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Dina Lohan’s Shoe Line Is Dunzo!

Peace the Crap Out, Shoe-Han!

Back in October we heard the HORRENDOUS news that Dina Lohan was attempting to launch her own line of shoes — terribly named Shoe-Han — in conjunction with the Love My Shoes company. Later that same month, Dina made an in-person appearance in NYC to show off this tragic looking footwear … which clearly was the death knell for the line because today we learn, with great relief, that the Shoe-Han line of shoes has been axed before it even officially launched. Thank ye gods, Dina‘s shoe endeavor is dunzo!!

In October last year, Lindsay Lohan’s mother Dina Lohan made headlines with the announcement that she was partnering up with Long Island-based shoe company Lovemyshoes.com to launch (and become the national spokesperson for) her very own footwear line called “Shoe-Han” which was slated to be ready by Mother’s Day 2010. However, [it has been announced] that the much-hyped deal has already fallen through. “Love My Shoes regrets to announce we are not moving forward with the Dina Lohan line of shoes at this time due to continued economic sluggishness and the prevalent mood of today’s shoppers,” a rep from the company told us. “Love My Shoes and its President, Robert Yeganeh, wish Dina continued success in all her projects.” But according to a rep for Lohan’s shoes, the star mom is still determined to accessorize your feet. “There was a miscommunication over finances, this was too local and we need a larger partner,” said the rep. “We are currently exploring other options, and we will have another announcement soon.”

I pray to all that is mighty and good that no other clothing company, of any sort, deigns to align themselves with Dina Lohan (or any of the Lohans, for that matter — if we’ve learned anything from the ruinous state of the design house of Emanuel Ungaro, it’s that the Lohans have no business in the Fashion world … at all). It was an atrocious idea for Love My Shoes to team up with Dina in the first place (and I really doubt the validity that Love My Shows actually loves shoes if they actually decided to give Dina her own line of shoes to oversee) so I sincerely hope no one else takes her up on her heinous offer. It would seem that we dodged a bullet this time … you may breath that sigh of relief now.

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Peace The Spork Out Goes To ‘Music Television’

Dunzo!

Anyone who has been even remotely familiar with MTV (Music Television) for the past decade or so should be well aware that featuring music and music videos is a very low priority to the network and, as a result, the network has decided to quietly remove the “music television” portion of their name from their logo. Long gone are the days of hour long music video blocks and shows devoted to various genres of music videos (Alternative Nation, 120 Minutes, Yo! MTV Raps, etc.) because they have all been replaced with vapid reality TV programming (that is mostly scripted these days) like The Hills, Jersey Shore, The Real World, etc. … so it absolutely makes sense that MTV would want to drop the pretense that they are “music television” any longer:

Is it a surprise to anyone actually watching MTV that the network on Monday quietly dropped “Music Television” from its logo? Probably not. It’s a wonder that anyone even noticed the difference. But a difference there is. For the first time in the network’s 29-year history, MTV has decided to give the channel’s iconic logo a face-lift. “The people who watch it today, they don’t refer to MTV as music television. They don’t have the same emotional connection that, say, the people who are writing about [the logo change] do,” MTV’s head of marketing Tina Exarhos said. Indeed, The Wrap called it “a minor change with major symbolism,” while The Hollywood Reporter wrote having “music television” in the old logo was “a constant reminder that MTV was branding itself one way, programming itself another.” Outside of its annual “VMAs” music video award show, and with the cancellation of “TRL,” MTV has long abandoned music as a programming mainstay. For years, all eyes have been on genre-busting reality shows like “The Osbournes,” “Newlyweds,” “Jackass,” “My Super Sweet 16″ and “The Hills.” The network is currently riding high with the docudrama “Teen Mom” and “Real World”-esque “Jersey Shore.” Exarhos said the network’s marketing team had tossed around losing “Music Television” from the logo before, but “we had never taken the idea upstairs to [MTV president Van Toffler and MTV Networks chair-CEO Judy McGrath]. We thought, ‘No one is ever going to let us do this.’ It’s the one thing we’ve never touched,” she said. But with the channel’s most recent on-air redesign — something the network switches up every couple of years — “now felt like the right time.” “It felt like, ‘Why have we been so scared when the channel itself has evolved so much over the years?’ ” Does the newly cropped logo mean no music at all? “Absolutely not,” Exarhos said, pointing to the success of the “VMAs” and the recent Haiti telethon organized by George Clooney and the network. Some editions of the logo, in fact, feature Beyonce at the “VMAs” and Jay-Z on the telethon, while others promote new shows like “My Life as Liz” and upcoming ones including “The Hard Times of RJ Berger”. Beyond cropping out the words “Music Television,” Exarhos said her team redrew and minimally tweaked the placement of the “TV” within the “M” (Spot the difference between the logos.

I’ve long given up on mourning the loss of Music Television … it’s just a damn shame that the network’s march towards the crapper continues unabated. I understand that the popularity of the Internet has pretty much killed the video star but considering how many different networks MTV owns (MTV, MTV 2, MTV Tr3s, etc.) you’d think that someone in charge would want to ensure that the legacy of Music Television might be preserved … somehow. News of the demise of “music television” isn’t surprising … but it sure is sad and depressing. Peace the Spork Out, Music Televsion … you will be sorely missed — but in all honesty, you’ve been dead for a very long time.

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Pete Wentz DJs A Pre-Super Bowl XLIV Soirée

Downplays reports of Fall Out Boy's demise

Yesterday we saw photos from Rihanna‘s pre-Super Bowl XLIV concert for Pepsi Smash in Miami, FL Thursday night and today we get see pics from another pre-Super Bowl party that took place this weekend. Pete Wentz, former bassist for the reportedly defunct Fall Out Boy, played DJ at the Rock ‘N Soul party at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino last night … behold:


It turns out that Wentz is now playing down reports of Fall Out Boy‘s demise, insisting that the band is not necessarily dunzo for good. He clarifies:

“We just haven’t had the time to say anything. All I have been able to do is say, ‘Man, I miss doing Fall Out Boy,’ and I got to a better place hanging out with my son. Now I’m OK if Fall Out Boy comes back or doesn’t come back. Like, if it’s fun for everyone to do again, we’re going to do it … I just want it to be authentic when we come back. I don’t know that I’m really cut out to be a solo artist. It’s never really been an aspiration of mine.” Wentz said he has e-mailed Stump and the two are still cool with each other. “We just wanted to talk about how blown out of proportion it’s gotten. It’s to the point where we’re gonna make ‘I Quit Fall Out Boy’ T-shirts, just goofing around about it. We don’t want any animosity about it at all.”

Yeah, it sounds like the FOBs are in a state of limbo right now … which means that the band could, very likely, get back together sometime in the future. I’d bet good money that we’ve not heard the last from Fall Out Boy. In the meantime, tho, Wentz can keep himself bizzy with his growing son … and the occasional DJ gig here and there. Take heart, Fall Out fans, the Boys will be back … I’m sure of it!

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Jamie Lynn Spears & Casey Aldridge Are Dunzo!

JL reportedly dumped her babydady for an older man

Star magazine is reporting that Jamie Lynn Spears and her teenage babydaddy Casey Aldridge have broken up … and even more salacious that that, the mag claims that JL has already moved on with a much older man named James Watson. Say it ain’t so! Could Casey-Lynn really be dunzo?!

Jamie Lynn Spears has dropped her baby daddy — and is dating an older man. In the Feb. 15 issue of Star, on sale now, we report that the 18-year-old has moved on from Casey Aldridge — the father of her 19-month-old daughter, Maddie — and is dating 28-year-old James Watson, a well-to-do businessman, whom she met about a year ago. “They started dating last December,” a source tells Star. “I don’t think James cares at all about who she is; they really seem to like each other.” So who is Britney’s sister’s new man? James — who’s based in Hammond, La., about 35 miles south of the Spears family estate in Kentwood — owns a company called Advanced Multimedia Partners. “He installs communications equipment and high-definition TVs for large corporations,” the source says. “James enjoys making money — and enjoys spending it too.” Locals are hardly surprised that Jamie Lynn’s been stepping out with a new man — while Casey, 20, has been spending most of his time in his family hometown of Liberty, Miss. “Even when she was pregnant, she didn’t really see a future with him,” a friend tells Star. “She only gave the impression of staying with him so long because it looked better in the eyes of the public.”

Say, what?! If this is really true, that Jamie Lynn has hooked up with a grown man who makes money, then I say HALLELUJAH! I’m sure Casey is a nice kid but having babies out of wedlock while still in your teens doesn’t usually a fairytale make. You may recall that we heard of JL steppin’ out in public while wearing a wig disguise, mebbe she was trying to creep around with her new man and keep the news underwraps. I’m not sure I totally believe this news just yet … but it’s a hopeful sign that Jamie Lynn Spears is finally acting like an adult.

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Fall Out Boy Are Dunzo!

Peace the Spork Out

Welp … it sounds like they’ve actually gone and done it … the most prominent members of Fall Out Boy, namely Pete Wentz and Patrick Stump, are confirming that FOB are no longer together as a band. Words like “hiatus” and “break” are being thrown into the mix but it really sounds like the band is dunzo for good, at least for now:

It looks like the members of Fall Out Boy may be on the outs – for good. After months of speculation, Pete Wentz and Patrick Stump have confirmed that their band, Fall Out Boy, is not together at this time. “As far as I know,” bassist Wentz wrote on his blog Tuesday, “Fall Out Boy is on break … I can’t predict that I’d ever play in Fall Out Boy again.” Meanwhile, frontman Stump issued a more definitive statement. “I’m not in Fall Out Boy right now,” he told Spin.com. Wentz added via Twitter that to continue in the band, “Something would have to change in my head or my heart – not my wallet. It’d have to be real.” And this is a real ending, at least according to Wentz, who Tweeted, “A hiatus is forever until you get lonely or old, [and] I don’t plan on either” … “One way or another, the band will always be around,” said Stump. Echoed Wentz on his blog, “There is the possibility that FOB will play again with or without me.” What’s next for the former bandmates? Stump is already at work on a solo album, but Wentz – who has a 1-year-old son with wife Ashlee Simpson-Wentz – is eager to move forward with new project, and maybe a tour. “Letting go of this giant part of my life has been hard,” he blogged. “But I want to be back on tour having my son watch me from the side of the stage.”

Yeah … I think we all saw this coming for some time now. It makes sense that the guys would start to grow apart and it’s natural that they would want to spin off and do their own projects (as in Patrick‘s case) or settle down and enjoy life (as in Pete‘s case). I suspect all of the members of Fall Out Boy will be just fine in the short term and, who knows, they might get the itch to make new music again sometime in the future as a singular unit again. I predict Fall Out Boy will reunite again in the future … but for now, it seems like the right time to give them a hearty Peace the Spork Out.

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Madonna & Jesus Luz Dunzo . . . Again?

A new report claims that HE dumped HER

Welp, here we go again … a new report from the Chicago Sun-Times claims that Madonna and her much younger toyboy Jesus Luz have split up. Not only does the report claim the couple are dunzo but it also claims that it was Jesus who dumped Maddy. Now, we should take this report with a huge grain of salt because it is the only source for the claim … much like the first Madonna & Child break-up report that came out in July of ’09. Here are the deets, nonetheless:

Madonna has split from her boytoy lover Jesus Luz, according to a new report. The Material Girl is said to be single again after the Brazilian underwear model called off their relationship, citing their age difference and busy schedules, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The newspaper alleges, “It not only was totally amicable, but it was Luz who initiated the split. Apparently, the 23-year-old Brazilian realized their age difference (she’s 51) and overall lack of mutual interests nixed a long-term relationship.” Madonna began dating Luz after they met at a December 2008 photoshoot for W magazine – just weeks before her divorce from director Guy Ritchie was finalised.

HMMM … fact or fiction? We’ll just have to wait and see. Because neither Madge nor Jesus have publicly admitted to a romantic relationship, we will not be getting any official statements concerning this report … but the proof will be in the pudding. The couple are apart right now … if they stay apart from here on out then we’ll know this report is true. What do y’all think … are Madonna & Child really dunzo?

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Tila Tequila Quits Twitter

Good riddance?

Tila Tequila, the attention whore du jour, has been making quite a few waves on her official Twitter profile in the past few weeks. Not only did she feign suicidal thoughts by suggesting that she was planning to “meet” her late fiancée Casey Johnson in Heaven but she also published her “autobiography” on her Twitter page as well. After tweeting about her alleged pregnancy and suggesting The Game is the father of her baby (a claim he vehemently denies), Tila posted one last tweet on her page last night:

2MORROW AT 10PM PST MY TWITTER PAGE WILL OFFICIALLY BE DELETED! I’LL MISS YOU ALL BUT U HAVE TIL 2 MORROW 2 CHAT W/ME UNTIL I DELETE MY PAGE

And then today … her page and her collection of crazy-ass tweets were gone:


If only we could be assured that Tila Tequila would go away as well … but, alas, I doubt we’re that lucky. And so, Tila‘s life in the Twitterverse is dunzo … and no more can we look forward to reading her crazy rants. I suspect she will, instead, publish her trainwrecky nonsense on her official website because, after all, she can make money from getting people to read her website. But, in the case of her Twitter profile, we can give her a hearty Peace the Spork Out! How long do YOU think she’ll remain silent?

UPDATE: Whoops! I posted too soon … Tila has already posted a new message on her official website explaining why she quit Twitter — read on … More »

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ABC Cancels ‘Ugly Betty’

Dunzo!

And another TV series bites the dust … Entertainment Weekly is reporting the bad news that ABC has announced the cancellation of Ugly Betty. I, personally, stopped watching the show ages ago but I know that there will be many fans very upset by this news. David is an Ugly Betty fan and he is pretty bummed. Read on for the sad deets:

ABC has just informed Ugly Betty producers that the show’s current fourth season will be its last. What’s more, the network has trimmed the show’s episode order from 22 to 20. Although not a complete shock given the show’s heinous ratings, the news is nonetheless a total bummer — particularly in light of Betty’s creative resurgence this season. The good news is that ABC has given Betty’s bosses enough time to craft a satisfying series finale. Exec producer Silvio Horta and ABC president Steve McPherson confirmed as much in this joint statement: “We’ve mutually come to the difficult decision to make this Ugly Betty’s final season, and are announcing now as we want to allow the show ample time to write a satisfying conclusion. We are extremely proud of this groundbreaking series, and felt it was important to give the fans a proper farewell.”

Yeah, I don’t know that the “good news” is that producers have enough time to “craft a satisfying series finale” … but, c’est la vie. Well, actually, c’est la mort. I understand Betty suffered when ABC exiled it to Friday nights and many believed the network’s decision to move it from Fridays would be its saving grace. I guess not. Even tho I’ve not been a Betty fan for some time, I’ll admit that I’m bummed at the show’s cancellation. Any Betty fans out there upset by this news? You can figuratively pour one out for Ugly Betty in the comments below.

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‘The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien’ Is Dunzo

Conan says thanks and goodbye ... with class

Last night Conan O’Brien hosted his final episode of The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien just about 7 months after he was hired to replace Jay Leno as host. As we are all well aware by now, NBC decided to move Leno back to his old gig, giving O’Brien the shaft (and a hefty severance check) much to his fans’ bitter dismay. As you might expect from Conan O’Brien, he issued a heartfelt thank you and goodbye not only to his legion of fans but to the network that treated him so badlyConan went out with the utmost class and integrity:

An emotional Conan O’Brien has bid adieu to NBC, saying that walking away from US television’s long-running “The Tonight Show” was the most difficult decision of his life. At times fighting back tears, O’Brien thanked his legions of fans Friday night for making “a sad situation joyous and inspirational,” urging them to fight cynicism over the ugly public feud that ended his seven-month tenure at the legendary late-night comedy show. The audience at Universal Studios in Burbank, California replied in kind, giving him a standing ovation and chanting “Conan! Conan! Conan!” repeatedly. After an experiment placing the funnyman’s predecessor in prime time garnered meager ratings and frustrated the network’s affiliates, NBC television announced it would bring Jay Leno back to the show he hosted for 17 years. The settlement landed O’Brien a reported 45-million-dollar buyout — with the red-haired comedian pocketing around 32 million and the balance going to his staff — in a bid by NBC to end what has been a public relations disaster once and for all. But during his last monologue for the show, the embattled host even found time to thank NBC, a network he has called home for over 20 years. “Yes, we have our differences right now and yes, we’re going to go our separate ways,” he went on. “But this company has been my home for most of my adult life. I am enormously proud of the work we have done together, and I want to thank NBC for making it all possible.” He also delivered a few last jabs to his NBC paymasters, a practice that had become a nightly staple of his opening monologues ever since the saga broke out into public view. “Ladies and gentlemen,” he announced, “we have exactly one hour to steal every single item in this studio.” Leno and other comedians at other networks had also used their shows to joke about NBC’s controversial move. Never one to pass an opportunity for self-deprecating humor, O’Brien told his audience: “I just want to make one thing clear to everyone listening out there right now. I will do nudity.” Among his guests were actor Tom Hanks, rocker Neil Young, comedian Will Ferrell and Steve Carell, star of the hit television series “The Office.” Carell gave O’Brien, 46, an “exit interview.” Asked if we would consider working for NBC again in the future, O’Brien replied: “I don’t know. I can’t say at this time.” Although he was calling it quits with a show he loved and admired, O’Brien told his fans that “I really feel this should be a happy moment.”

One thing’s for sure, Conan O’Brien is a gentleman’s gentleman. NBC was lucky to have him in their employ and they will suffer for his loss. I’ve never been particularly fond of late night television talk shows but I have always been a fan of Conan O’Brien the man. I know his words were not hollow when he graciously thanked NBC for all the opportunities they gave him, including his short stint as Tonight Show host. The man is classy beyond belief … no question. After the jump, watch video of Conan giving his personal thanks to his fans last night and read the prepared text (which is a bit different than his adlibbed speech on the show last night) of his final, goodbye message … More »

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Conan O’Brien & NBC Reach An Exit Settlement

$45,000,000.00 y'all

Welp, it’s official … Conan O’Brien and NBC have finally reached a deal wherein NBC will play O’Brien for essentially firing him from his contract to host The Tonight Show. As you may recall, O’Brien issued a letter last week that informed NBC that he would NOT be staying with the network in breach of his contract with them (ie. doing The Tonight Show at 12:05AM) and the matter fell to NBC to figure out a way to pay him accordingly for their eff up. After much negotiation, a deal was finally agreed upon … and Conan O’Brien will get at least $32 million (and up to $45 million) for his trouble:

Conan O’Brien and NBC worked out their final conflict hours ago and have reached a $45 million settlement … and we’ve learned it’s a sweeter deal for Conan than anyone thought. Network sources tell TMZ the “mitigation” clause was taken off the table. Translation — Conan will get a severance of $32.5 million, regardless of whether he gets another hosting gig. Not bad for seven months work. As we first reported, NBC will pay $7.5 million to Conan’s “Tonight Show” staff — and our sources believe the network added several thousand more to the pot at the last minute. In addition, NBC will pay a whopping $4.5 million to the executive producer. Conan’s last show is Friday. We’re told NBC hasn’t decided who will replace Conan for the period between Monday and the Winter Olympics.

As crappy as ALL of this is all around, at least Conan will be gettin’ a nice chunk of change for all the trouble he’s been thru. If he so desires, he could retire with his $45 million and live a nice, long life of workless leisure. I wouldn’t be surprised if he took some time off for a while after this fiasco before he even entertains a new gig … but Conan is a pro and if the right offer comes along, I’m guessing he’ll take it and will be back on TV soon. None of this is ideal but I’m happy to know that Conan and his staff aren’t gettin’ royally screwed by NBC‘s eff-up. The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien is dunzo, y’all. Let’s wish it a hearty Peace the Spork Out, officially.

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