be a hater but the “sultry” thing she tries to pull off ends up looking more trampy, I think. I dunno … am I totally wrong? Is this the Xtina that people want?
Word has it that Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson are planning on spending their Halloween on the East Coast this year since Sam has a DJ gig there tomorrow night. In fact, Lindsay and Sam have already made their way to NYC ahead of Sam‘s Halloween gig and have been seen enjoying all the things that NYC has to offer … including the nightlife and the public transportation system:
No word on what L. Ron are planning to dress up as for Halloween but I hope they do something fun. By the looks of these pics, Linds looks like she’s over all the attention that she tends to generate whenever she goes out in public. It must be hard being a media darling when the media won’t stop following your every move. At least, L. Ron have each other and I know that Sammy will take good care of her. Hopefully they’ll rally and have themselves a very fun Halloween this year. Wouldn’t it be amazing if Lindsay dressed up as Sam and Sam dressed up as Lindsay for Halloween? What other fun costumes do y’all think they should dress up as?
In recent weeks, I’ve noticed a few comments here on the blog talking about state of music videos these days and how some folks find the need for videos unnecessary since networks don’t seem to air them on TV anymore. When Music Television launched in August of 1981, it revolutionized the way the world enjoyed music. Radio took a back seat to mini-music movies that were created for each new single released by musicians. MTV got people used to watching and enjoying music visually in a way that had never been done before. Then, in the ’90′s, MTV decided to focus more on original programing on their network letting music videos fall by the wayside (allowing other networks like Fuse to pick up their slack … but even those networks devote a lot of airtime to non-music video related programing). Today, you’d be hard-pressed to find one full-legnth 3 minute music video to watch on MTV at all. As a result, MTV is trying to take back control of the music video market by launching a new website at MTVMusic.com where their catalog of music videos can be watched online at any time:
The cable music channel, which debuted in 1981 with round-the-clock music videos but now primarily focuses on reality programming, has archived its video collection on a new Web site, MTVMusic.com. “For all of you haters out there griping about how MTV doesn’t play music videos anymore, here’s something to calm the waters,” according to a Tuesday blog post from MTV. “MTVMusic.com offers up a more in-depth library, including over 16,000 videos, “Unplugged” performances and exclusive MTV concert footage.” MTV promised to add more videos daily. It currently filters videos by most viewed, top rated and vintage videos (David Bowie, New Order, Duran Duran …). Users can also search by artist or song name. As of Wednesday afternoon, the “most viewed” videos on the site were Britney Spears’ “Womanizer,” Dire Straits’ “Money for Nothing,” and Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up.” Insert Rickrolling joke here.
While I would argue that NOTHING will ever be able to replace the amazingness of watching music videos on a TV network 24 hours a day, I think that this is prolly the next best thing. Once upon a time Polaroid cameras were all the rage … and now, digital photography has basically killed the instant film medium. It’s not better, necessarily, it’s just newer and more technologically advanced. The same thing happened to MTV … the public’s need (mind included) for shows like The Hills have forced the network to air that sort of programing instead of the music videos that made the network thrive. I’d argue that you can’t even call MTV “music television” anymore. But, again, this new site is prolly the best way to handle the problem. You Tube, as amazing as it is, is notoriously unreliable because unauthorized videos get taken down all the time. This new MTV site should offer all the videos we’d want to watch without the worry that they will be taken down. This is all very new so who knows if people will even care. I know that I, for one, like the idea of an online library of all the music videos in existence. Is this new site that? We’ll see. But, in the meantime, I’m gonna try and see if I can find any music videos on my actual TV to watch before they are all gone for good.
As I suspected, yesterday was a pretty chill day for me. I did my best to tidy up and stock the fridge before David’s arrival last night. He ended up arriving early so we were able to spend some great quality time last night before we had to go to sleep … and by quality time, I mean we watched the Barack Obama 30-minute infomercial American Stories, American Solutions together … and then we watched the drama unfold on Top Design. He’s not as big a fan of the show as I am but I think he enjoyed it nonetheless. Try as they might, Top Design just can’t be Project Runway. It’s really hard to get excited about interior design. The drama that occurs between the contestants is kinda fun but … it just doesn’t have the same appeal. I’ve watched this season from the beginning so I’m totally invested to the point where I have to see it thru. I’m pulling for Nathan to win it all. This season ends next week.
Tonight, David and I have been invited to the opening night of Spring Awakening at the Ahmanson Theater here in LA, so we’re both very excited. We’ve each attended performances of the show on Broadway in NYC and I’m anxious to see it again. Should be fun.
Steph and Alek arrive home from Paris, France tonight (for good!) and David’s sister Eden arrives from NYC for the weekend. It’s gonna be bizzy, bizzy around here this Halloween :)
High School Musical 3: Senior Year was the #1 movie at the box office last weekend, pulling in about $42 million bucks. BUT … it looks like the movie could’ve made a whole lot more if a particular scene was left IN the film. An industrious person is was selling insider production photos from the set of High School Musical 3 in various collections on eBay and offered to throw in a bonus photo from a shower scene featuring a wet and nekkid Zac Efron that was CUT FROM THE FILM:
I would have NO IDEA why a scene like this would be cut from the film but at least we can get a feel for what was left out by the few pics that were put up for auction. After the jump, check ‘em out … More »
Beyoncé and her mama Tina Knowles were on hand this week in NYC to do an in-store appearance at Bloomingdale’s department store for the official launch of a new collection of House of Dereon fashions inspired by B‘s new movie Cadillac Records (a biopic of sorts where Beyoncé portrays jazz/soul singer Etta James). Here are a few pics of B and T at this week’s in-store appearance:
I don’t actually know of anyone who has ever purchased and/or worn an article of clothing from House of Dereon (Beyoncé‘s “high end” fashion line) but it must be doing well if they are able to produce specialized collections like this. I’m always dubiously wary of celebrity branded clothing lines (because, really, if you’re going to spend money on expensive clothes, why not spend that money on actual designer labels?) but I can understand how some folks might want to shell out clothes “designed” by their fave stars. I believe Jennifer Lopez‘s fashion line sells well … as does P. Diddy‘s Sean John line. In any event, the House of Dereon: Cadillac Records Collection is coming your way so interested parties should be on the look-out.
In other Beyoncé news, here are a few new promo pics of Ms. B from her upcoming I Am … Sasha Fierce album:
She sure looks a lot like regular ol’ Beyoncé in most of these pics … only the ferosh pic in the middle looks anything like Sasha Fierce. You gotta admit … Beyoncé is everywhere these days. The girl knows how to work. Is anyone else buying any of this?
In a shocking reversal with major implications for the U.S. presidential election, political kingmaker, the Alien has switched his endorsement from Barack Obama to John McCain amid furor. Both political camps are buzzing about the implications, as the Alien has correctly predicted the winning president in every election for the past 28 years. Ongoing investigation points to Cindy McCain as being the cause for this historic shift in allegiances. Uncovered photos suggest that in a last ditch effort to help her husband’s failing campaign, Cindy McCain seduced and then blackmailed the Alien for his endorsement. At a recent McCain rally, inside sources say Cindy McCain disappeared with the Alien after sharing several champagnes with the notorious intergalactic lightweight. Ms. McCain’s alien-like good looks and natural blood temperature of 54 degrees Fahrenheit may have proved too much for him to resist as she reportedly put her cyborg husband into sleep mode and worked her charms. This is not the first time the Alien, who sources say is no prude, has been in political “hot water.” During the 2004 election he was photographed in a hot tub with Laura Bush and Teresa Heinz Kerry. As the Alien is now married with children the release of these photos could be devastating for him. What impact this news will have on the election has yet to be determined. Swing state voters, who will decide this election, have the highest rate of alien abductions and UFO sightings and are known to vote in accordance with supernatural forces.
The ladies on The View are giving us a sneak preview of tomorrow’s Halloween episode where they each dress up as one of our late former Presidents. Now, I’m not a huge fan of The View in general but I gotta say that I’m quite impressed with their Halloween ingenuity this year. Here is a group shot of Whoopi Goldberg as Franklin D. Roosevelt, Joy Behar as Theodore Roosevelt, Sherri Shepard as Abraham Lincoln (on the $0.01 coin), Elisabeth Hasselbeck as Ronald Reagan and Barbara Walters as George Washington:
While they all look pretty awesome as these Presidents, I have to say that the winner overall has to be Sherri Shepard‘s Lincoln penny costume. Brills! Props also go out to Barbara Walters for being the only Viewstress to not only dress up as one of our most beloved Presidents but also one of her classmates as well. Hahahaha … I love these costumes … very cool and very timely. Well done, ladies!
Halloween isn’t until tomorrow (Happy Devils’ Night Day, BTW) but it looks like Michael Jackson‘s kids Prince Michael, Paris Michael and Prince Michael II have already begun their Halloween celebrations. Jacko took his kiddies out on the streets of Hollywood, CA last night to do some early trick-or-treating … unfortch, no one was available to hand out any candy — so they just looked freaky for nothing. Here are pics of Jackson and his three children last night:
I know it’s de rigueur for the Jackson clan to venture out in public wearing interesting masks to cover their faces but the kiddies have been allowed to actually show their faces in recent months so it’s a bit odd to see them all covered up again. It don’t even matter that we’re so close to Halloween … anything these poor kids do in association with their father is strange. It’s so sad how creepy they all seem. I really do feel sorry for these kids.
Daniel Craig, Dame Judi Dench and more came out for the world premiere of the latest 007 film Quantum of Solace in London, England last night. Held at the Odeon Leicester Square, this “Royal World Premiere” was attended, not only by a who’s who of British celebs but also by the young Princes of Wales William and Harry. Here are a few pics from the red carpet arrivals last night:
The new James Bond Daniel Craig was lookin’ quite dapper in his swanky tuxedo, even if that arm sling kinda clashed with the look a bit. It turns out that Craig essentially dislocated his shoulder while working on Quantum and had to undergo shoulder surgery to correct the problem. No word on how long he’ll have to wear the sling but hopefully it won’t be for much longer. The ladies at last night’s premiere looked lovely, Jack White (of Detroit’s White Stripes) looked frightfully awful but I think it was a look he was going for. As for the princes? Well they were there last night too. After the jump, check out a few pics of the dapper Royals as they made their grand arrival last night … More »
Hee hee … I can see the resemblance ;) I’m just glad that we FINALLY know what the little man looks like. He’s just the cutest little thing and I am looking forward to seeing more pics of the little guy out and about. Ain’t he cute?!
Britney Spears is hard at work on her next music video and has, indeed, already begun filming said video. At this point we do not know what song the video is for … well, actually we do not know the names of any of the songs on her new album Circus … but by the look of the costumes her dancers were wearing on set, the circus theme looks like it’ll be in full effect. Here are a whole slew of photos that were released on Brit’s official website BritneySpears.com:
Britney and her dance crew are really getting down to business! Here are some exclusive new photos from a recent dance rehearsal — and they are HOT! Britney is dancing around in a pair of boots and with a cane while her dancers move around her. I love how you can see ever-present Andre watching and coaching Britney and the dancers. How hot are these moves looking? How hot is Britney looking? How excited are you to see more?! Britney – you are so back and we are so excited! Thanks for the great pics!! By the way — I almost didn’t recognize our friend Tucker! He just cut his hair and he says he bleached it blonde for an upcoming project.
Damn. These rehearsal pics are really very hot! Brit looks amazing. Here are a few pics of some of these dancers in costume milling about outside the studio where Britney’s new music video is reportedly being shot:
Granted, these costumes don’t look really that sexy in the harsh light of day but I’m sure they will look amazing on video. I am DYING to know what the rest of Britney’s album will sound like … we need a tracklisting or something. No word on when this video will be released or when we’ll hear the song itself. At least Britney is keeping us in the loop as she continues working on her comeback. All of these official updates are just awesome. Keep ‘em comin’, Brit!
Here are a couple fun new pics of Robert Downey, Jr. on the London set of his new Sherlock Holmes movie which, we all know, is being directed by Guy Ritchie. These pics show RDJ hooked up to a few safety cables as he leaps from a window while filming a scene for his movie:
I mean … yeah … he’s jumping from a window. The end. Actually, I think the pics are kinda fun … if this scene actually gets in the movie we can all remember the day it was filmed. It’s strange, I’ve never been a huge Sherlock Holmes fan (I was more of the Hardy Boys ilk) but I am very fascinated by this new movie. I can’t wait to see what RDJ, Jude Law and Guy Ritchie have in store for us. I mean, by Jude’stache standards alone, this film is a must see for me.
Haylie Duff, elder sister of the more famouser Hilary Duff, has decided to shack up with her boyfriend of the past year or so Nick Zano. Haylie and Nick got back together after he left her for Kristin Cavallari only to get back with her late last/early this year. In any event, things appear to be going well for HayNo as they have decided to take the next step and “live in sin” together, as they say:
Shoot … Nick Zano is a major hottie, I don’t blame Haylie for wanting to shack up with him. It looks like these two were really meant to be together since Nick ended up coming back to Haylie after being involved with Kristin Cavallari (who foolishly got a Z tattooed on her wrist when they were going out). I suppose congrats are in order for HayNo … may they live together happily ever after. But if not, may the paps be on hand to photograph the move-out day ;)
Armani said today that designer and former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham will appear in the worldwide advertising campaign for Emporio Armani Women’s Underwear. The Beckham ads — shot by by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott — will be unveiled for the spring/summer 2009 season. “Who better than Victoria Beckham to launch our new global Emporio Armani underwear campaign?” Giorgio Armani said. “Victoria is a style icon, a dynamic lady whose influence and recognition will add great excitement to the continued international growth of our Emporio Armani women’s underwear business.” Armani is no stranger to the power of the Beckhams. The designer already managed to stop traffic with steamy Emporio Armani underwear ads featuring David Beckham.
Brilliant idea! I mean … I’m not all that geeked to see more pics of VB in her undies but I think it’s a brilliant idea for Armani to use her in their new campaign. I hope that Becks will also be resigning to appear in ads next year as well … I think it’s safe to say that pretty much everyone on planet Earth is hoping there will be more photos of Becks stuffed into his undies to come. Woot!
OMG … he really is a cutie. Yesterday’s pic was nice but these new pics of Zuma are amazing. He really looks like a real live cupie doll! And can I just say how happy I am that Gwen and Gavin have decided to finally let the poor kid see the light of day and come out in public. He’s a doll … he shouldn’t be hidden away. Ain’t he just the cutest little thing?
Yesterday was a semi-productive day for me. I managed to make a huge dent in my laundry pile in order to clear up some space for my imminent house guests. David arrives tonight and his sister Eden arrives in SoCal tomorrow night. While E will be visiting with one of her friends who also lives here, she will be crashing on my couch for a couple of nights as well. The place is still a bit of a wreck but since she’s basically family, I think it’s good enough ;) She is well versed in David’s tidiness when she visits his place in NYC so I think I can do better. That was pretty much my day … I laundered and then kinda passed out early. I’ve been watching the 24-hour news channels non-stop for the past week or so and I’m just gettin’ amped up for next week’s election. I’m likin’ the way things look … we just have to hold on and get out the vote.
No plans for tonight other than picking up David from the airport. I suspect we’ll we watching the Barack Obama Variety Half-Hour tonight tho ;) I do have to pick up a few groceries this afternoon … I’ve learned that house guests like to have food to eat when they stay over. Funny, I only keep bottled water and Polaroid film in my fridge.
Bloggers have been asked to participate in Write To Marry Day today in order to highlight the campaign to OPPOSE the very discriminatory Proposition 8 ballot initiative that Californians will vote on next Tuesday. I have decided to take this opportunity to write up a post why I believe that Proposition 8 is harmful, not only to California but, to our country as a whole. As a person who would be directly affected by this hateful proposition, I feel incumbent to lend my support to the defeat of Proposition 8 in the State of California:
For me, the matter is a very simple one. It is absolutely wrong to legislate discrimination in this country. If Proposition 8 passes, the Constitution of the California will be amended to specifically deny the right to marry to same-sex couples. Not so long ago, it was the rule of law in this country to separate African Americans from Caucasians in schools, restaurants, buses, water fountains and more. It was legislated that “separate but equal” was fair and that segregation was just. The end of segregation in this country came from the Supreme Court. The highest court in the land ruled that denying the rights of minorities in any legislation was illegal under the terms of our US Constitution. Remember, it was legislatures in some States that drafted and passed laws that discriminated against African Americans. It was the executive branches of those states that enforced those laws. It was only when the high court stepped in to invalidate those laws and INSIST that all citizens of the United States be treated equally that our country was able to move forward towards ending segregation and discrimination against minorities. This Proposition 8 matter is the very much the same thing. We have learned that legislating unequal treatment is wrong. Even if you don’t believe in same-sex marriage, no matter who you are and for whatever reason, you have to agree that discrimination is wrong … it is un-American and it opposes everything that our country stands for. We live in a nation where we promise liberty and justice for all. Does it sound right that some citizens should not be allowed to marry just because other citizens think they should not be allowed to? No, it doesn’t — and that is why laws in some States that outlawed interracial marriage were struck down as illegal. It is the duty of our country to defend the rights of the minority in order to achieve equality for all. Allowing same-sex marriage rights WILL NOT AFFECT the marriage rights of anyone else … and for that reason alone it seems foolish to try and deny those rights to anyone. This would be the first time a Constitution would be amended to take away rights from a group of people. Even Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is voting against Prop 8. It’s just plainly wrong.
It really boils down to a simple matter of fairness. There were many, many people who vehemently opposed granting equal rights to women in this country. Our nation wouldn’t allow women to be discriminated against. There were many, many people who vehemently opposed granting equal rights to African Americans and other racial minorities in this country. Again, our nation wouldn’t allow those injustices to occur. Even tho there are many people out there who oppose granting EQUAL RIGHTS to same-sex couples, I honestly believe that our nation will not allow such discrimination to occur. The United States of America was founded on the fundamental belief that All Men are Created Equal. It’s as simple as that. I am Voting No on Proposition 8 because I want to see my country take the next step in fully realizing the principles it was founded on. Prop 8 is unfair and wrong. I believe that marriage equality should be enjoyed by all.
I know there are many people who would love to support the campaign to DEFEAT Prop 8 but they live outside of California. I would urge those folks to click HERE to donate whatever you can to help us Californians defeat this discriminatory proposition. I have donated a couple of times and I know the No on Prop 8 campaign can use all the money they can muster. It’s a tough time economically, but if you can donate anything I know it’ll help defeat legalized discrimination and uphold marriage equality for all.
Hanson brothers Isaac, Taylor and Zac — who make up the band Hanson — were spotted hanging with fans before a recent concert stop at the State Theatre in Falls Church, VA … curiously tho, the guys were walking around barefoot. When asked if he could sing a bit of their mega hit song MMMBop, Taylor Hanson replied by flipping his middle finger:
When did the little kids from Tulsa, OK get so crabby? The barefootedness I can understand (tho not really support — put your shoes on, guys) but I don’t get the pissy finger flip. In any event, it’s nice to see that my boys from Oklahoma are still on the concert trail playing for their fans. And for the record, I really did love their song MMMbop :)
OMG … are you ready for some absolute adorableness? Here are a couple pics of Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale‘s eldest son Kingston James McGregor enjoying an afternoon playdate with Tobey Maguire‘s daughter Ruby Sweetheart here in SoCal yesterday afternoon. The couple went on a little wagon ride together … I think Kingston picked her up in his wheels and it looks like Ruby was trying to get Kingston to drink, perhaps to loosen up?
Hahahaha! They do make an adorable couple, don’tchathink? While Zuma Nesta Rock may have been the star yesterday (we finally got our first look at the little baby), it looks like today belongs to Kingston. I’m always fascinated by celeb kids who become friends at such a young age. Clearly the Stefani-Rossdales and the Maguires run in the same circles so it makes sense that their kids would get to know one another. It’s just really cute to see them hanging out together. I hope we get to see more of Kingston and Ruby in the future … they make a really supercute couple.
But, to Becks‘s credit, he did his best to be a good boy … behold:
David Beckham the ogler strikes again! The football star was spotted soaking up the view from his front-row seats at an NBA game at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles yesterday. While his favourite team the LA Lakers took on the Portland Trailblazers, it was the off-court action that really caught his attention. He was spotted eyeing up the scantily-clad cheerleading team between quarters – and not for the first time. In April, he was caught leering at a cheerleader at that same venue. It was no coincidence that a week later, Victoria Beckham stepped in as chaperone, ensuring it was eyes front. But free from the careful watch of his wife yesterday, it appears Beckham couldn’t resist a cheeky peek or two at the hotpant-wearing dance troupe.
LOL! I just love it when Becks pays a visit to The Staples Center to take in a Lakers basketball game. He always seems to have a much more enjoyable time when he goes to these games by himself. He never looks like he’s really enjoying himself when VB comes along and he tends to stay a good boy when he brings his sons to games. It’s not like he’s doing anything wrong … it’s okay to look as long as you don’t touch, right?
Director Gus Van Sant‘s new film Milk, the biopic on the life of San Francisco’s first openly gay leader, premiered at the Castro Theater on Castro Street in San Fran last night … bringing out all of the principal stars of the film, including Sean Penn, James Franco, Diego Luna and more. Here are a few pics from last night’s red carpet arrivals and some info on the film:
It was only fitting that “Milk,” the film about Harvey Milk’s life and death, premiere Tuesday night in the Castro. Milk, San Francisco’s first openly gay leader who was slain 30 years ago, used to call himself “the Mayor of Castro Street,” referring to the main drag through the neighborhood he represented on the Board of Supervisors and the center of the city’s gay and lesbian community. The world premiere of his biopic brought considerable star power to Milk’s beloved Castro Theatre, including director Gus Van Sant and stars Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch and Diego Luna. The film follows Milk’s rise to office and his and Mayor George Moscone’s assassination at City Hall by fellow Supervisor Dan White in 1978. Van Sant said he had been talking about making this film for 18 years. “He’s an American hero,” Van Sant said. “He’s a great example of a man representing his community and his city.” Milk received another tribute earlier in the day, when a historic streetcar featured in the film was dedicated to him. The supervisor had been a champion of public transportation. Tuesday night’s premiere also brought out many of Milk’s old friends who helped usher in the gay rights movement that has led, a generation later, to a fight over the right of same-sex couples to marry. Gay rights activist Cleve Jones, played in the film by Emile Hirsch, said Milk would have been thrilled at the film but angry that the fight over civil rights continued. He pointed across the street, where hundreds were rallying against Proposition 8, a Nov. 4 ballot measure that would rewrite the California constitution to deny same-sex couples the right to marry. “Harvey would be angry,” Jones said, “and he’d still be fighting.”
Harvey Milk was, indeed, a pioneer and very brazenly went against the grain to fight for the things that he believed in despite drawing the anger and hatred from discriminatory bigots. Every openly gay elected official in this country has Harvey Milk to thank for his trailblazing efforts to show that all Americans, regardless of minority status, can make a difference. I’m fairly certain that a large majority of this country have no idea who Harvey Milk was which is why I feel this film is so important. I have no doubt that Sean Penn, who is an amazing actor, will deliver a stunning performance in the role of Harvey Milk and I can’t wait to see this film for myself. We still have a long way to go to secure the basic rights and liberties of the GLBT community in this country (next Tuesday, California will vote on the matter of marriage equality) but, it can be argued, that we are on the right path to securing liberty and justice for all … and mebbe Harvey Milk‘s bravery helped get us on that path. I’m looking forward to seeing this biopic on this hero’s life.
Building on the marginal success that The CW is enjoying with this seasons Beverly Hills, 90210 spin-off series 90210, Entertainment Weekly is reporting that the network is developing an updated version of the hit series Melrose Place. Melrose, you may or may not know, was the first spin-off to come from BH, 90210 (debuting in 1992) and after a slow start, went on to become one of the most successful TV series of the 1990′s. Much like the new version of 90210, Melrose Place (or mebbe they’ll just call it The Place or simply Melrose) will most likely restart with a new batch of tenants to share the famous apartment building, and indeed their drama, together again in these modern and faster-paced times:
Andrew Shue, call your agent. A spokesperson for The CW confirms what has been buzzed about for months: The network is developing an update of Melrose Place. Details remain sketchy, but it’s believed Melrose 2.0 would launch next fall. The move comes as The CW has enjoyed some measure of success with its 90210 reboot. Despite modest ratings, the show has brought attention to the struggling network at a time when it sorely needs it. The suits no doubt figure a Melrose rebirth will generate another round of mass hysteria. (And they’d be right!) Earlier this month, Darren Star, who created both Melrose and 90210, admitted to TVGuide.com that a Melrose resurrection “would be a fun thing to do. I wouldn’t be surprised if it happened — if it can be put together in the right way.”
HMMM. I’m not sure, yet, how I feel about this idea. As I mentioned, Melrose Place started out very slowly … well before crazy Dr. Kimberly Shaw (played by Marcia Cross) blew up the building, the characters were all friends and they all got along very well. They never fought and always had one another to rely on. It wasn’t until a huge dose of bitchy was injected into the show, in the form of permanent Guest StarHeather Locklear (as Amanda Woodward), that the show soared to rating heights and became THE show to talk about around the water cooler the next day. I suspect that at least one of the former cast members will have to be brought back to bridge the gap from the first version of the series to the new version. Maybe Sydney Andrews (played by Laura Leighton) found new life as apartment manager of Melrose Place … or mebbe the series will give Vanessa Williams (not the Ugly Betty one, the other one) who played Rhonda Blair or Amy Locane who played Sandy Louise Harling another shot at stardom (they were each featured heavily in the first season but were quickly written off the show because they were boring characters). We all know that Rob Estes, who currently stars in the new version of 90210 as principal Harry Wilson, won’t be able to reprise his Melrose role as Kyle McBride cuz, well, he’s already on the other current BH, 90210 spin-off as a completely different character. I’m sure there will be no problem finding old castmembers to come back to the new version of the show. Unfortch, tho, I’m not sure that Melrose has the same nostalgic value that BH, 90210 does. I guess we’ll see if the show can be a hit … my guess is that all the nostalgic love is being spent on 90210 already (and some of that is starting to wear off). I guess we’ll see what happens next Fall. What do y’all think … would you tune in to watch this Melrose redux?
The father of Britney Spears will retain control over the once-troubled singer’s personal and business affairs for an indefinite period, a Los Angeles judge ruled on Tuesday. Jamie Spears and a Los Angeles lawyer were first granted temporary control of Spears’ affairs in February after the pop princess was twice hospitalized for psychiatric evaluation. The conservatorship previously was extended until December 31 but, in Tuesday’s closed-court hearing, the judge made it permanent. Spears can request it to be lifted at a later date. “The conservatorship is necessary and appropriate for the complexity of financial and business entities and her being susceptible to undue influence,” said the judge, Reva Goetz, according to several media reports. Since February, Spears, 26, has turned around her life, reaching a custody settlement with ex-husband Kevin Federline, releasing a hit single “Womanizer,” working on a new album, winning three MTV Video Music Awards and preparing for an expected first world tour since 2004. Celebrity website TMZ.com said Spears’ lawyers suggested making the conservatorship permanent. Quoting unnamed sources close to Spears, TMZ said lawyers felt doing so would boost the singer’s chances of regaining custody of sons Sean Preston, 3, and Jayden James, 2 in the future. People magazine quoted Spears’ lawyer as saying in an open courtroom that Spears “requested that I not object to the permanent conservatorship.”
This is great news, y’all. It’s clear that Team Spears has a plan to help Britney regain physical custody rights of her children back and this permanent conservatorship plan seems to be the way to go. Since Jamie Spears took control of Britney‘s affairs, her life has made a 180 degree turn taking her from the brink of destruction back to the heights of success … she is stable and healthy again, due in large part to her father’s careful and caring influence. I’m convinced they know what they are doing and I wholly support this development. Things have been so great in Brit Brit‘s life since she’s been under the conservatorship of her father … clearly, it’s saved her life.
Well it’s about damn time. Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale FINALLY stepped out in public with their newborn son Zuma Nesta Rock who was born back in August but, until now, has been a complete no-show. INFdaily managed to get the first pic of little Zuma Nesta Rock that was snapped at Kate Hudson‘s Halloween party this past Saturday night:
Oh no! That overzealous cheerleader’s talk bubble has obscured little Zuma entirely! After the jump, see the unobstructed FIRST pic of the baby boy … More »
We are just days away from Halloween but celebs of varying shapes and sizes are already dressing-up and getting into the spirit of the season. Can you guess which young and married celeb gave his best impersonation of The Joker when he and his young wife stepped out in full costume this week?
This one is a toughie … not only is the celeb in full make-up but the pic is a little blurry. It’s difficult to tell who it is, I think. After the jump, find out who thinks he’s a Joker and find out what his wife was dressed-up as this very same night … More »
Freddie Ljungberg has become the latest big name player to head to the United States to play in Major League Soccer, signing for Seattle Sounders on Tuesday. The former Swedish captain forged his reputation with Arsenal in the Premier League and crossed London to play for West Ham. After terminating his contact with the Hammers in the summer, the 31-year-old midfielder has been weighing up a number of offers before opting to join the likes of David Beckham (Los Angeles Galaxy) in the MLS. He told a news confernce at Seattle’s stadium, Qwest Field that he wanted to play in America while still at his best. “For me personally, I’m coming here because I want to play football and I see this as a great experience and I want to make it a better league and develop it,” he told the Associated Press. “I felt if I was going to do this as a sincere thing, I should go now. I shouldn’t go in three years when I’m past my peak.” Ljungberg, who has played in two World Cups, has signed a two-year deal at Seattle, reported to be worth $5 million per year. The Sounders are owned by Joe Roth and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, as well as a number of minority owners including comedian Drew Carey. More than 17,000 season tickets have been sold for the 2009 season, which already puts the Sounders second in the MLS when they join as the 15th team. Ljungberg joins former Tottenham and Borussia Monchengladbach goalkeeper Kasey Keller — a Seattle native — as well as midfielder Sanna Nyassi and striker Sebastien Le Toux as the only players on the club’s squad ahead of the draft on November 26.
Woot! This is amazing news for US soccer fans … all 5 of them. Hee hee. But seriously, I think it’s awesome that US teams are starting to woo major soccer talent from countries where the game is so competitive to help breathe life into the sport here in the US. I’m sure that Americans will welcome Freddie with open arms. Oh and lest you think that the Fredster is merely trying to become the “next David Beckham“, I should remind y’all that Freddie was the hawt soccer star that was posing in his undies well before David Beckham ever stripped down for Armani Underwear. Freddie, you may or may not know, was very famously the face (and bulge) of Calvin Klein Underwear a couple of years ago. After the jump, check out some of his hot work … More »
Earlier today we got to see new music videos from Xtina Aguilera (boo!) and Mariah Carey (yay!) and now we add Hilary Duff to the list. Hil D. is, unbelievably, releasing a Greatest Hits compilation titled The Best of Hilary Duff and has released the new song Reach Out (which samples Depeche Mode‘s Personal Jesus) to promote it. I still, for the life of me, cannot understand why Hilary is releasing a new compilation of old songs when she already released a compilation of old songs titled Most Wanted just two albums ago … but I digress. Here are a few screencaps from Hilary‘s new video:
As these screencaps show, there is an awful lot of posing going on in this vid … er, or should I say that there is a lot of awful posing going on in the vid? After the jump, check out the video in full and judge for yourselves … More »
Calling him “arrogant and defiant,” a Wayne County Circuit Judge on Tuesday sentenced former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to four months in jail with no early release under the terms of a plea deal. Kilpatrick pleaded guilty last month to two felony obstruction of justice charges stemming from his efforts to cover up an extramarital affair. He also pleaded no contest to charges of assaulting a police officer attempting to serve a subpoena on a Kilpatrick friend in that case. Kilpatrick resigned from office last month after pleading guilty to charges resulting from a sex scandal. He was accused of blocking a criminal investigation into his office and firing a police deputy to cover up an extramarital affair and other possible illicit activities. After the deputy, Gary Brown, lost his job, a mayoral bodyguard, Officer Harold Nelthrope, left his job voluntarily when the atmosphere became too tense, said his attorney in the whistle-blower suit trial. Walt Harris, another former mayoral bodyguard, filed his own whistle-blower suit, contending he was punished for supporting Nelthrope’s reports of wrongdoing by Kilpatrick and his bodyguards. The city of Detroit paid $8.4 million to settle the lawsuits, but legal fees have pushed that figure to at least $9 million. Prompted by the judge to recount his wrongdoing last month, Kilpatrick admitted, “I lied under oath in the case of Gary Brown and Harold Nelthrope versus the city of Detroit. … I did so with the intent to mislead the court and the jury and to impede and obstruct the fair administration of justice.” Kilpatrick had faced eight felony counts. As part of a plea agreement, six counts related to misconduct in office were dropped, and a perjury count was changed to a second obstruction of justice charge. In a separate case against Kilpatrick, Circuit Court Judge David Groner accepted a no-contest plea on an assault charge brought against the mayor in July after he allegedly shoved a police officer trying to serve a subpoena on a friend of Kilpatrick’s who was a potential witness in his perjury case.
The court recently released the text messages that got Kwame in trubs in the first place. Sometimes graphic and oftentimes idiotic, the text messages can be read HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. The City of Detroit and, indeed, humanity will be well served by having Kwame Kilpatrick locked away behind bars. Good riddance.
Last night I was able to preview in full the upcoming 24 prequel 2-hour TV movie 24: Redemption (which was previously titled 24: Exile) and, let me tell you, I couldn’t wait to watch. It’s been SO LONG since we’ve been able to enjoy new eps of 24 that I didn’t want to wait any longer to get my fix:
I have no intention of spoiling anything from the TV movie but I did a bit of live-Twittering as I watched last night. I didn’t make reference to anything that hasn’t already been reported about the prequel or the coming season 7 of the series. 24: Redemption has a bit of a different feel from the regular series, but the action does take place between the hours of 3PM and 5PM on the Inauguration Day of a new president. I now understand that season 7 will take place “many months” after Inauguration Day between the hours of 8AM and 8AM. You see a real soft side to Jack Bauer in this prequel movie … I am confident that 24 fans will be very pleased, not only with the movie itself but with the set-up for the coming season. After the jump, check out the preview trailer for 24: Redemption … More »
Last night’s ep of The Hills was a bit of a snoozefest … but only on the parts that focused on Audrina Patridge and her lame boy problems. There was a bit of hilarity smack dab in the middle of the ep that was really fun to watch and ended up saving the whole Hills-watching experience for me last night:
It’s pretty safe to say that last night’s ep was very Audrina-centric with Lauren LC Conrad playing the supporting role for most of the ep. Even when the focus wasn’t on Audrina, LC took a backseat to the other drama going on in the ep. Is this a sign of things to come? Is this proof that LC is “over” reality TV? After the jump, find out what did and didn’t happen on last night’s ep of The Hills titled I Want You To Be With Me … More »
Here is a great pic from the London set of the new Guy Ritchie-directed Sherlock Holmes movie that features both Roberty Downey, Jr. as Holmes and Jude Law as Watson in costume side-by-side, together at last:
Previously, we’ve seen photos of RDJ solo in costume as Sherlock and we’ve deffo been following the emergence of the Watsonesque Jude’stache but this is the first time we’ve been able to see the two characters together in full costume. After the jump, check out a few more pics of RDJ and the Jude’stache on set as well as a couple pics of director Guy Ritchie taking a respite from filming in between takes on set … More »
Current Dancing with the Stars contestant and all around LGBT rights activist Lance Bass has updated his official My Space profile with a few new pics, a couple of which I want to share with all y’all right now. Here is a cute pic of Lance with his DWTS professional dance partner Lacey Schwimmer having a bit of fun at Disney World in Orlando, FL where Halloween Time is in full swing:
Ever the activist, you gotta love it! Tho, you don’t have to love the overuse of guyliner that Lance is plainly guilty of in this second photo. According to this photo’s caption on his My Space profile, the eye make-up “would not wash off” — LOL, yeah right ;)
Angelina Jolie, that sneaky mama, somehow managed to elude detection and clandestinely make her way here to LA to make a surprise appearance at the 12th Annual Hollywood Film Festival Awards Gala, which was held at the Beverly Hills Hilton hotel last night, especially to pay tribute and honor her Changeling director Clint Eastwood. There were a lot of other sexy beyotches at last night’s affair but Angelina deffo stole the show. Here are a few pics from the red carpet arrivals and gala itself:
She may be the most photographed woman in the world. But even Angelina Jolie can fly under the radar. The actress – who recently returned from a humanitarian mission in Afghanistan – made a surprise appearance at Monday night’s Hollywood Film Festival Awards Gala, where she payed tribute to director Clint Eastwood. In fact, Jolie’s appearance was so unexpected, the A-list crowd gasped audibly when she was introduced. The mother-of-six took time out of her busy schedule to present Eastwood – who helmed her most recent move, The Changeling – with the director of the year award. “There are some people in this business that are icons, and we often wonder if, when we meet them, they’ll live up to what we imagine them to be,” she told the audience. “And Clint Eastwood in person is even better. Clint is what every great director should be,” she continued. “He is a great leader. And I certainly would follow him anywhere.” … As he accepted the honor, Eastwood noted, “Working with someone like Angelina Jolie is a great privilege, because you get to look on that gorgeous beauty every day. And she’s a great talent.” The two walked arm-in-arm from the stage. Then Jolie, wearing a floor-sweeping black gown and minimal makeup, slipped out of the event as stealthily as she’d arrived.
It’s unclear if Angelina flew to the States unaccompanied by any of her family members (who were last seen in Germany where daddy Brad Pitt is bizzy working on a new Tarantino film) but my guess is that she’s prolly already back with her family by now. Clint Eastwood wasn’t the only actor who was honored at last night’s gala event … Dustin Hoffman was presented with the Hollywood Career Achievement Award, Josh Brolin was presented with the Hollywood Actor of the Year Award and Kristin Scott Thomas took home the Hollywood Actress of the Year Award. I believe that Ryan Gosling was on hand to present Hoffman with his trophy but I, personally, would be much more excited about having Mr. Gosling doing the presenting rather than the award itself. Christian Bale, Robert Pattinson … the Hollywood Film Festival Gala brought out all the hotties. Sounds like it was a fun event.
Now that TRL is ending its 10-year run on MTV, Christina Aguilera [took] to the Web to premiere her new music video for her hit single, “Keeps Gettin’ Better,” on Monday afternoon. The singer, 27, chose iLike.com, a social music Web site and Facebook application, to release her new video. In it, Aguilera travels through time – and costumes – to the present day. “I really enjoyed making the video,” Aguilera says. “Being an artist who likes to play around with different looks, it was a lot of fun to portray various characters within the same shoot.” The song will be featured on her greatest hits CD, which includes 10 of her best singles and another brand new song, “Dynamite.” It will be available exclusively at Target stores on Nov. 11.
Sadly, I have to admit that the music vid is NOT as cool as it sounds in the description. Even the behind-the-scenes preview was misleading … I am really not very impressed with the video at all. We know from the preview pics that Xtina did a lot of “green screen” work … and by the look of the final product, it appears that she shot the whole video in one afternoon. There isn’t much action at all. I’m sorry, IMHO it’s kinda sucky. I don’t understand … Xtinahas enjoyed a decade of hits and this song is actually very good. Her live performance of the track at the 2008 MTV VMAs was HOT! This vid is not. What do y’all think? Thumbs up or middle fingers out?
Yesterday we got to see a few pretty hawt photos of the fully adult-aged Zac Efron and his tween High School Musical girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens frolicking on a Hawaiian beach over the weekend and you may recall that Zac was, proudly, showing off his half-nekkid physique. Today, we have new photos of Zanessa but this time everyone is fully clothed … the couple have ended their Hawaiian sojourn and made their way back to LA. Here are pics of the couple upon arrival at LAX Airport last night:
While these pics aren’t nearly as fun as yesterday’s batch of pics, I think it’s worth noting that the couple still look all coupley and it’s worth updating the locale of Mr. Efron … you know, should he decided to disrobe on the beaches here in SoCal, it’s worth being on the look-out, I think. I also think it’s worth taking one more look back at yesterday’s bounty. After the jump, indulge one more time … More »
A very sad update to the tragedy that has hit Jennifer Hudson‘s family … the body of her 7-year old nephew, Julian King, who has been missing since last Friday (when the bodies of Hudson‘s mother and brother were found fatally shot in their Chicago, IL home) has been identified. This makes him the third person in Hudson‘s family to have been killed in this horrible incident:
The body found inside an SUV Monday morning has been confirmed to be Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson’s 7-year-old nephew, a top FBI official said. The medical examiner positively identified the body found in the Chevrolet Suburban as Julian King, Monday afternoon. Earlier Monday Deputy Chief Cmdr. Wayne Gulliford said police had responding to “a call about a suspicious auto” in the west side of Chicago at approximately 7 a.m. when they found the body inside a parked white Chevy Suburban, which had a license plate matching the description in the child’s Amber Alert. He had no details on the body, pending the medical examiner’s report. Julian has been missing since Hudson’s mother and brother were found dead in their home Friday.
What else can be said? My deepest heartfelt condolences and prayers of support go out to the entire Hudson family. This is a devastating tragedy without explanation. So incredibly sad.
They’re at it again, y’all. Just when you might’ve thought that things have cooled down in the somewhat controversial and very extra-marital romantic relationship between the still-married Balthazar Getty and Sienna Miller the couple pop up in NYC this weekend, hand-in-hand … mouth to mouth:
The last time that we got to see Sienazar together in public here on the blog was back in August but I understand that the couple have sneaked off together at least a couple of times in the interim. This new sighting is the first of the pair making a show of their lurve in public again. They seem as brazen about their extra-marital affair as they ever have before so they must be really happy with the way things are going. I’m not sure I can say the same about Mrs. Balthazar Getty who, I believe, is back home in SoCal taking care of the children while this canoodling is going on in NYC but … as long as Sienazar are happy. What do y’all think? Is it time that we just embrace them as a happy couple or are they couple non grata until Getty legally becomes a free man?
Harry Potter and Equus star Daniel Radcliffe was snapped doing a bit of jogging on the streets of NYC earlier today with small water jug and iPod in hand … behold:
At first, I thought that Dan might’ve been running from a swarm of fans but I now believe that he was merely jogging in order to stay in shape. Anyone familiar with his Broadway role in Equus knows that the DanRad is butt nekkid for about 7 minutes at the end of the plan on a nightly basis (twice on the weekends) so homie’s gotta keep his bod in shape. Earlier today we learned that Zac Efron (the US version of Daniel Radcliffe???) has been real bizzy keepin’ his body in shape … so I think Dan‘s just interested in doing the same. I can’t blame the lad in the least. When appearing nekkid on stage in front of a full house of audience goers on a daily basis, it behooves one to take advantage of every opportunity to look good that one has. Run, Dan, run!
Heroes star Hayden Panettiere made her way to our nation’s capital this weekend to participate in a Save the Whales Again rally orchestrated by The Whaleman Foundation and The Animal Welfare Institute. Hayden led a group of t-shirted rally participants in an aerial art event that had rally-goers form the shape of a huge pilot whale with the word VOTE underneath. Here are a few pics from this weekend’s rally and some info from the event’s press release:
Actress Hayden Panettiere, currently starring on the hit NBC series “Heroes,” [led] hundreds of participants in an aerial art event and rally to form a giant human pilot whale beside the message “VOTE,” in front of the U.S. Capitol building this Sunday, October 26 at 12:30pm. The pilot whale — of which Hayden will be the eye — symbolizes the tens of thousands of whales and dolphins killed each year by Japanese fishermen. The event commemorates the one-year anniversary of Hayden’s actions in Taiji, Japan, where she paddled out with protestors on surfboards to protect a pod of pilot whales who had been captured by fishermen for slaughter and for sale to aquariums. Hayden is passionate about protecting whales and dolphins. As a spokesperson for the Save the Whales Again! campaign, she has made repeated calls for the Bush administration to defend whales at the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and take action against the whaling countries of Japan, Norway, and Iceland for their persistence in killing whales for commercial gain. “I turned 18 last year and I’m going to make my first vote count,” says Hayden. “I am looking forward to my visit to Washington to talk to those who will be voting in the upcoming election, to stress the importance of knowing where the candidates stand on the issues that are most important to them, and to be sure that come November 4th, they will actually go out and vote to ensure that their voices are heard.” The U.S. has historically been a world leader in protecting whales, but during the Bush administration, U.S. leadership on whale issues has significantly declined. Whales and dolphins face more threats today than ever before from climate change, ship strikes, entanglement in nets, overfishing, and chemical and noise pollution; yet Japan, Norway and Iceland continue to kill them in increasing numbers. William Hogarth, Ph.D., appointed by President Bush to head the U.S. delegation to the IWC, is now using his position as IWC Chairperson to host a series of closed-door meetings to negotiate a deal that could allow for an IWC-sanctioned resumption of commercial whaling. “The fact the U.S. is leading this process is outrageous!” said Jeff Pantukhoff, president and founder of The Whaleman Foundation and executive director of the Save the Whales Again! campaign. “Recent polls show that over 75 percent of registered voters oppose whaling, and over two-thirds want our government to do something about it; yet to this point, the Bush administration has done little to stop the increasing slaughter and is now actively leading efforts that could result in a legalized return to commercial whaling” … Save the Whales Again! is a campaign of The Whaleman Foundation and the Animal Welfare Institute. The Whaleman Foundation is a public non-profit oceanic research, conservation and production organization dedicated to preserving and protecting dolphins, whales and their habitats. The Washington D.C.-based Animal Welfare Institute began the Save the Whales campaign of the 1970s and 1980s and was founded in 1951 to reduce the sum total of pain and fear inflicted on animals by humans. Save the Whales Again! does not endorse a particular 2008 presidential candidate.
You gotta love that Hayden, who has just turned old enough to vote, is so passionately interested in working for the causes that she really believes in. This is not the first time that Hayden has put herself on the line for the whales. She faced arrest in Japan late last year after participating in a protest to try and stop whale hunting there. And, let’s not forget, that she was also part of the Declare Yourself campaign to urge young people to get registered and vote in the upcoming election. Perhaps the lass has a political career in her future once she’s done being a Hollywood “It” Girl? Hey, if Ronald Reagan can go from actor to President, why can’t Hayden?
David Beckham is featured on the cover of the 20th anniversary issue of British GQ magazine this month and reveals to the mag, in his coverstory interview, that he has no plans to have a movie career in Hollywood … despite his handsome good looks ;) He also talks Scientology and his lurve for SoCal. Here is Becks‘s cover and a portion of his GQ interview:
Although he lives in Beverly Hills and watches movies at home with Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, the soccer-star-turned-model swears he has no plans to join them on the big screen. Asked if he hopes to develop a film career, the fashion fan recently issued an emphatic denial. “What film career? I haven’t got one,” Beckham told the December issue of British GQ. “Never say never, except about that! And that’s the way it’s going to stay.” Still, that doesn’t stop 33-year-old from mingling with famous friends like Cruise. “He came round for dinner a few weeks ago,” said Beckham. “But it’s the same with him. We just go round and watch a film. It’s not a big deal, it’s just popping round to watch a film or to mess around and play with the kids.” The Brit also dismissed claims that Cruise has tried to convert him or his wife Victoria. “I respect any person’s religion. Everybody’s got their own ideas,” said Beckham. “And, of course, Tom is a big believer in Scientology, but he’s never pushed anything on to us about it and he never will do. Friends don’t do that.” His L.A. Galaxy soccer team has failed to make the playoffs and will not take the field again until next March. During the lay-off, Beckham will reportedly play for Italy’s AC Milan. But, he insists, America is still his home. “We’re happy here at the moment, that’s the biggest thing,” he explained. “When your family are happy, that’s all you can ask for.”
Blah. I love me some Becks but these tidbits offer nothing new. I’m much more interested in the lovely coverphoto. Hopefully the rest of the mag’s photospread will make its way online. Also, I wouldn’t mind hearing how he became “the iconic man of our time” as the magazine cover proclaims. I’m not sure when the mag hits newsstands but hopefully we’ll get more Becks soon.
Now that Britney’s bangin’ bod is back, we’ve been wondering how she managed to get so toned so fast! Well, no secrets here. We’ve got an exclusive video from Britney’s home gym so you can see for yourself! When Britney was doing this workout routine, she was meeting with her trainer Seven four to five times per week. Isn’t that just the coolest gym or what?!
Additionally, Britney‘s new online PR team has created an official Twitter profile so that fans can follow Britney‘s up-to-the-minute tweet updates. Apparently, she made her way to Santa Barbara, CA for a little quick trip this weekend and shares the view from her hotel room HERE. I am REALLY LOVING all of this stuff we’re getting from Britney Spears these days. For once, her official website is actually providing fans with palatable and fun updates almost on a daily basis. If this is the plan to get fans back on board with her again, i think it’s brills! As for those of us who never left her, well, I think we’re enjoying this new level of interaction even more :)
Last night I met up with Jordan, Darion and D’s friend Peter for a fun dinner at Velvet Margarita before we made our way to the ArcLight in Hollywood, CA to see SAW V. We got to the theater a wee bit early and while perusing the items in the ArcLight gift shop, I came upon a bunch of really fun little cheapie Halloween masks … which we all wore in the movie theater. Oooh scary:
As for the movie … well, I’ve seen scarier. Actually, I’ve seen scarier SAW movies … but this one was kinda OK. I think they’ve really run the gamut tho and the franchise needs to end. SAW VI would be a bad idea, I think. The same slash and burn mentality is employed in this flick and even tho certain people may have died in previous installments of the SAW movie franchise, they are featured very heavily in this latest film by way of flashback scenes. The plot is nonexistent … in fact, the victims are totally incidental this time around. Usually, you sympathize with the victims who fight for their lives … in this flick, they’re just shoved into the storyline and are picked off one at a time without much feeling at all. As I said, I thought the movie was a’ight but mebbe it was because the batch of victims this time around featured Julie Benz (ex-Buffy and Angel, current Dexter), Megan Good (who is just hot) and the guy who plays Chloe O’Brian‘s husband on 24. As much as I hope they stay away from SAW VI, I think it’s coming … a key character was given a box, the contents of which were not made known to the audience. It reeks of a new movie set-up. I think I’ll take a pass. I didn’t loathe this film (it was way better than Max Payne) but I think I’m done with the SAW movies.
Here is a fun pic that the boys and I snapped after the show:
I really think that we were the scariest things in that movie theater … but we had fun. I think SAW fans might like the movie so … there you have it.
Kelly Osbourne is 24, Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver is 41, Simon LeBon of Duran Duran is 50 and Robert Picardo (Star Trek: Voyager) is 55 years old today. Click HERE to see who else is celebrating a birthday today.
Since it’s almost Halloween, I thought it would be fun to do a costume contest where two lucky folks will win a signed comic book each. Each year I ask that Pink readers send in fun costumed photos from their various parties or of their children on their trick-or-treating rounds. This year I will pick two submissions at random and will send those folks each a signed comic book. So, if you would like to enter for your chance to win a comic book, send in a HALLOWEEN PHOTO of you and mebbe some friends, kids, neighbors, family members, pets, whatevs to email@example.com with the subject line Rest Comic Book Contest. I’m hoping to get a bunch of fun pics so that I can post some of them right here on the site. I will accept submissions until next Monday, November 3 and then I’ll randomly pick two winners to each receive an autographed comic book. After the jump, check out a scan of the second signed comic book up for grabs … More »
The just-turned 21 year old Zac Efron and his co-star/girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens took a respite from promoting their new movie High School Musical 3: Senior Year (which just opened in theaters this past weekend) and made their way to Hawaii this weekend to attend the nuptials of a friend. The couple also took some time to relax at the beach … it should also be noted that Zac opted to leave his shirt at the hotel:
I, uh … yeah … so Zac Efron recently turned 21 years old and stuff and … uh, I guess it’s not a bad thing to, um, admire the guy’s physical fitness. Yessir … it looks like someone has been very diligent about adhering to his work-out schedule … yep. It should also be noted that Zac is the latest member of Team Calvin Klein Underwear, who has really beenon a roll lately. Um, yeah … I am running out of things to say here other than enjoy the pictures. Oh, and Vanessa Hudgens is a lucky beyotch.
This weekend, Princes William and Harry of Wales completed a week-long motorbike trek across the South African wilderness in order to help raise funds for various local charities … and today it’s back to bizznazz as usual for the young Royals. Earlier today, it was announced that Prince Harry has decided on the next phase of his military career. He plans to follow his big brother, Prince William, and wants to begin training to become a helicopter pilot:
Prince Harry is aiming to follow in his brother’s footsteps by becoming a helicopter pilot, royal officials say. Officials said Harry had begun the selection process and would find out next month whether he had been accepted for training. Harry’s elder brother, William, was awarded his Royal Air Force wings in April after training since January … In September, it was announced William is to train to become a full-time search and rescue pilot with the RAF. Prince Harry’s father, Prince Charles, and uncle, the Duke of York, have also learned to pilot military helicopters. Prince Harry spent three months in Afghanistan earlier this year.
Woot! Now, I realize that undertaking military training and committing to military service is no small matter and should never be treated as such and taken lightly. I have repeatedly expressed how impressed I am that the Princes of Wales are so committed to their military careers. But I gots ta be honest and say the thought of both Prince Wills and Harry becoming helicopter pilots is kinda cool. I mean … the uniforms alone. Again, I say Woot! I think it’s safe to say that Harry‘s royal subjects and, indeed, the rest of us Harry fans fully and wholeheartedly support his decision to take to the skies. I’m looking forward to watching his training move forward … aren’t you?
Now, we all know that Mischa has had problems in the past with substance abuse. She was arrested for drunk driving but managed to plea bargain her way out of serving any jailtime. I’m CERTAIN that Mischa would not want to jeopardize her freedom by doing something stupid like smoking an illegal substance in public view of anyone who happened to be standing near her (with a camera, BTW) at a club. I’m gonna assume that Mischa was merely smoking a hand-rolled tobacco cigarette … cuz, she’s not dumb enough to puff on a marijuana cigarette in public … right?
David Beckham and the LA Galaxy played their last game of the MLS soccer season yesterday in Carson, CA and altho the match ended in a 2-2 tie with FC Dallas, Becks and the boys were in a celebratory mood … well, mebbe Becks was more celebratory than the rest of the Galaxy squad but, nonetheless, everyone seemed happy. The good news is that Becks put minds at ease by promising that his future lies with the LA Galaxy (er, the future duration of his multi-million dollar contract, that is) but at a press conference with reporters confirmed his desire to make the temporary move to Italy to play for AC Milan there during the MLS off-season. Here are pics of Becks at yesterday’s game and an update on his career plans:
David Beckham insists he will stay with the Los Angeles Galaxy regardless of any possible loan to Italian power AC Milan. “At the end of the day, my commitment is still to the Galaxy and that’s not changed,” Beckham said after training Saturday. “But I’ve been given a chance to join up with one of the biggest clubs in the world, so I’m going to do that. “The Galaxy are not against it. They’ve made that clear. They said that if I want to do that, then they’re prepared to let me go there on loan until our season.” AC Milan Vice President Adriano Galliani said last week he wants to bring Beckham to Italy on a loan and possibly sign him. If the loan takes place, Beckham would arrive in January. “At the end of the day, it’s looking like it could happen,” Beckham said. “Hopefully, it will be finalized in the next week or two.” Major League Soccer Deputy Commissioner Ivan Gazidis said Thursday that the loan would be approved only if it “makes sense” for the Galaxy and Beckham, who signed a five-year contract worth $250 million in January 2007. One issue concerns whether Beckham will return to Los Angeles for the Galaxy’s preseason in March or for the first regular-season game. “At the moment, it’s not even certain yet,” Beckham said of the loan. “We’re still talking to Milan. It’s (for) a two-month spell, maybe a little bit longer.” Galaxy forward Landon Donovan, who has talked about possibly playing in Europe after this season, criticized the timing of Beckham’s pursuit of a loan agreement. “Candidly, yes,” Donovan said when asked if the timing bothered him. “It doesn’t make anything better and it doesn’t worsen anything. But it would have been nice to wait. I’m waiting until after Sunday to see what happens.” … Beckham, 33, has said he wants to play for England in the 2010 World Cup. But England coach Fabio Capello said he would consider the midfielder for future qualifying games only if he trains consistently and plays at a high level. “Footballers don’t have four months off in any league in the world, apart from here,” Beckham said of MLS’s offseason. “My body is programmed not to have so much time off. I need to play.”
I understand that Italian news reports for the past week have been that the deal was done and that Becks WOULD be coming to play for AC Milan in January. You may recall that the LA Times revealed last week that when this new “loan out” report was making the rounds, the brass at the LA Galaxy had no idea what was going on. It really does sound like Becks may have been working out this deal on his own without cluing in the Galaxy. Something tells me what David Beckham wants, David Beckham gets. He’ll, most likely, be spending the first months of January as an AC Milan fútboler.
Little darling Harlow Winter took her parents pumpkin picking yesterday so that she could being preparations for her first Halloween celebration. Because the pumpkins she was most interested in weighed more than she does, daddy Joel Madden had to tag along to do all the heavy lifting. Mama Nicole Richie was brought along as well to do the Harlow carrying:
Two days after her mother and brother were fatally shot at home in Chicago, Jennifer Hudson and her family have offered a $100,000 reward for the safe return of her missing 7-year-old nephew Julian, gone since Friday. “Jennifer and her family appreciate the enormous amount of love, support and prayers they have received while she and her family try to cope with this tragedy and continue the search for Julian,” said a statement from Hudson’s rep Lisa Kasteler. It also offered a reward and asked the public to give any available information to the Chicago police. “We ask that all inquiries be directed to the Chicago Police Department, Area 1 Detective Division at 312/747-8380.” As investigators continued looking for forensic evidence at the south side home of Darnell Donerson, 57, and Jason Hudson, 29, the FBI confirmed to PEOPLE that they are also assisting with the investigation. “I can confirm that we have been asked to provide assistance to the Chicago police department to assist in the search for 7-year-old Julian King,” said Ross Rice, special agent and spokesman for the Chicago office of FBI … After her sister Julia’s impassioned plea for the return of her son at a press conference on Saturday, Hudson took to her MySpace Celebrity page to thank fans for the outpouring of support on Sunday. “Thank you all for your prayers and your calls,” she wrote on the Web site. “Please keep praying for our family and that we get Julian King back home safely. If anyone has any information about his whereabouts please contact the authorities immediately. Here is a picture of Julian and what he was last seen wearing. Once again thank you all for being there for us through this tough time.”
The Cook County medical examiner’s office is investigating reports on Monday of a child’s body found in an SUV in Chicago, a spokesperson for the office told CNN. The Chicago Tribune — citing the medical examiner’s office — reported that the body of a boy was found Monday morning in a white SUV connected with Julian King, the missing nephew of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson. Police issued an Amber Alert for Julian, 7, who has been missing since Hudson’s mother and brother were found dead in their home Friday They also asked people to look out for a 1994 white Chevrolet Suburban with Illinois license plate X584859.
I am hoping against hope that Julian is still out there and that he will be returned home to his family. The Hudson family has already lost so much, it’s unfathomable that they may suffer more tragic grief. Let’s keep the family in our thoughts and prayers and hold out for a miracle.
A new international trailer for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (which was supposed to be released in theaters this Fall but has been pushed back until Summer ’09) has made its way to the Internets (the first one since the last trailer came out in July) … check it out:
Wooooo … looks good. Is it just me or are these Harry Potter films getting better and better? What do y’all think?
Jesse McCartney is releasing a new fragrance called Wanted … but unlike the normal formula of male celebrities releasing male scents, Jesse is bucking the gender trend and is offering a floral scent for his female fans. If you’re young, fun and have ovaries, Jesse McCartney wants to make you smell better. Here is the first poster advertisement for Wanted:
Fragrance marketer First American Brands Inc. has signed 21-year-old actor and pop artist Jesse McCartney to a scent deal — and the singer’s first fragrance, a women’s scent called Wanted, is due to be launched in spring. “He’s a young artist, hitting the stage right now and making a name for himself,” said Randall A. Christian, general manager of First American Brands, who noted the deal was signed in early August … Executives at First American Brands predicted the fragrance would appeal to consumers ages 21 to 30 years old. The name of the scent can be interpreted in two ways, noted Christian, either in the sense of a goal in which to aspire — or wanted, as in the case of an outlaw. The scent is slated to be launched at department and specialty store doors in the U.S. in the February-March time frame. Christian said he anticipates the scent could reach 1,800 doors in the U.S. during its first year on the market. While he wouldn’t talk numbers, industry sources estimate the scent could generate first year retail sales of about $15 million … Fragrance supplier Drom blended the scent, a development process that involved McCartney picking the final formulation. The eau de parfum features top notes of bergamot and apple, a heart of jasmine and rose and base notes of cedarwood, amber and musk. It will be available in a 3.4-oz. version priced at $55 and a 1.7-oz. size for $45. A 1-oz. version, for $20, is also planned, as is a gift-with-purchase program featuring T-shirts and sleepwear. The bottle, which was designed in-house to resemble a drop of water — or the tear of a lovesick teen — is intended to have a sophisticated feel, according to Olesya Ianovitch, marketing director for First American Brands.
I think it’s pretty ambitious to count on $15 million dollars in sales the first year out but … aim high, I always say. There are many times that I just laugh at the thought of some celebs offering fragrances with their names on them … but Jesse Mac? Yeah … I can’t see it … and I really don’t want to smell it. Are any of y’all interested in smelling like a Jesse McCartney outlaw?
PS: Does anyone else think that the Wanted bottle looks a lot like THIS? EW!
“We’re not in Kansas anymore.” A famous quote that serves not only as the pilot episode title of the
new series 90210 but also echoes the show’s overarching theme of the Wilson family’s move from Wichita to Beverly Hills and the coming-of-age life lessons experienced by the kids of West Beverly High School. She may not be from the Midwest but Canadian actress Shenae Grimes can certainly relate to the sentiment. After being cast as 90210’s central character Annie Wilson, Grimes has been strapped into the Hollywood rollercoaster of fickle fans, critics, parties, red carpets, press and paparazzi, a ride that would put a strain on any fresh-faced 18-year-old. On a day off from her grueling shooting schedule, Grimes joined us at the beautiful Luxe Hotel on Rodeo Drive (yes, it’s in 90210) to give us an insight into what it’s like to be on one of the most-talked about shows on television.
And so begins the career of a Hollywood “It” Girl. Much like Shannen Doherty before her, Shenae seems to have been plucked from obscurity (even tho both actresses were working on other shows before they hit it big on 90210) and the media seems keen on bestowing the tiara and sash of Brenda Walshness upon young Miss Grimes. After the jump, check out a few photos from her Saturday Night magazine photospread … More »
Yesterday afternoon I made my way out to The Golden Apple comic book store on Melrose Ave. here in LA for an in-store appearance by Heroes star Milo Ventimiglia and comic artist Tim Sale for the launch of their new comic book series Rest. I was very happy to see that a few hundred folks also came out for the comic book release event. Here are a few pics from yesterday’s fun:
When I arrived, the line of folks who came out for the event stretched down the street and around the block, it was very cool. I was fortunate enough to get to hang out with Milo‘s best friends Dino and Russ (some of you may know that they, along with Milo, are the founding members of the Divide Social Club) for the duration of the in-store appearance. I got to meet a few Pink readers and, after the event was finished, I also got to snap a pic with Milo himself. After the jump, check out a few more fun pics including a VERY COOL VIDEO of Milo‘s arrival at yesterday’s event … More »
Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) is 31, Keith Urban is 41 and Natalie Merchant is 45, Dylan McDermott (The Practice) is 47 and Pat Sajak is 62 years old today. Click HERE to see who else is celebrating a birthday today.
Okay … before anyone freaks out, I have to clarify that this week’s Hot Dude of the Week may be named Spencer but it’s not the Spencer you may be thinking of (y’all can breathe now). This week’s Hot Dude is a very beefy football type that appears to have an affinity for too-tight clothing … which I don’t mind in the least. Say hello to Spencer:
As the college football season rolls on (the OU Sooners secured another stunning win yesterday, this time against Kansas State), I thought it would be nice to check in with a big dude like Spencer here. I mean … wow … the guy looks like he’s got actual footballs stuffed inside his muscle-y arms. The lad may be fully dressed but I think he still has a bit of hawt appeal, yes? Enjoy!!
Miley Cyrus and her older 20-year old manfriend and underwear model Justin Gaston emerged from her SoCal abode yesterday (where “Friends” are “Always Welcome” according to the sign in front of the house) and made their way to LAX Airport to depart for destination: unknown. Never fret, dear readers who still find it terribly odd that a 15-year old girl is allowed by her parents to be “friendly” with a 20-year old man, Miley‘s father Billy Ray Cyrus was along to chaperone the young’ns to the airport:
Earlier this week, it was reported that Miley — who has yet to actually turn 16 years old, BTW — is lookin’ to move out of her parent’s home and possibly into a place of her own … with Justin Gaston. Truth be told, I don’t believe this report at all. While her parents may be find with whatever the hell is going on with Justin, I cannot believe that they would allow her to live on her own at such a young age — with or without Justin. If if, for some insane reason, they were cool with their daughter living with anyone on her own, I cannot believe that it would happen if only for the way the young Disney star would look to the public. That’s not to say that Miley may not still buy a second home (to “hang out” in sometimes away from her parents) but I don’t see her actually moving out of her parent’s home … not yet. Clearly, traveling together is not off limits, tho. It’s unclear if Jiley actually jetted off together or if Justin merely accompanied her to the airport (he tends to get left at home to hang out with her family a lot) but … things in their relationship seem just as steadfast (and WEIRD!) as ever. Ain’t lurve grand?
Here are new pics of Madonna and her children Lourdes and David Banda (little Rocco was there as well but he was hidden behind his mum scrum) making their way out of the Kabbalah Centre in NYC yesterday after attending services. Altho they look a bit dour-faced, it seems clear that Madge and her children remain resolute in their unity in the wake of the sad news of the dissolution of her marriage:
Honestly, it looks like biz as usual for Maddy and the kids. Even when she was “happily married” to Guy, the sight of Madonna and the kids making their way into and out of various Kabbalah Centres on a weekly basis was the norm. There are some reports that Kabbalah actually played a big role in the demise of the Madonna-Guy marriage (ie. that Guy wasn’t fully on board with the religious practice) but only the two of them know the truth reasons for the end of their union. As strong as Madonna is, I still feel sad that her marriage didn’t work out. I really believe that she and Guy were truly happy for a long time … for much of their 7 1/2 year marriage. She may not like to show it but I’m sure she’s hurting … deep down inside … somewhere. But, again, she is a rock and I know she’ll be totally fine after all is said and done. At least, that’s what she’ll make sure we all see on the outside.
Princes William and Harry yesterday drove into the port city bearing their grandmother’s name after an arduous eight-day motorcycle trek across some of South Africa’s most inhospitable landscapes. Looking well-tanned if not a little saddle sore, the duo reportedly said the 1,000-mile journey from near Durban had been a ‘blast’. They pulled into the windy Bluewater Bay on the edge of Port Elizabeth dressed in red motor cycle jumpsuits which their 10-strong team had donned. They rode with six Metropolitan Police protection officers, Shaun Davy – brother of Harry’s girlfriend Chelsy – and the younger prince’s friend Tom Inskip. After reaching the waterfront venue, all the teams rode through Port Elizabeth resplendent in different coloured jumpsuits. They then reached a hotel where local people and a local Xhosa band danced and sang a welcome. The pair stood and talked to fellow riders, but declined to speak to the media or local onlookers before entering the hotel for an informal dinner last night. Trip organiser Simon Smith from Global Euro said the royal duo were “outstanding” riders. “They were both fantastic riders and didn’t run from anything. They asked us to treat them as one of the group and that’s what we did. They mucked in chores and shared a beer and food round the BBQ. They were outstanding companions.” He said keeping their involvement had been hard. “Only a few of us on this side knew about it. We’ve kept it secret for 12 months – not even telling our nearest and dearest.” He said the princes both paid the £5,000 fee … During the trip they rode through mountains, gorges, scrubland, dry river beds and coastline in a journey across the Eastern Cape, South Africa’s poorest province. The trip raised money for three charities, Nelson Mandela’s Children’s Fund, UNICEF and Harry’s Sentebale charity in Lesotho which helps orphaned children. Around £1,500 of the fee was divided between the charities which organiser hoped would amount to £310,000. Mr Smith said the duo had been ‘great sports’. At the end of each day, the organisers handed out a ‘dick of the day’ award and a ‘spirit of the day’ award. Mr Smith added: “Harry did get the spirit of the day award on day three after pulling one of the riders out of a river after he fell in and became waste deep in the river. He didn’t think twice and just yanked him out. “The ‘dick of the day’ award went to someone who was a right wally,” laughed Mr Smith who said the princes did not get voted for that gong Along the route, riders helped local charity Touch Africa, in Morgan Bay, near East London, to decorate a creche on their day off last Wednesday. They also played a game of football against a local team. Harry, 24, and William, 26, both played and refereed a half but it wasn’t enough to prevent a 6-2 defeat. Spokeswoman Elise Fish said: “Both of them were really generous with their time, playing football with local kids in the rain. They didn’t ask to be omitted from anything … The princes suffered from “Transkei tummy” during the trip, but their team leader on the trip, Mike Glover, said there few serious accidents. “I’d welcome them back next year, or any other royals. They’re tough guys and you can tell they’ve been in the military,” he added.
OK, LOL at the “dick of the day” award! While I’m sure the awarding of such an award is not meant to be cheeky by any stretch of the imagination … I can’t help but let my mind go the way of the cheek. Hahahaha. I had no doubt that the Princes would successfully complete the journey and it sounds like they had a really fun time along the way. I imagine it was quite a treat for the other riders to get to know the Princes in such an intimate way (no cheekiness implied). Kudos to the young Royals for taking part in such an arduous trek. While some may scoff that the riders were not forced to ride thru “rough terrain” I contend that a week-long motorbike trek thru even the most civil, paved areas is very trying. Well done and much congrats again!!
Hugh Hefner opened up his Playboy Mansion playhouse to the media this week to show off a preview of the haunted Halloween decorations and attractions that will be on display at the Manse for his annual Halloween Celebration Extravaganza. On hand with the Hefster were his newly appointed girlfriends, twin sisters Kristina and Karissa Shannon, and his soon-to-be ex-girlfriends Holly Madison, Bridget Marquardt and Kendra Wilkinson. The playboy and his bunnies managed to get into costume for the media preview event … behold:
I gotta say … I’m not really a fan of the Shannon sisters but they and Hef really outdid themselves with their Halloween costumes. Never before have I seen such an appropriate and life-like guise like the one we see here. Their costumes really bring out a hidden truth that I think we’ve all seen from the first day we were introduced to them … brills! The Girls Next Door, on the otherhand, look really cute in their costumes. For me, there is an air of sadness tho … that they are still hanging around the mansion, playing nice with Hefner and his new romantic interests so soon after being replaced. It shows that they are good sports, I guess, but also hints that they’ve really got nothing else going on. I hope they are able to break away from the whole Playboy thing and move on to live successful lives. But Halloween stops for no bunny so it looks like it’s full steam ahead!
Comedians Amy Poehler and Will Arnett have welcomed their first child, a boy. Archie Arnett was born on Saturday and weighed in at 8 lbs., 1 oz., their rep Lewis Kay said in a statement. “Amy, Will and Archie are all healthy and resting comfortably,” Kay said. During the “Weekend Update” segment of Saturday Night Live, Poehler’s co-anchor Seth Meyers announced to a cheering crowd: “Amy Poehler is not here tonight because she is having a baby.”
This is amazing and very happy news. You may recall that it was just last week that a very pregs Amy Poehler not only showed up for work at SNL but managed to perform an incredibly funny rap song about Sarah Palin as well — and exactly a week later she goes and gives birth to a baby boy. It was very clear, last night on SNL, that Amy‘s castmembers were thrilled that she had given birth … not only did Seth Meyers give her that shout-out at the start of the Weekend Update but they also dedicated a We Love You, Amy song to her at the end of the segment. I can’t wait to see how cute little Archie Arnett is … rest well and we hope to see you soon, Amy and Archie (and you, too, Will). Much love and congrats again!!!
David Boreanaz, who famously played the vampire Angel on both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel and currently stars in the FOX series Bones, is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of the beer enthusiast magazine Draft. Here is the mag’s coverphoto:
In the magazine’s coverstory, David reveals a love of “cold blondes”, gives his views on lowering the drinking age and talks about his love of football. Now, I didn’t even know that Draft magazine even existed before stumbling upon these pics of David Boreanaz but I can respect that beer fans might want to have a periodical of their very own. I just like the pictures. After the jump, check out a few pics from David‘s Draft magazine photospread … More »
As a bona fide Kylie fan, I know that this calendar is a MUST HAVE. I’m fairly certain that Kylie fans around the world are gonna want to get their hands on this baby … especially after they see the beautiful pics inside. After the jump, check out a few of the photos that are included in Kylie‘s new 2009 official calendar … More »
I am unhappy to report that Taylor appears unable to properly apply her make-up. Mebbe she was still feeling the strains of her illness or mebbe she was just trying to look like a clown? Perhaps she had a bad run-in with Heidi Klum‘s Very Sexy Make-up?? I dunno. In any event, I’m glad to see that the lass is back up and around and looks to be on the mend.
Last night I made my way out to The Abbey for my friend Jean‘s going away party extravaganza. I’ve known Jean (as in Jean-Luc Picard not as Jean Tripplehorn) for a couple of years now and I’m a bit sad that he is leaving the sunny shores of SoCal for the mean streets of NYC. Leaving his post at Lions Gate Films, Jean is moving up in the world and will be plotting world domination in the Big Apple. Darion, who is also friends with Jean, met up with me at The Abbey last night and we got down to partying with the Danielles (Jean‘s beautiful Lions Gate cohorts) for most of the night. My boy Jordan, who has been out of the country FOR MONTHS, returned home to LA yesterday and came out with his friend Kiki to join the fun last night. Here are a few pics:
While LA is sure to miss Jean after he leaves this weekend, I know that NYC is going to treat him right. I look forward to seeing him in NYC on my next trip out East.
Incidentally, all of West Hollywood was wallpapered with promo materials for the Vote NO on Prop 8 campaign. Proponents of marriage equality were out in full force last night handing out flyers and trying to sure up support for their campaign to defeat the ballot proposition that Californians will vote on on November 4. I was inspired to donate money to their campaign to defeat proposition 8 and urge all Californians to join the fight for equality.
Here is this week’s batch of photos sent in by Pink is the new Blog readers — Allison sends in a beautiful photo of her little man Jack showing off his gorgeous blue eyes — Marion sends in a pic of her 1 month year old niece Lucie (born to fellow Pink reader Julie) all the way from Paris, France — Jennifer sends in a pre-Halloween pic of her daughter Laurel (dressed as a ballerina witch) that was taken at Boo at the Zoo in Birmingham, AL — Patty from West Cobb, GA (by way of Troy, MI) sends in a pic from the Dobbins Air Reserve Base Air Show in Marietta, GA where she rocked a Flying Pink t-shirt to support Delta Airlines‘ campaign to raise money for breast cancer research — Morgan sends in a pic of her sister Whitney and her new brother-in-law Dan on the happy occasion of their new nuptials — Jennifer from New Orleans, LA sends in a pic she snapped with Trent Reznor who she ran into this week as NIN is in town to perform at the Voodoo Music Festival tonight:
Much love and thanks to you all for sending in your amazingly fun photos. The babies are always a delight and much congrats goes out to Whitney and Dan on their wedding. Love also goes out to Jennifer for sharing her hawt encounter with T. Rez. I’m lucky enough to know the feeling of meeting the man in person so I’m glad that she shared her experience with all of us. Thank you all for continuing to send in your fun photos … please keep ‘em coming :) xoxox
BTW: I know that Halloween is this coming Friday so I’m really counting on all y’all to send in your fun Halloween pics from your various parties and festivities. I’m hoping to do an all Halloween costume batch of Pink reader photos next Saturday :)
Xtina Aguilera is sharing some behind the scenes video and photos from the set of her new music video for her new single Keeps Gettin’ Better which is set to debut on Monday. Here are a few pics of Xtina on the set of her new vid:
These pics and an interview video with Xtina come from her iLike Facebook app that folks can add to their Facebook profiles. In her interview vid (which you can see HERE), Xtina talks about her inspiration for the video and for her new Greatest Hits compilation Keeps Gettin’ Better: A Decade of Hits which is due to hit Target stores exclusively on November 11. After the jump, check out part two of Xtina‘s interview where she talks about and thanks her fans for their vigorous support for her new project … More »
Heidi Klum made an in-store appearance at the Victoria’s Secret shop at The Grove here in LA Thursday for the launch of her new line of Very Sexy Make-up that is being sold for a limited time exclusively at VS stores (and online) around the country. Heidi donned a cute pair of fairy wings for the event … here are a few pics:
Anyone who knows anything about Heidi Klum knows that she is a big fan of Halloween so I’m not at all surprised that she wanted to play a little dress-up for this event. Now, I have no idea whether folks may be interested in procuring her line of make-up products merely because her name is attached to them but I am well aware that celebrity-branded fragrances tend to sell well so … why not? I’m not sure if wearing Very Sexy Make-up will make you look as hawt as Heidi Klum but for a reasonable price you can find out … if you dare.
I understand that Becks‘s shiny black Porsche was clocked doin’ 60mph in a 35mph zone in West Hollywood when he got nabbed by the cops. It turns out that Becks did actually receive a warning from this officer rather than a speeding ticket. Something tells me that when his “Fútbol player” trick didn’t work he prolly whipped out his Armani Underwear ad for the officer and that’s how he got away without a traffic citation. After all, the p33n is mightier than the sword ;)
From BritneySpears.com: OMG! I’m loving these new dance rehearsal pics Britney just sent us! We hear rehearsal last night was intense but Brit got inspired when she put on Tucker’s hat and she began to totally rock the session (btw – Tucker’s the cute guy in the black T-shirt).
Additionally, Brit Brit was seen making her way into the dance studio again last night:
It is very clear that while Britney is devoting much time to the care of her children, girl’s got work to do, too! She seems to be handling it all very well … of course, I hope she will be able to continue juggling her personal and professional lives. I’m confident she can do it … she’s been doing a great job this year thus far. Keep it up, yo! We are all pullin’ for you, Brit!!
From the Amber Alert: Missing Person Circumstance Text : The Chicago Police Department have a confirmed child abduction that occurred at 7019 S Yale, Chicago, IL. Julian King is a male black, 7 years old, 4 feet 11 inches, 130 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes, wearing a brown polo shirt with stripes and khaki pants. Suspect vehicle is a white 1994 Chevrolet Suburban, Illinois registration, X584859. Anyone with information should call 9-1-1 and advise they have an Amber Alert report. This concludes this Amber Alert issued by the Illinois State Police.
Missing Person Last Seen Date : 2008-10-24
Missing Person Last Seen Time : 00:00:00
Last Seen Address
Address : 7019 S Yale
Address State Name : IL Address City Name : Chicago
Point Of Contact
Contact Organization Name : Chicago Police Department
Number : 911
Person Given Name : Julian
Person Sur Name : King
Gender : Male
Age : 7YO
Person Eye Color Code : Brown
Person Hair Color Code : Black
Person Skin Tone Code : Black
Height : 4FT11
Weight : 130LBS
Description : Wearing a brown polo shirt with stripes and khaki pants
Vehicle Make Code : Chevrolet
Vehicle Model Code : Suburban
Vehicle Model Year Text : 1994
Vehicle Color Primary Code : White
License Plate Text : X584859
License Plate State : IL
From USA Today: Authorities investigating the shooting deaths of Jennifer Hudson’s mother and brother were searching for the missing 7-year-old nephew of the Oscar-winning actress. A suspect in the deaths was in custody Friday night, but young Julian King had not been seen since the bodies of Darnell Donerson, 57, and Jason Hudson, 29, were found Friday afternoon. A family member entering Donerson’s South Side home Friday afternoon found the woman shot on the living room floor. Officers later found Hudson shot in the bedroom, police said. At least one of the victims suffered defensive wounds, said authorities who described the shooting as domestic violence. William Balfour, a man suspected in the deaths, was arrested Friday but had not been charged, law enforcement sources told the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times.
I cannot even fully comprehend this sort of tragedy touching a person’s life. All I can say is that my thoughts and prayers go out to Jennifer Hudson and her family and I hope that her nephew will be found and returned home soon. I’m sure you all will join me in sending our thoughts and condolences to her family. This is just really, very sad news.
We are about 28 days away from the premiere of the new Twilight movie based on the book of the same name and fans of the tween vampire romantic tale are gearing up for the big day. But what is in store for fans when the characters they love so much in book form make the transition to the big screen?
After the jump, check out a WHOLE BUNCH of photos from the Twilight movie that gives you a pretty good feel for the way the movie will look. From the Cullen family to Jacob‘s crew to those romantic moments between Edward and Bella — be spoiled if you dare, they’re all just behind the cut … More »
The fifth season of Lost doesn’t debut on ABC until “early 2009″ but today we get to feast our eyes on a new trailer that has made its way to the InterWeb that sets up the action for the coming season:
I must admit, I was very lukewarm on the last season of Lost … and altho the action picked up by the end of the season (with quite a few interesting developments), I wasn’t as gung-ho for the show as I had been in previous years. The trailer makes it very clear where things are going in Season 5 … but does it look interesting enough to all y’all? It appears that all the action will revolve on getting the just rescued Oceanic 6 back to the island. Doesn’t this smell of Prison Break‘s attempt to try and have the escapees break back into jail? I dunno … should we be worried?
Ryan also took the opportunity to show off some new ink as he dropped off the little tyke at his class. You will note that Ryan has a new tattoo on the top part of his arm … could he be going for a full arm sleeve of tattoos? Inked or not, I’m still a fan and I love seeing pics of Ryan with his kiddies. With all the karate training that Deacon has been undergoing in the past few months, I suspect he may be very close to becoming a black belt ;)
Cipriani Wall Street in NYC was the site of the 25th annual Night of Stars hosted by The Fashion Group International last night. Honoring celebs and dignitaries for achievements in fashion, beauty, architecture, entertainment AND humanitarianism, last night’s Night of Stars event brought out a Who’s Who of the celebrity elite. Here are a few pics from the arrivals last night:
Donatella Versace was honored as the “Superstar” of the evening and it looks like she attended last night’s event with Balthazar Getty (hmm … I wonder if Sienna Miller knows about this?). Jennifer Lopez looked utterly amazing in her Diva Latina finery and everyone else looked pissed off or really grouchy upon arrival. Marcia Gay Harden looked ready to whip someone’s ass … I hope folks were smart enough to not get on her bad side. Debra Messing was shutting it down last night. I mean it, she looked bananas in her black dress and her amazingly flat-ironed hair’do. Oh yeah, she killed it. Er … as a client of Rachel Zoe‘s, I felt it was necessary to get those catchphrases on the record. Yeah, I dunno if any of the honorees were worthy of whatever awards they were honored with last night but folks sure did look purdy at the event anyways.
I still find it very amazing that not only are both DJ AM and Travis Barker already out of the hospital but that they are both back up and around as well! Yesterday we saw pics of AM back to doing what he loves to do and today we get to see Travis enjoying time with someone that he loves so much. I am just thrilled that both men are doing so well. I wish them both a quick road to full recovery … heal well, guys!
Newly released photos show Heath Ledger in the film role he never completed. The actor died of an overdose of prescription medicine halfway through filming The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus in January. The 28-year-old’s death temporarily stopped work on the film, but it has now been completed and is due out next year. The photos are the first official shots to be released. Following his death Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell all stepped in to fill his role for the remainder of the film, playing different incarnations of Ledger’s character. The £15 million fantasy film involves a supernatural mirror that takes people into different dimensions, allowing director Terry Gilliam to switch between actors. Gilliam, who previously worked with Ledger on The Brothers Grimm, has retained the footage shot of the late actor. A third of the movie was filmed in London’s Clerkenwell, with Ledger dying in his Manhattan apartment three days after completion. His co-stars, including model Lily Cole, went onto film in Canada.
Even tho it’s been many months since Heath Ledger passed away, I still find his loss very hard to accept. He was so vibrant and was such a talented actor … I really do miss him still. Even tho I had no reservations in watching Heath‘s performance in The Dark Knight after his passing, I am hesitant about seeing this movie. I dunno why … there is a different sort of tragedy attached to this film for me. I have no doubt that Heath turned in an exceptional performance. After the jump, check out a few more photos of Heath as the motley clown in Parnassus … More »
Last night Darion and I scrapped plans to go to Universal Studios and decided instead to catch a movie. We originally planned to spend the day at Universal but because of their weird hours (they close at 6pm) and the fact that they only do their Halloween Horror Nights on the weekends, we decided to nix the idea. I was really interested in going because I am looking for the masks that were worn in the horror movie The Strangers. Since Universal made the movie and their Halloween Horror Nights feature people wearing those masks walking around the park, I was hoping they might have them for sale. If anyone out there knows where I might be able procure those masks, please shoot me a message.
Anyways, D and I decided to go see Quarantine (which is the US remake of the Spanish film [REC] which was released in Spain last year) for our night’s entertainment:
As far as epic horror films go, this one isn’t of the Silence of the Lambs caliber but D and I enjoyed the movie very much. I was previously able to watch the Spanish original in full earlier this year and I loved it … I found this US remake a very true remake of the film. All the key points were kept intact with only minor changes to mix things up a bit. Dexter‘s Jennifer Carpenter does a great job in the lead role. I just lurve her!! Creepy and gross, this movie really keep us on the edge of our seats — we had a great time. Is this film headed for the Horror Hall of Fame? Prolly not. Is it worth checking out for a few gross and scary chills? Hellz yes! It’s a fun time.
Not sure what is on tap for ce soir … but it’s the weekend, y’all … I’m sure they’ll be lots o’ fun to choose from.
Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, stopped at a Robertson Boulevard boutique to shop, but for what? And if you want to know where else Jacko spent his day, read on … He was at Off the Wall, the West Hollywood antique store that bears the same name as his 1979 album. An inside source tells E! News that the rarely seen star bought a Pan Am aluminum cast model airplane. The source says Michael was looking around at other items but only purchased the plane. “It was a little difficult because people were pounding on doors and windows…so he was in and out pretty quick,” an eyewitness tells E! News. “The paparazzi were in hot pursuit of him.” Despite the chaos going on outside, the source said Michael didn’t seem worried. “He was great,” says the source.
Jacko may be an odd bird but I have no doubt that he relishes the attention that he is still able to garner from the media. I understand that he even took the time to crack the window of his car so that he could shake fingers with fans that pressed up against his vehicle. I dunno why anyone would want to do that but … there you have it. In other Jackson news, it was reported earlier this week that he has angered some folks in Las Vegas, NV by buying a new home directly across the street from an elementary school. Is he just interested in making sure that his own kids won’t have to walk for to attend school or is there really cause for concern?
The star, 50, reportedly lives just metres from the school which takes pupils aged four to 13. Jackson was cleared of child abuse in 2005 but, despite this, parents of the 600 children at the school have complained about his choice of residence. One parent told The Sun newspaper: “Some parents say they don’t want their children near Jacko. They say he can see the kids getting on the school bus from his house.” Jackson moved back to Las Vegas last year with his children Prince Michael, 11, Paris, 10, and Prince Michael II, 6. According to the newspaper, Jackson is being put up by casino owner Steve Wynn who is trying to persuade the shy star to appear in a comeback show. Those who live in the area say that the superstar has not been to the school and keeps a low profile, surrounded by a team of bodyguards. Since the star moved, fans have been congregating outside the gates of his Spanish-style villa. A school spokesman refused to comment.
I mean … Jacko is kinda supercreepy but I really don’t know that there is any cause for concern. I dunno … I guess I can see how some parents might be worried. What do y’all think? Would you have a problem with Michael Jackson living in a home directly across the street from a school where your children attended?
Newly single Guy Ritchie was all smiles last night as he enjoyed his first night out since his split from Madonna. Director Ritchie, 40, was joined by actors Jude law and Robert Downey Jr for a trip to a private viewing of artist friend Sam Taylor Wood’s new exhibition at the White Cube gallery in London. The three had spent the day filming on location in London for Ritchie’s latest movie Sherlock Holmes, in which Law and Downey star. After a meeting at Ritchie’s London offices they then headed straight out to the gallery … And while his divorce has sparked a media frenzy Ritchie appeared to simply want to relax last night, refusing to comment on rumours surrounding the split.
HA! I love it! They look like a band of miscreant troublemakers. I have no doubt that once Guy is totally split with Madge (ie. once the paperwork is signed, sealed and delivered) he is going to get right back on the horse and dive back into the single life. If he keeps hanging around with these guys, I think Mr. Ritchie will have no problems finding new trouble to get into. By utilizing the power of RDJ‘s charms and the sexy prowess of the Jude’stache, this band of brothers could do some serious damage. I’m glad to see that Guy is able to depend on his bros in his time of need. I look forward to hopefully following their coming misadventures. I mean … seriously … can you imagine how much hawt trouble these three could get into? I mean the drunken nights alone together … Woot! ;)
Hold on to your huge grains of salt, y’all … the British tabloid newspaper The Sun is reporting that ’80′s mope-rockers and original emo boys The Smiths are “closer than ever” to reuniting once again. According to inside “sources”, rumor has it that the former bandmembers are seriously considering a one-off headlining reunion performance at the Coachella Music Festival in Indio, CA next year:
IT’S the reunion no one thought was possible. But iconic Mancs THE SMITHS are “closer than ever” to setting aside their poisonous differences for a comeback. Sources close to the band believe they could headline California festival Coachella in a one-off show next April for a huge pay day. Singer MORRISSEY turned down a £2.8million bid from the event organisers in 2006 but they will have massively upped the offer. Any deal would mark a remarkable turnaround. Veg-loving frontman Morrissey has repeatedly vowed to never again share a stage with his former bandmates, guitarist JOHNNY MARR, bassist ANDY ROURKE and drummer MIKE JOYCE. A source revealed, however: “It has looked impossible in the past but suddenly it all looks like it could happen. “The buzz around the people who used to work for the band is they could play Coachella for a ludicrous amount of money. It’s closer than it ever has been. The split was a messy affair, but time’s a healer.”
Time may be a healer but I suspect that cold hard cash goes a long way in healing bitter band rifts as well. This rumor is just too good to be true. I have prayed for a reunion of The Smiths for years since I was too young to ever be able to see them perform live in their hey day. Trust me, I want to believe that this reunion might actually come to fruition but I’m reserving judgment BIG TIME until some sort of confirmation comes our way. I can tell you this, I would most assuredly haul my cookies out to the desert of Indio, CA to witness a reunion of The Smiths. Let’s see if such a reunion ever comes to pass.
In solo Morrissey news, the new album artwork for his upcoming new release Years of Refusal has reportedly made its way to the InterWeb. After the jump, check it out … More »
This past Wednesday we awoke to the wonderful news that Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum and current How I Met Your Mother star Alyson Hannigan is pregs with her first child with hubby Alexis Denisof and already the photogs have focused their eye on cutiepie Aly. Here are new pics of soon-to-be mama Hannigan out and about yesterday afternoon with a HUGE smile on her face as she made a beverage run:
At this point, Aly is far from showing any pregs protrusion but I’m sure it won’t be long before she starts bumping out ;) I am happily looking forward to seeing more photos of Alyson at various stages of her pregnancy because the thought of a baby Alyson Hannigan/Alexis Denisof hybrid THRILLS me to no end! Sooooo loving it!!
Britney wanted us to get these exclusive pictures up for you guys right away! She just sent them and they’re amazing pics of Britney with Sean Preston and Jayden James at a pumpkin patch. Britney tells us that the boys jumped on the “jumpin pumpkin” trampoline while she watched and laughed from the doorway. They all had a blast! Of course the paps were everywhere, including one who was hiding in a tree (he looks a lot like the big rabbit on the pumpkin next to him!). After finding the perfect pumpkins, Brit and the boys headed back home — where I am sure they are making some awesome jack-o-lanterns! Thanks for the photos, Britney! They’re so cute!
Awww … so cute! I am really diggin’ these regular updates and photo exclusives from BritneySpears.com. I must admit, I didn’t really believe their claim that they would be offering insider updates on a regular basis because the same promises were made by previous official Britney websites with updates being released very few and far between. Since BritneySpears.com went online last week, we’ve already been treated to some great info (like news that she would be appearing on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine and has begun work on a new dance routine for an as-yet unknown live performance or music video) and it looks like the updates will continue to come. Some might scoff that Britney is offering so much insider info (when she should be staying as private as possible) but it appears that she is well aware that her every move is chronicled anyway, so she might as well have control over of how some of the info is released to the public. She just keeps on, keepin’ on … and I’m glad that we’re allowed to be along for the ride.
Appearing as President Bush on the primetime edition of “Saturday Night Live,” Will Ferrell offered his political “strategery” to Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin. Ferrell reprised his famed impression of the president on the live “Weekend Update” special Thursday to give an “impromptu” evening address to the nation. He spoke about the election between John McCain and Barack Obama — both candidates, he said, that are “heavily patriotized” and “display much characterization.” He then gave his endorsement to McCain and Palin, something that they apparently didn’t want. Ferrell said he was unaware that his approval ratings were low because he had several months ago declared the Oval Office a “bummer free zone.” Speaking to Fey again appearing as Palin, Ferrell informed her that her role as vice president was “the most important in the land” and that the “president can do nothing without checking with the vice president.” Fey corrected him that he had it backward. Eventually Darrell Hammond as McCain turned up to reluctantly receive the endorsement. The sketch between Ferrell and Fey was the meeting of two of the most popular political impressions in the show’s history. It might have been complete only if Chevy Chase stopped by as Gerald Ford, Dana Carvey appeared as H.W. Bush and Amy Poehler joined as Hillary Rodham Clinton. An alum to the NBC comedy show, Ferrell was the latest guest star to make an appearance on “SNL,” which has seen its ratings soar this election season. Fey has become a virtual cast member again, thanks to the popularity of her Palin impression.
OMG … LOL … these SNL skits keep gettin’ better. I just love how they are pulling out all the stops to ensure that this year’s political satire is so brills. It has been ages since SNL has been so Must See. But, as funny as this explanation of the Ferrell/Fey/Hammond skit is, nothing beats watching the real thing. After the jump, check out the SNL skit titled Bush Endorsement in full … More »
Yesterday I blogged that I have been fortunate enough to get an early look at this year’s Treehouse of Horror XIXSimpson’s Halloween Special that will air on FOX on Sunday November 2 at 8pm. I mentioned that the ep is NOT TO BE MISSED and I cited the very funny political vignette that opens the episode. It turns out that the political vignette that I was talking about has already made its way to the InterWeb … which I present to y’all here for your viewing pleasure:
OMG, seriously HORRIFYING! As you can tell by this very funny video, this year’s Simpson’s Halloween Special is really great. Make sure you tune in/set those DVRs on November 2 to catch this ep. I promise, it’s a must see :)
Victoria Beckham channels Bollywood for her spicy debut in Vogue India. “I feel like an Indian princess!” says Beckham, who appears on the November cover in a beautifully embellished wedding-day sari. The fashion-conscious Spice Girl, 34, raves about her new look, which appears in the bridal special issue: “It’s so me,” she says, examining the intricate detail of the fabrics. “This is real craftsmanship.” … Having debuted her own line of dresses last month to critical acclaim, how did the Brit click with Indian fashionistas? “I thought she was a hoot!” said Vogue fashion features director Bandana Tewari. “Victoria had this unexpectedly dry sense of humor that all Brits seem to develop in response to their soggy weather!”
There is no question, the sari that VB is wearing is really beautiful … I think this is a great cover. After the jump, check out one more photo of Vicki B. rockin’ her Indian bride look for Vogue India … More »
Carrie Underwood is the latest celeb to have her likeness made into a wax statue for display at Madam Tussaud’s Wax Museum … unfortch for Carrie, tho, her statue was not made by the London branch of Madam Tussaud’s (which is known for their expertly flawless recreations) and was instead made by the folks at the Las Vegas, NV branch of the museum … which may explain by Carrie‘s statue looks like it has Céline Dion‘s face … EW!
Carrie was a good sport to show up for the unveiling of her wax likeness but if I were her, I’d sue. Carrie Underwood looks far prettier than her waxen doppelgänger … especially in these pics.
For a few weeks now, we have seen messages popping up in advertising on posters, billboards and on websites (including right here on Pink is the new Blog) asking the question Who Is Sasha Fierce? Well, at long last, we finally have the answer. [Drum roll, please] It turns out that Sasha Fierce is none other than Beyoncé Knowles herself. Of course, anyone familiar with Beyoncé and her alter-ego nonsense knows that B has been, at times, calling herself Sasha for many months now … but at least now, we know her last name. Here are a couple pics of Beyoncé or Sasha Fierce (not sure which) making her way out of Cipriani restaurant in NYC with her husband Jay-Z last night:
The R&B singer has christened herself “Sasha Fierce” for her new double album, “I Am … Sasha Fierce,” due in stores on Nov. 18, and has released a lengthy justification for the comical moniker. “I have someone else that takes over when it’s time for me to work and when I’m on stage, this alter ego that I’ve created that kind of protects me and who I really am,” the former Destiny’s Child frontwoman said in a statement. “Sasha Fierce is the fun, more sensual, more aggressive, more outspoken side and more glamorous side that comes out when I’m working and when I’m on the stage.” Additionally, she has set up a cryptic MySpace page (http://www.myspace.com/sashafierce) that gives a “lucky person” the opportunity to receive a personal message and a gift bag valued at $500.
So … lemme get this straight. Beyoncé created an alter-ego to draw attention away to “protect herself” and is now telling anyone who will listen (and offering a cash prize to anyone interested in giving a damn) that the alter-ego is actually her. Clearly, Beyoncé would make an horrrrrrible superhero cuz she just can’t keep a secret. As you may recall, Beyoncé released 2 music videos recently … and one of them features Ms. Sasha Fierce. Methinks Mrs. Jay-Z has got way too much time on her hands.
Can you guess which diva chanteuse was spotted rockin’ a pair of hideously overwrought shoes while performing in concert while on world tour in her home country?
This isn’t someone that we’ve heard much of in recent months so your guesses may not be correct right off the bat. That said, once you find out who it is I don’t think many of y’all will be surprised in the least. After the jump, find out who owns this tragic footwear … More »
Last night my friend Tony dragged me out of the house kicking and screaming to catch the Robyn show at Spaceland in Silver Lake last night. Robyn is touring as part of the Club NME tour (that is sending acts all around the world) and performed a short set of songs … acoustically. By that I mean, just her and a tinny and horrible sounding keyboard. Tony and I met up with a bunch of his friends, including Art and Mark and we were joined by Darion and Josh who also came out for the show. All in all we had a fun time last night … here are a few pics of Robyn on stage doing her thang:
I must confess I’m not the biggest Robyn fan in the world but I kinda dig her new album’s electopop sound. Unfortch, we got none of that electropop sound last night since, as I mentioned, Robyn performed with just dude on keyboards. The keyboard didn’t sound all that great and the guy’s backing vocals were worse. Because of this, the show wasn’t the best one that I’ve ever been to but I will say that Robyn has a great voice and she managed to keep the show from being a total loss. She belted out her songs, much slower than normal, giving her fans a different take on her music. I wasn’t wowed but it wasn’t so terrible.
Here are a few pics of my friends and me last night … you will note in the first pic, Darion is putting the moves on a guy in the crowd …
… unfortch for D, the dude already has a boyfriend. Ah well. Darion did have better luck later on in the night. We spied Amanda Bynes in the crowd …
… and he managed to get a photo with her (she also complimented him on his “beautiful eyes”). In the end, I’m really glad that Tony coaxed me into going out … as always, he is really fun to hang out with and I had a nice night out with my friends.
Not sure what’s on tap for today … I am still on the hunt for a Halloween costume … ideas?
The LA Times is eagerly counting down to the release date of the much-anticipated Twilight movie based on the book of the same name. Robert Pattinson stars as the beauteous vampire Edward in the film and is featured in a new LA Times article that is due for publication on November 2. To tease the article’s release, the Times have released a new photo of Mr. Pattinson with furry facial hair that was snapped earlier this month for the article’s accompanying photospread. Twilight fans might want to brace themselves for the bounteousness ahead … behold:
29 days left … In today’s gift bag we have this exclusive shot of Robert Pattinson taken earlier this month for an upcoming story about “Twilight” in The Times. Publish date: Nov. 2. Write it down.) You’re welcome. I now welcome your thoughts on it. The facial hair, I think, is very un-Edward. (Could Bella’s marble prince even grow facial hair? It seems unlikely). But do we like it just the same? Does it make Robert sexier? More smoldering? Or just too Wolverine? Perhaps he’s sporting the new look in the name of Spunk Ransom’s next Whiskey A Go-Go gig.
I gotta say … I like the facial hair. It’s a nice look on him. While he may be lookin’ more Jacob than Edward in this pic, I think that Pattinson fans will take very kindly to this new photo … yes? What do y’all think of Robert‘s new look?
Incidentally, while shopping at Hot Topic yesterday for Halloween costume ideas I came across an aisle of Twilight merchandise for sale … including this t-shirt:
It should be noted that Hot Topic also offers Team Jacob t-shirts but the store I was at in Burbank, CA was out of stock on those. Click HERE to get your Team Edward shirt, click HERE to get Team Jacob.
A few castmembers from the new CW series 90210 made their way out to the Kitson boutique in West Hollywood, CA last night for the red carpet launch of a new line of t-shirts that promote the show. Back in the early ’90′s, Beverly Hills, 90210 spawned a crush of merchandising options (from frisbees to dolls to perfume) and it looks like the new gang at West Beverly High are trying to get in on that action with a new line of stuff of their own. Here are a few pics from the red carpet arrivals at last night’s in-store launch event at Kitson:
I don’t personally think that the new batch of 90210 stuff is gonna be as popular as their predecessor’s merchandise but I can’t blame them for striking while the iron is hot. I think they might want to come up with better shirt slogans than Lacrosse Players Do It Better but the Team Silver and Team Naomi shirts are cute, if not inventive. If YOU are interested in procuring these 90210-themed t-shirts you can pop in to Kitson on Robertson Blvd. or order them online HERE. Never fear old skoolers, they’ve got a couple faux vintage BH, 90210 designs as well.
“Maybe, maybe not,” she said Thursday on Ryan Seacrest’s KIIS-FM radio show when asked if they are dating. “Right now, everything is, like, really good. I haven’t really been answering the question much just because we’re just really happy with everything and the way everything has worked out.” She added, “He’s been a really great friend, more than anything.” Cyrus – who turns 16 on Nov. 23 – said she was miffed that “everyone started judging us as soon as we started hanging out.” “After my last two years, there’s been a lot of things that happened, so I’ve learned just not to judge anyone and go into our friendship with an open mind and not really worry about the age or anything,” she continued. “Our families are like, ‘Whatever happens, happens,’” she said. “If he’s nothing but a really good friend, that’s awesome. More than anything, he’s really helped me move on from a lot of things,” she told Seacrest. “He’s a really great Christian guy. He’s gone through stuff, and I’ve gone through stuff, and everyone goes through that. I think it’s really awesome that we have that in common — that we can talk about it and that we can understand [each other] … he gets it.” She then added: “I’m totally gushing right now!” She said her parents like him too, adding that the former Nashville Star contestant “works with my dad, so my dad thinks he’s cool.” Seacrest told Cyrus that Gaston is just too good looking. “That’s what would be hard about dating him!” she replied. “It’s like, if anything ever happened [a break-up], who you are gonna go to after that?”
While there may have been some “judging” going on as soon as Miley started “hanging out” with Justin, I think it was more of a matter of people being surprised that her parents would let a 15-year old girl “hang out” with a 20-year old man — in any capacity. In light of the big stink the Cyrus parents caused after the Vanity Fair debacle earlier this year, I, for one, was really surprised to see them be so nonchalant about the age disparity between their daughter and this older man. I’m not sure that the “whatever happens, happens” mentality is a very good one for families to implement when it comes to underage girls “hanging out” with adult men. But, that’s just my opinion … clearly these people must know what they are doing. I do give Miss Miley credit for being honest and talking somewhat openly about the situation. If y’all are interested, you can click HERE to hear Miley‘s interview with Ryan Seacrest in full online. BTW, I’m not sure what is going on with Miley‘s voice in this interview but doesn’t she sound like she smoked about 4 packs of cigs right before she called in? Husky!
ADAM ‘DJ AM’ GOLDSTEIN has returned to the turntables at Las Vegas’ PURE nightclub a month after he was almost burned alive in a plane crash tragedy. The Los Angeles-based music man has a Tuesday night residency at PURE, but he has been unable to make the weekly trip to Sin City since his near-death experience on 19 September, which left four people dead. He returned on Tuesday. Goldstein made a triumphant return to DJ-ing last week when he performed as support to rap mogul Jay-Z at Hollywood’s Palladium.
I gotta tells y’all … it’s a mighty awesome sight seeing DJ AM back behind the decks doing what he does so well. It is really amazing that both he and Travis Barker managed to survive such a horrible experience and I’m sure both men are happy to have a “second chance at life”. I imagine that neither man is interested in taking anything for granted any longer. I’m very happy to see that DJ AM is back to work already so soon after his accident. Welcome back, AM! We’ve missed you :)
Heidi Montag’s clothing line, Heidiwood, is no more. Anchor Blue spokeswoman Marla White tells us the label will not renew its contract with Heidi. She said contrary to reports that the line had been discontinued, the contract was only one year long and they were happy to leave it at that. “We just felt that the one year was a great year for both of us, and we’re looking into other options,” she explained. “We really found that we want to explore … what style really means to our girl … and that doesn’t necessarily mean a celebrity brand. It really means fashion and comfort, and we can really accomplish that with our own brand … We’re taking a completely new style direction and we’re very, very excited about it.”
No word yet from Ms. Montag on this development but I suspect she and her partner in crime Spencer Pratt have already plotted a new course of world domination. This news has to sting just a little, especially in light of the fact that her nemesis Lauren LC Conrad just showed her second clothing collection at LA Fashion Week just last week. Ouch! I, for one, will never forget the first time I laid my eyes on the Heidiwood line … it doesn’t seem like it was that long ago … er, mebbe cuz it was just this past April. And WHO could forget the Heidiwood: Club Collection?! And now … it is all … no more. This is very sad news, y’all. Where are young women to turn if they ever need to procure zebra print tube tops and micro short shorts? Back to the racks at Forever 21 for those poor souls. Devastating news.
It’s true. Sources close to ABC’s Ugly Betty confirm to me that Lindsay Lohan has been cut from the show. “They don’t plan to have her back for more episodes,” says a high-level insider. “And they are cutting her out of the episodes they have already shot.” According to my sources, the main driving force for this decision is that Lindsay was not gelling creatively with the series. “She was not so interested in creating a character,” another reliable insider close to Betty tells me. “She was more interested in just playing herself, and that doesn’t work on a show like this with such heightened reality.”
LOL. I love that the criticism of Lindsay‘s performance on the show is that she is reportedly “more interested in just playing herself”. To be totally honest, I can absolutely believe this contention. I can also see how a parting of the ways might be better on both ends. I thought it was awesome that Lindsay was doing her guest role on the show last season but I was a bit surprised to learn that she would not only be reprising her role this season but would be appearing in a more featured capacity on the series. I just never pegged Linds as a TV person at this point in her career … not yet, anyways. It kinda sounds like it was fun for a while and then the job got in the way of more funner stuff. And really, the total elimination of her character from the show won’t adversely impact a thing. While it was cute to see L. Lo on the show, her Kimmie character had yet to really add to the series. Ah well … c’est la vie. I doubt either Lindsay or ABC will lose much sleep over this axing.
IT got so ugly on the set of “Ugly Betty” between Lindsay Lohan and the popular ABC show’s star, America Ferrera, that Lohan was cut from an agreed-upon six episodes to four. One production source said, “It was a mess. Lindsay would show up every day with an entourage of people. She smoked 24/7, and after she left, they had to repaint her dressing room it was such a mess.” In addition, Lohan “would obsessively cut pictures of herself out of the tabloids like she was creating some sort of scrapbook and refused to go on set until America was there – it was a power play.” One episode, titled “Granny Pants,” was about how Lohan, playing Betty’s high school nemesis, would “de-pants” Ferrera. But Ferrera exacts her revenge and pulls down Lohan’s pants instead. “Lindsay wasn’t wearing any underwear,” the source said … The pal blames Ferrera for any issues, saying, “America was mean to Lindsay. Producers give her too much power. Lindsay didn’t do the last two episodes because America didn’t like her and got her kicked off.” Ferrera’s rep would only say, “America is grateful to have had her on the show and thinks everyone should tune in to see how great the episodes are.” Lohan’s rep said, “Lindsay was scheduled for six episodes and is appearing in four but had a lovely time.”
Honestly, I call bullshizz on the Page Six report. While the more salacious of the two reports, I think the Page Six report is just trying to garner attention in much the same childish manner that was highlighted in their report. The bottom line is that Lindsay is Ugly no more.
If David Beckham wants to play for England at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa he needs to leave Major League Soccer right now. Not on loan, not for just a short training spell with AC Milan or any other European club that comes calling, but for good — his own good and that of the Galaxy. Ever since AEG sounded the trumpets in January 2007 and announced amid much boasting and fanfare that it had signed Beckham, the Galaxy has been nothing but a puppet in the hands of Beckham’s management team. Just how emasculated the club is when it comes to Beckham was again clearly in evidence Wednesday. Stories were pouring out of Europe that AC Milan was close to signing the 33-year-old midfielder to a short-term loan deal during the MLS off-season. “We are speaking with his agent, but we believe he will arrive for some months on a free loan,” said Adriano Galliani, AC Milan’s vice president. “Beckham has chosen Milan. Our squad is ultra-competitive and it will remain this way, but Beckham is something different and intriguing.” Media reports across the continent were feverishly speculating on whether this could turn into a full-fledged trade, with Beckham returning triumphant to take his place again among the game’s elite players in Europe and abandon the experiment of trying to turn MLS from a soccer backwater into a soccer hotbed. Big-name players and coaches were quoted. Pundits rushed to get their opinions onto the Internet, on the air and into print. And the Galaxy? The Galaxy had no idea what was happening. Beckham opted not to be available to reporters after the team’s training session Wednesday in Carson, and no Galaxy official had the clout or the guts to make him face the media. The front office never even issued a news release. Bruce Arena, who wears two hats as the Galaxy’s coach and general manager, appeared bemused by it all. “I’ve spent not a second of my day even thinking about it, to be honest,” Arena said. “On the surface, it sounds like an odd proposition. I don’t see where that benefits MLS or the Galaxy. I don’t know if there’s anything true in the rumor.” Arena says that as far as he understands soccer’s rules, a player loan has to cover the entire period between two transfer windows, in this case from January to June, meaning that Beckham would miss the first three months of the 2009 MLS season. “The first I heard about it was today . . . but I would think [given] the position the Galaxy is in and [the fact that] we’re rebuilding our team and trying to have a successful year, it would seem very odd to me if we were loaning out our top players at the start of the season. It would seem pretty odd to me to operate that way.” … The only word from the Beckham camp came from Simon Oliveira of 19 Entertainment. “David’s intention is to maintain his fitness and keep himself eligible for England selection,” Oliveira said. “He very much remains a Galaxy player and he would be in Los Angeles for the start of the 2009 MLS season.” … Said AC Milan Coach Carlo Ancelotti: “For me, it will be a pleasure. Beckham is a serious athlete, a great professional.” … Beckham has long insisted that he wants to take part in the World Cup in South Africa and will do whatever is necessary to be on the England team. To do so, he has to prove that he still has what it takes at the highest level. That’s why a permanent move to AC Milan, if it can be accomplished, is in his best interests. As for the Galaxy, the Beckham circus could fold its tents and then the club could go back to being what it once was — competitive in MLS.
There appears to be a bitter tone to this LA Times piece … but considering that neither Beckham nor the Milan team actually denied anything seems telling. In the end, tho, the LA Galaxy does have Becks tied up in an iron-clad contract … one that they paid a lot of money for. I don’t think that they are interested in losing out on that investment. Whether that means they would not be amenable to the loan is another story altogether. While I can understand how David Beckham may want to prolong his professional soccer career in Europe, I don’t really understand why he would sign a multiyear, very lucrative contract with a US team and expect to still be able to play on European teams whenever he likes. At this point, the whole story is just rumor and conjecture. My guess is that if Becks is loaned out to Italy he will have to be back by the start of next year’s MLS season — or the loan deal won’t happen. If the LA Galaxy, who paid out all those megamillions, is stupid enough to loan out their star player at the cost of him missing out 3 months of US play then they are really very stupid, IMHO. There’s a lot of talk going on right now … we’ll have to see if any of it actually comes to mean anything.
Heroes star Milo Ventimiglia is launching his very own comic book this month and he wants you to come out and buy a copy personally from him. OK, well, mebbe you won’t be purchasing it from him exactly but he will be on hand at The Golden Apple comic book store here in LA this Saturday evening for the launch of his comic book series Rest … I’m sure he’ll also be on hand to sign a few autographs and take a few photos. Here are a couple promo flyers for the event with all the necessary info for this weekend’s in-store appearance:
REST RELEASE EVENT
Saturday October 25,2008 at 5:00pm
MEET THE CREATIVE TEAM OF THE NEW COMIC BOOK REST!
(CREATOR/HEROES TV STAR)
(COVER ARTIST/HEROES ARTIST)
WE WILL HAVE A GOLDEN APPLE VARIANT COVER TO ISSUE #1 AVAILABLE AT THE EVENT ONLY! IT WILL FEATURE A PHOTO OF MILO VENTIMIGLIA AND A COLORED DRAWN BACKGROUND FROM TIM SALE!
You may recall that Milo was on hand at the New York Comic Con earlier this Spring to promote his new comic book series Rest … and finally, the series is being released. This event is not to be missed … I am gonna do my best to make it out to The Golden Apple to get my Rest comic #1 signed by the man himself. Mebbe I’ll see some of you there!!!
Michael Phelps ended his weekend of high stakes gambling with a kiss from his beauty pageant girlfriend while partying VIP style at Prive nightclub in Vegas. Dude, you win.
The way I understand it, Phelpsie and some buddies had a very nice night at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino nightclub making sure to set up shop at Privé‘s exclusive Table 69 before heading out to the DJ booth. As you can see from this photo, there was also a bit of spit-swappin’ to be had as well. Hee hee … I may give the boy some grief but, really, he is just having the time of his life — as he should! They don’t call Las Vegas Sin City for nothing … sin away, Phelpsie, just make sure you practice safe sinning. Wrap it up, my man ;)
“Mr. Playboy: Hugh Hefner and the American Dream” (Wiley, 544 pages, $29.95), by Steven Watts: In 1953, Hugh Hefner was a young man in Chicago with an unimpressive resume and big plans. He would start a men’s magazine geared toward young urbanites such as himself with lifestyle tips and racy pictures. He would call it “Stag Party.” A legal snag forced a last-minute name change to “Playboy,” but Hefner stayed true to the idea. The magazine quickly became a huge success and gave new meanings to the words playmate, bunny and centerfold. Hefner — with his pipe, his pajamas and a girl on each arm — became a symbol of the sexual revolution. But a symbol of what? Hefner is either the swingingest hep cat, a pornographer, a sexual liberator or a lecher, depending on the observer. Watts aims to give a full account of the man, his magazine and their place in social history. Hefner cooperated, giving the author access to everything from his personal scrapbooks to a 1972 memo from a Playboy administrative assistant on the Rolling Stones’ four-day romp at the old Chicago Playboy mansion (they left behind burned towels and clogged pipes; it’s unclear why). Watts presents Hefner’s life as a sort of X-rated Horatio Alger story. A boy growing up in the Midwest falls in love with the fantasy world of movies. As a young striver, he creates his own fantasy world with Playboy. Then he moves into the world he created, leaving a wife and kids for the swinging life. Watts argues that Playboy is more than a girlie magazine: It “comprised a historical force of significant proportions.” It’s arguable whether Hefner mostly made waves or rode them. But it’s clear that Hefner took seriously his role in offering a philosophy to counteract Puritanism. When Hefner calls himself a missionary, he’s not punning. Along with the naked women, Playboy early on featured the likes of Dave Brubeck on jazz, Evelyn Waugh on abstract expressionism and an interview with philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre … Oh, and Hefner really, really likes sex. Women come and go from his round bed like the sheets were made of Flubber. It just never stops. Even into his old age, the Viagra-fueled magnate stays on the prowl. Watts reveals that Hefner narrowly avoided an ironical death when he almost choked on a partner’s sex toy. A quick-thinking Playmate saved him with a chest compression.
… Annnnd, I think that’s enough info, thank you very much. The Playboy empire is a fascinating one and the man behind the Bunnies is just as fascinating. But when you see him now, as an 80+ year old man, clinging to 20-year old buxom beauties who wouldn’t touch him with a 10-foot pole if he didn’t have fame and wealth, well it’s just not as impressive as it may have been at one time. Don’t get me wrong, the man deserves props for living his life to the fullest and enjoying the zest of life for as long as he can. But sometimes, like with the introduction of these new twin sister girlfriends, I think Hef looks more foolish than pimpish. For his sake, I hope that the Shannon twins are schooled in CPR … you know, in case another one of those “choking on a sex toy” or worse incidents happen again.
Taylor Momsen was released Wednesday afternoon from L.A.’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after battling a “severe, potentially life-threatening throat infection. “I have been treating Miss Taylor Momsen for the last few days,” Momsen’s doctor, Shawn Nasseri, tells Usmagazine.com. “She has been hospitalized for a severe, potentially life-threatening throat infection since Sunday. “She has been an excellent patient, and after aggressive antibiotics and medications, she is expected to make a full recovery in the next three to five days,” the doctor adds. Momsen, 15, was in L.A. to take a school exam when she “woke up with a sore throat,” a source close to the actress tells Us. “She thought it was just a common cold, but was advised to see an ear, nose & throat specialist before getting on a plane back to New York,” the source adds. After discovering how serious the situation was, “her mom flew out to get her, and is flying back [to NYC] with Taylor this week. “She’s in unbelievable spirits” despite the diagnosis, the source says.
Aww … sorry to hear that Tay Tay is feelin’ under the weather but I’m happy that her life is no longer “threatened” by her ailment. A few years ago I suffered a heinous bout of strep throat and, let me tell you, there were days when I prayed for death. I can totally sympathize with a painful ailment like a throat infection so I’m glad to know that Momsencita is on the upswing. Get better soon, Taylor … we need your cute as a buttonness back on GG soon!
Rihanna teamed up with Justin Timberlake this weekend to shoot a new music video for her song Rehab which also features JT on vocals. The pair amped up the sexual energy on the SoCal set of the vid enough to get tongues wagging — should Chris Brown and Jessica Biel be worried? Here are a few pics from the Rehab set:
JESSICA BIEL and CHRIS BROWN, I’d advise you to look away. Your hot other halves sent temperatures soaring with their raunchy moves on the set of the music vid for RIHANNA’s new song featuring JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE. No wonder JT is so keen to lend his vocal talents to collaborations when he gets to spend his days bumping and grinding with such sexy pop hotties as Rihanna. Though the pair are very much committed to their respective partners, there’s no doubt they struck up a sizzling chemistry on the Rehab shoot. Dressed in a dress-cum-swimming costume, Rihanna rubbed up against the SexyBack star in the blazing LA sun and bent over without inhibition. Which probably explains why Justin couldn’t resist the occasional peak at her body.
Damn. It looks like they are making a hawt-ass video. Rihanna looks amazing …that girl is all legs. I hope that JT does more than just scowl and glare at her in the vid … I wouldn’t mind seein’ a little bump and grind action betwixt these two. I thought that Rihanna and Adam Lavine from Maroon 5 looked good on screen together but they were both wearing too much clothing. I can’t wait to see how this video will turn out.
In order to procrastinate from my overwhelming laundry duties, I spent part of my afternoon/evening out of the house taking in the lovely SoCal weather. Altho the temps are still very warm in the day (70s-80s still), it cools down considerably after dark. Now, I’m not a fan of cold weather but I don’t mind so much having to bundle up with a thick, comfy hoodie at night … as long as it doesn’t get crazy cold, I’m cool. I also noticed that some of the SoCal foliage is starting to turn Fall colors in some places. I’m used to beautiful colors that Fall brings to Michigan but I’m note sure that many folks know that LA has more than just palm trees. Yesterday was just a nice day overall. Last night, I spent some time watching some DVDs that I have newly procured. I also got around to watching a promo DVD that FOX sent me for the upcoming Treehouse of Horror XIX Halloween Special on The Simpsons. The ep airs on Sunday November 2 (which is so weird cuz I always hated that the Simpsons Halloween Special tends to air after Halloween) and is HILARIOUS! I haven’t been that impressed in the past few years but this year is a goodie. The Simpsons spoof Transformers and, amazingly, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown:
I won’t share too much … you’ll have to tune in at 8pm on Sunday November 2 and see for yourself. For the Charlie Brown spoof alone, it’s worth watching. Trust me ;) There is a funny little political joke at the start of the episode, too. The Simpsons really outdid themselves this year.
No plans for tonight … Tony asked if I wanted to attend the Robyn concert at Spaceland tonight so I might do that … dunno, we’ll see. I’m gonna hafta tackle my dreaded laundry at some point … unfortch. If y’all never hear from me again, it’s prolly cuz I was crushed and killed under the weight of my laundry pile. Ugh.
PRINCE William was at the receiving end of a sound thrashing – from an African village XI. The 26-year-old royal may be president of the Football Association, but his credentials seemed wasted on the players from the Igxarho Location. Even the efforts of soccer-mad brother Prince Harry failed to stop the blushes as the famous visitors lost 6-2. At times Wills looked decidedly uncomfortable as he and his posh chums were given a lesson in the beautiful game. Wills, who played left back, took tumble after tumble as he tried in vain to block a flood of attacks. Jeered on by the spectators William looked more than a little flat-footed. And when Harry joined the team things went from bad to worse. The afternoon came during a rest day for the boys as they reached the halfway stage of their 1,000 mile African motorbike trek. William and Harry are taking part in the Enduro Challenge along with 80 other riders. Their efforts have already raised more than £300,000 for people living in communities just like the Igxarho Location. One onlooker said: “William looked very clumsy out there. Every time the ball came near him he either fell over or appeared frightened. Harry came on towards the end but things didn’t really improve much. I don’t think any of the village side realised they were playing a game against the president of the FA. If they had known perhaps the score-line would have been even more embarrassing.” The match took place in the small community in the heart of South Africa’s Wild Coast. Earlier in the day William and Harry had joined the other riders and rolled up their sleeves to paint a community building as they took a welcome break from their motorbike challenge. But if William looked determined to avoid any danger on the pitch, he seemed fearless on his way back to the hotel. Both the boys jumped on their 250 horsepower Honda machines and sped away down a dirt track without any helmets or protective clothing. They are staying in nearby Morgan Bay as they prepare for the next leg of their trip. They are due to cross the finish line in Port Elizabeth on Saturday before heading back to the UK.
Aww … poor Princes. Honestly, I suspect the British newspaper may be exaggerating how poorly Wills and Harry did in this match. Even the best players can’t win all the time. If you consider that the Princes have been traveling by motorbike since last Saturday I think it’s impressive that they were even interested in playing a match with the locals at all. In the end, it doesn’t really matter if they win or lose friendly soccer games … they are involved in a very worthwhile and important endeavor and I just love talking about their charitable contributions. Princes who are not content with merely donating money but with getting involved in this way to help raise funds is very admirable. Go, Princes, go … you guys rock.
AC MILAN claim David Beckham will join them on loan from LA Galaxy in January. According to Italian newspaper Il Corriere Della Sera, Beckham could complete a permanent switch to the San Siro if he impressess before the end of the Serie A season. Milan vice president Adriano Galliani said: “Beckham wants to train and play with Milan. Will he arrive? I believe so, yes. “We want him. He will arrive in January and we will sign him for the rest of the season. We are talking with his agent but I believe he will be here for some months on a loan. The team remains intact but Beckham is something else. It’s not just a shop window deal, it’s a great deal. He will be available for (manager) Carlo Ancellotti for Serie A and the UEFA Cup. Football today is not just about tactics and technical abilities. It’s about full stadiums and sponsors. No one can beat the 65,000 fans we had on Sunday. The stadiums will only fill up with superstars like Beckham. With him, Kaka and Ronaldinho, it will be a dream team.” Milan boss Ancelotti added: “For me it will be a pleasure, Beckham is a serious athlete, a great professional. If he is available for four months with us, we will be very happy.” Galaxy have always insisted Beckham would not be allowed to join another team on loan during the MLS close season. But with his England career on the line, the 33-year-old could be ready to call time on his American adventure.
While I don’t necessarily have a huge problem with the Galaxy loaning out our dear Becks to play professional soccer in other countries (something they claimed they would not allow), I am just hoping that Becks doesn’t get any crazy ideas by doing so. I am SO NOT READY for Les Beckhams to move away from the US … no way. They just got here and we haven’t had sufficient time to enjoy them properly. I don’t mind that he and the fam jet off to Europe every once-in-a-while but they really belong here. Period. The end. Sorry, Italy.
Australian audiences are, apparently, not really lovin’ the new US version of their beloved comedic series Kath & Kim. Channel 7, the Aussie network that picked up the US version of the series down under, has decided to pull the series off the air after only two episodes … and replace it with reruns of the original OZ version of the series in its place. Ouch! Nonetheless, filming continues on new eps here in SoCal on the LA set of the show … here are a couple pics of Molly Shannon and Selma Blair shooting new scenes for Kath & Kim yesterday afternoon:
The American version of hit Aussie TV comedy Kath + Kim has failed to impress Antipodean viewers – it has been dropped from schedules after just two episodes. Actress Selma Blairand U.S. funnywoman Molly Shannon play the role of the dysfunctional mother and daughter duo in the American adaptation of the award-winning series. But Australia’s Channel 7 has pulled the show from its primetime slot after the second episode viewing figures plummeted to 729,000 after a promising 1.23 million debut. The network has put the show into “resting” – meaning it will be held until the Australian summer (Nov-Jan08), when Aussie TV returns to its non-ratings period. And as a further blow, the original Kath + Kim will replace its American counterpart. A spokesperson for Channel 7 says, “The figures didn’t stand up for its second outing. For people who want to see more of the U.S. episodes they will return later this year.”
Oh snap! That is not good. In all honesty, tho, it makes sense that Aussie audiences might be turned off by a remake of a series that is still so highly regarded. I believe the third season of the original Kath & Kim just aired last year. For them, a new remake might not make sense so soon. Unfortch for NBC, US audiences aren’t really taking to the show either. After scoring pretty good ratings in its debut week, Kath & Kim suffered a 20% loss of viewership by week two:
The American sitcom based on Australia’s foxy duo from Fountain Lakes last night suffered a 20 per cent slide in its ratings in the US from last week’s better-than expected debut on TV network NBC. Millions of Americans opted to switch channels rather than stomach Kath and Kim’s second episode, with reality show Survivor on CBS and Ugly Betty on ABC easily winning the time slot. Only six million Americans tuned in to Kath & Kim’s second episode, compared to 7.5 million in its premiere week. US magazine, Entertainment Weekly, described it as a “rough evening” for NBC. “Kim was down from its solid premiere the previous week,” entertainment industry bible, Variety, reported. NBC is airing Kath and Kim, starring US actresses Molly Shannon and Selma Blair, as part of its Thursday night comedy block of sitcoms and the network suffered declines across the board … American critics largely savaged the NBC show, with the New York Post describing it as the “worst idea for an import from the land Down Under since Vegemite”.
NBC isn’t doing very well overall so mebbe the straits aren’t quite so dire for Kath & Kim here in the US just yet. I’ve been watching the show and while I think it’s cute, I wouldn’t necessarily call it funny. Well, mebbe that’s not entirely true … I do find myself laughing out loud at times but I am still comparing it the riotously funnier original. The show is still very new and mebbe once it hit it’s stride it’ll do better. NBC just picked up their remake of Knight Rider for a full season of eps. I stopped watching that mess after the second episode (IMHO, it’s really bad, y’all) … so if they can take a chance on that show then they should deffo take a chance on Kath & Kim. Have any of y’all been watching the show? What do you think … keep it or cancel it?
Jude Law was snapped enjoying a lovely afternoon with his two youngest children Iris and Rudy Indiana in London, England yesterday and, as you can tell by the photos, he was rockin’ the Jude’stache like nobody’s biz … behold:
Jude, ever the fashionista in his colorful sweater vest, and his ‘stache took the kids for a shopping trip to a toy store before taking them out for lunch. So cute. Even tho I have loved the new ‘stache since the first time I saw it, I think it’s growing on me every new time I see it in action. It’s looking less 70′s porn’stache and more 00′s hipster’stache the more I see it. While some may argue that there is no difference between the two, I’d like to remind folks that ’70′s porn’staches generally come with bad comb-overs … which Jude is incapable of growing atop his head. In any event, the look, on Jude, really works for me. He deffo makes a hawt dad.
Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson suddenly popped up in Tokyo, Japan last night to attend a fashion show for designer Charlotte Ronson‘s new collection of clothing. With Sam on the decks and Linds in the front row, Charlotte‘s show at Kokuritsu-Kyogijo was the place to be last night in Tokyo. Here are a few pics:
L. Ron are quite the jet-setters. It’s like one day they’re in SoCal, then they’re in Mexico, then they’re in NYC, then Washington DC, then they pop up in Japan. I think it’s so cool how they manage to stay together about 98% of the time. While there may be a few functions here and there where the ladies are separated, they mostly spend every waking moment together … and they are very lucky to be able to do that. I’m also impressed with their commitment to support one another’s family. Sam attends Lohan events and Lindsay attends Ronson events — it’s really very cute altogether. Who knows where in the world L. Ron will pop up next but at least we know they’ll pop up together.
ABC has announced that Britney Spears will be performing LIVE on Good Morning America on December 2 — which is not only her birthday but also the release date for her new album Circus. Britney even filmed a short promo video for the announcement:
Britney‘s GMA performance will take place in Bryant Park in NYC … it has yet to be determined if she will also be doing an interview. My guess is that she will sit down for a little chat to promote the release of her new disc but a performance or two would be just as amazing. And the Britney SpearsComeback Tour begins to start adding live dates … Love it!
OMG! People magazine is announcing the BEST NEWS EVER this morning with their exclusive report that Alyson Hannigan (who currently stars on the hit CBS series How I Met Your Mother but is prolly most beloved for her role as Willow Rosenberg on Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and her husband Alexis Denisof (who you may recall expertly played the role of Wesley Wyndam-Pryce on both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel) have announced that they are going to have their first child next Spring!
Actress Alyson Hannigan is pregnant, her rep Megan Moss tells PEOPLE exclusively. The How I Met Your Mother star, 34, and her husband, actor Alexis Denisof, 42, will welcome their first child this spring. The couple met on the set of Buffy the Vampire Slayer during the 1999-2000 season and were married at the Two Bunch Palms resort near Palm Springs, Calif., on Oct. 11, 2003.
Woot! This is such amazing news!!! To my knowledge, Aly and Alexis will be the first Buffyverse couple to bring forth a child together. Charisma Carpenter, who played Cordelia Chase on both Buffy and Angel, gave birth to a son back in 2003 but she was not married to another Buffy actor ;) Here are a couple pics of Alyson steppin’ out in Santa Monica, CA yesterday with some take-out:
She ain’t sportin’ a baby bump yet but I will happily be on the look-out for new photos of the beautiful mom to be. Alyson Hannigan is not only beloved for her work on Buffy but many folks loved her comedic turn in the American Pie movies and, of course, for her current stint on How I Met Your Mother. This is just the best news and I couldn’t be happier for the parents-to-be. Much, much love and congrats!
A couple of weeks ago we got our first look at the cover of W magazine that features Angelina Jolie breastfeeding one of her babies on the cover in a photo that was taken by none other than Brad Pitt himself. The week after we got to see a few more photos from the spread but nothing that was racy by any means. This week the magazine is out and there do seem to be a couple of risqué yet arty NSFW images of Angelina in the photospread. First, let’s take a look a two really sweet photos of Angelina breastfeeding:
I, for one, see nothing wrong with these photos … in fact, I find them stunningly beautiful. She looks so peaceful and natural. They are great photos. I understand that there are around 30 pages of photos in this issue of W magazine … including one where Angelina is snapped wearing a very sheer top which practically exposes one of her breasts. Now, I can understand why Brad Pitt would want to take a photo like that but I don’t know why either of them would want to have a photo like that published in a major magazine. After the jump, check it out … More »
Beyoncé reclaimed her bootylicious curves (and then some!) to play soul singer Etta James in the upcoming film Cadillac Records. “I gained almost 15 pounds to play the role,” Beyoncé, 27, says in the November issue of In Style. “It was way easier – and tastier – than having to lose so much weight for Dreamgirls.” Her legendary role didn’t only affect her figure, but it also rubbed off on her music. “Lyrically, it’s deeper than what I’ve done before,” the singer, who recently debuted two singles, says of her album due Nov. 18. “I wasn’t mature enough or old enough, or in touch with myself enough, to do this type of album before. I didn’t have the guts.”
Well, she appears to have the guts now … of course, we’ve yet to hear any of her new Etta-like singing but by pure looks alone, she really nailed the part:
I gotta say that Beyoncé really does look amazing as Etta … stunning, actually. I really hope she is able to do the woman justice in her portrayal in Cadillac Records because I believe that Etta James is a music legend who should be honored for her contributions to soul and jazz music. I am really looking forward to seeing this film, I sincerely hope that Beyoncé does Ms. Etta right.
Celebs of varying caliber in the acting, music and fashion world came out for a swanky night of hob-nobbing at the 2008 Whitney Museum of American Art Gala in NYC last night. Here are a few photos of some of the folks who made their way to the soiree in order to strut their stuff on the red carpet:
The theme for the gala was Whitney — Past, Present and Future which I assume was meant to refer to the artwork on display rather than the regular ol’ stuff we saw on the red carpet fashion-wise. Mariah Carey and her childhubby Nick Cannon made their way out to the Whitney affair last night lookin’ as mismatched as ever … tho not as mismatched a pair as Patrick Dempsey and Donatella Versace looked. Dr. McHotPants was lookin’ smokin’ in his Versace suit … Donatella just looked hungry. Christina Ricci made sure that her expensive dress was cut just so in order to show off her very classy tattoo and Juliette Lewis was most likely just there for the free drinks. Oh yeah. Sounds like a fun time in the Big Apple last night. Hurray for the Arts!
Gossip Girl prettyboy Chace Crawford is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of V Man magazine. Behold, the cover:
Because V Man is men’s fashion magazine, it is necessary to style celebrity covermodels in various interesting “fashion-forward” ways. Now, I am not a fan of the bouffant hair’do (which is a look that works better on Danny Zuko or El Vez) but even Chace Crawford can kinda make it look purdy. After the jump, check out two more photos of Chace from this interesting V Man photospread … More »
You may recall that the driving-without-a-license trial that has been brought against Britney Spears was argued in court last week and went to jury deliberation by the weekend. Well, the jury came back with their verdict today … they determined that there is no verdict because they couldn’t reach a unanimous decision. 10 jurors voted for acquittal, 2 were against — and remained deadlocked. The judge presiding over the case decided to call the whole thing off and declare a mistrial:
A mistrial was declared in Britney Spears’ driving-without-a-license case Tuesday, sparing the singer a criminal record — for now — as she pushes to put her music career in front of her behavior. The jury’s deadlock could not be broken, even after Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Steele permitted prosecution and defense attorneys to make additional closing arguments Tuesday morning. Spears came close to bucking the matter altogether: The jury’s final vote was 10-2 in favor of acquittal. A city prosecutor did not immediately indicate whether a retrial would be sought, but an afternoon hearing was scheduled to determine whether the case would be pursued further. The jury struggled with the case since resuming deliberations Monday, telling a judge they couldn’t reach an unanimous decision after five votes going back to Friday. Steele thanked jurors for their time and dismissed them. Deliberations lasted longer than the case, which featured only three witnesses and roughly a day’s worth of testimony and arguments. Jurors posed a pair of questions Monday before declaring themselves deadlocked. One sought to clarify the charges against Spears, and whether she should be considered guilty if she possessed a valid Louisiana license, as her attorney has said she did. The other: “Why was she stopped in the first place?” In fact, there was no traffic stop that precipitated the case; she was cited for hit-and-run and driving without a valid California license later, after video of the accident surfaced. The defense argued that Spears didn’t meet the state’s residency requirements, and that her Louisiana license was all she needed to drive legally. Defense and prosecution attorneys agreed that Spears was behind the wheel in California in August 2007. That kept jurors from hearing any mention of the hit-and-run — or any narrative elements to explain why she faced a criminal charge. Los Angeles Deputy City Attorney Michael Amerian initially put up only one witness and entered one piece of evidence during the trial, showing that Spears did not have a valid California license more than a week after the accident. In all, only three witnesses testified during the case. After Flanagan called Spears’ father to the stand, Amerian introduced signed papers from the singer’s divorce that indicated she had been a California resident since at least 2006. The final witness was a paparazzo who, along with other shooters, tails Spears constantly and said she spends about 80 percent of her time in Los Angeles. Flanagan countered, however, that none of those things required Spears to get a California license. Spears never appeared during the trial. She is in the midst of a comeback, recently earning three MTV Video Music Awards. As her trial started last week, Billboard announced that her new single, “Womanizer,” was No. 1 on its charts. Flanagan repeatedly said Spears had been targeted because of her celebrity status and said she should have been permitted to resolve the case by paying a small fine … [prosecutor] Amerian plans to run for City Attorney next year … said Spears was being treated the same as any other driver. He conceded that it is “extremely rare” for a misdemeanor driving without-a-valid-license case to go to trial, and neither he nor Flanagan could cite and example of when it had happened in Los Angeles.
So the guy who is trying to prosecute her for a misdemeanor traffic charge that not even he can recall has ever gone to trial before is running for a higher office next year … and we’re supposed to wonder why Britney Spears was taken to court in the first place? The whole thing is ridiculous. I’m glad that the matter resulted in a mistrial because the whole things smells of a horrible misuse of public funds. I sincerely doubt this matter will be brought before the court again. I think enough of the public’s money has been wasted in vain. Wee! Britney is free to drive the streets of LA again! Er … waitaminute … can someone remind me why that is a good thing again?
Woot! I have some amazingly exciting Buffy news to impart today but first things first. Yesterday afternon, I met up with Darion on the West Side so that we could take a drive down to Redondo Beach, CA to dine at the amazingly delicious Chick-Fil-A. After we had sufficiently supped, we met up with Kirsten to catch a showing of the #1 movie at the box office, Max Payne. Now, it should be noted that it was not my movie pic (mainly because I am always disappointed by movies based on video games) but we decided to trust Darion on this one … turns out … we shouldn’t've:
I cannot even stress how horrrrrible this movie was. I mean … for an action film, you might expect action but that’s not what you get from Max Payne. The movie is just boring. Bottom line. ZZZZZZZZfest. Mark Wahlberg offers one facial expression the entire film and you spend all of your time trying to figure out what the hell is going on. The confusing story is so boring, tho, that you quickly lose interest and end up just hoping for amazing action scenes with cool special effects. Even then … nothing. Sure there are some FX but they were sparse and, IMHO, pointless. Heroes offers more exciting effects than this movie did. Throw in formulaic story-telling (with the classic villainy that allows the hero to escape and save the day) and you get a pretty worthless movie. I bet watching the video game would be more entertaining. Seriously, I can’t even give it a rating of poop sandwich cuz that would be too kind. Trust me, take a pass on this one. I couldn’t find one redeeming quality. It’s just … bad.
BUT .. the night was not a total wash. Last week, Pink reader John gave me the head’s up that Best Buy is offering free DVDs of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Cast Panel Discussion that was hosted by the Paley Center this past March. You may recall that I was very lucky to attend that panel discussion in person. On John‘s advice, Darion and I popped in to a local Best Buy and, lo and behold, they did have them (on an endcap next to the BtVS DVD box sets). After the movie, Darion, Kirsten and I watched the entire 90 minute DVD — so awesome!
I know there were lots of fans who were not able to get inside for the panel discussion so I’m sure this DVD will be in high demand. My suggestion is to check your local Best Buy as soon as you can to see if they have the DVDs in your town:
The entire panel discussion is featured on this disc … it’s a must see for any Buffy fan. It turns out that my mug made it onto the DVD as well. In a few shots, you can see my profile in the audience:
I never thought I’d be happy to have such a recognizably big nose ;) In any event, Buffy fans should really seek out this DVD. I’m not sure if this Buffy Cast Panel video will be available in any other format … so get it if you can*.
*It’s worth noting that the DVD is Region 1 encoded so it will not play on DVD players outside of North America.
No plans for today … I’m gonna try and get out and enjoy the sunshine. The weather is still very beautiful here in SoCal so I wanna soak it up as much as I can.
OK … OK … I asked for a little more entertainment from The Hills and I am happy to say that that’s exactly what we got. While the drama was far from epic, there was enough hilarious (albeit entirely juvenile) bullshizz in last night’s ep to keep me laughing and satisfactorily entertained for the entire 30 minutes:
Team LC (minus Whitney Port who was off in NYC filming her own series The City and Lauren Lo Bosworth who was, I dunno, just left out I guess) made their way down to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico to join Brody Jenner and his bros in celebrating his birthday (which occurred in late August). Back home in LA, Stephanie Pratt (who was NOT invited to Cabo) was forced to endure a double date with Speidi. The result … hilarious hijinks on both fronts. After the jump, find out what kind of drama went down on last night’s ep of The Hills titled You’ll Never Have This … More »
MTV debuted the first footage in a new trailer of sorts for their new Hills spin-off reality TV series The City. Set to debut early next year, The City moves the Hills-like drama from SoCal to the fabulous streets of NYC. Here are a few screencaps from the new footage:
Here are a couple new promo pics from Xtina Aguilera which were shot in order to promote the release of her new Greatest Hits compilation Keeps Gettin’ Better: A Decade of Hits which hits Target stores exclusively on November 11. Check ‘em out:
You may recall that in the last batch of Xtina promo photos to make their way to the InterWeb, she was posing as a futuristic astronaut and with a big pink panther. While I thought those photos were kinda cool, I think I prefer these photos to those. I love the glasses and the old skool telephones one the best. These pics still look very much like Xtina pics (especially the supersexy black and white one) but with a less garish, toned down color palette. She looks great. These pics are hot, yes?
As far as L. Lo album artwork goes, I personally like this coverphoto better than the ones we got for her first two albums Speak and A Little More Personal (RAW). Granted, that’s not saying much because I really didn’t care for the album artwork on those previous albums. That being said, and I say this with all seriousness, I am deffo a fan of Lindsay‘s music. While some may discount her attempt at a music career as a vapid waste of time, I contend that Lindsay has actually recorded some very fun music. Of course her musical skills are not remarkable but they don’t need to be in order to make a great pop record. If you mixed in some Lindsay Lohan in any party mix, not only will people on the dancefloor enjoy themselves but they may also ask Who sings that great song? OK, that scenario depends on what kind of party you’re hosting but you see my point. I, for one, am looking forward to the release of Spirit in the Dark. One can never have too many superfluously fun pop albums on one’s iPod.
Music Trauma Magazine reported Thursday October 16th that KIIS FM will air Lindsay Lohan’s ‘Playground’ single on October 25, 2008, followed by a release on iTunes on Tuesday, October 28, followed by the album, ‘Spirit In The Dark’ hitting shelves the following Tuesday.
Hee hee … like it or not, L. Lo the popstar is comin’ back atcha. Woot! I can’t wait :)
Actress Mary-Kate Olsen was involved in a minor car accident on Monday while out shopping with a female friend in Los Angeles. The former child star was leaving the Open Door furniture store when her unnamed pal accidentally reversed her Toyota Prius car into the back of another vehicle. The woman exchanged details with the other driver, an employee of the nearby El Pollo Loco store, while Olsen waited in the front passenger seat. No one was hurt in the incident.
Clearly, MK was not really interested in smiling for the cameras … which just so happened to video THE ENTIRE INCIDENT. After the jump, watch video of MK‘s embarrassing fender bender (it’s kinda worth watching just to hear the paps MOO at poor Mary-Kate Olsen) … More »
Even tho it was very sad at the time, I could absolutely understand the court’s decision to strip away some of Britney‘s custodial rights to her children because, let’s face it, she was at times unable to even care for herself. While I know it prolly killed her inside (as it would any mother), I think losing full physical custody of her children went a long way into helping her focus on her own recovery. Britney had been getting much better since she was forcibly admitted into the hospital at the start of this year but it wasn’t until custodial rights were taken from her that I noticed a serious concentration on her part to truly get better. I contend that she was really focused on a full recovery mainly to win back custody of her sons. Britney Spears will still draw scorn and attack from naysayers (no matter what she does) but, again, I think it’s worth noting how much better she appears to be doing. It remains to be seen if she will eventually win back full custody rights from Kevin Federline (my guess is she won’t rest until she does) but it seems clear to me that she is on the right path to proving she is worthy of taking care of her children again. For me, that will be the true measure of a successful comeback.
Six months after going to jail following his no-contest plea on a reckless driving charge, Nick Bollea (a.k.a. Nick Hogan), son of Hulk Hogan, was released from jail early Tuesday morning (October 21). According to the Tampa Tribune, the 18-year-old Bollea raced into the arms of his sister, Brooke Hogan, upon his release from Pinellas County Jail, where he served 166 days of an eight-month sentence in connection with an August 2007 street racing crash that severely injured Bollea’s friend, John Graziano. Bollea, who was released early for good behavior, walked out of Pinellas County Jail at 12:30 a.m. and did not speak to photographers before getting into a sport utility vehicle and heading home. His mother, Linda Bollea, released a statement Tuesday morning asking the media to respect the family’s privacy.
“This is our time as a family to come together to support Nick’s adjustment back into the public life, keeping it as normal as possible,” she said. “Neither Nick, nor we as a family, has any interest in making this anything but private. We respect the media’s role and only ask that they respect our privacy. Nick went into prison as a juvenile and has experienced something that will mold and affect him for the rest of his adult life. His focus is to make a positive difference in this world, media-free. Since his future actions will speak louder than any words, there is no need to speak to the media at this time.”
Bollea, a veteran of his father’s “Hogan Knows Best” show on VH1, had said in jail that he wanted to star in his own reality show after release, an idea Graziano’s lawyer, George Tragos, felt was exploitative. “It’s awful Nick is going to get a reality show because he went to jail because of the permanent harm he caused another human being,” Tragos said, according to the Tribune.
Brooke Hogan not only was there to collect her just-sprung brother from jail but she also seems to have gotten a new tattoo in honor of her brother Nick‘s new lease on life:
I think it shows a real strength of character and the true bonds of committed support for an older sister to get a Redemption “stripper plate” or “tramp stamp” tattoo for one’s younger brother who was just released from jail for almost killing a person. Even if her tattoo has nothing at all to do with her brother — kudos, still, for having the foresight to get such an apropos tattoo in the first place. I gotta say, I’m actually surprised that Nick ended up serving 6 of his 8 month sentence. While I honestly believe he should be locked up for much more time, I’m impressed that he was forced to serve so much of his sentence (rather than getting out after a month like his family tried to pull off earlier this year). It remains to be seen if Nick will actually stay out of the media spotlight (those reality TV camera lights can be very inviting) but I sincerely hope that he manages to stay out of trubs. I also am still hoping for a full recovery by John Graziano, who has been sentenced to a punishment far worse than incarceration and for a much longer period of time.
Chuck Bass, played by Ed Westwick, is featured very heavily in tonight’s new episode of Gossip Girl titled Chuck in Real Life … and to celebrate The CW has whipped up a fun little mash-up video to promote the ep using Britney Spears‘s new single Womanizer:
Not since both Bugs Bunny‘s pal Pepé Le Pew and Bambi‘s buddy Flower came onto the scene back in the 1940′s have I feast my eyes on a cuter skunk in Hollywood. Kingston James McGregor Rossdale spent part of his weekend all dolled up as a skunk in preparation of the coming Halloween festivities. Skunky Kingston went out for a stroll with his nanny before his daddy Gavin Rossdale took him to the Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch in Beverly Hills, CA to do some pumpkin shopping … behold:
You may recall that the Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch is THE place for celebs and their kids to shop for Halloween pumpkins here in SoCal … and I believe that the Stefani-Rossdales have visited this patch a couple of times already this year. I dunno why they need so many pumpkins but, who am I to judge? I love that little Kingston is already dressing up for Halloween this early in the month. Most kids get one shot at Halloween dress-up fun but not so for his royal cuteness. It should be noted that we still have seen neither hide nor hair of Gwen and Gavin‘s newest baby Zuma Nesta Rock.
Here are a few photos from a photoshoot that Academy Award-winning actress and all around BEAUTY Cate Blanchett did for British Marie Claire magazine earlier this summer. Altho the photos aren’t new, it is the first time that I have seen them and because of their stark simplicity, I felt it incumbent to share:
I mean holy cheekbones, y’all. Cate Blanchett is just the serious hotness. You’d be hard-pressed to find an unattractive photo of Cate, I think. Not only is she an amazing actress (I just re-watched Notes on a Scandal last week and was reminded how amazing she was in that film) but she is also, I think, one of those flawlessly beautiful women that you don’t see very much of in Hollywood. She is deffo one of my faves and I love posting photos of this lovely lady.
Friday night Britney had dance rehearsal to work on a new routine. Britney, her choreographer Andre, and her dance crew had a blast playing around with some new moves. If you look closely, you’ll see that Britney is indeed holding a whip! Looks like her new music video might be even hotter than “Womanizer!”
I would LOVE it if Britney were actually working on her next music video already but something tells me that this routine might really be for an upcoming live performance. There was much speculation that Britney was gonna perform at the 2008 MTV VMAs in September but that didn’t happen. We’ve since learned that Britney may be appearing at the 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards which will be held in Liverpool, England on November 8. Naturally, there is new speculation that if she appears then she might also perform that night. Britney has also been confirmed to appear on X-Factor (the British American Idol) later on this year so she might be rehearsing for that. Personally, I don’t care what she’s rehearsing for … I’m just glad to see her hard at work. She’s been lookin’ real good for some time now … this is just another sign that she is back on the comeback track! Woot!
In Brad Pitt’s upcoming World War II movie, he plays a vengeance-seeking Nazi hunter – and he looks the part. The first portrait of Pitt’s character, Lt. Aldo Raine, in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds (yes, the misspelling is intentional), was released Monday. Clad in tough-looking fighter gear, Pitt portrays the leader of the “Basterds,” a group of Jewish-American soldiers who scalp and brutally kill Nazis. Pitt’s character is described on Tarantino.info as not “your Warner Brothers 1950′s WW2 hero … this is a hillbilly straight from the mountains of Tennessee.”
Interesting. Brad Pitt seems to have a penchant for taking on roles that have the ability to test his acting chops. His previous roles have been so varied that I hardly bat an eye whenever I hear of his next movie role. There was quite a bit of buzz over his role in Burn After Reading but since the movie was released this summer, I’ve heard nary a word about it since. This Tarantino film sounds a wee bit similar to the Tom Cruise movie Valkyrie (wherein Cruise plays a German soldier who tried to unsuccessfully assassinate Hitler) and may end up competing with the film. Valkyrie was supposed to be released this year and has been pushed back til next year. No word on when the Tarantino film will be released (since it just began filming) but a film like this tends to get released in time for serious Oscar contention (early Fall). Brad puts on a nice hero posture, we’ll have to see if he can deliver the goods when Inglourious Basterds eventually gets released.
Yesterday evening, David and I met up with Kirsten, Darion, Mike and Jill at Ketchup on Sunset Blvd. to enjoy a 50% off meal together at the fun eatery. Here is a fun group shot that we snapped at the end of dinner:
Under normal circumstances (ie. Mon-Sat.) the menu at Ketchup is a bit pricey … but if you go on Sunday they will reduce your bill (with exception for alcohol) by half. We’ve learned tho, over the past few times that we’ve gone to Ketchup on 50% off Sundays that you have to remind the waitstaff to take off the discount. As has happened the last few times we went there on Sundays, we had to send our bill back so that the correct amount was charged. I find it hilarious that the waitstaff always “forgets” to take off the 50% discount on Sundays ;) In any event, we did have a great time together eating and hanging out. David and I couldn’t stay long, tho, cuz I had to get him to the airport for his flight back to NYC. He has already arrived safe and sound. I am also happy to report that it looks like he will be coming back to SoCal sooner than I had anticipated. Thanks to frequent flier miles on Jet Blue, he may come back for Halloween weekend for free!! I was really not looking forward to a 4 week separation from him so I’m very excited that he may be coming back.
Tonight I’m meeting up with Kirsten and Darion again for a little hanging out time together … there may be Chick-Fil-A in our future, perhaps a movie, we’ll see ;)
Richard Blackwell, the man who famously skewered fashion lows annually by releasing a Worst Dressed List for the past 48 years, has passed away at the age of 86. Mr. Blackwell (as he came to be known) was a relatively unknown fashion designer before he started commenting on the fashion disasters of Hollywood celebs in 1960 and went on to achieve worldwide fame for his satirical and sometimes scathing comments on the fashion faux-pas of Hollywood’s elite. Sadly, Blackwell succumbed to an intestinal infection and passed away yesterday:
Mr. Blackwell, the acerbic designer whose annual worst-dressed list skewered the fashion felonies of celebrities from Zsa Zsa Gabor to Britney Spears, has died. He was 86. Blackwell died Sunday of complications from an intestinal infection, publicist Harlan Boll said. Blackwell, whose first name was Richard, was a little-known dress designer when he issued his first tongue-in-cheek criticism of Hollywood fashion disasters for 1960 — long before Joan Rivers and others turned such ridicule into a daily affair. Year after year, he would take Hollywood’s reigning stars and other celebrities to task for failing to dress in what he thought was the way they should. Being dowdy was bad enough, but the more outrageous clothing a woman wore, the more biting his criticism. He once said a reigning Miss America looked “like an armadillo with cornpads.” A few other examples:
Madonna: “The Bare-Bottomed Bore of Babylon.”
Barbra Streisand: “She looks like a masculine Bride of Frankenstein.”
Christina Aguilera: “A dazzling singer who puts good taste through the wardrobe wringer.”
Björk: “She dances in the dark — and dresses there, too.”
Spears: “Her bra-topped collection of Madonna rejects are pure fashion overkill.”
The critic acknowledged he had mixed feelings about appearing so publicly mean. Most of the women he put through the wringer, he said, were people he genuinely admired for their talent if not their fashion sense. “The list is and was a satirical look at the fashion flops of the year,” he said in 1998. “I merely said out loud what others were whispering. … It’s not my intention to hurt the feelings of these people. It’s to put down the clothing they’re wearing.” He told the Los Angeles Times in 1968 that designers were forgetting that their job “is to dress and enhance women. … Maybe I should have named the 10 worst designers instead of blaming the women who wear their clothes.” During his heyday the issuing of Blackwell’s annual list was an eagerly anticipated media event. On the second Tuesday in January he would assemble reporters at his mansion for a lavish breakfast before making a dramatic entrance for the television cameras. By the turning of the millennium, however, the list had lost its juice and Blackwell took to issuing it by e-mail.
While Mr. Blackwell‘s list may have lost its “vigor” in the last decade or so, I contend that his contribution to pop culture is legendary. Blackwell was doing in the ’60′s what bloggers do on a daily basis today. Ages before the world was united by the Internet, Blackwell was basically saying aloud what others were saying quietly. I never took his comments as mean-spirited. It was clear to me that he injected as much humor in his comments as possible and even his most scathing pronouncements were not meant to hurt his subjects. It seemed to me that it was more of an honor to be on Mr. Blackwell‘s Worst Dressed List than to not garner a mention at all. I, for one, will miss Blackwell‘s annual list of fashion critiques. While I’m sure others will try, I don’t think he can ever truly be replaced.
This past Saturday we learned that the British newspaper The Sun was reporting that Madonna and Guy Ritchie have reached a settlement in their just announced divorce which led some to believe that the split might be a mostly amicable one. Today we have word from Madonna‘s publicist, Liz Rosenberg, that no such settlement has been reached. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the divorce is gonna turn nasty but it does seem to imply that some wrangling back-and-forth might yet come making the divorce proceedings a bit more complicated than was previously believed:
Madonna’s divorce settlement with her estranged husband Guy Ritchie has yet to be finalized, the singer’s publicist said Sunday. The Sun and The Mail on Sunday reported that the two had struck a deal over their finances and how to split their property. The Mail also reported that they had agreed to a custody arrangement for the couple’s children. In a brief e-mail message sent to The Associated Press, Liz Rosenberg said she would not be commenting on media reports that the pop star and her film director husband had reached or were about to agree on how to share the couple’s multimillion dollar fortune and custody of their children. “I will not be commenting on the various reports regarding the divorce or of the settlement which has not been finalized,” Rosenberg said. A statement from Guy Ritchie’s representatives in London also declined comment.
As much as I hoped that this divorce would be a friendly one, it makes more sense that a settlement would not be agreed upon so quickly. Madonna and Guy Ritchie shared an immense fortune … now that they are parting ways, I’m sure both parties will work diligently to ensure that their interests are protected. I can’t even begin to wrap my head around the legal protection that is in place to safeguard Madonna‘s interests. I mean, I’m sure Guy is well lawyered up but you just know that Madonna has got her booty well-covered. Again, I’m still hoping for an un-nasty divorce from these two but these sorts of mega-divorces seem to have a way of getting out of hand.
Curiously, Miley Cyrus opted out of attending church services with Justin and her family members yesterday morning. I understand she was sick. BUT, that didn’t stop JG from tagging along with mama Tish Cyrus, little sister Noah Cyrus and grandma Cyrus anyways. I mean, I guess you gotta give it up to the lad cuz he is workin’ overtime to get in the Cyrus family’s good graces. You know what they say about folks who pray together. While I still find it weird that a 20-year old man would have anything in common with a 15-year old girl (and weirder still that said 20-year old doesn’t have better things to do than hang out with said 15-year old’s mother, little sister and grandmother), it looks like he is gonna keep pluggin’ away until the Cyrus‘s either adopt him or he marries into the fam … of course, when Miley reaches the age of consent.
David Beckham and his wife Vicki B. have already made their way back home to LA after spending a bizzy week of various promo events all over Europe last week … but Les Beckhams did manage to get one last bit of work done in England before they packed up and flew back to SoCal this weekend. Here are pics of Vicki B. (with Becks looking on) filming a new advertisement for her dVb fashion line at Wrotham Park in Hertfordshire Saturday afternoon before they departed for the States:
HMMM … I’m not sure who talked VB into trying to stay grounded, as it were, while holding onto a few helium balloons for this shoot because it looked like each gust of wind threatened to blow the frail little thing away. Unless her stylish black pumps were filled with lead insoles, I don’t think it was a good idea for her to tempt fate in this manner. Mebbe two balloons would’ve been wiser. Thankfully, VB wasn’t carried away and Becks didn’t have to watch his minuscule wife float away forever. Husband and wife are both home, safe and sound, no one was injured during the course of this dangerous photoshoot. Whew!
Jennifer Aniston and her former boyfriend John Mayer have been photographed together for the first time since their dramatic split earlier this year. The actress, 39, and her 31-year-old singer/songwriter beau joined three friends for dinner at the Sunset Tower Hotel in Hollywood last Tuesday night. The rendezvous was the third time the pair have been spotted together in a week, prompting speculation they are giving their relationship another go. Their outing came just days after they were spotted dining in Boston and New York City. The couple broke up in August following a summer romance before last month MailOnline told exclusively how Jennifer had called her ex-partner and reinitiated contact, with them talking daily. On Tuesday night, Jennifer met her friend Courteney Cox and her peers Demi Moore and Kirsten Dunst at the screening of a series of short films for Glamour magazine. After mingling with her fellow female celebrities, Jennifer met up with John and three other friends at the Sunset Tower Hotel for dinner around 10pm.
Ever since Mayerston appear to have rekindled their relationship this time around, the couple have been seen cuddling and canoodling together as if they had never broken up in the first place. In fact, some folks have expressed that the couple may not have really broken up in the first place and were just each bizzy with work commitments that kept them apart physically. Would John Mayer actually tell the TMZ cameras that the couple had broken up when, in fact, they hadn’t? For a guy who doesn’t seem to love the attention from the paps very much, I don’t think he would do that … but he is a jokester and I wouldn’t be shocked if that is what he did. In any event, the couple appear to be back “on” or at the very least very, very friendly with one another again. Personally, I think it’s great that lurve is back in bloom for Mayerston. John is the best thing to happen to Jen‘s romantic life in years, I think. Hopefully, this time around, they can actually make a serious go at it.
I am happy to see that HaLo are still happily attached … I, too, was starting to get worried that there may have been something amiss in their romance. You may recall that the couple were spotted all over town together back when they were keeping their relationship a secret … then the sightings tapered off and stopped completely after they came clean about the romanticness of their involvement earlier this year. In any event, I’m glad to see these two out and about in public again. With all the break-ups going on in Hollywood these days, I’m not sure my frail heart could take another case of dunzoness.
Late last week we learned from Zac Efron himself that he was planning on “laying low” this weekend when celebrating his transition into full adulthood on his 21st birthday (which was Saturday). Zac‘s girlfriend and High School Musical co-star Vanessa Hudgens interjected that she had a “surprise” in store for Zac on his birthday. So … just how did the boy, now man, wonder celebrate the big 2-1? Read on and find out:
It’s party time for Zac Efron! The star of High School Musical 3: Senior Year celebrated his 21st birthday Saturday with an intimate two-hour dinner party at L.A.’s Pace restaurant with a group of friends and family that included his parents and brother, girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens, HSM3 costars Monique Coleman and Ashley Tisdale, her boyfriend Jared Murillo and pals Michelle Trachtenberg, Amanda Bynes, Brittany Snow and singing sisters Aly and AJ Michalka. Efron kept it causal in a T-shirt and jacket while Hudgens, 19, who “helped plan the party,” a source says, donned a colorful mini-dress. Guests arrived with wrapped gifts, including bottles of liquor for the actor, who can now legally drink alcohol. Efron and Hudgens left the rustic Italian eatery hand-in-hand just before midnight and disappeared into a waiting car. But the celebration continued at a nearby hotel, where the birthday boy hosted an afterparty with some of his dinner guests.
Indeed, I understand that Zac and Vanessa met up with popstars Aly and AJ at the very private Chateau Marmont for the after-birthday dinner party. As you can see, Zac was presented with a nice gift basket of birthday booze … no word on if he cracked into that particular gift on Saturday night but, well, I think it’s a safe bet that he did. For the most part, Zac did keep things on the downlow, managing to celebrate his 21st without causing too much of a ruckus. While I would’ve preferred to have seen some photos of Efron Gone Wild, I think he’s too smart for that kind of behavior. The Golden Child is now the Golden Man Child … in these tough economic times, it behooves him to remain as squeaky clean as possible and stay out of controversial trubs. In any event, Birthday Lurve goes out to Zachary Efron. Here’s hopin’ it’s not all downhill from here on out.
Terrance Howard, who has been named the 2008 Homecoming Ambassador and Grand Marshal for Howard University‘s Homecoming Festivities this weekend, got all dolled up in grand Drum Major apparel to lead the Howard University Showtime Marching Band in yesterday’s Homecoming Parade … and here are a few pics:
Poor Terrence is still reeling from the apparent surprise news that he has been fired from appearing in future Iron Man movies (it has been reported that he has been replaced by Don Cheadle for the role of James Rhodey Rhodes) but at least he was able to show his pride for Howard University this weekend. It must be said that Drum Major uniforms look horrible on anyone but Gwen Stefani so I applaud Terrence for getting in the gear and doing his thing for the mighty Howard Bisons! Unfortch for the Bisons, they lost to Morgan State in double overtime. Ah well, better luck next time … and Happy Homecoming!