Archive for April, 2009

‘Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince’ Releases A Newer Batch Of Posters

Coming Soon!

Here is a new batch of movie posters for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince which is due out in theaters this July … check ‘em out:


Each of the main characters has another more nefarious person standing behind them. Draco Malfoy is behind Harry Potter, Horace Slughorn is behind Hermoine Granger, Fenrir Greyback is behind Ron Weasley and Severus Snape is behind Albus Dumbledore. Head on over to MuggleNet.com to check out hi-res versions of these posters … they’re pretty sweet. It shant be long now … Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will be upon us soon!

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Rachel McAdams & Josh Lucas Go For A Bike Ride

McLucas is still not as cute as McGosling but whatevs

Here are a few pics of Rachel McAdams and her new lover Josh Lucas enjoying a bike ride together in Manhattan this week trying to look as cute as possible …


… tho try as they might, together they still aren’t as adorable as McGosling were back in the day. Trust me, I’ve tried to jump on board with these two as a couple — and I am happy that they are together — but my heart still aches for the days when Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling were a couple. But … it’s not really for us to decide who Rachel should be dating (which is lucky for Josh). She’s now attached to Mr. Lucas and I guess we should just learn to accept it. I promise, I’ll keep trying to do just that.

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Benji Madden Plays Bodyguard For Nicole Richie

Armed & Fabulous

Benji Madden played the dutiful bodyguard for his kinda-sorta sister-in-law (but not really) Nicole Richie here in SoCal yesterday as she made her way out of the Serge Normant salon. In order to provide the maximum amount of protection, Benji saw fit to bust our his bare, musclely arms … behold:


Well now … it’s nice to see that Benji is using his hawt arms for more than just making the girls swoon. It’s really cool that he’s there to take care of his brother’s lady when she needs the support. Hell, any opportunity for Benji to bare his arms is one that I welcome so … bodyguard away, Benj! Keep those paps at bay!

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Kelly McGillis Comes Out Of The Closet

'Top Gun' star is "done with the man thing"

Kelly McGillis, who famously played Tom Cruise‘s flight instructor/love interest in Top Gun, is finally opening up and coming out about who she is. In a new interview with Girl Rock!, Kelly proudly announced that she is gay and is no longer interested in doing “the man thing” now that she is finally able to be “true to [herself]“:


Kelly McGillis, best known as Tom Cruise’s girlfriend in 1986′s Top Gun, has revealed to the Internet show Girl Rock! that she is single but no longer searching for a male companion. Asked if she’s looking to date a man or woman, the actress, 51, replied, “Definitely a woman.” The twice-divorced mother of two daughters – her movies also include 1985′s Witness, with Harrison Ford, and 1988′s The Accused, with Jodie Foster – said she’s “done with the man thing. I did that. I need to move on in life. It’s a part of being true to yourself. That’s been a challenge for me.” The difficulty of coming out as a lesbian led to “an ongoing process from the time I was probably 12. I had a lot of things happen that convinced me that God was punishing me because I was gay,” said McGillis, who in 1982 was assaulted by an escaped rapist who had gotten into her apartment. Now gray-haired and in rehearsals for The Little Foxes on stage in Pasadena, Calif., McGillis also told the show that she would like to jump back onto the big screen – except for one thing. “Whenever I get an offer, they ask me to dye my hair,” she says. “And I just won’t.”

Yay! I am so happy for her!! Coming out is never easy and I imagine that it is especially difficult to come out later in life. I suspect that Kelly prolly always knew who she was on the inside and struggled with her identity for some time. Now that she is comfortable talking about who she really is, she is well on her way to finding true and blissful happiness. It really sounds like Kelly McGillis is very sure of who she is as a woman and is happy with who she is … it’s surprising how many people out there cannot say the same about themselves.

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Brad Pitt Films A New Commercial In NYC

For an exclusively Japanese audience

Brad Pitt was spotted hard at work on the NYC set of a new cell phone company commercial that he is currently filming for SoftBank in Japan. SoftBank, you may ask? Yes, Brad is the spokesperson for the SoftBank mobile phone company in Japan and has previously appeared in ads for the company … ads which are never shown here in the US. For this latest commercial, Brad has been teamed up with a large sumo-wrestler-lookin’ dude for a comedic new ad … here are a few pics:


Big name celebs often appear in foreign commercials like this that never get shown here in the US but end up making them a lot of money from companies abroad. Celebs who you’d think would never want to appear in a cell phone ad (like for T-Mobile or Alltel) have no qualms about doing so for a company in, say, Japan because those ads would never air here on US television (and the celebs make a lot of money from those companies). But, thanks to the wonders of the Internets, we are still able to watch these ads online. After the jump, check out an ad that Brad Pitt did for the SoftBank company last year — the ad involves Brad using his mobile phone to snap pics of topless chicks … More »

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Paris Hilton’s Hat Trick

Shopping for the Kentucky Derby

Paris Hilton was spotted doing a bit of shopping in Beverly Hills, CA yesterday where she was in the market to pick up a fancy hat for her to wear to the 135th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs this weekend. She posted tweet updates on her official Twitter profile and while that account is locked as private, her Twitpic stream of photos can be viewed HERE. Here is a pic of Paris trying to make her selection at Ariane Boutique yesterday:


HMMMM … decisions, decisions. Paris actually tried on a few different hats. After the jump, see some of the hats that she tired on for size … More »

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The Trek Home

The TV Guide

And so … David and I have safely returned home to SoCal after a pretty long day of travel yesterday. We checked out of the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago and made our way to the airport early since we weren’t sure how long it would take to get there in the bizzy Chicago traffic. We made good time and managed to have enough time to eat lunch before our first flight to Minneapolis. Our lay-over was just about 15 mins. so we had to run from one end of the airport to the other to make our flight home to LA. All in all, tho, I have no complaints … both flights were on time and we made it home safe and sound.

I’m very excited for tonight tho … David and I will be attending the Hollywood premiere of Star Trek at Grauman’s Chinese Theater!


I understand the guest list is very cool so we are very much looking forward to a great time. PLUS, I’m very excited to get to see the film :) I promise to take as many photos as I can to share with all y’all on the blog tomorrow!

It’s great to be home, y’all … Woot!

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When Miley’s Away, Justin Gaston Won’t Play

Indentured servitude

Miley Cyrus has been out of the country for the past week or two doing heavy promotion abroad for her new film The Hannah Montana Movie and, unfortch, had to leave behind her 20 year old manfriend and sometimes underwear model Justin Gaston (tho, you may recall that she did manage to spend time with her more age appropriate ex-boyfriend Nick Jonas before she jetted off to Europe). It looks like Justin, who oddly enough for a 20 year old man lives with his 16 year old girlfriend’s family, was kept pretty bizzy by the Cyrus clan while Miley was away as there is a photo of Justin chauffeuring around members of the Cyrus fam earlier this week … who are, clearly, keen on making him work for his posh living. It’s a shame that there aren’t any other photos of Justin doing menial work for the Cyrus fam (cutting the grass, washing the cars, etc.) cuz then we’d know why they insist on keeping him around.

But, happy days are here again for Justin GastonMiley has returned from her European jaunt and immediately plucked Justin from his servitude and took him out for dinner at Koi last night:


Miley posted a tweet (message) on her official Twitter profile last night alerting us to the fact that she was dining with “someone special” … take that Nick Jonas. I, personally, cannot wait for Miley‘s next trip tho … having Justin go back to work would be fun — especially since it’s heating up and I’m sure the Cyrus family could use a poolboy … a shirtless poolboy. Go away, Miley!!

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Guess Which Hearttrob Started Out As A Blonde Towhead

Fancy a guess?

Life & Style magazine came upon a couple of really cute pics of one of today’s hottest heartthrob stars back when he was but a wee lad. In the May 1 issue of L&S mag (on newsstands now), we learn all about this adorable little boy before he grew up to blossom into the guy that every girl (and some guys) worship and adores:


I shant give any clues because all of them would make the guessing far too easy. But, if you look into this cute little boy’s eyes you might be able to recognize the man he grew up to be. After the jump, find out if you guessed correctly and read deets about this guy’s childhood from his dear aunt NutleyMore »

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Lindsay & Ali Lohan Go Surfing In Hawaii

Life's a beach!

Here are a few photos of a very happy-looking Lindsay Lohan enjoying a day of sun and surf (literally) on her last day on the island of Maui, HI yesterday. She was joined by her little sister Aliana Lohan (who, apparently, has no other commitments to tend to these days and can afford to go on holiday with her big sister) for a day of surfing … behold:

Lindsay Lohan looked like she didn’t have a care in the world as she rode the waves in Hawaii yesterday. The actress laughed as she showed her ample surfing skills on the final day of her getaway in Hawaii. The 22-year-old has been holidaying on the paradise island in a bid to get away from it all after her split from Samantha Ronson three weeks ago. In contrast to the skimpy bikinis she has been wearing on her week-long vacation, Lindsay covered up her skinny figure with an ill-fitting black swimsuit. Earlier on Wednesday, Lindsay had spent another day relaxing by the pool and enjoying the sun with her younger sister Ali and a few friends. Following a heart-to-heart with DJ Samantha last Thursday night, the 22-year-old jetted to Hawaii for some much needed time out … In between swimming and enjoying the sun, Lindsay repeatedly checked her Blackberry for messages and made friends with a local dog. She also caught up on some reading with a telling book entitled The Little Teal Book Of Trust by Jeffrey Gitomer, which teaches the reader how to trust people and be trustworthy.

It really looks like this vacay is doing wonders for Lindsay‘s disposition. She always looks happy and really seems to be enjoying herself. Altho her little sister Ali should prolly be in school working on her scholastic education (you know, in case her attempt at a music career doesn’t really pan out), it appears that her presence in Hawaii to be with Lindsay has been helping her stay grounded:


Much like the isle of St. Lucia appears to have mellowed out Amy Winehouse, it seems as if the isle of Maui has done a bit of the same for Lindsay. But, alas, Lindsay‘s time in Hawaii has come to an end. Methinks that she will be returning to SoCal in no time … and will most likely reunite with Samantha Ronson who is also due back home in LA after her recent trip to NYC.

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Sarah Jessica Parker Goes Toy Shopping

The new mom-to-be prepares the way for her coming twins

Yesterday we learned the amazing news that Sarah Jessica Parker and her husband Matthew Broderick are expecting the birth of twin girls via surrogate this Summer and today we get to see a few photos of SJP running errands in the city on the days after news broke of her impending twins. Lookin’ very much like like her Sex and the City character Carrie Bradshaw, SJP was spotted running around Manhattan taking care of a few errands … which included a trip to the Just Kidding toy store in Chelsea:


Again, I have to say how thrilled I am that SJP and Matthew are going to be new parents again. Now that their little boy James Wilkie is 6 years old, I think it’s the perfect time for the couple to welcome new children into the family. By the looks of her purchases at the toy store, the new items she picked up are prolly for her 6 year old son rather than for her unborn baby girls. SJP picked up Crocodile Dentist, Art-Omino, Elite Fleet radio-controlled toy airplanes and Clue Suspects … most likely to make little James Wilkie feel loved now that everyone is making a fuss about the twin baby girls. I love SJP as a mom and I am very happy that her family is expanding. Altho there we cannot do a Bump Watch for SJP, I think we can still follow her progress as she awaits the arrival of her new babies.

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Masked & Relaxed, Heidi Montag & Spencer Pratt Return From Their Honeymoon

Their holiday in Mexico was cut short by fear of Swine Flu

Never a pair to shy away from causing a scene, newlyweds Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt (who were married in a legal ceremony for the MTV cameras in Pasadena, CA last weekend) were forced to cut short their honeymoon to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for fear of the spreading swine flu or H1N1 virus that is plaguing the country there. Making their grand arrival at LAX Airport while wearing surgical masks last night, Speidi made sure to pose for the cameras as they made their way thru the sea of paparazzi:


Only Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt would think to turn the threat of a flu pandemic into a publicity-seeking photo opportunity. The stars of The Hills, who will really stop at nothing to get attention from the paparazzi, put on a ridiculous display of affection as they touched down at Los Angeles airport yesterday. The pair kissed each other – through surgical masks – the moment they clapped eyes on a waiting pack of photographers. They had just flown in from a brief honeymoon in swine flu-hit Mexico, where Heidi also recorded a music video for her single Sex Ed. Heidi wrote on Twitter that she was ‘so sad to leave Mexico,’ but ‘ready to get out of pig flu country!’ Spencer told radio host Ryan Seacrest earlier this week that they were “definitely wearing face masks everywhere”. He added: “I’m not playing – I’m not trying to get pig flu. We’re in isolation, we’re in full hiding.” Well, not exactly. They did enjoy a beach stroll especially for the paparazzi.

Uh, yeah, THESE photos show that the couple were not in hiding and were happy to take thier little show to the beaches of Cabo San Lucas for a little more publicity. Did I ever occur to anyone that Mexico just decided to expel them back to the US to keep the infestation to a minimum? Just a guess. In any event, Speidi did managed to pull their masks down far enough so that they could exchange some of their own germs between them:


So now … whatever they’ve got individually they now share together. Fitting, no?

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Feast Your Eyes On A Slew Of New Tori Amos Visualettes

Abnormally Attracted to Visualettes

A new bunch of video visuallettes from Tori Amos have made their way to the Internets with each one representing a song from her new album Abnormally Attracted to Sin which is due to hit stores on May 19. The fabulous Tori Amos fan site Undented managed to cull together the new visualettes that have been thus far uncovered. Here are a few screencaps from the visualette for the song Ophelia:


And here is are a few screen caps from the visualette for the song Flavor:


The songs are amazing — slower, like the other songs we’ve heard from this album thus far … but they are both extremely beautiful and moving. After the jump, watch both of these visualettes in full and find links to 3 other visualettes for the songs Curtain Call, Give and 500 MilesMore »

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Tom Brady & Gisele Bündchen Honeymoon In Vancouver

Vancouver, BC is where it's at!

Newlyweds Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady, who were wed earlier this month for the second time in Costa Rica (after they were first married in February in Santa Monica, CA), have popped up in Vancouver, BC Canada (along with pretty much everyone else, it seems) with Tom‘s young son John Edward in tow. It turns out that John‘s mother Bridget Moynahan is filming in Vancouver so Tom and Gisele decided to spend part of their honeymoon in Canada to spend time with his son — after all, as you may recall, Gisele told Vanity Fair magazine that she feels as if John were her very own child, too. Here are a few supercute pics of the happy family:


I understand the threesome spent part of their Saturday tooling around downtown Vancover before they jumped aboard the AquaBus to visit Granville Island (and also to do some canoodling). It looks like the couple are enjoying the married life … and that they are doing everything possible to make sure that little John feels included in their new family unit. They make a cute fam, don’tchathink?

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Heidi Montag-Pratt Headed For ‘Playboy’?

Is the new missus ready to pose nude?

Heidi Montag, who officially and legally became Mrs. Pratt this past Saturday afternoon when she finally married long-time beau Spencer Pratt, is reportedly considering posing for Playboy magazine … and, according to Life & Style magazine, her new hubby is encouraging her to do so. Is there nothing that this couple won’t do for a little publicity?


Besides being Mrs. Pratt, Heidi may have another new role in the works: Playboy Playmate! Life & Style can exclusively reveal that Heidi’s in negotiations to pose for magazine. “She wants to do it,” the insider confirms. “It’s just a matter of working out the details.” The insider tells Life & Style that Spencer is encouraging her to do it and is working on negotiating a $500,000 deal for his wife.

While I can’t say that I’m particularly surprised at this report, it doesn’t really jibe with Heidi‘s overt Christianity. Every day the girl tweets about Jesus and/or the Bible … I cannot imagine that posing nude in Playboy magazine is really sanctioned by the church. Then again, Speidi really know how to capitalize on an opportunity and if Heidi could score the cover of Playboy magazine and pocket a half million, I bet the couple would go for it. Would YOU be interested in seeing Heidi Montag-Pratt‘s nekkid bod in Playboy magazine? Do you think she’d really go for it?

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Britney Spears Brings Her ‘Circus’ To Chicago, IL

The TV Guide

Sadly, today is our last day in Chicago, IL as David and I are scheduled to fly back to SoCal in a couple of hours. We have had the best time here and while our stay was far too short, I think David got a good sense of how amazing this city is so we will deffo be back. Yesterday was a nice relaxing day for us … we stayed near our temporary home away from home The Hard Rock Hotel Chicago and had THE most sumptuous dinner at the China Grill. On the advice of our server, we tried a multi-course meal that was so full of deliciousness that I can’t even fully convey how tasty everything was. Each course was more tasty that the previous one … it was truly a great meal. I cannot recommend China Grill more … if you are in the city and have yet to eat here, YOU MUST. It’s really fantastic. Here are a few photos from our stay here in Chicago …


Much love goes out to our friends Joe, Lea, Shea, Sarah and Mark for making our visit to Chicago extra special and much love and many thanks goes out to John and his entire staff here at the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago. We were made to feel so welcome at every turn … this was my second stay at the Hard Rock and the service just keeps getting better. Perfect location, great amenities and a great staff make this place my fave! I hope we are able to come back soon. David and I just love it here :)

But, lest you forget, last night David and I were able to see Britney Spears for the third and final time. Brit Brit played the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL and put on another fantastic show. After the jump, check out some of my photos from last night’s show … More »

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Sean Penn & Robin Wright Penn Are Dunzo!

Sadly, their reconciliation didn't take

Sad news today for Sean Penn and wife Robin Wright Penn (well, depending on your perspective, I suppose) … Extra! TV is reporting that Sean has filed for divorce after the couple unsuccessfully tried to save their marriage from the last time they almost divorced. The couple almost called it quits back in December of 2007 but decided to give their marriage another go … unfortch for the pair, it just didn’t work out. The Penns are dunzo, y’all:


Back in 2007, Sean Penn filed for divorce from wife Robin Wright Penn, then they decided to give it another go, but it seems that it hasn’t worked out, as Sean just filed for legal separation, “Extra” has exclusively learned. The two have been married since 1996 and have two teenage children. It’s been a big year for Penn, 48, who won nearly every major award for his work in “Milk,” including a Best Actor Oscar. Last time they filed, the couple sought joint custody of the kids, which will likely be the case again this time. Penn was previously married to Madonna.

I was pretty certain that the couple were dunzo for good back in 2007 but when they decided to try and work things out and then stayed together for all of 2008, I had totally forgotten that they were near break-up and just figured that they had sorted out all of their probs. I guess it just goes to show that some relationships cannot be salvaged. Sean and Robin always looked like a good match to me … I guess, in the end, it just wasn’t meant to be. Altho, if the couple managed to patch things up last time I suppose it’s possible that they can do it again. Whatever the case, I wish them both well.

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‘People’ Magazine Selects The ‘100 Most Beautiful People’ Of 2009

The annual list

It is time again for People magazine to release their annual 100 Most Beautiful People issue and this year they have selected actress and breast cancer survivor Christina Applegate to grace the cover of the issue. Christina herself credits her man Martyn Lenoble for her beauty and talks about how his love for her is what makes her beauty shine. Here is the cover of the 100 Most Beautiful People issue of People magazine and a short piece on Christina‘s beauty:


She has an “angel” of a boyfriend, Dutch bass player Martyn Lenoble, “who loves me from head to toe.” She has a cozy Malibu beach house that she calls “the best thing I’ve ever done for myself.” And, after a very public battle with breast cancer that has given her a gratifying “feeling of purpose,” Christina Applegate has a new lease on life. “I used to be really shy but I started to come into my own in my late 20s and early 30s,” Applegate, 37, tells PEOPLE in the cover interview for the annual Most Beautiful issue – her first interview since her reconstructive breast surgery last November. “Now I’m not afraid to speak up in a room full of people and be a part of the conversation.” The Samantha Who? star says she’s finding balance and embracing her body after undergoing a double mastectomy in July. “You have to get through the physical transformations then buck up, go to work and try to be the normal, happy Christina for everyone around you,” she says. One source of strength has been Lenoble. “He’s been a friend for about 13 years,” Applegate says. “Our relationship gets stronger and stronger. I’m really lucky.” And, more importantly, he makes the actress feel “beautiful” about her new body. “I’m very grateful to Martyn for coming along at a time that he did because he’s been my rock through all of this,” Applegate says. “He gave me something to really want to live for and something to smile about.”

Considering the life-changing effect that enduring a double mastectomy has on a woman, I am very impressed with Christina’s attitude about her beauty (which is on full display in this issue of People magazine). I, for the life of me, cannot imagine what it must be like to survive a bout with cancer so my hat is off to her in that respect. I suppose congrats are in order for being named by People magazine as one of the 100 Most Beautiful People. But, there are 99 other folks who have been deemed beautiful by People — after the jump, check out a few of those pretty faces … More »

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Sarah Jessica Parker & Matthew Broderick Are Expecting Twins

Via surrogate

Marc Malkin from E! News broke the happy news that Sarah Jessica Parker and husband Matthew Broderick are expecting twin baby girls this Summer … but SJP won’t be birthin’ the babies herself, the couple will leave that duty to a surrogate mother. The couple already have one child together, a 6 year old son named James Wilkie, so these twins will be adding to their happy family. Here is a pic of the happy couple posing together on the red carpet of the premiere of the new film Wonderful World at the TriBeCa Film Festival in NYC this week and some deets about their coming bundles of joy:


Split, shmit! Instead of going their separate ways, as has been whispered and denied for weeks, Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick are pooling their assets yet again. The couple are expecting twin daughters via a surrogate mother. “Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick are happily anticipating the birth of their twin daughters later this summer with the generous help of a surrogate,” the actors’ publicists said in a statement. “The entire family is overjoyed.” Parker, 44, and Broderick, 47, also have a son, 6-year-old James Wilkie. A source says that the already proud parents had been trying unsuccessfully to expand their brood for some time. “At a certain point, they were presented with an alternative,” the source says. “They could have kept trying on their own, but they’ve always wanted to have more children and felt this was the best way to go.” The insider says that Parker plans to take some time off after the twins’ arrival—but not much. If all goes according to plan, she intends to start shooting the Sex and the City sequel sometime this summer, as well.

Regarding the filming of the Sex and the City sequel, I understand that the movie will go into production in September … depending on when the babies are born, that should be plenty of time for her to spend time with the young’ns before getting back to work. I am overjoyed at this news. I really love SJP and Matthew together and I sincerely hope that this news will end all of that talk that the couple are splitting up. Much love and congrats goes out to their happy family. I cannot *wait* to see these two proud parents with their bouncing baby girls :)

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Kristen Stewart & Michael Angarano Get Lovey In Vancouver

AWWWW

Earlier today we saw cute new photos of Taylor Lautner and Selena Gomez lookin’ all couplely together in Vancouver, BC Canada where they each are working on new projects (he is filming The Twilight Saga: New Moon, she is filming Beezus and Ramona). But here are new pics of Twilight queen Kristen Stewart with her boyfriend Michael Angarano trying to out-cute Taylena … behold:


For those of you unaware, Michael Angarano is the actor who played Elliot on Will & Grace (among other things) and has been dating Kristen since well before she became Bella Swan in Twilight. There have been rumors of a romance between K. Stew and her co-star Robert Pattinson but, as I understand it, she and Michael have been happily attached for some time now. They do make a cute couple … but are they cuter than Taylor and Selena? What do y’all think?

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David Beckham Tries His Hand At Fashion Design

Would you wear threads designed by Becks?

Following in his wife’s fashion design footsteps, soccer star David Beckham is trying to branch out into fashion design by teaming up with designer James Bond to create a new line of sportswear for the Adidas Originals by Originals collection. Here is our first look at what Becks‘s design aesthetic looks like and some info about his new line of sportswear:


David Beckham has added designer to his résumé of model, muse and footballer. He collaborated with James Bond, owner of the Undefeated sneaker-freak boutiques, on a fall-winter men’s collection for Adidas Originals by Originals. Designers Jeremy Scott and Kazuki, who created spring collections for the label, have also reenlisted for fall. (Scott’s range includes women’s wear.) Beckham frequents Undefeated in Los Angeles and someone at Adidas, aware of their mutual admiration, proposed they collaborate. Their design approach was to update classic American sportswear with fashionable silhouettes and details. The apparel range features materials such as leather, cashmere and silk, while the footwear builds on iconic Adidas styles. The duo also developed accessories and thermal layering pieces. However, Beckham, who already has an athletic endorsement relationship with Adidas, has no plans to use his image or personal appearances to promote the new line.

I don’t particularly care for the baggy pants but I like the cardigan over the t-shirt look. I’d have to see more from this line of David Beckham designs but I think it could be cool. Something tells me by the sound of the materials used (cashmere, silk, etc.) that this new line of clothing ain’t gonna be cheap or even affordable. We all know what happened when Vicki B. tried to sell her overpriced denim jeans … no one bought them. Hopefully Becks will have more success with his line of clothes … ‘cuz Lord knows he could use the extra money. Are any of y’all interested in droppin’ the dough to buy clothes designed by David Beckham?

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‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ Premieres In Tempe, AZ

The US Premiere

Tempe, AZ became “Hollywood central” last night as the city played host to the US premiere of X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Hugh Jackman challenged all US cities to prove that they are deserving of hosting the premiere and Tempe narrowly beat out Davis, CA for the win. Hugh was joined by his Wolverine costars Liev Schreiber (Sabretooth), Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool), will.i.am (John Wraith), Taylor Kitsch (Gambit) and more at last night’s premiere at Harkins Theatres in the Tempe Marketplace … here are a few photos:


Wolverine is a rage-fueled, cranky mutant who prefers to work alone; Hugh Jackman couldn’t possibly be more the opposite. On Monday, however, both could be found in Arizona riding a motorcycle into an action-packed “X-Men” moment. “I’ve played this character for about nine years; I love the character,” said Jackman, who arrived to the “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” world premiere with great fanfare while riding a motorcycle into action, just like his claw-bearing mutant does in the flick. “[I] wanted to show the movie first to the most passionate X-Men and Wolverine fans, so we put a competition out online, and Tempe, Arizona, won. And I’ll tell you: These guys are passionate — they slept out two nights in a row [to get tickets]. Isn’t it the coolest thing?” To celebrate this weekend’s opening of “Origins,” Jackman devised a contest that had cities all across America creating Web sites and posting videos on YouTube. Tempe narrowly defeated Davis, California, and the festivities swept into a massive local shopping mall. A marching band kicked off the confetti-heavy event, the jovial mayor handed Jackman a placard that gave him lifetime parking privileges anywhere in the city, and a gaggle of giggling high school cheerleaders swarmed Ryan Reynolds for a photo. “This thing outranks every single friggin’ Hollywood or New York premiere they’ve ever had,” grinned Reynolds, moments before one of the cheerleaders could be heard bragging to her friends “I touched his butt!” “It’s a nice crowd. You jump into the crowds in L.A. and New York, and you’re liable to come out without a cell phone or a wallet. But here, they’re very sweet, they’re very kind … these people are amped.” While random celebrities such as Alice Cooper, Matt Leinart and recently ousted “American Idol” contestant Scott MacIntyre walked the lengthy red carpet, the film’s stars addressed concerns about enemies that had posed a last-minute threat to Wolverine’s spinoff film: The just-breaking news that the swine flu had canceled its Mexico City premiere and the much-publicized piracy of the flick. “This is a summer, go-to-the-movies joint,” explained Will.I.Am, who plays teleporting mutant John Wraith in the comic book flick. “The cats that saw it on the Internet know that’s not the way to see it. You need to sit in a big theater, get wrapped in the whole world, with the right sound, the right effects and the right environment. I don’t think the [leak to the] Internet is going to play a big role on how it performs.” Judging by the enthusiasm of the fans at the Tempe world premiere, Wolverine will slice through his new enemies just as easily as he has so many evil mutants over the years — and if the movie is a hit, Jackman promised there will be more Wolverine to come. “I’d like to do it; I love the character,” the actor said of possible sequels. “I think a lot will depend on what happens this weekend. We’ll see if people want to see the story.”

It sounds like Tempe, AZ made all of the celebs feel very welcome … congrats to them for winning the right to host the premiere. I think it would be really cool if other movie premieres took place in cities like this all around the country. I’m sure there are many fans all around the country that would jump at the chance to attend a big movie premiere like this. Why should NYC and LA get all the fun? I think everyone should have to right to enjoy some celeb lurve up close.

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Cast YOUR Vote For The LOGO 2009 ‘NewNowNext Awards’

The 2nd Annual Awards Show needs YOUR input

On June 13, LOGO will present the second annual NewNowNext Awards wherein Britney Spears will be honored this year with the Always Next, Forever Now Award for her contributions to pop culture. Additionally, a whole slew of fun award categories have been announced including the Ruining Pop Culture Award which is sponsored by Pink is the new Blog! LOGO has issued a press release announcing some of the celebs who will be on hand to present awards this year along with a full list of all of the award categories that YOU are now able to vote on. Here is the full text of the 2009 NewNowNext Awards press release along with a voting widget where you can cast your votes in the various categories:


Logo, the gay and lesbian-themed network from MTV Networks, pays homage to the pioneers of today who are transforming and defining tomorrow’s pop culture with the second annual “NewNowNext Awards” 2009. Hosted by RuPaul, the world’s most famous drag queen, this year’s celebration will feature a number of special guests and performers including Britney Spears who will be honored with the Always Next, Forever Now Award. Given annually, this special award pays homage to beloved LGBT icons. Premiering on Logo and simultaneously streaming on LOGOonline.com Saturday, June 13 at 9 PM ET/PT, “NewNowNext Awards” 2009 will be taped at the Hiro Ballroom from The Maritime Hotel in New York City on May 20. This year’s show will also feature appearances by Britney Spears, Vanessa Williams, Lance Bass, Robert Verdi, Wendy Williams, Lisa Lampinelli, Cheyenne Jackson as well as performances by Morningwood, The Fire and Reason, RuPaul, Jeffery Self & Cole Escola. Additional performers, presenters, and special guests will be announced as they are confirmed. Starting Today, Monday, April 27 visitors to NewNowNextAwards.com can review the nominees and vote for their favorites. Additional categories will be hosted on third-party blogs and sites including AfterEllen.com, AfterElton.com, ArjanWrites.com, Dlisted.com and PinkIsTheNewBlog.com. Last year “NewNowNext Awards” brought you the electrifying and firstever TV performance by Lady Gaga – before she began climbing the music charts and becoming the music and pop culture sensation she is today. In the same tradition this year’s awards will draw attention to what is new and next in music, film, television, online and pop culture. The “NewNowNext Awards” offers the LGBT perspective on what’s hot and hip in popular culture by honoring emerging and established artists and celebrities with such awards as Most Guiltiest Pleasure, Best Show You’re Not Watching and Brink of Fame: Music Artist. Unlike other awards shows, the “NewNowNext Awards” will not look at the year that passed, but will instead focus on what is up-and-coming in popular culture in 2009 and beyond. The 90-minute telecast will continue to put a spotlight on openly gay artists as well as all performers beloved by the LGBT community. The groundbreaking “NewNowNext Awards,” is the first truly multiplatform awards show. Viewers will be able to experience different aspects of the event across a number of platforms, including on-air, online at the event’s principal website, on-demand and on mobile devices. The tentpole event will also air on its sister websites AfterElton.com, NewNowNext.com and DowneLink.com and stream an online-only post show. “NewNowNext Awards” 2009 builds on Logo’s acclaimed NewNowNext franchise, which includes a pop culture blog NewNowNext.com and two on-air music shows: “NewNowNext PopLab,” the home for party music in all its forms and “NewNowNext Music,” the ultimate music video destination of today’s hottest artists and emerging musicians popular with the LGBT audience. Logo’s inaugural show last year, hosted by Candis Cayne and Colman Domingo, honored Tina Fey, Janet Jackson, designer Christian Siriano (Project Runway,) Leona Lewis, Planet Unicorn and many more. The awards also featured performances and appearances by Lady Gaga, The Cliks, Dangerous Muse and musician Cyndi Lauper. Logo’s “NewNowNext Awards” is sponsored by Orbitz.com, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Bridgestone and Avis. “NewNowNext Awards” are Executive Produced by Christopher Willey and Dave Mace for Logo and Frank Garritano for Line By Line Productions. Emmy-Award winner Manny Rodriguez will direct. For more information, visit LOGOonline.com or NewNowNextAwards.com.

I cannot tell you how excited I am that Pink is the new Blog has been asked to sponsor an award for the show. Make sure you cast YOUR choice for who you think is doing the most damage to Pop Culture and make sure you have your say for the other awards as well. The NewNowNext Awards are all about fun … click thru the widget above or visit the official NewNowNext Awards site HERE to cast your vote in categories like OMFG Internet Award, Best Show You’re Not Watching, Cause You’re Hot Award, Brink of Fame: Music Artist and more! On June 13, make sure you tune in to find out if your fave choices came out on top. I’ve already cast my votes in all of the categories … make sure you cast YOUR choices before the voting period ends.

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‘The Hills’ Will Return Sans Lauren Conrad

Everyone but LC will return for season 6

MTV has just announced that The Hills will return for a sixth season but will do so WITHOUT protagonist star Lauren LC Conrad. LC has announced that she is finished with the show and is ready to move on to other projects but, clearly, the rest of the cast and MTV do not feel the same. Newlyweds Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt will likely be the new focus for the show as the rest of the cast (along with “fresh faces”) will supplement the show:


It’s official: The Hills is returning this fall without star Lauren Conrad, MTV announced today. Heidi Montag, Audrina Patridge, Spencer Pratt, Brody Jenner, Stephanie Pratt, Lo Bosworth, Justin Bobby and “fresh faces,” will be back, the network teases in a statement. “Spencer and Heidi will be newlyweds, so the stakes are higher than ever before for the two to make things work,” adds MTV. “Viewers will find out life in Los Angeles only gets more complicated as friendships, relationships and loyalties are tested like never before.” Earlier this month, Montag — who wed on Saturday — told MTV News she’d “miss” Conrad — but not too much. “I just don’t know if we need her,” she said. “I know she hasn’t been wanting to be doing this for a while, and [the life she really leads] is not on camera. So I think it’s a closing chapter for her. I’m sure she’ll have fun and success.” When asked if The Hills could survive without Conrad, Patridge told Us: “Yes, we’re like family to our audience.” Conrad — who is designing a new line for Kohl’s — told Us in March that the decision to leave was “bittersweet. “I’ve spent the last five years making every decision be about the show,” she added.

I think pretty much everyone saw this coming. The Hills has been performing pretty well lately so it makes sense that the show would carry on … even without LC at the helm, I think we can pretty much expect more of the same in the coming season. Truth be told, my love for the show has cooled in recent months so I’m not really chomping at the bit for new eps. My first thought was that Speidi would be getting their own show but it seems smarter to just make them the central focus of an already successful series. What do y’all think … will The Hills be the same without LC? Would you be interested in watching Speidi take center stage in the coming season?

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Wine & Dine

The TV Guide

Yesterday David and I enjoyed another fun-filled day here in beautiful Chicago, IL … and altho it rained for most of the day, we managed to enjoy a window of time when we were able to hang on on the Magnificent Mile without the rain. We did a bit of shopping and I picked up a light Chicago Cubs jacket to to take back home with me to LA. It was really very beautiful outside … er, when it wasn’t raining:


After our shopping excursion, we met up with David’s good friend Shea who he was BFFs with on Semester at Sea back in college. Shea and her friend Reem took us out for an amazing dinner at Bin Wine Bar in Wicker Park where we ate, drank and were very merry. Sadly, the rain poured all night long so we weren’t able to explore the neighborhood like we hoped but we had an amazing time with the ladies nonetheless. I also got to meet Pink reader Jennifer last night, it was my pleasure meeting her :)

Tonight is our third and last Britney Spears concert … we are very excited to see her again. Tonight is also our last night in Chicago as we fly back to LA tomorrow afternoon. Not sure exactly what we may do after the concert but hopefully we’ll get to hang out with some fun Chicagoans in Boys Town :)

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Mayer is single, Spector switches, Mr. Big will be back
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The New Cast Of ‘Skins’ Does ‘Nylon’ Magazine

The new kids on the block get some US press

The third season of Skins, which featured an entirely new cast from the first two seasons of the show, may already be finished in the UK but the season is scheduled to air here in the US on BBC America sometime soon. So, to prepare, Nylon magazine is featuring some of the new cast in a feature in their new issue in order to introduce the new kids to the US audience:


Nylonmag.com posted an interview online with some of the new cast but it has mysteriously been taken down for some unknown reason. While we wait for it to come back, let’s check out a few photos of some of the individual castmembers — including Kaya Scodelario, Luke Pasqualino, Lily Loveless and Ollie Barbieri — which you can see after the jump … More »

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Dolly Rose & Charlie Tulip Go For A Stroll In Toronto

Take mommy & daddy out for some sun

Here are a couple of really cute pics of twins Dolly Rose and Charlie Tulip Romijn-O’Connell out for a stroll with their parents Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O’Connell in Toronto, Canada yesterday afternoon. Rebecca is in town reportedly filming a new movie called The Love Child (which also stars Donald Sutherland) and Jerry and the twins are with her to lend their moral support … behold:


While this is one of the first times that we’ve seen the baby twins out and about in public it is not our very first look at them. As you may recall, Jerry showed off a cute photo of the just-born twins live on national TV just weeks after they were born in late December. The little ones have gotten quite big in the past few months … and they look darling. These little girls are going to be the cutest little twins ever … don’t you think?

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Michael Jackson & Kids Can’t Mask Their Love Of Shopping

Try as they might

Now that everyone is worried about contracting the swine flu from going out in public it’s not too surprising to see folks wearing surgical masks these days … so mebbe Michael Jackson thought it would be the perfect opportunity to don is fave mask and take his children — Prince Michael Jackson, Paris Michael Jackson and Prince Michael Jackson, II a.k.a. Blanketout for a shopping excursion on Melrose Ave. yesterday. Perhaps he thought he might be able to avoid detection by blending it with the other masked shoppers … and he almost got away with it if it weren’t for those fancy red pants he was wearing. Here are a few pics:


Michael Jackson caused a stir in West Hollywood yesterday as he took his three children on a shopping spree. The eccentric pop star enjoyed a chaotic visit to the Ed Hardy by Christian Audigier store with seven-year-old Prince Michael II (known as Blanket), 11-year-old Paris and 12-year-old Prince Michael in tow. The 50-year-old’s children donned school uniforms for the trip and kept their faces covered up with flamboyant carnival masks as they shopped inside. Jackson also opted for the school look and sported a green blazer and red baggy trousers with his trademark surgical mask. After spending over an hour inside the store, the group left the premises while an aide carried their numerous purchases. It was a rare public family outing for the Jackson clan. The star has gone to great lengths to ensure that his children are protected from the media glare and the youngsters’ faces have only been pictured once. Jackson has been locked away in recent months as he rehearses for his 50-night comeback tour at London’s O2 arena this summer.

I always thought it was counterproductive for Jacko to insist that his children wear masks when they go out in public. As I understand it, Jacko wants his kids to wear disguises so that they won’t be targeted by kidnappers. It seems to me that if someone wanted to kidnap his children, they’d know exactly which kids to target … the only kids wearing brightly feathered masks. If you look closely at the insignias on the uniform jackets the kids are wearing, it appears that the logo is an MJ crest of some sort. Clearly, these children are getting the best education possible at the Michael Jackson School of Scholastics. It is so hard not to feel bad for these kids … I cannot even imagine how odd their lives must be.

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Jamie Lynn Spears & Maddie Briann Breeze Thru LA

In-N-Out

Jamie Lynn Spears and her daughter Maddie Briann were spotted upon arrival at LAX Airport in SoCal late last week as the ladies were planning to spend some time with Mama/Grandmama Lynne Spears for a spell:


Unfortch, babydaddy Casey Aldridge got into a car accident on Sunday when he lost control of his truck and flipped it, resulting in injuries to Casey and 3 other passengers. It is being reported that Casey will be moved from ICU so he should be OK but JL and MB packed up their shizz and flew back home to Louisiana so that they could be with Casey during his recuperation. This is the first time that we’ve seen Maddie Briann in quite some time … I believe the last time we saw her she was still a tiny thing being pushed around in a stroller. She has grown considerably since we saw her late last year. It’s still strange to think of Jamie Lynn as a mother but, as I understand it, she and Casey have been holding their own as parents. Except for Casey‘s wild ride this weekend, the couple have remained out of trubs and have been keeping well out of sight. I suppose JL and Maddie will stay out of sight for the duration of Casey‘s recuperation but it was nice to get a peek at the little girl after all these months.

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Taylor Lautner & Selena Gomez Go On A Movie Date

Taylena get 'Obsessed'

Over the weekend we learned that The Twilight Saga: New Moon star Taylor Lautner has sparked up a teen romance with Disney actress Selena Gomez in Vacouver, BC Canada (where Taylor is working on the Twilight sequel) and today we get to see a couple new photos of Taylena lookin’ all cute together as they made their way on a movie date. All together now, AWWWWWWWWW:


Selena Gomez and Taylor Lautner stepped out together in Vancouver over the weekend, sparking rumors that the Disney Channel star and the Twilight hunk are more than just friends. When they had a break from filming (him New Moon and her Ramona and Beezus), Lautner, 17, picked up Gomez, 16, at her hotel Saturday, and the young couple headed for dinner at the upscale Cactus Club in the town of Coquitlam. After dinner, they linked arms and walked to a nearby cineplex to see the Beyonce Knowles thriller Obsessed. “They were cuddling throughout the movie and sat very close together,” says an onlooker. “[They were] definitely acting like they were boyfriend and girlfriend.” It’s not the first time the couple has been spotted together. They recently grabbed dinner with some friends – including Lautner’s Twilight costar Robert Pattinson. They were also spotted drinking lattes together at a nearby cafe on Thursday. “They were just sort of doing their own thing, talking,” an onlooker tells PEOPLE. Despite the cuddling at Saturday’s movie, sources say it’s not exactly a romance. “He has been visiting her on the set and they’ve been hanging out in Vancouver, says a source. “The two of them are friends.”

Yes, they do make a really adorable pair of friends. How much do you want to bet that Selena has been doodling Taylor‘s name in her notebook with hearts all over the place? Why, a more perfect couple could not have been thought up by any publicist out there. They seem well suited for one another and I bet they really like hanging out together … as friends. Ain’t puppy love grand?

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No Doubt Invades ‘Gossip Girl’

Preview the flashback scenes for the new 'GG' spin-off

The May 11th episode of Gossip Girl is the big ep where the proposed new spin-off series based on the life of the young Lily van der Woodsen in the 80′s gets featured. In order to help kick off the new show, No Doubt has been enlisted to portray the fictional 80′s band called Snowed Out and will perform on the show via 80′s flashback. Saying Snowed Out out loud sounds like you’re saying No Doubt … which is actually kinda cool (thanks Alex). Yeah, it’s a bit confusing but the plan is to entice the viewer into wanting to see more of this new as yet untitled new show. Here is our first look at No Doubt as Snowed Out in the upcoming Gossip Girl ep titled Valley Girls:


May 11 is bound to be a really big day for our beloved Upper East Siders — not only are they getting a potential spin-off starring Brittany Snow and Krysten Ritter, but No Doubt is gracing the show with their SoCal presence. Well, sort of. Gwen Stefani, Tony Kanal, Adrian Young and Tom Dumont will play a fictional 1980s band called Snowed Out in the flashback-heavy hour. We come across the faux-strummers when a young Lily checks out her very first rock show with sister Carol. If all goes according to plan, the “Gossip Girl” spin-off and characters will be appearing on your TV weekly.

It’s funny how the No Doubt of the 80′s looks a lot like the No Doubt of the late 90′s. Nonetheless, I’m really looking forward to seeing the band on the show. I understand that they will be performing a cover of the Adam Ant song Stand and Deliver, which they recorded and gave away to fans who purchased VIP tickets to their upcoming tour. The May 11th ep of Gossip Girl will feature a whole lot more 80′sness than just No Doubt as a faux band. After the jump, check out a few promo photos released by The CW of some of the characters that will be featured on the upcoming GG spin-off series … More »

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Lindsay Lohan Goes For A Swim In Hawaii

Bathing beauty

Lindsay Lohan, who is currently on the island of Maui, HI on a mini-vacay with family and friends, spent a bit of time playing in the water with her little sister Aliana Lohan yesterday. The girls whopped it up together in the historic birthing tide pools looking as if they were having the time of their lives … behold:


Lindsay Lohan’s split from girlfriend Samantha Ronson has clearly been unhelpful in her constant battle to maintain a healthy weight. Now, in a bid to take her mind over her recent romantic upheaval, the Mean Girls actress is holidaying in Hawaii with her younger sister Ali and a few friends. But the troubled star’s weight loss was all too apparent when she showed off her skinny figure in a skimpy bikini yesterday. Following a heart-to-heart with DJ Samantha last Thursday night, the 22-year-old jetted to Hawaii for some much needed time out. Wearing a black and white bikini bra and black bottoms, Lindsay looked super slim as she chatted to friends and swam in the lava rock pools. In between swimming and enjoying the sun, Lindsay repeatedly checked her Blackberry for messages and made friends with a local dog. She also caught up on some reading with a telling book entitled The Little Teal Book Of Trust by Jeffrey Gitomer, which teaches the reader how to trust people and be trustworthy. Friends of the actress say her recent weight loss is a cry for attention following her split from Samantha on April 4 … Lindsay appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres chat show last week and told of how the couple’s break-up came ‘out of nowhere’ for her. After their meeting last week, Lindsay is hopeful for a reconciliation. Following their six-hour meeting at Samantha’s LA home, the DJ has now changed her relationship status from ‘single’ to ‘it’s complicated’ on her Facebook page. Lindsay told Ellen: “I really care about Samantha and we’ll see what happens. Maybe when we’re fully in the right place. I love her.”

While I think this little holiday in Hawaii will do the girl some good, I really think that Lindsay needs to take care of herself a bit more. Seeing her this happy is great but she really does look frail in some of her recent photos. No matter what happens with Samantha, she needs to put herself and her health first in order to find happiness. But, again, I think this trip with family and friends will do wonders for her disposition. I’m rootin’ for Lindsay to find happiness … but she really needs to find it within herself rather than in someone else. Rest up, Linds!!

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Simon Rex Hitting On Lance Bass

Bromance or Showmance?

It turns out that it’s not just half-nekkid Brazilian men and lovely ladies who love Lance Bass … apparently so does Dirt Nasty himself Simon Rex — who was spotted all up on Lance‘s biz in West Hollywood, CA over the weekend as the pair filmed some sort of TV pilot together:


Now, I’m not sure what kind of TV series could do these two guys justice but I’m willing to find out. It looks as if Simon was really trying to get under Lance‘s skin, it looks as if he even tried to plant a kiss on Lance in that second pic. Lance doesn’t look too happy about any of this … but they do make a cute couple nonetheless. What kind of show do you think these two guys are cooking up together? Would you watch?

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Megan Is A Fox On The Set Of ‘Jonah Hex’

The action starlet films her next movie

Megan Fox, who sexes up the upcoming blockbuster Summer sequel Transformers: Rise of the Fallen this June, has been spotted on the Louisiana set of the new Warner Bros. big screen adaptation of the Western-style comic book Jonah Hex. Here are a couple pics of Megan in her sexy period pieces on set yesterday:


ComingSoon.net/Superhero Hype! has received new photos of Megan Fox wearing two different costumes on the set of Warner Bros. Pictures’ comic book adaptation Jonah Hex. Opening August 6, 2010, the Jimmy Hayward-directed action-adventure co-stars Josh Brolin, John Malkovich, Will Arnett and Michael Shannon. Hex, known for having the right side of his face disfigured and wearing a Confederate army uniform, was a rough-and-tumble gunslinger and part-time bounty hunter whose adventures always ended in blood.

Ah yes … sounds like a charming and uplifting film. I, personally, am not a fan of anything Western-themed nor am I familiar with this particular comic book series but the cast does sound impressive. Megan looks great in her sexy corset … which I’m sure all the fanboys will appreciate muchly. I suspect we may see more from the Jonah Hex set in the weeks to come. Any fans out there? Is this a comic book title I should be reading?

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The McConaughey-Alves Fam Does The MaliBLUE Fest

Plus, Matthew reveals that his son likes to pee on him

Matthew McConaughey, his babymama Camila Alves and their young son Levi Alves made their way to the Malibu Pier in Malibu, CA over the weekend to attend The MaliBLUE Art & Music Festival as a happy little family. As you can see from the photos, Matthew let Camila carry Levi for most of the time most likely because little Levi likes to pee on his father every chance he gets:


Matthew McConaughey’s son loves peeing on him. The ‘Ghosts of Girlfriends Past’ actor claims nine-month-old Levi – his son with his Brazilian girlfriend Camila Alves – is always delighted when he manages to squirt him with urine at changing time. He said: “Yes, I’ve changed diapers and yes, Levi has peed on me – more than a few times to both. He gets the joke when he pees on me. He laughs. He laughs his butt off! I think I am good at changing diapers. I could have a race-off with some other dads out there.” Despite his son’s penchant for soaking him, Matthew loves being a parent. The 39-year-old actor says becoming a father has helped him find joy in life, explaining just seeing his son smile makes him happy. He revealed to People magazine: “The coolest thing I’ve learned from Levi is kids really remind you of your sense of humour. Like I was just saying, they pee on you and they’re just laughing and all of sudden you’re reminded of having a sense of humour about everything. You can watch Levi, and everything he sees is for the first time, so you see the wonder in something we see every day.”

LMAO! But I gotta say, I bet this isn’t the first time that Matthew has been peed on before … but it is prolly the first time he’s admitted as much in the press. In any event, I love seeing new photos of Matthew out with his new family … Camila and Levi have really sorted out his partyboy behavior.

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Dev Patel & Freida Pinto’s Real-Life Romance

Mama Patel confirms the couple's romance

The romantic love affair that we got to enjoy on the big screen between Dev Patel and Freida Pinto in Slumdog Millionaire has, apparently, spilled over into real life. For weeks there has been speculation that the co-stars were more than just friends … and at last Dev Patel‘s mother is spilling the beans that the couple are really dating in real life. Here is a recent photo of Dev and Freida lookin’ all couplely in Israel (where she is currently filming her next movie) and the deets on their relationship from Mama Patel:


After much speculation about the nature of the relationship involving Slumdog Millionaire stars Dev Patel and Freida Pinto, Patel’s mother Anita has confirmed to a British newspaper that the pair are very much a couple. “First it was the film and now everything else seems to have slotted into place,” Mrs. Patel is quoted as saying in Monday’s Daily Mirror. “Life can’t get any better for him. Freida is really beautiful, and I am really happy for them.” Her comments come just days after Patel, 19, jetted to Israel to spend a whirlwind date with the Mumbai beauty, 24. “Yes, we knew he was flying to Israel to see her,” said Patel’s mother. The pair rendezvoused in Tel Aviv as Pinto took time off from filming her latest movie in Jerusalem. The couple spent a few hours together in a hotel before emerging for a stroll around the harbor and an early champagne dinner at a seaside restaurant. Onlookers said Pinto couldn’t keep her hands off Patel. The couple spent their time at the table smooching and holding hands to the delight of a group of Japanese tourists who happened to pass by.

Aww … I love it … these two make such a cute couple. I think they are a great match for each other and what better way to fall in love than while making the Academy Award winning Best Picture of the year. So happy to see young love spring anew … here’s hoping these two stay together for a long time to come. Love them!!

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First Look: Tori Amos, ‘Maybe California’

Tori's Mother's Day Gift

Spinner.com is today giving us our first look and listen to a plaintive new Tori Amos song titled Maybe California from her new album Abnormally Attracted to Sin which is due out on May 19. Tori wrote the song as one mother to other mothers as her gift for Mother’s Day. Here are a few screencaps from the visualette that accompanies the song and a short explanation about the song’s meaning:


This Mother’s Day, Tori Amos wanted to extend a special gift to all mothers in the best way she knows how: with song. ‘Maybe California’ — off her May 19th-due album, ‘Abnormally Attracted to Sin’ — was written, as she describes it, from one mother to another, who, as the lyrics explore, is contemplating suicide. The tune itself is meant as a saving grace, of sorts. “There are people in our lives, and we all know them, that are able to give even in the darkest of times,” Amos, who has an 8-year-old daughter, Natashya, says. “Even when they seem depleted. But somehow by giving, they gain this magical light. Even the most giving person needs a gift every once and a while, just to know they are seen and appreciated. ‘Maybe California’ is my gift to you.”

As Los Angelinos will recognize, the visualette video was filmed in LA and features a few well-known landmarks and attractions. The song is slow and sad but is nonetheless beautiful and poignant. The visualette adds to the feel of the song and can be watched in full after the jump … More »

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In The Navy … Pier

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Yesterday was our first full day here in Chicago, IL and we really made the most of the amazing weather. Altho the day started out cold and rainy, it brightened up by noontime and for the most part the rest of the day was glorious. David and I met up with Sarah, Mark, Joe and Lea for brunch at Atwood Cafe before heading over to Garrett’s Popcorn for a bag of cheesy/caramel popcorn mix. Trust me, y’all, if you’re ever in Chicago you MUST get this mix of popcorn … it’s absolutely delish! With cheesy/sticky popcorn fingers, we made our way to Millennium Park to hang out and take photos before making our way to Navy Pier to ride the rides:


At one point along our walk, we felt the wind shift and actually felt the temperature go from the low 60s to the low 80s … I have never felt a temperature change that quick before in my life. It was kinda freaky but very cool. We rode the Ferris Wheel and Swings and really had a fab time. After our afternoon out, we parted ways with Joe and Lea and made our way back to our suite at the Hard Rock Hotel to chill out before Sarah and Mark had to drive back to Detroit. David and I went out for Chicago Deep Dish pizza at Gino’s East before calling it a night back home at the Hard Rock again. I had forgotten how much I love this city … the people are very cool and there is so much to see and do. It’s been quite some time since I was in the city last and there are so many new things to see … the city has gotten even cooler!

I believe we are meeting up with one of David’s friends who lives here in the city but I think the rest of the day will be spent exploring on foot again. So great to back in the city again … we are really loving it.

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The 2009 British Academy Of Film & Television Awards Are Handed Out

British film stars get their due

British television stars made their way to the Royal Festival Hall in London, England yesterday for the 2009 British Academy of Film and Television Awards (ie. the UK Emmy Awards). Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick, Skins star Kaya Scodelario and Mischa Barton (who really had no reason to be at the awards show at all) all appeared at yesterday’s award show … as did Jennifer Saunders who, it must be said, looked Absolutely Fabulous with her short blonde hair’do:


Naturalist David Attenborough, actor Kenneth Branagh and comedy duo French and Saunders have been honoured with gongs at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) awards. In a glittering ceremony in London, Attenborough picked up the specialist factual Bafta for “Life in Cold Blood,” his series on reptiles and amphibians — the eighth time he and his wildlife programmes have been honoured here. “Our thanks, of course, go to the spitting cobras, axolotls, golden frogs, dwarf chameleons, those happy tortoises, and this (award) belongs not to me or to them but the production team,” the 82-year-old said. Actor and director Branagh, best known for his Shakespearean roles on stage and on screen, took his first Bafta for a television appearance for “Wallander,” which he produced and also stars in as a Swedish detective. Accepting the best drama award, which comes 20 years after he won a film Bafta for Henry V, Branagh thanked the BBC for commissioning the show. “They took a risk in wondering whether the world would be interested in the troubled life of a melancholy Scandinavian, but as I have spent half my life trying to make a living doing that, it wasn’t such a stretch for me,” he said, referring to his performances as the Danish prince “Hamlet.” Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders, who have been cracking jokes together for the past 30 years, were jointly given the academy fellowship, which Saunders said was a “great honour.” Golden Globe-winning US drama “Mad Men,” about an advertising agency in 1960s New York, won the prize for best international programme.

Additionally, Skins took home the Philips Audience Award which is the only award voted on by the audience and honors the Best Programme of 2008. It was accepted on behalf of the show by Kaya Scodelario (who plays Effie) and Hannah Murray (who plays Cassie):


I understand that over 22,000 votes were cast and the amazing show Skins came out on top. I absolutely contend that Skins is the best TV series on the air both in the UK and here in the US … it’s really an amazing show and I’m glad to know that it has been honored in this way. Congrats!!

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Brad Pitt & Boys Have A Guys Weekend

Who needs girls?

Brad Pitt and his eldest sons Maddox Chivan and Pax Thien spent some great bonding time together this weekend while mommy Angelina Jolie was hard at work on the set of her new film Salt. Brad and the boys were first spotted chillin’ together on Long Island, NY …


… before they sneaked off to Niagra Falls, Ontario Canada to enjoy (among other things) a Maid of the Mist tourist ride:


People magazine may have named him “Sexiest Man Alive” twice, but even Brad Pitt looked a little goofy in his blue Maid of the Mist poncho. The superstar actor was in Niagara Falls, Ont., on a picture-perfect afternoon to take in the sights of the world-famous cataracts Saturday. In tow were two of his sons, Maddox and Pax; his parents, Bill and Jane, and his bodyguards. The group enjoyed the attractions while remaining relatively under the radar. Not with them was Pitt’s equally famous partner, Angelina Jolie, who has been filming the thriller “Salt” in Albany. “He was looking good,” sighed a star-struck Melissa Harris, 17, of Niagara Falls, Ont., as the hunky actor rushed past her. She conceded she was a little chagrined that she didn’t have her camera with her for the celebrity sighting. A pair of German tourists also recognized the famous dad and delightedly snapped photos with their cell phones. But for the most part, Pitt remained largely unnoticed— just another dad enjoying a tourist attraction with his family. Pitt managed to keep a low profile by sporting a look closer to that of the Unabomber than a movie star. He wore big, dark sunglasses and a paperboy-style cap with the hood of his oversized black sweat shirt pulled over his head. The Pitt family was given the star treatment at the Maid of the Mist. When their black SUV with tinted windows was escorted down to the dock about 3 p.m., they were discreetly whisked to the front of the line. The family gathered on the upper deck as bodyguards kept careful watch. During their ride, the Pitts took turns snapping photos of each other and the falls, and the little boys seemed to enjoy getting drenched. Most of the tourists seemed oblivious to the famous family in their midst. “Aaaahhhh!” screamed a distressed Raisa Monteiro, 18, a Brazilian exchange student, after learning that she had been on the same boat as Pitt, but hadn’t even caught a glimpse of him. “Maybe we can find them!” her friends cried, as they frantically tried to figure out where the family had gone. But Pitt was long gone, apparently headed back to Albany. U.S. border officers said the actor was very pleasant as he crossed through the checkpoint at the Rainbow Bridge.

Aww … it’s so cool that Brad is able to sneak his kids off for a relatively quite afternoon of fun without most people being any the wiser. I imagine it’s difficult for any of the Brangelina brood to go anywhere unnoticed but I guess they get lucky sometimes. It really is remarkable how normal the family is … it says a lot that both Brad and Angelina work so hard to keep their kids’ lives as normal as possible.

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Mel B. Shows Off Her Assets By The Pool

Wowza!

Scary Spice Melanie Brown was anything but scary when she showed up poolside with her hubby Stephen Belafonte in Beverly Hills, CA this weekend. The popstar-turned-burlesque-performer was seen at the Peninsula Hotel over the weekend taking a short break from her Las Vegas revue show Peepshow which is currently running at the Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino … clearly, Miss Thang was interested in showing off her hot bod … check it out:


Stunning Mel B looked relaxed and carefree as she cavorted in the sunshine with her husband Stephen Belafonte. The former Spice Girl showed she was in great shape as the pair frolicked by the poolside of the Peninsula Hotel, in Beverley Hills, Los Angeles. The 33-year-old is on a break from her Las Vegas burlesque revue Peepshow but the impact of the dancing regime was clear from her toned figure. Husband Stephen helped her to make sure she had not missed any spots with the suncream before Mel slipped out of her four inch platforms ready for a dip. The pair gazed lovingly into each others’ eyes as they enjoyed a quick cuddle while they splashed around in the sun-dappled water. And Stephen did not waste the opportunity to admire his wife’s figure, taking a cheeky glance at her backside as she climbed back out of the pool.

Damn! Mel B. looks amazing! I can see why producers in Vegas were very interested in getting her to star in their new Peepshow … I don’t think she’s ever looked better. You gotta love that Mel B. is proud to show off all of her hard work. A body like that should be on display … you work it, Mel B. I think it’s safe to say that she is hottest of the Spice Girls, no?

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Hayden Panettiere & Katy Perry Chill With Minnie Mouse

Take a bow

Heroes star Hayden Panettiere and popstar Katy Perry (who was recently seen hangin’ with Rihanna in Barbados) met up at Disney‘s Hollywood Studios at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, FL over the weekend to pose for a cute pic with Disney World‘s HBIC Minnie Mouse … behold:


Hayden and Katy were chillin’ at the park before they took to the stage for Disney’s Grad Nite, which is an in-park concert for High School seniors (Hayden hosted, Katy performed). The three ladies look all cute with their matching bows and shizz … it sounds like the Grad Nite was a big hit this year — bands like Metro Station and White Tie Affair also performed for the high school seniors. It’s hard to believe that it’s already graduation time again … but when the Mouse says it’s time to graduate, it’s time to graduate. Congrats class of 2009!!

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Same-Sex Couples Apply To Marry In Iowa

Marriage equality comes to the heartland

Earlier this month we learned the amazing news that the Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that the ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional in the State of Iowa, making Iowa one of 3 US States to allow same-sex marriage. Today is the first day that same-sex couples are allowed to apply for marriage licenses in Iowa which means that today the State is taking a huge step forward towards marriage equality in this country:


Same-sex couples have begun filing for marriage licenses in the state of Iowa after the state’s Supreme Court legalized gay marriage. Two Lincoln, Neb., women were first in line at the Pottawattamie County Recorder’s office in Council Bluffs to apply for their license. Sarah Fentress and Bambi Smith have been friends for 20 years. Both women said it’s hard to put into words what this day means to them. “It’s just about us and that we can be a complete family,” Fentress said. Six couples were waiting outside the Courthouse before the doors opened Monday morning. Same-sex weddings could take place Monday if couples can secure waivers from judges that let them bypass Iowa’s three-day waiting period. One couple in Des Moines did get a waiver shortly after their license was issued. The Iowa Supreme Court’s unanimous April 3 decision makes Iowa the third state to allow same-sex marriage.

The New York Times published a story yesterday about same-sex marriage coming to Iowa which, it turns out, isn’t really that big of a deal to the people who live there:

Many people, even some who live here, cannot mesh their plain-Jane image of Iowa, a state that sits so sturdily in the middle, with the front lines of the same-sex marriage debate. “To be honest, I would rather not have it in Iowa,” said Shirley Cox, who has spent most of her 84 years in this old railroad town. Ms. Cox said she had always been proud to tell people what state she was from, but now was not so sure. “But the thing is,” she went on, “it’s really none of my business. Who am I to tell someone how to live? I live the way I want, and they should live the way they want. I’m surely not going to stomp and raise heck and campaign against it.” This reluctance to interlope in the lives of one’s neighbors — “a very Iowa attitude,” in the words of one local political scientist, derived in part from the state’s rural heritage — may help explain how Iowa finds itself in this moment. Add to that individualistic sensibility the state’s current political alignment and its little-known, pioneering legal past on once similarly volatile questions, like segregation and the role of women, and suddenly it seems far less surprising to outsiders that this could happen here in the seemingly endless, rolling acres of cornfields. “People may think of us some other way,” said Paul Lasley, a sociologist at Iowa State University, “but in the main, it is tolerance — not always support, but tolerance — that has really been the weave and warp of Iowa culture. Understanding the culture of Iowa is understanding that many of us are descendants of people who were once denied liberties in their home countries.” This month, the Iowa Supreme Court found a state law banning same-sex marriage to be a violation of the state Constitution, in essence deeming the practice legal, as of this week. Iowa will be one of three states, and the only one far from the coasts, to allow the marriages. (A fourth state, Vermont, will permit same-sex marriages come September. California did, briefly, until voters rejected the practice in November.) In Des Moines, the state capital, observers of the court said the unanimous decision surprised them. Mark S. Kende, a law professor at Drake University, said he had viewed these justices as “more a lawyerly court than left-leaning or willing to stick its neck out on something like this.” Five of the justices were appointed by Democratic governors; the remaining two, including the author of the opinion, Justice Mark S. Cady, were chosen by a Republican. “One doesn’t want to psychoanalyze the court,” Mr. Kende said, “but you can see how they drew on the heritage of Iowa in the area of equality and seemed to see their own decision in that context.”

I, too, was very surprised to learn that Iowa has decided to allow same-sex marriage but in the context of the history of the State, it does make sense. I believe Iowa was one of the first States to strike down the ban on interracial marriage. The idea of live and let live seems to me to be a very American ideal, one that many people seem to forget. I’m pleased to know that the great State of Iowa holds true to its ideals even in the face of huge change. Here is a list of requirements for same-sex couples to marry in Iowa:

Marriage requirements: Two people, over 18, not already legally married, not closely related and legally competent to enter into a civil contract.

License: Applicants must show proof of identity, pay $35 fee, and have a witness sign the application. Three-day waiting period before wedding may be performed, although this may be waived by judge.

Ceremony: Must be in Iowa, with both parties, an officiate (judge or leader of a religious faith) and two witnesses present.

If a same-sex couple have been legally married elsewhere, their marriage is valid in Iowa as of Monday. It is not yet clear if civil unions from another state or registered domestic partnerships will be recognized in Iowa.

For a divorce, one party must have been a resident of Iowa for at least one year.

HMMM … sounds a lot like the requirements for heterosexual couples to marry as well. Kudos to Iowa for advancing the cause of marriage equality while other States disappointingly fall behind. The rest of the US will catch up with you Iowa, it’ll just take some time.

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Lindsay Lohan Makes Her Way To Hawaii

Shoppin' the blues away

Lindsay Lohan, who has been spending a bit of time with her recently ex-girlfriend Samantha Ronson back home in LA in the past few days, has made her way to Maui, HI over the weekend to spend some downtime with her younger sister Aliana Lohan and some friends. Here are a few photos of a very happy-looking Lindsay doing a bit of retail therapy in Maui yesterday afternoon:


Frail Lindsay Lohan looked painfully thin as she donned a tiny pair of hotpants for some retail therapy. The troubled actress has been heartbroken over her split with Samantha Ronson and is now in Hawaii with her 15-year-old sister Ali and friends as she tries to get over the break-up. Wearing a small floral blouse and denim shorts, it was clear just how tiny the Mean Girls star has become. The blouse slipped over her shoulder to reveal her sinewy upper arms and back as she shopped in Gucci and Louis Vuitton on the island of Maui. Even the tiny hotpants, which would have been snug on the trimmest of celebrities, gaped around the 22-year-old’s thighs. A friend has told a U.S. magazine that the formerly curvy actress has been losing weight in an attempt to get attention from Ronson. “She wants Sam to see how bad she’s hurting,” the pal told People magazine. But while the actress has publicly said she is still in love with Samantha, the DJ has kept quiet about the end of their turbulent affair. And while Lohan spent thousands of dollars in upmarket boutiques, the DJ cut a lonely figure lunching at Sant Ambroeus in New York. She was with friends, but seemed more interested in checking her Blackberry for messages – and it seemed her former lover was doing the same thousands of miles away in Hawaii. Their on-off relationship came to a crashing end three weeks ago when the 31-year-old DJ and her family refused to let the actress into a party at Bar Marmont in Hollywood. The next day, Sam changed the locks on the Hollywood Hills home she shared with Lindsay and there were reports the Ronson family made inquires with police about a restraining order. But according to some U.S. reports, the actress was spent the night at Ronson’s place on Friday.

Despite the fact that Lindsay does look pretty frail these days, the fact that she is all smiles is encouraging. My guess is that the ladies are working on getting things back on track or, at the very least, are working towards remaining friendly with one another. Since Samantha had to jet off to NYC, Linds prolly thought it would be fun to take off for a mini-vacay in Hawaii with family and friends. Something tells that the ladies are staying in touch even tho they are so far away from one another. I’m still hoping for a total reunification of L. Ron. Maybe this time apart will help them realize that they need to be together :)

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Betty White & Rue McClanahan Remember Bea Arthur

Thank her for being a friend

On Saturday we learned the incredibly sad news that famed actress of the stage and small screen Bea Arthur, prolly most remembered for her role as Dorothy Zbornak on the beloved TV series The Golden Girls but also for her ground-breaking role in the 1970′s as Maude on both All In The Family and her own series Maude, passed away at the age of 86 after losing her battle with cancer. Bea‘s surviving co-stars Betty White and Rue McClanahan have since paid tribute to Bea in interviews and official statements. Betty issued a statement, which you can read in full here, and Rue spoke fondly of Bea in an interview with Entertainment Weekly and on The Today Show. Here are a couple photos of Bea, Betty and Rue all together at The TVLand Awards last year where the ladies accepted a pop culture award on behalf of The Golden Girls (Estelle Getty was still alive at this time last year but was too ill to attend the award show):


Here is the full text of Betty White‘s statement on Bea‘s passing:

“I knew it would hurt, I just didn’t know it would hurt this much.. I’m so happy that she received her Lifetime Achievement Award while she was still with us, so she could appreciate that. She was such a big part of my life.”

Here is a portion of Rue McClanahan‘s interview about Bea with Entertainment Weekly:

What did you learn about acting from Bea Arthur?
What I got attached to, as an actress, was her impeccable timing. And I loved playing scenes with her. She taught me, by watching her, even back during Maude, to be outrageously courageous as a comedienne, to go out on a limb, to go farther than I’ve ever dreamed of going. [On The Golden Girls], Blanche had to say and do things that Rue found difficult. And it would always be Bea who said [deepens voice to perfectly imitate Arthur] “Oh say it! It’s funny!”

What was she like off-camera?
As a friend she was giving and loving to me. She was a very close, quiet, rather timid person, very gentle. I saw someone say something once that they didn’t mean to be a cutting remark, but it hit her wrong, and she immediately burst into tears. That was not seen very often, but those emotions were right under the surface.

It’s interesting to hear that, because I think a lot of fans just assumed she was as tough as Maude, as gruff as Dorothy.
Not just the public! When I first worked with her on Maude and came back to New York, actors descended upon me and said “Oooh! What was it like? Was it scary working with Bea Arthur?” I said “Good heavens! Anything but!” That height — she was 5’10” flat-footed — and that deep voice, and that manner she was able to summon up, made people think she would be difficult. But she wasn’t.

Any interesting quirks?
[On Golden Girls], Bea always sat in the same chair at rehearsals. Always. And she always had to have me on her right, and Betty [White] and Estelle [Getty] across the table from her. And we could not change seats from year to year, or even from week to week.

How did Bea feel about her status as a feminist icon?
Of course she was aware of it, but I tell you what meant something to Bea: Acting, performing, playing comedy and doing it well.

What did Bea mean to women of her generation? Maude and The Golden Girls both tackled a lot of issues older women face, and did so with a candor that we don’t always see in Hollywood.
I think, in both of those shows, we really did change the perception of a woman’s role. I don’t think anybody thought that it was okay to be a feminist back when she was doing Maude. And I’m sure that [show] released a lot of inhibitions. I know The Golden Girls certainly did because I’ve got fan mail saying “Thank you for allowing me to act and dress like I feel.” Because in those days, when you were over 50, you were supposed to be wearing certain types of clothes and behaving a certain way. And women were writing saying “Thank you, thank you, thank you for the freedom, for the release, for the permission.” And I’m sure Bea got that same kind of fan mail, too.

What was Bea’s lasting contribution to TV history?
What’s any great star’s lasting contribution? What’s Lucille Ball’s? I don’t know how to put answers like that into words. I suppose perhaps the thing she did the best and the most of was make people laugh.

Bea Arthur was truly an amazing woman. It will forever be one of my great regrets to have never met her in person. I remember when she did her one-woman Broadway show back in 2001 … I was not yet able to travel to NYC whenever I liked so I was not able to see her show live. It just pains me know to think that I missed out on a golden opportunity to see this genius comedic actress live on stage. Thankfully, we have reruns of The Golden Girls to remind us for all time what a truly special woman she was. After the jump, check out video of Rue McClanahan being interviewed on The Today ShowMore »

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Madonna & Child Pair Up For Kabbalah

B&W

Madonna and her much younger beau Jesus Luz made their way to the Kabbalah Centre in NYC for services — again — but, as per usual, made their entrances and exits separately … behold:


She wore black, he wore white … she dressed in work-out attire, he dressed in slick sportswear — they are perfect for one another. It’s interesting that she looks more bedraggled than he does … but at least she’s up and walking around (especially after her scary horse-riding accident last weekend). Glad to see that things appear to be going along swimmingly for Madonna & Child. Can you believe that these two are still going strong?

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Alyson Hannigan & Alexis Denisof Get Some Alonetime

Where is Satyana?

New parents Alyson Hannigan and Alexis Denisof, who proudly showed off their newborn baby girl Satyana last weekend via Alyson‘s official Twitter profile, were spotted out and about in LA yesterday sans their new baby … could it be that Aly and Alexis managed to break-away from baby duty to get some alonetime?


Actually, it’s more likely that they had their little darling underwraps nearby or, perhaps, they did leave her with a grandmother or a nanny. I have to say, Alyson looks great … motherhood seems to be doing her wonders. Alexis looks great as usual. Hopefully the next time we get to see the happy new parents they’ll have little Miss Satyana with them ;)

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Dakota Fanning Goes To The Prom

Pink is the new Prom Dress

Dakota Fanning, who recently provided the voice of Coraline in the 3D animated film based on Neil Gaiman‘s book and who will portray the vampire character Jane in The Twilight Saga: New Moon, got herself all prettied up to attend her high school prom with some of her BFFs … here are a few photos of Dakota in her pink dress:


Apparently, this prom dress was first worn by Dakota on the red carpet for the premiere of Coraline back in February. Recycled dress or not, she looks great in it … and I’m happy to know that she was able to attend her prom like a normal teenage girl. No word on who she took as her prom date but it looks like she was rollin’ with her homettes all night long. My, my … the little ones do grow up very fast, don’t they?

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Rollin’ Into Chi-Town

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OY! After a long day of travel with much delay, David and I finally made it to Chicago, IL for our quick little Midwest vacay. We were forced to spend a bit more time in Salt Lake City, UT than we had planned but we managed to get out of there and into Chicago before any of the real bad weather forced us to get stranded. On the flight from LA to Salt Lake, the plane was wifi-enabled which was very cool. I was able to post more information about the sad passing of Bea Arthur while I was in midair (incidentally, I am still very sad about her death … that woman was truly awesome). I also managed to beat everyone on the plane in a round of Trivia — a fact that I’m very proud of ;) In Salt Lake, David and I drowned our sorrows in the airport lounge (and we got to see the famed Salt Lake) … but we finally made it to Chicago at just before 11pm:


We recieved a very warm welcome at the Hard Rock Hotel, where we will be staying for the duration of our visit. Everyone here is so damn polite, I had forgotten how great it is to be in the Midwest again. The Hard Rock Hotel provided us with a nice bottle of champagne and some snacks to get us situated in our beautiful suite. This is my second stay at the Hard Rock Hotel here in Chicago and, just like before, we’ve been treated amazingly well. I just love it here.

Sarah and Mark came over to our suite for a visit and we got to hang out and catch up for a couple of hours before we all crashed. It’s been raining all morning long but the sun is starting to come out … I’m anxious to get out into the city. It’s great to be in Chicago again!

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Hot Dude Of The Week: John

Weekend Hotness

It is time, once again, to feast our eyes on the beloved Hot Dude of the Week and enjoy all the bounty provided by the exquisite male form. This week we get to say hello to John … a Hot Dude most befitting our close attention:

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Some of you may recall that we first met John last Summer and here he is again, brightening up our Sunday once more. It’s pretty insane how proportionally perfect his muscleage is. I’m actually very happy to see that the lad is quite comfortable wearing little to nothing … all he needs is a pair of white undies and a backwards ballcap and he’s all set, ready to go. I greatly approve. It’s photos like this one of John that makes me very happy that it’s Sunday :)

All American Guys, from whence the Weekend Hotness photos come from, is hosting their 10th Anniversary party at Eleven in West Hollywood, CA on June 6 and various Hot Dudes who have been featured here on the site will be in attendance. I am planning to be at the event and have been invited to particiapte in some capacity at the party. I don’t know about you but the prospect of getting to hang out with some of the Hot Dudes of the Week in the flesh is very attractive to me ;) I believe that tickets for the shindig are available and further info can be gotten HERE. Woot! It sounds like a kickass party … I can’t wait!!

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John Mayer Workin’ On His Fitness

Foxy kick boxing

John Mayer made his way out to Santa Monica, CA yesterday in order to get in a little work-out with his personal trainer and homeboy busted out some sweet kick-boxing moves for us to enjoy:


At last, the mystery is solved. Now we now know how Mayer is able to get all the hot chicks to flock to him. It seems clear to me that no woman would be able to deny a man with sweet moves like this. I mean, he gets bonus points for flexibility alone! Don’t you think that John Mayer is such a ladykiller? Please Mayer, don’t hurt ‘em.

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Lindsay Lohan & Samantha Ronson Spend The Night Together

Pajama Party!

After spending time together on Thursday and Friday night, Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson were spotted parting ways on Saturday morning … after the couple emerged from Samantha‘s house — where the couple were holed up together all night long. HMMM … sleeping over already so soon after a break-up, L. Ron?


I suppose it’s possible that the girls stayed up all night long painting each other’s toenails and braiding one another’s hair … but it is also possible that they were rekindling in full their failed romance (if you catch my drift). I, for one, would like to believe that they were doing all three ;) I understand the girls parted ways because Samantha had to fly off to NYC for a DJ gig but it really does look like L. Ron is back on track. Sleep-overs tend to lead to nookie. I can think of no better way to mend broken hearts than with make-up nook :)

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Heidi Montag & Spencer Pratt Got Hitched, Again, For Real

Behold, Mr. & Mrs. Spencer Pratt

Welp … they finally did it. Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt were finally legally wed in a lavish ceremony in Pasdena, CA yesterday afternoon after a couple of mis-starts for the couple (who, as you may recall, attempted to get married previously but never followed thru legally). Taped for the season (series?) finale of The Hills, Speidi said I Do in front of a select group of family and friends at the Westminster Presbyterian Church:


Heidi Montag is officially Mrs. Spencer Pratt. The Hills stars got married in an early evening ceremony at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Pasadena, Calif., on Saturday, PEOPLE has confirmed. Montag, 22, and Pratt, 25, exchanged vows before about 200 guests, including Audrina Patridge, Kristin Cavallari, Brody Jenner and Frankie Delgado. The bride wore jewels from Neil Lane, including a pear-shaped diamond floral necklace with multiple diamond chains layered over it, diamond earrings and diamond hairpins, which she picked out the day before the nuptials. Pratt borrowed a pair of diamond cufflinks from the jeweler for the big day.


Early Saturday, the couple arrived at the church in a white Rolls Royce Phantom. Before the ceremony, an airplane flew overhead and wrote “Spencer loves Heidi” in the sky. Pratt, looking dapper in a black suit, smiled and signed autographs for fans outside the church. Meanwhile, Montag posted multiple updates on Twitter throughout the day. “This is going to be the best day of my life,” she wrote at one point. “Thank you God for Spencer.” She also described her wedding dress as “amazing – like a swan princess.”

After making multiple statements that she would not be attending the wedding, Lauren LC Conrad ended up attending the nuptials after all … opting to make a small cameo (most likely for the cameras) before making a hasty exit before the ceremony was over. After the jump, read some more deets from the Speidi wedding, check out a couple pics of LC making her exit from the church and find out which of Heidi‘s single lady friends ended up catching her bouquet (PLUS see which bartender lady also attended the Speidi nuptials) … More »

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Bea Arthur Passes Away At 86

Actress succumbs to cancer "peacefully" in her home

I’m on a plane bound for Chicago, IL but just learned that Golden Girl Bea Arthur has passed away at the age of 86. Sadly, she is the second GG to pass away after Estelle Getty passed away last year. I am terribly upset at this news, she will be sorely missed. Rest well, Bea. I will update with more info when I can. So sad :(

UPDATE: My plane is wifi-enabled so I am able to update this post with further information, here is the moving obituary/report from the Associated Press:


Beatrice Arthur, the tall, deep-voiced actress whose razor-sharp delivery of comedy lines made her a TV star in the hit shows “Maude” and “The Golden Girls” and who won a Tony Award for the musical “Mame,” died Saturday. She was 86. Arthur died peacefully at her Los Angeles home with her family at her side, family spokesman Dan Watt said. She had cancer, Watt said, declining to give further details. “She was a brilliant and witty woman,” said Watt, who was Arthur’s personal assistant for six years. “Bea will always have a special place in my heart.” Arthur first appeared in the landmark comedy series “All in the Family” as Edith Bunker’s loudly outspoken, liberal cousin, Maude Finley. She proved a perfect foil for blue-collar bigot Archie Bunker (Carroll O’Connor), and their blistering exchanges were so entertaining that producer Norman Lear fashioned Arthur’s own series. In a 2008 interview with The Associated Press, Arthur said she was lucky to be discovered by TV after a long stage career, recalling with bemusement CBS executives asking about the new “girl.” “I was already 50 years old. I had done so much off-Broadway, on Broadway, but they said, `Who is that girl? Let’s give her her own series,’” Arthur said. “Maude” scored with television viewers immediately on its CBS debut in September 1972, and Arthur won an Emmy Award for the role in 1977. The comedy flowed from Maude’s efforts to cast off the traditional restraints that women faced, but the series often had a serious base. Her husband Walter (Bill Macy) became an alcoholic, and she underwent an abortion, which drew a torrent of viewer protests. Maude became a standard bearer for the growing feminist movement in America. The ratings of “Maude” in the early years approached those of its parent, “All in the Family,” but by 1977 the audience started to dwindle. A major format change was planned, but in early 1978 Arthur announced she was quitting the show. “It’s been absolutely glorious; I’ve loved every minute of it,” she said. “But it’s been six years, and I think it’s time to leave.” “Golden Girls” (1985-1992) was another groundbreaking comedy, finding surprising success in a television market increasingly skewed toward a younger, product-buying audience. The series concerned three retirees — Arthur, Betty White and Rue McClanahan — and the mother of Arthur’s character, Estelle Getty, who lived together in a Miami apartment. In contrast to the violent “Miami Vice,” the comedy was nicknamed “Miami Nice.” As Dorothy Zbornak, Arthur seemed as caustic and domineering as Maude. She was unconcerned about the similarity of the two roles. “Look — I’m 5-feet-9, I have a deep voice and I have a way with a line,” she told an interviewer. “What can I do about it? I can’t stay home waiting for something different. I think it’s a total waste of energy worrying about typecasting.” The interplay among the four women and their relations with men fueled the comedy, and the show amassed a big audience and 10 Emmys, including two as best comedy series and individual awards for each of the stars. In 1992, Arthur announced she was leaving “Golden Girls.” The three other stars returned in “The Golden Palace,” but it lasted only one season. Arthur was born Bernice Frankel in New York City in 1922. When she was 11, her family moved to Cambridge, Md., where her father opened a clothing store. At 12 she had grown to full height, and she dreamed of being a petite blond movie star like June Allyson. There was one advantage of being tall and deep-voiced: She was chosen for the male roles in school plays. Bernice — she hated the name and adopted her mother’s nickname of Bea — overcame shyness about her size by winning over her classmates with wisecracks. She was elected the wittiest girl in her class. After two years at a junior college in Virginia, she earned a degree as a medical lab technician, but she “loathed” doing lab work at a hospital. Acting held more appeal, and she enrolled in a drama course at the New School of Social Research in New York City. To support herself, she sang in a night spot that required her to push drinks on customers. During this time she had a brief marriage that provided her stage name of Beatrice Arthur. In 1950, she married again, to Broadway actor and future Tony-winning director Gene Saks. After a few years in off-Broadway and stock company plays and television dramas, Arthur’s career gathered momentum with her role as Lucy Brown in the 1955 production of “The Threepenny Opera.” In 2008, when Arthur was inducted in the TV Academy Hall of Fame, Arthur pointed to the role as the highlight of her long career. “A lot of that had to do with the fact that I felt, `Ah, yes, I belong here,’” Arthur said.

Words cannot express my sadness at hearing this news. Bea Arthur was truly a legendary actress of stage and screen and will forever be remembered as an icon of her time. She was very truly a special woman and she will be sorely missed. May flights of angels wing you on your way, dear Bea — you are loved and will be forever missed.

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Harlow Winter Is A Crabby-Pants

Still cute even when pissed

Aww … here are a couple pics of Nicole Richie (newly returned from her business trip to Canada where she did some flying) and her adorable baby girl Harlow Winter as the pair stepped out to run some errands around town yesterday … as you can see, Harlow was none too pleased about something:


Poor baby … mebbe she was overdue for her nap but, yeah, she looked pissed. Even still, the little girl is the cutest thing ever. I think it is utterly impossible for that little darling to not look cute. OMG — love her!! Even when she’s cranky she’s adorable!!

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Jessica Alba Gets Busted For A Traffic Infraction

Tries to smile her way out of a ticket, fails

See … celebs do actually get punished for some of the bad things they do. Take, for example, Jessica Alba who got busted in Santa Monica, CA yesterday after she got pulled over for driving the wrong way on a one way street. I imagine that Jessica flashed her pearly whites and did her best to charm her way out of the ticket … unfortch for her, the cop was prolly well aware of who she was and what movies she’s been in — which is prolly why he ticketed her anyway:


Hee Hee … I can hear it now, But officer, I had no idea I was driving the wrong way … and by any chance have you seen Fantastic Four 2? Yeah, if I were her, I’d shy away from trying to get cops to recognize who she is … she’d prolly stand a better chance of not getting punished for her real crimes (ie. her movie career). Oh well … better luck next time, Jessica.

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Salma Hayek Is Gettin’ Hitched Again

It looks like Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt aren’t the only couple getting married again this weekend … after a quiet wedding on Valentine’s Day earlier this year, Salma Hayek and billionaire François-Henri Pinault are planning to renew their vows this weekend in a slightly more lavish ceremony — complete with masquerade wedding rehearsal dinner with a few friends. Here are a couple pics of the newlyweds-cum-reweds (with daughter Valentina Paloma in tow) making their way into their rehearsal dinner last night and some info about the joyous event:


Talk about an A-list affair! Woody Harrelson, Olivier Martinez, Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek’s ex Edward Norton have all arrived in Venice as Hayek, 42, is set to wed billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault, 46, for a second time Saturday. On Friday morning, Harrelson, Martinez and Norton met up with newly engaged magician David Blaine at the city’s famous San Marco Piazza for coffee. A rehearsal dinner took place later in the day at the historic Punta Della Dogana. French president Jacques Chirac and wife Bernadette were invited, along with Hayek’s pals, Penelope Cruz and Ashley Judd. The masked ball attracted the likes of Charlize Theron and boyfriend Stuart Townsend. All the guests wore black Venetian masks. Hayek and Pinault’s daughter Valentina, 1, was also there. Hayek and Pinault – who quietly wed at City Hill in Paris on Valentine’s Day – will exchange vows again Saturday at the Palazzo Grassi, a historic white-marble palace owned by the Pinault family and the site where Hayek and Pinault first met in 2006.

Congrats goes out to Salma and François-Henri on the renewal of their wedding vows today! I always thought it was kinda strange that Salma and her billionaire opted for a quiet wedding when they could afford the absolute most lavish ceremony they could ever imagine. It makes sense that they would seal the deal in private first (and on a romantic day like VD) and then throw a fabulous party for family and friends later. I realize that Speidi may be going “all out” for their nuptials this afternoon but something tells me that Salma and François-Henri are gonna have them beat in the faboo factor.

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Is Taylor Lautner Romancing Selena Gomez?

The little pup is growing up

Marc Malkin from E! News is reporting that lurve may be in the air for New Moon star Taylor Lautner who has been spotted spending time with Disney starlet Selena Gomez. According to the report (augmented by new photos of the pair in close proximity making their exit from having lunch together), the couple have been hanging out together in Vancouver, Canada where his new film The Twilight Saga: New Moon is currently in production. Could Taylor be using his Twilight Saga cache to couple up with a Disney princess?


Move over, Pattinson, Stewart and Reed! Make room for Taylena! Taylor Lautner, 17, is the latest New Moon-er to be hit with romance rumors. Reports say he’s gone on a few dates in Vancouver with Disney darling Selena Gomez, 16. As everyone knows by now, New Moon has been shooting in the Canadian city for the last month. Gomez is also there filming Ramona and Beezus from Beverly Cleary’s popular children’s book series. We’ve got details on where they’ve been spotted and what they were doing: Taylena hit Caffe Artigiano yesterday for a little morning get-together. With Gomez’s mom in tow, they ordered two of the coffee shop’s signature lattes before sitting at a table to chat for about 30 minutes. “They were very low-key and kept to themselves,” an eyewitness tells us. “Nobody bothered them.” In fact, the staff seemed unfazed by Taylena. Photos show the cozy duo jumping into the same SUV while being protected by a big, burly, tattooed bodyguard. A source also confirms that the two recently had dinner at a local outpost of the Old Spaghetti Factory. The only fuss came from a small group of girls “who were really excited” but were too shy to approach them, said our source. Whether the twosome is really sweet on each other remains unclear, but we definitely approve of this pairing. Seriously, the cuteness factor on Taylena is up there with puppy dogs and kittens, don’t ya think? And let me tell you, I’ve met and talked with both of them. They are two of the nicest aw-shucks kids around. Never do I hear anything bad about them. They’re friendly, smart, gracious and humble. Meanwhile, get ready to see a lot more of Mr. Lautner. Remember that shot of the shirtless New Moon werewolves that was released earlier this week by the studio? Well, I hear similar pics of Lautner are on the way.

OMG … Taylena! I love it! I suppose a name like Taylomez or Selautner might work as well but I could live with Taylena. Hahahaha … and another generation of celebrity romance is born. This news will prolly only serve to cause legions of Taylor Lautner fans (affectionately called Taylor Tots) to go screaming into their pillows … or off to burn effigies of Selena. I suppose it’s possible that these two kids are really getting “involved” but it’s also just as likely that they are hanging out together in order to whip up some more attention to the two of them. New Moon could always use more press … as could Selena Gomez, who I’m sure is just waiting for Miley Cyrus to slip up so she can step in and take her place as reigning Disney queen. I suppose we should err on the side of positivity and assume that these two crazy kids are hanging out because they like each other and not because their publicists are making them … right?

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Double Feature

The TV Guide

Last night David and I decided to spend the entire night at the movie theater … because so many movies opened this weekend and because we are flying off to Chicago later on today, we thought it best to see at least 2 movies last night in order to get our intense desire to see them out of our system. First up, we saw the latest Channing Tatum masterpiece Fighting:


Okay … you ain’t gonna find any Academy Award gold in this film nor are you going to find any deep meaningful dialog or, you know, meaning … basically, it’s an entertaining film because it stars an insanely attractive man fighting with other not so attractive men. I can’t lie … I was entertained. The fight scenes were the best part of the film … with the close-ups of Channing‘s face running a close second. I was kind of bothered by Terrence Howard‘s performance in the film … something about his voice and mannerisms just creeped me out. But, again, I don’t think anyone will see this film for any reason other than Channing Tatum. Even after he gets pummeled in his various fights, he manages to look even better afterward. Yeah, I don’t know that this film will appeal to all … but I enjoyed the hell out of it.

Next up, we saw the latest Beyoncé film Obsessed:


This movie was a HOOT! It was so freakin’ funny … in parts that I’m guessing weren’t meant to be funny. The crowd really enjoyed it as did we … yeah, it’s a super ridiculous film that provides just what it promises — cheesy dramatic bullshizz. The only negative I have to say about the film is that the best parts of the movie (ie. the fight scenes between Beyoncé and Ali Larter) are featured in the movie trailer. You basically see all of the juiciness (and the best lines) in the trailers. If you’re luke warm about seeing this film, you might want to hold off and see it on DVD or cable. But, if you really want to have a fun time seeing a cheesy movie, this one is for you. Again, David and I really enjoyed ourselves … but not because the movie is a stunning masterpiece.

You know, sometimes movies can just be frivolous fun … and that’s exactly what we got from our Double Feature last night :)

So yeah … in a few hours, David and I make our way to Chicago, IL. We’re meeting up with my friends Sarah and Mark tonight and tomorrow and then are chillin’ in town until Wednesday afternoon. I’m excited … it’s been ages since I’ve been to Chi-town. Woot!

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Les News, 042509

Rihanna wants her bling, Leno released from hospital, Terrance Howard is still pissed
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PITNB Readers, 042509

Birthdays, Bachelorettes and 'PITNB' Contest Winners

Here is this week’s batch of photos sent in by Pink is the new Blog readers — Monica sends in an absolutely adorable photo of her daughter’s first birthday, which she celebrated yesterday — Kaitlin sends in a pic of a very cool 18th birthday present from her parents, who surprised her with her very own sign — Elizabeth, who just graduated with a degree in paleontology in Canada, sends in a cute pic at Signal Hill in Newfoundland with her BFF roommate Courtney who she will love and miss dearly as they go their separate ways from college — Carrie from Atlanta, GA sends in a pic from her bachelorette party with friends Lori, Jamie, Ashlee and Mana having drinks at the Sundial nightclub … she is getting married on May 3, will honeymoon in St. Lucia (with Amy Winehouse?) from May 4-9 and will rock out with Nine Inch Nails on May 10 — Angie sends in pic with her friend Russ at the 2nd annual Spring Fling in Portland, OR — Donovan and Patrick, who won tickets right here on Pink is the new Blog to see Britney Spears in concert here in LA, send in a pic from their show and Ruben, who also won tix from PITNB, sends in a pic from his Britney show in Oakland, CA:


Thank you all so much for all of your amazing photos. What a great batch of photos this week. Happy Birthday (to some of you) and much love (to all of you) goes out to all y’all today. Special thanks goes out to Donovan, Patrick and Ruben for sharing their pics from the Britney concerts they won tickets to in my giveaway. I don’t always get to meet the winners from my site so it’s great to see their happy faces :) Please keep the photos coming … I love them all :) xoxox

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Jake Gyllenhaal Struts His Stuff In Santa Monica

He's got one hand in his pocket and the other one is , well, in the other pocket

They may say that no one walks in LA but that adage doesn’t necessarily hold true in other SoCal places like Santa Monica, CA … which is plainly evident from these new photos of hottie Jake Gyllenhaal taking a lonesome stroll in SM yesterday after grabbing a quick bite to eat at Cafe Luxxe — behold:


OY! Even fully covered from neck to toe Jakey poo looks really hawt. I have to say, the appeal of these photos of him rollin’ solo are helped muchly by the fact that his ladylove Reese Witherspoon is nowhere to be seen. Oh, don’t get me wrong … I love Reese individually … just notsomuch when she is with Jake. As you may recall, the last two times the couple were spotted together they were either canoodling backstage at Coachella or she was getting groped by him on the public streets of Indio, CA … neither scenario I particularly cared for. I’ll take a fully-clothed Jake over a scantily clad Jake with Reese Witherspoon … well, I guess it would have to depend on how “scantily clad” we’re talkin’ ;) In any event, enjoy the Jakeyness!!

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More Hanging Out Together For Lindsay Lohan & Samantha Ronson?

Another late night together

Being very careful not to be photographed together, Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson each returned and made their way into Samantha‘s home after the couple reportedly spent some time together elsewhere earlier yesterday evening. You may recall that we learned yesterday that the ladies hung out for a reported 6 hours stretch on Thursday night so last night’s hanging out session would be their second in a row … I dunno, it really looks like L. Ron are on their way back to reunification:


I am convinced that these ladies care very much for one another … at the core of their relationship, I suspect that is a strong bond of friendship. Even if they do not get back together romantically, I would bet lots of dough that the two of them will remain friends for the long haul. But … I’d prolly bet even more dough that these two are working to get back together as a couple. One night of drama does not usually end a year+ long relationship … besides, I think passion can spring from drama … and there ain’t no couple in Hollywood as passionate/dramatic as L. Ron. I bet we’ll see more of these two hanging out for some time to come. And, hopefully very soon, we’ll start seeing them out and about — together.

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Heidi Montag & Spencer Pratt Share Their Last Supper As Singles

The rehearsal dinner

Today is supposedly the BIG DAY that The Hills reality TV couple Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt get hitched. We learned a few weeks ago that April 25th (today) was chosen as the day that they say I Do (again but, supposedly, for real this time) and we learned last week that the couple actually filed for a marriage license here in SoCal in preparation. MTV even gave the city of Pasadena, CA the head’s up that a “wedding-like event” will take place in their fair city this afternoon … and last night, Speidi showed up at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel for their reported wedding rehearsal dinner … behold:


Spencer Pratt showed up with his very best friend and possible Best Man … the video camera on his shoulder. Heidi Montag showed up with a bright pink Juicy shopping bag … perhaps her wedding dress was hidden inside? After a week of rumor and conjecture about their nuptials today, both Heidi and MTV have been hinting on Twitter that perhaps no wedding will actually take place today. It’s possible that they were merely throwing out red herrings in order to “confuse” people or, I suppose, it’s entirely possible that everyone is gearing up for another wedding that won’t happen. Today’s the day … and while we may get paparazzi photos of the happy event later on today (despite the couple’s best efforts to keep the paps away) … we won’t know for sure if the couple were actually legally wed until the show airs on MTV in a few weeks — or if TMZ snoops out the filed, legalized marriage license. I guess we shall see. In any event, I suppose Congrats are in order for the happy couple … you know, just in case.

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First Look: ‘Halloween II’

The Trailer

Trick or Treat! Rob Zombie has released the first trailer from the sequel to his remake of Halloween and, I have to say, it doesn’t look too bad. While I was not really a fan of his version of Halloween, the trailer for Halloween II looks much better in comparison:


Unsurprisingly, Zombie strays quite a bit from the original version of Halloween II (which, for the record, is one of my fave horror films of all time) as it appears most of the action does NOT take place in the Haddonfield Hospital like it does in the original Halloween II. HMMM. After the jump, check out our first look at the movie trailer for Rob Zombie‘s vision of Halloween IIMore »

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Britney Spears Loses A ‘Piece Of She’ On The Concert Stage

'Touch Of My Hand' causes her to lose a touch of her weave

Britney Spears continues to tour the US with The Circus starring Britney Spears and as with any live concert tour, accidents will happen. Take, for example, the recent concert stop where Britney was performing Touch of my Hand with one of her dancers and during their routine, a piece of her hair weave got yanked out and left on the couch she was laying on:


Britney Spears’ Circus tour is taking its toll on the pop superstar – high-energy dance routines are leaving her dizzy and nauseous, and costing her clumps of her hair. In a new YouTube.com video of one of her most recent shows in the U.S., a suspended dancer clearly yanks off a clump of Brit’s hair extensions as he attempts to pull her into the air with him. Meanwhile, insiders claim Spears is struggling with her energetic dance routines. A source tells Britain’s The Mirror, “The choreography is insane – it’s so fast it is really taking its toll on her. There is one move during (the song) Touch Of My Hand, where two guys dangle from the ceiling and pick her up upside down, which is really getting to her. “She spins around for nearly five minutes some nights. The blood rushes to her head and when she gets down she complains of nausea and dizziness. There have been a couple of times when she ran off stage and vomited.”

Aww … poor Brit. I dunno about all that puking but the hair weave thing is kinda hilarious. You’d think that stuff would be sewed onto her head better … ah well. After the jump, check out video of Britney‘s tiny hairweave malfunction … More »

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Lance Bass Is Very Popular With The Ladies

Who needs a man?

Lance Bass can usually be found in the company of very attractive men but, on occasion, he manages to save his company for the ladies … and by the way that the ladies love to flock to his side, I’d say he prolly likes the attention:


Believe me, I know that Lance deffo prefers the company of dudes (the less dressed the better) but it’s nice of him to spread his wealth around to the fairer sex as well. Homeboy is quite the charmer … boys, girls — everyone loves Lance!

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Kylie Minogue Sparkles In Barcelona

Helps launch a new Tous boutique

Aussie pop queen Kylie Minogue (one of the most beautiful women alive) made an appearance on the red carpet at the opening of a new Tous jewelry boutique in Barcelona, Spain (one of the most beautiful cities on Earth) yesterday in her role as spokesmodel for the company. It’s been a while since we’ve seen Ms. Kylie here on the blog so it’s about time we got to see her beautiful face around these parts … behold:


News on the Kylie front has been a bit quiet lately but she has been popping up in London in the last couple of weeks. She is always a nice sight to behold whenever she shows up on the scene … and she looked especially cute at the Tous event in Barcelona last night. Until we get word that she has begun work on her next album (which I hope is soon) we’ll just have to take what we can get :)

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Depeche Mode Does ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

'Wrong' way

Depcehe Mode, who just released their latest album Sounds of the Universe on Tuesday, took over Hollywood Blvd. last night for a live performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Unfortch, I was not able to make it out for the performance but my friend and ofttimes roving reporter Darion was able to attend and he snapped a few pics for sharing here on the blog … behold:


Darion writes: Depeche Mode takes over the streets of Hollywood for Jimmy Kimmel Live

Tonight I went to see Depeche Mode with my friends Fred and Jason – we heard they were giving a free concert in Hollywood. We came upon Hollywood & Argyle to see the entire section of street completely blocked off! The city had closed several blocks around the Hollywood and Highland complex for the FREE concert! Radio stations were handing out 10,000 tickets all day! I have to give a shout out to Sarah S., thanks to her and the always amazing Pink Is The New Blog, we got into the VIP section just as the concert started. It was SO FUN! As you can see from the pics, Jimmy Kimmel kicked off the concert along with Channing Tatum, promoting his new movie Fighting – who looked so insanely hawt I think a few people fainted – and Elisha Cuthbert, who was apparently promoting her transition into becoming a man. I keed, I keed, she’s gorgeous but her outfit choice was not a good one. After they segued for the show Depeche Mode kicked it off with an AMAZING concert! From what we were told they did two songs live for the show, followed by another 30-40 minutes of performing. It was incredible! And so cool they stayed to play for the crowd instead of just doing songs for the show and taking off. My personal favorite of the night was Personal Jesus, the crowd erupted and really got into it. They also did several songs off their new album, as well as some other classics. They start a new tour this summer and ended the show with “See you soon!”. They sounded fantastic live and put on a great show – if you are a fan I definitely recommend seeing them live!!

It sounds like the live performance was incredible … I have been THOROUGHLY obsessed with Sounds of the Universe since I downloaded it on iTunes this past Tuesday. The album is totally solid, really freaking great. It has that old Depeche Mode sound but with an updated feel. While I am bummed that I missed seeing them last night, I understand the band will tour this Summer and is planning a show at the Hollywood Bowl here in LA. I am SO gonna be at that show. After the jump, check out video of DM performing the song Wrong on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night … More »

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She Fangs

The TV Guide

I have been on a reading frenzy this week and I’ve sorta forsaken all other things in order to catch up on a few books that have been piling up on my desk. A few weeks ago, I was sent an advance copy of Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill so it’s been on the top of my reading list for a while … I finally started reading the book this week and I didn’t want to put it down:


The book is excellently written and features just enough pop culture references to make the story feel fresh without overdoing it (Nine Inch Nails gets a shout-out, which of course endeared the book to me even more). The book is the first in the Chicagoland Vampire Series and focuses on a female protagonist named Merit who is no timid woman and brings a fresh perspective on the vampire craze that is going around these days. The book has a little bit of Harry Potter in it (ie. different Vampire Houses), a little bit of The Southern Vampire Mysteries in it (ie. the Sookie Stackhouse novels which True Blood is based on) but with a voice and perspective all it’s own. No offense to the Twilight fans out there but the writing from Chloe Neill is IMMENSELY better than that from Stephenie Meyer. I just really enjoyed the book and I am very much looking forward to Book II Friday Night Bites which is due out this Fall. If you are a fan of vampire novels, I think you should give this one a try. I loved it entirely and am now very anxious to read more from Ms. Neill.

Because I finished the book a bit early in the night, I started reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith. OMG, it’s freaking brilliant! I suspect I’ll get thru this book very quickly … it’s really hilarious. I must admit, I’ve never read the original Austen novel in its entirety but I may read the book after I finish this version of the tale. If you’re a fan of Austen or even if you’re not, this book is really entertaining. I’ve gotten thru the first few chapters and all I kept thinking was that I hope they will turn the mash-up book into a movie!

I don’t think I’ll get much reading done today … David and I still have to pack for our trip to Chicago and we have decided to see two movies today. Hahahaha … yes, we’re a bit nutty.

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Les News, 042409

No kids for Beyoncé, Leighton's album is on the way, Snoop Dogg goes on trial
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Speidi Uninvites The Paparazzi From Their Wedding

Plan their next endeavor

As y’all should know by now, Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt are planning to be wed for real in a ceremony that will take place in Pasdena, CA tomorrow afternoon and they are in the final stages of their wedding plans. Those final stages include doing everything they can to keep the paparazzi away from their wedding at all costs … which strikes me as extremely odd considering how much the couple revels in any and all attention that they generate. TMZ got their hands on a flyer that was distributed in the Pasadena neighborhood where their nuptials are set to take place that seeks aid from the community to help keep the paps from crashing their wedding:


This is rich. Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt are getting married tomorrow, and they are deeply concerned about safety — so they are trying to keep the paparazzi at bay. Of course, we’re not buyin’ what they’re sellin’. We got our hands on a flyer sent around the Pasadena neighborhood where they will be tying the knot. The flyer asks residents to sign a petition, allowing the Heidi and Spencer crew to shut down some of the streets and sidewalks for “an untitled reality TV project” — otherwise called the wedding. BTW — the person who is listed as the line producer produces “The Hills.” Why so misleading, Speidi? Now here’s the best part: They want No Parking signs on a strategic street “to discourage paparazzi from parking and hiding out in their cars” — they say for safety reasons. Excuse us, but isn’t this the couple that courts hordes of paparazzi to follow them on every street in Hollywood? Could it be they want to restrict paparazzi because it’s more lucrative for them if the pappers don’t get the shot? We are such cynics. And the final sweet touch — in making the request to the neighbors, they say they will be filming “interior and exterior dialogue” at the church. For normal people, those are called wedding vows.

LMAO! This is hilarious … I would imagine that Speidi would want as much media attention surrounding their wedding ceremony as possible … the more the merrier. But, it seems, that they are really interested this time in keeping as much control over the media access as possible. Just because the flyer (which you can read in full HERE) has been distributed asking for these things, it doesn’t mean that they’ll get them. I suspect, try as they might, paparazzi photos of their wedding will get out.

But, their wedding isn’t the only think occupying their minds this weekend … NBC is announcing the cast of the upcoming season of I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! and are going to announce that both Heidi and Spencer have been cast. Disgraced former governor Rod Blagojevich desperately tried to get on the show but, alas, it wasn’t meant to be … tho he was able to weasel his way on the NBC set yesterday to pose for a photo with Speidi (who were bizzy doing promo for the show). After the jump, check out the precious photo of Speidi + BlagoMore »

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Dita Von Teese Is ‘Wonder’-Full

Her bras are full of Wonder

Dita Von Teese, the modern queen of burlesque, is featured in a new batch of promo photos for Wonderbra which, IMHO, tastefully showcase the support undergarments in a tasteful and very sexy way. The implication is that wearing the Wonderbra will give you a rack like Dita, which I’m sure will go far in selling the undergarments far and wide. Here are a few of Dita’s new promo pics for Wonderbra:


For someone who takes their clothes off for a living, it’s no surprise Dita Von Teese gets to create her own line of lingerie. She’s been hired by Wonderbra to recreate her unique look for the masses. And while many of us may be cutting back on life’s little luxuries in the current economic climate – the Queen of Burlesque is keen for us to embrace our seductive inner-self and splash out. Her latest collection is a combination of 1950s shapes and 1940s fabrics and is her first line of designed garments. Von Teese used her fascination with vintage underwear, taking inspiration from her own designs. The pieces include a mixture of suspenders, thongs and bras, which Von Teese says are so comfortable that she wears them regularly. She admits her current incarnation as the face of Wonderbra is a dream come true, “I’ve always wanted to do something with lingerie and it was important for the finished product to be something I would wear myself.” She has her detractors, after all, removing most of her clothes on stage means “a lot of people think that what I do is anti-feminist”, she admits. “But most of my fans are women and my whole thing has been about finding sexual power rather than abusing it.”

I’ve been a big fan of Dita Von Teese for years … she has carved out a niche that only she occupies and does what she does better than anyone else alive right now. While the woman may appear risque to some people, I’ve always contended that what she does she does with class and poise. Her burlesque act has never seemed dirty or pornographic to me at all. It is very rare that a woman can perform mostly nekkid and still keep a level of class that many dressed women don’t possess. I’m not sure if women who see these Wonderbra ads will really be inspired to buy but I personally think the photos are absolutely beautiful in and of themselves. Dita rules, y’all. I just love her.

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Are Lindsay Lohan & Samantha Ronson Gettin’ Back Together?

L. Ron are apparently "talking"

Well, well now … just about a day after Lindsay Lohan went on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to discuss her break-up with Samantha Ronson on national television (telling Ellen that she and Sam are “talking” again), Lindsay was spotted making her way into Samantha‘s LA home yesterday afternoon — and it is being reported that she stayed there for about 5-6 hours. HMMMM. I would take that as a good sign that things are (at the very least) amicable between the former lovebirds. Could a reconciliation really be in the works for L. Ron?


Lindsay Lohan stopped by ex Samantha Ronson’s Hollywood Hills home Thursday afternoon. It’s the same mansion where Lohan, 22, used to live with Ronson, 30, — before the DJ had the locks changed following their breakup and Chateau Marmont blowout fight. X17online.com photographers described Lohan as appearing “calm…[but] happy.” They spent about six hours together. That same afternoon, Ronson changed her relationship status on Facebook to “It’s complicated.” In an episode of the Ellen DeGeneres show that aired Thursday afternoon — around the same time as Lohan’s visit to Ronson’s — the actress admitted the two “are talking.” “I really care about Samantha and we’ll see what happens,” she continued. “Maybe when we’re fully in the right place…I love her.” Days after their April 4 split, Lohan tearfully told Us Weekly she was “so alone” without Ronson.

Oh yes, I would say that things look much better in L. Ron world. The fact that the ladies held a 6 hour summit at Samantha‘s home (the site of so much previous drama, ie. the changing of the locks) is a very good sign that things may be getting back on track. Samantha‘s Facebook relationship status is also a pretty good determiner that things might be getting worked out (the It’s Complicated status is usually reserved for couples who are in the midst of reconciliation). Whatever the case may be, it’s encouraging to me that the ladies are back on friendly terms again. I think it’s wise that they don’t rush back into anything … but talking things over seems like a good next step. Work it out, ladies … I for one am rootin’ for a reunification of L. Ron!!

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‘Obsessed’ Premieres In NYC

Beyoncé's latest bid for an Academy Award

Ms. Fierce herself, Beyoncé Knowles, along with co-stars Idris Elba, Ali Later and Jerry O’Connell were all on hand last night for the NYC premiere of their new movie Obsessed which opens in theaters today. From the first moment that I saw the trailer for this film, I knew that it was gonna be my kind of movie … a sexy office temp tries to seduce her way into a happily married man’s pants and when she is brutally rebuffed she goes all psycho stalker and tries to weasel her way into his life anyways. Yes, it’s a story we’ve heard before … but this time around, Beyoncé stars as the wife and she ain’t takin’ stalker girl’s bullshizz at all. Here are a few pics from the red carpet arrivals last night:


As you can see, fashion designer Christian Mr. Fierce Siriano was also in the hiz for last night’s premiere … as was Olympic Gold Medalist hottie Ryan Lochte (has this guy gotten cuter in the past few months … cuz, damn!). These guys know good entertainment when they see it. I am having the hardest time deciding what to do today … I desperately want to see Obsessed but I also want to see Fighting and The Informers as well (Fighting has Channing Tatum in it, so, duh … and The Informers is based on a Bret Easton Ellis book and I just love his work). I fear I might have to pull a double feature and see 2 of the 3 movies today … and because David and I are flying out to Chicago tomorrow afternoon, I might have to see the third move in the Windy City. Ugh … so many great movies, so little time. All I know is I simply must watch Beyoncé whip some ass … I am so there. Are any of y’all planning a trip out to the movie theater this weekend? What are YOU planning to see?

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Sean Preston Knows How To WERK The Red Carpet

I Am ... Preston Fierce

Pink reader Laura passes along a previously unseen photo (which I have to share with all y’all) of Britney Spears and her sons Sean Preston and Jayden James posing in front of a Candie’s backdrop (presumably backstage at one her concerts … but it’s unclear at this point exactly where or when this photo was taken) and from the look of it, Sean P. has already learned how to work it out on the red carpet, behold:


OMG, LOVE IT! It’s clear that little Sean P. is aware of his fame and isn’t ashamed to pose for the cameras … so cute. Jayden James, who Britney is always carrying, has yet to develop his own sense of divaness but give it time … he’ll prolly come around soon enough. I love that the boys are wearing matching hats and vests … adorable! This newish photo of Britney and her sons is really very cute … hopefully we’ll get to see more behind-the-scenes photos of the three of them as the tour carries on in the coming weeks.

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First Look: Green Day, ‘Know Your Enemy’

The Video

Earlier this week we got to see a few new promo images of Green Day which were released in support of their new album 21st Century Breakdown (due in stores on May 15) but today we get to see something a bit more substantial … the new music video for their new single Know Your Enemy. The punk pop pranksters have returned … behold:


I gotta say, I’m kinda likin’ this new song. It deffo has a more rock feel to it but retains that Green Day sound that has made them superstars. I’m happy to hear that lead singer Billy Joe Armstrong still sings like a British guy trying to sound like an American guy. You’ll also note that BJ is still tweaking his vocals to make it sound like he’s singing thru a megaphone in some parts. I guess if it ain’t broke, why fix it? The song is catchy and it’s got a good hook … I suspect it’ll do well on the radio. Now I’m anxious to hear more … but so far, I like it. What do y’all think?

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The Jackman Family Does Disneyland

A Wolverine visits the Mouse's House

Hugh Jackman, who made his way to SoCal earlier this week to take part in a hand/footprint ceremony at Grauman’s Chinese Theater, took his entire family for a fun day at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA yesterday afternoon so that they could take a bit of a break from all of the promo work he’s been doing for his new film X-Men Origins: Wolverine which opens in theaters on May 1. Here is a pic of Hugh and Mickey Mouse at Disneyland yesterday afternoon:


Hugh Jackman and his family went to Disneyland [Thursday] … Wolverine himself, Jackman, along with his lovely wife Deborra, and their two kids Ava, 3, and Oscar, 8, spent the day at the happiest place on earth! The Aussie family posed with Mickey at Disneyland in Anaheim, California.

Yes, the visit to Disneyland wasn’t just fun for Hugh (who, I understand, had a blast riding all the rides) but the trip was meant mainly for his young children (at least, that’s what he wants you to believe). After the jump, check out two more photos of Hugh with Mickey along with his wife and two children … More »

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Spencer Pratt Gifts Bride-To-Be Heidi Montag With $250K In Bling

Wedding prep

We are only 2 days away from the wedded union of the first couple of MTV‘s The Hills, Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt, and In Touch Weekly is reporting that Spencer has already gifted his ladylove with $250,000 in jewelry as a wedding gift. By the sound of how much dough homie is dishing out for his wife-to-be, the couple may actually be planning to really get married after all:


Like any bride, Heidi Montag wants to look like a million bucks at her wedding. Now, thanks to soon-to-be-hubby Spencer Pratt, the blond beauty will at least feel like a quarter-million! The Hills villain spent $250,000 on Neil Lane jewelry for their luxe nuptials on April 25. “He bought her earrings, two diamond chain bracelets, a necklace and their wedding bands,” a pal tells In Touch. “He wanted to get it there because he knows Neil works with a lot of celebrities — and Spencer thinks he’s one, too.” The reality-TV pair will exchange platinum rings in a ceremony at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Pasadena, Calif.

HMMM … that’s a lot of bling. Coupled with the fact that Speidi did apply for a legal marriage license already, methinks the nuptials set for Saturday afternoon will be the real deal. I’m pretty sure that the pair are planning a lavish to do for the event … which we will all get to see on the season/series(?) finale of The Hills in a few weeks. Any ideas for wedding gifts that should be sent to the happy couple?

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‘Ugly Betty’ Gets Renewed For A 4th Season

Also, 'Heroes' gets renewed as well ... but with fewer eps

Last January we learned some troublesome news about ABC‘s TV series Ugly Betty that made it seem like the network has lost faith in the show and that it might headed for an early end. Today, to the relief of many fans, we learn that things are still going well for UB now that ABC has decided to renew the show for a 4th season next year:


This just in: ABC confirms that “Ugly Betty” will be back for another season. News comes from actor Michael Urie — the ever-fabulous Marc St. James — via his official Twitter on Thursday morning: “Ugly Betty gets official season 4 pick up!!! Whohoo!” This follows the most excellent news that Christopher Gorham will be reprising his role as Henry before the third season ends. Sorry Matt, we’re Team Henry all the way.

And Twitter strikes again … seriously, it seems as if all of the late-breaking information these days is coming straight from the horse’s mouth (which is one of the reasons why I love Twitter). Despite the worry caused by ABC‘s actions earlier this year, I had a feeling that Ugly Betty would be back for at least one more season. I personally stopped watching the show before this current season got underway but I am glad to know that the show is coming back. I know many people who love the show and should be excited that the series will be back for more.

Additionally, TV Guide is reporting that Heroes will, too, return with another season next year … but unlike previous seasons, NBC is ordering fewer eps of the series:

Heroes’ life span will be a little shorter next season. NBC plans to cut the number of episodes of its superhero drama from 25 this season to 18 to 20 in its fourth season, Ad Age reports. The reasons for the cutback are legion: Though the show’s latest episodes have reinvigorated many fans, a series of complicated and wide-ranging storylines cost the show ratings in Season 2 and earlier this season. Also, NBC will have five fewer prime-time hours to fill in 2009-10 season, thanks to Jay Leno’s new hour-long program at 10 pm weeknights. And other networks are also experimenting with condensed seasons: ABC’s Lost has kept to 16 or 17 episodes in recent seasons, and CBS’s Harper’s Island has a 13-episode format that could be repeated (with a new setting and cast) if the murder mystery succeeds with viewers. Though Heroes debuted to strong ratings in 2006, since the 2007-08 writers strike its viewership has slipped to about 7.7 million viewers on average, four million fewer than it earned before the work stoppage, according to Nielsen.

Heroes is another show, unfortunately, that I have sorta given up on. I still DVR the show and have a box full of eps but I haven’t watched the show in months. There have been so many false starts and so many skewed storylines that I totally lost interest in all of the confusion. But, I am happy that the show will return next season. I deffo plan to watch the eps I have saved on my DVR. Hopefully there’ll be something there to re-inspire me to watch again. Do any of y’all still watch Ugly Betty and Heroes? Are you happy the shows are coming back?

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Channing Tatum Does ‘Interview’ Magazine

Yummo!

Channing Tatum, who you may be aware has a new film called Fighting opening in theaters tomorrow, is featured in the new issue of Interview magazine lookin’ all kinds of hot. Here are a couple photos from Channing‘s photospread for Interview along with a portion of his interview for the mag with Marlon Wayans:


The story of Channing Tatum seems to reinforce the validity of the spectacular arc of life in movies. Take, for example, this brief rundown of essential plot points so far: He is born in a small town (Cullman, Alabama); he overcomes his early outsider status to become a popular kid (and even winds up playing football); he gets into hip-hop dancing (after seeing a guy do head spins at a local club); he is discovered on the street (by a modeling agent); he gets cast in a critically acclaimed independent film (A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, 2006); he lands a part in a big studio film (Step Up, 2006); and he is tapped for unmitigated superstardom (at least a lot of people are betting on it). It doesn’t hurt that Tatum is—and, by all accounts, has always been—very good-looking. But watching him onscreen, it’s clear that his face and his good luck aren’t his most important assets. In his brief career, Tatum has shown a special aptitude for playing highly physical characters whose actions often articulate more than their words … The next few months are busy ones for the 29-year-old Tatum. He recently reunited with Montiel for Fighting, a film about underground grapplers, and he also plays Pretty Boy Floyd in Michael Mann’s highly anticipated John Dillinger film, Public Enemies, which is headlined by Johnny Depp and Christian Bale. But the Hollywood industrial complex seems to have bet the farm on G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. Tatum plays the indomitable soldier Duke, who—as any fan of the ’80s cartoon series can tell you—is the embodiment of all that is right and good, and the unquestionable star of the show. The film co-stars Dennis Quaid, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sienna Miller, Ray Park, Christopher Eccleston, and Tatum’s interviewer here, Marlon Wayans:

MARLON WAYANS: So when did you start hip-hop dancing?
CHANNING TATUM: I think when I was around 15. My sister was friends with the manager of a nightclub, and I remember going there to deliver these flyers—her boyfriend did graphic design. So I remember that they got me into this club, and there were these guys in this circle who were flipping and doing all this crazy stuff, and I was just like, “Oh, my god. I want to do that!” I was seeing this guy spin on his head . . .

WAYANS: Can you do head spins?
TATUM: I can get around, like, two or three times, but I’m not graceful at it. I can’t do it like real breakers can.

WAYANS: So how, then, did you get discovered?
TATUM: At one point I just decided, “All right, I’ve got to try to do something with my life.” So I went down to Miami, and somebody saw me on the streets, and that’s how I got into modeling.

WAYANS: So you were just hanging out on the streets of Miami with your shirt off, and someone was like, “Oh, he’s fly. I’m going to make him a model”?
TATUM: Yeah, pretty much.

WAYANS: That would never have happened to me—although I was found in the streets, too. [Tatum laughs] Who did you model for?
TATUM: [pauses] Abercrombie & Fitch . . .

WAYANS: [laughs] I love it! How could you keep that from me?
TATUM: Why do you think I kept it from you?

WAYANS: [laughs] There are certain things you tell people up-front, like, “I’ve got herpes,” or, “I was an Abercrombie model.” So when you were modeling for Abercrombie & Fitch, were you, like, the dude who stands outside the store all greased up, with abs that go all the way down to his perineum?
TATUM: Nah, man. I was actually one of the guys in the catalog. I had to put on a chicken suit at one point. I was like a mascot. We were in a locker room, and there were a bunch of dudes with abs all the way down to their . . . whatever the hell—their perineums? And then I was in the chicken suit standing next to them . . . [Wayans continues to laugh] Stop.

WAYANS: Okay . . . [laughs some more] So what did you do after that? What was the progression?
TATUM: I did some campaigns, and then . . . I don’t know. Modeling was successful for me. I didn’t have to wait tables or anything like that, so that was nice. And I got to see the entire world. Then I auditioned for a Pepsi commercial, and I got it, and that was incredibly fun. So I thought, Well, maybe I should try this acting thing . . .

WAYANS: When we were doing the shooting scenes on G.I. Joe, you were a little bit better versed at using the guns than a lot of the guys. You want to explain that?
TATUM: I’m from Alabama—I like guns.

WAYANS: Did y’all get them for birthday gifts when you were, like, 3 years old? How long have you been shooting?
TATUM: Well, the first and only time I went hunting, I shot a deer, and it mortified me. I just couldn’t do it again. But I know a lot about guns, so I go to the gun range and stuff like that with friends sometimes.

WAYANS: [Y]ou are physically gifted. I mean, I’ve seen you do flips and
things . . . You’re like Spider-Man without the costume on. You climbed out my window once, and I was like, “This boy is half monkey.” [Tatum laughs] Have you ever gotten hurt on a film?

TATUM: When we were doing Fighting, I broke my nose and had a concussion. In the middle of the scene, this guy literally pushed my nose back into place with two spoons. He was just like, “Don’t worry about it.” And I was like, “What?” He had a bucket of ice and two metal spoons . . .

WAYANS: You had a good ol’ ghetto doctor. That’s the way my dad used to fix my broken stuff. You also got to do a movie with Michael Mann, PublicEnemies, which I’m extremely jealous about . . .
TATUM: That was absolutely nuts. Essentially, for me, it was kind of like having an extra’s part. I flew in for one day, and it was like the length of a commercial shoot. All I did was run from Christian Bale in an orchard all day—I played Pretty Boy Floyd and Christian’s character kills me. The scene kind of introduces Christian Bale’s character, Purvis, who is, like, the head honcho in the FBI. Johnny Depp is in the film, too.

WAYANS: That’s good company. Did Christian Bale yell at you at all?
TATUM: Nothing that wasn’t either merited or scripted. [laughs]

WAYANS: Well, I hope you do more action movies, but I would love to see you do a comedy.
TATUM: Only if it’s with you. I’m not a comedian.I can play off of people, but I’m not that guy.I don’t want people being like, “Yeah, he should have stuck with drama . . .” It would not be my choice to have critics mumbling that.

WAYANS: Is there any actor whose career really inspires you?
TATUM: Man, there are so many dramatic actors where I would give all of my anything to have their careers, but I don’t think I can try to follow anyone. I mean, if you look at any of the greats, from people like Paul Newman and Robert Redford to, you know, Brad Pitt—to get any of the kinds of roles like the ones that they’ve gotten, or just to be a part of any of the kinds of movies they’ve made, would be the end-all for me.

Oh man, I love me some Channing. You gotta agree that his movies are more about how the action speaks rather than how the man speaks himself but, as I’ve said all along, I don’t mind one bit. There is much more of the interview to be read HERE and after the jump, check out a couple more photos from his Interview photospread — trust me, you don’t want to miss these pics … More »

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David Slade Has Been Chosen To Direct ‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’

Contrary to previous reports

Last month Variety reported that Juan Antonio Bayona had been offered the directing job for the third movie in the Twilight Saga movie franchise, officially titled The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, after it was rumored that Drew Barrymore was interested in securing the directing job herself. Today, we learn from Summit Entertainment themselves that Bayona HAS NOT been given the job of directing … they have selected David Slade (Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night) to direct The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Here is the full text of the latest Summit Entertainment press release:


Summit Entertainment announced today that David Slade has been hired to direct THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE from a screenplay written by Melissa Rosenberg. THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE, the third film in the studio’s TWILIGHT film franchise based on the Stephenie Meyer’s blockbuster book series, will be released theatrically in North America on Wednesday, June 30, 2010. The announcement was made by Erik Feig, Summit’s President of Production. Meyer stated, “I am thrilled that David Slade will be directing ECLIPSE. He’s a visionary filmmaker who has so much to offer this franchise. From the beginning, we’ve been blessed with wonderful directorial talent for the Twilight Saga, and I’m so happy that ECLIPSE will be carrying on with that tradition.” Feig said, “Stephenie Meyer’s ECLIPSE is a muscular, rich, vivid book and we at Summit looked long and hard for a director who could do it justice. We believe we have found that talent in David Slade, a director who has been able to create complex, visually arresting worlds. We cannot wait to see the ECLIPSE he brings to life and brings to the fans eagerly awaiting its arrival in summer of 2010.” Filmmaker Slade came to prominence as a director for his work on 2006′s engrossing film HARD CANDY starring Academy Award® Nominated actress Ellen Page as well as directing 2007′s genre hit 30 DAYS OF NIGHT which opened to number one at the box office its first weekend of release. In ECLIPSE, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger as Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob — knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella is confronted with the most important decision of her life. Slade is represented by William Morris Agency.

I have to admit, I was very excited at the notion of Juan Antonio Bayona directing the third film, especially since Bayona is a protégée of Spanish director Guillermo del Toro (who I LOVE LOVE LOVE). I was very impressed with Bayona‘s film The Orphanage. That said, I really loved Slade‘s work on his film Hard Candy. That film was my first introduction to Ellen Page (before she appeared in X-Men: The Last Stand and Juno). I think Eclipse will be in very capable hands under Slade‘s direction. As you may recall, Summit has previously announced that The Twillight Saga: Eclipse will be released in theaters on June 30, 2010, which is just over one year’s time from now. So now we have both a release date and a director … all that’s left is for production to begin — but that can’t happen just yet since the second movie is currently being filmed in Vancouver. It’s a tight schedule, y’all … but the Twilight Saga movies are well on their way.

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‘Earth’ By Disneynature Recycles

The TV Guide

Yesterday evening, David and I went out for a little movie date to spend part of our Earth Day watching the new Disneynature film Earth on the big screen. Because I heard that the film was made by the folks who made the Planet Earth DVDs for the BBC, I was very excited to see the film … it was only after I realized that most of Earth was comprised of scenes that I already saw on the Planet Earth DVDs that I got a little bummed.


That said, I really loved the film anyways. Even tho some of the footage was recycled from the DVD set to this “new” film, seeing it on the big screen more than made up for the rerun. When the first baby polar bears showed up on the screen in the first 5 minutes, I let out an audible gasp and knew I was gonna enjoy the film entirely. David and I were just stunned by the majestic beauty of all of the featured scenes. Our planet is a truly marvelous place and seeing a film like this really makes you feel small in comparison to the immensity of our planet Earth. It’s amazing how our fragile ecosystem relies on so many perfect parameters to work in unison at all times. These are the sorts of things that I never think about on a day to day basis … films like this are a great reminder that we are part of something so much larger than ourselves. Earth is filled with utterly beautiful scenery that will truly leave you in awe, I’m sure of it. And don’t even get me started on the baby animals … you will DIE from cuteness. There are some harsh realities concerning the circle of life featured in the film but because it’s a Disney production, you never have to see anything too brutal. This film is perfect for families with little kids. If you’ve never seen the Planet Earth DVDs, you will absolutely marvel at this film. Heck, even if you’ve seen the DVDs, I still think it’s worth seeing the footage on the big screen. We loved every minute of the film.

Other than the movie, we had a nice quiet dinner and then a nice quiet night at home. I’m getting my haircut this afternoon (thank the Gods and Josh my stylist) and then David and I have our final preparations to take care of before our trip to Chicago this weekend. Fun!!

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Verily, today is 'Talk Like Shakespeare Day', Elton ends his LV run, Britney can't testify
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‘US Weekly’ Presents ‘Hot Hollywood Style’ 2009

Style icons on parade

US Weekly magazine hosted their annual Hot Hollywood Style party at My House nightclub here in LA, CA last night and managed to attempted to bring out all of the fabulously stylish people in Hollywood … but they only managed to lure folks like Paris Hilton (who would show up at the opening of a door) and Fergie Ferg (who we’ve already seen today is a MEGA style maven). But, some pretty cool folks like Eliza Dushku and Ashley Jones (who currently stars in the CBS soap The Bold and the Beautiful but will also appear in the second season of HBO‘s True Blood this Summer) as well. Here are a few pics from the red carpet arrivals last night:


Yes, yes … the usual suspects posing for the cameras. I’m not sure what exactly the criteria is for one to be deemed to have Hot Hollywood Style but I guess this is it. I seem to recall that previous parties from previous years seemed to have a more impressive turnout. In any event, it was US Weekly‘s party and they can cry if they want to (and if I were them, I would). Better luck next year!

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Brad Pitt Takes A Flying Lesson

Up, up and away

Perhaps in an effort to have another thing in common with his non-wife babymama Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt was spied taking a flying lesson in NY Wednesday afternoon. Or mebbe it’s possible that Brad saw the photo of pregs Nicole Richie in the cockpit flying her own plane and he got inspired to become a flyboy himself. Here are a few photos of Brad giving his plane a once-over check-up before he boarded for his lesson:


I suppose I can kinda understand how some people might love the feeling that comes from piloting an airplane all by themselves but I, for one, would never want to do it. I don’t even like being on smaller airplanes, let alone a super tiny little thing that I would be in sole control of. There are just some things that I would never need to do. But I think it’s great that Brad is learning to fly just like his lady Angelina (who, I understand, already knows how to fly planes). Perhaps they could get matching airplanes or something? Just be careful up there when you’re flying Brangelina … heaven forbid anything should happen to you on one of your flying excursions. I fear the only person who would be interested in adopting your 6 kids should something befall you would be Nadya Suleman. Yikes.

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Peter Facinelli & Kellan Lutz Share A Bookworm Bromance

Plus, a few outtake photos of the 'Twilight' guys in VMan magazine

Here are a couple of fun photos of Twilight co-stars Peter Facinelli (who plays Dr. Carlisle Cullen) and Kellan Lutz (who plays Emmet Cullen) making their arrival at LAX Airport last weekend with some interesting reading material in tow:


Clearly the guys whipped out a copy of the book New Moon to create this fun little photo opp for the waiting paparazzi. All promotion is good promotion I suppose. In other photo op news, RadarOnline happened upon a few new outtake photos from the VMan magazine photoshoot that featured the men of Twilight last year. After the jump, check ‘em out … More »

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Fergie Ferg Gets Freaky Deak

WTF?

Ever the fashion forward style icon, Fergie Ferg was spotted here in SoCal yesterday afternoon rockin’ a pair of very interesting sunglasses that made her look, well, interesting … check it out:


LOL! Now, I’m sure someone out there will chime in to inform that this look is “all the rage” on the runways and that these glasses are “so in fashion” right now but it is my personal opinion that the girl looks ridiculous. I mean, I’m convinced that a consortium of designers exist somewhere that dreams up the most absurd looks and then tries to pass them off as “fashion” to see how many fools will pay out the big bucks to look nutty. I’m convinced the designer of Rihanna‘s Michael Jackson jacket is in on that joke as well. Hee hee … I guess the rich and famous can afford to look foolish … which, at the very least, can be entertaining for us.

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Beyoncé Does ‘The Late Show With David Letterman’

Sings live, no screeching

Yesterday a sound clip was making the rounds on the Internets that claimed to be a soundboard recording of Beyoncé singing screeching along to a backing track when she performed on The Today Show after the release of her latest album I Am … last year. While the clip was RIOTOUSLY hilarious, it turns out that it was a fake clip altered to make Beyoncé sound bad. Last night, Beyoncé made an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman to promote her new movie Obsessed (which opens in theaters tomorrow) and to perform her new single Halo LIVE. Here are a few pics of Beyoncé making her arrival at the CBS Studio in NYC yesterday:


I’m sure Beyoncé was anxious to perform so that she could dispel the validity of that fake recording. In case you missed it, you can find a link to the clip HERE … I ain’t gonna lie, it’s funny as hell — fake or not. After the jump, check out video of Beyoncé performing HaloMore »

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Madonna Bounces Back From Her Horse-Riding Accident

She gets back on the horse, er, stallion

After suffering a pretty scary horse-riding accident in the Hamptons, NY over the weekend (an accident, mind you, that required a visit to the hospital afterward), Madonna was spotted back in NYC walking around on her own two feet lookin’ no worse for the wear. Maddy was spotted in the company of her young buck, Jesus Luz, as the pair made their exit from dining together at The Waverly Inn in the West Village neighborhood of NYC last night … behold:


Last month they were said to have parted ways, but Madonna and Jesus have been spotted together again for the third time in a week. The pair went out to dinner with friends at Ye Waverly Inn in Manhattan last night, making something of a change from visits to the Kabbalah Centre. Looking businesslike in cream trousers and a long jacket, the singer gave a shy smile as she left the restaurant. The Brazilian model, dressed in black, was photographed walking nearby. On Monday, the 50-year-old left the Kabbalah Centre with 22-year-old Jesus and ex-boyfriend Carlos Leon, the father of her daughter Lourdes, in tow. And just two days earlier, Madonna and her on/off toyboy left Morandi restaurant in New York in the same car. The couple were said to have split last month, days before she flew to Malawi in a failed attempt to adopt the three-year-old child Mercy James. It was reported at the time that Madonna had been told there was disquiet in the country about her lifestyle … But since her request to take Mercy back to New York was refused, it appears Madonna has rekindled her romance with her ex. She is currently appealing after her bid to adopt orphaned Mercy was rejected by the Malawian courts.

Firstly, I am very relieved to see that Madonna appears to be in tip-top shape after her fall this weekend. The fact that she’s already back to prowling the streets with her toyboy seems like clear evidence that she suffered no injuries from her accident. Second, it’s nice to see Madonna & Child together again. You may recall that Jesus has been by Maddy‘s side for the past few days, he was even present when she suffered her accident in the Hamptons. That boy is hooked and he is gonna stay by her side as long as she will have him. In any event, happy to see Madge is back to her good ol’, wily ways … happy and healthy again.

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Lindsay Lohan Does ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’

Opens up about her break-up with Samantha Ronson

Lindsay Lohan will be featured on today’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show (an appearance which she taped yesterday) wherein she talks to Ellen — for the first time on TV — about her break-up with ex-girlfriend Samantha Ronson. According to Lindsay, the break-up was a total surprise to her … their relationship, she claims, went from totally fine to Samantha just “disappearing”. HMM. Here is a screencap of Lindsay and Ellen together on the show and some deets from today’s interview:


What’s more difficult than enduring a painful breakup in the public eye? “When you don’t know you’re breaking up,” says Lindsay Lohan. “Really weird.” The 22-year-old actress shared her ordeal with somebody who knows all about a high-profile breakup: Ellen DeGeneres, whose split with Anne Heche in 2000 dominated celebrity news. In an Ellen DeGeneres show airing Thursday, Lohan tells the talk show host that the breakup with Samantha Ronson, 31, earlier this month “came out of nowhere.” “I had no idea what was going on. I just hadn’t seen her in, like, a week. She, like, disappeared,” Lohan says. Lohan didn’t discuss what may have led to it after a “really tough night” but denied infidelity was the cause. “I don’t believe in cheating on someone,” says Lohan. DeGeneres said that after her own public breakup, “I kind of lost my career for a little while and I went away … and I literally hibernated and got myself back together.” She asked Lohan if she wanted to run away. “I feel like I want to get my career back in shape,” she said, adding that being away from Ronson – and not dating anybody regularly right now – may be a positive step. “You know when people are together so much it gets really difficult and you forget who you are because you’re more concerned about being with the other person,” said Lohan. “I think it’s been really good for me. I thought it would be so much harder and it hasn’t been. My sister’s been here with me.” And Lohan still holds hope that the split won’t be permanent. “I really care about Samantha and we’ll see what happens,” she says. “Maybe when we’re fully in the right place. And I love her.”

Obvs, each person in a break-up is going to have their own perspective on what happened and who’s to blame. I kinda really love that Lindsay was so open about her feelings for Sam. It says a lot that she would choose Ellen‘s show to profess her still love for her ex-girlfriend … call me a wee bit crazy but is it wrong that I think it’s a little romantic? I cannot imagine that Samantha will be appearing on any TV shows to give her side of the break-up as she strikes me as an extremely private person. While I wouldn’t take Lindsay‘s assertions about what happened as the gospel truth, it may be the only side of the story that we’ll ever get to hear. Make sure you check your local listings, this is an ep of Ellen that you don’t want to miss. Incidentally, Prince will also be appearing on today’s episode of The Ellen DeGenres Show (I understand he performs Crimson & Clover) — so you don’t want to miss that. For those of you who might not be able to catch the interview or for those of you who just want a preview, there’s a short vid clip of Lindsay‘s interview. After the jump, check it out … More »

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Taylor Lautner Shares His Work-Out With You

Pumpin' iron rubber

Earlier today we got to see a great group shot of all of the wolf boys that will be featured in the upcoming sequel film The Twilight Saga: New Moon … but, unfortch, that photo did not include the main wolf guy Jacob Black (played by Taylor Lautner). So, to make up for it, I happened upon a few photos of Taylor getting in a bit of a work-out on the set of New Moon in between takes … behold:


I know, the pics would prolly be a bit more interesting if Taylor had opted out of wearing that fleece jacket but, hello, I bet it’s cold in Vancouver these days. Something tells me that there will be shirtlessness to come from Mr. Lautner in the weeks to come … so we’ll just have to bide our time. In the meantime, we’ll just have to content ourselves with these pics of Taylor pumpin’ up his muscles. Enjoy!!

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Lauren ‘LC’ Conrad Gets Into Bed With Brian On ‘Family Guy’

Sex tape?

Last week we learned that Lauren LC Conrad would be making a guest appearance on the animated TV series Family Guy and today we get our first look at LC in action on the show:


The preview clip doesn’t specify how but LC ends up in bed with Brian the dog … which is, I suppose, from whence comes the hilarity. After the jump, check out the short vid clip in full … More »

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Nicole Richie Shows That Pregnant Chicks Can Fly

Nicole Richie, who has been in Canada for the past few days on business, posted a tweet (message) on her official Twitter profile letting us know that she has successfully made her way from Toronto to Montreal … oh yeah, she also lets us know that she made the trip by airplane … a plane that she, apparently, piloted herself:


She tweets: Just got to Montreal. And I flew here myself!!

Um, whoa! I didn’t even know that she knew how to fly! Do y’all think she really flew this plane or could she just be pulling our collective leg?

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Hilary Duff Gets Gruff On ‘Law & Order: SVU’

Nice accent, Hil

Last week we got our first look at Hilary Duff‘s upcoming guest appearance on the NBC crime drama Law & Order: SVU and today we get to see her in action. NBC has released a short preview clip from next week’s ep titled Selfish wherein we get to see and hear Hilary act like a “young and irresponsible” mother:


This role is a far cry from her days as Lizzie Maguire but, as the clip clearly shows, she’s grown into a mature young woman. I’m most impressed by her tough as nails accent … but don’t take my word for it — after the jump, check out the clip in full for yourselves … More »

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‘Project Runway’ Debuts On Lifetime On August 20

It's about damn time

Huzzah!! Lifetime TV has issued a press release announcing that the 6th season of Project Runway (the first for their network) will debut on August 20 at 10PM, approximately one year after the show was filmed here in LA. As you are prolly well aware, The Weinstein Company tried to move the series to Lifetime last year and went ahead with the filming of the 6th season even tho a court was reviewing the legality of the move. The entire 6th season was cast, filmed and completed before a settlement agreement between the Weinsteins and NBC Universal (Bravo TV‘s parent company which filed suit in the first place) could be reached. Now that Lifetime has the greenlight to air the series, they have announced the premiere date. Here is the full text of the latest press release from Lifetime:


Lifetime Television sews up the summer with the highly anticipated Emmy®-nominated and Peabody® Award-winning hit series Project Runway, premiering on Thursday, August 20, at 10PM ET/PT. Produced by The Weinstein Company, Miramax Films, Bunim-Murray Productions and Full Picture Productions, host Heidi Klum, mentor Tim Gunn and judges Michael Kors (leading fashion designer) and Nina Garcia (fashion director of Marie Claire magazine), will guide sixteen new contestants as they show off their design skills to see who makes the cut for Fashion Week. Filmed in Los Angeles and New York, Project Runway also features influential guest judges from the worlds of fashion, music, film and television. “I am a huge fan of Project Runway and could not be happier that Season Six will be premiering on Lifetime, the #1 network for women,” said Andrea Wong, President and CEO, Lifetime Networks. “The talent in this all-new season is nothing short of amazing, and I can’t wait for all of the fans to see the incredible work of these brilliant designers.” Models of the Runway, an exciting new companion series, will air at 11:00PM ET/PT, beginning August 20, immediately following Project Runway. Each 30-minute episode will give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the reality competition – from the models’ perspective. Viewers can experience the drama, anxiety, joys, tears and frustrations as the models themselves face elimination each week and compete for a cash prize and photo spread in Marie Claire magazine.

At last, we have a date to look forward to. I’m not entirely sure why Lifetime is waiting so long to air the series tho. I understand that filming of the 6th season began late last Summer so an August air date would be about one year since the show was filmed … in the world of fashion, that’s a lifetime (pardon the pun). I’m sure there are many logistics involved but it would make more sense to me to get the show on the air as soon as possible while filming the next season for air as soon as possible. Bravo ended up airing 3 seasons of PR all in the same year … that’s the smart way to do it. But, no matter, August 20 it is … so we must wait. I just hope the delay doesn’t end up hurting the show. It already has so many strikes against it, I don’t know that it needs another. We shall see.

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Lazy Does It

The TV Guide

Yesterday was another chill day for David and me around these here parts. While he was bizzy working on an exciting new project, I was bizzying myself with doing a whole lotta nothing. I’ve let my reading pile get way to big so I’m really trying to devote as much time as I can to reading so that I can finally get thru some great books that I’ve been dying to read. I’m in the midst of reading Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill and I am enjoying it immensely:


Next on my plate is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith. Since David and I are flying out to Chicago this weekend, I’m hoping to get in as much reading as I can while I can.

This afternoon, tho, I think we’re gonna try to get out and see the new Disney film Earth. We are big fans of the Planet Earth DVDs so we’re hoping this new film will be just as entertaining. Yeah, not much exciting news to report … but life is good :)

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Paula to perform on 'AI'? Mia's hunger strike, Britney supports same-sex marriage
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Heidi Montag & Spencer Pratt Plan A Wedding Rehearsal Dinner

But are the nuptials all for show?

As we should all know by now, Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt (who recently applied for a marriage license here in SoCal) are planning to be married this Saturday April 25 in a ceremony in Pasadena, CA and People magazine is reporting that the couple are also planning a rehearsal dinner for the night before. Speidi were a no-show at the PaleyFest panel of The Hills which was held in Hollywood, CA last night because they were reportedly too bizzy tending to this weekend’s big event. But at least one publication isn’t buying that this latest wedding will be the real deal. In Touch Weekly is reporting that this weekend’s Speidi wedding will be another fake one merely to drum up ratings for The Hills:

Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt betrayed their fans when they staged a fake wedding in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, in November. Now they’re doing it again — but this time, they’re filming the new phony ceremony for the series finale of The Hills. “It’s all set up by the producers of MTV to get people to watch,” says a source. “It’s just a plot line. They’re not really getting married, of course.” The over-the-top wedding will take place on April 25 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Pasadena, Calif., on a closed set with the entire Hills cast in attendance. Though Heidi and Spencer’s nemesis Lauren Conrad will not be in the wedding, In Touch can confirm exclusively that she will make an appearance. “They want Lauren to do something dramatic,” the source says.

But, the couple contends otherwise. Here are pics of Speidi doing whatever it is that they do together in Santa Monica, CA yesterday and some info about their planned rehearsal dinner and nuptials:


Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt have already had a casual, spur-of-the moment wedding in Mexico – but their weekend celebration in California will be more traditional. The night before the ceremony, which will take place on Saturday afternoon at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Pasadena, Calif., the couple will hold a rehearsal dinner at Wolfgang Puck’s Beverly Hills hotspot, Cut, a source tells PEOPLE. It’s a far cry from their Mexican wedding last November, which Pratt described at the time as having “margaritas, sunsets and beautiful settings” – but no friends or family. This time around, people close to the couple will be flying in to attend the festivities, say sources.

Altho the couple have cried wolf before, I tend to believe that they are serious about getting married this time around. I think they know that another fake wedding would prolly not go over well with the fans that they still have. It also makes sense that they would reserve their real wedding for the series finale of the show that made them stars. That way, they would steal the thunder and the show would end on their note and not anyone else’s. Speidi absolutely belong together … they are the perfect compliment to one another. I really think it’s gonna happen this weekend, y’all … heaven help us all.

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The Skinny On Lindsay Lohan

Is singlehood taking its toll?

Lindsay Lohan was spotted doing a bit of shopping with her little sister Ali Lohan on Melrose Ave. yesterday afternoon and I couldn’t help but notice how much thinner she looks in the pics. I love Lindsay very much so these pics are a bit troubling … they seem all too familiar from the time when she was rail-thin, with bones protruding a few years ago. Since her SkeletwinsTM days, Lindsay had recouped her curves and looked to be back to a relatively healthy weight. These days, tho, those curves seem to be no more:


The Mean Girls actress looked skinnier than ever as she hit LA’s Melrose Avenue for an afternoon of retail therapy with her younger sister Ali. Her cream halter-neck sundress hung off her rail-thin frame with the cut-away back revealing her protruding ribcage and sinewy arms. The 22-year-old looked on edge during the outing, clutching a can of Coca-Cola and biting her finger nails as she stopped to try on reading glasses at an optometrist. Lindsay’s weight has yo-yoed dramatically over the years from buxom to skeletal.

Nothing about this is a laughing or joking matter. It absolutely pains me to see Lindsay look frail. Whether or not you think she is a talented actress, she absolutely has a je ne sais quoi? about her that makes her an endearing person. It is very sad that she no longer looks happy now that she is separated from Samantha Ronson (and let’s be honest, she looked very happy with Sam when they were together) but it’s even sadder to think that she might not be taking her health into consideration. Believe me, I realize that my assertions are based on huge assumptions but there can be no denying that she looks much thinner. I hope, for her sake, that she realizes that she looks so much better when she’s healthy and curvy.

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‘The Hills’ Do The Paley Fest

LC reveals the source of the erroneous sex tape rumor

Lauren LC Conrad and her Hills cohorts Lauren Lo Bosworth, Audrina Patridge and break-out spin-off star Whitney Port (of The City) were all on hand at the ArcLight Cinema in Hollywood, CA last night to participate in the PaleyFest ’09 event for The Paley Center for Media. Sadly, Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt were not in attendance even tho they were scheduled to appear. It is being reported that Speidi pulled out at the last minute to tend to their upcoming wedding plans. Interestingly enough, LC confirmed at the PaleyFest panel that Spencer admits that he is responsible for spreading the false rumor about her alleged sex tape with ex-boyfriend Jason Whaler … mebbe that revelation also had something to do with Speidi‘s absence? In any event, here are a few photos of the Hills girls on the red carpet last night and some deets about the event itself:


Attending The Hills panel at PaleyFest without being a regular viewer of The Hills is like going to a Friday night party at some condo off Sunset where everybody knows each other and nobody knows you. So you stand there amid an attractive crowd and nod and smile and pretend like you get their jokes. Helpfully, before the panel the producers screen a 20-minute compilation of clips from The Hills that summarizes the first five seasons of the hit MTV docu-soap. The clips are either perfectly edited, or the series has incredible amounts of filler because when the lights come up you feel like you just sat through every single episode and understand everything that’s happened: A blonde girl named Lauren moved to Hollywood and fell in love with another blonde girl named Heidi. They broke up when Heidi fell in love with a blond guy named Spencer. Each season the girls wore more obvious makeup and Lauren cries a lot. Oh, and at one point Lauren went to France. But when the cast comes onstage there’s a glaring omission. Heidi, who was billed to be onstage with Lauren, is not here. This is a considerable letdown, even for those of us who just started watching The Hills roughly 20 minutes ago. We’re told she’s planning for a “big event” this weekend, which is rumored to be her wedding to Spencer. Needless to say, The Hills cameras will be there, and three cast members say they are invited, none of which are Lauren. The biggest news bits from the Q&A:

– On the infamous sex tape rumor, Lauren says – spoiler alert — Spencer finally confesses to the crime in a future episode. “We actually have it on tape,” she said. “He takes responsibility and apologizes for it.”

– Lauren originally thought when switching from Laguna Beach to The Hills: “This will be a whole new group of friends I wouldn’t fight with,” which seems to not quite understand the type of show she’s on.

– Producer Liz Gateley, when asked about whether the cast is shallow, reveals, “These folks do talk about a lot of intelligent things — like global warming — we just don’t show that on the show.” The idea that Lauren and Audrina have been secretly having off-camera debates about carbon emissions is fascinating.

– Lauren said she and Heidi can now “be in the same room.” The Rolling Stone photo shoot last year was “a big deal” in terms of mending their relationship despite the girls having dividers between them while getting their hair and makeup done.

– Producers were asked if the show will continue beyond the fifth season and gave the usual “we’re in talks … seeing if there are more stories to tell,” etc., etc., answer.

HMMM … I don’t think there was anyone who seriously doubted that it was Spencer who came up with the sex tape rumor, I mean … c’mon. The fact that he finally admits it on camera should come as no shock to anyone. Since this is the “last” season of The Hills, they have to pull out all the stops … the sex tape thing is one big loose end that was never tied up and the Speidi wedding is another. It really sounds like LC is done with the show … which means that any attempts to keep it going without her are going to be really bad, I think. Laguna Beach didn’t really fare so well once she left the show … and when they moved the drama to Newport Beach (introducing a new cast of characters) the whole thing went into the toilet. If MTV is smart, they’ll just let the show end on a relative high note.

But that doesn’t mean they may not try to launch a new show around Heidi and Spencer. It remains to be seen if those two can carry a show all by themselves but, I’m telling you, they’re gonna try. First, tho, they’ve got a little wedding to get thru … let’s see if they can pull that off before they think about launching their own TV show. Do you think they’ll be able to carry a show on their own? Would you tune in?

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Life’s A Bleach For Joel Madden

Blonde outing

Yesterday we learned from Joel Madden himself that he decided to change up his look a wee bit and ended up going blonde. Yesterday afternoon, Joel met up with his twin brother Benji Madden and the pair took the new blonde ‘do out for some coffee at The Coffee Bean on Melrose Ave … here are a couple of pics:


I dunno, I think I like the blonde on him … it’s a great Summer look and Joel rocks it right. I think I’m more taken with Benji‘s newish look … those exposed arms work quite well for the lad. As we saw previously, it’s evident that Benji has been workin’ hard on his physique so it makes sense that he would want to show off a little bit. I wouldn’t be surprised if Benj cut off all of the sleeves on all of his t-shirts :) In any event, it looks like these are the Summer looks for the Madden twins … do we like?

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Michael Jackson Goes Shopping For New Gaudy Crap

More is More

Michael Jackson, who went to court to halt a planned auction of some of his old (and entirely weird) possessions, was spotted doing a bit of shopping in Beverly Hills, CA yesterday … looking to acquire more (entirely weird) possessions to add to his collection. With temps reaching into the high 90′s, Jacko decided that it would be best for him to venture out in public covered from head to toe with scarves and masks cuz, well, he’s Michael Jackson, ya’ll:


Los Angeles may be going through a major heatwave but it seems that no amount of sunshine can come between Michael Jackson and his bizarre disguises. The 50-year-old seemed unaffected by the soaring temperatures – which have reached 38 degrees celsius – as he stepped out in Beverly Hills wearing a black hat, with a scarf, surgical mask and a multi-coloured hoodie. He completed the outfit with black trousers with pink trimmings. The singer was surrounded by security as he shopped for jewellery and antiques during a break from rehearsals for his upcoming tour. Jackson has been keeping a reasonably low profile in recent months as he prepares for the 50-night comeback tour at London’s 02 arena this summer. He has not performed on stage since 2006, when he appeared at the World Music Awards. But his sell-out This Is It tour at the O2 begins on July 8 and will run until February 24 next year. Tickets have been offered on sites such as ebay for up to $16,000 a pair. Fans will be treated to all of Jacko’s greatest hits, including a possible Jackson 5 medley. The setlist for his concerts includes Thriller, Billie Jean, Smooth Criminal, Man in the Mirror and Beat It. “He’s toying with the idea of doing a Jackson 5 medley as well, and he’ll open with a four minute long intro to Billie Jean,” a source is quoted as telling the Daily Mirror. Jackson last went on the road in 1996 and 1997 with the HIStory World Tour and he last performed the Moonwalk in September 2001 at a one-off concert celebrating his 30th anniversary as a performer.

I’m not sure what goes into the thought process that inspires this very strange man to go, Hey, I think today I’m going to go out and buy myself a new set of gilded vases to add to my immense collection of opulent furnishings but I suppose when you are able to sell 1 million concert tickets in 4 days time, you can buy whatever the hell you like. Truth be told, these new photos do not fill me with hope that he is going to be able to pull off this comeback concert stint … not one bit. David and I are planning to attend one of his September concerts and I’m just hoping (for David’s sake) that Jacko is able to keep it together long enough to perform on our appointed night. I am encouraged to know that he’s rehearsing … I think more rehearsing and less antiquing is prolly a better idea but … well, he is Michael Jackson after all.

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Meet The Wolves Of ‘The Twilight Saga: New Moon’

Woof! Woof!

USA Today has our first look at the young men cast to portray the werewolf pack that is featured in the upcoming sequel film The Twilight Saga: New Moon … as you can see from this newly released promo photo, the guys are in full costume … which basically means that they are half-nekkid. We’ve seen the guys here on the blog before but never in such a revealing way … behold:


Step aside, aloof vampires with all your undead issues. The wolf pack is ready to howl. Unlike cold-blooded neck biters, these poster guys for animal magnetism are hot. So hot that their temperature runs a steady 108 degrees, as anyone who has read Stephenie Meyer’s series of gothic romances knows. That gives them a great excuse to doff their shirts on-screen and expose the physiques they’ve been pumping up for playing werewolves in The Twilight Saga:New Moon, the sequel to last year’s supernatural sensation, due Nov. 20. Four actors — Chaske Spencer, Alex Meraz, Kiowa Gordon and Bronson Pelletier, all with Native American heritage — join Taylor Lautner, 17, who returns as a hairier, scarier Jacob Black. The plotline finds Jacob growing closer to a distraught Bella (Kristen Stewart) after her vampire beau, Edward, runs off. Among wolf pack job requirements: the ability to work half-naked no matter what the weather in the Vancouver, B.C., area, where the film has been shooting for several weeks. “It’s not pleasant for the actors,” says director Chris Weitz. “But they have all been good-natured. They show up on location in drenching, cold rain, and I say, ‘OK, off with the robes.’ “

If Twilight is all about the vampires, then New Moon is all about the werewolves. But it saddens me that this new photo does not feature the top dog, as it were, Jacob Black (played by Taylor Lautner). I suspect the movie producers are going to keep his reveal underwraps for a while so that they can feature him all by himself. I know there is a lot of vamp love among Twilighters but I think the wolf boys deserve some attention of their own. After all, I don’t recall that any of the Cullen men get half-nekkid in any of the books … isn’t that reason enough to give a little love to Team Wolves?

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Happy Earth Day 2009, Y’All

Go shorty, it's your Earth Day

Today is Earth Day, a time for the world to pause and reflect on the impact that we as a people have on our planet and hopefully work towards making things better … not only for today but from here on out. Even tho you may have never thought about your “carbon footprint” before or you’ve never been serious about thinking “green”, it’s never too late to start:


There are so many small things that YOU can do to make a difference today. The Earth Day Network is but one site that offers tips and suggestions on how you can get involved today … which means that you would be joining a reported 1 billion people around the globe celebrating in some way Earth Day today. Pink reader Itzia who hails from Viña del Mar, Chile sent me this very powerful Earth Day video from Greenpeace, which I urge y’all to watch:


Even if you’ve never thought about the environment before now, don’t you think today would be a great day to start? This is our home, y’all … let’s do our best to take care of it as best we can! Love your Mother, Happy Earth Day!!

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Hugh Jackman Leaves His Mark On Hollywood Blvd.

Star quality

Hugh Jackman made a very special in-person appearance today on Hollywood Blvd. in front of the famed Grauman’s Chinese Theater in order to leave his hand and footprints in the pavement in front of the theater. Jackman‘s prints will sit alongside Hollywood icons like Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne, Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck … which ain’t too shabby. Here are pics of Hugh at today’s hand/footprint ceremony and some deets from the event:


Hugh Jackman has cemented his claws and paws in Hollywood history. The Australian star of X-Men Origins: Wolverine was honoured at a ceremony on Tuesday outside Hollywood Boulevard’s historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, where his hand and footprints were immortalised in cement. Jackman’s markings sit alongside the legends of Hollywood, with the likes of Marilyn Monroe , John Wayne , Frank Sinatra , Clark Gable , Bing Crosby, Doris Day and Humphrey Bogart performing similar ceremonies in the theatre’s iconic forecourt the past 70 years. “I have to tell you,” Jackman told a vocal crowd of about 500 fans and dignitaries, including Rupert Murdoch, owner of the 20th Century Fox film studio, which is releasing the Wolverine film. “This particular block of real estate has brought me two moments in my life I thought would never ever happen. Hosting the Oscars and now here today. It means the world to me to be here.” Grauman’s Chinese Theatre is located next to the Kodak Theatre, the home of the annual Oscars ceremony. Sydney-born Jackman, 41, hosted February’s Oscars and was so well received that he’s expected to be asked to perform the job again next year.

I’d say that Hugh Jackman is having a pretty great career right about now. Everyone wants a piece of him (in more ways than one) and he rarely disappoints. Even tho Australia wasn’t the blockbuster it was promised to be, Hugh was (by all accounts) the best thing in that film. With X-Men Origins: Wolverine opening in theaters in about 2 weeks time, he is about to take off as a superhero leading man. It is quite an honor to leave your handprints in the cement in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater. While there are hundreds and hundreds of stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, there are just a few sets of hand/footprints in front of the theater. Personally, I think it would’ve been kinda cool if he would’ve also left his Wolverine claw marks in the pavement but … I guess beggers can’t be choosers. Congrats, Hugh! You’re a true megastar now!

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Chace Crawford Films A New Movie

Gets scruffy in the process

Chace Crawford was spotted filming scenes for a new film titled Twelve directed by Joel Schumacher (who you may know as the guy who ruined the Batman movie franchise in the late 90′s) in NYC this week … here are a couple pics from the set:


Yeah, I know … these pics aren’t at all different from the sort of photos we see when Chace is filming scenes for Gossip Girl … but he’s too purdy to let these pics not get posted. Twelve also stars Kiefer Sutherland, Emma Roberts and 50 Cent and is based on the novel by Nick McDonell … a novel that he wrote in 2002 when he was 17 years old. The novel has been described as Bright Lights, Big City meets Less Than Zero and it sounds very interesting. Here’s hoping the next time we see photos from production of this film, there’ll be a bit more excitement there, too. Tho, I gotta say the scruff looks good on Chace. His pretty boy face could use some roughening up.

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Amy Winehouse Burns Her Flesh Off

Some people shouldn't be allowed near fire

Amy Winehouse, our fave little trainwreck, got herself into a bit of trouble recently when she tried to host a dinner party in her temporary new home of St. Lucia in the Caribbean. Apparently, Amy ended up scalding the flesh off her leg while attempting to cook for her friends … and her injury is plainly evident in this new photo of her taking a walk on the beach this week:


Troubled singer Amy Winehouse has landed herself in hot water – she has suffered severe scalds after a cooking blunder. The star decided to hold a dinner party for her pals on the Caribbean isle of St. Lucia, where she has spent much of the last four months working on a new album. But trouble began brewing in the kitchen after a huge pan of boiling water full of pasta fell from the cooker, dousing the Rehab hitmaker in scalding water. She has since been snapped with burns on her legs, and has left fellow holidaymakers aghast by failing to cover and care for her injuries. A fellow tourist tells Britain’s The Sun newspaper, “Amy’s wounds looked so painfully sore – she really should cover them up or get herself under an umbrella. “They were covered in sand too. We couldn’t believe she wasn’t keeling over in pain.” But the star’s spokesman insists the wounds aren’t as bad as they look: “She’s not in a lot of pain, she’s just letting it breathe.”

Seriously, Amy Winehouse should not be allowed to be near any sharp implements, anything to do with fire or in the presence of hazardous materials. I mean, hello, the girl is a walking disaster waiting to occur. While she has been doing much better since relocating to St. Lucia, she is still LIGHT YEARS away from being out of the woods. The latest report is that she is contemplating adopting a child of her own … which is just a terrible idea. She can’t even keep herself out of harm’s way. Ack and I don’t care what she says … her burn looks like it hurts like hell. No more cooking for Amy, I’m afraid … clearly she can’t even be trusted with something as simple as boiling water. OY!

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Johnny Depp Shows Off A New Tattoo

"Silence Exile Cunning"

Johnny Depp, who recently lent his voice to an episode of Spongebob Squarepants, is currently working on the new film The Rum Diary which is currently in production in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. During one of his breaks, Johnny was spied with a new tattoo on his forearm which looks like it reads Silence Exile Cunning


… or something like that. It’s unclear to me if the tattoo is real or just a fake one for the film. Also, the last word is not very clear … it’s hard to make out. Any ideas what this new tattoo could mean?

UPDATE: Pink readers Shai, Jamie and Yoka have clarified that the quote is by James Joyce and it reads, Silence Exile Cunning. Thanks guys!!

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Green Day Release New Promo Pics

'21st Century Breakdown' nears

Here are a few new promo pics of Green Day which have been released ahead of the arrival of their new album 21st Century Breakdown:


After being out of the spotlight for the past few years, it looks like the boys are back and ready for biznazz again. I know there are hordes of fans out there anxiously awaiting their new album … and to be honest, so am I. I am a huge fan of Green Day‘s early albums and remember fondly that I used to play the hell out of Dookie. While I wasn’t a huge fan of American Idiot, I can respect that the guys set out to tell a story with that album and followed it thru to the very end. While I contend that the critical acclaim might not have come so readily if it weren’t for the heavy political stance they took on the album, there is no denying that the band is extremely talented. I’m very curious to hear if the new stuff sounds much different from their earlier material. The guys are old and hopefully wiser these days … I guess we’ll have to wait and see (well, hear) if their maturity is reflected in their new album.

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Gay Gardens

The TV Guide

Not much to report on the personal front today … since the temps have been soaring into the 90s the past few days, David and I have been staying indoors behind shuttered windows just keeping to ourselves. I joked to David that we may have to start referring to our home as Gay Gardens since we’ve been kind of reclusive these last few days. The only downside to having so many large windows is that the sun amps up the heat inside our home all day long … we can’t even enjoy the beautiful sunshine when the temps get high cuz it makes our apartment get really hot. Instead, we’re hiding behind the shutters and curtains to keep the place cool … venturing out only at night. Hahahahah. Except for the animals and the craziness, we’re well on our way to turning into the crazy Jackie O. reclusive family members from Grey Gardens which, incidentally, I watched over the weekend … both the HBO movie version and the original documentary — both were superb and wholly fascinating:


To be honest, I’m OK with keepin’ things low this week … Davd and I fly out to Chicago this weekend for a few days to visit with my friends Sarah and Mark and to see another concert so I’m cool with keeping things quiet. I do want to get out and see some friends this week tho … it’s been far too long.

The plus side of all of this heat is that it’s the perfect weather for hanging out/in the pool! I might have to test the waters of our buliding’s pool this afternoon … HMMM, now where did I put my Speedo?

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Snoop Dogg Gets Immortalized In Wax

And they did a damn fine job, too

Rap icon Snoop Doggy Dogg was on hand at the Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum inside the Venetian Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV yesterday for the unveiling of a wax statue in his honor. Much like other wax statue exhibits at other Madame Tussaud museums around the world, this one is particularly stunning in its likeness of Snoop. Here are a few photos of Snoop and his wax doppelgänger … can you pick out the real man from the wax statue?


It’s 4/20 and Snoop Dogg is in Las Vegas but the iconic rapper is vowing to “lay low” on the counterculture holiday. “I lay low, I stay in the hotel so I won’t get in no trouble so the media can keep me out of their face,” he said Monday. When asked if he’d celebrate 4/20, he said, “You better know that,” – but he wouldn’t go into specifics. A bright-eyed Dogg began the afternoon by unveiling his new wax figure at Madame Tussauds. “What better way to celebrate 4/20 than to put yourself in wax?” he said. Though it’s unlikely that the rapper-producer-actor has shunned marijuana for good, he has recently made significant strides to be a better role model for his young fans. “I’m supposed to represent at all times and … keep it positive and be very peaceful,” he said, adding, “That’s what I’ll continue to do. … Whatever’s good I’ve been trying to be involved in.” The recently reformed rapper, whose real name is Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr., announced last month that he had converted to Islam. Several members of his youth football team, the Pomona Steelers, came to Las Vegas to see their coach reveal his wax statue. Dogg said it was important to him to have the kids there. “I just wanted to show them that, you know, I’ve become something and that their coach is somebody that they can look up to and they can want to be inspired by,” he said. The figure was unveiled Monday during a private event at Madame Tussauds. The figure was greeted by rounds of applause and the sound of his early hit single, “Who Am I? (What’s My Name?).” The statue will live in the museum’s “On Stage” area. The “Doggfather” and his wax replica wore identical outfits on Monday: Dark Converse Chuck Taylors; tan pants with a black bandana hanging from the left pocket; a white T-shirt; and a Long Beach Loyals team jacket from Dogg’s clothing line, “Rich and Infamous.” Snoop reportedly hand-picked the outfit for his $300,000 statue – though the wax figure was wearing more bling at the unveiling than the living breathing rapper. The 36-year-old father of three said he liked the way he looks in wax but said, “It’s kind of scary … it looks just like me!” Snoop is a busy man: He coaches his son’s football team, has his own clothing line, just completed a new reality-style series for MTV, “Dogg After Dark,” and is working on both a new album and a new line of merchandise, too. “I’m in the process of working on my new album, ‘Malice in Wonderland,’ and I’m about to start … a Snoop Dogg school supply (line) for the kids so they can have a piece of me,” he said. Snoop is also gearing up to hit the road with Slightly Stoopid this summer for a still-to-be-announced tour. His appearance today at Madame Tussauds came a day after he performed as part of the season opener pool party at Rehab. The star was far less reserved on Sunday afternoon, dropping plenty of vulgarities during his 30-minute set. But swear words and sexual references were everywhere at the Hard Rock’s notorious adults-only pool party and no one seemed to mind. Considering his music career, clothing line, charity and community work, TV shows, and other projects, Snoop Dogg has put his talents on display. Knowing his audience is just one of them.

LMAO. Of course Snoop would be honored in such a way on a day like 4/20 … makes perfect sense. Snopp Dogg is simply one of the coolest celebs out there. Not only is the man insanely talented but he is such a genuinely nice guy. He may have his faults just like anyone else but you kinda know that his heart is in the right place. His care and regard for his family is admirable and he’s a funny-ass guy. What’s not to love about Snoop Dogg? He should be very proud of his new wax likeness, it scarily looks exactly like him. It really is kinda hard to tell the real from the wax … the Madame Tussaud’s artists have done it again. Congrats on your new statue, Snoop!

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‘Fighting’ Premieres In NYC

Fighting Club

Channing Tatum (who started doing promo in the Big Apple yesterday) and Terrence Howard were joined by others at the Regal Union Square Stadium 14 theater in NYC last night for the NY premiere of their new movie Fighting which opens in theaters this Friday. Here are a few photos from the red carpet arrivals:


As I mentioned yesterday, I’ve got a huge soft spot for Channing Tatum and I am very much looking forward to seeing this movie. The guy is a total sweetie and you just can’t help but want to root for him in all of his down-and-out movies. I imagine there will be a lot of sweatiness as well as a lot of shirtlessness so, yeah, I’m there. Incidentally, the Regal Union Square theater where this premiere took place is the theater that David and I see movies at when we are in NYC. It’s one of those regular multiplexes, nothing special. I like how even for the film premiere Channing likes to keep it real. Woot! Can’t wait :)

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Joel Madden’s Got A New Hair’do

Blondes have more fun

Yesterday we saw that Heroes star Milo Ventimiglia is rockin’ a new hair’do — one that he debuted at the Heroes for Autism event here in Hollywood, CA over the weekend — and today we learn that Good Charlotte frontman Joel Madden has also got himself a new ‘do. Joel posted a tweet (message) on his official Twitter profile that he changed his look saying, “Ok so i changed my hair. I’ll twitpic you all tomorrow for an opinion. You can put your twitter critc hats on”. A few hours later, this is what he sent out:


I changed my hair. Yep. that’s it. Thanks to byron&tracy for hooking me up. Ok. thats it. Ok do your worst. tell me what you think……

Having done the blonde thing myself last Summer, I can’t say a bad thing about Joel‘s new look. I can totally identify with wanting to change up your look. It should be noted, tho, that Nicole Richie is currently in Canada on business so she has yet to see this new look of Joel‘s in person … I wonder what she thinks about it. Better yet, what do YOU think about it? Do you like? Is it better than Milo‘s new look?

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‘Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows’ Begins Filming

Part I

Now that Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is in the can, ready for release this July it’s about time that production got underway on the big screen adaptation of the 7th and final book in the Harry Potter series, The Deathly Hallows. Because the book is so epic is size and scope (at least for a kid’s book) and because the movie studio would like to get as many movies out of the series as possible, Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows will be broken up into two films — part I and part II — to be released over time. Here are a few photos of the three stars Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Emma Watson (Hermoine Granger) and Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) on the London streets set of part I of the final film:


While it is very exciting that production is finally underway on the movie(s) version of the final HP book, it’s a bit sad that it’s all coming to an end again. When The Deathly Hallows was released in book form back in 2007, it was met with great enthusiasm as well as great sadness. The finality of the story was bittersweet to many (me included). The release of the special book The Tales of Beadle the Bard was a nice little Harry Potter treat to snack on last Xmas but now that the book series is finished there is nothing really to look forward to anymore. The HP movies, at least, provide that outlet of looking forward … but once these films are finished and released — that’s it. JK Rowling has hinted that she may return to the world of Harry Potter in some way again in the future but I’m not sure I’m ready to hold my breath just yet. As I mentioned before, I’m planning on rereading the entire series in the coming months in order to refresh my memory and get back into the world of Harry Potter again. I am anxious to see The Half-Blood Prince this Summer … and The Deathly Hallows thereafter. Now that production has begun on the Deathly movie(s) it won’t be very long until we’ll be talking about that film in the theaters, too.

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‘Star Trek’ Premieres In London

Early reviews are very good

The principal stars of the new JJ Abrams prequel film Star Trek made their way to Empire Leicester Square in London, England last night for the UK premiere of their film and were not only met by throngs of adoring fans but were also met with the first reviews of the film … and for the most part, the reviews are raves. Here are a few photos of Chris Pine, Eric Bana, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, John Cho and Karl Urban on the red carpet of the premiere event last night and a portion of one of those published rave reviews:


The entertainment business thrives on surprises, as has been proven once again by the sudden elevation to stardom of Susan Boyle on Britain’s Got Talent. And there has been no bigger surprise for me this year than this movie. Like many people, I yawned at the thought of yet another attempt to breathe life into a series that seemed finished, after the pompous, pointless and all too aptly named Star Trek: Nemesis in 2002. The original cast had long gone, and the ideas had dried up. Why try to reanimate a corpse? The short answer is that J.J. Abrams had come up with a tremendous idea, inspired no doubt by the success of Batman Begins and Casino Royale, both of which had reinvigorated tired franchises by recasting and going back to basics. The result is not only by far the best of the 11 Star Trek movies, it must rank as the outstanding prequel of all time … We see space battles, planets sucked into black holes, chases, space aliens. Stupendous special effects and a magnificent score by Michael Giacchino make it a treat for the eyes and ears. The picture moves at a terrific pace, and is a satisfying tale of good versus evil, with Eric Bana a highly hissable villain. He’s the Romulan Nero, bent on avenging the destruction of his planet by blowing up first Vulcan, and then Earth. The Australian actor is virtually unrecognisable in the role, and confirms my suspicion that, though he struggles to carry a movie as a leading man (proved most notably in Hulk), he is a first-rate character actor. Like all the best villains, Nero is driven by a belief that he is in the right, and makes a fearsome adversary. The script feels remarkably fresh, no small achievement in itself, and takes an ingenious turn with the introduction of a time travel theme, and a highly effective reappearance of 78-year-old Leonard Nimoy, who was of course the original Spock and brings considerable dignity and grace to his scenes, which are far more than cameos. This is space opera on a mythic scale, and it’s stirring stuff. The immense grandeur of the imagery bodes well for anyone who chooses, in the wake of this movie’s inevitable success, to go back into the history of the franchise, and marry some of its better script ideas to 21st century technology. After the artistic disappointment of George Lucas’s Star Wars prequels, with its terrible dialogue and worse acting, this movie really does promise a creative re-birth of science fiction adventure. The revelation for many will be the way the screenplay honours the original characters created by Gene Roddenberry in the sixties, and gives them a moving and satisfying back-story.

The review goes on HERE and offers a bit more information that you might want to read before seeing the film. I didn’t even read the rest of it for fear of ruining the surprise. I am so pleased to know that reviewers are, thus far, happy with the reboot film … which makes me worry less. I was never a fan of the original Star Trek series, nor of the original characters (Capt. Kirk, Spock, et al.) as I was more of a Star Trek: The Next Generation fan (as well as Star Trek: Voyager). This prequel, I’m hoping, will breathe new life into the old characters and hopefully make me a fan. I’ve been impressed with everything I’ve seen thus far … so I’m really anxious to see the final product. David and I procured tickets to see the film early on May 7th the evening before the film opens on the 8th … so I’m gonna do my best to keep away from any new footage from the film so as not to spoil the movie. It won’t be long now.

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Brangelia Do Some Grocery Shopping

Must be the maid's week off

Happily unmarried couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt took their young daughters Zahara Marley and Shiloh Nouvel for a little shopping jaunt together … but unlike previous shopping excursions to chic clothiers and posh toy stores, the family made their way to a run-of-the-mill grocery store to pick up supplies for the home … behold:


To be honest, I would’ve thought that grocery shopping would be one of those menial tasks reserved for the hlep … but either Brangelina gets a kick out of squeezing the Charmin themselves or mebbe the help is on vacay? HMMM … do you suppose these trying economic times have even affected the Brangelina brood? Earlier today we learned that Suri Holmes-Cruise was forced to settle for a mere trampoline as entertainment at her 3rd birthday party and now … Brangelina grocery shopping? What next, Oprah Winfrey washing her own car? Yikes! Let’s hope, for the sake of celebrity, that it won’t ever have to come to that.

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Suri Cruise Celebrates Her 3rd Year Of Life On A Trampoline

What goes up, must be a come down

Suri Holmes-Cruise, the little person who celebrated her 3rd birthday last week, had herself a very low-key party at her parents SoCal manse with just a few friends and family in attendance. She also got a trampoline to jump around on. Yeah, and that was pretty much it:


Nope. No famous celebrity baby friends, no carousels or riding ponies …. nothing at all to distinguish her birthday fête from that of any normal, human 3 year old child. To be honest, it’s refreshing to see that the Cruise clan doesn’t need to spend lots of money (or any money, for that matter) in celebration of their little robot-girl’s third year of existence … tho, I’m not entirely sure that Suri felt the same. As you may recall, Suri was treated like a little princess (literally) on a recent visit to Disney World in Florida … and that was for no special occasion at all. I bet the little miss was expecting something more extravagant for her actual birthday party. Well, if Suri wants to live like a real live girl she’s gonna hafta get used to things like this … and besides, trampolines can be fun! Even for robots.

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Jennifer Aniston Is Happy & She Knows It

Stop the presses!!!

Whatthe …? Doth mine eyes deceive me? Could it actually be??? Are these photos of Jennifer Anistonsmiling? And not just smiling … but smiling for the paparazzi??? Here are a few photos of a happy Jen Aniston on the NYC set of her new movie The Baster:


Wow! First off, she looks so good … she should smile more often. Second, WTF? is going on that has got Jennifer Aniston look so happy? Actually, I don’t even want to know … I don’t even care. She looks so pretty all smiley … she’s even smiling with her eyes, y’all!!! This is a happy sight to behold, she looks much better in these photos than she does when she’s trying to hide inside coats and blankets and stuff. This is a much better look for her, I hope it’s one that she continues to rock in the coming weeks and months.

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Emma Watson Does ‘Interview’ Magazine

Talks about her BFF Karl Lagerfeld

Emma Watson, who plays Hermoine Granger in the Harry Potter films, is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Interview magazine. In her coverstory interview, she talks about (among other things) her burgeoning new friendship with fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. Whatever in the world could a 75 year old man have in common with a 19 year old girl? Let’s find out … here is Emma‘s Interview mag coverphoto and some of her thoughts on her latest BFF:


Harry Potter’s leading lady Emma Watson has been a fixture on the big screen since her acting debut as Hermione Granger at the tender age of 9. And now a decade later, the 19-year-old is telling Interview magazine all about her transformation from child star to glamour girl. While the young Brit has managed to stay out of the tabloids, she has been the talk of the fashion world, rubbing shoulders with some of the world’s most high-profile tastemakers, including Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld. “We spent the whole day together,” she says, “and he can talk about anything — literature, art, science, modern culture. I was totally seduced. I felt spoiled to be spending so much time with him.” Yet even with her fabulous fashion connections and big-girl paychecks, Emma remains down-to-earth when it comes to shopping. “I don’t really buy designer stuff. I have a few nice things, but I don’t really have the occasion to wear couture too often,” she says. But when those occasions do pop up, Emma calls on her friends. “I’m typically lent something — which means I have to give it back at midnight, like Cinderella.” Although Emma is considering heading to the U.S. for the Ivy League this year, she’s rumored to be starring in an upcoming Burberry ad campaign — so maybe this won’t be the last the fashion world has seen of her.

Just like I totally believe that Daniel Radcliffe is the sort of young actor that will have a long and very successful career in film, so too do I believe that Emma Watson will as well. I’m amazed at how remarkably grounded the Harry Potter kids are (well, except for the odd one or other who gets arrested for pot possession). I absolutely believe Watson when she says that she has no interest in filling her closet with designer items that she’s never wear. The girl is smart and I like that. After the jump, check out a few photos from Emma‘s Interview photospread and see just how stylish this down to Earth girl can be … More »

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Channing Tatum Surfaces In NYC

Lookin' fine as heck

Channing Tatum, who’s new film Fighting opens in theaters this Friday, was spotted on the streets of NYC earlier today making his way to The CW 11 studios to do some promo work for his new movie … and homeboy was lookin’ migh-ty good:


Fighting is another film where Channing plays a down-and-out, poor white boy who is forced to use his skills (in this instance his fighting skills, as opposed to previous movies where he had to use his dancing skills, etc.) to help him achieve a higher station in life. To be honest, it sounds like the same ol’ song and dance but I don’t really care. There is something about Channing Tatum that makes you want to root for him. He tends to play pretty single-faceted movie characters but his ability to charm is, well, charming. I am not gonna lie … I deffo plan to see Fighting when it opens in theaters. You cast the man in anything and I’m pretty much there. I mean, look at him. Can you blame me?

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David Beckham & Fellow Athletes Visit 10 Downing St.

Appear on behalf of Malaria No More

Athletes David Beckham, Andy Murray and Denise Lewis paid a visit to 10 Downing St. in London, England to remind Prime Minister Gordon Brown on behalf of Malaria No More of the UK’s promise to deliver 20 million mosquito nets to Africa by 2010 … and, apparently, the best way to do that was to show up lookin’ fine and shizz. Here is are a few photos from today’s photo op on Downing St. of the athletes and Prime Minister Brown and some info about their visit:


David Beckham and Andy Murray are usually more preoccupied with football and tennis nets, but on Monday they met UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown in London to discuss malaria nets. Along with former Olympic champion Denise Lewis, they went to Downing Street to remind Brown of Britain’s promise to deliver 20 million of the nets to Africa by 2010. The sports icons have been named as members of the leadership council of new campaign group Malaria No More UK and were helping to mark its launch. “For less than the cost of a football you can protect a family from dying,” said Beckham. “I urge the UK public to get behind the Malaria No More UK campaign to save a life and make malaria no more.” England and AC Milan star Beckham, who hopes to be in South Africa next year for the World Cup finals, posed for pictures outside No. 10 where the front door was draped in a malaria net. “For less than the cost of a football you can protect a family from dying,” he said. “I urge the UK public to get behind the Malaria No More UK campaign to save a life and make malaria no more.” World fourth-ranked tennis ace Murray said: “This is the first global charity I’ve been involved with in this capacity and it was an easy decision. “Malaria is completely preventable and stoppable but yet it still kills more children in Africa than any other single disease.” A year after making the pledge, Britain has delivered some 9.7 million nets to Africa, and a further 1.9 million are on order. Malaria No More UK wants to ensure the Government meets its promise in full as its share of a total of 100 million nets. Around 90 percent of the one million deaths from malaria each year are in Africa, where the disease kills a child every 30 seconds. A single net can protect a mother and child or brother and sister for up to five years. Malaria No More UK executive director Sarah Kline said: “Malaria No More UK is launching a mass campaign to help stop the suffering and death caused by malaria. Our first mission is to help reach the United Nations target of getting everyone at risk in Africa under a bed net by the end of 2010. We are delighted the prime minister has announced today that the UK is has already delivered 9.3 million nets of the 20 million pledged and look forward to seeing the rest delivered on time. We are calling on him to press other EU and G8 governments to deliver their share of the 100 million bed nets they promised last year.”

As you may recall, Ashton Kutcher donated 10,000 mosquito nets to Malaria No More in celebration of his Twitter War win against CNN to become the first user to attain 1 million followers. It sounds like Malaria No More is the charity du jour for the celebrity set … which is awesome because charities like Malaria No More don’t tend to get the same attention that some other charities do. It seems so simple but mosquito nets really do prevent the spread of the deadly disease. I’m sure the 20 million nets promised to Africa by the British government are much needed. Any sight of David Beckham is a welcome one but even more so when he uses his hotness for a good cause. If YOU would like to help Malaria No More, click HERE for more info on how to do so.

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Kristen Stewart & Taylor Lautner Hang With Fans In Vancouver

What the Dill-y, yo?

Twilight stars Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner took a break from filming the new sequel The Twilight Saga: New Moon to chill with some regular folk at a local bar in Vancouver, Canada and to take in a performance by friend Cecil Sage Dill recently. Here are a couple pics of the pair lookin’ about as normal as can be:


Can I just say how refreshing it is to see a young starlet like Kristen Stewart deign to go out in public sans make-up and happy as can be? I realize that her manner and attitude may be off-putting to some folks but I am totally charmed by her down-to-Earthness. We’ve all had days where all we want to do is be frumpy … good for Kristen for being as frumpy as she wanna be. I understand that the last scenes filmed in the Cullen home set have wrapped and that production is well on schedule. It shant be long before we may start seeing the first footage of the film in some form or another.

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Britney Spears Brings Her ‘Circus’ To Anaheim, CA

The TV Guide

Last night David and I made the trek down to Anaheim, CA for our second of three Britney Spears concerts which she performed at the Honda Center. I was very happy to see that Britney’s energy level was just as high last night as it was in LA when we first saw her on Thursday:


Again, so as not to spoil any of the show for those of you who have yet to see the tour and want to remain unspoiled, I put the photos that I snapped last night behind the cut. After the jump, check ‘em out … More »

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The 2009 TV Land Awards Are Handed Out

Oldies but Goodies

TV Land, the home of classic television, held its annual TV Land Awards show at University City here in Hollywood, CA yesterday and managed to bring out stars of the small screen from the days of yore. Neil Patrick Harris, who currently stars on the CBS hit sitcom How I Met Your Mother, played host to the awards show and looked pretty fab on the red carpet. Here are a few photos of some of the other folks who came out for the awards show yesterday evening:


Ah, TV Land … you do have a penchant for intermingling the new and old stars of TV in an oddly entertaining way. Here are a few pics from the show itself, which will air on TV Land next Sunday April 26th:


Fans of Married … With Children will want to tune in to see the show be honored with the Innovator Award (which is “presented to a series whose influence is still felt and evident in television today”) and fans of Magnum P.I. (and Tom Selleck‘s ‘stache) will want to tune in to watch the show be honored with the Hero Award (which “salutes a lead character whose crime-solving feats were astounding, yet remained thoroughly authentic, offering equal parts of street smarts, wit and charisma”). Also the amazing yet totally mindeffing 70′s show H.R. Pufnstuf is paid tribute by a musical number performed by Cyndi Lauper — I hear it is NOT to be missed. In a sea of Award Shows the TV Land Awards is but another one … but at least the nostalgia factor means that this one might be worth tuning in for ;)

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Jake Gyllenhaal Gets Grabby With Reese Witherspoon’s Booty

Mother goosed

The ever-watchful Hollywood.TV happened upon lovebirds Jake Gyllenhaal and Reese Witherspooon lookin’ all cozy in Indio, CA over the weekend (as you may recall, the pair were spotted lookin’ all coupley the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival) and happened to get video of Jakey poo fondling Reese‘s bum as the pair walked together side-by-side:


Heh … that’s quite a goose, Jake! I never knew that you had it in you … or that Reese was that kind of girl ;) Yeah, something tells me that Reese prolly doesn’t mind being manhandled by Jake like this … not one bit. After the jump, check out video of Mr. Grabby Hands in action … More »

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Milo Ventimiglia’s Got A New Hair’do

What's the buzz

Heroes hottie Milo Ventimiglia made an appearance at the Heroes for Autism event at The Avalon in Hollywood, CA yesterday and he used the occasion to show off his new look … homie got himself a haircut, behold:


Okay, so either Milo lost a bet or he is gearing up for a new gig (a remake of Slingblade, perhaps?). I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this new ‘do of Milo‘s … the sides seem awfully short and the top seems disproportionately longish. Milo is a good looking man and he is capable of making most anything look good … but I dunno about this haircut. What do y’all think … thumbs up or puke on your shoes bad?

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Lily Rhodes (van der Woodsen) Is Busted!

The Gossip Girl flashback ep approacheth

Here is our first look at the new poster advertisement for the May 11th ep of Gossip Girl which will feature a significant flashback to the 80′s so that we can get our first look at how wild child Lily van der Woodsen (nee Lily Rhodes) reached her station in life:


The ep will also serve to introduce the characters that will be featured in the upcoming as-yet untitled Gossip Girl spin-off series that will focus on the young Lily and her dramatic life before the events of Gossip Girl take place. On the one hand, I’m kinda looking forward to a TV series that is set in the 80s but I have the bad feeling that it might be too soon to spin-off a show from GG already. Of course, we’ll have to wait and see what the spin-off looks like to judge whether or not it’s worth watching but … I dunno. This new ep will be a pretty good indicator of what’s to come in the new ep. I’m really looking forward to seeing this taste of the spin-off. I’ll reserve judgment ’til then. I will say, tho, that this poster of Lily‘s mugshot is pretty brills. If anything, it does make me want to see more of the character’s wild ways.

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Coachella Day 3: The Cure For What Ails You

That's all, folks!

Yesterday was the third and final day of the 2009 installment of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, CA and, despite the soaring temperatures, folks streamed out for the last day of the fest to take in acts like Lykke Li, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Public Enemy and headliners The Cure. Here are a few photos of these acts on the performance stage yesterday and some info about how the fest got all wrapped up:


It took a while to get to the last day of this year’s Coachella Festival, but just a few notes from the voice of Antony made it all worth it. Dressed in a baggy cream shirt & black pants, the leader of Antony & the Johnsons proved once again to be what I hope Heaven sounds like. His show on the Outdoor Stage, where more and more I think the truly best bands were this year, was a swirl of the romantic, the exotic and the amazing. That standard continued with the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs. Karen O, whose multi-leafed golden frock reminded everyone why she is the most captivating fashion forward person in music right now, held the Main stage masses in her hands & never let go through a string of Alt-rock classics and classics to be. As with TV On The Radio on Saturday, the NYC band showed the sunset slot is where the bands that will define this year’s Coachella showed their stuff. Plus, there can be no doubt that the equally effortlessly cool Nick Zinner has become one of the great guitar heroes of our time and that in Brian Chase he is anchored by one of the best drummers around. If you weren’t at Coachella this year, see if you can find a clip of the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs doing “Gold Lion” from Coachella 2009 and you’ll understand … My Bloody Valentine weren’t anywhere near as punishingly loud as I remember them being back in the early 1990s, but they were certainly as good. Their set on the Main Stage seemed to start off almost tame and then it began to build and build over an hour into a 20 minute hypnotic frenzy that redefined what guitars should do. MBV then lapsed back into conventional song structure – conventional for MBV that is – before going right back into the madness. By the time the Cure came out to finish off the night, despite rumors floating around that the Beastie Boys were going to make a surprise appearance to cap Coachella’s 10th anniversary, the main field looked almost full of fans. Robert Smith, still significantly supporting the hair spray industry with his crazy puffed out hair, and crew put on an exhaustive show that bordered on the psychedelic. The girls all danced and the men they were there with tried to not let it show that they were remembering the bad depressive Cure inspired verse they used to write to pick up girls. Sadly for the Cure, slabs of the audience lacked the endurance the band had and started streaming out. The festival organizers lacked some of that enthusiasm too. The plug was pulled on the band at 12:30, leaving the Cure to end the last few songs of their set with only their onstage monitors as amplification. In true Coachella sprit, despite the Coachella organizers themselves, the band played on. They only finally left the stage, to wild applause from the loyal remaining few, when the stage lights were turned off and the field lights were turned on.

It’s a bummer that The Cure had to have the plug pulled on them but I understand that there is a very expensive fine for going past the noise curfew. The fest is reportedly charged $1,000. for every minute past 12AM that a band performs … Paul McCartney went over by 50 minutes on Friday night so I’m sure the festival decided to cut their losses and pull the plug on The Cure as quickly as they could (after all, there was no way they were gonna cut off Sir Paul). And with that … another Coachella goes into the record books. I understand that attendance was pretty good this year, despite the flailing economy … which is a good sign that the fest will continue for many years to come. After the jump, check out some photos of some of the celebs who came out for Coachella this weekend — you’ll be happy to know that Paris Hilton and Doug Reinhardt made an appearance … More »

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First Look: Russell Crowe, ‘Robin Hood’

Man in Tights

Russell Crowe has teamed up with his Gladiator director Ridley Scott for a new period piece f