Archive for November, 2010

Snoop Dogg Writes A Song For Prince William’s Bachelor Party

Is Wills gonna get 'Wet'?

It looks like EVERYONE is getting excited for the wedding of Prince William of Wales to his longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton … everyone including Snoop Dogg. Snoop has issued a press release announcement today letting the world know that he wrote a song for Prince William‘s upcoming bachelor party. The song is called Wet. Read on:

Today, international superstar and music icon, Snoop Dogg is releasing his brand new single entitled “Wet” via SnoopDogg.com at 4:20 pm PST, an anthem made for Prince William’s bachelor party and all bachelor parties around the world to follow. It is the second single to release from Snoop Dogg’s forthcoming 11th studio album entitled, Doggumentary Music coming March 2011. “When I heard the royal family wanted to have me perform in celebration of Prince William’s marriage, I knew I had to give them a little something,” says Snoop. “’Wet’ is the perfect anthem for Prince William or any playa to get the club smokin’.” Produced by The Cataracs, “Wet” can arguably be the follow-up song to the Grammy-nominated single “Sensual Seduction.” From its hypnotizing beat to its alluring and lustful lyrics, “Wet” will sure to be the official nightclub song of 2011. Additionally, Snoop is asking his fans to create a video of them dancing to the new single “Wet.” The fan that garners the most video views, will win a trip to the U.K. courtesy of Snoop to celebrate the release of “Wet” in royal fashion. Fans can enter the contest by uploading their videos to YouTube and/or tweeting the video link to @SnoopDogg with the hashtag #WET. All contestants must title their YouTube video “Snoop Dogg Wet Dance.”

Um …. yeah. While I would love for any song to get Prince Wills to “get the club smokin’”, I find it very hard to envision. Still … if anyone can turn William into a pimp, it’s Snoop Dogg. I can’t wait to hear what Wet sounds like … can you?

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Kylie Minogue Performs With The PS22 Chorus

Kylie goes back to school

Kylie Minogue took some time out of her bizzy NYC schedule to pay a visit to PS22 school in Staten Island, NY to do a little singin’ with the 5th graders there. The PS22 Chorus is no stranger to performing with superstar performers (like Tori Amos, among others) but I’m sure they were quite happy to add Kylie to their list of famous collaborators. Here are a few photos of Kylie performing with the kids from the PS22 Chorus:

Get ready for something REALLY special!! Today the PS22 Chorus hosted a visit from the AMAZING Ms. Kylie Minogue, who made a special trip out to Staten Island to spend some time with the kids! Kylie has been a long time fan of PS22, tweeting about the kids on more than one occasion, so it’s safe to say that everybody was extremely psyched for this collaboration! [T]he kids joined Kylie on her mega-hit, “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” which we recreated PS22 style! Kylie blew us away with her incredible vocals on this acoustic rendition! The kids sound haunting and yet somehow are having a blast at the same time! … I can’t say enough great things about Kylie! She is truly a wonderful spirit and completely enchanted us all, kids and grown-up types alike!! Speaking of which, big thanks to Mr. Eberle for his amazing guitar work and to Ms. Lisa for her spectacular video footage!! Also much thanks to Ms. Laurie (and again Ms. Lisa) for the fantastic pics!!

Kylie + kids = OMFG SO CUTE!! After the jump, check out videos of Kylie‘s performance with the kids of the PS22 ChorusMore »

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Johnny Depp Does ‘Vanity Fair’ Magazine . . . Again

"I was a guitarist, and that's what I wanted to do."

Johnny Depp, who stars in the upcoming new film The Tourist with Angelina Jolie, is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Vanity Fair magazine (for the second year in a row). Here is our first look at Johnny‘s new VF cover and some excerpts from his coverstory interview:

Angelina Jolie’s latest big fan? Johnny Depp. “Meeting her and getting to know her was a real pleasant surprise,” the actor, 47, who stars with Jolie in the upcoming film The Tourist, tells rocker Patty Smith in an interview for Vanity Fair. “You don’t know what she might be like – if she has any sense of humor at all. I was so pleased to find that she is incredibly normal,” he added, “and has a wonderfully kind of dark, perverse sense of humor.” In fact, Depp, a three-time Oscar nominee, compares Oscar winner Jolie, 35, to another Hollywood leading lady – one from an earlier generation. “I’ve had the honor and the pleasure and gift of having known Elizabeth Taylor for a number of years,” Depp says. “You know, you sit down with her, she slings hash, she sits there and cusses like a sailor, and she’s hilarious. Angie’s got the same kind of thing, you know, the same approach.” Depp says he also feels a measure of sympathy for Jolie and her family, who deal with the harshest glare of fame. “Poor thing, dogged by paparazzi, her and her husband, Brad [Pitt] … all their kids,” he says. “There are times when you see how ridiculous is this life, how ludicrous it is, you know, leaving your house every morning and being followed by paparazzi.” The actor also touches on a number of other subjects, including Disney executives’ shocked reaction to his Jack Sparrow performance. “I think it was Michael Eisner … who was quoted as saying, ‘He’s ruining the movie,’ ” says Depp, who also talks about his early dreams of being a rock star. “I was a guitarist, and that’s what I wanted to do.” And he reveals what could be an interesting future project. “[Marlon Brando said,] Why don’t you just take a year and go and study Shakespeare, or go and study Hamlet. Go and work on Hamlet and play that part. Play that part before you’re too old … And I would like to. I’d really, really like to.”

While I am looking forward to seeing the next installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise, On Stranger Tides, I’m not the least bit interested in seeing The Tourist. I had no idea that Johnny had only first met Angelina when they filmed this movie together but not even the pairing of two of the most high-paid actors in the world is enough to pique my interest. From all the preview material I’ve seen, the movie looks completely uninteresting to me. Still, I am a fan of Depp himself so … this Vanity Fair interview is deffo worth a read. After the jump, check out one photo from Johnny‘s VF photospread to see what the mag has in store for Johnny fans … More »

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Another Coffee Date For Jake Gyllenhaal & Taylor Swift!

The Never Ending Story

Over the weekend we learned that Jake Gyllenhaal and Taylor Swift had taken their coffee drinking dates from Brooklyn, NY to Nashville, TN and today we learn that the couple have done it AGAIN! Jake and Taylor were spotted together at the Frothy Monkey in Nashville earlier today and according to eyewitnesses, they were acting like “more than friends”:

After being spotted getting cozy at a coffee shop in Tennessee this weekend, rumored couple Jake Gyllenhaal, 29, and Taylor Swift, 20, enjoyed another intimate cup of joe at the Frothy Monkey in Nashville this morning. Sources tell us the duo have been in the past several mornings and “looked like they were more than friends” … whatever that means.

This is just so weird. I mean … c’mon … how much coffee can two people drink? None of this makes any sense at all … NONE! I just … can’t …

Is there a support group that I can join or … something?

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Watch: 30 Seconds To Mars, ‘Hurricane’

Edited For Broadcast Version

Yesterday it was reported that the new 30 Seconds to Mars music video for their new single Hurricane had been banned from being broadcast on TV … but, that band has no bearing on the video being shown online so today we get to see the full, 13 minute music video in its full and uncensored form. Leto gave an interview to Entertainment Weekly about the banning of Hurricane and revealed that he was surprised the video didn’t pass muster with the network censors, particularly because the version they submitted was not as explicit as the original version they created:

Jared Leto wasn’t completely surprised when TV networks refused to air his band’s racy “Hurricane” video. “We always knew there would be some images that would have a tough time getting through,” says the Thirty Seconds to Mars singer, who called the Music Mix while driving to the band’s next gig in Brighton, England today. “But we didn’t expect this kind of pushback that we’re getting now.” In fact, the “Hurricane” clip that 30STM submitted for TV had already been edited down from the original. “I had always planned on having an explicit version and then a version that was not so explicit,” Leto says. “The version that we were trying to get on broadcast is not the explicit version, and that’s still having a really difficult time.” Leto wonders just why the networks were so offended by the video’s sexual images. “I’m not interested in provocation for provocation’s sake,” he says. “I just think it’s interesting that when you turn on the news or whatever else catches your interest, how much violence and negativity is available out there. As soon as it comes time for sexuality, it’s a big shock that people are sexual beings. It’s an interesting double standard to me.” Now he is debating how whether to edit “Hurricane” further to meet TV standards. “You know, at another time I would say, ‘Absolutely not.’ I would refuse 1,000 percent to change what I felt was important. But with this film, I’m not so sure I would cut off the nose to spite its face, so to speak…There are creative solutions to every problem. Certainly it would be difficult for people to air a 13-minute-long music video slash short film, regardless of the content. I think people have dealt with this in different ways in the past. People have made cuts.

Yes, people do make cuts … in fact, 30 Seconds to Mars made cuts to Hurricane so that it could be broadcast on MTV. The video, clocking in at 13 minutes long, has already aired on MTV in its censored version a few times. After the jump, check out the video in its edited for broadcast, NSFW form. While the video isn’t all that explicit, there is female nudity and there are many scenes that are deffo not suitable for watching at work … More »

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‘Tangled’ Up In You

The TV Guide

Altho David and I were invited to a private event at the Ennis House here in LA (designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright) we decided not to attend and enjoy a more low key night at the movies. Because it was my pick this time, I decided that we would see Tangled, Disney‘s 50th animated film:


I have been hearing from a few Pink readers that Tangled is a great film so I was very excited to see it for myself. I am very happy to report that I agree with those Pink readers … Tangled is a magical, fun and very worthy addition to the Disney library of fairy tale films. Those of you who have read the original Grimm version of Rapunzel know that the story is only 2 pages long. This new Disney version takes great license with the story and manages to turn the tale of Rapunzel into a smart, action-packed adventure (they did a *great* job explaining Rapunzel‘s long hair). The only thing that I wasn’t totally in love with was the music. Alan Menken, the composer of The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and more, was told by Disney NOT to create his usual big songs for Tangled … instead, he was told to come up with more pop-sounding songs. They’re good but not great. That being said, the rest of the film is just really sweet. Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi do a great job voicing Rapunzel and Flynn but Donna Murphy as the villainous Mother Gothel really steals the show. We saw the film in 3D and really enjoyed it. The lantern scene is just so cool in 3D. I understand Tangled looks just as great in 2D so, the choice is yours. I’m still very bummed that Disney is no longer planning on making any more fairy tale films after Tangled … I guess we can only hope that the success of Tangled will change their minds. If you are looking for a fun, magical film to see this holiday season … Tangled is for you.

Tonight, David and I have been invited to attend a holiday party so I think that’s what we’re gonna do. I’m feeling a lot better today so hopefully I managed to fight off the cold that’s been threatening to take hold over the past few days. Have a great Tuesday, y’all!!

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Jim likes Ewan's kisses, Cassidy pleads Not Guilty, Greedo's little secret
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Watch: Teddy Kisses Ian On ‘90210’

At last

After learning earlier in the year that 90210 would be introducing a gay storyline on the show, we learned back in August that actor Trevor Donovan (Teddy) would be the character gifted with the gay storyline. Actor/singer Kyle Riabko (Ian) was added to the cast as Teddy‘s love interest but, as those of you who have been watching the show all season know, Teddy‘s coming out has been a very long, very slow process. Last night, finally, Teddy came to his senses and realized that he has feelings for Ian … and the two shared their first kiss together:

Finally! After spending the last three months slow-burning the “Teddy likes boys” storyline, we finally got the goods on 90210. And it was kind of hot, right? And, better yet, the big moment wasn’t hyped to death, so we also got a bit of a surprise when Teddy grabbed Ian — the classmate he hooked-up with (off-screen) during a blackout at the start of the season — and planted a big ol’ sloppy on the kid while they were cleaning up after a West Bev luau. How’s that for putting the “man” in manual labor? The build-up, of course, has been the fun of Season 3 … Proving to be more than a human Ken doll, Trevor Donovan’s doing a solid job playing golden-boy Teddy’s confusion, denial and fear. Not that he should be too worried about his friends’ reactions. Ade was gay for a hot minute last season and this isn’t 1950. Or the military. Anyway, it looks like blondie’s gonna have to deal with all of that sooner rather than later now that he’s gone and cracked the lock on his closet door. Those kinds of secrets tend to come out faster than, well, Teddy has, around these parts. Plus, February sweeps is just around the bend. So really, the only question is who might have a problem with Teddy’s true identity? Liam could use a better plot. Or maybe we’ll see the ugly side of some of the grownups.

For the most part, I’ve been very happy with the way 90210 has handled Teddy‘s coming out story. I’ve been watching all season long and while his coming out has taken some time, I honestly feel the show is trying to give the viewer a realistic view of someone coming to terms with their homosexuality. No one ever just comes out as gay overnight. The feelings that come along with the realization and acceptance of one’s sexuality can be a very long, confusing and sometimes painful process. For some, it can take years to come out as gay … for others, it can take a lifetime. 90210 has done a great job with Teddy‘s storyline thus far, I am really looking forward to seeing how it continues to play out. So … in case you missed it or just want to see it in action again, you can check out Teddy and Ian‘s first kiss, after the jump … More »

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James Franco Does ‘Outside’ Magazine

Nature boy

James Franco, who currently stars in the new film 127 Hours and will be hosting the 83rd Academy Awards with Anne Hathaway next February, is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new outdoorsy magazine Outside. Here is our first look at James‘s latest magazine cover:


As you may recall, James also graces the cover of the Fall issue of Candy magazine (in full drag) as well as his very own issue of GQ magazine this month as one of the mag’s Men of the Year … so Mr. Franco is having a very good month at the newsstand. After the jump, check out a couple photos from James‘s Outside magazine photospread … More »

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The Jackmans Get A New Member Of The Family

Meet Dalí

Hugh Jackman and his adorable daughter Ava Eliot spent some time this weekend bonding with the newest member of the Jackman family. Hugh picked out a new pet pooch for his family, a doggie named Dalí … here are a few photos of Dalí Jackman getting acquainted with his new owners:


As if the Jackman family couldn’t get any cuter, they have to go and get a pet pooch that is JUST as cute! Also, I must say, I am really loving the new beard thing that Hugh has got going on. Mr. Manly looks even manlier with a full face of fur. Woot!! Something tells me that Dalí is going to really enjoy being a part of the Jackman family. Dalí fits in perfectly, don’t you think?

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Bobbi Kristina Is A Girl Gone Wild

Smokin', Drinkin', Partyin'

Bobbi Kristina, the only begotten child of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, is all grown up these days … but it really looks like she’s actin’ more grown than she actually is. Media Takeout has come upon a few photos of 17 year old Bobbi Kris partying with some friends that show her smoking and drinking and making out with a few different people. Honestly, it’s the kind of behavior that kids her age get away with all the time … but if this is the kind of behavior the young Miss Houston-Brown is being photographed doing, can you imagine what she might be getting up to when there aren’t cameras around?

MediaTakeOut.com has been telling you for MANY MONTHS . . . that Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kris is completely OUT OF CONTROL. Now we have EVIDENCE. The below photos were sent in by a loyal and trusted MTO reader (thanks GIRRRRL). They were apparently taken at an unsupervised party that the 17 year old Bobbi Kris attended. As the images show, Bobbi was drinking the VERY HIGH ALCOHOL energy drink Four Loko. And she’s smoking a NEWPORT cigarette. In another pic she’s MAKING OUT with a woman. Whitney . . . Bobby . .. go get your daughter. She obviously needs some GUIDANCE!!!

While the smoking and drinking is a bit worrisome (and let’s be honest, that Four Loko shizz is bad news), it should be pointed out that kids her age tend to experiment and engage in far worse behavior. What is troubling is that Bobbi Kristina is at the age where she is prolly very well aware of the behavior her father Bobby Brown is infamous for so it’s unlikely she can look to him for guidance. I sincerely hope that Bobbi Kris doesn’t get herself into too much trouble. It would be a shame if she ended up frittering her life away at such an early age, way before she has had her time to shine. At this point, it sounds like she is just acting out … testing her boundaries. Hopefully she won’t get herself into the kind of trouble that could ruin her life :(

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Madonna Opens A ‘Hard Candy Fitness’ Center In Mexico City

The world's first

Last month we learned the odd news that Madonna and her business partner/manager Guy Oseary were planning the launch of a franchise of gyms around the world called Hard Candy Fitness and today we get to see photos from the official opening of the world’s first Hard Candy Fitness center in Mexico City, Mexico. The opening, which took place last night, not only featured Maddy and Guy on the red carpet for the ribbon cutting ceremony but it also featured her Madgesty teaching some fitness dance moves to some of the lucky attendees of the event. Here are photos of Madonna on the red carpet at the Hard Candy Fitness opening last night and some deets from the event:

[Madonna] attended a ribbon cutting ceremony dressed in a black and white striped dress and thigh-high boots. The star said she chose Mexico City because it was a stop on last year’s Sticky & Sweet tour, which grossed $408 million and she liked the energy of the people. The gym’s name, which shares the title of her last album, she said, is the perfect combination of ‘hard body’ and ‘eye candy’. ‘It’s a sexy name that gives you the opportunity to have fun and to build strength as far as the imagination will allow,’ the singer said. ‘She chose the graphics, colors, the machines,’ said Chris Dedicik, general director of California-based New Evolution Ventures, Madonna’s partner in creating the gym. ‘She has weighed in on the choreography of all the classes and given them a twist to make them more dynamic, more special and to better reflect her style.’ Members can do cardiovascular exercises on five types of advanced-technology machines chosen by Madonna, many with individual viewing screens and iPod docks. The yoga instructors are trained in various styles of the ancient Indian art, inspired by the knowledge the singer has accumulated in her travels. The yoga room will also have a special wall used in Iyengar yoga, one of very few in the world according to Dedicik, with ropes and steps to help people with less physical ability. A balcony outside will feature plants and Zen-style decor, all at the singer’s request. ‘If any of you have seen my shows, you know that I don’t skimp on them and the same is true for the gym,’ she said. ‘We spend what it takes to make a globally first-class gym.’ Membership runs 2,000 pesos a month, about $160, generally in line with what the best gyms charge in Mexico City … It’s not exactly the first location one might associate as the chosen spot for a grand gym opening from the Queen of Pop. And one might have thought there may have been other more worthy projects she could have put her very famous name to. But as it is, Madonna has opened the doors to her brand new Hard Candy gym in Mexico City, and treated a hand selected troupe of new members to work out with her. Standing at the top of the class in head-to-toe Nike fitness gear, the superstar led a group of 20 hand-picked members through a routine to music by Paul Oakenfold, the DJ who opened her tour last year. And there is no mistaking who owns the gym. A huge mural of Warhol-esque images of the Queen of Pop greets each client as they walk through the sliding doors. The 30,000-square-foot building is located in the city’s upscale Bosques de las Lomas neighborhood.

Oh Madonna … this whole gym thing is just … weird. But, undoubtedly, she will make millions from this latest venture and likely with minimal work required. She picks out a few color swatches, shows up for a ribbon cutting ceremony and goes home with millions in her pocket. I guess it’s kinda genius. After the jump, check out photos of Maddy leading a troupe of folks thru some of her work-out dance moves and get a peek inside the world’s first Hard Candy Fitness center … More »

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The Apple iPad 2 Is Reportedly On The Way

2 cameras? Higher resolution screen?? USB port???

While the Apple iPad is the #1 tech gift on every gadget geek’s Xmas list this year it’s already time to start thinking about the iPad 2. According to a new report from a very reputable Taiwanese newspaper (the same newspaper that correctly reported that the iPad would be a touchscreen tablet before anyone else), Apple is planning to release the second generation iPad in the first quarter of 2011. According to the paper, the iPad 2 will feature two cameras (one front-facing, one in the back) with the ability for FaceTime video chat, an updated higher resolution touchscreen and … a USB port! At this point, we prolly should take all of this info with a huge grain of salt … but the newspaper making these claims have been right before, they very well may be right again:

Rumors continue to swirl over Apple’s next generation iPad, and one reliable Taiwanese newspaper says the new device will be out in the first quarter of 2011, complete with video calling, two cameras, new display and touch technology, and a USB port to connect easily to other devices. The Chinese-language Economic Daily News financial newspaper, which was among the first to correctly report that Apple was making a tablet when other news sources said it would be a netbook, on Friday reported that the new iPad 2 will go into production this month and will be on sale early next year. The same newspaper in August reported that the device would have a 7-inch touchscreen. Taiwanese newspapers sometimes win scoops on new electronics products because Taiwanese companies are involved in every aspect of electronics production, from components to final assembly. For example, the Economic Daily says that Largan Precision will supply camera lenses for the new iPad, while Hon Hai Precision Industry, which operates under the trade name, Foxconn, will be responsible for final assembly. The August report from the Economic Daily said Chimei Innolux will supply 7-inch LCD touchscreens, which use the same IPS (in-plane switching) technology found in the original iPad, for the new device. The companies named in the Economic Daily report declined to comment. Contract manufacturers and component makers normally do not reveal what products they’re working on because failure to maintain secrecy can cause them to lose business.

Now THIS sounds like an iPad that I would like to own. I tried out the iPad when it came out earlier this year and after a few days testing it out, I determined that it really wasn’t the mobile computing device for me. I would be very interested in having an iPad with camera functionality, yes, but what really gets me is the reported USB port. I would LOVE to carry my important docs on a Flash Drive and be able to access them on a “computer” as small as the iPad. I’m not really getting too excited just yet because none of this news has been confirmed … but if the iPad 2 does get a USB port, chances are that I will be shelling out for an iPad 2. What do y’all think? If you’re hoping for an iPad this Xmas … would you rather hold out and wait for the rumored iPad 2 due out early next year?

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Kim Zolciak & Kroy Biermann Are Gettin’ Hitched!

So says RadarOnline

Last week we learned that Kim Zolciak, one of the stars of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, is pregnant with her first child with new beau and Atlanta Falcons football player Kroy Biermann and today we learn that Kim and Kroy are planning to get hitched! Altho the couple have yet to make the news public, RadarOnline reports that the couple are, indeed, engaged to be wed and are planning to tie the knot before their baby boy is born next year:

Real Housewives Of Atlanta star Kim Zolciak is engaged to Atlanta Falcons star Kroy Biermann, RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned. The couple – who are expecting their first baby together next year – have not gone public with the news yet, but they plan to marry before the popular reality TV star gives birth. Zolciak, 32, recently confirmed that she was in fact expecting a child with the 25-year-old NFL player following weeks of speculation that she was pregnant. A source told RadarOnline.com: “Kim and Kroy are engaged, and only a few people know about it. They wanted to announce it in a national magazine, but Kim was so excited that she told a couple of close friends about it. Obviously, they are both really happy about both the baby and their engagement and cannot wait to start their new lifes together. Kroy proposed to her and bought her a substantial ring which she has shown to a few friends, although she is not wearing it in public yet. Kim is actually in her second trimester with her pregnancy now, and the couple are still in talks about getting their own spin-off reality show. And if this does not happen then she will want to re-negotiate her terms on The Real Housewives Of Atlanta if her wedding and new baby were to be featured on the show. The other cast members are publicly backing Kim and Kroy but privately there are some jealousies because Kim is very much in the spotlight right now and not everyone is happy about that.”

You may recall that just a few days ago we saw a photo of Kim smoking a cigarette at an Atlanta Falcons game while she was in the first trimester of her pregnancy so it is my hope that now she is planning a wedding, she’ll be too bizzy to smoke cigarettes while pregnant. You know, Kim is fun to watch on Real Housewives but I can’t help but feel sorry first, for the new baby growing in her uterus and second, for Kroy who is only 25 years old. Kim is a larger than life personality who always needs the focus to be on her … I can’t help but feel that her baby and her much younger husband-to-be suffer because of her selfish needs. If you consider the fact that we will all be privy to their new life together because it will be broadcast on TV … well, I honestly do feel bad for Biermann and his not yet born baby boy. I guess we’ll see how all of this actually plays out on the next season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. In the meantime, I guess we should express our congrats to the happy couple … right?

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Watch: ‘Black Swan: The Music Video’

Our first look at new footage from the film

The new Darren Aronofsky film Black Swan will open in select cities this Friday December 3 before it opens wider in theaters around the country but today we get our first look at some footage from the film as featured in a very cool new promo music video:

A psychological thriller set in the world of New York City ballet, Black Swan stars Natalie Portman as Nina, a featured dancer who finds herself locked in a web of competitive intrigue with a new rival at the company (Mila Kunis). From visionary director Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler), Black Swan takes a thrilling and at times terrifying journey through the psyche of a young ballerina whose starring role as the duplicitous swan queen turns out to be a part for which she becomes frighteningly perfect.

If you are as anxious to see Black Swan as I am, you’re gonna wanna check out this 1 minute long video, after the jump … More »

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Mariah Carey Sells Her Wares On The Home Shopping Network

The pregnant diva does HSN

Back in September we learned that Mariah Carey had teamed up with the Home Shopping Network to create a line of products for her to sell to her loyal fans on HSN and at midnight last night (technically this morning), Mimi appeared live on air to peddle her wares. Here are a few screencaps and some deets from Mariah‘s appearance on HSN today:

Everybody loves a bargain especially at this time of year. And now the general public can adorn themselves with jewels just like pop queen Mariah Carey. The 40-year-old songstress and expectant mother appeared on the Home Shopping Network yesterday to promote her new line of costume jewellery and shoes, all of which is listed at affordable prices. During the live, late night TV slot, the chart-topping diva was surprised by husband Nick Cannon who called in while she was on air. The couple, who are expecting their first baby in the spring, told viewers the romantic story behind a $59.95 pink crystal ‘Ring Pop’ necklace that Mariah has designed for her collection. They then exchanged I love you’s and as well as their secret code ‘KKLB’, which a giggling Mariah left unexplained. Carey’s collection features items like pendants, crystal butterfly earrings, fur-trimmed suede boots, rhinestone sandals and chain-wrapped nylon boots. She tells ABC News Radio, ‘There’s gorgeous stuff. I’m not even kidding. I would definitely wear this stuff myself.’ Carey also insisted that she ‘really did design things myself and work closely with the team over at HSN…it wasn’t like, “Oh, just throw my name on things.’”

To be honest, I can believe that Mariah did some actual design work for this new line of products. Do I believe that she drew up detailed sketches for each piece? No. But I can see how she might’ve collaborated with artisans more talented in clothing and jewelry design to create these affordable pieces for her collection. After the jump, check out video of Mariah on HSN las night and hear hubby Nick Cannon‘s surprise call on air … More »

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Kingston James Gets His Hair & Nails Did

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Without question, Kingston James McGregor — the eldest child of Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale — is one of THE most stylish kids in all of Hollywood. Kingston is very regularly seen in very fashion forward outfits, rockin’ some pretty stylish accoutrements. Over the weekend, Kingston showed off his edgy new hair’do as well as his freshly painted and very colorful nails … behold:

He’s got two of the most famous rock stars in the world as mother and father. So it should come as no surprise that Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale’s son Kingston has inherited some of his parents’ edgy style. Kingston showed off a directional mohawk-style half shaved and bleached do and multi-coloured painted fingernails yesterday out shopping with his No Doubt singer mother. Four-and-a-half year old Kingston had been treated to a multi-coloured mani-pedi on Saturday at a Beverly Hills salon and left grinning from ear to ear. Gwen, 41, also got a touch up to her black nail polish and chatted to her son as the treatments were done. Kingston is becoming quite the young fashion icon, regularly rocking some very trendy outfits. On Friday he accompanied Gwen as she ran some errands in Studio City, California, wearing black skinny jeans with black bovver boots and a retro looking printed jacket. The day before, as the family headed to Gwen’s parents house in Los Feliz to celebrate Thanksgiving, Kingston was spotted wearing some cool combat trousers, like the ones his mother always wears, with a funky red and black jumper and matching trainers. After the nail salon Kingston and Gwen joined his brother Zuma, two, and father Gavin Rossdale for a family outing to Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! There’s A Party In My City event at the Nokia L.A. Live in Downtown Los Angeles.

You may recall that this wasn’t Kingston‘s first visit to the nail salon … back in September, we saw photos of Kingston gettin’ his nails painted on a visit to the nail salon with his mom — which I LOVE! I’m so impressed that Gwen and Gavin are so eager to support their young sons desire to express himself. It is a very good sign that Kingston is able to express who he is in his dress. Brangelina allows the same expression of their young children, which I also applaud. It’s so cool when kids get to be kids. Kingston is a very lucky little man to have such loving and supportive parents.

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Britney Spears, Jason Trawick & Boys Return From Their Weekend In Kentwood

Back in the Fray

Earlier today we got to see some photos of the Spears family enjoying all the down home Southern comforts of Kentwood, Louisiana over the long Thanksgiving weekend and right now we get to see photos of Britney Spears and her man Jason Trawick making their arrival at LAX Airport here in Los Angeles, CA late last night with Britney‘s two sons Sean Preston and Jadyen James in tow:


As you can see, the kids were really tired from all the traveling so I’m sure the entire family was happy to be home again. Now that Thanksgiving is over, Britney will likely get right back to work on her new album for as long as she can because the Xmas holiday will be here in no time. I’m happy to see Britwick and the boys home safe and sound … cuz now, Britney is that much closer to hittin’ us with new music ;D

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Anne Hathaway & James Franco Will Host The 83rd Annual Academy Awards

The Young and the Restless

Stop the presses, y’all. Actors Anne Hathaway and James Franco have just been signed to host the 83rd annual Academy Awards show on February 27, 2011. It was rumored that the pair were being courted for the gig and they must’ve both said yes as quickly as they could cuz now it’s official … Anne and James will be hosting the Oscars!

James Franco and Anne Hathaway have been tabbed to co-host the Feb. 27 Academy Awards. Both have films currently in release: Franco stars in “127 Hours” and Hathaway co-stars with Jake Gyllenhaal in “Love and Other Drugs.” Neither have hosted before, but Hathaway participated in a song-and-dance routine when Hugh Jackman hosted in 2009. Move comes a year after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences had Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin front the show. The Oscars will be telecast by ABC from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

While this will not be the first time that actors have co-hosted the Oscars I believe this is the first time such young actors have been tapped for the job. I LOVED Anne‘s song-and-dance bit with host Hugh Jackman during the 2009 Oscars (so much so that I would LOVE to have Hugh Jackman host the Oscars every year) so I think she will make a great host. Paired with Franco, well, it’ll be very interesting to see how it all plays out. The Academy Awards play much better to the older Hollywood set so I’m curious to see if the young duo will cater to the older, traditional Oscar watcher or if they’ll youngen up the awards show. I would’ve never guessed that either of these two would ever get to host the Academy Awards … let’s just hope they don’t eff it all up.

So … what do y’all think?

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My Savior

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Much to my chagrin, I’ve been battling back the symptoms of a cold for the past few days and, for the most part, I’ve been able to keep the worse of them at bay … but yesterday was not a good day, let me tell you. I woke up with the worst body aches but, thankfully, free from a sore throat or any stomach ailments. I did my best to keep myself as medicated as possible with Dayquil by day and the magical nectar of the gods, Nyquil by night:


I’m still not feeling great today but I do not feel worse than I did yesterday so I’ll take that as progress. I’m hoping to be well enough to go out tonight … David and I are invited to some event at the Frank Lloyd Wright house here in LA so we were hoping to check that out. The rest of the week ahead is a bizzy one and then I’m flying back home to Detroit next week … so I really don’t have time for any flu shenanigans. It is almost the last day of November already, can you believe it? I hope your Monday is going well and that the December to come will be a fabulous one for us all :)

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Jared Leto Reveals That The 30 Seconds To Mars Music Video ‘Hurricane’ Has Been Banned

Without editing, 'Hurricane' will NOT be shown on television here in the US

At the start of this month, we got our first look at Jared Leto on the set of the new 30 Seconds to Mars music video for their new single Hurricane. Just last week, we got our first look at the first footage from the 20-minute long film … and it seemed like the vid’s release was just a few days away. Today we learn from Leto himself on his official Twitter profile that the video for Hurricane has been banned from broadcast on US television due to some of the imagery in the video:

Looks like #HURRICANETHEFILM has been banned / Working on solutions for #HURRICANETHEFILM. Going to post one of the many emails we received listing broadcast issues. Stay tuned..

On his official website/blog, Jared posted the full text of one of the emails he received from TV broadcasters that spells out in great detail all of the reasons why Hurricane in its uncut version will not be broadcast on TV. The email is an enlightening read because it reveals many elements from the video that have not yet been revealed in any other way. After the jump, read the full text of the email to find out what television broadcasters here in the US do not want you to see … More »

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‘Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark’ Finally Opens In Previews On Broadway

Tho, not without many technical difficulties

Last week we got our first look at actual production photos from the new $65 million dollar Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. As you may recall, we also learned that the show has been plagued with technical problems and safety issues … and that the show had not yet produced a single successful run-thru without incident. Last night, Spider-Man made its long-awaited and delayed debut on Broadway in front of a sold-out house of eager fans … but, as you might imagine, the show did not go off without a hitch:

All $65 million of the new Broadway musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” took flight on Sunday night at its first preview performance, but not without bumps. The show stopped five times, mostly to fix technical problems, and Act I ended prematurely, with Spider-Man stuck dangling 10 feet above audience members, while Act II was marred by a nasty catcall during one of the midperformance pauses. Rarely is the very first public run-through of a new musical perfect, and indeed, the creators of this “Spider-Man” — the most expensive and technically ambitious production ever on Broadway — used news media interviews recently to lower expectations that work on the musical was anywhere near done. But after a two-week delay in performances already this month, which sucked up about $4 million, the producers decided that on Sunday night the show would go on. Costing more than twice as much as the previous record-holder for a big-budget show, “Shrek the Musical,” “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” took a bit of time revealing some of the reasons for its high expense. After beginning at 6:54 p.m. — 24 minutes late, mostly because of 1,900 people taking their seats — the show unfolded for 30 minutes with few of the special effects that have been the talk of Broadway this fall. At 7:23 p.m., an aerial scene began in Peter Parker’s bedroom to the delight of some audience members — yet it was halted two minutes later with the first of four pauses in Act I, apparently to free the lead actor, Reeve Carney (who plays Peter Parker and is one of those playing Spider-Man), from an aerial harness. Most of the night’s major flying sequences — which make up a relative fraction of the show — went off without a hitch, with children and some adults squealing in delight. And there were no signs of injuries, which had been a point of concern after two performers were hurt during an aerial sequence this fall. The fourth and final pause at the end of Act I was the worst glitch of the night by far. Spider-Man had just flown and landed onstage with the musical’s heroine, Mary Jane Watson (played by Jennifer Damiano), in his arms. He was then supposed to zoom off toward the balcony seating area, a few hundred feet away. Instead, a harness and cables lifted Spider-Man several yards up and over the audience, then stopped. A production stage manager, C. Randall White, called for a halt to the show over the sound system, apparently in hopes of fixing and re-doing the stunt. Crew members, standing on the stage, spent 45 seconds trying to grab Spider-Man by the foot, as the audience laughed and oohed. When they finally caught him, Mr. White announced intermission, and the house lights came on.

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Lindsay Lohan Lookin’ Fabulous In Palm Springs

On the Mend

Yesterday we saw a few photos of Lindsay Lohan doing a bit of Xmas shopping at an outlet mall on Saturday and today we get to see a couple photos of Lindsay out and about at a shopping mall in Palm Springs, CA on Sunday. As you can clearly see from the following photos, L. Lo appears to be doing very well in her rehabilitation … because homegirl has never looked better!


Wow … it’s kinda hard to admit that Lindsay is lookin’ good these days. She just seems to be healthier, which is a very good sign that she is working hard in rehab. It is now a welcome sight to see new photos of L. Lo out and about cuz she no longer looks strung out. As much as I’m not a fan of how much freedom she’s been enjoying away from rehab, even I have to admit that whatever she’s doing in (and outside of) rehab … it appears to be working. She looks well … let’s just hope that she’s actually doing well on the inside, too.

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The Spears Family Enjoys Some Down Home Love

Roots

Last Friday we saw a few photos of Britney Spears and her family enjoying some togetherness at a friend’s home in Kentwood, Louisiana on Thanksgiving and today we get to see a few more photos of the Spears clan maxin’ and relaxin’ over the weekend. Grandpappy Jamie Spears spent part of his weekend taking care of his grand young’ns Sean Preston (firstborn son of Britney Spears) and Maddie Brianne (only begotten daughter of Jamie Lynn Spears) … behold:


I understand that Grandpa Jamie happily cared for the kids while Britney and Jamie Lynn were off doing their own thing around town. Those plastic bags that Jamie is carrying in the last photo are filled with fried chicken so, yeah, the family ate well that night.

After the jump, check out photos of Britney and Jamie Lynn grabbin’ some food of their own — and not together. The Spears sisters were each snapped at Sonic Drive-In but they did not go out to eat together … More »

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Brangelina Celebrates Pax Thien’s Birthday In Paris, France

Birthday Lurve

Birthday Lurve goes out to Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt today in the wake of the young man’s 7th birthday this weekend. Almost the entire Brangelina bunch (sans the baby twins) enjoyed a hot air balloon ride by day and a riverboat birthday cruise by night for Pax on the Seine river in Paris, France yesterday. Here are a few photos from the fun all-day family jaunt:

Pax Jolie-Pitt got to see plenty of Paris on Sunday, from the air and the water, while celebrating his 7th birthday a day early with his family. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt made a full day of it with their kids – minus the 2-year-old twins – starting with a hot-air balloon ride and finishing with a party cruise on a riverboat. They turned up unannounced in the morning at the riverside Parc André Citroen in the Left Bank for a ride in a tethered hot-air balloon. “They were like any other family,” the balloon’s operator tells PEOPLE. “There was nothing out of the ordinary to tell you about them which made them any different from any other family.” He adds that they were “charming” and the kids were “excited but well-behaved. What I think they wanted was a little moment of peace.” Thanks to the hour, the time of year and the cold weather, they found just that – enjoying the 20-minute ride by themselves. As if that weren’t enough, the group took the festivities to the water in the early evening, renting the luxurious Josephine riverboat out of Port Debilly, alongside the Eiffel Tower, for a birthday cruise on the Seine. “We made a short cruise upriver. They stayed on board for about 90 minutes,” a crewmember tells PEOPLE. There was an assortment of cakes and sweets, and the boat was decorated with blue and yellow balloons.

What a wonderful way to celebrate a birthday! I love how much family time the Brangelina bunch like to share together … birthday parties for the kids are never lavish events, they are usually family-oriented outings like these that foster togetherness and love. I would LOVE to take a hot air balloon ride over Paris … what a great idea. After the jump, check out some photos of the Brangelina bunch on board their riverboat last night for the second phase of Pax‘s birthday celebration … More »

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Christina Aguilera & Matthew Rutler Take Their Hand-Holdin’ To NYC

Takin' the show on the road

On Friday we got to see a couple photos of the newly single Christina Aguilera doing a bit of hand-holdin’ with her new man friend Matthew Rutler as the pair tried to make a sneaky exit from The Abbey bar in West Hollywood, CA last week. Today we learn that Xtina and Matt have packed up their shizz and made their way to NYC to do a bit of hand-holdin’ there over the weekend. HMMM … traveling together, already?

Christina Aguilera and her new man embarked on another romantic date last night … Matthew D Rutler walked hand in hand with the 29-year-old singer around New York City … The Dirrty singer obviously has a thing for tall lanky brunettes with facial hair and has already fallen head over heels for the production assistant. Matthew took Christina for a romantic dinner at the Corner Deli before heading to the Boom Boom Room, where they partied until 3am. But Christina might have had to pick up the bill, as a source recently told Star magazine that Rutler is ‘broke’. ‘Matt used to live in a crummy apartment with room-mates. Now he’s at her Beverly Hills mansion every night. He’s in heaven!’, the source said. The pair, who met on the set of Burlesque earlier in the year, have been reportedly dating since September, despite only filing for divorce from record producer Jordan Bratman in October.

You know, I’m not entirely convinced that these two are an actual couple … but it’s very clear that they want the world to think that they are romantically involved. I’ve heard from very reliable sources that Matt isn’t really her “type” (if you get what I’m saying) and that she is parading him around as if the two are involved to throw people off the scent of what is really going on with her. Whether that is true or not, it seems that Xtina is really fine with people knowing that she and Matt are hanging out right now. I guess we’ll have to see if anything substantial grows out of this new relationship or … whatever.

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Leslie Nielsen Passes Away At 84

The legendary comic passed away from pneumonia

Very sad news to pass along to comedy fans … the amazing comic actor Leslie Nielsen passed away yesterday in Ft. Lauderdale, FL at the age of 84. According to his nephew, Leslie passed away in a hospital due to complications of pneumonia … it is my sincere hope that he did not suffer. Leslie Nielsen is best known for his comedic roles in the Airplane! and The Naked Gun movies but I remember him most fondly for his role as Lucas Hollingsworth, the man who married Dorothy Zbornak (played by Bea Arthur) on The Golden Girls:

Leslie Nielsen, whose longtime career as a square-jawed dramatic actor took a sudden turn into comedy with gut-busting spoofs like “Airplane!” and “The Naked Gun,” has died at age 84, his family said Sunday. The Canadian-born Nielsen’s career reached back into the early days of television, when he made frequent appearances on live drama series like “Goodyear Playhouse.” He played the earnest starship captain in the 1956 science-fiction classic “Forbidden Planet” and made regular appearances on a wide range of TV dramas into the 1970s, including “Hawaii Five-O.” He also played the captain of an overturned ocean liner in the 1972 disaster movie, “The Poseidon Adventure.” Much of that changed in 1980, when he was cast as a doctor aboard an endangered jetliner in the gag-a-minute disaster-movie parody “Airplane!” Nielsen’s deadpan response to the question “Surely, you can’t be serious?” with “I am serious — and don’t call me Shirley” helped launch a second career. The film’s producers went on to cast him in their short-lived television series “Police Squad!” He reprised that show’s bumbling lead character, Lt. Frank Drebin, a decade later in three “Naked Gun” movies, in which he shared the screen with O.J. Simpson and Priscilla Presley. Nielsen appeared in several similar but less-acclaimed spoofs following those films. Nielsen was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2003. The medal is awarded to “Canadian citizens for outstanding achievement and service to the country or to humanity at large.” Nielsen died of complications of pneumonia in a hospital near his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, surrounded by family and friends, a family statement said. Doug Nielsen called his uncle’s death a “great loss.”

There are very few people on this Earth who were funnier than Leslie Nielsen. His ability to crack wise and spark genuine laughter didn’t come from profanity or raunchiness … Leslie Nielsen just had the ability to make people laugh with his sheer talent. I LOVED Nielsen‘s performance in the Airplane! films as well as The Naked Gun films but, as I mentioned above, he won my heart when he appeared on the series finale eps of The Golden Girls as Blanche‘s uncle who fell in love and married Dorothy. Leslie Nielsen was one of those actors who is just beloved for his craft, not for his antics or his fame … but because he was a genuinely nice and very funny man. The world is a much sadder place without him. He will surely be missed (and I promise, I won’t ever call him Shirley again).

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Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka Love ‘Cinderella’

Happily Ever After

New dads Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka were among the celebs in attendance at an opening event at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, CA last night for the opening of a pantomime version of Cinderella. For those of you who don’t know, a pantomime is a British show that is traditionally performed around Xmas and usually transcends the fourth wall and encourages interaction with the audience. Clearly, NPH and David were cool with leaving their newborn twin babies at home so that they could enjoy a night out at the theater together:


It turns out that Neil was one of the casting judges who helped select the cast of this production so I’m sure he was excited to see fruits of his labor. I wouldn’t count on getting to see NPH and David‘s babies anytime soon … the couple are notoriously private about their personal life … so I guess we’ll just have to content ourselves with photos of the hot DILFs themselves.

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Ok Go Is So Damn Hot

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Despite the fact that I started to come down with symptoms of the flu yesterday, I did my best to battle them back all day long with meds, liquids and sleep so that I could make my way out to Club Nokia to see Ok Go in concert. David returned home from back East last night so I picked up up from the airport and we made our way straight to the venue to see the show:


If you can believe it, part of the concert was presented in 3D. I mean, yes the whole show was in actual 3D but Ok Go showed some video footage in 3D that could be seen properly with 3D glasses … so fun! After the jump, check out a few photos that I snapped at the show lat night … More »

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Hot Dude Of The Week: Arthur Sales

Weekend Hotness

It is time to say hello to the Hot Dude of the Week. Temps have fallen considerably all over the country here in the US as we near the final month of the year so I thought it would be fun to meet one of the Boys of Summer who might remind us of happier, warmer Summer days. Today’s specimen of man was photographed by Marcelo Krasilcic. Meet sufer boy Arthur Sales:


I’m not sure what it is about a guy in a rubber wet suit that is so appealing but I can totally dig a hot guy with a surf board. Altho it’s chilly outside, we can look back and remember the warmer Summer days when Hot Dudes like Arthur here reigned supreme at the beaches. It may be quite some time before we get to enjoy surfer dudes in the flesh but at least we have photos like these (along with our memories) to keep us warm thru the cold Winter months.

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Jude Law & Sienna Miller Bundle Up, Go Out In London

JuSie rises again

It’s been a while since we last saw lovebirds Jude Law and Sienna Miller out and about together in public but the pair have finally made a public appearance together in London this weekend. When last we saw the couple, it was September and Jude was taking his newly regrown Jude’stache out for a spin. Today we see that the Jude’stache is still in full effect and that JuSie were all bundled up this weekend to brave the cold London temperatures:

Most celebrities wouldn’t step out wearing the same piece of clothing more than once. But Sienna Miller obviously appreciates the benefits of a warm coat, recycling her favourite red tweed jacket with oversized fur trimming as she braved London’s cold streets last night. Fiancée Jude Law kept warm with some fluff of his own – he has grown an eye-catching moustache, ready to reprise his role as Dr Watson in Guy Richie’s second Sherlock Holmes movie. The couple headed out of the Groucho private members club in the early hours of this morning. Sienna, 28, first wore her jacket a couple of weeks ago as she boarded a flight at London’s Heathrow Airport. Both Jude and SIenna appeared to have had an enjoyable night. The couple pulled funny faces and giggled to each other while dashing to a waiting car as they left the famous London club.

I’m just gonna assume that Sienna‘s coat is faux and not digress too much. I’m also gonna assume that Jude and Sienna are gonna get seriously serious in 2011. Mark my words, these two will advance their relationship significantly in the next 12 months. That is all.

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Joss Whedon Explains Why He Left TV For Film

"It’s time to do something else."

Last Monday we heard the HORRID news that plans are moving forward to reboot Buffy the Vampire Slayer without Joss Whedon‘s support, input or blessing. A day later, Whedon himself went on the record to voice his displeasure at hearing the Buffy reboot news and reiterate how much he is AGAINST plans for a new Buffy movie. Today we get to hear from Joss again but this new interview with SciFiNow magazine has NOTHING at all to do with the Buffy reboot, instead he talks about his other creations Firefly and Dollhouse and he explains why he’s no longer (at least for now) interested in working in TV:

On Dollhouse and Firefly: “The situation with Firefly was that I always knew exactly what I was doing and Fox was ignorant… The situation with Dollhouse was that Fox was trying to get it, but we had come at two different shows, we had done that accidentally, and it got to a point where I didn’t know what I was trying to accomplish, and you can’t go into a story room with that feeling, because it’s already really hard. I remember thinking this is the difference between this and Firefly, because with Firefly, I knew, and here, now I’m not even sure. I was just thinking, ‘I’m writing a shoot-out on a dock – I’m a whore.’ They’re like, ‘No, that doesn’t make you a whore,’ and I’m, like, ‘I’m fairly certain it does!’ They explained that, actually, having sex for money makes you a whore. But I also did that.”

On Dollhouse in retrospect: “It accomplished some of the things I wanted to accomplish. The questions of identity and humanity I thought were out there front and centre, and I’ve heard people respond really well to that, and I’ve heard people say the show even helped them. I never conceived of a more pure journey from helplessness to power, which is what I always write about, and in that sense I feel we accomplished a lot of it. I do feel that part of what we tried to get at kind of got taken out at the beginning – and it really was more important to how the show would work than I even realised when they took it out – which was sex. The show was supposed to be, on some level, a celebration of perversion, as something that makes us unique. Sort of our hidden selves … I feel when we had to take sex out of the equation, it became kind of a joke or almost unsettling. Because we couldn’t hit it head on – and so much of our identity is wrapped up in our sexuality, and this is something Eliza [Dushku] was talking to me about, as something she wanted to examine before I even came up with the idea, and to have that sort of excised and marginalised and sanitised, and not to be able to hit on the head what they were doing, made the show a little bit limited and a little bit creepy at times. I think we still did some fairly out-there stuff, and I’m proud of what we did, given the circumstances, but with those circumstances, it was never really going to happen the way it should have.”

I can’t even imagine how awesome a Joss Whedon project would be on TV if the powers that be would actually let him do the things he wants to do unfettered and uncensored … but, alas, we may never find out. Whedon‘s interview goes on to discuss why he’s not really interested in working on TV anymore. Read those excerpts, after the jump … More »

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Jake Gyllenhaal & Taylor Swift Grab Coffee Together In Nashville

WHY DOES THIS KEEP HAPPENING?!?!?!?!

Yesterday I posted a newslink about a rumored coffee date in Brooklyn, NY shared by Jake Gyllenhaal and Taylor Swift … a date that I tried not to think about too much despite all the reported details of the encounter. THEN … ugh … then, a new photo made its way to Twitter that showed Jake and Taylor on another coffee date, this time in Nashville, TN! Blah … not only are Jake and Taylor happily grabbing coffee together but they are doing so IN DIFFERENT STATES! UGH! Here is the offending photo and the new deets of this new coffee date:

Two days after enjoying maple lattes together in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Thanksgiving, Swift and Gyllenhaal popped up in the singer’s hometown of Nashville. On Saturday afternoon, the couple were spotted getting a late breakfast at Fido, a coffeehouse and café near Vanderbilt University and Music Row. “They were smiling and laughing. They were talking a lot and enjoying each other’s company,” fellow diner Elaina Mishu tells PEOPLE. “They didn’t look like [just] friends.” Customer Emma Rice, who snapped a photo of the pair, calls the duo “very cute” and says, “They seemed close.”

What.The.Effing.EFF?!?!? You may recall that we first saw Jake and Taylor together last month when they went apple picking together in NY with friends. Now they’ve moved on to coffee dates? FML! I’m hearing reports that the couple, who refuse to talk about this new “relationship” in interviews, are not at all shy about hiding their affection for one another when they are out together in public. I can’t even … I just don’t get it. I mean, I totally get what she sees in him … but really Jake? Are you kidding me here? OY! I’m not sure how much more of this my frail little heart (and stomach) can take.

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Lindsay Lohan Does Some Outlet Xmas Shopping

Selflessness

After spending the day in LA with her father and friends for Thanksgiving last Thursday, Lindsay Lohan was required to get back to her Sober Living residence in Rancho Mirage, CA in order to spend the rest of the weekend in rehab … well, not the entire weekend. Lindsay was given leave of the Betty Ford Center so that she could indulge in a bit of shopping at an outlet mall near the rehab center. But lest you think Lindsay was doing some selfish shopping for herself at the Zales and Prada outlet stores, let me inform you that she was doing some selfless outlet shopping for others:

Lindsay Lohan is a day late on Black Friday — she hit up an outlet mall [Saturday] located about 30 miles west of the Betty Ford Center. Our spy says Lindsay hit up a few stores — Gucci and Michael Kors among them. But sources close to LiLo tell us she wasn’t shopping for herself … she was Xmas shopping for friends and family. ‘Tis always better to give than receive.

C’mon, y’all … it’s not hard to believe that Lindsay was doing all this outlet shopping for family and friends, after all she was shopping at an outlet mall. While I’m certain that Lindsay has a very generous and giving spirit, it would make sense that L. Lo (whose funds are reportedly very depleted right now) would resort to bargain shopping for the holidays. I’m guessing she’s saving the bigger ticket items from this season, available at the actual Gucci, Prada, etc. stores for herself. Still, I suppose it’s very nice that Lindsay took some time out of her bizzy rehabbing schedule to get out the confines of her Sober Living facility so that she could shop for others.

[Photo credit: X17; Source]

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First Look: Michael Jackson, ‘Hold My Hand’

Fan Club

A couple weeks ago we got our first listen of Michael Jackson‘s new single Hold My Hand (an unfinished duet she recorded with Akon before his death in 2009) and today we get our first look at the music video for that song in photos taken from the set of the video set. TMZ reports that the video, which was filmed here in SoCal last weekend, will feature a group of Michael Jackson fans and one mini Michael Jackson impersonator … behold:

The music video for Michael Jackson’s song with Akon features dozens of extras … but only one of them is a pint-sized version of MJ. TMZ obtained video and photos taken last week from the set of the video for “Hold My Hand.” One Jackson fan was featured doing a few of MJ’s famous dance moves. You can hear another fan say about the kid, “That there is the opportunity of a lifetime.” As we first reported, a group of MJ fans were recruited to walk into an open airport hangar — meant to symbolize “walking into the light”. A source on the set told us the director was telling people the video would air on ABC on December 6.

Thus far there has been no official confirmation of the music video’s release but a December 6 release would work pretty well ahead of the scheduled December 14 release of the album Michael. After the jump, check out a few photos obtained by TMZ of some of the other MJ fans that will be featured in the video … More »

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Tom Hardy Gets A New Tattoo

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Hottie Tom Hardy, who has just been cast in the upcoming sequel film Batman: The Dark Knight Rises, is very fond of tattoos so he decided that he needed to get a bit more ink done on his fine bod and paid a visit to Darkday Tattoo Studios in Vancouver, British Columbia:


The way I understand it, Hardy decided to get his next tattoo from artist Bryan Glatiotis after he saw his work on the arm of a young woman on the set of his current film This Means War (which is in production in Vancouver). Hardy also brought along his friend/assistant P-Nut to get some tattoo work done by Glatiotis as well. After the jump, find out what tattoo Tom Hardy got inked to his bod … More »

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Let’s Go, Ok Go

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I managed to avoid all shopping yesterday on Black Friday because I was too bizzy chilllin’ at home watchin’ movies on the couch. I did manage to get out of the house last night to meet up with my new friend Jen for dinner at Dominick’s. She and I had the best time … we talked for 3 hours about music and concerts and life and everything in between. She and I agree on so much music and we’ve seen some of the same shows over the years (altho, on opposite sides of the country) that we lost track of the time. We had a blast.

Tonight, I’ll be making my way out to Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles to see Ok Go live in concert:


I’ve seen the band live over the years (going back to a show in Detroit back in 2004) and never get tired of seeing them rock out on stage. I’m really excited so that’s what I’ll be doing tonight. David gets home from his Thanksgiving trip back East tonight as well so … today is going to be a great day! Happy Saturday!!

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A 1-Month Old, A Zombie Bieber & A Spider-Man

Here is this week’s batch of photos sent in by Pink is the new Blog readers — Jennifer sends in a precious photo of her baby girl Charley celebrating her 1 month birthday on November 10 — Steph sends in an adorable photo of her 10 month old son Harrison enjoying the fine Fall weather at a pumpkin patch near Kitchener, Ontario — Jimmie from El Dorado, Kansas sends in a fun photo of his Zombie Justin Bieber Hallowe’en costume — Cody (aka Mr. Gyllenhaal) sends in an INSANE photo of his 18 story rappel that he did to raise funds for Special OlympicsGenae sends in a cute photo with the Rocky Horror Glee Show cd that she won in THIS Pink is the new Blog contest:


Thank you all so much, from the bottom of my heart, for taking the time to send in another batch of fun photos. The pics of Charley and Harrison are just too freakin’ cute … I love them both so much ;) Love goes out to Cody for not only sending his his crazy photo but for putting his life in danger to help out Special Olympics. Thank you all so much for continuing to send in your photos … please keep ‘em coming!!

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The LA Galaxy Take On The Newcastle Jets & Lose

Heartbreak Down Under

On Thursday we learned that David Beckham and the LA Galaxy soccer team made their way to Sydney, Australia to play a friendly match this weekend again the A-League Newcastle Jets. Yesterday we saw photos of Becks kickin’ with with 600 little Aussies at a soccer clinic ahead of today’s game. Well, today in Oz was actually yesterday for those of us on this side of the planet … and it is my sad duty to report that the Galaxy fell to the Jets by a score of 2-1:

David Beckham, hampered by a back problem, played a full match in the LA Galaxy’s 2-1 loss to the Australian A-League’s Newcastle Jets on Saturday. Landon Donovan of the United States put the Galaxy ahead in the eighth minute. Beckham started the sequence that led to Donovan’s goal. His pass found striker Edson Buddle, who combined with Chris Birchall before Sean Franklin whipped in a cross. Jets defender Taylor Regan and goalkeeper Matthew Nash both missed the ball in a mixup, allowing Donovan to finish for the goal. The Galaxy could have doubled the lead minutes later when a long-range shot from Juninho struck the underside of the bar and appeared to cross the line, but was not awarded. Galaxy coach Bruce Arena praised Beckham after the match, saying the English star wasn’t fit to play but insisted he wanted to stay on. Beckham, who has also battled a groin injury in recent weeks, said he always wanted to play. “I normally wouldn’t have played but I think when a game like this comes up you want to play,” Beckham said. “Tonight was tough obviously, getting myself fit for it. I haven’t trained since our last game but aside from the back pain, I enjoyed the game … the majority of time I was pain free.” Beckham said he was impressed by the quality of the Jets, saying he hoped to return to secure a win over Australian opposition. “Maybe third time lucky,” Beckham said. “It’s obviously disappointing to lose the game tonight, but we’ll be back.” At the end of the match, Beckham handed his shirt to a female fan in the crowd. He later sent a shirt to Newcastle captain Kasey Wehrman.

Ah well, could’a would’a should’a. It sucks that Becks played with an injury but a loss is a loss … them’s the breaks. It’s a big time bummer for the Galaxy to fly all the way to the other side of the planet just to lose a game to a much more talented team but here’s hoping everyone involved had fun. Even in defeat, Becks was very generous with his shirtlessness. After the jump, check out a couple photos of David Beckham stripped to the waist as he made his way off the field at the end of today’s match … More »

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Jared Leto Does ‘Details’ Magazine

"I was never really the cool kid or the jock."

Jared Leto, whose band 30 Seconds to Mars will be releasing their EPIC new music video for their new song Hurricane any day now, is featured in the new issue of Details magazine. In his interview, Jared talks about his struggles growing up, his attitude toward acting vs. singing, his on stage persona and more. Here are a few excerpts from Jared‘s Details interview:

DETAILS: Your mother was a circus acrobat when you were growing up. How did she get into that line of work?
Jared Leto: Well, my mother was and is an artist, but she was also a single mother with two boys, so I’m sure there were times her occupation wasn’t as creative as she wanted it to be. We clawed our way out of the muddy banks of the Mississippi with food stamps in one hand and whatever you could hold in the other. She’s a photographer; she’s worked in design; she was a rock-climbing guide; she rescued wolves for a while.

DETAILS: You’ve said that when you were young you’d break into people’s houses and just sit in their living rooms. Why did you do that?
Jared Leto: My brother and I didn’t have many rules for ourselves and really didn’t acknowledge that there were any rules in the world. We would often break into schools. I assumed everyone did. I mean, we broke out of schools a lot as well. We were the kids that other kids weren’t allowed to play with. There wasn’t any deep ill intent, but we were compelled to do certain things. I think it was about experience, a feeling you get when you’re on the edge.

DETAILS: As Jordan Catalano on My So-Called Life, you became an iconic nineties crush for sensitive, smart alterna-girls. Was there a downside?
Jared Leto: I didn’t notice that stuff. I was just grateful to have the work. It was a very short period of time in my life. It was 17 episodes, and I barely spoke!

Leto‘s Details interview continues after the jump … More »

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Brian Austin Green & Megan Fox Visit Disney World

The Mouse's house

Newishlyweds Brian Austin Green and Megan Fox spent their Black Friday yesterday enjoying a day of fun at the Magic Kingdom at Disney World in Orlando, FL … here is a supercute pic of the pair posing for a self-portrait in front of Cinderella‘s castle yesterday afternoon:


Curiously, Brian‘s son Kassius is not seen in this photo but that doesn’t mean that he wasn’t at the park as well. You gotta admit, this is a really cute pic of Brian and Megan. I’m a huge Disney fan so I get the appeal, I’m sure they had a much more fun day playing at the Magic Kingdom rather than fighting other shoppers at the malls around town.

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Kim Zolciak Likes To Smoke While Pregnant?

The Real Housewives star was photographed with a cig after learning she is pregs

Last Monday Kim Zolciak, star of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, finally came clean and admitted that she is 3 months pregnant with another child (her third overall and first with new boyfriend Kroy Biermann of the Atlanta Falcons football team). But last month, you may recall, Star magazine reported Kim‘s pregsness when they published a photo of Zolciak posing with a gender test for her new baby (it’s a boy, btw). Kim admitted this week that she originally denied that she was pregs last month because she knew she was in her first trimester and she wasn’t comfortable talking about her pregnancy so early for fear of “what could happen” in the first trimester. BUT, Kim apparently had no problem with “what could happen” to her baby while she smoked a cigarette earlier this month, well after she knew that she was pregnant:

Kim Zolciak from “Real Housewives of Atlanta” took a smoke break while watching an NFL game a few weeks back — it wouldn’t be a big deal … but Kim is three months pregnant. Here’s the timeline: the photo was taken in Atlanta on November 7, outside the Georgia Dome. Two weeks later, Kim and baby daddy Kroy Biermann (who plays for the Atlanta Falcons) announced they were expecting. In case you’re thinking “Maybe Kim didn’t know she was pregnant when she decided to smoke” — well, think again. Kim told a tabloid this week she denied the pregnancy rumors in October because “[I] wasn’t through my first trimester — you never know what could happen.” Exactly. Calls to Kim’s reps were not returned.

I can’t even deal with this woman. Not only is she happy to show off her irresponsibility to the world on her reality TV show but this photo is proof in my eyes that her irresponsibility knows no bounds. There is no way Kim did NOT know she was pregs on November 7, when this photo was taken. My guess is that she will deny that the photo was taken on the 7th, she’ll prolly remind everyone that she used to be a nurse’s aid and therefore knows the dangers of smoking while pregnant, yada yada yada. In the end she will face no consequences for getting caught smoking while pregnant and she will dismiss the whole matter as quickly as possible. The unfortunate thing is that her unborn baby is the only one who may suffer the consequences of her horribly irresponsible actions. In all honesty, I wouldn’t be surprised if Kim is still smoking and/or drinking her beloved wine … pregs or not. Naturally, I cannot know for sure and except for this photograph, it’s all speculation. I just hope, for her unborn baby’s sake, that Kim wises up and just stops being her normal, uncharming and selfish self for the duration of her pregnancy … but, I fear that may too much to ask.

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Willie Nelson Busted! [UPDATE]

The legendary singer was arrested on marijuana possession charges

In what is likely the must unsurprising news you’ll hear all day long, singer Willie Nelson got arrested in Texas last night on marijuana possession charges. The offending substance was found by a border patrol agent who smelled the loco weed inside Willie‘s tour bus … a subsequent search uncovered the marijuana and Willie got taken into custody:

A U.S. Border Patrol spokesman says country singer Willie Nelson was charged with marijuana possession after 6 ounces was found aboard his tour bus in Texas. Patrol spokesman Bill Brooks says the bus pulled into the Sierra Blanca, Texas, checkpoint about 9 a.m. Friday. Brooks says an officer smelled pot when a door was opened and a search turned up marijuana. Brooks says the Hudspeth County sheriff was contacted and Nelson was among three people arrested. Sheriff Arvin West didn’t immediately return a phone message left at his home Friday, but he told the El Paso Times that Nelson claimed the marijuana was his. The singer was held briefly a $2,500 bond before being released.

It is very common knowledge that Willie Nelson is a staunch supporter of the legalization of marijuana who often and very openly discusses his use of the controlled substance. I’m actually very impressed that Willie decided to man up and admit that the marijuana was his when he could’ve very easily had someone else take the blame. At this point in his career, I highly doubt that Willie Nelson is worried about what an arrest for marijuana possession charge might mean professionally … in fact, as an advocate for the legalization of marijuana, he may likely regard this bust as a badge of honor. Whatever the case may be, homeboy got busted for getting caught.

UPDATE: After the jump, check out Willie‘s sad mugshot photo … More »

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Jennifer Aniston Spends Thanksgiving In Cabo San Lucas With Friends

Chelsea Handler tags along

While many of us were freezing out sweet buns here in the chilly US for Thanksgiving yesterday, Jennifer Aniston and some of her friends were sunnin’ themselves on holiday in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Here are a few photos of Jen (wearing the only bikini she owns, apparently) with a male friend in Cabo for Thanksgiving yesterday:

You wouldn’t catch her wearing a red carpet outfit more than once. But it seems that when it comes to the beach, Jennifer Aniston is sensibly more conservative. Enjoying yet another Mexican holiday this Thanksgiving weekend, Jennifer recycled a purple bikini which she first wore a year ago. The former Friends star is in the country with her good friend, comedian Chelsea Handler, who also chose a revealing purple two-piece. Jennifer, who takes frequent breaks to Los Cabos, showed off her slender figure in her favourite purple two-piece, teamed with a sarong and hat to protect her skin. The 41-year-old is holidaying with a group of friends, in a break from filming her new movie Wanderlust … In New York she has been wrapped up warm against the wintry weather, but in Mexico it was time to strip down and enjoy the warm sunshine. Jennifer has taken dozens of holidays in Mexico in recent years – including breaks with ex-lovers John Mayer and Gerard Butler. But usually she brings along a large group of close friends, and celebrated her 40th birthday there with pals Sheryl Crow, Courteney Cox and Kathy Najimy. Reports recently surfaced that she was planned to buy a holiday home in the country with her close friend Courteney Cox.

There is no doubt, Jen LOVES vacationing in Cabo … and she very obvs really LOVES this purple bikini. Dude, if I looked as good in this bikini as Jen does, I’d wear the damn thing every single day. You know who else looks hot in a bikini? Chelsea Handler, that’s who. Check out a couple photos of Chelsea and her male friend in Cabo with Jen yesterday … More »

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Michelle Williams Continues To Channel Her Inner Marilyn Monroe

Strike a Pose

Last month we got our first look at actress Michelle Williams in full make-up as Marilyn Monroe in her new film My Week with Marilyn. Today we get to see another promo photo of Michelle as Marilyn and I gotta say, I much prefer this photo to the first Marilyn photo we saw last month:

Michelle Williams joked that she wasn’t quite her normal self these days — and it’s all Marilyn Monroe’s fault. ‘I feel like we live together,’ the actress said, of portraying the iconic blonde in a new movie My Week With Marilyn that just completed filming at Pinewood Studios. Michelle explained that she has immersed herself so deeply in interpreting (definitely not impersonating) Monroe that her judgment had become a little cloudy. ‘At a certain point, something else does take over. I don’t quite feel myself these days,’ she told me as we sat in her dressing room at Pinewood — which was eerie in itself, because it was where Monroe made The Prince And The Showgirl back in 1956, with Laurence Olivier starring opposite her and also directing. My Week With Marilyn focuses on the relationship that developed between Colin Clark, a handsome Old Etonian and Oxford graduate who worked as a general dogsbody on set, and Monroe … My Week With Marilyn also explores the nature of fame and celebrity, with Clark and Monroe’s security guard smuggling her away from her American handlers for a glimpse of England.

To be honest, I never saw Marilyn Monroe in Michelle Williams before she got this role … but I wholeheartedly believe that she is capable of bringing the legendary icon to life on the big screen. Not only am I curious to see Michelle‘s portrayal of Marilyn in this film but I’m also terribly curious to see Emma Watson in her first big movie after the Harry Potter film franchise. Thus far, I’m loving what I’m hearing … and seeing from My Week with Marilyn. I can’t wait to see more.

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David Beckham & The Galaxy Kick It With Some Little Aussies

Child's play

Yesterday we saw a few photos of David Beckham and his LA Galaxy teammates making their grand arrival in Sydney, Australia ahead of their friendly soccer match against the Newcastle Jets this weekend. Today we get to see a few photos of Becks and the Galaxy kickin’ around the ol’ soccer ball with a bunch of kids in Oz earlier today:


The Galaxy guys participated in a coaching clinic for 600 wee little Aussies in Newcastle before they got down to the serious biz of practicing for their game this weekend. Ugh … how much fun does this look? I’ve never been so jealous of a bunch of kids before … blah!

[Photo credit: Splash News]

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Leftovers

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I don’t know about you but I had THE best Thanksgiving Day yesterday. Well, OK, it wasn’t the best ever but it was pretty damn good, if I say so myself. This year, I bucked tradition and stayed home … which, to be honest, is no different from any of my other lazy days spent at home, alone but there was a quietness yesterday that made the day feel especially lazy … and fun. After I finished up work early, I lazed about on the couch watching The Twilight Zone marathon on KTLA all day long:


The Twilight Zone is one of those TV shows that scared the HELL out of me as a kid … but as an adult, I really enjoy the fun stories in most of the eps. It’s just so easy to watch episode after episode all day long without having to move a muscle.

I did manage to get out of the house last night to meet up with Angie and Jen to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:


I really wanted to see the movie again, yes, but I really really wanted to hang out with Angie and Jen last night :) We had fun, ’twas a nice night out.

I’m gonna try and hang out with Jen again later today but, for the most part, I’m gonna take the day nice and easy. While so many other people are dealing with crazy Black Friday bullshizz all over town, I’m gonna just relax. Happy Friday, y’all!!

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Lindsay Lohan Feasts On Freedom For Thanksgiving

The great escape

Last weekend we learned that Lindsay Lohan would NOT be allowed to leave the State of California so that she could travel back East to spend Thanksgiving with her mother Dina Lohan in Long Island, NY. Instead, L. Lo was given permission to leave her Sober Living home in Rancho Mirage, CA to travel up to Los Angeles, CA to spend Thanksgiving with her father Michael Lohan. Here are photos of Lindsay feeling not-so-photogenic as she departed her Sober Living home early yesterday to trek up to her dad’s house for Thanksgiving dinner:

Lindsay Lohan is a free woman … for around 15 hours – LiLo got a one-day pass at Betty Ford to celebrate Thanksgiving … in L.A. … with her dad. Sources close to the actress tell TMZ, she’s leaving her sober living facility in Palm Springs this morning to make the 2-hour drive … but she has to be back by late tonight. We’re told a bunch of Lindsay’s friends are coming to dinner … along with Michael Lohan.

Considering how much freedom Lindsay has been getting from the Betty Ford Center lately (freedom, I might add, I do not think she should be getting), I am impressed with how well she’s been handling herself. Even tho I do not think Lindsay should be enjoying all these day passes away from rehab to do all sorts of fun stuff when she should be focusing on her sobriety, I am relieved at least to know that she has not misused the trust that she’s been given. Here’s hoping that Lindsay is truly thankful and appreciative for all the good fortune in her life. Yes, she is still a bit of a trainwreck but she continues to enjoy special treatment in such a way that keeps her out of jail and in cushy rehab programs. It is up to her, solely, to take advantage of all the opportunities to get better that continue to be given to her. I think we can all be thankful that Lindsay appears to be on the right track these days.

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Christina Aguilera & Matthew Rutler Go Bar-Hopping Together

A gay ol' time

Earlier this week we saw a curious photo of newly single Christina Aguilera exiting a hotel here in SoCal hand-in-hand with her male … friendMatthew Rutler. Today we get to see a couple photos of the pair holding hands again as they made their way out of the gay bar The Abbey in West Hollywood, CA late Wednesday night … behold:


HMMMMM. It would appear that Xtina and Matt are spending quite a bit of time together these days … but are they really romantically involved as all the hand-holding implies or what. I’m hearing that Mr. Rutler here is quite the womanizer so he sounds like a bad boy to me … but mebbe that’s exactly what Xtina is lookin’ for these days? It’s also possible that Matt, a guy who Xtina met on the set of Burlesque, is just a well orchestrated decoy to throw us off the scent of what’s really going on in Xtina‘s private world … a beard, perhaps. I find it interesting that the couple decided to hang out at The Abbey, which is a well known and very well attended gay bar in West Hollywood. Whatever is going on between these two, it looks like they are having fun together (especially since Xtina looks like she’s all funned out in these photos). I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what becomes of these new … friends.

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Eliza Dushku & Rick Fox Serve Thanksgiving Dinner To The Needy In Boston

Giving back

Lovebirds Eliza Dushku and Rick Fox were among the 200 volunteers who were on hand yesterday to serve Thanksgiving meals in Boston, MA in an effort to give back to those in need. As you may recall, yesterday we saw photos of some of the celebs who served Thanksgiving dinners here in SoCal but Eliza and Rick were doing their part to give of their time and energy in Boston:

A [trio] of celebrities spanning the sports, political and entertainment helped serve Thanksgiving Day meals at a Boston homeless shelter. U.S. Senator Scott Brown was joined Thursday at the Pine Street Inn by actress Eliza Dushku and former pro basketball player Rick Fox, who’s fresh off a run on TV’s Dancing with the Stars. The three are the best known of the 200 volunteers who will help serve 1,500 dinners Thursday. The Pine Street Inn planned to roast 63 turkeys, and the fixings include 460 pounds of mashed potatoes and 307 pounds of corn and peas. Deserts were also chosen from an assortment of 188 traditional pies.

I just love these two so much and I really love that they decided to give so generously of their time to help feed the needy in their beloved Boston community. Much love and thanks goes out to not only Eliza, Rick and Senator Brown but also to the 197 other Bostonians who were on hand to help serve Thanksgiving meals yesterday at The Pine Street Inn as well as the countless other volunteers who continue to work with the needy all around the world. So many of us, me included, take for granted how rich our lives are … I’m always so impressed with the folks who work to enrich the lives of others. Well done Eliza and Rick … you guys rule!

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Britney Spears Shares Her Thanksgiving Message On Twitter

Home for the Holiday

On Wednesday we saw photos of our dear Britney Spears and her beau Jason Trawick making their way thru LAX Airport here in SoCal bound for a then unknown destination for Thanksgiving. According to Britney herself, she and Jason made their way to her hometown of Kentwood, Louisiana to spend the holiday with her family and friends:


As some of you may recall, Britney spent her Thanksgiving last year down under in Australia because she was on the last leg of her world tour The Circus starring Britney Spears … this year, her day was more traditionally spent at home with her family. Pink reader Lauren pointed me in the direction of a few photos of Britney enjoying Thanksgiving yesterday with her family and friends at a relative’s home in Kentwood. Check out those photos, after the jump … More »

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Bill Condon Tweets The First Photo From ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn’

Hand job

Director Bill Condon gave Twilight fans much to be thankful for on Thanksgiving yesterday because he posted the FIRST PHOTO to be released from the set of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn on the film’s official Twitter profile:


As you may recall, we’ve already seen photos of the principal cast making their arrival on the Breaking Dawn set in Louisiana and we’ve seen photos of stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson filming on location in Brazil but we’ve yet to see anything official from the upcoming sequel film. After the jump, get your FIRST LOOK at a photo shared with the world by Bill Condon from the actual production of the film … More »

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Watch: Kylie Minogue Performs At The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Duck Hunt

A couple of weeks ago we learned the happy news that Aussie pop star Kylie Minogue would be performing at The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC, NY and earlier today Kylie did just that. Riding atop a toy duck float, Kylie performed her hit song Get Outta My Way:


Today’s performance was the first time Kylie performed at The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and was very likely her introduction to many Americans who had yet to bear witness to her musical majesty. Altho Kylie‘s performance was just a short snippet of her song, I think it was well executed and fun. In case you missed it or just want to watch it again, you can watch Kylie‘s performance of Get Outta My Way at The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade after the jump … More »

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David Beckham & The LA Galaxy Make Their Way To Australia

US vs. OZ

David Beckham and the rest of the LA Galaxy soccer team have made their way to Sydney, Australia to play a friendly match against the Newcastle Jets this coming weekend. Before the soccer studs take to the field this weekend, they made a beeline to the beach so that they could soak up some rays. Here are a few photos of Becks and the boys in OZ along with some deets about their visit:

Football superstar David Beckham flew into Australia Thursday for an exhibition game with his team LA Galaxy, but minus his popstar wife Victoria who opted to stay at home. The former England captain said he was “honoured” to be in Australia for this weekend’s game against former A-League champions Newcastle Jets at their 26,000-capacity stadium north of Sydney. “We’re honoured to be here, this is something the players have talked about and are excited about,” said Beckham, 35. “We’re here to enjoy ourselves but also here to perform as well and hopefully win.” Beckham said Spice Girl-turned-fashion designer Victoria, who was widely reported to be accompanying her husband, was in the United States celebrating Thanksgiving with their three children, Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz. “My wife and kids would obviously love to have been here but they’re celebrating Thanksgiving and Victoria’s just come back from a long trip working in Europe,” he said. “Unfortunately she wanted to come out but it wasn’t possible, but I’m sure she will at some point.”

Something tells me Becks isn’t too bummed to be spending this weekend in Australia, especially considering how hot is there these days. Becks took part in a press conference in Sydney upon his arrival (while many of his teammates hit the beach). After the jump, check out a few photos of Becks lookin’ all kinds of adorable at his Aussie press conference earlier today … More »

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A ‘Love (And Other Drugs’) Story

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Last night I made my way out to the ArcLight in Hollywood, CA to see the new Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway film Love and Other Drugs. I’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of this film for months now, mainly because of the sexy nature of the story … but, to be honest, I really wasn’t expecting very much from the film. I am happy to report that the film is not only sexy but it is actually a very good movie as well:


First, I’ll get the important stuff out of the way … yes, Jake and Anne are nekkid quite a bit in the film. Jake bares his bum a few times and shows off his hand-covered front as well … so if you’re lookin’ for nekkid Jake, this film is for you. For the first 10 minutes of the film, I was certain I was going to hate it … but that turned out not to be the case. I don’t want to give too much away but in the end, Love and Other Drugs turns out to be a really sweet, really heartfelt love story. Yes, there’s a lot of sex … but there’s also a lot of tender moments that truly make the film worth seeing. It takes a while for the chemistry between Jake‘s character and Anne‘s character to become believable … but they do get there. I honestly was expecting to not really enjoy the film beyond all the nekkid scenes but I ended up loving the poignant stuff more than nudity. Love and Other Drugs is a really good movie, deffo worth seeing because of it’s sweet story … but the nekkid bits on display are a nice bonus :)

Today is going to be a very lazy day for me … I am really excited to bum around the house. I’m going to try and meet up with Angi for a movie later tonight but, yeah, for the day I’ll be on the couch in my jammies. Happy Thanksgiving :D

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Xmas Comes To Hollywood & Highland

Ho, Ho, Ho-llywood

American Idol alum Kimberley Locke, sax man Dave Koz and The Bold and the Beautiful star (and sometime singer) Ron Moss were joined by other performers at the Kodak Theater at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, CA last night to perform a special concert at an Xmas tree lighting ceremony … here are a few photos:


Thanksgiving isn’t even over yet for the rest of us but it’s already Xmas time at Hollywood & Highland. I really love that my homeboy Dave Koz was on hand to perform at last night’s event … and despite the fact that I’m not a fan of Ron Moss‘s music, I can’t help but love that Ridge Forrester from The Bold and the Beautiful was in the hiz performing last night. So, yeah, I guess it’s official … Xmas is here already. Ho Ho Ho and all that jazz.

[Photo credit: Splash News]

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Ashlee Simpson & Fam Do Some Pre-Thanksgiving Shopping

Family ties

Ashlee Simpson, her hubby Pete Wentz and their son Bronx Mowgli did a bit of pre-Thanksgiving shopping here in SoCal yesterday to pick up a few odds and ends for today’s Thanksgiving Day feast. It’s been a while since we’ve seen the Simpson-Wentz family out and about together so it’s nice to see them all together as a family unit:


Judging by the small number of bags and that big poinsettia plant, my guess is that they were shopping for a larger Thanksgiving dinner with the rest of the Simpson family … tho, I suppose it’s possible that Ashlee and Pete are planning a quieter and smaller Thanksgiving dinner for just their little family. Whatever the case may be, I surely hope they have a fun Thanksgiving together.

[Photo credit: INFdaily]

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NYC Celebrates Thanksgiving 2010 With The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Snoopy, Kermit, Kanye and more!

Macy’s Department Store hosted its annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC, NY today putting on a show for thousands of New Yorkers as well as millions of TV watchers around the world. Known for its famous balloons, The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been a staple of Thanksgiving celebration for decades. Here are a few photos of some of the balloons that flew high above the streets of NYC today and some deets about the parade itself:

A high-kicking Kung Fu Panda and a diary-toting Wimpy Kid joined the giant balloon lineup as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade unfolded Thursday, drawing tens of thousands of spectators to the annual extravaganza on a chilly, overcast morning. As millions more watched the live broadcast on television, entertainers on tap included Kanye West, Gladys Knight, Keri Hilson, Jessica Simpson and Colombian rocker Juanes. The Broadway casts of “American Idiot” and “Elf” were scheduled to perform, along with marching bands from across the United States. Another new balloon character was Virginia O’Hanlon, the 8-year-old girl whose letter to the editor elicited the response, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.” Returning balloons included Smurf, Pillsbury Doughboy and Spider-Man – the last with a new fan in Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He said in a CBS interview that he had traditionally favored Snoopy, but after the Marvel Entertainment character was involved in a recent event promoting city services for job-seekers, “Spidey is my new favorite.” Other celebrities expected at the parade include India Arie, Keri Hilson, Arlo Guthrie and Miranda Cosgrove. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade started in 1924 when employees from the department store marched in costume from Harlem to Macy’s flagship store on 34th Street. The parade was suspended from 1942 to 1944 because rubber and helium were needed for World War II, making Thursday’s parade the 84th.

You simply cannot talk Thanksgiving here in America and not talk about The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Cities all around the country do their own Thanksgiving Day Parades (including my beloved Detroit, MI … which my high school marching band used to march in on those COLD November mornings back my hey day) but none as grand as Macy’s parade in NYC. I understand today’s parade was a lot of fun to watch (it’s airing here on the West Coast right now) with a bunch of fun musical performances. Check back later, I’ll be posting one of the better musical performances from today’s Thanksgiving Day Parade from one of my fave artists ;)

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Celebs Celebrate Thanksgiving 2010 By Feeding The Hungry

The reason for the season

Kirk Douglas and some of his celebrity friends made their way to Skid Row here in downtown Los Angeles yesterday to serve Thanksgiving meals to the thousands of homeless and needy people in the area. Kirk and his wife Anne have been leading the feed the hungry charge each holiday season and this were were joined by actors Kate Linder (The Young and the Restless), Blair Underwood (The Event), John Schneider (Nip/Tuck, Smallville, The Dukes of Hazzard), Brandon Molale as well as local government dignitaries Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Police Chief Charlie Beck and many, many more. Here are a few photos and some deets from yesterday’s event:

Celebrities and political leaders volunteered on Wednesday in downtown L.A., where thousands of people turned out for the annual Thanksgiving meal at the Los Angeles Mission. Officials said they expected to serve 3,500 meals by the end of the day. “I think we’re all on this planet together as a community, and to whom much is given, much is expected,” said “Grey’s Anatomy” actress Sarah Drew. “I’ve been given a lot in my life, and I think it’s really important for me to give back.” Actor Kurt Douglas and his wife Anne have been volunteering at the event for years, saying it’s a way for them to give back to the community. The celebrity couple says they’ve seen an increase in the number of people on Skid Row … “We who are not homeless, we always get together on Thanksgiving with our families, but we don’t ever want to forget that those are families out there who don’t have homes, but they’re still families, and we want to see them happy and be together,” he said. With the economy in bad shape, the Los Angeles Mission is seeing a lot more families in need of help. “We continue to see more people than ever. We’re seeing a different face of homelessness, many who are maybe not on the streets, but living in someone’s basement, garage, maybe in their car,” said Herb Smith of the Los Angeles Mission. Meals were served until 3 p.m.

It is so easy to forget that there are countless people in need on a day like today when many of us are overwhelmed with family, friends and good eats. I, personally, am thankful today for the many folks who give so generously of their time and energy to help brighten up the lives of so many people in need all around the world … not just on Thanksgiving or Xmas but each and every day. Unfortunately, the people who need help far outnumber those who are willing to give back but as long as there are generous people in the world, there is hope that things can get better. No matter where you are in the world today, whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not, please take some time to be thankful for all the blessings in your lives. My personal thanks goes out to the people pictured here at the LA Mission yesterday and all the unsung people around the world who are also giving back this holiday season.

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Alanis Morissette Wishes You A Happy Thanksgiving

"happy day, period"

Today is Thanksgiving Day here in the US, the day that we give thanks for all the blessings in our lives while celebrating with family, friends, etc. First time mother-to-be Alanis Morissette (who is due to give birth to her baby boy with hubby Mario Souleye Treadway any second now) posted a Thanksgiving message on her official website that I would like to share with all y’all … behold:

hi everyone

for those on this planet celebrating thanksgiving ….
wishing you the sweetest and most restful holiday time ….
happy native indian day
happy families-gathering-together day
and if you’re not gathering with nuclear or extended family …
happy day, period. :)

sending a big hug to you and yours.
with you with you,
oxox
alanis

I’m quite certain that Alanis has much to be thankful for today but, as you can see, her message isn’t even about her at all. Outside of the US, it’s just another day … so I would like to echo Alanis‘s sentiments and wish everyone a very Happy Day, today! It’s always the right time to give thanks for the wonderful blessings in life … whether those blessings come from family, friends, loved ones, pets, the Earth, the air, the water, the fire … take a bit of time today to give thanks. Have the best day ever! Happy Thanksgiving!!

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Prince William & Kate Middleton Will Invite Select Members Of The Public To Their Royal Wedding

Sorry y'all, there'll be no lottery tho

Yesterday we learned that the royal wedding of Prince William of Wales and his longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton will take place at Westminster Abbey in London, England on April 29, 2011. Today we learn that a select number of lucky commoners will be invited to attend this royal wedding next Spring. BUT, as this report makes clear, the commoners who will be invited will not be chosen by lottery … they will likely be chosen by the work they have done for Prince William‘s favorite charities. And what kind of wedding dress will Kate be wearing on her big day? We likely will not find out until she shows it to the world on her wedding day … but famed wedding dress designer Monique Lhuillier has released a sketch of the dress that she would happily design for Kate:

Prince William and Kate Middleton are eager to have ordinary people attend their royal wedding in April, though palace sources tell PEOPLE that reports of a golden-ticket style public lottery are not true. The commoners who will receive the coveted invitations are likely to come from the charities that the prince and his bride are close to, sources tell PEOPLE, while denying a report in The Sun on Wednesday of a Willy Wonka-style lottery. It’s not clear exactly who will be invited, but palace staff are expected to use the 1997 funeral of William’s mother Princess Diana, which was attended by many charity workers, as a model. That means campaigners for causes like homelessness, children’s welfare and cancer awareness – from groups like Centrepoint and Starlight – could be invited to William and Kate’s nuptials. “They are areas that the couple would like us to explore, but it is too early to be specific,” a palace source tells PEOPLE … William’s private secretary said Tuesday, “Prince William and Catherine have made it very clear that they wish everybody to be able to enjoy the day with them.” In other news, Kate will be keeping her dress secret from her fiancée (and the rest of the world) until the big day, but there is speculation that her choice of designer will be announced soon.

Can you imagine? Ugh … as an American, I have NO chance of getting an invite (unless mebbe Katiekins is a fan of Pink is the new Blog!!!) but I would LOOOOOOVE to attend the royal wedding of Wills and Kate. Dang, how cool would that be? I can’t even imagine how pretty Kate‘s dress will be … this Lhuillier sketch is stunning but my guess is Kate will go with a British designer. To be honest, no matter what dress she wears … Kate will be a vision of beauty, I just know it. I cannot wait to find out which commoners will be the lucky ones invited to the wedding … any Brits out there secretly hoping they might score an invite?

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Michael Lohan Chimes In On Lindsay Lohan’s Firing From ‘Inferno’

"Lindsay left Inferno. Wilder can go shove it up his butt."

Remember last month when Michael Lohan issued a public statement that claimed that he would no longer be making public statements about his daughter Lindsay Lohan? Yeah, that was bullshizz. Last night, Daddy Lohan gave an interview to Celebuzz so that he could give his $0.02 on reports that Lindsay was fired from appearing in the upcoming Matthew Wilder film Inferno. According to Lohan, his daughter wasn’t fired … she quit. He also advises Wilder to “shove it up his butt”. Ladies and gentlemen, the always classy Michael Lohan:

Michael Lohan was on the warpath last night outside House of the Blues in West Hollywood, this time slamming the director of Linda Lovelace bio-pic Inferno Matthew Wilder. Lindsay Lohan’s father claims Wilder was lying when he said he had fired Lilo from the lead role in the film. Celebuzz talked to Michael at the event to set the record straight, and he tells us “Lindsay left Inferno. Wilder can go shove it up his butt. She didn’t want to do that movie. He’s full of it. He was trying to ride our coattails” … “She doesn’t need to do a movie like that,” Michael Lohan told Celebuzz. “Give me a break. Great thing to do for a girl that’s going through recovery. Put her in a position to act in a position where she’s a drug addict. Real genius, and he cares, right? Come on. Biggest hypocrite on the planet.” Then Michael threatened, “If he wants to say he fired my daughter or let her go, let him say it to my face.”

Um … Michael Lohan is calling Matthew Wilder the “biggest hypocrite on the planet”?! LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I can’t even … I just … can’t. After the jump, check out video of Lohan‘s idiotic rant so you can hear his doucheyness for yourselves … More »

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‘Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark’ Releases New Promo Photos

"It has rock and roll, it has drama and it has circus"

Previews for Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark are scheduled to begin this Friday but, if you can believe it, the big budget Broadway musical was *still* dealing with safety issues just last weekend! The official opening night of the show has already been pushed back to January but, ready or not, the show will go on this week … or so they say. The New York Times brings us our first real look at the show with the release of new photos from the production. We may have gotten our real first look at the show back in August but today we get to see some of the players, Spider-Man included, on the actual stage:

Nine years in the making, the moment came on Saturday to try running through the first act of the new musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” without stopping … In the last week, the nervous creators of the show, the most expensive in Broadway history, have begun to see the hand-drawn sketches, the digitally animated videos, the comic-book-inspired costumes come to life — to see “Spider-Man” finally, literally, take flight. “Creating art that has never been done before is the reason I get out of bed in the morning,” said Bono, leaning forward in Row A on the aisle, as Reeve Carney, playing Spidey, rehearsed onstage. “This feels like it.” Yet time is running out. At the creators’ last dinner on Friday night before Bono and the Edge left for a U2 tour in Australia, Bono said bluntly that the show “won’t get out of the gate” and have a chance to catch on with audiences if technical problems persist, as they have in rehearsals … Every week’s delay eats up to $2 million in lost revenue and, especially, higher expenses for technical rehearsals that require additional crew members. But Ms. Taymor said she hoped that those who bought tickets to preview performances, many of which have been offered at reduced prices, will “get to enjoy the art of making theater, as well as the magic of it.” Ms. Taymor has shielded that magic, as well as most other details of the show, from public view for years now … “What I really wanted to do, and what the ‘Spider-Man’ movies and comics haven’t done, is go to this absolutely fantastical, mythic place that is out of time, somewhere between reality and the dream world,” she said. And where the fits and the starts have occurred. At the Act I run-through, as Ms. Mendoza’s Arachne began descending, her spider-legged costume came undone because of a malfunction. Ms. Mendoza was hoisted back aloft; about 20 minutes later, the scene unfolded without incident.

The rest of this excellent NYT article can be read HERE. For the most part, the show sounds amazing … but if they cannot get the technical aspects down pat AND ensure the safety of the players and the audience, then the show is DOOMED. I suspect once the show opens to previews, there will undoubtedly be some technical problems (after all, all Broadway shows have technical problems). But Spider-Man‘s problems will sound even more severe because of all the hype … which could, eventually, sink the show. I want to see it. I’m hoping they manage to keep the show going long enough for me to be able to see it for myself. After the jump, check out a newly released preview video that shows behind the scenes footage from Spider-Man: Turn Off the DarkMore »

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Fun Not Fab

The TV Guide

On Monday night David and I attended an early screening of the new film Burlesque which stars the legendary Cher and Christina Aguilera in her feature film debut. To be honest, I really wasn’t all that excited to see the film but I had a hard time turning down an offer to see the movie in full for free in order to make an honest assessment of the film. Long story short, I didn’t love the movie but I also didn’t hate the movie:


After the jump, read some of my thoughts on the film and find out what I liked and what I disliked about Burlesque. I will say right now, the movie is fun to watch and might be worth putting on your Must See Movie list … More »

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A new Travolta is born, Obama pardons 2 turkeys, Dolly's worried about Miley
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Britney Spears & Jason Trawick Leave SoCal For Thanksgiving

Bye Bye, Britwick

Yesterday we saw photos of our dear Britney Spears enjoying a loving afternoon in Calabasas, CA with her BFF/assistant Brett Miller. While I love seeing photos of Britney and Brett, I lamented the fact that we hadn’t seen Britney and her beau Jason Trawick out and about for some time now. Right on cue, new photos of Britwick came out that showed the couple making their way thru LAX Airport last night on their way out of town for the Thanksgiving holiday tomorrow:


It’s not clear where the couple are headed … might they be making their way to Kentwood, Louisiana to celebrate Thanksgiving in Britney‘s hometown? OR, might the couple be headed off to NYC so that they can celebrate the holiday with Jason‘s family who live there? It is also possible that Britwick might be ditching their families altogether and are headed for Hawaii, the site of their Summer vacation to relive their Summer romance? Wherever Britney and Jason go, I’m sure they are thankful that they can be together … and it is my sincerest wish that they enjoy a bountiful Thanksgiving together.

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Rihanna Does ‘Interview’ Magazine

"I don't like stuff that's too contrived"

A very colorful Rihanna is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Interview magazine. Altho the official Interview website has yet to be updated with the Ri Ri feature, today we get our first look at her beautiful coverphoto and accompanying photospread:


Rihanna‘s coverstory interview was conducted by Kanye West who, IMHO, isn’t a great interviewer. He talks way too much about himself when he should be focusing on the person he is interviewing (click HERE to see scans of Rihanna‘s Interview interview with Kanye). Thankfully, the photos are all about Rihanna … and she looks fantastic. Check out a few photos from her spread, after the jump … More »

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The Season 11 ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Champion Has Been Selected

Who can it be now?

Last night, America spoke and they selected a new champion for the 11th season of Dancing with the Stars. As you may know, the final 3 contestants vying for the mirror ball trophy were Jennifer Grey, Kyle Massey and Bristol Palin … and last night, one of these stars was crowned champion:


After the jump, see photos of the season 11 Dancing with the Stars champion posing triumphantly with the mirror ball trophy and hear what he/she had to say about his/her “unbelievable” victoryMore »

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Sue Sylvester Marries Herself On ‘Glee’

Also, WATCH: Darren Criss and The Warblers perform 'Hey, Soul Sister'

Earlier this month Glee actress Jane Lynch spilled the beans that her character Sue Sylvester would be gettin’ hitched on the extremely popular FOX TV series. Last night, we got to see Sue Sylvester get married to … Sue Sylvester:

I had erroneously guessed that Sue would walk down the aisle in a white track suit wedding dress but she actually wore a blue one. Pink reader cmc correctly guessed that Sue would be marrying herself. Last night’s episode was pretty damn good but not because of Sue‘s wedding to herself but because of the other wedding that took place … that of Kurt‘s dad and Finn‘s mother. Finn‘s declaration and show of love for his new brother Kurt was so damn sweet, Glee damn near made me cry last night!

The ep ended with a bit of a surprise. In order to keep that ending unspoiled for those of you who have yet to watch the ep, you’ll have to go behind the cut to find out what happened and to watch a video preview of next week’s Glee performance of the Train song Hey, Soul Sister by actor Darren Criss (Blaine) and The WarblersMore »

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Original Buffy Kristy Swanson Supports The Whedon-less ‘Buffy’ Reboot Film

"Let Buffy live"

Yesterday we got to hear from Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon regarding his thoughts on plans for Warner Bros. to make an entirely new Buffy film without his involvement. Today we get to hear from the actress who originally played Buffy Summers in the 1992 Buffy the Vampire Slayer film. Kristy Swanson played Buffy in the original film, written by Joss Whedon, and says that she has no problem with plans for a Whedon-less Buffy reboot … in fact, she hopes to get a starring role in the film herself:

Joss Whedon has already spoken out about plans for an upcoming Buffy the Vampire slayer remake, and now Kristy Swanson, the first woman who first brought the vamp-killing heroine to life on the big screen, also has something to say about it: “Let Buffy live. Why not?” “If they wanted me to be a part of it, I think that would be fantastic and that it would be a blast,” she tells EW. Swanson was 22 when she first stepped into the role that would be transformed by Sarah Michelle Gellar seven years later, and she remembers that her first reaction to the new take on the character was, in fact, positive. (“It was a whole new idea, a whole new look,” she says.) And she believes a transformation can happen again — even without its original maker. “There are die-hard Joss Whedon fans who absolutely love him to death, and rightly so. He’s a brilliant man, no doubt,” she says. “I love everything Buffy. I don’t care who’s doing it.” Swanson’s co-star, Luke Perry said via his rep that he has no comment on the project.

No offense to Kristy Swanson but of course she supports and wants to be in this Buffy reboot, after all … what else doe she have going for her? While she is the original Buffy Summers, she is not really Buffy at all. And let’s be honest, she has no allegiance to Joss Whedon … she may have worked with him for only a day or two IF AT ALL when they worked on the original Buffy film. She starred in the original film, yes, but that film has little bearing on how the Buffy saga actually turned out on the long-running and FAR superior TV series. Kristy Swanson will always have a special place in my heart because she did play the original Buffy … but these comments prove to me that she really has no ties to the actual Buffyverse. This would be more of a story if Sarah Michelle Gellar chimed in to support the Buffy reboot … but that will never happen. In fact, I’m convinced that NONE of the actors who starred in the BtVS TV series or its Angel spin-off would ever support plans for a Buffy film sans Joss Whedon. Swanson says “Let Buffy live” and I say, she does live … Buffy and her gang of Scoobies have been alive and well for years now in the excellent comic books series which is overseen and written by Joss Whedon! This Whedon-less reboot is just a bad idea and I honestly hope the film never sees the light of day. It would be such an affront to all the hard work that Joss Whedon has done over the years. As you may know, fans are amassing on Facebook at the I’m With JoJo campaign to show their support for Joss Whedon. Whether or not the film actually comes out, you can be sure there will be legions of Buffy fans who will not support the film. I am one of those fans.

No Whedon? No Buffy.

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First Look: 30 Seconds To Mars, ‘Hurricane’

The first footage from the 20 minute opus

Earlier this month we got our first look at Jared Leto stripped to the waist on the set of the new 30 Seconds to Mars music video for their new single Hurricane and today we get our first look at footage from the soon-to-be-released video, behold:


I understand the video for Hurricane will be a 20 minute long short film, which means that 30StM frontman Jared Leto has been taking advice from Kanye West (who just released a 30 minute music video of his own in support of his new album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and who collaborates with 30StM on Hurricane). After the jump, check out 2 short preview videos that give us a taste of what’s in store when the Hurricane music video drops any day now … More »

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Mark Wahlberg Says That He Will NOT Play The Crow In The Redux Film

"We never committed to making the movie"

Last month we read a disheartening report that claimed that Marky Mark Wahlberg was in talks to play The Crow in the planned upcoming remake film (which was scheduled to begin filming over the Summer). Today we hear from Marky Mark himself and, thankfully, he reveals that he will NOT be playing The Crow … much to my immense relief:

Mark Whalberg, star and producer of the new movie ‘The Fighter,’ told Cinematical that contrary to earlier reports, he is not going to be a part of the forthcoming remake of ‘The Crow.’ “We never committed to making the movie,” Wahlberg said in a one-on-one interview in Los Angeles on Saturday. “They talked to me about it and there was a director attached who I was a fan of, and he’s no longer doing it. We just thought about it – ‘is there something cool to be done there?’ But we’re not committed to making the movie.”

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Mark Ruffalo Does ‘GQ’ Magazine

Woof Woof!

Mark Ruffalo is among the men featured in GQ magazine’s new Men of the Year issue and as you can see in this scan from the mag, he is not shy about showing off how furry he really is underneath all that clothing:


As you may recall, Ruffalo was recently cast as Bruce Banner/The Hulk in the upcoming Joss Whedon directed film The Avengers so it’s already quite common knowledge that the man is a sexy beast. Now, The Hulk — who is always shirtless — isn’t very hairy, he’s just green. To be honest, I think I much prefer hairy beast Mark Ruffalo just the way he is … ungreen and unmanscaped. He looks hot, don’t he? Woof, indeed!

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Christian Bale Says The Next Batman Film May Be His Last

“This will be ... the last time I’ll be playing Batman"

In a new interview with Christian Bale, he makes clear that the next Batman film — The Dark Knight Rises — will be his last … that is, unless he hears differently from director Christopher Nolan. Bale is currently on the promo train for his new film The Fighter and was asked about the just announced next Batman film … here is what he had to say:

This may be the end for the Dark Knight. The caped crusader himself, Christian Bale, recently sat down with E! News’ own Ben Lyons to talk about how he chooses his roles to clearing up rumors surrounding The Dark Knight Rises. Turns out, Bale has a very straightforward technique for sifting through all the speculation: “Until Chris [Nolan] tells me, I don’t believe it,” Bale says. “It’s gotta be from his mouth, or else I don’t really know.” But there’s one very important bit of information Nolan hasn’t yet shared with his star. And it’s kind of difficult to hear if you’re a fan of the reinvigorated franchise: “The thing is that this will be, I believe, unless Chris says different, this will be the last time I’m playing Batman.” Let’s just hope Chris says different.

It makes sense that Bale might believe that his days as Batman might be over after the next film, after all, these sorts of movie franchises really only last for 3 films. BUT, as we have learned from Johnny Depp‘s portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean films, there’s always a chance that movie franchises can live beyond just 3 films. While I think it is very smart for Bale to not believe anything he hears until he hears it from Christopher Nolan himself, I wouldn’t necessarily count on his Batman days being over just yet. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

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Remasterpiece

The TV Guide

Yesterday was a pretty quiet day for me … I woke up with a bit of a sore throat so I spent all day yesterday doing everything I could to keep from feeling worse. My mood was lifted greatly by the arrival of the remastered re-release of Nine Inch Nails‘s debut album Pretty Hate Machine:


As you may recall, we learned late last month that Pretty Hate Machine – The 2010 Remaster would be released this month and yesterday was the day. I’ve been listening to the gloriously remastered album ever since it arrived. I can’t even express how much Pretty Hate Machine means to me … I vividly remember when it was released back in 1989 … and here it is, released once again. This time around I purchased the CD version, the Vinyl version and the digital version … happy to support the genius of Nine Inch Nails.

Last night, David and I went to a screening of a film that I can’t talk about yet … but I’ll be sure to post my write-up as soon as I’m able.

David flies back home to Connecticut today so I’ll be flying solo here in SoCal for the rest of the week. I’m actually looking forward to the alonetime … and hopefully, to be feeling better ;D

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Kid Rock goes Country, Pope OKs condoms, Cookie Monster to host 'SNL'?
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Britney Spears & Brett Miller Go On A Coffee Run

The BFFs pay a visit to one of Britney's favorite places on Earth

Our dear Britney Spears, stylishly bundled up for the chilly SoCal weather, stepped out for a little lunch date with her assistant/BFF Brett Miller in Calabasas, CA yesterday afternoon. As you can see, Britney and Brett paid a visit to their local Starbucks coffee shop to get themselves caffeinated after they lunched at California Pizza Kitchen. That’s my girl, keepin’ it real:


As you can see, not even the colder SoCal weather (highs in the 50s, y’all) has forced a change in Britney‘s Starbucks habit (and let’s be honest, it’s a habit she’s had for YEARS). While colder temps might inspire others to drink a hot drink, our dear Britney still got her beloved iced cappuccino. It’s great to see her out and about with Brett … tho, I wouldn’t mind seeing her in the company of her man Jason Trawick … but I’ll take my dear Britney any way I can :D

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Paris Hilton Flashes Her Bum In SoCal

Flash of the Can

Unsurprisingly, Paris Hilton has suffered another wardrobe malfunction that actually pains us more than it does her. While shopping yesterday, Paris inadvertently flashed her nearly bare bum in front of a gaggle of paparazzi photographers … so, er, the word “inadvertently” might not be the right way to describe the malfunction after all:

She’s been famous since birth, so Paris Hilton should really have got the hang of dressing for photographers now. But the 29-year-old socialite appeared to have forgotten all her fashion rules yesterday when she stepped out in Los Angeles wearing a pair of black leggings which turned sheer under the glare of hundreds of flashbulbs. However, the hotel heiress seemed unaware of her fashion faux pas, and merrily loaded hundreds of shopping bags into her car following a shopping trip with mother Kathy and sister Nicky.

While I would normally disbelieve that these wardrobe malfunctions form Paris Hilton are just accidents, this time … I tend to believe that she was completely unaware that her nearly sheer leggings turned invisible in the glare of the flashbulbs. Feeling adventurous? Check out the latest wardrobe malfunction photos from the infamous Paris Hilton, after the jump … More »

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Is Jessica Simpson Pregs?

A source says no ... not yet.

There has been a bit of talk recently that Jessica Simpson might be pregnant. In recent weeks Jess has been lookin’ a bit more healthy and then, all of the sudden after only 6 months of dating, she went and got engaged to be married to Eric Johnson. Just this week, Jessica pulled out of a live performance on The Early Show on CBS due to illness. All of these circumstances have lead people to guess that Jess might be hiding a pregnancy. BUT according to a new report from E! online, Jessica Simpson is NOT pregnant … yet:

The timing of their engagement was suspect from the start. And they have only been going out for about six months (what’s the rush, guys?) … But is Jess really pregnant with fiancée Eric Johnson’s baby? Hold onto your ever-mounting evidence. This rumor is … So false! For now. “She is not pregnant,” a source close to the 30-year-old told E! News. But it’s no secret that she wants to be. Just last week, a Simpson insider told E! News that Jess is itching to graduate from her auntie duties. “She wants to have a baby,” the source said. “Like, really, really wants a baby. She’s been giddy with her friends and that’s the extent of the planning, but she’s thinking baby.”

There is no question that Jessica Simpson wants to become a mother. If I recall correctly, homegirl has wanted to get knocked up since she was married to Nick Lachey all those years ago. I’ll admit it, I kinda thought that Jess might be pregs when news of her sudden engagement was announced this month but I guess she’s actually not pregs … just yet. While I personally am not too keen on the hasty engagement so soon after Eric got divorced from his ex-wife, I am hopeful that Jessica Simpson is truly happy and in love. Jess would make a great mom, I just know it. I’m sure we’ll be hearing news of her pregness sooner rather than later … just not yet.

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Lindsay Lohan Is Licensed To Drive Yet Again

What.The.Eff?!

Drivers, beware! The State of California has decided to see fit to give Lindsay Lohan a driver’s license … again! After being stripped of the privilege to drive on public roadways in the wake of her multiple drunk driving convictions and probation violations, Lindsay is now once again a licensed driver:

TMZ has learned … Lindsay Lohan is officially a California driver again, because her privilege to get behind the wheel has just been restored. The L.A. County Probation Department and officials at the Betty Ford clinic signed off this morning, so Lindsay can drive just like us. And speaking of just like us … we’re told Lindsay is not getting special treatment. The folks at Betty Ford routinely allow people “at Lindsay’s care and treatment level” the right to hit the road.

See … here’s what I don’t understand. What the Hell is the rush? Lindsay Lohan is **STILL** in rehab. She is **STILL** supposed to be paying back her debt to society for her crimes and yet … she’s already allowed to drive again? I just don’t understand. I know people who get busted for far less serious crimes who lose their driver’s licenses for much longer. I simply do not believe that Lindsay is not benefiting from special treatment. I just … it doesn’t make any sense at all.

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Christina Aguilera Holds Hands With ‘Friend’ Matthew Rutler

Coupling up?

A couple of weeks ago we saw a photo of newly single Christina Aguilera in the close company of a new male friend named Matthew Rutler who is rumored to be her new romantic interest. It was reported that the couple had gone on a double date with friends Nicole Richie and Joel Madden. Over the weekend, Xtina and Matt were spotted coming out of a hotel (!!!) holding hands (!!!). Might this be the first true sign that the couple are romantically involved?


To be honest, I sincerely hope that the couple are really just friends … after all, friends hold hands, right? It just seems way too soon for Xtina to be getting romantically involved with anyone. While it is widely believed that her marriage to Jordan Bratman was over ages ago, she only just filed for divorce only about a month ago. It’s entirely possible that Matt is just providing a supportive shoulder for Xtina to cry on … cuz he’s clearly offering her a warm hand to hold on to. It remains to be seen what other body parts Matt is making available to Xtina but if something is really going on between these two, we’re bound to find out sooner or later.

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Joss Whedon Responds To News Of The ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’ Reboot

"This is a sad, sad reflection on our times"

Yesterday afternoon we learned that the reboot of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer film is officially moving forward WITHOUT any input at all from creator Joss Whedon. Today, we get to hear from Joss himself about this Buffy reboot. Joss was asked to respond to the news of the planned Buffy reboot, which will be written by a woman named Whit Anderson, and this is what he had to say:

I’m glad you asked for my thoughts on the announcement of Buffy the cinema film. This is a sad, sad reflection on our times, when people must feed off the carcasses of beloved stories from their youths—just because they can’t think of an original idea of their own, like I did with my Avengers idea that I made up myself.

Obviously I have strong, mixed emotions about something like this. My first reaction upon hearing who was writing it was, “Whit Stillman AND Wes Anderson? This is gonna be the most sardonically adorable movie EVER.” Apparently I was misinformed. Then I thought, “I’ll make a mint! This is worth more than all my Toy Story residuals combined!” Apparently I am seldom informed of anything. And possibly a little slow. But seriously, are vampires even popular any more?

I always hoped that Buffy would live on even after my death. But, you know, AFTER. I don’t love the idea of my creation in other hands, but I’m also well aware that many more hands than mine went into making that show what it was. And there is no legal grounds for doing anything other than sighing audibly. I can’t wish people who are passionate about my little myth ill. I can, however, take this time to announce that I’m making a Batman movie. Because there’s a franchise that truly needs updating. So look for The Dark Knight Rises Way Earlier Than That Other One And Also More Cheaply And In Toronto, rebooting into a theater near you.

Leave me to my pain! Sincerely, Joss Whedon.

This is exactly the type of response you’d expect from Joss Whedon, yes he is obviously pissed and he makes that clear … but he manages to refrain from making any low blows and actually writes a body of text that will very likely be even better than the entire script for the planned Buffy reboot. I am still not calmed down from the news that Warner Bros. plans to move forward with an entirely new Joss Whedon-less Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie. I’m not sure if folks understand but the new reboot will NOT feature any of Buffy‘s beloved friends! The studio owns the rights to the character Buffy Summers but they DO NOT own the rights to any of her friends … Giles, Willow, Xander, Cordelia, Angel, Spike and on and on. Those characters are owned by Joss Whedon and they will NOT be appearing in the big screen reboot that WB is planning. It is just unbelievable that they think they will be able to profit from Whedon‘s work without his influence in the film at all. Complete bullshit!

As a result of the Buffy reboot news, a Facebook fan campaign called I’m with JoJo (which is similar to the I’m with CoCo campaign that started up in support of Conan O’Brien earlier this year) has been launched in an effort to show Warner Bros. that NO ONE wants this Buffy reboot to happen without Joss Whedon‘s involvement. You can join the I’m with JoJo campaign HERE and let your voice be heard.

This is not the last we’ll be hearing of the Buffy reboot but it will likely be the last we hear from Whedon on the reboot … which means, this may be the last thing of import we hear about this travesty that just won’t die.

No Whedon? No Buffy.

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Prince William & Kate Middleton Will Marry In April 2011

A wedding date has been set!

A week ago today we learned the joyous news that Prince William of Wales proposed marriage to Kate Middleton after 8 years together. Just a couple of days later, Kate was spotted paying an after hours visit to Westminster Abbey and it was presumed that she was scoping out the church as the possible site of the couple’s nuptials … but at that time, no wedding date was announced. Today we not only learn that the couple will, in fact, marry at Westminster Abbey but that the wedding will take place on April 29, 2011:

Britain’s Prince William will marry Kate Middleton on Friday, April 29, at Westminster Abbey in London, the royal family said Tuesday, ending a week of speculation about the date and venue. “The royal family will pay for the wedding, following the precedence set by the marriages of the prince and princess of Wales in 1981 and Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip in 1947,” Prince Charles’ spokeswoman said in a statement. The government will meet any wider transportation or security-related costs, Prime Minister David Cameron said. The thousand-year-old Westminster Abbey has been the favorite of royal fans, the media, and bookies ever since the couple announced their engagement a week ago. Westminster Abbey was founded in 960, with the present Gothic church dating to 1245. Since 1066, it has been the “coronation church” — the place where kings and queens are crowned when they ascend to the throne. Its close ties to the monarchy means it has also been the site of many royal weddings and funerals. Queen Elizabeth II married Prince Philip there in 1947, when she was still a princess; her father, King George VI, got married there in 1923. The funeral service for Princess Diana, William’s mother, took place there in 1997. Middleton was photographed leaving the Abbey last week with her parents, and British newspapers reported they had a private after-hours tour. The wedding day will be a national holiday, Cameron said, though Scottish lawmakers still must approve the measure because Scotland has its own devolved government. “The wedding of Kate and William will be a happy and momentous occasion,” Cameron said in a statement. “We want to mark the day as one of national celebration. A public holiday will ensure the most people possible will have a chance to celebrate on the day” … The palace had already said the wedding would take place in the spring or summer of 2011, but it refused to give a firm date. It’s unclear whether the couple chose April 29 because it coincides with St. Catherine’s Day on the Anglican calendar of saints. The palace has been referring to Middleton as “Catherine” instead of her usual “Kate.”

Wee!! And now we know what date to look forward to for the royal wedding! There is no question in my mind that the wedding date is meant to correspond with St. Catherine’s Day … it’s just so perfect. We are now about 5 months away from the royal wedding of Prince Wills and his princess-to-be Kate Middleton. The eyes of the world will be trained on Westminster Abbey on the morning of April 29 … I cannot wait!!

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Eva Longoria & Tony Parker’s Marital Woes Get The Animated Treatment

It's about that time

Last Wednesday we learned the shocking news that Eva Longoria had filed for divorce from hubby of 3 years Tony Parker. On Saturday we learned that Tony filed divorce papers of his own. Today, right on schedule, we get our first look at the Taiwanese animated video from Next Media that chronicles the much-publicized split between Eva and Tony:


LOL! I mean … it may not be as funny as some of the other animations we’ve seen but your news story isn’t a news story until it’s been turned into a Taiwanese animated video. Check it out in full, after the jump … More »

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Satyana Hannigan-Denisof Is One Happy Baby

All Smiles

Charlotte Grace Gellar-Prinze isn’t the only beautiful Buffy the Vampire Slayer baby that we get to check in with today … here are a few gorgeous photos of Buffy alum Alyson Hannigan, hubby Alexis Denisof (a BtVS and Angel alum) and their precious baby girl Satyana coming home from a shopping trip together this weekend, having the TIME of their lives!


There is no question that this family just oozes love. They always look so happy to just together … no matter what they are doing, they are just happy to be doing it together. While I have big love for SMG and her beautiful family, the Hannigan-Denisofs are hands down my fave Buffy family of all. Love, Love, LOVE them :D

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Checking In With Sarah Michelle Gellar & Charlotte Grace

Adorbs!

Earlier today we learned the unfortunate news that Buffy the Vampire Slayer is being remade in a new film completely without creator Joss Whedon‘s input and so in order to try and wash away some of the bad taste regarding that news, here are a couple of new photos of BtVS alum Sarah Michelle Gellar and her beautiful daughter Charlotte Grace making their way to dinner here in SoCal last night:


SMG and Charlotte enjoyed a lovely dinner date with another mother and baby daughter couple at Katsuya in Brentwood, CA. Can you believe how big Charlotte has gotten already? We don’t get to see the little Miss very much so I’m always so surprised at how big she grows every time we get to see her. Mother and daughter look great … and I’m just gonna go ahead and say that SMG is the only Buffy for me. Period. The end.

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Olivia Wilde Does ‘Details’ Magazine

"We modeled the character on Joan of Arc but with the hair of Karen O"

Olivia Wilde, who stars as Quorra in the upcoming new film Tron: Legacy (due out in theaters next month), is featured in the new issue of Details magazine. In her interview with the mag, Wilde describes Quorra as “Joan of Arc but with the hair of Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs” which sounds like a pretty damn cool description to me. Here is one of Olivia‘s racier photos from her Details photospread along with some excerpts from her Details interview:

Wilde, 26, who plays the terminally ill Dr. Remy “Thirteen” Hadley on House, is having a breakout year on the big screen, with roles in the Paul Haggis-directed crime thriller The Next Three Days and the hotly anticipated CGI spectacle Tron: Legacy. In the 1982 original, Jeff Bridges gets sucked inside a computer and engages in a cheesy, futuristic Ultimate Frisbee-meets-Rollerball battle. In this December’s reboot, Bridges returns (sporting a Dude-like beard), only this time there are way cooler special effects, a killer Daft Punk soundtrack, and a secret weapon: Wilde as the cybervixen guide Quorra. The role required that she squeeze into a skintight rubber suit woven out of neoprene and something called electroluminescent lamps. “It was so beautiful that I didn’t need to play the character sexy,” she says. The first time she laid eyes on the get-up, however, she freaked: “I saw the boobs on the suit and I said, ‘Oh, hell no. I’m doing kicks and backflips in this thing?’ ” She describes Quorra as a kind of warrior ninja: “We modeled the character on Joan of Arc but with the hair of Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. But still a total badass.”

From what I understand, Olivia‘s role in Tron: Legacy is much more action-oriented rather than sexy. For the sexy, she lets her Details magazine photos do the talking for her. After the jump, check out the uncensored NSFW image above along with a few others from her photospread … More »

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The Whedon-less ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’ Reboot Is Officially In Production

"This is a completely new reboot"

In May of 2009 we learned the horrible news that plans were in the works to re-imagine the Buffy the Vampire Slayer saga in an entirely rebooted film that will have nothing to do with Buffy creator Joss Whedon. In December of 2009, Buffy alum Alyson Hannigan went on the record to call plans for a Whedon-less remake a “mistake” … and countless Buffy fans and Whedon faithful agree — me included. Today we learn that the new Buffy the Vampire Slayer script is being written by a woman named Whit Anderson, that the film has been picked up by Warner Bros. Studios and is scheduled for release in 2011 or 2012:

”I didn’t really watch much television at all, [says Whit Anderson], but I always watched ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer,’ that was the one show I would watch when I got home. I just loved this character. I was the same age as Buffy and it was so rare to have a female lead character on TV in those days who was strong and capable and smart but also allowed to be feminine.” During its seven-season run, the beloved ”Buffy the Vampire Slayer” series put some fang into high-school melodrama long before “Twilight” made the undead all sparkly, and one big reason was the ability of the show’s creator, Joss Whedon, to put himself in the head of his female fans. Now we’ll find out if that rapport works in the other direction as the 29-year-old Anderson works on the script for a Warner Bros. feature-film “Buffy” reboot that is moving forward without Whedon. Anderson, with a chuckle, said she is ”fighting through” the script right now, but her concept has already engerized some key supporters. Charles Roven, one of the producers of “Batman Begins,” said his Atlas Entertainment signed on after he saw something special in Anderson’s tone and story. “Generally, I wouldn’t have said ‘Let’s revive this,’ but Whit’s take is pretty compelling and a lot of fun, and it’s interesting to see all of this re-imagined. This is a completely new reboot. Tone is extremely important and you want the audience to realize what is at stake and the peril is real, but at the same time what’s going on should be fun and inviting and keep everyone engaged. It needs to be relevant to today, too, and that is what Whit has found a way to do.” Roven added: “There is an active fan base eagerly awaiting this character’s return…. While this is not your high-school Buffy, she’ll be just as witty, tough and sexy as we all remember her to be.” The project has plenty of hurdles ahead, and there is no announced director, but Roven said hopes to see the film reach theaters in 2012 or perhaps even 2011 … Anderson knows that without Whedon … the most devoted fans of the old series will be keeping a skeptical eye on this nascent revival — and sharpening their wooden stakes. Anderson … said she will take the touchstones of the Whedon world but frame them in “a new story” that is very much of the moment. She cited Christopher Nolan’s revival of Batman as a supreme example of how a familiar character and revered mythology can be brought to the big screen with a vital new vision.

Firstly, I want to say that I do not blame Whit Anderson for taking up the task of writing the new Buffy script … I don’t think many people would turn down a job like that. BUT, I absolutely feel that any Buffy project that does not have any input, association or even blessing from Joss Whedon is just beyond blasphemous. What a slap in the face it must feel like to Joss to see his beloved creation totally taken over by strangers who will reboot his hard work so that they can repackage, sell and profit from it. I honestly couldn’t care less how creative, inventive or revolutionary this new Buffy is promised to be … she will be a pale copy of the already superior original. While I completely understand the need to move forward on a project that the powers that be believe will be a profitable venture, I can honestly say that I personally have ZERO interest in anything having to do with it. I don’t need a new Buffy. I don’t want a new Buffy. Without Joss Whedon‘s involvement, this new Buffy will NEVER be Buffy. I normally LOVE reboots and retellings of stories in new, inventive ways … but this feels so wrong. Without Joss, I’m just not interested.

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Birthday Lurve For Angie

The TV Guide

Yesterday afternoon David and I made our out to Laurel Tavern in Studio City, CA to celebrate the birthday of our dear friend Angie! Angie returned to the scene of the crime from last year’s celebration and held court as we all lavished love and presents on her ;)


Angie is one of my newer LA friends but she has quickly become very special to me. It was so much fun getting to hang out and celebrate her yesterday, we had a blast. We have more plans to future celebrations after we get thru Thanksgiving so I’m really looking forward to that. Please send all of your BIRTHDAY LURVE to Angie today :D

Last night, David and I met up with his friend Brian for a quick drink hang-out session in West Hollywood before we retired for the evening. It was a very nice but very cold Sunday here in LA. With the holidays ahead, I’m gonna try and keep as low a profile as possible. Happy Short Work Week, y’all!!

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The 2010 American Music Awards Are Handed Out

The night belonged to Bieber

Last night the celebs made their way out to the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles, CA last night to attend the 2010 American Music Awards. Tween sensation Justin Bieber was the big winner at the show, taking home 4 awards (including Artist of the Year) but there were plenty of the Lucite trophies to go around for other deserving artists. Here are a few photos from the red carpet arrivals last night:


Look at little Willow Smith showing off her unique fashion sensibilities. Homegirl is only getting started … the little girl is just fabulous. New mama-to-be P!nk was lookin’ fabulous herself … altho she wasn’t bumpin’ out too much on the red carpet, she did have that beautiful glow that all pregnant women have. The pairing of the New Kids on the Block with the Backstreet Boys was just … genius! Separately, the boy bands are just meh … together, they’re actually interesting again. After the jump, check out some photos from the show itself and read some deets about who won what, who sang what and what went down at the American Music Awards last nightMore »

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Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino Does ‘GQ’ Magazine

"I always had dreams my whole life, of being somebody special."

Jersey Shore star Mike The Situation Sorrentino is featured in the new Men of the Year issue of GQ magazine as the Sensation of the Year. In his GQ interview, The Situation explains how he always dreamed big that he would become “somebody special” … I guess, in his mind, his dreams have finally come true. Here is one of The Situation‘s GQ photos along with some excerpts from his first-ever (and quite possibly his last-ever) GQ magazine interview:

Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino has gone from a fist-pumping Jersey Shore dweller to GQ’s “Sensation of the Year.” The Situation made roughly $5 million this year from various endorsements, is a regular fixture on the red carpet, and has since been a contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. And it won’t stop there. This guy dreams big: “I always had dreams my whole life, of being somebody special. Someone out in the world that everybody knew of and everybody liked. Somebody unique. Even when I was down on my luck, in my head I still had those dreams.” They’ve certainly paid off; he’s even taking meetings in Hollywood. While running all over L.A., GQ’s Alex Pappademas and the Situation discuss his competitive nature, trying to ditch the Jersey Shore camera crews for a hookup, and his stint as a shirtless waiter in a strip club. “He says he wasn’t an actual stripper, then admits he did it once, wearing ‘like, a red-white-and-blue thong and maybe, like, an Uncle Sam hat.’ He quit the gig after a few months: ‘I didn’t mind the attention from pretty girls. But then if I got attention from unattractive girls, it just felt kind of cheap.’”

See folks, dreams can come true. If someone like The Situation can find success like this then I’m of the mind that anyone can do so as well. With the right time, right place and a whole lotta luck, even self-professed guidos can make their way into the GQ magazine Men of the Year issue. After the jump, check out one more photo from The Situation‘s GQ photospread … More »

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Jake Gyllenhaal Busts A Move On ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’

Jakey poo raps about Sarah Palin with Jimmy Fallon

In case you missed it, our dear Jake Gyllenhaal appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Friday to promote his upcoming new film Love and Other Drugs. But, before Jake sat down to chat with Jimmy about his film, he surprised the audience by coming on stage to perform a rap song about Sarah Palin with Jimmy Fallon. Here are a few screencaps and deets from this BRILLIANT performance of the song Gonna Eat That Talkin’ Sandwich: The Sarah Palin Song:

After setting female pulses racing with his recent nude magazine covers, Jake Gyllenhaal turned his talents to rapping last night. The actor in a appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon with a boyband called The Banana Boyz. He then showed off his impressive dance moves as he joined the host in a very bizarre rap called Gonna Eat That Talkin’ Sandwich: The Sarah Palin Song. The … number was inspired by Jimmy’s rather odd claim that Sarah Palin reminds him of a BLT sandwich. And in his head-to-toe yellow outfit with a yellow bandana, Jake showed that when it comes to talent, he’s no one trick pony. But as Jake says, it all comes down to rhythm.

And this, ladies and gentlemen, is exactly why Jake Gyllenhaal rules so hardcore. Fun stunts like this aren’t new for our dear Jakey poo, he is very happy to show off his fun and funny side as much as possible. This performance with Jimmy Fallon is just the latest reason why so many people heart him so. Check out video of Jake and Jimmy performing Gonna Eat That Talkin’ Sandwich: The Sarah Palin SongMore »

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Prince William Saves A Man’s Life Hours After Getting Engaged

To the Rescue

Early last month, before Prince William proposed to longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton while on holiday in Kenya on October 20, we learned that the young prince joined the Royal Air Force Search and Rescue team and would be actively flying helicopters on search and rescue missions in the UK. Today we learn that his Royal Hotness actually saved a man’s life on one of these search and rescue missions just hours after he announced his engagement to the world last week. Here are some of the deets from Prince William‘s heroic efforts:

Prince William was involved in a helicopter rescue mission on Mount Snowdon just 48 hours after announcing his engagement to Kate Middleton, it was revealed today. The search and rescue pilot was part of a four-man crew on board an RAF Sea King which was scrambled to help walker Greg Watkins who was stuck 3,000ft (914m) up the mountain in stormy conditions. The 28-year-old Prince, who is based at RAF Valley in North Wales, was called into action at 1.30pm on Thursday after the father-of-two collapsed with chest pains. He was winched on board the helicopter before being taken to hospital in Bangor to be treated for a suspected heart attack. Mr Watkins, who was today recovering after an operation, said the actions of Flight Lieutenant Wales and his crew had saved his life. He told the Sunday Mirror: ‘If it wasn’t for him and the rest of his crew, I’d be dead. ‘Hearing his helicopter getting nearer and nearer was the best sound I’ve ever heard. He and his crew saved my life’ … The rescue mission was launched just five hours after the Prince returned to the base following his engagement … ‘I didn’t know much about what was happening at the time,’ he said. ‘I didn’t know Prince William was flying the helicopter until we landed at the hospital. Even then, I felt too unwell for it to register much. The winchman helped me out and on to a stretcher and whispered “Prince William’s just flown you here”. I looked up at him and just said ‘Oh. Tell him thank you’. ‘It didn’t really sink in until I woke up after my operation. Now I think it’s amazing. Being winched off a mountain by an RAF helicopter was the last thing I thought was going to happen to me. But for it to be flown by Prince William is unbelievable. He added: ‘I’d only been watching him announce the engagement on TV with Kate a few hours earlier – it was his first mission since going back to work. I feel lucky to be alive but even luckier to have been rescued by the future King of England. I want to tell him how grateful I am to him and the rest of his crew. He’d probably say he was just doing his job but, to me, he and his crew are heroes. The weather was appalling up on that mountain. How he managed to get the helicopter so close defies belief.’

Are you seriously kidding me right now? A real life prince, who is in line to become King one day, is actually engaged in the practice of saving lives on search and rescue missions … as his day job? This story reads like a modern day fairy tale, in a weird sort of way. The Prince of Wales is out saving lives by day, planning his royal wedding by night all while he awaits his coronation as King of the United Kingdom … and this is real life! This story is pretty cool, ain’t it?

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Unseen Photos Of Lindsay Lohan As Linda Lovelace Have Been Released

What could've been

On Saturday we learned that Lindsay Lohan had been fired from appearing in the upcoming Matthew Wilder biopic Inferno in the lead role as porn star Linda Lovelace. Yesterday we learned that actress Malin Akerman has been cast as Lovelace in the film. Today we get to see a few previously unseen promo photos of Lindsay in character as Lovelace in a series of photographs shot by Tyler Shields. Now that she will NOT be appearing in the film, I guess Tyler decided to release the photographs to TMZ:

Lindsay Lohan won’t be playing Linda Lovelace on the big screen — so these never-before-seen “Inferno” promo pics are the last glimpse we’ll get of Lindsay channeling Linda. Celeb photographer Tyler Shields shot Lindsay back in July as part of a promotional shoot for the movie. A few pics got released … but here are a few more we just got our hands on.

I really must reiterate how happy I am that Lindsay will not be starring in this film. Considering her on-going woes with substance abuse, I cannot for the life of me see how she needs to be A.) working on a film so soon after she completes her stint in rehab and B.) working on a film where she will portray a hardcore drug abuser. I know that Lindsay is meant to portray Linda Lovelace in these photos but I cannot help but see her own fragility in these new photos. After the jump, check out a few more previously unseen promo photos of Lindsay Lohan as Linda LovelaceMore »

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‘Real Housewives’ Star Kim Zolciak Is Pregs!

"I'm the happiest I've ever been."

Last month Star magazine broke the news that Kim Zolicak, star of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, is pregs with her third child with Atlanta Falcons footballer Kroy Biermann. Kim‘s mother immediately denied that she was pregs … so Star magazine countered with a photo of Kim posing with a gender test for her unborn child. Today we learn from Zolciak herself that she is, indeed, pregnant with Biermann‘s child … she officially confirms her pregsness in the pages of the new issue of Life & Style magazine:

Life & Style can exclusively reveal that Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kim Zolciak and boyfriend Kroy Biermann are expecting their first child together! “I was surprised!” Kim, 32, tells Life & Style about the pregnancy. “While it wasn’t planned, God clearly has a bigger and better plan for us and we’re excited.” At first, Kim denied reports that she was pregnant when a jealous ex leaked the news back in October. “I was appalled and disgusted by that,” she says. “I wasn’t through my first trimester — you never know what could happen.” But now Kim is three months pregnant and ready to share the wonderful news, telling Life & Style: “I’m the happiest I’ve ever been.” Kim, who has two daughters from a previous marriage, Brielle, 13, and Ariana, 9, has been dating Kroy since May – viewers saw her meet the 25-year-old Atlanta Falcons defensive end on the Nov. 14 episode of Housewives. “He makes me a better person,” says Kim. “I love everything about him.” The couple has yet to find out the sex of the baby, but boy or girl, Kim can’t wait to start a family with the football star. “I definitely don’t want to get married while I’m pregnant,” she says. “But I can see myself marrying Kroy in the future.”

To be honest, I really believe that Kim at first denied the report of her pregsness because she was not in control of the information. Her love of fame and fortune is very obvious so I’m sure it incensed her that her big news got reported without her involvement. Still, I guess I’m happy for her that she is expecting a new baby. And, as you may recall, we learned from THIS photo that Kim is carrying a baby BOY. I guess this means that her on-going dalliance with “Big Poppa” is now completely dunzo as I cannot imagine that he will continue to fund her lavish lifestyle now that she is carrying another man’s baby. I hope Kroy Biermann knows what he’s getting himself into with this baby … my gut tells me that a 25-year old professional sports athlete may not really understand what getting this involved with Kim Zolciak entails … but he’s gonna learn real quick. To be honest, I can’t wait to see how this baby news plays out in front of the cameras on The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Dude, Kim is going to be a mother again … I’m having a hard time imagining her caring for a newborn child. OY!

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Disney Maintains That Fairy Tales Are ‘Alive & Well’

"I feel it is important to set the record straight"

Yesterday the LA Times published a story that made it very clear that the Walt Disney Company had decided that they will no longer be making animated films based on classic fairy tale stories in lieu of focusing on making original films that will have a “wider appeal”. In the wake of public disappointment to that news, the official Disney Facebook page was updated with an official statement from Ed Catmull that maintains that fairy tales will remain “alive and well” at Disney. Catmull was quoted in the LA Times article regarding the end of Disney fairy tale films and now claims that the LA Times article is “erroneous”. Here is Catmull‘s full official statement as posted on the Disney Facebook page:

A headline in today’s LA Times erroneously reported that the Disney fairy tale is a thing of the past, but I feel it is important to set the record straight that they are alive and well at Disney and continue this week with Tangled, a contemporary retelling of a much loved story. We have a number of projects in development with new twists that audiences will be able to enjoy for many years to come. – Ed Catmull

It is interesting that Catmull claims that Disney has “a number of projects in development” in this statement but was quoted as saying “we don’t have any other musicals or fairy tales lined up” in the LA Times article. You will also note that this new statement only says that fairy tales are “alive and well” but doesn’t actually mention any of these new “projects in development”. To be honest, this latest message kinda feels like Catmull is trying to placate fans by recanting a bit on what he told the LA Times while not offering specifics … is he actually saying that Disney will continue to make fairy tale films or does he just mean that the spirit of Disney‘s fairy tale history will remain “alive and well”? I truly hope that Disney does NOT abandon the practice of creating animated films based on classic fairy tales. But, we won’t know what Disney will do for many years. I’ll wish upon an star and remain hopeful that Catmull‘s latest statement is true … that the fairy tale is truly “alive and well” at Disney and that they will continue to make animated films based on classic fairy tale stories.

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Lindsay Lohan Will Be Spending Thanksgiving In SoCal

Her request to travel back East to be with her family has been denied

Earlier today we learned that actress Malin Akerman has been cast in the Inferno role that Lindsay Lohan was fired from yesterday and right now we get to learn what L. Lo‘s Thaksgiving Day plans will be. Unfortch for her, Lindsay‘s request to leave the State of California so that she could spend Thanksgiving at her mother’s home in Long Island, NY has been DENIED so she’ll be forced to give thanks right here in SoCal. TMZ reports that Lindsay has been spending all week long in the close company of her father Michael Lohan so it’s likely they’ll be spending Thanksgiving together as well. Here is a photo of L. Lo and father grabbing a cup o’ joe at a local Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf this week and possible deets about her holiday plans this week:

Lindsay Lohan and her father Michael spent the entire week together at Betty Ford — and if Michael gets his wish … soon Dina will be joining them. Sources tell TMZ Michael arrived at BF on Monday and has been there throughout the week as part of their family week. We’re told in the early part of the week, Lindsay and Michael each went through therapy sessions … but not with each other. According to our sources, the two began doing sessions together on Wednesday. One session simply included the two of them and a counselor — another session involved a larger group. We’re told counselors at Betty Ford, as well as Lindsay and Michael, want Dina to join in on the sessions during family week next month … As for the rest of Michael’s week with LiLo… on Thursday night, Michael was spotted out with Lindsay — we’re told Michael treated Lindsay and a few of her friends from rehab to dinner.

Lindsay Lohan will not be allowed to leave the state of California during the Thanksgiving holiday — so she’ll be breaking bread with her father Michael on Turkey Day … TMZ has learned. As we first reported, Lohan was hoping to get permission from Betty Ford to head back to NY for the holiday, so she could be with her mother and the rest of the family. But we’re told BF wasn’t having it, so she’ll be in sunny California next Thursday. We’re told Lindsay will spend the day at a home where Michael is staying, close to Betty Ford. Michael wants Dina and the kids to come out and spend the day … but we’re told Dina’s not biting. So Michael’s Plan B is getting the whole clan together for XMAS.

At last … a punishment with bite! Lindsay will be forced to spend Thanksgiving with her father, how ghastly! Actually, it sounds like Lindsay and Michael have been getting along so … I guess this is good news. I’m happy to hear that the Betty Ford Center has some sort of standards and has denied Lindsay‘s request to fly off to NY on holiday while she should be rehabbing.

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No War Make, Love Make Instead

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Yesterday afternoon, David and I met up with Emma, Josh and co. for a bite to eat and hang out session at The Village Idiot on Melrose Ave. We hadn’t seen them in a while so it was nice catching up with them. We were joined by their friends Michael and Melanie and a grand time was had by all. Melrose is peppered with pretty good graffiti and I snapped a photo of this very cool Star Wars-inspired poster tacked up near the Village Idiot:


It’s cool, right? After dinner/drinks, David and I made our way to Hollywood to attend the screening of a movie that I can’t talk about just yet. I’ve written up my review and will be able to share it with all y’all in a couple of weeks. I cannot WAIT to share :D

Today David and I will be heading into the Valley to celebrate our good friend Angi’s birthday today!! It shall be a blast!

Happy Sunday, y’all … hope your weekends are going well. Wee!!

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Hot Dude Of The Day: Carlos Freire

Weekend Hotness

It is that time again, time to celebrate (as well as gawk and gander) at the Hot Dude of the Week! Today we get a bit of Latin flair from a young gent who was expertly photographed by Rick Day and who seems to have a penchant for horseback riding … or of riding of some sort. Say hello to Carlos Freire:


Giddy up, y’all! I’m not exactly sure what kind of ride Carlos here is lookin’ to go on but … it kinda looks like fun. Something tells me that Carlos might be the perfect kind of guy to go riding with … wouldn’t you agree? Enjoy!!

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Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi Celebrates Her Birthday With Lifestyle Condoms

Birthday Lurve

Nicole Snooki Polizzi, of MTV‘s Jersey Shore fame, celebrated her 23rd birthday a bit early in NYC last night at a party thrown in her honor … by Lifestyle Condoms. That’s right, you don’t get much classier than having a birthday fete sponsored by a condom company. Here are a few photos of Snooki and her Jersey Shore co-star/BFF Jenni Jwoww Farley on the red carpet of Pascha nightclub last night:

“Snooki is an advocate for safe sex, and so was happy to have them as her party sponsor. They’ll probably have a booth at the party giving out condoms to guests. But this party is really for Snooki’s close friends, and she is personally paying for most of it. She has turned down a lot of liquor sponsors because she doesn’t want her friends to drink cheap booze. Her message is if you are going to have sex, do it safely.”

LMAO!! There is no way in Hell that I believe that Snooki is “personally paying for most” of her own party, no way. I can appreciate the party line that Snooki chose to let Lifestyles Condoms sponsor her party out of a desire to spread the “safe sex” message but my gut tells me that they threw her a LOT of money for the privilege. And how much do I love that Jwoww showed up at the party wearing a black latex condom as her dress? Brills. Snooki + condoms = birthday party? Genius. I can’t think of a more fitting collaboration.

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CNN Celebrates The Heroes Of 2010

Anuradha Koirala is the 'Hero of the Year' for 2010

Celebrities and real life heroes convened at the Shrine Auditorium here in Los Angeles, CA last night to attend the taping of CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute which honors the people who have gone above and beyond to help those in need … our everyday heroes. The ceremony, which will air on CNN on Thanksgiving night this Thursday, was attended by Hollywood A-listers as well as real life heroes who have made an impact this year … including the 33 Chilean miners who survived a 69 day ordeal underground and were just rescued last month. Here are a few photos from the red carpet arrivals last night and some deets about the show itself:

A woman whose group has rescued more than 12,000 women and girls from sex slavery has been named the 2010 CNN Hero of the Year. Anuradha Koirala was chosen by the public in an online poll that ran for eight weeks on CNN.com. CNN’s Anderson Cooper revealed the result at the conclusion of the fourth annual “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute.” “Human trafficking is a crime, a heinous crime, a shame to humanity,” Koirala said earlier in the evening after being introduced as one of the top 10 CNN Heroes of 2010. “I ask everyone to join me to create a society free of trafficking. We need to do this for all our daughters.” Koirala was introduced by actress Demi Moore, who along with her husband, Ashton Kutcher, created DNA, The Demi and Ashton Foundation, which aims to eliminate child sex slavery worldwide … “Since 1993, she has helped rescue more than 12,000 women and girls. Through her organization Maiti Nepal, she has provided more than a shelter for these girls and young women, she has created a home. It is a place for them to heal, go to school, learn a skill, and for some who are infected with HIV/AIDS, it is the place where they can spend their days surrounded by love.” Koirala will receive $100,000 to continue her work with Maiti Nepal, in addition to the $25,000 awarded to each of the top 10 Heroes honored Saturday night … The show opened with a salute to the 33 Chilean miners and five of the people who rescued them last month after the miners spent 69 days underground. “For 69 days we were amazed by these 33 brave miners,” Cooper said in welcoming the miners onto the Shrine stage. “Their ordeal was unthinkable; their rescue, unbelievable. No one has ever been trapped underground so deep for so long and survived. “They endured a nightmare, experienced a miracle, and in the end became each others’ brothers and heroes. On behalf of CNN Heroes, we salute all 33 Chilean miners.” After the miners sang the Chilean national anthem, two of them — speaking through a translator and holding the Chilean flag — expressed their appreciation. “We want to thank the world, and we want to thank God for your prayers,” Luis Urzua told the audience in Spanish. “Our families suffered. Our children suffered, too. But thanks to the prayers of the whole world, we could come out of this difficulty,” Mario Sepulveda added. “Some of our rescuers are here with us tonight,” Urzua said. “Thank you for bringing us home. You are our heroes.”

John Legend, Bon Jovi and Sugarland were among the musicians who performed on the show last night and celebrities including Halle Berry, Kid Rock, LL Cool J, Aaron Eckhart and the folks pictured above were on hand to present awards. I’m always so impressed and SO inspired by the real life heroes who are honored by CNN every year. There are so many unsung heroes who work tirelessly on a daily basis to help others and they do so happily and without any desire to be recognized for their efforts. It is very cool that this annual tribute seeks out those people and honors them, not necessarily for their personal glory but because those people shine as a beacon of human kindness and selfless inspiration. I’ll be tuning in this Thursday night to see these amazing people honored and I will surely be giving thanks for all the amazing work they do.

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Disney Will No Longer Produce Animated Films Based On Classic Fairy Tales

"We don't have any other ... fairy tales lined up ... for the foreseeable future."

Sad and very disappointing news to pass along today Disney Animation fans … according to the company itself, The Walt Disney Company will no longer produce animated/musical films based on classic fairy tales. Tangled, Disney‘s modern take on Rapunzel, hits theaters next week and altho the film will not be presented in traditional 2D animation, it will feature a classic fairy tale story (like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs) set to a musical soundtrack (like The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin) … and, sadly, it will be the last Disney animated feature to do so … at least for the “foreseeable future”:

Once upon a time, there was a studio in Burbank that spun classic fairy tales into silver-screen gold. But now the curtain is falling on “princess movies,” which have been a part of Disney Animation’s heritage since the 1937 debut of its first feature film, “Snow White.” The studio’s Wednesday release of “Tangled,” a contemporary retelling of the Rapunzel story, will be the last fairy tale produced by Disney’s animation group for the foreseeable future. “Films and genres do run a course,” said Pixar Animation Studios chief Ed Catmull, who along with director John Lasseter oversees Disney Animation. “They may come back later because someone has a fresh take on it … but we don’t have any other musicals or fairy tales lined up.” Indeed, Catmull and Lasseter killed two other fairy tale movies that had been in development, “The Snow Queen” and “Jack and the Beanstalk.” To appreciate what a sea change this is for the company, consider that a fairy tale castle is a landmark at Disney theme parks around the world and is embedded in the Walt Disney Pictures logo. Fairy tale characters from Disney’s movies populate the parks, drive sales of merchandise and serve as the inspiration for Broadway musicals … Over the decades, Disney has benefited from the ticket sales and licensing revenue generated by such princess-driven properties as “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Aladdin.” The studio’s most recent offering, however, was a clear disappointment. Although critically acclaimed, last year’s “The Princess and the Frog” was the most poorly performing of Disney’s recent fairy tales. In the age of mega-franchises when movies need to appeal to a broad audience to justify a sizable investment, Disney discovered too late that “Princess and the Frog” appealed to too narrow an audience: little girls. This prompted the studio to change the name of its Rapunzel movie to the gender-neutral “Tangled” and shift the lens of its marketing to the film’s swashbuckling male costar, Flynn Rider …

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Courtney Love Shares Another Attention-Grabbing Photo On Twitter

Havin' a ball

Early last month Courtney Love posted a personal photo of herself on her official Twitter profile that featured her in a semi-nude and provocative pose. A few days later, Courtney announced to the world that she was “quitting” Twitter because she mistakenly posted that personal photo for all the world to see when she meant for it to only be seen by her boyfriend. Courtney‘s retirement from Twitter didn’t last long because a couple of weeks later, she started posting photos on Twitter again … particularly of the new boyfriend she presumably loves sending sexy photos to. Late last night, C. Love posted some new and equally provocative photos on her official Twitter profile, one of which looks very much like the first photo Courtney claims she “mistakenly” posted online:


As you might imagine, the photo is pretty NSFW so if you’re gonna wanna see what Courtney has got going on … er … well … between her legs, you’re gonna have to check out the photo after the jump … More »

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Malin Akerman Will Play Linda Lovelace In ‘Inferno’

Malin wins the role that Lindsay Lohan lost

Yesterday we learned the news (which, IMHO is great news) that Lindsay Lohan had been fired (or she quit, depending on who you believe) from appearing in the upcoming Matthew Wilder biopic Inferno which will tell the tragic life story of the late porn actress Linda Lovelace. Later in the day, Deadline revealed which actress has already been cast in the Lovelace role to replace Lohan … and that actress is Malin Akerman:

Malin Akerman (Couples Retreat, Watchmen, 27 Dresses) is now confirmed to replace Lindsay Lohan in Inferno: A Linda Lovelace Story. from director/writer Matthew Wilder’s script which made the 2008 Black List. “My understanding is that Lindsay was dropped as she’s impossible to insure and the producers loved Malin,” an insider emails. Malin’s upcoming credits include Wanderlust (Paul Rudd, Jen Aniston) … She is also attached to star opposite Ethan Hawke in The Numbers Station. The Lovelace project … is based on the novel Ordeal: An Autobiography by Linda Lovelace with Mike McGrady.

Naturally, in the wake of the news of Lindsay being uncast from the film, her people have been telling everyone that it was her decision to quit the film while folks on Team Inferno insist that she was fired. Deadline has an impeccable reputation for reporting actual facts and is always right about these sorts of things … if they report that Lindsay was “dropped” then I’m more inclined to believe them. STILL, no matter if she was fired or if she quit, I think it is FANTASTIC news that Lindsay will not be playing a hardcore substance abuser and porn star in her next film. The girl needs to focus on her sobriety, period. Malin Akerman hasn’t really impressed me in anything I’ve seen her in … except for Watchmen. She was decent in the role as Silk Spectre II … does that mean she’s got the chops to bring Linda Lovelace to life on the big screen? That remains to be seen … I do believe, tho, that she is a better actress than Lindsay so … this recasting news sounds like a good thing for everyone involved.

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Paris Hilton Does Community Service

Paris Hilton begins "paying" for her crimes

Paris Hilton, wearing 4-inch high heels, showed up for work with the Hollywood Beautification Team here in SoCal this weekend to do some community service in order to start paying back her debt to society for the crimes she has been convicted of. Naturally, the sight of Paris Hilton engaged in any sort of manual labor is comical but when she is forced to do so as punishment, the sight of her is downright ridiculous:

They were given strict instructions on what to wear and told ‘expect to get dirty’. But while Paris Hilton diligently donned the regulation T-shirt and suggested trousers for her community service, she just couldn’t do without her high heels. The heiress wore four-inch stiletto heels to complete her court-ordered work with the Hollywood Beautification Team. Obviously, the reality star also kept her shades on as she painted over graffiti with a roller. But her lack of experience at manual work was obvious – she splattered grey paint everywhere, including on herself. Paris ruined her clothes and probably her black patent heels, as she wobbled over the stony ground. The work was a departure for the party-loving socialite as she was also expected to arrive promptly at 7am. The guidelines also state that if workers are 15 minutes late, they will not be allowed to stay that day. She was also instructed in the guidelines that she couldn’t leave ‘to move your car, buy coffee, use the phone, etc.’ At one point Paris pulled a silly miserable face as she talked with a fellow worker. Perhaps she was being told she couldn’t go and check her make-up. Paris was sentenced to community service after she plead guilty to two misdemeanors- drug possession and obstructing an officer- but avoided jail time. Instead, she is on probation for a year, must complete a substance abuse program, pay a $2,000 fine, and complete 200 hours of community service.

Ugh. Paris Hilton can be so irritating … well, she’s usually irritating … but her sense of entitlement is REALLY irritating. She manages to avoid serving any jail time in lieu of doing service to the community and she manages to act like a brat. Meh. I find it very hard to believe she is learning any lesson here but, my friends, this is celebrity justice at work.

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‘Hallows’ Be Thy Fame

The TV Guide

Yesterday evening, before I made my way to the Viper Room to see American Hi-Fi LIVE in concert, I attended an opening day showing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 at the ArcLight Theater in Hollywood, CA. Without question, I loved every single second of the film and enjoyed it so thoroughly that I cannot wait to see it again:


JK Rowling‘s Harry Potter books are always so rich with detail and lush storytelling that the film versions, as good as they are, seem like watered down tales that pale in comparison to the original source material. Because the final Harry Potter book, The Deathly Hallows, has been turned into 2 films, that watered down feeling didn’t feel as heavy-handed as it does for previous films. True, not everything in the first half of Deathly Hallows is included in Part 1 but we do get much more of the story than we usually get from the film adaptations … and we have an entirely new film to look forward to as well. This final installment of the Harry Potter film franchise is very dark and very scary … even for adults. No lie, I jumped out of my seat a couple of times with actual fright. There’s a lot of sexiness going on as well … Daniel Radcliffe strips down to his underwear in parts of the film and the semi-naked kissing (fantasy) scene between Harry Potter and Hermione Granger made me feel really … uncomfortable. Still, those elements are required of the story so they didn’t feel gratuitous … in fact, they added muchly to the tone of the film. I was very impressed with the animated scenes that were used for the retelling of The Tale of the Three Brothers within the film. All in all, the film impressed me greatly … I loved it entirely. I really, REALLY did not want the movie to end … and when it does, I gave an audible sigh of sadness. I fear I’ll be bawling my eyes out when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 is released next Summer. I damn near bawled my eyes out this time!

I’m not sure how this film will play for folks who are unfamiliar with the Harry Potter books and/or movies but the other 98.7% of the planet should enjoy this film very much.

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A Pride Party, A 'Harry Potter' Flash Mob & An Encounter at Disneyland

Here is this week’s batch of photos sent in by Pink is the new Blog readers — new aunt Shari sends in an adorable photo of her 5-month old nephew Ben rockin’ his first Hallowe’en costume last month — Aussie Samantha sends in a fun photo from the Pride Fair Day in Perth, Australia which was hosted by Pride WAAudrey (who I met at Conan O’Brien‘s Legally Prohibited from being Funny on Television Tour last Spring here in LA) sends in a photo with friends from a recent taping of ConanAudrey even got a hug from Conan himself on the show! — Erika sends in a cute photo with Glee‘s Heather Morris at a recent LIVE taping of the Glee sectionals performance (which will air on an upcoming ep of Glee) in Glendale, CA — Jackie and friends send in a group photo from the Flash Mob fun they had in Columbus Circle in NYC to celebrate the midnight release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 — Liliana from Hermosillo, Mexico sends in the photo that we took together at Disneyland last weekend … she and I met in line and had to take this fun photo together:


Much love and thanks to you all for continuing to send in your fun photos. It’s always so fun to see what fun YOU guys have on a weekly basis. I have to send out a big shout out to Liliana’s friends in Hermosillo … I’m sending all my love to Y’ALL today :) Please keep sending in your fun photos … they are so fun to share!! xoxo

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American Hi-Fi Rock The Viper Room In LA

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Last night I was able to attend a live concert performance by American Hi-Fi who are among my fave bands of the early 00′s and who I have seen many times on tour in the Midwest back when I lived in Detroit, MI. American Hi-Fi released a new album over the Summer, Fight the Frequency, and last night’s concert at the Viper Room was their first show here in LA since that album’s release:


As you may know, Hi-Fi is fronted by Stacy Jones who was the drummer first for Letters to Cleo and then Veruca Salt (two of my all-time fave bands). There are few bands that make me as happy as American Hi-Fi does. Their brand of pop/punk/rock is loud, insanely catchy and impossible not to jump around to. After the jump, check out some of the photos that I snapped from the show last night and watch video of the band performing LIVE their biggest hit song, Flavor of the WeakMore »

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Mariah Carey Films ‘Christmas In Rockefeller Center’ In NYC

Merry-iah Xmas II YOU!

Mariah Carey, who is doing as much promo as she can for her new Xmas album Merry Christmas II You before she has to go into hiding to give birth to her first child, made an appearance at Rockefeller Center in NYC last night to film a performance for the upcoming NBC holiday special Christmas In Rockefeller Center which will air on November 30. In addition to live (well, taped) performances by Mimi, Sheryl Crow, Annie Lennox, KYLIE MINOGUE and more, the special will feature the lighting of the Xmas tree at Rockefeller Center. Here are photos from Mariah‘s performance last night and some press release deets about the NBC special which will air in a little over a week:

MARIAH CAREY, SHERYL CROW, JOSH GROBAN, JESSICA SIMPSON, SUSAN BOYLE, ANNIE LENNOX, KATHERINE JENKINS, CHARICE, KYLIE MINOGUE AND JACKIE EVANCHO (NBC’S “AMERICA’S GOT TALENT”) WILL JOIN THE CELEBRATION TO LIGHT UP THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS CHRISTMAS TREE FOR NBC’S 13TH ANNUAL “CHRISTMAS IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER” SPECIAL ON NOVEMBER 30 (8-9 P.M. ET/PT)

Natalie Morales (NBC’s “Today”) and Al Roker (NBC’s “Today”) To Co-Host the Live Holiday Special

New York – November 3, 2010 – NBC will celebrate the lighting of the world’s most famous Christmas tree once again with a live broadcast from Rockefeller Center in New York City on Tuesday, November 30 (8-9 p.m. ET/PT). The star-studded holiday special will feature performances by Susan Boyle, Mariah Carey, Charice, Sheryl Crow, Jackie Evancho, Josh Groban, Katherine Jenkins, Annie Lennox, Kylie Minogue, Jessica Simpson and The Radio City Rockettes with a mix of current hits and holiday classics.

The 78th annual holiday extravaganza will feature a tree that is 74 feet high, 40 feet in diameter and weighs a whopping 12 tons.

The tradition of the Rockefeller Christmas tree dates back to the Great Depression. First erected in 1933, the inaugural tree was decked with 700 lights and placed in front of the then eight-month-old RCA Building, now the GE Building. The Christmas tree gathering was enhanced in 1936 with the opening of the Rockefeller Plaza outdoor ice-skating pond. NBC-TV televised the tree lighting for the first time in 1951 on “The Kate Smith Show” and as part of the nationwide “Howdy Doody” television show from 1953-55.

I’m not normally a fan of these Xmas tree lighting specials but this year NBC managed to cull together a pretty impressive list of performers. Mariah Carey is a big draw, naturally, but the mere inclusion of the amazing Kylie Minogue means that I’ll be tuning in for sure. Much props go to Mariah for the clever way she decided to hide her baby bulk. While I would LOVE for her to put her baby bump on display, I can understand her need to be vain … especially when performing on national television. She looks fantastic, I can’t wait to see this performance when Christmas In Rockefeller Center airs on NBC on November 30.

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Wesley Snipes Busted!

2 years after his conviction, Snipes goes to prison

Wesley Snipes, who got busted for not paying his federal taxes back in 2008, was ordered yesterday to finally report to prison to begin serving his 3 year (!!!) sentence. Here is the surprisingly smiley mug shot that Wesley posed for before he got thrown into the slammer late yesterday:

Wesley Snipes was ordered on Friday to start serving a three-year prison sentence for a felony tax conviction after a Florida judge rejected his bid for a new trial. “The Defendant Snipes had a fair trial … The time has come for the judgment to be enforced,” U.S. District Judge Terrell Hodges said in his ruling. He ordered the star of the “Blade” trilogy to report to prison as directed by the U.S. Marshal’s Service or Bureau of Prisons, but it was not immediately clear when or where Snipes would begin serving his time behind bars. Snipes had already lost his appeal of the prison sentence stemming from his conviction in 2008 in an Ocala, Florida, court on three misdemeanor tax charges for failing to file income tax returns for 1999 through 2001. In seeking a new trial, Snipes’ lawyer, Daniel Meachum, had argued that jurors in the original trial were biased and that the prosecution’s star witness had his own criminal problems. At his sentencing in April 2008, prosecutors said Snipes, a resident of Windermere, Florida, had earned more than $38 million since 1999 but had filed no tax returns nor paid any taxes.

Dang … 3 years is a long time … but if Wesley had started serving his sentence back when he was convicted, he’d be almost out of prison by now. Tax evasion is no joke here in the US. Don’t eff with the IRS, y’all. They don’t care how much money you have, they don’t care what your excuses are … you pay your taxes or they will throw your ass in PRISON for a long time. We may let drunk drivers get away with murder in this country, we even sometimes let murderers get away with murder in this country … but we do NOT let people get away with not paying their taxes. Believe that.

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Lindsay Lohan Has Been Fired From ‘Inferno’

No Lovelace for Lindsay

Welp, it looks like Lindsay Lohan‘s dream of playing a hardcore porn star in her next feature film has been dashed … because she has just been “let go” from playing Linda Lovelace in Matthew Wilder‘s upcoming film Inferno. As you may know, L. Lo is currently rehabbing in a Sober Living House at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, CA and, apparently, her ongoing rehab has forced producers to fire her from Inferno and more forward without her:

You snooze, you lose. You violate probation and have to take an extended stay in rehab…you lose. Despite previous assurances that the production was ready and waiting for Lindsay Lohan, Inferno director Matthew Wilder exclusively tells E! News that his Linda Lovelace biopic is moving on without the troubled star. “We are withdrawing our offer from Lindsay Lohan,” Wilder says. “We are currently in negotiations [with another actress] and working out the legalities of bringing her onboard” … “We have stuck by Lindsay very patiently for a long time with a lot of love and support,” Wilder says. “Ultimately, the impossibility of insuring her—and some other issues—have made it impossible for us to go forward.” Lohan made a brief stop at her West Hollywood condo last weekend, but is currently residing at sober living facility affiliated with the Betty Ford Center out in Rancho Mirage, Calif. She must remain in rehab until at least Jan. 3, per the terms of her probation. Her rep tells E! News, “Lindsay is dedicated to her recovery and together they decided to move forward without her.”

Um, hello … this is THE BEST NEWS EVER for Lindsay Lohan! I was never on board with her decision to play Linda Lovelace in Inferno, particularly because of the hardcore nudity and violence that is promised in the film. To be honest, the role just sounds exploitative … particularly where Lindsay is concerned. I think it is absolutely for the best for Lindsay to NOT play the role of a hardcore drug abuser as soon as she gets out of drug and alcohol rehab. Actually, I don’t think Lindsay should be filming any movies immediately after she gets out of rehab (i.e. she should spend as much time as possible staying away from the temptations of Hollywood) but she REALLY should not be stripping nude in character as a drug addict. Yeah, this is good news for Lindsay … and her fragile sobriety.

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Tony Parker Files For Divorce From Eva Longoria

What's good for the goose ...

On Wednesday Eva Longoria filed for divorce from her husband Tony Parker here in LA after 3 years of marriage. Yesterday, Tony Parker filed divorce papers of his own but in Texas rather than California. While Eva cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for divorce in her paperwork, Tony is claiming a “discord or conflict of personalities” in his divorce papers. Whatever the case may be, the couple are Double Dunzo, y’all!

Now it’s Tony Parker’s turn. After wife Eva Longoria filed divorce papers in Los Angeles, the NBA star did the same in a Texas court, reports E!. Parker’s divorce petition cites the standard legal cause of “discord or conflict of personalities,” according to TMZ. The dueling divorce filings come amid reports Parker, 28, who plays for the San Antonio Spurs, cheated on the 35-year-old Desperate Housewives star. Longoria alleges Parker exchanged hundreds of emails with Erin Barry, the wife of a former teammate.

I’m not entirely sure why Tony feels the need to file divorce papers of his own. I understand there is a prenuptial agreement in place and that Eva is going after spousal support. Clearly Tony has been counseled by his attorneys to file divorce papers of his own in Texas as a means for him to try and get the better end of the deal. You may recall that we heard from Tony yesterday when he publicly commented on his split from EvaTony claims that he knew the divorce was coming but, still, he let her file first and then he decided to file for divorce afterward. Something tells me that this divorce will not be as amicable as I previously thought … my guess is that he said / she said biz is just getting started.

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Watch: Kylie Minogue, ‘Better Than Today’

Ms. Pac-Man

Kylie Minogue has released a music video for her new single Better Than Today, her 3rd from her new album Aphrodite. Here are a few screencaps from her very colorful, 80′s video game inspired video:


Better Than Today was the first song that we got to hear from Aphrodite many months before the album was released this Summer. Kylie performed the track live for the first time ever on her For You, For Me North American Tour last year (watch video of that performance HERE) and it remains one of my fave tracks on the album. After the jump, check out the fun video in full … More »

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See The Place Where Prince William & Kate Middleton Got Engaged

Cabin Fever turns into Love Sickness

We’ve been hearing a lot about how Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton while the couple were on holiday in Kenya, Africa last month but today according to People magazine and The Sun, we are hearing that the couple got engaged on October 20 in a tiny cabin atop Mount Kenya. Here is our first look at the little romantic spot in Africa where Prince Wills asked Katie kins to be his future wife/princess/queen:

Recalling the moment he asked for her hand in marriage, a happy Prince William said he had whisked Kate Middleton “up somewhere nice in Kenya” in order to display his “romantic side.” Now, the exact spot can be pinpointed: a cabin hut some 10,500 feet above sea level on the side of Mount Kenya, Africa. He and Catherine, as she signed herself in the visitor’s book, were there for one night on Oct. 20, reports the U.K. Sun Describing their fishing trip on Lake Rutundu – but providing no hint that they became engaged – Kate wrote in the book that she had a “wonderful 24 hours! Sadly no fish to be found but we had great fun trying. I love the warm fires and candle lights – so romantic!” She signed it, “Catherine Middleton.” Practical Prince William brought along more than his engagement ring . “Such fun to be back,” his note said. “Bought more warm clothes this time. Looked after so well, thank you guys!” They had gone out to Africa to stay at the 55,000-acre Lewa Downs wildlife reserve with another couple. The ranch is owned by William’s friend Ian Craig, whose daughter Jecca is also close to the prince.

OMG, I love this. While I personally do not find rustic locales to be romantic at all, I can appreciate how other couples might … Prince William and Kate have spent a lot of time in Africa over the 8 years they have been dating so I’m sure this particular locale meant a lot to them. While it may be a bit … odd how quickly this information was sniffed out and published, I guess it’s to be expected of arguably the world’s most famous engaged couple. So now we know where the couple got engaged, we know where the couple will likely wed … all we need now is to know when the couple will marry. I suspect we’ll be hearing the official wedding date very soon.

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Willow Smith Does ‘W’ Magazine

“Mommy and Daddy inspired me to be a performer”

Willow Smith, that precocious little pop star who sings Whip My Hair, is featured in the new issue of W magazine (which, I believe, is her first magazine appearance ever). In her short interview, Willow talks about the musicians that she is a fan of (David Bowie is one of them) and explains who inspired her to get into show business (duh, her parents Jada Pinkett and Will Smith). Here is Willow‘s W magazine photo and some excerpts from her interview:

It’s hard to imagine, but Willow Smith has twice the charisma of her superstar parents, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. At just 10 years old, she has already scored a hit single—“Whip My Hair,” which bumps as hard as anything by Beyoncé—and a contract with Jay-Z’s powerhouse Roc Nation. “I like the way Billy Idol sings,” she says about her musical influences. “Mommy turned me on to him. And I like Lady Gaga’s songs.” One-on-one, Willow is more articulate than many adults; what’s more amazing is that she comes off as a normal kid who’s just following her interests. “I can’t do whatever I want,” she explains. “Mommy has to say it’s okay.” Although she is “focusing on music right now,” it seems a given that Willow will eventually end up on the big screen; her brother Jaden became a celebrity in his own right after taking the lead role in the recent Karate Kid remake. “Mommy and Daddy inspired me to be a performer,” Willow says. “I get my flow from Daddy, my singing ability from Mommy, and the camera stuff from both. That’s just what happens when you hang out with the Smiths!”

LOL! Well, if she was gonna get her “flow” form anyone, it might as well be from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air … cuz I’ve heard Jada‘s music with her band Wicked Wisdom and, yeah, she’s not very musically inclined. Willow is a star, y’all … this may be her first magazine interview but it certainly won’t be her last.

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Jessica Simpson & Eric Johnson Throw An Engagement Party

Pizza, friends and all the fixin's

Last weekend we learned that Jessica Simpson and her newly divorced boyfriend of 6 months have gotten themselves engaged to be married and today we learn from In Touch Weekly magazine that the couple celebrated their engagement with a small party with family and friends last night. Here are the deets from Jerica‘s engagement party as reported on by In Touch Weekly mag:

Less than a week after In Touch exclusively confirmed her engagement, Jessica Simpson celebrated her upcoming nuptials with friends, family and, of course, her fiancé, Eric Johnson, at her parents’ Encino, Calif., estate on November 18. The bride-to-be’s mother, Tina, threw a casual party with pizza and finger foods from La Loggia Italian Bistro and roses from Mark’s Garden for 50 guests, including Jessica’s sister, Ashlee, her brother-in-law, Pete Wentz, and her best friend, CaCee Cobb. “Jessica and Eric looked so happy,” an insider tells In Touch. Not all was smooth sailing, however — the singer, who along with her former football player beau arrived two hours late for the soiree, seemed anxious for guests’ approval of her unique ruby engagement ring. “At one point, she asked one of the servers what she thought of the ring. When the server said it was beautiful, Jessica snapped, ‘You don’t mean that!’” the insider says. But all in all, the blond beauty enjoyed her celebration. “Jessica is in love,” the insider adds, “and kept talking about her wedding plans and new life with Eric.”

LOL at the bit about the ring. While I have no doubt that In Touch is mostly right about the deets from the party, I’m guessing the ring bit is just a gossipy embellishment tossed in for good measure. In all honesty, this little engagement party sounds like it was a fun, tasteful affair. I mean … they ate pizzz, y’all. You gotta love how they’re keepin’ it real. I suspect that we’ll be hearing wedding plans soon … after all, Jess and Eric seem anxious to get themselves hitched as quickly as possible. Let’s just hope they at least hold off until the new year.

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Janet Jackson Announces A New World Tour

Her "largest world tour ever".

Great news to pass along today, Janet Jackson fans. Hot on the heels of a very successful and bizzy year, Janet has announced today that she will be embarking on her “largest world tour” ever in 2011 by visiting 35 cities in honor of the 35 number one singles that she has enjoyed in her storied music career:


In a video announcement that was just released by AOL Music, Janet talks about her tour plans to visit 35 cities nominated by her fans and explains that she will dedicate one of her #1 songs to each of the 35 cities. Additionally, she will honor 20 young people in each city she performs in for their work to better their communities. It really does sound like a fantastic world tour! After the jump, check out Janet‘s video announcement and hear the tour deets straight from Ms. Jackson herself … More »

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A Night With Billy Dee Williams

The TV Guide

Last night David and I met up for drinks with our friend Jordan who we haven’t seen in quite a few weeks. That boy is always so bizzy flying around the world that it’s really hard to pin him down to just one location for very long. We hooked up with him at Saint Felix in West Hollywood, CA for some drinks and conversation … and we got to share our time with the fabulous Billy Dee Williams:


Jordan then dragged us to a milkshake place so that we could indulge in horribly fattening yet absolutely delicious candy bar-filled milkshakes together. We kept it casual but fun … ’twas a nice night out on the town.

Tonight, I’ll be swinging by the movie theater to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 and then later on tonight, I’ll be making my way to the Viper Room on the Sunset Strip to see American Hi-Fi LIVE in concert! It’s Friday, it’s the Weekend! I hope you have a great one!!

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‘Glee’ Brings Xmas To Pasadena, CA

It's beginning to look a lot like Glee-Mas

Co-stars Lea Michele and Cory Monteith were spotted yesterday on the Pasadena, CA set of Glee as they filmed scenes for the upcoming Xmas episode of the show … here are a couple photos from the Glee set:


The Glee Xmas album went on sale this past Tuesday perfectly timed with this week’s filming. It’s unclear if this year’s Xmas ep will be an over-the-top musicfest or if it will bring back that heart and soul of the show that made us all fall in love with Glee in the first place but one thing’s for sure, we won’t have to wait too long to find out. They may still be filming the ep this week but it will be ready to air in just a few weeks time. Xmas is getting here faster than I would like but in all honesty, I really am looking forward to the Glee Xmas episode this year … aren’t you?

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Christina Aguilera Celebrates Her Birthday Early On ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’

Birthday Beefckae

Christina Aguilera will appear on today’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show and altho her 30th birthday is still a month away, Ellen decided to gift Xtina with an early birthday cake on today’s show. As you can see from the following promo photo, Xtina‘s birthday cake was full of half-nekkid man:


Just what a newly single woman wants for her birthday … a beefcake of her very own. In her interview with Ellen, Xtina talked about the whirlwind day last Tuesday when she got her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame AND attended her first Hollywood premiere as well as her divorce from Jordan Bratman. After the jump, check out video of Xtina‘s interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today as well as video of her live performance of Something’s Got A Hold on Me from her new film Burlesque … More »

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Will Tom Hardy Play Hugo Strange In ‘Batman: The Dark Knight Rises’?

'Strange' days ahead

Last month we learned the happy/exciting news that Inception actor Tom Hardy had been cast in an unknown role in the upcoming sequel film Batman: The Dark Knight Rises. When news of Hardy‘s casting first hit, it was speculated that he would be playing a villain … but NOT The Riddler (as director Christopher Nolan has revealed outright that The Riddler will NOT be featured in the next Batman film). Today we are hearing a new rumor that Hardy will play a bad guy in The Dark Knight Rises but it ain’t any villain that casual Batman fans might even know about. It is being reported that Tom Hardy will play classic and recurring Batman villain Hugo Strange:

Last month we learned Bronson and Inception star Tom Hardy was starring in The Dark Knight Rises, the third film in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. While most of us Bat fans were ecstatic to hear that Hardy had joined the cast, we were also left wondering (and speculating) about who the actor would play. Now Batman News is reporting a rumor (taken from a source who has proven to be reliable) that Hardy is actually playing the villain known as Hugo Strange. While fanboys know all about Strange, the average moviegoer may be wondering just who this character is … Hugo Strange has had a long and, well, strange history in the Batman comic books. He was one of Batman’s first recurring villains (as far back as 1940), preceding more famous bat-foes like Catwoman or The Joker. Strange has appeared, been killed off, and since reappeared many times in the subsequent decades of Batman comics; his backstory has also undergone several revisions … The version of Strange you’re most likely to see onscreen is the one where the character is a prominent (or celebrity) psychologist with mob ties. In the famous Batman storyline “Prey”, Hugo Strange is tapped by the Gotham P.D. to work up a profile on the Batman, in order to help the police catch the vigilante. Strange is said to have been raised in “Hell’s Crucible,” a tough Gotham neighborhood not far from “Crime Alley,” that infamous site where Bruce Wayne’s parents were murdered. While brilliant, Strange is also violent and unstable – in one version of his origin he was suspended from his tenure at Gotham State University for conducting bizarre experiments that transformed people into mindless, destructive (and deformed) brutes. Strange becomes increasingly obsessed with discovering who Batman is, and eventually with actually becoming Batman himself (which he eventually does, doing some terrible things in Batman’s name). The twisted villain eventually deduces through his psyche examinations that Bruce Wayne is likely Batman, and uses that knowledge to turn the police against the vigilante and lure Batman to his doom … Hugo Strange is a time-tested Batman villain, and his various story archs have the added bonus of tying up a lot of the story that has been put forth by both Batman Begins and The Dark Knight – a goal we already know Nolan has firmly planted in mind. We … know that Chris and Jonathan Nolan, along with screenwriter David Goyer, have already established a trend of borrowing elements of famous Batman stories for their movies. I personally expect that trend to continue with The Dark Knight Rises, and as you can read above, a lot of the most fitting story archs for this third Batman film fall squarely under the Hugo Strange banner.

Without question, Batman‘s Gallery of Rogues is full of many bad guys that most people have never even heard of before. Much like Ra’s al Ghul in Batman Begins, Hugo Strange is one of those villains that has a long history with Batman but isn’t as well-known as other villains (like The Joker, Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Poison Ivy, Mr. Freeze, Scarecrow, etc.). For me, this casting rumor makes a lot of sense … it’s clear that Nolan loves working with classic Batman villains that cater to comic book fans rather than pop culture acquaintances. Pairing Hugo Strange with Scarecrow makes perfect sense … as does casting Tom Hardy as Hugo Strange:


I’m not gonna lie … my heart really belongs to the iconic Batman villains better known amongst pop culture watchers … BUT, I fully trust Christopher Nolan‘s vision and I fully support his decision to showcase villains that might not be as well known among casual fans. I’m just really excited that Tom Hardy will be featured in such a high profile film. For me, he was one of the best things about Inception … I can’t wait to see what he will bring to the Batman film franchise mythos.

Any Hugo Strange fans out there? What do y’all think of this casting rumor news?

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Britney Spears Reportedly Films A Music Video

Prepping a new single?

Now … take this bit of info with a huge grain of salt BUT … Britney Spears was reportedly spotted making her way to a music video shoot here in SoCal on Wednesday afternoon. We don’t know what the music video is for nor do we know *for sure* that it was a music video shoot at all … but the studio she rolled up on is one that is used to film music videos so … there you have it:


It is quite possible that Britney wasn’t filming a music video at all and was simply working on another video project (a commercial, an awards show video, etc.) but, then again, I suppose it’s also possible that she is secretly working on a music video for the first single off her new album which she *might* drop on us as a complete surprise in the coming weeks!!! Yes, it is highly unlikely that we’ll be hearing new music or seeing a video before the year is over but, then again, Xmas miracles do happen. Irregardless of whether or not she was filming a music video per se, it’s quite clear that our dear Britney is working hard on something. I cannot wait to find out what it is ;D

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Cher Leaves Her Mark On Hollywood Blvd.

Cementing her status as a Hollywood icon

On Tuesday we saw photos of Christina Aguilera getting her very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame but because the iconic Cher (who co-stars with Xtina in their new film Burlesque) already has a star on the Walk of Fame they had to go above and beyond to honor the legend. Cher was on hand yesterday to leave her hand and foot prints in the cement in front of the famed Grauman’s Chinese Theater … here are a few photos:

Cher made her mark in Hollywood history on Thursday by placing her hand and footprints in cement outside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, as her new film “Burlesque” hits theaters next week. The music icon is returning to the big screen in a big way after a seven-year absense. She said she never intended to take such a long break from the movies. “There aren’t a lot of scripts that were right for me, there was one I wanted to do, ‘Mamma Mia,’ but I was working, so I couldn’t. This one just kind of worked its way into it,” said Cher. Cher shares a lot of her scenes with actor Stanley Tucci. They were the veteran cast members in a movie filled with newcomers like Christina Aguilera. “We were there just to do a good job, have a good time, but also to be supportive of someone like Christina who had never done a film before,” said Tucci. In one scene in the movie, Cher puts makeup on Christina. Cher said she wrote that part of the script. It’s a true story about her mom. Both Tucci and Cher said they’re similar to their on-screen characters in that they’re both nurturers in real life. “I have three children that I take care of since my wife passed away. That’s most of how I spend my time,” said Tucci. “I’m also, like the character in the movie. I’m used to having so many people around, much younger,” Cher said. “They look to you to give them the feeling of security, and I think that was the relationship I had with the girls in this film.” Cher will be one of among nearly 200 celebrities who have left their prints at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.

Cher now joins Hollywood legends like John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, Steve McQueen, Darth Vader and more as the celebrities immortalized forever in cement in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater. While it’s fairly easy for a celeb to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, it’s a bit more of an exclusive matter to be asked to leave your hand/foot prints in the cement in front of Grauman’s. Cher is the perfect celebrity to be so honored. I’m still on the fence about seeing Burlesque, I gotta say. I’m not impressed by what I’ve seen thus far nor am I ever that impressed when Xtina over-excitedly wails her songs … but if anything is going to get me to pony up and pay to see this film, it’ll be Cher. Let’s send our love and congrats to Cher on this latest accomplishment … IMHO, it’s long overdue.

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Lindsay Lohan Is Lookin’ To Move Into A New Home

Change of Scenery

Lindsay Lohan may be enjoying her temporary new home at the Sober Living facility she is currently residing in in Rancho Mirage, CA but once L. Lo gets sprung from rehab, she is reportedly hoping to move back home … into an entirely new place. TMZ is reporting that Lindsay is getting a pass to leave rehab this weekend to go apartment/home shopping. Here are a couple new photos of Lindsay out on the town last night (lookin’ good, I must admit) and the deets about her reported house-shopping plans this weekend:

Lindsay Lohan is finally ready to make a change … when it comes to her living arrangements in Los Angeles. Sources tell TMZ Lindsay believes her current apartment in West Hollywood is too accessible to fans, friends and paparazzi — and she feels she needs a place that will afford her more privacy. In fact, we’re told Lindsay will be taking a short field trip from the Betty Ford clinic in Rancho Mirage this weekend and heading to L.A. — so she can shop around for the next Casa de Lohan. Our sources say Lindsay hasn’t decided yet if she wants an apartment or a house — but either way … change is good.

While I’m still not cool with all these day trips and night passes away from rehab, I do think it’s a very good and positive move forward that Lindsay is lookin’ to change her living situation. I imagine that her current West Hollywood, CA home is not only well-known to the bad influence people in her life but is also the site of a lot of bad behavior. A new home with a clean slate might really help her clean up her act. Tho, if she really isn’t learning her lessons in rehab and is only going thru the motions, no new home is going to save her life. Time and her actions will tell if she is truly making any progress. Let’s just hope that at the very least she is making some small positive changes in her life.

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Tony Parker Opens Up About His Divorce From Eva Longoria

His turn

On Wednesday, the very day that she filed for divorce from her husband Tony Parker, Eva Longoria spoke out in a short interview for the first time about her pending divorce. Today, we get to hear from Tony in an official statement of his own concerning his split from wifey Eva. According to Tony, he knew that the divorce was coming … and he denies that it was he who started divorce proceedings first:

“Eva and I have been discussing our situation privately. I was aware that she would be filing for divorce in Los Angeles. I did not file for divorce in Texas and did not hire divorce attorneys in either Texas or California. We plan to continue to keep our discussions of this matter private.”

Short, terse and to the point. It makes sense that Tony would want to get an official statement of his own on the public record, just so he can chime in an have his say. It’s also very smart for him not to address the emotional cheating allegations at all … but his silence does make it seem like he is guilty. It is very clear that Eva is in the driver’s seat where this divorce is concerned and it sounds like Tony will just be going along for the ride. Now that he’s had his say, I think his best bet is to stay quiet, keep his head down and just ride out the storm to splitsville. I fully expect that we will be seeing Eva on magazine covers and hearing from her again about this divorce in coverstory interviews to come. My guess is that she will maximize the attention as best she can.

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Ryan Reynolds’s High School Yearbook Photo Hits The Internets

The Sexiest Man Alive?

Yesterday People magazine named actor Ryan Reynolds as the Sexiest Man Alive … today, we get to check out what the sexiest man used to look like in high school. Just one day after Ryan was revealed on the cover of People magazine, his yearbook senior photo page made its way to the Internets:


LMAO!! In all honesty, I think many of us would be very embarrassed to read the senior quotes we came up with for our high school yearbooks but Ryan‘s here is particularly hilarious. 4 BOYZ with the juice? LOL!! So … you wanna see what Ryan Reynolds looked like in high school? Check out his photo, after the jump … More »

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First Look: Beyoncé Thanksgiving Special

"Thanksgiving night, make it a Beyoncé night"

Earlier this month we learned that Beyoncé teamed up with ABC to produce a Thanksgiving Night Special TV show and today we get our first look at the special, which will air a week from tonight. Here are a few screencaps from next week’s Beyoncé Thanksgiving Special:


For the most part, it looks like this special will be made up of taped concert performances interspersed with behind the scenes video of Beyoncé on her I Am … World Tour. Now, I saw her show live and I was BLOWN away so, yeah, I am looking forward to watching this special next week. After the jump, check out a preview video of the Beyoncé Thanksgiving Special to get a taste of what’s in store for Thanksgiving night next week … More »

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‘Toy Story 3’ Will Lobby For The ‘Best Picture’ Academy Award

"We’re going for the Best Picture win."

Despite the fact that it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet Hollywood is already getting itself ready for the 2011 Academy Awards. Walt Disney Studios chairman Rich Ross has announced that his company will be lobbying hard for their animated film Toy Story 3 to get first a nomination and then, hopefully, a win for the Best Picture Academy Award. Here is our first look at one of the trade magazine ad photos which attempts to inspire Academy Award members to nominate the film for Best Picture and Best Animated Feature:

“We’re going for the Best Picture win. We wanted to have the best movie and the reviews have clearly said that and it’s the number one box office hit of the year so I’m not sure why we would not go for it all,” the Walt Disney Studios Chairman Rich Ross told me in a phone conversation this week. He’s talking about their worldwide billion dollar grosser Toy Story 3 which also sits atop Rotten Tomatoes chart of the best reviewed films of the year, at least those in wide release. To that end Disney/Pixar will launch an ambitious advertising campaign aimed squarely at Academy members this week that will blatantly try to associate past Best Picture winners with TS3 by having Toy Story characters enact some iconic images from Oscar winning films like West Side Story, On The Waterfront, Shakespeare In Love, Silence Of The Lambs, Titanic, The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King and Forrest Gump … There are potentially more than 20 different ads they will create, but some, like Lambs, which features a disembodied Mr. Potato Head, still are being cleared by various parties. The campaign which uses the phrase ‘Not Since’ will launch with The Godfather Part II in which Lotso, the mob boss-like bear emulates Al Pacino … Of course TS3 is a presumed front runner for Best Animated Feature but a Best Pic win is a longer shot. Disney has had the only two nominees ever, 1991’s Beauty And The Beast before the separate ani category was established in 2001 and last year with Pixar’s Up, the first time there were ten nominees instead of five since 1943. Neither won and Disney is the only major never to have won the Best Picture Oscar, period … “The theory is pretty simple for us,” says Ross. “It’s thrilling that there is a separate category for animation and that allows animated movies to be recognized but for some reason an animated film has never gotten Best Picture and I always wondered was there not an appetite? We decided this year we have the biggest and best reviewed film of the year. If not this year, and not this movie, when?” … With this movie we wanted to come up with a campaign that kept our aspirations clear but at the same time used a tongue in cheek approach,” he says. “It’s all to recognize the quandary which is that no animated picture had won Best Picture, so we used only Best Picture images to reflect that. I feel very confident we have a movie everybody loves and I want to make sure with our support and our campaign that people don’t feel the consolation prize is the appropriate prize for a movie like Toy Story 3. I think people will look at the ads and feel it’s very Pixar and very Disney. At the same time it’s very clear. Toy Story 3 is a Best Picture. Vote for it. Please.”

I absolutely agree, if Toy Story 3 doesn’t at least get the Best Picture nomination (and hopefully the win) then what will it take for an animated film to win? TS3 is, hands down, one of the best films of the year. In my mind, only The Social Network is worthy enough to possibly beat it as the Best Picture. I think the difficulty for Toy Story 3 is that it came out so many months ago … people may have already forgotten what a fantastic film it is. After the jump, check out one more promo photo for Disney‘s new Best Picture campaign for Toy Story 3More »

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‘GQ’ Magazine Celebrates The Men Of The Year For 2010

Man Candy

On Tuesday we got to see some of the men that GQ magazine has selected as their Men of the Year for 2010 and last night at the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood, CA some of those honorees strutted their stuff on the red carpet at the GQ 2010 Men Of The Year Party. Here are a few photos from the red carpet arrivals and some deets about the even itself:

Most of the guests jammed into the legendary hotel’s courtyard, where they stood and mingled under the stars and lighted trees. The exception was Kid Rock, who sat at a reserved glass table inside, his furry vest thrown across the back of the couch and a cigar in his hand. Eventually Rock, in jeans, a black shirt and black hat, made his way to the courtyard entrance, where he chatted with Kimmel and other guests. Waiters carefully maneuvered through the crowd, balancing trays of sesame chicken tenders, bacon wrapped shrimp, teeny grilled cheese sandwiches, sliders from Umami Burger, veggie spring rolls and grilled flatbread with prosciutto, figs and arugula. But the biggest hit was the mini-cupcakes by Susie’s Cakes. Grey Goose cocktails flowed while DJ Mr. Best did his thing … All of the honorees looked spiffy, but some admitted they don’t put too much emphasis on fashion. Donovan, the soccer star, wore a Costume National suit. “I don’t ever do these things so when I walked in to get fitted, I said, ‘This is the one.’ I put it on right away. It felt good and looked good.” Kimmel, in a John Varvatos suit, confessed, “I’m the opposite of stylish. If I could go to work in my underpants then I would.” The exception was Drake (in Prada), who actually seemed touched to be called one of GQ’s Men of the Year. “Being a part of rap music, being 24 years old and wanting to participate in a gentleman-like lifestyle — I strive to be a gentleman — it’s an honor. It’s probably the greatest accolade I’ve ever received.” Ruffalo did a nice spin on the black carpet to show off his Neil Barrett suit for a television camera. “I’m married to an ex-model (Sunrise Coigney),” he said in explaining his turning skills. “She’s like, ‘Do it again. Turn that shit around. Let’s see.’”

Any event that culls together so many hot men (except for David Arquette, that is) is bound to be a good time. I’m happy to see that my boy Milo Ventimiglia graced the event last night with his hottie presence. There aren’t many events that celebrate men in Hollywood in quite this way so it’s always a treat to see men being honored for being gentlemen. It’s always a good time when you’ve got hot men all dolled up in spiffy suits. Well done, GQ.

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Prince William & Kate Middleton’s Royal Engagement Gets The Animated Treatment

You knew it was coming

The Royal Engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton is the latest pop culture moment to be immortalized in animated for by the Taiwanese company Next Media. Here are a few screencaps of the animated version of the couple’s engagement news:

Britain’s Prince William broke hearts around the world on Tuesday when he announced his engagement to Kate Middleton. Middleton is the first commoner to marry in to the Royal family in over 300 years. The wedding is set to take place sometime in 2011.

In the fine fashion that we’ve come to expect from Next Media Animation, the entire courtship of Wills and Kate is captured in this new video. From the moment the couple met in college right up to the romantic proposal in Kenya, this new video really tells the take of the couple’s fabled love affair … in fine, cheeky fashion. Check out the video in full, after the jump … More »

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Drinks For Two

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