Mariah Carey is still not pregnant. The singer was spotted sipping red wine and eating oysters — no-nos when expecting — in St. Barts on Tuesday. Carey also showed off her bikini bod as she toasted wine with her husband Nick Cannon at hot spot Nikki Beach. But kids could still be in the couple’s future. “I couldn’t imagine anybody that I’ve ever met being a better dad [than Cannon],” she said earlier this year. After their surprise April wedding, Cannon’s half-brother told Us Cannon “definitely wants kids” with Carey.
MMM HMMM … no babies yet but that doesn’t mean they won’t come. I suspect if the couple manage to stay hitched for at least a year then the baby bump might finally come. In the meantime, it looks like Mimi and Nick are just concerned with gettin’ their party on without concerning themselves with stretch marks and morning sickness. Mebbe once Nick reaches puberty the couple can seriously discuss a future with children.
Marc Jacobs and his alleged husband Lorenzo Martone of almost 6 months (the couple were reportedly wed back in July) have joined the cool kids partying in St. Bart’s this week as they were seen canoodling in the water and out on the beach yesterday afternoon … behold:
You gotta love the man-on-man action down in St. Bart’s to wrap up the year. As I watch the snow flurries whip thru the air here in NYC, those sunny beaches down in the Caribbean are lookin’ mighty fine. With a hunk of a hubby like Lorenzo, I don’t blame Marc for gettin’ his freak on whenever the moment feels right.
A new holiday photo has surfaced that shows the entire Cyrus family (sans Billy Ray who was most probably taking the photo) along with underwear model Justin Gaston posing together on Xmas morn. What is most interesting about the pic is that Miley and Justin are wearing the same Hannah Montana t-shirts in the photo … that and the fact that Justin has got a mad case of bed head. I wonder where he slept on Xmas Eve?
Man … I wonder if Miley opened her Xmas package from Justin on Xmas morning or the night before. Yeah, depending on the package, my guess is the night before.
Singer Beyonce puts her best foot forward as she struggles to keep her balance on the yacht-side inflated water trampoline attached to her luxury yacht in the Caribbean. Showing off the fine figure, that along with her huge voice, has made her a worldwide star, the bikini-clad beauty bounced around as her rap mogul husband Jay-Z looked on. The hardest-working female in the music business allowed herself a break from world domination to enjoy a luxurious break on the isle of St Barts with her husband of eight months. Beyonce and Jay-Z are holidaying in St. Barts in the Caribbean and were seen aboard luxurious 50 foot yacht ‘Galaxy’, which they are renting at a reported cost of $200,000 a week. Despite recently admitting she didn’t know “how to chill out”, the singer appeared to be making a good stab at it as she soaked up the sun, and romped through the waves on a jetski … Although the two chose the marry quietly in April this year, she revealed she is not keen to have children anytime soon, especially after witnessing her sister Solange, 24, give birth in 2004. She said: “I’m terrified of delivering a child because I saw my nephew born. That traumatized me,” she said of sister Solange’s 2004 birth. “I’m only 27, I’ve got time.”
I dunno … all this relaxin’ in the Caribbean could lead to a little baby B sooner rather than later. Beyoncé had herself a really bizzy year, it’s nice to see that she and Jay decided to spend some not working … at least for a little while. It’s great seeing B-Jay lookin’ so happy together … St. Bart’s looks like fun!
Three years ago, Joaquin Phoenix was the toast of Hollywood. With millions of female fans and critical acclaim for his Oscar-nominated performance in Walk The Line, Joaquin was one of the biggest names in Tinseltown. But, as these pictures show, the troubled star who recently announced his retirement from acting, has suffered a spectacular fall from grace. The 34-year-old star looked dishevelled and bloated when spotted partying in Miami Beach, Florida on Monday night. Wearing a ladies’ hairclip to tie back his scraggy hair and his chiselled jaw covered up with a long, bushy beard, Phoenix looked a world away from the handsome Roman Emperor Commodus in 2000 epic Gladiator. Joining him at the Liv nightclub was brother-in-law Casey Affleck, director Brett Ratner, actor/singer Jamie Foxx and hip-hop mogul Sean ‘P Diddy’ Combs. A source with close ties to the actor says worries are mounting for his health, sanity and well-being after a particularly troubled 2008. The source told Mail Online: “For people who know Joaquin, it’s been an incredibly traumatic year, filled with chaos. Everyone wants to help but nobody’s been able to break through. His bizarre behaviour has everyone worried. It’s just getting scary.” After a spell in rehab in 2005 and his recent erratic behaviour, the actor is cutting an increasing bizarre figure on the Hollywood social scene. Earlier this year, Phoenix disappointed his Two Lovers co-star Gwyneth Paltrow and fans by snubbing the film’s world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May and the subsequent premieres around Europe. The Puerto Rican-born star received critical acclaim for his portrayal of a New York bachelor torn between two women in the independent movie, but it was left to Paltrow to promote the film alone. The official line released by his publicist for him not attending the Cannes premiere was he was suffering from stomach flu. Friends of the actor, including Paltrow, have been growing increasingly concerned about his recent behaviour. The source adds: “Gwyneth is somebody who tried to reach out to Joaquin after he no-showed their movie premiere in Cannes. But he just wasn’t responsive.” Since announcing in October he was quitting acting to become a full-time musician, Phoenix appears to have piled on the pounds and given up on his personal grooming. In recent weeks, Phoenix has been hitting the clubs and bars of Los Angeles with aplomb, prompting the worries among close friends. The source said: “Joaquin has rejected everything that has come along with Hollywood stardom, the acclaim, the attention, and the artistic opportunities.”
Well, it doesn’t look like he rejected everything that comes with the trappings of celebrity. He really does look a bit wrecked … when you start looking like Mel Gibson when he was at his craziest, well, you’re in trubs. Here’s hoping that Joaquin manages to clean up his act … or her person, at the very least … and gets his life back in order. He is such a stunning talent, I’d hate to see him waste his life away.
And so … we have come to another New Year’s Eve together. Honestly, I’m still having a hard time believing that we’ve come to the end of yet another year already. It doesn’t seem like that long ago that David and I were in NYC taking care of the final preparations for his big New Year’s Eve party at his apartment … prolly cuz here we are, exactly one year later, in the very same place (well, except for the party plans). So many amazing things have happened to me this year that I cannot begin to list them all … 2008 will deffo go down as one of the pretty amazing years in my life:
2008 was a pretty spectacular year … I cannot wait to see what’s in store for 2009. I hope all y’all had a great 2008 and I wish you all much love, success and prosperity in the coming year. Happy New Year, y’all!!
Will there be a double wedding at the Playboy Mansion this summer? Just three days after Girls Next Door star Kendra Wilkinson announced that she and Hank Baskett will get hitched at Hugh Hefner’s famed estate on June 27, fellow costar Holly Madison was spotted looking at rings in Las Vegas with her Mindfreak boyfriend, Criss Angel. An eyewitness tells me Madison and Angel hit Berger & Son Fine Jewelers in the Fashion Show mall at about 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve. “They were looking at one ring and Criss said, ‘Would you marry me?’ ” our spy reports. “Holly didn’t say anything. She just looked at him.” But then the couple saw that a crowd was beginning to form in front of the store, so they quickly took off. “Criss handed the ring back to the sales guy and said, ‘Thanks,’ ” the spy said. Reps for Madison and Angel say we shouldn’t go looking for their wedding registry just yet. “Criss bought Holly a ring for her birthday,” Madison’s rep said. “It’s a flower ring” … Meanwhile, I’m told Madison and Angel’s families met for the first time last week when they celebrated Christmas together in Vegas.
Interesting … I’m most entertained by the overheard bit where Criss asked Holly if she would marry him and she just stared at him in silence. LOL, I really would’ve loved to have seen that. Criss and Holly have been quite a hot item for the past few months … I wouldn’t be surprised if they eventually did end up gettin’ hitched at some point in the future … but it looks like they won’t be heading down the aisle any time soon. Ah well, better luck next proposal, Criss.
As one of the world’s top designers, Donatella Versace creates fashion, not follow it. But as the Italian designer approaches her mid-fifties, she appears to be have found inspiration for her over-tanned, wrinkly appearance. After showing off her gaunt, mahogany body on a Caribbean beach yesterday, Donatella is looking increasingly like ‘tanorexic’ pensioner Magda from the 1998 movie There’s Something About Mary.
Both Donatella and Magda have matching dark tans, wrinkled skin, bleach blonde hair and have a penchant for wearing full make-up in the sun. In the classic gross-out comedy, veteran actress Lin Shaye played the sun-obsessed next door neighbour of Cameron Diaz’s character Mary. In the movie, bleach-blonde Magda spends her day out drinking and tanning on the balcony holding a reflector under her chin to get the maximum exposure to the sun’s rays. Mother-of-two Donatella, 53, is currently spending the Christmas and New Year period on the island of St Barts. After what has been yet another busy year for the fashion designer, the stress of running one of the world’s top labels appears to be taking its toll on Donatella. As she walked along the beach in her purple string bikini, her skin seemed a leathery shade of brown, as it sagged around the knees, arms and stomach, suggesting she has lost weight recently.
Yeesh … any state of undress is not a good look for poor Donatella. I don’t really see the appeal of such a leathery looking tan. Yeah, I could really do without having to see any more photos of Ms. Versace on such display … where’s Giorgio Armani when you need him?
Vermont State Police say actor Matt Dillon has been cited for speeding on an interstate highway. Dillon was charged with excessive speed after he was pulled over by a trooper on Interstate 91 in Newbury on Tuesday night. The 44-year-old actor was allegedly traveling at a speed of 106 miles per hour. The posted speed limit is 65 miles per hour. Dillon is set to appear in court on Jan. 21.
Er, well, on the plus side … he wasn’t drunk driving. That is not to say that speeding is any less dangerous than drunk driving but I think it’s safe to say that we’ve all engaged in a little bit of speeding from time to time. I can’t say that I’ve never felt the need to go 40+ miles over the speed limit but mebbe Dillon had someplace to be, like, really quickly. There are still a little over 12 hours left of 2008 here in the US … plenty of time for another celeb to get in one last arrest before we get to 2009.
The latest pictures also show a wing-shaped tattoo on the inside of his upper left arm. It is unclear exactly what the design is but it could be a cherub which would match the one he has in the same spot on his right arm.
Um … no … this newfound tattoo does not look like a cherub to me, it looks more like some sort of game hen or small chicken. It’s pretty impossible to tell what the hell it is from just this photo so we’ll have to wait until we get a better look at it in order to determine what it is. Until then, I’m gonna go with Cornish game hen … I mean, it’s possible, right?
So much for Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony’s big Valentine’s Day demise. (Or so we’re being led to believe…) In the face of reports that the duo have been fighting and are headed for a split, E! News has learned exclusively that J.Lo and her hubby are spending a few days together in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Two days ago, Lopez and Anthony met up with friends and family for dinner at Marmalade, a trendy, upscale restaurant in the old-town section of San Juan. “Jennifer and Marc looked very happy, so it is hard for me to believe the rumors that their marriage is in trouble,” the eatery’s general manager, Trace Donaldson, tells E! News. “They were laughing and seemed to be having a great time.” The couple were joined by a group that included Lopez’s sister, Lynda. On Monday, the Out of Sight star’s rep denied to E! a New York Daily News report that had the seemingly cozy couple planning to announce their breakup right after Anthony’s Feb. 14 show at Madison Square Garden. “There is no merit to the article,” the rep said. Lopez was spotted Dec. 26 boarding a private flight straight to Puerto Rico out of Van Nuys Airport.
The only thing that looked suspicious to me was all that time that the couple were spending apart. There were quite a few high profile events that J. Lo attended all by herself … so either Marc decided to stay home with the kiddies or the pair were not interested in going out together. I think it’s also kinda telling when a celeb decides to go out in public not wearing their wedding ring — especially when it’s big a honkin’ diamond ring that would be noticed if it wasn’t worn. But, all of this is clearly speculation … tho, I didn’t think that Madonna and Guy Ritchie were so close to dunzoness near the end of their relationship and, well, look at them now. I suspect that the couple will stay together well beyond Valentine’s Day … even IF they are trying to plan a good time to break up, they most assuredly will not do so on VD.
Charles Barkley was arrested early Wednesday in Arizona on charges of driving while impaired. Police say they noticed Barkley, 45, running a stop sign in the Old Town section of Scottsdale at about 1:30 a.m. Officers pulled Barkley over, took him to a nearby mobile command post, and administered a blood test after declining to submit to a breath test, according to Gilbert, Ariz., police Lt. Eric Shuhandler. Barkley was issued a citation for driving while impaired and released pending the results, which normally takes about a week, Shuhandler said. “He was very nice and professional,” Shuhandler said, adding he entire arrest process took place without incident, and Barkley was civil and cooperative throughout. For a first offense, someone found guilty of the charge Barkley faces might expect between one to 10 days in jail, the suspension of driving privileges for 90 days, and a fine of $1,000 or more, Shuhandler said. Barkley, who gained notoriety for a quick temper and blunt language during his years as an NBA player, represented the United States in the 1992 and 1996 Olympics. In October, he announced that he would be a candidate for governor of his home state of Alabama in 2014.
Er … yeah, I wouldn’t necessarily count on that gubernatorial bid in 2014 just yet … then again, folks have a funny way of forgetting things like this and/or end up electing politicians with questionable morals into office anyway. I’m not sure what the hell I was thinking but I was under the impression that the celeb busts were finished for the year … I guess I should’ve known that there was time for at least one more celeb bust. After the jump, check out a photo of Barkley being escorted out of the mobile police unit where he was processed this morning … More »
Yeah, apparently Justin wasn’t really needed for anything other than a face down body for Kate Moss to lay on. Hmmm … doesn’t sound very glamorous, does it? You can’t even seen an arm. I sincerely hope, for Justin‘s sake, there are more Cavalli ads to come cuz … if this is all he got, then he got robbed.
You gotta give the old dude props for deigning to be seen in public while wearing so little clothing. In fact, Armani will not go to the beach without his little speedo trunks. Year after year, no matter how old and withered he gets … he still wears the speedo. You have to admire his tenacity … even if the rest of him leaves much to be desired. You do your thang, Giorgio … sexy can be a state of mind … especially when it’s not as readily apparent to the naked eye.
Sunkissed Glow is a flowery, fruity and sensual scent with notes of orange blossom, waterlilies and passion flowers. You will also smell the scent of ember, musk and cashmere wood.
The perfume flask has nice curves like the other Glow by Jennifer Lopez editions. Different from earlier versions are the warm colors on the bottle. With the flacon comes a little present in the form of an arm/ankle bracelet.
I understand that this lovely ad was photographed by Peter Lindbergh on the island Islamorada off the coast of Florida and that Sunkissed Glow will be released in Europe in February 2009. It doesn’t look like the divorce rumors are having an averse effect on her business savvy … I think this is the 49th fragrance that she has released for sale since she started her J. Lo line of merchandise. I’m not sure if any of her scents smell good or not but they appear to be selling well … I’m sure you’ll be able to pick up your own bottle of Sunkissed Glow at your friendly neighborhood Rite Aid Pharmacy soon!
Prince Harry (24) and stunning girlfriend Chelsy Davy (23) have escaped the cold weather and jetted off to sunny Mauritius for a romantic holiday in a posh beach resort. The young royal couple proved they are still very much in love as they soaked up the 33 degree heat and cuddled happily in the sea. Prince Harry couldn’t keep his hands of his beautiful South African girlfriend, who looked great in a black bikini. The Prince looked like he was having a whale of a time as he was spotted getting merry with other holidaymakers – by drinking beer through a hose! And the threat of the financial crisis certainly doesn’t seem to be a worry for the Prince and his bikini Queen – the beach hut they are staying in costs around 1,000 pounds a night!
LOL … as if the Prince of England would have to worry about hotel prices no matter what the economic climate may be. It’s nice to see that Harry and Chelsy are still together after all these years … the couple have been together for a long time now, it looks like they may be in it for the long haul. They make a great couple, I think … she’s a lucky lady, that Chelsy. I wonder what it’s like to be gettin’ the Royal lovin’.
Welp, the long story short is that our plans to spend New Year’s Eve in Reykjavik, Iceland totally and completely fell apart at the last minute last night. Without going into the gory details, we got our flight times mixed up and ended up missing our flight to Iceland last night … the only one of the day. After trying to reschedule for today, we learned that the flight was booked solid and any flight after today would put us in Iceland after New Year’s Eve:
Obvs, David and I are really upset about our plans falling apart but I’m most bothered by the fact that we were to meet my friend Diana in Iceland today. Instead, she will be spending New Year’s all by herself in Iceland. Altho she is a very resilient person who often travels to foreign countries all on her own, I’m bummed that we won’t be spending the New Year together. We had this trip planned for so long and it was all undone but a mere 2 hours :(
As a result, we will be spending NYE here in NYC … not too shabby, I’m not complaining, but I am a bit upset that our grand plans to be back in Reykjavik died a sad and unnecessary death.
Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse, Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel) is 28, Tyrese is 30, Tiger Woods is 33, Matt Lauer (Today Show) is 51 and Meredith Vieira (Today Show) is 55 years old today. Click HERE to see who else is celebrating a birthday today.
According to sources, Balthazar Getty, who plays the Oscar winner’s eldest son, was informed last week that producers were not planning on picking up his option as a full-time series regular next season. However, that doesn’t mean that Tommy’s place setting at the Walker dinner table is being permanently removed. Not yet, anyway. Per a B&S source, Getty is currently in talks with the show to stay on in a reduced capacity, perhaps as a recurring guest star. While a rep for the show declined to comment, Getty’s spokesperson denies that the actor is leaving. Rumors about Getty’s possible exit have been grist for the gossip mill for months. The actor’s real-life drama — the collapse of his marriage and ensuing tabloid-ready romance with Sienna Miller — has allegedly alienated him from his co-stars, many of who had grown close to his wife, Rosetta, and their four young children. What’s more, according to E! Online’s Marc Malkin, Getty has been showing up late for work and proving increasingly “difficult” to work with. But per multiple sources, Getty’s sorta-departure is not the result of any one issue but a combination of factors that also includes budgetary and storyline considerations. Tommy has long been considered the most disposable of B&S’s siblings. Removing him, at least as a regular presence, frees up the show to introduce some new blood. In any case, don’t expect Tommy to exit by way of a casket. Although an ABC insider says the idea of killing off a Walker has been discussed, the network would likely view such a twist as “too morbid.” As a result, Tommy is likely to either relocate with his wife and baby, or just drift into the background and reappear for the occasional disastrous dinner party.
I mean, I suppose in this dire economic climate it is very easy to blame things like this on budgetary concerns but I can see how all these factors intermingling together might lead to Getty‘s depature (in whatever fashion) from the show. I, too, have been hearing rumblings that Balthazar has been acting a bit shitty to his co-stars on set so … mebbe he just needs to leave the show — and mebbe run off with Sienna? Looks like he’s already got a head-start on that account. The couple have been hooking up about every month so I’m not at all surprised that they’ve jetted off together to Mexico. Looks like they’ll be ringing in the New Year together while sippin’ margaritas on the beaches of Mexico … which sounds like the perfect setting to take one’s mistress while leaving the wife and kids at home. Score!
After spending a few days in NYC for the holidays (doing fun stuff like bike riding and soccer playing), the Jackman family have packed up their shizz and bid adieu to the Big Apple. Here are a few fairly benign photos of Hugh lookin’ all kinds of hawt in just his sweater and scarf as he loaded the family and their belongings into the car on their way out of town yesterday afternoon:
Isn’t it remarkable how Hugh Jackman can make something as simple as walking, standing still or breathing look so sexy? The man is just hot. The end.
David Beckham unveiled his controversial new tattoo on the football pitch in Dubai today. The biblical proverb is said to have caused angry scenes in the Beckham house, with Victoria reportedly furious that her husband ignored her pleas not to add to his body art. The latest design can be seen tucked on the inside of Beckham’s already heavily-inked left arm. The design – created by Beckham’s regular artist Louis Malloy – is a Hebrew translation of “My son, do not forget my teaching but keep my commands in your heart.” It accompanies another Hebrew phrase on the same arm which reads: “I am my beloved and my beloved is mine”. Victoria has the same tattoo but probably won’t be rushing out to copy the new proverb any time soon. A source said: “Victoria doesn’t think David should have any more tattoos and tried to stop him having another. She likes them but wants a bit of his skin to be left, but David went ahead with it anyway.” Tension in the Beckham household also peaked earlier this year when the couple decided not to fly home for the 60th birthday of David’s father Ted shortly after his near-fatal heart attack. But Victoria, 34, tried to end the feud by holding a family Christmas at their mansion in Hertfordshire – which is when Beckham fitted in his visit to the tattoo parlour. A friend said: “She wanted the children to see everyone before they go to Italy.” England midfielder Beckham, on loan to the Italian club AC Milan, was in Dubai to attend a training session at Al-Nasr’s club ground. The football giants arrived yesterday to start their winter training camp in the Gulf emirate. It will culminate in the Dubai Football Challenge match against German team Hamburg.
To be quite honest, I wouldn’t've even noticed this new tattoo if it wasn’t brought to my attention. With arm sleeves, it’s difficult to tell when a new tattoo has been added to the mix. It seems to me that Becks won’t be finished with his tattooing until he completely fills in both arms. Whether or not any new Bible sayings will be added to his body art remains to be seen but it seems that he gets the itch to add new ink almost on a yearly basis. As y’all may recall, he got his first armsleeve tattooed last year and then got the tattoo of Vicki B. on his arm sometime earlier this year. Yeah, I don’t think he’s anywhere near the end of his tattoo obsession … whether we like it or not.
The amazing actress Cate Blanchett is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Vanity Fair magazine wherein in her coverstory interview she talks about how disinterested she is in resorting to cosmetic surgery under any circumstances. In the accompanying photospread, shot by Annie Leibovitz, Cate looks so absolutely stunning that I cannot believe that anyone would even think that she would need to resort to any cosmetic surgery of any kind. Here is Cate‘s beautiful coverphoto and a portion of her VF coverstory interview:
Cate Blanchett says her marriage of 11 years could be over if she goes under the knife. The actress — who currently stars in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button with Brad Pitt — tells Vanity Fair: “I haven’t done anything, but who knows. Andrew [Upton] said he’d divorce me if I did anything.” But that doesn’t mean she’d never mess with her famous face. “I’m not a spokesperson against the world of injectables,” The 39-year-old actress says. “If you grow up in an environment where your mother gets you a boob job when you turn 18, what hope is there? But I didn’t grow up in that world. The reason I went to train as an actor was that I was interested in it for the long haul,” she adds. “You can become very self-obsessed, but you’ve got to keep looking outward.” Blanchett says her body isn’t the same after the birth of their three sons: Dashiell, 7; Roman, 3 and Ignatius, 7 months. “When you’ve had children, your body changes; there’s history to it. I like the evolution of that history; I’m fortunate to be with somebody who likes the evolution of that history.” “I think it’s important to not eradicate it. I look at someone’s face and I see the work before I see the person….” she adds. Plus, Blanchett says plastic surgery doesn’t stave “off the inventible” aging process. “If you’re doing it out of fear, that fear’s still going to be seen through your eyes,” she says. “The windows to your soul, they say.” Upton, a playwright, doesn’t mind his wife’s looks, Blanchett says, although he doesn’t focus on them. “I’m not a trophy. He likes the vessel, but he also wants to make sure the vessel is full.” Blanchett says she wouldn’t rule out having more children either. “Who knows? Don’t close those doors. The world is very overpopulated, but we do make nice ones,” she says. “They all look like Andrew. To say he has dominant genes would be an understatement.” In addition to expanding her brood, Blanchett also has a retirement plan. “I think I just want to garden — or kill some plants, in my case,” she says.
Cate Blanchett is one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood these days and, IMHO, prolly the best actress alive right now … I don’t think she needs to change a single thing about the way she lives her life. She seems very happily married, the kids keep on comin’ and she turns in amazing performance after amazing performance in film after film. She will surely live on as one of the great acting icons of our time, I’m utterly convinced. After the jump, check out the collection of stunning photographs that Leibovitz shot for this issue of Vanity Fair, which are simply not to be missed … More »
It is being reported that Bristol Palin, the eldest daughter of Alaska governor and former Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin, gave birth to her firstborn child this past Saturday in Palmer, Alaska. As you may recall, Bristol made headlines when it was revealed that she was pregs with a child that was conceived out of wedlock mere days after Sarah Palin was announced as the Republican Party’s nominee for VP. Had John McCain won the Presidential election last month, Bristol would’ve been the first unmarried Second Daughter-elect to give birth in the weeks ahead of the Presidential inauguration:
Bristol Palin, the 18-year-old daughter of former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, gave birth on Saturday to a healthy 7 lb., 7 oz., baby boy in Palmer, Alaska. “We think it’s wonderful,” said Colleen Jones, the sister of Bristol’s grandmother Sally Heath, who confirmed the news. “The baby is fine and Bristol is doing well. Everyone is excited.” The baby’s name is Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston and he was born at 5:30 a.m., according to Jones. Baby Tripp takes his surname from his dad, Levi Johnston, an apprentice electrician and former Wasilla High School hockey player who has been dating Bristol for three years. Bristol Palin is currently residing in Wasilla and completing her high-school diploma through correspondence courses. Johnston is studying to become an electrician. He told the Associated Press in October that he and fiancée Bristol plan to wed in 2009 and raise the child together.
Man … what a fitting end to all the Palin nonsense that we were subjected to this year. I’m fairly certain that Bristol and Levi would’ve gotten hitched before the birth of this child had the Republicans won the election but now that they’re able to go back to being “regular” folk up in Alaska, they can carry on and forestall their shotgun wedding until they are good and ready to make the commitment. I have to be honest, I’m really glad that we dodged the Palin bullet in last month’s election … there was just too much drama wrapped up in Palin’s elevation in our national politics. I do hope that Bristol, Levi and Tripp are able to live long and happy lives together … far away from national politics. I think it’s prolly for the best for everyone concerned.
There is a truce between Lindsay and I, so please stop adding any fuel to the fire. I respectfully ask that all sources, so called friends and mouthpieces refrain from any more comments or suggestions on her blog.
What? This makes no sense. Just for the mere fact that Michael Lohan has taken to blogging will lead to further back and forth between him and Lindsay and their blogs. As of yet, Lindsay has not addressed the existence of her father’s blog or the comments he’s made to the public since his site went online last weekend but I suspect that some sort of mention will come. Despite the fact that he claims that his blog is not about Lindsay Lohan or his family, he can’t seem to go more than 4 minutes without mentioning them in some fashion. At any rate, Michael Lohan did manage to successfully pull off his video chat last night, logging on at the appointed hour to answer questions from interested folks:
The entire video chat has been archived on his Kyte profile for viewing by folks who were not able to participate in the webchat last night. After the jump, check out Michael Lohan‘s first ever LIVE videochat with the public … More »
In recent weeks we’ve been seeing a bit of Prince William and his manly new beard but we’ve not been seeing much of the younger Prince Harry. Sure, he’s been spotted in some of the pics with Wills but he’s been relegated to the background … until now. Prince Harry has jetted off with his longtime girlfriend Chelsy Davy (and without his older brother) for a quick trip to the Republic of Mauritius for a little holiday getaway … here are pics of a Harry, wearing only his swim trunks, as he went for a dip yesterday afternoon:
MMMMM … while Prince William is the real Prince Hairy, I think we can refer to Harry as Prince Hottie ;) Tho, he could use a bit of sun to give the lad some color. It’s unclear if the Prince and co. will remain in Mauritius for New Year’s Eve but I suspect they’ll find something interesting to do wherever they go … hopefully, he’ll do it half-nekkid ;)
Yesterday I posted my list of my fave movies and TV shows for 2008 and I listed Skins as my #1 pick of the year. I’m not entirely sure when the series originally aired in the UK but the first two seasons were broadcast on BBC America this year and immediately won my heart. Frank, witty and incredibly real, Skins follows the intermingling lives of a group of young friends as they try to get thru school, romance and varying degrees of drug use pretty much like all teenage kids are wont to do. The second season of Skins ended with many of the principle characters heading off to university or to make their way in the big city … but a third season is on the way, scheduled to being airing in the UK very soon. Here is our first look at the new cast of season three — meet Effy, Thomas, Cook and Pandora:
Here is Naomi, Freddie, Katie, Emily (they’re twins), JJ and Karen:
This is BY FAR the most entertaining show I’ve seen all year … it beats the hell out of the drama we get on Gossip Girl. Trust me, if you like GG you’ll love Skins. I urge those of you here in the US who haven’t seen the series to check it out on BBC America. I can only hope that we’ll be getting season 3 of Skins here in the US sometime in 2009 … I’m not sure I can wait that long to watch the next season.
If there’s one film out next year that sums up the word ‘blockbuster’ it’s Michael Bay’s monster sequel to 2007′s Transformers. It’s perhaps appropriate then that Transformers 2 kick starts our big 2009 preview feature in the latest issue of Empire (on sale now). You can read all about our exclusive visit to the Cairo set of the film in the issue and, in the meantime, cast your eyes down to see some exclusive new images from the film.
Woot! I am very much looking forward to the release of this movie. As you may recall, we got to see both Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox on the desert set of this Transformers sequel earlier in the year and it looks like they’ve got a lot of production on the film already in the can. After the jump, check out a few more pics which are featured in the new issue of USA Today … More »
Welp, I’ve made my way from Detroit to NYC without much fuss … but the strangest thing happened yesterday afternoon. Apparently, due to the high force winds that ripped thru Southeastern Michigan, AT&T‘s wireless services got knocked out and we were unable to use our cell phones. I have to tell you, it’s a strange thing not being able to use the phone when you are so used to having access whenever you like. On my way out of town, I paid a visit to ACO Hardware to pick up a stuffed Jesus doll (cuz, really, where else would one find such a thing?) so that I could take him with me to Iceland. Connie brought a Jesus doll to the Holiday Party for the gift exchange but he was stolen away from me … $5 bucks at the hardware store and the wrong was righted:
Hey, if Madonna can have a Jesus of her own, why can’t I? I’ve decided that Jesus needs to come to Reykjavik with David and me to see the sights … I’ll be sure to share pics along the way ;)
So, yeah, David and I were reunited last night and we had a very nice night together. We are both very excited to meet up with my friend Diana who is already in Iceland … we are looking forward to ringing in the New Year together :) We leave for the airport in a few hours … from tomorrow on, I’ll be comin’ atcha from the land of Bjork and elves. Wee! I can’t wait!
Jessica Alba and husband Cash Warren were taking parenthood in their stride yesterday as they took baby Honor on yet another trip to the park. The couple, who married in a quiet ceremony in May, enjoyed the short walk to their local park as a family, before Cash left Jessica with their baby daughter and a friend to enjoy a picnic … Make-up free Jessica, 27, made for an effortless yummy mummy, dressed down in a tracksuit and trainers as she fed six-month-old Honor. The actress looked relaxed as her friend played with the baby, who was warmly wrapped up in a cosy white jacket and tiny Ugg boots.
Aww … I can’t believe how big little Honor Marie is getting … and I really can’t believe that she was born back in June … it seems like she was just born yesterday. There were a lot of celeb babies born in 2008, which may go down as THE biggest year for celeb babies to be born. I’m telling you … these babies are going to be kids very soon, then they’ll be teenagers and then grown adults trying to make it big in showbiz, just like their famous parents. It never seems like they stay babies for long. At least little Honor is still tiny enough that she kinda looks like a baby … a darling one, too!
Le sigh. Hugh is lookin’ good in his black ensemble … everything fits just right and he looks cool as hell. I shant reiterate just how lucky I think his children are to have such a devoted father but I will call to all y’all’s attention just how happy his kiddies look. Thus far, it looks like the Jackman family is having a great time in NYC … who says you need to jet off to the tropics to enjoy the holidays?
Santa must’ve brought someone new sneakers this Christmas! Just after the holiday, Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal were geared up and power walking the hills in Ojai, near Witherspoon’s farm getaway. The couple’s surprise dates? Gyllenhaal’s Zodiac costar Robert Downey Jr. and his wife, Susan. “It was cute, they were all wearing hiking gear,” says a source, “They seemed really relaxed. There were no kids around and they seemed like they were having a great time.” Not to fear, the couple brought Jake’s dog and also squeezed in time to engage in another trademark routine: grabbing a morning cup of coffee together.
OMG could these two be MORE boring? Seriously, if they slipped into a coma I’m not even sure anyone would even notice. I’m just STUNNED that someone as hawt as Jake Gyllenhaal could be wasted on such a snoozefest of a relationship. No offense to Reese Witherspoon, who I really do like, but she just doesn’t seem like the right person for him. They already act like an old married couple … and they’re neither old nor married. I really hope these two either jazz things up in the new year or move on to sunnier pastures. I really love me some Jakey poo but … trying to find anything interesting to talk about his relationship with Reese is just … zzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
See, now this is much better … they don’t need to wear matching outfits to show the world how much in love with one another they are. This way, they look like normal, uncrazy people. I love that Mimi, apparently, owns various pairs of those FRIGHTFULLY horrid furry boots in different colors. I wonder how many Sasquatches Chanel had to slaughter to get the shaggy fur to make those monstrosities? In any event, I don’t expect that Mr. & Mrs. Cannon will remain in Colorado for New Year’s Eve … they will, most likely, jet off to someplace more happenin’.
Jude Law, who has recently been very bizzy shooting scenes for the new Guy Ritchie-directed big screen adaptation of Sherlock Holmes in London in recent months, was spotted over the weekend with his children Rafferty, Rudy and Iris (not pictured) along with ex-wife Sadie Frost on holiday in Brazil. Here are a few pics of the fam chillin’ at the beach as they enjoyed their vacay with one another … Jude’stache included:
Jude Law and Sadie Frost have sparked rumours of a reconciliation after going house-hunting together. The former couple – who divorced in 2003 after six years of marriage – are said to be getting their relationship back on track and have decided to purchase a property to give the four children they raise together a family home in the countryside. A source said: “Jude and Sadie have been getting on fantastically in the past six months. When her business FrostFrench went bust, Jude offered his support in any way. “He decided to help her buy some where in Hampshire, in the countryside, a real family place. They plan to invest together and give their children a truly loving home.” Jude, 35, and Sadie, 43, have also booked a vacation to South America with their kids so they can all spend Christmas together. The source added to Britain’s Daily Mirror newspaper: “They have always tried to stay on good terms for the sake of their kids and Christmas is important to both of them. So this year they’re splashing out on a luxury break to Brazil to spend the festive break as a family. “Pals are desperately hoping a romantic reunion is on the cards.” The pair were photographed laughing and looking cosy at an event in London’s Royal Opera House earlier this week, leading to suggestions they have already rekindled their romance.
If you also consider that Jude is celebrating his birthday today with his children and Sadie and, well, it does seem like they are gettin’ awfully close again. I wasn’t too keen on Jude when he was cheatin’ with Sienna so if it turns out that he and Sadie can repair their marriage then I’m all for it — as long as Sadie backs off on trying to get him to shave off his Jude’stache, she’s alright in my book. Mebbe 2009 is the year the couple will officially get back on track.
Why is it that when people make comments based on conjecture or their own personal views, other people give what they say such credence? When in fact, comments based on fact or the truth, are discounted? Do pictures lie! For example, how is it that a person like Joe Francis who knows my entire family was beaten up verbally for standing up and speaking the truth! Do any of you know him? Well I do! And besides being a good friend, an intelligent person, and good business man, he was there for my family in some of the hardest times. Yet, because he had some controversy in his own life and he is in the public eye, people beat him up in the press just like they do me.
Is it so wrong for standing up or speaking out for what you believe in? For having a voice in order to help someone or a given situation? I guess if you are not in the public eye and you have a squeaky clean image, you might get by. But then again, are any of us that perfect and have never made a mistake or a poor decision? Have any of you ever heard the phrase, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone?” (John 8:7) If it offends you, I am sorry for quoting scripture, but in fact many scriptures are inveterate (deeply rooted) in our lives.
So before we make a comment or pass judgment on anyone else, shouldn’t we ask ourselves, “Have I made mistakes too?” And if so, we have no right knocking or slandering anyone, unless we of course, can live outside the box without taking the time to look within first.
This does not only apply to me, but to anyone who has something to say about someone they love or something they believe in. I am not here, and neither should you, to slam anyone. Instead, we should offer positive and meaningful advice on any content up for discussion. Especially if we have experienced the topic of discussion. We all act out at times out of emotion. We don’t take time to think. But we should! There is a saying by Pascal that says “The heart has reason that even reason does not know.” Think about that. Because to me, when you love a person with all your heart and you see them hurting or in need, you will do anything you possibly can to help them, even at the risk of being hurt yourself.
For the Real Story, if you want to have a voice and hear the Truth, I invite you to join in.
Just like it was for music, 2008 wasn’t really a great year for movies or television … the Writer’s Strike at the start of the year really decimated Hollywood and severely hurt television programming. That said, there were a few really amazing films (highlighted by really amazing acting performances) and a select few TV shows that really brought the entertainment this year. Here is my list of my Fave Movies of 2008 … I think the #1 pick might surprise you.
At #10 is The Incredible Hulk:
This movie may not have been the best superhero film of all time but it beat the hell out of Ang Lee‘s Hulk and really did a service to both the comic book series and the TV series from the ’70s. This film really paid homage to the beloved TV series for the first half of the film and then represented the comic books very well in the second half of the film. All I know is that I had a really good time at the movies watching this film … and isn’t that what’s most important?
At #9 is W.:
Oliver Stone films are really hit or miss and this one was a pretty nice hit. Josh Brolin played a superb GWB and managed to put our soon-to-be ex-president in real context. I am no GWB fan by any stretch of the imagination but this film actually made him a sympathetic character. Props to Oliver Stone for actually doing the impossible.
In the #8 position is Doubt:
This film is all about the acting. And among the amazing acting performances, Meryl Streep far outshines everyone else in this film. She absolutely turned in the most powerful acting performance this year … she absolutely deserves all the Best Actress awards and, IMHO, the Best Actor awards as well — she is that good in this film. I feel bad for Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams, who both turned in exceptional performances, cuz Streep just steals the spotlight. She made this movie such a delight for me to watch.
At #7 is Milk:
At long last, the story of Harvey Milk‘s life made it to the big screen … and Sean Penn did his memory a great service. Milk may not have been a blockbuster but it is a very important story that is told so expertly that I wish it had made more money at the box office. Penn‘s cast of supporting actors were also pretty phenomenal … as a whole they told a tale that an entire generation of people were hearing for the first time — which was eerily similar to the events that were playing out on the streets of SoCal this past November.
At #6 is WALL•E:
OMG … what can I say about WALL•E that hasn’t been said a million times before? The movie is just cute as hell and actually caused kids and grown adults alike to fall in love with a sweet little animated trash compactor. I had my doubts about this film before I saw it for myself … but man, once I saw it — I was hooked. WALL•E is absolutely the Best Animated Film of 2008.
After the jump, check out my Top 5 Fave Films of 2008 as well as my list of my Fave TV Shows of the Year … More »
So … last night Sarah and Mark hosted pretty much every single person they even remotely know at their home for their annual Holiday Party and managed to pull off another amazingly fun night of celebration, mirth and merriment. Honestly, except for getting to spend time with my parents, Sarah and Mark’s parties are THE reason I come home to Detroit so often. Here are a few of the photos that Mike G. snapped thruout the night:
At long last, I was finally able to meet Sarah’s childhood friend Chanda and her husband Leonard who I only ever heard about, saw in photos or on video … and speaking of video … for years, I’ve been aware of a junior high school talent show video that features Sarah, Chanda and a very untalented third girl dancing to Kid N Play‘s song Gettin’ Funky. Wearing matching Nike t-shirts that read JUST on the front and DO IT. on the back, the ladies hip-hopped their way to glory … well, they didn’t actually win the talent show (we can blame that other girl for that) but they did turn in a pretty amazing performance. Fortunately for all y’all, Mike G. also managed to video us watching the performance tape so I can share it with all y’all after the jump … More »
Thomas Dekker (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) is 21, Sienna Miller is 27, Seth Meyers (SNL) is 35 and Stan Lee is 86 years old today. Click HERE to see who else is celebrating a birthday today.
It is that time of the week (and the last time for the year) that we take a moment to pause and reflect upon the Hot Dude of the Week. So … let me be brief (Jockey briefs, to be exact) and present to y’all this week’s hotness Nick M.:
Plain and simply, Nick M. is a fine specimen of the male form and seems a great way to close out a year of Hot Dudes of the Week. Here’s hoping the coming year is chock full of more hotness and that we’ll have a lot more flesh to gawk at in the coming weeks of 2009. Woot!
Semi-new dad and Good Charlotte frontman Joel Madden showed off his new look in SoCal yesterday as homedog debuted his newly grown facial hair porn’stache/goatee combo … check it out:
Yeah … I dunno about this one. I mean, I’m an avid supporter of the new porn’stache trend that seems to be very popular with the celebs these days but … I’m not sure this look particularly works for J. Mad. I think it’s the goatee that’s throwing me off … I’d like to see what he looks like with just the ‘stache. I’m torn … what do y’all think? Thumbs up or down?
Can you guess which celeb, who recently gave birth to her first child, stepped out to do a bit of pre-Xmas shopping this week while showing off her newly blondified hair?
OK, so this may not be much of a guessing game since I’ve done nothing to cover the person’s face … but honestly, I had a hard time recognizing who this person is even by looking at her straight in the face. It may be easy for some but I was stumped for a bit. After the jump, find out who it is … More »
DAVID BECKHAM has canned his big money deal with Pepsi after TEN YEARS as the face of the soft drinks giant. Becks, 33, has thrilled his fans by dressing up as a gladiator, cowboy and surfer for the long-running TV advertising campaign. But the England footie hero, nicknamed Goldenballs, is now giving up his £2 million-a-year contract to focus on other work with companies such as Vodafone and Armani. Dad-of-three Becks — currently playing at AC Milan after being loaned out by his US team LA Galaxy — said last night: “I have nothing but good memories of my association with Pepsi. I’ve played a gladiator, a cowboy, a surfer, and worked alongside BEYONCE and JENNIFER LOPEZ as well as some of the biggest names in world football. I hope everyone who has seen the work enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed making it.” Pepsi hailed its work with Becks as “one of the most enduring partnerships in global brand history”. It added: “David’s football legacy will live on, and everyone at Pepsi will continue to be passionate about his success.” But the news will please the Consumer Association, which earlier this year complained to Becks that he was promoting unhealthy products to kids.
Altho pretty much all of Becks‘s Pepsi commercials aired OUTSIDE of the US, I think it’s safe to say that their partnership was truly a match made in heaven. Both sides made a lot of money in the last ten years so I’m sure they are parting ways amicably. BUT, Becks is a very savvy businessman … he would NOT be parting ways with Pepsi if he didn’t think there might be a better deal down the line. I suspect his days of pimpin’ soda pop aren’t over … I guess we’ll have to wait and see. After the jump, as a farewell to Pepsi, check out one of Becks‘s commercials wherein he plays a Wild West Cowboy fighting for a bottle of Pepsi against one of his fútbol cohorts … More »
They may be in the middle of a multi-million pound divorce, but Madonna and Guy Ritchie apparently put aside their differences as they visited a Kabbalah Centre yesterday. The pop star, who later joined Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin for dinner, arrived, and left in a different vehicle from her estranged husband. But both were at the centre at the same time, along with children Lourdes, Rocco and David. They were seen walking outside the centre, near London’s Oxford Street, with Rocco leading the way, Guy and David following, and Madonna and Lourdes lagging behind. Later, Madonna, who has been linked with Briazilian model Jesus Luz, was spotted outside the fashionable Locanda Locatelli restaurant, where she had been dining with Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin. t was reported that the actress had spent months begging Madonna to save her marriage, and, along with Stella McCartney, has proved supportive in the wake of the divorce from her film director husband. Yesterday’s Kabbalah meeting comes after the divorcing couple called a truce for Christmas and struck a deal to spend the festive season in Britain. Madonna returned to England the day before Christmas Eve – for the first time since the couple split. She met her husband in London to hand over their sons. Minutes later he headed for the £10 million Ashcombe House estate, which he has taken ownership of as part of their divorce settlement. The boys and Guy enjoyed a traditional family Christmas, while Madonna and Lourdes remained in London. The singer does not celebrate the holiday. On Boxing Day Guy returned his sons to Madonna, before picked up David to take him to the Kabbalah centre. The two then joined the rest of the family at Madonna’s house and Guy was not seen leaving until the next day. After returning to his flat to freshen up yesterday he then made his way to the Kabbalah centre, where he was joined by the rest of the family. The couple, who were granted their decree nisi in London last month, have joint custody of their sons.
I cannot even imagine how chilly the couple’s relationship must be … tho, if they’ve been planning this divorce for some time, perhaps they reached a friendly agreement months ago and are just trying to keep up appearances as best they can with everyone watching. I’m curious to see if Maddy does hook up with Jesus Luz at some point while he is supposedly in London. Madonna and Jesus is kinda to perfect … I’d love to see the relationship develop, if only for the laughs that are, undoubtedly, to ensue.
Don’t believe the holiday engagement rumors swirling around supermodel Gisele Bündchen and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Brady’s father, Tom Brady Sr., told The Boston Globe on Friday that reports of his son’s engagement were “rumor, rumor, rumor … We don’t know a thing about it. Nobody told me. We talked to him and there’s nothing to say.” The Boston Herald reported that the couple strolled down Bean Town’s Beacon Street on Friday – and that Bündchen, 28, was without an engagement ring. Bündchen’s twin sister, Patricia, also denied the report, saying in an e-mail that the engagement story – which first surfaced on TMZ – is “not true.” Reached by PEOPLE, Bündchen’s rep declined to comment. Stacey James, a spokesman for the Patriots, responded, “I heard the report that he [proposed] on a plane, but I don’t think it’s true.” Still, he added, “Tom keeps his private life private.”
You know, I thought it was fishy that TMZ got the scoop about how this engagement reportedly went down because, according to their report, Tom proposed to Gisele on a private jet that was loaded with flowers and family members … and I wondered which one of the family members blabbed. All these denials from relatives in the know makes me believe that TMZ got fed a fake story. Methinks if Gisele got engaged to one of the most popular (and wealthy) sports stars in the US then she’d be showing off new new engagement bling to the whole wide world. It’s a bummer that the couple didn’t get engaged … they do make a hawt couple.
Here is my list of my top picks in music for 2008 … sadly, this wasn’t a great year for music. As I sat down to go over my fave releases of the year, I found that there wasn’t much to choose from. But, even tho the pickin’s are slim that doesn’t take away from the quality of the music that was released this year. Here, in reverse order are my fave albums of the year:
In the #10 position, Beyoncé‘s I Am …:
Altho I didn’t love every single track on this album, much of it is really fun and very memorable. Honestly, for Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) alone the album is a hit. I may not be totally on board with the whole Sasha Fierce thing but as long as Beyoncé keeps bringin’ the jams like the ones on this album, I think I can get used to it.
At #9, Jason Mraz‘s We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things.:
I’ve been a minor Jason Mraz fan for a while now but this album really won me over to Team Mraz. I must admit, I didn’t really pay that much attention to him before he started blogging on My Space but once he got my attention, I was hooked. I’ve yet to listen in full to Jason‘s other albums but if this one is any indication, I think I’m gonna like what I hear. Additionally, Mraz just published his own book of Polaroid photos … which wins my heart in other ways as well.
At #8 is Juliana Hatfield‘s How To Walk Away:
Juliana always comes at us with great music and this album is proof positive that she’s still got it. For me, this album was an even better treat because I ordered it from her official website and it came packed with a bonus disc of demos that were recorded with the album. I really wish more people knew about Juliana … I think she appeals to so many people. I’m just glad that she continues to make music because discs like this one are always welcome on my iPod.
In the #7 position is the Ryan Adams and the Cardinals album Cardinology:
Ryan Adams releases music almost on a daily basis and, amazingly, it’s all good. While I wasn’t too crazy about Easy Tiger, I really loved Cardinology. My only regret is that the album is too short. I wish there were about 3 more songs on the disc but, knowing Ryan, I’m sure it won’t be long before we get a whole new disc of stuff to enjoy.
At #6 is the new Leona Naess album Thirteens:
I was SHOCKED when I learned that Leona Naess had released a new album months before I heard about it … but was very happily surprised. Thirteens is a great album of somber and poignant tunes … and comes with 13 bonus tracks that are still downloadable HERE. One can never have too much Leona Naess … the hits just keep on comin’.
After the jump, check out my Top 5 Fave Albums of 2008 including my fave of the bunch AND my list of Top 10 Singles of the Year … More »
Yesterday was a pretty fun day … after spending the afternoon with my folks, I met up with Erik, Steve and Jake who is visiting Detroit from Chicago, IL. I’m telling you, it’s been EONS since I’ve seen Jake so it was really very fun getting to hang out with him again. The four of us met up at the Living Room in Berkley, MI for a few martinis (simply, the best martinis on planet Earth) and then I was cajoled into joining the guys for dancing at Gigi’s. Here are a few pics from last night’s fun:
You can’t tell from these pics but Jake was wearing an official Pink is the new Blog t-shirt underneath his flannel. I did snap a Polaroid of it tho … it’s also been EONS since I’ve seen one of those shirts ;) Gigi’s was really fun … back in the day, I can’t even remember how long ago, Gigi’s was the first gay bar that I ever visited and I hadn’t been back since. I’m happy to see that it’s still going strong and that it’s still a good time. We had a blast. I have to give a shout-out to Pink reader Jessica who I met at the bar last night ;)
Tonight is Sarah and Mark’s world famous Holiday Party …
… which will be amazingly fun. Also, the Xmas SASS danceparty is happening at OSLO in downtown Detroit tonight as well:
I’m gonna do my darnedest to get my ass to SASS at some point tonight. I have to be at Sarah’s party for most of the night but I’m really gonna try to sneak off to SASS for a couple of hours. Mebbe I’ll see some of you Detroiters there later on tonight :)
Here is this week’s batch of photos sent in by Pink is the new Blog readers — the last batch of 2008! Kari sends in an Xmas morning pic with her 9 month old daughter Lexi — Adriene sends in a pic of her daughter Edie‘s visit with Santa Claus this year … I’m told that she was very impressed telling Santa, “I love your beard!” — Cody (AKA Mr. Gyllenhaal) sends in a pic with some friends at a Holiday Sweater Party — a bikini-clad Cortney sends in a pic from “balmy” Washington state — Linh sends in a cute pic of her daughter Sophia Bella posing with her Edward Cullen — Hannah sends in a pic with her sister and a friend chillin’ out … Birthday Lurve goes out to Hannah who turns 21 years old today:
Much, much love to you all … thank you for another great year of amazingly fun photos. As I say every week, it is always such a joy to have these fun photos show up in my inbox every week. This is the last batch of 2008 and I am very much looking forward to a whole new year of reader submitted photos. I hope to get a bunch of fun pics from all y’all’s New Year’s Eve celebrations! xoxo
While other celebs have made their way to the sunnier climates of the tropics, Hugh Jackman and his family made their way to NYC this week to spend their holidays in the Big Apple. Earlier this week we saw pics of Hugh lookin’ hawt all by his lonesome and today we get to see pics of Hugh lookin’ hawt with his children Oscar and Ava … behold:
As always, it’s a great sight to see Hugh with his kiddies … he spends so much time with them no matter where in the world they are. He looks like a great dad. Altho these photos don’t offer us the usual level of nekkidness that we’ve come to expect of Hugh Jackman, they are still great pics if only cuz Hugh in daddy mode is prolly the hottest mode of all.
Here are a few photos of James Bond hottie Daniel Craig enjoying a couple bags of potato chips while he vacays with his girlfriend Satsuki Mitchell and some friends on the isle of St. Barthelemy in the Caribbean yesterday afternoon. I can’t be sure but the shirtless hairy dude with Daniel in the third and fourth pics really looks a lot like Andy Cohen from Bravo TV … check it out:
You know, I gotta say … Daniel Craig usually looks really superhot but I’m not really feelin’ these pics so much. I mean, he looks kinda adorable licking his fingers in the last pic but … on the other hand, it’s kinda gross. But you know what, he’s on vacation and if he wants to eat chips on the beach then he should eat chips on the beach. I’m actually very curious to know if he’s really hanging out with Andy Cohen or if that guy is just a random twin doppelgänger. I must admit, there is something about Andy Cohen that tickles my fancy.
UPDATE: Pink reader Patrick informs that Andy Cohen‘s Facebook profile reveals that he is currently vacationing in St. Barts — so I guess that settles that it is him :) Love it!!
OY! Animal prints are a look that are best handled in a delicate manner and to be worn sparingly … unless you’re Paris Hilton and then, well, here you have it. She doesn’t seem to be very affected by the cold weather there in Colorado … she seems more interested in showing off her outfit … which I really wish she wouldn’t but, well, here you have it. Here’s hoping she doesn’t catch her death or anything … cuz, you know, that would be bad and stuff.
Dead Man’s Bones collaborated with The Silver Lake Conservatory of Music Children’s Choir, who appear in the vid, for this first single. It’s deffo a sound that I wouldn’t expect from Ryan Gosling … and I had no idea that he could play the piano so well. Sigh … it reminds me of The Notebook. After the jump, check out this new music video in full … More »
Mayerston spent Xmas apart as John stayed on the East Coast while Jen was chillin’ with the Cox-Arquettes. But, clearly, the pair cannot remain apart for long … they hooked up as soon as they could in SoCal after the Xmas biz was finished. I’m sure the pair were celebrating the release of Jen‘s new Xmas movie Marley and Me … and perhaps the news that her movie beat ex-hubby Brad Pitt‘s Xmas release The Curious Case of Benjamin Button at the box office … not that anyone was keeping track of such things. Incidentally, both movies set new records for the top 2 highest single-day grossing films to be released on Xmas Day. Not too shabby … methinks that Mayerston will be celebrating all weekend long.
In an effort to stem the tide of misinformation and, more probably, to have a medium in place so that he can respond to everything written about him (either directly or indirectly) Michael Lohan has launched his own official blog. Now, I’m not entirely sure that this blog is the real thing but I received an email alert that was addressed to a whole slew of “media” folks that announced that the blog was launched yesterday (“You can read all about Michael Lohan’s latest rant by going to his brand new official blog site www.mikelohanonline.com. You won’t believe what he has written tonight in his very first post…”). Here is the full text of Michael Lohan‘s supposed first post on his newly launched blog (posted last night at 9:21 PM ET). All text and errors are his own:
My First Blog
Since this is my FIRST blog, let’s start off on the right foot. Let’s set up some guidelines and rules “to live by” if we are going to participate on this website! First of all, try your best to refrain from cursing, lying or baring false witness. I know this is hard for some of you, but try.
What this website will bring to you is the TRUTH! Facts, most of which can and will be cooperated.
I know a lot of people like to “feed the fire” and then hide behind a false name, anonymity or represent themselves as a “source,” a “close friend,” or an “insider.” But in truth, when it comes down to it, you aren’t fooling anyone but yourselves. Instead of looking from the outside in, you need to be looking within first.
It’s easy to point fingers and be judgmental. The hard part is looking in the mirror and judging oneself. So please keep these things in mind, before you comment.
Okay, so here we go…
Today, on TMZ, my darling daughter Lindsay was asked for a comment in response to me saying, “Samantha is on drugs!”
Lindsay’s only response was, “look at him!”
WOW! Linds, how forthright! Let me ask you; was it me who was actually pictured in the train station with a bag full of prescription drugs? Do you see me out partying with Lindsay, my other children or having raging wars with her? Was it me who jumped out of a DJ booth and punched Lindsay when she was with Calum Best? Did I drive Lindsay around for hours in LA until she fell asleep and before I ran low on gas only to call the paps and sell pictures to them? Uh uh!
As a matter of fact, I was the one who tried to keep those kinds of parasites away from Lindsay. Like the psycho stalker “AJ’s,” the parasite publicist, the wanna be manager(s), the backstabbing bodyguards, and the not so helpful assistants and the in-laws from hell who spend their time getting high and robbing the victims of the 911 disaster relief fund.
No, not me, nor my family!
Sure, I made mistakes, but I righted the wrongs. I continue to hold myself accountable for everything I did and continue to do! I speak the truth! I love God and I love people who speak and know the truth!
NONE of us are perfect, but we should strive to be as perfect as we can. Don’t use people, don’t lie about people, don’t bare false witness, don’t be envious or jealous and certainly don’t LIE!
Remember, God is the TRUTH (John 14:6) and the devil is a liar (John 8:44). So you have two choices, represent God (the Truth) or the devil (a liar).
So, if you want the REAL Story, and if you want to have a voice and hear the truth, join right in!
May the wind be at your back and the light shine upon your life.
HMMM … while it is very possible that this is a fake blog that some prankster set up in order to make fun of Mr. Lohan, all the Bible quoting does seem to give the blog a feel of genuineness. You gotta love that at the start of the post, Lohan begs his readers to not “bear false witness” and then goes on a rant to malign Samantha Ronson. Hypocrisy, thy name is Michael Lohan. After the jump, check out the full text of Lohan‘s second blogpost posted this morning at 10:21 AM ET, written after he read the comments (all 35 of them) left on his site from his first post … More »
The Royal Family — including Queen Elizabeth II, Princes Charles, William, Harry and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall — were on hand to attend Xmas day services at Sandringham Church in the UK yesterday after Her Majesty delivered her annual Xmas Day address to the United Kingdom earlier in the day. Calling this Xmas a “somber” one, Queen Elizabeth talked at length about the year that was and the challenges to come in 2009. Here are a few pics of the Royals as they arrived for church services yesterday and a portion of her Xmas Day address delivered via radio, TV and Interweb:
Worries about the global economy and violence across the world have turned the celebration of Christmas into a more somber affair this year, Queen Elizabeth said on Thursday. Britain, like many other developed nations, is facing the risk of a prolonged recession. Unemployment is rising fast, household high street firms are collapsing and several big banks are only able to stay in business with government help. There has also been an increase in the number of British soldiers killed in Afghanistan in recent weeks, just as troops in Iraq prepare to come home next year. “Christmas is a time for celebration, but this year it is a more somber occasion for many,” the Queen said. “People are touched by events which have their roots far across the world. Whether it is the global economy or violence in a distant land, the effects can be keenly felt at home.” But, in her annual Christmas broadcast which dates back to 1957 and is watched by millions across Britain and the Commonwealth, the 82-year-old said those with courage would work hard to survive and improve their lot. “When life seems hard the courageous do not lie down and accept defeat; instead they are all the more determined to struggle for a better future,” she said, standing by a piano adorned with pictures of her family. This year has been eventful for the royal family, with Prince Harry — third in line to the throne — fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan for 10 weeks, an inquest into the death of Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ 60th birthday. The Queen paid tribute to Britain’s armed forces but also singled out for praise her eldest son and heir, Charles, accompanied by previously unseen footage of the prince playing with his mother as a small child. “We feel great pride in seeing our family make their own unique contributions to society,” she said. “Through his charities, the Prince of Wales has worked to support young people and other causes for the benefit of the wider community.”
While it may not want to be the message that folks want to hear on an occasion like Xmas, I think it was prudent for the Queen to address the issues of the day in the manner in which she did. The prospects are gloomy for everyone in the world, none of us are untouched by the degrading state of the economy, and violence still threatens us at almost every turn. Queen Elizabeth has a way of delivering this sort of serious message with a resoluteness that instills confidence in people. After the jump, watch her Xmas Address in full for yourselves … More »
Prince, who recently debuted a few new songs on LA’s Indie 103.1 radio station (and teased that a new album of material is on the way, showed up at the Staples Center to cheer on the LA Lakers against the Boston Celtics in downtown LA last night (the Lakers ended up beating the Celtics by a score of 92-83). Prince showed up at the game with a mysterious new woman who may be a new romantic interest of his … especially considering that she looks a lot like his most recent previous romantic interests:
Damn, Prince never stays single for long …does he? He divorced his wife last year and then found new companionship with his backup dancers The Twinz and, apparently, has found this latest new friend to keep him company. I’ve yet to hear these new songs that were premiered and then disappeared … but I’m sure it won’t be long before the tunes make their way to the masses.
“American Idol” finalist Clay Aiken, who currently portrays Sir Robin in Monty Python’s Spamalot, was honored Dec. 23 with a caricature that now adorns the walls of the famed eatery Sardi’s. As a recording artist, Aiken has sold six million albums. His latest, “On My Way Here,” was released last spring. He co-authored the best selling book “Learning to Sing: Hearing the Music in Your Life” and has played six sold-out concert tours since rising to fame on the second season of “American Idol” in 2003. Aiken made his Broadway debut in Spamalot in a Jan. 18-May 4 limited engagement. He returned to the show Sept. 19 and will remain in the role through Jan. 4, 2009. Spamalot, which will end its Broadway run Jan. 11, 2009, plays the Shubert Theatre at 225 West 44th Street.
Honestly, it is quite an honor to be honored with a caricature that will hang at Sardi’s … not quite sure that Clay Aiken‘s Broadway talents are really worthy of such an honor (IMHO) but it’s very nice that he got one nonetheless. After the jump, check out a larger version of his Sardi’s caricature so that you can compare it with the real thing … More »
Happy Boxing Day and First Day of Kwanzaa, y’all! I trust that all y’all had yourselves a merry little Xmas and/or Hanukkah (depending on your family affiliations) yesterday. I spent a lovely afternoon/evening/night/late night with Sarah and Mark at her aunt Gina’s house yesterday … which has turned into an annual tradition. We arrived right as the Xmas Caroling got underway and then spent the rest of our time eating and talking and playing games. It was a very nice Xmas celebration. Here is a shot of Gina and Greg’s massive Xmas tree:
Actually, this is only the top part of the tree … the dang thing was so big, I couldn’t fit it all in my cameraphone shot. We spent the final hours of Xmas (and the first hours of today) playing a tournament of pool, air hockey, darts and foosball … I’m happy to report that I kinda kicked ass at darts … everything else, notsomuch. We had a blast tho … Sarah’s family is really amazing and I always feel so honored to be included in their family celebrations. This evening I’m hanging out with my parents (who had plans with their friends yesterday, which I opted out of attending) and I may be hanging out with Erik and Jake, who is in town for the weekend. I haven’t seen Jake in eons, it would be nice to meet up with them. Tomorrow night is Sarah and Mark’s Epic Holiday soiree … I think we’re all mentally preparing ourselves for the fun to be had tomorrow :)
Contrary to reports of discord between the two of them, Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson appear to be back on solid track these days as the ladies were spied doing a bit of Xmas shopping together this week. Despite the fact that some are claiming that L. Ron are on the verge of break-up, it seems a completely different story when you see pics of the couple happily shopping together on Xmas Eve:
L. Ron spent part of their Xmas Eve day shopping at Diesel, Kid Robot and Rite Aid Pharmacy … prolly picking up last minute Xmas gifts and stocking stuffers but also most likey picking up supplies for the coming New Year’s Eve celebration:
Sam was carting around party hats in her Rite Aid basket … or mebbe they’re mixing bowls, it’s hard to tell. In either case, it appears that the ladies were happily bizzy gathering materials to spend the holidays together rather than apart. It makes me so happy to know that L. Ron are still going strong … and I hope that they will spend a happy 2009 and beyond in loving bliss together! They are deffo my fave new couple of 2008.
hi kids, if you are expecting Santa to read you a bedtime story on this new blog, think again! what i am about to direct is something many of you can relate to, and hopefully are disgusted by..which is the icky trend of straight heterosexual males who commit hate crimes that are secretly in the closet, yes, Rob Kardashian the son of the discgr3aceful Robert Kardashian who represented a cold blooded murderer and made lots and lots of money..well rob jr cold socked and punched my employee right in his face for no reason and broke his nose after my GUY was hanging out with his pal Brody Jenner one night outside hyde lounge closed, then right after yelling the words “FAGGOT FAGGOT FAGGOT!” Rob JR punched my guys in the face. My guy has 3 witnesses who saw rob jump out of the SUV and because of the fact that he works for me, a woman of power, you broke his nose and caused blood to shed, well lets fast forward shall we…the guy who works for me did not file a police report that night cause he did not need tmz’s camera’s outside this trendy nightclub to cause any more FUCKERY to what was suppose to be a birthday celebration, instead he came back to LAPD later and they told him to fold up his police report into a origami and hang it on his door.
My point is LAPD, you guys are such lovely folks, i would like to invite you in for some egg nog but i just ran out and i am too busy learning the art of origami since you are ignoring any of my calls for help or helping a young alone not wealthy gay boy who had the shit beat out of him by the son of a lawyer who was a disgrace to his profession, who should have been disbarred,. oh i am sorry not a lawyer, a banker.. i wonder what it is about Paris that makes you always respond so fast, is it because you can be LIVE ON TMZ? .. my point is, someone came to you, because of a hate crime and you made fun of him and made him feel like shit. I dont’ find blood running out of someone’s nose because of their sexuality funny, the staff member at Hyde can attest to this as she brought him in to wipe the blood off his face and clean him up. Let me be inviting to you my darling rob because i am SUCH A BIG FAN OF HATE CRIMES and homophobic fruit cake assholes like you this around this holiday season, It’s all about self acceptance and particular in your case the acceptance of your own homosexuality, Lets be pals and go shopping at The Grove and go “STRAIGHT” to Ab and Fitch store while the techno music blasts really loud and find you a tight tee shirt for our big night at Rage in Weho, lets ditch these trendy B list clubs and lets dance dance dance where we can be free, and drink cosmos and have no one make fun of us, you can also wear your sisters underwear, I promise I will keep it a secret, but first let me invite you over and lets have a Mac Cosmetics Dazzleglass date night cause what you really need rob kardashian is a pair of lips jeans that flair out at the bottom to accentuate your sexy curvy hips and i hear the carman miranda look is in for 2009, so maybe we can put a some fresh bananas in your hair, which will be tied in pigtails or a scrunchy, ( I still have some ) We will put double fake eyelashes on from Pat Fields and red glitter six inch heels that I am sure she will make to accommodate your lovely feminine feet and i am in possession of a giant anal plug that was tossed to me with a wink by a dyke on a bike at last years weho gay pride parade which was a blast you missed out rob and will be a bigger blast this year once you come out, maybe me and you can be on a float together, you do the flamenco and I’ll drive, darn we waited and waited and we waited to hear from your buddy Brody Jenner for a apology or you rob of some sort, but no apologies or anything, I am tired of these little punks bullies that go party jumping around these clubs with your daddies dirty money and punch people in the faces after getting shit faced wasted! Well i think instead of taking that banana and putting it in your hair rob, let me shove one up your ass slowly and gently, i’ll even lube it, and make sure it’s not too ripe, if you want i’ll even use plantains., that way you can feel what it feels like to get fucked in the ass by a piece of fruit and you will feel the sweet sweet release rob of coming into your own TRUE self! maybe one day when someone punches you in the face and you go running to LAPD, they will tell you to take a some Origami lessons down at the learning annex and to remove your mascara from crying….caused thats NOT HOT!
Thank god for the Malibu Sheriff dept, Thank god for New York! Thank god for London, because the “Hills” are dead dead dead honey with homophobes running around these days
PS Rodney King sends his regards!
happy holidays kids and remember
hate crimes and homophobia is NOT HOT!
Kourtney Love Kobain
p.s Rob throw away your Nirvana cd’s i will not allow you to listen to Kurts music nor my music, instead throw on the Mama Mia soundtrack and dance rob! dance you know you want it! work it! feel it sista girlfriend! own it! be it! embrace it! Love ya
update: this date this incident took place 2:20 am September 14, 2008 after.. Hyde Lounge closed early Sunday morning , my employee who got punched by rob and yes we have witnesses who can and will identify him, Brody was fine, he was actually quite nice to my employee and posed for pictures with his new girlfriend outside Hyde Lounge that my employee took.
My employee has on record a email to my manager about the incident right after the incident, photos of his broken nose which took 2 months to heal, he is better now just so you guys now and thanks for all the support. I did not find out about this til recently because he ( my employee) knows I don’t take fucking shit and I will go to my blogs if i have to make my point, however he went to LAPD and they were really rude to him..call me crazy if you want, but violence is not cool kids, especially towards people i care and who are loyal to me, given be a friend or a employee, I defend and protect the people I love and trust and that’s my point!
to quote the infamous line from the classic film MOMMIE DEAREST
“Don’t FUCK with me FELLAS…this ain’t my first time at the RODEO…”
Trust me, the irony is not lost that Courtney writes about a horrible alleged homophobic hate crime right before she goes off on her own homophobic-laden rant of stereotypes rant of her own. The woman is a living conflict of interest … and if her writing is at all representative of her mental state, well, she’s an utter loon, too. If this incident actually happened as she says it did, does she think she’s really doing a service to her attacked friend by berating Rob Kardashian in such homophibcly hateful language? I, for one, would not be impressed. I think it’d take issue with being referred to as her “employee”, too … she makes the person sound like her pet. Incidentally, Kim Kardashian has already publicly responded to this blogpost by Courtney Love in a blogpost of her own on her official website. After the jump, hear what Kim (on behalf of the whole Kardashian family) has to say about Courtney‘s allegations … More »
Rumors are beginning to swirl that the reported tryst that sprung up in Brazil between Madonna and model Jesus Luz has yet to run its course … word has it that Maddy will be spending at least part of her New Year’s celebrations in the company of Jesus in the next few days. Madonna, who celebrated the close of her Sticky & Sweet World Tour in São Paulo last week already made her way home to London, England to celebrate Xmas with her family … but according to Made In Brazil, Jesus has also made his way to London — most likely so he can be on hand should Madonna beckon him at any given moment. Here is, to my knowledge, one of the few photos of Madonna and Jesus together as they made their way out of her Tour Wrap party last week:
According to Brazilian tabloids, Madonna has invited model Jesus Luz to spend new year’s with her in London, even though the 21-year-old does not even have a passport yet. Rumor has it that it was photographer Steven Klein who handled the invitation. The phones at 40 Graus Models have not stopped ringing since Madonna left the country. Jesus Luz has quickly become one the most requested boys for the shows in Rio in January. Brazilian labels have been trying to cast him before his rate of R$400 a show goes up. Little do they know that his C-rate has probably already changed to a special booking by now. UPDATE: according to Sergio Mattos, owner of 40 Graus Models, Jesus Luz is already in London.
HMMM … it looks like we know that Madonna got exactly what she wanted for Xmas … and it also looks like we know who she may be kissin’ at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve. You know, word has it that Guy Ritchie has also found himself a new romantic interest of his own so I think it’s absolutely fine for Maddy to indulge a bit. Go on girl, do the damn thing. I’m kinda in love with the idea of Madonna and Jesus becoming an item … I mean, it’s so wrong and still so right ;)
Tom Brady proposed to Gisele on a private jet on XMAS eve — and she said yes. Our sources say Brady, who is famous for his QB skills and running errands for Gisele, proposed on a private jet that took off from Teterboro Airport in New Jersey and landed in Boston. There were four dozen white roses on board, as well as champagne. Along with Brady and Gisele were her parents. We’re told Brady was nervous before he popped the Q.
Awww … that sounds sweet … and what a great Xmas present! I had a feeling that Tom and Gisele would be gettin’ themselves hitched sooner or later. She’s had him wrapped around her finger for months now, and you can’t really blame him — she’s a stunning beauty. Here’s hoping the happy couple a lifetime of happiness … and a short engagement. I’d love the couple to seal the deal sometime in 2009.
Very, very sad news to report today … the amazing Eartha Kitt passed away yesterday on Xmas Day at the age of 81 years old after losing her battle with colon cancer. I received word from the New York Times right as the family was signing Xmas Carols and I can’t even tell you how sad this news made me. For those of you who aren’t aware, Eartha Kitt was simply one of the most fabulous singers and absolutely one of the most charismatic and talented women who ever graced the entertainment stage:
Eartha Kitt, who purred and pounced her way across Broadway stages, recording studios and movie and television screens in a show-business career that lasted more than six decades, died on Thursday. She was 81 and lived in Connecticut. The cause was colon cancer, said her longtime publicist, Andrew E. Freedman. Ms. Kitt, who began performing in the late ’40s as a dancer in New York, went on to achieve success and acclaim in a variety of mediums long before other entertainment multitaskers like Julie Andrews, Barbra Streisand and Bette Midler. With her curvaceous frame and unabashed vocal come-ons, she was also, along with Lena Horne, among the first widely known African-American sex symbols. Orson Welles famously proclaimed her “the most exciting woman alive” in the early ’50s, apparently just after that excitement prompted him to bite her onstage during a performance of “Time Runs,” an adaptation of “Faust” in which Ms. Kitt played Helen of Troy. Ms. Kitt’s career-long persona, that of the seen-it-all sybarite, was set when she performed in Paris cabarets in her early 20s, singing songs that became her signatures, like “C’est Si Bon” and “Love for Sale.” Returning to New York, she was cast on Broadway in “New Faces of 1952” and added another jewel to her vocal crown, “Monotonous” (“Traffic has been known to stop for me/Prices even rise and drop for me/Harry S. Truman plays bop for me/Monotonous, monotone-ous”). Brooks Atkinson wrote in The New York Times in May 1952, “Eartha Kitt not only looks incendiary, but she can make a song burst into flame.” Shortly after that run, Ms. Kitt had her first best-selling albums and recorded her biggest hit, “Santa Baby,” whose precise, come-hither diction and vaguely foreign inflections (Ms. Kitt, a native of South Carolina, spoke four languages and sang in seven) proved that a vocal sizzle could be just as powerful as a bonfire. Though her record sales fell after the rise of rhythm and blues and rock ’n’ roll in the mid- and late ’50s, her singing style would later be the template for other singers with pillow-talky voices like Diana Ross (who has said she patterned her Supremes sound and look largely after Ms. Kitt), Janet Jackson and Madonna (who recorded a cover version of “Santa Baby” in 1987). Ms. Kitt would later call herself “the original material girl,” a reference not only to her stage creation and to Madonna but also to her string of romances with rich or famous men, including Welles, the cosmetics magnate Charles Revson and the banking heir John Barry Ryan 3rd. She was married to her one husband, Bill McDonald, a real-estate developer, from 1960 to 1965; their daughter, Kitt Shapiro, survives her, as do two grandchildren. From practically the beginning of her career, as critics gushed over Ms. Kitt, they also began to describe her in every feline term imaginable: her voice “purred” or “was like catnip”; she was a “sex kitten” who “slinked” or was “on the prowl” across the stage, sometimes “flashing her claws.” Her career has often been said to have had “nine lives.” Appropriately, she was tapped to play Catwoman in the 1960s TV series “Batman,” taking over the role from the leggier, lynxlike Julie Newmar and bringing to it a more feral, compact energy.
Yet for all the camp appeal and sexually charged hauteur of Ms. Kitt’s cabaret act, she also played serious roles, appearing in the films “The Mark of the Hawk” with Sidney Poitier (1957) and “Anna Lucasta” (1959) with Sammy Davis Jr. She made numerous television appearances, including a guest spot on “I Spy” in 1965, which brought her her first Emmy nomination. For these performances Ms. Kitt likely drew on the hardship of her early life. She was born Eartha Mae Keith in North, S.C., on Jan. 17, 1927, a date she did not know until about 10 years ago, when she challenged students at Benedict College in Columbia, S.C., to find her birth certificate, and they did. She was the illegitimate child of a black Cherokee sharecropper mother and a white man about whom Ms. Kitt knew little. She worked in cotton fields and lived with a black family who, she said, abused her because she looked too white. “They called me yella gal,” Ms. Kitt said. At 8 she was sent to live in Harlem with an aunt, Marnie Kitt, who Ms. Kitt came to believe was really her biological mother. Though she was given piano and dance lessons, a pattern of abuse developed there as well: Ms. Kitt would be beaten, she would run away and then she would return. By her early teenage years she was working in a factory and sleeping in subways and on the roofs of unlocked buildings. (She would later become an advocate, through Unicef, on behalf of homeless children.) Her show-business break came on a lark, when a friend dared her to audition for the Katherine Dunham Dance Company. She passed the audition and permanently escaped the cycle of poverty and abuse that defined her life till then. But she took the steeliness with her, in a willful, outspoken manner that mostly served her career, except once. In 1968 she was invited to a White House luncheon and was asked by Lady Bird Johnson about the Vietnam War. She replied: “You send the best of this country off to be shot and maimed. No wonder the kids rebel and take pot.” The remark reportedly caused Mrs. Johnson to burst into tears and led to a derailment in Ms. Kitt’s career. As bookings dried up, she was exiled in Europe for almost a decade. But President Jimmy Carter invited her back to the White House in 1978, and that year she earned her first Tony nomination for her work in “Timbuktu!,” an all-black remake of “Kismet.” By now a diva and legend, Ms. Kitt did what many other divas and legends — Shirley Bassey and Ethel Merman among them — did: she dabbled in dance music, scoring her biggest hit in 30 years with “Where Is My Man” in 1984, the same year she was roundly criticized for touring South Africa. Ms. Kitt was typically unapologetic; the tour, she said, played to integrated audiences and helped build schools for black children. The third of her three autobiographies, “I’m Still Here: Confessions of a Sex Kitten,” was published in 1989, and she earned a Grammy nomination for “Back in Business,” a collection of cabaret songs released in 1994 … But though Ms. Kitt still seemed to have men of all ages wrapped around her finger (she would often toy with younger worshipers at her shows by suggesting they introduce her to their fathers), the years had given her perspective. “I’m a dirt person,” she told Ebony magazine in 1993. “I trust the dirt. I don’t trust diamonds and gold.”
I cannot tell you how much I wish I featured Eartha Kitt on the blog more, if only to introduce a new generation of folks to her amazing fabulosity (she did make an appearance HERE). The woman had an unrivaled talent and was just a delight to watch on screen or to listen to on record. She may not have been the most famous actress to play Catwoman but she was absolutely my favorite. I remember watching the Batman TV series when I was very little and thinking how much she resembled a cat in both her speak and in her manner.
She was a very beautiful woman and I really responded to her. I have a few of her recordings on my iPod and was actually listening to her version of Santa Baby earlier this week. This news is just so sad … she is one woman I would have loved to meet. May she rest in eternal peace … I will surely never forget her.
Proud papa Pete Wentz updated his official website today and posted an Xmas message to all “all our friends” along with a family photo that features wife Ashlee Simpson and gives us our first look at their newborn son Bronx Mowgli:
We decided to share the best gift we could ever receive with you: Bronx Mowgli Wentz. We couldn’t be happier. And in the spirit of the holidays, we’d like to encourage you to give on your own. Below is a list of worthwhile charities that need your support: www.theirc.orgwww.roomtogrow.orgwww.richiemaddenfoundation.com
Aww … what a sweet photo and what a great message. I imagine that the Simpson-Wentz family is having a great day celebrating Bronx‘s first Xmas today … here’s hoping their message of giving will resonate with some folks.
A few very generous celebrities, including the infamous Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt, graciously gave of their time and energy yesterday by volunteering at the Los Angeles Mission yesterday to help prepare and serve food for the needy folks there. Along with Melissa Joan Hart, Alyssa Milano, Corbin Bleu, Melissa Gilbert and others, Speidi worked to ensure that some of the needy people of LA were treated to a much-needed Xmas Eve dinner. Here are a few pics from yesterday’s event:
Say what you will about Speidi or any of these celebs … but you have to be impressed with their constant efforts to give of their time to those in need. Speidi come out to the LA Mission EVERY SINGLE YEAR usually at Thanksgiving AND Xmas. They may be portrayed in one way on “reality TV” but they live their lives a different way (in some respects) in real life. Kudos go out to these celebs for reminding us that it is much better to give than to receive. Thanks to their efforts, there are a few less hungry folks in LA this holiday season.
Yesterday was a very quiet Xmas Eve for me … I spent most of yesterday afternoon/evening with my parents at their home. We slipped out for a nice dinner but spent most of our time looking at old photo albums together. I know, it’s so cheesy but my parents are advancing in age and I really wanted to spend good, quality time with them this Xmas. I had planned on going to midnight mass with Sarah and Mark last night but, unfortch, I ended up getting sick at the last minute and couldn’t make it … ’twas sad but, meh, I got over it. I ended up just chillin’ at home, watchin’ vids and just relaxing … honestly, it was the best Xmas present I could’ve asked for. While Darion and his mom were having a very fun (and borderline insane) time together in Oregon (click HERE to read all about it, you much watch the video at the end) I was maxin’ and relaxin’ in bed :)
This afternoon, I’ll be going with Sarah and Mark to her family Xmas dinner thing. I’m hoping there’ll be more chillaxin’ later on tonight … I’ve decided that that is really all I really want for Xmas ;)
Proud parents-to-be Alyson Hannigan and Alexis Denisof showed off her burgeoning baby bump as they enjoyed a nice Xmas Eve dinner at Maestro’s restaurant in Beverly Hills, CA last night. Here are a couple pics of the happy family as they stopped for a few photos on their way out:
I cannot believe how big Alyson is getting already! It seems like it was just yesterday that we heard that she was pregs and now she’s already lookin’ like she’s smuggling a basketball underneath her stylish trench coat. Just think, by this time next year we’ll be talking about baby Hannigan-Denisof‘s first Xmas. I’m tellin’ ya, time will fly by … that moment will be upon us faster than we care to think. I am very much looking forward to the coming year and to the coming of Alyson‘s first born child.
Yesterday we got to see the happily married Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon make their grand arrival in the resort town of Aspen, CO (where Mimi annually spends her holidays) in the most garishly ridiculous red outfits possible. Today, we get to see a couple new photos of Mr. & Mrs. Cannon (plus Jack, the dog) as the fam took to the streets of Aspen on day two of their Xmas getaway … this time, tho, white was the color du jour:
LOL … they are SO ridiculous! You just know that Mimi thinks she is just the most stylish thing ever but she looks so bad in this outfit … especially with Nick lookin’ a fool in his matching outfit. He really needs a hat that fits him … in these pics he really does look special. Lawd … I just love the tackiness, tho. These two are so the best of the worst.
I wonder if the couple will be ruining the color blue tomorrow.
“Ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to make an announcement. the rumors that I found a ‘replacement’ for Evan, or that I have a new girlfriend are absolutely not true. I am finishing up my album, and I also have never even met Ne-Yo. I can assure him that he would not want to be associated with something this godless. Get over the holiday so I can happily ruin the new year for anyone that assumed music was going to stay boring and sweet.”
HMM … I wonder if Isani was aware that she is not his “new girlfriend”? When MM showed off his new artwork in Miami earlier this month, he sure sounded very coupley with the young girl, referring to her — the subject of a few new paintings — as his “special new lady friend”. Perhaps things didn’t work out and it was determined that she wasn’t the sort of girl MM likes to consort with. In any event, we now know — straight from the horse’s mouth — that MM is hard at work on his next album (yay!) and that he won’t be working with Ne-Yo (double yay!) and it sounds like he still has an affinity for Evan Rachel Wood. Might there be a reconciliation in the future between the lovebirds? Could be … it is Xmas after all … miracles do happen.
Happy Holidays, y’all! Here’s hoping that today is a day to celebrate with your family and friends and to appreciate the best things in life …
… I hope all your Xmas/Hannukah/Solstice/Kwanzaa/Boxing Day/etc. wishes come true and that all y’all are able to round out the year happily and healthily! Stay warm wherever you are … and, if you like, take a moment to snap a pic or two on this Xmas morn to send in and share with all of us! Happy Day! Merry Everything!
It makes sense that Hugh Hefner got into the Christmas spirit this year, with two young ones living at home with him! The Playboy mogul, 82, has sent out his annual holiday card, featuring him with topless, 19-year-old twin girlfriends Karissa and Kristina Shannon. Hefner is dressed in his signature silk robe and pajamas while the twins are scantily clad in shorts with the word “hef” scrawled across their body-painted chests.
Well, at least it’s a fitting card for everyone involved. While I suppose it’s impressive that Hef can still get young girls like this to, er, get bizzy with him I think it’s still a little sad to see the smiling 82 year old standing betwixt these buxom young girls as if they’d really be interested in him if he wasn’t Hugh Hefner. Meh … do your thing, Hef … sad or not, at least you’re livin’ large. Naughty or nice, I think Hef‘s gonna have a great XXXmas either way ;)
OY … it is cold, y’all. Altho the temps. here in Detroit rose out of the single digits yesterday, it was still a wee bit too cold for my liking. I managed to spend most of the day inside yesterday getting some work done, trying to stay warm. I did venture out yesterday evening to hang out with my parents. We were chillin’ out for a bit when they broke the news that there was a bit of water damage that seeped its way into some of my boxes in the basement. Honestly, I had an immediate horrible vision of that episode of Friends where all of Monica‘s childhood possessions were destroyed due to water damage and I went downstairs to see what was up. Fortunately, the damage wasn’t that bad … unfortunately, some of my beloved cds were ruined … including some of my earliest Nine Inch Nails cds. Thankfully, the ones ruined were ones that could be replaced. I was very relieved to find all of my Tori Amos cds (many of which are signed) were totally safe and unharmed. Let this be a lesson to all y’all that still have possessions stored at your parents’ homes … keep tabs on what’s going on at home ;)
Sarah and I ventured out into the falling snow to have a nice sushi dinner together before coming back to her place to wrap ourselves in blankets to watch A Charlie Brown Xmas … on VHS:
That’s right … Sarah not only has a working VCR but she still uses it from time to time. So quaint. We were happily watching the video until she passed out right around the time that Linus gave his speech about the true meaning of Xmas … and with that, it was time for bed.
This afternoon, I’m having an Xmas Eve dinner with my parents and then I’m toying with the notion of going to midnight mass with Sarah, Adriana and crew. They attended Divine Child High School and have been talking about going back for midnight mass for years now … tonight might be the night. I’ll be sure to Twitter all about it if we make it. Have a very Merry Xmas tonight … here’s hoping that Santa Claus will make all your Xmas wishes come true!
Cute little Cruz jazzed up his ensemble by wearing a pair of adorable little reindeer antlers. Both Becks and Romeo looked quite fetching in their snazzy suits. VB was proud to show off her breastplate as it poked thru the skin on her chest. You know, it’s been ages since we’ve seen her look this crazy skinny … I think she looks much more attractive when her bones aren’t protruding from beneath her skin. I assume that the entire family, Brooklyn and all, will be spending Xmax Eve and Day together … here’s hoping all of their holiday wishes come true!
Mariah Carey has a long-standing tradition of spending the holidays in Aspen, Colorado and normally ends up Ho Ho Hoing all by her lonesome (with only her pooch Jack to keep her company) … but now that she’s married, she brought along her much younger husband Nick Cannon to partake of her annual Xmas vacay in the resort town. Here are pics of Mr. & Mrs. Cannon showing off their garish and entirely fugly matching red winter outfits on the streets of Aspen yesterday:
Lord have mercy … I just don’t understand how anyone could look at themselves in the mirror while wearing these outfits and say, Wow, I look great! I love Mimi with all my heart but she looks a right mess in these pics. I’m always amazed that she manages to NOT get chest colds despite the fact that she’s always got her cleavage exposed, no matter what the chilly temps. may be. Nick, bless his heart, just looks like he’s along for the ride … like always. He’s always standing at her side or two steps behind her (usually, he’s two steps behind her) smiling wide like a sweet doofus, just happy to be included in the whirlwind that is Mariah Carey. While I still have a hard time seeing these two as an actual married couple, I’m glad to see that they’ve made it successfully to the end of the year still happily married to one another.
i think that people go through a lot in life. and the things that we go through, whatever they may be, simply just make us stronger in the long run… that is, if we actually take what it is we have learned from our mistakes and teach ourselves what NOT to do in the future. i have gone through a lot in my past, and to be completely honest, i am still going through a lot right now.. my father just let my family and i know, amongst others that he had another child after my little sister Aliana, or maybe he had it before Aliana?? either way, he cheated on my mother and that really sucks… MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! wow- do i sound like “debbie downer” or what? not trying to be… but back to the real reason for this blog-i feel like Britney Spears is an amazing talent, and she has gone through a lot, (just as i have) in the public eye.. which is not necessarily a bad thing.. It teaches young girls and boys that there are certain things in life that you should not let get in the way of your dreams and accomplishments. also that you need to take care of yourself before anyone else, and i mean anyone and everyone else. because at the end of the day, you have to look at yourself in the mirror and see who you really are. stripped of all the distractions in life. so YAY Britney for just being you and still following through with your dreams. i know i am a bit late in writing about this record since it came out already, but better late than never!!!! :)
HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!
I love my mom, aliana, cody, michael, and my nana sullivan!! i will be missing them this christmas as it is the first one i am spending away from home. i am spending it with Samantha in Los Angeles.
if you seek amy-look at the title and listen to the chorus carefully ;)
see what you think. it’s a fun record ..
and don’t forget to get LADYHAWKE-dusk til dawn
Whoa, tangent! Honestly, I totally forgot about Michael Lohan and the rumors of his illegitimate child … I can’t believe that there wasn’t an major follow-up after he agreed to submit to a blood test. Mebbe he just postponed taking the test until just now and there was nothing to follow-up on but … at last we know the truth. Props to Lindsay for taking the time to talk about Britney‘s new album … it is a great disc. I’m also glad to know that Lindsay will be spending the holidays with Samantha Ronson in LA this year. There are reports going around that the ladies have been having trubs in their relationship lately so I’m glad to hear that they appear to be working things out. It wouldn’t be a Lohan Xmas without a bit o’ drama … I guess they can always count on daddy Lohan to disappoint. Happy Holidays, Linds!
I mean, I know the first thing I’d want to do after bringing my child home from the hospital is go out and shop for wicker. Truth be told, Naomi looks pretty amazing for having just gave birth about a week ago. I’m not sure why but it appears that these newly procured household items are very important to these two — I guess Pier 1 was having a sale that was not to be missed.
Matthew McConaughey is gearing up for his first Xmas with babymama Camila Alves and newborn son Levi Alves, no doubt, but spend some of this past weekend closing up his ocean-front Airstream mobile home which has been set up as his bachelor pad of sorts. Now that he’s a family man, he is not able to spend as much time in his beach trailer so it seems prudent that he would close up the place for the winter:
I understand that Matthew had the trailer hauled away to a storage facility for the winter … who knows if it will ever come back. For the past couple of years, Matthew has essentially been living in this trailer at the Malibu RV Park but now that he’s got a babymama and kid, well, it looks like those freewheeling days are over. I suppose it’s possible that Camila will let him play with his toy again next Summer … on the other hand, it’s also just as possible that we will ever see it again. In any event, I’m sure that Matthew would much prefer to be with his new family rather than alone in his bitchin’ bachelor pad. Yeah … I’m sure he’s much happier now.
Paris Hilton, ever the proponent of subtlety, proudly showed off her new custom-painted toy in SoCal yesterday afternoon as she ventured out for some last minute Xmas shopping. Tooling around in a Pepto-Bismol pink Bentley, Paris showed the world that tackiness knows no bounds … behold:
It looks like Paris has stopped crying over the pilfered jewels pinched from her home and has found solace with her new hot wheels. Personally, I gotta say … this car is fug as hell. Now, I’m a fan of the color pink but this monstrosity is just way too much. That she could take such a beautiful car make it look so … cheap … is a crime in and of itself. Leave it to Paris Hilton to take a fine piece of automotive artistry and reduce it to a laughable shadow of its former self. Blech!
Welp, I made it to Detroit … and, let me tell you, it’s cold y’all! While it’s really nice to be home again, I am so not in the mood for all of this freezingness. Do y’all realize it’s warmer in Iceland than it is in Detroit right now? Yeah, Reykjavik is gonna seem like the tropics compared to my time here in Michigan. Yesterday’s travels went very smoothly … after getting freaked out by warnings by the news, I got to LAX over 2 hours early for my flight only to find the place dead empty. No lines, no delays … I mean, I’m very glad that I had no problems getting home but I wouldn’t have minded more time at home before getting to the airport. My flight home was just over 3 hours … but because it was a red eye, I didn’t get any sleep at all … I had to crash out as soon as I got to Sarah and Mark’s place. Here is what the street looks like today:
Yeah, we are deffo having a White Xmas this year. Goss has been kinda light these past few days … and I suspect it’s gonna get even lighter in the week to come. This is always the slowest part of the year … all the celebs are well-behaved and away on holiday. I’ll be treating tomorrow and Xmas Day like weekend days, so while I’ll deffo be working … the posts will be shorter. Additionally, I’ll be working up some year-end wrap up posts so we can look back and remember the year that was. I sincerely hope you are warm wherever in the world you are right now …
So … last night was the Season 4 finale of The Hills which, because of the revelation of the fakeness of the Speidi wedding, turned out to be much ado about nothing. The big hype surrounding the ep was supposed to be centered around the official legalization of Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt‘s marriage but since that didn’t happen, well … there ain’t much else to tell:
Other than the wedding that never took place, there was some bit of drama in last night’s ep. Lauren LC Conrad and Heidi Montag finally came face-to-face and shared a moment together. In light of all the staged bullshizz thruout the season, tho, I couldn’t buy one second of it. LC and Heidi are kinda cool with one another then they’re not … who the eff knows. At this point, the whole show is SO contrived that I don’t even want to be bothered any more … sad but true :( Trust me, it pains me to even admit this … I really love the show. The nonsense between Audrina Patridge and Justin Bobby and that pitiful ring … seriously, kill me now. I can’t even take any more. I did like, however, how Spencer paused right before he was to say his vows and give a speech about how he can’t go thru with the wedding. That shit was funny … I had to rewind so I could laugh again. Speidi really are masters of their own destiny … they do things their way and are shameless about it. On that account, they should be commended. I just fear that the shtick has long gotten old and they won’t be able to peddle their wares for much longer.
But anyways … here are a few pics of The Hills folk on the red carpet last night:
The End. At this point, I’m pretty sure I won’t be reacapping Season 5 when it debuts next year. I’m just over it. That MTV won’t even try and make the show believable at all is really insulting … I don’t know that I can take it anymore. I’ll deffo be watching The City … and I’ll prolly still watch The Hills but … it just doesn’t seem like a fun show anymore. I guess we’ll see what happens the new season airs … but at this point, I’m ready to say Peace the Spork Out! It’s kinda like what LC said about Heidi, I only know how to love the show and I only know how to hate the show. It was fun while it lasted.
In the final minutes of The Hills season finale, Spencer nixed his plan to legalize his Mexican wedding to Heidi Montag – at least for now. After eloping in a Mexican ceremony on November 19, Heidi and Spencer both vowed to make their union legal stateside. Pratt told Ryan Seacrest recently they had done just that by marrying again in a Beverly Hills courthouse. Pratt said to Seacrest on his radio show: “We checked the confidentially box, so good luck [finding our marriage license] people!” The Associated Press questioned the legality because the judge shown in the trailer doesn’t sit on the bench at the Los Angeles Superior Court, and civil wedding ceremonies are usually performed in chambers instead of courtrooms. At the time, a MTV spokesperson told Usmagazine.com in a statement: “MTV crews captured Heidi and Spencer at the Beverly Hills Courthouse with the Deputy Commissioner who handles all civil unions. We filmed after hours at the request of the courthouse so our cameras would not inconvenience other couples getting married that day.” But in the end, it was their families that convinced Spencer not to follow through with the quickie courthouse ceremony. During the finale, Heidi’s mom, Darlene, told Spencer, “I know you manipulated and plotted this whole wedding. It’s too fast, too much. You know she had dreams of a bigger wedding. I can’t let you go to the courthouse and make this wedding legal.” Last month, Darlene Egelhoff told Us Weekly that she didn’t trust Spencer. “He’s manipulative and seems to have power over Heidi. I would like to see a blood test from Mexico. It wouldn’t surprise me if he had her drugged.” Pratt responded on Seacrest’s radio show, “I am sure she is just hurt and reacting crazy because she wasn’t there.” Spencer’s sister, Stephanie also had a strong opinion about the civil ceremony, telling him, “”You can’t do this. She’s going to regret this. I think this is wrong.” Finally, in front of Deputy Commissioner, Donna Jones, Heidi proclaims, “I, Heidi, take thee Spencer to be my lawfully wedded husband for better or for worse for as long as we both shall live.” After a tense few seconds, Spencer pauses, and tells Montag, “I feel like we’re doing something sneaky and shady.” As Montag begins to cry, she says, “Of course I want my mom here.” Pratt responds, “I just want to give you the wedding of your dreams that you have been talking about for three years. I’ll deal with it It’s worth it to be with you the rest of my life. We’ll do it the way you want, I’m sorry, I love you so much.”
I mean … yeah … not really that big a shock to me. That the couple would go to such lengths to fake a wedding and milk the media attention to the fullest is not at all a surprise to me at all. For the most part, we all ate it up hook, line and sinker … so, in the end, I guess they win. Truth be told, I think I’m glad that the couple managed to pull off (at least for a while) their sham marriage … it kept things interesting and managed to make this season of The Hills a wee bit more compelling. While none of it was anywhere near the realm of believability … it was entertaining. That said, I think I’m done with the show. I’m sure this isn’t the last we’ll be hearing of the Speidi wedding … I’m pretty sure the couple plans to stay relevant in the media for as long as possible. I suppose we can only guess what’s to come from the couple in 2009. Whatever they’ve got planned, I’m sure it’ll be as “legal as the ring on [Spencer's] finger”.
Yesterday, in a side-by-side comparison, we got to see Robert Pattinson‘s new short haircut which he got done over the weekend and a few Pink readers were hoping for another look at his short locks in order to determine whether or not the look is a good one for him. Here are a couple pics of R. Pattz as he made his arrival in London, England yesterday, presumably home for the holidays:
It deffo is a different look for him … without his unruly hair, he no longer looks as if he fell out of bed and onto the public streets. I like it. I’m telling you, he prolly won’t be keepin’ this shorter ‘do for very long … I say we just enjoy it while we can. While some may profess their hatred for his new look, I think it’s a nice change. He’ll grow back his trademark shag … never you worry. But for now … me likey.
Proud mama Naomi Watts and her newborn son Samuel Kai, who was born into the world a little over a week ago, were released from the hospital this morning and daddy Liev Shreiber was on hand to bring baby and mama home. Here are a couple pics of the happy parentals carefully navigating the bitter cold, snow and ice in order to safely load their newborn bundle of joy into their car:
The couple were very careful to keep little Samuel Kai covered up as much as possible so that the little guy could be shielded from the cold temps as best they could … that is, until they put the little guy in his car seat. After the jump, check out the first photo of Samuel Kai as he says hello to the big, bad world for the first time … More »
Claiming a 35 to 50-vote lead over Republican opponent Norm Coleman, former Saturday Night Live regular Al Franken is declaring victory in Minnesota’s contested U.S. Senate seat race. “We are more confident than ever that Al Franken will be the winner of this election,” reads a posting on the Democrat’s Web site. Only not so fast, counters the Coleman campaign. “This process is still a long way form being complete,” the incumbent said in a statement. The Coleman camp insists 100 votes have been double-counted, and has announced that it intends to go to the state Supreme Court to lodge a protest.
LOL. The Democrats may have a tough time winning recounts in Florida but it looks like they may have eaked one out over in Minnesota. The new vote totals are due to be handed over to the Minnesota Canvassing Board and a winner (Franken) should be announced today:
The state Canvassing Board will wait until [Tuesday] to meet again to try to determine a winner in Minnesota’s U.S. Senate race between Democrat Al Franken and Republican incumbent Norm Coleman. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said Sunday that the delay was caused by the amount of time it is taking to reallocate the 5,000 ballot challenges that were withdrawn by the two men. “We had hoped to finish by Monday,” Ritchie said. Instead, the new vote totals will be presented to the Canvassing Board on Tuesday morning, he said. According to Minneapolis Star Tribune figures, Franken holds a lead over Coleman of 251 votes. That lead is expected to shrink after the 5,000 challenges are tabulated because Franken challenged about 400 more ballots than Coleman. The same day, the state Supreme Court will take up the question of whether more than 100 ballots were counted twice, as Coleman contends.
UGH … altho some sort of announcement may come out of Minnesota today, I think we’re still not quite at a 100% determination just yet. That being said, Franken is in the enviable position of being ahead in votes at this late, late, late stage of the race. At this point, I, too, am pretty confident that Al Franken will be elected officially as the junior Senator from Minnesota. Funny, huh?
BritneySpears.com has been updated with a fun holiday message for fans, directly from Britney Spears and sons themselves, along with a couple of really adorable family photos as an early Xmas gift to all. Here is Britney‘s Xmas card to us:
Awww … don’t they all look so cute? Seriously, the pic with Sean Preston and Jayden James wearing “papa’s glasses” just kills me — those little boys are just adorable. After the jump, check out larger size versions of the two individual photos featured in this Xmas card … More »
A spokesman for Michael Jackson released a statement on Monday denying as a “total fabrication” a report claiming that the former King of Pop needs a lung transplant due to a rare respiratory disease. The statement, attributed to Jackson’s “official and sole spokesperson, Dr. Tohme Tohme” and issued by Los Angeles firm Scoop Marketing, cites an interview with writer Ian Halperin in British newspaper the Sunday Express in which Halperin said Jackson was suffering from Alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency. Halperin, who is at work on an unauthorized biography of the singer, also claims Jackson can barely speak, suffers from emphysema and internal bleeding, and has lost 95 percent of the vision in his left eye. “Concerning this author’s allegations, we would hope in the future that legitimate media will not continue to be exploited by such an obvious attempt to promote this unauthorized ‘biography,’” said the statement attributed to Tohme. “The writer’s wild allegations concerning Mr. Jackson’s health are a total fabrication,” the statement said. “Mr. Jackson is in fine health and finalizing negotiations with a major entertainment company and television network for both a world tour and a series of specials and appearances.”
Truth be told, recent picture of Michael Jackson out in public do lead credence to the claims made by Halperin that Jacko is in dire need of medical help … if not of the surgical variety than, IMHO, surely of the psychological variety. It is not a stretch of the imagination, by any means, to think that Jacko is very ill … but, I suppose we have to take the word of his official spokesperson that he is not ill. That said, I absolutely refuse to believe that the claims that Jacko is near finalizing a deal that would put him on a world tour OR that he will be appearing in “a series of specials and appearances”. No way. Even if MJ were able to take on a commitment of this scale, there surely is NOT enough interest here in the US for any of these scenarios to be at all successful. Michael Jackson is just an odd bird, period. I contend that his infrequent public emergences in and around SoCal are pretty much all we’re gonna get from him from here on out. His time has come and gone. I do hope he is not in failing health but the notion that he is planning to stage a successful comeback is laughable.
Beware! Britney Spears is back to drivin’, y’all. Altho the girl has made major strides in turning her life around, I have to confess that I’m still a bit anxious to think of our dear Britney behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. It’s not even that I don’t trust her … she just seems to have really bad car karma … like, for serious. But, nonetheless, she’s back to driving … here are a few pics of Brit Brit as she drove with a friend to the Alley Cat Dance Studio last night where she was reportedly auditioning dancers for her upcoming tour. Life & Style magazine reports that altho Wade Robson was on hand to choreograph and help stage her most recent string of live performances, he will NOT be on hand to work on her 2009 tour The Circus starring Britney Spears:
Britney Spears is moving on from longtime choreographers Wade Robson and Andre Fuentes, the duo who successfully launched the pop star’s comeback with appearances in Europe and Japan and on U.S. TV, Life & Style has learned. “Wade and Andre were only hired to choreograph the promotional tour for Circus, which ended in Japan last week,” an insider tells Life & Style. Wade directed Brit’s dance moves for her first big U.S. tour in 1999, and Andre has worked with Britney since her 1998 L’Oréal Hair Zone Mall Tour. There’s no word yet who will replace the pair. But we’re sure Brit will have somebody on board soon!
HMM … I was actually very surprised to learn that Britney was teaming up with Wade again, especially considering the history the two of them share (it is rumored that Britney cheated with Wade while she was still dating Justin Timberlake and that is why the pop stars broke up). I say, a fresh start is the best way to go. Wade Robson may be a great choreographer but there are a lot of really great choreographers out there for Britney to choose from. She needs someone who is going to challenger her and come up with wicked hot routines that will thrill the audiences that are dying to see her back on stage. I hope that Brit‘s people take their time and choose wisely … her comeback tour has to be stellar. Looks like I blogged too soon, it turns out that choreographer Jamie King has been selected to be the tour director for The Circus starring Britney Spears. He previously directed Britney‘s Oops … I Did It Again Tour, Xtina Aguilera‘s Back to Basics Tour and, most recently, Madonna‘s Sticky & Sweet Tour. Sounds like Brit Brit is in good hands :)
Oh and regarding Britney driving again … well, let’s just say I’m glad that I’ll be away from SoCal for the next couple of weeks. That should be plenty of time for Britters to get in some driving practice so that I can return to the hopefully safe streets of LA in January ;)
Hugh Jackman, his wife and kids have made their way to NYC for the holidays and, altho it’s pretty cold in the Big Apple these days, Hugh still manages to bring the hawtness. You know a man is the epitome of hawt when he doesn’t need to strip down to look sexy … even bundled up, he’s a fox. Here are a coupe cute pics of Hugh and his daughter Ava Eliot making a getaway from their Manhattan residence and a couple of Hugh just lookin’ hot:
I understand that the Jackmans spent some time hanging with and visiting fellow Aussie Naomi Watts who just gave birth to her new sonSamuel Kai last week. Don’t you just love how all the Ozians like to stick together? These pics are proof positive that Hugh Jackman is a hottie for all seasons … Deborra-Lee Furness is one lucky beyotch!
Not that going topless is indecent, I should clarify, but it is wise of the oftentimes tragic chanteuse to cover up a bit with so many paps swarming around. Again, I have to say that this sight of Amy — half-nekkid and all — is the best, most healthy I’ve seen her in ages. I’d much rather see pics of the trainwreck relaxing and recuperating while on vacay rather than roaming the streets of London at all hours of the night. I hope she’s happy … and I really hope she’s committed to cleaning up her life. I think it’d be fabulous if 2009 was the year that Amy Winehouse got clean, got back to work and got & stayed healthy.
Robert Pattinson, everyone’s favorite vampire these days, has done the unthinkable and has cut off all of his trademark and very unruly hair. R. Pattz is prolly as famous for his wild hair-do as he is for his acting prowess … but now, the hair is practically all gone … take a look:
Will young girls run into the streets wailing and gnashing their teeth? Possibly. Will others see this major style change as a good thing? Likely. I, for one, like the shorter ‘do on the lad … it’s a good look for him. He looks a bit like a mix between Jason Priestly and Jake Gyllenhaal … which may or may not sound like a good thing. I think it’s safe to assume that he’ll have grown back his intemperate hair by the time he begins filming the Twilight movie sequel New Moon … but in the meantime … do we like?
It is my happy duty to announce the winners of the Pink is the new BlogBritney Spears Concert Tickets Contest that I’ve been running for the past week or so. As you may recall, I asked y’all to send in photos of your Pink is the new _____ signs to be entered in the running for a pair of concert tickets to see our dear Britney on her Anaheim and Oakland, CA concert stops on her upcoming The Circus starring Britney Spears Tour, which is due to kick off in New Orleans, LA next March. Trust me, it was tough selecting the lucky winners but … please join me in congratulating Donovan and Ruben who each won a pair of free tickets to see Britney Spears live in concert in Anaheim and Oakland respectively. Here are their winning submissions:
I think these guys did a great job with their entries and I’m glad that they’ll be able to see Brit Brit on tour next year. Hopefully Donovan will send in pics from the Anaheim show and Ruben will send in pics from the Oakland show :)
There were a lot of really great submissions and I really wish that everyone could be a winner but, alas, it just can’t be. After the jump, check out a few of the other submissions that I really love and would like to feature here on the blog — see if your entry made the cut … More »
Last night I got together with my LA family, Le GangTM, for a joyous holiday dinner at RockSugar at Century City so that we could partake in one another’s company one last time as a group before we all fly off to our homes for the coming holidays. I won’t be able to see any of them again until I return home in two weeks so it was very important for me to get to see as many of them as possible before I fly off to Detroit tonight. Here are a few pics that Darion snapped at last night’s fête:
The food was sumptuous, the gifts were sweet but it was really all about our being together as a family one last time in 2008. I have grown very close to all of my LA friends and it pains me to leave them … but I have another family of friends back home in Detroit to get to so I can’t be too sad about leaving. I am such a lucky person … no doubt. While I get to do some pretty incredible things thanks to the blog, I am most thankful for the special people I am lucky enough to count as friends in my life. I get to spend so much time with such amazing people whenever I like … they are all there for me no matter what the situation and I truly love them all dearly. It is my sincere wish that all y’all get to enjoy the holidays with friends and/or family in the coming week … it’s a special time of the year to relish in people that mean the most to us.
As I said, I fly out to Detroit (where the current temp is 14° F and the wind chill is -3° F) tonight and am *praying* that my flight is not delayed or canceled. If I do make it out tonight, I’ll be comin’ atcha from the Midwest until Sunday … then it’s a stop-over in NYC before we jet off to Iceland for the New Year. The coming week looks like it’s gonna be hectic but I’m gonna do my best to bring the goss on a daily basis as usual. Some days may be lighter than others but, the goss will come.
Jordin Sparks is 19, Lauralee Bell (The Young and the Restless) is 40, Diane Sawyer is 63 and Barbara Billingsley (Leave It To Beaver) is 93 years old today. Click HERE to see who else is celebrating a birthday today.
I mean, get the attention while the gettin’s good … right? As you may also recall, the judge presiding over Sweetin‘s custody hearing last week ruled that she is “not be allowed to be with the child unless one of her folks is present” which is prolly why Jodie was shopping sans baby. I’m not sure how long the paps attention will be focused on Sweetin but I suspect she may be able to extend her 15 mins. of fame a bit longer should her custody case get complicated. I wouldn’t be surprised if she ends up talking to a magazine after the matter is settled … whichever way it turns out. Isn’t it funny how fickle the finger of Fame and Fate can be?
Hel-lo! This hottie is going to be our President, y’all! Altho it feels kinda wrong to see the man in this state of undress … I can’t blame the guy for showing off a bit. Sure he managed to run a successful campaign for the most powerful leadership position in THE WORLD but that ain’t nuthin’ compared to the fine campaign he seems to have run in the gym. Could it be that Barack Obama is about to become our hottest Prez ever? I think so. Head on over to BauerGriffinOnline.com to see the full set of Obama family vacay pics.
Sometimes, one fabulous frock just isn’t enough. Victoria Beckham obviously felt she needed to trot out four within 15 hours, while helping her husband David settle in at AC Milan on the weekend. She might simply have been trying to do him proud as he met his new teammates. Or she could be helping him with his Italian … But the fact that all the frocks were from her dVb collection suggests she was trying to make her own mark on the fashion capital.
Hahhahaha … as “posh” as VB is, she seems to have no probs becoming a walking billboard to peddle her dVb wares to the fine folks in Italy. Shameless. I love it. Additionally, VB hooked up with fashion designer BFFs Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana for a little shopping spree yesterday afternoon … here are a couple of pics of the happy threesome:
While Becks may proclaim that he’s only got soccer on the brain while he’s in Italy, I think it’s safe to say that we know what’s on VB‘s mind. It looks like Les Beckhams are going to enjoy their time in Milan over the next few months … I just hope they don’t get too comfortable there ;)
Angelina Jolie is featured on the cover of the new issue of German Cosmopolitan magazine lookin’ fierce as ever … in a photo that looks to be a few years old but, since I can’t be entirely sure, could be a new, recently shot photo — behold:
Since my German is really, really bad (my apologies, Professor Vansant) I’m not sure what the headlines on this magazine read. I see that Ange is referred to as an über-star but beyond that, it’s all Greek to me … er, German … you know what I mean ;) In any event, no matter what the headline and no matter when the photo was taken, it’s still a sexy mag cover. Sure, it’s not necessarily the hottest magazine cover that one can find on newsstands these days but, it’s still pretty a’ight. Do we like?
Madonna celebrated her last Sticky & Sweet Tour concert last night in São Paulo at a private party thrown by art director Giovanni Bianco at a club in Pinheiros. She went to the party not only accessorized by her Chanel resort heels, but by 21-year-old Brazilian model Jesus Luz, who she met during her W magazine photo shoot in Rio last week. According to national tabloids, Madonna made out and danced with Jesus during the three hours she spent at the party. She left the club at 5:30 am, and he left in the car right behind her.
Both cars pulled over at the Hyatt where she is staying. Madonna is now officially a Brazilianizer.
LOL. You know, Madonna really does have a type of guy she lurves, don’t she? Except for her soon-to-be ex-husband, most of her romantic involvements have been with Latin-lookin’ dudes (including A-Rod). If these reports are true, it’s not hard to believe that Maddy would be all in this guy’s biz. He is, after all, supermegahawt. After the jump, check out one of Jesus‘s modeling pics for reference … More »
After arriving in town the day before, soccer phenom David Beckham was on hand at San Siro Stadium in Milan, Italy yesterday to not only attend the AC Milan soccer match but to be presented to the assembled fans and, indeed, all of Milan, Italy as the newest member of the soccer team. In a ceremony before the game, Becks was paraded out onto the field draped in the AC Milan colors and accompanied by a mob of cute little boys all wearing replica Beckham jerseys with his name and new number, #32, emblazoned on the back. For the time being, Becks is now officially an AC Milano:
Loan star David Beckham arrived at the San Siro on Sunday clutching his club shirt and was told he could begin AC Milan’s next match against Roma in the Italian capital on January 11. England midfielder Beckham has joined the Rossoneri for three months from Los Angeles Galaxy and was a spectator on Sunday night when they thrashed Udinese 5-1 in a Serie A clash. Beckham his Italian job will help reclaim his place in Fabio Capello’s England squad that is firmly on course for a place at the World Cup finals in South Africa. He currently has 107 caps and needs one more to equal the ‘outfield’ record held by Bobby Moore who held aloft the Jules Rimet trophy in 1966. Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti insists Beckham will come into contention for a starting berth when his side resume after the winter break. Club vice-president Adriano Galliani agreed saying: “Beckham is in good physical condition. He will be here with us for nine Serie A games and will also play some friendlies. “We will then consider whether or not to include him in our UEFA Cup squad because eventually he would only be able to play up to the first and second leg of the last 16 of the competition. “We will make this decision by the end of January.” Milan have been paired with Werder Bremen in the last 32 of the UEFA Cup with the two-leg tie to be played in February. Beckham is set to return to the U.S. at the end of March to prepare for the start of Major League Soccer and would be unavailable from the quarterfinal stages on in Europe. The former Manchester United and Real Madrid maestro officially becomes a Milan player on January 7 and now looks set for his debut four days later … Beckham’s ‘presentation’ at the San Siro prior to kick-off was a rather low-key affair as he strolled on to the pitch to mutter the words ‘Forza Milan’ to a half-empty stadium. He will now get to know his new colleagues at a training camp in Dubai.
Love it! Becks is a show in and of himself. He don’t even need to play soccer to get people excited … that’s a true superstar, y’all. As much as I’m not TOO thrilled that Becks is on load from LA to Milan, I am anxious to see how he does over there. I’d love to see him do well so that he can play with the English team and fulfill more of the goals and benchmarks he’s set for himself professionally. It’s unclear how much longer Becks can remain a high profile, high demand soccer player. I’d love to see him go out on top like he deserves to. Good luck, Becks … we’ll all be rooting for your success!
Here’s a fun game to get the day started … can you guess which A-List celeb was snapped walking the streets of SoCal this weekend proudly displaying their lurve for the woman they married earlier this year?
It should also be noted that this celeb in question was accompanied by their wife when these photos were taken … so mebbe she had a hand in picking out this celeb’s outfit. She’s funny like that. After the jump, find out if you guessed correctly … More »
Here are a few pics of Gwen Stefani, Gavin Rossdale and their children Kingston James and Zuma Nesta Rock as they showed off their festive holiday outfits here in SoCal this weekend lookin’ as cute as can be:
As we move into Xmas week, it looks like Gwen and fam are really geared up and ready to get their Ho Ho Hos on. You gotta love that sweater that Gavin is wearing … one can never go wrong with reindeer. Unlike the frightful sight that Katie Holmes has been lookin’ lately, Gwen — as usual — is the image of perfection. This Xmas will be Zuma‘s first so I’m sure the whole family is excited to make it one that he’d always remember … if his little baby brain were capable of remembering experiences at this stage of its development. It looks like it’s gonna be a Merry Xmas ahead!
In her youth she was famed for her fresh-faced look in the teen show Dawson’s Creek. However actress Katie Holmes could not have looked more different from her previous on-screen character when she was pictured in New York. It would appear the wife of Tom Cruise is showing the physical signs of trying to juggle a rigorous Broadway schedule while looking after her two-year-old daughter Suri. Despite wearing a cheerful red winter coat, the star continued to look run-down, gaunt and tired, sparking concerns about her health. Her skin looked clammy and pasty, the scabby remains of a cold sore was still evident on her lip and painful-looking blisters were spotted on her foot as she made her way to the Broadway theatre she is currently working at. Earlier this week the star looked pale and gaunt, with dark circles and hollow cheeks, as she celebrated her 30th birthday. The actress has spent the last few months living and working in Manhattan while she stars in the production of Arthur Miller play All My Sons, at the Schoenfeld Theatre. t would appear the gruelling stage run, which Katie has been performing twice daily, is takings its toll on the star. With still another two weeks to go, Katie has also been caring for Suri while husband Tom Cruise completes a promotional tour for his new film Valkyrie. In stark contrast to his wife, Tom looked the picture of health this week following his recent weight loss. Shedding excess pounds has taken years off the Hollywood actor. Tom Cruise is expected to join his wife and daughter in New York for Christmas.
Damn … now I realize that everyone has their off days (I, myself, am lookin’ a fright today) but Katie looks like she’s near death. If you didn’t know any better, the close-up shot of her bloody foot could be a dead ringer for Amy Winehouse‘s usually scabby feet … not good. I imagine that the strains of motherhood coupled with a grueling Broadway schedule is no walk in the park … here’s hoping that she is able to slow down and relax soon, the poor dear looks like she’s ready to keel over. Her unsightly gaunt pallor even makes Marc Anthony look better by comparison … yeesh! Rest up, Katie! You’re far too young and pretty to be lookin’ this frightful so soon.
Wee! Yesterday was an amazing day of DOING NOTHING and, let me tell y’all … I loved every minute of it. With all my upcoming travels (starting tomorrow night) on the way, I am really hoping to do as little as possible to rest up as much as I can. I stayed in my pjs yesterday and worked, did laundry, kinda packed and watched DVDs all day long … that was it … and it was glorious. I spent most of the afternoon watching a couple of He-Man & She-Ra DVDs — the feature-legnth movie The Secret of the Sword (which was our introduction to She-Ra, the Princess of Power) and the He-Man & She-Ra Christmas Special:
I’ve had my He-Man/She-Ra DVDs out for months now but I never got around to watching them … yesterday was the day. As much as it was really fun to reminisce about my childhood, I think I’m growing increasingly tired of the cheesiness that we kids were fed in the 80s — god, I’m getting old :( That being said, kids these days have no concept of Saturday Morning Cartoons and I think that is really very sad. While I’m not too keen about the aging process, I am very happy that I was able to live thru and enjoy the fun kidstuff that the 1980′s gave us. But I digress …
Tonight is a big night … most of Le GangTM are getting together for a holiday dinner so that we can spend time with one another before we all go our separate ways and fly home for the holidays. I am really looking forward to tonight … I haven’t seen Kirsten, Adriana, Jim or Derek in ages so it’ll be nice to see them. I have all of my Xmas books ready to go for each of them and I can’t wait to give them out. It shall be a blast!! The craziness starts tomorrow … after a full day of work, I need to finish packing and then catch a red-eye back to Detroit. I hope that the weather will comply and won’t keep me stranded in any airports or anything like that … crossing fingers now.
It’s time again for our weekly dose of Weekend Hotness, y’all! Since it’s pretty much freezing in most of the country (except in some parts — like Florida where David and his family are enjoying the warm sun and surf much to my chagrin cuz I’m off to Detroit where the forecast is for more snow in the coming days), I thought it’d be fun to check in with a Hot Dude who was photographed in warmer climes … unlike the much colder climates that many of us are dealing with these days — say hello to Patrick:
So, OK, Patrick doesn’t have a head in this pic … but really, you don’t need a head all the time, right? I’m not saying that Patrick has a bad looking head but this photo kinda just cuts to the chase and gets to the nitty-gritty. The golden tan, the blue ocean in the background … le sigh … I really miss summer. We’ve got a few weeks (and months for some) ahead of chilly weather so it’s nice to know that we can look to Hot Dudes like Patrick to remind us of the happier days of yore. Enjoy!!
Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails updated the official NIN website earlier this week and posted a thank you letter of sorts to all the fans who came out in support of the Lights in the Sky Over North America Tour (and beyond) this year. Speaking directly to the fans themselves, Trent talks a bit about touring plans for 2009 and even mentions the possibility that a “small holiday gift” may be on the way. Here is the full text of Trent‘s latest message:
The LIGHTS IN THE SKY era has come to a close, and I’d like to once again thank you for your support. I am very proud of what we pulled off – it was an immense amount of work and worth it all. I’d like to thank Josh and Alessandro for being an integral part of this for the last few years and I wish them all the best. No rest for the wicked here, though. We start rehearsing the new band/format first thing next year and as I mentioned, we’ll be announcing some final waves of dates. North America, UK/Europe, Pacific Rim and elsewhere. Oh yeah – we may have a small holiday gift for you soon. Check back.
As excited as I STILL am over being fortunate enough to have a one-on-one backstage conversation with TR in Las Vegas, NV last weekend I am REALLY excited at the prospect of a “holiday gift” from the man himself. With Trent Reznor you never know what you’re gonna get … it could be a new song, it could be a new album — it could be a You Tube clip of the band doing the dance routine from Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) … er, but it most likely will not be the latter (I think). I will make sure to update news of this “holiday gift” as soon as it is announced.
Additionally, TR and NIN keyboardist Alessandro Cortini are featured in a new Apple promo video for their software program called MainStage:
As far as I can tell, the program was used extensively on the Lights in the Sky Tour and comes highly recommended by the NIN men themselves. After the jump, watch the video clip in full … More »
IT is my pleasant duty to report that the normally skeleton-thin Amy Winehouse has finally found her figure. The troubled singer revealed her curves when she slipped off her bikini top for a dip in Caribbean paradise St Lucia. And unless I’m very much mistaken the Rehab star, who has battled drugs, was sporting a very healthy looking tum too. One onlooker told me: “Amy just whipped off her top and dived in to the sea without a care in the world. She was looking a better than she has for a while. A bit of sun is just what she needs.”
I must agree that it is a very nice thing to see Amy looking so healthy. Topless or not, seeing her sportin’ some meat on her bones is a much better sight than the usual frail, bony frame that she is famous for. After the jump, check out a few uncensored, NSFW photos of Amy and her girls basking in the warm Caribbean sun … More »
As you may have heard a couple of days ago, Paris Hilton‘s home was pilfered of about $2 million in jewels and, at long last, Paris Hilton is finally speaking out about the heinous crime. Talking exclusively to Life & Style magazine, Paris opens up and reveals how this burglary has deeply affected her person:
Paris Hilton exclusively tells Life & Style she’s “devastated” by the burglary of over $2 million worth of baubles from her LA home between late Thursday evening and 4 a.m. Friday. “I am devastated. I cannot believe someone broke into my home. They took items that had such sentimental value that no one will ever be able to replace,” she tells Life & Style. “I’m just thankful that I wasn’t there when it happened.” The heiress was out partying in LA when her home was broken into. An insider tells Life & Style that “millions of dollars of jewelry was stolen — diamonds, necklaces, rings, watches and family heirlooms from her grandmothers.” Luckily, though, the insider says the thief was caught on tape. “Paris has surveillance cameras set up in every room,” says the insider, who’s seen the tapes. “The thief was wearing a black hoody and knew exactly where to go, like he’s been there before.” Taking no risks, “Paris has upped her security team to three 24-hour bodyguards, and she has someone on her property at all times,” adds the insider. “Detectives are doing a huge investigation.”
Um, is anyone else *shocked* that Paris Hilton has video surveillance cameras in every single room of her home? I mean, really? I guess when the mood strikes to get bizzy in any part of her house, she’ll always have a record of her exploits … sounds like a pretty sweet set-up … you know, in a I really have zero interest in ever seeing what kind of footage she has on that camera sort of way. In any event, I suppose it was a good thing that Paris loaded up her home with cameras cuz mebbe we’ll be finding out who the hoodlum thief is. Wouldn’t it be fabulous and totally sad if the burglar turned out to be one of her higher profile friends? If the thief rummaged thru her home as if they’d were familiar with her home … I guess it could be any of the loser hangers-on that she tends to consort with (hey, where was Cisco Adler on the night of the robbery? Oh yeah, he’s got an alibi). It’s kinda hard to feel all that sorry for someone as rich and spoiled as Paris Hilton but the thought of treasured heirlooms handed down to her by her grandmothers being stolen is kinda sad. This’ll teach the Hilton family to entrust Paris with the family jewels. Actually, I think this proves that Paris shouldn’t be trusted with family jewels of any kind.
Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham was introduced at AC Milan yesterday, as the cultural icon will begin his short loan spell at the Italian Serie A giants next month. The 33-year-old Beckham said the move fulfills his dream of playing with a top Italian team and his goal of staying in shape during the MLS offseason to regain a spot on England’s national team. “I wouldn’t take this opportunity if I didn’t think that I could help the team and help the club,” Beckham said … “I’m really happy to be here, it is a great honor. I hope to add to the team, I hope to give everything that I’ve always given in my career. To be able to have the chance to play for another one of the biggest clubs in the world, I’ve played for the biggest club in England, the biggest club in Spain and now I’m going to be playing for the biggest club in Italy, is amazing. I’ve been very lucky in my career to have done that, and I’m just going to enjoy it because I think to be given this opportunity is incredible.” added Beckham … England coach Fabio Capello has said it is not enough for Beckham to train with AC Milan – he must also play to be considered for the national team. The loan begins Jan. 7 and expires March 9, Milan vice president Adriano Galliani said. He will start work Dec. 29. “He is in really great physical condition, I am told, and I believe that after the period of preparation in Dubai, I believe he will be up to playing,” Galliani said.
And the first big question of the latest chapter of his globe-trotting career was swiftly answered when it was revealed that he would wear the No 32 short – “it was the first one I was offered,” he said. Dressed in a blue jumper, jeans, mirrored sunglasses and a scarf against the chill he smiled and waved at the small group of fans who had gathered to welcome him. After landing at Milan’s Malpensa airport he headed off to a private clinic for a medical, which he reportedly passed with flying colours. As he left the airport he said: “I am honoured to be here and to play for one of the most successful clubs in the world. I have played for the biggest club in England, the biggest club in Spain and now I want to play for the biggest club in Italy.” AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani said Beckham would stay with Milan until March 8. He added: “We resolved numerous problems, much larger than you would normally have when you buy a player – with the US League, with Galaxy and with all the Beckham entourage.” Beckham also was keen to emphasise that his stay in Milan would be strictly football. “Fashion had nothing to do with coming to Milan,” he said. “The red and black shirt and the history of the club took me here.”
Strictly football, huh? No Fashion, huh? Well, we’ll see about that. After the jump, check out a couple photos of Becks with wifey Vicki B. as they stepped out on the town in Milan last night to show just how unfashionable they plan to be while staying in Italy for the next few months … More »
Contrary to what folks think, I am very supportive of this relationship between Jen and John. Since they started hooking up earlier this year in Florida, Jen has been more open and, arguably, happier than I think we’ve seen her in many years. I honestly think it’s helped with her career that she’s been so happily attached to John Mayer seeing that folks were getting a bit tired of seeing her as sad and lonely Jen — it looks much better for her to attend huge, splashy movie premieres with a guy on her arm. Even tho I poke fun at her walks of shame, I say You go girl! I’m really hoping for babies next … I’m sure some may object but I think a Mayerston baby would be so fun. Imagine the questions that might be asked of Brangelina. I think they could stand to get a bit of the treatment that Jen‘s been receiving when she’s always asked about them. Mayerston, baby, 2009 … make it happen, please.
Linda Hogan was safe and sound Friday after being involved in a minor car accident near her home in Clearwater, Fla., authorities confirmed to E! News. “She was rear-ended, but it was just a fender-bender and there were no injuries reported,” said Clearwater Police Department spokeswoman Joelle Castelli. The accident occurred around 3:30 p.m. Weather was not considered to be a factor (a high of 77 degrees today in Clearwater, so we should hope not!), and no related speeding tickets have been issued at this time, Castelli said. Hogan’s white Mercedes sustained minor damage, while the hood of the red Camaro that bumped into her took the brunt of it. According to TMZ.com, Hogan’s December-May boyfriend Charlie Hill also showed up at the scene, which was barely a quarter mile away from where Nick Hogan’s fateful DUI crash occurred last year.
So while Hogan may claim to “know best” it’s clear that most of them don’t “know” how to drive. Mebbe it’s time that the whole fam just sign themselves up for traffic school so that they can get a refresher on how not to slam your car into anything else. Sounds like a good idea, right?
HMMM … I suppose it’s to be expected that The Federline would want to start mating again. Altho I’m sure he enjoys the $$$ he gets from Britney Spears for the care of their young children, you know that man cannot live on $$$ alone. It’s unclear how serious K-Fed and Vicky are these days but traveling together is a big step. If we see her hanging out with his children (the famous ones, not the other ones) then we’ll know that he really means biz with this chick. I sincerely hope she’s on birth control cuz babies have a funny way of popping up whenever K-Fed is anywhere in the vicinity of ovaries.
For the most part, yesterday was a pretty quiet day for me … I’ve begun my preparations for my upcoming travels so I spent much of the day in my apartment. I’ve been loading tons of movies onto my gloriously high capacity 160gb iPod for my upcoming travels so hopefully the flight times will fly by with each passing fun flick I’ve loaded onto my iPod.
Last night, tho, I met up with Josh, Steph and Alek at BLD for an intimate holiday dinner before Josh flies off to be with his family for the holidays. Since he won’t be here for our big family dinner tomorrow night, I wanted to make sure to see him before it was too late. We had a great night together.
I am also staying home all day today … laundry and cleaning to do. I need to start packing as well so that I don’t forget anything. While I’ll only be away for 2 weeks, I’ll be traveling to Detroit, New York, Reykjavik and then back to New York before returning home to LA. While taxing, it should be fun. Hidee, ho!
Here is this week’s batch of photos sent in by Pink is the new Blog readers — Abigail sends in a pic of a cute little Xmas star named Madeline, she’s 2 months old — Kimberly sends in an adorable pic of her 9-month old daughter Kylee all dressed up for the holidays — my boy Jason from Detroit sends in a pic of his daughter Eliza all decked out in pink for the Detroit winter — Jami sends in a pic with her boyfriend Chap who were introduced by their friend Mike S. (who dates Jami‘s friend Jennifer) who is also friends with Mike R. (who dates Erin) and Mike W. (who dates Carlee) and they all work (in one way or another) for Chick-Fil-A and have wedding plans in the future … which means, they rule and I hope they send pics from the wedding soon — Mimi sends in a pic of her boyfriend Ken pointing to Elijah Wood, who they ran into at Flightpath Coffee in Austin, TX — Valerie sends in the pic that we took at the Nine Inch Nails concert in Las Vegas, NV last weekend … we snapped the pic moments before I got to go backstage to interview Trent Reznor:
Thank you all so much for another batch of fun photos … the kiddies are always adorable — and I love how much Abigail‘s little darling looks so much like Maggie Simpson ;) Love goes out to Jami, who sent a few pics of all the Mikes and their girlfriends and I hope to get a follow up pic in the new year.
Also, I have to give a shout-out to Kyle in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC … I understand he’s an avid reader and I want to send all my lurve his way today :)
Thank you, again, for all the great photos … I hope y’all will send in some great Xmas pics for next weekend’s post :)
As y’all are well aware, yesterday was Jake Gyllenhaal‘s 28th birthday and to celebrate, he enjoyed a very intimate dinner with his current love interest (or whatever) Reese Witherspoon last night. The couple dined at Georgio Baldi in Santa Monica, CA and it looked like they were engaged in some pretty serious conversation. Here are a few pics of the couple at dinner last night … let’s see if we can listen in and hear what they were talking about:
Ruh-ro! It looks like Jakey poo got himself into a bit of trubs last night … methinks that his stalling Reese off on the nookie-nook is starting to lose it’s effectiveness. I mean, hell, can you blame Reese for wanting to get into the man’s pants? Hee hee … whatever the couple’s activities were last night, it is my sincere hope that Jake had a great birthday and I hope that he has an amazing year ahead. Happy Birthday again, Jakey poo!!
Mebbe the trick to get Jen to smile for the cameras is that she will only do so if John is with her. We all know that JM has no problem engaging and oftentimes playing with the paps (and the media as a whole) so mebbe he’s just trying to ease her into his way of life. Whatever the hell is going on, I must say that I do like this new side of Jennifer Aniston. She looks so happy and it’s nice to see her happily matched up with a guy for the holidays. It remains to be seen if Mayerston will remain in NYC for Xmas and New Year’s Eve but here’s hoping that, wherever the end up, they have a great holiday together … smiling for the cameras :) Cheese!
Here are a couple photos of Vicki B. trying to make her exit from her manager Simon Fuller‘s office is South London late yesterday afternoon … hiding behind her fur-adorned jacket, it seems pretty clear that VB wasn’t feeling very posh in front of the paps:
I understand that VB‘s car was loaded with wrapped Xmas gifts and that she sped away as quickly as possible. It’s very unlike VB to hide from the cameras … in fact, I’d say it’s pretty much against her nature to do such a thing. She must’ve been hiding a heinous zit or something because we all know that Vicki B. loves being photographed. The woman may not crack a smile for the cameras but, trust me, it’s what she lives for. Here’s hoping that any sort of blemish or imperfection clears up quickly … I’m not sure I like the shy VB.
High School Musical star Zac Efron teamed up with Gifts.com to play Santa Claus for a bunch of needy and sick kids at the Mattel Children’s Hospital on the campus of UCLA yesterday afternoon. Opting to wear a leather bomber jacket in lieu of the traditional red suit and beard, Zac brought mirth, merriment and lots of toys for the kids who, unfortunately, will be spending the holidays in hospital care. Here are a few pics from yesterday’s event:
I understand that Zac took the time to sign autographs for, chat and take photos with every single kid at the hospital which I think is cool as hell. I think it’s really awesome that Efron would agree to do an event like this. I’m sure it must be really difficult for kids to spend Xmas in the hospital — no matter what their affliction — but getting to spend time with Zac Efron prolly makes up for some of their grief. Zac‘s stock has shot thru the roof for me on this one … kudos to him for being such a swell guy.
David Beckham will get plenty of headlines when he arrives in Milan on Saturday but his new temporary employers will probably be wishing he could take to the pitch against Udinese a day later rather than watching the game from the stands. AC Milan have been beset by injury problems to key players this season and are sweating over the return of Kaka ahead of this weekend’s match. And with Andrea Pirlo forced off at half-time during Wednesday’s 2-2 UEFA Cup draw against Vfl Wolfsburg and Gennaro Gattuso out probably for the rest of the season, now would be a good time to blood the former England captain. However, Beckham cannot start playing for Milan until the January transfer window opens and in the meantime, coach Carlo Ancelotti shows no sign of letting up his complaints about injury problems. “This is a difficult time for us because we’ve been decimated by injuries which prevents us from taking to the pitch with the team we want to or from playing our best,” moaned Ancelotti.
Becks sure does seem to have an affinity for struggling soccer teams. You may recall the LA Galaxy was in pretty dire straits in the years before Becks showed up and joined the team. Of course, the team hasn’t really gotten much better since Becks became a Galaxian but … well … that’s beside the point. As much as it pains me to loan out Becks to a new fútbol club (for fear that we won’t get him back in one piece), I do hope that he can help Milan in their time of need. After the jump, check out a couple more pics of Becks in Italy — since it is a very stylish country, Becks decided to whip out the accessories and show ‘em how it’s done … More »
In the woman’s defense, it is called the walk of shame for a reason … I don’t think anyone wants photographic proof of them leaving the site of the previous night’s booty-call. Also, it’s damn cold and snowy in NYC today … I don’t blame her for covering up as much as possible. Honestly, tho, I don’t really believe that Jen is going to start a new life as a pap-friendly celeb … but it sure was cool to see her lookin’ happy, proud and open to be with her man last night.
Aussie hotness Hugh Jackman was snapped going thru the routine of disrobing as he made his way thru airport security at LAX this week … and even tho the man wasn’t required to take off all of his clothes, I think we can all appreciate him taking off as much as necessary for airline security:
Yeah, that settles it — it is physically IMPOSSIBLE for Hugh Jackman to look bad. I mean, these photos aren’t near as fleshy as some of his other pics and yet, there is a certain sexiness to them. MMM MMM MMM, enjoy :)
MTV has updated the official website for their new series The City and has released a bunch of new promo pics of the new cast as well as bios on each of the cavalcade of characters. Here is a new promo photo of star Whitney Port and her core group of new NYC BFFs … kinda like her Audrina Patridge and Heidi Montag but are named Erin Lucas (right) and Olivia Palermo (left):
Geeze … Erin and Olivia even kinda look like Audrina and Heidi. As you may recall, when The Hills started out, Lauren LC Conrad was supertight with Heidi and Audrina … and then, well, the drama happened. I suspect that these new ladies will prove the same sort of foils for Whitney in her quest to become a city girl. It’s a proven formula that works … so, why not. After the jump, check out a bunch of individual promo pics of the whole cast of The City, including the dudes who will be helping these ladies will all their dramatic needs … More »
Last night I met up with Mike and Jill for a little pre-holiday dinner together ahead of their upcoming trip to Las Vegas, NV and my trip home to Detroit. We decided to have a fun dinner out at Benihana in Encino, CA. Hee hee, yeah it’s not the poshest place but the food is good and the atmosphere is really fun.
After dinner, I met up with Alek, Darion, Ryan and Johnny so that we could, en mass, make our way to a little Xmas celebration hosted by photographer Lewis Payton. The shindig was held outside in his courtyard which made for a chilly time but we managed keep ourselves warm for the majority of the night. Here are a few pics from last night’s fun:
Hee hee … we had a blast. Much love goes out to Lewis for having us at his home, we had a really fun night together.
Tonight I’m planning to meet up with Josh for another pre-holiday dinner before he flies off to Oregon for the holidays … and at some point, I have to start packing for my upcoming trips to Detroit, NYC and Iceland. OY!
Lady Sovereign is 23, Alyssa Milano is 36, Tyson Beckford is 38, Kristy Swanson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) is 39 and Criss Angel is 41 years old today. Click HERE to see who else is celebrating a birthday today.
Birthday lurve and wishes go out to our dear Jake Gyllenhaal who turns 28 years old today. Altho there has been a significant lack of Jakey pooness on the blog this year, I don’t believe that our love and devotion for the lad has diminished in any capacity. Despite the fact that Reese Witherspoon appears to be enjoying the fruits of our labor, I think it is still prudent to send our love out to Jake today:
Here’s hoping that Jake has an amazing birthday today and that he will be back in the public eye in 2009 with the release of his new movie Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. I really miss my semi-daily Jakey poo updates so I’m really looking forward to the new year. Happy Birthday, Jake! Don’t do anything with Reese that I wouldn’t do ;)
Nights on the town have been a rarity for Kate Middleton and Prince William in recent months, but the couple made up for lost time with a visit to London’s Whisky Mist. The pair were spotted arriving at the bar – a popular royal haunt – at 12.30am where they partied until the early hours of this morning. And while Kate, who enjoyed dinner at Eight Over Eight restaurant in Chelsea with sister Pippa earlier in the evening, was dressed to the nines in an electric blue dress, it was her boyfriend’s facial hair that was attracting all the attention. It seems the prince, who is said to have stopped shaving while on a recent anti-drug smuggling exercise with the Special Boat Service in the Caribbean, has become rather attached to the rugged look. It is believed that he grew the beard in an attempt to disguise his identity during the 10-day mission. It’s something of a family tradition – his father, the Prince of Wales, sported facial hair while serving in Alaska in 1975, as did William’s grandfather Prince Philip during his own wartime service aboard HMS Valiant. However the look will be short lived – next year he joins the RAF, where beards are banned. ‘Waity Katie’, as she has become known because of her apparent willingness to wait around until William proposes, is said to have been unimpressed with his decision to commit to the RAF for the next seven years. But there was no signs of strain as they enjoyed their evening on the town. William and Kate, both 26, recently returned from holiday with friends at Wood Farm on the Queen’s 20,000-acre Norfolk estate where they went on a pheasant shoot with Prince Harry and friends. It was the first time the couple had been photographed together since September, when they attended a friend’s wedding in Austria.
I get the whole Royal “tradition” thing about growing a beard before entering military service but I think the new facial hair is also a sign that Wills, bless his heart, is trying to offset the hair that is thinning on top of his head by letting the hair on the bottom of his head grow as much as it can. I, for one, really like the more rugged look on him. Even tho the lad is a tall drink of water, I think he still has a bit of a baby face … the hair mans him up a bit, I think. I say we enjoy the beard for as long as we can … soon enough, it’ll be snipped off and all but a memory.
Contrary to rumors and reports going around the Interweb, Jermaine Dupri reveals that Janet Jackson is not pregs on his official blog. He also clarifies that the couple are still very much together. Speculation about the couple, who have been together for the past few years, was that they were expecting their first child together after Janet canceled a few concert dates due to a “mysterious illness” that was later explained as vertigo … so Jermaine took it upon himself to clear the air:
TO ALL THE JANET FANS,
AS YOU ALL KNOW JANET IS A VERY PRIVATE PERSON THE ONLY REASON YOU SEE HER AS MUCH AS YOU DO ON MY YOUTUBE VLOG IS BECAUSE OF ME LOL BUT I HEAR YALL AND YOUR QUESTIONS. SO HEAR YOU HAVE IT … NO SHE IS NOT PREGNANT AND YES WE’RE STILL TOGETHER. IT BAFFLES ME HOW YALL LET THESE BLOG AND MAGAZINES CONTROL YOUR LIFES THAT’S WHY I CREATED GLOBAL14.COM SO WHEN EVER HEAR SHIT ABOUT ME YOU CAN COME RIGHT HERE AND GET THE TRUTH.
I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY JD FEELS THE NEED TO YELL but I’m glad to hear that he is willing to clear up any misconceptions and erroneous reports by blogging about them on his site. Truth be told, Janet is the only Jackson that I would like to see spawn so it’s unfortunate that she’s not pregs but … mebbe someday. Keep at it, Jermaine … mebbe you can get a baby in her sometime soon ;)
Lovebirds Jennifer Aniston and John Mayer made a very public and showy exit from the NYC eatery La Esquina after double-date dining with the very married Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos last night. While Jennifer Aniston usually tends to do everything in her power to hide behind things like purses, newspapers/magazines, coffee cups, etc. it was a very different matter last night. Cuddled up with her paramour John Mayer, who is never one to shy away from cameras, the couple brazenly walked the streets of NYC cooing and googly-eyeing one another along the way:
I believe that Kelly and Mark left the restaurant engulfed in flames, screaming out for any passer-by to offer assistance but the world was so centered on Mayerston’s walk that no one paid attention to them in the slightest. For those who might not be aware, that was a joke. In any event, Jen and John were all smiley with one another and, surprisingly, did not attempt to hide their faces from the swarm of cameras that were following them. After the jump, check out video of the pair walking together in NYC last night … More »
Amid reports that there is trouble a-brewin’ in her marriage to Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez ventured out for a little shopping spree at Barney’s New York in Beverly Hills, CA yesterday — one of the more photog-friendly upscale shopping establishments in the greater Los Angeles, CA area — and seemed to be proudly showing off her wedding bling … perhaps in an effort to show the world that she is still very much committed to her husband and her marriage — behold:
Hee hee … I kinda love how she’s walking around with her hand daintily limp and faced forward so that the paps can get a clear shot of her massive diamond ring. Welp, I guess that settles it … after seeing these pics of J. Lo flashing her wedding ring I’m now fully convinced that there are no probs in the LopAnthony marriage whatsoever. The only thing that would look more convincing of marital bliss would be, you know, if she were actually wearing her husband on her arm as well ;)
I understand that Xtina and Jordy met up with Nicole Richie and others at Mozart Pizza for an impromptu birthday celebration … which I guess had a pretty strict dress code. As odd as the pair look all dressed up like characters from A Clockwork Orange, I can’t really hate on them because that film is one of my all-time fave films and I’m impressed that they seem to be as well. I really never pegged Xtina as the type of devotchka to be into the ultraviolence but I salute her creativity and her nod to the masterpiece film by Stanley Kubrick which was based on the even more impressive book by Anthony Burgess. Happy 28th, Xtina … looks like your bday celebration was real horrorshow.