Archive for August, 2009
A whole lotta
Last Friday we got our first look at Rihanna on the cover of the new issue of Italian Vogue magazine and today we get to see her entire 12 photo spread inside the mag, courtesy of RihannaDaily.com … here is the first batch:
Rihanna is featured in the magazine’s “Fashion Supplement” section … and there is more of this fabulosity to be had. After the jump, check out another batch of photos from this spread — if you DARE … More »
Over the weekend we saw photos of Matthew McConaughey and his first born son Levi Alves enjoying a day at the beach together and today we get to see a couple more beachy pics but this time with mama Camila Alves and her burgeoning baby bump. Here are pics of Camila, Matthew and their 1 1/2 kids in Malibu, CA yesterday:
While none of them look all too happy, they still make a very cute family. I’m still amazed at how much Matthew has settled down since he started his family with Camila. Seeing him carry around his son is just the cutest thing … and it’s very nice seeing Camila growing another baby in her womb. All this baby makin’ going on … I wonder who’s next.
[Photo credit: Splash News]
Whitney Houston is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Ebony magazine, just in time for the release of her new album I Look To You which is available for sale TODAY! Here is our first look at her new Ebony cover:
Thus far, the Ebony website has not been updated with any info about this Whitney issue but her interview and/or photos should be released soon. As for this cover, well, all I can say is Damn, Whitney looks good. It’s great to see her on magazine covers again, rather than tabloid covers. Welcome back, Whit!!
[Source, thanks Marcus]
Brit, JL, Ma, Pa, the young'ns ... they're all here!!
After spending some time in NYC last week and a couple of quick pitstops in Boston, MA and Philadelphia, PA this weekend, Britney Spears brought her young’ns to Miami, FL to meet up with some members of her family … including her parents, Lynne and Jamie Spears … and her little sister Jamie Lynn Spears, who brought along her own young’n Maddie Briann. Here are photos of the Spears fam chillin by the pool at their hotel in Miami yesterday afternoon:
Yeah, dude … Brit Brit sure does love showing off her bangin’ bikini bod. Britney will be performing a couple concerts in the area this week so she clearly thought it would be fun to bring together members of her family for a little bonding time in Miami. After the jump, check out a few more photos of the Spears fam maxin’ and relaxin’ — you gotta see the cute pic of Britney, JL and Maddie Briann soakin’ in the pool together … More »
The last international performance
Nine Inch Nails was the headlining act at the Virgin Festival in Toronto, Ontario last night at the Molson Amphitheater, which was the final international performance by the band before they end their Wave Goodbye Tour later this week. After completing their string of dates in NYC last week and a couple of dates in Chicago this past weekend, NIN made their way up to Toronto to play their final international date. Here are a couple pics from last night’s raucous performance:
Altho he was fighting off illness, Trent Reznor pulled out all the stops for last night’s performance and ended up destroying some of his equipment on stage during the performance of Terrible Lie … which hearkened back to the days when NIN would routinely destroy equipment on stage back in the day. After the jump, check out a few more photos from last night’s gig (including a pic of one of TR‘s destroyed keyboards), see the full setlist from last night’s show, find out what the festival caterers whipped up especially for the band and watch video of TR tearing shit up during Terrible Lie … More »
The TV Guide
Most of yesterday was nice and lazy but in the late afternoon, David and I met up with his good friend Ben who is visiting this week from NYC. We met up at Kate Mantilini’s for afternoon cocktails and got to hear all about the cabaret show he is directing here for Natalie Joy Johnson … which we are going to see tonight:
After drinks, David and I met up with Darion and his friend Alex for dinner in Century City … before Darion, David and I caught a showing of the new Hayao Miyazaki animated film Ponyo:
I am a huge fan of Miyazaki‘s films and Ponyo is right up there with the best of them. It’s a fantastical take on Hans Christian Andersen‘s classic tale The Little Mermaid but with much more flair and magical wonder. The main voices in the English version are that of Frankie Jonas (the littlest Jonas brother) as Sosuke and Noah Cyrus (Miley‘s little sister) as Ponyo … but that should NOT deter you from seeing the film. Other vocal performances are provided by Tina Fey, Cate Blanchett, Betty White, Liam Neesom, Matt Damon and Lily Tomlin! Such an amazing cast of voices! But the real draw is the beautiful animation and the wild storytelling … sure, Ponyo shows a world where it’s perfectly fine for a 5 year old boy to be left alone during a tsunami, with matches and a little fish-turned-girl who it is hoped he falls in love with to make her human AND save the world … but that’s what makes this film such an amazing fairy tale. The story is really kinda out there but you just have to go with it and get lost in the wonder. I loved it entirely!
Tonight, as I mentioned above, David and I are going to see Natalie Joy Johnson‘s cabaret show with Ben … should be fun. So much going on this week … it’s gonna be a good one!!
Posted under: 'Ponyo'
Brown still loves Rihanna, 'Hung' goes gay, iPhone leaving AT&T next year?
'The Bold & The Beautiful' wins Best Daytime Drama for the first time ever!!!
Daytime television’s biggest night took place at The Orpheum Theatre here in Los Angeles, CA where the 2009 Daytime Emmy Awards were handed out in a lavish ceremony hosted by actress/singer Vanessa Williams. The daytime drama The Bold & The Beautiful (one of my faves) took home the big prize of Best Daytime Drama for the first time in it’s 22 year history while Christian LeBlanc, from The Young & The Restless (another of my faves), took home the aware for Best Actor. Here are a few pics from the red carpet arrivals at last night’s affair:
Yes, Stacy Haiduk (who plays Mary Jane Benson/Patty Williams a crazy woman who believes her dead cat is still alive after losing her mind a bit by changing her entire face in order to stalk and seduce Jack Abbott on Y&R) brought a stuffed cat with her as her date to the Daytime Emmys … but it’s okay cuz her crazy-ass character on the show made that stuffed cat a star! While there were a lot of awards handed out last night, the big enchilada went to The Bold & The Beautiful. After the jump, check out a few photos from the show itself and a few photos of some of the winners posing with their new Emmys in the press room after the awards were handed out — plus, read all about B&B‘s big win which was 22 years in the making … More »
Posted under: 'Sesame Street', 'The Bold & The Beautiful', Betty White, Christian LeBlanc, Ellen DeGeneres, Jake Silbermann, Jennie Garth, Lori Loughlin, Portia de Rossi, Stacy Haiduk, Susan Lucci, The Daytime Emmy Awards, Tyra Banks, Van Hansis, Vanessa Williams, Wendy Williams
"Whiskey ... you were number one"
The second season premiere of Dollhouse is less than a month away but today you can download a vid clip from iTunes that gives us our first look at the new season:
Now, I don’t necessarily think that the clip is all that spoilery but I’ve decided to keep the screencaps behind the cut anways. The video features Echo (Eliza Dushku) in close conversation with Dr. Saunders/Whiskey (Amy Acker) in close conversation — altering us to the fact that she will be featured, at least in some capacity, in the second season. After the jump, check out the screencaps and find the iTunes download link to get the clip for yourselves … More »
Posted under: 'Dollhouse', iTunes
Hit me with your best shot
Amazing news for fans of the Buffyverse and Broadway … the best of both worlds are finally coming together! Tom Lenk, who portrayed the amazingly hilarious villain-turned-goodie Andrew Wells on Buffy the Vampire Slayer (and briefly on Angel), is joining the cast of the rock musical Rock of Ages on Broadway! According to one of Tom‘s latest tweets, today is his first day of rehearsals with the cast … he tweets:
I have my first rehearsal for Rock of Ages today! So excited! Moved into my new place on Saturday, I can’t believe I live in NYC now!
Tom had to keep this news tight-lipped (not even his friends knew about this) and was not, apparently, able to talk about this new gig until today … as Entertainment Weekly claims the scoopage on his move to Broadway:
Tom Lenk, who starred as Andrew on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, will make his Broadway debut as Franz in the Tony-nominated musical Rock of Ages on Sept. 14. Lenk originated the supporting role, the son of a German developer who wants to demolish the Sunset Strip (including LA’s favorite rock club), in Los Angeles and Las Vegas productions. He phoned EW to give us the scoop and the often hilarious backstory. A UCLA theater grad with formal voice training, Lenk went to college with Rock of Ages‘ Tony-nominated director Kristin Hanggi. They’ve worked together before — on a production of Ann E. Wrecksick, an Annie spoof about bulimic orphans, in the basement of a Mexican restaurant in Silver Lake, Calif. the summer after his first season on Buffy. She knew he was also friends with Rock of Ages writer Chris D’Arienzo, and phoned Lenk to tell him that D’Arienzo had a role that might suit him. “In Ann E. Wrecksick, I had done a character of a German fashion designer. I’d also been doing this sketch for years about a German character who’s obsessed with Star Trek and Melrose Place, based on my time having been invited to appear as a random Buffy person at a Star Trek convention in Germany and a friend’s Hungarian husband who was obsessed with Melrose Place,” he says. “So they knew I did this German thing, and it happened to be perfect for the show.” Franz’s big moment, the song “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” comes when he starts a relationship with Regina, who works in the Mayor’s office and protests his and his father’s plans. “I’m a little nervous. The way I performed it in LA and Vegas is not nearly as exhaustive as the version that’s happening now on stage. I would stand and sing, and then do some dancing. But now it’s dancing while I’m singing, so I have two weeks to become Beyoncé,” he says … He begins rehearsals today, but he won’t actually get to perform with the actors he’ll share the stage with until the afternoon before his evening debut. “Which makes me want to have a complete heart attack/throw up,” he admits. “I know I should be prepared for this. I do have a theater degree. I do theater all the time [at LA's Upright Cabaret]. I did a tour of Grease in Germany like 10 years ago, but I was an understudy for Doody and Eugene and I never went on. So I never got my big put-in rehearsal.” Clarification: He could have gone on once as Doody, but he’d booked a German Audi commercial that was coincidentally shooting in Austria on that same evening. During that commercial audition, Lenk, who speaks passable German and will use a thick accent in Rock of Ages, was asked if he skied. He lied and said yes. “I get to the set, and I’d missed something in the translation — it was ski-jumping. They let me freak out for awhile until they revealed that I had a stunt double,” he says. “I only booked the commercial because ski jumpers are like jockeys, they have to be tiny and lightweight. They already had the costume, and they needed somebody to fit it. I was too big even. It was crazy. I missed my big show, Grease das Musical, which is fine.”
This is ABSOLUTELY amazing news. Tom is one of my good friends and I couldn’t be more happy, more proud of him. I’ve seen his live performances a few times and I’m telling you, Broadway is in for a treat. I understand that Tom‘s first performance with Rock of Ages is on September 14 and, as luck would have it, I will be in NYC that whole week. You can bet your buns I’m gonna be there. Altho I got to see the show earlier this year, I can’t wait to see it again … and with Tom Lenk in a featured role? All I can say is, Woot!!!!! Much, much love and congrats goes out to Tom on this amazing news today … I’m sure he’ll be working his ass off for the next couple of weeks … and I can’t wait to see the fruits of his labor.
Posted under: 'Rock of Ages', Tom Lenk
17 (year old) guns salute
Tween heartthrob and break-out Twilight star Taylor Lautner is coming into his own as he is featured on the cover and in the page of the October issue of Teen Vogue magazine. Under the cover headline, WE Heart Taylor Lautner, Tay Tay gives those come hither eyes enticing all the young Teen Vogue readers to snap up this issue … behold:
According to Taylor, there is a very specific sort of girl who’s going to sign up for what’s become known to Twilight fans as Team Jacob. “If she likes having a really close friendship with a guy,” he begins, “being able to tell him anything, and then having that friendship slowly transform into something more….” The seventeen-year-old stops himself and laughs. “I find myself using the word transform a lot lately,” he explains, “because that’s what Jacob does.” It’s not exactly a spoiler to say that Taylor’s character in November’s New Moon is going through some intense changes. As everyone who’s seen the movie’s trailer or read the books knows, Jacob Black is now a werewolf. And the changes that Taylor himself underwent in order to keep the part—as he says, “hitting the gym, hiring a personal trainer, eating the right foods, and eating a lot of them”—were equally evident. When that first trailer premiered at the MTV Movie Awards, the live (and apparently largely female) audience responded to a two-second shot of Taylor, shirtless, by screaming like they were on a roller coaster. Not that he’s about to let all that adulation go to his head. “I think the fans would love anybody who played Jacob,” he says mildly, when the reception is mentioned. “I’m just lucky to be the one who got the chance.”
Uh, yeah, I’d say he’s a lucky duck. The role of Jacob Black puts him right up there in direct competition for all the lurve that Twilight fans heap upon the vampire character Edward Cullen (played by Robert Pattinson). Now fans have 2 boys to faun over — the skinny, pale, lanky dude or the muscly, tanned, beefy dude. Tough choice, eh? After the the jump, check out a whole slew of photos from Taylor‘s Teen Vogue photospread and read a bit more from his magazine cover story … More »
“When I look at it now, it’s just like, wow, like, I can’t — I can’t believe that ..."
A contrite and power blue-clad Chris Brown paid a visit to the CNN studio here in SoCal last week to tape an interview for the Larry King Live show which is set to air this coming Wednesday September 2. With his crying mother, Joyce Hawkins, and his pitbull lawyer, Mark Garagos, by his side, Brown talks with Larry King about the heinous crime of assault that he has been punished for and his plans for a crime-free life ahead. Here are a couple photos from his upcoming appearance on the show along with some preview deets about the interview itself:
He looks so young. And he is. At 20, Chris Brown is not old enough to buy a beer without breaking the law. But he got himself into a world of legal trouble when he assaulted his then-girlfriend Rihanna in February. “We have to be like 10 yards away from each other,” Brown softly tells CNN’s Larry King in an exclusive interview to air Wednesday night – his first television interview since his arrest. Brown still loves Rihanna. He tells King he’s still in love with her. Even tougher for him is looking at the photo. You know the one—the image that might haunt, and define Brown forever. “When I look at it now, it’s just like, wow, like, I can’t — I can’t believe that — that actually happened.” He adds he does not remember performing the violent acts that have changed his life. Yet Brown pleaded guilty to felony assault on June 22. The deal keeps him out of jail. A second felony charge, making criminal threats, was dropped. He was sentenced to five years probation and six months of community labor. What does it mean? “It means he walks the straight and narrow for five years,” Brown’s attorney Mark Geragos tells King. “I’ve grown to love this kid like a son or a nephew. I have a high degree of confidence — I’ll say it now so that you can play it back if he ever does anything — but a high degree of confidence that he’s not going to do anything like this in the future.” Brown agrees, saying “everything comes with consequences. They want me to pick up trash remove graffiti.” He calls the sentence fair. “I’m a hard worker. It’s something I’m willing to do.” Why did it happen? How did it happen? They are questions Brown and his mother, Joyce Hawkins, have been asking. “Chris has never, ever been a violent person, ever,” Hawkins tells King.
While Brown‘s mother insists that her son was “never, ever … a violent person” she goes on to explain to King (and, of course, the viewing audience) that Brown‘s father was the abusive one, clearly in an attempt to shift the blame of Brown‘s actions? After the jump, read on and judge for yourselves … More »
Madonna, who made her way to Israel this weekend ahead of a two night concert stint in Tel Aviv this coming week, made an attempted clandestine visit to the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City last night with her much younger toyboy Jesus Luz in tow … here is a photo of Madonna & Child entering the Western Wall tunnel together and some deets of their visit:
American pop icon Madonna sparked a media frenzy when the Kabbalah follower paid a visit to the Western Wall, Judaism’s top pilgrimage site in the Old City of Jerusalem. Wearing high heels, blue jeans and a black jacket, the music diva was accompanied by several bodyguards and followed by dozens of photographers during her visit to the wall late on Sunday. The 51-year-old landed in Israel on Sunday aboard a private jet and is due to give two concerts in Tel Aviv as part of her Sticky and Sweet tour. During her visit, the singer will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday, his office said, and opposition leader Tzipi Livni. A fervent practitioner of Kabbalah, Madonna is also due to attend a symposium on the study of Jewish mystic discipline along with fellow Kabbalists, US actress Demi Moore and her husband and fellow actor Ashton Kutcher, local Israeli media said. Madonna has previously visited Israel in 2004 and 2007. Raised a Roman Catholic, in 1997 Madonna came into contact with a Los Angeles-based centre that teaches an eclectic mix of Orthodox Jewish tradition and positive thinking aimed at spiritual well-being. In 2004 Madonna took the Hebrew name Esther but has not converted to Judaism. From the point of view of Orthodox Jews, her stuying the Kabbalah is sacrilege as they consider it should be reserved for married men over 40 who have poured over Talmudic texts for years.
You gotta hand it to Madge, once she sets her mind to something … she goes all in. Madonna has been a fervent disciple of Kabbalah since ’97-’98 and has been steadfast in her desire to take in and worship wholly and pretty much entirely. It would appear that Jesus is also fervent in his interest in Kabbalah but methinks that has more to do with Madonna‘s influence rather than a personal spiritual awakening of his own. Not for nothing but Madonna has been responsible for many a person’s spiritual awakening. I suspect that Maddy and Chuy will be partaking of all the things that Israel has to offer them while they are in town this week … I can’t wait to find out what they do next.
Posted under: Jesus Luz, Madonna
Terribly scary news to pass along today … The Walt Disney Company has announced that it is planning to acquire the Marvel Comics company — including its 5,000 characters like Spider-Man, Iron Man, The Hulk, etc. — for $4 billion in cash and stock. Um, to this I say, WTF????????
The Walt Disney Co. says it is acquiring Marvel Entertainment Inc. for $4 billion in cash and stock, bringing characters like Iron Man and Spider-Man into the Disney family. Under the deal, Disney will acquire ownership of 5,000 Marvel characters. Disney said Monday that Marvel shareholders will receive $30 per share in cash plus 0.745 Disney shares for every Marvel share they own. It said the boards of Disney and Marvel have both approved the transaction, but it requires an antitrust review and the approval of Marvel shareholders.
This is terrible news! While I’m sure Disney plans on acquiring Marvel Comics for the sole purpose of keeping it the way it is, I can’t help but wonder if they will start tinkering with the way Marvel operates its comics and/or movie biz somewhere down the line if they successfully gain control. I had no idea that Marvel was in a position where they would want to sell … to anyone … let alone Disney! Says Ike Perlmutter, Marvel’s Chief Executive Officer:
“Disney is the perfect home for Marvel’s fantastic library of characters given its proven ability to expand content creation and licensing businesses.”
And here’s a quote from Robert A. Iger, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company:
“This transaction combines Marvel’s strong global brand and world-renowned library of characters including Iron Man, Spider-Man, X-Men, Captain America, Fantastic Four and Thor with Disney’s creative skills, unparalleled global portfolio of entertainment properties, and a business structure that maximizes the value of creative properties across multiple platforms and territories.”
I can’t help but feel deep in the pit of my gut that this is a terrrrrrrribly horrible idea … one that will adversely affect Marvel comics fans down the line. I mean … right? Does this sound like a good idea to anyone out there??
Plus, Trent Reznor talks to the 'LA Times' about the final shows in LA
Nine Inch Nails played the last of 2 dates scheduled at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, IL last night which are said to be the last NIN concerts ever for that region of the country. The band has already made their way to Toronto, ON for a headlining performance at the Virgin Festival ’09 at the Molson Amphitheater tonight (the final international date for Nine Inch Nails) … but here is a shot taken by NIN photographer Rob Sheridan of the fans filing out of the Aragon Ballroom after last night’s performance:
Next up for Nine Inch Nails, the last 4 dates of the Wave Goodbye Tour which will all take place at different venues in Los Angeles, CA (The Palladium, The Henry Fonda Theatre, The Wiltern and Echoplex). Trent Reznor gave an interview to The Los Angeles Times about these final, final shows … here is a portion of that interview:
There was something about a Nine Inch Nails show in the daylight that just felt wrong. “Maybe,” Trent Reznor said in a sly murmur, “it was the fact that it wasn’t dark.” Reznor, the angst auteur behind Nine Inch Nails, toured this summer with Jane’s Addiction with every intention of retiring from the road. The plan, Reznor had said, was to put the band’s concert life on hiatus for a decade or so and to say farewell with a twist, as the opening act for the elder Jane’s latest reunion. But there was all that sunshine. “I chose for us to play first; I thought it would be a respectful thing for Jane’s and also be interesting for us to have the challenge of playing often and in daylight,” Reznor said. “But then, well, these were the last shows we were doing. We could pull off something better than that, something that leaves a better taste in our mouths.” That something is now the hottest ticket in town — four sold-out L.A. shows in the next eight days, all in venues that vary from small to tiny in comparison to the band’s usual arena settings. On Wednesday, it’s the refurbished Hollywood Palladium; the next night, it’s the Henry Fonda Theater. On Sept. 5, Nails will play the Wiltern Theatre and Sept. 6, the EchoPlex, the downstairs dance hall below the Echo club. The 44-year-old music star said the goal was “a very, very limited run of shows and that each would be special and more fan-orientated and not in cavernous arenas, but places where you actually like to see bands. It seemed like a way for fans to wish us off.”
After the jump, read another portion of TR‘s interview with The LA Times and see the full set list from last night’s performance at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, IL … More »
The TV Guide
After my bizzy week in NYC last week, I was lookin’ to do a whole lotta nothin’ this weekend. David and I spent a quiet day inside and away from the blistering heat outside. We stepped out for late lunch and to run some erreands, tho. I needed to pick up the new Mac OS X Snow Leopard upgrade disc and we needed to get some food for our cubbards:
I spent much of the evening with the upgrade (which was easy, quick and totally painless) and David and I put down a bottle of twistcap wine. Trust me, it was a nice night :)
This evening, I believe we are meeting up with Darion for our weekly hang session … movie? dinner? We’ll see.
Posted under: Mac OS X Snow Leopard
Dunst drinking again? Oasis to reform? MJ's burial plans revealed
While temperatures are soaring outside (well, at least here in SoCal), I think it would be appropriate to amp up the hotness level here on the blog this find Sunday as well … oh, and look at that … right in time to say hello to the Hot Dude of the Week! Say hello to Patrick L:
HMMM … Mr. Patrick here has taken all the guesswork out of deciding which is hotter — speedos or boardshorts — and just skips right to the underwear … which look like a jock strap, actually. MMMM MMMM. Yes, there is something to be said for minimalism, don’t you think? Enjoy!!
[Photo credit: All American Guys]
Ready to roll
In the past couple of weeks we’ve seen actors from The Twilight Saga: Eclipse roaming the streets of Vancouver, BC (where the film is currently in production) doing pretty much everything BUT working on the film (tho we did see photos of Bryce Dallas Howard [Victoria] and Xavier Samuel [Riley] shooting a scene last Tuesday). One presumes that actual work has been underway but until today we’ve not been privy to any evidence to that effect. Here, at last, are photos of Kristen Stewart, in costume as Twilight protagonist Bella Swan, and Billy Burke, in costume as her on-screen dad with a penchant for the porn’stache Charlie Swan, on the set of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse earlier this week:
Is it terribly wrong that I like the porn’stache on daddy Swan? Yeah, prolly. In any event, you will notice that Bella is clutching her fake diploma in her photo which means that they were shooting the graduation scene in the film. Exciting, no? After the jump, check out a photo of the perfectly coiffed and adequately pale Robert Pattinson, in costume as Edward Cullen, skulking elsewhere on the Eclipse set this week as well … More »
After gettin’ hitched a couple of weeks ago and then promptly jetting off to the South Pacific for their relaxing honeymoon, it looks like the party is over for newlyweds Alyssa Milano and David Bugliari who left the serenity of their tropical getaway yesterday. Considering how amazingly relaxing their honeymoon sounded, I’d say they are quite refreshed and ready to get back to whatever it is that they’ve got going on these days:
A week after they celebrated their love with a romantic country wedding for 175 friends and family members, newlyweds Alyssa Milano and David Bugliari are enjoying every moment of their private honeymoon getaway. “They’re having an incredible time,” says a friend of the couple’s. “They’ve already celebrated their one-week anniversary.” Indeed, the lovebirds have giddily Tweeted from their tropical travels to an undisclosed South Pacific resort. “A week ago today, I married my best friend,” Milano, 36, wrote on Aug. 22. “Seems like yesterday. Time flies.” Later that day Bugliari, 30, wrote: “1st [Alyssa] & I had a cooking class – amazing. 2nd, spa – amazing! Then dinner … yup, amazing”
But, alas, like all good things … their honeymoon holiday is over. Again, let’s send out our love and congrats to the happy couple on their nuptials and wish them a lifetime of happiness together. Now the countdown begins for Alyssa‘s bump watch. What do y’all think, will it be sooner or later?
[Photo credit: X17; Source]
Here are a couple supercute pics of the Stefani-Rossdale family enjoying a peaceful stroll on a beach in Malibu, CA this weekend just one week after they celebrated the first birthday of their newest child, Zuma Nesta Rock. Here are Gwen, Zuma, Gavin and Kingston soaking up the sun yesterday afternoon:
It’s been really dang hot here in SoCal in the past few days (temps have exceeded 100°F in many parts of the area) so it would make sense that the family would want to spend as much time as possible at the beach. While I would encourage that the little tykes wear some kind of head covering in all that sun, I’m certain they have been swathed in überprotective sunscreen. I’m curious to see how long this little family stays a foursome … cuz I wouldn’t be surprised at all if they began working on their next addition to the family.
[Photo credit: Splash News]
Well hello there, little princess!
Alyson Hannigan and her beautiful baby girl Satyana spent part of their afternoon strolling the streets of Santa Monica, CA yesterday enjoying a lovely walk together. Normally, we see photos of Alyson and/or hubby Alexis Denisof pushing the Little Miss in her covered baby carriage … but yesterday, Satayana showed her beautiful little face for all to see:
Are you seriously dying from all the cuteness? That face, those wittle feet … that hat! OY! Satyana is so freakin’ cute. While I completely understand that her parents want to protect her and keep her underwraps, it’s nice to get a quick look at what a beautiful little girl she’s growing into. It’s hard to believe she’s about to be 6 months old in just a few weeks … where does the time go.
"We are doing our very best to get through this show ... it's very hard"
Blink-182 played a concert in Hartford, CN last night one day after their dear friend Adam DJ AM Goldstein was found dead in his NYC apartment. As most of you are well aware, Blink drummer Travis Barker survived a deadly plane crash with DJ AM last year … an event that bonded the men in a way that is unimaginable to most people. During their show last night, the band paid tribute to AM in tearful song. Here are photos from last night’s Blink-182 show and some deets on what went down:
Having expressed his sadness earlier in the day via Twitter about the loss of his friend DJ AM, Travis Barker had to face the music – and the crowd – at a Blink-182 concert Saturday night in Hartford, Conn. “This night is really hard for us on stage,” bassist Mark Hoppus said from the stage. “We lost a dear friend yesterday. His name was Adam Goldstein. You probably know him as DJ AM. He was an innovator and a genius and he loved music more than anything else. Above all he was a dear friend.” Before the show – as Barker’s son Landon, 5, stood on stage drumming against the wall with a pair of drumsticks – crewmembers tossed TRV$ DJ-AM CDs into the audience. The CD features a collaboration between Barker and Goldstein. During the concert, the trio asked the crowd for a moment of silence to honor their “dear friend Adam.” As the lights dimmed, audience members raised their lighters above their heads in a show of respect. Fans also yelled out, “I love you guys,” as members of the group began to cry. A song in Goldstein’s honor followed. “This song is called ‘Down.’ and it goes something like this,” said Hoppus. As guitarist Tom DeLonge delivered the lyric “I need you so bad,” tears rolled down the cheeks of all three members of Blink-182. “We are doing our very best to get through this show,” said Hoppus, “but right now it’s very hard.” At the song’s conclusion, Barker – who had been Goldstein’s fellow survivor in a September 2008 plane crash – rubbed his eyes and held his head in his hands. Despite jokes from his bandmates about sex, drugs and drinking, Barker remained silent and did not smile or laugh. He also did not interact with the crowd, and left the stage before DeLonge finished the song. Once the concert ended, Hoppus returned to the stage and told the crowd, “Thank you very much. Although today is one of the hardest days in our entire lives, we wouldn’t want to spend it anywhere else. Thank you for all of your support.”
I cannot even begin to imagine the toll this has to be taking on Travis Barker. The thought that the two men were the sole survivors of such a horribly traumatic experience not too long ago and now Barker has to grieve all over again for the lost of his friend is just … heartbreaking. It’s encouraging that Travis is throwing himself into his work and talking about his pain … he posted a few messages in tribute to his friend on his official Twitter account yesterday … here they are:
Don’t know how i am gonna play 2night but i am for AM. My brother is gone.i love u and miss u, i’ll never forget all the good times we had … I’ll never forget everything we’ve been thru and every time i play the drums i’ll think of you. U were an amazing friend/DJ/human being … Rest In Peace my brother, this really fucks me up.
After the jump, if you are so inclined, you can watch video from last night’s Blink-182 concert and hear the tribute to AM that was played by the band in full … More »
An impromptu tribute to their late resident DJ
The Palms Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV, where Adam DJ AM Goldstein was the resident DJ before his untimely death yesterday, paid an impromptu tribute to their late DJ last night by only lighting up the A and the M in the signs on their main tower:
I found the photo on Twitter last night and thought it was a nice, tasteful way for the Palms to pay tribute to AM. Altho the official cause of death has not been determined (pending toxicology results), there is no question that his life ended much too soon.
The TV Guide
So … last night David and I went on a movie date to see Inglourious Basterds. I have to preface this whole post by clearly stating for the record that I hate Nazi movies. While I understand that WWII and all the horrible things associated with it is an important part of world history, I cannot express how much I loathe the mere sight of anything Nazi -related. While I liked Inglourious Basterds, I must confess that I was far too stressed out for the entire duration of the film to “enjoy” it … inasmuch as one can “enjoy” a film about Nazis:
While it is true that the main focus is on the Basterds, American Jews who went into Europe for the sole purpose to find, kill and scalp Nazis, I can’t say that I reveled that much in their success. Revenge and death is just not appealing to me. I know that the audience is supposed to cheer when the tops of Nazi heads are sliced off with huge bowie knives or when their heads are bashed in with baseball bats or when they are riddled with bullets or when they are burned alive but … I just can’t cheer. As far as Quentin Tarantino films go, this is one of his good ones. His trademark style is all over this film, including his adept use of music. I guess I don’t really understand the point of a fictionalized story like this. BE WARNED A HUGE SPOILER POINT IN THE FILM IS COMING SO DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER IF YOU WISH TO REMAIN UNSPOILED … in this film, the monster Adolph Hitler is brutally killed by the Basterds before he and his closest Nazi underlings are burned and blown up. The fact that his never happened in history seems … weird. If people get comfort from seeing this, then I’m all for it (I understand the term for this kind of film is Kosher Porn). The man was a disgusting waste of flesh but I guess the fact that his death didn’t happen like it was portrayed in the film is what bothered me more. Again, murderous revenge is rarely appealing to me but … I think I would’ve felt much better about what I saw on screen if that’s actually the way that piece of shit met his end. Again, I did like the film … but the stress of all that grotesque inhumanity really took its toll on me.
Not sure what’s on deck for today … David and I have a lot of food shopping to do so we’ll prolly take care of that today. Other than that, it looks like it may be a lazy Saturday afternoon for us.
DJ AM's autopsy complete, Sen. Kennedy laid to rest, Bruce Wayne lives?
A Birthday, A Surfer & Kellan Lutz
Here is this week’s batch of photos sent in by Pink is the new Blog readers — Danielle from Sarasota, FL sends in a cute pic of her daughter Miranda turning 5 years old and celebrating with her older sister Marisa — Emily sends in a fun photo with Zachary Quinto who she met at the 2009 Star Trek Convention — Jodi sends in an amazing photo of her 2 year old pooch Reef (adopted from the Humane Society) surfing in sunny South Florida … for the first time ever! — BFFs Andrew and Erika send in a pic from one of the Britney Spears concerts here in LA this past Spring … I presume they’ll be in attendance at one of her upcoming LA shows as well — Hanisha sends in a photo of her sister Ramina and her friend Varsha with Twilight star Kellan Lutz who they ran into on the streets of Vancouver, BC:
What fun pics!! Birthday Lurve goes out to Miranda and LOVE LOVE LOVE goes out to Jodi’s dog Reef who looks like a natural on that surfboard ;) Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, for continuing to send in your fun photos. Please keep ‘em coming, I LOVE them all!!
Rob Zombie‘s remake or reimagining, if you will, of the horror classic Halloween II opens in theaters this weekend … timed perfectly with the news that Zombie has signed on to remake/reimagine the even older horror classic 1958 film The Blob (click HERE to watch the original movie trailer for the original film). Considering that I have yet to see what he did with Halloween II (tho, I deffo hope to find out this weekend) and only marginally liked what he did with Halloween, I’ll reserve judgment … for now. Zombie claims that he plans to revamp the Blob monster for his film … I have to admit, I’m curious to see what he comes up with:
After reviving the “Halloween” franchise, Rob Zombie will next reinvent “The Blob.” Zombie will write, direct and produce a remake of the 1958 horror classic that launched the career of Steve McQueen. Production will begin next spring. Zombie’s deal to make “The Blob” his next film comes as Dimension opens “Halloween II,” the Zombie-directed sequel to his 2007 hit “Halloween.” In the original “Blob,” an object from space crashes into a field, containing a red blob-like substance that absorbs the humans it contacts and grows exponentially. While Zombie was a fan of the original, he’s formulated a decidedly different take that he would not reveal. “My intention is not to have a big red blobby thing — that’s the first thing I want to change,” Zombie said. “That gigantic Jello-looking thing might have been scary to audiences in the 1950s, but people would laugh now” … Saperstein, the former Dimension Films president who developed a relationship with Zombie while they worked on “Halloween,” said that funding is in place to make an R-rated film that will cost around $30 million. The budget model is similar to that of recent fright fare like “Cloverfield” and “District 9,” and they expect to firm a distribution deal before production begins. Genre Co. is in pre-production on the independently financed, Darren Bousman-directed remake “Mother’s Day.” “I’d been looking to break out of the horror genre, and this really is a science fiction movie about a thing from outer space,” Zombie said. “I intend to make it scary, and the great thing is I have the freedom once again to take it in any crazy direction I want to.” Zombie has begun writing. He’ll follow the release of “Halloween II” with a new album and tour this fall and get the script done at that time.
Blah. I dunno. While I do agree that a straight reinterpretation of the original film would be comical in this day and age (I seem to recall the 1988 remake of The Blob was ill-received at the box office), I’m not sure I’m too confident that any sort of Blob monster will be scary. My guess is that Zombie will go for gore more than horror … which doesn’t sound all that appealing to me. Still … I’m intrigued. I deffo want to see Halloween II so that I can have a better opinion of Rob Zombie‘s remaking skills.
Posted under: 'The Blob', Rob Zombie
Like father, Like son
Two weekends ago we saw the cutest pics of little Levi Alves McConaughey enjoying a day at the beach with his beloved pet pooch and his grandmother Alves in tow. Today we get to see a few pics of Levi back at the beach but this time he brought his daddy Matthew McConaughey along with him:
As we all know, Matthew is great lover of the beach and pretty much all things nature-related. It seems evident that he is trying to instill that same love in his first born son. It makes sense that Levi seems to be growing very fond of beach life so I imagine there will be many happy years ahead of father and son bonding at the beach together. Now that Matthew and his babymama ladyfriend Camila Alves are expecting their second child, little Levi will have at least one other playmate to have at the beach. Too cute … I love Matthew‘s happy and growing little family :)
[Photo credit: Splash News]
On what would've been his 51st
Today would’ve been the late Michael Jackson‘s 51st birthday and in honor of that occasion, in remembrance, Google amended its logo today to pay tribute to the special day. Google is known to showcase special versions of their logos for holidays and other very special occasions and, clearly, marking the birthday of the late King of Pop is one of those occasions:
As you may recall, the LA Coroner’s Office released an official statement yesterday announcing that MJ‘s death has been ruled a homicide but no one has yet been charged or arrested for the crime. Altho there are still many unanswered questions concerning the loss of Michael Jackson, it’s nice that a company like Google (whose reach strethches around the globe) is giving fans something nice to remember MJ by today. Altho he didn’t live to see 51, there is no reason we shouldn’t be allowed to celebrate the day of his birth. So I’m sending Birthday Lurve to MJ today … wherever he may be moonwalking right now.
Posted under: Michael Jackson
Peace the Spork Out, Oasis?
Sad news for Oasis fans … it looks like the band may be dunzo for good. Late Friday afternoon, right before the band was set to perform a show in France, Noel Gallagher quit the band in the wake of a furious spat with his brother Liam Gallagher (something the brothers are infamously known for). Mere moments after Noel quit Oasis, he took to the Internets to blog about it. Sounds serious, y’all:
Oasis front man Noel Gallagher has quit the rock group after a fallout with his bandmate brother, he announced late Friday. “It’s with some sadness and great relief to tell you that I quit Oasis tonight,” Noel Gallagher said in a brief statement on the band’s Web site. “People will write and say what they like, but I simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer.” Noel Gallagher is the band’s lead guitarist and songwriter, and Liam Gallagher is the lead singer. The band is currently on a European tour for its album, “Dig Out Your Soul.” Noel Gallagher apologized to fans who had bought tickets for upcoming gigs in France, Germany and Italy. Oasis had to cancel its headlining performance at the V Festival in Britain over the weekend because Liam Gallagher said he was sick and couldn’t sing. He later apologized for the cancellation and quashed rumors that it was the band’s last-ever British gig. Disputes between the brothers have been in the public eye in the past, but never before has one of the brothers gone so far as to leave the band. Oasis shot to stardom with its 1994 album, “Definitely Maybe,” which contained the band’s first major hit, “Supersonic.” The follow-up, “(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?” produced one of group’s most famous tracks, “Wonderwall.” The Manchester band was one of the pioneers of the Britpop movement of the early ’90s, along with British band Blur.
Seriously, these guys have been pulling this shizz for YEARS. I’m not sure that this is the final nail in the coffin of their relationship/band but none of it should be surprising at all. I always had a hard time figuring out which Gallagher is which … but the frontman singer (Liam) always struck me as a whiny beyotch who needed a swift kick in the ass. The guitarist/songwriter (Noel) always struck me as the talented one that put up with all the crap merely cuz his brother was the face and voice of their very lucrative band. I’m not sure if Liam‘s pissy showboating will really result in the end of Oasis but a small part of me really wishes he would go away and take his bitching with him. Sadly, I wouldn’t be surprised if the brothers kissed, made up and kept the band together somewhere down the line … for the umpteenth millionth time.
Cause of death not yet known
Shockingly sad and totally unbelievable news to pass along … TMZ is reporting that superstar DJ AM, real name Adam Goldstein, was found dead in his apartment in NYC early Friday morning. As you may recall, Goldstein and friend Travis Barker were the only two survivors of a plane crash last year. Since this news is just coming to light, there has yet been no information on the cause of death. The TMZ report
is light on details but they seem certain that DJ AM has passed away has been updated with more information on the discovery of AM‘s body … read on:
Cops tell us DJ AM — also known as Adam Goldstein — was found dead this afternoon in New York City. Law enforcement sources tell us he was found in his apartment at around 5:20 PM. We’re told drug paraphernalia [including prescription bottles] was found at the scene. We’re told DJ AM had not been seen or heard from for a few days — one of his friends went to check on him, but got no response after knocking on his apartment door. We’re told the friend called the police, who broke down the door and then found DJ AM’s body.
Un-fucking-real!!! There has been so much tragic death this year … it’s exhausting. I’ll be sure to update with more info as it becomes available but … damn … gone too soon. My thoughts and prayers go out to Goldstein‘s family and friends :(
UPDATE: AM last updated his official Twitter profile on Tuesday afternoon, according to TMZ, his friends hadn’t heard from him in a few days. Here is his last tweet (which is a lyric from the Grandmaster Flash song New York New York):
“New york, new york. Big city of dreams, but everything in new york aint always what it seems.”
It’s not entirely clear when his body was found. The New York Post says he was found dead early Friday morning, TMZ states he was found late Friday afternoon. More developments, if any, to come …
New movie stills and full-size promo photos
Last month we got our first look at head shots of the Volturi vampires that will be featured in the upcoming sequel film The Twilight Saga: New Moon … and today we get to check out not only full-size promo photos of those baddie vamps but also a few movie stills from the film. Here are the stills and some info from People magazine:
Prepare to be scared. In New Moon, the second installment in Stephenie Meyer’s wildly popular Twilight saga, readers are first introduced to the ancient ruling class of vampires known as the Volturi. Determined to capture their creepy menace for his screen version opening Nov. 20, New Moon director Chris Weitz has given them custom-crafted blood-red eyes. “They’re all hand-painted, specially manufactured contacts,” Weitz tells PEOPLE. “They’re opaque red, almost like preying mantis eyes. You can’t really see into them. There’s something terribly off-putting about it.” British actor Michael Sheen (The Queen) plays Aro, leader of the Italian blood-sucking clan. Although Aro and his brothers Marcus (Christopher Heyerdahl) and Caius (Jamie Campbell Bower) have been “alive” for thousands of years, Weitz says he “deliberately” gave them a younger look in the film – for which he credits author Meyer. “Stephenie was very keen to steer away from a kind of wizard-y look for the vampires,” says Weitz. “They do look quite young, but they convey a formality and self-possession, which comes from age.” Perhaps most lethal of all the Volturi is Jane (Dakota Fanning), an angelic-looking vampire who inflicts torture on her victims. “She is very strange and very spooky in this movie,” says Weitz. “I think [Dakota] wanted to play an evil character for once.”
I’m sorry …and in all honesty, it’s hard to judge just from photos but … these vamps don’t look scary as much as they look silly. After the jump, check out the full size promo photos of Jane, Alec, Aro, Marcus and Caius of the Volturi and see if you find them scary — or not … More »
Posted under: Alec of the Volturi, Alice Cullen, Aro of the Volturi, Ashley Greene, Caius of the Volturi, Cameron Bright, Charlie Bewley, Christopher Heyerdahl, Dakota Fanning, Demetri of the Volturi, Edward Cullen, Jamie Campbell Bower, Jane of the Volturi, Marcus of the Volturi, Michael Sheen, Robert Pattinson
Sarah Jessica Parker, who became a new mommy to twin girls born from a surrogate mother earlier this Summer, was spotted in NYC in possession of a book called The Help. At first, I thought it might be a tome to help new moms learn how to deal with raising twin babies but it turns out that The Help is actually a novel which, according to a review by Entertainment Weekly, sounds like a pretty amazing read:
It’s nice to see that SJP has time to even read a book now that she’s got 3 children to care for. Her nanny, on the other hand, prolly doesn’t have time to sleep let along read a book.
[Photo credit: Splash News]
Earlier this month we learned that Nicole Richie hosted the launch even for her new line of maternity wear designed exclusively for A Pea in the Pod and today we get to see her featured in a lovely new promo photo for the collection:
Not only does Nicole make an excellent designer for the company, she also makes a beautifully radiant spokesmodel. She is getting closer and closer to birthing her second child but it’s clear from this photo that she makes being pregs look really good. It’s funny, I love Nicole pregs so much that I hope she makes it her new career. Wouldn’t she make an excellent candidate for professional pregnancy?
"Jail was really funny." -- Kenley Collins
In what can only be described as an attempt to show the world how truly and entirely idiotic she is, former Project Runway contestant Kenley Collins (who was arrested earlier this year for assaulting her then then-fiancée, Zak Penley, with various items including the couple’s cat) opens up to The Daily Beast and talks about how hilarious it was to be jailed for her crime. Remembering how absolutely irritating and awful she was on PR, I can absolutely hear her insipid guffawing as she explains to the interviewer that “Jail was really funny” because she was “… thrown into this cell with like 25 girls, and half of them know who I am, so it is really hilarious.”. Feel like being nauseated? Read on …
A former contestant on Heidi Klum’s TV designer challenge Project Runway is laughing off her recent jail sentence for allegedly beating her ex-fiance – insisting her two days behind bars were “hilarious”. Finalist Kenley Collins was arrested on 17 March and charged with two counts of assault, criminal possession of a weapon and harassment for throwing her cat and a laptop computer at Zak Penley at his apartment in Brooklyn, New York. The 26 year old pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and was jailed in April. She was also fined $120 (£80) and handed a two-year protection order prohibiting her from contacting her Penley. But Collins insists life behind bars was enjoyable.
Not only enjoyable but inspirational, too … she explains:
“Jail inspired me!” Collins says from a swivel-chair in her Brooklyn studio. She wears black ballet flats, cigarette-cut jeans, a sheer white button-up top and her trademark siren-red lipstick. “It made me appreciate freedom. As soon as I got out I made a kick-ass line and did a photo shoot with 10 of my pieces. Everyone kept saying I put new meaning in the phrase ‘pussy-whipped.’” She giggles and takes a spin in her seat. “After two days they let me out on my own recognizance,” she says. “I mean, listen, nobody got hurt. He really just didn’t want me to break up with him, that’s all. Looking back I’m like, ‘Huh? Did that really happen?’”
She also explains in her own words how she believes the altercation with her fiancée (and cat) really went down:
“Please,” she says now. “What I really said was, ‘Here! Feed your cat!’ and handed it to him. It was all just really ridiculous.” During her two days in jail, Collins wore a “comfy” black Gap T-shirt, jeans and a red hooded sweatshirt that “doubled as a great blanket.” All in all, it wasn’t so bad. “Oh gosh!,” she squeals, spinning in her chair, “I had those women cracking up! But the girl next to me was in there for, like, stabbing her man in the head, like 25 times. She was hardcore.”
Puke. Seriously, I really could not stand her on the show and hearing her in this interview reminds me why. I suppose she should be commended for trying to turn a horribly embarrassing situation into something positive … while it didn’t work on me, I’m sure it might work on someone else out there. Anyone dumb enough to be charmed by her? Anyone?
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Posted under: Kenley Collins
Involving a combination of drugs
Earlier this week we learned that the toxicology report in the death of Michael Jackson contained information that his death was ruled a homicide and today the LA Coroner’s Office has released an official statement confirming that finding. Altho the full report has NOT be released, the coroner has released a statement concerning the official findings of MJ‘s cause of death:
The Los Angeles County coroner has ruled that Michael Jackson’s death was a homicide involving a combination of drugs. “The drugs propofol and lorazepam were found to be the primary drugs responsible for Mr. Jackson’s death,” said a news release issued Friday by the coroner. “Other drugs detected were: midazolam, diazepam, lidocaine and ephedrine.” The release said Jackson died from “acute propofol intoxication,” but it added “other conditions contributing to death: benzodiazepine effect.” Lorazepam, midazolam and diazepam are benzodiazepines. The full and final autopsy report and the complete toxicology report “will remain on security hold at the request of the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County district attorney,” the release said. “In accordance with this request, the Department of Coroner will not comment on its completed investigation.” Jackson was found dead on June 25.
The finding of the coroner’s office is that the manner of death is ruled: “HOMICIDE.” I mean, we learned this information earlier this week but hearing it in black and white in an official statement really drives the matter home. I suspect law enforcement officials are closing in on the person they believe is responsible for MJ‘s homicide … that shoe should be dropping any time now.
Posted under: Michael Jackson
The TV Guide
So, I finally made it home to LA from my week away in NYC. Despite the fact that the flight was delayed a wee bit, I managed to get home early because our pilot was awesome:
The flight was uneventful but long … it’s good to be home. I gotta say, tho, I thought long and hard about making a pit stop in Chicago, IL to attend the 2 Nine Inch Nails shows happening there tonight and tomorrow. Even today I contemplated hopping a flight to Chicago for at least tomorrow night’s show but I think my better head will prevail and I’ll just wait for the 4 LA shows next week. I don’t want to get greedy but, then again, if these are really the last live shows ever … I’d want to see as many of them as I can. AHHHH!
If I don’t end up jetting off again, I’ll prolly catch a movie this weekend … there are so many that I want to see and even more opening this weekend. I guess I’ll play it by ear and see what happens. Happy weekend!!
Emily & John engaged, Glambert 1/2 done with album, March to sue Beyonce
- Emily Blunt & John Krasinski are gettin’ hitched.
- Eddie Cibrian promises to be a devoted father to his children despite his inability to be devoted to his wife.
- Mark Vincent Kaplan, lawyer for Dr. Arnold Klein, says that his client is “well aware” that he is the father of Michael Jackson‘s two eldest children.
- Adam Lambert says he is half-way finished with his debut album.
- Police piece together the gruesome timeline in the murder of Jasmine Fiore.
- Lindsay Lohan claims that $2 million in jewels that were loaned to her were stolen from her home.
- I guess nekkid men are in this season.
- Madonna releases 2 new teasers for her music video Celebration.
- Have you been tardy to THIS Party?
- THIS has to be the most disturbing thing I’ve read in a very long time :(
- Wow! Mommie Dearest never went THIS far.
- Megan Hauserman surfaces since the cancellation of her VH1 reality TV series Megan Wants a Millionaire due to the fact that one of the contestants, Ryan Jenkins, recently committed suicide after allegedly murdering his wife, Jasmine Fiore.
- Click HERE to see pics of Megan Fox‘s body in Jennifer’s Body.
- Parker Posey‘s got lyme disease.
- Angelina Jolie bonds with Shiloh Nouvel in France.
- Lindsay Lohan gets over her recent burglary by spending a night on the town.
- LeAnn Rimes is 27, J. August Richards (Angel) is 36, Jason Priestley (Beverly Hills, 90210) is 40, Shania Twain is 44 and Jennifer Coolidge is 48 years old today. Click HERE to see who else is celebrating a birthday today.
- The Loch Ness Monster shows up on Google Maps?
- Chris March, of Project Runway fame, is planning to sue Beyoncé for failure to pay him for the tour costumes he created for her.
- Christians are still protesting Marilyn Manson?
Wanna get 'Chiggy Wiggy'?
Kylie Minogue, the Aussie pop princess who is about to tour North America for the first time ever next month, is making her Bollywood debut in a film called Blue. Here are a few screencaps from a preview video of her performing a song called Chiggy Wiggy in the film:
Now, I don’t know anything about this movie but Pink reader Armaan informs me that Kylie has a small role in the film and performs this song which was written by A.R. Rahman, who also did the music for Slumdog Millionaire. Now that movie I loved!! When I used to teach back in Detroit, I was invited to the home of an Indian student who was throwing a party for Diwali … we watched Bollywood films that I really enjoyed. I LOVE that Kylie is getting in on the action … her sound fits in perfectly with what I know of Bollywood music. After the jump, check out a preview clip of Kylie‘s performance of Chiggy Wiggy in Blue … More »
Earlier this week we saw photos of hottie Ryan Gosling working up a sweat at his local gymnasium and today we get to see photos of actor Bradley Cooper doing the same but in a much less sexy manner … behold:
I mean, Bradley is deffo hot but something about how he sticks out his tongue when he’s working out is really … off-putting. Still, I suppose we can appreciate his commitment to his physical fitness … now just if he could figure out a different work-out face.
[Photo credit: X17]
Posted under: Bradley Cooper
The Gossip Girl gang has been hard at work on production of their upcoming third season and we’ve seen a lot of photos of the cast from the set. A key scene in an upcoming ep was filmed yesterday on the NYC set of the show that gives away a bit of plot development. Penn Badgley‘s character, Dan Humphrey, was spotted kissing up on one of his lady castmates … can you guess which one?
We know that Dan has had an on-again, off-again relationship ship with Serena van der Woodsen (played by Blake Lively) but I will tell you that that this girl he’s smoochin’ on is not her. After the jump, find out who it is … More »
Rihanna is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Italian Vogue magazine in the photospread that inspired her to shave her head … here is the cover:
As of yet, none of the photos from inside the mag have made their way to the Internets, as far as I can tell. Needless to say, I think this coverphoto gives us a very good idea of what’s in store. It’s kooky, no?
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It is easy being Green
Last Sunday night, Britney Spears took her young sons Sean Preston and Jayden James to a performance of The Little Mermaid musical on Broadway in NYC, NY and last night she took them out for another show … this time Shrek the Musical. Here are pics of her happy little fam making their way into and out of the Broadway Theare last night:
Having lived in New York on and off since she was a child, Britney Spears in no stranger to the many sights the Big Apple has to offer. But since arriving in Manhattan for her Circus tour on Sunday, the singer has been hitting the tourist trail with aplomb. Last night the 27-year-old brought sons Jayden James, two, and Sean Preston, three, to see Shrek: The Musical – their second Broadway show this week. After flying in from Ottawa, Canada on Sunday, Britney took her young boys to see The Little Mermaid. Britney is the latest celebrity to bring their children to see the Little Mermaid, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt brougth their four oldest children to watch the production in February, Jennfer Garner brought daughter Violet in April and Katie Holmes checked it out with daughter Suri. Following three back-to-back gigs at Madison Square Garden, Britney was looking forward to the night off with her two favourite boys. Dressed down in a green striped long T-shirt and jeans, the pop star looked every inch the normal young mother as she carried Jayden in and out of the Broadway Theatre. Carrying a green plastic dinosaur, Jayden looked stylish in a pink Gap shirt, jeans and retro Nike trainers. While Britney carried her youngest son, she left a burly bouncer to carry Jayden’s big brother Sean, who looked smarter in a sky blue tank top, T-shirt and jeans.
So cute … and I love that Britney is instilling a love of Broadway in her young sons at such an early age. As some of you may know, Britney got her start in the music biz by performing in musical theater as an understudy in the 1991 off-Broadway show Ruthless! Clearly she has a soft spot for the Great White Way and she wants to ensure that her sons have that same appreciation. Britney wrapped her 3-night residency at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday and makes her way to Boston, MA for her next show tomorrow night. Britney may be always on the move but … she also always makes time for her children.
[Photo credit: X17, INFdaily, Splash News; Source]
Back in 2001
So … some sort of bet went down yesterday between John Mayer and TMZ on Twitter over a little matter of Mayer‘s arrest in 2001. From what I can surmise, Mayer bet TMZ $25,000 (to be donated to charity) that they couldn’t find his mugshot from an arrest that took place many years ago (his actual tweet challenge read thusly, “Challenge: if Harvey Levin at TMZ can produce my mug shot, I will donate 25k to the charity of his choice.”. TMZ took the bet and started searching … altho TheSmokingGun.com posted the mug shot about 5 minutes before TMZ did, TMZ claimed victory that they did “find” the mug and Mayer agreed to pay up. Here is the infamous John Mayer mug shot:
It turns out that Mayer was arrested on May 26, 2001 in Atlanta, GA for driving with a suspended license (see what I mean about those traffic violations piling up and becoming serious offenses?) and was booked and mug shotted. Because TMZ won the bet, Mayer agreed to pay the $25k which will be split between 2 animal charities. I dunno why Mayer thought that TMZ wouldn’t find the mug shot … even if TheSmokingGun.com beat them to the punch, he should’ve known that TMZ is really good at sniffing out mug shots. At least the money is going to a good cause … so it’s the needy animals that really come out the winners here.
Posted under: John Mayer
Joe Francis at the heart of it all
A whole lotta drama went down here in Hollywood, CA last night in the wee hours of the morning at Guys & Dolls nightclub. An altercation that began inside the club, where allegedly Joe Francis (of Girls Gone Wild fame) physically assaulted Playboy model and Brody Jenner girlfriend Jayde Nicole, and then spilled out into the street where Brody Jenner was apparently tasered and Francis escaped. TMZ was there to chronicle all the drama from Jayde and Brody themselves. Here are a few screencaps of instant video interviews with Jayde and Brody about what went down, a photo of Joe Francis (newly released from prison) fleeing the scene and the latest deets from TMZ about the whole matter:
Brody Jenner was in an epic fight outside of Guys and Dolls this morning, with Girls Gone Wild honcho Joe Francis. Jenner just spoke with us by phone. According to Jenner, he and his girlfriend, Jayde Nicole, were at the club celebrating his birthday, when Jayde saw Francis hitting on an ex-girlfriend of his (Francis’), Jenner says “unrelentingly.” Jayde felt he was harassing the woman — whom Jayde and Brody know — and she threw a drink on Francis. Jenner says Francis then pulled Jayde’s hair, punched her in the face and threw her to the ground and began kicking her. Security broke it up and Francis got dragged away — Brody followed. Jenner says he started yelling at Francis and both men were ejected from the club.
Outside the club, Jenner says he tried to get back in to see Jayde but security wouldn’t let him. Jenner then saw Joe, punched him in the face, and then someone tased him and he fell to the ground. Francis left the scene.
The cops — who say a call came in at 2:46 AM for battery — came but no one was arrested. Jayde tells TMZ she will press charges against Francis. Jayde has a black and blue cheek, her face is swollen, she has a bruised left rib and her lower abdomen is sore. Some of her hair also got pulled out.
Lord, what a bunch of bullshizz. TMZ has video of Jayde explaining what happened and, at first, she claimed she merely “bumped” into Francis (to get him to stop harassing her friend) and then he started wailing on her … then her story became she threw a drink on him. Whatever happened, it’s clear that some sort of physicality went down between the two. I imagine that this sort of drama is not the kind that an ex-con would like to attract … I suspect Francis fled the scene so as not to be arrested on the spot. I wouldn’t be surprised if the cops paid him a visit later on today.
After all of this went down, Brody Jenner updated his official Twitter profile with the following tweets:
Joe Francis needs to be in jail!!!
How can you call yourself a man when you beat up a girl?? Joe Francis is a piece of shit
Joe Francis beat up my lady this morning for no reason! Pulled her to the ground, punched & kicked her..what does that say about him?
Depending on whether or not anyone presses charges, we may be hearing more about this incident soon. And I believe we still need to find out who tasered Brody outside the club. Meh, just a typical Thursday night in Hollywood. Sounds fun, right?
"Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom about things ... just to feel better again."
Mischa Barton is speaking out for the first time since she was hauled away to the psychiatric ward of Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, CA last month after it was reported she suffered a mental breakdown. Just weeks after she was hospitalized in LA, Mischa made her way to NYC to begin production on her new CW TV series The Beautiful Life (in the role of a fashion model with a penchant for drugs). Time Out New York magazine scored the exclusive first interview with Mischa wherein she explains in her own words what happened last month. Here are excerpts from her interview that focus on her mental breakdown:
As part of its Fall Fashion issue, on stands September 10, Time Out New York met with Mischa Barton for her first in-depth interview since being placed under alleged “involuntary psychiatric hold” at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in July. Other medical issues nearly delayed filming of her New York–set TV series, The Beautiful Life: TBL. Barton, 23, plays model Sonja Stone, a drugged-up diva trying to get her career back on track (real life, meet show!). Yet during our talk—on the couch in a Tribeca photo studio—the O.C. starlet looks healthy, sits tall and comes off as self-aware and self-deprecating …
A lot of people are watching you now, speculating you were in rehab back in July.
Here’s what happened: Before the show started, I was traveling abroad for contract stuff and I went through a terrible surgery—a wisdom tooth surgery, all four removed. It was a nightmare. I’ve never had surgery before—it all went wrong and I had to have a second surgery and it almost delayed shooting because it was a nightmare to me, because I couldn’t deal with the thought of not getting there on time. So with the travel, and surgery and prep for the show—it was hell.
Is this when you were checked into Cedars?
Yeah, I went through a tough spot where everything compounded on me, and it was like a perfect storm, like everything was happening to me at once. The show, travel and then this fairly routine surgery that went wrong—it’s still just healing. But I had to get through it without proper painkillers because I couldn’t take those during work. So it’s been a nightmare.
How did you end up in a psychiatric hospital?
I was down in the dumps about everything there for a while. Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom about things and have to get the most stressed-out just to feel better again. I got completely stressed-out and couldn’t handle everything, and now I feel really in control.
Was it an official nervous breakdown? Drugs?
I don’t know. I don’t know. I had a friend who had a quasi–nervous breakdown, but I’m not sure it’s the same thing. I’m not sure I’m capable of a full-on nervous breakdown, but it was pretty bad. It didn’t last that long. It was more about the pain. I have a newfound respect for people who have chronic pain. I started getting migraines.
How long were you in Cedars?
They don’t keep you in the hospital. I wasn’t there very long.
Did you sit around sharing feelings and making mosaics—that kind of thing actually helped someone I know who was in an institution.
Did they teach you how to deal with the pain?
Not really. I just wanted to get back to work. The doctor told me I was lucky I didn’t lose feeling in my lips and face, which would have been horrifying and couldn’t act properly. My mom was like, “Now’s a good time to get it done, before the show.” And it was the worst time to do it.
What was it like for your mom?
[Rolls eyes] I don’t know. [Looks away] It was miserable for everyone. But I really don’t know.
Is your mom the one who admitted you into the hospital involuntarily?
[Nods yes and rolls eyes again] I’ll tell you that story but not the whole world. The funny thing is, if all this happened in New York, no one would care.
People would be like, “Nervous breakdown? I had one yesterday too. Where are we going to brunch?”
[Laughs] Yes, exactly, New York lets you be who you are, and people aren’t as judgmental. I’m so glad to be back here.
HMMM … I have to say all the “eye rolling” sounds as if she doesn’t understand the severity of her dangerous behavior. Where it not for her mother who wouldn’t let her “be who [she] is” who knows what could’ve happened to her. Earlier in the interview she mentions how she’s been going to nightclubs (with designer Zac Posen) since she was 15 because she “grew up in New York and [she] grew up fast” … it seems that she didn’t quite learn all the lessons that she prolly should have. To be honest, I’m glad that she seems to be OK now and that she seems more focused but … I dunno … I really fear that her reckless behavior might have very unfortunate circumstances some day. Eye rolling aside, I truly hope she has learned to curb her dangerous behavior … for her own good.
The TV Guide
And so … my NYC NINventure has come to a close. Last night, Nine Inch Nails played their second show at Terminal 5, which was their last in NYC for the foreseeable future. It’s hard to believe that all 4 NYC shows are over already but the band are already on their way to Chicago, IL for the 2 shows there before they make their way to Canada for their final festival performance there. Last night’s Terminal 5 show clocked in at about 2 hours and 45 minutes and provided a raucously fun send off for the NYC fans:
Peter Murphy was, once again, a special guest performer for last night’s show but he managed to out do his surprise appearance at Tuesday night’s show. After the jump, check out a few of my photos, check out the full 32 song setlist and watch video of NIN performing the amazing song Something I Can Never Have …
Madonna to do VMAs? 'Heathers' the TV series? The 'Oregon Trail' song
Hollywood's Most Wanted
Last weekend we learned that the home of Lindsay Lohan was burglarized while she was out of town and believes that mebbe it was an inside job. Police have released surveillance footage of the culprits and are asking YOU for your help in apprehending them. Do any of these people look familiar to you?
Police are looking for three suspects in the burglary of Lindsay Lohan’s home. The Los Angeles Police Department has released surveillance camera footage of the Sunday break-in at the “Mean Girls” star’s house. The footage shows three people, whose faces are covered with scarves, walking through a gate at Lohan’s Hollywood Hills home and entering a courtyard at around 1:10 a.m. LAPD detectives believe the suspects – one male and two females, all 18 to 25 years old – entered the house through an unlocked door, then ransacked it and took property. Lohan’s spokeswoman, Leslie Sloane-Zelnik, said the break-in happened Sunday while the actress and her younger sister were away. Sloane-Zelnik said many of Lohan’s “personal belongings were taken without remorse.” Lohan posted on Twitter she didn’t think it was a robbery because “things that a certain old friend knew meant a lot to me” were taken.
Dastardly!! TMZ believes that the crooks who broke into L. Lo‘s place may be the same crooks who broke into Audrina Patridge‘s home back in February. Could there be a new clan of cat burglars roaming the streets of Hollywood terrorizing celebs? I fear if they are not apprehended soon they might strike again … any guesses on who might get robbed next?
Posted under: Lindsay Lohan
Welp, I guess he can't be half nekkid all the time
After seeing photos of Zac Efron half-dressed on the high seas and half-dressed on dry land, both while in Vancouver, BC filming his new movie Charlie St. Cloud, today we get to see photos of the lad fully dressed with his young co-star Charlie Tahan who plays the younger St. Cloud brother in the film … behold:
Yes, yes … I know … he’s fully dressed AND wearing a long sleeve shirt … BUT his thermal shirt is tight enough to show off the muscles that he’s been blatantly flashing lately so … it ain’t all bad. It would appear that the actors are getting in a bit of male bonding in between takes, which should help them make their brotherly relationship more believable on screen. It stands to reason that Zac will be getting back to his half-dressed ways in no time … we hope.
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Homegirl gets around
Last week we saw a couple photos of Miss Piggy hangin’ with fashion designer Marc Jacobs at his NYC design studio in SoHo where she was getting a look at some of his new designs for the new season. Piggy was lookin’ for an outfit to wear to last weekend’s Glamorama event in Chicago, IL. I understand that Miss Thang made a huge splash at the event and even made a new friend … here’s a pic of Miss Piggy with her newest BFF Ne-Yo on the red carpet at Macy’s Glamorama event last weekend:
I hear, and I swear I’m not making this up, that Miss Piggy performed at the Glamorama event dressed as Lady Gaga. I understand she did a full performance of Poker Face in full Gaga costume … tho, I hope she changed the lyrics to Pork-er Face cuz that would’ve been more apropos, yes? In any event, it looks like Miss Piggy is really making the rounds these days … I wonder where and with whom she’ll show up next.
[Photo credit: Bob Carl]
Posted under: Miss Piggy, Ne-Yo
Cute, despite the K-Fedness
In recent weeks we’ve seen photos of Kevin Federline, ex-husband of Britney Spears and father of her two children, expanding to maximum density right before our eyes … but today we get to see him doing something very sweet for his children which proves, I suppose, that K-Fed does more than just eat these days. Here are pics of The Federline, his ladyfriend Victoria Prince and his sons Sean Preston and Jayden James (with nanny in tow) enjoying a day at the Central Park Zoo here in NYC this week:
You know the kids had a great time at the zoo so I cannot fault their father wanting to share the day with them. I just think it would be nice if he actually worked a profession (other than rap music, mind you) in order to support his children rather than live on the money he siphons from his very rich ex-wife. I just hope, in the long run, that Federline turns out to be a good role model for his sons. I honestly don’t believe he is much of a role model to his other children (with Shar Jackson) but one hopes that he will be a better one for his young sons. Going on trips to the zoo is fun and all but one hopes the kids get more than that in the long run.
[Photo credit: INFdaily]
Also, find out who Alexis Denisof & Summer Glau will portray on the show
Eliza Dushku is interviewed in the new issue of TV Guide magazine wherein she talks about the upcoming second season of Dollhouse which she describes as “racier” and “deeper”. The magazine also gives us our first look at Eliza (in character as Echo) with season premiere guest star Jamie Bamber (ex-Battlestar Galactica, who we learned last month would be guesting on the show). Here is that promo pic and Eliza‘s interview:
It isn’t playtime in The Dollhouse anymore. Stars Eliza Dushku and Tamoh Penikett are promising that, after some growing pains in the freshman season, Dollhouse is darker, racier and rougher than ever for Season 2. “I just finished episode 3 and I’m proud of the show already,” Dushku told TVGuideMagazine.com. “It’s different, it’s racier and it’s deeper. We found that rhythm and now we’re just blowing it out of the water. Everyone is really in their skin and comfortable playing around with the light and the dark,” she explained, noting series creator Joss Whedon nailed the show’s stride in its final first-season episode. “The cast all settled in to their roles, and then in the 13th episode things shot into the future and everyone got an idea where they might go – the dark places – and everyone came back with a confidence.” That confidence meant a willingness to push the boundaries, action-wise: “I learned how to beat up boys using a private jet as a weapon,” she chuckles. “I beat these guys with a jet. I got married in one of the first episodes. I had beaucoup bruises and bumps and fights already.” As far as the racier side, Dushku makes it sounds motherly for a moment before her big reveal. “I was shooting with babies this week, which was interesting and different, and there was an actual what-people-do-with-babies thing going on.” She pulled at her shirt collar to flash a little skin and laughed. “There was a lot going on!” There’s also a possible romance brewing. “Tahmoh’s in The Dollhouse now and there’s a lot of chemistry, a lot of things building with Echo and Agent Ballard, so that’s a little tease,” she said, adding “I’m teased, too. I don’t know what’s going to happen. Joss will come in and start snickering and whistling.” “I just read the fourth episode a few days ago and it’s awesome,” agreed Penikett. “It’s dark. I’m going to tell you: this is really one of the darker things that Joss Whedon has done. At the same time because there’s a brilliant writing staff they manage to have some light moments.” Penikett’s also looking forward to a reunion of sorts with his Battlestar Galactica co-stars on Dollhouse. “We’ve got Jamie Bamber in the first episode and then we have Michael Hogan in the second episode,” he said. “I’d definitely like to take credit for that but it wasn’t like that. Joss Whedon is a huge fan of Battlestar and ultimately it was about him wanting to bring in some very talented actors who were great for the parts. It’s awesome because for both of them it’s very much a departure from the characters that they play on Battlestar.”
A romance betwixt Echo and Agent Ballard, you say? Oh man … I kinda love that. As much as I loved the little thing that went on between Ballard and November (Miracle Laurie), I wouldn’t mind seeing him dabble in Echo‘s waters. I can’t even begin to express how excited I am that both Jamie Bamber and Michael Hogan from Battlestar Galactica will be guesting on the show. While I’m most anxious for Buffyverse alums Alexis Denisof and Summer Glau to join the cast, having some of the Battlestar folks on the show will amp up the geek factor and make an already awesome show even awesomer. Bring it on! I cannot wait!!
UPDATE: I was *just* sent a press release from FOX about Dollhouse Season 2 that reveals which characters Alexis Denisof, Summer Glau and other guest stars will portray on the show. Because this may be a bit spoilery, I’ll keep that info behind the cut. Good news, tho, the press release promises the return of Dr. Claire Saunders/Whiskey!!!!! Read on if you want to find out … More »
Also joins the Twitterverse
Kylie Minogue is featured in the new issue of BlackBook magazine this month wherein she talks, of course, about her upcoming first-ever North American tour set to kick off in Oakland, CA next month. Kylie‘s accompanying 2-photo spread showcases her wonderfully chic style, including her penchant for wearing half-masks (like the one she sometime wears in concert). Behold, the Phantom of the Popera:
Kylie Minogue has nothing to prove. She’s the sweetheart of just about every nation in the world. Countless European tabloid covers have devoted serious headline space to her romance with Italian pin-up Andrés Velencoso, 10 years her junior. The mini-divinity has not one, but five fragrances. She was even honored with the prestigious Order of the British Empire and the French Order of Arts and Letters. So why, exactly, has Minogue’s career not taken off Stateside? Maybe it’s because she hasn’t toured in North America since first chugging along to “The Loco- Motion” in 1987. Even Neighbours, the TV soap opera that gave birth to her illustrious career, was broadcast almost exclusively for Australian and European audiences. But all that’s about to change as the gamine, 41-year-old entertainer from Down Under takes her spectacular live show this side of the pond for the first time ever. Through each endeavor and incarnation—from Charlene, the garage mechanic on Neighbours, to the early-’90s shiny bubblegum-pop princess and the moody soul-searcher alongside Nick Cave, to the breast cancer survivor and activist—Kylie stays Kylie. Both sexy and likeable, she is the diva-next-door.
Wee!! Love, love, love her … and this interview, while not too terribly enlightening, is very cute. I am so happy that she is getting press here in the US … first it was Instinct magazine and now BlackBook. I actually found out about this BlackBook interview by way of Kylie‘s official Twitter account (she has recently joined Twitter and has been posting pretty regularly). After the jump, check out Kylie‘s BB interview and check out a couple of her personal photos that she posted to her Twitter profile … More »
My, my … but aren’t those wee Beckham boys growing up fast? Yesterday we saw photos of the Beckham Bunch celebrating middle son Romeo Beckham‘s 7th birthday bit early (his actual bday is September 1) and today we get to see just how “grown up” they all are. Here are a couple photos of Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz hangin’ out with 3 lovely young ladies in SoCal yesterday afternoon:
One presumes the youngsters were chaperoned but, then again, mebbe not. Clearly, the young men have grown beyond the stage of fearing girl cooties cuz they all look like they are having a fun time together … and there’s one girl for each of the boys. Seriously, this is way too cute … but shouldn’t be too surprising. Is there anyone out there who didn’t believe that the sons of Beckham would grow up to be lady killer Casanovas? To be honest, tho, I just didn’t expect them to get started on their fated path so soon … shows what I know ;)
[Photo credit: X17]
"She's what I call a meteor - singers who entertain people for a while."
In a new interview with the UK newspaper The Sun, Tori Amos talks about her personal opinions on Lady Gaga and he staying power in the music industry. Never one to shy away from actively voicing her opinions, Tori makes it clear that she believes Gaga to be a flash in the pan who will be long forgotten in the years to come. HMMM:
TORI AMOS fears LADY GAGA has a limited shelf life, hinting fans will soon tire of the quirky New Yorker’s novelty pop act. The Cornflake Girl songstress – who’s been selling out venues since 1991 – struggles to visualise GaGa playing on the same bill as veteran rocker NEIL YOUNG two decades from now. However, she admits the Poker Face singer’s unique brand of “entertaining” performance art is a welcome antidote to the global economic crisis. She told The Sun: “She’s what I call a meteor – singers who entertain people for a while. Hey, there’s nothing wrong with that. But then there are people like Neil Young who show up at Glastonbury 40 years into their career. And that’s a very different kind of artist. Neil Young doesn’t have to get his bum out on stage! The question is, will Lady GaGa be playing alongside Neil Young at Glastonbury in 20 years time? She wants to entertain people. Right now, half the world is depressed and they need to be entertained. So her timing’s perfect” … As a result of her own traumatic beginnings, Amos can empathise with the likes of BRITNEY SPEARS, whose rapid rise to prominence as a teen triggered a series of very public meltdowns. “For me, the best thing that happened is that I didn’t have success like my father wanted me to when I was 14-years-old and I was playing clubs,” she said. Thank God it didn’t happen for me at that time. I probably wouldn’t be talking to you if it had. I think it’s really tough on teenagers when they have that kind of success. But you have to acknowledge Britney’s discipline right now – being a mum and being out on the road. When you do that year-in, year-out since you were a teenager, it can become overwhelming.” Outspoken Amos has also sent out a warning shot to young female upstarts eyeing a career in the music industry. The 46-year-old singer claims record companies are rife with power-hungry money-makers who exploit new stars for their own greedy means. She said: “A lot of times you have a producer who will say, ‘You’re lucky to be having this opportunity.’ Sure, there are a lot of other talented people out there, but you have to fight for your freedom. There’s a side to this industry that nurtures divas who can’t write. It’s a big business. I produce the records. I don’t hand over control to some really expensive producer who then talks to the record company and then tries to bend me to their will – for commercial purposes. But there are a lot of producers/co-writers who the only way they can make a living is if the divas are not producing themselves and not writing their songs.”
LOL! I love how Tori thinks that Gaga is only popular right now because of tough economic times. As I’ve said before, I’m not particularly entertained by anything that Gaga does (save for her catchy first single Just Dance) but I can appreciate that there are others that are entertained by her. Just like many people don’t like some of the artist that I enjoy, there is room enough for everyone to like what they like. BUT, I do agree with Tori that acts like Gaga or Katy Perry will not stand the test of time. Even if you don’t agree with her, you really cannot fault Tori for being honest about her opinions. She has been an incredible artist for many, many years and she shows no signs of slowing down. I think an artist like Tori who has stood and will continue to stand the test of time has the pedigree to made judgments like this. She is 100% right that young artists should hang on to their integrity and fight for the freedom to make the art that they are most proud of … flash in the pans may make money in the short term but longevity comes from carefully managing your career. It seems to me that young artists looking for someone to emulate would be better served if they followed Tori Amos‘s example rather than that of the here today/gone tomorrow pop star du jour.
Posted under: Tori Amos
She works hard for the money
Production continues on the third season of Gossip Girl which begins airing next month … earlier this month we saw photos of new castmember Hilary Duff filming her first scenes for the show and today we get to see another photo of her and her female GG cohorts making their way to the Manhattan set yesterday afternoon:
Oh yeah, Penn Badgley is featured in these pics as well but I’m sure he don’t mind gettin’ lumped in with the ladies. I’m really looking forward to the return of this show especially to see if Hil D. will enhance the show or not. Not for nothing but I haven’t actually seen Hilary Duff in anything before so I have nothing to base an early opinion on … I do trust the GG folks to make some great eps so … I’m hopeful. Shoot, no matter what Hilary‘s role on the show will be I deffo know that I’ll be tuning in for Chuck Bass‘s gay kiss :) Woot!!
[Photo credit: X17]
Well, actually, there wasn't any "running" involved
Because Britney Spears is still in NYC, NY performing sold out shows at Madison Square Garden on her tour The Circus starring Britney Spears, that means that her moochy ex-husband and father of her children Kevin Federline and his ladyfriend Victoria Prince are in town as well. Here are pics of the happy couple making a fast-food “run” for some grub yesterday:
You can’t tell because of the cropping but Vicky P. is carrying a bag of food in addition to the bag that K-Fed is carrying … I find it hard to believe that he’s gonna share but, you know, whatevs. It’s amazing how well two people can eat when neither of them work … ain’t that just the dickens?
[Photo credit: Splash News]
Earlier this month we saw photos of Britney Spears on a poolside set of what I believed was a photoshoot … but it turns out that our dear Britney was rockin’ her white bikini for a promo video for the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. In the clip, Brit Brit swaps thoughts with VMAs host Russell Brand … here are a few screencaps:
In a new promo for MTV’s Video Music Awards, set for Sept. 13 in New York City, Britney Spears wishes for a personal invite from Russell Brand, who is hosting for the second year in a row. Standing by a pool in a white bikini and a black sun hat, Spears says in a voiceover, “I wonder if he’ll invite me. I mean, I can obviously get an invite, but it would be nice for Russell to invite me personally now that we’re friends and all.” Meanwhile, Brand has VMA jitters of his own. “I hope I didn’t balls it up with her last time,” he says. “Some of those things I said could have been construed as offensive. I hope she don’t think ill of me.” Back to Spears, this time biting her fingernail: “Should I have played it up more when he was flirting with me last year? I have to admit there is something sexy about his dangerous ways.” At the end of the spot, Brand realizes he’s hearing Spears’s voiceover and that she might be hearing his. What’s a bloke to do? “Britney,” he says in a high-pitched voice, “this is the voice of your mind … go to Russell’s hotel room and abandon yourself. Give yourself to him, Britney. Sleep with Russell!” The VMAs air live on Sept. 13 (9 p.m. EST) on MTV.
It’s a cute clip but not nearly as funny as I would’ve liked. Plus, I’d've preferred more Britney, less Russell. But hey, that’s just me. After the jump, check out the VMAs promo clip and judge for yourselves … More »
The TV Guide
Last night I attended the third NYC show of the final leg of the Nine Inch Nails tour Wave Goodbye. Last Saturday night’s performance took place at the Bowery Ballroom and Sunday night’s performance took place at Webster Hall … last night’s venue was Terminal 5:
In addition to an amazing setlist performed with intense precision by Nine Inch Nails, Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy was brought out on stage to duet with the band on 3 songs. It was an especially fun night for me as I was able to meet up with Trent Reznor, his adorable fiancée Mariqueen and the rest of the NIN crew before the show … where I even got to meet Peter Murphy as well. TR has agreed to give me another interview back in LA at the close of the Wave Goodbye Tour but I’ll get to that in a bit. After the jump, check out a few of the photos I snapped last night, see the full setlist performed and watch video of Nine Inch Nails featuring Peter Murphy on the NIN song Dead Souls … More »
Eddie files for divorce, Cranberries reunite, Beyoncé is 'Woman of the Year'
Gossip Girl co-stars Leighton Meester and Ed Westwick, whose character on the show we learned earlier today will be exploring his gay side this coming season of GG, are featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Korean Elle magazine. Here is the couple’s cute coverphoto:
Last week we got a preview of this couple in an Elle magazine photospread but it’s unclear if that photo is from US Elle magazine or this Korean edition. After the jump, check out two photos from this Korean issue which do not look like the preview photo we saw last week and are much less “gothy” … More »
Gettin' a jump start on the birthday festivities
Romeo Beckham, middle child of David and Victoria Beckham, won’t be turning 7 years old until September 1 but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to get the party started. Becks took his boys to Skateland skate park in Los Angeles, CA for an early birthday party to celebrate little Romeo‘s upcoming birthday … here is a pic of the Beckham men leaving the venue and the back of their SUV stuffed with gifts for Romeo:
My guess is that perhaps Becks or Vicki B. or mebbe the whole family will be out of town on Romeo‘s actual birthday so they decided to throw his party early so they could all be together to celebrate. I kinda love how relatively low key Beckham birthday parties are. The family likes to go to Pink Taco or visit martial arts studios rather than engage in over-the-top nonsense. Not that any of the Beckham children will grow up with any sort of normalcy (considering their fame and wealth) but the family does appear to try and keep things as next to normal as possible. Happy early Birthday, Romeo!
[Photo credit: X17]
Plus new info on ChRihanna's violent relationship
Yesterday Chris Brown was in LA Court to face formal sentencing for his June criminal conviction for assaulting his former girlfriend Rihanna last February. As you may recall, Brown was due to be sentenced earlier this month but was delayed a couple of weeks. Brown was sentenced to 5 years probation, 6 months (or 1,400 hours) of community service and is ordered by the judge to NOT to be in contact with Rihanna for the duration of his 5 year probation (he also must stay at least 10 yards from her if they attend the same event). Here are pics of Brown and his lawyer Mark Geragos in court at yesterday’s sentencing:
Chris Brown will spend 1,400 hours removing graffiti and washing cars for assaulting Rihanna. Brown, 20, was formally sentenced in a Los Angeles courtroom Tuesday to six months of community labor in Virginia after he pleaded guilty in June to one count of felony assault against Rihanna, 21. Brown’s six-month labor sentence will be supervised by the chief of police in Richmond, Va., who wrote to the judge that Brown would perform graffiti removal, cleaning and maintaining grounds, and washing cars. “Brown’s labor hours will be flexible to accommodate his entertainment career,” according to DA spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons. The singer, who looked solemn and wore a black pinstripe suit and matching tie, was also sentenced to five years of probation, a year of domestic violence classes, and was ordered to pay fines. He was accompanied in the courtroom by his mother and at least one bodyguard. As part of his plea bargain with prosecutors, a second felony charge of making criminal threats was dropped. Rihanna was not present for the hearing. Donald Etra, an attorney for the “Umbrella” singer, had previously asked the judge for lesser restrictions on communication and contact between the two singers. However, L.A. Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg ordered Brown not to have any communication with Rihanna for the next five years, which includes phone and email contact. Brown was also ordered not to come within 100 yards of Rihanna – 10 yards if they’re both at the same event. Toward the end of the hearing, Judge Schnegg warned Brown, in an apparent reference to reports that the two singers may have had contact against court order: “I’m not immune to any chatter on the airwaves. Do you understand, Mr. Brown, that any violation of this order is a violation of your probation and it comes with the possible penalty of prison?” Brown responded “Yes.” Asked if Rihanna was disappointed by the stay-away order, her lawyer stated: “There were no surprises today. The decision was up to the court, not Rihanna.” Etra added that Rihanna does have the option of asking the court to soften the stay-away order down the line, but he wouldn’t say if she plans to do so. Etra added that while the order specifically forbids Brown from contacting Rihanna, she was also warned by the court back in June not to contact him.
I have to say, the order that Chris has to stay away from Rihanna for such a long time is surprising, I don’t recall hearing that that was part of any deal previously reported. Also, in the wake of Brown‘s sentencing, new documents have come to light chronicling a history of violence between the couple BEFORE he physically assaulted her in February of this year. After the jump, check out the deets of their violent relationship if you dare … More »
Posted under: Chris Brown, Mark Geragos
Also announces premiere date of 'Celebration' music video
Madonna.com has been updated with new information about Madonna‘s upcoming greatest hits double album & DVD Celebration. Each CD has 18 tracks (16 hits and 1 new song each) and the DVD contains 47 videos! Here is the full press release about the Celebration package:
Warner Bros. Records has confirmed the final track listing for Madonna’s upcoming “Celebration” CD – The “Ultimate” Compilation – and “Celebration the Video Collection DVD” – both scheduled to be released on September 28/29th. The songs which were selected by Madonna and her fans have all been exquisitely remastered. “Celebration” will be available as a two-CD set as well as a single CD. The “Celebration Video Collection DVD” will include unedited and never before seen footage of “Justify My Love” along with 27 Madonna videos to be released on a DVD compilation for “the very first time” including “Into The Groove” and “Give It To Me” as well as the just completed video of Madonna’s new single “Celebration.” Madonna clearly continues to rule the dance floor with her latest single. Her “Celebration” Remix EP is #1 on iTunes Dance Album chart as well as #1 on the Masterbeat overall chart. The song is #*5 on Billboard’s Club Singles Chart and the Greatest Gainer for the second week in a row. If “Celebration” reaches #1 on Billboard’s Club Single Chart, it would be Madonna’s 40th!!!! #1 Club single – the most of any artist in the history of the Billboard Club Singles Chart. On the international front so far, the “Celebration” single is already #1 in Italy and Holland, #2 in Japan and is Top 5 airplay in every other major market. Another newly recorded song, “Revolver” featuring Lil Wayne is also included on the “Celebration” CD. Artwork for the packaging of the CD and DVD was designed by renowned street pop artist “Mr. Brainwash.” Currently on tour in Europe with her sold out “Sticky & Sweet” Tour, the multi-Grammy winning Rock and Roll Hall of Famer with the highest grossing tour in history for a Female Artist, is scheduled to end her tour with her final show in Israel on September 2nd.
We are just about a month away from the release of the Celebration greatest hits double album and DVD — after the jump, check out which of your fave Madonna songs and music videos will be included AND check out a screencap from the Celebration music video which is set to premiere on iTunes on September 1 … More »
Posted under: 'Celebration', Madonna
Emo rocker arrested for an outstanding traffic warrant
Patrick Stump, the lead singer of the emo rock band Fall Out Boy, was arrested in Hollywood, CA last night after police determined that he had an outstanding traffic warrant for driving without a license. You don’t get more rock star than that, y’all!
The lead singer of the group Fall Out Boy was arrested [Tuesday night] in Hollywood. TMZ has confirmed cops busted Patrick Stump around midnight on a traffic warrant for driving without a license out of Beverly Hills. Nothing screams rock ‘n’ roll like being wanted in Bev Hills. Stump [was] held at the West Hollywood Sheriff’s station on $15,000 bail … Stump was released on bail around 4:30am.
In all honesty, as far as getting arrested goes, this incident isn’t all that bad. Thankfully he wasn’t busted for something as heinous as drunk driving, which is pretty unforgivable to me. It seems to me that this was prolly a matter of Stump getting busted for driving without a license and his failure to make amends. Folks, if you get busted for a traffic violation (including multiple parking tickets) you will eventually get busted harder for the infraction somewhere down the line. The cops never forget and the longer you wait, the more trubs you will get in. Take care of your shizz, y’all and you won’t suffer an embarrassing bust like Mr. Stump‘s.
Posted under: Patrick Stump
The news that fans of the Gossip Girl book series have been waiting to hear has finally come. Playboy cad Chuck Bass, who has an affinity for the ladies as well as the gents in the book version of the series, will indeed be exploring the realm of same-sex fraternization in the TV version of the series. Michael Ausiello of Entertainment Weekly broke the news late yesterday that Chuck Bass, played by Brit Ed Westwick, will be kissing a dude in the third ep of the coming Fall season … which is good news because this plot development does take place in the book series. I am very happy to know that producers of the TV show are keepin’ it real. Here are pics of Westwick in costume on the set of GG here in NYC yesterday:
Spotted: Chuck Bass sucking face with a dude! It’s true! Multiple Gossip Girl insiders confirm to me exclusively that the CW phenom is currently shooting an episode for its upcoming third season in which Ed Westwick’s legendary lothario kisses another man … First things first: Sorry to disappoint, but no, it’s not Chace Crawford. Westwick’s “romantic” interest is up-and-comer Neal Bledsoe (CSI: NY, Guiding Light), who’s guest-starring in episode 6 as Josh Ellis, NYU’s head of freshman affairs. Since Josh is tasked with selecting an incoming student for the honor of delivering the freshman speech, he’s, shall we say, a person of interest to Blair. In fact, she’s so determined to snag the slot that she goes so far as to pimp out her boyfriend to the gay guy in charge. The catch? All you need to know is there is one. Oh, and wait until you hear what Chuck says to Blair following the lip-lock. (Must. Resist. Temptation. To. Spoil.) It was only a matter of time before GG played the maybe-gay card with Chuck, who swung both ways in Cecily von Ziegesar’s Gossip Girl books.
Well, it’s about time. Not for nothing but a show as fun as Gossip Girl really needs to up its gay factor … and, sorry, Serena‘s gay little brother ain’t really gettin’ the job done. Now, I have not read the GG books but I’ve been well informed of Chuck Bass‘s proclivities for the man-on-man action. Sure he dabbles but dabbling can be fun … which, I’m sure, we’ll see acted out this coming season on the TV show. Perhaps once the other GG guys see how much fun Chuck is having they’ll wanna join in, too (I’m talking to you Nate Archibald)! This new development deffo makes Gossip Girl must see TV … at least for me.
[Photo credit: Splash News; Source]
'The Lion of the Senate' loses his battle with cancer
The United States of America lost a great leader last night when Senator Edward M. Kennedy, nicknamed Ted, succumbed to his long cancer battle and passed away at age 77. Younger brother to the late President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert Kennedy, Ted Kennedy served his country in the US Senate faithfully and to the best of his ability … earning another nickname, The Lion of the Senate. A proud liberal, Senator Kennedy played a key role in passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act and the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act. Our country is feeling a great, great loss today:
Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy, the patriarch of the first family of Democratic politics, died late Tuesday at his home in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, after a lengthy battle with brain cancer. He was 77. “We’ve lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever,” a family statement said. “We thank everyone who gave him care and support over this last year, and everyone who stood with him for so many years in his tireless march for progress toward justice.” President Obama learned about Kennedy’s death at 2 a.m. Wednesday, according to a senior administration official. Obama later called Kennedy’s widow to offer condolences. In a statement, Obama says: “An important chapter in our history has come to an end. Our country has lost a great leader, who picked up the torch of his fallen brothers and became the greatest United States Senator of our time.” Kennedy, nicknamed “Ted,” was the younger brother of slain President John F. Kennedy and New York Sen. Robert Kennedy, who was gunned down while seeking the White House in 1968. However, his own presidential aspirations were hobbled by the controversy around a 1969 auto accident that left a young woman dead, and a 1980 primary challenge to then-President Jimmy Carter that ended in defeat. But while the White House eluded his grasp, the longtime Massachusetts senator was considered one of the most effective legislators of the past few decades. Kennedy, who became known as the “Lion of the Senate,” played major roles in passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act and the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act, and was an outspoken liberal standard-bearer during a conservative-dominated era from the 1980s to the early 2000s “He was probably best known for the ability to work with Republicans,” said Adam Clymer, Kennedy’s biographer. “The Republican Party raised hundreds of millions of dollars with direct appeal to protect the country from Ted Kennedy, but there was never a piece of legislation that he ever got passed without a major Republican ally.” Kennedy recently urged Massachusetts officials to change a law to allow for an immediate temporary replacement should a vacancy occur for one of his state’s two Senate seats. Under a 2004 Massachusetts law, a special election must be held 145 to 160 days after a Senate seat becomes vacant. The winner of the election would serve the remainder of a senator’s unexpired term. Kennedy asked Gov. Deval Patrick and state leaders to “amend the law through the normal legislative process to provide for a temporary gubernatorial appointment until the special election occurs,” according to the letter, dated July 2. Kennedy suffered a seizure in May 2008 at his home on Cape Cod. Shortly after, doctors diagnosed a brain tumor — a malignant glioma in his left parietal lobe. Surgeons at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, removed as much of the tumor as possible the following month. Doctors considered the procedure a success, and Kennedy underwent follow-up radiation treatments and chemotherapy. A few weeks later, he participated in a key vote in the Senate. He also insisted on making a brief but dramatic appearance at the 2008 Democratic convention, a poignant moment that brought the crowd to its feet and tears to many eyes. Kennedy died one year to the day after that appearance. “I have come here tonight to stand with you to change America, to restore its future, to rise to our best ideals and to elect Barack Obama president of the United States,” Kennedy told fellow Democrats in a strong voice. Kennedy’s early support for Obama was considered a boon for the candidate, then a first-term senator from Illinois locked in a tough primary battle against former first lady Hillary Clinton. Kennedy predicted Obama’s victory and pledged to be in Washington in January when Obama assumed office — and he was, though he was hospitalized briefly after suffering a seizure during a post-inaugural luncheon. Kennedy was one of only six senators in U.S. history to serve more than 40 years. He was elected to eight full terms to become the second most-senior senator after West Virginia Democrat Robert Byrd. He launched his political career in 1962, when he was elected to finish the unexpired Senate term of his brother, who became president in 1960. He won his first full term in 1964 … Obama named Kennedy as one of 16 recipients of the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor. A White House statement explained that the 2009 honorees “were chosen for their work as agents of change.” “Senator Kennedy has dedicated his career to fighting for equal opportunity, fairness and justice for all Americans. He has worked tirelessly to ensure that every American has access to quality and affordable health care, and has succeeded in doing so for countless children, seniors, and Americans with disabilities. He has called health care reform the “cause of his life” … Kennedy is survived by his second wife, Victoria Ann Reggie Kennedy, whom he married in 1992; his first wife, Joan Bennett; and five children — Patrick, Kara and Edward Jr. from his first marriage, and Curran and Caroline Raclin from his second.
It is very sad that our country lost another member of the storied Kennedy Family … his sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver passed away on August 11. The Kennedy Family played such an important role in the politics of our country, it’s hard to fully realize all of their contributions to US politics. The entire family as suffered as much tragedy as triumph over the years and, yet, the Kennedys continue to serve our country faithfully. Ted Kennedy was a giant in American politics and his loss will be felt for many, many years to come. My deepest condolences and prayers go out to the Kennedy Family on their loss today … and much thanks and love goes out to Ted Kennedy for his many faithful years of service. You will be missed.
Posted under: Edward 'Ted' Kennedy
Filming on 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse' is now underway
Bryce Dallas Howard officially stepped into the role of the evil vampire Victoria as filming got underway in Vancouver, BC on the set of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Having gotten the role after the former Victoria actress – Rachelle Lefevre – was fired by Summit Entertainment last month, Bryce and her co-star Xavier Samuel (who plays Victoria‘s minion vampire Riley in the film) got down to biz last night filming a steamy kissing scene:
Any last ditch efforts to allow Lefevre to step back into the role of Victoria are now completely dead, as if a stake was driven thru the heart of hope itself. I’m not sure how I feel about this frizzy wig that BDH has got goin’ on … but, well, she has to look like Victoria even tho Summit got rid of a perfectly good actress who actually looks like Victoria. I guess we’ll see how all of this turns out … but it’s officially on now. There’s not turning back … BDH is in the Twilight hiz.
[Photo credit: Bauer-Griffin]
Imogen Heap paid a visit to The Late Show with David Letterman to promote the release of her new album Ellipse (available now!) and posed for a few photos on her way to the Ed Sullivan Theater where the show tapes. As you can see, she is one big ball of FIERCE!
Imogen Heap has been an insanely creative and beautifully talented musician for years and I am so happy that she has finally come into her own. I remember seeing her on her first tour when she opened for Rufus Wainwright (her music was all piano, no electronics then) and to see how far she’s come, it’s wonderful. She has always had a flair for the dramatic when it comes to her personal style … you can see how genuine she is (rather than contrived like other pop stars who try too hard). I’ve been listening to Ellipse almost non-stop since it became streamable online last week. It’s fabulous … she’s fabulous. Woot!
[Photo credit: Splash News]
Posted under: Imogen Heap
Homie don't play dat
It would seem that former boybander Lance Bass has snagged himself a new man or, at the very least, a very protective new friend. Lance and said individual were making their way out of Bijou’s nightclub in London, England this week when they were approached by a photog hoping to snap a few pictures … but it was Lance’s new boy who snapped, trying to open an can of whoop ass on the paparazzo:
Lest you think a man wearing a scarf and a far too-unbuttoned silk lavender shirt would pose no real threat, think again. I’m pretty sure there are muscles underneath all that carefully coiffed fluff. If Lance hadn’t restrained his friend and dragged him away from the fray, well, I shudder to think what might’ve happened. Looks like Lance has got himself a spitfire there … I hate to think what might happen
if when Lance decides to dump him.
[Photo credit: Splash News]
Posted under: Lance Bass
While many of us were using the Lord’s day of rest last Sunday to, well, rest actor/musician/hottie Ryan Gosling was bizzy workin’ on his fitness at his local gymnasium. Homie was rockin’ a pink tank top for the event, behold:
Even all sweaty and in odd positions he looks hawt … well, especially in odd positions ;) I don’t know that cut-off dress pants shorts are really that aerobically effective but, hey, are you gonna argue with this man?
[Photo credit: X17]
Posted under: Ryan Gosling
The TV Guide
Last night was a night off from Nine Inch Nails shows so I managed to get a ticket to see the musical Next to Normal at the Booth Theatre on Broadway. After it won a few big Tonys at the 2009 Tony Awards (Best Leading Actress in a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Orchestrations) it caught my attention and got on my list of shows to see. Broadway shows are traditionally dark on Mondays but Next to Normal is not your traditional show:
I’m hesitant to give away anything in my review of the show because I believe the show packs a better punch if you see it cold. I literally gasped out loud at least twice. Suffice to say, I loved the show. Honestly, tho, the first couple of songs worried me … it didn’t grab me initially and I feared it might turn out to be a stinker. But then, well — read on after the jump if you’re intrigued but IF YOU PLAN TO SEE THIS SHOW see it cold, trust me … More »
Posted under: 'Next to Normal'
TLC to perform, Dylan does GPS, Travis almost arrested
- TLC is set to play their first show in 7 years.
- Is Candy Spelling planning to star in her own reality TV show?
- Bob Dylan tapped to provide the voice for a new GPS system.
- Music producer Scott Storch, who worked on Paris Hilton‘s debut album, loses his manse to foreclosure.
- The New York Times reviews the Nine Inch Nails concert at Webster Hall this past Sunday night.
- Lisa Marie Presley sued by her nanny.
- Bravo TV‘s Andy Cohen hits the gym, then the pool.
- Jesus Luz goes back home to Brazil sans Madonna.
- A crazy whack-job Baptist “minister” from Arizona admits that he prays to God daily for President Obama to “die and go to Hell”.
- Anna Wintour, editor of Vogue magazine, does The Late Show with David Letterman.
- The founder of PETA is not happy with THIS billboard ad campaign.
- Jennifer Aniston does Elle magazine.
- Mena Suvari suffers a whoopsie on the red carpet.
- Paula Abdul will be hosting VH1‘s Divas ’09.
- Carmen Electra rocks a black bikini in Greece.
- Jon Gosselin‘s gotta make that bank anyway he can.
- Blake Lively (Gossip Girl) is 22, Rachel Bilson (The O.C.) is 28, Alexander Skarsgård is 33, Claudia Schiffer is 39, Tim Burton is 51, Elvis Costello is 55 and Sean Connery is 79 years old today. Click HERE to see who else is celebrating a birthday today.
- Travis Barker almost arrested after he refused to leave his ex-wife Shanna Moakler‘s home.
- Sharon Stone is proud of her topless photos.
- EW.com readers picks the Top 10 Worst Album Covers HERE.
America ain't ready for the speedos
When last we saw David Beckham modeling his own personal swimming attire, he was was photographed in a teeny weeny speedo on a yacht while on a Seychellian anniversary holiday in July with his wife Victoria Beckham. Today we get to see new photos of Becks rockin’ his swim attire here in the US but, unforth for us, Becks opted for a pair of board shorts rather than his small pants:
Methinks Becks feels the speedo look is a bit too European for American beaches hence his decision to look like an Abercrombie & Fitch model … well, at least an A&F model’s dad. You will not that Becks is using a US flag beach towel cuz, you know, he’s a yankee when he’s here in the US — he’s even wearing the hat! Le sigh. Enjoy!!
[Photo credit: X17]
Posted under: David Beckham
II Scary IV You
Halloween II, the horror film remake helmed by rocker/director Rob Zombie, had its Los Angeles premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood, CA last night. As you might expect, the event was a star-studded affair that managed to bring out all the biggest names in Hollywood … or, mebbe just the cast of the movie (including Scout Taylor-Compton, Danielle Harris and Zombie wife Sheri Moon) and a few extra folks like Shar Jackson and her eldest daughter Cassie (who was not fathered by Kevin Federline, in case you were wondering). Here are a few photos from the red carpet:
To be completely honest, I think the sight of Rob Zombie‘s patchwork pants are the scariest thing I think I have ever laid my eyes on … one hopes that his remake of this classic horror film is just as scary. Somehow, I doubt it. Nonetheless, I am very excited to see the film anyways. I LOVE the original Halloween and Halloween II and while Zombie‘s remake of Halloween didn’t necessarily wow me, I am holding out hope that he stepped up his game for Halloween II. The film opens in theaters this Friday … just in time for Halloween but 2 months early. Yeah, I dunno why either … but there you have it. Who’s gonna be there on opening day?
[Photo credit: Wireimage]
Paris Hilton, actress extraordinaire, has made her way to Vancouver, BC (which has become a veritable mecca of celebs these days) to begin production on her guest spot on an upcoming episode of The CW show Supernatural. Immediately upon arrival, and after she was mobbed by a plethora of ardent fans, Paris whipped out her Supernatural script and began furiously prepping for her role:
LOL … how much do you wanna bet this is less a matter of Paris Hilton‘s overriding work ethic and more a matter of this being the first time she’s ever laid eyes on her lines of script? It’s only marginally hilarious how she made sure that the paps got a great shot of her actually reading the script, as if to say to the world, Look, World, I can read! With all the cool Twilight kids and Zac Efron roaming the streets of Vancouver these days, I suspect we’ll be seeing Paris doing some roaming of her own. Even tho she may be Tardy to the Party, my guess is that she’ll throw herself into the mix in no time.
[Photo credit: Splash News]
Posted under: Paris Hilton
Stream entire album online until album releases next week
Whitney Houston‘s much-anticipated “comeback” album I Look to You will be released in stores and online next Monday August, 31 but WhitneyHouston.com is streaming the entire album online NOW! Here is a just released promo poster for the new album featuring a beautiful new promo photo of Ms. Whitney herself:
Stunning. Diva. “The Greatest Comeback”? … we’ll see. Make sure you click HERE to listen to the whole album in full … then you can judge for yourselves whether or not the Diva is back! If you don’t have time to listen just yet, you can click HERE to read a track-by-track review of the album by the LA Times.
NOTE: The poster still lists the release date as September 1 but the album will be released on August 31.
[Source, thanks Marcus]
... on the set of her new movie 'The Bounty'
Here are a few photos of Jennifer Aniston getting busted, handcuffs and all, on the NYC set of her new film The Bounty which is currently in production:
As you can see, it is actor Gerard Butler doing the honors of taking Jen‘s character into custody. In The Bounty, Butler plays a bounty hunter named Milo who finds out that his new mission is to apprehend his ex-wife Cassidy (played by Aniston) … well, you can imagine the hilarity that might ensue from such a comical circumstance. Production on the film will continue for some time, here’s hoping we get to see other photos of this pair engaged in various acts of law and disorder.
[Photo credit: X17, Splash News]
Step right up
Britney Spears, who kicked off a 3-night engagement at Madison Square Garden here in NYC last night with a performance of her show The Circus starring Britney Spears, made a special appearance in Times Square yesterday afternoon to personally deliver a pair of ringside tickets to a pair of lucky fans who follow her on Twitter. All day long yesterday, Britney tweeted clues to the location of a pair of hidden tickets and two adept fans found the hiding place to win the tickets … which were personally delivered by Brit Brit herself:
As you can see, Brit was accompanied by her assistant Brett Miller and her manager Larry Rudolph … also, you can see that the lucky fans not only won a pair of tickets to last night’s show but they also each won a bottle of Britney‘s newest fragrance Circus Fantasy by Britney Spears — isn’t that exciting? After the jump, if you are so inclined, you can see a few photos from Britney‘s concert performance last night — there are a few new costumes and the pics are pretty fab … More »
Toxicology results confirm MJ's death was a homicide
New information has just been made available in the death investigation of Michael Jackson. According to toxicology findings determined by Dr. Lakshmanan Sathyavagiswaran, the drug Diprivan (known by its generic name as propofol) was found in lethal doses in MJ‘s blood … which confirms pretty much what everyone believes killed the King of Pop:
Singer Michael Jackson had lethal levels of the drug propofol in his blood when he died, according to court documents. Los Angeles’ coroner Dr. Lakshmanan Sathyavagiswaran reached that preliminary conclusion after reviewing toxicology results carried out on Jackson’s blood, according to an affidavit. The drug Diprivan, known by its generic name propofol, is administered intravenously in operating rooms as a general anesthetic, the manufacturer AstraZeneca told CNN. A source close to the investigation told CNN that Dr. Conrad Murray is believed to have administered the drug to Jackson within 24 hours of his death on June 25. Investigators have searched Murray’s home and clinics for evidence related to the anesthetic propofol, according to documents filed in court. The drug works as a depressant on the central nervous system. “It works on your brain,” said Dr. Zeev Kain, the chair of the anesthesiology department at the University of California –Irvine. “It basically puts the entire brain to sleep.” However, once the infusion is stopped, the patient wakes up almost immediately. “So if you’re going to do this, you’d have to have somebody right there giving you the medication and monitoring you continuously,” Kain said.
So now we know how he died, next we need to find out if anyone (*cough* Dr. Conrad Murray *cough*) will be held criminally responsible for his death. No matter what, none of this is of any comfort to MJ‘s family, friends or fans. While this news confirms what we’ve been hearing for the past few weeks it does not really do much to heal any wounds. It’s just another piece in a very tragic puzzle.
Pays homage to the film 'Eastern Promises' in his photospread
Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford is featured in the new issue of Interview magazine wherein he gives a mostly snoozeworthy interview but features in a pretty kick-ass photospread. Chace channels Viggo Morgensen‘s character from the 2007 film Eastern Promises in his spread … bouffant and tattoos included:
Nate Archibald, the prep-school poster boy of all things physically right about American youth today, has a terrible father but a family legacy that keeps him afloat in Gossip Girl limos and designer cardigans. Last we saw Nate, he was headed to Columbia University, but not before he and Blair broke up at the prom and he headed off to Europe on a backpacking trip with his former flame Vanessa. Nate Archibald’s real-life counterpart, on the other hand, has an extremely supportive father—and mother for that matter, who during this interview was helping her son move from the apartment he shared with Gossip Girl co-star Ed Westwick to his own two-bedroom in Manhattan’s Financial District—but the 24-year-old actor had no Hollywood legacy to help him coast into the loafers of one of teenage fandom’s dreamiest heartthrobs. In other words, for all his innate good looks, Chace Crawford has spent the past few years working very hard to get where he is today. And this year, the Texas native is refusing to stand still and smile pretty, taking on two projects that he hopes will prove he’s serious about his craft. In the spring he wrapped up director Joel Schumacher’s dark thriller Twelve, in which he plays an impoverished teenage drug dealer who tries to figure out what caused the death of his cousin during the epidemic of a new street drug called Twelve (a drug favored by Upper East Side Gossip Girl types). And after much hoopla over Crawford’s replacing Zac Efron in the upcoming remake of Footloose, he gets a chance to show a little more wild enthusiasm—and breakdancing—than Nate usually summons during those tender walk-and-talk Gossip Girl street scenes. The eternally rich Nate Archibald is slowly growing up, it seems, but Crawford already has. He’s single, still in his early 20s, and he finally has his very own bachelor pad.
If you so desire you can read the Interview interview HERE or you can just check out the interesting bits behind the cut along with the rest of the photos from Chace‘s Interview photospread … More »
If U Seek Britney ... there'll you'll find K-Fat
Earlier today I mentioned that Britney Spears has made her way to NYC with her sons Sean Preston and Jayden James to perform a string of shows at Madison Square Garden starting tonight … and as we should all know by now, where she goes her ex-hubby and current-mooch Kevin Federline and his ladyfriend Victoria Prince go. Here are a couple photos of happy couple waddling on the streets of NYC last night:
In Vicky P‘s defense, I should clarify that she wasn’t really waddling herself but she did have to slow her roll so that K-Fat could keep up with her. On second thought, VP doesn’t really deserve defense … she made her bed with The Federline and now she’s got to lie in it … that is, if she can still fit on it. While Brit Brit was taking her boys to Broadway last night, I believe these two were lookin’ for a place to eat a couple of nice dinners … and a glass of water for Vicky. Blech. These moochy twins just irk me to death.
[Photo credit: Splash News]
Um, yes please!
Last week we saw photos of Zac Efron lookin’ all shirtless on a boat in Canada as he filmed scenes for his new film Charlie St. Cloud. Today we get to see MORE photos of the shirtless wonder, this time on land, filming other scenes for said film … behold:
Damn. Clearly homeslice has been workin’ it out at the gym … and seems pretty proud to show off all of his hard work … and I can’t rightly say that I mind all that much myself. After the jump, check out a couple more photos of Zac doin’ his thang — which includes a few impromptu push ups … More »
Potentially horrible (and deffo, at the least, worrisome) news for fans of the amazing UK teen series Skins … news today is that MTV has bought the rights to adapt the series for US television which should strike fear and loathing in anyone who has ever watched a single ep of the original UK version. Like it or not, it’s coming to America … in MTV style:
MTV has landed the rights to develop a U.S. version of the award-winning U.K. phenomenon “Skins,” it was announced today by Liz Gateley, Senior Vice President, MTV Series Development. Created by father and son team, Bryan Elsley and Jamie Brittain, the E4 and Channel 4 series is about a group of British teenagers who are trying to grow up and find love and happiness. Bryan Elsley will be writing and executive producing the U.S. version. In an effort to maintain the original production’s successful model wherein all the stories were written by a group of British teenagers, MTV will similarly join together unknown teenagers to write and star in the series. The producers intend to set the show in Baltimore, Maryland. “‘Skins’ is one of those rare shows that cuts through to its core audience with unusually authentic stories due to the unique writing and casting process that Bryan pioneered. Having personally pursued the U.K. project for almost two years, I am beyond thrilled to bring it to MTV in the U.S. We intend to preserve the authenticity of the British version and are excited to collaborate with the original team to develop stories that will speak to American youth,” said Liz Gateley, Senior Vice President, MTV Series Development. “We are delighted to be making ‘Skins’ for the U.S. and in particular, for MTV who have embraced the show and its ambitions and unusual production process. We are looking forward to talking to teenagers across the U.S. and making a show that reflects their lives in every aspect,” said Charlie Pattinson, CEO, Company Pictures. “Skins” instantly became a critical and commercial hit in the U.K. especially among young adults as it was the third highest-rated show of the year on E4 reaching 1.2 million P2+ viewers and achieved a massive 61% of 16-34 year olds. The series won a 2009 BAFTA Audience Award, which was voted on by the public, and Best Drama Series at the 2008 Broadcast Awards. “Skins” will be produced by Company Pictures, a division of ALL3MEDIA, and Stormdog, the same companies that produce the Channel 4 series in the U.K. Bryan Elsley, of Stormdog, will Executive Produce and write the U.S. version, along with Executive Producers Charlie Pattinson and George Faber, both of Company Pictures.
No, I’m sorry … but I cannot believe that MTV or any other US basic cable network, to be quite honest, will be able to do justice to this show. The thought of a watered-down version just irritates the hell out of me. I look at what NBC did to the brilliant Aussie comedy series Kath & Kim and I wince … I am really dreading a US version of Skins. I hoped and prayed that the show wouldn’t gain the attention of the US market and, well, here we have it. No offense to MTV but their brand of programming will not even come close to the spirit of the original. Only a pay cable network like HBO or Showtime would have the freedom to really do it justice and then, well, I’d still not have much hope. Besides, BBC America already airs a censored version of the original here in the US, there is NO NEED for an entirely new MTV version. This is crappy news. So, to offset, I’m happy to pass along that the 4th season of the original version of Skins has been picked up and will air in the UK next year. Ugh … why can’t MTV leave somethings alone?
Posted under: 'Skins (US)', 'Skins', MTV
The TV Guide
I find that I am still trying to wrap my head around last night’s Nine Inch Nails show at Webster Hall here in NYC, NY where the band played the entirety of the masterpiece album The Downward Spiral LIVE for the first and only time. Of the 20+ NIN shows I’ve seen since 1994, I gotta say that last night’s has to be the best … if for sheer content alone. Little did I know when I was going inside the venue last night that I would be among the lucky few NIN fans to bear witness to a truly legendary concert experience:
I realize that this may sound like extreme hyperbolic nonsense, especially to non-NIN fans, but I can assure you, the epic nature of last night’s show will truly be remembered for all time by Nine Inch Nails fans the world over. Whether you were there last night or just heard about it online, it’s all any NIN fan can talk about today (and prolly will talk about for many years to come). After the jump, check out a few of the photos that I snapped last night along with the full setlist (yes, they played a bunch of amazing songs after they completed TDS: Live) and find out where you can watch video of some of the songs performed last night … More »
Jenkins found dead, Miss Venezuela wins, Billy Ray defends Miley's pole dance
- Inglourious Basterds was the #1 movie at the box office this weekend.
- Ryan Jenkins, the VH1 reality TV contestant who was accused of murdering his wife Jasmine Fiore, was found dead in a hotel room after reportedly committing suicide.
- Brandi Glanville, Eddie Cibrian‘s soon-to-be-ex-wife, opens up about his shenanigans with LeAnn Rimes.
- Miss Venezuela wins Miss Universe again, this time the country is repped by Stefania Fernandez.
- “You know what? I just think that Miley loves entertaining people” — Billy Ray Cyrus, father of Miley Cyrus, on his daughter’s pole dance at the Teen Choice Awards.
- Miss USA is clearly a fan of RuPaul.
- First Look: The Dieux du Stade Calendar for 2010
- Nice to know that Bernie Madoff is making friends in prison.
- “Skanky” blogging can really bite you in the ass.
- Can you read Heidi Montag‘s Body Lanugage? I think it’s saying, EPIC FAIL ;)
- Sophia Bush flashes her tush.
- Heidi Montag shows off her bikini in the Bahamas.
- Jamie Foxx has a secret baby.
- After being burglarized, Lindsay Lohan leaves her home.
- Mehcad Brooks, Eggs on True Blood, looks just as good in real life as he does on the show.
- Rupert Grint is 21, Chad Michael Murray is 28, Dave Chappelle is 36 and Kenny Baker (R2-D2 in Star Wars) is 75 years old today. Click HERE to see who else is celebrating a birthday today.
- Paula Abdul‘s manager insists that she is not in negotiations with American Idol.
- Click HERE to find out who will be dancing with who on the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars.
- After calling President Barack Obama a racist on his TV show, conservative talk show host Glenn Beck has lost a bunch of advertisers … 33 of them!
Dunks his junk in the Croatian coast
It looks like Croatia is really turning out to be the celeb vacation hot spot du jour … last week we learned that Beyoncé and Jay-Z spent some time holidaying off the coast of Croatia on their vacay to Dubrovnik and today we learn that Mickey Rourke has made his way there as well. Here are photos of Mickey soaking his goods in Croatia this weekend:
Mickey Rourke has been lapping up the sunshine and in mucking about in the sea with a mystery woman in what seems to be the new celebrity hotspot. The 55-year-old is in Croatia, where Beyonce and Jay-Z holidayed last week – with the female friend – and everything seemed to be going swimmingly between them. The Wrestler actor looked fit and toned as he helped the pretty girl into the cold water from the rocky beach and then appeared to pull her down in one swift movement so she was swimming. he star is in the country for the Dubrovnik Film Meeting where he is promoting the film. The actor was wearing floral swim shorts during his dip in the sea, and the dog tag of his Chihuahua Loki, who died earlier this year at the age of 18. His female friend seemed to be enjoying lapping up the sunshine in a small black bikini. The pair swam and messed about in the water at the beach of their hotel, before retiring to sun loungers for a drink. During a press conference in Croatia, Mickey wore sunglasses, smoked and told jokes about the filming of The Wrestler.
No word on who the mysterious woman in the black bikini is but surely she was drawn to Mickey‘s tiny shorty shorts … I mean, one look at those babies and you can see how the ladies would be lining up. I, personally, would prefer it if Mr. Rourke wore longer board shorts (or just pants) when next he goes for a swimming jaunt but, hey, homie’s gotta work with what
God his plastic surgeon gave him.
[Photo credit: INFdaily]
Posted under: Mickey Rourke
Ryan Phillippe was spotted at a local convenience store in SoCal over the weekend lookin’ about as good as he usually does … without his ladyfriend, without his kiddies … just Ryan:
While these photos would prolly be a bit more interestin’ if he were doing something outrageous or if he were wearing little to no clothing, I can’t help but still wanna post pics of him even if they are plain and simple. I was very fortunate to be able to chat with him for a bit last year at an LA screening of Stop-Loss and found him wholly charming and very nice. There’s something to be said about the nice guy … especially one who looks so good ;)
[Photo credit: INFdaily]
Posted under: Ryan Phillippe
Alyssa Milano and her new hubby David Bugliari, who were married in a small ceremony in New Jersey a little over a week ago, have been spotted on their honeymoon in tropical and very romantic Tahiti this weekend. The happily marrieds were spotted enjoying dinner and conversation at a place called Lagoon on Saturday night:
I assume the couple have been in Tahiti for some time now enjoying their first days as a married couple and may even stay longer. I don’t believe that Alyssa has anything major that she needs to be back home for but perhaps her agent hubby might have clients he needs to return home for. Whatever the case may be, I hope the couple have enjoyed and will continue to enjoy their romantic getaway together.
[Photo credit: X17]
Chris Pine played a little b-ball with a friend in SoCal this weekend in one of the more interesting alleyways in Los Angeles. While I’m not sure who ended up winning their little game, the photos below show that Chris managed to shoot and score at least once … behold:
Damn, Chris Fine … er, I mean, Pine is really gettin’ some air! Who knew he had such mad skills? He’s lookin’ good, y’all. Woot!
[Photo credit: Bauer-Griffin]
Posted under: Chris Pine
SVEDKA VOTED #1 VODKA OF 2033
They say to keep your friends close, and your enemies closer. But what about your frenemies? I say, have ‘em over for a drink. Even Heidi and Lauren can enjoy a pair of Frenemies Forever cocktails.
Here’s how to make your own:
Cut a handful of arugula into small pieces. Add arugula and remaining ingredients into shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for 5 seconds. Pour contents into a highball glass. (Pictured in left glass)
* 2 parts SVEDKA Raspberry
* 2 parts Sour Mix
* 2 parts Pear Juice
* Fresh Arugula
Pour all ingredients except cayenne pepper into a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for 5 seconds. Wet top of a highball glass with lime wedge or water and rim glass with cayenne pepper. Pour contents of shaker into glass. (Pictured in right glass)
* 2 parts SVEDKA Raspberry
* 2 parts Cranberry Juice
* 1 part Sour Mix
* Cayenne Pepper
Are you bot or not?
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Posted under: Svedka
Just like a circus
True Blood co-stars and real-life fiancées Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer were spotted enjoying an afternoon trapeze lesson in SoCal this weekend, presumably for an upcoming film project. It’s possible that the couple, who brought along Moyer‘s daughter Lilac Moyer with them, were flying around for fun but since Anna is in pre-production on a film titled Flying Into Love it’s more likely this day of fun was really more a day of work. Here are a few photos:
I understand that little Lilac also go in on the trapeze fun … I suppose it’s also possible that the family is working on a circus act should their television and film careers go kaput. I think folks would line up to see The Flying Moyers in person. I am happy to report that no one was injured during this daredevil training session and the family went home safe and sound:
I bet you thought vampires didn’t know how to have a good time … well, in the daylight at least. How wrong you were ;)
[Photo credit: Splash News]
"The seaweed is always greener, in somebody else's lake"
Britney Spears made her way to NYC, NY this weekend ahead of her performance here of The Circus starring Britney Spears which just kicked off it’s second North American tour leg in Hamilton, Ontario Thursday night. Brit takes the stage at Madison Square Garden tonight but got into town a bit early to enjoy the city. Last night, she took her sons Sean Preston and Jayden James for a performance of The Little Mermaid musical on Broadway … here are a few pics:
Of course, Brit Brit causes a sensation everywhere she goes (and last night was no exception) but it’s nice that she managed to endure all of the gawking stares last night so she could treat her sons to a night on Broadway. I understand Papa Jamie Spears was also in attendance at last night’s performance of The Little Mermaid as well, one hopes he was able to enjoy the show as much as Sean P. and JJ presumably did.
Also, in other Britney news, Ms. Spears will PERSONALLY be giving away tickets to tonight’s concert at Madison Square Garden to the lucky person who is able to find a pair of tickets she has hidden somewhere here in Manhattan. If you follow Britney Spears on Twitter, you will be given clues to her hiding spot and if you find it, you will also get to meet Britney herself who will supposedly hand over the tix. Unfortch, I will not be in attendance at tonight’s show (I have tix to see Next To Normal on Broadway instead) but I’m sure her show will be fun for all.
[Photo credit: Splash News]
"I always wanted to play that whole record. That's the only time we're going to do it."
Fans who attended the Nine Inch Nails concert at Webster Hall here in NYC, NY last night were treated to a truly historic performance. For the first and only time, according to Trent Reznor himself, the entirety of NIN‘s masterpiece album The Downward Spiral (halo 8, originally released in March 1994) was performed live in concert. As some of you are well aware, NIN are currently on the final leg of their Wave Goodbye Tour which is, reportedly, the last batch of live performances from Nine Inch Nails. Clearly, TR wants to make these last shows ever ones for the record books because an historic show like the one that took place last night was really a very special one. Before the show began, NIN announced on its official Twitter profile that there was gonna be a “cool setlist” for last night’s show … “cool” doesn’t begin to describe:
Of course, fans who have seen the band perform live since The Downward Spiral was released in ’94 have heard many if not all of the songs from the album performed live (me included, especially on the Self Destruct Tour 94-95, tho I understand that A Warm Place has never been performed live in concert before) … but NEVER has the album been performed live, in sequential order. To be honest, I had been made privy to the plan for one of the final Wave Goodbye Tour shows to feature a live performance of The Downward Spiral but A.) I couldn’t let myself believe that such an amazing occurrence would really happen because I’d be so crushed if it never came to be and B.) even if I truly believed such an occurrence would happen, I thought for sure it wouldn’t happen so soon (last night’s Webster Hall show was only the 2nd of the final batch of shows). NIN played a show at Bowery Ballroom on Saturday August 22 and that show was filmed by 5 different cameras, earlier yesterday NIN announced via its official Twitter profile that because of Livenation‘s exorbitant usage fees (they own Webster Hall) they would not be able to officially film the Webster Hall show … which sucks ENTIRELY considering the epic nature of the event. I suspect the audio of last night’s show was recorded at least and fans were allowed to record the show with their own video cameras in the audience so hopefully a video record of last night’s show will make its way to fans at some point. It is my hope that as many fans as possible were able to attend the concert last night (NIN also announced via Twitter that a small number of tickets were available for sale at the last minute before the start of last night’s show) because, as any NIN fan knows, the Webster Hall concert will prolly exist for all time as THE Nine Inch Nails show you didn’t want to miss.
Trent Reznor did not stop to speak to the audience at any time during the portion that the band played The Downward Spiral but once they finished the final song from the album, he did pause to address the crowd, saying:
“I always wanted to play that whole record. That’s the only time we’re going to do it.”
The band then launched the next batch of songs that included Terrible Lie, Metal, Burn, Suck, Physical and more. Actually, the songs played after the TDS songs made up a pretty kickass setlist of its own. Altho TR closed his personal Twitter account, he did use the official NIN Twitter account to post a message to fans after last night’s performance:
That was a FUN (and exhausting) show to play tonight! Thanks to all who attended. (TR)
And to Trent Reznor, I say THANK YOU for a truly unforgettable concert experience. The Webster Hall show will be tough to beat (if that is even possible) but I cannot wait to see what is in store for the rest of the Wave Goodbye shows. Will NIN perform other albums (perhaps Pretty Hate Machine, The Fragile and/or Year Zero) in their entirety? What about special guest appearances (folks keep hoping David Bowie will show up on stage)? I guess we’ll have to wait and see. I will post my full personal review of the show (including my photos and video) later on today but a truly legendary performance like the one I witnessed last night deserves a special post all its own.
Use with caution
Have you ever fantasized about having Edward Cullen standing watch over you while you sleep in your bedroom? Have you ever wanted to hug, kiss and/or do inappropriate things with a life-size reproduction of Jacob Black? Have you ever wanted a Bella Swan likeness that you could kinda beat the hell out of to your heart’s content? Well … you’re in luck!! Retailers across the country are beginning to stock “life-size” cardboard stand-up cutouts of some of your fave characters from The Twilight Saga: New Moon for you to use in all sorts of interesting ways:
Lord, I can only imagine what sorts of scenarios these cardboard stand-up thingies will be used for … and it ain’t pretty ;) After the jump, check out a pic of some of the officially authorized action figures that will be released from The Twilight Saga: New Moon … More »
"Anyone Can Happen"
On Friday we got to see a new batch of pretty cool-looking promo photos for the upcoming 2nd season of Dollhouse. Today we get to check out a new promo poster that has just been released:
Damn, Eliza Duskhu looks good in black leather, don’t she? I am LOVING all of the promo materials coming out for Dollhouse these days. For the most part, the photos and graphis are very striking as opposed to subtle and subdued. I don’t recall that the promo push was as ardent last season so I’m happy to see that FOX is putting some work into promoting the show’s second season. While I really love Eliza‘s character Echo, I wouldn’t mind seeing a few promo posters featuring other dolls … like Sierra … or Whiskey? Also, it would really please Buffyverse fans if promo pics of Alexis Denisof and/or Summer Glau made their way to the Internets … just a suggestion. I also hope they keep the promo stuff comin’ … I’m lovin’ it!
Posted under: 'Dollhouse'
The TV Guide
Last night was the first show of the FINAL leg of Nine Inch Nails‘s Wave Goodbye Tour and, by pretty much all accounts, it was a fucking FANTASTIC performance. NIN played the intimate (ie. minuscule) Bowery Ballroom to a well-sold out house of ardent fans. The Horrors were the opening act but, in all honest, every single person in that venue was there for NIN:
The setlist for last night’s show was an excellent mixture of old and new and provided over 2 hours of kickass entertainment. Those of you seeing any of the future NIN shows on this leg of the Wave Goodbye Tour are in for a treat because I’ve been assured that the shows will all be different and Trent Reznor has got a bunch of really amazing surprises in store (if just *one* of the setlist scenarios I heard about turns out to be true, I will DIE). After the jump, check out some of the photos I snapped at last night’s concert, see the full setlist and watch video of NIN performing Discipline … More »
Lindsay's home burglarized, Jesus is 'mommy's friend', Fox to host 'SNL'
It is time, once again, to say hello to the Hot Dude of the Week! Some say that ginger-haired folks don’t get enough lurve so let’s do something to change that today … say hello to Andrew:
Sure, folks of the red haired variety cannot suntan to save their lives and only really either burn or remain pale white but that doesn’t mean they don’t bring the hawtness. On the contrary, gingers like Andrew here provide a unique brand of hawtness that offers its own allure … rippling muscles don’t hurt either … and HELLO freckles! There’s a reason that Prince Harry has started being referred to as the hotter prince over the elder Prince William (and it’s not just because Wills is losing his hair) … it’s cuz red heads are sexy! Enjoy!!
[Photo credit: All American Guys]
Promptly removes his shirt
Last weekend David Beckham was ejected from the LA Galaxy match vs. the Seattle Sounders after he (and Galaxy teammate Eddie Lewis) was slapped with a red card penalty for unnecessary roughness. Not only was Becks fined for the infraction but he had to endure a 1 game suspension and was forced to miss a match vs. Chicago earlier this week. But Becks (and Lewis) were back in action in Washington DC for the match vs. DC United. The game ended in a 0-0 draw, which wasn’t really good for anyone, but Becks ended up stripping off his jersey at the game’s end so, I suppose it ended up win-win all around:
David Beckham’s return wasn’t enough inspiration for the Los Angeles Galaxy in a 0-0 draw with D.C. United in Major League Soccer on Saturday. Beckham served a one-game suspension for a red card given on Aug. 15 against Seattle. The Galaxy beat Chicago 2-0 on Wednesday without their English star but couldn’t find the net in soggy conditions at RFK Stadium in Washington, where Beckham made his MLS debut just over two years ago. The Galaxy, unbeaten in their last six road matches, remained second in the Western Conference and fourth overall. United remained fourth in the Eastern Conference and ninth overall.
LOL. I mean, really, do people still come out to watch Becks play soccer or to run around for a while, get all sweaty and then get half nekkid? Trust me, I do not mind. I find it kinda funny that officials think they are punishing Becks by making him miss games with the LA Galaxy. Instead of having to jet to Chicago, he got to stay home and plot with his family his escape from his MLS contract for sunnier shores with AC Milan. If they really want to punish him for red card infractions, they should require that he play more games with the Galaxy. That’d show him ;)
[Photo credit: Splash News; Source]
Premiere date moved up from January 2010
It would seem that reports of the demise of the FX series Nip/Tuck have been somewhat exaggerated. In June, the LA Times published a report that claimed the 6th (and final?) season of Nip/Tuck had been filmed and wrapped and would be shelved until January 2010 at the earliest, 2011 at the latest. Show creator Ryan Murphy, who’s other show Glee has become a sensation, has been working furiously on making Glee a success and wasn’t even on set when Nip/Tuck filmed its last scenes. Well, today there is good news for fans of the show. The 6th season of Nip/Tuck has been rescheduled and will air on FX beginning this October:
“Nip/Tuck” will start cutting again in mid-October … That news comes courtesy of the FX executive session at the Television Critics Association press tour on Friday (Aug. 7). “Nip/Tuck” will open its sixth season on Wednesday, Oct. 14 and run for 10 episodes, which will take the show into December; the final nine episodes will likely air sometime next year.
I suppose technically the show is still dunzo because this upcoming 6th season is supposedly the last. But, at least we won’t have to wait until 2010 or 2011 to say our farewells. After the jump, check out a short promo vid for the upcoming 6th season of Nip/Tuck which looks very cool — despite the soundtrack by Timbaland … More »
Posted under: Nip/Tuck
He's just a boy, she's just a dog ... can I make it any more obvious?
Kellan Lutz, who just this past week was spotted roaming the streets of Vancouver, BC with the rest of his castmates on The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, has made his way back home to LA this weekend. Here are a few photos of Kellan taking his pooch Kola out for a walk/skateboarding session this weekend:
HMMM, homie knows how to work a tank top, don’t he? Yes, he does. But anyways … I recently mused that the Twilight kids were starting to make themselves at home in Vancouver, where they are currently in production on the third Twilight film, but it seems that Kellan knows exactly where his home is — SoCal. I’m not sure if he made his way back to LA for a special occasion or if he just wanted to be home when he didn’t need to be in Vancouver … as long as he continues to wear tight-fitting clothing like this, I don’t really mind where he pops up. Woot!
[Photo credit: INFdaily]
Posted under: Kellan Lutz
The couple exchanged vows at sunset
Actress (and sometimes singer) Milla Jovovich and director Paul W.S. Anderson got themselves married at an outdoor ceremony at the couple’s Beverly Hills, CA home in front of a gathering of about 50 family and friends. The couple, who met in 2002 on the set of Resident Evil (Milla starred, Paul directed), share a beautiful daughter named Ever Gabo who was born in 2006 and who acted as flower girl at yesterday’s ceremony. Here is a photo of the happily married couple and some deets from their nuptials:
Actress Milla Jovovich married director Paul W.S. Anderson in an intimate outdoor ceremony at their home in Beverly Hills on Saturday, PEOPLE has confirmed. The bride, 33, wore a ’60′s-style mini dress she designed herself as she walked down the aisle in the backyard of the couple’s Spanish-style house, decorated with red and white floral arrangements … Among the 50 guests in attendance was actor Patrick Dempsey and his wife Jillian. The couple’s 20-month-old daughter Ever Gabo was also present. “They’re a super duper couple,” says Lane of the newlyweds. “They clearly adore each other.” Before the ceremony, guests enjoyed a cocktail reception by the pool, where a Spanish guitarist and a female vocalist entertained with traditional Spanish music. After the ceremony, there was a reception that included entertainment by Cuban musicians playing traditional Cuban drums. The wedding cake was a round, four-tiered white cake decorated with a ribbon … “Having a child has completely changed the way I look at my life,” Jovovich told PEOPLE earlier this year. “I don’t worry about my career or what other people think about me. My main priority now is my child and my family.” As for what the future holds for the couple? “I definitely want more kids!” Jovovich said. “I grew up as an only child, so I’ve always wanted to have a big family. I don’t know what the future will hold, but knock on wood, I hope it’ll bring me a big family.”
Much love and congrats goes out to the happy couple! Who knew that a movie like Resident Evil could bring two people together like this? See folks, love can bloom anywhere … even on the set of video-games-turned-zombie-killin’-movies. Here’s to a long and very happy life (hopefully with many more kiddies) for the newlyweds! Congrats!!
[Photo credit: X17; Source]
Lips don't Lie
Well, well know … lookie here. It seems as if love has bloomed on the set of Miley Cyrus‘s new film The Last Song which just wrapped production in Tybee, GA. As you may know, Miley co-stars with Aussie actor Liam Hemsworth who plays her love interest on-screen … but it appears that their relationship has spilled over into real life. The couple were spotted making out together at an airport in Nashville, TN this week … making it pretty evident that the two are romantically involved … behold:
It looks like Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are more than just friendly costars. Last Wednesday, as Cyrus bid Australian actor Liam Hemsworth goodbye at the Nashville airport, the two kissed – and were “full-on making out,” says Alex Emanuel, a New York actor who was a few feet away from the couple and saw Cyrus, 16, act “as giddy as a schoolgirl.” Hemsworth jumped out of Cyrus’s truck with his luggage and headed for the terminal doors when “she jumped into his arms and threw her arms around his neck and kissed him and leaned back and he was dipping her,” says Emanuel. “It was like a scene out of an old movie where the guy’s getting on a train and they’re saying their goodbyes.” The two actors recently wrapped the film The Last Song (also starring Kelly Preston and Greg Kinnear) in Tybee, Georgia, and attended the film’s wrap party together on Aug. 16. According to Cyrus’ Twitter posts, she is maintaining her single status. “I do not have a boyfriend,” she writes. But she says shhe’s been teaching Hemsworth a thing or two about Southern eats. “@mommytish and @auntedi and I are introducing the aussie to cracker barrel!!! Yummyyy :)” Cyrus wrote about taking Hemsworth to the restaurant chain. She also revealed they like to stay in and nosh in front of the TV. Her Aug. 14th Tweet: “I kinda want to go see ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’ but I think I’ll just sit around and eat sushi and watch “Liar Liar” with Liam :)” Cyrus’ publicist had no comment.
Dang, girl! Miley went from being involved with Justin Gaston, to being involved with Nick Jonas and now Liam Hemsworth all in the span of just three months. Homegirl moves fast! She must go thru lots of chap stick, damn. Well, I guess we are now witnessing the birth of Liley … which follows in the tradition of Niley and Jiley. Let’s see how long this one lasts … any guesses?
[Photo credit: Grannis Photography; Source]
Talent shows? Children's Choirs? Best Tour Ever?
Last week we learned that Dead Man’s Bones, the band made up of Ryan Gosling and Zack Shields, will be releasing their debut album this Fall and we also got to hear the first single from the album, a song titled My Body’s A Zombie For You. Today we learn that Dead Man’s Bones will be hittin’ the road on a US tour that will feature performances with children’s choirs in each of the cities as well as a talent show as the opening act made up of local performers. How freakin’ cool is that?
When Ryan Gosling and Zach Shields bring their Dead Man’s Bones project to your town, they aren’t coming alone. Oh no. On their very first tour, scheduled for this October, the actor/musician duo will bring the songs of their debut album to life with the help of a local choir in each of the twelve spots they’re hitting. As Gosling and Shields explained to us, their self-titled debut (out October 6 on Anti-) was recorded with the Silverlake Conservatory Children’s Choir. But they can’t bring all those kids on the road with them. Hence, a new group in every city. To make the experience even cooler, the opening act for the shows will be a talent show, organized by the band and featuring local talent in each city. Wow.
Damn, that is very cool. I’m hoping to be able to catch these guys on tour. If I see them in LA they’ll prolly be performing with the Silverlake Conservatory Children’s Choir and I would LOVE to see that. After the jump, check out the full list of tourdates to see if DMB will be comin’ your way … More »
Posted under: Dead Man's Bones
The TV Guide
So … I am really enjoying my time here in NYC. As I’ve mentioned before, it’s the first time I’ve been to the Big Apple all by myself and I am really loving it. I spent part of my afternoon yesterday checkin’ out stuff on 5th Ave and then bummin’ around SoHo. It was hot as hell, y’all but I soldiered on. It started to rain a little bit so I snuck into Boqueria on Spring St. for some white sangria and tapas:
‘Twas very delish. I couldn’t stay out too long cuz I had to get home and changed for my night on Broadway. I managed to get a pretty great ticket for Hair, which won the Tony Award for Best Musical Revival at the 2009 Tony Awards this year. After hearing so many good things about it, I had to check it out for myself:
After the jump, check out what I thought about the show, for those of you interested … More »
Posted under: 'Hair'
LeAnn questioned, Brody loses appendix, Milla to marry
'The Circus', the Stanley Cup and Mz Bailey
Here is this week’s batch of photos sent in by Pink is the new Blog readers — Emma and her cousin Sinead from Dublin, Ireland send in a pic of the two of them at The Circus starring Britney Spears concert in Manchester, England last June (the show where Britney yelled out, What’s up, London?) — AJ sends in a pic all the way from India from a recent night out of partying with a bunch of friends — Darlene and her BFF Nadia send in a pic of the lovely ladies smoochin’ on the Stanley Cup — Miin from NJ and her friends send in a pic from their girls’ roadtrip from San Diego to San Francisco, CA at their stop at the ALL PINK Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, CA — Alison, who tragically lost her boxer named Quincey Doodle Poof last year, sends in a pic of her new baby pup Mz Bailey:
Thank you all so much for your wonderful photos. Y’all look so great and Mz Bailey is the cutest thing ever. And to Darlene, I have to ask you to take good care of the Stanley Cup for me, cuz the Detroit Red Wings will be taking it back next year ;) Please keep the photos coming … they are amazing!! Love to you all! xo
Also gets pelted by a dildo on stage
Earlier this week we saw a photo of Adam Lambert on the set of his album cover photoshoot and, as you may recall, he was lookin’ pretty damn ridic in his Michelin Man-inspired costume. But, if you thought he looked bad then … then you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Glambert was recently photographed by Robert Sebree and this what they came up with … photos that went from bad …
to worse …
… and all kinds of fug in between. To say that Adam Lambert is going the cheesy route with his outfit choices would be a compliment at this point. After the jump, check out a few more photos from Lambert‘s photoshoot with Sebree AND, as a bonus, check out video of Glambert performing on the American Idol Idols Summer Tour 2009 in Hamilton, Ontario last weekend where he was hit by a dildo that was thrown on stage from the audience — trust me, you’re gonna wanna watch … More »
Sarah Michelle Gellar, who altho looks ready to pop at any second prolly has a bit more pregs time to look forward too, met up with some friends for lunch at The W Hotel in Westwood, CA yesterday and she was lookin’ fine as hell, if I do say so myself:
Clearly SMG is happy to venture out in public every chance she gets, whether it be to pump her own gas or to pick up some frappuccinos, in order to show off all of her fabulous maternity clothes. She looks amazing, this dress is hot. It’s been a long time since I’ve really favored one particular Bump Watch over all others. I seem to recall that I enjoyed Alyson Hannigan‘s Bump Watch very much when she was pregs with the beautiful little Satyana. It only makes sense that her fellow Buffyverse alum and compatriot would be my new fave. I wonder where SMG and bump will turn up next.
[Photo credit: Bauer-Griffin]
Posted under: Sarah Michelle Gellar
Michael Jackson's death no longer a hindrance
The A&E network teamed up with members of the Jackson family earlier this year to produce a reality TV series which would focus on their work on a new album and plans for a Jackson 5 reunion concert. The entire series was filmed while Michael Jackson was still alive and plans were originally to premiere the show this Summer. In the wake of MJ‘s sudden death in June, A&E shelved the project and put it on hiatus … but no longer. Apparently, enough time has passed since MJ‘s death that A&E and the Jacksons have decided that the series titled The Jackson Family will air “soon” and will include eps of the brothers coping with the death of Michael Jackson:
A&E plans to air a Jackson family reality series that will show the late King of Pop’s brothers grappling with his sudden death. Sources told The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday that Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon had previously filmed an hour-long pilot before Michael’s death, and planned to include a climactic reunion with The Gloved One. But their younger brother never signed on to do it, and passed before they could change his mind. Insiders say that A&E is moving forward with more episodes that show the Jacksons coping with Michael’s death and handling the day-to-day struggles in their own lives. A deal for the series hasn’t been fully ironed out, but the original agreement was for a pilot with provisions for a series, so the show will go on. The one-hour pilot will air on A&E within the month, likely with a reference at the end that Michael passed away, followed by segments that will be shaped into either 30 or 60-minute episodes. Danny O’Donovan, who has managed the Jacksons since they left Motown in the late 70s, brokered the TV deal.
While I cannot fault the Jacksons for wanting to air the eps of this show that they have already filmed, after an appropriate time has passed since their brother’s death, I cannot help but feel like the “bonus” eps that feature the family coping with his death is just a wee bit if not OUTRAGEOUSLY exploitative of MJ‘s death. While I’m sure they are having a tough time dealing with the loss of their brother, it seems to me to be a more prudent course of action to focus on their professional lives rather than to interject the death of MJ. The fact that they are Jacksons will still bring in the ratings so they don’t need eps filled with heartbreak and tears just to get people to watch … I just think they should not further exploit MJ‘s death for their own gain. I dunno … what do y’all think?
Last week we got our first look at Gisele Bündchen‘s teeny weeny baby bump, or bumplette, as she frolicked and played on a beach and today we get to see Gisele‘s bumplette on the streets of Boston, MA this past Thursday afternoon. Here she is making her way to the Boston City Center:
Sure, GiGi‘s boobs protrude further out than her pregnant stomach does but … I’m sure she’ll get bigger around the waist … well, in the front at least. I have to say, I’m really happy that Gisele and hubby Tom Brady are expecting their first child together but it must really suck to be their baby … at least for right now. Can you imagine trying to grow inside the size 0 womb of a supermodel? Poor thing. Ah well, at least it has a fabulous life of beauty and fame to look forward to once it bursts free from its tiny prison.
[Photo credit: INFdaily]
Posted under: Gisele Bündchen
Here are a few photos of the B-Lister castmembers of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse who are all settling down and making themselves at home in Vancouver, BC where their film is currently in production. Jackson Rathbone has put his music career on hold to be in town for filming and Ashley Greene managed to wrench herself away from new BFF Vanessa Hudgens long enough so that she could walk her little pooch. Kellan Lutz went shopping at Zara and Xavier Samuel was just out lookin’ cute … behold:
It looks like they’re everywhere, y’all! There haven’t been any new sightings of main stars Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner and/or Robert Pattinson to report … one presumes they were bizzy actually working on the film. Nonetheless, everyone will be working sooner or later so that they can continue to bring the Twilightness to the hungry masses. If you are in Vancouver, be on the look out … you never know when YOU might run into a real life Twilighter.
[Photo credit: Splash News, Bauer-Griffin]
Kylie's little sister has got herself a hawt new man
Dannii Minogue, little sister to Kylie Minogue, has posted a few personal photos on her official blog of her and her new model boyfriend Kris Smith enjoying the sights of LA this Summer. Dannii and Kris, who are currently in Europe where Kris has been bizzy modeling these days, spent some time in SoCal recently and looked like they had a fun time lurvin’ all up on each other all the while. Here are a few of Dannii‘s personal photos and the full accompanying text from her blog:
Hello Hollywood! I had a great trip to LA with my beautiful beau, Kris. It was his first visit, so a great chance to do the touristy things, and not feel a drop of guilt! My first tip is to take Hollyridge Trail to get the best tourist shots of the Hollywood sign! Then trek up Runyon Canyon Trail for some proper exercise, and views of Los Angeles … there are Palm trees to look at, and Rattle Snakes to look out for it seemed kind of timely to visit the Chinese Theatre to see the stars in the pavement and it’s always good to hunt for old favourites … don’t forget the shopping! and hot spots to eat … try the Octopus at Cecconi’s and everything at Palihouse! Palihouse do a proper English Sunday roast for anyone wanting some home cooking – the chef is British and you have to leave room for pudding! enjoy my little Mousketeers! dx
Get it, gurl! I have to say … Wow! Dannii has snagged herself a DAMN fine-lookin’ man. I am SO THRILLED to see Dannii looking so happy. I heard that these two were an item but this is the first time I’ve been able to see them together … hubba hubba! The make a very hot couple. I hope we get to see more of them. I’m also hoping Dannii (with or without Kris) will be back here in the US for Kylie‘s upcoming concert dates. It would be so fab to see both Minogue sisters here on US soil :)
Tickets on sale September 27
Those of you planning to head out to theaters this November to see the film This Is It that sold for $60 million to Sony Pictures last month and is made up of concert rehearsal footage of the late Michael Jackson prepping for his This Is It Tour had better make your plans now because Sony has announced that the film will run in theaters for a limited 2-week run only!
The film about Michael Jackson’s final three months, which uses video of rehearsals for his concert comeback, will run in theaters worldwide for two weeks only beginning October 28, according to Sony Pictures. Tickets for “Michael Jackson: This Is it” go on sale Sunday, September 27, Sony said in a news release Thursday. “Audiences will be given a privileged and private look at the singer, dancer, filmmaker, architect, and genius as he creates and perfects his final show,” Sony said. Kenny Ortega, who was working with Jackson to create the “This Is It” concert, is also directing the documentary. “As we began assembling the footage for the motion picture, we realized we captured something extraordinary, unique and very special,” Ortega said. “It’s a very private, exclusive look into a creative genius’ world.” Ortega said “This Is It” “may go down as the greatest concert that no one got a chance to see,” since the pop singer died three weeks before it was to debut in the O2 Arena in London, England. “But with this film, we get a rare portrait of Michael as he prepares for his final curtain call and what I believe was going to be his master work.” Sony began editing the film last week after concert promoter AEG Live handed over about 100 hours of video it shot during April, May and June 2009. The initial release date was set for October 30, but Sony said it decided the “special, limited, two-week engagement worldwide” would be moved up two days. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge approved the deal last week to allow the special administrators of Jackson’s estate to sign a contract with Sony and AEG Live to allow the production. The judge has yet to decide on a deal that would allow AEG Live to conduct a three-city tour of a Michael Jackson memorabilia exhibition to coincide with the film’s release.
HMMM. Color me suspicious but methinks this limited “2-week engagement” is just a ploy to promote the film. I find it very hard to believe that Sony Pictures would want to limit how much money they could make from a film like this. By telling fans you have a limited time to see the film, perhaps they are banking on 2 weeks of sold out showings rather than, say, 4 to 6 weeks of sparsely attended showings. I’d bet good money that if the film does very well in the “2-week limited run” they’ll extend the run for longer … and can still have a DVD/CD combo ready for sale by Xmas.
Last month we got our first look at the first promo pics to be released from the upcoming second season of Dollhouse and today we get to see a new, more colorful batch. First up, here is the cast photo for Dollhouse season 2:
Yes, I know … looks pretty standard isn’t very “colorful” at all … well, hang on for that. It should be noted that this full cast photo features members of the Dollhouse family from season 1 and does not include any of the new castmembers we learned would be joining the show this coming season (particularly Buffyverse alums Alexis Denisof and Summer Glau). I suspect we may not see promo pics of either of them for some time, if at all. BUT there are a bunch of new photos of the Dolls we know and love including two very vibrantly-colored promo pics of star Eliza Dushku — after the jump … More »
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Hot on the heels of the dunzoness of Eddie Cibrian and his wife Brandi Glanville And the dunzoness of LeAnn Rimes and her hubby Deane Sheremet reportedly because of Eddie‘s infidelity with LeAnn earlier this year comes a batch of new photos of Eddie and LeAnn enjoying a game of golf yesterday … together … in public! Could this be the first sign that the couple are ready to go public with whatever relationship they’ve got goin’ on?
Look out, because after having several secret and low-key rendezvous, LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian emerged for a very public golf date Thursday. It’s a weekly tradition for Rimes to hit the links, and around 1 p.m. she arrived at the Valencia Country Club – shortly after her surprise partner for the afternoon. “Eddie arrived at the private country club in his Porsche a few minutes before LeAnn,” says an eyewitness. “LeAnn was beaming when she saw Eddie and the two gave each other a quick hug. Eddie was sweet and went to buy water and energy drinks from the golf store.” Good move, too: The two spent almost three hours on the golf course in 90-degree heat. “LeAnn was sans makeup and looked very happy and carefree. Between holes, LeAnn leaned back, put her feet up and sipped her energy drink while Eddie drove her around on a golf cart,” adds the source. “They weren’t super affectionate, and instead more flirty in a fun and loving way.” Despite their attempts to be discreet, the eyewitness tells PEOPLE, “They had lots of chemistry. They are a cute couple and they looked very happy and comfortable together.” After the golf date, which took place just one month after the news broke that Rimes, 26, separated from her husband Dean Sheremet, the couple went their separate ways.
Hello! If this isn’t the surest sign that they are involved I don’t know what is. Nothing says We’re happy in love like a couple’s game of golf, right? Whether they are friends or friends with benefits, there is no denying that something is going betwixt these two. Their soon-to-be ex-spouses should be happy, too. The more these two fraternize in public the better they’ll make out when it comes time to pay the piper in divorce court. I wonder what other public sporting activities these two, shall we call them LeEddie, engage in next.
[Photo credit: Splash News; Source]
The TV Guide
Lord have MERCY it is hot and humid here in NYC. I managed to get out and into SoHo late yesterday afternoon but I about suffocated from the muggy/humid air. Thank goodness the subway train I used was air-conditioned cuz I might’ve died right on the spot. Whew. I dunno how NYers make it thru the Summers here … they should spend the Summer in SoCal ;) I ended up just staying in last night to watch all the new Project Runway programming on Lifetime TV:
The Project Runway: All-Star Challenge aired at 8PM, the first ep of the new season of PR aired at 10PM and the new series Models of the Runway aired at 11PM — it was a full night of Project Runway fun! After the jump, check out some of my musings from last night’s TV so as to keep the spoilers out of sight for those of you who have yet to watch the eps … More »
Locklear to return to Melrose?, Oprah <3 pie, 'Single Goth Ladies'
Birds of a Feather
Twilight star Ashley Greene and former High School Musical (and flop Bandslam) star Vanessa Hudgens were spotted on the streets of Vancouver, BC yesterday making their way to the mall together. You may recall that both Ashley and Vanessa were embroiled in individual scandals where nekkid pics of the young starlets made their way to the Internets (it was a first time occurrence for Ashley, a repeat occurrence for Vanessa) so it seems like the ladies may be bonding over their mutual love of nekkid exhibitionism … behold:
I guess nothing brings two new friends together like a nekkid photo scandal. It’s always nice when new friends find that they have the same interests in common … a mutual love of music, literature, nudie pics … whatever. These are the bonds that withstand the test of time. The term BFF gets thrown around a lot but I can totes see how these two could really end up being best friends forever.
[Photo credit: X17]
Politickle Me, Elmo
First Lady Michelle Obama appears in a cute new PSA with Elmo from Sesame Street that seeks to impart the wisdom that if you want your children to have healthy habits then you should practice healthy habits so they can learn from your actions. Here are a few screencaps from Michelle Obama and Elmo‘s new PSA video:
This past [May], Michelle Obama stopped by Sesame Street to tape a Public Service Announcement with everyone’s favorite muppet, Elmo. The PSA, part of Sesame Workshop’s Healthy Habits For Life initiative, encourages exercise and nutritious eating habits, and extols the importance of parents as healthy role models. The First Lady explains: “If you want your child to have healthy habits, practice healthy habits, too. Because you’re your child’s best role model.” Sesame Street is certainly making good use of Michelle Obama’s influence; as Elmo himself says: “Well, if Mrs. Obama wants to exercise, Elmo wants to exercise too! Yay exercise!!”
Altho this clip was filmed last Spring, this is the first time I’ve seen it and I thought it’d be cute to pass along. After the jump, check out the vid clip in full to see Michelle and Elmo in action … More »
Opening in theaters February 12, 2010
Yesterday we got our first look at a batch of promo stills from the new horror film The Wolf Man starring Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins and Emily Blunt and today we get to check out the first movie trailer released for the film. Altho The Wolf Man won’t open in theaters until February of next year, it’s clear the movie studio wants to get a jump on launching the promo machine now considering the movie’s release date has been pushed back by almost 2 years. Here is the trailer for The Wolf Man:
Universal Pictures has revealed the new trailer for director Joe Johnston’s The Wolfman, opening in theaters on February 12 … In the film, Benicio Del Toro stars as Lawrence Talbot, a haunted nobleman lured back to his family estate after his brother vanishes. Reunited with his estranged father (Anthony Hopkins), Talbot sets out to find his brother… and discovers a horrifying destiny for himself. Lawrence Talbot’s childhood ended the night his mother died. After he left the sleepy Victorian hamlet of Blackmoor, he spent decades recovering and trying to forget. But when his brother’s fiancée, Gwen Conliffe (Emily Blunt), tracks him down to help find her missing love, Talbot returns home to join the search. He learns that something with brute strength and insatiable bloodlust has been killing the villagers, and that a suspicious Scotland Yard inspector named Aberline (Hugo Weaving) has come to investigate. As he pieces together the gory puzzle, he hears of an ancient curse that turns the afflicted into werewolves when the moon is full. Now, if he has any chance at ending the slaughter and protecting the woman he has grown to love, Talbot must destroy the vicious creature in the woods surrounding Blackmoor. But as he hunts for the nightmarish beast, a simple man with a tortured past will uncover a primal side to himself… one he never imagined existed.
While intrigued by this new take on the classic horror monster, I’m not sure that the trailer really grabs me. I tend to bristle at period pieces and, to be honest, some scenes remind me of the HORRRRRRRIBLE film Van Helsing
which stars Hugh Jackman
and came out a few years ago. That stinker of a film really ruined so many of the classic Universal Pictures
, Wolf Man
) that the memory of how bad it is seared into my brain :( I guess I was hoping to see more action in this first trailer. It looks like the love story will take center stage … I’m not sure that’s gonna do it for me. The movie is still many months away from release, we shall see if any future promo items will change my mind and get me more excited to see this film.
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Here are a few amazing photos of the beauteously bumped out Sarah Michelle Gellar out and about in SoCal earlier this week. After spending some time doing a bit of shopping at Barney’s New York, SMG drove herself to the gas station in order to fill up her cute little Toyota Prius all by herself!
See, SMG ain’t gonna let a little thing like being pregs get in the way of her shopping or her ability to pump up her own car. She continues to look amazing as her bump continues to grow. I think we still have a couple more months of fun pregs pics to look forward to from Mrs. Prinze-Gellar. LOOOOVE her!!
[Photo credit: X17]
Posted under: Sarah Michelle Gellar
As LAPD take an extra, hard look at his just released nekkid vid
Eric Dane was spotted making his way out of a medical office in LA yesterday just days after a naked “sex tape” involving Dane, his wife Rebecca Gayheart and some other chick hit the Internets. As if the public shame of having a nudie tape make the rounds on the Interweb wasn’t bad enough, now it turns out that the LAPD is looking into the possibility of illegal activity taking place in the video. It turns out that a DVD of the full length video was sent anonymously to the police, which sparked their investigation:
Eric Dane’s naked romp with wife Rebecca Gayheart and third wheel Kari Ann Peniche may have been a “private, consensual moment” according to his attorney. But according to the police, it could also have been a hotbed of illegal activity. The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed Thursday to E! News that its Detective Support and Vice division is taking a closer look at the DVD that mysteriously made its way into their possession this week, with an unnamed source saying the video may feature some malfeasance on the celebrities’ part. While the tape features the trio lolling around in bed and sharing a soak in the tub, no one actually has sex (which wasn’t illegal last time we checked, anyway). But Gayheart at one point says that she should lie down because she’s “so high,” per Gawker, which posted an edited version of the breastfest. No details were given about what authorities might be looking for, but LAPD spokesman Det. Via Nueva tells E! that they are in the process of examining the “voluminous contents” of the DVD. Well, yeah, they’re nice, but we wouldn’t call them voluminous…
Yipes! See, it’s one thing to appear in a “naked tape” (as Dane‘s lawyer likes to clarify since no actual sex acts are featured in the vid) but it’s quite another to brag about the state of one’s alleged drug intake on video … especially a video that has been made available to the world on the Internets and has been made available in “voluminous” footage on DVD to the police. But, to be honest, as scary as the prospect of prosecution may be, I find it highly unlikely that any criminal charges will come from this video. While the vid that we saw earlier this week was edited down and did not show everything, I really doubt the police will find anything that would result in criminal prosecution. Meh, you never know … mebbe there might be a cache of illegal substances featured in the DVD that police now have in their possession but methinks we would’ve heard about that by now. Again, as if any of y’all really needed a reminder, DON’T TAKE PHOTOS/VIDEO OF YOURSELVES NEKKID … and deffo don’t record any illegal drug activity. Duhvs.
[Photo credit: INFdaily; Source]
Posted under: Eric Dane
Watch This Fall
Last week we got to check out a promo trailer for the upcoming 3rd season of Gossip Girl, which will premiere on The CW on Monday September 14, and today we get to check out the new promo poster that has just been released for the show:
Fairly straightforward, nothing that surprising. The core group of Gossips lookin’ stylishly fabulous as usual. The first thing I think of when I see the characters in this photo is College Students, don’t you? We’re just a few weeks away from the start of a whole new season of drama and I’ll take it, even if it looks ridiculously unrealistic.
Posted under: 'Gossip Girl'
... and his female associate Lauren Meek
After spending some time with their mother Madonna and her much younger toyboy Jesus Luz in Portofino, Italy earlier this week in celebration of her 51st birthday, Rocco John and David Banda were reunited with their father Guy Ritchie in London, England today so that they could spend time with their pops. Interestingly enough, Guy‘s female work associate Lauren Meek (who worked with him on his films RocknRolla and Sherlock Holmes) spent the day with Ritchie and his sons … could it be that she and Guy are more than just work friends?
Sure, the mere fact that she was hangin’ with Guy and his sons doesn’t necessarily mean that anything of a romantic nature is going on but … I dunno. He’s a very attractive man, she’s an attractive woman. From what I understand about their relationship work-wise, he refers to her as his “rock”, especially in the wake of his divorce from Madonna. This may very well be what Guy‘s new family looks like these days … and everyone looks very happy. Not too shabby, not too shabby at all.
[Photo credit: Bauer-Griffin]
Teases her new music video for the 'Celebration' single
Last month Madonna released a few short teaser video clips to promote the release of her upcoming greatest hits album Celebration but this week she releases a full-on promo video for the disc which includes a tiny peek at her music video for her single Celebration. Here are a few screencaps:
The colors are great and I love the snippets from some of her greatest hit songs that appear … and the tease for the Celebration video ain’t bad either. After the jump, check out the minute-long clip and see for yourselves … More »
Posted under: 'Celebration', Madonna