Archive for November, 2008

‘Britney Spears: For The Record’ Airs On MTV Tonight

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Don’t forget that MTV will be airing Britney Spears: For The Record on their network tonight at 10PM with a 1-hour countdown special leading into the documentary’s airing and a 1-hour wrap-up special following:


At long last, we will finally be able to see and hear from Britney Spears in her own words, from her own perspective after months and months of watching her life from the outside. Tonight’s documentary is an absolute MUST-SEE for all Britney Spears fans and, I suspect, a great many critics and detractors will be tuning in as well. Folks in the UK will be able to watch the documentary when it airs on SKY1 tomorrow night but the doc world premieres on MTV here in the US tonight. It shant be long now, y’all. Make sure you leave your comments about the program after it airs right here on the blog. I’m anxious to see the documentary myself but I’m equally anxious to hear what y’all think of it yourselves.

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Les Beckhams Continue To Enjoy New York City

Day 4

The Beckham Bunch managed to almost finally break away from those meddlesome hangers-on Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes and were able to spend some time alone here in NYC Friday night and all day Saturday. First up, Becks and Vicki B. (who looked like a mutilated chicken in her fug fur coat) stepped out for dinner at Nobu sushi on Friday night …


… I understand Les Beckhams did dine with TomKat at Nobu but the family spent all of Saturday by themselves without any pesky Scientologists tagging along. Here are a few pics of the Beckhams as they made their way out of their hotel to head into the city to partake of various activities:


But, as will all good things, this Beckham family trip had to come to an end. Vicki B., who apparently has pressing matters to attend to in the UK, separated from her family and made her way to JFK airport and flew off to London while her husband and children stayed behind in NYC:


No word on how long the family will remain apart but I’m pretty sure the Beckham boys will be able to find stuff to keep them occupied while the robot is away. My guess is that the Beckham boys will be making their way back to SoCal sometime soon … who knows how long VB will stay in the UK. It looks like Becks really wanted to get in as much quality time with his family while he still can … after all, he is scheduled to temporarily relocate to Italy for the first couple of months of 2009 to play professional soccer there. Looks to me like mission: accomplished.

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Kristen Bell & Dax Shepard Get Amorous At Disneyland

Mood swings

The happily coupled Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard spent part of their weekend at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA enjoying the Xmas decorations there and getting in a little bit of sucky face in the process. It’s been quite a while since we last saw BellDax out and about in public together … glad to see that things appear to be going well for the couple. Unfortch, Dax got a wee bit pissy when he realized that the couple’s public displays of affection were being photographed:


I mean … I get that mebbe it’s not always fun being photographed while enjoying intimate moments with loved ones but when you are a celeb who chooses to get intimate at a place like Disneyland (with who knows how many cameras on site) should you really be surprised? I don’t necessarily think that Disneyland is really the place to be making out with your more famous girlfriend (nor is it a place to be flashing the middle finger, what with all those young children all around) but that is neither here nor there. If Dax Shepard really wants to keep from being photographed in public, he should prolly break it off with Kristen Bell because, let’s be honest here, photogs aren’t really interested in him as much as they are interested in taking pics of her.

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‘Transporter’ Only Kinda Delivers

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Yesterday was pretty much a travel day for David, his siblings and me … we left Connecticut in the early afternoon and drove to Stamford before boarding a train for NYC. Aram flew off to San Francisco, CA, Lara drove back to New Haven and Eden, David and I made our way to Manhattan. At first we had grand plans to do something fun in the city last night but we ended up crashing out instead. We grabbed a bite to eat at Aja and then decided to venture out to see The Transporter 3:


I gotta say, I was very much looking forward to seeing the third installment of the franchise from the first time I heard that the sequel was on the way. For me, the Transporter films aren’t about great movie-making … they’re really about the fun action scenes. I was really hoping that this movie would offer the same … and while, yes, the film does offer some fun action scenes the whole thing is kinda ruined by the pitiful attempt to interject a plot into the film. Sorry to say, I wasn’t blown away by this film … the Ukranian girl who kept trying to get into Frank Martin (Jason Statham)’s pants was totally irritating. She was the weakest part of the weak storyline that was shoved into the film. The movie was strongest when the action scenes took place … all the fighting, all the car scenes — that’s why people see these films. I didn’t hate it … cuz the action scenes were fun but it’s not a movie that I would ever want to see again. Hopefully, if they decide to make Transporter 4 they’ll stay away from interjecting drivel into the storyline. Just bring the action — and the half-nekkid scenes of Statham — and leave the plot to other folks who really know how to use one.

Boo. It’s cold and rainy here in NYC today. David and I planned on spending the day checking out the windows on 5th Ave. but it looks like that ain’t happening :( Not sure what we’re doing tonight but we’ll prolly come up with something :)

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Hot Dude Of The Week: Jon

Weekend Hotness

Woo hoo! It’s time to partake of the Hot Dude of the Week once again … this week, we’ve got a serious lookin’ chap who doesn’t seem to like wearing clothing (lucky us) … say hello to Jon:


Honestly, I had a difficult time finding a suitable photo of Jon for posting on the blog. Most of his photos featured him wearing a lot less (if you can believe it) which, of course, featured him showing off a bit too much for posting ;) Clearly, Jon takes his modeling very seriously (as well as his workout regimen) so I think it’s appropriate for us all to salute the lad for his professionalism and insane hawtness. Enjoy!!

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‘Pregnant Man’ Thomas Beatie & Family Visit Spain

Family vacay

The famed “Pregnant Man” Thomas Beatie and his family, who recently announced to the world that he is pregs again with his second child, made their way to Spain this week to appear on Spanish TV to talk about the birth of their first child Susan Juliette (who was born back in June) and the impending birth of their second child. Here are a couple pics of the family, Thomas, Nancy and Susan, as they made their arrival in Madrid, Spain on Friday:


Nice to see that the Beatie family is up for taking family vacations like this … cuz, you know, it’s totally normal for families to be flown around the world to appear on live TV. Honestly, one might expect a family like this to capitalize more on their fame but they do tend to keep a relatively low profile (appearances on Spanish TV notwithstanding). They may not make a traditional family but they sure do look happy together. I wonder where they’ll pop up next.

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Zuma Nesta Rock Takes A Shopping Trip

Totally unnecessary

Here are a couple of supercute pics of Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale taking their newborn son Zuma Nesta Rock out for a little shopping jaunt at Surfas this weekend:


Because the little guy has the mental capabilities of a sweet potato at this stage of his life, I’m not sure that he got much out of this shopping excursion but I suspect his parents had a good time shopping for bargains. You may recall that the Stefani-Rossdales spent part of their Thanksgiving Day hangin’ out at their neighborhood park … an experience, I’m sure, that little Zuma Nesta enjoyed prolly just as much. Honestly, any place where Zuma can poop in his diaper and get fed all at the same time is prolly just as enjoyable for him as any other. Ah, the life of a newborn baby … sounds grand :)

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Guess Who Likes To Wear Fur

Defiant!

Can you guess which Hollywood “It” Girl was spotted out and about on the streets of Beverly Hills, CA this weekend proudly wearing a fur coat as she made her way out of Baldi restaurant?


Here’s a hint … it’s not Rachel Zoe. I gotta say … I think it’s very brave of this young woman to venture out in public while wearing so much fur … we wouldn’t want her to get flour bombed or anything like that. After the jump, find out who it is … More »

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Britney Spears Celebrates Her Birthday At G-A-Y

Celebrate good times

After Britney Spears wowed the crowd on the UK’s competitive reality TV program X-Factor last night, she and her cavalcade of dancers made their way to the London nightclub G-A-Y to surprise the attendees with her presence and to get her birthday celebrations off to an early start. Here are a few pics of Britney being presented with a birthday cake at the nightclub last night:


But while Britney and her crew were having a great time celebrating her birthday in the VIP area, the massive number of folks who came out to the club to celebrate with her did not have such a great time. According to messages left on the club’s messageboard, too many people were let into the venue making for a very unsafe environment for many. Here are two messages posted on the G-A-Y messageboard that explain how things went down last night from two individual perspectives (grammatical and spelling errors are the authors’ alone):

Shame on you Today at 04:24 davidcox

That was the worst experience of my life. I can’t believe let that happen. The management should be fired. None of them did anything. They just stood around with a look of panic on their faces. It was so dangerous and they could have been shut down for that. What a joke. All those people passing out. The funny thing was that when I finally got out of the crush there was absolutely no one stopping more people squashing in. Shocking. What the hell was the manager and security doing? When you see a crush like that you stop anymore people going in and making it worse. Shame on you . You’re not at the Astoria anymore where there was loads of space. You need to learn how to cope with a smaller venue. I feel sorry for Britney as everyone will blame her but it’s not her fault. She looked ed off and upset then held up a sign saying “Sorry I’m leaving”.

still in shock Today at 04:39 G-a-y_Disco_King

i’m at home and there is no way i will sleep tonight it was not Britney s fault ..tonight reminded me of that football thing in the 80s when many people was crushed( and killed) it could have been like that as it was getting to the stage when i said to my bf “someone is going to get killed”. I STILL CAN NOT BELIEVE THIS HAPPNED LIKE THIS i’m writting to the council as i dont think wat went on tonight can just be left at that. no doubt the papers will also write a story or many on tonight. a joke of the biggest kind. HAS ALOT TO ANSWER FOR just thank god no one was killed tonight.

While some of the messages posted to the board may be a *tad* overdramatic (tho, considering what happened at Wal-Mart here in the US, mebbe they weren’t being overdramatic at all), I think it’s clear that the management did a poor job of policing the space capacity. There are many messages of anger towards Britney herself for “not showing up” to the venue as advertised (even tho it was never advertised that she would be there for sure). Unfortch for those people, they were too bizzy being crushed in other areas of the club that they weren’t even aware that she was there in the first place. The scene sounds ridiculous … I’m not surprised that Britney‘s people chose to keep her from going on stage. With that many people crushed into a small place, there’s no telling what would’ve happened once the crowd caught sight of her. All in all, it doesn’t sound like it was a great night for the common folk who came out to G-A-Y last night. At least Britney managed to have a bit of a party with her people in the VIP area, away from the madness below. After the jump, check out video of Britney with her birthday cake inside the club, a photo of Britney and her personal assistant Brett making their escape from the nightclub and a couple pics of Britney and her father Jamie Spears making their way thru Heathrow airport as they left the UK early this morning … More »

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Britney Spears Brings Her Circus To ‘X-Factor’

Third and final European performance is the best yet!

Britney Spears wrapped up her mini-European promo tour ahead of the release of her new album Circus (due out in stores on Tuesday December 2) by performing on the UK competitive reality program X-Factor on live TV last nightgiving the program it’s highest ratings ever, pulling in 12.8 million viewers! Even tho Britney turned in the same routine that she gave in Germany and in France, there were small amendments to the routine and more life in this latest performance (I thought) than the previous two performances. Here are a few pics of Britney (lookin’ smokin’, I might add) on the X-Factor stage last night:


Britney Spears sang her latest hit on the X Factor stage during her first UK television performance in over four years. The pop singer, who turns 27 on Tuesday, mimed her way through her latest single Womanizer after the five remaining finalists each covered a classic Britney track. Spears, who was dressed all in black, with hotpants, fishnet tights and knee-high boots, did not coach the show’s contestants, as previous guests have done. It has been reported Spears travelled with a 45-strong entourage of stylists and security. And reports claimed she is said to have banned contestants and judges from approaching her. But the judging panel gave her a standing ovation along with an excited crowd. On Monday, she releases her sixth studio album Circus, and has been on a whistle-stop tour of Europe to promote the record. Earlier, Alexandra Burke, who sang Toxic, said: “When I was nine, Britney brought out Baby One More Time, and I loved her. I’m very excited about meeting her. This is the Britney we all know and love. I hope I can do my Britney song justice, with my own twist.” Eoghan Quigg performed Sometimes, Ruth Lorenzo – who was later voted off the reality show – sang I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll, Diana Vickers sang I’m Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman and JLS took on Baby One More Time.

For me, the folks making such a big deal of Britney lip-syncing (“miming”) are missing the point — and none of this criticism is new. Even at the height of her fame, critics felt it necessary to try and demean her performances by making a point of the lip-syncing. She is a performer, not really a singer … she has always been this way. I, for one, do not mind it at all. I find when critics attack her for the lip-syncing it’s because they’ve run out of other things to complain about … it means that things have finally gotten back to normal ;) Regarding this performance, I felt that she offered the most vim and vigor of all the performances she put on this week. Even tho she wore the same outfit that she wore in Germany, I think she looked the best on X-Factor than on the other two shows. The rolling steel cage ball was taken out of the performance and made it feel more like a dance routine than a “spectacle” — I liked it. At the end, Britney got a standing ovation from the crowd and from the judges. The girl is not trying to reinvent the wheel … slowly and steadily, she is working towards getting back to her comfort zone. I think she is handling it all very well. After the jump, check out a backstage photo of Britney with the X-Factor judges, a few photos of Britney making her exit from the venue and video of her performance in full … More »

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Britney Spears Arrives In The UK

'X-Factor' looms

Here are a couple pics of Britney Spears as she made her arrival in the UK last night after completing her successful appearance on Star Academy in Paris, France yesterday … behold:


As y’all are WELL aware by now, Britney is performing LIVE on the UK competitive reality program X-Factor tonight and is RUMORED to be making a surprise appearance at G-A-Y nightclub in London afterward. The official G-A-Y website is advertising that tonight is Britney Night at the club but they make no mention that she will actually appear. Whether or not Brit Brit makes an appearance at the club after her appearance on X-Factor, it’s gonna be a hot time in Londontown tonight nonetheless. It’s unclear just how long Britney and her crew will be staying in the UK but we do know that they will make their way to NYC ahead of her live performance on Good Morning America Tuesday morning. And the promo tour just keeps on rolling …

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Peace The Spork Out, Batman

Holy premature expiration!

Pink reader Neptune gave me the head’s up that a beloved character in pop culture lore has passed away this week. In a new comic book series titled Batman R.I.P. the famed caped crusader is shot and killed — bringing to an end the long life of billionaire playboy/superhero Bruce Wayne/Batman! I, for one, am not only shocked at this sad news but am also aghast that this is the way that my fave fictional hero of all time has, apparently, met his end:


Batman’s alter ego Bruce Wayne has apparently been killed off in the latest issue of the superhero comic. Scottish writer Grant Morrison revealed earlier this year that Wayne would either retire or be killed in a clash with crime syndicate Black Glove. The story – Batman RIP – sees Batman shot by villain Simon Hurt, who claims to be Wayne’s father Dr Thomas Wayne. Morrison told BBC News there would be “a lot more twists and turns to come” before the story was finally resolved. “It’s great that it stirs up such passion,” he said. “Nobody loves Bruce Wayne more than me, and I hope everybody understands that this is part of the great ongoing adventure of Batman.” The caped crusader first appeared in comics in 1939, and has spawned a 1960s TV series and a host of films. The “death” of Wayne’s father – shot alongside his mother by a robber when he was a boy – was the catalyst for the young industrialist to become the vigilante crime fighter Batman. In the final scene, Hurt tries to escape in a helicopter after shooting Batman. But the wounded superhero throws himself at the helicopter, causing it to crash. The comic story ends without a frame showing Wayne’s body, however. Morrison, from Glasgow, told BBC News on Friday that the next two issues of the Batman comic would see a “summing up” of the superhero’s career before “the absolute, final fate” of Bruce Wayne was revealed in a sister publication, Final Crisis, in January. “It’s the end of a story that goes back to 2005, a story to tell the definitive story of Batman,” he explained. “We wanted to see what would happen if the most evil, richest people in the world decided they didn’t like Batman, and decided to take him apart piece by piece and destroy him. “And then have Batman come back, and we could see why he’s so great,” added Morrison. The storyline included clues which dated back to Batman comics from 40 years ago, he added. Wayne may be dead, but publisher DC Comics shows no sign of bringing to an end the Batman franchise. Frontrunners to take over as Batman include Tim Drake, who has been Robin since 1991, and Dick Grayson – the original Boy Wonder – who now protects Gotham City as Nightwing.

Insane! I cannot believe that anyone would want to kill Bruce Wayne :( You may recall that in the late 80′s, Batman‘s sidekick RobinJason Todd (who took over for Dick Grayson when he retired as Robin) — was killed in the comic book series, only to be replaced by Tim Drake (the current Robin). Back then I thought that was taking things too far. In the mid-90′s, right around the time that Superman was “killed” in the comic books (only to return to life, since Superman can’t really ever die), Batman was almost killed when he had his back broken by Bane (Batman was temporarily replaced by Azrael while he recuperated from his injuries). It seems that time has finally run out for Bruce Wayne this time, tho. Even tho Batman will live on (with the mantle falling to either Dick Grayson [the original Robin] or Tim Drake [the current Robin]) no one will ever be able to replace Bruce Wayne as the Batman. It’s a sad day in comic book lore, y’all … let’s pour one out for the dearly departed Bruce Wayne.

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New York Or Bust!

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Yesterday was another nice day here in Connecticut … while the weather was far too cold to actually venture out in, we managed to find some fun things to do here at David’s home to keep ourselves occupied. I got to spend some time hanging out with his family — even getting them all to sit for a Polaroid photoshoot. Trust me, it wasn’t that difficult to get this fun group of hams to smile pretty for the camera ;)

Last night, David & his siblings — Lara, Eden, Aram — and I made our way out to someplace called Chuck’s Margartiatown or something like that for some spirited beverages and to meet up with some of their high school friends. We had a very nice time out together last night.

This afternoon, in a couple of hours actually, Eden, David and I are hopping aboard a train to make the trek down to NYC. As much as I’m not all too thrilled about riding the rails for a few hours this afternoon, I am anxious to get to NYC.

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A Balloon, a Butterfly and a Pub Crawl

Here is this week’s batch of photos sent in by Pink is the new Blog readers — Kyle sends in a pic of a Keith Haring balloon (celebrating, what would’ve been, his 50th birthday) from yesterday’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC — Rhea and her friends send in a pic from a recent night of bowling they all enjoyed with their hot pink bowling ball — Nancy sends in pic of her beautiful daughter celebrating her 4th birthday at her butterfly-themed party — Tony sends in a pic of his friend Jill taking the plunge and going blonde — Jessica, my homegirl from Detroit Rock City, sends in a pic from her cousin’s birthday party pub crawl that hit up 15 different places in and around Ferndale, MI:


Fun!! Thank you all, as always, for taking the time to send in your celebratory photos. They are always a treat to receive and I really love posting them week after week. Please make sure you keep ‘em coming … send in those pics of your amazing Thanksgiving feasts!!! Much love goes out to you all again!! xoxox

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Britney Spears Does ‘Glamour’ Magazine

So fresh, so clean

Britney Spears is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Glamour magazine, due to hit newsstands this coming week. Here is our first look, courtesy of BreatheHeavy.com, of our dear Britney lookin’ hawt on the mag’s cover:


As you may recall, we got our first look at Britney on the cover of the new issue of Rolling Stone magazine last Tuesday and this would make her second cover in the same week. Homegirl is everywhere these days, y’all. It’s awesome! After the jump, check out some of the new photos of our dear Britney that are featured in this new issue of Glamour mag … More »

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Whitney Houston Denies Reuniting With Ex-Hubby Bobby Brown

So Emotional

New reports have begun to circulate that estranged couple Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown were spied canoodling together in public in their hometown of Atlanta, GA sparking rumors that the couple were planning to remarry. Whitney was, apparently, so appalled by these reports that she has decided to go on the record to VEHEMENTLY deny that she has any interest WHATSOEVER of rekindling her romance with Bobby. They are still dunzo, y’all:


Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown aren’t back on. Earlier this week, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that Houston and Brown had been spotted “looking very romantic” during recent dinner dates in Georgia and that their teenage daughter, Bobbi Kristina, was eager for her parents to remarry. But a rep for Houston tells The Associated Press that the report is “a complete fabrication.” Houston and Brown divorced in April 2007 after 14 years of marriage. Houston has custody of Bobby Kristina.

Whew! I was worried for a hot minute there. I love me some Whitney but she doesn’t always have the best judgment. I’m glad that she is still choosing to stay away from the very toxic Bobby Brown (let him find his Roni somewhere else). Just say no, gurl … just say no!

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Michael Phelps Brings Home Another Prize

Introduces his Vegas cocktail waitress girlfriend to the fam

Yesterday I posted a newslink reporting that Olympic Gold-Medalist Michael Phelps had brought home his new girlfriend to meet his family on Thanksgiving Day. At first, I thought it was a very sweet story … until I learned from TMZ that Phelpsie‘s new chick, Caroline Caz Pal, is a cocktail waitress from Las Vegas, NV who has a penchant for posing for topless photos. HMMMM. Here is a very cute photo of the lurvers:


Michael Phelps has taken another lap with his girlfriend – a big one. She’s spending Thanksgiving in Baltimore with him and his family. The Olympic champ has been dating Las Vegas cocktail waitress Caroline “Caz” Pal, 26, for about two months. The two met after his record-setting performance in Beijing last summer. “She’s there [in Maryland] meeting his family for the first time,” a source close to Pal tells PEOPLE. Along with dating Pal, a waitress at the Palms Casino Resort’s Moon Nightclub, Phelps is spending time in Vegas working on his poker game. Sources tell PEOPLE he’s hoping to participate in the 2009 World Series of Poker. He recently made it to the final table of the Caesars Palace Poker Classic. “It was fun!” he told PEOPLE after the tournament. “It’s just like a game that I could become better at and use some of my competitiveness at the poker table.”

LOL … the poor guy has to spend his time learning to play poker in Vegas while his girlfriend is bizzy earning tips at the Moon nightclub … not exactly a romance made in heaven but … I guess it works. In fine TMZ fashion, HERE is a gallery of photos of Caz doing her thing at various places around Sin City, sometimes with clothing and sometimes without, to give you a better understanding of who, exactly, has stolen Phelpsie‘s heart. I wonder what his mother has to say. Better yet … I wonder what y’all have to say :)

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Les Beckhams Continue Their Onslaught Of NYC

Day 3

Les Beckhams — hubby/daddy David & wifey/mother Victoria and sons Brooklyn, Romeo & Cruz — continued to enjoy all the things that NYC has to offer this week as the family ventured out into the city on Day 3 of their Thanksgiving Vacay to the Big Apple. Yesterday, the family did a bit of shopping together (making a special trip to a candy shop) before making their way last night to do a bit of bowling together. Vicki B. managed to spend part of her day with her family but had to leave them midway thru the day to do some investigating (which is why she was wearing her shockingly white private investigator’s ensemble):


Yeah, I don’t really get VB‘s getup but the woman does take bold fashion risks with the way she dresses. It’s unclear just how much longer the family is planning to stay in the city (it is also unclear what attractions are left for them to visit) but I must admit that I do like the idea of the Beckham Bunch just aimlessly wandering the streets of New York City. Incidentally, TomKat was along with the Beckhams for many of yesterday’s activities but I’m kinda done looking at them. I don’t think anyone out there will mind that they’ve been omitted, right? ;)

[Photo credit: Bauer-Griffin, INFdaily, Splash News]

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Britney Spears Thrills The Audience In France On ‘Star Academy’

C'est bon!

Britney Spears was the featured performer on the French competitive reality TV program Star Academy last night and she managed to bring the house down! Performing her single Womanizer in front of a packed house of rabid French fans, Britney performed the second of three live appearances that she has scheduled in Europe this week (the first was in Germany on Thursday night, the last will be in the UK tonight). Here are a few screencaps from her live performance last night:


Britney Spears wowed French fans on TV on Friday when she performed her new hit Womanizer on talent show Star Academy. A night after making her first major comeback performance since the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards – at the 2008 Bambi Awards in Germany – Spears was in Paris for her TV turn. Wearing a flashy red corset dress, she sent fans wild with a lip-synced performance. Spears will complete her whistle-stop tour on Saturday night when she performs on TV talent show The X Factor.

Two down, one more to go. Last night’s performance in France was very much like the one she gave in Germany except for the obvs costume change and amped up energy level. The more stoic crowd in Germany make Brit‘s performance feel more stunted … last night’s raucous crowd gave her the electricity she needed to turn in a more vibrant performance. I suspect that tonight’s performance on X-Factor will feature the same Womanizer routine, possibly with yet another costume change. After the jump, check out video of Britney‘s performance on Star Academy last night … More »

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Britney Spears En France Au Jour D’Hui

Ooh La La!

Here are a few pics of Britney Spears making a stunning and grand exit from the Plaza Athénée in Paris, France today as she made her way to the television studio where the French program Star Academy is filmed:


Homegirl looks très magnifique, y’all! I understand that Star Academy is airing RIGHT NOW in France so it may take some time before her performance makes its way to the Internets. I have complete faith that my girl is gonna deliver another great live performance today … haters be damned, our dear Britney Spears is back. Click HERE to watch Star Academy LIVE online right now.

[Photo credit: INFdaily]

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Miley Cyrus & Justin Gaston Take Manhattan

Not as exciting as the Beckham-TomKat Bunch but ...

16-year old Miley Cyrus, who participated in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC yesterday, got a jump start on her Xmas shopping this week by hittin’ up the big stores on 5th Ave. in Manhattan this week … and she brought along her 20-year old boytoy/BFF Justin Gaston along with her … here are a few pics:


I suppose I could make a joke about the danger of traveling across state lines with a minor but since the Cyrus parents were along for the ride, well, I guess the joke wouldn’t really work. I understand that the Cyrus family and Justin Gaston all stayed at the same hotel … which makes me wonder what the sleeping arrangements were. I mean, I’m guessing that Justin didn’t actually have to pay for his hotel room but did he get a room all to himself or did he have to shack up with any particular member of the Cyrus family? I get that Miley likes to say that she and Justin are “just friends” but you gotta wonder how close these “friends” really are — and how much support they get from her parents. It’s all still very creepy to me but … that’s showbiz, I guess.

[Photo credit: Splash News]

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A Family Feast

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So, yesterday I spent the day hanging out and eating copious amounts of food with David’s family here in Connecticut. As I’m sure many of y’all did yesterday, we really just enjoyed as much time as we could talking and eating and laughing and eating and eating together … twas very fun:


Honestly, I didn’t snap that many photos yesterday to share. I did take a few photos with my Polaroid camera but without a scanner, I’m afraid you’ll have to take my word for it.

It was too cold to venture out last night so we settled down to watch WALL•E on DVD … so cute! I loved that movie the first time I saw it and I loved it just as much last night.

Things are quiet here in New England … not sure what the plan is for tonight but I suspect there’ll be some more eating to come ;)

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Britney Spears: Behind The Scenes

The Bambi Awards & the 'Rolling Stone' magazine shoot

BritneySpears.com has been updated today with a few very fun behind-the-scenes photos of our dear Britney Spears preparing for her big performance at the Bambi Awards in Germany last night as well as some behind-the-scenes pics from the set of her Rolling Stone magazine photoshoot. First up, here is a very cute pic of Britney with her crew (including papa Jamie Spears, her manager Larry Rudolph, her personal assistant Brett and some dude named Jeff) hanging out at their hotel in Germany:


Aww … they look so cute but also so cold. Here are a few pics that have been posted on Britney‘s official website from the Bambi Awards last night:


Gotta love the prayer circle. Looks like the man above (or wherever) was paying attention to her pleas of support ;) After the jump, check out a few pics that were snapped on the set of her Rolling Stone magazine photoshoot … More »

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Milo Ventimiglia Is Black & White …

... and hawt all over

Pink reader Carlos gave me the head’s up that our good buddy Milo Ventimiglia posed for a new photoshoot recently with the lad all decked out in a tuxedo and slick suit. Here are a few pics from this newish photoshoot:


Very plainly, very simply … Milo rocks the tux right, y’all. He looks … smashing! These are great photos. After the jump, check out another batch of Milo pics where the lad is rockin’ a less formal suit paired with, get this, a dandy pair of suede loafer shoes … More »

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Sienna Miller & Balthazar Getty Together Again

Just can't get enough

Well, well now … lookie here … Sienna Miller spent part of her day yesterday doing a bit of solo grocery shopping all by her lonesome. Since we heard that she broke up with her married lover Balthazar Getty earlier this month, Sienna has been keeping to herself being very careful not to be seen with anyone of a romantic nature … especially NOT the still-married Balthazar Getty:


But what’s this? New photos of Sienna and Balthazar making their way out of the very same club in London last night? Could it be that the couple have reunited at last?


Or is it more likely that the couple never broke up in the first place. Afterall, it was Sienna who told US Weekly magazine that she was “single” … perhaps she was just lying to throw folks off their trail? After the jump, check out a pic of the happy couple together again as they were caught exiting a restaurant together in London earlier this weekMore »

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Happy Thanksgiving From Zuma Nesta Rock

... and Fam

Gwen Stefani and hubby Gavin Rossdale took their children Kingston James McGregor and Zuma Nesta Rock for a bit of afternoon playtime at their local neighborhood park yesterday before they got going with all the Thanksgiving Dinner eats. Here are a few pics of Gwen with her littlest child Zuma Nesta at the park yesterday where the little guy was showing off some of his favorite facial expressions:


The little dude looks like he’s been hittin’ the bottle a wee bit too much in the third pic (and I’m talking the bottle of Jack Daniels rather than the milk bottle) but is absolutely adorable in all of the other pics. It looks like the fam is having a great time in the group shot … clearly Gwen and Gavin enjoy spending as much quality time with their children as possible. So while the servants or whoever were home preparing the Thanksgiving feast, the family was able to spend part of their day with one another at the neighborhood park. So precious! It looks like little Zuma Nesta had himself a great first Thanksgiving with his family.

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The Beckham-TomKat Bunch Continue To Do NYC

Central Park, A Carriage Ride, A Circus -- Oh My!

Yesterday we saw pics of Les Beckhams (David and Victoria along with their children Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz) out and about with TomKat (Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes and their possibly real daughter Suri Holmes-Cruise) at various places around NYC. Today, we get to see more pics of the family friends (including Tom‘s adopted children Isabella and Connor with former wife Nicole Kidman) enjoying other parts of the Big Apple in full display of any camera within a 10 mile radius. First up, the families made their way en masse to Central Park:


But soon after they arrived, the ladies in the group decided that they were tired of walking and decided to hop aboard a horse-drawn carriage for a little ride:


Clearly, Vicki B. and her middle child Romeo were not impressed. Incidentally, I do realize that Romeo Beckham isn’t really one of the “ladies” but, lets be honest here, the little lad is the closest thing that VB has to a daughter so there you have it.

After the carriage ride bored them to tears, the families made their way to the Big Apple Circus for a little family fun …


… complete with photo op afterward. Lord … I realize that these people are insanely famous and that they are apt to drawn a massive crowd of onlookers wherever they go but I would’ve expected the families to spend at least part of their day out of the public eye perhaps enjoying one another’s company. In any event, it appears that the Beckham-TomKat Bunch were doing their best to get the most out of this Thanksgiving holiday. While they all look entirely miserable, I do hope that they were able to enjoy their time together and be thankful for the wealth and privilege they are all able to enjoy.

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Britney Spears Performs, Collects Award At The Bambi Awards

"Not only as a phoenix but as a bird of paradise"

Britney Spears was one of the featured performers at the 60th Annual Bambi Awards in Offenburg, Germany last night and, by pretty much all accounts, managed to pull off not only a successful live performance but a wholly entertaining one as well. Performing her hit single Womanizer, Britney turned the stage at the Bambi Awards into her own three-ring circus. Additionally, our dear Britney was honored, by trophy presenter Karl Lagerfeld, with an award of her own being named the Best International Popstar. Here are a few screencaps from Britney‘s performance last night:


Ahead of her highly anticipated visit to London this weekend, Britney Spears has cemented her comeback with a knockout performance at the 60th annual Bambi Awards in Germany. The superstar performed alongside Pink and Leona at the star studded bash, where there was a random array of award recipients including Lewis Hamilton and Meg Ryan. Britters collected an award herself for Best International Popstar and designer Karl Lagerfield was gushing when he presented the star with her award. He told her “I admire you, not only for your art but also for your energy, for your comeback not only as a phoenix but as a bird of paradise. And it’s great.” Britney’s extravagant circus inspired performance was a hit with the crowd with the superstar looking back to best in a madonna-esque outfit Earlier this week it was confirmed Spears will play two concerts at the O2 in London next June as part of her forthcoming world tour.

Woot! She looked great! The performance was well executed, well staged and perfectly timed … stage one of her European promo tour went off without a hitch. Collecting another award for her accomplishments was just the icing on the cake. Lagerfeld is right in saying that Britney is more than just a phoenix rising from the ashes … she has always been so much more than that. And it was so nice of Madonna to lend her that outfit to wear ;) After the jump, check out a few more photos of her performance, a few photos of Britney in the press room posing with her trophy and (prolly what you’re really interested in seeing) video of Britney‘s full performance … More »

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And The Winner Of The ‘Twilight Prize Pack’ Contest Is …

Drumroll, please

So … without further ado … it is my great pleasure to announce the winner of the Pink is the new Blog Twilight Prize Pack contest this fine Thanksgiving Day. Of the hundreds of entries submitted and of the vast array of very cool-looking eligible entries received, I am happy to announce that Pink reader Catherine from Quebec, Canada is the winner of the Twilight Prize Pack … here is her entry:


Congrats!!!! Catherine has won the Twilight Illustrated Movie Companion book, the Twilight paperback novel, a full size one-sheet poster of Edward Cullen & Bella Swan and a copy of the official Twilight Movie Soundtrack.

Because I received a whole bunch of very cool photos, I would like to share 10 of my fave pics that were sent in for entry. After the jump, check out some of my favorite entries and see if YOUR pic was included … More »

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Thanks, Y’All!

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Just want to send out lots of love and thanks to all y’all out there today. This year has been another great one for me and it is due, in large part, to all the wonderful things made available to me by this blog. David and I have had a great year together and the new year looks even better. All of my family and friends are happy and healthy and despite the scary economic times that are plaguing our country right now, I am happy to report that the people that I love most are hanging in there and are managing fairly well. I am THRILLED beyond belief that we elected Barack Obama as our next President … I think I may be thankful for that most of all. But really, I am thankful that so many of y’all continue to allow me to write this amazingly fun blog day after day, month after month, year after year. It is a gift I don’t know that I will ever be able to repay. So … Happy Thanksgiving, y’all:


I hope y’all have a great day today. XOXOXOX

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Lynne Spears Is Thankful, Britney Spears Is Gettin’ Down To Biz

It all gets underway tonight

Lynne Spears is talkin’ to the press again this week and in a new interview with the UK program Good Morning Television on ITV talks at length about her daughter Britney Spears and some of the trials and tribulations the girl has suffered, only to break thru and emerge happy and healthy once again. Case in point, Britney is set to perform at the Bambi Awards in Germany tonight before she takes her performance promo tour to France (where she will perform on Star Academy), England (where she will perform on X-Factor and reportedly at G-A-Y nightclub) and then New York City (where she will perform on Good Morning America) … then she’s got a documentary, an album, a new music video AND tour to come. Here is a promo pic that was snapped on the set of Brit‘s new music video Circus and some excerpts of Lynne‘s interview with GMTV:


Lynne Spears certainly has plenty to be thankful for. In the past year, she has watched her famous daughter Britney crawl back from the brink. Just how did the 27-year-old singer rebound from her pair of forced hospitalizations and a long string of erratic behavior, including her quickly annulled Vegas wedding in 2004 and her infamous head-shaving in 2007? “With a lot of love and care and help,” Lynne said Thursday, speaking to the U.K.’s GMTV via satellite from New Orleans. “Sometimes you have to just settle down. You have to stop, think. And there’s a lot of people that care about Britney and love Britney – and Britney’s doing great now.” And while the singer still hasn’t regained custody of her two sons, Lynne had nothing but praise for her daughter’s parenting skills. “Oh she’s a wonderful mother – she’s funny, she’s extremely affectionate,” said the Spears matriarch, who was promoting her memoir, Through the Storm. “[At] home, where there’s nobody around, she’s very normal.” Britney – fresh off the success of her first single, “Womanizer” – is currently in Europe promoting her new album, Circus. And she’s scheduled to go on a worldwide concert tour next year. “I think Britney’s just ready to get started again,” said her mom. “I think this is when she’s most in her element.”

Ready or not (and I sincerely hope she’s ready), here she comes. It all gets underway tonight … Britney will take to the stage at the Bambi Awards for her first live performance since the 2007 MTV VMAs and will set in motion a musical comeback that will (hopefully) set the world on fire and allow her to soar to the heights of success and fame that she once enjoyed back in the day. This week will be a crazy whirlwind for our dear Britney … her schedule is jam-packed with appearances and performances — and we’re about to see if she can pull it off. My heart and my gut tell me that she can, I just hope they’re right. It’s on now, bitches. Can she really do it this time?

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Spencer Pratt Speaks, Honeymoon To Be Featured On ‘The Hills’

The real deal

Spencer Pratt, newly wedded to long-time girlfriend Heidi Montag in a surprise elopement ceremony in Mexico last Thursday, is going on the record for the first time since the nuptials were announced this week. Speaking to Us Weekly magazine, Spencer laughs off reports that his marriage to Heidi is not legal. Additionally, MTV has announced that portions of the Speidi wedding and their subsequent honeymoon will be featured in an upcoming episode of The Hills. Could this be the shot of new drama that a 5th season of The Hills is in desperate need of to hang onto viewership?


Spencer Pratt is laughing at reports that his recent wedding to Heidi Montag was fake. “We had a beautiful ceremony here at One & Only Palmilla officiated by a minister and photographed by the hotel photographer,” he says in a statement to Usmagazine.com and The Associated Press. “We’ve never been happier.” Pratt and Montag are still in Mexico. Mexico will marry American citizens and perform elopements. Other couples — including Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, and Jewel and Ty Murray, who recently wed abroad — can legalize their unions before, or in the case of elopements, after a foreign ceremony in the United States. Adds Pratt, “Like other elopements that happen outside the country, we’ll take care of the legal details when we get home.”

This from MTV: After all the moving in and the fallings out, the first proposal and the post-engagement lull, Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag eloped last Thursday in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Now that they’ve made it official, what will their marriage mean for the show that has chronicled their relationship over the past four seasons? Will the next season of “The Hills” feature footage captured during Speidi’s wedding ceremony? What have Heidi and Spencer been up to since they tied the knot? To find out, we reached out to executive producer Liz Gateley. While she couldn’t tell us everything, she did say that the couple’s married life will figure prominently on the series’ upcoming fifth season, and that cameras are still down in Mexico, documenting the couple’s honeymoon. There’s still no word on when new episodes of “The Hills” will be ready for air, however. “MTV is currently filming Heidi and Spencer in Mexico, as we were expecting to capture them on vacation,” Gateley told MTV News. “Fans will be able to see the exclusive footage from the ceremony in an upcoming episode, and we will continue to follow the newlyweds’ relationship as it plays out in real life.”

It’s unclear just how much of the actual wedding ceremony will be featured on The Hills … I understand that the wedding was a complete surprise to everyone. Either MTV was in on the secret (totally plausible) or Speidi will have to re-enact portions of their wedding ceremony so that it can be filmed by/for MTV (equally plausible) — after all, many of things we see on The Hills are scenes that have been re-enacted or re-shot for airing on TV. Incidentally, why the hell does the Associated Press care about the Speidi wedding … anyone? Anyone?

You know … it’s funny … just as I was complaining that The Hills has started losing its appeal for me (in that I have been considering taking a pass on the upcoming 5th season) they have to go and pull this number. I gotta admit, I kinda have to watch all of this drama unfold on TV … I like, so hafta … right?

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The Beckham-TomKat Bunch Take Manhattan By Storm

One big happy family

Thanksgiving is a time to be with family but it is also a time to be with friends as well … here are a bunch of pics of very famous friends Les Beckhams (David, Victoria, Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz) and TomKat (Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes and Suri Holmes-Cruise) hanging out together ALL OVER NYC yesterday after the Beckham clan flew cross country to spend Thanksgiving in the Big Apple. From hanging out at the TomKat NYC home to catching a performance of Katie‘s play All My Sons on Broadway to a big ol’ family dinner at Il Cantinori, the Beckham-TomKat Bunch really took over NYC yesterday:


The Cruises were among the first to welcome the Beckham clan to America, but for more than five months the two families have not been photographed together. But any rift between Hollywood’s biggest celebrity families appears to be healed as the couples celebrated Thanksgiving eve. David and Victoria Beckham and their three sons were pictured with Tom Cruise and his older children Connor and Isabella. Tom’s wife Katie Holmes and their two-year-old daughter Suri were absent from the gathering. But after meeting Tom in downtown New York the Beckhams left their sons with a babysitter while they went to watch Katie in her hit Broadway play All My Sons … Later, the whole clan – Katie included – headed off for dinner at Il Cantinori. Thanksgiving is one of the biggest holidays in the American calendar, traditionally marked by a family celebration, so to be spending it together perhaps marks a resurgence of the close friendship the Beckhams once enjoyed with the Cruises. After initially being pictured constantly together – be it shopping, eating out or publicly supporting each other’s work – the relationship between the two families apparently soured. This was rumoured to be because the Beckhams had refused to consider joining the Scientology religion – a subject close to Tom’s heart. There were also reports Katie and Victoria were caught up in a feud over a Vogue front cover. The fashionable friends apparently fell out after the former Dawson’s Creek actress became jealous after Posh was asked to appear on the front cover of the top magazine.

To be honest, I never really bought the whole idea that the Beckhams and Cruise-Holmeses were feuding. These people are hella bizzy all the time and I suspect it’s very difficult for them to all coordinate their schedules in order to hang out together. As much as I like to give them grief sometimes, I really do love seeing these two families when they are hanging out together. I suspect it’s difficult for the rich and powerful to make “normal” friends so it makes sense that they were gravitate towards other rich and powerful folks. I can’t even imagine what sorts of mindless banter they have to talk about across the dinner table … what do YOU suppose these ridiculously wealthy/famous people will talk about and give thanks for at the Thanksgiving dinner table today?

[Photo credit: Splash News; Source]

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Celebs On A ‘Mission’ This Thanksgiving

Giving back to those in need

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all! I hope that all y’all are able to spend some time today with loved ones on this happy occasion or, at the very least, are able to enjoy a relaxing and lazy day whatever you choose to do today — wherever in the world. I am in Connecticut for a few days to spend time with David’s family … so posting today will be light.

Here are a few pics of some of the celebs who made their way out to the Crossroads of Hope Mission in Los Angeles, CA yesterday to generously donate of their time in order to help serve food to those in need. This annual event usually takes place outside but because of the massive rain that pummeled LA yesterday (in buckets, I saw it) the event had to be moved indoors:


Thousands of less-fortunate people had a happy Thanksgiving a day early as celebrities and elected officials made their annual trek to Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles to help distribute holiday meals. Acting legend Kirk Douglas and his wife, Anne, again hosted the annual holiday meal at the Los Angeles Mission. An estimated 2,500 to 3,000 people c2owded into the Mission, which was moved inside because of the rain. “We’re going to be tight,” said Al Rossi, one of the mission’s directors. As celebrities filed into the Mission’s dining room, dozens of photographers crowded around, lighting the room up with a strobe of camera flashes fit for a red carpet. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spooned mixed vegetables onto plates while super model Cindy Crawford scooped mashed potatoes on his left and Kirk Douglas handled other traditional Thanksgiving fixings on his right. Several younger celebrities showed up, including “High School Musical” star Corbin Bleu, who has volunteered at the Mission before. “I’m a very blessed man, and at this time right now it’s just important to be able to give back what God has given to me,” Bleu said. Actors Wilmer Valderrama, Neal McDonough, Nora Zehetner, Joe Campana and model-turned-actress Natasha Alam carried plates out to the event’s attendees. “It’s taking actors back to their roots,” Campana said. “It takes you back to your waiter days.” In addition to the free meal, homeless attendees received free foot exams and health checks.

As always, I am so impressed that these celebs made the effort to give so selflessly of their time in order to help those who are less fortunate. Some of the celebs who came out this year came out last year and the year before that. It’s a very cool thing to see that some celebs are aware of how fortunate they are and they seem willing to give back year after year. These volunteers really show what the Thanksgiving spirit is all about. It’s a great sight to see!

[Photo credit: Bauer-Griffin; Source]

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Guess Who’s Shoppin’ For Thanksgiving Dinner

For all this bounty, we give thanks

Here is a fun game to get us in the Thanksgiving holiday spirit … can you guess which celeb who has been enjoying a renewed taste of fame this year was snapped making their way out of a SoCal grocery story yesterday with a shopping cart full of supplies that will, most likely, be turned into a big Thanksgiving Day feast?


Because the face in this photo is SO unrecognizable, I didn’t even think it was necessary to cover it with a star. I swear it’s not Michael Jackson … but I can tell you that it is a woman. After the jump, find out who it is … More »

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Michael Phelps Does ‘GQ’ Magazine

And how!

14-time Olympic Gold Medal-champ Michael Phelps is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of GQ magazine which celebrates the Men of the Year. Along with a few other Men of 2008, Phelpsie graces one of four covers of this issue which is out on newsstands now. Here is his coverphoto and a couple extra photos of the athlete from inside the mag:


Say what you will about the lad from the neck up but he has got a bangin’ ass body like nobody’s biz. MMM. Undoubtedly chosen for his stellar performance at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China (where he won 8 Gold Medal) this past August, I think Phelps makes a great choice as one of the Top Men of 2008. After the jump, check out a few more pics from this issue that highlights some of the other men who made GQ‘s list this year … More »

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Mariah Carey Tells Ellen DeGeneres She Ain’t Pregs

BUT, could she just be lying???

Mariah Carey makes an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today and in her interview SWEARS to Ellen that she is not pregs (despite rumors to the contrary). A skeptical Ellen comes up with a way to have Mimi prove that she really isn’t pregs (by offering her a drink of alcohol) and Mariah balks … could she really by trying to hide her pregnancy or is she just playing around for media attention?


Is Mariah Carey pregnant? No way, the singer insists on Wednesday’s episode of Ellen. But DeGeneres seemed determined to put her to the test. “Let’s just toast with Champagne,” the sly talk show host suggested, reaching for a bottle and some flutes. “It’s just fattening,” demurred Carey – who married Nick Cannon in May – adding, “This is peer pressure!” When DeGeneres persisted, the two clinked glasses – but Carey only pretended to drink the wine. “You’re pregnant!” DeGeneres declared. “No, no, no,” Carey insisted. “We will let you know when we’re going to have a family.” So why refuse the bubbly? “It’s too early for me,” explained the Grammy-winner. “I only drink after 3 p.m.”

I dunno about this one … Mimi kinda did look pregs the last time we saw her here on the blog … but why would she lie to Ellen‘s face on national television. Could she really be the type of narcissistic person who is only interested in getting people to notice and talk about her in order to feed her insatiable ego by denying a pregnancy in order to fuel speculation when, in fact, she really is pregs? Wait, did I just answer my own question? HMMMM … I’m still not totally convinced. Do y’all think that Mimi is hiding a little Nick Cannon bun in her oven?

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Dita Von Teese Does German ‘Playboy’ Magazine

Keepin' it classy

Burlesque sexpot and pin-up model Dita Von Teese is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of German Playboy magazine … here is her coverphoto:


From The Sun: DITA VON TEESE has posed in nothing but stockings and suspenders for the German edition of Playboy – but you don’t need to be on the continent to see the snaps. We’ve got hold of three sizzling pics from the burlesque babe’s sexiest ever shoot. With a carefully-placed pair of tied-up hands between her legs, Dita is back to her bondage best as she simulates a kinky phone conversation. Presumably they’re not talking about the weather. Elsewhere, the 36-year-old dons an intentionally ill-fitting corset as she lies seductively on a leather sofa with her boobs on full display. Clearly Dita, 36, isn’t letting the onset of age slow her down – and, on this blistering form, why would she? Surely ex-hubby MARILYN MANSON has a hard time casting his eyes over such shots without craving a reunion.

As far as nekkidness goes, DVT always tends to make it look classy. Her photos always look sexy to me rather than trashy. If y’all are interested, you can click HERE to see a couple NSFW topless pics of Dita from this issue of German Playboy mag. I’m not really a boob man but I gotta admit, Dita Von Teese has got some nice ones :)

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Britney Spears Prepares For An Important Live Performance In Germany

Achtung!

Yesterday we saw photos of our dear Britney Spears causing a commotion at LAX airport here in LA as she made her way to Germany where she is scheduled to appear and PERFORM at the Bambi Awards in Düsseldorf, Germany tomorrow night. Here are a couple pics of Brit Brit leaving rehearsals in Germany yesterday ahead of her first live performance in about a year’s time:


I’m not entirely sure what Britney is scheduled to perform at the Bambi Awards but I suspect that since she is performing Womanizer on both Star Academy in France and on X-Factor in the UK later on this week (and presumably on Good Morning America next Tuesday) she will also be performing the same song/routine in Germany. Tomorrow night’s performance will be Britney‘s first since her disastrous debacle at the 2007 MTV VMAs last year. While I have no doubt that she is in a much better position this year to put on a killer performance, I’m still a bit nervous to see this performance. I’m sure she’s got it in her to pull it off … do you?

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‘Milk’ Does A Body (And Soul) Good

The TV Guide

Last night I met up with Steph and Alek for dinner at the Cheesecake Factory before we made our way to a special screening of Milk at the ArcLight Theater in Sherman Oaks, CA. Even tho I had/have a million things to take care of before I fly out for Connecticut today, I had to make time to see this movie. I’ve only read and heard about the amazing things that Harvey Milk accomplished when he was alive and I have been very anxious to see his life story translated to film by director Gus Van Sant and actor Sean Penn:


I mean, what can I say … this movie is just stunning. The powerhouse performances by ALL of the actor’s were very impressive. Sean Penn delivers another Oscar-worthy performance but his supporting cast is just as skilled at bringing their characters to life. The movie is set in the 1970s (think porn’stachapalooza) and Van Sant does everything he can to make the film look as authentically 70′s as possible. The film has a grainy look to it that makes it feel like archival footage. I normally don’t like conventions like these, but in this instance it works very well. The thing that struck me most about the film was the historical political parallel of the late 70′s (in regards to gay rights) to what is happening in our country today. There are many scenes that depict the fight for gay rights, highlighting protests that took to the streets of San Francisco in opposition to California Proposition 6 (which would’ve made it legal for gay teachers to lose their jobs for being gay). There are many scenes in the film that mirror the sorts of things that happened in the aftermath of the passage of Proposition 8 (banning same-sex marriage) just this month. In the 70′s, Milk and his campaign were successful whereas we were not today. If any lesson can be gleaned from the amazing life story of Harvey Milk it is that — win or lose — the struggle continues … even to this day, the struggle continues.

The movie is a tour de force for both Van Sant and Sean Penn … expect Academy Award noms to come. Milk is a powerfully important film, I cannot endorse it more fully. See this movie!

In a couple of hours, I jet off to the East Coast for the Thanksgiving weekend. I’ll be comin’ atcha for the next few days from the East Side, y’all. Remember, tonight is the bizziest drinking night of the year … be safe and have fun!!

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Miley Cyrus & Justin Gaston Start Dressing Alike

Gag me with a spoon

The hottest new “it” non-couple comprised of (the finally) 16-year old Miley Cyrus and (the still) 20-year old underwear model Justin Gaston got all color-coordinated when they stepped out together in Glendale, CA earlier this week with her family. Have Jiley decided that they’ve finally reached the point in their non-relationship where they have to start dressing alike?


In actuality, Jiley and co. were all wearing black outfits because they were making their way into a funeral … something you might not have guessed judging by the happy looks on their faces. But lest you think it was a day of (presumed) sadness for the young lurvers pals, the crew quickly made their way from the funeral home to lunch at Rockycola Cafe before heading over to CBS Studios for Miley‘s performance on Dancing with the Stars — in their Porsche. I mean, except for the funeral, it sounds like it was a pretty fun day. After the jump, check out one more photo of hottie Justin Gaston lookin’ all hawt in his black outfit … More »

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‘Cadillac Records’ Premieres

This year's 'Dreamgirls'?

Academy Award winner Adrien Brody and Academy Award nominee Beyoncé Knowles were joined by others at the Los Angeles premiere of their new movie Cadillac Records which took place at The Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, CA Monday night. Here are a few pics from the red carpet arrivals:


The cast boasts Oscar, Golden Globe, Emmy and Tony winners — and a group of up-and-comers that’s a veritable Who’s Who of young Hollywood — but it was for the producer of the flick that traffic stopped last night outside the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles, where “Cadillac Records” held its world premiere. OK, it doesn’t hurt when you’re a producer that also stars in the film — and it really doesn’t hurt when your name is Beyoncé Knowles. But if she was the highlight of a red carpet which also included co-stars Jeffrey Wright, Columbus Short, Adrien Brody and Gabrielle Union, chances are Beyoncé didn’t see it that way — which was exactly what made her so much fun to work with in the first place. Beyoncé came to get down, like everyone else did. She came in with no ego,” Wright beamed of Mrs. Carter to MTV News. “She just was so willing to let it out and be vulnerable and emotionally present. We were all part of an ensemble that came to smoke — that came to celebrate that music.” “I think she really did the work, and it shows,” added Short. “She deserves kudos for it. She deserves a round of applause.” She’ll likely get much, much more — already being pegged as a possible Oscar nominee for her performance as Etta James, a role for which she reportedly gained 15 pounds. As Short explained to MTV News last February, the film follows the flood of musicians who populated and made famous the hallowed halls of Chess Records, where singers like Chuck Berry (Mos Def), Muddy Waters (Wright) and, yes, Miss James got their start. But while the many who walked the carpet couldn’t hold back their praise for her, the 27-year-old superstar told MTV she was waiting for the good news from just one more spectator before she could call it a day. Luckily for her, that one person — Etta James herself — was in attendance. “She is! Just imagine!” a nervous Beyoncé squealed, half in delight, half in fear. “She’s one of my heroes, and I always loved her voice, but now knowing what she’s been through, she’s one of my heroes. I’m not sure if she thought [I would be good] as her. I’m very, very nervous. And now? “I actually spoke with her and she told me, ‘I loved you from the first time you sung,’ ” Beyoncé beamed … “Cadillac Records” opens December 5.

You know, you gotta love the moxy that Beyoncé has to play the roles of people who are still living (unofficially, she portrayed Diana Ross on screen in Dreamgirls and now she plays Etta James in Cadillac). It would be a daunting notion to play living people on screen even if you were a highly celebrated actor … let alone someone the caliber of Beyoncé. I give her props, tho … she goes after what she wants and, 9 times out of 10, gets it. It remains to be seen if this movie will be loved by the audience as much as Dreamgirls was but it does have that same feel about it … no? I, for one, am very interested to see if B has the chops to pull off playing the role of the legendary Etta James. I’m also very interested to see if her acting prowess has improved since the last time we saw her in theaters. Do y’all think she is capable of winning an Oscar this time around?

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Kingston James & Zuma Nesta Visit With Santa Claus

It's about that time

Here are a few SUPERCUTE pics of Gwen Stefani with her sons Kingston James McGregor and Zuma Nesta Rock at The Grove here in LA yesterday as they waited in line (with hubby/daddy Gavin Rossdale) to see and take photos with Santa Claus:


Awww. How much you wanna bet that those adorable little crocheted hats are handmade either by Gwen or someone in her family/friend circle? I can’t even believe how big Zuma Nesta has grown already … the kid is the cutest little butterball ever! It looks the holidays are going to be very special for the Stefani-Rossdales — with Zuma celebrating his first Thanksgiving and Xmas, the family has much to be thankful/joyful for this year. Ain’t it just so precious?

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Angelina Jolie Pregnant Again?

'In Touch Weekly' reports

Could the Brangelina brood be about to expand again? According to In Touch Weekly magazine, yes! The mag is reporting as its coverstory this week that Ange is 3 months pregs with her 7th child. And while I don’t usually believe these sorts of reports right off the bat like this, I am reminded that In Touch was the mag that broke the news that she was pregs with her twins AND they were the mag that broke the news when she gave birth to those twins back on July 12th … could they be right again?


A U.S. magazine claims Angelina Jolie is three months pregnant with her seventh child. In Touch Weekly – which broke the news of Jolie’s second pregnancy with twins – is adamant that the actress is expecting another child in the new year. In an “exclusive” report the publication, which hits news stands tomorrow, states: “An excited Angie can’t stop talking about the new baby. So why doesn’t Brad seem thrilled?” Jolie and partner Brad Pitt’s spokesman has denied the reports, leading other U.S. outlets to rubbish the claims. However In Touch has consistently repeated the reports in recent weeks. Jolie and Pitt are already parents to three adopted children and three biological children, with twins Vivienne and Knox just four months old. In recent weeks Jolie has given countless interviews about her desire to expand their family even further. At the launch of the DVD for Kung Fu Panda last week she told reporters: “Anything could happen. We’re open to anything, we love kids and we’re having a great time. It’s chaos in our house, but it’s so much fun. We’ll definitely have more.” And she added that she couldn’t be happier with Pitt. “He’s the best daddy and we have fun, so whenever it gets hard we can just look at each other and find a way to laugh about and just appreciate that they’re only little once, and we should enjoy every minute.”

If this turns out to be true, I think it’s safe to assume that In Touch Weekly has a pretty reliable source possibly living inside Angelina Jolie‘s uterus … yeah, that or they have a great mole inside the Brangelina inner circle. Again, it remains to be seen if this report is true or not … but, even if it is not, In Touch has a pretty good track record when it comes to this sort of intimate reporting of Angelina‘s biological functions. What do y’all think … could Ange really be pregs again?

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It’s Official! Britney Spears To Tour Next Year

The first dates PLUS a preview of the 'Circus' music video

Woot! As has been heavily speculated in recent weeks, Britney Spears is one step closer to announcing the tour dates for her much-anticipated new world tour. You may recall that back in September Britney announced on Z100 radio in NYC that she is planning to tour next year, then in October we got our first word that she had signed with a concert tour producer to begin work on the show … until today, there has been no announcement concerning tour dates (tho, a new widget was launched last week that is counting down to a “secret” announcement to be made — speculation is that the announcement will entail concert tour dates). BBC News is reporting the first of 2 UK dates next summer that will go on sale December 5, her official website has the deets on the presale for those UK dates. She’s really hittin’ the road, y’all:


Tickets for the dates on 3 and 4 June will go on general sale on 5 December – although fans who register with her website can buy them 24 hours earlier. “It’s going to be very special,” said Rob Hallett of tour promoter AEG. The concert, he said, would take its theme from her latest album The Circus, which is released next week. “We’re creating a musical circus,” he said. “Expect to see jugglers, dancers, tattooed ladies and acrobats.” According to the promoter, the concerts will be Spears’ only dates in Europe “for the foreseeable future”. Spears last performed in the UK in 2004 when her Onyx Hotel tour visited Birmingham, Glasgow, Belfast, Manchester and Wembley Arena in London. The 26-year-old will be in the capital this weekend to appear on ITV1 talent show The X Factor. Before that she will travel to Germany to attend the annual Bambi entertainment awards in Dusseldorf. The singer will be named best international pop star after achieving what organisers have called a “stunning comeback from an absolute low point”. “Britney Spears is back,” said host Hubert Burda. “Radiant and better than ever, the erstwhile idol has reclaimed her throne.” In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, the performer admitted she felt “like an old person” now her much-documented troubles are behind her. “I go to bed at, like, 9.30 every night and I don’t go out or anything,” she is quoted as saying. “I just feel like an old fart.” Spears’ mother Lynne, meanwhile, has been telling the BBC how happy she is that her daughter has got her life back on track. “Britney wants to do it right,” she told Radio 5 Live’s Colin Paterson, attributing her recent turnaround to having “good people around her” and “lots and lots of prayer”.

From BritneySpears.com: Want to see Britney perform in London? You came to the right place!!! If you want to join the exclusive pre-sale to see Brit at London’s O2 Arena enter your email and postal code in the module on the upper-right side of our homepage!! You can also text BRITNEY to 81707 to join.

I’m not sure if the txt signup will work for folks outside of the UK but that is the information provided. The BBC report alludes that those who sign up with her official site will be allowed a 24-hour head-start in procuring tickets for next summer’s UK dates. Love it!!! It shant be long before the first US dates are officially announced … Woot!!!

Additionally, a new 30-second preview of Britney‘s second music video Circus has been made available online. After the jump, check it out … More »

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‘The Real Housewives Of Atlanta’ Reunite Tonight

OMGI'MSOEXCITEDICAN'THARDLYWAIT

Woot! Tonight is the special reunion episode of The Real Housewives of Atlanta on Bravo and I’m, like, freaking out to see it. Ever since I saw the preview for the reunion ep last week I’ve been (almost literally) counting down the minutes ’til the ep airs … and we are mere hours away. Here is a preview video of some of the head-to-head combat that we can expect to see on the show tonight:


Damn, NeNe and Kim really go at it in this clip … which is why reading THIS interview with Kim is so surprising. Like Anderson Cooper, I’m Team NeNe all the way and I can’t wait to watch tonight’s ep — especially the part where Lisa trips out on Kim and her pathetic attempts to get attention. Love it! Love it! Love it! Who’s gonna be tuning in with me tonight, HMM?

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Will Lance Bass Be Crowned The ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Champion?

Lawd, I hope so

The final 3 sets of contestants danced their hearts out on Dancing with the Stars last night and all that is left now is for America to learn the results. I have been quietly rooting for Lance Bass to win the whole enchilada from the start … and, apparently, I am not alone in thinking that he can win. BUT, Brooke Burke is beloved by the judges and has a very good chance of securing the win for herself. In a few hours, all of our questions will be answered … but in the meantime, let’s take a look a couple pics of Lance backstage on the set of DTWS lookin’ too orange NOT to win ;)


This is the face of a winner, y’all. Now, I have no idea who is going to win but I really do hope it’s Lance. After all, I can’t bear the thought of Lance losing and then crying off all of this bronzer/make-up on live TV. What do y’all think? Who do YOU think is gonna win the Dancing with the Stars trophy tonight?

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Tom Cruise Does ‘Details’ Magazine

The 'Power' Issue

Tom Cruise is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Details magazine — The Power Issue. Each year, Details complies a list of the 40 Most Influential Men in the World (you may recall that Kevin Federline was the coverboy for last year’s issue) and has chosen #7 ranked Cruise for the cover:


From the mag: When Barack Obama declared “We are the change we’ve been waiting for,” the pundits scratched their heads. In retrospect, though, it seems as if That One was onto something. For better or worse, we’re living through a moment of intense transformation. In politics, the Bush years have been dustbinned. As far as the economy goes, the heady days of hedge-fund excess have been reduced to burnt toast. And from a Madonna standpoint, the Guy Ritchie era has been swept away. “The Power 40″ reflects this whiplash-inducing volatility. Many of the usual suspects have been replaced with an array of wild cards and agents of change. A home-wrecking home-run hitter? Check. Tech guys who have all of tweendom a-Twitter? Yup. Buddhists with bombs? Uh-huh. This year proved you can never be sure of what comes next (hell, Chinese Democracy finally showed up, didn’t it?). The whole point of power, after all, is to keep ‘em guessing.

Yay! The Twitter guys get my vote … they rule … oh yeah, and the Obama guys, too! I don’t really get why Tom Cruise won the cover of this issue (then again, I didn’t get why K-Fed won his cover last year) but I guess it’s better than putting the so-called “Press Whore” on the cover. After the jump, check out the photo of Tommy that is featured inside the mag along with a portion of the blurb about his power and influenceMore »

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Benji Madden Recuperates In Las Vegas

Newly single and back in the game

Benji Madden, who just recently broke up with his most recent girlfriend Paris Hilton, spent part of this past weekend getting over his broken heart by doing some of the things that he loves best — DJing and partying with his friends. Here are a couple pics of Benji at Wasted Space inside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV this weekend doing the damn thing … lookin’ fine all the while:


I understand that Benji and his peeps showed up at Wasted Space at around 11PM Sunday night and Benji got on the decks to DJ at around 12:30AM. After entertaining the crowd with his phat beats for about an hour, Benji and his crew (which included Carey Hart) made their way to Body English to watch KRS-One perform there. It’s great seeing Benj looking so good so soon after his break-up. Irregardless of whether or not WE think it’s for the best, I’m sure he may be having a tough time dealing with it. I hope that we get to see a lot more of happy and single Benji Madden :)

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A New Lady For Robert Pattinson?

Hide thine eyes, Bella Swan

Now that Twilight is a bona fide smash hit movie and has begun a movie franchise that will likely rule the box office for years to come, Robert Pattinson has instantly become something of a heartthrob. Millions of girls the world over dream of being with a guy like R. Pattz (er, well, actually with Pattinson‘s character Edward Cullen) so it makes sense that folks might interested in who he may be romantically involved with … like, say, this mysterious young lady who was seen sneaking out of the Chateau Marmont with Robert Pattinson last night after a night of revelry …


Is this just a friend thing? Is it more? And just who, pray tell, is this lovely young chicky hanging out with everyone’s favorite vamp du jour? HMMMMM?

BTW: I will be posting the winner of the Twilight Prize Pack contest on Thanksgiving Day :) Be on the lookout!

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Pho Sho’

The TV Guide

Yesterday was a pretty quiet day for me … just ran a few errands and then met up with Jordan for a quick bite to eat at the Pho Cafe in Silverlake, CA last night. Jordan always manages to get a hold of me at the perfect times for us to hang out. I spent part of my afternoon shopping for a Thanksgiving shirt to wear at the Hauslaib family dinner Thursday but, alas, no luck. I may venture out again today. Because I have to leave early tomorrow to make my transcontinental flight, I have a lot to take care of tonight before I leave. Even still, I’m meeting up with Steph and Alek for a special screening of Milk tonight.

So, tomorrow will be a short day for me … I plan on working for as many hours as I can tomorrow morn but I’ll be spending most of the day in planes (I have to connect in Dallas, TX … I really hate flying non non-stop). I’ll, most likely be Twittering away but … eh, we’ll see how it goes.

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Katie Holmes for Miu Miu, Blur reuniting, Gerard Way to be a dad
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‘The Hills’: Dumbest.Storyline.Ever.

ATTENTION: 'THE HILLS' SPOILER ALERT WARNING

Last night’s ep of The Hills felt to me like the most contrived episode of the series that has ever aired. Now, there have been a lot of Hills eps where the “reality” didn’t seem so real and I may have questioned the honesty of some storylines but last night’s ep really takes the cake. To call it laughable would be an understatement:


Essentially, the crux of last night’s ep dealt with a rumor that Audrina Patridge heard from a “friend” of hers named Dino (who has never appeared on the show, mind you) that detailed a supposed “hook-up” between Lauren LC Conrad and Justin Bobby. When this ridic rumor actually spilled out into the real life tabloids and media (Audrina even went on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to cry on national TV before she even spoke face-to-face with LC about the matter), I honestly didn’t pay it any mind — there was no way I was gonna buy any rumor that LC would deign to even touch Justin Bobby if she didn’t have to. Apparently, the producers of the show figured The Hills audience would be stupid enough to believe the storyline and featured it last night. After the jump, if you still care, find out what went down between who on last night’s ep titled You Did ThisMore »

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Amy Poehler Takes Archie Arnett For A Stroll

New Mom Alert

Here are a couple new pics of new mom Amy Poehler taking her newborn son Archibald William Emerson for a little stroll in NYC this week. I believe that this is the first time we’ve been able to see Amy out in public with the baby since she gave birth to her firstborn son with hubby Will Arnett last month … behold:


Boo … unfortch we don’t even get a glimpse of the little guy but, in Amy‘s defense, it looks cold and windy in NYC in these pics so it would make sense for her to keep little Archie all bundled up in his carriage. While I am sad that Amy has retired from Saturday Night Live, I am very excited at the prospect of her new job as full-time mommy. She rules! I am so glad to see her out and about again.

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Pete Wentz Gets Back To Work, Films ‘FNMTV’

The new dad talks almost heart-attacks, exploding diapers and more

Pete Wentz, who became a proud new papa last Thursday night when his wife Ashlee Simpson gave birth to their son Bronx Mowgli, was back to work yesterday afternoon filming scenes for the upcoming new episode of his MTV music video show FNMTV. Additionally, Pete was an on-air guest with Ryan Seacrest this morning on KIIS FM here in SoCal and talked pretty extensively about the whole process of becoming a new parent — the pain that Ashlee went thru and the stress that he went thru. Here are a couple pics of Pete on the LA set of FNMTV yesterday and a report on his KIIS FM interview this morning:


Being in the delivery room shortly before Ashlee Simpson gave birth Nov. 20 was “pretty surreal,” Pete Wentz says in his first interview since welcoming son Bronx. “Obviously, some stuff my wife would freak if I said, but she’s pretty much a saint,” he said Tuesday on Ryan Seacrest’s KIIS-FM radio show. “Right before she went into labor, I was like, ‘Oh my God, I think I’m having a heart attack!’ Natural things start going on in your body,” Wentz went on. “My heart started beating really fast.” He explained, “You seen your wife in all this pain, and you really don’t know what’s happening.” But Ashlee “took care of me and made sure I was OK and then we went into labor,” Wentz told Seacrest. “That’s why she’s a saint. She’s a amazing girl. She was like, ‘I will make sure you’re OK,’” he added. “I didn’t even stop to think, ‘Well, you just had an epidural and you’re about to have a baby!’” When she had the baby, Wentz said that Ashlee remarked, “‘He’s beautiful. He’s perfect.’ We were instantly in love,” he said of the boy. “It’s impossible not to be!” He said his wife is doing “really good” right now. Wentz said he’s changed “quite a few” diapers already – even some “exploding” ones. As friends and family flock to get their first glimpse of Bronx, Wentz said, “Having a child is like opening a new spot in L.A. — everyone’s trying to get in every night!” Eventually, the Fall Out Boy bassist said Bronx “is definitely going to come out on tour. We need a whole team of stuff that is going to get him through that.” As for the unique moniker, Bronx Mowgli? He said he and Ashlee had been “throwing it back and forth a while ago. I feel weird because all these people have all these ideas on what it means … I don’t think anyone knows the real story of why or how.” [Jungle Book] author Rudyard Kipling is “really cool and The Jungle Book is something that me and Ashlee bonded over,” Wentz explained. Of fatherhood, he also noted, “It’s different when it happens. Your life is 100 percent different now – you want it to be different.”

Oh, Pete … despite the fact that you and Ash succumbed to the trend of wacky celebrity baby names, I have no doubt that you are going to be an amazing father. It is my sincere hope that you are able to shield and protect your son from the dangers and pitfalls that lie ahead (namely, Papa Joe Simpson) and teach your child to grow up strong, proud, true and sure of himself. I’m glad to see that Pete is back to work already, he’s got to keep on makin’ that cheddar so that he can lavish his child with everything his little newborn emo-punk heart desires. Best of luck to the Simpson-Wentz family for a long and happy life together. Click HERE to listen to Pete‘s entire interview with Ryan Seacrest online.

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Neil Patrick Harris Is ‘The Naked Man’

On last night's ep of 'How I Met Your Mother'

Okay, I must confess … I do not watch How I Met Your Mother on CBS despite the fact that one of my fave TV actresses (Alyson Hannigan) and one of my fave out actors (Neil Patrick Harris) star on the show. It’s even more shameful for me that I don’t watch the show since it was the sitcom that allowed our dear Britney Spears to guest star twice this year, helping the girl get her professional life back on track. I keep saying to myself, You’ll catch up with the show on DVD — there’s time. After hearing about and seeing a few screencaps from last night’s ep, I think it’s time that I start catching up and watching the show. Last night’s ep of HIMYM was titled The Naked Man and in it, NPH‘s überstraight character Barney Stinson performed a few scenes completely nekkid … with only a few perfectly placed grooming product bottles to cover up his naughty bits:


I gotta say … Neil Patrick looks pretty damn good all nekkid and stuff. Click HERE to read a recap of last night’s ep written by someone who watches the show and click HERE to watch the entire episode online at CBS.com (which I think will only work for viewers in the US). After the jump, check out a few more screencaps of Neil Patrick Harris in all of his glory — as allowed by US network television decency standards … More »

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Britney Spears Takes Her ‘Circus’ To Europe

All eyes on me/In the center of the ring

Britney Spears caused a mild fracas yesterday afternoon when she arrived at LAX airport here in SoCal to catch a plane bound for Europe. Our dear Britney, whose new album Circus is streaming in full right HERE on Pink is the new Blog and who is featured on the cover of the new issue of Rolling Stone magazine, has made her way to Germany to do some promo work for her new album there before she makes her way to France to perform on Star Academy and then to London to perform on X-Factor. Homegirl has got a lot of work to take care of this week leading up to the release of her new album next Tuesday. Here are a few pics of Britney and her entourage upon arrival at LAX yesterday afternoon:


Although a long holiday weekend is right around the corner, Britney Spears is getting to work promoting her upcoming album, Circus, in Europe. The singer boarded a flight from Los Angeles to Frankfurt, Germany on Monday for several appearances in support of the album, which is scheduled to be released Dec. 2. Spears is traveling with several close associates and family members, including her father, Jamie, and manager Larry Rudolph. According to an eyewitness, the singer – dressed in a brown fedora, black sweatpants and a pink top – jumped out of her white Cadillac Escalade smiling and holding her dad’s hand at the airport. After a short time in Germany, Spears is expected to appear on the French program, Star Academy, and on Simon Cowell’s X Factor in England before returning to the U.S. next week. She is scheduled to go on a worldwide tour in the spring of next year.

Here we go. As I keep saying, I really hope that she is ready for the coming onslaught. There is a lot coming her way. I sincerely hope it all goes smoothly … successfully and, most of all … healthily for her.

[Photo credit: Splash News, INFdaily; Source]

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Amy Winehouse Hospitalized, Yet Again

Umpteenth millionth time

Don’t try and fall out of your chair or anything but I’ve got some breaking news to report this AM … Amy Winehouse has been hospitalized … for a drug related matter:


Troubled singer Amy Winehouse has been admitted to a London hospital after suffering a bad reaction to medication, her representative said Tuesday. Winehouse, 25, went to the private London Clinic on Sunday, said her spokesman, Chris Goodman. He said Winehouse’s medication made her ill and her doctors asked her to come in so they could investigate. Goodman did not disclose what type of medication was involved, saying only it is part of her “ongoing treatment.” It was not clear Tuesday whether she had been discharged. Yesterday Winehouse’s husband Blake Fielder-Civil lost his appeal against his 27-month jail term for assault and perverting the course of justice. Earlier this month he was moved from prison to a drug rehabilitation unit. The Grammy-winning Winehouse has suffered a string of health problems in recent years, many related to her battles with drug addiction. She spent two weeks in a drug rehabilitation clinic in January … Another bad reaction to medication prompted Winehouse to enter a London hospital in July, but she was discharged the next day.

Uh huh. A “bad reaction” to “medication” that she has been taking as part of her “on-going treatment”. Sounds like code words for bullshizz to me. Oh Amy, please don’t die.

[Photo credit: Splash News; Source]

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Britney Spears Does ‘Rolling Stone’ Magazine

Her second 'RS' cover of 2008, her 8th overall

Back in February of this year, Britney Spears graced the cover of Rolling Stone magazine with a feature coverstory titled Inside An American Tragedy. When that issue of RS was published, Britney had already suffered her two mental breakdowns and had already been admitted and then released from medical/psychiatric care. This week, our dear Britney graces the cover and is featured in the newest issue of Rolling Stone under very different circumstances — she successfully made two guest appearances on CBS‘s How I Met Your Mother, successfully petitioned the court to be allowed more visitation with her children (after having her custodial rights stripped from her earlier this year), was the big winner at the 2008 MTV VMAs, recorded a new album and a new #1 song and is about to release that album and a new world tour … the title of this newest RS feature coverstory is Yes, She Can. Here is the new cover of Rolling Stone magazine with Britney on the cover and a report on the coverstory:


Nearly a year after a breakdown, Britney Spears says she feels as if she has matured. To be exact, “I feel like an old person now,” she says in Rolling Stone’s next issue, out Friday. “I do! I go to bed at, like, 9:30 every night, and I don’t go out or anything.” Spears turns 27 on Dec. 2, the same day her album, Circus, hits stores. “This is going to be the album that cements her legend status,” says her manager, Larry Rudolph. Indeed, the pop star has come a long way from her two trips to hospital psychiatric wards this year, the magazine says. After the last trip, in early February, her father, Jamie, filed for legal conservatorship so that he and attorney Andrew Wallet would oversee her finances and personal affairs. Interviewing the star is a “rigorously micromanaged process,” according to Rolling Stone. “We were never left alone together, and my questions had to be submitted ahead of time for approval,” reporter Jenny Eliscu writes. Rudolph says, “Her job is to be Britney Spears, and unfortunately, that job bleeds into her personal life and creates this odd situation where she needs to have security people around her all the time.” That goes for dates, too. Recently, Spears was accompanied by her assistant, Brett, and Rudolph’s colleague, Adam Leber. “Right when we got there, we just knew it was just bad,” Spears says. “He looked like an older version of Harry Potter, but skinnier. … So I had to get dessert first. And the other date I had, the guy was really, really tall and a lot older. … We’re trying to ask him questions, like, ‘OK, you’re into martial arts, so what kind of martial arts are you into?’ And he was like, ‘Oh, all kinds.’ … But you know how silly we are, so we were just cracking up.” She turns serious on the topic of her children. Despite losing custody of her sons, Preston, 3, and Jayden, 2, to her ex-husband Kevin Federline, Spears has been able to see them more often, thanks in part to the conservatorship. “Every time they come to visit me, I think about how they’re such special people,” she says. She is critical of her ex and says the children “are starting to learn words like ‘stupid,’ and Preston says the f-word now sometimes. He doesn’t get it from us. He must get it from his daddy. I say it, but not around my kids.”

Altho the interviewer was closely monitored while talking with Britney, it sounds like this article will offer much info that might not be included in her new documentary Britney Spears: For The Record (debuting on MTV this Sunday night). It feels like Brit Brit is airing all of her dirty laundry in an effort to show the world that she is serious about making a comeback by offering us (almost) full disclosure. It’s a bold step, it absolutely sounds like an idea that svengali manager Larry Rudolph came up with. The man is a genius, he made her a star in the first place, he can make her a star again.

This morning, The Today Show interviewed this RS interviewer about this issue of Rolling Stone and offered a preview of the magazine photoshoot as well. Here are a few screencaps of Britney‘s Rolling Stone photoshoot:


After the jump, check out all of the photos that will be included in this new issue of Rolling Stone magazine and watch the Today Show feature in full … More »

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First Listen: Britney Spears’s Album ‘Circus’

Hear the whole thing right now, right here

Britney Spears‘s new album Circus won’t be available for sale until next Tuesday, December 2 but right now — courtesy of imeem — you can stream the album in full right here on Pink is the new Blog:


Enjoy!! Make sure to post your thoughts in the comments section, I’d love to hear what y’all think of this new album.

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Janice Dickinson Wants To Eat Your Soul

EEK!

The self-proclaimed World’s First Supermodel Janice Dickinson was snapped making her way thru LAX airport yesterday afternoon …


… and by the looks of IT, I would assume that hordes of screaming men, women and children were running as fast as they could in the opposite direction. Ye gods, she is scary … good luck trying to get a peaceful night’s sleep tonight.

[Photo credit: X17]

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Madonna Thankful For Work Distractions

Makes divorce much easier

Madonna is going on the record for the first time since she and soon-to-be ex-hubby Guy Ritchie were granted a “quickie divorce” from the London High Court last Friday. Talking to the Associated Press over the weekend, Madonna expressed her gratitude for having work requirements distract her from her personal relationship woes:


Madonna’s marital breakup is tough, but she says she’s grateful that her heavy workload “provides a distraction that keeps me going.” “I’m sad about my personal life, but I feel very blessed and very lucky that I have the opportunity to do what I do in my professional life,” Madonna told The Associated Press in an interview Sunday. “It would be horrible if I was just thinking about getting a divorce and had nothing to do.” Last week, Madonna and Guy Ritchie were granted a preliminary decree of divorce after eight years of marriage. Among her current projects is promoting her documentary “I Am Because We Are,” which explores the impoverished African nation of Malawi, where more than 1 million children are orphaned by AIDS. The film has its TV premiere on Sundance Channel Dec. 1.

Madonna has always been married to her work first. It will always be her first love. That’s just the sort of person she seems to be. While I am very sad that her marriage to Guy Ritchie couldn’t last, I fairly confident that Maddy will be able to live out the rest of her years happily on her own terms. I doubt she will ever marry again, after all, she is sure to have enough work in the coming years to keep her happily occupied and distracted.

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More Footage From ‘Britney Spears: For The Record’

Plus, info on her 'GMA' performance and the release of her 'Rolling Stone' mag cover

Yahoo! TV has posted a new, extended trailer for the upcoming MTV documentary Britney Spears: For The Record which offers a few extra scenes have have not yet been seen in the previous video trailers that we’ve been privy to up until this point. Yahoo! also posted a fairly extensive report on the doc itself, giving fans a pretty good feel for what’s in store when they tune in on November 30:


Two days before her latest album “Circus” drops, Britney Spears’ biggest fans and toughest critics will get a behind-the-scenes look into the life of the mega-star as she mounts what can only be described as a comeback of epic proportions. In the “Britney: For the Record,” an exclusive 90-minute documentary airing Sunday on MTV, the creators (a production house called @radical.media, known, quite interestingly, for heady historical works like the Oscar-winning documentary “The Fog of War”) were given unprecedented access to Britney for three months to document her day-to-day life. The film is beign billed as Britney’s opportunity to tell her side of her story in her own words. The filmmakers claim no topic was off-limits, so viewers will get a rare glimpse at what has actually been happening in the “Overprotected” pop princess’ life for the last several years and first-hand scoop about her aspirations for the future. Thing is, this television event sounds suspiciously similar to a few of the pop tart’s previous biographical projects, all of which depicted the superstar in the worst possible light. Can “Britney: For the Record” really set the record straight? Needless to say, we’re beyond skeptical. Previous attempts to show the world the real Brit leave us wondering whether or not this documentary truly marks her comeback. (Plus, wasn’t her “Blackout” album billed as a comeback in 2007?) Back in the summer of 2005, the now defunct UPN network aired the reality series “Britney & Kevin: Chaotic,” that chronicled the unlikely couple’s courtship and engagement leading up to their wedding. The show included personal video footage shot by Britney and K-Fed while on tour in Europe and as they lounged around “preparing” for their nuptials. The show was hard to watch as Kevin often struggled to put coherent sentences together and Britney was rambling about their sex life, going as far as to share the number of times they got busy during yet another lazy day. Coming out of “Chaotic,” Britney’s so-called “real-life” was nothing short of a narcissistic celebrity already bored with her fame. The following year brought a rapid sequence of negative publicity: Tabloids reported that Britney’s marriage was on the rocks and that she was a bad mother, she was caught speeding down LA’s Pacific Coast Highway with her son Sean Preston on her lap, and then she nearly dropped her baby in New York while holding the tot in one hand and a cocktail in the other. At the end of the PR nightmare, Britney was desperate for some damage control and sat down for a candid chat with “Today” show host Matt Lauer on “Dateline.” Despite her tears and her plea for the paparazzi to leave her alone, viewers were stunned and abhorred by her ragged and dishevelled physical appearance, which did nothing to improve her image. She chomped on gum throughout the entire interview, her makeup looked pitiful at best, her denim skirt was too short, her top was too low, and her hair looked over-bleached and in need of a good brushing. She was seeking the public’s empathy via one key message: She was just like any other ordinary woman. Unfortunately, all people felt for Britney after the interview was pity. Britney delivered her latest public debacle at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards, where she butchered the opening routine. Her performance was lackluster and the entire presentation was atrocious, prompting fans to long for her heyday, when fabulous VMA numbers were second nature. It seems every time Britney tries to explain herself, she only makes things worse, so can you blame us for having our reservations about the special? Trust us, we’re not exactly Ms. Spears’ biggest fans, and we were certainly prepared to poke fun at what we thought would be another catastrophe courtesy of the former Mouseketeer, but when MTV and Britney’s longtime manager Larry Rudolph screened 30 minutes of footage from the documentary for the press Thursday night in Santa Monica, our eyes were glued to the screen in fascination as the jaded star finally admits that her rise from country girl to international celebrity came with a painful price tag she could have never imagined. As if to start with a clean slate and to mark the beginning of her latest comeback, the first day of filming for the documentary happened to coincide with the night Britney took home her first three VMA awards at the September 7th show. Before arriving at the VMAs, her father Jamie Spears (who has taken over management of her affairs following the infamous head-shaving fiasco of ’07 and has since helped get his daughter’s life back on track) cooked her Velveeta cheese grits, every Southern girl’s favorite breakfast. We also get to tag along as Brit and her entourage (Rudolph, another manager, her father, her personal assistant, bodyguards, and various folks ranging from make-up artists to hair stylists) into the recording studio… to her favorite boutique… to dinner with friends… to a Broadway show in Manhattan… to her mansion in Malibu… and everywhere in between … Filled with candid interviews, laughter, and tears, this intimate (and oftentimes hilarious) backstage pass should indeed provide unrestricted access to the world’s most-gossiped-about girl and clearly solidifies her status as the pop culture icon of her generation. We were captivated with a mere sneak peek, so we’ll definitely be tuning in to see the rest of the documentary, which we’re betting will end up as one of the year’s top television moments.

This doc is not to be missed, period. Fans, haters, the devoutly loyal, the pesky nay-sayer — they will all be tuning in to watch this film … of that, I have no doubt. It shant be long now … this doc will air on MTV this coming Sunday — I can’t wait. After the jump, check out the extended trailer in full … More »

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Heidi Montag & Spencer Pratt Got Hitched!

'In Touch' breaks, 'Us Weekly' confirms

In Touch Weekly is reporting today that The Hills villains Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt went and got themselves hitched late last week in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and are quoting Spencer‘s sister Stephanie Pratt as confirmation. According to the mag, Speidi eloped to Mexico last Thursday to be wed in secret … Stephanie says that she isn’t at all surprised:


The Hills’ Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag have tied the knot in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico! Stephanie Pratt tells In Touch exclusively, “I am not surprised! I knew they would, and Cabo is definitely where they would do it.” But Spencer’s little sister wants the couple to come back and celebrate here in the States. “I hope they come home, though. Spencer always has said he wants to live there.” Heidi, 22, and Spencer, 25, eloped on November 20 on the beach at the One & Only Palmilla resort just outside of Cabo San Lucas. Congratulations to the happy couple!

I must say, while Stephanie claims that she isn’t surprised I deffo am. Nothing about the way that Speidi handle themselves makes me believe that they would marry in secret. I honestly thought they were saving the big day for a huge TV special or something. Maybe any such TV deals never came to fruition, mebbe the couple were just struck by the impulse to get married and figured, What the hell? Stephanie‘s comments do not deny that the nuptials took place, I would assume that she’d be in the know … her comments about not being surprised seem like pretty good confirmation to me. I suppose we won’t know for sure until the wedding pics make their way to the Internets (and you know the wedding pics are headed for the Internets). In any event, congrats goes out to the happy couple! May Speidi live long and happy lives together as husband and wife. What do y’all think … is this a match made in heaven? If this report turns out to be true, do y’all think it’ll last?

UPDATE: US Weekly is CONFIRMING that Heidi and Spencer DID GET MARRIED. The newlyweds are featured on the cover of this week’s new issue on newsstands Wednesday:


Introducing, Mrs. Heidi Montag Pratt! The Hills star wed her longtime beau, Spencer Pratt, in a secret ceremony in Cabos San Lucas, Mexico, on Nov. 20, Us Weekly reports in its newest issue. See exclusive photos wedding photos in Us Weekly’s new issue, on stands Wednesday. “The minute we said our vows, I couldn’t stop crying,” Montag, 22, tells Us. At the altar, Pratt, 25, told his bride: “Heidi, from the moment you came into my life, I knew my life would never be the same without you. You are the light in my life like the sun to the earth! Your loving warmth makes me want to be a better person. Being with you, I feel complete. I’m honored to even be able to call you my wife. You are the most amazing, loving and caring woman on this planet. I will love you forever and always.” Someone who might not be so thrilled? Montag’s mother. “I called her right before the ceremony, sort of hinted that something that happened, but her reaction was to ask me if we were breaking up! I told her it might be something else, and she said, ‘Well, if you ever plan on getting married just know that your stepdad is really upset that you want your father to walk you down the aisle,’” Montag tells Us. “She was starting so much drama, it kind of pushed me toward wanting to get married without that,” she adds. “I don’t know when I’ll tell her.”

Wow … those are some vows, Spencer! Who knew he could be so sweet? This issue of US Weekly is showing up in the mailboxes of subscribers today and will hit newsstands on Wednesday. Make sure to pick up a copy to see all the pics and read all the deets of this fairytale wedding.

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There Will Be ‘Bond’

The TV Guide

Yesterday afternoon I met up with a friend for a quick dessert date at Susina Bakery in LA before meeting up with Steph and Alek for dinner at Pink Taco (yes, dessert came before dinner but if you had seen the apple crumble placed before me, you’d understand). From there we met up with Jordan, Darion and his friend Peter at the ArcLight Theater to see (at last) the new James Bond film Quantum of Solace:


While I was a bit worried by some of the bad press I’ve been reading about Solace, I was pretty confident that I’d still like the movie myself. Thankfully I dismissed the negative reviews and went out to see the film because it was a pretty kick-ass Bond movie. Right off the bat, the action gets underway and over the course of the film the audience is treated to action scenes that take place by land (both car and on foot), by sea and by air. I fully stand by my contention that Daniel Craig is the best James Bond ever. He just becomes the role so fully. Sean Connery may have been the best 007 back in the day but now, Daniel Craig totally owns the role. I really liked Casino Royale and I think I liked this movie better. The pacing moved along perfectly and the story, which bordered on being too complicated, held together nicely to round out the film. I like the idea of a new, unheard of shadowy organization that will, most likely, plague Bond in future films. I really hope that Daniel Craig will continue to play James Bond for years to come … he is just so great in the role, I’d love to see more. He’s deffo made me a fan of the franchise (a feat I never thought would be accomplished after Pierce Brosnan took on the role). This film rocked, I think action movie fans will really enjoy it.

No big plans for today … a meeting in town, dinner, the usual. I hear that rain is coming to SoCal — sadly apropos for this time of the year.

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Daniel Radcliffe Talks Erections On ‘Inside The Actors Studio’

"That would be great!"

Daniel Radcliffe, who very famously stars as Alan Strang (a character that gets buck nekkid on stage) in the Broadway play Equus is featured in the December 1 episode of Inside the Actors Studio on Bravo. In his interview, host James Lipton brings up the subject of onstage nudity and queries Dan Rad about how comfortable he is being fully nude in front of a live audience on stage on a nightly basis … and then the topic of erections comes up (pardon the pun):


LOL! Best.Answer.Ever. Dan then goes on to talk about the daunting nature of the “emotional nakedness” of the character but, c’mon, how can there be anything more daunting than facing physical nakedness in front of hundreds of people in a cold, pretty well-lit theater on a daily basis? He’s a champ for taking on the role so whole-heartedly and he deffo has my respect. As I mentioned, this ep of Inside the Actors Studio featuring Daniel Radcliffe won’t air on Bravo until December 1 but you can click HERE and HERE to watch clips of Dan talking a bit about the Harry Potter movies to tide you over until the ep airs.

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Kingston James McGregor Is A Little Ham

A cute little ham, that is ;)

Here are a few pics of Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale‘s firstborn son Kingston James putting on a show for the assembled photogs who were hoping to catch a glimpse of members of his famous family (and, presumably, his newborn brother Zuma Nesta Rock). As you can see, Kingston was more than happy to put on show for the cameras:


Hahahaha! He is the cutest thing … it looks like he really loves the media attention already. As you may recall, No Doubt made a sorta announcement on their official website this weekend that the band is planning on hitting the road for a new concert tour. Altho no specifics were announced, there is speculation that the band will tour sometime next Summer. At this point, there’s no information if Gwen‘s family (including her little ham Kingston) will be going on the road with her or if they will be staying home with daddy Gavin but it looks like the coming year is going to be a very bizzy one for the Stefani-Rossdales.

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The 2008 American Music Awards

Chris Brown, Alica Keys and 'Alvin & the Chipmunks' win awards

Last night the American Music Awards were handed out on live TV at the Nokia Theater here in Los Angeles, CA. Stars of varying importance made their way into downtown LA last night to walk the red carpet, participate in the show or mug for the cameras in the press room afterward. Chris Brown was one of the night’s big winnersKanye West was one of the night’s biggest wieners … and Beyoncé, bless her heart, gave the best live performance of the night. Here are a few pics from the red carpet arrivals last night:


Here are a few pics from the show itself:


Here are a few pics from the press room and some deets about what went down at this years AMAs:


Chris Brown was the big winner at the American Music Awards on Sunday night, surprising himself most of all. “I don’t know what to say. I would have given it to Coldplay,” said Brown, who won artist of the year, male pop/rock artist and male soul/R&B artist. Kanye West, still sore at losing male rap/hip-hop artist last year, won the trophy this time – then said Lil Wayne deserved it more. “I want to give this award to Wayne,” he said. “If it was last year it would have been my award.” It was West’s second trophy of the night, following his win for rap/hip-hop album, for Graduation. “It’s our responsibility as musicians to push music to the point it was in the ’60s and ’70s,” he said. “I want to be Elvis.” Host Jimmy Kimmel, who had made West’s ego a running joke, quipped: “Elvis died on the toilet with half a jelly doughnut in his mouth. You may want to rethink that.”

Um, why does Kanye have to be so douchey? I mean, seriously. It’s like he just cannot stop himself from acting like a total a-hole on the public stage. I just don’t get it.

The show climaxed with Keys performing “Superwoman” with Queen Latifah and opera star Kathleen Battle, and ending with a large photo projected on a screen of incoming first lady Michelle Obama. In a big night for American Idol alums, Daughtry – winner of three trophies last year – picked up another this year for pop/rock group, while former Idol champ Jordin Sparks won for adult contemporary music, and Carrie Underwood won for country album for Carnival Ride. Taylor Swift, uncomfortably sharing L.A.’s Nokia Theatre auditorium with ex-boyfriend Joe Jonas, won for female country artist, and Rihanna got two awards for pop/rock female artist and female soul R&B artist … Music’s A-listers were out in force as the show featured blockbuster performances by Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, Rihanna, West, birthday girl Miley Cyrus and Jonas Brothers, who also won the breakthrough artist award. And Justin Timberlake made a surprise appearance to introduce award of merit recipient Annie Lennox.

Much congrats to all the winners this year but, I gotta say, the “prestige” associated with winning an American Music Award seems to have diminished a bit — after all, the soundtrack to the movie Alvin and the Chipmunks took home an award last night.

For me, tho, the highlight was Beyoncé‘s live performance of her hit single Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It). Homegirl turned that mutha OUT! After the jump, watch video of her performance in full … More »

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Alyson Hannigan & Alexis Denisof Take Their Baby Bump For A Walk

Bump Watch

Here are a couple new photos of the happily married Buffyverse parents-to-be Alyson Hannigan and Alexis Denisof taking their burgeoning little baby bump out for a stroll in Santa Monica, CA over the weekend. It’s only been about a month since Alyson and Alexis announced to the world that they are expecting their first child together and already Alyson is starting to show:


You may recall that Aly confessed that she is deffo planning on NOT naming her first born child Zuma and I suppose it can be assumed she’s prolly not going to name it Bronx Mowgli either. I suspect that Aly and Alexis are already kicking around possible names of the normal variety. Personally, they can name the baby whatever they like … I just can’t wait to see what their precious little bundle of joy is gonna look like. I’m telling you, this baby is going to be the cutest thing ever! I’m just so happy for them both … they look amazing :)

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A Shooting Death At The Scientology Celebrity Centre

Oh My Xenu!

Yikes! Freaky news on the Scientology front today … over the weekend, a private armed guard protecting the Church of Scientology’s Celebrity Centre in Hollywood, CA opened fire and fatally shot a man who was trying to approach him yesterday (reportedly in a hostile manner) while wielding two samurai swords. According to police (and surveillance video), the man with the swords was “close enough to hurt” the security guard and he was justified in shooting him because the security guards were “defending their safety”:


A security guard at the Church of Scientology’s Celebrity Centre in Hollywood on Sunday shot and killed a man wielding two samurai swords, police said. Police detained the guard for questioning but said that a surveillance tape at the facility backed his claim that he fired his semiautomatic handgun to protect himself and two colleagues. “The evidence is very clear the security officers were defending their safety,” said Deputy Chief Terry S. Hara of the Los Angeles Police Department. Police did not release the name of the guard or the man killed in the shooting, which occurred about noon. An investigator said the man had a history with the church but was not a member now. The tape showed the man arriving at the Celebrity Centre’s Bronson Avenue parking lot in a red convertible, getting out of the vehicle and approaching a trio of security guards and waving a sword in each hand, Hara said. He said the man, who was described as being in his 40s, was “close enough to hurt them” when the guard fired. The man was taken to County-USC Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Det. Wendi Berndt said the man was involved with the church “a long time ago.” “There was a previous relationship, but it is unclear to what degree,” she said. A teenager who saw the man arrive in the parking lot said he stopped the car abruptly in the driveway and climbed out with a 5-foot sword in his hand and an angry expression on his face. Tony Marquez, 17, said the man, who was bald and had tattoos on his arms, walked toward the building, then returned to the car to get the other sword. “I thought it was part of a show,” said Marquez, of Ontario. He and his mother entered the building before the shooting began. Police said the guard worked for a private security company. Detectives cordoned off the Franklin Avenue complex with yellow tape as investigators combed through the man’s Toyota Solara. The incident occurred at one of Hollywood’s most distinctive landmarks. Originally a luxury hotel, the eight-story building was built in the style of a 17th century French castle with a striking white facade and turrets that loom over the nearby Hollywood Freeway. The church remade the building into a facility aimed at celebrities 39 years ago. According to a church website, the Celebrity Centre caters to “artists, politicians, leaders of industry, sports figures and anyone with the power and vision to create a better world.” The complex includes a restaurant, theater and hotel. Representatives of the church did not return calls. “I have no information,” said a woman who answered the phone at the Celebrity Centre.

Wow! This is all just so … odd. I’m surprised that the security detail at this church requires the guards to carry semiautomatic weapons. I mean, in this instance they came in handy but is that much firepower really required to protect a place of worship? Clearly the man with the swords was dealing with some very serious issues … who knows what he was trying to accomplish by showing up at the Celebrity Centre with samurai swords. The fact that he was an ex-Scientologist (or at the very least had a previous relationship with the church) is very telling. My friends and I frequent the neighborhood where the Celebrity Centre is and this is very disturbing news. I’m not sure that I’ll be needing to go there for quite some time.

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Lindsay Lohan Is The Bomb!

Flour power

A couple of weeks ago, we heard that Lindsay Lohan got pelted with a flour bomb by an animal rights activist (supposedly a member of People for the Ethical Rights of Animals) while she was trying to make her way into a French nightclub while she and girlfriend Samantha Ronson were in Paris, France. At the time, there were no photos or video of the incident … today, we have the LOL-worthy video. Here are a few screencaps of the incident:


U.S. actress Lindsay Lohan has been pelted with a flour bomb on arrival at a Paris nightclub wearing a fur stole. Animal rights activists showered the 22-year-old actress with flour when she went to the VIP Room Theatre in the early hours of Saturday with her friend, disc jockey Samantha Ronson. The owner of the nightclub helped Lohan dust off her blue sequined dress and black stole before she posed on the red carpet.

I understand that the rest of the night went off without a hitch, Sam was able to DJ successfully and Linds was able to par-tay:


In the video, Lindsay doesn’t actually say “Zut alors!” after she got bombed by the flour, she really said “Oh my god!” … and she didn’t actually get bombed so much as she had flour dumped on her … but the talk bubbles on the screencaps make for a more dramatic effect, no? After the jump, check out the video in full … More »

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‘Twilight’ Makes $70 Million In Opening Weekend

Sets a new record

Twilight, the much-hyped, highly anticipated big screen adaptation of the wildly successful book of the same name, was the #1 movie at the box office this weekend pulling in $70.6 million over the 3-day weekend. The film enjoyed the highest grossing opening for a female director and, with the announcement of the New Moon sequel, sets the stage for a coming franchise of films:


Twilight, director Catherine Hardwicke’s adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s vampire-romance novel, easily won the weekend box office with a $70.6 mil debut gross, according to Sunday’s estimates. Fellow freshman flick Bolt and hefty holdover Quantum of Solace, meanwhile, trailed far behind. That huge premiere number represents achievements on many levels for Twilight. It’s the top debut ever for a film directed by one woman (Mimi Leder’s Deep Impact banked $41.2 mil on its initial weekend 10 years ago). It’s the 29th best first-weekend bow of all time (falling just shy of 300′s $70.9 mil and coming in just ahead of Transformers’ $70.5 mil). It’s by far the biggest opening yet for fledgling studio Summit, whose previous best bow was Never Back Down’s $8.6 mil back in March. It stands as the fourth biggest premiere of the year — better than Quantum of Solace’s $67.5 mil opening, better than WALL-E’s $63.1 mil, better than Hancock’s $62.6 mil, to name a few … it’s no surprise that the studio already announced a sequel, New Moon. But the question for now, of course, is where Twilight, which averaged a bloody good $20,636 in 3,419 theaters, goes from here? Not surprisingly, girls and women comprised a whopping 75 percent of the film’s audience, but will they continue to pack theaters as the weeks go on? In the short term: yes. According to studio data, ticket buyers gave the movie a nice A- grade, signaling the spread of positive word of mouth as we head into Thanksgiving. Certainly, there will be some competition for this core crowd from Australia and Four Christmases next week, but you can also assume that Twilight will be able to build on its super-smashing start.

Just as I suspected … I kinda had a feeling that the movie would enjoy a very successful opening weekend — never underestimate the power of teenage girls. I, too, suspect that the movie will enjoy much repeat business … after all, a few Pink readers have mentioned that they’ve already seen the movie multiple times this weekend alone. Something tells me that this is the beginning of a beautiful and very profitable movie franchise. One last reminder that today is the last day YOU can submit entries for the Twilight Prize Pack contest that I’m running here on the blog (click HERE for deets). I will accept entries today and then will select and announce the winner right here on the blog.

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Lindsay Lohan Caught Drinking Again

Tho, it's entirely unclear what exactly she was drinking

The “investigative news program” Inside Edition secured some surveillance footage of Lindsay Lohan at Lotus nightclub in Washington DC (the same night that she wrote the My Space blog about being a “lonely outsider” or some shizz) that appears to show the young starlet mixing a cocktail and then, later on, drinking … something. Here are a few screencaps from the video in question:


It’s pretty impossible to tell what Lindsay was pouring into that glass and what she was drinking. According to the narration on the video, she is said to be pouring Grey Goose vodka and Red Bull. After the jump, check out the video in full … More »

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‘High School Musical 3: Senior Year’ = Best Picture?

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

The industrious kids at Oh No They Didn’t! have compiled a bunch of For Your Consideration ad posters that will be published in the hallowed Hollywood magazine Daily Variety meant to suggest Oscar nominations for various categories to members of the Motion Picture Academy. This year’s batch of For Your Consideration ads are pretty standard (I really love the WALL•E and Batman: The Dark Knight ads) but one in particular caught my eye:


LOLOLOLOLOLOL!!! The folks at Disney CANNOT be serious, right? This HAS to be some sort of joke … RIGHT?! They don’t really think that High School Musical 3: Senior Year is worthy of a Best Picture nomination … RIGHT?!?!?! LOL! I mean … what? Words fail.

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How Do I Love Thee?

The TV Guide

Yesterday was one of my trademark chill Saturdays … I kinda played around with the idea of going out and then, meh, decided against it. For the most part, I spent the day on the couch watching re-runs of The Real Housewives of Atlanta (gearing up for the AMAZING-LOOKING reunion special this coming Tuesday night) and 27 Dresses (which was just as charming as it was the first time I saw it in theaters). I also spent some time reading the just published book Love Letters of Great Men which was inspired by the book of the same name that was featured in the Sex and the City movie:


The book is available for sale this Tuesday but the publisher sent me a preview copy to check out. I distinctly remember taking note of the book’s title when I saw SaTC back in May because I wanted to own a copy of that book … I was very sad to learn that it didn’t exist. Now, at last, it does. It’s a surprisingly great read … the letters are very sweet and it’s a very interesting way to view these great men of history … especially when they are being all lovey-dovey with their ladies.

This afternoon I’m meeting up with a friend for eats and then not sure what’s going on for the rest of the day. I have to start planning for my next trip so I might get some early cleaning/laundry/packing done … and then again, mebbe not ;)

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Hot Dude Of The Week: Judson

Weekend Hotness

Huzzah! It is time, again, for our weekly eye-feast of the Hot Dude of the Week :) Very plainly and simply I present to you Judson, in all his tighty-whitey Calvin Klein glory:


You know, there is something to be said about a very cute face … and even tho Judson isn’t as chiseled or muscley as some of the other Hot Dudes in previous weeks, I think he’s got that boy next door appeal … and, you know, a nice butt. Judson looks a bit like a younger James Marsden which also works in his favor. I think he makes a great selection for the Weekend Hotness. Enjoy!!

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Nicole Richie & Joel Madden Flip The Xmas Switch In Bev Hills

It's the most wonderful time of the year

The happily coupled Nicole Richie and Joel Madden were on hand in Beverly Hills, CA last night to do the special honor of flipping the switch at the UNICEF and City of Beverly Hills 2008 Snowflake Lighting ceremony. Since being named as a Goodwill Ambassador by UNICEF back in July, duties like this fall to Joel and his equally charitable babymama Nicole … duties that the couple does take very seriously and suffer gladly. Here are a few pics from the event last night and some information about the event from a press release:


The U.S. Fund for UNICEF announced that Joel Madden, UNICEF Ambassador, and Nicole Richie will host UNICEF’s 2008 Beverly Hills Snowflake Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, November 22 at the intersection of Rodeo Drive and Wilshire Boulevard. The ceremony highlights the city of Beverly Hills’ “Light the Night” annual holiday event where the UNICEF Snowflake and the 20 Baccarat chandeliers that grace Rodeo Drive are illuminated to kick off the holiday season. Madden, lead vocalist for the critically acclaimed, platinum-album-selling band, Good Charlotte, was named UNICEF’s newest Goodwill Ambassador in July 2008 during CNN’s broadcast of “The Survival Project: One Child at a Time” and his first field visit as an official UNICEF Ambassador is scheduled for the fall. Richie is also no stranger to social and humanitarian causes as she and Madden recently formed the Richie-Madden Children’s Foundation, a charity which provides funding to groups focused on improving pediatric health, education and human rights, both domestically and abroad. “We are honored to have Joel and Nicole participate in the Beverly Hills lighting ceremony,” says Caryl Stern, President and Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. “With their tremendous commitment to UNICEF’s child survival mission, Joel and Nicole are the perfect people for UNICEF to share this meaningful tradition with” … Before Madden and Richie take the stage to flip the switch to illuminate the UNICEF Snowflake, guests will enjoy family activities and a visit from Santa Claus along Rodeo Drive. The evening will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display atop the Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons Hotel, which is home to the west coast UNICEF Snowflake. In conjunction with the lighting, the hotel has created the “Melted Snowflake,” a special drink in honor of the UNICEF Snowflake that will be served on the hot chocolate menu in The BLVD. Festivities begin at 3:00pm with the official lighting at 6:00pm.The UNICEF Snowflake Lighting is open to the public and the Snowflake will be illuminated for the entire holiday season serving as a beacon of hope, peace and compassion.

Aww … it sounds like a very nice ceremony. Altho Southern California isn’t the sort of place that many folks associate with a Winter Wonderland, it goes to show that the Xmas spirit can exist anywhere and the season can be celebrated anywhere. I just love how much time Nic/Joel devote to charitable events like this … Nicole, especially, has really turned her back on the wild and crazy days of youth and has matured into a responsible adult woman. Kudos to them both for all the work that they do and here’s to another year of charitable acts from Nic/Joel!

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Beyoncé Becomes A ‘Diva’ For Her New Music Video

Diva Ladies (Put A Crown On It)

Beyoncé aka Sasha Fierce was spied shooting a new music video this weekend for her upcoming single Diva, presumably the next from her new album I Am … Sasha Fierce. Here are a few pics from the set of her new music video:


You will note from the photos on set that B was having a little fun with the accessories — from the Kanye West-like sunglasses to the crown she stole from the kid in Where the Wild Things Are to the robo-glove that she just can’t seem to get enough of — girl was workin’ it. I must say, tho, that I really love the song Diva. It is one of my fave tracks on Beyoncé‘s new album and I’m really looking forward to the finished product (wacky accoutrements notwithstanding). I could really do without the harsh eyebrows but … I guess we’ll see how things turn out, yes?

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Hugh Jackman Does Italian ‘Vanity Fair’ Magazine

'Sexiest Man Alive', indeed!

Hugh Jackman, who was just named the Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine here in the US, is sexin’ up another magazine, in another land this week as well. Hugh is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Italian Vanity Fair magazine. Here is his coverphoto:


Like, for serious, Hugh Jackman is just really super hot. As I said earlier this week, People magazine absolutely got it right this year by bestowing the title of Sexiest Man Alive on Hugh — he is just … MMM … you know? For those interested (and fluent in Italian), you can read the VF coverstory HERE … but for me, the photos tell all the story that I need. After the jump, check out the photos of Hugh Jackman that are featured in this issue of Italian Vanity Fair magazine … More »

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Crystal Audigier’s Super Sweet 16

Gifts included 'Pussycat's, T.I. and ... one hawt Justin

Garish fashion designer Christian Audigier threw a Super Sweet 16 birthday party for his daughter Crystal in Hollywood last night and managed to force attract a few celebs and musicians to come out and entertain the birthday girl in celebration of her birthday … including rapper T.I., pop group Pussycat Dolls and, of course, the ever-present Paris Hilton:


To be totally honest, I don’t really give two hoots about Crystal Audigier or the fact that she turned 16 years old … I was really drawn to these event photos when I saw one of the birthday gifts that her daddy gave her last night. After the jump, find out what it was … More »

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Britney Spears Leaves Court In Tears

Another sad day for our dear Britney

Earlier this week Britney Spears surprised a select group of fans by attending an MTV-sponsored screening event for her new documentary Britney Spears: For The Record (which debuts on MTV on November 30) … but was noticeably uncomfortable at the event and ended up leaving early, opting out of taking questions from the audience. On Friday afternoon, Britney and her father Jamie Spears made a surprise visit to the LA County Courthouse reportedly to meet with the judge overseeing her conservatorship case presumably to talk with him about her upcoming plans to promote her new album Circus (ie. her plans for a world tour next year). It would appear that things did not go Britney‘s way because the poor dear was seen leaving the courthouse in tears, being comforted by her father as they drove away:


Britney Spears made another cameo in the midst of her comeback – this time at a Los Angeles courtroom. Spears appeared unexpectedly for a hearing in her ongoing power of attorney case. A court spokesman said after the hearing that Spears appeared to give an update on her upcoming album, Circus, and details of her tour and other promotions. Her father, Jamie Spears, has had control over his 26-year-old daughter’s personal and financial affairs since February. The court made the arrangement permanent last month, but Spears can petition to end the arrangement. The court spokesman says she did not make that request. As part of that deal, her father and attorney gained greater control over her professional career. Jamie Spears appeared in court with his daughter and emerged from a courtroom with her after a two-hour closed session. Spears has not appeared in court during months of proceedings, but has been represented by a court-appointed lawyer.

It is absolutely impossible to know what went on in that 2-hour closed session but it would seem that things didn’t turn out the way she had hoped … she really did look upset as she left the court. I understand, tho, that Friday’s meeting with the judge was their first ever … up until that day, Britney and the judge had not met face-to-face. Perhaps the reason for the hearing was so that they could speak one-on-one? In any event, this is the second time this week that Britney looked to be having a rough time with things going on in her life, related to her musical comeback. While I still worry that she might not yet be totally ready for the coming onslaught of media attention that comes with the release of a new album (and world tour!!!), I just hope that she will be able to weather the storm successfully and without incident.

And speaking of that coming onslaught, a new promo poster advertising Britney‘s new album Circus (due out on December 2) has been released. After the jump, check it out … More »

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The Stars Of ‘Twilight’ Thank You For Your Support

Also confirm that the sequel 'New Moon' is on the way

After grossing approximately $7 million dollars in midnight screenings alone, Twilight went on to gross $35 million dollars in just its opening day yesterday (the movie only cost $37 million to make). At the rate that the movie is making money this weekend (the estimation is that it could make somewhere in the area of $75 million over Friday, Saturday and Sunday), it is deffo on track to not only be the #1 movie at the box office but is sure to make enough money to ensure that the sequel, New Moon, can be made. As a result of all this money-making at the box office, the movie studio sent out a Thank You letter to fans which, supposedly, comes from principal stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson themselves:


Bigger than the latest Indiana Jones. Bigger than the biggest James Bond. That’s how big Twilight was yesterday. The $37 million vampire flick, expected to have a killer opening day, had a monster opening day, grossing an estimated $35 million, Exhibitor Relations reported. One-fifth of that gross, or $7 million, came from Friday midnight screenings. The box-office tracking firm said a $75 million Friday-Sunday gross was now a possibility. Going into Friday, $60 million was considered the movie’s best-case scenario. When the counting’s done, Twilight’s Friday take may rank as the 14th or 15th biggest opener of all time, having surpassed the debuts of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ($25 million) and Quantum of Solace ($27 million), to name two recent blockbusters.

Oh yeah, this is pretty much what I expected. Despite the negativity and some bad reviews, I was fairly confident that the rabid Twilighters out there would ensure that this movie enjoyed a boffo weekend at the box office. Did anyone really doubt that New Moon would be made? C’mon, now. Alls I know is that the Twilight Saga franchise has officially gotten underway. There will be loads of tween vampy angst to be had in movie theaters for years to come. You have been warned.

So … how much of this weekend’s box office take do y’all think will be repeat business? Have any of y’all seen (or plan to see) the movie more than once this weekend?

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Jennifer Aniston Does ‘The New York Times Style Magazine’

Q&A

Jennifer Aniston is featured on the cover and in the pages of the newest issue of The New York Times Magazine wherein she talks about … well, a lot of things. Here is Jen’s coverphoto and a portion of her fairly lengthy interview:


Q: What was the first television show you remember watching?

A: Oh, God — “The New Zoo Revue”? Or maybe “Land of the Lost?” No — it was that guy . . . Captain Kangaroo. He was on the porch with Mr. Green Jeans. Have I just dated myself?

Q: When did you first appear on a screen?

A: My dad became a soap opera actor, and I was an extra in a skating rink scene on the soap. I didn’t audition. It was nepotism all the way.

Q: Did you dream of being in big-screen movies rather than on television?

A: No. Never. As I grew up, there was “Mary Tyler Moore” and “Rhoda.” TV seemed cool.

Q: Did you make a lot of pilots before “Friends”?

A: Oh, yes — I have my sitcom graveyard. Before I even moved to L.A., I was cast in a show called “Malloy.” I played the spoiled little sister of the lead character. “Malloy” lasted six episodes. And then I was cast as Jeanie Bueller, the bratty sister in the TV version of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” That lasted almost a season.

Q: You’re lucky that the show that was successful — “Friends” — was the one that should have been. You could have been Jeanie Bueller forever.

A: That would have been the worst. When you accept a role in a pilot, you automatically sign up for five years. You think it’s scary to walk down the aisle? Try signing a five-year contract for a show you may not want to be part of down the road. That’s why “Friends” was so great. During the first week of shooting, I thought, I’ll be heartbroken if this doesn’t continue. It was the first time I felt like part of the cool kids.

Q: If “Friends” comes on when you’re home, will you watch?

A: I have. There are times I don’t even remember that particular show. This is horrible to say, but there are times when I laugh my rear end off. And I get in debates with people who are over and say, “ ‘Friends’ is not my thing.” Excuse you!

Q: During the huge success of “Friends,” were you anxious to parlay your popularity into movies?

A: I thought I’d never get movies. Then they started to think I could play the girl in the big Jim Carrey and Ben Stiller movies.

Q: And now you’re with Owen Wilson in “Marley & Me.” Did you read the book?

A: I was given the book four times. I just didn’t want to read a book about a dog. When they sent me the script, I thought, I’ll just start it and see, and all of a sudden I was in tears. We worked really hard to make it not just about a dog.

Q: Your other film, which is out in February, “She’s Just Not That Into You,” is based on a line from a “Sex and the City” episode — a move from one screen to another.

A: I wish it was “She’s Just Not That Into You”! Unfortunately, it’s “ He’s Just Not That Into You.” The other would be more empowering.

Q: Another screen that has gained in prominence since “Friends” is the computer screen. Has Internet stardom become oppressive to you?

A: Here’s where I luck out: I’m really computer illiterate. When I see people on their BlackBerrys, working them like some girls work a hair dryer, I’m just stunned. People have sent me clips from FunnyOrDie.com or YouTube, but I never seek it out. I did love that little girl in the Will Ferrell landlord clip on FunnyOrDie, but I’m content with just checking my e-mail.

Q: What about something like Facebook?

A: It’s not for me. I’d be opening myself up too much. I don’t want to sound like a complete innocent — I’ve looked at things, of course. But it’s such spewing. If I look at it, I’ll be affected. It’s like dancing with the devil. But I have spent hours on FirstDibs.com, looking at furniture. And I like to play Scrabble. And poker. I discovered Wii this weekend. I’m a late bloomer.

Q: How much do you hate cameras on phones?

A: My favorite move is when people pretend that they’re on the phone and they kind of dial and take the picture at the same time. You hope they’re doing it for themselves — that they’re not thinking, I’m going to dine out on you.

Q: Do you think “Friends” would be as successful if it went on the air now?

A: Hard to tell — that was a different time. Now TV has too much to do with celebrity. We have reality television, where people try to become celebrities and celebrities dancing and past celebrities trying to be celebrities again. I thank God for shows like “30 Rock.”

Q: Was it nice to be back on the small screen?

A: The whole experience felt like fate. I was flying into New York and I thought, I want to work in New York again. The next day they called and asked if I wanted to do an episode of “30 Rock,” which tapes in New York. And it was so much fun. So I guess, with screens, like everything else, size doesn’t matter.

Hmmm … she does tend to come off very charming in press interviews, doesn’t she? I have such a hard time understanding how people choose to shun technology but I suppose a celebrity, who is constantly being filmed and/or bombarded with everything at such a fast pace, might like the idea of cutting themselves off from any and everything every once-in-a-while. I can, somehow, see Jennifer Aniston playing on the Wii tho. After the jump, checkout two more photos of Jen from this issue of The New York Times MagazineMore »

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‘Strike’-ing Out

The TV Guide

As I mentioned earlier today, my friends and I were invited to attend the opening event for the Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge at the LA Live complex in downtown LA last night and altho we weren’t able to get our bowling on, we were able to have a pretty fun time nonetheless. Here are a few pics from last night’s fête:


We had heard that Leonardo DiCaprio was in the hiz but I honestly didn’t believe it. I couldn’t imagine why the normally camera-shy celeb would want to come out to a bowling party … but there he was. Darion accidentally took a pic of Leo when he snapped a crowd shot. We should’ve known that someone important was in the crowd when the 2 bodyguards pounced on him to tell him NO PICTURES! At least he got a good pic for his trubs. We had a nice time chillin’ last night … we were seated on some comfy couches between Paris Hilton‘s lane and The Hills peeps’ lane. Sadly, there was no rumble between the two.

I have no plans for ce soir … I’m gonna keep things as chill as I can. It’s been a lazy day already thus far :)

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Detroit love, a cockatiel and Marky Mark

Here is this week’s batch of photos sent in by Pink is the new Blog readers –Monica from Detroit Rock City sends in a pic of her new tattoo that she just had done based on a design of a vintage t-shirt that belonged to her mother — Kelly sends in a pic from her participation in this year’s Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3 Day reppin’ her team called Peace, Love & JugsKelly and her team walked 60 miles in 3 days with about 3200 other people in and around Dallas, TX in honor of her mother who is a breast cancer survivor — Melissa and her girlfriend Griselda send in a pic from the National Day of Protest for Marriage Equality in San Diego which took place last weekend — Jason sends in a pic from the Spice Market Buffet at the Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV … he assures me that this buffet is THE best in Vegas — Nikki sends in a pic of her cockatiel Desmond (named in honor of the character on Lost) showing how much he loves to read Pink is the new BlogJulia, who is studying abroad in Paris, France this semester, sends in a pic with some friends at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Italy (where she vacayed on Fall break) where they just so happened to run into Mark Wahlberg:


Thank you all so much for your fun photos. It always means so much to me that all y’all Pink readers continue to send in photos of your fun celebrations and achievements. I always look forward to having photos like these reach my inbox, so please keep ‘em coming!! Again, thank you all for another fun weekly batch of PITNB reader pics :)

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Celebs Get ‘Lucky’ In Downtown LA

Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge LA Live open in LA

Celebs of varying types and stature made their way out to the opening night party for Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge at the LA Live complex in downtown Los Angeles, CA last night for a little bowling fun … and my friends and I were fortunate enough to be able to attend as well. Here are a few pics of some of the celebs who came out to the newly constructed LA Live entertainment complex in downtown LA for the opening night shindig at the brand, spanking new Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge:


Lauren LC Conrad and Lauren Lo Bosworth were on hand at the event last night along with The Hills co-stars Stephanie Pratt and Frankie Delgado. The crew had their MTV cameras with them and they were filming but it remains to be seen if any of the footage will make it on to the show. Avril Lavigne and her hubby Deryck Whibley came out to bowl a few games as did Nicky Hilton and her siblings … Paris and Baron also came out for the event last night (tho they were not photographed). My friends (Steph, Alek, Darion) and I came out to enjoy some of the fun and we had a blast. Because the party was so packed (and Amanda Bynes and her friends were hogging our bowling lane) we didn’t get to play but we did get to eat and drink to our hearts’ content. The Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge at LA Live is phat, y’all … we’ve already decided to gather as many of our peeps for a little bowling fun there when the venue opens for biz in a couple of weeks.

It occurred to me that last night’s fun was the second time in one week’s time that I spent at a bowling alley. I wonder if the fates are trying to tell me something.

[Photo credit: Michael Williams]

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Travis Barker Sues

Goodyear Tire, Bombardier Inc. and Clay Lacy Aviation among targets of lawsuit

Travis Barker, who (along with DJ Adam ‘AM’ Goldstein) survived a fatal plane crash last September, has just launched a lawsuit against the parties that he blames for the crash. Filing paperwork L.A. County Superior Court, Barker‘s lawsuit (which was joined by the mother of Charles ‘Che’ Still — one of the victims who died in the crash) is suing for “pain and suffering, mental anguish, psychological and emotional distress and disfigurement and pre-impact fear of death and burning”:


Travis Barker is suing Bombardier Inc., Clay Lacy Aviation and Goodyear Tire and Rubber in connection with the plane crash that severely injured him and killed two of his friends. The suit, filed in L.A. County Superior Court, was filed by Barker and the mother of Charles “Che” Still, Travis’ bodyguard who died in the crash. In the lawsuit, Travis and Thelma Martin Still claim “one or more of the tires failed leaving tire debris and portions of airplane components along the 8,600 foot runway” ultimately causing the Learjet to crash. The suit alleges a “negligent attempt to abort the takeoff.” The suit continues, “The pilot’s decision was a breach of their duty owed to the passengers onboard and was a substantial factor in causing the crash and resultant injuries and deaths.” The suit also alleges the plane was “defective,” as were component parts including the tires. The suit goes on, “It’s landing gear, tires, wheels, brakes, reverse thrust system, squat switches and component parts were not airworthy.” A rep for Clay Lacy just told TMZ, “We are surprised about the lawsuit and concerned and knowledgeable about the accident. We are sympathetic for the victims but we want to emphasize we were not operating this airplane. This was not our airplane. We merely assisted the parties in chartering this aircraft with another company. We simply booked it for them.”

People magazine has more information on the language included in the suit:

The L.A. Superior Court lawsuit, also filed Friday by the mother of Barker’s bodyguard, Charles “Che” Still, who died in the crash, alleges the pilots “negligently decided to abort” the takeoff when the Learjet’s tires failed in September at an airport in Columbia, S.C. “The pilots were either poorly trained and/or failed to follow their training,” the suit says. “The pilots’ decision was a breach of their duty owed to the passengers onboard and was a substantial factor in causing the crash and resultant injuries and deaths” … Federal aviation officials are focusing on bare tires and debris on the runway as the causes of the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board says the wheels had very little rubber remaining and its brakes were severely damaged. The lawsuit names as defendants Clay Lacy Aviation, Global Executive Aviation, Inter Travel and Services, Goodyear Tire and Rubber and Bombardier Inc.

I suppose this legal action was to be expected. After the healing comes the retribution. I wholeheartedly agree that the parties at fault have to be held responsible for causing the deaths of four people. I understand that suits like this also go a long way in helping with the healing process of accident victims who survive traumatic experiences like this. I cannot for the life of me imagine what it must feel like to deal with any of this tragedy … my only hope is that Travis, AM and the family members of those lost in the accident will, one day, be able to finally put this whole incident behind them. It remains to be seen if this lawsuit will help bring closure but it’s prolly a very good place to start.

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The Atlantis Palm Opens In Dubai

Celebs come out for a £1 billion resort opening in the United Arab Emirates

Lindsay Lohan, Mischa Barton, Mary-Kate Olsen and about 1,997 other celebs made their way out to Dubai, United Arab Emirates for the official launch extravaganza for the new £1 billion luxury resort the Atlantis Palm on Palm Jumeirah Island earlier this week. The party itself cost £20 million and it really showed. Here are a few pics of some of the red carpet arrivals from the Atlantis Palm launch party and some deets on the party itself:


The credit crunch may be biting … but there was little sign of parsimony in Dubai [Thursday] night. The world’s rich and famous gathered for the most expensive private party ever thrown – costing some £20 million – to open Atlantis Palm Jumeirah, a £1 billion resort on a man-made island shaped like a palm tree in the Persian Gulf. Two thousand film stars, popstars, supermodels and billionaires were flown in from around the world for the all-expenses paid one-night party with many of them staying for four days. The highlight last night was a one-off gig by Kylie Minogue and her 113-strong dance troupe on the beach. Apart from getting a free holiday, Miss Minogue was also paid £1.5million for a 10-song 45-minute medley of her hits – which works out at some £33,333 a minute …


The gig was followed at midnight local time by a 1million-rocket firework display with 100 computer-guided rockets costing £7million which was seven times bigger than the largest display to date – for the Beijing Olympics …


They were no ordinary fireworks of course – each one being a radio-controlled 27-inch shell with an on-board microcomputer to direct its flight. The display, which was visible from space, was also filmed by a squadron of helicopters hovering at 12,000ft and beamed on giant TV HD screens on the beach. Miss Minogue, 40, arrived at the lavish party dressed in a pink and black floral chiffon gown with flowing train and her blonde hair in a curly short hairdo. Speaking on Sky News, just two hours before she was due to go on stage, an excited Kylie said: “It’s staggering. I guess more is more here and they have done a great job. My room’s very nice. It’s a different set list to the tour I’m doing at the moment. It’s an edited show especially for tonight.” The 40-year-old star remained tight-lipped about how much she was earning for her set, she said: “I can’t tell you how much pocket money I get, it goes straight in my piggy bank.” Speaking about the hotel’s potential, she added: “I think there’s a lot of people who love this kind of thing you get sun and everything you could wish for. My crew and dancers have been having a great time.” Guests included filmstars such as Robert De Niro, Charlize Theron, Denzil Washington, Mischa Barton and Lindsay Lohan, supermodels Agyness Deyn, Petra Nemcova and Yasmin Le Bon, musicans Janet Jackson, Lily Allen and Shirley Bassey, sports legends like Michael Jordan and Boris Becker and some local royalty – the Royal Family of Dubai … Oprah Winfrey bagged the most exclusive £25,000-a-night suite high up on a bridge suspended between the resort’s two towers. Yet when she pulled out, the scramble for the suite was eventually won a man many Britons may have never heard of – Shahrukh Khan – who is apparently the ‘Tom Cruise of Bollywood’ and as such the most famous filmstar in Middle East. Robert De Niro – a partner in the Nobu restaurant chain which has a site in the resort – had to make do with a £15,000 presidential suite. That left filmstars Lindsay Lohan and Charlize Theron with £10,000 a night Lost Chambers suites submerged alongside one of the world’s largest aquariums in the depths of the Atlantis resort, each with a truly jaw-dropping bedroom view of 65,000 sharks, rays and fish. No one paid for an air ticket to get there. The travel bill alone was estimated to be £3 million. Yesterday, the starry crowd spent the day riding camels, stroking dolphins and trying out the resort’s giant waterpark. A cocktail reception last night was followed by dinner on the beach, Miss Minogue’s show and they the fireworks. Though Dubai is mainly a ‘dry’ country, there was not much evidence of that at the soiree with some 1,000 bottles of Veuvre Cliquot champagne being thrown back. All of that drink was presumably needed to wash down the 1.7 metric tonnes of lobster that was eaten, 4,000 oysters, 3,000 kilos of smoked salmon and 5,000 portions of the best sushi – all prepared by 500 chefs and served by 1,000 waiters.

Ye gods! Talk about excess. It never ceases to amaze me how economic strain can take its toll on so many people thruout the world and, yet, celebs never seem to feel the pinch. Forget the millions of starving and dying people suffering each and every day, the rich and powerful live extravagant lives that most people can’t even dream of. It really sounds like a spectacular event but the amount of excess is pretty staggering. I’m not hating, I’m just … boggled. Yeah.

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No Doubt Get Back To Biz

Tour dates announcement imminent?

NoDoubt.com has been updated with a new black & white promo pic of the newly “reformed” band, an animated image displaying an iChat discussion regarding recording schedules — and talk of a tour — between the band members and a link to their official forum with the heading Band Tour Chat:


It really looks like the band is getting ready to make an announcement of some sort. I understand that No Doubt is planning to release their new album in 2009 … might there be a tour to go along with the album’s release? At this point, the band isn’t give any concrete information at all … just these hints. I suspect ND may play with us a bit longer until they make their announcement — whatever it may be.

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Britney Spears Is Pretty As A Picture

A promo picture, that is

BritneySpears.com has been updated with new promo pics of our dear Britney Spears lookin’ about as amazing as she ever has before. Now, I realize that the photos have been retouched and airbrushed to perfection but one thing that folks cannot deny is that Brit Brit has been lookin’ real smokin’ in the past few months. As much as I don’t really care for the circus-themed photos that have been released thus far, I really do love the cleaner new batch of promo photos that have just been released on her official site:


Her body is bangin’ … these pics are really hot. But they are only a couple of the new promo photos that have made their way to the Internets this week. After the jump, check out a different batch of new promo pics … More »

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Robert Pattinson Gives Tyra Banks A Pain In The Neck

And she looks very happy about it

Robert Pattinson (and Taylor Lautner) taped an appearance on The Tyra Banks Show this week (scheduled to air on Friday November 28) and the result is NOT TO BE MISSED by Twilight fans. Asking the question that every screaming Twilighter on Earth would love to ask of R. Pattz, Tyra implored of the actor “Will you bite my neck?”, and he happily complied:


Woot! Looks hawt! I’m sure there are quite a few folks out there who wish Robert Pattinson would put his open mouth on their necks but, unfortch, they’re gonna have to life vicariously thru Tyra Banks. Make sure you tune into The Tyra Banks Show next Friday to see this bite in action.

AND DON’T FORGET that this is the last weekend you enter for your chance to win the Twilight Prize Pack that I’m giving away here on the blog. Click HERE for deets!!

[Photo credit: Warner Bros./Michael Loccisano]

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Robert Downey, Jr. & Jude Law Go On A Bromantic Date

Cute Couple Alert!!!

Robert Downey, Jr. and his BFF and co-star Jude Law stepped out for a little dinner together at the 60 Hope Street restaurant in Liverpool, UK last night (after a long day of filming their new movie Sherlock Holmes) and emerged from the eatery lookin’ quite the handsome couple … matching porn’staches and all:


As y’all are well aware, RDJ and the Jude’stache are starring as bosom buddies Sherlock Holmes and Watson (respectively) in the new Guy Ritchie-directed film and the pair have been spending an awful lot of time together. Now, I must clarify that I am NOT suggesting that anything untoward is going on betwixt these two, I’m merely stating that they are enjoying a healthy bromance that, I feel, should be celebrated. They do compliment one another very well and I am happy to see them together in any capacity. Here’s hoping the two of them enjoy many future bromanitcal dates together … if only for our satisfaction alone :)

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Guy Ritchie Has Dinner With His Sons

The first of many single dad dinners to come

Earlier today we learned that Madonna and Guy Ritchie have been granted a “quickie divorce” from the London High Court after the parties agreed on a settlement concerning assets and child custody. Last night, Guy spent some time with his two sons Rocco and David Banda which shows that he intends to take an active role in their lives despite the fact that he is splitting with Madge:


While I am happy that there will be no nasty divorce for Maddy and Guy, I’m really bummed that their young children now have many years of shuffling back and forth across the Atlantic Ocean to spend time with their parents. I’m sure that both Madonna and Guy will do their best to care for their children and make the shared custody work as best as they can but … the kids are so young … I can’t imagine that it will be easy for either Rocco or David.

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Former MTV VJ Jessie Camp Shows Us What He’s Made Of

And now I really wish he hadn't

This past Sunday night we got a blast from the past when former MTV VJ Jessie Camp resurfaced on the live TRL Finale event that aired on MTV. Honestly, I hadn’t thought about Jessie Camp in years … and that was just fine with me. But seeing him on the ep, alongside his VJ cohorts, reminded me of some of the fun wackiness he brought to the show. Today we get another look at what Jessie‘s been up to these days and, unfortch, it’s not a pretty sight. For some unknown reason, Jessie thought it would be a great idea to drop his pants and flash his p33n for the photogs …


… and after seein’ the goods for myself, I cannot for the life of me understand why he would do such a thing. After the jump, check out this uncensored NSFW photo and see for yourself what the lad’s packin’ … More »

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‘Lost’ Gets A New Promo Trailer

With music by The Fray

ABC debuted a new commercial/promo trailer for the upcoming 5th season of Lost last night that features a new song titled You Found Me by The Fray … check it out:


The trailer/music video does offer quite a few new scenes from season 5 that were not featured in the season 5 trailer we got to see last month. I really do love the way the new song by The Fray is utilized in this clip. Altho this promo trailer is, technically, the first time anyone’s heard this song You Found Me, The Fray will officially premiere the song when they perform it live at the American Music Awards this Sunday night. Their new album doesn’t hit stores until February 3, 2009 so this new track will have to tide us over until then. Great song … great new season of Lost?

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The Simpsons Visit Bronx Mowgli Wentz

Papa Joe & Jessica meet the littlest Wentz

Early this morning we learned that Ashlee Simpson had finally given birth to her first child with hubby Pete Wentz, a little boy the couple decided to name Bronx Mowgli, late Thursday. This afternoon, we get to see a couple photos of famous members of Ashlee‘s family visiting with the newborn baby boy in at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center … behold:


As you can see, Grandpapa Joe Simpson had his cameraphone at the ready and was bizzy snappin’ pics of the little guy … presumably so the photos could be shared with family and friends but, considering Papa Joe‘s penchant for making money off his children, it’s just as likely that he is planning on selling the pics of his newborn grandbaby as well. The caption of the second photo insists the person in the red coat is Jessica but it’s kinda hard to tell. I do know that Jess did talk to In Touch Weekly about her newborn nephew, tho, expressing her elation to the mag:

No one is happier to be an aunt than Jessica Simpson. “Bronx is beyond precious. I’m over the moon with joy,” Jessica Simpson tells In Touch about her sister Ashlee Simpson-Wentz’s baby boy, who was born on Thursday. “Life is a beautiful miracle. Ashlee and Pete are healthy, happy and enjoying every moment.”

I think it’s pretty safe to say that both the Simpson and the Wentz families are thrilled at the baby’s arrival. Whether or not they are as in love with the kid’s name as their parents are is another story … for another day.

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The ‘Twilight’ Zone

The TV Guide

OY! Yesterday was a looooong day for me and, amazingly enough, I managed to wake up relatively early today and am still going strong. After a full day of work yesterday and a 5+ hour flight from Detroit to LA, I met up with Darion, Steph and Alek upon arrival and we made our way to the ArcLight Theater in Hollywood for a 12:45AM showing of Twilight. After getting home at about 3:30AM, I was up and working by 8ish this morn. I can feel a crash coming but thus far, I’m still plugging away:


I’ve been reading some of y’alls emails and comments about Twilight the movie and I’ve determined that they are pretty evenly split — between those of you who loved the film and those of you who utterly hated it. I must count myself with the folks who liked the film. Overall, I felt that the movie version of the book was really true to the story and while some portions of the book had to be left out of the movie (no movie version is able to perfectly replicate the book it is based on), I found that the major points were included — and included well. I was VERY surprised at how much I liked the cast. It was weird seeing the characters in the flesh … and I honestly felt that every character was properly realized. Kristen Stewart makes a perfect Bella Swan, I think. For me, she nailed this part. Robert Pattinson was a very good Edward, I think. Some folks thought he was cheesy but most of the way that Edward acts in the book is cheesy (and, it must be said, that R. Pattz‘s hair has never looked better, like, ever … I will say, tho, that Edward in the film looked like Brandon Walsh from Beverly Hills, 90210 circa 1993 while his voice sounded like Luke Perry, same time period.). In fact, I found most of the books very cheesy in that teen romance sort of way … the movie did a very good job of honoring that tween cheesiness. Those of you who find fault in corny aspects of the movie have to look to the book to place blame. I was worried that the dazzling scene would be really bad but they ended up handling it very well. Sure, Edward looked like a go-go boy dancer wearing too much body glitter at Studio 54 but it was apropos for the scene, I think. While I can’t speak for anyone else, my gut tells me that the folks who do not like the film merely love the book so much that nothing could measure up. As, I think, an objective reader/watcher who isn’t overly swayed by emotion, I found that the movie did a great job of bringing the book to life. My only complaint with the film lies with the music … the music used thruout the movie was horrible! So bad. The only bit of music I liked was Edward‘s piano playing … the garish guitar motif that kept popping up thruout the film was annoying.

So yeah, overall … I liked the film. Darion, Steph and Alek liked it too … in fact, they were pleasantly surprised that they liked it as much as they did. The sequel New Moon is set up perfectly at the end of this movie … I’m looking forward to seeing how that one turns out. As for last night …


… we had a lot of fun :)

UGH … there is a very cool event that I was invited to tonight but I’m not sure if I will be able to make it out. I’ll need to sleep at some point … we’ll see. It’s good to be home tho, warm is where the heart is.

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AnnaLynne McCord Suffers A Wardrobe Malfunction On Set

'9021'-Oopsie!

You know, in Tinsel Town, you really haven’t reached the level of Hollywood “It” Girldom until you’ve achieved your first wardrobe malfunction. In previous years, wardrobe malfunctions (specifically of the crotch shot variety) seemed like a daily occurrence but this year, there haven’t been that many NSFW moments to be had … until now. AnnaLynne McCord, who stars as the beyotchy Naomi Clark on 90210, accidentally popped out of her top as she tried to make her way from her tralier to the beach set of the show yesterday afternoon. While filming in Long Beach, CA, Miss McCord‘s nipple slipped out of her top to say hello to the folks on set:


After the jump, check out AnnaLynne‘s unfortunate NSFW slip up out … More »

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M.I.A Does ‘Spin’ Magazine

Pleasantly plump

The very pregs musician/artist M.I.A. is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Spin magazine … showing off her colorful style and her burgeoning baby bump, in fine hipster-ess fashion:


Normally, I’m not a big fan of the crazy-colored lipstick but the colors really work on M.I.A., I think. She’s already so beautiful that I think the vivid colors really compliment the way she looks … normally, I am very unimpressed with hipster chic that tries too hard (multicolored nail polish, ironic ’80′s sunglasses, etc.) but, again, M.I.A. really has a way of makin’ the absurdity work:


I really love these pics … and I’m really happy to know that M.I.A. is not planning on retiring from music. I’m equally thrilled that she is going to be a mommy soon … she’s gonna be a rad mom, for sure. Let’s just hope that she doesn’t decide to give her kid a wacky baby name like some other famous folks, yes?

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‘Watchmen’ Promises The Animated P33N

Full frontal CGI is on the way

The big screen adaptation of Watchmen won’t hit theaters until March of 2009 but fans of the graphic novel are already chomping at the bit for any new info about the film leading up to its release next Spring. Defamer, ever the industrious sniffer-outer of the nekkidness, noted at the new HD trailer for Watchmen (which debuted at MTV.com last month) offers a quick glimpse of the Dr. Manhattan character — full frontal p33n and all. Fans of the Watchmen graphic novel are well aware that the atomic superhero Dr. Manhattan appears fully nude in the graphic novel … and they can rest assured that the good Doctor‘s graphic nekkidness will be on full display when the movie hits theaters next year:


In the film, Dr. Manhattan is played by Billy Crudup but we have no way of knowing if the blue CGI p33n on display in the film is actually based on Billy‘s manhood or if it is merely the work of inventive animators … I guess only a few people, ex-girlfriend Claire Danes included, will know for sure. After the jump, and without futher ado, check out the uncensored NSFW screencap of Dr. Manhattan in all his glory … More »

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Paris Hilton Talks About Her Break-Up With Benji Madden

"We're just taking a break ... we're really good friends, we're very close"

It’s only been a few days since we got word that Paris Hilton and Benji Madden are dunzo and Paris is already going on the record to talk about the couple’s split. Paris was a guest this morning on On Air With Ryan Seacrest on KIIS FM here in SoCal this morning and talked at some length about the split, making sure to clarify somethings about the break-up that have been reported erroneously. Last night, Paris spent a second night in a row flying sans her now ex-boyfriend Benji and ended up hanging out with her sister Nicky Hilton instead. Here is a pic of Paris out all by her lonesome last night and my report on her radio interview this morning with Ryan Seacrest:


After some banter about some of the word that Paris has been doing over the past few weeks, Ryan got to the nitty-gritty and asked her if the reports are true — did she and Benji really split up — and she said: “Well, you know, right now we’re just taking a break and um … we, we’re really good friends, we’re very close.” Ryan pressed, So you’re not together? “You know, I love him, he’s such an amazing man, he’s my best friend, he’s been so great to me, so loyal, he’s an incredible person and, um, we’ll always be very close, we’ll see what happens in the future, I’m still in love with him.” Ryan then confessed that, as a friend, he was surprised by the news and didn’t believe the reports when he initially heard them. Then he asked her what happened to cause the split and she responded, “You know, I think right now, we’re better off as friends, we’re both working so much …” and went on to talk about how much work both she and Benji have been doing lately. She went on to deny reports that she dumped him and clarified that this was a decision they made together “as two adults”. She says that rumors that they broke up over Stavros Niarchos are “ridiculous” (explaining that reports of her “hooking-up” with Stavros was just a matter of her smiling and saying hello to someone she hadn’t “seen in a year”). She also clarified that Benji is not a jealous person, that no one cheated, that she never trusted anyone like him and that “there’s no one like him”. She told Ryan that things with Nicole Richie will stay the same, she loves the entire Madden family and refuted claims that Benji was “too controlling”, explaining that he just wanted the best for her (she also revealed that since she started dating him she stopped hanging out with certain people and going to certain places — and blamed those “people” for the false rumors about the break-up). As the interview came to a close, Paris told Ryan that she and Benji still “talk every day”, that they’re still close, that he’s bizzy working on the Good Charlotte remix album, that she is not considering dating anyone else right now because she still has feelings for Benji (dating a new person right now is “the last thing on her mind” and the thought of doing so “grosses her out”). Finally, she revealed to Ryan that she plans to spend New Year’s Eve in Australia hosting a party with her sister Nicky Hilton (a gig she was supposed to host with Benji).

I gotta say, Paris really sounded mature thruout this entire interview (click HERE to hear the interview in full for yourselves). She sounded hopeful that the couple could get back together again but, well, people do break-up for certain reasons … even tho she claims it was all about work, I don’t really believe it. Who knows, mebbe they will get back together again some day … but for now, they’re really officially dunzo.

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‘Britney Spears: For The Record’ Premieres

But things don't go quite as smoothly as planned

Yesterday afternoon, MTV hosted a screening preview of their new documentary Britney Spears: For The Record here in SoCal and, I am sad to report, it doesn’t sound like things went off as planned. Firstly, MTV worked with a PR company called 1iota to fill the audience with fans and, apparently, over-booked the venue which could only hold 200 guests … sending out 300 tickets and then cherry-picking the prettiest people to seat inside for the screening — leaving a lot of invited fans outside and pissed. Secondly, Britney Spears showed up to surprise the fans by attending the screening with them (appearing for a taped segment that would be aired with the documentary on November 30) but, according to reports from fans who were at the screening, Britney looked entirely uncomfortable the whole time … and then left before answering any questions from the fans. All in all, it doesn’t sound like the screening event was that much of a success in person … it’ll mos def look pretty flawless once (and if) it airs on TV later on. Here is a pic of Britney making her way into the MTV studio for the taping yesterday and a couple of pics of Britney after she left the event early to grab a caffeinated drink at Starbucks:


Regarding the way that some fans were shafted at yesterday’s screening, I’m not really that surprised. These things happen all the time. PR companies tend to over-invite people in order to make sure they have enough people to fill seats AND they do like putting the prettiest people in prime positions, especially if they are filling an audience that will be recorded for TV. Now, about the way Britney acted at the screening … well, this has got me worried. By reading all of the fan reports (posted HERE), it does feel like she didn’t want to be there in the first place and was in no mood to interact with anybody — not a good sign. It is really beginning to sound like she is moving too fast with all of this work on her comeback, which can’t be good for her. If she’s not ready and still presses forward, she risks having another breakdown. At this point, I think it’s far too late for her to call things off completely but I am starting to get worried, especially in light of this new behavior. Regarding the actual documentary itself, despite the fan/Britney drama, it was screened yesterday and People magazine has a review of the 90-minute Britney Spears: For The Record film HERE.

Even still, Britney‘s manager Larry Rudolph insists that she is ready to make her comeback and spoke to People magazine about her readiness. After the jump, check out a new promo video for Britney‘s album Circus and read some of Rudolph‘s comments about Britney and her comeback … More »

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Madonna & Guy Ritchie Reach A Divorce Settlement

It's basically a done deal, y'all

Late last month there were rumors going around that Madonna and Guy Ritchie had reached a divorce settlement (just days after their split was confirmed to the public) and were on track for one of the quickest, cleanest celebrity divorces on record … then two days later we got word from Maddy‘s publicist that the rumors were false and that no deal had been struck, leading some to assume that a long, nasty divorce battle laid ahead for the couple. But today, just about one month from the report that no deal had been struck we get word that yes, indeed, a deal has been struck … and furthermore, the High Court of London has granted the couple a quickie divorce! They are almost, entirely and officially dunzo, y’all:


It’s official! (Almost.) Just one month after announcing their split, Madonna and Guy Ritchie were granted a preliminary “quickie divorce” Friday in the High Court of London. According to a document released by the court, 50-year-old Madonna – the petitioner – said in a sworn statement that she is divorcing Ritchie for his “unreasonable behavior.” In a court proceeding that took all of one minute, the judge issued a decree nisi – the first step in the U.K.’s two-stage divorce process – to “Ciccone ML” and “Ritchie GS” and 16 other (non-celebrity) couples. Neither Madonna or her director ex attended the hearing. In fact, even their attorneys skipped the courtroom. It’s known as “quickie divorce” because if there are no disputes in the next six weeks and one day, the couple’s split will become decree absolute. Ritchie, 40, who has been working in London on the set of his new movie Sherlock Holmes, seemed relieved by the speedy resolution. He reportedly told the Daily Mirror late on Thursday, “It was never about money – never about her bloody art collection. I just wanted to settle it and move on.” He added to the paper, “I didn’t raise any objections at any stage until she insisted the children lived permanently in New York.” (According to British press reports, the settlement calls for sons Rocco, 8, and David, 3, to split time between the U.S. and London. Madonna’s 12-year-old daughter Lourdes – whose father is the New York-based Carlos Leon – will live with her mother.) Madonna’s representative in the U.K. declined to comment.

Wow! Even tho the settlement wasn’t reached immediately after announcing their split (which was wholly unreasonable from the start), I am really kinda surprised that the whole matter could be decided upon so quickly. Despite the fact that I can believe that the couple decided not to drag this divorce on and on, I didn’t think the London High Court (or any court) would be able to rule so soon — and with such finality. I can also believe that any disagreements between the couple had more to do with custody of the children rather than money or property. Seriously, this has to be one of the fastest celebrity divorces ever … if you consider the amount of wealth involved in this dissolution of marriage, it’s pretty astronomical that the deal could be stuck so fast. As I said before, what Madonna wants — Madonna gets. If things continue on at this pace, the couple should be completely and totally dunzo by mid-January.

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Ashlee Simpson Gives Birth To Her First Child

It's a (Fall Out) Boy!

After receiving word late Thursday night that Ashlee Simpson finally went into labor, I am happy to report that she has successfully given birth to her first child with husband Pete Wentz … the couple decided to name their first born son, and you’re never gonna believe this, Bronx Mowgli Wentz:


Ashlee Simpson-Wentz and husband Pete Wentz welcomed a son Thursday night, PEOPLE confirms. Bronx Mowgli Wentz weighed 7 lbs., 11 oz., and was 20 1/2 inches long. “Ashlee, Pete and baby Bronx are all healthy and happy, and thank everyone for their well wishes!” a spokesperson tells PEOPLE.

I’m sorry … Bronx MOWGLI? Bronx ain’t that bad a name … but Mowgli? Mowgli is the name of the primary character in Rudyard Kipling‘s novel The Jungle Book … and now, it’s the middle name of the firstborn Simpson-Wentz child. I don’t really get this celebrity need to name their children strange names (Zuma Nesta Rock, anyone?) but if they really wanted to go with an even stranger middle name they could’ve named the kid Mogwai instead (in honor of the movie Gremlins). OY! In any event, congrats are in order for the happy new family. What do y’all think of the name Bronx Mowgli? Can you think of a better name for the Ashl33n baby?

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Happy ‘Twilight’ Eve, Y’All!!!

The time has finally come

So … tonight, at the stroke of midnight, Twilight the movie officially opens in theaters here in the US and I (along with thousands of people across the country, I’m sure) will be at one of the midnight showings in LA:


I would like to take this opportunity to remind y’all that you still have until Monday November 24 to submit YOUR entry in the Twilight Prize Pack contest that I am currently running here on the blog (in case you missed hearing about it, click HERE for deets). This weekend would be the perfect opportunity to take some fun vampy pics for the contest entry:


Show me what YOU look like as a character from Twilight and you could win the awesome prize up for grabs. You can also send in pics from the midnight showings tonight for posting with the PITNB Readers pics on Saturday. Have fun … I’ll be lookin’ for y’all’s pics :)

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George Clooney Shows Off His B-Ball Skillz

Also shows off his bad weave and porn'stache

George Clooney was spied shootin’ hoops all by himself while on location in Roswell, NM where his new film Men Who Stare At Goats is currently being filmed. As you can tell from the following pics, George didn’t even bother to get out of costume before he made his way to the basketball court — when you gotta play, you gotta play:


In Goats (which sounds totally weird judging by the name alone), Clooney plays a soldier named Lyn Cassady with really bad hair. In these pics, his new porn’stache that was grown specifically for this role doesn’t look as impressive as it did when we first saw it last month . Truth be told, I haven’t heard or seen anything that even remotely has me interested in this film … a porn’stache and sweet b-ball moves ain’t enough to get my ass to the movie theater. What else ya got, Clooney?

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Matthew McConaughey’s New Best Friend

Someone's got a cute new pooch

Matthew McConaughey, who has recently returned to the SoCal area after falling off the map for a few weeks, was spotted this week enjoying some alone time on a beach in Malibu, CA. Well, he wasn’t actually all alone … he had a new friend with him:


No word on the pooch’s name but I suspect that the little guy was picked up so that Levi Alves can grow up with a family pet of his own. You may recall that this little dog was out with Matthew when he was photographed skateboarding last week … honestly, I thought the dog was just there and didn’t actually belong to Matthew. You know, I kinda like the idea of Matthew with a cute little dog like this … it looks like he is really becoming an honest to goodness family man now.

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Cheyenne Jackson Calls Kathie Lee Gifford A ‘Bitch’

But not really out loud and prolly as a joke

Pink reader John gave me the head’s up that Broadway hottie Cheyenne Jackson (formerly of Xanadu) was a guest this morning on The Today Show (4th Hour) and while that isn’t necessarily all that interesting in and of itself, what he got caught saying (or mouthing) is very interesting … and LOL-worthy. As Today host Kathie Lee Gifford was introducing Cheyenne on the show, she revealed that he was late to the studio because he had overslept … unbeknownst to Cheyenne, the camera panned to him and he was caught mouthing the words “oh, bitch” — behold:


LOLOLOL! I’m sure he didn’t mean it but … damn, that was funny as hell (and, really, who hasn’t thought about saying the same thing about KLG?). Cheyenne Jackson is too much of a sweetie to really call anyone a bitch on live TV … even tho that’s exactly what he got caught doing. After the jump, check out a sexy and semi-NSFW image of Cheyenne (wearing only a pair of white boxers) making an apology to Kathie LeeMore »

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Gwen Stefani Has Her Arms Full At LAX Airport

She looks like she needs a vacation from her vacation

Gwen Stefani and her family have been spending the last week or so on holiday in Mexico and were recently spotted making their grand arrival back in SoCal at LAX airport this week … unfortch for her, tho, hubby Gavin Rossdale was nowhere to be seen and the duty of lugging the children, Kingston James McGregor and Zuma Nesta Rock, fell solely to her:


Aww … poor thing looks a wreck. Even tho she had a nanny with her, Kingston insisted on being carried by his mother — who was already carrying little Zuma. She’s got some pretty adorable children, tho, so I suspect that all of this lugging around was a labor of love for her. It’s great to have the fam back in SoCal once again.

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Dear Mr. President-Elect

The TV Guide

Yesterday was my last full day here in Detroit and while I’m very sad to be leaving for SoCal in a couple of hours, I’m really looking forward to the warmer weather. Tracey and Zakiya came over to Sarah and Mark’s place (where I’m staying) to hang out for a little bit yesterday afternoon. I recorded a short clip of Princess Zakiya talking about President-elect Barack Obama … a topic she came up with all on her own. The little girl is growing up so fast and she is now paying attention to things she sees on TV on the news. I whipped out my little Flip Video camera and recorded this little rant:


LOL! Tracey tells me that she saw the excitement in people since Obama has been elected and she is happy to talk to anyone about her endorsement of our new president. I know it looks like propaganda but my girl is smart, she knows what’s what all on her own ;)

Sarah, Mark and I had planned on going out to the movies last night but our laziness and the bitter cold got the better of us … we ended up staying home. But, we did make time to participate in Join The Impact‘s new campaign to help win same-sex marriage rights in this country. You may recall that they were the folks who organized the National Day of Protest for Marriage Equality last weekend and now they’ve started a new postcard campaign. Click HERE for all the deets but essentially, folks are being asked to send a postcard from their hometown and mail it to President-elect Obama before Thanksgiving asking him to help repeal the Defense of Marriage Act once he takes office. Here are pics of Sarah, Mark and me with our postcards that will be mailed to Obama this week:


I really love this idea and am happy to participate. I urge y’all interested in fighting for marriage equality to participate as well.

As I said, I’m off to LA in a couple of hours but I have to send out all my love to the fine city of Detroit for another great trip. I’ll be back again for Xmas … but I gots to get back to the warmth of SoCal right about now. I’m meeting up with Darion, Steph and Alek upon my arrival in LA tonight for a midnight screening of Twilight. OY! It’s gonna be a long night ;)

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Celebs Open Their ‘Hearts’ For UNICEF

Helping Gucci raise money for children affected by HIV/AIDS in Malawi

Various celebs made their way to The Plaza in NYC last night to attend an event to celebrate the Gucci launch of their new Tattoo Heart Collection — which is a limited edition collection of accessories that will benefit UNICEF‘s campaign to aid children affected by HIV/AIDS in Malawi. Here are a few pics from the event’s red carpet arrivals last night:


SMOKING-HOT songbird Rihanna teamed up with Gucci’s Frida Giannini last night at the brand’s Fifth Avenue store for the worldwide launch of the limited-edition Tattoo Heart Collection to benefit UNICEF. Twenty-five percent of sales from the handbags, shoes and accessories ($410-4,995) will benefit children affected by HIV/AIDS in Malawi and Mozambique. Items will be on sale through Jan. 31.

Madonna was in the hiz last night for the Gucci event (despite the fact that she just signed on to be the new face of Louis Vuitton for ’09) lookin’ pretty good … except for pretty much everything she was wearing. I mean, I love me some Madonna, but I think she’s wearing that Hawaiian grass skirt wrong. Rihanna, who is featured in the Gucci ads to promote the Tattoo Heart Collection, was lookin’ pretty fierce in her pretty dress. Blake Lively and Penn Badgley looked like they just showed up for the free eats. After the jump, check out three of Rihanna‘s Tattoo Hearts Collection promo pics … More »

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Pete Wentz Talks Genitals To ‘Elle’ Magazine

Baby Simpson-Wentz still ain't here yet

Father-to-be (who isn’t a father just yet) Pete Wentz is featured in the new issue of Elle magazine where he talks very candidly about his sexual development (or lack thereof) … he also talks a bit about those infamous cameraphone P33N pics of his that made their way to the Internets a couple of years ago. Here is a new pic of Pete from this new issue of Elle along with a portion of his interview with the mag:


There were some smooshed little girl hearts littering the landscape last May when Pete Wentz, the bassist-songwriter for Chicago’s punky pop quartet Fall Out Boy, married Ashlee Simpson and soon after announced she was carrying a miniature headbanger due to drop any day now. The compact 29-year-old Wentz, with that trademark heavy eyeliner that made him look a little like Ranger Rick’s emo son, was off the market, and only one woman would be able to touch that bartskull tattoo on his pelvis … There would always be sweet memories of unwisely doffed jeans, cameraphone photos, and playful onstage boy-on-boy kisses, likely to disappear now that former preacher Joe Simpson is Wentz’s father-in-law. But no girl pop singer can stand between a swooning fan and her music—a good thing, since Fall Out Boy has just released its latest record, Folie à Deux.

ELLE: Do you remember your first sexual yearnings?
PETE WENTZ: They were for Cheetara, the girl from ThunderCats. She was really fast and had this baton that would extend.
ELLE: Are ThunderCats actually cats? Were your first sexual feelings for an animal?
PW: No, they’re aliens from the planet Thundera that land on a planet called Third Earth. I could get so nerdy on you.
ELLE: Did you have any odd misconceptions about sexuality as a youngster?
PW: I wasn’t sure where the girl’s genitalia sat compared to males. I wish I’d had GPS in high school because I had no clue where I was going.
ELLE: You did realize it was located in the groin area, right?
PW: Yeah, but I guess on a man it feels like it’s closer to the belly button. On a girl, it’s farther down. I’ll be honest: I was a superlate bloomer, and I was kind of a prude. I always wanted to be able to keep the number of people I’ve had sex with very low, because I never wanted to have to tell my future wife, “Oh, yeah, I was with 30 people.”
ELLE: You’re saying you wanted to keep your number under 30?
PW: Absolutely. I’m a bit of a tease. I’d make out with a lot of people but not go beyond that. Girls who actually don’t get you who were sure they could get you appreciate you on a different level. The ones who you don’t do it with keep calling you back.
ELLE: If you could have a do-over with any event in your life that involved a woman, what would it be?
PW: I wish I had never taken naked pictures of myself on a phone to send to a girl. It’s the worst thing ever.
ELLE: Well, admittedly, like millions of others, I’ve seen these photos. But if a picture of your penis is going to get leaked online, you could do much worse than yours.
PW: Oh, thank you. I appreciate that. But at the time, I wanted to find a cave and hang out there for the rest of my life and be a cave painter and eat dirt.
ELLE: I don’t want you to think I lingered on the photo, but I did notice that you looked groomed down there.
PW: The manscaping? Honestly, I felt slightly overgrown in those pictures. If I had taken them for public consumption, I would have done it differently—groomed a little closer, better lighting.
ELLE: So-called guyliner: What are the most common mistakes associated with it?
PW: Wearing it to the point where people only recognize you as “that guy who wears eyeliner.” I don’t really wear it anymore because of that.

LOL … Pete is awesome. I’m glad that he is finally able to talk about those P33N pics and offer a bit of jest. I understand the poor guy was really pretty destroyed when those photos leaked to the web … and I have to agree with the Elle interviewer, as far as P33N pics go — his aren’t too shabby ;)

Oh and about that baby that his wife Ashlee Simpson is supposed to be birthin’ … yeah, it ain’t here yet … so, to pass the time, Pete made his way out to a Borders bookstore in SoCal yesterday to pick up a few things to help him pass the time:


LOL … so while Ashlee was back at the hospital (or wherever she is these days) jumpin’ around to get her baby to come out of her, Pete‘s been bizzy shopping for books/DVDs/CDs. Love it. Hopefully we’ll be hearing of the baby’s birth soon … all this waiting is driving me crazy.

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‘Sherlock Holmes’ Filming Moves To Liverpool, UK

Checking in with RJD and the Jude'stache

Filming on the new Guy Ritchie-directed big screen adaptation of Sherlock Holmes has moved to Liverpool this week as new scenes were shot yesterday. Here are new pics of Robert Downey, Jr. (as Sherlock Holmes) and Jude Law (as Watson) doing their thing on set this week:


Altho these photos aren’t quite as exhilarating as the pics we saw last month of RDJ leaping from tall buildings in a single bound, it’s always nice to see the man in action. It is also very nice to see the Jude’stache in action as well. No word on how much longer the movie will be filmed in the UK but I suspect they’ve still got a bit of work left to get done before they can call it a wrap. The guys are lookin’ good tho … of all the celebs rockin’ the porn’stache these days, I think Jude is my fave.

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Rihanna & Chris Brown Get New Matching Tattoos

And she's talkin' about it

Rihanna and Chris Brown have been spotted sportin’ some matching new ink on their hands recently and it was speculated that the tats, while identical, were only temporary. Well, according to Ri Ri herself, the tattoos are permanent tribal designs that ChRihanna got done in New Zealand and represent strength and love … interesting, no?


Got ink? Rihanna certainly does. The singer showed off a new tattoo on her right wrist Wednesday, as she chatted with reporters at a UNICEF event. “It’s tribal,” she said at the charity’s annual Snowflake Lighting Ceremony in New York’s Grand Army Plaza. “It represents strength and love.” Rihanna also revealed that she got the exotic-looking tat while in New Zealand for a recent tour date. “It’s their traditional way of tattooing,” she said of the Maori-inspired geometric design. “I always wanted [one].” But even for a tattoo enthusiast like Rihanna, this particular method had one big drawback: “It hurt like hell!” The “Disturbia” singer has a number of other tats – including a cluster of stars on her neck. (Boyfriend Chris Brown has a matching set.)

Yes, boyfriend Chris Brown does have a matching set of star tattoos … and now ChRihanna also have matching tribal tattoos as well. Some people just give each other promise rings, these two seem happy to make their commitment to one another more permanent. I really hope these two do stay together forever cuz getting matching tattoos seems a pretty big step. How long ’til they tattoo their names on one another?

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’24: Redemption’ Premieres

The stars of the '24' season 7 prequel walk the red carpet

Kiefer Sutherland, Robert Carlyle, Gil Bellows and Cherry Jones were among the celebs who came out to AMC Theatres – Empire 25 in NYC last night for the world premiere of 24: Redemption, the 2-hour TV movie prequel that will bridge the gap from season 6 to season 7. You may recall that earlier this month, Kiefer and some of these same celebs made an appearance at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, CA at a photography exhibit to promote the TV movie and last night they did a bit more promo work in NYC … clearly, these folks want you to watch this movie when it debuts on FOX this Sunday November 23 at 8PM ;) Here are a few pics from the red carpet last night:


From the press release: The wait is finally over! The highly anticipated two-hour television event takes place in Africa (shot on location) where Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) is working at a school in Africa. He is called upon to stop a ruthless warlord from drafting innocent children into his murderous militia. At home, it’s inauguration day for President-elect Allison Taylor (Cherry Jones) while malevolent mastermind Jonas Hodges (Jon Voight) fans the flames of the international crisis. Setting the stage and raising the stakes for the upcoming season, Bauer faces decisions and sacrifices that will change his life forever in the heart-pounding 24: REDEMPTION.

Trust me, you do not want to miss this TV movie. I was very lucky to be able to preview 24: Redemption in full last month and, as a diehard 24 fan, I loved it. The movie is a bit of a depature from the usual 24 fare but it really does set up the next season very nicely. Having seen the TV movie already, I’m even more excited for the next season to get underway … I suspect that y’all will feel the same after you watch the prequel movie when it airs this coming Sunday night. Jack Bauer is back, bitches! Finally!!!

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Paris Hilton, Benji Madden Each Flying Solo

Dunzo for shizzle

Yesterday we first learned from a couple of sources that the fairytale romance betwixt Paris Hilton and Benji Madden was over and today People (as well as US Weekly) magazine is also reporting the same news. Altho neither rep for Paris or Benji offered official comment, People is citing a “source close to Hilton” with their report that the couple have truly called it quits. Here are a few pics of both Benji (at Bardot nightclub) and Paris (at Crown Bar) out and about in SoCal last night … alone:


Paris Hilton and Benji Madden’s romance is over. The pair split a few days ago after more than nine months of dating, a source close to Hilton tells PEOPLE. “She is saddened by the breakup but they’re just too different and they wanted different things in life,” says a source close to Hilton. “He was loyal and sweet but it was time to take a break.” Reps for both Hilton and Madden could not be reached for comment. On Nov. 15, Paris was photographed getting cozy with ex-boyfriend Stavros Niarchos at nightspot Mokai in Miami. The Hilton friend says the two were simply engaged in a close but friendly conversation. “In no way are they romantic, nor do they want to get back together,” the source says. And on Tuesday night, Hilton and Madden partied separately in L.A. – Hilton danced on top of a couch at Apple Lounge, while Madden was spotted at hotspot Coco de Ville with Nicole Richie, who dates his twin brother Joel Madden.

Honestly, I never really saw these two together … when I first heard the news that they were dating, I immediately discounted the report as rumor and conjecture. When it became obvs that the couple were actually dating, well, I didn’t really have much to say about it. The couple did stay together longer than I thought that they would but I had a feeling they wouldn’t be able to make it last (it is a bit curious that the couple started dating right before her MTV show started filming and are breaking up right as it is about to end). Benji is an amazing guy … seriously, one of the downest people I’ve ever had the fortune to know. I hope that he will be able to find true love for reals … and I have *no doubt* that Paris will be able to find a new love interest without any difficulty. Do y’all think this is a good thing?

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Britney Spears Talks To ‘OK!’ Magazine

More openness from our very own 'Pop Princess, now, Queen of Pop'

Britney Spears is featured in the new issue of OK! magazine in a new interview where she opens up about a various range of topics from her childhood, to her feelings on being a role model to … soccer and David Beckham. Here is a scan from this issue of OK! (courtesy of BreatheHeavy.com) and a partial transcription of the interview:


You landed your big break on The Mickey Mouse Club aged 11. Have you ever felt that you lost your childhood?

I only did the show for two years, and for six months out of each year I was at home all the time. I had a wonderful childhood I was probably in my tenth year of school when I left to record my album – so I did the whole prom thing and played on the basketball team. There are some kids in show business who are always in New York and constantly going to audition, but I was fortunate it wasn’t like that for me.

When did you decide that you wanted to be a performer?

It was when I was on the Mickey Mouse Club that I realized I had a major love of music. We were involved in concerts and were in the recording studio, and I was like: “I want to go for this!” When the show was canceled, it was sad, I just wanted to get back out there again. That’s when I went to Jive records and they signed me.

You once said it’s scary to be a role model. Why is that?

Because I make mistakes. If I do something wrong, I don’t want teenagers to feel like they should go out and do that as well. If you’re a role model, that’s what happens.

You mean it’s a lot of responsibility?

Yes, I don’t like that. I’m just human.

Do you feel as though the public doesn’t get to see the real Britney?

Everyone reckons I’m naïve. When I’m on stage, they definitely see the real me. When I’m not performing, they just have me down as some girl with blonde hair. Someone once asked me, “Do you think that because you’re blonde, you have more fun?” I was like “No, not at all!” Its just this is how I look and what works on top of what I do’ You should be happy for a person, not just assume they are a certain way.

In trying to be successful, can you be over-ambitious?

Yes. I think I have that problem. I honestly do. I’m such a perfectionist sometimes. It has its good points, but then it has its bad points because you’re never satisfied. I don’t think you should ever be completely satisfied as then you’re putting a limit on yourself. You should be happy with the person you are on the inside, but on the outside you should always be trying to strive for more.

And does that make you happy?

You end up driving yourself crazy because you’re never pleased with the finished project. You’re always like ‘Well if I’d done it like this, then it probably would’ve been a lot better’.

If you have to choose between career or family, what would come first?

I would choose both. Why not? But, of course, If it really came down to it, family!

What about getting older? Is it possible to age within pop business?

Yes, definitely. Madonna is proof of that.

Soccer is getting bigger and bigger in America. Who is your favorite player, and are you any good at the sport?

David Beckham – he’s a cutie. I am not a very good soccer player, so I have to get someone to help me. Maybe he can …

Do you like being challenged and trying new things?

Oh Definitely!! That’s why every award show I attend, I do a different performance. I always change it up a lot, and it’s good for the fans too as they got to see me more. I’m always trying to set myself new goals. You have to do that to be on top.

How do you hope to be remembered?

That I was just able to put a smile on people’s faces. That saw me in a movie and they left the movie theater feeling good, or they saw me dancing and it inspired them.

She sounds great … it’s really amazing having her back to this cognizant point again. I am really loving all this new stuff we’re getting from her directly. It’s a relief hearing her speak for herself again. BritneySpears.com has offered up a few screencaps from her new MTV documentary Britney Spears: For The Record as well as a new video clip where Britney talks, in her own words, about her upcoming new album Circus. After the jump, check out the screencaps from both … More »

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David Beckham Takes In A Lakers Game Sans Family

But he wasn't totally alone

David Beckham, who has taken up residence inside the Staples Center over the past few weeks it seems, was on hand to cheer on the LA Lakers again this week … but this time, he did not bring along either his children or his wife … nor did he meet up with any celebrity friends. No, this time, Becks took in the game all by himself:


BUT … he wasn’t alone for long … you may note that there are empty seats next to Becks. After the jump, check out who joined Becks at the Staples Center for this Lakers game … More »

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Beyoncé Hosts A ‘Gotham’ Gala

The girl's got balls

Beyoncé was lookin’ her Sasha Fiercest at Escape nightclub in NYC last when as she hosted Gotham magazine’s annual gala extravaganza. While Ms. Thang was lookin’ pretty damn slick in her curve-huggin’ dress, I find that I am WAY too preoccupied by those massively huge Chanel balls she’s got dangling from her earlobes:


Again, I should stress that I have NO IDEA what the Gotham gala was celebratin’ (an issue release, perhaps?) but I am really taken with B‘s ensemble. She looks really amazing in this dress … but I just can’t get over those ridic earrings. They look like they belong on an Xmas tree rather than hanging from someone’s ears. I’m afraid I cannot endorse her choice of accessories but the rest of her looks damn hot.

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Madonna To Become The New Face Of Louis Vuitton

The 'Material Girl' signs on for a new $10 million dollar campaign

The New York Post is reporting that Madonna has signed on to be the new face of Louis Vuitton‘s 2009 ad campaign. You know, I thought it was very interesting that Madonna — who isn’t a big purse carrier like some of the other high profile celebrity women — started carrying around a garishly orange LV purse in recent weeks (like, for example, when she emerged from the Kabbalah Centre in SoCal last week) … and now, I guess we know why … for a reported $10 million bucks, her Madgesty is gonna be seen totin’ around LV purses all year long next year:


MADONNA is being paid handsomely to be the new face of Louis Vuitton’s 2009 marketing campaign. The pop queen, who’s getting divorced from Guy Ritchie over issues ranging from sex to kabbalah water, is raking in $10 million for her modeling gig, sources told Page Six. And, despite online buzz that the shoot would be done by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot, WWD reports the nod went to legendary Steven Meisel, who did Madonna’s notorious 1992 book, “Sex.” Madonna was seen last weekend cozying up with Vuitton designer Marc Jacobs at the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood, discussing the clothing. Madonna’s rep declined to comment.

I understand that Maddy sat for a new photoshoot in SoCal on the same day that she was snapped carting around this LV purse from the Kabbalah Centre. While I think the shoot prolly wasn’t for her new LV campaign, I’m pretty sure it won’t be long before those photos get snapped. I can’t wait to see them … Madonna + Steven Meisel + Louis Vuitton = Woot!

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Paris Hilton & Benji Madden Dunzo

'Star' magazine reports

Say it ain’t so! Over the weekend, rumors began to swirl that Paris Hilton was spied canoodling with her ex-boyfriend Stavros Niarchos in Miami Beach, FL and now Star magazine is reporting that she and current boyfriend Benji Madden have called it quits. The mag is claiming that Paris gave Benji the heave-ho … according to Star, they’re dunzo, y’all:


It’s splitsville for Paris Hilton and Benji Madden. Days after Paris was “all over” her ex Stavros Niarchos, the heiress dropped the Good Charlotte rocker like a bad habit, telling him he was “too controlling” and that she needed her freedom back, a source tells Star exclusively. Shortly after their breakup, which took place on Nov. 17, Paris let her hair down at Villa nightclub, where she partied with her sister, Nicky, and Nicky’s boyfriend David Katzenberg. The following night she was also without Benji when she hit the hot spot Apple Paris. “Paris was fed up with Benji always telling her what to do and bossing her around,” says the insider. “She couldn’t take his overbearing ways anymore. It was stressing her out. He can be very aggressive and he was just too much trouble.” Benji didn’t take the breakup well, says the source. “He fought for a second chance and asked if they could talk it out but Paris said she was done talking,” reveals the insider. The demise of Paris and Benji’s relationship, after nine months of dating, didn’t happen overnight. “They’ve had “a lot of fights in the past,” says the source. The nail in the coffin was a showdown over Paris’ flirty night out with her ex-boyfriend Stavros on Saturday. “Benji didn’t like it that she spent the evening with Stavros,” says the source. “He blew up and Paris felt victimized. He gave her a lot of grief about that.” They bottom line is that they were just different people. “She felt she couldn’t cut loose and party,” says the source. “He doesn’t drink and doesn’t think she should either. She felt too fenced in.”

HMMM. It would make sense under normal circumstances that Paris would be ready to move on with a new boyfriend (considering that she doesn’t seem to stay attached to anyone person for long) but Benji is such a great guy, she would have to be utterly and completely INSANE to think she could do better. I’m not entirely convinced by this Star magazine report but, as I said, it’s entirely feasible that it could be true. What do y’all think … could Paris and Benji really be dunzo for good?

UPDATE: Life & Style is also reporting the dunzoness of Paris and Benji — tho their report denies that Paris hooked up with Stavros, quoting an “insider” who claims that the break-up reports are true:

It’s all over between Paris Hilton and boyfriend Benji Madden, Life & Style can officially report. “Sadly, it’s true,” Vanessa Fontana, a contestant on Paris’ BFF show, confirms exclusively to Life & Style. “Paris and Benji have split. I love Paris, and I just want her to be happy. I think that they’ll be better as friends.” Vanessa disputed rumors that the split had anything to do with Paris’ brief reunion with ex Stavros Niarchos this past weekend in Miami. “No, nobody else is involved,” she says. “Paris and Benji were loyal and faithful to each other. I was with Paris in Miami, and Stavros came over to our table, and the two of them talked for literally two minutes. It was a friendly conversation. They definitely did not hook up.” Sources say the breakup is due to the basic differences in the couple: Benji is a quiet homebody, while Paris is very social, both personally and professionally. And in recent weeks, the strain was beginning to show. “All of Paris’ friends have noticed that she hasn’t been happy lately,” says a friend. “Benji told Paris he didn’t like the BFFs from her show, and that he disapproves of her friends and doesn’t get along with her sister.” Their work schedules have not helped: Paris regularly travels the world, and is booked with back-to-back projects for the next 12 months, while Benji is currently in the recording studio working on a new Good Charlotte album with his twin, Joel. Paris is said to be devastated by the breakup. “She wishes it could be different,” says the friend. “Benji always treated her like his princess. He’s a really great guy with a big heart and she loves him very much. Maybe at some point in the future, the two of them could try again, but right now, they’re just too different as people.”

I’m still waiting for official confirmation but … it looks like they may really be dunzo for good.

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Madonna Gets ‘Sticky & Sweet’ In Detroit, MI

The TV Guide

Last night Sarah, Mark, Tracey, Erik and I met up for a quick bite to eat at Union Street in Detroit, MI before we headed over en masse to Ford Field to see Madonna‘s Sticky & Sweet World Tour homecoming concert last night. This show was the first time Madonna brought a concert tour to Detroit (to Michigan, even) since her Drowned World Tour so the whole Detroit metro area was very excited to come out and see her. Here are a few pics that I snapped at last night’s show:


Maddy sounded really happy to be home … she gave Detroit 13 shout-outs, made 2 mentions to her “home town”, mentioned the “Motor City” once, uttered the phrases “There’s no place like home” and “You can take the girl out of Detroit but you can’t take the Detroit out of the girl”, proclaimed that “Detroit girls don’t take no shit” and asked the audience to get loud because she “don’t come here very often, so make it big”. When I saw her in LA she didn’t really talk to the crowd very much … last night, she wouldn’t stop talking to the hometown crowd. The show was really fun, we had a blast. I also got to meet a few Detroit (and one Windsor, Canada) Pink readers at the show last night:


I have to give a shout-out to Jeffrey, Zach, Julia (and their friends Allie and Sophie), Michelle (from Windsor) — and an extra pic of Robbie (from Melbourne, Australia), who I met at the LA Madonna show a couple of weeks ago. It was great to meet you all :)

After the jump, check out a video that I shot at last night’s show of Madonna performing the requested song of the night with the entire crowd, a song she recently vowed she’d never perform again — Material GirlMore »

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Les News, 111908

'Meh' is a word, Postcards for Marriage Equality, Pirates really do exist
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Kelly Osbourne Is Gettin’ Hitched

Facebook status update!

According to the ever-reliable social networking site Facebook, it appears that congratulations are in order for Kelly Osbourne and her model fiancée Luke Worrall. According to Worrall‘s Facebook profile page, the young couple have decided to tie the knot, y’all:


Kelly Osbourne is getting hitched. She is engaged to model Luke Worrall, he has revealed on his Facebook page. According to Britain’s The Daily Mail, he changed his online relationship status to “engaged to Kelly Osbourne.” Osbourne, 23, has been dating Worrall, 18, for about six months.

Now, before any of y’all run out to pick out wedding gifts for the happy couple, I’d caution y’all to wait and see if the couple actually makes it down the aisle. This Facebook announcement could just be a joke and even if it is true, Kelly O. has not been very lucky in love before. While tentative congrats may be in order, let’s keep the champagne on ice until we get more substantive confirmation. I realize that some of you may have *no idea* who Luke Worrell is (I just learned about this guy a couple of months ago). After the jump, check out some of the 18-year old’s work as a model … More »

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Britney Spears’s Death-Defying New Promo Photo

"All eyes on me, in the center of the ring, just like a circus"

Okay … so mebbe calling this new Britney Spears promo picture “death-defying” may be a bit much but she is walking a tightrope (albeit a Photoshopped tightrope) and I think it’s kinda cute … much cuter than the promo pics we’ve seen thus far. It is exactly the kind of pic that YOU could submit to the Britney Contest that I’m running right now:


Yeah, this is a very fun pic. Yesterday we got to see two new 30-sec promo vids, courtesy of SKY1, for the new documentary Britney Spears: For The Record and today we get to see a different one courtesy of MTV. After the jump, check it out in full … More »

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‘GQ’ Magazine Honors The ‘Men Of The Year’ For 2008

More hot men on the way

While People magazine is honoring its annual list of the Sexiest Men Alive today, GQ magazine has compiled its own list of men to honor as well. Both male and female celebs made their way out to the Chateau Marmont in LA, CA last night to enjoy GQ magazine’s 2008 Men Of The Year Partybestowing top honors to Leonardo DiCaprio and John Malcovich. Here are a few pics from the red carpet arrivals last night:


Actors Leonardo DiCaprio and John Malkovich walked away with top awards at this year’s GQ Men of the Year ceremony. The Body Of Lies star picked up the Leading Man Trophy, while Malkovich was named Mad Genius of the Year at the men’s magazine awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Tuesday. President-elect Barack Obama was given the nod as Game Changer of the Year, actor Jon Hamm was handed the Breakout award and Olympic champion Michael Phelps took home the ultimate accolade for Golden Boy of the Year. The glittering party attracted some of Hollywood’s brightest male stars, including DiCaprio, Zac Efron, Adam Brody and Aaron Eckhart. And although the annual celebration recognizes leading men, the ladies were out in full force too, with Megan Fox, Rosario Dawson and Elisha Cuthbert turning out for the red carpet bash. The main list of winners is as follows:

Leading Man: Leonardo DiCaprio
Game Changer: Barack Obama
Breakout: Jon Hamm
Golden Boy: Michael Phelps
Mad Genius of the Year: John Malkovich
Obsession of the Year: Megan Fox
Drama Queen of the Year: Sean Penn
Screen Idol of the Year: James Franco
Tough Guys of the Year: The Wire Writers
Mogul of the Year: Seth MacFarlane
Prick of the Year: Gordon Ramsay

While I don’t necessarily agree with this list of honorees as I did with the People magazine list, there are a few winners that I am in complete agreement with — Barack Obama, Megan Fox, James Franco. After the jump, check out a few more photos from the red carpet arrivals last night — there is more hotness to be had … More »

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‘Australia’ Premieres In OZ

The world premiere

The sweeping new Baz Luhrmann film Australia had its world premiere debut at the George Street Greater Union Cinemas in Sydney, Australia yesterday and was attended, of course, by the movie’s principal stars Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman (just named by People magazine as the Sexiest Man Alive). Described as the Aussie Gone With the Wind (in that the movie is grand, larger than life and romantic), Australia is set in WWII Northern OZ and throws together two characters that initially butt heads and then, naturally, fall in love over the course of the film. Here are a few pics from the red carpet arrivals from yesterday’s world premiere:


Red carpets were rolled out in Sydney and the dusty outback on Tuesday for the world premiere of the epic movie “Australia” which aims to showcase the rugged continent, its history and indigenous people to the world. Director Baz Luhrmann’s ambitious and grandly named film, the most expensive made in Australia, was released amid a blaze of publicity and a race to finish the movie on time. Australian co-stars Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman have both carved out lucrative Hollywood careers but wanted to work with Luhrmann, a perfectionist who was so busy editing the film until the last moment that the cast did not see it before the premiere. “I knew we would get there but it has been a long time,” Jackman told Reuters as he walked the red carpet in Sydney, while screenings were held in three other Australian locations. The two-hour 40-minute long movie, which is reported to have cost News Corp’s 20th Century Fox about US$130 million, is a World War Two drama set in stunning Australian landscape. An English aristocrat (Kidman) travels to Australia and joins forces with a “drover” or cowboy (Jackman) and an Aboriginal child to drive a herd of cattle across Australia, falling in love along the way. Australia is pinning high hopes on the romantic adventure, which Luhrmann said he had filmed in the style of “Gone With The Wind” hoping to make his mark on Australian film history, but it remained to be seen if it would draw audiences globally. “There will be some (bad reviews), and there will be some people who really embrace it,” said Luhrmann, admitting spending such a large amount on an old-fashioned style movie was a risk. Early reviews from Australian critics were mixed, with David Stratton in The Australian writing it was not the hoped-for masterpiece while Jim Schembri in The Sydney Morning Herald said it was good but not destined to be a classic — and way too long … Kidman, 41, who worked with Luhrmann on his last and third movie “Moulin Rouge” in 2001, said making “Australia” was a “once in a lifetime thing” for her. “Rarely do you get a make a film that you have dreamed of doing since you were little, which will be part of Australian cinema,” said Kidman. “This is a celebration for me and hopefully for this country.” The movie also focuses on “the stolen generation,” when tens of thousands of Aboriginal children were taken away from their families between the 1880s and 1960s to be raised by whites. Australia’s new Labor government this year issued a long-sought formal apology to Aborigines for past injustices, heralding a new era in race relations in the nation … Luhrmann said the release of the film in the same year as the national apology was coincidental, but in light of the apology, he felt he had to work the message into the story. “Australia” opens in the United States and Australia on November 26, and in Britain on December 26.

I really love all of Lurhmann‘s films … he has an eye for making really inventive and exciting films that not only entertain but also look really beautiful. I became a fan of his with William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet and count Moulin Rouge as one of my all-time fave films. I am very excited to see this movie (I understand there is a scene in the film where Hugh Jackman dumps a bucket of water on his half-nekkid body … being well aware of how the man looks while half-nekkid and wet, I’m game) but am going in without any high expectations. The movie sounds grand but, for me, it doesn’t have to be a timeless classic that will last the ages. I’m just a fan of Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman and Baz Luhrmann — what more could I want? I’ll deffo see this movie when it opens next week … mebbe I’ll run into one of you in the popcorn line?

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Christian Siriano Turns 23 Years Old

Birthday lurve!

Project Runway season 4 winner Christian Siriano celebrated his 23rd birthday in NYC last night at a surprise birthday party thrown in his honor at Citrine nightclub. His boyfriend (not fiancée) Brad Walsh orchestrated the happy affair and arraged for Ultragrrrl and The MisShapes to provide the party music. Here are a few pics from the red carpet last night:


I think it’s safe to say that Christian is among the most beloved contestants from Project Runway so I think there are many folks out there who will join me in wishing the fierce designer a Happy Birthday. Siriano has been running around like crazy in the past few months and is even considering a guest appearance on Gossip Girl in the near future (despite the fact that E! claims that he and Walsh are “engaged”, I can assure you that they are not … yet). It’s clear that Christian is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon … and the lad just turned a mere 23 years old! OY! He’s gonna need that youthful spunk because he’s got a long career ahead of him. I hope you had a very Happy Birthday, Christian … I can’t wait to see where you pop up next!!

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Guess Who’s Rockin’ The Porn’stache

This one's a killer

Can you guess which hawt Hollywood actor has become the latest male celeb to get on board with the new facial hair trend?


This guy enjoys fame on the small screen but not on network TV. Additionally, he set tongues wagging when it was discovered that he is dating his on-screen sister in real life. After the jump, find out who it is and check out more pics of this guy’s new ‘stached look … More »

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Hugh Jackman Named The ‘Sexiest Man Alive’

By the fine folks at 'People' magazine

People magazine has released it’s annual pick for Sexiest Man Alive and they have chosen Aussie hunk Hugh Jackman as the sexiest … and I must concur. Each year, People magazine gathers a list of hawt male celebs for their time-honored Sexiest list (which is usually a very nice list) but some years bestows the honor of Sexiest Man Alive on a clichéd pick (Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Brad Pitt again, etc.). This year, I think People magazine absolutely made the right choice in picking Hugh Jackman:


He’s a triple threat: a star who can sing, dance and wield a weapon. At 6 ft. 2 in., all scruff and biceps, Hugh Jackman looms large in the epic Australia, which he says kept him “dirty 95 percent of the time” and left people stammering, “Oh … my … God,” according to costar Nicole Kidman, who adds, “Women’s jaws drop when Hugh walks into a room.” Jackman’s wife of 12 years, Deborra-Lee Furness, calls his perfect form “the Body of Doom – but I like what’s inside”: a romantic who sings ballads at home and makes pancakes for Oscar, 8, and Ava, 3. A hard body with a soft center.

In his interview with People magazine, Hugh confessed that he used to be self-conscious about his “chicken legs” and reveals that “lately” he is most proud of his smile and his pecs. OMG. I SO concur ;) “Sexy” is the perfect way to describe Hugh Jackman. As y’all know, I happily feature Hugh as much as I can (as recently as Monday) because the man is basically sex on legs. Of all the Sexiest men who made the list this year, I can’t think of anyone more deserving of the top spot. But, there are other Sexy men on the list. After the jump, check out some of the other dudes who made the list this year — you’ll find that almost all of them are guys who have been heavily featured right here on the blog … More »

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Amy Winehouse Brings The Beehive Back

Not necessarily a good thing

A somewhat more put together looking Amy Winehouse was spotted on the streets of London, England this week looking a fright better than she did the last time we saw her here on the blog. And look! She’s decided to bring her trademark beehive back:


Tho her new/old ‘do makes her look more like a cracked out Tammy Wynette (circa 1958) rather than the Amy Winehouse we’re most familiar with. I kinda hate it. What do y’all think?

[Photo credit: Splash News]

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Prince Harry Gets Back In Uniform Again

Sir, yes, sir!

Prince Harry, who we last saw lookin’ sharp as hell in his tuxedo at the Quantum of Solace premiere in London, has gone back to his military regiment Blues & Royals to start training again. Here are a few pics of Harry with some of his military buddies taking a break from a grueling bit of training exercise in Canada:


JOKER Prince Harry shows he’s the court jester while posing for a snap with Army pals. He made a cheeky hand gesture standing next to a lieutenant pal and other young officers. The picture was taken in a lighter moment during a recent gruelling exercise in Canada for Harry, 24, and his Blues and Royals colleagues. Last night a source said: “This is typical of Harry. He loves to be one of the boys. This is not the kind of pose you will see him pull for official Royal photographs.” Lieutenant Wales — as Harry is known — is a popular member of his regiment. The source added: “He’s normally the one to raise the men’s spirits by playing the fool.” In other pics he is seen sleeping leaning on his tank. Harry is due to leave his Household Cavalry colleagues for a while to train to be a helicopter pilot.

I gotta say … I like the military action figure version of Prince Harry. He looks like fun. Again, I reiterate my point … Prince Wills may be in the more powerful position but Prince Harry has totes got him beat when it comes to hawtness. I hope we get to see more of Prince Harry and his coming military training … if only for more uniform pics. Weee!

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‘Bolt’ Premieres

It's a dog's life

Miley Cyrus, John Travolta and others came out to the El Capitan Theatre in SoCal yesterday for the Hollywood premiere of their new Disney animated movie Bolt. Here are a few pics from the red carpet arrivals:


Bolt tells the tale of a celeb dog who thinks he has super powers and has to come to grips with the truth that he is just an ordinary dog … blah blah blah … I’m prolly not gonna see it. But I was very surprised to see that Miley‘s “friend” (and 20-year old underwear model) Justin Gaston was not in attendance for the festivities yesterday … especially telling since Billy Ray is now telling the world that Miley and Justin are collaborating on new music together. Here are pics of Justin roaming the streets of SoCal all by his lonesome earlier this week, most prolly missing the Cyrus family:


Billy Ray Cyrus says his 15-year-old daughter Miley and 20-year-old underwear model Justin Gaston are making sweet music together. “I’ll tell you what – they are great friends, and they make a good team,” he told Usmagazine.com at Monday’s Bolt premiere in L.A. “They write a lot of songs together, and they sing – it’s incredible.” … What advice does he have for his daughter? “Make good choices. Do the best you can do – mostly have fun,” he told Us. “I always tell her that as long as she’s having fun, then it’s working. When it starts being work, then it ain’t working,” he added. “She loves what she’s doing. She has a real passion for making music as an artist. She loves being an actress, and we all feel very fortunate being in the Disney family and getting to do both of our loves.”

I suppose I could make a joke about Jiley making beautiful music together but … meh, I won’t. Tho I’m pretty sure that Miley IS having a lot of fun by hanging out with Justin‘s hawt booty. I hope that Justin wasn’t feeling too left out from being uninvited to the Bolt movie premiere … but, then again, what interest would a 20-year old man have in watching an animated Disney film like this? That’s about as absurd as a 20-year old man being interested in a 15-year old girl. Oh wait.

[Photo credit: Splash News, X17; Source]

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First Look: Rihanna, ‘Rehab’

Co-starring Justin Timberlake

You may recall that last month Rihanna teamed up with Justin Timberlake to shoot a new music video (her 87th) from her latest album Good Girl, Gone Bad. Ri Ri and JT trekked out to the SoCal desert to film sultry scenes for her new single Rehab … here are a few screenshots from the finished product:


I was under the impression that JT would be providing vocals on the track but it turns out that he does not … he merely provides his hot bod for use in the video. After the jump, watch Rihanna‘s new music video Rehab in full … More »

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Britney Spears Openly Goes On ‘The Record’

A tease for her new MTV documentary and new rehearsal photos

MTV won’t premiere the new, very candid documentary film titled Britney Spears: For The Record until November 30 but today we are getting our first taste of what sort of information will be presented in that film. Talking very candidly about her recent troubles, Britney gives her perspective on the things that have transpired in her life and the ramifications of her actions. Likening her life to a “jail sentence”, Britney reveals — for the first time, in her own words — the pain that she has been dealing with over the past months and years:


Britney Spears says that since her breakdown, her life has been worse than a jail sentence – but that she’s slowly healing one day at a time. “I have really good days, and then I have bad days,” the singer, 26, admits in a new fly-on-the wall, 90-minute documentary, Britney: For The Record, to air in the U.S. Nov. 30 on MTV and in the U.K. Dec. 1 on Sky1. Struggling to gain control of her life again after her public meltdown earlier this year, she says candidly: “Even when you go to jail, y’know, there’s the time when you’re gonna get out. But in this situation, it’s never ending. It’s just like [the Bill Murray movie] Groundhog Day.” She adds, “I’m having to pay for it for a really long time.” Spears was hospitalized for mental evaluation in January, which resulted in her ex-husband, Kevin Federline, being granted sole custody of their sons, Preston and Jayden. Her father, Jamie Spears, also gained legal control over her affairs. “If I wasn’t under the restraints that I’m under right now, I’d feel so liberated,” she says in the film, which follows the singer as she records and promotes her new album Circus. “When I tell them the way I feel, it’s like they hear me, but they’re really not listening.” A camera crew followed the singer for three months as she moved to pull her life back on track. “I wanted to make this film because I started to feel like I wasn’t being seen in the light that I wanted to be seen in,” Spears said. “This is an opportunity to set the record straight and talk about what I’ve been through and where I’m headed.” Overall, she says, “I think I’ve learned my lesson now, and enough is enough.”

Wow. I can’t even begin to imagine what Britney Spears‘s life is like, especially in the wake of her breakdown, but from the outside looking in … I can’t imagine that her life now is worse than it was when she was spiraling down in a tragic mess all last year long. When she was under the control of Sam Lutfi, Alli Sims and Adnan Ghalib she looked hopeless and lost. These days there is a sparkle in her eye and a sense of purpose. I realize that she may think she is still “paying for” her breakdown but, to me, it looked like she was in a deep, deep hole. You can’t just climb out of something like that and expect to be 100% free again. Again, I can’t profess to know what her life is like but I know that I am thankful that her parents stepped in to take control of her life and her affairs after her breakdown. Who knows what her life might be like if she were allowed to continue on her tragic course towards travesty.

Her life is far from tragic these days … with a new album about to drop and plans for a new world tour, she really does have something to keep her active … something to work towards. After the jump, check out a few dance rehearsal photos that have been recently added to BritneySpears.com as well as a photo that was snapped on the set of her new music video CircusMore »

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Raw Like Sushi

The TV Guide

Last night Sarah and I got together with Nicole and Angi for a sumptuous dinner at Little Tree sushi in Royal Oak, MI before meeting up with Tara for after dinner drinks and dessert back at Sarah’s place. For the most part, we kept the night pretty chill … just hung out and stuffed our faces with delicious sushi:


We rounded out the night at Sarah’s dining room table drinkin’ wine and desserts from Astoria Bakery … it was a great way to spend a cold Detroit night. Tonight, Sarah, Mark, Tracey, Erik and I are heading out to Ford Field in downtown Detroit to see Madonna‘s Sticky & Sweet World Tour. It’s the first time Madge has played her hometown/State since her Drowned World Tour so I think it’s pretty safe to say that everyone here in Detroit is very excited to see her. Woot!

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Happy 2 year ani, TomKat! Paris hooks up with Stavros? Kidman to retire?
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‘The Hills’: Heidi Finally Sees The Light?

ATTENTION: 'THE HILLS' SPOILER ALERT WARNING

Last night’s ep of The Hills really tried to make Audrina Patridge‘s storyline the central plot but, sorry to say, her life isn’t nearly interesting enough to anchor a single episode (let alone an entire TV series, which is why Whitney Port will be starring in The City and Audrina is thanking her lucky stars for another season of The Hills) for me. The drama surrounding Lauren LC Conrad allowing the “homeless” Holly Montag to move in with her was far more interesting, IMHO:


But, you can’t blame Audrina for trying to play a more central role on the show … time is running out for the reign of The Hills and she is desperately trying to turn her Hills stint into something larger. Yeah, good luck with that. In any event, there was palatable drama to enjoy in last night’s ep. After the jump, find out what fallout came from LC‘s new houseguest on the ep titled One Last ChanceMore »

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Nicole Richie & Joel Madden Grab A Bite To Eat

Hilarity ensues

Happy couple Nicole Richie and Joel Madden stepped out to enjoy a lovely afternoon lunch together at a neighborhood Baja Fresh restaurant in Hollywood, CA yesterday. Altho Baja Fresh is a Mexican “fast food” restaurant, they do not offer exactly the same kind of fare that you might expect at a place like Taco Bell (for example). The food is freshly prepared and all of the sauces and toppings are always super fresh. That being said, Mexican food isn’t always the best option for some people … behold:


LOL! Now that’s love, y’all. I’m happy to see that Nic/Joel are still happily together … and while these photos would be a heap cuter if they had a little bit of Harlow Winter in them, I’m glad to see thinks going so well for these two (stomach probs, notwithstanding).

[Photo credit: X17]

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