Archive for December, 2009
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By many accounts, 2009 was not a great year and was a pretty miserable end to a fairly hellacious decade. I don’t know many people who aren’t happy to see 2009 end. So, it is appropriate that we give a hearty Peace the Spork Out to the year 2009:
But, as miserable as the year was for most, I have to say that it wasn’t so bad for me. Sure, the failing economy had an adverse effect on my life just like it did for so many others but when I look back on the last year, I can only focus on the positive things that occurred. David and I celebrated our 3 year anniversary by moving in together here in LA back in February. I made some fantastic new friends who I love and care for dearly. I was able to celebrate the love and union of a couple of amazing people who tied the knot this year. But, I think, most importantly … I was able to continue doing what I love to do … I was able to get another year of blogging under my belt. I want to send out lots of love and wishes for a Happy, Happy New Year to each and every one of you reading this today. We are on the brink of a whole new year, a whole new decade and that means a whole new opportunity for fresh starts. I am resolving to do more studying in the new year and am planning to reconnect with the beauty and holiness of Nature. I am really excited for 2010 …
… and I wish you all love, prosperity, health and happiness in 2010 and beyond!
Happy New Year, y’all!!
While there are mere hours left of 2009, I have one last Xmas ’09 tidbit to share with all y’all. Happily marrieds Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon commissioned artist J. David McKenney to illustrate their Xmas card this year … which you can see below:
Mariah Carey and hubby Nick Cannon have several holiday traditions, including spending Christmas in Aspen, Colorado and sending out a cartoon Christmas card to family and friends. Illustrated by J. David McKenney, this year’s card portrays the couple as a sexy version of Mr. and Mrs. Claus, surrounded by their four dogs J.J., Cha-Cha, Dolomite, and Jack. Last year, Mariah and Nick were also dressed as Mrs. and Mr. Claus on a reindeer-drawn sleigh filled with gifts.
I love this Xmas card … it’s really cute. After the jump, check out the card that McKenney illustrated for Mr. & Mrs. Cannon for Xmas ’08 … More »
Sharp dressed man
On Tuesday we got our first look at David Beckham all decked out in his black and red soccer uniform for AC Milan and today we get to see Becks all decked out in something a bit more slick. Becks participated in a press conference for his European soccer team yesterday and made his way out of the venue dressed in his AC Milan best … behold:
Love it … Becks will end the year the way he began the year, lookin’ hot. I know he’s all amped to hopefully join the English soccer team so he can compete in the World Cup one more (last?) time next year so I hope he has a stellar season with AC Milan so that wish can come true. Happy New Year, Becks … here’s to many more New Years of hawtness :)
[Photo credit: Splash News]
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Here are a couple of supercute pics of Nicole Richie and Joel Madden enjoying a night out together at the LA Lakers game this week. The couple spend a lot of time out with the kiddies but they don’t get to do quiet date nights very often … it looks like they had a great time:
Undoubtedly, Nic/Joel had a fantastic 2009 together … not only did they get to watch their beautiful babygirl, Harlow Winter, grow into an adorable little toddler but they also welcomed the birth of a babyboy, Sparrow James. As their family grew so did their love. Here’s to a happy and prosperous 2010 for the Richie-Madden family. Considering how cute their babies turn out, I’d not be surprised at all if they decided to add another little one to the fam ;)
[Photo credit: Splash News]
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Last night David and I met up with our friends Rob, Tam, Ollie, Caleb and Kanani (who was a nice surprise) for dinner at Mexico City in Los Feliz. We hadn’t seen these guys since way before Xmas (and I hadn’t seen Kanani since the Summer) so we decided for a little get together since we were all back in town. Here are a couple photos I snapped last night:
The food was excellent but the company was even better … we had a blast.
Tonight, David and I will be making our way to the beach to meet up with our friends Josh and Emma. I wanted to ring in the New Year on the beach of the Pacific Ocean for our first SoCal NYE so it looks like that will be the plan. I’m not sure how much I’ll remember to tweet at the appointed hour but I’ll do my best. I wish you all a Happy, Safe and very Fun New Year’s Eve!!!
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Just can't get enough
Jared Leto is a really big fan of bike riding … as we learned back in October, he and his band 30 Seconds to Mars met up with a few dozen friends/fans to film a music video for their new single Kings + Queens with bike riding as the theme of the vid. Yesterday, out in Miami, FL, Jared was spotted riding around town using his favorite mode of transportation:
To be honest, I love seeing photos of Leto out and about doing anything but I particularly like pics of the lad on his bike. It’s hard to believe that this man is actually 38 years old (he just celebrated his birthday last Saturday) but I guess all that bike riding keeps him young … and hawt ;)
[Photo credit: Bauer-Griffin]
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It's no longer Morphin' Time!
The long-running live action TV series Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers aired its 700th episode this past weekend which turned out to be, sadly, their last episode. After premiering on US television back in 1993, the show managed to stay on the air for the next 16 years. I’m not sure if many of y’all even remember the show but it was a pretty big hit for youngsters in the days before Pokémon. Alas … the end has come for MMPR. It’s dunzo, y’all:
It’s been a long road for the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. And last week Zordon finally decided that the Rangers were through, forever. The Power Rangers ended their series with the 700th episode. We’ll miss Billy and his overalls most. Last weekend after 700 episodes and 17 seasons, the long-running Power Ranger series came to an end. The karate-miming, putty-patroller-beating group reached massive highs with toy sales and ratings in childrens’ television, and also terrible lows with the tragic and dark crime that involved a past child star. They definitely left their mark on this planet, so with that I leave you with a high kick followed by a karate chop …
In all honesty, I had no idea that MMPR was still on the air but I deffo remember how much of a “thing” it was when it was on the air. There was even a bit of controversy that the martial arts featured in the show inspired kids to play violently. As we get older, the things of our childhood slowly die out … which is kinda sad. I mean, trust me, I will not be mourning the loss of the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers very seriously but when I learned of the show’s end, well, I’ll admit I got a bit sad. After the jump, check out a short video from the premiere ep of the US version of the series that shows how the Power Rangers came to be … More »
Patrick Disney Miller is in deep doo, y'all
Earlier this month we learned that Walt Disney‘s grandson Patrick Disney Miller was arrested on charges of illegal weapons possession and today we learn that Miller has just been formally charged with 20 counts of illegal gun and drugs possession. He was initially only charged with one felony count of ammunition possession but a search of his home clearly brought new evidence to light:
Walt Disney’s grandson has been charged with multiple counts of illegal gun possession and drug possession. Patrick Disney Miller, 42, who was convicted of drug possession in Fresno in 2005, was arrested earlier this month after police served a search warrant at his home in Woodland Hills and found a variety of weapons. Miller was originally charged with a single felony count, but prosecutors have filed 19 additional charges against him. Miller was free after posting $70,000 bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Van Nuys. Miller’s mother, Diane Disney Miller, is the eldest daughter of Walt Disney. She and her husband, Ronald William Miller, have seven children. Patrick Disney Miller is the youngest.
Dang! I mentioned in my last post on Miller‘s bust that the Disney family heirs have done a pretty good job of keeping a low profile and have managed to stay totally out of trouble (unlike, say, the Hilton family heirs). But Patrick Miller has really gone all out to shatter that pristine Disney heir image. It is worth noting that just because a person is charged with multiple felonies, that does NOT mean that they are guilty of those crimes. It’s just that so many charges usually tend to result in at least some of them turning into convictions. While many of us will be gearing up to celebrate New Year’s Eve today, Patrick Disney Miller will be facing arraignment today. Yikes!
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Hug it out
Yesterday we saw the first photo of Rosie O’Donnell and a mysterious new woman in her life holding hands in Miami, FL. Today we learn that the woman’s name is Tracy Kachtick-Anders, a mother of 6 and apparently Rosie‘s new ladylove:
From People: Looks like love’s a beach for Rosie O’Donnell, 47, who had a big hug for new girlfriend Tracy Kachtick-Anders on a strand in Miami this month. Dressed casually, the pair seem to be embracing a new life together.
From US Weekly: Rosie O’Donnell has a new woman in her life — plus six additional kids! A rep for O’Donnell, 47, confirms to UsMagazine.com that the comedian — who revealed in November that she and partner Kelli Carpenter had been living apart for two years — is now dating Tracy Kachtick-Anders. O’Donnell was photographed on a jet ski in Miami with Kachtick-Anders in November, and the pair were photographed hand-in-hand in Florida on Tuesday. When asked about the photos and her new love, O’Donnell confirms on her AskRo blog, “I am happy.” In an October interview at Examiner.com, the Texas-based Kachtick-Anders is described as an “artist, writer, inventor, doula and lesbian mother of six.” Kachtick-Anders has one biological child and five adopted children. O’Donnell herself has four children with ex Carpenter: Parker, 14, Chelsea, 12, Blake, 9, and Vivienne, 6.
HMMM … if Rosie and Tracy really do make a go of a serious relationship together, they will be giving Octomom Nadya Suleman a run for her money with a combined total of 10 kids together. Wow. I understand that Tracy and Rosie met via her official website … a casual comment left in the Ask Ro section of her site clearly grew into something more substantial. Here’s to a Happy New Year of Love and Bliss for these ladies and their brood of kids.
Yesterday we saw a cute photo of dad Brad Pitt taking his eldest daughters out for a set visit to see their mother Angelina Jolie while she worked and today we get to see a cute photo of daddy Braddy taking his eldest sons, Maddox Chivan and Pax Thien, for a boys’ night out of fun at Dave & Buster’s … behold:
It’s a boys’ day out for Brad Pitt and sons Maddox and Pax! The star, 46, and his younger brother Doug took the two boys to Dave & Buster’s in New York City’s Times Square Wednesday afternoon, UsMagazine.com confirms. (Pitt took Maddox to the same Dave & Busters back in September.) While at the arcade restaurant, Pitt helped Pax, 6, with the controls on “The Big One,” an oversized crane used to grab stuffed animals. After several attempts, they won a giant stuffed animal. The group — surrounded by four security guards — then moved on to war game “Razing Storm.” Pax and Maddox, 8, took hold of the life-size guns and shot at the arcade screen for a few minutes before moving on. While the bearded Pitt watched them play, an eyewitness tells Us he handed out extra Dave & Buster’s game cards to a few children. One boy jumped up and down in excitement when the star gave him the card and patted him on the back, the source says. When a crowd began gathering, Pitt, Doug and the kids got in an elevator to leave. As the doors closed, one onlooker yelled out, “I love Jennifer Aniston!” Although Pitt didn’t look amused, his brother Doug laughed out loud, an eyewitness says.
Playtime dates like this with the boys is nothing new for Brad Pitt. He is fond of taking the kids to D&B’s as well as Mars 2112 (which is another amusement-themed restaurant in NYC). Even with all those bodyguards in tow, it’s nice to know that Brad tries to keep things as real for the kids as possible. No word on how Brad, Ange and their 6 kids will be spending New Year’s Eve but something tells me that they will be all together and having fun!
[Photo credit: INFdaily; Source]
Time after Time
Have you ever wondered what some of your fave celebs might look like in 10 years? Well, a new batch of photos created by forensics artist Joe Mullins have been released that show what celebs like Les Beckhams, Brangelina, Britney Spears, Madonna and more may look like in 2020. Some of the celebs don’t look too bad, others aren’t so lucky … behold:
What a difference a decade makes. This is how some of our most familiar faces could look ten years from now. There’s a sprinkling of grey hair, a smattering of wrinkles and a definite downward trend in jowls. But then, another ten years of parties, movie premieres, family life and fame have to make a mark. Victoria Beckham, for instance, looks far more careworn at 45 than she does now – but then three teenage sons is enough to turn any mother’s hair grey. (Victoria, however, remains a glossy brunette). Husband David, whose looks are as lucrative as his football, seems more Golden Oldie than Golden Balls at the grand old age of 44. And Madonna at 60 plus looks more like a Material Grandmother than Material Girl. The faces are the work of Washington-based forensic artist Joe Mullins. He looked into the future by taking recent photographs of the stars and adjusting them to look ten years older. He took into account each of the stars’ lifestyles to predict how they might look in 2020. He suggests that being a mother to a big family could have taken its toll on Angelina Jolie by the time she is 44. Her partner Brad Pitt appears as a still suave silver-haired 56-year-old. Paris Hilton at 38 appears to be paying the price for years of late nights out on the town. But Britney Spears fares a little better. Getting her life back on track after her spectacular fall from grace last year leaves her with only a few laughter lines at 38. ‘This is what the celebrities would probably look like if they didn’t take care of themselves. I’ve given them ten hard years,’ Mr Mullins said. ‘Perhaps they can hang these pictures on the bathroom mirror as motivation to live healthy.’
LOL!! These pics are great! Even if these celebs don’t actually age in this way, it gives us a pretty good idea of what they may look like in the years to come. After the jump, check out the “future” photos of Madonna, Britney Spears and Paris Hilton … More »
Here are a few promo pics from a new movie titled The Eagle of the Ninth which stars Channing Tatum, Donald Sutherland and Jamie Bell and in set in Roman-occupied Britain in 1040 AD. From what I understand, the film tells an epic tale but from the looks of these first promo pics is also an excuse to feature sweaty, half-nekkid hotties on the big screen. Some of you may remember that Jamie Bell starred as Billy Elliot in the film of the same name … I would say the young man has grown up very nicely:
He’s come a long way from the shy and skinny ballet-dancing teenager in Billy Elliot. And after being ridiculed and teased for wanting to dance, Jamie Bell looks more than ready to take on his critics. The 22-year-old actor shows that he’s all grown up as he flaunts a buff-looking physique in the first pictures released for his latest film. He stars in the upcoming movie The Eagle of the Ninth, alongside Donald Sutherland and Channing Tatum, which is due out in cinemas next year. Set in 140AD in Roman-occupied Britain, Bell plays Esca, a Celtic slave of his master, a young centurion called Marcus Aquila, played by Tatum. Aquila has arrived in London twenty years after the unexplained disappearance of his father’s Ninth Legion in the mountains of Scotland. Together, he and Esca set off across Hadrian’s Wall to find out what happened to his father’s legion and retrieve its golden emblem, the Eagle of the Ninth. The film, which is based on the 1954 novel by the late children’s author Rosemary Sutcliff, also stars British actors Mark Strong as Guern, ‘an ex-soldier who holds crucial information about the Ninth’, and Douglas Henshall. Sutherland plays Aquila, Marcus’ uncle who is living retired in Britain in the film which cost £15million to make and was shot in Hungary and Scotland. Since Bell made his acting debut in Billy Elliot aged just 14 – for which he won the 2001 BAFTA Award for Best Actor – he has landed some major Hollywood roles. He starred alongside Jack Black, Adrian Brody and Naomi Watts in Peter Jackson’s King Kong, with Daniel Craig in last year’s World War Two film Defiance, and with Hayden Christensen in Jumper last year. Bell also landed the lead role as Tintin in The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, the movie adaptation of the Herge comic books, due for release in 2011.
I understand the movie is based on the 1950′s children’s book The Eagle of the Ninth written by Rosemary Sutcliff. It sounds like an interesting story but I’m having a hard time understanding the actual plot. To be honest, tho, if there is a promise of nekkidness of any sort from Tatum or Bell, well, who really needs a plot? Channing Tatum may not be a good actor but he does make for pretty good eye candy. Jamie Bell, on the other hand, is a fantastic actor so … who knows, this movie might turn out to be pretty good.
Crack is whack
Bradley Cooper stepped out for a walk with his pooch in Venice, CA earlier today lookin’ like he doesn’t have a care in the world:
It’s been a bit rainy here in SoCal today but it doesn’t appear that the weather adversely affected Bradley‘s demeanor in the least. Once he returned home to pen up his pooch in a pet carrier, tho, he inadvertently gave the photogs a perfect view of his booty crack as it peeked out of his pants — which you can see after the jump … More »
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Last night David and ventured out to grab a few cocktails at O Bar to share a quiet night together on the town …
… which was the perfect way to share an evening. With the big New Year’s Eve celebration on the way, we wanted to just go out and enjoy a relaxing night of cocktails.
Tonight, I’m hoping to meet up with some friends for a fun dinner together. 2009 is quickly slipping away … it’s hard to believe that we are on the brink of a whole new decade already.
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'6126' to offer more than just leggings
Lindsay Lohan teased on Twitter that her leggings line 6126 would be expanded into a full fashion collection and Women’s Wear Daily confirms the plan. Here are a few sketches that show the look that L. Lo‘s fashion collection will have and some deets about plans for the expansion:
Lindsay Lohan is growing her apparel universe. The starlet is set to expand her leggings label, 6126, to a full-fledged contemporary apparel line for fall 2010, with more lifestyle brand extensions planned for 2011. This will be in addition to her role as artistic adviser at Ungaro, a job that has drawn significant attention and controversy to the French brand. Through her Twitter account, Lohan broke the news on Tuesday, posting: “i need MORE followers i am so sad about this, how can i tell everyone about my 6126 full collection COMING OUT! all clothing.” Earlier, Kristi Kaylor, principal in 6126 LLC in Beverly Hills, and Henri Levy, chief executive officer of Los Angeles’ DNAM Apparel, which will manufacture the line under license, spoke exclusively to WWD about the expansion. “We’ve had amazing success with the leggings line,” said Kaylor. “We have a great business with Neiman Marcus and several hundred great specialty stores. [DNAM Apparel] was the perfect partner to work with 6126 and grow it as a lifestyle brand. We’re launching the full clothing collection next year, and a cosmetics line, handbags, shoes, jewelry in spring 2011.” Levy, whose company has produced clothing for Ed Hardy and Joe’s Jeans, said he was looking for “a feminine brand” for his stable. The fall 2010 apparel line will comprise 100 pieces (spring 2011 will be 150) wholesaling from $18 for basic leggings to $300 for a leather jacket. Average retail price points will fall between $100 and $150. The 6126 leggings currently retail from $68 to $120. “It’ll be a young contemporary price point with contemporary styling,” said Kaylor, citing the still-weak economy. “We’re conscious of it in the sense that we have great price points and quality products. The vision is to offer customers something that they don’t have in the marketplace today, items that go back with leggings: blazers, dresses and tops.” Fabrics will include the same Modal and lace used in the leggings, plus cashmere and leather. The line will retail where the leggings currently sell: Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Nordstrom and specialty stores nationwide, plus Harrods, Lane Crawford, Kitson Japan and Isetan internationally … Kaylor stressed Lohan has been a hands-on partner, working with designers in her apartment earlier this month and throwing a working lunch for the design team at E. Baldi restaurant in Beverly Hills. “She’s not a celebrity who lends her name to a brand,” said Kaylor. “She’s intimately involved from Day One. She picks fabrics. She looks at trims. She picks buttons. She doesn’t let anything go into production without trying it on.”
Oh my. I uh … yeah. If these sketches are any indication of what’s to come from 6126 then I think Lindsay is in big trouble. These sketches look terrible and none of them look fashion forward at all. If the plan is for 6126 to essentially be the “feminine” version of Ed Hardy then there is no hope for success … at all. I may have given her some good-natured ribbing concerning her leggings line but, to be honest, it seemed like a venture that she could handle and enjoy some success. I honestly think that expanding the brand into a full fashion line will be the ruin of 6126. Blah, it’s just a bad idea. What do y’all think? Would YOU want to wear fashions by Lindsay Lohan?
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Earlier this week we saw a couple photos of Angelina Jolie, decked out in a fur coat, as she went back to work on the NYC set of her new film Salt and today we get to see a cute pic of some cute visitors who dropped by the set to see her last night. Faux hubby Brad Pitt brought along the couple’s two eldest daughters Zahara Marley and Shiloh Nouvel for a wee visit … behold:
As sub-zero temperatures start to creep back in, everyone will be wrapping up like Angelina Jolie and her brood did while filming in New York. The actress kept herself toasty warm in a brown puffer jacket as she and partner Brad Pitt took daughters Shiloh, 3, and Zahara, 4, home from the set of Angelina’s movie Salt in New York last night – when temperatures reached a low of -5C. The girls seemed to be taking style tips from both their mother and father – Shiloh accessorising her black puffer jacket with a hat like Brad, and Zahara going for a pair of pink fluffy ear muffs. Angelina seemed to be going for warmth rather than style in the brown coat, which she wore throughout the day of filming re-shoots for her new political thriller. The 34-year-old actress also wore a scarf in an attempt to combat the icy cold wind as she shot scenes on Manhattan’s Hudson River.
Yeah, baby, it looks coooooold outside in NYC. It must be pretty miserable to have to be outside in these temps all day long so I’m sure it was a nice surprise for Angelina that her girls came out for a visit. I can’t say that I miss the cold weather at all. David and I spent the last 2 New Year’s Eves in NYC and we are very much looking forward to celebrating the arrival of 2010 here in the relative warmth of SoCal. But, I’m digressing … this pic of Brangelina and the girls is way cute. Here’s hoping she won’t have to work too much in the bitter NYC cold anymore.
[Photo credit: INFdaily; Source]
Nope, not Doug Reinhardt
Paris Hilton, who knows no shame when it comes to self-promotion, is featured in the new issue of Hello! magazine alongside her newest pet … a micro-pig she named Miss Piglette. And while Paris seems to have no shame, it looks like Miss Piglette would rather be anywhere else than in Hilton‘s arms:
Her micro-pig Miss Piglette is her absolute pride and joy. So much so, that Paris Hilton cannot even bear to be parted from her during a photoshoot. The socialite cradled her little pig and wrapped her in a furry pink blanket as she posed next to her Christmas tree – decorated with pink baubles. Paris even revealed that she and her boyfriend cuddle up to the minature pet in bed. The 28-year-old shares her home with 13 animals, with Princess Piglette the newest addition. She described how the pet cuddled up to her and boyfriend of ten months, baseball player Doug Reinhardt. ‘Doug and I will be lying in bed, watching DVDs, and she’ll just lie there between us,’ she told Hello! magazine. ‘She’s a little sweetheart and I love her.’ The hotel heiress, who lives in Beverley Hills, California, has previously spoken of her love for her pets. Her six dogs have a two-tiered kennel – in pink – with its own Christmas tree. She also owns two frogs, two bunnies and an African grey parrot. But it is not just luxury for her pets at home. Her opulent mansion features a nightclub complete with dancer’s pole. ‘That sees a lot of action at my parties,’ she revealed. ‘You can’t get Hugh Hefner off it when he comes round – he has the endurance of someone in his twenties.’ Paris revealed she always opens her Christmas presents ‘first thing in the morning’. ‘I’m like a kid at this time of year and I just can’t wait,’ she said. ‘I literally believed in Santa Claus until I was around 16! My mom still puts a stocking out for me, so I can still pretend.’
I’m just amazed at the things that come out of Paris Hilton‘s mouth … she sounds like a child. And, to be honest, I can’t think of anything more disgusting than the thought of being in bed with Paris Hilton, Doug Reinhardt and a pig. I mean … I’d get into bed with the pig but never with Pug Dilton. Ick! I cannot imagine what life must be like for those poor animals living in these sorts of conditions. Poor things.
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Back in October we learned that longtime married couple Rosie O’Donnell and Kelli Carpenter decided to end their relationship (after having been estranged for some time before their announced break-up) and today we learn that Rosie has already seemingly moved on to a new relationship. RadarOnline has published a photo of Rosie holding hands with a mysterious new woman … could this be the beginning of a new love affair?
Fresh off her October split with her wife of five years, Kelli Carpenter, Rosie O’Donnell was spotted holding hands with a new lady on Tuesday in Miami. The couple strolled around Miami Beach, holding hands and enjoying the Florida sunshine. As RadarOnline.com exclusively reported Kelli moved out of the Nyack NY house she shared with Rosie after getting sick of Rosie’s many mood swings. They have four adopted children.
Awwww, Rosie … get it, gurl. It’s difficult to tell for sure but it looks like Rosie done got herself a younger lady to canoodle with. It’s unfortunate that her 5 year marriage to Kelli couldn’t be salvaged but it would seem that Rosie is ready to move on and start a whole new chapter in her life. This hand-holding session could turn out to be nothing more than a small affair but whatever the future brings, I hope Rosie and Kelli are able to find happiness once again.
[Photo credit: Splash News; Source]
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Strike a pose
Yesterday we saw a few sexy photos of designer Marc Jacobs and his beloved Lorenzo Martone as they continued to enjoy their tropical holiday together down in St. Bart’s. Today we get to see a few more photos of Marc and Lorenzo as they frolicked and played on the beach, snapping fun photos of one another all the while:
I’m guessing that Mr. Martone has a differently colored speedo for each day of their vacation. First he rocked the black shorts, then the blue ones and now the red ones. I wonder what color he’ll rock next. Mr. Jacobs seems content to wear the same black speedo on a daily basis, which could get funky if you really think about it. In any event, it really looks like the lovers are having a grand time on holiday. I hope they continue to have fun like this as the week continues … one can never have too many sexy speedo pics in the morning :D
[Photo credit: Splash News]
An Xmas Miracle!
At the start of this month, we learned from Candy Spelling herself that she and estranged daughter Tori Spelling decided to end their years long (and very public) feud with one another in the hopes of fostering a new relationship together. US Weekly reports that the reconciliation is still on and was fortified by the mother and daughter’s decision to spend the Xmas holiday together!
Sounds like the Spelling family had a very merry Christmas indeed. After years of estrangement and very public, often nasty sparring, Candy Spelling and daughter Tori spent Christmas 2009 together, ET reports — in Beverly Hills, naturally. Candy, 64, and Tori, 36, made the yuletide gay for a Dec. 25 meal at the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Joining them? Tori’s husband Dean McDermott, their children Liam and Stella, McDermott’s son Jack, plus Tori’s brother Randy Spelling and his girlfriend. An eyewitness told ET that “several strangers stopped by their table to give the reunited family unit their well-wishes.” The once-feuding mother and daughter have been hinting of a reconciliation for the past month. “We’re together as a family, and that’s the most important thing,” Tori told E! News Dec. 17. “It’s just a blessing that [the reconciliation] happened around the holidays,” she said. “And it just makes me think, ‘Wow, it’s an amazing thing and it happened this year and it’s just the best gift we could get.’” Earlier in the month, Candy told UsMagazine.com of their patched-up relationship, “I’m so happy. That’s all I want to say about this topic — I’m happy.”
Well it’s about damn time these adult women stopped acting like children and started acting like mature grown-ups. It’s pointless to place blame on either Candy or Tori because they are both guilty of acting like idiots … what is important now is to focus on the fact that the ladies have reconciled and appear to be serious about making their relationship work. I wish the Spellings a Happy, Happy New Year filled with love for one another in the hopes that they can make up for all that lost time they spent feuding with one another. I’m certain that the late Aaron Spelling, wherever he may be in the ethos, is happy at this news of reconciliation.
Sex addiction, you say?
Tiger Woods has been pretty much M.I.A. for the past few weeks in the wake of the explosion of the Tiger Woods Cheating Scandal that erupted around Thanksgiving last month. There are rumors that Woods had to secretly get plastic surgery to fix the injuries to his face, reportedly caused by his wife Elin Nordegren after she bashed him with a golf club … but none of this has been substantiated at all. Today there is a new report that claims that the reason that Woods has been out of sight is because he has checked himself into a rehab clinic in Arizona — for sex addiction:
Golfer Tiger Woods is planning to enter rehab in Arizona for a sex addiction as well as Vicodin and Ambien use, according to The Daily Mail. Questions have swirled about Woods having a “sexual compulsion” after he was connected to numerous alleged mistresses following an accident outside his Florida home Thanksgiving weekend. That accident supposedly followed on the heels of an argument with his wife, Elin Nordegren, regarding a text message from one of the alleged mistresses, Rachel Uchitel. And the officer investigating the accident reportedly requested a subpoena because he thought Vicodin or Ambien may have been a factor in the crash. The golfer is believed to be at one of two upscale rehabilitation centers in Arizona: Cottonwood de Tucson or The Meadows, according to celebrity news outlet X17. Other reports say Woods traveled to Arizona for reconstructive facial surgery that he needed after Nordegren allegedly hit him in the side of the face with a 9-iron during their Thanksgiving confrontation. A message received by legendary sports writer Furman Bisher of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution claims Woods ran from his house, without shoes, while Elin continued swinging the club at him. “When [Elin] hit Tiger, she put a huge gash in the right side of his face next to his nose… knocking out two of his upper teeth, and breaking the bone on the upper right side,” the message details.
While I’m not totally sure I believe the plastic surgery rumor (which, you gotta admit, does seem plausible) I do kinda believe the rehab report. It makes sense that Tiger would do something positive and proactive in the wake of the mess he got himself into … going to rehab sends a message of contrition and admitted guilt. It also affords him a place to disappear from the world. If Tiger is smart, then he is getting some form of help for the problems he’s dealing with these days. This mess is far from blowing over and he’s got a long way to go to soldier thru this scandal.
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The TV Guide
Yesterday I posted lists of my Fave Music of ’09 and today I present lists of my Fave Movies and TV shows of 2009. I had a hard time narrowing down my lists for both movies and TV but, in the end, I think I got the list right … at least for me :) Here are my Top 10 Fave Movies of 2009:
At #10 is Avatar:
This movie, in IMAX 3D, was an amazingly beautiful sight to see. I’ll admit that the story (not at all unique) wasn’t the best ever but the storytelling coupled with the amazing special effects makes this movie worthy of inclusion on any Top 10 List for 2009. It was said that Avatar would change the way we watch movies in theaters FOREVER … and while I wouldn’t exactly agree, I will say that James Cameron‘s 15 years devoted to the making of this film were well spent. Avatar may not be a game changer but it very well may be a movie that we look back in years to come as a masterful modern fairytale.
At #9 is Moon:
This movie was all story. While it was cool to look at, the real draw here was the story and acting performance by Sam Rockwell. For most of the film, he acted opposite himself … and he did so very, very well. This movie was not really seen by a lot of people but I think those that did see did really enjoy it … I know I did.
At #8 is The September Issue:
This movie may have been called the “real-life Devil Wears Prada” but it was so much more than that. It was a really intriguing look into what it takes to publish the singly most important magazine issue in the world of Fashion. I loved seeing Vogue Editor In Chief Anna Wintour in action in this film but the real star of The September Issue is Vogue Creative Director Grace Coddington. This film prolly wasn’t very interesting to folks not interested in Fashion but I loved it immensely.
At #7 is Taken:
Taken was prolly the biggest surprise for me this year. The film was released in France early in 2008 and then in the UK in Fall 2008. It wasn’t released in the US until January of 2009 and without much fanfare. I think I went to see it on a fluke and I was totally blown away by how fun the film was. Liam Neeson, action star. It was kind of like a Bourne Identity film but with an older, more mature hero. When I sat down to compile this list, I knew Taken would be on it because it’s one of the films that I really remember enjoying this year.
At #6 is Drag Me to Hell:
Okay, I take it back … Taken was not the biggest surprise for me this year, Drag Me to Hell was — for sure! I distinctly remember laughing out loud the first time I saw the trailer for Hell. It looked stupid and I had no plans to waste my time … then word of mouth started going around and people I trusted said that they loved it. I checked it out and, wouldn’t you know it, I loved it too! The movie wasn’t trying to be anything other than what it is … a jump in your seat, fun, horror flick. It’s a lot of fun.
After the jump, check out my Top 5 Fave Movies and my Top 10 Fave TV Shows of 2009 … More »
Posted under: '24', 'Avatar', 'Battlestar Galactica', 'Coraline', 'Cougar Town', 'Dexter', 'District 9', 'Drag Me to Hell', 'Flash/Forward', 'Glee', 'Hung', 'Melrose Place', 'Moon', 'Paranormal Activity', 'Skins', 'Star Trek', 'Taken', 'The September Issue', 'Torchwood', 'Up'
The girl version of R.Pattz
Did you know that Robert Pattinson has a sister named Victoria who bears a striking resemblance to him? ‘Tis true, behold:
I dunno … news on the R.Pattz front has been really quite lately and this new photo with his sister looked interesting. I can’t get over how much Vicky looks like a blonder, less hairy Rob.
[Photo credit: INFdaily, thanks Ally]
"I knew that my princess needed her glass slippers and her castle"
Last week we learned that Kevin Jonas and Danielle Deleasa got hitched in NY and then shortly thereafter the newlyweds popped up on their honeymoon in Mexico (you may recall Kevin was rockin’ some shorty shorts). Today we get our first look at the couple’s wedding photo as featured on the cover of the new issue of People magazine:
Kevin Jonas and Danielle Deleasa’s wedding earlier this month was like a fairy tale – complete with a castle, an enchanted forest and glass slippers in the bride’s shoe size, a gift from the groom. “I knew that my princess needed her glass slippers and her castle,” Jonas told PEOPLE of the nuptials. “I always wanted my wedding to have that princess feel,” adds the new Mrs. Jonas. “I couldn’t have imagined this,” she says of her lavish wedding Dec. 19 at Oheka Castle in Huntington, New York. Despite a blizzard blanketing the roads around the castle, the wedding went forward without a hitch, and the bride, escorted by her father Thomas “Bucky” Deleasa, walked down the aisle to “Bella Notte,” from Lady and the Tramp, played on the guitar by a friend of the Jonas family. “I’m an Italian girl. It just fit me and my dad,” said Danielle of the song choice. The groom’s father Kevin Jonas Sr., an ordained minister, officiated along with Danielle’s childhood pastor, Rev. Ron DePasquale Jr. After reciting traditional vows, the couple exchanged Jacob & Co. wedding bands that they designed for one another. “I’ve never seen a more beautiful bride,” said Kevin of Danielle, who he calls his “Jersey Girl” and who wore a strapless tulle and Chantilly lace Vera Wang gown at the ceremony.
Uhhhhhh … glass slippers? Seriously? LOL … you know it was all his idea, too. I mean … yeah. Doesn’t it kinda sound like this wedding was orchestrated like a couple of kids who were playing “wedding”? HMMM. Well, whatever … as long as they are happy together, that’s really all that matters. Here’s to many happy years ahead for the happy couple … full of glass slippers and shorty shorts galore ;)
It's Miller time
The new Broadway production of Arthur Miller‘s A View from the Bridge, which stars Liev Schrieber, Scarlett Johansson and others, went into previews in NYC last night at the Cort Theater ahead of it’s official opening on January 24, 2010 (for a limited 14-week engagement. Here is a photo of Scarlett and Liev as they stopped to sign a few autographs after last night’s debut performance and some deets about the show itself:
Tony Award winner Liev Schreiber plays bruising Italian-American longshoreman Eddie Carbone in the new Broadway production of Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge, beginning previews Dec. 28. In director Gregory Mosher’s new staging of the Greek tragedy-inspired drama, Golden Globe nominee Scarlett Johansson (“Match Point,” “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”) makes her Broadway debut as the object of Eddie’s affection, his niece. She’s attracted to a newly arrived immigrant cousin, Rodolpho, played by Santino Fontana (Billy Elliot), arousing Eddie’s anger. Also joining Tony Award winner Schreiber (Glengarry Glen Ross, Talk Radio) at the Cort Theatre are Jessica Hecht, Michael Cristofer and Corey Stoll, plus Alex Cendese, Anthony DeSando, Antoinette LaVecchia, Mark Morettini, Joe Ricci, Morgan Spector, Robert Turano and Marco Verna. Opening is Jan. 24, 2010. A 14-week engagement has been announced. According to production notes, “In A View From the Bridge, Miller’s most passionate drama, Schreiber plays Eddie Carbone, a Brooklyn longshoreman obsessed with his 17-year-old niece Catherine, played by Scarlett Johansson. When Catherine falls in love with a newly arrived immigrant [played by Fontana], Eddie’s jealousy erupts in a rage that consumes him, his family, and his world.” The play was first seen on Broadway in 1955 as a short play paired with A Memory of Two Mondays. (Miller is, of course, the major American playwright known for All My Sons, Death of a Salesman and The Crucible.) A View From the Bridge resurfaced Off-Broadway in 1965, starring Robert Duvall. A 1983 Broadway revival starred Tony LoBianco. In 1997, Anthony LaPaglia played Eddie in a Roundabout Theatre Company Broadway revival. The actor won a Tony for his turn, and the production won the Tony as Best Revival.
On the one hand, I would LOVE to see Liev Schrieber on the Broadway stage. He is actually a pretty fantastic actor (X-Men Origins: Wolverine notwithstanding). On the other hand, I can’t for the life of me imagine that Scarlett Johansson would be very good on the live performance stage. But … what do I know? After the jump, check out a short promo video that features Liev and Scarlett (among others) talking up the play … More »
The cast of MTV‘s hit reality TV series Jersey Shore (minus Angelina Jolie Pivarnick who was booted off the show by the 4th ep of the series) are featured in the new issue of Life & Style magazine … and holy moly, they did they get make-overs! For the most part, everyone looks pretty fantastic … save for Paul Pauly D Delvecchio (whose horrible hair cannot be made-over to look good at all). Here the photo and some deets about their transformations:
Gelled hair, micro-minidresses, Ed Hardy emblems and muscle tees have become the signature look of the hit MTV reality show Jersey Shore. “My personal style is fresh to death,” Paul “DJ Pauly D” Delvecchio — famous for his ultraspiked hair — tells Life & Style. “Have you ever been to the supermarket? You know the produce section, like where the food is fresh? That’s my style.” But on Dec. 21, Life & Style gave these up-and-coming stars a fresh new image, inviting them to ditch the shore and step onto the red carpet at one of NYC’s most exclusive nightclubs, Greenhouse, which has a strict dress-your-best policy. There, they modeled the most iconic Hollywood looks of the past few years. And they pulled it off like the A-list pros — including Kim Kardashian and Megan Fox — they were emulating. “I like to walk into the room and have everyone notice what I’m wearing,” Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi tells Life & Style. Mission accomplished! Makeover’s from left to right: Sammi and Ronnie as the new Brangelina, Sexy ‘Jwoww’ as Megan Fox, Mike gets into a Jake Gyllenhaal ‘situation,’ Snooki is a mini Kim Kardashian, Vinny dresses as Justin Timberlake, and Pauly D has Taylor Lautner’s style.
I mean … wow. Jenni Jwoww Farley looks the best, by far. I gotta give it up to Mike The Situation Sorrentino cuz he cleaned up pretty nicely as well. This goes to show that clothes really can make the man or woman and lotta money goes a long way. I gotta say, I’m impressed. Which one of these kids do YOU think looks the best?
[Photo credit: Joshua Kessler; Source]
The TV Guide
Yesterday was a pretty cloudy day, perfect for keeping me indoors. I ventured out to run an errand yesterday afternoon only to find the shop I was visiting is closed on Mondays. Meh, it was good to get out of the house ;) I spent a quiet night in after David and I decided to scrap plans to go to the movies. I dug thru some of my books and found my copy of the Vertigo: Tarot Deck Set and decided to give it another read. I hadn’t read the book in about 10 years and had forgotten that Neil Gaiman wrote the introduction to the book:
I’ve been interested in tarot cards for years but I’ve never studied their use very seriously. I’ve always been better with working with runes than tarot cards (which is why I was SO elated to find a beautiful set of runes on my holiday in Iceland last year) but I still find the cards extremely fascinating. The Vertigo deck is just beautiful … Dave McKean‘s artwork is just — stunning. The book is a great quick read and is paired with this particular deck. I’ve always been partial to Aleister Crowley‘s Thoth Tarot deck but that’s another story. In any event, that’s what I did last night.
Today, I plan to run my errand again (hopefully, I’ll be more successful this time around) and will most likely keep things quiet and relaxing again ;) 2009 is slipping away … I’m really anxious to get 2010 underway.
Gyllenhaals divorce, Lil' Wayne's farewell show, Free TV going Bye-Bye?
- Mama and Papa Gyllenhaal are officially and legally dunzo.
- Zelda Rubinstein, who starred as Tangina in Poltergeist, has been taken off life support … sadly she doesn’t have long to live :(
- Sad news … Avenged Sevenfold drummer Jimmy The Rev Sullivan passed away at age 28.
- Lil’ Wayne plays one last show before he goes to jail.
- HERE is Argentina’s first legally-wed same-sex couple.
- Hyper, Color.
- Karl Rove, who claims to respect the sanctity of marriage, files for divorce … and tries to keep it a secret.
- Van Morrison is a dad again … at 64.
- THIS escaped convict in the UK thinks he’s really funny, do you agree?
- The infamous “Snooki punch” from MTV‘s Jersey Shore gets reenacted.
- Miranda Kerr does Ralph magazine.
- CoCo‘s puffs.
- Ex-girlfriend Erin Muller alleges that Michael Lohan physical assaulted her by kicking her “in the vagina”.
- Why so glum, Ben Affleck?
- Happily marrieds Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter do some after-Xmas shopping … for knives?
- Mekhi Phifer is 35, Jude Law is 37, Jim Reid of the Jesus and Mary Chain is 48, Marianne Faithfull is 63 and Mary Tyler Moore is 73 years old today. Click HERE to see who else is celebrating a birthday today.
- David Tennant denies that he is playing The Riddler in the next Batman movie.
- Avatar sequel talk already?
- Will free TV soon be a thing of the past?
Receives a Best Supporting Actress award
Congratulations are in order for Mariah Carey who made her way to Capri, Italy this week to attend the 14th annual Capri-Hollywood International Film Festival in order to collect a Best Supporting Actress award for her work in the film Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire. News of this honor was reported by Variety earlier this month but the actual ceremony only took place in Capri, Italy last night. Here are a few photos of Mimi, decked out in her best finery, at the Capri-Hollywood International Film Festival last night:
Mariah Carey [received] the 14th annual Capri-Hollywood Film Festival’s award for this year’s Best Supporting Actress for her performance in “Precious.” The film will also have its Italian premiere at the fest, which runs Dec. 27- Jan. 2 with its awards presented on Dec. 28. Past recipients of the Supporting Actor nod include Dennis Hopper (“Elegy”), Amy Ryan (“Gone Baby Gone”), Rinko Kikuci (“Babel”) and Matt Dillon (“Crash”). The Grammy-award winner also has an extensive acting career, which includes 1999′s “The Bachelor,” “Glitter” and “WiseGirls.”
Yay!! At last, with this award, all painful memories of her failure with Glitter can be completely washed away. I was very impressed with Mimi‘s performance in Precious even tho it was very short. I’m glad to see the film get any recognition cuz it truly is a great movie. I should point out that the dude manhandling Mariah Carey in the last two photos is not an overzealous security guard but is, in fact, her husband Nick Cannon. Were it not for him, she would’ve had to pay someone to hold her umbrella for her so it’s a good thing he came along to the film fest. Congrats on this award, again, MC … it was well-earned.
[Photo credit: Wireimage; Source]
2 is better than 1
Yesterday we saw photos of pop starlet Kylie Minogue chillin’ in Spain with one of Andrés Velencoso‘s sisters and today we get to see a couple new photos of Kylie with 2 of his sisters:
You know, as cute as it is that Kylie is bonding with his sisters, I gotta wonder where Andrés is while the ladies venture out on the town. At least it looks like the ladies are all getting along well … which is important for the longevity of Kylie‘s relationship with Andrés.
[Photo credit: Splash News]
Posted under: Kylie Minogue
The speedo show is still a go
Checking in again with fashion designer Marc Jacobs, who was spotted yesterday in the company of a good book and his trusty Hermès Birkin bag, as he holidays in the tropics this holiday season with his partner (hubby?) Lorenzo Martone. It was back to the beach for the happy couple … yep, back to the beach and back in those skimpy speedos:
Ah, love. I can’t say that I blame Marc and Lorenzo very much for spending as much time at the beach as possible. The couple arrived in St. Bart’s last week and have been sunnin’ their buns ever since. From how nice and warm it looks in these photos, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if they decided to ring in the New Year there as well … tho, it remains to be seen if they’ll ring in 2010 speedo-clad or not ;)
[Photo credit: Splash News]
'US Weekly' claims the end of Taylor2
Sad news to pass along today courtesy of US Weekly magazine … according to the tabloid, the fairytale (and fairly short) romance betwixt Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner has fizzled out and died. The mag cites sources that claim that the relationship between Taylor2 was really going nowhere so the young couple decided to call it quits. If the mag is to believed, they are dunzo, y’all!
So much for the two Taylors finding love. After three months of dating, country singer Taylor Swift and New Moon star Taylor Lautner have split, UsMagazine.com has learned. “It wasn’t really developing into anything, and wasn’t going to, so they decided they were better as friends,” a source close to Swift, 20, tells Us. “There was no chemistry.” The pair — who met on the set of the romantic comedy Valentine’s Day — first sparked rumors of a romance when she hugged him at her October 9 concert in Rosemont, Illinois. They have since been spotted on several wholesome dates — like their frozen yogurt date at Menchie’s alongside Swift’s mom earlier this month — and have each coyly alluded to their relationship on separate Saturday Night Live hosting gigs. However, the relationship officially fizzled when Lautner, 17, flew to Nashville for Swift’s birthday party on Dec. 13, a friend of the singer reveals. “He liked her more than she liked him,” the source tells Us. “He went everywhere he could to see her, but she didn’t travel much to see him.” Lucky for Lautner, the split won’t inspire angry songs like those written about ex Joe Jonas — who dumped Swift during a 27-second phone call in 2008. “They plan to stay friends,” the source says … Swift’s rep had no comment. Lautner’s rep could not be reached.
Now, it should be noted that reports like this of break-ups are commonplace within the pages of tabloids. That’s not to say the report shouldn’t be believed, but it should be taken with a huge grain of salt. It’s interesting because I did hear that Lautner did fly out to Nashville for Swift‘s birthday, so that part of the story is true. If he really did follow her around and she didn’t reciprocate then I can see how the two decided to call it quits. I’m certain we’ll be seeing more of Taylor2 as they pair begin promoting their new film but the real test of this report will come when and if we see the couple out and about together anymore. What do y’all think … are Taylor2 really dunzo?
The closed legal matter have just been made public
Shortly before Levi Johnston‘s (disappointing) Playgirl photos came out last November, Bristol Palin quietly filed for sole custody of their son Tripp Johnston-Palin. According to a new report out today, Palin‘s bid was kept private (ie. quiet) at Sarah Palin‘s insistence. Levi Johnston, who claims that he feels “unsafe” in any private proceedings having to do with Sarah Palin, has forced the issue to become public. Here are the deets as reported by the Alaska Dispatch:
The custody battle between Levi Johnston and Bristol Palin became public last week when two Superior Court judges issued orders unsealing the court record and denying the use of pseudonyms to protect the feuding parents’ identities. A Dec. 23 order from Judge Kari C. Kristiansen denied Palin’s motion to close the proceedings and opened the case file to public access, while an order issued the same day by Presiding Judge Sharon Gleason denied Palin’s request to use John and Jane Doe in place of Johnston’s and her own real names. On Nov. 4, Palin filed for sole custody of Tripp Johnston-Palin, the former couple’s son, who celebrates his first birthday today. Kristiansen initially issued temporary orders limiting access to the case file and allowing the parties to file under pseudonyms. Johnston wasn’t playing along, however. In an opposition to Palin’s motion for a gag order, Johnston’s attorney, Rex Butler, said: “Simply put, this matter is public in nature, the courts are not refuges for the scions of the elite to obtain private dispensation of their legal matters because the public at large has an interest in the proceedings.” There’s another factor in the mix, of course: Palin’s mother, former governor Sarah Palin, with whom Johnston has repeatedly locked horns in the press, and from whom he claims to fear retaliation. “I do not feel protected against Sarah Palin in a closed proceeding,” Johnston said in an affidavit accompanying Butler’s filings. “I hope that if it is open she will stay out of it. … I think a public case might go a long way in reducing Sarah Palin’s instinct to attack and allow the real parties in this litigation, Bristol and I, to work things out a lot more peacefully than we could if there is any more meddling from Sarah Palin.” Johnston’s affidavit did not disclose exactly what “meddling,” if any, the former governor has engaged in during the custody case’s brief lifetime; however, he theorized that the closed proceedings might be intended to conceal some “fairly aggressive” tactics.
None of this should be surprising in the least. Levi Johnston posed semi-nekkid in a nudie mag so it would make sense that Bristol Palin (with coaching from her family, I’d wager) would use the opportunity to go after sole-custody. None of this has any bearing on what the outcome of this suit will be tho. It will be up to a ruling judge to determine if Bristol‘s suit has merit … but my guess is that she will not win sole custody based on just the Playgirl photos. We will have to see what evidence and arguments are made on the matter … but IMHO just because Levi Johnston doesn’t appear to be the sharpest tool in the shed, it doesn’t mean that he is not fit to share custody of his only begotten son.
"It's as if I never went away!"
Yesterday we saw a photo of David Beckham making his way to Milan, Italy where he was scheduled to meet up with his European soccer team AC Milan to begin training for the coming soccer season and today we get to see photos of Becks making his grand arrival at AC Milan headquarters as well as a couple of photos of Becks training with his Milan teammates. While he is undoubtedly happy to be playing with AC Milan, Becks‘s real goal is to prove to the coach of the English Soccer Team that he is fit to play on that team in the upcoming World Cup:
David Beckham flew into Italy yesterday to rejoin AC Milan as Fabio Capello confirmed that if he is fit he will be in England’s World Cup squad. The England manager’s vote of confidence came as Beckham arrived by private jet for medical checks at the Milanello training ground – where he was met by an armed security guard. Beckham, 34, was at the Serie A giants for three months earlier this year but will now remain with them until the end of the season. In an interview with Gazzetta Dello Sport, Capello said: ‘If Beckham plays (in Milan) and if he is fit I will certainly take him to South Africa. I don’t look at players’ ages but at their qualities. He is serious, a great professional and he is really dedicated to making the World Cup.’ Beckham’s first game in Italy is expected to be against either Genoa at home next Wednesday or away against Juventus four days later. In his interview, Capello says he is delighted the Premier League now has three Italian managers – Carlo Ancelotti at Chelsea, Roberto Mancini at Manchester City and Gianfranco Zola at West Ham. He said: ‘It’s the result of good work at the Coverciano (Italian football training camp) school. it’s a badge of honour for our football.’ But he went on to praise football in England, saying: ‘The Premier League is the most interesting and enchanting in the world. There are particular aromas. There are full grounds, safety, beauty and a lack of stupidity. In Italy we always make the same mistakes – managing the grounds and with the violent fans. We don’t solve our problems.’
While there is a lot of talk about whether or not Becks will be chosen to play on the English Team, his focus is on playing the best soccer he can for AC Milan in order to ensure that he is chosen to play for England. After the jump, check out a few photos of Becks engaged in a training session with his Milan teammates yesterday … More »
Posted under: AC Milan, David Beckham
... her hair black!
When last we saw our dear Britney Spears, it was just before Xmas and she was safely ensconced inside her SUV awaiting delivery of a caffeinated drink. Today, just after Xmas, we get to check in with Brit Brit and see that she’s undergone a big change in the past few days … it turns out that Britney decided to dye:
It would appear that Britney has made the bold decision to ring in the New Year as a brunette. And as much as I love Britters as a blonde, I don’t necessarily mind her as a raven-haired beauty. I would hope that she not only dyed her hair but also got herself a new weave to go with her new look. Here’s to Britney enjoying a Happy New Year of New Healthy Hair!!
[Photo credit: INFdaily]
The TV Guide
Here are my selections of my fave music of the year. I’m afraid it was another lackluster year in music releases but, thankfully, there was enough great music to make 2009 bearable. Here is my list of my Top 10 Fave Albums of 2009 in reverse order:
At #10 is a tie between Whitney Houston‘s I Look To You and Mary J. Blige‘s Stronger With Each Tear:
Whitney Houston managed to pull off a stunning comeback with I Look To You (an album she’s been promising for years now) and I was lucky enough to be among the first folks to hear the album at an album listening event here in SoCal. Whitney‘s ’09 effort is full of great tracks, many of which got a lot of play in my house this year. Mary J. Blige‘s album just came out last week and I’m already crazy in love with it. It almost didn’t make the list but I’ve been listening to it non-stop since I bought it … compared to so much of the garbage that was released all year long, Stronger With Each Tear really shines brightly.
At #9 is Pete Yorn‘s Back & Forth:
Pete Yorn released another album this year with Scarlett Johansson and that disc, IMHO, is horrible. Back & Forth is classic Pete Yorn, full of great songwriting and melodies. There is a quality to Pete’s voice that really resonates with me … always has since he debuted on the music scene. This album is one of my fave pop/rock albums most definitely.
At #8 is White Lies, To Lose My Life …:
This British band was recommended to me by a Pink reader and I am so thankful for the head’s up. White Lies have this gothy sound to their music, which is most deffo pop in nature. They remind me a bit of a pop version of Bauhaus. This album was a very nice discovery this year. I can’t wait to hear more from this young band.
At #7 is Mariah Carey, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel:
To be honest, this album is far from Mariah‘s most successful album … and that is a damn shame. There are a bunch of really great Mimi tracks on this album that are just as good as the biggest, most successful singles of her career. It wasn’t until my good friend David Russell declared this album Mariah Carey‘s best of all time that I gave it serious consideration (David‘s opinions on pop music are impeccable). This is a great Mariah album, one which will prolly not be listed as such among her other monster hit releases.
At #6 is Bat for Lashes, Two Suns:
Lush, sensuous, mesmerizing, beautiful, magical. I can only think of adjectives when describing this album. It is a stunning effort by a new star on the musical landscape. My only wish is that Bat for Lashes enjoys a very long career so that she can continue to make music this wonderful.
After the jump, check out my Top 5 Fave Albums of 2009 and check out my Top 10 Singles of ’09 … More »
Posted under: '3', 'Back & Forth', 'Belle Isle', 'Ellipse', 'Fight For This Love', 'Good Girls Go Bad', 'Heads Will Roll', 'I Look To You', 'It's Blitz!', 'Live Your Life', 'Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel', 'Midwinter Graces', 'My Old Familiar Friend', 'Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)', 'Stronger With Each Tear', 'Tardy for the Party', 'Thank You', 'The Fear', 'To Lose My Life ...', 'Two Suns', 'You Belong With Me'
Angelina Jolie is back to work this week on the NYC set of her new movie Salt and was snapped in a very warm and furry outfit earlier today:
My guess is that this is fake fur but who really knows. She does cut a fine figure in this ensemble tho, the look really suits her. She looks good, no? Salt will be out in theaters in 2010.
[Photo credit: Splash News]
Posted under: 'Salt', Angelina Jolie
Read all about it
On Saturday we saw a few cute photos of designer Marc Jacobs and his beau (husband?) Lorenzo Martone as they canoodled on a beach in St. Bart’s for Xmas. Today we get to see Marc all coupled up with a book and his favorite thing in the world … his Hermès Birkin bag:
Hee hee, we see Marc Jacobs out and about with his Birkin bag more than we see him with Lorenzo or even his BFFs like Victoria Beckham. To be honest, I never once guessed that Jacobs might be toting around books in that expensive bag. I’m not entirely sure what book it is that he is reading in these photos but I’m glad to see the guy relaxing on holiday with a book. Marc Jacobs never struck me as a reader … but it is a good look for him, I think.
[Photo credit: Bauer-Griffin]
Posted under: Marc Jacobs
Last week we saw photos of Kylie Minogue and beau Andrés Velencoso making their arrival in Barcelona, Spain so that they could spend the Xmas holiday with his family. Today we get to see a couple of cute photos of Kylie spending some alonetime with one of Andrés‘s sisters around town … behold:
You know things are getting pret-ty serious between a couple when significant others are hanging out with the siblings like this. Mebbe this sister was filling in Kylie on funny stories about Andrés and vice versa … mebbe they were talking about upcoming wedding plans … who knows. It is very telling, tho, that Kylie would choose to spend this time with the Velencoso family. Yep … looks pret-ty serious, indeedie ;)
[Photo credit: Bauer-Griffin]
Posted under: Kylie Minogue
Why does the trailer COMPLETELY omit the same-sex couple featured in the film?
Last week we got our first look at the first movie poster and first video trailer for the new film Valentine’s Day which seems to feature pretty much every actor in Hollywood and is scheduled for release on the week of February 14, 2010. At the time, I noted how cool it was to see so many cool actors featured in the film … including Bradley Cooper who, as it appeared in the trailer, was coupled up with Julia Roberts. It turns out that Bradley‘s character is actually gay and he is really coupled up with Eric Dane, who is not featured on the movie poster at all and is only briefly glimpsed in the trailer … nowhere near Bradley Cooper. Do you suppose the people trying to market Valentine’s Day are purposely omitting any information at all that reveals that there is a gay love story included in the film?
We’ve been keeping you updated on the star-studded movie Valentine’s Day since we first heard Bradley Cooper was playing a gay man in it. We had fun with the fantasy casting, and even though Hollywood didn’t take our advice, we weren’t complaining about them casting Grey’s Anatomy’s Eric Dane in the role of the closeted football player boyfriend. We weren’t thrilled about the teaser trailer when it came out, because it almost looked like Julia Roberts and Bradley were a couple, but we mostly laughed it off since it was a teaser. The full length trailer dropped over the weekend, and once again, Eric and Bradley don’t appear together in it. In fact, the picture above is as close as they get, which is consecutive frames in the trailer. Romantic, huh? Taylor Lautner and Taylor Swift get more screen time in this two minute clip than our boys do, and they reportedly filmed their brief cameo in an afternoon – in fact, that should be all of their time in the movie. From this, you’d think they had equal billing to Julia though. Is it really impossible to market an ensemble romantic comedy to the masses with a gay couple in it? Could that really be considered a bad marketing move in Hollywood now? First, a gay director (Tom Ford) takes a movie about a gay man based on a book by a gay man and degays the marketing for that movie, and now this?
To be completely honest, I had NO idea that there was a gay couple included in this film. I, like pretty much everyone else not familiar with the screenplay, had no inkling of gayness in the film … not from any of the marketing materials. It seems very obvious to me that this is intentional. How do you put out a 2 minute trailer and show every couple in the movie and completely omit the only gay couple in the movie? Even more devious, the trailer makes it appear that Bradley Cooper (arguably the hottest actor in Hollywood right now, therefore a big box office draw) is coupled up with Julia Roberts (I made that very assumption when I blogged about the trailer’s release last week). Not only is this insulting to me but it also makes me angry. I honestly feel duped. Considering how the studio has decided to market this film, I’m not sure I’m at all interested in seeing it at all when it gets released in theaters. If they’re so ashamed to feature the only gay couple featured in the film (which makes no sense as to why they included them in the first place) then I might be too ashamed to go see the damn thing in theaters.
Posted under: 'Valentine's Day'
The TV Guide
Yesterday was a very rare day for me. Not only was I awake and productive enough to get my Sunday’s worth of work done AND able to drive out to LAX Airport to pick up David all before noon … BUT I also spent most of the day (the actual daylight hours) out of the house and in the wild. Okay, so mebbe not so wild but since David and I had a full free day to ourselves, we ventured out to Silverlake to have lunch at Pho Cafe before spending the rest of the day putzing around Los Feliz together:
I cannot stress enough how delish Pho Cafe on Sunset Blvd. is. Everything is moderately priced and absolutely the tastiest food ever. I could eat there every day. As I said, the rest of the day was spent walking around sipping coffee, visiting bookstores … ’twas very nice. Now that David is home from his travels, we’ll be together for the rest of the year!!
I’m gonna try to get out to the movies tonight cuz I really want to see A Single Man … we’ll see if that happens. I have a few errands to take care of but, for the most part, this week is going to be lazy and relaxing. Ahhhhh.
No iPhones for NYC, Amy collapses, 'Star Trek' Most Pirated Film
Here comes more trouble
British TV is preparing the way for the return of their amazing series Skins which will debut its 4th season next month. As you may recall, an entirely new cast of players was announced around this time last year for the show’s 3rd season … a move that was not initially well-received. The original cast of Skins (which included Dev Patel who went on to star in Slumdog Millionaire and Nicholas Holt who went on to star in A Single Man) was so beloved that any notion of a new cast was frowned upon. IMHO, the new cast only added to the show’s richness and provided just as much entertainment. The “new” Skins players were featured in an issue of Nylon magazine earlier this year and the show itself got enough attention that MTV is planning a US version for airing here in America (an idea I vehemently oppose). In any regard, a new season of Skins is nearly upon us … here is the first group promo pic from the new season:
I cannot believe it’s been almost an entire year since the last season aired in the UK. I was fortunate enough to be able to watch the series online on You Tube as it aired overseas but now, because of You Tube‘s new policy of restricting international video, I don’t think I’ll be able to watch along so easily this time around. I understand that this upcoming 4th season of Skins will be the last to feature this cast of young players (the original cast were only featured in 2 seasons as well) and that an entirely new cast will be featured in season 5. I love this show so much. BBC America airs Skins in its full, uncensored version here in the US but they do so months after it debuts in the UK. After the jump, check out individual promo photos of the Skins cast in all their neon-colored glory … More »
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After Xmas with the fam, Becks heads off to play soccer in Italy
David Beckham, who spent Xmas morn with his wife and kids and Xmas night with his friends the Ramseys, has already packed up his shizz and made his way to Milan, Italy to meet up with his European soccer team AC Milan for their upcoming season and to prepare for the upcoming World Cup … behold:
All eyes were on Posh’s bony chest and gaunt face as the WAG queen stepped out for dinner with husband David, 34, at one of Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants in Chelsea. It’s fair to say she probably didn’t take up the Christmas pudding and brandy butter option for dessert. Victoria, 35, braved the freezing weather conditions to reveal her bare chest – her collarbone and upper ribs worryingly visible through her skin. The superstar couple had seemingly taken the time to plan their outfits for the evening out down to the smallest detail. They wore almost identical blazers, Victoria opting to wear nothing underneath her top and matching the smart jacket with a pair of trousers and black stiletto heels … The Beckhams clearly haven’t tired of Ramsay’s cooking, having had him round to Beckingham Palace for Christmas with wife Tana to cook the turkey. But no sooner had Christmas come to an end than David was returning to the day job, flying into Milan yesterday. The LA Galaxy star is returning to the Italian giants on loan for a second time for the city’s AC Milan side in order to prepare for a call up to England’s World Cup team. Becks could conceivably make his debut on January 6 against Genoa. He has been warned by England manager Fabio Capello that unless he plays regularly at AC Milan he will not be in the team in South Africa next summer.
This is David Beckham‘s last real chance to make the World Cup team for England so I’m sure he’s going to play diligently for AC Milan to prove to the English coach that he is up to the task. I’m pleased to know, World Cup or no, that David Beckham will be back with the LA Galaxy later in 2010 so I’ll happily root him on in his quest for the World Cup. I’ll also be rootin’ for Mrs. Beckham to put a bit more meat on those jutting bones but, well, I think my efforts might be better spent elsewhere. Go, Becks, Go! Good luck!!
Shopping by day, Hockey by night
Lindsay Lohan, who has been spending the holidays this year with her family and friends in NYC, decided to venture out this weekend to partake in some after-Xmas shopping with some friends:
Clearly, Santa Claus did not bring her all the things on her Xmas list this year so she felt the need to venture out into the NYC shops to procure some new stuff … cuz, you know, Lindsay needs new stuff. For Saturday night’s activity, Linds treated her younger siblings Aliana (Ali) and Dakota (Cody) to a hockey game. After the jump, check out a few photos of the Lohans rooting for the NY Rangers as they faced off against the NY Islanders … More »
Yesterday we saw the first photos of Jude Law and Sienna Miller frolicking together on a beach in Barbados as they celebrated the holidays together with his children and today we get to see a couple more photos from their tropical holiday. Jude, Sienna and his kiddies were piled ontop of a huge inner-tube raft that was pulled along by a speedboat, behold:
Weee!!! It really does look as if JuSie are having the time of their lives. While I’m certain these two very likely enjoy other — more private — activities together, it’s nice to see them lookin’ so happy … in public. I understand Jude and his kids, including little Rudy pictured here, have already made their way to another nearby island. I have no doubt that Miss Miller will be following after. All signs point to to a very JuSie New Year.
[Photo credit: INFdaily]
Eamon Farrell and Steven Mannion got hitched!
Congratulations are in order for Eamon Farrell and Steven Mannion who were wed in a ceremony in Dublin, Ireland this weekend. Eamon is older brother to actor Colin Farrell, who was on hand to be the Best Man at the nuptials. Here are photos of the newlyweds (who were actually legally married in Canada over the Summer but were remarried in this civil union ceremony in Ireland over the weekend) alongside Colin and his eldest son James as they made their way out of the festivities at Krystle nightclub last night:
The wedding celebrations of Colin Farrell’s gay brother were a family affair last night at Krystle nightclub on Harcourt Street in Dublin. Farrell’s brother Eamon was marking his marriage to his longtime partner, Irish artist Steven Mannion. Colin was in Dublin for the party, bringing his five-year-old son James with him. Colin’s father, Eamon Sr., his mother Rita, and his sisters, Claudine and Catherine, were also at the bash, along with other high-profile Dublin socialites. James is Colin Farrell’s first son, whom he had with former girlfriend, American model Kim Bordenave … Although this is a time of celebration for the Farrell family, the clan has had other issues to contend with recently, too. The newlywed Eamon has expressed disappointment that he and Steven could celebrate in Ireland but they could not formally wed here. The Irish Civil Partnership Bill brought in earlier this year gives gay people many of the same rights as hetersexuals, but does not legislate for marriage. As a result Eamon and Steven got married in Vancouver, Canada, over the summer, where same-sex marriage is legal. “We have to get married abroad,” he complained in an interview at the time. “It’s absolutely terrible. We have to go somewhere legal, which narrows it down to about five countries. “Who wants a civil union? It’s just so legal. I want to be able to get married.” Farrell was best man at his brother’s summer wedding.
While I understand the couple’s frustration at having to A) travel to another country in order to be legally wed and B) settle for a “civil union” instead of an actual marriage in their homeland, I hope they are able to take comfort in the fact that they are lovingly committed to one another no matter what anyone has to say about it. I LOVE that Colin has been so involved in this happy time in his older brother’s life … I’m sure it meant a lot to Eamon to have his family included in his nuptials to Steven. Much love and congrats goes out to the happy couple. May they live a long, happy and prosperous life together :)
[Photo credit: INFdaily; Source]
Their Xmas card was snapped in happier times
As you may have heard over the holiday weekend, actor Charlie Sheen was arrested on charges of domestic assault against his wife Brooke Mueller in Aspen, CO early on Xmas morning. Since Sheen‘s arrest and release from jail, conflicting stories as to the state of the couple’s marriage have come to light and a new report has emerged that claims that Mueller confessed that Sheen attacked her while wielding a knife. But, before we get to that, People magazine shares with us the Sheen-Mueller Xmas card that was photographed and sent out before Xmas, when the couple and their twin baby boys Bob and Max enjoyed happier times:
Looks like Charlie Sheen didn’t expect to get coal – or police handcuffs – this Christmas. In the TV star’s holiday card, sent out well before his arrest Friday on domestic-violence charges, Sheen, 44, is grinning broadly alongside wife Brooke Mueller and their twin boys in Los Angeles – giving no cause to suspect that he’d be spending his Christmas in jail, and the the two would be headed to counseling … “Happy Holidays From All of Us to You!” the card reads merrily underneath. Apparently, happy holidays were one gift Santa didn’t bring the Sheen family this year.
While we still don’t know for sure exactly what went down in the early hours of Xmas day, we can take some comfort in the fact that Charlie, Brooke and the twins were happy (or at least looked happy) in the weeks leading up to the holidays. Now, getting back to the alleged assault … Brooke Mueller reportedly told the police that Charlie Sheen attacked her on Xmas morning with a knife, TMZ has got the deets:
Brooke Mueller told cops Charlie Sheen threatened her with a knife … law enforcement sources tell TMZ. As we have already reported, one of the two felonies for which Charlie Sheen was arrested is felony menacing — a threat involving a deadly weapon. Our law enforcement sources say Mueller told cops Charlie was in possession of a knife and threatened her with it. As we first reported, Mueller has recanted much of her story … so her credibility has clearly come into serious question. In addition, as we also first reported, Mueller was legally drunk with a .13 blood alcohol level. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ when cops arrived on scene they observed marks on Mueller’s body, but they do not know if the marks were related to any scuffle with Sheen.
Sheen‘s people say the couple will go into counseling to try and fix their problems … so who knows what the eff is going on. But when you see this photo of these cute baby boys you have to wonder if all of the drama involving their parents will have an averse effect on their young psyches. Whatever is going on, I hope Charlie and Brooke get it together and settle matters for the sake and safety of their young children.
“This will be the last season of 'The Tyra Show'”
Sad news to pass along today to fans of The Tyra Banks Show (all 7 of you) … Tyra Banks herself has issued a statement announcing the end of her talk show of 5 years. According to Tyra, The Tyra Banks Show will be peaced the spork out at the end of this season … it’s dunzo, y’all:
After five seasons, two Daytime Emmy awards and too many girl-power episodes to count, Tyra Banks is announcing the end of The Tyra Show. “This will be the last season of The Tyra Show,” Banks tells PEOPLE exclusively. “I’ve been loving having fun, coming into your living rooms, bedrooms, hair salons for the past 5 years.” Wrapping at the end of its fifth season in the spring of 2010, it will be lights out for the show that brought viewers memorable weave-exposing, cellulite-revealing and tear-jerking moments. Banks will focus on the launch of Bankable Studios, a N.Y.-based film production company currently reviewing possible projects. Sticking to her mission, Banks aims to bring “positive images of women to the big screen,” says an industry insider. “My next huge steps will allow me to reach more women and young girls to help us all feel as fierce as we truly are,” Banks says. Adds the insider: “Tyra is sad because she’ll be missing so much of the daily connection to her viewers, but excited at the same time to be taking on a new challenge.” With encouragement from filmmaker Tyler Perry and longtime mentor Oprah Winfrey, Banks is “redefining beauty for women in film,” adds the source. “With Oprah’s big announcement this year, I think that gave Tyra the confidence to get out there and follow her longtime dream of film producing” … “There’s a lot cooking right now and a lot of fire burning in my heart,” Banks writes in an open letter on her Web site. “And I salute you my amazing family of viewers; without you there never would have been a Tyra Show. I really love you all.”
I mean, I guess it’s smart of folks to try and link the end of The Oprah Winfrey Show with the end of The Tyra Banks Show in an effort to make the end of Tyra‘s show seem like a bold move forward. But I’m convinced that the end of Tyra‘s show came not from her decision to work on other projects and came as a result of low ratings. Even still, The Tyra Banks Show was for a while the new Ricki Lake Show (which was the dominant daytime talk show for younger viewers in the 90′s) which is a feat in and of itself. I was never a fan of Tyra‘s show and I doubt I’ve ever watched an ep in full so I surely won’t miss it. I suppose this paves the way for Wendy Williams to be the new queen of the younger daytime TV talkshow demographic. Heaven help us all.
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May the Force be with you ... on your feet
A couple of months ago we learned that adidas Originals would be releasing a collection of shoes and apparel inspired by the iconic film series Star Wars. Today we get to check out some of these amazing designs, some of which are already available for sale or presale:
The collection for the first season is split into three packs — The Characters Pack, the Vehicles Pack and the Direct Pack. The products in each pack take inspiration from the respective aspect of the Star Wars lexicon from legendary characters and crafts to classic scenes and fuse them with iconic adidas Originals silhouettes. The pieces will begin to hit all adidas Originals stores and other select retailers in January. Also, look out for a very special web application announcing the adidas and Star Wars collaboration which will hit the internet within the next couple of weeks. Below is an overview of the products within each pack.
This pack takes the most iconic moments and characters from the Star Wars saga and brings them to life across five sneakers, two short sleeve T-shirts and the Superstar Track Top.
For this pack, we have taken inspiration from the well known vehicles and crafts from the Star Wars saga and translated them to our five most iconic adidas Originals sneakers and two key adidas Originals apparel models. Across these models we have paid homage to the distinguished features of airborne crafts and land based vehicles from both sides of the Force and executed them to appeal to both adidas and Star Wars fans alike.
Darth Vader and the Stormtroopers appear in this pack as well as in the Characters pack. Also, the Women’s Game Mid silhouette that appears here is inspired by Princess Leia, featuring gold detailing paired with a modern high-top silhouette with matching apparel.
Above we see the shoes modeled after Luke Skywalker and Yoda and an awesome hoodie modeled after Darth Vader (a hoodie, I might add, is now available for sale for $100). I love me some shoes and I really love these AMAZING adidas Star Wars sneaks. After the jump, check out a whole slew of Star Wars-themed adidas kicks for your buying pleasure … More »
Back in mama's arms
Last week we saw photos of Guy Ritchie returning home to the UK from NYC with his sons Rocco James and David Banda ahead of the Xmas holiday and just a couple of days ago we saw photos of Chifundo Mercy James, Madonna‘s youngest daughter, gettin’ a gander at her first Xmas present since being adopted into the family. Today we get to see a few photos of Madonna with all of her children, including Lourdes Maria and David Banda, as they made their way to their London home after a visit to the Kabbalah Centre:
I understand that Maddy did spend at least some of Xmas day with ex-hubby Guy and the kids, which I think is really lovely. Madonna took the kids to the Kabbalah Centre for a Boxing Day celebration yesterday and, I’m sure, a great time was had by all. It’s really great that Madonna and Guy can keep things relatively happy and civil for their children. If the rumors are to be believed, Madonna and Guy have been in “friend” mode for many months leading up to their divorce. Whatever their deal may be, I’m pleased to know that they are keepin’ things cool for the kiddies :)
[Photo credit: Bauer-Griffin]
The TV Guide
Yesterday was my last day of bachelorhood for 2009 as David is due to arrive from his Florida Xmas vacay in about an hour but I did make the most of my solitude. Lots of reading, lots of movie watching. I got roped into watching Rosemary’s Baby, Hackers and one of my fave movies of all time, The Craft:
I have prolly seen The Craft at least a 100 times or more. I remember when it came out in theaters, I think I saw it a few times on the big screen and then wore out my VHS copy of the movie before getting my hands on a DVD. To say that the film had a profound effect on me would be an understatement. The soundtrack is seriously one of the best of the 90′s … ah, it was nice to see the movie again last night.
But, I must be off to the airport now to pick up my boo. I’m glad he’s getting in so early because we’ll be able to spend the day together. Who know what adventures we’ll get up to today. We are heading into the final days of 2009, the final days of the 00′s … make the most of them. There’s a brave new 2010 out there and I cannot WAIT for it’s arrival :)
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Jon Gosselin robbed, Maddy's new horse ranch, Aaliyah biopic in the works?
It is time, once again and for the last time in 2009, to gawk and gander at the Hot Dude of the Week. Today, we’ve got a beefy young chap who has his fair share of muscles and appears to have no problem whatsoever sharing his bounty with all of us. Say hello to Joshua:
I think thick Joshua here is a great chap to round out the year of Hot Dudes, don’t you think? We’ve enjoyed a nice long year of scantily clad Hot Dudes and we’ve got a whole year ahead (and beyond) of sexy manflesh to look forward to. 2009 has been a pretty great year for hotness, of which Joshua here is a prime example. I cannot wait to see what Hot Dudes will come in 2010! Enjoy!!
[Photo credit: All American Guys]
And NOT to Doug Reinhardt
HMMMM … it appears that congratulations are in order for newlyweds Paris Hilton and British TV personality Piers Morgan because the pair got MARRIED in Las Vegas, NV this week!! Don’t believe me? Here are the photos:
Surely a wedding ceremony this elaborate couldn’t be a joke … right? Well, actually … it was. Morgan, a judge on Britain’s Got Talent, was filming a bit for an upcoming TV special which will air in the UK on Sunday and decided it would be funny to stage a fake wedding ceremony to Paris Hilton (of all people). I guess all the strippers who he asked first turned him down. HMMMM:
He may be a happily engaged man, but that didn’t stop Piers Morgan eloping to Vegas to ‘marry’ a blonde 16 years his junior. And his bride? The socialite hotel heiress Paris Hilton. In typical Vegas style, Mr Morgan, who announced his engagement to writer Celia Walden only two weeks ago, got ‘hitched’ under the watchful eyes of an Elvis impersonator, a Marilyn Monroe lookalike and several Rat Pack mimics. Mr Morgan, 44, joked of his ‘Sin City’ wedding: ‘You know what it’s like – you have a few drinks, spend too long on the blackjack table, get over-excited and decide to do something silly. ‘I have to say, Paris scrubbed up to be a beautiful bride. It was magical.’ However, given The Mail on Sunday columnist’s reputation for self-promotion, it will come as little surprise to discover that the wedding was staged for his forthcoming ITV1 show. Although the 15-minute service at the Little Church of the West was not official, there were times when the Britain’s Got Talent judge feared it may have gone too far. ‘Well, I don’t think I signed anything, so I’m pretty sure it’s not actually legal,’ he said. ‘Having said that, we did go through all the vows, so I can’t be entirely sure.’ Miss Hilton, 28, wore an Enzoani ivory dress for the ceremony, and was given a diamond-encrusted ring by Mr Morgan. They met in a hotel room beforehand and chatted on the bed for the ITV show Piers Morgan On…Las Vegas, which airs on Saturday. Miss Hilton said: ‘You can do anything here, it’s crazy. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!’ In real life, Mr Morgan proposed to Ms Walden, the daughter of former Tory MP George Walden, earlier this month, during a romantic stay in Paris. But Ms Walden took the Vegas wedding in her stride. ‘When I told her the news, she just shrugged her shoulders sadly and said, “How can I ever compete with Paris Hilton?”,’ Mr Morgan said.
Awww, don’t sell yourself short, sweetie … Paris Hilton really isn’t all that. While I have no idea who this Piers Morgan person is, I can’t say that I blame him for getting Hilton in on his gag. Hasty Vegas weddings are notoriously tragic and I cannot think of a more tragic scenario then gettin’ legally wed to Paris Hilton. But, ya know, considering how well Paris and current beau Doug Reinhardt have been doing in the past year or so, it might not be too long before we hear wedding bells for Pug Dilton … what a gloriously tragic day that would be.
[Photo credit: Splash News; Source]
Too much adorable
Julie Benz, one of my favorite TV actresses from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Dexter, was spotted roaming the streets of West Hollywood, CA this week after meeting up with friends for lunch. As is plainly obvs from these photos, Julie was lookin’ as cute as can be all bundled against the chilly SoCal weather:
As you may recall, Julie very graciously gave me an interview regarding the SHOCKING season 4 finale episode of Dexter a couple of weeks ago so she will be forever endeared to my heart (tho, she already was endeared to me by virtue of her Buffyverseness). Considering how SHOCKING this season of Dexter ended this year, Julie looks to be in fine spirits. I love her dearly and I wish nothing but the best in the coming year. I’m quite sure we’ll be seeing much more of the beautiful Ms. Benz in 2010 ;)
[Photo credit: Splash News]
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He brings along his 3 kids for the tropical "creepover"
Earlier this week we saw a few photos of Sienna Miller enjoying the sun and surf in Barbados all by herself … but I suspected that she was just biding her time until she was able to meet up with her new lover Jude Law (who she’s been creepin’ all over NYC with in the past few weeks). In an interview with David Letterman a couple of weeks ago, Jude confessed that he would be taking his children (his 3 eldest children, that is … no mention was made of his 4th child Sophia who was born of a tryst affair with Samantha Burke earlier this year) to the beach for the Xmas holiday. I guessed that Jude would be taking his kids to the same beach that Sienna was enjoying all by herself this week … and I was right. Here are photos of JuSie reunited in Barbados with his children Rafferty, Iris and Rudy:
Oh man, I SO called it. And now that Jude and Sienna are jetting off to holiday destinations together, I think it’s very safe to totally assume that they are “together” again. After the jump, check out another photo that clearly shows that Jude Law and Sienna Miller are currently holidaying together in the tropics … More »
Or ... are they?
In the wake of Charlie Sheen‘s Xmas morning arrest in Aspen, CO on allegations that he physically assaulted his intoxicated wife Brooke Mueller there is a new report from RadarOnline that claims that Mueller has decided to file divorce papers and will do so very shortly … meaning that the couple, who were married in March of ’08, are totally dunzo!
It’s over between Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller after less than two years of marriage, RadarOnline.com has learned exclusively. Sheen’s arrest on felony domestic violence charges followed a night of arguing after a quiet trial separation of the couple, sources tell RadarOnline.com exclusively. Mueller has now decided that she will file divorce papers in the very near future, we’ve learned exclusively. After the Christmas morning incident, where Mueller told sources Charlie tried to choke her, the actor’s representatives quickly moved into damage control mode. Sources close to Mueller told RadarOnline.com that Team Sheen pressured her to recant and even suggested the exact words she should use! Late on Christmas day Mueller did recant her version of the violence — after contact with Charlie’s reps. Mueller wants out of the marriage and has a prenuptial agreement. Sources told RadarOnline.com that money was discussed in connection with not further damaging Sheen’s already tattered reputation. Both Mueller and Sheen were partying the night before the incident and had alcohol in their systems at 8:34am when 911 was called. Sheen has been through rehab for drug and alcohol abuse. Sheen had just flown into Aspen, where Mueller rented a house and had been spending time without him in a trial separation, sources close to both Sheen and Mueller told RadarOnline.com. “Both of them are miserable in the marriage. That’s why they were apart,” a source who knows the couple told RadarOnline.com exclusively. “Both were separately telling friends their marriage was over before this happened.
BUT … another report from People magazine says differently … that report claims that things between Sheen and Mueller were not bad at all prior to this incident and that, indeed, the couple have decided to go to couple’s counseling in the wake of this incident in order to try and keep their marriage intact. They may not be so dunzo after all:
Charlie Sheen and wife Brooke Mueller are planning to undergo counseling after a heated fight at a dinner party in Aspen, Colo., that landed Charlie in jail on domestic violence charges Friday morning. “They were fighting at a dinner in a friend’s house and it continued until the next morning,” a source close to Mueller tells PEOPLE. “Both of them were drinking and neither was supposed to be. They both have histories of alcohol abuse and have made every effort to stop. But things got out of hand.” Sheen, 44, was booked at 11:20 a.m. for second-degree assault, menacing and criminal mischief, according to a spokesperson for the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Department in Aspen, Colo. The actor posted an $8,500 bond Friday night and was released from jail at 7 p.m. He is due in court on Feb. 8, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. “Charlie went right back to Los Angeles after he was released from jail,” the source tells PEOPLE. “Both he and Brooke will undergo counseling and Charlie will get anger management counseling.” Despite reports, the couple had not been separated in the weeks leading up to the Christmas morning 911 call at the house they were renting with their twin boys, Bob and Max, 9 months. “Brooke and Charlie have never been separated,” the source tells PEOPLE. “And the boys are fine – so precious. They knew nothing about a fight between their parents.” The actor’s Colorado-based attorney Richard Cummins tells PEOPLE, “They have two children together and they love one another and they’re going to work through what is a difficult time and they’re going to do that together and as privately as possible.” Sheen’s rep, Stan Rosenfield, had no further comment.
I dunno about any of this. Unfortch with incidents of domestic violence (whether alleged or not) this sort of back and forth is prevalent. I’m very concerned about these allegations that Mueller was forced to recant her claims of assault and now everything is just fine, they’re gonna “work on it” and stay together … of course, this is coming from HIS lawyer. We don’t know what really happened and it is unfair to automatically blame Sheen just because he is a man … but I’m of the mind that allegations of abuse by anyone should be taken very seriously. Whatever the case may be (or whatever the story we are finally told), it is my sincere hope that everyone involved is safe, sound and unharmed. We may never know what went down.
Here are a couple of new, as-yet unseen promo photos from the big budge action film Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time based on the video game of the same name and which stars hottie Jake Gyllenhaal:
As you may recall, we got to see the first movie trailer from Persia early last month and since that time, I’ve been able to see it a couple of times on the big screen in front of movies I’ve seen recently. As much as it pains me to say this about my Jakey poo, I really think this movie is going to not only be a bomb but it is going to be an embarrassment for Jake. I just cannot take the man serious when he speaks with that accent … it’s just … laughable. I would love nothing more than for Jake to become a big action star but nothing I’ve seen from the film thus far has made me a believer. I guess we’ll have to see how the movie turns out cuz, believe me, I’ll be there to see it — for sure! I’m just a bit worried, tho, that it’s not going to be the blockbuster they’re prolly hoping it will be. As much as I love Jake, he’s yet to prove that he can carry a big film on his own. He sure is purdy tho, at least he’s got that going for him.
Bundles of joy
Here are a couple photos of a tired-looking Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick and they brought home their twin daughters Marion Loretta and Tabitha Hodge from a Xmas Eve excursion on Thursday. As you can see, the little darlings were all bundled up in their warm, fuzzy pink onesie coats:
While I’m sure the Parker-Brodericks had themselves a fun Xmas celebration yesterday, neither one of them looked very much in the Xmas spirit on Xmas Eve ;) I bet twin babies really take a lot of time and energy to care for … but in the end, I also bet it’s all worth the effort :)
[Photo credit: Bauer-Griffin]
The TV Guide
Yesterday was a very nice, very quiet Xmas Day for me. I spent a lot of time reading — books, old journals, etc. — and really reconnecting with myself. I dunno, something about Xmas resonated with me this year to get back to my roots and refocus my energies. I spent some time with old books of mine that explain and reminded me of traditional Pagan Yule celebrations … ’twas a very nice day, I must say.
Last night, I met up with my friends David, Adriana and Etay for a showing of Sherlock Holmes:
I am SO happy to report that I loved the film. I fear that staunch Holmes fans (of the novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) may not take too kindly to the “modern” feel of the movie but I loved it entirely. Robert Downey, Jr. is a delight to watch on screen and his interplay with Jude Law as Dr. John Watson is so fun. To be honest, it’s hard NOT to see the manlove between these two characters … and the chemistry between RDJ and Jude does much to fortify that love. The story is really good and the direction, I must confess, wasn’t half bad. The only think I didn’t really care for was how Rachel McAdams‘s character Irene Adler was shoved into the storyline. She was fine as Adler but the character just felt imposed upon the story. There is a lot of action, lots of fast pace and great acting. Also, watch closely for a quick cameo by Guy Ritchie and Madonna‘s eldest son Rocco John. Everyone in our party really enjoyed ourselves immensely. I think you will either love this film or hate it … I am deffo on the love side :)
I have to give a shout-out to Pink reader Jennifer who, as luck would have it, I was seated next to at the movies. It was my pleasure meeting you … and btw, she loved the film too :)
I’m gonna get in some more reading today … I’ve been on a roll and I’ve been LOVING it. David arrives tomorrow morning so I’m excited for his return home. Happy Boxing and First Day of Kwanzaa, y’all!!
Posted under: 'Sherlock Holmes'
Sheen out of jail, Hilton's naive idiocy, No Mr. T in 'The A-Team'
Some Chipmunks, A Granny & An Xmas Bulldog
Here is this week’s batch of photos sent in by Pink is the new Blog readers — Erin sends in a fun holiday photo of her Xmas angel — Lori sends in a supercute pic of her daughter Adie and The Chipmunks — Joshua sends in a photo of his grandma rockin’ out for the holidays — Robert sends in an adorable photo of his bulldog gettin’ into the Xmas spirit — my friend and fellow Turtle Party: Book Club member Eileen sends in Holiday Wishes from her pet pooch Hershey:
Happiest of Holidays and much love & thanks to you all for sending in your fun photos all 2009 long! This is the last batch of photos of the year but I’m very much looking forward to seeing all ya’ll’s amazing photos in the year to come. Have an amazing rest of 2009 and remember to take and SEND IN your fun photos to share ;)
Don ye now your gay apparel
Not everyone celebrates Xmas sitting around the Xmas tree with family and friends opening gifts and telling stories … some folks like their Xmas celebrations to be a bit sexier. Here are photos of partners Marc Jacobs and Lorenzo Martone sharing Xmas day together, speedo-clad and all, on a beach in St. Bart’s yesterday:
Yeah, this doesn’t look like a bad way to celebrate the holidays. I can’t say that I can find much wrong with spending the day relaxing on the beach, soaking up the Sun and just chillin’ out with the one you love most in the world. These two have been going strong for sometime now … I’m still not entirely sure if they are actually married or not but they are deffo devoted and committed to one another. It would seem that Marc and Lorenzo (Marcenzo?) had themselves a merry little Xmas, don’tcha think?
[Photo credit: INFdaily]
Merry Mickey Xmas
Here are a few photos of Jennifer Lopez, her hubby Marc Anthony, their twins Emme Maribiel & Maximilian David and some stray family members as they enjoyed part of Xmas day at Disneyland and California Adventure here in SoCal yesterday:
It would appear that after the Lopez-Anthony family were finished opening their presents on Xmas morn, they packed up as many folks as they could muster and decided to spend the day at Disney. To be honest, I even contemplated a visit yesterday myself but my laziness took hold and I decided not to. It looks like the family had a great time at the amusement park yesterday and I’m happy to see that Marc kept his zombieness to a minimum. No need scaring the other park attendees, especially on Xmas. Looks like a fun day for LopAnthony this Xmas :)
[Photo credit: INFdaily, Splash News]
Passengers subdue would-be terrorist attempting to blow up an airplane
Scary news to pass along today … in what could’ve been a terribly tragic incident on Xmas Day yesterday, I am happy to report that passengers on Northwest Flight 253 managed to foil an attempted terrorist attack on the plane as it was about to land in Detroit, MI from Amsterdam. Initially, the report was that someone ignited firecrackers on board the plane but as more information came to light, it has been determined that a man originating from Nigeria, named Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, attempted to denote an “explosive device” in a terrorist attempt to blow up the plane. CNN has a blurred out photo of the man being taken into custody and some deets about how passengers on the plane foiled the attempt:
A Nigerian man is “talking a lot” to the FBI, said a senior U.S. official, after what the United States believes was an attempted terrorist attack on an inbound international flight. The initial impression is that the suspect was acting alone and did not have any formal connections to organized terrorist groups, said the official, who is familiar with the investigation. The suspect, identified by a U.S. government official as 23-year-old Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, ignited a small explosive device Friday, shortly before a Northwest flight from Amsterdam, Netherlands, landed at Detroit Metro Airport in Michigan. Passenger Jasper Schuringa told CNN that with the aid of the cabin crew, he helped subdue and isolate Abdulmutallab. Abdulmutallab was taken into custody and is being treated for second- and third-degree burns on his thighs, according to federal law enforcement and airline security sources. The sources told CNN that the suspect flew into Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam on a KLM flight from Lagos, Nigeria, and is not believed to be on any “no fly” list, although his name does appear in a U.S. database of people with suspect connections. He did not undergo secondary security screening in Amsterdam, an administration official said. The administration official said there was no evidence that Abdulmutallab was a hard-core, trained member of al-Qaeda. The Nigerian national, however, claimed to have extremist ties and said the explosive device “was acquired in Yemen along with instructions as to when it should be used,” a federal security bulletin obtained by CNN said … The remains of the device used are being sent to an FBI explosives lab in Quantico, Virginia, for analysis, security sources said … The Department of Homeland Security issued a statement Friday saying that air passengers “may notice additional screening measures put into place to ensure the safety of the traveling public on domestic and international flights.” Passengers described the brief moments of panic on board, as screams erupted and flight attendants ran for fire extinguishers. Syed Jafry, who was sitting in seat 16G, said the plane was just beginning to descend when passengers heard a pop. “Everybody got a little bit startled,” he said. “After a few seconds or so … there was … kind of a flamish light and there was fire” and people around the immediate area began to panic. Jasper Schuringa said he heard a big bang that sounded like a firecracker going off. He told CNN that he was the one who was able to subdue Abdulmutallab. CNN was not able to independently confirm Schuringa’s account. Schuringa said someone started yelling: “Fire! Fire!” Then there was smoke. That’s when Schuringa said he knew something was terribly wrong. When he noticed that Abdulmutallab was not moving, he grew suspect. He jumped over the passenger next to him and lunged over Abdulmutallab’s seat. Schuringa said he saw that Abdulmutallab had his pants open and he was holding a burning object between his legs. “I pulled the object from him and tried to extinguish the fire with my hands and threw it away,” Schuringa said. He said he managed to pull an object tucked between Abdulmutallab’s legs. “Water! Water,” Schuringa screamed. He heard fire extinguishers as he pulled Abdulmutallab out of his seat and dragged him to the front of the plane. Schuringa said Abdulmutallab seemed dazed. “He was staring into nothing.” Schuringa said he stripped off Abdulmutallab’s clothes to make sure he did not have other explosives on his body. A crew member helped handcuff him. He said other passengers applauded as he walked back to his own seat. “My hands are pretty burned. I am fine,” he said. “I am shaken up. I am happy to be here.” Jafry said the incident was under control within minutes, crediting the crew and nearby passengers for the rapid response … No other suspicious materials were found on the plane or in luggage, the law enforcement and airline security sources said. The suspect had only carry-on luggage … The plane, an Airbus 330, landed shortly before noon. It was carrying 278 passengers.
Unbelievable. If anything, this is a reminder that terrorists are still very much out there, active and waiting to launch another successful attack. This incident could’ve been horribly tragic, much thanks goes out to the brave passengers of NW Flight 253 and Misters Jafry & Schuringa in particular. Their quick thinking quite possibly saved the lives of almost 300 people. I can’t even tell you how scary this news is to me … my parents live just a city away from Detroit Metro Airport where this incident took place. Thank goodness no one was seriously injured and this incident turned out the way it did. As a result of this attempted attack, I’m sure security measures at airports around the country will be stepped up … meaning that many people are bound to complain about the added inconvenience. I, for one, am thankful and glad that all we really have to “pay” in return for a foiled terrorist attempt to blow up an airplane on US soil is a little added inconvenience at the airport.
The actor was arrested for allegedly assaulting his wife
Here’s a little news to make the yuletide bright … TMZ is reporting that actor Charlie Sheen was arrested on Xmas day in Aspen, CO on charges that he assaulted his wife Brooke Mueller. Here is Charlie‘s mugshot and the reported deets surrounding his arrest:
Charlie Sheen was arrested today in Aspen, Colorado and is being held in jail without bond. Police responded after a 911 call was made at 8:34 AM. When cops arrived, they arrested Sheen for felony second degree assault, felony manacing and criminal mischief, a misdemeanor. The name of the victim was not disclosed. An ambulance arrived on scene, but the alleged victim was not transported. Sheen will stay in jail until he appears before a judge.
UPDATE: Sources tell TMZ the alleged victim is Sheen’s wife, Brooke Mueller. Sheen’s publicist, Stan Rosenfield, “Don’t be mislead by appearances. Appearances and reality can be as different as night and day.”
Damn … the first thing that Sheen and Mueller did on Xmas morning was allegedly get into a physical altercation? That is so effed up. I’m sure Charlie has his own side of the story, which we’ll hear in due time. But for now, while he’s cooling his heels in the pokey, we only have the info made available in this initial report. Ho Ho Ho.
UPDATE #2: It turns out that Charlie may be innocent of these allegations altogether … his wife Brooke has recanted her claims that he assaulted her and admitted that she was drunk when she made the claims in her 911 call:
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … Brooke Mueller was legally drunk when she called 911 on Charlie Sheen … and, we’ve learned, Brooke has fessed up that her allegation was phony. Sources say authorities gave both Charlie and Brooke blood alcohol tests. Brooke registered a .13 while Charlie registered a .04. By the way, the 911 call came in at 8:34 AM on Christmas day. We’re also told Brooke recanted her story to a female officer just before the bail hearing, telling the cop she was drunk when she made the 911 call. Nevertheless, law enforcement sources say police will still pursue the case — at least for now.
OY!! What a crappy way to spend Xmas … but, boy, Charlie and Brooke really know how to do it up.
Posted under: Charlie Sheen
It's tea time
A new bunch of promo photos from Tim Burton‘s version of Alice In Wonderland have made themselves available on the Internets, which I now pass along to all y’all. Here is a fun pic of a tea party in Wonderland:
Walt Disney Pictures has just released some fresh images from Tim Burton’s upcoming adventure film “Alice in Wonderland”. Coming out from different sources, the new photos give a good look at some of the film’s characters. In the image that was found by Joblo, Alice, the Mad Hatter, Red Queen, White Queen along with some creatures from the fantasy world are all seen sitting down to tea. Then, some wallpapers released by Disney capture the White Rabbit, the March Hare, the Dormouse and the Cheshire Cat individually. Mia Wasikowska takes lead female role of Alice while senior actor Johnny Depp stars as the Mad Hatter. Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter also join the cast ensemble to portray the White Queen and the Red Queen respectively. Meanwhile, Michael Sheen, Paul Whitehouse, Barbara Windsor, and Stephen Fry will lend their voices for the film. Expected to come out in Disney Digital 3-D on March 5, 2010, “Alice in Wonderland” is said to be an epic 3-D fantasy adventure which gives a magical and imaginative twist on some of the most beloved stories of all time. The story follows 19-year-old Alice who returns to the whimsical world she first encountered as a young girl, reuniting with her childhood friends. This time, she embarks on a fantastical journey to find her true destiny and end the Red Queen’s reign of terror.
I was able to see the Alice in Wonderland trailer in 3D last weekend when I saw Avatar in IMAX 3D and I was BLOWN away! The trailer is fantastic in 3D … when the Cheshire Cat comes out of the screen into your face, it’s like right there in your face. So cool!! If you get the chance to see Avatar in 3D, get to the theater early to see the Alice trailer in 3D, too. But, I digress. After the jump, check out the other new promo pics that have been released from Alice in Wonderland … More »
Posted under: 'Alice In Wonderland'
As well as other shows on their roster
HBO has released a new video trailer that pays homage to their 2009 programming and teases their offerings for 2010 … including glimpses of their hit show True Blood! Here are a few screen caps from this new trailer that features everyone’s fave vamps and fangbangers along with some deets about the trailer itself:
HBO has just released its annual yearender that teases also what’s coming in 2010. “2009 was a big year for HBO, but 2010 will be just as big,” the cable said in the promo. Among the returning shows that get the first look is “True Blood” and among the new shows is miniseries “The Pacific”. Unfortunately, the promo that utilizes the song “This Could Be the Year” by Ryan Star, only displays a few second of Bill-Sookie moment as well as a brief glimpse of Sam and Jessica with her fangs out. It is doubtful that any of the scene is new since production has just been kicked off this month and it’s unlikely that the footage come out of it. The contrary happens to “Pacific” that gets a new footage of wedding and war scenes. “True Blood”, entering its third year, will be premiered in June while “The Pacific” that has ten episodes will be premiered on March 14. Other shows which are expected to come back during the summer are “Eastbound & Down”, “Entourage”, “Bored to Death” and “Hung”. Meanwhile, the TV films that follow the success of “Grey Gardens” are “Temple Grandin”, “The Special Relationship” and “You Don’t Know Jack”. New series that will be introduced next year are drama “Treme”, comedy “How to Make It in America”, and another drama “Broadwalk Empire”. HBO is the network that gets the biggest number of nominations at 2010 Golden Globe Awards. Pocketing 17 nods in total, HBO has the chance to win through Anna Paquin, “Taking Chance” and Bill Paxton among others.
Now, because Showtime has Dexter, they have my heart … BUT HBO does bring the heat and I am a faithful watcher of that network as well. I’m not fully on board with the True Blood Love Train but I do enjoy the show and am looking forward to seeing what will come next in the new season next year. After the jump, check out this video trailer in full and see what’s in-store from Home Box Office in 2010 … More »
Posted under: 'True Blood', HBO
The TV Guide
Yesterday was a pretty fantastic day, what being Xmas Eve and all, mainly because I was able to enjoy it with some of my amazing friends :) My good friend Darion and I met up for brunch at Hugo’s before he had to jet off to be with his family up North. We were both dressed in a festive manner and had a fun gift exchange together:
Last night I met up with David, another of my fave peeps ever, so that we could meet up with my dear Adriana and her friends for an Xmas Eve dinner at Buca di Beppo:
It was Adrianna’s idea to gather together the Xmas orphans for dinner and we had an absolute blast! It was a really special, really fun night.
This afternoon, the bunch of us are meeting up again to see Sherlock Holmes … it shall be fun. I sincerely hope all y’all are having a fantastic day, whatever it is that you are doing :) XOXOXO
Nic Cage sued, Rihann's Xmas wish, Gene Simmons sued
Meet los parents?
Kylie Minogue is apparently spending this Xmas with her beau Andrés Velencoso as the pair were spotted making their arrival in Barcelona, Spain just ahead of the holidays. I would appear that Kylie and Andrés will be enjoying Xmas with his family there … which seems say quite a lot about the status of their growing relationship, don’t you think?
It’s a dilemma many couples face at Christmas – how to juggle both sets of parents during the festive season. The task is particularly hard for pop princess Kylie Minogue, whose parents live in her native Australia while her Spanish boyfriend Andres Velencoso’s family is based in the Costa Brava. The jet-setting couple reached a compromise this Christmas – spending a week in Sydney with the 41-year-old singer’s family before flying into Spain on Christmas Eve to spend the special day with Velencoso’s father and sisters. Minogue, looking effortlessly chic in jeans, tan boots and a grey scarf, was spotted arriving in Barcelona yesterday with her boyfriend of nearly 12 months. The pint-sized popstar’s 31-year-old model boyfriend acted like the true gentleman, taking car of his girlfriend’s luggage. The pair was expected to travel to the small town of Tossa de Mar in the Costa Brava, where Velencoso’s family lives. It won’t be the first time Minogue has met the family – she won them over in June when she pulled a shift in the bar they own in Tossa de Mar. The latest holiday will do nothing to dispel wedding rumours for the loved-up couple, who have have spent 2009 taking numerous romantic holidays. They spent the past week in Melbourne, where they enjoyed quality time with Kylie’s sister Dannii and her boyfriend Kris Smith. The keen golfers joined Smith for a day on the fairway at an exclusive Melbourne golf course and also attended the 90th birthday of the sisters’ grandmother.
It’s lovely that Kylie got to spend some time with her own family down in Oz in the days leading up to Xmas but it’s also lovely that she is spending the actual holiday with the Velencoso family. I would love nothing more than for Kylie to get hitched to Andrés (they make such a beautiful couple, after all) but methinks they will take things as they come and settle down only when they are good and ready. In the meantime, we’ll speculate and watch from afar. I just love them together, tho. Here’s hoping they enjoy a most Feliz Navidad together this year :)
The Xmas spirit is alive and well
Last month a bunch of amazing celebs made their way out to the Los Angeles Mission to devote their time and energy to help feed the less privileged people in the area for Thanksgiving. Yesterday, more celebs (including some of the same folks who came out last month) showed up at the LA Mission to help distribute Xmas dinner … here are a few photos:
I just give it up for my girl Kate Linder, who stars as Esther Valentine on The Young and the Restless (and has for the past few decades), who is ALWAYS there at the LA Mission come holiday time to give so generously of her time and energy. In fact, all my love, respect and admiration goes out to the folks who continually and unselfishly give of their time in this way. There are many folks out there who are enjoying a merrier Xmas then they might’ve if not for the generosity of the volunteers at the LA Mission. They do very important work all year long but I like to highlight their efforts around the holidays. If YOU would like to lend a hand by pledging a donation to the Los Angeles Mission you can do so HERE.
[Photo credit: Splash News]
The late actress laid to rest at twilight on Xmas Eve
Brittany Murphy, who passed away very suddenly last weekend in her SoCal home, was laid to rest at Forest Lawn Memorial Park here in Los Angeles last night in a twilight ceremony attended by family and close friends. The young actress was remembered as a “bright light” that touched all who knew her … a light that was taken from the world far too soon:
Brittany Murphy’s husband described how he had lost his ‘best friend and soul mate’ as the actress was laid to rest in a Christmas Eve service. Friends and family gathered at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park – the cemetery where Michael Jackson was buried – and said words could not express their devastation at the 32-year-old’s passing. Her family said in a statement ‘Brittany was an incredibly loving and passionate person and an artist to her core – she loved acting, singing, dancing, and performing.’ ‘A bright light that lit the world is forever dimmed, but will live on in the hearts of those that Brittany touched.’ The 8 Mile actress’s husband, British film director Simon Monjack, spoke about their relationship at the intimate gathering and said he had lost his best friend. Longtime family friend Alex Ben Block, who read the eulogy, said the service was ‘very nice, very respectful.’ Her close friends and her cousin also recalled their favourite memories of her. The afternoon service was presided over by a Christian minister and a rabbi presided, andguests sang ‘Amazing Grace’ at the grave site. Block said Murphy loved Christmas and that it was ironic that she was buried on Christmas Eve. Mr Block was one of the pall-bearers alongside ’24′ actor Eric Balfour. The Clueless star died on Sunday morning after collapsing at her Los Angeles home and suffering a cardiac arrest. Her father Angelo Bertolotti was not invited to her funeral, RadarOnline.com reported. Bertolotti had been estranged from Brittany and her mother for the past eight years. He told the website he was too sad to attend even if he had been invited. ‘I just don’t want to see that happen, I just want to remember her alive,’ he said. But he added he will go and visit her grave. ‘I’ll wait about a month to go out there,’ he said.
Brittany‘s sudden death is just too tragic for words. For her to pass away at such a young age, around the holidays … I cannot even imagine the pain that her family and loved ones are enduring right now. May she rest in eternal peace and may her family and friends heal quickly from this terrible loss.
[Photo credit: Splash News; Source]
Season's Greetings, and all that jazz
Just want to send out some happy vibes to all y’all out there today, wherever in the world you are, whatever you are doing today. Whether you are celebrating the season today (talking to you Xmas folks), have already celebrated the season (that means you Solstice and Chanukah folks), plan to celebrate the season (Kwanzaa and Boxing Day folks) or won’t be celebrating any season at all — I hope you have a fantastic day today:
2009 has been a pretty rough year but I hope all y’all can take some time today to reflect on the great things going on in your lives, bask in the love and affection from family and/or friends and just be thankful that we are present to enjoy life. 2010 and an entire new decade awaits us in just about a week’s time … but for now, let’s just take some time to stop, be merry and just … be. Happy, Happy Holidays y’all!!
Posted under: Snoopy
Here are a couple of photos of sisters Lindsay and Aliana Lohan (who are looking more and more alike with each passing day) as they made their way into dinner at Cipriani restaurant in NYC, NY last night. With the holidays approaching, it looks like the sisters wanted to enjoy some quiet-time for just the two of them before things get nuts at home with the fam:
I suspect the Lohan sisters will be spending Xmas at home with mama Dina Lohan and their brothers at their home in Long Island, NY. Barring some Xmas miracle, I don’t expect that daddy Michael Lohan will be invited to partake in the festivities. But, we are talking about the Lohans here … anything is possible. I guess we shall see what transpires as the week progresses.
[Photo credit: Splash News]
Last minute shopping
Katie Holmes popped up in Beverly Hills, CA yesterday morning to get in a bit of shopping all by her lonesome. After a quick trip to Hermès (from whence she emerged with a big, bright orange shopping bag), Katie made a visit to Starbucks (where it looks like she ran into Santa Claus himself) to pick up a coffee drink … behold:
Hermes and Starbucks does not sound like a bad combination at all. It’s always so nice to see her out and about on her own … it reminds me of the good ol’ days ;) Whatever the holidays bring for Katie Holmes this year, let’s hope it includes love, warmth, happiness and a lock pick.
[Photo credit: INFdaily]
Posted under: Katie Holmes
The TV Guide
Last night was a very quite night for me … after I dropped off David at the airport, I ran out to take care of a few errands before retiring at home for the rest of the night. We put out our Charlie Brown Xmas tree to make the place look more festive …
… and I spent much of the night reading by the fireplace. It was a very relaxing evening.
This afternoon, I’m meeting up for a quick brunch with Darion before he jets home for the holidays and tonight I’m meeting up with my friend David and Adriana for an Xmas Eve dinner in Pasadena. This will be my first Xmas spent here in SoCal … I’m really excited. While I’ll miss the hoopla of family and friends back home in Detroit, there is something very appealing to me this year about the prospect of a very quiet Xmas as home ;)
Today is a very quiet day for goss so I’m treating today and tomorrow as shorter weekend days. Ho Ho Ho and Happy Holidays!!
Brittany laid to rest, Cameron doesn't sign autographs, Kevin Jonas talks sex
Just in time for the holiday season, a couple of new promo photos have been released that feature Rihanna promoting her new album Rated R. As you might expect, Ri Ri‘s promo photos are a bit on the wild side … and on the nekkid side:
Rihanna has been keen to show a wilder side of late. And you don’t get much wilder than a cougar, as the brave popstar posed alongside the fang-toothed beast to promote album Rated R. The Barbados born singer, 21, was pictured holding onto the neck of the roaring cougar in one daring shot. And in another, she used just her arm to protect her modesty. The Umbrella singer has been courting controversy with her raunchy photoshoots and revealing interviews of late. A recent semi-nude cover-shoot for GQ magazine was so raunchy, she faced the wrath of her record label boss Antonio ‘L.A.’ Reid. The singer is seen topless, in a pair of unzipped hotpants on the cover of the January 2010 issue of the popular men’s monthly. And she admits things got so steamy on set, Island Def Jam boss Reid threatened to step in. Rihanna revealed: ‘It’s very sexy. At one point L.A. Reid came into the shoot and he was like, ‘Rihanna, put some f*cking clothes on.”‘
Awww … bless her heart. Nothing says Merry Xmas like a mostly nekkid popstar. After the jump, if you’re feeling the Xmas spirit, check out one more Rated R promo photo featuring our dear Rihanna sans top … More »
Posted under: 'Rated R', Rihanna
The on-screen opponents get in some last minute Xmas shopping
Here are a few fun photos for fans of the long-running daytime drama The Young and the Restless … Eric Braeden and Peter Bergman (who play bitter rivals Victor Newman and Jack Abbott on the daytime soap) were each spotted separately doing a bit of shopping at The Grove here in LA yesterday afternoon. It would seem that the Y&R actors needed to get in some last minute Xmas shopping before it was too late:
The Young and the Restless tapes at the CBS Studios right next to The Grove so it’s not uncommon to see actors from the show at the shopping center. It’s funny that both men were spotted at The Grove at about the same time, tho. As you may recall, Braeden almost lost his job on Y&R over a salary dispute but a deal was worked out that will allow him to return to the show soon. Considering the number of daytime dramas that are being canceled altogether, I bet both of these actors are happy that they have jobs that allow them to shop for Xmas at all. Here’s hoping they both have a Merry & Restless Xmas this year!!
[Photo credit: Splash News]
Chifundo Mercy James will be spending her first Xmas with her new family (mama Madonna, possibly Guy Ritchie and her siblings Lourdes Maria, Rocco John and David Banda) this year and it looks like she’s already received her first gift of the holiday season … a scooter … yep, a regular ol’ push scooter:
Hmmm … that’s it? A scooter? I mean, I guess it is in the realm of possibility that Mercy‘s big gifts will come on Xmas morning but don’t you think at least Madge could’ve hooked up her little girl with an 18k solid gold scooter … or something? Poor Mercy … I bet she thought she hit the jackpot when she got adopted by Madonna. If this first gift is a sign of things to come then the poor lil’ dear is prolly gonna be way disappointed.
[Photo credit: Bauer-Griffin]
That is, if Sarah Palin attempts to run for the Vice Presidency again
Tori Amos, the amazing singer with a penchant for openly speaking her mind on a vast number of subjects, is considering throwing her hat into the political arena and may run for the US Presidency in 2012 … IF former Alaska governor Sarah Palin tries to run for Vice President again. In a new interview with the Daily Express, Amos explains that if an unqualified person like Palin believes she can run for major political office then she should have no problem running herself as well:
American singer TORI AMOS has vowed to run for office if former U.S. Vice President candidate SARAH PALIN ever tries to get elected again. Republican Palin’s role in the 2008 White House race divided America, with many questioning her credentials – and the Spark hitmaker insists she’ll run alongside the Alaskan if she ever eyes the vice presidential candidacy again. She says, “If Palin runs again, I’m going to run on a Republican ticket. What I know about Middle Eastern policy could fit on a thumbnail, but I still know more than she does. You have to ask, how could a nation nearly vote in somebody who isn’t qualified for the job?” But Amos feels more positive about the future of her country now U.S. President Barack Obama is in power: “I’m a lot more hopeful. The (George W.) Bush years were really difficult times if you were an American who loved your country. Having someone now that so many people respect doesn’t mean there aren’t going to be problems, but so many problems have been left behind.”
Altho this quote from Tori is a bit confusing, I believe the point she is trying to get across is that altho she herself is NOT qualified to run for office she cheekily believes she is more qualified than Palin is. And if the Republican party decides to put Palin on the ticket again, then she should have no problem running on the very same ticket. I’m fairly certain that Tori Amos is aligning herself with the Republican Party in this way to make a point of Palin‘s lack of qualifications (and not because she actually believes in the Republican Party platform). In any event, the point is taken … and, to be honest, I can’t say I’d mind Tori Amos running for political office here in the US. The mind boggles at what sort of accomplishments Amos would make if she were in office. If Tori were serious about this claim, then I think I would actually support Palin‘s bid for office again.
Okay, yeah, not really but it’s fun to dream.
Posted under: Tori Amos
NIN.com, the official website of Nine Inch Nails, was updated late yesterday with a new message from Trent Reznor. TR‘s latest missive to fans includes holiday greetings along with new information regarding the promise of new music to come in the new year! Here is the full text of TR‘s holiday message to fans:
12.23.09: wave hello
Happy holidays everyone and thank you for an exceptional year! Sorry I haven’t been around much lately, I’ve been working on not working for a couple of months, which for me is hard work. 2010 has a number of things planned including new material from nine inch nails and something else that isn’t nine inch nails. I am in a state of rediscovery and reinvention that feels unfamiliar, unsure and exactly what I need.
In the meantime, here are some miscellaneous performances from 2009.
See you and speak to you soon-
“Last” | Holmdel NJ 6.06.09: YouTube HD | Vimeo HD
“The Way Out Is Through” | Holmdel NJ 6.06.09: YouTube HD | Vimeo HD
“Somewhat Damaged” | Roskilde Festival 7.03.09: YouTube HD | Vimeo HD
“I’m Afraid of Americans” | Toronto 6.02.09: YouTube HD | Vimeo HD
Woot!! I’m certain that many folks, me included, are surprised at the announcement of new music from NIN in 2010. To be honest, I’m surprised at the announcement of any new music so soon after the end of Nine Inch Nails but … believe me, I am not complaining in the least. I’m most intrigued by the “something else that isn’t nine inch nails”. It’s great to hear publicly from TR himself about how he’s been doing in the past few months. I’m not sure if we should expect more messages like this from him any time soon but we should keep an eye out nonetheless.
Remember, The Gift video release (official NIN video footage of 3 separate concerts put together by the folks at This One Is On Us) will be released via torrent sites TOMORROW … So, whether you’ve been naughty or nice this year the NIN goodies just keep on coming.
Posted under: NIN.com, Trent Reznor
After 23 years together the couple call it quits ;(
SUPER sad news to pass along today :( After 23 years together, longtime couple Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins have decided to end their relationship … and make the announcement just in time for the holidays :( Despite the fact that the couple have been together for over 2 decades, Susan and Tim never married … but that fact does NOT lessen the sad blow, not at all. This was one couple that I deffo thought would be together forever … but sadly, they are dunzo, y’all:
One of Hollywood’s most enduring relationships has ended – Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins have broken up after more than two decades together, PEOPLE has learned exclusively. “Actress Susan Sarandon and her partner of 23 years, actor Tim Robbins have announced that they separated over the summer,” her rep Teal Cannaday tells PEOPLE in a statement. “No further comments will be made.” The couple met on the set of Bull Durham, and they have two sons together, Jack, 20, and Miles, 17. Sarandon, 63, was previously married to Chris Sarandon, whom she met in college. The actress also dated director Franco Amurri in the mid ’80s. The two had a daughter, Eva Amurri, in 1985. (Amurri is also an actress; she most recently appeared in Showtime’s Californication). Sarandon and Robbins, 51, were admired for their long relationship in the face of the pressures of show business, their much-discussed age difference – he’s 12 years younger – and that they never married. “I won’t marry because I am too afraid of taking him for granted or him taking me for granted – maybe it will be a good excuse for a party when I am 80,” Sarandon has said in the past.
Very unfortunately, things like this happen all the time … still, it’s really sad when a couple who have been together for so long come to the realization that they are no longer happy together. I like them both so much, I wish them each all the happiness in the world. While they may have decided not to be together any longer at this point in their lives, you never know what the future may hold. Boo. Isn’t this like the saddest news ever?
Sienna Miller, who has been in the close company of Jude Law for the past few weeks in NYC, has made her way down to the isle of Barbados to get in some rest and relaxation in the tropics this holiday season. Sienna decided to head off on vacation by herself … will this be a lonely Xmas for Ms. Miller?
As you may recall, Jude Law told David Letterman that he only has 3 kids (obviously omitting the fact that he fathered a 4th child earlier this year by Samantha Burke) but he also told Letterman that he would be taking his 3 kids on holiday in the tropics this Xmas. Might Jude be meeting up with Sienna in Barbados later on in the week? HMMMM … Sienna‘s holiday might not be so lonely after all.
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Posted under: Sienna Miller
'Tis the season
Nicole Richie and Joel Madden, who will be celebrating Xmas this year with their children Harlow Winter and Sparrow James (his first) this week, braved the “cold” SoCal weather to take care of some biz in Beverly Hills, CA yesterday … here are a couple of photos:
You can tell it was chilly by the way that Nicole was all bundled up … tho, I can assure you, the “cold” here is nothing compared to real cold elsewhere ;) With the holiday melee nearly upon them, I’m sure Nic/Joel didn’t mind sharing a bit of alonetime together on this little outing. With all the craziness to come, it’s nice that they were able to steal a few moments for themselves.
[Photo credit: Splash News]
Also celebrates the 40th anniversary of one of his fave charities
Prince William was on hand to help celebrate the 40th anniversary of a British organization called Centrepoint which provides housing and support for homeless youth between the ages of 16 and 25. But, Prince Wills took things a step further and decided to spend the night on the street to see what it is like for homeless people of any age to brave the cold UK nights:
A cold icy sidewalk isn’t where you would normally expect to find a sleeping British royal, but it is where Prince William spent the night to highlight the plight of the homeless. William, second in line to the British throne, spent a night near Blackfriars Bridge in central London last week in an event organized by homeless charity Centrepoint. “I cannot, after one night, even begin to imagine what it must be like to sleep rough on London’s streets night after night,” Prince William said in a statement on the Charity’s Web site. Centrepoint’s CEO, Seyi Obakin also spent the night alongside the prince and said it was a difficult and dangerous experience. “There was no shielding from the bitter cold, or the hard concrete floor, or the fear of being accosted by drug dealers, pimps or those out to give homeless people a good kicking,” Obakin said. “One of the hairiest moments occurred when we were almost run over by a road sweeper which simply didn’t see our small group huddled together, which just goes to show how vulnerable rough sleepers are.” The group encountered temperatures that dipped to minus four degrees Celsius and slept in old sleeping bags, using cardboard boxes as shelter. “It was the coldest night we had in a very long time and once it was over I think the prince appreciated the fact that he, unlike many homeless young people, could go home to a warm place,” Stuart Rogers, chief resources officer for Centrepoint told CNN. “He didn’t look his usual self given that he just spent the night outdoors and in rough clothes, but he didn’t look too bad.”
I cannot tell you how impressed I continue to be with Prince William‘s charity work. He could’ve very easily helped Centrepoint celebrate their anniversary and called it a day. For him to actually spend the night on the street to see what homeless people endure every single night is pretty remarkable. As a member of the British Royal Family, Wills will never really have to endure circumstances like this in his lifetime … but his willingness to try and get a sense of what the less fortunate endure is pretty admirable. If you would like to help out in any way you can, you can get more information on Centrepoint HERE. If Prince Wills can go out of his way to help, I can’t see why anyone else couldn’t do the same.
Maurissa Tancharoen who plays Kilo on Dollhouse posted a bunch of personal party pics from the Dollhouse Wrap Party that took place over the weekend. As bummed as they all are for their show to be over (viciously canceled by Fox last month), from the looks of these photos it would seem that the cast had themselves a great time nonetheless:
Filming wrapped on Dollhouse last week, partying wrapped over the weekend and now … we just wait for the final eps of the series to air in January before it’s all said and done. I’m still very upset that the show got the axe but the eps that we’ve seen since Fox announced the show’s cancellation have been arguably the best of the entire series. Dollhouse is going out with a bang! I’m glad to know that the cast and crew were able to happily celebrate their accomplishments one last time.
The TV Guide
Last night I enjoyed a lovely dinner date with my dear friend Adriana. She and I have committed to spending at least one night a month dining together in a restaurant that at least one of us has never been to before. She was in the mood for sushi so I took her to Fat Fish in West Hollywood:
We had a great night together … I’m really glad we decided to start seeing each other on a more regular basis. It looks like I’ll be spending part of Xmas Eve and Day with AY as well … we’re both misfit strays staying in town for the holidays so we’re gonna have a blast!! After dinner, David and I spent a nice night together with a bottle of wine and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. If you can believe it, he had never seen it before! OY! I told him that I wanted a misfit toy for Xmas:
We shall see if I will actually get a water pistol that shoots jelly ;)
This afternoon, David jets off to be with his family for Xmas … I’ll be dropping him off at the hellhole known as LAX very soon. While I’m bummed we’ll be apart for the next few days, I’m happy that he’ll be back by Sunday night :)
Knoxville has a baby boy, Steven Tyler in rehab, Uchitel not pregs
Mayumi Heene gets 20 days in jail
Yesterday we learned that the Heene family, the idiots who orchestrated the Balloon Boy Hoax back in October, got slapped with a bill for $42,000 to repay the costs incurred by their stunt and today we learn that Richard Heene, the “mastermind” of the hoax, got sentenced to 90 days in jail for his crimes. Before sentencing, Richard had to “choke back tears” as he apologized in open court for his actions … but the judge saw fit to throw his dumb ass in jail anyways. At last, justice is served! Here are some photos of Richard and wife Mayumi Heene as they made their way into and out of the courthouse earlier today:
The parents of “Balloon Boy” Falcon Heene were sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to charges that they carried out the stunt in October to promote a reality TV show. Richard Heene received four years probation and was prohibited from receiving any kind of financial benefit from the case. during the period of his probation He was also ordered to serve 90 days in jail, which includes 60 days work release that will let him pursue work as a construction contractor while doing his time. Heene choked back tears as he stood before a judge and apologized: “I do want to reiterate that I’m very, very sorry.” Earlier, a prosecutor urged a judge to give Heene the maximum punishment of 90 days behind bars. His lawyer asked for probation. District Judge Stephen Schapanski said, “Mr. Heene, I believe, is contrite. I do believe he regrets this incident.” Heene’s wife, Mayumi, received a lesser sentence due to her limited involvement in the hoax. Mrs. Heene was given 20 days in jail. Judge Schapanski noted that Mrs. Heene’s offense is less serious that her husband’s. “It’s clear that she accepts responsibility for what occurred, and it’s also clear that although she participated in the planning of this scheme, her role was less involved than Mr. Heene.” Prosecutors say a message needs to be sent to other self-promoters that they will be punished for orchestrating hoaxes. The Heenes made frantic calls to 911, the news media and the Federal Aviation Administration to report that their 6-year-old son may have been aboard a runaway balloon. That triggered a desperate 50-mile chase as the craft drifted across northern Colorado’s plains – and then another desperate search once the balloon landed and the boy was nowhere to be found. In his letter to the judge, Heffernan described his pain at having to tell the Heenes that their boy was not inside the balloon when it landed in a field. “I wish I could make you realize the anguish I had when I went into that room,” Heffernan said. “To have the Heenes start the grieving process with me trying to comfort them and give them some hope. Then to find out later they were just acting.” He added, “Yeah, it’s personal, but I ask you to seek some justice for me and others by ensuring the Heenes’ sentence … reflects this personal anguish the Heenes caused to so many people worldwide.” The Larimer County District Attorney’s Office estimates total search and rescue costs at $46,000, according to Lane.
Thank ye gods! These idiots really do deserve to be punished in this way, how else would they learn the err of their ways? Neither Heene will serve the full length of their sentences since work release probation is built into their sentences … which seems totally fair to me. I contend that at least some jailtime should be served but it’s more important that the family pay restitution back to the public. If any one out there thinks they got a great idea for a similar hoax in the future, I want you to think about this picture first:
You don’t really want to look this stupid, do you?
Needs more Miyagi
Earlier this month the remake version of the 80′s classic film The Karate Kid (which stars Jaden Pinkett-Smith and Jakie Chan) launched an official website and today we get the release of the first movie trailer for the film. Here are a few screencaps from The Karate Kid:
While I’m still not 100% sold on this remake, I’m comforted that the trailer seems to show a film that does its best to mirror the original tale in a seemingly respectful way. Instead of learning the Wax On, Wax Off method of karate, Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) is taught the Jacket On, Jacket Off method of karate by his sensei Mr. Han (Jackie Chan). After the jump, check out the trailer in full … More »
Posted under: 'The Karate Kid'
While Reese Witherspoon flies solo in NYC
Here are a few cute pics of hunky Ryan Phillippe, who appears to be suffering from an injured foot these days, as he stepped out and about in SoCal with his children Ava Elizabeth and Deacon Reese. The happy family spent the day running errands and soaking up the SoCal sun as they got themselves ready for Xmas:
It’s unclear if Ryan will be able to celebrate Xmas with the kids this year or if they will be with their newly single mother Reese Witherspoon. While Ryan had the kids here in SoCal this week, Reese was off taking care of biz in NYC all by herself. After the jump, check out a couple photos of Reese on the East Coast … More »
"Happy Harlem Holidays!!"
It looks like it’s going to be a Merry Twitter Xmas in the Neil Patrick Harris NYC household this year because NPH seems really excited to be sharing his holiday experience with his followers in the Twitterverse. Here is a cute photo from @ActuallyNPH (Neil‘s Twitter username) and his festive Xmas tree which he shared with followers just a couple of days ago:
Back in New York after an eventful journey from the West Coast, Neil Patrick Harris is wasting no time getting in the holiday spirit. “Happy Harlem Holidays!!” the actor told the Twitter faithful on Monday. “Finally arrived (layover in Vegas – won $9.50 in slots!), got us a tree, about to trim.” Then, after working his magic on the evergreen, the How I Met Your Mother star offered up this festive photo of his handiwork. “Tree trimmed. Balls hung. Good times,” he wrote. Harris, 36, then hit a Broadway show on Tuesday night – the rock musical Next to Normal, which he deemed to be “fan-frigging-tastic!” All of which was well earned, given the nightmare before Christmas for travelers following the weekend’s heavy snows in the East. After his original flight to New York was canceled on Sunday, Harris tweeted: “Feel like I’m on the Amazing Race. In the bad way.”
NPH is a relative newcomer to Twitter but he has been an avid user ever since he started tweeting. It’s really fun to follow him and to hear what is going on in his life at any given time. I must concur with his assessment of the Broadway musical Next to Normal. I got to see the show back in August and I LOVED it! If you have the chance to see the show with the original cast, you simply must do so — you won’t be sorry … as Neil says, it really is fan-frigging-tastic! Oh and don’t forget to have yourself a merry little Xmas now.
Posted under: Neil Patrick Harris
Our dear Britney Spears, who practically made a career a few years ago of making daily excursions to pick up her fave iced coffee drinks, paid a visit to her friendly neighborhood Starbucks coffee shop yesterday to get her caffeine fix. But, instead of getting in a bit of cardio to pick up the drink herself, Miss Thang decided to have her drink delivered to her car as she chatted away on the phone:
Pshaw! Britney Spears cannot be bothered with the actual practice of walking in to pick up her drinks anymore. She’s evolved beyond that! Hee Hee … actually, I’m pretty sure that Britney has not given up the practice altogether … she was prolly just really involved on the phone to run in to pick up her drink. As far as diva demands go, Britters is generally not one to be waited on hand and foot. Brit Brit usually keeps it real … so it really ain’t no thang for her sit back and relax while someone bring her a coffee drink. It’s a luxury I enjoy myself from time to time ;)
[Photo credit: X17]
The late actress was due to star in 'Abandoned'
While the world waits to hear the final official results of Brittany Murphy‘s autopsy and toxicology reports in the wake of her shocking death last weekend, producers of her final film Abandoned have released promo photos and video footage from the project. Here are a few promo photos of Brittany in Abandoned and some info about the newly released video footage:
Associated Press has got its hand on the first clip from psychological thriller “Abandoned”. Debuted on Tuesday, December 22, the 45-second snippet gives the first look at Brittany Murphy being evaluated by a doctor who doesn’t believe her memories are valid. The video also features a flashback as she recalls her moment in the past. In this indie film, Murphy stars as Mary, a woman who is convinced her husband Kevin has disappeared. As nobody believes her, Mary is fighting not only to find him but also to counter threats to her own life and sanity. Taking the role of Mary’s husband is Dean Cain. The film is additionally supported by Mimi Rogers who plays Markham, and Peter Bogdanovich who portrays Dr. Markus Bensley. Directed by Michael Feifer who also serves as producer, “Abandoned” is planned for 2010 release schedule in the U.S.
For the most part, I’ve been a big fan of Brittany‘s movies … as I mentioned before, I fell in love with her as Tai in Clueless back in 1995 and found myself enjoying her work in the years that followed (I was particularly impressed with her work in 8 Mile). The premise of his film sounds interesting, tho, I’m not sure that it is necessarily my cup of tea. After the jump, check out a vid clip from Abandoned and judge for yourselves if it’s a film that you might be interested in seeing … More »
"Sometimes, you just have to get away with the girls"
Earlier this month we got our first look at the first movie poster for the upcoming sequel film Sex and the City 2, followed shortly thereafter by the first promo photos from the film. Today we get to see the first movie trailer for the film, due out next May. Here are a few screencaps:
OMG … the trailer is just a little over a minute long and it looks fantastic. Vacation seems to be the theme of Sex and the City 2 … I can’t wait. After the jump, check out the trailer in full and see for yourselves … More »
Posted under: 'Sex and the City 2'
Orange County's most wanted
Be on the lookout, y’all! Lynne Curtain, one of the castmembers of the Bravo TV reality TV series The Real Housewives of Orange County, is wanted by the police after she and her husband Frank skipped out of a court hearing today. Overzealous spending on the Curtain‘s part has gotten them into quite a financial pickle … and now a warrant has been issued for their arrest in an attempt to get them to pay up:
One of the “Real Housewives of Orange County” is officially a wanted woman — accused of blowing off a judge in a million dollar legal battle. Lynne Curtin and her husband Frank were supposed to appear in a Southern California courtroom yesterday to answer questions relating to a $1.2 million judgment they were ordered to pay to a former business partner — but the couple completely bailed on the proceedings. Now a judge in Riverside County, CA has issued a bench warrant for both Lynne and Frank’s arrest. It’s been a rough year for Lynne’s fam — as TMZ previously reported, they were also evicted from their home back in August for not paying rent.
I feel it is my duty to help law enforcement in any way possible to make sure that these criminal fiends are brought to justice. The photo above is a promo photo issued by Bravo TV, but Lynne has gotten herself some plastic surgery so these days she may look more like this:
Mebbe this is more a case for Dog the Bounty Hunter … but in any event, I hope these scourges of the law are caught, and soon! I know I’ll feel much safer once these villains are behind bars.
Reveals herself to NOT be a Lily Allen fan
Cheryl Cole, a member of the UK pop group Girls Aloud and one of the judges on Britain’s American Idol-like TV series X-Factor, is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of the British music magazine Q. Here is Cheryl‘s Q cover and a portion of her coverstory interview wherein she explains just exactly why she is not very fond of Lily Allen:
One person Cheryl Cole will not be bringing good tidings to this Christmas is her famous foe Lily Allen. Rather than forgive and forget their run of public spats over the years, Cheryl has reopened their bitter feud in a no holds barred interview in which she made her feelings about the Smile singer very clear. The 26-year-old Girls Aloud star appears in the February edition of Q magazine in a hard-edge gothic-inspired cover shoot. With dark eye make-up, red wine lips, drenched hair and with a spiked metal ring, the X Factor judge shows she is a force to be reckoned with. In the interview, the star said she was unrepentant about branding Lily a ‘chick with a dick’ back in 2007. Cheryl made the comments on Gordon Ramsay’s F Word show after Lily had publicly branded her husband Ashley Cole ‘horrendous’ and her bandmate Nicola Roberts ‘the ugly one’. Speaking to Q magazine, she recalled: ‘She called my husband “horrendous”. ‘Then she called Nicola “ugly”. For another female artist to call you ugly is so awful. ‘Nicola’s been called “ginger” all her life, then she makes something of herself and everyone calls her the “ugly one”. ‘I feel very protective of her and if that means I’m going to call Lily “whatever”, then I don’t care.’ Cheryl also revealed that she initially thought Lily was being ‘complimentary’ in her 2006 B-Side track Cheryl Tweedy (Tweedy being Cheryl’s maiden name). The lyrics included the chorus: ‘I wish my life was a little less seedy / Why am I always so greedy? / Wish I looked just like Cheryl Tweedy.’ But Lily later commented: ‘I was being ironic. Nobody wants to look like that.’ Cheryl also told the magazine about her doubts over the band’s 2004 hit Love Machine. She added: ‘I remember listening to Love Machine and thinking, “We cannot put this crap out,” that’s what I said to the label: it sounds like something Busted would do. ‘Then it went to Number 2. I was, like, Oh right. OK. I’ll keep quiet.’ Speaking about her own solo debut, many [reviewers] have detected a wronged woman tone in the lyrics to songs such as Make Me Cry. ‘Well I suppose you’re drawn to a song because you connect with it in some way. Even the ones I haven’t written on. But nothing was written in context,’ she says. Today her superstar status is such that Cowell has granted her a 100 per cent pay rise between X Factor series. ‘Can’t complain about that’, she confirms. Gordon Brown and David Cameron have fallen over themselves to signal their endorsement. The former with a Downing Street photo opportunity last year, the latter proclaiming Cole the most fanciable one in Girls Aloud. But she doesn’t seem to be a fan of Cameron? ‘Brrrr! she grimaces. Slippery, isn’t he? ‘We’ve always been Labour in our family, it just feels wrong not to be. Better the devil you know.’
I’m certain that not many Americans know who Cheryl Cole is (or Girls Aloud, for that matter) but fans of British pop music should be well aware of her emergence as a solo pop star. I managed to get my hands on her debut solo album 3 Words and really like it. I’ve played some of the tracks for some friends and they have fallen in love with Cheryl Cole as well. I don’t expect she’ll ever make a splash here in the US (after all, Kylie Minogue is still relatively unknown here in the US) but I don’t mind admiring Cheryl from afar. After the jump, check out a few photos from Cheryl‘s Q magazine photospread — you might like what you see … More »
Posted under: Cheryl Cole, Q Magazine
The gang's (almost) all here
Here is a cute photo of Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and their children — Maddox Chivan, Zahara Marley, Pax Thien and Shiloh Nouvel — sitting down for a bite to eat at a cafe in NYC over the weekend. Only the twin babies Knox Léon and Vivienne Marcheline were not in attendance on this outing … but with 4 kids already in tow, I’m thinkin’ Brangelina were quite happy to keep the wee little ones at home:
Aww … Ange. She looks good but tired. I love that Brangelina is happy to just bring their kids into any ol’ cafe for food. For as famous as they are as a collective unit, they really do tend to live fairly normal lives. It remains to be seen if the Brangelina bunch will remain in NYC for the holidays but one thing’s for sure, wherever they end up for Xmas they’re sure to be together and happy :)
[Photo credit: INFdaily]
It's time for the Heenes to pay the piper
The long arm of the law may have reached out and touched the Heene family (the morons responsible for the Balloon Boy Hoax) last month but they still have MUCH they need to repay for their irresponsible actions. The Larimer County District Attorney has reportedly sent a bill of $42,000 to Richard and Mayumi Heene so that they can pay the cost for the emergency personnel who responded to their hoax last October:
The parents in the “Balloon Boy” ruse have been hit with a tab of $42,000 from local, state and federal agencies for their October stunt that briefly left many fearing for the fate of their 6-year-old, their lawyer said Monday. The Heenes’ attorney, David Lane, said the Fort Collins couple isn’t ready to pay up, at least not yet. “Let’s see the bills,” he said. “They’re not paying anything until they see some receipts.” Lane said he was e-mailed the amounts by the Larimer County district attorney’s office. The Heenes reached a plea deal on charges stemming from the October hoax, in which they led the world to believe their 6-year-old son was aboard the homemade craft on its 50-mile flight from their Fort Collins home. They are to be sentenced Wednesday in Larimer County. A judge could determine then what they owe in restitution to the agencies that responded, from police to the National Guard and the Federal Aviation Administration. “If they’ve got records to show these are legitimate costs, then we can discuss it,” Lane said. “But, first off, these people don’t have that kind of money.”
What? No money? Well, isn’t that a shame. For these people to get all high and mighty and demand to see “receipts” for the costs generated by their idiotic sham is laughable. I sincerely hope they are punished with a sentence that fits their crimes. Hopefully a judge will throw the book at them in order to drive home the point that this type of behavior cannot be tolerated. Whether there is jail time served or the family is forced to pay out of pocket for the rest of their lives, they need to pay for what they did. It’s horribly unfortunate that the Heene children have to suffer because of their parents’ irresponsible behavior but the time as come, payment is due — and they have to pay for their idiocy.
Homegirl brought the ice to Mike Fisher's hockey game
Yesterday we learned the fab news that singer Carrie Underwood and hockey player Mike Fisher got themselves engaged to be married but at the time there was no official confirmation of the engagement from either Carrie or Mike … until now. Carrie‘s people have released the following official statement on the upcoming nuptials:
“I’m happy to confirm that Carrie Underwood is engaged to Mike Fisher, and the couple couldn’t be happier. No wedding date has been set at this time.”
Mike, himself, confirmed the news last night saying:
“It’s true. We’re both obviously excited and very happy.”
And, as if that wasn’t enough confirmation, Carrie showed off her fat engagement rock at the Ottawa Senators hockey game vs. the Boston Bruins in Ottawa, Canada last night:
Carrie Underwood is engaged to Ottawa Senators hockey player Mike Fisher, her publicist said Monday. Underwood wore an eye-catching engagement ring as she sat in Ottawa owner Eugene Melnyk’s luxury box while watching Fisher and the Senators play Monday night. The 29-year-old Fisher told reporters “it’s an exciting time” before the game with the Boston Bruins and the engagement got plenty of attention. “It’s obviously an exciting time for them and we’re all very happy for both of them,” veteran Senators defenseman Chris Phillips said. “It’s probably going to be a little more hyped than what there was but they’ve been dating for a while now so it’s nothing that’s been a big secret.” No wedding date has been set for the couple, who have been dating for about a year … Asked by The Associated Press last month what Underwood’s family thought of Fisher, the 26-year-old singer said they were supportive. “They love me and I would hope my parents would think we raised a good, smart girl, so she’s going to do the right thing no matter what it is,” she said. Days before the CMA Awards in early November, Underwood did not know whether she would be spending the holidays with Fisher. “Christmas, I don’t know. We haven’t really thought that far ahead. We kind of take it one week at a time,” she said then. Underwood has kept her relationship largely under wraps, but she gave Fisher a very public shout-out in the liner notes of her current album, “Play On,” that was released Nov. 3. She wrote, “Thank you (No.) 12 (referring to his jersey number.) You are the most amazing addition to my life! You are such a wonderful person and have had such an amazing hand in the building of this album and in the growth of me as a person. I love you so much! You make my life better in every way!”
Yeah, I think it’s safe to assume that Carrie and Mike will be spending the holidays together after all. I’m so happy for them … I don’t know much about Mike but Carrie is a total sweetheart and I just love her to death. Considering how quickly the couple got engaged (just about a year after they started dating) I would imagine they will be gettin’ hitched fairly soon. My guess is that they’ll be celebrating this Xmas as betrotheds, next year they’ll be celebrating as husband and wife.
Posted under: Carrie Underwood
The TV Guide
I am happy to report that I made it back to SoCal without incident and am currently enjoying the lovely weather here. On my flight out from Detroit, I was able to finally get around to watching a screener of the film The Hurt Locker:
The Hurt Locker stars Jeremy Renner and tells the tale of a US military bomb tech in Iraq. Director Kathryn Bigelow does a superb job of capturing that gritty “documentary” feel thruout the film, making the audience feel like they are in the movie. I’m not a big war movie fan but this movie really impressed me. There are cameos by Ralph Finnes and Evangeline Lilly but Renner is the star of the film. The only film I remember seeing him in before Hurt Locker is 28 Weeks Later but he had such a small part in that film. He really shines in this movie. I can now understand why the film is getting so much attention this awards show season. I’d be shocked if Renner did not recieve an Oscar nom for his performance but I would bet good money that director Bigelow will get herself an Oscar nom. If she wins, she will be the first female director to win that prize. It’s a great film, prolly one of the best I’ve seen all year.
After I finished watching The Hurt Locker, I still had quite a bit of time to devote to reading … I brought along with me the new selection of The Turtle Party: Book Club and OMG, do I love it! I’m almost halfway thru The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon and I cannot get enough. Each chapter is like a short story, I’m really enjoying this book. I cannot wait to discuss it with the rest of the Turtle Partiers when next we meet!
Tonight, I have a date with Adriana … ’tis good to be home!!
Posted under: 'The Hurt Locker'
Lennon's WoF star missing, Grammy performers announced, Diane debuts
Also legalizes same-sex couple adoption!
I’ve got more great news to pass along today in the push for marriage equality! Mexico City, one of the largest metropolitan cities in Latin America, has made a huge step forward in progress by legalizing same-sex marriage. Not only that, Mexico City has also legalized same-sex adoption, meaning that same-sex couples within their borders will be able to adopt children just like any heterosexual couple can! It is pretty remarkable that such a major metropolis would afford equality to its citizens in such a way that a majority of the world has yet to do:
Mexico City, one of Latin America’s largest metropolises, on Monday legalized same-sex marriage and adoption by same-sex couples. By a vote of 39 to 20, the city’s legislative assembly approved revisions to the civil code to permit same-sex marriages. Five legislators abstained. In a separate motion, the assembly voted 31 to 24 in favor of legalizing adoption by same-sex couples, with nine abstentions. The revision will change the definition of marriage to a union between two people, instead of the current version, which specifies a union between a man and a woman. Civil groups in favor and opposed to the vote had gathered since early in the morning outside the legislative building. In 2007, the legislators approved same-sex civil unions. Mexico City is the second major Latin American city to legalize same-sex marriage. In November, a Buenos Aires, Argentina, court legalized same-sex marriages. The first marriage to be held under the new law, however, was delayed over legal wrangling in the courts.
This is amazing news, truly. Much of Latin America is staunchly Catholic, so for cities like Buenos Aires and Mexico City to legalize same-sex marriage despite the influence of the Catholic Church says a lot about the mettle of those governments. Imagine, a country that enjoys a separation of Church and State … doesn’t that sound wonderful? Much love and congrats goes out to the people of Mexico City on this great advancement of marriage equality. And so … as the march for equality moves forward in this country we have another beacon of hope to look to as we work towards our goal of liberty, justice and equality for all here in the US of A.
Posted under: Same-Sex Marriage
Wait, it's a comedy?
Over the past few months we’ve seen photos of Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz workin’ hard on the sets of their new action movie Knight and Day (formerly titled Wichita) which has been filming in Boston, MA and Seville, Spain … here is the film’s first teaser poster:
Today we learn that producers have filmed enough footage of Knight and Day to release a first movie trailer. The first thing that struck me about the movie is that it appears to be an action/comedy film. The second thing that struck me is that Marc Blucas (who starred as Riley Finn on Buffy the Vampire Slayer) is in the film as well:
I gotta say, I’m likin’ Marc in the ‘stache. It’s a sexy look, I think. I’m not even gonna lie, I might have to see this film just because of Marc Blucas‘s inclusion. After the jump, check out the trailer in full and decide if it’s a film that catches your fancy … More »
After a false split earlier this year, is this the end for real?
Back in March of this year it was reported that reality TV star Brody Jenner and his Playboy Playmate girlfriend Jayde Nicole had split up … the report turned out to be untrue. In fact, a few months after the erroneous report came to light Brody got into an altercation at an LA nightclub defending Jayde‘s honor … like a good boyfriend ought to. Today we are hearing, again, that the couple have split up … a report that seems fortified by Jayde herself who appears to have tweeted about the break-up in the past few days … they might really be dunzo this time around!
Another couple from The Hills is reality-TV history. Brody Jenner and Jayde Nicole have broken up after about 15 months together, a source close to Jenner confirms to UsMagazine.com. Nicole, 23, hinted at the split on her Twitter around 8pm Dec. 18 with a wistful entry: “‘Sometimes when you truly love someone you have to let them go…..’ I never really understood that quote until now.” The night before, however, the former Playboy Playmate was feeling festive. A source tells UsMagazine.com that Nicole “celebrated her breakup” with a 12-strong crew of girlfriends at Hyde Lounge in West Hollywood. Her single-lady party continued on Dec. 19, when the model hosted a shindig at Chicago’s Manor nightclub. An insider at Manor tells UsMagazine.com that Nicole was “telling everyone” about her Dec. 17 breakup. “She made it sound like it was his doing, saying, ‘He said he needs time to ‘find himself. I don’t have time for that.’” Her ex Jenner, she told friends, has “gone to Australia” for some soul-searching. Jenner himself Tweeted about starting “a new life” Down Under on Dec. 19. “So I decided to stay in Australia BY MYSELF!!! Hahaha this is Crazy.. Might just stay here and start a new life.” Despite the sad news, Nicole wasn’t in a gloomy mood at Manor, the source says. “She didn’t seem bothered by the recent breakup at all. She spent the entire night downing Jager shots and flirting with all of the guys.” Indeed, her Tweets from that night bear that out. “Rocking out at Manor” she wrote a 1:33am on Dec. 20. “Jager time!” By 11:30am, she was feeling the effects of all those Jagermeister shots: “8 hours of sleep, too much jager= not good.” On the just-concluded fifth season of The Hills, Nicole and Jenner argued about his flirty relationship with aggressive ex-girlfriend Kristin Cavallari. “Everything was totally fine before you came here, so you need to go back to wherever it is that you came from,” Nicole sniped at Cavallari in one heated exchange on the show.
Alas … the fairytale has ended. This was a couple that seemed so rock solid and secure to me … you could just feel the love emanating from these two as their love affair sizzled on the reality TV screen. But … it is apparent now that it was not meant to be. In the end, break-ups and make-ups happen all the time. Since they both will be appearing on the next season of The Hills, I’m sure there will be much more drama to be had. Jayde is such a marginal character on the show that she will have to interact with Brody in order to stay employed by the show. Will they find love again? I guess we’ll have to hope, pray and wait to find out.
Here comes The LL Collection
Singer/Songwriter and new mom Lisa Loeb is finally doing something that many believe she should’ve done AGES ago … she is finally launching her own collection of eyewear. Ever since Lisa broke onto the music scene all those years ago, she has always been identified by the eyeglasses that she wears. Now, in a new partnership with Classique Eyewear, Lisa will be selling a line of eyewear specially designed by her:
Though Lisa Loeb rose to fame as a singer, she’s probably just as well known for her eyeglasses. Loeb is finally cashing in on her signature look, partnering with Classique Eyewear on a line of frames called “The LL Collection.” “People have been asking me about my eyewear style for years. Finally I decided – why not design my own line – so other people can see the world like I do,” she says. The new series includes streamlined pieces in black and tortoiseshell, as well as embellished options punctuated with rhinestones and etchings. “I worked with Classique Eyewear to design a line that represents the look I love: one that can be worn from day into night, that’s classic but stylish, that frames the face and lifts the eyes, but doesn’t speak before you have a chance to,” she declares. The star goes on to describe her aesthetic: “My eyewear generally has a cat-eyed look. Think sexy librarian, not retro grandma,” and says that her new collection was created largely for “women with style,” but that “some frames are more unisex and could look cute on stylish men, too!” Each item is named after one of her songs, and will be available for purchase in spring of next year.
It’s about time. True, Lisa has always made her music the center of her career but, as I said, she is so universally identified with the glasses that she wears that it only makes sense for her to launch her own line of eyewear. I don’t even wear glasses and I want a pair of LL glasses :) But, even with this new project coming to light, I believe Lisa has an even more important endeavor to fill her world … a little newborn endeavor named Lyla Rose. So while Lisa is caring for her baby girl and, very likely, penning some tunes when she can YOU can click HERE and be on the lookout for her The LL Collection of eyewear which will be available for sale very soon :)
[Photo credit: Justine Ungaro; Source]
So long purity ring!
After saying their I Dos over the weekend in Long Island, NY, newlyweds Kevin Jonas (of Jonas Brothers) and Danielle Deleasa (of hairdressing) jetted off to Mexico this week to get their honeymoon on … and you know what that means … Mr. Jonas can finally replace his purity ring with a coc — er, a wedding ring:
Yay!! It may have taken a legal wedding ceremony to get the job done but at last, one of the Jonas brothers is gettin’ some! While I am not really a fan (at all) of anything Jonas related, I must admit that I am happy that Kevin found himself a life partner to share his life and love with. I wish them a long and happy life together and all the sex they can handle. After all of that abstaining of the flesh, I think they both deserve it, don’t you?
[Photo credit: Splash News]
Dreaming of a green Britmas?
After spending a short few days in New York (reportedly to meet agent/beau Jason Trawick‘s parents who live in Long Island, NY), Britney Spears jetted out of NYC and made her way to … LA:
I guessed that her next destination might be the place where she will be spending the holidays this year and it looks like she may be having a warm SoCal Xmas at home. Now, there is still time for our dear Britney to charter a private plane to whisk her back to her place of birth, Kentwood, LA, to spend Xmas with mama Lynne Spears and lil’ sis Jamie Lynn but it is just as likely that she will refrain from engaging in any holiday travel and just stay put at home here in Los Angeles. Considering how cute Britney looks when she is traveling, tho, I wouldn’t be surprised if she does decided to fly back to Louisiana after all. I think I love this photos so much because there isn’t a scrunchie in sight. Halle-freakin’-lujah!!
[Photo credit: Splash News]
Divorce settlement reached in one day
On the very same day that once husband Deane Sheremet filed for divorce from his infidelitous musician wife LeAnn Rimes, a divorce settlement was reached between the couple … the terms of which have been confidentially sealed. I would imagine, with the plethora of evidence of LeAnn‘s marital infidelity, that Deane got pretty much everything he wanted from the divorce. But as far as the marriage goes, the couple are officially dunzo!
That was fast. On the same day Deane Sheremet filed for divorce last week from LeAnn Rimes, they agreed to a confidential divorce settlement, Los Angeles court records show. “The [settlement] shall not be filed in this proceeding due to the parties mutual desire to maintain their respective rights to privacy,” the document reads. The settlement presumably divides their cash, property and other valuables. Both Rimes, 27, and Sheremet, 29, will be legally single after their marital status officially ends on June 19, 2010. Their nearly eight-year marriage crumbled as Rimes began a relationship with actor Eddie Cibrian, who was married at the time to Brandi Glanville. Cibrian and Glanville are also divorcing.
HMMM. Something tells me that LeAnn and her “mistress” Eddie Cibrian won’t be waiting until she reaches “legally single status” to get their creep on again, so legally she’ll still be a cheating wife. Whatever the terms of the divorce are, let’s hope that Deane was able to get what he is due since his wife decided to make a public mockery of their wedding vows.
Which, you may be upset to learn, is nothing at all like 'Jersey Shore'
Over the weekend we saw photos of David Beckham and his sons — Brooklyn Joseph, Romeo James and Cruz David — making their way to the UK to meet up with wifey/mama Victoria Beckham for the holidays. The Beckham men made it to London safe and sound and the entire family stepped out last night to take in a show in the West End. Here are pics of the Beckham bunch as they made their way out of the Prince Edward Theater where they saw a performance of Jersey Boys:
LOL! No, there are no overly tanned folks traipsing about the stage in Jersey Boys … but there is a bunch of big hair. Jersey Boys tells the story of the 60′s singing group Frankie Vallie and The Four Seasons which is a distinctly American tale. See, even when Les Beckhams are away from the US they can’t leave it all behind entirely. Happy to see the family reunited again. Hopefully we’ll get to see more of their Xmas celebrations as the week carries on.
[Photo credit: Bauer-Griffin]
"I would not piss on Pogo if he was on fire"
Back in 2007, former Marilyn Manson keyboardist Madonna Wayne Gacy (née Stephen Bier but also known as Pogo) brought suit against Marilyn Manson himself (née Brian Warner) for breach of contract, alleging that MM spent band money that should be shared among all members of Marilyn Manson on personal items (including Nazi paraphernalia, an engagement ring for Dita von Teese, a skeleton of a young child and other creepy things). The lawsuit was settled on December 11 but MM just decided to chime in on the matter on his official My Space blog early this morning. Here are some deets about the suit settlement and the full (colorful) blog posts from Marilyn Manson:
Stephen Bier, better known by the stage names Pogo and Madonna Wayne Gacy, brought his breach-of-contract suit in Los Angeles Superior Court in August 2007 against Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner. The law firm of Grodsky & Olecki also was among numerous other defendants named. Bier, who was seeking more than $20 million, alleged Manson used money from their former band partnership to buy items ranging from Nazi paraphernalia to a $150,000 engagement ring for ex-wife Dita Von Teese. Lawyers told Judge Michael L. Stern on Dec. 11 that a settlement was reached, but that some matters had to be completed before he could dismiss the case. The terms of the accord were not divulged. On Thursday, the settlement effort hit a snag when Grodsky & Olecki filed a lien for attorneys’ fees stemming from their successful effort to persuade Stern to dismiss all of Bier’s allegations against them in November 2007. Stern’s ruling was upheld by a panel of the 2nd District Court of Appeal on June 4. The firm now wants to be paid from the settlement money and their lien at least temporarily puts a hold on a complete resolution of the case. Stern scheduled a hearing for Jan. 15 on any further motions regarding the settlement. Grodsky & Olecki represented both Bier and Manson while they were involved in previous litigation involving a third party. The allegations against the firm involved Bier’s contention that it breached its duty to him with an alleged “threat letter” that was “a transparent attempt by Manson to frighten Bier into leaving the band,” according to the keyboardist’s court papers. But Stern agreed with the firm’s lawyers that the letter was written in contemplation that Bier might file a lawsuit and was therefore protected. Bier’s lawyer, Olaf J. Muller, said that despite the temporary setback due to the filing of the lien, Bier is for the most part happy with the resolution of the case.
So while Madonna Wayne Gacy (Bier) may be pleased with the outcome, what do you suppose Marilyn Manson (Warner) feels about the matter? After the jump, find out for yourselves … More »
On Saturday we saw photos of Britney Spears and her agent/beau Jason Trawick making their way thru JFK Airport in NYC on their way in to town. It is rumored that Britney spent the weekend in the Big Apple so that she would meet Jason‘s parents in Long Island, NY. Now, we don’t know for sure if that happened or not, but Britwick did spend a night out on the town over the weekend before she packed her bags and made her way back to JFK so that she could fly back home to LA:
Actually, we don’t even know for sure if Britney is flying back to SoCal at all. She may be making her way to Kentwood, LA to spend time with her family there. Whatever the case may be, I’m sure Britney will be joining up with her sons Sean Preston and Jayden James (who were left back home in the care of their father Kevin Federline). Britney has had a great 2009, I think, here’s hoping she will enjoy a very Merry Britmas as well!!
[Photo credit: INFdaily, Splash News]
Posted under: Jason Trawick
Tho, toxicology results could be weeks away
Hollywood was shocked by the news yesterday that 32 year old actress Brittany Murphy died of cardiac arrest but today we may know why she died so suddenly. The autopsy of the young actress may have just gotten underway earlier today but the LA coroner has already announced that he believes that Murphy died of natural causes. It is being reported that Brittany was ill in the days leading up to her death but until the toxicology results are in we won’t know for sure if that illness or any controlled substance played a part in her death:
Brittany Murphy’s family said the actress was ill with flulike symptoms in the days before her death and prescription medications were taken from her home, the Los Angeles coroner’s office said Monday. The 32-year-old star of films such as “Clueless” and “8 Mile” died Sunday morning after collapsing at her Hollywood Hills home. Paramedics tried to revive her, but she was pronounced dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said they will conduct an autopsy Monday to try to determine what killed the actress, and said her death appeared to be from natural causes. He said the reported illness could have contributed to her death, but it will be weeks before a final determination is made. Toxicology tests will be performed, and officials will contact her personal physician to get a better sense of Murphy’s medical history, Winter said. Neighbor Clare Staples said she saw firefighters working to resuscitate the actress Sunday morning. She said Murphy was on a stretcher. Murphy’s husband, wearing pajama bottoms and no shoes, appeared “dazed” as firefighters tried to save her, Staples said. “It’s just tragic,” she added. Funeral arrangements have not been announced. “The sudden loss of our beloved Brittany is a terrible tragedy,” Murphy’s husband and family wrote in a statement. “She was our daughter, our wife, our love, and a shining star. We ask you to respect our privacy at this difficult time.”
There has been much speculation and conjecture surrounding the circumstances around Brittany‘s untimely death but until we know anything for certain, I think it’s wise and respectful to not jump to conclusions. If the coroner believes that she died of natural causes then there is no reason to believe otherwise … that is, until more concrete information is made available. I’m still pretty shocked that Brittany is gone … it is just a sad, tragic loss.
Posted under: Brittany Murphy
The TV Guide
Last night, Sarah and I enjoyed a lovely dinner just the two of us so that we could spend some time talking before I fly back to LA today. My whirlwind trip is practically over so I’m glad I had the chance to hang out with Sarah one on one before I leave. We grabbed a bite to eat at Bahama Breeze and then went to see Avatar in IMAX 3D:
I’m sure you’ve heard many good things about Avatar so I’m really just joining the chorus here. The movie is really spectacular. In IMAX 3D, you are totally sucked into the world that James Cameron has created. Truth be told, I was more impressed with the 3D of Beowulf but this film really made the movie seem … real. The FX were flawless … FLAWLESS and the story, altho told many times before, is a very compelling one. It did take me about an hour to “get into” the film. The Na’vi people looked too much like Zoobilee Zoo to me while the animal life on Pandora looked like evolved Pokémon monsters. But you really do warm up to the FX and then BAM! get sucked in. By the end of the film, I was literally cheering out loud. The final battle scene reminded me a lot of the battle scene in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (ie. Ewoks vs. Empire) which is prolly why I loved it so much. I am NOT a fan of Titanic, not by any stretch of the imagination but I’m a big fan of Avatar. James Cameron is a great storyteller, yes, but it’s the marriage of special effects and storytelling that really make this movie great. If you have the chance, see this movie in IMAX 3D — you won’t be sorry!
After the jump, check out a few fun pics that Sarah and I snapped at the movie theater last night … More »
Posted under: 'Avatar'
Brittany's autopsy underway, Moz previews autobiography, Radiohead's new album
- Avatar was the #1 movie at the box office this weekend.
- Brittany Murphy‘s autopsy will take place today after her shocking death yesterday.
- Morrissey previews his autobiography.
- Pete Doherty shows up to court on a drunk driving charge, successfully avoids jail but ends up getting arrested when it is discovered that he had drugs in his possession.
- A gay professional rugby player, you say?
- Wait, you want it what way?
- Apparently, you are not free to be nude in your own home.
- More sad news … Alaina Reed Hall, who you may remember from her days on Sesame Street and 227, passed away after losing her battle with breast cancer :(
- From gay porn star to CNN iReport reporter.
- Besmirching Demi Moore‘s thighs will get her suing mad.
- More photos of Stephanie Pratt for Maxim magazine.
- Rachel Bilson flyin’ solo again.
- Jessica Simpson tries to bail a friend out of jail, fails.
- Michelle Williams and Matilda Rose jet off to Hawaii.
- Tila Tequila claims that she is pregs.
- Kiefer Sutherland is 43, Andy Dick is 44, Jim Rose of The Jim Rose Circus Sideshow is 53, Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle) is 54 and Jane Fonda is 72 years old today. Click HERE to see who else is celebrating a birthday today.
- Radiohead continue to record their new album next month.
- Def Leppard are working up an animated series and video game.
- The AP names Taylor Swift the Entertainer of the Year.
Snow Fight Club
Hugh Jackman enjoyed a fun snow day with his children in NYC this weekend as they enjoyed a playdate with Cate Blanchett‘s sons Dashiell John, Roman Robert and Ignatius Martin. Hugh‘s kiddies Oscar Maximilian (pictured) and Ava Eliot got into an epic snowball fight with the Blanchett boys which looked so fun that Hugh had to get in on the action as well … behold:
I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again … Hugh Jackman looks like an awesome dad. Not only does he like to have fun with his own children but he also likes to have fun with his children’s friends. This snowball fight look like so much fun, especially for Hugh. I’m thinkin’ the best years are yet to come for the Jackman children. With a loving father like this taking care of them, they appear to be the richest kids in the world.
[Photo credit: Bauer-Griffin]
A Mercy-ful Xmas
On Saturday we saw photos of Guy Ritchie and his sons Rocco John and David Banda as they made their way thru London’s Heathrow Airport. Guy was in NYC last week for the premiere of his film Sherlock Holmes but he was also there to pick up his sons for the holidays. It now appears that Madonna will, too, be spending the holidays in the UK so that Guy can presumably spend time with Chifundo Mercy James as well. Here are pics of Maddy and Mercy as they made their arrival in London earlier today:
While it sucks for the kids that they have to share time with their parents, I’m glad to see that the parents here are working really hard to try and keep the family together, at least for the holidays, as best they can. I can’t see Madonna and Guy sitting across from one another on Xmas day in front of the roaring fireplace but I’m sure they’ll do their best to ensure their kids have the best Xmas possible.
[Photo credit: INFdaily]
Who let the dogs out?
Heidi Klum, Seal and Mariah Carey aren’t the only celebs in Aspen, CO this weekend to get a jump start on the holiday celebratin’ … Zac Efron and his perfectly coiffed ‘do has breezed into town as well. But whereas those folks are in town for a little R&R, Zac was in town to attend The World Snow Polo Championship … oh, and to hang out with some of his furry friends:
The boy looks good with dogs, don’t he? I don’t believe any of these cute pooches are his dogs but they seem to all be very close nonetheless. It’s really sweet how crotch sniffing can really bring two souls together in friendship. Looks like you got some new friends for life, Zac :)
[Photo credit: INFdaily]
Her annual excursion
Mariah Carey has made her way to Aspen, CO in order to celebrate the holidays in the resort town she loves so dearly. Mimi makes an annual trek to Aspen each December to celebrate Xmas there and this year is no different:
I presume that hubby Nick Cannon tagged along to Aspen as well but he was not seen out and about with Mariah on her first day in town. There are 3 things you can be certain of in live … death, taxes and Mariah Carey in Aspen for the holidays. Here’s hoping she has a merry one!
[Photo credit: X17]
Posted under: Mariah Carey
Twitter breaks the news, The Ottawa Sun confirms
It appears that congratulations are in order for singer/American Idol winner Carrie Underwood and NHL player Mike Fisher who apparently got engaged over the weekend!
Mike Fisher and Carrie Underwood are engaged to be married, a source has confirmed this morning. The blogosphere has been alive and buzzing since Sunday with rumours the celebrity couple have become engaged. The rumours began spreading after a friend of Underwood’s family congratulated the former American Idol and the Senators centre on their upcoming marriage on his Twitter page last night. This morning, a source close to the couple confirmed to the Ottawa Sun that Fisher popped the question and Underwood has accepted the proposal. Underwood, who makes her home in Nashville, was in Ottawa through the weekend and was on hand for the club’s 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild Saturday at Scotiabank Place. It’s not known if she will also be at tonight’s game against the Boston Bruins. Neither Underwood nor Fisher has made any public confirmation as yet. The couple has been dating for approximately a year. They have kept their relationship largely out of the media — quite an accomplishment for one of Nashville’s hottest stars and one of the NHL’s most eligible bachelors — but had recently begun speaking in public about their love affair.
News of the upcoming nuptials were first announced on Twitter by Fisher‘s best friend Colin Peters:
But it now looks like Peters jumped the gun on spreading the news because not only has this congratulatory tweet been deleted but Colin Peter‘s Twitter profile has been deleted as well! Whoops! The couple have been very private about their relationship so it may take some time for them to confirm this engagement. After all, in their entire yearish long relationship, only one photograph of the couple has made its way to the Internets. After the jump, check it out … More »
In a straight-to-DVD 'American Pie' movie, obvs
Kevin Federline, moochy ex-husband of Britney Spears, managed to get himself a new job … one that pays money and everything! The folks who made the latest American Pie movie decided that they wanted The Federline to appear in their film and hired him to play himself … unfortch, he wasn’t right for the part. Instead, they turned him into a border patrol guard … cuz, apparently, that is more believable?
Kevin Federline lost out on a role in the latest American Pie movie – playing himself. “They called me up and asked if I was interested,” Federline, 31, tells PEOPLE. “I was up for a different part originally, but then they didn’t want me playing myself. I think they thought it would be funnier for me as a Canadian border guard.” One day of shooting on location in Vancouver later, Federline was transformed, donning a hat, uniform and badge for his cameo in American Pie Presents: The Book of Love, out on DVD on Dec. 22. Newly svelte from his appearance on Celebrity Fit Club, Federline is ready and available for more work. “If anybody has any more cameos – or actual roles they want to me in – that would be great,” he says.
Geeze … one bit part in a straight-to-DVD film (which will likely be sold at check-out bins in your neighborhood grocery store … or gas station) and he’s already looking ahead to his next acting role. On the one hand, I’d like to commend K-Fed on actually getting a paying job. Not that I think it will curtail his need to mooch off his wealthy ex-wife but at least it’s a start. On the other hand, I just cannot get on board with any endeavor that might lead to his getting more acting work … even if he is happy to appear in a project where he is the butt of a joke, I’m of the mind that the less Federline, the better. Blech. Are any of y’all interested in seeing this masterpiece of moviemaking?
ATTENTION: 'SURVIVOR: SAMOA' SPOILER ALERT WARNING
Last night the 19th season finale of Survivor aired on CBS and a new Sole Survivor was crowned by a jury of his/her peers. In what was, yet again, a much talked about season of gameplay, Survivor managed to put on a show that was full of backstabbing, conniving, lying and other such unsavory behavior … meaning it was another successful season of gameplay — well, at least for one player: