Just hours after news broke of the death of Michael Jackson last Thursday, a tribute song titled Better on the Other Side (featuring The Game, Chris Brown, Sean P. Diddy Combs et al.) was leaked to the Internets in honor of the late King of Pop. Today, we get our first look at the accompanying music video. Be Warned: some of the lyrics may be offensive to some viewers:
Only a day after Michael Jackson’s untimely death, a few artists have come together to record a tribute song in remembrance of the late, great pop star. When Los Angeles based DJ Skee told his good friend, The Game, about the passing of Michael, the rapper was shocked. But once it sunk in, he locked himself in the studio and came out with “Better On The Other Side.” “After I called Game and told him the news, he put this tribute together and produced this amazing record,” DJ Skee tweeted Friday morning (June 26). “Yesterday I told Game about MJ’s death and he didn’t believe it.” The new song, which leaked Friday (June 26), featuring Game spitting alongside Chris Brown, Diddy, Polow Da Don, Mario Winans, Usher and Boyz II Men, while DJ Khalil produced the track.
I have to say, for the song being put together so hasitly after MJ‘s death it’s not a bad song at all. I got to hear it last week but I think I like it better with a music video. The images of fans mourning MJ‘s death makes it feel more poignant. It’s a very nice tribute, wouldn’t you agree?
Emma Watson, star of the upcoming Summer movie Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of British Elle magazine. In addition to another fashion forward photospread, Emma talks a bit about the anonymity that she hopes to achieve once she enters college here in the US (it’s rumored she’ll attend classes at Columbia University) after she completes filming the final Harry Potter movie The Deathly Hallows. Here is Emma‘s British Elle coverphoto and a portion of her coverstory interview:
It’s hard to imagine Emma Watson ever fading into the background – but according to the Harry Potter actress that’s exactly what she wants to do. The 19-year-old is busy preparing for the end of the Harry Potter franchise and her start at U.S. university Columbia in September. And, despite her worldwide fame, she has revealed she hopes to be just another ‘anonymous’ student. “I’m so excited. Living in London, it’s hard to be anonymous,” she told Elle magazine. “But hopefully, on some campus somewhere, I’ll fade into the background a bit.” But if the photos accompanying the article are anything to go by, fashion fan Emma will stand out wherever she goes. The rock chick-style shoot shows her with backcombed hair and dramatic eye makeup, showing off her figure in leggings, heels and space-age suits. Emma, who lives with a flatmate in Hampstead, had considered taking up a place at Cambridge University, after receiving straight As in her A’levels. But she reveals: ‘I’m very aware that with Cambridge, people would find that interesting. “Cambridge is so high profile in itself and then, on top of that, people don’t really go out in Cambridge because it’s so small, so I’ll be going out in London and then that’s just the same thing. I definitely am attracted to the States for that reason.” With the end of filming on the Harry Potter series of eight films, Emma will be saying goodbye to her ‘second family’ on the Watford set. “It’s going to sound dramatic, but I feel like it’s going to be my life over as I know it,” she said. “My whole life has been about Harry Potter and then all of that will shut down and I don’t know what it will be like. I go to university in September – I’ll be doing bits and bobs at Christmas, but September feels like my cut-off point, the moment when I’ll really stop.” And, having already banked more than £10 million, Emma isn’t certain she will return to acting. “At the moment I feel like I need to go away and figure out what I want to do and be myself for a bit,” she said. “Does that sound strange? I just want to take a step back from it and not rush into stuff. I need university to give me that break. People think because I’m going to university I’m never going to act again, but it’s actually me. I want to figure out how I feel about everything first. Maybe I’ll keep acting, maybe I won’t. I just want to find something where I feel I have to do this. Maybe that’ll happen when I read a script. It felt like that with Hermione. I want to feel like that again.” But if that doesn’t happen Emma already has another career in mind – she says she would enjoy being a make-up artist.
Um … or a fashion model! OK, mebbe not a model for real but she does rock these hot outfits right. After the jump, check out a few of Emma‘s photos from this issue of British Elle magazine … More »
The late Heath Ledger is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Vanity Fair magazine whose coverstory is all about Heath‘s last days alive. The article compiles interviews with friends of Ledger and is meant as a tribute to the late actor’s memory. Here is the cover of the new issue of Vanity Fair magazine:
Why was Heath Ledger so ambivalent about his own stardom, and what happened at the end of his life? Vanity Fair contributing editor Peter Biskind sheds new light on these difficult-to-answer questions as he writes about the actor’s remarkable talent and untimely death in the August cover story, “The Last of Heath.” In his article, Biskind explores Ledger’s final movie role, his uncertainty about Hollywood, his devotion to his young daughter, and what happened in the days and weeks leading up to his death as he battled chronic insomnia, pneumonia, and exhaustion. Here are some of the revelations contained in Biskind’s story.
How he cleaned up his act: Cinematographer Nicola Pecorini, who worked with Ledger on his last film, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, says Ledger “used to smoke marijuana on a regular basis, like probably 50 percent of Americans.” But after it became an issue, Ledger “went clean as a whistle.” And vocal coach Gerry Grennell, who worked and lived with the actor during the filming of The Dark Knight, says Ledger even stopped drinking: “Heath would happily go to the bar, buy a round of drinks for friends, and come back and have a soda or juice, never once drinking alcohol.”
How chronic insomnia may have led to his death: Ledger’s use of sleeping medication to combat chronic insomnia at the end of his life was of more concern to Grennell. “I’d say, ‘If you can possibly bear it to stop taking the medications, do, because they don’t seem to be doing you any good.’ He agreed. It is very difficult for me to imagine how close he came to not taking them.” Ledger would typically spend night after night awake, diverting himself with time killers, Biskind reports, such as re-arranging the furniture in whatever space he happened to be living in at the moment. Grennell coached him in the Alexander Technique, which helped him to sleep for a few hours at a time, but he still struggled. “Everyone has a different view of how he passed away,” Grennell tells Biskind. “From my perspective, and knowing him as well as I did, and being around him as much as I was, it was a combination of exhaustion, sleeping medication … and perhaps the aftereffects of the flu. I guess his body just stopped breathing.”
How his relationship failed: Terry Gilliam—Ledger’s friend and mentor, and the director of Doctor Parnassus—agrees with Pecorini that the romance between Ledger and Williams began to unravel during the Oscar campaign for Brokeback Mountain. “The whole machinery started growing up around them,” Gilliam says. “That was the moment when it changed, when he realized, Uh-oh. We perceive the world differently. He didn’t care about things like those awards.” … As Ledger’s relationship with Williams unraveled, and the pair started dealing with lawyers and custody issues, according to Gilliam, Ledger fell apart. “The thing that really made Heath snap” was legal wrangling over his daughter, Matilda, Gilliam says. “He said, ‘Just fuck all of you! I’m not giving Michelle anything.’???” Recalls another source, when it came to Matilda’s care, “there were definitely heated conversations, and emotions were high.” (Ledger’s lawyer declined to comment on any aspect of the separation or custody dispute.)
Ledger’s apathy for stardom: Ledger’s friend and agent, Steven Alexander, tells Biskind that Heath “was always hesitant to be in a summer blockbuster, with the dolls and action figures and everything else that comes with one of those movies. He was afraid it would define him and limit his choices.” According to friends of Ledger’s, one of the reasons he agreed to do Dark Knight was that the unusually long shoot would give him an excuse to turn down other offers. Alexander tells Biskind that Ledger had a pay-or-play deal on The Dark Knight—meaning he’d get compensated no matter what—so he felt he had the freedom to do whatever he wanted as the Joker. According to Pecorini, Ledger hoped his performance would be so far-out he’d be fired, and thus become the beneficiary of a lengthy, paid vacation. “He was ready to bust out of the gate, but he didn’t want to step on the gas and become something that he didn’t want to become: a matinee idol,” says Alexander. “He was a private person, and he didn’t want to share his personal history with the press. It just wasn’t up for sale.
Altho we’ve been forced to deal with so much new death in just the past week (Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, Michael Jackson, Billy Mays) it is still very difficult to process that Heath Ledger has already been gone for more than a year now. The Dark Knight is currently playing on HBO on a daily basis and I cannot help but watch it over and over again … marveling at Heath‘s amazing performance. He truly was an amazing actor. He is still very much missed. After the jump, check out a few photos of Heath that accompany this piece in Vanity Fair magazine … More »
Lifetime TV, in preparation for the premiere of the new season of Project Runway (the first for their network), has launched the new official web site for PR. In addition, the site lists the urls for the official Project RunwayTwitter account and Facebook page. Here is a new promo image for the show:
The site also features a new promo video for the show which attempts to hype up fans for the show … but IMHO, falls well off the mark. The video features “regular people” talking about how much they love the show and only features brief appearances by hosts Heidi Klum and Time Gunn. There are NO appearances by any of the contestants or any footage from the upcoming season. It’s not a great promo video, in my estimation, but something is better than nothing I suppose. After the jump, check out the promo video in full and judge for yourselves … More »
From TMZ: We’ve just learned Michael Jackson’s body is set to be driven to Neverland Ranch late Thursday morning. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ upwards of a 30 car motorcade — including Jackson’s body — will be traveling
from Los Angeles to Neverland at 10 AM on Thursday. We’re told law enforcement is currently meeting to discuss security and traffic control.
From CNN: Michael Jackson’s body will return to his Neverland Ranch on Thursday morning for a public viewing on Friday, CNN has learned. A private memorial service is scheduled for Sunday. Also, a Jackson will, written in 2002, has been located, according to Jackson family lawyer Londell McMillan. The question of where Jackson will be buried remains unanswered. The singer’s hometown of Gary, Indiana, is asking the family to send him there, according to the mayor’s spokeswoman. Gary Mayor Rudy Clay has been in contact with the Jackson family hoping to make that happen, spokeswoman Lalosa Burns said Tuesday. Clay told Chicago radio station WGN that he expects Jackson’s body will, at the least, be taken to Gary for a memorial service he is planning for next week. “I believe that his body will lie in state in Gary, Indiana,” Clay said Tuesday. “Now, it may not happen, but I believe it will.” The Jackson memorial service is set for July 10 at U.S. Steel Works ballpark in Gary, Burns said.
I understand the Apollo Theater in NYC is also hosting memorial services for Michael Jackson this weekend but it remains to be seen if his body will be transported to NY for any public memorial services there. David and I have been talking about mebbe going up to Neverland Ranch for the service this Friday … we haven’t made any determination just yet.
Things have been lazy days around here the past few days … except for the few outings to hang out with friends over the weekend, David and I have stayed happily ensconced in our humble abode. Because there is nothing to watch on TV these days, I’ve been reading a lot. I’m currently TOTALLY engrossed in the new book The Strain which was co-authored by director Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) and Chuck Hogan:
I really don’t want to say anything about this book … I think it works best if you know nothing about the story before you read it and just let it freak you RIGHT out. I will tease the plotline a bit by saying that a mysterious incident befalls a plane full of people and figuring out what the hell is going on is freaky as hell. I have not been this disturbed from reading a book since I read Cormac McCarthy‘s The Road. I had a hard time sleeping last night … it’s that good. I highly recommend it to all y’all.
No plans for today … David and I are seriously discussing a trip to Neverland Ranch this weekend for Michael Jackson‘s memorial service. We’ll have to get more info but … well, we’ll see.
Lizzy Caplan (Mean Girls, Cloverfield, True Blood) is 27, Vincent D’Onofrio is 50, David Alan Grier is 53 and Lena Horne is 92 years old today. Click HERE to see who else is celebrating a birthday today.
Filming continues this week on the NYC set of the new film Remember Me which stars Twilight heartthrob Robert Pattinson … here are a few pics of R. Pattz on location in Central Park yesterday lookin’ all kinds of fine as he relaxed in between film takes:
These photos are really great, no question, but I’m not too keen on the pic of Rob seemingly putting out his cigarette on the bunny statue in the park. While I hope he is just patting his unlit cig on the statue, it really does look like he’s putting out the lit cigarette on the statue’s head. Let’s just assume the best and say he isn’t … In any event, new photos of R. Pattz are worthy of celebration, yes? Enjoy.
Here are a few photos of hottie dad Jude Law taking his young son Rudy Indiana out for a stroll in London, England yesterday after father and son picked up some caffeinated drinks at their friendly neighborhood Starbucks:
While I love seeing photos of Jude Law out and about with his kids, I think I much prefer the ones where he is wearing as little clothing as possible. The vest is the closest thing to shirtless, no? As much as I miss the Jude’stache, seeing photos of Jude‘s muscly arms kinda makes up for the loss I think. Aren’t these two just the cutest ever?
Mariah Careyposted a tweet on her official Twitter account yesterday announcing the star of her music video (currently in production in NYC) for her new single Obsessed. Here is a photo of the music video star and Mimi‘s tweet message:
Check out my website to see a photo of the star of my new Obsessed video! LYM!!
HMMMM … this person looks like a straight-up thug, right? After the jump, find out who this person really is and see a few pics of Mimi on the NYC set of her music video yesterday afternoon … More »
Holy shizz, y’all! Now … take the following information with a huge grain of salt, especially considering all the insane rumors flying around since Michael Jackson‘s death last Thursday … but considering this report comes from TMZ (the first outlet to report MJ‘s death hours before anyone else) it might have some weight. According to TMZ, sources close to the births of MJ‘s two oldest children with ex-wife Debbie Rowe — Prince Michael Joseph Jackson and Paris Michael Katherine Jackson — claim that neither Michael nor Debbie are the biological parents of the kids! If this report is true, then it would explain so much about those children:
We’ve learned Michael Jackson was not the biological father of any of his children. And Debbie Rowe is not the biological mother of the two kids she bore for Michael. All three children were conceived in vitro — outside the womb. Multiple sources deeply connected to the births tell us Michael was not the sperm donor for any of his kids. Debbie’s eggs were not used. She was merely the surrogate, and paid well for her services in the births of Michael Jr. and Paris. In the case of Prince Michael II (the youngest), we’re told the surrogate was never told of the identity of the “receiving parent” — Michael Jackson. Three days after Prince was born at Grossmont Hospital in San Diego County, Jackson’s lawyer came to the hospital to pick the baby up and deliver him to Michael. We do not know if Jackson chose the sperm or egg donors or if he even knew who they were. Although Rowe is not the biological mother, it’s not a slam dunk that she would lose a custody battle. This type of case has never been litigated in California courts. Since Rowe was married to Jackson when Michael Jr. and Paris were born, there’s a presumption that she’s the biological parent. That presumption can be rebutted by other evidence. We know there are documents outlining the whole arrangement for the birth of all three kids. Nonetheless, it’s still an open issue with the courts.
Holy MF SHIZZZZ!!!! Now, I realize that TMZ‘s sources may be completely wrong but … it would make so much sense if the children were not biologically borne of Michael Jackson or Debbie Rowe. None of the kids look AT ALL like MJ and Debbie has notoriously denied that the children “are hers”. She’s always said that the kids “belong to Michael Jackson” and that she is “not their mother”. US Weekly claims that MJ‘s dermatologist (and Debbie Rowe‘s former boss), Arnold Klein, is the biological father of the eldest MJ children. OMG! Of course this is still very speculative but the truth may, one day, come out. My guess is that either we’ll eventually learn everything surrounding the births of his children or we’ll never know anything. If the Jackson family has their way, my guess is that we’ll never find out the truth if, in fact, these allegations are true. But, in all honesty, I would not be surprised in the least if this report turns out to be the truth. I’ve had my suspicions all along about the paternity of MJ‘s children … but still … WOW! Thoughts?
We’ve learned Michael Jackson never adopted his three children, even though he’s not the biological father. We broke the story that neither Jackson nor Debbie Rowe are the biological parents of Michael Jr. and Paris. And Michael was not the biological parent of Prince Michael II either. Now here’s the rub. We’ve learned Jackson never filed legal papers to adopt any of his children. Legal experts tell us Jackson would be presumed the father but it’s not conclusive by any means. As for why Jackson didn’t formally adopt — we’re told at the time the kids were born there was no third party whom he believed would try and claim custody. For some reason, Jackson never thought Debbie Rowe would mount a custody challenge.
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick are playing show and tell. On Monday, the couple, who greeted twin daughters Marion and Tabitha June 23, released a picture of the beautiful new additions to their family. The girls, born via a surrogate, were joined by their older brother, James Wilkie, 6 ½.
Aren’t they just the cutest family? They all look really happy … and the babies look so precious. After the jump, get a closer look at the newest additions to the Parker-Broderick family … More »
These are the last pictures of Michael Jackson on stage, taken just two days before he died. The images of the singer hard at work rehearsing for upcoming tour This Is It give a glimpse of what was in store for fans at his planned gigs in London’s 02. Jackson was due to begin the first of 50 dates at the arena on July 13, but died on Thursday after being rushed to hospital in Los Angeles. In one of the newly-emerged images, taken on Tuesday at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, the singer points towards the audience as backing dancers perform in front of a huge This Is It banner. Despite looking frail, the star strikes a familiar pose and appears to be in full flow during the rehearsal. In another photo, he smiles broadly, microphone in hand, dressed in a long shimmering mac over a top and trousers. More than 800,000 tickets costing up to £1,000 had been sold for the concerts at London’s O2 arena which were hailed as the most ‘expensive and technically advanced’ live shows ever. The concerts, which were due to start in two weeks’ time, had been expected to be the highest grossing pop production of all time. Hundreds of thousands of fans who bought tickets for the cancelled gigs have been told they will be entitled to a refund. Footage from Jackson’s final rehearsals is already being compiled for a DVD and album. The star is believed to have been filmed running through his songs and dance routines the day before he died. It is expected that when released this could become one of the star’s biggest selling works. It is understood filming took place last Wednesday during Jackson’s rehearsals at the Los Angeles Staples Centre for the 50-date This Is It tour. It remains unclear who has official ownership of the footage. A spokesman for concert promoter AEG declined to comment. It is expected that the star’s estate will make more money in the next year from his music than he did in the last decade of his life. The king of pop’s family will release a series of posthumous albums, starting this Christmas. It is understood Jackson wrote a number of songs for his three children, which were not to be released until after his death. There are also songs left over from his last album, Invincible, released in 2001. A tribute show is planned for September with Diana Ross, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder and Barbra Streisand said to be in talks to appear.
Now, before y’all get all excited about news of these “posthumous albums” and this tribute concert, keep in mind that neither of these reports has been confirmed. We do know that AEG was planning to release a CD/DVD of his This Is It Tour performance but, again, now that he has passed away it remains to be seen if that will actually happen (but my gut tells me that it will).
Additionally, folks who purchased tickets for Michael Jackson‘s This Is It Tour are being referred to MichaelJacksonLive.com for ticket refund information starting July 1. The concert promoter is promising a full refund (including service fees) for folks who bought tickets thru authorized outlets BUT are also giving the option of allowing ticket holders to get hard copy tickets for the show (which never happened) in lieu of payment:
REFUND POLICY ANNOUNCED FOR MICHAEL JACKSON THIS IS IT TICKET HOLDERS
LONDON (June 30, 2009) – At this time of mourning for Michael Jackson, we are together in our sadness at the loss of one of the greatest entertainers ever.
“The world lost a kind soul who just happened to be the greatest entertainer the world has ever known,” said Randy Phillips, President & CEO, AEG Live. “Since he loved his fans in life, it is incumbent upon us to treat them with the same reverence and respect after his death.”
AEG Live (UK) Ltd, concert promoters, announced that full refunds will be available to fans who purchased tickets through authorised agents for any of the 50 Michael Jackson ‘This Is It’ concerts which were to take place at The O2 Arena in London.
These refunds will include all ticket service charges.
Ticket holders requiring information about receiving a full refund should go to www.michaeljacksonlive.com from Wednesday, July 1, 2009. The refunds will be processed by each of the authorised ticket agencies (e.g. Ticketmaster, Viagogo, See or Ticketline).
It was also announced that fans will have the option to be sent the actual tickets they would have received to attend the shows in lieu of the full refunds which are being offered.
The tickets printed with the special lenticular process, were inspired and designed by Michael Jackson for the fans attending his shows. Images of the specially created tickets will be seen on www.michaeljacksonlive.com.
The special offer to receive the actual tickets that the purchaser would have received to attend ‘This is It’ will remain valid thru 23:59 GMT, August 14, 2009.
David and I purchased tickets for MJ‘s This Is It Tour via Ticketmaster so we should be fine with our refunds … it sucks, tho, that if you want to keep your ticket you have to lose out on the cost of the ticket. It would be much cooler if AEG offered tickets to purchasers along with their refunds (at a nominal fee, of course). In any event, if this CD/DVD gets released, then fans may yet get to see MJ in action in his last performance ever … of course, AEG stands to recoup some of the money they lost upon MJ‘s death as well. Even in death, MJ‘s “life” is a bit of a circus. I hope he is able to rest in peace … some day.
Paris Hilton has posted a new photo on her official Twitter account professing her love for a “cute” replacement for her ex-boyfriend Doug Reinhardt. Here is Paris with her mate along with the full text of her accompanying tweet:
Paris tweets: Camels are so Cute!
Oh yeah, this is quite an upgrade for good ol’ Doug. I can’t say that the deal looks like a good one for the camel but … ah well.
Paris has also been spending time with some other animal friends:
Paris tweets: BFF’S ;) Dolphins rock! So sweet and intelligent
It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if she went from the dolphin tank to the sushi bar. Ah … that’s our Paris.
As you can see, the Spederline children, Sean Preston and Jayden James, can be seen playing with friends in an over-sized inflatable swimming pool in their new backyard … after all, The Federline kinda has to spend some of his bank on his kids right? I wonder how much he spends on his children with Shar Jackson. HMMM. In any event, it looks like life is pretty good for Mr. Federline … wouldn’t you agree?
No disrespect to Dustin Milligan, but, um, er… Ethan who? 90210 has tapped Abercrombie & Fitch model-turned-soap star Trevor Donovan to fill the show’s “golden boy” vacancy, sources confirm to me exclusively. The genetically blessed Donovan, who channeled Days of Our Lives bad boy Jeremy Horton for four months in 2007, will play Teddy, West Beverly’s own version of JFK Jr. Gorgeous, smart, athletic, charming, and naturally confident, Teddy has the unique ability to make any girl feel like she’s the most beautiful person in the room. And any guy like he’s a cross between Shrek and Jiminy Glick. Donovan, whose 90210 gig is described as heavily recurring, will debut early on in the show’s upcoming second season.
Um … yeah. I liked Dustin Milligan too but I think I could come to like Trevor Donovan a lot more. As the article mentions, Trevor used to be an A&F model and you know what that means :) After the jump, check out a few NSFW photos of Trevor Donovan modeling for Abercrombie & Fitch while wearing no Abercrombie & Fitch clothing at all … More »
June is Gay Pride Month and all month long cities around the world have been throwing Pride celebrations to mark the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riot which gave birth to the Gay Rights Movement in this country. NYC hosted their Pride Parade this weekend and, by all accounts, really threw a great party. Here are some photos from this weekend’s Pride Parade in New York City:
Decades after a riot at a Greenwich Village bar sparked a movement for equal rights, gay New Yorkers celebrated their gains at Sunday’s gay pride parade and lamented the state has not legalized same-sex marriage. The annual march down Fifth Avenue commemorated the Stonewall rebellion of 40 years ago, when patrons at a gay bar resisted the police. The several days of disturbances that followed the uprising became one of the defining moments of the gay rights movement. The celebration was tempered by the knowledge that other states, including Massachusetts, Connecticut and Iowa, have legalized same-sex marriage before New York. “Hopes and dreams and expectations have been raised, and there is nothing worse than to for people to have their hopes die out, to have the rug pulled out from under them,” said City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, New York City’s most prominent openly gay elected official. Gov. David Paterson said he remains hopeful that the state Senate will pass a same-sex marriage bill — if it can resolve the partisan stalemate that has paralyzed it. “If we have an end to the stalemate in Albany I would think that it would be passed shortly after,” he said, referring to the state capital. “We believe we can pass the bill.” This year’s march featured the usual mix of seasoned activists, dazzling drag performers and floats blasting disco beats. A faux Liza Minnelli in a slinky dress and spiky wig lip-synched New York, New York atop the Stonewall Inn float. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center’s float was sponsored by the Broadway musical Shrek, whose ogres-need-love-too message was apparently a good fit. Flavia Rando marched with the Gay Liberation Front, which began in 1969 after the Stonewall uprising. “It feels like we changed the world,” Rando said. “We started a global movement.” In addition to Paterson, one of the parade’s grand marshals, elected officials marching included Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Sen. Charles Schumer. Parade organizers claimed as many as 500,000 participants. That number was difficult to verify, but many thousands marched or lined Fifth Avenue to watch. Spectator Mark Jester of Maryland, visiting New York for the first time, said the parade was “awesome,” especially the drag queens. “I have a lot of respect, because if I would do that at home I literally would have to fight,” he said. Danielle Staub of the Bravo reality show The Real Housewives Of New Jersey marched in heels that rivaled a drag queen’s and said gay people deserve the right to marry. “My two marriages didn’t last as long as most of the gay community’s partnerships,” she noted. As part of the year-long celebration of the 400th anniversary of the Dutch encounter with New York, Amsterdam officials held a contest for couples to marry in that city, where same-sex marriage has been legal since 2001. The winners, five couples with one Dutch partner and one American partner, will travel to Amsterdam for its August gay pride celebration and get married there. “We kept saying we were going to do it here once it was legal in New York state,” said contest winner Stephan Hengst, who was born in the Netherlands and now lives in Highland, New York, with his partner Patrick Decker. “We hope to see it become legal in New York very soon.”
We really have come a long way, baby. Altho there is still a long way to go for members of the GLBT community to enjoy equal rights in all areas (including marriage) in this country, there is MUCH to celebrate and be PROUD of this year. 4 States have legalized same-sex marriage in this country this year alone and we’re only halfway thru 2009. They join Massachusetts and Connecticut who legalized the practice previously. The tide of true freedom for all is coming our way … I’d say that’s a great reason to celebrate.
Here are a few pics from the NYC set of Gossip Girl which went into filming production of its third season earlier today. Leighton Meester, Ed Westwick, Blake Lively and Chace Crawford were all spotted in Gramercy Park today gettin’ back to work on their hit CW TV series … behold:
This weekend my really good friends, Kirsten & Darion, and I celebrated our 2 year anniversary as friends and we decided to make our weekly Sunday night hang out session a celebration of our friendship. We met up for dinner together at Baby Blues BBQ for some amazing grub …
… before making our way to the Lemmle Theater to see a Norwegian film called DØD SNØ or Dead Snow in English. I had heard about this comedy/horror film that features a group of young folks being terrorized by Nazi zombies and I knew it was a movie that we had to see together:
People, the movie is absolutely brills. It’s very much a modern take on Evil Dead (which even gets a shout-out in the film) but set in the snowcapped mountains rather than the Michigan wilderness. The movie is cheesy, funny and a bit scary. It’s all kinds of ridiculous and I cannot endorse the film more! See it … you will love it! Except for the questionable scene in the outhouse (if you see the flick, you’ll know what I mean), I loved every single second of this movie. Head over to DeadSnow.com to check out the trailer … trust me, you will love.
The rest of the night was pretty chill, David and I watched True Blood (yes, it was a bloody night for us) and then called it a night. No plans for today just yet but … I think I might hear the pool calling my name … HMMMMM.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was the #1 movie at the box office this weekend, pulling in $201.2 million in its first 5 days — despite getting the worst reviews from pretty much everyone with taste.
Last night the 9th annual BET Awards were handed out at the Shrine Auditorium here in Los Angeles, CA and earlier today we saw video of Janet Jackson‘s appearance on the awards show where she delivered a statement to fans of her late brother Michael Jackson. As I noted earlier, the entire BET Awards were a tribute to Michael‘s memory. Here are a few photos from the red carpet arrivals from last night’s awards show:
I LOVED seeing the cast of Bravo TV‘s The Real Housewives of Atlanta … including alums NeNe Leakes (FTW!), Lisa Wu Hartwell, Sheree Whitfield and new castmember Kandi Burruss. I am really looking forward to the return of the Atlanta Housewives in August :) I also love the photo of Zoe Saldana and Nichelle Nichols (who both portrayed the Star Trek character Uhura) together on the red carpet … beautiful, beautiful ladies. The show itself was very entertaining … in between award presentations and live performances, host Jamie Foxx made sure to remind the audience that this year’s BET Awards was a true celebration of Michael Jackson‘s legacy. Here are a few pics from the show itself and a rundown of what went down:
Michael Jackson’s sister Janet thanked the crowd at the BET Awards Sunday night for paying tribute to her late brother. “My entire family wanted to be here, but it was just too painful,” she said, holding back tears. “To you Michael is an icon. To us Michael is family. And he will forever live in all of our hearts.” The star-studded BET Awards was an appreciation of Michael Jackson, who died Thursday at age 50. He was “the greatest star in the world,” Joseph Jackson, father of the late entertainer, said on Sunday night. “I wish the world had recognized him when he were living,” Joseph Jackson told CNN’s Don Lemon outside the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. “Right now he’s bigger than ever. But I wish he was here to see all this, to hear all this.” When asked about circumstances surrounding his son’s death, he said, “I have a lot of concerns but I can’t get into that. … I don’t like what happened.” The awards opened with a fleet-footed New Edition, with Bobby Brown, performing an energized version of the Jackson 5 hit “The Love You Save,” to raucous praise. Host Jamie Foxx wore a red, leather “Beat It” jacket for his opening monologue and did his best to imitate Jackson’s backward glide across the floor. In addition to Foxx, presenter Jeremy Piven mixed praise for Jackson with comic relief. “If it wasn’t for Michael Jackson, people like Justin Timberlake would be selling curly fries in the valley,” the actor said. “I mean that with love.” This year’s performers included, Beyonce, Keyshia Cole and R&B artist Neyo who performed a hard-hitting tribute to the 1990s with appearances by acts Keith Sweat, Guy and Bell Biv Devoe. The presenters included the past and present Uhura of “Star Trek”: Zoe Saldana, who starred in the film, and Nichelle Nichols of the TV show. The show also honored the soulful Ohio trio, The O’Jays, who were presented the Lifetime Achievement Award. Tevin Campbell performed a rendition of The O’Jays classic “Forever Mine.” Johnny Gill, Tyrese and Trey Songz performed a rumbling, soulful medley of The O’Jays hits that had some in the audience wondering if Songz was older than his years. Among the award winners, Atlanta, Georgia-based singer Keri Hilson, who was nominated in four categories, received best new artist and Beyonce won best female artist. Debra L. Lee, chairman and chief executive officer of Black Entertainment Television, said Jackson’s death both saddened and energized the awards organizers. “When we heard the news of Michael Jackon’s passing we knew immediately we’d have to change the nature of this show,” she said. “We put the show together in a matter of three or four days. It’s truly been a labor of love for us,” Lee said.
I was able to watch the show myself and it really was a very celebratory event. Except for a few touching moments, it really looked like everyone was having a great time. To be honest, I think that is the best way to honor someone’s passing. It was said many times during the BET Awards show last night — Michael Jackson was directly responsible for last night’s awards show. His trailblazing legacy as an African American performer paved the way for all of the African American artists who are enjoying successful careers today. I think it was right that his contributions were honored … and celebrated. Congrats to all of this year’s winners of BET Awards.
The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner just announced the results of Billy Mays’ autopsy — and said there was no connection between Billy’s death and Saturday’s rough aircraft landing. Billy had admitted to suffering a blow to the head when the front tires of US Airways Flight 1421 blew upon landing — but the doc said he found “no signs of internal or external head trauma.” Dr. Chrostowski said Billy most likely died from complications due to heart disease. He said the autopsy showed “hypertensive and arteriosclerotic disease of the heart” — which is known to cause sudden death. The doc said Billy — who was scheduled to have his third hip replacement surgery today — had prescriptions for tramadol and hydrocodone, but said Mays had no history of drug abuse and “the counts of remaining medication are correct.” The doc will announce the official cause of death once all test results are in.
While I’m sure that these results may be very difficult for Mays‘s family to hear, I can only hope that they take some comfort in knowing what caused Billy‘s death. Billy‘s son, Billy Mays, III, posted a message on Twitter yesterday asking that everyone wear blue today in honor of his late father … I think that would be a very nice way to honor his memory. Rest well, Billy!
TMZ reports that Katherine Jackson, matriarch of the Jackson family, has just filed legal paperwork with the court in an attempt to gain full legal guardianship of the late Michael Jackson‘s children — Prince Michael Joseph Jackson, Paris Michael Katherine Jackson and Prince Michael Joseph Jackson, II. Wasting no time and, apparently as a preemptive strike against biological mother Debbie Rowe, Katherine ensured that the paperwork was filed as soon as possible today:
A guardianship petition has been filed for Michael Jackson’s children by Katherine Jackson, the grandma. She is asking the court to appoint her as the guardian for all three kids. The petition states the kids have “no relationship with their biological mother.” According to the petition, the kids are in the care of Katherine and they have “a long established relationship.” The petition says the value of Michael Jackson’s assets are unknown at this time. Debbie Rowe is named as mother of two children in the petition. As for why Katherine thinks it would be “best” to appoint her guardian, “Minor children are currently residing with paternal grandmother. They have a long-established relationship with paternal grandmother and are comfortable in her care.” The petition says it’s “not known at this time” whether the mother (Rowe) agrees that Katherine should be the legal guardian. As for Prince “Blanket” Michael Jackson II — MJ’s third child — the box where it says “mother” is checked “none.” The DOB is listed as January 21, 2002. A hearing is now set for August 3 to hear the petition.
I would be remiss if I didn’t note that any assets that would go to Michael Jackson‘s children would go to the adult who has legal guardianship of his children. I am QUITE relieved that Katherine Jackson is the sole petitioner of this legal move to gain guardianship of the children because I honestly believe she has the children’s best interests at heart. It’s very telling that MJ‘s father, Joseph Jackson (the man who was bizzy promoting his record label on the red carpet at the BET Awards last night while others were honoring his dead son), is not listed on the paperwork. If Katherine is the sole guardian of these children, then I think that would be very good news, indeed. It’s no secret that Joe Jackson was a terribly abusive father to his children, one hopes that he will not be allowed to inflict the same terror on his grandchildren. Protect those babies, Katherine!
David Beckham may be a busy multi-millionaire, but he still likes to make his mother happy. And with wife Victoria in tow he did just that at the weekend as the couple surprised Sandra Beckham by turning up at her 60th birthday celebration. Posh and Becks and their three sons sneaked in through the kitchens of a restaurant near Chelmsford, in Essex, where Sandra was having dinner with family and friends. “They crept in through the back so they could surprise the birthday girl. There were gasps of delight when they walked in with a lots of hugs and kisses,” a source told the Sunday Mirror. The couple and their three sons Brooklyn, 10, Romeo, 6 and Cruz, 4, sat down to enjoy the £20-a-head meal at the Blue Bridge restaurant in Writtle, on Friday night. David later gave a heart-felt after-dinner speech. “It was just like any other family birthday party. Their children were running around with all the other kids,” the source added. Festivities continued the next day as David drove Brooklyn to a flower shop in Epping so that he could buy a bright-yellow bouquet for his grandmother. On Saturday evening Posh and Becks enjoyed a night with Victoria’s side of the family. David looked dapper in smart dark suit and slicked 1950s hair style, while Posh chose a one-shoulder black dress. They left the kids at home for the more sophisticated soiree at the Ivy Club in London with Posh’s parents and her sister Louise and boyfriend. The party went on from 9pm to 1am in the morning. David and Victoria’s next trip will be a no-expense-spared holiday in the Seychelles on their own. The couple have booked an entire five-star resort for 10 days to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary on July 4.
Awww … now that’s a good son :) I’m sure Mother Beckham really appreciated that her son and his family were in attendance at her 60th … seeing his beautiful face was prolly the best birthday gift of all. Which reminds me, my birthday is coming up in a couple of weeks so if Becks would like to ensure that I, too, receive the best birthday gift of all then he is most welcome to come to my party as well. Just throwing that out there. But I digress … I understand that after Les Beckhams are finished celebrating their 10 year anniversary abroad, the entire family will be back in SoCal so Becks can get back to his duties with the LA Galaxy. It will be nice having him back in town, if for only a short while. My birthday is July 12th, Becks. Just wanna throw that out there.
Over the weekend there was some Twitter drama for our dear Britney Spears … someone was able to hack into her official Twitter account and post the following tweet:
Britney has passed today. It is a sad day for everyone. More news to come.
Which, obvs, was a cruel hoax. Her account was quickly updated with a follow-up tweet that confirmed that Britney was/is alive and well:
Britney’s Twitter was just hacked. The last message is obviously not true. She is fine and dandy spending a quiet day at home relaxing.
But absent that minor drama, the weekend was a pretty good one for Brit Brit. She spent much of the weekend in the company of her agent/beau Jason Trawick … the couple went out for coffee, did some shopping and even underwent a couple’s make-over together. Britney went brunette and Jason went blonder … behold:
Anyone who continues to believe that Britwick are not romantically involved are just kidding themselves … they are soooo together. But, if you need further proof, there is one more photo of the couple that seems to fortify my belief that they are romantically involved. After the jump, check it out … More »
Janet Jackson, along with her father Joseph Jackson, made an appearance at the BET Awards (which took place at the Shrine Auditorium here in LA last night and was broadcast around the world on BET) to deliver another Jackson family statement to fans. (the first Jackson family statement came over the weekend). Janet was brought out to close the BET Awards which was a bona fide tribute show to the memory of the late Michael Jackson. Here is a photo of Janet at last night’s award show along with some deets of her appearance on the show:
At the close of the ceremony, Janet Jackson spoke publicly for the first time since Thursday about Michael. “My entire family wanted to be here tonight but it was too painful,” she told the BET audience, including her father who stood and applauded from his seat. “To you, Michael is an icon. To us, Michael is family. He will forever live in all of hearts. Tearing up, she added, “On behalf of my family and myself, thank you for all of your love, thank you for all of your support. We miss him so much. Thank you so much.”
If you were able to watch Janet deliver her statement on the BET Awards last night, you could see how important it was for her to deliver the right message in the right tone with the right sense of reverence. It is widely known that Janet and her big brother Michael were very, very close. It is heartbreakingly sad that she had to speak on the occasion of her brother’s death. After the jump, check out video of Janet‘s appearance on the BET Awards last night to watch her deliver her statement … More »
Zachary Quinto was spotted soaking up some of the SoCal sun yesterday as he made his way to the beach with some hot male friends. First, ZQ picked up some provisions at the local grocery store but then it was shirts off by the seaside:
You know, we don’t get nearly as much nekkidness from Zachary as we deserve. Here’s hoping that this trip to the beach is but the first of a long string of trips as the Summer unfolds. Give the public what the public needs, ZQ! Thanks.
In a wedding fit for a princess, Playboy Playmate Kendra Wilkinson wed her NFL player beau Hank Baskett at her onetime residence, the Playboy mansion in Los Angeles’s exclusive Holmby Hills, on Saturday, PEOPLE confirms. At around 6:45 p.m., the Playmate and former Girls Next Door star, 23, walked down the aisle in a white dress, dripping in more than $100,000 worth of platinum jewelry by Michael Barin, including drop earrings, a pendant and bracelet. The groom also wore white, as did the groomsmen, while the bridesmaids were in lavender. Among the hundreds of guests were former boyfriend and Playboy founder Hugh Hefner and fellow Playmate Bridget Marquardt, who was among the bridal party. The bride and groom married out in the open on a lawn, and there were white rose petals and flower wreaths decorating the aisle. “She was beaming,” says an eyewitness. The wedding week kicked off with date night Monday evening at the premiere of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, where Wilkinson told PEOPLE, “I feel great! We’re just ready to say our ‘I do’s’ and just go on our honeymoon and we’re ready to be married.” Her sole concern? “Tripping down the aisle,” she admitted. Wednesday afternoon the bride-to-be relaxed with some personal pampering and girl time with her mother, grandmother and bridal party at Face to Face Los Angeles, a salon in Studio City. The happy couple announced some other big news earlier this month – their first child, due on Christmas day.
I don’t know that I will ever truly understand the whole Hefner/multiple girlfriends thing so it seems totally odd that Kendra would be wed at the Playboy Mansion but I guess it should make sense? I dunno, don’t care … but I suppose congrats are in order for the happy couple who are just now beginning their life together. I suspect that this ceremony will be featured in some capacity on Kendra‘s new E! reality TV series Kendra so we have that to look forward to. Again, congrats to the happily wedded couple … here’s hoping they are in it for the long haul.
Yesterday afternoon, David and I made our way to Golden Apple Comics for an in-store appearance by Milo Ventimiglia and his partners Russ Cundiff and Jeremy Haun for the release of their new comic book series Berserker:
We got to hang out for a bit with the guys before making our way to Mercedes-Benz in Beverly Hills, CA so that David could test drive their new GLK350:
He’s been in the market for his first car so he is getting down to the decision-making phase.
After we were finished tooling around BH, we came back home so that I could lay out by the pool:
Lemme tell you … twas nice. I’m trying to get my work done as quickly as possible today so that I can get down by the pool again.
Tonight Kirsten, Darion and I are going to be celebrating our Friend Anniversary. It’s gonna be a very nice Sunday, methinks.
It’s Summer, y’all! It’s time that we get our asses to the nearest pools/beaches and start soaking up the sun! After all, that’s what the Hot Dudes of the Week are doing … like Tyler here:
Altho Tyler is posing for All American Guys (in all of his wet glory) it should be noted that he is a Canuck. AAG is going international and will be featuring hotties from around the world … not merely the homegrown hotties here from the US. I think that Tyler is a fine example of what Canada has to offer and is an amazing ambassador for his country. O Canada, we stand on guard for thee indeed! Enjoy!!
Lindsay Lohan made her way to Las Vegas, NV this weekend to celebrate her 23rd birthday at Wet Republic at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino with little brother Michael Lohan, Jr. and friends. Her birthday celebration was also utilized to promote her new spray-tan line Sevin Nyne. Here are a few pics from Lindsay‘s shindig yesterday:
Today, WET REPUBLIC welcomed Lindsay Lohan to celebrate her 23rd birthday and the success of her tanning mist, Sevin Nyne. Amidst all of the controversy surrounding the Hollywood starlet, Lohan traveled to Sin City and spent the day at Vegas’ hottest pool party destination. She arrived on the blue carpet in a sexy frayed black top that barely covered her tiny midriff, revealing her red bikini. The actress was joined by family and friends including her younger brother Michael Lohan Jr. and celebutante Brittny Gastineau. During interviews on the blue carpet, Lohan commented on the recent tragic losses of Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett. She stated, “I think we’re all just in mourning and we should just all respect the privacy of the family.” Lohan took advantage of the private VIP bungalows at WET REPUBLIC, shying away from all her fans and on lookers. The curtains were kept shut for most of the day, but Lohan did occasionally step out into the limelight and take in the energy of the pool. As the afternoon continued, the timid beauty began to loosen up and was spotted dancing seductively with Gastineau. She even ventured out from the bungalows to say hi to good friend and world-renowned DJ Steve Aoki. Her connection to the electronic music industry was developed through her on- and off-again relationship with DJ Samantha Ronson. The day was complete when WET REPUBLIC staff presented Lohan with a festive red, white and blue cake as her entourage gathered around to wish her a happy birthday.
Lindsay tweets: MJ was playing when this was taken, I’m not that much of narcissist
It sounds like Lindsay had a nice, relaxing birthday celebration and managed to stay out of trubs for once. It’s interesting that Samantha Ronson was not in attendance at this birthday event but her actual birthday is coming up on July 2. I imagine L. Ron will be together for at least one of her birthday parties. In any event, Happy early Birthday, Lindsay! I can’t wait to see how you celebrate next.
How about we talk about some birthdays to offset all the death talk that has plagued us in the past few days … Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick celebrated his 22nd birthday at Lucky Strike bowling lanes in NYC last night with his girlfriend (and GG co-star) Jessica Szohr … here are a couple pics of sexy sexy making his way out of his bday party last night:
Oh yes, Mr. Westwick has been lookin’ migh-ty fine in the past few weeks or so (you may recall he was lookin’ pretty good at that recent K-Swiss event in NYC, too). It sounds like he had himself a pretty fun birthday party at Lucky Strike last night. We have Lucky Strike lanes here in SoCal and my friends and I had a great time bowling togther this past Winter. Let’s send out all of our birthday lurve to Ed and wish him many more happy birthdays to come!!
Oseary tweets: a great photo of Madonna and Michael on the home page of www.madonna.com
The photo of Madonna and Michael Jackson is from the night in 1991 when the Queen and King of Pop attended the Academy Awards together. Pretty much all of Hollywood was agog that the two biggest pop stars of all time were each other’s dates for the Oscars that year … as People magazine reported at the time:
It May Have Been Just a One-Night Stand, but When Pop’s Billion Dollar Boy and the Queen of Steam Strutted Their Stuff at the Oscars, They Were, for One Brief Moment, the Brightest Star Couple of All. As anyone burdened with stardom knows, finding a date for the Oscars can be an enormo pain. After all, really famous folk simply can’t be seen with some sweet nobody who waves “Hi Mom” at the camera and spends the evening worrying about credit-card approval at Spago. And so it was, when Madonna and Michael Jackson, Earth’s top pop stars, faced the who-is-famous-enough-to-be-seen-with-me quandary, they hit on the perfect solution. Since they were already planning a duet for Michael’s upcoming album, Dangerous, and since they both happened to be on all Hollywood’s collagen-enhanced lips anyway—he for his ballyhooed “billion-dollar” contract with Sony, she for her upcoming, already controversial self-ploitation film, Truth or Dare-why not date…each other? Big dates can also become big disasters, however. So a week before the Oscars, the couple met at L.A.’s Ivy restaurant to plan and, perhaps, trade makeup tips. By Oscar night, all was ready. Michael looked positively legendary in gold-tipped cowboy boots, a blinding diamond brooch and—in a dramatic sartorial departure—two gloves. Madonna, awash in peroxide and pluck, diverted at least some of the attention from her low-cut, pearl-encrusted Bob Mackie gown with $20 million in diamonds, on loan from jeweler Harry Winston. They entered L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium and promptly collected their well-deserved Best Seat honors—front row, two on the aisle. All seemed fine at first. Michael applauded as Madonna out-Marilyned Marilyn in a vampy rendition of Stephen Sondheim’s Oscar winning “Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man).” And it seemed everyone agreed that the ermined minx stole the show. Afterward, things got a little dicey, for Michael at least, when the couple arrived at Spago for Swifty Lazar’s annual Oscar bash. After whispering and giggling in Michael’s ear, the Material Girl abandoned her one-night Boy Toy and hopped over to Warren Beatty’s table, where heavy breathing and light petting ensued. “He fondled her all over,” says a dedicated observer. But all turned out fine. Michael, tit-for-tat, dandled Diana Ross on his lap before Madonna returned and joined him for a grand exit. Strobes flashed and the partyers cheered—even though everyone seemed to understand that Michael and Madonna’s big night out was about as romantically valid as taking your cousin to the prom. So just what were they up to? What else? When the Shy Man of showbiz and the Princess of Publicity concoct a date together, it can only mean one thing—they both have something to promote.
At the time Madonna was promoting her, now infamous, documentary film Truth or Dare and MJ was whipping up publicity for his album Dangerous. I absolutely remember when these two celebrity titans teamed up for just one night to set the world of celebrity on fire. Never before and never since did Madonna and Michael Jackson step out in such a public way together … that night in April 1991 was their night. As you may recall, Madonna issued a statement on the day that Michael died saying that she couldn’t “stop crying over the sad news” so it’s pretty clear that she truly cared for Michael Jackson. Madonna and MJ ruled the 80′s and the 90′s together … it must be terribly sad for Madonna to lose her superstar counterpart.
On the day that Michael Jackson died, the tributes from his close friends came pouring in with expressions of grief, sorrow and remembrance. Yesterday, on behalf of the entire Jackson family, patriarch Joseph Jackson released an official statement to the public expressing their feelings on the passing of Michael Jackson. Here is the full text of the Jackson family statement:
“In one of the darkest moments of our lives we find it hard to find the words appropriate to this sudden tragedy we all had to encounter. Our beloved son, brother and father of three children has gone so unexpectedly, in such a tragic way and much too soon. It leaves us, his family, speechless and devastated to a point, where communication with the outside world seems almost impossible at times. We miss Michael endlessly, our pain cannot be described in words. But Michael would not want us to give up now. So we want to thank all of his faithful supporters and loyal fans worldwide, you – who Michael loved so much. Please do not despair, because Michael will continue to live on in each and every one of you. Continue to spread his message, because that is what he would want you to do. Carry on, so his legacy will live forever. My grandchildren are deeply moved by all the love and support you have shown for them and their father, Michael Jackson.”
Joseph Jackson & Family
Very sweet, very touching sentiments indeed. There is no doubt that Michael was the centerpiece of the Jackson family and I imagine they are all suffering greatly from his loss. Whatever may have happened in the family’s past, I know that love and forgiveness overshadowed the negative in that family. It remains to be seen what the family will authorize by way of giving the public access to MJ‘s remains (ie. if he will be made available for a public service) but my guess is that they will do everything they reasonably can to allow the public to be a part of his funeral. From the age of 5, Michael Jackson belonged to the world … I imagine that he will belong to the world until he is finally laid to his final resting place.
Television pitchman Billy Mays — who built his fame by appearing on commercials and infomercials promoting household products and gadgets — died Sunday, FOX News confirms. Mays was found unresponsive by his wife inside his Tampa, Fla., home at 7:45 a.m. on Sunday, according to the Tampa Police Department. Police said there were no signs of forced entry to May’s residence and foul play is not suspected. Authorities said an autopsy should be complete by Monday afternoon. Mays, 50, was on board a US Airways flight that blew out its front tires as it landed at a Tampa airport on Saturday, MyFOXTampa.com reported. US Airways spokesman Jim Olson said that none of the 138 passengers and five crew members were injured in the incident, but several passengers reported having bumps and bruises, according to the station. Authorities have not said whether Mays’ death was related to the incident. “Although Billy lived a public life, we don’t anticipate making any public statements over the next couple of days. Our family asks that you respect our privacy during these difficult times,” Mays wife, Deborah, said in a statement on Sunday.
Wow! This would be the 4th death in the “celeb world” in under a week! Not that Billy Mays was a celeb but he was well-known here in the US for his infomercials for various products for sale on TV (among them OxiClean, Kaboom!, Mighty Putty, Orange Glo and more). In recent months, Mays faced small competition from pitchman Vince Offer (of ShamWow fame) who attempted to steal some of Mays‘s thunder but his controversial private life ensured that Billy Mays‘s title as King of Infomercials stayed intact. I even got to see Billy Mays in person when he appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno a couple of months ago. He was a guest on one of the eps that featured Prince as the musical guest. He looked happy and thrilled to be part of Jay Leno‘s final shows as host of The Tonight Show. All life is precious and altho Billy Mays was not as famous as Farrah Fawcett, Michael Jackson or Ed McMahon, I’m sure his loss greatly affects many people — his family most especially. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends today … Rest well, Billy.
The FAA is already deflecting blame for the death of Billy Mays — claiming the legendary TV pitchman wasn’t wearing a seat belt when he took a shot to the head during a rough landing on a flight he was on yesterday. Here’s what we know — Billy Mays was aboard US Airways Flight 1241 flying from Philadelphia, which landed roughly when the front tire blew out as it touched down. After the flight, Billy told FOX 13 in Tampa that something struck him in the head — here’s Billy’s actual quote: “All of a sudden as we hit you know it was just the hardest hit, all the things from the ceiling started dropping. It hit me on the head, but I got a hard head.” We called the FAA for comment, and a spokesperson told us, “The passenger needs to wear a seat belt during landing and he didn’t.” A spokesperson for US Airways did not want to comment until more information comes to light.
Time magazine has announced that they are rush producing a special commemorative issue of their magazine in honor of the late Michael Jackson. This special edition of the mag will be available on newsstands on Monday and is the first such mid-week issue of the mag since September 11, 2001. Here is our first look at the commemorative issue of Time magazine honoring Michael Jackson along with the text of the new press release:
TIME will publish a special commemorative issue on Michael Jackson to hit newsstands on Monday, June 29. This special edition of the magazine will be published in addition to TIME’s regular weekly issue and will retail for $5.99. For the special commemorative issue, TIME spoke with Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Tina Turner, Nancy Reagan, Lenny Kravitz, Jesse Jackson, Tommy Mottola, Berry Gordy, Spike Lee, Sheryl Crow, Anjelica Huston, Clive Davis, Al Sharpton, Deepak Chopra, Kobe Bryant, Lance Bass, Oscar De La Hoya, Savion Glover, A.R. Rahman, Peter Gabriel, John Mayer and more. Stories from the commemorative issue will appear on TIME.com Sunday. Read TIME.com’s ongoing coverage of Jackson’s death at http://www.time.com/time/specials/michael-jackson/ TIME last published a special edition in between weekly issues in the days following 9/11. The issue sold more than 3.25 million copies in the United States.
A tribute like this should come as no surprise considering the massive impact that Michael Jackson has had on the world. This will be but the first of many, many tributes to the late King of Pop. This weekend, the BET Awards will pay special tribute to his memory … as I’m sure many other awards shows will in due time. Michael Jackson‘s death will resonate with people for a long time to come.
Yesterday afternoon Dino and I made our way to the Hollywood Walk of Fame to pay our respects to the late Michael Jackson at his star on Hollywood Blvd. As expected, the area was teeming with people who were trying to do the same. The entire block was cordoned off and fans were made to wait in line to get to his star. To be honest, it was hot and crowded … but well worth the wait:
I may not be the biggest MJ fan but I do respect the man for his important contributions to pop culture. I’m glad that I made the pilgrimage to pay my respects.
Afterward, I met up with my friends Tamar, Ollie and Caleb for a little hang out session at Tamar’s before we went out to see a laser show at the Laserium at the Vine Theater. After a few drinks and a great conversation, we decided to skip the show and just hang out for the rest of the night. We had a lovely time … we made the right choice.
Here is this week’s back of photos sent in by Pink is the new Blog readers — Yanti from Sydney Australia sends in the cutest pic ever of her beautiful baby girl Milla — Tracey sends in an adorable photo of her niece flashing her first wink — Shirlene sends in a pic of supercute Lily rockin’ the pink tutu — Kari (from Toronto) sends in a pic with friends Djuna (from Vancouver) and Melissa (also from Toronto) watching the sun set in Oia, Santorini — Amanda, an LA native currently in college in North Carolina, sends in a pic alerting us to the fact that this fall (Oct. 9 – 11) she will be participating in the Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk in Washington D.C. in support of the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure. Amanda needs to raise $2,300 in support of the Susan G. Komen Foundation and she is hoping that generous Pink readers will leave her donations HERE. Here’s hoping the spirit of giving will help her raise the funds for this amazing cause:
Thank you all, so much, for another batch of fun photos. The babies are adorable, the friends look so happy and much love and props to Amanda for her efforts to raise money for Breast Cancer Research. I realize the economy is tough right now but I’m sure Amanda will appreciate anything you can spare to donate in her quest to raise the money. Thank you all so much for the fun photos … please keep ‘em coming!! xo
Imogen Heap, amazing solo artist as well as chanteuse for the group Frou Frou, has announced the title, release date and tracklist of her new album … along with the release of the album artwork for her new disc. The album is titled Ellipse, it will be released on August 25 in the US and here is our first look at the album art:
British singer-songwriter-producer and two time Grammy nominee Imogen Heap will now be releasing her much anticipated new solo album Ellipse on August 25th 2009 through RCA Records. The same day Imogen wrapped up her tour in support of her last breakthrough album Speak For Yourself, she delved into the writing process for Ellipse’s thirteen tracks. Beginning in Hawaii and working her way through Fiji, Tasmania, Japan, China and Thailand, accompanied by only a small writing set up, Ellipse began to take shape. Imogen then returned home to continue work on the record and remained true to her do-it-yourself ethos, building her new studio in the “playroom” of her old family home (an 18th century ‘oval villa’ restored by her parents) on the outskirts of London. Below please find the full track listing for Ellipse:
01. First Train Home
02. Wait It Out
04. Little Bird
07. Between Sheets
09. Bad Body Double
11. The Fire
13. Half Life
If you are at all familiar with Imogen‘s amazing music then you should be as excited as I am at the release of this new album. Imogen has been updating her fans on the progress of Ellipse on her official Twitter profile and I am counting down the seconds until this album is released. Imogen has been one of my fave musicians for many years now … I fell in love with her when she opened for Rufus Wainwright on his first tour. I know that there are quite a few Imogen Heap fans out there so this one’s for you. We’ll count down the seconds together …
Here are a couple cute pics of Alyson Hannigan, her hubby Alexis Denisof and their cute babygirl Satyana (safely secured in her baby carriage) out for a family stroll together here in SoCal yesterday afternoon … behold:
This week has been chock full of emotions … running the gamut of the full spectrum … but seeing these photos of Aly and her happy family really puts everything into perspective. Into everyone’s life a little rain must fall but eventually the will shine again. I imagine that the Hannigan-Denisofs are really enjoying life these days. They’re happy, healthy and raising a beautiful newborn child together. I love that we can always turn to Alyson Hannigan to bright up our days :)
Channing Tatum, who will first appear in the movie Public Enemies as gangster Pretty Boy Floyd and then in G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra as Sgt. Duke Hauser, was spotted lookin’ all fine and shizz in his Miller beer t-shirt as he made his way to a meeting in Brentwood, CA yesterday … behold:
Lawd … you know you’re hot when you look really hot and you’re still fully clothed. As I’ve said many, many times before … you put Channing Tatum in a movie and you can count on my $12 at the box office. What is it about meathead hunks that is so appealing? Anyone?
Awww … here is our FIRST LOOK at Madonna with her newly adopted daughter Chifundo Mercy James as they made their way out of a service at the Kabbalah Centre in London earlier today. As you can see from these ADORABLE photos, Maddy gave Mercy a piggy-back ride as they made their way to their waiting car:
HMMMMMMMM … could it be that the romantic nature of the relationship between Britney Spears and her hottie agent Jason Trawick are heating up? The couple were spotted on the streets of SoCal yesterday lookin’ awfully coupley together. As you may already know, Britney and her peeps are back in LA after she completed her stint of UK shows last week for a little R&R before she flies back to Europe to continue the European leg of her tour The Circus starring Britney Spears. Yesterday we saw cute pics of Britney rockin’ a pair of her daisy dukes cut-off jean shorts … but today we get to see pics of her out and about with Jason :) You can kinda tell that things have started getting serious between these two because Jason has started carrying Britney‘s purse:
When a man starts carrying around a lady’s purse … you know something is goin’ on. But, there are other photos of Britwick elsewhere in SoCal that lead me to believe that things have progressed to a new level in their relationship. After the jump, check out the new bling that Britney was showing off on her ring finger … More »
It is time for a bit of unadulterated happiness and positivity … in the form of Twilight star Robert Pattinson lookin’ his usual cute-ass self on the NYC set of his new film Remember Me. These new pics of R. Pattz have it all … his sly smile, his pursed lips, his pasty-white legs and a nerdy shirt:
I don’t see how anyone can be bummed out or upset from looking at these photos, right? Let’s make this weekend the best weekend of our lives! Let’s enjoy all the fruits of living that we can … love our family and friends to the fullest and … be happy!! Happy Weekend, y’all!
Sacha Baron Cohen brought his Brüno circus to Hollywood, CA yesterday for the LA premiere of his new film. Dressed in military hotpants atop a mirror-ball bedazzled tank and brandishing a jewel-encrusted bazooka, his Brüno character rolled into town for the lavish premiere. Here are a few pics from yesterday’s event:
As some of you may be well aware by now, Michael Jackson‘s death even touched the Hollywood premiere of Brüno yesterday. Not only was MJ‘s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame covered up by the red carpet set up for the premiere (which barred fans from being able to pay tribute to the late singer until after the premiere was over) but a scene in the film was removed out of respect for the late singer. La Toya Jackson, MJ‘s older sister, was punk’d in the film and both she and MJ were mocked in the final cut of the film. The offending scene was taken out completely from the film before the movie premiered here in LA out of respect for Michael Jackson. I understand that the rest of the premiere went off without a hitch, tho. Brüno opens in theaters on July 10 so there may still be more of these over-the-top premieres to come. Next up, NYC?
Guy Ritchie enjoyed a boys’ day out with sons Rocco and David yesterday as he took the pair to see the Peter Pan play in Kensington Gardens. The casually dress trio arrived at the production with friends and three-year-old David clutched his film director father’s hand as they may their way inside. Ritchie, 40, was every inch the doting father and couldn’t stop smiling as he enjoyed some bonding time with his boys. The ex-husband of pop star Madonna has been looking after Rocco, eight, and David at his home in Wiltshire while she bonds with newly adopted daughter Mercy in London. Madonna’s oldest daughter Lourdes is also thought to be with them. The 50-year-old pop star is said to be determined not to ‘smother’ four-year-old Mercy.
It’s very obvious that divorce is never the best family option for families but many, many times it’s a circumstance that cannot be helped. It seems to me that Madonna and Guy are doing a very good job keeping the kids of paramount importance and ensuring that they are able to spend lots of quality time with both of their parents. It’s not like Guy has to be commended for spending time with his own children but it is a happy sight to see him so involved in their lives (well, as much as he can be considering that they now live with their mother an ocean away). Maddy will be bizzy with the resumption of her Sticky & Sweet Tour in just a couple of weeks … methinks that daddy Guy will be picking up some of the parental slack in the coming weeks and months.
Daniel Radcliffe, star of the upcoming new film Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Parade magazine which appears as an insert in newspapers around the country. In his coverstory interview, Daniel talks about (among other things) growing up as a celebrity, his lurve of older women and that nude scene he did on Broadway‘s Equus. Here is DanRad‘s Parade coverphoto and excerpts from his coverstory interview:
In this Sunday’s issue of PARADE, Daniel Radcliffe talks about breaking free of his Harry Potter image and finding love with older women.
Love has an age:
“Girls my own age are not really an option. I find, generally speaking, they have to be entertained more than older girls do. So most of the girls I have had serious things with are generally sort of in their 20s.”
On turning 20 next month:
“I’ve noticed I make noises when I get up and sit down now. I mean, my knees are rotten bad—I refused to wear knee pads too many times when I was doing stunts, and I just clobbered them up a bit. I am an old man in a young man’s body.”
Where Harry leaves off and Daniel begins:
“When I started out at the age of 10 or 11, I was essentially saying the lines as I myself would say them. When I became aware that that’s what I was doing, at 13 or 14, it didn’t make sense to change, because it would suddenly be a dramatic shift in the character.”
Shocking audiences with a nude love scene on Broadway:
“As soon as we started doing the show, people went, ‘Oh! So this is not pornography—this is a play,’ It was mainly hyped beforehand. I didn’t set out to shock people. I set out to do something different from Potter. If I had wanted to shock people I would have played, you know, a gay drug dealer.”
I’ve talked at some length of my respect for Daniel Radcliffe as an actor and as an artist and this interview with Parade goes a long way in fortifying that respect. The young man deffo has his head on straight and has the talent to make it very far in the biz. After the jump, check out the rest of the photos from his Parade mag photospread … More »
Whew … what a crazy 24 hours it’s been, huh? While many of us, me included, were merely trying to process the loss of Farrah Fawcett we were shocked to learn of the death of Michael Jackson yesterday afternoon. My immediate response was shock and awe … and the only way I knew how to process was to put on my fave Michael Jackson songs in remembrance. Of course, I was also reminded by just how many of his songs were faves of mine (Rock with You, hands down, is my fave Michael Jackson song of all time). Because I needed to get away from all of the media that was playing nonstop since word of MJ‘s cardiac arrest broke, I met up with my good friend Dino for a bite to eat and some friendly personal interaction. He was so kind as to give me one of the new military-style DSC Helmet Bags which are available for sale starting today:
Altho the helmet bag is really designed for air force pilots to carry around their helmets, I think I can find other uses for it :) Dino and I had a great time together but, invariably, I had to return home to the media dirge of newsreports. I managed to watch both hour-long 20/20 specials on ABC last night … one for the late Farrah Fawcett and one for the late Michael Jackson:
Farrah‘s special really educated me on her final years … it was very painful to see the way she wasted away in her final months but very heartening to see how hard she fought to live. MJ‘s special reminded me that while the man was a musical genius and is owed much for his contributions to pop culture, he had many problems and was really a very troubled man for most of his life. Time magazine published an honest piece on the death of Michael Jackson, titled The Death of Peter Pan, and I’d like to share an excerpt that really puts his troubled life in perspective:
Jackson’s profound weirdness — not just the glove or the seaweed hair striping his face but the blanched skin, the pained eyes, the tremulous soul — hinted that Peter Pan was the wrong role for him. Wasn’t Jackson really one of Peter’s Lost Boys, stranded between childhood and adolescence, loved by the public yet feeling caged and abandoned, and searching, groping for the Edenic innocence he believed was any child’s birthright? Or, to pick an image from another Disney cartoon classic, Neverland could also be Pinocchio’s Pleasure Island, where careless lads were transformed into slaves and donkeys. And this pop-star Pan could instead be the Pied Piper, the musician who lured children into a cave as their parents gasped in fright.
We really cannot forget the troubled life that MJ lived … because it was troubling for us to bear witness to. I recall the interview he did with journalist Martin Bashir, Living with Michael Jackson, where in his own words and by his own admissions he did the most damage to his persona. There are many ways to remember Michael Jackson … he was a hero to many, a villain to many and a sad, lost little boy who never really grew up to pretty much everyone. In the end, tho, I choose to remember the good things … his amazing body of music that will ensure that the best parts of him will live on for all time. Thursday June 25, 2009 is a day that a great many of us will remember for a long, long time. Some are dubbing it “The Day the Pop Music Died“. I think yesterday will always be one of those days where you’ll remember where you were when you heard that Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson died. I know, for sure, I will always remember.
ONTD! is 5, Jason Schwartzman is 29, Chris O’Donnell & Sean Hayes (Will and Grace) are 39, Harriet Wheeler of The Sundays is 46 and Chris Isaak is 53 years old today. Click HERE to see who else is celebrating a birthday today.
I believe Samantha Ronson DJed at Villa nightclub last night and did NOT refuse a single Michael Jackson song request. As I’ve said all along, I love seeing L. Ron together when they both look so happy. While I’m sure the pair were mourning the loss of a great pop icon, they really do look genuinely happy to be spending time together in these photos. Grief can bring estranged couples back together again … I guess we’ll have to see where the love story between Lindsay and Sam goes from here.
1 Praise the LORD.
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens.
2 Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness.
3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,
4 praise him with tambourine and dancing,
praise him with the strings and flute,
5 praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.
6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.
Praise the LORD.
While I don’t necessarily think it is a good idea for models to get tattoos of any kind, anywhere on their bodies I can appreciate the lad’s desire to ink his body with a verse that is so important to him. All of my tattoos are very personal and mean so much to me, I can’t ever hate on anyone for gettin’ inked. I will say, I’m relieved the guy wised up enough to cover up those MC initials on his arm tattoo. Congrats on the new ink, JG!
I think it’s very heartening to see that just as life ends, new life begins. I imagine that Gisele and Tom are very much looking forward to the birth of their first child together (I understand her due date is in December) and I cannot wait to follow Gisele‘s pregnancy in the coming months. Nothing enhances a woman’s beauty like the miracle of pregnancy … and her radiance will only grow as she bumps out even further. Life is too short to dwell on negativity and sadness … it is so important to celebrate life!! Congrats Gisele!
While it’s difficult to focus on other things today, I’m gonna try and move on and talk about other stuff that is going on in the goss world. Earlier this week we saw photos of Victoria Beckham rockin’ her new fave pair of cut-off jean shorty shorts but lets not forget that Britney Spears has been rockin’ that look for AGES now. Even back in her hey day she used to wear the cut off shorts … and it looks like she dug those babies out of her closet to wear again. Here are a couple photos of Brit Brit lookin’ every bit the Hollywood “It” Girl with her cut-off shorts and Starbucks drink in hand as she did some shopping here in SoCal earlier this week:
I think it’s very telling that VB, fashionista extraordinaire, is bitin’ Britney Spears sense of style. Now, I’m not saying that Vicki B. is wearing the shorty cut-off shorts merely to dress like Britney but VB does tend to rock the style trends as they occur. Britney, IMHO, is still capable of being a trendsetter … even if this new trend is a throwback to an old trend. Whatevs … my point is that Britney looks hawt in her shorty shorts and it is AMAZING to see her lookin’ so well. It really looks like the Hollywood “It” Girl is back among us. Woot!!!
“She’s gone. She now belongs to the ages,” Ryan O’Neal tells PEOPLE, also confirming that she received the last rites of the Catholic Church. “She’s now with her mother and sister and her God. I loved her with all my heart. I will miss her so very, very much. She was in and out of consciousness. I talked to her all through the night. I told her how very much I loved her. She’s in a better place now.” Added O’Neal: “She was with her team when she passed … Her eyes were open, but she didn’t say anything. But you could see in her eyes that she recognized us.” Though O’Neal recently said that he and Fawcett had planned to wed, they did not tie the knot. “There just wasn’t time, and Farrah wasn’t in any condition to do it,” says O’Neal. Friends and family plan to honor Fawcett with a funeral service at a Catholic cathedral in Los Angeles in the next few days. Like so much about Fawcett’s life – including her bumpy relationship with O’Neal – her heroic struggle to beat the disease was closely followed by her legion of fans. “I’ve watched her this past year fight with such courage and so valiantly, but with such humor,” Fawcett’s Charlie’s Angels costar Kate Jackson told PEOPLE in November 2007 … Redmond was not there at Fawcett’s side when she died, but spoke to his mother on the phone and told her “how much he loved her and asked her to please forgive him that he was so very, very sorry,” O’Neal tells PEOPLE.
This brave, brave woman fought cancer to the very end … her struggle, unfortch, is being overshadowed by MJ‘s sudden death so I do want to take one more moment to remember and pay tribute to Farrah Fawcett. I watched the 20/20 special on her life on ABC last night and was literally moved to tears by the tribute. I really hadn’t been aware of how hard she fought the cancer that ravaged her body. The woman lived in agony for the past few months but remained resolute that she would fight on until her last breath. I cannot imagine the pain that her family must feel right now. I hope and pray that they find solace that she is no longer suffering and I hope they are able to heal from this sad, sad loss. Farrah Fawcett was an icon — she will be remembered, loved and dearly missed.
As I mentioned earlier, the LA Coroner’s office is conducting the autopsy of Michael Jackson today (according to the morning news, it is underway right now) but there are so many questions as to what caused his sudden death … until the official results of his autopsy are released, speculation is sure to run rampant as to what happened to cause his death. Just Wednesday night, MJ did a semi-full dress rehearsal for his upcoming This Is It Tour which was scheduled to kick off at London’s O2 Arena on July 13 and, by pretty much all accounts, he looked healthy and very happy during rehearsals. TMZ posted a few photos from MJ‘s final rehearsal at the Staples Center just Wednesday night:
We’ve learned Michael Jackson showed no unusual signs of distress — he was rehearsing his upcoming concert at the Staples Center in L.A. But, we’re told, like other nights of rehearsal, Jackson was both hours late and lethargic. We’re told rehearsal went late into the evening. Jackson was singing and dancing with the backup dancers and the band. Someone who was there says Jackson was supposed to show at 7 PM but didn’t arrive until 10 and he was “listless.” But that was normal, according to people at rehearsal.
So, barring any natural cause, what could’ve happened between a night of rehearsal to an incident of cardiac arrest? It turns out that MJ had a personal doctor on hand at his home and it is being alleged that that doctor gave him an injection of Demerol right before he went into cardiac arrest and that may have been the cause of his death. I understand the shot of this strong prescription drug was administered at around 11:30AM yesterday … the 911 call was made at around 12:20PM … he was pronounced dead at 2:26PM PT. MJ‘s doctor, who cannot be found right now, is being sought for questioning:
We’ve learned law enforcement is looking for a doctor who lived at Michael Jackson’s home — and the doctor is nowhere to be found. Law enforcement sources tell us a BMW belonging to the doctor was towed from Jackson’s home last night. Cops are looking to interview the doc. A law enforcement source says the doctor gave Jackson an injection before he died. Jackson reportedly may have OD’d on Demerol. As we first reported, family members were concerned that Jackson was taking too much morphine.
It would make sense that something as strong as Demerol might be the cause of death but until the full toxicology report on Michael Jackson‘s body comes back (those reports take some time to be processed) we prolly won’t know the official cause of death. Brian Oxman, a family lawyer for the Jackson‘s, tells Life & Style magazine that police have seized prescription drugs from MJ‘s home to determine what, if anything, he was taking that might’ve lead to his death:
Investigators have seized bags of prescription drugs from Michael Jackson’s home, family lawyer Brian Oxman has confirmed to Life & Style. Police searched Michael’s rented Beverly Hills home and took away “bags of material,” including vials of prescription drugs. Oxman also said he was prepared to name names of doctors who prescribed drugs to Michael. He told Life & Style, “Police seized bags of material from his house. They were looking for drug vials and syringes. I don’t know if they found syringes, but there would have been a lot of drug vials.” Oxman said he would help the police investigation into Michael’s death, adding, “I did warn him about the drugs, but I am sorry I didn’t warn him enough.” “I am going to wait until I get the toxicology report, and if his death has something to do with drugs, I am prepared to name names of doctors who prescribed them.” He added that the Jackson family was totally devastated by Michael’s death: “They couldn’t even talk to one another in the hospital. It was total silence, and they were just holding one another’s hands.”
To be honest, there has been much speculation on Jackson‘s health in recent months. I, too, heard the rumors of skin cancer, etc. — after all, we saw photos of MJ doing to visit his doctor in Beverly Hills, CA almost every day in the past few months. Whatever the cause of death, IMHO, it came too soon ;( The duty of delivering the Jackson family’s official statement on Michael‘s death fell to his older brother Jermaine Jackson. If you are so inclined, you can watch video of Jermaine delivering his official statement at the UCLA Medical Center moments after his brother’s passing … More »
Of course the people who were nearest and dearest to Michael Jackson have also been paying homage to the fallen pop star. His sister Janet Jackson, the youngest member of the Jackson family, released an official statement thru her manager about the passing of her big brother Michael:
“Janet Jackson is grief stricken and devastated at the sudden loss of her brother. She is in pre-production for a movie and is flying immediately to California to be with her family.”
“I am absolutely devastated at this tragic and unexpected news. For Michael to be taken away from us so suddenly at such a young age, I just don’t have the words. Divinity brought our souls together on The Wiz and allowed us to do what we were able to throughout the 80′s. To this day, the music we created together on “Off The Wall,” “Thriller” and “Bad” is played in every corner of the world and the reason for that is because he had it all…talent, grace, professionalism and dedication. He was the consummate entertainer and his contributions and legacy will be felt upon the world forever. I’ve lost my little brother today, and part of my soul has gone with him.”
“I was so excited to see his show in London. We were going to be on tour in Europe at the same time and I was going to fly in to see him. He has been an inspiration throughout my entire life and I’m devastated he’s gone!”
I can’t find the words right now to express how deeply sadden [sic] I am by Michael’s passing. We have lost a genius and a true ambassador of not only Pop music, but of all music. He has been an inspiration to multiple generations and I will always cherish the moments I shared with him on stage and all of the things I learned about music from him and the time we spent together. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones.
“I can’t stop crying over the sad news. I have always admired Michael Jackson. The world has lost one of the greats, but his music will live on forever! My heart goes out to his three children and other members of his family. God bless.” – Madonna
Guy Oseary, Madonna‘s manager, reveals on his Twitter account that Maddy was planning to do a surprise performance with MJ during one of his O2 Arena concerts:
The moment that never happened: A month ago Madonna told me she wanted to do a surprise performance at one of michael Jackson’s uk shows..
I’m sure the tributes will be rolling in for some time now … I imagine many of you are still processing the loss of Michael Jackson. There is sure to be much discussion on Jackson‘s sudden passing — especially considering that his autopsy is scheduled to take place here in SoCal today. The results of his autopsy may take weeks to be released but I suspect we’ll hear the results sooner rather than later. I, for one, spent much of yesterday evening listening to my favorite old skool Michael Jackson songs and watched specials devoted to Michael Jackson last night. How are y’all coping?
UPDATE: Watching CNN and they have yet to report that Jackson has died but TMZ, who first reported the cardiac arrest, is reporting that he has passed away. This is the report from TMZ:
We’ve just learned Michael Jackson has died. He was 50. Michael suffered a cardiac arrest earlier this afternoon at his Holmby Hills home and paramedics were unable to revive him. We’re told when paramedics arrived Jackson had no pulse and they never got a pulse back. A source tells us Jackson was dead when paramedics arrived. A cardiologist at UCLA tells TMZ Jackson died of cardiac arrest. Once at the hospital, the staff tried to resuscitate him but they had no luck. We’re told one of the staff members at Jackson’s home called 911. LaToya ran in the hospital sobbing after Jackson was pronounced dead. Michael is survived by three children: Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr., Paris Michael Katherine Jackson and Prince “Blanket” Michael Jackson II.
I am in complete and utter shock. This is so unreal. I am literally speechless …
We’ve just learned Michael Jackson was taken by ambulance to a hospital in Los Angeles … and we’re told it was cardiac arrest and that paramedics administered CPR in the ambulance. He was picked up at his home around 20 minutes ago — we’re told his mother is on the way to visit him. The 911 call came in at 12:21PM at his Holmby Hills home in L.A.
Whoa!! Now, it should be clarified that just because he suffered cardiac arrest that doesn’t necessarily mean that his life is in danger. What it does mean, unfortch, that his upcoming string of 50 concert dates at the O2 Arena in London, England is in dire jeopardy. Jacko is scheduled to kick off his This Is It Tour on July 13 (less than a month away). Thus far, this report from TMZ is all the news we have on MJ‘s condition. Here’s hoping that his condition is not serious and that he will be back on his feet again soon.
UPDATE: Oh no! TMZ has added new information from MJ‘s family, none of it good news:
A Jackson family member tells TMZ Michael is in “really bad shape” and the brothers are headed to UCLA … We just got off the phone with Joe Jackson, Michael’s dad, who says “he is not doing well.”
Now I’m starting to get worried … let’s send our love and prayers for Michael Jackson‘s speedy recovery!
My girl Kristin Cavallari did a bit of shopping here in SoCal yesterday afternoon hittin’ up a few high end boutiques to spend some of that hard-earned money she’s being paid from MTV to appear in the upcoming season of The Hills:
Seeing KC shopping up a storm reminds me of the hey day of the Hollywood “It” Girl when it would be commonplace to see the ladies pay almost daily visits to the shops on Robertson Blvd. in West Hollywood, CA. Remember when The SkeletwinsTM reigned supreme? While I doubt that Kristin will single-handedly reprise the importance of the Hollywood “It” Girl, I am glad to see her paying homage to the role. Gone are days of the oversized sunglasses, the tiny dogs in purses and the Starbucks coffee drinks firmly placed in well-manicured hand … but it’s nice to remember the good ol’ days sometimes.
Mariah Carey just announced the release of the album artwork for her album, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, on her official Twitter account … which I now present to all y’all:
Mimi confesses that she chose three images of herself for the album cover because the album features a range of stories and emotions. She tweets:
The reason I chose to use 3 images for the cover is cos there are a lot of different emotions and stories revealed on this album. I knew … It might leak 2day so I figured might as well give it a nice debut :) Hope “You like this and you know it” (sung like “its like that” haha
HMMM. My guess was that she really featured three images of herself for the album cover because she couldn’t decide which image showcased her boobs in the best way. You may recall that MC announced the title of her new album on Twitter and now she tweets the album cover. You gotta love when all of the info comes straight from the horse’s mouth. To be honest, I like this album art … I mean, it’s so Mariah Carey … don’tcha think?
Firstly, I have to say that the special effects are really spectacular. The strongest part of the film is the seamless way that the CGI characters are integrated into the film … I really could see no errors in the effects. Other than that, tho, I was far from impressed. There was zero attempt to tell a story … the writing is just horrible. I know many people think that big budget action films don’t need a story to be good but I would argue otherwise. I mean … the writing was really just bad. At almost every plot development I kept thinking how stupid the movie plotline really is … and it just keep getting worse thruout the film. I wasn’t expecting Shakespeare but I was expecting not to feel like an abject idiot. It really felt like the story was the least important thing in the production of this film. The focus is really on the CGI, the loudness and the huge explosions. On that account, the movie succeeds. On all others, IMHO, it fails. It really occurred to me that this film was Michael Bay‘s latest attempt to say to the world, I HAVE A BIG PENIS! I SWEAR!! I will say that barring the insipidness of the tale, I did enjoy seeing new Transformers on the big screen so I didn’t totally hate the film but, believe me, it’s not that good. Compared to the first film, this one is junk. Even still … I think fans of Transformers should see the film, if for the nostalgic purposes only. But my honest advice is to wait to rent the DVD or see it on cable for free.
Not sure what the plan is for tonight but I have a couple ideas in mind. It’s a beautiful day here in SoCal today … I wanna be outside :)
Very sad news today … Farrah Fawcett, our beloved Charlie’s Angel, lost her battle with cancer today and sadly passed away just a short while ago. As some of you may be aware, Farrah was diagnosed with anal cancer three years ago and really took a turn for the worse in the last few months after the disease spread to her liver. It is my sad duty to pass along the report that Farrah has died at the age of 62:
Farrah Fawcett, whose stunning looks and blinding smile made her a pop icon of the 1970s, has died. She was 62. Her spokesman, Paul Bloch, says Fawcett died Thursday morning in a Santa Monica hospital. Her 2 1/2-year battle with cancer was depicted in the TV documentary “Farrah’s Story.” She burst on the scene in 1976 as one-third of the crime-fighting trio in TV’s “Charlie’s Angeles.” A poster of her in a clingy swimsuit sold in the millions. She left the show after one season but had a flop on the big screen with “Somebody Killed Her Husband.” She turned to more serious roles in the 1980s and 1990s, winning praise playing an abused wife in “The Burning Bed.”
I understand that Farrah passed away at 9:28AM PT earlier today in the ICU ward at St. John’s hospital in Santa Monica, CA. Ryan O’Neal was at her bedside. This is such sad news … expected but so very sad. I absolutely remember Farrah from her stint on the hit 70′s/80′s TV series Charlie’s Angels but was most touched by her stunning performance in The Burning Bed. I was very young when I saw that movie about spousal abuse and it had a profound effect on me. It is always sad when someone passes away but to lose someone as pop culturally iconic as Farrah Fawcett seems especially tragic. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family … she will be sorely missed.
A new commercial for Pizza Hut has made its way to the Internets that was supposed to air on national television to promote the NBC competitive reality TV show I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! The ad features everyone’s favorite Reality TV villains Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt and would’ve been a boon for their efforts to expand their celebrity. Unfortch, the couple did not have the mettle to last very long on the show and, therefore, the Pizza Hut ad was canned. But now, at long last, all y’all can watch the Speidi ad in full here:
HMMM. Not only did the couple fail on the TV show but they also kinda fail in this ad. The premise sounds funny … but the execution sucks. Mebbe it’s in Pizza Hut‘s best interests that this ad never made it to national TV … I mean, does this association with Speidi make you want to eat their food?
On the real, I’m not all that jazzed by the album title but I am so freakin’ excited to hear new music from the amazing Whitney Houston. She has been away for far too long and we have been dying for new music from her all the while. I imagine her new single will be released soon … I.Can’t.Wait!!!
Filming continues this week on the NYC set of the new film Remember Me which features Twilight star Robert Pattinson and Lost star Emilie de Ravin as the on-screen couple were snapped enjoying a carnival date together on set. Here are a few pics of the Remember Me co-stars on set this week:
Filming on this movie has only been in production for a couple of weeks now and we’ve already seen pics of R. Pattz bloodied and bruised and we’ve seen Rob and Emilie cozying up together by the seaside. Now we see the pair on a cute carnival date … where Rob wins Emilie a big stuffed panda bear! I’m thinkin’ Remember Me is gonna be chock full of things that will make the ladies squeal and fawn over Robert Pattinson in every way possible. Don’t be surprised if we see him paired up with a cute puppy next … just wait and see.
In France to launch her advertising campaign as the face of the new Helena Rubenstein fragrance Wanted, [Demi Moore] enlisted Kylie Minogue’s help for some local advice on the city’s restaurants. The two women were spotted in black and gold outfits and killer heels as they dined at the new Coste restaurant in the St Germain district of Paris. They were also joined by Demi’s youngest daughters Scout, 17, and Tallulah Belle, 15. It isn’t known how long they have been friendly, but they appear to have plenty to talk about after dining together twice in three days. On Monday night, Kylie joined Demi, 46, and her daughters at celebrity favourite Le Stresa. The following day, Demi was seen enjoying a private visit to the Louvre gallery. Accompanied by her bodyguards, the actress couldn’t resist the urge to take a photograph of Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterpiece Mona Lisa – even though photos are forbidden. She then posted the unauthorised holiday snap on her Twitter micro-blogging page. She wrote: ‘Ah… the Mona Lisa.’ Addressing husband Ashton Kutcher, who is currently at home in the U.S., she added: ‘This one is for you baby! Direct from the Louvre. Eros waking his love Psyche.’ On her Twitter page, Demi also admitted she wanted to release her own fragrance, adding: ‘Hopefully soon.’ Since splitting from Olivier in February 2007, Kylie has often returned to the capital to spend time with his dog Sheba, who she has described as ‘the love of her life’. She is now happily dating a Spaniard, Andres Velencoso. Demi’s trip to Paris is her second visit to France this year. She accompanied Ashton to the French Riviera in March during the filming of his new move Five Killers.
In case you are interested, you can click HERE to see Demi‘s unauthorized mobile phone photo of the famed Mona Lisa painting. I can’t say that I blame Demi for wanting to befriend Kylie … she’s an absolute doll and I imagine she is as sweet in person as she seems in persona. While I doubt that these ladies will be joined at the hip from here on out it’s always nice to see new friends in the making. I know I’m hoping to become friends with Kylie when she comes to the US on her first North American tour this Fall … hey, it could happen.
Rihanna, who made an appearance in court on Monday for Chris Brown‘s court date (and sentencing), was spotted in the close company of producer and friend Pharrell Williams in Beverly Hils, CA yesterday … and it looked like the pair were getting along very famously. Could the duo be in talks for a possible musical collaboration in the near future?
While I doubt that anything of a romantic natures is going on between these two (as some suggest), I think it’s much more likely that the friends might be working out a way to collaborate together. Rihanna has taken some much needed time off in the months since she was assaulted by ex-boyfriend Chris Brown back in February … but mebbe she’s feeling the need to get back to work. Personally, I wouldn’t mind if she took even more time off from work but, believe me, I will heartily welcome her return to music when she is good and ready. Seeing her with Pharrell might be the first real sign that she’s serious about getting back in the music scene.
For a woman who has spent the past week relaxing in the South of France sunshine, Victoria Beckham looked a little..well, flat today. But then, that was the idea, really. Mrs Beckham has been recovering from the latest round of cosmetic surgery to reduce the size of her breasts. The 35-year-old mother of three showed off a less busty frame in a tight grey top matched with denim cut-off shorts and high-heeled boots. It was a much more subtle look for the woman whose cleavage has had more ups and downs than a bouncy castle. And just to make sure he matched perfectly, husband David chose a rather appropriate flat cap for himself. The couple left the French Rivera on a private jet accompanied by their three sons, Brooklyn, ten, Romeo, six and Cruz, four. Mrs Beckham is said to have had the reduction, believed to be her third bout of breast surgery, last month in the hope of toning down her WAG shape. She saw a Los Angeles surgeon and had a set of implants removed which reduced her bust size from a generous 34DD to a less obtrusive 34B. A source told The Sun last week: “Victoria has wanted her implants taken out for a while. She felt that was part of her old WAG image – the big hair, big boobs and fake tan – and that she has moved on since those days. She had the op three weeks ago and is very pleased with the results. After the operation she came to London for business and then went to France to heal properly in private.” Victoria’s spokeswoman has declined to comment on the surgery.
Oh yes … when spokespeople decline to comment they’re pretty much confirming the news. Had no surgery taken place, the spokesperson (I’m sure) would’ve been happy to deny. I have to say … good for VB. Her bulbous globes have been lookin’ quite ridic in recent years … lettin’ a little air of her balloons (if you will) sounds like a great idea. I’m not sure what is going on with those cut off shorts, tho. She’s been wearing the hell out of those shorts for the past few weeks … mebbe they’re her comfy recovery clothes? In any event, glad to see the Beckhams out and about again … I’ve missed them. No word on where the family is headed to next but I do know that the LA Galaxy is expecting Becks back in LA in order for him to finish out his contract (finally) with them.
After hearing that Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson “broke-up” again before they even got back together again I was pretty certain it would be some time before the ladies were photographed together … but apparently the ladies hooked up again last night as they were snapped together again inside Sam‘s car:
Hollywood.TV posted this photo of L. Ron together last night on their official Twitter profile. Now … this could just be an innocent get together or it could be the start of a whole new relationship for these two … one can never really be sure. All I know is that these two just can’t get enough of one another and as long as they’ve got smiles on their faces, I’m all for the reunification of L. Ron. Good luck, ladies … with whatever it is that’s goin’ on betwixt you two.
A new report out today claims that Madonna‘s new greatest hits album, her last album for Warner Bros., is scheduled for release in September … going head to head to head with new releases from Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. According to Examiner.com, the disc will be titled Iconography and may be released on September 22 BUT … they got the title wrong … it is actually titled Celebration and will be released September 28:
This column has been told that Madonna is getting ready to release her greatest hits album, Iconography, in September – possibly September 22. It will be her final album with Warner Brothers and it will contain three new songs. The timing of the album’s release may be bad. Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey are going to be releasing albums around the same time. Whitney Houston’s Undefeated is due on September 1, one week after Mariah Carey’s Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel. Then again, having three divas release albums at the same time may be good for the record industry and the economy. But if Madonna and Whitney Houston go the Mariah route and release new material that is as uncreative and boring as Mariah’s new single Obsessed, the record industry may suffer even more.
While I question the need for another Madonna Greatest Hits album, I am interested in hearing what her three new songs sound like. I understand the song titles for the new tracks are Broken, I’m Sorry and Celebration. Despite the fact that I’m intrigued by these new songs, I’m even more interested in the release of her new album — the first for her new record label with Live Nation. Here’s hoping that these three new tracks will give us a good taste for the direction that her music is heading … which can be very good or very, very bad news.
Here are a couple of cuuuuuute pics of Heidi Klum, baby bumpin’ out, and her three children Leni, Henry and Johan enjoying a lovely day at a park in NYC this week … behold:
Since we already know that Heidi is incubating a baby girl inside her baby bump we know it won’t be long until she will be taking her 2 daughters and 2 sons out for playdates. Just when you thought her family couldn’t get any more beautiful … along comes another baby. Couldn’t you just puke on your fabulously stylish shoes?
‘My Glow’ is the latest addition to the success that’s called the Glow collection. The original Glow by Jennifer Lopez scent launched in 2003 as her debut perfume and until now has had it’s biggest success out of all of her fragrances. The Glow collection started with Glow and was followed by Miami Glow, Love at First Glow, Glow After Dark, Glow Shimmer and Sunkissed Glow. The fragrance was developed while Jennifer was pregnant with her twins and inspires the relationship a mother has with her child. “Every baby is an angel,” said Jennifer Lopez. Which clearly transpires to the capsule of the flacon which has an angel on it. The bottle is the first out of the Glow collection that has a different shape than usual, the flacon also has a more classic look. The ad campaign was shot in September last year by legendary photographer Carter Smith, who also shot her last editorial for ELLE magazine … ‘My Glow’ will be available in October 2009 at department stores across the country. No word yet if Coty Inc. has plans to also release the fragrance internationally.
My guess is that it costs much less to produce an unending line of smells than it is to produce yearly collections of fug clothing. For those of you interested in smelling like Jennifer Lopez might want to know that My Glow features the top note smells: lavender flower, water lily, freesia — the mid note smells: white rose, wet leaves, peony, Casablanca lily — the base note smells: skin musk, milky sandalwood, precious woods and heliotrope. No smell of desperation just yet, which means that there may be more releases from the Glow fragrance line in the coming months.
Yesterday we saw photos of Kristen Stewart in full costume and make-up as Joan Jett on the SoCal set of the new movie The Runaways which just went into production. Today we get to see pics of Stewart‘s co-star Dakota Fanning in full costume and make-up as Runaways bandmember Cherie Currie on set (along with a couple newer photos of K. Stew as Joan Jett in a different costume) … behold:
Ah yes … I remember all the heavy and IMHO bad make-up that the ladies used to wear in the early 80′s. The look lingered for much of the decade and the young ladies who rocked this look in high school were referred to as burn outs. All I know is that there had better be at least one feather roach clip featured in the flick. To be honest, the look is all nostalgic and fabulous these days … I really am dying to see how this movie will turn out. Previously we saw these young actresses hanging with their real-live counterparts and now we’re seeing them in action. I realize filming *just* started but I really want to see more.
Last night I was able to attend the LA screening of Björk‘s new concert film Voltaïc: The Volta Tour which will be included in her new boxset Voltaïc which was released this Tuesday. The screening was held at the Montleban Theater at Sunset and Vine:
I was very surprised to see so many people came out for the screening … tho, I guess I shouldn’t've been … Björk is much beloved. Seeing the concert DVD on the big screen totally made me feel like I was at the concert. It was really a very cool event. I am absolutely picking up a copy of this amazing box set as soon as I can.
After the screening, Ollie, Caleb and I grabbed a late night snack at kitchen 24:
I love these two so much … they are truly a couple of my fave people ever. We had so much fun.
Tonight, David and I are going out to see Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Despite all the bad reviews, I’m willing to keep an open mind. It doesn’t have to be fantastic but I just don’t want it to suck.
Pink reader Jeff gave me the head’s up that rap singer Asher Roth is featured in the Summer 2009 issue of Rap-Up magazine in a new ad for G-Shock watches. Now, I don’t generally pay attention to Asher Roth or his music (and am more than a bit dismayed that David is a fan of his hit song I Love College) but something about this new ad for G-Shock caught my eye:
Asher Roth is baring all in Rap-Up’s Summer 2009 issue. The “I Love College” rapper is seen wearing only a strategically placed watch as part of the “Shock Value” campaign for G-Shock. When he arrived on set in Brooklyn, Asher refused to wear clothing, instead opting to go completely nude.
HMMM … yeah … I tend to be a sucker for cute nekkidness, call me crazy. I understand this particular Summer 2009 issue of Rap-Up includes more photos of Asher‘s G-Shock photoshoot … it might be worth picking up.
Christian Bale, Johnny Depp, Marion Cotillard and others were on hand for the Hollywood premiere of their new film Public Enemies which took place during the LA Film Festival in Westwood, CA last night. Here are a few pics from the red carpet arrivals and some deets on last night’s event:
Both began their careers in the mid-’80s with instant classics (“Empire of the Sun,” “A Nightmare on Elm Street”), matured as actors with critically acclaimed roles in the ’90s (“Ed Wood,” “American Psycho”) and broke through with iconic characters in recent years (the “Pirates” and “Batman” films). Both possess the rare quality of making women want them and men want to be like them — and the even rarer skill of being indie-minded actors who lose no credibility when they delve into blockbuster territory. And on Tuesday evening, the remarkably similar career trajectories of Johnny Depp and Christian Bale converged on a red carpet full of gals, guns and gangsters at the premiere of “Public Enemies.” “We are both fellas, and both dads, and both in the same profession,” Depp, who plays notorious outlaw John Dillinger in the flick, explained of his similarities to Bale. “He’s very good, and tremendously talented.” “He’s a very unique actor,” returned Bale, who spends “Enemies” in hot pursuit of Depp’s Dillinger as FBI agent Melvin Purvis. “And I admire his work.” “Both are so intense and so committed and generous,” marveled Oscar winner Marion Cotillard, who plays Depp’s love interest in the Michael Mann flick. “It’s a really hard question: How do you compare something unique to something unique?” Another unique pop-culture phenomenon is our continuing fascination with the American gangster. Although Dillinger, Pretty Boy Floyd, Frank Nitti, Baby Face Nelson and other “Enemies” characters saw their real-life glory days some 70 years ago, we’re still enamored with them. So, what is it that makes gangsters so timeless? “Dillinger, you see, he was a bit more of an outlaw,” Depp explained. “The best thing about being an outlaw was the machine gun — and unlimited ammunition.” “The finest cars,” Bale said of the gangster life. “[Their] cars have this artistry, and they have a sense of the character.” “You can make your own rules, and bend the rules,” reasoned Leelee Sobieski, who plays another Dillinger flame in the film. “[When you're a gangster], crazy things will happen.” “Just saying the name ‘gangster’ — the hats, women and cars,” agreed Jason Clarke, who works alongside Depp in the film as fellow outlaw “Red” Hamilton. “They were guys that did what they wanted.” And speaking of people who can do whatever they want, it was hard to not notice the gangster-like power wielded by Depp and Bale as they walked the red carpet, greeted by shrieks of adoring fans. “I had a crush on Johnny when I was 6 years old,” Sobieski gushed. “I loved him in ‘Cry-Baby’!”
Yeah, I don’t know what it is about the romantic nature of gangsters but I feel that this impressive cast of actors will do a great service to that romantic notion and will do much to revive their appeal. I think the casting for this film is genius … as long as the writing in the film is decent, I suspect this movie will do very well. After the jump, check out a short video interview with Johnny Depp conducted by MTV News — the questions are kinda inane but Depp does a great job responding … More »
Last week we saw photos of Robert Pattinson on the NYC set of his new movie Remember Melookin’ all banged up with bloody bruises on his face. It turned out that R. Pattz wasn’t really injured, he was just in make-up for a scene in the film. Today we get to see a few new pics of Robbie with fake facial contusions … but these look even worse than the other ones:
Aww … I can’t help but feel a smidge of sympathy for poor R. Pattz even tho I know these injuries are not real and that he is not in any pain. There’s just something about seeing a poor injured little bird that makes you want to hug it and squeeze it and love it all over … even if this little bird isn’t really hurt at all. Don’t you just want to hug him?
Here are a few cute pics of Lindsay Lohan gettin’ her hair did at a salon here in SoCal last night that stayed open past 10:30PM just for her. I especially love the pics of her hair wash … check ‘em out:
The girl may be a mess at times (usually at 4 o’clock in the morning when she’s pounding on Samantha Ronson‘s front door) but I cannot help but genuinely love and care for her. It would be so amazing if her life just normalized for a while but until she gets a handle on her drama, she will still be an ofttimes mess. I do like seeing Linds doing normal things like this … it gives me hope that all is not lost.
The brothers known as Jonas are featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Rolling Stone magazine. Try as I might to ignore them, these young men have fully infiltrated pop culture (as evident from their latest magazine cover) and have even started mingling into the goss world (by way of youngest brother Nick‘s rekindled romance with Miley Cyrus, essentially making them the Justin and Britney of this new generation) and therefore are finally worth talking about … or at least mentioning. Whether or not they remain worthy of talking about on a daily basis for months and years to come remains to be seen. But, since they are the coverstory band on the new issue of Rolling Stone … well, here we go. Here is the Jonas Brothers coverphoto of the new issue of Rolling Stone magazine along with a portion of their coverstory interview:
If the Jonas Brothers‘ first moment on the cover of Rolling Stone found them reaching the height of teen pop stardom, their latest — on stands this week — finds them pushing for an even loftier goal: musical credibility. “I think we are working to make that trade without having to give anything up,” Kevin Jonas tells Rolling Stone in our cover story. “But I think it will take time, because of where we came from. I would honestly say to anybody, if you were in a band like us, you would take advantage of those platforms too. It’s easy for people to say, ‘No, I’m a real rock & roller,’ but I think you do what you’ve got to do.” Our Jenny Eliscu spent time with the brothers in Los Angeles as they prepared to hit the road in support of their most ambitious album yet, Lines, Vines and Trying Times. The album, the tour and much of what the band does these days seems designed to help facilitate the leap from teen pop to contemporary rock. It’s a challenging feat that few have pulled off. But the brothers are working hard on what they know will be a long, slow march to credibility. Eliscu found Nick on point as the band’s creative lead, putting their touring band through their paces (his brothers have started calling him “Mr. President”), while Kevin helps to steer the Jonas business and image (he even built a foam 3-D scale model of the band’s new stage set, which now takes 180 people to assemble at each show). “We have an operation around us that we run,” Kevin tells Rolling Stone. “It’s not run for us, or dictated to us. Everything that we do, we sign off on.” But even with a strong operation and a lot of hard work, the band knows that teen idols rarely make the leap to “serious artist.” “Personally, I’m not in the band to say, ‘Hey, you need to respect us, take us seriously,’ because that’s kind of stupid,” Joe tells RS. “We’re doing it because we love it, and we don’t care what age group we attract. If they like our music, they like our music, and if they don’t, fine. We don’t need you like our music.”
In the end, I really respect that these young guys have as much control over their careers as they do. They seem pretty grounded and are talented … whether you appreciate their music or not (which I don’t) you have to give them props for doing their thing to the best of their ability and enjoying much success from all of their hard work. Gone are the days when popstars are completely controlled and exploited by larger entities (for example, like Tiffany in the 1980′s who was a huge popstar that had no say about anything and ended up with NOTHING after her career was all said and done). These days, these millionaire tween stars have a lot of control over their careers … it’s pretty incredible. After the jump, check out a few photos from their RS photoshoot … More »
BritneySpears.com has been updated with a new gallery of photos that feature Britney Spears and her dancers taking a break from rehearsing a new musical number for an as-yet-unannounced song that will be debuted when Britney takes her concert tour The Circus starring Britney Spears back on the road in Europe next month. Here are a few pics from those rehearsals:
Clearly we cannot tell at all what song they were rehearsing for … all these pics show is Britney hanging out with her dancers flashing peace signs. Even still, it’s encouraging that Brit Brit continues to change up her tour so that folks who are seeing it fresh will deffo get their own unique experience of the show. As you may recall, Britney announced that she will be bringing The Circus back to the US for another round of dates in September and those tickets have just gone on sale. If you missed her the first time around you deffo do NOT want to miss her the second time around.
Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo have split, Usmagazine.com has learned. A source close to the couple tells Us: “It was an amicable break-up. They walk away from it still friends.” Adds another source, “They still care about each other very much. This is what’s best for both of them.” The couple hooked up in 2006 — the year after Lachey split from wife Jessica Simpson. In 2007, Minnillo told Us she wanted to have kids with Lachey: “I always say I want three boys and a girl, but at the end of the day, I just want healthy kids.”
HMMM … kids. I believe that kids were part of the reason that led to Nick‘s divorce from Jessica … and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if that is the case again this time with Vanessa. To be honest, I really liked these two together … they had about the same amount of fame (he a former boybander, she a former MTV VJ) that I thought would equal a successful long term relationship. Clearly that was not so. Bummer. I wish both Vanessa and Nick happiness no matter who they end up with next.
Attention Team Jacob: Little, Brown has revealed their cover for the movie tie-in edition of New Moon, which features an exclusive image from the Twilight franchise’s second film. Taylor Lautner fans should certainly pick up more than a few copies (Those arms! That smoldering stare! Remember, he’s only 17!). As for Team Edward…well, at least the image proves that the moon is not, in fact, made of green cheese.
Holy moly! Now that’s the kind of book cover that might inspire the young’ns to pick up a book and start reading. This coverphoto adeptly highlights the focus of New Moon and rightfully puts the character Jacob Black (portrayed by actor Taylor Lautner) front and center with Bella Swan (portrayed by actress Kristen Stewart). I like how Edward Cullen (portrayed by Robert Pattinson) is integrated into the moon (which is normally the symbol of the werewolf). I realize that you cannot always judge a book by its cover … but in this case I think the coverphoto adequately sums up the plot of New Moon. What do y’all think … do you like this book cover?
As a world famous superstar, being seen in public wearing the same outfit as someone else is a definite no no. But Hollywood A-listers Jake Gyllenhaal, 28, and Reese Witherspoon, 33, didn’t seem to mind when they arrived at the gym in Washington wearing matching work-out kits today. Of course the happily dating twosome may well have planned to co-ordinate their gym gear of blue shorts and cap, grey t-shirt and trainers. Smiling and laughing, they walked hand-in-hand through the streets after their work-out.
To which I have to give a resounding ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.
In previous weeks we’ve seen photos of Kristen Stewart rockin’ the 70′s punk mullet and we’ve seen her chillin’ with Joan Jett in preparation for her appearance in the upcoming new film The Runaways (based on the all-girl band of the 70′s/80′s) and today we get to see K. Stew in action as Jett on the SoCal set of the film. Here are the first pics of Kristen doing her best Joan Jett on the set of the movie that has just began filming:
HMMMMMM … I mean … yeah. Kristen deffo has the Joan Jett look down but … I don’t know that I’m feeling the hair in these pics. It looks different from the pics we’ve seen previously … her hair looks more like a wig in these pics, no? To be honest, I don’t really see Kristen as Joan Jett as much as I see her as Pinky Leather Tuscadero from Happy Days. Granted, you really cannot judge a film from just the pics we seen from the set … and The Runawaysjust went into production … so I’m gonna hold off on judgment. Minus the hair, I like the look tho … I kinda want to see more.
“Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick are delighted to announce the healthy arrival of their two daughters at 3:58 p.m. on June 22 in Ohio. Marion Loretta Elwell Broderick weighed 5 lbs., 11 oz., and Tabitha Hodge Broderick weighed 6 pounds. Both Hodge and Elwell are family names on Parker’s side. The babies are doing beautifully and the entire family is over the moon.”
Yay!! Those are some serious names for a couple of tiny baby girls … but I’m sure Marion and Tabitha will grow into their very long names soon enough. Again, much love and congrats goes out to the newly expanded Parker-Broderick family!!
On the 4th of July, Sky1 and Sky1HD will play host to a unique, sexy, and incredible event: the exclusive premiere of Madonna: Sticky and Sweet, a very special live concert recorded in December 2008 at the River Plate Stadium in in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Madonna: Sticky and Sweet was directed by Nathan Rissman (Madonna’s “I Am Because We Are”) and is a Live Nation Production. Stuart Murphy, Director of Programming, Sky1, 2 and 3, commented: “Spend a fantastic night with one of the world’s biggest music stars live in your living room…in high definition. HD will make audiences feel like they’re literally there with her. It’s fantastic, event television that only Sky1 can offer and the show is sure to set temperatures soaring this summer.”
Fans of Madonna‘s who wish to watch this concert broadcast can stream the event live on the web HERE. Make sure you bookmark the URL so that you can tune in on July 4 to watch the concert in full.
Last night David and I met up with our good friend Gillian for a long overdue dinner date that we’ve been talking about for ages. We went back and forth about places to eat and G decided on a fun place called The Hungry Cat on Sunset and Vine:
The place specializes in sea food and we loved everything we ordered … Gillian always knows the great places to eat :) To be honest, getting to see Gillian was the real treat of the night. She is a dear friend and we love her entirely!
Tonight, I am heading out to attend the LA screening of Björk’s new concert DVD film Voltaïc at the Montalban Theater. If YOU live in LA and would like to enter for a chance to win tix for tonight’s screening you can click HERE for more deets. I’m really looking forward to this screening … weeee!!
US actress Cameron Diaz has received the 2,386th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where she attributed her successful career to “the eternal love my mom and dad shared.” “It was what has given me the strength and courage to live this extraordinary life and it is what powers the light that burns inside of me, bright enough for me to be honored today with this star on the Walk of Fame,” Diaz said. Diaz, 36, who earned a whopping 20 million dollars for her role in the film version of “Charlie’s Angels,” will return to the silver screen Friday for the premiere of “My Sister’s Keeper,” in which she plays a mother of two girls, including a cancer patient. Her father died of pneumonia at the age of 58 in April as she was nearing the end of filming for the drama by director Nick Cassavetes. The actress, who is especially known for her role in the 1998 feature “There’s Something About Mary,” attended Monday’s ceremony in front of the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, north of Los Angeles, before hundreds of adoring fans. She was also joined by friends and fellow actors Tom Cruise, her co-star in “Vanilla Sky,” his wife Katie Holmes, and Lucy Liu, who starred with Diaz in “Charlie’s Angels.” Born on August 30, 1972 in San Diego, southern California, Diaz began fashion modeling at the age of 16 and made her big break in acting with the 1994 hit “The Mask,” alongside Jim Carrey. Since then, she has been considered one of Hollywood’s top comedians, with an average salary listed at about 10 million dollars per film.
Ah, Cameron Diaz … I’ve traveled the long road of her stardom with her. There was once a time that I was not her biggest fan (longtime old skool readers may recall “Zitty McPussbags”) but I’ve since softened my stance on her (her performances in the Charlie’s Angels movies helped a lot). While I may not always agree with the awarding of stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, I’m sure fans of the lucky celebs who receive these stars are very happy and appreciative for the celebs they love so dear. I suppose congrats are in order for Ms. Diaz. She will now be a part of Hollywood history for all time now that she is a part of the Walk of Fame … and that is no small feat.
I’ve just been given the opportunity to give away a pair of tickets to attend the LA screening of the new Björk DVD concert film Voltaïc: The Volta Tour at the Montalbon Theater tonight! I will be attending tonight’s screening of the film and I’d love for YOU to attend as well:
If you live in the LA area and you’d like to attend all you have to do is send me a message on TwitterHERE and you will be entered into the drawing (make sure your tweet messages include @trentvanegas so that I’ll get the message). I’ll select a name at random and that person will be allowed to bring a guest to the screening tonight. The screening will take place at the Montalban Theater at 7pm. If you’d rather purchase tickets for tonight’s screening you can do so HERE. I realize this is extremely short notice but I’m sure there are a few Björk fans out there who’d love to attend tonight’s screening of Voltaïc. Send me your tweets now!! Hope to see you at tonight’s screening.
CBS news in Martins Ferry, Ohio are reporting that the twin girls of Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick have arrived. Sources close to East Ohio Regional Hospital in Martins Ferry confirm for CBS News that the surrogate mother for Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick gave birth to twins this morning. Sources tell WTRF Reporter Dave Elias that Parker and Broderick are at the hospital with the surrogate. We are also learning that Parker and Broderick are expected to make some type of announcement before they leave the hospital. However, Hospital Spokesperson Maggie Espina would not confirm or deny our reports. She would only say that the hospital has no comment at this time. Security at the hospital is tight this morning. We’re told additional guards have been brought in and even more are on standby, if needed, as this story is expected to get national attention.
Yay!! Much love and congrats goes out to SJP and Matthew on the expansion of their beautiful family. The couple already have a son, James Wilkie, so I’m sure they are ecstatic over the addition of baby girls to the fam. As of yet, no names have been announced for the twin baby girls but one hopes that the proud new parents will divulge that info if they do make an official birth announcement today. Congrats again, SJP and MB!!
Yesterday we got our first good look at director Tim Burton‘s vision of Alice In Wonderland with the release of a few concept art stills from the film and a few character art promo photos (featuring The Mad Hatter, The Red Queen, The White Queen and Tweedledee & Tweedledum). Missing from the batch of new images we got to see yesterday were promo photos of main character Alice Kingsley portrayed in the film by Mia Wasikowska … today we get to see those images. Here is the character art promo photo of Tim Burton‘s Alice:
As Pink reader Kristy noted in the blog comments yesterday, Mia Wasikowska was previously seen in the first season of HBO‘s amazing series In Treatment. As a huge fan of the show, I was very impressed with Mia‘s acting performance in the role of Sophie on In Treatment. I think she will make an excellent Alice. After the jump, check out two new promo stills from the movie each featuring Mia Wasikowska as protagonist Alice Kingsley … More »
Say goodbye to Heidi and Spencer Pratt. As far as E! is concerned, the conspicuous couple occasionally self-referred to as Speidi are so dunzo. A startling 94 percent of you elected for the Hills stars’ immediate expulsion. Consider them gone from our wheelhouse, voted off the island, fired, out and any other appropriate reality-show catchphrase. Their planned attempt at hijacking the I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! reunion special on Wednesday? You won’t read about it here. Barring any actual news (e.g., she gets knocked up, he falls off a cliff or—heaven help us—her album goes to No. 1), consider this their very last post.
LMAOOOOOOO! I guess we can wish a hearty Peace the Spork Out to Speidi news on E! To be honest, none of this surprises me at all. While the duo may be outright geniuses at extending their 15 minutes of fame to astronomical proportions, I think they are finally starting to lose steam. Their ridiculous comments about Al Roker last week really started to put the chinks in their armor. Rather than looking like savvy reality TV stars, they looked more like spoiled brats. While I doubt the pair will go away for good after this banishment from E!, I think the couple’s ride may be soon coming to an end. I guess we shall see … I, for one, am not ready to count them out just yet. But if they continue onward with their present course of action, they prolly won’t last for much longer.
So … we all prolly know by now that Chris Brown managed to work out a plea bargain in court yesterday that resulted in his conviction on felony assault against his ex-girlfriend Rihanna (who was also in court yesterday, apparently ready to tell her side of the story to the court). His punishment? 5 years probation and 180 days of “hard labor” cleaning up the streets of his home State of Virginia. I understand that this is a typical sentence for first time offenders of assault … which kinda sickens me. The court system is basically saying that you can assault a person of your choosing and only face probation and street cleaning as punishment. But I digress. Here are photos of both Chris Brown and Rihanna in court yesterday and a full rundown of the day’s events:
With Rihanna set to break her silence in her assault case, Chris Brown reached a plea agreement that spared him jail time, it was announced Monday. Brown, 20, will be sentenced to five years probation and 180 days of community labor to be served in Virginia. He will also complete a year of domestic violence classes, and pay fines. In exchange, he pleaded guilty to felony assault by means likely to cause great bodily injury. “Mr. Brown, I think it’s commendable that you took responsibility for your conduct,” said Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg. Brown also was ordered to stay at least 50 yards away from Rihanna – except at industry events, when it’s 10 yards – despite a request from Rihanna’s lawyer for a less-restrictive order. For now, Brown was also ordered not to have any contact with her, which includes by phone, email or text. “He’s very thankful to all the people who’ve been very supportive,” said Brown’s attorney, Mark Geragos. “This is a kid who’s never been in trouble before, who wants to move past this and make sure that the message gets out that these kinds of things, of domestic violence, are not acceptable. And that he has accepted responsibility and continues to do so and embraces this as an opportunity for him to get his life back on track and his career back on track.” If he violates probation, Brown will face four years in prison. His formal sentencing is set for Aug. 5, when the court will drop a second charge of making criminal threats. Noting that Brown pleaded to a felony, Schnegg said, “I want Mr. Brown to be treated the same as any other defendant who would come into this court. That means something like Caltrans [trash pickup] or graffiti removal.” Brown had been charged with two felony counts – assault and making criminal threats – in the alleged fight that left Rihanna bruised and bloodied. The plea deal was reached shortly before Rihanna, 21, was to testify under subpoena in a preliminary hearing. Brown, wearing gray suit, off-white tie, and matching handkerchief in his front pocket, entered the courtroom shortly after 1:30 p.m. About 10 of his friends and family, including his mother, were seated in the audience.
After the judge addressed him, Brown left the courtroom and Rihanna, wearing a black dress and pearls, was brought in for the judge to explain the plea deal terms to the singer. The two were never in the courtroom at the same time. She stood before Judge Schnegg who told her that the court will consider reducing the stay-away order to the least-restrictive one after he’s sentenced. Rihanna’s only words in open court were: “Thank you, your honor,” before she was led out a special exit. According to a search warrant, Rihanna was assaulted during an argument that began when she read text messages from another woman on Brown’s phone as they driving in a Lamborghini in L.A. the morning before the pair were both scheduled to perform on the Grammy Awards. An enraged Brown allegedly tried to force her out of the car, hit her head against the passenger window, punched in her left eye and drove away while steering with one hand and continuing to punch her with the other, says the detective’s notes in the search warrant. As blood filled Rihanna’s mouth, Brown allegedly told her, “I’m going to beat the shit out of you when we get home. You wait and see!” Rihanna then pretended to call her assistant and left a fake message saying, “I am on my way home. Make sure the cops are there when I get there.” The police notes say that prompted Brown to reply: “You just did the stupidest thing ever. Now I’m really going to kill you.”
I guess I’m kinda disgusted that the ruling judge commended Chris Brown for “taking responsibility” for his actions. If he had truly taken responsibility, he would’ve turned himself into cops months ago, admitted his crimes and served a real punishment for assault. What really happened was that his hot shot lawyer managed to work out a deal where Brown only got a slap on the wrists for his felonious actions. I suppose at this point we are to hope that Brown has learned his lesson and will stay out of trubs for the rest of his life. Should he violate his probation in any way in the next 5 years, I believe he will be slapped with a more substantial punishment. In the end, I suppose we should be glad that all of this drama is over. My hope is that Rihanna can move forward from all of this in a healthy manner. Let’s not forget, she is the victim in all of this … whether she chooses to believe it or not.
Very sad news to pass along today … Ed McMahon, most famously known as Johnny Carson‘s sidekick during his tenure as host of The Tonight Show, passed away early Tuesday morning. Altho his publicist did not give an exact cause of death, he did reveal that McMahon suffered from a “multitude of health problems the last few months.” Ed McMahon was 86 years old:
Ed McMahon, who for nearly 30 years was Johnny Carson’s affable second banana on “The Tonight Show,” introducing it with his ringing trademark call, “Heeeere’s Johnny!,” died early Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 86. His publicist, Howard Bragman, told NBC that Mr. McMahon died at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center surrounded by his family. Mr. Bragman did not give a cause of death, saying only that Mr. McMahon had a “multitude of health problems the last few months.” A person close to Mr. McMahon, speaking anonymously because he was not authorized to release information, said Mr. McMahon had bone cancer, among other ailments, The Associated Press reported. In February he had been hospitalized with pneumonia, Mr. Bragman told CNN. With his broad, genial, regular-guy features, Mr. McMahon had the face of someone you would buy a used car from. Indeed, for decades he was one of television’s most ubiquitous pitchmen, selling everything from boats to beer. But it was in the role of the faithful Tonto to Carson’s wry Lone Ranger that Mr. McMahon made his sideman’s mark. After he rolled out his introduction like a red carpet for the boss, and after Carson delivered his nightly monologue, Mr. McMahon, in jacket and tie, would take his seat on the couch beside the host’s desk, chat and banter with Carson a bit before the guests came on and almost invariably guffaw at his jokes, even when he was the butt of them. When the guests did arrive, he would slide over to make room and rarely interrupt. The work paid handsomely — some reports said $5 million a year — and it made Mr. McMahon a familiar face, and voice, in millions of households. “The Tonight Show” became the country’s most popular late-night television diversion, and the “Heeeere’s Johnny” introduction became a national catchphrase. “I laugh for an hour and then go home,” Mr. McMahon once said. “I’ve got the world’s greatest job.” Off camera he and Carson were friends and occasional drinking buddies, although Mr. McMahon noted that Carson, who died in 2005, was not terribly social. “He doesn’t give friendship easily or need it,” he said. “He packs a tight suitcase.” Mr. McMahon rarely ran the risk of upstaging Carson. “To me, he’s the star and I’m on the sidelines, just nudging him a bit,” he said. But early in their association he slipped up. It happened one night when Carson was telling the audience about a study concluding that mosquitoes preferred to bite “warm-blooded, passionate people.” Before Carson could deliver his punch line, Mr. McMahon slapped his own arm, as if crushing a mosquito. The audience roared. Carson coolly produced a giant can of insect spray from under his desk and said, glaring at Mr. McMahon, “I guess I won’t be needing this prop, will I?” It was a rare flare-up in an association that began in the late 1950s, when Carson was the host of the ABC comedy quiz show “Do You Trust Your Wife?” and Mr. McMahon was hired to announce the show and read the commercials. (The title was later changed to “Who Do You Trust?”) In 1962, when Carson moved to “The Tonight Show,” replacing Jack Paar, he took Mr. McMahon with him. Mr. McMahon warmed up the studio audience, read commercials and served as Carson’s straight man until Carson left the show in 1992. Though Mr. McMahon sometimes projected the image of an amiable lush and got laughs for it, the cup that was always before him on “The Tonight Show” held only iced tea, he said. Years later, he said he had missed only three tapings in 30 years, because of colds or the flu. Edward Leo Peter McMahon Jr. was born in Detroit on March 6, 1923 … And for more than 40 years, Mr. McMahon appeared with Jerry Lewis on Mr. Lewis’s Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon over Labor Day Weekend. He did some acting as well. Among the movies he appeared in were “The Incident” (1967), in which he played a passenger brutalized by young thugs on a New York subway train; “Slaughter’s Big Rip-Off” (1973); and “Fun With Dick and Jane” (1977). After leaving “The Tonight Show,” Mr. McMahon appeared in summer stock and kept his hand in television. He was the host of the talent show “Star Search”; he joined Dick Clark on “TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes”; he was Tom Arnold’s sidekick on the short-lived sitcom “The Tom Show.” For the USA Radio Network, he broadcast “Ed McMahon’s Lifestyles Live” weekly from his home … Despite his many business ventures, Mr. McMahon encountered hard times in his last years. He was forced to sell his Beverly Hills mansion last year after falling behind in payments on $4.8 million in mortgages, and a former lawyer sued him for nonpayment of fees. Mr. McMahon blamed two divorces, bad money management and bad investments for his woes. “I made a lot of money, but you can spend a lot of money,” he said by way of explanation … Mr. McMahon regarded his friendship with Johnny Carson as a marriage of sorts. “Most comic teams are not good friends or even friends at all,” he wrote in “Here’s Johnny.” “Laurel and Hardy didn’t hang out together, Abbott and Costello weren’t best of friends.” But, he added, “Johnny and I were the happy exception.” “For 40 years Johnny and I were as close as two nonmarried people can be,” he wrote. “And if he heard me say that, he might say, ‘Ed, I always felt you were my insignificant other.’”
Very, very sad news :( While many people remember Ed McMahon as Carson‘s sidekick, I will always remember him first as the host of Star Search. That show was the American Idol of the 1980′s … McMahon helped cultivate the careers of Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Xtina Aguilera, Destiny’s Child, Tiffany, Alanis Morrissette, Usher and more — all of these stars were contestants on Star Search back in the day. News of his recent money troubles was very sad to me … I’m pained to learn that he was suffering from medical ailments as well. Ed McMahon was a swell guy … he will be missed.
Chris Brown has copped a plea in his assault case. He won’t do jail time. He’s also been ordered to completely stay clear from Rihanna. He’ll spend 180 days doing hard labor in Virginia which is where Brown lives – it’s equivalent to Caltrans or graffiti cleanup. He gets 5 years probation for FELONY assault — he pled guilty. He’ll get supervised probation. He’ll have to come back to court every three months. He must enroll in a domestic violence counseling program. The judge said she wanted to make sure that Chris Brown “was treated as any other person who comes through this court.” If Brown violates probation, he could get up to 4 years in prison.
Um … this sounds like a whole lotta bullshizz to me. Totally unsurprising and yet still gravely disappointing. No jail time at all for assaulting Rihanna … a fact that he legally confesses to by taking this plea agreement. Celebrity justice, y’all.
Chris Brown just walked into the court in downtown Los Angeles, through a sea of media and law enforcement. Officially, his preliminary hearing is set to begin at 1:30 PT and Rihanna is supposed to testify. But Brown’s lawyer was in chambers this AM with the prosecutor and the judge. We’re hearing they may announce a deal when the case is called.
UPDATE: Rihanna’s lawyer is in court but she isn’t there. It smells like a plea deal.
UPDATE: BIG CHANGE. RIHANNA IS IN THE COURTHOUSE. THAT DOESN’T FEEL LIKE A PLEA BARGAIN. She’s wearing all black with sunglasses — looks like a pop star going to a funeral.
UPDATE: Even though Rihanna’s there it still does feel like plea bargain
UPDATE: HUGE … THEY’VE JUST ALLOWED A CAMERA IN THE COURTROOM. OUR SOURCES SAY IF A CAMERA WAS LET IN THAT MEANS THERE ALMOST CERTAINLY IS A PLEA BARGAIN
HMMM … when TMZ starts writing in all CAPS, you can be sure they’re all riled up about somethin’. I’ll update this post with news once we know for sure if Chris Brown got a plea bargain or not. Keep in mind that just because a deal may have been struck that doesn’t necessarily mean that he won’t get any jail time. A plea bargain just means that both sides agree to a deal to close the criminal case … he may have copped to a deal that only involves a small amount of jail time. Stay tuned …
Emma Watson‘s collection of magazine covers continues to grow as she appears on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Teen Vogue magazine. Emma‘s accompanying photoshoot features her rockin’ some pretty swanky outfits … which should come as no surprise to those of you who have been following her growth as a little fashionista. Here is Emma‘s Teen Vogue magazine coverphoto and a portion of her coverstory interview:
She was just shy of ten years old when she took on the role of Hermione Granger, the bookish, bushy-haired sidekick to the titular hero of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. So feverishly anticipated was that first film—and so beloved were its four sequels (the fifth, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, hits theaters this month)—that Emma Watson, now nineteen, has been world-famous for more than half her life. That kind of renown has its downsides: Although the famously rabid British tabloids were (relatively) hands-off during the actress’s adolescence, they celebrated her eighteenth birthday by sending so many paparazzi to cover her London party that, she says, “I literally couldn’t get out the door at the end of the night.” (“The worst thing,” she adds, indignantly, “was that they laid down on the pavement and took pictures up my skirt. Now I’m going to wear cycling shorts whenever I get out of cars.”) Her year-long romance with financier Jay Barrymore is reportedly “on/off,” but Emma insists that they’ve actually been consistently together, and that “the only reason it’s ‘on/off’ is because the papers make up so much rubbish!” But observe the actress at her third Teen Vogue cover shoot—which takes place at a sprawling old English country manor that promises, in its brochure, both Norman castle ruins and “interesting shrubs”—and you’ll quickly see how Emma benefited from growing up inside a fishbowl. For one thing, she is enviably self-possessed. Even when the pair of miniature horses she’s been asked to lead picturesquely down a garden path become overexcited, she simply giggles and awaits her next direction. And even when dressed in impossibly high heels, wild patterned leggings, and a poufy mini, with her hair piled precariously atop her head and fastened with brightly colored netting, Emma’s poised enough to prevent the clothes from wearing her. Fashion, in fact, has long been of particular interest to Emma. She’s worn enough big-night Chanel to become friendly with Karl Lagerfeld, the line’s iconic designer—”It’s kind of my lucky brand,” she explains, “a fail-safe”—and lately she has been branching out, experimenting with Balenciaga, Burberry (for whom she’s a fall face), Miu Miu, Alice Temperley, and a little-known Englishman named William Tempest, whose designs she first spotted at an up-and-comers event called Fashion Fringe. When she’s not premiere-hopping, she says, “I live, really, in jeans from Topshop, blazers from Ralph Lauren or Reiss, and ballet flats.” “It’s very hard to describe your own style,” she admits. “And I’m young, so I’m still experimenting. But I think it’s quite British and very much about individuality.” Emma says she prefers to pull her own party dresses, but even when she’s short on time and must work with a stylist, she’s careful to make sure that the resulting outfits don’t look overdone. As she explains, “There’s nothing interesting about looking perfect—you lose the point. You want what you’re wearing to say something about you, about who you are” … It’s not uncommon for working actresses Emma’s age to apply to college, but she is quite unique in her determination to give it a serious go. Perhaps that’s because she’s still not 100 percent sure she even wants to be a movie star when she grows up. “There’s not, like, a burning passion in me,” she admits, “that I have to act and I don’t care what I do. Until something comes along that I feel as strongly about as I did Hermione—like, I felt that it was life or death—I don’t want to act again.” Instead she’ll study English Literature and art, though exactly where, she won’t say. (Cambridge, Brown, and Yale are all heavily favored by the Internet rumor mill, but given her insane popularity in the U.K. and the overly aggressive paparazzi, it’s likely she’ll end up in the States.) “I just want to keep it private for as long as I can,” she explains. “I probably sound like a paranoid nut, but I’m doing this because I want to be normal. I really want anonymity.” Emma even intends to live with a roommate in the freshman dorms, a decision which Dan Radcliffe told her was crazy. “But I want to do it properly, like everyone else. As long as I don’t walk in,” she adds jokingly, “and see, like, Harry Potter posters everywhere, I’ll be fine.”
I seriously love everything about Emma Watson … her attitude about things is so refreshing. I absolutely applaud her decision to go to college and hold off on an acting career until the next right part comes along. I have no doubt she will be a huge success in whatever endeavor she chooses next. Perhaps a career in fashion later on down the line? After the jump, check out a few photos from Emma‘s Teen Vogue photospread … More »
Tom Brady, who we just learned is reportedly going to be a father again, spent part of his Father’s Day yesterday with his new bride Gisele Bündchen and his son John Edward (with ex-girlfriend Bridget Moynahan) in the Pacific Palisades here in SoCal. Atho Gisele ain’t showing much of a baby bump yet, I’m pretty sure she is incubating Tom‘s next child in there … here are a couple pics from yesterday’s fun:
While I’m sure Tom had an amazing Father’s Day yesterday with his son, I’m sure he is looking forward to next Father’s Day with his second child (his first with wife Gisele). Tom Brady must really be loving life right now … a beautiful new bride, an adorable son and another baby on the way … you kinda almost wanna hate him for all of his good fortune ;) I keed, I keed … Happy Father’s Day, Tommy boy. I dunno what you did to deserve such a great life but I truly hope you aren’t taking any of it for granted.
Camels are so cute! I can’t wait to go on a camel ride. Yay!
Well, it looks like Paris finally got her wish … homegirl was photographed over the weekend enjoying her very first ride high atop a very cute camel … and clearly, Paris dressed for the occasion:
I’m not sure that high heel shoes are really the right kind of footwear for walking in the sand but … well … yeah. Paris also posted a couple new photos on her Twitter profile showing her love of Middle Eastern fashion:
Only Paris Hilton would relocate to the United Arab Emirates just to play dress-up. She hasn’t been tweeting anything to insipid in the past few days (well, not since the last time we checked in on her Twitterness) but I’m sure she’ll be talkin’ nonsense again soon enough.
Last night Darion invited a bunch of us over to his place for dinner and hanging out and David and I were the only ones who came out. Some of the friends are out of town, others were hung-over … nonetheless, we had a great time. Darion cooked an amazing dinner for us and then we played a bit of Rock Band. We named our band Fawking Amazing and based it in London, England:
I named my lead singer character Shite (a mullet-headed rocker with safety pin piercings and a missing left eye) and we rocked our asses off! David was on drums (an Edward Cullen-looking character named Bloke) and Darion was on guitar (a hot blonde chick named Blimey). We played long enough to win a touring van but had to call it quits just before midnight … so that Darion’s neighbors wouldn’t call the cops. Twas a very fun night.
Tonight, David and I are meeting up with our friend Gillian … we’ve been meaning together for EVER so tonight’s the night. I believe we are trekking out to Pasadena for the evening. Happy Monday!!
Donald Faison (Scrubs, Clueless) is 35, Carson Daly is 36, Mary Lynn Rajskub (24) is 38, Cyndi Lauper is 56 and Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman) is 60 years old today. Click HERE to see who else is celebrating a birthday today.
Burton gave us a grief-wracked demon barber in 2007′s Sweeney Todd and oodles of Oompa Loompas in 2005′s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Now one of Hollywood’s most visually creative directors layers his own surreal sensibilities upon the fanciful world of Lewis Carroll in Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, due in theaters on March 5, 2010. This first look at some of the concept art for the film suggests there is the usual Burton dark magic afoot.
Yes, yes … these images are really beautiful and hint at a more sinister Wonderland than we may be accustomed to … but it is the character art that really gives you a good feel for the tone of the film. After the jump, check out the amazing promo images of The Mad Hatter, The Red Queen, The White Queen and The Tweedles … More »
Sacha Baron Cohen continued his movie promo tour across Europe over the weekend when he brought the Brüno party to Berlin, Germany. Cohen also brought along a few friends to help promote the film … friends who joined him in wearing full-body knitted costumes that were anatomically correct:
Altho the genitals that were on display at the Berlin premiere of Brüno were not real, I thought it best to cover-up the naughty bits for those of you who may be reading the goss from work … church … or some other place that might frown upon the sight of knitted penises and testicles. After the jump, check out the uncensored photos from the Brüno Berlin premiere along with some deets about the event itself … More »
Lindsay Lohan was spotted trying to gain access into ex-girlfriend Samantha Ronson‘s home over the weekend (I understand she was successful but only after 20 minutes of pounding on the front door) and in the process showed off a new bit of ink on her left forearm. It was reported previously that Lindsay got a new tattoo but it has remained underwraps … until now. Here is a close-up photo of Lindsay‘s new tat that appears to read, Stars, all we ask for is our right to twinkle:
Lindsay Lohan unveiled her newest piece of body art as she slid out of a car this morning – a tattoo on her left wrist. The troubled former child star showed off the inscription as she arrived at on-off lover Samantha Ronson’s Los Angeles house in the early hours. It was impossible to decipher what the tattoo said, although a source recently revealed Lindsay had had a Marilyn Monroe quote inked on her wrist. The wording: “Everyone’s a star and deserves the right to twinkle,” was said to be surrounded by yellow, blue and green stars. Since then the tattoo has remained hidden, but this morning Lindsay seemed not to care as she flashed it at photographers. The tattoo joins Lindsay’s five others – the word Shhh…. on the side of her index finger, a small star on her wrist which matches one of Ronson’s, a heart on her hand, the word breathe on her wrist, and the phrase La Bella Vita on her lower back.
Despite that this article claims it is “impossible” to decipher the text of Lindsay‘s new tattoo, I think it’s plainly clear what it says. Clearly, all Lindsay is asking for his her “right to twinkle” being the star that she is … shouldn’t we let her do so? Is that too much to ask?
Beyoncé, the artist sometimes known as Sasha Fierce, brought her new concert tour I Am … to Madison Square Garden in NYC to kick off the US leg of her tour. B shocked the crowd by bringing her hubby Jay-Z on stage for their duet of her megahit song Crazy In Love and, by pretty much all accounts, brought the house down with their hot performance. Because I am seeing this show here in LA on July 13, I’m desperately trying to stay away from too many tour spoilers but since I doubt that B-Jay will be on stage together for the rest of the tourdates, I think it’s safe to share. Here are a few photos from Beyoncé‘s concert last night along with a review of the show (Be Warned: the review offers some show spoilers):
Beyonce has finally sorted out her split personality. Feeding both the flashy hip-hop side and the sensitive balladeer is something she has struggled with since stepping out of Destiny’s Child and out on her own. It came to a head on last year’s “I Am . . . Sasha Fierce” double album, but it wasn’t until her Madison Square Garden show Sunday night, the first on the American leg of her world tour, that she consistently integrated them both successfully. (She plays the Garden again Monday night.) See, Sasha Fierce has the booty roll in “Crazy in Love,” which featured hubby Jay-Z who got a response so loud his verses were lost in the roar. She has the “Freakum Dress” and the trapeze act during “Baby Boy” on her side. Can balladeer Beyonce compete with just her big ol’ voice? Well, she spices things up during the ballads now – assembling a wedding gown onstage for “Ave Maria” and throwing Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know” into “If I Were a Boy.” It’s no big surprise – after all, “Irreplaceable,” which infuses a Beyonce ballad with Sasha Fierce-ness, is her biggest success. Another combination was equally impressive – as she proved that hot choreography and strong vocals don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Beyonce is an amazing, unique dance-pop and hip-hop artist, arguably the best around, as “Diva” and “Radio” showed. She’s only a good balladeer, though she continues to improve, as her powerful take on “At Last” proved. Not only is she irreplaceable, but now Beyonce may be unstoppable, too.
OOOOOOOH man … the show sounds so good! As I’ve mentioned before, I have yet to see Beyoncé live in concert so I am very excited for all the fierceness in store. David and I will be seeing the show from the Diva Stage so I’m hoping our vantage point will get us close enough to the fierocity so that we may imbue some of it into our beings. Beyoncé has brought her show the US … I hope all y’all are ready.
After just 24 hours in the UK four-year-old Mercy James still has a lot to get used to in the world of her new adopted mother Madonna. She was spotted outside the singer’s £15million Mayfair home yesterday morning, in the arms of a woman believed to be her nanny. Madonna, 50, won custody of Mercy a little over a week ago and had been expected to fly out to Malawi to collect her. Instead a nanny flew with Mercy on a private jet to South Africa on Friday night before taking a first-class flight to Heathrow. Hours after landing on Saturday Mercy accompanied Madonna and her new siblings Lourdes, 12, Rocco, eight and David, three, to a London meeting of the Kabbalah faith. Madonna’s ex-husband Guy Ritchie was also seen at the centre. It is understood that he has taken Rocco and David to his home in Wiltshire while Madonna bonds with Mercy in London. The family spent an hour at the centre in London before Mercy, wearing shiny white sandals, returned to the singer’s Mayfair home. Yesterday passers by got a glimpse of the girl as she was seen at the singer’s front door wearing a smart new pink frock as guests arrived at the home. It is believed that the singer was at the home as well as her car and driver were seen coming and going from the premises. An onlooker said: “Mercy looked slightly confused. It has obviously been a bit like a circus around her over the past few days so it’s not surprising. It was only a day or two ago that she was still in Malawi and now she finds herself in the middle of London without her friends.”
Awww … there she is. What a little cutie! While I’m sure that all the sights and sounds of London can be a bit daunting for little Mercy, I’m sure all the hoopla would have the same effect on any child that age. I’m very happy that Madonna has finally been allowed to add Mercy to her family as I’m sure they will all live a very long and very happy life together. This little girl’s life has already changed significantly … and her new life has only just begun.
Sienna Miller has fallen back into the arms of Balthazar Getty — just a month after they split. The pair were spotted on a romantic holiday in southern Italy yesterday, and looked very much like they had put their break-up behind them. Sienna arrived in Positano with Balthazar’s mother on Friday. He didn’t appear until yesterday, when they took a boat together to Nerano — where they kissed and canoodled over an intimate lunch. They joined a group of family and friends for a meal at a restaurant called Lo Scoglio. But Sienna mustn’t have been satisfied by her menu choice, as she was spotted trying to eat Balthazar’s ear at the table. The group then made their way back to Positano — the same Italian town where a topless Sienna was first spotted kissing Balthazar on a yacht last year … Reports emerged last month that the couple had called time on their affair, and Sienna has said in interviews that she is still in love with old flame Jude Law. Make up your mind, love.
Old habits die hard, I suppose. It should be clarified that altho Getty is still married to his wife, I understand that they are now more formally separated so I guess Sienazar have that going for them. This reunion so soon after their break-up shouldn’t really come as a big surprise. The couple first “broke-up” last November before getting back together a few weeks later. After all this time, it’s clear that the couple can’t get enough of one another — mebbe they should just drop the pretense and get together officially. I’ve heard that some men marry their mistresses … this could be one of those success stories.
Congratulations are in order for Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves who, according to a new blogpost published on Matthew‘s official website, are expecting their second child together. As you may recall, the couple welcomed the birth of their firstborn son Levi Alves last Summer (who we first met on the cover of OK! magazine) … and Matthew used the occasion of Father’s Day yesterday to break the news to the world that Camila is pregs with their second child. Here is a pic of the happy couple together earlier this month and the full text of Matthew‘s announcement blogpost:
“Happy Father’s Day. It’s my first, and the last 11 months with Levi and Camila have been the most rewarding adventure to date. We have more blessed news to celebrate this Father’s Day that makes this time next year double the fun. Levi is going to be a big brother … Yeah, we pulled off the greatest miracle in the world one more time. Camila and are expecting our second child, bringing more life into the world, making more to live for. The future looks bright as the family grows, and we thank you for all the well wishes you send out way. Viva la evolucion, naturally, and in the mean times and all time, just keep livin, Matthew and Camilia.”
Aww … well good for them. I suppose it shouldn’t be too surprising that all of these celebs are spawning so soon after the birth of their first children (Gwen Stefani did it, Nicole Richie and Joel Madden are doing it … now Camila and Matthew) so that their children can grow up close in age. I know that many of our parents had their children very close together in age … it’s just a bit weird to know all the celebs are doing it, too. It looks like the celeb baby boon is still very much alive … congrats to the expecting happy couple!
And so the lion fell in love with the lamb.Twilight has quickly become a worldwide phenomenon developing a strong core base of dedicated fans who are drawn to the story of a Romeo & Juliet style romance between mortal (Bella) and vampire (Edward). Who better to capture the young star-crossed love of these two characters than Barbie & Ken. Edward is luminescent with a shimmering complexion and trademark gold eyes. Bella doll sold separately.
The product description states that the dolls are safe for play for ages 6 and up … so I’m sure a great many of you should be OK in that regard. Unfortch, the dolls will NOT be available for sale until October of this year but you can place your pre-orders HERE. You know you don’t want to be the last kid on your block NOT to have the Barbie & Ken as Bella & Edward dolls, do you?
Miley Cyrus took some time away from her bizzy filming schedule in Savannah, GA this weekend to fly off to Dallas, TX for a surprise performance at the Jonas Brothers concert there last night. Miley shocked the audience when she emerged on stage with her (once again) boyfriend Nick Jonas as the pair dueted on the song Before the Storm which they wrote together for the new Jonas album:
If there was any lingering doubt that Niley are back together together then this should erase all notion of that. In what can only be described as the latest blow to poor ex-manfriend Justin Gaston, this impromptu duet seems proof positive that the young lovers are back in lurve. After the jump, check out video of Niley performing Before the Storm live in concert in Dallas, TX last night … More »
So … I went ahead and did the iPhone upgrade from my 3G to the 3G S. Altho I wasn’t all that impressed with the changes that were made in the new version of the phone to the previous version of the phone I admit I was impressed with the processing speed and the ability to record video (and autofocus). It turns out that I am able to sell my iPhone 3G for a considerable sum at NextWorth.com so the cost to upgrade is minimal:
Because the line at the Apple Store at The Grove was gargantuan on Friday night, I decided to wait until Saturday afternoon to do the upgrade. I went to the Beverly Center Apple Store and got in a fairly short line … then the power blew inside the Apple Store. Without power, they cannot activate phones … so I went off for a Starbucks coffee drink and came back a bit later. The power was restored, the whole process had me in and out in about 15 mins. No sweat. Thus far, I’m enjoying the upgrades … but I still with the battery life was longer. Ah well, mebbe the next new iPhone will get that part right. I have to give a shout out to Pink reader Brett, from Louisiana, who I met at the Beverly Center yesterday. It was my extreme pleasure meeting you … enjoy the Summer here in SoCal :)
Oh and I have a special Father’s Day message for Pink reader Todd Strobel today … your awesome daughter Kaitlin asked me to pass along this message — “Happy Father’s Day, you’re going to see Kathy Griffin LIVE in August”:
The very resourceful Kaitlin wanted a fun way to break the happy news that she hooked her dad up with tix to see Kathy Griffin live so … here you go!! Happy Father’s Day, Todd … enjoy the show!!
This afternoon, I’m meeting up with Mike and Jill for brunch and then tonight Darion is having a few peeps over to play Rock Band! I know David is counting down the seconds for that … Happy Sunday, y’all!!
Brandon Flowers of The Killers is 28, Juliette Lewis is 36, Doug Savant (Desperate Housewives, Melrose Place) is 45 and Meredith Baxter & Michael Gross (Family Ties) are 62 years old today. Click HERE to see who else is celebrating a birthday today.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is … shameless, you say?
It is time, once again, for our weekly visit with the Hot Dude of the Week … this Sunday we get to meet a fine young chap with intense love for his family and a fondness for showering in his undies. Say hello to Joey:
You gotta love a guy who loves his family so brazenly as to wear his devotion (almost practically) on his sleeve … that’s an Italian boy for ya. Normally, I’d not be too fond of the undies in the shower thing but I can understand Joey‘s reluctance to give everything away all at once. You can shower however you please, Joey, just keep inviting us to the party :) Enjoy!!
A surprise party in honour of Ms Kylie Minogue’ — the face of Spanish jeweller Tous, which launched in the UK this year — was the theme of the latest ad campaign for the brand. Cue a Parisian hotel suite filled with balloons and party paraphernalia. The photo shoot’s creative team, led by renowned German photographer Ellen von Unwerth, prepare for a shot on the ornate bed. Kylie with Rosa Oriol de Tous, co-president and design director of the family-owned jewelery business. Founded in the 1920s, the brand now has over 350 stores in 42 countries, including shops on London’s Regent Street and in Westfield shopping centre … The team sets the scene for one of the key campaign shots. “It was a party scene so the acting wasn’t difficult. Everyone was so joyful and energetic and we just had such a fun time with it. But I promise it was lots of hard work too,” says Kylie of the all-day shoot … Although Kylie had her modeling hat on in Paris for Tous, she chatted on set about a possible new album: “You know, a lot of people keep asking me about it, and I’ve also been thinking a lot about it myself…so I think the two combined is a sign that I should start working on it, and soon,” she jokes. The result — a campaign shot featuring a gold necklace (£173), bracelet (£179), earrings (£1,111) and ring (£1,087), all Tous. “There is so much sentimental value in jewelery,” says Kylie. “When I was eight my parents gave me a gold charm bracelet with a little frog on it. Don’t ask me why they chose a frog, but I love it! It’s tiny, but I still have it. It’s amazing that I have never lost it.”
I really love this campaign … it reminds me a bit of the opulence and colorfulness of Sofia Coppola‘s film Marie Antoinette. Kylie is such a doll … and her talk of a new album is very exciting. As some of you are well aware, Kylie will be touring the US this Fall for the FIRST TIME EVER and I think those shows would be the PERFECT opportunity for her to try out some new material on the fans … just a thought. After the jump, check out the video that was shot for this new 2009 Tous ad campaign … More »
Twilight star Taylor Lautner was spotted roaming the streets of Toronto, Canada all by his lonesome this weekend after flying into town for the Much Music Video Awards which take place TONIGHT! Lautner will be on hand to present an award or mebbe just present his lovely visage to all the rabid Canadian Twilighters in attendance at the awards show ce soir but spent part of his yesterday just chillin’ around town … here are a few photos:
Fortunately for Taylor, the Canucks were none the wiser that he was roaming the streets — alone — otherwise he might’ve gotten swarmed to near death. I believe that Lautner is the only Twilight start who will be attending the MMVAs tonight so he’s sure to get all the lurve at the event itself. Be careful with him you Canadians … we’re gonna need him back in one piece when you’re done with him.
Today is Father’s Day (happiness to all the dads out there) and we get to check out a couple pics of Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz celebrating his first Father’s Day weekend with his firstborn baby boy Bronx Mowgli here in SoCal. Petey, Bronx and wife/mother Ashlee Simpson-Wentz made their way about town yesterday … and paid a little visit to the Famous Clothing store here in LA to pick up a few things:
Bronx may have come out of the store with a brand new Famous onesie but it’s Pete who is enjoying the best gift of all. I can only imagine what this first Father’s Day means to him. Much love and happiness goes out to Pete and all the amazing dads out there … enjoy your day!
After the confusion yesterday over Where in the World is Chifundo Mercy James?, we learn today that little Miss Mercy has finally been united with her new family in London, England. Madonna and kids made their way to the Kabbalah Centre in London to meet up with her ex-hubby and father of her children, Guy Ritchie, for a little churchin’ … and from beneath one of the umbrella screens a little, tiny hand popped out — belonging to Madonna‘s new daughter Mercy James:
It’s the most gentle of gestures – a tiny hand holding tightly onto the jacket of the woman carefully cradling her. This is the first glimpse of pop star Madonna and her new daughter Mercy James – who were united yesterday after the child flew into Britain. Hours after the four-year-old arrived on a flight from Malawi to Heathrow she got a taste of her new life as she joined her family on a trip to London”s Kabbalah Centre. Hidden beneath a sea of shielding umbrellas Mercy was briefly glimpsed as she joined older sister Lourdes, and brothers David and Rocco at the centre. Even Madonna’s ex-husband Guy Ritchie was at the centre to meet the new arrival, whose adoption he publicly supported. Madonna, 50, had flown into Britain from New York with her three other children hours earlier. It is thought to be the first time that she has seen her new daughter since she travelled to Malawi in April when her adoption bid was initially rejected before being approved this month. Malawian police arranged for the airport terminal in Lilongwe to shut so Mercy and her new nanny Joanne could leave privately on a private six-seater Cessna Citation plane. They headed to Johannesburg on the first leg of their journey. From there the group flew first-class on a night flight to Heathrow, landing at 6.30am. Earlier Mercy was said to be filled with excitement at leaving her temporary home at Kumbali Lodge in Malawi. One member of staff said: “She was running around, singing to herself and telling everyone how she would be flying for the first time.” She said goodbye in her native language, telling staff: “I’m going now, I’m going on a plane, I’m going up to the sky.”
Yay!! At last … Mercy James is at home with her loving family! This union with her family has been a LONG time coming. I have to say, while the cute little story about Mercy “running around” is cute, I find it highly unlikely that anyone who has been allowed in close proximity to her would be talking to the press … no way. Even still, I’m sure the precious little girl was very excited (prolly a wee bit scared) to begin her new life with her new family. Madonna will be hittin’ the road again soon so she’s gonna have her hands full with all those kids plus a new concert tour. Hopefully we’ll be seeing a better picture of Mercy with her mother very soon :)
Jesus Luz, was recently in Argentina walking out of interviews that dared to ask him about his romantic life, was spotted in Milan, Italy this week bummin’ around the city. It turns out that Jesus is in town for more than just sight-seeing … homie was also spotted on the runway at the Dolce & Gabbana Men’s Fashion Show for their Spring/Summer 2010 collection. It looks like the D&G men themselves are quite smitten with Mr. Luz:
The male model, Jesus Luz, better known as the pop singer Madonna’s “toy boy”, has become the latest fashion icon for the Italian designer label, Dolce & Gabbana. Luz, 22, will make an exclusive appearance on the catwalk for the Dolce & Gabbana spring/summer 2010 menswear show in Milan on Saturday, June 20th. He also stars in the brand’s new advertising campaign for next autumn/winter. The campaign was photographed by Steven Klein, inspired by the Luchino Visconti movie, “Rocco eI Suoi Fratelli” (Rocco and His Brothers). The designers, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, say they chose Jesus Luz because, like Rocco he is “a modern emblem of hopes and dream”. Dolce & Gabbana menswear is one of the celebrity’s favourite labels, with high-profile customers including David Beckham, the Formula 1 driver, Jenson Button, and actors such as Orlando Bloom, Adrian Brody and Matthew McConaughey. Today, Thursday, June 18th, Luz appeared on the catwalk for the Brazilian brand, Colcci, at Sao Paulo Fashion Week.
Uh huh … I’m sure that D&G chose Jesus Luz for his embodiment of “hopes and dream” and not at all based on the buzz he’s enjoying now that he’s associated with Madonna. Whatevs, I can’t say that I blame the guy for milkin’ his new found fame for all it’s worth. Get it girl, cuz when the gettin’s gone you’ll be sorry that you didn’t capitalize. At least the guy is actually working … he may owe much to Madonna for all of the attention he’s getting these days but at least homie is workin’ for his paychecks … that’s saying something.
Nip/Tuck just wrapped its next and final season here in SoCal but don’t get too excited … we won’t be seeing any of the eps for some time now. For a show that started out with a bang and was beloved as one of the coolest shows on TV, Nip/Tuck is going out with a wimper … probably because the show should’ve ended 2 seasons ago. The LA Times has all the deets on the, IMHO, sad end of a once great series:
When “Nip/Tuck” made its debut in 2003, it broke cable-viewing records and instantly distinguished itself with its stylized look, tongue-in-cheek tone, gorgeous stars and fresh take on America’s obsession with beauty and youth. Those qualities earned it a Golden Globe for best drama, critical acclaim and water-cooler buzz that lasted for most of its first four seasons. But when one of FX’s signature series quietly wrapped last week on the Paramount lot, it did so without the usual fanfare associated with the end of a noteworthy show. In part, the silent send-off was because TV viewers won’t see the “Nip/Tuck” finale, which finished shooting on June 12, for a long time, probably as late as 2011, making it tricky to publicize. Behind the scenes too, during the last week of production, there was an awkward sense that the end had already happened, since much of the crew had already moved to creator Ryan Murphy’s new Fox musical, “Glee,” last year, and Murphy himself was out of the country location-scouting for an upcoming movie. “It’s sad because it feels incomplete,” said script supervisor Diana Valentine, who asked the cast to sign her finale script in between takes of shooting the show’s last family dinner scene, which included almost every major character. Valentine, who joined the series in its second season, worked on “Beverly Hills, 90210″ for its entire run. “It’s not the same feeling I had when I was wrapping on ’90210′. It feels incomplete, kind of separate. It’s very hard.” In truth, the cast of the series that TV Guide asserted during its second season was the “coolest show on television” has been ready to move on for some time. “Nip/Tuck’s” series finale will be the show’s 100th episode, a rare marker in cable television (the only popular cable series that came close was “Sex and the City” with 94 episodes) that FX wanted to reach with its top-rated show. But if the actors had had their way, the show would have ended in the fourth season when it was still the No. 1 cable series among 18- to 49-year-olds, a ranking it held for its first four years, and the critics were still in its corner. Though its overall viewership has been steady and strong over the years — Season 5 drew an average of 3.4 million viewers — it is now less popular in the 18-to-49 demographic than both USA’s “Burn Notice” and TNT’s “The Closer.” “I feel we’ve reached a creative impasse with regards to what we can do with this story,” said John Hensley, who played Matt, one of the most self-destructive characters ever created for TV. “I feel like it was, quite frankly, told a long time ago. I say that trying to be right-sized about this because I am very grateful for this opportunity. I just feel that we were a show that was very good and innovative at one point and we’ve gone the way of so many shows before us. Our moment has passed” … If there is a surprise to the way “Nip/Tuck” ends, it’s in its restrained quality, which several of the actors said they appreciated after seasons of shocking and preposterous story lines. “I’ve always thought the show should have been simpler than it was so, for me, it was nice to have a little less than what we’ve been expanding upon for the last number of years,” McMahon said. “I think you’ll have an emotionally justifiable episode in the end.” In separate interviews, Walsh and McMahon both said that what they’d miss the most about working on the show was each other. “I’ll miss every day sitting in one trailer or another, talking about everything going on with the show and our lives,” Walsh said. “We are what Ryan wanted the show to be. I love him. That’s the best thing I got out of the show — it was him.”
It seemed clear to me, months before the word Glee was ever uttered, that Ryan Murphy‘s heart was no longer in making Nip/Tuck a great show. I’ve stayed loyal to the series even tho the quality hasn’t been there for some time … it’s just sad because I keep hoping it will get better. I was really unimpressed with the last season and, from what I gather, the coming season ain’t all that great either. I guess all good things must eventually come to an end … it’s just a shame that Nip/Tuck has to go out like this.
The highlight of my day yesterday was a trip to the Parlour on Third salon for a haircut with my dear friend Josh. I hadn’t seen him in forever so in addition to getting a haircut I was very much looking forward to hanging out with him for a while. We talked about going out afterward but David and I had to grab some food and he still had some work to get done. David and I went to The Grove for dinner cuz I was planning on upgrading my iPhone to the 3GS but one look at the ridiculous line (at 7pm!!) changed my mind immediately. We grabbed some tasty Italian food and, unfortch, I ate way too much … as a result, I wasn’t really feeling up to going out. But, David and Josh went out to party together and, I understand, had a great time :)
Today I’m gonna try the upgrade again, hopefully the lines will be no more … later on, David and I are planning to meet up with Tamar, Ollie and Caleb for some pool fun and perhaps a movie marathon later. It’s kinda gloomy out today … here’s hopin’ the sun will come out to grace us with its presence.
Here is this week’s batch of photos sent in by Pink is the new Blog readers — Linda sends in an adorable photo of her beautiful baby boy Oliver — Sandy sends in a supercute pic of her 2 year old son Ryan Cash — Michelle sends in a pic from the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival this year (which she has attended every year since 2004) where she got ENGAGED! — Nicole sends in a pic with her new hubby who she just married on Paradise Island in the Bahamas … the newlyweds are planning to spend their upcoming honeymoon in Amsterdam — Amber sends in a really precious pic of her 9 week old Jack Russell Terrier Cookie (named by her 2 year old son):
Much love and congrats goes out to Michelle on her recent engagement and to Nicole on her recent marriage!! May you both live long and happy lives with your spouses :) Thank you all so much for sending in another batch of fun photos … I love them all!! Please keep ‘em coming … they are, as always, a pleasure to receive every week!! xoxo
She tweets: Kaif haalkum shabab means What’s up guys
Previously, Hilton promised to coin a new catchphrase based on the Arabic language and I’m sure many of y’all are waiting on pins and needles to hear it … I know I am!! No word yet on if Paris plans to stay in Dubai permanently but, as always, hope springs eternal.
I’m not sure if these alt covers are actually being printed for sale or home delivery around the country but my issue of the mag arrived with the cover we saw on Wednesday (lower right corner, with the water wings) and the other 3 covers printed inside the mag. I have to say … each alt cover is suitable for ripping out of the mag and affixing to one’s wall — not that I did that myself, I swear.
Ryan Reynolds + any state of undress + wet = Yes, please!!
Pink reader Anu gave me the head’s up that Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails sat down with Chicago Public Radio‘s Sound Opinions during their recent stop in Chicago, IL on the NIN/JA 2009 Tour to give a little one-on-one interview about various music-related topics. The interview is absolutely a must-listen for TR fans but is also a must-listen for those of you interested in music in general:
Click HERE to stream to the entire Sound Opinions podcast online or click HERE to download an MP3 of the whole show. I listened the the entire show this morning and was most impressed with the tone of the entire conversation. The questions weren’t being asked by fanboys, they were being asked by true music fans which allowed Reznor to talk at legnth about his feelings on the music industry in general and his experiences in particular. He did clarify, again, that the current NIN tour may be the last … forever. While he did say that he will most likely record new music in the future, he suggested that he may do so under another name (saying, it “may or may not be under the name Nine Inch Nails“). TR insists that he does not want to turn into an elderly rocker saying, “I don’t want to become Gene Simmons putting on his demon boots“. Reznor also talked a bit about former Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell‘s new collaboration with Timbaland and even revealed that his old record company (and Cornell‘s current record company) Interscope commissioned a Timbaland remix of the NIN song The Hand That Feeds … which TR describes as “laughably terrible” (ah, but would that we might be allowed to hear this monstrous atrocity some day … box set, perhaps?). While this interview with Trent Reznor may not have the charm that my interview with Trent Reznor has (kidding, kidding), I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it and think that some of you may enjoy it as well … tho, Chris Cornell fans might want to take a pass.
Fans of the incredible Showtime series Dexter should know by now that the show’s main character, Dexter Morgan, will be a newly married father (in addition to being his usual serial killer self) when the 4th season of the series premieres this Fall. Production on the new season is well underway and the show is scheduled to premiere on Showtime on September 27 … but today we get our first look at the first promo photo released for the upcoming new season of Dexter. Be Warned! The following article contains spoilers for Dexter Season 4:
The first promotional picture for “Dexter” season 4 has been released by Showtime. Showing a picture of a baby with the drool bib saying “My Dad Is Killer”, the picture represents the parenthood phase which will be faced by Dexter and Rita in the new season. Production for the fourth season is kicked off this month with the premiere date slated for September 27. Apart from the fourth season, Showtime has also ordered for the fifth one which will again consist of 12 episodes. This Fall, Dexter will be dealing a lot with his neighbors and a new deadly serial killer who is dubbed Trinity Killer because he has the proclivity to slaughter in threes. John Lithgow will take the role of Trinity whose alter ego is Walter Simmons. Meanwhile actress Courtney Ford is a reporter curious of the murders conducted by Trinity.
I am very, very excited that John Lithgow has joined the cast of Dexter. He has a creepy vibe about him that makes him the perfect choice to play a serial killer on the show. To be honest, I’m only marginally interested in the new development of Dexter as a husband and father. We’ve already seen the way he interacts with his now wife Rita (Julie Benz) and her children. I guess throwing a baby into the mix is meant to change things up a bit but … I’m really all about the complexities of Dexter as a good-guy serial killer. I have full faith, tho, that Dexter will continue to rule when the new season premieres in September. It is truly one of my fave TV shows and is prolly my fave cable TV series of all.
New reports today insist that Chifundo Mercy James, the precious little Malawian girl that Madonna has been allowed to adopt, boarded a private jet in Malawi that was bound for London, England … presumably to meet up with her new family. The only problem is, no one is completely sure where Madonna is at the moment. She flew in from NYC with her children in tow earlier this week but then left the UK late Friday on another private jet. If Mercy is flying in to London from Malawi, where did Madonna fly off to?
Mercy Chifundo James, the 3-year-old toddler adopted by Madonna, was secretly flown from her home country of Malawi into London early Saturday morning. “A private jet flew in from South Africa and collected her at five minutes to six last evening,” an airport source tells PEOPLE. “She connected to London from Johannesburg at 10:30 p.m.” Mercy, who will be joining big sister, Lourdes, brothers Rocco and David Banda, – also a 3-year-old from Malawi – was accompany by a nanny, a child nurse and another aide. Madonna has homes in England and in the United States … Madonna, who was seen leaving London by private jet Friday afternoon after earlier flying in from New York’s JFK airport, was still expected in Malawi, but no one could confirm when she would arrive. “There are still preparation for her coming,” said a source at Raising Malawi, the charity the singer set up in the African nation. “We still have a two-week booking at Kumbali Lodge.” The Lodge is an exclusive ranch Madonna has been staying during all three of her visits to Malawi. Owner Guy Pickering confirmed his place has been booked for two weeks but could not divulge more. “We don’t discuss our clients; that’s private information,” he said.
HMMM … all of this seems … wrong. My guess is that the report that Mercy left Malawi is a ruse to throw people off track. It seems more likely to me that the little girl was flown to the Kumbali Lodge to meet up with Madonna and co. to begin the bonding process. If the family is scheduled to be in Malawi for a couple of weeks then I’m sure that’s where everyone is meeting up. Whatever the case may be, I am happy to know that the adoption process is moving forward and things appear to be on track. Mercy will return home with her new family soon enough … but for now, bonding. Sounds like a good plan to me.