Cristiano Ronaldo may have been outclassed on the football pitch this week, but if there is one thing he still leads the world at it must be sunbathing. The world’s ‘number one’ footballer was left smarting at his team Manchester United’s 2-0 Champions League final defeat by Barcelona on Wednesday. But today he was appeared to have shrugged off the disappointment as he soaked up the sunshine in Sardinia. Wearing his favourite sunbathing outfit – a silver crucifix and white swimming shorts – he lay down on a sunbed before diving into the ocean to cool off. Perhaps the 24-year-old is planning on repeating last year’s impressive display of tanning – when he turned a deep mahogany colour. The £100,000-a-week star spent his recuperation from ankle surgery soaking up the rays on a daily basis with a gaggle of supermodels. This time the Portuguese heart-throb won’t have long to enjoy the sun in Porto Cervo before it’s back to the training ground … Worth an estimated £70million, Ronaldo has continued to play down reports he will leave Manchester United for a move to Real Madrid … The beaches of Sardinia are a favourite holiday spot. He was there last year with then girlfriend, Spanish model Nereida Gallardo.
Yes, he looks much nicer in these photos where his tan looks pretty natural. I don’t think anyone liked it when he looked like a piece of burnt bacon last Summer. Here’s hopin’ we get much more of Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro lookin’ all wet and stuff at the world’s beaches!
Britney Spears and her agent (beau?) Jason Trawick met up with Kevin Federline in Calabasas, CA yesterday presumably for a little tête-à-tête before she flies off to London, England to begin the second leg of her tour The Circus starring Britney Spears. As was previously reported, Britney will be taking her sons Sean Preston and Jayden James with her to Europe … it remains to be seen if K-Fed will follow along as well:
It’s interesting that Jason Trawick would come along for the meeting … I mean, it’s not odd that Britney would need the counsel of her agent in biz matters but this sounds like it was a personal matter. I wonder what other personal matters Britney turns to Jason for? I have my guesses ;) But I digress … I would bet good money that K-Fed will be getting a free trip to London from our dear Britney … I guess we shall soon find out. The Circus starring Britney Spears kicks off in London on Wednesday.
Yesterday was a pretty damn fun day here in Detroit, MI and I am so happy that I was able to be home to enjoy it. Our day started out with a visit to the statue of The Spirit of Detroit in downtown Detroit, which was all decked out in his Red Wings hockey jersey:
I was really bummed that Twitter was “down for maintenance” for most of the game cuz I wasn’t able to post updates along the way. But, Mark and I had an amazing time at the game. I totally knew the Red Wings were gonna win … this never happens to me but I was sure the final score was gonna be 3-1. Being inside the Joe Louis Arena for any hockey game is a thrill … for a Stanley Cup Finals game, it was magic. I will say there was a pretty good sized contingent of Penguins fans in the hiz last night and they were, for the most part, respectful. But once the game was won by the Wings, they were pretty much invisible. Detroit erupted in celebration … it was really awesome to be a part of it.
After the game, Mark and I made our way to Connie & Jess’s place for a wine party they were hosting:
The eats and the drinks were phenominal. It was great getting to see Mike G. and Ben last night. We had so much fun … the celebratory mood did not stop. I’m not even sure what time we got home last night … ’twas fun, ’twas fun.
Today the four of us are heading out to The DTE Energy CenterPine Knob to see Nine Inch Nails and Jane’s Addiction in concert. This is my last NIN/JA 2009 show of the tour … so I’m hopin’ it’s a goodie :) Also, Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals is tonight … here’s hopin’ there will be more celebratin’ in Detroit tonight!
Huzzah and Felicitations! It is time, once again, to gawk and gander at the Hot Dude of the Week! I suppose today’s Weekend Hotness entry could be subtitled The Real Hot Dude of New Jersey … or Long Island (even tho the guy hails from North Carolina). Despite the gelled ‘do, this week’s Hot Dude does have the goods to satisfy … say hello to Derek:
There’s something like a nice fella like Derek in gentle repose like this that has a certain appeal. His come hither eyes have a way of pulling you in, don’t they? They seem to say, Come sit on this couch with me so that we can be friends. HMMM. His body also seems to be sayin’ something but I’ll leave it up to you to determine what exactly it’s saying ;)
Oh and one more reminder that All American Guys is throwing a fun 10th Anniversary Party at Eleven in West Hollywood, CA next Saturday night that will be chock full of Hot Dudes. I will deffo be there so you should come out and enjoy the sights with me :) Deets on the shindig are HERE, hope to see you THERE!
Prince Harry ended his first trip to New York on Saturday with victory at a charity polo match and a dousing in champagne. The prince, 24, projected a newly serious image on his two-day visit to the Big Apple, kicking off his first official foreign trip by paying homage at Ground Zero, the site of the 9/11 attacks. But he was back to his glamour-loving ways Saturday at the star-studded game on Governor’s Island in the Hudson River, with Manhattan’s skyscrapers the dramatic backdrop. Riding a chestnut-colored pony called Serena he helped his team win 6-5 before an adoring crowd. Well-heeled guests and celebrities in sunglasses, suits, tiny dresses and large hats sipped Veuve Clicquot champagne, which sponsored the event, as they watched from white pavilions. On the other side of the pitch, hundreds of members of an enthusiastic public lay on the grass, roasting in the sun. All afternoon, the “mwah mwah” of air kisses mingled with the shutter snaps of paparazzi cameras and thud of galloping polo ponies. Argentine model and professional polo player Nacho Figueras, who captained the losing team, told AFP that Prince Harry was a “good player.” He dismissed suggestions before the game — staged to raise money for Prince Harry’s Lesotho children’s charity Sentebale — that he might go easy on his royal rival. “When we’re on the polo field we are all equal. That’s the way he’d like it,” said Figueras, whose appearance caused exclamations of admiration from several female journalists, including one gushing: “You’re so tall!” After the match, the famously hard-partying Prince Harry was soaked in champagne. Figueras sprayed the third in line to the British throne, who then drank from a champagne-filled trophy — and sprayed a mouthful of bubbly back. The red-headed prince is notorious for his late nights out and occasional PR gaffes, but is seen as one of the world’s most eligible bachelors. While New York is brimming with celebrities, the son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana has clearly made a mark. Invitees to the polo match included Madonna, Chloe Sevigny and fashion designer Marc Jacobs.
Rapper LL Cool J said he was thrilled. “It’s very cool he came over from London for it,” he said. The rapper, sporting diamond ear rings and shadowed by an enormous bodyguard in a black suit, said there was “a certain mystery” about royals. The closest he’d got to royalty, LL Cool J joked, was Queens — a decidedly down-to-earth area of New York City. This was Prince Harry’s first time to New York and first trip abroad as official representative of Buckingham Palace. He began on Friday with wreath-laying at Ground Zero, site of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack against the World Trade Center. He then named the British Garden in Manhattan in honor of the 67 Britons killed on 9/11 and met with veterans at a military hospital.
Congrats to Prince Harry and his team on their win … but really, it is the children who benefit from his charity Sentebele that are the real winners. I understand folks paid quite a pretty penny to attend yesterday’s event, with proceeds going to Harry‘s charity. It looks like Madonna was interesting in pretty much everything else (including reading the new issue of Interview magazine which features Björk on the cover) BUT watching polo. Still, it was nice of her to grace the prince with her hallowed presence. And thus ends the first official visit to the US by his royal hawtness. We were very glad to have him and hopefully he’ll come back real soon.
Whoops! An eagle-eyed tipster spotted this today on the front door of Pete Wentz’s East Village bar, Angels and Kings, which got smacked down with an NYPD closure. Looks like they were serving to minors. An inside source notes that Angels and Kings was issued a third citation for serving to minors, so they’ve been shut down for three days. They also noted that their first two violations were previously thrown out in court, though, so the cops are – as they’re wont to do with New York City bars – actually kind of just fucking with them. Sugar, they’re going down swinging. Last time this fair website heard from Wentz, he got all different kinds of pissed off and mad and upset when we posted a Gawker Stalker sighting of him … Wentz, despite Twittering his whereabouts, was primarily concerned with the safety of his kid, who was with him and wife Ashley Simpson (along with their two-ton bodyguard, who probably doesn’t stick out at all). And we can respect a guy who looks out for his kids, and who encourages his fans – mostly kids, too, we might add – to be concerned, too. But he’s clearly not too concerned with anyone else’s kids, or their drinking habits, which their parents might not approve of. Being a rock and roll parent: rough stuff. Bummer … Oh, and related: if you’ve never been to Angels and Kings, Joshua Stein put it best when he noted that, upon opening, “our douche canary in our douche mineshaft keeled over and died.” Which is everything you need to know about the place.
Meh. A three day closure is nothing … and if it really is true that the popo are just messin’ with Wentz and his bar then all of this attention is sure to be good for biz. I’m fairly certain that it is not policy to serve drinks to underage minors at the bar (er, that is, unless a famous underage minor shows up on the premises) so hopefully things will be back to normal at Angels & Kings soon. I wonder what the folks who hang out at A&Kall the time did with themselves last night while the bar was shut down … perhaps another re-read of Twilight?
Twilight stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, fresh from a long flight from Italy, arrived in SoCal last night ahead of their appearance at the 2009 MTV Movie Awards which takes place in LA and will air on MTV tonight. As many of you are well aware, Rob and Kristen are presenting the first footage to be seen from their new movie The Twilight Saga: New Moon at tonight’s Movie Awards (a mini-tease of which we got to see yesterday), an event you most assuredly do NOT want to miss. Here are a few pics of their arrival at LAX Airport last night:
Rob was lookin’ sharp in his Ray Ban sunglasses and Kristen was actually lookin’ happy. I do believe she even flashed a wee smile for the crowd. I don’t think I’d be at all lookin’ sharp or happy after such a long flight. I understand the couple have some rehearsin’ to do behind the scenes this afternoon before the show begins. We’ll prolly be seeing quite a lot of the couple at the awards show … they got prime seats in the audience and then, of course, their onstage appearance. Are y’all ready?
Kimora Lee Simmons and actor Djimon Hounsou have welcomed their first child together. Simmons took to her Twitter page to confirm the news. She wrote, “It’s a boy! Thanks to everyone out there for all your well wishes! More to come. Thank God. And God Bless! Kimora + Djimon Love & Light, KLS” No baby name was announced. Simmons, 34, has two daughters, Ming Lee, 9, and Aoki Lee, 7, with hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, whom she divorced in 2008 after nearly 10 years of marriage.
Much congrats to the happy couple on the joyous birth of their son. I understand that Kimora and Dijmon met in early 2007 (before she divorced Russell) and the couple have been inseparable ever since. I find it odd (but sweet) that she and Russell have stayed such good friends since their break-up. It doesn’t even feel like they are just being friendly for their children, they really do seem to be very good friends … which makes them all one big happy family … with one new addition. Again, congrats on the baby boy, KLS!!
Earlier this week we saw photos of Nicole Richie carrying in her baby daughter Harlow Winter to do a pre-taped appearance on Larry King Live. Nicole appeared on the show (which aired last night on CNN) with her father Lionel (who was promoting his new album) and I guessed wrongly that little Harlow would not be on the show … not so. Harlow did make a wee appearance on the show to say hello to the television viewing audience:
OMG … she is SO CUTE … totally adorable. When Larry says hello to her she waves back with her fingers!! Cute! Nicole brought Harlow out for the last portion of the interview, when she was talking about the Richie-Madden Children’s Foundation. After the jump, check out the full video of Lionel, Nicole and Harlow‘s appearance on the Larry King Live show … More »
LMAO!!! I swear to the gods, I love his shizz. I haven’t been this energized about The Hills in eons. Having Kristin on the show as the main chick is gonna RULE … but, I’ve been saying that all along. Let’s just watch this preview clip, shall we? After the jump, check it out … More »
Earlier this month we learned that the middle Jonas brother, Joe, was featured in the new issue of In Style magazine (you may recall that he revealed his celebrity crush to be Daniel Craig) and today we learn that star of Gossip Girl and the upcoming Footloose remake, Chace Crawford, is also featured in the mag. Here are a couple of Chace‘s sexy In Style pics and the full text of his mini-interview:
“I don’t go to a bar looking for a blonde. although I have friends who do that. It’s not about physicality, it’s about how a person carries herself.”
Hair apparent: As Gossip Girl’s Nate Archibald, Crawford personifies prep-school hot with those chiseled cheekbones and cerulean eyes peeking out from under side-swept bangs. A real-life good guy with a pretty-boy face, he’s the Andrew McCarthy for the new teen set.
French connection: For Crawford, sexy goes way beyond looks and can be found anywhere from a Kings of Leon bass line to the City of Light. “There’s something about walking the streets of Paris,” he says. “The people, the language, the late-night dinner.”
All in day’s work: “It’s fun.” Leighton Meester has said of the on-camera kisses she shares with Crawford on the Gossip Girl set. “He’s sooo cute, so it’s definitely not hard!”
Chace’s Celebrity Crush: Ellen Page
Chace is a cutie but it still remains to be seen if he can adequately fill Kevin Bacon‘s very big shoes when he takes on the remake of Footloose later on this year. As for this interview, meh, he didn’t really give us much meat to gnaw on. It’s a shame that he, too, didn’t list Daniel Craig as his celebrity crush … that would’ve explained so much ;)
Much of yesterday was spent on a plane from LA to Detroit but David and I made the most of it. I was able to watch the entire original miniseries, V from 1983 on my iPhone and was pleasantly reminded how amazing it really was:
I was only 9 years old when the original miniseries aired on TV and I remember loving every second of it. It scared the hell out of me but also really entertained. Even the limited special effects of the early 80′s cannot diminish this great story. I had forgotten how V was the first time I learned about the Jewish holocaust … watching it again after all these years, I was still moved by the brave Jewish characters in this miniseries. While the overall story is about alien invasion, at the heart of the tale is the struggle for freedom. Not to sound hokey but I did learn a lot of lessons from V when it aired back in 1983. I’m planning on watching V: The Final Battle on the plane ride home. Now, I’m even more anxious to see what the new version of V, scheduled to air on ABC sometime next season, will look like.
Upon our arrival, Sarah and Mark picked us up and we made our way to Little Tree in Royal Oak for dinner … and then we decided to swing by my old haunt City Club for a drink and a dance. While the place is not nearly as crowded as it used to be in its hey day, it was still very fun going “home” again. I love that place. I’m glad we had the chance to visit.
TONIGHT … is the big night. Mark and I are going to the Joe Louis Arena for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals where the Detroit Red Wings will take on the Pittsburgh Penguins for the Stanley Cup:
This is the same match-up as the Stanley Cup Finals from last year … I’m really hoping that Detroit is able to pull out a win again just like they did last year :) Go Wings!!! After the game, we’re meeting up with friends at Connie and Jess’s for a little wine party soiree … I can’t wait!! It’s really great being back home in Detroit Rock City.
Cee-Lo of Gnarls Barkley is 35, Idina Menzel is 38, Wynonna Judd & Tom Morello of Street Sweeper Social Club/Audioslave/Rage Against The Machine is 45 and Colm Meaney (Star Trek: The Next Generation) is 56 years old today. Click HERE to see who else is celebrating a birthday today.
Here is this week’s batch of photos sent in by Pink is the new Blog readers — Tabatha sends in a pic of her beautiful newborn baby daughter Averie Elizabeth who was born on Mother’s Day this year — Erica from Nashville, TN sends in a supercute pic of her 4 month old daughter Emilee on the day of her baptism … Emilee wore the same 100+ year old baptism dress that her great-grandfather, her grandmother and Erica wore for their baptisms! — Nicole sends in a pic from her recent Mexican-themed bridal shower — logan, Brian, Lawerence, Aaron, James and Mario send in a pic of their crew from Tacoma-Seattle, WA — Kendra, her son Brody and her friends Brandon and Lisa send in a pic from the recent Keane concert at the Palladium in LA where they ran into and got to snap a pic with Dominic Monaghan — Chrissie sends in a pic of her adorable puppy Bear:
Thank you all so much for another great batch of photos. Erica, I LOVE the pic of Emilee in her old skool baptism dress … congrats to Nicole on your upcoming nuptials and much love to YOU ALL for continuing to send in your fun photos. Please keep ‘em coming … I love them all! xoxo
Prince Harry, the youngest son of the late Princess Diana and heir to the throne Prince Charles of Wales, arrived in NYC yesterday on his first official visit to the United States of America. Prince Harry spent part of the first day of his visit paying his respects at Ground Zero (the site of the former World Trade Center twin towers that were attacked on September 11, 2001) before moving on to various other locales for other activities. Here are a few pics of his Royal hotness at different stops along the way on his first visit to NYC yesterday:
Prince Harry, the younger son of Britain’s Prince Charles and Princess Diana, offered his condolences to September 11 victims Friday in his first official trip overseas. Harry’s two-day visit to New York, surrounded by public officials and community activists, could reflect a change in a public image that has been marred by several incidents, including a one-day stint in drug rehab in 2002 and accusations of racism in January. At the outset of his visit, Harry stopped at ground zero with New York Gov. David Paterson and briefly talked with family members of September 11 victims. The prince then laid a wreath at the World Trade Center site and bowed his head in a moment of silence. He left a handwritten note tacked to the wreath, citing an “admiration of the courage shown by the people” of New York on September 11, 2001. Harry later paid tribute to his fellow citizens at Lower Manhattan’s British Garden at Hanover Square, where he honored the 67 British victims of the September 11 attacks, officials said. Harry’s trip will also take him uptown to the Harlem Children’s Zone, where he and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho hope to learn how the nonprofit has succeeded in supporting children in the low-income area, officials said. Following the example of his mother, Harry will use this trip to promote his own charity for children, Sentebale. Co-founded with Lesotho’s prince, the charity supports children in the sub-Saharan country who lost parents to AIDS. Also on Harry’s agenda is a meeting with veterans of the Iraq and Afghan wars, officials said. Harry, 24, served for two months in Afghanistan as a Coalition Forces soldier in 2007. The third in line for the British crown, Harry is active in the British Army. He received a promotion to lieutenant in April 2008 and is training for an Army Air Corps pilot position, according to the prince’s Web site.
While Harry was all biz in NYC yesterday, he will get some playtime today on Day 2 of his official visit to NYC. At the start of today, Harry will spend time at Harlem Children’s Zone (which is an organization that offers families social and educational aid) and he will be accompanied by Sentebale‘s co-founder, Prince Seeiso of Lesotho. Then, later on today, the young prince will play in a charity polo match, The Veuve Cliquot Manhattan Polo Classic, on Governor’s Island in NY harbor in order to raise money for the US branch of his Sentebale charity. I understand that a great many New Yorkers are very excited to attend this polo event to watch Prince Harry play. It’s strange to think that this is Harry‘s first official visit to NYC … but I guess if you think about it, as a Prince of England, he really must occupy all of his time with British affairs. I hope Prince Harry enjoys his time on this side of the pond. I know that we are very happy to host him :)
Had it not been for our dwindling woodlands, the film might have been made where, legend has it, Robin Hood and his merry men once lived. As it happens, the only location nowadays deemed leafy enough to host Ridley Scott’s epic film based on the folk hero was some way south. As these extraordinary first pictures from the set of his star-studded £110 million movie Nottingham show, the Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire from medieval times has been recreated with extraordinary attention to detail on a wooded estate 150 miles away in the depths of Surrey. The film is already being heralded the most hotly anticipated blockbuster of next year and Scott and the lead actor, Russell Crowe, must be hoping to recreate a film of such Oscar-winning potential as Gladiator which they cleaned up with at the Academy Awards in 2001. Filming began this week with the principal cast, including Crowe as Robin and Cate Blanchett as Maid Marian on set for the first time … The film is understood to delve into the dark side of the fabled woodland folk hero. Scott directed Crowe to a Best Actor Oscar in Gladiator and the film also won Best Picture. Scott is also employing Janty Yates, the same costume designer who won an Oscar for Gladiator on the new film. It is perhaps no surprise that the director also shot much of the Roman epic in the same Surrey woodland as he is using for this film. On-set sources report Crowe, 45, has done none of his usual hellraising on set or off. Indeed he has been the picture of health and sobriety. Stories perhaps cooked up by locals of the fiery actor’s hellraising antics at local village pubs have so far proven unfounded. Instead Crowe has been spotted mountain-biking between scenes to slim down, he has been using a gym in his on-set trailer and he has been perfecting his horseriding at weekends. He was recently reported to have lost as much as four stones in weight for the part. Sienna Miller, 27, had been due to play Maid Marian. But producers were said to have feared her slim physique would make Crowe seem overweight during intimate scenes. Instead, Miss Blanchett, 39, was offered the job. Production on the set was halted a few days this week due to torrential rain, and is also intermittently brought to the halt by the constant passing of Chinook military helicopters from a local based training before going to Bosnia. Producers at the happily-titled Merry Men Films have been making up time with night shoots and the film is expected to be released in 12 months’ time.
To be totally honest, I’m not a big fan of Robin Hood. I don’t even think I’ve ever watched an entire Robin Hood movie all the way thru (tho, I do know that I’ve seen portions of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves … or mebbe not, perhaps I’m just remembering that annoying ass video (Everything I Do) I Do It For You by Bryan Adams which featured many scenes from the film and that played 24/7 on MTV in the early 90′s). That said, I am a big fan of Cate Blanchett and I’d see any film she is in. It really sounds like Ridley Scott is going for another Oscar with this production … but I’m not sure that Robin Hood is made of the same mettle as Gladiator was … we shall see.
I understand the video is being shot just north of Santa Barbara, CA at the Bacara Resort & Spa where a crew of about 100 folks (dancers included) and Brit‘s baby boys (Sean Preson and Jayden James) have relocated for a couple of days for the shoot. Will Britney be playing polo? Will she get romantic with a polo player? What’s going on here? Thus far, there has been no release date mentioned for this video but something tells me that it will be made available to us shortly after Britney kicks off the second leg of her tour The Circus starring Britney Spears which will make its way to the UK on June 3 and then other European countries shortly thereafter.
Twilighters the world over know that they need to tune in to the 2009 MTV Movie Awards airing on MTV tomorrow night (Sunday May 31st) in order to get the first look at the first footage from the much ballyhooed sequel film The Twilight Saga: New Moon … but in anticipation of the release of that new footage, Summit Entertainment has made available a 14 second preview of the as yet unreleased trailer:
Trust me, y’all … the clip is short and it don’t really show nothin’ … but it is our very first look the finished product many months ahead of the film’s release. After the jump, check out this super short, teaser clip from the upcoming release of the trailer for The Twilight Saga: New Moon … More »
This week we’ve seen some pretty fab photos from the Italian set of The Twilight Saga: New Moon. There’s been some lovin’ and some shirtlessness … but today, we get to see some action. Yeah, I know these new pics aren’t quite as exciting as the ones we’ve seen already this week but, c’mon, they gotta save some of the good stuff for when the movie actually comes out. Here are pics of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson filming one of the epic scenes from New Moon in a public square in Montepulciano, Italy:
This might be the last of the Italian set pics that we’ll get to see for at least a short while … both Rob and Kristen will be making their way to SoCal for the 2009 MTV Movie Awards where they will be presenting the first footage from New Moon live on the show. I know many of you are really anxious to see some of this footage. The MTV Movie Awards airs on MTV this Sunday night … you want some new New Moon action, then you know where you’ll have to be.
HMMM … you may recall that Page Six reported that MM and ERW got back together in February but since the couple were never seen together, I kinda discounted the report. Perhaps they were right all along. I really don’t understand that ERW sees in MM … she could really do so much better, I think. Ah well … I guess true love is blind. After the jump, check out a photo of Marilyn Manson and reunited bandmate Twiggy Ramirez at an HMV in-store signing for their new album this week — be warned, the pic ain’t pretty …
The kickass BBC America sci-fi series Torchwood is back for a third season this July and the network has just released a new teaser trailer to get fans pumped up for the new season:
It’s been called the new “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” in that the characters and storylines are very similar in supernatural awesomeness to the Joss Whedon masterpiece. In fact, James Marsters (who played Spike in BtVS and Angel) had a role in Torchwood last season. Will he return for more this coming season? Season 3 of the series has been subtitled, Children of Earth … which conjures up all sorts of ominous images in my head. After the jump, check out the trailer for season 3 of Torchwood and see what’s in store for yourself … More »
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been a hot actor for some time but it seems like folks are finally waking up to the fact that he rules … here’s hoping his stint in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra doesn’t undo all of the hard work he’s done over the years. Bat for Lashes has to be one of the most exciting new artists to burst on the scene. While Lady Gaga is trying really hard to stand out and be different, Bat for Lashes is actually standing out and being wonderfully different. Her album rules. Rupert Grint is really a very cool sidekick for Daniel Radcliffe‘s Harry Potter, as anyone familiar with the movies should know. He really brings Ron Weasley to life. You can click HERE to read Rolling Stone‘s thoughts on his awesome sidekickness. After The Oohlas (who are my fave LA band), I’d have to pick the Silversun Pickups as my second fave band. They are so the Mazzy Star/The Sundays alternarock band of the times. I’ve loved every song they’ve ever written … their sound hearkens back to my shoegaze youth and makes the experience feel new all over again. Rolling Stone doesn’t always get the “hot” things right every year but this time, they’ve picked a few winners. Kudos for them for finally gettin’ their fingers on the pulse.
Much of yesterday was spent running around the house trying to get the place in order while we furiously packed for our week-long trip to Detroit, MI that starts this afternoon. Because it was our dear friend Darion’s birthday, David and I paused from our franticness to meet up with him and Kirsten for dinner at XIV for a 12-course meal to celebrate Darion’s Golden Birthday (he turned 28 on the 28th). Here is a pic of us at the restaurant last night:
Last night’s visit to XIV was the first for both Darion and Kirsten and they loved it … we all did … up until the 10th, 11th and 12th courses showed up and then we hated our lives. We kept eating but we still hated our lives ;) It was really fun. Darion will be continuing his birthday extravaganza all weekend long … it pains me to be missing out.
But … Detroit, here we come!! We leave for the airport this afternoon and will arrive in Detroit early enough to go out tonight. Tomorrow, Mark and I will be attending Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals at Joe Louis Arena to cheer on the Red Wings and then Sunday is our second Nine Inch Nails concert … and the week carries on from there. It’ll be good to be back in the Motor City … I’ve missed it. So … I’ll be comin’ atcha from the Midwest all week long starting tomorrow — holler!
Melanie Brown of the Spice Girls is 34, Noel Gallagher of Oasis is 42, Melissa Etheridge is 48, LaToya Jackson is 53 and Danny Elfman is 56 years old today. Click HERE to see who else is celebrating a birthday today.
Levi Johnston, the Alaskan teen who got semi-famous last Summer after he got the teenage/unwed daughter of Alaska governor Sarah Palin pregs while Palin was running for Vice President of the United States of America, is featured in the pages of the new issue of GQ magazine. Shirtless and in daddy-mode, Johnston poses in his first photoshoot for a major publication and talks to the mag about his life with the Palins and his subsequent expulsion from their presence. Here is a beefcakey photo of Levi changing his son Tripp in all his shirtless glory (er, both of them):
I took the liberty of covering up baby Tripp‘s genitals mainly cuz the kid’s gonna have enough embarrassing drama in his life already … why add fuel to the little guy’s fire? To be quite honest, I didn’t read his entire GQ article … cuz it goes on for 17 pages! I did skim it tho and there is a lot of information. The mag tried to put a Biblical spin on the tale (using Biblical language, most likely cuz the guy’s name is Levi) and goes into great length about Johnston‘s life … and bear hunting skills. To be honest, it reads as if GQ knows that no other publication will ever tell his tale … ever … so they are trying to cover as much ground as possible. It should come as no surprise that it wasn’t the interview/article that drew my attention … but why Levi decided to post shirtless with his child in a men’s magazine, I’ll never know. Not that I mind. After the jump, check out a few more pics from Levi‘s GQ photoshoot — yes, he’s a lotta bit Country and seems happy to show it off … More »
Sad news for fans of the Jude’stache (that hairy piece of cuteness that took up residence on Jude Law‘s upper lip for the months he filmed scenes for the new Guy Ritchie-directed film Sherlock Holmes wherein Law plays the role of the dutiful sidekick Dr. Watson to the super sleuth) … it is no more. Jude was spotted out and about on the streets of London, England this week and he was, sadly, without facial hair … behold:
Sad face. I suppose it is to be expected … I guess we’ve always known deep down in our hearts that the Jude’stache would not be with us forever. Tho we dared to dream, alas, it has departed and left this mortal realm for sweet silence of oblivion. Sigh. I suppose there is a chance that the Jude’stache might, one day, return … after all, Ritchie might order up some reshoots for Sherlock Holmes that would compel, nay, require Jude Law to grow back the Jude’stache. But, until that time (should it ever come), we’ll just have to content ourselves with the sweet memories that the Jude’stache has left us with. Ah … but that I had a lock of hair from that sweet, now departed, friend to hold close to my bosom in sweet reverent remembrance. Again, I say, Sigh. May flights of angels wing you to your eternal destination. Peace the Spork Out, Jude’stache … you will be sorely missed.
Everybody knows Candy and Tori Spelling had a beef, but now moms is taking the family feud to a whole new level of nasty. Appearing on a Massachusetts radio station Thursday to pimp her new book, Stories from Candyland, Candy Spelling not just bad-mouthed her 90210-starring spawn, but went so far as to blame husband Aaron Spelling’s demise on her estranged daughter. “My daughter one day decided that she wasn’t speaking to my husband, myself and my son and that’s how it’s continued for the last, oh gosh, four or five years,” Candy said to 94.7 WMAS-FM’s Kellogg Krew. “And it was sad, that’s what killed my husband actually. He just didn’t want to live after that. He has just done everything he could possibly do for his daughter and she wanted no part of him once he couldn’t do anything for her.” The über-producer died June 23, 2006, following a stroke; angst was not listed as the official cause of death. Candy says that while both women have paid lip service in interviews about reconnecting, there has been no such luck thus far. “I’ve always been trying to work on the relationship. I don’t know what the anger is.” Call it a hunch, but maybe it has something to do with the accusations of patricide. We’ve been trying to get reps for Tori and Candy on the horn, but so far nada.
This is about as low as low-blows go. It’s one thing to launch personal attacks on someone else (tho, it’s pretty sad when those attacked are leveled at your own flesh and blood) but to publicly blame your daughter for the death of her father is just … shitty. I used to think that Candy was a spitfire but this is just a really crappy thing to say about your daughter. Something tells me that a reconciliation between these two grown, adult women now has an even greater likelihood of never happening … ever. I do feel bad for Tori Spelling tho … it must be really terrible to hear these sorts of attacks coming from one’s own mother. The late Joan Crawford ain’t got nothing on the Mommie Dearestness of Candy Spelling.
Well, well now … it looks like MTV is trying to cook up some serious drama for the next season of The Hills. As we already know, Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County alum Kristin Cavallari is taking over as the HBIC on The Hills (in the wake of Lauren LC Conrad‘s departure from the show) and she and the cast began filming scenes for the new season this week. Longtime fans might remember that Kristin and Brody Jenner used to date in the time before Brody was even on The Hills … so they’ve got a long history. Brody is now with Playboy Playmate Jayde Nicole who has had to defend her relationship with Brody against fellow Hills castmember Audrina Patridge, who tried to bed Brody in a recent ep of the show. Now that Kristin is on the show, Jayde‘s got a lot more to be worried about. Here are pics of Kristin and Brody filming scenes together yesterday — alone — here in SoCal for an upcoming ep of The Hills. Might they be rekindling their old romance for the show?
HMMM … while it’s possible that Kristin may re-hook-up with Brody on the show, I understand that she might be paired up with Justin Bobby as well — much to Audrina‘s chagrin, I’m sure. Isn’t it nice to know that a girl has options? Whatever the case may be, whether she hooks-up with one or both of these guys, I can’t WAIT to watch the drama unfold on the show for myself. Might they even bring out Stephen Colletti again? I am so excited for Kristin‘s return to TV. These pics are a great tease for the coming season … I hope we get to see more as the Summer unfolds.
Britney Spears and her manager Adam Leber have updated fans on their official Twitter profiles that production has begun on her newest music video for her single Radar. Britney/Adam tweeted on day one of the shoot and then updated that music video director Dave Meyers (who directed Britney‘s video for her song Lucky way back in 2000) is helming the project. Woot! Here are a couple pics of Britney with her able and loving assistant Felicia Culotta on the SoCal set of the Radar music video yesterday and the full text of Britney‘s tweets about the vid:
Day one Radar video shoot… Dave Meyers is directing my Radar video- it’s going to be sick!
While the “sick”ness of the music video has yet to be determined, I’m pretty sure that Meyers was very happy to come back and do another music video for our dear Britney. It is also very cool seeing Felicia around Britney again … she’s kinda been out of sight the entire time that Britney was on tour these past few months but I understand that she was always with Britney behind the scenes. I’m not sure that I’m feeling her bangs in this photo but … well, that’s neither here nor there. It’s unclear if the tractor in the pics is a prop for the video or Britney was doing some cultivating in between shooting scenes but … I suppose all will be revealed when the video debuts next month.
Hahahaha … I love the girl but sometimes her bratty behavior is a real turn off. It’s bad enough that many fans aren’t too happy with her previous comments about her experiences with them … if you add to that animosity the fact that another contingent of fans prolly hates her because “she’s with” Robert Pattinson (ie. she, as Bella Swan, is with Robert, as Edward Cullen) well, it’d prolly help out a bit of she seemed friendly. Meh, mebbe the bratty thing is her thing. Since Avril Lavigne fell off the face of the planet there has been a void on the bratty stars landscape. I guess K. Stew fills that void nicely … or, shall I say, brattily.
Welp, it looks like Grey’s Anatomy will be returning next season with one less doctor on call. Now, I don’t watch the show myself but I understand that the season finale that just aired left off with a bit of a cliffhanger … the lives of two main characters were left hanging in the balance without any pronouncement one way or the other if either of them will live. Dr. George O’Malley (played by T.R. Knight) was one of those characters … and according to Marc Malkin of E! News, Dr. O’Malley ain’t comin’ back. T.R. Knight on Grey’s is dunzo, y’all:
Dr. George O’Malley is dead. Multiple sources tell me that T.R. Knight will not be returning to Grey’s Anatomy next season. Knight’s departure shouldn’t come as too much of a shock… Not only was George flatlining at the end of the season finale earlier this month, but the 36-year-old actor has reportedly wanted off the hit ABC series for quite some time. I’m told that tension between Knight and show creator Shonda Rhimes has become unbearable for both. Knight, an original member of the Grey’s cast, was said to have become increasingly frustrated by his character’s lack of storyline and camera face time. In December, he asked to be let out of his contract. Insiders tell me Knight has made no secret that he wants off the show. No word on any future projects for Knight, but at least now he’s free to pursue other things. Reps for Knight and ABC declined to comment. Knight’s best buddy Katherine Heigl is supposedly still waiting to learn her fate with Seattle Grace. As I was the first to report last July, Rhimes began contemplating an early death for Dr. Isobel “Izzie” Stevens after Heigl took herself out of the running for last year’s Emmys because, she complained, the writers failed to give her good enough material to work with. Like George, Izzie was also flatlining at the end of the season finale.
As I said, I don’t watch the show and not even I was surprised to hear this news. When an actor very publicly tells his boss “let me out of my contract”, it’s clear that his heart ain’t in it anymore. Perhaps T.R. and his cute beau Mark Cornelsen were celebrating the news when the two of them stepped out for dinner earlier this week. While I wouldn’t normally advice anyone to go quittin’ their job in this economic environment, I think this is prolly a good move for T.R. He was clearly unhappy at Grey’s Anatomy and now he’s freed up to do something else. I just hope something comes along so he can strike while the iron is hot … er, lukewarm.
You may not recognize the name Bradley Cooper but chances are you’ll recognize his face when you see it. He has starred in movies like Wedding Crashers, Failure to Launch, He’s Just Not That Into You and more (including his first starring role film The Hangover due out in theaters in June). He also starred in TV shows like Alias, Nip/Tuck … and is rumored to be cast as Hal Jordan in the rumored Green Lantern movie. That’s quite a resume for a guy we hardly know. Cooper is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Details magazine … so let’s get to know him, shall we?
“Is death or mortality something you think about or you’re fearful of?” Bradley Cooper, the star of The Hangover, asks as he crosses the parking lot of a Ralph’s supermarket in Venice, California, in April. Cooper, best known for playing “Sack” Lodge, the summer-house bully who body-slammed Vince Vaughn in Wedding Crashers, likes mixing in conversational drop shots like this. Last night, for instance, between his first and second order of steamed clams, he asked, “Do you like people? Do you have an interest in people?” It’s easy to fall for his big servings of brotherly love, equal parts laid-back L.A. and Philly Italian. According to his mother, this amiability made his schoolteachers so suspicious they used to ask her, “Is your son trying to pull something?” But the thing you forget—at least I did—is that the 34-year-old Actors Studio grad has arrived at the brink of superstardom thanks primarily to his dead-on comic timing. As I launch into a story about a talk I had with my dad on his deathbed a few years ago, Cooper stands by the door of his Mercedes truck listening, unwrapping his recent Ralph’s purchase, and flossing. Halfway through my story he starts moaning: “Oh . . . mmm . . . Wow, was that great!” … Hollywood careers can start in unexpected places—John Wayne’s first (uncredited) role was an Ivy Leaguer, George Clooney made his film debut opposite an animatronic bear—but Cooper is genuinely surprised that he’s coming in via the comedy entrance. “I’m not even funny at all,” he says. “That’s what’s so ironic.” He leans over the console in his truck. “I’m kidding. I have my reel. I’ll show you.” Then, after a beat, “I’m kidding.” He grew up idolizing Robert De Niro and Daniel Day-Lewis, not Bill Murray and Steve Martin. If anything, he says, he felt suited to “Harrison Fordish” real-guy action roles. But the instant he admits this, he sends himself up again. “Just because when I was a kid, I would fake-fight all the time. I was really good at the sound effects. That’s the reason why I thought I could be effective in this business.” The Hangover, which opens right in time for wedding season, is a departure from the man-boy comedies of recent vintage: Three guys at a Vegas bachelor party wake up on the floor of their Caesars Palace fantasy suite to learn that they’ve lost the groom, along with any memory of the night before. The unlikely trio of leads—Ed Helms (Andy from The Office), Zach Galifianakis (a veteran of the stand-up circuit who has played a bunch of homeless guys), and Cooper—are perfectly mismatched: Helms plays the flustered romantic, Galifianakis the tagalong misfit, and Cooper the instigator with buckets of bad advice. Or as Helms puts it, “the uptight nerd, the weirdo, and the alpha-male cool guy.” Warner Bros. feels so confident about the movie’s box-office prospects that, even before the opening, it signed on for a sequel. Not bad for a project that most people thought had no bankable star when it went into production. But director Todd Phillips knew better. He expects that after The Hangover people will start seeing Cooper as a leading man instead of just “the asshole boyfriend of the girl,” the sort of part he’s been getting so far. Phillips sees Cooper moving into the kind of territory inhabited by actors named Grant (Hugh, Cary). “The key with any comic actor is the willingness to fail and make a fool of yourself,” he says. “A lot of times, guys that look like Bradley think, ‘Ah, I don’t have to do that. I have this other thing.’ But Bradley doesn’t give a fuck.” For now, Cooper claims, he never gets recognized anywhere. “I don’t have to curtail my life at all,” he says the morning after our clam feast. “Zero. Zero. Zero.” To the extent that’s true, it’s probably thanks to his hair, which can be completely distracting. In person, his features, a grab bag of wicked good looks—the road-trip scruff, the sniper’s blue eyes, the thin and curling lips, the pointy Shakespearean chin—are pretty much what you see onscreen, but he keeps the hair so operatically disordered that you barely notice the movie star beneath it. One other reason he never gets spotted: He’s up before anyone else. So that we can burn off some of that seafood by hitting one of his favorite mountaintop runs, Cooper and his G 55 come by my hotel at 6:30 A.M. At that hour, you might bump into a few nature photographers, but not a paparazzo … “It’s an unusual situation,” Ed Helms says of his Hangover costar. “Bradley is a highly intelligent being wrapped in a hot, studly body.” Zach Galifianakis sees a different side. “He likes to nap,” he says. “He’d come over to my trailer and ask if he could nap near me. It was weird. The first time he did it, I was in my trailer, running my mouth about how my sneakers looked like something Paula Poundstone would wear. After 12 minutes of monologue I look over and I’d bored Bradley into the cutest nap face the world has ever seen. Twenty minutes later he woke up and we chewed tobacco.”
I’ve heard many good things about Bradley Cooper … I’m not surprised to read that he’s a pretty down-to-Earth guy. Every time I see a trailer for The Hangover in theaters, the whole audience erupts in laughter every single time. I’m pretty sure the movie is gonna be a big hit and it feels like Cooper‘s time to shine. After the jump, check out a couple other photos from Bradley‘s Details magazine shoot — you’ll see why his hawtness needs to be more famous … More »
Paris Hilton says her beau Doug Reinhardt won’t be appearing on MTV’s The Hills again. “The show is, like, so lame and fake. He doesn’t even want to be a part of it,” Hilton told Usmagazine.com Wednesday at the Fifi Awards in NYC. Lauren Conrad famously dumped Reinhardt on the show. Brody Jenner later accused Reinhardt of going behind Conrad’s back by pursuing Stephanie Pratt. But Hilton told Us the show portrayed Reinhardt “in a way he’s not.” “They make up relationships when they’re not there, and he just thinks it’s lame,” she said. “I’ve never seen the show in my life. I have no idea what it’s about. But he just thought it was cheesy.” Reinhardt’s reality days aren’t entirely over. He will appear on the second season of Paris Hilton’s My New BFF, which debuts June 2 on MTV. “It was great,” she told Us. “He was always on set every single day, giving fun ideas. With him there, he always gave the most amazing ideas. They actually hired him as a producer to be on BFF Dubai [Hilton filmed a version of her American reality show there]. They loved his ideas so much.”
LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! I cannot even believe some of the things that come out of Hilton‘s mouth. She is SOOOOO ridiculous, it’s beyond hilarious. I suppose the logical question would be how can Paris Hilton think The Hills is “fake and lame” if she’s “never seen the show in [her] life”? At least we can take comfort that her reality TV show My New BFF isn’t fake and lame, right? I just pray to the gods above that Paris and Doug will stay together forever … FOREVER! They so deserve one another more than any two people on Earth.
Michael Lohan has pleaded not guilty in a Long Island court to threatening to kill fiancée Erin Muller. Lohan, 49, is facing a misdemeanor charge of aggravated harassment for a March 18 altercation. “He allegedly called Erin Muller on the telephone and stated in sum and substance that he would kill her and himself if Erin Muller left him,” says a spokesman for the Suffolk County D.A. But Lohan exclusively tells E! News that “by no means did I threaten to cause harm to Erin or myself…As a matter of fact, Erin even told the court that she didn’t want to pursue anything. It’s all going to be dropped.” As for that telephone call… “A person she thought was her friend violated her in a way that I don’t want to describe,” he says, explaining that a distressed Mueller phoned him from Long Island while he was in Las Vegas. “When I found out the truth it didn’t sit well with me.” He claims the New York Post, which first reported the charges, blew the whole thing out of proportion. “It’s all going to be dropped. It’s an example of how people twist things,” says Lohan, who has become a religious counselor (and charity boxer) since serving a two-year prison sentence for assault, cocaine and DUI charges. Lohan surrendered for arrest on April 6 and was arraigned in district court. He remains free on his own recognizance pending a June 10 court date.
Uh huh. I honestly have the hardest time believing a word that comes out of this man’s mouth. I can totally see how he prolly flew off the handle, leveled his threats and then went begging back to Muller to forgive him after he got arrested. She prolly took him back and forgave him and is now willing to drop all charges against him. I cannot, for the life of me, imagine the appeal of dating a man like Michael Lohan (I mean, really, what does he have to offer anyone?) but if Erin Muller is willing to put up with his bullshizz then I guess that’s exactly what she’s going to have to do. I’m kinda bummed that Lohan won’t be held accountable if these charges are dropped … as I said yesterday, another stretch in the big house would prolly do his disposition wonders. I know the public at large would benefit greatly by his incarceration. Ah well.
I met up with my buds Dino and Russ at Barney’s Beanery so that we could watch the game together … I was happily surprised to see a sizable contingent of Red Wings fans decided to do the same. We all cheered together (stressed overtime together) and celebrated together when the Wings finally finished off the Blackhawks. A lot of yesterday’s luck came from Dino’s red hockey jersey … we Wings fans owe him many thanks :) Watching the game with those two really made the whole experience much more fun.
But next up, the Stanley Cup Finals!! Tickets went on sale for Game 1 of the Finals (which start in Detroit at the hallowed Joe Louis Arena) and I secured two tix so that Mark and I can go. David and I land in Detroit Friday night and we’ll be heading out for the game Sat night (then NIN Sunday night, etc.) I’m really looking forward to seeing my friends and family on this trip … but Lawd is our schedule packed. I’m hoping to have much to celebrate and enjoy while I am home next week ;) Go Wings!!
My friends, my compatriots … there is much more to be had of Robert Pattinson sans shirt. After the jump, check out another bunch of photos of Pattinson‘s vampire character Edward Cullen basking in the Italian sun … More »
American Express Co wants Courtney Love to leave home without it. The financial services firm sued the musician in Los Angeles on Wednesday, alleging she owes more than $350,000 in unpaid charges and other fees on her AmEx Gold card. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court, seeks $352,059.67 for the unpaid balance, damages, attorney’s fees and late charges, and says Love’s charging privileges were suspended after she “failed and refused” to make payments. Love’s publicist said he had no immediate information on the suit, and had left a message with her attorney. Love, the 44-year-old widow of late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, is a litigation magnet. She was sued for libel in February by a fashion designer upset by comments Love had reportedly made about her on the micro-blogging Web site Twitter. Last year, Love was sued for $1 million by an advisory firm seeking its share of proceeds from Love’s partial sale of Nirvana’s publishing catalog. The deal, covering such Nirvana tunes as “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “Lithium,” was reportedly worth $19.5 million. Cobain killed himself in 1994.
If memory (and my deciphering skills) serves, I believe Courtney has addressed this credit card issue a few times on her official My Space blog. It is her assertion, I believe, that other people have used her name and social security number to open credit card accounts in her name and have run up these bills without her consent or knowledge … well, until the unpaid credit amounts have gotten so large. She has also blamed some of this credit card drama on Ryan Adams (yes, the singer who just married Mandy Moore) for some reason or another but because her rants are generally so incomprehensible, it’s difficult to know exactly what her argument is. If she truly has been the victim of credit card fraud, then I’m with her on the non-payment. That said … getting sued by AmEx for such a large sum of money would freak me the eff out. Something tells me that C. Love doesn’t scare easily tho (nor is she a shrinking violet) … if I were AmEx, I wouldn’t go counting my settlement payment from her just yet.
Here are a few really cute pics of the late Heath Ledger‘s only child, Matilda Rose, enjoying a playdate with a young friend in Brooklyn, NY last week … her mommy Michelle Williams tagged along for the playdate but, for the most part, just let the little ones play together … behold:
Awww … they are so cute! Matilda looks so much like her father, it’s uncanny. While the sad loss of Heath is still very much palpable (at least, for me … I suspect it is for many of you, too), it’s so nice to see that his legacy will carry on in his beautiful daughter. Whether or not she grows up to be an actress is beside the point … Heath‘s spirit will live on in Matilda no matter what she ends up doing when she grows up. For now, her schedule is filled with playdates … in that endeavor, she seems to be excelling quite nicely.
Birthday Lurve goes out to Kylie Minogue today as she celebrates her 41st … something tells me that this year is going to be her best year ever! Kylie and her hawt model boyfrined Andrés Velencoso have made their way to Rome, Italy this week to celebrate her birthday in one of the most romantic cities in the world. Rumor has it that the couple have gotten or are planning to be engaged — and what better place in the world to be to celebrate or get engaged than Rome? Whether or not that is true, I suspect that Kylie will enjoy a fabulous birthday nonetheless. Here are a few photos of the happy couple in Rome this week:
Rome, one of the most romantic cities in the world, proved the perfect destination for Kylie Minogue and her young love Andres Velencoso yesterday. The couple were seen out together in the Italian capital amid rumours they are secretly engaged. While there was no ring on Kylie’s finger, she certainly looked delighted as she and the Spanish model arrived back at their hotel after dining at Dal Bolognese restaurant. Velencoso, 31, is said to have proposed to the singer, who turns 41 today, during a trip to New York earlier this month. “She couldn’t stop shrieking for joy,” a source told Grazia magazine this week. “He apparently told her he wanted to wake up next to her every day for the rest of his life.” The source continued: “She asked him if he knew what he was saying and if he was serious, and when he said yes and that he wanted to marry her, she was thrilled.” Kylie is yet to choose a ring, according to the publication, but has taken to wearing a £8,000 diamond heart-shaped sparkler on her right hand. The pair, who have been dating for just seven months, have quickly become serious. In February, Velencoso moved into the singer’s London home and both have spent time with each other’s parents in Australia and Spain. “Everyone is convinced Kylie has found her soul-mate in Andres,’ added the source. “She is quite clearly head-over-heels in love and he equally seems to adore her.” Kylie herself said just weeks ago: “It is all going well and I know I am very happy right now. I want the happy-ever-after ending. I’ve definitely changed. I’m just letting things happen and seeing what does. In so many ways I am behind the mark for my age.” She met Velencoso in October 2008 at a party thrown by the burlesque star Dita Von Teese. The relationship started slowly as Kylie was still recovering from the collapse of her four-year romance with French actor Olivier Martinez, who helped nurse her through breast cancer in 2005.
Nothing would make me happier than to learn that Kylie has truly found the man of her dreams and is ready to settle down in happily wedded bliss. She is such an extraordinary performer who has given so much to her fans over the last 20 years, I’m sure all of her fans would be happy to see her settled and happy. MMMMM, she could do much worse than settlin’ down to have babies with Velencoso. Irregardless of whether she is or isn’t engaged, will or won’t be engaged … I wish her NOTHING but happiness on her birthday today!!! Much Birthday Lurve to you, Kylie!!
Ausiello: Big casting scoop: Freddie Prinze Jr. has been tapped to play CTU’s head of Field Ops.
Altho this news is light on deets, allow me to wildly speculate for a minute. Kiefer Sutherland has said many times that there will come a time when Jack Bauer will have to die on the show. It is my understanding that producers are planning on introducing a young character to take the “Jack Bauer” position on the show if/when his death eventually comes. Could it be that FPJ is that character? A CTU Field Ops agent sounds like the perfect character to step into Bauer‘s shoes. Again, this is mere speculation on my part but … you never know. I am very happy that Freddie got this role … what, with a first baby on the way, any money coming in can only be a boon. I love me some 24 … I can’t wait to see FPJ‘s contribution to the show.
Michael Ausiello from Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Summer Glau who recently starred in the just-canceled Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chroniclesmay be getting a part in Joss Whedon‘s Dollhouse when it returns for its second season this Fall. As you Whedonites already know, Glau was a castmember on Whedon‘s ill-fated series Firefly so having her return to the fold makes absolute sense. But, says Joss, don’t count on Summer playing an Active (ie. Doll) on the show … he wants her to take on another part — one he hasn’t come up with just yet:
Question: With Sarah Connor Chronicles canceled, please tell me there is a possibility of Summer Glau making an appearance on Dollhouse! –Jenn
Ausiello: The noise you’re about to hear is the sound of the Whedonverse exploding. Joss confirms to me exclusively that, well, he’s one step head of you. “If anybody thinks [bringing Summer onto Dollhouse] hasn’t occurred to me already then they have not met me,” he says. “I mentioned it to her before [SCC] was canceled. I was like, ‘You know, we should get you in the ‘house.’ But first we have to come up with something that works.” And casting her as a doll would not work, insists Whedon. “Summer would be perfect to play an active, but she’s done that [type of role] a lot,” he says. “I’d rather see her play someone who talks too much. The most fun I have is when I get somebody who’s good and comfortable at doing something, and then I make them do something else. Summer said to me, ‘I would like to play a normal girl before I die of extreme old age.’”
Totally makes sense, I am not surprised by this news at all. I am really glad that Joss is confirming the news so soon tho. With all the craziness going around this week about the bullshizz idea for a new, Joss-less version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie, I’m glad that we can enjoy some good news in the Whedonverse. While I am very excited for the return of Dollhouse next season (and this casting news that Summer Glau may join the show), I am really worried about Amy Acker‘s return to the show. She took a role on ABC‘s Happy Town when it looked like Dollhouse would not get renewed … and now they have to figure out how to let her do both shows. Amy Acker was always an integral part of Dollhouse … but the development that came from the season finale totally changed her importance. SHE MUST RETURN TO DOLLHOUSE NEXT SEASON!!! Joss is a genius, he’ll figure it out. But … overall, things are lookin’ good for Dollhouse: Season 2.
Lauren LC Conrad‘s final ep of The Hills hasn’t even aired yet and already MTV has started production on the next season of the show, the first without LC as the star protagonist. You may recall that Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County alum Kristin Cavallari has been tapped to take over LC‘s starring position on the show and it looks like they’re already putting the new “It” girl to work. Here are a few pics from the SoCal set of The Hills yesterday evening:
Wooot!!! It is no secret that I am BIG Kristin Cavallari fan from waaaaaay back in the day. I have grown so disillusioned with The Hills in the past couple of seasons but am THRILLED that KC is taking over. I will watch every single ep. I just love that girl!! As I understand it, KC and the cast (which included Brody Jenner, Jayde Nicole, Lauren Lo Bosworth, Stephanie Pratt and Stacey the bartender that “almost broke up Speidi“) got together at a Mexican restaurant for Frankie‘s birthday (Kristin brought him a bottle of Patron tequila as her gift). The season finale ep of The Hills (LC‘s last) airs this Sunday night on MTV … that’s when KC will officially be introduced on the show. When she arrives at the Speidi wedding, the party gets under way:
I can’t wait!!!!!! With KC starring, I say Long Live The Hills!!!LC may be dunzo but Kristin‘s time to shine is just about to begin :)
Empire magazine has debuted this new international poster for G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, coming to theaters on August 7. Directed by Stephen Sommers, the action-adventure stars Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Christopher Eccleston, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Byung Hun Lee, Sienna Miller, Rachel Nichols, Ray Park, Said Taghmaoui, Channing Tatum, Marlon Wayans and Dennis Quaid. From the Egyptian desert to deep below the polar ice caps, the elite G.I. JOE team uses the latest in next-generation spy and military equipment to fight the corrupt arms dealer Destro and the growing threat of the mysterious Cobra organization to prevent them from plunging the world into chaos.
I really love how Sienna Miller‘s character The Baroness really needed a wind machine to blow out her hair so dramatically for this poster. It works, I approve. You will also note that the Cobra character The Doctor is featured in the top right corner of the poster … G.I. Joe fans know that The Doctor will eventually become Cobra Commander. I cannot wait to see how Joseph Gordon Levitt will bring that character to life. I know there is some concern that the film will not live up to the expectations of rabid G.I. Joe fans but I have faith that Paramount will give us a good, action-packed film. Hello, Channing Tatum is in it … what else needs to be said … other than, Yo Joe!!
After spending a couple of weeks gallivanting (and grossing people out) around Europe, Paris Hilton and Doug Reinhardt made their way back to the US yesterday landing at JFK Airport in NYC flying in from London, England. I guess since they are both US citizens we kinda have to take ‘em back … but if any nice country out there would like to adopt and keep them, I’m sure we can work out an arrangement (we’ll pay, handsomely). But for now … they’re our problem again. Here are pics of the happy couple as they made their way thru the arrivals area at JFK:
This is not the first time she’s crossed over from actress to model. In fact, it’s becoming something of a habit. And Emma Watson’s latest photoshoot is the most daring and unusual yet. In one of the pictures, she appears as a ghostly-looking nun, with a veil, white eyebrows and an other-wordly expression on her face. In another, she is considerably less ethereal, wearing an Alexander McQueen bodice-style top and a revealing Vivienne Westwood shirt. The photos were taken for French fashion magazine Crash by Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld. The 19-year-old Harry Potter star agreed to the shoot after meeting him at a party. She told the magazine: “This was a dream come true. We spent the whole day together and he can talk about anything – literature, art, science, modern culture. I was totally seduced.” Miss Watson, who took part in a shoot for Italian Vogue last year, is currently filming the first installment of the final Harry Potter film.
Normally, I hate photoshoots like this. Making women look like aliens does nothing for me. But, I do love it when someone like Björk does interesting things with her look, so I guess — for me — it depends on the subject of the photo. That said, I love Emma Watson and I like these odd pics of her. After the jump, check out a few more pics from this shoot — they’re deffo Lagerfeld but, I think, are kinda cool … More »
Awww … they’re still holding hands. I really like these two together. I’m really happy to know that they are still together … they are deffo one of my fave couples. Now that Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson are no longer together, The Mark-Knight moves up in my book as the cutest same-sex couple around.
Nicole Richie brought along her adorable baby girl Harlow Winter to the CNN studios here in LA yesterday to tape an appearance with her father Lionel Richie on Larry King Live. Because the pics of Harlow lookin’ all cute with her hair did are TOO ADORABLE to let pass … I figured I’d share them with all y’all:
I believe Nicole and Lionel‘s ep of Larry King Live will air tomorrow night and, unfortch, little Miss Harlow will not get any airtime … fortunately we have these photos to make up for the loss. Just when I thought Harlow couldn’t get any cuter, she goes and outdoes herself. Those little hair puffs?? Adorable!! Ain’t she the cutest thing ever??
LINDSAY Lohan’s sleazebag dad, Michael Lohan, is in trouble again — this time for allegedly threatening to kill his fiancée and himself when she tried to dump him. Michael was quietly arrested on April 6 for a phone threat cops said he placed to off-again, on-again gal pal Erin Muller, 34, on March 18. Lohan, 48, flipped out yesterday when he walked into Central Islip court and spotted Post reporter Kieran Crowley and photographer Dennis Clark. “Michael! Plan two!” shouted Lohan’s lawyer, Anthony Grandinette, as his client fled. “Plan two” consisted of Lohan and Muller hiding in her car while Grandinette appeared on his behalf. Lohan faces up to a year behind bars. He couldn’t have picked a better time for the alleged threat, because terms of his parole ended on Feb. 7. He’s due in family court in Westbury today, when he’ll have to explain why he’s behind in child support — by $12,000, sources told The Post.
Ugh … with parents like these, it’s no wonder that poor Lindsay Lohan has endured the troubles in her life that have plagued her for so long. Considering that Michael Lohan is an ex-con who has already served time in prison, you’d think he’d be more willing to live a life on the straight and narrow to avoid getting thrown back into the slammer. It would seem that he has yet to learn his lesson. Perhaps another stint in the Big House would do much to teach him the err of his ways.
Yesterday was another quiet day for me until I met up with my new friend Tamar for dinner at Rambutan Thai in Silverlake for dinner. She and I bonded in Las Vegas, NV a couple of weekends ago and we decided to grab a bite to eat and chat some more once I got back from my travels. I was hoping to surprise her with the best Thai food she’s ever had but was happy to know that she is well aware of the fabulosity of Rambutan already. We had a great time … we pretty much talked all night long until the restaurant closed and they had to chase us out. I’m really looking forward to more hanging out soon … Tamar is totally fab and I’m hoping this is the beginning of a long and happy friendship.
I have a few errands to run today and then prep begins for David’s and my trip to Detroit this weekend. I’ll be glued to the TV for tonight’s Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Western Conference Championship between the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks. Detroit has the chance to win the series tonight so I’m keepin’ all my fingers and toes crossed for them. If they do win, the Stanley Cup Championship could start in Detroit as early as this coming weekend … and happily, I’ll be in Detroit at the same time. Not trying to get too ahead of myself but I’m really hoping to get to see at least one more Red Wings hockey game before the season is over ;)
Andre 3000 of Outkast is 34, Paul Bettany is 38, Siouxsie Sioux of Siouxsie & the Banshees is 52, Lee Meriwether is 74 and Christopher Lee is 87 years old today. Click HERE to see who else is celebrating a birthday today.
Justin Gaston, 16 year old Miley Cyrus‘s 20 year old manfriend and sometimes underwear model, is featured in the new issue of Details magazine wherein he explains to the mag the pitfalls of dating a famous popstar like Miss Cyrus. In the course of his chat with Details, Gaston admits — shocker of shockers — that he “likes attention”. He also reveals who he’d like to trade places with if he could … he says he’d like to trade places with “one of those little lapdogs that gets petted all day” … which seems odd to me cuz isn’t that what his life is like already?
The move Justin Gaston suddenly pulls could easily cause a 9-year-old girl’s head to explode from excitement. In the midst of talking about Scripture, he yanks up his shirt and tugs his pants down to reveal a toned left flank with a long tattoo that runs down to the top of his buttock. “It’s Psalm 7:8, ‘Judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness,’” says the 20-year-old singer-songwriter-model, a kid you’re reading about, let’s be honest, because he’s Miley Cyrus’ boyfriend. As the sun sets, the rangy six-footer with bovine brown eyes capped by dogwood-thick eyebrows, gazes from a hotel suite overlooking Venice Beach. “I don’t want to be judged—so I put it on my body in an attempt to become that bold.” A little courage would certainly help him bear the scrutiny that comes with being the beau of Hannah Montana, as would heavenly protection from the near-Biblical plague of overweight men wielding cameras—Gaston admits to lately having had nightmares punctuated by paparazzi flashes. Gaston—unlike Cyrus, who was booking acting gigs at 10—has arrived in the world of celebrity with little time for preparation. After a modeling agent discovered him three years ago, the devout Christian from Pineville, Louisiana, spent three miserable months in New York before heading to L.A. to transform himself into the next John Mayer. His shaggy good looks landed him a spot on Nashville Star, on which he discovered an ally in host Billy Ray Cyrus—himself a churchgoer with former pro-ball aspirations—who summoned Gaston for frequent powwows in his tour bus. When Gaston was booted after only three episodes, Cyrus’ on-air farewell was lavish. “This guy’s gonna be a big, big movie star,” he said. “I’m calling it right now! Tom Cruise, look out!” “I kinda saw it coming just with the way Billy Ray was with him,” says Ruby Cantu, a Nashville Star producer who lived with the contestants. Soon, Billy Ray ushered Gaston onto the Hannah Montana set. “It’s like if you had a 16-year-old daughter who said, ‘Oh, Daddy, he’s so cute—I want to meet him,’” Cantu says. “That’s exactly what happened.” Cantu says it’s real affection: “puppy love . . . holding hands and being cute with each other.” Others wonder. “It seems like a de facto advertisement,” says Courtney Hazlett, MSNBC’s pop-culture columnist of the YouTube video of Cyrus dancing and swooning while Gaston sings. Is Gaston a girl’s first love or part of a stage dad’s cynical ploy to help his multi-million-dollar daughter forge a post-Disney career? In contrast to Cyrus’ ex, Nick Jonas, Gaston hasn’t spent his life hermetically sealed in a Magic Kingdom turret; take, for instance, the photo shoot Gaston did for the online underwear retailer International Jock, the mention of which makes him cringe. “It’s not something my mom would be proud of,” he says. He scoffs at the Internet chatter suggesting he’s been living in the Cyrus home—”No! I live in an apartment in North Hollywood with two guys!”—and seems at a loss when asked basic questions about his girlfriend. He won’t identify the person who repeatedly calls his iPhone during the interview. Finally he hurries off to take the call behind closed doors. Another mystery: the status of his music career. All he’ll disclose is that he’s involved with people who are tinkering with his image. It’s a surprising admission, perhaps, though somewhat less so when you consider what he says he’d choose to be if he weren’t Justin Gaston: “One of those little lapdogs that gets petted all day,” he says. “You know, they wake up, get fed, get attention. I like attention. I’d like to be one of those little dogs. Is that weird?”
I find it SO ODD that Billy Ray Cyrus took such a liking to this young man after he got kicked off a competitive reality TV show that he brought him home to live with him and his family AND has no problem with allowing the 20 year old to date his 16 year old daughter. It’s hard to determine which one of the Cyruses loves Justin Gaston more — Billy Ray or Destiny HopeMiley. The bit about wanting to be a lapdog that gets petted all day is just hilarious. It’s like he doesn’t realize that that is the life he’s already living. Lord have mercy, indeed. After the jump, check out a slew of photos of Justin that were snapped at Venice Beach for Details magazine — they’re worth checking out, he does interesting things with an ice cream cone … More »
Filming got hot and heavy in Montepulciano, Italy today as Kirsten Stewart and Robert Pattinson filmed a new scene for The Twilight Saga: New Moon. Here are a couple pics of Kristen (in the role of Bella Swan) jumping on a very shirtless Robert Pattinson (in the role of Edward Cullen) in a pivotal scene in the story where the young lovers are finally reunited in Italy after enduring a long separation from one another:
Fans of the book know that this is the first time that Bella and Edward are able to be together after spending much agonizing time apart. What follows next is a smoochfest unrivaled in the annuls of movie-making history (well, OK, not really but they do go at it pretty heavily). After the jump, check out photos of the couple sharing their romantic kiss in the Italian square … More »
Lady Gaga is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Rolling Stone magazine. She graces the cover of the annual Hot List issue and was photographed by David LaChapelle … which totally makes sense since they both seem to have the same aesthetic for inventive, colorful and eye-catching images. Here is Gaga‘s cover and a portion of her coverstory interview:
Watch out, Katy Perry: there’s a new princess of pop who kisses girls (for real), claims Marilyn Manson and Madonna as fans and is on the verge of becoming the defining pop star of the year. Lady Gaga struts the streets pants-less, has everyone from Weezer to Justin Timberlake singing her songs and has moved nearly 10 million digital singles — and now she’s on the cover of Rolling Stone’s annual Hot List. “I don’t feel like I look like the other perfect little pop singers,” she tells RS‘ Brian Hiatt in our new feature, on newsstands today. “I think I’m changing what people think is sexy.” Gaga is also changing what it means to be a 21st century pop star, and she’s doing it through 24 hours a day of work — she’s a walking Gaga art project known as much for her outrageous fashion sense as her Eighties-flavored dance hits. “The truth is, the psychotic woman that I truly am comes out when I’m not working,” she says (during Hiatt’s time with the star, she rocks a massive radio concert, takes advice from Cyndi Lauper at a photo shoot and suffers a brief breakdown at a Walmart.com taping). “When I’m not working, I go crazy” … “When they called and told me about [my cover], I nearly cried,” she tells us on the set. Lady Gaga’s devotion to being a star drove her to order bags of cocaine and spend hours perfecting her hair and makeup in a tiny Lower East Side apartment after she dropped out of NYU several years ago — well before she was actually famous. “It was quite sick,” she admits. “I suppose that’s where the vanity of the album came from.” Her debut, The Fame, was almost entirely inspired by her relationship with a heavy-metal drummer named Luke, and their breakup profoundly changed Gaga. She tells Hiatt she’s bisexual, but her attraction to women is purely physical. It’s an aspect of her sexuality that makes boyfriends “uncomfortable,” she says. Her sexuality proclivities don’t seem to offend Marilyn Manson, however, who lobbed a series of awful pickup lines at his new friend at our cover shoot (grab the issue to hear his worst). “She knows exactly what she’s doing,” he tells RS. “She’s very smart, she’s not selling out, she’s a great musician, she’s a great singer, and she’s laughing when she’s doing it, the same way that I am.” The savvy Gaga reveals her real musical goals are serious, though: “My true legacy will be the test of time, and whether I can sustain a space in pop culture and really make stuff that will have a genuine impact.”
I suppose it can finally be said that Lady Gaga has made it … that is, if you consider landing the cover of Rolling Stone magazine “making it” anymore. I, personally, am not the biggest fan. While I like some of her songs, I really do not like her album The Fame. She deffo has the skillz to write amazing pop songs (as she has done for other artists) but the songs she chose for her album aren’t that great, IMHO. I’m really looking forward to hearing what her second album is like … that will be the determiner for me if she really has the chops to have a serious career. I admire her need to look “different” but I feel that she tries way too hard to look “out there”. It doesn’t seem cool to me to be trying so hard. But, it’s her thing and she is running with it … good for her. Click HERE to watch a short behind-the-scenes video from her Rolling Stone photoshoot. As I said, I find Lady Gaga to be very talented … but, thus far, those talents have yet to speak to me in order to make me go ga-ga. What do you think … should Lady Gaga be the covergirl for Rolling Stone‘s Hot Issue this year?
You know, when I first heard that SMG was doing an HBO series after so many years away from TV, I was bummed that she was doing a non-Buffy project and wasn’t too excited about the prospect of her new show. Now that there’s a real possibility that a new movie with a new Buffy might be made, I’ve totally changed my mind. I’d rather SMG never do another Buffy project than have a new shitty version of the tale be told with all new characters. The idea of a new Buffy is just so wrong, on so many levels. SMG will always be the one, true Buffy and that is the end of it. I’m sure we’ll be hearing much more about this new Buffy movie in the months to come … hopefully we’ll get some good news soon. I’d be happy to learn that either Joss Whedon will be brought on board to helm the project OR the project is killed altogether. I guess we shall see.
David Beckham, who is currently in Milan, Italy where he has been playing for his new soccer team AC Milan for the past few months, was spotted enjoying a quiet lunch all by his lonesome. With wife/robot Victoria Beckham and sons back here in SoCal, Becks apparently was unable to find a friend to dine with … which left him alone with his trusty iPhone (which is interesting considering Becks has and still is a spokesman for Motorola mobile phones for years):
Ack! It’s criminal that a cutie like Becks has to endure lunching alone but it looks as if his mobile device kept him quite entertained. It’s funny, books used to be the tools that single folks used whenever they ate out alone to deflect assumptions by others that they are lonely and/or friendless — now, mobile phones serve that same purpose. I suppose Becks prolly wanted to dine alone cuz I really doubt he’d have much trouble finding folks to hang out with him. Then again, even the great David Beckham might find that sometimes — just sometimes — there is no one around to hang out with when you’re hungry.
After months of legal wrangling, the California Supreme Court announced on Tuesday to uphold a ban on same-sex marriages. Justices voted 6-1 to uphold Proposition 8, the voter-approved ban of gay marriage, dealing a major legal blow to the gay and lesbian community. California residents passed Prop 8 with 52 percent of the vote last November. The court also ruled that the roughly 18,000 marriages that took place before Prop 8 took effect are still valid. “It would be a shocking, strange thing in California law to essentially divorce those couples against their will,” said Jennifer Pizer, a lawyer from Lambda Legal. The crowd that had gathered outside the Supreme Court in San Francisco was mostly made up of gay rights supporters, and there was a huge outcry when the ruling was released at 10 a.m. After the announcement, the crowd began marching through San Francisco streets chanting, “Shame on you.” Crowds converged in West Hollywood Tuesday at 7 p.m. to oppose the state Supreme Court’s ruling. They marched to the intersection of Hollywood Blvd. and Highland Ave., shutting down the intersection. That crowd was estimated to be approximately 5,000 strong. Five states have already legalized gay marriage, and gay marriage supporters had hoped California would be the sixth. The justices said the people do have the right to change their constitution through the ballot box. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger released a statement shortly after the ruling. “While I believe that one day, either the people or courts will recognize gay marriage, as governor of California, I will uphold the decision of the California Supreme Court,” he said. “Regarding the 18,000 marriages that took place prior to Proposition 8′s passage, the court made the right decision in keeping them intact.” The governor encouraged those responding to the decision to do so peacefully and lawfully … In Leimert Park, the ACLU and several faith-based groups held a news conference to respond to the state Supreme Court’s decision. “This is nothing short of apartheid in our own state, that some people were allowed to be married, and others will never have that right,” said Rabbi Denise Eger from Kol Ama Congregation. Local residents Eric Monriquez and Juan Ribera said the announcement was bittersweet for them. While they were happy their marriage would still be recognized by the state, they said they were very disappointed with the ruling. “We’re very sad for other couples,” Ribera said. Gay rights advocates had argued the ballot measure revised the state constitution’s equal protection clause, thus needing the legislature’s approval before it could be put to voters. Six months before Prop 8 passed, the California Supreme Court had ruled in favor of gay marriage, saying that denying gay marriage amounted to state-sanctioned discrimination. Gay rights supporters say the fight is far from over.
Very true, the fight is FAR from over … in fact, it has only just begun. The site RepealProp8.com was launched yesterday in the wake of the court’s ruling that seeks to put the issue back on the ballot for voters to decide again. Because California allows the amendment of the State constitution by a simple voter majority, the issue can go back on the ballot for voters to decide — again. The vote was so close last November that supporters, me included, believe that another vote would be sure to legalize same-sex marriage here in California. If YOU would like info on how you can help the cause, head over to RepealProp8.com. There is still a long road ahead but if we’ve learned nothing from the 5 States that have legalized same-sex marriage in this country, we’ve learned that true marriage equality for all will eventually come — even in places you’d least expect. Much props and love goes out to the celebs who came out to rally last night … including, Kathy Griffin & her mother Maggie, Deborah Gibson, Haylie Duff, Emmy Rossum, Lance Bass, Eliza Dushku and more. Eliza posted photos on her official Twitter page thruout the night. Props, too, to Governor Schwarzenegger for his support as well … here is a short vid clip of his comments to Jay Leno on The Tonight Show last night:
Marriage Equality will happen for all, I just know it … and now the work begins.
Blasphemous. Insane. Moronic. Re-freakin’-diculous. Those are just some of the colorful reactions that greeted today’s announcement that H’wood is planning to make a new Buffy movie without Joss Whedon (a.k.a. the worst idea in the history of civilization). But one person has remained suspiciously silent throughout the escalating controversy: Whedon himself. Until now, that is. In an explosive Q&A conducted over e-mail, Whedon weighed in for the first time about the sure-to-be-hellacious Buffy reboot. What follows is a complete transcript of that interview…
What do you think about this Buffy movie they’re making without you? JOSS WHEDON: I hope it’s cool.
Alright, so maybe I over-hyped our exchange a little bit. In my defense, it’s all I could get out of him given the time constraints. (Whedon’s crazy busy shooting the horror flick Cabin in the Woods and only had 10 seconds to spare.) But while his words may have been brief, come on, the meaning behind them was anything but. At the very least, his statement is open to all kinds of interpretation. Is he taking the high road? Is he genuinely hopeful it won’t suck? Is “cool” secret code for something else — like “colossal failure,” perhaps?
In my estimation, Joss Whedon is taking the high road (as he always does) and is trying to sound as positive as possible about the most horrendous idea ever unleashed upon the world. As I mentioned before, it is my understanding that Joss does not hold the Kuzuis in high regard and if they are behind the project (and are willing to move forward without Whedon‘s input) then I don’t believe he holds high hopes for this new endeavor. I still contend that without Joss, any “Buffy” project will outright suck balls. I’m sure Joss will comment further when he has the time and inclination. But for now … this is all we get.
Um … the cover artwork for Brooke Hogan‘s new album The Redemption has made its way to the Internets … here is our first look at the new masterpiece:
Say this about the cover for Brooke Hogan’s second album, The Redemption: It’ll certainly look good when it’s replicated for the side of her tour bus. Or on the missing swaths of denim that were removed from an innocent pair of jeans during an assless chapectomy. I guess this is what happens when you get a VH1 show / learn that there’s no such thing as bad press?
At first, I thought this coverphoto was the cruel work of a jokester who very clearly hates Brooke Hogan. Then I realized that it originally came from Brooke‘s official website … so it’s her record company that really hates her. This SURELY must be the fugliest album cover that has EVER existed and will ever exist … ever. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA seems to pretty much say it all.
To be clear, Guy‘s goodbye kiss with this woman looks totally innocent. He was prolly just thanking her for a lovely party and that was all. I honestly don’t think that Guy Ritchie is lookin’ to jump into another relationship anytime soon. He seems happy tending to work and his children. That said, I do like Guy and I hope — when he’s ready — he finds a nice woman that will love and appreciate him. I’d deffo like to see him settled at some point.
Reese Witherspoon and her beau Jake Gyllenhaal joined Robert Downey, Jr. his son Indio Falconer and others for a private beach party in Malibu, CA yesterday afternoon. While GyllenSpoon did everything they could not to be photographed together (which makes absolutely no sense to me at all considering the many, many times we’ve seen them together), RDJ gave a very friendly wave and a hearty hello to the assembled photogs:
I really love the cut of Downey, Jr.‘s jib. The man is always pretty easy-going about his fame and tends to be very friendly towards the attention that his celebrity gets him. You gotta love a celeb that embraces their fame rather than those that seem annoyed that they’re famous. While I’m sure the party was very fun, I bet I’d like hanging out with the very friendly RDJ rather than the usually crabby GyllenSpoon.
Bjork.com has been updated with the news that Björk is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Interview magazine. Featured with other “assorted visionaries”, Björk is highlighted by photos from Inez & Vinoodh and M/M and an interview conducted by Mathias Augustyniak & Michael Amzalag. Here is her colorful cover:
At this point, there is no other information available from this issue of Interview other than it will be “out in the next few days”. It’s been far too long since we’ve seen Björk on the scene. I really loved her Icelandic documentary Náttúra (which is now available on iTunes) as well as her last album Volta. Hopefully this new interview with Interview will hint at a new album? I can’t wait to see more!!
Jesus Luz has spoken for the first time about his on/off lover Madonna, saying she is ‘beautiful’ and has ‘no visible faults’. In an interview with Brazilian television, the model heaped praise on the singer, but insisted they are just friends. He said: “Madonna is beautiful, a person full of positive energy, with no visible faults. I found her marvellous. Her personality also impressed me. She is a person I admire a lot, a friend in my life, who I remain in contact with. But apart from that I cannot say more.” He denied claims that the pair are set to tie the knot, insisting: “She’s my friend, only a friend. There are no wedding plans, no wedding presents, she’s just a friend, who I speak to frequently as I do with my friends in Rio de Janeiro,” he added, in his native Portuguese. Madonna, 50, met Jesus, 22, on the set of a W magazine shoot in Brazil last December. Despite rumours of a split earlier this year, the couple seem to be going strong and have increasingly been seen out and about in New York of late. In February he joined the singer and her three children David, three, Rocco, eight and Lourdes, 12, at a Kabbalah service in the city. And last week their wore similar cream outfits as they arrived for another Kabbalah ceremony in New York. The model’s father Luiz Heitor Pinto da Luz has hinted in an interview that they are preparing to exchange religious vows. He said: “My understanding is that this is just a consequence of what is happening. He is already living with her. I don’t know if there will be an actual wedding. From what I have read there could be a sort of ritual, but I don’t know Kabbalah… to know if it’s valid and legal.” And the rumours strengthened when Jesus was seen in a jewellery store in Rio. But the singer’s spokeswoman said the wedding rumours were “completely and totally not true.” In the TV interview Jesus also denied having been converted by Madonna, and said: “I used to go to Catholic church in Rio, and Evangelical churches, but I don’t have any special feelings for any specific religion, I respect all of them.”
As far as first interviews go, this one is pretty tame. Naturally he didn’t give away too much information and he did deny that anything romantic is going on between he and Madonna. I just don’t buy the friends thing. Why would Madonna want a 22 year old male friend? It makes no sense … but keep touting the party line, Jesus. It’s bound to keep you in her Madgesty‘s good graces. This interview is available for viewing in full online — but it is in Portuguese. After the jump, check out the video in full if you so desire … More »
Despite my best efforts to leave the house yesterday (which basically came down to deciding whether to eat out or order in), I ended up spending most of the day in front of the TV catching up on some of my fave shows (In Treatment) and watching some great movies (Footloose, Return of the Jedi and Legally Blonde). That was pretty much my day. After all the running around we’ve been doing the previous week, I was totally fine with staying in. David and I will be flying out to Detroit on Friday for all of next week so I’m pretty much planning on doing more of the same this week. I am meeting up with a friend for dinner at Rambutan Thai tonight but other than that, no big plans for the day.
The California Supreme Court today upheld Proposition 8′s ban on same-sex marriage but also ruled that gay couples who wed before the election will continue to be married under state law. The decision virtually ensures another fight at the ballot box over marriage rights for gays. Gay rights activists say they may ask voters to repeal the marriage ban as early as next year, and opponents have pledged to fight any such effort. Proposition 8 passed with 52% of the vote. Although the court split 6-1 on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the justices were unanimous in deciding to keep intact the marriages of as many as 18,000 gay couples who exchanged vows before the election. The marriages began last June, after a 4-3 state high court ruling striking down the marriage ban last May. In an opinion written by Chief Justice Ronald M. George, the state high court ruled today that the November initiative was not an illegal constitutional revision, as gay rights lawyers contended, nor unconstitutional because it took away an inalienable right, as Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown argued. Only Justice Carlos R. Moreno, the court’s sole Democrat, wanted Proposition 8 struck down as an illegal constitutional revision. Justice Joyce L. Kennard, who voted with the majority last year to give gays marriage rights, joined George and the court’s four other justices in voting to uphold Proposition 8. The case for overturning the initiative was widely viewed as a long shot. Gay rights lawyers had no solid legal precedent on their side, and some of the court’s earlier holdings on constitutional revisions mildly undercut their arguments. But gay marriage advocates captured a wide array of support in the case, with civil rights groups, legal scholars and even some churches urging the court to overturn the measure. Supporters of the measure included many churches and religious organizations. Before last fall, California was one of only two states — the other was Massachusetts — to permit same-sex marriage. Iowa, Connecticut, Vermont and Maine have since legalized it, and lawmakers in New York, New Jersey and New Hampshire are considering bills of their own. California’s historic 2008 ruling, written by George, repeatedly invoked the words “respect and dignity” and framed the marriage question as one that deeply affected not just couples but also their children. California has more than 100,000 households headed by gay couples, about a quarter with children, according to 2000 census data. As soon as the ruling was final, thousands of gay couples showed up at city halls around the state to marry, and many flew in from elsewhere for California weddings. While the wedding business was brisk, opponents mounted a heated campaign with the help of churches and conservatives to overturn the court’s action. Even with the court upholding Proposition 8, a key portion of the court’s May 15, 2008, decision remains intact. Sexual orientation will continue to receive the strongest constitutional protection possible when California courts consider cases of alleged discrimination. The California Supreme Court is the only state high court in the nation to have elevated sexual orientation to the status of race and gender in weighing discrimination claims.
While very upsetting, this news is unsurprising. It was widely expected that the court would uphold Prop 8 and still validate the same-sex marriages that took place here in California when the practice was legal. The next step for same-sex marriage supporters is to put the measure back on the ballot (as early as next year) to amend the State constitution again. It is very clear that California is deeply divided on this issue … the clash of conservatives and liberals is very marked in this State. Altho I was pretty sure I knew what the ruling would be, I’m still very saddened by the outcome. It does hearten me that there are beacons of hope for true freedom in this country shining from the great states of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont and Maine. The fight for marriage equality still has a long way to go … but we will get there one day. Of that, I have no doubt.
After many, many weeks of being separated from one another, 16 year old Miley Cyrus stepped out yesterday with her 20 year old manfriend Justin Gaston for a little dinner excursion to the Sherman Oaks Galleria (they dined at the Cheesecake Factory). Since Miley has been bizzy all over the world working, Justin has remained here in SoCal doing whatever it is that he does while living with the Cyrus family. But, at long last, Jiley has been reunited:
Hahahaha … it looks like Justin had forgotten his place in the time that Jiley have been apart. It’s good of Miley to remind him. So … yeah … it looks like the couple are still very much in full swing. Perhaps now that Miley has returned from her adventures abroad, she’ll be able to spend more time with her older man this Summer on bike rides, movie dates and of course church services. Praise Jebus, Jiley is back together!
Jared Leto, actor and musician, was spotted enjoying a short walk around his LA neighborhood this weekend sans shirt … behold:
It appears that someone was interested in enjoying the lovely weather we enjoyed here in SoCal over the weekend and was lookin’ to soak up some sun. Jared has really gotten his body back in shape after bulking up for his role in Chapter 27 a couple of years ago … it’s so nice of him to show it off :) Yeah, this post is pretty much chock full of gratuitousness so … let’s just enjoy, shall we?
After finding success in Orange County, New York City, Atlanta and New Jersey, Bravo TV has just announced today that the network in in development of a new Real Housewives series set in our Nation’s capital of Washington DC. There was some talk earlier this month that Bravo was lookin’ to expand the franchise to Beverly Hills, CA (and that still may happen) but they have officially announced today that The Real Housewives of Washington DC is the next project in development. Here is the full text of the just issued press release:
Today, Bravo announced that a spin-off of its hit docu-series franchise “The Real Housewives,” is in development, this time set in the influential metropolitan region of Washington, D.C. The announcement was made by Frances Berwick, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Bravo Media. “We’re tapping personalities who are among Washington D.C.’s influential players, cultural connoisseurs, fashion sophisticates and philanthropic leaders – the people who rub elbows with the most prominent people in the country and easily move in the city’s diverse political and social circles,” said Berwick. A place for power and politics, Bravo is scouting the D.C. area to identify the city’s alluring and discriminating residents, those women who have their pulse on the most important cultural events, political galas, gallery openings and fundraisers in Washington society. These leading members of D.C. society are in the know and comfortable discussing everything from the economy to high fashion. They are the talk of the town in the most powerful city in the world. Bravo has tapped Half Yard Productions to develop this project.
Oh man … you just know that DC wives know how to bring the drama. To be honest, it really doesn’t matter where they set the series as long as they find the right people to feature on the show. That said, the wives of politicians should be an interesting group of folks to watch … but really, how much drama can come from the wife of a currently elected official? Is that even smart for one’s political future? I hope Bravo doesn’t give up on the Beverly Hills idea … without having constituencies to worry about, those housewives are SURE to bring the drama. In regards to the current season set in New Jersey, I’m still warming up to the wives. I find it really weird that Bravo would cast housewives that are mostly related by family (and as we know, family is ‘as thick as thieves’). I am very much looking forward to the return to Atlanta … I’ve been missing my NeNe Leaks like crazy. But I digress. I’m down with the idea of DC Housewives, are you?
President Barack Obama announced his nominee to the US Supreme Court to replace Justice David Souter who announced at the start of this month that he is retiring from the Supreme Court. There was much speculation as to who Obama would select to join the court in Souter‘s place and today that announcement was made. Federal Judge Sonia Sotomayor is Obama‘s pick and if approved by the US Senate, she would be the Supreme Court’s first Hispanic Justice and the the third female Justice (after Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsberg). Here are a couple pics from the President’s announcement in the East Room of the White House earlier today:
President Obama on Tuesday nominated federal Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court. Sotomayor would be the first Hispanic and third female U.S. Supreme Court justice if confirmed. Obama announced the nomination Tuesday morning in the East Room of the White House. “Thank you, Mr. President, for the most humbling honor of my life,” Sotomayor said. “My heart is bursting with gratitude,” she said. She gave special recognition to her mother, who was sitting in the audience. “I am an ordinary person who has been blessed with extraordinary opportunities and experiences,” Sotomayor said. Obama called Sotomayor “an inspiring woman who I believe will make a great justice.” She “has worked at almost every level of our judicial system, providing her with a depth of experience and a breath of perspective that will be invaluable as a Supreme Court justice,” he added. Obama said Sotomayor “would bring more experience on the bench and more varied experience on the bench than anyone currently serving on the United States Supreme Court had when they were appointed.” The president met with Sotomayor at the White House for an hour on Thursday, according to senior administration officials. He was impressed with Sotomayor’s personal story and professional qualifications after meeting her, but he did not immediately offer her the job, two senior administration sources added. Obama made his final decision Monday, the sources said.
It was pretty much assumed by all that Obama would be selecting a woman as his nominee but there was much speculation about which woman he would pick. As a Hispanic myself, it thrills me that there is a strong possibility that Sotomayor will join the US Supreme Court. I cannot for the life of me imagine what it must be like to get the call from the President informing you that you have been selected to join the Supreme Court. I am not familiar at all with Sotomayor‘s record as a judge so I had to do some reading up on her credentials. If you, too, would like more information on Sotomayor‘s legal experience you can read more about it after the jump … More »
A new incarnation of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” could be coming to the big screen. “Buffy” creator Joss Whedon isn’t involved and it’s not set up at a studio, but Roy Lee and Doug Davison of Vertigo Entertainment are working with original movie director Fran Rubel Kuzui and her husband, Kaz Kuzui, on what is being labeled a remake or relaunch, but not a sequel or prequel. While Whedon is the person most associated with “Buffy,” Kuzui and her Kuzui Enterprises have held onto the rights since the beginning, when she discovered the “Buffy” script from then-unknown Whedon. She developed the script while her husband put together the financing to make the 1992 movie, which was released by Fox. Kuzui later teamed with Gail Berman, then president of Sandollar Television, bringing back Whedon to make the TV series, which was produced by Fox TV and launched on the WB in 1997. Kuzui and Sandollar received executive producer credits on “Buffy” and its spinoff, “Angel.” The new “Buffy” film, however, would have no connection to the TV series, nor would it use popular supporting characters like Angel, Willow, Xander or Spike. Vertigo and Kuzui are looking to restart the story line without trampling on the beloved existing universe created by Whedon, putting the parties in a similar situation faced by Paramount, J.J. Abrams and his crew when relaunching “Star Trek.” One of the underlying ideas of “Buffy” allows Vertigo and Kuzui to do just that: that each generation has its own vampire slayer to protect it. The goal would be to make a darker, event-sized movie that would, of course, have franchise potential. The parties are meeting with writers and hearing takes, and later will look for a home for the project. The producers do not rule out Whedon’s involvement but have not yet reached out to him.Speaking from Tokyo, Fran Kuzui said the company is constantly approached not only about sequels but theater, video games and foreign remakes for “Buffy.” When Vertigo’s Lee contacted them, they were intrigued. “It was Roy’s interest in taking Buffy into a new place that grabbed us,” she said, noting that original exec producer Sandy Gallin also was consulted. “It was based on our respect for what he does, and his particular sensitivity to Asian filmmakers, that we wanted to work with him.” Kuzui, who is prepping do direct a movie in Japan in the fall, added: “Everything has its moment. Every movie takes on a life at some point, and this seems like the moment to do this.”
NOOOOOOO! This is such a terrible idea … a Joss-less Buffy is no Buffy at all. As I understand it, Joss was not a big fan of the Kuzuis. I believe he took issue that their names were splashed all over every ep of Buffy and Angel even tho they had NOTHING at all to do with either series and only got credit because they financed the original, cheesy film. I imagine their plans to hijack his creation for more financial gain will not sit well with him this time. But, I have to say, on the one hand … there is hope that this drive to bring Buffy to the big screen can work — but only if Joss Whedon gets involved. I hate, no LOATHE, the idea of a new Buffy with new friends … but if Joss is able to take control of the story and write the script, I think he could come up with some way to make it work. If these people decide to move forward with this idiot idea without Whedon‘s involvement, I’ll have NOTHING to do with it. I am very curious to hear what Joss has to say about all of this. I imagine he may make a statement on this new development. One thing is for sure, at least for me, no Joss = no Buffy = no chance in hell I’ll want anything to do with any bastardization of one of my favorite things in life.
Last week we learned from a report from TMZ that Mel Gibson‘s mistress, Oksana Grigorieva (whom he recently started up a romantic relationship with while he was still married to his wife of 29 years Robyn) is pregs with his child … which resulted in Robyn filing for divorce. Mel appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night and confirmed to Jay that his girlfriend is pregs with his child, joking that he can now be called “Octo-Mel” since his mistress will be giving birth to his 8th child — classy, classy guy:
It’s official: Mel Gibson’s girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, is pregnant. The actor confirmed the news during a taping of NBC’s The Tonight Show With Jay Leno to air [last night]. “I guess I’m ‘Octo-Mel,’” says Gibson, who already has seven kids with his wife of 28 years, Robyn. Robyn filed for divorce six weeks ago amidst speculation that Grigorieva, a singer on Gibson’s record label, was expecting a child. “My wife and I, our marriage ended three years ago and we’ve been separated ever since then,” Gibson tells Leno. “These things happen. It’s unfortunate, it’s sad, but you know she is an admirable woman — we still got kids together, we’re friends.” “Look,” Gibson continues. “When it’s all said and done, I did a pretty good hatchet job on my marriage myself. I’m to blame. If you’re inclined to judge, put it here.” Gibson also says his separation from Robyn had nothing to do with Grigorieva, whom he didn’t meet until 2008. When asked by Leno if they would wed, Gibson says: “Why would you get married twice?” According to reports, Grigorieva is in her second trimester and due this fall.
As a result of Mel‘s confirmation on national television last night, his official rep issued a statement that was released in between the show’s taping (yesterday afternoon) and the show’s airing (late last night):
Six weeks after his wife Robyn filed for divorce after 28 years of marriage, Mel Gibson has some news of his own: his Russian musician girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, 39, is pregnant, the actor’s rep confirms exclusively to PEOPLE. “He couldn’t be happier,” says a Gibson friend. “He loves being a father.” Grigorieva, who is signed to Gibson’s record label, Icon Records, is in her second trimester and due in the late fall. For those eager to point to Grigorieva’s pregnancy as a catalyst for Gibson’s divorce, they’ll be wrong, says the close source: “This has nothing to do with the divorce. Mel didn’t even know Oksana was pregnant when they filed.”
Ha! Right! There really ain’t much damage control that can be done at this point so I guess saying that Mel didn’t even know his mistress was pregnant when his wife filed for divorce is all they could come up with. You know, even if you buy that “we’ve been separated for 3 years” line he’s trying to feed us, it’s pretty disrespectful to sleep around ON YOUR WIFE and the mother of your 7 children while you’re still married to her. WWJD? The hypocrisy of Gibson‘s religiousness just grosses me out to no end. His pious bullshizz turned me off to him years ago, this just seals the deal and shows the man’s true colors, IMHO. I wish Ms. Grigorieva all the luck in the world … I hope that Mel Gibson doesn’t eff her and her baby over in the same way he effed over his wife.
Awww … poor Taylor. As I recall from the book New Moon, there was no reason for Jacob Black to be in Italy so that means that Taylor is stuck here in SoCal while the other kids are playing in Italy. While they are supping on real Italian food, he’s stuck here with Olive Garden and his Playstation 3 video games. Ah well … he’ll get to play with the other cool New Moon kids soon enough. In the meantime, he’s got easy access to those amazing breadsticks that Olive Garden has to offer … so really, who wins?
Twilight co-stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson have connected in Italy where production of The Twilight Saga: New Moon is about to begin this week. The co-stars dined with crew friends at an authentic restaurant in Montepulciano and looked like they all had a blast … here are a few pics:
Before anyone gets the wrong idea, it seems clear to me from these photos that Rob and Kristen are just good friends. That they would take the time to hang out with crewmembers is really cool. Now that production has moved from Vancouver, BC Canada to Italy we’ll have to look there for New Moon set pics and candids of the actors on their off days. Not a bad place to be hangin’ for the next few weeks, right?
Most of yesterday was spent in a middle seat on an airplane flying from NYC to LA but thankfully because the plane was equipped with Satellite TV, I was able to watch Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Western Conference Championship playoffs that pitted the Detroit Red Wings against the Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago, IL live as the game happened. I had a pretty good feeling after the first goal that the Red Wings scored that it was gonna be a good game … little did I know that Detroit would go on to crush the Chicago by a score of 6-1:
Chicago is a great team but they are very young and their youthful exuberance and inexperience did not serve them well in yesterday’s game. As the Wings continued to score, they continued to implode. That Chicago coach Quenneville tried to blame his team’s horrible loss on one bad call against his team, saying that it was “the worst call in the history of sports today” and that “[The officials] ruined a good hockey game. They absolutely destroyed what was going on on the ice and whatever happened after that”, tells me that he is also inexperienced in leading teams to victory (despite what his record may be, bitching about one bad call leading to a 6-1 loss is pretty lame). Detroit stayed steady, kept applying the pressure and played like a Stanley Cup champion team. I am SO happy that I was able to watch the game for myself … there is no way that any recap of the game could’ve done it justice. Game 5 takes place at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, MI on Wednesday night … here’s hoping the Wings finish off the Blackhawks and get about their biz of retaining the Stanley Cup :)
David and I got home to LA early enough that we could unwind and still go out … we decided to check out Terminator: Salvation:
While I liked the film, I far from loved it. It’s a loud, action-packed time at the movies but all the plotholes drove me crazy. Some of it didn’t make sense and a lot of what transpired wasn’t really explained at all. In the end, it left me a bit unsatisfied … but only because the story wasn’t really fleshed out the way that it really needed to be. There were a lot of fun shout-outs to the previous movies — the famed I’ll be back line was uttered, Guns N Roses‘s song You Could Be Mine from T2: Judgment Day made a cameo as did the voice of Linda Hamilton (the original Sarah Connor). Arnold Schwarzenegger also *kinda* makes a cameo … but not really (you’ll have to see it to understand what I mean). The movie really tries and I am happy to suggest that fans of Terminator see it but it’s not one of those movies that I would need to see more than once.
No plans for today. Which is totally fine by me. Happy Day, y’all!!
Angelina Jolie took a break from filming scenes for her new movie Salt, currently in production in NY, to enjoy a piece of birthday cake in celebration of director Simon West‘s birthday. It’s a strange occurrence to see Angelina Jolie ingesting sustenance of any kind so I figured the photos would be worth a look … behold:
MMM … it looks like Ange is really enjoying that piece of cake. It’s nice to know that Ange makes time for eating in between her bizzy work schedule, her bizzy home schedule and her bizzy charity schedule. Her thinness might imply that she doesn’t really make much time for the practice of eating but at least we know she makes time for cake ;) It should be noted that I understand she only ate one piece of cake … hey, better than nothing.
Our dear Britney Spears, who has been enjoying a short vacation in the Bahamas recently (in the close and intimate company of her family, her children and her very attentive agent Jason Trawick), managed to swing by Louisiana on Saturday in order to attend the wedding of her cousin Laura Lynne Covington in Amite, LA. Britney was only in town for a short visit to appear at the nuptials as an “honorary” bridesmaid (whatever that means) and to celebrate with her family at the reception … and then it was back on her private jet bound for home. Here are pics of Britney making her grand escape from Louisiana yesterday and some info about the family wedding itself:
After making a big splash in the Bahamas the day before, Britney Spears emerged Saturday in Amite, La., where she made a low-key appearance as an “honorary” bridesmaid at the wedding of her cousin, Laura Lynne Covington. “When her brother walked her down the aisle, she looked stunningly calm and beautiful,” says one wedding guest. “She was very pretty, low-key. She was not the center of everything, just pretty and calm and collected.” The wedding took place at the First United Methodist Church, the same church where the funeral for Covington’s mother Sandra, who died of ovarian cancer, took place in January 2007. Later, at the wedding reception, the pop star hung out with her sister and fellow bridesmaid, Jamie Lynn, who toted baby Maddie, and “sat at a table off to the side and visited with local people she knew,” says the guest. “There was no fanfare,” noted the guest. “With all the star power Britney and her family command, it was still the bride’s day.”
Unlike Britney‘s fake cousin and former assistant Alli Sims, Laura Lynne is Britney‘s real family and it makes sense that she would want to be a part of her special day. Laura Lynne was one of Britney‘s bridesmaids when she got married to Kevin Federline back in 2004. It’s very clear to me that Britney only makes time for her family in matters like this, which I think is very healthy and good for her overall progress. It’s clear to me that Britney doesn’t like making too many appearances, especially at functions where her fame might be exploited but you can tell she remains grounded and loved when she returns to Louisiana. Congrats goes out to Laura Lynne on her nuptials.
Now that’s more like it. Sure, in the good ol’ days of his bachelorhood, the sight of Matthew‘s shirtlessness would be a very common occurrence … but now that he’s all settled down, that doesn’t mean he can share the beefcake every once-in-a-while. The pics of Matthew with babymama Camila Alves and firstborn son Levi Alves are really adorable. They make a very cute family. But cute family or not, I hope this shirtlessness is but a start of a long, happy and fleshy Summer to come ;)
Jesus Luz, who is currently in Brazil doing various things like shopping for jewelry for his reported ladylove Madonna, did a bit of DJing at a club over the weekend. According to Quem magazine (as translated by Made in Brazil), Jesus DJed a party for his mother who was celebrating her 37th birthday! Mind you, Jesus is only 22. HMMM. Here are pics of Mr. Luz on the decks at a club called Taj Lounge in Rio over the weekend:
To his credit, Jesus did make clear to reporters that he is “just starting out” as a DJ and is by no means proficient in the craft. That said, he plans to do a DJ gig in NYC in a few weeks. Why he thinks he’s ready to DJ in NYC is beyond me but there you have it. Also, it should be noted that the Quem article makes clear that his mother is only 15 years older than him … whether or not that is accurate remains to be seen. I gotta say, tho, I never figured that Jesus Luz would be at all interesting outside of his involvement with Madonna. I think I could come to enjoy DJ Jesus … there’s bound to be lots of hilarity to come from this new endeavor.
Happy Memorial Day, y’all!! While I totally get that today and the three-day weekend in general is the unofficial start of Summer and that it is mostly celebrated with parties and BBQs, I think it’s very important that we take time out today to pause to remember what Memorial Day is really all about. So many brave women and men have fought and sacrificed in the defense of our country and today is our day to honor them. If you do nothing else today, please take a moment to say thanks:
Heroes star Milo Ventimiglia, the son of a Vietnam vet, helped launch an organization called Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America that is the nation’s first and largest organization that is devoted to our troops committed to the two wars that our country is involved in right now. Here is the full text of the IAVA‘s press release about today’s observance of Memorial Day:
Today, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the country’s first and largest nonpartisan organization for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, issued the following statement on the upcoming Memorial Day Holiday:
“Even after almost eight years of war, too many Americans see Memorial Day as just another summer holiday. Memorial Day should mean much more than barbeques and clearance sales. It marks a solemn day of remembrance for the more than one million American service members of all generations who, on the field of battle, made the ultimate sacrifice,” said IAVA Executive Director Paul Rieckhoff. “IAVA is honored to join our Commander-in-Chief, other veterans’ organizations, and families of the fallen in the wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. We are humbled to have this opportunity to pay our respects to the generations of Americans warriors who have given their lives in defense of our country.”
In addition to participating in events nationwide, IAVA has created an online ‘Wall of Remembrance‘ where people can submit what Memorial Day means to them, or text or tweet a message of support to our troops and veterans. For more information on the Memorial Day events IAVA will be participating in or to visit the Wall of Remembrance, click HERE.
But the Iraq and Afghanistan vets are not the only troops we honor today … all women and men who have served in the defense of our country are honored today and I’m just hoping that all y’all take some time to recognize that. If you would like more info on the IAVA you can visit their website HERE.
Happy Memorial Day … and to the troops who have served or are currently serving our country, from the bottom of my heart, thank you!
I must admit, seeing all these new photos of Kylie‘s recent performances is really getting me amped for her upcoming North American tour. Altho the first date is still many months away, I can’t help but be anxious to see her live, on-stage and performing on US soil. Wee!!
In other Kylie news, Tous jewelry has released a new batch of promo photos featuring the Aussie princess in their newest ad campaign. There’s an awful lot of pink in the photos but Kylie looks really cute as usual. After the jump, check out the pics … More »
A bit of housekeeping/tying up of loose ends right now … for some UNGODLY reason I just read that Sienna Miller and Balthazar Getty are dunzo for good. Apparently, the split was first reported last week and I clearly missed getting word. It makes sense that the couple would be on the outs … I understand that Sienna has set her sights on new conquest Josh Hartnett (who is single so, mebbe she’s wising up?) and I know that Balthazar spent part of this weekend with his children at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. To be honest, this is great news … Siennaneeds to be with an unmarried man and Balthazarshould be spending more time with his kids. I’m actually very glad that they are finally dunzo!
Gentlemen, start your engines. I can reveal Sienna Miller is young, free and single again after calling time on her ill-fated relationship with oil heir and Brothers & Sisters actor Balthazar Getty. A pal reveals: “Sienna loved being with Balthazar but there was too much baggage and she couldn’t commit to anything more than a few months. They are still good friends.” The pair began dating after they were introduced by Sienna’s Edge of Love co-star (and former beau) Matthew Rhys last May while Balthazar was nursing a new baby with then- wife Rosetta. Now Sienna is getting more and more friendly with Hollywood hunk Josh Hartnett. My moles tell me she flew to his bedside in New York when he got a bad tummy bug and nursed him back to health – and they chat all the time on the phone. My source reveals: “Josh and Sienna have a unique bond. They understand each other and I wouldn’t be surprised if a relationship blossomed.” Sienna’s aides will be thrilled by the break with Balthazar. The relationship led to her being branded a home-wrecker and is rumoured to have put an end to her role as Maid Marian in the new Robin Hood movie. The source adds: “She has a real chance of hitting the big time again.” But it’s not as if she needs that much help. The talented blonde is preparing for the release of GI Joe where she’s a leather-clad villain. Sienna tells me: “It’s going to be big for me. Then I’m off to Broadway, treading the boards.”
All of this being said, I’m not entirely ruling out the possibility of a reunion for Sienazar (after all this “pal” of a source isn’t really all that convincing) but it is encouraging that they do seem to be moving on to sunnier pastures. This split would be really good for both of them. Here’s hoping both Sienna and Balthazar continue to move forward in a positive, non-extramarital way.
Yesterday was our last full day here in NYC as we are heading back to LA in a few hours. We did our best to make our last day as fun as possible tho. We went to the matinee performance of Coraline: The Musical which is on limited run at The Lucille Lortel Theatre off Broadway:
As a Neil Gaiman fan who loved the book and 3D animated film Coraline, I was very curious to see how this would translate to the musical stage. The show was superb. I think because Gaiman‘s work is so full of magic and whimsy, it’s easy for folks to get inspired to create magic of their own when telling the story. The actors were really fantastic … and, in a bit of a surprise, all of the characters were played by adults. You might think that having an older adult woman play Coraline would be bad but, in this production, it’s really very genius. The story was really preserved well and was fortified by very inventive songs written by Stephin Merritt of Magnetic Fields (because the show is in limited run, there is no option to purchase the soundtrack … but when it hopefully becomes available, I’m deffo gonna get a copy). I loved every single second of this show. Vanity Fair featured Merritt and his work on Coraline: The Musical in THIS article … which is a good, fairly unspoilery read about the show. If you are a fan of Gaiman or Coraline, you should deffo see this show. I think you’ll be surprised how well the story springs to life on the stage.
After the show, we supped on an amazing Cuban meal at Havana Alma de Cuba and then regrouped back at the apartment for a quick disco nap. Then we met up with David’s friends for a birthday party celebration for our dear friend Ben. I got to meet new friends TJ and Joe and finally got to hang out with the lovely Marissa and her man Ryan. We spent the early hours of today devouring pizza in Times Square … perfect ending to a fun trip.
But … like all good things … this trip is at an end. We’ll be back home early enough to hopefully see a movie and then … sleep. For Memorial Day tomorrow, I’ll still be blogging but I’m treating it like a shorter weekend day. Happy continued weekend, y’all!! See you on the Left Coast.
It is time, once again, for our weekly does of Weekend Hotness … courtesy this fine Sunday of a nice young chap named David G:
Electric blue is a very nice color on David G, don’t you think? As Summer continues to heat up it will no longer be necessary for the scantily clad to be wearing sweatjackets so I’m sure the next time David G steps out he’ll be doing so while wearing even less … which I’m sure will please a great many folks.
Oh and another reminder that the 10th Anniversary Party for All American Guys will be taking place at Eleven in West Hollywood, CA in a couple of weeks and if you’re in the general vicinity, I suggest you come out for the party. Click HERE for all the deets on the night’s festivities and click HERE to see some of the young chaps that will be competing to become the newest All American Guy. These hot dudes will be at the party IN THE FLESH to be judged for the big prize. The night promises to be a fun one … I hope to see you there!!
White rapper Bubba Sparxxx (née Warren Anderson) was busted in Clearwater, FL earlier this week after he was witnessed by an off-duty officer to be in illegal possession and transmission of a controlled substance. The Ugly singer was then quickly arrested and booked on charges of drug possession. He got busted, y’all:
Popular Southern rapper Bubba Sparxxx was arrested earlier this week on a felony narcotics charge. Sparxxx, whose real name is Warren Anderson Mathis, is best known for his 2006 hit single Ms. New Booty, which was a top 10 hit in the U.S. on the Billboard Hot 100. His other popular titles include Back in the Mud, Ugly and Deliverance. Sparxxx, 32, lives in Clearwater. He was raised in rural Georgia and “burst onto the scene in 2001 wearing overalls and driving a tractor in the video for Ugly,” his official Web site says. According to Clearwater police, an off-duty officer witnessed another suspect pass Sparxxx the narcotic Tranxene at 2800 Gulf to Bay Blvd., the address of a Hooters restaurant, Sunday night. Sparxxx agreed to a search and the items were found in his wallet, authorities say. He faces one charge of possession of a controlled substance. Sparxxx posted $2,000 bail Monday.
To add embarrassment to injury, Sparxxx was busted with this Tranxene drug (which is used for treatment of high anxiety) while chillin’ at Hooters. I mean … could you be more cliché? Trust me, I can’t even tell you the last time I even thought of the name Bubba Sparxxx but in the course of one’s duty to be as diligent as possible to post the mugshots of the once rich and famous, well … here you go. Sometimes failed rappers need a hit … and while those of the musical variety tend to be the more desired variety, I guess it’s understandable if those of the illegally controlled variety are the ones that are more readily available.
Taylor Lautner, who is taking a short break from filming scenes for his new movie The Twilight Saga: New Moon, was spotted in SoCal this weekend doing a bit of shopping at a friendly neighborhood Best Buy store. Just because he’s one of the hottest young actors appearing in one of the hottest new film franchises doesn’t mean that he doesn’t like doing a bit of bargain shopping. Taylor was in the market for a new video game for his Playstation 3 and decided to pick up his copy of NHL ’08 at Best Buy:
I suppose it’s worth noting that just because Taylor is now making his own money, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t like spending his dad’s cash as well. I understand that Taylor‘s dad was waiting for him in the car as he made his purchase and was the one who handed over the moolah to pay for the game. Shoot, I’d've done the same thing. It doesn’t matter how big and famous Taylor thinks he is, kids will still be kids.
In order for Matthew McConaughey to keep in top physical shape, he must keep bizzy with his work-out regiment. In previous years, Matthew was very fond of working out in public while wearing as little clothing as possible. You may recall that nary a day would go by when we would not be treated to the sight of his glistening muscles in the SoCal sun. Since he has settled down with his babymama Camila Alves and since the birth of his first born son Levi Alves, Matthew has stayed (for the most part) fully clothed in pretty much all instances (save for the occasional trip to the beach, which are not as prevalent as they once were). Now that Levi is coming up on his first birthday (and perhaps enough time has passed with Camila), I had hoped that Matthew might revert to his old shirtless habits once again now that the temps are warming up in SoCal … alas, ’tis not so:
… at least, not yet. I suppose there is always hope that the shirt will go away again but thus far, Matthew is still intent on wearing the damn thing — even when he’s working out. I’m hopeful, tho, that old (exhibitionist) habits do die hard … perhaps there will be some shirtlessness from Matty boy in our near future … after all, hope does spring eternal — and tomorrow is another day.
… as you can see, the circumstantial evidence is adding up. In a court of law, this would prove nothing … in the blogosphere, it seems like pretty good proof that the couple may be preparing the way for a baby. We already know that the couple doesn’t like talking to the press so I wouldn’t expect any confirmation (or denial, necessarily) from them any time soon. That said, I would guess that Gisele might be the kind of woman to start showing pretty quickly. She’s so tiny, any protrusion is bound to be obvs. In any event, I really do hope this report of pregsness is true. Gisele and Tom would most assuredly make a beautiful baby. I can’t wait to find out.
It’s been quite some time since the lovely and verbose Courtney Love has waxed ecstatic on her official My Space blog … it seems that she has now moved on to sunnier electronic pastures. C. Love has been tweeting on Twitter for the past few months and while I have had great difficulty deciphering what exactly it is that she is trying to say (which is usually the case whenever I read anything that Courtney Love writes) I still think it’s fun to try and figure out what she’s saying anyway. Because Twitter limits each tweet to 140 characters, Courtney has to break up her messages into multiple tweets … here is C. Love‘s last string of electronic consciousness as pieced together from a string of her last 19 tweets … as always, all spelling and grammatical errors are her own:
im sorry ive been gone, i think i may write a tome for actors and another for musos 10k a pop anon ” how to NOT totally fuck it all up” … i havent checked my my space but i am pretty sure the kid who was doing the upkeep pissed it all away, he got busted for alot of asshole … behaviour. JESUS H CHRIST pete wentz and i have the same fucking manager, now thats random! … WAIT! Jesus H CHRIST! @rustynuts is INTERVIEWING ME for WHAT taht Oliver is having me do Russell wtf are you interviwing me for? … and wait a minute how did YOU GET TO MY FREIND OLIVER you ambitious clever little motherfucker you! … ish demanded in her way, that we have dinner! BUT I WAITED! ididnt want to meet you and not have anything i could do for you, wtf are we dis … cussing? should i dress kook or luxe or just unmade up no fuss? @Imetbilly corgan came ro the studio tonight wjat a lovely surprise! … @imetbilly Corgan is going to be coming to the studio a fucking lot more he just doesnt know it yet someone must conduct my phrasing and … noone else can i got a nice bigassed shot of steroidic something from the vocal doctor, sweet i can scream really REALLY loud, but i have to … whisper all day. im really obsessed( hardly obsessed i feel sad for the poor flower actually what a nice girl what a terrible asshole) … about “Amanda Leigh” and her new ergh ugh icko “hubba” the define myself only by dylan overly prolific asswipe Ryan “fixit” Adams … my daughter btw walked in my room all legs, looks like Gene Tierney meets Rachel Evans WOods actually, im not allowed to discuss whats she’s … passed on, in fact im not allowed to discuss what i used to pass on oud be AMAZED, im so unconcerned with actor jail tho. want to visit the … Iron man set and see Gwynnie( J adore adoreadore!) and i saw a really cool play with Oliver written and performed by John Buffalo Mailer … and i really liked his Gf i hardly ever make a new GF so i hope she is one! her names Peri i really like her, and ELI WHERE THE FUCK ARE YOU … going to sleep, wierd insane life so great to inally sng andhave a release date all ic an say is that fella from the middle east better … come on through NOW or i walk. as they all now i can and should. goodnight goodluck … “thru Villages of Ether , now we know that someones died , will you sing my crucifixion do you know that Mary Lied?”
Um, whut? Evan Rachel Wood and Gwyneth Paltrow get shout-outs and, of course, she has to lambaste Ryan Adams but … I’m at a total loss as to what the gist of her tweets mean. Anyone? Anyone? Additionally, C. Love also posted a new post on her My Space profile this morning as well … but my head already hurts from reading all of these tweets so I’ll leave it to y’all to read and enjoy (?) for yourselves. As long as Courtney keeps communicating with the outside world (via Twitter, My Space, whatevs) we know she’s still alive and well … and really, isn’t that the greatest gift of all?
Pink reader Ash gave me the head’s up that Clay Aiken posted an update on his official website in response to all the criticism that has been leveled against him after the text of his American Idol blogpost (where he lambasted both Adam Lambert and the show itself, which he only watched one time this season) made the rounds on the Internets. Aiken is under the impression that he is being maligned by sites that “picked and choosed” comments from his post in order to use his words out of context. On my blog, I reposted the entire text of his post so that readers could judge for themselves … but clearly he takes issue with other sites that did not allow his comments to be read in full. In retrospect of what he wrote, Aiken felt the need to apologize and recant from some of his previous comments … and then goes on to explain to his fans how important he believes his comments to be. Here is the full text of Clay‘s latest blogpost (which he generously shares on his site for free rather than for the $29.95 cost of premium access to exclusive parts of his site):
Who knew I had so much influence and that my words and opinion mattered so much to so many people!?!?! HA HA HA I’ll be the first to admit that my opinion is just that, only my opinion, but for as much as some of the bloggers seem to dislike me and care so little about my thoughts, they sure can waste a lot of their space on what I say! If only many of them took the time to pay attention to important things like the US economy and the welfare of the world’s children. But… nah… I could blog about that type of stuff anytime and most wouldn’t think twice, but let me say something that they can pick and choose quotes and misinterpret me… and it’s showtime! I never assumed my opinion mattered so much! I guess I may have been wrong.
That said, since my previous blog got dissected like a biology lab frog, i suppose I should clarify and even retract some of what I wrote.
I am sure that some were upset by my choice of words describing my opinion of a performance I heard from Adam Lambert. I hope no one actually believed that blood truly poured forth from my ears when I heard him. I obviously meant it as a colorful statement to imply that I did not enjoy what I heard. Any performer hopes that their music will appeal to all people, but no singer realistically expects it to. God knows, I am SURE there are PLENTY of people who can’t stand to hear me sing either. I wouldn’t dream of assuming that, and I am sure that far worse things have been said about my performances than I would even venture to type here. To me, that’s fine. I don’t expect unanimous, nor even majority support for my music. But, my guess is Adam doesn’t either. I would not venture to make judgements on the personality or demeanor of anyone I don’t know, so none of what I said in my previous blog was directed as a “slam” on Adam as a person. At the same time, I wouldn’t dream of slamming him as an entertainer. He does what he does, because he enjoys it, and he obviously has many fans who enjoy it as well. If what i said in my previous blog regarding my impression of a single performance from Adam upset or offended any of his fans, I expect that the mature ones will realize that it was simply a poorly worded metaphor describing my personal tastes. The only person I would really dream of apologizing to is Adam. And the irony is, if he’s smart he couldn’t give a crap what I think of his Ring of Fire performance. As an entertainer, Adam knows that one person’s opinion of one performance really matters a little less than zero, in the grand scheme of things. He could not have gotten on Idol (nor made it as far as he did) without an immense amount of talent. He surely doesn’t need my approval to know he has a gift. At the same time, he realizes that amazing talent doesn’t always equal universal appeal. (I could NEVER have the amount of skill and talent that ballet dancers have! that’s talent! But, I don’t particularly enjoy it!) I am sure that I will have plenty of opportunities in the coming years to hear Adam sing. I imagine he’ll be around for years to come. But in the meantime, I definitely don’t want to stoop to the level of so many negative freaks on the internet… so, I do apologize to Adam for my colorful (and negative) choice of words. I hope he can forgive me. I imagine he doesn’t give a damn! :-) God knows he shouldn’t. :-)
Now, for those of you who are able to comment on this…. lets take bets as to which bits and pieces of this blog will end up mass distributed. Be creative…. they don’t seem to care about punctuation or whether or not they use all of the words in a sentence… so, have fun…. ;-)
I’m not sure what kind of criticism he got on other sites but I know my comments on his original post are still valid. He did seem really bitter about the whole American Idol process and very easily threw out his own criticisms when I’m sure he thought no one was was reading (after all, his comments were available only to members of his fan club who paid the fee to read them). It seems to me that now that he is aware that people are reading what he has to say, he’s more willing to temper his criticism of a performer (Lambert) that he only watched perform once before making his critiques. Is he allowed to do that? Of course he is … but the fact that he is a former American Idol contestant (and loser, let’s not forget) the things he says about the show are gonna be of interest to some people. Trust me Clay, you are right to say that your comments aren’t that important at all. Say what you want, whenever you want … once this AI thing dies down, folks will stop paying attention again. It is commendable that he apologized to Adam Lambert, tho. Now if he would just apologize to the rest of us who have been subjected to his singing (and have lived to regret it) we’d be all squared away.
For the most part, last night was a pretty chill night for David and me here in NYC. We spent much of the day lounging about the apartment … mainly because I wanted to be home to watch Game 3 of the Western Conference Championship hockey game between the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks. The game took place in Chicago so I knew it was gonna be a goodie. Chicago enjoyed a 3-0 lead for far too long for my tastes but a fire was lit under the Wings and they came back to tie up the score 3-3 … taking the game into overtime. It pains me to report that Chicago scored first and won their first game of the series (Detroit now leads 2-1). It was a pretty great game so kudos to Chicago for pulling out the win … but the Wings were pretty amazing and almost shocked the hell out of that Chicago crowd. Game 4 will be in Chicago again, here’s hopin’ the Wings will take the next two games and get their asses to the Stanley Cup Championship series as soon as possible :)
After the game was finished, David and I met up with my dear friends Ollie, Irene and Caleb (who are also in town from LA) and my NY loves Sarah (aka Ultragrrrl), Karen, Gurj, her boyfriend Jared & new friends Kanani and Steve for some drinks at 7B bar in the Lower East Side. Karen informed me that it was the place where Carrie Bradshaw got busted for smokin’ a doobie in Sex and the City … that woman is a font of wonderful information — and she loves Tokio Hotel, too! Here is a pic of our fabulous mugs at 7B last night:
Only Gurj and Jared aren’t featured in the pic cuz they snuck off to go snog or something. She’s British, they do that sometimes. Folks … I am so lucky to have such awesome friends. I love these people so much … salts of the Earth, all of ‘em :)
This afternoon, David, Eden and I are going to see Coraline: The Musical. I am so excited!!! Tonight, we are planning to meet up with David’s crew, mebbe my crew again and hopefully my dear friend Oriana who also hails from Detroit. Today is our last full day in NYC but it promises to be a fun one!!
Here is this week’s batch of photos sent in by Pink is the new Blog readers — Greg sends in a pic of his 6 month old niece McKenzie who looks superadorable in her pink ensemble — Aly and friends send in a pic in celebration of the new organization they created called City Chicks 4 Charity — Stacey from Guelph, Ontario sends in a pic with some friends chillin’ in the lobby of the CN Tower in Toronto — Ria and friends send in a photo from work … where they like to enjoy reading PITNB but only on approved break times ;) — Kirsten sends in a really cute pic of her 14 week old Alaskan Malamute named Jasmine — Ama sends in a pic of her pet ferret named Jiraiya who seems to have an affinity for Strawberry flavored Pocky:
And in a Pink readers first, Rachel sends in a video of her 6 year old daughter Nikki singing I Love America in celebration of Memorial Day weekend:
Thank you all SO much for all of your fun pics (and to Rachel and Nikki for the vid). I love them all, y’all look fabulous and I love YOU all. What a great batch of photos … please, keep ‘em coming. Have a happy and safe weekend, y’all!!! xoxoxox
Here is some great news to impart on this lovely Saturday … Trent Reznor has announced on his official Twitter profile that his effort to inspire fans of Nine Inch Nails to donate much needed funds so that Eric De La Cruz can afford a heart transplant to save his life has been met with MUCH success. In only a few days, NIN fans donated over $542,000 dollars for Eric‘s surgery. The overall cost of his operation is close to $800,000 … so there is still a lot of money that needs to be raised. Here is the full text of TR‘s tweet update on how much money has been raised thus far and a re-posting of TR‘s letter about the campaign to raise funds for Eric De La Cruz‘s heart transplant:
From TR‘s Twitter: We have now raised $542,212 for Eric. I love you people. Thank you.
A Letter from Trent:
This is for something important. Eric De La Cruz is dying and needs a heart transplant. He keeps getting turned down for a transplant list because he’s on Nevada Medicaid, and there are no transplant centers in Nevada. We want to get involved and hopefully so do you, so we’re extending a hand. His sister Veronica (former Anchor and Internet Correspondent for CNN) has started a campaign to save his life.
Eric’s situation shines a bright light on a broken health care system, and his particular set of problems are being addressed on the political front, aiming for reform in addition to the need for immediate financial help to keep him alive TODAY. I think we can help with the latter.
Here’s what we’re offering – three options:
If you have a ticket to a NIN/JA show: if you donate $1,000 to this cause, we’ll invite you to come hang out with us before the NIN/JA show of your choice. You and a guest can watch NIN and Street Sweeper Social Club’s soundchecks, eat dinner backstage with us, take pics / get autographs and watch the show from the side of the stage if you’d like.
If you donate $300, you and a friend can join us for NIN and SSSC’s soundchecks and a handshaking / hug session before doors open at the NIN/JA show of your choice.
If you do NOT have a ticket to a NIN/JA show: if you donate $1,200 to this cause, we’ll invite you to come hang out with us before the NIN/ JA show of your choice and provide 2 tickets (best available). You and a guest can watch soundcheck, eat dinner backstage with us, take pics / get autographs and watch the show from the side of the stage if you’d like.
100% of the money collected from this will go directly to Eric’s fund.
I hope you’ll consider helping out with this.
Sincerely, Trent Reznor
What to expect from your VIP package:
Please keep in mind that we are playing this by ear and things will vary night to night due to the overwhelming response to this and the varying conditions at the venues. Be assured we are doing our very best to make sure your experience is the best we can provide, and thanks for your understanding.
With that said, here’s what to generally expect.
For all participants ($300, $1,000 and $1,200)
Be sure to arrive at the venue early enough to see the soundchecks. A complete list of soundcheck times is located RIGHT BELOW THIS POST. Sometimes soundchecks are shortened / cancelled due to issues beyond our control, We will have a meet and greet regardless.
NIN will soundcheck first for 15-30 min, then there will be a short break while SSSC sets up and soundchecks. You with then be escorted elsewhere for an informal meet and greet with NIN and members of SSSC. You are welcome to get autographs, take pics, hugs, etc.
At this point, the $300 people will be escorted back to the venue after the nin.com pre-sale people are allowed in but before the general public. If you are a $300 donator AND a nin.com pre-sale person, yes, you can go early.
The $1,000 and $1,200 donators will then be escorted backstage where they can attend dinner with the various crew and bands, see the general workings of the show from a production standpoint if desired and generally get the feel of what this kind of tour is like from behind the scenes (plus a high chance of a shirtless Dave Navarro sighting!)
Depending on the venue, you may be able to watch SSSC from the side of the stage. When NIN performs, we’ll offer you a choice of what we feel would be the best / most unique vantage points to watch from. We’ll provide beverages and you may be able to move to the front of house (mixing) position depending on the circumstances. You’re welcome to hang backstage after NIN’s show as well if you’d like, or we can find you a spot to enjoy Jane’s Addiction.
I’ve spoken with all camps on this tour and everyone is open and happy to help out and participate, so we really feel this will be a cool and unique experience for you.
These offers apply to the Chicago show (obviously minus the Jane’s Addiction part.
These offers apply to the HEADLINING (read: NON-FESTIVAL) shows in the rest of the world. The exact specifics will obviously vary but the overall vibe will be similar.
We are offering a LIMITED amount of $1,000. ONLY donations for Bonnaroo – you must already have tickets (or buy them separate). The specifics will be different, as we have no soundchecks, etc but we will include a VIP pass and access to hang out in whatever situation we find ourselves in there. Specific details about this particular show coming soon.
Any fan of Nine Inch Nails knows how fiercely private the band tends to be … for Trent Reznor to offer up this kind of access to those of you who can afford to generously donate to help save Eric‘s life is truly very commendable. I, myself, was moved by Trent‘s plea and donated and I sincerely hope those of you who can afford to donate will do so as well. It is so humbling to see the power of people’s compassion and desire to help others in need. There is much more that can be done … so I urge you, again, if you can help out in any way — please do! Click HERE to make a donation on the NIN website or click HERE to make a donation on the De La Cruz family’s website. Every donation helps … please keep ‘em coming.
After Adam Lambert’s killer performance with Queen on Wednesday night’s season finale of American Idol, rumors flew that he had already been offered a job singing with the band. That’s slightly premature, according to the band’s guitarist, Brian May. “Amongst all that furor, there wasn’t really a quiet moment to talk,” May tells Rolling Stone in an e-mail interview. “But [drummer Roger Taylor] and I are definitely hoping to have a meaningful conversation with him at some point. It’s not like we, as Queen, would rush into coalescing with another singer just like that. It isn’t that easy. But I’d certainly like to work with Adam. That is one amazing instrument he has there.” May, whose band recently ended a four-year-long partnership with singer Paul Rodgers, is comfortable with Idol as a launching point for the careers of rock singers. “You’d have to define ‘legitimate’ first,” he writes. “The long-term answer has to be that, if you have enough talent and enough will to succeed, you will get there by whatever route presents itself. Once you have scaled the castle walls, with the sword in your hand, it matters little
how you got there. I’ve not always been positive about shows like this, but there is no doubt that it offers a door to some real genuine talent along the way.”
From what I understand, Adam Lambert‘s singing style is one that would mesh nicely with Queen‘s music so it makes sense that folks would begin speculating that Adam (a hot new solo singer with a big voice) would hook-up with Queen (a band in need of a hot new solo singer with a big voice). It is quite a compliment to have Brian May talk of possible collaborations with you so I’m sure Lambert is flattered beyond belief. It’s still WAY TOO SOON to know what will come next for Adam Lambert. As I understand it, he still has a tour with American Idol to take care of before he can really focus on his next solo move. Still … the fact that anyone is even gossing that he might work with Queen makes him a winner in my eyes. Who needs the title of American Idol when opportunities like this are falling in your lap?
Twilight star Robert Pattinson was spotted in the close company of a young lady named Erika Dutra while partying at the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS gala at the Cannes Film Festival this week and, of course, folks are now speculating that they are the hot new couple. I don’t, necessarily, think the couple are a “couple” per se but that’s not to say they might not’ve enjoyed a bit of romantic fraternization together … which, I’m sure, may cause a tear or two to be shed by rabid Twilighters who are enamored of R.Pattz. Here is a photo of Rob and Erika and some deets provided by Life & Style on what reportedly went down:
Kristen Stewart may be the one Robert Pattinson wants, but while she was filming thousands of miles away, Robert, her New Moon co-star, hooked up with a gorgeous blonde in Cannes! Los Angeles resident Erika Dutra and Robert were spotted canoodling at the post-party for amfAR Cinema Against AIDS in Cannes. “Erika was introduced to Robert by a mutual friend at the beginning of the night and he was smitten with her from that point on,” an eyewitness tells Life & Style. “He took pictures of her, sat with her all night, and the two of them were even seen kissing! There was serious chemistry between them, and they looked like they were having an amazing time.” And it seems the night didn’t end there for the two: “Erika and Robert even left the party together!” the eyewitness reveals.
See … the whole bit about how Kristen Stewart “wants” Robert Pattinson kinda invalidates the whole story but Rob and Erika were photographed together, that much is true. It looks to me like the lad is enjoying his time in the limelight so why shouldn’t he make new friends along the way, isn’t that part of what’s so fun about being famous? I doubt anything will come from this new “hook-up” but, just in case, some of you Twilight fans might want to start preparing yourselves for the day R.Pattz does settle down with a nice girl … who isn’t you ;)
BritneySpears.com has been updated with a whole slew of new personal vacation pics of Britney, her sons Sean Preston and Jayden James, her father (and still-conservator over her person) Jamie Spears, her assistant Brett Miller and her sons’ nanny. Britney‘s agent, and rumored paramour, Jason Trawick is also featured among these new photos … lookin’ pretty close and tight with Britney and her children. HMMMM. Here are a few pics of Britney playing at the Atlantis resort with her kiddies:
Britney has been enjoying a wonderful vacation at Atlantis in the Bahamas with her family and friends. Here’s your first look at pictures of Britney and company soaking up all that the resort has to offer. Enjoying everything from water rides to sea creatures, everyone has gotten to rest and relax while taking a short break from ‘The Circus’ tour.
Aww … it really looks like everyone is having a great time, especially our dear Britney. Just when you thought she couldn’t look any happier … she goes on vacation and looks even happier. Perhaps some of her new happiness has to do with the company she’s been keeping (and I ain’t referring to her family). Earlier this week, we did see photos of Britney and her agent Jason Trawick enjoying some alonetime as they strolled the beach together … this new batch of photos includes images of Britwick continuing to look all “friendly” with one another. After the jump, check out those photos … More »
Socialite Paris Hilton and boyfriend Doug Reinhardt have been spotted canoodling at nearly every event at Cannes Film Festival, but are they ready to take their relationship to the next level? Reinhardt, 23, tells “Extra” a wedding isn’t out of the question! “We’ll see! You never know what will happen,” said the reality show hunk, adding, “We’re very happy. We’re having a lot of fun. We laugh, we love each other. Couldn’t ask for more.” Hilton, 28, confirms the feelings are mutual. “I’ve never been happier. We’re best friends. We have the best time together. We really enjoy life. We are so much alike. I’m happy.” Reinhardt appeared on “The Hills” and previously dated Lauren Conrad and Amanda Bynes. He admits life with Paris is different. “It’s changed over the last year… She’s everything I dreamt of and she’s amazing girl and I’m having the most fun with her and she’s awesome.” Totally.
Pshaw … I’ve contended all along that Pug Dilton was made for each other, this news that they “are so much alike” is old news to me. As much as some of their grossness (ie. the open mouth hoarding of each other’s tongues) kinda revolts me, I’m thoroughly happy that they are attached to one another. I am really rooting for these two to stay together forever. I sincerely doubt that they are planning to wed on this trip to France but I’m not counting out a trip down the aisle for Pug Dilton at some point in the future … here’s hoping it’s sometime soon!!
NFL quarterback Tom Brady has scored again. First, he married beautiful supermodel Gisele Bundchen, and now he’s going to be a dad again, RadarOnline.com has learned exclusively. Gisele and Tom had two wedding ceremonies, and now she’s told close friends that she’s expecting their first baby together. The couple wed in Santa Monica, Calif. in February and then had another small ceremony in Costa Rica in April. RadarOnline.com was first to report that ceremony. Now the quarterback and the model are passing on their superstar gene pool to the next generation! Congrats! Brady already has a son with ex-girlfriend Bridget Moynahan.
HMMM … before we go offering our congrats, I think it’s worth pointing out that this Radar report offers no proof nor do they cite any sources to base this pregnancy claim on. Yes, they say Gisele told “close friends” that she’s pregs but they do not cite those close friends as the sources. Then again, we know that the couple did make a visit to their family doctor a few weeks ago — mebbe that’s when they got the good news? It would really be great news if Tom and Gisele really are expecting their first baby together … but let’s hold off on passing out the cigars until we get more confirmation of the news.
Is Jesus Luz lookin’ to get real serious with his ladylove Madonna? If shopping for jewelry for the person you are seeing is any indication, then yes he is. Jesus was spotted doing a bit of bling shopping in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this week which might signal that things may be heating up in the romance of Madonna & Child:
I dunno … buying jewelry for someone could be a big deal … tho, I suspect that anything he may be able to afford might not be too big a deal for Madonna. It’s also worth noting that the jewelry store that Jesus shopped at, Lea and Esther Nigri, closed down to the public so that Jesus could shop in private … but a few paparazzi photogs were allowed in to shoot the whole time. HMMMMM. Who’s using who?
… oh yeah, and to talk about that headbutting incident. The Kiefster does admit that he really “regrets” that it happened but until the matter is resolved he cannot really talk about it — so Jimmy asks him another fun questions for his interview — he asks Kiefer if he thinks he’s Jack Bauer. After the jump, check out Kiefer‘s answer … More »
I suppose it is in the realm of possibility that Jacko is seeing the doctor to take care of his voice but it is just as possible that he’s having cosmetic procedures done as well. There is also that rumor that he’s suffering from skin cancer and is desperate to keep the news a secret. In fact, in these new photos Jacko is carrying a plastic bag that clearly reads it comes from a medical center that treats “Diseases of the Skin, Skin Cancer & Skin Cancer Chemosurgery”:
HMMMM. Whatever is going on, it’s clear that he’s not spending the time he needs in rehearsals to prepare for his upcoming string of concert dates. I’m hearing that his AEG contract stipulates that he MUST be on stage for a minimum of 13 minutes per show … which doesn’t really sound like much of a show to me. I suppose with all of these low expectations, anything he may do above and beyond those low expectations can be seen as a huge success. I just don’t know that I believe he’ll be ready by showtime.
E! News‘s Marc Malkin has noted that Bravo TV has put out a casting call for their hit Reality TV series The Real Housewives of New York City … which has tongues wagging that someone in the cast might be leaving. It’s no secret that the newest housewife, Kelly Bensimone, made herself look like a total and complete ass on the last season of the show … could she be getting the axe so that someone more interesting (and less moronic) can take her place? Malkin also reports that Bravo TV is also seeking castmembers for a possible new incarnation of the Real Housewives franchise … in Beverly Hills, CA:
As we all know by now, Kelly Bensimon didn’t exactly become anyone’s favorite on The Real Housewives of New York City. Not too long ago, fellow Housewife Jill Zarin told us that she thinks Ms. Kelly should ditch the show because she never really meshed with the others. Could producers already be looking for Kelly’s replacement? Bravo has sent out a casting notice for NYC’s third season! “Are you a woman living in one of the most exclusive areas of New York who has to juggle their career, home life, and a jam-packed social calendar full of charity fund-raising galas, Hampton parties and nights on the New York social scene?” the notice reads in part. “Casting producers are interested in meeting immediately!” I hear none of the Housewives’ returns are guaranteed because negotiations for season three haven’t even begun yet. Kelly has already made it perfectly clear that she’ll be back—if Bravo wants her again, that is. A Bravo rep declined to comment on Kelly’s status. “We’re always looking for new and interesting characters and to keep the show fresh,” the rep said. “There are so many stories to tell and we want to keep topping ourselves every season.” Meanwhile, it was bound to happen in the Housewives franchise. Sources confirm a report that producers are currently on the hunt to cast The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Bravo rep declined to comment on Bev Hills.
Kudos … on both fronts!! As much as I do love the drama that Bensimone brought to the series, I’m getting really tired of watching her bullshizz and having no one do anything about it. I’d be all for Kelly Bensimone‘s return if I knew that someone, like say Bethenny Frankel, would promise to kick her ass. OK, that might be a bit harsh … but she really does need to be put in her place. She also could use some diction lessons. If Kelly goes, I ain’t gonna cry one bit. Good riddance, I say. On the Beverly Hills Housewives rumor, I’m all for it. One can never have too much of this ridiculous drama to have and to hold. The New Jersey Housewives have yet to kick into bitchy-drama gear but I suspect they will bring the LULz. Why not start the search for a new batch of housewives to serve the entertainment? Huzzah on all fronts!!
Last night, David, his sister Eden and I were able to FINALLY see the amazingly fun new Broadway musical Rock of Ages. I had heard many good things about the show and made sure that seeing it at last was on my list of things to do on this trip to NYC. All I knew about the show was that it features some really great songs from the 80′s … but I was totally unprepared for the overall awesomeness of the show itself:
Without giving too much away, I will say that the musical adeptly ties together the lyrics from some of the 80′s biggest hits and manages to craft the tale of “a small town girl, living in a lonely world” and “a city boy, born and raised in South Detroit” making their dreams come true in the hey day of the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. Rock of Ages has truly become my new fave show. It’s chock full of hilarity and more 80′s references than you can shake a stick at. The crowd is able to sing along, dance in their seats and light up the little plastic LED lighters that were handed out for the ballad songs. Ingenious!! I already know I need to see this show at least one more time, if not many more times. After the show, we stuck around for a Q&A with the producers and had all of our questions about the show answered. It was really a very fun night:
David’s sister and I each drank Bartles & James wine coolers (a classic drink from the 80′s) at the intermission and I was able to meet Pink reader Joe who was sitting across the aisle from me. Hugh Jackman was also at last night’s performance but he was on the other side of the theater and I couldn’t get near him in time to get a pic. We had a blast tho … if you’re lookin’ for a kickass fun time on Broadway, Rock of Ages is the show for you. I promise, you will LOVE!!
I have send out much love and thanks to Jim, Matt and Leslie for taking such great care of us at the show last night.
The rest of the night was quiet … we came home and chilled out. We’re planning on meeting friends later tonight for some hangin’ out … our time in NYC is coming to a quick end. We’re just trying to enjoy as much as we can :)
See … you can never have enough vampires. While folks are biding their time between The Twilight Saga movies hitting the theaters, they can sate their thirst (if you will) on eps of The Vampire Diaries on The CW. After the jump, check out this trailer in full and see what’s in store for yourself … More »
New and old actors from new and old CW TV shows made their way to the Gramercy Park Hotel here in NYC last night for The CW Upfronts afterparty … which was basically a chance for them to mix and mingle with one another in celebration of the upcoming season of their various TV shows. Here are a few pics of some of the folks who came out for the soiree last night:
Original Melrose Place alums Laura Leighton and Thomas Calabro were on hand to rep their “new” show, the much talked-about new version of Melrose Place (Ashlee Simpson was on hand to rep the show, too, but she didn’t look nearly as fab as Laura did). Some of the Gossip Girls kids were there as well (both Ed Westwick and girlfriend/co-star Jessica Szohr looked extra crispy). The stars of The Vampire Diaries were in the hiz as well … Ian Somerhalder was lookin’ especially cheeky in his dressed down attire. The CW has got some good-sounding programs coming our way this Fall — we’ll just have to see if they deliver. With the line-up they’ve got planned for this coming season, could Fall 2009 be The CW‘s best ever?
How’s this for strange bedfellows … Tim Gunn, the mentor and all around cheerleader for contestants on Project Runway, will be featured in an upcoming special edition Marvel Comics issue where Tim teams up with Iron Man to help foil a plot to ruin New York Fashion Week. Actually … Gunn does more than just “team up” with Iron Man, as I understand it — he actually dons the Iron Man suit and saves the day himself:
THE heroes of Marvel Entertainment have foiled everything from bank robberies to alien invasions — usually with their fists. But when a young set designer is murdered during New York Fashion Week, solving the crime falls to more delicate hands. On Aug. 26, Marvel will release the first issue of “Models Inc.,” a sartorially minded mini-series that unites some of its fashion-friendly supporting characters and pushes them into new starring roles. The runway divas include Millicent Collins (a k a Millie the Model), Patsy Walker, also known as the superheroine Hellcat, and Mary Jane, the model-turned actress who is the sometimes wife of Peter Parker, the Amazing Spider-Man. The women team up to clear Millicent, who is the prime suspect in the murder of the set designer. Think of it as “Charlie’s Angels” set in the fashion world. But what would the angels be without someone to guide them? Enter Tim Gunn of “Project Runway.” In the debut issue’s second story, Mr. Gunn becomes an action figure — jumping into Iron Man’s suit of armor to save a fashion exhibition from evildoers. It’s certainly a departure from Mr. Gunn’s usual role as a mentor to aspiring designers, but there is a connection. Mr. Gunn said he remembered comic books with Millicent, who first appeared in 1945. She was a comic romantic figure, who worked as a model for the Hanover agency. Mr. Gunn will grace one version of the first cover of “Models Inc.,” drawn by Phil Jimenez, a popular comic book artist who also illustrated the cover of “Amazing Spider-Man” No. 583, which paired Spidey with President Obama. A sales analysis on the Beat, the comic blog of Publishers Weekly, estimated that more than 520,000 copies of the issue were sold. Can Mr. Gunn persuade fashionistas that these comic books are as valuable as the September issue of Vogue? Mr. Gunn doesn’t claim to know, but he is as surprised as your average Hulk reader that he is now a Marvel action figure. “I’m not certain of the particulars of how I’ll be portrayed, but I’m really excited about it,” Mr. Gunn said. “To say I’m a character in a comic book is wild!”
See, I always knew Tim Gunn was cool but this just settles everything — he is freakin’ awesome! Lawd, what can’t Tim Gunn do? If he can put up with Kenley Collins‘s bullshizz on Project Runway then surely he has the mettle to defeat any nasty evil-doers who try to ruin Fashion Week (which, in a sense, is what Kenley tried to do herself). What a fantastic idea for a comic book … I can’t say that I ever envisioned Tim Gunn as a comic book hero but seeing him in animated form makes me a believer. Love it!!!
Mariah Carey posted the title of new album on her official Twitter profile yesterday and I feel duty-bound to share the news with all y’all. Here Mimi‘s tweet announcement of her new album title:
Bcuz I Love U, I want u to be the first to know the title of my new album “Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel” Its very personal & dedicated to u
Mimi is so good to her Lambs. While the title Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel doesn’t really reach out and grab me, I’m excited for MC to release another album that is bound to head straight for the #1 position on the album charts. Granted, E=MC2 wasn’t a stunning masterpiece, there were some good tunes on that album. I love me some Mariah and I’m looking forward to hearing new stuff from her. Do y’all like the album title?
Michelle Williams is one lucky ducky. She gets paid large sums of money to kiss actor Ryan Gosling for large portions of the work day on an almost daily basis … as is evident from these new photos of Michelle and Ryan on the NYC set of their new movie Blue Valentine which is currently in production:
Generally, I enjoy seeing photos of Ryan Gosling at work … whether he’s moving furniture, lookin’ all beat up & bruised or just smiling in between shooting scenes he is always fun to look at. That said, I’m not too keen on seeing photos of him smoochin’ up on Ms. Williams. It seems … unfair, no? I can’t say that I place the blame on her, tho. Can you imagine if YOU were offered a hefty paycheck to play tonsil hockey with Ryan Gosling? Get it, girl. I know I would.
Clay Aiken, the runner-up for the American Idol title who lost out to Ruben Studdard back in 2003, appears to no longer be a fan of American Idol. Clay posted a message about this season of American Idol on his official website (a site that charges a $29.95 annual fee for access to “ultimate membership”) that makes clear that he no longer watches the show (except for “once a season”) and is clearly not an Adam Lambert fan (who he described as “contrived, awful, and slightly frightening!”). I suppose it could be argued that he is not a Kris Allen fan either since Clay confesses, “I never saw Kris sing on the show, but whether he was good or not is really relative.” Thankfully, someone at Gawker/Defamer pays for the access to Clay Aiken‘s deep thoughts (I suspect it’s my friend Brett who wrote their item for the site) so they can be disseminated to the rest of the Internets free of charge. Here is the full text of Clay‘s nutshell commentary of this season of the American Idol:
Now that it’s all over, and for the record…. I couldn’t be happier about the way AI ended this year. I only turn the show on once a season, and only to see what the set looks like each year. This year, I happened to turn it during the minute that Adam Lambert was singing “Ring of Fire” and, at that moment, thought my ears would bleed. Contrived, awful, and slightly frightening! I wasn’t really a fan and found myself surprised whenever folks told me that they liked him. Granted, I never saw another performance (and many folks who I trust said that he was great) but I can’t imagine I would have enjoyed it. Just not my cup of tea at all. To each his own. I never saw Kris sing on the show, but whether he was good or not is really relative. It’s usually a matter of taste, right? But Idol is not always a matter of musical taste only. It’s about the person you like. From what little I saw, Kris seemed likable. (That’s not to say that Adam isn’t just as likable as anyone.. maybe more so… I don’t know) When Ruben and I were standing next to each other every night (many years ago) you had two equally talented, equally unlikely, equally unpolished contestants…. so it really was a matter of taste as to who was voted for. While some may argue that one of us was hyped more than the other, I don’t feel that was the case. However, this year, there was an obvious bias. Not even having watched the show, I can tell you that I was WELL aware of the bias from the judges as to who should win. In my opinion, that is awfully unattractive. I don’t think I am alone
In my opinion, it all often comes down to that last night of voting. Until the finale, folks are voting for the contestant that they want to see continue. But, I believe that on that last night, the dynamic changes. No longer forced to choose one person that they want to see win, the audience can effectively vote AGAINST the person that they don’t want to see win. In the case of season two this might have happened. There may have been some folks who voted for myself or Ruben because they didn’t like the other of us. I was the nerdy little girly boy who some didn’t want to see win, so they may have voted for Ruben. I don’t know. .. But again, I feel that Ruben and I were fairly matched. We both had our detractors and negatives, but I feel we were both very worthy of being on that stage in that moment, and either of us would have been worthy of winning. The show was different then, and folks made it in seasons 1-3 because they were “real” people who happened to sing/entertain well. But, somewhere along the way, AI stopped being about real people.
In a battle between David and Goliath, my money is on David!
I think many voters got sick of being “told who to vote for”. I think many were turned off by the blatant favoritism shown towards one contestant. Therefore, on that last night, they used their votes against a contestant that they were tired of hearing about and for the contestant who had been written off. And, at the same time, I think they voted AGAINST an American Idol that has, for four years now, been more about the slick productions and polished contestants than it has been about finding the raw talent that it did in its first three seasons.
Those votes for Kris were also votes to return the show to its roots of finding “real” contestants with undiscovered talent and giving them the chance to grow and shine. They were votes that said “we’re tired of seeing contestants who already seem to know it all”.
Will American Idol choose to listen to the resounding and clarion call that those voters gave them?…. “Enough with the pretention. More Rubens, more Clays, more Fantasias and Tamyras and Kellys please.” My faith has always been in the voters. I think they have gotten it right every year (mine included). It’s now up to American Idol to decide if it will finally REALLY listen to the folks that keep it on the air.
HMMM. While Clay does make some valid points, the overall tone of his rant seems awfully negative. He deffo sounds like he’s been noshing on some sour grapes. Why you gotta hate Clay? While I agree with his point that American Idol seems to really come down to a popularity contest (after all, Kris‘s home State of Arkansas, with a population of 2.8 million, reportedly generated 38 million votes) I absolutely do not agree with his assertion that the show needs, “More Rubens, more Clays, more Fantasias …” On the contrary, what I think it needs is to limit voting to one vote per person … and it deffo needs more controversy cuz that’s what makes everyone talk about a show they don’t even watch (including former contestants, like Clay Aiken). I don’t personally believe that Clay‘s commentary is worth the $29.95 annual fee, especially if most of his posts read like this one. It’s some funny shizz, tho, to read for free.
She may be only four months pregnant, but Sarah Michelle Gellar’s baby bump is growing at a rapid pace. The Buffy The Vampire Slayer actress, 32, showed off her burgeoning belly yesterday as she enjoyed a spot of retail therapy in New York. She looked a picture of maternity chic in a floaty £365 sundress from Elizabeth & James, the diffusion line designed by twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. The expectant star is currently busy filming a pilot of new TV show The Wonderful Maladys, but took time out to shop with friends on Thursday. Dressed for comfort in the flowing gown, blue cardigan and sandals, Sarah looked like she settling into pregnancy well. The star and her friends popped into the Diane Von Furstenburg store in Manhattan’s trendy Meatpacking district. It was announced last month, Sarah and husband Freddie Prinze, Jr., 33, were expecting their first child together – said to be a girl – but the notoriously-private couple declined to confirm it. A friend of the couple told People magazine: ‘They’re very excited.’ But given these latest pictures of Sarah, there’s no denying she’s pregnant.
HMMM … that’s a good point. The initial report from People magazine about SMG‘s pregnancy did come from “sources” and neither SMG nor her hubby Freddie Prinze, Jr. have actually confirmed the news. But yes, clearly, there is no denying that she is pregs. She looks radiant with this bump. I am very much looking forward to (hopefully) many more bump sightings in the coming months. Doesn’t she look great?
After starring in 2004 sex tape 1 Night In Paris, you’d expect Paris Hilton to stay away from home videos. But during her latest night out in Cannes, the hotel heiress shed her inhibitions and put on a sexy show as she was filmed by her latest boyfriend Doug Reinhardt. After changing from a gold sequinned mini-dress into a tiny black number, the socialite ended up flashing her knickers at fellow partygoers as she grappled with Doug on the dancefloor. After filming Paris, 28, perform a sexy dance, besotted Doug, 23, pulled his girlfriend onto his lap for a very public kissing session. The couple, who have been dating for three months, couldn’t keep their hands off each other at the VIP Rooms club on the French Riviera. Earlier that night, the couple put on another display of public affection as they enjoyed a spot of tonsil-tennis in full view of the hundreds of revellers. The bash was held in honour of Paris to celebrate the sale of her documentary Paris, Not France, which she has been touting around the festival this week.
Ugh. Trust me … you ain’t even seen the grossest display of Pug Dilton‘s affection for one another. If you think you can handle it … there’s more. After the jump, check out one more photo that will surely have you thinking Why, gods, why? … More »
Here are a couple really freakin’ cute pics of Hugh Jackman and his darling little girl Ava Eliot enjoying their routine outing in NYC this week … as you can see, Ava was truckin’ on her fave scooter … and paused to give her daddy a kiss:
Dying … so cute. Hugh with his kids is just to die for. Don’t photos like this just make you want to smile?
Earlier today we got our first look at the new version of Melrose Place which will air this coming Fall on The CW and now we get our first look at another CW series scheduled to debut as well. The Vampire Diaries is the TV adaptation of the L.J. Smith book series of the same name. Here are a few promo pics from the new series which features two vampire brothers (one good, one bad) who are each vying for the affections of a human girl caught in between:
“Vampire Diaries” is an adaptation of L.J. Smith’s novel series which tells about two vampire brothers, one good and one evil, fighting the passion for the same girl, Elena. Nina Dobrev will play Elena while the good brother, Stefan, will be played by Paul Wesley. The evil brother, Damon is played by Ian Somerhalder. It airs Thursdays at 8 P.M. before “Supernatural”.
I have not personally read these books but I’ve heard from many people that the series is very good and the TV adaptation is just as good. Vampires are really hot right now … it doesn’t surprise me that The CW would want to jump on the bandwagon and bring another vampire tale to the masses. The fact that Ian Somerhalder is cast as the bad vamp brother intrigues me to no end. I never really pictured him as a bad guy … in Buffy terms, I guess he would be the Spike to Paul Wesley‘s Angel (while Spike and Angel are not brothers, they are vampire family and did vie for Buffy‘s affections). This is deffo one of the new series I am looking forward to seeing come Fall. Ian Somerhalder on my TV screen? Yes, please. And you thought vampires couldn’t get any hotter.
Here are a few ADORABLE photos of proud parents Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz carting around thier little Butterball of a baby Bronx Mowgli on the family’s visit to NYC. Ashlee is in town for The CW upfronts presentation (you may recall she is a castmember on the new version of Melrose Place) and her fave guys came to the city with her … behold:
No word on if Ashl33n plan to take little Bronx to his namesake burrough but it looks like he’s getting to see a lot of Manhattan. I’m amazed at how big that little guy has gotten … and those cheeks KILL ME. He’s so cute.
Trent Reznor posted a message on the official Nine Inch Nails website last night asking fans for their help. Eric De La Cruz is in dire need of a $150,000 heart transplant and is, apparently, getting no help from the Nevada Medicaid system. TR decided to offer up intimate one-on-one backstage access to NIN at various tour stops along the NIN/JA 2009 Tour for those of you who are generously able to donate significant sums to help Eric fund his heart transplant. Here is the full text of Trent Reznor‘s message to fans as posted on the official NIN site:
A Letter from Trent:
This is for something important. Eric De La Cruz is dying and needs a heart transplant. He keeps getting turned down for a transplant list because he’s on Nevada Medicaid, and there are no transplant centers in Nevada. We want to get involved and hopefully so do you, so we’re extending a hand. His sister Veronica (former Anchor and Internet Correspondent for CNN) has started a campaign to save his life.
Eric’s situation shines a bright light on a broken health care system, and his particular set of problems are being addressed on the political front, aiming for reform in addition to the need for immediate financial help to keep him alive TODAY. I think we can help with the latter.
Here’s what we’re offering – three options:
If you have a ticket to a NIN/JA show: if you donate $1,000 to this cause, we’ll invite you to come hang out with us before the NIN/JA show of your choice. You and a guest can watch soundcheck, eat dinner backstage with us, take pics / get autographs and watch the show from the side of the stage if you’d like.
If you donate $300, you and a friend can join us for soundcheck and a handshaking / hug session before doors open at the NIN/JA show of your choice.
If you do NOT have a ticket to a NIN/JA show: if you donate $1,200 to this cause, we’ll invite you to come hang out with us before the NIN/JA show of your choice and provide 2 tickets (best available). You and a guest can watch soundcheck, eat dinner backstage with us, take pics / get autographs and watch the show from the side of the stage if you’d like.
100% of the money collected from this will go directly to Eric’s fund.
Believe me, I know that it is really hard for some folks to part with significant sums of money in this economic environment. That said, I’m sure that any donation that you might be able to afford will go a long way in helping Veronica De La Cruz fund her brother’s much needed heart transplant. This is an issue of life or death. It is really damn commendable for TR to offer up his help in this way. I was so moved by his plea last night that I made my donation on the spot last night as I read this letter on my phone. Right there at the NewNowNext AwardsI made my donation. I hope that you, too, can help out in any way you can for this great cause. I don’t know what I would do if I was faced with having to find a way to pay for a loved one’s heart transplant … it’s the least I could do to try and help ease that burden for the De La Cruz family. I hope you feel the same. If you cannot donate, please pass these links along to all of your friends on your blog, My Space/Facebook pages, Twitter profiles, etc. Click HERE for more information on Eric De La Cruz‘s situation and click HERE if you want to donate the sums required to be able to hang out with Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails backstage. I’m looking forward to posting that the required sum has been reached and that Eric will be able to have his heart transplant. Make those donations, y’all!!!
As I mentioned earlier, David and I were invited to attend the 2nd annual NewNowNext Awards hosted by LOGO here in NYC last night and we had a blast. Because we were not allowed to take photos during the show, I cannot post the ones I clandestinely snapped until after the show airs on June 13 … but I do have some pics to share:
I got to meet, hang out and bond with the fabulous singers Sia and Del Marquis from Scissor Sisters (Del has also released some solo music which I have listened to and LOVE so much). I also got to chat with Bethenny and Jill from the Real Housewives of NYC (no pic tho, they snuck out of the show before I could accost them for a photo) and talk at length with Ongina from RuPaul’s Drag Race. Gurl is so fab and so sweet … we bonded over mini-pizzas :) Ongina lives in LA so hopefully we’ll get to run into one another again soon :)
I also got to meet some really great folks last night … like cute couple Chris and Craig and some LOGO folks — Jonathyn, Morgan and Erin. There were so many lovely people who had such nice things to say about the blog, it was my pleasure meeting you all. MTV parties are always so fun and are always full of really great people. David and I ended up staying out WAY later than I would’ve liked but we were having such a great time, it couldn’t be helped. Make sure YOU TUNE IN to LOGO on June 13 to find out who went home with this year’s NewNowNext Awards. Don’t forget, Pink is the new Blog sponsored the award for the celeb who is Ruining Pop Culture. I know who won … but I’m SWORN to secrecy ;) Tune in and find out who won!
Tonight … David, Eden and I are going to see Rock of Ages on Broadway. I’m so excited … I’ve wanted to see this show for so long … and tonight’s the night! Woot!!
Fairuza Balk (The Craft, The Waterboy) is 35, Mr. T is 57, Carol Potter (Beverly Hills, 90210) is 61 and Ron Isley of the Isley Brothers is 68 years old today. Click HERE to see who else is celebrating a birthday today.
Last night, LOGO hosted the second annual NewNowNext Awards at the Hiro Ballroom at the Maritime Hotel here in NYC and a who’s who of cutting edge celebs made their way out for the event. David and I were graciously invited to attend and had ourselves a pretty spectacular time. Here are a few pics from the red carpet arrivals last night:
RuPaul played host of the night’s festivities and a whole slew of really fun awards were handed out thruout the evening. The show won’t air on LOGO until June 13 so you’re just gonna hafta wait to find out who won all the fun awards ;) I will say, tho, that RuPaul was so awesome as host … she looked FABULOUS and managed to grace us with 3 costume changes thruout the night. Vanessa Williams was a nice surprise … there were just a lot of really fun folks there last night. We had blast. Our table was situated right next to Sia‘s table and we bonded with her immediately. She came over to me to tell me that she loves reading my “bloggy” and uses it as her source of all the fun “gossy”. She is just insanely adorable. I have a few fun photos to post in the TV Guide post later on today .. but for now, congrats and love goes out to all the NewNowNext Award winners … and to Cheyenne Jackson for being hot.
ABC has released this full new preview of “V,” which is a re-imagining of the 1980′s miniseries about the world’s first encounter with an alien race in which the aliens call themselves The Visitors, and have a seemingly friendly agenda that may or may not be a cover for something more malevolent. “V” stars Elizabeth Mitchell as Erica Evans, Morris Chestnut as Ryan Nichols, Joel Gretsch as Father Jack Landry, Lourdes Benedicto as Valerie Stevens, Logan Huffman as Tyler Evans, Laura Vandervoort as Lisa, with Morena Baccarin as Anna and Scott Wolf as Chad Decker.
OMG OMG OMG OMG … I AM SO LOVING THIS! Yes, the trailer gives a quick look at the Visitors‘ secret. I am so excited for this series, I really wish it wasn’t scheduled as a mid-season replacement cuz I dunno that I can really wait until NEXT YEAR to watch this show. After the jump, check out the 3 minute trailer in full … More »
Trouble in the relationship? We don’t think so! Brad and Angelina seem to be getting along just fine and are seen with a rare public display of intense affection in these photos obtained exclusively by RadarOnline.com. The power couple arrived at Cannes on Tuesday and dined out with Quentin Tarantino and others. Our cameras caught them Tuesday night showing they are still very much in love. They have been rarely photographed together in recent months leading to many stories contending their relationship is on the rocks. But as RadarOnline.com’s exclusive photos show, when mommy and daddy get alone time away from their six kids, they make the most of it!
I’ve never believed for a second the ridic rumors that there was ever any trouble in this relationship. Brangelina seem so well suited and well matched to one another, I honestly believe they are crazy in love. In case you would like to see more evidence of their mutual affinity for one another, head over to RadarOnline.com to check out a few more photos of these two sucking face. Mebbe it won’t be long before they decide to spawn again :)
Britney Spears, who recently completed the first leg of her tour The Circus starring Britney Spears, has taken a break from rehearsals (she is due to take her tour to the UK next month with a few revamped numbers) to jet off to the Caribbean with her children for a little R&R before she goes back on the road. Oh, and her hunky agent Jason Trawick went along for the trip … here are a few photos:
Damn … Britney is lookin’ good these days. The rigors of touring has really helped her get in great shape. I still believe that something is going on betwixt Britney and Jason … either they are really, really good friends or there is something of a romantic nature goin’ on (something I’ve suspected before). They look way too cozy for things to be a strictly professional relationship. I don’t recall seeing photos of Britney chillin’ with a shirtless Larry Rudolph ever. HMMM. Whatever is going on, she looks happy and that is all that matters. I’ve said it before, I think Jason Trawick would be a great guy for our dear Britney. They really do seem to like one another … don’t you think?
Rihanna has made her return to the world of music video … but has not done so on her own. At a conference for the Def Jam record label here in NYC this week, a new music video by Kanye West for his song Paranoid was screened for the attendees — and, lo and behold, Rihanna guest stars in the clip for the majority of the video. She doesn’t sing on the track, she just appears in the video. Some industrious chap managed to record the clip in its entirety … here are a few screencaps from the video:
Someone got all Nancy Drew at a recent Def Jam conference and recorded this sneak peek of Kanye West and Rihanna’s new video for “Paranoid.” Nice work, gumshoes! The black and white title cards start off with words like “deceit,” “heartache” and “betrayal” — hmm I wonder why? Then it fades to a remarkable-looking Rihanna in nothing but a black teddy and tons of body lotion. Oh yeah, and she is laying in bed. This video is going to be one huge, Paula Abdul like, open hand slap to the face for Chris Brown. Although she doesn’t sing in the video (which is weird) Rihanna laughs uncontrollably, drives an old car ala green screen (very David Lynch-like) and comes across as the one who is going to truly shine after all this C. Brown mess is said and done. It’s more or less a three minute “look at me, I’m not phased” celebration. The song is truly brilliant and the video is by far some of Kanye’s best work. So get ready, and hold onto your morning bagel kids, because I am about to say something I thought I would never ever say. Nice work, Kanye.
In my personal estimation, there are better Kanye West songs but to each their own. The track is pretty good … but it will undoubtedly get a lot of attention because of Rihanna‘s guest appearance. After the jump, check out Kanye and Rihanna in Paranoid … More »
Well, there you have it, The CW’s cast of the new “Melrose Place” … What happened to the good old days when co-stars would lie on top of one another for photo shoots? In more exciting news, it’s Sydney Andrews! Yes, here is your first look at Laura Leighton reprising the role that earned her legions of loyal leopard-ear wearing fans back in 1993! But it appears that she’s traded leopards for cougars, as she digs her claws into Shaun Sipos’ nubile flesh. His character, David, is reportedly the son of OG “Melrose Place” character Michael Mancini, who Sydney spent many seasons schtupping, making this pairing all the creepier. In a good way! Here’s hoping producers don’t declaw Sydney and allow her to drag some unsuspecting simpleton into the pool for a good old catfight. Someone point her towards Ashlee Simpson, m’kay? Two more pictures lie under the cut, so make like Kimberly Shaw and blast this sucker open!
HMMMMMM … I still dunno … it’s way too early for me to be gettin’ too excited about this show. I’m curious to see how it all comes together so I’ll deffo be watching but at this early stage, judgment must be reserved. After the jump, check out the two photos mentioned in the article — yes, Sydney Andrews Mancini Andrews is featured … More »
After many weeks of whittling down the pool of contestants to the final two, American Idol crowned a new reigning champ to take the title of American Idol … and last night’s show was a doozy. As you should be well aware, Adam Lambert and Kris Allen were the last two competitors standing and who performed on Monday night in the final showdown:
Just in case you missed watching the finale last night and just in case you missed news of the winner as it saturated every corner of the Internets, I’ll keep the reveal behind the cut. After the jump, find out who won and who lost in this year’s American Idol competition … More »
BritneySpears.com has just released the official artwork for Britney‘s new single Radar … check it out:
To be totally honest, Radar isn’t my fave track off of Circus (nor was it a particular fave when it was first released on her album Blackout) but I do like it. It’s one of those songs that you think you don’t want to hear but when it comes on you end up dancing around and singing along with. The remix possibilities are numerous, it could be a big hit. I’m hoping they release something more adventurous as the next single … I know Phonography is a bonus track but it would make such a great single! Ah well, I guess we’ll have to see what comes next. For now, Radar should be blasting from our stereos this Summer … do you think this is good news?
EEK! I think I actually prefer it when he wears his surgical mask now. These lips even make Lisa Rinna‘s lips look normal by comparison. This man is just so bizarre. As I said earlier, I fear the postponement of his first few concert dates is only the beginning of a terribly embarrassing mess that will, most likely, ruin his career. I hope I’m wrong … for the sake of his fans, I do hope I’m wrong. Thus far, I’ve yet to see anything that gives me hope that he can pull off a comeback. Do you think it can really be done?
Robert Downey, Jr., who is currently in production for the sequel to the wildly successful Iron Man in Hollywood, CA, was spotted doing a bit of fight training with a professional on the set of Iron Man 2 earlier today. Here are a couple of pics:
It’s so hard for me to see RDJ as a tough guy. I know he does some fighting in Sherlock Holmes (which we got a peek at in the new just-released movie trailer) and it looks like he’ll be kickin’ butt in Iron Man 2 but … he’s a lover, not a fighter.
Jessica Biel is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Allure magazine but while her coverstory interview has yet to make its way to the Internets, we can get our first look at her coverphoto and a few behind the scenes photos from her shoot:
For her cover shoot with Michael Thompson in Long Beach, California, actress Jessica Biel wasn’t even slightly fazed by posing on a four-story platform in an electrical plant. What actually fazes her? Being typecast by directors and followed by paparazzi. See the exclusive outtakes from the shoot here, and for more photos and the profile “Body of Work,” pick up the June issue of Allure, on newsstands May 26. Biel showed up dressed head-to-toe in William Rast—boyfriend Justin Timberlake’s clothing line—including a pair of fringed angle boots. “These are the exact ones they had at the show in New York,” she said. “They sent me a pair the models wore, because they hadn’t been produced yet, but I loved them so much.” Here, the actress wears a jumpsuit by Derek Lam with earrings, belt, and a bracelet by Louis Vuitton; brass and Lucite bangles by Alexis Bittar; and a glass bangle by Hilary London. When Biel studied the racks of clothes at the shoot, she zeroed in on a jacket by Louis Vuitton. “I’m wearing a new Eres bra that would look great under this,” she told Allure creative director Paul Cavaco … “I wanted to create a rich, sun-kissed face for Jessica,” said makeup artist Stéphane Marais. To that end, he rubbed bronzer on her temples, nose, and chin and peach blush on her cheeks; rimmed her eyes with brown liner; and added shimmery taupe and gold shadows. The final touch: sheer coral lipstick. Hairstylist Serge Normant’s aim was a “natural, wavy look that’s very soft and sexy.” He used volumizer and smoothing serum on Biel’s wet hair, parted it down the middle, and blew it dry. He curled random sections and then “let the wind do the rest.” Since meeting Timberlake two years ago, Biel’s private life has become very public. “It’s wonderful to do what I do, but everything that goes with it? It’s bizarre,” says the actress. “The invasion of privacy is very tough. I am followed all day, every day. Going to the dentist, the cleaners. I guess I could look like shit going to the dentist, but only if I didn’t care what I saw in the papers.” In an effort to keep Hollywood focused on her acting ability, Biel made sure that some of her early film contracts had a no-nudity clause—which meant that she got to choose a body double for love scenes. “I tried to get breasts that I thought were similar to mine,” she says. “But a little smaller and perkier in the butt? OK, I did want that.” According to Biel, getting the chance to prove herself has been her biggest challenge. Her résumé is that of an action star, but she yearns to play more romantic roles, and covets the ones that end up going to Scarlett Johansson or Natalie Portman. “I just want an opportunity,” she says. “If you don’t like the audition, then don’t hire me! But if you don’t want to even see me—that’s hurtful…. I’m a very 360-degree person.”
Well, since Jessica’s most recent film Power Blue deffo features nudity, I guess she’s moved on from that “early no-nudity” clause in her contract. Meh. It was bound to happen eventually … at least she looked good all nekkid and stuff. But, Jessica‘s Allure photoshoot features clothing — after the jump, check out a few behind-the-scenes pics from the shoot … More »
adam shankman (producer) Liam (boyfriend) and Greg Kenear (how ever u spell it hahah daddy) I love my new family!!!!
Now, before Miley‘s 20 year old manfriend Justin Gaston goes throwing himself off a bridge somewhere, I suppose it should be noted that Liam has been cast as Miley‘s boyfriend in a new project. At first, I thought she really was introducing the world to her new (more age-appropriate) boyfriend but, alas, ’tis not so. This is great news for Justin Gaston, tho … it would seem that his life still has meaning.
Mixed Martial Arts professional fighter Kevin Casey has created a new music video in order to warn other MMA competitors that he is “taking no prisoners” and that he is “out for blood”. To drive home the point of his serious intent, Casey features his West Coast Crew in the vid as his back-up … a crew that includes Spencer Pratt:
Words cannot EXPRESS the level of LULz. After the jump, check out the video in full — trust me, it’s worth a look … More »
Michael Jackson has rescheduled the first four shows of his sell-out This Is It tour at London’s O2 Arena causing chaos for fans. The first gig will now be July 13 and not July 8 as originally planned. And fans with tickets for next three shows will now have to wait until next year to see the King of Pop, with the July 10 show moved to March 1, 2010; July 12 to March 3, 2010 and July 14 to March 6, 2010. Apparently it’s due to his management “wanting the production to be the best it can”, fans have been told via an email from organisers. The email said:
“This afternoon Michael Jackson producers will be announcing the rescheduling and change of the opening shows in order to meet the challenges presented by such a large and technically complex concert. Please allow us to apologise. It was not an easy decision to change the schedule but in the end we wanted to ensure that all of Michael’s fans attending the concerts get the same quality in staging and level of entertainment. We are writing to let you know that the July 10th concert that you purchased tickets for at the O2 arena has now been rescheduled for 1st March 2010. The tickets you receive will be printed with the rescheduled date and you will have the same seat originally purchased. You do not have to do anything as you will be automatically allocated the same seats and moved to the revised date. We understand the inconvenience this may have caused and for this reason we have secured some excellent hotel deals for Michael Jackson fans travelling to London on these rescheduled dates.”
Wow! This is some bullshizz! I would be PISSED if I had tickets for the opening night show and now have to wait until next year to see it! What a complete and utter eff up. To be honest, I’m not at all that surprised. I imagine there will be other postponements and/or cancellations. I cannot believe that MJ is ready for an undertaking of this magnitude and I’m pretty sure that this mess is the beginning of a lot more mess. We have tickets for a September show (I even told David it’d be smart to get tix well into his tour just in case something like this happened). All I know is I wanna see this trainwreck on stage once in my lifetime. What a mess … I feel so bad for his diehard fans who are now totally screwed.
So, I spent most of yesterday on a plane from Las Vegas to NYC but before we took off, we were allowed to hang out for a short bit in one of the penthouses at the Palms Place Hotel and Spa … man, what a view:
Because the property is off the strip, you get a view of the entire strip … it’s pretty phat! Of course, a place like that is only a dream for David and me but it was very cool to be able to pretend for a little while. Our time at Palms Place was really very cool (albeit, way too short). I hope we’ll get to go back again.
I was THRILLED that our Virgin America flight was wifi-equipped. Unfortch, Virgin America offers none of the network TV channels but I was able to follow Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Western Conference Championship between the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks on my mobile phone. I was happily tweeting all the while … and Detroit ended up beating Chicago in overtime by 3-2:
They now lead the series 2-0. The next two games will be in Chicago, if Detroit wins those then they are headed for the Stanley Cup Championship. Go Wings!!
David and I arrived in NYC late last night but I was able to pre-order a pizza delivery while we were in the air (on my phone, which I also used to make Skype phone calls … wifi flying is the bomb) and we supped on amazing NYC pizza before bed. The weather here is insanely beautiful. We are very much looking forward to our stay. Tonight, we are attending the LOGONewNowNext Awards … as you may recall, Pink is the new Blog is sponsoring the award for Ruining Pop Culture. I can’t wait to find out who wins ;)
When last we saw photos of Ryan Gosling on the set of his new movie Blue Valentinehe was lookin’ all bruised up and rough but these new pics of Ryan taking a break in filming on the Brooklyn, NY set of his film feature the lad back to his good ol’ hawt self … behold:
Man … he looks great just smilin’ away. While I would love to see photos of Ryan lookin’ all cute and shizz and NOT smoking a cigarette, I guess I can’t really complain. The man may be fine with charring his lungs with carcinogens but he does look good while doing so. Wouldn’t you agree?
U.S. director Quentin Tarantino brings his eagerly awaited World War Two movie “Inglourious Basterds” to the Cannes film festival on Wednesday, with Brad Pitt adding some star power to the red carpet. The movie, which borrows its title from Italian director Enzo Castellari’s 1978 picture “Inglorious Bastards,” is one of 20 entries in the main competition. Tarantino, a favorite in the French Riviera resort, won the coveted Palme d’Or in 1994 with “Pulp Fiction,” and rushed to have his latest movie ready in time to present to the jury. It has been in the works for more than 10 years. “I like that it’s the power of the cinema that fights the Nazis,” Tarantino said in production notes distributed in Cannes before the movie’s world premiere. Pitt’s expected presence will be welcome by many of the thousands of reporters in Cannes, where the world’s biggest film festival is in its second week. It ends with a prize ceremony on Sunday. While critics say the quality of the main selection of films has been generally high, the absence of many A-list stars and celebrities has starved Cannes of some of its usual buzz. Inglourious Basterds is described as a revenge story, a recurring theme at this year’s festival with Hong Kong’s Johnnie To presenting “Vengeance” in the main competition and several more films revolving around retribution. Tarantino’s film is set in the first year of the German occupation of France, where character Shosanna Dreyfus witnesses the execution of her family at the hands of a Nazi colonel. Elsewhere in Europe, Pitt’s character Aldo Raine forms a group of Jewish-American soldiers to wreak revenge on German forces. Diane Kruger plays an undercover agent on a mission to take down the leaders of the Third Reich, and eventually the separate strands converge.
Cannes ain’t a party until Brangelina roll into town. I don’t believe that Ange has any films that will be screened at the film festival but it looks like Brad is happy to take up the spotlight again. After all of the big award nominations he received last year for his work in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (and his eventual disappointment at losing every single one of those nominations), I suspect he is anxious to get back into contention for new awards. Will Inglourious Basterds be the film that will eventually lead to Oscar gold? I doubt it … but at least Brad looks like he’s having fun pretending.
More remake news to impart today … and for me, this is the best news ever! ABC announced its Fall line-up yesterday and revealed that they have officially picked up the remake of the 80′s sci-fi TV movie/mini-series/series V for air later this year. Now, I know that many of you may be unfamiliar with V but those of you who do know what I’m talking about surely remember what a freaking awesome TV series it was. V told the story of aliens from outer space called the Visitors who come to Earth in search of our friendship as well as our help in obtaining “a mineral that is common and abundant on Earth” (in return they offer the cure for Cancer among other technological gifts) … but after we welcome them with open arms, a small number of people find out that the Visitors have come to our planet for more nefarious reasons and form a Resistance to battle them for control of our planet:
Oh man … I loved this show so much! The original TV movie aired in 1983 and then the mini-series and eventual series aired in 84-85. I am thrilled that ABC has decided to pick up this remake and that Elizabeth Mitchell from Lost has been cast as a lead in the series. Now, depending on what you may or may not know about the season finale of Lost that aired last week, this news might be a bit spoilerish for you … but never fear, according to Entertainment Weekly, Mitchell will be appearing again in future eps of Lost:
ABC [announced] that it has picked up a reboot of the camptastic ’80s thriller V and that Lost heroine Elizabeth Mitchell is a full-time castmember. Translation: She will not be returning to Lost as a series regular. However, before you go declaring Juliet DOA from last week’s detonated hydrogen bomb, I should point out that this piece of scoop comes with a big but attached: Mitchell’s Lost days are not done. Multiple sources confirm that the actress is expected to appear in an unspecified number of episodes next season, so it’s entirely possible Juliet survived Jughead and her absence will be explained in another way. (Check out Doc Jensen’s column this Wednesday for a comprehensive Juliet theorypalooza.)
Woot! Not only is one of my fave TV series getting a rebooted revamp but it will be lead by a truly amazing actress in Elizabeth Mitchell. AND THE GOOD NEWS DOESN’T STOP THERE … there are 2 preview clips from V that are available to watch online. After the jump, check them out in full … More »
Last night, the results were in … and a new Dancing with the Stars champion was crowned on live TV. I understand there was much debate between the final two contestants as to which one would win the crown and in the end, I believe, the most consistent contestant won … beating out the runner-up by less than 1%:
So as not to spoil the fun for those of you who have yet to watch the finale ep, I’ll keep the reveal behind the cut. But the winner was on hand here in NYC live this morning to show off the DWTS championship trophy and give the first interview as winner — after the jump, find out who it was … More »
After much speculation that Zac Efron would be chosen as the lead in the remake of the classic (and totally fabulous) 80′s film Footloose (about a big city boy who is forced to live in a small town that outlaws dancing and who ends up teaching those small town folks that dancing is A-OK all while romancing the preacher’s wild child daughter) it has just been announced that Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford has been cast as the film’s lead. Apparently, Zac is trying to move away from “musicals” and passed on the film, leaving the door wide open for Chace to snag the role (and our hearts). In celebration of this news, Pink reader Ethan created a fun poster which I’ll post here along with the full text of the press release issued by Paramount Pictures:
Paramount Pictures announced today that Chace Crawford will play the lead role of Ren McCormack in the film “Footloose,” which will be produced and directed by Kenny Ortega. Over the course of his 30-year career, Emmy Award-winning director and choreographer Ortega has worked with superstars Madonna, Michael Jackson, Kiss, Cher, and Diana Ross. He choreographed the classic “Dirty Dancing” and, most recently, directed all three “High School Musical” films. The hugely successful trilogy has broken numerous records including “High School Musical 3: Senior Year’s” record opening for a song-and-dance film grossing $42 million in its first weekend. The film will be produced by the highly successful team of Craig Zadan (a producer of the original “Footloose” in 1984) and Neil Meron. Together, Zadan and Meron produced the blockbuster “Hairspray” and the critically acclaimed “Chicago,” which was the first musical in 34 years to win the top honor of Best Picture Oscar at the 2002 Academy Awards. The film will also be produced by Dylan Sellers (“Agent Cody Banks”). Academy Award-nominated Susannah Grant (“Erin Brockovich”) wrote the recently green-lit screenplay. Crawford is best known to audiences worldwide for his role on the hit series “Gossip Girl.” He is currently starring in Joel Schumacher’s drama “Twelve” along with Emma Roberts and 50 Cent. Crawford is repped by Eric Podwall and CAA. Production on the movie is set to begin shooting in March 2010.
OMG … I LOOOOOOOVE Footloose!! Altho I am not a big fan of “remakes”, I think that sometimes they can be successful. I understand that ABC will be airing a remake of the fantastic 80′s sci-fi TV series V this Fall (more on that later) and now Footloose … I think both of these remakes can be really great. Now we need to find out who will play the wild child preacher’s daughter. I’ve heard that Hayden Panettiere has been considered but someone also mentioned Miley Cyrus‘s name (which I’m not too keen on). This movie is so rich with fun scenes, I can’t wait to see how it all comes together. They better keep the big dancing in the barn scene … and they better make sure all those acrobatic dance moves are kept intact — even if it means they have to cast a body double (just like they did for Kevin Bacon in the original). I am sooooo excited about this. Any Footloose fans out there? What do y’all think?
I mean … c’mon … what else is there to say … the hair, those eyes, that lip licking … now that’s a way to sell a movie that hasn’t even been finished yet. I don’t expect any other New Mooners will make their way to Cannes to do any promo … it looks to me like R.Pattz has got it all taken care of.
Mario Lopez, ex-Saved By the Bell star and current host of Extra! TV, was on hand at Dodgers Stadium last night to throw out the ceremonial first pitch for the Dodgers game against the New York Mets. Not only did Mario get to hit a few balls and throw the first pitch but he was also COACHED by legendary Baseball Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorta! Here are a few pics from last night’s game:
The Dodgers went on to win last night’s game in extra innings with a score of 3-2. The really cool thing about going to Dodgers games (outside the fun food and the exciting play) is the chance to see celebs on the mound before games to throw out the first pitch. I understand that Matthew McConaughey will be on hand to throw out the first pitch at tomorrow night’s game. I am very much looking forward to the coming Summer (when David and I will stay in LA for the entire time) so that we can attend more Dodgers games. It’s a shame I missed seeing Mario in person … he is lookin’ pret-ty good in that Dodgers uniform.
Paris Hilton and her newest beau Doug Reinhardt have made their way to Nice, France to partake of the festivities at the Cannes Film Festival … altho neither one of them has anything significant at all do with the film industry. They do, however, have much experience with socializing, wining & dining and public displays of affection … as is evident by these photos of Pug Dilton sucking face on a yacht in the Cannes Harbor named Valletta:
Judging by the communicableness of Pug Dilton‘s love for one another, do you suppose Valetta is French for Valtrex? Just kidding. I think.
Yesterday was our only full day here in Las Vegas, NV and it was chock full of amazingness. After I finished writing yesterday, David and I met up with new friends Rob and Tamar for a bite to eat at Simon here in Palms Place Hotel and Spa. Potent and tasty drinks were paired with delicious sushi, Simon provided us with a sumptuous meal to enjoy while we all hung out together. Getting to meet and hang out with Rob and Tamar was long overdue … I was very happy that we finally got it together and got the chance to hang. They are both incredibly cool people, we had a blast. After our extended late lunch was finished, we parted ways to get ready for the NIN/JA show at The Pearl concert venue inside the Palms Hotel and Casino. While the NIN/JA 2009 Tour is made up of the full sets performed by Nine Inch Nails and Jane’s Addiction (for some reason Street Sweeper Social Club did not perform last night), the NIN portion of the show was been titled Wave Goodbye:
Most of the NIN merch features this logo which really hits home that this is the last time we’ll be seeing NIN on tour for some time. But the show must go on … and I was hellbent on enjoying the show without thinking about anything beyond the performance. It pains me to report this but it appears that the memory card on which I took all of my concert photos is damaged … I am unable to retrieve any of them (altho, I can still view them on my camera). I’ll have to wait until I get home at the end of the week to try and salvage the photos. Instead, here are a few photos that were posted to the official NIN website (and taken by Rob and Leo):
Man, where to begin. The show was spectacular … NIN is in fine form on this tour. They sounded great. And you can absolutely tell that Trent Reznor is very clearly happy. There is a joy in his performance that I don’t think I’ve ever seen before. The mix of old and new songs gave the show a weird feeling … in that the classic songs from the early 90′s intermingled with more recent tracks evoked an entire range of emotion in me. I hadn’t heard Heresy performed in concert since 1995 (I think), it sounded kickass last night. I just had a blast. You can always judge the quality of an audience during NIN‘s performance of Hurt. The Vegas crowd last night was respectful and appreciative of the performance, it all just came together to make a concert to remember. The best songs for me were The Fragile, Gave Up and their Adam Ant cover Physical (You’re So). Here is last night’s full setlist:
01 Somewhat Damaged
02 Terrible Lie
04 March of the Pigs
05 The Frail
06 Piggy (Nothing Can Stop Me Now)
08 The Big Come Down
09 Gave Up
10 The Fragile
11 I Do Not Want This
12 The Downward Spiral
15 The Day The World Went Away
17 The Hand That Feeds
18 Head Like a Hole
The band plays a full set but, for me, it ended way too soon. Trust me, I absolutely understand that TR is showing mad respect for Jane’s Addiction by letting them perform last but it felt so strange for NIN to finish their set and then wait for another band to perform. Jane’s was great but I was really there for NIN. I am so excited that I’ll get to see them again at the end of the month back home in Detroit but I ain’t gonna lie … I’m gonna be bummed as hell after that show. It may be the last NIN show I see for a very, very long time :(
After the show, David bailed and called it a night while I met up with Rob, Tamar and some of their friends. We did some partying in the Playboy Club at the top of The Palms and then spent time on the casino floor gambling (and losing) and drinking and hanging out (until the wee hours of the morning, OY!). It was a really fun night, all around. I urge y’all to see NIN while you can … this tour is not to be missed.
Our time here in Vegas is already over, we leave for NYC in a few hours (which is why today will be a shorter blogging day for me) and will be there for the rest of the week. Much love and thanks goes out to Larry Fink and the entire staff here at the Palms Place Hotel and Spa. They took such amazing care of us, I hope we’ll be able to come back and enjoy their hospitality again.
So … I’ll be working right up until we have to jet and then I’ll be comin’ atcha from the East Side.
Zachary Quinto, star of Heroes and Star Trek, is featured in the new issue of German GQ Magazine in a photoshoot that has him lookin’ all James Bond (in his tux), all bad ass (on his motorcycle) and all Sylar (thanks to those trademark eyebrows) rolled into one hawt package. Here are a few pics from this shoot:
Unfortch I was unable to find the accompanying article/interview from the mag but since I got thru learning German in college by the skin of my teeth, I doubt I’d be able to decipher much from the piece. The official German GQ website does offer a behind the scenes video from this photoshoot which you can watch HERE. Now that Zachary is a bona fide movie star, I think we’ll be seeing much more of him in magazine photoshoots as the year progresses. While I like the snazzy duds, I’d like to put in a request for less clothing in any of his upcoming photoshoots … Chris Pine can’t be the only fine fella showin’ off some skin, right?
Soccer stars David Beckham and Wayne Rooney were on hand at Wembley Stadium in London, England yesterday in order to promote the UK’s bid to be the host city for the 2018 World Cup Championship Match … tho, the UK’s bid also makes clear that they’d be just as happy to host the 2022 World Cup if their 2018 bid falls thru. Here are a few pics of Becks and Rooney at the stadium yesterday posing with scarves, face-painted children and a big ass soccer ball in order to entice the World Cup organizers to choose their city:
World Cup bid leaders will be stressing the quality of the stadiums, the fans in England and the economic benefits. They will also be at pains to avoid any suggestion that it is England’s turn to be hosts. Football Association chairman Lord Triesman, who is the bid chairman, stressed England’s infrastructure and the economic benefits of hosting the World Cup in 2018, or, if that bid is unsuccessful, in 2022. Triesman said: “We in England would be truly honoured to host the World Cup and welcome the world. We have first-class grounds. We’ve got good transport links, domestically and internationally. We’ve got excellent accommodation. A World Cup in England would be a truly memorable event – not only for our nation but for every nation. We’d extend a wonderful welcome to players and fans from across the world. Inside and outside our grounds, we’d share with them our love of the game and our sense of fair play. And they would enjoy our diverse culture – one that means England would provide a home-from-home welcome for every fan and player.” David Beckham, England’s most capped outfield player, said players across Europe admired the atmosphere apparent at stadiums in England. “There is no bigger support than our fans,” said the former captain. “The passion that’s shown in our country every time someone either puts an England shirt on or any time they play for their club, there are full stadiums everywhere. Every time that I played with some of the biggest players in the world – players like (Zinedine) Zidane and Ronaldo – one of the first questions that they all asked me is what is it like playing in England and how much they like the passion that the fans show. The passion does not just stop at Premiership level, it goes from Sunday League level and it goes all the way through every league that we’ve got up to the Premiership.” Lord Triesman also believes the passion for football in England is key to the bid. He added: “We believe that England can stage a fantastic festival of football, one that will engage the whole country and deliver positive change for football in England and across the world. “Now we must persuade our international friends and colleagues of our case. It’s easy to say, far less easy to do. Our starting point is England’s passion for football. It is our national sport, we have a strong football heritage which runs through every town and city. Every week hundreds of thousand of fans watch games and millions of people across the world and millions in this country – men women and children – play from pub sides to school teams to the FA Premier League and all of them -hundreds of million of worldwide know the FIFA World Cup is the global pinnacle of the game.
For some strange reason, some reports indicated that Prince William was also on hand for yesterday’s event but I couldn’t find any photos of the young prince at all … I guess those reports were wrong — or mebbe he was just hiding behind that soccer ball? In any event, I don’t expect that David Beckham will still be able to play soccer at the professional level when 2018 rolls around (despite what he may think) but it’s still very cool of him to use his starpower to help the cause. The World Cup Championship is the biggest soccer event in the world (and soccer, in turn, is arguably the biggest sport in the world) so it’s a big deal to host the World Cup. Good luck, England! Not that I have any stake in which city gets the Cup at all but on behalf of your Becksness, I hope you win your bid (or at least your runner-up bid).
Last week we saw the risqué photo of middle Jonas brother Joe Jonas as featured in the new issue of In Style magazine (well, risqué for a rosy-cheeked lad who shuns the trappings of premarital sex by proudly wearing a purity ring) and today we get to see a few more photos from that shoot. As I mentioned before, I’ve done my best to avoid posting about any of the Jonas Brothers here on the blog but since I posted the last pic (along with the lad’s quote that his “celebrity crush” is on the very hawt Daniel Craig) I figured I’d be remiss if I didn’t post the follow-up photos … behold:
I have always contended that most everyone looks better when they are all wet … now, I’m not necessarily commenting on the appeal of this young lad by saying so but clearly the photographer was trying to amp up the young man’s allure by photographing him all soaking wet. I’m fairly certain that young girls (and boys) have already made their way to the closest newsstand to purchase their copies of In Style magazine so that the photo of wet Joe Jonas can be ripped out and securely affixed to their bedroom walls. How many of YOU have done the same?
In March we got our first look at the teaser poster for the new Guy Ritchie-directed film Sherlock Holmes which stars Robert Downey, Jr. as the super sleuth and Jude Law as his able sidekick Dr. Watson. Today, we get to see the first movie trailer released for the film. This trailer makes it clear that RDJ‘s Sherlock is not your father’s Sherlock … this one is funny, as you might expect from an actor like RDJ. Here are a few screencaps from the new trailer:
While I doubt that RDJ‘s Sherlock Holmes will be as wise-cracking as his Tony Stark in Iron Man, it’s clear that Ritchie wants him to have a sense of humor. After the jump, check out the Sherlock Holmes movie trailer in full and see for yourself … More »
Finally, at long last … after a misstep or two, we finally get to see what the official movie poster for The Twilight Saga: New Moon looks like. While we did get to see official artwork featuring the new wolf pack that has been cast for the film, we had yet seen any artwork that featured any of the three main characters — Bella Swan, Edward Cullen and Jacob Black. The release of this new poster solves that problem by featuring all three of these characters together … behold:
What do you think? I like the poster … putting all three characters together really gives you a sense of how the drama unfolds in the story. Sure, Jacob Black is wearing a shirt (boo) but if you look real close he looks like he’s ready to kick some vampire ass (yay):
This is only the first in a series of movie posters for this film, I’m sure. Twilight provided character art for each of the main characters … I suspect New Moon will provide the same. There is still hope for a shirtless Jacob Black to come. Do you like this poster?
Lily Allen has escaped the urban jungle of London for the wide open plains of Africa. The singer, who is on a safari holiday, told of her delight at seeing such an array of wildlife so close. But she admitted feeling guilty about taking pictures of the animals – when she so hates being hunted down by the paparazzi in her own natural habitat. ‘I am in the most amazing place I have ever been, going on a game drive inabit [sic]. Saw some antelope earlier. Wish you were here x,’ she posted on her Twitter page. ‘Safari is something I’ve always wanted to do. Don’t thing ill sleep tonight [sic].’ However, it’s clear she’s not exactly missing everyone as she unleashed a foulmouthed broadside at the photographers usually on her trail at home. ‘I already feel guilty about exploiting the animals with my camera, I’ve got a big long lenz, reminds me of some cunts I know,’ she wrote … Lily is enjoying a break before travelling to Australia and Japan, and taking on a heavy festival tour schedule.
Firstly, I love Lily Allen … she’s a pistol, that one. Second, what an amazing experience … I don’t know that I’m really cut out to go on safari but I imagine it is a life-changing experience. At least Lily is sharing her adventures so that we can live vicariously thru her. See, this is why I love Twitter so much. I am wholly fascinated to hear about stuff like this from other people. Keep on tweeting, y’all … I can’t get enough. Incidentally, I’ll be tweeting thru out the NIN/JA show tonight so … stay tuned!!
Twilight stalkers take note … Robert Pattinson has packed up his bags and has left the cooler climes of Vancouver, BC Canada (where The Twilight Saga: New Moon has been filming for the past few months and has just wrapped) and has made his grand arrival in Nice, France on his way to the Cannes Film Festival. Here are a couple pics of his Twilightness making his way thru the airport earlier today:
It’s unclear just how long R.Pattz will be staying in France but something tells me that he’ll remain in Europe for some time. I understand that production on New Moon will be starting up (if it hasn’t already) in Italy very soon. Even so, Robert and some of his Twilight castmates will be back in SoCal at the end of the month for an appearance at the MTV Movie Awards where they will be presenting the first video footage from The Twilight Saga: New Moon. Bizzy, bizzy … and no rest for the weary. Glad to see that his big, sexy hair is still holding up well.
The 24th AIDS Walk New York, the annual walkathon that raises money for local AIDS service organizations, took place in Manhattan on Sunday. Organizers estimate that more than 45,000 people attended, raising as much as $5.6 million. Many participants walked in honor of people who they had lost to HIV/AIDS: a brother, a sister, a friend. Monique Parker came to pay tribute to her brother Anthony who passed away in 2005 at age 45. She explained that it had become a tradition for her to attend the event. A number of family members and friends had joined her in her homage to Anthony. Minerva Velasquez came in memory of her sister Myriam who died of AIDS back in 1994, leaving two sons behind her. “It’s a celebration for me. We honor the good times spent together, especially the fun moments,” Velasquez said. “My sister was truly a very funny woman and I want her to be remembered that way. She never lost her humor until the very end.” Since its inception in 1986, the funds raised by AIDS Walk New York have benefited Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) – a not-for-profit, volunteer-supported and community-based organization that has been a leader in the fight against AIDS – and dozens of other tri-state HIV/AIDS service organizations. AIDS Walks allow service organizations to be accessible to anyone who is HIV positive, even people with little or no financial means, which helps local communities prevent the spread of the disease. Participants met at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday and braved the drizzle and wind in Central Park, right by the Sheep Meadow (south of 72nd Street) where the walk started. The opening ceremony featured actress and singer Hilary Duff, Carson Kressley (“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”) and Brooke Smith (“Grey’s Anotomy”). In addition, the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus – who greeted attendees with a “Welcome ladies and gentlemen and everyone in between” – were there to interpret popular songs such as the famous “Dancing Queen” by the band ABBA, which did not fail to cheer up the crowd before the beginning of the 6.2-mile walk. Participants started walking through Central Park at 10 a.m. all the way up to 110th street – Cathedral Parkway – and down Riverside Drive before finishing up back in the park on 72nd street. Volunteers were cheering walkers and giving out free refreshments and snacks all along the way. The crowd was very diverse: young, old, gay, straight, black, Caucasian, Latino and the general atmosphere was very friendly.
Because of the struggling economy, estimates on funds raised by this year’s AIDS Walk New York were set very low … the $5.6 million was a number that far exceeded what organizers were hoping for. Said Dr. Marjorie Hill, CEO of Gay Men’s Health Crisis: “Today’s powerful results show that tough times, indeed, will not break our stride.” Congrats, kudos and much thanks goes out to those folks who participated in yesterday’s AIDS Walk. Until a cure can be found, we must not slow our resolve to help raise funds and awareness to battle this deadly disease. I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it … much love and respect goes out to the celebs who use their fame for great causes like this. It says a lot that folks would take time out of their bizzy schedules to participate in important events such as this. Please keep up the great work!!
Ryan Reynolds, who can be seen in theaters now as Wade Wilson/Deadpool in the new film X-Men Origins: Wolverine and later on this year in the films Fireflies in the Garden with Julia Roberts, The Proposal with Sandra Bullock (and Betty White!!!) and Paper Man with Jeff Daniels, is featured in the new issue of Elle magazine wherein he talks about these movies and offers a tiny glimpse into his very private persona. Here is his Elle headshot and a portion of his interview with the mag:
He would never admit it, his manner is so self-deprecatingly Canadian, but there’s something about Ryan Reynolds that is superhuman. Last September, when no one was looking, he married Scarlett Johansson. Their wedding at a small eco-resort on Vancouver Island went off without even a whisper of warning on the gossip blogs. We never even saw a photo. For the past two years, he’s been keeping a work schedule that would make most mortals crumble. He filmed five movies back-toback, with three of them out in the next month. On an ordinary day, he makes Daniel Craig look like Seth Rogen, but to augment his chiseled frame for two new roles, he rose at 4 a.m. to hit the gym and stuck to a steady diet of “chicken and drywall.” It worked. Jeff Daniels costars with Reynolds in the upcoming Paper Man, in which Reynolds plays a 1950s-era superhero, complete with cape and unitard. “I’m looking at him, going, I’m not gay,” Daniels says. “But I’m thinking about it” … On a rare drizzly day in Santa Monica, Reynolds is driving us to lunch in his Prius … Scarlett is in Milan. They just got back from a two-week road trip through the American Southwest. They took the Prius and plugged it in overnight at each stop. As he’s finally off his training regimen, Reynolds gleefully explains, they used the book Road Food as their guide and stopped in tiny towns for authentic, high-calorie fare … Reynolds developed his Obama-caliber deflection techniques through experience. Johansson is not his first high-profile romance. He dated Alanis Morissette for four years; by 2004 they were engaged. Then Reynolds turned 30 and had an early midlife crisis. “I started to feel really reflective,” he says. “I really wanted absolute yesses in my life, as opposed to maybes.” He ended their relationship and set off with a friend for a head-clearing motorcycle ride across Australia. “We were hoping for Easy Rider,” Reynolds says, “but it was wet and awful, and he crashed. I had to double him on my bike to the next town. It looked like that scene in Dumb and Dumber where they’re clinging to each other on a scooter.” Meanwhile, Morissette aired her views on the breakup in her raw 2008 album Flavors of Entanglement … He has not signed on to any new projects yet, although Disney did buy a show he wrote about four brothers, based on the brothers Reynolds, that he’d like to direct. And rumor has it that by introducing Deadpool inside Wolverine, Fox is testing the waters for a Reynolds-Deadpool franchise. “It’s very easy to fall in line and do the same thing over and over again,” he says as we’re getting up from lunch. “You get rewarded for that greatly. But I’m not always jokey. I’m not a hysterical guy to sit and have lunch with all the time. I’m a moody bastard, too.”
Damn, I guess I never realized how much this guy works. He’s going to be in so many movies this year and might appear in a Deadpool franchise sometime in the future? When does he have time to enjoy being married to Scarlett Johansson? It’s easy to see why Ryan is getting cast in all of these movies … there is something very likable about him (despite his claims that he can be a “moody bastard”) and the fact that he’s got amazing abs prolly doesn’t hurt either. I’m really amazed at how low profile he manages to keep his life. You really don’t see him out and about often. I guess some guys really can have it all … a happy relationship, a great career and a semi-normal sounding life. Who knew?
We’ve learned Mel Gibson’s girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, is pregnant with his child. Our sources say Gibson has already told his estranged wife, Robyn, and their children about the news. We’re told Oksana is in her second trimester. Robyn filed for divorce on April 13. By the way, Oksana is living in a house Mel got for her. And guess what else? Until recently, Oksana was living in a house purchased by songwriter/producer David Foster, with whom she also had a relationship.
Wait … wasn’t Mel Gibson spouting all this religiousness biz back when he was promoting his film The Passion of the Christ? Yeah, that talk kinda fell by the wayside when he got arrested for drunk driving back in the Summer of 2006 … but he has since kept his nose out of trubs — well, until this mess came out. If true, I hope his wife Robyn is able to take him for all he’s worth in divorce court. It’s bad enough that he, apparently, cheated on his wife but to father a lovechild in the process? That’s pretty low. I certainly would not look to Mel Gibson‘s moral compass if I were lookin’ for someone to emulate. I do hope the old adage that cheaters never prosper holds true in this case. What a totally crappy situation for the still-current Mrs. Gibson.
David and I made our way to Las Vegas yesterday afternoon just hours before a 5.0 magnitude earthquake rocked LA. I dunno what kind of luck I have that allows me to be away from LA when earthquakes hit (it’s happened at least 3 times since I’ve been living in SoCal) but I hope it continues for all time from here on out. I talked to a few friends back in LA after it hit and they were noticeably shaken. I know I would freak the eff out if I had to endure an earthquake … I’m very glad I missed it.
Happily, we made it to LV without any probs at all. Upon arrival, we checked in to the beautifully swank Palms Place Hotel and Spa and found our suite up on the 53rd floor (just one below the penthouse). This place is phat, y’all … it has a full kitchen (who cooks in Vegas?) and all the amenities that one would expect in a luxury suite:
There’s a TV and phone … in the bathroom (tho, who I’d be calling from the porcelain throne, I have no idea). We love it here … it’s a shame we won’t be staying for long (we leave for NYC tomorrow). After watching the Survivor: Tocantis finale (on the 2 side-by-side flat-screen plasma TVs) we made our way back down to Earth for a bite to eat. We discussed meeting up with some friends but in the end decided to spend some quiet time alone in our room :)
Tonight is the big night … David and I will be able to see our first NIN/JA 2009 show here at the Palms. Street Sweeper Social Club, Jane’s Addiction and Nine Inch Nails are performing at The Pearl concert theater and we are both *very* excited for the show:
I’ve tried to stay away from tour spoilers but I understand the setlists for the NIN shows have been amazing. Soooo excited!! Before the show, David and I are getting a personal tour of one of the phat condos here at the Palms (you know, in case we decide to get a place here in Vegas ;) and then it’s showtime!!