Archive for July, 2009
Hottie actor Ryan Gosling stepped out for a night on the town here in SoCal last night and was immediately mobbed by rabid fans hounding him for hugs, photos and autographs almost as soon as he got off his motorcycle (one fan even attacked him before he got off his bike) … which, when you look as good as Ryan Gosling does, is pretty much a regular night on the town:
It must be very difficult for a hunk like Gosling to go out in public and NOT get assaulted by fans but … whattayagonnado? Homeboy is hot and such attacks on one’s person come with the territory. ‘Tis the price of fame and beauty, Ry. You just gotta deal with it. I mean, if you saw this beauteous hunk of man standing right in front of you … what would YOU do? Uh huh, that’s exactly what I thought ;)
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Posted under: Ryan Gosling
"My doll is cross-eyed and has the biggest chin you have ever seen."
In a new interview with accomplished actress Sienna Miller, the young ingenue is bemoaning the fact that the action figure based on her G.I Joe: The Rise of Cobra character The Baroness looks nothing like her. Miller claims that her action figure is “cross-eyed and has the biggest chin you have ever seen” and bears no resemblance to her whatsoever:
Sienna Miller is more than a bit miffed that a new doll of her looks ‘sort of posessed’. While most actresses might consider it an honour to have an action figure made in their image, Sienna moaned that the brunette GI Joe was cross-eyed, and had a big chin. The figurine has been made for her new action movie GI Joe: The Rise Of The Cobra. The 27-year-old stars as a femme fatale in a sexy black leather catsuit as The Baroness opposite Channing Tatum. But an annoyed Sienna moaned: ‘My doll is cross-eyed and has the biggest chin you have ever seen. “Action figures are always a bit off, aren’t they? Oddly enough from side on it is definitely me but front on she looks sort of possessed.” But she added: “I’ve got very happy nieces and nephews when they get my doll for Christmas.”
HMMM … perhaps if the toy-makers wanted her action figure to be more recognizable as Sienna Miller it should’ve been packaged with a married man. I mean … ‘cuz then there’d be no doubt. Cue laughter. And we move on. After the jump, check out what some of the action figures created for the movie G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra look like — including Cobra Commander (played by Joseph Gordon Levitt) — whose doll-version gives some clue as to what he will look like in the film … More »
On the prowl
Courteney Cox-Arquette is making her long-awaited return to network TV this Fall (her FX series Dirt doesn’t count so let’s just try and forget it ever happened) on a new ABC series called Cougar Town wherein she plays a “single mother exploring the dating scene after divorce”. Here are pics of Courteney and her hottie co-star Josh Hopkins filming new scenes for the series here in SoCal yesterday afternoon:
I gotta say … I love the thought of Courteney Cox-Arquette back on the small screen. Mebbe it’s seeing how amazing she was as Monica Gellar on Friends on a daily basis in re-runs but I think the world needs a lot more Cox-Arquette on TV! I love how the last pic looks SO MUCH like a Monica pose ;) To be honest, I can’t even hear the term “cougar” without rolling my eyes almost out of their sockets but I’m willing to give CCA a shot in this new role. If she keeps getting paired up with shirtless hunks like Mr. Hopkins here on a weekly basis, well, it’s the least I can do to try and support her return to network TV. I mean … who’s with me?
[Photo credit: INFdaily]
Pug Dilton lives again!!
I’ve got great news for those of you who are still mourning the death of Pug Dilton. According to US Weekly magazine, Paris Hilton and Doug Reinhardt, who broke up in June, are back together again and IN LURVE!
Less than two months after splitting, Paris Hilton and Doug Reinhardt are back together, Usmagazine.com has confirmed. “They are definitely happy again,” a source close to the couple — who called it quits in June after four months of dating — tells Us. A rep for Reinhardt has no comment. On Monday, Reinhardt, 23, posted on Twitter: “What an amazing weekend with my beautiful girlfriend. I love her so much!” The day before that, he wrote: “Laying in bed watching SportsCenter with my girl.”
You may recall that we heard that Paris went begging back to Doug in the hopes that he would take her back … not long after she hooked up with soccer stud Cristiano Ronaldo after her break-up with Doug. Who knows, mebbe Pug Dilton have been back together for longer than we realized? I have to say, this is amazing news!! A communicable love like the one that Pug Dilton shares should not be inflicted on anyone else! They deserve each other and I truly hope they make it work and stay together forever!! Happy Day!! Pug Dilton lives again!!!
[Photo credit: Wireimage; Source]
Begins filming his new reality TV series
Kevin Federline has made his way to Las Vegas, NV this weekend to begin filming his new reality TV series (the title of which is still unknown) and he brought along his ladyfriend Victoria Prince (who looked *thrilled* to be in his presence) and his burgeoning belly bump along with him. I understand that K-Fat rolled into the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to film his show for VH1 yesterday evening and chilled out at the HRH Beach Pool Club. Late last night, he made his way to the club Wasted Space to take the partying into the wee hours:
Kevin Federline has been living a relatively low-key life since splitting from Britney Spears — but the onetime rapper and backup dancer may be stepping back into the spotlight with a new reality show, a source tells PEOPLE. Federline, 31, was spotted at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas Thursday where he’s in town to film scenes for the show’s pilot, a source says. The possible program, which has not been officially picked up, will focus on showcasing Federline’s life as a father of four. He has two sons with Spears — Jayden, 2 1/2, and Preston, 4 — as well as two children with ex-girlfriend Shar Jackson. “He has been through a lot over the years, but handled himself very well. He’s learned how to balance being a super single dad and the chaotic life of business, fame and fortune,” says a source. “He strives to be a good father.”
I hear that The Federline and his 15-person entourage were filmed by the VH1 cameras all night long as they put away bottle after bottle of Grey Goose vodka. At one point, Kevin jumped on stage with the Sin City Sinners in order to hype-up the crowd, bragging all the while that he was shitfaced. I also hear that altho K-Fed‘s crew were comped their bottles of booze, they left NO TIP at all for the cocktail waitresses that had to deal with their drunken bullshizz. The partying went on until 3AM when K-Fed and his crew sneaked out the back door and made their way to the Paradise Tower Mega Suite for the rest of their night/morning. It’s amazing that with all that money is he stealing from his ex-wife Britney Spears, he couldn’t even be bothered to leave a tip for the hard working staff at the Hard Rock Hotel. He just sucks. Period.
[Photo credit: Cody Bohr; Source]
The TV Guide
Lawdy, lawdy … the second season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta premiered on Bravo TV last night and, for the most part, brought the LULz. While it wasn’t as jam-packed with the drama as I would’ve liked, it was really entertaining to watch … and provided one knock down, drag out fight that was pretty epic:
I was pretty shocked to learn that NeNe and Shereé have mended fences are now friends again … who both hate trashy-ass Kim. Good stuff. So now that Shereé doesn’t have NeNe to fight with, who’s she gonna mess with? Some fool party planner named Anthony, that’s who. If you saw the ep last night, you saw how this unprofessional idiot started gettin’ smart with Shereé — his client — on national television. Shereé, the self-proclaimed “boss bitch”, stood her ground and almost whooped the fool’s ass when he got in her face. People she almost called Pookie in Cleveland to come help her whip some ass … but, in the end, she took care of biz all on her own. After the jump, check out video from last night’s fight to see how it all went down … More »
MC Hammer's cousin busted, J. Love wants 'Twilight', still no deal for Paula
Taylor2 get close on their new movie set
While Rachelle Lefevre was bizzy getting fired from her Twilight job for a supposed “scheduling conflict” caused by her commitment to do another movie which will, apparently, conflict with the filming schedule for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse next month, her Twilight co-star Taylor Lautner was bizzy on the SoCal set of his non-Twilight film Valentine’s Day which is being directed by Garry Marshall and features an ensemble cast which includes Taylor Swift, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Aniston, Bradley Cooper and others … and apparently caused no conflict with the Eclipse filming schedule. Here are new pics of Lautner running around a high school track here in SoCal yesterday afternoon for his role in the upcoming flick:
I understand that Taylor Lautner has been paired up with Taylor Swift in the film as lovers and that the pair will portray a Homecoming King and Queen … or something like that. By the looks of the photos of the two Taylors kissing while wearing matching plastic crowns on set, I’d say that determination is pretty accurate. After the jump, check out pics of Taylor2 smoochin’ on set … More »
No wonder Hermione gets such high marks at Hogwart's
You ever wonder why Hermione Granger does so well at Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry? Mebbe it’s because the actress who plays her in the movies, Emma Watson, is descended from a “real” witch. According to People magazine, it has been determined that Emma‘s family has an ancestor who was tried as a “real” witch back in the days of yore … which is terribly interesting only because, as we all know, Emma gained fame and fortune from playing a witch in the Harry Potter films:
You think Emma Watson won the coveted role of Harry Potter’s pal Hermione Granger just because of her talent and beauty? Actually, it turns out magic was always in her blood – the British actress can trace her roots back to a real-life woman accused of witchcraft in the 16th century. According to genealogist Anastasia Tyler of Ancestry.com, the 19-year-old actress is a distant relative of Joan Playle of Essex County, England, who was convicted of witchcraft in 1592 and excommunicated from the Church of England. So that’s why the public finds Watson so enchanting … “It’s not every day we’re able to trace the branches of a family tree back to 16th-century witch trials,” Tyler says. “Combine that with a celebrity connection to Emma Watson and the fact that she plays a witch in Harry Potter: You couldn’t script it any better.” Most of Watson’s cast mates don’t have as storied a lineage – Daniel Radcliffe is descended from bakers, grocers and plumbers, and Rupert Grint includes a gunsmith among his forebears. Helena Bonham Carter, who plays villainous Bellatrix Lestrange, however, is of noble birth, and her great-grandfather, Herbert Henry Asquith, Earl of Oxford and Asquith, served as prime minister of the U.K. from 1908 to 1916.
This is a cute story only because of the coincidental nature of these two long-lost relatives. BUT, to clarify … “real” witches who were tried, convicted and oftentimes executed for witchcraft (during a dark period in human history referred to as the Burning Times) were usually no more than wise women who threatened the male patriarchy and were exterminated to get them out of the way. For example, midwives who took business away from male doctors were often accused of heresy and witchcraft so that they could be executed and done away with. While witchcraft or Wicca is a genuine and very old pagan religion (that predates Christianity and is still practiced today) that focuses on the worship of nature and the concept of a male/female deity duality, it is not really the same thing as using magic wands and flying brooms like we see in the movies. I think many people would be very surprised to learn that they prolly have witches in their family ancestry as well … which isn’t a bad thing at all. Pagan nature religions are the oldest forms of worship in human existence and will surely exist for all time. As they say, Life’s a Witch … and then you Fly! ;)
Posted under: Emma Watson
It’s been a little while since we’ve seen any photos from the set of the new film The Runaways which stars Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning and others as the real life 70′s rock group of the same name. There are a few new photos of K. Stew on set with her mentor (the woman she portrays in the film) Joan Jett and a garishly red leather jumpsuit … check ‘em out HERE:
Twilight cutie Kristen Stewart showed off her latest 70s rock getup on the set of her film The Runaways on Thursday in Norwalk, Ca. Wearing a red leather jumpsuit, Kristen, 19, consulted her rock mentor and real-life Runaway, Joan Jett, as the two relaxed on set. These two are looking more and more alike every day! But since Kristen is playing Joan in The Runaways, we guess that’s a good thing. The Runaways hits theaters next year.
The film should get high marks for authenticity, this red number that Kristen is wearing looks exactly like the red jumpsuit that Joan wore in concert and on the cover of their album The Runaways Live in Japan:
Oh man … the 70′s were fun. While I am really excited to see this biopic film when it gets released next year, I’m also lookin’ forward to seeing what other fashion atrocities are resurrected from the dead in the film. Woot! Can’t wait!!
'The Warning' threatens, "Mariah, it ever occur to you that I still have pictures?"
In the seemingly unyielding back and forth battle between Mariah Carey and Eminem, the latest volley attack has been unleashed upon the world. As you may recall, Mimi released a new music video for her single Obsessed wherein she played a stalker in the video that bared a striking resemblance to rapper Eminem who previously put MC on blast after he reportedly hooked up with her a few years back. Now, Em has released a new diss track called The Warning wherein he addresses Mimi‘s attack on him and he levels his own attack/threats on her:
Eminem and Mariah Carey are at it again. On Thursday, the rapper debuted a new song, “The Warning,” slamming his ex and going into full detail about a sexual encounter they once had. “Only reason I dissed you in the first place is because you denied seeing me. Now I’m pissed off,” he says before he starts his rap. “You wanna hear something wick wack?/ I got the same exact tattoo that’s on Nick’s back,” he says, referring to Carey’s husband Nick Cannon. Eminem also blasts Carey for mocking him in her latest music video, “Obsessed.” “Oh gee, is that supposed to be me in the video with the goatee?/ Wow Mariah, didn’t expect ya to go balls out./ Bitch, shut the fuck up before I put all those phone calls out/ When you was wilding out/ Before Nick, when you was on my dick,” he raps. He then threatens to reveal personal pictures he has of the Carey. “Mariah, it ever occur to you that I still have pictures?” he asks. The feud between the two began earlier this year after Eminem namedropped Carey in the track “Bagpipes From Baghdad” from his latest album Relapse. “Mariah whatever happened to us / Why did we ever have to break-up?” he rapped. “Nick Cannon, you better back the fuck up. I’m not playing, I want her back, you punk.” Cannon later shot back on his blog, calling the rapper (who goes by the name “Slim Shady”) “Slim Lamey.” He added that Eminem is “still obsessed with my wife, the same female that wouldn’t let him get to second base from 8 years ago.” A month or so later, Carey got the last laugh by mocking Eminem in “Obsessed.”
Children, can’t you two play nice? I have to say … as embarrassingly juvenile as all of this public fighting is, I have to admit that it’s terribly entertaining. For the life of me, I do not understand why Mariah Carey insists on going up against a diss maestro like Eminem. She will never win in a war of words with him … and if she’s counting on her young hubby Nick Cannon to defend her honor, well, I’m afraid he’s not much of a match for Marshall Mathers. If explicit photos of her do exist and they are in Em‘s possession, they’re gonna get out. Why piss off a person — who has no qualms about taking things too far — with such dangerous ammunition? It’s totally comical. After the jump, hear Eminem‘s new diss track The Warning in full and check out the LULz for yourselves … More »
The ultimate in 'Fierce'ness
The very fabulous Beyoncé, who finishes off the North American leg of her I Am … Tour in Las Vegas, NV this weekend (with a four night stint at the Wynn Hotel and Casino), has just announced that she will be releasing a Platinum Edition of her latest album I Am … Sasha Fierce on September 4th. This special edition version of the album will include a 20-song CD (with 4 new songs) and a DVD with 8 music videos! Here is the cover artwork for this new album:
The album features the full I Am … Sasha Fierce tracklist including the bonus iTunes songs AND the 4 new tracks … and all of the music videos filmed for the album. That’s a damn package, y’all! After the jump, check out the full tracklist for both the CD and the DVD that will be included on I Am … Sasha Fierce Platinum Edition … More »
Take the battle behind the scenes
After Rachelle Lefevre, the actress who was originally cast to portray vampire Victoria in Twilight, The Twilight Saga: New Moon and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse but was surprisingly fired from the role and replaced by actress Bryce Dallas Howard this week, publicly voiced her feelings on being axed from the Twilight movie franchise and after Summit Entertainment, the movie studio runnin’ things for the Twilight Saga movie franchise, followed up with their say on the matter … don’t expect to be hearing any further official statements from either camp. According to Marc Malkin at E! News, the battle was been passed over to the lawyers and out of the public spotlight. At this point, Lefevre will pretty much not get the part back … that ain’t happenin’ … but she still wants to get paid because she feels she was unfairly fired and is due her hefty paycheck. Obvs, Summit disagrees … and that is where the feud is at at this point:
Rachelle Lefevre and Summit Entertainment’s fangs are retracting a little bit today—at least in public, that is. I’m told the actress formerly known as Twilight’s Victoria isn’t planning on releasing any more statements … Same for Summit—the corporate lips are sealed. Why? Because now the bloody mess is apparently being hashed out by lawyers. What’s on the table? In short, Lefevre wants her money. Summit is arguing she’s due nothing because the studio insists she’s in breach of contract for signing on for the indie flick Barney’s Version. “Rachelle’s contract says she’s allowed to do smaller projects like Barney’s Version,” one source said. Meanwhile, her Twilight and New Moon costars are “devastated,” said another source. “As nice and lovely as Bryce [Dallas Howard] is, they feel like a family member has been taken from them.” But don’t expect them to go public with too much anti-Summit talk. As my gossiping cohorts over at The Awful Truth point out, Lefevre’s dismissal sends a very strong message—or warning—not to mess with the studio. Sources also tell me that shortly after Summit announced Lefevre’s dismissal, the rest of the cast was told not to elaborate on the circumstances to the media, beyond repeating that it was due to a scheduling conflict. “But that was before the Rachelle and Summit statements yesterday,” a Twilight insider said. “Who knows what they’ll ask them to say now.”
While it must’ve felt really good for both parties to bitch out the other in public, the best thing would’ve been if the matter had been handed off to the lawyers from the start. In the public she said/they said battle, Lefevre comes out lookin’ better … she looks like the poor actress who was mistreated by the big bad corporation. Summit‘s decision to publicly attack her only made them look worse. If Lefevre‘s contract really does allow her to work on other films in addition to the Twilight films (which would make sense because Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner have that stipulation in their contracts) then Summit is prolly going to pay up. My guess is we’ll never hear about it officially. Once monies are paid out, there’s usually a part of the deal that bars either side from talking specifics. I’m totally on Team Rachelle. IMHO, she got the shaft. I hope she’ll get her money even if she will never get the part back.
And it's not Rachel McAdams's sister
Leave it to TMZ to sniff out the “secret” babymama of Jude Law‘s unplanned 4th child … next to Maury Povich, they’re the best source for finding out those nasty celeb paternity secrets that some folks would like to keep hidden. Early Thursday we learned that Jude Law released a statement confirming that he is going to be the father of a 4th child with a then-unnamed woman. Speculation ran rampant that the woman was Rachel McAdams‘s sister Kayleen, since Jude and she fraternized together while he filmed Sherlock Holmes in NYC last year — but McAdams denied that she is the babymama. Subsequently, TMZ figured out that Jude‘s real babymama is an “actress/model” named Samantha Burke … who, in turn, confirmed to TMZ that she is the lucky lady:
This is the mystery woman pregnant with Jude Law’s baby #4. We’ve learned her name is Samantha Burke, an actress and model. Our sources say DNA tests make it a slam dunk — Jude’s the daddy. The actor’s rep has confirmed the 36-year-old actor is expecting a fourth child with an ex-lover. Law has three children with his ex-wife, Sadie Frost. According to her online registry at Babies “R” Us, Burke’s due date is October 6th… It says she’s expecting a girl she will name Sophia. Burke’s attorneys just sent us the following statement:
“Ms. Burke can confirm that she did in fact have a relationship with Mr. Law and that she has informed Mr. Law that she is expecting his child later this fall. Since informing Mr. Law of the pregnancy, he has been nothing but responsive and supportive of Ms. Burke and the pregnancy.”
Oh Jude, you cad you. Well, it looks like the mystery has been solved and Kayleen McAdams is off the hook. I’m not sure how successful Ms. Burke‘s “actress/model” career has been thus far but it looks like she finally hit the fame jackpot nonetheless. Congratulations to the happy couple, I’m sure you’re both very proud right now!
Posted under: Jude Law, Samantha Burke
"Well, I wake up in the morning and the alarm gives out a warning ..."
Extra! TV was on the set of the People magazine photoshoot of the Saved By The Bell reunion which graces the cover of this week’s issue of the mag. Extra! host Mario Lopez was in a prime position to interview his former SBTB castmates during the shoot and came away with some fun video. Here is a photo from this week’s issue of People magazine which features the reunited SBTB kids which, according to Lopez, was over a year in the making and came together at the very last second:
It’s a reunion 20 years in the making … and a story that took over a year in planning. When the cast of Saved by the Bell assembled for this week’s PEOPLE photo shoot and cover story, everyone breathed a sigh of relief-including Mario Lopez, who nearly missed the whole thing. “Everybody knew the 20-year anniversary was coming up,” says Lopez. “This PEOPLE story has been in the works for over a year, long before [late night host] Jimmy Fallon started talking about it. We were all excited about it.” But Lopez’s work ethic almost prevented the reunion from coming to fruition. “I’m so busy. I was concerned about my schedule,” says Lopez, who in the past year alone has danced on Broadway in A Chorus Line, become the new host of TV’s Extra and written a fitness book, Mario Lopez’s Knockout Fitness. The night before the PEOPLE shoot in Los Angeles he was making a public appearance in Canada, across the country, and arrived on set straight from the airport after a seven-hour flight. And now? Fans are clamoring for the next step: a reunion show. “Everybody is fired up,” he says. “People keep coming up to me saying ‘When are you guys going to do a show?’” An actual reunion episode will have to wait, as Lopez is hardly taking time off. First up, he’s returning as host for the fourth season of America’s Best Dance Crew, which debuts this Sunday on MTV.
I LOVE how Mario Lopez made SURE to make clear that the People magazine reunion was “in the works” before Jimmy Fallon started talking about it on his TV show. I find it very hard to believe that it took People magazine a year to get everyone together for a photoshoot. I call B.S. But … that’s his story, I guess he’s stickin’ to it. After the jump, check out video from Extra! TV that was shot on the set of this People magazine photoshoot … More »
Mischa Barton, who was hauled away to the mental ward at Cedars-Sinai Hospital here in LA just a couple of weeks ago and has already been released and made her way to NYC to begin work on her TV series The Beautiful Life just this week, was spotted today making her way out of the Kaufman Astoria Studios in Astoria, NY after showing up for a photoshoot (presumably for her new TV show). Honestly, she looked good … you’d've never guessed she was under psychiatric care just a couple short weeks ago by looking at these photos:
Altho I still think it is WAY TOO SOON for the girl to be back at work on a TV series after suffering a mental breakdown that resulted in psychiatric care, I do wish her all the best. It’s such a shame that celebs this young are already going thru breakdowns so soon into their careers. It sounds like Mischa has substance abuse problems and pretending they’ll go away by throwing yourself into your work isn’t the best strategy for turning your life around. But … we don’t really know what happened so … all we can do is send her our best thoughts and wishes for a happy and successful life. Good luck, Mischa!
[Photo credit: INFdaily]
Posted under: Mischa Barton
Attendees of 2009 San Diego Comic-Con got their first look at the upcoming new season of Heroes and were among the first people to see new castmember Robert Knepper (who famously played the sinister Theodore T-Bag Bagwell on Prison Break) in action on the show. Now the rest of us get to see the preview trailer for Heroes Season 4, titled Redemption, for ourselves:
Oh yes, the gang’s all BACK for more superhero action. It’s great to see Milo Ventimiglia‘s character, Peter Petrelli, back in action as a heroic EMT … and Sylar with a baby?! Say what??? After the jump, check out the preview trailer in full and all will be made more clear … More »
Posted under: 'Heroes'
This past Tuesday we saw photos of Dollhouse star Eliza Dushku on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of FHM magazine … but today we get to see the first promo pics released for the upcoming second season of Dollhouse. In addition to a very cool promo pic of Eliza in character as Echo …
… we also get to see new promo photos of her castmates Tahmoh Penikett (Paul Ballard), Dichen Lachman (Sierra), Enver Gjokaj (Victor) and Fran Kranz (Topher Brink) posin’ all purdy for the cameras — after the jump … More »
The TV Guide
David and I have this thing we do where we record all the reruns of the hit 90′s series Friends that air on the various cable networks and we save them for watching while we eat. I realize that many families do not watch TV while they eat but, well, we are not one of those families. This practice is an old one for us … we used to eat and watch Golden Girls eps but since we’ve watched the entire series a couple of times already, we moved on to Friends:
Altho I spent much of my day reading The Catcher in the Rye (I’m almost done), I had to make time for food … and, of course, Friends. This info isn’t really all that important but it was part of my day yesterday. I’ve been trying to keep things pretty quiet this week because next week is going to be a bit bizzy and then I fly off to Detroit for the following weekend. In the meantime, David and I are just trying to keep things as normal and boring as possible … but with all the Friends to watch, well, it’s not all that boring ;)
Tonight, David and I are meeting up with Kirsten, Darion and his friend Eric for sushi dinner … it’ll be nice to see those guys. Who knows what hi-jinx might ensue?!
Posted under: 'Friends'
Rihanna surprised by apology, no fight for ScRyan, first VMAs performers announced
- Kenny Chesney denies he’s romantically interested in Jessica Simpson. Uh, duhvs.
- Rihanna is reportedly shocked by Chris Brown‘s video taped apology for his assault on her.
- Madonna claims that photos of her scarily, sinewy arms are Photoshopped fakes.
- Scarlett Johansson denies that a fight with hubby Ryan Reynolds is the reason he did not attend 2009 San Diego Comic-Con.
- Mischa Barton‘s co-stars on The Beautiful Life say she is ready to be back to work … cuz they are all fully accredited medical professionals.
- What does the WNBA have against same-sex kissing?
- Hot guys … at 2009 San Diego Comic-Con?
- Apparently same-sex kissing is now an arrestable offense.
- For once, Mel Gibson didn’t do it.
- Sweet MOTHER OF JEBUS!! Do we need to EVER SEE Sherri Shepherd get a Brazilian Wax on TV?!
- George Clooney‘s new girlfriend hits the beach.
- Apparently, porn stars are very particular about how they get their laundry done.
- Apparently you can quite easily Photoshop out a baby bump.
- Um, I thought the term was called Cougar Town.
- Zac Efron bungee jumps for the first time.
- Hilary Swank is 35, Christopher Nolan (Memento, Batman: The Dark Knight) is 39, Vivica A. Fox is 45, Lisa Kudrow (Friends) is 46 and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is 62 years old today. Click HERE to see who else is celebrating a birthday today.
- Natalie Imbruglia is set to release a new album with a little help from Coldplay.
- Green Day, P!nk, Muse and Taylor Swift are among the first performers announced for the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.
- NeNe Leaks‘s off-screen feud with new castmate Kandi Burruss gets underway … right in time for the Season 2 premiere of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, which debuts on Bravo TV TONIGHT!!!
Well … she’s gone and done it again. The recently re-red headed Lindsay Lohan has bleached her hair back to blonde, presumably for an upcoming movie/straight to DVD project, and spent 11 hours at the hair salon making the transformation. In between bleach and hair weave applications, Lindsay sparked up 42 cartons of cigarettes to help pass the time. Here are a few pics of the newly platinum L. Lo:
When Lindsay Lohan decided to go peroxide blonde, it was never going to be as simple as grabbing a bottle of bleach. The actress spent more than 11 hours at the hair salon yesterday, getting her naturally red hair dyed an eye-catching shade. During her epic salon session Lindsay could be glimpsed chatting and laughing with the staff, drinking from a glass, and even smoking an illicit cigarette. When she left the Byron and Tracey Hair Salon in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, at 11:30pm, her hair was extra long, following the insertion of extensions. Lindsay was wearing a short black dress with gladiator sandals and a black Fedora.
While the look is striking (and hopefully necessary), I must admit that I really love Lindsay as a red head rather than a blonde. She looks like she’s playing dress-up when she’s blonde. I much prefer her natural hair color. The whole blonde thing is so meh to me.
[Photo credit: X17, Big Pictures!; Source]
Posted under: Lindsay Lohan
A one-night stand leads to an 18-year commitment
I’ve got good news for Jude Law and some bad news for Jude Law. The good news is that he is going to be a father again!! The bad news is that the child was borne from a random fling with some chick last year and now he’s gonna be a babydaddy. I mean, it’s easy to see how Jude Law can get as much lurvin’ as he likes, what with all the sexiness and all, but DUDE! … wrap it up when you’re hookin’ up, yo! Move over Iris, Rudy and Rafferty … there’s a new Law baby on the way:
Jude Law’s spokesperson has released the following statement …
“Jude Law can confirm that, following a relationship last year, he has been advised that he is to be the father of a child due in the fall of this year. Mr. Law is no longer in a relationship with the individual concerned but he intends to be a fully supportive part of the child’s life. This is an entirely private matter and no other statements will be made.”
Law, 36, is currently single and has three children with his former wife, Sadie Frost. He will appear on Broadway in Hamlet, which opens in October, and will star opposite Robert Downey Jr. in the movie Sherlock Holmes, opening Dec. 25.
Oh, Jude … Jude, Jude, Jude … I don’t think this is going to help your persona as a player, my friend. I love how the spin is that he was in “a relationship” last year. LOL! I don’t recall any relationship … so you just know it was a fling. My guess is that Jude‘s Jude’stache is what got him into trubs … with that sexy piece of facial hair luring in the ladies, well … I guess something like this is to be expected. Congrats on the new baby, Jude! You better take care of it, ya hear?
UPDATE: I’m hearing from a Pink reader that the rumor is that Jude Law knocked up Rachel McAdams‘s sister Kayleen and Rachel was the one that pressured Jude into publicly admitting he fathered the child. I’m inclined to believe this bit of goss considering Jude could’ve met and hooked up with sister McAdams while filming Sherlock Holmes last year (Jude and Rachel co-star in the film). It doesn’t make sense that Jude would issue a public statement admitting that he fathered a lovechild unless he was pressured to do so by someone … HMMMMMM. Of course, we don’t know if any of this is true but it does make a helluva lotta sense. I suppose if Jude Law really did father a lovechild with Kayleen McAdams then that bit of goss cannot stay quiet for long. Juicy.
Posted under: Jude Law, Kayleen McAdams
Plus the ‘Celebration’ single gets new artwork
A week ago today we got our first look at the album artwork for Madonna‘s latest greatest hits album Celebration and today we get our first look at the single coverartwork for the title track. Celebration will be released to radio on Friday July 31 and will be available for download at Amazon (DRM free) and iTunes next Tuesday August 4:
My compatriots, my friends, my peeps … I have been sent the full HQ version of this track and let me assure you, it is AWESOME! It’s the best single Madonna has released since Confessions on a Dancefloor. In fact, it has that great clubby sound that her single Get Together has … it’s one of those songs that you can totally lose yourself to on the dancefloor. To be 100% completely honest, I haven’t stopped playing the song since I first played it. It’s really goooood. Don’t believe me … then listen for yourselves. After the jump, hear the song in full … More »
Posted under: 'Celebration', Madonna
A deal has been struck BUT no money is involved
On July 1, we learned from Michael Jackson‘s will that his mother Katherine Jackson was decreed as the sole guardian of his children — Prince Michael Joseph, Paris Michael Katherine and Prince Michael Joseph II a.k.a. Blanket — and no mention was made of biological mother Debbie Rowe. Debbie took the matter to court to fight for custody of her children and for the past few weeks, negotiations have taken place behind closed doors to see if an agreement could be made on custody of the children. It’s been a bit back and forth but progress was made all the while. Today, Katherine‘s lawyer reveals that an agreement has been reached … Katherine will keep custody of the children on the condition that Debbie can have visitation rights. It’s also worth noting that it was made clear that NO MONEY was made part of the custody agreement:
Michael Jackson’s mother will get custody of the late pop star’s three children after reaching a agreement with her son’s ex-wife Debbie Rowe, a lawyer for Katherine Jackson told CBS News on Thursday. Rowe will have “meaningful visitation rights” with her two biological children with Jackson — Prince Michael, 12, and Paris, 11 — U.S. television networks CBS, ABC and NBC reported. The biological mother of Jackson’s third child, Prince Michael II, 7, also known as Blanket, has never been revealed. Jackson’s mother, Katherine, 79, was granted temporary custody of the children after his death on June 25. “It’s an agreement, an agreement for the best interests of the children. This is not a money deal. This is not about money,” Londell McMillan, Katherine Jackson’s attorney, said in a an interview on CBS News’ “The Early Show.” “All of the parties are resolved. There is no situation better for these children than for them to be raised and reared in the loving care of Mrs. Katherine Jackson,” he said. A court hearing in Los Angeles on custody of the children is scheduled for Monday. Jackson said in his 2002 will he wanted his mother to care for the children if he died. The “Thriller” singer left his estate, valued at $500 million in an attachment to his will, to a family trust that benefits his children, his mother and charities. “That estate is worth, in my estimation, a couple of billion dollars,” McMillan said, referring to the value of the estate if it achieves its potential earnings. “You hear $500 million. Don’t buy it.” The coroner’s report on the cause of the singer’s death is still awaiting toxicology and other test results. His burial arrangements have not been announced.
Sounds like a good deal to me … the kids get to stay with the only mother figure they’ve ever known and their biological mother gets to check in on them from time to time to ensure that they are being taken care of. I’m most pleased with the fact that Rowe wanted no monetary settlement as part of the deal (tho, the cynic in me isn’t totally convinced — Katherine‘s lawyer says, “This is not about money”, but that doesn’t expressly mean that money isn’t involved in secret — but I’ll give Rowe the benefit of the doubt). My concern is that at 79 (going on 80) years, Katherine will not be able to care for the children for as long as Debbie might … but something tells me that Debbie doesn’t really want to be a full-time mom anyways. We learned last week that the eldest Jackson sibling, Rebbie Jackson, will be the one to actually care for the children and help raise them … she sounds like the best option of all. Altho the homicide investigation into MJ‘s death has yet to be completed and the toxicology report from his autopsy has been released, at least we can take comfort in the fact that matter of custody of his children has been settled in a fair and equitable manner. On that account, MJ can finally rest in peace.
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"He looks like a Jackson, he acts like a Jackson, he can dance like a Jackson"
Last week we learned from Jermaine Jackson that it is very possible that Michael Jackson fathered a lovechild in the 80′s and that boy, Omer Bhatti, was welcomed into the Jackson family. The young man is so close with the Jacksons that he sat with them in the front row of MJ‘s memorial service at the Staples Center on July 7. While Jermaine claims that is is possible that Omer is MJ‘s firstborn child, he insisted that he did not know for sure if he really was MJ‘s son. In a new interview with MJ‘s father Joseph Jackson, TV One managed to get a straight answer on the paternity of Omer Bhatti. According to Joe Jackson, MJ was his father:
In the wake of Jermaine‘s comments last week, Omer Bhatti went on the record to DENY that MJ was his father but in this new interview with TV One, Joe Jackson makes no qualms about revealing that MJ did father Omer Bhatti. After the jump, check out short video of Joe making his comments to TV One … More »
She is "stunned" and "saddened" that she's been fired
I KNEW IT! I mother-effing knew it! Early Wednesday we learned that Summit Entertainment announced that actress Rachelle Lefevre has been replaced by actress Bryce Dallas Howard in the role of evil vampire Victoria for the third Twilight movie The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Summit explained that Rachelle was not able to fulfill the role of Victoria in Eclipse due to “scheduling conflicts” so they instead decided to hire Bryce in her place. At the time we heard the news, I KNEW that the “scheduling conflict” explanation was bullshit … and it turns out that I was right. Lefevre has issued an official statement on her firing and explains, in her words, how “stunned” and “saddened” she was to learn that she was fired from the role she originated. Here is the full text of her official statement:
“I was stunned by Summit’s decision to recast the role of Victoria for Eclipse. I was fully committed to the Twilight saga, and to the portrayal of Victoria. I turned down several other film opportunities and, in accordance with my contractual rights, accepted only roles that would involve very short shooting schedules. My commitment to Barney’s Version is only 10 days. Summit picked up my option for Eclipse. Although the production schedule for Eclipse is over three months long, Summit said they had a conflict during those 10 days and would not accommodate me. Given the length of filming for Eclipse, never did I fathom I would lose the role over a 10-day overlap. I was happy with my contract with Summit and was fully prepared to continue to honor it. Summit chose simply to recast the part. I am greatly saddened that I will not get to complete my portrayal of Victoria for the Twilight audience. This is a story, a theatrical journey and a character that I truly love and about which I am very passionate. I will be forever grateful to the fan support and loyalty I’ve received since being cast for this role, and I am hurt deeply by Summit’s surprising decision to move on without me. I wish the cast and crew of Eclipse only the very best.”
I SOOOOO knew it. Scheduling conflicts my ASS! There’s no way Summit couldn’t make the 10 days she would spend on the other film not work into the Eclipse shooting schedule. Summit must’ve LEAPED at the chance to hire Bryce Dallas Howard in her place because of who she is. It’s pretty damn gross that they would be so blatant about it. I feel so bad for Rachelle Lefevre because she really was great in the role of Victoria. Eclipse would’ve been her time to shine as Victoria‘s role is more pronounced in that installment. Damn … the other Twilight actors better watch their backs. Who knows who else might get the axe should Summit Entertainment decide to replace them for a bigger name actor.
UPDATE: Summit Entertainment has issued their own official statement in response to Lefevre‘s statement, here it is in full:
“We at Summit Entertainment are disappointed by Rachelle Lefevre’s recent comments which attempt to make her career choices the fault of the Studio. Her decision to discuss her version of the scheduling challenges publicly has forced the Studio to set the record straight and correct the facts. Ms. Lefevre’s representatives were advised as early as April that THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE was expected to start shooting in early August. If Ms. Lefevre was, as she describes “passionate,” about being part of THE TWILIGHT SAGA, we feel that she and her representatives would have included us in her decision to work on another film that would conflict with the shooting schedule of THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE. It was not until July 20th that Summit was first informed of Ms. Lefevre’s commitment to BARNEY’S VERSION, a commitment we have since been advised she accepted in early June. Summit had acted in good faith that she would be available to fulfill her obligations both in terms of rehearsals and shooting availability for THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE. We feel that her choice to withhold her scheduling conflict information from us can be viewed as a lack of cooperative spirit which affected the entire production. Furthermore Ms. Lefevre took a role in the other film that places her in Europe during the required rehearsal time, and at least ten days of THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE’s principal photography. This period is essential for both rehearsal time with the cast, and for filming at key locations that are only available during the initial part of production. Contrary to Ms. Lefevre’s statement, it is simply untrue that the Studio dismissed her over a ten day overlap. It is not about a ten day overlap, but instead about the fact that THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE is an ensemble production that has to accommodate the schedules of numerous actors while respecting the established creative vision of the filmmaker and most importantly the story. The fact remains that Ms. Lefevre’s commitment to the other project – which she chose to withhold from Summit until the last possible moment – makes her unfortunately unavailable to perform the role of Victoria in THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE.” –Summit Entertainment
Oh snap … the studio doesn’t seem too happy at Rachelle‘s comments on her firing but, to be honest, I still believe her. It’s way too convenient that Rachelle gets the boot and Summit gets the benefit of Bryce Dallas Howard stepping in to fill the role. And the fact that they kept the casting change a secret until after Rachelle did her duty and appeared at 2009 San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend is totally dubious. I still call bullshit on Summit‘s shady dealings with their actors. Again I warn the Twilight cast, watch yer backs.
Taylor Momsen, who stars as Jenny Humphrey on Gossip Girl and apparently fronts a rock band called Pretty Reckless, played a show with her bandmates at the Hiro Ballroom in NYC, NY last night in celebration of her super sweet 16th birthday. Here are a few snaps of Little J, er, I mean Taylor Moms rockin’ out in NYC last night:
I never knew that Taylor Momsen had any musical talent to speak of … and by the Courtney Loveness of the way she looked on stage last night, I’d say the jury is still out on her talents. But, she’s young, rich, famous and on a hit TV series … if she wants to play in a band, then she gets to play in a band. After the jump, check out a few photos of Taylor being presented with her pretty birthday cake at last night’s event — the poor dear didn’t even know what do with it … and video of the band performing their song Bleeding … More »
Paris Hilton, who is very fond of sheltering a vast menagerie of pets from various species of animal, has added a new addition to her collection … and then immediately threw it into a bag so she could show it off in public. Here are a couple pics of Paris‘s new pussy … cat:
Without going into the fact that Paris Hilton prolly has way too many pets to take care of them all properly, I will say that this little kitty is really very cute. And, in all honesty, Paris looks pretty nice herself. I’m sure I have no idea what her pet count is up to these days but I do hope that she will take care of this little kitten in the manner it deserves to be treated. Well, I’ve got my fingers crossed at least.
[Photo credit: X17]
Posted under: Paris Hilton
Here is a new fierce-ass photo of Golden Girl Betty White going about her biz in Beverly Hills, CA yesterday lookin’ about as faboo as ever:
I just want to take a moment to remind all y’all that Ms. White is doing very well and lookin’ even better these days. While there has been much sadness in recent weeks with the loss of so many people, it’s nice to see that icons like Betty White are just going about their daily lives as spry and lively as ever. Betty, you look amazing … I love you to bits … you just go, girl! xoxo
[Photo credit: Splash News]
Posted under: Betty White
The family that caffeinates together ...
Here are a few new pictures of Britney Spears and her agent/paramour Jason Trawick taking her babies, Sean Preston and Jayden James, out for a coffee run here SoCal last night. Clearly Brit Brit is back from her most recent European jaunt where she was performing new shows for her tour The Circus starring Britney Spears. Britwick and the boys were spotted picking up some Starbucks drinks in Calabasas, CA last night:
Sooooo cute! The more I see Britney with Jason the more I like them together. He’s the perfect older hottie for her, I think. They look so happy together. Britney isn’t quite finished with all the hard work just yet. She has a whole new North American Tour to get thru and then a few dates to perform in Australia before she’s completely finished. And who knows, mebbe they’ll add more dates along the way? Homegirl has been working hard, y’all … she’s due for some rest and relaxation. It looks like she’s got the right guy to take care of her … which I love!! Long live Britwick!!
[Photo credit: X17]
Awesome news for both fans of the band Garbage AND the Guitar Hero series of video games. Shirley Manson, frontwoman for Garbage, has been made into a digitized character and will appear in Guitar Hero 5. She is only the second female performer to get the Guitar Hero treatment. You may recall that just yesterday we saw video of Shirley surprising the No Doubt audience by coming out to do a surprise performance at the ND show here in LA on Monday night … and now we learn this amazing news?! Methinks we’re about to enjoy a Shirley Manson/Garbage resurgence very soon :) Here is our first look at what Shirley‘s Guitar Hero character will look like:
Garbage’s Shirley Manson is set to feature as a playable character in the forthcoming ‘Guitar Hero 5′ computer game … “They did a scan of my face then I had to put on this weird suit, it was super-freaky,” the singer said of the process of appearing in the game … The game is expected to be released this autumn. Music by acts including Arctic Monkeys, Blur, Nirvana, The White Stripes and Coldplay is set to feature in it.
Holy effin’ shizz, y’all!! This is SO cool!!! I’ve been a huge Garbage fan from way back in the day and performing Garbage songs on Rock Band is one of my fave things ever (I rock on I Think I’m Paranoid) … now we’ll get to play with/as Shirley Manson in Guitar Hero 5? Hell yes, sign me up!! After the jump, check out a FUN video trailer for Guitar Hero 5 featuring Ms. Shirley Manson … More »
The TV Guide
Spent a quiet night in last night … just putzed around the house and read. I’ve started reading the classic J.D. Salinger book The Cather in the Rye …
… mainly because I want to read the unauthorized book 60 Years Later: Coming through Rye by Swedish author John David California:
As you may or may not know, California‘s book has been published in the UK but has been barred from publication here in the US due to copyright restrictions … it’s an unauthorized sequel to Catcher that Salinger (now 90 years old) himself is not happy with and sued to halt US publication. I managed to order a copy from Amazon UK but want to reread The Catcher in the Rye before tackling this forbidden sequel. It’s been AGES since I read Catcher so I figured I’d read it again before reading the unauthorized sequel. I had forgotten what a fun book it is. Did you know that in 1981, The Catcher in the Rye was both the most banned AND most taught book in the US? Reading is fundamental, y’all. Some friends and I are talking about starting a book club so I’ll be reading for that soon PLUS I’m really anxious to start re-reading the entire Harry Potter series again. I’ll be in full book worm mode, y’all.
Anyways … yeah, kept it quiet yesterday. No plans for today. Life is good ;)
Becks answers questions, 'Wolf Man' pushed back again, K-Fed's master plan
Screw over Jimmy Fallon in the process
Jimmy Fallon, that loveable late-night talk show host who used to make us laugh sometimes on Saturday Night Live, has very famously made it his life’s mission to reunite the cast of the 90′s TV series Saved By The Bell for a possible appearance on his show Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He even got SBTB star Mark-Paul Gosselaar to appear on his show in character as Zack Morris last month. Well … I’ve got news and bad news for Jimmy … the Saved By The Bell kids have decided to reunite BUT they chose to do so on the cover of People magazine rather than on his show. How’s that for a hearty slap in the face?
Two decades after the show’s debut, the cast of “Saved by the Bell” has reunited! Mario Lopez (Slater), Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Zack), Elizabeth Berkley (Jessie), Tiffani Thiessen (Kelly) and Lark Voorhies (Lisa) look back at their TV high school days — in the new issue of People magazine. Fans of the cult TV sitcom can thank Jimmy Fallon, who started a petition to reunite the Bayside High class of ’90, but where is Dustin Diamond (Screech)? Now a stand-up comedian, Diamond tells People he is no longer close with his castmates and he’s working on a tell-all called “Behind the Bell.” For more about the “Saved by the Bell” cast and what they have been up to, pick up People magazine — on stands this Friday, July 31.
Whew … I’m actually glad that Dustin Diamond (Screech) was not included in this fun reunion. He has turned into quite the sleeze in recent years (BLECH! who could ever forget that disgusting sex tape he was peddling a few years ago). It’s kinda crappy, tho, that the cast decided to diss Jimmy Fallon for the cover of People magazine. Jimmy has been working so hard to get these guys back together and POOF! People magazine does it one fell swoop. Nonetheless, it is great to see the gang back together again. I’m so excited, I just can’t hide it.
Also, Ryan Tedder responds to the controversy ... then removes his response
HMMM … you knew this was coming. Yesterday we learned from Kelly Clarkson herself that she is pretty pissed that the song she co-wrote with One Republic‘s Ryan Tedder, Already Gone, sounds a helluva lot like the song he wrote for Beyoncé called Halo (you might’ve heard of it?). Speaking on Canadian radio, Kelly expressed her displeasure first with Tedder for seemingly pawning off a song he wrote for someone else on her and second her displeasure with her record company for choosing to release her song as a single (because it would seem to fans as if she were stealing from Beyoncé). Now, I’m hearing that her bosses at her record label are PISSED themselves that she is talking publicly about her feelings on this matter and are threatening to STOP all future promotion (ie. music videos, live performances, TV interviews, etc.) of her album All I Ever Wanted as punishment:
In his defense, Ryan Tedder posted a blogpost on his official My Space profile yesterday kinda sorta responding to the controversy. Shortly after he posted his message, the blogpost was deleted from his profile … methinks, he was asked to remove it. Nonetheless, I managed to save the text of his post … here it is in full:
Hey everyone, Ryan here. So…..i’m in Europe on vacation with my wife yesterday when I get a flurry of emails with links to gossip sites and media outlets saying “Kelly clarkson throws producer Ryan Tedder under the bus re: Already Gone” etc etc etc… Alleging that I copied myself or “pulled a fast one” on Kelly Clarkson. This couldn’t be farther from the truth and the whole thing is absurd….however, I need to actually read what the hell is going on, make a call or 2, and be fully informed of it, then I assure you I will have a proper, respectful response. I don’t take allegations of this nature lightly- ESPECIALLY when it’s in regards to artists I respect and admire. Nor do I let things like this go unaddressed. So, give me a minute, and I’ll tell u whatsup and what really happened, or in this case, “didn’t” happen.
HMMM … I mean, what else is the guy gonna say? Altho Tedder removed his My Space blogpost, he did release an official statement in its place today:
“‘Already Gone’ is one of the best song I’ve written or produced since “Bleeding Love” and stands tall on it’s own merits apart from “Halo”. They are two entirely different songs conceptually, melodically, & lyrically and I would never try to dupe an artist such as Kelly Clarkson or Beyoncé into recording over the same musical track, the idea is both hurtful & absurd. I think when people hear “Already Gone” they will hear what I hear-one of the greatest female vocalists on earth giving her most haunting and heart-breaking performance on a song she helped write. I challenge people to listen and form their own opinions.”
Uhhh, Ryan … we have listened to both songs and it seems pretty clear to me that the same music was pawned off on two different singers. OY! Kelly Clarkson can hear it too and because she was brave enough to speak up about it, she is now reportedly being punished … for the second time now. As you may recall, Kelly already butt heads with her record company bosses (music mogul Clive Davis, to be exact) when she released her last album My December which, IMHO, led to the disc’s poor performance in sales and on the charts. Kelly may have released a statement saying that everything was “fine” with her record company bosses in the wake of that controversy but we know it was all a spin job. This latest threat seems to be right up her alley … she speaks up honestly and then gets punished by her bosses. It remains to be seen if the threat will really be carried out but if we hear nothing from Kelly Clarkson in the coming weeks and months, well, you’ll know why.
Flashing a new ring, you say?
About two weeks ago we learned the sad yet not all that surprising news that Jessica Simpson and beau Tony Romo were dunzo after Tony decided to dump her on the eve of her birthday. Since then, Jess has kept a relatively low profile … only tweeting a few times to prove to fans that she is doing A-OK. But, it looks like her time of mourning is over and she is ready to show her face again … she’s also, apparently, showing off some new bling as well. But, before you get all excited for her, the ring is not a gift from a new man … it’s actually a consolation prize that she walked away with from a listening party for one of her father’s new acts. Here is a pic of Jess rockin’ this special new ring along with pics of Jess making her exit from the gym yesterday afternoon … both ring and Romo-less:
Jessica Simpson is sporting a new diamond ring today. No, she and Tony Romo haven’t reconciled with an engagement. Ms. Simpson hit a listening party in Hollywood last night for An-Ya, a Russian pop singer signed to Joe Simpson’s music label. Before the night was over, Jessica walked away with a $10,000 5-carat ring from party host jewelry designer Pascal Mouawad’s Black and White Diamond Collection. “If you didn’t already know Jessica just went through a breakup, you really would have no way of telling from the way she was behaving at the event,” an eyewitness reported. “She really seemed happy.” While Jessica refused to do media at the soiree, Papa Joe gave us an update on his unlucky-in-love offspring. “She’s good,” Joe said. “She’s doing very good.” Not too sure if she’ll be feeling the same when she gets wind of US Weekly’s new cover story. The celeb tabloid claims Romo is already smitten with a new gal, recent college graduate Natalie Smith (her dad is the athletic director from Romo’s alma mater, Eastern Illinois University). Smith denies to the mag that there was a romance. A rep for Romo declined to comment when we asked about the report earlier today. At least Jessica has work to help take her mind away from Romo. Joe said they leave for Japan in a couple of weeks to work on her upcoming VH1 reality show about beauty.
Ah, Jess … who needs a boyfriend when you’ve got Papa Joe Simpson always at the ready. Lawd, that girl is gonna be single forever … I just know it. But, it’s good that she’s feeling well enough to start going out to events again … hopefully she will be able to move on and away from this latest break-up and focus on her career. Granted, she hasn’t had the best luck in that arena either but … well, keep on keepin’ on, Jessica. You can do it!
[Photo credit: Buzzfoto, INFdaily; Source]
Posted under: Jessica Simpson
Fresh out of the hospital, Mischa gets back on track
Two weeks ago we learned that Mischa Barton, former star of The OC and current star of the upcoming CW series The Beautiful Life, was involuntarily admitted to the psychiatric hospital under medical Code 5150 after it was determined that her dangerous behavior made her a threat to her own health and safety. Since that time, Mischa has been well out of the spotlight, presumably getting her life back in order so that she can be released back into the public again. In fact, we learned earlier this week that Mischa was finally released from the hospital … and today we see photos of the troubled young actress making her arrival in NYC where she is scheduled to begin work on her new TV series … behold:
After spending time hospitalized, Mischa Barton re-appeared for the first time on Tuesday at LAX, where she’s headed to New York City to begin work on her new television show, The Beautiful Life. Mischa arrived at LAX just after 12 noon on Tuesday. The actress, 23, was released from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center days ago, where she was being held under an involuntary psychiatric hold. A source told RadarOnline.com that Mischa is currently under the care of good friend Nicole Richie, who has stepped up to help the troubled starlet turn her life around. A CW spokesman for the show, which stars Barton as a pill-popping supermodel, said last week that production was scheduled to begin on Friday. Earlier this month police officers were called to the 23-year-old actress’s Los Angeles home to deal with a “medical issue”.
While it is really great to see Mischa up, around and back in public circulation … I have to say that I think it might be a bit too soon for her to be going back to work on a TV show. She was practically dragged away to the mental ward a couple of weeks ago and here she is, ready to plunge back into the high-pressure world of Hollywood again. It’s no secret that Mischa has had much difficulty keeping her sobriety in check and her recent breakdown is but the latest proof that she may not be equipped to handle the rigors of fame … and yet, her TV bosses think she is just fine enough to get back into the mix the same week she gets released from the psychiatric ward. I hope she really is OK, for her own sake. It would be such a tragedy if she suffers another dangerous breakdown so soon after her last one.
[Photo credit: Splash News; Source]
Posted under: Mischa Barton
The Comeback that Never Was
The late Michael Jackson, who passed away a little over a month ago now, is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Rolling Stone magazine — not as a tribute issue, which was already released at the start of this month, but as a regular coverstory chronicling the last days of the King of Pop‘s life … including the comeback he never got the chance to complete. Here is MJ‘s coverphoto of the new issue of RS mag:
In the days just before his death, Michael Jackson was working harder than he ever had in hopes of staging “the greatest show on Earth” according to our latest cover story. Claire Hoffman retraced the pop icon’s final moments for “The Last Days of Michael Jackson” in the latest issue of Rolling Stone, and found that Jackson was well aware of how the public came to perceive him in recent years and that he had fully dedicated himself to a comeback tour that he hoped would erase that perception. “He wanted people to see his work and not just talk about his lifestyle,” AEG CEO Randy Phillips tells Hoffman in her cover story. He was also eager to finally clean up his finances and settle down in Las Vegas. “He was ready to stop living like a vagabond and settle down and earn money again,” Phillips tells Rolling Stone. And those who were inside his final rehearsals say that the show he was prepared to mount may have actually succeeded on all fronts. “He was so brilliant on stage,” tour director Kenny Ortega tells Hoffman. “I had goose bumps.” “I turned to somebody and said, ‘This is amazing,’” adds Ken Ehrlich, the longtime Grammy Awards producer who sat in on rehearsals. “For so many years I have watched Chris Brown and Justin Timberlake and Usher and the Backstreet Boys and En Vogue all imitate Michael Jackson — and now here we were this many years later, and he was going to do it again. I got chills, literally. The hairs on the back of my neck were raised. Those are the moments you hope for.”
At this point, what hasn’t already been said about the “comeback that never was”? From what I’ve gathered from this new Rolling Stone piece, there really isn’t anything new that we haven’t heard already … still, RS has a great tradition of music journalism and I’m sure MJ fans will be happy to read any stories on the late King of Pop. To be honest, I’m much more interested in finding out the results of MJ‘s autopsy/toxicolgy reports — which are supposedly due for release this week. We may definitively know, very soon, what exactly was the cause of MJ‘s death. Until then, tho, we wait. After the jump, check out a short video from Rolling Stone that features Claire Hoffman, the author of this MJ coverstory, talking about her article and explaining what is in store for readers — be warned, the video autoplays … More »
The lengths Bale is willing to go thru for a movie role
Filming continues this week on the NYC set of the new film The Fighter, which stars Christian Bale as an ex-training coach turned crack user and Marky Mark Wahlberg as an up-and-coming fighter, as new scary photos from the set continue to come out. The latest pics of Christian Bale are really very horrifying to look at … especially in comparison to how amazingly hot the man looks usually … like, for example, the way he looked in his role as Patrick Bateman in American Psycho:
Say what you will about the man’s acting abilities (after all, he wasn’t all that great in Terminator: Salvation and was only marginally improved in Public Enemies … and don’t get me started on that voice he uses in the Batman films), he really outdoes himself physically when he prepares for a role. Christian Bale looks like a bona fide crack head in this new photo:
Yikes doesn’t even seem to encapsulate my feelings on this photo. I can deffo appreciate the mans commitment to his craft but I’m very much looking forward to the wrap of this movie so that Bale can go back to lookin’ hawt again. Yeesh.
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Rachelle Lefevre gets the boot, Bryce is the new vamp Victoria
Surprising movie casting news for fans of the Twilight Saga films to pass along today … for some unknown reason, it has been decided by the powers that be at Summit Entertainment that Rachelle Lefevre be FIRED and Bryce Dallas Howard be hired in her place to play the role of the evil vampire Victoria in the third Twilight movie The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. The surprise casting news comes completely out of the blue, but straight from the horse’s mouth. Rachelle is dunzo as Victoria, Bryce takes over the role when filming of Eclipse begins next month:
Bryce Dallas Howard is joining the “Twilight” franchise. The “Terminator Salvation” star will replace Rachelle Lefevre in the role of Victoria, according to Summit Entertainment, which produces the vampire film series based on the books by Stephenie Meyer. “We are incredibly happy that Bryce has agreed to come into the franchise,” Erik Feig, Summit’s President of Worldwide Production and Acquisitions, said in a statement to Access Hollywood. “Rachelle brought ‘Victoria’ to great screen life and Bryce will bring a new dimension to the character. The franchise is lucky to have such a talented actress as Bryce coming in to fill the role.”
Summit said Rachelle would not be continuing on as Victoria, an evil vampire out for revenge over the death of her lover, due to scheduling conflicts. Bryce, the daughter of director Ron Howard, will take over the role beginning in “Eclipse,” the third installment in the “Twilight” series. “Eclipse” begins filming in Vancouver this coming August, Summit confirmed. The film will be released in theaters on June 30, 2010.
Whoa!! This is totally out of the blue … and without any real explanation. To me, it seems as if one of two things happened here … either Summit jumped at the chance of hiring a big name actress to add to the movie franchise (presumably to get more people interested in the Twilight phenomenon — as if that is even possible) or Rachelle did something to really piss off her bosses and she was summarily fired from the role. Mebbe both things happened (cuz I really DO NOT BELIEVE that Rachelle is not available for the role due to “scheduling conflicts” — that’s a bullshizz story if I ever heard one) … but my gut tells me that the studio decided to sign on a more well-known actress who prolly expressed interest and felt no qualms about axing the “no name” actress who originated the role. To be honest, I thought Rachelle Lefevre did an amazing job as Victoria in Twilight and it sucks that she would be treated so terribly by the studio. Still, this is Hollywood and these things happen all the time. I wonder if we should expect any other cast changes as well. What do y’all think about this … good news or bad?
Kevin Federline, who honestly looks like he is pregs with triplets these days, made an appearance at the Ryan Sheckler X Games Celebrity Classic over the weekend and horrified employees of the event who couldn’t believe he has put on so much extra weight. I mean, we’ve all seen the photos of K-Fed getting bigger and bigger in recent months but … he just keeps getting bigger — behold:
Kevin Federline turned heads at a California sporting event Monday. But it wasn’t over his golfing skills; it was over his size. At one point at Ryan Sheckler X Games Celebrity Classic, an employee on the grounds saw Federline and remarked, “Man, that’s a belly on him! That’s K-Fed?!?” While other celebrities like Verne Troyer, Frankie Delgado and Josh Henderson participated in competitive activities, Federline, 31, spent some time with girlfriend Victoria Prince sitting on a shaded patio sipping vodka and orange juice cocktails and smoking cigarettes. Federline underwent scrutiny after packing on major pounds last spring. His ex Shar Jackson laughed off criticism. “It’s daddy weight!” she told Usmagazine.com at the time. “When you are a full time parent, sometimes you can’t focus on you. If gaining a few pounds is your only problem, life’s not too bad!”
It’s “daddy weight”??? OMG, that confirms it … K-Fed is gonna birth a litter of babies … which he’ll prolly outfit in Ed Hardy baby diapers! I guess the time really has come to start an official Bump Watch for The Federline.
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It's bustin' time!
Here’s a little bit of news that is sure to kill a little piece of your childhood. Walter Jones, who starred as the original Black Power ranger on the 90′s TV series Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, was arrested over the weekend for DUI:
It seems that Jones didn’t pick up any of those morals that he and his Power Ranger cohorts were peddling to kids on their TV show about good vs. evil. It seems that he thinks that it is OK to drink, drive and put other people’s lives in danger … here is the moron’s mug shot:
The guy who played the Black Ranger on “The Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers” TV show
was busted in ‘Bama for DUI this weekend. We’re not trying to be insensitive in a Harvard sort of way. His character, Zack Taylor, was the guy who dressed up in the black spandex costume and fought evil monsters back in the day. We’re told the actor — whose real name is Walter Jones — was arrested Sunday night by Alabama State Troopers in Huntsville and booked into a local jail. Jones eventually met bail and was released.
Tsk, tsk. I seem to recall that Skylar Deleon, who also appeared on Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers in the 90′s, was arrested, convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of a SoCal couple. HMMMM. What the hell happened to all the Power Rangers? I wonder what Amy Jo Johnson (the Pink Power Ranger and ex co-star on Felicity) thinks about this? So sad … so, very sad.
The incredibly sexy Eliza Dushku, the once Faith the Vampire Slayer and current star of Joss Whedon‘s latest effort Dollhouse, is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of FHM magazine … and she is lookin’ damn good, if I do say so myself. Here is Eliza‘s sexy FHM coverphoto:
I mean … it’s Eliza — in bathing suits — AND UNDERWEAR — what more do you need to know? Yes there is a coverstory interview, yes she talks about her role as an action hero in Dollhouse but … do we really care about anything other than the accompanying photospread? After the jump, check out a bunch of photos of Eliza in the September issue of FHM … More »
The TV Guide
Last night David and I finally got our asses to a movie theater to see a movie, something I’ve been wanting to do for weeks now, and we decided to see Orphan. To be honest, David isn’t a big movie person but I know he likes scary movies so … Orphan was our pic. I heard that there is a twist ending so I did everything humanly possible to avoid finding out what it is — and I am so glad that I did cuz that movie mind-effed me so bad, I totally didn’t see it coming … and was left ENTIRELY disturbed as a result:
To be honest, I can totally see how some folks might hate the movie and think the “twist” is stupid but those people are no fun. Orphan is full of great suspense and circumstances that make the almost implausible story totally believable. I ate it up — hook, line and sinker! I ain’t gonna lie … I was creeped out … but the ending, HOLY SHIZZ, wow … I was quite literally left slack-jawed. Kudos to Isabelle Fuhrman who plays little orphan Esther, her performance was stellar. I also loved Aryana Engineer, for a child actress she was really great. The movie is ridiculously fun, I loved it. It deffo should win the award for best use of blacklight paint — hands down, genius! DO TRY AND NOT FIND OUT what the twist is if you think you’ll see the movie. Hearing about it first will sound dumb and will ruin the movie … if you see it cold and go with it, you will be horribly surprised :)
I spent much of the rest of my night going thru my concert ticket stubs from all the shows I’ve seen over the years. Since about 2004, I’ve been tossing my concert tickets into a box but from 1991 – 2004 I kept them organized in albums. I decided it was time to catalog my tickets so that’s what I did. I also did an accounting and figured out that I’ve seen Tori Amos 41 times (soon to be 42), Nine Inch Nails 20 times (soon to be 28), Marilyn Manson 13 times, Prince 11 times, Liz Phair 10 times, Juliana Hatfield and Britney Spears 9 times and Siouxisie & the Banshees/The Creatures/Siouxsie 8 times. I’ve also seen Garbage 6 times, Madonna 5 times and Morrissey 3 times … but the aforementioned acts are my most attended shows. And, much to my chagrin, I remembered that my first concert was C+C Music Factory. I’ll go hide my face in shame now.
No plans for tonight … we’ll see where the day takes me.
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MJ's doctor in deeper trubs, Mischa goes back to work, Hogans finally divorced
Shirley & Gwen 'Stand and Deliver' at the Gibson Amphitheater
How’s this for an awesome surprise … No Doubt played a concert here in LA last night at the Gibson Amphitheater in Universal City and brought out a very special surprise guest for their encore performance. During their cover of the Adam and the Ants song Stand and Deliver, Shirley Manson of Garbage came out on stage to duet with Gwen and No Doubt on the track! Here are caps from video of the performance along with a short review of the overall No Doubt concert:
No Doubt never get old. Their comeback jaunt could’ve easily been dubbed “The Forever Young Tour.” The Orange County pop rockers sounded better than ever at the sold out Gibson Amphitheater tonight. Gwen Stefani, Tom Dumont, Tony Kanal and Adrian Young were just as magical as they were when Tragic Kingdom took over pop culture back in 1995—maybe even more so. A white curtain covered the stage at the start of the show. Four shadows instantly came into frame. It was more like the beginning of a Stanley Kubrick film than a rock show. Instead of a big black monolith, the crowd got one of the most important musical acts of the 1990s. With as many hits as they have, they’re monolithic in their own right. The white ramp riser curled around the entire stage, and it gave Gwen and Co. a whole lot of room to bounce around … Gwen didn’t speak much, but when she did she was greeted with massive cheers. She smiled, “I can’t believe this is my life! This is incredible.” What makes Gwen great is she’s still “Just a Girl” though. She busted out a few push-ups really quickly and then jumped into her massive girl power anthem, even getting the boys to belt out the chorus. The ultimate girl power moment came during the encore though. Garbage’s Shirley Manson and openers The Sounds joined No Doubt for a rousing rendition of Adam Ant’s “Stand and Deliver.” Gwen and Shirley are icons to a whole generation of females, and seeing them on stage together was a momentous, once-in-a-lifetime occurrence. Their voices volleyed back and forth incredibly, and the audience erupted.
You can click HERE to read the full text of this concert review (it’s actually quite good) but the real importance here is the surprise appearance by Shirley Manson. After the jump, check out video of Shirley‘s duet with No Doubt last night … More »
Blames her song co-writer, who wrote both songs
Kelly Clarkson, who just released the music video for her new single Already Gone, is spitting mad that folks think that she ripped off the music of her newest single from Beyoncé‘s hit single Halo … particularly because she is among the folks who can hear the striking similarity. In a new interview with CBC Radio, Kelly fumes about the fact that co-writer Ryan Tedder (from the band One Republic who penned Already Gone AND Halo) appears to have sold both ladies the same song with different lyrics … and she is pissed!
If you’ve noticed similarities between Kelly Clarkson’s new single “Already Gone” and Beyoncé’s hit “Halo,” well, you’re not the only one. Turns out Clarkson has also noticed, and she’s not too happy about it. In an interview with Canada’s CBC radio network, the former “American Idol” champ said she was unaware of any similarities between her song and Beyoncé’s “Halo” until she heard the two songs side by side (according to Clarkson, her All I Ever Wanted album was finished before Beyoncé’s I Am … Sasha Fierce was released). And she’s not mincing words about who she blames for the similarities: OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder, who co-wrote both songs. “Ryan and I met each other at the record label, before he was working with anyone else. He’s from Oklahoma, I’m from Texas; we got along really well and had some of the same influences,” Clarkson said. “We wrote about six songs together, four or five of them made the album. It was all fine and dandy. I’d never heard of a song called ‘Halo’ … [Beyoncé's] album came out when my album was already being printed. “No one’s gonna be sittin’ at home, thinkin’ ‘Man, Ryan Tedder gave Beyoncé and Kelly the same track to write to,’ ” she continued. “No, they’re just gonna be sayin’ I ripped someone off. I called Ryan and said, ‘I don’t understand. Why would you do that?’ ” “Gone” and “Halo” do share some striking similarities, most notably in the backing track, which features somber piano, crashing drums and hand-claps. Clarkson — who clashed with her label in the past — said that she’s upset that “Already Gone” was released as a single without her blessing, but that, at this point, there’s really nothing to do about the situation. “It sucks, but it’s one of those things I have no control over,” she told the CBC. “I already made my album. At this point, the record company can do whatever they want with it. It’s kind of a shitty situation, but … you know, you learn.” At press time, a spokesperson for Tedder had not responded to MTV News’ request for comment on the situation.
To be honest, I didn’t immediately notice the similarity between the songs when I heard them both separately … at different times. But since the release of Kelly‘s new single, I thought it sounded very familiar … and then the handclaps cued me in to the Halo recognition. Shoot, if I were her … I’d be pissed, too … especially since despite the fact that Kelly‘s album was finished first, Halo was released months ago well ahead of the release of Already Gone. Methinks Mr. Ryan Tedder has got some ‘splainin’ to do. After the jump, check out the music videos for both Kelly Clarkson‘s Already Gone and Beyoncé‘s Halo for a side-by-side comparison … More »
Brings her robot child with her
Yesterday we learned the disturbing news that Katie Holmes was almost seriously injured in a movie set accident when the car she was riding in burst into flames after the car battery exploded. Altho she was shaken up pretty bad, Katie managed to evade death and escaped the car unharmed. Here are new pictures of Katie back on the set of her film Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark running around and playing with her only begotten child Suri Holmes-Cruise as if the accident never happened:
As you may recall, the plotline of Katie‘s new movie involves her character being terrorized by evil gnomes … perhaps Suri is auditioning for a part in the flick? I keed, I keed!! Clearly, Katie doesn’t feel that the movie set of death is at all a danger to her young child … or does she?????? Whatever the case may be, it’s a relief to see Katie lookin’ so well after enduring such an upsetting incident. Now she can go back about her biz of making movies that no one has any interest in watching.
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'I Look To You' will now be released on August 31
Great news for Whitney Houston fans who simply cannot wait for the release of her new album I Look To You, originally slated for release on September 1. Whitney‘s record company has decided to push up the release of Whit Whit‘s new album … BY A DAY! That’s right folks, instead of having to wait until September 1 to procure your copy of her new disc, you’ll now have the opportunity to purchase it one day earlier on Monday August 31!!
Fueled by the continuous excitement from last week’s much-buzzed about Whitney Houston album listening events in New York and Los Angeles, Arista Records has moved the release date of I Look To You up to August 31st. As a gift to her fans, a free download of the album’s title track, powered by Yahoo! Music, is available now at www.whitneyhouston.com until July 31st. “I Look To You,” a sweeping ballad with Whitney’s signature soaring vocals that fans have come to love, was written by R. Kelly.
That’s right folks, the good news doesn’t end there … head over to WhitneyHouston.com you’ll be able to download a FREE MP3 of Whitney‘s title track I Look To You for your listening pleasure. As you may recall I revealed that, after hearing Whitney‘s new album in full at the LA preview party last week, I Look To You was one of my fave tracks off the album … and now YOU can hear it FOR FREE right now. Get ya asses over to WhitneyHouston.com and download it … tell me what you think.
Heidi Klum, whose baby bump has grown to the point that her belly button has popped out, was spotted with her children in tow at Coldwater Canyon Park yesterday afternoon. Heidi had that beautiful pregnant woman glow but she also looked a bit tired … might she be further along in her pregnancy than was previously believed?
She looks amazing! I love Heidi when she’s all pleasantly pregs! I cannot wait until she brings forth the fruit of her loins. I’m so excited that she is going to have another girl so that she can round out her collection of children perfectly. Tho, there have been a lot of twin births in Hollywood in recent years … wouldn’t it be a gas if Heidi and Seal ended up having more than one baby this time around? While Seal revealed to Oprah Winfrey that Heidi was having a girl it’s *possible* that he was only telling half of the story ;) Whatever the case may be, I can’t wait for Heidi to blow!!
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Backstreet's Back ... alright?
So … I’m not sure if y’all are ready for a boyband resurgence but one of the most successful boybands of all time (no, not *NSync) are making a comeback this Fall with a new album, a new tour and an attempt at that old magic formula that made them stars in the first place. Backstreet Boys — Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell and A. J. McLean — have announced that they will be releasing a new 11-track album titled This is Us on October 6 with a world tour to follow. Are y’all ready, cuz here they come ready or not:
From the press release: Backstreet Boys are very proud to announce the release of their new album, THIS IS US. Set for an October 6th release on Jive Records, THIS IS US is the seventh studio album from this groundbreaking and chart topping group that redefined the modern musical landscape, ushering in a chapter of pop culture that commandeered the world’s radio airwaves, broke music and concert sales records, and launched a new generation of teen idols. Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell and AJ McLean collaborated with a powerhouse suite of producers and songwriters on THIS IS US that included T-Pain, Max Martin, RedOne, Soulshock and Karlin, Jim Jonsin and Claude Kelly. The end result is an indelible and finely crafted R&B and pop album from four talented musicians who love what they do and who maintain the rare relevance in an industry that often disposes of pop acts. The 11 songs that make up THIS IS US are the sounds of four skilled singers with a similar vision, who have dealt with the trials and tribulations that accompany fame at an early age and who came out as one of the most successful groups of all time. From the undeniable dance floor ready lead single, “Straight Through My Heart” to the reflective soar of “Bigger,” from the hook crazy “Bye Bye Love” to the romantic yearning of “She’s A Dream,” THIS IS US shows remarkable growth as songwriters and continues to give us songs that has made millions smile. “We’re really excited to release this new album and know that our fans are excited too. We worked with a group of amazing artists and producers that we’ve never worked with before, exploring new sounds and territory and know the final product turned out incredible” says Carter. Backstreet Boys plan on spending the second half of 2009 and all of 2010 on the road. A European tour has already been announced and a full North American headlining tour will be announced shortly. Tour dates can be found on the group’s official website www.backstreetboys.com. Over the last 12 years, the Backstreet Boys have sold more than 76 million albums worldwide, have scored a dozen Top 40 hits and charted in the Top Ten in nearly every country making them one of the most successful groups of all time.
Just about 10 years after they conquered the PLANET, BSB are back again. I know there has been much talk in recent years about the return of *NSync (BSB‘s #1 competitors) but I haven’t heard any chatter about the return of BSB. The world of pop music is pretty different now than it was back in the boyband hey day but I suppose it’s possible that the boys, er, men could have another hit … mebbe two. After the jump, check out a few promo photos of the Backstreets working on their new album in the studio … More »
The Battlestar Galactica hunk temporarily joins the Buffyverse
Awesome casting news to pass along to all y’all Joss Whedon/Dollhouse fans. As we already know, Joss spilled over the weekend (while chatting with a room packed with fans at 2009 San Diego Comic-Con) that Buffyverse alums Alexis Denisof (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel) and Summer Glau (Firefly, Serenity) will be joining the case of Dollhouse in some capacity in the show’s second season which premieres on FOX this Fall … but Joss also revealed that Battlestar Galactica star Jamie Bamber (who played Lee Adama on BSG) will appear as a special guest star on the show’s season 2 premiere episode! Since BSG alum Tahmoh Penikett already stars on Dollhouse as “good guy” Paul Ballard, it looks like the show will become a veritable BSG lovefest reunion with Jamie on board, too!!
Want more Dollhouse news? Then you’re in the right place! Network sources confirm to us exclusively that Battlestar Galactica’s Jamie Bamber is set to guest star on the season two premiere of Dollhouse. But where does he fit into the storylines? Here’s what we’re hearing: We’re told that Bamber’s character is heavily involved in an engagement Echo (Eliza Dushku) and her new handler Paul Ballard (Tahmoh Penikett) have been assigned to. Geekgasm!
HOW FRAKKIN’ AWESOME IS THIS?! I can’t even properly process how amazing it is to have the Buffyverse and BSG collide in this way. I was so excited when I learned that Tahmoh got a starring gig on Dollhouse but now that Jamie Bamber has been welcomed into the fold, well, perhaps Joss Whedon can open a retirement home for ex-BSGers who need work? I would LOVE that!! For that matter, why not call up some Buffyverse alums who we haven’t heard from in some time … Charisma Carpenter? Emma Caufield? Nicholas Brendon? It could happen! Here’s hoping Dollhouse has a stellar second season … the longer the show stays on the air, the longer the chance exists that our fave actors from days of yore can get cast on the show :)
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Lives to tell the tale
RadarOnline is reporting that Katie Holmes, wife of the gnomish Tom Cruise, was involved in a near-deadly accident on the Australian set of her new film Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark wherein Holmes plays a young woman who is stalked by deadly gnomes. Irony aside, I’m happy to report that Katie managed to escape from the car she was riding in after its battery exploded and caught on fire. Here is a photo of a shaken and stirred Katie Holmes on the set of her movie after she evaded death in this accident:
Actress Katie Holmes narrowly escaped injury on the set of her upcoming movie, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, in Victoria, Australia over the weekend. Holmes was shooting a scene inside a car when the vehicle’s battery exploded — sparking smoke and fumes — before the car then caught fire. The exploding battery was not a part of the film. In the Miramax film (a remake of a 1973 ABC Made-for-TV movie), the wife of Tom Cruise plays a woman stalked by evil gnomes.
All kidding aside, I’m happy that Katie suffered no injury at all from this accident. I cannot imagine what a traumatic incident like this can do to a person but I’m glad to know that she’ll be alright. As for those evil gnomes that will continue to terrify her in the weeks and months to come … well … I guess that’s what she gets for marrying Tom Cruise.
[Photo credit: Splash News; Source]
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You be the judge
Benji Madden took his famously muscled arms to the Urth Cafe here in LA for a little bite to eat yesterday and managed to give passers-by a little dessert treat … of beefcake:
It’s been quite a few months since we last got a gander at Benji’s guns so I think a great many of y’all can appreciate these pics. I think it would be awesome if Benj spent more time showing off his buffed bod, don’t you?
[Photo credit: X17]
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"Our very own Pop Princess, now Queen of Pop, has a special announcement ..."
Altho Britney Spears just released the official music video for her single Radar earlier this month, she is releasing another new music video for her single Kill the Lights today. Based on a fan fiction story written by a Britney Spears fan, the Kill the Lights music video is an animated adventure that sees Brit Brit soaring into space to battle the evil forces of alien paparazzi … or something like that. Here are a few screencaps from the video and the story it is based on — all spelling and grammatical errors belong to the author alone:
At the begining when Danja speaks we have a animated Danja in a radio environment and at the same time in the frame we have Britney surrounded of a lot of paparazzis. When the song starts Britney run and takes a rocket and scape some other planet. Some of the paparazzis take others rockets and go behind her. When she lands to the other planet, some aliens are there waiting for her, everybody knows her. They have posters with her image, some aliens are dreesed like her. She makes a performance, everybody takes her pictures, she pose and sings. Meanwhile paparazzis from our planet go arriving. When the lights from the cameras are so hard she takes avantage of it and scapes, she takes a control or joystick or something and takes the rocket. When she is far from that planet she sees that it is full of light. She turn of the lights with the joystick. She smiles in a close up when the rocket pass in front of the camera.
My guess is that English isn’t the author’s first language but still, the story is very clear. Having seen the video myself, I think it reflects the spirit of this fan story very well. After the jump, check out the music video for Kill the Lights and see for yourselves … More »
Some industrious kids on the Internets have come upon a few promo pictures of some of the members of the Volturi vampire clan as they appear in the upcoming sequel film The Twilight Saga: New Moon. As you may recall, we saw photos of Dakota Fanning in costume as Jane of the Volturi on the Italian set of New Moon last month and just last week we got to check out a pretty good but entirely fake poster of Jane from New Moon … but these new photos appear to be the real deal. They even come with the crest of the Volturi to add credence to their authenticity:
While it’s true that anyone with a penchant for Photoshop and lots of time on their hands can come up with a graphic like this (or fake, fanmade promo pics), I think the leaked photos are genuine promo pics. After the jump, check ‘em out for yourselves and see what Jane, Aro, Caius, Marcus and Alec of the Volturi will look like in The Twlight Saga: New Moon … More »
Posted under: 'The Twilight Saga: New Moon', Alec of the Volturi, Aro of the Volturi, Caius of the Volturi, Cameron Bright, Christopher Heyerdahl, Dakota Fanning, Jamie Campbell Bower, Jane of the Volturi, Marcus of the Volturi, Michael Sheen
The TV Guide
As I mentioned earlier, I was able to attend the Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers which taped here in SoCal last night and will air on Comedy Central on Sunday August 9. I’ve been invited to previous roasts but when I heard they were roasting Joan Rivers and that Kathy Griffin was hosting the roasting … well, I couldn’t pass it up:
To be completely honest, I was laughing too hard to take any pictures of the event. I was seated right smack dab in the middle of the room in prime position to see and hear everything. I was able to hang out with my friend Marc Malkin from E! News and we enjoyed the roast together. People, the jokes are really offensive and not for the PC of heart … but they are funny and, as is the tradition of roast jokes, wholly inappropriate. You’ve gotta tune in on August 9 to see and hear for yourselves. Watch THIS site for all the deets on the Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers.
The night was really fun … but I was most excited that David returned home from his weekend away. He jetted off to hang with some friends in Cleveland, OH and came home last night … it’s nice to have him back home where he belongs. Not sure what we’ve got planned for today but I’m thinkin’ I want to see a movie. We shall see.
Mischa Barton out of hospital, Joe Jonas single again, Joel Madden writing a memoir
Last night friends and longtime compatriots of Joan Rivers were invited to the CBS Studios Lot in Studio City, CA for the Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers. In previous years, Comedy Central has hosted roast tribute events in honor of actors and comedians but this year they’ve pulled out all the stops for one of the most iconic, most enduring comics alive today … barely. Here are some of the folks who came out for the Roast of Joan Rivers last night:
I was very lucky to attend last night’s taping and shared some of the zingers that were said about Joan Rivers on my Twitter account last night. There were so many more that I would’ve loved to have shared but they were wholly inappropriate and grossly offensive … and that was exactly the point. Whitney Cummings, sidekick to Chelsea Handler, was my fave roaster of the night … her bit was ENTIRELY hilarious and horribly offensive. Mario Cantone, tho I love him, was the worst roaster of the bunch. Kathy Griffin did an amazing job as host of the event but Joan, naturally, stole the show. A woman who has been in the biz for as long as she has and has achieved so much success absolutely deserves to be honored in this manner … with tasteless joke after offensive slur all night long. She looked like she had the time of her life. It was really a great event. I’ll have more personal commentary a little later on today. But I have to let you all know that the Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers airs on Comedy Central on Sunday August 9. While I’m sure it will be HEAVILY censored, be on the look out for the uncensored version of the roast that will air in the wee, wee hours of Comedy Central after it premieres on the network in a couple of weeks. It’s funny, y’all. I can’t wait to see it again myself :)
[Photo credit: Wireimage]
Domo Arigato, Joe!
The principal stars of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra made their way to the Land of the Rising Sun for the world premiere of their new movie today. Here are a few pics of Channing Tatum (with new wife Jenna Dewan), Sienna Miller, Rachel Nichols and Marlon Wayans (among others) at the first premiere of G.I. Joe in Tokyo, Japan today:
While the Joes have done some promo work for the film previously in Australia, this is the first proper movie premiere for the film. I still have high hopes that the movie will be good but there is a lot of buzz going around about just how not good it really is. Nonetheless, as a huge G.I. Joe fan I deffo plan to see the film for myself and will make my own determination. The Joes have a lot of bad press to battle in the coming weeks … let’s hope they’re as successful battling bad reviews as they are battling the villainous organization Cobra.
[Photo credit: Wireimage]
You're so veins
Whoa! Madonna made her way back home to London, England last night and stepped out on the town to reveal her pair of very sinewy arms … much to the shock and horror of anyone with eyes. OK, so mebbe they don’t look that scary but … well, yeah they do … but at 50 years old, I think it’s safe to say that Madonna is really working hard to stay physically fit — no matter how ugly it looks — but is she actually working towards her health or to her detriment?
Her punishing fitness regime is legendary, but it seems Madonna has finally pushed it too far. The 50-year-old pop star shocked onlookers as she stepped out in London last night in short-sleeved top that revealed her arms. With not an inch of fat to act as a buffer, her protruding muscles and thick bulging veins were clearly visible through her ageing and wrinkled skin. The startling sight resembled an exhibit by the controversial German anatomist Gunter Von Hagens. Madonna’s fanatic approach to exercise is well documented, complete with gruelling two-hour workouts, six days a week. But is seems her relentless pursuit of the perfect body has backfired rather spectacularly. She is also said to have undergone a range of cosmetic alterations in her quest for youthfulness. While she won’t talk the rumours – ‘I’m not against plastic surgery, I’m just against discussing it’ – she is believed to have had cheek implants among other procedures. The new A-list phenomenon, dubbed the ‘pillow face’, gives a plumped-up look, as opposed to the pinched back ‘wind tunnel’ results of a face-lift or the ‘frozen’ effects of Botox. Madonna is back in London with her children Lourdes, 12, Rocco, 8, David Banda, 3, and new addition Mercy, 4, after travelling around Europe with her Sticky And Sweet tour.
Yeesh. I love me some Madonna but this cannot be healthy … her poor arms look like they are dangerously close to being strained to the breaking point — and she’s not even carrying anything! I realize that it is the middle of Summer but she might want to invest in a few long-sleeve shirts so as not to frighten any little children that might cross her path. I keed … but not really cuz, in all honesty, these arms look pretty scary to me. I mean … right?
Posted under: Madonna
Speaking at the panel discussion for his upcoming film Sherlock Holmes at 2009 San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, Robert Downey, Jr. revealed to fans that there may be some overt man-on-man “love” (ie. affection) going on in the film. While he didn’t go so far as to say that Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. John H. Watson would be lovers, he did reveal that the men are very, very close in the film … as a result of, what he calls, “circumstantial homosexuality”. Shoot, whatever he calls it … I’m all for it!
Will Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson be the latest bromance to hit Hollywood? Robert Downey Jr., who plays Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic fictional character opposite Jude Law’s Watson in Guy Ritchie’s remake of Sherlock Holmes thinks he and Law have some sexy chemistry together. “It’s called circumstantial homosexuality,” he jokingly told the press at Comic-Con Friday, after leading lady Rachel McAdams suggested the film’s central love story is really between the sleuth and his sidekick. The two actors took to each other even before Law signed on to the part. Downey was sent to meet his future costar and “sell” him on the role and “Jude walks down the hall and my assistant – who never cares about anything – is standing in the hall and she’s like, ‘Oh my God, there he is!’ He was dressed in that kind of fabulous, super expensive, under-dressed way. “I said, ‘Dude’ – and literally before he said he was going to do the movie, before he said that he was available, before he said that he either did or didn’t want to be courted, we just started talking like two serious actors about what would need to happen to make this work as a piece of straight drama. We just became really close really quickly, because we just rolled up our sleeves and started working from jump.” Downey said Law, who is currently performing Hamlet on stage in London, “is so the right arm of this movie.” But good thing for the ladies, the film isn’t just about male bonding. Downey shares some romantic moments with McAdams – but “not enough for my taste,” he said.
Oh man … how awesome is this. You gotta love actors that are secure enough in their manhood that they can willingly and believingly play male characters that show love and affection for one another without it necessarily being a gay lovestory. While I would have no problem with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson being lovers, that development doesn’t really jibe with the lore that we all know and love. That said, the men are very close and I’m happy to know that that closeness will be respected in the film version of the book series. I have full confidence that RDJ and Jude will do great justice to the beloved characters that they portray … and if they want to take the relationship to a bromantic level, who are we to argue?
Jake Gyllenhaal is wet: What else do you need to know?!
Can I get a Woot! Woot!? Today we get to feast our eyes on TWO new promo pics from the 2010 film Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time which stars Jake Gyllenhaal in his first starring role since his amazing performance in Brokeback Mountain. As y’all should be well aware, Jake stars as Prince Dastan … the swarthy and mostly shirtless hero of the Prince of Persia video game series. Previously, we’ve seen the first official promo photo from the film along with the first movie posters. But today, we get to check out even newer promo pics of Prince Dastan and his on-screen love interest Tamina (played by Gemma Arterton) lookin’ wet, wild and HAWT!
It isn’t just us mere mortals getting soggy this rainy Monday morning, as these new shots from Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time prove. Getting a little bit carried away trying to cool down in the arid Middle Eastern sun, our Prince Dastan, played by the brooding Jake Gyllenhaal, along with the sultry Princess Tamina (Gemma Arterton) are shown here drenched from head to foot, and then escaping on horseback still soaking wet … Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time, also stars Sir Ben Kingsley doing his best Evil Sultan as the coniving Nizam, as well as Toby ‘Dead Man’s Shoes’ Kebbel and Alfred ‘Doc Ock’ Molina. The film is due on our decidedly unsunny shores on May 28 2010.
Yummo!! Can I just say as much as I’m not too keen on waiting until May 2010 to see Jakey poo in action on the big screen in this movie, I am very much looking forward to all the promo materials that will be released between now and then. Jake Gyllenhaal wet? Oh hell yes, please and thank you. I wonder in what other states of undress we will see Jake as Prince Dastan next. I can hardly wait.
... but this time kinda makes nice, gets a handshake
Another game, another angry confrontation with a heckling fan for David Beckham. While Becks was on the field playing with the LA Galaxy in Kansans City, KS, he was assailed with what are being reported as “disgraceful” and insulting taunts about his wife Victoria Beckham. Becks decided to confront the angry fans, much like he did at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA last weekend (an act that resulted in Becks being fined $1,000. for the infraction of unsportsmanlike behavior). This time around, tho, Becks and one fan ended the feud by shaking hands:
Here we go again! These days it seems David Beckham is intent on getting more attention for run-ins with angry fans at his matches than for his footwork on the pitch. Yesterday the football superstar had yet another unfriendly face-to-face with an angry spectator at a Kansas City game – this time to defend wife Victoria Beckham’s honour. This comes a mere few days after that now infamous encounter with a riled up LA Galaxy fan – now banned for life – who refused to shake his hand. David looked upset as he went up to the man who was wearing an England shirt during the LA Galaxy’s game at Kansas City Wizards on Saturday claiming he was bad-mouthing his wife Victoria. David could be heard during the match – broadcast live on U.S TV – shouting to the fan: “Is that an England shirt?” But rather than have an angry war of words to defend his wife’s honour, he held out his hand for a handshake in what appeared a friendly gesture and a peace offering. David made sure there was no repeat of the bust-up, which marred last weekend’s friendly with AC Milan and saw him fined $1,000 (USD) by Major League Soccer. Later, however, he branded the fan a ‘disgrace’ for allegedly hurling insults about Posh. When asked about the incident in an interview immediately after the final whistle, he blasted: “He shouldn’t actually be wearing that shirt because what he was saying about my wife was a disgrace.” But he was clearly disappointed with the fan, who appeared to be holding a can of drink. David was again booed by sections of the sell-out 10,000-plus crowd at the ground, which is actually a minor league baseball stadium. But there was still plenty of support for the England star, who signed autographs for fans after helping the rejuvenated Galaxy come from a goal behind to draw 1-1.
Tsk, tsk … if Becks continues to let himself get goaded into confronting all the fans that have nasty things to say he might really get himself into trubs. How is it that he has managed to make it this far in professional soccer and yet still cannot control his impulses while playing on the field? It would really behoove him to remember the old adage, I’m rubber your glue, and just keep his head in the game … in a professional manner. This kind of behavior only tells his detractors that he is an easy mark for verbal assault. He needs to really change up his game-plan or this foolishness will likely become a nightly event. Brush it off, Becks … you’re better than this.
Posted under: David Beckham
... and she's outta there!
Earlier this month we learned the surprising and happy news that Sarah Palin decided to quit her post as governor of the State of Alaska before even finishing out one singular term as her State’s leader. Because she doesn’t feel the need to serve out even one full term of office, as she was elected to do by the people of Alaska and seems intent to shirk her responsibilities as the leader of her State to seek fame and fortune as a more marketable private citizen, Palin decided to leave office and move forward in the private sector. To me, this sounds like the best news ever. Palin formally quit her job yesterday at a State picnic in Faribanks, Alaska, turning over the reigns of governance to Alaska Lt. Governor Sean Parnell … but not without taking a few parting shots. But, no matter what her spin job is, the truth remains … Palin is a quitter and the State of Alaska is better off without a leader who does not have the mettle to live up to her responsibilities:
Sarah Palin stepped down Sunday as Alaska governor to write a book and build a right-of-center coalition, but she left her long-term political plans unclear and refused to address speculation she would seek a 2012 presidential bid. In a fiery campaign-style speech, Palin said she was stepping down to take her political battles to a larger if unspecified stage and avoid an unproductive, lame duck status. ”With this decision, now, I will be able to fight even harder for you, for what is right, and for truth. And I have never felt that you need a title to do that,” Palin said to raucous applause from about 5,000 people gathered at Pioneer Park in Fairbanks. Her first order of business as a private citizen is to speak Aug. 8 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California. She also wants to campaign for political candidates from coast to coast, and continue to speak her mind on the social networking site Twitter, one of her favorite venues to reach out to supporters. Free speech was a theme of her farewell speech at a crowded picnic in Fairbanks, as the 45-year-old outgoing governor scolded ”some seemingly hell-bent on tearing down our nation” and warned Americans to ”be wary of accepting government largesse. It doesn’t come free.” She also took aim at the media, saying her replacement, Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell, ”has a very nice family too, so leave his kids alone!” And she told the media: ”How about, in honor of the American soldier, you quit makin’ things up?” She didn’t elaborate, but Palin said when she announced her resignation July 3 that she was tired of the media focus on her family and felt she had been unfairly treated by reporters and bloggers. Later Sunday, Palin posted her final message on her official Alaska account on the social networking site Twitter. ”Thank you Alaska!” she wrote. ”I love you. God bless Alaska. God bless the U.S.A.” Friend and foe alike have speculated that Palin may host a radio or TV show, launch a lucrative speaking career or seek higher office in Washington. Palin hasn’t ruled out any of those options, and her political action committee, SarahPAC, has raised more than $1 million, said Meghan Stapleton, a spokeswoman for the committee and the Palin family. Stapleton said Palin, of Wasilla, is still deciding what her future will be. ”I cannot express enough there is no plan after July 26. There is absolutely no plan,” she told The Associated Press. Palin’s surprise announcement she was stepping down 17 months before the end of her first term pushed her favorability rating down to 40 percent, according to a Washington Post-ABC poll. Fifty-three percent of those polled gave her an unfavorable rating. Last summer, almost six in 10 Americans viewed her favorably. The latest poll was taken July 15-18. Nearly 20 ethics complaints had been filed against Palin, and the outgoing governor cited the resulting investigation’s financial toll — both on her and the state — for stepping down. An independent investigator looking into the complaints found evidence she may have violated ethics laws by trading on her position as she sought money for lawyer fees, according to a report obtained recently by the AP. Parnell, 46, of Anchorage, was sworn in Sunday as the state’s new governor.
I cannot, for the life of me, get over the fact that by quitting, Palin thinks that she is doing right by the people she was elected to serve. That there are supporters out there who champion her decision to quit is even more insane. Governance is no easy task … it never has been … that is why we need leaders who can stand the test of time and work as diligently as possible to fulfill their responsibilities for the good of the office they have been entrusted with. It’s beyond me that anyone can put any sort of faith in a person who is plainly incapable of doing the job they were elected to do … it’s not even that she can’t do the job, it’s that she made the conscious decision NOT to do the job. One of the first things we learn as children is that quitters never prosper … and yet, this seemingly able-bodied politician decides not only to quit her post but do to so in exchange for the ability to earn millions writing a book which will benefit no one but herself — and still her supporters cheer her on?!? Sadly, I fear this is not the last we’ve heard of Sarah Palin but from here on out she will always have the title of Quitter attached to her name. Hopefully the smarter kids who remember their lessons from kindergarten will win out in the end and help keep Sarah Palin regulated to the loser section.
Posted under: Sarah Palin
"I just loathe homophobia."
Daniel Radcliffe, Mr. Harry Potter incarnate, is featured on the cover and in the pages of the UK magazine Attitude and in his coverstory interview, DanRad reveals his political proclivities and expresses his abhorrence of homophobia … which clearly shows that the young man is aces in my book. Here is Dan’s Attitude magazine cover and some excerpts from his coverstory interview:
HARRY Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has confessed in a frank interview to a gay magazine – he is a Liberal Democrat. The handsome actor – who turned 20 yesterday – appears on the latest cover of Attitude and inside reveals his true political feelings. He tells of his deep dislike for Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Tory leader David Cameron. The multi-millionaire also tells how he grew up surrounded by his parents’ gay pals and hates anyone with a homophobic attitude. Radcliffe – who is not gay and is dating actress Laura O’Toole – said: “I just loathe homophobia. It’s just disgusting and animal and stupid and it’s just thick people who can’t get their heads around it and are just scared. “I grew up around gay people entirely. I was the only child in my class who had any experience of homosexuality or anything like that.” The actor – who battles soul-sucking Dementors as the boy wizard and is currently starring in Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince – said he supports Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg because the other parties offer nothing to young people. He said: “I rather like Nick Clegg. At the next election I will almost certainly vote Lib Dem. “If all the people who liked them voted for them you could change politics overnight and we could have a proper three party system.” Asked about Gordon Brown he said: “Paul Merton said, and I agree with him, ‘it’s a tragedy that this man has waited all his life to do this job – and now he finds out he can’t do it.’ “I don’t like the New Labour thing. I never experienced the optimism of New Labour, I was too young but I hear everyone was up and it was fantastic. I’ve only seen the bad years of it.” Radcliffe’s opinion on David Cameron is no more positive. He raged: “No! No, no, no, no, no! David Cameron is barely distinguishable from Tony Blair.” He added: “I think the reason why people don’t vote is because the politicians are all so central now, it doesn’t seem to matter who you vote for.” He also blasted the BNP who won two seats in the recent Euro elections, saying: “I hate any type of prejudice.”
Attaboy … there aren’t many young people who are willing and capable of expressing their political beliefs in such an open manner but Daniel Radcliffe never struck me as the type of person to play coy with his beliefs. The young man has impressed me on numerous occasions and this is but the latest. That, as a straight actor, he would appear on the cover of one of the UK’s most successful gay magazines and talk so candidly about his beliefs is quite a feat. The lad is very intelligent and very well-spoken … he really is a great role model that younger kids can look up to. DanRad is a great guy … I wish more young actors were like him.
The TV Guide
Yesterday I mentioned that I would be spending my Saturday watching the EPIC 5-part miniseries/3rd season of Torchwood called Children of Earth. I had just started the eps when I blogged yesterday and have since finished watching all the eps. I mentioned that BBC America is airing all 5 eps all day long today from 1 to 8pm (the marathon is in full swing on the East Coast, it begins here on the West Coast in about an hour) and strongly urged all y’all to check it out:
Having watched the entire Children of Earth mini-series in full, I’m afraid I’m going to have to INSIST that y’all tune in today or pick up the DVD set when it gets released this coming Tuesday. There are some TV shows that just manage to get everything right … Torchwood: Children of Earth is one of those shows. I know there are some who are upset with some of the events that transpired in the mini-series but I found the entire thing perfect. Yes, there is tragedy but not all stories are happy endings. I’m thrilled to pass along the news that Season 4 of the series has been picked up by the BBC so that means there will be more Torchwood goodness ahead. Check it out if you can today, I think you will LOOOOOOOVE the series.
Tonight, I’m attending the Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers which will be hosted by Kathy Griffin. I’m pretty excited, it should be really fun … I’ll do my best to tweet from the event. I’m also excited that David returns home from his trip tonight … he’s only been gone for a few days and I miss him muchly. I hope your Sunday is going well!! Enjoy it!!
Posted under: 'Torchwood'
Whedon at Comic-Con, ChRihanna reunite? MJ's time of death
Time again for our weekly dose of hot dudeness as we say hello to the latest Hot Dude of the Week. Gettin’ right down to biz, say hello to Anthony A. who gets right down to brass tax and brings the hawt:
Yes, folks, it sure can get mighty hot in the Summer … temps. so warm that the sweat just pours down the front of your broad, bare chest. Flexing one’s muscles tends to really get the sweat glistening in the sun. Don’t you just love the Summer? While it’s wholly unfortunate that Summer is already half over, at least we have Anthony here to remind us to enjoy it while it lasts. Happy Sunday!!
[Photo credit: All American Guys]
The "just friends" are at it again
After hearing last week that Madonna and her much younger beau Jesus Luz have decided to call off their romantic involvement and remain “just friends” (mainly because Maddy is now too bizzy to fraternize with her toyboy since she was able to adopt Chifundo Mercy James) we get to see new pics today of Madonna & Child out and about in Madrid, Spain together lookin’ all friendly again:
HMMM … you just knew that “just friends” nonesene wouldn’t last. My guess is that Maddy and Jesus are now FTFs (ie. friends that eff) who may not engage one another on a regular basis but make time every once-in-a-while to knock some boots. Go on, gurl … I ain’t mad atcha. I suspect this won’t be the last we’ll see if Madonna & Child running into one another along the way ;)
[Photo credit: Bauer-Griffin]
Posted under: Jesus Luz, Madonna
Take douchebaggery to new heights
In what can only be referred to as a douchebag summit to end all douchebag summits from here until infinity, it turns out that the very unsavory Jon Gosselin has hooked up with the completely revolting Michael Lohan to strike up a new bromance. Apparently, the men feel that teaming up to join douchey forces is the best way to turn their pitiful individual “fame” into something more substantial … and wholly sickening. Here are pics of the new BFFs holidaying together in the Hamptons, NY this weekend doing what they do best … making people want to puke on their shoes:
Not only is Jon Gosselin cavorting with a coeterie of different women since separating from his reality TV partner in crime, Kate Gosselin — he’s also courting new guy friends, namely, Michael Lohan. Lohan, the father of tabloid queen Lindsay Lohan, told ABCNews.com today that he has opened up his Hamptons home to Jon Gosselin and Kate Major, the Star magazine reporter with whom Gosselin dined in New York City last weekend. While Gosselin and Major claimed to be just friends earlier this week, Major told Star Wednesday that she “went to do a story on Jon and ended up falling for him,” and subsequently resigned from her post at the magazine citing a conflict of interest. “Kate Major is best friends with my fiancee Erin [Muller], and Kate is like family to me,” Lohan said. “Since there’s so much media bothering them in New York City and Pennsylvania, they needed a place to get away, and I offered them my house.” “He’s a really nice guy,” Lohan said of Gosselin, adding that the two men went clothes shopping together and ate lunch at the Driver’s Seat restaurant in Southampton. Though they’ve only known each other for days, their shared experience with high-profile divorce has turned these guys into fast friends. “We compare notes on what we’ve gone through and what it’s like when the media gets involved,” Lohan said.
LMAO … so the new BFFs went clothes shopping together? I would bet MILLIONS that the douchebros went shopping for Ed Hardy gear! I can’t think of a more gross union than that of Michael Lohan and Jon Gosselin. If ever two men were made for each other, it’s these two. The only problem in their plan to join forces in order to attain more fame is that the numbers don’t really add up. Zero plus zero still equals zero. Blech!!
[Photo credit: Splash News; Source]
"An Evening For Lola"
Yesterday we learned that Jennifer Lopez started celebrating her 40th birthday at the stroke of midnight Thursday night/Friday morning and enjoyed a lovely surprise birthday dinner party with her hubby Marc Anthony Friday night in NYC. But, the party didn’t stop there … Marc orchestrated a second surprise party called An Evening for Lola for his beloved wife which took place last night at the Edison Ballroom. Clearly, J. Lo was overcome with emotion as the soiree in her honor brought tears to her eyes:
My guess is that this second surprise party really did the trick since J. Lo was treated to a first surprise party on Friday night at the Hotel Griffou in Greenwich Village. She prolly wasn’t expecting a second, more elaborate event at the Edison Ballroom the day after. It’s clear from the emotion on her face that she was overwhelmed with love. While some folks dread their 40th birthday, it really looks like J. Lo‘s hubby made sure that she embraced and really celebrated the milestone. Who knew that zombies could be so romantic and sweet? It really looks like J. Lo had herself a pretty fantastic birthday this year.
[Photo credit: Splash News]
Let’s play a little game … can you guess which up-and-coming hot young action movie actor was spotted roaming the streets of SoCal this weekend proudly wearing a t-shirt that declares that he is the Best Dad on Earth?
Here are a few hints … his young actor has a film that is currently in theaters right now, he is not seriously attached in any romantic fashion to any one in particular right now and is very fond of roaming the streets of SoCal but does not enjoy being photographed while doing so. This one’s a toughie, especially since this t-shirt is meant to throw you off the trail. After the jump, find out who it is … More »
Latest 'Letter of Truth' published on TMZ
Candy Spelling, that lovable matriarch that seemingly puts Joan Crawford to shame as Mommie Dearest, has penned another open letter (or Letter of Truth, if you will) to her only daughter Tori Spelling and sent it off to TMZ so that it can be read by the entire world wide web. As you may recall, Candy reached out to Tori with an open letter earlier this year in the hopes that mother and daughter could bury the hatchet and end their feud … an offer that Tori brutally (and publicly) rebuffed. In retaliation, Candy gave a very public interview that blamed Tori for her father Aaron Spelling‘s death (which, IMHO, is the lowest of the low). It seems that Candy was inspired to pen another letter after learning that Tori‘s reality TV series Tori & Dean: Home, Sweet, Hollywood will feature a season finale that attempts to show the world how daughter reached out to mother to attend granddaughter’s first birthday and, after initially agreeing to attend, grandmother eventually refused (you may recall, the party took place last month and we learned then that Candy refused to attend, presumably because she didn’t want to appear on the TV show). Before that episode airs on Tuesday, Candy felt it necessary to make the preemptive strike. Here is the full text of Candy‘s latest open letter to Tori:
TO: MIDDLE-AGED REALITY SHOW STARS (LIKE MY DAUGHTER)
FROM: CANDY SPELLING
I Know many middle-aged people have issues about their parents and their upbringing. I did. My memories didn’t match all those of my mother, and, funny thing, it’s the same way with my daughter.
Life has consequences. What you say is on the record. Other people have feelings.
I have a vested interest in this subject. My daughter, Tori’s, two-part season finale revolves around my granddaughter’s first birthday party and how she has made what seems like an agonizing decision to invite me.
Cue music. Cue sideways glaces. Clue Lights.
I did get an invitation just in time for the RSVP deadline. I’m sure its delivery will be on next week’s episode with some comment about my house or driveway or street or something they won’t like. I wonder if that will be spread out over one part or two. Sigh.
A big party wasn’t how I envisioned meeting my granddaughter for the first time; but, hey, this is Hollywood, and my grandchildren have become reality show props, too. At the time I emailed “yes,” I didn’t realize I was being set up for a two-parter, even though it was clear I was being invited to be part of a segment for my daughter’s reality show.
Spoiler alert. Don’t read this if you plan to sit through an hour of people looking at their watches and saying “she’s late.” I decided my first meeting with my granddaughter should be on home video, not primetime cable; so I emailed that i would not be attending.
Back to other reality stars. My husband taught me that the plots have to be fresh and updated. The same old whining gets tired after a while. Enough complaining about what may or may not have happened during first grade or YMCA camp, or what vegetable you were forced to endure, especially when you are privileged enough to be on TV and get paid for it.
For all the reality show personalities, please remember that real life doesn’t get edited to make things better or worse or get better ratings. You’re responsible for what you do. Life isn’t just a show. And your families can’t just be props. Make your own season finale without creating conflicts you will regret later.
Um … Cue music. Cue sideways glaces. Clue Lights. Candy Spelling is a heinous beyotch. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s idiotic for Tori Spelling to try and still exploit her public feud with her mother in order to get higher ratings for her TV show (because, honestly, that’s exactly that she’s doing) but for a mother to continue to publicly abuse her child (both mentally and emotionally) that has to be the most disgusting thing ever. Clearly Tori is trying to embarrass her mother by showing how cold-hearted she is (by not attending her only granddaughter’s first birthday) but Candy is going out of the way to show EXACTLY what a cold-hearted beyotch she really is by not only attending but making such a public spectacle of the whole situation. This has to be the saddest thing ever. Some fault does lie with Tori Spelling but, in the end, Candy Spelling — in her old, wizened age — should be the grown-up here. After all, Tori is the product of Candy‘s parenting … a job that Candy clearly was never, ever qualified for. At least poor Aaron Spelling isn’t alive to bear witness to these sad and seemingly on-going events.
"We Are Coming. We Are Coming. We Are Coming ... Back!"
Last May we learned that the 3rd season of the sci-fi masterpiece series Torchwood would be airing as a unified 5-part miniseries titled Children of Earth. The entire mini-series has already aired in the UK and aired Mon-Fri of this week here in the US … but in case you missed any of it, the entire series can be seen IN FULL on BBC America tomorrow starting at 1pm:
I was sent the entire mini-series on DVD and HOLY EFFING SHIZZ is it awesome! I’ll be spending my afternoon finishing up the eps I’ve yet to see but I strongly urge those of you with the time (or the DVR space) to tune in to BBC America tomorrow to catch the entire mini-series. The first ep get things off with a creepy BANG! that will surely pull you in and force you to watch the rest of the eps. Torchwood is one of those amazing shows that gets everything right … the writing, the acting, the storytelling … if you’re not watching Torchwood you are doing yourself a grave disservice. Check it out y’all, I promise you will love it!!
Posted under: 'Torchwood'
The amazing Showtime series Dexter is among the TV series’ that is taking advantage of the fandom at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend as principal castmembers of the show were on hand to discuss where the show about the serial killer with a heart is going into its upcoming 4th season. Here are a couple of the cute baby posters that have been released (these two are different from the one we saw previously back in June) to promote the upcoming new season (Dexter is a new daddy) along with our first look at video footage from season 4:
Let us count the ways Showtime is merchandising Dexter, its serial killer drama! As revealed at Comic-Con today, there will be animated “Dexter Early Cuts” on Showtime.com this fall, a special application for iPhones called “Dexter: The Game,” and (strange) action figures of all your favorite Dexter characters. “When I was shooting the pilot, I didn’t think it would come to this,” groused star Michael C. Hall during the show’s packed panel. But it’s the new killer that seems to have the cast most juiced for its Sept. 27 season premiere on Showtime: John Lithgow joins the action this season as the “Trinity” killer, aka “the most successful serial killer ever.” The thousands of Dexter fans who filled Ballroom 20 today got a sneak peek of Lithgow’s upcoming work, which, naturally, included a scene of him slitting the throat of a helpless brunette. Lithgow, who joined the panel along with the always charming Hall, among others, wouldn’t divulge much about his character. But he did joke that his first victim was “High Commander Dick Solomon”—his memorable character on the long-running sitcom Third Rock From the Sun. “This character has so many layers and colors,” he teased. Family and a new baby will figure significantly in the fourth season—the teaser included scenes of a sleep-deprived Dexter failing at his day job as a blood splatter expert—but Hall admitted it’s early yet to question whether the apple falls far from the tree. “The baby has yet to exhibit any signs,” Hall said. “It’s possibly there, lurking.”
I have to admit … I didn’t love the last season. The whole Jimmy Smits character really turned me off … the season picked up at the end so I’m hoping that the upcoming 4th season will carry on from there. Season 1 was amazing (who could forget the Ice Truck Killer who turned out to be Dexter‘s long-lost brother!) as was Season 2 (psycho-beyotch Lila really made the show very, very interesting … as did the far too snoopy Sergeant James Doakes) … let’s just overlook season 3 and look forward to the introduction of John Lithgow as the Trinity Killer. Oh man … I can’t WAIT! And so, without further ado, let’s check out the NEW video trailer for the upcoming 4th season of Dexter after the jump … More »
The TV Guide
Last night I went out for dinner with my dear friend Mike to celebrate his birthday. Because his actual birthday party was last Saturday night, the night that David took me to the ballet for my birthday, we decided to do birthday dinner together last night in fine belated fashion. Mike chose Simon LA as the eatery so … eat we did:
It was really nice for just the two of us to hang out and talk … we haven’t had the opportunity to do so in some time. The food was excellent but the highlight had to be the dessert sampler plate! ‘Twas divine, I tells ya! After dinner, we had a few drinks at the Stone Rose Lounge. We didn’t stay out too late but long enough to catch up on what’s been going on in our lives lately.
I’m not sure what I’m gonna do today … I think I may venture out for a movie. Did any of y’all see any movies last night? Any recs? It’s quiet around here with David gone … I’m anxious for him to get back home again tomorrow night ;)
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Babies, Jitterbugs & Tori Amos
Here is this week’s batch of photos sent in by Pink is the new Blog readers — Geana sends in a pic of her beautiful daughter Tessa tearing into her 1st birthday cake — Franki sends in a pice of her adorable daughter Mariska lookin’ all cute and sassy in her pink dress — Katie sends in a photo of her swing dance troop from Truman State University in Missouri posing with their FIRST PLACE trophy after they won their dance competition — Tracey sends in a supercute pic of her new pup Bella rockin’ a pink dress and socks combo — Nick from Seattle, WA sends in a pic with Tori Amos at the Portland, OR meet & greet:
So fun!! Thank you all so much for taking the time to send in your amazingly fun and adorable photos. Please keep ‘em coming … I know that many of y’all are enjoying the Summer with family and friends, be sure to send in those pics so we can share the fun with all y’all. As always, much love and thanks to you ALL!! xo
Red Royal Line
Prince William participated in an event that was meant to highlight the plight of homeless youth in the UK yesterday but, unfortch for him, ended up highlighting the fact that his hair is thinning at an exponential rate. Prince Wills has been suffering from hair loss for some time now but, for the most part, he’s been able to keep it relatively under wraps. But on a wind-swept mountain yesterday, Wills could no longer hide the fact that the poor guy is losing his hair … much like his father Prince Charles:
Prince William battled torrential rain to trek up a Cumbrian mountain with a group of young homeless people today. The royal completed the two-hour fell walk with youngsters from Centrepoint in Newcastle, which supports young people living on the streets. William, who is patron of the charity, said it was a great opportunity to provide them with a different perspective on life. “A lot of these guys have never done anything like this so it is a real challenge for them and I have really enjoyed meeting them,” he said. He spent much of the Ullswater Valley trek with 18-year-old Jonny Glendinning, who has 19 piercings on his face and body. Their unlikely friendship began when William joked that his facial piercings might freeze in the inclement conditions. Mr Glendinning, who was made homeless last year when his mother threw him out, said: “We were chatting about my piercings and he joked they would freeze up in this weather. I think he was a bit surprised when I said they have done before. I didn’t know he was coming until last night but he was a lot more down-to-earth than I expected, he was canny.” William supported the group throughout the trek and, when they reached the summit, he told 19-year-old Rebecca Burden: “See, I told you that you would make it, it was easy wasn’t it?” The prince wore a Patterdale Mountain Rescue jacket for the walk from Greenside Mines to Helvellyn mountain. Team leaders from the Mountain Rescue England and Wales charity, for which William is also patron, arranged the expedition. Staffed by 3,000 volunteers who are on call 24 hours a day, the charity makes more than 900 rescues a year, half of which are carried out by the 12 Lake District teams. William said: ‘These men and women are unsung heroes. They are up and down these mountains rescuing people with broken legs every day.’ He also helped the youngsters from Centrepoint to raise a London 2012 flag to mark three years until the start of the Olympics. Later Prince William, a Flight Lieutenant in the RAF, will board a steam boat with families who are looked after by WellChild, the national charity for sick children.
Balding or not, I still love Prince William. He seems like such a stand-up guy, I’ve been quite impressed with pretty much every interview of him I’ve ever seen or read. He is a shining example of the best the British Royal Family has to offer. It’s such a bummer that the poor guy is losing his hair at such a young age tho :( Mebbe he can put in a call to Beyoncé‘s people and mebbe she can hook him up with a righteous weave or something? In any event, I’m sure Wills will continue his hard work for the people of Great Britain … but I’d suggest he wear more hats, we wouldn’t want him catching his death with that much exposed scalp.
Lordy, Lordy J. Lo's Forty!
La Diva Latina, also known as, Jenny from the Block, also known as, J. Lo, also known as, Jennifer Lopez celebrated her 40th birthday in grand style yesterday. She got the party started at the stroke of midnight when her compatriots from her new film The Back-Up Plan surprised her on the NYC set with a massive birthday cake … with her face on it:
Jennifer Lopez got the party started early for her 40th birthday. At midnight this morning, the singer-actress — who turns 40 today — celebrated with husband Marc Anthony and the cast and crew of The Back-Up Plan on the flick’s New York City set. She was all smiles while toasting with champagne and blowing out the candles on the giant chocolate cake, which featured a huge photo of herself. Lopez — who donned an off-the-shoulder top — also hugged crew members who presented her with a bouquet of white flowers. “Alex, make a toast!” Lopez is heard saying to her costar Alex O’Loughlin in a video of the party. “Happy birthday. Welcome back, baby! To Jennifer!” he says, holding up a bottle of champagne.
Click HERE to watch the video mentioned above, courtesy of OnlineJLoFan.com But J. Lo‘s birthday celebration didn’t stop there … after a full day on the set of The Back-Up Plan, she stepped out last night with her hubby Marc Anthony for a lovely surprise party dinner on the town:
If Jennifer Lopez had been hoping to let her 40th birthday slip by unnoticed, she was out of luck. The actress, who spent the day working on the set of latest film The Back-Up Plan, was last night treated to a glamorous surprise birthday party. Organised by husband Marc Anthony, details of the party at Hotel Griffou in Greenwich Village, New York, were kept under wraps – but there was no mistaking the birthday girl as she made her arrival. The mother-of-two looked stunning in a silver gown and statement diamond earrings. The figure-hugging fabric made the most of her enviable body, while the shimmering shade set off her tan. Marc Anthony looked proud as he posed with his wife outside the venue, his arm never leaving her side. It is believed that he was trying to out-do her efforts after she threw him a star-studded birthday party for his 40th last year.
It’s nice to know that LopAnthony still like to try and surprise one another … it’s a sure sign that they are very much in lurve. J. Lo looked amazing in her silver dress but I’d expect nothing less from La Diva Latina herself. It’s pretty crazy to think that the fly girl we met on In Living Color all those years ago has grown into a 40-year old wife and mother of two … and she’s still going strong. Happy Birthday, J. Lo!
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Last weekend, David Beckham and the LA Galaxy faced his other professional soccer team AC Milan in a friendly exhibition match at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. As you may recall, the game ended in a 2-2 tie but it was an incident at half-time that was the real talk of the game. Becks was greeted by unhappy Galaxy fans who heckled and jeered him thruout the match (fans who take great issue with Becks‘s commitment to the team). At half-time, Becks confronted the angry fans and encouraged one of them to come out of the stands to shake his hand (or something) … the fan complied and jumped down from the stands only to be apprehended and thrown out of the stadium. As a result of that action, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber fined David Beckham $1,000 for his unsportsman-like conduct:
Los Angeles Galaxy megastar midfielder David Beckham has been fined $1,000 by Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber for his interaction with a fan at halftime of last Sunday’s exhibition game against AC Milan. At the end of the first half, Beckham approached the part of The Home Depot Center stands where members of the “L.A. Riot Squad” — the team’s most hardcore fans — sit. He gestured to a fan to come toward him. The fan, identified by California State Dominguez Hills officials as Joshua Paige, came out of the stands toward Beckham and was cited for trespassing. The university’s police department provided security for the game. Beckham said after the game that, “The fans were absolutely saying certain things that shouldn’t be said to anybody.” “I walked over after the whistle and said, ‘You need to calm down and try to support the team.’ One of them jumped over and I thought it was to shake my hand, but maybe not.” Several fans gave a different account, saying Beckham gestured toward the fan and said, “Come down here,” followed by an expletive. After issuing the citation, Commissioner Garber said, “Our players should never engage in conduct that can be interpreted as encouraging fans to come out of the stands and onto the field, regardless of the situation.” Galaxy coach-general manager Bruce Arena said the team registered the incident, and the L.A. Riot Squad has issued a lifetime ban to Paige. Some Galaxy fans were upset that Beckham orchestrated an extension of his loan agreement to AC Milan from March through the May 31 end of the Serie A season, causing him to miss the Galaxy’s first 17 games of the 30-game Major League Soccer season. Boos clearly outnumbered cheers when Beckham was introduced before the game. Such signs as “Go home fraud” with a red slash through his No. 23 and “Hey Becks, Here Before You, Here After You, Here Despite You” were sprinkled among the capacity crowd of 27,000, the Galaxy’s first sellout of the season. Beckham drew cheers for assisting on both Galaxy goals in the 2-2 tie. Beckham’s next game in Southern California will be an Aug. 1 exhibition against Spanish champion FC Barcelona at the Rose Bowl.
HMMM … when the incident happened last weekend, I don’t recall that Becks said “calm down and support the team” … his behavior looked much more confrontational. But, whatever the case may be, taunting the fans is a rookie move and Becks should know better. I think it makes sense that the MLS Commissioner would decide to fine Becks for his actions … in all honesty, I bet Beckham shines his shoes with $1,000. After the jump, check out video of the incident for another look at what exactly went down on that fateful night … More »
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All in the family
More big news coming out of San Diego Comic-Con this weekend … of particular interest to Joss Whedon fans of the Buffyverse. At yesterday’s panel discussion of Dollhouse, Joss dished a bit about what we can expect from season 2 and spilled the beans that two Buffyverse alums will be joining the show next season. As was previously reported, there was word that Summer Glau (ex-Firefly, Serenity) would be joining the cast since her FOX TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles has been canceled … at yeasterday’s panel, Joss confirmed that Summer will, indeed, be joining the cast in some capacity. BUT, in somewhat surprising news, Joss also revealed that Alexis Denisof (ex-Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel) will also be joining the cast in some capacity. The Buffyverse takes care of it’s own, y’all! This is amazingly AMAZING news!!
Proof that it pays to come to Comic-Con: On Friday, rabid Joss Whedon fans got to see an unaired 13th episode of Dollhouse that takes place 10 years into the future. Positioned as a veritable road map for the fledgling series, the episode tries to address the apocalyptic outcome of the Dollhouse world – i.e., what happens when too many memories are wiped and everyone becomes, well, zombies. Shot on video for about $1 million less than what a typical episode costs, according to one source, the episode features mostly new characters discovering a deserted dollhouse, but Eliza Dushku’s beloved Echo makes a cameo appearance. Sound confusing? Well, relax — it’s not going to air and potentially upset the show’s mojo (though it will be included in the Dollhouse DVD). But Whedon did promise this to his fans at Comic-Con:
“We intend to honor what you saw here.” That’s true: Moving forward, Whedon plans to save Fox some cash by only shooting Dollhouse on video (trust us, it still looks good). Here are some other promises for season two: Angel alum Alexis Denisof and The Sarah Connor Chronicles’ Summer Glau will make appearances. And Whedon will “continue to deal with the abuse of power and what it brings out in the characters.” That prompted one fan to inquire about Whedon’s obsession with big corporations. “Have you been in America?” Whedon replied. “I consider myself a great documentarian… There is power and manipulation [everywhere]. That’s why I like this show so much.”
WOOOT! and HOLY SHIZZ!! This really is great news. Because it was a struggle just to get Dollhouse renewed for a second season (as it stand, it only got renewed for a short second season) it makes sense that Whedon would want to pull out all the stops in order to help keep the show going … but he always does things on his terms. I have the utmost confidence that Joss Whedon will take Dollhouse to new heights. The show is just good, it’s really just a matter of getting people to see it. It is my opinion that exiling the show to Friday nights is not the way to get people on board but that decision is on FOX. In any event, I am SO excited to see where season 2 of Dollhouse takes us … with Summer and Alexis making appearances on the show, it’s bound to kick all ass. Where my Buffyverse peeps at?! Isn’t this amazing news??
'People' magazine reports
In news that should come as no surprise to pretty much anyone, People magazine is reporting that LeAnn Rimes and hubby Deane Sheremet have separated. In the wake of reports that LeAnn has been creepin’ around on her husband with other men (namely Eddie Cibrian and Dean Cain … but mostly Eddie Cibrian), People quotes sources close to the couple that claim that they haven’t been living together for quite some time … they’re dunzo, y’all:
Four months after reports surfaced that LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian were allegedly having an affair, a source tells PEOPLE that the country singer is no longer living with her husband, Dean Sheremet. “Le and Dean have been separated for quite some time now, but they’re continuing to try and work through their relationship, a Rimes pal says. The couple married in 2002, when she was only 19. Last August (six months before their seventh anniversary), they threw a “Seven-Year Itch” party to, as Rimes put it, “remember how blessed we are.” … Cibrian, 36, who is joining the cast of C.S.I. Miami this fall, has denied he was having an affair with Rimes, his costar in the Lifetime original movie Northern Lights, which they filmed last fall. In March, the Rimes pal confirmed the singer and Sheremet were having problems in their marriage, but maintained Cibrian was “not the cause,” adding, “There have been issues brewing for months prior to meeting Eddie on set.” The couple’s Nashville home is currently on the market for $7.45 million.
As you may recall, we learned earlier this week that Cibrian and his wife Brandi Glanville announced that they are dunzo … so it makes sense that LeAnn and Deane would be having their problems as well, that is, if these reports of infidelity are to be believed. It really sucks for Sheremet and Glanville to be tied to such seemingly untrustworthy people. They are the ones suffering most in all of this because they are essentially being made fools of in the public eye. However any of this plays out, I hope that the spouses are able to recoup some restitution from their cheating louses … while it’s no substitution for a happy marriage, I’m sure large divorce settlements will go a long way in helping them attain some sense of satisfaction.
Brace yourselves, y'all ain't ready for this
Yesterday we saw photos of Twilight stars Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner at the San Diego Comic-Con press conference which took place on Thursday and earlier today we got our first look at the new Jacob Black (shirtless and ripped) action figure. But right now, we get to see TWO new clips from the forthcoming sequel film The Twilight Saga: New Moon which were previewed at Comic-Con earlier today:
Much love goes out to Pink reader Molly who gave me the head’s up on these two new clips. The vids were shot by excited fans in the audience so the picture quality isn’t the best … but you can still make out very clearly what is going on. Trust me, you’re gonna wanna see these clips. After the jump, check them both out in full … More »
The 2009 San Diego Comic-Con is in full swing RIGHT NOW and lovable nerdy geeks (a term I use with great affection, as I’m a geek at heart) have invaded this year’s convention with a fervent zeal that goes to show that the nerds shall inherit the Earth … or, at least, know how to have a great time. Twitter has been flooded with countless photos of some of the more colorful attendees of Comic-Con this year so I thought it would be nice to share some of the fun costumes with all y’all … behold:
OH yes, folks … there is much more where this came from. After the jump, check out another batch of Comic-Con costume photos along with a certain Heroic celeb who showed up at Comic-Con without a costume — or clothing for that matter … More »
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Totally unfazed by pap confrontation
Yesterday we saw photos of Jude Law involved in a run-in with a female paparazzo in London, England this week that seem to show him intentionally whacking the photog on the back of the head (at least, that’s how the photos look to me). Today we get to see new photos of Jude emerging from the Donmar Warehouse Theatre after his performance of Hamlet last night as he was confronted by a group of angry photogs taunting him with newspapers that reported on his earlier run-in with that female pap. Undaunted, Jude just laughed off his accusers and continued on his merry way:
As far as I know, Jude did not take the bait and did not lay his hands on any of the paps last night … clearly, homie learned his lesson. I still contend that it is never right for anyone to physically put their hands in an aggressive manner on any other person … but being confronted like this really appears to be a bit much. Good on Jude for acting like an adult and just laughing off the incident. Here’s hoping he stays out of trubs from here on out ;)
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The newly married Fergie Ferg (also known as Mrs. Josh Duhamel) was spotted making her way out of a studio here in LA yesterday afternoon in a very … interesting … outfit. At first, I couldn’t figure out who she reminded me of in this get-up … and then it hit me. Fergie was deffo lookin’ very owlish in her colorful garb:
LOL!!!! I can see Nite Owl‘s point, Fergie deffo does look like she stole his look. Mebbe Ferg was confused and mistook the studio she was at for San Diego Comic-Con? She would deffo fit in there lookin’ like this :)
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"You didn't hear that from me"
Big news coming out of San Diego Comic-Con today … Gary Oldman, who plays James Gordan in Batman Begins, Batman: The Dark Knight and presumably in future Batman films in the franchise, spilled the juicy news that the next Batman film begins shooting in 2010. There has been much rumor and conjecture that work has quietly begun on the next Batman film but, as of yet, there has been no official confirmation of any Batman movie news. While Oldman‘s comments cannot be taken as “official confirmation”, I’d say — considering the source — it’s pretty good info:
While speaking at the Comic-Con panel for his new movie, The Book of Eli, Gary Oldman told the crowd that the next Batman film will start shooting in 2010, scheduled for release in 2011. “You didn’t hear that from me,” he added. Oldman played Commissioner Gordon in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. EW trying to confirm with Warner Bros.
Wow!! This is really big news. Again, while it’s not an official confirmation, now that the cat is out of the bag I’m guessing that Warner Bros. will have to go on the record about the next Batman film very soon. I’ll bet we’ll be hearing some official something from the studio this weekend … while Comic-Con is in session. There have been so many rumors about which villains might be featured in the next Batman installment (Catwoman, The Riddler) and which actors might play those characters (Angelina Jolie, Eddie Murphy) … none of which can be believed at all. But, now that we know that that the film will probably begin filming next year, we’re bound to learn more concrete news very, very soon. So … who’s excited?????
The TV Guide
So last night I was invited to attend the preview listening party for Whitney Houston‘s new album I Look To You which took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. I did my best to refrain from reading any of the reviews that came out from the previous listening parties that took place in London and NYC because I wanted to hear the music fresh. As soon as I arrived at last night’s event, I almost ran into Magic Johnson and his wife Cookie in the lobby … that man is a tree! We were not allowed to have cameras inside the venue but I was able to snap a pic of a large photo of Whitney‘s new album cover before we were led into the ballroom:
Little by little, celebs started filing in … Halle Berry, Jane Fonda, Jackie Collins, Penny Marshall, Brian McKnight, Janeane Garofalo, Barry Manilow, Stevie Wonder and more … they were all on hand to get the first listen of Whitney‘s new album. Clive Davis played host, extolling the triumphs of Whitney‘s career while getting folks excited for the new music. While he was a bit melodramatic at times (he loved telling stories about how people “wept” every time they heard one of her new songs) he did a great job hyping up the album. I found it so odd that he kept referring to songs as “copyrights” (kind of like how Variety magazine still calls TV programs skeins). Instead of saying, for example, Diane Warren wrote an amazing song. He said, Diane Warren wrote an amazing copyright. He kept doing that all night long … it made him sound old and out of touch. The man is a genius tho, it’s just that he’s still a bit old skool.
So … the music. The album is loaded with hits. The songs are really strong, Whitney‘s voice is bold and triumphant. It remains to be seen, well, heard what she sounds like singing these songs live but on the album she sounds amazing. The songs that really hit me most were Million Dollar Bill (written by Alica Keys), Call You Tonight (written by Stargate), I Look To You (written by R. Kelly) and my fave song of the album is Worth It (written by Dante Austin). These songs are a good mix of uptempo tracks and ballads … they really represent Whitney‘s music very well. The Stargate song is a new sound for her but the rest of the album is classic Whitney. She will belt these songs out and they will be hits, I’m sure of it. The first song that leaked from the album, I Didn’t Know My Own Strength was written by Diane Warren and was produced by David Foster — and it shows. It’s a powerful ballad that soars but, IMHO, I prefer the title track as her new Greatest Love of All-type song. I envision her singing the song in an empty theater with a single spotlight on her just belting it out (at least, that’s the image in my head … mebbe a music video?). I was very impressed with the album … Whitney is back, y’all. She really is.
When Whitney came out at the end, she was met to thunderous applause and a standing ovation. It was so cool hearing her thank the special people in her life who were in the audience. She fawned over her family and friends … and she looked amazing doing so. I can’t wait for all y’all to hear the album … I’m dying to hear other opinions on the music. One of the first things that Whitney said when she took the stage was, “I’m back home. I’m back home where I belong.” On behalf of her fans everywhere, it’s great to have you home again :)
After the event, I met up with my friends Tony and Jordan for a boy’s night out. We grabbed drinks and grub at Marix and had a great night. I ended up oversleeping today so I’m still playing catch-up … I think those margaritas really did me in :) Tonight, I’m hanging out with Mike for a belated birthday celebration for him … it should be fun!!! I hope all y’all will be having great weekends wherever you are!!
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In front of a star-studded crowd
Last week Whitney Houston and music mogul Clive Davis were on hand at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in London, England to world premiere her new album I Look To You in front of an audience of press folks. Earlier this week Whit Whit appeared at the Lincoln Center in NYC to premiere her album in front of press and celeb friends. Last night, Whitney and Clive made their way to the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA for the third and final premiere event for her new album, due out in stores on September 1. Here are a few photos from last night’s star-studded event and a report from E! News‘s Marc Malkin:
Whitney Houston’s comeback album drops in just six weeks. And it was the superstar diva herself who best summed up the excitement for her return when she took center stage at last night’s VIP-only album listening party in Beverly Hills. “I’m back home,” she said. “I’m back home where I belong.” Among the VIP guests packed into a ballroom at the Beverly Hilton hotel to hear nine songs from I Look to You were Halle Berry, Stevie Wonder, Magic Johnson, Barry Manilow, Penny Marshall, model Beverly Johnson and a slew of music industry heavyweights … Sitting in a front row seat was Jane Fonda, who attended with her music producer boyfriend Richard Perry. “When they told me you were here tonight, I almost croaked,” Houston said to the Oscar winner after the two embraced. “I was like, ‘Jane Fonda is at my listening party? How cool am I?’” Sony music honcho and Houston’s mentor since he discovered her oh-so-many years ago Clive Davis hosted the evening. And Ms. Whitney looked fantastically fabulous last night (she kept it simple with a short black dress, killer heels and little makeup). The music was true Houston. Among the songs Davis introduced and played for the crowd were the Alicia Keys-written “Million Dollar Bill,” the up-tempo “Nothing But Love,” the ballad “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength,” the island song duet with Akon “Like I Never Left,” and the title track, one of two collaborations with R. Kelly. The album took about three and a half years. “For the years we were apart, I felt kind of lost,” Houston said to Davis, referring to her troubled past. “But I’m home where I truly belong, don’t ya think?” The audience went wild. Pointing to Bobbi Kristina, her daughter with ex-husband Bobby Brown, Houston smiled, “There’s my baby, my inspiration. Mama loves you so much.” Looking out to Berry, Houston cooed, “How’s the baby?” “Fantastic,” Berry said. And we have a feeling Houston’s fans will be saying the same and a whole lot more when I Look to You drops on Sept. 1.
I, too, was fortunate enough to attend last night’s listening party and let me tell you … I was floored. I’ll have all of my personal thoughts on the album in a post a little later on today. But let me assure you, Whitney Houston — the voice, the diva, the legend — is back. I Look To You is packed with amazingly strong songs … powerful ballads, hip upbeat dance tracks and quite a few candidates for hit singles. It was truly an honor to be among the first people to hear Whitney‘s new album in full … I can’t wait to tell you all about it later on today. After the jump, check out a few photos of Whitney posing with some of the celebrity friends who came out to the Beverly Hilton Hotel last night to share the night with Whitney and Clive … More »
Calling all Twilighters
San Diego Comic-Con is now in FULL SWING and the goodies from all of our fave sci-fi-related movies and TV shows keep comin’ out. Yesterday we learned that Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner were on hand for a press conference at Comic-Con yesterday to promote their new film The Twilight Saga: New Moon and earlier today we learned that Tim Burton and Johnny Depp were on hand to promote their new Disney film Alice In Wonderland. But, it’s not just video footage that is being revealed at Comic-Con … there are a bunch of
toys action figures that are being debuted as well … like, for example, a new Twilight action figure based on the character Jacob Black. As you can see from this first look at the toy, Jacob is shirtless … and ripped:
Oh yes, I’m sure there are quite a few folks out there would would LOVE to get their hands on this particular action figure. Can you imagine all the ways in which you can play with this little doll? BUT, keep it clean y’all … I’m pretty sure that the target audience for these action figures is children. What sort of games would YOU like to play with this action figure of Jacob Black?
While wife and mother Victoria Beckham was bizzy filming a new advert for her clothing line in London, England yesterday, David Beckham stayed home here in SoCal to take care of his sons (who he hadn’t been able to spend a lot of time with this year since he was off in Milan, Italy playing professional soccer with AC Milan). Now that Becks is back home in LA, he is taking his daddy duties very seriously. Here are a few pics of Becks and his boys — Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz — as they enjoyed an afternoon of shopping at The Grove yesterday afternoon:
It’s very clear the boys are thrilled to have their daddy back home with them. They look absolutely adorable together … you can tell that Becks is an amazing father. BUT … I’m curious about that trucker hat that Becks is wearing in these photos. Firstly, a trucker hat, really? And secondly … what does it say? Let’s take a closer look, shall we:
LOL!!! I’m not sure what the eff the Beer Appreciation Society is exactly but it’s nice that they’ve snagged David Beckham to be a member of their organization. To be honest, while the hat is a bit tragic … it’s also a bit fun. It could’ve been worse, he could’ve been wearing a douchey Ed Hardy trucker cap. Ah Becks … it’s so great to have you back home in LA. We’ve missed you!!
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Family, friends and colleagues pay their final respects
A large audience of family, friends and colleagues filled St. Bartholomew’s Church in midtown Manhattan yesterday afternoon to pay their final respects to Walter Cronkite, “the most trusted man in America”. As you may recall, Cronkite passed away at age 92 last weekend after he succumbed to dementia and took with him a bygone era of news reporting that, for the most part, shaped the way America viewed world events for so many years. Fans lined Park Avenue to pay homage to Cronkite as his casket was carried out of the church and to its final resting place:
Loved ones, friends and colleagues gathered Thursday for Walter Cronkite’s funeral as flowers arrived at the church and tourists lingered outside to pay their respects. The service was being held at St. Bartholomew’s Church in midtown Manhattan, where the CBS newsman’s family worshipped for decades. Broadcast journalists — co-workers, competitors, successors — entered the church, including Connie Chung, Bob Schieffer, Diane Sawyer, Brian Williams, Dan Rather, Barbara Walters, Charles Gibson, Matt Lauer, Tom Brokaw, Morley Safer and Meredith Vieira. Spectators lined both sides of Park Avenue, looking on as the casket arrived. Earlier, flowers arrived from Yoko Ono, who wrote: “Walter, my son Sean and I will always remember you! for your kind word to us. You will be missed. With love, Yoko Ono Lennon.” Tourists from Canada were walking to Times Square and saw the news vans outside the church and were told the vans were there for Cronkite’s ceremony. Ethel Bratt and her daughter Holly from Saskatchewan stood outside and remembered how her family followed U.S. news events closely and how tumultuous the 1960s were — with the Vietnam War, the space race, the assassinations of John and Robert Kennedy as well as Martin Luther King Jr. “It’s overwhelming to be here,” said Bratt, who’s in her mid-50s. “He was just part of my growing-up years. He was part of the news events of that generation when everything was going on.” Although the service was planned as a traditional burial service from the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer, announced speakers included “60 Minutes” commentator Andy Rooney and longtime Cronkite producer Sanford Socolow, as well as son Chip Cronkite. For his reporting, Cronkite came to be called “the most trusted man in America” and was widely considered the premier TV journalist of his time. He anchored “The CBS Evening News” from 1962 until 1981. Cronkite died Friday at his Manhattan home at 92. A separate memorial will be held within the next few weeks at New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
It is so sad that there are all of these deaths to report on this Summer … even tho Walter Cronkite had lived a long and very esteemed life, it doesn’t really soften the blow when we hear of another person passing away – no matter how old they were. Cronkite is a legend in the news world and he will always be remembered as the most trusted man in America. After his many, many years of service to us he is finally able to rest in peace. Rest well, Walter.
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Posted under: Walter Cronkite
"If Omer's his son, he's his son. We won't deny it."
Jermaine Jackson is talking these days about the possibility that Michael Jackson might’ve fathered a secret son after a one-night stand in the 80′s. After Omer Bhatti, the boy long ago claimed to be MJ‘s “secret son”, was photographed seated next to the Jackson family at Michael Jackson‘s memorial service earlier this month, the subject of the young man’s paternity began to take on new meaning. If Omer was not related to MJ, why was he seated next to MJ‘s sisters Rebbie and Janet Jackson in the front row of the service with the rest of the Jackson family? Jermaine does confess that he does not know for sure if Omer Bhatti is MJ‘s son but he does insist that if it is proven that he is, Omer will be welcomed into the family and will be treated with “the same love and care [given to] Prince and Paris and Blanket”. Here is a pic of Jermaine answering these tough questions in London, England this week along with photos of Omer Bhatti when he was a child and at MJ‘s memorial service with the Jackson family:
Michael Jackson’s brother Jermaine has vowed to welcome Omer Bhatti into the Jackson clan if he proves to be the singer’s fourth child. The 25-year-old Norwegian rapper sat in the front row with the Jackson family at the singer’s memorial service in Los Angeles two weeks ago. Jermaine Jackson said he wasn’t yet sure whether Omer, said to have been the result of a one-night stand, was his brother’s son. But if he was a Jackson, he would be treated exactly the same as Michael’s three younger children, he said. “If Omer’s his son, he’s his son,” Jermaine declared yesterday. “We won’t deny it. We are going to give him the same love and care that we give Prince and Paris and Blanket. I can’t clearly say if he is Michael’s but I saw this kid around him.” Jermaine said Omer, who as a child looked remarkably like Jackson’s seven-year-old son Blanket, was moved to the family seats at the memorial service by Jackson’s eldest sister Rebbie. She wanted him closer to their mother, Katherine. “My sister went and got him during the service and got him to sit closer to my mother,” Jermaine said.
Omer is said to be seeking a DNA test to find out whether Jackson was his father. In dark sunglasses and a black suit, he looked just like a member of the family as he bowed his head while listening to tributes to the King of Pop at the July 7 service. His appearance at the memorial and his physical similarities to Blanket, has fueled speculation that he is the son of the legendary star. Omer has remained in LA since Michael’s death and has been playing with the Jackson children at the family compound in Encino, California. If he is a Jackson, Omer would be the oldest of Michael’s four children, joining Prince Michael, 12, Paris Michael, 11, and Blanket (Prince Michael II) seven. The Thriller singer reportedly told close friends several years ago that he fathered Omer after a one-night stand with a Norwegian fan in 1984.
HMMMM … interesting. I am of a mind that where there’s smoke, there’s fire. We’ve been hearing about Omer Bhatti for many, many years but nothing has ever been proven. The fact that he was seated WITH the Jackson family at the memorial service and Jermaine will not rule out that he’s not MJ‘s son seems to smell a lot like he actually is MJ‘s secret son. You may recall that earlier this week we heard from Star magazine that Pia Bhatti, Omer‘s mother, is rumored to be the biological mother of MJ‘s son Prince Michael Joesph Jackson, II a.k.a. Blanket … it would make sense that MJ would go to her to mother a child if they already shared a child together. Whether or not that report is true has NO bearing on the paternity of Omer Bhatti. It would be pretty stunning if we learned definitively, after all these years, that MJ had been a father since 1984! What do ya’ll think … could Omer Bhatti be MJ‘s secret son?
After the Internets went WILD over the release of the first trailer for Tim Burton‘s new Disney film Alice In Wonderland this past Wednesday, it was assumed that the trailer would be the central focal point of the film’s presence at San Diego Comic-Con taking place this weekend. As was assumed, Tim Burton was on hand to personally show the video footage at Comic-Con yesterday … but he brought along a surprise guest with him. Johnny Depp shocked fans by popping up on stage to say hello … before he, almost immediately, disappeared and left the premises:
English heartthrob Robert Pattinson wasn’t due to arrive in Hall H of the San Diego Convention Center until later in the afternoon, but he was in real danger of being upstaged by the screams that met Johnny Depp’s surprise appearance Thursday morning at the first panel of the day at Comic-Con International. Depp, dressed in a white shirt and black vest, was on hand to support director Tim Burton, who unveiled a 3-D teaser trailer for his upcoming “Alice in Wonderland,” due out in March. The film draws from a cross-section of Lewis Carroll’s writing, including the Jabberwocky poem. The footage, which prominently featured Depp’s Mad Hatter, mostly highlighted the variety of the fantastic images Burton has assembled for the movie, created using a hybrid of live-action and animation and other techniques. At the urging of moderator Patton Oswalt, it was shown three separate times. “John and I worked together many times, but he’s never done a character with orange hair,” Burton dryly observed from the stage about the Hatter’s unusual aesthetic. “We scalped Carrot Top and took his hair….We realized once we got into it that we picked out every image from TV and cinema of red hair and it’s quite a distributing thing — from Bozo onward,” the director deadpanned.
According to E! News, Johnny uttered just 5 words before POOF! he was gone:
In fact, Depp stopped by, said five words and then totally just left. Here’s what went down: After screening a custom-made trailer for his Comic-Con fans, director Burton asked the crowd if they would like to meet the “imaginary friend” that follows him around. The crowd cheered and Depp, who plays the Mad Hatter, walked onstage in a button-up shirt and fitted black vest. He had long bangs sweeping the side of his face, and wore a thick leather bracelet. After several moments of cheering, Depp whispered into the mic: “Hey. Happy to be here.” And then, poof, he was gone. Moderator Patton Oswalt told the crowd that Depp could reappear later in the day, so “be nice to every guy you see dressed like Jack Sparrow.”
The ONLY person who could upstage Robert Pattinson these days is Johnny Depp … and I kinda love that he just showed up to say hello before running as fast as he could from the venue. Brills. But, getting back to Wonderland, the official poster artwork for the film has been released and features the promo photos that we saw a few weeks ago. While they aren’t all that new, I think they’re worth a second look … as is a pretty cool photo of the Cheshire Cat who was featured in yesterday’s Comic-Con presentation of Alice in Wonderland … More »
Here are a few cute photos of the happily pregs Sarah Michelle Gellar enjoying a nice night out on the town with her hubby Freddie Prinze, Jr. here in SoCal as the couple walked hand in hand last night. SMG and FPJ stepped out for a little date night together, which was very nice since we hadn’t seen the two of them out and about together for quite a few weeks. It’s nice that the pair took time out of their bizzy schedules for some alone time:
When last we saw SMG and the bump out and about, she was lunching and shopping with a friend in Santa Monica, CA earlier this week. FPJ has been MIA for some time now, presumably hard at work filming the new season of 24. As you may recall, we learned at the end of May that Freddie had signed on to appear alongside Jack Bauer and the gang on the upcoming 8th season. Altho they weren’t lookin’ too keen on smiling for the cameras, it’s nice to see them spend some time together. It won’t be long until we’re seeing pics of the couple pushing baby strollers around town ;)
[Photo credit: Limelight]
Belly of the Beast
Today is the first big day of the madness that is known as San Diego Comic-Con and, to make matters more insane, The Twilight Saga: New Moon held their big panel discussion TODAY to get the party started. Here are a few pics of Twilight stars Kristen Stewart (who looked like she wanted to be ANYWHERE but at Comic-Con), Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner posing for the cameras at today’s Comic-Con panel press conference:
Appropriately enough for a movie series about a vampire clan that never sleeps, “Twilight” day at Comic-Con began bright and early. Gathered together at 9:30 a.m. Thursday (July 23) for an invite-only press conference, a small group of reporters took up about a third of the massive ballroom at the Hilton Bayfront hotel, eager to talk fame, fiction and fanpires with Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner. “This year, I have something to say,” Pattinson laughed, remembering that he was overwhelmed to the point of near speechlessness last year. “It’s much more terrifying.” “This is a severely emotional movie. … There are high points for Bella, but she’s a manic-depressive basically,” Stewart said of her “New Moon” performance. “There was more to think about. It’s a more mature part.” Speaking with other reporters before the event, none of us Comic-Con veterans could recall a movie having an event like this before. Summit Entertainment claimed an entire ballroom for media only, no Twilighters allowed. Not “Lord of the Rings,” not “Iron Man” or anything else had ever needed its own press event — a testament to the enormous growth of both “Twilight” and Comic-Con in general. “It’s crazy,” Lautner said when the trio were asked about how they’ve been dealing with the fame. “None of us saw it coming, and this past year has been a ride for us.” Kristen Stewart, who currently has short black locks to play Joan Jett in “The Runaways,” laughed, “I cut my hair off.” “It’s still so young to me, I can’t claim anything as a low,” Pattinson said when asked about his avalanche of fame. “I live a nearly identical life, except for being recognized. It’s not the worst thing in the world. I never did anything ‘normal’ before — and now, I get other people to do that for me.” Pattinson confirmed that Thursday afternoon’s massive fan event in Hall H will screen a clip featuring him. The line outside the convention center is arguably the longest in Comic-Con history. Speaking specifically about Stephenie Meyer’s franchise, Stewart said, “You’re so much inside [Bella's] head, it feels like home.” “When I play it, I try to eliminate the vampire element as much as I can,” Pattinson said of playing Edward Cullen. “I only see it as a tool to make things more fraught.” “I did a lot of the apparition scenes, which were me doing one line a week,” Pattinson remembered of the ghost-like appearances he filmed at the beginning of the “New Moon” shoot. “I had a stress-free three months. All the pressure was on Taylor.”
Oh Lawd, I can only imagine what the insanity of Comic-Con + the insanity of Twilight fandom equals. It sounds horrifying. Mebbe the Con organizers just put Twilight first so that they could get it over with in the hopes that the rabid Twilighters will dissipate afterward … I guess we’ll have to wait and see. After the jump, check out a short video from today’s Twilight press conference at Comic-Con — one reporter asked each actor to reveal the one question they hope they never get asked again — it’s a must-watch video … More »
Bears witness to Manny Ramírez's game-winning grand slam homer
Jake Gyllenhaal was in the hiz at Dodger Stadium last night to root for the LA Dodgers in their game against the Cincinnati Reds. I understand that Jakey poo sat in the posh Dugout Club seats during the sold out 56,000 capacity Manny RamírezBobble-Head Night … behold:
And what a night it was for Manny Ramírez … homeboy hit a 6th inning grand slam home-run that put the Dodgers over the top and led to their 6-2 victory over Cincinnati:
Manny Ramirez hit a tie-breaking pinch-hit grand slam in the sixth inning on his bobblehead night Wednesday, sending the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 6-2 victory over Cincinnati, their 12th consecutive at home against the Reds. Ramirez was kept out of the starting lineup for precautionary reasons with a sore left hand after being hit by a pitch a night earlier. Fans at the sold-out game chanted “Manny! Manny!” as they saw him in the dugout putting on his batting helmet. Ramirez sent the first pitch from reliever Nick Masset into the “Mannywood” section of lower left field seats for his 21st career grand slam, giving Los Angeles a 6-2 lead and putting the crowd into a frenzy. Teammates shoved Ramirez onto the top step of the dugout, where he waved his cap to acknowledge a standing ovation for his 11th homer of the season and his first career pinch-hit homer. It was Ramirez’s first homer into the “Mannywood” section, which was resurrected after his 50-game suspension for violating baseball’s drug rules ended on July 3. Ramirez’s electrifying moment was the only souvenir for 6,000 fans who went home without a bobblehead, which were limited to the first 50,000.
Damn … what a fun night!! Not only were attendees of last night’s game able to enjoy Jake Gyllenhaal‘s presense at the game but they also got to bear witness to a Manny grand slam! AND, 50,000 of them got to take home a bobble-head! FUN!! I need to get my ass back to Dodger Stadium very soon … you never know when another fun night like last night might take place.
[Photo credit: LA Dodgers; Source]
Films a new ad campaign
Here are a few photos of Vicki B. on a set in the Notting Hill neighborhood of London, England earlier today filming a new commercial campaign for her fancy dress line. It’s not entirely clear if the advert will be for print or television but we do know that it does involve a lot of swinging … behold:
As one half of one of the world’s most famous celebrity couples, Victoria Beckham is photographed on a daily basis. So it must have been refreshing for the style icon to go behind the camera for a change as she took charge of a photo shoot for her dress collection in west London today. While Victoria stayed away from the front of the lens, she was modelling one of her own creations, a £2,095 Carmontelle cashmere-blend dress. And as expected, Victoria was wearing her usual killer heels – opting for a pair of burgundy, patent £480 Christian Louboutin Bianca platform pumps. After jetting in from Los Angeles on Tuesday, Victoria has been meeting staff at her London-based fashion line to plan the launch of the autumn/winter line. Taking advantage of the sunny weather today, Victoria watched a group of slender, young models wear her designs as they sat on swings hung from the porch entrances of Georgian townhouses … Among the creations being modelled was a £1,190 embellished wool jersey dress and a strapless purple satin gown. The upcoming autumn/winter season is the second collection from Victoria, who launched her fashion range last year.
Swing away, Posh … swing away. Personally, if this new ad campaign of hers doesn’t include a mostly nekkid David Beckham, I’m not all that interested. BUT, I suppose the woman’s got to make a living … pimping out her fashion duds seems to make her happy so, good for her. I guess I’m kinda intrigued at what the final product of this shoot will look like … I mean … kinda.
[Photo credit: Splash News; Source]
Posted under: Victoria Beckham
The TV Guide
Yesterday turned out to be another quite night around these here parts. David and I were planning on hanging out with our friend Johnny but he had to cancel due to illness. Being sick in Summer sucks, so I feel for him :( We decided to just stay in and make it a lazy night. I managed to catch the 1995 movie Tank Girl on cable … a movie I hadn’t seen since I saw in theaters back in ’95:
Tank Girl stars Lori Petty, Naomi Watts, Malcolm McDowell and Ice-T and is based on the very cool post-apocalyptic comic book series of the same name. I had forgotten what a fun movie it is … and the soundtrack is to DIE for. Veruca Salt, Portishead, Björk, Hole, Joan Jett, Bush, Devo … to be honest, I think the soundtrack did better than the film did. Nonetheless, 1995 was a very good year for me and it was nice reminiscing about the good ol’ days with Tank Girl.
Today, David flies off for the weekend to spend some time with his friends. I’ll be here holding down the fort. I have been invited to the album preview event for Whitney Houston‘s new disc I Look To You so I’m planning on being there ce soir. I don’t think I can tweet from the event but I’ll do my best to report as best I can … with paper and pen. OY!
Posted under: 'Tank Girl'
Amy goes back to court, 'New Moon' clothing for you, J. Lo wants more kids
- Amy Winehouse goes back to court to fight assault charges.
- Michael Lohan vouches for Jon Gosselin … so, naturally, he must be a bona fide douchebag.
- Are YOU ready for New Moon clothing?
- Solange Knowles shaves her head.
- Terrorists want to kill Sacha Baron Cohen.
- I guess Anderson Cooper is not to be “trusted”.
- Food or Fashion?
- A sneak peek at the 2010 NYC Firefighters Calendar.
- Megan Fox feels that being a Bond girl is beneath her.
- Jon Gosselin‘s new girlfriend quits her job at Star magazine. He’s also having a hard time keeping track of his girlfriends.
- Evan Rachel Wood shows her biz on stage with new boyfriend Shane West.
- Rachel Bilson has some tall friends.
- Omer Bhatti, who some claim is Michael Jackson‘s “secret son”, sat with the Jackson family at MJ‘s memorial service earlier this month. HMMM, I wonder why.
- Taylor Lautner does Chipotle.
- Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart do Comic-Con.
- Daniel Radcliffe is 20, Michelle Williams (of Destiny’s Child) is 29, Alison Krauss is 38, Charisma Carpenter (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel) is 39, Slash is 44 and Woody Harrelson is 48 years old today. Click HERE to see who else is celebrating a birthday today.
- Jennifer Lopez wants more kids.
- Leonard Cohen is hittin’ the road here in the US.
- Jack White opens the White Stripes Vault to fans … who pay.
Don't panic! It's not what you think.
Angelina Jolie and her eldest child Maddox Chivan were spotted making their way thru LAX Airport this week bound for the Middle East where Ange will be doing a bit of work as Goodwill Ambassador for the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) … while her hubby-like partner Brad Pitt was spotted tooling around LA on his hog:
Presumably, Dad Pitt will remain at the homestead to care for the rest of the Brangelina brood while Angelina is off saving the world. Santa Angelina has already made her way to Baghdad, Iraq to do her good work. Here is a photo and some deets on Angelina‘s visit to the affected region:
Angelina Jolie took a day trip onThursday to Baghdad. The actress and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador is there to speak out for aid on behalf the millions of Iraqis displaced within their own country and the 1.5 million more Iraqis displaced out of the country. This is her third visit to the country in recent years. On Tuesday afternoon Jolie and eldest son Maddox took off from LAX, where they were heading to the 24th annual Arab Children’s Congress in Amman, Jordan. The pair were reportedly going to be staying with Jolie’s friend Queen Noor.
You can read the full text of the UNHCR press release HERE. I’m always amazed at how much time and devotion Angelina puts toward her charity work. It makes ones head spin just thinking about all commitments Angelina keeps in her every day life … whether they be personal, professional or philanthropic, Angelina Jolie works hard, y’all! Kudos to her for her continued zeal to try and help heal the world.
[Photo credit: X17; Source]
Shall we play a game?
Earlier this week we got to see the FIRST movie poster for SAW VI (as you may recall, the poster was a cool motion poster that moves and plays music) and today we get to see the first regular, non-moving movie poster for the latest film in the SAW franchise:
As you can see in this poster artwork, a bunch of victims are chained to a merry-go-round carousel presumably so that they can be tortured to death in one of Jigsaw‘s dastardly games. While the poster itself isn’t all that interesting, the accompanying video clip is. After the jump, check out the first preview trailer that shows Jigsaw‘s carousel of death in action — be warned, the video is a RED BAND trailer that is gruesomely NSFW … More »
Posted under: 'SAW VI'
Plus, a Pink reader share's a personal pic from the movie set
Yesterday we got our first look at the new Freddy Krueger (played by Jackie Earle Haley) in the redux of the hit slasher horror flick A Nightmare On Elm Street and today we get to check out the first teaser poster for the film:
Much like the first promo pic from Nightmare that we saw yesterday, the fact that Freddy‘s face is totally obscured adds to the creepiness. I’m cautiously optimistic that this redux will be cool … I have much faith that Jackie Earle Haley will make a great Freddy Krueger (after all, he was amazing as Rorschach in Watchmen). I can’t wait to see video footage of him in action.
Additionally, Pink reader Erin sends in a photo of her high school Elk Grove in Illinois which was used as the fictional Springwood High School in the movie:
She writes: I’ve included a picture of what it normally looks like. It’s called Elk Grove High School in Illinois. Just outside of Chicago. The second picture shows they changed it to Springwood high school.
So cool … I’m sure the folks in this community (well, the younger members of the community) are geeked that the new version of A Nightmare On Elm Street was filmed in their town. Now that Comic-Con in San Diego, CA is in full swing we should be hearing a lot more about this film very soon. So far … I like what I see.
[Source, thanks Erin]
Normally we get to see cute pics of Jude Law spending time with his children or just generally lookin’ hot whenever he is out and about … but today we get to see a couple of very unfortunate photos of Jude Law seeming smacking a female photographer on the back of the head as he made his way out of a restaurant in London, England last night. According to Jude‘s people, the smack was an “accident” but from the look of the photos it really looks intentional … here are the pics, judge for yourselves:
A female photographer is today considering pressing charges against Jude Law after he hit her while leaving a central London restaurant in the early hour s of this morning. The actor appeared to strike the 28-year-old paparazzo as she took pictures of him leaving a celebrity dinner party at Automat in Dover Street, Mayfair. Harsha Gopal claimed the attack was unprovoked, and added: “He hit me full on the face, it was a real stinger, it was very sore.” Jude was at a dinner hosted by movie director Christopher Nolan, where other guests included Leonardo DiCaprio, Jay- Z and s inger Michelle Williams. As he left the eatery at 1am he appeared to throw a hand towards Harsha’s face, leaving her reeling away in pain. She was among a group of other photographers who had assembled outside to catch the A-list crowd on their way out. She added: “It was really loud – there was a massive thud and my face is still stinging today. It was deliberate – you could see it in his face. Maybe he didn’t realise he was hitting a girl, but he could at least apologise.” Jude Law’s lawyer Graham Shear today called the claims ‘nonsense’ and added: “Last night’s incident was an accident. Jude was blinded by the camera flashes when he left the restaurant, raised his hand to shield himself and inadvertently struck somebody standing very close. He apologised and left.” Harsha was resting up today and suffered no injuries, but is now considering whether to press charges against the 36-year-old. Jude was arrested after allegedly assaulting a photographer near his Maida Vale home in 2007.
Yeah, I realize that photographs do NOT tell the whole story but from the look of these two photos, the incident didn’t look accidental. I love me some Jude but there is NO excuse for ever laying hands on anyone … man or woman, assaulting someone is totally unacceptable. The fact that he was arrested for assaulting a photographer previously tends to show a pattern of behavior. I sincerely hope that this really was an accident because I really do like Jude Law. What do ya’ll think … was this accidental or intentional?
[Photo credit: Splash News; Source]
Posted under: Jude Law
Also, an update on MJ's kids: Rebbie to raise them? Blanket's mother revealed?
There’s a bunch of new info in the Michael Jackson death investigation to report today along with new information pertaining to the care of MJ‘s kids. Because there is so much to pass along, let’s just get thru it all in one blogpost … first up, investigators have deemed the inquiry into MJ‘s death a manslaughter investigation and appear to be focusing on MJ‘s personal physician Dr. Conrad Murray. Yesterday, the DEA raided the Houston, TX offices of Dr. Murray and seized medical records pertaining to MJ as Murray‘s patient:
Authorities are investigating whether Michael Jackson’s death was a case of manslaughter, according to a search warrant served on the offices of the entertainer’s doctor. The search of Dr. Conrad Murray’s clinic in Houston was conducted Wednesday morning by agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, two detectives from the LAPD’s Robbery Homicide division and officers from the Houston Police Department, according to Murray’s attorney. “We reviewed the warrant and remained on the premises while the search was being executed,” says Murray’s lawyer Ed Chernoff in a statement. “The search warrant authorized law enforcement to search for and seize items, including documents, they believed constituted evidence of the offense of manslaughter.” Among the items taken were a “forensic image of a business computer hard drive” and 21 documents. “None of the documents taken had previously been requested by law enforcement or the L.A. Coroner’s office,” says Chernoff. Murray, who was with Jackson when he was stricken last month at home, has denied any wrongdoing and has said he’s cooperating with authorities. As part of the investigation, the L.A. coroner also has subpoenaed Jackson’s medical records from his former nutritionist, Cherilyn Lee, who worked with him from January to April this year, according to Lee’s rep, Belinda Foster. Authorities interviewed Lee on Wednesday about conversations she had with Jackson.
It is being reported that the TWO autopsys that were administered on Michael Jackson‘s body after he died both turned up the same information … that his body was riddled with needle marks and that the powerful anesthetic Propofol is thought to be the cause of MJ‘s death. Propofol can only be gotten by a medical doctor … and it is believed that Dr. Murray is responsible:
Remember how Michael Jackson’s family commissioned a second autopsy on the fallen King of Pop’s body? Well, E! News has exclusively learned that those results are in—and they are not any different from what was found when the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office did its thing. A source close to the investigation into Jackson’s death tells E! News that the private pathologist’s findings are “consistent” with the county coroner’s, which a coroner’s source says turned up potentially lethal amounts of propofol in the singer’s system. As previously reported, both autopsies found needle marks on Jackson’s body. Propofol, a potent anesthetic administered via IV that leaves people in a largely comatose state, has become the controversial drug du jour since it was discovered in Jackson’s Holmby Hills mansion. Federal regulators are considering adding the drug to their official list of controlled substances, which would require hospitals to account for every drop used. County officials have confirmed that Jackson was taking prescription medications when he died, but they aren’t expected to make public their full report until at least next week because of the ongoing, possibly criminal investigation into the circumstances surrounding Jackson’s untimely demise. The private autopsy was performed June 27, two days after Jackson died and the day following the coroner’s examination of the body.
Oh yes, it looks like the fuzz is zeroing in on the person or people that they suspect are responsible for Michael Jackson‘s death. I wouldn’t be surprised if charges are leveled against these persons of interest very, very soon.
After the jump, check out updates on MJ‘s children. TMZ is reporting that Rebbie Jackson, the eldest Jackson sibling (and least famous sister) will be the one to primarily care for MJ‘s children (even tho matriarch Katherine Jackson currently has guardianship of the kiddies) and Star magazine purports to have found Prince Michael Joesph Jackson, II a.k.a. Blanket‘s biological mother — a Swedish woman named Pia Bhatti … More »
'Celebration' good times, come on!
On Tuesday we got our first tiny tease of the new promo materials for Madonna‘s new 2-disc greatest hits album titled Celebration and today we get our first look at the cover artwork for the package. As you may recall, on Tuesday we saw two short teaser video clips that featured Andy Warhol-like graphics and today we learn that the official album artwork for Madonna‘s new greatest hits package features the same theme. Here is her new album artwork long with the press release for Celebration:
Madonna, who has racked up a record 37 top 10 hits as well as seven No. 1 albums (including her last four) on the Billboard Pop Charts, has given her fans yet another opportunity to “celebrate” her musical achievements. Today, Warner Bros. Records officially confirmed the September 28th release in the U.S. (September 29 outside U.S.) of “CELEBRATION” – the ultimate compilation of Madonna songs. The songs on “Celebration” have all been remastered and selected by Madonna and her fans. They cover the expanse of the Material Girl’s extraordinary career of hits including “Everybody,” “Express Yourself,” “Vogue” and “4 Minutes.” “Celebration” will be available in a two-CD set as well as a single CD. There will also be a “Celebration” DVD released simultaneously which includes the video visionary’s best videos including several that have never before been available on DVD. “Celebration,” the CD will also include two new songs that were recently recorded in New York City. The first single, also titled, “Celebration,” co-produced by Madonna and Paul Oakenfold, will be released August 3rd. A video for the single, which will be included on the “Celebration” DVD was just filmed in Milan, Italy and was directed by long time Madonna collaborator Jonas (“Ray of Light”) Akerlund. Several dance club remixes of “Celebration” are already headed to the clubs. The song will also be available on CD and vinyl maxi. Radio will receive the “Celebration” single on August 3rd. The cover for “Celebration” was created by street pop artist “Mr. Brainwash” who is best known for “throwing modern cultural icons into a blender and turning it up to eleven.” Madonna, a multi Grammy award winning singer, writer and producer has had over 12 No. 1 singles and has a record-smashing 39 No. 1 singles on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Songs Chart – by far the most of any artist in the over 30 year history of the list.
Okay … so the cover art is pretty cool but I’m not sure I’m feelin’ the scowl on Maddy‘s face. She looks disgusted, not celebratory. In any regard, it’s a very striking cover and I’m sure it’ll do well with fans. I’m bummed to learn that there are only 2 new songs on the disc rather than the 3 we’ve been hearing about. Now that we know what’s in store, we can better judge whether or not this 2-disc greatest hits package is worth picking up. So … who’s buying?
[Source, thanks Kevin]
Posted under: 'Celebration', Madonna
Pink reader Ashley gave me the heads up that the official website for the upcoming sequel film The Twilight Saga: New Moon launched on Wednesday afternoon and is now LIVE with photos, video and more! The site loads an impressive Flash animation of the official movie poster (which was released last May) and offers a lot of goodies for rabid Twilighters to enjoy:
The site offers video, AIM icons, computer wallpapers and an interactive widget that fans can post on their blogs or Facebook/My Space pages. After the jump, check out one of the widgets that has been made available on the site for fan use — be warned, the widget features the official trailer and autoplays More »
You're either in or you're out ... or you're back again for another shot
Last weekend we got our first look at the NEW trailer for season 6 of Project Runway which premieres on Lifetime TV on August 20 and while that is all well and good, there is even MORE good news to pass along. Lifetime has announced that they will air Project Runway: All-Star Challenge in conjunction with the debut of the new season of PR to ensure that fans of the show are well taken care of when the series moves to its new home network. According to Entertainment Weekly magazine, the All-Star Challenge will pit 8 former (and much beloved) PR contestants in a battle of fashion wits for a prize of $100,000! Here is who will be competing in this All-Star Challenge:
Kicking off its sixth season, Project Runway will welcome back eight superstar designers from years past, including Santino Rice (pictured), Jeffrey Sebelia and Sweet P, for a special two-hour “All-Star Challenge.” Prior to Lifetime’s Project Runway season premiere and the series premiere of Models of the Runway on Aug. 20, the Runway alums will match wits and fashions to compete for a $100,000 cash prize. Lifetime’s entire release, after the jump. Unprecedented Special Event to Air at 8:00PM ET/PT and Feature Designers from Previous Seasons Special to be Followed by the Season Six Premiere of PROJECT RUNWAY at 10PM ET/PT and the Debut of the All-New Companion Series MODELS OF THE RUNWAY at 11PM ET/PT
Here is the official press release: For the first time in Project Runway history, eight former fan favorites and Project Runway superstars are returning to the catwalk to compete against one another in the two-hour special, Project Runway: All-Star Challenge. The spirited competition premieres Thursday, August 20, at 8PM ET/PT and will be followed by the highly anticipated premiere of the sixth season of Project Runway at 10PM ET/PT and the debut of the all-new companion series, Models of the Runway, at 11PM ET/PT. The announcement was made today by Lifetime Television and The Weinstein Company. At stake for the designers are not only the ultimate bragging rights, but also a $100,000 cash prize. Will the designers be up to the challenge of returning to the workroom, working under the “Gunn” (as in Tim Gunn) to create a successful fashion line? Are they ready to, once again, face the critiques of Heidi Klum, Michael Kors and Nina Garcia, as they showcase their creations?
The designers competing in Project Runway: All-Star Challenge are as follows:
Daniel Vosovic, Season 2
Santino Rice, Season 2
Jeffrey Sebelia, Season 3
Uli Herzner, Season 3
Mychael Knight, Season 3
Chris March, Season 4
Sweet P, Season 4
Korto Momolu, Season 5
Wow!! What a great idea! I’ve always thought that PR should do an All-Star Challenge and I finallly got my wish. How amazing do Uli, Korto and Sweet P look? I think Jeffrey could do without the porn’stache and WTF? is up with the spelling of
Michael Mychael Knight‘s name? That’s new, right? Oh … who cares?! I am so in love with this idea. I can’t wait to see it! We’ve got SO MUCH Project Runway awesomeness to look forward to. Thus far, I’m very impressed with what Lifetime is doing with my fave competitive reality TV show. My confidence in their ability to do right by Project Runway continues to grow each day. Are you as excited as I am?
Also becomes part owner of the Miami Dolphins
Here are a few new photos of Jennifer Lopez and her co-star Alex O’Loughlin on the NYC set of their new film The Back-Up Plan which is currently in production. As you can see, the on-screen couple have themselves a couple of twin babies who are supercute … they make a nice fake family, don’t you think?
In all honesty, J. Lo looks much better when she’s paired up with Alex O’Loughlin than she does with her real zombie-like hubby Marc Anthony. BUT, sometimes fiction is better than truth. On the LopAnthony front, J. Lo joined Marc at a press conference to announce to the world that they are now part-owners of the Miami Dolphins football team. After the jump, check out LopAnthony showing off their Dolphins jerseys at yesterday’s press conference … More »
Who's kissin' who?
On the season finale of Gossip Girl last Spring many changes took place with the gang to set up the coming season (filming now in NYC). We saw that Blair Waldorf and Chuck Bass finally got together and we were introduced to the lovechild of Lily van der Woodsen and Rufus Humphrey. Here on the blog a few weeks ago, we learned that Joanna Garcia (formerly of The CW series Privileged) has joined the cast … and, of course, Michelle Trachtenberg is back as Georgina Sparks. Here are a few new pics of some of the cast on the NYC set of Gossip Girl this week:
I LOVE seeing Ed Westwick in fun t-shirt … clearly he was not in full Chuck Bass costume yet ‘cuz Chuck would never be seen in public wearing a t-shirt. I also love that Chace Crawford is carrying Joanna Garcia‘s purse. Chace totally strikes me as the purse-carrying sort of fella. After the jump, check out with two characters will be getting into a new relationship in season 3 of Gossip Girl. Be warned, the photos are a bit spoilerish … More »
Earlier this year, hot on the heels of the marginal success of the remake of the famed 80′s horror slasher flick Friday the 13th (which hit theaters last February … Friday the 13th), we learned that plans were in the works for a redux of A Nightmare on Elm Street. Back in February, a ridic rumor that Lindsay Lohan had signed on to appear in the film started making the rounds and was quickly debunked. BUT, the movie did go into production and today we get our first look at Jackie Earle Haley in the role of Freddy Krueger in the new version of A Nightmare on Elm Street:
There was plenty of speculation as to who would take over the Freddy Krueger role once Platinum Dunes and New Line made it clear Robert Englund would not return for the new A Nightmare on Elm Street (set visit preview). Buzz built when actor Jackie Earle Haley signed onto the role and continued when fans considered what he would look like in the reboot hitting theaters on April 16, 2010. Here is your first look at a photo of Krueger, but it looks like we’ll have to wait a bit more for the full reveal.
ARGH!! This “first look” is a very crafty way to tease the new film without giving ANYTHING away. That could be your aunt Mable in this Freddy Krueger costume for all we know. I’m sure there will be plenty more to come from this new redux in the coming days … I understand Nightmare will have a heavy presence at Comic-Con this weekend. Stay tuned … we should be seeing more soon. Having seen the new version of Friday the 13th, are you excited for A Nightmare on Elm Street?
OMG OMG OMG OMG!!! After seeing a few AMAZING promo pics from the forthcoming Tim Burton film Alice In Wonderland, which is due out in theaters next Spring, today we get our FIRST LOOK at the first video footage from the film. This teaser video will be shown at Comic-Con in San Diego, CA this weekend but we get to check it out right now:
Folks, this isn’t just a short 5 second tease … it’s a full minute and a half of AMAZING footage from the film!!! After the jump, check out this FIRST LOOK at Tim Burton‘s Alice In Wonderland … More »
Posted under: 'Alice In Wonderland'
The TV Guide
Yesterday was one of those great chill days for me where I didn’t leave the house … at all. ‘Twas nice just bummin’ around not having to be anywhere. I was expecting a delivery that was scheduled to arrive by 7pm and wouldn’t you know it, it didn’t arrive until 7pm. I shant complain tho because the delivery was of my new limited edition Leica D-LUX 4 Titanium camera:
I’m a big Leica fan … they make, IMHO, the best small size digital cameras around. I have been able to snap the most amazing photos in very low light concert settings with ease. I am very much looking forward to using my new camera to photograph the upcoming final Nine Inch Nails concerts in NYC and LA at the end of August/early September. Woot!!
Tonight, David and I are planning to hang out with our friend Johnny (who we haven’t seen in ages) but I’m not sure what the plan is just yet. Tho, hanging with Johnny is always fun so I’m not worried at all. Hope things are fabulous where you are ;)
MJ's doctor raided, Burton to direct 'Dark Shadows', Clarkson hittin' the road
- The Houston, TX office of Dr. Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson‘s physician, has been raided by the DEA.
- Peace the Spork Out goes to the Yo queiro Taco Bell dog
- Now that Tim Burton has completed Alice In Wonderland (SEE THE FIRST TEASER TRAILER HERE) he will begin filming Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins in the big-screen adaptation of Dark Shadows next year.
- A probe has been launched into the city of Los Angeles’s involvement in the Michael Jackson memorial service earlier this month.
- Sam Raimi has been tapped to direct the big screen adaption of World of Warcraft.
- Lil’ Wayne calls Michael Jackson a “fag” in a recorded diss video (skip to 2:50 mark).
- Is THIS the new “most trusted man in America”?
- Simon Cowell does not tan well.
- The Naked Cowboy launches candidacy for the office of Mayor of New York City.
- PC on Bravo TV‘s NYC Prep likes to play the straight man on TV.
- Glamour magazine instructs women on how to tweeze nipple hair.
- Actor Scott Caan fancies himself a photographer. (NSFW)
- Freshly dumped Jessica Simpson goes to the gym, presumably to work-out her blues away.
- Could Dannii Minogue be replacing Paula Abdul on American Idol?
- Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have been inducted into the prestigious Council of Fashion Designers of America.
- Sienna Miller seems completely uninterested in answering questions about Balthazar Getty.
- Selena Gomez is 17, Rufus Wainwright is 36, John Leguizamo is 45, Alan Menken (composer of The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, etc.) is 60, George Clinton is 68 and Alex Trebek (Jeopardy!) is 69 years old today. Click HERE to see who else is celebrating a birthday today.
- The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is planning a big 25th anniversary bash.
- Kelly Clarkson announces a Fall tour.
- Kiefer Sutherland is off the hook for allegedly head-butting that fashion designer last Spring.
- Stephen Baldwin files for bankruptcy, reportedly owes $2.3 million to creditors.
Tony, Pepper, Natasha, Rhodey, Justin ... the gang's all here!
Last week we got our first look at Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow in the new film Iron Man 2 (due out in theaters next Spring) and today we get to check out another new photo of Scarlett as Romanoff along with new promo pics of the other characters in Iron Man 2 … including Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark, Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, Don Cheadle as Col. James Rhodey Rhodes and Sam Rockwell as Justin Hammer. Here are the new promo pics along with some info on Iron Man 2‘s presence at Comic-Con in San Diego, CA this weekend:
Mickey Rourke’s screams fill the empty basin of the Los Angeles River and spill into the midnight air. He’s having trouble with his Russian accent, which is turning the intended line from the Iron Man 2 script — “until you’ve lost everything” — into “Until you’ve lost every ting.” And the off-camera epithets are flying. After a half-dozen takes, he nails it. As he does after many scenes, Rourke beckons to his personal assistant — a round, unkempt guy known on set as “Superbad” because of his resemblance to actor Jonah Hill— who lights a smoke and puts it between Rourke’s lips. “Damn,” Rourke mutters, settling into a director’s chair. “That’s a tricky accent. But I wanted to be more than a one-note villain. That might have worked in the old comic-book movies, but not now. Not with these fans.” By “these” fans, Rourke means the 125,000 who will be awaiting him and dozens of other stars, filmmakers and TV producers who dare peddle their wares at Comic-Con, the nation’s largest convention of pop-culture junkies and self-proclaimed superhero nerds. The convention, which kicks off Wednesday night at the San Diego Convention Center, has become kind of an American Idol-style tryout for Hollywood. Since 2001, when 20th Century Fox trotted out its cast for X-Men, studios and networks have tried to dazzle the Twittering YouTube generation with celebrity glad-handing, sneak peeks and panel discussions. Of course, bringing your product to Comic-Con can be like singing for a room full of Simon Cowells. “This is about the toughest group there is to impress,” says Robert Downey Jr., reprising his role as playboy superhero Tony Stark. “They’re watching your footage, every one of them waiting to Twitter whether you suck.” … “You can’t underestimate how powerful this group is,” Favreau says. “It’s an unlimited press corps, all of them knowing how to communicate in a digital age. The geeks have inherited the Earth, and that’s good news for us.”
The raucous festivities at Comic-Con get underway tonight and will carry forth into the weekend. I have to say, as much fun as the superhero/sci-fi lovefest sounds I cannot, for the life of me, imagine that I would not have my head explode if I indulged. I never had the chance to attend Comic-Con when it wasn’t such a big deal … now that it’s the biggest deal ever, I can’t say that I have any interest in throwing myself into the fray. I’m sure that the legions of fans who are making their way to SD right now (and over the coming days) will have a blast … I will be just happy to watch from afar … and by “afar” I mean right here at home ;)
Posted under: 'Iron Man 2', Black Widow / Natasha Romanova, Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow, James 'Rhodey' Rhodes, Justin Hammer, Pepper Potts, Robert Downey Jr., Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johansson, Tony Stark
God dag, bitches!
Britney Spears, currently on tour in Europe on the latest leg of her concert tour The Circus starring Britney Spears, was spotted out and about on the streets of Stockholm, Sweden this week in between performances enjoying the company of her children — Sean Preston and Jayden James — and her boyfriend/agent Jason Trawick. Here are a few pics of the happy Britwick family strollin’ the streets of Stockholm together this past Monday night:
Look at this beautiful family … don’t they all look so happy together? I can’t get over how much Jason Trawick beams whenever he is around Britney and her sons. I absolutely love Brit Brit with Tra Tra … they make the cutest couple ever. Here’s hoping they’re in it for the long haul cuz this seems to be Britney‘s most stable adult relationship yet. Long live Britwick!!
With his 'Equus' co-star Laura O'Toole
Daniel Radcliffe, who can currently be seen in theaters in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, is finally confirming that he is not only involved in a romantic relationship but that he has been involved in said relationship for quite some time. DanRad has confessed that he and his Equus co-star Laura O’Toole have been dating for some time now … sorry y’all, he’s taken:
Always keeping his lips tightly sealed when he is asked about his love life, Daniel Radcliffe finally reveals his dating partner. “My girlfriend is Laura O’Toole, and she was in ‘Equus’ with me. But I don’t really want to talk about that, because she’s not here and it’s not fair,” the British actor tells U.K. OK! Magazine. Daniel and Laura were co-stars in a revival of Peter Shaffer’s 1973 play “Equus”. Laura was known as the understudy for the lead female character of Jill, played by Joanna Christie, who engaged in a lengthy nude sex scene with Daniel’s character Alan Strang. Report that Daniel dating Laura, who is four years his senior, first emerged in November 2007 after they played together in the particular play. They were said to be “very close” and were even photographed enjoying a shopping trip together in Fullham, West London. Back in January 2008, the “Harry Potter” leading actor was said splitting from Laura. Their separation reportedly took place in late 2007. News of the World quoted the female star as confirming, “Daniel and I are still good friends and have a good time when we see each other. But we just have to be realistic.” However, Daniel has confirmed to OK! Magazine that he and Laura never parted ways.
I’d say that all those nights appearing on stage together totally nekkid might’ve had some influence on these two actors getting together. I imagine, first, they took comfort in the fact that they were both bearing more than their souls on a nightly basis in front of sold out audiences. Then, I suspect the hormonal part took over … and voila! Dan has always talked about how he enjoys the company of older women, I suspect those comments were a secret nod to his older girlfriend. I’m glad to know that DanRad is gettin’ some lovin’. He strikes me as solid young man and deffo deserves happiness. Dan and Laura make a cute couple, no?
Daddy Nas announces baby's name is Knight
It is being reported that Kelis gave birth to a baby boy today after she reportedly went into labor in NYC yesterday. As is her right, Kelis is keeping as much info about the birth of her child as quiet as possible until she can recuperate with her newborn son for a while. Apparently, Kelis barred her estranged soon-to-be ex-husband and father of her child Nas from the hospital yesterday (according to his lawyer) so, in possible retaliation, Nas is spreading news of the baby’s birth before Kelis has a chance to. According to the proud father, the baby’s name is Knight:
KELIS has given birth to a baby boy. The singer is believed to have delivered the tot in a New York hospital today after going into labour yesterday. The child’s father Nas – who is estranged from Kelis – was not allowed to be present at the birth. A source said: “Nas is in New York City, anxiously awaiting the arrival of his son. It was his intention to be there for the birth, but unfortunately he has not been allowed to be present. While this is clearly heartbreaking to him, Nas continues to offer his support and love to his new baby boy and his mother.” Nas’ lawyer has confirmed the 35-year-old rapper was not permitted to be in the delivery room as his son entered the world. No other details about the child have been released.
Well, no other deets have been released by Kelis … Nas, on the other hand, is talkin’ to any and everyone about the birth of his son:
Looks like Nas and Kelis’ divorce battle just got even more bitter. After receiving news that his soon-to-be ex-wife had gone into labor yesterday morning, Nas rushed to the hospital to be at her side — but was denied access to her room, his lawyer told MTV UK. Instead of getting mad, the rapper got even — announcing the birth of their son, Knight, before Kelis could release an official announcement … During a performance last night at Queensbridge — the public housing complex in Queens, NY, where Nas grew up — the rapper announced, “My son’s name is Knight. That’s what I named the young god, Knight! Y’all heard this first.” There’s no word whether “Knight” is the child’s official name — Kelis’ camp has yet to make any statements about the birth.
HMMM … how much do you wanna bet that Kelis will NOT name her child Knight. After the jump, check out video of Nas making the announcement of his newborn son’s name to the world wide web … More »
He "definitely had a pager"
Game time!! Can you guess which emo rocker (turned family man) just posted a tweet on his official Twitter profile pointing to a blogpost featuring a photo of the guy when he was a freshman in high school? Take a look at the photo and read the description that was posted with the photo and venture a guess:
yearbook photo of me freshman year. as you can tell from the way i looked than and now i had such a shitload of teen angst that it went into my late twenties. napalm death shut out tho. four year strong has a record out called “explains it all” that has their take on 90s songs.
ps definitely had a pager.
LMAO!! Napalm Death! I love it!! If you look closely, you should be able to figure out who it is. After the jump, find out who it is … More »
Wifey got fed up with hubby's alleged cheating
In news that should come as no surprise to anyone, US Weekly is reporting that actor Eddie Cibrian‘s wife Brandi Glanville is finally fed up with his alleged extramarital shenanigans and has decided to leave him (you may recall that earlier this year it was alleged that Eddie was creepin’ around with singer LeAnn Rimes). While the big D word (divorce) has yet to be uttered, I think it’s safe to utter the other D word … the couple are dunzo, y’all:
Eddie Cibrian’s wife Brandi Glanville has left him, she confirms exclusively in the new issue of Us Weekly (on newsstands Wednesday). “Eddie and I have decided to take some time apart,” says Glanville, 36, mother of Mason, 6, and Jake, 2. “I want to do what is best for our children. Eddie and LeAnn [Rimes] deserve each other.” According to Us Weekly, the final straw came after Cibrian, 36, and Rimes, 26, were caught again together in the early afternoon of July 17 — four months after Usmagazine.com broke the news of their affair — outside the Malibu home of Jeff Berger, a longtime friend of the singer and her husband, Dean Sheremet. (News of Cibrian having another affair — with 24-year-old model Scheana Marie Jancan — also broke earlier this same month.) Sources tell Us that Rimes’ pal Berger has been facilitating similar meetings at his home for about a month and that Rimes and Cibrian also made use of a rental house on L.A.’s west side. (Berger denies he has been enabling an affair. Another source insists Cibrian and Rimes “hung out a bit, but that was it.”)
In response to his wife’s decision to leave him, Cibrian has released an official statement of his own on the matter:
“Apparently the press wishes to continue to play out Eddie Cibrian’s domestic situation publicly with an unfair flair of tabloid fervor. Eddie is a devoted and loving father first and foremost and the speed bump he and Brandi are experiencing needs to be worked out privately for everyone’s benefit.”
Actually, Eddie, the media is merely passing along info that was made public by your angry wife. Don’t blame the messenger. To be honest, I’m surprised that Brandi stuck with Eddie for this long. She seemed really pissed when those LeAnn Rimes rumors started to make the rounds … I thought she’d hit the door much sooner than this. Whatever the case may be, if these two are no longer committed to their marriage then it’s prolly for the best that they split. Eddie seems to want to keep his marriage together, tho … which means he’ll be spending a lot of time on his knees in the coming weeks and mebbe months.
Movie deal in place, TV deal may not happen
On Monday we learned that major studios were bidding big bucks for the rights to the 1,200 hours of rehearsal footage of the late Michael Jackson prepping his This Is It Tour in the hopes that it could be released in theaters as a movie. Last we heard, bidding was reported to reach as high as $50 million and Sony Pictures was the front runner in the bidding war. There was also talk that some footage might be sold to a TV network for around $20 million for use in a TV special. Today, Entertainment Weekly magazine reports that Sony ended up buying the footage for $60 million and plans to release a movie in October. On the TV side, according to the LA Times,no network seems interested in paying out $20 million for a TV special … so either the price has to come down or there may be no TV special:
Sony Pictures has paid $60 million for the rights to release a movie of footage shot during Michael Jackson’s rehearsals for his This Is It concert tour, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The film will hit theaters October 30. According to other reports, AEG Live, which is said to have 80 hours of rehearsal footage at its disposal, and Jackson’s family will split Sony’s money, with Jackson’s family receiving 90 percent of the fee and establishing a charity in the late singer’s name.
Wow. First off … $60 million … wow. Secondly, October 30 will be here in no time … it’s amazing how quickly these sorts of deals get hammered out. I understand that Kenny Ortega (the choreographer of the This Is It Tour) will direct the film as he worked very closely with MJ on his vision for the show. On the TV end, tho, the early report was that a TV special might air as early as September if a deal was struck … thus far, no deal … which means no TV special:
Frenzied international interest in all things Michael Jackson notwithstanding, it appears there won’t be a TV special this fall. AEG Live, the promoter behind Jackson’s 50 “This Is It” comeback concerts in London, has been negotiating for several days with movie studios for the film rights to the concert rehearsal footage as well as broadcast rights to a tie-in television special. Although NBC was interested in the project as recently as Monday, and other networks showed interest last week, all of the networks balked over AEG’s $20-million price tag for a show that would not include any new or exclusive footage of Jackson performing, several network sources said. Originally, AEG had tried to sell the special to air Aug. 29 — Michael Jackson’s birthday — which falls on a Saturday. But logistical problems — which include Saturday being the lowest-rated night of the week for TV — compelled AEG to stipulate that networks program the special in September when TV viewers return to their couches in high numbers, according to a source who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak on the matter. Some TV networks also feared that the TV special would be too similar in content to the documentary film that will be made out of the rehearsal footage … If AEG had gotten its way, the TV special would have been directed by Kenny Ortega (who had been working with Jackson as the director of the “This Is It” tour). The plans were for a superstar ensemble that could have included Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake and will.i.am performing Jackson’s hits using the costumes, choreography, and special-effects-driven illusions engineered for the singer’s comeback tour. But no footage of the King of Pop. “And the cost of that thing is $20 million? With no Michael Jackson? Ha!” said one network source who requested anonymity.
I totally agree … $20 million dollars for NO footage of Michael Jackson? WTF? Unless a deal can be worked out soon, it looks like the only way we’ll see any of this MJ tour rehearsal footage is in theaters … on Halloween. Doesn’t that strike you as being … strange? Would YOU go see this movie in theaters?
Also gets cozy in Bella Swan's truck
A couple new promo pics from the upcoming sequel film The Twilight Saga: New Moon have made their way to the Internets which I think y’all need to take a gander at. First up, we’ve got a new movie still of Jacob Black (played by Taylor Lautner) gettin’ all up close and personal with Bella Swan (played by Kristen Stewart) in her ancient truck:
Clearly this scene is meant to highlight the growing attraction between Jacob and Bella that takes place thruout the course of the film. I believe you’re supposed to be thinking, Edward who? when watching this scene. After the jump, check out a new promo pic of Jacob Black giving a come hither look with his eyes as he shows off his werewolf pack tattoo … More »
"And you can dance"
Last month we learned that Madonna has titled her latest Greatest Hits album Iconography and plans to release it on September 22 BUT, we’ve since learned that the album will actually be titled Celebration (with the first single also titled Celebration) and will be released on September 28. Today we get our first tease of the promo campaign for the album’s release. Here is a screencap from the new teaser video for Madonna‘s greatest hits album:
This teaser video is really short, it’s only 5 secs … but I do like the graphics. After the jump, check it out for yourselves — but make sure you don’t blink and miss it … More »
Posted under: 'Celebration', Madonna
'Never!' gonna get it
A group of concerned citizens who live near Michael Jackson‘s famed Neverland Ranch in Los Olivos, CA are banning together to fight any attempt to make the property into a Graceland-type attraction which would attract hundreds of thousands of MJ fans for many, many, many years to come in the wake of his untimely death last month. The group called Never! are planning to thwart any and every attempt by anyone to move forward with plans to make Neverland Ranch a tourist attraction … and, in the end, they might even have a very solid fighting chance of getting their way:
Neighbors of Neverland are organizing against any move to turn Michael Jackson’s former home into a tourist destination that could disturb the area’s rural tranquility. Residents of the rural Santa Ynez Valley announced a new group Monday called “Never!” It is backed by area community organizations that want to head off any attempts to convert the Neverland ranch in remote Los Olivos into a commercial venue, spokesman Bob Field said. Field said the area doesn’t have the roads, police or other infrastructure to support crowds drawn to a Graceland-like tourist attraction, which he said would disrupt the enclave’s tranquility. Such a development would require the property to be rezoned from agricultural to commercial use, a lengthy process that would require a series of public hearings where residents could express their opposition. Santa Barbara County spokeswoman Nicole Koon said officials have not been contacted by the properties owners or the Jackson family about a zoning change. Property co-owner Thomas Barrack, meanwhile, hasn’t proposed developing the site, but Field said the Santa Ynez Valley residents in his group want solid reassurances that he won’t. “We have received mixed messages, some reassuring, some troubling,” he said. “We’d like clear, concrete signs that there are no plans to pursue turning this into a tourist attraction.” The Los Olivos Business Organization, which consists of the wineries, restaurants and boutiques along the town’s short commercial strip, released a separate statement Monday stating its opposition to a Graceland-like venue in its midst. Owen Blicksilver, a spokesman for Colony Capital LLC, the Los Angeles-based firm where Barrack is chairman and CEO, had no immediate comment. Field, the former chairman of a county-appointed community planning committee, said he was suspicious of Barrack’s motives for inviting dozens of local politicians and opinion leaders to the ranch for tours, followed by lavish breakfasts or barbecue dinners. Field, who joined one of the tours, said a Barrack representative assured guests at the event that there were no immediate plans to attempt to have Jackson buried at the ranch or to convert it to a tourist attraction. But the representative did not unequivocally disavow such plans. Field was also concerned that staff members distributed baseball caps embroidered with “Neverland 2009″ to guests.
Honestly, I wouldn’t think that any organization would be able to stop an attempt to make Neverland into Graceland primarily because the memory of Michael Jackson will live on forever and will continue to inspire rabid fandom. BUT, because the ranch is located in a very rural area that lacks the paved roads required to accommodate hordes of visitors, the Never! group may end up getting their way. That being said, I think it would be a shame for that sprawling location to go unused … except for the rural surroundings, it is THE PERFECT LOCATION to set up a memorial tourist destination for the late Michael Jackson. I’m sure the fight, should there be one, to make Neverland Ranch into a substantial tourist attraction will rage for years. I, personally, think the ranch should become MJ‘s Graceland … but, then again, I don’t live in the area.
Posted under: Never!, Neverland Ranch
K-Fed & Vicky P: Chaotic?
Hold on to your lunches, y’all … word on the street is that Kevin Federline — washed up white rapper, Britney Spears‘s moochy ex-husband and father of her children — is reportedly close to getting his own reality TV series that would feature The Federline and his new ladyfriend Victoria Prince doing whatever the hell it is that they do. I’m not sure that there is really much of a market for a show featuring two mooches living off the alimony paid out by one of the most famous pop stars on the planet but … I’m sure someone is interested … are you?
Words on the block, Kevin Federline will revisit the reality show world. The ex-husband of Britney Spears, who did “Britney & Kevin: Chaotic” in 2005 with the pop star, reportedly is on the verge of signing a deal to star in a new show. Furthermore, E! News shared that Kevin’s girlfriend, Victoria Prince, as well as his two sons with Britney, Sean Preston and Jayden James, will be joining him on the show. “Victoria is a big part of the series,” a source informed E!. “They are not engaged, but she lives with him full-time in his place in Encino.” Victoria is an ex AVP volleyball player who is taking graduate classes in communication online. “Victoria actually quit her entry-level job at Fox Sports in L.A. after meeting Kevin,” the source added. “She’s considering returning to volleyball, but isn’t sure.” Britney, allegedly, has given her seal of approval for her. “They had a meeting face-to-face, when Victoria was home alone with the kids. It was awkward, but Britney was nice,” the source continued. There has been no name, network or confirmation about the reality show yet. However, E! said that VH1 is likely to be the one picking up the series.
Gross. Not only is K-Fed trying to make a career on Britney‘s coattails but now Vicky P. is trying to cash in on the coattails of K-Fed. I can’t think of a more pathetic attempt for fame. On the one hand, I suppose that with this new show comes the hope that K-Fed would actually start making his own money to take care of his children … on the other hand, methinks he’ll do everything he can to try and exploit those kids for his own show. I can tell you right now, this is NOT a show that I have ANY interest in watching … I mean, seriously … would any of y’all watch this garbage?
As if they weren't dunzo enough
About a month ago we learned the sad news that Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson were dunzo again even tho they were never officially back together after the last time they were dunzo back in April. Since their most recent bout of dunzoness, L. Ron have gotten back together to mourn the loss of Michael Jackson … and then to celebrate Lindsay‘s 23rd birthday. But it looks like the couple are on the outs again after Samantha seemingly put Lindsay‘s stuff on her front porch and locked her out of her house … again. Here are pics of Lindsay picking up her shizz from the sidewalk in front of Sam‘s home this week:
Seriously … these two have to be the MOST dramatic couple to have ever walked the face of the planet … I just LOVE them :) It’s passion like this that means that they will prolly stay in each other’s lives forever. I understand Sam was recently photographed in the company of Sopranos star Drea de Matteo … I wonder what’s going on there. Perhaps now that Sam and Drea are friends, there’s no room for Lindsay‘s shenanigans? HMMMM. Only time will tell … but for now, it looks like Lindsay and her stuff is no longer welcome at Chez Ronson. Do YOU think this could be the last we’ve heard of L. Ron?
[Photo credit: X17]
Posted under: Lindsay Lohan
The TV Guide
Yesterday was a scorcher here in SoCal and I spent much of the afternoon running around town taking care of a few errands. It was time for my beautiful 2009 VW Tiguan, which I named Wülfgang Jürgen-Klaüs, to have its annual check-up (almost 1 year to the day that I brought my baby home from the dealership) so I spent sometime waiting for my oil change … then I had to run to the bank, the drug store and drop off a thank you gift for some dear friends of mine. I have been DYING to see Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince so I made damn sure to see the flick last night:
I made sure to see it in IMAX in 3D and TOTALLY loved it!! While purists are pissed that many things in the book were left out of the movie, I absolutely commend the filmmakers for continuing to bring the books to life in the best way they can. The movies will never do the books justice. Never. Ever. Never. Movies cannot be 8 hours long so things have to be left out. I honestly believe the Harry Potter movies just keep getting better. It’s amazing how much the cute little kids have grown into young adults. Their acting performances have gotten better with age as well. Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy was a revelation … his performance was excellent. I loved the blue tint quality that the movie had over all … it felt a lot like a black & while film. I really did love this big screen adapation … I want to see it again. The opening portion in IMAX 3D was fun … I might have to see it again ;)
Also, it’s time for me to re-read the series. When my reading pile gets a little smaller, I’m planning on re-reading all of the Harry Potter books straight thru. I need to be ready for the final, 2-part film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I think the only way to do the final book justice is over 2 movies … perhaps, at last, HP purisists will be satisfied.
Tonight, I’m planning on hanging out with my friend Tony … not sure what we’re gonna be doing but I haven’t seen him in ages. It’ll be good to hang out again :)
J. Love is not engaged, Simon wants Paula, 2 tribute concerts for MJ
And it moves!
Are y’all ready for the latest installment in the SAW movie franchise? Well … if not, too bad. SAW VI will hit theaters this Halloween and promises to bring more of the Jigsaw mayhem with it. To promote the film, the studio has released the first movie poster to get fans hyped up for the latest installment … and much like the motion poster that was released to promote Terminator: Salvation last December, this new SAW VI poster moves:
Because this COOL new motion movie poster auto-plays and makes sounds, I put it behind the cut. After the jump, check out the latest ploy to get YOU into theaters to plunk down your hard earned money to see SAW VI … More »
Posted under: 'SAW VI'
Brings a friend along
Sarah Michelle Gellar, pregs for the first time with the seed of hubby Freddie Prinze, Jr.‘s loins, stepped out with a friend to take her baby bump for a lunch and shopping outing this past weekend. SMG and co. grabbed a bite to eat at Shutters in Santa Monica, CA before engaging in a bit of retail therapy at Fred Segal afterward. Here are a few pics of SMG and bump at lunch:
Ever the fashionista, SMG looks amazing. Pregnancy really seems to agree with her … I’m sure motherhood will as well. We still don’t know for sure what the sex of her baby is but I’ll bet she’s hoping for a little girl so that she can pass on her fashionistaness onto her little girl. Cute!
[Photo credit: Bauer-Griffin]
Posted under: Sarah Michelle Gellar
Here is a supercute pic of Nicole Richie, Joel Madden, their firstborn daughter Harlow Winter and their incubating baby bump to the Santa Monica Pier here in SoCal on Sunday for a lovely family outing together … behold:
It won’t be long now before Nic/Joel welcome the birth of their newest little addition to the family (will it be a boy? will it be a girl?) so I’m sure they’re doing all they can to enjoy as much time together as a threesome as they can before the new baby takes center stage. It’s so insane to think that Harlow Winter is about to become a big sister … it feels like she was just born yesterday. I’m just so happy for the Richie-Madden family … they seem so happy and are deffo so in love with one another. I predict that they won’t stop at just 2 babies ;) Aren’t they just the cutest?
[Photo credit: Splash News]
Also brings her fabulousness to the Big Apple
Last week we got our first look at the cover artwork for Whitney Houston‘s new album I Look To You (due out in stores on September 1) after she and music mentor/mogul Clive Davis previewed the album at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in London’s Knightsbridge. Today we learn that Whit Whit has made her way back home to the US and just flew into NYC lookin’ all kinds of amazing:
We also learn today that the official tracklisting of I Look To You has been released as well! After the jump, check out the album tracklist and a short video of Whitney and Clive premiering her new music for the assembled folks in London last week … More »
Papa Jamie Spears hopes to END conservatorship
In early 2008, Britney Spears suffered a mental breakdown after many months of dangerous and frantic behavior (seemingly perpetrated by her “friends” at the time Osama Sam Lutfi and “cousin” Alli Sims, who have since been expunged from her life) that forced authorities to put her under psychiatric care using medical Code 5150. Since that time, the court has ruled that Britney could not be in control of her person or legal affairs and installed her father, Jamie Spears, as her legal conservator. Under his care, Britney has made a stunning comeback which included (among many triumphs) a return to acting, the creation of a hit album and the launch of a hugely successful world tour (which is currently still underway). After all these months of positive growth, it seems that the time may soon come when Britney will no longer need to be handled as a mental incompetent and will, once again, be a legally free woman. Her conservatorship may come to an end very, very soon:
Britney Spears’ daddy is ready to release his daughter into the wild again — we’ve learned the conservatorship may be coming to an end. Sources tell us Jamie Spears will ask the court to review the terms of the conservatorship after her concert tour ends in November. Jamie can’t ask the judge to end it — just to review it. The judge then decides if Britney should regain control of her life. We’re told Jamie thinks Britney is ready to roll on her own. He has made her life his full time job since February, 2008. Fact is … if it weren’t for the tour, given Britney’s progress, the judge might already have made the decision to undo the conservatorship. The various vendors were promised under their contracts that the conservatorship would stay in tact throughout the tour.
To be honest, I felt that Britney should’ve been released from her conservatorship some time ago (and, apparently, were it not for her tour she prolly her conservatorship might’ve ended sooner) but who am I to laugh in the face of a situation that still continues to benefit her. It appears that her father just wants to make 1000% sure that she is OK again before cutting her loose. I always felt that having her parents in control of her person when she was in such dire straits was the best thing for her … and seeing how much she’s grown since those dangerous days is the proof that the right thing was done for her. I’m so proud of all of Britney‘s hard work. I knew this conservatorship would not last forever … and it does feel like the time is right for it to end. Do YOU think Britney is ready to be her own person again?
Jesus gets the boot
Sad news to pass along today … it seems that the torrid love/lust affair between 50-year old Madonna and her early 20-something paramour toyboy Jesus Luz has run its course and come to an end. As you may recall, Madonna & Child met on the Brazilian set of her W magazine photoshoot with Steven Klein late last year and the couple set tongues wagging in the months that followed because they were virtually inseparable. BUT, once Maddy was finally allowed to adopt an even younger child (ie. Chifundo Mercy James) she seems to have lost interest in Jesus and decided to cut him loose. They’re dunzo, y’all:
It was only going to be a matter of time before Madonna tired of her latest plaything. And I can now report that the Material Girl has ended her relationship with 22-year-old Brazilian model Jesus Luz after just seven months. The 50-year-old has told Jesus, whose career was given a huge boost by the affair, that she “doesn’t have enough time for him” now she is touring Europe. A pal told me: “Jesus has been accompanying Madonna on tour but they have been staying in separate hotel rooms. Jesus is doing everything he can to persuade Madonna they should stay together. He’s hanging in there like a lost puppy. Chances are they will be seen out again together, as it’s good for both their images, but Madonna has made it clear it’s only a friendship.”
So sad … poor Jesus. You knew it was only a matter of time before Madge tired of her latest toy. To be honest, I’m surprised she gave him the time of day for as long as she did. I mean, you know that Maddy loves the younger Latino men but that she would carry on with the lad for 7 months is pretty amazing … for him. Now that she’s got Mercy James to take care of, it makes sense that she would discard the other child she was tending to before Mercy joined her family. You can’t feel too bad for Jesus Luz, tho. His affiliation with Madonna opened more doors for him than would’ve been accessible had they never engaged in their little fling. Maddy got good “companionship”, Jesus got work … it’s win/win! Are YOU sad that these two decided to call it quits? Do you think anyone will care about Jesus Luz any longer now that he’s been dumped by Madonna?
Posted under: Jesus Luz, Madonna
And 'The New Yorker' envisions what her conversion diary might read like
My fave magazine The New Yorker published a hilarious piece in this week’s issue that imagines what Britney Spears‘s Conversion Diary might read like if she were, as reports suggest, converting to Judaism. Without going into the actual rumors concerning her alleged religious endeavors, The New Yorker pokes fun at the mere notion that she might become a Jew … behold:
Britney Spears has never been one to take things slowly when it comes to relationships. So it’s no surprise she’s considering converting to Judaism to show her commitment to new bloke Jason Trawick. The singer has been spotted wearing a necklace with the Star of David symbol on during her world tour. She has even recruited a rabbi to help her study the faith. —The Sun.
I think Rabbi Pearlstein is really pissed at me. Today in Jewish class he was going through the Halakha, which I thought was the Jewish word for Hannah Montana but turns out to be like a whole bunch of boring laws about days of the week and pork and shit, and I was like, “Rabbi P., is there any way you could break this down into a bunch of tweets? I’ll read it on my phone on the way to rehearsal.” He got so mad those curls on the sides of his head started shaking. (I don’t know why he won’t let my stylist snip them off. They’re not a good look for him, K.?) On the plus side, he taught me this awesome Jewish trivia fact: You don’t have to call Jewish people “Jewish people.” It turns out they don’t mind being called plain old “Jews.” LOL.
Here’s how Brit sees it: When a person is converting to Judaism, he or she should totally get points for things they’ve done that already make them part Jewish. Like, let’s say to be a Jewess you need twenty points. I think I have already earned points for the following Jewish thingies:
—Dating a hot Jew: two points. I think dating a Jew makes you partly Jewish, and the hotter the Jew the more points. Dating Jason wins me two points (tho I would get way more if I was dating that über-hot Jew in Maroon 5). Dating someone you met on JDate and basically just settled for gets you no points. (Snap!!!)
—Kissing another Jewess on TV: four points. O.K., maybe this isn’t in the Torah or anything, but it is a great moment in Jewish history, and personally, as a Jew-in-training, I am very proud to have been a part of it: the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, when I kissed Madonna, who is basically even more Jewish than Rabbi Pearlstein. Madonna is so Jewish I call her Mezuzah. (LMAO, Brit!!!) This is because of all the hot Jewish boyfriends she has had over the aeons, including her latest, Jesus Luz. (Everyone knows Jesus is a Jewish name—look it up.) If you count all of Madonna’s points for dating hot Jews, she would have eighty, which would make her equal to like four Jews, which must be more than there are in all of major-league baseball.
—Being persecuted: eight points. Rabbi Pearlstein goes on and on and on about how persecuted the Jews were in olden days, but, hello, did they ever have to deal with TMZ shoving a camera in their crotch every time they got out of a limo? I don’t think so!!!
If you add my two points for dating a hot Jew to my four points for kissing a Jewess to my eight points for being persecuted, you get (come on, iPhone calculator) . . . fourteen Jew points!!! I should totally be able to get the other six I need by buying a Star of David toe ring.
Got verklempt last night with Jason when I told him how close I was to joining his tribe and all. Felt kinda guilty that my spiritual journey has been so easy, what with my already being mostly Jewish, but then Jason explained that feeling guilty just makes you Jewisher, so it’s all good.
HAHAHAHHAHA! There is one more imagined entry in Britney‘s Conversion Diary HERE, which — if you enjoyed reading thus far — is a must read as well. I never thought two of my fave things — Britney Spears and the high-brow humor of The New Yorker — would ever come together and, yet, here it is. It’s funny, right?
"I wish I had the chance to live those few moments again"
Chris Brown has released a short video today addressing his fans and offering up his apologies for his assault on his ex-girlfriend Rihanna back in February. As y’all should know by now, Brown worked out a plea agreement where he will serve out a sentence of probation instead of going to prison for physically assaulting Rihanna. This new video is meant for Chris to talk directly to fans and apologize for his criminal behavior:
The video really speaks for itself. He reveals that he wanted to apologize sooner but decided not to on the advice of his lawyers. While I’m impressed that he does not offer any excuses for his criminal actions, he is still on my shitlist. I don’t know that I will ever be able to see Chris Brown the way I used to see him before this incident but, at the very least, he is finally offering up the apology that many people have been waiting for for some time. After the jump, check out the video in full and judge for yourselves if this mea culpa is good enough … More »
Posted under: Chris Brown
Where my girls at?
A week ago today we learned the tragic news that Jessica Simpson and boyfriend Tony Romo were dunzo (remember, he dumped her on the eve of her birthday on July 10) and then last Friday we saw the first photos of Tony Romo whooping it up and enjoying his new single status with some of his boys on the Sunset Strip. Perhaps in retaliation, Jessica posted a photo with some of her girlfriends out on the town this weekend on her official Twitter profile. Here is the photo and her tweet message:
Love my ladies!!! Wish I could be with them everyday of my life. Laughter is wonderful :)
Clearly, Jessica wants the world to know that she has already washed that man right out of her hair and she is a happy camper. With her ladies by her side and her trademark mile-long smile, she’s telling the world I’m OK! Whether or not that is actually the case is beside the point … at this stage in a break-up, she can’t let the guy who dumped her know she is mourning the loss. I’m not a big Jessica Simpson fan but I do feel bad for her … here’s hoping she gets over the break-up as soon as she can. My guess is that she’ll be single for some time to come.
BFFs Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson are enjoying a bit of a holiday together in Portofino, Italy this week and the men were snapped enjoying some playtime together on an inflated floaty in the ocean. As you can see from this photo of the friends rough-housing together, they appear to be very close friends:
The guys have been friend forever and this is NOT the first time they’ve frolicked in such a close way … you may recall that the bros, let’s call them Wooden, spent time together in Hawaii early last year and then got nekkid in Florida — first Woody, then Owen. You cannot deny a lurve like theirs. Bromance ’til death do they party. Ain’t they adorable?
[Photo credit: Splash News]
I believe I can 'defy'
Last Friday we got our first look at a new promo photo from the 2010 movie Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time which stars Jake Gyllenhaal and which will be one of his first major film roles since Brokeback Mountain. Today we get our first look at the first poster released for the film:
Well … OK … this poster may not feature Jakey poo as Prince Dastan but it does feature Gemma Arterton who portrays the character Tamina in the Persia. But, fear not … there is another poster that has been released along with this one. After the jump, check out the FIRST Prince of Persia poster to feature Jake Gyllenhaal as the heroic Prince Dastan … More »
The TV Guide
Due to fortuitous circumstances, I was able to attend the big LA Galaxy vs. AC Milan soccer match at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA last night. David was all excited to go and then realized he had a previous engagement at Outfest. Darion, very happily, took his place … and we had a blast:
We were so far from all the drama last night that we saw none of it. Our section (very near the Beckham family box) was really fun, everyone enjoyed the game. There were a lot of Milanos in the hiz … ’twas very fun. Much, much love goes out to my friends Aly and Alexis for passing their tickets over to me … they couldn’t attend and very generously gave them to me. I love them dearly!!!
This afternoon, I’ll be at the VW service shop for scheduled maintenance on my car. It’s gonna be a long afternoon … I’m hoping to catch Harry Potter tonight. I need to see that movie already!
Adam Yauch has cancer, MJ's death a murder? Marilyn's bra fetches pretty penny
'Burn Notice' star gets burned by a DUI
Okay, so I know many of y’all are prolly thinking … who? But some of you may know Jeffrey Donovan as the hot lead actor on the USA Network series Burn Notice. Again, many of y’all are thinking … what network? But … just bear with me. Okay, so David loves watching Psych on USA Network and occasionally watches the spy series Burn Notice which stars hottie Jeffrey Donovan … well, apparently Mr. Hottie got busted for drunk driving on July 12 (my birthday) and, truth be told, still looks kinda hot in his mugshot:
The star of that show “Burn Notice” may have been a little too lit up when he got behind the wheel last weekend — dude was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence in Miami. TMZ has learned Jeffrey Donovan was arrested on suspicion of DUI last Sunday, July 12th. The 41-year-old posed for a cop cam and was released several hours later. So far, no comment from Donovan’s reps.
Okay, so he may not look sooo hot in his mug (especially since I’ve seen him look much hotter) but a bust is a bust and idiots who get arrested for endangering the lives of others by drunk driving should be shamed in public. Burn Notice is a pretty decent show, even tho I don’t really watch it. It’s be a shame for Donovan to lose what little fame he has just because he doesn’t know that drinking and driving doesn’t mix. Get your shizz straight, dude … otherwise no one will ever know who the hell you are.
Posted under: Jeffrey Donovan
Sienna Miller reveals she nearly "burned her breasts" making the film
The official promo machine for the new film G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra has officially gotten underway as members of the cast invaded Sydney Harbor in Sydney, Australia over the weekend to hype up their new film. The cast — including Channing Tatum, Sienna Miller, Rachel Nichols and Marlon Wayans — arrived at their press photocall by speedboat and then immediately made themselves available to the press. Sienna Miller gave the most revelatory info to the assembled media, even confessing that she nearly burned her breasts while making the film:
In what would have been the most bizarre on set accident yet, actress Sienna Miller revealed she nearly burnt her breasts making new movie G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. Speaking at an event in Sydney, Australia, to promote the film, the 28-year-old star, who plays femme fatal The Baroness in the film, said she nearly suffered the rather undignified occurrence when an explosion got too close for comfort. But thankfully it was just a rather close call. She said a press conference in Sydney: “Luckily it wasn’t my breasts, it was the bit in-between. It got a bit burnt when an explosion got a bit close.” Sienna arrived at the press launch for the film in fine style, as she and her cast mates turned up in a power boat. And she also revealed she wasn’t too impressed with her character’s black leather cat suit: “I won’t be wearing one again. Squeezing myself into that with the aid of talcum powder every day for five months was more than enough. I could barely move in it anyway,” she said. The actress looked informal in a print dress from Brit designers Poltock & Walsh Autumn/Winter 2009 collection, accessorised with a pair of suede/leather Chloe ankle boots. Sienna who has enjoyed an on/off relationship with father-of-four Balthazar Getty, brushed off questions that she had plans to walk down the aisle. She said: “No plans to get married, no. No-one to marry!” But co-star Channing Tatum, 29, was actually on his honeymoon. Channing, 29, who married Step Up co-star Jenna Dewan on July 11, had to delay his honeymoon because he will be promoting the new $170million movie for two weeks. He said: “I am on honeymoon but not at the moment. We’ll pick that up after the promotion work is done.” The star, who plays the film’s hero, Duke, said: ‘When I was first approached about the role I thought, “Aww man, how are you going to make a movie about G.I. Joe in a time of war? Then I read the script and it was nothing to do with the military at all. I’m a big supporter of the soldiers and the military and I don’t have a view on the war at all, I’m not a political person. But this is a fantasy film, it is an escape from everything that is going on.” Also at the event were co stars Marlon Wayans and Rachel Nichols who arrived at Sydney’s historic harbour with Sienna and Channing in a customised speedboat. Director Steven Sommers also rejected claims that he had been removed from the film after disastrous test screenings. “It’s complete lies. I have always had final cut of the film. People just make stuff up. You have to really screw up to get fired from a movie. The stigma of that would kill it. This is not the case.” Actor Channing, 29, said: “I hope it does OK”, while a less tactful Sienna added: “You know, GI Joe, it’s not going to be the best acting work we’ve ever done.”
LOL! Not even the actors seem to have much faith in the film … but, I’m still VERY excited to see it when it opens next month!! It’s a shame that Channing has to “work” while he’s on his honeymoon but it’s really hard to feel bad for the guy. It remains to be seen where the G.I. Joe promo machine moves on to next but they’ve got a lot of work ahead of them to sell this flick. Are any of y’all planning on seeing this movie when it opens on August 7?
[Photo credit: Wireimage; Source]
Madonna took time out of her bizzy touring schedule to pay a hospital visit to the injured crewman who were involved in the collapse of her Sticky & Sweet Tour stage in Marseille, France last week. The accident, as you may recall, claimed the lives of two stagehands and injured 10 others. Here are photos of Maddy and her daughters Lourdes Maria and Chifundo Mercy James along with manager Guy Oseary at the hospital in Marseille that is treating the injured men:
Madonna visited on Sunday workers injured while building a stage for her concert in southern France, as well as meeting the family of one of two workers killed in the accident. A French worker was killed on the spot on Thursday when part of the roof over the stage being built for the pop singer’s concert collapsed while a British worker died in hospital a day later. Eight other workers were injured, five seriously, and are being treated at two hospitals. The concert had been scheduled for Sunday, but it was canceled immediately after the incident. “We are very touched that an actress (and musician) with such talent and quality has also an extraordinary amount of human qualities as well,” Marseille Mayor Jean-Claude Gaudin told reporters outside one hospital. “She has already gone to Aix-en-Province, I think, to see the family of this worker who unfortunately has died. And, she comes here to the hospital in Marseille to meet the injured. So, we are very touched.” Marseille public prosecutors have launched an inquiry into the deaths at the Velodrome stadium. A police source said one of the four cranes used to erect the stage slipped, causing the roof to buckle. Madonna, who was in Italy at the time of the accident, issued a statement saying she was devastated by the news and expressed her deepest sympathies to all those affected. Marseille city authorities said all the victims worked for Live Nation, the company which was preparing the show. The next stop on Madonna’s “Sticky and Sweet” tour is scheduled for Barcelona, Spain on Tuesday, July 21.
Kudos to Madonna for taking the time to visit her injured crewman in the hospital. While I’m pretty certain she was not on a first name basis with her stage crew, I’m sure it means a lot to them that she cares enough to visit them in the hospital to check on their progress. I’m sure it was devastating for her to learn that two men lost their lives in that terrible accident, I think it was very cool of her to personally visit the injured crew. Even tho she had nothing at all to do with the accident, it’s clear that she feels some bit of responsibility for her crewman. I hope they all heal well and will back on their feet in no time. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the men who lost their lives.
[Photo credit: Bauer-Griffin; Source]
You know, just because
Hottie McAmazing Ryan Phillippe found a fun way to beat the heat here in SoCal this weekend by just standing around outside sans shirt. With an hot bod like the one that Ryan‘s got, it only makes sense:
Why, hello there! My, my … Mr. Phillippe is lookin’ good these days. Well, he’s lookin’ good most days but I’m particularly drawn to this photo. Don’t you just love Summertime in SoCal?
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The fans want her but will 'AI' producers pay up to keep her?
Last week, extraordinary news broke that American Idol host Ryan Seacrest signed a deal worth $45 million dollars to remain on the show for the next 3 seasons … and that news came after news that mean judge Simon Cowell would be getting in excess of $100 million to remain on the show. This weekend, word began to swirl that nice judge Paula Abdul is still without a contract to return to the show. Apparently, Paula wants more money to come back to AI and producers are balking at paying her what she wants … which means she might not get to keep her job. As a result, fans took to Twitter to voice their support of Ms. Abdul … and Paula has responded to fans on her official Twitter profile by thanking them for their support:
Since Friday’s news, first reported here on the Idoltracker, of judge Paula Abdul’s unhappiness with the pace, or nonpace, of negotiations to renew her “Idol” contract, a brushfire has been sweeping the Web. Using the hashtag #keeppaula, fans have been wildly tweeting on Twitter their support for the seemingly embattled judge. For a time Saturday evening, the “Keep Paula” movement made it to the No. 2 slot (see left) on Twitter’s much-contested trending topics list — falling behind only people twittering their support for Indonesia in the aftermath of this week’s terror attacks. And it wasn’t just “Idol” fans showing their support. From across Idol Nation and the Idols Live tour bus itself, former cast members were chiming in with their support.
There’s been a lot of “scary” talk that Paula would NOT be returning to the show … even her manager says that it is “unlikely” that she will return … but TMZ is reporting that she’s just