My friends, my comrades, my compatriots … please forgive me for what I am about to show you. The folks promoting Sex and the City 2 have released a third movie poster which, on the positive side, features all of the SaTC ladies (not just Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw). On the negative side, the ladies appear to be Photoshopped TO DEATH in this new poster … which words cannot even describe:
I mean … this looks pretty bad. If I were Kim Cattrall (who plays the blonde Samantha Jones), I’d sue! They didn’t even use her face in this poster! It’s just … terrible. I’m really stunned that shoddy retouching like this was able to pass muster and be OKed for release of a movie of this magnitude. I am still very excited to see the film but if this is the type of workmanship that is being applied to other promo materials, I don’t think I need to see any other posters. This one will haunt my nightmares just fine. Yikes!
Earlier today, Christina Aguilera created quite a stir with the release of her new music video for Not Myself Tonight (the lead single off her new album Bionic) but right now we get to check out another video from Ms. Xtina that might appeal to fans. Access Hollywood brings us a full-length performance from the set of Xtina‘s new film Burlesque which looks nothing like her new video for Tonight but does look a bit like her days working at the Moulin Rouge:
I mean … yeah. If Xtina is lookin’ to avoid criticism that she is copying others I don’t know that this clip is going to help her cause. I’m certain that Burlesque isn’t meant to look exactly like the film Moulin Rouge but I can’t help but think Moulin Rouge as I watch this performance clip. I’m guessing the music used in this clip will NOT be used in the film — which is a good thing. I’m not crazy about this clip … what do you think?
After taking baby Benjamin, 4 months, to Paris, where they enjoyed a scenic cruise down the Seine, Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen took their little guy to a Santa Monica, Calif., park Thursday. Joining them? Big brother Jack, 2½, Brady’s son with ex Bridget Moynahan. The happy family played together on a playground, and Jack even rode around on a little scooter while Benjamin stayed comfortably perched in his mother’s arms.
I wasn’t aware that they were referring to little John as “Jack” (which I never understood as a nickname, btw) but whatever the case may be, it’s clear they are all working really hard on making a happy family together. I suspect Tom and Gisele decided to settle here in LA so that they could spend more time with John, who lives full-time with his mother Bridget Moynahan. I’m guessing that we will be seeing more of the newly expanded Brady Bündch around town in the coming weeks and months. They look so happy, it’s impossible not to be as happy for them.
In the wake of her father’s campaign to reform her hard-partying ways, Lindsay Lohan’s bringing out the big guns. Well, one gun to be specific. In a recent photo shoot with celebrity photographer Tyler Shields, the 23-year-old starlet toyed with a pistol and put it to her lips. She also rolled around the floor in lingerie, smeared herself with fake blood, bit a male model participating in the shoot and lit up a cigarette. The photographs will be featured in Shields’ upcoming book, “The Dirty Side of Glamour.” On his blog, Shields wrote that Lohan let loose at the shoot in the name of art: “She is a huge art lover and simply wanted to create some.”
OOOOOOOH, I see … this is meant to be art. Yeah, I’m not buying it. There really is nothing artistic, nothing at all innovative about any of these photos. Not only has this been done before, it’s been done before by Lindsay Lohan herself. I can’t help but feel totally creeped out with seeing her playing with a gun like this. If these photos aren’t surest sign of a cry for help then I don’t know what is. My fear is that sometime in the future we will look back at these photos and think, Wow … she really was crying out for help. I also fear that if/when that day comes it may be too late to save her :(
At last … I’m feeling relatively fine … and Apple tells me that my 64Gb iPad 3G is “out for delivery” on a FedEx delivery truck somewhere in the metropolitan Los Angeles, CA area. While I’m most excited by the fact that I’m no longer feeling like death, I have to admit that I’m also very excited that I will finally get my grubby little paws on an iPad of my own by 3PM today:
I admit, I was not too keen on the idea of an iPad when it was announced earlier this year … but as soon as I was able to sit down and play with one, I understood the appeal. I absolutely still contend that it is just a big iPhone … but, it turns out, that that is its appeal for me. I’ve been in dire need of a mobile computer that is smaller, lighter and more readily accessible than a laptop and bigger, faster and more functional than a mobile phone. I cannot be 100% sold on the iPad just yet, mainly because my experience with the device has been really limited, but I’m willing and very excited to give it a shot. I’m not sure what, if any, effect my iPad will have on how I work but I’m willing to be that it will be one more device that will keep me connected to what is going on … at all times. I’m not sure that’s a good thing just yet but, well, we’ll see.
Oh who am I kidding, I’m a big kid who still loves new toys. I’m really looking forward to an iPad-rich weekend … now if that damn FedEx truck would just get here and deliver the damn thing!
Tonight, David and I will be hanging out with our dear friend Gillian who we haven’t seen in ages … it will be fab to spend some time with her. I foresee many glasses (bottles?) of wine in our near future. It’s the weekend, y’all … I hope yours is a fantastic one!
Earlier this week we learned of a new music project called How to Destroy Angels that appears to be a new offering from Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor and possibly his new wife Mariqueen. While nothing has been officially confirmed, speculation has been running rampant that HTDA is the new band/group/whatever that NIN fans have been hoping would emerge from the end of Nine Inch Nails last year. Today, the official website for How to Destroy Angels was updated with a new teaser video clip:
As I’m sure many of you are well aware, Trent Reznor is NOT featured in this new clip. This is Atticus Ross, musician and longtime NIN producer who worked with TR on the NIN releases With Teeth, Year Zero, Ghosts I-IV and The Slip. I think it is now very safe to say that, 1.) yes this is a Trent Reznor music project and 2.) the music will have at least some NIN-like sound. After the jump, check out the RUMORED tracklist for the promised EP that is scheduled to be released by How to Destroy Angels this Summer … More »
Rihanna was clearly in the mood for love as she appeared on the set of her new video. The Bajan singer ditched her usual edgy, scantily-clad outfits for a romantic, flowing maxi dress as she shot the promo for her new single Te Amo. Currently in France for her Last Girl On Earth world tour, Rihanna took time out of gigging to film the video in the scenic location of a French château. After performing at the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy on Wednesday night, Rihanna was up bright and early the following morning to shoot the promo at a château in the nearby town of Vigny. With manicured grounds, surrounded by fog against the backdrop of the 16th century castle, Rihanna looked every inch the romantic heroine. But, as expected from Rihanna, she did sex things up a notch when she changed into a racy black basque for another sequence. Joining the 22-year-old on location was French supermodel Laeticia Casta, who looked striking with her dramatic make-up and sexy black outfit. While Rihanna and director Anthony Mandler are keeping tight-lipped over the video’s storyline, a casting call asked for ‘beautiful, sexy and glamorous’ females who are ‘comfortable in their bodies’. Mandler has directed videos for some of the world’s biggest pop stars including Usher, Nelly Furtado, Eminem and Enrique Iglesias and Te Amo is the 11th time they’ve worked together. Writing on his Twitter page, Mandler enthused: ‘Thanks to all of Rihanna’s fans for the long list of suggestions… we’re gonna follow our instincts and give you guys something special … One of the best things about being an artist is the ability to cause controversy.’
Ooooooh, controversy. You know, I was just thinking that there isn’t enough controversy in music videos these days and how shocking it would be if a pop star actually caused a stir with one of their music videos. It’s as if Rihanna read my mind. I mean, I love the girl but I’m no longer intrigued by people courting controversy just for publicity’s sake. I find it hard to believe that this new music video will offer anything exciting and new but, I’ll take a look when it gets released. The only thing that would shock me is if Rihanna — or any other pop star — didn’t try so hard to shock me. Now there’s a novel idea.
Ricky Martin made his first public appearance since coming out of the closet as a gay man last month at the Billboard Latin Music Awards in San Juan, Puerto Rico last night. Ricky was met with a standing ovation from the assembled audience, which I’m sure heartened him immensely. As he introduced one of the performers last night, in Spanish, Ricky spoke out against the heinous new Arizona law that was recently signed and gives police officers the right to question anyone who they think looks like an illegal immigrant. Here are a few photos of Ricky on stage at the Billboard Latin Music Awards last night and some deets about his appearance:
Ricky Martin received a standing ovation from his contemporaries as he made his first public appearance since revealing his homosexuality last night. Stepping on stage at the Billboard Latin Music Awards in his native Puerto Rico, the 38-year-old singer was warmly received by his peers. The pop star’s attendance marked the first time he’s been seen in public since he ‘came out’ as gay on his website on March 29. Introducing a fellow Latin act on stage, Martin took the opportunity to attack Arizona officials for their controversial new law which will allow police to stop anyone they think will be an illegal immigrant. Speaking in his native Spanish, Martin said: ‘This is not in the script… this law makes no sense. You are not alone. We are with you. Put a stop to discrimination. Put a stop to hate. Put a stop to racism.’ Stars in the audience, including Canadian R&B star Nelly Furtado, rapper Wyclef Jean, Mexican singers Thalia and Paulina Rubio, rose to their feet as they applauded Martin’s passionate speech. He added: ‘Long live love, long live peace.’
I had a feeling that Ricky would be making a public appearance soon, doing so at the Billboard Latin Music Awards seems like the perfect place. Not only was the awards show held in his native Puerto Rico, but the BLMAs have been very good to him over the years. I’m also very pleased that he chose to speak out against the completely un-American law that was signed in Arizona recently. I hope other celebs continue to speak out as well and that my fellow Americans rise-up to denounce this disgusting law.. But, this is really about Ricky‘s coming out party last night. I’m glad to know that he was well-received, here’s hoping he will continue to be well-received in the future.
Sad break-up news to pass along today … People magazine is citing “multiple sources” and is reporting that Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry and model Gabriel Aubry have broken up. After 4 years together, which resulted in a beautiful babygirl named Nahla Ariela, it appears the steam has run out on their relationship. They are dunzo, y’all:
Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry have broken up after four years together, according to multiple reports. The Oscar winner and the Canadian model are reportedly in negotiations to work out a custody agreement regarding their 2-year-old daughter Nahla, TMZ.com reports. Berry, 43, and Aubrey, 34, met at a Versace store opening in Manhattan in February 2006. Their daughter was born two years later. In February 2009, Berry told Essence magazine about motherhood, “I’m complete. I have more to offer my craft because [my daughter] makes me indelibly better every day.” That same month, Aubry told PEOPLE that Nahla “needs a sibling. I think it’s important.” Berry’s rep couldn’t be reached for comment.
Blah, what a bummer. These two seemed so happy together … but break-ups like this truly show that things are not always as they appear. I guess it’s safe to assume that Halle and Gabriel won’t be makin’ any more beautiful babies together, which is a shame considering what an adorable child they have in Nahla. I certainly hope the couple can figure out an amicable way to hammer out custody of their little girl … she is far too precious to be used as a pawn in a break-up. Here’s hoping this split is for the best, even tho it seems from the outside like a damn shame :(
Long hair, check. Stubbly beard, check. Shiny armor, check. All that’s missing is Thor‘s trusty hammer Mjǫllnir. Thus far, Hemsworth has the Thor-look down. As much as I’d love to see a fuller photo of this new incarnation of Thor, I get that we are only being teased since the movie won’t be released until this time next year. I’m loving what I’m seeing thus far … I really can’t wait to see more. I have new confidence that Chris Hemsworth will make a fantastic flesh and blood Thor. What do y’all think?
Lindsay Lohan has violated the terms of her probation and is headed for a showdown in court next month that will almost certainly land her in jail. Lohan — who is on probation for DUI — has not fulfilled the alcohol education requirement laid down by the judge … TMZ has learned. Judge Marsha Revel made it clear to Lindsay late last year, she must attend alcohol ed courses once every 7 days. The only exception — if she was in inpatient rehab. And the judge was explicit … if Lindsay did not comply with the terms of probation, she was going to jail. The school in which Lindsay enrolled is required by state law to inform the court only if the student is MIA for 21 days. So here’s the disconnect: The school has not reported an attendance violation … because Lindsay frequently waited until the 21st day to attend classes. Bottom line — Lindsay met the school’s requirement, but squarely violated the judge’s order. We’ve learned what’s going to come out at Lindsay’s progress hearing on May 20 — that she has habitually violated the judge’s requirement to attend classes at least once every 7 days. Judge Revel has made it clear to Lindsay — no more chances. If probation is violated, she’s going to jail … and probation was repeatedly violated. We asked Lindsay’s lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holley, for comment and received the following email: “We have received no negative written report from the program and contend Ms. Lohan is therefore in compliance.” Good lawyering for sure, because — as we just told you — the program may not have a problem with Lindsay, but the judge is going to have a big problem.
The folks at TMZ seem pretty confident that the judge is going to incarcerate L. Lo for her alleged failure to comply with the terms of her probation … I’m just not convinced. If the legal system here in Hollywood actually forced celebrities to pay for their crimes, then I’d be more amenable to the argument that she might actually be punished. I just cannot believe that will be the case. The judge may extend her probation and “force” more stringent regulations but jail time? I don’t buy it. I do contend, tho, that if Lindsay truly believed that her dangerous actions would have serious consequences, she might better curb her behavior and actually learn a lesson or two. Until that happens, she’s gonna just keep doing whatever the hell she wants to do. I guess we’ll have to wait until this time next month to find out if Lindsay Lohan will actually be punished with anything, including jail time. We shall see what will happen.
At long last, after much teasing and lots of hype — Christina Aguilera has finally released the music video for her new single Not Myself Tonight. As some of you are well aware, Tonight is the first single to be released from Xtina‘s new album Bionic (due out in stores on June 8) and last night/this morning (at 12:01 AM ET, 9:01 PM PT) the video was unleashed upon the world … here are a few screencaps:
Considering all the sneak peeks we were given of the video before its release, I don’t think the final product will come as a surprise to anyone. It’s sexy, it’s risqué — it’s totally Xtina. Sure, many critics are saying that she is copying other artists (and I will agree that there are shades of Madonna in the video [there are scenes that deffo seem to pay homage to her music videos Express Yourself and Human Nature]) but, for the most part, the video seems distinctly Xtina to me. Xtina Aguilera has been showing this racy side of herself for years, if anything … this video is more of the same. But, enough talk — after the jump, check out the video in full and see for yourselves … More »
We are just one month away from the long-awaited release of Jake Gyllenhaal‘s first big action film Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and to celebrate, we get to check out a few promo photos of our dear Jakey poo on the set of the film … lookin’ good, y’all:
Now, these pics may have been snapped over a year ago when Jake was all buff and hairy on the set of Persia but they are a welcome sight, let me tell you. We haven’t seen too much promo stuff from this new film in recent weeks … which is surprising since the film will hit theaters on May 28. But, at least we have these new pics to salivate look over and enjoy. Check out a couple more after the jump … More »
Gerard Butler, actor and shameless cad, surfaced on the Belgrad set of the big screen adaptation of the William Shakespeare tragedy Coriolanus this week lookin’ like a sexy hunk of Jennifer Aniston-lovin’ man beef. I guess I never pegged Butler as a fan of the Bard but he seems really gung ho in playing the big bad in this movie version of Coriolanus:
I read Coriolanus back in college (like, a million years ago) and for the life of me, I cannot really remember what the play is all about. I do know that Gerard is playing Tullus Aufidius (the bad guy) to Ralph Fiennes‘ Coriolanus (the good guy) and that Vanessa Redgrave will play Volumnia (Coriolanus‘s mother). I understand this adaptation of the play, directed by Fiennes btw, will have a bit of a modern slant to it — which I love! I am a huge Shakespeare fan and I really love when his work is adapted into modern settings. Now that I know this adaption is on the way, I’m gonna hafta bust out my Collected Works of Shakespeare book and refresh my memory on the plot of this play. I gotta say, I’m intrigued.
It’s a city synonymous with rebuilding – so New Orleans seems like the perfect place for Sandra Bullock to raise son Louis. “New Orleans is his city, and he is going to know it inside and out,” she says in the exclusive PEOPLE cover story, on newsstands now. “Without the spirit of the people who live there and take care of the city and honor its traditions, its love for music, its love for life, take those people out and you don’t have why I love New Orleans so much.” Even before deciding to “find our child in New Orleans,” Bullock was establishing significant ties to and a love for the Big Easy. After Hurricane Katrina, Bullock became a major supporter of Warren Easton Charter High School, the first public high school for boys in Louisiana. The historical school sustained $4 million in damages, and the actress, who tells PEOPLE she “felt such a profound need to do something for them,” has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars for renovations, new band uniforms and a new health clinic. She has also established a $10,000 college scholarship. Not to mention, before Bullock scored a Best Actress Oscar for starring in The Blind Side, which was written by New Orleans native Michael Lewis, she used the film’s New Orleans premiere as a fundraiser to benefit the school. Her generosity even earned her an induction into the school’s hall of fame last year. “She acts as if all 800-plus of these children are her own,” Warren Easton’s principal Alexina Medley tells PEOPLE. Adds school board member Arthur Hardy: “She has been our angel. We love her.”
Sandra bought a stately manor in the Garden District of New Orleans last September and I wouldn’t at all be surprised if that is where she will be spending most of her time with Louis when she’s not working on film projects. It is very clear that the city already meant a great deal to her … now that her precious baby boy is a gift, shall we say, from New Orleans I suspect the city means all that much more to her. I’m just so happy for Sandra and her newborn baby boy. I truly hope they are able to live happily ever after in the beautiful city of New Orleans.
Even tho I’m still not feeling totally well, scoring tickets to see The Go-Go’s has cheered me up considerably! I am happily feeling a bit better today so I should be back to my good ol’ self by the weekend, believe me … I am very much looking forward to that. I’m hoping last might was the last of my sickly nights in. I kinda want to go out tonight … tho, I’m not sure what I want to do.
Please, gods, let me be finished with this plague so I can go out and play once again. I certainly hope your week has been going better than mine :)
Uma Thurman & Master P are 40, Eve Plumb is 52, Michelle Pfeiffer is 52, Kate Mulgrew (Star Trek: Voyager) is 55 and Jerry Seinfeld is 56 years old today. Click HERE to see who else is celebrating a birthday today.
With “Iron Man 2″ being released overseas this week and in the U.S. next week, the question always remained whether or not there will be an ending credit scene and obviously there was. We saw the footage last night while everyone was at some Marvel/Paramount event for “Iron Man 2.” So while everyone was having a good time last night, I was working on something pretty cool for the upcoming “Thor” movie. Most of you folks know by now that (spoiler removed!) is shown at the end credits of “Iron Man 2.” Today I have for you a cool pic that our spy sent us. As per my source, THE DESTROYER is sent to earth by Loki to destroy Thor. It stands at about 9 feet tall. The Destroyer is an enchanted suit of armor forged by Odin, and when it first appeared it was hinted that the Destroyer had been created as a weapon to face some dark menace from the stars. The Destroyer is used by Thor’s arch-foe Loki on several occasions, and each time has actually come close to killing Thor. The film follows the mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth), a powerful but arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war. Thor is cast down to Earth by his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and is forced to live among humans. A beautiful young scientist, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), has a profound effect on Thor, as she ultimately becomes his first love. It’s while here on Earth that Thor learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.
While I am not the biggest fan of the Thor comic books, I am a huge fan of the superhero character himself. As a kid, I loved playing with my toy Thor hammer Mjǫllnir mainly because I loved beating it against the wall to drive my mother crazy (and I was super jealous of the little girl in Adventures in Babysitting who was lucky enough to have a kid-sized version of Thor‘s helmet). As an adult, I’m really looking forward to rekindling my childhood love of the character with this big screen adaptation. After the jump, if you dare, check out what Thor‘s arch enemy The Destroyer looks like in the photo from the film set made public by Latino Review … More »
LOL! This is great. Not only do kids this age love doing stuff like this (well, at least I did at that age … these days, not so much) but it’s about time that the Beckhams started putting their sons to work. I got a measly $5 a week as an allowance when I was his age and for that I had to take out the garbage, vacuum the house, carry the laundry both up and downstairs and help my mother rake the yard. Yes, it was tantamount to indentured servitude. Brooklyn Beckham most likely wants for nothing at all, has access to untold bajillions, gets to travel the world and all he has to do is fill the gas tank on his dad’s expensive car? GRRRR. Well, at least he’s doing something. I think it’d be good for the lad if his parents fired their gardener and made him cut the lawn … that’d make him understand the value of a dollar.
Broadway babe turned TV superstar Lea Michele — who stars as the amazing Rachel Berry on Glee — is featured on the cover and in the pages of the UK magazine ASOS. As you can tell from her coverphoto, Lea is lookin’ HOT HOT HOT in her ASOS photospread … nothing at all like her prim and shy character on Glee:
There is no question that Lea is an amazingly beautiful young woman but that beauty is not really showcased in full on Glee. The duty to show the world just how hot Ms. Michele is falls to fun magazines like ASOS here. And if you think she looks good on the cover, you ain’t seen nothing yet. After the jump, check out photos from Lea Michele‘s photospread for ASOS magazine … More »
The world premiere of Christina Aguilera‘s new music video for her new single Not Myself Tonight will take place at 12:01 AM Friday morning (ie. tonight) but right now we get our first look at the 4th promo photo to be released from the video. As you can see below, Xtina will be engaging in some same-sex lovin’, bondage-style:
Here it is! The last behind the scenes photo from the “Not Myself Tonight” video shoot. Remember, Christina’s highly anticipated new video premieres in less than thirteen hours — 12:01 am Friday on VEVO.com! Get ready Christina fans!!
I suspect that we folks on the West Coast will get to see the video premiere at 9:01 PM, so it shant be long now before we finally get to see the whole enchilada in full. BUT, just in case you’d like one last tease — you can check out another teaser video clip of the Not Myself Tonight music video after the jump … More »
Madonna and her eldest child Lourdes Maria stepped out in NYC last night to attend the 2nd annual Bent on Learning Benefit which was held at held at The Puck Building in Manhattan. In a show of support for the organization, which seeks to help foster instruction in yoga and meditation to students in grades K through 12 in New York City public schools and youth centers, Maddy and Lola showed up to class up the red carpet:
I have to say, I kinda love that Madonna is lending her support to an organization that is trying to teach yoga to children … that seems so her, doesn’t it? I guess now that Lourdes will be playing a big part in the creation of Madonna‘s new juniors fashion line Material Girl, she will very likely be showing up at more red carpet events from here on out. I suspect Madonna will make sure to accompany her to these sorts of events for a few years yet but it won’t be long until Lola starts going out on her own. Remember when Lourdes was just a baby? Now she’s becoming a full-fledged socialite … where does the time go?
Photographer Tyler Shields has just updated his official website with a batch of new photos he shot of Lindsay Lohan. The recent shoot resulted in a series of photos that feature L. Lo in a one piece bathing suit (lingerie?), high heel shoes and classic Ray Ban sunglasses which will be featured in an upcoming new book titled The Dirty Side of Glamor:
Everyone has an idea of Lindsay Lohan and last night I had the pleasure of working with her she is a huge art lover and simply wanted to create some and that is exactly what we did! This is just a taste more to come… Lindsay Will have a few crazy shots in my upcoming book The Dirty Side of Glamor
It’s been 10 years since his last appearance in Scream 3, but Ghostface is back for more, as is the original Scream team of director Wes Craven, screenwriter Kevin Williamson (The Vampire Diaries), and the acting trio of Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette. Dimension Films gave EW.com the first look at the final teaser poster for Scream 4, which will hit theaters April 15, 2011.
In addition, director Wes Craven talks to Entertainment Weekly magazine for the first time about the planned 4th installment of the Scream horror movie franchise:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So how did Scream 4 come together? WES CRAVEN: Bob Weinstein [the head of Dimension Films] felt that 10 years was enough of a wait. He felt it was time to give the original three films their due, so he called Kevin Williamson, who started coming up with ideas. For some years, Kevin had the notion of the general course of the next three movies. There was a point where Bob came to me and said, “We want to start showing you pages — do you want to do it?” And off we went.
Craven‘s interview with EW continues after the jump … More »
Now, this video actually came out yesterday but in my Nyquil haze of semi-consciousness I wasn’t really paying attention. It was only today that I finally got around to watch the video … and, man, am I glad that I did. These kids TOTALLY nail The Hills. Lil’ Audrina, lil’ Heidi and lil’ Spencer are my faves but, damn, all of these kids do an amazing job. If you don’t laugh your ass off watching this video then you must be inhuman … or are possibly Spencer Pratt. Check out this vid and tell me what you think … it’s genius, right?
Last night members of the principal cast of the new version of A Nightmare on Elm Street convened at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre for the Hollywood premiere of their new film. Altho the movie is a remake of the horror 80′s classic, it turns out that the premiere itself wasn’t all that scary at all:
Three days shy of the U.S. release of “A Nightmare on Elm Street”, Warner Bros. Pictures has held the Los Angeles premiere of the movie on Tuesday, April 27. Taking place at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the event uses black carpet to welcome all the guests. Despite the dark-colored carpet, the cast and crew show cheerful faces when spotted at the event. Jackie Earle Haley, Rooney Mara, Thomas Dekker and Kyle Gallner gather in front of a giant poster of the movie to pose for cameras. In another shot, Haley who plays Freddy Krueger is seen playfully pointing a fake razor glove to the depicter of Nancy, Mara. Director Samuel Bayer, producer Michael Bay as well as Toby Emmerich from New Line Cinema also showed up at the special screening. Additionally, the event is supported by the presence of some celebrity guests such as Kendra Wilkinson, BooBoo Stewart and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. “A Nightmare on Elm Street” is serving as the remake of Wes Craven’s 1984 film with the same title. The upcoming horror film, which will hit U.S. theaters on April 30, sees Freddy returning to hunt suburban teenagers, including Nancy and her boyfriend Quentin, and kill them through their dreams. Trying to stay away from death, they struggle not to fall asleep.
Okay, so the premiere may not have been all that scary but I’m sure hoping the film itself will scare the hell out of me. The original kinda ruined my sleep for weeks after I saw it (many, many years ago) so it’d be fun if this remake can live up to that standard. I’m not sure when I’ll make my way out to the theater to see Nightmare but I’m pretty sure I’ll be seeing it this weekend at some point. Are any of y’all planning to see A Nightmare on Elm Street this weekend as well?
Cynthia Nixon, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis and Kim Cattrall are all featured on the cover of the new issue of Harper’s Bazaar Japan magazine to promote their upcoming sequel film Sex and the City 2 (due out in theaters here in the US on May 30). Tho, if you look closely, you can kinda tell that the ladies were not photographed together for the cover … it appears they were actually Photoshopped together in post-production:
I find it a bit odd that the SaTC ladies couldn’t get together to pose for a real magazine cover (especially with a new film to promote) but this isn’t the first time the ladies have pulled stuff like this. They are notorious for never posing for photos together for shoots like these. They each pose on their own and let the Photoshoppers do the rest. They each look very lovely tho (well, save for Ms. Cattrall … what is going on with her head?) but this doesn’t seem like a magazine that I feel I’d need to pick up.
Jennifer Lopez and Alex O’Loughlin were in attendance at the Vue Leicester Square for the London premiere of their new film The Back-Up Plan earlier today. As you can see from the following photos, J. Lo tried to rock a hair’do that famously belongs to another A-List Hollywood celeb:
Unfortch, unless this particular hair’do isn’t blue in color then it looks utterly and COMPLETELY ridiculous. Forget the trash bag dress, I have no idea what the hell Jenny from the Block was thinking by trying to rock this hair’do … it does not really work for her. Even Mr. O’Loughlin looked mortified to be standing next to her on the red carpet last night. No … this whole thing that J. Lo is trying to pull of is just ….. no.
It’s official! Summit Entertainment has announced that the next installment of The Twilight Saga movie franchise, Breaking Dawn, will be directed by Bill Condon. As some of you may be well aware, Condon previously won the Academy Award for Best Director for his work on Gods and Monsters and famously directed Dreamgirls so his involvement in The Twilight Saga is a huge boon for the franchise. It remains to be seen if this final installment will be spread out over 2 movies (part 1 and part 2) and/or it will be filmed in 3D. All we know for sure right now is that Condon will be in charge of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn:
It’s the worst-kept secret in Hollywood, but at least now we finally know it’s true. Dreamgirls director Bill Condon has signed on to direct Breaking Dawn, the final chapter in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series. Summit Entertainment made the announcement today, though they declined to reveal whether or not the final book will be broken into one or two films. Said the press release, “Bringing Stephenie Meyer’s Breaking Dawn to the screen requires a graceful and intelligent hand and we believe Bill Condon is exactly the right steward, having shown equal and abundant talents of immense creativity and subtle sensitivity,” said Erik Feig, President of Production and Acquisitions, for Summit Entertainment. Sources tell EW.com that it will most likely be two movies, though none of the lead actors’ deals are complete, and the extra cash they want for the fifth movie may still be an issue. Also up in the air: will Breaking Dawn be in 3-D? It’s clear the studio wants this massive moneymaker in theaters as quickly as possible. While the 3-D would add to the cost of the productions, more crucially it would add to the time needed to finish the films. It’s also likely that Breaking Dawn will begin shooting this fall in Vancouver, and, assuming the actors’ deals can be made for a fifth film, both movies will be shot at the same time … Said Condon in the release, “I’m very excited to get the chance to bring the climax of this saga to life on-screen. As fans of the series know, this is a one-of-a-kind book – and we’re hoping to create an equally unique cinematic experience.”
Well … ain’t that something. The final installment of The Twilight Saga movie franchise will be directed by an Academy Award-winning director. I have to say, as fun as the films are, I think hiring someone of Condon‘s stature might be taking things a bit too far. I’m certain Condon will be paid very handsomely for this job and he is sure to be loved by Twilighters the world over but … I don’t know that this makes much sense for him as a serious director. That being said, who says that life has to be so serious all the time. Will the final Twilight movie (movies?) provide more artistic flair? Will Condon take Twilight into serious cinematic territory? I guess we’ll have to wait and see. Now that The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn has a director, I’m sure we’ll be hearing very soon more deets on when the Twilight folks will be getting back to work. So … what do y’all think about this big news?
I am very happy to report that I am finally feeling better today … yesterday was still kinda rough but today has been much, much better. My aches and pains are mostly gone and all that is left if a runny nose, minor cough and a lingering headache. Because I wasn’t feeling much like going out yesterday, I ended up spending most of my time watching the new 2002 animated series He-Man and the Masters of the Universe:
Yes, I tend to revert into childhood when I get sick but I can’t help it if watching cartoons makes me feel a bit better. Look, this DVD set kept me from throwing myself in front of a bus so … don’t judge me please ;)
David and I also decided to take a trip to NYC in a couple of weeks so we spent some of our time planning that trip. We’ll be in the city for a full week, so we’ll have plenty of time to take care of a few things while we’re in town. I haven’t been in NYC since last Summer/Fall. I believe my last visit to the city was to see Nine Inch Nails perform their final NYC shows. I have to admit, I’m excited to go back … it’s been far too long.
Here’s hoping I kick my sickness for good by tomorrow! Thank you, again so much, for all your well wishes ;)
Jessica Alba is 29, Penélope Cruz is 36, Jorge Garcia (Lost) is 37, Bridget Moynahan is 39, Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth is 57, Jay Leno is 60 and Ann Margret is 69 years old today. Click HERE to see who else is celebrating a birthday today.
ChristinaAguilera.com has released a third teaser promo photo from Christina Aguilera‘s upcoming new music video Not Myself Tonight which gives us a taste of what’s to come when the video gets released this Friday. In a latex bodysuit, Xtina is on her hands and knees lapping up milk from a bowl … check it out:
Check out the third exclusive photo from the “Not Myself Tonight” video shoot! Are you getting excited for the premiere? It’s THIS Friday at 12:01am on VEVO.com!
In addition, another very short teaser video clip has also been released to give us a sneak peek at the vid, due for release in just 2 days time. After the jump, check it out … More »
On Monday we learned that David Beckham had made his way to NYC to appear on Good Morning America on his first stop on his NYC promo tour (to talk about the upcoming World Cup soccer tournament which gets underway in South Africa in June) which included a visit to The Late Show with David Letterman and will include a visit on The View … and today we learn that his wife Victoria Beckham is in the Big Apple with him. The pair were spotted doing a bit of fashionable shopping in the trendy neighborhood of SoHo yesterday … behold:
OY! Les Beckhams really are good at what they do best … lookin’ pretty while shopping for pretty things. You had to know that this “business trip” to NYC wouldn’t be all work and no play. It occurs to me that Becks and Vicki B. conceived their first child, Brooklyn Joseph, in NYC … might they be working on baby #4 while they are in Manhattan this week? I could see them having a little baby girl named SoHo, couldn’t you?
Seal, singer and hubby to supermodel Heidi Klum, stepped out with his sons Henry Günther Ademola and Johan Riley Fyodor to attend the LA Lakers v. Oklahoma City Thunder basketball game at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, CA last night. Seal and the boys were there to cheer on their beloved Lakers, who successfully trounced the Thunder by a score of 111-87. Here are a few cute pics of the boys enjoying their night out together:
Now, of course it’s nothing new to see celebs and their kids sitting courtside at a Lakers game but these photos have to be the cutest pics of all time. Henry and Johan are just the cutest little boys, it’s nice to see them out on the town with their daddy. I understand the OKC Thunder have been a bit of trouble for the LA Lakers so it might be that the Samuel boys were the charm that led to their massive win last night. Here’s hoping they attend more games in the future to ensure the Lakers stay on their winning streak :)
Last week we got to see the 5th promo poster to be released from the Waiting Sucks campaign for the upcoming 3rd season of HBO‘s supernatural drama True Blood (which will premiere on Sunday June 13). Today we get to check out the 6th poster (which means there are only 6 more posters left to be released) which focuses, humorously, on the shapeshifter contingency of the world of True Blood:
To be honest, all of the posters released from this promo campaign (HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE) all have a humorous slant to them … this one seems a bit cheekier than the rest. I’m not sure I’m ready to see people shapeshifting into flamingos this season but it might be a fun change of pace. The True Blood promo machine has also released a fun new promo video to coincide with the Missing Poster we saw last week. After the jump, check it out … More »
Late yesterday, a cryptic email message made its way to the Internets announcing a new band/music project called How to Destroy Angels. A link to the official site reveals a promo photo for HTDA:
Fans of Nine Inch Nails have been speculating that the woman featured in this promo pic may be Mariqueen Maandig Reznor … a belief fortified by further speculation that the logo for HTDA looks a lot like something that might’ve been created by long-time NIN Art Director Rob Sheridan:
But, the thing that has most tongues wagging that this new music project might be a collaboration between TR and Mariqueen is the 40-second video clip included on the page that seems to feature Trent Reznor-like music and Mariqueen-like fingers manipulating an MS-20 electronic synthesizer. After the jump, check out the teaser video that has everyone wondering if Trent Reznor is back with new music to share … More »
Julia Roberts, who began her career as “Pretty Woman,” is now the most beautiful person in the world, according to People magazine’s Most Beautiful Person issue released on Wednesday. This is the fourth time the 42-year-old timeless beauty has headed People’s list and the twelfth time she’s been named one of the world’s 100 Most Beautiful people. The announcement was made live Wednesday on TODAY by People senior editor Galina Espinoza … A dozen appearances are the second-most in the history of the exclusive list. Only Halle Berry, who this year makes her 14th appearance on People’s iconic list, has more. Following Roberts are nine-time honorees George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Brad Pitt and Nicole Kidman. Of those, only Lopez is back this year … The “Most Beautiful People” issue is broken down into sections celebrating various aspects of beauty. For the fourth straight year, there’s a section on “Stars without Makeup” that celebrates eight women photographed in just moisturizer and lip balm. They include Diane Kruger, 33, of “Inglourious Basterds”; Ashley Greene, 23; Kerry Washington, 33; supermodel Heidi Klum and Selena Gomez, 17. There’s also a section honoring “Beautiful Jessicas,” new to the edition this year. Those include Jessica Biel, 28; Jessica Simpson, 29, and Jessica Alba, 29, who reveals that her real name is Farrahdawn Louisa Alba. “Surprise Jersey Girls” is another new section, honoring women with connections to the Garden State. Those include Sarah Jessica Parker, 45, who was educated in Englewood; Newark natives Queen Latifah, 40, and Keshia Knight Pulliam, 31; former Princeton student Brooke Shields, 44; Jersey City native Martha Stewart, 68, and Christina Milian, 28. “It Runs in the Family” features four celebrity daughters: Meryl Streep’s daughter, actress Mamie Gummer, 26; Phil Collins’ daughter, actress Lily Collins, 21; Jack Nicholson’s and Rebecca Broussard’s daughter, actress Lorraine Nicholson, 20; and Alfre Woodard’s daughter, Mavis Spencer, 18, a student who will attend Columbia University in the fall … On the “Hot List” are reality star Kim Kardashian, actress Zoe Saldana, and singers Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus. This year’s “Hot List” includes 20-year-old Kristen Stewart and 27-year-old Gabourey Sidibe, the “Precious” star and Academy Award nominee, who told People, “For my own happiness, I had to learn to like myself — and take the way I look out of the equation” … “Twilight” heartthrob Robert Pattison, 23, is also on the list as is “American Idol” runner-up Adam Lambert, 28.
While I generally agree with People‘s choices of the “most beautiful”, I can’t help but believe their decision to name Julia Roberts the most beautiful person — again — as a p.r. stunt in her favor. Julia has a new movie coming out so this “honor” will help with promotion of that film. Of all the people People could’ve chosen, like Sandra Bullock perhaps, I cannot for the life of me understand why Julia Roberts would be chosen as the stand out. In any event, People‘s 100 Most Beautiful People list is pure feel-good fluff for everyone involved … it’s nothing really to take seriously at all. Which of YOUR fave beautiful people made the list?
Okay, in what has to be the WTF?! news of this new century thus far, People magazine has broken the best kept secret EVER that Sandra Bullock is the proud mother of a 3 1/2 month old baby boy named Louis Bardo that she started the adoption process of 4 YEARS AGO when she was still blissfully married to her cheating husband Jesse James. Sandra and Jesse brought home baby Louis before the Academy Awards earlier this year (and before news of his cheating scandal broke) and they managed to keep the secret all this time. Proud new mama Sandra and her adorable baby boy Louis are featured on the cover of the new issue of People magazine, wherein she confirms that she plans to move forward with her divorce from James and will raise Louis on her own as a single parent:
In public, Sandra Bullock has been through the best and worst of times this year – from winning her first Oscar to enduring the breakup of her marriage. In private, she was quietly keeping a joyful secret – his name is Louis, and he is her newborn son. “He’s just perfect, I can’t even describe him any other way,” Bullock reveals exclusively in the new issue of PEOPLE, announcing that she is the proud mother of Louis Bardo Bullock, a 3½-month-old boy, born in New Orleans. “It’s like he’s always been a part of our lives.” Bullock, 45, and husband Jesse James, 41, began the adoption process four years ago and brought Louis home in January but decided to keep the news to themselves until after the Oscars. Their close friends and family – including James’s children Sunny, 6, Jesse Jr., 12, and Chandler, 15 – were essential in keeping the adoption a secret. Then, just 10 days after the March 7 Oscars, Bullock and James separated following reports James had cheated. Bullock says she is now finalizing the adoption as a single parent.
In this age of the 24 hour news cycle, I am STUNNED that a secret like this can be kept underwraps. Not only has this adoption been 4 years in the making but I am amazed that no one knew that Sandra Bullock, who was probably the most sought after celeb in the world for the past few weeks, had a baby boy with her! This has to be the media coup of the century, for sure. I am so happy for Sandra and her new baby … Louis will surely be the joy that will allow her to love life again!
LMAOOOOOOO!! With little tid-bits like this to sate our thirst in the coming weeks until the new season premieres in June, I think we’ll all be just fine. New mini-eps of A Drop of True Blood will debut on HBO each Sunday night leading up to the season 3 premiere on June 13. If this first ep is any indication, we’re in for a real treat in the coming weeks :)
Looks like the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie is going in the rebooted Batman Begins direction. Because these rumored prototype turtle-heads really do look like the end result of rolling a turtle around in a can of ooze. Not that that’s a bad thing! Latino Review has the exclusive first look at a possible mask for the new live action TMNT movie. Last we heard, the new movie, from Legendary Pictures, is set to come out in 2011, and promises to be very similar to the original comic book exploits of the TMNT. We really hope this is the real thing, because it’s about time since we had some good old fashioned monster make-up that didn’t disappoint. The tip came from an anonymous source, so your guess is as good as mine. But that being said it still looks bad-ass. Head to Latino Review for more details.
My gut tells me that we don’t need another TMNT movie. But, I am impressed with how “real” this new version of how the turtles may look. If a group of turtles were to go swimming in a pool of radioactive waste, I suppose it’s in the realm of possibility that they might turn out to look like this guy featured here. I’ll have to see what other deets spill from this planned remake film, but if Vanilla Ice is not on the soundtrack, I’m not gonna be interested at all. What do y’all think … does this sound like a good idea to you?
UPDATE: It turns out that this particular TMNT head is fan-made and is NOT part of the planned movie remake. Even tho this mask was not made for the film, I think it gives the powers that be in charge of the TMNT remake some good direction on where the film should go. Altho this turtle looks a bit scary, I like his grittiness. I wouldn’t be surprised if this fan-made mask ends up being superior to whatever the movie studio comes up with.
Here is a picture of the microphone songstrel Kylie Minogue used to record vocals for her new album. How do we know this? Because Stuart Price told us so when we VISITED HIS STUDIO LAST FRIDAY TO HEAR TRACKS FROM ‘APHRODITE’ … Here are some things we discovered on our fact-finding mission to Acton.
FIRST UP: THE SINGLE IS BIG BOLD DANCEABLE PROPER KYLIE. This is the most important news, because if the singles come in the wrong order the whole thing falls apart. ‘All The Lovers’ is the comeback single ’2 Hearts’ wasn’t, which is funny because it’s written by the same people (ie the artists formerly known as Kish Mauve). In tone it’s a bit like ‘I Believe In You’ (which until now was Kylie’s best single since ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’) with a more danceable edge; a confident, worldly-wise voice in ‘All The Lovers’ replaces the slightly naive optimism of ‘I Believe In You’. The song starts off with Kylie quietly singing “dance, it’s all I wanna do, why won’t you move? I’m standing here with you, why won’t you move?”. Kylie suggests that the dancing is important “even if it throws you to the fire, fire, fire” and as the HUGE MASSIVE CHORUS storms into view it’s clear that the song’s not really about relaxing while you dance, it’s about relaxing into a relationship … SECONDLY: OTHER TRACKS ARE ALSO V GOOD. Stuart played us a handful of other tracks from the album. ‘Get Out Of My Way’ could well be this album’s ‘Love At First Sight’; ‘Better Than Today’, while similar to the version Kylie performed live last year, now seems to have a punchier, more stompsome production. Another song Stuart played us even though he wasn’t meant to but what are they going to do sack him is a slightly ‘Wow’-esque number which has a BRILLIANT ‘Stuart Price moment’ (you’ll know it when you hear it) plus another segment in which everything falls away – Stuart describes this is “the moment in a club when you can hear glasses clinking” … THE TITLE TRACK IS IMMENSE AND RIDICULOUS AND FANTASTIC. ‘Aphrodite’ is the title track on ‘Aphrodite’, hence the name. Stuart likes its ‘Rhythm Nation’-esque qualities; we felt there was a slight Art Of Noise-ish, ‘True Faith’-ey thing going on. It would have fitted in well on ‘X’ and would have been one of the album’s best tracks, not least for the line “it’s the truth, it’s a fact, I was gone and now I’m back”. It’s a lyric that underlines and puts into capital letters the idea that this, not ‘X’, is really Kylie’s big comeback album.
Stuart Price isn’t even CLOSE to finished dishing secrets about the album, he’s got a lot more to share. After the jump, find out more deets about Kylie Minogue‘s new album Aphrodite … More »
It is with great pleasure that I pass along the first video trailer for an exciting new MTV reality TV series called Downtown Girls. Now, this show is one that is near and dear to my heart because my good friend Gurj is one of the main girls featured on the show and my other dear friend Marissa worked behind the scenes on the show’s production! I’ve been anxiously awaiting the first bit of news as to when MTV was planning to air the series and today we learn that Downtown Girls will premiere on MTV on June 1:
MTV steps inside the New York City social scene in “Downtown Girls,” a new series premiering Tuesday, June 1st at 11PM ET/PT. The show chronicles the real-life exploits of Shallon Lester, a blogger for Glamour.com, and her friends: Gurj, a digital marketing guru at Atlantic Records; Nikki, a fashion boutique owner; Victoria, an aspiring attorney; and Klo, a bride-to-be, as they show they have what it takes to make it in the city, together. From crazy nights out to swapping ex-boyfriends to supporting each other through difficult times by laughing through tears, these young women often find themselves in situations that test their views of life, romance and friendship. Although their adventures sometimes lead to disaster, the girls know they can always rely on each other in the end. Some women come to Manhattan looking for that perfect uptown life, but these girls prefer the wild, unexpected ride that makes them Downtown Girls.
This is so exciting! I can’t wait to see my girl Gurj on the boob tube cuz I know that all y’all are gonna love her as much as I do :) Downtown Girls seems to be an amalgam of The Hills and The City but with more realness (ie. real girls with real jobs) … but, of course, this is MTV reality TV we’re talking about so … we’ll just have to wait and see. After the jump, check out the trailer for Downtown Girls and find out more about the girls who will be featured on this fun new show … More »
Folks … I’m still feelin’ kinda crappy. Yesterday was pretty miserable and today ain’t much better. I’ve been trying to stay conscious long enough to get work done but the siren call of my bed keeps getting louder and louder and louder:
Unfortch, David seems to have caught a bit of what I’ve been suffering with so he’s slowed as well. We make a perfectly pitiful pair and I am hoping to goodness that our suffering will end soon. I’ve been trying to drown myself in Nyquil as much as possible … so we’ll see how long this lasts. I do want to send love back to all y’all for sending your warm wishes … they are much appreciated. I ain’t dead yet … I will survive.
Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy is 26, Sheena Easton is 51, Ace Frehley of KISS is 59, Kate Pierson of The B-52′s is 62 and Casey Kasem is 78 years old today. Click HERE to see who else is celebrating a birthday today.
With a little over a week left to go until the film opens in theaters, Iron Man 2 held its world premiere here in LA last night at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood, CA. As you might expect, the main stars of IM2 were in attendance last night along with a few of their very famous friends. Here are a few photos from last night’s Iron Man 2 Hollywood premiere and some deets from Robert Downey, Jr. himself about what we can expect from this second installment of the Iron Man saga:
As a kid, Robert Downey Jr. never dressed up in superhero costumes. “Growing up? No,” says Downey Jr. “But in my mid-30s in Palm Springs right before an arrest? Yes. It was a premonition.” Although the actor is making light of his past struggles with drug abuse, what is no joke is Downey Jr’s success at resurrecting his acting career after overcoming a long addiction to heroin and cocaine. He made a stunning comeback as Tony Stark, an arrogant, hard drinking, wisecracking playboy engineer who also wrestles with his own personal demons in 2008′s big screen adaptation of the Marvel comic book series, “Iron Man.” Now, Downey Jr., 45, is back in “Iron Man 2″ along with plenty more action, characters and explosions. The film opens in much of Europe, Asia and Australia this week before hitting U.S. theaters on May 7. The parallels between Downey Jr. and Tony Stark were obvious in the original and are just as clear in the sequel. After five years of drug arrests culminating in a prison term in 2000, Downey Jr.’s return to Hollywood’s A-list post- “Iron Man” — including a Golden Globe award for his role in “Sherlock Holmes” — is not unlike Stark’s own rise in status after he reveals his dual identity as the armored superhero. “I think (Robert’s own success) informed the level of fame and resurgence that Tony Stark experiences since he announces that he’s Iron Man,” director Jon Favreau told reporters. In “Iron Man 2″, Stark himself is no longer making weapons — just saving the world and enjoying his rock star status. Except now the U.S. government insists that he hand over his superhero suit to the military. Stark refuses. Favreau likened the sequel to someone throwing another party after a successful first bash. “Iron Man” earned $585 million at worldwide box offices and the pressure was in making sure “this was going to be as fun or more fun than the last party,” he said. Putting together the sequel began soon after the first movie was released. With plenty of characters vying for a finite amount of screen time in the sequel, Favreau needed actors who could really “make an impression.” Gwyneth Paltrow is back as Pepper Potts, who Stark promotes from assistant to CEO of his Stark Industries. At the same time, Stark needs to solve the mystery behind new character, Russian villain Ivan Vanko, played by Mickey Rourke. Rounding out the new cast is Scarlett Johansson, sporting red hair as The Black Widow, and Sam Rockwell as weapons manufacturer Justin Hammer. Don Cheadle replaces Terrence Howard in the role of Lt. Col. James Rhodes. Rourke was enlisted to play Vanko (a.k.a Whiplash) as he was coming off his own career resurgence with Golden Globe and BAFTA best actor awards last year for “The Wrestler” … With this cast in place, Downey Jr. said he “felt a little bit like a co-manager of a baseball team that just got an even better line-up in the spring.”
And away we go. Now that the first premiere is in the can, the countdown is really underway for the release of Iron Man 2. As you may recall, IM2 was due to premiere in London first but due to the Icelandic volcano that has been disrupting European air travel, the first premiere was moved over here to LA. I suspect there will other premieres in NYC and London in the coming week … and then the film opens wide here in the US on May 7. I’ve been staying away from reading reviews so as not to spoil the film before I get to see it, but I’m hearing generally positive things about the sequel. I cannot wait to see this film for myself … I can hardly believe we are so close to its release.
Yesterday’s photo was all about Christina Aguilera in latex. Today, we switch it up with a sensual group photo of Christina and her dancers. With sequin leotard and knee high boots, you know Christina is ready for anything!
In addition to this new promo photo, Xtina‘s site is also giving us a video peek at the music video which features Xtina lookin’ like a freak-a-deak in a sexy Princess Leia-like get-up:
After the jump, check out the sneak peek video that further teases the release of the full music video, due out on Friday … More »
Head’s up, True Blood fans! A very cool new promo pic for the upcoming third season of the show has made its way to Facebook, courtesy of Kristin Bauer (who plays saucy vampire Pam on the show). Here is our first look at the new True Blood promo photo that Bauer shared with her Facebook friends this week:
It’s unclear if this new promo photo is officially part of HBO‘s Waiting Sucks promo campaign but any new promo stuff is welcome, yes? After the jump, check out a closer look at this photo to see what clues it might contain as to what we can expect from True Blood season 3 … More »
The Hollywood sign, a beacon to stars and star-struck alike, has been saved from urban sprawl under a land conservation pact announced after a donation by Playboy founder Hugh Hefner capped a multimillion-dollar fundraising drive. “It’s a symbol of dreams and a symbol of opportunity and hope,” actor-turned Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger told a press conference Monday below the towering letters. “The Hollywood sign will welcome dreamers, artists and Austrian bodybuilders for generations to come.” The huge sign overlooking the city was in danger of having its distinctive setting on the flanks of the Santa Monica Mountains crowded by construction of estate homes on nearby Cahuenga Peak. But a $900,000 donation from Heffner, who helped save the sign itself 32 years ago, and a $500,000 matching grant completed a $12.5 million fundraising drive to protect 138 acres from development that would have altered the globally recognized symbol of the world’s film and television capital. “My childhood dreams and fantasies came from the movies, and the images created in Hollywood had a major influence on my life and Playboy,” Hefner said. Schwarzenegger praised the public and private partnership that raised the money to keep the property out of the hands of developers. The Trust for Public Land conservation group raised $6.7 million in private funds, the state offered $3.1 million, and local funds totaled $2.7 million. Schwarzenegger said private donations came from all 50 states, 10 foreign countries, The Tiffany & Co. and a number of individuals, including J. Paul Getty heir Aileen Getty, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks … Ironically, the sign was originally erected in 1923 to promote a real estate development, with its 30-foot-by-50-foot letters spelling “Hollywoodland.” But as Hollywood was entering its golden age, the sign already symbolized the allure of stardom. In the 1930s a young, struggling actress climbed the sign and leaped to her death. By the late 1940s the sign was falling apart and the “land” portion was removed, giving it the appearance known today. It continued to decay even after the city made it a cultural monument in 1973. Hefner came to the rescue in 1978 by organizing a fundraiser that enabled a complete rebuilding of the sign, which had to vanish from the skyline for several months. Wildlife Conservation Board executive director John Donnelly said the permanent protection of Cahuenga Peak is a significant addition to the city’s 4,210-acre Griffith Park and will enhance wildlife corridors throughout the region. “Today, we have the Hollywood ending we hoped for,” said William B. Rogers, president of The Trust for Public Land.
It’s clear that The Hollywood Sign means a lot to Hugh Hefner, who first stepped up to help clean up the sign in 1978 and then, once again, stepped up to ensure that Cahuenga Peak remains undeveloped so that the sign can stand untouched. But, as much as Hefner deserves props for stepping up to help, I think many more props should go out to all the folks to donated their own money to ensure that The Hollywood Sign be saved. It is a beacon of hope and dreams that stands for all of us to enjoy. If anything, this Save the Peak campaign has proven that we the people own the sign … and we won’t let anyone eff with it. This is just fantastic news. Wee!!
Billy Corgan — Smashing Pumpkins frontman, former Jessica Simpson beau and all-around drama king — seemingly launched an attack on Hole frontwoman Courtney Love on his official Twitter account on the eve of the release of her new album Nobody’s Daughter (which finally is released in stores today over a year after it was due to be released on January 1, 2009). Altho Corgan doesn’t specifically name Courtney Love in his diatribe, his comments seem to be directed at her specifically. Here is the full text of the tweet messages that Billy posted on his Twitter account last night:
Thought #1: my face is my face, my heart is my heart, my money is my money. Oh, and my songs are MY songs+If you can’t write your own songs? / Thought #2: if you can’t write your own songs maybe you should just be happy that you fooled someone into doing your work for you… / Or, thought #3:maybe you should go someone nice+live off your husband’s money, u know the money he made for writing all those great songs. / Thought #4: when you issue someone an apology on YOUR facebook page you might actually mean it and take responsibility for it. But… / Thought #5: the world is aware of your lack of responsibility, as seen in the gov’t taking away your parental right. Only you could abandon! / Only u could abandon such a beautiful, incredible child who is smarter than u, cooler than u, and better than u. Oops, did I say too much? / Thought #6: so have your moment, burn up in the sun that laughs at u as equally as it appears to celebrate u+sleep knowing u have no honor.
It seems very clear that Billy‘s references to the songs he wrote (for Courtney‘s new Hole album), living off of husband money (ie. Kurt Cobain) and the alleged abandonment of the “beautiful, incredible child who is smarter, cooler and better” (ie. Frances Bean Cobain) are aimed directly and squarely at Courtney Love. It’s unclear why, exactly, Billy felt compelled to make these comments seemingly about (and to) Courtney Love but it really sounds like there is still much bad-blood between them. Will C. Love take the bait and fire back in retaliation? It’s quite possible … but these days, Courtney is doing much to promote the release of the new Hole album and may not have the time to respond. Imagine that, Courtney Love might actually be the adult for once.
Renewing one’s wedding vows is typically a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey prefer to do it a little more frequently than that – like every year! “I encourage everybody to do it. If you are happy and in love, celebrate it!” Cannon, 29, said Friday on his New York radio show, confirming that he and his pop-star wife, 40, will renew their vows – for a second time – to celebrate their second wedding anniversary. “Don’t everybody do that?” the America’s Got Talent host asked. “Don’t, like, Heidi Klum and Seal do the same thing every year? It’s just something fun to celebrate. We renew our vows and exchange gifts.” Their anniversary is this Friday, but as of last week, the couple hadn’t settled on a final plan for this year’s celebration. They wed in 2008 on Carey’s Bahamian estate, but aren’t looking for an island getaway this time around. “We did that last year and the year before that, too,” says Cannon. “This year we want to do it like in a normal setting, so it might be in L.A. … Hey, I say we do it in a church in Brooklyn. That will be hot.” Cannon says his gift to Carey this year is “something very thoughtful and it has nothing to do with money.” And he adds: “We are just trying to keep the romance alive. That’s all.”
I am all for these two renewing their vows on a yearly basis. I have to admit, I never thought Mimi and Nick would make it to their first wedding anniversary and now they are about to celebrate their second — goes to show what I know. I have no doubt that these two are blissfully happy and deserve all the happiness in the world together. Much love and many congrats to the happy couple on their marriage vow renewal. Keep it fresh, keep celebrating your love and chances are you will live Happily Ever After. Who knew that Mr. & Mrs. Cannon held the secret to happily wedded bliss?
Yesterday we learned the tragic news that troubled starlet <strong>Lindsay Lohan had gotten herself axed from yet another film in addition to getting banned from another club for reportedly throwing a drink at her ex-girlfriend Samantha Ronson. Today we learn a bit of good news concerning Miss Lohan. When one door closes, another opens … I’m happy to report that L. Lo managed to find herself a new job! Unfortch, this new job is just a one time gig … and she worked for free but … work is work, yes? Here are photos of Lindsay with her little sister Aliana Ali Lohan slaving away last night at a place called Millions of Milkshakes in West Hollywood, CA:
Yes, folks, Lindsay can now add “milkshake maker” to her dwindling resume. As I understand it, this Millions of Milkshakes place is owned by the folks who run Hollywood.tv and strike up deals with celebs for them to come into the shop to “make” milkshakes in exchange for a little publicity from their paparazzi services. I suppose Lindsay could use a bit of good (free) publicity these days, so good for her! In other good news, her estranged father has left LA after failing to exert his control over her legally. With his tail between his legs, Michael Lohan was spotted leaving LAX Airport after he was stymied in his attempt to force Lindsay into rehab.
A new job AND the expulsion from LA of her father? Things just might be looking up for our dear Lindsay.
Fashion world power couple Marc Jacobs and Lorenzo Martone have split — for now. “They’ve both been telling people that they broke up,” friends said. Martone shot down rumors this month that he’d moved out of the Chelsea Merchantile apartment he shared with Jacobs, but sources say he’s planning to go soon. Martone wasn’t with Jacobs in Provincetown last week for the wedding of Jacobs’ business partner, Robert Duffy. Jacobs served as best man. A rep for Jacobs said, “We don’t comment on Marc’s personal life.” Martone also declined to comment.
Considering Jacobs‘s track record, I can totally see how the end of his relationship might come this quickly … but I’m having a hard time believing that the couple — who have been dating for years now — would decide to split so soon after they took the official plunge and got married. I guess we’ll have to wait and see if this break-up report really pans out but I’m hoping it’s just a nasty rumor. It’d be a shame for another celeb marriage to Peace the Spork Out like this :(
Jake Gyllenhaal, and his surprisingly crazy blue eyes, is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Russian GQ magazine. Timed to help generate buzz for his upcoming film Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Jakey poo was chosen as the latest coverboy for Russian GQ:
While I believe that Jake does have subtle blue eyes, it’s clear that his eyecolor was amped up for vivid effect on this magazine cover. After the jump, check out a couple photos from his accompanying photospread where his eye color is much less hypercolor … More »
She looks fantastic, he looks adorable … they make the perfect pair. It looks like things are coming along very nicely for J. Hud these days, and she deserves all the happiness in the world. Enjoy it, girl!
Today is Channing Tatum’s 30th birthday!!! In case you missed it, I posted Chan’s special birthday wish to his fans last night. You can CLICK HERE to check out the video he and wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum just made here in New York exclusively for all of us at CTU! As always, you all did a great job of submitting pics and birthday messages to Chan. Everyone can check out messages from fan club members all around the world in the new slideshow HERE.
It’s very sweet of Chan‘s fans to send in all of their birthday photos, I urge y’al to check out the slideshow of submissions that were sent in for his bday at the link above. After the jump, check out a few more photos of Channing from back in the day — as you will find out, he has always been a cutie … More »
Alas, I am not doing very well today. After hanging out with Darion — who just go over being sick — on Friday night (not that I’m blaming him, the jerk!) and enjoying a very bizzy day on Saturday, I awoke yesterday with a massively sore throat. Most of the day yesterday was spent in bed, but I did manage to drag myself to the couch so that I could watch the Sex and the City movie again for the umpteenth millionth time:
Unfortch it wasn’t enough to make me feel better cuz today I’m feeling a bit worse. The throat doesn’t hurt as much but I’m feeling achy all over. Damn Darion!!! Actually, I’m kidding around … I’m sure it wasn’t him who gave me the plague. Today might be a shorter blogging day for me so that I can drink some Nyquil and pass out. Blech. Hope your Monday is going better than mine :(
Soccer superstar David Beckham dropped by “Good Morning America” today to talk a little football — or soccer, for us Americans. Despite an injury that will keep him benched, Beckham said he intend to head to South Africa for the FIFA World Cup in June.
I understand that our dear Becks will be making the rounds on all the NYC TV shows this week to hype up his sidelined participation in the World Cup this June. As I passed along last week, Becks will also be appearing on The View this week … I suspect he’ll be appearing a few other shows as well. After the jump, check out video of Becks‘s appearance on GMA this morning to see/hear what he had to say … More »
Christina Aguilera’s video for the new single, “Not Myself Tonight”, premiere’s this Friday on VEVO.com and to celebrate the premiere we’re going to be releasing official photos from the video each day this week on CA.com. Each day will feature a different look Christina will be portraying in the highly anticipated new video. So what does Christina have in store for us? Check out the first photo below to get a taste and be sure to check back each day this week as we lead up to the premiere of “Not Myself Tonight”!
That’s right, we’ll get to see new photos from her music video set each day leading up to the video’s release on Friday. I don’t know that I’m totally loving the latex dress but I do love her hair and make-up. I wasn’t too fond of her flirtation with leather, rubber and bondage gear but I’m thinkin’ she might better mix up the styling this time around. I’ll admit, I’m curious to see the photos that will be released all week long leading up to the music video release of Not Myself Tonight. Can’t wait to see more.
Popstar Beyoncé, who is currently on vacay in Hawaii with her family — including her sister Solange and her son Daniel, suffered a bit of a wardrobe malfunction while playing on the beach with her nephew over the weekend. Beyoncé let Daniel bury her up to her neck in the sand but when she emerged from her sandy cocoon, one of her nipples tried to escape from her bathing suit:
Beyoncé heads down to the water to rinse off the sand after being buried up to her neck by her nephew on the beach during a family holiday in Hawaii. Almost every inch of the singer’s bootylicious body was covered by Daniel, the young son of her sister Solange. The pair had an hilarious time – and the moment was captured for posterity by the superstar’s camera-wielding husband Jaz-Z. Daniel did a pretty thorough job, leaving only her face peeking out. Whether he captured the moment his wife’s top fell open, only the slideshow back at the ranch will tell. But as the left halter-neck strap fell to one side she certainly showed more of her sandy charms than intended. Beyonce, 28, was enjoying a break before she continues work on her fourth studio album.
Firstly, I think it’s awesome that Beyonce would be such a cool aunt to let her nephew bury her like this, even if she suffers a bit of embarrassment in the process. While B‘s entire nip did not slip out, enough of it did to make the photo behind the cut pretty NSFW … More »
Over the weekend, fútbol player David Beckham and his sons — Brooklyn Joseph, Romeo James and Cruz David — met up up football player Tom Brady and his eldest son, John Edward Thomas, for a bit of male bonding at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, CA together. It was a chance for the two young sporting families to get together to kick around the soccer ball and toss around the pig skin as one big group of BFFs … behold:
Injured soccer star David Beckham took his sons to play with a different shaped football at the weekend. The England midfielder took his family to visit the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena for the UCLA (University Of California, Los Angeles) spring game. And there Brooklyn, 11, Romeo, seven, and Cruz, five, met up with star New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Brady, who is married to supermodel Gisele Bundchen, was accompanied by his own son John Edward Thomas (JET) Moynahan, two. Wearing an All Saints T-shirt with an unusual skull print, featuring the slogan ‘Houston We Have A Touchdown’ printed on the front, Cruz got stuck in to a game of throw and catch with Brady. But Beckham had to console his son when he was hit in the face by the ball and had a little cry. However he was soon back in the thick of things, soldiering on just as his football playing father has done on the pitch.
Yeah, that big meanie Tom Brady managed to chuck the football at Cruz hard enough to bang into his face and make the poor little guy cry. Had Becks not been nursing his torn Achilles tendon, he prolly would’ve kicked a soccer ball missile at little John‘s head in retaliation. Yeah, these guys mean business. After the jump, check out a few more photos from this guys day out and see a cute pic of Becks consoling his weeping littlest child … More »
The amazing British musician M.I.A. (née Mathangi Maya Arulpragasam) has relased today her new music video for her new single Born Free. In the vein of other videos that have a cinematic, short film feel to them, M.I.A.‘s new video clocks in at about 9 minutes and is full of graphic and — at times — very disturbing imagery:
The video starts out with the violent round-up by the police of a wanted person of a particular group (which is revealed in the actual video) and then goes on to show what these people are being rounded up for. I’m intentionally being vague because I think the video is more powerful when you let it reveal to you what is going on. I have to warn you, the video contains some nudity, much strong language and very violent imagery. It is NSFW (not suitable for work) nor is it really suitable for minors. Very clearly, M.I.A. is making a bold statement with this video — if you are interested in hearing/seeing her message, check out this video in full after the jump … More »
Just days after getting a visit at home from her father and authorities, Lindsay Lohan has lost a role in a feature film, according to TMZ. The 23-year-old actress no longer will co-star in The Other Side, writer/director David Michaels told the site. “Our team simply chose to move on from Lindsay and we’ll soon be announcing a replacement,” Michaels said. A source connected to the production of the film, however, told TMZ that Lohan was cut from the movie because she’s not “bankable” and that people financing the film were reluctant to rely on her. A call and e-mail to Lohan’s rep were not immediately returned. The movie, described as a comedic modern-day fairy tale that centers on a mystery involving the eccentric inhabitants of a remote island, stars Woody Harrelson, Jason Lee, Giovanni Ribisi, Kieran Culkin, Anjelica Huston, Eddie Izzard, Alanis Morissette and Dave Matthews.
Sadly, it’s not really shocking news to learn that movie studios do not want to work with Lindsay Lohan anymore … considering the amount of drama and baggage that comes along with hiring her, it just sounds like she’s really not worth the trouble. After the jump, read about the nightclub drama she allegedly got herself into which resulted in a drink being thrown at Samantha Ronson‘s head and the banishment of Lindsay Lohan from a nightclub … More »
In the clip, Betty gives props to the Internet for getting her the SNL hosting gig but she warns, don’t believe everything you hear about her on the Web — after the jump, find out what she means … More »
Filming continued this weekend down in Miami Beach, FL on the second season of Jersey Shore and in an incident that can only be described as run-of-the-mill for the JS cast, Nicole Snooki Polizzi got herself into a smidge of drama. Apparently, the newly single Snooki — while out with her fellow castmate Jenni Jwoww Farley — met a nice young man at a bar in Miami and the two go to talking. Unfortch, the pair did not get along well and things got a bit heated between them. In fine, JS fashion, there was hitting, yelling, throwing of food and drink and an expulsion from the bar by security. For anyone else on Earth, this would be a terribly embarrassing one time occurrence. For Snooki, it was what she would call a “Saturday”:
Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi slapped a man, sparked a food fight and threw alcohol over him during a bar fight in South Beach, Miami, on Saturday night — and RadarOnline.com has the exclusive video. In retaliation, the man showered the Jersey Shore star with his own drink, during the incident at Ocean’s 10 bar on Ocean Drive at around 6pm. MTV was filming the second series of the hit reality show, at the time. Police were not called.
Boy, I bet the folks at MTV were lickin’ their chops at all of this salacious drama. After the jump, check out a few more photos from this latest altercation and read an eye witness report of what went down … More »
Yesterday was a very full yet extremely fun day … firstly, David and I met up with our BFFs Emma and Josh for an afternoon of grilled cheese fun at The 2010 Grilled Cheese Invitational:
Obviously something as fun as a grilled cheese festival is going to be popular so while we weren’t too thrilled with the long lines, we were thrilled with the amazing offerings that were made available. We ate and ate and ate and ate … ’twas fun, mostly.
After we finished eating, we made our way to The Standard hotel in downtown LA for a few drinks up on the Roof Bar:
It was there that I found a very cool piece of street art — an Invader mosaic.
After drinks, we parted ways with Emma and Josh and made our way to the Gibson Amphitheater at Universal City to see Conan O’Brien on his Legally Prohibited from being Funny on Television Tour. After the jump, check out some photos and read some deets from last night’s fun … More »
Jason Lee is 40, Renée Zellweger & Gina Torres (Firefly, Angel, Gossip Girl) are 41, Eric Avery of Jane’s Addiction is 45, Hank Zaria & Andy Bell of Erasure are 46 and Al Pacino is 70 years old today. Click HERE to see who else is celebrating a birthday today.
At last, it is that time once again where we pause to gawk and gander at the Hot Dude of the Week here on Pink is the new Blog. Today, we’ve got a familiar face that some of you may recognize … this week’s showy Hot Dude was photographed by Jannis Tsipoulanis … say hello to Miguel Iglesias:
Some of you may recognize that Miguel is the male model who is featured in the Puma Index, a site that features models who undress every time the stock market goes down. He is also featured in a quite a few ad campaigns, so clearly I’m not the only person who thinks he makes a successful Hot Dude. This photo is simple, sexy and a great site to see on this lovely Sunday! Enjoy!!
Everyone at Michaels Entertainment would like to thank all fans and friends for their continued thoughts and prayers through this difficult time. At this point Bret remains in ICU in critical condition. He is under 24 hour doctors care and supervision. We are hopeful that further tests will locate the source of the bleeding, which has still not been located. As we all know Bret is a fighter and we are hopeful that once all is complete the slurred speech, blurred vision and dizziness, etc. will be eliminated and all functions will return to normal. More information will be posted as it becomes available
Wow, this is still so scary. It seems imperative that doctors find the source of the bleeding so that no lasting damage occurs. I don’t know anything about medicine but I do know that head injuries of any kind are serious business. Let’s keep our well wishes, happy thoughts, healing vibes and hopeful prayers going … if anyone can bounce back from something like this, it’s deffo Bret Michaels. Get well soon, Bret! We’re all pulling for your speedy recovery!!
I understand the couple (Rim? Roth? Rim Rotherspoon?) enjoyed a nice Mexican brunch in Hollywood before the made their way to West Holllywood to do a bit of shopping at Fred Segal. It sounds like a very nice, very normal Saturday afternoon. Altho Reese has already introduced this new love interest to her kiddies, it does appear that she is taking things nice and slow. I honestly think that these two can make this new relationship last. Because he’s in the biz (as an agent) but is not a celeb, I think they have a better chance at longevity. They already look so normal … here’s hoping they truly are in it for the long haul.
A couple of weeks ago we got to see a few disturbing photos of the over-inflated Hills star Heidi Montag hosting an afternoon of wet and wild fun at Liquid Pool and Lounge at the Aria Resort and Casino in the City Center entertainment complex in Las Vegas, NV … today we get to see photos of new Hills star Kristin Cavallari taking her own turn as host. And, IMHO, it looks like KC did a much better job in her hosting duties:
No bulbous breasts, no silicone-filled face … just a pretty girl in a tiny bikini standing around looking beautiful — and getting paid for it. Heidi‘s beach ball-sized breasts look too ridiculous in a two-piece bathing suit … Kristin looks much more normal and proportional, hence, much less scary. It’s clear in this case, bigger isn’t better. I have to say, I think KC makes a very lovely pool hostess … don’tcha think?
True Blood co-stars and real life lovers Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin spent the day in Venice, CA yesterday with his daughter Lilac in tow lookin’ very much like the happiest of families. After a nice lunch at Hal’s Bar and Grill, the family made their way to Pinkberry for dessert:
I love the photo of Stephen giving his daughter a piggyback ride … even tho she looks a little big, it’s very cute that A.) she’d want a ride and B.) that daddy would oblige. The weather was perfectly lovely here in LA yesterday, I bet this happy little family enjoyed a fantastic day together.
While the young actress was a bit nervous (flubbing a few lines here and there) she was professional enough to just keep going and bring the funny. I loved every single skit that she appeared in. Like the episode with Tina Fey as host, Gabby‘s SNL last night was one of the best the show has all season long. Her opening monologue was genius and the Digital Short she did with Andy Samburg was simple, yet hilarious! Last night’s ep was cemented as one of my faves when I saw the Alarm Clock skit (I know, it’s dumb … but I loved the previous Door Bell and Car Horn skits as well). After the jump, check out video of all of the very funny SNL skits that featured guest host Gabourey Sidibe — and prepare to LAUGH … More »
Okay, so we expected to Zenescope’s new “Charmed” comic book based on the hit television series to be pretty sexy — after all, the publisher has never shied away from injecting their comics with ample amounts of curves. But when they sent us this exclusive wraparound cover for “Charmed” #2, created by superstar artist Greg Horn … “Charmed # 0″ will hit shelves in June and issue #1 will debut at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July.
Damn! The Charmed Ones are lookin’ hot, y’all. I have high hopes that this new comic book series will do well … mebbe not as well as the Buffy comics but certainly enough to hold their own. After the jump, check out some character sketches that show what Piper, Phoebe and Paige Halliwell will look like fully-clothed within the pages of this new Charmed comic book series … More »
Okay … I admit it … I kinda knew what I was in for when I decided to go see The Back-Up Plan with Darion yesterday. Yes, I had read the scathing reviews but I just figured that no self-respecting movie reviewer would deign to give a glowing review to a Jennifer Lopez movie. But because I enjoyed many of her previous efforts, I was willing to give The Back-Up Plan the benefit of the doubt. About 5 minutes into the movie, I knew I was in trouble:
Very unfortunately, the poor reviews for the film are spot on. The film is full of terrible rom-com clichés … but that isn’t even the problem. Jennifer Lopez gives a really horrendous performance. She’s been away from the movie-making scene for many years now … and it shows. She never loosened up and just … looked natural. Her whole performance felt forced and stiff. The jokes were bad and the writing was just … really bad. I kid you not … and this may spoil but, I don’t care … fecal matter is used for laughs TWICE in this movie. I’m sorry but when you have to rely on actual turds for laughs … you’re in trouble.
I will say that there was one shining positive thing about the movie. Find out what it is, after the jump … More »
Tyson Ritter of All-American Rejects is 26, Kelly Clarkson is 28, Eric Balfour (24) is 33, Djimon Hounsou is 46, Barbra Streisand is 68 and Shirley MacLaine is 76 years old today. Click HERE to see who else is celebrating a birthday today.
Here is this week’s batch of photos sent in by Pink is the new Blog readers — Percibal sends in an absolutely precious photo of her 3 month old daughter Laila posing for her first professional photos — Sarah sends in a pic of a Wig-Out Bachelorette Party held in Chicago, IL recently in honor of her BFF Shelley‘s upcoming nuptials — Jayvees sends in a pic with Kate from Bad Girls Club season 4 as they partied together at Brix nightclub in San Jose, CA — Adriana sends in a fun photo with her BFFs Kelly, Christy, Adri, Chelsea and Kimberly celebrating in Texas together over Easter weekend — Sarah sends in a cute photo of her good friends Eric and Law who, I am happy to pass along, have just gotten engaged to be married:
Much love and many thanks to all y’all for sending in your photos. This is a really fun batch of pics … y’all look amazing! HUGE congrats go out to Eric and Law on their engagement, I wish you a lifetime of happily wedded bliss.
Please keep sending in your amazing photos, they are all so fun. SEND IN YOUR PICS, y’all :) xo
Bret Michaels’s health has taken a turn for the worse, PEOPLE has learned: After an excruciating headache late Thursday night, the star was rushed to an undisclosed hospital where doctors discovered he suffered a massive subarachnoid hemorrhage (bleeding at the base of his brain stem), according to a source close to the situation. Michaels, 47, is currently in critical condition. “After several CAT scans, MRIs and an angiogram, [doctors] decided to keep Michaels in the ICU and are running several tests to determine the cause. [It] will be touch and go for the next few days while he is under intense observation,” the source says.
Bret Michaels’ father is speaking out for the first time since his rocker son was rushed to the hospital with a brain hemorrhage. In an exclusive interview with RadarOnline.com, Wally Sychak reveals he spoke to his son by phone on Friday, says Bret is doing well, but is still in intensive care. “I talked to him this morning,. He sounded upbeat and positive but they had him sedated,” Sychak told RadarOnline.com. “But he’s doing good. He sounded like my son.” Sychak told RadarOnline.com that Bret’s two daughters, ex-girlfriend, Kristi Lynn Gibson, and his tour manager are currently at the hospital with him. While doctors have not determined what caused Bret’s brain to begin bleeding, they all seem to agree that it—along with his recent appendectomy—are complications relating to his type 1 diabetes, Sychak told RadarOnline.com. “We’re all keeping our fingers crossed and saying our prayers,” Sychak said, adding, “He just needs to be quiet now and get rested.”
Wow! This is really scary stuff. I was very worried that the news would not be good in the wake of this brain hemorrhage but thank goodness Bret is doing well. I’m sure he would greatly benefit and appreciate all of our thoughts, prayers and well wishes. Bret Michaels has survived much in his 47 years, here’s hoping he’ll be able to beat this illness (or whatever) and be back to his rockin’ ol’ self again very soon. Heal well, Bret!
The principal cast of Iron Man 2 assembled at The Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills, CA yesterday to appear at a press photocall to promote their new film:
In addition to posing for this lovely group shot, the individual castmembers — Robert Downey, Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man), Gwyenth Paltrow (Pepper Potts), Don Cheadle (Lt. Col. James Rhodey Rhodes/War Machine), Jon Favreau (Happy Hogan), Mickey Rourke (Ivan Vanko/Whiplash) and Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow) — each obliged the assembled photographers for individual shots as well. Check out those photos after the jump … More »
Yesterday we got to see the second and final movie trailer for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and today we get to check out a few more promo goodies … here is our first look at 3 new promo images of Twilight characters Bella Swan, Jacob Black and Edward Cullen:
These promo photos look like the source photos that may be used for life-size stand-up cut outs of these famed characters. After the jump, check out each of them in much larger size … More »
Hilton and Shaw were briefly engaged to be wed back in 2003 (when he was modeling for Hilfiger and she was modeling for Guess) but clearly that engagement never panned out. Who knows, maybe this time the couple have realized their true lurve for one another that will find a happy life together again? Yeah … no. Still, Paris must be enamored of Jason again … she doesn’t bust out the wonky eye for just any guy. Oh, who am I kidding … of course she does. In any event, whether this latest hook-up is merely a fling for the moment or will turn into a storybook romance for the ages, I suppose we shouldn’t be that surprised that Paris Hilton is back in the dating saddle. Giddy on up!
It looks like Michael C. Hall has defeated his biggest bad guy yet: cancer. The 38-year-old Dexter star has “fully recovered” from Hodgkin’s lymphoma, according to wife and show costar Jennifer Carpenter. Hall announced he was battling the illness in January, shortly before his Golden Globes win for best actor in a TV drama series, describing his condition as “eminently treatable and curable.” Last month, Hall reiterated as much, telling an audience at the TV show-honoring PaleyFest that he was preparing for his final treatment and was “great on the health front.” Hall is set to return to work in June, when the show begins production on its fifth season.
This is just amazing news. I was very heartened when MCH surfaced early this month lookin’ very much like he was on the road to recovery and then when he showed up on that movie set, I knew it was only a matter of time until he got back to his good ol’ self. This latest update from Carpenter just reinforces my hope. I am so excited for the new season of Dexter, I can’t even tell you … I’m just so happy that MCH is now well enough to get back to work on the show and move forward with his life as healthy as can be :)
Tina Fey, currently on vacation with her family at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park in Lake Buena Vista, FL, was spotted enjoying a bit of a lunch date with famed Disney character Goofy at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater inside the theme park. I don’t know about you but these two look really close in these photos:
Oh yeah, BFFs for sure. These pics are just too cute, I had to share them with all y’all. I gotta say, Goofy is cool and all but I’d rather be BFFs with Tina any day. I just love her. Fun pics like this are just the sort of thing that are sure to help get your weekend off to a very fun start :)
It hasn’t even been two months since Conan O’Brien joined Twitter, but now the former Tonight Show show host is dropping in on Twitter HQ like he’s part of the family. Twitter employees are now tweeting en-masse about the funnyman’s visit to Twitter’s San Francisco offices this morning — he’s even doing a bit of stand-up. His recent embrace of social media has been working out pretty well, and likely helped him land a new late night show on TBS. We’re not surprised he’s at Twitter HQ. Conan is in town this week for his “Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour” tour.
Love this!! Now, Conan hasn’t been on Twitter long … he joined the ranks of the Twitterverse shortly after he lost his gig hosting The Tonight Show on NBC. But since he’s joined, he’s already tweeted 67 times … becoming quite the connoisseur. I think it’s safe to say that Conan is as big a fan of Twitter as they seem to be of him. How cool would it be if Conan O’Brien showed up at YOUR workplace?
KYLIE Minogue is lucky, lucky, lucky all right! The sexy Spaniard she has been seeing for 18 months has stripped off completely for a sweaty, steamy shoot with Spanish Vanity Fair that will have women – and plenty of men – in a spin.
Spinning Around, in fact. After the jump, check out a few of Andrés‘s nekkid (and semi-NSFW) VF photos … More »
The entire Beckham family — David, Victoria, Brooklyn Joseph, Romeo James and Cruz David — made their way en mass to a Pinkberry frozen yogurt shop in Hollywood, CA today on a happy family field trip together … behold:
Despite the fact that Becks is still lugging around his foot cast so that his ankle can heal, he and the kiddies have been popping up all over town together. Family outings like this are the norm for Les Beckhams and I’m certain his children appreciate the attention. Had Becks not been injured earlier this year, he surely would NOT be here in SoCal spending time with his kids. It’s still really sucky that he has to miss out on playing in the World Cup (the last one of his career) but at least his children are reaping the benefits of his untimely injury. I’m guessing they aren’t too upset that their daddy gets to spend more time at home with them.
The second and final trailer for the upcoming sequel film The Twilight Saga: Eclipse had its world-wide debut on The Oprah Winfrey Show earlier today … here are a few screencaps from this, much-anticipated, new movie trailer:
For the 2 people out there who have not yet read the book, this trailer does a really good job of explaining what the crux of the story is in this third installment of The Twilight Saga (and is much more exciting, IMHO, than the first trailer we saw back in March). After the jump, check out this minute and a half new trailer in full … More »
Last night my friend Josh and I made our way to the Henry Fonda Theater in Hollywood, CA to attend the first Hole concert performed here in the US. With a new album on the way and a few tiny European shows under her belt, Courtney Love‘s new incarnation of Hole was the main event here in SoCal last night:
While I must admit that last night’s concert wasn’t the worst I’d ever seen, it was also far (very far) from the best. The entire Hole performance took place in under an hour — which upset pretty much everyone in attendance. After the jump, check out some of the photos I snapped last night and hear what I thought of Hole‘s first US concert in years … More »
Dev Patel (Skins, Slumdog Millionaire) is 20, Kal Penn (Harold & Kumar) is 33, George Lopez is 49, Michael Moore is 56, Joyce DeWitt (Three’s Company) is 61 and Lee Majors (The Six Million Dollar Man) is 71 years old today. Click HERE to see who else is celebrating a birthday today.
US Weekly magazine hosted its annual Hot in Hollywood event at Drai’s Hollywood in Hollywood, CA on top of the W Hotel on Hollywood Blvd. last night and managed to bring out a who’s who of elite celebs. The Buffyverse was represented quite significantly (by Alyson Hannigan, David Boreanaz and Julie Benz) but the biggest celeb to attend last night’s fête was Jennifer Lopez, who’s new film The Back-Up Plan opens in theaters today. Here are a few photos from the red carpet arrivals last nights and some quotes from a few of the attendees talking about past fashion faux pas:
Tinseltown’s fashion elite stepped into the spotlight Thursday night at Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood party to celebrate the style issue’s release. The red carpet was brimming with stars and sass, but even the most fashionable celebs admitted to making regrettable choices that magazines like Us have captured. “I’ve definitely had some outfits like, ‘What was I thinking?’” Nicole Scherzinger cringed while sharing the carpet with “Dancing With the Stars” dancers Mark Ballas and Damian Whitewood. “It sucks when they compare you [with someone in the same outfit] and you wore it not as well. That’s kind of sad times for me.” “Oh my god, I’ve had some pretty embarrassing moments,” said “Twilight” star Nikki Reed, who was named a “Colorful Coquette” by the magazine. “There was a time I wore a dress, and I didn’t realize it was see-through until it was nighttime and there were big camera flashes. That was pretty brutal.” Some stars blamed circumstances beyond their control for the times they’ve been caught by the fashion police and crowned with a “worst dressed” title. “I don’t live in Hollywood, so I do a lot of changing in my car,” explained new PETA campaigner Stephanie Pratt, whose beachside residence has forced her to convert her car to a mobile closet. “I find myself in a lot of inside-out clothes. That’s probably the worst it gets. When I’m wearing something, like, from Zara, with long tags hanging down, that’s bad.” Ciara recalled one disaster that had nothing to do with her clothing. “I left the house one time and my outfit was really, really cute,” she said. “I didn’t do my own makeup. I was trying a new makeup artist that night, and my face looked like a pumpkin. I was really red. Some photos look better than others because the light kind of saved my life.”
Fascinating, no? Yeah … not really, I was really merely drawn by the fun red carpet photos. I am totally blown away by how hot Kelly Osbourne looked last night. Altho she and boyfriend Luke Worrall decided to wear matching bangs, I think they looked fantastic! Paris Hilton, the poor dear, was rockin’ her trademark wonky eye like nobody’s business … bless her heart. All in all, I suspect this year’s Hot in Hollywood party was marginally fun for the attendees but this year’s event didn’t seem to have the same heat that events in previous years had.
Hayden Panettiere debuted a dramatic new short cut and colour in Los Angeles this week. The 20-year-old showed off the haircut as she attended the Global Home Tree Earth Day reception hosted by Avatar director James Cameron at the Nokia Theatre. In a vast change to her usual long locks, Panettiere sported a cropped hairdo, slicked back with a quiff and sideburns. And she’d dyed her hair a dark blonde colour, just a couple of weeks after she returned to her original blonde colouring following a foray into dark auburn that lasted several months. Hayden’s blonde locks helped make her a typical all-American girl pin-up, however, the new hairstyle marks quite a departure in her appearance. In fact, it accentuates her impish looks to maximum effect and certainly goes against the cute, girl-next-door that launched her to fame. And it seems Miss Panettiere dislikes the image that she became famous for, earlier this year revealing that she doesn’t like being referred to as cute … Wearing an LBD with a sheer section across the breast plate and arms, the actress attended the event, which celebrated the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, with her boyfriend, boxer Wladimir Klitschko. She has been dating the Ukranian, who towers over her at 6ft 6, since late last year.
Wow! Well, it’s a statement. I have to say, tho, that while I didn’t really respond to Heidi Klum‘s new ‘do, I think I like this new look on Hayden much better. The cut looks heaps better from the front, notsomuch from the side. Altho Hayden looks like she fell out of Robert Palmer‘s classic music video for Addicted to Love, I don’t hate this look on her. What do y’all think … do we like?
In all honesty, these photos could be misleading because we know that K-Fed likes to wear super baggy clothes … tho, when he was slimmer last year he wore more fitted clothing to show off his new look. In an interview back in January, The Federline revealed that it was depression that led to his obesity last year … which begs the question, is he depressed again these days? Perhaps K-Fed is depressed that Michael Lohan is getting all the douchey attention these days and that’s why he’s gaining weight again? As much as I don’t like Kevin Federline, I do not wish obesity on him … so here’s hoping this bit of attention on our part will cheer him up and keep him from dipping (and double-dipping) his hand into the cookie jar.
Because Montag‘s husband Spencer Pratt has been excluded from the final season of the show, MTV used an old photo of him to be Photoshopped into this composite. But, let’s be honest, Heidi Montag paid a lot of money for her new breasts and they should be featured front and center in every new Hills promo photo — like the ones that you can see after the jump … More »
Jared Leto and his band 30 Seconds to Mars are currently on tour here in the US and this past Wednesday night, they played a sold out show at Webster Hall in NYC, NY. As you may recall, Leto recently dyed his newish mohawk bright pink and put it on display on stage this week … unfortch, I don’t think that many people were paying much attention to his mohawk at all:
The shirtlessness underneath the tiny leather jacket paired with the tight skinny jeans SURELY got more attention than Jared‘s colorful hair’do. A couple songs into the set, Leto ditched the jacket and played the rest of show topless — check out those photos, after the jump … More »
Lindsday Lohan’s dad tells TMZ he will back off trying to get his daughter placed in a conservatorship if … and only if … she agrees to a sit down, and stat. Michael Lohan says he wants a meeting with Lindsay and her lil’ sis Ali … no Dina, no lawyers, just his daughters. Michael says if they agree, he won’t go to the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services and ask that Ali be removed from Lindsay’s home. Michael said during TMZ Live yesterday he believed Ali was in danger by living with her older sister. And, although Michael told us during TMZ Live he would ask a judge to place Lindsay under a conservatorship … he now says he won’t make that move either if Lindsay sits down with him. One little stumbling block … Lindsay isn’t listening to anyone these days, and she’s been Tweeting up a storm about how she blames her dad for everything bad in her life.
That’s where Michael Lohan stands. After the jump, find out what Lindsay Lohan things about all of this … More »
Britney Spears is reportedly hoping for an episode of Glee based on her songs. An edition of the show featuring nine Madonna tracks aired in the US earlier this week and the cast is releasing an EP of the cover versions. Spears’s manager Adam Leber has now asked fans whether they would like a Britney episode. Writing on Twitter, he said: “Do you guys want to see a Britney Spears episode of GLEE? Thoughts?” Meanwhile, Us Weekly reports that the ‘hashtag’ Leber invented, #BritneySpearsGlee, began trending. Glee creator Ryan Murphy recently confirmed that he is planning another Madonna episode.
First, yes … this will happen. The fact that Britney‘s manager is even talking about this means that her people are amenable to letting the show use her music in this way. Second, the folks at Glee will have access to a pop music catalog that will allow them to make a full, well-rounded episode much like they did with the Madonna ep. They will also have the opportunity to release another mini-album of their version of Britney‘s songs … fans will buy that release, guaranteed. Can you imagine … Sue Sylvester featuring in her own music video for Oops! I Did it Again? or I’m A Slave 4 U or Toxic? Ye gods, the awesome possibilities are endless. Because this season has already finished filming, we’ll have to wait at least until next season to see this happen … but mark my words — it’ll happen. What do y’all think? Irregardless of what you think of Britney Spears herself, you cannot deny that her catalog of songs is AMAZING! Which Britney songs would you like to see get the Glee treatment?
UPDATE: Pink reader Rigo informs me that there is a Facebook fan campaign HERE started up by fans to lobby the Glee folks to make this Britney Spears episode. Now YOU can join the call to make this happen :)
Okay, seriously, I literally laughed out loud 3 times watching these promos. I just KNOW Gabby is gonna KILL this ep. She may have played a very serious role in Precious but something tells me that she can do comedy. I guess we’ll find out for sure this Saturday night … but if these promos are any indication, promos — might I add — that are funnier than whole previous episodes of SNL this season, then hers will be one of SNL best episodes of the year. What do y’all think? Funny, right?
Nicole Snooki Polizzi must still be smartin’ from having to dump her guido boyfriend Emilio Masella (for allegedly “using” her for fame) because homegirl was spotted drowning her sorrows in a big ass glass of margarita in Miami Beach, FL this week. It’s impressive that anyone would be able to tackle a huge drink like this, especially someone who is small enough to jump inside for a swim IN the drink:
It’s a wonder that poor little Snooki has a liver at all to speak of but … I guess more power to her. I suppose it takes a lot out of someone to find the gumption to break-up with a lover via voicemail but, well, this is Snooki we’re talking about. I bet the sweet little dear has no idea how tragic she really seems to be. OY!
A new PETA ad aimed at shaming McDonald’s into changing their chicken-slaughtering practices stars a familiar glare — one belonging to Bea Arthur. A ‘Golden Girls’-era photo of the actress appears in the ad next to the jarring headline: “McCruelty. It’s enough to make Bea Arthur roll over in her grave.” Arthur died last April of cancer shortly before her 87th birthday. Arthur was a long-time supporter of PETA when she was alive, and the ad states she left money to the animal right’s group for their campaign against McDonald’s. It begins: “Death couldn’t stop this Golden Girl from fighting the Golden Arches’ cruel slaughter practices.” The ad is running in Chicago newspapers on Thursday to reach the Illinois-based fast food company. Dan Matthews, a PETA vice president, told the New York Times that he consulted with Matt Saks, Arthur’s son, “who especially liked that the copy was in Bea’s irreverent voice.” According to the ad, PETA is using the money Arthur gave “to pressure McDonald’s to switch to a less violent, USDA-approved chicken-slaughter method” that they say would spare birds of broken legs and “being scalded to death in defeathering tanks.” The ad specifically calls out McDonald’s CEO Jim Skinner, who has resisted changing slaughtering methods. It ends with a popular saying by Arthur’s ‘Maude’ character: “God’ll get you for that.”
I suppose if Bea‘s son Matt is OK with this ad then I should be as well … I just wish that PETA used better language. Bea only died last year and, at least to me, the loss still feels very present. It seems cruel to me to be making jokes about the woman’s death so soon after her passing. It’s tricky because even tho her son approves, we can’t know if Bea would’ve been ok with an ad like this. In the end, I suppose we have to trust that her son would know best. What do y’all think?
Lord have mercy — the Lohan family is bringing the drama in full force today … and it’s a dooze. It all started earlier today when estranged father Michael Lohan, who is here in LA for the foreseeable future, showed up at Lindsay Lohan‘s home with a police officer so that he could check up on his youngest daughter Aliana Ali Lohan, who has been staying with Lindsay for at least the last few days (Ali was with Lindsay at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival over the weekend). A furious Lindsay started posted messages to the outside world on her official Twitter profile to counter-act Daddy Lohan‘s actions but he is insistent that he will be following Lindsay wherever she goes until he can convince (or force) her into a rehab program. Here is a photo of Michael Lohan and a police officer making their way into Lindsay‘s home today and some deets from TMZ on what went down:
TMZ has learned the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department just showed up at Lindsay Lohan’s apartment accompanied by Michael Lohan to check on Lindsay’s sister’s welfare. Sources tell TMZ Michael went to the Sheriff’s Department and said 16-year-old Ali Lohan was staying with Lindsay and he was concerned for her safety. Lindsay just tweeted she is angry at building management for letting the cops and Michael in. Michael, we’re told, convinced deputies to go to Lindsay’s pad to do a “welfare check” on Ali. We’re told Ali was in the apartment and deputies spoke with her. Deputies left and Ali was allowed to stay with Lindsay. We’re told Michael is now going to the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services, per the advice of the Sheriff’s Department. Sources say Michael made a “compelling case” to Sheriff’s deputies — we’re told Michael told deputies Ali was in Lindsay’s car on the way back from Coachella and the car was going over 100 mph. We’re told Dina Lohan wants Lindsay to get a restraining order. Problem is … Michael had the legitimacy of the Sheriff’s Dept. behind him, so it’s unlikely a judge will see it Dina’s way. We just shot video of Michael leaving the Sheriff’s Department in West Hollywood. Dina Lohan just told us, “I was told by my attorneys not to speak because it is very serious and my ex could be in big trouble. He’s dangerous…. If he can’t get to them he is going to try to hurt them — it’s not good.”
Michael Lohan tells TMZ he will now stop at nothing until Lindsay Lohan goes into rehab for substance abuse treatment. Michael says he will not leave L.A. “until Ali is removed from Lindsay’s home and has a normal life of a 16-year-old.” Michael warns, “Anywhere Lindsay goes, I’m bringing cops.”
Under any other circumstances, this level of care from a father to a daughter might be seen as admirable and brave … but considering that we’re talking about Michael Lohan, I can’t help but think that no small part of all of this hoopla has been purposely orchestrated to garner media attention for himself. I am completely and utterly flabbergasted at how effed up the Lohan family is … it’s so sad, it’s not even funny — at all. As I mentioned above, Lindsay has been posting messages on Twitter giving her side of the story as this mess unfolded in her home. Read her tweets, after the jump … More »
Archie Comics, which has been entertaining readers since 1939 by telling the on-going tale of Archie, Veronica, Jughead, Betty and the rest of the gang, is boldly moving into new territory by introducing a gay character into the mix. In an attempt to destigmatize the notion of being gay in high school (says the publisher), Archie Comics has decided that bringing a gay character into the world of Archie and his friends will help its readership become more accepting. Here is our first look at this new character, Kevin Keller, and some deets about his introduction into the world of Archie Comics:
Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead have a new friend: Archie Comics’ first openly gay character. Kevin Keller, who first appears in Veronica #202 released on September 1st, 2010, is a teenager at Riverdale High School, the fictional universe that has been entertaining kids of all ages since 1939. “In the last year or two, we’ve been introducing a lot of new characters: Diverse characters, characters with different ethnicities. With trying to be diverse, we wanted to have everybody at the table,” said cartoonist Dan Parent, who’s writing and drawing the issue. “We knew at some point we wanted to introduce a gay character, and when I came up with the story idea, we felt it worked in context with this story.” In his introductory story, titled “Isn’t it Bromantic?,” Kevin’s good looks get the attention of Veronica, who doesn’t know he’s gay because he’s the new kid in town. Her thwarted attempts at winning his attraction amuse the other characters – particularly Jughead. “They just like watching Veronica making a fool of herself, trying to get this guy to like her,” Parent said. “At the beginning of the book, Kevin tells Jughead first that he’s gay. And Kevin feels kind of bad and wants to tell Veronica why he’s not interested. But Jughead keeps saying, ‘No, you should wait to tell her,’ because he’s enjoying watching Veronica’s antics.” Parent said the story works because it’s wasn’t something radical concocted just to introduce a gay character. “The story is very much in the true context of our Archie stories,” he said. “It’s Veronica being Veronica. The fact that there’s a gay character in the story isn’t a big deal to the characters. We didn’t do something with turmoil. The guy just happens to be gay, and the characters accept it, and that’s it.” The longtime Archie cartoonist said Archie Comics wants to reflect what high schools are like in America, where being gay “isn’t a big deal anymore” … In fact, the writer thinks one of the reasons Jughead is the first person told about Kevin’s sexual orientation is that he was always a “different” character in the Archie universe. “Jughead’s got a mind of his own. I think he’d be the first person to be accepting of a gay character,” Parent said. The introduction of a gay character comes on the heels of several notable changes in Archie Comics. After a redesign to update the characters a bit for modern audiences, Archie Comics titles have started doing parodies of current pop culture stories and just introduced an interracial relationship for icon Archie with Josie and the Pussycats character Valerie. “We’re trying to show that Riverdale is an accepting community, that everyone is welcome in Riverdale,” he said. “We’re trying to show that Riverdale is that ideal town that everybody wants to be a part of.”
While I wouldn’t go so far as to say that being gay in high school is “no big deal” (especially when you hear about HORRIFIC things like THIS), I do think that integrating gay characters into something as long-lasting and traditional as Archie Comics will go a long way toward a future where being gay anywhere really is no big deal. After the jump, check out a page from the comic book where Kevin Keller comes out to Jughead to see what’s in store for Archie Comics … More »
While running around taking care of a few things yesterday, I happened upon a pair of THE coolest shoes I think I’ve ever seen in my life. Naturally, the shoes were made by adidas originals and were designed by Jeremy Scott. To be honest, it wasn’t even the multi-coloredness of the shoes that caught my eye … it was the wings that were attached:
Yes, I know some of you may think these are a bit ridiculous but I think they are wholly fabulous. I’m a pretty big sneaker fan and these shoes are unlike any I’ve ever seen before. I’m not sure where I’ll wear them, exactly, but you can rest assured … I’ll find the perfect place. Any suggestions?
Tonight, my friend Josh and I will be seeing Hole perform at The Henry Fonda Theater in Hollywood, CA and I am excited and very curious. I’m hoping the show will be a solid one but I’m not holding my breath just yet. I’ll do my best to snap some pics to share tomorrow. It should be an interesting evening.
Eric Mabius (Ugly Betty) is 39, Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Grey’s Anatomy) is 44, Peter Frampton is 60, John Waters is 64, Jack Nicholson is 73 and Charlotte Rae (The Facts of Life) is 84 years old today. Click HERE to see who else is celebrating a birthday today.
Papa Joe Jackson is pissed that Michael Jackson‘s music will be used in new Cirque Du Soleil productions.
Jennifer Lopez, Alex O’Loughlin and Nubbins the Dog were all on hand at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood, CA last night for the Hollywood premiere of their new film The Back-Up Plan. These stars were joined by a host of other celebs at last night’s event (including Heidi Klum who managed to turn her horrid new hair’do into something more fashionably presentable). Here are a few photos from the red carpet arrivals last night:
I not the least bit ashamed to admit that I want to see this movie. There, I said it … now please don’t shun me ;) I’ve always been a sucker for Jennifer Lopez movies and this one looks like her usual fare. I’ve been a pretty big fan of Alex O’Loughlin since his days on Moonlight (especially since he has already professed his lurve for Pink is the new Blog) and I hear he is pretty great in this film and, well, there you have it. Trust me, I’m not expecting Citizen Kane or anything like that … The Back-Up Plan looks like the sort of fun film I’d see with my BFF Sarah if she and I still lived in the same city. Because we cannot see it together, well, I guess David will have to get dragged along instead. Don’t lie, I know many of you are kinda sorta interested in seeing this film, right? How many of y’all are gonna be at the movies this weekend to see this little gem? Mebbe I’ll see you there :)
When it comes to women Guy Ritchie certainly seems to have a type – slim, blonde and stunningly beautiful…much like ex-wife, Madonna. And the trend appears to have continued as the extremely eligible Mr Ritchie was spotted with model Jacqui Ainsley on his arm as they left the London restaurant Roka this week. At just 28 she is more than 13 years the film director’s junior, but what’s even more striking is she bears more than a passing resemblance to the queen of pop. An inspection shows just how similar the appearance of the two ladies is. They both have blonde hair, styled in a similar manner, a parting on the left with a section swept over their right eyebrow. Add to this the shape of their faces: the cheekbones, the chin, even their noses and eyebrows match up. Taking all this in to account, the uncanny similarity can’t be ignored – could it be that Guy Ritchie still holds a flame for his ex-wife?
LOL!! I don’t know about you but I TOTALLY see the Madonna resemblance. This is what Maddy wishes she still looked like … it’s almost uncanny. I suppose of Madonna can enjoy the company of a much younger beau, then Guy should be able to enjoy the same. What’s good for the goose is deffo good for the gander. I find it very strange, tho, that Guy would choose to date a woman who looks so much like his ex-wife … but maybe he doesn’t see it. In any event, I don’t expect these two to make a lasting commitment to one another. They make a nice looking fling, tho!
IS Madonna set to be Dolce & Gabbana’s campaign girl for a second season? Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce are currently in Manhattan filming their autumn/winter 2010 menswear commercial at Mulberry Street Bar in NoLita, Fashionologie reports, and it seems that the Material Girl has been spotted nearby. Although there is no official word from the design duo regarding the womenswear collection, it’s alleged that Madonna’s favourite photographer Steven Klein will be shooting in the very same neighborhood in the coming week. Madonna has already fronted one lucrative campaign for her longstanding friends Dolce and Gabbana, in addition to designing a range of sunglasses for the Italian designers – the first co-branded venture they have ever undertaken. The world awaits an official announcement from super-tweeter Stefano Gabbana, who excitedly revealed their first collaboration via the social media site back in November, and has already tweeted photos from the NY menswear shoot.
HMMM … Madonna sure can’t get enough of the young boys now, can she? I think it’s safe to say that the cat is already out of the bag after seeing these photos. As you may recall, Madonna played a very domestic role in the last D&G promo ad campaign … this time around, I think she’s playing more of a motherly role. Surely we’re to believe that, in these new photos, she is a mature mother taking her young son out for a walk … cuz I think it’s asking a bit much for us to believe they are playing, ahem, love interests. I suspect we’ll be seeing more photos from Maddy‘s new D&G photoshoot well ahead of the release of the final photos. I wonder what Madonna will be doing with this young child in the rest of the photos.
The new version of the classic 80′s horror film A Nightmare on Elm Street opens in theaters next Friday April 30 but today we get to check one more very cool (tho EXTREMELY irritating) promo item to get us jazzed for the film’s release. Motion posters are all the rage these days, Terminator: Salvation had one, SAW VI had one and now A Nightmare on Elm Street has one:
As you may know, motion posters can only exist online because they are not static images only. Motion posters employ motion and sound to create a more attention-grabbing promo experience … and they are very effective. The new motion poster for Nightmare is just the kind of freaky, creepy and EXTREMELY irritating experience that will surely heighten your excitement (and anxiety) for the film. After the jump, check out this very cool new motion poster — in order to experience it properly, make sure you have the sound on your computer turned way up before you click thru … More »
Fox has decided not to pursue a U.S. version of the UK cult hit. The network was developing a stateside version of the “Doctor Who” spinoff, a prospect which divided fans. “BBC Worldwide Productions and the FOX Broadcasting Company have mutually agreed not to progress together with a 13-episode serialized ‘Torchwood’ format,” said BBC Worldwide in a statement. “We are currently in discussion with several interested networks.” As to that last part, BBC Worldwide executive vp of programming and production Jane Tranter reiterated that a U.S. version was still making progress. “It’s very much ongoing and very much alive,” Tranter said.
As I mentioned in my last post about plans for a US version of Torchwood, I’m not opposed to the production of a spin-off series … I think it would be very cool to have a Torchwood HQ here in the US (I understand my beloved Detroit, MI is up for contention as the site for the US Torchwood HQ) so I’m not really bothered that BBC Worldwide is still planning to bring Torchwood to the US. I am greatly relieved, tho, that Fox has decided not make the show. They have a HORRIBLE track record of canceling great sci-fi shows because they don’t really know how to promote those kinds of shows properly. It is my hope that the US version of Torchwood will find a home on a channel like SyFy so that it will have a real chance at survival. All in all, I think this latest development is good news all around.
Do you love your Mother? Well, if so, you should know that today is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day … a special day created back on April 22, 1970 to “inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment”. As the world’s population gets larger and the need to manufacture things from the Earth’s resources increases, it becomes even more important to be Earth-aware so that we — as a species — work together to do our very best to care for our planet so that we nurture and sustain her as she nurtures and sustains us. Earth Day is meant to inspire and remind us all that we have a precious charge in our care … saving her means saving us:
From grassroots beginnings in 1970, Earth Day—which celebrates its 40th anniversary today—has blossomed into a global tradition. Organizers expect more than a billion to honor Earth Day in 2010—but many will do so with Facebook rather than megaphones. As part of the Billion Acts of Green, an initiative organized by the Washington, D.C.-based Earth Day Network’s Green Generation campaign, more than 30 million people will use social media to encourage green activities. One commenter on the Earth Day Network Web site named “Elroy,” for example, plans to “shower with a friend”—presumably to conserve water and electricity. Kathleen Rogers, president of the Earth Day Network, said that everyone is part of what she calls the green generation, which marks the transition from the industrial revolution to the green revolution. The campaign aims to make Earth Day’s 40th anniversary the moment when the green generation comes together to address pressing environmental concerns, such as the global freshwater crisis and global warming. “The idea that we can all belong to something is what’s exciting people and what’s making them want to join,” Rogers said … Hundreds of events are held each year across the world on and around April 22 to mark Earth Day, Rogers said. (Related: “First Green Supersonic Jet Launches on Earth Day.”) Among the highlights for the 40th anniversary include the first community garbage cleanup in Kolkata (Calcutta), India, which does not have garbage-collection service. Rogers said that event is a stepping-stone in the establishment of an environmental movement in India. “I think people would be extremely disappointed if it went back to the way it was,” she said. The King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, will formally announce a National Charter for Environmental and Sustainable Development on Earth Day 2010. The novel idea was inspired by the Earth Day movement in the U.S., Rogers noted. “He’s a king that wants to represent the fabulous side of environmental protection,” she said. “It’s very forward thinking.” Earth Day Network’s marquee event in the U.S. is an April 25 star-studded rally in Washington, D.C., calling on the nation’s political leaders to combat global warming. Big-name speakers at the rally include the Reverend Jesse Jackson; film director James Cameron; and a roster of musical guests including Sting, Bob Weir, and Tao Rodríguez-Seeger, grandson of folk singer Pete Seeger, who performed at the first Earth Day teach-in in Washington, D.C.
Earth Day is a rare opportunity for the inhabitants of the planet to work together toward a common cause. In order to really make a difference, all you need to do is to be more Earth-conscious and change your habits in very small but significant ways. David and I have been working on cutting down our use of plastic. We purchased a bunch of recyclable canvas bags for shopping and now refuse any plastic bags that are offered to us … it’s not much but it’s something. The United States Environmental Protection Agency has a list of 5 Things you can commit to in order help make a difference in helping the environment. I say, doing just one of those things will make a difference. I think Earth Day is a great way to remind us that we are all connected by the common bond of the world we live in and on … if we all work together to share the responsibility of taking care of our home, we all get to reap the benefits of a happy and healthy Earth :)
A piece of good news comes for anxious fans of “True Blood”. In order to tide fans over before the show officially kicks off the third season in June, HBO will release mini episodes which are written by creator Alan Ball. Dubbed “A Drop of True Blood”, the miniseries contains six episodes. On its official site, HBO said, “We know #waitingsucks. That’s why we’re giving you six new True Blood mini episodes, written by Alan Ball. A new one premieres each week starting Sunday May 2, directly following the Season 2 replays at 8. It all leads up to the Season 3 premiere June 13, only on HBO.” These episodes are not from the previous seasons and won’t be seen in the new one, the trailer says. From the look of it, the miniseries will cover all major and secondary characters from Sookie and Bill to Eric’s sidekick, Pam.
!!!! This is FANTASTIC news. I thought we’d have to content ourselves with short behind-the-scenes video and promo posters to sate our thirst for True Blood in the weeks leading up to the season 3 premiere. These new mini-episodes sound like the perfect little snacks to enjoy that will provide NEW material and promote the upcoming new season. Alan Ball and HBO are geninses … this is such a great idea. I can’t wait!! Now we only have a little over one week to wait for NEW True Blood! Who’s excited?
WNYC caught up with Shepard Fairey while he was painting a new mural on the legendary corner of Bowery and Houston. The mural is a promotional piece for Fairey’s upcoming show at Deitch Projects, called May Day. It’s also his last show with Deitch, since the gallery will be closing when Jeffrey Deitch heads to L.A. to take over L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art. The mural’s going up across the street from the Landmark Sunshine Cinema, which is screening the film, “Exit through the Gift Shop,” which features Fairey and was directed by the elusive street artist Banksy. Fairey told WNYC that the mural will be up for six months. He chose the spot, he says, because it’s the same wall where Keith Haring’s original Day-Glo mural went up in 1984. Deitch re-created the Haring piece in 2008, and then commissioned the Brazilian graffiti artists, Os Gemeos, to do a new installation, a year later. Remember when “street art” was illegal? Fairey does. He says the spot’s significant for him, because, in addition to the Haring connection, he once tagged walls just blocks away from that corner.
I don’t know about you but I don’t mind so much that many of these “illegal” street artists are finding legitimate success in the art world. Sure, the cool-factor is lost a bit once a graffiti artist goes legit (and “sells out”, according to some critics) but I’m more interested in the work they end up making rather than the coolness of how illegal it may be. I doubt Shepard Fairey will ever be able totally win back his o.g. street cred but I bet he doesn’t mind being taken seriously after all of his years of D.I.Y. hard work. After the jump, check out video of Fairey talking to and working on this new mural … More »
Victoria Beckham is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of German Vogue magazine. Altho her coverstory article is in German, parts of the feature are in English … like the coverphoto headline that Vicki B. is a “Girl’s Girl”:
Additionally, the coverstory article is titled Queen of Posh … meant to wittily go along with VB being photographed in not-so-posh surroundings. Clever. After the jump, check out some of the photos from Vicki B.‘s gritty Vogue photospread … More »
HBO has released the latest promo poster artwork for the upcoming 3rd season of True Blood as part of their on-going Waiting Sucks ad campaign. This time around, the focus is on missing Vampire Bill Compton:
See what they did with this poster? Instead of a Missing Child photo on a carton of milk, this poster features a Missing Vampire photo on a bottle of Tru Blood blood-like beverage — very clever! These posters are getting much more fun … I can’t wait to see the next one.
So … how awesome was last night’s Madonna ep of Glee? Amazing, right? Well … good news, based on the huge success that last night’s episode The Power of Madonna has garnered for the show, producers have announced that they are working on producing another Madonna ep to air early next season. Things are still in the planning stages but Madge is reportedly on board for the sequel ep … might she be willing to make a cameo on the show next time around?
Glee is heading back into the groove with Madonna. The afterglow from last night’s smashing (and highly rated) Madge-themed episode has barely dimmed and already series creator Ryan Murphy is talking to the Material Girl about a sequel! Murphy confirms that he’s in discussions with M’s camp and that “Madonna and her people are into it and want it to happen.” The follow-up would air early next season and feature six more songs from the pop icon’s immense catalog of hits. (There’s talk that fans might be able to vote on which tracks should be used via a poll on Fox.com.) The Glee-Madonna marriage has already reaped huge dividends for both the show and the star. Tuesday’s episode attracted a potent 13.5 million viewers, down just 5 percent from last week’s record-setting spring premiere. Additionally, the soundtrack from the ep is currently No. 1 on iTunes, and two of the singles are in the top 20.
None of this is surprising at all … TV networks really like to take a good idea and beat it into the ground, hoping that they will strike gold every time. I do think, tho, that Madonna is the kind of musician that has more than enough songs to feature in more than just the one ep. If they can get Maddy herself to appear in the episode then I am ALL for another Glee/Madonna episode. I really love the Glee versions of the Madonna songs that were featured last night … and I’m sure I’ll love the new songs that will eventually get produced, recorded and released next season. In case you missed it or just want to watch last night’s ep of Glee, you can do so after the jump … More »
Last night David and I finally got to see and catch up with our dear friend Jordan who has been out of town for like EVER. Because it’s hard to nail him down for a visit when he’s in town, we jumped on the chance to sup with him last night. We met up for a nice dinner at Comme Ça in West Hollywood and managed to catch up on all the important stuff that’s been going on in the past couple of months:
Jordan is seriously one of my favorite people on Earth … it was really great getting to spend some time with him again. Thankfully, he’s gonna stay here in SoCal for a while so hopefully we’ll get to see more of him soon.
This afternoon I have a bit of running around to do … and I am NOT happy with the cold weather. It’s been supercold these past few days … currently, it’s only 55 degrees. I know, that’s not really cold … but by LA standards, it’s freezing. I hope it warms up again soon. Happy Hump Day!
James McAvoy is 31, John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) is 47, Robert Smith of The Cure is 51, Tony Danza is 59, Patti LuPone is 61 and Iggy Pop is 63 years old today. Click HERE to see who else is celebrating a birthday today.
It’ll prolly come as no surprise to know that Skarsgård was chosen as the covermodel of this new issue of VMan in large part because it is the Scandinavian Issue of the mag. And because the new season of True Blood is nearly upon us, he was the perfect choice for the mag. After the jump, check out some photos from Alexander‘s shoot … More »
Jon Bon Jovi, leader of the mega-80′s rock band of the same name, was spotted lounging poolside in Miami, FL yesterday as the band Bon Jovi takes a small break from their current tour. At 48, I gotta say, Jon Jon is lookin’ pretty good … don’tcha think?
After nearly three decades in rock ‘n’ roll, Jon Bon Jovi could be forgiven for looking rather haggard by now. But after turning 48 last month, the Bon Jovi frontman appears to have avoided the usually craggy appearance sported by his contemporaries. Relaxing in the Miami sun in between concerts on Bon Jovi’s current tour, the singer showed he still has the trim physique he first sported in the Eighties. Two months into the group’s gruelling 64-gig world tour, it’s perhaps unsurprising he’s feeling fit. But while fellow rockers of his age group are ageing fast and looking worse for wear, Bon Jovi has managed to avoid the hard-drinking and drug-fuelled aspects of life on the road. After performing in Fort Lauderdale on Sunday night, the father-of-four enjoyed a few days relaxation in Miami before the group moved on to Nashville, Tennessee for their next gig tonight. Spotted at a lavish hotel in Miami Beach, Jovi chatted on his phone and soaked up the sun in a pair of grey swimming trunks and a baseball cap. Hopefully he was wearing sunblock so as to avoid an unflattering tanline as he kept his socks and trainers on.
I am a huge fan of the big Bon Jovi hits from the 80′s, tho not really that fond of their recent fare which IMHO all sounds the same. In all honestly, I haven’t thought much of Jon Bon Jovi for many years but I gotta say, he looks really good, really fit in these photos. I wouldn’t go so far as to say he’s all that and a bag of chips but he’s held up pretty well over his 48 years. What do y’all think … is Jon Bon Jovi still a sexy beast or notsomuch?
Yesterday we learned that the torrid romance betwixt Jude Law and Sienna Miller was very much still in full effect as the pair showed up here in SoCal lookin’ all cozy together. Today we learn that the pair, who were coincidentally staying together in the same hotel, have packed up their bags and left LA together. Here are pics of JuSie as they made their hotel exit and their airport arrival yesterday:
I would assume that the lovebirds winged their way back to the UK but it’s possible they might pop up in a remote holiday location. They’ve not been seen together for many weeks, so long that I thought their romance may have cooled into nothingness. Now that we know that they’ve reunited, I suspect they’ll wanna get down to the business of reconnecting … in every way possible, as much as they can. I guess we’ll have to wait and see where they show up next.
Here are a couple photos of funny man Steve Carell and hottie man Ryan Gosling filming a scene at Westfield Century City here in LA this past Monday for their new film Untitled Marital Crisis Comedy. As far as I know, and according to IMDB, this is the actual name of the film … kinda in the same vein as the spoof comedy film Not Another Teen Movie. In any event, Steve and Ryan looked quite the bosom buddies on set earlier this week:
As I understand it, Steve plays a guy whose wife (played by Julianne Moore) wants a divorce … so he goes to a life coach (played by Ryan Gosling) to try and save his marriage. I would assume there will be quite the opportunity for Carell‘s comedic stylings to provide the laughter. You know, as much as I love Ryan Gosling in serious dramatic roles, I think I love him even more when he’s being funny. He was amazing in Lars and the Real Girl and that was fairly humorous. I’m guessing that he will be showcasing his comedic talents in this new flick. We’re gonna hafta wait until next year to see Untitled Marital Crisis Comedy in theaters but if Gosling is in it, I’ll be there to see it.
Fans of popstar Kylie Minogue were so desperately awaiting to hear the preview of her new single, that they crashed her official website after she posted the clip. The ‘Spinning Around’ hitmaker excited devotees by announcing she would have “extra special” news to share on her website and posted a 30-second video of the song ‘All The Lovers’ online. But the website crashed after thousands of eager fans logged in at the same time. “Aaahhhhhhhh … you’ve overloaded the system!!! arrgggghhhhhhhhhh!!!!!… That is the strength of your combined power!!!!!!! OMG (Oh my God)!!!,” Minogue wrote on her Twitter page. However, the website was soon fixed up and the fans were treated to the special preview of the song, which is due for release on 28 June, prior to the launch of her new album, Aphrodite in July, Contactmusic reported. “I am so happy to share this little snippet of the first single with you all,” Minogue wrote in another post, after her website started running again.
Now that we know that Kylie has a new single and a new album on the way, we need to pay extra special close attention to her official website and her Twitter profile. I suspect that Kylie will be giving sneak peeks of her new album as the release date July 5 draws near. I am SO excited to hear and see more … this has to be the Summer album I am most looking forward to now! Wee!! Kylie is back!
Supermodel and Project Runway host Heidi Klum, never one to shy away from rockin’ daring new looks for the sake of style and fashion, debuted a new hair’do yesterday on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno … and I can’t decide if I hate it or not. It is usually the case that Heidi Klum can do no wrong but now that she’s lopped off most of her hair, I’ve determined that I may have to rethink my position. Here are a few photos of Heidi‘s new short ‘do, which I honestly think makes her look older:
Throughout her supermodel career, Heidi Klum has been known for long, glossy honey blonde hair tumbling as far as her famous assets. But the German mother-of-four has decided it’s time for a change – and with four children to look after her new short bob is certainly more practical. Klum, 36, debuted the look yesterday on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show, wearing a cream shift dress and Christian Louboutin peep-toe heels. She told Leno: ‘I got bored as we all do once in a while as girls. Whenever I get bored I change it. I grow it then cut it, grow it then cut it. ‘For some people they never change it and it works for them but for me I get bored. Clearly in a fun-loving mood after her trip to the stylists, the Project Runway host then turned the table on the host and decided to give him a new look. ‘You have hair, not like my husband (Seal),’ she said. ‘You can actually do something with it.’
No … no, I don’t like it. I do give Heidi props for her bold style choices but this bobbed ‘do just ain’t doing it for me. She’s lookin’ a bit too Carol Brady for my taste. That being said, I have to admit that I still think Heidi can do no wrong. I can’t blame her for making a huge change like this, especially with Summer on the way … but, yeah, I’m hoping she grows it out again. What do y’all think … do you like this look?
The artist formerly known as Courtney Love is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of the British music magazine NME in a coverstory interview where she explains that “Courtney Love” is dead. Courtney, whose real full name is Courtney Michelle Harrison, has decided that we’ve all had enough of “Courtney Love“, so she has decided to kill her … or some such ridiculousness. Here is Courtney Michelle, as she would like to be known from here on out, on the cover of the new issue of NME along with some excerpts from this new interview:
What’s in a name? Courtney Love’s about to find out. Sorry, Courtney Michelle’s about to find out. The ever, um, eccentric Hole frontwoman has announced that she will professionally revert back to her real name—well, real middle name—and henceforth answer only to Courtney Michelle (her birth name is Courtney Michelle Harrison). “Courtney Love is dead,” she told Britain’s NME magazine. “We’ve all decided we don’t like her anymore. We love her when she goes onstage, but I don’t need her in the rest of my life.” And lest you think this new name is little more than a rock star’s passing fancy or attempt to channel her inner Sasha Fierce, think again: “Courtney Love is a way to oppress me,” she explained. Yeah, those surnames can be so domineering! Sadly, her record company didn’t quite get the memo, announcing just last week that Hole, led by Courtney Love, will be going on tour this summer following the release of its new album, Nobody’s Daughter. The veracity of her moniker swap will no doubt be tested next week, when Courtney…Whatever makes the late-night rounds.
For the first time in YEARS, Courtney Love MichelleWhatever finally has a chance to win back some modicum of respect now that she is about to release a new album that has been fairly well received by critics and fans. Doing stupid crap like changing one’s name will only serve to confuse people and may likely discredit her attempt to return to the world of music. Courtney, my dear, the name change didn’t work for Prince — arguably one of THE most talented musicians of all time — what makes you think it’ll work for you? After the jump, check out one more photo featured in this issue of NME magazine … More »
Entertainment Tonight managed to score the first clear photos of Sandra Bullock out in public since the cheating scandal involving her husband Jesse James broke over a month ago. Apparently, Sandra stepped out for a solitary stroll in Northern California last Friday and an adept photographer managed to snap the photos … which clearly show that she was NOT wearing her wedding ring. You may recall at the start of this month, Sandra was first spotted out in public … but in those photos, she was hiding underneath a huge hat … clearly in no mood for photos. This time around, Sandra managed to give a couple of smiles … which might mean she is ready to move on with her life (without James?) and return to the land of the living:
In an Entertainment Tonight exclusive, we have obtained the worldwide rights to the first photo of Sandra Bullock without her wedding ring since her husband Jesse James’ affair scandal broke. The Oscar winner was out last Friday taking a hike in Northern California. In our photo — drinking coffee and wearing a hat, with a scarf around her neck — the star looked somber despite the occasional smile, wearing barely any makeup. Sandra’s left hand, in plain sight, was undoubtedly unadorned, with no sight of her vintage French platinum band along with intertwining diamonds. This is in contrast to happier times when she proudly wore her wedding jewelry. Even on Oscar night, despite wearing minimal jewelry, she did wear the diamonds on her wedding finger. It’s been 33 days since Jesse’s alleged affairs made headlines, and the actress has not shown her face in public until now.
Sandra may have peeked her head out quickly earlier this month and even issued an official public statement a few weeks later but I think this is the first sign that she is ready to move forward with her life. Only she knows what Jesse James has done to her so only she can know what’s best for her … I think I’m not alone in the hopes that she will just cut him loose and move on. In the long run, she will be fine … I just know it. It’s just really nice to see her lookin’ fairly well, especially after all of the bullshizz her husband has put her thru.
Ian Somerhalder, the bad boy vamp on The Vampire Diaries, is featured in the new issue of GQ magazine modeling the hottest colored shirts to wear this season. IMHO, Ian looks better when he’s not wearing suits but even I have to admit … he can wear a suit very well. Here is one of his GQ photos along with some excerpts from his very short accompanying interview:
On how J.J. Abrams picked the right moment to tell him he’d been killed off Lost:
“I was in wine country, man, with a beautiful girl. I said to J.J., ‘Your timing is impeccable. If I’d been at a Denny’s I would have started crying.’ I downed a couple of bottles of Pinot and I was set.”
On being accosted in airports by obsessed fans of both Lost and The Vampire Diaries:
“The decibel level at which a 13-year-old can explain how much she loves you—it’s the coolest thing ever.”
While the interview may be lacking (it’s just a short blurb, barely an interview at all), the photospread is much more substantial — and easy on the eyes. After the jump, check out a few more photos of Ian modeling this Spring’s hottest colored shirts in the new issue of GQ magazine … More »
Over the weekend we learned that actors Kate Bosworth and Alexander Skarsgårdspent a lot of timecozying up to one another at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival so much so that even more photos of the presumed new lovebirds keep coming to light. I mean … when a relationship has reached the point were the lady wants the gentleman to put his head between her legs, that’s a sure sign that lurve is in the air:
The new couple, Bosgård if you will, weren’t just spotted lookin’ all couplely at the music fest … they were also spotted enjoying a bit of down time by the pool at their desert hotel. After the jump, check out a couple more photos of Bosgård staking their claim as the hottest NEW Hollywood couple … More »
Marc Malkin from E! News brings us our first look at the album artwork for the soundtrack to Sex and the City 2 (due out in theaters next month) as well a bunch of great news about what is included on the disc. Not only have some of the most exciting musical performers recorded songs for the album but so, too, have the Sex and the City ladies themselves … Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon and Kristen Davis! Here is what the album art looks like and the deets about this must-own soundtrack:
Sex and the City has never sounded better. If the trailers for the SATC sequel weren’t enough to drive us bonkers with anticipation for the movie to open next month, wait till you hear the soundtrack … It is full of music superstars and even a handful of original tunes …Alicia Keys performs a cover of Blondie’s 1980s classic “Rapture.” And it’s not just any cover, it’s a mash-up with the iconic Sex and the City theme song that’s played during the movie’s opening theme … “Rapture” and the SATC theme go together like a frosty cosmo and a pair of Manolo Blahniks. It just feels and sounds so right. Soundtrack label WaterTower Music honcho Jason Linn tells me über-producer Salaam Remi had Keys in mind when he created the mix. “We’re so fortunate to have her,” Linn said. “She’s the perfect voice to introduce the…music of Sex and the City 2.” Next up is the return of Jennifer Hudson. Nope, the Oscar winner is not reprising her role as Carrie Bradshaw’s assistant, but she is back in song. She and Brit songbird Leona Lewis duet on an original ballad written for the movie called “Love Is Your Color” … Even the stars of the movie are on the soundtrack with Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristen Davis and Cynthia Nixon performing the Helen Reddy karaoke favorite, “I Am Woman.” As you may have already heard, Liza Minnelli covers Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies” as well as a new rendition of Cole Porter’s “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye.” The soundtrack, which also has new music from Dido and Cee Lo, will be released on May 25, just two days before SATC hits theaters.
What a great soundtrack … I mean, Liza singing Beyoncé‘s Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)? Are you kidding me? Brilliant. I also love that Jennifer Hudson is contributing a new song for the soundtrack as well … the whole damn thing sounds amazing. While I’m a wee bit bummed that this soundtrack news had to spill the secret of which karaoke song the SaTC ladies perform in the film, I’m happy to know that it will be included on the soundtrack. I cannot wait to get my hands on this album … but make no mistake, my real excitement is for the film! May 27, get here NOW please!
Michael C Hall has been bravely battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and it looks like he is definitely winning the fight. RadarOnline.com is glad to be able to bring you the pictures that show the Dexter star looking hearty and healthy once again. Hall, who lost all his hair due to chemotherapy treatments, and appeared frail and sickly at the Golden Globe awards just months ago, was spotted on location as he returned to work Monday. The actor was kitted out in a very convincing wig as he filmed scenes for his upcoming movie, East Fifth Bliss. Movie goers will be in for a surprise, as the film is a comedy, a distinct change of pace from Michael C Hall’s Dexter character – who is a vicious, though moralistic, serial killer.
Yay!! This is the best news ever. Even tho Michael C. Hall has to wear a wig right now, he looks totally back to his good ol’ self. What is most shocking to me is the thought of MCH starring in a comedy film … I don’t even know what to think about that. I hope we get to see more photos of MCH hard at work on his new film … it’ll be good practice for when he starts work on the next season of Dexter this Summer. You are lookin’ damn good, Michael … it’s amazing to see you looking so well :)
Yesterday afternoon, David and I made our way to Santa Monica, CA to visit with our dear friends Sashie, Will and their beautiful baby boy Japser for a quick visit with them during their short stay in LA. The happy family made their way down the coast today so we had to make sure to get out and see them yesterday while they were in town:
It’s crazy how big little Jasper has grown since we last saw him last September … and he is such a doll. It was really great getting to catch up with Sashie and Will and to play with Jasper. We had a fantastic day in Santa Monica.
Last night, after a quick dessert stop at Joan’s on Third, David and I made it an early night in.
I hear it’s supposed to rain today so the gloom will likely keep us indoors for most of the day … I’m hoping to meet up with Jordan for dinner tonight … he’s been out of town for ages, it’ll be nice to see him again. I hope your Tuesday is going well :)
Joey Lawrence (Blossom) is 34, Carmen Electra is 38, Crispin Glover is 46, Jessica Lange is 61 and George Takei (Star Trek) is 73 years old today. Click HERE to see who else is celebrating a birthday today.
The BBQ was hosted by Chrissie Miller of Sophomore and managed to attract a few celebs. I just LOVE that someone had the brilliant idea to bring along a Polaroid camera to snap photos of some of the attendees. Nothing makes me happier than seeing Polaroid photos in use … especially since they look like photos that were snapped in the 70′s. L. Lo looks like she would’ve made a pretty cool hippie, don’tcha think?
When last we heard *anything* from either Jude Law or Sienna Miller about their new relationship, Sienna was telling the world how happy she was to be back together with Jude … but that was in February and the couple hadn’t been seen nor heard from since. I’m happy to report that JuSie are still going strong, as the couple were spotted doing a bit of couple’s shopping at Maxfield’s here in Beverly Hills, CA yesterday … behold:
Oh yes, the couple that can find happiness shopping together has a great chance of staying together. It would seem that Jude and Sienna are doing more than just flinging … sure, they may not be together 24/7 and weeks may go by without their seeing one another but clearly they have enough things in common to keep coming back for more. They seem really happy and appear quite well-suited for one another. I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that JuSie is here to stay.
For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been professing my lurve for the beefier-looking Channing Tatum on the NYC set of his new film Son of No One … while some of you have taken issue with my fondness for his more rotund appearance and his trashtastic porn’stache, I’ve been quite happy to stick up for Team Channing. But, I’m sorry to admit that today I’m no longer able to speak fondly of Channing and his latest outfit choice. Here are a few photos of Chan the man checking out an exhibit at a gallery in SoHo yesterday wearing an outfit that is beyond wrong:
Now, I can forgive many things … I can even overlook many others … but Channing has really taken things too far this time. His outfit, tho poorly matched, isn’t even the problem … it’s the horrendous footwear he decided to wear — in public:
That’s right, y’all … homeboy is wearing those ATROCIOUS sock shoe things that make Crocs look like fashionable footwear. I’m actually quite horrified, to be honest. I love me some Channing but he is lookin’ like a WORLD OF NO in these photos. Lawdy, pass the smelling salts … I think I’m feeling faint.
“24: The Movie” is likely to come out not long after the TV series ends in the eighth season. Kiefer Sutherland, who plays major character Jack Bauer in the FOX show and is set to reprise the role in the big screen version, has just confirmed at an exclusive BAFTA Q&A that the screenplay for the movie is ready. According to the actor, screenwriter Billy Ray has finished writing the script a couple of weeks ago. Sutherland has not read it but he plans to do it when he returns to the United States. About the idea of the storyline, it has been mentioned that the film may take the special agent from Eastern Europe to England during the course of movie. Sutherland has also revealed that the crisis faced by his character doesn’t necessarily deal with a bomb. “It can be something personal that people understand,” he stated as quoted by IGN. It has not been known when the production for the movie will begin. No director has been tapped to work on the upcoming project while The 20th Century Fox has not picked up a release date. In the meantime, Kiefer Sutherland has wrapped shooting for the last episode of “24″ TV series last week. FOX will air the two-hour series finale on May 24.
Okay, so just because the script has been written it doesn’t mean that 24: The Movie will immediately go into production … as the report above states, there are still a few very big logistics (like finding a director) that need to happen before we can start counting our chickens. That being said, considering that it was just announced that the TV series is ending and there’s already word that a movie script is complete, we may be seeing this film sooner than expected. I am all for a 24 movie because I think the characters will really flourish on the big screen. But, in all honesty, I’d much prefer to wait a bit longer to ensure that a good movie gets made rather than a quick movie gets released. It seems weird to think of Jack Bauer running all over Europe in order to save the world but it does feel like the right next step. Considering how quickly things appear to be moving on the 24 film project, I wouldn’t be surprised if actual production got underway late this year or early next year … but I’m still not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing.
Last week we learned that hotties Kellan Lutz (Twilight), Matthew Bomer (White Collar), Noah Mills (Sex and the City 2), Xavier Samuel (The Twilight Saga Eclipse) and Ryan Kwanten (True Blood) are featured within the pages of the new Summer issue of VMan magazine … today we learn that Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood) is the main hottie featured on the cover … behold:
The official website for VMan has yet to be updated with this new coverphoto, which made its Internet debut on THISAlexander SkarsgårdFacebook fan page. Homie is lookin’ slick as hell in this Tom Ford tuxedo … coupled with the perfect and messily coiffed hair’do, he looks damn fine. I kinda sorta got a thing for Vikings so it’s no wonder that Skarsgård is my fave castmember on True Blood. I can’t wait ’til we get to see the rest of the photos from his VMan photospread.
Emmy award-winning actress Betty White got “naked” Monday at Universal CityWalk. The 88 year old actress didn’t bare it all for T.V. cameras; she got naked in the form of a new hot dog named in her honor at “Pink’s” hot dogs. The “Betty `Naked’ in the City’ Hot Dog” has no toppings and no enhancements and Betty likes it that way — plain. “The weenie is so good, I have the weenie and the bun, and so they said, `Well, it’s a naked hot dog,”‘ White joked about the dog’s suggestive name. “And I wish they had never thought of that.” Proceeds from the day’s sales will support the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services’ animal shelters. White is a longtime supporter of a variety of efforts on behalf of animals. Pink’s new location at Universal CityWalk is the first in the San Fernando Valley. Pink’s, which first opened at its original location on La Brea Avenue in Hollywood 70 years ago, continues to be a Southern California staple and popular hot dog emporium.
Are you kidding me? Two of my favorite things EVER on Earth together at last?? Pink’s Hot Dogs AND Betty White? How amazing is that. Betty had herself a great time at yesterday’s event, chompin’ all up on her very own dog — after the jump, check out a few photos of Betty enjoying her new signature hot dog with relish … More »
The British music magazine NME announced late yesterday on their official Twitter account that Kylie Minogue would be making an “extra special” announcement today … which we now know is news of a new single to come in June and a new album to come in July. Kylie.com has announced today that Kylie‘s next album — Aphrodite — will be released in July and the first single from the disc — All the Lovers — will be released in June:
I suspected Kylie‘s announcement might be music-related but I didn’t think she’d be announcing a new single AND a new album. But the news gets better — after the jump, check out the album artwork for Aphrodite and listen to a clip of her new single All the Lovers … More »
While this video is still kinda cute, I have to say that the whole thing has kinda lost its charm. It’s one thing to get a kick out of a little kid freaking out over the effects of laughing gas the first time … but the second time — it feels a bit forced, not as genuine and not as inventive. I totally love this kid tho … I wish him well in his future endeavors but I’m not sure being a viral video superstar is really a great career path for anyone. What do y’all think … is this cute or not really?
More pictures from the production of “Green Lantern” have surfaced and this time they are taken from hangars at Lakefront Airport in northern New Orleans, Louisiana. In the photos obtained by a contributor for Comic Book Movie, a jet fighter that will used for the filming is seen landed at one of the hangars. The plane, which is dominated with white and blue colors, features Ferris Aircraft logo in a particular spot. The ‘experimental’ YF-32 jet that will be piloted by Martin Jordan, Hal Jordan’s father, will be used for a pivotal scene in the movie and will cause the demise of the character played by Jon Tenney … “Green Lantern” tells the story of Hal, the alter ego of Green Lantern, who is also an ordinary man chosen by a dying alien named Abin Sur to receive a green energy-powered ring used for protecting the planet. Ryan Reynolds leads with Mark Strong tackling the role of villainous Sinestro. The superhero flick is planned to hit U.S. theaters on June 17, 2011.
The movie won’t be in theaters for OVER a year now, the film *just* started filming and we’re already getting to see all of this very cool stuff. I understand that the first trailer for Green Lantern will be showing at San Diego Comic Con this July and the first teaser posters are due for release this Fall. Remember the concept art we saw back in February … well some of it has turned out to be authentic stuff … and we cannot forget that it has been reported that Green Lantern‘s suit will be completely computer generated — in 3D! I am SO excited to see this film, I cannot wait!! I hope we get to see more stuff from the set … this tiny bit of spoilery stuff is way too much fun to see :)
These are but 2 photos from 14-page interview that includes 11 photos shot by Yu Tsai. The magazine hits newsstands just in time to get the rabid Twilight fans all riled up (as if they need the riling) for the release of the next installment of The Twilight Saga, Eclipse, on June 30. I think the theme of the spread is high fashion meets trailer park. I actually like these photos … could do without the smoking but overall, this is a good look for our dear K. Stew. I can’t wait to see more.
She has her fair share of critics, but there’s no doubting that Rihanna can put on a dazzling show. The pop singer is currently performing around Europe as part of her Last Girl On Earth tour, her latest stop taking in Arnhem in the Netherlands. Rihanna, 22, set the stage alight at the Gelredome with a huge array of outfits, set pieces and special effects… and of course, her chart-topping songs. In her typically eccentric and risque style, the Barbados-born star took to the stage in several skimpy outfits, including a white mesh number that left very little to the imagination. In fact, at first glance she appeared to be naked but, on closer inspection, it was clear she had a flesh-coloured bodysuit on underneath. Other costume changes brought out a gown covered in red LED lights, an ultra-skimpy PVC outfit that showed off her rear and a bizarre black and white costume with huge puffballs on the shoulders … The Last Girl On Earth tour will hit the UK next month, kicking off in Birmingham on May 7. Rihanna will be supported by British chart-topper Pixie Lott. The two-week tour will take in venues in Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Nottingham, Newcastle, Glasgow and Belfast. She has also signed up to perform at the Capital FM Summerball, which takes place at Wembley Stadium on June 6. Other stars performing at the huge concert include Usher, JLS, Cheryl Cole and Justin Bieber.
Woot!! She looks great in these photos!! I am anxiously awaiting Rihanna‘s US leg of the tour which will take place over the Summer. Tickets for her LA show have yet to go on sale but I’m hoping to snag a pair so that I can finally see her live on stage. After the jump, if you’re interested, you can check out the setlist for the Last Girl on Earth Tour to see what’s in store when Rihanna comes to your neck of the woods … More »
People magazine brings us our first look at the cover artwork for the new unauthorized biography of Angelina Jolie which was written by celebrity biographer Andrew Morton (who previously penned tomes on Tom Cruise, Monica Lewinsky and — most famously — Princess Diana) and is simply titled Angelina. The book won’t be released until August but at least now we know what it will look like when we go searching for it in bookstores on release day:
It could be anyone pictured on the cover of Andrew Morton’s latest celebrity tell-all, Angelina: An Unauthorized Biography, save for the trademark “know your rights” tattoo across Angelina Jolie’s back. A first look at the jacket of the controversial new book shows Jolie, 34, photographed from behind – with only the back of her head and upper torso visible. It’s a fitting perspective since the biography was done without her approval. The tome, published by St. Martin’s Press, is due out Aug. 3.
On the one hand, I can’t help but be curious about what Morton writes about Angelina‘s life … on the other hand, I’m certain the book will be full of conjecture that might make reading the book a waste of time. It’s one thing to read a biography of a celeb when the writer has the blessing of the subject but with unauthorized books like this you just never know what you’re gonna get. I’m pretty sure I’m going to read this book when it gets released in August … but I’ll be sure to take it all in with a huge grain of salt. What about you? Are any of y’all interested in reading Angelina?
Yesterday was a really fun day for David me … we decided at the last minute to go to an LA Dodgers baseball game so we scored some great seats for yesterday’s game against the San Francisco Giants. The weather was just amazing for an afternoon game and we had a fantastic time at Dodger Stadium:
I’m very happy to pass along the news that the Dodgers busted out a win against the Giants by a score of 2-1 … Manny Ramirez hit a home run in the 7th inning that secured the Dodgers win. Now, David and I aren’t big sports fans but we do like going to games in person … it was a fab day. After the jump, check out some of the photos I snapped at yesterday’s game to see how much fun we had … More »
Previously we’ve seen behind the scenes production video from the set of True Blood which features Vampire Eric (played by Alexander Skarsgård) and Shapeshifter Sam Merlotte (played by Sam Trammell) and today we get to check out a third behind the scenes production clip which features a human character … Jason Stackhouse (played by Ryan Kwanten):
But people don’t watch True Blood for the humans (well, OK, some folks do watch for the hot humans like Ryan here) but it’s really all about the vamps. After the jump, check out another production vid clip which features Vampire Bill (played by Stephen Moyer) … More »
V star Morena Baccarin was spotted in Vancouver, British Columbia over the weekend meeting up with some friends at a local pizza joint and I must pause to comment on how amazing she looked while doing so. V is one of my new fave shows and I completely and utterly LOVE Morena as head Visitor Anna. So … here are a couple new pics of Morena lookin’ all kinds of a fabulous this weekend:
I’ve been a fan of Morena since her days on Firefly (the ill-fated Joss Whedon sci-fi Western that extended its life a bit longer in the movie Serenity back in 2005) and I think she is fan-effing-tastic on V. We don’t get to see much of her here in SoCal because filming on her show takes place in Vancouver so it’s a treat for me to see photos like this of Morena out and about. I’m really hoping for more seasons of V, the show is so damn good. I’m also hoping that we get to see more of Miss Fabulous doing her thang in Vancouver … she is a celeb that I would love to see much more of.
90210 star AnnaLynne McCord spent part of her weekend chillin’ with her beloved sister Angel in Hermosa Beach, CA and was spotted having a grand ol’ time playing beach volleyball with some friends. Aware of the ever-present photogs, AnnaLynne put on a bit of a show for the cameras, doing her best to flaunt what her mama gave her:
No one ever said that AnnaLynne McCord was a shy girl. While I think it would behoove the young actress to put on a bit more weight, I cannot deny that she looks fab. It’s cool that instead of shying away from the cameras she decided to have fun with them. I still love watching 90210 and I can’t help but love McCord‘s character Naomi on the show. I hear that she is a lot of fun to hang out with in real life, too. It might be a good idea to scope out the beaches here in SoCal this Summer … you never know if you might bum-p into her sometime.
I’m sure it’s not easy for Tom to juggle his life with his two children, especially since John lives primarily with his mother Bridget, but I’m sure he is doing everything he can to spend as much quality time with both of his sons. I’m certain this new dream home that is being built will be large enough to house comfortably his entire family … and bringing John to the site shows the little boy that this home is being built for him, too. It may not be an ideal situation but it looks like Tom Brady is trying to make his family life work as best he can.
And so … the 3-day Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has come to another close. For Day 3 yesterday, acts like Thom Yorke (of Radiohead fame), Julian Casablancas (of The Strokes), Little Boots and Sly Stone rocked the fest while the British “animated” band Gorillaz closed out the weekend with their headline set. Here are some photos from the Coachella stage yesterday and some deets about the overall festival, which — for 2010 — is already dunzo!
The three-day Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival is playing to sellout crowds this weekend and shattering attendance records, festival officials said. The Goldenvoice-promoted festival, now in its 11th year, is drawing a record 75,000 people per day to the Empire Polo Club in the desert community of Indio, up nearly 15,000 from last year’s daily average. But the record attendance and a later curfew — 1 a.m. instead of midnight — weren’t the only new wrinkles in the festival. Promoters found themselves worrying about the eruption of an Icelandic volcano and its massive ash cloud, which halted flights in and out of Britain and northern Europe. A festival spokeswoman said seven artists were grounded in Britain, including Chicago’s Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, which had been on tour in Europe. British rock bands the Cribs and Frightened Rabbit were among those unable to get to the U.S. for the festival. “We would have taken any slot, any time, just to play this festival,” said Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison. “If you’re playing to people who’ve come to see you at a club show, the battle has been won.” The band had a prime Friday afternoon slot, and was counting on Coachella to increase its standing in the U.S. “This is bad for us on all levels,” Hutchison said. “We were about to head out on a U.S. tour, and this would have been a good way to get a few more fans on board.” Getting to Coachella wasn’t easy, even for those in Southern California. Traffic was at a near-standstill for much of Friday afternoon, as the four-mile route from the 10 Freeway to the venue was at a crawl throughout the day. Once they parked, fans spoke of hour-plus waits to get into the gates. Henry Conklin, a 19-year-old New York University student, said his friend paid a woman $40 to cut in line. Indio police spokesman Ben Guitron confirmed reports that a small number of ticketless fans had jumped the gate, but police made only 12 arrests Friday, and all were alcohol- or drug-related. Despite the increase in attendance, the arrest number was on pace to be down slightly from last year, when 69 arrests were made throughout the weekend. Police were also adjusting to the later curfew. After Goldenvoice was slapped with more than $50,000 in fines last year when headliner Paul McCartney played past the midnight deadline, the company won approval to extend Friday and Saturday curfew to 1 a.m. As a compromise, the department said Goldenvoice’s country-music Stagecoach festival will end at 11 p.m. rather than midnight next weekend. Even with longer hours and five stages of music, many festivalgoers had to strain for a glimpse of the more hotly anticipated acts. Up-and-coming rock group Yeasayer and beloved electronic act La Roux were performing at one of Coachella’s three tent-covered side stages, which overflowed in the afternoon heat, keeping many fans 30 or more feet away from snaring a glimpse of the artists. Yet the mood on the grounds was far from tense. Attendees were eager to brave the heat and lines for a Friday-night headlining set from one of music’s biggest stars, hip-hop artist Jay-Z. He had an unbilled, A-list surprise guest in tow — his pop-star wife, Beyonce.
And that, my good friends, is that. Coachella 2010 is already in the books and the countdown has begun for next year’s music fest. It’s crazy how things like this tend to come and go in the blink of an eye. Even still, it just does not sound all that fun to fight the growing crowds in the desert just to stand around and watch a shortened concert performance from a great distance. I bet most of the fun is just being there but, yeah, if I’m gonna see a band play … I want to actually see the band play. In any event, Day 3 was well-attended by music fans and celebs alike. After the jump, check out some photos of some of the roving celebs who attended the Coachella festival yesterday … More »