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‘Cadillac Records’ Premieres

This year's 'Dreamgirls'?

Academy Award winner Adrien Brody and Academy Award nominee Beyoncé Knowles were joined by others at the Los Angeles premiere of their new movie Cadillac Records which took place at The Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, CA Monday night. Here are a few pics from the red carpet arrivals:

The cast boasts Oscar, Golden Globe, Emmy and Tony winners — and a group of up-and-comers that’s a veritable Who’s Who of young Hollywood — but it was for the producer of the flick that traffic stopped last night outside the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles, where “Cadillac Records” held its world premiere. OK, it doesn’t hurt when you’re a producer that also stars in the film — and it really doesn’t hurt when your name is Beyoncé Knowles. But if she was the highlight of a red carpet which also included co-stars Jeffrey Wright, Columbus Short, Adrien Brody and Gabrielle Union, chances are Beyoncé didn’t see it that way — which was exactly what made her so much fun to work with in the first place. Beyoncé came to get down, like everyone else did. She came in with no ego,” Wright beamed of Mrs. Carter to MTV News. “She just was so willing to let it out and be vulnerable and emotionally present. We were all part of an ensemble that came to smoke — that came to celebrate that music.” “I think she really did the work, and it shows,” added Short. “She deserves kudos for it. She deserves a round of applause.” She’ll likely get much, much more — already being pegged as a possible Oscar nominee for her performance as Etta James, a role for which she reportedly gained 15 pounds. As Short explained to MTV News last February, the film follows the flood of musicians who populated and made famous the hallowed halls of Chess Records, where singers like Chuck Berry (Mos Def), Muddy Waters (Wright) and, yes, Miss James got their start. But while the many who walked the carpet couldn’t hold back their praise for her, the 27-year-old superstar told MTV she was waiting for the good news from just one more spectator before she could call it a day. Luckily for her, that one person — Etta James herself — was in attendance. “She is! Just imagine!” a nervous Beyoncé squealed, half in delight, half in fear. “She’s one of my heroes, and I always loved her voice, but now knowing what she’s been through, she’s one of my heroes. I’m not sure if she thought [I would be good] as her. I’m very, very nervous. And now? “I actually spoke with her and she told me, ‘I loved you from the first time you sung,’ ” Beyoncé beamed … “Cadillac Records” opens December 5.

You know, you gotta love the moxy that Beyoncé has to play the roles of people who are still living (unofficially, she portrayed Diana Ross on screen in Dreamgirls and now she plays Etta James in Cadillac). It would be a daunting notion to play living people on screen even if you were a highly celebrated actor … let alone someone the caliber of Beyoncé. I give her props, tho … she goes after what she wants and, 9 times out of 10, gets it. It remains to be seen if this movie will be loved by the audience as much as Dreamgirls was but it does have that same feel about it … no? I, for one, am very interested to see if B has the chops to pull off playing the role of the legendary Etta James. I’m also very interested to see if her acting prowess has improved since the last time we saw her in theaters. Do y’all think she is capable of winning an Oscar this time around?

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Kingston James & Zuma Nesta Visit With Santa Claus

It's about that time

Here are a few SUPERCUTE pics of Gwen Stefani with her sons Kingston James McGregor and Zuma Nesta Rock at The Grove here in LA yesterday as they waited in line (with hubby/daddy Gavin Rossdale) to see and take photos with Santa Claus:

Awww. How much you wanna bet that those adorable little crocheted hats are handmade either by Gwen or someone in her family/friend circle? I can’t even believe how big Zuma Nesta has grown already … the kid is the cutest little butterball ever! It looks the holidays are going to be very special for the Stefani-Rossdales — with Zuma celebrating his first Thanksgiving and Xmas, the family has much to be thankful/joyful for this year. Ain’t it just so precious?

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Will Lance Bass Be Crowned The ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Champion?

Lawd, I hope so

The final 3 sets of contestants danced their hearts out on Dancing with the Stars last night and all that is left now is for America to learn the results. I have been quietly rooting for Lance Bass to win the whole enchilada from the start … and, apparently, I am not alone in thinking that he can win. BUT, Brooke Burke is beloved by the judges and has a very good chance of securing the win for herself. In a few hours, all of our questions will be answered … but in the meantime, let’s take a look a couple pics of Lance backstage on the set of DTWS lookin’ too orange NOT to win ;)

This is the face of a winner, y’all. Now, I have no idea who is going to win but I really do hope it’s Lance. After all, I can’t bear the thought of Lance losing and then crying off all of this bronzer/make-up on live TV. What do y’all think? Who do YOU think is gonna win the Dancing with the Stars trophy tonight?

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Benji Madden Recuperates In Las Vegas

Newly single and back in the game

Benji Madden, who just recently broke up with his most recent girlfriend Paris Hilton, spent part of this past weekend getting over his broken heart by doing some of the things that he loves best — DJing and partying with his friends. Here are a couple pics of Benji at Wasted Space inside the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV this weekend doing the damn thing … lookin’ fine all the while:

I understand that Benji and his peeps showed up at Wasted Space at around 11PM Sunday night and Benji got on the decks to DJ at around 12:30AM. After entertaining the crowd with his phat beats for about an hour, Benji and his crew (which included Carey Hart) made their way to Body English to watch KRS-One perform there. It’s great seeing Benj looking so good so soon after his break-up. Irregardless of whether or not WE think it’s for the best, I’m sure he may be having a tough time dealing with it. I hope that we get to see a lot more of happy and single Benji Madden :)

[Photo credit: Hard Rock Hotel and Casino]

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A New Lady For Robert Pattinson?

Hide thine eyes, Bella Swan

Now that Twilight is a bona fide smash hit movie and has begun a movie franchise that will likely rule the box office for years to come, Robert Pattinson has instantly become something of a heartthrob. Millions of girls the world over dream of being with a guy like R. Pattz (er, well, actually with Pattinson‘s character Edward Cullen) so it makes sense that folks might interested in who he may be romantically involved with … like, say, this mysterious young lady who was seen sneaking out of the Chateau Marmont with Robert Pattinson last night after a night of revelry …

Is this just a friend thing? Is it more? And just who, pray tell, is this lovely young chicky hanging out with everyone’s favorite vamp du jour? HMMMMM?

BTW: I will be posting the winner of the Twilight Prize Pack contest on Thanksgiving Day :) Be on the lookout!

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Amy Poehler Takes Archie Arnett For A Stroll

New Mom Alert

Here are a couple new pics of new mom Amy Poehler taking her newborn son Archibald William Emerson for a little stroll in NYC this week. I believe that this is the first time we’ve been able to see Amy out in public with the baby since she gave birth to her firstborn son with hubby Will Arnett last month … behold:

Boo … unfortch we don’t even get a glimpse of the little guy but, in Amy‘s defense, it looks cold and windy in NYC in these pics so it would make sense for her to keep little Archie all bundled up in his carriage. While I am sad that Amy has retired from Saturday Night Live, I am very excited at the prospect of her new job as full-time mommy. She rules! I am so glad to see her out and about again.

[Photo credit: Splash News]

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Pete Wentz Gets Back To Work, Films ‘FNMTV’

The new dad talks almost heart-attacks, exploding diapers and more

Pete Wentz, who became a proud new papa last Thursday night when his wife Ashlee Simpson gave birth to their son Bronx Mowgli, was back to work yesterday afternoon filming scenes for the upcoming new episode of his MTV music video show FNMTV. Additionally, Pete was an on-air guest with Ryan Seacrest this morning on KIIS FM here in SoCal and talked pretty extensively about the whole process of becoming a new parent — the pain that Ashlee went thru and the stress that he went thru. Here are a couple pics of Pete on the LA set of FNMTV yesterday and a report on his KIIS FM interview this morning:

Being in the delivery room shortly before Ashlee Simpson gave birth Nov. 20 was “pretty surreal,” Pete Wentz says in his first interview since welcoming son Bronx. “Obviously, some stuff my wife would freak if I said, but she’s pretty much a saint,” he said Tuesday on Ryan Seacrest’s KIIS-FM radio show. “Right before she went into labor, I was like, ‘Oh my God, I think I’m having a heart attack!’ Natural things start going on in your body,” Wentz went on. “My heart started beating really fast.” He explained, “You seen your wife in all this pain, and you really don’t know what’s happening.” But Ashlee “took care of me and made sure I was OK and then we went into labor,” Wentz told Seacrest. “That’s why she’s a saint. She’s a amazing girl. She was like, ‘I will make sure you’re OK,’” he added. “I didn’t even stop to think, ‘Well, you just had an epidural and you’re about to have a baby!’” When she had the baby, Wentz said that Ashlee remarked, “‘He’s beautiful. He’s perfect.’ We were instantly in love,” he said of the boy. “It’s impossible not to be!” He said his wife is doing “really good” right now. Wentz said he’s changed “quite a few” diapers already – even some “exploding” ones. As friends and family flock to get their first glimpse of Bronx, Wentz said, “Having a child is like opening a new spot in L.A. — everyone’s trying to get in every night!” Eventually, the Fall Out Boy bassist said Bronx “is definitely going to come out on tour. We need a whole team of stuff that is going to get him through that.” As for the unique moniker, Bronx Mowgli? He said he and Ashlee had been “throwing it back and forth a while ago. I feel weird because all these people have all these ideas on what it means … I don’t think anyone knows the real story of why or how.” [Jungle Book] author Rudyard Kipling is “really cool and The Jungle Book is something that me and Ashlee bonded over,” Wentz explained. Of fatherhood, he also noted, “It’s different when it happens. Your life is 100 percent different now – you want it to be different.”

Oh, Pete … despite the fact that you and Ash succumbed to the trend of wacky celebrity baby names, I have no doubt that you are going to be an amazing father. It is my sincere hope that you are able to shield and protect your son from the dangers and pitfalls that lie ahead (namely, Papa Joe Simpson) and teach your child to grow up strong, proud, true and sure of himself. I’m glad to see that Pete is back to work already, he’s got to keep on makin’ that cheddar so that he can lavish his child with everything his little newborn emo-punk heart desires. Best of luck to the Simpson-Wentz family for a long and happy life together. Click HERE to listen to Pete‘s entire interview with Ryan Seacrest online.

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Britney Spears Takes Her ‘Circus’ To Europe

All eyes on me/In the center of the ring

Britney Spears caused a mild fracas yesterday afternoon when she arrived at LAX airport here in SoCal to catch a plane bound for Europe. Our dear Britney, whose new album Circus is streaming in full right HERE on Pink is the new Blog and who is featured on the cover of the new issue of Rolling Stone magazine, has made her way to Germany to do some promo work for her new album there before she makes her way to France to perform on Star Academy and then to London to perform on X-Factor. Homegirl has got a lot of work to take care of this week leading up to the release of her new album next Tuesday. Here are a few pics of Britney and her entourage upon arrival at LAX yesterday afternoon:

Although a long holiday weekend is right around the corner, Britney Spears is getting to work promoting her upcoming album, Circus, in Europe. The singer boarded a flight from Los Angeles to Frankfurt, Germany on Monday for several appearances in support of the album, which is scheduled to be released Dec. 2. Spears is traveling with several close associates and family members, including her father, Jamie, and manager Larry Rudolph. According to an eyewitness, the singer – dressed in a brown fedora, black sweatpants and a pink top – jumped out of her white Cadillac Escalade smiling and holding her dad’s hand at the airport. After a short time in Germany, Spears is expected to appear on the French program, Star Academy, and on Simon Cowell’s X Factor in England before returning to the U.S. next week. She is scheduled to go on a worldwide tour in the spring of next year.

Here we go. As I keep saying, I really hope that she is ready for the coming onslaught. There is a lot coming her way. I sincerely hope it all goes smoothly … successfully and, most of all … healthily for her.

[Photo credit: Splash News, INFdaily; Source]

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Janice Dickinson Wants To Eat Your Soul


The self-proclaimed World’s First Supermodel Janice Dickinson was snapped making her way thru LAX airport yesterday afternoon …

… and by the looks of IT, I would assume that hordes of screaming men, women and children were running as fast as they could in the opposite direction. Ye gods, she is scary … good luck trying to get a peaceful night’s sleep tonight.

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The 2008 American Music Awards

Chris Brown, Alica Keys and 'Alvin & the Chipmunks' win awards

Last night the American Music Awards were handed out on live TV at the Nokia Theater here in Los Angeles, CA. Stars of varying importance made their way into downtown LA last night to walk the red carpet, participate in the show or mug for the cameras in the press room afterward. Chris Brown was one of the night’s big winnersKanye West was one of the night’s biggest wieners … and Beyoncé, bless her heart, gave the best live performance of the night. Here are a few pics from the red carpet arrivals last night:

Here are a few pics from the show itself:

Here are a few pics from the press room and some deets about what went down at this years AMAs:

Chris Brown was the big winner at the American Music Awards on Sunday night, surprising himself most of all. “I don’t know what to say. I would have given it to Coldplay,” said Brown, who won artist of the year, male pop/rock artist and male soul/R&B artist. Kanye West, still sore at losing male rap/hip-hop artist last year, won the trophy this time – then said Lil Wayne deserved it more. “I want to give this award to Wayne,” he said. “If it was last year it would have been my award.” It was West’s second trophy of the night, following his win for rap/hip-hop album, for Graduation. “It’s our responsibility as musicians to push music to the point it was in the ’60s and ’70s,” he said. “I want to be Elvis.” Host Jimmy Kimmel, who had made West’s ego a running joke, quipped: “Elvis died on the toilet with half a jelly doughnut in his mouth. You may want to rethink that.”

Um, why does Kanye have to be so douchey? I mean, seriously. It’s like he just cannot stop himself from acting like a total a-hole on the public stage. I just don’t get it.

The show climaxed with Keys performing “Superwoman” with Queen Latifah and opera star Kathleen Battle, and ending with a large photo projected on a screen of incoming first lady Michelle Obama. In a big night for American Idol alums, Daughtry – winner of three trophies last year – picked up another this year for pop/rock group, while former Idol champ Jordin Sparks won for adult contemporary music, and Carrie Underwood won for country album for Carnival Ride. Taylor Swift, uncomfortably sharing L.A.’s Nokia Theatre auditorium with ex-boyfriend Joe Jonas, won for female country artist, and Rihanna got two awards for pop/rock female artist and female soul R&B artist … Music’s A-listers were out in force as the show featured blockbuster performances by Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, Rihanna, West, birthday girl Miley Cyrus and Jonas Brothers, who also won the breakthrough artist award. And Justin Timberlake made a surprise appearance to introduce award of merit recipient Annie Lennox.

Much congrats to all the winners this year but, I gotta say, the “prestige” associated with winning an American Music Award seems to have diminished a bit — after all, the soundtrack to the movie Alvin and the Chipmunks took home an award last night.

For me, tho, the highlight was Beyoncé‘s live performance of her hit single Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It). Homegirl turned that mutha OUT! After the jump, watch video of her performance in full … More »

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