Archive for January, 2009

First Look: ‘G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra’ Trailer

Yo, Joe!

The first movie trailer for the Summer live action G.I. Joe movie, The Rise of Cobra, has made its way to the Internets ahead of its television debut during the SuperBowl game tomorrow … here are a few screencaps from the 30-second trailer that will air tomorrow:


Thus far, my worries have been put to some rest. This teaser commercial doesn’t offer much footage but what it does offer is fairly impressive … thus far. As you can tell from the screencaps, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France takes a little damage thanks to Cobra … and the Joes spring into action. After the jump, checkout the full 30-second movie trailer for G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra without having to wait until SuperBowl Sunday tomorrow … More »

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‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ Gets A Teaser Poster

Nine Inch Nails

Hugh Jackman as Logan/Wolverine is lookin’ pretty serious in the new one sheet poster for his new movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine … which you can check out below:


Nice. It’s a pretty standard, no surprises poster … very Wolverine. I suspect the other posters of the other characters will look the same, individual to each X-Man. Do y’all like?

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Alyson Hannigan & Bump Does ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’

The Bump makes its television debut

The Best Bump Watch EVER continues this weekend as photos and video footage comes our way from Alyson Hannigan‘s appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show yesterday afternoon. Aly was a guest on Ellen‘s SuperBowl-themed show and managed to keep the major secrets about her pregnancy (like the month she’s due and the sex of the baby) a total secret from Ellen, despite all of her attempts to get the truth out of her. Aly did talk about her pregnancy cravings … and how being knocked up makes her feel like “a stoned Koala bear”:


Alyson Hannigan is finding that being pregnant not only gives her cravings – but makes her feel like a stoned Koala bear. “I get tired a lot and I have pregnancy brain, which I never realized was a thing but it is,” the expectant mom said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Friday. “I sort of feel like a Koala bear where I’m slightly stoned all the time and I’ll say the wrong word.” Quipped Ellen DeGeneres, “I’m not pregnant, but I have that brain too. I don’t have an excuse.” As for the baby’s gender, Hannigan, 34, says she and her husband, actor Alexis Denisof, have found out their child’s sex, but prefer to keep it private until its birth. “We’re just not announcing to the world,” said the How I Met Your Mother actress. “It seems a little personal.” Hannigan, who first announced her pregnancy to PEOPLE, would reveal her cravings, though. “[I crave] ginger ale big time,” she said. “I didn’t drink soda before and suddenly it was like, ‘I need a ginger ale,’ and surprisingly my mother craved ginger ale when she was pregnant with me as well.” DeGeneres seized on this nugget as a possible indication that Hannigan is having a girl, to which the actress responded by laughing and saying, “You’re very sneaky.” Hannigan is due in the spring.

It must be said, Alyson Hannigan is the most radiantly cute pregs celeb EVER. She looks … just stunning. Pregnancy really agrees with her and I *know* she’s yet to give birth to her first child but I’d love for her to have many children in the future so that we can enjoy her radiant glow for years to come. I’m usually anxious for celebs to birth their babies but in Aly‘s case, I want her to stay pregs … she just looks so amazing :) She’s gonna be the best mom, you can just tell. After the jump, check out video of Alyson‘s appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show yesterday in full … More »

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Later Days, North Hollywood

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As I type this post, David is on an airplane making his way here to SoCal so that we can begin our lives together. I’m so excited, anxious, nervous and freaked out all at once. This day has been in the making for years, I cannot believe that it is finally here. As a result, today will be my last day in my North Hollywood home. On my morning walk to Starbucks this morning, I snapped a photo of the North Hollywood Sign (which is much less impressive than the world famous Hollywood Sign) that I have passed into town for the past 2 1/2 years:


While I am very happy to be moving onto bigger and better things with David, I admit I’m gonna miss my little Valley town. I live on the South corner of NoHo right near Studio City, very close to Toluca Lake (where Miley Cyrus and Zac Efron live, eek!) which is a very cool area. I don’t live very far from the Millennium Dance Complex, the place were Britney Spears has spent much time over the past many years working on dance routines for music videos or live performances. I’ve always refrained from trying to run into her at the dance studio, something about the proximity to my home always weirded me out.

I have a lot of love for my little neighborhood, I’m gonna miss it.

David lands in a few hours and then we officially begin the rest of our lives together. We get the keys to our new place later on this evening … very exciting times :)

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Springsteen regrets teaming with Wal-Mart, Danity Kane dunzo, Ashton is sorry
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The littlest Arizona Cardinal, Elle Woods and some Poladroids

Here is this week’s batch of photos sent in by Pink is the new Blog readers — Marisa sends in a pic with her cute little nephew Jordan celebrating his first birthday at a Prince-themed party a couple of weeks ago — Cody (the Pink reader more commonly known as Mr. Gyllenhaal) sends in an ADORABLE photo of his nephew rockin’ some Arizona Cardinals gear in support of his team in tomorrow’s SuperBowl game … and get this, Cody‘s nephew is named Beckem ;) — Megan and Kelly send in a pic of the lovely ladies rockin’ the sweet plaid — Colombiande15 (she forgot to give her name) sends in a pic with Laura Bell Bundy who is currently in St. Louis on tour with Legally Blonde: The MusicalLBB had to step in to replace the touring Elle Woods after she broke her foot and happily posed for this pic in the 20 degree weather — Liz from Charlotte, NC sends in a pic with her BFF Carmin rockin’ the Aretha Franklin hat on the Central Perk set of the larger Friends set on their recent tour of Warner Bros. Studios here in SoCal — Mike sends in his best Andy Warhol tribute virtual Polaroid photo that was created using the Poladroid programAlison, too, sends in a virtual Polaroid photo created with the Poladroid program:


Thank you all so much for the amazing photos! Much love goes out to Cody for sharing the adorable pic of his nephew Beckem (cool name, btw). I don’t really have a vested interested in the SuperBowl this year but I got loved ones on both sides of the game sooo … may the best team win :) Thank you all, again, for taking the time to share your photos … this week is a great batch! Keep ‘em comin’!! xoxo

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Orlando Bloom Shows Off His Half-Nekkid Body

Lucky us

Orlando Bloom was spied on the set of his new movie Sympathy for Delicious which is currently filming here in SoCal … as you can see from the photos below, Orlando was very keen on showing off the 3 tattoos (2 fake, 1 real) on his nekkid torso … behold:


It’s a shame of the three tattoos on his bod, the only real one (the sun) is the lamest. But, if Orlando is willing to show off his tattoos (both fake and real) then I’m all for it. Isn’t it amazing how nekkid flesh tends to distract from atrocious hair? Woot! I’ll take the fugly wig anyday … as long as Bloomie keeps showing off ;)

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Jake Gyllenhaal Attends The Santa Barbara Film Festival

No photogs where harmed, to my knowledge

Jake Gyllenhaal took some time out of his bizzy paparazzi kicking schedule to attend the Santa Barbara International Film Festival last night to appear at the Director in Residence presentation to director David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Seven). Here are a few photos of Jakey poo on the red carpet last night:


While I have to admit that watching the video footage of Jake kicking a photographer really made him look extremely unattractive to me (irregardless of whether or not one agrees with what he did, I personally was not impressed), it is a big relief to see him smiling on the red carpet again. Jake has been out of the spotlight for so long … and his relationship (whatever the hell it may be) with Reese Witherspoon has, in my estimation, changed him. It pains me that it is becoming more normal to see Jake lookin’ pissy rather than happy. Blame it on the paparazzi, blame it on Reese, blame it on the rain … the result is the same. I just hope that in the coming promo tour for his new movie Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time the Jake Gyllenhaal that we all know and love will come back to us. I’m looking forward to having the image of Jake kicking another human being erased from my mind.

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Newlyweds Josh Duhamel & Fergie Ferg Reunited

Get yer 'le freak' on

Earlier this week we saw photos of Josh Duhamel jetting off and away from his new bride Fergie Ferg mere moments after the couple returned from their honeymoon overseas. While I thought it was interesting (telling?) that he could be torn away from his wife so soon after marrying her, I suppose my interest was not a big deal after all. The couple have already been reunited here in SoCal and were seen enjoying a little hike together yesterday:


Now, I love me some Joshie … but is the ‘do rag really necessary? I mean, really? Unless that thing on his head was a wedding gift from Eminem, I don’t think he really needs to wear such a thing … ever. Fergie, bless her heart, is lookin’ a right mess. While I don’t necessarily think she needs to put on her face just to do a work-out, the least she could do is keep in mind that the folks she might run into in public could use a little consideration. At least the happy newlyweds are together again … and they sure do look happy, don’t they?!

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Britney Spears Files Suit Against Lutfi, Ghalib

Protect me baby, one more time

Praise the Heavens above … Britney Spears has finally taken a positive step forward in her rehabilitation to sanity that has been long overdue. A legal team, on behalf of Britney and Jamie Spears (as her conservator) filed suit against Osama Sam Lutfi and Adnan Ghalib (in my opinion, lecherous and unsavory men who did everything they could to exploit Britney Spears when she was at her weakest for their own personal gain) asking the court that they be barred from getting near her … fearing that these men might do her harm, Britney‘s legal team is hoping that the men might be locked up in jail, never to be seen or heard from again:


[TMZ has] learned [that] Britney Spears conservators have just obtained a restraining order against Sam Lutfi and Adnan Ghalib. Britney’s lawyers went to court this morning to obtain the injunction. A source close to the conservatorship tells TMZ Britney asked her conservators to “protect her from Sam and Adnan.” We’ve also learned Britney told her conservators she was afraid of them both and hoped they could be locked up in jail. A source tells TMZ the conservators believe Lutfi and Ghalib conspired to try and undermine Britney’s conservatorship in a way that would have been extremely harmful to her. We’re also told attorney Jon Eardley — the dude Lutfi used early last year to mount a bizarre, baseless attack on the conservatorship — was allegedly also in on the conspiracy and the TRO is against him as well.

From the sounds of it, it appears that Lutfi, Ghalib and this Eardley fellow have joined forces to try and usurp Papa Jamie Spears‘s conservatorship over Britney in an effort to gain control of her themselves. It would seem to me that their alleged attempts to get Britney free from her father’s guidance is an elaborate ploy to get her away from his watchful eye long enough for them to try and swoop in and exert their own control over her. If true, these men truly sicken me. Thankfully, Papa Spears and his legal team took the offensive to try and keep this travesty from happening. After the jump, check out some of the legal paperwork that was filed in court yesterday against Lutfi and GhalibMore »

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Morrissey Gets Nekkid For His New Single

It should be noted his disc is a 7"

Pink readers LyndyLoo and Mark have alerted me to the fact that Morrissey (alongside the lads in his band) has decided to appear nekkid on the innersleeve artwork of his new single I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris. Wearing only 7″ records (ahem) to cover their willys, Moz and his boys seem pretty proud to show off their stuff:


I gotta admit … I likes what I see. While the dudes in Mozzer‘s band (well, except for the guy directly to Moz‘s left) have pretty nice bodies to show off, I’m most impressed with Morrissey‘s sexy bod. As the elder statesman of mope/shoegaze rock, I think he has much to hold his head up and be proud of. After the jump, check out the uncensored semi-NSFW full size single artwork … More »

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Aretha Franklin’s Hat Makes History

Bow down to the bow, bitches!

Aretha Franklin‘s now world-famous Inauguration hat, created by Detroit milliner Luke Song, is on the verge of making US history. The Smithsonian Museum is requesting that Aretha donate her amazingly fabulous hat so that it will be enshrined for all time as an artifact in a new exhibit to immortalize President Barack Obama‘s historic inauguration. If Aretha complies, it will be showcased alongside First Lady Michelle Obama‘s Inaugruation dress in the Smithsonian exhibit:


Michelle Obama’s now-famous Jason Wu gown isn’t the only piece of Inaugural fashion that is headed for the Smithsonian. The museum is also requesting the now-iconic hat that Aretha Franklin wore while singing at the swearing-in. Aretha, however, is still undecided about parting with her Luke Song-designed hat. “I am considering it. It would be hard to part with my chapeau since it was such a crowning moment in history,” says the Queen of Soul. “I would like to smile every time I look back at it and remember what a great moment it was in American and African-American history. Ten cheers for President Obama.” Aretha’s hat has already inspired a line of toppers, recreating her custom version in different colors and bow size. If Franklin decides to donate the hat to the museum, it will become part of an exhibit of President Obama’s Inaugural display along with Michelle’s gown.

I think y’all know that I am a HUGE fan of this hat and I would LOVE to see it enshrined in the Smithsonian … and I bet I’m not the only one, either:


I haven’t been to the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC since my 10th grade school trip back in the day. If this hat goes on display, I would make the pilgrimage to our Nation’s Capitol to see it in person. I doubt the museum would allow visitor to try on the hat but I’m hoping one day to place this hallowed piece of fabulosity on my head. If not the real thing, I’d settle for a reproduction. That is one photo I hope to share with the world one day.

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Aussie Olympian Matthew Mitcham Does ‘The Advocate’ Magazine

Oh, yes, he does

Holy hotness, Batman! Australian Olympic Diving Gold Medalist, Matthew Mitcham, is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of The Advocate magazine. Towleroad offers up a preview of the Aussie’s insanely killer magazine cover even tho neither the coverstory article nor the rest of the mag’s photos have been made available just yet. Feast your eyes on Mitcham‘s pretty stunning coverphoto:


Here’s an exclusive sneak peek at the upcoming issue of The Advocate which features a stunning set of photos and profile of Australia’s gay gold medal-winning Olympic diver Matthew Mitcham. Mitcham talks of the dive that was the highest-scoring in Olympic history: “I remember the things that I was thinking on the platform before the dive, and I remember what happened as soon as I hit the water. The dive itself is a bit vague. It felt good, although I wasn’t exactly sure. I did wait underneath the water a bit, thinking, I wonder…I wonder…I wonder… Then I popped my head out and the crowd was going wild…It was the most far-out experience. It just completely took me over and I just lost it.” He also talks about recently accepting Australia GQ’s Sportsman of the Year Award. “I think the last thing I said onstage there was, ‘Oh my God, I’m a homo and I just won the sports award.’ People just pissed themselves and thought it was hilarious.” Photo by Adam Pretty. The issue hits newsstands next week.

Wowzers. Swimmers have, like, the sickest bodies around … and Matthew Mitcham is a very good ambassador for hawt swimmers the world over, don’tchathink? This coverphoto is just … wow. I can’t wait to see the rest of the mag’s photos from this coverstory. After the jump, to tide y’all over ’til the other photos make their way to the Internets, check out a couple photos of Mitcham from the last time he appeared within The Advocate‘s pages last AugustMore »

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Ali Lohan’s ‘Extraordinary’ Photo Shoot

Lindsay's little sister is all growed up

Ali Lohan, Lindsay Lohan‘s 15-year old little sister, was spotted braving the bitter cold in Times Square in NYC yesterday as she posed for a photoshoot with photographer Jonathan Ressler. Ressler, who is photographing women for his Extraordinary Women project seems to think that A.) Ali is extraordinary and B.) that she is a woman. While each of those assertions is up for debate, the photoshoot took place yesterday anyway:


Referring to his Extraordinary Women project, Ressler posted this message from author Jodi P on his website:

This will explain, as you view Jonathan Ressler’s portraits, the wide range of women – all ages and professions. Some are used to having the camera turned on them, for others, this was a novel experience. As for me, I was expecting a traditional photo shoot – like the others I’ve had done for author photos on my novels. What I got, instead, was a chance to climb a tree wearing a ballgown…and to see myself in a way I’d never imagined – as someone natural and beautiful, through and through; someone who fits seamlessly into the world around her, so that she can chronicle it for others. I looked at that first Polaroid, and I realized that Jonathan had captured, in one instant, what I strive for every time I write a novel. It is said that art is that which moves us to tears and joy, and changes something deep within, so that after we experience it, we’ve discovered a facet of ourselves we did not know existed. Jonathan Ressler’s photographs are ideally suited to this definition: a visual representation of the mark these women have left on the world, as framed by the eye of an expert.

Having looked thru Ressler‘s online photo album, I can see that he is a very talented photographer. I’m not at all sure what qualifies 15-year old Ali Lohan as an “extraordinary woman” but to each his own.

In other Ali Lohan news, there has been speculation that Ali was planning a move to LA to live closer to her sister … according to Ali‘s publicist, those reports are untrue:

Ali Lohan continues to be home-schooled on Long Island and is not moving to Los Angeles to be closer to sister Lindsay, despite reports to the contrary, her publicist said yesterday. A story in the Feb. 9 Star magazine says Lohan, 15, recently registered at a private all-girls school in Syosset, but may never “walk their halls” because she “loves the lure of fame out West.” Nuh-uh, says the Merrick teen’s rep: “Ali continues to be schooled at home and is building her career.” Ali Lohan, who starred with mom Dina in last year’s “Living Lohan,” has been photographed in Los Angeles this month with Lindsay. That, apparently, was a vacation – not a relocation.

I pass this information along for those of you who have been staying awake nights fretting over Ali‘s living situation. Yes, I’m talking to you Michael Lohan. Rest easy, Ali plans to stay put in Long Island, NY … at least for the time being.

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Britney Spears’s Album ‘Circus’ Goes Platinum

1,000,000 sold and counting

Rolling Stone magazine is reporting that Britney Spears‘s latest album Circus has just been certified Platinum, which means that at least one million copies of the album have been sold in just the US alone:


Platinum was the theme of the week as Britney Spears’ Circus, Nickelback’s Dark Horse, Kanye West’s 808s & Heartbreak and the Twilight soundtrack all crossed the million-selling plateau on their way to charting at three through six, respectively.

Woot! Congrats goes out to our dear Britney on her latest Platinum Album accomplishment. Circus is a great disc, I’m very happy it has finally reached this plateau. Could 2009 turn out to be an even bigger year for Britney? I say, YES! I can’t wait to see what’s to come. Love and congrats again, Brit Brit!

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Last Day Of Bachelorhood

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Welp … today’s the day … my last day of solo-living bachelorhood. Earlier today, David packed up all of his stuff in NYC and had it loaded onto a truck which is currently in its way here to SoCal. Today is the last day that we will be living apart from one another. Wow. It feels really exciting to type that sentence out :) Remember that cool photo of David and his desk that was published in The New York Post earlier this week? Yeah, it’s already been loaded up and is making its way here:


David will be spending his last night ever in his amazing West Village apartment and then early tomorrow morning he will be flying out here so that we can spend our last night together in my apartment before we move into our new place on Sunday. Man. I’m so freakin’ right now. Exciting times ahead. We are at t-minus 2 days … it won’t be long now.

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Amy burglarized, Anna engaged, Chinese Barbie?
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The ‘George W. Bush Shoe’ Gets Immortalized

The shoe heard 'round the world

Okay … so remember that shoe throwing incident that happened to ex-president George W. Bush on a surprise visit to Iraq last month? Yeah, well, that incident has been immortalized with a giant monument of the shoe in honor of Iraqi journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi — the man who chucked his shoes at GWB’s head during that infamous press conference. On display at an Iraqi orphanage, artist Laith al-Amari says he created this effigy not as a political statement but as a “source of pride for all Iraqis”. Here are a couple pictures of this shoe monument in Iraq:


A sculpture of an enormous bronze-coloured shoe has been erected in Iraq to honour the journalist who threw his shoes at ex-US President George W Bush. The sofa-sized artwork was formally unveiled in Tikrit, hometown of late Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein. Artist Laith al-Amari insisted it was not a political work, but a “source of pride for all Iraqis”. Mr Bush managed to dodge the shoes but the man who threw them, Muntadar al-Zaidi, was arrested and awaits trial. As he pulled off his shoes, Mr Zaidi, now 30, shouted: “This is from the widows, the orphans, and those who were killed in Iraq.” He also told Mr Bush, who launched the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and was paying a final visit to Iraq last month: “This is a farewell kiss, you dog”. Mr Zaidi shot to fame as a result of his actions, which signalled extreme contempt in the Arab world, and inspired rallies across the Middle East and beyond. About 400 people gathered on Thursday to see the monument unveiled – a shoe on a white pedestal, about 3m (10ft) high, with a poem praising Mr Zaidi at its base, AFP said. There is also a bush sticking out of the shoe. The sculpture stands in the gardens of an Iraqi foundation that looks after children whose parents died in the violence following the US-led invasion. The foundation’s president, Shaha al-Juburi, said the sculpture was not backed by any political party or organisation. Since his arrest, Mr Zaidi, a TV journalist, has reportedly been beaten in custody, suffering a broken arm, broken ribs and internal bleeding. He has been charged with aggression against a foreign head of state, and faces up to 15 years in jail if convicted. His family denies he has done anything wrong.

HMMM. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this piece of art … but, I can imagine that people of a war-torn country might have lingering feelings of hatred for the head of state of an invading country and peaceably protesting or voicing that displeasure thru artwork seems like a rational option. After the jump, for those of you interested, watch video of the incident that sparked the inspiration for this new art installation … More »

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Miley Cyrus & Justin Gaston Grab Some Lunch

Step sis Brandi tags along

Yesterday we saw a few photos of the happily reunited lovebirds Miley Cyrus and Justin Gaston as they stepped out for a bite or frozen yogurt this week. I speculated that it may have been Miley to pay the bill … and that Justin may have to pay in other ways later on. Today, we get to see new pics of Jiley eating together (and more speculation on my part) and of Miley and her step-sister Brandi doing a bit of shopping together in Studio City, CA yesterday:


Oh man, when will Justin Gaston ever learn? Nothing comes free in this world … sooner or later, you have to pay up. Methinks that Jiley have an arrangement that works very well for the both of them. I’m pretty sure that each person is getting something from their relationship. Sure, there may be some “love” involved but I think it goes beyond that. It looks pretty win-win to me. Shoot, I’d leave my wallet at home, too ;)

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It’s Official! Madonna To Resume ‘Sticky & Sweet’ Tour This Summer

Keep on truckin'

Earlier this week, Madonna.com was updated to confirm the rumors that Madonna is reviving her Sticky & Sweet World Tour this Summer (rumors that were sparked by the posting of tour dates on the Live Nation website) but no real information was given at that time. Today, Madonna fans (me included) received an email announcement that explains in full where the Sticky & Sweet World Tour will visit when it starts up again this July. Here is the full text of the just released press release:


MADONNA’S ‘STICKY & SWEET TOUR’ GOES BACK ON THE ROAD SUMMER 2009
Special Guest Paul Oakenfold To Open All Shows.

MOST SUCCESSFUL CONCERT TOUR OF 2008 VISITS 22 MARKETS BEGINNING JULY 4 IN LONDON
Tour To Thrill Audiences In 13 First Time Stops for Material Girl

Madonna’s phenomenally successful ‘Sticky & Sweet Tour’, already the #1 Biggest Grossing Tour in history for a solo artist, will embark on another series of shows beginning July 4th in London. (Schedule follows this release). Stops will include appearances in never before played markets such as Werchter Belgium, Marseille France, Hamburg Germany, Oslo Norway, Helsinki Finland, Tallinn Estonia, Ljubljana Slovenia as well as stops in Romania, Hungary, Serbia and Bulgaria it was confirmed today by Live Nation. Additional appearances by Madonna will include return visits after more than 15 years to Madrid, Gothenburg and Munich. “This is a first for me. I’ve never extended a tour before. I’m excited to be going back on the road, visiting places I’ve never been and returning to places I love” commented Madonna about the new run of dates. Raves around the globe for the tour include the London Times which remarked, “In the premiere league of song-and-dance spectaculars, the queen of pop remains unrivaled and undefeated.” “The choreography, visuals and live talent were world class and mind-blowingly well executed, intelligent and witty,” glowed The Independent (UK). In 2008, the ‘Sticky & Sweet Tour’ was seen by 2,350,285 fans in 58 cities. With record breaking ticket sales everywhere, including 650,000 tickets sold in her series of South American dates, 72,000 tickets at Zurich’s Dübendorf Airfield – the largest audience ever assembled for a show in Switzerland, 75,000 tickets in London and four sell outs in New York’s Madison Square Garden (60,364 tickets). “This new run of dates will further solidify Madonna’s position as one of the top selling touring artists of all time,” said Arthur Fogel, Live Nation’s Chairman of Global Music and CEO of Global Touring/Artist Nation. Special Guest for Sticky & Sweet 2009, Paul Oakenfold has long been one of the most important–if not the most important–name in modern club culture. He has remixed The Rolling Stones, U2, Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Snoop Dog, Muse, New Order, The Cure, Massive Attack and even Elvis Presley, and produced The Happy Mondays. The two-time Grammy nominee is in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the biggest DJ in the world. His new artist album, Pop Killer, is due out later this year. Madonna’s multi-Grammy-nominated CD, Hard Candy, debuted at Number One in over 37 countries.

And there you have it, those of you who have yet to see her Madgesty‘s show or just want to see it again have another chance to do so. Earlier this week, I posted the tour dates that accidentally appeared on the Live Nation website — after the jump, check out the official list of tourdates released thus far along with the dates tickets for the shows will go on sale … More »

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Australian Legends To Appear On Postage Stamps

Nicole, Russell, Geoffrey & Cate get licked for 'Australia Day'

In celebration of this year’s Australia Day down unda, the Australian Post has announced and unveiled a new set of special edition postage stamps that feature Australian legends Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Geoffrey Rush and Cate Blanchett. How fabulous! Here is a photo of the Aussie legends as they’ll appear on the first batch of postage stamps and some information about this postal tribute:


Australians will get the chance to lick four of the nation’s most popular entertainers who have been selected to appear on a special series of postage stamps to mark Australia Day. Academy Award winners Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, Russell Crowe and Geoffrey Rush have been named Australia Post “Australian Legends” in the lead-up to January 26. “These four outstanding Australians have captured the imagination of millions of people in Australia and around the world with their award-winning performances,” Australia Post managing director Graeme John said in a statement. There are eight 55 cent stamps in the series, featuring photos of the stars in and out of character, including Kidman from Moulin Rouge, Blanchett from Elizabeth, Crowe from Gladiator and Rush from Shine. “I am utterly, deeply humbled and chuffed by the fact that I’m a stamp,” Blanchett said in a statement. “I’m going to be licked by millions of Australians and I can’t wait. It is also recognising the value of the arts in Australia. It brings it into general consumption and if I’m part of that, I feel intensely proud.” Kidman was similarly pleased with her selection. “I have a vested interest in Australia,” Kidman said. “I want my children to live here at certain times of their life and see how wonderful it is. It would be lovely for them to lick a stamp, put it on an envelope and say ‘that’s my mum’.” Each of the stars will be presented with 24-carat gold replicas of their stamps.

In the US, you have to be dead (like Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, etc.) or not living (like Mickey Mouse, Superman, etc.) to have your likeness printed on postage stamps but I think it’s very cool that other countries choose to honor people while they are still alive … and can appreciate the tribute. As the article mentioned, there are 8 total stamps to honor these Australian legends — after the jump, check out the other 4 stamps that feature these actors in some of their most famous movie roles … More »

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Jessica Simpson Performs In Virginia

Thanks fans for their support

Yesterday we saw a few photos of Jessica Simpson making her arrival in Charlottesville, VA ahead of a live performance (opening for Rascal Flatts) scheduled for last night at the University of Virginia‘s John Paul Jones Arena. It was the first time Jess appeared in public since photos of her previous performance last weekend (showing her curvier new figure) sparked much conversation (some, not very nice) about her weight. Last night, Jess took to the performance stage again and sang her heart out (making the faces to prove it) and, at the close of her set, thanked her fans for their support:


In her first performance since the flap over her figure, Jessica Simpson strutted across a Virginia stage in skin-tight leather pants Thursday night and lamented the world’s “completely pointless” focus. “Thank you for your support,” she told the crowd in Charlottesville at the end of her set. “Stay positive, and pray out loud! I love you guys, good night.” Simpson, 28, never specifically mentioned the news of her new curves or the vocal support from her sister Ashlee and Kim Kardashian. But in her performance opening for Rascal Flatts at the University of Virginia’s John Paul Jones Arena, Simpson was no-nonsense and outspoken in her black pants, V-neck T-shirt and hip-length black jacket. “Please remember, no matter what you go through in life, somebody else might have it harder,” she told the crowd. “So just appreciate.” She added: “I feel like in our world today we focus on so many things that are completely pointless.” Fans overwhelmingly supported her. “She’s obviously comfortable with herself to wear those leather pants,” says UVA freshman Laura Tiezzi. “Good lord, give the woman a break, she looks great,” adds Debbie Stollings, a 43-year-old kindergarten teacher in Charlottesville. “It’s mean. She looks more curvy, more womanly. She looks healthy. If Tony Romo’s happy, everybody else need to be too.”

While I still contend that Jessica‘s facial expressions on the concert stage are too ridiculous for words (an opinion I’ve held for quite some time), I think she looked great on that stage last night … freaky faces, notwithstanding. I imagine that it cannot be easy for her to hear some of the nasty things being said about her so I honestly believe she is genuinely thankful for the support she’s received from fans.

After her airport arrival yesterday but before her live performance last night, Jessica was spotted on the streets of Charlottesville yesterday afternoon … lookin’ about as fine as she ever has:


I blame that really fug outfit she wore last weekend on all this insane “controversy” about her weight. Again I say, she looks happy and healthy and that is all that matters. Keep doin’ your thang, Jessica. I may not be a fan of the music but I am a big fan of your resolve to not let the haters get you down.

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Jennifer Hudson Lands In Tampa For The SuperBowl

Back on track

Yesterday we saw a few photos of Academy Award and Grammy Award-winning actress/singer Jennifer Hudson on the set of her new music video If This Isn’t Love … her return to professional life after stepping away from her career to grieve the tragic loss of three members of her family. Last night, J. Hud arrived in Tampa, FL (with pooch in hand) ahead of her performance at the SuperBowl there on Sunday. Here are a couple pics of Jennifer and her little friend as they made their way thru the airport:


As you know, Jennifer Hudson has been asked to perform the National Anthem at the start of the game Sunday so I’m sure she wants to be in town to get some practice in. SuperBowls always come with hugh parties and lots of social events in the days leading up to the game … mebbe J. Hud is planning to let her hair down and party with some friends. I really hope she has an amazing weekend in Tampa, she really deserves it. I can’t wait to hear her belt out the Star Spangled Banner come Sunday.

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Paul McCartney To Headline Coachella 2009

The Killers and The Cure headline as well

After a few unconfirmed of rumored line-ups for this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival set to take place in Indio, CA this April (one alleged that Britney Spears, with Madonna as guest star, would headline), the official band line-up was released today. The biggest news, I suppose, is that former Beatle and current Sir Paul McCartney has signed on to be the festival’s major headliner. Along with McCartney, The Killers and The Cure are also headlining the festival on Day Two and Day Three of the fest respectively. Here is the official list of all the bands scheduled to perform at Coachella this Spring:


One of winter’s annual waiting games is finally over. After days of speculation, false deadlines, more speculation and a totally bogus leaked lineup posted by none other than Ryan Seacrest, the talent roster for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was announced early Friday morning (January 30), and it’s full of surprises. In keeping with a recent trend of major heritage artists headlining on one night (Prince, Roger Waters), former Beatle Paul McCartney will top the bill for the first night of the 10th annual three-day desert fest (April 17-19) at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. It is McCartney’s first-ever U.S. festival appearance, in support of his recent release under the Fireman moniker, Electric Arguments. The Killers have the top-billing honors on the second night, along with a surprising second headliner, troubled British singer Amy Winehouse, who hasn’t played a show in the U.S. in more than a year due to her ongoing struggles with drugs and health issues. The final night is topped by goth rock legends the Cure and reunited shoegazer icons My Bloody Valentine. As always, the wildly eclectic festival will present a wide range of rock, noise, dance and indie acts, including Morrissey to Franz Ferdinand, iconic poet/crooner Leonard Cohen, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, mashup DJ Girl Talk, the Ting Tings, the Hold Steady, TV on the Radio, hush rockers Band of Horses and Fleet Foxes, pummeling metalists Mastodon, drum-and-DJ duo Travis Barker and DJ AM (a.k.a. TRAV$DJ-AM), buzzy Glaswegian rockers Glasvegas, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, possibly retiring rapper Lupe Fiasco, hip-hop legends Public Enemy and Swedish dance/trance queen Lykke Li.

The full lineup of the festival:

April 17: Paul McCartney, Morrissey, Franz Ferdinand, Leonard Cohen, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, Beirut, The Black Keys, Girl Talk, Silversun Pickups, the Ting Tings, the Crystal Method, Ghostland Observatory, Crystal Castles, the Airborne Toxic Event, We Are Scientists, N.A.S.A., Patton & Rahzel, M. Ward, the Presets, tThe Hold Steady, A Place to Bury Strangers, Felix da Housecat, Buraka Som Sistema, Ryan Bingham, Bajofondo, Peanut Butter Wolf, Noah & the Whale, White Lies, the Bug, Alberta Cross, Los Campesinos!, Craze & Klever, Molotov, Switch, Gui Boratto, Steve Aoki, the Aggrolites, People Under the Stairs, the Courteeners, Cage the Elephant, Dear and the Headlights.

April 18: The Killers, Amy Winehouse, Thievery Corporation, TV on the Radio, Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes, MSTRKRFT, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Atmosphere, Mastodon, TRAV$DJ-AM, Henry Rollins, Crookers, Turbonegro, Hercules and Love Affair, Superchunk, Glasvegas, Dr. Dog, Drive-By Truckers, Booker T & the DBT’s, Amanda Palmer, the Bloody Beetroots, Surkin, Para One (Live), Calexico, Liars, Bob Mould Band, Zane Lowe, Electric Touch, Blitzen Trapper, James Morrison, Drop the Lime, Glass Candy, Thenewno2, Gang Gang Dance, Billy Talent, Ida Maria, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Zizek, Cloud Cult, Tinariwen.

April 19: The Cure, My Bloody Valentine, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Throbbing Gristle, Lupe Fiasco, Paul Weller, Peter Bjorn and John, X, Antony & the Johnsons, Roni Size, Public Enemy, Jenny Lewis, Groove Armada, Paolo Nutini, Christopher Lawrence, Lykke Li, The Kills, Okkervil River, M.A.N.D.Y., Clipse, Sebastien Tellier, Fucked Up, Perry Farrell, The Horrors, Late of the Pier, K’naan, Junior Boys, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Supermayer, No Age, Vivian Girls, Shepard Fairey, Themselves, Gaslight Anthem, the Knux, Mexican Institute of Sound, the Night Marchers, Marshall Barnes.

Tickets for the show go on sale on Friday at 12 a.m. ET, with three-day passes going for $269 and single-day tickets for $99, plus applicable fees. And, for the first time at Coachella, in a nod to the financial struggles affecting many Americans, promoters are offering the option to buy three-day tickets and onsite camping on a payment plan (50 percent down) through February 28.

The line-up looks pretty sweet but, again, I think I may have to take a pass on this fest. While it sounds like a great way to see so many amazing bands all in one weekend, in practice, it is more of a logistic nightmare … and did I mention that Coachella is in the California desert? Honestly, I prefer seeing my fave bands one or two at a time in more intimate surroundings … but, truth be told, since moving to LA my concert-going practices have slowed down significantly. When I lived in Detroit I went to shows constantly … course, then I wasn’t involved in a cross-country relationship that had me flying back and forth all the time. Mebbe now that David and I are settling in one place, there’ll be more time to see shows … but I am WAY digressing. I know that many people are very excited for the Coachella Festival each Spring … so now those folks know who they’ll be seeing this year (click HERE for a comprehensive list of My Space profile pages for the bands appearing at Coachella this Spring). And now we know for sure that Amy Winehouse is going to have to leave St. Lucia at some point … she’ll be at Coachella this year (supposedly). Tickets for the festival go on sale in about an hour from right now — click HERE to order your tickets online at 12pm ET/9am PT.

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John Mayer’s Mystery Date

And it wasn't with Jennifer Aniston

John Mayer, who hasn’t been seen in the company of Jennifer Aniston for quite a few weeks now, was spied enjoying a quiet Mexican dinner date with a mysterious blonde woman in Santa Monica, CA last night. Now, it’s entirely feasible that this mystery chick could be a friend or family member but then again … she could be something else:


She could be an employee or a co-worker, mebbe someone connected with that variety show he’s reportedly developing for CBS … she could be anyone. HMMM. I wonder if Jennifer Aniston knows who she is. Any guesses who y’all think she might be?

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Joaquin Phoenix INSISTS His Attempt At A Rap Career Is Legit

A rep for Phoenix has issued a statement

As y’all should be well-aware by now, Joaquin Phoenix has decided to given up his successful acting career for a career in music … rap music, to be exact. Early last week we saw photos and video of Joaquin‘s attempts to rap in Las Vegas and because of the insane ridiculousness of his performance, folks began to speculate that he is merely trying to pull a fast one on all of us. In response, a rep for Phoenix has issued a public statement that insists that he is very serious about launching a genuine career in rap music, that it is no hoax. HMMM. Here is a pic of the rapper-wannabe (wearing a Miss Kentucky sash) posing with some of the 2008 Miss America Contestants at The Palazzo in LV on the weekend that he performed:


Doth the rep protest too much? In the wake of Entertainment Weekly’s having speculated Wednesday that Joaquin Phoenix – with the aid of his brother-in-law, Casey Affleck – was performing an elaborate ruse regarding his transition from Oscar-nominated actor to falling-off-the-stage rapper, Affleck’s rep said this career switch is no hoax at all. In a statement to PEOPLE on Thursday, the spokeswoman said, “I believe the transition from one career to another is never smooth. Unfortunately, Joaquin has had to make this transition in the spotlight of fame.” She added, “He comes from a musical family and won a Golden Globe and an Emmy for his portrayal of Johnny Cash. He intends to explore his musical interests despite speculative, negative or positive reactions.” As for Affleck, who has been filming Phoenix around L.A., his rep says, “Casey intends to document this transition and hopes to create an unprecedented, intimate portrait of a very private yet famous person.”

Now, I don’t know whether he’s really serious or if this is just another component of a suspected elaborate hoax … but I do know that Joaquin Phoenix appears to have lost his damn mind. When a person goes from being an accomplished Academy Award nominee to lookin’ like a smelly hobo in the span of just a couple of years … well … hoax or not, I think he’s flipped his wig. Whatever the hell is going on, I can’t wait to see what he tries to pull off next. I suspect there is more wacky fun to come from Joaquin Phoenix.

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David Beckham Scores For AC Milan Again

Unfortch, they still didn't win

After David Beckham thrilled Italian soccer fans in Milan by scoring one of the goals (his first for his new team) that led to AC Milan‘s big soccer win last weekend, Becks and the Milanos were back in action yesterday to take on Genoa in another soccer match. Becks scored AC Milan‘s sole goal of the game which, unfortch, did not win the game but did allow his temporary team to tie with their competitors. Here are a few pics of Becks in action yesterday afternoon:


David Beckham scored from a free kick with England coach Fabio Capello looking on but Diego Milito tied the game three minutes from the end and AC Milan settled for a 1-1 draw with Genoa on Wednesday. A victory would have put Milan into a tie for second in the Serie A standings with Juventus, which lost 2-1 to Udinese goals from Italy forwards Fabio Quagliarella and Antonio Di Natale. League leader Inter Milan won a drama-filled match 2-0 in Catania with 10 men. Midfielder Dejan Stankovic put Inter ahead five minutes in, heading in a cross from Julio Ricardo Cruz, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic made it 2-0 in the 71st minute, shooting into an empty net after Catania goalkeeper Benjamin Bizzarri misjudged his attempt to intercept a pass from Stankovic. Inter leads with 49 points, Juventus was next with 43, Milan 41 and Genoa 37. Also, Francesco Totti returned from injury and scored in AS Roma’s 2-1 win over Palermo, and Fiorentina took advantage of Napoli’s fourth-string goalkeeper in a 2-1 victory. Beckham’s second goal in two games arrived in the 33rd minute at San Siro, a trademark curling shot from the left of Genoa’s area inside the near post. Beckham is hoping to be called up by Capello for a friendly against Spain on Feb. 11 and equal Bobby Moore’s record of 108 England caps for an outfield player. Apparently bothered by a muscle problem, Beckham was replaced by Mathieu Flamini in the 71st. Beckham nearly scored in the opening minute, with Genoa goalkeeper Fernando Rubinho forced to push the former England captain’s shot wide. Beckham picked up a yellow card in the 30th minute for a foul, shortly before his goal. Beckham’s fellow midfielder Andrea Pirlo hit the crossbar twice with free kicks. Argentine forward Milito scored his 13th goal of the season from close range, although he may have been offside. “This was a misstep that I’m not pleased with,” Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti said. “We weren’t able to win a game in which we played very well, and for what we did, we deserved to win.” Milan has not lost since Beckham joined the club on a two-month loan from the Los Angeles Galaxy, winning twice and drawing twice. “I’m very upset because the team is going through a period in which everything is going right, but the season goes on,” Ancelotti added. Beckham has indicated he was considering staying with Milan beyond the loan period. “He’s appreciated and thought very highly of and if he stays we’ll be happy,” Ancelotti said. “But he’s got to resolve the problem with (the Galaxy).”

While I am very happy that Becks is doing so well with his temporary new team, I’m still really bothered by all this talk of “the problem” with the LA Galaxy. There is no problem. David Beckham signed a very lucrative contract (which allowed him to buy a new mansion, new cars, new tattoos and a very expensive purse for his wife Vicki B.) with the LA Galaxy to play soccer for the team for a set number of years. No problem. Should he wish to get out of his contract, which I’m not sure the Galaxy is at all interested in, I’m sure giving back the $50+ million he was paid would be in order. BUT, that is a discussion for another time. After the jump, check out a few more pics of Becks on the soccer field yesterday — celebrating his big goal … More »

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Jennifer Hudson Returns To Work

Slowly making her return

Jennifer Hudson, who has been staying out of the public eye in the weeks since members of her immediate family were slain in Chicago, IL, is slowly resuming work in order to try and move on from the tragic loss of her mother, brother and nephew. It has been reported that J. Hud will be singing the national anthem at this Sunday’s Superbowl in Florida but she’s already gotten some other word taken care of, as well. Jennifer has already filmed scenes for her next music video for her new single If This Isn’t Love … here she is on set:


As you may or may not already know, J. Hud‘s self-titled debut album received four Grammy nominations including one for Best R&B Album. I understand that this new music video will debut the week of February 9. After the jump, check out a couple other photos of Jennifer on the set of her music video … More »

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Lauren Conrad Has Left The Hills

Movin' on up

It looks like I am not the only person who is moving into new digs this week … roommates Lauren LC Conrad and Lauren Lo Bosworth have packed up the shizz at their home in the Hollywood Hills and have moved to a highrise apartment building in Westwood, CA. I suspect we’ll be seeing all about it when new eps of the MTV reality TV series The Hills return this Spring:


Lauren Conrad and Lo Bosworth are heading out of the Hollywood Hills. The two roommates are ditching their house for a high-rise complex in the Westwood area of Los Angeles. “She wanted more security, and being in a building with a doorman will allow her that,” says a source. Just [this past Tuesday], friends such as Stephanie Pratt, Brody Jenner and girlfriend Jayde Nicole were at her home for a barbecue—all taped by MTV crews, of course. Could it have been a going-away party, perhaps? Maybe L.C. should have considered a block party. No doubt neighbors won’t miss having the Hills camera crews and constant paparazzi presence that came with having her in the neighborhood. Lauren’s and Lo’s rep had no comment.

Man, LC changes homes more than some people change their underwear … I believe this is at least her third move since The Hills went on the air a few years ago. It’s like she just keeps moving higher and higher. To be honest, I considered highrise apartment living for me and David when we started making plans to live together … I thought it would be a nice transition for him since he’s used to living in tall buildings with doormen. Just think, we could’ve been LC‘s neighbors … and then David would’ve prolly turned right back around and flew back to NYC :) I understand that LC‘s new building is one of the swankier buildings … can’t wait to see what it looks like from the inside.

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Disaster Area

The TV Guide

Moving preparations continued yesterday as I started to pull things off my walls and pack other things into their boxes. I’ve been spending most of today leaping between piles of boxes and crazy clutter in every room. I still have a few things I want to box up on my own but I’m really looking forward to having a team of movers come in and do all the tedious rest. Blah.

Nothing at all exciting to report … last night I placed the last food delivery to my apt. Tonight I’m meeting with Jordan for dinner and tomorrow I’m heading out to celebrate Kirsten’s birthday … David arrives Saturday and then I’m outta here on Sunday. I’m at t-minus 3 days and counting. I am SO looking forward to getting the move over with … it’ll be nice to start settling again, putting together my new home with David. I’m getting really excited now … wee!

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Swayze fights on, Paris insists she isn't stupid, no 'Wrestlemania' for Mickey
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Caution: Zombies In Austin, TX

LOLOLOL

Motorists in Austin, TX were shocked to learn of warnings that zombies have infiltrated their midst. A construction road sign in central Austin was hacked into and was made to read Zombies Ahead, much to the chagrin of city officials:


An Austin road sign meant to warn motorists about road conditions instead read: “The end is near! Caution! Zombies ahead!” Vandals broke off a lock on the sign in central Austin early Monday and then hacked into the computer to change the words, said Sara Hartley, a city spokeswoman. When they were done, the sign read: “The end is near! Caution! Zombies ahead! Run for cold climate!” Before leaving, the vandals reset the password so the city could not easily change the sign. The sign’s humorous warning stayed up for several hours before the manufacturer of the computer could reset the password. Austin officials aren’t taking the spoof lightly, noting it is a criminal act. “The sign’s content was humorous, but the act of changing it wasn’t,” Hartley said. Austin police are investigating the situation, and the vandals could face a Class C misdemeanor charge of tampering with a road sign, Hartley said. It is the first time Hartley said she has had heard of vandals hacking into a sign and changed its warning.

Hee hee, this is a great story … criminal, but still pretty damn funny. Some mischievous folks over at THIS site have even provided instructions on how the hacking was accomplished. Naughty, Naughty. After the jump, check out a great video that is kinda marginally related to this story and might take you back a few years … More »

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‘The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button’ Premieres In Japan

Brangelina wow fans in Tokyo

Earlier this week we saw cute photos of Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and their 6 children (Maddox, Zahara, Pax, Shiloh, Knox and Vivienne) making a grand arrival in Narita, Japan … and now we know why. Last night, Brangelina were in attendance at the Japanese premiere of Brad‘s Academy Award-nominated film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button which took place at the Roppongi Hills Arena in Tokyo last night. Ange paused to tenderly wipe some smeared schmutz off of Brad‘s face before they took to the red carpet together … which is really sweet, I think:


As one of the world’s most photographed couples, the pressure is on Angelina and Brad Pitt to look good at all times. And Angelina, 33, appeared keen to make sure partner Brad, 45, was ready for his close-up as she checked his cheek to remove a smudge of what appeared to be her lipstick. The couple, who have been together for three years, were on the red carpet at the Japan premiere of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button in Tokyo. The couple arrived in Japan on Tuesday with their brood of six children including twins Knox and Vivienne. It was the first time the new arrivals have been seen in public since Brad and introduced them to the public in a £7.5million magazine deal last August. Fans queued for hours before the premiere of Pitt’s Oscar nominated film and went wild when the A-list couple made their appearance alongside the film’s director, David Fincher. And Angelina didn’t disappoint looking radiant in a body-skimming black wrap dress with puff-sleeves. While Brad stuck to his usual grey suit – albeit this time pinstripe. Angelina and Brad arrived at Narita Airport near Tokyo with their six children, Maddox, seven, Pax, five, Zahara, four, Shiloh, two, and six-month old twins Knox and Vivienne, from LA, after they attended the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards. They are expected to return to their native US next month for the Oscars, where both Brad and Angelina have been nominated for Benjamin Button and Clint Eastwood’s film The Changeling respectively. Despite their large brood of six. The Changeling actress has revealed the couple are planning to adopt a seventh. And, she said the other children would not be fazed by another addition to the family. She told Hello magazine: “We have so many children they are not really stunned any more when (new) kids come home”.

Meh. What’s one more, right? No word on whether or not Angelina wore her dress forwards or backwards but, again, I love the sweet little interaction that she had with Brad before they took to the red carpet. I’m not sure if the couple plan to attend any other movie premieres between now and the Academy Awards at the end of next month but, I suspect, they’ll be on the move again soon.

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Jessica Simpson Surfaces In Virginia

Holds her head up high

Jessica Simpson landed at an airport in Virginia last night ahead of a live concert performance she is doing in Charlottesville tonight with Country band Rascal Flatts. As you may recall, new photos of a curvy and, IMHO, bootylicious Jessica Simpson came out this past Monday which have ignited a firestorm of commentary (most, pretty harsh) in the blogosphere and beyond (like major news outlets, apparently). Personally, I think Jess looked great in those photos … happy and healthy, which is sometimes an aberration in Hollywood. Jess looked resolute and stayed quiet as comments were thrown out at her upon her arrival in Virgina last night … tho she she did crack a smile when she was told that she looked beautiful:


Jessica Simpson stepped out in Virginia Wednesday night as buzz continues to build over her curvier new figure. Bundled up in a gray jacket, dark sunglasses and a hat, the usually bubbly 28-year-old singer — who is set to perform with Rascal Flatts today at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville — looked solemn. She smiled a bit when photographers told her she was stunning and beautiful. Her appearance comes a day after Ashlee Simpson-Wentz attacked critics for making such a fuss over her sister’s new fuller figure. “I am completely disgusted by the headlines concerning my sister’s weight,” Ashlee wrote on her Celebrity MySpace page. “A week after the inauguration and with such a feeling of hope in the air for our country, I find it completely embarrassing and belittling to all women to read about a woman’s weight or figure as a headline on Fox News.”

I agree that it’s pretty disgusting the things people say about other people but am not at all surprised that a network like Fox News would make such an issue out of a “story” like this. Sad. I have to admit, I’m not a big fan of Jessica Simpson‘s music (never have been) and I do poke fun at her from time-to-time but I honestly think that she looks absolutely fine and I’m glad that she is choosing not to comment at all about any of this ridiculousness. I understand that things are good between her and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (despite what some are saying). I hope she keeps on keepin’ on and doesn’t let the negativity get to her … I’d hate to see Jess take some of the horrible comments on her weight to heart and then do anything drastic. She looks great the way she is … own it, girl!

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Guess Which Celeb Kid Is Flippin’ The Bird

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree (Hint: it's not Apple Martin)

Here’s a fun little game to get the day going … can you guess which celeb child was spotted enjoying a day at the park with their mother and was snapped flipping their middle finger to the paparazzi?


It should be noted that this child’s mother isn’t a big fan of the photogs (ie. it’s rare to see mom smiling for the cameras) so mebbe the little tyke is learning bad habits from their parents? In all likelihood, it’s prolly more a matter that the baby accidentally thru up their middle finger … which doesn’t make it any less funny/cute. After the jump, find out who it is … More »

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Miley Cyrus & Justin Gaston Grab Some Frozen Yogurt

Together again

It’s been about a week since lovebirds Miley Cyrus and Justin Gaston have been seen out together in public (tho, Miley did surface over the weekend to do a pretty photoshoot) but yesterday the pair stepped out on the town together to enjoy a nice frozen yogurt date together … behold:


Aww, Miley is such a good girl. I’m sure JG can always count on her to pick up the check whenever he accidentally leaves his wallet at home ;) Incidentally, Miley was queried by one of the photogs what she thinks of Jessica Simpson (in regards to the photos that came out a couple of days ago showing a much curvier Miss Simpson on the performance stage over the weekend) and Miley reported replied, “I don’t think she’s fat.” HMM. I’m not entirely sure that I believe that Miley used those exact words but it’s nice to see that Miley is lending her support to Jess. I guess it’s also nice to know that Justin doesn’t have to worry his pretty little head with having to carry money on his person.

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Borders To Release A Special Edition 2-Disc ‘Twilight’ DVD

The ultimate edition?

Earlier this month we got to see the official artwork for the Twilight movie DVD that is scheduled for release on March 21 (and can be pre-ordered from Amazon HERE). BUT, this week Borders Bookshop announced that it will sell an exclusive 2-disc version of the DVD that comes bundled with a whole bunch of extra goodies to satisfy even the most rabid Twilighter out there:


About the DVD:

The Borders-Exclusive Edition comes with these exciting additional features:

Special Bonus Disc, Which Includes:
• Exclusive Twilight Cast Interviews with Kristen Stewart (Bella) and Robert Pattinson (Edward)
• Exclusive Twilight Cast Interviews with Cam Gigandet (James)
• Exclusive Twilight Cast Interviews with Edi Gathegi (Laurent) and Rachelle Lefevre (Victoria)
• Exclusive Red-Carpet Interviews from the Twilight Movie Premiere
• Exclusive Never-Before-Seen Red-Carpet Footage! Includes extra interview footage with Kellan Lutz (Emmett), Ashley Greene (Alice), rock band Paramore, and Nikki Reed (Rosalie)
• Exclusive Borders Book Club: Stephenie Meyer talks about the Twilight Saga

• Audio commentary by Catherine Hardwicke, Kristen Stewart, and Robert Pattinson
• Muse music video: “Super Massive Black Hole”
• Paramore music video: “Decode”
• Linkin Park music video: “Leave Out All the Rest”
• Five extended scenes with director introductions
• Five deleted scenes with director introductions
• Seven-part documentary: “The Adventure Begins: The Journey from Page to Screen”
• Comic-Con “fandom” piece
• Comic-Con NY sizzle reel
• Three trailers
• Penelope trailer

Exclusive Photocards
10 exclusive photocards are printed on a gorgeous pearlescent paper to give a dramatic sparkly effect—the perfect way to view your favorite vampires

Oh man, pearlescent paper that SPARKLES you say? Shouldn’t it be more of a DAZZLING effect? Pshaw, whatever. No matter what effect the fancy photocards have, it really sounds like this version of the DVD has a bunch of really great bonus extras. I’m fairly certain that any Twilighter worth their salt will opt for this version over the standard, regular version … tho, the true fan will prolly end up buying both. How many of y’all have already placed your pre-orders?

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David Beckham Features In A NEW BATCH Of Armani Underwear Ads

Holy &%$#*&^% SHIZZ!!!

OH MY LORDY LORDY LORD! Earlier Wednesday I posted a newslink that pointed to a new Armani Men’s Underwear promo ad photo of David Beckham that I incorrectly assumed was an outtake from his previous Armani photoshoot. It appears now that the photo is from a NEW photoshoot for NEW Armani Underwear ads that will feature David Beckham and his famed bulge in provocative new poses … like this one:


Earlier this month, when Victoria Beckham‘s Armani Women’s Underwear ad photos came out (HERE and HERE), I hoped (and prayed, I ain’t gonna lie) that a new batch of Armani Men’s Underwear ads featuring our dear Becks would come out sometime soon … and it looks like my prayers have been answered as today I stumbled upon 3 new photos of Becks, bulge and Armani undies for our viewing pleasure. After the jump, check out the other 2 new photos … More »

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Bobby Trendy Makes Fugly Look Hideous

My eyes! Ye gods, my eyes!!!

Who says trainwreckdom is only reserved for the likes of Amy Winehouse and Courtney Love, HMMM? Interior decorator extraordinaire and all around oddball Bobby Trendy has been making the rounds here on the streets of SoCal lately showing off his new penchant for putting together interesting outfits … behold:


Yikes! I don’t even know what to make of these … looks. Clearly, BT has been influenced by his interior design aesthetic (and found new use for a couple of old chandeliers he’s had difficulty unloading on his clients) and has no qualms about strutting his stuff in public. I mean, I suppose the man (?) should be commended for his bold sense of fashion. On the other hand, I can understand the argument that BT should be summarily executed for crimes against humanity. Really, I could go either way. You?

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Jake Gyllenhaal Gets A Kick Out Of The Paparazzi

Looks like someone needs a nap

Whoa! It would seem that jury duty does not agree with Jake Gyllenhaal. As you may know, Jakey poo spent a second day doing his civic duty when he was called for jury duty this week and it appears to have put him in a really pissy mood. When approached by a TMZ videographer about how Jake is enjoying his $15 dollar a day pay for enduring jury duty, Jake mule kicks the guy and then runs inside the courthouse:

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Our photog got a kick out of Jake Gyllenhaal today outside court — as in, Jake mule-kicked him in the leg! Our cameraman was waiting for Jake to return from a scheduled lunch break from jury duty, when a frustrated Gyllenhaal walked into the door after pushing instead of pulling. We asked how he was doing … wrong question … Jake stomped down into our guy’s shin. Jake’s now inside the courthouse, waiting to find out if he’ll be selected on a jury that will hear — get this — a battery case.

UPDATE: 5:14 PM ET: Gyllenhaal was just excused from jury service in the battery case….probably because he just committed one!

Now y’all know how much I love me some Jakey poo but this lashing out in such a pissy manner is really unattractive … especially since he ran into the building as fast as he could knowing the pap couldn’t follow him. Trust me, I’m sure enduring the attention from the paparazzi is bothersome but to kick someone like this and run is really pretty shitty … and only kinda ironic, considering the case that Jake was potentially a juror for. Do y’all think it’s okay to kick people if you’re in a bad mood?

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Hugh & Ava Jackman Bring Cuteness To A New Level

Your daily dose of hawt Hughness

Earlier this week we saw photos of hottie Hugh Jackman lookin’ his usual hawt self at the Vancouver Airport as he made his way back to NYC after a quick trip to Vancouver, Canada to reshoot a few scenes for his upcoming new movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Hugh has been happily reunited with his family … which means it’s time for a new playdate with his kiddies! Here are a few ADORABLE pics of Hugh with his daughter Ava as they made their way to the playground together yesterday afternoon:


Full disclosure here … Hugh‘s wife and Ava‘s mommy Deborra-Lee Furness was also along for this playdate but, IMHO, the pics of just Hugh and his little girl are the real draw ;) Ava is so cute … love her little knit hat. It might even be cuter than the hat that Hugh “wore” at the Vancouver Airport. Cute, yes, but not as fierce.

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Angelina Jolie Wore Her SAG Awards Dress Backwards

Accidentally on purpose? Or an ode to Kriss Kross?

Very attentive fashion watchers noted that Angelina Jolie, wearing a lovely blue dress from the Max Azria Spring ’09 Collection, appeared to have worn her dress backwards this past weekend when she attended the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Today, US Weekly reports that Angelina‘s stylist, Jen Rade, admits to the mag that yes, Angelina wore the dress backwards and did so purposely. Uh huh. Here are pictures of Angelina on the red carpet at the SAG Awards this past Sunday evening and of a model wearing the very same dress properly (ie. not backwards) on the runway this past September at NY Fashion Week:


Blogs have been buzzing that Angelina Jolie wore her cornflower blue Max Azria gown backward at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles. Well, she did. Her stylist Jen Rade tells Usmagazine.com Jolie purposefully turned around the dress — which was from Azria’s spring 2009 collection — to make it “more blouson.” (The actress was also able to show off her tattoos more.) sked about getting ready, Jolie told E!’s Giuliana Rancic: “I just like to be comfortable. I see what comfortable options are out there.”

Um, right. I mean … I suppose this explanation makes sense but are any of y’all buying it? Doesn’t this wearing one’s dress backwards thing remind you of anyone else who already tried to make this look work?


I mean, if I were Angelina, I wouldn’t want people thinking I copied Céline Dion either so I might have my stylist come up with a rational explanation too! I suppose, in any event, Ange still looked nice in her dress … even if she wore it wrong. She did show off her beloved tattoos and looked good in the process so … no harm, no foul. At least it gives us something else to talk about … rather than the fact that she keeps losing all of her award nominations, that is. I can’t wait to see what outfit she decides to wear to the Academy Awards next month … and whether she’ll wear it frontwards or backwards. Mebbe she’ll wear THIS dress? It’s sure to cause a sensation whichever way she wears it :)

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Michelle Obama To Be Immortalized

The First Lady gets a wax job

Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in Washington DC unveiled last month a new exhibit that featured wax statues of now President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton posing with Xmas gifts in the Oval Office of the White House. Today, the museum has announced and released photos of their newest wax statue exhibit which is currently in production. First Lady Michelle Obama is the latest person to be immortalized with her own wax statue:


The First Lady is already getting her first statue: Madame Tussauds Washington, D.C., will unveil a wax figure of Michelle Obama in March. In this photo (released Wednesday), Madame Tussauds senior sculptor Colin Jackson touches up the clay mold of her figure’s head. When complete, Michelle’s figure will join her husband Barack Obama’s wax figure, which was unveiled in February 2008, in a replica of the Oval Office. Obama is the third First Lady to be immortalized in wax by Madame Tussauds Washington D.C., joining Jacqueline Kennedy and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Even tho the statue is in the very early stages, the likeness is really pretty remarkable. Not all of the wax statues that the Madame Tussaud‘s sculptors create are perfect likenesses of real people they represent … but sometimes, like in this case with First Lady Obama, they get it pretty perfect. I had no idea that the museum had only previous created likenesses of former First Ladies Jackie O. and Hillary Clinton (I assumed that all First Ladies were immortalized along with their president hubbys) … I guess it’s quite an honor to have a wax effigy created in your honor. Michelle Obama is such an amazing woman, I love that she’s being honored in this way (if, in fact, a wax statue of one’s self is an honor). So far, it looks pretty good … I can’t wait to see the final product — and what outfit from J. Crew it’ll be wearing.

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Souvenir

The TV Guide

Much of yesterday was spent, you guessed it, packing and cleaning … but, lest you get the wrong idea, I’ve not been working as hard as it may sound. Basically, I keep rummaging thru stuff, trying to determine what I Take and what I Toss. I did manage to pause for a bit to have a quick dinner with Steph and Alek last night. Steph returned from his week-long trip to France and I was anxious to welcome him home. I sent him off to Europe with a Polaroid camera and some film and he snapped for me a bunch of really amazing photos in Paris (I added some of them to my Polaroid album on Flickr HERE).

Today, more of the same. David arrives in SoCal in just 3 days and then the big move is Sunday … I spent the morning calling to have utilities service transferred and, thus far, everything is on schedule. This weekend will be really crazy but I’m just anxious to get it all over with already. T-minus 4 days and counting …

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Britney Spears Releases A Batch Of New Tour Rehearsal Photos

She works hard for the tummy

Really early this morning, I posted a teaser photo released by BritneySpears.com that features Britney Spears and her cavalcade of dancers doing dance rehearsals for her upcoming The Circus starring Britney Spears Tour. The site has since been updated and a whole slew of new pics from tour rehearsals have been released:


Britney Spears’s Circus topped the charts – with a lot of hard work – and now she’s promising to do the same in her upcoming world tour. In an exclusive rehearsal photo posted to Spears’s Web site, Britney claps to the beat in simple, comfortable dance gear. Jamie King, who choreographed her 2000 tour, is back on duty, and the singer, 27, looks svelte and toned in a tank top showing off her arms, and even the mom-of-two’s tummy! The arena tour, her first in five years, kicks off in New Orleans March 3 with special guests The Pussycat Dolls.

Woot! She looks damn good, y’all! After the jump, check out a BUNCH more photos from these tour rehearsals … More »

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Michael Lohan Needs Help

Like, yesterday

Last month, Michael Lohan — estranged father of daughter Lindsay Lohanlaunched his official blog to much fanfare and began publishing blogposts about things as varied as his daughter Lindsay Lohan to, well, his daughter Lindsay Lohan. The last blogpost that piqued my interest was a quick message about how he and his daughter Lindsay Lohan have called a truce … and then I kinda forgot that he existed. But today, Michael Lohan has posted a new blogpost asking for all y’all to help him … help his daughter Lindsay Lohan. Here is the full text of Michael Lohan‘s latest blogpost, as always all spelling and grammatical errors are his own:


Like I said in the past, “if I see or hear of anyone or anything causing harm or is seen as a threat to my children,” I will speak about it, and do anything I can to try to intervene regardless of the repercussions on me. With that said, after seeing promise and thanking God for Lindsay’s freedom from SaMANtha’s bondage, I see now, that since SaMANtha has once again, weaseled her way back into Lindsay”s life, things have taken a dark turn. While I was enthused that Ali was with Lindsay, rather than SaMANtha, I am torn to see that SaMANtha has once again manipulated Lindsay into leaving her little sister in LA, only to join SaMANtha on another DJ gig in Boston. Was this again, a means for SaMANtha to earn more money through Lindsay”s presence? Did SaMANtha’s fee drop so much and so quickly when word got out that they parted ways? Are we so blind? Is Lindsay so blind? I know Dina and my kids aren’t because they tell me so. But then again, why does Dina tell me one thing and do another?! When a mother or father sees their child in turmoil (losing weight, not working, and purportedly cutting herself) are we supposed to stand by , remain silent and pretend it isn’t happening? Or are we suppose to step to the plate and not care what people think, and do something about it? Well, as you can see, I’m not going to sit back and let it slide. I am asking everyone out their to intervene in every way possible to help Lindsay, and quite possibly, save her life. Help this wonderful, good hearted and gifted young lady to see what SaMANtha is doing to her and how she is destroying her life. Help her to see that ever since SaMANtha came into her life, nothing good has come of it. As a matter of fact, Lindsay hasn’t used her gifts like she did before meeting SaMANtha. Just LOOK! The proof is there! These aren’t just words, but FACTS! PLEASE HELP!

Seriously … just when you thought that Michael Lohan couldn’t sink lower into desperation in order to gain a little attention he has to sink, well, lower. Who is he talking to in this post? Why does he think that throwing out random accusations to anyone who stumbles across his blog (which, I must surmise, isn’t very many people considering that no one has even bothered to leave a comment on his site … most likely cuz no one is there to read it)? Daddy Lohan has always seemed to me to be a very needy person … with this new blog, he comes across as a whiny child who doesn’t get the attention that he craves so he acts out, screaming as loud as he can to get people to notice him. I really think if Michael Lohan got a life of his own and refrained from trying to live a life thru his daughter Lindsay Lohan he’d be a much happier person. But, honestly, I doubt he’ll ever change. I’m sure he’ll be whining and crying for years and years to come. Sad.

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Amy Winehouse Enjoys Nekkid Scrabble

I mean, why not?

Amy Winehouse continues to enjoy her extended Caribbean holiday as her never-ending vacay in St. Lucia rolls on … when last we saw Amy, the poor dear appeared be crawling on her hands and knees in desperate need of booze after the restaurant/bar she was in ejected her. Today, we get to see a couple new photos that show Amy looking much less desperate … and much less dressed. Here is a pic of Amy offering aid and assistance to a new friend of hers as she played a friendly game of Scrabble:


AMY WINEHOUSE scores a couple of extra points during a game of Scrabble – by throwing off her top. The singer stripped down to just a tiny pair of bikini bottoms as she helped a fellow holidaymaker with her triple word scores. A guest at the same hotel told The Sun: “While taking a break from her usual antics on the beach, Amy spotted some people playing Scrabble and decided to offer her spelling knowledge. “But only after whipping off her top! It was quite a sight.” Amy, who is preparing to fly home from St Lucia in a last-ditch bid to save her marriage to BLAKE FIELDER-CIVIL, has had quite a trip. As well going topless to show off her healthier figure to the world, she’s had TWO holiday romances and even performed a Baywatch-style beach rescue. But perhaps the recovering junkie’s strangest move is her new love for Scrabble. She recently enjoyed a game with Sun reporter Emily Smith, joking: “I am trying to think of something clever. No, I ain’t got the right letters for rehab.” Amy’s holiday wasn’t all good clean fun though – she’s regularly been seen drinking and openly smoking joints … She also put on a number of performances for guests in the lobby, including the drunken keyboard-playing attempt … The onlooker continued: “A live band had been booked to play on the night the video was taken, but that didn’t stop Amy from making an impromptu performance. “However, after a long period of trying to figure out what the buttons on the keyboard did, she could only remember the lyrics to Peter Andre’s Mysterious Girl!”

The girl continues to be a HOT MESS but at least she’s a much less reckless hot mess than we are used to seeing. I still contend that her time in St. Lucia is very good for her health … at least, better for her health. After the jump, check out the uncensored NSFW version of the image above along with another photo of Amy‘s topless Scrabble game … More »

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Newlywed Josh Duhamel Leaves His Blushing Bride

The honeymoon is really over

A tanned and sexy Josh Duhamel returned from his Maldivian/Caribbean honeymoon with new wife Fergie Ferg this past Monday but has already bid his ball and chain wifey adieu as he was seen, with bags in hand, at LAX Airport yesterday leaving town … alone:


I’m sure these photos are NOT cause for concern … as big name Hollywood celebs, both Josh and Fergie may need to jet off to far flung destinations at a moment’s notice and one’s spouse may not always be available to accompany. Tho, it’s worth recalling that Josh was snapped enjoying a bit of alonetime on the gold course while he was still on his honeymoon with Fergie so … yeah. While I doubt that the constraints of married life have caused Josh to flee so soon after returning from his honeymoon, something tells me that the sly smirk on his face is a bit telling. Have a great trip, Josh! And don’t forget to call the wife every 14.5 seconds :)

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Alyson Hannigan Radiant On The Red Carpet

Sooo hot!

Alyson Hannigan and her husband Alexis Denisof (both lifelong members of the Buffyverse) were on hand for a screening of her CBS series How I Met Your Mother at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in North Hollywood, CA yesterday and, hot damn, did she look amazing. As you may recall, Alyson announced to the world that she is pregs with her first child back in October and altho she and the bump made their red carpet debut in November, I don’t think I’ve ever seen her look so stunningly beautiful — pregs or not:


She looks … just stunning. See, and I don’t even think it’s just the pregs glow that expectant mothers get that really makes these photos shine. For me, it’s a combination of Aly‘s amazing smile, great styling and fashion sense AND the miracle of life incubating in her womb. She just looks so beautiful … tracking the burgeoning of Alyson‘s bump has to be the best Bump Watch I’ve ever undertaken. What do y’all think … isn’t she a sight?

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First Look: Kelly Clarkson, ‘My Life Would Suck Without You’

At last, the video is here

A couple of weeks ago we got our first listen to Kelly Clarkson‘s new single My Life Would Suck Without You … a few days later, the song was made available for download on iTunes and it immediately became the #1 most downloaded song. Earlier this week we were told that fans would be given a preview of the vid during tonight’s episode of American Idol … but why wait, you can watch the video in full right here:


The vid is pretty cute, there’s an awful lot of cutesy boy-girl love in this music video. I think I was expecting a bit more excitement but it is pretty simple. Much like the song itself reminds me of her hit song Since U Been Gone, I have to admit that this video resembles that video as well. Mebbe she’s trying to make lighting strike twice? In any event, I love the song … and I quite like the video. I can’t wait to see/hear more. After the jump, check out the music video for My Life Would Suck Without You in full … More »

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Britney Spears Is Such A Tease

Tour rehearsals are underway

We are just about 2 months away from the start of Britney Spears‘s new concert tour The Circus starring Britney Spears and fans the world over are starting to get antsy for new information. Accordingly, BritneySpears.com has been updated with a new photo from the tour rehearsals that shows Britney surrounded by her troupe of dancers … a tease for a batch of other new photos that are scheduled to be released later on today:


Along with this new photo, Britney‘s official website promises that “pictures from tour rehearsal are coming your way” and will be released today. From the looks of just this photo, it appears that tour prep is coming along nicely. It’s so great to see Britney lookin’ like her old self again. I have high hopes that The Circus starring Britney Spears will be a smash hit for her. I can’t wait to see it for myself.

Additionally, BritneySpears.com is providing a seating chart that will show ticket holders where their seats are in relation to the three ring stage on which she will be performing:


Now VIP ticket holders can see where they will be seated. As you may recall, I posted a similar seating chart back in early December … but this one is more clear, better to decipher. Where will YOU be sitting when Britney comes to your town?

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A New Batch Of ‘G.I. Joe’ Movie Posters Is Upon Us

The real deal, this time

Last month I posted a pretty cool movie poster that was believed to be a new promo poster for the upcoming action flick G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra (based on the wildly successful toy, cartoon, comics line) but, in fact, turned out to be merely a fan creation. Today we get a batch of 6 new movie posters that are the real, genuine deal. Here is the official G.I. Joe movie poster that features Channing Tatum (or a very nice body double) as Sgt. Duke Hauser:


Paramount Pictures and Hasbro, whose previous collaboration was the worldwide blockbuster “Transformers,” join forces with Spyglass Entertainment for another extraordinary action-adventure “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.” From the Egyptian desert to deep below the polar ice caps, the elite G.I. JOE team uses the latest in next-generation spy and military equipment to fight the corrupt arms dealer Destro and the growing threat of the mysterious Cobra organization to prevent them from plunging the world into chaos. The film stars Channing Tatum, Dennis Quaid, Sienna Miller, Ray Park, Rachel Nichols, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Said Taghmaoui, Marlon Wayans, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Still no sign of Cobra Commander (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) but the first movie trailer for G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra will make its debut during the Superbowl this Sunday … mebbe we’ll get a peek at him this weekend? After the jump, check out 4 more posters that feature The Baroness (the first of two posters that feature a member of Cobra), Scarlett, Snake Eyes, Ripcord and Storm Shadow (the second Cobra member) … More »

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Madonna Confirms Resumption Of ‘Sticky & Sweet’ World Tour

Here she go again

Yesterday the Live Nation website published a new list of tourdates implying without actually announcing that Madonna would be resuming her Sticky & Sweet World Tour this Summer. Almost as soon as the dates went online they were pulled off the site. Today, Madonna.com has been updated with the following message:


Madonna 2009 European Tour
2009-01-27 15:05:51

The rumors are true! Madonna will tour Europe this summer.

Stay tuned for details later this week.

This is great news for fans in Europe (and possibly the far East) who were unable to see her Sticky & Sweet Tour the first time around (or just want to see it again). No other information has been made available at this point … there’s no way of knowing what, if any, changes will be made in the show or with the setlist. After the jump, check out the full list of tourdates that were posted online yesterday but were immediately taken down — see if Maddy is bringing her tour to YOUR city this Summer … More »

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David Beckham Sued For Assualt By A Paparazzo

Also, is Becks considering a permanent move to Italy?????

Ruh roh! As I mentioned in a newslink earlier today, it appears that there is trubs ahead for soccer star David Beckham (who is currently wowing soccer fans in Italy these days) … a paparazzo named Emicles Da Mata has filed a lawsuit against Becks and his bodyguard in LA Superior Court for allegedly assaulting him this past December. Da Mata immediately took photos of his injuries after the incident (which, to me, only shows that he got dirty … not that he got his ass beat) as proof of the alleged attack. Vicki B., who is home in SoCal with her children, refused to make a statement on the suit when asked for comment:


No paparazzi-avoiding deed goes unpunished, it seems. David Beckham has been sued by a disgruntled photographer who was roughed up last month by one of the soccer star’s bodyguards after Beckham confronted the shutterbug in an attempt to get him off his famous back. Emicles Da Mata claims he suffered serious injury at the hands of Beckham’s right-hand man, stating in court documents filed in Los Angeles Superior Court that on Dec. 7 the bodyguard beat him repeatedly, grabbed his camera and threw it in a trash can. An eyewitness told E! News at the time that Da Mata had been trailing Beckham and wife Victoria when the Brit got out of his car and approached the paparazzo’s vehicle, enticing him to come out. Per our source,when Da Mata refused to budge, Beckham’s muscle went around to the passenger side and started throwing punches. “They just can’t do this,” Da Mata said. “They put me on the floor, they got my camera and they threw it in the trash can. They can’t do this to us.” A police report was taken at the scene, but no criminal charges were ever filed in the incident. Da Mata is claiming assault, battery and emotional distress, and is asking for unspecified damages, per TMZ.com, which first reported the suit. Beckham’s bodyguard has also been named as a defendant.

It’s tough (and dirty) work being a paparazzo. Without going into the right and wrongness of the work of paparazzi here in SoCal, I’m not sure it’s very legal for somone to reach into a vehicle and beat on someone … if, in fact, that is what happened. On the other hand, it could be percieved that the pap is lookin’ to make a quick buck (don’t be surprised if a monetary settlement is reached). You can’t really blame VB for staying mum on the subject … she might not even be aware of any lawsuit. Personally, I’m more disturbed by the rumors that David Beckham is considering a permanent move to Italy to play for AC Milan on a more permanent basis:

David Beckham’s future in Major League Soccer was plunged even deeper into doubt today when AC Milan said it was prepared to sign the Galaxy midfielder. Adriano Galliani, the Italian club’s general manager, said that if Beckham could negotiate his way out of his five-year contract with MLS, he would be welcomed “with open arms” by the seven-time European champion. Galliani told the Associated Press that Milan officials would meet with Beckham’s representatives in the next few days. It was clear, however, that the onus on getting out from under his contract would be left with Beckham and his advisors. “We have to see what happens,” Galliani told Sky Sports Italia. “If he manages to free himself from his contract with [the] Galaxy, then we will be waiting for him with open arms. “The player wants to stay with us, but he knows he has to return” to Los Angeles in March under terms of the Galaxy’s loan agreement with Milan. We will buy him if he frees himself. Beckham will be happy as he has returned to play in a big club. The player and his representatives know that Milan are willing to buy him on a permanent basis.” Neither MLS, which negotiates all player contracts, nor AEG, which owns the Galaxy, had any immediate statement on Tuesday’s developments. On Monday, Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena had criticized Milan officials, and indirectly Beckham, for comments being made in Italy. “I’m not sure if it’s appropriate for club officials at the biggest clubs in the world to be making comments without having contact with us,” Arena said, referring also to suggestions by Bayern Munich that it would like to keep on-loan Galaxy forward Landon Donovan in Germany. “We can’t be responsible tor comments by managers, club presidents, lawyers [and] players. We did things properly, ethically, and we’re going to hold up the loan agreement,” Arena said. This would not be the first time the Galaxy has been left out of the loop, however. Beckham’s loan to AC Milan caught the Galaxy unaware and was presented to MLS virtually as a fait accompli in November by Beckham’s representatives. The Galaxy could hold Beckham to his contract, which has three years remaining. In that case, Milan would back off, Galliani said. “If the Galaxy were to decide not to release him, then they won’t release him,” Galliani told Sky TV today. “In America, they have the same rules as European football. The player has a contract. But having said that, we’ll have to wait and see.” Simon Oliveira, Beckham’s London-based spokesman, told Reuters last week that there had been no discussions with Milan about retaining the player. “David is enjoying his time in Milan, but he is contracted to return on March 9th to L.A. It still stands and absolutely no conversations have taken place regarding changing that,” Oliveira said.

I would be CRUSHED beyond words if Becks did leave LA for Milan. I can’t imagine that AC Milan could afford to to buy out his very expensive contract. I’m quite surprised that the folks over in Italy are so unprofessionally talking about these sorts of matters publicly before any decisions have been made. This would be the second time that big mouths within the AC Milan management have blabbed to the press before anything has been decided. I refuse to believe they’ll be able to pony up the money to steal Becks away. The LA Galaxy better hold on to their golden boy. The Galaxy and MLS Soccer as a whole really can’t afford to lose a star like David Beckham.

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Paris Hilton Wants To Sell You Some New Crap

Er ... scrapbooking crap, that is

Paris Hilton is currently in London, England making the social rounds there but this past weekend she paid a visit to the Craft & Hobby Association‘s 2009 Winter Trade Show which was held in Anaheim, CA to promote her new line of … get this … Scrapbooking kits. Yes, folks, that’s right … the hotel heiress, who gained fame and fortune by releasing a sex tape all those years ago, is venturing into the wild world of Scrapbooking … and she wants you to venture forth with her:


You gotta love the tagline on the box that reads, Born for Luxury. If this new line of hobby products sells well, I think we can expect to see Paris dip her entrepreneurial toes into the waters of crocheting, candle making and quilting. After all, Paris Hilton is a name that is associated with excellence and quality — and stay-at-home hobby fun! Whatever will she think of next?

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Avril Lavigne’s ‘Abbey Dawn’ Rears Its Ugly Head

Blech!

Yuck! When last Avril Lavigne‘s clothing line Abbey Dawn, which is sold at Kohl’s department stores here in the States, surfaced in public, it was inflicting its cruel torture on the good people of Japan at a fashion show in Harajuku, Tokyo last September. It pains me to report that Abbey Dawn has made its way back to the US and will be featured in a new ad campaign that is being shot here in SoCal this week. Here are a few photos of Avril wearing Abbey Dawn on the set of her latest promo ad photoshoot yesterday afternoon:


Yeesh … the clothes are pretty bad but WTF? is up with the beehive? It looks like Avril is getting some really, really bad styling advice from someone who appears to hate her. She looks so tragic … but, then again, I’m sure these threads are bringing her in quite a nice bit of change. In these trying economic times, I can’t blame her for capitalizing wherever she can. That said, she could try and class up the whole line, I think. The yellow outfit isn’t too wretched … she just needs to learn how to edit … and burn that beehive weave. Does any of this appeal to any of y’all?

[Photo credit: Splash News]

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The Sincerest Form Of Flattery

The TV Guide

Packing at my apartment is slooooooow going … it’s more a matter of pulling everything out of closets and drawers so that I can determine what needs to get pitched before I start the actual packing. OY! Moving is a pain but the purging is a good exercise for me.

I finally got around to scanning some of the Polaroid photos that I’ve been taking the past few months. I’ve taken well over 200 photos but simply cannot muster up the wherewithal to scan them all. Trust me, they’re not all great … but I did manage to snap a few very cool ones. Last week, I mentioned that I snapped a self portrait that I modeled on one of Andy Warhol‘s self portrait Polaroid photos (which appears in The Polaroid Book, a gift from David for Xmas) … here is a comparison of the original Warhol and my take on it:


The camera in my photo is a 1977 Polaroid One Step with Q Light attachment, which was a gift from David’s mother. She knew that I’ve been collecting Polaroids so she gave me the family’s very well-preserved old Polaroid camera as a gift. It’s not too bad, I don’t think. I’ve uploaded the 30+ Polaroids that are my faves and have been scanned for sharing HERE. Incidentally, David also got me the book Polaroids by Robert Mapplethorpe for Xmas (a nod to the actual exhibit of the photos that we saw in person at the Whitney Museum in NY last September). As much as I can appreciate Mapplethorpe‘s photos, I don’t think I’ll be mimicking his self portraits (those of you familiar with his photography understand what I’m getting at). In any event, there you have it … I have recently procured other Polaroid cameras that use different kinds of Instant Film. I’m just now branching out with using different film formats now.

BUT … all of that really has to take a backseat to the main issue at hand — the move. We are at t-minus 5 days and counting …

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Octuplets born 36 seconds apart, Peace out Updike, Ginger's gettin' hitched
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Single Gal Chelsy Davy Shows Prince Harry What He’s Missin’

Oompa, Loompa, doom-pa-dee-do

Chelsy Davy, now ex-girlfriend to Prince Harry, was spotted in the company of a few friends at Leeds University this week lookin’ happy, boisterous and frighteningly orange just days after it was announced that SHE broke up with HIM after 5 years together. I’m not sure what the hell is going on here … is it make-up? Is it a fake tan? Is it sweet potato pie? Whatever it is that Chelsy‘s got goin’ on on her face … it’s not very attractive:


Chelsy Davy has returned to Leeds University looking decidedly orange days after her split with Prince Harry was announced. The 23-year-old student had applied a deep layer of fake tan – possibly to perk up her complexion following several nights of soul-searching over the collapse of her five-year romance. A bronzed Davy smiled for the cameras after leaving her student house in Leeds to walk to class with a group of friends shortly after 9.30am. Dressed in skintight jeans, tasselled black boots and a leather bomber jacket, she actually looked as if she was going for a night out on the town rather than a day studying law at the city’s university. Her message seemed clear: Life after Harry goes on. The couple split following his decision to throw himself into his new career, training to be an Army Air Corps helicopter pilot. As the Mail revealed yesterday, Zimbabwe-born Miss Davy, currently studying for a post-graduate degree in law, is equally determined to plough ahead with her career. Royal sources say the parting was amicable and the pair will remain friends.

As a new friend to Chelsy, I think it would be ace if Prince Harry rang up his former flame and let her know that she needs to lay off on the orange. In all honesty, it’s going to be very difficult for the poor dear to find someone to date who is more of a catch than an British Royal Prince … and her efforts are not aided by the fact that she looks like a yam. OY!

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Jude Law Takes His Kids, ‘Stache Out For Lunch

Keepin' cool in the Big Apple

Hawt dad Jude Law ventured out in NYC with his youngest children Iris and Rudy this week for a little lunch date in SoHo … here are a few pics of the happy trio as they made their way thru the streets together, hand-in-hand:


As much as I enjoy seeing photos of hawt Jude in various states of undress or all dolled up in his Dr. Watson finery, I think I really prefer seeing picks of Daddy Jude doing daddy duty. He never looks quite as happy as he does when he’s in the company of his children. Totally swoon-worthy, right?

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Ricky Martin Takes His Sons Out For A Chilly Stroll

Mr. Mom

When last we saw new papa Ricky Martin he was posing on the cover of People En Español magazine introducing his twin sons Matteo and Valentino to the world. Since then, father and sons have been keeping a relatively low profile out of the public eye. At last, the Martin men have surfaced in NYC where they were spied enjoying a brisk winter stroll in Central Park last week:


Despite the frigid temps, Ricky thought it would be nice to bundle up his boys and pack them into a baby stroller to push them around in the cold NYC weather … tho, I’m not sure why. In any event, it appears that Ricky is happily enjoying his new role as single dad. I seem to recall that Ricky was seriously dating some chick a couple of years ago but we don’t hear very much about any love interest in his life these days. I wonder whatever happened to that chick? Since Ricky‘s sons were born via gestational surrogacy, I assume the woman who bore the children is not at all involved with Ricky or the twins at all. HMMM. Clearly, Ricky heeded the call of his biological clock and decided to take on fatherhood all on his own. I wonder if he will ever find true, honest love. As wonderful as being a parent is, I’m sure, I hope he is able to be honest with himself and find that special someone to share his life and his new family with.

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More From Scarlett Johansson’s ‘D&G’ Make-up Ad Campaign

More blonde, more blush

Last week we got our first look at the new ad campaign for Dolce & Gabbana Cosmetics that features celebrity spokesmodel Scarlett Johansson doing her best Marilyn Monroe. Today, we get to check out the second promo image to come from the ad campaign:


As excited as we were to hear that Dolce & Gabbana is launching a fabulous new makeup collection, we were even more excited to hear that Scarlett Johansson would be the face of the campaign. The blonde beauty was shot by Solve Sundsbo in London, in a series of shots meant to evoke Marilyn Monroe’s iconic beauty.

Of the two photos, I prefer this one over the other one. Scarlett really does have the Marilyn-look down pat … despite the ridic open, pouty mouth and garish red lipstick (in the first photo), I think she looks great in these ads. While I can’t love her with all my heart (mainly because she’s managed to steal away hottie Ryan Reynolds all for herself), I can’t really hate on her in these promo ads … I guess. Which photo do you prefer?

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Paris Hilton Likes To Smoke … Stuff

Whatevercoulditbe?

You may recall that early last week we saw a few photos of Paris Hilton rockin’ a supercute kitty cat hat on the streets of Park City, UT for the Sundance Film Festival but today, I’ve come upon a few more photos of Paris from that very same day … in these photos, Paris is seen tucked away inside her car (with friends) and she is very obviously smoking … something:


HMMM … now, we know that Paris Hilton isn’t a tobacco cigarette smoker … so I’m a bit perplexed as to what she could be puffin’ on in these pics. A peace pipe, perhaps? Anyone?

[Photo credit: X17]

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California Mother Gives Birth To 8 Babies At Once

Doctors and parents-to-be were expecting only 7

While Brangelina might have their hands full taking care of 6 children all at the same time, that ain’t nothin’ compared to the baby work ahead for a new mother in California. Doctors at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Bellflower, CA announced yesterday that they delivered the US’s second set of octuplets Monday from a woman (who wishes to remain anonymous) who was expected to only birth 7 babies. After the 7th baby was delivered, SURPRISE!, doctors found one more little person crammed all up in there. Amazingly, all 8 babies (born 9 weeks early) are doing fine and are breathing on their own … mother is also doing fine:


A woman in California delivered what may be the nation’s second live-born set of octuplets on Monday morning, surprising doctors who expected seven babies. The six boys and two girls — ranging in weight from 1 pound 8 ounces to 3 pounds 4 ounces — were generally doing well in incubators following their Caesarean-section delivery at Kaiser Permanente hospital in Bellflower, California, doctors said. Three of the babies need breathing assistance, but otherwise the eight don’t appear to have serious problems, doctors said at a news conference Monday evening. “It was a truly amazing delivery,” said Dr. Karen Maples, chief of the hospital’s obstetrics and gynecology department. Doctors initially believed the mother — whom they did not identify — was pregnant with seven fetuses. The woman was 23 weeks pregnant when she was hospitalized seven weeks ago and ordered to bed rest. Over a seven-week period, a team of 46 physicians, nurses and other staff prepared for the births. When they started the delivery Monday — more than nine weeks before the babies would be full term — they were in for a surprise. “After we got to Baby G, we were surprised by the discovery of a Baby H,” Maples said. Getting the number correct with ultrasounds before delivery is difficult with so many babies, said Dr. Harold Henry, the hospital’s chief of fetal medicine. “It is quite easy to miss a baby when you’re expecting seven,” Henry said. The hospital said the woman didn’t want her personal information released to the news media, and it would not answer questions about whether she’d had fertility treatments. Preliminary research indicates this is the second set of live-born octuplets in the United States, according to the hospital. Eight babies believed to be the United States’ first set of live octuplets were born in Houston, Texas, in 1998. One of the infants died days after birth. The seven other siblings recently celebrated their 10th birthday, the Houston Chronicle reported last month. The first three to seven days will be critical for the California babies, said Dr. Mandhir Gupta, one of the doctors at the news conference. The infants could be in incubators for six to eight weeks and in the hospital for 10 weeks, Gupta said. The mother is doing “very well” after the deliveries, which took about five minutes, Gupta said. “She is very excited that she [has] all these babies and that the babies are looking good so far,” Gupta said.

Altho the mother/family wishes to remain anonymous at this point, I think they should seriously consider going public. With 8 babies to take care of, they’re gonna need some help … and mebbe a TV series? Jon & Kate Plus 8 could use a little competition, I think. At this point, the babies are only known as A, B, C, D, E, F, G and H which (it must be said) are even more odd than even the wackiest celeb baby names. And to clarify, this CNN report states that the babies require breathing assistance but I just heard a report this morning that they have been taken off respirators and are all breathing on their own … which is happy, happy news. Much congrats and love goes out to this family … they’ve got a wee bit more than they had bargained for but I wish them all the love and happiness in the world.

UPDATE: I just found out that the US’s first octuplets born (about 10 years ago) have their own website HERE. LOL!

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The Brangelina Bunch Make Their Way To Japan

Ange, Brad, Vivianne, Knox, Zahara, Shiloh, Pax and Maddox say 'Konnichiha'

After enduring another Awards Show shut-out (with feigned smiling faces and empty applause) this past weekend at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt packed up their children (Vivienne Marcheline, Knox Léon, Shiloh Nouvel, Zahara Marley, Pax Thien and Maddox Chivan Jolie-Pitt) and made their way to Japan where they were greeted by fans at the Narita International Airport earlier today … here are a few photos of the massive family’s grand arrival:


The Jolie-Pitt clan has landed in Japan. Two days after walking the red carpet at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were spotted — with all six of their kids — at Narita International Airport in Tokyo on Tuesday. Jolie was photographed carrying 6-month-old twin Viv, while Pitt held Knox. Maddox, 7, Zahara, 4, Pax, 5, Shiloh, 2 — who walked alongside their parents — don’t mind all the globetrotting, Jolie recently said. “Our kids are always packing,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “They like to pack; it’s a game in our house. “It can get very hard trying to find 20 minutes to close your eyes if you’ve been up since four in the morning,” Jolie said. “We travel so much, we never have to adjust. We change school time to four in the afternoon if we have to!” The family is expected to settle in New York’s Long Island in March as Jolie shoots the spy thriller Edwin A. Salt.

OMG … these photos of the Jolie-Pitt twins (who were born on July 12, 2008 … which is, incidentally, my birthday as well ;) are so cute! They really do look very much alike … it’s only the unmatching headwear that discerns them from one another (but how cute is it that Brad and Knox are wearing the same hat?!). It’s not totally clear why the family made their way en masse to the Land of the Rising Son but I suspect they’re not in town to collect any awards … Brangelina appears to have some trouble doing that this awards season. In any event, they all look very happy together. Seeing all of these adorable little chubby cheeks seems a great way to start the day!

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Ryan Reynolds Gets Bizzy In The Gym

MMMMMMMMM

Hugh Jackman wasn’t the only X-Men Origins: Wolverine star in Vancouver, Canada recently for reshoots … his co-star Ryan Reynolds (who plays Wade Wilson/Deadpool) was also spotted in town. Here are a few HAWT pics of Ryan workin’ out his hawt bod at a gym in Vancouver last Thursday:


Seriously, if there is ONE guy to rival Hugh Jackman‘s hawtness, it’s Ryan Reynolds. He is really workin’ that tank top shirt right. Those arms! I have to say that I really do commend Ryan for all his hard work. His commitment to staying physically fit is really appreciated by me and I’m pretty sure most of you Pink readers out there. We’ve only seen one promo pic from Wolverine but judging by that pic alone, Ryan is gonna look good in his Deadpool costume. I can’t wait to see more … hopefully with him wearing a lot less ;)

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Hugh Jackman Has Left Vancouver, Canada

'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' reshoots in the can?

Last week we saw a few photos of Hugh Jackman on the Vancouver, Canada set of X-Men Origins: Wolverine in order to reshoot a few scenes for the film. It would seem that Hugh and the crew were hard at work on the film for most of the weekend but finally wrapped so that Hugh could catch a flight back to NYC yesterday to rejoin his family (who have relocated to NY since Xmas). Here are a few pics of Hugh lookin’ his hot self at the Vancouver Airport on his way out of town:


I wasn’t sure from the photos we saw last week but now we can see that the Wolverine facial hair he’s sportin’ is the real stuff and not merely make-up. I’m really very surprised that he is able to regrow the facial hair so quickly … ugh, it’s so manly I can barely stand it! You gotta love Hugh‘s simple style … he always looks great/sexy without even having to try. Le sigh.

[Photo credit: Bauer-Griffin]

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Miley Cyrus Poses For A New Photoshoot

Another controversy on the way?

Miley Cyrus, who hasn’t been seen with 20-year old underwear model manfriend Justin Gaston for quite some time, was spied in Antelope Valley, CA over the weekend all dolled up in white for a photoshoot where she was perched atop an equally white horse. I’m not sure who the photographer is or which publication it was shot for but considering the controversy that came out the last time that Miley posed for a prominent photoshoot I sincerely doubt that this photoshoot will be anything other than Rated-G:


Well … mebbe not Rated-G so much … according to Ocean Up, the 16-year old Miley suffered an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction that exposed her breast while she rode on the horse:

Poor Miley Cyrus! She had a very unfortunate wardrobe malfunction during her video shoot in Santa Clarita. According to the agency covering the shoot, “Miley’s dress was so low-cut, her breast popped out in front of about 15 crew members..” Thank god she caught it quickly!

So much for no controversies. I just hope that no photos of Miley‘s slip will get released … she is still underage. In any event, it looks like the shoot went off without a hitch (well, after the malfunction) … and now we wait to see where these photos end up. My Little Pony ad perhaps?

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Guy Ritchie Takes His Sons Skiing In The Poconos

Father/sons bonding time

In between visits to the Kabbalah Centre in NYC with their mother Madonna, Rocco Ritchie and David Banda were whisked away by their father Guy Ritchie for a quick “guy’s only” ski trip to the Poconos, PA. Here are a few photos of Guy with his boys on the slopes over the weekend:


Okay … it must be said … I’m not sure if it’s cuz he’s in hawt dad mode or what but Guy Ritchie look mighty fiiiine in these photos. I’ve always maintained that he was a hottie but he looks especially DILFy in these photos. Woot! It seems that little David is still too small to hit the slopes (tho, he’s old enough to rock the latest fashions right) but Rocco was doing his thang. After the jump, check out a few more photos of Guy and Rocco on the slopes — tho, it looks like Rocco still needs to practice a bit more … More »

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‘Ugly Betty’ Dunzo?!

Worrisome news about the popular ABC series

Is a Peace the Spork Out in order for ABC‘s irreverent TV series Ugly Betty? Possibly. Michael Ausiello of Entertainment Weekly magazine is reporting that Ugly Betty has been “benched” from the ABC TV schedule in order for the network to “try out” a couple new sitcoms in the Thursday night timeslot. While this news isn’t absolutely proof that the show is done for, the fact that ABC will not reveal when Ugly Betty is scheduled to return to the television airwaves … and that is what’s got everyone worried:


Things are looking pretty gloomy for Ugly Betty. In a just-announced Thursday night scheduling tweak, ABC is benching Betty beginning March 26 and replacing it with episodes of Samantha Who? and the new Megan Mullally-Cheryl Hines comedy In the Motherhood. The network’s release concludes by saying, “Ugly Betty will return to Thursday nights at 8:00 p.m. following the run of In the Motherhood and Samantha Who?” After crunching the numbers, that puts Betty’s return (provided Sam Who/Motherhood don’t tank) sometime around (gulp) June — a.k.a. outside the regular season. Now, granted, Betty hasn’t exactly been killing it in the ratings this season, but it’s still one of ABC’s signature shows. At least I thought it was. “The Thursday night block is a good opportunity to launch these comedies,” counters an ABC spokesperson. “That said, Betty is a solid performer and there is no question that it will definitely be back to complete its season, just without repeats.” But when will it be back? The net’s not saying, and that’s the part that has me worried. Do you share my concern? Or is there a silver lining here that I’m just not seeing?

This is not a good sign for Ugly Betty. Why IN THE WORLD would ABC take the show off the air at this point in the year in order to “try out” other sitcoms?? And then “bring the show back” after who knows how many months off the air? This makes no sense … other than the demise of Ugly Betty is nearly upon us and we’ve yet to be told. I cannot imagine how this plan of attack is a good one for the show or the network as a whole. Even if the show does eventually come back … will the audience still be around to watch? This is a terrible idea … one, my gut tells me, is the first step in announcing the cancellation of Ugly Betty :( What do y’all think … are you happy with any of this news?

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For The Win!

The TV Guide

And so … I’m back, home again, in SoCal after my quick trip to NYC. I couldn’t say anything about my last second plans to fly out to NY because I was trying to keep it a secret but I jetted out Friday afternoon, arrived at about 9pm (where I met Pink reader Sarah at the curbside car pick-up area) and then went out with David’s friends to the 9th Ave. Saloon after a yummy dinner at Aja on 6th Ave. At 9th Ave. I got to meet Pink readers Christoper (pictured below) and Daryl:


It was my pleasure meeting you all (Christopher tells me I have to give a shout-out to his sister Kayla). The party on Saturday night was really fun … and here I am, home again. This is my last week in my apartment before David and I move into our new condo in WeHo on Sunday. So excited :)

I’m also very excited about a few eBay auctions I won over the weekend as well … I picked up a vintage Polaroid Land 800, a Polaroid SX-70 (just like the one my parents used to photograph me as a baby) and a Polaroid Mio:


Of the three, I only plan on using the Mio — which uses the Fuji Instamax film that is still being manufactured and sold overseas. The other two I want to have for posterity’s sake. The wins were really reasonable, too. Yeah, I’m in a real Polaroid way lately.

Today, I have a meeting in town and I REALLY have to start packing … altho the movers are doing all the big work, I have some things I need to pack on my own. And the countdown begins …

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Thriller: The Musical? Gaiman wins book prize, now YOU can own Aretha's hat
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David Hauslaib, Tim Gunn Show Off Where They Work

Where the magic happens

The New York Post has a semi-regular feature that showcases prominent New Yorkers photographed at their desks and explains the work that they do, in the environment where they do it. This week, the NYP features two people who I am very fond of … Tim Gunn from Project Runway and David Hauslaib, my boo:


On the face of it, a desk doesn’t amount to much. It’s a flat slab of wood or glass on legs, with maybe a few drawers attached. But given the number of hours many of us spend at them, they take on styles as idiosyncratic and varied as our dwellings, reflecting not only someone’s aesthetic sensibility, but also their working habits and the rituals that shape their day. With that in mind, we asked five notable city folks for what you might call a desktop tour:

Tim Gunn — Gunn’s known worldwide as the tough-love mentor to aspiring designers on “Project Runway,” but in 2007 he also assumed the role of chief creative officer at Liz Claiborne Inc. As debonair in person as on TV, Gunn wore a pinstriped suit and a bright smile when we visited his Midtown office.

Desk: Sea-foam green glass suspended by metal, rounded on one side, straight on the other. On the desktop is a book on Tom Ford, a Liz Claiborne collection catalog, “1001 Buildings You Must See Before You Die” and a fastidiously stacked paper pile.

“I don’t usually sit behind the desk when people are here. It creates a barrier. When someone sits in the traditional spot I think, ‘What are they doing back there?’”

Décor: Built-ins bulge with books on one side, an Asian screen and a stone-colored couch sit on the other, and a wall of windows provides an expansive view. A floor-to-ceiling portrait of Gunn wearing a stern expression dominates the space behind the door. “This is meant to be a minimalist environment, but I’m not a minimalist,” he says.

Detritus: A press pass for the Oscars, framed shots of Gunn with Heidi Klum and Oprah, a PETA award and multiple Tim Gunn bobbleheads, one of which delivers his signature lines “Make it work” and “Carry on.”

Pet: A fake goldfish encased in a plastic orb sits on a side table.

Current project: “I split my time between running to meetings, making showroom visits and writing. Right now I’m retooling the budget.”

Philosophy: Claiborne execs have suggested Gunn hold meetings in a “neutral” place, but he refuses, citing an aversion to conference rooms. “I believe in the semiology of clothes. Similarly, the way we live and work should send a message.”

Routine: In by 8 or 8:30, Gunn gets a doughnut and coffee and from the deli downstairs. He transfers the java into his “Ellen” (DeGeneres) mug, then eats at his desk. The doughnuts: “Whole-wheat – not glazed. My theory on glazed doughnuts is one is too many, a dozen is not enough.”

What’s next
: Gunn’s a nomad. “I’m in my third office here.” He’s preparing for another office move and a new assignment in corporate design and merchandizing.

David Hauslaib — Hauslaib started Jossip, a celebrity and media gossip blog, in 2003 from his dorm room at Syracuse University. Today, through Jossip and its younger sibling, the gay lifestyle blog Queerty, the 25-year-old reaches 3 million readers a month. Though he maintains a staff and an office, Hauslaib works predominantly from his alcove studio in a prewar doorman building on Christopher Street.

Desk: A small, basic Pottery Barn piece with contrasting light and dark mahogany, tucked into an office nook that abuts the kitchen.

Décor: “It’s a smorgasbord.”

Detritus: A Starbucks coffee mug (“I collect them from around the world”), Gumby and Pokey figurines, miniature baby pictures of David and his brother, and his Sony Vaio. “I like to keep whimsical things around,” he says, picking up an Etch A Sketch. “When I struggle to find the right words, I play around on it a while.”

Current project: Keeping his blogs constantly updated and staying ahead of the buzz.

Routine: “I have a full staff. We all work from home in the mornings. Some days we go into the office at 1 or 2, but this is where the magic happens.” Hauslaib starts work around 7 a.m. and usually eats at his desk. A Tassimo coffee maker feeds his 4-to-5-cups-a-day habit.

Pet: A teddy bear perched on a nearby table.

What’s next: Applying more of a magazine model to the blogs. “Our editorial calendar used to be 24 hours long, but we’re planning packages ahead of time now.”

Yay! What a great piece and doesn’t David look hawt in his photo (Tim‘s not bad either). Regarding David‘s piece … I have to admit that I’ve never seen him EVER play with that Etch-A-Sketch (which came from his Xmas stocking) but the bit about the “4-to-5-cups-a-day habit” … yeah, that’s totally right on. On a really exciting day, it’s more like 7-to-8 cups a day. The window behind him looks out onto the corner of 6th Ave. and Greenwich Ave. and, I have to share, a framed photo of the two of us (the first photo we ever took together, on the day we met in Amsterdam in 2006) is on the table next to his desk … not that I’m AT ALL bothered that fact didn’t make the piece ;) In any event, I totally love this little NYP piece on David and Tim. Click HERE to see which other notable New Yorkers and their desks are featured this week.

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Jessica Alba Embarrasses Honor Marie

Cuteness ensues

OH man … new pics of Honor Marie Alba-Warren are out and, as you can imagine, they are cute as hell! Mama Jessica Alba took her little one to the park (which is an activity that mother and daughter have enjoyed together for the past month or so) over the weekend and managed to totally embarrass the dear little girl. Jess tried to plant kisses on Honor, much to her cute chagrin:


Awww … she sure can rock that fauxhawk, can’t she? This little girl is just too cute for words. If she thinks her mom is embarrassing her with the PDA now, just wait ’til she gets older. Latina mothers are NOTORIOUS for heaping lurve and affection on their kid when in public. They’re also notorious for having no problem whatsoever disciplining their children in plain sight of any and everyone no matter where you are (trust me, I speak from experience) so I hope the little doll behaves herself when she gets older. OY! So cute!!

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Dakota Fanning Expresses Her Interest In Appearing In The ‘Twilight’ Sequel

"I really hope it works out"

Late last week we learned that Dakota Fanning is in reported talks to appear in the upcoming Twilight sequel New Moon and today we have a bit of confirmation that the talks are underway. People magazine reports that Dakota believes that it would be a “fantastic experience” for her if she were able to secure a role in New Moon:


Dakota Fanning is ready to bare her fangs as vampire Jane in the Twilight sequel New Moon. “I really hope it works out,” Fanning, 14, told Hitfix.com while promoting her current thriller, Push. “It would be a really fantastic experience, I’m sure.” Just last week it was reported the young star was offered the role sans audition because director Chris Weitz is so confident that Fanning is right for the part. Talk about a perfect fit: A member of the deadly Volturi, the Jane character is described in a casting notice as a petite blonde with a “Botticelli angel-like face [and] crimson irises.” If everything falls into place, Fanning will join returning stars Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner. Filming begins in March in the U.S. and Italy, with New Moon set to open in November.

OK, so at this point we know that A.) the negotiations for her to play Jane are underway and B.) that she wants the role. Methinks the role is hers if the money is right. I understand that these negotiations usually come down to the money … and Dakota Fanning is already a big name (relative to the other actors thus far cast in Twilight and New Moon) so she’s gonna need a bit o’ change to sign on. Something tells me that they’ll pay up … for the most part, reaction to Dakota playing Jane has been really positive. I suspect we’ll hear an announcement soon (again, if the money is right) that the part is hers.

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The 15th Annual SAG Awards Are Handed Out

And the Actor goes to ...

Last night the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were handed out here in Hollywood at the Shrine Auditorium and were broadcast LIVE on TBS and TNT for all the world to see (including me, on my JetBlue flight home from NYC). The SAG Awards, which are given out to actors by fellow actors, is the last major awards show to take place before the Academy Awards are handed out next month … and may give a sneak peek as to what may go down come Oscar time. Slumdog Millionaire won the big prize for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture while Meryl Streep (Doubt), Sean Penn (Milk), Kate Winslet (The Reader) and the late Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight) won the awards for Best Actress, Actor, Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor respectively. Here are a few photos from the red carpet arrivals last night:


Amy Adams and Emily Blunt looked amazing … Jon Hamm (of Mad Men) looked weird without his now trademark slicked-back hair. I don’t like the longer locks on him. Katrina Bowden, who stars in NBC‘s 30 Rock, wore a beautiful blue dress designed by Project Runway season 4 winner Christian Siriano. She looked really supercute fierce in her dress, I think.

As I mentioned above, some of my fave actors took home the top prizes last night … here are pics of the big winners accepting their awards (called Actors) on stage or posing with them in the press room after winning their awards:


The actors of “Slumdog Millionaire” won outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture, and Heath Ledger posthumously won best supporting male actor at the 15th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday. “It was overwhelming enough to be nominated, but to win this is unbelievable,” said “Slumdog” actor Anil Kapoor of the award given to him and his cast mates at Los Angeles’ Shrine Exposition Center. The cast’s win comes two weeks after the modestly budgeted movie, about a poverty-raised orphan in Mumbai who goes on the Indian version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” won the Golden Globe award for best drama. The film has been nominated for 10 Oscars, including for best picture. “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” the big name when the Academy Award nominations were announced earlier this week, was shut out at the SAG Awards. The movie leads all films with 13 Oscar nods. Ledger, who was 28 when he died just more than a year ago of an accidental prescription drug overdose, won his award for his role in “The Dark Knight,” 2008′s box-office king. Ledger’s performance was widely praised, and he won the Golden Globe for best supporting actor two weeks ago. He also is considered the front-runner for an Academy Award for supporting actor. Actor Gary Oldman accepted the SAG award for his friend. “He was an extraordinary young man with an extra ordinary talent, and it is wonderful that you have acknowledged that and honored that talent tonight,” Oldman said. Josh Brolin, one of four actors who lost to Ledger on Sunday night, compared the SAG awards to “a big campfire we’re all showing up for.” “It’s not a competition,” Brolin said. “We’re just happy to party together.” Meryl Streep echoed Brolin’s words when she accepted for best leading actress in a movie for her role in “Doubt.” “Can I just say there’s no such thing as the best actress,” Streep said. Streep was dressed as if she might ready for Brolin’s campfire, wearing black pants, a black blouse and no jewelry except for earrings. “I didn’t even buy a dress,” she said. Sean Penn, chosen as best leading male actor in a movie for “Milk,” told the four actors he won against that he wept when he watched their work. “You’re stunning,” Penn said. Penn’s took a brief political turn when spoke about “Milk,” the story of a gay San Francisco politician assassinated in 1978. “This is a story about equal rights for all human beings,” Penn said. Kate Winslet’s win as best supporting actress for her performance as Hanna Schmitz in “The Reader” could help her best actress Oscar nomination for the same role. Winslet was nominated for SAG’s lead actress in a movie for “Revolutionary Road,” but lost to Streep. The SAG Awards are watched closely by Oscar fans, but they’re not always a guarantee of Oscar gold. Last year, for example, Julie Christie won the SAG’s outstanding lead actress for her work in “Away From Her.” At the Academy Awards, she was beaten by Marion Cotillard, who played French singer Edith Piaf in “La Vie en Rose.” Most of the SAG trophies handed out during the first half of Sunday night’s show were for TV categories. Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney won for their roles in HBO’s “John Adams.” Giamatti got the trophy for best male actor in a TV movie or miniseries for his role as President John Adams, while Linney won the female actor award for her portrayal of first lady Abigail Adams. Veteran actress Sally Field won her first SAG Actor trophy after seven nomination over the past 14 years. Field won outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series for her work on “Brothers & Sisters.” Hugh Laurie won best male actor in a TV drama series for a second time for his work in “House.” He won the same trophy two years ago. “I actually had $100 on James Spader,” Laurie said. “This is just not my night.” Spader was also up for the best actor award. The TV drama ensemble award was given to the cast of AMC’s “Mad Men.” The evening began with NBC’s “30 Rock” sweeping best actor and ensemble trophies. Tina Fey won the outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series category, while Alec Baldwin won the male honor for his “30 Rock” role. The 10 actors in the “30 Rock” cast also captured the trophy for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series. The 16 SAG categories include honors for both television and film actors. James Earl Jones was given SAG’s 45th Life Achievement Award. “Whatever medium he tackles, he consistently delivers,” actor Forest Whitaker said. Jones’ trademark deep voice has been heard in movies as “the most evil voice in the entire universe… and the voice of God,” Whitaker said.

Woot! I am THRILLED that Meryl finally won an award for her work in Doubt. My fave part of the ENTIRE awards show was when she was announced as the winner and then ran with her arms in the air in shocked excitement all the way to the stage to collect her trophy:


She gave my fave female performance this year and I sincerely hope that she wins the Oscar next month. Things don’t look so good for Benjamin Button. Another awards show, another shutout. I’m still pretty sure that it will win something next month (Best Makeup?) but I am not really counting on the film winning any of the big categories. Up against Sean Penn and Mickey Rourke, Brad Pitt ain’t got chance. The same goes for poor Angelina Jolie … no chance, no way. I love that Slumdog Millionaire won another of the big prizes … could it win the Oscar for Best Picture? I sincerely hope so … but I have to be honest and say that I REALLY HOPE that the insufferable Anil Kapoor is not allowed anywhere near the microphone if the film wins. I get that he’s excited to be in a film that is winning all these major awards (a feat that he will most likely never achieve again) but I find his manner so irritating. How ’bout letting Dev Patel give thanks instead? I was very pleased that Freida Pinto gave shoutouts to the young actors who are featured in Slumdog (Ayush Mahesh Khedekar, Rubiana Ali and Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail) … they really made the film for me, they deserve the accolades as much as the adult actors do. In any event, I’m still pulling for Slumdog to win the big enchilada next month. After the jump, check out a few photos that were snapped of the celebs in the audience — mingling, gossiping, canoodling — the pics are not to be missed … More »

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Gov. Blagojevich Admits He Considered Oprah Winfrey For Senator

In last ditch effort to save his political career, the governor makes the TV rounds

Embattled Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is making the rounds on all the morning, afternoon, evening, night, latenight television shows today and tomorrow in order to wage a media onslaught to try and sway the court of public opinion in his favor. As you may know, Gov. Blagojevich stands accused of attempting to sell President Barack Obama‘s Senate seat (left vacated by his election as Commander in Chief of the United States) and his impeachment trial is scheduled to begin this week. To combat the negative press that is bound to come from those proceedings (which he is refusing to take part in), Blagojevich is launching a counterstrike of his own in the media. One of the bombshells in his arsenal, the news that the considered appointing Oprah Winfrey to represent Illinois in the US Senate:


Impeachment proceedings against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich are scheduled to begin Monday in the state Senate, but the embattled governor is expected to skip the trial and instead appear on several television programs. Blagojevich is facing federal corruption allegations, including trying to trade or sell the Senate seat that became vacant after Barack Obama was elected president. The second-term Democratic governor has denied wrongdoing. In his first live prime-time interview, Blagojevich will appear Monday on CNN’s “Larry King Live.” He spoke with ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Monday morning and was scheduled to appear with his wife later Monday on ABC’s “The View.” On “Good Morning America,” Blagojevich said he considered appointing Oprah Winfrey as Obama’s Senate replacement. “She seemed to be someone who had helped Barack Obama in a significant way become president,” he said. “She was obviously someone with a much broader bully pulpit than other senators.” The governor said Winfrey was one of several candidates he had considered for the position. Blagojevich eventually picked former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris to replace Obama. Senate Democrats initially disputed seating Burris due to the cloud over Blagojevich, and Illinois’ secretary of state refused to sign off on the appointment. But Illinois’ highest court validated Burris’ appointment earlier this month, and Senate Democratic leaders recognized it. Blagojevich on Monday restated his complaints about what he called the “unconstitutional” impeachment trial, which he said “denies me the right to call witnesses to defend myself and prove my innocence.” He said he is certain the Illinois Senate will vote to remove him from office and said he expects they will demand he step down “relatively soon.” Earlier this month, the Illinois House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to impeach him. Blagojevich has said the vote was politically motivated. Under the Illinois Constitution, the House can vote to impeach an executive or judicial officer, but it is the Senate that conducts the trial. A two-thirds majority vote in the Senate is required to convict an officer of an impeachable offense. According to a federal complaint issued in December, Blagojevich and his chief of staff, John Harris — who also was arrested on federal corruption charges — were “conspiring to obtain personal financial benefits” for the governor by leveraging his sole authority to appoint a U.S. senator to replace Obama. “I’ve got this thing and it’s [expletive] golden,” Blagojevich allegedly said in one recorded phone conversation, referring to his authority to appoint, according to the complaint. “I’m just not giving it up for [expletive] nothing.” When asked about those alleged quotes, Blagojevich told ABC that federal prosecutors “took snippets of conversations completely out of context.” “When the whole story comes out, you’ll see that the effort was to work to have a senator who can best represent Illinois,” he said. In an interview over the weekend with NBC’s “Today,” Blagojevich said his December 9 arrest took him by surprise, but he is drawing inspiration from people such as Nelson Mandela, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi. “I thought it was actually a friend of mine who was playing a practical joke,” he said of his arrest. “Unfortunately it wasn’t. And then the day unfolded and I had a whole bunch of thoughts — of course my children and my wife — and then I thought about Mandela, Dr. King, Gandhi and tried to put some perspective in all of this, and that’s what I’m doing now.” Blagojevich has said his basic rights are being violated because he cannot challenge assertions in the House impeachment report. Blagojevich also is asking for a change in a Senate trial rule that he said is preventing him from calling witnesses such as Valerie Jarrett, a confidant of President Obama; Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.; and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. Emanuel, claimed Blagojevich, agrees that he did not break any laws. State Sen. Matt Murphy, part of the nine-member committee that put the Senate trial rules together, called Blagojevich’s complaints “the theater of the absurd.” “What you’ve seen here … is a cynical effort on the part of this governor that’s perfectly consistent with his actions over the last six years, to try and further undermine the faith in this process that the people already have,” Murphy said. Blagojevich missed deadlines this month for answering the impeachment charge and for filing a motion to dismiss, a spokesman for Illinois Senate President John Cullerton has said.

Clearly, Blagojevich (who should be considered innocent until proven guilty … despite the evidence that has been collected against him) is pulling out all the stops in this last, desperate bid to not only salvage his political career but avoid being incarcerated. It really sounds like this Oprah news is meant to draw the focus away from the charges of corruption that are being leveled at him in his upcoming impeachment trial and move them toward something more positive .. and who don’t love Oprah? I, for one, am disgusted at the charges that have been brought against him and if they are proven true, I hope he gets stripped of everything his time in office afforded him (pensions, etc.) and he gets thrown in jail like any common criminal. If he is innocent, then I hope he will be able to return to his duty of governance for the good of the people of Illinois. In either instance, I don’t know that pandering to every TV program that will have him will help out his cause. My gut tells me that his actions today are a desperate ploy to curry whatever favor he can from the public in the last hours before he goes on trial … kinda like he knows what’s coming. The whole matter is just sad. Oprah or not, I’m really grossed out by the folly of this whole incident.

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Fergie Ferg & Josh Duhamel Return Home From Their Honeymoon

Looks like someone got a tan

Newlyweds Fergie Ferg and Josh Duhamel returned home from their extended honeymoon over the weekend and burst forth from the LAX Airport elevator lookin’ tanned, relaxed and in a hurry to jump into the back of their waiting limousine. It looks like the honeymoon is officially over, y’all:


It looks like Josh got more sun than Fergie did … he prolly got nice and baked on that golf excursion we saw photos from last week. For the most part, the couple remained relatively low profile for the duration of their honeymoon in the Maldives and Bahamas. I suspect the couple had themselves a very nice time together … but now they’ve returned, home from paradise and back in the thick of celebritydom. Wherever will they show up next?

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Jessica Simpson Looks Happy, Healthy & Bootylicious

Warning: Dangerous Curves Ahead

Pop turned Country music star Jessica Simpson was on hand to perform in Pembroke Pines, Florida at a Chili Cook-off hosted by a local Country radio station over the weekend and she used the live performance to unveil her sexy new body. Gone are the days of the too-skinny blonde bombshell (who looked as if she starved herself to near death when she portrayed Daisy Duke in the Dukes of Hazzard movie) and say hello to the much curvier, much healthier lookin’ Miss Simpson:


Say this for Jessica Simpson – she doesn’t hold back. “I am so excited that I am going to see my boyfriend tonight!” the singer told a crowd of nearly 30,000 fans at Radio 99.9 Kiss Country’s annual Chili Cookoff Sunday at C. B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines, Fla., where she shared the bill with Alan Jackson and other country stars. Smiling, happy and hopping around the stage, Simpson, 28, performed a medley of her pop hit songs (“Angel,” “With You”) during her hour-long show, as well as delivered new songs from Do You Know, her first country album released last fall. Simpson’s rendition of “You’re My Sunday,” from the country album, was dedicated to her boyfriend, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, who was waiting for her in Dallas. “My boyfriend is a football player, and he takes up my Sundays and now my Mondays,” Simpson told the appreciative audience. “I am sooo happy!” After the show, the songbird did a quick meet-and-greet for about 25 fans of all ages in a secret tent set up in the back of the park. As she entered the enclosure, she cracked, “My six inch heels are not working so well!” But she sure was. Radiant, smiling and pouring on a warm charm to those who had won a contest to meet her, Simpson posed for photos with all the fans – even though she had to catch a 5:45 p.m. flight to Dallas to see Romo.

I gotta say … Jess looks great :) I don’t recall seeing her look so happy (not even back when she was happily married to Nick Lachey). I also don’t recall her lookin’ so sure of herself and so happy to be on stage. I suspect that her relationship with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has something to do with Jess‘s new attitude. I must admit, tho, that I am not a fan of the high-waisted jeans. I don’t think they flatter her figure very well. But, she finally does have a figure (more than just her very ample bosom) and I’m glad to see her workin’ it! I may tease Jess for some of the things she says and the usually (shall we say) simple way she says them … but I can’t hate on her here. She looks great! You go, Jess! Werk it out :)

[Photo credit: Splash News; Source]

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David Beckham Scores His First Goal For AC Milan

Which is reason enough to grab his ass!

Congratulations goes out to David Beckham and his temporary new soccer team AC Milan on their big win in competitive play this weekend. Becks managed to score his first goal as an AC Milano, which caused much jubilation on his part … it also gave his teammate Clarence Seedorf license to grab Becks‘s ass in order to congratulate him — the lucky bastard:


David Beckham and Kaka both scored in AC Milan’s 4-1 win over Bologna Sunday, a result that keeps it in touch with lead pair Juventus and Inter Milan. Elsewhere, AS Roma moved into one of the European qualification spots after a 3-0 win away to Napoli, while Lazio’s own European hopes were hit after a 4-1 loss at home to Cagliari. Juventus lead the league on goal difference, tied with Inter Milan on 43 points, although Inter is playing Sampdoria later on Sunday. Milan are third on 40 points and Genoa fourth with 36. Kaka scored a penalty after 17 minutes and added a long range strike just before halftime and was given a standing ovation by Milan’s fans when substituted 20 minutes before the end. Beckham scored his first goal for Carlo Ancelotti’s side on 60 minutes after being put into space by Pato.

Woot! Congrats, Becks! Well done! While I’m sure a great many of us are seething with jealousy that your teammates have full permission to grab whatever part of your body they like while on the soccer field, I suppose we can kinda live vicariously thru such actions and pretend we’re doing the same. You gotta love how sports guys go straight for the butt when they are congratulating one another on a job well done. HMM. Mebbe I’ve been missing out on a level of male camaraderie in the sports world … we were never this grabby in marching band. Ah well. In any event, congrats and love goes out to our dear David Beckham on his first goal for AC Milan. Again, I say Woot!

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What’s Got Jake Gyllenhaal Lookin’ So Serious?

What up, dude?

Here are a couple pics of a dour-looking Jake Gyllenhaal making his way to his car after doing a bit of unsuccessful shopping at APC in West Hollywood, CA yesterday afternoon. This is the first time in quite some time that we’ve seen Jake out in public without the knit cap that he’s been so fond of wearing in recent weeks (like HERE, HERE and HERE). Could it be that Jake is sad that he had to cut his Prince of Persia hair? Could he be sad that the weather has gotten chilly in SoCal? Could he be sad at the news that Reese Witherspoon was said to have spent a lotta money on new lingerie that he might have to endure?


Reese Witherspoon reportedly spent £656 on lingerie during a recent trip to the UK. The actress picked up the garments at a store which also sells sex toys, while shopping with her boyfriend Jake Gyllenhaal. A source told More: “She bought two Trudie camisoles for £199 each and two pairs of Trudie shorts at £129 each, in two different colours – blush pink and grey. Reese was lovely, chatty and down to earth, while Jake couldn’t stop smiling.”

Jake couldn’t stop smiling, huh? Uh huh. Well, whatever put that serious face on our dear Jakey poo, I do hope that he cheer up soon. He much to hot to be so growly.

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David’s ‘Going Away’ Party

The TV Guide

Surprise! I’m in NYC this weekend ;) I decided to fly out to NYC on Friday afternoon to make a surprise appearance at David’s Going Away Party which was held here in the West Village last night. After surprising David, we decided to keep the news quiet so that we could surprise his friends as well … everything went off without a hitch and a grand time was had by all. I took more Polaroids than digital but here are some of the photos that I snapped last night:


David’s bit party was held in the back room at Sweetie Pie, this fab new place on Greenwich Ave. The food and drink was divine (I believe absinthe was had, even) and everyone had a great time saying goodbye to David. I love his friends so much … and I really appreciate that they don’t hate me for taking him away to LA. My time here in NY is short, I fly back to LA in a couple of hours. I know I mentioned many times that I was looking forward to no more flying but I had to make one last exception to be with David for his party.

Next weekend, he flies out to LA to live with me forever :)

David and I are gonna try and meet up with his sisters for a quick brunch before I have to fly back home. Hope your weekend has been fun and full of surprises ;)

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Hot Dude Of The Week: Shane

Weekend Hotness

Huzzah! And Felicitations! It is time again to feast our eyes on the fabled Hot Dude of the Week … an enterprise that we undertake on a weekly basis in order to feast our eyes on the (usually scantily clad) made form … and this week is no exception. Say hello to Shane:

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Baby, it’s cold outside … so what better way to warm the cockles of one’s heart (among the cockles of other parts of one’s anatomy) than with a nice, mostly nekkid dude like Shane. I must say … Shane is quite a big boy … that’s some USDA prime beef right there. With all the work that she must have to undertake in the gym to get this beefy, well, I don’t blame him for showing off a little bit. At least we can enjoy the fruits of his labor as well ;) Enjoy!!

[Photo credit: All American Guys]

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The Olsen Twins Have Their Walk Of Fame Star Defaced!

Oh, the horror!

It would seem that PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has not eased up on their crusade against Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen‘s love of wearing fur. The twins are protested against by the animal rights group at public events but it appears that that is no longer enough. The twins’ star (along with that of Sharon Stone) on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has been defaced with the epithet FUR HAGS! … behold:


Stars of actresses Sharon Stone, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen on the Hollywood Walk of Fame have been smudged with the words “FUR HAGS!” by anti-fur campaigners. While Stone’s star, received in November 1995, was smeared with “OLD FUR HAG!”, the actress twins’ shared marker bared the words “FUR HAGS!”, reports the Daily Express. Many other celebrities, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Socialite Khloe Kardashian have previously found themselves at the centre of controversies for wearing fur. Activists supporting People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have been on their feet to discourage the use of fur and protest against the torture inflicted on animals under the name of fashion. And it has been commonplace to observe anti-fur demonstrations outside the A-listers’ signings and public appearances.

In addition to referring to the Olsens as Fur Hags, the animal rights group also refers to them as the Trollsen Twins … going so far as to set up a website where folks can play dress up with ghastly cartoon-versions of the girls on the site:

Dress Up The Trollsen Twins!

It is NOT absolutely certain that PETA had anything at all to do with the defacement of these stars on the Walk of Fame but, judging by the term FUR HAGS!, it’s likely. At the very least, the grafitti was done by a PETA/animal rights sympathizer … or mebbe just a hater.

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Hilary Duff & Mike Comrie Vacay In The Bahamas

PDA Alert

Here are a few very cute, very sweet photos of lovebirds Hilary Duff and Mike Comrie. The popstar/actress and meaty hockey player made their way down to enjoy the tropically warm Bahaman islands this weekend and were spied doing a whole lotta canoodling and cooing with one another … can’t you feel the lurve?


You will note in the third pic, Hilary plants a tender kiss on Mike‘s hunky chest as they waited for their car to be brought around by the valet. Altogether now, AWWWWWWWWWWWW! They do make a very sweet couple together … it’s so nice to see that they’ve managed to keep things together, without any hint of incident, over the past couple of years. I had my doubts that Hila-rie would stay together for the long haul … but here they are, continuing to long haul ;) It’s not totally clear how long these two will be on vacay together but I hope they’re able to enjoy themselves down there for a while longer. They look happy and so in lurve. Do it up, Hila-rie! Enjoy!!

[Photo credit: Splash News]

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Roberty Downey, Jr. Shops NYC With His Wife

Looks faboo while doing so

Actor and all-around sexpot Robert Downey, Jr. was spied on the streets of NYC this weekend doing a bit of dining in the West Village and a bit of shopping in the Meat Packing District with his lovely/lucky wife Susan Downey. Oh look, it appears that RDJ picked himself up a fabulous find and looked proud to show off his new shopping bag:


Yes, Rob … that bag does make you look fabulous. When last we saw RDJ he was gettin’ all bromantic with his director Guy Ritchie as the men left the Brooklyn, NY Sherlock Holmes movie set (body in body). You don’t see much of RDJ with his wife, tho … I mean, she does look lovely but I think he looks much happier when he’s with his bros Guy and Jude Law. Irregardless of who he’s with, it’s always a pleasure to see RDJ out and about.

[Photo credit: Splash News]

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Prince Harry & Chelsy Davy Are Dunzo!

They're over, again

Sad news of heartbreak coming out of the British Royal Family this weekend … the famed romance between Prince Harry (third in line for the crown) and his long-time girlfriend Chelsy Davy is kaput. The couple broke off their fairly extensive relationship while on holiday together and have confirmed the split to the world … and get this … it she who broke up with him! As a result, they’re dunzo, y’all!


Britain’s Prince Harry and his Zimbabwe-born girlfriend Chelsy Davy, 23, are calling it quits after five years, a palace source confirms to PEOPLE. The 24-year-old prince parted amicably with Davy, a post-graduate law student at Leeds University, three weeks after the couple spent a romantic holiday together in the Indian Ocean nation of Mauritius. “They are remaining friends,” says the royal source. “There have been all sorts of reasons given [for the split] but suffice it to say they felt that it had run its course.” According to the British newspaper News of the World, Davy, the daughter of a millionaire safari operator, made the decision to break up after tiring of the prince’s playboy antics. The pair met through mutual friends in 2004 and conducted a long-distance relationship for three years while Davy studied at a university in Cape Town, South Africa, and Harry was enrolled at Britain’s Sandhurst military academy. Last week, Harry – who recently came under fire for uttering racist comments caught on videotape – began a new phase of his military career, a 2½-year course with the Army Air Corps in helicopter pilot training.

Aww … sadness. I cannot imagine that it is very easy to be married to a Prince but, then again, I think I’d do everything that I could do to make it work because, after all, he’s an effing Prince! If memory serves, Harry and Chelsy broke up before (mebbe they were on a break?) and they managed to put their relationship back together. Now that Harry is taking on more military responsibilities, it sounds like Chelsy took all could stands and just can stands no more. Something tells me that these two will find their way back to one another. Mebbe when Chelsy finds out that its really difficult to find other hawt Princes to date? Mebbe when Harry finds out that it’s really difficult to find hawt chicks he can trust? In any event, the couple are splitsville now … which is sad. I quite liked them together … but, again, I won’t be surprised if they reconnect one day soon.

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The Winner Of ‘Bromance’ Reveals That He Is The Winner Of ‘Bromance’

ATTENTION: SPOILER ALERT WARNING

The competitive MTV reality TV series Bromance is still a few weeks away from revealing which lucky guy won the big prize of becoming a member of Brody Jenner‘s entourage (along with his very own LA penthouse bachelor pad) but the winner of the competition is already blabbing to anyone who will listen that he is the winner:


In order to NOT SPOIL the fun for those of you who don’t want to know, I’ll keep the reveal behind the cut. But, if you just can’t wait to find out which male contestant is telling the world that he is Brody‘s new brofriend then keep reading. After the jump, find out who the winner is … More »

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Britney Spears Hits The Road In A New, Smaller Car

Safety first?

Here are a couple photos of Britney Spears driving around SoCal in her tiny new Mitsubishi sports car:


While I realize that Britney is gettin’ better by the day (we hope) and is no longer a danger to herself or others (we pray), I must admit that I still get a bit anxious when I see her behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. I’m even more concerned when she’s behind the wheel of such a small motor vehicle. Those tiny cars don’t really do well when the smash into larger, tank-like cars. I’m sure the Department of Motor Vehicles would not give a driver’s license to our dear Britney if they felt she wasn’t a safe driver (after all, they don’t just give those things out to anyone, right?) so I guess there should be no cause for concern … but … welll … I think I’d prefer it if her body guard was the one driving.

[Photo credit: X17]

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‘Til All Are One …’

The TV Guide

I am very happy to report that I have nothing to report. My activities yesterday were pretty much relegated to the seated position, tho there was a bit of snacking here and there. I got a lot of my TV watchin’ accomplished yesterday and settled in to watch the original 1985 Transformers The Movie:


I make time every now and again to watch this amazing animated movie from my youth. I remember that Transformers The Movie was the first video I rented from a mom and pop video rental shop when we got our first VCR. I went with my dad and convinced him to let the video store give me my own rental card that allowed me to rent R-rated movies. It was quite a coup, one that my mother never knew about. Ah … memories. Anyways … truth be told, I still get a little choked up when I watch this movie. It was the first time that I heard swear words in a cartoon (shit, damn it and hell — in decreasing order of intensity) and was the first time I felt pangs of sadness (at the death of Optimus Prime) and validation (when Rodimus Prime defeated Unicron with the Autobot Matrix of Leadership) from an animated film. Yeah. Good times.

Other than that, tho, my day/night was very uneventful. I fell asleep before I could watch Battlestar Galactica (so no spoilers, please) … but I think I’ll save watching the new ep for later. I have more stuff to take care of today. Ah weekend, I do love thee.

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Here is this week’s batch of photos sent in by Pink is the new Blog readers. This week we have a few submissions from folks who made their way out to Washington DC for President Obama‘s Inauguration or celebrated at home, plus a couple of regular Pink reader pics — Courtney and friend send in a photo in front of the National Capitol building in DC this week — Crystal and her mother from Laredo, TX also attended this week’s inaugural activities … the ladies attended the Texas Black Tie and Boots Ball and were able to be seated close enough to watch President Obama take the oath of office — Susan and Julia send in a pic from the We Are One pre-inaugural concert that was held last Sunday — Megan from Pingree Grove, IL sends in an ADORABLE photo that she snapped on Inauguration Day as her students watched the Presidential Inauguration on TV … the two boys who are the main focus of the pic are second graders at Cambridge Lakes Charter SchoolGenevieve sends in a pic that she snapped in San Francisco, CA of the Bush St. sign that someone changed to read ObamaMolly from St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN sends in a pic of a few Twin Cities girls from the College of Saint Catherine, the largest all woman’s Catholic college in the US — Diana sends in a pic that she snapped in Vegas for the 2nd Anniversary of her 25th Birthday (she says she’s stopped counting past 25, which I TOTES understand):


As always, much love and thanks for all the amazing photos. I really love the Inauguration Day photos, thank you for sharing your fun with all of us. So many great photos keep comin’ in but I, as you know, I can’t always post them all at the same time. Trust me, I hang on to them and try to post them at some point. Thank you for continuing to send in your fun photos … they are always a joy. xoxox

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Clive Owen Hits The Caribbean Beach

Brings the sexy

While many folks are just now settling back into their work routines after enjoying somewhat extended vacation time over the holidays a few weeks ago, folks like Clive Owen are just now getting around to enjoying some vacay time … and, boy, am I ever grateful. Here are a few pics of hottie Clive maxin’ and relaxin’ on a beach in the Caribbean as he raises the roof and then settles back to soak up the rays:


I love that Clive knows how to accessorize on the beach, he looks great, yes? Clive is one of those subtle sex symbols … you don’t really think about him all that much and then he’ll show up in a film wearing a particularly sharp suit, you’ll hear his accent or you’ll see him half-nekkid on the beach and then PING! it hits you. Clive Owen should spend more time at the beach … here’s hoping his stay in the Caribbean is a nice and long one.

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JC Chasez Likes To Stay Physically Fit

Not really sure why

JC Chasez, former member of the currently disbanded boyband N*Sync and pointless judge on the MTV dance competition series America’s Best Dance Crew, was spied doing a bit of working out at a gym in Hollywood, CA yesterday …


… and by the looks of the faces he was makin’ all the while, it appears that he was pretty serious about gettin’ the job done. I suppose it’s a good idea that he keep up with his work out regimen even tho he’s not really being required to show off his physique … I mean, that N*Sync reunion (that you *know* he’s been prayin’ for for the past few years) is bound to come callin’ sometime soon. JC, as I mentioned, is the judge on MTV‘s ABDC who always manages to annoy the hell out of me. He tries to be the “Simon Cowell” of the judges (thereby making Lil’ Mama the much saner but not anymore coherent “Paula Abdul” and Shane Sparks the “Randy Jackson” [without all the yo dawgs]) and fails miserably. His meanness would be bearable if he ever offered any good advice to the competators … but I’m totally digressing. Folks don’t get to hear much from JC anymore so … meh, I guess he’s worth talking about every once-in-a -while. This should tide us over for the next few years, I think.

[Photo credit: X17]

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Pete & Ashlee Simpson-Wentz Film Scenes For ‘CSI: NY’

Lights! Camera! Distraction!

Last week we learned that the happily married couple made up of Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz signed on to make a guest appearance on the hit CBS series CSI: NY. This is the first bit of professional work that Ashlee has signed on for since she gave birth to the couple’s firstborn child Bronx Mowgli last November. The ep that Ashl33n will appear in airs on March 18 … but the couple were spotted the show’s LA street set last night … here are a few pics:


According to sources, the pair will not be playing themselves on this guest appearance. I understand that they will be playing Bonnie & Clyde-like hoodlums who tangle with the CSIs and, undoubtedly, have their evil plans foiled in the end. It’s been a while since we’ve seen Ashlee on TV (has she done any scripted television since her 7th Heaven days?) but Pete guest starred in the latest episode of Privileged (which aired this past week). I’m just relieved that Pete opted out of wearing those hideous boots he was spied wearing earlier this week (you know the boots I’m talking about). Hopefully he’s gotten rid of those fugly things otherwise Hollywood may stop calling ;)

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Victoria Beckham Likes Her Fake Fur To Look Really Real

Real or no real?

Vicki B., who is finally making her way back home to the US after a quick trip to Milan, Italy to ensure that her husband David Beckham is behaving himself … and to attend a few Milan Fashion Week shows, made a grand arrival at the Milan Airport yesterday wearing a very ostentatious and awfully lifelike fur coat that is supposedly faux. Here are a couple pics of VB and her coat, which really does resemble the dead carcass of a once-living animal, making her way into the airport … looks real, huh?


I mean, I suppose if one were in the mood to wear a faux fur coat, one would want said coat to look as lifelike (deadlike?) as possible … otherwise, why go for the look in the first place. I can’t say that I find the fur (fake or not) very attractive cuz, as I mentioned above, it really does look like she’s wearing a splayed, yet fluffy dead animal around her neck and shoulders. But, I’m sure, we can take comfort in the knowledge that the fur coat is genuinely faux. In regards to the massively oversized purse …


… Yeah, that would be a bona fide, authentic Hefty bag.

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Sienna Miller Claims Her Boobs Are Fake, Her Director Disagrees

She said/He said regarding the new movie 'G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra'

Sienna Miller is back in the goss news again but this time it has nothing to do with any philandering with the still-married Balthazar Getty OR the very-married Cillian Murphy. This time, she’s making headlines regarding her new film G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra … imagine that. According to Sienna, she was approached by G.I. Joe director Stephen Sommers to amplify her breast region (with prosthetic breast enhancers that she described as looking like a couple of “chicken fillets”) so that she could more fully fill out her skin-tight Baroness costume, allegedly telling her “I like girls with big boobs”. Somers is refuting that claim and tells Entertainment Weekly that he said no such thing and that everything you see of her boob region in the film is all Sienna Miller. Honestly, I kinda believe Sienna on this one:


Stephen Sommers (The Mummy) tells EW that he did not insist that Sienna Miller’s breasts be enhanced for his forthcoming action movie G.I. Joe. A widely circulated news story quotes the British actress (pictured, in G.I. Joe) as saying that, in the film, she wears, “a tight black leather outfit. And much bigger boobs…. They gave me these things that looked like chicken fillets. The director said, ‘I’m gonna be honest, I like girls with big boobs,’ and I don’t have them so we made them bigger…. At least he’s honest. But I was mildly offended.” Sommers says he was aware of the story –- we suppose you could say he kept abreast of the situation -– but claims it is untrue. “Everybody here laughed because they know I would NEVER say that to an actress,” says the filmmaker. “I guess the costume department gave her a tight fitting bra, but no one gave her rubber breasts or whatever. It is 100 percent Sienna Miller.”

HMMM. Do I believe that Stephen Somers is a misgynistic pig? No. Do I believe that he prolly insisted that Sienna’s breasts be enhanced for the film … yes, I do. G.I. Joe is marketed to young men and is based on the comic book ideal that all women have enormously plump and perky breasts at all times. I gotta say that, despite his claims to the contrary, I can absolutely believe that the “chicken fillets” were forced on Sienna Miller. After all, why in the world would she make such a claim in the first place if it weren’t true? Nothing about what she said paints her in a particularly positive light. While I do believe that Somers (or someone high up on the food chain) insisted on the amplification, I can see why he (or they) would not want a story like this to get out. It’s one of the oldest games in Hollywood — women are objectified.

In other G.I. Joe news, Somers (prolly really trying to change the subject of Sienna‘s alleged fake boobs) reveals that he was inspired by the underwater fight scene in the James Bond film Thunderball and that he put in an even more epic underwater fight scene in his new movie, saying:

“In a very contemporary way, G.I. Joe is inspired by the memory of the kind of movies I saw when I was younger. I remember being in the theater for Thunderball and the big underwater battle at the end of that movie just blew my socks off. In G.I. Joe, there’s an underwater battle under the polar icecap that’s Thunderball times 10!”

This is good news, I think. I wonder who will be fighting who underwater. I wonder if there’ll be any male enhancements featured in the film as a result. Mebbe we’ll be hearing that Channing Tatum was asked to stuff a “banana”-like thing in his tight underwater pants for effect. I can’t wait to see and make that determination for myself.

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Jennifer Lopez Does Spanish ‘Marie Claire’ Magazine

!Ole!

La Diva Latina, who was seen making the rounds in Washington DC earlier this week to celebrate the inauguration of our new president, Ms. Jennifer Lopez is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Spanish Marie Claire magazine. The coverstory headline reads, La Mama Mas Sexy Del Mundo or The Sexiest Mom in the World … here is her coverphoto:


I understand that J. Lo was photographed in fashions by Dolce & Gabbana by Max Cardelli and dishes to the mag about the new as-yet-untitled new album that she is working on. Finding inspiration in her twin babies (who turn 1 year old this Spring), Lopez confesses to the mag that she brings Max and Emme into the studio with her when she’s recording. I’ve yet to find an English translation of the interview but I believe that Spanish readers can find the mag on newsstands now. After the jump, check out the photos that accompany this informative coverstory … More »

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Bromance On The Set Of ‘Sherlock Holmes’

Get a room!

Director Guy Ritchie and film star Robert Downey, Jr. were lookin’ quite the cozy pair on the Brooklyn, NY set of Sherlock Holmes yesterday … the guys were literally joined at the hip as they greeted photogs in one another’s arms … behold:


Mebbe the guys were off to braid one another’s hair and paint one another’s toenails … or mebbe something more serious. Whatever the case may be, they do make a very handsome couple. The only thing missing from this equation that would make for a hawtter sight would be big injection of Jude’stache — right betwixt these two strapping dudes. HMMM. And suddenly, I’m having all sorts of naughty images of master detective Sherlock Holmes and his able-bodied assistant/side-kick Dr. Watson doing really bad things with long, curvy smoking pipes and things. Yeah, didn’t mean to take things there … let’s digress. I’m sure Guy and Robert were just heading off to separate destinations and were only hugging one another goodbye … as some men do at the end of a long, hard day of work. EEP! I have to stop now.

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Shia LaBeouf Shows His Furry Face

Not quite a porn'stache ... but close

Earlier today we saw a few photos of Shia LaBeouf proudly walking the streets of SoCal with a large paper bag covering his entire head. I commented that of the dudes in Hollywood (unlike Marc Anthony), Shia is not the kind of person you’d want to see with his head hidden by a paper bag … which is why I’m happy to post these other new photos of an unpaperbagless yet much facially haired Shia enjoying a nice lunch with a few friends at Papoo’s Hot Dog Show in Burbank, CA … check ‘em out:


Now that’s more like it … and while I wouldn’t necessarily classify his facial hair in the porn’stache genus, I do think it is of the same family. The beard and ‘stache give him a bit of a mature look … which works for him. And now that he’s boldly going out sans paper bag, well, we can take notice and admire. He does still look a bit sad in the third pic … looks like he could use a hug. Anyone out there willing to help him out with that?

[Photo credit: X17]

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Off The Radar

The TV Guide

I’m calling an early weekend today … I am planning on getting work done as soon as possible today so that I can officially get my grand weekend plans started … plans that include a whole lotta nothin’, coupled with a heap load of nada. The forecast is for a chillly, wet weekend and I am really not interested in participating. Sorry, Mother Nature, ain’t gonna have it. Instead, I’ll prolly be quietly taking care of biz here at home … packing, cleaning, reading, etc. Next weekend is my big move and I’m hoping to conserve as much energy as I can so that I’ll be ready for the stress.

It is my sincere hope that all y’all have yourself a truly fabulous weekend, no matter where you are and what you’ve got planned. As for me, I’m gonna keep it plain and simple. Sometimes, boring is best.

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NY has a new Senator, Kelly O in rehab again, 'The Hills' gettin' sued for being fake
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More Photos Of Lindsay Lohan For Fornarina

Another batch of hotness

Early this month we got our first look at the first batch of photos that feature Lindsay Lohan in the new Spring/Summer ’09 ad campaign for Italian fashion house Fornarina … and today we get to feast our eyes on a few more photos from that same campaign … check ‘em out:


These new photos are just small number of the many photos that were snapped for his ad campaign. Whether or not the entire batch will ever be published in actual magazines remains to be seen. Coupled with the first few that we saw a few weeks ago, these new photos add to the richness of the campaign, I think. Click HERE to see the entire batch of photos from this photoshoot campaign (leaked to the Interwebs thus far) and decide which one you like best. Whether or not these photos will inspire you to dress yourself in Fornarina is up to you … but I’m sure Lindsay and the design company would prefer it if you did. Are you sold?

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‘The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button’ Premieres In France

Brangelina celebrate their Academy Award nominations (I think)

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, who each received acting nominations from the Motion Picture Academy early Thursday morning, were both on hand at the Gaumont Marignan in Paris to attend the French premiere of Brad‘s movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (for which he was nominated) later in the day. Brangelina both expressed their excitement at the news of their matching noms, tho you wouldn’t necessarily know it by looking at them on the red carpet last night:


Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie may want to dust off the mantle and make room for matching his and her Oscar trophies after picking up Best Actor and Best Actress nominations Thursday. Pitt, whose film, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button collected 13 Oscar nods, including Best Picture, called the nominations “a great honor for the movie,” while giving props to his director. “I’m especially happy for David Fincher, for without him there would be no Ben Button,” said Pitt, who was last nominated for a supporting role in Twelve Monkeys in 1996. Oscars aside, Changeling star Jolie also had words of gratitude for her director: Working with Clint Eastwood “was a reward in itself that will last me a lifetime,” she said. Yet, the actress is still humbled about her nomination for her role as a mother whose son goes missing in Changeling. “To receive a nomination from the Academy on top of that is a privilege beyond any expectation,” she said Thursday. “It has been an exceptional year for acting, and I am honored to be in the company of these talented actors whose performances all deserve this recognition.”

Personally, neither Ange nor Brad are my picks for their categories — I’d have to go with Meryl Streep in Doubt and either Sean Penn in Milk or Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler — but I’m sure they are both very happy to each be nominated for the highest acting award in Hollywood. They’ve attended a few big Award Shows together this season already but have, thus far, gone home empty handed. I fear that they may leave the Oscars empty handed as well (except for those sweet ass nominee gift bags, those have to get some lurve). I do not believe that Benjamin Button will be completely shut out and I wouldn’t be shocked if Clint Eastwood took home the directing prize but I don’t really think these movies will be the big winners of the night. Fortunately, we won’t have to wait long to find out … the Academy Awards air just under a month from now on February 22. Place your bets now, who do YOU think will walk away with little golden statues next month?

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Gisele Bündchen Reveals That She Is NOT Engaged To Tom Brady

Contrary to second report of an engagement, Gisele says it's not so

First we heard that Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady got engaged around Xmas, then we learned that they did NOT get engaged around Xmas. Early last week, we learned from the usually impeccable People magazine that the couple finally did get engaged and were planning to be wed in Costa Rica sometime this year. WELL … according to Gisele Bündchen, who would kinda be the one to know about any engagments going on, she and Tom ARE NOT ENGAGED to be wed after all:


Ten days ago, People reported Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady were engaged for real. And we believed them, because it’s hard not to trust a magazine that’s — in all seriousness — quite well-reported, yet also so colorful. But Gisele told Brazilian magazine Caras she’s not engaged after all. The Boston Herald reports: “I don’t know how people are so creative,” said Gi, who was back home in Brazil for São Paulo Fashion Week. “First they said he proposed to me in a plane. Imagine, it was Dec. 24, Christmas, we were flying to Boston, then there was some champagne and we celebrated the date. Ready? Someone deduced I was getting engaged! I received more than 100 e-mails from friends commenting about the proposal. Now there’s a new rumor, that he proposed to me on last Friday [sic]. I wasn’t even there, how can that be true?” But all hope that the most beautiful people in the world will legally solidify their eternal happiness in each other’s fatless arms is not lost. Gisele said she plans to marry Tom one day, but a date hasn’t been set. And as for that big, fashionista wedding People’s sources suggested we hold out for? Don’t count on it. Also, contrary to rumors, Costa Rica might not be the wedding locale: “This talk of Costa Rica must be for the fact I have a house there,” she said. “I don’t know yet if it’s going to be here or in another country, but what I know is that it’s going to be something small, a simple ceremony. I don’t like parties, I prefer something more intimate, just for the closest people.” Fine. Dash our dreams. Gisele added she hopes to raise her kids in Brazil one day, though now her life is in the U.S. (where it belongs, ahem). But interestingly, Tom Brady has never even been to Brazil, and can’t travel down there now to be with Gisele, who’s walking in Sao Paulo Fashion Week, because he’s injured and his doctors won’t allow it. They’ve been together how long and he hasn’t been to Brazil? Quick! Someone start a rumor that they’re on the rocks because he refuses to go home with her.

OMG, I’m so seriously over it already. At this point, after TWO incorrect engagement reports, I’m not going to believe that the couple are getting married until either I hear it from them directly or until the wedding photos come out. Period. Even tho People magazine rarely gets these sort of things wrong and doesn’t ever (in my estimation) make up stories just for publicity, I was a bit suspicious that their report contained no official confirmations from either Gisele or Tom and/or their reps. That was the the one sticky wicket that gave me pause when their report came out last week. No engagement, not yet … mebbe not ever … who the hell knows. If I were you, I’d take back that toaster you may have picked up for the pair at your local Crate & Barrel.

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Shia LaBeouf Brown Bags It

You'll have to trust me on this one

Shia LaBeouf didn’t seem to be having a particularly good day yesterday … mebbe it was the rainy weather making him feel down (you will note his hand cast is wrapped in a plastic bag, presumable to keep it dry from the rain), mebbe it was because he still can’t have his driver’s license reinstated (because he refused to take a breathalyzer test) after he flipped his truck in that car accident last year (which resulted in the injury and subsequent surgeries on his hand, which requires he wear a cast that needs to be protected from the aforementioned rain) … or mebbe he was just feelin’ a bit unpretty. Whatever the reason, Shia made his way home from the store, where he picked up a couple cans of Arizona Tea, with a large paper bag covering his head:


You know, there are quite a few celebs that would benefit greatly from having a big, brown bag covering their face from public view (but Marc Anthony shall remain nameless) … Shia is not one of those people. We all know that Shia does tend to get shy when the paps are around and mebbe he thought that covering his face (well, his entire head) with a paper bag would throw them off his trail. In any event, the hand cast is a dead giveaway … so he really shouldn’t worry about trying to venture out incognito. The least he could do is find himself a proper mask to wear .. I’m sure he could borrow one from one of Michael Jackson‘s children.

[Photo credit: X17]

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Clay Aiken & Reed Kelly Pose For Cute Photobooth Pictures

So happy together

Early last month, we learned that Clay Aiken started up a romantic relationship with fellow Broadway thespian Reed Kelly … his first boyfriend since coming out of the closet on the cover of People magazine last September. Once we found out who Clay was dating, we also were treated with a few photos that gave hints as to what attracted Clay to Reed in the first place (bendy = good). Today we get to check out a batch of really cute photobooth pictures of the couple in all sorts of adorable poses which were taken at the closing night party for Spamalot (the Broadway musical that brought the lovebirds together) in NYC:


Firstly, I’m glad to see that the boys are still happily together. These pics are really very cute … even tho they don’t really look that well-matched to me. The cardigan and bow tie combo would look hawt on most guys … on Clay, well, it’s not hot. The kissy photos are just sickeningly adorable. But, I think the most telling photo about the relationship between these two is the last photo … Clay is on top. Yeah, I don’t think we really need to discuss that fact any further, wouldn’t you agree? In any event, I do like this set of photos … it’s really great to see Clay looking so happy. He finally looks truly happy — and I am happy for him.

[thanks Ashley]

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Pete Wentz Likes To Wear Ashlee Simpson’s Boots

I hope

Lord have mercy on my soul … what do I see here? Pete Wentz was spotted at LAX Airport yesterday afternoon and he was wearing … um … he was wearing … a pair of … well … see for yourself:


Now, I love me some Pete … I really do. I’ve met him on a few occasions and I’d say we’re pretty friendly. But, I simply cannot offer any sort of endorsement for this … look. Not only are the boots absolutely hideous but they look especially atrocious on him. Seriously, what the eff could he be thinking by going out in public like this? My best guess is that all of his footwear was totally destroyed in a massive fire and every single shoe store between his home and the airport was completely devoid of men’s shoes … leaving him with the only recourse to wear the only pair of wife Ashlee Simpson‘s shoes that weren’t destroyed in the aforementioned fire which, incidentally, destroyed every other pair of her footwear as well. That is the only explanation … that or he lost his damn mind. You decide.

[Photo credit: Bauer-Griffin]

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Kanye West Denies That He Is Bisexual, Porn Star

I knew it was too good to be true

Kanye West posted a new post on his official blog to publicly deny claims that he is willing to star in a pornographic film, even if it means “appearing” with other men in the vid. The claims stemmed from an anonymous post published on the site AllHipHop.com (which has since been removed) that claimed that Kanye gave an interview to David Watts and explained that he would be open to appearing in porn. He was reportedly quoted as saying:

“I know people will find that as another thing to hate me on, but fuck it. I’m open to doing porn. Hell, I’ll even do bisexual scenes – myself, another man and a woman, or just me and two women. I know people will find that as some weird but I am who I am.”

After this quote made its way around the Internets, Kanye finally caught wind of it and immediately posted a message on his blog to deny the quote came from him. Here is the full text of Kanye‘s denial … as always all spelling & grammatical errors (and obnoxious CAPS) are his own:


YOOOO WHY WON’T YOU LET ME BE GREAT!!! I HAD THE TWO GREATEST DAYS OF MY LIFE AND WHEN I GET BACK FROM THE LOUIE SHOW I READ SOME SHIT CLAIMING I SAID I’M DOWN TO DO PORN AND SOME BISEXUAL PORN!!!! I CAN’T BELIEVE THE AVN WOULD POST FIRST PEOPLE BELIEVED THE TWITTER/STEVEN COLBERT THING, ROLLING STONE EVEN PRINTED IT!!!! NOW SOMEBODY HAS BEEN HACKING INTO MY MYSPACE AND SOMEBODY’S ACTUALLY HACKED INTO MY PERSONAL GMAIL ACCOUNT AND HAS BEEN EMAILING PEOPLE FROM IT… HEY WORLD I NO LONGER HAVE A GMAIL! I FOUND OUT I HAD TWELVE UNAUTHORIZED SKYPE ACCOUNTS UNDER MY NAME!!! THIS ALL IN THE PAST FOUR DAYS. WELCOME TO KANYE WEST WORLD! …. IT’S NOT OFFICIAL. I JUST GAVE THE PERFORMANCE OF MY LIFETIME FOR OUR NEW PRESIDENT … THEN I FLEW TO PARIS AND THEY DEBUTED MY NEW SHOES THAT I DESIGNED WITH LOUIE VUITTON WHICH WAS A DREAM COME TRUE. PLEASE I BEG YOU, GIVE ME A BREAK!!!!! PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LET ME BE GREAT!!! WHO HAVE I HURT SO BAD THAT THEY WANT TO DESTROY ME? WHO HAVE I EVER SPOKE ABOUT SO NEGATIVELY? I JUST WAS SPEAKING WITH OUR NEW PRESIDENT TWO DAYS AGO… AND NOW THIS…. SIDEBAR… NEVER TAKE A PICTURE FROM MY OBAMA PERFORMANCE AND PUT IT NEXT TO A BS QUOTE LIKE THAT! THAT’S IN POOR TASTE! THAT UNDERMINES WHAT MY CONTRIBUTION TO THAT EVENT WAS AND SLAPS EVERYBODY WHO FELT UPLIFTED BY THAT PERFORMANCE IN THE FACE! A PICTURE SAYS A THOUSAND WORDS… LOOK HOW FRESH MY SUIT IS… NUFF SAID!

Um, OK. I have to say, I had a bit of respect for the chap when I thought the comments were from him. Not that I approve or would even want to see a porno with Kanye West in it … but I thought it was really cool of him to be so open and honest. I even bought the bit about him being cool about “performing” with another man. Again, not an image that I want to dwell on but, still, I was impressed. I suppose it was too good to be true for Kanye to be this open about something like this. Honestly, I think he took the news of this rumor very well … I’ve read previous posts where he really went off on much less controversial matters. Mebbe he’s not so against a career in porn after all? What do y’all think … should Kanye West take up porn?

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Josh Duhamel Enjoys His Honeymoon Sans Fergie

Is the honeymoon over already?

Here are a few photos of the newly married Josh Duhamel playing a bit of golf in the Caribbean where he and new wife Fergie Ferg are currently enjoying their extended honeymoon together … tho it appears that Ferg is not a golf fan cuz she was nowhere to be seen:


Some couples rarely leave the honeymoon suite when they are newly wed … that appears not to be the case for Josh and Fergie (should we call them Jergie Jerg?). HMMM. Mebbe it’s just a matter where Josh prefers to play with himself rather than with his new wife? I’m just sayin’ ;)

[Photo credit: Splash News]

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‘Star Trek’ Dolls Are On The Way

Both the boy and the girl variety

JJ Abrams‘s much anticipated Star Trek prequel movie hits theaters this Spring and the movie tie-in merch is already on the way. A new batch of action figures (ie. boys’ toys) have been created to correspond with the major characters in the movie as well as a batch of Barbie dolls (ie. girls’ toys) created in the vague likenesses of a select few ST characters … this way, both boys and girls (of all ages) can get in on the fun of playing with their fave Star Trek characters. First up the boys’ toys action figures:


A new Star Trek film without new toys would be, as Spock might say, highly illogical. So action figures and other items are beaming down to stores in advance of the J.J. Abrams-directed film, opening May 8. The Playmates Toys’ products, in stores starting April 19, are part of a marketing mission that includes Mattel Barbie collector dolls (Kirk, Spock and Uhura), trading cards, radio-controlled spaceships and board games. The action figures re-energize a franchise that “helped prove figures based on science-fiction properties not directly created with kids in mind were a viable market,” says Cliff Annicelli of Playthings magazine. “They paved the way for the development of what today is a cottage industry for collectible toys targeted primarily towards adult males.” The starring triumvirate of Kirk, Spock and McCoy will be available in 3¾-inch ($7), 6-inch ($9-$10) and 12-inch ($30) models. Also available will be figures of the original Spock, who meets the young Spock in a time anomaly. Other crewmembers will be available in the smaller sizes. Playsets include the Enterprise Bridge and Transporter Room. The goal: to “make the brand more accessible to not only existing fans but to a new generation,” says Liz Kalodner of CBS Consumer Products. “It’s important to us that we honor the iconic property for what it has contributed to American pop culture. Since this is a whole new take on the franchise, we followed (Abrams’) lead with a new approach including collectible features, new figure and vehicle scales, and new materials,” Playmates’ Paul Fish says.

Here is a photo of what the Star Trek Barbie dolls look like — check out Spock, Kirk and Uhura:


Form the press release: CBS Consumer Products has just released images of the eagerly anticipated Star Trek Barbie Dolls from Mattel. The dolls have been created mainly for collectors and are for ages 6+. The three dolls – Kirk, Spock, and Lieutenant Uhura – are modeled after the three actors playing the same roles in this summer’s blockbuster film STAR TREK hitting theatres on May 8th! The price point for the three dolls is $43.19. They will be on shelves April 20th. Mattel is distributing to Walmart and walmart.com, Barbiecollector.com and Barbie collector dealers. They are selling them as an assortment (but the dolls come individually wrapped, no two or three-packs). Select international markets will have the dolls as well.

Way to cover all the bases … these toys look kinda cool. If I were a bigger Trek fan, I might have to consider getting a few of these but now that I’ll be living with David … well, the time for childish things is over. Besides, there is no way David will let me fill our new home with too much stuff (junk, as he calls it ;) … but I’m sure there are a lot of fans/collectors out there who are very excited about this news.

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Lindsay Lohan, Samantha Ronson Headed For The Ivy League?

Just what was L. Ron doing at Harvard University?

Pink reader Paola sends in an interesting celeb sighting that I have to share with all y’all. I get a lot of unsubstantiated celeb sightings but I do not post them until (and if) photos come out afterward … BUT in this case, I’m making an exception. According to Paola, Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson were spotted at the Widener Library last night on the campus of Harvard University in Massachusetts:


Apparently, the ladies were seen (by the students studying in the library) being led into the reading library guided by Rose Schlossberg. Now, there is no way to know for sure if the L. Ron were actually at Harvard on Wednesday night but I had to post 1.) because the thought of Lindsay Lohan roaming the stacks at Harvard is pretty incredible and 2.) I’m glad to hear that L. Ron are still together. Mebbe Lindsay was researching a new movie role or mebbe one or both of the ladies are considering pursuing higher education … who knows, if Elle Woods can get it — why can’t L. Ron? But if either Lindsay or Samantha end up enrolling at Harvard, remember you heard it here first ;)

[thanks Paola]

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Mandy Moore Shows Off A Sassy, Shorter ‘Do

Why hello there, Mandy!

America’s sweetheart Mandy Moore has been out of the spotlight for the past few months, not really showing up on the celeb radar. Not since she famously dated DJ AM in 2007 and then started dating Ryan Adams at the start of this past Summer has Mandy really been “on the scene” … and I miss her! Mandy did surface this week here in LA to show off a new, shorter haircut as she shopped at Barney’s New York … take a look:


Sure, these pics aren’t all that exciting but it is nice to see her looking so well. This look is a very sophisticated one, I think, and it really suits her. I’d do away with the sensible shoes but overall, she looks great. I hope we get to see more of Mandy this year … and not because of who she’s dating. I’d rather have more interesting things to talk about than guys, haircuts and shopping.

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Remembering Heath Ledger

How has it been a year already?

This morning, the first thing that I did after I dragged myself out of bed was to log onto my computer and find out which films and actors were nominated for Academy Awards this year … then I scanned the news reports looking to see if Heath Ledger got nominated for his role in The Dark Knight (which he was). Then … I sadly remembered that it was one year ago today that we learned the horrible news that Heath had unexpectedly passed away. I cannot believe that it’s been an year already … it doesn’t seem like that much time has passed since Heath‘s death. I still recall the shock I felt at the news … something about his passing just touched so many people in a very surprising and profound way. This past summer’s release of The Dark Knight just drove home the point that the world lost an amazing actor in Heath Ledger. So while I’m very happy that he got his Academy nomination, I’m still very sad that he is no longer with us:


On Thursday, while comic book fans (and movie fans in general) across the globe celebrated Heath Ledger’s inevitable — and well-deserved — Best Supporting Actor nomination for “The Dark Knight,” January 22 also holds a more somber place in film history. One year before, to the day, news broke that Heath Ledger had tragically died of what would later be deemed as an accidental prescription-drug overdose. Usually — unless you’re a hard-core film buff — Academy Awards season means nothing except anticipation for outrageous red-carpet fashions or office pools featuring films that most of us haven’t even seen yet. But this year’s announcements had even casual moviegoers glued to TV sets and Internet streams, waiting to hear Ledger’s name called for a role that the actor clearly gave his all to. “It was an exhausting process,” Ledger explained to MTV News in November 2007. “I actually had quite a bit of time off between scenes — weeks sometimes. But it was required because whenever I was working, it exhausted me to the bone. At the end of the day, I couldn’t move. I couldn’t talk. I was absolutely wrecked. If I had to do that every day, I couldn’t have done what I did.” And that performance came through. After a posthumous win at this year’s Golden Globes, Ledger now stands as the arguable frontrunner against Philip Seymour Hoffman, Josh Brolin, Robert Downey Jr. and Michael Shannon. And it’s nearly impossible to find a story about the record-breaking, critically acclaimed “Dark Knight” in which Ledger’s name isn’t mentioned as the stand-out feature of the film. “Heath has given an incredible performance, a real definition of the character that I think will be incredibly memorable for years to come,” co-star Christian Bale of Ledger’s work as the Joker. “I want to do nothing but celebrate his work.” Granted, all of the Oscar nominees deserve praise for their efforts in their given categories, but it’s clear that Hollywood — and the film world in general — will be buzzing about Ledger in the weeks leading up to the February 22 ceremony. Win or lose — a gifted actor with years of potential still ahead of him was taken from us far too early.

I find it very curious that Heath and Philip Seymour Hoffman are, once again, going head to head for the Academy Award. As you may recall, they faced off against one another in the Best Actor category back in 2007 (Heath for his work in Brokeback Mountain, Philip for his work in Capote). Back then, Philip went home with the prize … this year, my money’s on Heath. The saddest thing about Heath‘s death, at least for us fans, is that we will only get to see him in one more film (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus — the film he was working on when he died) … and then never again. Fans have been leaving flowers in front of the building where Heath died on mark this sad anniversary:


I cannot imagine the pain that his family must still be feeling just a short year after his death. While they must be appreciative, I’m sure all of these accolades are small comfort when compared to his passing. I, for one, still vividly remember and mourn his loss. I want him to win the Oscar. But, win or lose, I will still always remember him and cherish his work.

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Here In An Instant

The TV Guide

Yesterday was LA’s last full day of warmth, at least for a little while, because as I type this post this noontime the rain is pattering against my window … slowly cooling down the temps around here. You know, it’s actually OK with me … we’ve had a great run of high 80 degree weather so I don’t mind the cooling down. Mebbe I’ll get to wear my new knit hat with a ball (which is, apparently, all the rage these days) on it sometime this weekend … HMMM. I spent some of yesterday playing around with my Polaroid Instant Camera, which I’ve been very fond of lately, snapping pics of my apartment and neighborhood. It won’t be long now before David and I make the move to our new home together so I’m trying to capture some memories in my current apartment while I can. I’m happy to report that the makers of the Poladroid program finally released a Windows version of their software, which allows any computer user to turn their digital photos into virtual Polaroid photos:


Additionally, I’ve been reading a few of the Polaroid books that I’ve procured recently (including a couple of books that were given to me by David for Xmas) for inspiration. I even snapped a couple of self-portraits in the same vein as Andy Warhol, the famous pop artist who was a big fan of Polaroid photography:


My photos aren’t nearly as good as Warhol‘s (obvs) but I’m having fun with the medium anyway. I must say, with each photo that I take I feel another pang of sadness that the Polaroid company has ceased production of their instant film. I pray that The Impossible Project is successful … I really don’t want to stop taking photos because I’ve run out of film — forever.

I have started packing … that’s always fun.

And, to answer some of your inquiries, I did watch the 2 new eps of Lost that aired last night. Sadly, I no longer feel inspired to recap the show anymore. I am not a big fan of the time-travel bologna that they are handing us on the show … you know when a show resorts to using time travel that they’ve run out of ideas and plan to use the convention as a “magic wand” to explain away all the seemingly impossible corners they’ve painted themselves into. I’ll still watch but trying to figure out the secrets and clues is pointless now … all they have to do is Zap! themselves to the past/future/whatever and make whatever tricky square peg they are faced with fit into a round hole. Meh.

In any event, the rainy day will prolly keep me indoors today … I’m trying to figure out my weekend plans but, at this point, it looks like I’m just gonna lay low and keep it simple.

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President Obama signs first executive orders, PUSA release new song, U2 steals?
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Aretha Franklin Makes Milliner Luke Song A Star

Milliner = Hat maker

One of the unsung stars from President Barack Obama‘s Inauguration this past Tuesday is gettin’ some love from the world of Fashion this week. Aretha Franklin, my Detroit homegirl, sang a powerful rendition of My Country Tis Of Thee just before Obama was sworn into office (the first time, not the second time) but it was her auspicious headwear that kinda stole the show. It turns out that Aretha went to milliner Luke Song, who bases his company in Detroit, MI, for a hat to wear to the inauguration and was provided with the flamboyant hat that had everyone talking (er, Twittering) as soon as she took center stage. Women’s Wear Daily reports on how Aretha met her hat and just who is Luke Song:


Aretha Franklin might have garnered lots of attention singing “My Country This of Thee” at the inauguration, but it wasn’t only for her voice. One question was on the minds of millions – what was she wearing on her head? Turns out a collaboration between the artist and Detroit-based milliner Luke Song. According to Song, Franklin came in to his Detroit showroom last week looking for a special hat for the big day. “She’s our regular customer and comes to us often,” Song said. “She actually had three to choose from for that day, but went with her second choice. It probably looked better on camera.” Franklin donned a heather gray wool piece that Song had hand-molded to give it some serious shape. The trim and ribbon were decorated with Swarovski crystals and would run in the regular collection for $179. For those who don’t get up to Detroit too often, Song wholesales under the label Mr. Song Millinery throughout New York, California and much of the South. “We’re big in Southern states but being in Detroit is good for us,” Song said. “There are a lot of big stars that come through to this town – gospel singers, lots of big-name church people who want to wear big hats. Some big names come through Detroit.”

As much as I like Justin Gaston‘s new choice in headwear, I really have to give props to Luke Song on this masterpiece. At first, I was a little WTF? about the hat but it has since grown on me. Aretha rocked it right (tho, President Obama looks pretty slick in it as well) and I’m very happy to know that Aretha chose to wear a Detroit designer to the Inauguration. Click HERE to check out Luke Song‘s official website to see the other wares available from his Detroit-based Millinery. Don’t be surprised if I dress up as Aretha Franklin for Halloween this year ;) After the jump, because it was such a stirring rendition, check out video of Aretha Franklin performing My Country Tis of Thee at this week’s Inauguration … More »

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Taylor Lautner Likes To Spit

Apparently

Twilight star Taylor Lautner, who has been beefing up his physique in order to adequately play the role of Jacob Black in the upcoming sequel film New Moon, was spotted making his return home after an ambitious trip to the gym this week. Upon arrival, Taylor — tryin’ to look as cool as can be — hocked a loogey onto the pavement before getting out of his cherry red car and struttin’ his stuff into his home:


At least now we know that the lad doesn’t like to swallow. I know, I know … the joke is an easy one to make but sometimes, you gotta work with what the gossip gods give ya ;) You know, Taylor is lookin’ more bulky in these photos … even underneath all of that clothing, he looks like he continues to pack on the lbs. Also, don’t y’all think he looks a lot like Adam Brody … but with muscles?

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Another Photo Of Katie Holmes For Miu Miu

Less ridic this time around

Last week we got our first look at Katie Holmes in the new Spring/Summer ’09 ad campaign for Miu Miu (the ad was released on the same day that we got our first look at Victoria Beckham in her new ad campaign for Emporio Armani Women’s Underwear) and today we check out another Miu Miu ad photo from the same campaign:


The star shows her flair for the dramatic, put to excellent use in her recently-lauded Broadway turn, putting her outstretched hand to a flame.

Yes, very dramatic. I much prefer this photo to the first Miu Miu photo featuring Ms. Holmes. There is an air of Greek theater in this photo that is lacking in the first one. I dunno that the campaign will sell many articles of clothing but there is a flair in this new photo. The full ad campaign should be released soon, NY Fashion Week is nearly upon us. Between the two photos we’ve seen thus far, which one do y’all prefer?

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Justin Gaston Shows Off New Headwear

Hat with a ball on top > Miley Cyrus? Y? N?

Everyone’s favorite 20-year old underwear model/crooner Justin Gaston stepped out on the town with his 16-year old girl friend Miley Cyrus here in SoCal last night and, thankfully, the couple opted out of wearing matching outfits (which, as we are well aware, they are fond of doing). In fact, the couple looked totally mismatched … and Justin‘s sassy new winter cap was the real star of the outing … behold:


Despite the lack of cold weather here in SoCal last night, I think the hat really works for good ol’ JG. You don’t see enough knit hats with balls on them anymore. In fact, true story, I even picked up a similar hat when I was in NYC last. Since it’s been in the 80s for most of the past 2 weeks, I’ve not had the chance to wear it out yet but now that the rain is rolling into town and the temps are cooling down significantly, mebbe I’ll finally be able to. In any event, I much prefer seeing Justin out on the town with his snazzy hat over seeing him with, oh I dunno, Miley Cyrus? I wonder how long until Miley starts wearing a matching hat of her own.

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More Photos Of Vicki B. From Russian ‘Vogue’ Magazine

Здравствуйте, bitches!

Yesterday we got our first look at Victoria Beckham, in all her fierceness, on the cover of the February issue of Russian Vogue magazine. Not only did she look pretty cool on the cover but she looked damn fine in the two accompanying photos we saw yesterday as well. Today we get to check out the rest of the photos, scanned by the Victoria Beckham Blog, that are published in this new issue of Russian Vogue magazine:


Overall, the shoot is pretty slick … but I still contend that the photo of VB in the red dress that we saw yesterday is THE best of the bunch. She just looks amazing. After the jump, check out the remaining photos from the photospread to see which one is your fave … More »

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Dakota Fanning To Join The Cast Of ‘Twilight’ Sequel ‘New Moon’?

Set to play the cherubic vampire Jane?

Hold on to your hats, Twilighters. A couple of weeks ago we learned from trusted sources (actress Ashley Green [who played Alice Cullen in Twilight] talking to People magazine, MTVNews) that High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens had auditioned for the role of Leah Clearwater in the upcoming Twilight sequel New Moon. That news sent shockwaves thru the Twilightverse and was a source of much strife among fans of the Twilight Saga. Today we have more casting news … and it might cause the same sort of reaction from fans. The absolutely reliable Marc Malkin, of E! News, is reporting exclusively that Dakota Fanning is in talks to play Jane (one of the main vampire characters from the European Volturi clan). Even more surprising, I think, is that the report claims that Dakota didn’t even have to audition for the role … she was merely offered the part and both sides are now in negotiations to see if they can seal the deal. Be warned! The following report may contain spoilers for those of you who have yet to read the Twilight books:


Dakota Fanning…with fangs? It’s possible. I can exclusively report that the 14-year-old child star—she turns 15 on Feb. 23—is in talks to play Jane opposite Robert Pattinson & Co. in New Moon, the upcoming sequel to box office megahit Twilight. “There were no auditions,” a source reveals. “They just offered it to her outright, and now they’re in negotiations. They’ve been going back and forth.” Jane is a member of Italy’s Volturi, the most deadly group of bloodsucking killers in author Stephenie Meyer’s best-selling series. In the casting notice we got our hands on earlier this month, Jane is described as a petite blonde with a “Botticelli angel-like face…[and] crimson irises.” While fellow Volturi guards Demetri & Felix “are three times the size of her, they are terrified of her,” the casting notice reads. Coincidentally (or maybe not), an online petition started by a Twilight fan already asks the studio, Summit Entertainment, to cast Fanning because she would be “perfect” for the role. Early last month, Entertainment Weekly suggested Pushing Daisies star and Broadway diva Kristin Chenoweth. “Her voice is certainly high enough, and at 4’11”, she’s also short enough,” writer Amy Wilkinson proposed. Director Chris Weitz is expected to start shooting New Moon in March in the U.S. and Italy. If all goes as planned, the movie will hit theaters on Nov. 20.

I suppose we can forgive Malkin for thinking that the vampires in Twilight have fangs … but I absolutely believe his reporting on this casting news. He is very much in the know about these things and he is not one to post unsubstantiated information just to get attention. Whether or not Dakota gets the part remains to be seen but, it sounds like the role is hers if she wants it. I hadn’t considered Kristin Chenoweth as Jane … she’s prolly a bit too old to play the part but Malkin is right, she is short enough. I know that many Twilight fans were really upset at the prospect of Hudgens joining the cast of New Moon … but mebbe Fanning will be better received because it’s feasible that her casting sprang from an online petition started by a fan? What do y’all think? Is Dakota right for the part of Jane? Would you like to see her get the part?

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The 2009 Academy Award Nominations Have Been Announced

And the nominees are ...

Earlier today, folks got together here in SoCal at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, CA to announce the nominees for the 81st annual Academy Awards, which will be handed out on February 22:


Leading the pack this year is the David Fincher-directed film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button which scored 13 nominations in various categories. Milk, Slumdog Millionaire, The Reader and Frost/Nixon join Button in the running for the top prize, Best Picture. Here are a few pictures of actor Forest Whitaker and AMPAS president Sid Ganis making the nominee announcements in the major categories and a run-down of which films will compete for Oscars next month … and which films/people will not:


Batman and Clint Eastwood? Forget about it. The Dark Knight, the superhero thriller that was expected to make history as the first comic-book adaptation to take a best-picture nomination, and Gran Torino, which the Hollywood veteran starred in and directed, were left out of the contest for Oscar’s top prize. Instead, the far more serious Holocaust-themed The Reader took the fifth berth and its director, Stephen Daldry, also managed to slip into his category. The other nominees announced for top prize in the 81st Academy Awards Thursday morning in Los Angeles followed the script of the prognosticators: the era-spanning fable The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which led the crowd with 13 nominations; gay-themed political biopic Milk; TV-landmark drama Frost/Nixon; and romantic crowd-pleaser Slumdog Millionaire. As expected, Heath Ledger’s vividly twisted take on the villainous Joker in The Dark Knight scored a supporting nomination for the Australian actor, who died a year ago today at age 28 after suffering an accidental prescription-drug overdose. He’s the seventh actor to compete posthumously in the race, though only Peter Finch won a best-actor trophy for 1976′s Network. Going up against Ledger are Philip Seymour Hoffman as a problematic priest in Doubt, Josh Brolin as a city supervisor turned assassin in Milk, Robert Downey Jr. as the ultimate Method actor in Tropic Thunder and Michael Shannon as a perceptive mental patient in Revolutionary Road. After her two Golden Globe wins, Kate Winslet was expected to earn a supporting nomination for her tormented concentration-camp guard in The Reader as well as a lead spot as a distraught suburban housewife in Revolutionary Road. Instead, only her work in Reader was recognized. The British actress, 33, has been up for an Oscar five times before without a win. Others in the lead-actress lineup are Meryl Streep as a formidable nun in Doubt, Anne Hathaway as the black-sheep sister in Rachel Getting Married, Angelinia Jolie as the troubled mother of a missing boy in The Changeling and Melissa Leo as a struggling single mom in Frozen River. Making up the supporting-actress category: Penelope Cruz’s tempestuous ex-wife in Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Viola Davis as the mother of a possible abuse victim in Doubt, Taraji P. Henson as a loving adoptive mother in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Marisa Tomei as a worn-out stripper in The Wrestler and Amy Adams as a naïve nun in Doubt. Making it into the lead actor lineup: Sean Penn as an openly gay politician in Milk, Mickey Rourke as a washed-up grappler in The Wrestler, Frank Langella as the ever-enigmatic Richard Nixon in Frost/Nixon, Brad Pitt as the foundling who ages backward in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Richard Jenkins as the burnt-out professor who gains a new lease on life in The Visitor. Joining Daldry in the director’s race: David Fincher for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Gus Van Sant for Milk, Ron Howard for Frost/Nixon and Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire.

No real surprises here … the surprises would’ve come if a film like The Dark Knight had received a nomination for Best Picture. And while I really loved Gran Torino, I am not that shocked/appalled that it was not nominated for Best Picture either. I am a bit surprised that The Curious Case of Benjamin Button received so many Academy Award nominations, especially since it’s been doing so poorly at the other awards shows. Surely, with 13 noms, it’s bound to win something. Angelina Jolie, too, must have her fingers crossed now that she’s been nominated again for her work in Changeling. My money/support is on Meryl Streep‘s portrayal of the stern nun in Doubt to win Best Actress, tho (Meryl remains the singular actor with the most Academy Award nominations). MUCH PROPS and LURVE goes out to Marisa Tomei for FINALLY getting some recognition and scoring a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her amazing work in The Wrestler. She’s been the unsung actress in all of the previous awards shows, at least now she has a chance to get some Oscar love from the Academy. I am relieved that Heath Ledger scored a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his portrayal of the Joker in The Dark Knight. I have a really good feeling that he’s going to win the Academy‘s next posthumous Oscar … I can feel it in me waters. And so … the nominations have been announced, the stage will soon be set and in a month’s time we’ll know which films and actors/actresses will be judged as the best of 2008. Take note, the Academy Awards will air live on ABC on Feb. 22 … with Hugh Jackman as host. Woot!

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President Barack Obama Retakes The Presidential Oath Of Office

Just to be sure

President Barack Obama summoned Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. to the White House earlier this evening in order to retake the presidential oath of office that Chief Justice Roberts flubbed at yesterday’s swearing in ceremony. As you may recall, it appeared that Obama fumbled the words of the presidential oath of office but it turned out that it was Roberts who made the mistake. In order to ensure that his presidency would not have any sort of controversy (no matter how minute) from the start, Obama thought it would be prudent to retake the oath of office “out of an abundance of caution”:


President Obama retook his oath of office Wednesday after Chief Justice John Roberts flubbed while delivering it at Tuesday’s inauguration. The second oath — also administered by Roberts — took place at 7:35 p.m. Wednesday in the White House’s Map Room. Roberts asked Obama whether he was ready. “I am, and we’re going to do it very slowly,” Obama replied. The do-over was aimed at dispelling any confusion that might arise from Tuesday’s take — in which “faithfully” was said out of sequence — and erase any question that Obama is legally the president. However, per the Constitution, Obama became president at noon Tuesday without taking the oath. “We believe that the oath of office was administered effectively and that the president was sworn in appropriately yesterday,” White House counsel Greg Craig said Wednesday in a written statement. “But the oath appears in the Constitution itself. And out of an abundance of caution, because there was one word out of sequence, Chief Justice Roberts administered the oath a second time,” the statement read. On Tuesday, Roberts, apparently working without a copy of the oath handy on the Capitol steps, started out by reciting a six-word phrase, but Obama broke in halfway through and repeated the first three. That seemed to throw the chief justice off stride, and he proceeded to mix up the order of the words in the next phrase.

The Constitution sets out the language that should be used in the oath: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Roberts moved the word “faithfully” back nine spots, and used “to” instead of “of.” That threw the president off base, and he smiled and paused to collect his thoughts, then decided to follow Roberts’ lead. But the chief justice at the same time attempted to correct himself. Here’s how Tuesday’s oath went:

Roberts: … that I will execute the office of president to the United States faithfully …

Obama: … that I will execute …

Roberts: … the off — faithfully the pres — the office of president of the United States …

Obama (at the same time): … the office of president of the United States faithfully …

The two got the rest correct, including the nonobligatory “So help you God?” “So help me God.” Reporters, bloggers and others weighed in on the flub. The New York Post offered this headline: “Roberts is the Oaf of Office.” A Washington Post reader complained in a letter to the editor: “What could have been a moment for the ages was marred by Mr. Roberts’ thoughtlessness. News outlets will report that the first words of our new president were “confused.” Whether through design or an amazing lack of preparation, Justice Roberts’s behavior was a disgrace.” And Fox News anchor Chris Wallace said: “We’re wondering here whether or not Barack Obama in fact is the president of the United States. They had a kind of garbled oath. It’s just conceivable that this will end up going to the courts.” In a congressional luncheon after Tuesday’s swear-in, Roberts and Obama exchanged words, and the chief justice appeared to tell the president, “It was my fault.” Before Wednesday’s do-over at the White House, Obama, waiting on a couch, joked that “we decided it was so much fun … ” After a flawless recitation, Roberts smiled and said, “Congratulations again.” “Thank you, sir,” the president replied. After a smattering of applause, Obama quipped that “the bad news for the [press] pool is there’s 12 more balls.” Roberts has made no public comment on becoming tongue-tied Tuesday.

LOL! Now that President Obama is the boss, he is going to ensure that things get taken care of in the proper way, to HIS satisfaction. Well done. Leave it to the morons on FOX News to make something out of nothing. President Obama officially became President of the United States at the stroke of noon on January 20, 2009 despite the fact that he had yet to take the oath of office. But, I don’t blame him for taking care of biz and taking the oath again. He’s nothing if not a perfectionist :)

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Barron Hilton, II Hits The Town With His Entourage

Make way for the new Hilton on the block

Barron Hilton, IIParis Hilton‘s little brother who was arrested for drunk driving just about a year ago and who has, on occasion, been popping up on the social scene — stepped out on the town here in SoCal last night with an entourage of male friends. The newly blonde Hilton and his friends were seen wearing what looked to be political buttons that make me think that they were out to celebrate the inauguration of President Barack Obama … but, upon closer inspection, revealed that the underage heir was just showing off his proclivity for a particular brand of vodka:


It’s nice to know that the not-quite-21-year-old Barron hasn’t let his brush with the law sate his apparent thirst for alcohol. You know, it must take a huge fondness for booze to inspire one to wear promo paraphernalia of your vodka brand of choice. Despite his arrest, Barron Hilton, II is far from reaching the heights of shenanigans made famous by his elder sister Paris … but something tells me that the young lad is well on his way to make the Hilton family proud with shenanigans of his own. His day will come, I’m sure of it. The question for all y’all is … now that the eldest Hilton boy has reached a relative age of maturity — is he a hottie or a nottie?

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Vicki B. Does Russian ‘Vogue’ Magazine

Wow!

Okay … so I like to give Victoria Beckham some grief from time to time but, on the real, I kinda love her. There are some times (many times, in fact) when she takes her fabulosity to ridiculous lengths but sometimes she manages to pull it all together and look utterly gorgeous. Vicki B. is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Russian Vogue magazine … and while the cover is just plain stylish, it’s the photos published inside the mag that really take my breath away:


She’s already graced the cover of British and Indian Vogue, now Victoria Beckham has landed the cover of Russian Vogue. A barely recognisable Victoria features on the front of the magazine with a pale face, smokey eyes and her thumb in her month. The 34-year-old dons a sailor’s hat for the shoot as well as what appears to be a dress from her own range. The picture comes after the unveiling of a giant billboard in central featuring Victoria and husband David peeling off for yet another Armani advertisement, which for the first time features the couple together in a intimate bedroom scene. The couple, who are parents to Brooklyn, 9, Romeo, 6, and Cruz, 3, are promoting underwear from the spring/summer collection for the Italian label.

Yes, I quite the cover but, as I said, it’s the other photos that you simply have to check out. After the jump, see two photos from VB‘s photospread in this issue of Russian Vogue magazine … More »

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Nick Hogan Does The Sundance Film Festival

Perhaps incarceration was a bit TOO much for the lad

Nick Hogan (née Nick Boella) has kept a relatively low profile since he was freed from jail last October after he successfully served out a jail sentence stemming from the near fatal car accident he was responsible for in Summer 2007. Since his release, we’ve not see much of him out and about (thankfully, he’s not been seen anywhere in the vicinity of a motor vehicle) … until now. Nick showed up at the Sundance Film Festival this week presumably to see some of the independent films showing there but most likely to party and enjoy the free swag. I’m not sure if Nick‘s time in jail severely traumatized him or what but … he showed up to one party wearing a red and black outfit that, well, … see for yourself:


Nick Hogan doesn’t really ever get much pity from me … but seeing him in this outfit … wow! I can’t even imagine the trauma that the young man must’ve endured in jail to make him think that this outfit is acceptable for imposing on others. I mean, the jacket is a lot … but to add not only the knit cap but the sunglasses as well? Yes, he deffo has finally won my pity. Poor thing. He prolly thinks he’s pretty fly (for a white guy). Shame.

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Hugh Jackman Back On The Set Of ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’

Remember those reshoots he was talkin' about?

Earlier this week we read a letter that was penned by Hugh Jackman himself which attempted to calm the fears and concerns of X-Men fans who heard about the reshoots that have been taking place in Vancouver, Canada on the set of X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Today we get to check out a few photos of Hugh back in his Wolverine gear on the set of Wolverine yesterday working on those reshoots he was trying to explain in his letter:


Aww … Hugh. He looks great. I really love the hair and make-up that they do for him when he’s in character as Wolverine. Sure, we’ve seen sexier photos but there is something about the man in his Brokeback Mountain jacket that speaks to me. I’m sure there is nothing at all to worry about concerning these reshoots. Hugh, himself, promises us that “WOLVERINE will be badass and hopefully meet all of your expectations” and I absolutely believe him. May can’t get here soon enough for me. Woof!

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Boy George Settles Into His New Prison Home

14 months and a few weeks to go

Last week we learned that Boy George, the flamboyant frontman of the 80′s pop group Culture Club, was sentenced to 15 months in prison for the false imprisonment of a male escort and today we get to see the first photo of Boy locked away in his new prison cell, scribbling on a notepad (memoirs, perhaps?) … his new home for the next year or so:


SHAMED pop star Boy George sits in his cell writing notes — in the first picture of him taken inside. The roly poly singer scribbles on a pad during the first hours of his 15-month sentence. George, 47, is said to be terrified of attack in jail and has already angered fellow inmates by lining up a soft job in the canteen. He is set to earn £6 a week as a server, dishing out meals to lags on A Wing of HMP Pentonville in North London, where he is doing time for imprisoning and beating a rent boy. One inmate told a pal on the outside: “It won’t go down well if he’s seen to get special privileges. People have to wait weeks before they’re given cushy jobs.” Gay George revealed his fear of being targeted over his sexuality while in a holding cell at court on Friday. Richard Lyttle, 40, who was up on a driving charge, said: “He was shaking like a leaf, a total wreck. “He kept sobbing, ‘I can’t go to jail, I’ll be killed’.” Richard said he was warned: “Don’t talk to him, he’s a batty boy (homosexual).” The singer with hit Eighties band Culture Club had microwaved fish, chips and mushy peas in a plastic container for his first prison meal. The inmate said: “It was bland. The dish was tastier than the fish. It must have been a shock. Conditions here are rubbish and so is the food, nothing like he’s used to. Prison is a great leveller. George has been very quiet. He’s not been crying but seems to be in another world and sleeps a lot. They’ve put him in a cell with a Rasta guy to protect him and there is always a guard close by.” But the inmate, who snapped George on a mobile phone, added: “A celeb is a celeb in here. People love fame. Everyone remembers Culture Club.” George, real name George O’Dowd, was jailed for shackling Norwegian Audun Carlsen, 29, to a hook at his flat in Shoreditch, East London, and hitting him with a chain.

So sad … Boy George has fallen to the depths (actually, he’s been pretty low for the past few years) and seeing him a broken man sitting in prison … I just hope he learns his lesson. 15 months is a long time for him to pay for his crimes and to, hopefully, realize that his life is in shambles. He is a sad sight … but as a convict, he is getting exactly what he deserves.

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Celebrating President Obama In SoCal Style

The TV Guide

Woot! Yesterday was a fine day here in the US and nowhere was that more apparent then right here in sunny and warm SoCal. Steph, Alek and I talked about throwing an Inauguration Pool Party at their place and managed to get a few friends together so that we could toast and celebrate our new president together. Because we held the get-together in the afternoon (while many folks were still at work), our number was small (and sadly devoid of many of the All-Stars from Le GangTM) but very, very happy. We even had a Barack Obama stand-up to party and pose for pictures with:


I knew that we’d have no problem drankin’ and partyin’ but I didn’t count on the great conversation that we all engaged in. We talked about the election, Hillary Clinton (and how much we love her), Michelle, Malia & Sasha Obama (and how much we really, really love them!) the promise of a hopeful future and the tough work ahead. It was just a really great party and I’m so glad that we managed to pull it all together.

After the sun went down, the party winded down. Steph, Alek and I ran out for a quick bite to eat before calling it a day … and what a day it was ;) I’m sending love and safe travel wishes to Steph who flies back to France to celebrate his goddaughter Eva‘s first birthday. He’ll be gone for the week but I know he’s gonna have a blast. I loaded him up with a Polaroid camera and some film to bring back pics of Missy Eva :)

No plans for tonight … I have an appointment to make and then I’ll prolly start packing some of my stuff. Even tho I’m having movers do the bulk of the work, there are a few things that I want to pack myself before the big move on Feb 1. Lots to do … and time is running out :)

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Guess Who Missed A Spot While Fake Tanning

Whoops!

Can you guess which normally überchic celeb was spotted on the streets of a European city hosting Fashion Week this week looking most unchic as she showed off a huge patch of pale white skin on her foot where she, clearly, failed to apply her fake spray-tanner properly?


Whoopsie! You might expect this particular fashionista to blow a fuse rather than venture out in public with this embarrassing stain (as it were) on her reputation … so she most likely was not aware of the faux pas. After the jump, find out who it is … More »

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‘US Weekly’ Claims It Knows Why Jennifer Love Called Off Her Engagement

The tabloid appears to place blame

Earlier this month we learned that Jennifer Love Hewitt and her fiancée Ross McCall called off their engagement and broke up over the Xmas holidays and never really got an explanation as to why. This week’s issue of US Weekly magazine claims to have those explanations:


Altho the coverstory article has yet to be posted online, the headline on the new issue reads, “The dress was bought, a date was set. How jealousy, fights and her insecurities exploded at the last minute”. HMM. The mag clearly seems to be pointing the finger of blame straight at J. Love. Something tells me that this article was not written with her consent. I, personally, have no information as to what caused the break-up between J. Love and Ross but I’d venture a guess that her on-going problems with her crazed stalker might’ve had something to do with what went down. In the end, we will never really know for sure what happened unless either of the involved parties go on the record to discuss the matter. I just hope that they are both doing well … J. Love is a sweetheart and I wish her only happiness. I know nothing about Ross but he always seemed like a great guy to me … here’s hoping that things work out for the best for the both of them.

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No Doubt Formally Announce Their 2009 Summer Tour

Hittin' the road with Paramore

It’s official! NoDoubt.com has been updated with the official news that the band is hittin’ the road this summer on a new concert tour … and they’re bringing the band Paramore with them. Here is the full text of the press release from the band that was posted on their official site today:


Grammy-winning rock band No Doubt announced plans for their 2009 summer tour today. The band will launch their highly anticipated tour this May, playing outdoor amphitheaters and arenas throughout the summer. Singer Gwen Stefani said, “The whole reason for going on this tour was to have fun, try on all our favorite songs again and to get inspired to make new music. It feels good to be all together again.” No Doubt has selected Paramore as the special guest for the tour. “What a dream tour! We couldn’t be more excited to kick off 2009 by touring with a band like No Doubt,” said Paramore singer Hayley Williams. “Get there early…this is going to a be a great night from the moment the lights go down,” said bassist Tony Kanal. The third act that will open the show will be shared among The Sounds, Janelle Monae and Bedouin Soundclash. Check your local listings for more specific information. “Now that five years have passed, the excitement level for us is extremely high. We are so fresh and ready! I feel like a kid again when rehearsing these songs,” said drummer Adrian Young. The 2009 No Doubt Summer Tour will be produced by Live Nation and will include stops in both the U.S. and Canada. The band last toured in 2004, co-headlining with Blink 182. Tour dates and on sale information will be announced soon. Check www.nodoubt.com for the most up to date tour news.

You may recall that No Doubt confirmed the the rumors that they would be hittin’ the road this summer but did not make the official announcement until today. That they chose to bring Paramore on the road with them is a big honor for the young band. A lot of folks, me included, have waited a long time for the band to get back together and get out on the road. As of yet, there is still no word on when a new album from the band might be released but I understand that they have been hard at work on new tunes over the past few months. While I’m sure the band will be debuting new songs on the road, it remains to be seen if their next studio album will be ready for release by the time the band hits the road … whenever that may be. At this point, specific tour dates have yet to be announced. Stay tuned … hopefully we’ll know when the No Doubt tour will get underway so that we can start to make our summer concert plans.

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The 2009 Razzie Award Nominations Have Been Announced

Find out which films will vie for the infamous Golden Raspberry Award

As is the custom in Hollywood, the nominations for the Golden Raspberry Awards (or The Razzies as they are more commonly referred to) were announced this morning, one day ahead of the announcement of the Academy Award nominations (which come out tomorrow). As you may or may not know, the Razzies attempt to honor (or, dishonor, as the case may be) the worst films of the previous year by handing out awards in the categories of worst acting (male and female), screenwriting, songwriting, directing and films. Leading the pack of worst noms for 2008 is Mike Myers‘ horrid flop The Love Guru, which scored seven nominations … including the big one, Worst Film. But The Love Guru was not alone in securing lurve (hate?) from the Golden Raspberry Award nominating committee, other films like The Happening, The Hottie and the Nottie, Disaster Movie and more join the field of contenders for Razzies this year:


Voters for 2008′s worst movies love Mike Myers. They really love him. Myers’ comedy flop The Love Guru led the field Wednesday for the Razzies with seven nominations, among them worst picture and worst-acting slots for Myers, Jessica Alba, Verne Troyer and Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley. The number of nominations for Love Guru was appropriate given what a personal project it was for Myers, who not only starred but also co-wrote and produced the movie, said John Wilson, founder of the Razzies, an Oscar spoof that dishes out “dis-honors” for the lousiest stuff Hollywood dredged up the previous year. “This is one of those auteur-of-the-awful situations,” Wilson said. “I think people are tired of him in general. He hasn’t really made a good movie in quite some time.” The other worst-picture contenders were Disaster Movie and Meet the Spartans, Hollywood spoofs that shared a nomination for a “badly beaten dead horse of a concept”; the fright flick The Happening ; Paris Hilton’s romantic comedy bomb The Hottie & the Nottie ; and the sword-and-sorcery fantasy In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale. Razzie “winners” will be announced Feb. 21, the day before the Oscars. Hilton had three nominations, worst actress and worst screen couple alongside her co-stars in The Hottie & the Nottie, plus worst supporting actress for Repo! The Genetic Opera. Eddie Murphy, named worst actor, supporting actor and supporting actress last year for multiple roles in Norbit, has two nominations this time, as worst actor and screen couple alongside himself for dual roles in his sci-fi comedy dud Meet Dave. Cameron Diaz also picked up two Razzie nominations for the romance What Happens in Vegas, as worst actress and worst screen couple alongside co-star Ashton Kutcher. Along with Kingsley, Oscar winner Al Pacino had a worst-actor nomination for his crime thrillers 88 Minutes and Righteous Kill. The stars of the remake The Women— Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett Smith and Meg Ryan — shared a worst-actress nomination. Joining them, Alba, Diaz and Hilton in the worst-actress category was Kate Hudson for Fool’s Gold and My Best Friend’s Girl. Besides Murphy, Myers and Pacino, worst-actor nominees were Larry the Cable Guy for Witless Protection and Mark Wahlberg for The Happening and Max Payne. In the Name of the King filmmaker Uwe Boll had three nominations for 2008 movies, worst director for that flick and 1968: Tunnel Rats and Postal, supporting actor for playing himself in Postal and screen couple alongside “any actor, camera or screenplay.” Boll — whose movies include such horror or action tales as Bloodrayne,Alone in the Dark and House of the Dead— also was selected by Razzies voters to receive a special prize for worst career achievement as “Germany’s answer to Ed Wood,” the legendary bad filmmaker responsible for Plan 9 From Outer Space. “It’s pretty insulting to Ed Wood. Although Wood didn’t understand how to splice two frames together, there was a joy of incompetence in his work,” Wilson said. “Uwe Boll’s like our Meryl Streep. As long as he continues to work, he will get nominated, just like Meryl Streep does with those other awards.”

OY! I tend to block out horrid movies that I make the mistake of seeing in theaters (like The Love Guru) so this list of Razzie nominees is kinda of like a cold slap in the face. I had forgotten that so many shitty movies came out last year … and this reminder is not a welcome one. I would absolutely cast my vote for The Love Guru as the Worst Film (Mike Meyers still owes me money for that travesty) but I did not see The Happening (which I hear is pretty horrrrrrible) so that might be a serious contender as well. Paris Hilton should be a shoe-in for Worst Actress and I’d put money on Eddie Murphy picking up another Razzie Award for his work in Meet Dave (did *anyone* see that movie?). The Razzies are a fun way for Hollywood to honor its own … each year, there are gads of horrible movies … and they, at least, deserve some recognition, I think. Being the best of the worst is something, right? I can’t wait to hear which films and “actors” will take home the Golden Raspberry Award when the “winners” are announced next month.

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Kevin Federline Lets His New Chick Play Mommy

What must Britney Spears think?

TMZ managed to score a bunch of exclusive photos of Kevin Federline and his new ladylove and bowling aficionado Victoria Prince enjoying a quiet meal together with his sons (by Britney Spears) Sean Preston and Jayden James over the weekend. To my knowledge, this is the first time The Federline and his new chick have been photographed with the kids … something that I’m sure that Britney is none too pleased about:


Britney’s not gonna like this. K-Fed and his new girlfriend, Victoria Prince, took Sean Preston and Jayden James out for dinner at a Japanese restaurant in Fresno this weekend — where Prince played the role of interim mom. We gotta give it to her, Victoria looks like she’s pretty good with them.

I’m not entirely sure what TMZ sees in these photos that qualifies Vicki P. as “pretty good” with them … all she is doing is sitting next to them in one photo and is seen carrying Jayden James in a couple of others. Who can’t do that? In the end, I suppose it was gonna happen sooner or later that K-Fed would be introducing his kids to a new “mother figure”. I suspect the actually introductions happened some time ago … but, as I said, I think that this is the first time they’ve all been photographed together. After the jump, check out a bunch of other photos of K-Fed, VP and the kids as they made their way out of the restaurant and loaded the boys into their car … More »

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Alyson Hannigan Takes The Bump Produce Shopping

Ripening

The Alyson Hannigan Bump Watch continues as new photos of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum and current star of How I Met Your Mother was spotted out and about in Santa Monica, CA doing a bit of produce shopping this week. Here are a few new photos of Alyson showing off her burgeoning baby bump with her fruit purchases in hand:


Aww … she looks so amazing. And that bump is getting HUGE. In the second photo, you can already tell that her belly button is starting to turn into a very prominent outie ;) Unlike other celeb pregnancies (that seem to drag on forever), Aly‘s pregnancy seems to be coming along very quickly. It doesn’t seem like that long ago that we learned she was pregs (and not showing at all) and here she is lookin’ like she’s smuggling a watermelon underneath her pretty sweater. In any event, she looks glorious … I can’t wait until she brings forth the fruit of her loins :)

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Inauguration Day Replay

Personal pics, motorcade pics and the Obama's first dance

I think it’s pretty safe to say, by all accounts, that yesterday was an historically momentous day. The swearing in of Barack H. Obama as our 44th President of the United States of America was a day that was a long time coming … and when the moment was at hand, the US and the world at large paused to bear witness. A lucky 2,000,000 were able to attend the Inauguration swearing in ceremony in person in Washington DC … including my dear friend Jordan, who made the trek from SoCal to attend the Inauguration events in DC. Here are a few photos that Jordan sent in from DC yesterday:


As you can see, Jordan managed to squeeze his way to the front of the podium where President Obama was giving his Inauguration Address. I chatted with him briefly on the phone yesterday morning while we were waiting for the events to get underway and he sounded so happy and excited to be there for the historic event.

Here are a few photos of the Obamas as they made their way in the Presidential motorcade along the parade route after the swearing in ceremony … as you can see, the First Family were stylin’ along in the new Presidential Cadillac Limousine created by General Motors (which we learned a bit about yesterday), straight from Motown — Detroit, MI:


Not only is this Presidential Limo the safest one ever but it, in my estimation, is the slickest ride any president has been fortunate enough to own.

But after the long day’s activities were completed, it was time to get the party started. President and First Lady Obama (who was dressed in a beautiful white gown designed by 26 year old Jason Wu) made their way to 10 Inaugural Balls and both looked stunning as they danced the night away. Here are a couple photos of the Obamas as they made their grand arrival at the Neighborhood Ball, the first of many balls the couple attended last night:


After the jump, check out a bunch of photos (and video) of the First Couple enjoying their first dance together as they were serenaded by Beyoncé who sang the Etta James classic At LastMore »

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David & Victoria Beckham Team Up For A New Armani Underwear Ad

2 for the price of 1

Last week we got our first look at the new ad campaign photos for Emporio Armani Women’s Underwear that feature Victoria Beckham, which follows the very successful ad campaign for Armani Men’s Underwear that featured David Beckham. Today we get our first look at the newest Armani Underwear ad that features both Becks and Vicki B. in their undies … behold:


First they conquered England and America, now the Beckhams have made it big in Italy thanks to the unveiling of a giant billboard in central Milan today. David and Victoria have peeled off for yet another Armani advertisement, which for the first time features the couple together in a intimate bedroom scene. The latest smouldering image, in which the football star is seen lying across a bed in just his briefs while Posh sits beside him in lacy lingerie, is part of a lucrative deal which worth an estimated £32 million in total. The couple, who are parents to Brooklyn, 9, Romeo, 6, and Cruz, 3, are promoting underwear from the spring/summer collection for the Italian label. The image is part of a series of shots, largely featuring a solo Victoria, taken by celebrated fashion photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Similar advertisements are expected to be rolled out across New York, LA, London, Rome, Paris and Tokyo.

Dang … this is brills. To be honest, and I can’t believe I’m saying this, I hadn’t anticipated that the couple might appear together in a single Armani Underwear ad. I thought for sure that VB would be featured in a full campaign on her own and that Becks *might* appear in another full campaign … but it never occurred to me that they’d team up together. The ad itself is kinda OK … I’d prefer if Becks were laying on his back but I don’t mind the booty shot. Poor Vicki B. looks like she got kicked out of bed ;) I hope this isn’t the last that we’ll see of Becks in his undies … even if VB has to be included, I’ll take what I can get. What do y’all think about this ad?

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Britney Spears Re-records ‘If U Seek Amy’ For Radio Play

Artistic censorship?

Bowing to pressure from radio station programmers here in the US, it is being reported that Britney Spears has been forced to re-record her song If You Seek Amy to make it less controversial for radio play. When sung, the line All of the boys and all of the girls are begging to if you seek Amy sounds like she is saying All of the boys and all of the girls are begging to F.U.C.K. me … which censors are none too pleased about. As a result, Brit reportedly re-recorded the song to leave the K off of the word seek:


Britney Spears has reportedly been forced to rerecord her forthcoming single after radio stations threatened to ban it from play. The controversial ‘If U Seek Amy’, set to be the third single from her Circus LP, contains the chorus “All of the boys and all of the girls are beggin’ to, If You Seek Amy”, which, when sung quickly, sounds like “F.U.C.K me”. Last week, several US radio stations threatened to boycott the song after deeming the lyrics to be too offensive for air. According to The Sun, Spears has since returned to the studio to rerecord the track, removing the “k” from the end of “seek” and renaming the song ‘If U See Amy’. Britney releases her new single ‘Circus’ in the UK on February 18.

Boo! This is kinda ridiculous. While I can appreciate that radio censors are trying to “protect” young listeners from hearing profanity on the radio, I feel it is a but over-the-top to censor the spelling of bad words. If she were actually saying the word FUCK then I can understand the need to censor … but if we’ve decided that we need to censor the spelling of words, then that’s a bit too much of an infringement of free speech I think. I’m not surprised that Britney is deciding to comply with this censorship … but I, for one, think it takes things a bit too far.

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Disney Shows Off Its First Black Princess

'The Princess and the Frog' set to open in theaters December 25, 2009