Archive for November, 2009

‘Iron Man 2’ Releases The First Movie Poster

First Look!

Hurray!! Here is our first look at the FIRST movie poster to be released for the sequel film Iron Man 2:


Iron Man and War Machine vs. Whip Lash!! Bring it on!! This movie is gonna rule so hardcore!! May 2010 cannot get here soon enough for me. Love this poster!! Can’t wait to see more.

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Tiger Woods Will Not Be Competing For The Rest Of The Year

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As was expected by pretty much everyone on planet Earth considering all the drama stemming from his car crash incident last Friday morning, Tiger Woods has pulled out of competing in the Chevron World Challenge which takes place here in SoCal this week. Furthermore, Tiger has also announced that he will NOT be competing in any tournaments for the rest of the year:


Tiger Woods will not play in the Chevron World Challenge golf tournament this week. The reason for Tiger’s no show — car crash injuries. On Tiger’s own website, he released a statement saying, “I am extremely disappointed that I will not be at my tournament this week … I am certain it will be an outstanding event and I’m very sorry that I can’t be there.” The site also says Tiger will not compete in any more events this year. The tourney says they are trying to find someone to take Tiger’s spot and that it would be one of the top 50 players in the world. As for refunds, the tourney’s site says tickets will be refunded at face value beginning next week.

Oh yeah, it really sounds like homie is hopin’ to hide out for as long as he can so that he won’t be forced to answer any questions about his incident. It remains to be seen how far the police are willing to go to find out if his accident grew out of a domestic altercation with his wife but it looks like Tiger Woods is going to make it as difficult as possible for anyone to ask anything of him.

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Serena Williams Gets Fined $175,000 For Yelling At A Line Judge

Will have fine reduced to $82,500 if she behaves for 2 years

Dang … The Grand Slam Committee that oversees the world’s Tennis Grand Slam tournaments really takes charges of unsportsmanlike conduct seriously. You may recall that Serena Williams blew up at a line judge back in September during a US Open match against Kim Clijsters when she threatened said judge by allegedly yelling, I’m gonna kill you! I swear to God, I’m fucking taking this ball and I’m shoving it down your fucking throat (click HERE for video). Well, her punishment for that incident has finally been handed down … to the tune of $175,000! Wow!


Serena Williams, the top-ranked player in women’s tennis, will pay a price for her threatening, profanity-laced tirade against a lineswoman in the semifinals of the United States Open. The Grand Slam committee fined Williams $175,000 in a decision announced Monday, but decided against suspending her from next year’s Open or any other Grand Slam event. Instead, the committee followed the recommendation of its administrator and lead investigator, Bill Babcock, and adopted a middle path by heavily fining her and placing her on two years’ probation. If she commits another major offense in the next two seasons at one of the four Grand Slam tournaments, she will be automatically suspended from the subsequent United States Open. In addition, if she does not commit another major offense in the next two years, she will have her fine reduced to $82,500. Even at that level, it would be the largest fine levied against a player for misbehavior at a Grand Slam: far more than the roughly $30,000 that the American Jeff Tarango was ultimately fined for walking off the court at Wimbledon in 1995 after an argument with the French chair umpire Bruno Rebeuh. Tarango’s wife, Benedicte, later slapped Rebeuh in the face. Tarango was suspended from Wimbledon in 1996. Williams declined an interview request through her management team but issued a statement. “I am thankful that we now have closure on the incident, and we can all move forward,” her statement read. “I am back in training in preparation for next season, and I continue to be grateful for all of the support from my fans and the tennis community” … Williams can appeal within 10 days of the ruling, which was rendered Saturday. But an appeal is unlikely because her statement emphasized closure and she could have been given a much harsher penalty, including a suspension and the loss of her prize money from the Open. Williams lost her singles semifinal to Kim Clijsters, earning $350,000, then won the women’s doubles with her sister Venus Williams, sharing $420,000. In 2009, Serena Williams set a single-season record by earning $6,545,586 in prize money. Serena Williams lost her temper Sept. 12 while serving to stay in the match against Clijsters. Trailing, 4-6, 5-6 and 15-30, she was called for a foot fault after a second serve, which gave the point to Clijsters and brought up match point. Williams, upset at the timing of the foot-fault call, turned toward the lineswoman who had made the call and, using profanity, threatened to stuff a tennis ball down her throat. Williams, who had received an official warning for smashing a racket earlier in the match, was eventually given a point penalty on court by the tournament referee Brian Earley. With Williams facing match point, the decision gave Clijsters the victory. Williams, initially unapologetic and evasive, incrementally amplified her apology over the next two days. She was fined the maximum $10,000 during the tournament but was permitted to play in the doubles final the next day. That $10,000 fine will be deducted from the total announced Monday.

Dang … talk about paying the price for losing one’s temper. I guess Williams really did need to be punished for this infraction but $175k seems like a tough lesson to swallow. In the end, tho, athletes are regular people prone to losing their temper just like everyone else. I suspect that other pro athletes might think twice before blowing up at officials like this in the future … but, to be honest, it’s hard to stay rational in the heat of the moment. I hope Serena will learn to keep her cool tho … paying out this much money in fines is just stupid.

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Jude Law & Sienna Miller’s Quiet Thanksgiving Together

Rekindling their failed romance?

Well, well now … what have we here? Star magazine is reporting that former lovers Jude Law and Sienna Miller, who are both living in NYC these days since they are both starring in Broadway shows, spent a quiet Thanksgiving together all alone. It sounds like Jude was not interested in sharing his Thanksgiving with either his babymama Samantha Burke & newborn daughter Sophia or the co-eds at New York University so he decided not to stay home and meet up with Sienna instead … HMMMM. Here are the deets as reported by Star:


Turkey wasn’t on the menu for Jude Law and Sienna Miller during their dinner date on Thanksgiving — but pizza and PDA were! The Brits, who are both living in Manhattan while appearing in roles on Broadway, celebrated the American holiday together at the Italian restaurant Emporio in the Nolita section of New York City. Arriving just after midnight on Thursday, Jude and Sienna — who are starring in Hamlet and After Miss Julie, respectively — took a table, where they ordered pizza — and a $350 bottle of wine. “They were offered a private table in the back, but Jude and Sienna turned it down,” an insider tells Star. “They had no problem flaunting their love right in the middle of the restaurant. They definitely looked like they were head-over-heels for each other.” Although their reps denied recent reports that they’d reconciled, the couple — who broke off their engagement in 2006 following his cheating scandal with his kids’ nanny — didn’t skimp on public displays of affection. “They came in holding hands and kept touching each other and kissing throughout the entire meal,” says the insider. “They only had eyes for each other!” Jude picked up the check — leaving $100 tip — and they left together in the same car.

Now, I suppose it’s entirely possible that Jude and Sienna were just hangin’ out as BFFs but considering Jude‘s reputation as a Lothario and Sienna‘s penchant for romancin’ celebs … well, it’s not a far stretch to imagine that these two would want to be hookin’ up again for a little somethin’ somethin’. I always thought these two made a great couple and thought it was shame that they broke up (reportedly due to Jude’s cheating on her with a nanny). I guess we’ll see if anything comes from this report. What do y’all think … are they together again?

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Neve Campbell Talks To ‘Blackbook Magazine’ About ‘Scream 4’

"Being the next Jamie would be fine!"

BlackBook magazine has posted a new interview online with Neve Campbell wherein she talks at some length about the much-anticipated upcoming sequel film Scream 4 as well as her other work (Party of Five and, yes, the very LOL-worthy Wild Things). As you may recall, that we learned back in July that Courteney and David Arquette signed on to appear in Scream 4 and then in September we learned that Neve Campbell, THE Scream star, finally agreed to sign on for the film as well. Now she’s talkin’ about the upcoming film … and more:


Ontario-born actress Neve Campbell first found fame on Fox’s Party of Five before perfecting her little “girl lost in horror, blood and gore act” in The Craft, playing a teen witch even though she was in her early 20s at the time. Looking perennially younger than she actually is, Neve moved on to even greater fame amongst a new generation of slasher flick fans as Sidney Prescott in the Scream trilogy, the most successful psychological horror genre films of all time. Thrillingly, the four are due to reunite for Scream 4 which is scheduled to start filming in the spring. Campbell has lived, almost secretly, in London for the last five years with her actor husband John Light, a Brit. Indeed: these days the 36 year-old actress is such a fully paid-up Anglophile, even Madonna and Gwyneth would be impressed. Maybe even shown up.

You seem to be very settled living in London these days. Would you consider yourself an Anglophile?
Absolutely! I’ve lived in leafy Islington for five years now. I lived in LA for 13 years, but it just didn’t suit me. I’m from Toronto and I’m really used to a city I can walk around in, I guess. After I saw Crash, I realized: it’s true. People only really meet in LA when they get out of their cars. It’s a very isolating city. I have to be a little careful in London with the attention of the paparazzi. But on the whole, people are very respectful.

Do you ever feel drawn to horror films due to your legacy in them?
I’m very thankful for the Scream movies. They were fantastic for my career. Do I fear being pigeonholed for making this genre of movie? Not really. I’ve had a good ride, career-wise.

So you don’t think you are in any danger of becoming the next Jamie Lee Curtis of the shock-horror world?
Being the next Jamie would be fine! (laughs) In fact, we start shooting Scream 4 in mid-April. I’m so happy that those of us still “alive” from 1, 2 and 3 like David (Arquette) and Courtney (Cox) have already signed up to take part.

Did you all stay in touch after the trilogy had wrapped?
Oh, yes. Completely. I haven’t spoken to them in a while. I’m sure it took a while to convince them to take part [in the picture], especially because they’re now a very happy family ,and of course, it was a long journey for them. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun, and a lot like going back to summer camp.

What else can you tell us about Scream 4?
I’m pretty sure at this stage that Wes [Craven] is back on board to direct and Kevin [Willamson] is definitely writing it…so it is going to be great.

So you haven’t been sent a script yet, then?
No. Not yet. They had to wait for us all to sign on. I suppose that’s the way these days!

What’s the key to playing Sidney?
Physically speaking, it’s all about working the bob! And the only way I can achieve that properly every day on set is through Tara Smith hair products. Seriously, if Tara didn’t cut and style my hair in an amazing girly way to re-create the Sidney look, I wouldn’t have a starting point [for the character]. I’m not kidding. Hers are the only products I can use without killing my hair and skin, as they are 100% organic and free of chemicals.

You sound like a big fan!
Honestly, your readers should try them and get the Sidney bob to hold for when the film comes out next year! Once I’ve got the hairstyle, the character of Sidney definitely comes back to me.

Work-wise, what’s next for you before shooting Scream in the Spring?
Well, I’m always trying to find a great new scam to avoid the dark, damp British winters if I can! So, I’ve just signed up to do a movie in Sydney, Australia starting in December.

OK, so granted there still ain’t much (well, anything) to talk about as far as Scream 4 is concerned but the fact that we are hearing anything at all about the film is very exciting. I am SO excited for this new sequel film … which, I understand, may be the start of a whole new trilogy of films :) But, yes, Neve had other things to talk about with BlackBook … including the new film she’s about to start filming. After the jump, read the rest of Neve‘s BlackBook interview to see what else she has to say these days … More »

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The Week Of Sloth Comes To An End

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And so … my Week of Sloth came to an end last night as I happily welcomed home my beloved David from his holiday visit back East. Yesterday afternoon, tho, I met up with my friend Tony for a nice brunch at Hugo’s … we were able to catch up and hang out. I spent much of the afternoon tidying up the apartment for David’s return … there was no need for him to see the remnants from the Week of Sloth.

I picked up David late last night and we spent a very nice night together … just the two of us … and a large pizza pie from Vito’s :)

I’m not sure what the plan is for today … I’m thinkin’ David and I will prolly do something low key … but the week ahead is a bit bizzy and looks to be fun. Bring it on!!

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‘The Circus Starring Britney Spears’ Comes To A Close In Australia

The End

Britney Spears has successfully completed her first-ever Australian tour by playing her last Aussie date in Adelaide on November 29 … which means that she has also successfully completed her world tour The Circus starring Britney Spears! I understand that our dear Britney completed 97 shows over 9 months … that is quite a feat. Here are a few photos from Britney‘s last performance of The Circus at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre in Adelaide, Aus:


What a great year Britney has had! She kicked off her tour in New Orleans, LA back in March and ended up touring the US twice along with many dates in Europe and Australia … well done!! I was fortunate enough to see the show 3 times (LA, Anaheim and Chicago) and I had a blast … as did, I’m sure, everyone else at the 94 other performances.

But, as with all good things, the show had to come to an end. Britney has already packed up her shizz and said goodbye to Oz. After the jump, check out a few photos of Britney making her way home from Australia earlier today … More »

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Kylie Minogue Is Back In NYC

She's recording her new album!!!

Kylie Minogue seems to be in love with NYC these days … last month she was in town to celebrate Hallowe’en with some of her famous friends and, of course, earlier in the month she performed 3 sold out shows at the Hammerstein Ballroom to finish out her first-ever North American Tour For You, For Me. Well, Kylie is back in the Big Apple to record her new album (reportedly due out next year) and she has been tweeting about her progress:


Recording in NYC has been amazing….will send you a picture later…#kylieNYC / Chilling out on Saturday #kylieNYC :) brrrrrr!!! / I promised you all a photo from NYC..well,here is a video of me with Autumn leaves instead!!!! / Walked the Brooklyn Bridge today! It was amazing :) / Back into the studio tomorrow, can’t wait!! The album is really taking shape.. feeling very inspired :) xx

Woot!! A new Kylie album taking shape in NYC right at this moment … how cool is that? I also love that Kylie is now tweeting thru the process, sharing a little bit with her fans … it makes the whole endeavor so much more fun!! After the jump, check out two fun videos that Kylie posted on her official Twitter profile and see what she has to share … More »

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Jaden Smith Is The New ‘Karate Kid’

Redux

Back in September we got our first look at the new version of The Karate Kid which stars Jaden Pinkett-Smith and Jackie Chan and today People magazine brings us the first promo photo from the new flick of the dynamic duo:


Learning the moves of a true martial arts fighter, Will Smith’s youngest son Jaden Smith is proving he has what it takes when he stars opposite Jackie Chan in a remake of the 1984 classic, The Karate Kid, due in theaters June 11. “I trained every day for four months with Master Wu [the film's fight coordinator],” Jaden, 11, tells PEOPLE as he takes on his first leading role as an American boy named Dre Parker who moves to China. “We did a lot of stretching.” Jaden mastered front kicks and upper blocks through his hard work ethic and dedication, says Chan, 55, who plays maintenance man Mr. Han – an unlikely friend to Jaden’s character. “He took the training very seriously. I was very impressed with him,” he adds. While filming in Beijing, including atop the Great Wall of China, Chan was more than a martial arts mentor to his young costar. “Jackie taught me to ask, ‘My left or camera left?’” says Jaden on learning the important directions of acting in front of the movie camera. “That helped.” As the two stars built a dynamic relationship on screen, the teacher and student bond translated into real life. “Jaden had a lot of respect for me as his teacher, even off the set,” says Chan. “He is professional as many adult actors who have been in the business for years.” And, as Jaden became a true karate kid, he realized that there is more to martial arts than just the kicking and punching – there are lasting lessons of obedience to be instilled. In fact Jaden’s parents appreciate the discipline he learned. “His dad told me that Jaden had changed,” says Chan. “When he takes his shoes off, he doesn’t throw them in the corner, but puts them away neatly!”

I dunno … as I mentioned in my last post on this new version of The Karate Kid, I’m not sure I’m at all interested in a remake of such a classic film. This new version is helped by the fact that it’s a completely new retelling of the story and seems to be only related to the original film in name only. I actually just rewatched the original Karate Kid, Part II and that movie sequel still holds up after all these years (the Part III and the subsequent The Next Karate Kid which starred Hilary Swank do not, IMHO, hold up all these years later). I suppose this new film can be great for young viewers unfamiliar with the original film … as for me, I’m a Karate Kid purist … I think I’ll take a pass on this remake. Are any of y’all interested in seeing this new Karate Kid?

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Chelsea Clinton & Marc Mezvinsky Are Gettin’ Hitched!

After many, many years together the couple are finally ready to say "I Do!"

Happy news for the Clinton family today … word is finally out that Chelsea Clinton, the only begotten child of President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, has announced her engagement to long time boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky. The couple, who have been together for AGES now (like 10 years or something crazy like that), made news of their engagement public via mass email to family and friends over Thanksgiving. Here is the full text of the couple’s email engagement announcement:


“We’re sorry for the mass email but we wanted to wish everyone a belated Happy Thanksgiving! We also wanted to share that we are engaged! We didn’t get married this past summer despite the stories to the contrary, but we are looking toward next summer and hope you all will be there to celebrate with us. Happy Holidays! Chelsea & Marc.”

As you may or may not know, Chelsea works at a Manhattan hedge fund and Marc is a banker, both are alumni of Stanford University and neither show any interest in holding political office (at least, not yet anyways). On paper they sound like the perfect couple but the fact that they have been together for so long leads me to believe that they truly are perfect for one another. Let’s send our warmest wishes and heartiest congratulations to the happy couple!!

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Heidi Klum & Daughter Enjoy A Girls’ Day Out

Cutie pies

Yesterday we got our first look at Heidi Klum and Seal‘s newborn baby girl Lou Sulola in a batch of photos that were posted to each of their official websites … but today we get to see a couple of cute pics of Heidi, her eldest child Leni and her mother Erna out and about on a shopping trip in Beverly Hills, CA on Black Friday:


I’m not entirely convinced that the ladies were on the look-out for Black Friday “door buster” sales since they were shopping at stores like Giorgio Armani and Maxfield’s but it would seem that they enjoyed a great day of shopping nonetheless. I understand that Seal is trying to legally adopt little Leni (who’s biological father is Flavio Briatore) before Xmas so that the Klum-Samuel family can be whole for the holidays. Don’t they have just the cutest family ever?

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Colin Farrell & Alicja Bachleda-Curuś Get Romantic In Mexico

Awwww

Actor Colin Farrell and his babymama Alicja Bachleda-Curuś have made their way South of the border to enjoy a bit of a romantic getaway together and were snapped in various states of undress (well, we he was at least much to my approval) and in various states of affection on their hotel balcony … behold:


As you may recall, Colin and Alicja (his second babymama, I might add) welcomed the birth of their child Henry Tadeusz last month … it’s unclear if the couple brought along the baby with them on this romantic excursion but it does seem like the couple are happily “honeymooning” sans baby. They look really happy … it’s nice to see Colin so happy with the woman who bore his child … er, well, the latest woman to bear his newest child, that is :)

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Tiger Woods Issues A Statement Regarding His Car Accident Drama

"This situation is my fault, and it's obviously embarrassing to my family and me"

As you may have heard, pro golfer Tiger Woods got himself into a pretty nasty car accident in the wee hours on Friday morning after he reportedly got into an argument with his wife Elin Nordegren over alleged reports that he was cheating on her with a woman named Rachel Uchitel … then came the car accident, then came the drama. Yesterday, Tiger posted an official statement on his official website in response to the swirling drama caused by his accident, it reads:


As you all know, I had a single-car accident earlier this week, and sustained some injuries. I have some cuts, bruising and right now I’m pretty sore.

This situation is my fault, and it’s obviously embarrassing to my family and me. I’m human and I’m not perfect. I will certainly make sure this doesn’t happen again.

This is a private matter and I want to keep it that way. Although I understand there is curiosity, the many false, unfounded and malicious rumors that are currently circulating about my family and me are irresponsible.

The only person responsible for the accident is me. My wife, Elin, acted courageously when she saw I was hurt and in trouble. She was the first person to help me. Any other assertion is absolutely false.

This incident has been stressful and very difficult for Elin, our family and me. I appreciate all the concern and well wishes that we have received. But, I would also ask for some understanding that my family and I deserve some privacy no matter how intrusive some people can be.

Yeah, no … I do not believe for a second that his wife is innocent in all of this. To be clear, this is my personal opinion but it really does sound like the sequence of events was Argument (where Tiger‘s face got scratched BEFORE his car accident, after all there was no blood found on the steering wheel of his car and yet his face was scratched up), Accident (where he drove first into a fire hydrant and then into a neighbor’s tree … as if he was trying to get the hell away from his wife) and then Drama (neither Tiger nor his wife will talk to police, he turned them away 3 times since the accident). I understand the police are even investigating securing a warrant to search the Woods‘ house for evidence cuz neither Tiger nor Elin will talk. Why won’t they talk to police??? My guess is he’s gonna do everything he can to brush this drama under the rug … we’ll have to see if the police will work hard enough and do what is necessary to get the truth out of the Woods couple. DRAMA!!!!! What do y’all think … do you, unlike me, believe it really was all Tiger‘s fault and no one else’s?

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Jake Gyllenhaal & Reese Witherspoon Are DUNZO!

HAP-HAP-HAPPY DAY!!!!

Woooooooot!!! People magazine is reporting today that Jake Gyllenhaal and Reese Witherspoon HAVE BROKEN-UP!! GyllenSpoon are DUNZO, Y’ALL!!!


People first tweeted the good news:

Breaking News: Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal have broken up!

And then they posted the “full story” online:

Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal have split, a source close to the actress tells PEOPLE. No further details were given.

You’ll pardon me whilst I go do cartwheels all over my apartment (then out the door and down the street) despite the minimal details … I’ll update the story should any new deets become available … but can I just say WOOOOOOOOOOT!!! one more time?! Jakey poo is single again … and all is, once again, right with the world.

UPDATE: People have posted a new info from reps for both Jake and Reese that deny that the couple have broken up:

Despite reports, Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal are still very much a couple, according to their reps. Although a source close to the couple says their relationship has ended, reps for both say, “it is not true.” Nanci Ryder and Carrie Byalick, who rep Witherspoon and Gyllenhaal respectively, tell PEOPLE, “They are still together.”

Boo. I mean, I guess I’d expect the reps to deny a report like this but … well … I went and got my hopes up and everything. I guess we’ll have to see if these two rush out to be photographed together to see where things stand. At least I got in a few cartwheels when the initial story broke … it was deffo fun while it lasted ;)

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Ryan Kwanten Celebrates His 33rd Birthday In Sin City

Birthday Lurve

True Blood hottie Ryan Kwanten celebrated his 33rd birthday in Las Vegas, NV this weekend getting the party started at dinner with friends at TAO on Friday night before hitting up LAVO nightclub inside The Palazzo on Saturday night (his actual birthday). Here are a couple photos of Ryan at his bday celebration last night … unfortch for us, tho, he was fully clothed:


I understand that Ryan made sure to have the Don Julio Tequila flowin’ all weekend long and had himself a grand ol’ time. Mr. Kwanten has become one of my fave new celebs … his body of work, as it were, on True Blood made me an instant fan. I can’t wait to see more from him. Let’s send all of our Birthday Lurve to Ryan this weekend and wish him many Happy Birthdays to come!!

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Hot Dude Of The Week: Nicky

Weekend Hotness

Earlier today we got an unexpected treat when those sexy photos of Cleveland Indians baseball player Grady Sizemore hit the Internets but it is now time for our appointed date with the Hot Dude of the Week! Say hello to a fine young chap named Nicky:

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Yeah, there is something to be said for a dude with a nice, close-cropped haircut with just a bit of scruff … those chiseled abs aren’t so bad either. I don’t know about you but I kinda like the simple tighty whities … not all guys can pull them off but Nicky does a damn fine job methinks. Three cheers for Nicky, today’s Hot Dude of the Week!! Enjoy!!

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More Photos Of Shirley Manson & Elijah Wood For Oliver Peoples Eyewear

More for you to feast your Eyes on

Back in September we learned that singer/actress Shirley Manson and Hobbit/actor Elijah Wood had been chosen as the new spokespeople for Oliver Peoples Eyewear and in October we got to see the first images from the Oliver Peoples Eyewear Spring 2010 ad campaign … today, we get to see a few more photos from that ad campaign:


I said it before, I’ll say it again … one can never have too much Shirley Manson in one’s life. She is too fab for words. After the jump, check out 3 more Oliver Peoples ad campaign photos to see Shirley interacting with ElijahMore »

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Tobey Maguire Plays Spider-Man

For Real

Here are a couple of really cute pics of Tobey Maquire who plays Spider-Man on the big screen playing Spider-Man with his daughter Ruby Sweetheart and his son Otis Tobias (not pictured) on a playground in West Hollywood, CA earlier this week:


He doesn’t start shooting Spider-Man 4 until March but Tobey Maguire was getting some rehearsal in — well sort of — Friday in a park with his kids. Tobey and his jewelry designer wife Jennifer Meyer had their little ones, Ruby, 3, and Otis, 18 months, in a West Hollywood park on Friday when Tobey broke into a Spider-Man routine. Ruby and Otis loved it, smiling and laughing along with their dad. We loved it too. Tobey is one cool dad.

Cute!! Normally I’d prefer to see Tobey “hangin’” out in his tight-fitting Spider-Man costume but I don’t mind these photos at all. It looks like he has having more fun than his kids were ;) So cute!!

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Grady Sizemore’s Solo iPhone Photo Session

The Cleveland Indians player hits a home run with fun pics

Okay … I know what a lot of you are prolly thinkin’ … Who is Grady Sizemore? Well … let me tell you … Sizemore is a baseball player for the Cleveland Indians and he has been dating Playboy Playmate Brittany Binger. Apparently, Sizemore is very fond of taking sexy photos of himself with his iPhone and likes to send them to his girlfriend … and has been doing so for many months. For some reason now — mebbe a fight, mebbe a break-up — his Playmate girlfriend has decided to leak sexy iPhone photos to the Internets … for our viewing pleasure:


Grady Sizemore is dating a Playboy Playmate, Brittany Binger. Perhaps being around Hef’s mansion has opened his mind a little to freedom of sexual expression, or perhaps he felt the need to provide a definition of his name. In any case, Ms. Binger has apparently leaked some photos of good ol’ Grady to the web. It seems the bathroom mirror is his favorite place to take the pictures, and they range in “visibility”. Tamer ones … feature clothing, while others, although including clothing, leave a little less to the imagination. Perhaps he is demonstrating that he is fully recovered from the groin injury that kept him out of the World Baseball Classic? Perhaps all the camera usage was physical therapy for the elbow surgery he had prior to the end of the season? Or perhaps, rather, he was simply checking to make sure there was no lasting scar from his hernia surgery? In any case, the pics are now out there for all the world to see … Somehow, I’m betting this isn’t a complete collection.

Click HERE to see some of the photos but many of them have been taken offline. HMMM … yes, I have to agree that Grady prolly took even sexier photos for Brittany … while pretty NSFW, none of the leaked photos show actual P33N … but they get kinda close to showing the whole enchilada (as it were). It turns out that Grady has been taking and sharing these photos for at least the better part of this year. Two of the photos (including one with a small jar of Vaseline) were taken in March ’09 and one with a coffee cup was taken in April — you will note that he was using last year’s iPhone for those photos. Other photos were taken as recently as August ’09 (as you can see, he upgraded his iPhone to the newest model for those photos). I suspect that there are other photos out there that show more … but it’s unclear if those photos will be making their way to the Internets. I guess we’ll have to wait and see if Ms. Brittany Binger decides to share more photos of Mr. Grady Sizemore. I’m hoping she does … I wouldn’t mind seeing more … would you?

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Alanis Morissette Finds Herself A New Man

Takes him on a shopping excursion

It’s been quite sometime since we’ve seen photos of Alanis Morissette happily in the arms of a man … I don’t think we’ve seen her coupled up with anyone since her break-up with Ryan Reynolds a couple of years ago. Since their break-up, as y’all should know, Ryan went and hot himself married to Scarlett Johansson … and Alanis has remained single. Sure, she went out and got herself a new tattoo about a year ago now … and has been spending time with her friends … but she has not found herself a new love … until now. Here are cute photos of Alanis with her new man, a musician named Souleye, lookin’ all cute and stuff as they did some shopping this weekend at Fred Segal in Santa Monica, CA:


They look like a good match … and she looks really happy. It’s so nice to see Alanis lookin’ all smiley again. I can’t even imagine how difficult it was for her to heal from her break from Ryan (tho, listening to Alanis‘s album Flavors of Entanglement gives me some hint as to how difficult it was for her) but it looks like she is ready to move forward and forge ahead with this new chap. I wish them both every happiness … after all, this might be the true love of her life :)

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Heidi Klum & Seal Show Off Their Newborn Baby Girl

Lou Sulola makes her debut on Seal.com & HeidiKlum.com

As you may recall, Heidi Klum and hubby Seal welcomed the birth of their baby girl Lou Sulola last month but up until now the family has kept the little darling under wraps. HeidiKlum.com and Seal.com have just been updated with a whole slew of new family photos that FINALLY introduce little Lou to the world:


Heidi Klum has debuted new daughter Lou to the world, and just like her supermodel mother, the camera already loves her. The Victoria’s Secret star and singer husband Seal today released the first pictures of their adorable seven-week-old on their official websites. Little Lou Sulola is seen resting gently on her mother’s chest and in another frame, the newborn sleeps peacefully on Heidi’s tummy while surround by her siblings Johan, 2, Henry, 4, and Leni, 5. Another intimate black and white portrait shows Lou in the arms of her doting father. The photographs were posted along with Seal’s song A Fathers Way, an emotional ode to his family. A statement on Heidi’s website read: ‘She is beautiful beyond words and we are happy that she chose us to watch her grow over the coming years. ‘From the moment she looked into both of our eyes it was endless love at first sight.’

What a precious little girl … she is an absolute doll and she is the spitting image of her beautiful mother!! After the jump, check out three more photos of little Lou Sulola and her family — Mama Heidi, Daddy Seal and sister & brothers Leni, Henry and JohanMore »

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Watch The First 5 Minutes of ‘The Princess And The Frog’

Once upon a time ...

Okay Disney animation fans … the newest Disney animated film The Princess and the Frog doesn’t open in theaters until December 11 but right here, right now you can watch the first 5 minutes of the film to get you all teased and excited for the actual film before it opens:


Now, I’m not sure if this video is authorized or not, nor do I know how long it will stay online before it gets yanked so you might wanna watch it while you can. After the jump, check out the first 5 minutes of The Princess and the FrogMore »

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Victoria Beckham’s Killer Shoes Are Destroying Her Feet

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Anyone with even the vaguest notion of Victoria Beckham knows that she LOVES to wear sky high heeled shoes … but it turns out that her love of that killer footwear is, apparently, doing a lot of (what looks to be) painful damage to her feet. Hammer toes are so not sexy … and neither are swollen bunions … ew:


Her penchant for towering heels has become her trademark. But years of wearing six-inch stilettos have taken their painful toll on Victoria Beckham – she is facing surgery to remove her bunions. Style may be everything for Posh, but she is in such agony that friends have revealed she is being forced to put ice on her feet and do daily exercises in a desperate bid to avoid having the bunionectomy operations advised by her doctors. The star has said the pain is affecting her perfect posture. A friend has told the Mail: ‘The Beckham household is all about feet at the moment: David is having painkilling injections for bone bruising on his foot, while Victoria is in agony with her misshapen feet. ‘She is suffering from shooting pain from the bunions. Normally, she kicks off her shoes in the house, but she has been out so much recently in high heels that she is really feeling it.’ Mrs Beckham continues to insist she will not resort to flat shoes. ‘I beyond hate ballerina flats,’ she says. ‘I can’t walk in them. Unless they’re on a ballet dancer doing ballet, I just don’t get it. I love heels.’ To combat her agony, Mrs Beckham, 35, has been doing exercises, such as standing on a step and lowering her weight onto one leg, and lying on her back to stretch her legs. If Posh has the surgery, she could face at least two months out of high heels. ‘Victoria calls her feet “the bane of my life”, but she is worried about having the operation because she fears they will compromise her ability to wear heels and ruin her stylish look,’ says her friend. ‘She puts up with the pain, but the doctor has told her she seriously needs to consider a bunionectomy or ditch the heels for a few months to let the inflammation calm down. She has not got that long to decide what to do.’ Mrs Beckham is believed to wear corrective insoles in some shoes.

UGH … you just know shoes as tall as the ones that VB likes to wear do not come without a price. The bunions on her feet in this photo look … really painful. But, if she is happy to endure the pain just so she can wear these shoes then who are we to say anything. I, personally, would never injure myself just for fashion … there are far too many comfortable things to wear instead. But you just know that VB will not stop wearing these shoes … not until her feet fall off … then she’ll just have some new feet made for her so she can keep wearing her shoes. OY … she so crazy.

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A Rockin’ Birthday Party

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Last night I met up with my friend Angie and her group of amazing peeps — Kay, Mike, Justine, Gary, et al. — at Laurel Tavern to celebrate her recent birthday. Altho she turned another year older last weekend, she saved the celebratin’ for this weekend:


Now y’all know how much I love taking photos of pretty much EVERYTHING so the fact that we were too bizzy partying to take any photos should clue you in to how much fun we had last night. There were rockers everywhere you looked … it was really a fun party full of the coolest people. We had a blast, I hope Angie had a great birthday.

Today … I’m gonna lie low … all this partying has taken it’s toll so I’m gonna slow down today. I’m excited cuz David comes home tomorrow … altho I had some fun this past week, I do miss him and I’m looking forward to his return home :)

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A Baby Elvis, A Zombie Prom & A French Bulldog

Here is this week’s batch of photos sent in by Pink is the new Blog readers — Bryan sends in an ADORABLE photo of his beautiful 3 month old daughter Riviera Grace rockin’ the cutest Elvis outfit — Maz sends in a photo from the Pride Parade in Perth, Australia last month featuring the Cross Campus Queer Network‘s float which was themed Zombie PromSabrina sends in a pic from her recent 22nd birthday celebration with her BFF Gillian at the Rascal Flatts concert at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, WA — Amy and Scott send in a supercute pic of their French Bulldog DozerLoz sends in a photo of Britney Spears‘s last concert performance in Melbourne, Aus where she showed off a cute bob hair’do:


Thank you all so much for the amazing photos!! They are all so cute and so fun … I love them all. Please keep the photos comin’ … I know some of y’all took fun photos for Thanksgiving this week and we want to see them :) Much love and thanks you all for continuing to send in your photos … gimme more, more, more!! xo

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Lindsay Lohan Doesn’t Like Being Photographed While She Parties

Just ask Cobra Starship's Gabe Saporta

Lindsay Lohan may like being photographed when she is out and about in public but when homegirl is gettin’ her party on at a nightclub, well, that’s a different story altogether. Apparently, L. Lo was at a nightclub recently where Cobra Starship frontman Gabe Saporta was DJing and her security crew caught him taking photos of Lindsay at the party … according to Page Six, Lindsay‘s security took maters and Gabe‘s camera into their own hands:


Lindsay Lohan doesn’t like to be snapped in the act when she’s partying. Our spies saw her security crew snatch the mobile phone of Cobra Starship lead singer Gabe Saporta, who was spinning records and left the deejay booth to take pictures of Lohan, who was hanging out with brother Michael Jr. at Hudson Terrace the other night. A source said, “The security team didn’t care that he was the deejay. They went up to Gabe, took his camera and erased all of his pictures to make sure there were none of her drinking or looking like she was having too much fun.” Lohan left about 3 a.m.

LOL!! Oh Lindsay, what are you trying to hide? Trust me, girl, we all already know … everything! I’m not sure that I totally believe that Gabe just let Lindsay‘s goons take his camera and delete his photos … but it does make for a funny story. Let this be a lesson to y’all … if you ever should come upon L. Lo at a party, take photos at your own risk. You never know when the long arm of Lindsay‘s security detail could reach out and touch you … then delete your photos.

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‘The Wolf Man’ Releases A New Movie Poster, Movie Trailer

There's a He-Wolf in disguise ... Awooooo!

Back in August we saw the first batch of promo photos released from the new Universal film The Wolf Man starring Benecio del Toro, Anthony Hopkins and Emily Blunt, then the first movie trailer for the film was released … and no one really cared. With all the hoopla surrounding The Twilight Saga: New Moon and all of their sexy werewolves, people failed to take notice of The Wolf Man. Now that New Moon has been released and all of that anticipation has been released, Universal is putting out new promo materials for The Wolf Man … and this time, they’re doing a better job of getting my attention. Here is the new movie poster from the film:


It looks pretty rad, right? I think this poster works much better than the promo pics we saw before. Even more importantly, tho, Universal put together a new movie trailer that makes the movie look MUCH more interesting than the first trailer did. After the jump, check it out in full … More »

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Robbie Williams & Ayda Field Are NOT Gettin’ Hitched!

Joke's over

Yesterday we learned from NME that Robbie Williams‘s mother Jan spilled the news that Robbie and his girlfriend Ayda Field got themselves engaged to be wed. While I thought the news was good, I wasn’t entirely sure I believed it … turns out my instincts were correct because shortly after the story began to spread, Robbie posted a message on his official website that it was all a joke — he and Ayda are NOT engaged to be married:


Robbie Williams has denied he is engaged to girlfriend Ayda Field. In a blog post on Robbiewilliams.com titled ‘Robbie And Ayda: Are They Or Aren’t They?’, Williams addressed the recent speculation around his supposed engagement, and said simply:

“Hey all. We are not engaged. Rob x”

The news comes a day after Williams’ mother Jan told BBC Radio 5 live that the singer and Field were definitely engaged. “I’ve got a daughter-in-law, I’ve always wanted a daughter-in-law!” she told the station, adding that Williams had told her a week ago that he was planning to propose. Rumours that Williams and Field were engaged spread initially after the singer appeared to propose to her live on an Australian radio show early yesterday morning (November 27). However, Williams’ spokesperson later explained that he had only been joking during the show.

HMMM … I think this is the part where we are supposed to laugh. Go ahead … I’ll wait. Yeah, so funny, huh?

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Jason Trawick Shops In SoCal

Could he be picking up a bauble for Britney?

Yesterday we learned that Britney Spears is nearing the end of her first-ever Australian tour this weekend and it looks like her agent/beau Jason Trawick is gettin’ ready for her return home to SoCal. Jason was spotted doing a bit of shopping this week at a jewelry shop called Artisan de Luxe on Melrose Ave., most probably picking up a gift for our dear Britney:


Yeah, unless Jason has started wearing women’s funky necklaces and bracelets, he was deffo shopping for a special lady in his life. It isn’t that much of a stretch to imagine that he would be picking up a nice gift for Britney. There is a silly rumor going around that there is trouble amiss in Britwick‘s relationship after a failed marriage proposal but I don’t believe any of that for a second. It seems to me that things are going just fine in their realtionship. I’m pretty sure Britney is ready to be done with her tour so she can return home to SoCal … and to our dear Jason.

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Tiger Woods Gets Into An Argument, Accident, Sh*tstorm Of Drama

It just keeps growing and growing and growing

Yesterday the news quickly spread that pro golfer Tiger Woods was involved in a car accident near his home in Florida and immediately people went into a frenzy of worry over his injuries. But as the story’s smoke cleared, as it were, a better picture of what went down began to emerge and the accident took a back seat to the drama that is said to have unfolded before the accident took place. As succinctly as possible, here’s what went down … Tiger and his wife Elin Nordegren got into an argument over allegations that he had been cheating with a woman named Rachel Uchitel:


Apparently, the argument escalated and Elin scratched up Tiger‘s face and chased him from their home with one of his golf clubs. As Elin beat his car with one of his clubs as he was trying to drive away, Tiger first crashed into a fire hydrant and then into a nearby tree. Elin then smashed out the car’s windows with the club and dragged Tiger from the car (because he was unconscious from the impact) before paramedics arrived on the scene and took him away to the hospital. Lawd. Drama. Since all of that craziness took place, new details from Tiger‘s alleged affair with Rachel have come to light:

In the wake of reports that Tiger Woods was involved in a single car accident on Friday, November 27, more details have been exposed on the avid golfer’s alleged affair with Rachel Uchitel. Star Magazine claims to have been informed by Uchitel’s friend Ashley Sampson that Uchitel first met Woods when she was still working as an event planner and the director of VIP Operations for the Big Apple hotspot Griffin. It was Woods who initiated the affair by offering to show Uchitel a “good golf grip,” Sampson reveals further. She goes on stating, “In June, she told me, ‘Tiger Woods is blowing up my phone messages!’ Tiger thinks Rachel is staying quiet about their affair, but she told everyone. She told me, ‘I’m having an affair with Tiger Woods. We’re in love!’ ” Besides, “I’ve heard him while she was talking to him on the phone and I recognized the voice,” adds Sampson. “I said, ‘Rachel, he’s married,’ and she said Big (bleeping) deal! It’s Tiger Woods. I don’t care about his wife! we’re in love!’ ” Uchitel herself is reported to have been overheard telling friends that she and Woods exchanged sex text messages. Speaking of the matter, Sampson tells Star Magazine, “He’d ask Rachel things like, ‘What are you wearing? What do you want to do to me? What do you want me to do to you?’ She even read me text messages that Tiger sent her that said, ‘I miss you so much! I love you’.” Greater than that, Rachel is said to have been telling her friends that Woods has promised to divorce his wife Elin Nordegren to be with her. Another source tells the publication, “I know for a fact that Tiger and Rachel got together for four days in Los Angeles. She talks about their affair all the time. She thinks Tiger is going to leave his wife and marry her.” Though reports of the affair have been mounting, comment is yet to be made by either Tiger Woods or Elin Nordegren. The athlete and the former supermodel have been married since October 2004 and are parents to two children; son Charlie Axel Woods and daughter Sam Alexis Woods.

Could this simple story of a car accident get any more complicated? After the jump, check out the scene of the accident and see the police report that was filed after Tiger‘s accident yesterday morning … More »

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Lindsay Lohan Shares Her Baby Photo On Twitter

Lil' ol' L. Lo

Yesterday we learned that Lindsay Lohan spent her Thanksgiving holiday with her family — mother Dina Lohan, sister Aliana Lohan and brothers Michael and Cody Lohan (no room for estranged daddy Michael Lohan, Sr.) — and Lindsay herself shared with us how she spent part of her time with her family … they all were going thru old baby photos. Lindsay even posted one of her baby photos on her official Twitter profile. Here is the photo she shared and a couple of her accompanying tweets:


going through baby photos with my brothers michael and cody and ali and mikes girlfriend Nina so funny! / Baby photos!!!! Baby me!

Aww … what a cute pic! I’m glad to know that Lindsay spent her Thanksgiving with her family … it sounds like she had a great time at home with her loved ones. According to another one of Lindsay‘s tweets, she’s already jetted off someplace new … but it’s nice to know that she took some time to be normal for a change.

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Kevin Federline Gets A Job

Douchey is as Douchey does

On Wednesday we saw a photo of a very slimmed down Kevin Federline and a very glammed up Victoria Prince making their grand arrival in Australia so that they can follow around Britney Spears on the last leg of her Aussie tour and today we learn some great news … K-Fed actually got a job! That’s right, for once he will actually be making money rather than leeching money from his ex-wife. It turns out that K-Fed and his ladyfriend got a gig doing an in-store appearance at an Ed Hardy store down under … which is prolly the only gig he can handle considering his skill set:


Kevin Federline has found a way to earn some money, and he’s following in Jon Gosselin’s footsteps by making it. Federline is currently in Australia while ex-wife Britney Spears tours Down Under, as the couple share custody of their two young sons. K-Fed spent his Thanksgiving morning in Brisbane making an in-store appearance at an Ed Hardy shop, along with his current girlfriend Victoria Prince. Ed Hardy is the same brand that has dressed Jon Gosselin and flew the otherwise unemployed, divorced, father of eight to the South of France with his girlfriend this summer. There was even talk of Gosselin designing kids clothes for the brand. The store appearance isn’t Federline’s only gig. The former backup dancer will appear on the upcoming season of Celebrity Fit Club, for which he has visibly slimmed down after briefly earning the moniker K-Fat.

Blech … this is just grosser than gross … but I guess at least it’s work … it’s douchey work but it’s work nonetheless. Mebbe this slimmed down and working K-Fed is a sign of things to come. Could it be that the leech has finally turned over a new leaf? I’m not really ready to believe that that is the case just yet … but at least it’s a start. After all, can you think of anything more apropos than K-Fed dressed from head to toe in Ed Hardy?

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#drunkenthanks

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Yesterday I was very fortunate to be invited to Thanksgiving dinner (which had it’s own Twitter hashtag #drunkenthanks) at the beautiful home of friends Justine and Gary. Along with about 32 other guests, I was treated to a feast that was completely and utterly delicious. Here is a Polaroid photo of the dinner table set for yesterday’s guests:


I’m telling you, the spread was … amazing. After the jump, check out a few fun photos I snapped at dinner yesterday … More »

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‘Rocky & Bullwinkle’ Turn 50 Years Old

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Birthday Lurve goes out to the beloved cartoon couple Rocky & Bullwinkle who are now celebrating their 50th birthday. Now, I’m not sure how many of y’all are at all familiar with Rocky & Bullwinkle (especially since they don’t get much play these days and haven’t for some time now) but I remember watching old re-runs of their cartoon show when I was really little (as my parents were fans of the show). When I think of Rocky & Bullwinkle, I also think of shows like The Muppet Show, Ultraman and Land of the Lost … those were the shows that I would watch with my mom at night time (as opposed to shows like He-Man, Transformers, Thundercats, M.A.S.K., Go-Bots, etc. which I watched in the afternoon). It’s CRAZY to know that Rocky & Bullwinkle are now half a century old … just like Madonna!


Fifty years ago, Jay Ward’s animated moose and squirrel duo, “Rocky & Bullwinkle,” debuted on ABC, forever changing the way the world looked at animated television. His daughter, Tiffany Ward, continues her father’s legacy as executive producer of the feature films “The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle, “Dudley Do-Right” and “George of the Jungle,” and Cartoon Network’s (sister channel to CNN) new “George of the Jungle” animated TV series. “My dad was a true eccentric,” Ward said. “His studio was a wonderland for me. It had a soda fountain, ice cream sundaes, a snow cone machine, a popcorn maker and candy bars everywhere.” Tiffany Ward grew up in Berkeley, California, and didn’t move to Hollywood until 1959 at age 13 when her dad set up his television studio. “Dad was always doing fun things,” Ward said, recalling a 1961 Sunset Boulevard block party her father hosted to promote “The Bullwinkle Show.” The show was originally named “Rocky and his Friends,” but was renamed “The Bullwinkle Show” when the program went from ABC to NBC. Ward was a one-man public relations machine, churning out first-rate promos in the days before PR companies were entrenched in the system. In another promotional stunt, Jay Ward tried to buy an island between Minnesota and Canada that he named Moosylvania (he leased it instead). In efforts to have Moosylvania made into the 51st state, Ward traveled cross-country by bus, collecting signatures along the way. When Ward reached the White House gates, he asked to speak to President John F. Kennedy about statehood for Moosylvania, but guards brusquely turned him away. As it turned out, Kennedy was dealing with the Cuban Missile Crisis on that exact day. Jay Ward did not have a favorite character, his daughter said, because to him it would have been like selecting a favorite child (Incidentally, Ward had three kids). Of all the characters he created, Ward didn’t have a favorite per se, but Tiffany Ward does recall his partiality to Dudley Do-Right, the slow but well-meaning Canadian Mountie. When asked about “Rocky & Bullwinkle’s” everlasting appeal, Ward said she thinks it struck such a chord and remains popular today because her father never wrote for children, he wrote for adults. Jay Ward wanted kids to enjoy the pictures while grown-ups laughed at the quick wit and inside jokes … The 50th anniversary of “Rocky and Bullwinkle” also means that spy duo Boris & Natasha, Mr. Peabody & Sherman and the Fractured Fairytales are celebrating birthdays as well. Fractured Fairytales offered a skewed take on traditional children’s stories. The moral was the same, but modern, funny dialogue was tossed in with slapstick humor. Rapunzel, for example, visits a barber shop and laments about having “no future.” “Incredible writing is the reason the show resonates to this day,” Ward said. Today, cartoons are more popular than ever. There are cable networks devoted to animation, and it is commonplace for cartoons to be written specifically for adults. Fox’s Sunday night animation domination block featuring “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy” comes to mind. “Rocky & Bullwinkle” was among the first animated series to hit prime time television. Matt Groening even paid special homage to Jay Ward when he created “The Simpsons” by giving Bart, Homer and Grandpa Simpson the middle initial “J,” as in Rocky’s full name: Rocket J. Squirrel. Tiffany Ward said she is thrilled there’s such a wide array of animation available to viewers today, especially since in her father’s era it was difficult to even get airtime for the genre. New projects are always coming the duo’s way, and an animated Dreamworks feature film is in development.

I know that Rocky & Bullwinkle are not as beloved as many other shows but I still remember and love that flying squirrel and funny-talkin’ moose. Cartoons sure are very different than they were 50 years ago but I’m happy to see that some of the classic characters from days of yore can withstand the test of time. Happy Birthday, Rocky & Bullwinkle! Here’s to 50 more years!!

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Britney Spears Is Wrappin’ Up Her First-Ever Aussie Tour

She came, She toured, She conquered

Earlier this week Britney Spears played 3 very successful concerts in Brisbaine, Australia at the Entertainment Centre and, for all intents and purposes, completed the last full leg of her first-ever Australian Tour. She has one more show to perform in Melbourne and one more to perform in Adelaide and then she will have successfully completed her Aussie tour of The Circus starring Britney Spears. Yesterday we learned that our dear Britney set a new concert ticket sales record at the Acer Arena in Sydney, Aus taking the top spot from Coldplay by selling more than 66,000 tickets over four nights … not to shabby for a performer who was plagued with some pretty harsh criticism when she arrived down under earlier this month. Here are a few photos of Britney on stage in Brisbaine as we take one last look at Britney‘s tour The Circus starring Britney Spears:


Big pants are back. And Britney Spears is the rocking the look on the Australian leg of her tour. With the latest trend for underwear as outerwear hitting the high street, the 27-year-old has included big Spanx-style pants and sexy corsets into her Circus tour wardrobe. She worked a sexy geeky look, wearing large white glasses and a bowler hat with large black pants, fishnets and a black bra. She then teamed a pink fedora and white sunglasses, with a black PVC bra under a police woman’s shirt. She then wore a black waspie over pants and fishnet tights … Mother-of-two Britney also wore a jewel-encrusted corset during another track, along with fishnets. Britney is in Brisbane on the Australian leg of her tour.

I’m convinced that Britney Spears is made of Teflon … nothing of any controversial note sticks to the girl, at all! She has been to the depths of despair, seemingly destroyed her career and then a year later embarks on one of her most successful world tours ever! I will always have a huge soft spot for Britney and I will cheer her on come hell or high water. I’m so happy that her Aussie tour is ending on a pretty significant high note … I bet she is really looking forward to the end of this tour so she can return home for the holidays. Despite what her detractors will say, she has worked really hard this year and I hope she will be able to enjoy the benefits of her labor. Well done Britney, now get home safe.

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Robbie Williams & Ayda Field Are Gettin’ Hitched!

According to Robbie's mum

NME is reporting today that according to Jan Williams, mother of UK popstar Robbie Williams, Robbie and his his US girlfriend Ayda Field have gotten engaged to be wed … and that the nuptials will prolly take place very soon. Now, take this news with a grain of salt but … considering that the info is coming from Robbie‘s mother, well, it might actually turn out to be true:


Robbie Williams’ mum Jan has confirmed that he has proposed to his US actress partner Ayda Field. Williams and Field were rumoured to be tying the knot after they spoke about it on Australian radio station 2Day FM earlier today (November 27), although the singer’s management stressed that they had been joking during the conversation. However, Jan Williams has now confirmed that the couple – who have been together for three years – are to wed. She told BBC Radio 5 live that Williams told her he was planning to propose about a week ago. “He’s wanted to do something different and she’s a lovely girl and I’m really pleased for them,” Jan Williams explained, adding: “I’ve got a daughter-in-law, I’ve always wanted a daughter-in-law!” She didn’t confirm whether the couple’s on-air conversation was the actual proposal or whether Williams had previously asked Field to marry him in private. Speaking about when she thought the couple would marry, Williams admitted a ceremony could take place sooner rather than later. “I don’t think it will be that far in the too-distant future, but that’s all I’m going to say on that,” she explained. Williams added that her son has already chosen a ring for Field.

The only thing that keeps me from totally believing this engagement report is the fact that Robbie Williams is a NOTORIOUS joker … it’s really hard to believe almost anything he says cuz he mostly speaks in jest, especially in interviews. That said, if Mama Williams is blabbin’ the news, it’s possible that she may know what she’s talking about. I’m gonna wait for official confirmation from the couple that they are gettin’ wed before I rush out to buy a wedding gift but … I’m willing extend cautious congratulations to the happy couple right now :)

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Are Jennifer Aniston & Orlando Bloom Hookin’ Up?

A new couple in Bloom?

HMMMMMMMMMM … well, well now … what have we got going on here? Why is it, do you suppose, that Jennifer Aniston and hottie Orlando Bloom are sharing the same car together after they secretly traveled to the UK and arrived at London’s Heathrow Airport together??? Could it be, do you think, that Jen and Orlando are secretly creepin’ together???


Jennifer Aniston, 40, is all smiles as she arrives into Heathrow airport with Orlando Bloom, 32. The cozy couple who are rumoured to be more than just friends arrived separately to avoid being photographed but got caught as they both got into the same awaiting car.

Now I suppose it’s entirely possible that Jen and Orlando just happened to arrive in London at the same and time and decided to reduce their carbon footprints by sharing a car from the airport together … but, I’m thinkin’ they are doin’ the do and are, at the very least, hookin’ up on the downlow. Jen does have an affinity for the younger man … and Orlando is a cutie. I guess it’s about time that we officially welcome Jennifer Aniston to Cougar Town. They’d made a cute couple, don’tcha think?

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‘Time’ Magazine Dubs The 2000’s ‘The Decade From Hell’

And I gotta agree, they've got a hell of a point

It looks like we’ve all got another big reason to be thankful this year … it’s almost the end of the 00′s decade which, according to Time magazine, has been The Decade from Hell. The new issue of Time chronicles THE worst things that have happened in the last 10 years which, in sum, add up to probably the worst decade our country has ever experienced — and to be honest, I kinda have to agree with Time magazine on this one:


As the first decade of the 21st Century draws to a close, Time has taken a look back and concluded that it is the “worst decade ever”: Bookended by 9/11 at the start and a financial wipeout at the end, the first 10 years of this century will very likely go down as the most dispiriting and disillusioning decade Americans have lived through in the post-World War II era. We’re still weeks away from the end of ’09, but it’s not too early to pass judgment. Call it the Decade from Hell, or the Reckoning, or the Decade of Broken Dreams, or the Lost Decade. Call it whatever you want — just give thanks that it is nearly over.

If you so desire, you can read the online version of Time‘s coverstory HERE. The more I think about the events that occurred in the last 10 years, the more I have to agree that it really was the Decade from Hell … consider, the 00′s started with the stupid Y2K bug (which seemed to be a harbinger of doom) and immediately went into the stolen election of GWB (arguably our worst president ever presiding over, again arguably, the most EVIL administration that our nation ever suffered under) complete with “hanging chads” and all … then came 9/11 and the subsequent TWO wars (one in Afghanistan, one in Iraq). Natural disasters like the Tsunami in 2004 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005 made sure to mar the decade with far too much death and destruction. The end of the decade saw our economic collapse which, in turn, threatened (and still threatens) the collapse of our nation’s automobile industry in Detroit … it just seems like it’s been on hit after another. Yes, there have been some amazing things to happen to our country in the past 10 years but, really, they will be primarily overshadowed by all of the bad stuff. As a student of History, I can assure you that when this decade is studied in hindsight, it really will look like prolly the worst decade of our nation’s history … especially if you consider how varied all of these disasters were (from technological, to political, to natural disasters, wars, terrorism, economic, etc.), well, it’s hard to argue otherwise. I have hope that the next 10 years will be much more prosperous and happy … after all, they couldn’t be any worse … right?

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Courtney Love Posts A Crazy New Rant On Facebook

"Im SO not affraid of the little trolls who hit this when i was fucked up"

Welp … she’s at it again. There used to be a time when Courtney Love would post crazy missives on her official My Space profile blog, then she took her craziness to the frantic world of Twitter … now, she’s taken to posting crazy rants on Facebook cuz the girl can’t help herself. In her latest post to the world, C. Love goes off on her ex-boyfriend Edward Norton and makes a serious allegation against Jamie Spears, Britney Spears‘s father. Yes folks, THIS is how Courtney Love celebrates Thanksgiving:


Though she abandoned Twitter in a Miley Cyrus-led exodus, Courtney Love is now posting her barely-decipherable public missives at her Facebook fanpage. You’d be forgiven if you missed the memo about her new online home, but after today, we’re thinking a lot more people will know about it — especially the lawyers for Edward Norton and Britney Spears. Love has begun hurling accusations at both celebrities, and it isn’t pretty. First up is ex Edward Norton, who Love essentially accuses of mishandling the finances of Kim Cobain, Kurt’s sister:

IF something happens to me, NO my will is NOT at Greenberg Glusker, that will is FORGERY…i created a new one per lISA FERGUSONs attorney who cannot be FOUND but that needs altering as it has Edward in it and Norton doesn’t have a CLUE how evil his own BM is he wont fuck a future Senator/Film Actor but hell purposfully refinance Kim Cobains Property i bought her cash outright, for the 12th time using a phony address due to some fuck up on some Bogus “ART FORM OF THE CH 13” R TODD used, leavng KIM COBAINS PROPERTY REPOS…SESED< “you have an hour to get your things” wtf did Kim Cobain do to YOU… so its best to never tell let alone kiss and trell i m shcoked at myself i never kiss and tell unless im really mad at an ex for like LOSING 300,000$ of my kid hes supposed to be paternal abouts money, oh yeah Norton just LOST 300k

More incendiary, though, are Love’s anecdotes about Spears:

britneys dad molested her , imagine the father that molested you owning you for slavery while your forced to sing songs picked for thier sexual content every night, insane right? i have it on First had authority, and fight as hard as she is and does she still didnt pull that card, its a pride thing i can relate to, However they want to play dirty, lets go, Im SO not affraid of the little trolls who hit this when i was fucked up who are called lawyers. lets GO.

Good thing she isn’t afraid of them, as she might be hearing from them soon.

OY! I suppose I should be thankful that C. Love is back to her trainwreck ways but all of this is just too sad to get any enjoyment out of. Courtney herself thinks that everything is A-OK, nothing at all the matter. She also writes:

btw i am clean and sober and have been for almost 6 years everyone knows that but some blogging assed idiots that cannot accept it, sorry, and my “rants” other than some spelling idiotic mistakes are BRILLIANTLY coherent unless your being a dickweed i made the mistake of googling myself,.

What a mess … here’s hoping she straightens herself out soon … if this is what she sounds like when she’s “clean and sober” then she’s worse off than I feared :(

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‘The Road’ Taken

The TV Guide

Last night, after spending a nice relaxing day at home watching TV and reading, I ventured out to the ArcLight in Hollywood to see the big screen adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Road by Cormac McCarthy. I am THE biggest fan of the book and have been very curious to see what the movie version would be like … because the film was to be released last year and was postponed for release until this year, I’ve been really worried that the movie would not be very good. I’m happy to report that the film, IMHO, is a very powerful movie … but not nearly as amazing as the original book:


Firstly, y’all should know that the movie version, starring Viggo Mortensen (as The Man) and Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Boy), is much different than the book. The movie has much more context than the book does. The thing I love about the book is that there is no explanation about what is going on and the story just picks up … which makes the story much more terrifying. The movie has to explain what happened and spends much time doing so in flashback scenes with Charlize Theron (as The Woman). I totally understand why a Hollywood movie has to provide context but, as I said, I much prefer the convention utilized by the book to provide no context at all. The movie also has a different ending … one that I’m not sure I prefer to the way the book ended. That being said, the movie very powerful in it’s own way and is definitely worth seeing. You don’t have to read the book to enjoy the film but I highly suggest you read the book. As bleak and dreary as the story may be (in both the book and the film) the overriding message is one of pure love. Having seen the movie, I’m really anxious to re-read the book again. Stories as masterful as this one are ones that will haunt you for days after you hear them … that is real power.

This afternoon, I’ve been invited to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with some friends so I’m really looking forward to that … this evening, I’ve been invited to enjoy dessert with other friends. It looks like it’s going to be a wonderful Thanksgiving for me here in SoCal … I hope it’s an amazing day for all y’all, as well!

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The Balloons Take Center Stage At The 83rd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Blow up dolls

Macy’s Department Store hosted their 83rd annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC, NY today and, as usual, the big inflated balloons that made their way down (well, over) the streets of New York were the main attraction. Here are a few photos of some of the big character balloons that were included in today’s parade and read a fun piece on how the balloons themselves have become a NYC tradition of their own:


The tradition that is Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has spun off its own tradition — on Thanksgiving eve, New Yorkers and tourists alike gather on the Upper West Side of New York City to watch their favorite characters come to life in the forms of giant balloons. On Wednesday, cartoon balloon characters were inflated in a public ceremony before their televised march down Seventh Avenue Thursday morning in the 83rd annual Macy’s parade. The balloon line-up includes returning favorites such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Spiderman and Kermit the Frog. The only balloon newcomer this year is the Pillsbury Doughboy. Each year, in a tradition that began when Felix the Cat became the first Macy’s parade balloon in 1927, all balloons are pre-inflated outside the museum, and are held down with nets and sandbags during the night before the parade. Every balloon is the product of months of design and testing by the self-named “Balloonatics,” who work in the Macy’s Parade Studio to turn pencil sketches into ready-for-flight balloons. Sketches become giant clay sculptures the exact size of the parade balloon, and polyurethane fabrics are cut based on the sculptures, then heat-sealed to make the balloon. Several indoor and outdoor tests are conducted with the balloons by hundreds of balloon handlers, to make sure each balloon can make its flight safely and intact. The four main giants of Thursday’s parade will be Sailor Mickey, Ronald McDonald, Spiderman and the Pillsbury Doughboy. Other notable appearances include a 53.5-foot high Pikachu whose cheeks will emit a rosy glow, and Flying Ace Snoopy which will be making its record 34th appearance in the Thanksgiving Parade. The 31 balloons that will be featured on Thursday were inflated Wednesday and on public display in a five-block radius around New York’s American Museum of Natural History, from 81st to 77th streets between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. Macy’s workers used hoses to fill each character with helium, section by section, in a careful, time-consuming process. The inflation ceremony attracted a throng of onlookers who were ushered around the netted balloons as they were inflated in preparation for Thursday’s parade.

I’ve never been able to see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in person but I have seen it many, many times on TV when I was a kid. I don’t know why but I still love seeing these balloons in the parade … I guess they speak to the kid in me. I’m very happy to see that Pikachu from Pokémon is still included in the parade all these years after the manic fad has died down here in the US. As far as traditions go, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons are one of my faves. Which of the Macy’s balloons are your faves?

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Britney Spears Sets Concert Ticket Sales Record In Sydney, Aus

Takes the #1 spot from Coldplay

Despite the fact that Britney Spears may have received some negative reviews during her current Australian tour, it turns out that our dear Britney is getting the last laugh and is enjoying much success on her first ever Aussie tour. It is being reported that Britney set a new record in concert ticket sales at the Acer Arena in Sydney, Aus selling over 66, 000 tickets over four performances … topping the record set earlier this year by Coldplay:


Britney Spears has broken the record for concert ticket sales at Sydney’s Acer Arena with a total of 66,247 tickets sold across 4 nights. Britney Spears ticket sales exceed the previous record set by Coldplay in March 2009 when the record stood at 59,391. Ticket sales record for sales in excess of 40,000 tickets at Acer Arena now stand at:

1. Britney Spears – Nov 09
2. Coldplay – Mar 09
3. Justin Timberlake – Oct 07
4. Eagles – Nov 04
5. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Apr 07
6. Bette Midler – April 05
7. Neil Diamond – Mar 05

Woot!! I bet Britney is thankful for this accomplishment this year :) I’m constantly amazed by the fact that no matter how much negativity is thrown her way, Britney Spears always manages to come out on top. That girl lives a very charmed life … I hope she truly appreciates it all.

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Celebs Give Back This Thanksgiving Season

The reason for the season

Acclaimed actor Kirk Douglas, Kate Linder (from The Young and the Restless), Kayla Ewell (from The Vampire Diaries), Gilles Marini (The Sex and the City Movie), funnyman Donal Logue and more were on hand at the LA Mission this Thanksgiving in order to give generously of their time in order to help feed the needy here in SoCal. Here are a few photos of these fine folks workin’ hard for those in need this year:


Hollywood icon Kirk Douglas served up seasonal cheer to homeless people in Los Angeles on Wednesday, dishing up Thanksgiving turkey dinners to the needy for the fifth year in a row. The 92-year-old star of “Spartacus” and his wife Anne were joined by hundreds of volunteers to distribute free meals to thousands of people at the Los Angeles Mission on the city’s skid row. The couple are the founders of the mission’s Anne Douglas Center, which helps train homeless women for employment. “My wife has been trying to help the women that have been forced onto the streets, and she is determined to give them a better life through the Anne Douglas Center where they have programs that improve and rebuild their lives,” Douglas said in a statement. “We gladly come to serve men and women at Thanksgiving time to give them a good meal and strengthen their desire for a brighter future.” Organizers said more than a ton of turkey, 750 pounds of mashed potatoes, 90 gallons of gravy and 800 pounds of mixed vegetables were distributed at Wednesday’s event.

Kirk and his wife Anne Douglas are awesome. It’s just so wonderful to know that they founded such a great program at the LA Mission and never fail to give of their time each and every Thanksgiving season. Much love and props goes out to the celeb folks who, too, gave of their time to give back to the needy this season. I cannot help but be very impressed by those who give of their time … they never have to, but I know it is much appreciated by those who benefit of their kind generosity. Well done!! This spirit of thanksgiving is what makes this time of year so beautiful :)

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Thankful Of It

The TV Guide

Just want to start the day by expressing my thanks this Thanksgiving Day for all the blessings in my life and to send out much love and thanks to all y’all on this day of thanks:


Firstly, I have to say that I am very thankful for David … he is the most amazing person I know and I feel very fortunate to have him in my life. Additionally, I am thankful for all of my family and friends … I am THE luckiest person alive because I have the best people in my life. I’m so thankful that my parents (who are very advanced in age) are happy, healthy and still very active … I have friends at home in Detroit, friends in cities around the world and friends here in my new home of Los Angeles — a person couldn’t wish for anything greater than one good friend … and I am blessed to have many amazing friends. I am thankful this year for each and every one of you reading this right now … it is because of you that I am able to do the best job in the world, which is another thing that I try and be thankful for each and every day I wake up :)

I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving today … even if you are not celebrating Thanksgiving today wherever in the world you are, I’m sending you all my love, thanks and warmest wishes for happiness & blessings. XOXOXOXOX

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K-Fed Goes From K-Fat To K-Fit?

Holy Make-Over ... for both K-Fed and Vicky P.

When last we saw Kevin Federline it looked as if he had slimmed down a smidge from the ghastly behemoth he ballooned into over the Summer and a new pic out today of K-Fed in Australia (where his ex-wife Britney Spears and their children Sean Preston and Jayden James have been for the past few weeks) shows an even slimmer Federline. It would seem that K-Fed‘s work on the VH1 reality TV series Celebrity Fit Club is really helping him lose weight. Victoria Prince, too, looks like she got a make-over … I barely recognized her:


K-FAT no more! Stepping out yesterday with girlfriend Victoria Prince, Kevin Federline – the former husband of Britney Spears – was looking fit and loved-up after gaining weight while serving as fulltime dad to his celebrity sons. The excessive weight drew scorn from the US press, something that made him appreciate his ex-wife’s position, and he dropped almost 19kg on US reality show Celebrity Fit Club, which he finished filming before touching down in Brisbane on Sunday. Despite the rumour mill going into overdrive last week, with talk that the gorgeous pro-volleyballer Prince was pregnant, Confidential can reveal that, in fact, she’s not. Sometime singer Federline has two children with former fiance hbfShar Jackson and two sons with Spears, Sean Preston, 4, and Jayden James, 3. Currently he has sole custody of his boys with Spears and, now they’re a little older, Father Federline is looking at getting back to business. He plans to relaunch himself while here in Australia. “They’re at an age where they’re not tiny babies and she [Spears] can look after them on occasion when he goes out of town,” a source said. Despite previously being rather media shy, Federline has conducted two magazine interviews since arriving in Australia. There are even whispers that he may return early next year for an appearance on the catwalk for a “major menswear label” during Australian Fashion Week. Federline and Prince are expected to arrive in Sydney today.

Even tho he lost all of that dangerous weight, he still looks gross to me. I am encouraged that he is planning to get down to biz and start making his own money cuz the thought of his leeching off of Britney and her millions is the grossest thing of all. As much as the sight of these two kinda rubs me the wrong way, I’m glad to see that they are looking better … I guess that’s one positive thing to say about K-Fed and Vicky P.

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Alpha Returns To ‘Dollhouse’

So does Dexter's Special Agent Lundy

Altho Fox unceremoniously canceled Dollhouse earlier this month before the show even returned from its November hiatus, there is still much awesomeness to look forward to on the show. Here are a couple of promo photos from the upcoming eps Meet Jane Doe and A Love Supreme which are scheduled to both air on Friday December 11 … as you can see, Alan Tudyk returns as bad doll Alpha and Keith Carradine (known to some of y’all as FBI special agent Frank Lundy on Showtime‘s Dexter) makes his debut on the show:


It just sucks that the show has been canceled but, again, there are quite a few really great eps to come before it’s all said and done. Any time Alan Tudyk‘s Alpha makes an appearance, you know it’s gonna be a good time. I LOVE Carradine on Dexter so I know I’m gonna love him on Dollhouse, too. Remember, Fox will be airing 2 eps of Dollhouse on Fridays in December before it airs the last three shows of the series in January. There is still much reason to tune in … these teaser pics just prove it.

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Zac Efron Visits ‘The Late Show With David Letterman’

Charms the crowd on his way in and out

Zac Efron, who is on the promo trail to support his new film Me and Orson Welles, paid a visit to The Late Show with David Letterman in NYC last night … and he brought along his perfect hair and his charming smile … behold:


Yes, the young scamp really knows how to get his fans all riled up … a small wave, a careful wink … and he’s got ‘em eating out of his hands. I’m kinda partial to the perfectly coiffed hair … which, to be honest, I find much more appealing than, say, Robert Pattinson‘s messy pile of hair on his head … but that is neither here nor there. After the jump, check out video of Zac‘s appearance on The Late Show last night … More »

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A Murder Of ‘Crow’s

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Yesterday I posted a story about plans for a remake of the amazing 1995 film The Crow starring the late Brandon Lee … inspired by that post, I decided to dig out my DVD of The Crow and ended up watching all 4 movies based on the James O’Barr comic series:


I was reminded how amazing the original movie The Crow still is … and how horribly terrrrrrible the subsequent sequel films were/are. City of Angels was so bad on so many levels … it’s such a shame that it couldn’t've been better, especially considering how well the original film did with audiences. The next two films, Salvation (starring Eric Mabius and Kirsten Dunst) and Wicked Prayer (starring Edward Furlong, David Boreanaz and Tara Reid) were straight to video films that were even worse than City of Angels was. As terrible as these films are, I did have a fun time re-watching them again ;)

For dinner last night, I ventured out to the Valley to have me some cheese fries at the Outback Steak House:


Then I visited the nearby Krispy Kreme to pick up a dozen donuts to bring home:


I mean, they make it so easy … with a drive-thru and all. Yes, as much as I miss David I am enjoying my week of sloth :)

I may go to the movies tonight, especially since The Road based on Cormac McCarthy‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel just opened in theaters … not sure. I like not having to decide to do anything until I’m good a ready ;) Happy early Thanksgiving, y’all! I’ll be blogging tomorrow but just a little bit. I got some turkey eatin’ to get to tomorrow afternoon!!

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President Obama Pardons His First Thanksgiving Turkey

Have Courage ... just not for dinner

President Barack Obama did his duty as our nation’s leader today and bestowed a presidential pardon for a very lucky turkey in order to spare him from the fate of many of his turkey cohorts this Thanksgiving season. In a ceremony at the White House earlier today (which was also attended by first daughters Malia and Natasha Obama), a turkey named Courage was chosen from all of the turkeys in the country for this special pardon and will NOT be made into Thanksgiving dinner. Instead, Courage will be flown FIRST CLASS to Disneyland here in SoCal to be marched down Main Street in a lavish parade tomorrow in his honor and will live out the rest of his days in Frontier Town at Disney. Here are a few photos from the fun event along with some deets about what went down:


After 10 months in office, President Barack Obama granted his first pardon Wednesday to “Courage,” a 45-pound turkey spared from the Thanksgiving table. Accompanied by daughters Sasha and Malia, Obama stood under the North Portico of the White House to honor a holiday tradition that dates to 1947 — receiving a bird from the National Turkey Federation. “I’m told Presidents Eisenhower and Johnson actually ate their turkeys,” Obama said. “You can’t fault them for that; that’s a good-looking bird.” President George H.W. Bush was the first to officially pardon a turkey. Obama joked about wanting to forgo the tradition and eat “Courage.” “Thanks to the interventions of Malia and Sasha — because I was planning to eat this sucker — ‘Courage’ will also be spared this terrible and delicious fate,” he said. Obama said he wished all American service members at home and abroad a happy Thanksgiving, saying it is a “tremendous honor it is to serve as commander in chief of the finest military in the world.” He also spoke about the first family’s plans for the holiday dinner. “Just like millions of other families across America, we’ll take time to give our thanks for many blessings,” Obama said. “We’ll also remember this is a time when so many members of our American family are hurting.” Obama noted that President Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving a holiday in the midst of the Civil War, “when the future of our very union was most in doubt.” “This is an era of new perils and new hardships,” he added. “So on this quintessentially American holiday, as we give thanks for what we’ve got, let’s also give back to those who are less fortunate.” After his remarks, the turkey was lifted to a table and Obama raised his hand over its head to deliver a mock-serious pardon. “You are hereby pardoned,” he said. Obama said “Courage” will get to spend the rest of his life in “peace and tranquility” at Disneyland.

As much as I love this tradition and am very happy that Courage will live out the rest of his “peaceful and tranquil” days at Disneyland, I have to admit that all I kept thinking during this ceremony was how much I want to eat turkey right now (it looks like Sasha was thinkin’ the same thing). I have been invited by some very dear friends to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with them tomorrow afternoon so I am really looking forward to that. As for Courage, well, I think we can all send him our best wishes this Thanksgiving … unlike many of his compatriots, it looks like his best days lie ahead of him :)

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Adam Lambert Does ‘The Early Show’

Interviews, performs ... gets censored

Yesterday we learned that ABC decided to cancel Adam Lambert‘s scheduled performance on their morning show Good Morning America today due to the controversy brought on by his “shocking” performance at the 2009 American Music Awards on Sunday night. Shortly thereafter, we learned that CBS decided to book Lambert to appear on their morning show The Early Show in place of his GMA appearance … and he did appear on The Early Show earlier today. Adam talked about the controversy stemming from his AMAs performance and even performed a song off his new album … but then CBS did something that not even ABC did — they censored Adam‘s same-sex kiss with his keyboardist and then, in comparison, DID NOT censor video of Madonna kissing Britney Spears from the MTV VMAs during their interview piece. I mean … WTF??? Here are a few photos from Adam‘s appearance on The Early Show this morning:


Adam Lambert says the firestorm following his sexually-charged performance on Sunday’s American Music Awards show took him aback. He told “Early Show” co-anchor Maggie Rodriguez Wednesday he had “no clue. No clue at all,” his appearance would prove as controversial as it has. “I was really looking forward to it. I worked really hard with my dancers and my band for about two weeks putting that together. And, I admit I did get carried away, but I don’t see anything wrong with it. I do see how people got offended, and that was not my intention. My intention was just to interpret the lyrics of my song and have a good time up there.” His performance on the AMAs of “For Your Entertainment” was an elaborate and had an S&M theme. He fondled a dancer, led another around on a leash, kissed a man, and had a dancer briefly stick his head in Lambert’s crotch. After it aired unedited on the East Coast, right-wing groups such as the Liberty Counsel filed formal complaints with the Federal Communications Commission, demanding ABC be held responsible for airing the overtly sexual performance during primetime. Lambert told Rodriguez he didn’t plan to be so provocative, saying, “Those kind of came from more of an impromptu place. No, those were not rehearsed. So I think ABC was taken a little by surprise. That wasn’t my intention. I wasn’t being sneaky. It got the most of me, I guess.” He also said he’s “not a babysitter, I’m a performer” when asked if he wanted to apologize to parents of any kids who might have been watching. “I think it’s up to the parents to discern what their child’s watching on television,” Lambert said at one point. Later he observed, “I think it’s up to a parent to watch the television. It was almost 11:00 at night. If they’re concerned with certain material maybe Tivo it and preview it before your small child is watching it.” He added he thinks the reaction to his performance stems from a double-standard against gay males, asserting that, “If it had been a female pop performer … I don’t think there’d be nearly as much of an outrage at all.”

I totally agree … if it had been two women, like say Madonna and Britney Spears, there would not be this crazy hoopla. If you consider that even CBS decided to censor Lambert‘s same sex kiss …


… and then had no problem showing uncensored video of Madonna and Britney kissing at little later on The Early Show this morning, well, it’s very obvs a double standard. After the jump, watch video of Lambert‘s Early Show interview and watch him perform the songs Whataya Want From Me and Music AgainMore »

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First Look: Katee Sackhoff & Freddie Prinze, Jr. On ‘24’

New day, New castmembers

Back in May we learned that Freddie Prinze, Jr. (who just became a new dad to baby girl Charlotte Grace with wifey and Buffyverse alum Sarah Michelle Gellar) would be joining the cast of 24 for their upcoming 8th season and in June we learned that Battlestar Gallatica album Katee Sackhoff would also be joining the cast. Last month we got our first look at a new trailer promoting season 8 of 24 which featured both FPJ and Katee along with another new castmember, Anil Kapoor (who starred as the douchey gameshow host in Slumdog Millionaire). Today, we get to check out 3 new promo photos of these new 24 castmembers in their roles on the show:


The first look of Katee Sackhoff on “24″ has been shared as some promotional photos that expose individual characters are released by FOX. The actress is a new addition to the CTU team, being placed as an analyst named Dana Walsh. The role is not only recurring but regular. Dana will work side by side with Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer. The character is described as “a highly respected and down-to-earth data analyst at the new and improved New York branch of CTU.” She reportedly will be entangled in a romantic relationship with field agent Davis Cole who is played by another new regular, Freddie Prinze Jr. The eighth season of “24″ will premiere on January 17, 2010. It will unfold in New York City amidst the shadows of the Statue of Liberty and the United Nations. In this new day, CTU has been upgraded and is run by MBA-schooled and razor-sharp head honcho Brian Hastings.

I am SO loving these new castmembers … I cannot wait for 24 to debut next year. 24 remains one of my fave shows ever and I’ve been counting down the days ’til it hits the air again. After the jump, check out 2 other new promo photos that feature our beloved 24 characters Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) and Chloe O’Brian (Mary Lynn Rajskub) … More »

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Donny Osmond Wins The 2009 ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Championship

Which is complete and UTTER bullshizz, IMHO

Last night, the voting public and judges of the the ABC show Dancing with the Stars decided to name Donny Osmond as the new Dancing with the Stars champion … much to my complete horror and chagrin. Now granted I didn’t watch one second of the competition this season so I’m prolly not in the best position to speak so forcefully but I cannot, for the life of me, imagine that Donny Osmond gave a more successful performance over the amazing Mya (who was also in competition on DWTS this season) … but alas, ’tis so … Osmond ended up winning the championship in the end:


Donny Osmond was declared the new champion of “Dancing With Stars” on Tuesday night, taking home the show’s mirror ball trophy in the season finale of the ABC contest reality program. Osmond, the former teen pop star of the singing Osmond family, said the show has been a highlight in a career of ups and downs. “I did it!” Osmond exclaimed. He promptly rushed to the audience and plucked out his wife, Debbie, whom he carried across the stage. Helping push Osmond over the top was the tango he performed Tuesday with his professional dancing partner, Kym Johnson. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba hailed it as “artistry in motion.” It earned the top score of the final performances. Three celebrities made it to the finale of the show’s ninth season — Osmond, Mya and Kelly Osbourne, the daughter of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne. The show picks a winner with a combination of judges’ scores and viewer votes. Mya entered as the favorite, having won the highest scores on Monday’s show. Dancing with Dmitry Chaplin, she performed a jive. “I’m just so happy to have made it to the finals,” Mya said after the loss. The 30-year-old singer is most famous for collaborating on the Grammy-winning hit “Lady Marmalade” from the soundtrack of 2001′s “Moulin Rouge!” Osbourne was the first of the three eliminated. With her famous family — Ozzy, Sharon and Jack — looking on, Osbourne and professional partner Louis Van Amstel danced to a cover of Ray LaMontagne’s “Trouble.” The 25-year-old was clearly moved and began crying after her last dance. She thanked the audience and said she had “grown so much” during the show. Co-host Samantha Harris said Osbourne had become “a swan.” The finale culminated a season of good ratings for “Dancing With the Stars,” which consistently ranked as one of the most-watched shows of the fall.

HMMM … isn’t that interesting … Mya, who I understand performed consistently and almost perfectly thruout the entire competition, scored the highest score on Monday night for the last judged performance and she still lost to Donny Osmond — who, I might add, was on Entertainment Tonight (an entertainment “news” program) on a semi-nightly basis whipping up support from viewers. I suspect Osmond, who is a staunch Mormon, prolly received a lot of support from the more conservative voters as well. To be honest, I’m not at all surprised … the show is a joke. After Melanie Brown lost on the show when she should’ve won and after Lance Bass also lost when he should’ve won, I no longer have any confidence in this crappy show as an actual determiner of dancing skill. But, I digress. After the jump, check out photos of the three finalists — Mya, Osbourne and Osmond — on ABC‘s Good Morning America earlier today … More »

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Watch: Adam Lambert, ‘For Your Entertainment’

"Let me entertain you 'til you screeeeeeaaaam"

Adam Lambert, who created quite a stir with his performance of his debut single For Your Entertainment earlier this week on the 2009 American Music Awards, released the music video for that song on his official website yesterday with not a lot of fanfare. Methinks all the controversy kicked up his “shocking” performance (including getting uninvited from performing on Good Morning America due to his controversial performance on the AMAs) overshadowed everything else, including the release of his first solo music video. Here are a few caps from his new video:


The video itself doesn’t have a lot of action going on … just a lot of close-up face shots and walking around. Compared to the performance he gave on the AMAs on Sunday night, tho, the singing sounds really damn good. After the jump, check out the video for For Your Entertainment in full and see it for yourselves … More »

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A Look Inside ‘One Day In The Life Of Daniel Radcliffe’

Semi-nekkidness included

Entrainment Weekly is giving us our first look at a new book titled One Day in the Life of Daniel Radcliffe which chronicles in photos one day of DanRad‘s life back in January when he was starring in Equus on Broadway. As you can see from the following photo, the photographer Tim Hailand was given all access, all day long:


Want to see Daniel Radcliffe shirtless? Photographer Tim Hailand’s got you covered! In his photo-driven book, One Day in the Life of Daniel Radcliffe, Hailand features photos of the Harry Potter star rehearsing for his stint in the Broadway show Equus, eating his breakfast, and…stepping out of the shower. “There are a lot of young girls that want to get close to Dan,” Hailand says, “and this is a way to get close to him.” Hailand, who is donating a portion of the book’s profits to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, also enjoyed snapping pics of the star without his famous wizard garb. “You mostly see pictures of Dan as Harry Potter or in paparazzi photos,” he says.

What a great idea for a book … and passing around this mostly nekkid pic of DanRad is a good way to get people’s attention. After the jump, check out the book’s coverphoto and read a full description of the book from the photographers website which is the ONLY place you can buy the book … More »

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John Mayer Does ‘Details’ Magazine

"I want to reach as many people as possible … I don’t mind compromising."

For those of you who have been able to wrestle yourselves away from those photos of Taylor Lautner on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Rolling Stone magazine, I thought you might like to know that John Mayer is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Details magazine … here is his coverphoto:


John talks candidly to Details about his famous ex-girlfriends, his reputation as a womanizer and what he thinks about all those people that hate him. Here are a couple of quotes from his Details coverstory interview:

On creating pop music: “I don’t know if you know, but I’m not exactly Bob Dylan – I’m already a pop musician…I want to reach as many people as possible…I don’t mind compromising.”

On people hating him: “What if I had a booth on the street and I said, ‘Attention everybody who hates me: If you have a problem with me, I’m ready to hear your gripes! I will be outside the Barneys store on 60th Street from two to four this afternoon…I will only be speaking to people who not like me. Come out and let me have it.’ How many people do you think would be standing there?…Ze-ro.”

Hahahahaha … he’s prolly right about that booth on the street thing but I’d still LOVE if would give it a try. John Mayer is who he is and he is very unapologetic about that. Love him or hate him, he’s a pretty straight shooter … you gotta admire him for that. After the jump, check out a couple of photos of John in the pages of this new issue of Details magazine which you may love OR hate … More »

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Rihanna Promotes ‘Rated R’ In NYC

Signs at Best Buy, Sings on 'GMA'

Rihanna, who’s new album Rated R was finally released on Monday, spent a bizzy night and day in NYC yesterday and today promoting that album release. Last night, she did an in-store appearance to sign copies of Rated R and this morning she performed on the Good Morning America stage … here are a few photos:


As you may recall, Ri Ri was here in SoCal to perform on the American Music Awards on Sunday night — and last week she even performed on the world’s largest cruise ship off the coast of Florida … so she is working hard to get folks interested in buying her album. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a promo copy before the album was released and while I enjoy it very much, I’m not really blown away by it. Have any of y’all bought the album yet? Do you love it? Hate it? Is any of this promo gettin’ you interested in picking up Rated R?

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Taylor Lautner: The ‘Rolling Stone’ Photos

Take a breath, have a seat ... y'all ain't ready

Earlier today I posted the cover of the new issue of Rolling Stone magazine featuring Twilight star Taylor Lautner … but when I posted, Rolling Stone had yet to release any of the photos from Taylor‘s photospread or any excerpts from his coverstory interview … they have since updated their site and released a whole slew of photos:


Additionally, the mag has released the online version of his coverstory interview … but who gives a shizz about that?!? Grab the smelling salts and clutch those pearls, y’all. After the jump, check out some of Taylor‘s hawt Rolling Stone photos … More »

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Double Feature, Double Fun

The TV Guide

So … I spent much of yesterday on the couch watching sappy movies, just minding my own business, having the time of my life. When I realized that I was bawling my eyes out to Mr. Holland’s Opus, I knew it was time to get out of the house. Incidentally, and to digress for a moment, Mr. Holland’s Opus was one of the movies that was playing in theaters when I worked at the AMC Theater in Oklahoma City when I was in collage (along with Fargo, Richard III and others). I had seen the beginning and end of that movie a million times during it’s run (AMC ushers used to walk into theaters when the movies started to make sure everything was OK) but it wasn’t until years after graduation that I saw the movie in full … and first bawled my eyes out. When Mr. Holland sings Beautiful Boy to his deaf son, I lose it every time:


But anyways … tired of crying, I got out of the house and did some putzing around, grabbed some food and then came home to watch another movie … one of my faves, Josie and the Pussycats:


Not only is this one of Parker Posey‘s BEST films ever but the soundtrack kicks all ass cuz Kay Hanley (from Letters to Cleo) provides the singing voice on all the songs. I hadn’t seen the movie in ages … it was a great way to end the day.

Well … then I caught Karate Kid, Part II on cable … but after watching only about a half hour of it, I had to go to bed.

Today I’m really getting out of the house … I have some errands to run and will prolly be meeting up with a friend for dinner … unless I catch some good movies on TV ;)

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K. Stew's new movie, Amy's new ring, Timbaland cuts Chris Brown
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‘The Early Show’ Books Adam Lambert After ‘GMA’ Cancels Him

What did I tell you?

People … what did I just get done telling you? Earlier we learned that ABC‘s Good Morning America decided to cancel Adam Lambert‘s scheduled performance on their show tomorrow because they were afraid he would give a too “controversial” performance on their early morning show. I guessed that another early morning show on another network would snap up Lambert … and I was right. CBS‘s The Early Show just send out a press release that they booked Glambert for an interview and performance on their show tomorrow morning:


CBS NEWS’ “THE EARLY SHOW” EXCLUSIVE: ADAM LAMBERT WILL DISCUSS HIS RECENT CONTROVERSIAL “AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS” APPEARANCE AND WILL PERFORM LIVE ON WEDNESDAY, NOV. 25 Adam Lambert will discuss his recent controversial “American Music Awards” appearance and will perform live on THE EARLY SHOW on Wednesday, Nov. 25 (7:00-9:00 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

LOL! I knew it … CBS jumped at the chance to get Adam on their show so that he could bash ABC … brilliant! If Adam Lambert is smart, he will take this opportunity to give an excellent performance based on substance rather than shock value. My guess is that he will hit it out the ballpark … he has to, ‘cuz his attempts to court controversy have been disastrous thus far. Don’t eff it up, Adam.

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Milo Ventimiglia, Sophia Bush & Austin Nichols Visit The US Troops Overseas

Heroes

Heroes star Milo Ventimiglia and One Tree Hill stars Sophia Bush and Austin Nichols (who also hails from Ann Arbor, MI) have made their way to Germany and Turkey to visit the US troops stationed there this Thanksgiving holiday in order to bring some cheer and love from home. Here is a poster advertising their USO Tour appearance and some deets from their visit:


One Tree Hill’s Sophia Bush and Austin Nichols are spending their Thanksgiving holiday this year fulfilling exactly what the holiday is about; giving thanks to others. The young stars, along with Heroes’s Milo Ventimiglia, are currently overseas generously giving their time and talent to the troops and their families stationed in Germany and Turkey. Nichols, Bush, and Ventimiglia held meet&greets the mornings of Nov. 20 and 21st in Ramstein, Germany, where they signed autographs and posed for pictures with the service members and their families. According to the official website for the USO, what the TV trio is doing leaves the troops and their family members with the most lasting emotional impressions. “USO entertainers are essential to fulfilling the USO’s mission of boosting troop morale”. Bush and Nichols are no strangers to donating their time and efforts to help the morale of others in need. This past September they both helped to raise money at the ‘Celebrity Autograph Fund-raiser’ for a memorial wall honoring fallen police officers to be built in Wilmington, NC, where ‘One Tree Hill is filmed. Bush said as a child she was always encouraged by her parents to do charity work. Now the 27-year-old actress says she wants to give that same motivation to others. “I think people have lost sight of how important it is to give back”, Bush told Star News recently. Clearly Bush has not lost sight of giving back; she is a 2009 spokesperson for the Teachers Count campaign, and a long-time advocate for The Art of Elysium, which places emphasis on the importance of the arts in the lives of children battling serious medical conditions. The next stop where Sophia Bush, Austin Nichols, and Milo Ventimiglia will place emphasis on the needs of others will be Turkey, at the Incirlik and Izmir Air Bases, where they will be until the completion of their USO tour on Nov. 25.

These actors are amazing for giving so generously of their time this Thanksgiving season to be with the troops overseas who cannot be home with their families. After the jump, check out a couple photos of Milo, Sophia and Austin at one of their recent USO Tour events … More »

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Miley Cyrus Enjoys A Rockin’ 17th Birthday

She's growin' up fast

Last year Miley Cyrus celebrated her Sweet 16 birthday at Disneyland (which, funny enough, took place on Gay Days weekend), this year she celebrated her 17th birthday at a bar in NYC … what a difference a year makes. Altho Miley turned 17 on Monday, she was surprised with an early birthday party a few days before while she was in NYC on tour. Here is a photo of Miley and her birthday cake along with some deets on her 80′s themed birthday party:


Miley Cyrus turned 17 years old on Monday, November 23, but she had a surprise birthday party last week in New York City. Family and friends joined her for the ’80s themed bash staged at Canal Room on Wednesday, November 18. Her “The Last Song” co-star and rumored boyfriend Liam Hemsworth was among the guests, People reports. Inside the soiree, the birthday girl was treated to a performance by the cast of Broadway’s “Rock of Ages”. She after that blew out candles on a custom-designed cake created by Buddy Valastro, the star of TLC’s reality show “Cake Boss”. To match the theme of the party, Buddy topped off the vanilla cake with Madonna-inspired lace, a stage and accents in purple, which is Miley’s favorite color. “They didn’t want a girly girl cake,” he revealed, adding that the cake “totally fit the theme. It was really awesome.” Concurring with him, Miley’s mother Leticia “Tish” Cyrus was quoted as stating her famous daughter “loves the ’80s”. “The fashion, the big hair – she thinks it’s so funky,” so claimed Tish who helped planning the surprise birthday party for Miley.

As much as I’m not the biggest Miley fan ever, I do think it’s cute that she wanted an 80′s themed birthday considering she wasn’t even alive in the 80′s. I suppose she deserves props for choosing to wear hoochie cut-off jean shorty shorts for the occasion … let’s just assume she was dressing for the party. Considering she celebrated 16 at Disneyland and 17 at a bar … any guesses where she will be celebrating her 18th? I’m gonna guess Vegas … what do y’all think?

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‘Good Morning America’ Cancels Adam Lambert

The ABC morning show pulls his scheduled performance

After ABC reportedly received over 1,500 complaints over Adam Lambert‘s “shocking” performance on the 2009 American Music Awards on Sunday night, Good Morning America has decided to cancel his scheduled appearance and performance on their show tomorrow morning. It looks like Glambert ended up alienating more people than he did entertaining them:


The people who didn’t like Adam Lambert’s “American Music Awards” performance won’t have to worry about a repeat performance on “Good Morning America” — cause that gig is canceled. Leading a guy around on a leash and kissing another was apparently too much for ABC. A rep for the show told TV Newser, “Given his controversial live performance on the AMAs we were concerned about airing a similar concert so early in the morning.” Ironically enough, Lambert announced he was gay on “20/20″ earlier this year — which airs on ABC.

While this controversy may not be great for his image (or for record sales) it’s not the end of the world for him … yet. My guess is another show on a competing network will snap him up for an appearance just so they can ask him about the controversy (perhaps to cast ABC in a negative light). BUT … if Glambert keeps up this need to create controversy just for the sake of generating buzz, I fear his music career has nowhere to go but down. You don’t really hear anyone talking about his debut album For Your Entertainment which was released for sale yesterday … all people are talking about is his “shocking” AMAs performance. I wasn’t shocked or entertained by his performance … but I am not his target audience. If he wants to have a career he’s gonna hafta play nice with folks eventually … I guess we’ll have to see if he’s up for the task.

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‘The Crow’ Is Set For A Redux

"It's really a whole relaunch of the franchise ... of a dark superhero"

Because Hollywood can neither leave a good thing alone NOR come up with an original idea to save its life, it is being reported that plans are underway to relaunch The Crow movie franchise with a new star and a new tone for the films (films, I should point out, that were based on The Crow comic books created by Detroiter James O’Barr). As you may know, the late Brandon Lee (son of the late martial arts icon Bruce Lee) starred as The Crow in the original 1994 film and he was tragically killed while making the film. The movie was released anyways and went on to enjoy some success. Sequel Crow films each featured different actors in the lead role and failed to do very well at the box office. It would seem the plan is now to relaunch the entire franchise with a fresh new start:

Since it was announced that Relativity Media is developing “The Crow”, no one has been reported being in talks to play the major character, Eric Draven. In a recent interview with io9, producer Ryan Kavanaugh has talked about the progress of the project, including his “good ideas” for the casting. Asked if he has begun selecting actors for the movie, Kavanaugh stated, “We’re looking. We’re in discussions.” Moreover, he suggested that the chosen actor could be either someone famous or a new star, saying “It will be an actor you’ve heard of, yes. We’re not ruling anything out. We’re looking at both, with the very well known and the ‘very talented but they may not be quite there yet.” Gushing about the new “The Crow” film, Kavanaugh said, “I think it’s something cool, we’re approaching it differently. It’s really a whole relaunch of the franchise, much more of a dark superhero type.” He later assured the upcoming movie will not be “a remake”, but it will be “literally a relaunch of the franchise.” “Oh yeah, we’re sticking to the flavor of it. We’re just relaunching it and making it with a much more present day character, someone more relatable to everybody,” Kavanaugh went on explaining. While about the make up, he insisted that it will be “totally different” than in the original movie. “He’ll have makeup, but it will be different. The best way to compare it is the first ‘Batman’ and ‘Batman Begins’. In terms of their look and feel and character,” he further explained. Though the script for the movie has been completed and it “is great”, Kavanaugh admitted that the studio has not given a green light for his next project. “We’re very excited about it. ‘The Crow’ is definitely going to happen, we’re just getting all the pieces together right now. It’s not officially green lit, but it’s going to happen… I think in a couple months we could have the package together for sure,” he insisted. “The Crow” is based on a comic book series by James O’Barr. The story will revolve around a young man named Eric Draven who after being left for dead on the side of the road by a gang of street thugs, is resurrected by a Crow and seeks vengeance. The first film adapted from the comics stars the late Brandon Lee.

While I am very happy to see that The Crow will live again, I have mixed feelings about this reboot. The original Crow film holds a very special place in my heart. Not only is it set in a dark and stormy Detroit, MI (on Devil’s Night, no less) but it also had a profound effect on me as a youth back in ’94. The look of the film, the feel of the characters, the music on the film soundtrack (which includes Nine Inch Nails among some of my other fave bands) — those boots and leather pants … effected me on a very personal level. Add to that The Crow was the first movie that my BFF Sarah and I ever saw together … on a date! LOL. I just love Brandon Lee in that film and he will always be The Crow to me. Whatever this reboot may turn out to be, I hope it will stay true to the original vision of O’Barr‘s comics … and it better stay set in Detroit Rock City. I was never a fan of the subsequent sequels (The Crow: City of Angels set in LA is among THE worst films I have ever seen) but the original film with Lee as The Crow is holy in my eyes. I’m curious to see what producers come up with for this reboot … but, yeah, they’ll never be able to touch the original.

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‘Cougar Town’ Going Back Into Production

The Cox-Arquette "Family Matter" ain't no thang

Happy news for fans of ABC‘s Cougar Town … the show is going back into production next week!! On Saturday, we learned that Cougar Town stopped production on new eps due to a “family matter” that arose for Courteney Cox-Arquette and her hubby David. At the time, there was no information given over what the family matter may have been. I had hoped that it wasn’t a serious matter and it turns out that, thankfully, it wasn’t:


The ABC show, which stopped filming briefly last week so star Courteney Cox could attend to a “family matter,” resumes production Nov. 30 following an already-planned weeklong break for Thanksgiving, the network says. The nature of the family issue wasn’t disclosed. But Cox’s reps confirm to PEOPLE the actress and her family are fine and that she’ll be returning to work following the Thanksgiving hiatus. Cox’s costar Busy Phillips wrote in a Twitter message Monday that Cougar Town was “only down one day” and that “we’re back shooting after Thanksgiving. I’ll pass along the love to CC.”

This is great news on two fronts … first, I’m very glad to know that the Cox-Arquettes didn’t suffer any tragedy in their family and second, we’ll be gettin’ new eps of Cougar Town right on schedule as planned!! I understand that David Arquette was spotted at Lucky Strike here in LA on Saturday night (the day we learned of the “family matter”) attending Adam Shankman‘s private birthday party … so clearly the matter wasn’t a big deal at all. Great news all around, I can’t wait to see more Cougar Town :)

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Taylor Lautner Does ‘Rolling Stone’ Magazine

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOF!

In early October we saw a BUNCH of great photos of Twilight star Taylor Lautner frolicking on a beach in Malibu, CA (with and without his shirt) for a photoshoot for Rolling Stone magazine. Today, we get our first look at Taylor‘s RS cover:


Um … yeah … this is a very nice magazine coverphoto. It is, by far, Lautner‘s highest profile magazine cover … and he looks great, no? Thus far, neither his Rolling Stone interview nor the accompanying photospread has yet been made available online … so we’ll just have to enjoy those candid beach photos of his shoot posted last month until the photospread gets released. I really like this coverphoto and I suspect members of Team Jacob will love it as well. What do y’all think?

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‘Twilight’: The Heroin Hits The Streets Of NYC

For some, the addiction to 'Twilight' is getting really severe

Just when you thought that the world has reached its limit on Twilight merchandise, another new Twilight item comes along … but in this case, the merch is unauthorized and extremely illegal. For the past few months, dime bags of Twilight heroin have been available for sale in NYC:


Here’s the kind of “Twilight” merchandise you really don’t want your kids getting their hands on — baggies of heroin with a cartoon of Rob Pattinson’s face printed on them. DEA Special Agent Erin McKenzie-Mulvey tells us the heroin baggies with “Twilight” characters were seized recently in West Hempstead, Long Island. The “Twilight”-themed baggies have been gaining popularity over the last couple of months. New York Special Agent in Charge John Gilbride tells TMZ a dime bag of heroin in New York is cheaper than a six pack of beer.

Damn, that’s some dark shizz right there. What kind of person would actually prefer Twilight heroin over regular heroin … wait a minute, forget I asked, I don’t really want to know. This kind of thing is so sick … but not new at all. I recall from my younger days hearing that ecstasy pills were emblazoned with popular characters of the day … like Pikachu the Pokémon, the various Teletubbies and other like characters. I assume this is meant to appeal to kids, which is just effed up beyond belief. This Twilight heroin stuff is just … wrong. What the hell is wrong with people? Besides, that cartoon of Edward Cullen looks nothing like him! WTF?

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Zachary Quinto Gets An Eyeful On The Set Of ‘Heroes’

The pen is "eye"tier than the sword

Zachary Quinto was spotted on the SoCal set of Heroes over the weekend and it looks like he was gearing up for a very exciting and possibly eye-popping scene for the show:


But, in order to NOT spoil anything for those of you who watch the show and don’t want to see what happens to Zachary‘s character I’ve decided to put the next two very telling photos behind the cut. After the jump, check out a couple of spoilery photos of Quinto on the set of Heroes — something tells me you might want to brace yourselves before you LOOK … More »

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Suri Holmes-Cruise Gets Her Boots On

Struts her stuff

Here are a few cute photos of the little doll, Suri Holmes-Cruise, out and about with her mama Katie Holmes in NYC over the weekend. As you can see, Suri was rockin’ a pair of vivid bright green rubber boots for the occasion … behold:


Maybe Katie Holmes decided the close call last week was enough to put an end to her daughter wearing footwear made for grown-ups? Or maybe the recent change in the weather convinced her that wellingtons were a more practical option? Whatever the reason it was good to see that, after several outings in less-than-sensible shoes recently, Suri Cruise finally stepped out in footwear more accustomed to a child of her age. The three-year-old upped the cuteness stakes in a pair of bright green wellington boots adorned with a fairy print, complete with obligatory wings across the toes. Pictured on a shopping trip to New York’s Soho district with her mother Katie Holmes, Suri was the epitome of cute with a matching rucksack to go with her girly boots and a dark blue party dress. Katie went for an autumnal look for the Big Apple trip, wearing a double-breasted brown jacket, jeans and brown leather boots.

Suri is so cute in these photos, I guess I can almost forgive the little robot for continuing to steal my heart with her adorableness. These rubber boots are just the best … I love how bright and fun they are. Katie Holmes, on the other hand, looks dour, spent and sad as usual … poor thing. At least little Suri seems to be having a blast with her ensemble. Sooo cute!!

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‘Brothers’ Premieres In NYC

Sadly sans Jake Gyllenhaal

Natalie Portman and Tobey Maguire were joined by Broadway star Cheyenne Jackson and fashion designer Christian Siriano and others at an NYC premiere screening event for their new film Brothers which was held at the SVA Theater last night. Unfortch, tho, Jake Gyllenhaal — who also stars in the film — was not in attendance at last night’s event. Here are a few photos from the red carpet arrivals along with some deets about the movie itself:


Natalie Portman joined Toby Maguire for the premiere of their new movie Brothers in which they star alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in a modern take on the prodigal son parable. Portman plays Grace Cahill whose husband Sam, played by Maguire, is the model citizen, war hero and son of a combative Vietnam veteran. His brother Tommy is played by Jake Gyllenhaal. Tommy is a drunk who has recently been released from prison but when the news of the suspected death of his brother reaches the Cahill family, the delinquent brother turns over a new leaf to protect Sam’s children and wife. Tommy falls for Grace only for his brother to miraculously return from harrowing torture in Afghanistan and a battle for the beautiful Portman’s affection ensues. Focusing on political apathy for war and the troubles faced by families of servicemen, Brothers has been tipped for award success in the new year.

I only recently heard about this movie when I saw a trailer for it on TV … now that I’m learning that the film is a modern re-telling of the Prodigal Son parable, I’m even more intrigued. Despite my intense love for Jakey poo, I think this film looks really good overall (ie. I’d prolly see it even if Jake weren’t starring in it). From what I’ve seen thus far of Maguire‘s performance in the few clips I’ve seen already, it looks like his character is really … intense … and poor Nat is stuck in between the two brothers. I, for one, am looking forward to seeing this flick … despite it’s serious tone, it looks like a movie I’d deffo want to see in theaters, despite the holidays.

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Britney Spears Starts Her Xmas Shopping In Oz

A deal's a deal

Britney Spears, who is about to embark on the last leg of her Australian tour, was spotted doing a bit of Xmas shopping at a shopping mall in Brisbane, Australia over the weekend where she was spied snapping up some bargains at David Jones and Review … here are a few photos:


I understand Britney was shopping for underwear at David Jones (which is very good news cuz the world has seen quite enough of Britney without her underwear) and for dresses at Review which was having a 40% off sale … not for nothing but our dear Britney knows a bargain when she sees one. It’s unclear if her purchases were for her or for her loved ones here at home for Xmas but I bet she shopped up a storm. Australia only has Britney for about a week more before she ends her tour and flies back home. I wonder where she will pop up next.

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The Week Of Sloth

The TV Guide

Yesterday afternoon, David flew back East to be with his friends and family for the Thanksgiving holiday and I stayed here at home to hold down the fort. Many folks have asked why I decided not to fly back with him so I figured I’d explain a bit more. The bottom line is that I’m SO over flying for right now … I did so much back and forth traveling over the Summer that I am now totally spent. I decided not to fly back with David or to Detroit this week. While I’ll prolly be going back to Detroit for Xmas, I’m really very happy being home right now.

Before David left, he took a cute Polaroid photo with our dog (a stuffed French Bulldog) which he took with him on his trip — after the jump, check it out … More »

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Ryan Phillippe Hikes Runyon Canyon While Shirtless

Yummo!!

Here are a few photos of Ryan Phillippe hiking Runyon Canyon here in LA yesterday afternoon … as you can see, the weather was so hot that Ryan had to take off his shirt — and show that he, too, is so hot:


My goodness, he looks good, yes? It would appear that Mr. Phillippe got himself a few more tattoos since last we saw him half-nekkid. I believe the tattoo on his back is new:


Ryan‘s back tattoo looks like a hand holding another hand … with angel wings? I dunno, whatever it is I hope he continues to show it off cuz I don’t mind seeing Ryan Phillippe from the front or from the back. Ye gods, I love that the weather is still so nice here in SoCal … here’s hoping we get to see more pics of Ryan in various states of undress in the weeks to come. Woot!!

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Tori Amos Plays The PCEC Riverside Theatre In Perth, Australia

Her Aussie tour rolls on

Last week we learned that Tori Amos played a concert at the famed Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia and over the weekend, Tori played a concert at the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre: Riverside Theatre in Perth. Here are a few photos of the very beautiful Tori Amos from her Perth show on Saturday lookin’ like the goddess that she is in her floor-length silver gown:


According to fan reports from Undented.com, Tori‘s show was a more quiet and subdued one than usual. Tori kept the conversation to a bare minimum and played to a smaller, quieter audience. In my opinion, that is not a bad thing at all … the setlist she performed ran the gamut from old to new and sounded very much like one of her early concert performances (minus the Tori stories, that is). After the jump, check out Tori‘s amazing Perth setlist and find out just how great the concert really was … More »

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The LA Galaxy Loses The MLS Championship To Real Salt Lake

David Beckham plays last Galaxy game of the season, cries

Sad news for LA Galaxy fans today … the boys in blue, gold and white ended up losing the Major League Soccer Championship due to a heartbreaking penalty shot by Real Salt Lake, the MLS Eastern Conference champs. Here are a few pics of David Beckham during the championship match last night (which very well could be his last Galaxy game ever) and some deets about the game itself:


Real Salt Lake sealed an upset win over the Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday night with a 5-4 penalty victory, after extra-time in the Major League Soccer Cup final that ended with the score at 1-1. Robbie Russell netted the vital spot kick after Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando made two saves and MLS Most Valuable Player, and LA Galaxy captain, Langdon Donovan sent his shot sailing over the crossbar. Salt Lake’s win at the Qwest Field arena in Seattle, ended David Beckham’s bid to claim a third national title in as many different nations, having previously won the English Premier League with Manchester United and La Liga with Spain’s Real Madrid. The Galaxy struck first, with midfielder Mike Magee drilling a 41st-minute shot into an open net. His strike came after Beckham passed to Donovan, who set-up Magee at the far post. Seattle: America’s soccer city. Real Salt Lake hit back with 25 minutes left when Robbie Findley reacted first after Yuri Movsisyan’s attempt on goal was blocked, tying the match and setting up the penalty shootout. Beckham got the Galaxy off to a good start in the shoot out as he scored with confidence, but his team could not follow in the same manner. Jovan Kirovski’s shot was blocked by Rimando, but Saunders followed by stopping the effort of Salt Lake captain Kyle Beckerman before Donovan blazed over the crossbar to leave the score 5-4. Galaxy came into the game as favorites, but flattered to deceive as it was revealed Beckham had played with an injured right ankle. “We all want to win titles and personally I’d love to be successful but I think we have been successful this year without winning tonight,” Beckham told reporters after the game. “We have quietened a few people along the way which is always nice but we couldn’t finish it off. “I wouldn’t say it’s tougher to lose on penalties but it’s Russian roulette, that’s just the way it is. It’s not a nice way to lose. The people that step up are brave enough to step up and if you score, great and if you miss it’s hard to take, but it just wasn’t our night,” Beckham added. Beckham is due to return to AC Milan in January for another loan spell as he bids to secure a place in England’s World Cup squad for next year’s finals in South Africa.

As you can see, Becks wore his sons names on his soccer boots but, unfortch, it wasn’t enough to bring him and the Galaxy good luck last night. As much as I may question Becks‘s loyalty to the LA Galaxy, it does seem as if he was really emotionally invested in last night’s game. Becks actually teared up and cried after the loss … and even more upsetting, he was apparently too sad to strip off his jersey to leave the game shirtless. Sad. After the jump, check out a couple pics of sad Becks last night … More »

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Adnan Ghalib Gets Sentenced To 45 Days In Jail

Britney's ex-paparazzo boyfriend busted!

The long arm of the law has finally reached out and fully embraced Mr. Adnan Ghalib, former paparazzo photog and boyfriend (for a dark time) of Britney Spears … after Ghalib was charged with three felonies back in February of this year, he eventually plead no contest to the charges and was recently sentenced to serve 45 days in jail in addition to a longer sentence of probation. Ghalib‘s mug shot has just been made available, behold:


Adnan Ghalib, Britney Spears’ ex-boyfriend/paparazzo, was booked into jail on Friday — and here’s the mug shot. Soul patches are all the rage in prison. He’ll be doing 45 days in the pokey and was also on formal probation for 36 months and has to complete 52 weeks of anger management classes and 45 days of Caltrans (hard labor). Back in October, Ghalib pled no contest to leaving the scene of an accident after he allegedly ran over a process server in February.

While 45 days (or less if he gets out early due to overcrowding) is not very long, I’m happy to know that this slimy sleeze is currently in jail for his crimes. As you may recall, once Britney came to her senses (and went under the legal conservatorship of her father/savior Jamie Spears), she filed a restraining order suit against Ghalib and her former “manager”/leech Osama Sam Lutfi so that they would be forced to stay away from her. Both of these men belong in jail but at least they cannot come near Britney anymore. I’m very happy to see that this dark chapter in Britney‘s life is finally being dealt with … here’s hoping each of these losers are never heard from again.

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The 2009 American Music Awards Are Handed Out

Taylor Swift was the big winner of the night, y'all!!

Earlier today we learned all about Adam Lambert‘s shocking performance at the 2009 American Music Awards last night, as well as Jennifer Lopez‘s embarrassing fall at the AMAs … but there were other things going on at the Nokia Theater where the AMAs took place that are kinda worth mentioning. Celebs strutted their stuff on the red carpet on the way into the show, other folks performed songs without incident and a few awards were even handed out … who knew? Here are a few photos from the red carpet arrivals:


Yes, peeps were lookin’ purdy and stuff on the red carpet but let’s get to the awards. Taylor Swift, who has been cleaning up at awards shows all year long already, was the biggest winner of the night … she took home 5 awards including Artist of the Year! Michael Jackson also enjoyed a big night last night taking home a few posthumous awards of his own as did Whitney Houston, who became the 7th person ever to win the International Artist of the Year award from the AMAs:


Country crossover star Taylor Swift overshadowed the late Michael Jackson at the American Music Awards on Sunday, winning five prizes including artist of the year. Jackson, who had been expected to enjoy a clean sweep, ended up with four awards. He and Swift went head-to-head in the artist of the year race, the ceremony’s final prize. Other multiple winners included hip-hop acts Jay-Z and the Black Eyed Peas, with two each. Swift, 19, was also named favorite female artist in the pop/rock and country categories, and favorite adult-contemporary artist. Her 2008 album “Fearless,” the best-selling release in the United States this year, was named favorite country album. She accepted her awards live via satellite from backstage at London’s Wembley Arena, where she will perform a concert on Monday. “Music has never been ultimately about competition,” Swift said, after winning the artist of the year prize. She said it was an “unimaginable honor” to be cited in the same category as Jackson, and thanked the Jackson family. Jackson was named favorite male artist in the pop/rock and soul/R&B categories, while his 2003 hits collection “Number Ones” was named favorite album in both those categories. The album is the No. 2 seller this year in the United States. His brother Jermaine, accompanied by sons Jeremy, Jaafar and Jermajesty, accepted on his behalf. At one point, he thanked Allah “for blessing my entire family.” Rapper Eminem, making a rare awards-show appearance in the wake of his four nominations, went home empty-handed. Glam-pop singer Lady Gaga, rock band Kings of Leon and jailed rapper T.I., who earned three nominations each, were also snubbed. The Black Eyed Peas were named favorite group in both the pop/rock and soul/R&B categories. Jay-Z won favorite male artist and favorite album in the rap/hip-hop categories. His wife Beyonce, who was performing a show in Dublin, was named favorite female artist in the soul/R&B category. Punk rock trio Green Day won the favorite alternative artist. Rascal Flatts won favorite country group for the fourth year in a row.

Crazy, right? Well, since the AMAs are handed out according to fan voting I guess it’s all Y’ALL’s fault that Taylor won so many awards. The girl must really be enjoying life right now … whether it’s deserved or not (many, many folks argue that it is not) she is really taking home some major awards this year. I say, congrats … I hope she really appreciates it all. After the jump, check out a few photos from the AMAs show itself and see what else went down on the Nokia Theater stage last night … More »

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Jennifer Lopez Throws On Her ‘Louboutins’, Falls On Her Ass

She takes it like a champ, tho

Earlier I mentioned that the 2009 American Music Awards were edited for the West Coast feed of the show due to Adam Lambert‘s “shocking” performance of his song For Your Entertainment but it was also edited because Jennifer Lopez fell on her ass while performing her new song Louboutins (which we got to hear for the first time last week) and, apparently, the folks at ABC didn’t want the folks watching at home on the West Coast to see it. To be honest, her fall wasn’t all that bad at all and she managed to get right up and carry on with her performance. But, for those of you who didn’t get a chance to see the mishap (or just want to watch it again), here are a few photos of the embarrassing incident:


It was a daring dance manoeuvre that could have gone terribly wrong – and unfortunately for Jennifer Lopez – it did. The diva fell flat on her famous rear end while performing her new single Louboutins at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles last night. The 40-year-old mother of two began the dramatic stunt by climbing up a human pyramid of semi-naked male dancers. She then drew gasps from the audience when she lost her balance after jumping off a dancer’s back, and landed on her derriere. But, ever the professional, Jennifer quickly recovered her poise and carried on with the show. After hours of rehearsals, the slip up would have disappointed the singer, who is known to be something of a perfectionist. But it seems that the only thing bruised was her ego, with her spokesperson assuring concerned fans that ‘she’s fine, totally fine.’

Actually, I understand that she wasn’t all that fine at all … backstage spies report that J. Lo was PISSED over the fall and make it quite clear to everyone within earshot that she was not happy with herself or her dancers. I don’t know if she personally insisted that the fall be edited out of the West Coast feed (tho I suspect that she or her people did insist) but ABC did edit her performance, turning her fall into a slo-mo jump that cut away right before her booty made contact with the stage floor. After the jump, tho, check out video of J. Lo‘s uncensored, unedited performance of Louboutins at the AMAs last night … More »

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Adam Lambert Shocks At The ’09 American Music Awards

He does it "For Your Entertainment"

Last night the 2009 American Music Awards were handed out at the Nokia Theater here in Los Angeles, CA in a live ABC network telecast broadcast on the East Coast and in an edited form for folks watching on the West Coast. The show was edited due to a bit of controversy initiated by Adam Lambert and his “too racy” performance of his new single For Your Entertainment (the show was also edited due to Jennifer Lopez accidentally falling on her ass … but we’ll get to that in a bit). Glambert decided his first TV network performance as a solo performer would be a great place to engage in some same-sex kissing … which, of course, got everyone all riled up:


Openly-gay performer Adam Lambert is defending his man-on-man kiss at the American Music Awards, saying female performers have been pushing the limits for years. The American Idol runner-up kissed a band member while performing his new single, “For Your Entertainment.” The sexually-charged performance angered some parents who quickly began posting messages of disgust online. Pop & Hiss reader Richard Bowen wrote, “I know he wants to break out and show the world his dangerous side, but why alienate an entire population of kids to do it?” When asked how he would feel if the performance was edited for West Coast viewers, Lambert told Pop & Hiss he would not be happy. “If it’s gonna be edited, then in a way that’s discrimination. I don’t mean to get political, but Madonna, Britney and Christina weren’t edited,” Lambert said. “It’s a shame. Female entertainers have been risqué for years. Honestly, there’s a huge double standard.” Lambert said the kiss happened in the moment. Madonna, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera shared an attention-grabbing kiss during the 2003 MTV Music Awards. ABC had to quickly cut to an audience shot during the performance when Lambert had a male dancer simulate oral sex on him.

The kiss was so meh. As Lambert said himself, Madonna (and other female performers) gratuitously kiss other women for “shock value” and no one really bats an eye … it’s a contrived act meant to generate water-cooler buzz the next day (and it works, which is plainly obvs since we’re talking about it now). I’m happy to report that Glambert‘s kiss was NOT edited out of the West Coast feed … it was the alleged “simulated oral sex” act that was edited out. After the jump, check out a photo of this “heinous” act, watch video of Lambert‘s uncensored performance and see what all the controversy was really about … More »

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Bobby Brown & Babymama Spend Some Time With Their Kid

Father's day

Bobby Brown and his latest babymama Alicia Etheridge were spotted enjoying a family day at The Grove here in LA earlier this week with their new son Cassius who was born earlier this year. As you may be aware, Cassius is Bobby‘s fifth child from at least 2 other babymamas (including ex-wife Whitney Houston). Here is a photo from their tender afternoon together:


To be honest, I can’t think of a worse scenario than having Bobby Brown as a father (particularly since he is notoriously not very good a keeping up with his child support payments) but at least he is being present for little Cassius … well, at least for now. I suppose it’s nice that he and Alicia are apparently still together … we’ll have to wait and see how long it lasts tho. Casissus is a cute little dude, tho. It can’t be easy to be one of Bobby Brown‘s numerous children so I’ll keep a good thought for the little man.

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Celebs Come Out To Honor ‘CNN Heroes’ 2009

Just for one day

Celebs of varying degree of fame made their way out to the Kodak Theater last night for the taping of the 2009 CNN Heroes television special that will air on CNN on Thanksgiving and will honor “ordinary people” selected for their “extraordinary impact” this past year. Here are a few photos from the red carpet arrivals of some of the celebs who attended last night and some deets from the taping:


Kate Hudson, Pierce Brosnan, Neil Patrick Harris and other stars who are used to getting applause were giving it gladly at a ceremony honoring people who make a difference in the lives of others. “I’ve cried twice and we’re on hero three,” Harris said backstage after introducing one of the 10 “CNN Heroes” celebrated Saturday by the TV news network for their efforts to fight poverty, disease and other problems. “There are so many awards shows every year for the Hollywood community that participating in something as effective as this makes those others feel inconsequential” and provides perspective, said Harris, star of CBS’ “How I Met Your Mother” and recent Emmy Awards host. The top CNN Hero of the Year and a grant of $100,000 went to a young man who embraced education for himself and other Filipinos as an escape from poverty. He and the other honorees received $25,000 each. As a child, Efren Penaflorida picked school over gang life in Cavite City and vowed to create a way for other children to make the same choice. He created a program that brings books to children in slums and on the streets, and the 10,000 members of his Dynamic Teen Co. have brought reading, writing and hygiene to 1,500 youngsters. “My message to children of all races, please, to embrace learning and love it for it will embrace and love you back and enable you to change your world,” said Penaflorida, now a 21-year-old college graduate. “Each person has a hidden hero within, just have to look inside you and search it in your heart and be the hero the next one in need,” he said in accepting the top honor. Brosnan, honoring a woman who started an anti-breast cancer project, created one of the evening’s most emotional moments as he recalled his late wife’s failed battle against the disease. She was a “magnificent mother, a wonderful actor,” he said of Cassandra Harris, who died of ovarian cancer in 1991. “There are too many of us who have lost someone to this brutal disease called cancer, and we are all sick and tired of cancer winning,” he said in introducing breast cancer survivor Andrea Ivory, who runs a mobile mammography project in Miami that provides free screenings. The pair posed backstage for photos, Ivory glamorous in a gown with an oversized pink bow — symbolic of the ribbons that mark the breast cancer battle. “Stunning,” Brosnan said, smiling broadly as cameras focused on her. “You make me nervous,” Ivory replied, but Brosnan would have none of it. “You’re the star,” he said. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper hosted the Kodak Theatre ceremony that was attended by about 4,000 people and will air on CNN at 9 p.m. EST Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, and on CNN International and CNN en Espanol. Leona Lewis, Carrie Underwood and Maxwell performed, and other presenters included Nicole Kidman and George Lopez.

This is such a great event, I’m so glad that so many celebs are interested in participating in honoring everyday folk who give so generously of their time, energy and money to help others in need. I also love how classy this event is … black tie looks good on so many people. Love and congrats goes out to CNN‘s honorees this year … make sure you tune in on Thanksgiving night to see who was honored this year.

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Quality Time

The TV Guide

Yesterday was my last day with David before he flies back East to spend the week with friends and family for the Thanksgiving holiday. I have opted out of any air travel for the past couple of months so I will be staying here holding down the fort while he is gone. I had planned on attending the Pablove Benefit Concert at Avalon last night (to see, among others, Shirley Manson perform in concert) but decided to give my ticket to Josh so that I could spend the whole day/night with David. We stayed in for much of our time and even watched the broadcast of Dr. Seuss‘s How the Grinch Stole Christmas last night:


Then we ventured out for dinner at Prizzi’s Piazza in Hollywood where we were seated right next to Jeff Lewis from Bravo TV‘s Flipping Out. We had THE best pizza dinner last night … it was a fun time. We spent the rest of the evening here at home … and in a few mins, I have to drive David to the airport. I’m gonna miss my boo … even tho we’ve spent the majority of our 3 (going on 4) year relationship living on opposite sides of the country, we’ve been in much closer company since we moved in together back in February. The last couple of months have been really great and, well, I’m just gonna miss him while he’s gone ;(

I don’t know if I’ll be doing much of anything tonight … it may be a very quiet Sunday for me.

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Hot Dude Of The Week: Shane H.

Weekend Hotness

It is time, once again, to partake of the Weekend Hotness wherein we pause to celebrate (and gawk) at the Hot Dude of the Week. This time around, we’ve got a nice young chap who is very clearly bringing sexy back … say hello to Shane H:

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Considering how disappointing those Playgirl photos of Levi Johnston turned out to be, I thought it would be appropriate to showcase a guy who is super sexy without even having to try … Shane doesn’t even have to show anything at all and he’s already way sexier than Johnston will ever be. Guys like Levi Johnston will come and go (and soon, too) but there is something to be said for innate sexiness like Shane‘s which will never go out of style. Enjoy :)

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‘The Twilight Saga: New Moon’ Brings In Over $140 Million At The Box Office

The 3rd biggest opening weekend EVER!

BIG news for The Twilight Saga: New Moon this weekend … it looks like it enjoyed the third biggest weekend box office opening of all time here in the US pulling in OVER $140 million in just 3 days. The film pulled in another $118 million in the rest of the world bringing it’s overall weekend box office total to $258.8 million!!!


The vampire romance “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” sucked up $140.7 million in its first three days and pulled in a total of $258.8 million worldwide, according to studio estimates Sunday. The No. 1 domestic debut for Summit Entertainment’s “New Moon” was more than twice the $69.6 million haul over the same weekend last year for “Twilight,” the first in the franchise based on Stephenie Meyer’s novels. “New Moon” placed third on the all-time domestic chart behind last year’s $158.4 million opening weekend for the Batman blockbuster “The Dark Knight” and 2007′s $151.1 million haul for “Spider-Man 3.” On Friday, “New Moon” set an all-time domestic high for opening day with $72.7 million, topping the previous record of $67.2 million had been held by last year’s “The Dark Knight.” Overseas, “New Moon” debuted in 25 countries and took in $118.1 million. “New Moon” continues the story of teen romance between a school girl and a vampire (Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson), with the sequel adding a love triangle with a teen werewolf (Taylor Lautner). Opening at No. 2 this weekend was the Warner Bros. football drama “The Blind Side” with $34.5 million. The previous weekend’s top movie, Sony’s disaster tale “2012,” slipped to third-place with $26.5 million, raising its domestic total to $108.2 million.

I credit the big box office bucks to Taylor Lautner‘s abs … approx. $23 million per ab (X 6 = $140 mil.). I totally knew the movie would have a big opening weekend and was sure it would be the #1 movie … but $140 million?! No way I was prepared for that. The record books now state that Batman: The Dark Knight, Spider-Man 3 and The Twilight Saga: New Moon (all sequel films, btw) are the movies with the 3 biggest opening weekend box office tallies … that is INSANE to me. These Twilight films are basically a license to print money for Summit Entertainment … they really hit the jackpot with these films. It’s unclear how much more money the film will make during its theatrical run but I’m guessing it will pull in many more millions before it’s all said and done. Again, I say … Wow!

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Victoria Beckham Bonds With Her Boys Over Frozen Yogurt

In ridiculously high heels

Victoria Beckham, who visited an underprivileged school in Kentucky with her eldest son Brooklyn Joseph last week before jetting off to the UK for some biz affairs, spent part of her weekend with all three of her boys — including Romeo James and Cruz David — on a visit to a frozen yogurt place here in SoCal … and homegirl was wearing death defying high heeled shoes, y’all:


It’s a scene most mothers will be able to identify with: Messy hair, dirty clothes and unruly children. So it’s reassuring to know life for A list celebrities is no different – apart from the five-inch designer heels, of course. Upon returning to Los Angeles from London, Victoria Beckham decided to treat Cruz, four, Romeo, seven and Brooklyn, 10, to a visit to Yogurtland in North Hollywood on Friday. But poor Posh wasn’t having much luck controlling the trio. Cruz was especially unruly, pulling faces at the waiting paparazzi and generally misbehaving for his mum. As if this wasn’t enough to contend with, the fashionista had stepped out without her hair being styled, wearing large black sunglasses and with a stain on the left knee of her light grey trousers. Clearly it had not been an easy day for the mother-of-three … En route to the store, which sells frozen yoghurt, Cruz was given a telling off by the former Spice Girl after he had a tantrum. First he pulled faces at the passers by, before pulling Victoria, 35, in the opposite direction to which they were heading. In behaviour typical to most four-year-olds, he then falls to the floor – much to Victoria’s annoyance. She pulls him up, then lowers herself to his level to give him a quiet talking to before buying the youngsters their favourite flavours at Yogurtland. But it was then back to his unruly ways for Cruz, as Victoria tried to lift him into their Range Rover for the ride home. He squirmed while she struggled to carry his weight while wearing her towering shoes.

Hahahahaha … I love the dramatics of this report … making it sound like Cruz was an unruly hellion that drove his mother mad. He prolly was a bit fussy but I doubt it was as big a scene as this report would have us believe. I can’t get over VB‘s crazy heels. I mean, I know she wears these sky-high things all the time but they just look extra precarious in these pics. I guess an outfit like this is de rigueur for an überstylish celeb mom … tantrums or no, Vicki B‘s gotta represent.

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Jude Law Puts On A Show For Students At NYU

Inadvertantly

On Friday we learned that actor Jude Law got a bit angry with some college kids at New York University after he discovered that they were spying on him as he tried to enjoy some alonetime on his the balcony of his new NY apartment (which is right next to the dorms at NYU). To express his anger, Law began hurtling oranges at the nosy coeds … which didn’t really do anything other than make them more interested in watching. The fine folks at the New York Post got in touch with some of the NYU kids and managed to get some of their fun photos of Jude‘s balcony time … behold:


When Jude Law moved in next door to an NYU freshman dorm, he didn’t realize he’d be giving away front-row seats to every performance — and he’s hardly pleased with his “audience.” Star-struck students say they race to their dorm windows whenever the actor sets foot on his Washington Square balcony, as seen above in photos taken by one of the kids. “There is pretty much chaos on every floor when he comes out,” said Priya Vij, 18, who has a direct view of Law’s balcony from her Hayden Hall window. “People start screaming, ‘Hey, Jude’ — and it’s clear he can hear us.” Erica Rose, 18, keeps a pair of binoculars at the ready. “We have the best view on the floor,” she said. “It is exciting to have a celebrity living right next to you. He is really attractive. He’s rugged and scruffy.” The star of Broadway’s “Hamlet,” who uses the balcony to play with his son and work out with his personal trainer, apparently does not appreciate the attention. In Shakespeare’s day, audience members heckled actors by hurling rotten fruit. But a few weeks ago, when Law’s yoga session was interrupted, the fruit flew in the opposite direction. “He noticed we were there and we started waving at him. Then he went inside and came back with two oranges,” freshman Neha Najeeb told The Post. “He threw them at our window, but he missed.” Law then went back inside and returned with two additional oranges, she said. “This time, he hit the windows — there was orange pulp on the glass for a week — and then he went back to working out,” she said. “Now we don’t like Jude Law anymore.” Law couldn’t be reached for comment. Naheeb’s roommate, Kaitlin Coari, said Law should stick to throwing the slings and arrows of his “Hamlet” role instead of produce. “We couldn’t believe it when the orange hit the window,” she said. “I’m supposed to go see ‘Hamlet’ with my sister this Saturday. It’s awkward — I should bring some oranges, I guess.”

LOL!! I mean … yes, it’s terrible that these naughty kids keep spying on poor Jude Law when all he wants to do is workout on his balcony, it’s a horrible invasion of privacy but … damn, it’s funny as hell. Two things … first, I bet Jude has already bitched out whoever it was that found his apartment for him and failed to realize that it’s right next to the NYU dorms and second, I suspect that he won’t be staying there for much longer. Either he’s gonna get the hell out of there and find a different apartment with a more private balcony … or he’s gonna hafta get used to being on display in his new NY apartment every single day. It’s tough being a celeb, ain’t it?

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Hosts ‘Saturday Night Live’

A host of opportunities

(500) Days of Summer and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra star Joseph Gordon-Levitt was the guest host on Saturday Night Live last night and provided the show with the ability to do a bunch of varied and fun skits including singing, dancing and even acrobatics … who knew that JGL was such a multi-talented guy? Here are a few of JGL‘s SNL promo photos featured on the show last night:


If I have one complaint about last night’s SNL it’s that they didn’t utilize JGL as much as they should have. While he was included in many of the skits, he wasn’t actually the featured performer in many of them. He played his secondary roles very well (and very funnily, I must say) but wasn’t in the forefront as much as I would’ve liked. To be honest, the surprise guest stars Vice President Al Gore (What’s Up With That?, Weekend Update) and singer Dave Matthews (The Mellow Show) did a little bit of show stealing. That said, I was thoroughly entertained by last night’s ep. After the jump, check out a few of my favorite skits from the show featuring host Joseph Gordon-Levitt and the JGL-less Debbie Downer skit that I feel is too funny not to share … More »

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‘Cougar Town’ Abruptly Halts Production

Due to an unspecified Cox-Arquette "family matter"

People magazine is reporting that production came to an abrupt and surprising halt this week on Courteney Cox-Arquette‘s amazing series Cougar Town due to an unspecified “family matter” … here are the known deets released thus far:


Production on Cougar Town has been suspended for now while star Courteney Cox attends to a family matter. Neither reps for Arquette, 45, nor the show disclosed what the issue was. In a statement, an ABC rep says: “We can confirm production on Cougar Town has been temporarily shut down in order for Courteney to deal with a private family matter.”

Yikes!! Considering that Courteney‘s husband David Arquette is an Executive Producer on the show it’s feasible that the family matter is big enough to involve them both … but whatever the case may be, I sincerely hope that it’s not a serious matter. It seems that whatever happened it has to be a big enough deal to halt production … which is not a good sign. Not only do I want the matter resolved in a happy way for all involved because I love Cougar Town so much but also because I’d hate for something tragic to befall the Cox-Arquettes ;( Here’s hoping the family matter gets resolved in a positive manner and production on Cougar Town can get back on track real soon.

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‘Moon’ Shine

The TV Guide

After a failed attempt to see the film on Thursday night, I finally was able to see The Twilight Saga: New Moon yesterday afternoon so that I could weigh in on all the hoopla. Long story short, I really enjoyed New Moon and found it much, much better than the first Twilight film:


To be clear, I did NOT find New Moon to be a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination but, considering how poorly written the books are, the movie did a good job of making the story more compelling. I liked the allusions to the Romeo & Juliet story … something I missed in reading the book. If you’re gonna make reference to a piece of literature, you might as well go for the greatest writer of all time. Thankfully the melodramatic hysterics present in the book were toned down A LOT in the movie … tho, I laughed my ass off during the scene where Bella was seen sitting in the same chair for “3 months” — LOL! For me, the werewolves make the movie … they are much more interesting than the vampires, I think. Add to that the fact that they are mostly nekkid in much of the film and, well, you can see the appeal. I also found Rachelle Lefevre‘s performance as Victoria very compelling … she just has a cool look and I thought she did an excellent job in the role. It just KILLS me that she was fired from playing Victoria in the future films because the movie studio wanted a bigger name in the role. Rachelle IS Victoria … this movie proves it. The FX are great, I loved the wolves in action … I found the chemistry between Bella and Jacob much more palatable than her chemistry with Edward. Taylor Lautner is good as Jacob. The scenes with the Volturi were really comical but passably entertaining … all in all, I did enjoy myself at this movie. Twilight fans should love it … and how anyone can NOT be Team Jacob is beyond me.

Oh and if you need another endorsement, just read what writer Anne Rice has to say about New Moon the movie:

Saw New Moon last night. Definitely in the tradition of Bronte’s Jane Eyre and DeMaurier’s Rebecca: a romance about a young girl longing to be taken seriously by a powerful male figure. No wonder it strikes a chord in so many.

After the movie, David and I made our way to the 2nd Stage Theater to see the Blank production of The Santaland Diaries starring Nicholas Brendon (of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame). After the jump, check out a fun pic I got to take with him and hear my thoughts on the play … More »

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A trip to Disneyland, A 5-year old Princess and Vanilla Ice

Here is this week’s batch of photos sent in by Pink is the new Blog readers — Geana and Chris send in photos with their children Rusty and Tessa on their first family trip to DisneylandNancy sends in a really cute photo of Clara celebrating her 5th birthday — Lauran sends in a pic with her BFF in their homemade t-shirts made for the midnight showing of The Twilight Saga: New MoonChristine and her BFF send in a pic with Vanilla Ice from his appearance at McFadden’s Bar in Long Island, NY earlier this weekJane and her boyfriend Jarrod send in an adorable photo of his little pooch Snoopy rockin’ his “Best in Show” jumper … sadly, Snoopy passed away at the age of 14 and will be sorely missed:


Thank you all so much for sending in this amazing batch of photos … much love to you all for sharin’ your good times. My thoughts and prayers go out to Jane and Jarrod on their loss and I hope they are able to heal quickly. I know y’all have some big holiday fun coming up so make sure you take as many pictures as you can with all your loved ones … and then send them in for sharing here on the blog :) xox

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Kristin Cavallari Gets Expressive For ‘The Hills’

Showin' her range

Here are a few photos of Kristin Cavallari, the HBIC on The Hills, filming new scenes for the show here in LA yesterday afternoon … as you can clearly see from the numerous and varied expressions on her face, KC was totes tryin’ to show off a range of emotions in this very compelling scene:


You know, I’ve gotta say … as much as I was very much looking forward to this new season of The Hills with Kristin Cav as the main protagonist, the season has been a complete and total snoozefest. Not only are the contrived storylines not compelling but I can’t even talk myself into believing that any of the castmembers give two shits about being on the show. They barely phone in their performances. I can’t even think of one storyline this season that has held my attention for more than a fleeting second. It sucks cuz I really love KC a lot. I’ll keep watching The Hills mainly cuz I’m a creature of habit but … I’m so beyond over the whole show. I will say this for KC, tho, she’s got great hair … at least she’s got that going for her.

OH and a local SoCal TV station (KDOC) here plays old eps of Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County and I’ve been DVRing and watching them all over again … now that was some good TV. Sigh.

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Britney Spears Embarks On Final Leg Of Her Aussie Tour

Home Stretch

Britney Spears and her sons Sean Preston and Jayden James, who earlier this week spent a lovely playday in a park together, boarded a plane leaving Sydney, Australia bound for Brisbane for the final leg of her first ever Aussie tour. Here are a few pics of Brit and the boys on their way out of town:


After her 3 shows in Brisbane, Britney plays one more show in Melbourne and one show in Adelaide and then she is OUTTA there. For the most part, I think Britney‘s Aussie tour has been a success but the early controversy (that just won’t end) very likely soured her to Oz. My guess is that Britney prolly won’t be touring there again for a very long time, if ever again … which sucks her for very loyal and steadfast Aussie fans. She’s in the home stretch now … all y’all folks down under who still have the opportunity to see her live should see her live. It may be y’all last chance.

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Watch: Janet Jackson, ‘Make Me’

Classic Janet

On Thursday we got our first look at Janet Jackson‘s Make Me music video, the single off her new greatest hits collection Number Ones, in a behind the scenes video from her video shoot. Today we get to see the final product, the Make Me music video in full:


This video is the PERFECT way to promote a disc of Janet‘s biggest hits … it is such a throwback to the classic Janet Jackson that we all know and love. The dance routine is very Janet and does hearken back to her hey day as a superstar … the setting even feels like an anteroom to the setting featured in her Scream music video with her late brother Michael Jackson. After the jump, check out the music video for Make Me in full … More »

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The First Batch Of Levi Johnston ‘Playgirl’ Photos Have Been Released

Right as his mother got sentenced to 3 years in prison for her drug conviction

It’s a very bizzy weekend for the Johnston family this weekend … first and foremost, at precisely 1AM ET this morning the first 25 photos from Levi Johnston‘s Playgirl photoshoot went online at Playgirl.com for viewing by subscribers. Secondly, Levi‘s mother Sherry Johnston was sentenced to 3 years in prison yesterday in the wake of her recent drug conviction … tho, the two incidents aren’t really related, each is a significant benchmark in the Johnston family history. Here is a totally sanitized publicity photo from Levi‘s Playgirl shoot and some deets about the just released batch of photos in a new press release:


The shoot everyone has been talking about has finally arrived! The first set of Levi Johnston pictures to be released at 1am Saturday, November 21st on Playgirl.com. There will be 25 pictures put up currently, and more to follow weekly from the much talked about shoot.

I’ve been able to see all 25 photos and, to be honest, you’re really not missing much. As was previously reported, Levi shows no p33n and there are only 4 photos that show his bare bum (in classy black and white). There are 5 photos where he is obscuring his p33n with either a towel or his hands and only one of those is in color. This first batch of photos seems to be totally from the “shower” stetting save for the 4 photos of him fully dressed, which are also included. It seems to me that Playgirl is going to stretch out the release of these photos for as long as they can to maximize their effectiveness. In fact, I understand that the printed version of Playgirl magazine that will feature Levi‘s “nekkid” pictorial won’t be published until March 2010! I can’t believe they think people will still care by then. After the jump, check out another publicity photo from Levi‘s Playgirl shoot and read the sad tale of his mother’s prison sentencing which took place right around the time her son’s “nekkid” pics were released … More »

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Taylor Lautner Does ‘The Today Show’

Kiss off

Taylor Lautner, star of The Twilight Saga: New Moon, was on hand to make an appearance on The Today Show on NBC earlier today in celebration of New Moon in Theaters day and did his best to bring his charming smile to all his eager fans … he even took the time to blow kisses to the folks in the audience:


And with this smooch to fans, Taylor and the entire Twilight family is hoping that you will rush out and see The Twilight Saga: New Moon in theaters today. Already, the movie set a new box office record for midnight showings last night taking in over $26 million already:

The Twilight Saga: New Moon has set a box-office record for midnight screenings. Summit Entertainment estimated Friday that it earned $26.3 million after opening early in the morning. That would topple the previous midnight record, held by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. It earned $22.2 million this year. The Dark Knight from 2008 is third with $18.5 million. New Moon is the second installment of the popular Twilight series. It opened at midnight in 3,514 theaters with a per-theater average of $7,476. Paul Dergarabedian is a box-office analyst for Hollywood.com. He says the midnight start “portends an opening weekend that could be one of the biggest of the year. “

And so … Taylor and his Twilight cohorts have done everything they can to get your butts in theater seats. I know many of you have seen the film already (and are prolly planning to see it again) but are any of y’all planning on seeing New Moon this weekend? Do y’all think it will be the biggest money maker of the year?

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Who Wants To Play With Taylor Swift?

She's a doll

Last weekend we learned that Taylor Lautner, as the Jacob Black character in the Twilight series of movies, would be immortalized as a Barbie doll and today we learn that Lautner‘s BFF and rumored paramour Taylor Swift is also getting in on the doll action. Here is our first look at one of the new Taylor Swift dolls:


JAKKS Pacific has miniaturized country music’s darling for a collection of dolls featuring outfits Swift has worn in her music videos and on the red carpet. The icing on the cake? Each doll sings a 30-second highlight of one of Swift’s hit songs—the perfect stocking stuffer for any die-hard Taylor Swift fan. Taylor Swift Dolls, $45 each; at amazon.com.

As far as I know, there are 7 different versions of Taylor Swift dolls with names like the Sundress Medley Fashion Collection Doll, to the Red Carpet Ready Fashion Collection Doll to the “Teardrops on my Guitar” Performance Collection Doll. After the jump, check out what a couple of the other Taylor Swift dolls look like … More »

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Vanilla Ice Finds Work In A Long Island Bar

Remember to tip your server

Vanilla Ice (nee Robert Van Winkle) is becoming a bit of a staple here on the blog … a few weeks ago we learned that he is starring in a beer commercial down in South Africa and a week or so after that we learned that he celebrated his 42nd birthday at Studio 54 inside the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Today we get to see a bunch of photos of V. Ice doing his thang (whatever it is that his thang is these days) at a bar in Long Island, NY earlier this week:


It turns out that Vanilla was on hand to play guest bartender at McFadden’s Bar in, what can only be assumed as, an attempt to make some extra money on the side. Surely the residuals from his Ice, Ice Baby days can’t be as lucrative as they once were so … you can’t really blame a guy for getting a second job, especially in this tough economy. It looks like he is a heavy-handed pourer … he might actually have a future in bartending!

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‘Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time’ Releases A New Jake Gyllenhaal Poster

Have 'Courage'

Back in July we got our first look at the first movie posters for Jake Gyllenhaal‘s new movie Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (due out in theaters next year). Earlier this month we got our first look at the first movie trailer for Prince of Persia … but today, we get to feast our eyes on a new movie poster/promo photo of our dear Jakey poo as the courageous Prince Dastan … behold:


Ye gods … this man is beautiful. Every time I think I’ve gotten over my affinity for all thinks Jakey poo a new promo photo like this comes along and reels me right back in. After the jump, check out this very same movie poster sans the movie promotional text … More »

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Fail Tale

The TV Guide

So … let me tell you about my night. As I mentioned earlier, I was allllllllllllll set to see The Twilight Saga: New Moon with my good friend Amber (who I hadn’t seen in many months so I was really excited to have a fun night with her) last night and, well, the night didn’t really turn out as planned. We met up for a fun dinner at the Cheesecake Factory and really got to catch up with one another. We made our way to the theater, got our popcorn and Cokes … walked into the theater and were surprised to see it so empty. “Where is everybody?” I asked aloud … little did I know that I had NOT purchased tix to see New Moon, my dumb ass purchased tix to see Twilight … again!

Amber, bless her dear sweet heart, was such a good sport about the whole thing. I asked her if she wanted to go elsewhere and she thought it’d be fun (and would make a good story) to stay and watch the movie again … so that’s what we did. I even brought along fun wax vampire teeth so that we could snap a fun photo together … that was really the only part of my plan that we off flawlessly:


While we didn’t get to see the movie we were planning to see, we did have a lot of fun together. We’re gonna try and do a double date with her BF Adam and my David sometime soon … but I’ll refrain from making the reservation. I’ll leave that task to someone more capable than I ;)

This afternoon, I’m going out to see New Moon at last and then tonight David and I are going to see the play The Santaland Diaries (based on the short stories of David Sedaris) starring Nicholas Brendon from Buffy the Vampire Slayer:


The play opens tonight and runs for a few weeks … I’m SO excited to see it :) After the play, we are making our way out to celebrate with our dear friend Gillian for her birthday!! It’s gonna be a bizzy day … happy weekend, y’all!!

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Sean Preston & Jayden James Enjoy A Playground Playdate In Sydney

Sliders

Britney Spears is still doing her thing down in Australia where she is touring the country for the first time ever and, thankfully, her young children Sean Preston and Jayden James are still down under with her. Here are a few adorable photos of Sean P. and JJ enjoying a fun day together at a playground in Sydney, Aus:


I love these pics … Jayden looks like he was really enjoying the slide and Sean just looked like he was big pimpin’. I guess playa’s gotta play. I cannot even tell you how much I hope these little boys grow up happy and secure … and not at all like their parents. Don’t even get me started on Kevin Federline‘s influence but I’d also hate for these little guys to lose their childhood at an early age like Britney did. It looks like they are having the time of their young lives right now … I hope that remains the case for many, many years to come.

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Heidi Klum Struts Her Stuff On The Victoria’s Secret Catwalk

Angel Time

Heidi Klum, who just gave birth to her 4th child last month, strutted her stuff along with a gaggle of beautiful Victoria’s Secret models (called Angels) on the runway at The Armory in NYC, NY last night for a taping of the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show TV Spectacular. Here are a few pics from the runway last night:


Heidi Klum and her post-baby body led the parade at the annual Victoria’s Secret fashion show, which returned to New York with some fresh faces after four years on the road. The lingerie retailer inducted five more women into its “Angel” ranks — a designation reserved for top models — in front of a packed house Thursday night at the Lexington Avenue Armory. They are Emanuela de Paula, Chanel Iman, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Lindsay Ellingson and Candice Swanepoel. But Klum, who gave birth to a daughter five weeks ago, was the audience favorite in her purple corset covered with a half gown with poufs of tulle. She emerged from the huge, castlelike set to applause. Musical guest The Black Eyed Peas — especially Fergie, its only female member, who wore a black, jeweled bodysuit — was another crowd-pleaser. She came out later in a green corset gown. Of course, fashion really is secondary here. Victoria’s Secret always puts on an elaborate production (this time with a choir, acrobatic dancers and a giant polka-dot dog balloon) and fuels hype about its models. An online model search started earlier this month and is now down to two contestants, one of whom will be chosen by the public to appear in the televised version of the fashion show that CBS will air Dec. 1. “I could watch this online, but it’s a fun scene,” said Russell Simmons from his front row seat. “This show is always fun and a great production.” “It’s always a spectacular,” agreed costume designer Patricia Field. “Victoria’s Secret does that extra thing I like.” Klum, who normally wears the most elaborate outfits, only appeared once so it was former Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover girl Marissa Miller who had the honor of wearing a $3 million, diamond-encrusted bra. Splashy jewels, it seemed, were one of the themes of the show with many models dripping in diamonds, crystals and other bling — while others wore faux fur stoles over their bras and panties. Thigh-high boots were the other must-have accessory. Outfits fell into one of four themes: Star Trooper with breast plates and body armor; Pink Planet, which had a hippie vibe; the ethereal Enchanted Forest; and Romantic Journey that featured a lot of lace. Compared to previous years, the overall collection didn’t seem as skimpy, although Miranda Kerr wore an itsy-bitsy black thong get-up that might have to be edited out of the TV show.

Altho these VS fashion shows aren’t really my thing, I can’t believe how much I enjoy watching them year after year … I think it’s all the fun colors and feathers. And, to be honest, even I can appreciate how insanely hawt all of the VS Angels are … this is really a very fun show. I’m so glad that Heidi was up to walking the runway this year, especially after giving birth just about a month ago. The woman looked fantastic, as always. I can’t wait to see this show when it airs on CBS next month.

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Rihanna Plays Her First Ever Cruise Ship Gig

Mellow Yellow

Rihanna, who just released music videos for her new singles Wait Your Turn (The Wait Is Ova) and Russian Roulette and who is doing everything she can to promote the release of her new album Rated R (due out in stores on November 23), played her first ever concert on a cruise ship off the coast of Ft. Lauderdale, FL last night. Ri Ri played a show on the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas cruise ship in an outfit that looked greatly inspired by Malin Ackerman‘s Silk Spectre II costume from the movie version of Watchmen:


I understand that the Oasis of the Seas is the largest cruise ship in the world and Rihanna was on hand to perform and christen the ship for its maiden voyage … but I cannot get over Ri Ri’s yellow outfit … it really does look like a superhero’s costume. She rocks it right tho. I’m certain Royal Caribbean paid Rihanna quite a pretty penny to perform on their new ship so I guess we can forgive her for agreeing to play a concert on a cruise ship. After all, a girl’s gotta make a living.

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Meet The Cast Of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Season 2

All Hail the Queens

Back in March LOGO crowned America’s Next Drag Superstar in the season finale of their surprise hit competitive reality TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race and today we get to meet the 12 new contestants vying for that very same title for season 2. All week long, LOGO has been teasing the announcement of the new cast of the new season of RuPaul’s Drag Race (set to debut on LOGO in February ’10) and today we get our first look at the new set of queens going head to head to become America’s Next Drag Superstar. Here is the first batch of contestants along with some deets about the upcoming second season:


Like Ru says: “You betta watch!” As you can tell, it certainly seems like the show hasn’t lost any of the copious amounts of verve and panache it served up so heavily in the inaugural season earlier this year. (And, here’s a dream within a dream: You can still watch all the episodes from last season online.) In fact, based on the video, I might just love this coming season even more than the last–mostly because of that glorious pink hair that Ru is wearing when she tells her finalists to “Lip sync for your life!” But also because of one particular contestant we see in the above video. That’d be Mystique, the rather curvy and full-figured queen you amazingly saw do the splits. I can tell you already that I’m already gunning for that gurl. Lastly, I’m loving that it looks like Ru slaps someone! That’s right, queens, Ru don’t take no lip! But, the video isn’t the only scoop we’ve got on the new season—after the jump, we serve up some more details from Ru herself… First off, let’s talk guest judges: So far, three of the guest judges we know about are Kathy Griffin (see our First Look with her in this week’s issue of the magazine, which is on stands now), Cloris Leachman, and Debbie Reynolds. Hello, jackpot! “All of the judges,” says RuPaul, “have this sense of show business and this sense of who they are that allows them to really judge what drag is about because they clearly see themselves as drag queens, too.” As for the structure of Drag Race itself, it’ll largely remain the same—except for one slight change. “It will have a fresh look to it,” Ru reveals with a good-natured laugh. “There won’t be as much Vaseline on the lens!” Most of all, though, Ru assures that the contestants are more fired up than ever: “The biggest change in this season is the contestants are actually a bit more—how can I put this?—they’re more tenacious. In the first season, they were a bit more diplomatic because they knew they were representing drag for the first time in a decade. This time around, though, the kids have seen the first show, they know what the prize is, and they know what’s at stake, so they have taken the gloves off.” Well, thank goodness for that!

After the jump, check out the second batch of promo photos of the season 2 Drag Race contestants as well as a list of their names and check out the new promo video that has just been released … More »

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First Listen: Jennifer Lopez, ‘Louboutins’

First single off her new album 'Love?'

The first single from Jennifer Lopez‘s new album Love? (which is due out in January ’10) has made its way to the Internets a few days ahead of its official debut which is scheduled to take place live at the American Music Awards this Sunday night. Louboutins is the name of the new track from J. Lo aka Jenny from the Block aka La Diva Latina aka Lola … Ms. Jennifer Lopez:


Jennifer Lopez’s lead single from her next year release “Love?” has hit the web. Titled “Louboutins”, the song will be performed live for the first time at 2009 American Music Awards on November 22. “Louboutins” reportedly is produced by Christopher “Tricky” Stewart and written by The-Dream. Rumor also suggests that the song was meant to be recorded for Brandy’s forthcoming release, but following Brandy’s exit from Epic Records, it was handed over to J-Lo. Jennifer Lopez is expected to release “Love?” on January 25, 2010. A promotional single called “Fresh Out the Oven” has been unveiled earlier this month. Coming from production hands of The Neptunes, the dance track has Pitbull lending his vocal on the lines.

Considering how poorly J. Lo‘s last album Brave did when it was released a couple of years ago (do any of y’all even remember it at all?) I’m very curious to hear what Jennifer‘s new sound is like. I would love for her to drop another killer track like Get Right, Play or Waiting For Tonight (to name but a few of my fave J. Lo songs). Louboutins, an obvs shout-out to the expensive designer shoe line, is our first taste of what J. Lo has in store. After the jump, listen to the song in full … More »

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‘The Twilight Saga: New Moon’ Premieres In NYC

The last one

Last night, at a premiere event hosted by The Cinema Society and D&G, Twilight stars Taylor Lautner, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Kellan Lutz were on hand at the Landmark’s Sunshine Cinema in NYC, NY for the New York premiere of The Twilight Saga: New Moon. Last night’s mini-premiere screening event was the very last one before the film opened in theaters at the stroke of midnight. Entertainment Weekly spoke one last time to the cast and the principal stars gave their final thoughts on the film. Here are a few pics from the very fashionable red carpet:


Taylor Lautner was loyal to his wolfpack at the New York premiere of New Moon on Thursday night. Asked if vampires or werewolves were sexier, Lautner told EW: “That’s a hard question. They’re sexier in different ways. But, I mean, I’ll stay true to the pack. I’ll go werewolf.” Score one for Team Jacob. Lautner — and his co-stars including Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene and Kellan Lutz — continued the promotional whirlwind for New Moon at a Big Apple screening hosted by The Cinema Society and D&G. The stars might have been relieved that the New York event didn’t reach the fan frenzy of the Los Angeles premiere on Monday night — this low-key event was under the radar of most Twihards, attracting about 100 fans who stood patiently in the drizzling rain on Houston Street at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema. Notable audience members included Natalie Portman, Gossip Girl’s Jessica Szohr and Taylor Momsen, Howard Stern, Agyness Deyn, and Patrick Wilson. Lautner told us that he was happy to see Jacob’s role expanded in the sequel. “It was really exciting for me that Jacob has the opportunity to develop his relationship with Bella in this movie,” he said. “Really it’s setting up this entire series, which is this love triangle. So it was great to have them develop their relationship.” That also meant more bonding time on the New Moon set with Kristen Stewart. “Kristen and I have a very similar relationship to Jacob and Bella. We’re very open and honest with each other, we can tell each other things.” The pair probably won’t be sharing a row in your local cinema on Friday, though. Stewart was asked if she would be checking out release-day frenzy at a theater. “No!,” she said emphatically. But she did sound appreciative of all the attention directed at her character, Bella. “I think Bella is a really good role model. To be able to play her is just a serious honor.” Robert Pattinson had a guy’s guy approach when asked about how he chooses which suits to wear to his appearances. “I don’t know, I just see which one fits and see which one looks alright I guess,” the unshaven actor said. Director Chris Weitz joked that he had a hard time with the paparazzi. “They’re after me all the time. They just want pictures of me holding Rob’s hand,” he said with a laugh … Ma and Pa Cullen also spoke to us about how New Moon is a much different film than Twilight. “Twilight was like a 30-35 million dollar movie which is not cheap. But for sure, it feels a little more studio-based, this movie. It feels a little crisper, a little more epic,” Peter Facinelli (Dr. Carlisle Cullen) said. “I liked the intimate feel of [Twilight] but I think that for New Moon this works better…Chris Weitz did a fantastic job with the special effects.” Elizabeth Reaser (Esme Cullen) agreed there was a “huge difference” between Twilight and New Moon. “I thought the first one was kind of big and crazy, and this is just different. It’s a whole other level.”

And that, folks, is that … the movie is OUT in theaters now and has been for the past few hours. I, like countless others, ventured out to see The Twilight Saga: New Moon last night only to discover — after my friend Amber and I were well sated, seated and ready for action — that I had purchased tickets to a re-showing of the original Twilight movie! OY!!! By the time we realized what was going on, it was too late to get tix for New Moon (which was WELL sold out) so, because of my dumb ass, we were forced to watch Twilight again last night. My dear Amber was SUCH A SWEET SPORT for finding humor in the whole thing … I, of course, wanted to find the nearest hole to crawl into and DIE! UGH. We did have a fun night out tho … but I’ll be venturing out, again, this afternoon to finally see New Moon. I’m sure a great many of you have already seen the movie by now … so is it all that? The Twilight Saga: New Moon is OUT … what are you waiting for?

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Miley Cyrus’s Tour Bus Flips Over, Reportedly Kills At Least One

There is no indication that Miley herself was injured

Scary and sad news to pass along today … it is being reported that Miley Cyrus‘s tour bus was involved in a deadly accident in Virginia last night that resulted in at least one reported death. At this point, there is no indication that Miley was injured in the accident but it is being reported that the bus that flipped over was the one that Miley usually rides in. 9 people are reported injured and, very sadly, the bus driver of the flipped bus has been reported dead:


A tour bus has crashed on Interstate 85, injuring several people and killing one. It happened at mile marker 55, that’s right in front of the rest area. Sources tell CBS 6 it is the tour bus of singer Miley Cyrus and that her driver has died in the crash. According to her Cyrus’ website her next concert is this Sunday in Greensboro, North Carolina. Our Senior Reporter Wayne Covil is on the scene right now and tells us Miley Cyrus was not on the bus and is not at the scene. We’ll have a live report on CBS 6 News at Noon.

The report above comes from a Virginian news outlet but TMZ is also reporting this deadly accident:

Miley Cyrus’ tour bus driver was reportedly killed last night after a bus, believed to be the one she usually travels in, flipped over on a highway in Virginia … We’re told 9 people were injured in the crash. The 9 injuries, we’re told, are minor. So far we do not know the identities of the injured. A man at the scene says the bus appears to have drifted off the road for a fairly long stretch before tipping over … According to officials, Miley was on a bus that was part of a 4-vehicle caravan which included the bus that crashed. We’re told Miley’s bus was not involved in the crash.. Officials also confirmed the driver of the bus was the fatality, and one other person was transported to a local hospital due to injury. Officials are investigating whether the driver died before the crash or after — which could explain why the bus drifted off the road. Officials also tell us the roads were really wet from overnight rain. A rep from Dinwiddie Fire and EMS tells us the bus had been carrying Miley’s concert production crew — there were 14 passengers on-board.

Wow … this is just really horrible. No matter what anyone may think about Miley Cyrus and her music I’m sure no one wants to see her hurt … I’m very happy that she was not injured in this accident but my deepest condolences go out to the person who reportedly lost their life. I’m sure we’ll be hearing more from this story … hopefull we’ll be hearing good news soon.

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Oprah Winfrey Announces The End Of ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’

Will next launch a cable network of her OWN in 2011

Oprah Winfrey has announced that she will end her long-running, hugely popular daytime talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2011 so that she can launch her very own cable network … sending pretty much everyone into a crazy tizzy:


The media mogul Oprah Winfrey will end her daytime talk show, “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” in 2011 as she prepares to start a cable channel of her own. A spokeswoman for Ms. Winfrey’s production company, Harpo, confirmed Thursday evening that Ms. Winfrey would make an announcement on her show on Friday. The plans were first reported by WABC, the ABC station in New York City. “The sun will set on the Oprah show as its 25th season draws to a close on Sept. 9, 2011,” Tim Bennett, the president of Harpo, said in a message to affiliates. After her broadcast talk show winds down, Ms. Winfrey will concentrate on her coming cable channel, OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. OWN will have its premiere in January 2011, according to a person with knowledge of Ms. Winfrey’s decision who insisted on anonymity. Ms. Winfrey, 55, informed her talk show staff of her decision on Thursday afternoon. The television world had expected that she would make a decision about the fate of her program by the end of the year. Ms. Winfrey told her staffers that she will not transfer the show to cable. She is expected to produce new programs for OWN, and may appear on some of them. In a statement, CBS Television Distribution said, “We have the greatest respect for Oprah and wish her nothing but the best in her future endeavors. We know that anything she turns her hand to will be a great success. We look forward to working with her for the next several years, and hopefully afterwards as well.” OWN is a joint venture between her production company and Discovery Communications. Getting the channel off the ground has proved challenging amid management turnover and an uncertain advertising climate. The timeline for OWN will theoretically give Ms. Winfrey about nine months to promote her cable channel on her existing show. Sometimes called the Queen of Talk, Forbes estimates Ms. Winfrey’s net worth to be $2.7 billion. “The Oprah Winfrey Show” is the most successful talk show in syndication, reaching about seven million viewers a day. It has been vital to the success of ABC, whose local station group has been the primary home of the show since it started in syndication in 1986.

Wow!! Rumors of this move have been swirling for a couple of weeks now so this announcement isn’t really a surprise. What is a surprise is that Oprah will not move her wildly popular talk show to her new OWN network … but, to be honest, Oprah has really conquered the world of daytime talk shows and will go out just as popular as she’s ever been. This is but another step forward in Oprah‘s quest for world domination … methinks she will do just fine with this new venture. But still … wow … no more Oprah Winfrey Show. Whatever will Oprah fans do with themselves once the show goes off the air?

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Behind The Scenes Of Janet Jackson’s ‘Make Me’ Music Video Shoot

ABC news takes us on set

Back in August, with the relaunch of JanetJackson.com, we learned that Janet would be releasing a new greatest hits collection titled Number Ones which would include a new song titled Make Me. Today, courtesy of ABC News, we get our first look at the music video for Make Me in a new behind the scenes video shot on the music video set … here are a few screencaps:


Ahhh Janet … you’ve been away for far too long. It’s good to have you back. The song is just OK but I’m really excited that she will be releasing a new album of new material next year. I’m hoping this music video will be fun … from the looks of this video, it appears it will be a fun, great video (and, to be honest, the song is growing on me every time I hear it). After the jump, check out this behind the scenes video in full … More »

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Kylie Minogue & TOUS Wish You A Merry Xmas

Only 36 days 'til Xmas

As unfortch as it may be, Xmas is a little over a month away and the fine folks at Tous Jewelry want to remind you that there are only 36 days left before you have to have your Xmas shopping finished … which is why they’ve released this really cute promo photo of Kylie Minogue from their holiday ad campaign to inspire you to drop some dough and buy some bling this holiday season:


Okay … so even if you’re not gonna be blowing wads of cash on jewels this holiday season you gotta give it up to Tous for partnering with Kylie for their campaign. She is such a doll … if anyone is gonna get me to buy diamonds, it’d be Kylie. I’m SO not ready for Xmas just yet but I can’t deny Kylie in a Santa hat is too cute to hate on … especially when you hear her singing THIS in your head ;)

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Jerry O’Connell Rocks The Speedo Right

... and all day long

Yesterday we learned that actor and dad of twins Jerry O’Connell was selected as one of People magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive and we got an eyeful of the man wearing nothing but a speedo for his People photo. Today we learn that the speedo pic is only one of many that were snapped all day long as People magazine cameras followed Jerry for his People photoshoot. Here are a few screencaps from a new video posted online that show speedo-clad O’Connell doing other menial tasks thruout his day:


Unfortch the video cannot be embedded here on the site so you’ll have to click HERE to watch it. It’s deffo worth your time … Jerry shows how much of a good sport he is and shows why it isn’t always a bad thing to see a man wearing a teeny weeny bikini ;)

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David Beckham Plays Football With His Sons

American football, that is

David Beckham spent some quality time with his sons Brooklyn Joseph, Romeo James and Cruz David here in SoCal this week playing some sports with his boys … but the Beckham men weren’t interested in playing soccer … they were more interested in playing a more traditionally American sport — football:


It seems David Beckham’s sons are well on there way to becoming all-American boys. Cruz, four, and Romeo, seven, and Brooklyn, nine, who now call Los Angeles home, were seen enjoying a game of American football yesterday. The little trio were in good spirits as they wrestled for the ball and at one stage Cruz lead an impromptu game of baseball. David was forced to coach from the sidelines after he twisted his ankle during a LA Galaxy match against Chivas USA last week. But sources say the star is wearing a medical boot as a precaution, and is expected to recover in time for the biggest game of his U.S. football career this weekend. His team is set to face Real Salt Lake in the final of the MLS Cup on Sunday in Seattle. Prior to Beckham’s injury, the team had been favourites to win the championship and it would be their first accolade since he joined the club three seasons ago.

Now, y’all know that I love any pics of Becks (or any dad for that matter) spending quality time with his kids but these photos are just too much. I love that the Beckham boys really do look like all American kids playing with their dad, who just so happens to be an international soccer star. The Beckham boys played more than just football with their dad yesterday — they also engaged a little in America’s favorite past time sport — check out those photos after the jump … More »

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Umami Mia

The TV Guide

Last night, due to a bit of scheduling wrangling, I was finally able to hang out with my dear friend Adriana who I haven’t been able to see in many months due to scheduling conflicts along the way. I met AY in Los Feliz for dinner at Umami Burger and then we just hung out in the area enjoying dessert at Pinkberry and perusing the shops on Vermont. Here are a few Polaroid photos from our adventures last night:


I always have a great time with Adriana … we had a blast. We were able to catch up with one another and have promised to try and see one another more regularly. We’re gonna try and do monthly dinner dates so that we will HAVE to see one another more than we have been ;)

This afternoon, I’m gonna haul my cookies out to Hollywood Blvd. to take some more Polaroid photos … yes, I’m in a total Polaroid way these days. I’m hoping to run into the Jesus guy who’s been hanging out on the Blvd in the past few weeks. Tonight, I’m meeting up with my friend Amber (who I’ve also not seen in many months) and the two of us are going to an early screening of The Twilight Saga: New Moon. It should be a bizzy and very fun day.

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Celebs Celebrate ‘GQ’s Men Of The Year For 2009

Neil Patrick Harris, Alexander Skarsgård and ... Levi Johnston?

Last week we got our first look at the various coverphotos for GQ magazine’s special multicover edition of their Man of the Year issue and last night, at the Chateau Marmont, GQ hosted a party to celebrate those men. Here are a few pics from the red carpet arrivals … which, strangely enough, included male pin-up model Levi Johnston and True Blood hottie Alexander Skarsgård who dished a bit about the upcoming third season of TB:


Skarsgard, 33, who plays brooding vampire Eric Northman on the HBO hit series True Blood, will begin shooting season three along with the rest of the cast later this month. The actor told RadarOnline.com that fans can expect a lot more from Eric this time around. “There’s a lot of nudity,” he said. “As far as Eric goes, there’s going to be a lot violence and a lot of sex — with women and men! So it should be interesting.” At 6-foot-four, Alexander’s model good looks are just as striking in person as they are on the small screen. Last season, he had to get up close and personal with True Blood co-star Anna Paquin — who in real life is engaged to co-star Stephen Moyer. But Skarsgard says there’s no tension on set. “No. I mean, I can’t wait to get back to my L.A. family,” he said referring to the True Blood cast. “I love Stephen, we’re friends and I love Anna. They’re great together. I actually think it makes things easier that way.” So there were absolutely no sparks flying between Skarsgard and Paquin during last season’s steamy love scenes? “Not at all,” he said. “Anna and I are completely platonic, and Stephen knows that.”

“A lot of nudity” — yeah, that is *just* what I was hopin’ to hear ;) I love Skarsgård and I’m always glad to see him out and about at these types of events … he seems like such a nice, approachable guy. As far as the other guests, well, it looks like GQ took grain pains to ensure that their event was a classy affair (Levi Johnston‘s attendance notwithstanding). I’m all for celebrating Men of any Year no matter the occasion … especially hotties like these :)

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Camila Alves & Levi Enjoy A Playdate On The Playground

Bump Watch

Here are a few supercute pics of mama Camila Alves and her first born son Levi Alves enjoying a playdate together on a playground here in SoCal yesterday afternoon … as you can tell, Camila‘s baby bump filled with more spawn of Matthew McConaughey‘s spooge continues to grow every day:


I love little Levi … he is so cute … but Mama Alves needs to start dressing the little guy better. These clothes are too big for him, they make him look like a tiny little man walking around instead of an adorable little boy. You know, I’m not sure that better fitting clothing would actually make Levi look less like a little man, actually … he’s just one of those babies. But anyways … Camila‘s baby bump looks like it’s coming along nicely … it won’t be too long until she pops again. I’m thinkin’ she and Matthew will have a little girl this time around … yes?

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Celebs Celebrate Hotness In Hollywood With ‘Us Weekly’

Who's hot, who's not?

Celebs of varying degrees of fame and hotness were on hand at Voyeur in West Hollywood, CA last night to attend US Weekly‘s Hot Hollywood 2009 event in order to see and be seen. Here are a few pics from the red carpet of who made the guest list at last night’s event:


For the most part, it was an event that managed to attract the folks who are squarely on the pop culture radar right now … Julie Benz (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dexter) and Eliza Dusku (BtVS, Angel, Dollhouse) represented the Buffyverse contingent while Mark Salling from Glee and Adam Lambert from American Idol repped the Man of the Hour contingent. Mya, who looks poised to become the next Dancing with the Stars champ, made sure to get her party on last night as did Ms. La Toya Jackson (who, I understand, was quite popular with party-goers last night). All in all it sounds like everyone had a great time last night … it appears that all the right “it” people of the moment came out to play … sounds pretty fun to me.

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‘Me And Orson Welles’ Premieres In London

Zac Efron grows up

Zac Efron and others (with much less attractive hair, which is whey they were not included in the photos) were on hand at Vue Cinema in London, England last night for the UK premiere of his new film Me and Orson Welles which tells the tale of a young man’s overnight success which stemmed from working with Welles in a small production of Julius Ceasar in 1937. Me and Orson Welles is only Zac‘s second film since graduating from the High School Musical films … and it seems as if the lad has gone from boy to man almost instantly:


U.S. actor Zac Efron takes another step away from the world of high school musicals that made him famous with a part in “Me and Orson Welles,” which also features British newcomer Christian McKay in the title role. In the movie, which hits British theatres on December 4, 22-year-old Efron plays a teenaged student who fortuitously stumbles into a minor role in the 1937 Mercury Theater production of “Julius Caesar” directed by the young Welles. During one tumultuous week, he makes his Broadway debut, finds romance with an ambitious older woman and dares to cross the overbearing Welles in a coming-of-age tale. The film is Efron’s second release since he graduated from the successful “High School Musical” franchise which made him a teen idol, after he appeared in “17 Again” which came out in April. “I’m definitely sad to see the end of it (High School Musical), but I think it’s all about progression and growing and trying new things,” Efron told Reuters on the red carpet of the new movie’s European premiere in London late on Wednesday. “This is definitely the next step in that journey for me,” he added against a noisy backdrop of dozens of screaming fans. “I can’t wait for everybody to see this movie and hear their thoughts. Hopefully they can learn something from the film, a little bit about Orson Welles, the history of Broadway. It’s pretty fascinating, it’s a fun film.” For McKay, being chosen by director Richard Linklater to play the larger-than-life Welles came as a surprise. “We did an old-fashioned screen test together and he (Linklater) never watched it. He was convinced,” he said of the casting process. “It would have been much easier to cast a famous star, and when I first met him and he started talking to me about Orson I gave him a list of famous Hollywood stars who could play him. It would’ve much easier for Richard to have chosen one of them. He would have gotten the funding easier … but he stuck with me and that tells you something about the man.” Linklater, known as a maker of cult films like “Dazed and Confused” and “A Scanner Darkly” but also with a Hollywood hit under his belt with “School of Rock,” said he chose Efron for his charisma on screen rather than his star power. When asked if he feared Efron might overshadow the rest of the cast and the movie itself, he replied: “Not really. I didn’t really think about it that way. Selfishly, as a director I wanted to find the best actor I could, someone who could go toe to toe with Orson Welles which is pretty hard to do. Welles is one of the bigger personalities in the last couple of centuries, so I needed someone with that kind of charisma, with that leading man … and Zac had that.”

While I admit that I am suspicious of Efron‘s ability to act his way out of a paper bag I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. I’ve been so impressed with Daniel Radcliffe‘s acting abilities outside of the Harry Potter films that I’m willing to believe (well, hope) that there can be a young US actor with the same talent. After Me and Orson Welles opens in theaters Efron has another dramatic film on the way, Charlie St. Cloud. It would seem that Zac Efron is trying to move towards a more substantial film career … and I’m very curious to see if he can pull it off. After all, a guy with hair that great (and, let’s be honest, he’s got a better head of hair than even Robert Pattinson has) has got to be in movies. It’d be wonderful if Zac can prove to the world that he’s also got the acting ability to go with his movie star good looks.

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Robert Downey, Jr. Does ‘Entertainment Weekly’ Magazine

“I’m f*cking really good at what I do — and have been for a long time”

Robert Downey, Jr. is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Entertainment Weekly in order to promote his new Guy Ritchie-directed film Sherlock Holmes (due out in theaters on Xmas day). In his coverstory interview, RDJ talks about working on Sherlock and also talks a lot about his future plans … which don’t necessarily include acting anymore:


This week’s Entertainment Weekly takes a look at the martial-arts-filled new action movie Sherlock Holmes, a literary giant that Robert Downey Jr. and director Guy Ritchie are trying to make young again. As the star of the film, Downey has had time to hone his own deductive powers. When he stepped into the role of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Baker Street detective, Downey, along with British director Guy Ritchie was determined to give the iconic crime-fighter a unique stamp. Downey knows the stakes are high – he was cast hot off Iron Man and Tropic Thunder. At the time, he cheekily said of Holmes, “Clearly I’m going to do it better than it’s ever been done.” Today he’s a little more circumspect. “Holmes is a huge iconic character, and this is a really big movie.” He shrugs. “I’m just a guy.” Despite all the bells and whistles of a nearly $100 million budget, the makers of Sherlock Holmes insist their film is faithful to the detective’s roots as a supersleuth. “People think the movie is going to be, like, this modern punk-rock version where we’re all wearing high-tops,” says Jude Law, who stars as Holmes’ sidekick Dr. Watson. “It’s actually more true to the books than they’re guessing.” Ritchie, who listened to recordings of Holmes stories at his English boarding school as a boy, instantly saw the appeal of the project. “I loved the idea of an intellectual action hero,” says the director. At first, he wanted to relaunch Holmes with an origin story, but once Downey expressed interst, Ritchie fell in love with the idea of setting the actor loose in the criminal underwold of Victorian London. “It seems impossible now that anybody other than Rob could have played him,” Ritchie says. “He thinks like Sherlock Holmes, he’s complicated like Sherlock Holmes, and he can really brawl.” In the end Downey says portraying Holmes was as much an act of make-believe as playing a guy in a metal suit. “I’m very intuitive,” he says. “But playing Holmes, sometimes I’m just standing there trying to hopefully appear smarter than I am.” He laughs. “Some of it is really basic: You pick a point and just look at it and say what you’re saying – because what you’re saying is smarter shit than most people say.” Shooting on the London set was rather collision-free, but the biggest drama took place off the set, as Ritchie’s divorce from Madonna made headlines. Downey says Ritchie did his best to tune out the distractions. “Guy is a country gentleman,” he says. “He doesn’t want to occupy his mind with things that may be unpleasant or may get him riled up. He was just doing what he would have been doing regardless of the situation.” Ritchie describes his own way of dealing with the tabloid noise in four simple words: “Head down, arms swinging.” Ten years ago, Downey was bouncing in and out of jail and rehab, but now he reflects on the improbable spot he’s currently in – with Iron Man 2 set for release next May, a new comedy by the director of The Hangover, and a possible second major franchise with Holmes. “I have no set plans for my future,” Downey says. “I’ve never had it this good – this is my day in the sun – and I certainly don’t want to look a gift horse in the molars. But Susan [Downey, his wife] and I want to begin to be in our lives as much as we are in our jobs. I’d love just to sit here and say, ‘What movie’s playing tonight?’ I’d love to finish the new book about D-Day I’m reading. I love painting, I love music.” Sometimes, he says, he asks himself whether he even wants to keep acting. “I’m fucking really good at what I do – and have been for a long time, so I don’t waver on that,” he says. “But here’s the thing: I can only be a guy on a call sheet probably, I don’t know, maybe a couple more times. It’s something I’m so grateful to have in my palm, and yet I already see its inevitable decay.”

I cannot WAIT for this movie to come out. Ever since it was announced that RDJ would be playing Sherlock Holmes I’ve been counting down the days ’til the film’s release. I totally agree, I don’t think anyone else acting today could be called upon to play Sherlock as well as RDJ. He has a certain je ne sais quoi that lends itself to these types of movies … he has a comic timing that is pitch perfect and he really does have the acting chops to bring iconic characters to life as seemingly “regular” people. As for the fact that he may quit acting soon? Well, I’m not too worried about that. RDJ only takes on films that he knows he will do well … I contend that if more of those movie offers come his way, he’ll do them. He’s too good an actor to retire for good … I’m sure of it. As I mentioned above, Sherlock Holmes opens on December 25 … who’s excited with me?

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Gerard Butler Pays Tribute To Michael Jackson In Berlin

But not in the manner you might expect

Gerard Butler pulled a little prank in Berlin, Germany this week in what appears to be an homage to the late Michael Jackson. As you can see from the photos below, Butler wrapped up a potted plant in a hotel towel to make it look like a baby which he, then, dangled outside his hotel window above the street below … just like MJ did with his own son Prince Michael Joseph, II aka Blanket in his own hotel in Berlin many years ago:


Gerard Butler paid tribute to Michael Jackson yesterday by dangling a fake baby out the window of his London hotel room. Aw, remember when M.J. did that with a real baby in Berlin? Memories… Anyway, Gerry’s fake baby is actually a plant wrapped in a towel, and he looks a little too pleased with himself. You can just tell he’s high-fiving himself in his head for coming up with such an epically funny stunt that’s actually pretty lame. And that is what we find amusing.

Yeah … I dunno if Gerard was going for funny or if he was just lookin’ for attention but it seems so odd that he would do this. I, personally, think the joke would’ve been funnier if it had been executed while MJ was still alive … cuz, let’s be honest, MJ‘s decision to dangle his baby outside a hotel window was NOT one of the high points of his career. But now that MJ is gone, well, I don’t think the joke is funny anymore. That is not to say that I am offended by this little gag … it’s just … weird. What to y’all think … funny?

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Levi Johnston Admits He Never Intended To Show P33N In ‘Playgirl’

"I don't want that image. I don't want to get into porn."

Yesterday we got a sneak peek at Levi Johnston‘s upcoming pictorial in the pages of Playgirl magazine from The Insider and today we get to check out another sneak peek at the pics from both The Insider (again) and Entertainment Tonight … but we are also hearing from the lad himself. E! News‘s Marc Malkin spoke with Johnston at the GQ Men of the Year event at the Chateau Marmont here in SoCal last night and Levi admitted that he never intended to show full frontal nudity even tho he coyly hinted that he would when he was promoting the Playgirl photoshoot. Here are a few preview screencaps from Levi‘s shower photos along with his chat with Malkin last night:


Despite what Sarah Palin may think, Levi Johnston insists he’s not an aspiring porn star. And that’s exactly why we’re not going to be seeing all of Mr. Johnston’s junk in Playgirl. In fact, Johnston tells me he never had plans to go full frontal because… “I’m 19,” he told me at last night’s GQ Men of the Year party at the Chateau Marmont. “I don’t want that image. I don’t want to get into porn. I don’t want to get into X-rated adult videos.” Johnston says he’s seen some of the shots Playgirl is planning on releasing. “They turned out well,” he said. “I’m happy with them.” What do his friends back in Alaska think of all this? “I’m sure my friends are going to check them out and give me crap about them, but whatever,” Johnston said with a shrug. “I’m having fun with all of it.”

What a tease … I guess we had to be kidding ourselves if we really thought he was going to show us the full monty. Tho, to be honest, I don’t know that many of us (me, included) would’ve been so willing to believe that he was truly gonna go balls out (as it were) if we hadn’t been misled to believe that he was really gonna show all. It looks like we’re not gonna see much more than what we’ve been seeing in these censored preview photos that have been airing on entertainment news shows all week long. In case you’re still interested, you can check out photos from Entertainment Tonight of Johnston lying “secductively” on a bed for another part of his Playgirl photoshoot — after the jump … More »

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Is Britney Spears Readying A New Album For Release Next Year?

As early as Spring?!

Wooooot!! I’ve got some potential great news for Britney Spears fans!! Altho the legendary Ms. Spears just released her first-ever Singles Collection album, it is now being reported that she will also release a NEW ALBUM of NEW MATERIAL in early 2010!


Britney Spears will release the follow-up to 2008’s Circus in late spring 2010, it has been confirmed. According to her record label Jive, the singer is working towards a May release for her seventh studio album. US songwriter Sean Garrett recently confirmed that he is penning material for the new record. The 27-year-old is also expected to team up with Max Martin, who wrote previous hits including ‘…Baby One More Time’, ‘If U Seek Amy’ and current single ’3′. Spears released The Singles Collection on November 16.

HOLY SHIZZ!! HOLY SHIZZ!!! HOLY SHIZZ!!!! Altho I’m trying to take this report with a HUGE GRAIN OF SALT I can’t help but be excited at the prospect of an entirely new album of music from our dear Britney!! This is amazing news, y’all!! I just hope this report turns out to be true! Woooooooooooooooooot!!!

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First Look: Tori Amos, ‘Pink & Glitter’ (Live)

"Shower the world with pink, if you please"

Yahoo! Music has just posted a new video of a live performance by Tori Amos of the seasonal track Pink & Glitter taken from her new holiday album Midwinter Graces … here are a few screencaps from her performance:


I’m not sure if Tori plans to release traditional music videos or singles from this album so live performance videos like this might be all we can expect. As far as potential songs to release off the album as singles, you really can’t go wrong with Pink & Glitter. After the jump, check out the video in full … More »

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Fall Out Boy Annouce That The Band Is Going On ‘Indefinite Break’

Prelude to a break-up?

The members of the band Fall Out Boy have announced today that they are going to take an “indefinite” break from “band duties”. While “taking a break” is a not exactly the same as “breaking-up”, it seems to me that it could be the first step down that path. Could the end of Fall Out Boy be near?


Fall Out Boy are set to take an “indefinite” break from band duties, their spokesperson has confirmed. Pete Wenz and the rest of the Chicago four-piece are set to step away their musical commitments within the band and have not set a schedule for any possible return. “It’s a break with an indefinite date when they’re coming back,” their spokesperson told NME.COM. The band are set to release a greatest hits compilation album, ‘Believers Never Die’, on November 30.

HMMM … while this announcement isn’t necessarily cause for alarm, the timing of this “indefinite break” (ie. after the release of a greatest hits album) seems kinda suspicious. Might the time be right for members of FOB to launch solo careers? Could the plan be for the guys to move into other directions? Pete Wentz, avid Twitter user, has been curiously silent on this announcement today … so I think I’ll hold off on making any assumptions until we hear more from the guys themselves. Even still … this news is a bit worrisome. What do y’all think … is Fall Out Boy about to be dunzo?

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Nicole Richie Has Been Hospitalized!

She came down with a nasty bout of pneumonia

Oh no! It is being reported that Nicole Richie, mother of Harlow Winter Kate and Sparrow James Midnight, has admitted herself to the hospital after coming down with a case of pneumonia! This far there are no deets on her condition, all we know is that she has been admitted and is “doing well”:


Nicole Richie has checked herself into a Los Angeles hospital. A representative for Richie [says], “Nicole has checked into Ceders Sinai where she is being treated for pneumonia. She is doing well.” Earlier this week, a Los Angeles judge has granted Richie a permanent restraining order against two celebrity photographers who she says are harassing her. Richie, 28, appeared at the court hearing Monday afternoon accompanied by her rocker partner, Joel Madden. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Carol Boas Goodson approved Richie’s petition for a three year restraining order against the paparazzi. Two weeks ago, the actress was granted a temporary restraining order after her Range Rover was rear ended at a Beverly Hills intersection, according to police. The reality T.V. actress was hurt in the crash that took place at the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Canon Drive on October 5th. Richie says the driver of that car, Edwardo Arrivabene, 29, and another photographer, Ivon Emilio Melo Miguel continue to follow her and her children in an attempt to take pictures of them. Arrivabene was arrested after the crash and was booked for driving without a license. His car was also impounded. Arrivabene told KTLA that he and Miguel were entirely to blame for the accident and they were sorry. He also said that he planned to pay for any and all damages. He said the crash happened when Arrivabene tried to pick up a camera that had fallen to the floor of the car. According to Richie’s court filing, the men “scream at the reality show actress” in an attempt to get a reaction from her. She says she is frightened by the harassment and is in fear for her own safety and the safety of her children. Judge Goodson granted the orders against Arrivabene and Miguel who agreed to stay 50 yards away from Richie. Miguel apologized and said he would not take pictures of her if she didn’t want him to. Both Richie and Madden say they don’t want either man to take pictures of them anymore. Judge Goodson said she was concerned about impeding the photographers’ First Amendment rights to take pictures, but issued the order after both men said they would abide by the ruling. Richie and Madden, have two children. Sparrow James Midnight Madden was born in September and Harlow turns 2 in January.

While I’m certain that Nicole‘s legal woes are not to blame for her sudden illness I can imagine that the upsetting state of having to go to court to deal with all of this drama has been a drain on her mentally and physically. I understand that pneumonia can be pretty brutal so I wish her a speedy and full recovery. Here’s hoping Nicole‘s stay in the hospital will be a relaxing and short one. Get well soon, Nicole!!

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Robert Pattinson & Taylor Lautner Do ‘Parade’ Magazine

"Love Can Be More Lethal Than a Vampire Bite" / "I'm Having the Time of My Life"

Both Twilight heartthrobs Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner are featured in separate interviews in the new issue of Parade magazine so whether you are on Team Edward or Team Jacob you can have your fill of awesome Twilightness. First up, here are excerpts from R. Pattz‘s interview with Parade wherein he confesses that real love can be even more lethal than a vampire bite:


Robert Pattinson turned millions of females around the world into frenzied fans when they saw him heat up the screen in Twilight as the heartthrob vampire Edward Cullen. And the love continues as Pattinson returns in New Moon. Parade.com’s Jeanne Wolf got up close and personal with the devilish and charming 23-year-old superstar. Pattinson shared his thoughts on being romantically challenged and getting a handle on becoming an overnight celebrity.

The love bug bites the deepest.
“What’s interesting about this story is that it’s supposed to be about this all-powerful immortal creature. But he’s completely destroyed just by falling in love with this normal girl. He can’t control anything afterwards. His entire life turns upside down. So I guess love can be more lethal than a vampire bite.”

A new perspective on relationships.
“Getting involved in Twilight has definitely changed my mind about how people are kind of fanatical about wanting to have the perfect relationship. I had no idea that people were so desperate and felt like it was so unobtainable. They want to put this idea of unconditional devotion just so high above everything else, which is why they can’t get enough of this story.”

Advice to the lovelorn Bella.
“I keep wanting to tell people who think she should choose between Edward or Jacob that she should choose someone else. Jacob seems like the perfect viable option at the beginning of New Moon, but he turns out to be just as tortured as Edward is. So I guess Bella is just an unlucky girl.”

Breaking up was hard to do.
“There was something weird about doing that scene where Edward tells Bella he’s never going to see her again. Millions of fans see it as the ideal for a relationship. So breaking up the ideal relationship is pretty daunting. As for a breakup like that in my own life, I can’t think of one.”

And don’t ask him about being romantic.
“I don’t know, I can’t think of a single romantic thing I’ve ever done. That’s terrible. Wait. I put a flower in someone’s locker when I was 15-years-old. It was a girl named Maria. She thought it was somebody else that had done it and the other guy was trying to take credit.”

The scene where he almost took it all off.
“I felt pretty goofy stepping out into the sunlight in front of 2,000 people in a town square, ripping my clothes off. I was essentially doing a striptease. But here’s the irony, it was also one of the moments where I’ve really felt closest to people’s emotional attachment to Edward. There were so many extras in that scene who were Twilight fans who had flown in just to be a part of it. It was a moment where I’ve felt the whole weight of anticipation, and I guess responsibility as well, of being Edward, for all the people who were kind of so obsessed with the stories. It was quite uplifting and it was also very nerve-wracking.”

Going head-to-head with Taylor Lautner.
“I didn’t see Taylor until just a little bit before we started shooting. I had the same reaction as everybody else. It’s like, ‘Jeez, now I have to go to the gym.’ Looking at Taylor’s martial arts videos from when he was nine, I wouldn’t really want to fight him for real unless maybe I had some kind of weapon. But in the story as it’s written, I think it’s actually a fact that Edward would win over Jacob. So I guess I can hold onto that for my ego.”

The good news (and the bad) about becoming famous.
“It’s a scary situation to be in, in a lot of ways. You really have to question yourself a lot more. Before Twilight, I did any movie that I could and I tried to make the best of it afterwards. But now you’re expected to come and provide, not only economic viability at the box office, but also a smashing performance as well. When no one’s watching your movies and you get a part, you can do whatever the hell you want. I don’t have that luxury anymore.”

What he has in common with Edward.
“I guess stubbornness in some ways about some things. Edward is pretty self-righteous, and I guess I am too. I get quite obsessive about things and possessive as well. I have very specific ideas about how I want to do my work and how I want to be perceived, to the point of ridiculousness sometimes. I don’t listen to anyone else. That’s why I don’t have a publicist. I can’t stand it if someone is trying to tell me to do something, even if it’s probably a mistake sometimes. I’m like a control freak about it. I’ve never really struggled with anything until recently. I’ve got to stop being so self-depreciating because people are starting to believe it. Like, ‘That guy is an idiot.’”

LOL … I love these answers … it’s starting to sound like Rob‘s getting a bit tired of talking about Twilight but he’s really being a good sport about it all. After the jump, check out excerpts from Taylor Lautner‘s interview with Parade to find out what he has to say about all the Twilight madness … More »

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An ‘Illuminating’ Evening

The TV Guide

Last night was the most recent meeting of The Turtle Party: Book Club where we discussed our final thoughts on the Charles Bukowksi novel Post Office. There were a couple of readers who weren’t too keen on the book but most of us loved its simple and colorful style. I, personally, loved the book and am very much looking forward to reading more of Bukowski‘s work.

Andy was charged with bringing a few selections for our next book and from his picks we decided to read Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer:

Click HERE to get your copy now!
Funny enough, I picked up this book a few months ago to have on hand because I’ve always wanted to read it … it’s been on my “To Read” book pile for a while so now I can finally read it. I understand that this book was made into a movie starring Elijah Wood but I don’t think any of us Turtle Partiers have seen it. Because of the coming holidays, we decided to change up our meeting schedule a bit … we’ll be meeting in 3 weeks time (instead of two) and then again after the New Year.

Last night’s get-together was really fun … I really enjoy getting together for our book club meetings. We have so much fun :)

Plans for tonight are in flux … so I’m not sure what I’m doing yet. Unfortch, I’ve not been feeling better at all so I honestly would not be opposed to another relaxing night at home. I could get some reading done :)

OOOOOH and I’m happy to report that my ticket for the Michael Jackson: This Is It concert performance that David and I were supposed to see back in September (which never happened due to MJ‘s untimely death) finally arrived. As I understand it, there were 8 different 3D designs printed on the various tickets for the various performances:


The tickets printed with the special lenticular process, were inspired and designed by Michael Jackson for the fans attending his shows. This is the actual “oversized” concert ticket, measuring 82mm x 186mm (3.23in x 7.32in) for the 50 This Is It shows at The O2. His hopes were his fans would want to keep the special ticket as a reminder of the memorable evening that they would share together. The lenticular concert tickets feature one of eight unique designs printed via the lenticular printing process. Lenticular printing is a 3D process that can contain animation, multiple photos, morphing or a combination of these. The front of the ticket is the lenticular image and the reverse side is the standard ticket detail including the performer name, tour name, show date, venue, section number, row number, and seat number.

*Ticket images are not to scale and are a still image snapshot of the actual moving image represented on the concert ticket.

After the jump, find out which ticket design I got … More »

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‘The Twilight Saga: New Moon’ Premieres In Knoxville

That's in Tennessee, y'all!

After almost everyone even remotely associated with The Twilight Saga was in attendance at the lavish Hollywood premiere of The Twilight Saga: New Moon in Westwood, CA on Monday night, principal stars Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner made their way to Knoxville, TN for another New Moon premiere last night. The Knoxville premiere was billed as a major charity fundraiser but it also allowed some Tennessean fans the opportunity to get up close and personal with a couple of their fave Twilight stars:


Fans lined up Tuesday night as Regal welcomed two stars of “New Moon,” the second movie in the highly popular “Twilight” series, in a benefit premiere. Stars Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner spoke to the media and signed autographs for fans on the red carpet. It was all hands on deck at the Regal Pinnacle 18 in Turkey Creek Monday. In addition to the regular theater staff, an extra crew of 75 people spent the day building props, setting up lights and making sure everything is perfect for the premiere. “The guest list includes mostly sponsors. That’s how the fundraiser is able to raise so much money,” says Russ Nunley, Regal Entertainment Group Vice President of Marketing and Communications. The proceeds benefit Variety, The Children’s Charity of Eastern Tennessee. “Variety is a non-profit organization that helps a lot of existing children’s groups do good work,” Nunley says. The money goes to programs for kids across East Tennessee. Last year, Regal raised more than $300,000. This year’s total will be announced at the premier. “I think everyone will be very pleased and even shocked at how much money can be raised by showing a movie one night here at the Pinnacle,” Nunley says. Winners for tickets to the screening were already selected and called for the opportunity to purchase two. “New Moon” opens for its first public screening at 12:01 a.m. Friday. But all 18 screens at the Pinnacle are already sold out for that time, so the theater has added a new 2:55 a.m. showing as well. This is Regal Entertainment Group’s seventh annual Tennessee benefit screening.

What a great event!! I am, again, very impressed with Kristen Stewart‘s willingness to give so generously of her time to help raise funds for needy charities. As you may recall, she recently participated in an event to raise funds for Juvenile Diabetes research and now this … well done, Kristen. She and Taylor both looked great on the red carpet last night … I’m sure the fine folks in Knoxville really appreciated their attendance last night. We are just a few days away from the release of The Twilight Saga: New Moon in theaters … are y’all ready for the onslaught?

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Levi Johnston Does ‘The Insider’

On the set of his 'Playgirl' photoshoot

Yesterday we got our first look at the first photo released by Playgirl from their much ballyhooed photoshoot with Levi Johnston but The Insider last night took us on the set of the shoot to give us more of a preview of what we can expect in the mag … to be honest, and this should come as no surprise, there isn’t all that much to crow about:


Now, obvs, The Insider cannot show us anything of any substance on broadcast television but we learned early yesterday that there will be nothing to see anyways … Levi‘s Playgirl shoot will be painfully bare of any p33n which seems to negate the whole reason for posing in a nudie mag in the first place. But, as you can see in the first screencap, Levi does give a hint of what he’s hiding in his athletic shorts and, well, it makes a little more sense why he’d be so shy and choose not to show what his mama gave him. After the jump, check out video of Levi‘s appearance on The Insider and see it all (what there is to see, of course) for yourselves … More »

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A Jesus-Less Madonna Surfaces In NYC

Back so soon?

Madonna, who has been in Brazil for the past week or so engaged in activities that ranged from touring the more underprivileged slums of the country to partying with one of Brazil’s billionaires, was spotted back on the streets of NYC last night … curiously without her much younger toyboy Jesus Luz:


It was widely speculated that another of Maddy‘s planned activities in Brazil was to meet Jesus‘s family, including his mother Cristiane Regina Da Silva who is 14 years younger than Madonna. There was a report that Mama Luz was spotted making her way into Madonna & Child‘s Brazilian hotel but there hasn’t been much more info about that meeting. One hopes that a meeting of the moms went well … it’d be a shame for Madonna to lose her young lover because she failed to impress his mother.

[Photo credit: Splash News]

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Hugh Jackman Goes Out For A Jaunty Jog

The just de-throned 'Sexiest Man Alive' is cute as a button

People magazine just named Johnny Deep as the Sexiest Man Alive, taking the title from last year’s Sexiest Man Hugh Jackman … but he didn’t seem at all bothered by losing the title as he stepped out for a jog in NYC this week … by the look on his face, he seems quite content with his sexy man status:


Not for nothing but Hugh Jackman is still and will forever be a sexy, sexy man. Forget the fact that he is a great actor, forget the fact that he is incredibly hot … the fact that he is all these things AND an amazing and considerate father to his children makes him sexy beyond words. He also looks pretty good in these little shorty shorts so … well, you see my point. People magazine may have stripped him from his Sexiest Man Alive title but I contend that his sexiness will never, ever die. Can I get a Woot! y’all?

[Photo credit: Splash News]

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