Victoria Beckham, who we learned earlier today spent some time with her family at the LA Lakers game here in SoCal last night, is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Harper’s Bazaar magazine. In her coverstory interview, Vicki B. opens up about the anxiety she felt from the public’s expectations of her solo singing career, her new fashion line and more. To be honest, it’s one of the most candid interviews that I’ve ever read from VB. Here is our first look at her new HB magazine cover and some excerpts from her interview:
Victoria Beckham has revealed how she keeps her tiny figure in shape – she works out EVERY day. The fashion designer hits the gym seven days a week so that she doesn’t need airbrushing in magazine pictures. This may come as a surprise to some fans – photos of her posing for Armani with husband David Beckham were widely believed to have been enhanced. Victoria makes the admission about her intensive exercise regime while talking about her successful fashion line in fashion bible Harper’s Bazaar. ‘I didn’t want to rely on retouching,’ she said. ‘I wanted to look at those pictures in 20 years’ time and say, “Wow, look – after three kids – I didn’t look bad.”’ The hard work has undeniably had an impact on her figure. The toned and trim 35-year-old features over an extensive 16 pages of the December issue. Contrary to the expectations of some, Victoria’s designs have been acclaimed, but she reveals she was incredibly nervous when launching her range. ‘I felt beyond vulnerable,’ she said. ‘I’d never known nerves like it in my life. The night before, I got nodules in my throat. ‘I’d never felt such anxiety. I was very aware that people were expecting very short clothes, probably quite revealing, and I really went against that and showed the other side of me.’ Despite finding fame and fortune with the Spice Girls, Victoria also reveals that fashion is more suited to her personality than singing. ‘I just want to learn as much as I can,’ she said. ‘I was always pushed into the theatre and dance – it’s just taken me a long time to figure out what I wanted to do.’ And in a frank admission she dismisses her attempts at a solo career, which were panned by critics. ‘People never believed the solo singing career, and it wasn’t the real me – I was a little bit lost at the time. I don’t mind making mistakes. I just can’t live with anyone else’s mistakes. I’m a complete control freak. I’m not the easiest person to work with because I’m so passionate and being a working mum, it’s a balancing act.’ Photographed by Alexi Lubomirski, the special double-cover December issue sees Victoria wearing a range of outfits – from an Yves Saint Laurent leather bodysuit to her own figure-hugging silk gazar dress.
I kinda like hearing VB talk about her insecurities … it humanizes her a bit … which is no small task when the accompanying photos make her look like an unfeeling mannequin ;) After the jump, check out the alternate cover for this issue of Harper’s Bazaar magazine and a few photos from her photospread … More »
Robert Van Winkle, better known to the world as Vanilla Ice, is celebrating his 42nd birthday today but Mr. Ice Ice Baby got the party started a bit early when he partied hearty at the Studio 54 nightclub inside the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV last night. Here are a few photos of V. Ice celebrating his 42nd at Studio 54 last night:
I understand that Vanilla Ice performed at the club’s Nightmare on 54th Street Halloween Celebration and sang a few of his classic hits … from Ice, Ice Baby to Ninja Rap (from the movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turles II: The Secret of the Ooze) … before heading up to the VIP skybox to celebrate his birthday after midnight. I love that Ice took time out of his bizzy beer commercial shootin’ schedule to party with the folks in Sin City. Happy Birthday, RVW!!
Last night my friend Josh and I attended a live performance by Dead Man’s Bones, the band made up of actor Ryan Gosling and his partner Zach Shields, at the Echo in Silverlake, CA. I’ve been really looking forward to this show for weeks now and last night was the night:
Dead Man’s Bones was joined on stage by the Silverlake Conservatory Children’s Choir and because of the spooky nature of their music, the kiddies were all dressed up in costumes … as was much of the audience. After the jump, check out some of the photos that I snapped at the show last night … More »
Eddie Kaye Thomas (American Pie) is 29, Rob Van Winkle aka Vanilla Ice is 42, Adrock of the Beastie Boys is 43, Rob Schneider is 45, Johnny Marr of The Smiths is 46, Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings) is 48 and Dan Rather is 78 years old today. Click HERE to see who else is celebrating a birthday today.
Here is this week’s batch of photos sent in by Pink is the new Blog readers — Tiffany sends in a cute pic of her little 8 month old pink skeleton Eva who is all ready for her first night of trick or treating — Danielle sends in a pic of her Taylor Swift vs. Kanye West Hallowe’en costume — Jessica sends in a pic with her three bridesmaids Megan, Sarah and Janice at her recent wedding reception in Canmore, Alberta — Vanessa sends in a pic with hottie Robin Thicke who she met recently in Chicago, IL — my dear friend Sashie sends in a photo with her beautiful baby boy Jasper, who David and I finally got to meet back in September, all dressed up as a cute little dragon in his pre-Hallowe’en costume:
LOVE these photos … thank you all so much for sending them in!! Remember, I hoping that all will take fun pics of your Hallowe’en costumes today so that you can send them in for sharing here on the blog. Send your fun photos to pinkisthenewblog @ gmail.com and I will post as many of them as I can! Thank you all so much for continuing to send in your awesome photos … keep ‘em coming!!
Carrie Bradshaw is swapping Sex And The City for another city… and her new location couldn’t be any more different from New York. Leaving Manhattan behind for a few weeks, SATC stars Sarah Jessica Parker and Cynthia Nixon were spotted filming the sequel in the bustling centre of Marrakech, Morocco today. In keeping with the Muslim country’s more modest dress code, Carrie has swapped her mini-skirts and strappy tops for a full-length skirt and a bolero over her shoulders. While Carrie has covered up for her Moroccan plotline, there’ll be no chance of her fading into the crowd with her distinctive style still evident. Carrie’s take on modest dressing sees her covering her shoulders, chest and legs in a full purple skirt, ‘J’Adore Dior’ T-shirt and a silver bolero. And as you’d expect, Carrie is still wearing her beloved heels. Meanwhile, her best pal Miranda has swapped her power dressing for a Death On The Nile-style white outfit and hat. The two women were spotted pavement pounding in their heels through old Marrakech’s main square Djemaa El Fna. Producers have remained tight-lipped about the plotlines and what exactly brings Carrie and co to Morocco. Some have speculated Carrie and new husband John Preston – aka Mr Big – travel to the north African country to adopt a child. Sex And The City costume designer Patricia Field told People magazine: ‘We’re shooting there for about six weeks. You’ll probably see belly dancers and Bedouins.’ As well as Marrakech, the SATC crew are expected to film in the Moroccan cities of Erfoud and Rabat.
Well, I’m happy to know that this time around they actually will film the location scenes on location … the Mexican resort scenes filmed for the first Sex and the City Movie were actually shot in Malibu, CA. I’m really trying to stay away from movie plot spoilers but this little bit of production location news is too interesting to not mention. Are any of y’all gonna dress up as the Sex and the City ladies for Hallowe’en tonight? If so, send me your pics (at pinkisthenewblog @ gmail.com) and I’ll be sure to post them on the blog!!
Here are a few ADORABLE photos of Alyson Hannigan and hubby Alexis Denisof taking their precious baby girl Satyana on her first visit to the pumpkin patch yesterday afternoon. As you can see, Satyana was dressed as a cute little pink bunny … I mean … there aren’t words for cuteness like this:
I’m not sure if Satyana will be wearing a different costume today for Hallowe’en but I’ll do my best to find out … after all, this will be Sati‘s first Hallowe’en and I know that her mom has got some fun stuff planned for the little darling today ;) Stay tuned …
David and Victoria Beckham, along with their sons Romeo and Cruz, were spotted in prime court-side seats at the Los Angeles Lakers basketball game at the Staples Center last night rooting on their home team. It’s interesting that Vicki B. decided to tag along to last night’s game because she doesn’t usually accompany Becks to basketball games … which is why he sometimes gets into trubs for ogling the Laker Girls cheereleaders. With VB sitting right next to him last night, tho, Becks was on his best behavior:
David Beckham has become quite the fan of basketball since moving Stateside – but is he interested in the game or the scantily-clad cheerleaders? Posh Spice is taking no chances and made sure she was sat right next to David throughout an LA Lakers game yesterday. Victoria and David took sons Cruz and Romeo to the match, but all the boys seemed to be having much more fun than po-faced Posh. Posh, dressed in super-skinny black jeans, a black vest top and sky-scraper black and gold Christian Louboutin heels, looked thoroughly bored during the game. At one point, the basketball rolled off the court towards her but rather than picking it up and throwing it back to the players, Posh swept her feet up out of the way in horror! Cruz and Romeo seemed to be having a lot more fun – cheering the players on and getting absorbed in the spirit of the game. David also looked to be enjoying himself and didn’t appear to be distracted by the cheerleaders once. Whether that was because he’s learned his lesson or because Posh apparently kept an iron grip on his arm throughout most of the match is anyone’s guess.
LOL … atta girl … keepin’ an eye on Becks should be a joy not a chore ;) It’s nice to see the family all together again … not sure where the eldest Beckham boy, Brooklyn, was but methinks he decided to bail and hang with friends rather than hang out with his parents and kid brothers. I wonder if we’ll be able to see Les Beckhams and kids all dressed up for Hallowe’en? Any guesses on what they might dress up as?
I love that Ellen DeGeneres dressed up as Oprah Winfrey‘s O Magazine, Mickey Rourke dressed up as … well … I’m not sure what he dressed up as but it’s fun that he covered up his normally leathery tanned skin. The O’Connell brothers, Charlie and Jerry, dressed up as a shark and Shamu the whale respectively at the Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times 17th annual Halloween Carnival held this week at Universal Studios … and Matthew McConaughey dressed up as the Bee Girl from the Blind Melon music video. See … it’s fun to dress up for Hallowe’en. I urge y’all to get in on the fun and dress up, too!! I am so excited for my costume! I wore a fun Incredible Hulk costume (see it HERE) to the Dead Man’s Bones concert last night but my main Hallowe’en costume will be revealed later on today (watch my Twitter). If YOU dress up today, I want you to snap pics and send them in to me via email (pinkisthenewblog @ gmail.com) and I’ll post as many of them on the blog as I can :) Have Fun! Happy Hallowe’en!!!
Yeah, I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that this new photobook is chock full of many nekkid pics of the German supermodel. After the jump, check out a few NSFW uncensored images from the book, none of which feature chocolate of any kind … More »
Unlike most women, Shakira is willing to let her body go. In fact, the 5-foot-2 Colombian “She Wolf” singer, 32, says she’s looking forward to it — if it means she’ll become a mom. “My body feels like it is asking to reproduce, to have a huge belly and carry babies,” she tells the new issue of Rolling Stone, on newsstands today. “My boyfriend is six feet tall, and sometimes I feel like I’m his keychain, a small thing.” But while the Grammy winner — currently in a nine-year, monogamous relationship with investment banker Antonio de la Rua — has long had a maternal instinct, don’t expect her to walk down the aisle any time soon. It’s something she says she’ll never do. “We live in a society that represses women’s subconscious dreams,” Shakira, who considers herself a die-hard feminist, says. “You know, women have to make enormous efforts through life, much larger than men. We deal with so many pressure: the pressure of aesthetics, and how society wants us to deliver our performances as mothers, daughters and wives. “It’s funny how the papers want to see you married, and then they want to see you divorced,” she continues. “Well, I won’t do any of it.” For more on Shakira’s desire to start a family — but not before putting the finishing touches on her Nov. 23 She Wolf album — pick up the new issue of Rolling Stone, on newsstands now.
Good for her … Shakira seems to be a woman unafraid to be exactly what she wants to be … and if she wants to have a baby, she strikes me as the type of lady who won’t wait around for a man to help her have one. You do your thang, Shakira! Ah-woooooo!
Dannii Minogue became a green goddess as she switched on Harrods’ Christmas lights. The X Factor judge was illuminated by a sparkling green glow as the world-famous department store’s 11,500 white lightbulbs changed colour. Minogue, wearing a single-shouldered white dress, was joined by a 10-year-old heart surgery patient at Great Ormond Street Hospital and Harrods chairman Mohamed al-Fayed for the ceremony. The west London store, backed by Warner Brothers, chose to turn its lights green to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the The Wizard of Oz. Harrods is also helping to raise £300,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity to fund three bedrooms in the new kidney unit. Minogue previously said: “It’s always a treat to be able to support Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity – this year will be magical with the transformation of Harrods into the Emerald City.”
So cute … and what a great event! At first, when I saw these photos, I feared Harrods was already getting on the Xmas bandwagon so I’m happy to know the lighting event was all about The Wizard of Oz ;) It does look a bit like the Emerald City, don’t it? I just love Dannii … so happy to see her doing fun events like this!!
Doughy Kevin Federline looked a few pounds lighter than usual, as he took sons Sean Preston and Jayden James to the Pierce College pumpkin patch in Woodland Hills, California on Thursday. The former Mr. Britney Spears, who is slated to appear on VH1′s Celebrity Fit Club, watched as his boys rode a mini-train and jumped on mountain stacks of hay, claiming they are the “Kings of the world” (If they only knew how right they are). A few of K-Fed’s chunky Celebrity Fit Club colleagues on the upcoming season of the popular VH1 show include Bobby Brown, Nicole Eggert and the other mother of Federline’s other two kids, Shar Jackson.
Sooooo cute! Now, because of all of this cuteness, I’ll try to not notice that Federline chose not to include his 2 other children with babymama Shar Jackson in this fun outing and instead focus on how cute Sean P. and JJ look in these pics. I’m sure it’s difficult for K-Fed‘s other children to see him having so much fun with his more famous children but, well, what do you expect from a person like Kevin Federline? It really looks like the boys had a lot of fun together yesterday … and that is all that really matters :)
Man, she is really running with this 80′s look she’s got goin’ on. No lie, she looks like she fell right out of a Whitesnake music video. But wait, there is more to behold. After the jump, check out a few more photos from the 6126 Spring ’10 promo ad campaign … More »
Last night was Date Night for David and me and because it was my turn to choose, I decided that we would do something that neither of us have ever done before but I have ALWAYS wanted to. Ever since I moved to LA over 3 years ago, my good friend Adriana has been urging me to go see Lucha VaVoom! I’ve always been curious about Mexican Masked Wrestling and I can appreciate a good burlesque show so I was intrigued … but every time the show took place here in LA, I was out of town. This year, thankfully, David and I were in town to see it … and it was a blast:
The masked wrestlers and burlesque dancers (Sexo Y Violencia) were really fantastic … here are some scans from the show program of last night’s performers:
After the jump, check out some photos I snapped at last night’s show … More »
I didn’t get the chance to go to Knott’s this year but I did go to Disneyland and Universal Studios with some friends. I’ve been to Knott’s Scary Farm in years past and it was really fun so I’m sure NPH had himself a great time last night. There is still time for all y’all to head out and do fun, scary stuff before Hallowe’en tomorrow. Do it up, y’all! Happy Hallowe’en!
Earlier this week we learned that filming production has wrapped in Vancouver, BC on The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (the third film in the franchise) and that the cast and crew gathered last weekend to celebrate at the official wrap party. Today we get to see photos of principal stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson making their way thru the airport on their way out of Vancouver, presumably bound for their individual homes:
And that, folks, is that. If these two are leaving town then all the important filming is truly finished for Eclipse in Vancouver. While the actors may pop up elsewhere in the world to film some more scenes, I don’t expect any of the actors will be back in Vancouver again … until production starts up on the final sequel film Breaking Dawn. So I guess there won’t be any more vampire or werewolf sightings in Vancouver for a while … well, at least after Hallowe’en :)
When last we saw photos of Kevin Federline, ex-husband and father of Britney Spears‘s children, he was pushing a grocery cart (and was also pushing maximum density) with his ladyfriend Victoria Prince but today we get to check out new photos of The Federline out and about and it is starting to look like homie is losing weight. You may recall that we learned that K-Fed signed on to appear on the competitive reality TV series Celebrity Fit Club (which has been in production for the past few weeks) and it looks like he’s starting to benefit from all that “hard work”. Here are pics of K-Fed making his way out of a Starbucks in Hollywood, CA yesterday:
It looks as if K-Fed has started drinking non-fat drinks from Starbucks because he does look a bit thinner … especially thinner than he looked over the Summer. I may not be a fan of his but at least I’m happy to know that the strain on his heart is being lessened with each day he loses weight. As much as I don’t like the guy, I’d never want to wish him harm … his kiddies need their father. By his getting into shape he is truly showing his children that he does, in fact, love them.
Another day … another public hook-up for Young Holllywood’s hottest new couple Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner. As you may recall, Taylor2 have been completely inseparable all week long and that inseparableness continued as the pair were spotted enjoying an afternoon of shopping in Beverly Hills, CA together … here are a few photos:
Okay … seriously now … enough with the cuteness, you two. You gotta love that Taylor Lautner is happy to just sit there like a good boy while his ladyfriend Taylor Swift does some shopping … this is something that couples do for one another. Unless Lautner is her gay BFF, I can’t imagine that he would want to just tag along while Swift shops for clothes if he weren’t gettin’ something out of the deal. Again, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the possibility that all these public outings are the machinations of a very effective publicist but, on the real, I tend to believe that these two are not just faking it for publicity purposes … and are very probably more than just friends. I’m curious to see where the Taylor2 tour will take us next.
Um, I think Beyoncé needs to check her belongings because it looks like Glambert pilfered her funky hand jewelry to use as his own. Unfortch, his fingers are too stubby to make this hardware look right. BUT, not only do we get to check out the single cover artwork but we also get to hear the song itself — after the jump … More »
Today is Hallowe’en eve, otherwise known as Devil’s Night to some, and to get in the spooky spirit of the pagan new year, a group of psychics orchestrated the world’s first Twitter seance — or tweance, if you will — earlier today in the Twitterverse. A few weeks ago, I heard about this tweance and started following @tweance on Twitter to keep apprised of updates leading up to today’s event. The tweance “contacted” a group of deceased famous folk as voted on by Twitter followers — River Phoenix, Kurt Cobain, William Shakespeare and Michael Jackson. Here is the full Twitter transcript of the tweance communication with Michael Jackson:
(Jayne: Thank you to everyone who is following and sending in questions. We will try contacting William Shakespeare next…). / (Jayne: William Shakespeare is very weak. Many people have tried to contact him). / (Jayne: there is someone else. It is much stronger, someone who died recently…Someone who is waiting for us.) / (Jayne: Michael has been waiting. He is here now). / (Jayne: He is very strong. He is smiling as he is finally linking to his fans. He is in paradise). / Jayne: Does anyone have a question for Michael? He is here now and he wants to talk again. / (Jayne: He is singing. His voice is very powerful indeed still.)
HMMM … as you can see, the attempt to contact William Shakespeare was unsuccessful but MJ jumped right in there to start taking questions. After the jump, check out the full transcript Q&A with Michael Jackson in this tweance … More »
She’s been teasin’ us all week long but, at last, it’s out!!! The music video for Britney Spears‘s new single 3 has just been released to the Internets … check it out now:
So … what do y’all think? It’s hot, right? I LOVE the white, low-cut body suit … she looks effing fantastic! The choreography is dope … but it is kinda lame that they censored the word “sin” … I mean, seriously? I do like Britney’s facial expressions during the “break down” of the song … her expressions make the song even more cheeky ;) 3 is the new single taken from her upcoming release Britney Spears: The Singles Collection. LOOOOOOOVE this video … our dear Britney has done it again!! Thoughts, comments, raves?
Oh yes … there is quite a bit to see in these Twilight films … even if you could give two hoots about vampires and werewolves. After the jump, check out another sexy pic of Alex Meraz in the pages of People magazine … More »
We are just a couple days away from Hallowe’en so hopefully all y’all have your pumpkins picked and carved and ready to go … newish pics today show that Nicole Richie, Joel Madden and their first born child Harlow Winter already have their pumpkins picked out and ready to go:
As you can see, Nic/Joel did not bring along their newborn baby boy Sparrow James to enjoy the pumpkin picking fun … but it looks like a fun time was had by all. They are just so cute! I wonder if we’re gonna be able to see what Harlow is dressing up as for Hallowe’en.
So … ok … as far as I can ascertain, Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy) and Gabe Saporta (Cobra Starship) got themselves into a little bet … and while I’m not entirely sure what the bet was about, I do know that Pete lost and Gabe won. And so, because Gabe was the winner and Pete was the loser, the bet had to be paid … Pete Wentz got a tattoo of Gabe Saporta‘s face on his leg … and shared the whole experience on Twitter:
Here is the series of tweets from Gabe Saporta about this tattoo bet thing:
It’s all happening! @petewentz is getting my face tattooed by @dansmithunknown backstage at ClubNokia in LA right / It’s done. I am a part of @petewentz forever. Be careful when you wish for… / “Wow. Tonight was so crazy. Did it even really happen? I mean did @petewentz really get @gabrielsaporta’s face tattooed on his leg by @dansmithunknown?
Here is the series of tweets from Pete Wentz:
my head hurts. i was buzzed lightyear last night. followed thru on a gentlemens bet w/@gabrielsaporta now i have 1 more bad tattoo. / Oh ps to clarify @dansmithunknown did rad work and has a cool kiwi accent. Its just a bad tat to get gabeybaby.
Apparently, there is more to the bet because Pete added:
the real question is will @gabrielsaporta hold up his end of the bet if “hot mess” goes gold? either way fun show last night. good crowd.
I guess we’ll have to wait to find out how well Cobra Starship’s album Hot Mess does in sales to find out who will win the next round of betting … and what the price will be for the loser.
I gotta say, the tattoo doesn’t look all that much like Gabe A-HA! THIS is the photo of Gabe the tattoo is based on and yes, it does look like him … I guess it’s cool that Pete is a man of his word and got the tattoo after losing the bet. Tho, I should add, it’s not really that cool at all to bet about getting tattoos.
Supermodel and new mom (again)Heidi Klum is the subject of a new photobook by celeb photographer Rankin (née John Rankin Waddell) titled Heidilicious which is full of, well, photos of Heidi Klum. I would imagine that many of the photos in this new book are on the racier (ie. nekkid) side … I mean, judging by this photo alone:
That’s a lot of chocolate Heidi‘s wearing … and, wouldn’t you know it, all of that chocolate doesn’t completely cover everything adequately. HMMM … yeah, you see what I mean about the tone of this book. After the jump, check out a few NSFW uncensored photos from Rankin’s Heidilicious which feature more of this chocolate fun … More »
No matter what Mother Nature throws at mom-to-be Giesle she ain’t lettin’ her baby bump be seen in public without a bit of style. I know that Gisele is still a couple months away from poppin’ but I’d be willing to bet that she prolly won’t get much bigger than this. Doesn’t she strike you as the type of woman who will carry a tiny baby bump which will immediately disappear as soon as the baby is born as if it never existed in the first place? She has a lovely glow about her … methinks motherhood will do her wonders :)
Last night David and I were invited to join a group of friends at Universal Studios to enjoy a night of fun at Halloween Horror Nights (the same thing that MJ‘s kids and Elizabeth Taylor enjoyed a couple of weeks ago). To be honest, when I agreed to attend I wasn’t really anticipating that it would be an actual night of horror … I guess I thought it was gonna be more like Halloween Time at Disneyland … yeah, I was wrong about that. There are few things in life that I hate more than haunted houses so when I learned that we’d be visiting mazes based on some Universal horror films … I damn near bolted for the door. But, because I was with a group of good friends (and I knew I could rely on Tamar to be just as scared as I was … she is THE BEST friend to have around when you’re scared) I bit the bullet and just enjoyed … and had the time of my life! I was SO impressed with the horror attractions at Universal … the haunted houses looked exactly like the movie sets used in Halloween, SAW, My Bloody Valentine, etc. Yes, there were a lot of things jumping out at you but … with a group of friends (and David’s jacket to hide under) it was really fun. Here are some pics that I snapped with my phone at Universal Studios last night:
In addition to the horror stuff, we got to visit sound stages, back lot sets and got to ride some fun rides. After the jump, check out some Polaroid pics that we snapped last night and see some of our superfun photos from a couple of the rides we rode last night … More »
Gabrielle Union is 36, Winona Ryder is 38, Randy Jackson of The Jacksons is 48, Dan Castellaneta (The Simpsons) is 52 and Kate Jackson (Charlie’s Angels) is 61 years old today. Click HERE to see who else is celebrating a birthday today.
Now … the “extended” scenes in this trailer aren’t really all that exciting … I think I noticed 2 or 3 new scenes … but I know there are many folks out there aching for any new info on this film so I think it’s worth checking out. After the jump, check out the minute long extended movie trailer for Alice In Wonderland … More »
For their upcoming 40th season, “Sesame Street” welcomes a whole host of famous faces — Cameron Diaz, Adam Sandler, Eva Longoria, Ricky Gervais, Paul Rudd, Christina Applegate, Hugh Jackman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Matthew Fox and Michelle Obama — and one totally non-famous one — me! I recently had the privilege of visiting the world’s most famous address, but more on that closer to the Nov. 10 season premiere. In the meanwhile, please enjoy this pic of my favorite furry friend, Jake Gyllehnaal Elmo, spending some QT with the equally adorable Jake Gyllenhaal.
Damn … kids these days are lucky has hell! I honestly don’t remember too many famous faces popping up on Sesame Street back in the day when I used to watch but I still have fond memories of the show. Now that kids get all the fun of Sesame PLUS Jakey poo … ugh, learning is so fun!!
Paranormal Activity, the little horror movie that could, continues to rack up millions at the box office and is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine. Much like the late 90′s low budget film The Blair Witch Project took the box office by storm, so too is Paranormal raking in the big bucks. Here are the stars, Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat, on the cover of the new issue of EW mag and a portion of the coverstory article:
Paranormal Activity began its otherworldly existence as a little horror flick, made for $11,000 and shot entirely in the director’s house over the course of seven days. Now, thanks to a little help from Steven Spielberg and a savvy world-of-mouth marketing campaign by Paramount, its box office total has reached $62 million and counting. Hollywood is spellbound — and there are even plans for a sequel. But the film has proved positively life-changing for stars Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat, who were originally paid $500 each for their work (and who, like writer-director Oren Peli, will reap some of the film’s profits). “I don’t have to have a job other than acting,” says Featherston, who was until recently waiting tables. “So I bought a handbag,” she adds with a laugh. Now it’s a matter of keeping their careers in motion. “I just have to get out there and audition and use this opportunity to the best of my advantage,” she says. “I’ve been at this a long time, and I’m not gonna stop now.” Though neither she nor Sloat have lined up their next job, they’ve both signed with agents. And they seem almost embarrassed by the VIP treatment the industry is starting to give them. “The quality of meetings we’re able to get right now are much higher. So are the scripts,” says Featherston. Sloat adds: “Just going in the room with casting directors is a lot different. It’s like, ‘Okay, I’ve seen your work, I know what you can do. Let’s just see you in this role.’” The actor has at least one idea for spending his newfound capital. “I would love to have a massive party and meet all the sweaty, geeky, awesome fans who posted on the Internet and believed in the film,” he says. “I just want to thank them.”
I’ve already pledged my love for the film but I’ve been hearing increasing backlash that the film “isn’t scary” and that it “sucks” which is totally normal when the hype level gets this high. In all honesty, I’m quite sure the film is not at all scary to a lot of people so their complaints are totally valid. I remember that Blair Witch enjoyed about 2 weeks of love from EVERYONE before the hype took over and people started complaining how un-scary it was. With films like these, you have to just ignore the hype, let the movie take you into its world and you either like it or you don’t. I have to say that in this new age of the Internet over-saturation, I’m pleased to know that a tiny film like this can still achieve massive amounts of success. I just hope they don’t kill this great, fun thing with an endless stream of terrible sequels.
Now that the new documentary/concert film Michael Jackson’s This Is It has been released in movie theaters, Jackson patriarch Joesph is back on TV talking to any and everyone about his deceased son. In a new interview with Extra! TV scheduled to air later on today, Joe very lovingly explains that his late son is worth more money now that he is dead than when he was alive. He does go on to clarify that he would rather his son be alive but there is an insincerely in his tone that, to me, belies that sentiment. Here is a pic of Joe‘s appearance on Extra! and some excerpts from his interview:
Joe Jackson says that Michael is making a bigger impact than ever since his June death from an apparent drug overdose. “He’s worth more dead than when he was alive,” Joe, 80, tells “Extra” in an interview that airs Thursday night. “I’d rather have him alive.” As Michael’s movie “This Is It” rakes in $2.2 million in the box office, Joe adds, “When he was living, they didn’t show this.” Joe admits he wasn’t on board with the flick at first, which documents Michael rehearsing for his comeback tour of the same name. “I didn’t know what ‘This Is It’ meant,” says Joe, who spoke to “Extra” in Las Vegas at the unveiling of a celebrity star honoring him and his famous family. But the movie allows him to remember Michael “as I knew him best: performing and dancing on stage. Entertaining people,” he says. Hearing Michael’s songs make Joe “very emotional,” he admits. He sometimes sheds tears “when I’m off to myself and I start thinking about things that we went through,” he says. “No one will ever see me, though.” He has harsher feelings for his son’s doctor, Conrad Murray, who is currently under investigation on manslaughter charges. Joe says if he saw Murray, he’d “knock him out.”
It’s very difficult for me to stomach the caring, nurturing sentiments presented by Joe Jackson here considering the way he has been described by others, particularly Michael Jackson himself. In the end, tho, no matter how horrible Joseph may have been to his children (and I have *NO DOUBT* that he was a horrible father to his children) … he is still a father and I have to believe that some part of him truly does feel sympathetic love for his children. That’s not to say that he didn’t exploit and use them at every opportunity for his own financial gain but the man is human after all … there has to be some love in there somewhere. It really does gross me out to hear him speak so “lovingly” about his late son … while I believe that he may have some heartfelt feelings for MJ, it’s really hard to believe his sincerity when he is so willing to express those feelings for a fee on national television. Ugh.
Yesterday we learned from Britney Spears herself (well, at least, from her official Twitter account) that the new music video for her new single 3 will premiere online tomorrow and to get fans amped up for it’s release, she will release 3 teaser screencaps from the video and 3 five second clips ahead of the video’s debut. The first teaser pic was posted yesterday, here are the other two teaser pics that have been released:
These teaser pics are cute … but I seriously want more already. Additionally, the first 5 second teaser vid clip has been released — check it out in full after the jump … More »
This part of the interview is all about Levi and his plans for the future … with the focus on his upcoming nude pictorial for Playgirl. Levi explains why he is dropping trou for the publication (and he will be showing it all … that means P33N people!) and explains that he is willing to do what it takes to care for his family since he has become the sole money maker for his family since his mother was incarcerated for selling prescription drugs. Hey, a guy’s gotta do what a guy’s gotta do. Johnston also reveals more dirt on Sarah Palin, including his claim that Palin tried to get Johnston and her daughter Bristol to hide their pregnancy so that she could adopt the baby herself. Yikes! After the jump, watch Part 2 of Johnston‘s interview on The Early Show and read what Sarah Palin has to say in response to his latest claims about her … More »
All week long we’ve been following the exploits of new couple Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner as they have been popping up all over SoCal in one another’s close company … and at last, Taylor Swift is talking about it. Swift paid a visit to The Ellen DeGeneres Show yesterday for the ep which will air today and was asked by Ellen about her burgeoning (and public) new relationship with Taylor Lautner. Here is a photo of Swift‘s appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and an excerpt from her interview:
Ice hockey? Sure. Tonsil hockey? Not so fast! When it comes to Valentine’s Day costar Taylor Lautner, Taylor Swift is choosing her words – and well-timed giggles – carefully. The 19-year-old singer sat down with Ellen DeGeneres for an interview that is set to air Thursday, and found herself on the hot seat. After establishing that Swift shares scenes with the Twilight hottie in the upcoming romantic comedy, DeGeneres shows a picture of them kissing. “What’s happening there. Is that part of the movie?” asks the talkshow host. Swift confirms it’s an on-screen smooch, but later gets chided for playing “coy” when pressed on whether Lautner is a “good kisser.” DeGeneres was also armed with a shot of the two at a recent hockey game. “Is that part of the movie when you all go to some kind of game together?” DeGeneres asks. “Is that part of the movie too?” “I really like hockey a lot and it turns out so does he,” Swift responds. “Wow, So you just ran into each other?” DeGeneres counters, incredulous. Sounds believable enough, right? Swift just laughed.
Hahahaha … cute. It’s smart of Swift to play coy about her relationship with Lautner. Keep in mind, not only does Taylor2 have a new movie to promote together (Valentine’s Day) but Swift will also be hosting Saturday Night Live very soon … and all this talk of her creepin’ around with Lautner is a publicist’s WET DREAM! That is not to say that this coupling has been staged for publicity but, well, in Hollywood anything is possible (there are even reports that Swift will do a skit with Kanye West, the a-hole who ruined her MTV VMAs this year, when she hosts SNL in a couple of weeks). I, personally, choose to believe that Taylor2 are close, close friends and are hanging out a lot these days because of a mutual admiration for one another ;) The couple stepped out for another date last night, too. After the jump, check out Taylor2 out on the town again last night … More »
Well lookie here … new photos of Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez, two young ladies who have been spotted in the close company of Twilight‘s Taylor Lautner in recent months, have come to light of the BFFs enjoying a girls’ night out together last night. Taylor and Selena first enjoyed an Italian dinner together before grabbing frozen yogurt as dessert:
Clearly Taylena v. 2.0 are not fighting over Taylor Lautner … so mebbe they’re just comparing notes … HMMM. I just have to say, not only do I love that Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner have been hanging out together but I also love that Swift and Gomez are BFFs as well. Ain’t all of this just too damn precious for words?
Britney Spears just posted a tweet message on her official Twitter profile alerting her followers to the fact that her new music video for 3 will debut on Friday … in 3 days! In celebration, Britney promises to release a screencaps from the video leading up to the vid’s premiere … here is the first cap along with Britney‘s tweet message:
1…2…3 days until the premier of my new video but don’t stress, I will be sending out lots of pics and clips for the next 3 days. -Brit
LOOOOVE this pic! I can’t wait to see more … but I really can’t wait to see the video in full. I understand that Britney will release three 5-second clips of the 3 video starting tomorrow morning, one every 3 hours until a 15 second clip is released … then Britney will tweet the link to the music video’s premiere on Friday. Sounds fun, right? Wee!!!
A couple of early, unfinished video trailers for the upcoming 8th season of 24 have been leaked online and they give us our first look at the next hectic and exciting day of Jack Bauer‘s life. Here are a few screencaps from one of these new leaked trailers … as you can see, we also get our first look at new 24 castmember Freddie Prinze, Jr. as well as new castmember Kate Sackhoff in this new clip:
Now, as y’all are well aware when it comes to videos like these … they don’t tend to stay online for very long. After the jump, check out the two clips in full — while you still can … More »
Kylie Minogue just tweeted a message on her official Twitter account alerting her followers to the fact that she is featured on the cover of the new issue of Australian In Style magazine … behold:
Altho the Aussie In Style website has yet to be updated with anything concerning Kylie‘s appearance in the mag, at least we have something to look forward to. I’m not sure that I love this coverphoto, tho … something about the Photoshopping that makes it look fake and weird. Here’s hoping the photos included inside the mag look a bit better. Kylie looks totally 1992 on this cover … which isn’t necessarily a good thing. What do y’all think?
This week, my family and I are in Malawi to attend the ground breaking ceremony for Raising Malawi Academy for Girls. I am making a straightforward request. I’m writing to urge you to join me in saving the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable children. And I’m asking you to do it right away. Raising Malawi, the organization I co-founded in 2006, is dedicated to ending the poverty and hardship endured by Malawi’s one million orphans. By donating to Raising Malawi, you can literally transform the future for an entire generation. To encourage your involvement, I’ve pledged $100,000 to match your contributions dollar-for-dollar. Why Malawi? Seven years ago I might have asked myself this very same question. Why not Afghanistan, or India? There are impoverished children, desperate for health care and education, everywhere in the world. Something about Malawi’s children connected with me and their hardships were too much for me to ignore. So I started learning more about Malawi, and, little by little, I began working with Malawians to improve their communities. Visiting Malawi can be a very humbling experience. In the face of such overwhelming challenges, it’s easy to feel helpless. At the same time, it is impossible not to recognize how much we can do to improve the lives of vulnerable children. Right now, I am particularly concerned about Malawian girls whose lives are made even more difficult simply because of their gender. In 2008 Raising Malawi announced the creation of an all-girls boarding school, the Raising Malawi Academy for Girls. Architects have drawn up plans. We’ve identified a plot of land. And some of Malawi’s poorest girls are eager for the opportunities that a comprehensive secondary education will bring them. But we’re still in need of additional funds to complete this project, and there’s no time to lose. My own daughters will each have a solid secondary education. They have a family that assures them that they can be anything they want to be, that they are not limited in any way. I believe that the same should be true for girls in every part of the world, regardless of the circumstances of their birth. The girls of Malawi are bright and resourceful. They are eager to learn and grow. When I look at my girls and see them thriving, it is my greatest wish that the girls in Malawi will have the same chance for happiness. This is where you come in. Please join me in supporting the work of Raising Malawi. Every dollar we collect will make a huge difference in a child’s life. By matching your donation, dollar for dollar, I will personally ensure that your contribution has an even greater impact. That’s a promise. This is my call to you: Give an opportunity to a child who would otherwise have none. Support the work of Raising Malawi. Will you join me? Please visit www.raisingmalawi.org/madonnamatch to contribute and learn more.
As I mentioned above, this blogpost comes complete with a video message from Madonna about her Raising Malawi charity. After the jump, check out that video in full … More »
The overriding thought in my head while I watched all 111 minutes of this film was What Could’ve Been. From the onset, you could see that MJ had planned nothing short of an epic stage production to mark his return to live performance … and thruout the film, you can get a sense of what he had planned. To be honest, I found much of his performance raw and unpolished, not at all surprising considering they were still in rehearsals … my hope was that we would get to see as close to the final product as possible but, alas, that is not what is presented. What we do get is a very interesting inside look into a part of Michael Jackson‘s world that we would NEVER have been privy to had he not passed away in June. Considering how much of a perfectionist he was, there is no way AT ALL he would ever have wanted the public to see this footage if he were still alive … but since he is no longer with us and the world was waiting with bated breath for his concert staging we, at least, get as close to the real thing as possible. I am just STUNNED at the prospect of what could’ve been had he been able to bring this concert to life in front of a live audience. The Thriller section, which was meant to be viewed in 3D, just looked EPIC. But … we will never get to see the final product and therein lies the feeling of loss. I’ve read review after review that praised MJ for his “lucidness” in this film and, to be honest, I didn’t really see too much of that. I did see a 50 year old man holding his own as best as he could with a team of much younger performers. I’m utterly convinced that MJ would’ve come ALIVE on the concert stage … no moniker of disappointment would even be visible if this show had been allowed to come to life. But without the glitzy costumes, full production projections and any honest run-thrus of the show numbers (I understand MJ had not yet run thru a single full dress rehearsal before his death) we are left with fragments of … what could’ve been. It’s a shame that he was so adamant about “saving his voice” because I would’ve loved to have heard him sing his heart out … but, again, therein lies more of the loss. The film will be a boon for any MJ fan. Folks who are marginally interested in the man may find entertainment in this film but it’s really not meant to win over new fans … it’s a gift to the legions of fans Michael Jackson left behind.
Tonight, David and I are meeting up with friends again to enjoy a night of horror fun at Universal Studios. I’ve never been to Universal‘s Horror Nights so I’m excited … I hope to have fun pics to share tomorrow :)
Joaquin Phoenix is 35, Ben Harper is 40, Julia Roberts is 42, Daphne Zuniga (Melrose Place) is 47 and Dennis Franz (NYPD Blue) is 65 years old today. Click HERE to see who else is celebrating a birthday today.
I understand this video was directed by Zoe Cassavetes and the single is already available for purchase on iTunesHERE. Now, because Robin Thicke sings with Meester in the song you’d prolly expect him to be in the video, right? Well … you’re in luck, cuz he is! After the jump, check out a few behind-the-scenes photos of Robin on the music video set lookin’ all kinds of hawt … More »
The Eiffel Tower has celebrated its 120th anniversary with an impressive light show. Every night for the next three months the Trocadero facade will light up with thousands of state-of-the-art LED spotlights. The spectacular light show lasts 12 minutes, one minute for each decade it has stood in Paris. The Eiffel Tower was built in 1889 and is visited by nearly seven million people a year.
The Eiffel Tower is one of my favorite places on the planet. As a child, I was obsessed with visiting the monument when my 5th grade pen pal from France sent me a small plastic version of the tower. I vowed to myself at that moment that I would lay my hands on the Eiffel Tower at least once in my lifetime. I’ve been very fortunate to have, thus far, visited and touched the Eiffel Tower twice now. All my birthday lurve goes out to the beautiful structure today. After the jump, check out a short clip of this new 120th anniversary light show that will be on display nightly for the next 3 months … More »
He was dragged off stage after collapsing during a gig earlier in the week, but that didn’t stop Morrissey putting in a sterling performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall [last night]. The 50-year-old singer had to cut short a gig in Swindon over the weekend after he suffered from breathing difficulties. But, he looked to be back on form for the concert at one of the country’s premier entertainment venues. Manchester-born Morrissey collapsed while playing at the Oasis Leisure Centre in Swindon on Saturday when the gig ended abruptly after his opening rendition of This Charming Man. It was only the second night of his Swords tour of the UK. The former member of the Smiths was taken to hospital suffering from breathing difficulties and was later discharged. But, despite his problems, a spokesman for the Royal Albert Hall reassured fans that the singer would perform at the gig, saying: ‘He definitely wants to continue tonight.’ Shocked onlookers at the Swindon concert described seeing Morrissey “straining” to perform on Saturday night and slumping to his knees. Two band members then rushed to his side and dragged him offstage. The incident forced him to postpone a show in Bournemouth on Monday night, but prior to the London show a spokeswoman for the Royal Albert Hall said the star was “rested and absolutely fine”.
I can’t even tell you how happy this news makes me. Morrissey is one of my fave performers and I’m very pleased to know that he is well enough after his scary collapse to get right back to work. While I fear that the 50 year old may be straining himself a bit much, I have to hope that he knows his limits and wouldn’t be back on the performance stage if he wasn’t feeling up to it. Moz will be touring here in the US at the end of November and early December … I have tickets to see him in concert … I hope he continues to be in good health so we can enjoy his genius here in the US next month. Stay well, Moz! We love you!!
Levi Johnston, who gave a dishy interview to Vanity Fair magazine and will be appearing in the nude for Playgirl, made an appearance on The Early Show this morning to talk about all the things he could spill about his former almost-mother-in-law Sarah Palin (former Vice Presidential candidate and former Alaska governor) in a seemingly candid interview. Johnston reveals that he is hiding “huge things” about Sarah Palin that would really “hurt her” but out of love for his child (with Palin daughter Bristol) he has thus far refused to divulge. Here is a screencap from Levi‘s appearance on The Early Show today and some excerpts from PART 1 of his interview:
Levi Johnston says he’s keeping some “huge” things about Sarah Palin from the public. In Part One of a two-part exclusive interview with “Early Show” co-anchor Maggie Rodriguez, which aired Wednesday, the father of Palin’s grandson says, “There are some things that I have that are huge. And I haven’t said them because I’m not gonna hurt her that way. ” … I have things that can, you know — that would get her in trouble, and could hurt her. Will hurt her. But I’m not gonna go that far. You know, I mean, if I really wanted to hurt her, I could, very easily. But there’s — I’m not gonna do it. I’m not going that far.” Johnston says he’s referring to things Palin did while she was governor of Alaska. Asked whether those actions were illegal or immoral, he refused to elaborate. Johnston also told Rodriguez he’s been hearing a lot about his saying in a recent first-person tell-all in Vanity Fair magazine that Palin routinely referred to her baby, Trig, who suffers from Down syndrome, as “retarded.” “I was just in shock for the first time I heard it,” Johnston recalled for Rodriguez. “And then she’d say it regularly. And I think she was joking, but it doesn’t make it right.” Still, Johnston remarked to Rodriguez, “Those are just little … things I put in Vanity Fair. You know, all the big things I got, I’m keeping — you know, I’m keeping them in, and — you know, it’s just something that probably will never come out.” He added that he’s “sure Sarah’s got something … coming for me,” perhaps in her soon-to-be-released memoir, but, “I’m not worried about her saying anything about me. I’ve really never done anything bad. I don’t have anything to hide. So she can go on and say what she wants.” Johnston stood by his contention in Vanity Fair that Sarah and Todd Palin would not only regularly talk about divorce — they’d do it in front of their children, adding to Rodriguez, “I’m sure it really hurt their kids, you know. I didn’t like it. I wasn’t even their kid.” Spokespeople for the Palins deny the divorce assertion. Johnston told Rodriguez Palin’s daughter, Bristol Palin, the mother of his son, Tripp, did most of the mothering of Trig, because Sarah and Todd weren’t around much. Now an aspiring actor and model, Johnston is going for the ultimate exposure — in an upcoming issue of Playgirl magazine. He told Rodriguez the Playgirl spread will be done “tastefully,” saying, “I’m not gonna just go out there and get naked.” He expands on that in Part Two of the interview, which airs Thursday. The interview with Rodriguez is the latest in a he-said-she-said battle with the Palin family. Johnston burst onto the public stage at the Republican National Convention in August, the handsome boyfriend of vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s pregnant daughter. After the Republicans lost the election, Johnston and Bristol broke up. She had his baby in December. But he says the Palins shut him out of their lives. And that’s when the battle began, each side accusing the other of lying.
Now, because Johnston and Palin have been embroiled in a war of words you have to take what each side says with a huge grain of salt … that being said, if Palin really is guilty of “playfully” calling her child “my retarded baby” then I am truly disgusted. Considering that Johnston was pulled into the Palin household after he got Bristol pregs (in an effort to keep better media control of his person) it makes sense that he would be privy to some very embarrassing and damaging things about the family. Tho, the fact that he’s pimping his upcoming nude pictorial for Playgirl in the process does take a bit of weight away from his claims. After the jump, watch video of Part 1 of Levi‘s Early Show interview and judge for yourselves … More »
Last night Michael Jackson’s This Is It, the much-anticipated documentary/concert film which chronicled the final months of MJ‘s life as he rehearsed for his This Is It concerts scheduled to take place in London last Summer, held a glitzy Hollywood premiere at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles, CA last night. Other premieres were held for the film all around the world at about the same time and screenings of the film were also coordinated to take place simultaneously. Here are a few photos of some of the celebs who attended the LA premiere last night along with a very positive review of the film:
Watching “Michael Jackson’s This Is It” will have fans grieving once again, but this time, it won’t only be for the fallen King of Pop, but for what we lost — a brilliant entertainer who gave every inch of his body and soul for what might have been one of the most spectacular comebacks of all time. Jackson never got to complete that comeback, dying days before his London concerts were to begin in July, but “This Is It,” culled from hundreds of hours of rehearsal footage for those shows, does it for him. Even though it’s been well edited, the amazing performances Jackson delivers in this film are not a result of camera magic, but Jackson’s own. When Jackson announced his “This Is It” concerts earlier this year, many wondered whether Jackson had any magic left at all. Besides his tattered reputation, he was rumored to be in frail health and hadn’t performed a major concert in almost a decade. There were well-deserved skepticism about whether Jackson had the vocal and physical agility to stage the kind of concerts that wowed fans in his prime two decades earlier. “This is It” gives both answers an emphatic yes. Even though Jackson’s looks — with his weirdly delicate face and his stick-thin frame — still makes one squirm with discomfort, once he starts to perform, that discomfort gives way to amazement. At 50, Jackson was still an amazingly gifted dancer with moves that leave your mouth agape. Though we only see him do the moonwalk once, and just fleetingly, his stop-on-a-dime spins, deft footwork and body jerks recall the Jackson the world fell in love with 25 years earlier with “Thriller.” And Jackson’s voice still dazzles — even when he’s trying to play it down. “I’m trying to conserve my voice,” Jackson says at one point — then delivers a vocal that is spine-tingling — and these are just run-throughs, not the actual show. Fans never get to see what would have been the “This Is It” concert — full dress rehearsals weren’t due to happen until the show went overseas for final rehearsals. Instead, the movie takes from segments of taped rehearsals, and also weaves in film segments Jackson planned for the concert to give at the very least an idea of how the concert might have looked. A graveyard scene meant to be in 3D was planned for Jackson’s performance of “Thriller,” and a computer-animated dancing army would have accompanied Jackson on screen for a militaristic version “They Don’t Care About Us.” Jackson kept much of the same moves from his classic “They Way You Make Me Feel” video — including the floor humping — as well as the groundbreaking choreography from his “Beat It” clip. But whether it was through new visuals and different musical arrangements, he appeared to be breathing new life into his well-worn catalog, promising fans a show that would have taken Jackson and his fans to new heights. Jackson is gentle but authoritative as he demands perfection from his crew, whether it’s gently taking the audio crew to task for making his earpiece too loud or attempting to elicit a grand performance from his young star guitarist. “This is your time to shine,” he says in that famously soft soprano voice before delivering a high wail and challenging her to do the same on her guitar. The film doesn’t give viewers much insight into Jackson outside of performance mode — we only see him rehearsing or hear him talking about music, or the meaning of his songs. Yet the film does give a glimpses into Jackson’s personality — alternatively playful and shy, firm yet understanding, often saying phrases like “with love” after giving a command. The film also splices together different performances of the same song at times, leaving one to wonder why. Is it for a visual effect? Or did he not complete enough in one take? Thankfully, there appears to be enough full takes so one’s mind does not play into conspiracy theories. There were certainly critics of “This Is It” before its release — those who wondered whether it would be an exploitative flick, a quick attempt to cash in on his newfound popularity, and those who felt the preparations for the concert contributed to his death. But “This Is It” is a beautifully made, loving tribute that gives Michael Jackson what he so desperately wanted — affirmation that he indeed was the greatest entertainer of our time.
Some friends and I got to see the film last night and I’ll post my review of the film a little later on. Last night’s LA premiere was a who’s who of the Hollywood glitterati and members of the Jackson family who can’t seem to shy away from the spotlight. I understand that Paula Abdul referred to the Jacksons as “the Johnsons” and Jermaine Jackson brought a change of clothes so that he could wear two outfits for the premiere. Both of those strange occurrences are not connected, I just thought I’d share. I’m sure many of y’all saw the film last night as well or are planning to see it during it’s limited 2 week theatrical engagement. I’m very curious to hear what others thought … was this the film that the world has been waiting for?
Adam Lambert, the most recent American Idol runner-up, posted a tweet message on his official Twitter profile alerting his followers of the release of the official cover artwork for his debut album titled For Your Entertainment. Here is a tease of what the cover looks like along with Glambert‘s tweet announcement:
Album cover revealed on adamofficial.com. Glam is back!!!
Prepare yourself for what’s to come … I’m not sure that even staunch Glambert fans are properly prepared to see this new cover artwork. Think Jem and the Holograms meets Liberace. After the jump, if you dare, see the full size album artwork for Adam Lambert‘s For Your Entertainment … More »
While it remains to be seen if all filming of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse has been completed or not it would appear that production on the film in Vancouver, BC has already wrapped. The cast and crew enjoyed a wrap party for Eclipse in Vancouver last weekend … here is what the invitation looked like:
As far as invites go, this one is kinda fug but … a wrap party is a wrap party, I suppose. Again, while production may have wrapped in Vancouver, that doesn’t mean that more filming may take place elsewhere in the world. But, even if there is more work to be done on the film, it’s clear that it is very near completion … at least on the filming end. It’s pretty crazy how quickly these films get made … you don’t suppose the quality will suffer because of all of this haste, do you?
I mean, I know that Levi didn’t have his arm pulled off by his overzealous grandmother but it is humorous how you cannot see his arm at all in these photos. I really do hope the little guy wasn’t injured by granny’s need to manhandle the little dude. As for Matthew, it’s been so long since we’ve seen him out in public sans shirt that I don’t even know what to say. The only thing that would make these pictures even awesomer would be a cameo by McConanaughey‘s new pet bird. These people need a reality show, don’t you think?
It’s not an actual Friends reunion, but I’ll take it: Lisa Kudrow has signed on to guest star opposite ex-Friend Courteney Cox on Cougar Town, an ABC spokesperson confirms. “She’ll play a dermatologist that my character can’t stop going to even though [she's] mean to me,” Cox told tvguidemagazine.com. The Cox-Kudrow reunion episode will shoot next month and air in early 2010.
“If it all works out, she’ll play a dermatologist that my character can’t stop going to even though the doctor is mean to me.” Is it a Botox thing? The show’s writers are not exactly sure yet, says Cox, who’s also producing the show, “but whatever it is, she’s the best in town at what she does and I become addicted.”
It turns out that both Matthew Perry and Jennifer Aniston have been considered as future guest stars … this is what Courteney had to say about the prospect of having other former Friends castmates appear on the show:
“I did ask Matthew [Perry] if he’d play my boyfriend on the show,” she says, “but he thought it was a little too much after Chandler and Monica.” Then there’s Jennifer Aniston, whom Cox has remained closest with among the Friends stars. “I’d love for her to be on the show, too,” Cox says. “Obviously we can’t cast her so close to Lisa’s appearance but if there’s a great part for her, I’d send it right away. She’s younger than me so she can’t play my contemporary even though she did on Friends, but I think we can find something great for her to play.”
This is all very exciting stuff to mebbe look forward to … but for now, I’m perfectly content with having Phoebe and Monica together again … er, Lisa and Courteney, that is ;) The Friends reunion may never actually take place but in the meantime, we have Cougar Town to enjoy!
Great news music fans! Earlier this year we learned from Sarah McLachlan herself that Lilith Fair will return in 2010 and today LilithFair.com was officially launched, announcing the first batch of tour stops for the 2010 tour:
Nearly 6 months ago, Nettwerk CEO and Lilith Fair co-founder Terry McBride announced via Twitter that the all-female festival would make its return in 2010. Today, the official Lilith 2010 website launches, not only revealing the new look and feel of Lilith a decade later, but also the first set of cities that the traveling festival will be hitting–New York, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Toronto, London and more. Check out www.lilithfair.com for the complete list.
“I can’t reveal anything further now,”says McBride, “but I can assure fans that we have some exciting announcements over the course of the following weeks, from confirmed artists to additional cities to innovative social initiatives. Lilith 2010 is very much upon us.”
Lilith 2010 promises to be a much bigger summer festival than it was in the past, traveling for the first time overseas and celebrating a mix of international artists and local up-and-comers. To capture the new energy of Lilith, Vancouver’s Traction Creative was brought on board to reinvigorate the Lilith brand—the new look is revealed today for the first time with the launch of the website.
From 1997 through 1999, Lilith Fair was one of the highest grossing touring festivals in the world, with over 1.5 million fans in attendance and raising over $10 million dollars for national and local charities. Founded by Grammy-award winning artist Sarah McLachlan along with Dan Fraser, Marty Diamond and Terry McBride, Lilith Fair was the only tour of its kind—a celebration of women in music featuring artists like Sheryl Crow, Christina Aguilera, Erykah Badu, The Dixie Chicks, Missy Elliot, The Pretenders, Nelly Furtado, Jewel, Queen Latifah, Indigo Girls, Tegan and Sara and of course, Sarah McLachlan.
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This is very exciting news! Lilith Fair is one of my fave touring music festivals and I am anxious for its return. I’ve already started following @lilithfair on Twitter for the latest updates … I can’t wait to find out who will be hittin’ the road next year! After the jump, check out the list of the first announced tour stops on Lilith Fair 2010 … More »
Garnering more attention from the media ever since he bulked up in order to reprise his role as Jacob Black in “Twilight” sequel “The Twilight Saga’s New Moon”, Taylor Lautner has vowed to never appear shirtless in future film projects. He is quoted by Showbiz Spy as saying that he is afraid his muscular body will draw people’s attention away from his acting skill, which is much more important than his physical appearance. “I worked hard to get in shape for this role,” Lautner explains. “My motivation was the movie and the fans, but I don’t want to become known as just a body. If I had to choose, I would never take my shirt off again in a movie, but I guess that’s not very realistic. I certainly won’t be asking to do it, though.” Previously, Taylor Lautner told reporters at Teen Vogue’s 7th Annual Young Hollywood party in L.A. that he actually feels uncomfortable with his muscular body. “It’s so uncomfortable knowing that so many people are seeing pictures of me shirtless,” so he said. “It’s weird. It’s kind of embarrassing.”
Aww … poor little wolf. To be honest, I can appreciate that Lautner prolly feels embarrassed by all the attention his shirtlessness has brought him but, in all honesty, there would be zero attention (and, hence, zero $$$) if it weren’t for all the shirtlessness. Robert Pattinson was the only hunk getting any of the love from Twilight fans … until Taylor decided to fight messy hair with chiseled abs … now he’s getting a whole lotta attention all on his own. It comes with the territory, I’m afraid. Taylor should be careful not to bite the hand that feeds him … if he decides to make a career based solely on his acting abilities he might have to go back to making movies like THIS.
Yesterday was a bizzy day for me … I spent most of it running around all over town taking care of various errands … some fun, some not so fun but all very necessary. Much of my evening was spent hunting for props to go along with my AWESOME Hallowe’en costume. I don’t want to say, just yet, what I’m gonna be for Hallowe’en this year but I will reveal that I had to go to Toys R Us, Office Max, CVS Pharmacy and The Sports Authority to procure the items needed to go along with my costume :) I have but ONE last item to get … and it better arrive by mail in time for Hallowe’en night! I’ll be making the big reveal on Twitter Saturday … I think many of y’all will love it ;)
Tonight, I’m meeting up with a bunch of friends for a 9pm screening of Michael Jackson’s This Is It:
At long last we will finally see if all the hype leading up to this inside look at Michael Jackson‘s last days alive really amounts to anything. I’m totally reserving judgment until I see the film for myself. I’m really exctied … mebbe I’ll see some of you out at the theater tonight? Wherever in the world you are, I’m sure a great many of you will be watching the movie as well … 9PM PT, 12AM ET and so on. Showtime … at last.
Kelly Osbourne is 25, Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots is 42, Simon LeBon of Duran Duran is 51, Robert Picardo (Star Trek: Voyager) is 56 and John Cleese is 70 years old today. Click HERE to see who else is celebrating a birthday today.
Now, it is entirely possible that the BFF Taylors were merely staying at the same hotel and there was nothing untoward going on … but I suppose it’s just as likely that Taylor2 were having a “friendly” sleep over as well. Whatever the heck is going on, I gotta say … I kinda love the Taylors together. Ever since I saw photos of the pair together on the set of Valentine’s Day over the Summer, I thought they made a cute couple. Hopefully their coupling up will continue … long live, Taylor2!
Jude Law played the hands-on father to sons Rafferty, 13, and Rudy, seven, taking them for a kickabout in the park in New York. And the irony would not be lost on Samantha Burke, the mother of his fourth child, Sophia Lee, now five weeks old, who was unveiled in an interview with Hello! magazine yesterday. While Jude, 36, played happy families with his boys – daughter Iris, nine, is also in the city with her father – Miss Burke has yet to introduce the actor to his new daughter, born as a result of their brief liaison. The model said Law has given no indication that he will visit the baby. ‘There are no plans for it to happen at the moment, but I know he’s busy,’ she said, referring to his current lead role in Hamlet on Broadway. Miss Burke, 25, who had a brief relationship with Law as he made a film in New York, said there had been no contact from the actor, who has three children by ex-wife Sadie Frost.
HMMM … it sure does look like Jude really loves and adores his children … with Sadie Frost. Tho, he doesn’t seem to exhibit the same affinity for his newborn daughter Sophia Lee. While I can understand that he may not be proud of fathering a child from a “one-night stand” liaison, I cannot for the life me imagine how one could so easily discard the birth of a new child. I do hope, for Sophia‘s sake, that Jude decides to to meet with his daughter … she sure is a cutie … and I’m sure she’d love to meet her daddy.
He’s back. Just a little more than two weeks ago, Eric Braeden announced that he would be exiting his role as Victor Newman on “The Young and the Restless,” following a salary dispute with Sony, the production company that owns the daytime drama.
Now, Eric talks to ET about his return, following the resumption and successful conclusion of contract negotiations.
ET: How did it come about that you got back into negotiations? Do you think “Y&R” fans had anything to do with it? Eric Braeden: Let us just say that we arrived at a mutually beneficial arrangement. Obviously, I was very touched by the fans’ reaction and support. I must say in all humbleness, it touched me. I had no idea. I am inclined to be a cynic about some things, and I did not expect this type of outpouring. Did it have something to do with the outcome? I am sure it did. I come from the world of sports where you fight very hard on both sides. You finally come to the end and you shake hands.
ET: How sad were you to be walking away from the character? Eric Braeden: As you know, in any kind of divorce or loss like that, you go through so many emotions, you can’t think straight for awhile. It is kind of a grieving process. It is all kinds of emotions rolled into one.
ET: When are you back? Right now, your last airdate is Nov. 2. Eric Braeden: I don’t know. You would have to ask [head writer] Maria Bell. I don’t know when that is planned. Obviously, it would have been difficult. No question about that. I love the role. I love the show. I have been an enormous supporter of it for 30 years.
ET: Can we assume you signed a new three-year deal? Eric Braeden: You can assume something like that.
ET: What do you look forward to for Victor in the future? Eric Braeden: To come back and take revenge!
ET: He is so good at that. Eric Braeden: He is very good at that.
ET: The other show owned by Sony let two of its top cast members go, and didn’t suffer in the ratings. Eric Braeden: It is very difficult to ascertain to what degree one is important to the fabric of the whole thing. You don’t know until afterwards. That is the enormous gamble that you take. It is impossible to foretell.
As an avid fan of the show (which my mother got me hooked on in the mid-80′s) I’ve been paying particular attention to all this, ahem, drama and since Y&R has been the #1 daytime drama for over a decade now, I know there are many fans of the show out there as well. It sounds to me like Braeden decided to bite the bullet, take the pay cut and keep his job. Methinks this sends a clear message to the rest of the Y&R cast that if the most central character on the show can be threatened with exile off the show than any character can as well. For now … all’s right in Genoa City, WI (where Y&R takes place) … let the rein of Victor Newman carry on!
Imogen Heap, who is one of my fave female singers of all time, paid a visit to the Dermot O’Leary radio show on BBC Radio 2 this past weekend and performed a live piano version of Michael Jackson‘s hit song Thriller. Now, anyone who is at all familiar with Imogen Heap should be well aware of her musical style and can appreciate the way she transformed the song into one of her own … for those of you unfamiliar with Imogen, her cover of Thriller can give you an idea of just how amazing she is:
Because we are just a few days away from Hallowe’en, MJ‘s Thriller is getting a lot of play all over the place … which is why I think it was very smart of Imogen to cover it on this radio show. Unfortch, I couldn’t find a way to download the track but after the jump you can hear it in full in a You Tube video that has been made available online … More »
You’ve probably seen Rihanna’s racy single cover, and now PopEater is proud to exclusively premiere the cover for her impending album, ‘Rated R.’ The grainy black-and-white cover shows the R&B queen draped in hand jewelry and covering one eye. The album, which is set to be released on Monday, Nov. 23, is Rihanna’s first album since 2007′s ‘Good Girl Gone Bad.’ It is also Rihanna’s first album since she was assaulted by boyfriend Chris Brown in February. The ‘Rated R’ cover was shot by famed photographer Ellen von Unwerth, who says that “Rihanna was looking to create something a bit new for the look of the album.” Von Unwerth goes on to say that Rihanna is “so beautiful, sweet and tough at the same time — and a pleasure to shoot,” adding that she’s “fantastic to work with — very giving, very creative, very involved in every aspect of the shoot, and ready to push the boundaries.”
As far as album covers go, this is one ain’t too shabby. The look of the photo reminds me of the photospread Ri Ri did for Italian Vogue over the Summer. To be honest, I expected the album artwork to be more racy … I like that it’s kinda understated. I’m SO dying to hear this album tho … the photos are nice and all but it’s all about the music. I can’t wait to hear more from Rated R. As far as the coverphoto goes, tho, what do y’all think … do you like?
She’s said to be offering help and guidance to 13-year-old Dionne Bromfield in her role as a godmother. So presumably this is Amy Winehouse’s way of showing the teenage singer how to get yourself noticed. Winehouse wore the skimpiest of cocktail dresses to display her recent breast enlargement when she turned up with Dionne for the Q Awards yesterday. By 8pm, having earlier made a change into a corset top, the singer’s asset had popped entirely out of the ensemble. It was a predictable turn of events, with her clothes seemingly slipping further down her body as the night went on. Thankfully, Dionne had gone home at the point of exposition leaving Amy to disgrace herself in front of her manager and waiting photographers … Winehouse single-handedly brought the Q Awards to a halt in front of stunned guests as she failed to arrive on time for her presenting duties. The troubled star was due to hand over the prize for the most inspirational artist alongside reggae singer Don Letts. But Letts was forced back into his seat while embarrassed host Al Murray frantically tried to fill time and organisers searched for the singer. After several minutes Letts was called back to the stage to present the award to band The Specials with no sign of Winehouse. Midway through The Specials’ acceptance speech, Winehouse finally arrived, picking her way through the audience and clambering on stage – only to be given a furious talking to by an angry Letts.
Ye gods, the woman is a mess … again. Someone needs to ship her back to the isle of St. Lucia where she can seemingly do no harm to herself or anyone else. Why she felt the need to get giant silicone breasts is anyone’s guess … if Amy Winehouse really thinks she is going to be a sex symbol now that she’s got ginormous fake boobs she is crazier than I thought. After the jump, if you dare, check out a few photos of Amy‘s ample bosoms busting forth out of her top — beware, the photos are NSFW … More »
Elizabeth Taylor, Hollywood legend and BFF to the late Michael Jackson, posted a long series of tweets on her official Twitter profile heaping enormous amounts of praise on the documentary/concert film Michael Jackson’s This Is It which opens worldwide TONIGHT at midnight. @DameElizabeth, as she is known on Twitter, reveals that she was able to see the movie last week but was “sworn to secrecy” until now. Here is the chronological series of tweets that Taylor posted to her Twitter account yesterday concerning This Is It:
I was honored with the great privilege of seeing “This Is It” last week. I was sworn to secrecy, but now I can let you know about it. / It is the single most brilliant piece of filmmaking I have ever seen. It cements forever Michael’s genius in every aspect of creativity. / To say the man is a genius is an understatement. He cradles each note, coaxes the music to depths beyond reality. / I wept from pure joy at his God given gift. There will never, ever be the likes of him again. / And we have this piece of film to remind us forever and ever that once there was such a man. God kissed him. / God blessed him and squandered nothing, but loved it all. Michael knew how to put together every tone, every nuance to make magic. / To say he was a genius seems so little. I wish my vocabulary encompassed what I feel. / You owe it to yourselves and your loved ones to see this again and again. Memorize it and say to yourselves, “I saw genius in my lifetime” / I loved genius in my lifetime. God was so good to me. I will love Michael forever and so will you, if you don’t already. / I hope I don’t sound condescending. I’m sure you already know what I’m talking about, but go to see it again and again. / I meant to repeat myself. I love you. I remember Michael loved you. He was totally up to now and the message of today in all his songs. / If you listen to his lyrics they are those of a modern day prophet and it beseeches us to listen to him and what he sang. / I won’t use words like preaching because that is off-putting, but listen. Listen to his messages. / From “Black And White”, “Man In The Mirror”. The inspiration behind “We Are The World”. We must take his words of responsibility seriously. / We cannot let his life be in vain / and always done with love. Remember that. Remember him and thank God for him and his genius. / Kenny Ortega did a masterful job of directing the process that goes into making a complete show before hitting the stage. / From A to Z you get Michael’s input on every level. Michael’s genius at work with the dancers. Mr. Ortega catches Michael in his every mood. / You see in front of your eyes Michael’s genius blossoming on this piece of film thanks to Kenny Ortega and his crews. / I truly believe this film should be nominated in every category conceivable.
Wow! Talk about a ringing endorsement! While it’s plainly obvs that Ms. Taylor doesn’t really get the constraints of adhering to the 140 character limit of messages on Twitter, she really has a lot to say about this film. As if a movie of this magnitude needed any more hype, I’m sure that Taylor‘s love of the film will do much to inspire latecomers to see this film while they still can (remember, Michael Jackson’s This Is It is scheduled to show in theaters for 2 weeks only). Intense hyperbole aside (“It is the single most brilliant piece of filmmaking I have ever seen”), I think Taylor‘s tweets will get even more people to venture out to see this film. A group of friends and I will be seeing the film at 9pm tonight but if YOU would like to watch a live webcast of the film’s red carpet premiere, you can do so at 7:30 PM ET / 4:30 PM PT online! After the jump, find out all the deets … More »
Since buying a stake in the Miami Dolphins in July, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony have been bringing a touch of A-list glamour to the American football scene. But arriving to watch their men play the New Orleans Saints in Florida yesterday afternoon, the Latin singer’s smart outfit was let down by his incredibly sweaty armpits. Falling prey to the sweltering [87.8 °F] sunshine, the 41-year-old couldn’t escape the unsightly sweat patches. While his 40-year-old wife showed off her curves in a black sundress and platform heels, it was Marc garnering the most attention with his damp shirt. Due to the heat, Jennifer’s face was also glistening with sweat, but it looked more like a flattering healthy glow. Marc and Jennifer have become regular attendees at Miami Dolphin games since they purchased a minority stake in the game over the summer. Unfortunately for the couple, the Saints won the game 46-34.
I mean, I realize it can get hot in Florida but other people managed to walk the red carpet without sweating thru their clothes. I can’t even imagine what it must be like for J. Lo to nuzzle up against her husband and get an armpit (or two) of stanky pit sweat. GROSS!! Heaven forbid that Marc put his arm around his lady love … he’d prolly drown the poor woman! UGH. Mebbe Marc, who is now part owner of the Dolphins, was sweating because his team has been playing like shit every since he bought ownership in the team? Whatever the case may be, he really needs to keep that shizz in check … it’s difficult enough to see pics of his zombielookin’ness without the pit stains … ICK!
You may also recall that shortly after the New Moon title logo was revealed Summit Entertainment announced that Eclipse will hit theaters in June of 2010. From Twilight to New Moon and then to Eclipse, it is very evident that the movie studio is intent on churning out the films at a fast pace … which is why it’s so surprising that there has been no news of any production plans for the fourth Twilight sequel Breaking Dawn. I have no doubt that Breaking Dawn will get made … I just wonder what the hold up is. HMMM. Could it be that the principal stars are holding out for more money? Could it be that the studio isn’t entirely sure that a fourth movie is a wise investment right now? Whatever the hold up may be, I’m pretty sure we’ll be hearing official word on the Breaking Dawn front very soon. The Twilight Saga: New Moon is set to open in theaters in just a few weeks … after the din of shrieking girls dies down and the studio starts counting its money methinks plans for the fourth and final movie will come to light.
Brad Pitt was spotted enjoying a leisurely ride on his motorcycle this weekend before the actor took a bit of a spill off his bike … in full view of the ever-watchful paparazzi. Apparently, Brad was trying to thread his way thru traffic on his bike (which is legal in the State of California) and he accidentally clipped a side mirror on a car and took his tumble. Here is a pic of Brad lookin’ all happy on his bike before his little and embarrassing fall:
This is the moment Brad Pitt was thrown off his custom motorbike seconds before confronting a paparazzo in downtown Los Angeles. Pitt was weaving through busy traffic when the eager photographer drove his Toyota Camry too close to the star. The actor lost his balance while swerving to avoid the car and clipped the wing mirror of a parked vehicle. Thankfully, the film star, who is used to daring stunts, was unharmed. One thing is certain, though – Brad ended up on the floor while his bike ended up on the back of a truck, too mangled to ride home. But onlookers said the Inglourious Basterds and Ocean’s Thirteen actor, who was wearing a gold crash helmet, simply picked himself up and pulled his damaged bike to the side of the road. He swapped insurance details with the driver whose car he clipped before trying to start his bike again – and discovering it was in no fit state for the journey back to the ranch he shares with Angelina Jolie and their six children. The 46-year-old had to wait in a building by the side of the road for his assistant to arrive with the pick-up truck.
Aww … it sucks that Brad‘s bike was damaged but at least he wasn’t hurt. After the jump, check out photos of Brad‘s spill … More »
Hottie McHoster Jake Gyllenhaal and his father Stephen were spotted roaming the streets of NYC together this weekend enjoying a bit of bonding time together. It’s been quite some time since we’ve seen Jakey poo out and about without Reese Witherspoon by his side so while I would much prefer to see photos of the chap all by himself (preferably in some state of undress), I guess I can live with photos of Jake with his dad:
Aren’t these a fine pair of handsome men? I love it when Jake spends time with his family … we usually see him with his sister Maggie Gyllenhaal but it really looks like Jake and his dad are best buds. He’s such a nice boy … whoever manages to nab him is a lucky duck … and worthy of my jealous hate ;) I keed, I keed … kinda but not really ;)
Madonna has made her way to Malawi this week to plant a tree and officially break ground on the site of a new girls school to be called The Raising Malawi Academy for Girls which is slated to open by 2011. Maddy and her children — Lourdes Maria, Rocco John, David Banda and Chifundo Mercy James — were all in attendance at today’s tree planting/ground breaking ceremony … here are a few photos:
Madonna marked the start of construction of her school for girls in Malawi on Monday by planting a tree at the planned site of the $15 million school. The 51-year-old celebrity arrived in the impoverished southern African country on Sunday accompanied by her four children — daughters Lourdes and Mercy, and sons Rocco and David. Madonna adopted Mercy from Malawi earlier this year and adopted David from the country in 2008. The singer was dressed in a dark summer dress and a colorful shawl during Monday’s ceremony in the town of Chinkhota, some six miles (10 kilometers) from the capital, Lilongwe. Together with eldest daughter Lourdes she planted a Moringa tree, a hardy tree with edible leaves. “If this school is a success — with God-willing it will be — we will replicate it not only in Malawi but in other parts of the world as well,” she said. The new school will be called the Raising Malawi Academy for Girls and will open by 2011 and educate 500 students, said its future principal, Anjimile Mtila-Opponyo. It will be similar to the school built by talk show host Oprah Winfrey in South Africa. Mtila-Opponyo said the curriculum will emphasize science and mathematics. “Madonna did not accept that Malawian women would not study science to become doctors,” she said. The singer told some 1,000 gathered villagers she was inspired by the strength of Malawian girls and women. “In all my travels, investigations and conversations the most recurring thing is how amazing Malawian women are, both young and old, how industrious they are and how much they deserve to be educated,” she said. Madonna’s Raising Malawi, a charity founded in 2006 when she first visited the country, helps feed, educate and provide medical care for some of Malawi’s orphans. Malawi, a nation of 12 million, is one of the poorest countries in the world. About 500,000 children have lost a parent to AIDS. Madonna will also meet with President Bingu wa Mutharika on Tuesday and visit some of the orphanages her charity supports.
Clearly Madonna has big plans to make good on her promise to give back to the country that has given so much to her. It’s very clear that she loves her adopted children very, very much and is working as hard as she can to enrich the region as best she can. It would’ve been very easy for Madonna to adopt her children, throw some money towards Malawi and never look back. I have every confidence that her commitment to the people of Malawi is genuine and true. It is my sincere hope that The Raising Malwai Academy for Girls is a huge success … and will help educate a new generation of girls so that they can forge their own successful futures. This is so great!! If you would like to donate to Raising Malawi and help Madonna in her endeavors, you can find out how to do so HERE. Madonna will MATCH whatever amount you choose to donate!
I was so umprepared for the emotional impact of the show that I felt physically drained aftwards. I almost decided to call it a day but I have a standing date with my friends to hang out on Sunday nights so I rallied and made my way to Darion’s for dinner. His friend Yasmine joined us and we had a blast … Jordan showed up after dinner and we spent the rest of the night playing Rock Band. ‘Twas a very fun night … and a great way to wind up the weekend.
This coming week is really bizzy … we’ve got things scheduled every single night. This afternoon, I have some errands to run … not the least of which is to pick up props for my Hallowe’en costume. I’m SO excited about my costume … I can’t WAIT to wear it!! I’m gonna keep my costume a secret for now … and will make the big reveal on my Twitter account on Hallowe’en … stay tuned :)
Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) is 32, Seth McFarlane (Family Guy) is 36, Keith Urban is 42, Natalie Merchant is 46 and Pat Sajak (Wheel of Fortune) is 63 years old today. Click HERE to see who else is celebrating a birthday today.
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Yesterday afternoon David and I attended a theatrical reading/performance of The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later, An Epilogue which is a sequel of sorts to the critically acclaimed play The Laramie Project which chronicled the year after the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard took place in Laramie, WY. Laramie: 10 Years Later picks up 10 years after Shepard‘s brutal murder and chronicles the ways Laramie has changed and not changed in that time. Yesterday’s performance took place at the Hollywood United Methodist Church and featured an all-star cast of players … Julie Benz (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dexter), Christian Clemenson (CSI: Miami), James Cromwell (Babe, The Queen), Lisa Edelstein (House, M.D.), Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory), Barrett Foa (NCIS: Los Angeles), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Pauley Perrette (NCIS), Zachary Quinto (Heroes, Star Trek), Helen Shaver (The L Word), Michael Weatherly (NCIS). Here is a photo of the cast, taken by Richard Settle from the United Methodist Church, and an interview with actress Pauley Perrette about the performance:
NCIS’ Pauley Perrette and more of TV’s biggest stars are banding together for a one-time performance of The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later to benefit the Matthew Shepard Foundation and stand up for gay rights. The play is a sequel to The Laramie Project, which was based on the reactions of people in Laramie, Wyo., after Shepard, a 21-year-old gay college student, was murdered there in 1998. The new production revisits the townspeople a decade later and also portrays an interview with one of Shepard’s killers. The new play began performances across the country on Oct. 12. Perrette said she was approached by a member of her church, Hollywood United Methodist Church, about putting together a reading of the play there. Pretty soon, Perrette’s NCIS co-star Michael Weatherly, The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki, House’s Lisa Edelstein, Dexter’s Julie Benz, Heroes’ Zachary Quinto and Emmy winner Christian Clemenson were all on board. “We have so many people from so many different shows, which is fun,” Perrette toldTVGuide.com. “Everyone we called was like, ‘I’m in.’ It’s really incredible. We’re just extremely excited, and it’s really amazing to have that many people come together to do something that’s important.” The reading is planned to coincide with a book signing and speaking appearance by Shepard’s mother, Judy. All proceeds go to benefit the Matthew Shepard Foundation, which promotes antiviolence toward the gay and lesbian community. Perrette, who describes herself as an “outspoken civil rights activist who never shuts up,” says it’s important for people to stand up and be heard. “With so much going on with Prop. 8 and everything else right now, LGBT civil rights activism is what’s most necessary,” Perrette said. “In the women’s movement, women needed men to stand up and say this isn’t right. In the civil rights of the ’60s, it took people of all color to demand equal rights. And in this case, it takes straight chicks like me to demand equal rights for everybody.” Perrette also said it is incumbent on the government to make changes. “I believe that what is legislated bleeds down into everything,” she says. “So if the legislation continues to uphold anything that doesn’t support equal rights and civil rights, that bleeds down into Matthew Shepard being murdered.” Coincidentally, moments after we interviewed Perrette, news broke that the Senate passed a hate-crimes amendment that was partly inspired by Shepard’s murder.
The performance yesterday was … stunning. I was not fully prepared for the emotion that overwhelmed me as I heard the works spoken on that stage. It’s pretty incredible to know that it’s been 10 years since Matthew Shepard was brutally murdered for being gay and so much remains unchanged in that time. I cannot for the life of me imagine what it must feel like to endure that kind of loss … hearing the words spoken from the people of Laramie really hit me hard. Kudos goes out to the cast and crew of this extremely powerful performance. I urge all of you to read The Laramie Project and, if possible, see a performance of The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later, An Epilogue and be reminded that hate crimes are still as prevalent in this country today as they were 10 years ago … and earlier. I’m encouraged that the Senate finally passed a hate crimes amendment … it is a great step forward in policing the safety and protection of all US citizens.
Lindsay Lohan, budding fashion designer extraordinaire, is featured on the cover of the Style section of the UK newspaper The Sunday Times … in her coverstory interview, Lindsay opens up about the recent Ungaro fashion show that she “oversaw” and was described by pretty much all accounts as a disaster. Lindsay, aware of the way she seems to be targeted by critics, brushes off the negative reviews and seems happy with her place in the world of Fashion. Here is Lindsay‘s Sunday Times: Style coverphoto and some excerpts from the coverstory interview/article:
You look like a good girl, but we all know you are bad,” goads the photographer Ellen von Unwerth, as she snaps Lindsay Lohan vamping it up on the floor of her room at Hôtel Plaza Athenée in Paris. Lohan revels in this reference to her notoriety, and pouts harder, throwing back her waist-length, newly blonde hair (the result, she reveals, of two 12-hour days in the salon). The room looks like the aftermath of one of those home-alone teen parties advertised on Facebook that then gets horribly out of hand. Chaos rules. Designer clothes are strewn everywhere; most of them from a sweep of the Emanuel Ungaro boutique that Lohan made upon her arrival in Paris, walking away with an estimated £90,000 worth of free clothes. Shoes, make-up, jewellery, even a stray lampshade obscure the hotel carpet. Her passport is in here somewhere. She’s been looking for it for days. Frankly, I’m surprised Lohan’s got the energy even to raise a smile. It’s been a trying week. She’s in town for her new gig as artistic advisor to the once-revered house of Emanuel Ungaro. How much work that actually involved was revealed when her catwalk show was roundly drubbed by the fashion community the following day; as her new fashion sugar daddy, the CEO of Emanuel Ungaro, Mounir Moufarrige, put it: “They knifed us.” With no formal design experience, it was hardly a surprise, but there is a logic behind fashion’s new Faustian pact. Lohan brings notoriety, press (good and bad) and a worldwide audience to a house that has been on the skids for years. If that can be translated into sales, the brand’s future could be secure. Moufarrige won’t reveal her pay package, saying only that it is “quite enough. It’s expensive”. Given her unpredictability, it is also a risk. Her fragility, says Moufarrige, “has been factored in”. It needs to be … The big question for anyone interviewing her is: will she actually turn up? Lohan had already cancelled several interviews during her stay in Paris. The day before our shoot, I’m told Lohan has been rushed to hospital with food poisoning. (The night before, she’d been to a Mario Testino party and was hanging out with Daphne Guinness.) Despite her fragile state, confirmation of our meet and shoot finally comes through just before midnight.
Around noon, Lohan makes it out of her room and into the hotel lobby; late, bizarrely, because she wanted to tidy up her suite before we arrived (yes, our pictures are the “after” shots). She’s obviously tired, and her wet hair suggests she’s just woken up, but she is here.
Wearing a ruched black Emanuel Ungaro minidress, thigh boots, a sequined black beret and a large Chanel scarf (she’d treated her 15-year-old sister, Ali, to a shopping spree there earlier in the week), the first thing you notice is how tiny she is, then what a large bosom she has. Her pale skin has been sprayed the colour of a ginger-snap biscuit and the lines etched into her freckled forehead make her look at least 10 years older than she is. She orders an iced water in a voice honed by too many cigarettes and a lifetime of late nights. When she sniffs, which is often, she refers to “my allergies”.
Despite all these signs of fatigue, she talks at breakneck speed, racing though sentences and peppering them with California-isms. “I’ve always been really interested in, you know, the fashion industry, and I really have a great appreciation for designers, and all the work that goes into one piece of clothing, and how expressive it can be,” she announces. Of her role at Emanuel Ungaro, she says: “This is more personal to me. It is more about who I am and what I want to say as a person through clothing.”
And what exactly does she want to say? Her efforts, pulled together in three short weeks with her design partner, Estrella Archs, resulted in a parade of teeny ruched party dresses, scattered with heart motifs and rhinestones (left). It was fun, young, but not ground-breaking. Lohan appeared dazed and emotional as she took her catwalk bow, her big, wide eyes filled with the kind of grateful tears that suggested Disney had made all her fashion dreams come true. “It was such a surreal experience and I think I was emotional probably for the entire week, but when we walked out, it was a good feeling,” she says.
In the scrum backstage (one journalist crawled on her belly, between the legs of the photographers, merely to get a quote from the starlet), she said that the whole experience had been “like a fairy tale”. Then after this soaring high came a crashing low. The reviews began to flood in and the dream became a nightmare — a familiar pattern for Lohan. The industry bible, WWD, called her efforts “an embarrassment”; others were not so kind.
After the jump, check out some a few photos from this Sunday Times article, find out how Lindsay dealt with the harsh reviews of her Ungaro fashion show and find out what she’s got planned for the future … More »
La Toya Jackson, who has become quite the social butterfly in recent weeks, was spotted on the streets of Beverly Hills, CA over the weekend. Actually, she was spotted on one Beverly Hills street in particular … Rodeo Drive. Here are pics of Toy wearing a very bedazzling outfit as she enjoyed a day of shopping on one of the world’s most expensive streets:
Whether she’s dining out with family members or just dining out alone, La Toya has been pretty vigilant about going out on a semi-nightly basis. Now that the spotlight of attention has been focused on her family, she seems happy to bask in its glow … which is prolly why she insists on wearing such sparkling outfits … to better catch the limelight. I would assume that Toy Toy picked up a few more sparkly things on this trip to Rodeo Drive … after all, she’ll need something shiny and new to wear when she goes out on the town again ;)
Well, well, WELL now … what have we here??? It turns out that young singer Taylor Swift and young actor Taylor Lautner got together last night to attend the LA Kings vs. Columbus Blue Jackets hockey game at the Staples Center here in LA … could this be a sign that the Taylors are hooking up to become Young Hollywood’s hottest new couple???
This photo of Taylor2 was posted on Twitter by the official NHL Twitter profile but I was given the head’s up of this hook-up by Pink reader Melissa on Twitter. HMMM. At this point, it’s impossible to know if these two are “just friends” or if they are something more. You may recall that Taylor Lautner was hanging out with Selena Gomez earlier this year and nothing really came from their fraternization … but where Taylena failed, perhaps Taylor2 will succeed? How disgustingly cute would it be if the Taylors really did start dating? Ugh. Are y’all ready for that?
Fans of “The A-Team” don’t have to wait much longer for a real look at the new do-gooder mercenaries with the release of the film’s first official photo. Standing in front of the mist and armed with guns are Bradley Cooper as Lt. Templeton “Faceman” Peck, Quinton Jackson as B.A. Baracus, Sharlto Copley as H.M. “Howling Mad” Murdoch and Liam Neeson as Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith … “The A-Team” is a big screen adaptation to the popular ’80s NBC series of the same name. The original idea of the TV series is used for the movie version, meaning the story will still revolve around four war veterans who are convicted of armed robbery but manage to escape from military prison and become do-gooder mercenaries. Jessica Biel adds to the cast ensemble as she will be seen starring as the ex-lover of Face who becomes the Army general pursuing the mercenary team. Appointed director Joe Carnahan, in the meantime, is also tapped to polish the Skip Woods’ script along with writer Brian Bloom. The movie is expecting a June 11, 2010 U.S. release.
As I’ve said all along, they did an amazing job casting this movie … when you compare this new A-Team with the original A-Team …
… you can see how great care has been paid to keep the spirit of the original characters alive while updating their looks to fit in with modern times. Yes, I’m kinda bummed that B.A. Baracus (played originally by Mr. T) doesn’t like to wear heaps of gold chains around his neck anymore but I can understand why the change was made. At least the new B.A. still has a mohawk :) Thus far, I’m likin’ what I’m seein’ … this movie adaptation might turn out to be notsobad after all.
While the Beckham boys were enjoying their Pinkberry treats, mama Victoria Beckham was winging her way back home to SoCal after spending some time in the UK doing whatever it is that she does when she flies there every other week. Here are a couple pics of Vicki B. dressed in a very shiny zippered Glad trash bag as she made her way thru the airport bound for home:
I mean, as far as Glad trash bags go … this looks like a nice one. I’m sure the Beckham Bunch are happily reunited by now … I wonder if the boys saved any Pinkberry for VB.
Samantha Burke has shown off five-week-old Sophia Lee, her daughter by actor Jude Law, for the first time. The glowing 25-year-old brunette posed for a glossy photoshoot at her Florida home for Hello! magazine, with her baby, who was born weighing just 5lb 12oz after mother Samantha suffered a 25-hour labour. But despite DNA results proving the actor is the father of Burke’s child following a brief relationship, she revealed he has not yet visited his fourth child. Jude is currently wowing audiences on New York’s Broadway with his spellbinding performance in Hamlet. But it seems that his first glimpse of the child he has confirmed he is the father of will come at the same time as the rest of the world. Miss Burke, who reportedly earned £185,000 for the photoshoot, said: ‘She’s already got such a great personality. I think he’ll fall in love with her when he sees her.’ Describing Sophia, Samantha said she looks more like her famous father, and is already showing signs of sharing his mannerisms. ‘Her features are more like Jude’s. She has his chin and nose, and she does a little pout that I notice that he’s done before. I think her eyes are more like mine, though. ‘You can’t always tell when they’re so young but they don’t have that big, glassy look that his do – mine are a little smaller and more like hers.’ In a revealing interview, Miss Burke tells how she met Jude at a club in New York, and that the devoted father of three children – Rafferty, 13, Iris, nine, and Rudy, seven with ex-wife Sadie Frost – has not yet travelled to meet Sophia. ‘There are no plans for it to happen at the moment, but I know he’s busy.’ Asked if she had received any presents from Jude, who demanded a DNA test a few months ago, the former model admitted: ‘No nothing.’ She also revealed her hopes for her daughter’s relationship with the actor, who will soon be seen in Guy Ritchie’s film Sherlock Holmes. She said: ‘I hope for him to be just as good as he is to his three children by Sadie Frost. He’s a great father to his three kids. She’s his daughter and I believe he’ll come through. I mean once you see her face, how can you deny it?’ She also denied claims that she is a ‘gold-digger’, insisting: ‘It really hurt. I have never dated a guy for money. All my ex-boyfriends were just normal guys.’ A spokesman for Law acknowledged the pregnancy in a statement released in July after reports surfaced in the media that Burke was expecting. ‘Jude Law can confirm that, following a relationship last year, he has been advised that he is to be the father of a child due in the fall of this year,’ the actor’s representative said. ‘Mr Law is no longer in a relationship with the individual concerned but he intends to be a fully supportive part of the child’s life. This is an entirely private matter and no other statements will be made.’
There ain’t no denying that little Sophia Lee is a precious and beautiful baby. Whatever the circumstances of her conception, she is an adorable little miracle and should be treated as such. While I can’t say that I necessarily blame mama Burke for selling the photos to Hello! magazine, I do hope that she is smart with the money and socks it away for her daughter should papa Jude Law not step up and care for this child like he does for his other children. It’s really crappy for this innocent little girl that her famous father seems to want nothing to do with her … like it’s her fault :( In the end, I wish everyone involved the best of luck … this is not an ideal situation by any means. Sophia Lee is just the cutest little thing … may she live a long and happy life full of LOVE from her family. If you are interested in seeing more photos of Sophia Lee, you can pick up a copy of Hello! mag which hits newsstands this week.
Mom-to-be and supermodel Gisele Bündchen was spotted on the West Village streets of NYC yesterday with bulging baby bump braving the cold rain. As you can see, her emerging bump has gotten bigger since we last saw it … behold:
Here are a couple photos of Suri Holmes-Cruise with her mom Katie Holmes on the set of Tom Cruise‘s new film Knight and Day which is currently in production in Massachusetts. As you can see, Suri was all gussied up in her fetching red ensemble:
While some may find the red on red on red a bit matchy-matchy, I think it works well for the little Miss. This color red really suits her … and at the very least, makes her really noticeable. Should the little dear suffer a malfunction or blow a spark plug, it would be easy to see if she makes a break for freedom. Ain’t she just a doll?
Last night David and I carved the pumpkins that we picked on our last Date Night outing … and we had a blast! David’s sisters Lara and Eden helped out immensely (they were great at scooping out all the pumpkin guts) and Eden baked up all the pumpkin seeds but David and I did the actual carving … behold:
David adeptly carved his design and I went old skool … it was really fun :)
After the pumpkins were carved, we took the girls to XIV for dinner … and ate our faces off. Sadly, the girls have already made their way to the airport and should be taking off for the East Coast any moment now. It was great having them here … hopefully next time they can stay longer.
This afternoon, David and I are going to a performance of The Laramie Project at the United Methodist Church in Hollywood, CA and then are meeting up with some friends for our weekly Sunday night hang session. Fun!!
You kinda gotta love a guy whose abs are ripped to the point that a person could scrub a load of laundry on them. I believe the word you are looking for is Hubba-Hubba. I am happy to report that the temperatures here in SoCal remain in the high awesome range (it’s supposed to be in the low 80′s today) and photos like this one of Colin seem absolutely apropos. Today would be a great day to hit the beach and take in the sights. Happy Hot Day to you and yours!!
Congratulations are in order for the Los Angeles Galaxy who won the MLS Western Conference Championship title for the first time since 2002 after they defeated the San Jose Earthquakes by a score of 2-0 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA last night. I’m not sure how much help David Beckham was in the win but he looked good on the field so, that should count for something, right?
The Los Angeles Galaxy continued their improbable rise from the depths of MLS with Saturday’s 2-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes that clinched their first Western Conference regular season title since 2002. The Galaxy, playing in front of a sold-out crowd of 27,000 at The Home Depot Center, were the recipient of some good fortune in the win, their first against their bitter northern California rivals this season in three tries in the “California Clasico.” The victory gave the Galaxy (12-6-12) 48 points and first place in the West, no matter the outcome of Sunday’s regular-season finale between Chivas USA and the Houston Dynamo. The Galaxy own the head-to-head tiebreaker with both teams, should one of them tie the Galaxy for points. The Galaxy, which tied for the worst record in MLS only a year ago, certainly hope their first West regular season title in seven years is a good omen. The last they won the West, they also won the MLS Cup. They just missed out that season on a double when they were beaten by the Columbus Crew in the U.S. Open Cup final. The Galaxy got a badly needed insurance goal in the 77th minute when Chris Klein, who had just come on as a substitute for Mike Magee, sent a beautiful pass to Landon Donovan who had gotten behind defender Brandon McDonald. Donovan took the pass, then beat an onrushing Cannon through his legs for his 12th goal of the season. The Galaxy dominated for most of Saturday’s match, especially in a first half which featured several good chances before ironically taking the lead on what amounted to a fluke goal. It was just five minutes into the match when the Galaxy had its first chance on an 8-yard blast by defender Sean Franklin after a wild scramble just outside the goal crease and directly in front of the San Jose net. But his attempt never made it through a group of players and was blocked by McDonald, a former member of the Galaxy. Then it was David Beckham’s turn 12 minutes later. San Jose’s Bobby Convey was called for a foul and then received a caution for dissent to set up a free kick from about 28 yards. Beckham expertly curved the ball over and around the Earthquakes defensive wall, but the ball sailed wide of the net by no more than a yard. San Jose, which was on a four-game (1-0-3) unbeaten streak on the road, finally showed some life on offense barely two minutes later when a shot by Ramiro Corrales just missed the Galaxy net from about 20 yards. The Galaxy, however, clearly were holding the upper hand in quality chances. Dema Kovalenko, for example, known more for his defensive play, got into the offensive flow and barely chipped one over the crossbar in the 22nd minute. That led to the Galaxy’s unusual score two minutes later. Donovan simply was attempting a cross into the penalty area when San Jose’s Bobby Burling stuck out his foot. The ball was deflected just enough, sailed high over the outstretched hand of Earthquakes goalie Joe Cannon and landed in the far corner of the net for a stunning own goal and 1-0 Galaxy lead. The Earthquakes responded with their best chance of the opening 45 minutes. It was just two minutes later when Corrales attempted a free kick and sent the ball deep into the Galaxy penalty area. McDonald, streaking toward the net, got his head on it. Galaxy goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, however, got his hand on it and made the save. The Galaxy had three more scoring opportunities in the half, first on Edson Buddle’s 22-yard attempt that Cannon saved easily; Chris Birchall’s attempt from a sharp angle that went wide of the net and, finally, another Beckham free kick. This one, in the 35th minute, was from 30 yards and went just high over the crossbar. By virtue of the victory, the Galaxy now know they will be the road team in the first leg of next week’s Western Conference Semifinal Series. But whether they travel to Houston — or remain right at home for the first-ever SuperClasico playoff series against fellow Home Depot Center residents Chivas USA — remains to be seen.
Hurray!! This is great news for the Galaxy … and the news just keeps getting better. As is his custom, Becks stripped off his jersey after the match and paraded around the grounds showin’ off his fine physique. After the jump, check out a few pics of hawt Becks stripped down to the waist … More »
Thirty years into his career, the Minnesota icon showed his faithful something new Saturday night at Paisley Park in Chanhassen: It was his smoothest (read most efficiently run) show there ever. The show advertised for 11 p.m. actually started at 11:10, unheard of at Paisley, where shows typically have started whenever Prince feels like it (read 1 a.m. at the earliest). For the first time, he even offered a free shuttle-bus service so people could leave their vehicles at a nearby park-and-ride and take a plush bus for a 8-minute drive to Paisley. How slick was that? Late-night shows were commonplace at Paisley in the late 1990s but Prince had not done any announced shows there since 2004 after his Musicology Tour concerts at Xcel Energy Center. Those soirees cost $50 whereas Saturday’s gig (which was announced late Friday afternoon) cost $31.21 for fan-club members and $40 for others. Many of the people at Paisley this time seemed to be first-timers for the late-night Purple experience. How was the show? Prince played 10 minutes short of three hours — without changing his outfit. That’s a first. My quickie review (a full review will be posted later) is that he showed more versatility and musicality in the first hour than Michael Jackson did in his entire career. Prince started with a bunch of tunes from this year’s “Lotusflow3r” collection and then he paraded through his hits, especially from the 1980s. In fact, I don’t recall one tune from the ’90s and only “Feel 4 U” from the ’70s. With his horn-less band, Prince has never sounded funkier at Paisley. He was talkative and humorous, loose and spontaneous, calling out songs and arrangements as well as an occasional “so-low” for himself on guitar. He saluted the Time, the Doobie Brothers and the Jackson 5 in song and verbally acknowledged his debt to James Brown, the Jacksons, Chaka Khan, Rufus, Stevie Wonder, Sly Stone, Joni Mitchell and Tower of Power. His pal Larry Graham sat in on bass for a series of Sly & the Family Stone tunes, and backup singer Shelby J stepped out front on a couple of selections, most notably “The Arms of an Angel.” But this show was about Prince and his love of funk and his guitar prowess. He even offered a little “country western” guitar passage, as he put it, and one of his more passionate versions of “Purple Rain” to close the evening.
Judging from the songs alluded to in this report, it sounds like the last night’s setlist was very similar to the ones he performance in France recently. I gotta tell you, if I had more time to plan I might’ve hopped a plane to Minneapolis to attend last night’s concert. I have always DREAMED of seeing a show at Paisley Park … Mecca for Prince fans. I’ve been extremely jealous of the fans who live close enough to attend these performances. I hope that I will, one day, be able to see one of these shows … here’s hoping last night’s performance wasn’t the last Paisley Park show ever.
There’s peace in Genoa City: Eric Braeden, the longtime star of CBS’ top-rated “The Young and the Restless,” has agreed to return to the show. Braeden opted to leave a few weeks ago after producer Sony Pictures Television asked all cast and crew to take major pay cuts. In the actor’s case, that mean a reduction from around $1.5 million per year to around $1 million. But now a person familiar with the matter says Braeden has accepted Sony’s pay cut and will return to the series. The timing of his return is still being worked out. Braeden’s last episode was to have been Nov. 2. News of his return comes days after TheWrap reported that Sony had been considering hiring a well-known actor to fill the gap left by Braeden’s departure.
UPDATE 7:40 PM CDT: A spokesman for Braeden confirmed to TheWrap that the actor has agreed to return to the show.
Hmmm … I’m actually surprised that Eric Braeden decided to take the pay cut in order to stay on the show. While I believe it’s the smart thing to do (especially in this economy), Braeden strikes me as a stubborn and proud man (much like his character on Y&R) and my gut told me he wouldn’t budge. Work is work and a pay check is a pay check … in the end the studio is happy they got their way, Braeden should be happy that he still has a job and fans of the show will deffo be happy that Victor Newman will remain on the show. It sounds like a win-win-win situation all the way around.
The mother of Jude Law’s love-child is believed to have sold the first pictures of their newborn daughter for £180,000. A team of photographers, believed to work for Hello! magazine, last week arrived at the modest Florida house where Samantha Burke is staying with month-old Sophia. Miss Burke could be glimpsed posing with her baby under an umbrella inside the £125,000 house in a downmarket area know as the ‘Redneck Riviera’. Legal experts had predicted the actor’s offer to pay financial support to the 24-year-old model would secure her silence about the fling that led to her pregnancy. But Miss Burke recently hired a Hollywood publicity agent to sell the rights to exclusive portraits of Sophia, and an interview about her friendship with the 36-year-old Alfie star. One source said: ‘Samantha may have got pregnant by accident but she’s a smart businesswoman. ‘The child has rarely left the house since her birth and when Samantha has had to take her out for some reason or the other, her face is carefully covered.’ Miss Burke discovered she was expecting Law’s fourth child after they had a brief relationship while he was filming Sherlock Holmes in New York last December. She is now staying with her mother Lea. Her family have already spoken publicly about Law’s reaction after hearing of her pregnancy. Delores Burke, her grandmother, claimed he had ‘behaved as less than a gentleman’. ‘Samantha is a lovely girl but she is only 24 years old,’ she added. ‘At that age, you think you are a grown-up but you are still very young. He is old enough to know better.’ However, friends of Law have dismissed the allegations. One said: ‘Jude has said from the outset he will support the child, even though he is no longer in a relationship with Samantha. Jude has been a total gentleman.’ Miss Burke’s agent Eileen Koch confirmed last night that the publication rights had been sold for £180,000. Law’s publicist Sarah Keene said: ‘I haven’t any comment to make.’
And so … it begins. To be honest, I am not surprised at all that Burke decided to sell the photos … celeb babies can generate huge revenues for magazines. I wouldn’t bat an eyelash if Burke also presold the story of her “romance” with Jude Law as well. While I sincerely doubt that the money she made from the sale of these photos will go to a charity, I would hope that Ms. Burke would have the foresight to put the money in a high-interest savings account that could be used for her daughter’s college fund. I ain’t gonna lie … I can’t wait to see what Jude Law‘s new daughter looks like … I bet she’s a doll. I wonder if Jude Law has seen what his new daughter looks like … if not, he can pick up a copy of Hello! magazine and get his first look, too!
This is the moment singer Morrissey collapsed on stage with breathing difficulties. The former Smiths frontman, 50, was performing at the Oasis Leisure Centre in Swindon before falling to the floor. He had just sung 1983 hit This Charming Man to the 1000-strong audience before he collapsed and was rushed to hospital. Witnesses said the singer – whose full name is Steven Patrick Morrissey – seemed to be ‘straining’ and ‘wincing’ as he sang before sinking to the floor. Audience members said that he came on stage looking drawn and told the audience: ‘Good evening… probably.’ Eyewitness Mark Taylor, 40, told the Sunday Telegraph: ‘The stage went dark and he was taken off the stage and then his band then all left the stage. ‘There was a wait of about 25 minutes before one of the stage crew came on and said Morrissey had left the building, and that he was seriously ill. ‘Everybody started booing, thinking ‘here we go again’. He has a bit of a poor track record for cancelling his concerts.’ A Great Western Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: ‘Just after 9pm we got a call to a 50-year-old man who was reported to be reported to be suffering from respiratory problems and was unconscious. ‘We sent a paramedic in a doubled-crewed ambulance. When they arrived they found a conscious patient who was not feeling well at all. They made an initial assessment and took him to the Great Western Hospital for further assessment.’ She said his condition was not thought to be life threatening. A hospital spokesman said: ‘Morrissey has been admitted to the Great Western Hospital. He is being reviewed by the medical staff and his condition is stable.’ Morrissey has already cancelled a number of dates this year citing an ‘unspecified illness’.
This is very scary news but I’m happy to know that Moz is in stable condition. As I mentioned earlier this week, Morrissey is scheduled to play shows in Europe thruout November before returning to the US for a string of dates here. It’s unclear if any of those performances will actually happen now. I would much rather Morrissey take his time and recuperate from whatever it is that is ailing him so that he can stay healthy. Let’s send all our love and get well wishes to the Mozzer in the hopes for a speedy and full recovery.
*Much love goes out to my tweeps on Twitter who alerted me to Morrissey‘s collapse just moments after it took place … @gretchenraine was the first to give me the head’s up:
@trentvanegas Morrissey collapsed onstage tonight – if you have any contacts who have an update will you post it? PLEASE?!! *worried*
Earlier this week, Bravo TV aired the second season finale of The Real Housewives of Atlanta (which, to be honest, I found wholly and entirely boring) and announced that the Atlanta Housewives reunion would be aired in two parts starting next week. Clearly some fence-mending took place at the reunion (or shortly thereafter) because once-friends, then bitter enemies and costars NeNe Leakes and Kim Zolciak were spotted all chummy as BFFs again at Mr. Chow restaurant in Beverly Hills, CA last night:
You may recall that earlier this year Kim alleged that NeNe tried to “choke her out” while the two were in production of the second season of The Real Housewives but that incident (whether it really happened or not) seems now to be water under the bridge. I suppose it’s nice that the ladies have kissed and made up (well, hugged) but with this good news … comes bad news … very, very bad news.
I have it on good authority that Kim Zolciak does NOT like to wear underwear … and now YOU are going to have it on the very same HORRIFYING authority. Kim managed to flash her naughty nasty bits as she get out of her car to meet up with NeNe at Mr. Chow last night … and horror or horrors … it is NOT a pretty sight:
If you are feeling brave enough to see, stupid enough to see or just plain hateful enough towards your eyeballs to see, you can behold the uncensored version of this crotch shot photo of Kim after the jump. Be warned it is not only extremely NSFW but it is also not safe for human consumption under any possible circumstances — LOOK AT YOUR OWN RISK … More »
Bobby Brown, former popstar and husband of Whitney Houston, managed to give an impromptu live performance in Times Square, NYC this week at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill … it’s unclear if Bobby was booked to play an actual concert at the venue or if the brokeass couldn’t pay his bill and had to do something to pay his tab but there he was … on stage … singin’. Here are a few pics:
Every time I see Bobby huffin’ and puffin’ on stage, trying to get thru a live performance, it always looks to me like he is on the brink of collapse. His rampant drug use is legendary so I don’t believe he is in the best shape physically … now that he’s not able to ride Whitney‘s coattails (nor does he have access to her riches) it looks like he’ll do any and everything he can to make a buck. At least he’s workin’ … now mebbe he’ll be able to keep up with his child support payments and can keep his ass out of jail.
Yesterday was a fun day for David, his sisters and me … we met up with our friends Ollie, Tamar, Caleb, Rob and Brett at Disneyland so that we could enjoy an evening of mirth and merriment celebrating Halloween Time at the park. I brought along my full size Polaroid Spectra camera and Tamar brought along her Fuji Instax Mini 7S camera and we managed to get a few fun instant photos:
After hearing the good news that Polaroid cameras and film will go into production again next year, I was inspired to start snapping more Polaroid photos again :) I also took a few fun cameraphone photos and posted them on my Twitpic page HERE. We had a total blast last night … if you live in SoCal you MUST get to Disneyland for Halloween Time … it’s really very fun :)
This afternoon, David and I are taking the sisters out for some sunshine fun … not sure what we’re doing just yet but I’m sure we’ll think of something. Happy Weekend!!
Here is this week’s batch of photos sent in by Pink is the new Blog readers — Brittany sends in a pic of her BFF Lindsey who just celebrated her Hawt Dirty Thirty birthday — Lura sends in pic with actor/musician Ryan Gosling whom she met after the first Dead Man’s Bones concert in Cambridge, MA last week — Tory in South Florida sends in a pic of her kiddies Trenton and Kayden showin’ off their Hallowe’en costumes this year … he’s a cool Optimus Prime she is an adorable Hannah Montana — Pammy sends in a pic with her BFF Greg sitting in the audience at a taping of The Wendy Williams Show in NYC — Javier sends in a pic with Shereé Whitfield from The Real Housewives of Atlanta whom he got to meet at an event in Dallas, TX:
Thank you all for taking the time to send in another batch of amazing photos!! Birthday lurve goes out to Lindsey and regular love goes out to the rest of you :) Remember, Hallowe’en is next Saturday so if any of y’all have fun costume photos to send in … please do! I’d love to be able to post an entire batch of Hallowe’en photos next Saturday :) Send in those pics, y’all!!
Well, well now … could it be that Britney Spears and Jason Trawick are finally ready to public with their amorous relationship? Britwick were spotted out on the town together here in SoCal last night on what appears to have been a date. The couple enjoyed dinner at Little Door restaurant and were REPORTEDLY seen “kissing” and “cuddling” one another all night long. Now, there is no photographic evidence of this kissing/cuddling but the couple were snapped making their way out of the restaurant together and into their waiting car:
Yeah … as much as I would LOVE to believe that Britwick were all over each other at dinner last night, I’m afraid I’ll be erring on the side of caution and will hold off on my excitement. While I’m confident that the couple are more than just friends, I don’t know that I believe that they’d be so openly willing to get all smoochy in public. I think they’ll get there some day … just not quite yet.
Hello Kitty, the cute little animated white cat who stands three apples tall and wears a big red bow, is celebrating her 35th anniversary this year and is being honored here in SoCal with an art exhibit titled Three Apples which features artwork and special edition products emblazoned with Hello Kitty‘s likeness on them. The exhibit hosted a red carpet event on Thursday night and here are a few photos of some of the celebs who came out to celebrate Hello Kitty along with the press release announcement for the event:
It’s Hello Kitty’s 35th Anniversary and SANRIO is celebrating in a big way. In addition to launching a variety of special, limited edition products, SANRIO will introduce Three Apples, a multi-dimensional exhibition and celebration of all things Hello Kitty running from October 23 to November 15 at Royal/T in Culver City, CA. Royal/T is the visually stunning and playful, 10,000 square foot Japanese-inspired art exhibition space, retail store and “cosplay” maid cafe, located within the city’s vibrant arts community. This is the first time that SANRIO has produced an event for the Hello Kitty fans in North America. The exhibition as well as all events will be open to the public free of charge and will offer something for all Hello Kitty fans, no matter their age. Three Apples — so named as a nod to Hello Kitty’s weight as listed in her official bio – features an unprecedented lineup of over 80 celebrated artists, who’ve been invited to interpret their creative vision of Hello Kitty in unique, original works that will be on display and for sale. The art exhibition at Three Apples will be curated by Jamie Rivadeneira, owner of JapanLA, a Los Angeles boutique that specializes in “cute” Japanese and American products. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the artwork will benefit L.A. Works, a volunteer action center that creates and implements hands-on community service projects throughout the greater Los Angeles area … Limited edition prints of selected artwork will be released at special events during Three Apples. For continually updated information regarding Three Apples exhibit and the events, please visit www.sanrio.com/threeapples.
It’s clear that Hello Kitty appeals, on some level, to a lot of different people … including rockers like Dave Navarro of Jane’s Addiction and Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy. I gotta admit, even I have a soft spot in my heart for the cute little kitty. It’s crazy to think that Hello Kitty is 35 years old … cuz she still looks as young as ever. It’s gotta be botox. In any event, I hope y’all will join me in wishing Hello Kitty a happy 35th and if you’re in the neighborhood, make sure you check out this Three Apples exhibit … it looks like the perfect place to get your cute overload fix.
Ouch!! Little Levi Alves McConaughey, first born son of Matthew McConaughey and his babymama Camila Alves, spent part of his yesterday frolicking on the beach with his pet dogs and his very aggressive nanny*. Wanna know how I know the nanny is aggressive? Check out how she likes to yank around the little kid when she grabs a hold of him:
No matter how much fun kids think it is, children at this age should not be lifted up and yanked by their arms … and they really shouldn’t be yanked by one arm like this. It is my understanding that at this very young age, kids’ muscles and tendons are still being formed and trauma to their joints like this can do damage … plus, it does look painful. Now, I’m not sure that Levi‘s parents are aware that their little boy is being yanked around like this but I know I wouldn’t want anyone manhandling my child like this. Poor thing :(
But, Levi‘s day at the beach wasn’t all bad … he got to spend some time playing with the family dogs. After the jump, check out two more photos of Levi at the beach with his furry buddies … More »
Call theirs a globe-trotting romance! Renée Zellweger and Bradley Cooper have been spending time apart – he’s been filming The A-Team in Vancouver, and she’s been in Paris and New York – but Zellweger was spotted arriving at Vancouver‘s International Airport Wednesday night to spend a few days with her beau. On Thursday night, the couple and three friends arrived around 10 p.m. to Market, a Jean-Georges restaurant at downtown Vancouver’s Shangri-La Hotel. Fellow diner DJ Leanne, a Vancouver-based deejay, tells PEOPLE, “Whenever they were speaking, they had their hands on each other’s knees underneath the table, and they were holding each other’s hands underneath the table.” She adds: “They were very cute. They really looked like a couple, and that they were ‘together.’” Zellweger, 40, and Cooper, 34, who didn’t enter Market through its front doors, were seated with their friends at a round banquette, but sat on chairs with their backs facing the restaurant to remain low-key. But it was evident “Renée was very happy,” says DJ Leanne. “She was laughing, smiling. They were very cute. They were definitely having a good time and seemed happy.”
It’s unclear if the couple have been together in Vancouver all week long but since they were spotted leaving Vancouver together early this morning (and reportedly shared dinner at a restaurant called Coast last night) it would seem that they’ve been together in Vancouver since they were spotted out on the town last week. HMMMM. That’s quite a bit of time to be spending together if this were merely a fling. Could BradNée be enjoying a serious relationship together? They make a great couple … what do y’all think … are these two in lurve?
It looks like Edward Cullen just can’t catch a break. After his being attacked by Jacob, New Moon’s resident heartthrob – played by Robert Pattinson – now has to defend his mortal beloved from the vampire world’s ruling elders, the Volturi. In a new clip on Yahoo.com, Edward, Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Alice (Ashley Greene) face the wrath of elders Aro, Caius and Marcus, played by New Moon newcomers Michael Sheen, Jamie Campbell Bower and Christopher Heyerdahl. “She knows too much, she’s a liability,” warns Caius, signaling Aro to send the Volturi guard into action. As Demetri (Charlie Bewley) restrains Alice, grabbing her by the neck, Edward pounces on Felix (Daniel Cudmore). But no match for the ancient vamp’s strength, he is sent hurtling through the air. Felix then reaches up and slams Edward into the ground, cracking the floor beneath him and his cheek! The fight moves on to the big screen, when New Moon opens on Nov. 20.
The clip, tho short, is very exciting … I mean … just look at the facial expressions in the screencaps above! After the jump, check out the clip in full and see for yourselves … More »
While this all may sound like I’m not a La Toya fan, I can assure you that I am. The Jackson men generally gross me out to the max and some of that disdain does seep over onto the other Jacksons but I generally do like La Toya. It’s just a shame that she’s enjoying all of this new found attention because of the sad and untimely death of her brother. But now that the genie is out of the bottle, there’s no putting it back in … I expect La Toya and the rest of the Jacksons will enjoy the attention for as long as it keeps getting heaped on them. I suppose they gotta make a living somehow.
If it’s Hallowe’en, then it’s time for a new SAW movie … this year, we get the sixth SAW movie … whether you like it or not. Here is a photo of the SAW star Tobin Bell from the LA premiere of SAW VI which was held at the Mann Chinese 6 theater in Hollywood, CA last night:
The only other folks in attendance at last night’s screening event were actors who will be slaughtered in the film … you won’t know their names before you see the movie and you won’t know their names after you see the movie. In all honesty, I said that I was pretty much done with the SAW series after I saw part V last year … I really think I’m gonna take a pass on this latest installment. I totally get that they want to run with this franchise for as long as they can but … I’m over it. It was a fun/gross series while it lasted but it lost my interest ages ago. I’m out. How about y’all … are there still SAW fans out there who are excited to see this new installment?
Sienna Miller and her costar Jonny Lee Miller took their bows last night at the Roundabout Theatre Company‘s American Airlines Theatre in NYC, NY after their opening night performance of After Miss Julie last night. Sienna stepped out of the theater lookin’ beautiful … and was met with the first reviews of her performance. Critics thought she looked great in the play … but it was her acting that left something to be desired:
Sienna Miller received a guarded welcome to Broadway Thursday night, as critics measured her performance in the drama After Miss Julie, an update – to 1945 – of August Strindberg’s 1888 play about sex and class. “In a theater season that has felt like a boys’ club of male movie idols from abroad (Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman in A Steady Rain, Jude Law in Hamlet), wouldn’t it be gratifying if one fearless woman – with fewer stage credentials than the guys but almost as much tabloid exposure – walked away with the laurels?” writes Ben Brantley of The New York Times. Adding to the anticipation of what he thought about her acting, he opines: “She has always struck me as a game, gutsy kind of gal, as intrepid in choosing film roles (Factory Girl, Interview) as in courting (and wrestling with) the fame that now accompanies her like an unwanted bodyguard.” But, ultimately, Brantley’s praise is limited to Miller’s “good diction, good posture and great legs. Commendable as these attributes are, they are of limited use in portraying a tautly wound, death-courting neurotic who is eaten alive by her own demons.” Slightly more approving is Michael Kuchwara, who for the Associated Press also notes that Miller “looks sensational: blonde hair done up in a quintessential 1940s ‘do, her trim figure wrapped in a pert floral print dress that shows off her great legs. The very model of a seducer awaiting to commence seduction … And there is a relentless quality to Sienna Miller’s performance, not terribly subtle or vulnerable, but compelling in its obsessiveness.” The infamously testy John Simon, of Bloomberg News, found much to like in her “persuasive performance,” however – finding Miller, 27, “convincing enough in the title role, managing superciliousness and condescension, lust and humiliation, with unassailable proficiency.” Reaction to Miller’s Broadway debut – she costars in the Roundabout Theatre Company production with Jonny Lee Miller, who was once married to Angelina Jolie – qualified as major news in her native England, where the Daily Mail tracked the reviews, as well as the fact that her former fiancé, Law, and even a former boyfriend, Craig, are also on Broadway right now.
You know what … good legs are a good thing to have in showbiz. Now, I’ve not seen the play myself so I can’t speak to its merits or pitfalls but I really loved Sienna in this Summer’s blockbuster action film G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and found her performance in that film completely engaging, wholly interesting and yes, her legs looked amazing. In all seriousness, Sienna wasn’t savaged by the NY theater critics and I would take that as a win. I think congratulations are in order … after all, the reviews could’ve been a helluva lot worse.
The first of many premieres for the much-anticipated sequel film The Twilight Saga: New Moon took place in Rome, Italy yesterday as part of the 4th Rome International Film Festival. Unfortch for the folks at yesterday’s premiere screening, the event was very lacking in Twilight stars … none of the main castmembers were in attendance … all they got was Cameron Bright, Jamie Campbell Bower (two lowly members of the Volturi) and a host of nobodies dressed in corny-lookin’ Renaissance Fair costumes:
With nary a Cullen or werewolf character in attendance, it wasn’t much of a Twilight event … but it was the first premiere for the film and there will be many, many more to come … in various countries … with various castmembers in attendance. We’re just about a month away from the film’s release and the promo push for the movie is now officially underway. Let the Twilight onslaught commence!
Early yesterday afternoon David’s sisters Lara and Eden rolled into town from their road trip from San Francisco, CA (where they ran the SF Marathon last Sunday and chilled with their brother Aram) and quickly settled in. We all managed to enjoy a lovely dinner last night to welcome them to town:
After dinner I met up with my friend Josh so that we could make our way downtown to the Mayan Theater to see Hope Sandoval (formerly of Mazzy Star) live in concert:
It turns out that Hope is NOTORIOUSLY camera shy so there was a strict No Pictures policy in effect last night. I did manage to get some atmosphere shots of the venue tho … The Mayan Theater is beautiful … altho, it does make you feel like you’re inside The Temple of Doom:
As for Hope Sandoval‘s performance … ye gods, it was beautiful. Her vocals are just spellbinding … and she makes it all sound so effortless. She just opens her mouth and you can’t help but get caught up in the emotion and splendor that comes tumbling out. She truly has the voice of an angel … and it sounds as beautiful today as it did all those years ago when she was in Mazzy Star. Some drunk fool yelled out for a Mazzy song and she just shook her head and carried on … she made sure that there was no spotlight on her at all so that even if you did manage to sneak a camera inside you couldn’t get a picture. Shyness aside, it was a fantastic concert … she performed selections from her solo albums Bavarian Fruit Bread and her latest release Through The Devil Softly. Her band The Warm Inventions were really great but it was all about Hope‘s voice … just stunning. If you have the chance to see her live I urge you to do so … it’s an experience you won’t soon forget.
Fun stuff planned for today … David and I are taking his sisters to Disneyland to enjoy the Hallowe’en Time fun there today! We’re meeting up with some friends so it’s gonna be a blast. I plan on taking a bunch of fun photos to share. It’s gonna be 90+ degrees today … the perfect way to celebrate Hallowe’en at Disneyland :)
The Obamas have released a new official first family portrait this morning. As you can see at left, Barack and Michelle Obama are seated in the Green Room of the White House, along with their daughters Sasha, age 8, and Malia, age 11. The portrait was taken last month by famed photographer Annie Leibowitz, who has taken a number of Obama family portraits in the past.
Such a beautiful family, such a beautiful portrait. If you would like to have a high-res copy of this photo suitable for framing or what have you, you can download the file HERE at the official White House Flickr photostream. Great photo!!
Great news to pass along for fans of Juliana Hatfield … the prolific singer-songwriter has announced that she will be releasing a new album in February which she has titled Peace and Love. Now, I’ve been a huge fan of Juliana‘s for many, many years so this is very exciting news for me … I’m sure it is exciting news for some of y’all as well. Here is the full text of her new album press release announcement:
Peace And Love, Juliana Hatfield’s latest album, will be released on February 16, 2010 on Ye Olde Records. Hatfield, of course, has a long history of DIY endeavors – from her trailblazing days with Boston indie band the Blake Babies to her recent releases on Ye Olde Records, the label she founded in 2005 – but with Peace And Love she reaches a new level of independence. She produced and engineered the album herself and played all the instruments, including acoustic and electric guitars, piano, harmonica and drum machine. “I’ve produced records before but I was always in a studio with professional engineers. So it was definitely a learning process for me,” says Hatfield, who was ready to strip things down after her critically acclaimed 2008 album, How To Walk Away, which was a full studio production. “I always like to try things I’ve never done before and I’d been yearning to record myself.” Hatfield had just purchased her brother’s eight-track digital recorder and moved into a Cambridge apartment with a back room that had excellent natural acoustics, so the time was right. “I was able to follow every instinct without worrying that anyone was going to think it was a kooky idea,” she recalls. “I just wanted to do something simple.” The result is an incredibly intimate collection of songs, expertly capturing the loneliness and collateral damage borne of broken relationships yet adamantly refusing to remain broken. In the liner notes, Boston Phoenix music editor James Parker gives it a name: “Survivor-music – because even at their most palpitatingly fragile, your songs have always been built to last. Well-made, strong-boned, fit to be played on streetcorners and station platforms.” Just as Hatfield stripped down the recording process, the characters that populate Peace And Love are ready to shed their convoluted lives. The lilting “Why Can’t We Love Each Other” answers its own question by acknowledging that love is a choice: “we can make our lives a song/will it be a blues or a hymn/a dirge or a psalm/it could be so simple.” But there’s the rub, of course: it could be so simple…if it weren’t for our propensity to muck things up. From the plucked Elizabethan chords that introduce the opening “Peace And Love” and the feedback-drenched “What Is Wrong” to “Unsung,” Hatfield’s first-ever instrumental, and the closing “Dear Anonymous,” written from the point of view of a victim who finds empathy for her stalker, the collection is both compelling and surprising. “Faith In Our Friends” celebrates those who “think you’re just right the way you are” while Hatfield gains fresh perspective on her complex relationship with longtime friend Evan Dando on the exquisite, ethereal “Evan.” Peace And Love is Hatfield’s 11th solo album and follows last year’s How To Walk Away, which was hailed as “rueful and gorgeous,” by Entertainment Weekly, which gave the album an A-. “After 20 years, the songstress still packs a wallop on her 10th album, featuring edgy tales of heartbreak sung with that classic sweetness,” said Newsweek, naming it a “Checklist” pick of the week upon its release while Spin pronounced it “vital,” awarding it three out of four stars. Her autobiography, entitled When I Grow Up, was published by Wiley & Sons in September 2008.
I just love Juliana Hatfield … the woman writes and records so much music that she offers up the songs that don’t make it on her albums on her official website for downloaders to pay whatever they feel is fair. In the past couple of years she has made at least 4 albums worth of material available to fans in this way. I cannot wait to hear what this new batch of songs sounds like. After the jump, check out the tracklist for Peace and Love … More »
According to one of the RihannaDaily.com sources and adressa.no, “The Wait Is Ova” is the second single of Rihanna’s upcoming album: Rated R. Mikkel Storleer Eriksen and Stargate produced the song, and he can report good news from Rihanna’s record label. “We were just told that they go for ‘The Wait Is Ova’ as next single and that it will launch in a few weeks before the album release. It means a lot to us to be a part of a single-release in this format,” said an elated Mikkel Eriksen to Adressa.no. Mikkel says he is very pleased that Rihanna chose just “Russian Roulette” as the first single. “Yes. We love the song. It was written by Ne-Yo, and we hope it can help pull up our song too,” said Mikkel. “Our song is pretty atypical Rihanna and has a much harder sound than ‘Russian Roulette’.”
Now, it should be noted that RihannaDaily is a fan site but the information they provide fits in with what we’ve been seeing/hearing ourselves. Beyoncé is very fond of releasing two singles at a time so it makes sense that Rihanna would want to follow suit … a slower jam and a more upbeat track. We should know shortly if this report of a second single is true or not … my gut tells me that it is. The wait may finally be ova, indeed.
Lindsay Lohan shopped for a new jacket yesterday but clearly should have begun her spree in the lingerie section. Without her bra, the 23-year-old actress very nearly fell out of her extremely low-cut top as she tried on clothes in the Soho district of the city. But it seems unlikely the girl who is photographed everywhere she goes was entirely oblivious to the problem. She seemed to be wearing a cheeky smile as she bent over to reach into her handbag – but then she has always been proud to flaunt her figure … Just days after narrowly avoiding jail for breaking the terms of her drink-driving ban, Lindsay had reason to be in good spirits as she tried on various 80s -style embellished jackets.
It’s one thing to be proud of one’s assets … it’s quite another let one’s bubbies flounce around in such an unruly manner. Oh Lindsay … would it kill you to restrain the ladies a bit? Don’t you think it would be a great idea that you keep your biz covered in such a way that when you bend over to pick something up your mams don’t come spilling out of your top for all the world to see? I mean … it’s just a thought.
Nicole Richie and Joel Madden, proud parents of two children and founders of The Richie-Madden Children’s Foundation, were on hand yesterday at Beyond Shelter here in Los Angeles, CA to officially break ground on a new playground for underprivileged children. As you may be aware, The Richie-Madden Children’s Foundation has been raising money for some time now to fund the construction of this playground and yesterday was the day to get the work started. Here are a few photos of Nic/Joel with some of the lucky kids who will get to enjoy this new playground at the ground-breaking ceremony yesterday:
They may have their hands full with newborn Sparrow and 21-month old Harlow, but Nicole Richie and Joel Madden took time away from home on Thursday to take care of some less privileged kids: After 13 months of fundraising, the couple broke ground on a new playground at a homeless shelter in downtown Los Angeles. “It’s so rewarding to see the smile on these kids faces,” Richie, 28, tells PEOPLE. Several of the pint-sized inhabitants of Beyond Shelter’s Broadway Village 2, a shelter in an L.A. neighborhood with the highest concentration of crime and poverty, turned out to celebrate the happy news that they would soon have a place to play. “I spend tons of time here,” says Richie. “When I found out the kids play on a concrete slab or play inside all day, it hit me. Kids need to have an imagination, to be outside and to be free.” So will they soon be having play dates with Harlow? “Absolutely,” says her proud dad, 30. “Now that she’s playground age, she can!” Adds Richie, “We started [the Richie-Madden Children's Foundation] so it could be something that our siblings, parents and our kids could all do together. It’s something we talk to her about all the time.” Next up for the couple, who raised $35,000 for the playground with the help of C&C California and Marble Slab Creamery, is 4EveryBaby, an online baby registry for mothers in need. Madden jokes that with all the projects Harlow has inspired, including Richie’s jewelry line House of Harlow 1960, the couple are brainstorming a project in Sparrow’s honor. “Sparrow’s going to get an awesome club,” he quipped. “Because he’s awesome.”
This is great news … I know Nic/Joel have been working so hard for so long to raise the funds to build this playground … it’s wonderful to see that they are finally at the construction phase. I’m sure the kids really appreciate their hard work and are very much looking forward to enjoying the playground once it’s completed. It’s pretty fantastic that with all the personal and professional stuff going on their lives, Nicole and Joel still make it a priority to give back to the community. Kudos to them!! If you would like to donate to The Richie-Madden Children’s Foundation so that the couple can keep funding projects like this you can get more information on how to do so HERE.
Miley Cyrus has been battling the swine flu. That’s according to Cyrus’ friend and former Hannah Montana co-star Cody Linley. During an interview with Reelz Channel Thursday night, Linley said the pop star canceled her recent concert in Utah because she fell ill. He said he talked to Cyrus that same day, which was about a week ago. “She said she felt really bad. She really didn’t understand what was happening but she just got really sick and she had to run off stage because things were just, like, on her heart too heavy,” he said. A day later, he says, Cyrus told him the diagnosis. “Then the next day she told me she had the swine flu,” he said. Linley said he hadn’t talked to Cyrus “in a few days.” Early Friday, he said Cyrus has since recovered from her illness. “She’s doing alright now. She’s better. She’s healthy,” he said. Linley is perhaps best known for his recurring role as Jake Ryan on Disney’s “Hannah Montana.” He was also a contestant on the seventh season of “Dancing With the Stars.” Calls to Cyrus’ reps have not yet been returned.
Blah!! What at time for Miley to NOT be tweeting on Twitter. I can only imagine the genius messages Miley might’ve been posting regarding her illness had she not quit Twitter before coming down with the swine flu. It remains to be seen if Miley‘s people will confirm or deny this swine flu report from her co-star but the worst part is that we have to wait. If Miley hadn’t quit Twitter she’d've prolly been tweeting all about her swine flu illness. Blah.
Miley Cyrus says she has not been battling the swine flu despite what her former Hannah Montana co-star Cody Linley said on camera. On Friday, Cyrus spoke with Billy Bush on his radio show and said she never had H1N1. The performer said she just had a bad case of strep throat and was “really, really sick.” “I’m much better now, thank goodness,” she said.
Uh huh … I’m gonna go ahead and try to take this statement at face value … but I dunno … even if she really did have swine flu, I do not believe that her people would let her admit it. HMMMM … what do y’all think … does Miley really have swine flu? Imma hafta see a doctor’s note before I believe anything ;)
Late yesterday we learned the surprising news that both Ashlee Simpson (who plays Violet) and Colin Egglesfield (who plays Auggie) were fired from The CW‘s new version of Melrose Place and at the time producers for the show, Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer, told Entertainment Weekly that it had been the plan “all along” to have these characters leave the show early once their storylines wrapped up in December. In a new interview with E!, Egglesfield reveals that that notion is NOT true, that he was not aware “all along” that his character would be written out of the show and, in fact, that when he signed on to the show it was with a multi-year contract as a core main character. Egglesfield has some idea why he was let go, tho … read on:
One day you’re happy as a clam, working as a castmember on a prime-time network drama, and the next day someone’s feeding you a line about changes in your show’s “tone” and shuffling you off to Buffalo. That’s what just happened to departing Melrose Place star Colin Egglesfield, who sums up his rollercoaster Thursday this way: “I’ve had better days, to be quite honest.” We just spoke to Colin exclusively to find out why he’s being pushed out of the show, not to mention where Auggie fits into the show’s big murder mystery, and despite what you may have theorized, Auggie’s not getting killed off, and despite what you may have been told, this exit was not planned from the beginning: “[They said it] was a network decision and obviously the ratings aren’t what they need or want them to be, so they’re going to try things to shake things up.” So what really happened today, and what’s going to happen next on Melrose Place? Here’s what we learned from Colin:
You were initially hired to be an ongoing series regular on Melrose Place, right?
Yes, definitely, I was slated to be in 10 of the 13 first episodes, but I had a multiyear contract.
What happened to change that? How did you learn they weren’t going forward with you and your character?
I got the call this morning from our producers, Todd [Slavkin] and Darren [Swimmer]. They were really saddened, and you could tell it was difficult for them to break this news to me. They said it was a network decision, and they said the network thought Auggie was a little too dark, with his alcoholism. They felt like in the landscape of Melrose they wanted to change the tone of the show. So that’s the explanation that they gave me.
And this morning was the first you’d heard of it?
They said that it wasn’t anything against me or my talent or anything. There was never any discussion that they weren’t sure what they were going to do with me or my character. And it wasn’t like I was getting in fights with crew members or punching people out.
Was your agent or manager told anything else or anything different about what happened?
No, that’s what they were told as well: that it was a network decision and obviously the ratings aren’t what they need or want them to be, so they’re going to try things to shake things up, but why they chose this, I don’t know.
Storywise, there’s the murder mystery, although I could have sworn we already absolved Auggie of killing Sydney Andrews. Is this a twist thing? Are you the killer of Sydney Andrews who must be punished?
The way in which I’m leaving the show, I’m not being killed off, I’m just leaving. It keeps the door open for, potentially, my character to come back, but who knows?
Are you done with the show for now, or are you still in the middle of production?
I’m shooting one more episode, and we start shooting that on Monday.
Do you have anything you want to say as a farewell to the fans and the people you’ve worked with?
Todd and Darren are great, I love those guys and they’ve always been straightforward and straight shooters and just great people to work with. I respect the decision that they had to make creatively to do what they need to do, I’m just frustrated that I’m not going to be a part of the show, because it was such a great job and a fun place to go to work every day. I’m disappointed to be leaving because I became really good friends with not only the cast of Melrose Place but many of the crew as well, so that’s sad, to not be able to go see them at work. But hey, I’m still friends with them, and I’d just like to say to everyone out there who’s been watching and supporting, thanks from the bottom of my heart, because this is something that I love to do.
OUCH!! Poor guy … it really sounds like this news came out of nowhere. I absolutely did not believe the bull the producers gave us that the plan all along had been to write these characters out of show from the beginning. As we hear from Colin himself, he just found out yesterday morning … AND, he still has another ep to film on Monday — poor, poor guy. As for Ashlee Simpson, she’s talking about her axing from the show as well. After the jump, check out what she has to say … More »
Entertainment Weekly‘s Pop Watch blog pointed me in the direction of a TV commercial for South African beer Castle Light which features none other than Robert Van Winkle, better known to the world as Vanilla Ice. HMMM … who knew he was still gettin’ work? Here are a few screencaps from V. Ice‘s South African beer commercial:
Yeah … it’s just as bad as these screencaps make it seem … but it’s deffo worth a few LULz. After the jump, check out the commercial in full … More »
Two months into its run, The CW’s ratings-challenged (but creatively-smokin’) Melrose Place reboot is about to undergo a major renovation. For starters, Ashlee Simpson-Wentz and Colin Egglesfield have been let go (they’ll last air in January), and the “Who Killed Sydney?” mystery is being wrapped up in December. Then, in addition to Heather Locklear’s Amanda, several new characters will be introduced and the show will take on a lighter, more fun vibe. Here, in an exclusive interview, exec producers Todd Slavkin and Darren Swimmer explain why they’re fixing a series that many (myself included) felt wasn’t broken and tease what’s ahead for Melrose 2.0 3.0.
What was behind the decision to let Ashlee and Colin go? TODD SLAVKIN: Well, we always knew that this murder mystery would end in episode 12. And we always knew that [Ashlee's] character of Violet would be instrumental in that as a suspect, and [Colin's character of] Augie as well. And once that murder mystery was solved, she would go on her way. That was the original plan going into the development of the show.
So it was always the plan for Ashlee to leave after episode 12? SLAVKIN: Yes. Because we felt that once the murder mystery was resolved, the tone of the show was going to shift into a much more fun, romantic, sexy upbeat kind of show, and [her] character would move on.
Same thing with Colin? SLAVKIN: Colin was always meant to be the ultimate suspect. And his brooding alcoholic [character] tonally didn’t fit the paradigm moving into post-murder mystery Melrose Place.
Is it fair to say that if either of those characters clicked you would’ve found a way to keep them? SLAVKIN: Well, you never know when you go along. But in the end, we felt like it was right [decision]. DARREN SWIMMER: The nature of soaps is that as things progress along, the story takes on a life of its own and the characters come and go in relation to that.
After the jump, find out how Ashlee and Colin took the news of their axing and read what Slavkin and Swimmer have to say about the possibility of other castmembers getting the axe from the show … More »
Earlier this week we saw Madonna‘s eldest daughter, Lourdes Maria, showing off her keen fashion sense and today we get to see a bit more of that sense (not the least of which includes her affinity for wearing studded Christian Louboutin flats). Lola, who looks like she took a cue from Lindsay Lohan‘s new love of the head bow, was spotted rockin’ a ginormous headband with an even ginormouser star affixed to her head coupled with a pair of vampire fangs … for real:
Clearly, Lourdes is jumping on board the new wave of vampire lore love … but do you think she’s all about the Twilight Saga vamps, the Vampire Diaries vamps or ::gasp:: the True Blood vamps? HMMM … I suppose it’s anyone’s guess … but it’s nice to know that even Maddy‘s daughter is susceptible to the same fads and trends that regular teens are susceptible to. She looks just as silly as any other teenage girl who chooses to walk around in public with vampire fangs ;)
Nicole Richie has a new baby and a new contemporary women’s clothing line. The label, Winter Kate, which will debut in spring, expands a fashion business that already includes the accessories line House of Harlow 1960 and a maternity collection, Nicole for A Pea in the Pod. The 37-piece Winter Kate line, which takes her daughter Harlow’s two middle names, will hit stores such as Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Ron Herman, Intermix and Kitson, beginning in February. “It feels as though I’ve always been working on this collection, but officially I started putting it together in early 2009,” said Richie, who is lying low at home after the birth last month of her son, Sparrow. “I’ve wanted to design a clothing collection for a very long time.” Richie, who has become known for her eclectic bohemian style with a Sixties and Seventies flair, said she has torn fashion pages out of magazines for years and also draws inspiration from her favorite animals, including peacocks and other birds. The line includes mostly tops, vests and bed jackets in colorful vintage-inspired silk, crepe and chiffon because these tops are a mainstay of Richie’s own wardrobe. “I probably wear the same two pairs of jeans every day as the background to a fabulous top,” she said. “Bed jackets are a staple of my wardrobe because they are a gorgeous way to give jeans and a white T-shirt a completely different look.” Also key for spring dressing are “definitely a beautiful, fun slip dress in a great print and also a leather jacket to turn the romantic day dress into an edgy night-out outfit,” Richie said. Her collection includes long slip dresses, asymmetrical short dresses, tunics and a kimono-sleeved, maxidress, which are meant to be layered with vests in cotton macramé, suede or silk, or a shrunken leather jacket. “I purposely made the slip dresses in both solids and prints,” Richie said. “Wear the prints by themselves or with a great vest or jacket and wear the solids as basics to an outfit with many layers.” Priced from $35 wholesale for a camisole to $110 for a long kimono dress, and as much as $598 for the leather pieces, the line is positioned similarly to her accessory collection, which now includes shoes for spring. “Fashion should be accessible,” Richie said. “That was my philosophy when designing House of Harlow 1960 and it remains my philosophy for Winter Kate.” Both lines, she noted, are aimed at the same customer. “She is a woman like me: She does not look at labels; she knows how to mix and match. The pieces can be dressed up, made casual, but most importantly, they provide the wearer a means of self-expression and fun.”
Now, I know what you’re thinkin’ … Does the world really need another celeb-designed fashion line? … and you’re prolly right, it doesn’t … but it’s clear that Nicole is working really hard to express herself creatively with these new product lines and she is finding inspiration in her daughter Harlow Winter Kate. You can’t really blame the woman for wanting to create these products when she has such adorable inspiration leading her on … even if the clothes do look a bit like they came from the House of Zbornak (or at least from Dorothy‘s closet):
Whether or not this new line will be a success remains to be seen but it’s evident to me that Nicole‘s new life as a mom has really given her the push to expand her creative horizons. I wish her the best of luck … mebbe one day she’ll be able to hand the reigns of her fashion empire to Harlow when the time is right.
Robin Thicke and wife Paula Patton are expecting their first child, Usmagazine.com has learned. On Tuesday, the two – who began dating in high school before wedding in 2005 – got cozy at the 2009 Angel Ball in New York City. Thicke, 32, was happy to sing her praises. “She could make a marriage work with a chair,” he told Us of Patton, 33, who is currently shooting the Queen Latifah comedy, Just Wright. “She’s an incredible woman, and she’s very beautiful, so I’m just lucky to be with her.” Asked how they work so well together, Patton told Us, “He’s … amazing!”
Yesterday was a really fun day … David and I picked up our buddy Dino and we made the trek down to Redondo Beach, CA for an afternoon visit to Chick-Fil-A. We planned on bringing our pal Russ with us but the poor guy is under the weather so we had to go without him …
… needless to say, we ate like fiends and had a great time catching up with one another. Dino is one of our fave people ever and we haven’t been able to hang with him for months so it was great that we were able to pull it together.
This afternoon David’s sisters will be rolling into town to spend the weekend with us … it’ll be great to have them here. Tonight Josh and I are going to see Hope Sandoval (formerly of Mazzy Star) live in concert at The Mayan Theater:
I cannot even express how much I love Hope Sandoval‘s voice … I am BEYOND excited to see her live tonight. Wee!! I’ll do my best to snap some fun pics to share with all y’all tomorrow orrrr mebbe not … I guess Hope is psycho serious about not allowing photos during her shows (apparently she unleashes her security henchmen to devour the souls of anyone who tries to snap a photo) … so I’ll prolly just leave my camera at home. My mobile phone is another story ;)
Jonathan Lipnicki (Stuart Little, Jerry Maguire) is 19, Zac Hanson of Hanson is 24, Spike Jonze is 40, Jeff Goldblum is 57 and Christopher Lloyd is 71 years old today. Click HERE to see who else is celebrating a birthday today.
Seems there’s a hot new law breaking craze in Hollywood these days, and David Beckham is quick to jump on the bandwagon! Ever since California first lady Maria Shriver was caught red handed using her phone while driving, a no no that her own hubby passed into law earlier this year, stars have been snapped left right and center flaunting the law of the land. David Beckham is the latest to be caught breaking the law. The 34-year old soccer legend was snapped texting on his cell phone, with no hands on the steering wheel, as he left soccer training Wednesday. Beckham was driving his custom designed Escalade from The LA Galaxy training grounds, but was too distracted to pay attention to the road. A definite flaunting of the laws of California!
OK … full disclosure … I, too, tend to unlawfully refer to my mobile phone while in the act of driving … trust me, I’m not proud of it and I am trying really hard to stop the practice … so I can understand how difficult it can be for folks to quit cold turkey. It is a dangerous habit and I’m workin’ to stop breaking the law … I’m sure Becks is workin’ really hard, too. Well … mebbe now that the world knows of his naughty habits he’ll work towards adhering to the letter of the law :)
Britney Spears bundled up her boys, Sean Preston and Jayden James, and enjoyed a quite night out at the movies with only her main bodyguard in tow. Sadly, Britney‘s beau/agent Jason Trawick was not in attendance at last night’s movie outing but I’m sure a great time was had by all nonetheless:
I understand that Britney took her sons to see Where the Wild Things Are which I think might be a bit too heady (and deffo too angsty) for wee little boys like this but a night at the movies is fun no matter what is playing on the big screen. As much as I love seeing Britwick together, I also love seeing Britney spending time with just her boys. It looks like our dear Britney enjoyed a nice little date night with her boys.
Lil’ Wayne, who was arrested on charges of gun possession back in 2007 and was scheduled to go to on trail in January for said charges, has decided to plead guilty and forgo a lengthy trial. Because of his guilty plea, it is expected that Wayne (née Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.) will face a year in jail as punishment … which, it sounds like, is more tolerable than a multi-year jail sentence had he gone to trial and was found guilty by the court:
The Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne has pleaded guilty to attempted weapon possession, and expects to receive a one-year jail sentence. He previously had pleaded not guilty to illegal gun possession charges that carried at least 3 1/2 years in prison upon conviction. Police said a gun was found on his tour bus in Manhattan in 2007. The rapper, born Dwayne Carter, won last year’s best rap solo performance Grammy for “A Milli.” His albums include “Tha Carter,” “Tha Carter II” and “Tha Carter III.” His trial had been due to start Jan. 20.
I mean … when you’re guilty, you’re guilty … and you’ve got to be pretty guilty to voluntarily plead guilty and face jail time. I suppose on some level this will give Lil’ Wayne street cred and will give him license to rap about his time in jail so I guess that’s one positive thing to come from this mess. Perhaps Lil’ Wayne will do some growing up behind bars and will emerge as Big Wayne when he completes his sentence … who knows. What we do know is that Mr. Wayne will be going away for a while to pay his debt to society … I suppose it’s a good thing that he’s man enough to pay for his mistakes.
Glee, arguably the most buzzed about new hit series of this Fall TV season, is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine. Altho the series features a eclectic and diverse cast of characters, this week’s EW coverphoto only features 3 principal stars of show. HMMM. Nonetheless, with a show as successful as Glee, it’s no wonder that it’s finally being splashed on magazine covers … like this one for Entertainment Weekly:
This season’s most unexpected success story, Glee is snarky, theatrical, totally addictive — and a cult phenomenon on its way to becoming a national obsession. The comedy is currently averaging a steady 8 million viewers a week, and the people watching are enviably young: Five million of its viewers are in the desirable 18–49 demo. (It’s little wonder that in September, Fox made Glee the first new fall series to be given a full 22-episode pickup.) Meanwhile, fans are staying engaged even after the episodes are over by downloading the cast’s newest cover tunes. More than 1.7 million Glee songs have been sold since May, and that’s after only seven episodes. “I thought it would be a huge project, but I didn’t know it would be this big,” says Rob Stringer, chairman of Columbia/Epic, Glee’s label. “The public appetite for this music is incredibly intense.” Adds the comedy’s co-creator Ryan Murphy (Nip/Tuck), “It seems to have transcended just being a television show to moving into other cultural areas.” The number of die-hard Glee fans — or “Gleeks,” as they call themselves — is bound to grow early next year, when episodes will follow American Idol. The young cast of newcomers is already beginning to see the effects of Glee mania. “I was at Disneyland yesterday — big mistake,” says Chris Colfer, who plays gay fashionista Kurt. “I might as well have walked around with a target on my shirt, because those are our fans. I stopped and took pictures probably 40 times in between rides. This one lady got a picture of me on the Tower of Terror and had me sign it.” Says co-creator Brad Falchuk, “I keep getting e-mails and phone calls and running into people at parties just telling me the show makes them feel happy.”
I admit it … I’m a Gleek. While I find the storyline marginally entertaining, I just cannot resist the fun musical numbers. To be honest, I tend to watch the show in the background while I work and then pause/perk up when I hear a musical number kick in. It’s fun having 3 numbers to look forward to each ep. In really exciting Glee news, the show has secured the rights to Madonna‘s catalog of songs and is planning an “all-Madonna” ep to air next year:
EW has learned that Madonna has given Glee the rights to her catalog and that an all-Madonna-music episode is in the works for early next year. The hit series has been building an audience and filling the iTunes charts with its cover songs, and Madonna’s involvement is a testament to how big the show is getting. Also, an amazing Glee cover of a classic Madonna track has the potential to be even bigger than the show’s blockbuster take on “Don’t Stop Believin’.” Quinn totally has to do “Papa Don’t Preach.” And I can completely see Rachel tackling “Material Girl.”
Fun!! There is so much for Gleeks and Gleebs to look forward to, I’m thinkin’ that Glee is going to be a big hit for some time to come. Are any of y’all fans of the show? If so, what’s been your fave song performed on the show thus far?
It may not be a paranormal event, but it’s cool and unusual: Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor has teamed up with Fringe for a new promo spot, EW.com has learned. The spot, which debuts Thursday during Game 5 of the American League Championship Series, features a reworking of the Nine Inch Nails song “Zero-Sum” by Reznor, who recites lines of dialogue from Fringe’s William Bell (Leonard Nimoy) over the music. So, how did the freaky drama series secure the services of Reznor? After Fox’s marketing department showed the Fringe producers a version of the promo that used “Zero-Sum,” series exec producer Jeff Pinkner simply asked a nearby Reznor acquaintance—that’d be co-creator J.J. Abrams—if the NIN musician might be interested in a collaboration. One email later, Reznor was on the case. “We offered him compensation, and he said, ‘No, no, I just want to have fun and be part of something cool,’” says Pinkner, adding: “How often do you get the chance to work with somebody like that?” Reznor wound up revamping the song in his mobile studio while on tour, and he even came up with the idea of “embedding” one of the show’s glyphs in the music. (Hint: Examine the song’s sound waves on a computer.) Now for the big question: Might Reznor pop up in an episode of Fringe? “If he wants to come act on the show, that’s not tit for tat—that’s an open invitation, and we made that known to him,” says Pinkner. Any ideas on what he may play? “Well, his head would probably end up exploding,” deadpans Pinkner. “There’d be some uncomfortable biology in there one way or another.”
Looooove this!! Fringe is deffo one of the coolest shows on TV right now and I love that TR wanted to lend his voice and music to help promote the series. I would DIE if Trent decided to make a cameo on the show … even if they made his head explode, I think it’d be really effing cool. After the jump, check out this new Fringe promo vid featuring Zero Sum with the added vocals for yourselves … More »
Arm-in-arm, that’s a good sign. Who knows what the state of their relationship is at this point … mebbe the couple were going thru some hard times, mebbe they were apart merely circumstantially, mebbe they are trying to get back together … who knows? It does seem now that the couple are on friendly terms (at least) and they seem happy again. Here’s hoping all’s well that ends well for Justica. What the world needs now is love, sweet love.
It would appear that Becks went to the pumpkin patch during the day while the kiddies were safely ensconced at school, perhaps as a surprise? Because Hallowe’en is getting closer every day, it’s no surprise that Becks would want to venture out to make this year’s Beckham family pumpkin selection … tho, considering that David and I went pumpkin picking for our Date Night this past Monday it’s not entirely out of the realm of possibility that he took his cue to go pumpkin picking from us ;)
Paul Reubens, better known to the world as Pee Wee Herman, is starting to ride a wave of popularity these days now that he has decided to revive his Pee Wee character after many years on hiatus. As some of you may recall, Reubens was arrested in in the early 90′s when he was found to be “pleasuring himself” in an adult video theater. The arrest ruined his career and sent him underground ever since (tho, Reubens has popped up on occasion in various projects … not the least of which was the original movie version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer). Here is our first look at Reubens as Pee Wee Herman in the new issue of Details magazine … are y’all ready for the comeback?
Paul Reubens is doing one of the things he does best: obsessing. “I am constantly hoping that, like, I’m still relevant at all,” he says in a voice—higher than most men’s, slightly nasal—that’s still familiar, even after all these years. Wandering around the Hollywood Museum, just a few blocks from his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, he has lingered over the red-and-white vintage bicycle that he rode in his 1985 movie Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. He has appraised the display containing the skinny gray suit (with red bow tie) that was his uniform on his Saturday-morning TV show, Pee-wee’s Playhouse, which aired on CBS from 1986 to 1991. But it’s not the Pee-wee Herman memorabilia, which sits near W.C. Fields’ top hat and Brendan Fraser’s George of the Jungle loincloth, that sets off Reubens OCD. Instead, the trigger is Bob Hope’s honorary Oscar. “When I was a kid, I’d always watch Bob Hope and go, like, ‘I know he must’ve been funny, but is he past his prime?’” Reubens says. “What I’m trying to prove now is that I still have it, I’m still around—I still am Pee-wee Herman, and Pee-wee Herman is still funny. So I’m feeling very Bob Hope—hoping I don’t see a parallel.” Yes, that’s right: The 57-year-old actor, best known for embodying the oddball man-child with the puppet friends (and also for two tawdry scrapes with the law), is about to don the skinny suit again to perform as Pee-wee for the first time in 19 years. Starting in early January in Los Angeles, Reubens will star in an elaborate live show in which Pee-wee yearns to fly, gets his wish, and then gives it away. For anyone who likes allegories, as Reubens does, this one is a doozy … In July 1991 Reubens was arrested for indecent exposure in an adult theater in Sarasota, Florida. He pleaded no contest while maintaining his innocence, but the resulting media feeding frenzy derailed all things Pee-wee. With his alter ego sidelined, Reubens spent several years out of the public eye, writing and collecting—obsessively. He fervently hoards everything from sunglasses to foot-measuring devices, fake food to yearbooks (he has amassed 8,000 of them). He played the occasional bit part before finally landing a career-resurrecting role: as a hairdresser turned drug dealer in Ted Demme’s 2001 drama Blow. Then, just when things were looking up, police raided Reubens’ house and, in 2002, arrested him for having what authorities called a collection of child pornography. In fact, the offending “collection” comprised a VHS tape of Rob Lowe’s sex romp and turn-of-the-century erotica images featuring men and women—but no children. Friends vouched for Reubens, saying he was an insatiable collector who often bought in bulk, books and magazines in particular, and that there was no way he could know everything he’d amassed. It didn’t matter. Even though his child-porn charges were ultimately reduced, 16 months later, to a misdemeanor possession-of-obscenity rap, the damage was done. To most people, Pee-wee was a kiddie-porn-purveying perv. “All this stuff that happened—the quote-unquote treatment I received—was not an inducement to come back to work,” Reubens says now. He looks good—clean-shaven and pale, with a closely shorn Pee-wee ‘do, trim blue jeans, a black-and-green retro short-sleeved button-down, and black Cole Haans. “To wait for somebody to give me permission to have a career wasn’t going to happen, you know?” … “I don’t want anyone for one second to think that I am titillated by images of children,” Reubens said on Dateline NBC. “The public may think I’m weird. They may think I’m crazy. . . . That’s all fine. As long as one of the things you’re not thinking about me is that I’m a pedophile. Because that’s not true.” But Reubens’ fondness for Pee-wee never went away. “I always loved being that character,” he tells me, his eyes tearing up as he recounts his previous evening’s activity: introducing the annual outdoor screening of Pee-wee’s Big Adventure at the Hollywood Forever cemetery. ‘There were 3,000 people there,’ he says. “I could feel the love.” Pee-wee never seems to have been far from his mind … The new stage show—which will have about a dozen cast members, including puppeteers (and will feature familiar memes like “today’s secret word”)—will be true to that spirit. Out of respect for his slain friend Phil Hartman, who played Captain Carl, that character has been retired; Cowboy Curtis, the part Fishburne played, will get a larger role in his place. Reubens has also struck a first-of-its-kind pact with Ticketmaster to reach out to diverse audiences. When e-mail alerts appeared to be sent to mostly white consumers, one of the show’s producers complained to the booking company; the employee he reached revealed she was African-American and that she had grown up watching Pee-wee. “She said, ‘It was not lost on me that the King of Cartoons was a black man, and that had a big meaning for me.’ It doesn’t cost anything to be nice to somebody versus being ugly,” Reubens says, turning introspective. “This is where Pee-wee and me may not be relevant anymore, seriously.” I posit that kindness, pluralism, and fun with tape might be just the balm for what ails us today. Pee-wee won’t be our savior, Reubens says. “I can’t be that, because that doesn’t work for comedy.” But isn’t the resuscitation of this eighties-era Peter Pan itself a quixotic rescue mission? The question prompts a duh-Dottie-don’t-you-know rejoinder that sounds more like Pee-wee than Paul Reubens: “You can’t save the world.”
This article fails to mention that Reubens booked and sold tickets for a string of shows to take place here in LA in November at The Henry Fonda Theater (David and I had tickets) but he canceled all those shows and postponed his performances until January. It’s unclear if Reubens just wasn’t ready to the perform live or if the fast sale of all available tickets at the smaller theater inspired him to move the shows to a bigger venue (and therefore more money) but there is interest to see him perform live again. David and I haven’t decided if we’re going to try and buy tickets for the new shows just yet … we were intrigued when it was just a tiny show for fans. I fear it’s now become a bigger spectacle for money and I’m not sure I’m all that interested any more.
Here are a couple photos of mama Katherine Jackson and daughter La Toya Jackson making their grand exit from a Thai restaurant in Beverly Hills, CA last night:
I believe the lady Jacksons were in attendance at the Dancing with the Stars taping yesterday that paid tribute to the late Michael Jackson and it looks like they went straight from the studio to the restaurant. We rarely see Katherine out and about enjoying herself … so I think it’s nice that she stepped out. You can just tell that La Toya LOVES bathing in the flashbulbed attention of the paparazzi … oy! The Jacksons are more popular than ever before … it’s a shame all this attention had to be bought with a death in the family ;(
Katie Cassidy, star of the new version of Melrose Place and the upcoming remake version of A Nightmare On Elm Street, is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Saturday Night magazine. In her coverstory interview, Katie talks about her roles in both Melrose and Nightmare … here is her Saturday Night coverphoto and some excerpts from her coverstory interview:
Years ago, a show so scandalous, so steamy, so undeniably addictive kept viewers glued to their television screens week after week as smal screen sirens Heather Locklear and Marcia Cross continued to shock and titilate the masses through ridiculous and downright unfathomable plotlines. The show, of course, was Melrose Place, and few programs have compared to the scintillating spectacle that was this 90s classic. That is, until now. In the grand scheme of everything old being new again, Melrose Place has made a much-anticipated comeback this Fall on The CW (Tuesdays, 9 p.m.). So what’s in store on the new MP? Cover girl Katie Cassidy, who plays Ella Simms (resident Melrose bad girl), brought us up to speed during our photo shoot at Hollywood’s Playhouse.
SNMag: What can you tell us about the character of Ella Simms? KC: She’s the publicist/fashionista. She is very forward and blunt. She’s a power woman. She knows what she wants, and she will go to any length to get it. But she may burn some bridges along the way.
SNMag: We understand that Ella is bisexual. How did you approach the role and how will that impact future storylines? KC: She is “try-sexual,” meaning she will try anything. She is so open and so free, you never what she is going to do. I think it comes from a place where she is desperately seeking love and acceptance from everyone around her. She doesn’t let anyone see the vulnerability that is there. She definitely puts her guard up and protects herself at all times.
SNMag: Did you have any reservations about playing that role? KC: It definitely crossed my mind. I have to be ready to make out with women or have a threesome. I need to be ready for anything. It’s all part of the game though. Being an actor, a character might have an element or two that might be uncomfortable for you. But I’m not playing “Katie Cassidy,” I’m playing “Ella Simms” and that is a part of her. You have to be able to take on anything, and I was open to it. It sounds fun!
SNMag: Did you watch the original Melrose Place or did you have a Melrose marathon when the project came about? KC: I have actually never seen the original. I wasn’t allowed to when I was younger. My parents wouldn’t let me watch it. I haven’t had time to catch up with it. I didn’t want to watch it until we really get into things so it doesn’t have an effect on my performance. Not that it would, because it’s new people. But, I got the job not seeing it, so I didn’t want to go watch it and have something change. But now that I have had some time to sink into the character, I feel more comfortable going back and watching it and I will.
SNMag: Some have said this will be the Gossip Girl of the West Coast. What do you make of that comparison? KC: I think on a stylistic level it’s like the Westside Gossip Girl. It’s edgy, it’s cool, it’s dramatic, it’s young and fun and appeals to all different audiences. And Gossip Girl is really good at what they do, so I’m flattered to be compared to them. I think it’s a good show. I think our show is a really good show. It’s East Coast/West Coast so I think they are right about that.
SNMag: Do you foresee many of the previous Melrose Place cast members making cameos? KC: Honestly, I have no idea. The producers don’t really tell us much. I’ll probably know when the rest of the world knows, when it’s official and happening.
SNMag: You also have A Nightmare on Elm Street coming out next year. What can you tell us about the film? KC: A Nightmare on Elm Street is going to be, I think, amazing visually, and the director (Samuel Bayer) is so amazing. When they approached me about the project, I was a little skeptical of doing another horror movie, but having Michael Bay, Sam Bayer, Jackie Earle Haley; when you are surrounded by really cool people like that, it felt right. After auditioning, I didn’t hear anything for like five days. I decided I needed to be really aggressive about it because they weren’t responding, and it was getting really frustrating. So I ended up texting Sam and being like, “I’m going to kick your fucking ass if you don’t give me this role.” And then the next day, I got it. Visually, he’s a genius when he shoots. I think it’s going to look amazing, and I can’t wait to see a cut.
SNMag: What is the process of making a horror film like? KC: As an actor, it is our job to know how to get there on our own. The director will relay to you what he wants, and then it is our job to bring it to the table and hopefully far and beyond. For me, its definitely draining emotionally, but it’s like running a marathon, you’ve got to be ready for those two months of your life. At the end of the day I’m so tired. I just go home and sleep, wake up and do the same thing over and over. But ultimately, in the end, it’s well worth it.
SNMag: Do you still plan to pursue a singing career? KC: No. Singing was never really my thing. Maybe I’ll do a musical. Acting is really where my heart is. I went to this improv show – my girlfriend does improv and I went and watched her show. I was so inspired by them. I want to be able to go back and do classes. There are so many things I want to do. I don’t know how it’s going to happen, but it’s all a matter of time.
Kylie is, once again, featured in a nice batch of fantastic photos to help fans count the days of the new year in style. After the jump, check out the individual photos that represent each month in 2010 … More »
Rosie O’Donnell has confirmed to Lifeline Live that she and partner Kelli Carpenter, 42, are on the rocks. In an interview at her Nyack, N.Y., compound Tuesday, USA TODAY’s Ann Oldenburg asked if the two had split — she has been hinting at it in her blog — and O’Donnell didn’t deny it, saying, “We’re a family. We will remain a family forever. And we are working on our issues.” O’Donnell, 47, wouldn’t go into detail about whether Carpenter had moved out of their Nyack home and into Manhattan, as the National Enquirer reported in August. (She was not around during the interview.) “We’re a family, we remain a family and we’re working on the issues,” O’Donnell reiterated, noting that there are four children whose well-being comes before anything. The couple married in San Francisco in 2004 and have three adopted children — Parker, 14, Chelsea, 12 and Blake, 9, as well as Vivienne (“Vivi”), 6, whom Carpenter carried. “They’re adorable and wonderful and they are by far a priority,” O’Donnell said. “Kelli and I love each other very much and we are working on our issues. Those are the only words I am ever going to say. Ever. And that is something that has been agreed upon by all parties,” she said, tears collecting in her eyes. “But everything’s fine and everybody’s good and we’re still both raising them together. We will both continue to parent them and we’re friendly and everything’s all right.”
While it’s commendable that Rosie and Kelli are keep their children’s interests at the forefront of their actions, it really does sound like it’s splitsville for the ladies. It’s always such a shame when a couple breaks up … because we have no idea what led to the split, I think it’s best to just wish them well in their endeavors to work on their issues and hope for the best. Still … this is really sad news ;(
Last night was the latest meeting of The Turtle Party: Book Club and was our time to have our final discussion on Kurt Vonnegut‘s Breakfast of Champions. There was a mixed-bag of opinions on the book and we decided to rate the book 3.5 stars out of 5. I personally found the narrative too loose to follow and it took me well past the midway point of the book to even get into it. Had it not been for the book club, I would’ve abandoned the book by chapter 10. In retrospect, we discussed how it might’ve been more successful had we read a book from early in Vonnegut‘s career rather than near the end of it.
Caleb brought a selection of books for us to choose as our next book to read … by overwhelming consensus, we decided to take on Post Office by Charles Bukowski:
I’m really excited to read this book … it’s been one of the books I’ve been dying to get to. I look forward to discussing it with my fellow Turtle Partiers soon.
David and I are in full blown cleaning mode today … his sisters arrive tomorrow and we need to get this place in shipshape. That said, we are taking a break this afternoon to grab some food with a friend of ours we haven’t seen in ages. This evening will most likely be spent in the aisles at Target loading up on supplies … fun times!!
Jeremy Miller (Growing Pains) is 33, Carrie Fisher is 53, Charlotte Caffey of The Go-Go’s is 56 and Judy Sheindlin (Judge Judy) is 67 years old today. Click HERE to see who else is celebrating a birthday today.
My good friend (and sometimes roving reporter) Darion is working with the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center on their 2009 Gala and Auction this year (which takes place THIS SATURDAY October 24) and would like me to pass along some great info about this year’s event. Up for auction at this year’s event are some very cool items and experiences including: 2 VIP Tickets to see Lady Gaga in concert with limo transportation to her LA concert along with a meet and greet with Lady Gaga herself, 2 Tickets to The Showgirl Must Go On in Las Vegas, NV plus a meet and greet with The Divine Miss MBette Midler, A walk-on role on How I Met Your Mother with Neil Patrick Harris, a signed iPod by Kylie Minogue, a signed guitar from Maroon 5, 2 Tickets to any Columbia Pictures world Premiere in 2010 (where you can walk the red carpet like your favorite star), and MUCH MUCH MORE!
For me, the big prize has to be the chance to win a walk-on role on HBO‘s True Blood:
All proceeds from the auction and ticket sales for the gala ball will go to the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center which provides advocacy work, seniors programs, empowering youth programs, life-saving health services and personal development courses for GLBT members of the community … which is an endeavor that I fully and wholeheartedly support. This year’s Gala & Auction promises to be a complete blast!!!
Click HERE to see the (thus far) confirmed list of celeb attendees, click HERE to see what other items/experiences are up for auction and click HERE to purchase YOUR tickets to attend the event this year. My love and respect goes out to Darion and everyone involved with this year’s event. It is my sincere hope that they are able to generate LOTS of revenue for the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center. Woot!!
Everyone’s favorite American Idol runner-up, Adam Lambert, has finally released a new music video (his first) for the title track for the upcoming action/adventure movie 2012. Time For Miracles is the schmaltzy-ballad for the end-of-the-world flick and the music video features Glambert walking the streets of what looks to be LA as the world falls into destruction all around him. Here are a few screencaps:
Except for all the exploding going on around Lambert for the duration of this video, there isn’t much action going on from the crooner himself. Sure, he gives us a plethora of pained facial expressions but … I personally find the whole thing very … meh. Granted, I’m really no fan of the pop ballad so I’m not really the target audience here but it’s kinda of a let down that such a BIG movie like 2012 saddled itself with such a small, languishing song. After the jump, check out the video in full and judge for yourselves … More »
Altho it’s only mid-October and we still have Hallowe’en and Thanksgiving to look forward to, US clothier Abercrombie & Fitch have unleashed new photos from their Xmas 2009 promo campaign … and you know what that means … nekkid guys ahead! Here are a few of the new A&F photos, presumably shot by famed photographer Bruce Weber, for their new holiday promotion:
The word “fierce” seems to be the prevailing theme of these photographs of half-nekkid men. If you, like me, miss the days of yore when Abercrombie would sell their A&F catalog then I’m sure that you, like me, can appreciate that photos that might’ve appeared in the catalog (if it were still in publication) tend to pop up on the official A&F website. These photos tend to be released more prominently ahead of the holidays. Yes, Xmas comes early this year. After the jump, check out a bunch more photos of these hawt half-nekkid A&F models … More »
Ryan Gosling and his band Dead Man’s Bones are touring North America right now and made a recent stop in Toronto, CA to play a show at The Opera House last night. Here are a couple photos of Ryan loading in some band gear into the venue upon arrival yesterday afternoon:
Well, well … ain’t that a nice side of Mr. Gosling that we don’t get to see nearly enough? Previously we’ve seen photos of Ryan loading his own equipment here in SoCal where the band rehearsed for this tour so I’m not surprised that he is acting as his own roadie on tour. Dead Man’s Bones will play 2 shows at Schubas Tavern in Chicago, IL tonight … and will play here in LA on October 30 and 31st! Click HERE to see if the band are coming your way … it sounds like a show that’s not to be missed.
A new preview video clip from the upcoming sequel film The Twilight Saga: New Moon has been unleashed onto the Internets and, lo and behold, it’s a sneak preview clip that is introduced by Twilight heartthrob Taylor Lautner:
The folks that are promoting this film really know how to play to their audience … Taylor‘s character Jacob Black, in all his shirtlessness, is arguably the star of The Twilight Saga: New Moon so they are using him every chance they get to hype the film. Hello, it’s working. Here are a few screencaps from this new preview clip from the film:
Uh oh … it looks like Bella Swan (played by Kristen Stewart) is gettin’ all huffy with some of the half-nekkid boys … exciting, no? After the jump, check out this video clip in full and see what the hub-bub is all about … More »
Sad news to pass along today … In Touch Weekly magazine is reporting that the once-happy, always adorable couple made up of actor T.R. Knight and his very cute (much younger) boyfriend Mark Cornelson has come to an end. Apparently, due to T.R.‘s work commitments, the relationship suffered … and sadly had to end. The Mark-Knight is dunzo, y’all!
T.R. Knight is blaming his hectic schedule as the reason for his split with his boyfriend of almost two years, Mark Cornelsen. “It just came to a natural end, no hard feelings,” explains a close friend of the former Grey’s Anatomy star, whose focus has been on his role in the musical Parade at the Mark Taper Forum in LA. “They still care about each other very much.” And though T.R., 36, asked his ex, who is 16 years younger, to move out of the apartment they shared, he said it doesn’t mean he has given up hope for a family someday. “I want a baby,” he told Ellen DeGeneres around the time of his breakup. His wish to adopt a child is genuine. “When the time is right, it will happen,” says the pal, adding that for right now, “his focus is on the show.”
Awww … this is SUCH sad news. I loved T.R. and Mark together … they made a really cute couple. I suppose we should’ve realized something was up … we haven’t seen them together here on the blog since last May. They were deffo one of my fave Hollywood couples and I’m really bummed that they couldn’t figure out a way to make it work. Hopefully the guys will see the err of their ways and will be able to get back together somewhere down the line … but as for now … they are dunzo. Sad.
Six weeks after welcoming their first son, Nicole Richie and Joel Madden – along with their 21-month-old daughter Harlow – are showing off the latest addition to their family, Sparrow James Midnight Madden. “I couldn’t be happier,” Richie tells PEOPLE. “The only thing you want is for your kids to be healthy and happy, and they are. I’m right where I belong.” In an interview at their home in Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles, Richie, 28, and Madden, 30, her boyfriend and front man of the band Good Charlotte, say they are deprived of sleep, but grateful their daughter Harlow is now fawning over a baby brother. “I’m glad I had a girl before I had a boy,” says Richie. “She just loves him so much.” Adds the children’s proud papa, “She’s very gentle with him.”
I believe this issue of People is on newsstands now and features more of this coverstory interview (including the decision to name their baby boy Sparrow, how Richie‘s second pregnancy was different from her first, and how she’s losing her baby weight) and features more photos of Sparrow and the entire happy family. After the jump, check out one of the photos of the Richie-Maddens included in this issue of People magazine … More »
Britney‘s boys are so dang cute … and they always look so happy with they are with their mommy. As I’ve said many times before, I really like seeing Britney and Jason together … whether they are keeping things professional or if there is some secret lovin’ going on, I think they make a great pair. I love these pics … don’t you?
Lindsay Lohan, who was hauled in front of a judge here in SoCal last Friday and ended up getting another year of court-monitored probation for her trouble, has made her way back to NYC to keep the party going. She was spotted last night on the streets of NYC making her way to the Rose Bar inside the Gramercy Hotel wearing a very interesting outfit:
LMAOOOOOOOOO!! I mean … WTF? is going on here? I get that L. Lo wants to be a fashionista … and I get that taking fashion risks is what being a Hollywood “It” Girl is all about but … is she seriously kidding us with this idiotic bow strapped to her forehead? I mean … really??? It is such a fug look … I just want to run up to her, pull it as far away from her head and then it go so it can snap back into her face. Is that wrong?
Madonna‘s daughters, Lourdes Maria and Chifundo Mercy, were spotted making their exit from their home in London, England earlier today and each girl was bundled up to brave the cold weather … stylishly, of course:
I believe this is the first time little Mercy has been exposed the colder UK temps but she sure does look cute in her little down coat. Lourdes looks like she’s been raiding her mother’s closets for as many things that don’t go together as possible … and, natch, she looks fab. Lola is a straightup Madonna clone. Back in the 80′s, Madonna clones were called wannabes … but I think it’s OK to be a wannabe if you’re Madonna‘s own child :)
It’s unknown which of Ricky‘s sons he is holding but I wouldn’t be surprised if many of you weren’t even aware that there is a baby in the photo ;) It’s great to see Ricky lookin’ so happy … it’s even better to see him lookin’ so undressed.
Diane Martel, the director of Britney Spears‘s new music video 3, gave a quick interview to Life & Style magazine and gossed to the mag about how the whole project came about and revealed some of Britney‘s involvement in production. While a release date for the vid has yet to be announced, these new comments about the music video should fuel the fire of anticipation:
The director of the video for Britney Spears’ single “3” tells Life & Style exclusively how the steamy sequence came together. “I think it’s her next sexy video,” says director Diane Martel. “It’s a very simple video for her — I don’t think you’ve seen her this much under a magnifying glass. Everything’s really strong and playful.” Britney helped with the look of the video, too. “We collaborated on the wardrobe and had meetings about hair and makeup people,” reveals Martel. “We talked a lot on the phone and met Tone and Rich — two of the best choreographers.” Martel says Britney was great to work with. “She’s so sweet and funny and so normal and down to earth. It’s really fun as a director to see her in front of the camera. She’s so creative with this stuff. The video is very simple, it’s very, very minimal. So it’s her, her, her. And she’s totally engaging every second. She really knows how to work with a camera and move. “I was really impressed, and I have worked almost with every female artist in the business,” Martel adds. Britney herself is excited about the results, posting on Twitter, “It’s gonna be hot!”
I am *very* excited that Tony and Rich are choreographing this video … it’s gonna be hot! It’s been far too long since Britney released a music video with a killer dance routine … I hope she really hits it out of the park with this vid. 3 just keeps growing on me … it’s one of those songs you can listen to on repeat. I can’t wait to see what the video looks like.
Last night was Date Night for David and me which came a little early this week because David’s sisters are coming to town on Thursday (or normal Date Night night) and last night was our only free night this week. As you may recall, I was in charge of Date Night last time and we enjoyed a fun night of rollerskating … David was in charge last night and he decided that we would go pumpkin picking!
He took us to Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch and we has a lot of fun picking out the perfect pumpkins to carve. Since we’re still a couple weeks away from Halloween, we didn’t carve the pumpkins just yet but it was fun making our selections. After the patch, we went to Sweet Chili for a delish Thai dinner. It was a very fun, very cute night.
Tonight David and I will be attending a meeting of The Turtle Party: Book Club so that we can discuss Kurt Vonnegut‘s Breakfast of Champions. Our next book will be selected tonight as well so be on the look out for that announcement.
John Krasinski is 30, Snoop Dogg is 38, Viggo Mortensen is 51 and Tom Petty is 59 years old today. Click HERE to see who else is celebrating a birthday today.
Click HERE to contribute to Alanis Morissette‘s attempt to raise funds for the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust whose mission is to support the preservation of biodiversity within the Maasai tribal lands of East Africa by promoting conservation, education and health services within the Maasai community. [thanks Bruno]
Ugh … clearly they have no problem being seen together … but don’t their smirking faces just irritate you? Cuz they really irritate the hell out of me. After the jump, check out a couple more photos of these two feigning a wee bit of shyness as they made their home together last night … More »
“Hairspray” helmer Adam Shankman is signing on to direct and choreograph the screen version of the Broadway musical “Rock of Ages” for New Line Cinema. The film will begin production by next summer and be released by Warner Bros. in 2011. The musical’s creator, Chris D’Arienzo, scripted the movie adaptation. Carl Levin, Matt Weaver, Scott Prisand, Tobey Maguire and Jennifer Gibgot will produce. Janet Billig and Hillary Weaver are executive producers. “I had the best time of my life making ‘Hairspray’ and badly wanted another musical, and when I watched ‘Rock of Ages,’ I was struck by the fact that not only had much of the audience seen it more than once, every guy in the audience knew the words to the songs,” Shankman told Daily Variety. “What an extraordinary opportunity to open the genre to an audience that otherwise wouldn’t go see a musical.” The tuner tells of two people who meet at the Sunset Strip club Rock of Ages, fall in love and try to stay together amid’80s rock anthems made popular by Journey, Twisted Sister, Joan Jett, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar and other groups. New Line is clearing music rights to the tunes. Since its move to Broadway, “Rock of Ages” fills most of its 1,000 seats at Brooks Atkinson Theater, helped by five Tony nominations. The show will begin a worldwide rollout over the next several years. Shankman said he hopes to shoot the picture in its proper setting, which means lensing in Los Angeles. Shankman said, “I’m thinking big, and absolutely am going to attempt to cast with movie stars. Now that musicals are working again, actors are much more open to it.”
Yay!! This is very exciting news! Rock of Ages is my new fave musical and I can’t wait to see it make the transition to the big screen. While I wish the Broadway actors currently cast in the show would be allowed to reprise their roles in the film (particularly Kerry Butler and Tom Lenk), I’m pretty certain that bigger name actors will be sought out instead (much like when Hairspray the Musical made the transition from the stage to the screen). Nonetheless, I have no doubt that Adam Shankman will make a fantastic film out of this amazing show … I can’t wait!!
Officials from the Miss California pageant are sending a message to Carrie Prejean — three can play that game! The production company that runs the pageant is filing a cross complaint against Prejean, demanding, among other things, that Carrie return the $5,200 the pageant fronted her for her breast augmentation. In other legal docs, Keith Lewis and crew are asking to strike a portion of Prejean’s lawsuit — the portion dealing with public disclosure of private facts. The new docs say, “the alleged ‘private facts’ consist of her breast augmentation (which ceased being private during the swimsuit competition of the nationally-televised Miss USA pageant, in which Ms. Prejean walked the stage in a bikini).” The cross complaint says, “Had [Carrie] heeded the guidance of the Gospel of John, who admonished only those who are without sin to cast stones in judgment, she might have avoided this legal battle …” As for the cross complaint, Lewis and the production company claim Prejean is a hypocrite, championing family values after posing for a variety of “semi-nude photos…[which] surfaced via TMZ.com.”
It turns out that all this suing back and forth between Prejean and pageant officials is really just a matter of very public back and forth feuding. I, too, find Prejean hypocritical and do believe that if she is going to break her contract with the pageant then she doesn’t deserve to get free fake boobs for doing so. Since being stripped of her Miss California USA crown, Prejean has made many new friends in the evangelical Christian movement … perhaps they can take up a collection to help her pay back the boob job money that she owes?
Yesterday we got to see video from Rihanna‘s video shoot for her new music video, which we now know is titled Russian Roulette (it was incorrectly believed the track was titled The Wait Is Ova), and today we get our first look at the cover artwork for the single. We also learn today that her new album, due for release on November 23, is titled Rated R. Russian Roulette will be debuting on radio and then on her official website today but while we wait to hear the song, let’s check out Rihanna‘s new single cover artwork and read the accompanying press release:
THE WAIT IS OVA!!! RIHANNA’s NEW ALBUM – RATED R – HITS MONDAY, NOV. 23rd
“Russian Roulette,” first new single pick –written by Ne-Yo – launches worldwide Oct. 20th on radio and on official Rihanna website
“Russian Roulette” video to premiere on ABC-TV
Long-awaited follow-up to 2007’s worldwide multi-platinum Good Girl Gone Bad
(October 20, 2009 – New York, NY) The wait is ova – for one of the most hotly anticipated new albums in recent history, as multi-platinum, award-winning Def Jam recording artist Rihanna announces the completion of her fourth original studio album, Rated R, scheduled to arrive in the physical and digital marketplace on Monday, November 23rd. Rated R’s first single pick, “Russian Roulette” will be launched at 11:23am EST on October 20th worldwide on http://rihannanow.com. The “Russian Roulette” video, directed by Anthony Mandler, will premiere in prime-time on ABC. “Russian Roulette” was written and produced by fellow Def Jam artist Ne-Yo, whose long track record with Rihanna includes the #1 hit “Unfaithful” (2006, from A Girl Like Me), their Top 10 duet “Hate That I Love You” (2007, from Good Girl Gone Bad), and #1 pop/ #1 R&B “Take A Bow” (2008, from Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded). In addition to Ne-Yo, other producers and writers on Rihanna’s new album include the team of The-Dream and Tricky Stewart, Chase & Status, Stargate, Justin Timberlake and more. Rated R is the long-awaited follow-up to Good Girl Gone Bad (May 2007), which contained the non-stop string of hit singles that began with the MTV VMA and Grammy Award-winning global #1 hit “Umbrella” (featuring Jay-Z), then “Shut Up and Drive,” “Hate That I Love You” (featuring Ne-Yo), and “Don’t Stop the Music.” Good Girl Gone Bad spent 98 total weeks on the Soundscan chart, earned cumulative sales of more than 36-times platinum in at least 20 territories around the world, and spun off the CD+DVD package Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded (January 2009) – which continued the string of hits with the #1 “Take A Bow,” and the #1 “Disturbia.” Good Girl Gone Bad was the third album release in less than two years by the 21-year old Barbados native Rihanna. It followed-up 2006’s RIAA platinum A Girl Like Me, which contained the back-to-back hits, “S.O.S.” and “Unfaithful”; and her RIAA gold debut from 2005, Music Of the Sun, featuring the world-wide smash, “Pon De Replay.”
Oh look … the song is online now, click HERE to check it out in full. I just gave it a listen and … liked it … but ………. it’s too slow a jam for me to really get into. I’ll have to give the song a few more listens but, yeah, it didn’t immediately grab me. Take a listen and tell me what y’all think.
Last August we learned that Ed Westwick‘s character, Chuck Bass, on Gossip Girlwould be engaging a bit of man-on-man action on the show and last night was the ep where it all took place. Because Chuck Bass was a bisexual character in the Gossip Girl book series, fans have been wondering if the TV version of Chuck Bass would be emulating his literary counterpart … and it turns out that he does — but on a much smaller scale. Here are a few screen caps of Ed Westwick gettin’ all amorous with co-star Neal Bledsoe:
To be honest, the kiss wasn’t really all that … but on a primetime TV series aimed at the tween set, I think it was adequate. After the jump, check out a screenshot of the actual smooch and watch video of the full scene … More »
Late yesterday afternoon we learned some pretty amazing news … especially for fans of Glee and/or Joss Whedon. It turns out that Joss, master supreme, has signed on to direct an upcoming episode of Glee. As you may know, Whedon created a little show called Buffy the Vampire Slayer and is the guy who came up with “the musical episode” in television shows. BtVS‘s musical episode Once More With Feeling set the standard for other TV series to model their musical episodes … considering that every ep of Glee is a musical episode I guess it made sense to get Joss on board … and he happily agreed. Here is the full text of a blog post written by Joss Whedon wherein he discusses his stint as one-off Glee director:
Hey kids and parents of kids and super-old, like ancestor-old-but-not-dead-yet-type people, just poking my oversized head in to say that the rumors are true… unless something very odd happens in the next few months, I will have the privilege of shooting an episode of GLEE. Why GLEE? Because I love cops, serial killers and gritty urban drama (I haven’t seen the show yet). Why me? Because they’re struggling and can’t afford real directors. And to head off a few queries:
No, this doesn’t mean Dollhouse definitely won’t get a back nine. Our numbers mean that! But I kid. Okay, we’re not exactly saving all the good stuff for 14-22, but nobody’s closed the door. If D’House suddenly busts wide, huzzah, we’ll still bring it, and I’ll still go and direct an episode of Glee, because of my love of cops. These realities can co-exist. And possibly cross over, at least in fiction that I have wri – read. About.
What can we expect from a ‘Joss Whedon’ epsiode of Glee? An episode of Glee. God willin’ and the crik don’t rise, a good one. A television director’s job is, on some level, to be anonymous; to find the most compelling way to present a story without calling attention to himself. I had a wonderful time doing just that on The Office, and hope to again. A guest director can bring a huge amount to the party (we’ve had CRAZY talent on Dollhouse), but the party isn’t his. I just want to work with good people on a show that I like enough to have watched every episode several times. (I lied: I HAVE watched the show. And seriously, when do the cops show up?)
Whom will I kill? When will that go away? Is death really the only thing I’m known for? I’d hope not. You know how many people in the world actually die? ALL OF THEM. You know how many I’ve killed? Statistically, somewhat fewer. Can’t we focus on another element of my work? Having said that, probably Principal Figgins. (No! I kid! God.)
Anyway, I hope that clears things up. I’m going to do my best, and more importantly, I’m going to do my best not to gush like a fanboy for eight straight days on set. Don’t worry. I practiced with Bamber. I’m a pro.
Happy Monday. Especially for me. -j.
How exciting!! To be honest, unless Joss has a hand in the writing, I don’t know that the ep of Glee he will direct will be Jossified enough. Nonetheless, I’m excited as hell that Glee and Joss are teaming up to work together. This is great news for any gleek, I think. Woot!!
Last Saturday we saw photos of Rihanna on the set of her new music video and you may recall she was rockin’ an eye patch for the shoot. Today we get to see more photos from the music video shoot AND we get to hear a snippet of the song itself. First up, the pics:
You may recall that Rihanna posted a tweet on her official Twitter profile which announced the presumed release date of her new album (November 23) along with the line The Wait Is Ova. It was speculated that that might be the title of her album … and it very well may be … but new video from the shoot of her music video gives us a sneak listen of the first single and the line The Wait Is Ova is clearly heard in the song. Chances are, that’s the name of the single (and possibly the album as well). After the jump, check out the video and hear for yourselves … More »
Um … I have to admit that I really love Matthew with his bird. It’s such an odd thing to see a man and his bird just out in public … you can understand how sometimes that could be off-putting. As far as celeb pets go, I think McConaughey‘s Sun Conure is my new fave.
This shoot was done by photographer Braden Summers and I’m happy to discover that there is more from this shoot to enjoy. After the jump, check out 3 more photos from this photoshoot and see how well “serious” looks on Lance Bass … More »
I am in absolute LOVE with this video … Kylie sounds amazing and makes it very evident why she has managed to enjoy such a successful worldwide career in music. Wow is one of my fave upbeat Kylie songs (actually, it’s one of my fave Kylie songs period) and it’s such a treat to hear it performed acoustically. After the jump, check out the video and hear for yourselves … More »
Yesterday I mentioned that David and I were in attendance at the joyous wedding of our dear friends Mariqueen Maandig and Trent Reznor on Saturday night and I shared a few photos from the wedding reception. But while I still will not share the intimate details of the wedding ceremony itself (as I said before, it’s not my story to tell) I would like to share with all y’all a few more photos from the event. Here is the exclusive first look at Mr. & Mrs. Trent and Mariqueen Reznor on their wedding day this past Saturday:
The bride was absolutely stunning in her beautiful wedding dress and the groom was lookin’ pretty swanky himself. It is my extreme pleasure to share the beautiful sight of our newly and very happily wedded friends :)
After the jump, check out an adorable photo of the Mr. & Mrs. sharing their first dance together as husband and wife and also check out a really fun photo of Mariqueen rockin’ her sexy red reception dress … More »